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The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, is a novel focused on the following of one’s dreams. The story is centered around a shepherd who experiences a repeating dream, and seeks to solve the mystery behind it. Though he is skeptical at first, Santiago is advised by an old man to follow his “personal legend,” a calling of sorts that exists for every passionate individuals. As Santiago journeys, he meets various characters who support him along the way, the most influential of which is the alchemist. Together with the alchemist, the boy completes his journey, fulfilling his personal legend. Throughout the novel, multiple instances demonstrate that if one intensely seeks to complete one’s journey, the universe will assist in its completion. I felt extremely inspired by this message, and I feel that reading the book and discovering it was a great learning experience. I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone of age 10 or more, considering the reading level.

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