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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Layla

Title: The Good Dog

Author: Avi

Rating: You have to read this!

McKinley is head dog in Steamboat Springs. He’s trustworthy, loyal, and a good dog. Whether it’s watching over the other dogs, or taking care of his human pup, Jack, he never lets anyone down, until he meets Lupin. Lupin is a wolf, and she’s trying to recruit the dogs in Steamboat Springs to join her wolf pack. Duchess, McKinley’s dog friend, runs away from her abusive home to join Lupin. Although McKinley is afraid of Lupin, he suddenly feels the urge to join her wolf pack, should he stay with his pup, Jack? Or should he be free with Lupin? With Duchess’s angry abusive owner coming to get her, Lupin being injured, and with the other dogs getting suspicious, what will happen next?

What I liked about this book is that it was really detailed and descriptive without taking up too much space, and had a good storyline, characters, and it had a nice way of looking at the wolf side of dogs.

If you’re a dog lover, and adventure and action is the kind of book you like to read, The Good Dog is a great book for you. I would say that this book is for girls and boys, because there’s a lot of parts that could catch both girls and boys attention. There is a little blood in one part, but other than that The Good Dog is a great book to read.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Ella

Title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Author: J.K. Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is about a boy named Harry Potter. Harry has a job to do at the magical school Harry and his friends Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger used to go to. The job he has is to destroy seven of Voldemort’s Horcruxes. Horcruxes are a part of someone’s soul that is put inside an object. Voldemort has made it his life’s goal to destroy Harry Potter. Harry, Ron, and Hermione decide run away and destroy the Horcruxes. Harry and his friends are wanted by Death Eaters (Voldemort’s followers) so they have to be on the run. That’s why they are always on the run. Then they take part a battle with Voldemort and his followers. Read the book to find out the ending.

I think this book is a great book. It has great details and description so you don’t need a picture to know what’s going on. My favorite part of the book was when Harry, Ron, and Hermione, break into Gringotts and fly out on a dragon. Another good part is when they go to Grimmauld place.

I would recommend this book to anyone who knows how to read and likes longer books. If you only like short books, this is not the book for you. But if you like magic and reading, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows would be a great book to read.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Amelia

Title: Dragon Rider

Author: Cornelia Funke

Rating: You have to read this!

Dragon Rider is about these dragons who live in a valley, but soon find out their home will be flooded by humans! With a dragon Firedrake, a sassy brownie, a boy, Ben, and magical creatures on the way, they look for the Rim of Heaven, a place where dragons can be safe forever. But they better be careful because a despicable golden dragon wants to eat the crew before they can be safe and happy.

I really liked this book because it had, adventure, fun, and creatures of all kinds. An amazing part in this book was when a professor and his family offered Ben to live and be a family with Ben. I liked this part because it’s really happy and it made me cry. But my very most favorite part was the end, but you’re not going to know it unless you read this incredible book.

I recommend Dragon Rider to any fourth, fifth, and sixth grader who loves dragons, dwarfs, brownies, rats, ravens, basilisks, homunculuses, and so on. This is an amazing book that is waiting for you to read it!

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Quinn

Title: The Lost Hero

Author: Rick Riordan

Rating: You have to read this!

The Lost Hero is about this guy named Jason who awoke on a school field trip not remembering anything from his past. He was holding hands with a girl he’d never met before and sitting behind a boy he’d also never met before. Those three became great friends eventually and went on a Half Blood quest together. Jason is the son of Zeus and Piper (the girl) daughter of Aphrodite. And Leo (the boy) son of Hephaestus. They went on a quest to save Hera (queen of gods) and ran into a lot of problems along the way like saving Piper’s dad from a giant. While this was happening, Annebeth who is another Half Blood, is looking for her boyfriend Percy Jackson. He turns out to be at another place for Half Bloods a long ways away.

One thing I liked was that there was a bunch of problems along the way to make the book more interesting instead of making it a boring short book. Also, I liked how there was another thing happening while all these main events was happening. I don’t think there was anything that I disliked about this book so I think this was a fantastic book.

Lastly, I would probably recommend this book to fourth grade and up because it has a little bit of violence though it is a great book. All in all, I think that The Lost Hero is a fantastic book.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Karsten

Title: Warriors: Into the Wild

Author: Erin Hunter

Rating: You have to read this!

Warriors: Into the Wild is mostly about a cat named Rusty finding wild cats that let him join the group of wild cats called a clan. He joins the clan, his name gets changed to Firepaw. He gets training from two cats in the clan that are warriors. The cat’s names are Tigerclaw and Lionheart. Firepaw does training for four moons in cat terms. A moon is the period of time in between two full moons. Firepaw had three other cats in the den, their names where Graypaw, Sandpaw, and Dustpaw. Sandpaw and Dustpaw kept making fun of Firepaw because he was a pet. There are four clans, Windclan, Thunderclan, Shadowclan, and Riverclan. Firepaw is in Thunderclan. Their is one leader per clan. The clan leader for Thunderclan is Bluestar. Firepaw gets to contributes in to of the four gatherings. After that, he goes to the Moon Stone and gets blessed to be a warrior. When they got back Shadowclan tried to raid the camp and get the cats to get out of the camp. But Thunderclan stopped them from taking over.

I liked this book because it had great detail and action. Also, I liked that it was about wild cats. I have one cat, his name is Kitty Boy. My favorite parts are when there are cat fights. I also liked the part when Firepaw find the wild cats.

I would recommend this book to fourth grade and up because of its violence and death.


 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Myhlah

Title: The Tale of Emily Windsnap

Author: Ciz Kesslen

Rating: You should read this

The Tale of Emily Windsnap is about a bunch of people and their names are Julia, Sharon Matterson, Mandy Rushton, Millie, and Mandy’s Mom. Emily went to her first swim class in seventh grade and when Emily gets in water she turns into a mermaid. Also, she has never been able to go in water, but she did, and when she goes in she turns into a mermaid.

I like this book but there is just one thing that I did not like about this book is that the book is not exciting and I would like to read a book that is exciting and eye catching so I don’t really like this book but the thing that I like about this book is that it has a lot of information, details, and text.

I would recommend this book to fifth graders and fourth graders. I would also recommend this book to girls because it is about a mermaid and it will not catch boys eyes, but it will catch girls eyes that like mermaids. You should read this book now!


 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Brennen

Title: The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Author: Beverly Cleary

Rating: You have to read this!

The Mouse and the Motorcycle is about a mouse named Ralph. Ralph lives in a knot in the wall at a hotel, that is were he meets a ten year old boy named Keith and where learns how to talk and ride a motorcycle. Ralph learns how to drive a car in the middle of the book. He has a great adventure. There are thirteen chapters in the book. All of the them were good because they all were intriguing and fascinating.

I really liked the book. It really draws your attention. My favorite part is when Ralph loses the motorcycle because it is funny. This is a three book series, it is super funny.

I would recommend this book to boys and girls because it has lots of parts that would catch girls and boys attention. It has a lot of stuff girls would like and boys would to because it is super interesting.


 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Brennen

Title: Ralph S. Mouse

Author: Beverly Cleary

Rating: You have to read this!

Ralph S. Mouse is about a mouse named Ralph. He knows how to talk and ride a motorcycle. In the first book he meets a kid named Keith. Keith gives Ralph the motorcycle in the middle of the book. In Ralph S. Mouse, Ralph meets a ten year old boy named Ryan, he lives in room 215. Ralph lives under a grandfather clock in the main lobby. He has a lot of cousins that fight with him because he does not let them ride his motorcycle. Then he goes and lives in the school were Ryan goes. Because Ryan took him to school, now Ralph has to run a maze, you’ll see the way he runs it when you read the book.

I really like this book, it really draws your attention because there are a lot of parts that are funny. What I liked about this book is when Ralph ran the maze because he found a different way to do it.

I would recommend this book for boys and girls because it has a lot of parts that would catch a boy’s attention and a girl’s attention. Now you should go and read this book!


 

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Ella

Title: The City of Ember

Author: Jeanne DuPrau

Rating: You have to read this!

The City of Ember is about a city that is underground. The main characters are a girl named Lina Mayfleet, and a boy named Doon Harrow. Lina and Doon are getting jobs at the beginning of the book. Lina gets Pipeworks laborer and Doon gets messenger. They end up trading jobs. Lina’s grandma is looking for something (she doesn’t know what though) and when Lina comes home from work one day she finds that her grandma went crazy looking for the thing in the closet. Lina finds her sister Poppy eating some paper from a fancy box. The paper has writing on it. It turns out to be instructions for something very important! There all chewed up and unreadable though so Lina and Doon have to figure it out and find out what they are for. Read the book to find out if they can read the instructions.

I really liked this book. It is very interesting. It starts out interesting and just gets better from there. It always makes you want to read more and when you’re done with it you want to read the second one. That happened to me anyway.

I recommend this book to people fourth grade and up. It is a short book so if you don’t like long ones this is the book for you. Overall, The City of Ember is a great book.

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Genre: Fiction

Reviewer: Karsten

Title: Warriors: Fire and Ice

Author: Erin Hunter

Rating: You have to read this!

Warriors: Fire and Ice was about Fireheart and Graystripe bringing WindClan and back. Fireheart and Graystripe found the clan in a pipe running under a road. It took them two days to get back to the Clan. They were going to go through the FourTrees, but Fireheart decided to go through RiverClan territory. When they were walking they were found by a RiverClan patrol. The four cats were out numbered. They fought them off and went back to camp. Fireheart got an apprentice named Cinderpaw. He starts training Cinderpaw about what the border looks like. Then, he teaches him how to hunt. Fireheart finds his sister named Princess, he tells her about clan life and how there are four clans. Graystripe starts seeing this she cat in a different clan and breaks warrior code. Fireheart tries to stop them for seeing each other, but it didn’t work. Fireheart goes and see his sister after see had her kits. She comes out with a kit and tells him to bring it to the clan and make it a clan member. Bluestar doesn’t think it’s a bad idea, so the kit gets welcomed into the clan. A group of warriors goes and tries to attack Shadowclan, but they figure out that it was Brokenstar. Brokenstar attacked the camp when the warriors left, but Fireheart and Yellowfang attacked him and wounded his eyes so he was blind. That’s all I can tell you.

I liked this book because I read it in a weak. I was so excited for each individual chapter that I couldn’t stop reading. That’s why I like this book.

I recommend this book to fourth grade and up because younger kids might be sad when cats die from colds. That why I recommend this book to fourth grade and up.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Cora

Title: The Secret Grave

Author: Luis Ruby

Rating: You should read this

If you like a good scare then I would recommend the book The Secret Grave. The Secret Grave is about a girl named Hannah who wants a friend who is not going on a vacation or going to camp. She soon takes a visit to the forest in her backyard (she is not allowed to go in it.)

When she visits it, she meets a girl that is the same age as her who claims her mom lived in Hannah’s house in the 1800s. Hannah gets a bad idea about Caddy and just tells herself Caddy is just a little unstable. Soon when she finds a ghost in her attic, Hannah starts to believe that Caddy’s mom was from the 1800s.

What I liked about this book was that it was written with expensive words. What I disliked about it was how it would have scare, then a recovery, I really just like a longer scare.

I would recommend this book to girls and boys because it has a little bit of what boys and girls like.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: James

Title: Alanna: In the Hand of the Goddess

Author: Tamora Pierce

Rating: You have to read this!

Alanna: In the Hand of the Goddess is the second book in the Alanna series. In this book, Alanna continues her training to become a knight, and faces more danger and more drama inside the palace. She also meets the mother Goddess, acquires a cat that talks, and goes to war. Eventually she must face the ordeal of knighthood – all without revealing her gender.

What I like about Alanna is it has great story-telling, plot, and characters. I like this author’s way of telling a story. For plot, I enjoyed that this story explores the bad things that keep happening in the castle with Prince Jonathan being put at risk and how Alanna tries to figure it out. I particularly like the character Faithful, Alanna’s black cat that she can hear speak. He’s funny and is always semi-sarcastic.

There is a lot of suspense in this book, so there were parts where this made me nervous. I also didn’t like all the talk about love and romance.

Overall, I would suggest this book to those who like fantasy, adventure, and a little bit of comedy. If you like strong female characters you will enjoy this book. I look forward to reading the next in the series.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Brianna

Title: The Trouble with Shooting Stars

Author: Meg Cannistra

Rating: You have to read this!

The Trouble with Shooting Stars is a book about a girl named Luna, who has a scar on half of her face. It happened from the accident and now Luna has to wear a mask on half of her face to cover it up. She’s always staying up all night drawing the scene she sees when she looks out of her window. But one night, Luna looks out her window, and sees new neighbors moving in and decides to spy on them. But as she’s spying on them, she finds out that they’re magical. From teaching baby stars how to fly, to sweeping the moon, the new neighbors become friends with Luna, and take her out to catch a shooting star. Luna thinks that if she catches one, she will wish for her face to heal, and for other people to not stare at her face if it doesn’t heal. Will Luna get to make her wish come true? Is she going to catch a shooting star?

I loved this book! It is so amazing, and I couldn’t stop reading it. It reminds you not to always be doing what you usually do, and to sometimes pay attention to other things. I loved when Luna got to be able to be friends with the new neighbors.

I would recommend this book to people who like the nighttime and stars. I would also recommend this book to 5th, 6th, and 7th graders. If you don’t like fantasy books, then you should not read this book. All in all, The Trouble with Shooting Stars is a great book to read.


 

 

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Amelia

Title: The Fire Within

Author: Chris D’ Lacey

Rating: You have to read this!

The Fire Within is about David who moves in with Liz Pennykettle and Lucy, her daughter. While at the house, Lucy and David try to save a skinny gray squirrel with a hurt eye, and write a story. David soon becomes suspicious of a collection of clay dragons that come alive. Finally finding out about this, David must master the Fire Within with his dragon, Gadzooks and save him before it is too late.

I really liked this book. It was amazing! It had adventure, it was funny, and it had a great story line. My favorite part was when Sophie kissed David, and David kissed Sophie. Another amazing part was when Lucy and David finally caught Conker in their trap. But I have to warn you, if you are a dragon fan (like me) there are more squirrels in it than dragons.

I recommend The Fire Within to 4th and 5th grade girls. I do not think that it would catch a boy’s attention. This is a great book that deserves 5 stars!

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Cora

Title: The Legends of the Sky

Author: Liz Flanagan

Rating: You have to read this!

The book, The Legends Of The Sky, is a great book. It is about a girl named Milla who works for the second richest family on her island. She doesn’t know if she has any family, but she does has friends with Tarya and Isak who live in the yellow house (the house that Milla works at.) Soon Milla finds dragon eggs, and one of them hatches and chooses Milla. The evil duke becomes jealous when Tarya, Isak, and his son Virgo all get dragons. One day the kind duchess got in a fight down in the lower town, and broke her arm so Milla helped her by wrapping her arm and giving her a ride on Igge Milla’s dragon to the palace. After Milla warped the duchess’s arm the duke came in and the duke and the duchess got in a fight then the duke slapped the duchess in the face. Soon Isak’s dragon Belra laid eggs. Then it just goes on and on with dragon stuff that I would tell you about, but that would tell you the ending.

What I liked about the book is how much action there was. What I disliked was how mean the duke was and how many deaths there were.

I would recommend this book to boys and girls because there is a lot of what both boys and girls like.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Rhys

Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Author: J.K. Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

Harry Potter is a twelve year old boy who lives with his awful ant and uncle. One day he gets a letter to go to Hogwarts School of witchcraft and wizardry. He meets a friendly half giant named Hagrid. Hagrid takes Harry to this little witche’s market called Diagon Alley, which I have to point out is hidden by magic. First they went to Gringotts, the wizard bank, they went to Harry’s vault which had all Harry’s money safe. Then they went to vault seven hundred and thirteen, witch had a little scrubby package that was wrapped in brown paper. Then on September first, Harry is going to Hogwarts on the way there he meets a red head boy named Ronald Wesley. When he gets there he and his friend Ron try to figure out what the scrubby package was. Read the book and see what happens.

I liked this book because it had a lot of a Daedalus and if you are not good at reading big books, this book is still good for you because it is only three hundred nine pages. It is also a little bit of mystery.

I think this book will be good for both boys and girls because some girls might like wizards and boys could probably like this book too. There’s a little bit of burning stuff at the end but other than that it’s awesome.


 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Tera

Title: Heartless

Author: Marissa Meyer

Rating: You have to read this!

Heartless is about a girl named Catherine, who lives in this wonderland world where magic is real. Catherine love to bake desserts with her best friend Mary Ann who is her maid. One night when Catherine was at ball she got a proposal from the King, but before she was proposed to she ran outside of the ball and meet a joker named Jest and fell in love with him. Catherine’s mom wants her to marry the King and become the Queen of Hearts, but Catherine is fond of the court joker Jest and Catherine thinks Jest is fond of her to.

I really liked this book because it had some scary part some and some funny parts, I loved all of the characters especially the King, also the book was very detailed. My favorite part of this book was when Catherine and Jest meet each other at the ball.

I would recommend this book to girls because it relates to a girl and the stuff she does and I don’t think that most boys would like that, but if you like magic and baking and reading then you’ll love Heartless!

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Layla

Title: Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Twisted Ones

Author: Scott Cawthon Kira Breed-Wrisley

Rating: You should read this

Charlie is just moving on from the horrific events in her past. Even with a new school and a fresh start, she can’t move on with what happened with the murders of the children and the haunting animatronic animals. Just when she thinks it’s over, a series of bodies is discovered by her school with mysteriously familiar wounds, leaving her back into the world of her fathers haunted creations. This time, animatronics twisted and unfamiliar copies of Freddy Fazbear and the others. And this time it’s out for Charlie, and it’s not friendly.

I absolutely love this book! It has the perfect balance of action, horror, mystery, and sadness. I picked out this book because I’ve always been a huge fan of the FNaF (Five Nights at Freddy’s) games, and I’ve heard of the book series before but I was never able to read it.

I would recommend this book to older boys, because I don’t know a lot of girls who like FNaF like me, and I say older because there’s a lot of up-grade level kind of reading in this book and long words, and it has a lot of bloody stuff. But other than that, this book is really amazing! And if you like this kind of stuff then I think this book is perfect for you. But I recommend you read the first book Five Nights at Freddy’s; The Silver Eye just so you have a better view of whats going on.


 

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Ava

Title: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Author: Rick Riordan

Rating: You have to read this!

This story is mostly about Percy going around the world getting friends along the way those friends are very sported. In the end they got to go back after there trip. They went though a lot. It is very good book.

What I liked about this story is there was a lot of funny and sad and exciting moments. I did not like the start. I think it was a little rocky and it took a long time to get to the point.

I would recommend this book to later in the year 4th graders and early 5th graders. It is fine for boys and girls.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Myhlah

Title: Gregor The Overlander

Author: Suzanne Collins

Rating: You have to read this!

Gregor The Overlander is about when Gregor follows his little sister through a grate in the laundry room of their apartment building. There is giant spiders, bats, cockroaches, and rats. They live in a mysterious city that is crazy and weird and a big city. The fragile peace is about to fall apart, and he realizes it might be the only way to solve the biggest mystery of his life. Then discovers something big and special.

I liked this look because it had a lot of information and a lot of interesting things about this book it was curious and I like how they wrote it. I like how it explained a lot of details about the book, I think it is really funny that Gregor follows his Little sister through a grate.

I would recommend this book to fifth graders and six graders because it has a lot of hard sayings that maybe younger grades will not understand and it has a lot of words that are hard to say and pronounce. You should read this book!

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Ezri

Title: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Author: Jacqueline Kelly

Rating: You should read this

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is a story about a girl named Calpurnia (Callie) who goes on all sorts of adventures with her granddaddy, her mother, and her brothers. Callie, is the main character of this weird book, that you might read, maybe today or tomorrow or in a month, doesn’t matter. Callie is a girl, who seems to want to be a scientist. She studies all kinds of plants, bugs, and basically nature. She likes to do many things outside with her granddaddy. Now, I cant tell you the end, but if you want to know what happens you should read it for yourself!

I liked this story, but i did not love it, there were some parts that i did really like and some that i did not like a lot. But at the beginning it did catch my attention to keep reading and see what was going to happen. Once you get more into the story, it seems to get more, kind of Boring. Because, it starts to get more random.

I would recommend this book for girls because it seems more girly in a way, which in my opinion, I don’t think boys would like. Because its seems like it would not catch boys attention. I feel like if it was in Callie’s brothers view. I would recommend for boys, but that’s not this book, sorry.

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Genre: Teen fantasy

Reviewer: Adisen

Title: School of Secrets: CJ’s Treasure Chase

Author: Melissa de la cruz

Rating: You should read this

This book is about 2 different city’s here’s Aura-don prep and Island of the lost. And well Aura-don is a place with a man named King Ben. And Island of the lost they had people who would try to steal stuff. And on the other hand there a girl names CJ. There’s a treasure she knows about when she was a little girl. She sneaks out of Aura-don prep with her best friend Freddie. They go on a wild chase to find CJ’S lost treasure. CJ and Freddie we’re keeping secrets from everybody else.

I like this book because it catch’s your attention. It also makes you go nuts it’s exciting and you also think it’s so good you want to read it every minute. It’s really interesting and when you figure out what CJ’s treasure is it is shocking! I mostly like the characters personality because it’s crazy how they spend there time or what they do. This book is just like the movie they made and the book has a lot more details then the movie. My most favorite part is when CJ and her best friend Freddie they get in a big fight over donuts. They spite powder on each other. And CJ tried Freddie’s donuts bites and CJ loved them. She tried to get more and Freddie took it from. Freddie said “no more” and that is how the fight began.

I would recommend this book to a girl 4 there is a lot of funny parts. I wold not think a boy would like this book because there is a lot of drama. I really don’t think that this will catch a boys eye. The book would be really interesting for a girl. There is funny parts that you can’t believe that is in the book. This is way I think that a girl should read this.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Amelia

Title: The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

Author: Chris Colfer

Rating: You have to read this!

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell is about Alex and Conner who travel into a book called The Land of Stories. Where fairy tales are real. But once they are there, Alex and Conner need to find a way back home. The siblings hear about The Wishing Spell where you have to go on a dangerous adventure to collect items o make the spell work. So the twins try to collect the items, without being killed.

I really liked this story. There was action, humor, drama, and it was a great and interesting story line. My favorite part of this book was wither when Alex decided to climb Rapunzel’s tower, and then found out there was a staircase or when Sir Lampton was giving Alex and Conner a tour of Cinderella’s palace and Cinderella joined them and let the twins hold a glass slipper.

I recommend this amazing book to 5th grade girls. I do not think that it would catch a boys attention. Unless, they are really into fairytales like me.

This book was really incredible! It was probably the best book I have ever read. I really need to read this!

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Quinn

Title: The Mark of Athena

Author: Rick Riordan

Rating: You have to read this!

The Mark of Athena was about a demi-god girl named Annabeth reuniting with her boyfriend Percy Jackson who has been lost at another demi-god camp. But they have to sale to Rome to find another demi-god named Nico. Who is one of the seven demi-gods’ brother. But they meet a lot of hard and difficult challenges along the way, like running into Hercules. When they get to Rome though Annabeth has to go separate ways to follow The Mark of Athena, which she has been carrying since the start of the voyage from Camp Half-Blood. To try to find the statue of her mother (Athena) in which has been making the two Half-Blood camps fight so much. While Hazel, Frank, and Leo try to find Hazel’s brother, Nico. During all this, Percy, Piper, and Jason try to find, and defeat, the twin giants, Otis and Ephialtes. To prevent them from destroying Rome and awaking Gea, the evil earth goddess. Then at the end, Percy and the others find Annabeth after she had just defeated a massive spider who she pushed into Tartarus. Then, when Percy Jackson tries to help Annabeth get out of the dungeon, something horrible happens to both of them.

I liked this book because it is a action packed book with a bunch of different problems along the way, that lead up to the biggest problem. This way, the book isn’t a very boring book, so that they don’t just sale there and defeat the giants, save Nico, Annabeth completes her mission, and its only a 200 page book.

All in all, I would probably recommend this book to about fifth grade and up because it does have some battle scenes and a little bit of violence.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Cora

Title: Dragon Rider

Author: Cornelia Funke

Rating: You have to read this!

Dragon Rider is a fantastic dragon book. In the beginning it was really boring and plain but as it went on it became my favorite book, this book is mostly about an old dragon who remembered about this place where no humans could find. So a younger dragon (named Firedrake) set off to find the rim of heaven with his brownie friend, Sorrel. The dragons can only fly with moonlight, so Sorrel and Firedrake snuck in an old barn, in that barn they found a boy named Ben. Ben joined them on their adventure, and at one stop they meet a professor. This is such a great story to read out loud or to yourself.

My favorite part was when the djinn answered where the rim of heaven was only because Ben asked not for himself but for the dragons. The way Cornelia Funke ended this book was another one of my favorite parts.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy and dragons. Boys and girls would love this book. If you read it enjoy!

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Ella

Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Author: J.K Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is about a boy named Harry Potter. Harry has two best friends. Hermione Granger and Ronald Wesley. Harry is in his fifth year at Hogwarts, the wizard in school he goes to. Last year, he competed in the Triwizard Tournament. In the last task he saw lord Voldemort, the bad guy, come back from the dead (well kind of). Before school starts again Harry comes to the Order of the Phoenix headquarters. When Harry gets to Hogwarts he meets the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. She is a very mean teacher. She starts slowly taking over the school. Will Harry, Ron and Hermione save the day? Or will they cause it to be worse? Read the book to see what happens next.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a great book. It had action, drama and a little bit of romance. My favorite part was when Harry, Ron and Hermione start a secret club to learn Defense Against the Dark Arts.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes longer books. If you love action and magic Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix would be a great book to read.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Karsten

Title: Warriors: Rising Storm

Author: Erin Hunter

Rating: You have to read this!

The main idea of Warriors: Rising Storm is Fireheart trains his apprentice Cloudpaw. He also has all the duties of a deputy now, so he has to do basically lead the whole clan. Bluestar is still mad about Tigerclaw being a trader. She doesn’t trust anyone but Fireheart. Fireheart feels like she isn’t normal because she is very weak and doesn’t want to talk to the clan. She eventually got a little better when Tigerclaw never attacked the camp. But she still didn’t trust the cats that were good friends with Tigerclaw. Then, something unbelievably happens.

I liked this book because it had nice descriptive words to help me understand the text. My favorite part was when Fireheart saved a kit from the fire. Also, I liked that it talks about how cats could have the own cool lives. That’s why I liked this book.

I recommend this book to fifth grade and up because younger kids might get scared when the cats get in fights.

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Genre:Fantasy Fiction

Reviewer: Brennen

Title: The Healing of Texas Jake

Author: Phyllis Reynold

Rating: You have to read this!

The Healing of Texas Jake is about a cat club named the Club of Mysteries, the main characters are Marco and Polo. This is the second book in the series. So I recommend reading the first book. Marco and polo have to go to this dump and get comfrey to heal Texas Jake. But this other cat gang lives there named the over the hill gang. The gang chases them around the block and then the gang gets attacked. There is also a new place they eat at called the Fishmonger. The leather name of the over the hill gang is named Steak Knife. He kills animals and puts there tail on a fence.

I really liked the book. It catches your attention by having a lot of surprising and interesting spots in the book. My favorite part s when the over the hill gang is chasing the cats around the block but then they get attacked by Bertram the bad dog.

I would recommend this book for girls and boy because there are some spots that would catch there attention. And there are lots of parts that can relate to a young boy and girl. You should read this book.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Rhys

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Author: J.K. Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is about a twelve year old boy who just came home from his first year at Hogwarts. Two months before he goes back to Hogwarts his uncle locks him in his room and tells him he won’t go back to school. That night his friend Ronald Wesley rescues him from his ant and uncle. They stayed at Ron’s house for the rest of the summer and got to Hogwarts with him. One day as Harry Ron and Hermione another one of Harry’s friends were walking down the hall Harry herd some thing that only he could her. Then they meet a ghost named moaning Myrtle who was just crying because a book got thrown at her head. Then Harry Potter found a diary. That night he decided to right in the diary and to his amazement a boy named Tom Riddle had written back. Then They met a huge spider named Aragog after they talked to Aragog they found the chamber of secrets. Read the book to fin out what happens next.

I loved reading this book because it has action: dasilisk, giant spiders, and flying cars. A good part was when Ron and Harry find the entrance to the chamber of secrets. I like this part because you never know what’s going to happen next.

I recommend this book for third through sixth grade who like Fantasy. The reason I recommend this book for them is because it has a lot of things those kids like.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Brennen

Title: Stuart Little

Author: E. B. white

Rating:    You have to read this!

Stuart Little is about a mouse that is adopted and could talk. Stuart’s parents are named mr little and mrs little he has a older brother named George. He had a new member of the family named margalo. She was a bird. But then she flew away to the north. But then Stuart ran away to find margalo. He went north like the way margalo went. And he became a teacher for some middle schoolers for a day. And then he met this three inch tall girl.

I really liked the book. It really catches your attention by having a lot of action and sad parts. My favorite part is when Stuart went on his first date.

I would recommend this book for boys and girls because it would probably catch there attention.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Myhlah

Title: The House of Hades

Author: Rick Riordan

Rating: You have to read this!

The House of Hades is about that these people want to return to home after a long day with the Athena Parthenos, trying to stop these peopled named the Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter from the war. Also, when they were in the war, they were trying to survive because of the Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter were trying to get them and fight them.

I really liked this book and I like how the author wrote. This book and put a lot of detail in the book. Also, I liked how it explained whatever it talked about. Overall I really liked this book and how he made it.

I would recommend this book to girls and boys and teachers if they want to read this book but over all I really liked this book and if you want to read this book you should.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Layla

Title: Doll Bones

Author: Holly Black

Rating:    You have to read this!

Doll Bones is about three kids (Zach, Poppy, and Alice). They have been best friends for the longest time, and they play this game called “Neptune’s Pearl”. Neptune’s Pearl takes place in a world populated with pirates, thieves, mermaids, and warriors. Ruling over them is the Great Queen, a bone-china doll in a cabinet, cursing all that displease her.

But now they’re all in middle school, and Zach’s father is forcing him to quit playing the game and play basketball instead. Once his father gives him no choice, he quits the game and lies about why he did. It seemed to be the end of their friendship, until Poppy tells them she’s been having dreams about The Queen, that The Queen was trapped in the possessed doll and needed to be properly rested in her grave.

So Zach, Poppy, and Alice set out for one last adventure to lay the doll to rest. Things don’t go according to plan, turning their small adventure into a epic journey. Along the way creepy stuff starts to happen. Is Poppy telling them the truth, or does she just want to start a new game? If the dead spirits is real, what will happen to them if they don’t make it in time?

I liked this book because it had a good mix of adventure and horror. I thought it had a good story line and characters, but it was very sad.

I would recommend this book to anyone that is mature enough to read this kind of stuff. It talks about murder, blood, and creepy possessed dolls, so it would most likely be a book for older people. Other than that, it was a cool book.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Cora

Title: Dragon Rider: The Griffin’s Feather

Author: Cornelia Funke

Rating: You have to read this!

This is a phenomenal book. It is the sequel to Dragon Rider. This book is about how the Greenlomb family inherits the last of the pegasi eggs, their mother has died and they can only hatch without their mother is with a with a griffins feather, the griffins live on a hidden island and are very dangerous. Along the way they meet a parrot who knows where this island hides. On this adventure to get to the griffins, they meet other fabulous creatures, many unbreakable traps, and once again dragons and griffins are friends. Will they get the feather home in time? If you are asking this question right now, my answer simply is that you have to read this book to find out.

What I liked about this book is how many ” expensive ” words there are. There really is nothing to dislike about it.

I would recommend this book to boys and girls because it has just exactly what boys and what girls like.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Tera

Title: The Bravest Princess

Author: E.D Baker

Rating: You should read this

The Bravest Princess is about a girl named Annie who is a princess. Annie receives a message from Snow White and her stepmother has disappeared and her Snow White’s want her to get married right now but there are so many princes to choose from. Who is supposed to help Snow White find her mother?

My favorite part of this book was all of it, I like how it was a short book and not a long book. And at the beginning it kind of got boring but then it got extremely exciting and I liked how there wasn’t it much words of pages

I would recommend this book to girl only because it kind of a girly book and I don’t think boys would like it, and I would recommend it to 5th and 4th graders.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Aubrey

Title: Isle of the Lost

Author: Melissa da la Cruz

Rating: You should read this

This book is about two islands Auroadon and the Isle of the Lost. Only the villains are allowed on the isle because their parents are the most evilest ever. In Auroadon only princess and their kids are allowed in Auroadon cause they are good people. The four main on the isle is Mal daughter of maleficent. Evie is daughter of evil queen. Jay is son of Jafar. Carlos is son of Carella Deville. The main character of Auroadon is Ben and his parents bell and beast. The kids from the isle of the lost went on a mission for their parents to try to restore magic to the isle of the lost.

I loved this book. It was my favorite book so far. I enjoyed it more the anything.

I would recommend to girls. I would also recommend to third to fifth graders. This book is nothing like the movie.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Ella

Title: Warriors: Moonrise

Author: Erin Hunter

Rating: You have to read this!

Warriors: Moonrise is about six Clan cats that are on a journey. Their names are Brambleclaw (From ThunderClan), Stormfur (From RiverClan), Tawnypelt (From ShadowClan, Brambleclaw’s sister), Feathertail (Also From RiverClan, Stormfur’s sister), Crowpaw (An apprentice from WindClan), and last but not least Squirrelpaw (From ThunderClan). The cats are heading home from their journey to the Sun Drown place (the sea). They have to go through the mountains to get home. On their way home the end up meeting some other cats. They are called live in the Tribe of Rushing Water. Back at the ThunderClan camp, Squirrelpaw’s sister Leafpaw (the medicine cats apprentice) Is having troubles of her own. Twoleg monsters in ThunderClan’s territory, Cats gong missing and prey shortages.

I really enjoyed reading this book. One of my favorite parts was when Mothwing (the RiverClan medicine cat apprentice) gives Leafpaw fishing lesson then Leafpaw falls into the river. Erin Hunter is a really good author that is very descriptive and she creates a good picture in your mind so you know what’s going on.

This is the second book in the second series of Warriors so I would recommend this book to fifth graders and up who have read the first book of the second series. It also wouldn’t hurt to have read the first series too.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Brianna

Title: Willa of the Wood

Author: Robert Beatty

Rating: You have to read this!

Willa of the Wood is a book about a girl in the forest named Willa. She is in a clan in the middle of the woods, on top of a mountain. One night, she goes out to steal things from what her clan calls the day folk, but there really humans. But when she goes into one of the day folks layers, she gets shot by a gun. She escapes by her friend wolf taking her out to a powerful lake that heals her wound. Later, she sneaks back in the layer and finds out that her clan is kidnapping day folk children, but then she became friends with Nathaniel, the man who shot her, so she goes back to her clans shelter, to release the day folk children. She meets up with the man’s daughter and sons and tries to lead them on their journey back home. Will Nathaniel be able to meet back up with his kids, or will Willa’s clan get revenge for them escaping? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

I loved this book! My favorite part was when Willa could flow through the river like an otter and when she could control how the trees moved. The book reminds you that trees are living things too, and don’t forget that. If trees could talk and act like animals in a way, you probably would be less likely to cut them down.

I would recommend this book to both boys and girls because I think everyone would like this book. There are some parts that would catch a boy’s attention in this book, and some that will catch girl’s. I think everyone should read this book, including you!

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Lexi

Title: Story Thieves

Author: James Riley

Rating: You should read this

Story Thieves is about a girl named Bethany that can go into books and Owen is in her class. When they are in class when their teacher calls on Bethany, she is not paying attention and she has her face in a book. She looks up and she had chocolate all over her face and she was clueless about what anyone was talking about. Owen was suspicious, so he met Bethany in the library and he asked why did you have chocolate all over her face in class and she said quietly “ I can magically go into books and don’t tell anyone else, because my dad, he got stuck in a book and I’m trying to find him.” Owen did not believe Bethany he just laughed at her. Then she picked out a book and jumped right into it. Read the book to see what happens!

I liked this book, I liked how Bethany can go into books and how she let Owen go with her. I also liked that Owen tried to help Bethany find her dad.

I would recommend this book to fifth grade through sixth and anyone who likes magic books and anyone who likes hero books.

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Genre: fantasy

Reviewer: Riley

Title: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Author: Rick Riordan

Rating: You have to read this!

Percy Jackson and the Lighting Thief is about this boy who has gotten kicked out of boarding school, but let me tell you its not the first time. He always seems to be the one getting in trouble no mater what! And he really does not have the best background life because he has a step dad that is known as, “smelly Gabe” because he is worst stepdad ever, because he is always playing poker and chewing tobacco with his dumb, foolish friends, and bossing around Percy’s sweet loving mother. But over time Percy begins to find out that he is not a normal kid. So he goes to this camp called half blood hill and it was hard at first but then it started to feel like home sweet home. But at the beginning of the book Percy’s mom basically disappears and turns into this golden stuff that fades into the ground and she goes to the underground world. But finally Percy got to go on a quest to the underworld and he was hoping for this exciting news. I can’t tell you what happens on the quest I wish I could but that would spoil the book so you will just have to read it to find out!

I really loved this book its my favorite book out of all books I’ve read so far! The reason why I liked this book is because it’s an action book and all the books that I do not like happen to be non action books one other thing about this book that I like is that when you have to stop to do homework or chores or something like that the book always makes you want to read more and more and more. I also liked how determined Percy was and never gave up! This book also had great detail and if you really paid attention, the book totally paints a picture in your head!

I would recommend this book to fifth and sixth graders. This book also has some violence so I would recommend this book to people who don’t mind a little violence. This book is really a good book for just about anyone! But I say you MUST read this book!

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Zane

Title: The Black Lotus

Author: Kieran Fanning

Rating: You should read this

Hi, my name is Zane and my book is about three kids who turn into ninjas. So they go around the world to fight bad guys and won every battle and every war. They save the people and some died but most are alive and they did not die but one got shot and almost died. Then the war began and it was nasty everywhere and this was the biggest war ever.

I liked this book because it has a lot of wars and battles and I’m a guy that likes the wars and battles. I want to go to the army but this is not about me. Lots of battles and it get better and better.

I think this book is for boys because it’s really relatable to boys, so this is a good for men and boys.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Lennon

Title: Toby’s Story

Author: W. Bruce Cameron

Rating:   You should read this

Toby’s Story is about a beagle that at first does not have energy to play and run with his sisters and brothers. Toby hadn’t been adopted for the same reason his littermates were. They were adopted because they had good, nice energy, and they were great hunters. Toby however was adopted to be a dog of support, a dog that lives at a nursing home. After a while he discovered that he made a lot of friends. Mona was one of the people that got Toby. She would take great care of Toby, they would play with him, and, make sure that he was nice, clean, heathy, and all at the same time she would train him, to sit, lay still, and more. Toby met a lot of friends, Grandad, Eddie, Tyler, Dorothy, and more.

I definitely liked this book, it had a lot of real things in the book. Like the fact that there are dogs that do live that life, and all the elderly people that are in the book and how it has all the details, and information. So, yes, I very much liked the book.

I would recommend this book to dog lovers and people that are interested in animals helping, in anyway, shape, or form. Those are the people that I would recommend this book to.

I hope you like the book! 🙂

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Ezri

Title: A Witch Alone

Author: James Nicol

Rating: You should read this

A Witch Alone is a book about a girl named Arianwyn who lives in the town of Lull. Arianwyn is supposed to find the “Book of Quiet Glyphs” to lift the hex. When she goes to the Great Wood to try to find the book something happens and she can’t get the book. When she’s in the Great Wood she comes by Tas. Tas is a creature who gives her a page from the book that she needs. Then he left. The paper she got gave her a million questions and me too. Arianwyn believes that page might be the key to fighting the hex. Until near the end something horrible happens to the book. But I can’t tell you the rest, you might want to go read it yourself.

I liked this book. I think it was pretty interesting. I found some part a little boring and some parts were super fun to read! I found that at some of the parts would become great but then would stop and I would be really disappointed. Another thing is, is that the ending is a whole new start to a new book. Like, I just want to know the rest of the story! Anyways this book was super good and fun to read!

I would recommend this book for 4th to middle school because it seems like a more challenging book, so I think 4th to middle school kids would like it. I liked it, so I believe fifth graders would also enjoy it!

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Ava

Title: The Last Olympian

Author: Rick Riordan

Rating: You have to read this!

The Last Olympian is mostly about Percy Jackson and his friends saving the world. Tough but the world was safe from Kronos and the rest of his army made out of Titan and monsters.

I thought this book was really good. It had a lot of accidents along the cliffhangers. I just kept going to read more and more.

I would recommend this book for fifth graders and six graders. It is suitable for boys and girls and parents too.

Overall, the last Olympian was a really good book.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Adisen

Title: The Little Prince

Author: Saint Exupery

Rating: You have to read this!

There was a little boy that was six years old. He had a magic crayon that he drew with. The people said I like your hat he took it. It wasn’t a hat it was an elephant. And later on when he goes on his journey he met an older man. He asked him to draw sheep. The little prince said that one was to old and that one was a goat until the man drew the right sheep.

Then the boy continued his journey again when he found something moving in the sand it was a snake. The little boy asked what place is this and the snake said this is the desert. And the little boy continued his journey and he met a fox and the fox was scared. The little boy asked he said oh you know I eat chickens well they’re hunters that won’t to kill me. Because I am eating there chickens and the fox and the little boy continued the walk and they stuck together.

I would rate this book an 8 out of 10 because this book had really good details and I also liked it because it had funny characters and I like how they said that there was a little prince that lived on a planet. If you like adventures and wild animals then you will like this book.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Quinn

Title: Freak the Mighty

Author: Rodman Philbrick

Rating: You have to read this!

Freak the Mighty is an awesome book. It is about a kid named Max, and a kid named Kevin. Max has a big body, but a little brain, and his father, Kenny was a part of some pretty scary stuff. Kevin has a very little body, but a very big brain. In result to this, he is nicknamed Freak. Freak has a dream to have a full bionic body, but, at the end of the book something very tragic happens, but I’m going to let you read the book and find out on your own. Together, Max and Freak go on adventures, one example is that someday they might pretend to be fighting dragons, but the way they travel is very extraordinary. Normally Max might be called Maxwell, or just plain Max, and Freak might be called Kevin, or just Freak, but together they stand as “Freak the Mighty”.

What I liked about this book is that there was a lot of action, and I was always motivated to read it. I would come home from school and Immediately start reading. So that is what I liked about the book.

I would especially recommend the book to fifth grade and up because there is a little rude humor and scary sequences, and I would definitely recommend this to boys around the ages 11-18 as it might not be enjoyably for people older than 18 or younger than 11. However, it is a great book and anyone who feels they want to read it, can, and should.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Cora

Title: Aru Shah

Author: Roshani Chokski

Rating: You have to read this!

Your review: You have to read this!

This is the best book I have ever read! It is all about two girls that are chosen to fight demons, on their way they find out the truth about their parents past, they go into war with the demons, and get cursed. My favorite parts in this book is how a lot of people (and things) were nice to Aru and Mini mainly only when they who they were.

What I liked about this book is how it shows a lot of girl power. Also, I like how it is filled with adventure. What I disliked about it was how it ended like there was going to be a whole other book, other than that this book has nothing bad about it.

I would recommend this book to girls in fifth and sixth grade because there are really words in it and because not a lot of boys care much about girl power. Although everyone would probably still enjoy this magnificent book.

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Genre: Historical Fiction

Reviewer: Riley

Title: Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere

Author: Julie T. Lamana

Rating: You should read this

This book was about a family and the main character was named Armini. It was her special Birthday! There were all kinds of people talking and asking about this bad, awful storm that was going to hit in their area and spread over a big portion of the state! The family did not think that the storm was going to be anything big. The girl got a really special birthday present, but I will not spoil it for you! So, anyway, the storm hit and the family was in their attic when the house floated away. The most heartbreaking part was when the girls lost some her special family members and had difficulty getting over it. Luckily some of the family members survived the tragic storm.

I liked this book because it was an action book and had shocking moments in it. This book also showed gigantic empathy for everyone and the family was really brave, which I liked too. The one thing about this book that I did not like was all the depressingly sad parts that were very heartbreaking. This book was probably the most heart-melting sad book ever! But overall this book was very interesting and a good!

I would recommend this book to someone who can handle sad books or someone who likes sad books. I would not read this book if you are under fifth grade, but this book would be for a sixth or fifth grader. I would also recommend this book to someone that likes fascinating books and interesting characters!


 

 

Genre: Historical fiction

Reviewer: Ezri

Title: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Author: Jacqueline Kelly

Rating: You should read this

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is a story about a girl named Calpurnia (Callie) who goes on all sorts of adventures with her granddaddy, her mother, and her brothers. Callie, is the main character of this weird book, that you might read, maybe today or tomorrow or in a month, doesn’t matter. Callie is a girl, who seems to want to be a scientist. She studies all kinds of plants, bugs, and basically nature. She likes to do many things outside with her granddaddy. Now, I cant tell you the end, but if you want to know what happens you should read it for yourself!

I liked this story, but i did not love it, there were some parts that i did really like and some that i did not like a lot. But at the beginning it did catch my attention to keep reading and see what was going to happen. Once you get more into the story, it seems to get more, kind of Boring. Because, it starts to get more random.

I would recommend this book for girls because it seems more girly in a way, which in my opinion, I don’t think boys would like. Because its seems like it would not catch boys attention. I feel like if it was in Callie’s brothers view. I would recommend for boys, but that’s not this book, sorry.

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Genre: Historical fiction

Reviewer: Cora

Title: Shooting the Moon

Author: Frances O’roark Dowell

Rating: You should read this

This is a great book. It is about a girl who has a brother that is going to Vietnam and she wants to go herself, but when her brother starts sending her pictures of his camp she is glad she is not there. Later on in the book T.J starts only sending pictures of the moon. This is a very short book that a lot can happen in.

What I liked about this book is how it shows that there are many other people having trouble. What I disliked was how almost every chapter was about something totally different.

I would recommend this book to everyone because it is from a girl’s prospective and about what boys like.

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Genre: Historical fiction

Reviewer: Adisen

Title: My Year in the Middle

Author: Lila Quintero Weaver

Rating: You have to read this!

This book that I read is talking about a class where black people sat on one side and white people on the other side. And this class was about to go to a field race.

There also were two girls they were so excited to go to the cake rally. They baked a cake and they had to walk their cake to the rally. Also one of the kids mom was talking to their teachers. They were discussing about the field race. She was saying about her daughter. And the girl was watching her teacher and her mom talk but she didn’t know what it is about.

This book was okay when I first read this book it was interesting but when I got in the middle it was not good but when I got to the ending it got interesting again. If I would rate this book I would give it an 7/10 because some of the parts in the book were mean and other parts were funny and had funny characters and I like also like how there was 2 girls that were really funny. I don’t think I liked one of the teachers because she was mean to some of her kids.

I think boys and girls will like this book because it will catch your eye and you will start to like it. The reason why I think that boys and girls will like this book is because there are some funny parts and if you like to bake there are two girls that have to bake a cake for a cake rally. And for the boys there is running and sports. This is why I think boys and girls should read this book.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Lexi

Title: Slacker

Author: Gordon Korman

Rating: You should read this

Slacker is about a boy named Cameron Boxer. Cameron is a slacker and he does nothing but play video games and he is trying to beat Evil Mckill people who is a really good player and get into the Rule the World compilation. Cameron’s parents want him to do something productive, like play a sport or join a club or something other than video games. So that got him thinking and his friends Pavel and Chuck came up the idea that they should start a club. So they did and the club was called Positive Action Group. They put up a site you could go to and join the club, but every time you tried to sign up it would take you to another site. One of the kids named Felicia and she saw the Positive Action Group on the school website and tried to join but it didn’t work so she contacted Cameron Boxer and asked him if she could join and he said, “um no,” and walked away. Then Felicia told tried and tried, but nothing. That’s how it all started and the club started. The clubs first job was at the senior center garden. Cam saved a life that day and he got the P.A.G in the newspaper. The P.A.G had more and more things to do like build a home for a beaver named Evils and save the freeway of Sycamore, a lot of other things to do. Jennifer del Rio is the head of the Friends of Fuzzy that means that she is the like most popular girl in the school, so she was mean to almost everyone. The String is the star football player he got kicked off the football team because his grades were low. Xavier is the scariest kid in school and he’s really mean. Evils is a beaver and he is about to die so the P.A.G is trying to save him. The Friends of Fuzzy are taking credit of all the things the P.A.G. did.

I loved this book. It really tells you not to be lazy and helping other people can be amazing and you can work with other people and then those people can be friends or even best friends. The people you thought were mean, well, once you get to know them they can be some of your good friends.

I would recommend this book to fourth grade through sixth grade and people that want to help in their community and change the world a little bit. I really liked this book and I hope you do too!

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Mary

Title: 25 Roses

Author: Stephanie Faris

Rating: You should read this

The book 25 Roses is about this group of girls. Their names were Ashley and two other girls. They were handing out roses. They were trying to sell the most roses so they can win the prize, but they are hoping they will win. They are trying their best to win, but another group is a head of them by a lot of roses. If they do not win that is okay because it is not a race even if they don’t sell the most roses.

What I liked about it was that they were handing out roses. What I did not like about it was that it was about to make me cry because of how sweet it was.

I would recommend it to girls because it is more of a girls’ book than a boys’ book and it is a great book. The reason I chose this book is because it looked like an interesting book.


 

 

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Brianna

Title: Class Dismissed

Author: Allen Woodrow

Rating: You have to read this!

Class is almost over and the whole class is waiting for it, especially Kyle. Later, Adam gets in trouble and Ms. Bryce, their teacher, decides to leave. But while Adam is in the office, he sees all the teachers in the teachers’ lounge, and Principal Klein is trying to get a necklace out of the sink. Adam hears the phone ring, and decides to pick it up. But before he can even talk, he hears Ms. Bryce yell into the phone, “I’m signing off, immediately!” Then Adam realizes he shouldn’t have picked up the phone. Once Adam is back in the classroom, they try to keep their secret that Ms. Bryce is gone. Maggie tries to keep the whole class under control, and gives the whole class homework. The whole class was upset, because Maggie gave them more homework then Ms. Bryce even gave them. And Ms. Bryce gave them a lot of homework. Later, Maggie looked through Ms. Bryce’s papers and found out that they have a play that Ms. Bryce was going to make but Ms. Bryce wasn’t there to make it! Principal Klein checks on them and sees that Ms. Bryce is gone. He asks where she is, and all the students always say that she is in the bathroom. But when Principal Klein tells them that they have a field trip coming up, they all start to worry. They at least found an “actor” named Mr. Chips, as a substitute teacher and they have him help them on the field trip. But they still don’t know about the play and their secret about the class. Will they be able to do the play in enough time? Can they still keep their secret?

I really liked this book for multiple reasons. One reason is because it is pretty funny and enjoyable. My favorite part was when Ms. Bryce left, and the whole class didn’t tell a single person except for Mr. Chips. Also, I really liked when Maggie tried to manage the class and basically tried to be the teacher.

I would recommend this book to people who like realistic, funny, and entertaining books. I think that this book is a good book to read because it really holds your interest. If you like medium size chapter books this is the book for you. But if you like fantasy books mostly than this is not the book for you. I would also recommend this book to 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th graders because it grabs their attention most.


 

 

Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Harley

Title: Slacker

Author: Gordon Korman

Rating: You should read this

Slacker is about a boy named Cameron. Cam likes playing video games, but one day his parents say he can’t play video games all day long. So they said that he had to join a club that doesn’t include video games. He and his friends make a fake group that turns in to an actual group and he makes some new friends in the group including a beaver.

I liked the book it really makes you wonder what he’s going to do at the beginning of the story. I think it could inspire you to do something new, something you’re not used to doing.

I would recommend this book for anyone, any age, any gender. It really is for everyone, because you probably relate to Cam and how you’ve tried something new.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Lennon

Title: Wonder

Author: R.J. Palacio

Rating: You have to read this!

I read the book called Wonder, it’s about a boy named August that was born with unordinary face. Auggie was homeschooled his whole life. until fifth grade when he had decided that he wanted to go to a public school. When August got to school he was bullied for the way he looked. That’s why he insisted on wearing a astronaut helmet as much as possible, when he was younger. He also has a sister named Via who struggled with having a brother who had a birth defect. Her friends never wanted to come over because they thought he looked weird. Except one friend, Miranda she loved Auggie like her own brother! This family is an inspiration to other families on dealing with a child with a birth defect and juggling the effects it has on everyone involved. In this book I learned, the struggles of making new friends, and the resiliency a family has when they stick together.

I loved the book for a lot of reason’s. I like the inspiration that this book provides. My favorite part was the true story behind it because I think that it is a good eye opener for the people that aren’t grateful for every thing they have. I also like that in the story August went through a lot I and that he never gave up to have a great time.

I would recommend this book to any boy or girl that is ten, eleven, or twelve. I would say that because I think that at that age some people start to become less and less great full. And hopefully it would make them more grateful. That is why I would recommend this book to that age.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Lexi

Title: Duke

Author: Kirby Larson

Rating: You should read this

Duke is about a boy named Hobie; an eleven year old boy who has a dog named Duke. Duke is a very well trained dog. Hobie’s father is fighting in World War 2 over seas in Europe. Hobie’s neighbors have dogs in the war too, Hobie is thinking about sending Duke into the war. He meets a guy when he is walking home from the grocery store and his dog Ludwig is going to ship out next week on a train. Hobie’s uncle Tryg gives him a plane that you build and the plane is like his dads Little Bessie. Hobie’s best friend Scooter moves away and that makes Hobie super sad. He has no friends at school now. When school starts Hobie has a new kid in his class named Max. Hobie figures out that Max is just like Scooter so they become friends. Hobie decides to send Duke to the war with Ludwig on the train next week. Hobie is waiting for his dad to send a other letter to him, his sister and his mom. When he does Hobie is really quick to respond and so is his sister. A couple weeks later when his dad is still in war, he sends a letter and it says “ I’m a prisoner in Germany I’m fine but I might not be able to write to you guy all the time I love you! Talk to you soon. Aim, fly, fight.” The Hanson family was so sad Hobie was the most sad because, he though he’s dad was coming home in one or two months, but I guess he wasn’t. Hobie writes to him every time he does.

I loved this book because I love how much Hobie loved Duke and Duke seems like a great dog I would love to have Duke as my dog. This book tells you if you have someone or something you love it’s best to make sacrifices for them

I recommend this book to anyone who loves to read books about dog and how dogs they can help other people. Because Duke is a great family dog and he is a great help in war. I would also recommend this book to fourth graders and fifth graders.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Aubrey

Title: Wonder

Author: Palacio

Rating: You have to read this!

Wonder is about a boy named is August who has never gone to public school he has always gotten home schooled. August is ten years old. He has gotten surgery like 27 so he doesn’t want to go to school. But his mom talked to the principal about giving them a tour. These kids Charlotte , jack, and Julian gave August a tour around the school. Charlotte is the nice one jack is nice sometimes Julian is really mean. In one part of the book Julian said so what is the deal with your face to August. Then Charlotte yelled at Julian. Then jack and August became best friend in one of the parts in the book jack was talking to Julian and jack said. What is wrong with August Charlotte was flipping out. He had good and bad year but he liked it.

I liked the book Wonder it makes me happy and sad in some parts but I liked it, that is why i like the book

I would recommend his to boys and girls cause it is funny sad and happy. The grade level is 4 through 6 grade.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Riley

Title: Take Me to the River

Author: Will Hobbs

Rating: You should read this

Take Me to the River is about these to boys that are cousins. They are going on this river rafting type trip and there was some snags along the way. This trip was supposed to be a ten day trip on the river so during night they camped on the side of the river then they heard of this crime or something because they were on the Mexico border. They meet this boy with this guy and I can’t spoil what happens with them. But, then this bad storm hits, and lets just say things get interesting and I really want to tell you the ending but that would spoil the book.

I liked this book because it had a lot of exciting parts and I also liked the ending! But, I really liked how good the author captured the action in the book with good detail and you can totally picture the setting and every thing in your head! But I really liked about this book is that it had some really serious parts in it, so over all this was a good book

I would recommend this book to kids who like action books in a way I would also recommend this book to kids who like kind of scary things that happen in books but, this book is really a good book for anyone between fourth and fifth graders. If you like all those things then I would definitely recommend this book to you!

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Lennon

Title: One for the Murphys

Author: Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Rating: You have to read this!

I read the book One for the Murphys . This book is about a girl named Carley Connors. Carley Connors was a brave girl. She loved to play basketball. But she had a bad history in the life she lived in Las Vegas, her stepdad was violent with Carley and her mother. Her mom went to parties all night. And had parties at their house sometimes. Though that life wasn’t the best, she knew that there was still a chance, a chance that her life could be good, and know what a nice normal family was like. When she arrived at Murphy’s house, there were three boys. One her age, and two younger than her. The boy her age loved to play basketball too. Her room was recently the youngest boys room. It was decorated with a lot of firemen objects, that was because Mr. Murphy was a fire fitter. As time went on Carley began to find out what a good, normal family was. Carley met this girl Tony, Tony was her best friend. Read the book to find out what happens in the end.

I definitely loved this book! And the joy of getting to read it. I liked how it shows what life could really be like and how lucky people are. This book definitely had a lot of detail in all parts!

I would recommend this book to girls, because I think that this book would not catch boys attention, as much as it would girls. All in all, this book is great! I definitely recommend this book to read, because it is an awesome book!

+++++

 

 

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Mary

Title: The Day the Mustache Took Over

Author: Katz Alan

Rating: You have to read this!

The Day the Mustache Took Over was a very interesting book and it was about this group of boys that were being crazy. So then they drove there babysitters crazy so they never came over again it was the most funniest thing ever an they ever remembered all there names. So there mom and dad had to try there best to. Get some of them back. Read it to find out what happens.

I liked that they were crazy and i disliked that they made there sitters leave cause of them

I would recommend this book to boys because it is about a group of boy that were crazy

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Genre: Fantasy
Reviewer: Layla
Title:Knightly & Son
Author: Rohan Gavin
Rating:You should read this

Knightly and Sonis about a kid named Darkus and his father Knightly. One day Knightly has a heart attack, and he’s in a coma for four years. Doctors and nurses thought he would die due to him being like that for so long, but one day unexpectedly Knightly wakes up and escapes the hospital to complete his investigation. Knightly goes to Jackie’s (Darkus’s mom’s) house and his son finds him and insists to help with solving the crime of the best selling book “The Code”. Along the way, new characters are introduced as they slowly crack the code. Can Knightly and Darkus unlock the secrets of “The Code”? Or will red herrings and obstacles force them to stop the investigation?

This book was very interesting and cool, but it had its pros and cons. For example, I felt like in some parts it included the details that were not necessary and left out the ones that were. In my opinion some parts of it felt boring and nothing was going on that I was actually into. As for pros, the storyline was really interesting and original. Some mystery books are really easy to figure out and it’s obvious who the criminal is, but for this book, that was not the case.

I would recommend this book to older boys, because I think older boys would be more interested with the hard words, descriptive language, and story. Maybe some girls might be interested, and I know people who would, but most wouldn’t. If you like mysteries and scary stuff, this is the book for you.

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One response to “Book reviews

  1. Lairden

    Is anyone going to beat my record? It’s 15

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