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Fantasy:

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Nekoda

Title:Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Author: J.K. Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stoneis a book about a small kid named Harry Potter and lives with a horrible family called the Dursley’s. They mainly focus on pleasing there praised son, Dudley, and beating Harry up. Harry actually turns out to be a wizard, and not just any wizard, an Amazing wizard! So he goes to a special school for wizards and witches called Hogwarts. Later in the book he hurts the main bad guy, Voldemort.

I liked this book because there is a lot of surprise, there are several places that it puts you a cliffhanger you just can’t leave alone. It makes it to where you cannot take it away from yourself until you have finished it. I also liked this book because it has a lot of character development and changes. I like how it changes everything as the Dursley’s realize that Harry is a wizard and that they would have to deal with it.

I highly recommend this book to young readers who would enjoy a fantasy novel with suspense and action. I think older readers would also enjoy this fun book and have a good time reading it. You really should read this book!

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Nekoda

Title:Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Author: J.K. Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secretsis about a boy named Harry Potter who lives with his aunt and uncle. He is a wizard and goes to wizard school every year. Harry Potter meets a house elf named Dobby. Dobby tells him he must not go to school but Harry Potter has been awaiting going to school all summer. Harry that night gets brought to school by his friend Ron and Ron’s brothers. Ron picks harry up in an enchanted flying car. They fly to Ron’s house. A week later they go to the train station and they can’t go through the magic barrier. So they fly to Hogwarts and people start to get petrified and Harry finds a journal that unlocks some secrets.

I really liked this book because it really keeps you on the edge of your chair and makes you really interested in it. I also liked it because the characters change a lot. I highly recommend this book to young readers who enjoy a suspense and action filled book. I also recommend to older people who are looking for something to read.


Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Nekoda

Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Author: J.K. Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban is about a young boy named Harry Potter. He is a magnificent wizard and in this book goes to his third year of Hogwarts school for witches and wizards. In school they have a new dark arts teacher named Lupin. He saves Harry Potter in the beginning by warding off a dementor. As they go throughout the school year Oliver wood pushes them to get better at quidditch, and to go for the quidditch cup. All this time black, a murderer has been doing stuff to the school. In the end part of it some huge questions are answered and some cliff hangers are left.

I liked this book a lot and think it is the best of the three first books. It explains a lot and leaves you very satisfied with its results. I also liked it because the character development with Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley is amazing.

I would recommend this to any reader who likes a suspenseful book that is long and interesting. It would also work well with fiction readers who can’t stop reading.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Aisley

Title: The Magician’s Nephew

Author: C.S. Lewis

Rating: You should read this

The Magician’s Nephew is about a girl named Polly and a boy named Digory. Polly has a ring that could teleport her to different places of the world, and even different worlds. She makes a mistake and goes through the portal, she did not go to a different place of the world she went to a forest. Digory tries to save her and bring her back. It gets complicated because Polly wants to stay.

I really liked the story in the beginning but the more I read, I did not find it as interesting as I did in beginning. It’s not my favorite book but not my least favorite book. I really liked the part of the book when Polly disappears and reading about Digory and the nephew’s reactions.

I would recommend this book to a 4th or 6th grader, not a 3rd or 2nd grader. They would probably have a hard time reading it because there were large words and it’s a 5th grade book too. Just because it was not my favorite doesn’t mean it would be someone favorite book.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Ethan

Title: Lily’s Story

Author: W. Bruce Cameron

Rating: You should read this

I just read the book Lily’s Story by W.Bruce Cameron. The genre of this book is fantasy fiction. The book is about a dog named Lily and she is a rescue dog. Another mane character is Maggie Rose, and Maggie Rose really wants Lily and loves Lily. I read this book because it’s about dogs and I love dogs.

I like when Lily saves other animals. There was a part in the book where Lily saved a deer. I don’t like when Lily doesn’t get adopted. Maggie Rose didn’t adopt Lily.

I recommend this book because it made me happy and put a smile on my face. The book has good details. The book has fun characters. The book has a good moral and a fun story.


Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Ady

Title: The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe

Author: C.S Lewis

Rating: You have to read this!

This book is called The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The story is about four children, their names are Lucy, Edmund, Susan, and Peter Pevensie. They were staying at a professors mansion because of the war. The kids were playing hide and seek and Lucy hid in a spare room where there was a wardrobe and she went in and found Narnia. Later on, Edmund found Narnia and met the White Witch, the fake queen of Narnia, who was very evil. As you read on you will learn that they meet Aslan the noble lion. The four children must break the spell of the white witch before it’s too late.

After you read one or two chapters you can’t put this book down. I like when you meet Aslan, it feels like all the sadness in the world just goes away. I also like when the kids are afraid of a talking beaver, I know I would be if I came across a talking beaver or any talking animal really.

I would recommend this book to boys and girls because there’s a lot of action, but there’s also some soft moments. In some parts it’s a little mysterious and nerve-racking. I hope you read this magnificent book.


Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Ady

Title:Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Author: J.K. Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

Harry Potteris a great book. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stoneis a boy who lives with the Dursley’s, (they are his aunt, uncle, and cousin) they treat him horribly. Then one day a letter came to the house, little did he know in about a month he would be on a train to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft And Wizardry, there he would be learning about potions, spells, playing Quidditch where you don’t touch the ground when you play, come across a three headed dog, and make the best friends you could ask for and much much more. Hogwarts wouldn’t run smoothly if the headmaster Professor Dumbledore wasn’t there.

What I love about Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stoneis well what isn’t there to love there is Quidditch, a baby dragon, I especially like when Ron freaks out on the train when he discovers that Harry’s on it. I also love when Harry, Ron, and Hermione are getting put in to their houses, and when the sorting hat doesn’t even touch Malfoy’s head and it’s like three inches away from it and it yells Slytherin. I don’t dislike anything about Harry Potterwhat so ever.

I would recommend this book to boys and girls all around the world, kids 7 years and up. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stoneis a great book but sadly it isn’t true, but if it was I think I would explode. This book is written by a famous lady named J. K. Rowling.


Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Benjamin

Title: The Fire Eternal

Author: Chris D’Lacey

Rating: You should read this

In The Fire Eternal the Pennykettle household think that David, Zanna’s husband, is dead. But then something is amiss…the group called the IX, wanted to create some fire called dark fire. The IX wanted to create and breed dragons and take over the world. In the Pennykettle household, the dragons decide to go through a magical door in search for him…

What I liked about the book was that there are dragons. I also liked that the characters go on adventures and that there is mystery. The story is well written. What I did not exactly like about it is that it’s sometimes hard to explain. Also sometimes you don’t know who the author is talking about.

I recommend this to anyone looking for an entertaining book. This book was full of entertainment.


Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Benjamin

Title: The Poison Jungle

Author: Tui T. Sutherland

Rating: You have to read this!

In The Poison Jungle Sundew is searching for answers. At first she does not know that not everyone—or leaf wings—can be trusted. She grew up here but didn’t know everything or everyone here. She soon finds out what she was missing but not the way she thought she would…

I liked that there were dragons and there were parts that made you never want to stop reading. It was well written. It also had magic. I would give it 5 out of 5 star rating. I have nothing I didn’t like.

I would recommend this to people who love dragons. It is all about dragons so they would love it. It has over 9 types of them.


Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Acacia

Title: Lily to the Rescue

Author: W. Bruce Cameron

Rating: You have to read this!

This book is about a dog, a girl, and a crow. The main character is Lily she’s a rescue dog. The second main character is Maggie rose, she’s Lily’s human. One day a bounce of crows saved a squirrel from a hawk, one of the crows broke its arm. Maggie Reese’s parents work at a rescue shelter so thay took the crow there, was it ok?

I like this book because lily and the crow did funny stuff. My favorite people is when the crow went on Lily’s back and when lily stole the ball from Maggie roses brothers.

I recommend this book for everyone, it’s funny, a little sad, and heart warming. This book can be for everyone who likes a little sad funny and heart warming book.


Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Ayden

Title: Monster Club

Author: Gavin Brown

Rating: You should read this

So it starts with three characters named Spike, Tommy and Karim and their adventures to explore. It begins when they are trying to catch a basilisk in class. The dads of the three are not happy. But Karim took his dad’s sidesplitter. Then they try to catch a goblin. The goblin gets away and they go for the two toed snipe. They catch nothing! But, they got kicked out and why is that they tried to catch a weevil.

So, they are thinking they will try to catch a fire dragon, which in monster terms is a level 7 monster named Razorback. It was a big monster. But, they made the dragon turn friendly. An evil person named Mike Tukerville takes Spike’s dad. And, it’s going to be fun!

I really like this book. You need to read it. I think you would like it. Give me your thoughts if you like it because I did!


Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Ayden

Title: The Wild Robot Escapes

Author: Peter Brown

Rating: You should read this

This book is about a robot named Roz or Rozzum7133 and she lives on a farm called the Shareef Farm with two kids named Jad and Haya. They helped the robot escape and she had a son named Brightbill. Brightbill is a duck!

If you are wondering how she escapes, is that her son leads her through the forest to the sea. A whale helped them to get to another island. If you don’t know there are these robots called the RECOS, which hurts Roz.. She is back to her maker. The maker feels astonished about Roz. In the end, Roz makes it back to home sweet home with her son.

So here’s my recommendation, if you have the first book about Roz, you have got to read the second book. I recommend it because it because it is a really good book. So, if you’re reading, please read this book!


Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Thomas

Title: Artemis Fowl

Author: Eoin Colfer

Rating: You have to read this!

This book Is about a boy named Artemis who lived in Chi Minh city. Artemis goes to Egypt for vacation. When he gets back he gets on a ferry transporting gold when suddenly one container goes missing after the captain’s heart stoped but he didn’t die.

What I liked about this book was the adventure flying to Egypt and the mysteries. Another thing I liked was they found a footprint was. The container went missing. The author really knew how to keep me interested in the book.

If you like adventures and mysteries I would recommend this book to kids of all ages. This book is first in the series and I can’t wait to read more of them.


Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Aisley

Title: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Author: C. S. Lewis

Rating: You should read this

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is about a girl named Lucy. She went into a wardrobe and teleported to a land called Narnia.

I enjoyed the book because it felt magical. There were so many creatures that don’t exist on Earth. I really liked reading about a family’s adventure. I think it’s cool that Lucy had a good relationship with her brother, Edmund. I don’t want to ruin the ending but it was a really cool one. This is a good book for you if you like magic, families, and surprises.

I would recommend this for both girls and boys. I would recommend this for 5th, 6th and 7th grades because it was a long book. It would probably be hard for 3rd and 4th grades and it could be a little creepy for 2nd grade. I think if you like to read, this is a great pick.


Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Ethan

Title: Toby’s Story

Author: W. Bruce Cameron

Rating: You have to read this!

This fictional book is based off of this dog named Toby, he was at a ranch and he got adopted by a home for old people. Toby is a therapy dog, he helps the old people calm down and sleep better. The owner of the hospice wing is Fran and one of her assistance’s name is Pasty. Pasty’s daughter is named Mona, Mona takes care of and loves Toby.
I liked Toby’s Story because Toby likes to run, sleep and play outside. I don’t like Toby’s Story because it’s explaining something and then it turns into an action while it’s explaining whatever that thing is. My favorite part is when Toby comes to the kitchen every once in a while to get a peace of bacon. I liked when Toby didn’t know what “lay still” meant in training.
I recommend this book because it’s full of happiness and love. I recommend this book to anyone who likes dogs. This is a good book for kids. This is also good to teach kids to kind of know how dogs feel.


Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer:  CJ

Title: Max’s Story

Author: W. Bruce Cameron

Rating: You should read this

Max is a dog who was up for adoption in New York City. Max was a very aggressive dog who wanted to find the right person for him. He met this girl named CJ and she was going to college to be an artist. CJ Was going to go back home. CJ had a dog that was at her home, so max and them had a good time.

I liked this book because it had a lot of details in it. Like it had them going to the park and meeting new dog friends and CJ met some friends too. The one thing I didn’t like about it was it was in the city but overall it was a good book.

I would recommend this book to any 4-6 grader. It’s a really good book to read and it’s not too long. It’s an exciting book and it makes you want to keep reading it.


Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Benjamin

Title: Dragonslayer

Author: Tui T. Sutherland

Rating: You have to read this!

In Dragonslayer, everyone thinks that Heath, the Dragonslayer, is a hero. But deep down, Ivy is not sure. She finds a boy named Leaf who is looking for his sister named Wren. Then, together they go out for answers and to find Wren but who knows what awaits them…

I liked the story because it was full of dragons and adventures and it kept me wanting to keep reading. You understand everything the author is trying to explain. I have no dislikes.

I recommend this to everyone who loves dragons and adventures.


Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Josh

Title: Runaway Ralph

Author: Beverly Cleary

Rating: You have to read this!

Runaway Ralph is about a mouse named Ralph. He lives in a hotel with his family. He decided he wanted to go to summer camp because Ralph’s little cousins sisters and brothers are annoying and he knew all the kids would have peanit butter and jelly sandwiches and he could have rather crumbs. It was hard for Ralph to get their once he does he reilizes that he wants to go home because he is not happy at camp he misses his family.

I really like the idea of a mouse and a motorcycle and i love how many challenges Ralph faces in the book the only dislike I have is he is a bit selfish. All in all I love the book.

I recommend this book for 7 and up.


Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Josh

Title: Ralph S. Mouse

Author: Beverly Cleary

Rating: You have to read this!

Ralph S. Mouse is where Ralph goes to school because he is annoyed with his family. He finds he does not like school and he missed  his family and decided to go home but it is not easy.

I like the idea of a mouse and a motorcycle, a mouse size motorcycle that Ralph can ride. Next I like how Ralph is neither happy or mad, in some cases he is happy and in others he is sad. All in all I love the book.

I would recommend 7 and up to read it.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Ady

Title: The One and Only Ivan

Author: Catherine Applegate

Rating: You should read this

The One and Only Ivan is about a gorilla named Ivan. Ivan made a promise to his best friend Stella who is a very old elephant and he must keep that promise. He and his friend Bob must try to save a little elephant named Ruby from spending the rest of her life in a cage. Ivan was raised by a human named Mack who owned a circus at Big Top Mall Video,  Arcade Exit 8.

What I liked about The One and Only Ivan is it’s about taking animals and that there’s a rabbit that rides a firetruck, a chicken that plays baseball, a nerve-racking seal, a funny parrot, a gorilla, and two elephants. What I dislike about this story is that two very important animals in Ivan’s life pass away.

I would recommend this book to boys and girls all around the world. There is also a movie of The One and Only Ivan. The story is based on a true story about a gorilla who lived in a circus.

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Historical Fiction

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Realistic Fiction

Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Acacia

Title: It’s Not the End of the World

Author: Judy Blume

Rating: You have to read this!

This book is about this girl and her family. Her name is Karen and the book is about, Karen’s mom and dad getting into fights. Then they decided to get a divorce, Karen try’s to stop it. Then one day Karen’s mom took Jeff Amy and Karen out for dinner. Jeff gets mad and runs out the restaurant and runs away. The divorce has to wait because they couldn’t find Jeff or Karen thought it was a perfect time to get her mom and dad together.

I love this book because it’s full of mystery. It’s a sad and happy book. My favorite part is when Karen’s friend does a monkey face, my favorite character is Karen because she is just like me because she is the same age and she went through a divorce like me.

I recommend this book for all people. The book is about a divorce and running away it catches your attention it’s kind of about what wold happen if you wold go through a divorce. If you don’t like divorces or sad stuff the book is not for you.


Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Brayden

Title: A Long Way from Chicago

Author: Richard Peck

Rating: You have to read this!

My name is Joey and my sisters name is Mary Alice. The story is during the late 1920s and 1930s during the great depression. These stories are about our crazy adventures visiting grandma and growing up. Sometimes things are not what they seem until we get old too.

One of our summers these bad kids broke into grandma’s house. Then the grandma said go get the parents at the church. Then mean while the kids were holed down by a shotgun. Also, she put a mouse it a milk jug. Then they went to grandma’s house. Then the grandma said I found a mouse in the milk jug. Then when I tell the whole city they are going to stop buying milk from you. Then your business is going to get shut down.  You have read the book to see what happens next.

I would recommend this book if you live with your grandma.            . This book was super funny and there is a story in every chapter. I would have kids ten or older read this book because it has big words.

Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Noshan

Title: The Big Field

Author: Mike Lupica

Rating: You should read this!

The Big Field is about when Hutch was invited to Darryl’s house but when he was on his way back to his house there was a storm and Hutch went back to his house. Hutch made another friend named Cody even when Hutch left school Hutch was talking to Cody about baseball. When Hutch was playing baseball he gotten 2 strikes but one hit (but not a home run) and he ran and was not safe. Read the book to find out what happens.

Hope you like the book.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Thomas

Title: Tides of War

Author: Alex London

Rating: You should read this

This book is about a man named Cory and McNab and Noah. Cory survives a shark attack and joins the navy. He goes on patrol on the water. Cory finds a old Navy Seal body.

What I like about this book is the action, also the adventure and the characters. I also like the animals like the sharks. I also like when Cory joins the Navy, and when Cory is surrounded by sharks.

I would recommend this book to boys because they probably like adventure and action. Also, some like the Navy. Boys also like sharks and navy seals. They like navy dolphins to. They also like animals that protect.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Aisley

Title: Bridge to Terabithia

Author: Katherine Paterson

Rating: You have to read this!

The book was mostly about Jess and a friendship with a new girl named Leslie. It started off with Jess wanting to be the fastest kid in fifth grade, but instead Leslie was. So, it is weird how good of friends they became. But how it all started was that they built a land called Terabithia. It’s basically like their own land. When they built Terabithia, Leslie made Jess king and herself queen. Later in the book Jess realized how much Leslie taught him about life and himself.

I really liked the book, but it did make me a little emotional. One of my favorite parts in the book is how Jess and Leslie build Terabithia and watching their friendship grow. My other favorite part is when Jess makes a new queen in Terabithia. Overall, I really enjoyed the book.

I would recommend this book to both girls and boys because the main characters are a girl and a boy. I would recommend this for ten and above but I think mostly ten because the main characters are ten too, but I think you would like it even if you were older than ten. Read this book but don’t forget the tissues.

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Genre: Science fiction

Reviewer: Brayden

Title: The Fallen Spaceman

Author: Lee Harding

Rating: You should read this!     The main characters in this book are a spaceman named Tyro and earth boys named Erick and Stephen. Its about a spaceman accidently falling to Earth and a boy who accidently got kidnapped.  

 I like how the book described the spaceman with a small, shiny head with no hair at all, and a wide, enormous eyes that reminded him of a sad puppy.  l liked how the people inside the starship looked a little like us, but they were different in many ways. Thy came from another world in a distant part of the galaxy.  The author describe there voices were strange. To our ears their speech would sound more like music.

 I would recommend this book because this book is exciting but also kind of sad.  I would have kids 7 or older read this book. This is a book that is science-fitcion.


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3 responses to “Book reviews

  1. Amelia

    Maybe I will

  2. Lairden

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