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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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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Nekoda

Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Author: J.K Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a book about a young fourteen year old boy who gets put into a tournament that is seventeen year olds only. He learns that someone put his name into the drawing for the contestants of the tournament, and throughout the book he figures out the mystery of himself being put into the game, while also dealing with bad stuff happening with his friend Ron, and the different tournament sessions.

I liked this book very much because of the way that Harry Potter has hardships with Ron, and then solves it miraculously through the longing of wanting to be friends again. I also like it because it is very hard to stop reading because of the way that J.K Rowling intrigues you with the different varieties of tournament sessions.

I highly recommend this book and this entire series to any reader who will read for a long time and any reader who loves a long intriguing book full of suspense and relief.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Ayden

Title: Warriors: Midnight

Author: Erin Hunter

Rating: You have to read this!

The book I read was called Warriors: Midnight. The middle of the story was all adventure. They traveled place to place. It was an interesting adventure. They traveled miles until the last stop was Twolegs palace where Brambleclaw was a warrior to fight. They had to move away from Starclan. They had to stay in twoleg nests. Suddenly, they were on a cliff and…

I hope you will read this book it was interesting. It was a game changer. It was amazing to read. I hope you will read this book please. Also, you cat lovers will love it.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Acacia

Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Author: J. K. Rowling

Rating: You should read this

This book is about a boy named Harry Potter. He was adopted by a family named the Dursley family. they didn’t treat Harry like a kid, they made him sleep in a cabinet. In the middle Hagrid comes and turns the Dursley’s son into a cat. Did Harry get to go with Hagrid?

This book was fun to read. I like the part when Hagrid turns the son into a cat. My favorite character is Hagrid, he’s funny. This book was not my favorite but I enjoyed it.

I recommend this book for everyone. It is a long book, it is over 300 pages long. It is a Harry Potter book and it is sad and interesting and funny. There’s animals too and it involves wizards.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Benjamin

Title: The Dragon, the Blade, and the Thread

Author: Donald Sampson

Rating: You have to read this!

In Glador Nock, Corin is not so into being a king. As a prince, he needs to wield a sword. But, as you are expected, he hates swords. But when Elenor comes, everything changes. Corin then knows he must change his ways to save Glador Nock, for his family and people..

I think the story is well written, and kept you reading. I think this has an amazing plot. When you pick up the book, it’s impossible to put down.

I recommend this to 5th grade adventure readers. It is filled with adventure. If you like dragons, I recommend this to you too.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Ethan

Title: Bailey’s Story

Author: W. Bruce Camron

Rating: You have to read this!

I read Bailey’s Story, the author is W. Bruce Cameron, the book is fictional. The book is funny, sometimes sad but most of the time it’s adventure. Bailey started off at a bad shelter stuffed with dogs and Bailey escaped.

I liked how Bailey saves Ethan (Bailey’s owner) when he goes under water. My favorite thing about the book is that Bailey makes Ethan happy, protects him, and keeps him company. My least favorite part is when Ethan and Bailey are lost in the woods.

I would recommend this book to any gender and this book would be great for reading together with someone. You should really read this book.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Ady

Title: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Author: J.K. Rowling

Rating: You should read this

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is about Harry Potter and his son Albus. Albus and Draco‘s son Scorpius go missing. I would recommend you read the other books first or else it might not make sense. Is Scorpius really you know who’s son or not? They do go back in time. It is also a play.

What I liked about the book is I love any Harry Potter book or movie. I really like when Harry, Ron, Hermione, Jinny, Draco and other people are all grown up. What I dislike about it is that Dumbledore and Snape aren’t in it. I do like that professor McGonagall is still in it.

I would recommend this book for boys and girls third grade and up. It’s an exciting book so I think almost anybody would love it.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Bacilio

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Author: J.K Rowling

Rating: You should read this

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is about a 13 year boy named Harry Potter who goes to a school called Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He lives at his uncles and aunts house. But strangely one day two days before he left for school, a house elf named Dobby shows up on Harry’s bed warning him not to go back to school that year. But Harry has been waiting to go back. Then Harry’s friend named Ron and his two brothers Gorge and Fred rescued him with their flying car. They drove too Ron’s house. the next day they received letters from Hogwarts telling them the supplies needed for that school year. Once they were all packed ready to go through the barrier at the train station. When Ron and Harry went last, they crashed. They took the car and they crashed that too. That year they had a new defense against the dark arts teacher professor Lupin. During that year people were being petrified in the school. Later in the bathroom Harry finds a journal that uncovers a lot of secrets that solve mysteries.

I liked this book because it keeps me entertained. It has a lot of cliffhangers that keep you interested. I also like this book because it helps you understand a lot of words.

I would recommend this book for kids who like magical mysteries, and also for people who don’t like reading.

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Reviewer: Brayden

Title: Charlie Bone and The Hidden King

Author: Nimmo

Rating: You should read this

This book starts with the King and a wizard friend with his three cats talking about leaving and taking care of cats. The king has the wizard turn him into a tree. The book is about Charlie and his ten brothers and sisters. Half of the siblings were evil and half were good. Charlie has to find out the truth about his father the king and bring all his siblings to help him.. Charlie is at a wizard school with his friends with several things happening.

This book had words that I had a hard time understanding. I would recommend this book for age 11 and up if your a good reader.

I would not recommend this book unless you like Harry Potter books and I don’t care for Harry Potter. However if you do like Harry Potter and magic then I recommend reading this book.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Ethan

Title: Ellie’s Story

Author: W. Bruce Camron

Rating: You should read this

I read Ellie’s Story By W. Bruce Cameron, Ellie’s Story is a fictional story. Ellie doesn’t get to hang out with the other dogs because she has to train to be a K-9 dog. Ellie can find a boy in the woods or find a injured person under a fallen building and goes through a tough adventure.

I liked when Ellie was in a sewer and her police man rescued her, it was heart warming. The thing that I didn’t like was when Ellie got shot. I also didn’t like is when Ellie didn’t get to play with the other dogs.

I would recommend this book to any gender because it’s a heart warming story. I would recommend this book to ages 5 and up. It’s a really good book and I really recommend reading it.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Nekoda

Title: Darkstalker

Author: Tui. T. Sutherland

Rating: You have to read this!

Tui. T. Sutherland’s Darkstalker is about a dragon who can see the future, read minds, and enchant things to do his bidding. In this book, Darkstalker sees a beautiful future with a dragon he awaits to meet, Clearsight. Clearsight can see into the future very well, and she’s always looking for good futures. In this, enchanting items takes chunks from your soul. Another animus tried to stop Darkstalker from losing his soul and destroying his city.

I liked this book so much because of the way it portrays Darkstalker and Clearsight’s relationship, and how it is slowly torn apart. I also liked this book because of the way that Clearsight and other dragons uncover Darkstalker’s forever kept secrets.

I highly recommend this book to other fans of Wings of Fire who have read until the tenth book. I also recommend this book to dragon lovers, like me. The last people I would recommend this to is people who like adventure put in a way you would always love.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Nekoda

Title: Dragonslayer

Author: Tui T. Sutherland

Rating: You have to read this!

Tui T. Sutherland’s Dragonslayer is a book about a girl, a boy, and a ruler’s daughter. The first girl’s name is Wren and she gets discarded by the rulers of her town as if she were more of a sting on the buttocks than a human. The boy is Wren’s brother, Leaf. Leaf’s parents told him that Wren got accidentally eaten by dragons while she was roaming the woods, and he pledged to kill the dragons that killed his sister. Meanwhile, a girl named Ivy discovers bad things about her overly praised, dragonslayer father. These three slowly come together with their forces to fix the bad things that had been done.

I liked this book so much just because from the rest of the series it is all from perspective of dragons and it is nice to see what humans are thinking during the process of, well, dragons.

I highly recommend this book to people who have read other parts of the Wings of Fireseries. I also recommend this series as well as this book to people looking for a good book.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Ady

Title: Warriors: Into The Wild

Author: Erin Hunter

Rating: You should read this

Warriors: Into The Wild is an adventurous book. If you like cats this is the book for you. Warriors is an entire series of books. This book is about a house cat Rusty who goes out in the wild and meets a stranger named Graypaw who lives in a clan. There are five clans in the book. There is ThunderClan, ShadowClan, RiverClan, WindClan, and StarClan which is the place where cats go when they pass. Throughout the book Rusty gets his named changed to Firepaw. There are lots of twists and turns throughout the book.

What I liked about this story is that it’s about cats and I love cats. I also really liked all the cool names you learn throughout the book. What I disliked about the book is that there are some sad and unexpected deaths in it.

I would recommend this book to boys and girls (ages eight and up, 3rd grade and up). I hope you read it.

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Genre: Fiction

Reviewer: Ethan

Title: Molly’s Stor

Author: W. Bruce Camron

Rating: You should read this

Molly’s Story, is by author W. Bruce Camron, and it is fiction. The book is about a girl named CJ [Clarity June] and her dog named Molly with lots of amazing adventures. CJ’s mom is single and her name is Gloria, constantly CJ and her mom are on a disagreement with each other because Gloria doesn’t like dogs and that includes Molly.

The book is awesome but there is a little bit of the story that I don’t like for example when Gloria fed Molly a big block of moldy cheese. The best part of the book is when Molly is protecting CJ from Gloria’s new boyfriend when he grabs CJ’s arm and wouldn’t let go.

I would recommend this book to any kind of audience, in every gender and all ages. Read this book it is a really, good book and I would like to recommend this book.

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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: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Brayden

Title: Dead Man in Indian Creek

Author: Mary Downing Hahn

Rating: Don’t bother

This book is about two boys Parker and Matthew who find a dead body by Indian Creek. Also, they think their mom’s boyfriend did it but it wasn’t, there was two drug dealers that were putting drugs in the dolls head and people were buying the dolls at an antique shop. The police didn’t believe Parker and Mathew so they try and solve the mystery “You look back at some little decision you made and realize all the things that happened because of it.”

I did not know this book was about drugs and a mom hanging out with bad people. I think the story was pretty sad for the boy but happy about that they went to jail.

I do not think this book is for 9-13 it is not age appropriate. I do not recommend this book, it was a mystery, but depressing.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Aisley

Title: Holes

Author: Louis Sachar

Rating: You have to read this!

Holes is the book I read. It’s mainly about this kid named Stanley and his adventure at camp green lake! Camp green lake is where you have to dig holes and find something good if you don’t then you don’t get the day off, if you do get the day off. Also, the other characters are barf bag, X-ray and armpit they also are some of the characters. The reason he is at camp green lake is because he got caught for thinking that they were a stealer because he had a donation sneaker that was worth 3000 dollars.

I do like this book because it was cool and interesting because I wanted to know what they did at camp green lake and see what they could find anything. I think this was a very good book! You should read it today.

I recommend this for grades 4-8 the reason why not third is it could be hard to read, if in that grade so maybe have a parent or guardian to read it to you!

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: CJ

Title: Absolutely Almost

Author: Lisa Graff

Rating: You should read this

This kid named Albie started a new school in fifth grade. There was a cool person group in the school and he wasn’t part of that. He met this girl named Betsy. He wanted to join the cool kid group and the cool kids let him in the group. Once he was friends with the cool kids, Betsy wasn’t his friend. Albie wanted to be friends with Betsy again. The cool kid group started to bully him. They called him a dummy. They didn’t like Betsy because she talked with a stutter. Albie and Betsy became friends again.

I thought this book was good because it was an easy read, but it was kind of boring. It was boring because I feel like nothing really happened in the book that was interesting to me. I like books that are more active.

I would recommend this book to kids in fifth grade. If you don’t like books that are easy to read, I would not recommend this book to you. But if you like easy books to read I would recommend this book.

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Science Fiction –

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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Nonfiction –

Genre: Nonfiction

Reviewer: Noshan

Title: I Survived: Five Epic Disasters

Author: Lauren Tarshis

Rating: You have to read this!

The book I Survived: Five Epic Disasters is a book about true storys of intense survival, like a tsunami or blizzards but people survived. I would say people should read this book because you can learn about intense survival and how the different people survived.

Number 1 –  The Children’s Blizzard –  It was one time when it was a cold winter where everyone had been freezing and one time 3 weather clouds had came together and it was warm so children came and had fun until a cold blizzard had came and the children had to sled back home and one time when the teacher had wanted to go back home the wind had put him down and he got up then snow got up his nose and he was froze and the wind put him down again and he can’t get back up again so he curled up into a little ball and he survived.

Number 2 – The Titanic Disaster – It was when one time everyone was in a giant ship until Jack was in bed and woke up and saw that the titanic was sinkIng. The captain of the titanic Edward said “ahhhh”! The titanic is going to sink then they had to get there lifeboat ready then they were safe.

Number 3 – The Great Boston Molasses Flood – It was when molasses was used to make gas for tanks and one time in World War 1 when a tank exploded and molasses came out and it landed in Anthony’s mouth and he couldn’t talk and he fell asleep then he heard his mom call him but molasses was in his mouth by the time he woke up he was surrounded by his family.

Number 4 – The Japanese Tsunami –  It was when one time there was a town that had built a tsunami wall to keep the town safe because they knew the same thing happened in Japan , so when the tsunami hit they were safe.

Number 5 – The Henryville Tornado – One time in Henry’s school a tornado had gone up near the school and the tornado had broke the second floor and the big kids had helped the little kids and another tornado then came and had hailstones and the hailstones had broke the windows and it was strong but the children had survived.

I all of the stories, one of the things they all had in common when trying to survive was the battle of the mind and overcoming the mental battle and they all overcame. I would recommend reading this book because all of the stories are true and can help you if you were ever faced with a survival situation. I would also recommend it because it’s very encouraging and we all need encouragement.

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3 responses to “Book reviews

  1. Amelia

    Maybe I will

  2. Lairden

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

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