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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Emile

Title: The Gauntlet

Author: Karina Riazi

Rating: You should read this

Karina Riazi’s The Gauntlet is about a group of friends who get trapped in a board game. The friends named Farah, Essie, and Alex. They have to complete three challenges to escape or they will be trapped forever.

I liked this book because it made you want to keep reading because of all the cliffhangers and it has lots of adventure in it. The only thing I disliked was that it kind of did not make sense at some parts and I found myself being confused a lot.

I would recommend this book to any fifth grade student because it has lots of big words that would not have known in fourth grade. It also is about 12-year-olds so us kids who are around that age can relate to a lot of parts in the book. I really enjoyed Karina Riazi’s The Gauntlet!


Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Ryder

Title: The Capture

Author: Kathryn Lasky

Rating: You should read this

The Capture is about a baby barn owl named Soren who falls out of his nest. Soren was waiting for help when owls picked him up and took him to Saint Aggies Academy for orphan owls. Soren and Gylfie, his new friend, resist being moon blinked. Soren and Gylfie work around Saint Aggies and find others who aren’t moon blinked. They work together to find why baby owls are being taken and try to escape.

I like this book. It’s about owls and I like owls. It was fun to be in a fantasy world. I could imagine and see what the world would look like. It’s an exciting book I can’t wait to read the whole series.

I would recommend this book. If you like owls you should read it. I think everyone in the school should read it. The teacher should read it to you.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Brody V

Title: Ranger’s Apprentice: Ruins of Gorlan

Author: John Flanagan

Rating: You have to read this!

The Ranger’s Apprentice: Ruins of Gorlan is book 1 of 13 by John Flanagan. It is about a fifteen-year-old boy, Will, who after dreaming of going to battle school gets turned down. But he surprisingly gets chosen to be an apprentice ranger in the fief of Castle Redmont. With his stealthy skills, accuracy with his bow and his master, Halt, Will turns out to be a great pupil for the group of rangers in the Kingdom of Araluen called “The Ranger Corps.” However, fourteen years of the kingdom’s peacefulness comes to an end when Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night along with his Wargals and Kalkara plot the demise of Kingdom Araluen once again.

I really like this book because it follows the friendship between Will and his friend Horace, who is in battle school, while still corresponding to the main storyline. I also like the action and adventure in the book. I would also like to read its brother series called “Brotherband Chronicles.”

I recommend this book for any reader who likes high fantasy. I would also recommend this book for any reader who likes action-packed with classic good vs. evil battles. You should really try this book out!

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Olivia

Title: Wings of Fire:, The Lost Heir: Book 2

Author: Tui T. Sutherland

Rating: You should read this

The characters in the book are Cwing, Starflight, Skywing, the sister of Tsunami, and the mother of Tsunami. In the beginning of the book it talks about all the dragons being in the jail of Starflight. Tsunami tried to kill Starflight, she think she killed her but she doesn’t actually know. They flew off onto an island and she wiped off her claws in the sand to get off the blood. Skywing is very cautious so he she hid underneath the tree and tried to warn everybody else to hide underneath the tree also. The guards went out to find them but they didn’t. Then after that they went on a travel to find the mother. Underneath the water they found an egg of another dragon!

I liked the part that that is dragon in the book but my favorite part of the book is when Tsunami find her mother with her friends. My least favorite part is the fact that there is a lot of killing going on in the book, mainly in the beginning. I also didn’t like the fact that Skywing got really hurt in the beginning. Lastly I really liked the fact that all the dragons that were in jail escaped and only one dragon died.

What could’ve made this book better is if they were all friends and if the book wouldn’t have violence in it. More details on the dragon egg would be fun, but that’s probably in book 3. I wish I knew what type of dragon it was in the book of been better if all the dragon weren’t in danger.


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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Isaiah

Title: Tin

Author: Padraig Kenny

Rating: You should read this

Tin is about a boy who gets taken away. His friends Manda, Rob, Jack, Gripper, and Estelle. They have to find there friend named Christopher. But before that they go looking for the best engineer in Great Britain. His name is Phillip cormier.

I liked this book because it had a lot of things involving machines. Another reason I like this book is because it has a lot of scientific words. For example: refined propulsion. A reason I did not like this book is because it had a lot of crying in it. It also had lots of stuff like rats and I don’t like rats.

I would recommend this book for fifth grade and six grade because it is a really good read. This book I would recommend to my cousins because they like action books. This book has a lot of action.


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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Nadia

Title: White Fox

Author: Chen Jiatong

Rating: You should read this

White Fox is a story about an Arctic fox named Dilah that is traveling through the wild. Dilah’s parents died because of a hunter but before his mom passed away she gave him a moonstone. He had no idea what the moonstone did. Dilah met a lot of friends including Egg, Ankel, Kassel, and Little Bean. He had many great adventures with his friends. I thought the best adventure that they took was when they found Little Bean, who was in a hurry to get to an important meeting with all the bunnies of the forest. On the way Little Bean saved Ankel because he drank polluted water. Unfortunately, Little Bean was late for the meeting and got kicked out of the bunny group forever.

l really loved this book, it kept me wanting to read more. One of my favorite parts of the book was when Dilah was brave enough to defend his friends from Carl the idiot fox. Carl is just like Dilah’s brother. They’re both trying to kill him to get the moonstone.

I would recommend this book for older kids, it is really sad and violent for younger kids. This book is more for animal lovers because there is a lot of animal scenes in this book. Overall this book is a really good book to me.


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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Desmond

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Author: J.K.Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

In Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets there is a boy called Harry Potter who is a wizard. One day Harry was outside when Dudley, Harry’s cousin came outside and asked Harry what he was doing. Then Harry told him that he wanted to set a bush on fire. Next Dudley went to his mom to tell her that Harry did magic. So Harry had to do chores. Afterwards, Harry went to his room and he then finds an elf named Dobby. Dobby told Harry not to go school, but after saying he still wanted to go to school Dobby does magic. An owl comes in with a letter and scares Dursley’s away. Harry then gets locked in his room but then saved by Ron and his brothers. When it is time to go to school everyone else can get in the train except Ron and Harry, so they take the flying car and land in the walloping willow. After getting scolded by the teachers, Ron and Harry find out about a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher Gildory Lockheart. It also turns out that he’s famous. A bit later ‘The chamber of secrets’ opens up in the school and a bunch of people get attacked by something. After that Harry then finds a notebook that shows him what happened fifty years ago when the Chamber of Secrets opened up the first time. After seeing what happened Harry and Ron hide in a closet in a staff room and find out that someone got dragged into the Chamber of Secrets. Finally Ron and Harry go to the chamber of secrets with Lockheart, Ron and Lockheart get stuck behind a rock and Harry goes farther into the Chamber of Secrets.

I like how when Ron and his brothers save Harry. Ron picks the lock with a bobby-pin to help Harry get his school stuff which is downstairs. I don’t like how Ron and Lockheart get stuck behind a rock

I’d recommend it to people who read the first book and that don’t mind a long book.


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Genre: Fiction

Reviewer: Cayden

Title: Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy

Author: tui t. sutherland

Rating: You should read this

Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy is about a group of mud wing dragonets who live under a mountain. There is a huge war outside of the mountain. Clay is the main dragon. He and four other dragonets are supposed to end the war according to the prophecy. The five dragons were stolen when they were babies and kept under the mountain so that some day they could fulfill the prophecy. But the book and story is filled with adventures that may take them away from the prophecy.

I did like this book because I thought it fascinating! They did a lot of neat things like battles and they are on a mission to end the fighting. Clay was my favorite dragon because he was really brave and strong.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes dragons and battles. It had a lot of adventure and cool flying scenes. It can be a little boring in some parts but if you keep reading to the end its very good.


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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Brody V.

Title: Bearwalker

Author: Joseph Bruchac

Rating: You have to read this

Bearwalker is about a kid named Baron who has a great fascination with bears. But even though he is fond of them, a great legend can even scare a kid as brave as Baron.

What I like about Bearwalker is the amount of adventure in the story. There are a bunch of cool myths and legends I liked too. My favorite part of the story is the prologue when dirty face slays the Bear/human.

I would recommend the book for boys and girls who like myths and adventure. I would also recommend this story for anyone who likes bears! You will love this book!


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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Brody J

Title: The Wild Robot

Author: Peter Brown

Rating: You should read this

The Wild Robot is about a robot that is stuck on an island and can talk to animals. So the robot named Roz wakes up on a random island not even knowing where the island is or what the robot even is. Roz has to run away from other robots that are buff and tries to escape. I won’t tell you anymore but if you want more info read the book!

I love this book a lot so I think you should read this book. I really like a section of the book where the robot is getting chased by the big robot then he almost escapes then he hides out with his friends and escapes him. I really like that part because it looks like she’s going to get caught.

I recommend this book to 4th grade to 6th grade because it has a lot of adventure moments in the book and exiting moments in the book and its just really good.


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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Claire

Title: Flora and Ulysses

Author: Kate DiCamillo

Rating: You should read this

It all started when the neighbors got a new vacuum and the vacuum went rogue. It sucked up a squirrel and the neighbors daughter ran out to save it. She named the Squirrel Ulysses.

I like the illustrations and how the author described things and the imagination in the story. I like that the first few pages were comics and pictures and it starts to dive into the story.

I would recommend this to 5th or 4th grade because it has 225 pages.


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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Ryder

Title: The Journey, book 2 in the Guardians of Ga’Hoole series

Author: Kathryn Lasky

Rating: Don’t bother

Soren and his friends have escaped Saint Agnes. They’re going to the Ga’Hoole tree on an island in the middle of the ocean. They run into trouble on the way like forest fires and an ice wall. When they finally make it to the Ga’Hoole tree they are given jobs. Soren was given the job of picking up hot coals with his beak. He brought the coals to the forge at the Ga’Hoole tree. Something is going on outside of the Ga’Hoole tree and they are preparing.

I do not like the book. It was slow and it made it hard to read. I lost interest in it. There wasn’t a lot of exciting parts.
I would not recommend this book to my friends because it does not sound fun or interesting it might be hard to read it without reading the first one.


Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Roz

Title: Igraine the Brave

Author: Cornelia Funke

Rating: You need to read this!

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Igraine the Brave is about a girl who dreams of being a famous knight. She lives in a castle called pimpernel castle.  Tomorrow is Igraine’s birthday. Her parents stay up all night making her presents. Her parents open all the books of magic. Her parents make her a gift of a lifetime. She goes on a big adventure.

I recommend this book to girls who want to do something that boys would do. I think I like that sometimes.

You should read this book because it changes your life and it changed my life.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Isaiah

Title: Bearwalker

Author: Joseph Bruchac

Rating: You have to read this!

The book Bearwalker is about a boy named baron. Baron and his class go to camp called Camp Chucksmuck. On this camping trip baron meets the camp directors mr. and mrs. Osgood. Then he meets this really wierd cannibal. Barons parents are in the military.

I like this book because it is really action packed. I did not like this book because it gets really creepy. I like this book because it involves a lot of nature. I did not like this book because the other camp directors got fired.

I would not like to recommend this book to fourth graders. I would recommend this book to 6th grade. I would also recommend this book to 5th grade. I would recommend this book to these classes because it is a good read.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Olivia

Title: Wings of Fire, Book 3, The Hidden Kingdom

Author: Tui T. Sutherland

Rating: You should read this

There are a lot of dragons in the book like rain wing, star flight, and other types of dragons. The dragons all meet up to find rain wing’s kingdom so they set of over the ocean and they have to be careful because from the last book there are other dragons trying to hurt them.

I did not like that it is vary jumpy. I love that it would be fine and then all of a sudden it is bad to good. I do not like that there is violence in it. But it still is really good you should read this book. I would recommend that it is not so jumpy. Or if it has more details in it and it is really a good book you should read this book!

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Roz

Title: Pegasus: The Flame of Olympus, Book One

Author: Tui T. Sutherland

Rating: You should read this

Pegasus: The Flame of Olympus, Book One is about a girl named Emily and a pegasus named pegs. At the beginning of the book a war breaks out in Olympus and in the world that we live in has a really bad storm. Pegs land on Emily’s roof. She flies to central park on pegs and has a crash landing.

I loved this book the moment my eyes landed on the cover. I love fantasy and pegasus is full of it. I loved reading this book from front to back.

I Recommend this book to kids who love fantasy like me! My favorite character is Pegs because he is so beautiful. Emily is my second favorite character because she is the main character. Jopeder is my third favorite character because he is the god of olympus.

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Genre: Fiction

Reviewer: Desmond

Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Author: J.K. Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

In Harry Potter Prisoner of Abakan, Harry runs away from the Dudley’s and takes a magic bus to a hotel for wizards until school starts. When school starts Harry finds out that he would get very hurt or even die in a class all about predicting the future. Afterwords when Harry and his friends are sneaking out of the school to do something they get attacked by a dog that forces them into a hideout under a tree, where everything they knew was flipped.

I dislike how the story get flipped at the end of the story. I like how there is a side plot about a sport called quidditch.

I would recommend it to eleven year old boys.

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Note: You will need parent & teacher permission to read this book!

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Jackson

Title: Dracula

Author: Bram Stoker

Rating: You have to read this!

Dracula is one of the most spooky books I have ever read. It is about this guy who is as old as time itself and he has the power of a vampire. He is like this person who does not die. He can go in any form and the book has some other people in it that are a big part of the book.

I like the fact that it has some sort of reality to it and that is what makes it so spooky and just fun to read. There really was a person named Dracula .

I would recommend this book to kids from 4th grade and up this book is so cool and so spooky but do not let 4th and below read this book it could it be to spooky for them.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Carys

Title: Connect the Stars

Author: Marisa de los Santos and David Teague

Rating: You have to read this!

The book Connect the Stars is told from two different perspectives, Audrey Alcot and Aron Archer. Audrey Alcot is a girl who can tell if someone is lying or not, she only has one friend, and that one friend is Jinny, everybody lies to Audrey, except her best friend Jinny. When Jinny  lies to Audrey she hits her breaking point. Her parents send her to summer camp ‘’El Viaje a la Confianza’’, they say that there won’t be lies and stress. Aron Archer is a boy who can remember anything he reads, hears, and sees, he can recite all the facts and figures word for word. When an ill-thought- out scheme gets Aron in trouble, his parents decide to send him somewhere where he can’t rely on facts alone, ‘’El Viage a la Confianza’’. Aron Archer and Audrey Alcot end up at the same summer camp. When the unthinkable happens it will take everything Audrey and Aron have got. And on their journey Audrey and Aron begin to see that facts don’t tell the whole story and sometimes to find the truth you have to look beyond the lies.

The book Connect the Stars is wonderful read filled with mystery and adventure. I really like this book because it is very fun to read. Every time I read one chapter I find myself reading the next.

I would recommend this book to anyone. It is an easy read.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Tucker

Title: Foxcraft, The Taken

Author: Inbali Iserles

Rating: You should read this

Foxcraft: The Taken is about a young fox named Isla and she returning to her den she finds it on fire and a dozen wired foxes and she can’t see her family and so she is forced to run. While running she runs into many dangers and a fox named Siffrin who is a messenger for Jana. Later in the book we find out the skulk’s leader name is Karka. Then Siffrin tech Isla some foxcraft and that is basically magic.

Two things I do like about this book is it descriptive and action packed. I also like how it is about foxes and foxes are cute. Two things I do not like about this book. one in beginning of the book a lot of the pages take place at night time. Two you don’t know a lot of words unit the end of the book.

I would recommend this book to anyone in 5th to 7th grade. the reason some or the names and words are tricky to say. Some of the scenes in your head can get scary and they mite scar young readers, that is who I would recommend this book to.

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Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Reviewer: Nadia

Title: Wings of Fire

Author: Tui T. Slutherland

Rating: You have to read this!

Wings Of Fire is a book about a dragon named Clay and all of his friends. Clay and his friends got stolen as eggs from there habitat by the talons of peace. Taken to an underground cave, where the three guardian dragons train them and take care of them. Although during this time Clay and the others thought they were in a prison cave. There are five dragonets named Glory, Tsunami, Sunny, Clay, and Starflight. The three guardian dragons are named Kestrel, Dune and Webs.

I really liked this book. There are dragons and also there is friendship. There is teamwork and just a lot of “ WOAH” or “ WHY?!?” moments that make the book interesting. One woah moment was when Clay ventured off, and Tsunami found him. They ended up running into Queen Scarlet! One ask yourself “WHY” moment was when Clays mother actually sold him to the Dragonet Prophecy for two cows! I really love interesting and fun books so that’s why I love this book so much. One negative thing is there is a LOT of violence, and I don’t like that, but all in all it is a great book.

I would recommend this book for fifth graders who like dragons but are ok to hear about them dying. I would also recommend this book to any grades higher who can handle hearing about dragons dying, and maybe a few fourth graders. I think a few people in the class would probably like this book. Because of the books cliffhanger at the end it makes you want to read the next book.

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Historical Fiction

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Genre: Historical fiction

Reviewer: Tucker

Title: Suspect Red

Author: L.M. Elliot

Rating: Don’t bother

The family in this book is the Bradley family. Their names are Don, Abigail, Richard, Ginny. They are a white family living in New York City. Richard’s dad is an FBI agent during the Cold War in 1953. There is another character named Vlad, who is Richard’s best friend. So what happens in the book is that Richard starts to rethink the things his parents have told him. The reason why he starts to rethink is because of Vlad’s theories. Also Richard thinks his dad is a Secret agent

I would recommend this book to anyone 12 and up as it is a pretty intense book.

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Genre: Historical fiction

Reviewer: Isaiah

Title: My Brother’s Secret

Author: Dan Smith

Rating: You have to read this!

My Brother’s Secret is about a boy named Karl. Karls father dies in combat as a Nazi. Karl looses his faith in Hitler.

I like this book because it has a lot of action. It is a good book because it is adventurous. Something I do not like about the book is it has a lot of Nazi soldiers. Another thing I do not like is that Karls father dies.

I would recommend this book to people who like historical fiction. I would recommend this book to fourth, fifth, and sixth grade readers.

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Realistic Fiction

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Roz

Title: The Boxcar Children

Author: Gertrude Chandler Warner

Rating: You should read this

The Boxcar Children is About four kids named Jessie, Henry, Benny, and Violet who are trying to run away from the Baker and his wife. Why they are called The Boxcar Children is because they live in a  very old boxcar that they  found in the woods.  The children love each other because they are brothers and sisters two girls and two boys. Jessie and Violet are the two girls  and Benny and Henry are the two boys.

I really like this book because it keeps calling you to read further and further until you’re in the end. My favorite part in the whole book is when Jesse helps the dog watch. Another part in the book is when they have to sleep in the benches in the breaker.

I recommend this book to girls and boys of all ages.  This book is related to all the poor kids in the world. You should read this book if you don’t like it, that is okay but all I know is that I love it!


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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Carys

Title: Hatchet

Author: Gary Paulson

Rating: You have to read this!

The book Hatchet is about a twelve year old boy named Brian. He is on his way to visit his father when his one engine plane crashes. He is now stranded with nothing but a hatchet that his mother gave him before he boarded the plane. He had crashed by a lake. He is fighting to survive. While he is there, he finds that he is a different person. Will he survive long enough to be saved?

I really liked this book, Gary Paulson is a good writer. I really got an understanding about how difficult it would be to be stranded on an island alone. It was interesting to think about how he was alone for who knows how long and how he did things.

I would recommend this book to anyone. It has lots of cliffhangers and when I finish one chapter I find myself reading the next.


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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Drake

Title: Lone Stars

Author: Mike Lupika

Rating: You have to read this!

The book Lone Stars is about a quarterback named Clay. The main characters are Clay, his mom Maddie, and Clays coach. The book starts out during the Thanksgiving holiday. Clay is a wide receiver the best in the peewee division. Clays number is 87. Clay loves Dez Bryant and that’s why he chose number 87. Clay is trying to be a good player on the team when he was at practice clay is talking about the game on thanksgiving. Clay is talking with his coach before the game the book is mostly about the normal football season they had good team work.

The book does have a lot of details to much that I can’t write about everything. This book talks about some games of the season and the fact of the book talking about what else is goin Clays coach seemed really nice through out the whole book.

I think the author did a really good job on it. I recommend this book for 3rd and 4th grade. I enjoyed how much time the author put into the book. I hope you get a chance to read the book. I hope that you get a chance to read it. The book was a 7 out of 10 because Football is not my favorite sport.


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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Tanner

Title: The Voyage of the Frog

Author: Gary Paulson

Rating: You should read this

The Voyage of the Frog is about a boy named David who tries to sail his uncles sailboat across the sea but he does not know that a big storm is coming and going to take him far away from home. He also had a short supply of food. He has to survive the storm to get back home. While he was on his sail boat and in the storm several things happened. He first runs into a tanker who could save him but the tanker could not see him. Just after that there were orca whales that surrounded his boat he was scared but then he started to enjoy them. Next he saw an island it was a desert island where he spent the night, and finally he was preparing to go home and just as we was leaving there was another tanker that tried to help him but he didn’t want to leave his boat so they gave him supplies to go home.

I really liked this it was suspenseful and fun to read. I like boats I hope more people will read this book.

This perfect for people who like boats and water.


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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Sage

Title: Ghost

Author: Jason Reynolds

Rating: You should read this

This book is about a kid who had a bad childhood, his dad tried to kill him as a kid. But he joined the track team because he ran from his dad shooting at him and his mother. She met friends on the way from the track team and his coach was super nice to. The coach took him and his friends out to dinner. They all shared secrets of their childhood. Well, he shared his.

What I liked about the book was the drama the setting in the area that it was and how well it describes a book. Another thing that I liked about the book is that the ending is very surprising I’m not going to give it away though. I think that I just liked about the book was how long it was, normally it’s short for a book. Another thing that I just liked about the book was it how one chapter is so long and then one is very short.

I would recommend this book to people who can read it really good. I really hope you enjoy this book if you read it. I would also recommend it to people who I really like a book that has drama and if you were on a track team.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Brody J

Title: Frindle

Author: Andrew Clements

Rating: You should read this

Frindle is a pen that has a name. There is a kid named Nick Allen and he always has good ideas but his teacher is always nonsense. Nick learns how words were first created and that’s when he got an idea to make a new word. He no longer called a pen, a pen, he has now called it Frindle. But then the school catches on and the word gets popular and he can’t stop it.

I really like this book because it’s so cool how easily you can make a word. And how it can just become popular so fast. Also the book is so creative. That is why I like this book a lot.

I would recommend this book to 5th graders because it is so creative and I think most 5th graders would like this.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Tanner

Title: Better Nate than Ever

Author: Tim Federle

Rating: You should read this

Better Nate than Ever is about a seventh grade boy In Pittsburg, Pennsylvania named Nate. He wants to be a star in a broadway show in New York City . His parents went on vacation alone that gave him the opportunity to go to New York City. When he gets to New York City he auditions for E.T. The musical. His friend from home called his aunt who lives in New York City. His parents found out that he lives in New York City, in the end he gets the part.

This book has some parts that are ok and some parts I didn’t like because they are for older kids.

I would recommend this book to boys in higher grades like sixth and seventh grade and who want to be in a musical and see New York City.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Ryder

Title: The Nebula Secret

Author: Trudi Trueit

Rating: You should read this

Cruz is a 12-year-old boy who is living in Hawaii and is about to go to the Explorer Academy. At the Explorer Academy Cruz will learn from scientists, explorers, conservationists, photographers and journalists. At the school Cruz has his iPad hacked while doing simulations for class. Cruz has to be a very good student and find out his moms secret. Cruz also discovers that he’s been followed from Hawaii to the Explorer Academy.

I recommend the book to all of my classmates. I liked when I was action packed. The book was fast and fun to read. I plan on reading the next book in the series.

I think that anybody who would like science and enjoy the book. It has a lot of action and keeps you guessing. Anyone who likes to read science books will enjoy it.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Brody V.

Title: Booked

Author: Kwame Alexander

Rating: You should read this

Booked by Kwame Alexander, is about a kid in middle school, Nick who loves to play soccer, but when his parents get divorced he has to find a way to deal with soccer and that at the same time. Can the beautiful game help Nick and his best friend Coby deal with the world?

Overall, I thought the book was okay, but the amount of actual football action was limited. I kind of got “clickbaited” by the cover of the novel. I also thought the text style of it was interesting. I pretty much finished the whole thing in a week because of that. Other than that, I thought it was a decent book with funny parts that balance out the sad ones.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes futbol (soccer) and for people who love realistic fiction.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Drake

Title: Game Changers

Author: Mike Lupica

Rating: You should read this

The book Game Changers is about a kid named Ben Mc Bain who plays basketball. The book’s characters are Ben McBain, Sam Brown, Bens coach, Cooper/Coop, Mrs. Manley, and finally Chase. The book was pretty easy to read. What happens in the book is mostly just talking about there season in there basketball league. I Ioved how this book had a lot of details about every game they played. There best player is Chase Ben, the main character, was good at football and not basketball. Ben practiced all day and night to be better then Chase. I rate this book a 4 star it is good but there are a lot of details. I suggest this book for fifth grade boys I hope you learned about Game Changers.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Drake

Title: Game Changers: Play Makers

Author: Mike Lupica

Rating: You should read this

The book Game Changers #2: Play Makers is about the same kid Ben McBain in Game Changers 1 which is about basketball. The book is about football and the characters are Ben Shawn, Berry Stanton, Sam Brown, Peyton Manning, Cooper, and Coach O’Brien. The book talks about Bens football season. Ben is great at football. The book talks about Ben playing his football season. I love how much work the author put into this book. The authors name is Mike Lupica. I love how he writes all of his books. I loved how much detail he put into this book. I like Mike Lupicas books, he does a great job on his books. I would rate this book about a 7 out of ten because I am not the worlds biggest fan of football. I suggest this book for fifth grade boys. I really think he did a great job on this book. I hope you learned about the book.

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Science Fiction –

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Genre: Science fiction

Reviewer: Emile

Title: Space Case

Author: Stuart Gibbs

Rating: You have to read this!

Stuart Gibbs’ Space Case is about a 12 year old boy named Dash. He is one of the first people to live on the moon. He lives on a space station created by NASA that is on the moon. Suddenly one of there fellow “moonies” (moonies is what people call others who live not the moon) dies. Dash thinks that he has been murdered. DA DA DAAAA!

I *REALLY* liked this book. It was funny and interesting. It kept me from putting it down. There was lots of action and mystery. I enjoyed this book so, so very much.

I would recommend this book to all people from ages 10-13. It would be kind of confusing for younger people :). You should *DEFINITELY* read this book!


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Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewer: Emile

Title: Spaced Out

Author: Stuart Gibbs

Rating: You have to read this!

Spaced Out by Stuart Gibbs is about a kid named Dash, who lives on the moon. He is part of a NASA experiment called MBA (Moon Base Alfa) where very smart people live on the moon doing experiments that will help colonize the moon. One day the MBA base commander, Nina, goes missing. Will the people at MBA find Nina? Or will Nina die with no oxygen? Find out in Stuart Gibbs’ Spaced Out.

I REALLY, REALLY liked this book. It was just as good as the first one! (PS – this is the second one in the series) It was definitely a edge-of-your-seat kind of book!

I would recommend this book to all fifth graders of both genders. There are some big words that would be confusing to kids that are younger. Also the story is kind of confusing so some younger readers might not get it as much as a older kid might.


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Genre: Science fiction

Reviewer: Isaiah

Title: The Game of Lives

Author: James Dashner

Rating: You have to read this!

This book is about a boy named Michael and his friends. Their names are Sara and Bryson. Michael is a program from this place called the Virtnet. He gets put into a human body and he is trying to stop other programs because they will take over the world.

I like this book because it is filled with lots of action. My favorite books are ones with a lot of action. This book as a lot of death in it which I do not like. This book is also funny which I like.

I would recommend this book to the 5th grade class. This book I would also recommend it to the six grade class. I would not recommend this book to the 4th grade class. It is sort of violent.

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Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewer: Emile

Title: Dead End In Norvelt

Author: Jack Gantos

Rating: You have to read this!

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos is about a boy named Jack Gantos (the same name as the author) who gets grounded for the summer because he shot his dads sniper rifle. His neighbor who writes obituaries for people who die in the town of Norvelt, hires Jack.

I really enjoyed this book. It was funny and interesting. If I were you I would DEFINITELY consider reading this book. It keeps you coming back for more.

I would recommend this book to all fifth and sixth graders because it has some language and would be kind of confusing for younger kids.

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Genre: Science fiction

Reviewer: Emile

Title: Waste of Space

Author: Stuart Gibbs

Rating: You have to read this!

Stuart Gibbs’ Waste of Space is about Dash, a 13 year old boy who lives on NASA’s MBA (moon base Alfa) when he is assigned by the moon base commander, Nina when Lars, a mean, Swedish moon tourist gets poisoned (but does not die). He and his friend Kira embark on a dangerous mission to find the culprit.

I really liked this book! It was a mix of funny, adventure, and mystery. (PS. It is the third book in the series and I would definitely recommend reading the others.)

I would recommend this book to fifth grade and up. It would be confusing and not as interesting to younger readers.

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Genre: Science fiction

Reviewer: Brody V.

Title: Space Case

Author: Stuart Gibbs

Rating: You have to read this!

Space Case is about a twelve year old boy named Dashiell who suspects foul play when one of the smartest scientists on the moon dies. The problem is that no one else believes him. Will Dash be able to persuade his fellow ‘moonies’ or will the murderer get away with the crime?

I really liked the book because it shows lots of anticipation but then switches to something different very fast. The suspense is also really magnificent. My favorite part of the book is when he meets Zan. The last few closing sentences might be my favorite though!

I recommend this book for anyone who likes space, adventure, and mystery. Elementary school kids from third to fifth grade would love this book too. Overall I extremely recommend this mysterious and fantastic liberty of reading.

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Genre: Humorous

Reviewer: Jackson

Title: Real Ponies Don’t Go Oink

Author: Patrick F. McManus

Rating: You have to read this!

Real Ponies Don’t Go Oink by Patrick F. Mc Manus is a funny book about a goofy man who likes to write a book about how he goes fishing and hunting and just having a good or just a stupid time and it is just full of funny stories.

There is a story where he goes ice fishing with his friend and he is just having such bad luck and at the end he finally has some good luck for once in his life and it is just something to enjoy.

I would recommend this book to fifth and fourth grade boys because it has stuff in it like hunting and fishing and I think that girls would think it was boring and just dumb and just annoying. I also think that grades three and below should not read this because it is just so much more advanced for them.

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Nonfiction –

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Note: You need parent permission to read this book!

Genre: Nonfiction

Reviewer: Jackson

Title: Into the Wild

Author: Jon Krakauer

Rating: You have to read this!

Into the Wild is a great book and it is about a young man named Christopher Johnson Mccandelas. He goes out into the wild to survive on his own four a few months and he keeps a journal and rites to his sister Alex Mccandelas and it is cool to hear a different point of view from Christopher and Alex.

I liked how Christopher keeps a journal and how the other takes the information from the journal and puts it in to his own words and it makes for a good book and it is just a good book and it is just cool to hear his own words.

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Genre: Nonfiction

Reviewer: Tanner

Title: Heroes of 9/11: Ten True Tales

Author: Allan Zullo

Rating: You have to read this!

9/11 was a catastrophe, this book has ten true tales about 9/11. Some story’s are about the Pentagon, Boeing 757, and about the World Trade Center (WTC). These story’s have changed America forever. One story is about the Pentagon collapsing from the suicide bomber attack.

I really liked this book, hands down. My favorite part of the book is when LIEUTENANT Colonel Victor Correa saves a man about to die at the collapsing Pentagon.

I would recommend this book to people who like mysteries, suspense, and heroes. This a good book to do research on and read more books about 9/11. You need to read this book!

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Genre: Nonfiction

Reviewer: Tanner

Title: I Survived: Five Epic Disasters

Author: Lauren Tarshis

Rating: You have to read this!

I Survived: Five Epic Disasters by Lauren Tarshis is about five epic disasters. Those five are tsunamis, blizzards, tornados, floods, and the titanic. These are really good true stories. It’s about young children surviving epic disasters. Ones about a young boy named Walter Allen who’s eight years old surviving the January 12,1888 blizzard. Another one is about fifth grade students Shelby, Dayna, and Lyric surviving the April 29,2012 tornado.

I really liked this book. I love how Lauren Tarshis has different characters and different disasters and how there’s never a sequel it’s just different stories. Lauren Tarshis is a great author.

I recommend this book to people who like disasters and suspense. And love great artists. You need to read this book.

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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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