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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Amy

Title: Ever After High: The Unfairest of Them All

Author: Shannon Hale

Rating: You should read this

So in the story Ever After High: The Unfairest of Them All Raven Queen is the daughter of the evil queen, Apple White is the daughter of Snow White, and last, Maddie is the daughter of the Mad Hatter. As they enjoy there life at Ever After High a problem occurs and they get into a huge problem. My favorite part is the food fight, that was cool. So at Ever After High they have this thing where you sign and vow to follow in your parents footsteps but Raven doesn’t want to be like her mom so instead of signing the paper she tore it out and ripped it up, so then they all got mad at her mostly the good though.

I liked that there was a problem and a solution and when there’s a problem or exciting part in your story you know it’s a good book. My favorite part is that Raven Queen what’s to be her own person and not how people want her to be. So I think that she has her life to plan. The part I didn’t like was when they were blaming her if anything went a mess. Even though she didn’t do it. They were really blameful and rude. So that’s what I didn’t like.

I recommend this book to 4th to 5th grade girls. I recommend this book to girls because this book is more what girls would like to read. I don’t think that boys would like this book because I personally now it’s girly because I read it. So I do recommend it to girls though anyone could read it.

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Genre:  Fantasy

Reviewer: Dax

Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Author: J. K. Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

Harry Potter is a boy who was passed on to his Aunt Petunia and his Uncle Vernon. Then he got strange mail and it got worse. They went to the vacation home and Hagrid came there when night hit. And then Harry Potter went to Hogwarts and had a lot of adventures. You will have to read on your own.

I like about the book that Harry gets treated well at Hogwarts and many more places after that. I dislike when Dudley bullies Harry and when Aunt Petunia treats him like a slave and makes him make breakfast for them. I also like that Harry is kind and not mean like Dudley and spoiled like him.

I recommend this book to fifth grade and fourth grade . I recommend this to fifth grade because its a fifth grade level.


 

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Kari

Title: Once Upon a Pet

Author: Susanne Selfors

Rating: You have to read this!

It was a totally normal day at E.A.H for the royals and rebels but for Duchess Swan. She was so upset she woke up her swan, Pirouette, from all her screaming. Pirouettes favorite thing to do was nap so she was kind of upset. Once Duchess saw her awake, she grabbed a red ribbon from her bedside table and reached to put it on Pirouette. The animals at Ever After High were not normal and that includes Pirouette. Every animal had something special but Pirouette could dance so well. She was a natural, she was graceful, but she had never danced in front of anyone but Duchess and Duchess alone. So when Duchess said she was going to perform, Pirouette did not know until after that she was going to be in front of everyone at Ever After High. She was so scared she couldn’t help but want to fly away but she didn’t even thought she was scared she decided to face her fear!

I really like this book because Pirouette faced her fear of being in front everyone being so scared to do so and I love how fierce she was to do all of that. I hate that there is just one full chapter about Duchess Swan and I think Duchess is just a self centered person and just cares about winning, but Pirouette is just graceful. I think that is how Duchess should be and Duchess is strong but not kind. It is just spellbinding to read

I recommend this book for you because it is just such a wonderful thing to read to dive into a amazing story. I mainly recommend it for girls because they have a lot more imagination and I know boys have imagination but we all know boys like video games, but some of them like to read but it is very rare. So please read this it is the most interesting book I have ever even seen in my entire life!


 

 

 

Genre:  Fantasy

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title:  The Hobbit

Author: J.R.R Tolkien

Rating: You have to read this!

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who does not like adventure. He lives in his little hobbit hole not wanting anything to do with adventure. One day, an unexpected gang of dwarves come to his hobbit hole, led by the great Gandalf, the wizard. The group goes on a brilliant adventure to reclaim the hoard of gold protected by the dragon Smaug. Their adventure features dangers such as giant spiders and trolls.

I really liked the book. It was a great book full of fantastic chapters. Each chapter left you on a cliffhanger, so you kept wanting to read more. My favorite part was when the hobbit trades riddles with a mysterious creature called Golem.

Lastly, I would recommend this book for high level fifth grade readers. A girl or boy could like it, but a boy might like it a bit more. It is a very good tale that I hope lots of people get to enjoy!


 

 

 

Genre:  Fantasy

Reviewer: Elijah

Title: Minecraft: The Island

Author: Max Brooks

Rating: You have to read this!

Minecraft: The Island is about a person who is not named for his adventure of surviving on a island in Minecraft. This was a hard task to do. When he learned that the world wasn’t all peaceful, he is already half dead. He goes to mine to find diamonds. He figures out that he has to stop the mobs.

I liked this book because it is in a language that most kids could understand and how he colud improvise and survive.

I would recommend this to boys 7+ because it shows to boys that life cannot always be fun. There are some roadblocks along the way. But you could always get a diamond pickaxe and mine out the blocks.

 


 

 

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Kari

Title: Ever After High: Kiss and Spell

Author: Susanne Selfors

Rating: You have to read this!

It was a normal morning at Ever After High but it seemed that Ginger Breadhouse was the first up in her dormitory. She also shared a dorm with Melody Piper daughter of the Piped Piper. Melody was so hungry she took a muffin Ginger had been baking. but Ginger had been baking since she was a kid. She learned how to bake nonpoisonous treats so she could have friends but sooner or later she knew it would get worse and it did. She also remembered the time her mom was picked to bring snack in for kindergarten but that did not go well. She tried to pretend nothing was wrong but her mother could tell what was wrong. She could tell that her daughter wanted friends that wouldn’t be afraid of her and her mother. After that she was homeschooled so she didn’t have to deal with embarrassment. She enjoyed having fun with her mother cooking nonpoisonous foods, it changed her life forever.

I liked this book because it has a lot of fairytale things and I like how it includes fairytale characters and changes up their story’s like the candy witch having a daughter. The point that her daughter is actually made of a gingerbread cookie is really good to read. What I didn’t like about it was that the people that created books that say that the candy witch did everything wrong but it was cool that the people who created Ever After High made it seem like the bad guys were good guys.

I recommend this book for girls because I believe that they will have the same opinion as me that making it seem like the bad guys were good guys. I mainly think this book should mainly be interesting for girls. It has a lot of fun things to read about and has a lot of interesting ways of combining story’s.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Avery

Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Author:         J. K. Rowling

Rating: You have to read this

For twelve years, the wizard prison, Azkaban, has kept a prisoner named Sirius Black. People think he was a great supporter of the Dark Lord, Voldemort. Now he has escaped. The Azkaban guards, Dementors, heard him muttering in his sleep “He’s at Hogwarts. He’s at Hogwarts.” So Harry Potter isn’t safe even with the Dementors guarding the school.

I like this book because I like how Harry teases Uncle Vernon about having a godfather and saying: “ He is a convicted murderer, and he likes to keep up with me, check if I’m happy.”

I would recommend this book to 4th and 5th grade boys and girls.


 

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: The Apprentice Witch

Author: James Nicol

Rating: You have to read this!

Arianwin Gribble is an apprentice witch to her grandmother. Finally she gets to do her witch assessment but things go a little more than bad. She doesn’t pass her assessment and then she gets a letter from the CWA saying that she has to go to Lull and be a witch for Lull and the surrounding area. When going to Lull she meets a young girl named Salle who wants to be an actress. Arianwin and Salle become good friends. Arianwin stay at Lull for six month before she can take her reevaluation. A dark creature looms in the Great Wood, can Arianwin and her friends stop it before it’s too late? Find out if you read this book.

I liked this book a lot. My least favorite part was when Arianwin and Salle got into a fight. My favorite part was when they made up. All in all this is a really good book!

I recommend this book for fifth and sixth graders. The book is kind of a good hard one for fifth graders and a easy one for sixth graders. It is a good pick for you if you like books about magic. If you liked the Harry Potter series you will love this book.


 

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Coy

Title: Slacker

Author:Gordon Korman

Rating: You should read this

Cameron Boxer is a kid that slacks in school. All he does is sit in his basement playing his Xbox and eating chips and drinking soda. Sometimes he brings friends over but not usually until one day his friends came over and brought him to school. He didn’t like it there. A couple days later everybody he saw were wearing pixel clothes and there bodies were pixel or at least that’s what he said.

I really liked this book because the main character was a gamer and it was a surprise what was going to happen. The book was 230 pages long.

I would recommend this book 8+. If there’s a gamer and he hates books like me this is the perfect book.


 

 

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: Bravelands: Broken Pride

Author: Erin Hunter

Rating: You have to read this!

Swiftcub and his sister Valor live with Galliantpride. Thorn Deeproot lives with the Brightforest troup. Sky Strider lives with Stridertribe. Swiftcub is learning to hunt when Swiftcub gets his pride name (Fearless). Everything is happy until Titian comes and wants to take over. Swift his mother told him and Valor to run. Valor got attacked and didn’t make it to Fearless. Fearless blacked out and woke up in a nest. He met Stinger and lived with the Brighforest troup. Sky can read the bones of the dead. Sky has a vision of a baboon on a lion. Thorn has to complete the three feats so he can be a highleef and be with Berry. All these animals have to come together and find the secret within.

I loved this book. My favorite part is when Fearless meats Loyal. My least favorite part is when Grub becomes leader. I liked this book a lot.

I recommend this book for animal lovers of any age. Maybe not first and kindergarten but it was easy to understand and was very descriptive.


 

 

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Kirstyn

Title: The Discoveries of Arthur Grey: The Eye of Amun

Author: V.K Finnish

Rating: You have to read this!

The Eye of Amun is about a boy named Arthur Grey. He is going to Historia which is an all year round school. It teaches you how to be an intuate. The book is about the book of Thoth that has not been found in years. If Arthur finds it he mite be kicked out of Historia which would be bad. When he asks his friends to help him find the book, what will they do?

I liked the book because it was very funny. The best part of the book is when he finds out that he needs his friends. I also like when he described how he felt when Sebastian tricked him.

I recommend this book to 5th to 6th graders because it does have some violence. Lastly this book would be a great book to people who like Egypt mythology.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Kailey

Title: Bartleby of the Mighty Mississippi

Author: Phyllis Shalant

Rating: You have to read this!

Bartleby of the Mighty Mississippi, is about a turtle that is named Bartleby, that lived in a house, with Davy a little boy. Davy takes great care of his pet turtle. Bartleby has a mother, it did not say what her name was. One time, Bartleby was playing outside and got lost. Then, when Bartleby got lost then he met Zip, a frog that guards a nest when the mother duck is running a aren. Next, Bartleby met a alligator named Seezer.

I really liked the book. It really catches my attention whenever there is a great part, well… it is all good but I’m just saying. My favorite part of the story was when they went outside and met a lot of new animals, and when they all get together for a game. That was my favorite part. I liked the book because I have never read it, and, I also, liked the book because it has a lot of detail.

The recommendation I have for this book is maybe they could use a little more pages at the ending. Maybe it should add like Bartleby found his home and, Davie return him to his actual home that is the Mighty Mississippi. You know how I said a little bit more pages, well… it should have at least 200 or 300 pages. That’s my recommendation, what’s yours? You should really read this book!


 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Kailey

Title: Rainbow Magic

Author: Daisy Meadows

Rating: You should read this

I read the book Rainbow Magic, it is where Ruby, met a little girl named Sophie. Ruby is a fairy, and Sophie is a human. It really caught my attention when they met the unicorn. It was awesome how Sophie helped find all the other fairy friends of Ruby’s. They met this guy named Tom. Tom wanted to take over the whole fairy world. So Sophie had to stop him, they thought that he had wanted the queen. You have to read this.

I loved the book so much that I wanted to read it again because it always grabbed my attention so much, in fact all the time. My favorite part of the book was that they found another fairy. I don’t remember what her name was.

The recommendation is that the book should have more than 400 pages. Maybe, a little more pictures perhaps. That is all the recommendation I have for the book.


 

 

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Noah

Title: The Last Kids on Earth

Author: Max Brallier

Rating: You should read this

In The Last Kids on Earth, Jack Sullivan and his friends woke up in a monster apocalypse. Jack and his friends have to survive the monster apocalypse together. His friends’ names are Quint Baker, Dirk Savage, and Jack’s crush, June Del Toro.

I liked this book because it has zombies in it. It is a survival book so that means that I like it. This book is awesome in my opinion. The coolest part was when they killed Blarg.

You should read this book if you like gigantic monsters the size of two houses stacked on top of each other, will like this book.


 

 

Genre:   Fantasy

Reviewer: Coy

Title: Five Nights at Freddy’s The Twisted Ones

Author: Scott Cawthon, Kira breed wrisley

Rating: You should read this

This book is about five nights at Freddy’s and the main Charlie. Charlie and his friends are on an adventure to find five nights at Freddy’s pizzeria. Near the end Charlie finds the pizzeria and while there in it they find 5 people, Freddy, and four more.

I liked this book because it’s about a video game called Five Nights at Freddy’s. I have loved the game since I was tiny. The video game books are actually fun to me.

I would recommend this book to a 9+ or at least somebody that won’t get scared. The reason why I said 8+ it has some scary/morbid parts.


 

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Jeff

Title: Five nights at Freddy’s: the twisted ones

Author: Kara Breed

Rating:You have to read this!

Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Twisted Ones starts one year after the horrifying murders at Freddy’s Fazbear’s Pizzeria. Charlie is having vivid memory’s about her brother when Dave Afton killed her brother. Then she goes on a journey to find Dave, when she finds him he is dead: dun, dun, dun! Before Dave died, he created animatronics that attack people, people that look like Charlie

to finish the job of killing Charlie. She goes to destroy the animatronics but not without her friends. One time she goes by herself and gets attacked by a Freddy head. You will have to finish the rest to find out what happens next.

The Twisted Ones was great, I loved the book. The book was scary at times. The book author would put the scary parts at the times you would least expect it. That is what I loved most about it. I did not like some of it because there was no action.

 

I recommend this for 6 grade and up because Clay says a bad word, it’s super scary and sad at the end. My favorite parts were when she find’s a dead body, gets attacked by the Freddy head and when they found Dave. If you like the game Five night’s at Freddy’s then this is the book for you or if you want a taste of the game Five Nights at Freddy’s, then this is for you.


 

 

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Noah

Title: The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade

Author: Max Brallier

Rating: You should read this

The book that I was reading is called The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade. The zombies are starting to disappear, Jack and his friends have to find out where they are going. The zombies are heading towards loud screeches, Jack and his friends have to find out where it is coming from.

I liked the book because it is about zombies. I love zombies. My favorite part is when they defeat a giant tree. I enjoy reading books about survival.

I think that if you like zombies that you will like this book. This book is great for 3rd grade and up.


 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: Eragon

Author: Christopher Paolini

Rating: You have to read this!

When Eragon finds a polished blue stone up in the Spine he has hope that he can buy his family food for the winter. Well the stone had other plans. A few weeks later the stone hatches a dragon. He names the dragon Sapira. When the dragon gets bigger Eragon leaves on an adventure with an elderly man named Brom. He finds the world bigger than he thought. Brom wants him to help the Varden, but the Empire is on their tails. The leader of the Empire is king Galbrtoix. Urgles have been sent after Eragon and Brom. Will the boy and dragon make it to the Varden alive?

I liked this book a lot. It really sparked my attention. I love good adventure novels and this isn’t you typical adventure novel it is so different but so good at the same time. I like Saphira’s comebacks!

I recommend this book for fifth grade and up it has some gory parts that some younger kids may not like.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Olivia

Title: Firestar’s Quest

Author: Erin Hunter

Rating: You should read this

Firestar’s Quest was a great book. To sum it all up, what happened was Firestar (the main character and leader of Thunderclan) keeps getting dreams telling him that he needs to go and rebuild Skyclan, which used to exist in the forest where he lives, but ran out of room in the forest when the two-legs (humans) built their houses there, and they had to move. He goes on this quest, follows his dreams (the GPS of the cat world) and follows the river to the caves, where Skyclan is supposed to live. Turns out they left. So then he runs around for about half the book looking for the scattered clan.

My favorite part is when Firestar meets Sharpclaw and he basically tries to claw Firestar’s ears off. Hey! Maybe that’s why they call him Sharpclaw! That would be funny. What’s funnier is that before Sharpclaw was named Sharpclaw, his name was Scratch. Also, my least favorite part of the book is when Skywatcher dies. Well, to be fair, he was probably in his nineties in cat years, so he lived a long life. Firestar goes looking for him because he wasn’t in the caves, and finds him nestled up, dead in a bramble bush. It’s very sad and I was probably in tears for around ten minutes when I read that bit. The last cat Skywatcher talked to was Firestar, and made him keep a promise to rebuild the clan. It was really emotional.

Okay, all I have to say is that I would rate this book 10/10. It was really great, and would probably appeal to readers 3rd grade through 6th. It has a bit of blood and gory bits that a 2nd grader and under probably couldn’t handle well.

Well, in all, Firestar’s Quest was a really great book. I loved it, and if you read it, I promise you’ll love it, too. Just make sure to read the series before it: Warriors: The Prophesies Begin, or else it won’t make much sense!


 

Genre: Fantasy
Reviewer: Kailyn
Title: The Last Dogs: The Vanishing
Author: Christopher Holt
Rating: You have to read this!
The Last Dogs: The Vanishing is about humans going missing. First, Max wakes up in his kennel and he is starving. He needed to get out of his kennel. Then when Max gets out he goes into the wild and notices there are no humans. Then he meets some other dogs and they go on an adventure to find the lost humans.
What I liked about the last dogs is that it’s a good mystery and a little intense. I liked Rocky a dachshund (there my favorite dog) in the story. I also liked Max he is a yellow Labrador. Max is brave and wants to find his owners. That’s what I liked about The Last Dogs.
I would recommend this book to kids who like intense stories. also I think kids who like Warriors might like this book. I would also think that kids who like dogs will like this story.

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Genre:   Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Scarlet

Title: The Series of Unfortunate Events: The Austere Academy

Author: Lemony Snicket

Rating: You have to read this!

In this book the Baudelaires are going to boarding school but it is nothing like they thought it would be like. Their are crabs on their bedroom floor, a tan fungus on their walls, and a mean girl called Carmelita Spats. The principal is terrible playing the villain and is a terrible person. And they have to stay up all night and run S.O.R.E. they are very unlucky children. But they meet twins and they’re actually triplets. Will Count Olaf find them find out in The Series of Unfortunate Events book 5?

I like this book because it is a very good and it is a very strange series. I also like how Count Olaf can always find them. The Baudelaires always know that the coach is really Olaf. You should read this book!

I would recommend this book to anyone in the fifth grade because it is a very good book to read. If you like misery then you will find that this book will have a lot of misery and confusion. But if you like books with good endings than you it better get another book.


 

 

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: Deep Down Popular

Author: Phoebe Stone

Rating: You should read this

Deep, Down, Popular is about a girl who has a whopping big crush on a boy in her class. When his leg gets hurt, she is assigned to help him home after school. The boy, Conrad, was very popular, but with his leg injured, he doesn’t have many friends anymore. He and Jessie Lou start hanging out together, only to become good friends.

I liked the book. I kept reading it because it made you want to know if Jessie Lou and Conrad became friends, or if Conrad makes it through the surgery.

I would recommend this book for girls because it has some girly stuff that a boy would not be interested in.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Chase

Title: The Wednesday Wars

Author: Gary D. Schmidt

Rating: You should read this

The Wednesday Wars is about Holling Hoodhood who is a boy in seventh grade. He thinks his teacher hates his guts. It goes threw the whole school year. There’s a really funny part, I’ll let you read that. His teacher has him stay after school every Wednesday to read Shakespeare, he thinks that it is horrible.

Personally, I’m not a great fan. It doesn’t catch my attention. There are great parts to it like the ending is amazing. Even if it doesn’t catch your attention keep reading you will be glad you did.

I would recommend this book for middle school boys because it goes through seventh grade. I’ll say it one more time, you really should read this book.


 

 

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Austere Academy

Author: Lemony Snicket

Rating: You have to read this!

Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are going to a boarding school called Purfrock Prepatory. When they get there they meet Nero the principal. After the tour they find out that they will be living in a shack called the Orphan shack. Life doesn’t seem like a very good time for these three orphans but they are used to it sense the fire that destroyed their mansion and Count Olaf. Count Olaf is a evil man that wants the enormous Baudelire fortune. He is always showing up can they discover who he is before it’s too late?

I liked this book a lot it was a thriller and very mysterious. I love mystery books! I liked the part when they find out who Count Olaf is. My least favorite part was when their friends got taken.

I recommend this book for anyone older than third grade there is some hard vocabulary words in these books. It is a good mystery and kind of sad (just a warning).


 

 

Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Dax

Title: 39 Clues: Into the Gauntlet

Author: Margaret Haddix

Rating: You have to read this!

39 Clues, Book Ten: Into the Gauntlet is about this brother and sister team and it take a long time to find there family on a island that they don’t like . Then they get split up and they both find half of the family but Dan is in danger from hanging of a cliff but he get saved. And then it’s like it’s going to be a great day but the family talk a lot more. You are going to have to read it to find out more…

What I liked about the book was that there was a lot of surprise. Also that there was a man named Hamilton and I love Hamilton. What I dislike about the book was that some of the chapters were close together like five pages or less.

I recommend this to fourth and fifth grade boys. I recommend it to them because it is sad but way action packed. Also I loved this book and I read the first one in fourth grade and I forget what happened so I read this book to spark my memory the book didn’t but it was a real great book and you should read it too, it made me happy!

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: Deep Down Popular

Author: Phoebe Stone

Rating: You have to read this!

Deep Down Popular is about a girl named Jessie Lou who has a big crush on a boy named Conrad. She gets assigned to help him home after he hurts his leg. Conrad used to be the most popular kid in the school but sense he can’t play soccer any more he has no friends. Jessie Lou wants to be his friend so bad. Every day she walks home with Conrad and every day they get closer and closer. Until Conrad has to have surgery that he probably won’t survive. Jessie Lou is sad that Conrad won’t be at school and make her smile anymore.

I liked the part when they find Tiny Bailey in the woods. I don’t have a least favorite part of this book.

I recommend this book for girls of fifth graders and sixth graders. It has some parts boys might not like because they are girly. Well, the whole book is girly.


 

 

Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Braden

Title: Slacker

Author: Gordon Korman

Rating: You should read this

Slacker is about Cameron Boxer, a gamer who loves to hang out with his friends over a headset, eat the ultimate brain food (gummy worms), and dominate his all-time archenemy: Evil McKillPeople of Toronto, Canada. Then one day he gets so caught up in a game that his house almost burns down and his front door gets axed down by the Sycamore Police Department.

 

Cameron is about to lose his gaming system, but he’s not going to let that happen. He knows he was meant for Rule the World. So he invents a webpage called the P.A.G. (The Positive Action Group) with his friends so his parents will think he’s doing something productive for once. He doesn’t want anything to do with it, but people think it’s real.

 

Pretty soon Cameron finds himself weeding gardens, and he leaves all the work to his fellow paggers and plays a game on his phone. He feels a drip above him and soon realizes that it is coming from inside the building. When he opens the door, he sees a woman who had slipped and fallen. Everyone thinks Cam is a hero because he opened the door and found the tragedy on his own. Then they end up trying to save a beaver called Elvis and try to build a suitable habitat. The rest of the book is like that.

I liked this book because it teaches a lesson; that you don’t always have to be cooped up in the basement, you can do a great deed for everyone else.

I would recommend this book for a 5th grade level or so.


 

 

 

 

Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Chase

Title: White Fang

Author: Kathleen Olmstead

Rating: You have to read this!

White Fang is about a wolf named White Fang. The story takes you through his life. He experienced lots of challenges. He was abused by his owners and one owner made him a street fighter. Then a nice person bought him and he had a great life after that he moved to a California farm.

This is my favorite book because it catches my attention. It leaves me in suspense. It is the best book ever, you have to read this book. You will regret it if you don’t read this book. The end is so good and intense. There are some sad parts but overall it is a very good.

I would recommend this book to fourth grade and fifth grade because it has some death in it. You definitely need to read this book.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Vile Village

Author: Lemony Snicket

Rating: You have to read this!

The Baudelaires are going to their new home in the village called V.F.D in hopes that they can solve the mystery about the Quagmire triplets. The Council of Elders decide that they will live with Hector the handyman. Hector is nice and he loves Mexican food, he makes it for the Baudelaires every night. The Baudelaires have to do chores for the village of V.F.D. They keep finding couplets that Isadora Quagmire writes to the Baudelaires every morning. When Violet, Klaus, and Sunny find the Quagmires will it be too late? Will Count Olaf find them once more? Can they solve this mystery?

I liked this book a lot. My favorite part was when they got the Quagmires safely away with Hector. You have to read this book!

I recommend this book for all mystery lovers that like sad books. It is good for boys and girls.


 

 

 

 

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Scarlet

Title: The Secret Garden

Author: Frances Hogdson Burnett

Rating: You should read this

The Secret Garden is about this girl named Mary Lennox. Mary grew up in India, when Mary was born Mary’s mother handed her over to an Ayah. When Mary was a toddler her mother did not want to see her at all. As Mary grew up she barely ever saw her mother. One day Mary woke up and did not see her Ayah which was very strange because she always saw her Ayah when she woke up. Then people went missing throughout the day. Mary woke up the next day and did not see enemy one. Then she was sailing across the ocean to England to live with her uncle. She did not know that she was not going to be treated the same way as she was in India. Once Mary got to the manner she kept hearing crying through the sellers of the mansion. She met a boy that could help every animal. One day Mary went outside and found a key that went into the door of the secret garden. What will happen next?

I love this book because it is a great story. I also love it because Mary was a very strange kind and she is very adventurous. I love this book because it also is about a boy named Collin and he thinks that he is going to die. If you want to read to find out the end of this book than go to Mr. D’s library.

I would recommend this book to boys and girls at the reading level of 6.8.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: Double Identity

Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix

Rating: You have to read this!

Bethany Cole’s parents have always been with her. Her mother occasionally weeping, but other than that she has a pretty normal life until her thirteenth birthday approaches. Her mother and father leave her with a mysterious relative named Aunt Myrlie. A mysterious name keeps appearing “Elizabeth”. First, her father says, “ She doesn’t know about Elizabeth.” When they take her to Myrlie’s town, people look at her like they have seen a ghost.

I like this book because it is a fun book that will keep you guessing to the very end. My favorite part was when they planted the tree. Also like the part where she figures out the mystery. I think that Bethany’s story is a good thriller for anyone.

I recommend this book for anyone in fifth and sixth grade because it would be hard for little kids to understand what was going on, or if you like mystery books it would be a good choice for you.


 

 

Genre: Fiction

Reviewer: Amy

Title: The City Of Ember

Author: Jeanne DuPru

Rating: You have to read this!

The City Of Ember is a book about a city that lives in complete darkness. The main characters are Lina, and her best friend Doon. As the two adventurous kids hide from the cops the find the way out on the dark bedraggled city. Lina’s little sister Poppy comes on the big adventure with them, what will they do next? No one knows. So read the book and I know that you will see how good it is.

What I liked and disliked about the story is that there was a boring part and an exciting part of the story too. I disliked that there was so much detail that some of the time they would stay on the same topic for three chapters. I liked that there was a dangerous part in the story. The dangerous part was jumping off the roof and almost drowning in the river.

I would recommend this book to boys and girls in fourth and fifth and maybe sixth. I think that they would like to read this if they like mysteries and adventure. I think they would like this book because it’s a awesome book to read if you are the kind of kid that likes adventure and dangerous situations. This is a very good book. I loved the book The City Of Ember.

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Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewer: Elijah

Title: Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief

Author: Rick Riordan

Rating: You have to read this!

Percy Jackson: the Lightning Thief is about a boy named Percy Jackson who just got kicked out of boarding school. But with another problem: there had been weird monsters that Percy keeps on seeing. Another problem is that Zeus’s lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the main suspect.

I really like this book because of the adventure, suspense, and sadness. This is because of many parts of the book like in chapter 5.

I would recommend this book to any gender ages 7-15. I choose that age because this book has a lot of violence. If a little kid read this, I don’t think that would end well.


 

Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewer: Julian

Title: The Maze Runner

Author: James Dashner

Rating: You have to read this!

The Maze Runner is the first book in its own series. Thomas is one of the sixty boys to enter the glade. All memories are swiped, and they are watching you. Being the “greenie” Thomas knows nothing, and neither does anyone else. To escape is all they want. To remember is what some want, some have already remembered.

I liked the fact that nothing is normal, and everything has a point. Every tiny crack of the maze has a point. Nothing’s useless. Not even the maze is useless. It has a bigger point than you could imagine.

I would recommend this book to boys, saying that most girls would get disgusted with the amount of blood you encounter when reading this book. But you should definitely read this book if you don’t mind morbid description.

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Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: The Maze Runner

Author: James Dashner

Rating: You have to read this!

Thomas wakes up in a box with no memories. He only remembers his own name. The people that rescue him are the boys that live in the Glade. Thomas meets a boy named Chuck. Chuck and Thomas become friends. Thomas begins searching for his job in the Glade, Thomas doesn’t want to do any of those jobs. Thomas wants to be a Runner. The Runners explore the maze and make maps of the maze. He meets Minho. Minho is the Keeper of the Runners. The boys all try to search for a way out of the maze.

I liked this book a lot. It had a sad part I’m not going to say because it would spoil this book. My favorite part is when Newt says to another guy, your the first to get your butt kicked by a girl.

I recommend this book for fifth grade and up it is too deep for younger children to understand.


 

Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: The Scorch Trials

Author: James Dashner

Rating: You have to read this!

The Gladers escaped from the Maze with less than half of the boys they had. The Maze was supposed to be the end, they passed the trials and made it back. Well, WICKED had other plans. A man came and told them they all had the Flare. The Flare is a terrible disease that slowly makes you go crazy. The man (Called Rat Man by Minho) tells them they have to go to the Scorch where they will find a cure. So the boys go to the Scorch in search of the magical cure. They run into some Cranks called Jorge and Brenda. Jorge and Brenda also want cures to the Flare. The cure will take a lot of work to get it they have to cross the Scorch and it is hot. You never are safe, day or night. By day it is so hot that you have to be inside. By night it is infested by Cranks. Will they survive?

My favorite part is when Minho meets Jorge. He reacts very well. (Not). He is punished badly for hurting Jorge.

I recommend this book for fifth grade and up. It is kind of violent and too much for younger children.

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Genre: Nonfiction

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: Hidden Figures

Author: Margot Lee Shetterly

Rating: You should read this

The book Hidden Figures is about four African American women who helped make fast airplanes to the first man on the moon. Their story is true. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden started with NACA and ended with NASA.

I liked the book. It was interesting, taking you through time when the first rockets were being built. My favorite part was when the first man to be sent to space was almost lost in space!

I would recommend this book for boys because it has a lot of airplanes and spaceships in it. It’s also for girls because it involves gender equality. So, it’s for both boys and girls.


 

 

 

Genre: Nonfiction

Reviewer: Braden

Title: Prisoner B-3087

Author: Alan Gratz

Rating: You have to read this!

Prisoner B-3087 is about Yanek Gruener, 12, who is a Jew. He lives with his parents and his uncle Moshe living in Poland, and the Nazis invade their small little town. They are taken to a big assembly on the road. Then the person speaking says to give him their children to go to the concentration camps or else their town would be liquidated. Yanek and his parents refuse, but don’t let anyone know. Then Yanek is suddenly sharing a room with four families, and his family is sharing an apartment with fourteen, for that matter.

Then one day he finds an old pigeon coop on the roof. They clean it up, and then place an iron bar across the door. One day he is coming home from one of his relatives’ pastry shops with some bread, and he thinks he sees his parents in the horde of people going to the concentration camps. He doesn’t think it is actually them, but he wants to be sure. He climbs up onto the pigeon coop and knocks on the door. His cousin opens up, but his parents aren’t there. Then he goes to one of the trucks that drives people to the concentration camps in search of his parents. In the end, Yanek is sixteen. He is also saved by American soldiers, who give him food and comfort.

I would recommend this book to readers of about eleven to thirteen years of age because it is a great book, but also a bit challenging as well. To give you an idea of how great it is, I finished it in one day! Yep, just one. So if you are looking for the perfect book for a 5th to 6th grade level, choose Prisoner B-3087.

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Genre: Nonfiction

Reviewer: Avery

Title: Boy Tales of Childhood

Author: Roald Dahl

Rating: You have to read this!

Boy is eight years old. He makes a plot on the candy store’s owner, Mrs. Pratchett. This plot was called the mouse plot. Boy was to drop a dead mouse into the Gobstopper jar while Mrs. Pratchett’s back was turned. But there are consequences to things. The next day, they walked past the store, and the Gobstoppers were on the floor, and there was a closed sign on the door. When he got to school, Boy got the worst consequence ever, the cane.

I like this book because it’s mostly about Boy’s childhood and most of his books are fiction, but this one. It’s different in many ways that you wouldn’t expect it to be if you’ve read one of his other books before.

I would recommend this book to 4th and 5th grade boys and girls.

 

 

 

 

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One response to “Book reviews

  1. Lairden

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

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