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Fantasy

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Historical Fiction

 

Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Hann

Title: Charley Skedaddle

Author: John and Patricia Betty

Rating: Don’t bother

Charley is a twelve year old boy who is mad about his brother’s death in the Gettysburg war and wants to get revenge. But there is one problem, he is twelve. Charley then runs off to be a drummer boy in the army. Marching into battle he saw a fallen soldier. He decides to pick up the fallen man’s gun and shot someone. Charley is horrified of his actions and tries to run off as a man called him Charley Skedaddle. He gets taken prisoner from the other side and is lucky and let go. He ran off to the Blue Ridge mountain and finds a little cabin. The woman who lives in there took him in and fed him. As he left the mountains he saw his team walking off in victory and with a boost of confidence he thought to himself that he will return in the future.

What I liked about the book is that he’s just twelve and had the guts to join the army even though he was a drummer boy he shot someone. What I didn’t like about the book was it seemed as the writer made the dialogue very bland and fake. His emotions where just so bland and fake. Another thing that I didn’t like is how he is in a street fighting gang and he has insecurities and doesn’t have much self confidence. I haven’t been in a fighting gang but usually from movies the people who are in one are very cocky.

All in all I thought this book was ok and I would recommend it to fourth grade boys with anxiety, insecuritys, and minimal self confidence.

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Realistic Fiction

 

 

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Kyle

Title: All Four Stars

Author: Tara Dairman

Rating: You have to read this!

To begin, let me just say that All Four Stars is a very enticing book. First, I’d like to start you off with some background on the main character, Gladys Gatsby. Gladys lives in East Dumpsford and absolutely loves to cook. In fact, she’s such a good cook, she’s better than her parents. Well, that’s not saying much because her parents eat fast food almost every night. And when they do decide to make an attempt at cooking they really mess it up. For instance, the time when her mother somehow liquified the broccoli and tried to pass it off as green sauce for the potatoes. Nasty. I mean honestly, how do you liquify broccoli? Well the answer there is they nuke everything in the microwave. Everything. And not only that, but they don’t even nuke it for the right amount of time. So imagine eating liquified broccoli or Burger King every night of your life. Well luckily, Gladys doesn’t have to. She cooks for herself. She’s cooked about 140 different recipes secretly when her parents are at work. Notice anything strange there? Secretly. For some reason her parents don’t like it when Gladys cooks (personally my parents would love to have me cook, even if it wasn’t good). They think kids shouldn’t be doing stuff that adults normally do that kids don’t. Her secret would’ve been kept from her parents longer if it wasn’t for the unfortunate crème brûlèe incident. Long story short, she set fire to the kitchen curtains. So, as you can imagine, that went down really nice with her parents, especially since they decided to come home early from work and surprise her with a take-out pizza. Her parents took away her cooking privileges. Gladys seems doomed until she gets back to school and finds out about an essay contest that could change her life! Can she win the essay contest, pay off the new curtains, and maybe make some friends along the way? Find out her whopping secret when you read the book! The excitement is endless!

I really enjoyed the book because it just kept getting more enticing, a perfect balance of suspense and enjoyment that will keep you on the edge of your seat for the whole read. Also, I really enjoyed the similes and descriptive language the author used.

I would recommend this book for girls, because of all of the cooking and because the main character is also a girl. But, hey I’m one to talk, I’m a boy and I really enjoyed the book so I think it really just depends.

Obviously, I think you can see that this was a very enticing book.

-Kyle


 

 

 

 

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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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