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Welcome to our site where you can find reviews written by our class on books for fifth grade readers.  Let us know what you think!

Fantasy:

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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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Historical Fiction

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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: 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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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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