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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Layla

Title: The Good Dog

Author: Avi

Rating: You have to read this!

McKinley is head dog in Steamboat Springs. He’s trustworthy, loyal, and a good dog. Whether it’s watching over the other dogs, or taking care of his human pup, Jack, he never lets anyone down, until he meets Lupin. Lupin is a wolf, and she’s trying to recruit the dogs in Steamboat Springs to join her wolf pack. Duchess, McKinley’s dog friend, runs away from her abusive home to join Lupin. Although McKinley is afraid of Lupin, he suddenly feels the urge to join her wolf pack, should he stay with his pup, Jack? Or should he be free with Lupin? With Duchess’s angry abusive owner coming to get her, Lupin being injured, and with the other dogs getting suspicious, what will happen next?

What I liked about this book is that it was really detailed and descriptive without taking up too much space, and had a good storyline, characters, and it had a nice way of looking at the wolf side of dogs.

If you’re a dog lover, and adventure and action is the kind of book you like to read, The Good Dog is a great book for you. I would say that this book is for girls and boys, because there’s a lot of parts that could catch both girls and boys attention. There is a little blood in one part, but other than that The Good Dog is a great book to read.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Ella

Title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Author: J.K. Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is about a boy named Harry Potter. Harry has a job to do at the magical school Harry and his friends Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger used to go to. The job he has is to destroy seven of Voldemort’s Horcruxes. Horcruxes are a part of someone’s soul that is put inside an object. Voldemort has made it his life’s goal to destroy Harry Potter. Harry, Ron, and Hermione decide run away and destroy the Horcruxes. Harry and his friends are wanted by Death Eaters (Voldemort’s followers) so they have to be on the run. That’s why they are always on the run. Then they take part a battle with Voldemort and his followers. Read the book to find out the ending.

I think this book is a great book. It has great details and description so you don’t need a picture to know what’s going on. My favorite part of the book was when Harry, Ron, and Hermione, break into Gringotts and fly out on a dragon. Another good part is when they go to Grimmauld place.

I would recommend this book to anyone who knows how to read and likes longer books. If you only like short books, this is not the book for you. But if you like magic and reading, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows would be a great book to read.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Amelia

Title: Dragon Rider

Author: Cornelia Funke

Rating: You have to read this!

Dragon Rider is about these dragons who live in a valley, but soon find out their home will be flooded by humans! With a dragon Firedrake, a sassy brownie, a boy, Ben, and magical creatures on the way, they look for the Rim of Heaven, a place where dragons can be safe forever. But they better be careful because a despicable golden dragon wants to eat the crew before they can be safe and happy.

I really liked this book because it had, adventure, fun, and creatures of all kinds. An amazing part in this book was when a professor and his family offered Ben to live and be a family with Ben. I liked this part because it’s really happy and it made me cry. But my very most favorite part was the end, but you’re not going to know it unless you read this incredible book.

I recommend Dragon Rider to any fourth, fifth, and sixth grader who loves dragons, dwarfs, brownies, rats, ravens, basilisks, homunculuses, and so on. This is an amazing book that is waiting for you to read it!

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Quinn

Title: The Lost Hero

Author: Rick Riordan

Rating: You have to read this!

The Lost Hero is about this guy named Jason who awoke on a school field trip not remembering anything from his past. He was holding hands with a girl he’d never met before and sitting behind a boy he’d also never met before. Those three became great friends eventually and went on a Half Blood quest together. Jason is the son of Zeus and Piper (the girl) daughter of Aphrodite. And Leo (the boy) son of Hephaestus. They went on a quest to save Hera (queen of gods) and ran into a lot of problems along the way like saving Piper’s dad from a giant. While this was happening, Annebeth who is another Half Blood, is looking for her boyfriend Percy Jackson. He turns out to be at another place for Half Bloods a long ways away.

One thing I liked was that there was a bunch of problems along the way to make the book more interesting instead of making it a boring short book. Also, I liked how there was another thing happening while all these main events was happening. I don’t think there was anything that I disliked about this book so I think this was a fantastic book.

Lastly, I would probably recommend this book to fourth grade and up because it has a little bit of violence though it is a great book. All in all, I think that The Lost Hero is a fantastic book.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Karsten

Title: Warriors: Into the Wild

Author: Erin Hunter

Rating: You have to read this!

Warriors: Into the Wild is mostly about a cat named Rusty finding wild cats that let him join the group of wild cats called a clan. He joins the clan, his name gets changed to Firepaw. He gets training from two cats in the clan that are warriors. The cat’s names are Tigerclaw and Lionheart. Firepaw does training for four moons in cat terms. A moon is the period of time in between two full moons. Firepaw had three other cats in the den, their names where Graypaw, Sandpaw, and Dustpaw. Sandpaw and Dustpaw kept making fun of Firepaw because he was a pet. There are four clans, Windclan, Thunderclan, Shadowclan, and Riverclan. Firepaw is in Thunderclan. Their is one leader per clan. The clan leader for Thunderclan is Bluestar. Firepaw gets to contributes in to of the four gatherings. After that, he goes to the Moon Stone and gets blessed to be a warrior. When they got back Shadowclan tried to raid the camp and get the cats to get out of the camp. But Thunderclan stopped them from taking over.

I liked this book because it had great detail and action. Also, I liked that it was about wild cats. I have one cat, his name is Kitty Boy. My favorite parts are when there are cat fights. I also liked the part when Firepaw find the wild cats.

I would recommend this book to fourth grade and up because of its violence and death.


 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Myhlah

Title: The Tale of Emily Windsnap

Author: Ciz Kesslen

Rating: You should read this

The Tale of Emily Windsnap is about a bunch of people and their names are Julia, Sharon Matterson, Mandy Rushton, Millie, and Mandy’s Mom. Emily went to her first swim class in seventh grade and when Emily gets in water she turns into a mermaid. Also, she has never been able to go in water, but she did, and when she goes in she turns into a mermaid.

I like this book but there is just one thing that I did not like about this book is that the book is not exciting and I would like to read a book that is exciting and eye catching so I don’t really like this book but the thing that I like about this book is that it has a lot of information, details, and text.

I would recommend this book to fifth graders and fourth graders. I would also recommend this book to girls because it is about a mermaid and it will not catch boys eyes, but it will catch girls eyes that like mermaids. You should read this book now!


 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Brennen

Title: The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Author: Beverly Cleary

Rating: You have to read this!

The Mouse and the Motorcycle is about a mouse named Ralph. Ralph lives in a knot in the wall at a hotel, that is were he meets a ten year old boy named Keith and where learns how to talk and ride a motorcycle. Ralph learns how to drive a car in the middle of the book. He has a great adventure. There are thirteen chapters in the book. All of the them were good because they all were intriguing and fascinating.

I really liked the book. It really draws your attention. My favorite part is when Ralph loses the motorcycle because it is funny. This is a three book series, it is super funny.

I would recommend this book to boys and girls because it has lots of parts that would catch girls and boys attention. It has a lot of stuff girls would like and boys would to because it is super interesting.


 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Brennen

Title: Ralph S. Mouse

Author: Beverly Cleary

Rating: You have to read this!

Ralph S. Mouse is about a mouse named Ralph. He knows how to talk and ride a motorcycle. In the first book he meets a kid named Keith. Keith gives Ralph the motorcycle in the middle of the book. In Ralph S. Mouse, Ralph meets a ten year old boy named Ryan, he lives in room 215. Ralph lives under a grandfather clock in the main lobby. He has a lot of cousins that fight with him because he does not let them ride his motorcycle. Then he goes and lives in the school were Ryan goes. Because Ryan took him to school, now Ralph has to run a maze, you’ll see the way he runs it when you read the book.

I really like this book, it really draws your attention because there are a lot of parts that are funny. What I liked about this book is when Ralph ran the maze because he found a different way to do it.

I would recommend this book for boys and girls because it has a lot of parts that would catch a boy’s attention and a girl’s attention. Now you should go and read this book!


 

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Ella

Title: The City of Ember

Author: Jeanne DuPrau

Rating: You have to read this!

The City of Ember is about a city that is underground. The main characters are a girl named Lina Mayfleet, and a boy named Doon Harrow. Lina and Doon are getting jobs at the beginning of the book. Lina gets Pipeworks laborer and Doon gets messenger. They end up trading jobs. Lina’s grandma is looking for something (she doesn’t know what though) and when Lina comes home from work one day she finds that her grandma went crazy looking for the thing in the closet. Lina finds her sister Poppy eating some paper from a fancy box. The paper has writing on it. It turns out to be instructions for something very important! There all chewed up and unreadable though so Lina and Doon have to figure it out and find out what they are for. Read the book to find out if they can read the instructions.

I really liked this book. It is very interesting. It starts out interesting and just gets better from there. It always makes you want to read more and when you’re done with it you want to read the second one. That happened to me anyway.

I recommend this book to people fourth grade and up. It is a short book so if you don’t like long ones this is the book for you. Overall, The City of Ember is a great book.

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Genre: Fiction

Reviewer: Karsten

Title: Warriors: Fire and Ice

Author: Erin Hunter

Rating: You have to read this!

Warriors: Fire and Ice was about Fireheart and Graystripe bringing WindClan and back. Fireheart and Graystripe found the clan in a pipe running under a road. It took them two days to get back to the Clan. They were going to go through the FourTrees, but Fireheart decided to go through RiverClan territory. When they were walking they were found by a RiverClan patrol. The four cats were out numbered. They fought them off and went back to camp. Fireheart got an apprentice named Cinderpaw. He starts training Cinderpaw about what the border looks like. Then, he teaches him how to hunt. Fireheart finds his sister named Princess, he tells her about clan life and how there are four clans. Graystripe starts seeing this she cat in a different clan and breaks warrior code. Fireheart tries to stop them for seeing each other, but it didn’t work. Fireheart goes and see his sister after see had her kits. She comes out with a kit and tells him to bring it to the clan and make it a clan member. Bluestar doesn’t think it’s a bad idea, so the kit gets welcomed into the clan. A group of warriors goes and tries to attack Shadowclan, but they figure out that it was Brokenstar. Brokenstar attacked the camp when the warriors left, but Fireheart and Yellowfang attacked him and wounded his eyes so he was blind. That’s all I can tell you.

I liked this book because I read it in a weak. I was so excited for each individual chapter that I couldn’t stop reading. That’s why I like this book.

I recommend this book to fourth grade and up because younger kids might be sad when cats die from colds. That why I recommend this book to fourth grade and up.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Cora

Title: The Secret Grave

Author: Luis Ruby

Rating: You should read this

If you like a good scare then I would recommend the book The Secret Grave. The Secret Grave is about a girl named Hannah who wants a friend who is not going on a vacation or going to camp. She soon takes a visit to the forest in her backyard (she is not allowed to go in it.)

When she visits it, she meets a girl that is the same age as her who claims her mom lived in Hannah’s house in the 1800s. Hannah gets a bad idea about Caddy and just tells herself Caddy is just a little unstable. Soon when she finds a ghost in her attic, Hannah starts to believe that Caddy’s mom was from the 1800s.

What I liked about this book was that it was written with expensive words. What I disliked about it was how it would have scare, then a recovery, I really just like a longer scare.

I would recommend this book to girls and boys because it has a little bit of what boys and girls like.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: James

Title: Alanna: In the Hand of the Goddess

Author: Tamora Pierce

Rating: You have to read this!

Alanna: In the Hand of the Goddess is the second book in the Alanna series. In this book, Alanna continues her training to become a knight, and faces more danger and more drama inside the palace. She also meets the mother Goddess, acquires a cat that talks, and goes to war. Eventually she must face the ordeal of knighthood – all without revealing her gender.

What I like about Alanna is it has great story-telling, plot, and characters. I like this author’s way of telling a story. For plot, I enjoyed that this story explores the bad things that keep happening in the castle with Prince Jonathan being put at risk and how Alanna tries to figure it out. I particularly like the character Faithful, Alanna’s black cat that she can hear speak. He’s funny and is always semi-sarcastic.

There is a lot of suspense in this book, so there were parts where this made me nervous. I also didn’t like all the talk about love and romance.

Overall, I would suggest this book to those who like fantasy, adventure, and a little bit of comedy. If you like strong female characters you will enjoy this book. I look forward to reading the next in the series.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Brianna

Title: The Trouble with Shooting Stars

Author: Meg Cannistra

Rating: You have to read this!

The Trouble with Shooting Stars is a book about a girl named Luna, who has a scar on half of her face. It happened from the accident and now Luna has to wear a mask on half of her face to cover it up. She’s always staying up all night drawing the scene she sees when she looks out of her window. But one night, Luna looks out her window, and sees new neighbors moving in and decides to spy on them. But as she’s spying on them, she finds out that they’re magical. From teaching baby stars how to fly, to sweeping the moon, the new neighbors become friends with Luna, and take her out to catch a shooting star. Luna thinks that if she catches one, she will wish for her face to heal, and for other people to not stare at her face if it doesn’t heal. Will Luna get to make her wish come true? Is she going to catch a shooting star?

I loved this book! It is so amazing, and I couldn’t stop reading it. It reminds you not to always be doing what you usually do, and to sometimes pay attention to other things. I loved when Luna got to be able to be friends with the new neighbors.

I would recommend this book to people who like the nighttime and stars. I would also recommend this book to 5th, 6th, and 7th graders. If you don’t like fantasy books, then you should not read this book. All in all, The Trouble with Shooting Stars is a great book to read.


 

 

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Amelia

Title: The Fire Within

Author: Chris D’ Lacey

Rating: You have to read this!

The Fire Within is about David who moves in with Liz Pennykettle and Lucy, her daughter. While at the house, Lucy and David try to save a skinny gray squirrel with a hurt eye, and write a story. David soon becomes suspicious of a collection of clay dragons that come alive. Finally finding out about this, David must master the Fire Within with his dragon, Gadzooks and save him before it is too late.

I really liked this book. It was amazing! It had adventure, it was funny, and it had a great story line. My favorite part was when Sophie kissed David, and David kissed Sophie. Another amazing part was when Lucy and David finally caught Conker in their trap. But I have to warn you, if you are a dragon fan (like me) there are more squirrels in it than dragons.

I recommend The Fire Within to 4th and 5th grade girls. I do not think that it would catch a boy’s attention. This is a great book that deserves 5 stars!

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Cora

Title: The Legends of the Sky

Author: Liz Flanagan

Rating: You have to read this!

The book, The Legends Of The Sky, is a great book. It is about a girl named Milla who works for the second richest family on her island. She doesn’t know if she has any family, but she does has friends with Tarya and Isak who live in the yellow house (the house that Milla works at.) Soon Milla finds dragon eggs, and one of them hatches and chooses Milla. The evil duke becomes jealous when Tarya, Isak, and his son Virgo all get dragons. One day the kind duchess got in a fight down in the lower town, and broke her arm so Milla helped her by wrapping her arm and giving her a ride on Igge Milla’s dragon to the palace. After Milla warped the duchess’s arm the duke came in and the duke and the duchess got in a fight then the duke slapped the duchess in the face. Soon Isak’s dragon Belra laid eggs. Then it just goes on and on with dragon stuff that I would tell you about, but that would tell you the ending.

What I liked about the book is how much action there was. What I disliked was how mean the duke was and how many deaths there were.

I would recommend this book to boys and girls because there is a lot of what both boys and girls like.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Rhys

Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Author: J.K. Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

Harry Potter is a twelve year old boy who lives with his awful ant and uncle. One day he gets a letter to go to Hogwarts School of witchcraft and wizardry. He meets a friendly half giant named Hagrid. Hagrid takes Harry to this little witche’s market called Diagon Alley, which I have to point out is hidden by magic. First they went to Gringotts, the wizard bank, they went to Harry’s vault which had all Harry’s money safe. Then they went to vault seven hundred and thirteen, witch had a little scrubby package that was wrapped in brown paper. Then on September first, Harry is going to Hogwarts on the way there he meets a red head boy named Ronald Wesley. When he gets there he and his friend Ron try to figure out what the scrubby package was. Read the book and see what happens.

I liked this book because it had a lot of a Daedalus and if you are not good at reading big books, this book is still good for you because it is only three hundred nine pages. It is also a little bit of mystery.

I think this book will be good for both boys and girls because some girls might like wizards and boys could probably like this book too. There’s a little bit of burning stuff at the end but other than that it’s awesome.


 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Tera

Title: Heartless

Author: Marissa Meyer

Rating: You have to read this!

Heartless is about a girl named Catherine, who lives in this wonderland world where magic is real. Catherine love to bake desserts with her best friend Mary Ann who is her maid. One night when Catherine was at ball she got a proposal from the King, but before she was proposed to she ran outside of the ball and meet a joker named Jest and fell in love with him. Catherine’s mom wants her to marry the King and become the Queen of Hearts, but Catherine is fond of the court joker Jest and Catherine thinks Jest is fond of her to.

I really liked this book because it had some scary part some and some funny parts, I loved all of the characters especially the King, also the book was very detailed. My favorite part of this book was when Catherine and Jest meet each other at the ball.

I would recommend this book to girls because it relates to a girl and the stuff she does and I don’t think that most boys would like that, but if you like magic and baking and reading then you’ll love Heartless!

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Layla

Title: Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Twisted Ones

Author: Scott Cawthon Kira Breed-Wrisley

Rating: You should read this

Charlie is just moving on from the horrific events in her past. Even with a new school and a fresh start, she can’t move on with what happened with the murders of the children and the haunting animatronic animals. Just when she thinks it’s over, a series of bodies is discovered by her school with mysteriously familiar wounds, leaving her back into the world of her fathers haunted creations. This time, animatronics twisted and unfamiliar copies of Freddy Fazbear and the others. And this time it’s out for Charlie, and it’s not friendly.

I absolutely love this book! It has the perfect balance of action, horror, mystery, and sadness. I picked out this book because I’ve always been a huge fan of the FNaF (Five Nights at Freddy’s) games, and I’ve heard of the book series before but I was never able to read it.

I would recommend this book to older boys, because I don’t know a lot of girls who like FNaF like me, and I say older because there’s a lot of up-grade level kind of reading in this book and long words, and it has a lot of bloody stuff. But other than that, this book is really amazing! And if you like this kind of stuff then I think this book is perfect for you. But I recommend you read the first book Five Nights at Freddy’s; The Silver Eye just so you have a better view of whats going on.


 

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Ava

Title: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Author: Rick Riordan

Rating: You have to read this!

This story is mostly about Percy going around the world getting friends along the way those friends are very sported. In the end they got to go back after there trip. They went though a lot. It is very good book.

What I liked about this story is there was a lot of funny and sad and exciting moments. I did not like the start. I think it was a little rocky and it took a long time to get to the point.

I would recommend this book to later in the year 4th graders and early 5th graders. It is fine for boys and girls.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Myhlah

Title: Gregor The Overlander

Author: Suzanne Collins

Rating: You have to read this!

Gregor The Overlander is about when Gregor follows his little sister through a grate in the laundry room of their apartment building. There is giant spiders, bats, cockroaches, and rats. They live in a mysterious city that is crazy and weird and a big city. The fragile peace is about to fall apart, and he realizes it might be the only way to solve the biggest mystery of his life. Then discovers something big and special.

I liked this look because it had a lot of information and a lot of interesting things about this book it was curious and I like how they wrote it. I like how it explained a lot of details about the book, I think it is really funny that Gregor follows his Little sister through a grate.

I would recommend this book to fifth graders and six graders because it has a lot of hard sayings that maybe younger grades will not understand and it has a lot of words that are hard to say and pronounce. You should read this book!

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Ezri

Title: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Author: Jacqueline Kelly

Rating: You should read this

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is a story about a girl named Calpurnia (Callie) who goes on all sorts of adventures with her granddaddy, her mother, and her brothers. Callie, is the main character of this weird book, that you might read, maybe today or tomorrow or in a month, doesn’t matter. Callie is a girl, who seems to want to be a scientist. She studies all kinds of plants, bugs, and basically nature. She likes to do many things outside with her granddaddy. Now, I cant tell you the end, but if you want to know what happens you should read it for yourself!

I liked this story, but i did not love it, there were some parts that i did really like and some that i did not like a lot. But at the beginning it did catch my attention to keep reading and see what was going to happen. Once you get more into the story, it seems to get more, kind of Boring. Because, it starts to get more random.

I would recommend this book for girls because it seems more girly in a way, which in my opinion, I don’t think boys would like. Because its seems like it would not catch boys attention. I feel like if it was in Callie’s brothers view. I would recommend for boys, but that’s not this book, sorry.

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Genre: Teen fantasy

Reviewer: Adisen

Title: School of Secrets: CJ’s Treasure Chase

Author: Melissa de la cruz

Rating: You should read this

This book is about 2 different city’s here’s Aura-don prep and Island of the lost. And well Aura-don is a place with a man named King Ben. And Island of the lost they had people who would try to steal stuff. And on the other hand there a girl names CJ. There’s a treasure she knows about when she was a little girl. She sneaks out of Aura-don prep with her best friend Freddie. They go on a wild chase to find CJ’S lost treasure. CJ and Freddie we’re keeping secrets from everybody else.

I like this book because it catch’s your attention. It also makes you go nuts it’s exciting and you also think it’s so good you want to read it every minute. It’s really interesting and when you figure out what CJ’s treasure is it is shocking! I mostly like the characters personality because it’s crazy how they spend there time or what they do. This book is just like the movie they made and the book has a lot more details then the movie. My most favorite part is when CJ and her best friend Freddie they get in a big fight over donuts. They spite powder on each other. And CJ tried Freddie’s donuts bites and CJ loved them. She tried to get more and Freddie took it from. Freddie said “no more” and that is how the fight began.

I would recommend this book to a girl 4 there is a lot of funny parts. I wold not think a boy would like this book because there is a lot of drama. I really don’t think that this will catch a boys eye. The book would be really interesting for a girl. There is funny parts that you can’t believe that is in the book. This is way I think that a girl should read this.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Amelia

Title: The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

Author: Chris Colfer

Rating: You have to read this!

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell is about Alex and Conner who travel into a book called The Land of Stories. Where fairy tales are real. But once they are there, Alex and Conner need to find a way back home. The siblings hear about The Wishing Spell where you have to go on a dangerous adventure to collect items o make the spell work. So the twins try to collect the items, without being killed.

I really liked this story. There was action, humor, drama, and it was a great and interesting story line. My favorite part of this book was wither when Alex decided to climb Rapunzel’s tower, and then found out there was a staircase or when Sir Lampton was giving Alex and Conner a tour of Cinderella’s palace and Cinderella joined them and let the twins hold a glass slipper.

I recommend this amazing book to 5th grade girls. I do not think that it would catch a boys attention. Unless, they are really into fairytales like me.

This book was really incredible! It was probably the best book I have ever read. I really need to read this!

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Quinn

Title: The Mark of Athena

Author: Rick Riordan

Rating: You have to read this!

The Mark of Athena was about a demi-god girl named Annabeth reuniting with her boyfriend Percy Jackson who has been lost at another demi-god camp. But they have to sale to Rome to find another demi-god named Nico. Who is one of the seven demi-gods’ brother. But they meet a lot of hard and difficult challenges along the way, like running into Hercules. When they get to Rome though Annabeth has to go separate ways to follow The Mark of Athena, which she has been carrying since the start of the voyage from Camp Half-Blood. To try to find the statue of her mother (Athena) in which has been making the two Half-Blood camps fight so much. While Hazel, Frank, and Leo try to find Hazel’s brother, Nico. During all this, Percy, Piper, and Jason try to find, and defeat, the twin giants, Otis and Ephialtes. To prevent them from destroying Rome and awaking Gea, the evil earth goddess. Then at the end, Percy and the others find Annabeth after she had just defeated a massive spider who she pushed into Tartarus. Then, when Percy Jackson tries to help Annabeth get out of the dungeon, something horrible happens to both of them.

I liked this book because it is a action packed book with a bunch of different problems along the way, that lead up to the biggest problem. This way, the book isn’t a very boring book, so that they don’t just sale there and defeat the giants, save Nico, Annabeth completes her mission, and its only a 200 page book.

All in all, I would probably recommend this book to about fifth grade and up because it does have some battle scenes and a little bit of violence.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Cora

Title: Dragon Rider

Author: Cornelia Funke

Rating: You have to read this!

Dragon Rider is a fantastic dragon book. In the beginning it was really boring and plain but as it went on it became my favorite book, this book is mostly about an old dragon who remembered about this place where no humans could find. So a younger dragon (named Firedrake) set off to find the rim of heaven with his brownie friend, Sorrel. The dragons can only fly with moonlight, so Sorrel and Firedrake snuck in an old barn, in that barn they found a boy named Ben. Ben joined them on their adventure, and at one stop they meet a professor. This is such a great story to read out loud or to yourself.

My favorite part was when the djinn answered where the rim of heaven was only because Ben asked not for himself but for the dragons. The way Cornelia Funke ended this book was another one of my favorite parts.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy and dragons. Boys and girls would love this book. If you read it enjoy!

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Historical Fiction

 

Genre: Historical Fiction

Reviewer: Riley

Title: Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere

Author: Julie T. Lamana

Rating: You should read this

This book was about a family and the main character was named Armini. It was her special Birthday! There were all kinds of people talking and asking about this bad, awful storm that was going to hit in their area and spread over a big portion of the state! The family did not think that the storm was going to be anything big. The girl got a really special birthday present, but I will not spoil it for you! So, anyway, the storm hit and the family was in their attic when the house floated away. The most heartbreaking part was when the girls lost some her special family members and had difficulty getting over it. Luckily some of the family members survived the tragic storm.

I liked this book because it was an action book and had shocking moments in it. This book also showed gigantic empathy for everyone and the family was really brave, which I liked too. The one thing about this book that I did not like was all the depressingly sad parts that were very heartbreaking. This book was probably the most heart-melting sad book ever! But overall this book was very interesting and a good!

I would recommend this book to someone who can handle sad books or someone who likes sad books. I would not read this book if you are under fifth grade, but this book would be for a sixth or fifth grader. I would also recommend this book to someone that likes fascinating books and interesting characters!


 

 

Genre: Historical fiction

Reviewer: Ezri

Title: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Author: Jacqueline Kelly

Rating: You should read this

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is a story about a girl named Calpurnia (Callie) who goes on all sorts of adventures with her granddaddy, her mother, and her brothers. Callie, is the main character of this weird book, that you might read, maybe today or tomorrow or in a month, doesn’t matter. Callie is a girl, who seems to want to be a scientist. She studies all kinds of plants, bugs, and basically nature. She likes to do many things outside with her granddaddy. Now, I cant tell you the end, but if you want to know what happens you should read it for yourself!

I liked this story, but i did not love it, there were some parts that i did really like and some that i did not like a lot. But at the beginning it did catch my attention to keep reading and see what was going to happen. Once you get more into the story, it seems to get more, kind of Boring. Because, it starts to get more random.

I would recommend this book for girls because it seems more girly in a way, which in my opinion, I don’t think boys would like. Because its seems like it would not catch boys attention. I feel like if it was in Callie’s brothers view. I would recommend for boys, but that’s not this book, sorry.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Lexi

Title: Slacker

Author: Gordon Korman

Rating: You should read this

Slacker is about a boy named Cameron Boxer. Cameron is a slacker and he does nothing but play video games and he is trying to beat Evil Mckill people who is a really good player and get into the Rule the World compilation. Cameron’s parents want him to do something productive, like play a sport or join a club or something other than video games. So that got him thinking and his friends Pavel and Chuck came up the idea that they should start a club. So they did and the club was called Positive Action Group. They put up a site you could go to and join the club, but every time you tried to sign up it would take you to another site. One of the kids named Felicia and she saw the Positive Action Group on the school website and tried to join but it didn’t work so she contacted Cameron Boxer and asked him if she could join and he said, “um no,” and walked away. Then Felicia told tried and tried, but nothing. That’s how it all started and the club started. The clubs first job was at the senior center garden. Cam saved a life that day and he got the P.A.G in the newspaper. The P.A.G had more and more things to do like build a home for a beaver named Evils and save the freeway of Sycamore, a lot of other things to do. Jennifer del Rio is the head of the Friends of Fuzzy that means that she is the like most popular girl in the school, so she was mean to almost everyone. The String is the star football player he got kicked off the football team because his grades were low. Xavier is the scariest kid in school and he’s really mean. Evils is a beaver and he is about to die so the P.A.G is trying to save him. The Friends of Fuzzy are taking credit of all the things the P.A.G. did.

I loved this book. It really tells you not to be lazy and helping other people can be amazing and you can work with other people and then those people can be friends or even best friends. The people you thought were mean, well, once you get to know them they can be some of your good friends.

I would recommend this book to fourth grade through sixth grade and people that want to help in their community and change the world a little bit. I really liked this book and I hope you do too!

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Mary

Title: 25 Roses

Author: Stephanie Faris

Rating: You should read this

The book 25 Roses is about this group of girls. Their names were Ashley and two other girls. They were handing out roses. They were trying to sell the most roses so they can win the prize, but they are hoping they will win. They are trying their best to win, but another group is a head of them by a lot of roses. If they do not win that is okay because it is not a race even if they don’t sell the most roses.

What I liked about it was that they were handing out roses. What I did not like about it was that it was about to make me cry because of how sweet it was.

I would recommend it to girls because it is more of a girls’ book than a boys’ book and it is a great book. The reason I chose this book is because it looked like an interesting book.


 

 

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Brianna

Title: Class Dismissed

Author: Allen Woodrow

Rating: You have to read this!

Class is almost over and the whole class is waiting for it, especially Kyle. Later, Adam gets in trouble and Ms. Bryce, their teacher, decides to leave. But while Adam is in the office, he sees all the teachers in the teachers’ lounge, and Principal Klein is trying to get a necklace out of the sink. Adam hears the phone ring, and decides to pick it up. But before he can even talk, he hears Ms. Bryce yell into the phone, “I’m signing off, immediately!” Then Adam realizes he shouldn’t have picked up the phone. Once Adam is back in the classroom, they try to keep their secret that Ms. Bryce is gone. Maggie tries to keep the whole class under control, and gives the whole class homework. The whole class was upset, because Maggie gave them more homework then Ms. Bryce even gave them. And Ms. Bryce gave them a lot of homework. Later, Maggie looked through Ms. Bryce’s papers and found out that they have a play that Ms. Bryce was going to make but Ms. Bryce wasn’t there to make it! Principal Klein checks on them and sees that Ms. Bryce is gone. He asks where she is, and all the students always say that she is in the bathroom. But when Principal Klein tells them that they have a field trip coming up, they all start to worry. They at least found an “actor” named Mr. Chips, as a substitute teacher and they have him help them on the field trip. But they still don’t know about the play and their secret about the class. Will they be able to do the play in enough time? Can they still keep their secret?

I really liked this book for multiple reasons. One reason is because it is pretty funny and enjoyable. My favorite part was when Ms. Bryce left, and the whole class didn’t tell a single person except for Mr. Chips. Also, I really liked when Maggie tried to manage the class and basically tried to be the teacher.

I would recommend this book to people who like realistic, funny, and entertaining books. I think that this book is a good book to read because it really holds your interest. If you like medium size chapter books this is the book for you. But if you like fantasy books mostly than this is not the book for you. I would also recommend this book to 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th graders because it grabs their attention most.


 

 

Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Harley

Title: Slacker

Author: Gordon Korman

Rating: You should read this

Slacker is about a boy named Cameron. Cam likes playing video games, but one day his parents say he can’t play video games all day long. So they said that he had to join a club that doesn’t include video games. He and his friends make a fake group that turns in to an actual group and he makes some new friends in the group including a beaver.

I liked the book it really makes you wonder what he’s going to do at the beginning of the story. I think it could inspire you to do something new, something you’re not used to doing.

I would recommend this book for anyone, any age, any gender. It really is for everyone, because you probably relate to Cam and how you’ve tried something new.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Lennon

Title: Wonder

Author: R.J. Palacio

Rating: You have to read this!

I read the book called Wonder, it’s about a boy named August that was born with unordinary face. Auggie was homeschooled his whole life. until fifth grade when he had decided that he wanted to go to a public school. When August got to school he was bullied for the way he looked. That’s why he insisted on wearing a astronaut helmet as much as possible, when he was younger. He also has a sister named Via who struggled with having a brother who had a birth defect. Her friends never wanted to come over because they thought he looked weird. Except one friend, Miranda she loved Auggie like her own brother! This family is an inspiration to other families on dealing with a child with a birth defect and juggling the effects it has on everyone involved. In this book I learned, the struggles of making new friends, and the resiliency a family has when they stick together.

I loved the book for a lot of reason’s. I like the inspiration that this book provides. My favorite part was the true story behind it because I think that it is a good eye opener for the people that aren’t grateful for every thing they have. I also like that in the story August went through a lot I and that he never gave up to have a great time.

I would recommend this book to any boy or girl that is ten, eleven, or twelve. I would say that because I think that at that age some people start to become less and less great full. And hopefully it would make them more grateful. That is why I would recommend this book to that age.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Lexi

Title: Duke

Author: Kirby Larson

Rating: You should read this

Duke is about a boy named Hobie; an eleven year old boy who has a dog named Duke. Duke is a very well trained dog. Hobie’s father is fighting in World War 2 over seas in Europe. Hobie’s neighbors have dogs in the war too, Hobie is thinking about sending Duke into the war. He meets a guy when he is walking home from the grocery store and his dog Ludwig is going to ship out next week on a train. Hobie’s uncle Tryg gives him a plane that you build and the plane is like his dads Little Bessie. Hobie’s best friend Scooter moves away and that makes Hobie super sad. He has no friends at school now. When school starts Hobie has a new kid in his class named Max. Hobie figures out that Max is just like Scooter so they become friends. Hobie decides to send Duke to the war with Ludwig on the train next week. Hobie is waiting for his dad to send a other letter to him, his sister and his mom. When he does Hobie is really quick to respond and so is his sister. A couple weeks later when his dad is still in war, he sends a letter and it says “ I’m a prisoner in Germany I’m fine but I might not be able to write to you guy all the time I love you! Talk to you soon. Aim, fly, fight.” The Hanson family was so sad Hobie was the most sad because, he though he’s dad was coming home in one or two months, but I guess he wasn’t. Hobie writes to him every time he does.

I loved this book because I love how much Hobie loved Duke and Duke seems like a great dog I would love to have Duke as my dog. This book tells you if you have someone or something you love it’s best to make sacrifices for them

I recommend this book to anyone who loves to read books about dog and how dogs they can help other people. Because Duke is a great family dog and he is a great help in war. I would also recommend this book to fourth graders and fifth graders.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Aubrey

Title: Wonder

Author: Palacio

Rating: You have to read this!

Wonder is about a boy named is August who has never gone to public school he has always gotten home schooled. August is ten years old. He has gotten surgery like 27 so he doesn’t want to go to school. But his mom talked to the principal about giving them a tour. These kids Charlotte , jack, and Julian gave August a tour around the school. Charlotte is the nice one jack is nice sometimes Julian is really mean. In one part of the book Julian said so what is the deal with your face to August. Then Charlotte yelled at Julian. Then jack and August became best friend in one of the parts in the book jack was talking to Julian and jack said. What is wrong with August Charlotte was flipping out. He had good and bad year but he liked it.

I liked the book Wonder it makes me happy and sad in some parts but I liked it, that is why i like the book

I would recommend his to boys and girls cause it is funny sad and happy. The grade level is 4 through 6 grade.

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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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