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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Kyle

Title: Argos

Author: Ralph Hardy

Rating: You should read this

I thought that Argos was a decent book. Argos, a dog, belongs to Odysseus, who helped sack Troy in the Trojan horse. Argos is in Ithaca while his master is away and tells his master’s story according to the birds that tell him of Odysseus’s misadventures. I thought the author, Ralph Hardy, did a nice job still filling the pages with excitement even though Argos is not involved in the action. He does this by giving Argos his own problems on Ithaca. For instance, stopping the suitors who are looking for his mistress’s hand in marriage from getting too rambunctious, stopping the wolves from attacking the sheep, and other misfortunes. One last thing I would like to tell you is that Argos finds a mate, Aurora, but a tragic ordeal happens that tears her and most of his pups away from him forever. I thought it was well executed and kept you emotionally on edge through most of the read. All in all, those are my feelings about the book.

Even though it was exciting, in some parts it failed to grab my attention, but most of the book was full of humor and emotion. I mainly liked it except for the boring moments and a few of the emotional parts made me put it down because I was so sad or disgusted.

I would recommend this book for fifth grade boys, mainly because in some parts I found it a little graphic and cruel, and I don’t think girls would find it appealing. I think it all depends though, so if you’re a girl and you don’t mind kind of gory descriptions, I think this book would also suit you.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Kyle

Title: The Wizards of Once

Author: Cressida Cowell

Rating: Don’t bother

I didn’t think The Wizards of Once was a great book, but let me let you decide. The main character, Xar, is a wizard who doesn’t have his magic and would do almost anything to get it. That includes some pretty terrifying stuff like hunting a witch. Sure, witches are said to have become extinct years and years ago but anything is possible with Xar. He is a very mischievous kid that likes pranking other people. For instance, the time when he poured a love potion into the pigs trough and, as a beautiful result, getting the pigs to fall madly in love with his least favorite teacher. I could go on and on about the things that Xar’s done, but I will be concise. So back to my point earlier, he will catch a witch to get magic. And that’s not some elaborate metaphor to show how badly he wants to have magic, he will actually try to catch a witch. On an adventure to gain magic he will find secrets, gain a friend, and learn the evil of the world.

Now, the way I talked it up, you’re probably thinking, ‘How can a person talk up a book like that and still not like the book?’ Well let me just say this, I haven’t told you the whole story yet. For starters, the author spent one hundred pages of the book hunting a witch, not joking. One hundred pages is a little long but not bad for hunting a witch if it was exciting, but it wasn’t exciting. On the contrary, it was VERY boring. They didn’t even catch the darned thing! I did enjoy some parts like the Big Battle (I would tell you about it, but then I’d spoil the ending), but other than that, the whole book was pretty boring. So take my advice, don’t read it!

If anyone should read it, which I highly advise against, I would recommend it for fourth through sixth grade boys. On some parts of the book, it got very graphic, and I don’t think girls would find it appealing. But, hey, I might be wrong, but that is my recommendation. Clearly you should take my advice about this book.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Miranda

Title: A Wrinkle in Time

Author: Madeleine L’Engle

Rating: You have to read this!

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’engle is about a sister, a brother, and a mom. They have a house that is named the Murry. The characters are Meg, Charles, and Mrs. Murry. A long time ago Megs and Charles dad ran away. They tried to fined the dad Mr. Murry with some strangers. Then they went to a land that only the strangers lived on. I think I should tell you the strangers names. There is Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which, and Aunt Beast. Anyway they took Meg and Charles to go find there dad.

I really like this book. Why I like this book is because the book makes it seem like I’m in that setting. My favorite part about this book is I like how it makes me want to act it out. I like how Meg and Charles tried to go find their dad. This whole book is about a sister and a brother finding their dad with some strangers.

I would recommend this book to anyone. It is a book with a sister and a brother how are finding there dad. I would have ten or older read this book because it might have some words that are too hard for younger children. This book was very interesting to read when you read it by yourself.


 

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Cameron

Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone

Author: J.K.Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone a kid named Harry gets a letter saying that he got accepted in a school of magic. His aunt and uncle won’t let him go because a dark wizard killed his parents and his aunt and uncle don’t really like Harry. But they keep getting more and more letters from this school named Hogwarts. So they get so many of these letters that they move away. But a person named Hagrid comes and gets Harry and brings him to Diagonal Alley which is where Harry gets his wand and other things. So then he goes to Hogwarts by getting on a train and he meets a kid named Ron so they show up and get sorted into different groups which are Hufflepuff , Ravenclaw, Gryfndor and Slytherin. Harry gets sorted into Gryfndor. So then they do their classes but on Halloween night a giant got into hogwarts. Now a girl named Hermione is trapped with this giant and then Harry comes and takes out the giant. And that’s how Harry, Ron and Hermione became friends.

What I liked about this book was when Harry started playing quidich. Quodich is a game where there is a seeker, two people with a bat, and four people who score points. The main object of the game is to catch the snitch which is small and fast. That’s the seeker’s job to do and Harry’s the seeker. There is a ball where you can score extra points. Something I did not like was they were in the woods and then a creepy dude came out and started drinking unicorn blood.

I would recommend this book to boys because the main character was a boy and also there’s a little bit of fighting involved. This book was really good. I’m really happy I chose it. And if you like magic then this series is for you.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Maddie

Title: Views From the Tower

Author: Jessica Grey

Rating: You have to read this!

Views from the Tower by Jessica Grey, who is an author and also my mother, is a collection of short stories that are retellings of fairy tales. Some of the stories are very short, some of them are longer. They are set in the past, in the present, and in fantasy worlds. They were made different from the fairy tales, sometimes different things happen.

There were three different Rapunzel stories that were short. The first one the prince promised to rescue Rapunzel but he never did. He just kept her in that tower. I would have kicked that prince and then kicked him out of my tower. The third Rapunzel story was my favorite because she met this man who gave her a choice to stay in the tower or come meet him.

My favorite story out of all the stories was Mountain Rose which is a retelling of Snow White and Rose Red. I liked it because it showed how they met the Bear and it had a happy ending and not a sad one. I loved the magic in this one. I liked the part where the wind and dust swirled the rose petals in the magic and how the author described it.

I also enjoyed the story Down the Rabbit Hole which is about Alice who is a special agent trying to catch a bunny – or is it a man? He is a Charming from a fairy tale and he was jumping worlds so she was trying to catch him.

The story I liked the least was In Her Service which is the Frog Prince. I liked it a little, but it was set in too normal of a setting. I would have enjoyed it more if the witch was more witch-like. Also, some parts were hard to understand because it was a historical setting.

In conclusion, I think this book was very great except for the few minor things I disliked, but other people may like. I would recommend it for people who read fantasies and fairy tales and magical purposes. I liked being able to tell the author how I would have changed the stories, because I know her.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Will

Title: Warriors: Power of the Three: The Sight

Author: Erin Hunter

Rating: You have to read this!

This book was about three cats that have unusual powers. For example, Jaypaw can see in other cats’ dreams. When Jaypaw is a kit he thinks that he would be a good warrior. Once Holykit, Lionkit, and Jaykit find out that fox cubs are on the loose they leave the Thunder clan camp to go and take on the foxes. The minute they enter the den the foxes chased them out. Then, Jaykit falls into a hollow and loses his sight. After they became apprentices Jaypaw didn’t like being a warrior because his mentor Brightheart pitted him because he was blind. Later on, Shadow clan crossed the border and the battle began. After the battle, Jaypaw knew that he could never become a warrior with out his sight. When he secretly follows Leafpool to the moonpool Star clan tells him he must become a medicine cat so he becomes a medicine cat. Jaypaw thought life was very boring until something happens to Lionpaw.

I thought that this was one of the best books I’ve ever read in my entire life. I’m not too much of a cat fan but this was an amazing book. My favorite part was when Jaypaw had the dreams about Star clan. My other favorite part was when Thunder clan has the battle with Shadow clan.

In conclusion I would suggest this book for people who like cat or animals. I would also suggest this book for fourth graders through sixth graders.


 

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Grace

Title: The Time Bike

Author: Jane Langton

Rating: You should read this

The Time Bike is a very good book. It was about a kid named Eddy who lost his brand new bike. One of his relatives sent him a new bike but it wasn’t as cool as the other bike. Soon he finds out the new bike was a time bike. He learns that some things can go wrong with time travel and regrets a few things.

I really enjoyed this book. I like this book because the main character travels through time. I like how he can visit things in the past and see things in the future. I also like all the detail in the book. For example, when he got the time bike he didn’t like it, then he took a closer look and explained all the cool gadgets on the bike. I also like all the characters and there personalities, like Eleanor’s personality is very moody, and Uncle Freddy’s personality is a little confused. That is why I really enjoyed the book.

I would recommend this book to fifth grade boys. I would recommend this book to fifth grade boys because the main character is a boy, even though I am a girl. I just feel like boys are more interested in science and time travel.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Elija

Title: How I Learned to Fly

Author: R.L.Stine

Rating: You have to read this!

If you are a person who likes spooky books, you should try this book. Goosebumps books are personally my favorite. You may wonder why I suggest this book. It has excitement and scary twists like Jack actually flying. Jack is the main character In the story. There are three characters in the story. The second character is a girl named Miy, as you all may probably know, Jack likes Miy. The last character is a boy named Wilson. Wilson also likes Miy and he is the type who has everything. If you want to know more, read the book.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Vaughn

Title: Bearwalker

Author: Joseph Bruchac

Rating:         You have to read this!

When Brian arrived at camp he saw a guy wearing a bear claw necklace. Then he remembered the Native American legend of the blood thirsty Manbear that was able to change between man and bear. He never thought he would come face to face with the legend of the Manbear however this would not be the case.

What I liked about the book was that anytime I read it there was always a cliffhanger. I also liked the main idea of the story which took place in the woods at camp. The mystery of the story held my attention till the end.

I would recommend this to readers that like mysteries and that are also at a 5.2 reading level.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Sophia

Title: One and Only Ivan

Author: Katherine Applegate

Rating: You have to read this!

The One and Only Ivan is about an ape that is alone in his little dome and he does not take after his dad, his dad was a mean ape. Ivan does not have many friends. He has a dog and an elephant friend, but that’s it. People thought he was mean and people liked him for that. Ivan’s elephant friend made Ivan no longer alone. Ivan and the elephant became best friends.

What I did not like about the book is that Ivan looks all mean on the book he is decried as mean and I thought it kind of ruined the book at some parts. What I liked about the book is that Ivan was a very nice ape instead of mean and Ivan finally got a friend.

I would rate this book a ten out of ten because It was really sweet and it touched my heart. I recommend this book for 3rd grade to 5th grade. Why is because it has some sad parts but it also is a hard reading level for 3rd and under.

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Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Reviewer: Maddie

Title: The Secret Mermaid: Enchanted Shell

Author: Sue Mongredien

Rating: You should read this

The Secret Mermaid: Enchanted Shell is about a girl named Molly who moves with her family to Horseshoe Bay near the sea to live with her Gran. Her Gran gives her a special shell necklace that she doesn’t allow anyone to touch. When Molly goes to sleep the first night she lives there, she is magically teleported to the Undersea Kingdom where she meets the Merqueen and princess and other mermaids. And Molly has a tail! She is a “secret mermaid.”

I liked how Molly wasn’t sure if it was a dream or real but she had seaweed in her hair when she woke up. I liked meeting all the different mermaids who are related to Molly. I found the storyline about the shell very interesting and how Molly’s ancestor mermaid fell in love with a fisherman and lost her tail and got legs but passed her conch shell down through her family.

I disliked how this ends on a cliffhanger. I didn’t realize it was a series so it was disappointing to not get the end of the story. However, I am very excited to read the next book in the series.

I would recommend this to most people. If you like adventure or magic or mermaid stories, this is your next read.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Grace

Title: The Land of Stories: A Wishing Spell

Author: Chris Colfer

Rating: You should read this

The book A Wishing Spell is a great book. A Wishing Spell is mostly about twins that go on adventures to find important objects in important fairy tales. They face some problems on the way to find the objects in the fairy tales, but always find a way to get out of the problems. Before they faced the fairy tale problems, they faced some school problems as well.

I like the book A Wishing Spell because there are a lot of adventures. I like the adventures because in every fairy tale there is a different adventure. I also like that the twins are so different, but they are so similar at the same time. They are different because one is very daring and the other is not at all. They are similar because they both love fairy tales and meeting the characters in the fairy tales.

I would recommend this book to fifth grade girls. I would recommend this book to fifth grade girls because most of the characters in the fairy tales are girls. Also, I really enjoy this book and I am a girl, so I feel like other girls will enjoy the book too.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Will

Title: Wings of Fire: The Lost Continent

Author: Tui T. Sutherland

Rating: You have to read this!

The Lost Continent is about this SilkWing dragon named Blue. It all starts with his sister’s metamorphosis day. It’s a normal metamorphosis day until they get to the metamorphosis chamber. His sister Luna turns out to be a Flamesilk. Then, the HiveWing guards took her away. Then, the HiveWing guards start to chase Blue. When the guards all most caught him he found this HiveWing dragon named Cricket and they hid in the school. Then, Blue and Cricket went to look for Swordtail to help them find Luna. Next, Swordtail took a stone tablet and flung it in to the side of the Hive and smashed the wall to bits. After that, they hid in a sinkhole in the savanna. Then, Blue, Swordtail, and Cricket fly all the way to the Wasp Hive and hid in Queen Wasp’s own greenhouse. As they go deeper into the greenhouse and dragons tied them to trees, but the there was some thing strange about the dragons they had only two wings and the wing were shaped like leaves they were LeafWings. LeafWings were extinct, but now they wanted Bule, Cricket, and Swordtail to break into the Temple of Clearsight and steal the Book of Clearsight.

I thought that this was a really good book, but I didn’t like that the main character, Blue was still a dragonet and didn’t have wings. If you read the other Wings of Fire books all the dragons have wings. My favorite part was when they found the LeafWings.

Last, I would suggest this book to people who like dragons.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Isaac

Title: Arthur Grey, The Minotaur Riddle

Author: V.K Finnish

Rating:  You should read this book

Arthur Grey, The Minotaur Riddle is about this kid named Arthur Grey who comes back to the spy glass squad. They go back to Historia, the place they used to go, until Arthur happened to find pieces of real legends and his most exciting adventures, the Historia’s olympic sport. But then a man comes up trying to save Historia, is it fake or is it real? Historia was being targeted the whole time of the events and Arthur Grey has to stop it.

The book was good but I wished it had more sensory details about what the characters are doing. Overall the book was enjoyable and good. Also I like the characters and the mysteries that occurred in the book. But my second problem of the book is that there were not many witty characters in the story.

Overall I would recommend this book.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Cameron

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Author: J.K Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

This book was about a kid named Harry Potter whose parents died and he has to live with his aunt and uncle. They are super mean to him and super nice to their child named Dudley. His aunt and his uncle put bars on his room so he could not go back to his school Hogwarts which is a school of magic. So his friend Ron comes in a flying car and takes him to his house. After about a month Harry goes to Hogwarts. To get to Hogwarts you need to get through an invisible wall before 11:00, but Harry and Ron missed the wall so they had to take a flying car to the school. Once he gets to the school he is doing normal school then he hears about a thing called the Chamber of Secrets so they are trying to figure out how to get to it.  Read the book to find out what happens!

What I liked about this book was a sport called quiditch where they are on broomsticks trying to get a ball in the ring and there is also a thing called the snitch. If you catch you win the game, but while you’re doing that there are two balls trying to hit you. Another thing I liked was when the people cast the spells like to disarm your opponents or to make something float. What I did not like was it took awhile to actually get to the magic stuff. Besides that the rest of the book was good.

I would recommend this to fifth grade boys. First the main character is a boy and the reading level is fifth grade. All in all, the book was awesome. I would totally recommend you read this.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Vaughn

Title: The House With the a Clock in Its Walls

Author: Lewis Barnavelt

Rating: You have to read this!

This book is about a ten year old boy named Lewis. He went and lived in a house with his uncle. In the house there was ticking nose inside the walls. Then he learned that his uncle is a wizard.

I really liked this book because it is about magic. Also, it had a lot of cliffhangers. It was also interesting to read. I was able to read this book in under two weeks.

I would recommend this to people who like magic, secret pathways, and trapped doors. Boys and girls would both like this book. It will keep you reading until the very end.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Savannah

Title: Foxcraft: The Taken

Author: Inbali Iserles

Rating: You should read this

There was a little fox who just wanted to be a little bigger just like his dad. So he grew up and grew up and he was just like his dad, but it was not the same. His dad was not there. It was hard to not have his dad there to teach him the good and the bad.

He showed a lot of animals who were bigger than him. He learned how to be a little bigger and better just like his long gone dad. It was hard, but he made it though.After all, he was small, but mighty.

I recommend this book for people who can read small font and who can read a sad story.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Vaughn

Title: Erth Dragon the Dark Wyng

Author: Chris D’Lacey

Rating: You should read this

The book Erth Dragon the Dark Wyng is about a boy named Ren who bonded with a few baby dragons. There are humans that are not friends with the dragons. When an ancient power threatens the land, the dragons and humans team up to battle the ancient power.

I really liked how there are dragons in the book. I also liked how two forces had to work together. A few things I did not like were all the made up words. I also did not like the war. Those are the things I liked and did not like.

I would recommend this book to people who like dragons, people who like people with powers, and people who like a little bit of war.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Miranda

Title: The House With the Clocks in its Walls

Author: John Bellairs

Rating: You have to read this!

This book is mainly about a boy who’s mom and dad died in a car crash. He had to go and live with his uncle. Then he started to have dreams about what he thought was his mom. But his mom was a lady who wanted his husband back so she told him what to do to wake her husband up from the dead. So he did what he was told and woke him from the dead to impress his friend who didn’t believe that he can do all this magic.

The reason why I chose this book to write about was because I liked all the details in this book. And also I like how it takes out a part of me that is upset. It also has some creative words in this book. I like how it makes some really cool sound effects and it sounds likes it’s in walls. And it made it to where his uncle terns into a baby when he was an adult.

I would recommend this book to a 5th and up probably because it has some strong words. But maybe a mom, dad or siblings could read it to you.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Laila

Title: TheBFG

Author: Roald Dahl

Rating: You have to read this!

The book that I read was called The BFG and that stands for the, big friendly giant. The two main characters are Sophie and the BFG. Sophie is the one that got snatched out her window. She said that she was happy to be snatched because she was living in an orphanage and they were so strict and so she just wanted out of there. The BFG is the only giant that does not eat humans unlike all the other giants. I would love to tell you more, but you must read the book and find out what happens next.

I think that boys and girls can read this book it really is meant for both. If you are a kid that really doesn’t like to read about adventures then you would not like this book. If you really do like this book, then you can also watch the movie.

This book can get very challenging to read. The BFG does not talk like a normal person does, so if you are up for a good challenge than you should read The BFG. So, hope you really like this book and if you watch the movie you like it.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Will

Title: Wings of Fire: The Darkness of Dragons

Author: Tui T Sutherland

Rating: You have to read this!

The Darkness of Dragons is about this dragon named Qibli. So this sandwing, Qibli, and his friends, try to stop this nightwing called Darkstalker. So, it all starts when Darkstalker enchants all the nightwing students and Anemone ( the seawing princess) and leads them to the rainforest to get the other night. Darkstalker’s plan is to go to the old night kingdom and become king of the nightwings and possibly the whole continent. When Qibli and his friends find the old night kingdom they discover that the icewings are declaring war on the nightwings. Will Qibli and his friends be able to prevent a war and stop Darkstalker?

I really enjoyed this Wings of Fire book. My favorite part was when Qibli and Winter snuck into his grandfather’s fortress.

Last, I would suggest this book for fourth graders and up. I would also suggest this book to people who like dragons.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Alyson

Title: The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Author: Kelly Barnhill

Rating: You have to read this!

In the story The Girl Who Drank the Moon a witch named Xan is a really nice witch. People of the town think that she is an evil witch. The people of the town leave a child in the forest every year. They do that because the town people think that the sacrifice will keep the witch from destroying the town. One night Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight. What do you think will happen to the moonlight baby?

I liked this book because it is about a nice witch. I also liked this book because it is about adventure. I disliked this book because in some parts it was a little sad. I also disliked this book because they were sacrificing kid. I definitely do not like that.

I would recommend this book to twelve year old girls because the book is a big book. I also think that does would not enjoy it that much. You have to read this book, it will be a good read. Read the book and you will find out more.

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Genre: Fiction

Reviewer: Isaac

Title: Ranger’s Apprentice: Ruins of Gorlan

Author: John Flanagan

Rating: You have to read this!

Ranger’s Apprentice: Ruins of Gorlan is about a kid named Will who traveled to a random place and is one of the kids to be picked out to become the Ranger’s apprentice. Will in this story gets picked out of a line of kids to become the one the only Ranger’s apprentice. When will gets picked out, he was very excited about becoming the Ranger’s apprentice and learning about different skills he never had before. Will gets trained about being a skilled archer and he tries his hardest to listen to the Ranger and do his best. After a lot of training he finally becomes a fierce archer. But archery and training is not the only thing is that he and the Ranger go on, they do various missions and adventures.

I really liked this book because the author put in very unique characters and character traits that a lot of other books don’t have. I also liked how this book put in a lot of small details that if this book didn’t have small details you wouldn’t ever know what this book was. My third reason why I liked this book was because of all the characters actions that really put a huge impulse on the story. My last reason why I liked this book is because it barely ever gets boring.

I would definitely recommend this to readers who like to read adventure and action because Will and the Ranger go on a lot of adventures. I would recommend this to people who don’t like adventure or action too because it also has parts that will hook all readers. Overall this book would even be good for adults too. Overall I would give this book a 10/10.

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Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Reviewer: Maddie

Title: Magic Bunny: Dancing Days

Author: Sue Bentley

Rating: You should read this

Arrow is a magical bunny that lives in Moonglow Meadow. There is a magic key that keeps the meadow green and the dark bunnies want to steal the key. So Arrow is sent to hide in the human world with the key. In this story, Arrow spends time with a girl named Sara who is sad because she sprained her ankle right before her auditions for her dance recital. However, this gives her an opportunity to meet a new girl named Tamara. Sara helps Arrow when the dark bunnies come after him.

I liked Arrow because he is very cute and he is also very brave to take on this quest. I like how he talks to the human girls and I always imagined him having a British accent. I also liked how Sara made a new friend in this story.

I did not like the dark bunnies and I was scared for Arrow a few times.

I recommend this to kids who love fantasy stories and who love animals especially bunnies.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Cameron

Title: Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Author: C.S Lewis

Rating: You have to read this!

This book is mainly about four kids named Lucy, Peter, Edmund, and Susan. They go to the Professor’s house to escape the war. After a day, they started playing hide and seek and Lucy discovers a wardrobe. She goes through it and discovers a world called Narnia. She meets Mr. Tumnus who welcomes her and tells her about Narnia and the White Witch who put a spell all over Narnia to make it always winter. Then she tells her brothers and sister and shows them the wardrobe, but its closed. Later, Edmund goes and meets the White Witch. She gives him food and lies to him. He doesn’t know she’s evil. The other kids come into Narnia too and fight the evil to save Narnia. They meet Aslan, the great lion, who helps them.

What I liked about this book is all the action that was in it, like all the fighting scenes and sword battles. There is a lot of adventure and it is exciting. There’s nothing I disliked.

I would recommend this to fifth grade boys and anyone who likes adventure because there is a lot of action in this book and fighting scenes.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Grace

Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Author: Ransom Riggs

Rating: You should read this

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is mostly about a boy who found some of his grandfather’s old pictures with weird behaving people on them. He goes to try to find them, and he does, they remember his grandfather. Everyday Miss Peregrine turns back time so everyday just keeps repeating. Creatures come after them and they try to stop it.

My favorite thing about the book is everybody has a unique power and there is a lot of adventure in the book. For example, one of the girls can float in the air and has to wear shoes made of lead because she will just float away. One of the boys is completely invisible, you can only see his clothes. The book has a lot of adventure because everyday they are fighting creatures and going on big adventures.

I would recommend Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children to all fifth graders. I would recommend this book to all fifth graders because both boys and girls would like just like I did.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Laila

Title: Ralph S. Mouse

Author: Beverly Cleary

Rating: You should read this

The book that I am reading is Ralph S. Mouse. The two main characters are Ralph, and a boy named Ryan. Ralph is a very nice mouse. He lives in a hotel where Ryan and his mom live. Ralph is not the only mouse in the hotel his whole family lives in there too. Ralph thinks that he is the coolest mouse in the hotel, but he is not really is not. Everyone thinks he is not cool, just because he has a motorcycle does not mean he is the coolest.

I think that the book is for boys and girls. If you like to read funny books, then this would be a good book for you also if you love mice then you would also love this book. If you are not a mouse lover or you do not like funny books, then this book would be not be a perfect book for you.

I think that this book was an easier reading level than it says because it says it is a 5th grade reading level, but it seems like it is a 4th grade book. Even though it was an easier reading level, I still liked it.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Maddie

Title: The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Author: J.K. Rowling

Rating:  You have to read this!

The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a collection of wizarding folk tales from the world of Harry Potter. This includes the story of “The Three Brothers” which is very important in the Harry Potter series. This collection includes the stories and then also notes and “historical facts” on the stories by Professor Dumbledore. Some of the stories are funny and more cute, but a few are scary and also creepy. The Warlock’s Hairy Heart was a very creepy story!

I liked how in “The Tale of the Three Brothers” it actually told us a bit more about the story. I also liked Dumbledore’s notes and how he made a snarky joke about Lucius Malfoy trying to get Dumbledore removed as headmaster and Dumbledore says he is trying to get him removed as Lord Voldemort’s Chief Death Eater. That made me laugh a lot.

What I didn’t like about this book is the Warlock’s Hairy Heart story, it was actually very scary for me as there is a murder (even though I like detective murder stories, but it’s not the type of murder story – like Sherlock Holmes where the murder gets solved – that I like).

This book is a challenging read, it uses a lot of older language and some words I had to look up. Also, sometimes Dumbledore’s notes are just a lot of wizarding history. However, overall I really enjoyed this and it is a must read for Harry Potter fans.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Elija

Title: Diary of a Minecraft Zombie

Author: Will Peña

Rating: You have to read this!

Diary Of A Minecraft Zombie is a story about a 12 year old Minecraft Zombie who is in school. He, like everyone in the world, has some problems. Now one of his biggest problems is that he gets bullied by a magma block called Mike Magma. Mike Magma is magma slime and he is a jerk to Zombie and his friends.

Zombie has four friends named Creepy, Slimy , Steve and Skelee. Mick Magma liked to bully them by taking money and taking zombies rib cage and things like that. Zombie’s friend Steve is different you see he is a ….human. Zombie always asks Steve questions like what to do and it usually works .

We will have to keep reading to see what happens in the next couple of books but in my opinion I think this is a great book because of all of the humor and friendship that it has in it. I used to not like to read at all, but when I got these books, my mind overfilled with imagination and I feel that it will do the same to you. There are fifteen books so you will have fun from the very beginning to the very end.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Elija

Title: Hall Of Horrors #1: Claws

Author: R.L Stein

Rating: You should read this

Do you like scary books that end in a twist or books that send chills down your spine? If you said yes I have just the book for you, CLAWS. It is a book about a kid named Mickey and his friend named Amanda. Mickey and Amanda were pet sitting for one of their neighbors. Their pet was a cat named Bella. Bella was a black cat with a spot of hair missing on her tail. It was missing because Amanda dropped a piece of gum in her hair so they had to cut it out. When they were done pet sitting and going back to the there homes, they forgot to close the door, so the cat ran out of the house and got ran over by a truck and died…Or did she?

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Justin

Title: The House With a Clock In Its Walls

Author: John Balliars

Rating: You have to read this!

The House With a Clock In Its Walls is a story about a boy named Lewis who goes to live with his uncle Jonathan, when he discovers that he and his uncle is a wizard, he accidentally resurrects the owner of the house and her husband. They built a timepiece into the walls that could a obliterate mankind. Now Lewis and his uncle have to save the world and stop the clock.

What I liked about the story is how Lewis fell and uncle Jonathan said, “Don’t kill yourself before I get a chance to meet you.” I have enjoyed this book and I will never stop reading it. I also like the author’s word choice.

If I could recommend this story to someone it would be my uncle Lee. My uncle Lee loves magic, and he will love the book too. I recommend this book to 6th grade boys.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Miranda

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 a sixth grade class in the beginning and then it gets interesting after that. Well, let me tell you that this was a great book. Okay, anyway, the class is talking about magical things like mice can become men, maids can become princesses and stuff like that. Of course mice can’t become men, but maids can probably become princess. Then the interesting part is that what I have read so far is they fall into a book which I think can’t happen but you have your own imagination so think whatever you want. You can think that they did go into a book or that they can’t.

Something that I like about this book is how imaginative it is. I like how it makes me think that it was real like they did go into the book. But some things are magical you just have to believe and that is what I do. I also love how they talk about magic and they said that it happens magical things do come true. Also I like how they talked about what happens in moves not in real life.

I would recommend this book to 5th and up probably because this book has a lot of hard words in it.

*****

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Savannah

Title: You’re a Bad Man, Mr. Gum

Author: Andy Stanton

Rating: You have to read this!

So it all starts with this madman that is just mad at everyone, even the world. Then, this kid walks by with a dog. Mr. Gum hates dogs and when he got home he plans to kill this poor little dog. You will have to read this book to see if it was successful.

My favorite thing about this book was how he was so expensive and there was not one thing that I did not like about this book

I recommend this book to 4th and 5th graders.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Miranda

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Author: J. K. Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is all about a boy who has three friends and they’re in a school of magic to learn about magical things. Then he goes back home to see his family. But one thing is that he wanted to go back to Hogwarts, the school that he went to. Someone is turning the students into stone ever since the Dursleys had been mean to Harry Potter.

This is one of my favorite books to read. I love reading this book. I even got to finish two of them. I love reading books like this. I also think that it is a great book in my opinion and I also like how it had a lot of creativity.

I would recommend this book to 5th and up probably because it has a lot of hard words in this book. I even had to ask my mom some of the words.

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Genre: Fiction

Reviewer: Sophia

Title: The Swap

Author: Megan Shull

Rating: You have to read this!

The Swap is a book about two best friends with one joking wish that came true by accident: they swapped lives. They wore each other’s clothes and there lives were so different. I don’t understand how they could live like that. So they had different friends and familys. Do you think life will all go back to normal?

What I liked about the book is that it was funny and also interesting how they lived like that for a good amount of time. What I didn’t like was I was confused in the middle of the book a little bit. Also the book had a hard time keeping my attention.

I would recommend this book to grades 4-5 just because it was kind of confusing for me, so that might make it confusing for the littler kids.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Vaughn

Title: The Lost Rainforest

Author: Eliot Schrefer

Rating: You should read this

The Lost Rainforests is about two sides. One side is called the Day Walkers and the other side is called the Night Walkers. The Night Walkers are not allowed out during the day. Until one of the night walker did. Her name is Mez and she is a panther. She snuck out in the morning and found another night walker. The story goes on to explain how they defeat the Ant Queen.

The reason I liked this book was it had animals. Also, I liked how the animals were able to speak. Next, is they had done something no one had head of, by going out during the day.

I would recommend this to people that like animals. Also, that like animals that team up and save the rainforest

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Isaac

Title: Warriors, Rising Storm

Author: Erin Hunter

Rating: You have to read this!

The book Warriors, Rising Storm is a book from Erin Hunter and the book is about a warrier cat named Tigerclaw who has been kicked out from his clan and he wants to seek revenge. His enemy is Fireheart. He wants to seek revenge, but Fireheart does not know what’s coming. Fireheart is trying to survive Tigerclaw, but something great happens.

I really liked this book because it was unusual because usually humans would be the main characters. I liked this book also because the characters were very interesting and the characters in the story had a lot of meaning and it was very action packed. The most important part of why I liked the story is because it had a really good climax and overall everything was good.

I would definitely recommend this story to anyone even if they don’t like cats or if they don’t like action, I would still recommend this book. I would rate this book a 10/10 because every part of the story was really good. All in all, this story was really good and enjoyable to read.

*****

 

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Kirsten

Title: Story Thieves

Author: James Riley

Rating: You have to read this!

There is a boy named Owen who meets a girl who’s name is Bethany who is able to crawl in and out of books. Bethany is a fictional character with a fictional father, but a real mother. She teaches Owen how to crawl in and out of books but then they start trying to find her father who had disappeared into a book. Later in the book Owen realizes that he can become a hero in books, but as soon as Bethany realizes that Owen is going to change a book, Bethany and Owen have got sucked into a book where a villain is holding them both captive.

I really liked the book, it’s a really good book to read especially if you have a wild imagination because they talk about robots, dragons, and more. My favorite part in the book is when Owen meets Bethany. Another amazing scene in the book is when Owen meets his favorite character. This book is very similar to the other books created by James Riley because they all share the same thrilling action that each book would have in the James Riley books.

I would recommend this book for boys because in some of the thrilling events in this book Owen wants to meet his favorite character in a book just like if a boy could meet a favorite movie star I feel like the book would catch a boys attention cause it has a lot of parts that would catch a boys eye .you should read this book.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Sophia

Title: When The Sea Turned To Silver

Author: Grace Lin

Rating: You should read this

When the Sea Turned To Silver is about a girl named Pimel and her grandma. They go on an adventure to find the dragon that turns the sea into silver. They live in China where all the dragon stories come from, such as “The Dragon Man” and other stories. Pimel gets her mind in a story that she never wants to leave.

Then a tragedy happened, her grandma got taken. Pimel has to find her in order to find the dragon that turns the sea into silver.

What I did not like was how their names were Chinese and sometimes it was a little bit confusing.

Who I recommend it to is 4th-5th graders because it has Chinese words and those were pretty confusing.

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Genre: Fantasy
Reviewer: Miranda
Title: The One and Only Ivan
Author: Katherine Applegate
Rating: You have to read this!
 The One and Only Ivan is all about a gorilla named Ivan. He has been locked behind glass walls for 27 years. Humans have hardly ever looked at him. Ivan has hardly ever known about life in the jungle. Instead he occupies himself with tv, and also with his friends named Stella and Bob.
I really like this book. It is also kind of emotional because there was a baby elephant that he used to talk to from the wild. I really liked this book because it had some cool things in it and I learned a lot about animals (like gorillas). This book inspired me to learn about any type of animal. This was the 25th favorite books that I’ve read.
I would recommend this book to 3rd and up because I like how it teaches us about what one gorilla’s life.

*****

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Kyle

Title: The Alchemyst

Author: Michael Scott

Rating: You should read this

To begin, The Alchemyst was a very good book.

It started off with one of the main characters, Sophie Newman, who was working at The Coffee Cup. She was talking to her friend about what was happening on the street. Some strange men were walking towards the bookstore across the street. Some of them had grey flesh! Her twin brother was working at the bookstore, when he smelled rotten eggs and mint. He came up from the basement just in time to see an amazing sight. The owner, Nick Fleming, was engaged in a magical battle with a small man in a grey suit. The battle involved magic, Golems, and a book. The man, with the intent to destroy the world, ended up taking a magical book with the secret of immortality. It was then that Sophie and Josh’s life changed forever. Can they embark on a magical journey, save the human race, and survive all at once? Find out in The Alchemyst!

I enjoyed reading The Alchemyst. The author used very descriptive language and did a beautiful job weaving together fantasies, legends, and myth from all sorts of different cultures, while creating a unique story, making it an incredible read. However, the author did tend to use excessive information and hard to understand words, making it a little confusing at times. On the whole, I think The Alchemyst was a good book that lots of people will enjoy.

I would recommend this book to boys and girls sixth grade and up who like fantasy. Some of the parts were a little morbid and scary, like an army of skeletons charging at the main characters, and it contained a lot of magic. I would recommend this to both boys and girls because it has girl characters and boy characters.

All in all, you can see that The Alchemyst was a good book.

*****

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Maddie

Title: Spooky Sagas

Author: Various

Rating: You have to read this!

Spooky Sagas is a collection of 100 word short stories about spooky things written by 4th and 5th graders all around the country. This book has some stories about ghosts, some stories about bloody murders, some that are funny, and some that have time travel.

I liked that all the writers came up with creepy and funny stories. For example, the story that had the famous football player Gronk make a surprise appearance. A lot of these stories don’t have resolved endings, which I like because you can use your own imagination.

I didn’t really like some of the stories that seemed too similar to other stories. However, there were a lot that were very creative. I could tell sometimes that certain writers were from the same school because they wrote about similar subjects.

In conclusion, I think you should read this book because it has lots of creative writers that I think will grow up to be great authors.

*****

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Will

Title: Spirit Animals: Wild Born

Author: Brandon Mull

Rating: You have to read this!

Spirit Animals: Wild Born is about three kids, Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan. On Conor’s eleventh name day (birthday), Conor has a chance to summon a spirit animal. After the other kids drank the Nectar, Conor drank last. All of a sudden, he felt a burning sensation. A blinding flash appeared and a wolf appeared. People couldn’t summon wolves because Briggan was a wolf and Briggan was a Great Beast! Briggan wasn’t any Great Beast, he was one of the Four Fallen. People didn’t summon the same species as the Great Beasts, it just didn’t happen. Next, Abeka summoned Uraza the leopard. This guy, Zerif told Abeka that the Green Cloaks had send him to bring her to the Green Cloaks. After that, Meilin summoned Jhi the panda. Then, her city was attacked by conquerers! Rollan was put in jail because his friend stole willow extract. Since he didn’t summon a spirit animal, the militia gave him the Nectar and Rollan summoned Essix the falcon. Next, Zerif broke him out of jail and Rollan didn’t trust him. So, when they were walking down an alley he pointed and said, “Hey, what’s that woman doing?” When Zerif looked Rollan bolted down the alley. Also, Rollan runs into Olvan, Leader of the Green Cloaks and he chases Zerif away. When all of the kids meet at sunset tower, Olvan decides that the need to go after Arax’s talisman, the Granite Ram. Will they be able to get the Granite Ram? Will they be able to get Abeka away from the clutches of the Devourer? Read the book to find out.

I liked this book because it was about animals and it was very interesting. My favorite part was when they were fighting Arax the ram. I would suggest this book for people who like animals, adventure, and action. I would also suggest this book for fourth grade and up.

*****

 

Genre: Fantasy
Reviewer: Will
Title: Wings of Fire: The Hive Queen
Author: Tui T. Sutherland
Rating: You should read this
The Hive Queen is about a dragon named Cricket. In this book Cricket and her friends try to find out all of Queen Wasp’s secrets and try to stop the LeafWings from burning down all the hives. In the beginning Blue comes out of his cocoon and has wings, but he also is a flamesilk. In the middle of the book, Cricket finds out that her sister Katydid is actually her mother! Towards the end Cricket helps lady Jewel find out what Queen Wasp does to her eggs. So, Cricket sneaks inside the hatchery and grabs one egg. Will Cricket get caught by Queen Wasp? Will she figure out what Queen does to the eggs. Most of all, will Cricket be able to stop the mind control?

I think that this book was a decent book. There were a lot of boring parts, but there were also a lot of interesting parts and there were lots of funny parts too. My favorite part was when Cricket snuck into the hatchery.

I would suggest this book for fourth grade and up, but if you are going to read the first five books then I would suggest it for sixth grade and up because it gets pretty graphic. All in all, I think that this was a decent book.

*****

 

 

Genre: Fantasy
Reviewer: Maddie
Title: How to Train Your Dragon: Volume 1
Author: Cressida Cowell
Rating: You should read this
How to Train Your Dragon is a historical fantasy book about a Viking boy named Hiccup and his dragon Toothless. It is full of fun jokes and silliness (and lots of fart jokes).
I like this book because Hiccup is kind of funny and not a traditional hero. I like how he and Fishlegs are friends and how they don’t fit in with the rest of the Vikings. I like the style that this book is written in and how it has funny illustrations and cool drawings, there are even dragon information parts that are a lot like Pokemon cards.
I am a big fan of the movies and the show made about these books. However, the characters and the plot are very different in the movies, they have almost nothing to do with the books. For example, at the start of the movies the Vikings on Berk are being attacked by dragons and trying to kill those dragons. But in the book, it is a long tradition that they use dragons kind of like hunting dogs, everyone has one and the book starts with Hiccup and his group (Snoutlout, Fishlegs, etc) going to get their dragons out of the dragon cave because they are old enough now.
I recommend this book because it was very funny. However, if you have seen the movies do not expect it to be the same or you will be disappointed!

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Genre: Historical 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.


 

 

Genre: Historical fiction

Reviewer: Isaac

Title: Lincoln’s Grave Robbers

Author: Steve Sheinkin

Rating: You have to read this!

Lincoln’s Grave Robbers is a historical fiction book about a group of people trying to steal Lincoln’s grave and his possessions which are valuable items. It’s a mystery who is trying to steal these valuable items. The main characters are Patrick Tyrrel, Lewis C. Swegles, and Jack Hughes. Tyrrel and Hughes plan to stop the robbers but hadn’t caught them yet.

I really enjoyed this book because it keeps you in suspense to find who the robbers are. Also one thing about the book I dislike is that it doesn’t tell about the characters that much. The best part is that when you read it you can imagine clearly what’s happening.

I would rate this book a solid 9/10 just because of the descriptive language and usage of words. Why I gave it a 9 is that they need to tell more about the characters.

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Genre: Historical fiction

Reviewer: Hann

Title: Across Five Aprils

Author: Irene Hunt

Rating: You have to read this!

Jethro Creighton is working on a farm with his mom when they get word that war will happen soon. His brother soon joins forces with the south. The next year he has the pleasure of meeting a mean man named Wonton who keeps bragging about his brother doing all these crazy things. Also, on Jethro’s ride home, the man himself, Warton jumps poor Jethro. Two months later, a midnight caper burns down and along with it, the family barn. Sadly, later on they get word that his brother Tom was killed fighting for the union. Jethro’s cousin Eb, retreated back to the farm because it looked like the war wasn’t in their favor. Jethro writes a letter to Abraham Lincoln. Surprisingly, he writes back and said that it is ok if people retreat back home. Later on, the north wins the Battle of Gettysburg. Again, more bad news, they got word that Shad was badly hurt and was on the verge of death. But his crush, Jenny somehow managed to get Shad back home without dying. Wow! Jethro receives a letter from John that he found a confederate prisoner who happened to be Bill. Therefore, John makes a point to Ellen that bill wasn’t in the war that Tom was killed in. In 1865, the country signed a peace treaty with the enemy. With good things, comes bad thing, soon after president Lincoln was assassinated. Later Jenny and Shad return home and tell him he will be in put into a good school.

Overall, this was one of the best books I have read. Sure some part were a little too dramatic or just sappy. Otherwise it was great. I just love how the author wrote and it was hard to get me to set the book down and I’m not easy to please.

I would recommend this book to fourth grade boys to eighth grade boys. The reason why I say this was because some parts were a little violent. Also I got two of my sisters and my mom to give their thoughts on this book and they didn’t like it.

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Genre: Historical fiction

Reviewer: Hann

Title: The Fighting Ground

Author: Avi

Rating: You have to read this!

Thirteen year old Jonathan wants to join the revolutionary war. Jonathan’s dad trained him for war, but after he returned with a wound on his leg, his dad has second thoughts. Jonathan was only supposed to get info on the morning of the war and come back. But, he went to fight. He got a gun from the tavern keeper and headed out. On his very long march to German hessians, Jonathan gets taken as prisoner. Then, the hessians take Jonathan to an old house. After that, they bury the parents of a boy who he later finds. Then Jonathan escaped the reins of the Germans with the boy. The corporal killed the boys parents so he knew where the house was. While they were heading back, they forced Jonathan to check if the hessians were asleep or awake. Jonathan tries to help them escape, but it was a fail and they sadly died. Will Jonathan make it out alive?

Overall, it was a pretty good book. Some parts were a little too obvious in a way like how the same things happen in every war book but the author always managed to bring back my attention to the book. After all, some parts did have a little bit of harsh language. One of the best things about this book is that it wasn’t over detailed but it had enough to make me feel like I was actually in the book experiencing everything Jonathan was.

I would recommend this book to everyone from grades 3-6. I say that because it was a very good book and I feel like it’s an important book to read.

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Genre: Historical fiction

Reviewer: Isaac

Title: Stones in Water

Author: Donna Jo Napoli

Rating: You should read this

The book Stones in Water is about four Italian boys who got sent to camp to work together by helping each other and trying there hardest to survive. This book takes place in World War 2 where the boys are being held at a labor camp. The main characters are Memo, Sergio, Samuele, and Roberto. These boys are Italian but one of them is not Italian and one is Jewish Samuele. How they got in the camp is that they all invited each other to the movies and they all go until they get raided by Nazis and they take them to a camp in which they are enslaved and Samuele has to pretend that he is Italian not Jewish or he will die.

I sort of didn’t enjoy the book because there was too many things being repetitive. The story did have a lot of good feeling and survival to it. Also some of the story didn’t tie much together most of the time. I did enjoy the characters had a witty feeling to them.

I would sort of recommend this to you if you like tense stories. I would also recommend this to you if you like survival stories and escaping stories. I would rate this book a 7/10 because it can’t be very repetitive. Overall it was not so bad.

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Genre: Historical fiction

Reviewer: Sophia

Title: The War That Saved My Life

Author: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Rating: You should read this

The War That Saved My Life is about a ten year old girl named Ada that has cruel mom that makes her kind of like her slave. The war that was going on was World War Two. But Ada has never left her one room apartment because her twisted foot. But Ada’s little brother Jamie swiped out of London to escape the war. Ada wanted to come to so she did she escape with her brother. Ada begins new adventure. Ada and Jamie met a lady that was forced to take them in her home. Ada learns all cool stuff like riding horses but do you think she will get hurt?

What I did not like about the book is that it is kind of sad but also the mother is like very mean to Ada. Also in this book I worded about Ada a lot like is her foot fine, or is she ok or not? Also it was kind of confusing at some points of the book. What I liked about the book is she had an adventure with her brother. They both got a good mom and the brother bonded a lot with his sister. Also Ada learns how to have free D’s and do other cool things.

I recommend this book to 4-5 grades because it’s sad and kind of confusing and very suspenceful.

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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


 

Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: My Life on T.V.

Author: Kelly Green

Rating: You should read this

In the book My Life on T.V. a pop star’s sister’s life is shown. She talks about how her sister got famous, and she also talks about her house. All of a sudden, her sister starts to feel like she needs to quit being on a reality show and being a pop star.

Her sister has to do a concert for people in wheelchairs, and in the middle of the concert, her microphone falls over. She leans over to pick it up, but she’s not singing. It was background music and she wasn’t actually singing. They leave the concert. They’re all embarrassed. Read the book to find out what happens.

I liked the book. It makes you feel as if it is a real true story. It caught my attention because of the descriptive language that the book uses. My favorite part of the book was when her sister drops the microphone. Its my favorite part because it’s memorable and connects to the idea of her sister quitting. This book is nothing like any book I’ve read because of the setting, words, and descriptive words.

I would recommend this book for mostly girls. It wouldn’t really be a boys book because the lack of boys in the book. It mostly revolves around an every day life of a girl. You should read this book on your free time!

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Miranda

Title: Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in her Pocket

Author: Barbara Park

Rating: You have to read this!

Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in her Pocket by Barbara Park is about kindergartener named Junie B. Jones who is getting into first grade. The characters are Junie B. Jones, Mrs. William, Lucille, and Grace. They are all students and teachers. The teachers name is Mrs. The students names are William, Lucille and Grace. The children where sad they had to go to first grade. They said that the first graders where bullies. They wanted to be in the same grade as their own age. Then the teacher explained to the children that every grade moves up so you won’t be in the same grade as the first graders as the first graders that are in first grade right now. They are moving up to second grade.

I really like this book. Why I like this book is because I like how it really shows how some would like field trips and how some don’t. My favorite part of this book was when all the students thought that they were going to first grade with the other first graders. I like how Junie B. got mixed up with if she was going to first grade with the other first graders. This whole book is about how Junie B. and how she got into kindergarten and how she thought she was staying with the bullies.

I would recommend this book to anyone. It is a book with a kindergartener named Junie B. Jones and how she is going into first grade. I would have six or older read this book because it might have some words that first graders can’t read in till they’re older. This book is very interesting when you get into the book. Characters in the book are very interesting when you get into the book more.


 

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Maddie

Title: Love That Dog

Author: Sharon Creech

Rating: You should read this

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech is about a boy and his dog. It is written differently than a regular novel. We are reading poems written by the main character Jack for his teacher and his favorite author Walter Dean Myers. At first, Jack is not sure about poetry or that what he is writing is poetry. But then he finds his favorite poem and everything changes in his life.

I liked how Jack kept getting more confident in his poetry writing. I liked how he talked to the teacher and got a bit more confident every single time and how he learned about what poetry is. I enjoyed how the back of the book had the poems that Jack read in class. My favorite was “The Tiger” by William Blake. Jack’s favorite was “Love That Boy” by Walter Dean Myers and it was cool how Jack wrote a letter to the author. I love how Jack’s poetry was about his pet dog. It showed how much he loved that dog.

The only part I did not enjoy about the book was that Jack’s dog, Sky, died and how Jack described this made me sad. If you read this book and have pets that you have loved pass away, this may make you sad too. The best thing though is that Jack truly loved that dog, so you have both sad and happy feelings reading this.

In conclusion, Love That Dog by Sharon Creech is one of my favorite books. I read it because it sounded sweet. and sour. I am happy that I read it. I would recommend it to the class and my teacher.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Hannah

Title: Esperanza Rising

Author: Muñoz Ryan

Rating: You have to read this!

Esperanza Rising is about Esperanza who thinks that her life is going to be wonderful forever. She lives on a ranch in Mexico. One of the reasons she loves her wonderful life is because she lives in a wonderful well decorated home with a lot of servants. Esperanza always wears a fancy dress. Her papa Abuelita is always by her side. But one day a sudden tragedy shatters her beautiful world that her and her papa loved.

I really liked this book. Why I think it is a good book is because I liked how is was very interesting and you would always get your hopes up for specific parts. What I also like is how you can really act in your head how people talk and how they are saying it. One more thing that I liked was all the action in this book, like when the sudden tragedy happens it is very interesting to read and you can’t get your head out of the book.

I would recommend this book for people who like lots of action and lots of excitement. I would also recommend this book to fifth grade girls because if I liked it then I am pretty sure that the rest of fifth grade girls would like it too.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Grace

Title: Wish

Author: Barbara O’Connor

Rating: You have to read this!

To begin, Wish is a really good book and you should read it. Wish is about a girl named Charlie who went to live with her aunt and uncle because her family was falling apart. At first she struggled to get along with them but at the end she relies on them and loves them. Any chance she could get, she would make a wish. She always saw a stray dog around her house so she decided she was going to catch that dog and she did. She made a friend named Howard who always sticks up for Charlie and she always sticks up for him. That is why Wish is a good book and you should read it.

I really liked this book because she is struggling in a way and she finds out how to get back up and keep going. I also like the book Wish because I like Howard’s character. I like how Charlie describes his walk like an up down walk. Charlie isn’t afraid to say what she is feeling and she isn’t afraid to stand up for herself and her friends. I also like how Charlie is so attached to her dog Wishbone. Wishbone is always there if Charlie needs him and when she needs someone to hug or talk to he is always there.

I would recommend Wish to fifth grade girls. I feel like they would enjoy this book just as much as I did. That is why I would recommend the book to fifth grade girls.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Sophia

Title: Rain Reign

Author: Ann M. Martin

Rating: You have to read this!

This book is about a dog and a girl named Rose and her dog is Rain. Rose is a strange girl, Rose is a girl that loves homonyms, she is always making them. Rose has a very nice dog Rain. Rain was a lost dog in the cold rain and she got picked up by the father of Rose and ever since then they have been best friends. Rose has a very hard life, her father drinks way to much and he is very stressed about his life and his daughter Rose. His wife left because she never wanted to help so he is always scared that someone will take Rose. Rose has never lost Rain until her father let her out.

What I did not like about this book is that Rose’s dad is a very unhappy person and he does not treat Rose well. And the dad had a very bad temper and he puts it off on the dog Rain. Also Rose got abandoned by her mom and dad. What I liked about the book is that Rose is a very strong girl and will never give up. Also I loved the bond between Rose and her dog. The last thing I liked was Rose had an uncle that understood her.

I would rate it a nine out of ten because I really enjoyed it but there were a lot of upsetting parts but also scary parts. Also I wished the book was longer than 250 pages. It made me understand how people go through autism. The last thing I loved about it was I learned what homonyms are.


 

 

Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Evie

Title: White Fang

Author: Kathleen Olmstead

Rating: You should read this

This book is about a half wolf dog called White Fang. White Fang’s mother is known in the story as the red dog. The red dog grew up in a village and ran away during a famine. The red dog then, moved into a wolf pack and fell in love with the leader, One Eye. One Eye and the red dog had puppies, there were three girls, who looked like their mother, and one boy, who looked like his father. Later, there was another famine and all three girls died, leaving only White Fang, his father, and his mother. White Fang had spent all of his life in a cave so far, and finally discovered the open world after his father died. His mother and him, while hunting, ran into people from the village and the people took the dogs/wolves back to the village with them. Their new leader, Gray Beaver, sold White Fangs’s mother and then he is all alone. Read this book to find out the transitions that White Fang goes through in his adventures life.

I liked White Fang because it makes you wonder, “What transition is he going to go through next”, and “why are people so cruel?” I also disliked this book because the beginning didn’t really capture my attention.

I recommend this book to kids nine and older because there are some pretty nasty things that White Fang does, I’ll let you figure it out when you read the book. If you like books that have a lot of transitions, then this is the book for you.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Alyson

Title: Schooled

Author: Gordon Korman

Rating: You should read this

Schooled is all about a boy named Capricorn. His grandma fell out of a tree and has to go to the hospital. Capricorn now has to go to school and he does not like it. When his grandma was taking care of him he was home schooled and his parents were no longer around.

I liked this book because it has different chapters about different people. What I disliked about this book is that it was sad in some parts.

I would recommend this book to older boys and girls because it has a lot of parts that little kids would not understand. I think you should read this book because if you like sad books then you should read Schooled.


 

Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Hann

Title: Hatchet

Author: Gary Paulsen

Rating: You have to read this!

Brian Robinson is a thirteen year old boy who is in the passenger seat on a plane to oil fields in Canada to spend the summer with his dad until one thing gets in his way. The pilot suddenly gets a heart attack and dies leaving Brian as the only person to drive it with very little knowledge on how to fly a plane. Somehow Brian lands a crash landing in a lake with only a couple of bruises. Brian realizes that he has to hunt for food but the only thing he has is his hatchet his mother gave him before boarding the plane. Brian at this point is counting on S.O.S. to rescue him.

What I liked about the book is that it is very suspenseful and exciting to the reader. Brian is mainly a city boy and he survives for that long: mind blown! One I think that I don’t think made sense is that he didn’t search the plane first, although it adds to the story. Another thing that I liked about the book was that it is very detailed in a good way. I could almost make a movie in my mind that made since. Also, when I read this I was so sucked into it that my parents would have to tell me to stop reading it, I thought I would never hear that.

I would recommend this to absolutely everyone who could read. Also, it is a must read book. All boys and girls would love it hands down.


 

 

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Laila

Title: Not So Normal Norbert

Author: James Patterson

Rating: You have to read this!

In the book Not So Normal Norbert. Norbert lost his mom and dad, so then he lived with his aunt and uncle. Norbert Riddle was at school and the town was very strict. They could not be positive and they could only wear gray jump suits and military boots and if they did not they would go to jail. So one day Norbert Riddle had to go to jail because he did an impression of Mrs. Herllbutt. So he went to jail and then some of his friends had to go to jail. Then Norbert got sent to Astronaut camp and he was trying so hard to get the Truth Quarter which is a computer with all there records on it, so he could find his parents. Read the book to find out what happens.

I think you should read it because it is funny and interesting and you will get a good laugh. Then it was sad but it will get happy I promise . So I hope you will read theirs because it is good. It is a very cool book to read but, reading the book has some hard words and it says that it is easy. I would recommend this book for boys and girls.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Xavier

Title: The Box-Car Children

Author: Gertrude Chandler Warner

Rating: You have to read this!

The Box-Car Children is about four siblings named Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny. They are orphans. First, they find themselves at a bakery. The children did not stay with the baker and his wife because they only wanted to care for some of the siblings. The children collected bread from the bakery before they left. Next, they made their home in a haystack near a farmhouse. They needed to hide from the baker and his wife so they went into the woods and made a place to sleep there. Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny found an old boxcar in the woods! Soon after the children settled in the boxcar, Henry got a job working for Dr. Moore. Life became better moving forward!

I like the book because the story shows how the four children help each other through hard times. They would share food. They would swim together. The children found safe adults to share their life with. I like that Dr. Moore gave Henry a job and he cared about Henry as a person. Dr. Moore invited Henry to a race. At the race, Henry met someone special. This person helped Henry and his siblings later on after the first book in the series. I want to read more of these books because the same characters will be in the next book.

I would recommend this book for boys and girls because the characters are boys and girls. This book is interesting to boys and girls because it shows how they make the best of their hard life.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Savannah

Title: Wish

Author: Barbara O’ Connor

Rating: You have to read this!

When she was sent to live with her family she knew that her wish would not come true. Until she meet Wishbone on a sunny day who was a stray dog who filled her heart and made her happy. She was in middle school and she was a sweet girl. All she wanted was to have a dog, someone to make her happy and to play. She was an only child and she just wanted someone to play with and be happy and act like it was her sister or brother. Then all of those hopes and dreams finally came true. a stray came walking by and it was meant for her.

What I liked about the book is it feels like it is a true story but I will have to see if it is real. Also, what I like about Wish is I love the bond between the dog and the girl. It is really good to know how you can be friends with a dog it really touched my heart.

I would recommend this book to girls that live with a dog. why i do not think it is good for boys is because it is about a girl so that is why I think it is for good for mostly girls.

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Genre: Mystery

Reviewer: Vaughn

Title: Story Thieves: The Stolen Chapters

Author: James Riley

Rating: You should read this

This book is about three kids, Bethany, Owen, and Kiel. Bethany can travel into books and she can take her friends with her. Owen is accused of burning down his mom’s library. Owen needs to get out of the police station so he can save Bethany who is trapped in a book. If Owen and Kiel don’t save Bethany, she will drown.

I really like this book because it is a mystery. My favorite part about this book is the countdown to when Bethany will drown. The countdown kept me reading so I could find out what happened next.

I would recommend this book to people that like mysteries and fantasies. It is a fast paced book that kept me wanting to read. I would recommend this book to fifth graders because of the reading level on this book is 5.1.


 

 

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Kyle

Title: The Big Field

Author: Mike Lupica

Rating: You have to read this!

To begin, let me say that The Big Field is a very excellent book. The main character is “Hutch” Hutchinson (his real name is Keith but Hutch is his nickname) and he loves baseball more than almost anything else. Hutch plays fourteen-seventeen year old American Legion Ball. He plays second base for the Boynton Beach Post 226 Cardinals and is elected team captain at the beginning of the book. Hutch has played baseball for a long time and wishes that his dad, a retired minor-leaguer, would practice and train with him. Not once since he was seven did his dad practice with Hutch, when he showed him how to handle a ground ball. His dad went inside and told him if he wanted to keep practicing, he could use his pitch-back that his mom had gotten him. Sometimes when Hutch was in the yard practicing, he’d see his dad watching him through the window of his house, and hope that he would come out to practice with him. Every time he looked back over he saw his dad was gone. Hutch’s dad had loved baseball when he was young, like Hutch, and people had said he was the best player to come out of the area, but when he got to the minor leagues, he realized he wasn’t good enough to make it to the major leagues right before he had an injury to his arm and took early retirement because of it. When he realized he wasn’t good enough, it broke his dad’s heart and he didn’t want the same to happen to Hutch. This is why when Hutch saw his dad practicing on a field with Darryl, another star (but a bit annoying) player, he lost his temper and got in a fight with Darryl. Hutch finds out secrets, gets suspended, and much, much more in this exciting Mike Lupica book!

I really liked this book because I thought the author, Mike Lupica, did a really nice job mixing emotions and action to give the reader a really good understanding of what’s happening even if the reader is completely clueless about baseball. Also, I liked it because I play baseball and know what it feels like to be in these situations.

I would recommend this book for boys third grade and above because the book is pretty light-hearted and doesn’t have anything gory or scary in it. Also, I think it’s better for someone who knows a lot about baseball and likes baseball so that they can enjoy it more than someone who doesn’t know the rules and doesn’t like baseball as much as somebody who does.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Hannah

Title: Restart

Author: Gordon Korman

Rating: You have to read this!

Restart is about a boy named Case and he was playing on the roof. Then things start to get bad. Chase woke up in the hospital and he does not remember one thing. He doesn’t even remember what his own name is or who his parents are. Now he has to start his whole life over again.

When he goes back to school he sees totally different kids that he doesn’t know. Some of the kids were scared of him and some of the kids were very normal.

I really liked this book. I liked how it explains what happened to Chase and how he had to start all over again. I also liked how you would always get super excited for parts that are exciting. One more thing I liked about is how it tells you that he doesn’t remember anything but then he eventually finds a new life.

I would recommend this book for fifth grade class. Why I think that is because this book has a lot of exciting parts and I know our class would like this book.

All in all I really, really like this book and I would read this book many other times.


 

 

Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Xavier

Title: Surprise Island

Author: Gertrude Chandler Warner

Rating: You have to read this!

The Boxcar Children, Surprise Island is about four siblings named Henry, Jesse, Violet, and Benny. They no longer live on their own, they live in the boxcar in their Grandpa’s garden behind his house. Their school is out for summer break.

Their Grandpa gave them a ride to his island that his dad purchased when he was young. When they get to the island they settle into a barn. They meet a friend named Joe on the island. They learn how to find clams and open them. They learn about new kinds of flowers and birds. One day they go exploring and find native American tools that are old and made out of bones and stones. They go to a museum and figure out that Joe works there. One night it rains on the island, this brings trouble to the barn the children are staying in. They do many things on the island! You’ll need to read this book to find out what all of their adventures are!

I like the book because the story shows how their life has changed for the better in one year. The children get to discover more of what they are good at: a few of their talents are cooking, building, music and making new friends. I like it when they learn by exploring the island and having fun together. I like how they make the best out of the worst when a storm hits.

I would recommend this for boys and girls because the characters adventured on the island, outside, all summer long. I learned that they didn’t fight with each other while they were having fun together, outside. I saw that learning can be fun!

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Evie

Title: Raising Faith

Author:Carlson, Melody

Rating: You have to read this!

The book I’m reading is called Raising Faith. This book is about five different girls going on a ski trip, and their struggle making enough money to go. Carlie, Amy, Morgan, Emily, and Chelsea all have faith that God will provide the funds. Unfortunately, things didn’t go exactly as planned. Morgan and Emily, who are best friends, were going to make things for the bazaar together, but things change when Chelsea’s mom decides to pay for Emily’s trip. Morgan now has to work for the money that she needs all by herself. Things get even worse when Morgan’s grandmother has a life threatening heart attack. Then, Emily’s mother’s abusive ex-husband finds them after being in hiding and tries to take Emily and her brother away, causing Emily and her family to leave Boscoe Bay on the run. The girls all fear for their friends as Emily and Morgan go through life changing events.

I loved this book! It’s a must read! I liked it because of how many times it makes you think, ”Is she going to be ok?” Or “I can’t stop here!” Or “The suspense is killing me!” This was an amazing book!

I recommend this book to girls who love wondering ”what’s going to happen next?” Probably read this if you are a girl in third through seventh grade. You have to read this!

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Alyson

Title: Because of Winn-Dixie

Author: Kate DiCamillo

Rating: You have to read this!

Because of Winn-Dixie is all about a girl named India Opal and her dog. She just moved to Naomi, Florida and it is hard for her to make friends. Her dog is named Winn-Dixie. Opal then meets Miss Franny Block, Sweetie Pie, Amanda, Gloria Dump, and a lot of other people. Opal’s mom left when she was little.

I liked this book because it was really heartwarming and it was talking about friendship and love. I disliked this book because it had a lot of sorrow and a little bit of sadness.

I would recommend this book to eight year old girls and up because it is from a girl’s perspective and a boy might not understand it.


 

 

Genre: Realistic

Reviewer: Sophia

Title: Ann at Green Gables

Author: L.M Montgomery

Rating: You have to read this!

The book I’m reading is about a young girl named Ann and she was in a foster home. Ann is not very happy in her foster home, she wishes to get out. Lucky her she got taken to a home by mistake. The people wanted a boy to help with the farm, but they got Ann. She was not scared at all she was happy. She was very bad. She never prayed to God and she ran off. Ann has a very bad temper.

I would rate this book a ten out of ten because Ann gets to be in a very good home and she gets to be a nice person. She gets friends and family. Also it taught me think before I do something.

I recommend this to fourth grade and up because it has hinting and different things like religion.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Kyle

Title: Spy School Goes South

Author: Stuart Gibb

Rating:         You have to read this!

In Spy School Goes South, I thought the author, Stuart Gibbs, did an excellent job of combining excitement and humor to make a satisfying and riveting book. The main character, Ben Ripley, is a spy in training at the Academy of Espionage. He does not have the best fighting skills, but he is extremely good at doing advanced math calculations quickly in his head, and this helps him judge a situation and make a plan to deal with it quickly. Murray Hill is an operative for SPYDER, an evil organization that is determined to cause havoc and mayhem and make a profit on their devious schemes. Murray is a prisoner at the Academy in the beginning of the book, and he agreed to take only Ben and Erica Hale (Who is Ben’s massive crush) on a reconnaissance mission to find out information about SPYDER. Erica tells Ben that this will be an easy recon mission, and could even be fun. She couldn’t have been more wrong.

At the beginning of the flight to SPYDER headquarters, Ben and Erica hear sounds in the luggage compartment, and they turn out to be their friends Zoe and Mike. Zoe and Mike were denied permission to come on the mission, so decided to stow away on board. Next, their pilots, who turned out to be double-cross SPYDER agents, abandoned the plane with their parachutes and left Ben, Erica, Zoe, Murray, and Mike left for dead in an aircraft with no pilots. On top of all that, SPYDER fired a missile at the plane, only narrowly avoided with Ben’s math skills, Erica’s flying abilities, and Zoe’s grenade launching tactics. Last, Erica crashed the plane and they almost became crocodile chow. When they are stranded in the middle of the jungle, it appeared their situation was hopeless, but that might not be the case. Will they be able to escape the heat of the jungle, defeat SPYDER, and live to tell the tale?

I thought Spy School Goes South was an excellent book. The author did a very good job keeping the book exciting through the whole read. Also, the author was able to add in some very funny jokes, even when the characters were in a tough situation, which made the book go from a serious read to a light and happy one that was easy to think about.

I would recommend this book to boys and girls third grade and up. The jokes made this a fun book even though it had some very serious subjects. All in all, the book was an excellent read that I think everyone should try.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Laila

Title: The Secret School

Author: AVI

Rating: You should read this

The book The Secret School is about a boy named Felix and his older sister. In the beginning of the book Felix was on the ground because he was pressing the gas and the brake and his older sister was steering and all of that so they could get to school. That was there morning way to get to school. When they went to school they went outside and played and then they had to go to do work. There teachers name was Mrs. Herbert she was a nice teacher she helped all the kids when they needed it. At the end you will find out what happens, hope you enjoy.

Why I think you should read this book is because it is funny and it is enjoyable. It is a little low on the reading level, but it is good.

I think girls and boys can read it but boys may not like it but I think anyone can read it. Girls may enjoy it more than boys. I like the book so I think it is good for both.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Laila

Title: 25 Roses

Author: Stephanie Faris

Rating: You should read this

In the book 25 Roses there is a girl named Kellie and she was the oldest. So she was the oldest and she was trying to play Cupid and she thought it was so easy, but it not. All her friends were trying to tell her, but she did not listen. So it was Valentine’s Day and they had to bring stuff in to give to the class and she brought 25 roses and all her friends were happy. I hope you enjoy the book read all of the story.

I think this book is a little easy, but it is a good book. It is an enjoyable book and it is a good book on how to be nice. So I hope you enjoy.

I think that girls should read it, boys may not like all the girls stuff in it. I think boys would think it is wrong and not good.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Hann

Title: Far North

Author: Will Hobbs

Rating: You have to read this!

Gabe is a teenager from Texas who has moved to Canada’s Northwest Territories to go to a boarding school and to be closer to his father. His roommate Raymond is a native to Canada. Raymond does not like the new boarding school so he quit and flies home. Gabe was on that plane for a scenic tour, also another guy named Johnny Raven is on the plane who is coming back from a hospital stay. They try to land on water but the engine fails to start again. The pilot named Clint was not able to make it out, let’s just say he’s with the fish. To find out if the boys make it, read the book!

I enjoyed this book a lot. I liked how action packed and suspenseful it is. However, some parts in the book disappointed me as if they missed an opportunity to make something fun or exciting. A lot of the book was talking and usually talking can get boring but I couldn’t put the book down to save my life.

I would recommend this book to people who like the outdoors, and to mountaineers, and to boys and girls.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Hannah

Title: Slacker

Author: Gordon Korman

Rating: You should read this

Slacker is about a boy named Cameron and he was very happy. All he did was enjoy his good times eating junk food and playing video games and worst of all avoiding his homework and other important stuff. But for him it was not too hard to get away with it. But then at one point he got so caught up in playing games he let his house burn down around him. So Cameron and his friends invited a fake school group so that way it would make it seem like they were doing good deeds instead of slacking off. But some other kids though that the school group was real so Cameron was stuck being president.

In my opinion, I really liked this book. What I like about this book is you always get excited parts. For example, when they get the fake friend group and also when he got caught.

I would recommend this book for all fifth grade class. Why is because I think our class would like it. And it is also very interesting and entertaining.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Xavier

Title: The Yellow House Mystery

Author: Gertrude Chandler Warner

Rating: You should read this

At the start of the book Benny was done with school and heard the phone ring he picked it up and heard his cousin say they were going to blow up the cave on the island. Joe’s cousin had got married with someone named Alice. After the wedding the kids found a house on the island. Joe said that the house was the house of Bill. He was gone one night and there was a storm. That is when they looked for clues to see where he was. They went back the next day to look, they found a letter in a brick wall. After they found the letter they decided to look for more clues at a campground. They were rowing on the water trying to get to camp when Joe said they were going to have company. When they got there they saw that they were on a small island. After a while there company was there, his name was Mr. Hill. He helped them make food and build a house. That night a bear stole one bacon but when he saw they were watching him he dropped it and ran.

What I liked is that the siblings are never fighting. They also always help each other. I also like that they go on mysteries. Last, I liked it because the author gave us clues to find out the mystery.

I would recommend this for boys and girls because it is about a mystery with kids. Also I would recommend this for kids because there are boys and girls in the book.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Hannah

Title: Wolf Hollow

Author: Luran Wolk

Rating: You should read this

Wolf Hollow is about a girl named Annabelle and she lives in a small Pennsylvania town and growing up in Pennsylvania. There has been two world wars. Annabelle has a very quite and steady life until the day that Betty Glenarry comes into her classroom. But Betty likes to bully a lot so of course Annabelle gets bullied and she lives a long year.

I really liked this book. It was a very good and cool book. Why I liked it is because it really gets you excited in parts and I like those kind as books. What I also like about it is that there are lots of feelings.

I would recommend this book for fifth grade girls. Why is because I know other girls in this class like those kind of books.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Alyson

Title: Wonder

Author: R.J. Panacio

Rating: You have to read this!

Wonder is all about a boy named August Pullman. He had never went to school or had even seen a school. When he was little he had to have surgery. He was in school and other people were bullying him.

I liked this book because it was a good example of friendship and love. I also liked this book because it was heartwarming. I disliked this book because some parts in parts of the book there was bullying.

I recommend this book to older kid because it was really sad at some parts and younger kids might not understand some situations the main character was in. All in all, this book is so good, you need to read it.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Isaac

Title: The Westing Game

Author: Ellen Raskin

Rating: You have to read this!

The Westing Game is a mystery book that contains lots of good mysteries. The main characters are Grace, Jack, Angela, Crow, and Turtle. The group of people move into the new Westing estate one night someone sets off some bombs in the estate which causes Westing to die. So now the people living in the estate will have to solve who set of those bombs for a prize of millions and millions of money but it will be a challenge and maybe even some people will die in this mystery book or some people cold be the suspects. It’s a huge mystery to solve, but who committed the crime?

I really liked the book because of the suspense and mysteries you have to solve for instance when you have to figure out who did it. I thought I wouldn’t like the book, but I was wrong, the book had great characters and show not tell strategies. In the book you can really feel like you’re in a situation that your character is facing.

I would really recommend you read the Westing Game you will not regret it.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Savannah

Title: Wish

Author: Barbara O’Connor

Rating:         You have to read this!

There is this girl and she made a big wish for a dog and it might of come true. The rest of wishes made me cry a little and it was a change from the beginning. The beginning was happy and I was learning the characters but it changed in the end. It was also a drastic change for everyone especially.

What I did like is the drastic change in the story. The thing I did not like is that they it was a little hard to follow. I would recommend this to a fifth or six grader because it is a little hard to follow and so it will be harder for them to process the whole story.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Vaughn

Title: Island of the Blue Dolphins

Author: Scott O’Dell

Rating: You have to read this!

The book Island of the Blue Dolphins is about a tribe of people. The main character is a girl that was named Karana. A group of Russian hunters came to the island to hunt otters. Then the hunters killed many of the tribe’s warriors including the chief. The chief was Karana’s dad. The rest of the tribe left the island, but Karana and her brother were left behind. Karana’s brother was killed and Karana was left on the island to survive by herself.

I really liked this book because it was interesting. I enjoyed reading a book based on true events. There were multiple cliffhangers in the book and they kept me turning the pages. My favorite part of the book was when Karana made friends with the wild dogs. It showed you can make friends with something you don’t think you could make friends with.

I would recommend this book to people that like true stories. I would recommend this book to people that are at a 5.4 reading level.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Kyle

Title: The Stars of Summer

Author: Tara Dairman

Rating: You have to read this!

The Stars of Summer is an extremely great book. It was summertime in East Dumpsford, and Gladys Gatsby, age 11, planned to spend her time cooking and reviewing restaurants for her secret job at The New York Standard. That is, until she gets an unwanted gift from her friend. Her friend’s parents own a summer camp called Camp Bentley, and Charissa Bentley gives her a free summer there. Gladys spent some of her time working for the camp cook, until that drove her crazy, and with a little slyness, was able to convince everyone to make gourmet food for the counselors. The rest of her time she spends in the pool, archery range, and with a big-shot full-of-himself kid author, who happens to like her. On top of all of her unwanted camp duties, she receives a bogus reviewing assignment from The New York Standard! One of her competing reviewers signed into her editor’s E-mail and sent her on a mission to find New York’s greatest hot dog! Can she survive all of her seemingly impossible tasks?

I think The Stars of Summer was a really great book because the author did a nice job keeping things exciting, and did a fine job of giving the main character lots of problems to go through. Also, I think it was a good book because it was a unique book; there aren’t many books out there about kids who like to cook.

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 a boy and I really enjoyed the book so I think it really just depends.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Kyle

Title: Slacker

Author: Gordon Korman

Rating:         You have to read this!

Cameron Boxer is a slacker. He’s spent all of his life slacking, and he’s happy to keep it that way, especially with Rule the World coming up. Rule the World is a gaming competition that Cam has spent hours upon hours upon hours practicing for. In fact, I think he gets a little too into his gaming. Cameron was so focused on one of his games, he let his house burn down around him. Literally.

His mom left the house, and she wanted him to take the ziti out of the oven after ten minutes, but Cam was so absorbed in his game that he didn’t hear a word she said. Long story short, the neighbors saw a bunch of smoke coming from their house, and they called the fire dept. When the firemen got there, they axed the front door asking if there was anyone inside. Finally, Cam was able to come back to Earth when he heard the firemen. Fortunately, it was just a lot of smoke and a small fire, so everyone was fine except the front door. When his parents got home, they had to set up all the fans to try blow away the smoke. After the incident, they told Cameron that he would have to enroll in some extracurricular activity before he could relapse into his slacker lifestyle.

Hearing about this, Pavel, one of Cam’s friends, hacked into the school site, creating a cheesy page for Cameron’s new “club”. He made Cam the president of the Positive Action Group, and all Cameron had to do was show the website to his parents. He thought there was no way anyone was going to sign up for a time consuming club like the Positive Action Group. Only problem? Some students thought it was real, and soon Cam found himself the leader of a group that was out of his control. Will he be able to return to his slacking lifestyle?

I liked this book because it was suspenseful and kept me turning the pages. Also, I felt that I could connect with the character a lot because we are both boys and we both like video games.

I would recommend this book for boys fourth grade and up. I think this would be good for girls too, but I think the male audience would enjoy it more.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Maddie

Title: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Author: Barbara Robinson

Rating: You have to read this!

This book is about the meaning of Christmas. It focuses on an obnoxious and chaotic family called the Herdmans. There are six of them and they are the worst kids in the history of the world.

This story was told from a kid’s perspective. The narrator was a girl in elementary school. Her mom got stuck doing the church Christmas pageant and the Herdmans – who had never gone to church before – volunteered to be in all the main roles. This causes chaos in the church.

The Christmas pageant was in the last chapter and it had a lot of good parts like how the Herdmans came in late. Another part I liked is when Imogene cried when everything rushed into her – the whole meaning of Christmas. Also, when she burped the baby Jesus because it made it seem more real. I also thought it was funny how Gladys shouted, “Hey, unto you a child is born!”

One thing I did not like was that the Herdmans smoked cigars, although it was funny when the fire department got called during the dress rehearsal. I think there was another way to show they were bad kids without them smoking. I would have also liked to know the narrator’s name. She never tells us her name, but she was very funny.

In conclusion, I think this was a great book. It’s pretty short but full of emotions. It is a good Christmas read that I think my class would enjoy.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Kyle

Title: Fenway Fever

Author: John H. Ritter

Rating: You have to read this!

Due to a heart defect, tween Alfredo “Stats” Pagano has never been able to do what he truly desires, play baseball. As a result, he’s subjected himself to mental gymnastics – learning everything he can about baseball, especially the Boston Red Sox.

It was the hundred year anniversary of Fenway Park. Established in 1912, Fenway is definitely one of the oldest major league ball parks. And certainly the one with the most magic. Stats was about to find out that magic isn’t always good.

The Sox started out on a roll, as they were leading their division early in the season. However, you know good things don’t always last for long. And this sure didn’t. Billee Orbit, the Sox ace pitcher, had a little bad luck to start off the season. When he went seven innings, letting up only two runs, and he still lost the game, that confirmed it. It wasn’t just The Sophomore Jinx at work, it was pure rotten luck. The Sophomore Jinx is a term baseball fans use to describe a player that had a really good season one year, and a bad or mediocre season the next year.

Billee knew something was up, and he asked Stats to look up how many Bad Luck Runs (or BLRs) every team in the league had. Not surprisingly, The Red Sox had the most of any team, and that was just a little while into the season. Stats and Billee thought there was a new curse afoot, and they thought it came straight from Babe Ruth himself. Other people started thinking the same thing, too, and Stats and Billee put themselves up to the task of stopping it. The curse wasn’t the only bad news coming in.

Stats had a terrible asthma attack in the middle of the night, and it was hard for him to breathe. Looking closely, the doctors saw it was connected with his heart, and they thought he might have to get a pacemaker. The operation would be risky, and the pacemaker could come loose. Another problem was the Pagano family was in some really deep debt. Can Stats beat the curse, cure his heart, and live to tell the tale?

I really like this book because I am a huge Red Sox fan, and I could really imagine myself sitting next to Stats and cheering the Sox on through heart breaking loss after heart breaking loss. Also, I could connect with Stats because I have had some bad asthma attacks and I know how it is in his shoes. Last, I thought the author did a great job painting every picture with his words, and it kept me focused through the whole read.

I would recommend this book for baseball fans, because a lot of the terms used would only be familiar to baseball fans.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Kyle

Title: Flush

Author: Carl Hiaasen

Rating: You have to read this!

Noah Underwood, a teen, lives in the Florida Keys. He loves being able to step out of his back door and swim, and he loves his parents. When he found out Dusty Muleman had been dumping sewage into the water, everything was about to change…

Noah’s dad is officially crazy. He has a kind heart, but he’s still crazy. This was confirmed when Noah’s dad (Paine Underwood) sunk the Coral Queen, a gambling boat. He claims that, after everyone left, the owner (Dusty Muleman) dumped the sewage into the water. Instead of dealing with that like a normal person, Paine swam onto the Coral Queen and sank it. He hopped off the boat, swam to shore, and sat in a folding chair to watch it sink. He never tried to get away. The cops found him sleeping with a can of root beer sitting next to him.

Paine had done some things that landed him in jail before, but never anything as extravagant as sinking the Coral Queen. Once, he saw some rich people camping, and one of their dogs had disobeyed them, so they were whipping the dogs! When he saw this, he put the dogs on his boat and went fishing with them. Later, he gave them to some relatives, and that was it, he saw something wrong, and did something about it. It was heroic, but a little whacko, too.

After he sunk the Coral Queen, he was locked up, but that didn’t stop him from ranting to the press. Finally, Dusty agreed to drop the charges, only if Noah’s dad stopped talking bad about him and his boat.

As for the original accusation, nothing was done about dumping the sewer tank into the water. Dusty had all of the officials either fooled or blackmailed into keeping quiet. However, with the help of one decent little sister, a nice bartender, and a man who would do anything for the right price, Noah may be able to catch Dusty Muleman in the act. Will they succeed?

I really liked the book because the humor and word usage was really good and funny. Also, I think I could connect with Noah, since we are both boys and we are about the same age.

I would recommend this book to fourth grade and up because there was some mild language. Other then some of the words, this book is completely fine and hilarious!

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Evie

Title: Anne of Green Gables

Author: Montgomery, LM

Rating: You have to read this!

I really enjoyed reading Anne of Green Gables. Anne of Green Gables is about a freckle faced, spunky eleven year orphan girl with an extraordinary imagination. When Anne wins Marilla and Mathew Cuthbert’s love, her dreary life turns around. Green Gables is better than anywhere she had ever lived and as Anne says, “there is so much scope for imagination!” Read along as Anne grows up and realizes that there is more important things in life than just imagining things that aren’t there. Anne also learns that sometimes you have to put aside your differences and the things that have happened in the past.

Anne of Green Gables is a great book in my opinion. I enjoyed all the detail and description the author used. You should read this book and if you like it, show it to other people and share the fun you will have if you read it.

I recommend this book to girls like me, who love reading and also have a creative imagination. I think about nine would be the youngest age for anyone that would be interested in a book like this. Again, I really liked this book and I think you will too!

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Alyson

Title: Saving Winslow

Author: Sharon Creech

Rating: You have to read this!

Saving Winslow is all about a boy named Louie and is pet named Winslow. Louie tries to save his pet donkey. Winslow is very weak. Louie’s parents are sure that the donkey won’t survive. They go through a tough time together.

I liked this book because it was very emotional and about friendship. I dislike this book because it was kind of hard to understand in parts.

I recommend this book to 7 year old boys and girls and older because I think boys and girls will understand it. I also recommend this book to families. All in all, this book was very excellent.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Xavier

Title: Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

Author: Rita Eillimas- Garcia

Rating: You should read this

The main character is Clayton Bryd. He is around the age of eleven years old. He plays blues music using a harmonica. He plays his harmonica with his grandfather and his blues band. He could of lived with his grandpa’s neighbor Omar or his dad. He sees his dad one time per month, they do baseball stuff together. Clayton spends most of his time with his grandfather, Cool Papa Byrd.

Why I liked it is because it was about a boy around my age. I also liked it because he had the same skin color as me. I liked how he liked to play music.

I would recommend this to boys. I would recommend it to boys because it was about his life. Why I would also recommend this to boys because he might be around there age.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: Butterflies

Author: Susanne Gervay

Rating:       You have to read this!

Butterflies is based on a fictional girl that has life problems. She has burns and doesn’t like it. She thinks her burns are really, really, bad. She goes through many plastic surgeries, yet still doesn’t think she looks normal. Her name is Katherine. Katherine has many friends, and knows many people. When she experiences her first kiss, deciding what her future job is, and deals with life, she feels confident.

Katherine told her story about her friends and how they treated her. Her friends are nice, help Katherine, and even talk about their own life problems. She had her first ever date. She was happy about it. She had many fights with her mom, but every time after they fight they apologize. Katherine chooses between medical school and surfing, which one will she choose?

I loved this book because it was really true to life, and it was amazing. It caught my eye because it stayed on topic and had “expensive” words. My favorite part of the book is when Katherine chooses her way. It’s my favorite part because she chooses her own way and it’s surprising what she chooses. Every sentence I read I wanted to read the next. It was really fun to read.

I would definitely read this book if you are interested in realistic fiction. It would mainly relate to girls and themselves. It is based on mostly girls to not judge themselves and be happy with what they have. You should read this book at least once!

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Kyle

Title: Stars So Sweet

Author: Tara Dairman

Rating: You have to read this!

Stars So Sweet was an excellent book. The main character, Gladys Gatsby, lived in East Dumpsford, and she absolutely loves to cook. Her parents aren’t good cooks, so luckily she is able to cook a bit for herself. The story takes place when her summer came to an end, and she started her first year of middle school. On top of that, she had to juggle her secret job at the newspaper, The New York Standard. Gladys got a job at The Standard through a contest mix-up, and she ended up becoming a restaurant critic. That being the dream job for her, she let her editor think she was an adult. However, Fiona (her editor) requested a face to face meeting from Gladys, and Gladys struggled to find a solution, and finally decided that her Aunt could pretend to be her. Her aunt lived in Paris, but after losing her job at a café, came to America to live with Gladys’s parents for a little while. Her aunt had always been a fun foodie, but after losing her job, her aunt was content to mope on the couch all day. Not to mention, Gladys committed to helping with bake sales at her school. Can Gladys save her aunt, save her job, survive middle school, and do bake sales all at the same time?

I really enjoyed this book. I think the author did a wonderful job coming up with an unique storyline. Also, I really liked how it described middle school, harsh and overwhelming, which fits my idea of it perfectly.

I would recommend this book to fourth grade students and up, because at the end it talked about some things that only someone older would understand. Also, I would recommend this book to girls because the main character was also a girl. I think this is a great book that lots of people would enjoy, but it definitely appeals to more mature and older kids. Obviously, you can see that this book is fantastic

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Hannah

Title: Everything Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Rating: You have to read this!

The book Everything Everything was very good and emotional book. It is about how a girl named Maddy is not allowed to go outside. This is because she is allergic to the outside world. Maddy has not gone outside in seventeen years. She is very sad that she can’t get to every feel the fresh air out in the real world. But there is one thing that really matters to her. The boy that just moved across the street from Maddy named Olly. When Maddy first saw Olly it was when he was unpacking from the moving van the saw each other and they looked at each other for awhile. Then after awhile they started to hang out at Maddy’s house and they became friends. Then became more then just friends. It was sad at the end because something happened to Maddy and things started to go sad. But luckily she got better and everything was ok. It was a good and happy ending.

I really liked this book. I love how it is a very happy and emotional book. And those are the books that I like. I also liked this book because it has lots of good parts. For example when they first meet each other or when stuff starts to go wrong. Last thing I like about this book is you never want to stop reading it. You get so in to it you can not stop reading. That is probably because it is so interesting.

I would recommend this book to fifth grade girls. Why is because I know that girls like emotional and happy books. If I could I would read this could over and over again. I

I also recommend this to fifth grade girls because it is a story that is very interesting and you can not get your eyes off of it.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Xavier

Title: Wayside School is Falling Down

Author: Louis Sachar

Rating: You have to read this!

Wayside School is Falling Down is a story about a class. At the start of the book the school gets a new computer and drops it out of the window. They also get a new kid in there class named Mark Miller. There is a kid in there class called Bebe and she has a baby brother who messed up her homework. After a few days of school they get a lot of homework to do. They get to tell stories and they make it about socks. One day a kid decided to pull on a girl’s pigtails in the middle of class.

I like this story because it was funny. One of the reasons I like it is because it was also wacky. Another reason why is it makes you laugh a lot. The last reason why I like it is because each chapter is like a different story.

I would recommend this to boys because it is funny. Another reason why I would recommend this to boys is because it makes you want to keep reading it. Last reason why I would recommend this to boys is because it makes you want to be in there class.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: Cinnamon Bun Besties

Author: Stacia Deutsch

Rating: You should read this

Cinnamon Bun Besties is about a girl named Suki who had a project at school called the “Cupid Cards” project. She participated, but another boy wanted to do it too. The boy’s name was Joshua, but because he didn’t like that he made people call him “JJ”. They have to work together to make it possible, but it becomes a contest. Just like the science fair the year before. Suki had always wanted a dog, but her parents never let her get one. She then was at the cafe with her best friend Marley, and ordered a drink and a cinnamon bun as they always did. They left their drinks at the table and played soccer at the nearby park. Suki turned around to see what looked like a golden retriever trying to spill Suki’s drink. The puppy had spilt the drink and licked it off of the floor. The puppy started to play with the soccer ball. The puppy ran off into the bushes. Suki told her parents, looked for the puppy, and looked at the shelter by herself. She had a job at the shelter after asking. Did Suki find the dog? Did she complete the Cupid’s Cards project? Read Cinnamon Bun Besties to find out.

Why I chose Cinnamon Bun Besties was because the front cover looked very attractive and creative to me. The book was juvenile and I was looking for a book that was kid friendly. I like Cinnamon Bun Besties because it has problems and solutions for everything. Cinnamon Bun Besties made me have a creative mind because Suki’s mind had a lot of creativity and solved problems quickly. Read Cinnamon Bun Besties and you will have a creative mind like Suki!

I would recommend this book to mainly girls, fifth graders, and people who like puppies. Mainly girls because its based on a girly girl who likes girly stuff. Fifth graders should read this because it’s more of a “mature” book. I recommend Cinnamon Bun Besties to people who like puppies because it has a lot of problems including Suki wanting a dog or puppy. Read Cinnamon Bun Besties to see if you agree with me or don’t agree with me. If you like any of those things, or are any of those things you should read this book.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Alyson

Title: It’s Not Summer Without You

Author: Jenny Han

Rating: You have to read this!

In the story It’s Not Summer Without You a girl is having a hard time without her friend Susannah. She has a friend named Taylor. Taylor wants her to move on. She just broke-up with her boyfriend and every thing just seems so hard without Susannah. Taylor is pushing her to date someone else named Conrad. She does not know what to do. She is not ready to move on. All she wants is Susannah.

I liked this book because it has a lot of adventure and has the right amount of drama. I also liked this book because it is about a relationship with others and working together. I disliked this book because it had some sad parts in it. I also disliked this book because it was about how people lose their friends.

I would recommend this book to twelve year old girls because the whole book is about a girl. This book is a really good book, you have to read it.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Xavier

Title: Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger

Author: Louis Sachar

Rating:         You have to read this!

Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger is a book about a whole school going crazy. It starts off with no one in the school. Then the principal got a letter that said the school was ready. They had to do pottery, but some kids did not want to do it.

Why I like this book is because it is funny. Also why I like it is because it has funny teacher. One of the last reasons why I like it is because they learn in a funny way.

I would recommend this book to a boy because it is funny. Also because some boys would want there school like the school in the book. Last, because the book makes you want to keep reading it.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Miranda

Title: Wonder

Author: R.J. Palacio

Rating: You have to read this!

Wonder is mainly about a boy who is ten and he had a good life. He was an ordinary kid like everyone. He also is a boy who scares people. One thing about him is that his face scares you. Well, to help people not see his face he puts an astronaut helmet on his head. He also doesn’t go to school because of all the surgeries he has had.

The reason why I chose this book to read is because I like how he still went out with a helmet and people kind of made fun of him, but not a lot. I also like the part where he still had a normal life, but also had a part in his life that was hard. This was one of my favorite books. The second I saw it I was so into it that I wanted to check it out. This was one of the most interesting books that I have read. I also liked learning about another kid’s life.

I would recommend this book to third and up because it has some words that they can read. It is a great book for parents to read to you for a nighttime story.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: Middle School, Worst Years of my Life

Author: James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts

Rating: You have to read this!

Middle school, the Worst Years of My Life is based on a boy named Rafe who’s been kicked out of many schools, and this is the last one that will accept him. He has a best friend, Leo, and a little sister, Georgia. Leo’s been his best friend for the longest time. When he gets to school he thinks it’s a max-security-prison. You have a rulebook at all times, you have to follow the rules, and you can’t stand in the hallways! Rafe starts to break all the rules with Leo, will he get in trouble? Read the book to find out.

I really liked this book because it relates to real life. It shows real life situations, and problems. When I saw this book I chose it because of the title. The title was interesting, and the front cover looked crazy! School can be hard sometimes, but Rafe figures out ways to make it fun.

I would recommend Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life to middle school kids, boys, and people who think school is hard. Middle school kids will understand the struggles Rafe goes through, boys because it’s not very girly-girl like, and people who think school’s hard because that’s the main story problem.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Kyle

Title: The Perfect Secret

Author: Rob Buyea

Rating: You have to read this!

The Perfect Secret was an extremely good book. First, let’s start out with some background on the main characters. Gavin was a person who really enjoyed football and he was really good at it. Randi enjoyed gymnastics, especially since her mother started acting more like a mother than a scholarship obsessed zombie (her mother really wanted Randy to get a scholarship, and made gymnastics not as fun for Randy). Scott decided that he would be a good Stats man for the football team, after playing chess with an older gentleman. Trevor was extremely happy his brother moved out, but was nervous when his parents were headed for a divorce.

The main characters each had their own little quests, which led them into secrets. For instance, when Gavin was able to join the football team, his coach wouldn’t play him for politically incorrect reasons, which led to really bad secrets and other things. Another example, Randy went to an elite sports camp, where she found out a surprising secret about her family. On top of all that, they had to save two teachers. Can they save teachers, work through fights, secrets, and more?

I really enjoyed The Perfect Secret. There were a ton of different characters, all of which had a different personality. Also, there were sports in it, which I enjoyed because I really like sports. Last, it talked about hardships, which can be fun to read about in a book.

I would recommend this book to people who are fourth-fifth grade and above because in it, it talked about boyfriends and girlfriends and liking people, which older kids would be able to understand more. Also, it was a pretty long book, so it would be easier for older children to finish then younger children. Last, I would recommend it to older people because the main characters are also older kids

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Savannah

Title: Fish in a Tree

Author: Lynda Mulllaly Hunt

Rating: You have to read this!

Fish in a Tree was the best book I have read this year. It started off with this girl who was struggling in school and had trouble reading. Nobody knew that because she would not ask questions. After struggling so much, this one nice teacher found out something big, but you will have to read it to see what happened.

This book showed so much inspiration in how you can be more happy with yourself. This book had a great message behind it.

I recommend this book to fifth or sixth grade, especially dyslexic people.

What I liked is how it shows a message. Also, it has great words. There was nothing that I did not like in the book!

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Sophia

Title: Inside Out and Back Again

Author: Thanhha Lia

Rating: You have to read this!

What Inside Out and Back Again is about is a girl named Ha she is going to America. She is going to America on a boat, do you think she will make it? Anyway, she has to eat canned fruit, canned fish, canned beans, and canned chicken.

Now that would be hard. She goes to America but she gets bullied a lot. She gets called names, and gets her arm hair pulled. I feel super bad because her dad died in the navy.

What I liked about the book is it is very sweet how her brother will help her when she gets bullied. Also she learns how to speak English. What I did not like is that people were so mean and I felt so bad it made me cry. And the book is very sad for that girl.

I recommend this book to 4th and up because it’s a kind of hard reading level and it is kind of confusing.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Hann

Title: Black Beauty

Author: Anna Sewell

Rating: You have to read this!

Black Beauty is a horse in England who first lived in a very nice and free field with his mom and brother in freedom and liberty. Later on his brother dies in a hunting accident. He soon is sold to squire Gordon after he was broken in. After a while of getting used to it, he makes a lot of friends and is happy. But, he has a problem he is no longer free and is worked much harder. Over some months of hard work, he gained more trust from his master. On a very foggy night, his master was telling him to cross a bridge which they couldn’t see that it was broken. His instincts told him to stay put. He was repeatedly whipped but it was for the greater good because a guy came out and said to not cross the bridge because it was broken. James was about to leave somewhere else, but he had to have one more adventure with Beauty. James and Beauty presumed to save a bunch of horses from a burning barn. Because squire Gordon’s wife keeps getting fatally sick his family moves away selling Beauty to his friend’s ranch named Earl. After Beauty rebels against her owners Reuben Smith takes charge. He is a wise man but he has a drinking problem. One day on a journey with Beauty, his horse shoes were not properly put on so it threw him off killing his owner and under going intense medical care for his legs. Beauty goes through many buyers and hard times. At a fair where Beauty is about to be sold from a mean man he was saved by Jeremiah Barker. Barker becomes sick and the doctor does not recommend the cab job anymore so Jerry leaves with his wife and child to a cottage to take up a job that his wife’s friend offered him. Jerry sells Beauty to his friend who overworked his horses. After month of pain, will Beauty go to a good owner?

Probably one of the best things about this book is the humor. I just loved how the writer made the point of view of the horse is so funny even though it is a bit of a sad book. At the same time it brought out a lot of sad emotions. Overall, it was a great book.

I would recommend this book to seventh graders because it is pretty sad and it has a lot of alcohol, abuse, and strong humor.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Sophia

Title: Pax

Author: Sara Pennypacker

Rating: You have to read this!

What the book Pax is about is a fox and his best friend, not an animal friend, a human. His name is Peter. Peter moved and left Pax in the woods. Now don’t think he’s mean, he kind of had to.

Pax was alone for a very long time probably two years or so. Pax did not really know how to hunt. Why that happened is the boy gave the fox meat himself, that’s sad. Do you think Pax will see Peter again??

What I liked about this book is that it was very heartwarming and it made me cry a little bit. I think the book was very sweet and cute and nice. I really enjoyed the book. What I didn’t like about the book is why Pax was treated so meanly in the wild and why did he get hurt very bad, why couldn’t he be ok?

All in all I think this book should be for 4th-5th because it’s very sad at some point and it’s kind of maddening but I really loved the book.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Alyson

Title: Lost in the Sun

Author: Lisa Graff

Rating: You should read this

In the story Lost in the Sun, a boy named Trent is the main character in the story. He thinks that nothing interesting will happen in middle school or in the summer before. On an ordinary day in which he thought was going to be a really fun day. He was asked to play hockey and so he did and he hit the puck at a wrong angle and a POWERFUL hit got a kid right in the chest. He killed a kid that summer with just a hockey puck. The kid had a bad heart in the first place. Trent was shocked when it happened. He did not understand why just a bad angle hit could kill the kid. Trent could no longer play any sports. It just always reminded him of what happened. He was trying to get though the school year.

I liked this book because a lot of interesting things happen to Trent in the school year. He goes through a hard year. I dislike this book because the main thing was about how he killed someone. I also liked this book is because it has a lot of thing that can actually happen. I disliked this book because it is very sad.

I would recommend this book to older boys and girls because it is an older age book. I think that you will enjoy this book. It would be harder to read if you were a younger student. You have to read this book.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: The Seventh Most Important Thing

Author: Shelley Pearsall

Rating: You have to read this!

The Seventh Most Important Thing is about a young boy who gets sentenced to Juvenile Detention Home. His family was going through a rough time. His dad had passed, his mother threw away and sold every memory of his father, and he’s going to Juvenile Detention Home. You might be asking why he’s going to Juvenile Detention Home. He’s going there because of one reason: his father’s hat. Remember when I said his mother threw out and sold every memory of his dad? Well, the “junk man” took the dad’s hat from the garbage. The locals call him the “junk man” because he looks through the trash before the garbage disposal truck comes. He looks through it for any collectibles or goods he can get. Back to why the boy went to Juvenile Detention Home, he threw a rock at the junk man. The boy had been looking for the hat all day. He didn’t want it to just “disappear” from his life. This caused the junk man to get a broken arm, and be sent to the hospital. The boy then goes to the courtroom to discuss the situation. Will he get sent to the Juvenile Detention Home? Read this book to find out.

I chose The Seventh Most Important Thing because the cover looked very dull, yet interesting. It has a few broken lightbulbs that were yellow, and the background was a light blue color. It looked like something meaningful, or emotional. I love this book because it has a story that relates to life. You have thoughts, actions, problems, and then the consequences.

I would recommend this book to all genders, mainly because it talks about problems in life that boys and girls can have. I would also recommend this book to people who are in fourth grade to middle school, because younger kids probably wouldn’t understand the strong words this book uses. Read The Seventh Most Important Thing to see if you agree with the opinion I gave you.

*****

Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Grace

Title: Absolutely Truly

Author: Heather Vogel Frederick

Rating: You should read this

Absolutely Truly is a great book. It is about a 12 year old girl named Truly Lovejoy who just moved somewhere and was just starting to fit in. Then she moved again to Pumpkin Falls and was upset about it. She tried to fit in to the new place she just moved to, but she finds a mysterious letter in a book at her family’s bookstore. Truly and her new friends go around the town trying to find clues.

I like this book because it mentions owls a lot and owls are my favorite animals. I also like this book because a lot of people move to places a lot so it shows something that can happen in real life. I also like this book because it is like a mystery and they try to find clues. I like this book because she had a lot of friends at her old place she lived and when she moved to Pumpkin Falls she never thought she would fit in and make friends, but she did.

I would recommend the book Absolutely Truly book to fifth grade girls. I would recommend this book to fifth grade girls because the main character is a girl and I think fifth grade girls would enjoy this book more than boys would. Also, I am a girl and I enjoyed it so I think fifth grade girls would like it as much as I did.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Xavier

Title: My Life as a Stuntboy

Author: Jake Tashjia

Rating: You should read this

At start of the story, Derek is mad because he has to go to school because it was summer. After that he talks about who he is in school. In the next chapter he talks about what brings him through the day.

I liked this book because it is like it is inside his head. I also like it because it is from his prospective. One thing that I don’t like is he kind of hates everything in school.

I would recommend this for boys because it is about a boy. Why I would also recommend this for boys is it talks about a boy’s life. The last reason I would recommend this to boys is because it talks about some things boys would do.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Savannah

Title: The Lemonade War

Author: Jacqueline Davies

Rating: You should read this

There are these two siblings, their names are Jessie and Even Treski. They are brother and sister. They are not at all the same, he is people smart and not math smart, but the sister is the opposite. Then, one day they got in a fight and then they started a lemonade war. In the book it is a war where they use their smarts to sell the most lemonade. You will never guess who won.

I recommend this book to 4th though 6th grade because it is a little hard to follow.

The thing I liked about this book is that it is about siblings, and there’s not a lot of sibling books. What I did not like about this book is that ii is a little hard to follow and it is not pulling enough.

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Genre: Realistic fiction
Reviewer: Hann
Title: War Horse
Author: Michael Morpugo
Rating: You have to read this!
The horse Joey at a young age was sold at an auction and came to a good owner named Albert Narracott who gently broke him in. Sadly, his drunk dad sold Joey to the British army to get a little money. Joey is now taken under Captain Nichols wing. But sadly, soon after, he dies and now Joey is with Trooper Warren, who is a terrible at riding horses. Not long after that, the two get captured by the Germans. Poor Joey is now put under hard conditions and put to a lot of work. Meanwhile, Joey finds his best friend named Topthorn. As the front line moves, Joey and his pal are being taken care of by a girl named Emily. She is very sick, but the two horses give her a reason to live. Then the war continues and the two are back to war. Sadly, all of Joey’s friends: Heinie, Coco, Fredrich his new caretaker, and Topthorn die. Joey is now injured and alone. He is now taken back safe with the British. He is reunited with Albert. Albert is a great veterinarian and he gets Joey back to full strength. The war is now over, but something unfortunate happened and now Albert is put up for auction. Will Joey stay with Albert, or be abused by a bad owner?

I liked this book for a lot of reasons, but the stuff that stuck out were the sad moments that brought out a lot of emotions especially the part where Albert starts playing the violin for him. I liked the happy parts like when Joey was finally ready to be back at full strength.

I would recommend this book to six grade boys because it has a little bit of alcohol and a lot of sad parts.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Hannah

Title: Milkweed

Author: Jerry spinellil

Rating: You should read this

Milkweed is a very good and interesting book. I really like it. It was about a boy, and he is a boy that steals food. He does not always get away with. He is a very slow runner and most of the time he is too slow that he gets caught, but not always. He is also not the nicest and the most polite boy in town. He and his friends are more bad then good.

I really liked this book. It catches your attention and you don’t want to put the book down. That is one of the reasons I like it. I also like it because it has very emotional and good parts of the book that makes you not what to set the book down.

I would recommend this book to the whole fifth grade class. I know that they would like because it’s a book for boys and girls. For example when Mr. D is reading to the class and he stops and everyone says keeps reading, it is a book like that. I really in enjoyed this book!

*****

 

 

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: Wonder

Author: R. J. Palacio

Rating: You have to read this!

Wonder is about a boy named “August”. August was always “different” in a way. Different as in he was born with his face not “normal”. He had many surgeries when he was young, and still to the present time he has surgeries. He had his mom, who loved to paint. She might’ve not been the best at art, but August still loved her art. She would always paint pictures about August in a space suit, or flying in the air. August’s mom wanted August to go to public school, but August doesn’t want to. He also has his sister, Via. They called her Via, and Via was in high school. Via had her best friend, Olivia, and lost each other over summer, and her best friend wanted to apologize to Via. Will Via except the apology? Will August go to public school? Read the book to find out.

I chose this book because when I read a short explanation of the story, it sounded meaningful, and realistic. The front cover was a boy, with a space helmet on, and a blue background. The title of the book was “Wonder”, so I was interested in what the title meant.

I would recommend this book to all genders, mainly because it has boy and girl problems and solutions in the book. I would also recommend this book to people who love emotional stories. I would recommend this book to people who love emotional books because this is a story were August gets bullied, has surgeries, and has a few friends. Read Wonder if you are similar to my recommendations.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Laila

Title: Bailey’s Story

Author: W. Bruce Cameron

Rating:         You have to read this!

In the book Bailey’s Story, there are a couple of characters. The first one is the man that takes care of the puppies in the beginning. The next person is the man that found him on the street after he ran away from the pound. Bailey’s favorite character is Ethan which Bailey calls him “his boy” and they are super close to each other. Bailey and his boy were on a walk with their grandparents’ horse and they got lost, also the horse got lost too. So, Bailey and Ethan stayed three days out in the woods where his parents did not know he was there.

I think that this book is for girls and boys, it depends on the person. It could maybe be more for girls, but any person can read it. Some people may not like it, it is about boys and a girl, but I think that you should not judge the book by its cover or if it is about girls or boys.

I think that it was easier than it says it was. Now if you are a fourth-grade level, it would be good even though it says 5th grade. I hope that you like this book and think that it is your reading level.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Xavier

Title: The Call of the Wild

Author: Jack London

Rating: You have to read this!

The Call of the Wild is a book about a wolf dog that finds a man that protects him. In the first chapter it talks about how the newspaper said that man found a yellow ore and were coming to get it. In the second chapter it says that his life is not easy.

I liked this book because it talks about how the gold rush was bad in Alaska. Also I like it because it was around the boys whole story. Also why I like it is because it talks about dogs and a wolf dog.

I would recommend this for boys because it is talking about boys the whole story. I would also recommend this to boys because it talks about wolf dogs and dogs. Last, is because it talks how if you tried to mine gold it was going to be hard.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Hannah

Title: Hatchet

Author: Gary Paulson

Rating:         You have to read this!

Hatchet is a very interesting book. It is about a boy who is thirteen named Brian Robeson. He goes on a plane and he is very excited, but also scared. He was on a very small plane, a bush plane. As he got on the plane, the engine was so loud. So loud that he couldn’t get even a second of conversation in. Then suddenly Brian finds himself in the Canadian wilderness with nothing to eat and nowhere to sleep. Really nothing! He had to figure out ways to live in the wilderness.

I thought that this book was very cool and fun to read. There are so many awesome chapters that make you not want to put down the book. I also really like it because you are excited to see what comes next and there are always those parts.

I would recommend this book for fifth graders. Why, is because I know that our class would like this book because it has a lot of interesting parts. For example when they first get into the plane crash.

*****

 

 

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Cameron

Title: Never Say Die

Author: Will Hobbs

Rating: You have to read this!

This book was about someone from the Inuit nation. His name is Nick Thrasher. So Nick Thrasher was hunting, and when he was heading back, he ran into a bear called a grolar bear. This grolar bear mauled him, so he told everybody about how dangerous this bear was. When he gets back, his grandpa is sick. He gets a letter from his half brother Ryan. This letter is about Ryan wanting to go on a two week rafting trip. But Nick does not want to do it because his grandpa is sick. But his mother tells him to do it, so he takes the challenge. It is where the grolar bear stalks the land. So they’re doing it, but then they hit ice and flip there raft under the ice. So they escape, but they’re on different sides if the river. So one swims across the river. Later on once they find the raft, a storm comes and they take shelter in a cabin. Right when the storm ends, search and rescue is coming. But then they see the grolar bear.

What I liked about this book was all the action that happened like them running into bears, there raft crashing, how lots of stuff goes wrong, and they have to try to fix all their problems. What I disliked about this book was that in some parts of the story it got kind of boring, but besides that this book was very good.

I would recommend this to fifth graders because all the action that happens and it might be a little more boring to littler kids. Some of the stuff is kind of creepy, so to little kids it might be kind of scary. That is what I thought about this book. I thought this book was 10/10.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Miranda

Title: Everything, Everything

Author:         Nicola Yoon

Rating:         You have to read this!

Everything, Everything is all about everything. It talks about being outside and other things. This is my first year reading this and it takes about hour, it’s like being outside, and not breathing fresh air. First let me start out as saying that this book has some things that some people don’t understand. Now this is how it goes: There was once a girl named Maddie and she is allergic to the outside world. Also, there was a boy named Olly who moves next door.

This is my first year reading this and I really like it so far. This really makes me think that everyone who has this kind of sickness can’t go outside. If they really want to, they have to wear something to help them with this kind of disease. So if you have this kind of disease, I am so sorry because this makes me think of how different people are. And not so many people understand the life that they are going through. The boy that moved next door to her was giving this girl all the help that she needed.

I would recommend this book to 4th and up because some people (like 4th graders) don’t really understand what life some people are going through. I feel like some of them don’t know what they have to be at in their life. Some people probably have really bad allergies that they can’t see what’s outside (only if they look outside their window) but even that will probably affect them.

*****

 

 

Genre: Fiction

Reviewer: Cameron

Title: Take Me to the River

Author: Will Hobbs

Rating: You have to read this!

This book is about a person who goes on a trip with his cousin and his uncle. So he does that, but he gets a call that said the uncle will not be there. So he gets a hitchhiker to pick him up and take him there. So right before they started a lot of Blackhawks fly over them. They have to get permits from border patrol. So they get a ride and get their permits. And later on after rafting, he meets a person that is him and his son. But later on they see the adult holding a gun to the kid’s head. Read the book to find out what happens!

What I liked about this book was that stuff happened that you did not think would happen. And what I did not like about this book was that some stuff were kind of boring at parts of the book. But besides that it was a good book.

I would recommend this book to really anyone who is a 5th grader and likes adventure so I would rate this book a 10/10.

*****

 

 

Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Laila

Title: No Talking

Author: Andrew Clements

Rating: You have to read this!

In the book No Talking there are a lot of different characters, but I will only tell you two because I want you to figure out most of the characters that come towards the end of the book. The first character is Dave who is a student in Mrs. Hitta’s class. The second character is Mrs. Hitta who teaches fifth grade. The book is very fun to read, and it is about kids doing a No Talking challenge which two kids started and then the whole fifth grade started to do the challenge. All the teachers got mad except one teacher about the no talking challenge. One day the teachers and principal told all the kids that they could not do the challenge anymore.

In the book girls would like different parts of the book more then boys. I think that the whole book is funny.

I think that it was easier than it says, it fits more for fourth grade level than fifth grade. I really hope that you enjoy this book.

*****

 

 

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Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewer: Isaac

Title: Infinity Ring: Divide and Conquer

Author: Carrie Ryan

Rating: You have to read this!

Infinity Ring: Divide and Conquer is a group of friends named Dak, Riq, and Sera who go back in time to fix the war that was between Vikings and Parisians. While Sera and Riq are stuck with the Parisians while Dak is stuck with the blood thirsty Vikings, as the Parisians battle the Vikings Dak tries to escape to his friends but does he make it? Read the book to find out!

I really enjoyed the book because it really shows, not tells what is going on and what the actions are. At the beginning I doubted the book but, it turned out to be a great book.

I would definitely recommend this book to you just because of the fact that it would make you read it over and over again.

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Genre: Science fiction

Reviewer: Hann

Title: The Giver

Author: Lois Lowery

Rating: You have to read this!

Young eleven year old Jonas is living in a futuristic society that has left behind fear, war, and all bad. When people get “released” they die. When people who don’t fit into society they get released. The next up coming ceremony of twelve is coming up and Jonas does not have a specific job that he likes. At the ceremony Jonas is assigned the receiver of memory. His job is to erase all bad memories. He starts receiving from this wise old man who tells him to call him The Giver. As he is receiving his thoughts Jonas figures out how bland his society is and he gets a big appreciation for his life. Since they never suffered, they were never thankful. Jonas grew more angry at his society and The Giver was encouraging him. Jonas starts helping a boy named Gabriel sleeping through the night by sending him soothing thoughts. Jonas starts to create a relationship with him. When Gabriel is on the verge of being released, The Giver tells Jonas that when people get released they die. Jonas tells The Giver that they have to think of a plan to change things in the community forever. The Giver and Jonas made a plan to escape the community and disperse the memories causing the community to come to terms with the two. Although, Jonas was forced to leave earlier than expected because he heard that Gabriel was going to be released the next day. Jonas didn’t like that so he stole his dad’s bike and some food and set off elsewhere. Avoiding search plains, Jonas and Gabriel travel for a long time to find themselves stuck in heavy snow which makes bike travel impossible. Will Jonas and Gabriel make it?

All in all, this book was amazing. It was very scary and morbid at some points which made me set the book down and just think about what I just witnessed. It brought out a lot of emotion from me, and I’m not going to lie, some parts made me cry.

I would recommend this book to people over the age of twelve with a harsh sense of humor and to young adults. Definitely not young children, I learned that the hard way.

NOTE: You will need parent permission to read this book.

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Genre: Fiction

Reviewer: Evie

Title: The Giver

Author: Lois Lowry

Rating: You have to read this!

The book I read is called The Giver. This book is about a boy named Jonas. He is worried about the Ceremony of the Twelves, when he is assigned his permanent job for life. Then he is assigned the job of the receiver and everyone is astonished. The job hadn’t been assigned in ten years because of the last mess up. Jonas is confused because not a lot of people know what that job is. During his work he discovers color, pain, and memories.

I loved this book! After I got to the middle I couldn’t put it down. The beginning didn’t catch much of my attention, but once it got interesting, I just wanted to keep reading. You should really read it. It will all start to make since once Jonas starts his assignment.

I recommend this book for advanced fifth graders to seventh graders. I think that would be a good age range because this book is kind of complicated, so if you are younger than those grades, it would be hard to understand. Over all, this was such a great book and you have to read it!

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

 

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Genre: Nonfiction

Reviewer: Evie

Title: Courage to Soar

Author: Mary Lou Retton

Rating: You have to read this!

The book Courage to Soar is a true story about a girl named Simone Biles, who is a gymnast with a very unique background. She went from her mother, to foster care, to her grandparents, from her grandparents back to their mother, from their mother back to their grandparents to live and call them mom and dad. Simone was just buff from the start. She started gymnastics when she was six just in a tumbling class and moved up level to level. Next thing she knew, she was the top gymnast at Bannon’s Gym. Read along as Simone goes through major changes and life changing decisions.

I loved this book! It was a cool experience to read and follow Simone’s path as she became an amazing gymnast. This was also a really good book because I am a gymnast too, and I can sort of relate to her. This was a really good book and I think you should consider reading it.

I recommend this book to any girl who loves gymnastics or any sort of sport. I feel like it is easier to like this book if you can relate to sports easily like I can. All in all, this was an amazing book!

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