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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Amy

Title: Ever After High: The Unfairest of Them All

Author: Shannon Hale

Rating: You should read this

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

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

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

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Genre:  Fantasy

Reviewer: Dax

Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Author: J. K. Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

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

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

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


 

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Kari

Title: Once Upon a Pet

Author: Susanne Selfors

Rating: You have to read this!

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

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

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


 

 

 

Genre:  Fantasy

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title:  The Hobbit

Author: J.R.R Tolkien

Rating: You have to read this!

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

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

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


 

 

 

Genre:  Fantasy

Reviewer: Elijah

Title: Minecraft: The Island

Author: Max Brooks

Rating: You have to read this!

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

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

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

 


 

 

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Kari

Title: Ever After High: Kiss and Spell

Author: Susanne Selfors

Rating: You have to read this!

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

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

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

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Avery

Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Author:         J. K. Rowling

Rating: You have to read this

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

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

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


 

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: The Apprentice Witch

Author: James Nicol

Rating: You have to read this!

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

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

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


 

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Coy

Title: Slacker

Author:Gordon Korman

Rating: You should read this

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

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

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


 

 

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: Bravelands: Broken Pride

Author: Erin Hunter

Rating: You have to read this!

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

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

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


 

 

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Kirstyn

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

Author: V.K Finnish

Rating: You have to read this!

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

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

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

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Kailey

Title: Bartleby of the Mighty Mississippi

Author: Phyllis Shalant

Rating: You have to read this!

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

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

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


 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Kailey

Title: Rainbow Magic

Author: Daisy Meadows

Rating: You should read this

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

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

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


 

 

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Noah

Title: The Last Kids on Earth

Author: Max Brallier

Rating: You should read this

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

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

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


 

 

Genre:   Fantasy

Reviewer: Coy

Title: Five Nights at Freddy’s The Twisted Ones

Author: Scott Cawthon, Kira breed wrisley

Rating: You should read this

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

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

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


 

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Jeff

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

Author: Kara Breed

Rating:You have to read this!

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

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

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

 

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


 

 

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Noah

Title: The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade

Author: Max Brallier

Rating: You should read this

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

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

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

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: Eragon

Author: Christopher Paolini

Rating: You have to read this!

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

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

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

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Olivia

Title: Firestar’s Quest

Author: Erin Hunter

Rating: You should read this

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

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

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

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

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

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Kailey

Title: The BFG

Author: Roald Dahl

Rating: You have to read this!

The book I read was The BFG, it is about a little girl named Sophie. Sophie gets captured by a giant! In the middle of the night a lot of giants wake up, like Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater, the Bonecruncher, or other than the BFG — Sophie would become lunch for the giants. The BFG was the only good giant.

The part I liked was when The Big Friendly Giant was catching dreams for his job. That was my favorite part of the book. The part I didn’t really like was when the giants woke up from there nap and saw a little blanket as in Sophie’s blanket. That is what I liked and disliked.

The recommendation I have for this book is that maybe it could express Sophie a bit more, and tell a bit more about how the mean giants go to sleep, they sleep in the ground, under the grass, or how they get out of the grass. That is my recommendation I have for this book.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: The Fellowship of the Ring

Author: J.R.R Tolkien

Rating: You have to read this!

The Fellowship of the Ring was one of the best books I’ve ever read. This book stars Frodo, a close relative of Bilbo Baggins. When Bilbo leaves and never returns to the Shire, Frodo goes after him. Frodo is accompanied by Sam, Pippin, and Merry. Like The Hobbit , they go on a fantastic adventure. Later in the book, Frodo meets Bilbo again and try to meet Gandalf. At the end of the book, it leaves you with a massive cliffhanger, and Frodo makes a very important decision.

I really liked the book, as I stated earlier, one of the best books I’ve read. My favorite part was, surprisingly, the talk with Gandalf in Chapter Two. The talk explains the ring’s backstory and what it does to the wearer.

I would recommend this book for sixth or seventh graders, as it was a bit hard to read. Also, it has a high reading level. This book might interest boys a bit more than girls, but I am a girl and loved it.

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Genre: Fantasy
Reviewer: Avery S
Title: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 3 The Ship of the Dead

Author: Rick Riordan
Rating: You have to read this!
The Ship of the Dead is about a dead boy named Magnus Chase. He is the son of Frey the god of nature and healing. He and his friends to stop Ragnarok or (the end of the world / doomsday) from happening. They encounter mad sea gods and evil giants, and dragons too. Magnus Chase has not only evil things to deal with, but a love life too. His emotions go up and down during his adventure.

I would recommend it to children of all ages if they know how to read or just read it to them. I would also recommend reading them in order starting with The Sword of Summer. It gives you a perspective about gods. It also gives you knowledge in a fun sort of way.

If you like fantasy like me I highly recommend books by Rick Riordan, his books are about all kinds of gods Greek, Roman and many others. My personal favorite is Percy Jackson and the Olimpyans. I’ve read all Rick Riordan’s books except the Egypt ones. I truly think Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard is a great book series.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Dax

Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Author: J.K. Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

For twelve long years the dreaded fortress of Azkaban held a prisoner named Sirius Black. He had been convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse and now he has escaped. He left two clues behind and Azkaban guards heard him muttering in his sleep, “He is at Hogwarts.”. Now Harry Potter is not safe even within the walls of his magic school protecting him and his friends staying by his side.

I liked the ending as I did not suspect the surprise. I disliked uncle Vernon treating him bad. I also liked that Harry Potter doesn’t die.

I recommend that fifth grade read this before seeing the movie. It is a little too scary for kindergarteners. All in all I loved this book. Is this your favorite book out of the Harry Potter series?

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Genre:  Fantasy

Reviewer: Elijah

Title: A Wrinkle in Time

Author: Madelein L’Engle

Rating: You have to read this!

A Wrinkle in Time is about 3 kids named Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin. They meet 3 masters in witchcraft and the Tesseract. The Tesseract is a square which can bend space time. During this travel around the universe, the encounter a dark force called “The Black Thing”. It is a force which takes over planets. Here is a line from the book in chapter three: “She heard a sound behind her and turned around. There was Ms. Whatsit scrambling over the wall.” That is all I will say.

I really like the page turning action and the how the Black Thing threatens to take over the universe and how IT makes a very creepy world.

I would recommend this to ages 7-15 because I don’t think that kids under 7 would like most of the book. It is full of weird stuff like IT. Read the book if you like that kind of stuff.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Avery

Title: The Alchemist

Author: Paulo Coelho

Rating: You have to read this!

There was a boy named Santiago who travels from his hometown in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure that is located and buried right around where the pyramids are. Santiago was a shepherd boy that had six or seven sheep. He sold them all to get money. As he’s traveling, he meets some friends on a caravan journey. After they stop at an oasis, Santiago finds a treasure, but not the treasure he was looking for. While he’s out wandering, he sees something that caught his eye. It was two eagles that dove down at the same time. After seeing that he felt worried so he went back to his camp. Santiago finds himself in a situation where he meets someone in a very interesting way. He meets the Alchemist of the oasis. The Alchemist told him that if he survived the battle tomorrow, then he could travel with him to find the treasure.

I like this book because I like how Santiago saw the Alchemist turn rubber into gold. I also like how Santiago turned himself into the wind.

I would recommend this book to 5th and 6th graders. I would recommend this book to 5th and 6th graders because it has times that younger grades wouldn’t understand.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Kirstyn

Title: The Apprentice Witch

Author: James Nicol

Rating: You have to read this!

The Apprentice Witch is about a girl named Arianwyn Gribble who is an Apprentice Witch. After she is sent to Lull she will discover adventures and friend while she will also meet trouble along the way.

I liked how she was able to help people with their problems. My favorite part is when she goes to The Spellorium, which is her house to be.

I recommend this book to fifth and sixth graders because it has some hard words to understand. Overall this was a great book and you have to read it.

 

 

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Kailyn

Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Author: J.K Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is about a kid named Harry Potter who lost his parents to an evil wizard, Voldemort. He has to go to his aunt and uncles house and live with their horrible child, Dudley for twelve years. His uncle gets these letters from no one and gets so stressed out that he goes to this house across the ocean. There he doesn’t get any letters. Then an unexpected visitor arrives and takes Harry to the wizard world.

I liked how kind Harry was. I also liked how long the book was. I was a little scared to read it because I never read such a long book before, but now I’m reading way longer books than Harry Potter.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventures and magic. I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone who doesn’t like surprises because there’s a lot in the book. It was a little scary but in all it was a great book.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Scarlet

Title: The Swap

Author: Megan Shull

Rating: You have to read this!

The Swap is about a boy and a girl with hard lives. The girls name is Ellie. Ellie is a girl that was just with a girl named Sassy. Sassy was Ellie’s best friend, until they got into a fight. The boys name is Jack. Jack is a very clean boy but his dad is very mean. He has two brothers that are very good to Jack. In this story the two of them meet in the nurses office because Jack pushed someone and got hurt. Ellie got really sad because Sassy was saying really bad things about her. The two fall asleep and wake up and think that they are looking themselves. The two swap minds and bodies. The two have to get out of this before Monday. Will they get out of this disaster or will they stay in each other’s bodies forever?

I love this book because it is funny and really good. To me this book is sort of my life in a way. I thought that this book would be really boring but when you’re reading it, it can be really good.

I would recommend this book to anyone because we all wish we could be someone else. This book would also be good for kids in the seventh grade reading level. This book is 381 pages and it is a novel.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: The One and Only Ivan

Author: Kathrine Applegate

Rating: You have to read this!

The One and Only Ivan is about a lonesome gorilla living in the Exit 8 Big Top Mall. One day, a new elephant named Ruby comes to the mall to boost up money and visitors. When Stella dies, Ivan promises to take care of Ruby. Ivan comes up with a plan using art to spell out a word which (hopefully) will change everything, especially for Ruby.

This book definitely is one of my favorites. It is a really thoughtful book, even though told by a gorilla. My favorite parts were when Ivan was drawing and being an artist. He did a lot of that while doing his project for Ruby.

I would recommend this book for fourth graders and maybe fifth graders. I would not recommend this book for third graders because it has a true meaning and thoughtfulness that I don’t think they would understand or appreciate.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Avery

Title: The Wandmaker

Author: Ed Masessa

Rating: You have to read this!

Henry the Eighth doesn’t know that he is descended from a long line of wandmasters, but he does know that he and his dad are the only ones in the family that know that he has a wand. Once he does find out that he is descended though, things get more complicated. First, his parents are acting all strange, then he turns his sister into a talking hedgehog. As he saw what he had done to his sister, they traveled to a strange world where he meets a wandmaker, and he learns how to protect himself with spells.

My favorite part was when Henry’s sister points out to the wandmaker that he has a lot to learn and he isn’t very strong. She says that he can’t even hit a baseball across the field, much less three feet.

I would recommend this book to 4th and 5th graders. This book is not a very high level, and could be easily understood by some of the younger grades.

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Genre: Fantasy
Reviewer: Avery S (age 11)
Title: Rangers Apprentice: The Burning Bridge
Author: John Flanagan
Reading Level: 4th grade and up
Rating: You have to read this!

Rangers Apprentice: The Burning Bridge is book two of a big series called Ranger’s Apprentice. It’s about a boy named Will who is the apprentice of a ranger named Halt, and his journey with his friends Gillan, and Horace. In the book they meet a girl who helps Horace, and Will, get to a key base of the enemy’s army where they are captured in the act of burning it. Will our hero’s get out?

The parts I liked were when Gillan left, the battle, and when Halt escorted Alice to the palace. Also the part where Will saw the warglals caught my attention. Wargals are bear like creatures with human qualities.

I recommend this book series to everyone forth, grade and up. This book is really good if you like fantasy or anything like fantasy. If you like the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit you will like it.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Chase

Title: Caught

Author: Margaret Peterson

Rating: You have to read this!

Caught is about a boy and a girl that have to travel back in time to save the future. The reason they have to travel back in time is, time stopped in the future. When they go back in time there put in Albert Einstein’s apartment. Then Einstein’s wife stole the device that allowed them to time travel. Then after four weeks, Einstein’s wife found out that they were time travelers and that could change the course of time forever.

I really liked this book because it always kept me on my toes.

I would recommend this book to fourth and fifth grade because it is a long book. It also has a higher reading level.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Jeff

Title: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Author: Rick Riordan

Rating: you have to read this

In the book The Lightning Thief, the 13 year old kid named Percy Jackson is not safe and he always feels like being watched. When Percy Jackson goes on a trip with his mom and his best friend Grover, a bull-like beast goes after him. Grover helps Percy to the strawberry farm after seeing his mom die in front of him, to mortals it is a strawberry farm but to demigods it is a camp, Camp Half Blood. Later Percy was sent on a quest to find the secret master bolt, that Zeus had that was stolen from Zeus. Zeus blamed it on his brother, Hades. Percy has to bring it to Zeus or the world will end.

My favorite part was when Percy, Grover, and Annabeth wanted food and pretended that they were orphans and they were lost. A lady took pity and then gave them food. The lady turned out to be Medusa and then Percy had to cut Medusa’s head off. Then he put a cloth over her head so anyone who looked at her wouldn’t turn to stone.

My least favorite part is when they were in the zoo van and a zebra ran out while they were in Las Vegas. This part seemed to take a long time, that’s why it was boring.

I recommend this to 6th and 5th graders because the detail and weirdness in it is weird. There is some death and if you don’t like it, then don’t read it. The book is 377 pages long and I loved the whole book, it was great, but I am not going to give away the end. You will have to read it for yourself. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, the Sea of Monsters.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: The Ship of the Dead

Author: Rick Riordan

Rating: You have to read this!

The Ship of the Dead was about this dead guy named Magnus Chase. He is the son of the nature god Frey. He embarks on a journey to find Loki and the ship to stop him. They go on this adventure. This book is the third book in the series.

I liked this book. It was very funny. It also was based on Viking mythology.

I recommend this book for fourth and up. It had some things that younger grades wouldn’t understand.

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Genre:  Fantasy

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: The Doll People

Author: Ann M. Marlin and Laura Godwin

Rating: You should read this

The Doll People was about these dolls who live in Kate’s house. The main character’s name was Annabelle. She was worried about her Aunt Sarah who went missing. Annabelle found Aunt Sarah’s journal that gave her clues to find her. Kate is the girl that owns Annabelle and her family.

My favorite part was when Annabelle and her family met the Funcrafts. That was a nice part.

I recommend this book for children of all ages. It was easy to read and fun, too.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Avery

Title: The Phantom Tollbooth

Author: Norton Juster

Rating: You have to read this!

The Phantom Tollbooth is about a boy that has nothing good to do with himself. But then one day as he got home from school, he found a huge box in his room. When he opened it, the box had what looked like an opening to another world. It was an opening to another world. He looked around and saw a map. The boy closed his eyes and circled his finger around the map. His finger landed on a place called Dictionopolis. He had Dictionopolis in his head, and drove through the portal. A few hours later, he met a talking watchdog named Tock. Later on, he found himself in a place called the Land of Conclusions. You get there by jumping. Then he found himself in a quest to find the princesses, Rhyme and Reason.

I like this book because of the description of everyone and every city he visited. I also like the part when he got himself in the Land of Conclusions, (which was a small little island with one dead tree) and had the consequence of swimming back to land.

I would recommend this book to anyone under the age of 20. I think it is a good book for little kids to read, or be read to. Older kids might like this book too because it is an adventure book and has all sorts of words that they might not know.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Amy

Title: The Wright 3

Author: Blue Baliett

Rating: You have to read this!

The Write 3 Is about three detectives: Petra, Calder, and Tommy who try to save the Robby house. Will they save the house or will two criminals burn it down? As they get clues and break in to stop the criminals. Will they or will they not escape? Are they smart enough to find the lost fish? What will happen? Are the three kids stronger than there fears? Or do they not have the strength to hold on?

I really liked this book, it really catches your attention. Books that do that are good strong books. This book had 330 pages of adventure, and two boring pages. This book was a very amazing story that was an adventure through and through. I love mysteries books that don’t reveal anything until the end of the adventure. The other books with Petra, Calder, and Tommy, I really enjoyed. They filled me with the upmost joy. I really liked this book.

I would recommend The Write 3 to fourth and fifth graders. This is a mystery story so if you like mysteries then you will like this book. This level was a 5.6. My recommendation is to have you teacher check this book first, because there are some bad words. 3rd graders and below I think would not enjoy this book as much. Some of this book would be boring to little kids. The “boring” stuff includes science and nature. Though some people would think that is boring, I am not that kind of person. I think whoever would read this would enjoy this adventurous story.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: The Song of the Wanderer

Author: Bruce Coville

Rating: You should read this

The Song of the Wanderer was about Cara Diana Hunter. She was trying to find her grandmother aka”The Wanderer”. She goes on this magical quest to find her grandmother. She goes on a quest with these unicorns: Belle and Finder. There is one problem though, a very big threat: Beloved. Beloved is a hunter of the unicorns. She is a big threat. Can they make it to The Wanderer?

I liked this book a lot. It was a good fantasy read. I do wish it was a little longer though!

I recommend this book to fourth grade and up. It was an easier book to read. I recommend this book to you if you like unicorns!

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: AveryS

Title: The Hidden Oracle

Author: Rick Riordan

Rating: You have to read this!

The Hidden Oracle is about the god Apollo who drops from the sky, now a mortal. After a street fight, he meets a girl named Meg. She helps him gain immortality once again. But they meet monsters along the way! Can they make it to camp Halfblood or will they die trying? Apollo has his suspicions about Meg, but are they true? Along the way the two get help from Percy Jackson and many others.

I loved this book because it brought back many of my favorite characters like Percy Jackson and his new sister. I had high hopes for this book and it exceeded my expectations.

I would recommend it for the sixth grade reading level. It is really good and will hook you into it. It is a pretty big book. It has 175 pages in it, but you will get really into it and it will go fast.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Braden

Title: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Author: C.S. Lewis

Rating: You should read this

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is about the Pevensie children and their cousin, Eustace Clarence Scrubb. There is a picture of a boat in Lucy’s room, and they are all sucked into it. Then they end up in a boat in the middle of a raging sea. They see Prince Caspian, a friend of theirs when they were in Narnia, in the boat. Then, there is a tiny little mouse introduced named Reepicheep. Reepicheep is a talking mouse. He is a feisty one. He tries to fight Eustace Clarence Scrubb, the pacifist. Some other big and bizarre parts include Eustace turning into a dragon, the Dawn Treader being attacked by a sea serpent, and invisible duffers being magically visible again.

My favorite part was when they entered the sea that turned everything into pure gold. They even found a gold “statue” in the sea as well. I also liked when Eustace turned into a dragon.

I would recommend this to a sixth or seventh grader because of how long the chapters are and how long the book is overall. Also, there is some minor cussing. It is good for adults or teachers to read to their children or students because it is a great book overall.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: AveryS

Title: The Dark Prophecy

Author: Rick Riordan

Rating: You have to read this!

After the treachery of Meg, Apollo feels helpless. Even worse, now he has to go on another quest! Apollo meets some really old friends and they help him, but with a price. Apollo is asked to steal a griffin egg from the bad guys and something else. Will Apollo make it out or will Meg and his paths collide? Find out in the book The Dark Prophecy

I loved this book. It was a great book it really involved me in it. I was really exited for this book to come out and enjoyed every bit of it. It showed a lot of the struggles in life just with a fantasy touch to it.

I would recommend this book to fifth and sixth grade reading level. I do not recommend reading it if you have not read the first book. My only complaint is it does not make any sense but fantasy is like that sometimes.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Jeff

Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Special Ed.

Author: J. K. Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

I just read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, it was great, I loved it. Harry Potter has his son Albus go to Hogwarts and on the train he meets Malfoy’s son. Everyone says he’s the son of Voldemort. The father of Cedrick Digory wants his son back and there is a time turner that is still alive and he try’s to get it. The kids go to see his dad and then they get the time turner and a girl comes with them and they go in time and they mess up. Then Ron and Hermione never loved each other so they have to go back in time again. Then Cedric Digory becomes a death eater and Harry dies so they go back again. The rest you will have to read.

My favorite part was when Harry sees his parents in a battle with Voldemort’s daughter. My least favorite was when Harry and Albus get in a fight.

I rate this up to six grade and older because it’s violent and creepy, so yes, it is rated for six graders or older.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Kailey

Title: The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Author: Kelly Barnhill

Rating: You have to read this!

The Girl Who Drank the Moon was about a baby that was offered to a witch who lives in the forest. The witch who lives in the forest is a kind witch. She shares her home with wise Swamp Monsters and perfectly Tiny Dragons, but one year, Xan accidentally gave a baby moon light, instead of starlight. She filled the baby with extraordinary magic. She thought that she would raise the girl. That was what it was about.

What I like about the book was the part where the witch decided to raise the girl, instead of letting her go on her own with dangerous magic. It was a very interesting book, I love it so much.

The recommendation I have for this book is that maybe it could have tons of more books instead of one book, like a series of books.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Kari

Title: A Semi Charming Kind of Life

Author: Susanne Selfors

Rating: You have to read this!

Darling Charming wants to be the type of princess that wants to save herself instead of being saved by a prince that she will have to wait for. Her motto is what happens if he get stuck in traffic, so she is always ready for if that happens. She wants to be the hero this time not need a hero. I agree with her she can make her own choices and women do not always need men.

My favorite part was that when Darling sneaks out at night and goes to ride her horse like a prince would and not be judged.

I recommend this book to all girls because I think it is awesome to follow your heart and have fun. Girls should totally read this book. It’s cool if you think that you are a strong and independent woman to have fun.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Coy

Title: Warriors FireStar’s Quest Super Edition

Author: Erin Hunter

Rating: You should read this

Warriors Firestars Quest is about a cat name Firestar and he goes around to other clans doing stuff in the place they live in. Some of the clans they visit are Thunder clan, Shadow clan, Wind clan, River clan, Modern Sky clan, Ancient Sky clan and much more in all the clans there is a leader, deputy, Medigine Gat, warriors, and queens. Actually Firestar actually goes out on an adventure. All of the clans are actually pretty close to each other. Some of the clans are actually in the same canyon most of them are. Something else about this book is that there is peace at last between the warrior clans. Did you know that Firestar is actually a legendary leader of the Thunder clan?

My favorite parts about this book is that it has cats and clans. My favorite clan in the book is the clan Firestar is in. I liked this book very much, but I think they should add a clan called The Ancient Cats Of Egypt and I think the man person, the boss, should be called the Amazing Ancient Cat of Egypt. I didn’t have any dislikes of this book it was very nice.

I would recommend this book for 4th grade and up. The reason why is because one it’s a fifth grade level book, two it has 500 pages. This book wasn’t really for younger kids they would have trouble reading unless they are a reading god and can do anything. This book just has bigger words and has older humor so that’s why I would recommend this book for 4th and up the end.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Kailyn

Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Author: J.K. Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is about a kid named Harry Potter who lost his parents to an evil wizard, Voldemort. He has to go to his aunt and uncles house and live with their horrible child, Dudley for twelve years. His uncle gets these letters from no one and gets so stressed out that he goes to this house across the ocean. There he doesn’t get any letters. Then an unexpected visitor arrives and takes Harry to the wizard world.

I liked how kind Harry was. I also liked how long the book was. I was a little scared to read it because I never read such a long book before, but now I’m reading way longer books than Harry Potter.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventures and magic. I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone who doesn’t like surprises because there’s a lot in the book. It was a little scary but in all it was a great book.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Dax

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Author: J.K Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

The Dursleys were really mean to Harry Potter they boarded up his bedroom window and locked his luggage and the did not let him go to Hogwarts. So then he escaped form the Dursley’s house with the Weasels. As he showed up at Hogwarts people started to get frozen. Then Jenny Weasel get kidnapped but the story ends well.

What I disliked about the story was how mean the Dursleys were to Harry. What I like about the story is the end.

I recommend this book to fifth grade because it is really awesome in many ways. It has humor and more!

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Kirstyn

Title: Stowaway

Author: Karen Hesse

Rating: You should read this

The book Stowaway is about a boy named Nick. He was a butchers boy and he didn’t like being a butchers boy so he ran away on a ship called Envedour. This boy has a diary because he wants to show his dad that he is worthy of being by himself. This book is a little weird in the way of people being cannibals and them eating other people.

My favorite part in the book is, when they get attacked by natives and when they need to survive. I also like the part when he has to keep hidden because no one knows that he was on the boat except for 3 people. The only part I didn’t like is some scary and weird parts that are interestingly weird.

I would recommend this book to 5 and 6 graders because there is some interesting parts that younger kids wouldn’t understand and might be afraid. Lastly I think this would be for both genders.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Kailyn

Title: Dragonology Chronicles: The Dragon’s Eye

Author: Unknown

Rating: You have to read this!

The Dragonology Chronicles is my favorite book ever. It is about where two kids’ parents don’t come home and they have to go to their uncle. Their entire summer is turned around when a baby dragon needs help, the dragon’s eye will be stolen, and a Wyvern is orphaned.

I love this book because it has adventure and dragons in it (Duh! I’m going to love it). Many things about this book are thrilling and have so many mysteries in it.

I would recommend this book to people who like dragons, mysteries, and adventure. Also I would recommend this book to older kids because it was a little scary and I got confused. I guess little kids could read this, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Scarlet

Title: The Golden Compass

Author: Philip Pullman

Rating: You should read this

In the book The Golden Compass a young girl named Lyra Belacqua lives in a college called Jordan. Pantalaimon a.k.a Pan is her deamon. He is like a protector and he can turn into many different animals. When Lara’s uncle returns from a long trip to the north with news which might or might no have something to do with her. So Lyra go on a trip which involves scientists, experiments on kids, a crazy lady named Mrs. Coulter, a witch clan, and a bear with armor. And in all of that it is a matter of life and death.

My favorite part was when she sets of to the north and meets the bear. What I did not like was when Mrs. Coulter tried to hurt Lyra.

I would recommend this book to any girl with a 7th grade reading level because it has some harder words in it. I would also recommend this book to girls who like books that jump around and how like adventure stories.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Kari

Title: The School for Good and Evil

Author: Soman Chainani

Rating: You have to read this!

This book is about a fairytale and if you think about it, fairytales are awesome. But not this one. The school of Good and Evil is a school of good and evil. There’s a mix-up and it does not go well. First a girl named Sophie gets sent to the School of Evil and she’s good. She wants to become a princess. If you get taken to the School of Good you get a good fairytale. If you go to the School of Evil you get a bad fairytale. So Sophie got sent to the School of Evil (she’s good). Agatha (she’s in between) went to the school of Good and both the girls are friends. Also Agatha has to do bad deeds to go to the School of Evil. Sophie has to do good deeds to get into the School of Good. To go to these schools they have to get kidnapped by some weird headmaster of both the schools. So it’s a crazy book.

My favorite part was when the mix up happened, it was so funny to read. I also liked reading that Sophie does all these good deeds but does not go to the good school. So I pretty much loved all of the book.

I recommend this book to fifth and sixth grade only girls. Because boys would not really be into fairytales but they can if that want. So this is a good book. And if you ever thought that fairytales are bad then think again because this is not.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: The Hidden Oracle

Author: Rick Riordan

Rating: You have to read this!

The Hidden Oracle is about the god Apollo. He was turned into a human by his father Zeus. He was stripped of his godly powers as well. Then he meats a girl named Meg. Apollo has a suspicion about Meg being a Demigod. Then they go to Percy Jackson’s apartment and Percy offers to drive them to Camp Half-Blood. They encounter monsters and a peach baby (long story). Will they make it to camp in time?

I love this book. Rick Riordan is one of the most amazing authors of all time. I have read all of his books except the Egyptian ones. This entire book was great and I couldn’t stop reading!

I recommend this book for fifth and up. It was good for these age groups because it wouldn’t make sense to younger kids.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Braden

Title: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Author: C.S. Lewis

Rating: You should read this

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is about four children named Lucy, Edmund, Susan, and Peter. They find a wardrobe in a professor’s room and decide to check it out. Lucy goes in first and nobody believes her. Next, Edmund goes in and meets the White Witch. Once Edmund comes out, Lucy says Edmund was in there too. Of course, Edmund denies it. While Lucy was in Narnia, Lucy meets a faun named Tumnus. The faun is a spy for the White Witch. Next, everyone else goes into the wardrobe and Edmund lets his word slip out and they found out he was in Narnia before.

My favorite part was when Aslan the lion meet Susan and Lucy at the stone table and they hug him. I also like the part where Edmund gets Turkish delight, which is yummy! Mmm…

I would recommend this book to a fourth or fifth grade level, because it is very good book and uses some old English, which is good for learning. Overall, I really like the book!

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: Breadcrumbs

Author: Anne Ursu

Rating: You have to read this!

The book Breadcrumbs was about a girl named Hazel. Her best friend is a boy named Jack. One day Jack mysteriously stopped talking to Hazel. Hazel’s mother tells her that sometimes friends stop talking to each other when they get older. Jack started hanging out with these boys named Tyler and Bobby. One day the boys decide to go sledding. Then Tyler sees Jack get on a sled with a woman dressed in all white furs. Tyler tells Hazel this, but she doesn’t believe him because Tyler is kind of mean to Hazel. Then Hazel decides to venture out into the woods. She is going to find Jack. The woods are filled with danger. Can Hazel find Jack alive?

I really, really liked this book, it was a good pick for me. I liked how it had relatable concepts to it. I also liked that it had references to other books. My favorite part was when Hazel did ballet with her friend Adeline. I don’t think I had a least favorite part.

I recommend this book for really anyone who thinks that it would be good for them. It was an action/fantasy book. All in all, you need to read this book.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Kailyn

Title: The Usborne Book of Greek Myths

Author: Anna Milbourne & Louie Stowell

Rating: You have to read this!

The Usborne Book of Greek Myths is all about Greek myths. Do you know how life on earth first started? Do you know how spiders were brought into this world? How about daffodils? This book will tell you every Greek myth there is.

This book was very fun to read. I was doing the book challenge and I picked this book to read. I liked all the myths but the one about Arachne was awesome. This book is very descriptive and has just the right amount of scariness and gory stuff in it.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading about Greek stuff. It is a little hard to understand and it has a lot of gory detail so maybe not little kids.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: The Mark of Athena

Author: Rick Riordan

Rating: You have to read this!

The Mark of Athena is about Percy, Annabeth, Frank, Hazel, Piper, Jason, and Leo. They are the seven chosen to go fulfill the Prophecy of Seven. They must go to Rome and do something they aren’t quite sure yet. Annabeth met her mother Athena (yes the Greek Goddess). She gave her a coin then said “ Follow the mark of Athena, avenge me” Annabeth decided to follow the mark. She goes on this crazy chase of the mark. Then when she finds it she calls her friends and then they come and secure it. The Mark of Athena was this statue that mysteriously just disappeared. They secure it. Then Percy and Annabeth fall into Tartarus. Tartarus is under the Underworld. It is where all of the monsters go when they die. Then the book ended!

I really, really loved this book! It was really great and it is the second series of the Percy Jackson books! I liked how it incorporated Roman and Greek mythology!

I recommend this book for fifth and up. It had some things that some smaller kids parents might not want them to read. It isn’t that bad, but there is death and everything like that.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Author: J.K Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is about a boy named Harry Potter who is eleven years old. He lives with his aunt, uncle, and cousin. They say that his parents were killed by a car crash, but really, his parents were killed by Lord Voldemort, the dark wizard. Then, all these letters arrive. They are inviting Harry to go to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His aunt and uncle wont let him go, but the letters keep coming, so they move to an island. There, Harry meets Hagrid who tells the truth and that he is a wizard. Hagrid whisks Harry away to Hogwarts. At Hogwarts Harry meets Ron and Hermione. They become his best friends. He fights trolls, takes magical classes, and lastly come sin contact with Lord Voldemort. Lord Voldemort is trying to kill him, you see. So, will he win? Who knows, until you read the book!

I really loved the book. J.K Rowling has to be my favorite author. The book was very detailed, but in a good way. It was also humorous and suspenseful. My favorite part was all the tasks they have to do to get to Lord Voldemort.

I would recommend this book for older ages. It is a chapter book and some of the things in the book might scare younger children who might be reading it. As for gender, I think a boy or girl could any of the Harry Potter books. Though, the main character is a boy, so if you want a boy hero, then Harry Potter would be great for you.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Dax

Title: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Author: J.K Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

Harry Potter is in a war with Voldemort and his henchmens. Even the muggle government is noticing it so Harry must defeat Voldemort by learning his secrets and that how he knows to defeat him but it will take him a while. Also the Weasley twins are expand their business but witch side will win good or evil…

My favorite part was every thing except the ending. The end made me really sad so you should find out yourself.

I recommend this book to fifth graders and up because the ending is so brutal and sad. All in all this book was amazing with tons of detail and really amazing parts.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Jennifer

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 was, again, about the famous Harry Potter. In the Dursley’s house a house elf come to visit him. The house elf is named Dobby. Dobby tries to stop the boy from going to Hogwarts. Luckily, Harry goes anyway, finding solutions to the problems Dobby has been causing to try and stop Harry. Harry is in his second year at Hogwarts. This time it is the Chamber of Secrets that has been opened. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are trying to find out who opened it. This includes taking Polyjuice Potion! By the end of the book, they go inside the chamber. One problem: Lord Voldemort is there! Can Harry defeat him once again, or will he see his fate?

I loved the book. It was a great book, especially if you like mystery stories and action. There was definitely some funny parts in the book. My favorite part was when they go in to the Chamber of Secrets.

Lastly, I would recommend this book for older grades. I say this because I don’t think younger readers would like the serpent. Also, there is a few words young readers would have trouble with. Older readers would love though, I think. As for gender? Boys or girls could both easily read this book.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Author: J.K Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was about thirteen year old Harry Potter. A mass murderer has escaped from Azkaban. Harry has heard of this on the news and soon learns that Sirius Black, the murderer is after him. Also, dementors have been sent to protect the school! Dementors suck all the happiness out of you, and if you do something really bad, you get the Dementor’s Kiss. That is where they suck your soul out of you! By the end of the book, Harry is trapped in the Shrieking Shack. What is going to happen now?

I love the book. I loved the suspense of it all! My favorite part of the whole book has to be when Harry gets trapped with Sirius Black.

I would not recommend this book for little kids. Some parts might get scary for younger readers.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Author: J.K Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

I read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It is about the legendary Harry Potter and his adventures in the Tri – Wizard Tournament. He has to do challenging tasks such as facing a dragon, complete a maze filled with scares, and retrieve his friend from the mermaids. To choose the players of the tournament, a student may insert their name into the Goblet of Fire. Then, they might get chosen. Only one person from each school can go though, only three seventeen year old students. Those students are: Cedric Digory, Victor Krum, Fleur Delacour, and Harry Potter! As he succeeds through the year, the last task takes him for a turn. When he touches the cup, he is taken to a graveyard, where Voldemort is returning . . .

I absolutely loved the book! It is my favorite book of the series. It is filled with suspense and keeps you reading until the end. My favorite part was when Harry fought Voldemort.

I would recommend this book for older readers. First, it is very long. Second, it has some challenging words, and lastly, there is an incredibly sad part.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Amy

Title: Dark Whispers

Author: Bruce Coville

Rating: You have to read this!

Dark Whispers is about a girl named Cara and her friends getting trapped and untrapped by animals, and delvers, and swatraws. This book was great because of all the excitement, joy, and sadness. Cara’s father also is in this book too, he meets some characters as they travel through many different parts of Luster. Luster is a land for the unicorns. Some of the parts are: Autumn grove, Winter rest, Spring dale, Lake of tears, Queens forest, Summer haven, Delvers cavern, Firethroat’s territory, and many more.

My favorite part in Dark Whispers is when the old man “ shimmers. ” That part I think is just really funny. But my least favorite part is when the swatraws, is chasing them in the Delvers cavern. The swatraws is a long worm like creature about 12 ft. long and 4 ft. wide. The swatraws spits a blue fire like substance. It never tires and it never sleeps. This creature was very creepy.

I would recommend this book to only 5th and 6th graders because there is a bit of bad language that 4th graders would not be able to manage (no offence). This was a very funny, sad, exciting story. I would recommend this to anyone in 5th of 6th grade who likes adventure.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Julian

Title: The Hobbit

Author: J. R. R. Tolkien

Rating: You should read this

The Hobbit is about a Hobbit named Bilbo Baggins, and hobbits tend to not like adventure, but Bilbo Baggins wanted to prove himself to Gandalf, the great wizard. Bilbo first turned down the invitation to adventure, but when Gandalf had his twelve other friends over, things changed.

I liked this book because it was very descriptive. Sometimes too descriptive, like in the beginning it was kind of boring. But, you never wonder about what a character or object looks like. My absolute favorite part was where a bunch of people just walked in Bilbo Baggins’ house and just ate all his food.

I recommend this book to people that love books and have a lot of spare time like 300 pages of small text spare time.

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Genre: Historical fiction

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: Abraham Lincoln

Author: Tanya Lee Stone

Rating: You should read this

Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth president of the U.S was quite an amazing guy. You will learn so much about him that you probably never knew before as you travel through his life in the book. Read this book and find out all about Abraham Lincoln’s life. I highly believe that you will enjoy this book!

I liked the book. It was full of facts to know and tell. If you are interested in the presidents, you might want to read about this one.

I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in the presidents and Abraham Lincoln. I would also recommend this book for high reading level readers, as it has a high Fifth Grade reading level.

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Genre: Historical fiction

Reviewer: Amy

Title: Little House on the Prairie

Author: Laura Ingalls Wilder

Rating: You have to read this!

The Little House books, go all the way back to Martha Morse (Lara’s great- grandmother), Charlotte Tucker (Lara’s grandmother), Caroline Quiner (Lara’s Mother), Lara Ingalls, and last, Rose Wilder (Lara’s daughter.) On there journey across the prairie Jack there bull dog is lost in the raging river. Later in the story they meet a nice man named, Mr. Edwards. Mr. Edwards does all he can when tough times come. Soon after they finish settling into there cottage they have to move on again.

I really liked this book. It really has a good storyboard. I also like the other books too because they have a bunch of the same characters. Some of the story I did not like was that sometimes they would get a bit too scary. I also did not like that the story in this book did not have Grace, the youngest. Though I do understand why she was not in there because she’s not born yet.

I would recommend this book to 4th and 5th graders. Sixth graders I think would be a bit too old for the Little House books. I think you would have to read this if you liked historical fiction. I recommend this book to kids, and adults of ages, from 7-11 for kids and adults. You have to read this.

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Genre: Historical fiction

Reviewer: Braden

Title: Titanic: Unsinkable

Author: Gordon Korman

Rating: You have to read this!

Titanic: Unsinkable is about Paddy, Juliana, Sophie, and Alfie. Paddy is a poor boy who needs to pickpocket people to eat. Paddy steals from a gangster named Kevin Gilhooey and finds out he has a freshly printed bank note in his possession. Gilhooey finds out that Paddy stole from him, so he runs and runs until eventually, he finds out that Gilhooey murdered his friend Daniel Sullivan. He is so sad, he doesn’t realize he’s being loaded onto Titanic until he can feel himself moving.

Juliana isn’t much… well, not really. She’s a spoiled kid who’s dad is of very high order. She gets bored and begins to be friends with Sophie. Sophie is a kid who’s mother, Amelia Bronson, wants to protest for Votes For Women.

Alfie is a young steward who helps Paddy hide and run. He gets the ones on board to go somewhere else than where he’s actually hiding, and helps him get to the rich ones on board, and to some kitchens where he can get some food.

I would recommend this book to an 11+ age because the words are pretty easy and can accelerate to hard or difficult. I would also tell people to read it because it is a pretty great book. Thanks for reading my review!

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Genre: Historical fiction

Reviewer: Aiden

Title: I Survived: The Attack of September 11, 2001

Author: Lauren Tarshis

Rating: You have to read this!

Once there was a time that disaster happened. It was a 2001 Twin Towers attack. It was one of the worst terrorist attacks in America. There were bad people that did it in New York City. There were two main characters Alex and Sarah. They were on the Twin Towers. It was on the day of September 11. It was two days before the twin towers happened they heard that terrorists might destroy the twin towers but they never knew until two days after on September 11.

I think this was a good book because it had history in it I like books that have history in it. I read this book a five stars.

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Genre: Historical fiction

Reviewer: Aiden

Title: I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944

Author: Lauren Tarshis

Rating: You have to read this!

I think that the book I Survived the Nazi Invasion, was a good book. It had two main characters, Max and Zena. Nazis are taking southern Europe. Max and Zena are with their grandfather. The main idea of the story is them trying to get out of southern Europe to America to be free. Max and Zena had a long trip that was really hard. But before they got to America they had to fight their way through the Nazi invasion.

They still get to America.

I rate this book four stars. I love historical books with the army and battle books.

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Genre: Historical fiction

Reviewer: Kari

Title: Marie Antoinette

Author: Kathryn Lasky

Rating: You have to read this!

I love Marie Antoinette’s princess diary. It starts off when she’s 13. So she thinks that she will have a hard marriage and if she marries King Louis XV, they will be the king and queen of France. She’s scared that her mama will get into her dear diary. But her sister Elizabeth gets smallpox and her death is near. Titi is nice, I think she’s the best cousin that Marie could have. Marie hates being really rich, she hates being the princess, and she loves it that her mother comes out to walk with her around the little fountain. If you read this book you’ll see how beautiful she was. And if you really think about it she may be the most important person in history. One line she never said was, “Let them eat cake,” that is why she got her head chopped off in I don’t know what year.

My favorite part was when Marie stood up to her mother and riding sidesaddle. It was so much fun to read about what it was like then.

You should really read this book because it has a lot of information on Marie Antoinette. She’s really a big part in history. Please read the book, it’s way too good to be not shared.

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Genre:   Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Scarlet

Title: The Series of Unfortunate Events: The Austere Academy

Author: Lemony Snicket

Rating: You have to read this!

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

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

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


 

 

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: Deep Down Popular

Author: Phoebe Stone

Rating: You should read this

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

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

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

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Chase

Title: The Wednesday Wars

Author: Gary D. Schmidt

Rating: You should read this

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

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

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


 

 

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Austere Academy

Author: Lemony Snicket

Rating: You have to read this!

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

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

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


 

 

Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Dax

Title: 39 Clues: Into the Gauntlet

Author: Margaret Haddix

Rating: You have to read this!

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

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

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

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: Deep Down Popular

Author: Phoebe Stone

Rating: You have to read this!

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

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

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


 

 

Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Braden

Title: Slacker

Author: Gordon Korman

Rating: You should read this

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

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

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

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

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


 

 

 

 

Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Chase

Title: White Fang

Author: Kathleen Olmstead

Rating: You have to read this!

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

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

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

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Vile Village

Author: Lemony Snicket

Rating: You have to read this!

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

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

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


 

 

 

 

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Scarlet

Title: The Secret Garden

Author: Frances Hogdson Burnett

Rating: You should read this

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

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

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

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Kailey

Title: Abigail Iris: The One and Only

Author: Joy Allen

Rating: You should read this

My book that I read was Abigail Iris, the book was about a girl that has a kitten and his name is Spot. Spot is about three months old. Abigail got the kitten from her half birthday. She celebrates it every year. Sometimes I get carried away when I’m deep into the book, because I end up thinking about the book more and more. When I’m done reading I feel that I should always read more for some reason! You should read this book. This book is a great book.

My favorite part about the book was when Abigail got her kitten Spot. Spot is so cute. I like this part because whenever Spot is playing with a yarn ball it makes me light up so much, I makes me light up because one time Spot got a little carried away. While Spot got carried away he ran into Abigail, it was so funny.

The recommendation I have for this book is that maybe they can tell a little more about Abigail’s kitten Spot a lot more. Also, they should also talk about Abigail a little more too. Other than those things I loved the book.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Kailyn

Title: A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning

Author: Lemony Snicket

Rating: You have to read this!

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning is about three very unlucky children. Violet the eldest liked to invent things. When she was thinking about inventions to make, she ties her up with a purple ribbon. Next, there’s Klaus he liked to read. Their parents had a huge library so he could read all the books he liked. The last and youngest of the Baudelaire family is Sunny. She liked biting things. She liked hard food instead of soft food which is very unusual for a baby. Then there’s Count Olaf an evil and greedy man who has a filthy house. A fire hit the Baudelaires mansion and kills both of the Baudelaire parents so they have to go to there evil greedy uncle.

I really liked this book I liked how smart all the children were. I thought that Count Olaf was a really well described. Violet was my favorite character. I liked how she liked to build things.

I would recommend this to anyone who likes sad stories and anyone who likes unexpected things happen in stories. I wouldn’t recommend this to people who like happy stories.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Kailyn

Title: A Series Of Unfortunate Events: The Reptile Room

Author: Lemony Snicket

Rating: You have to read this!

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Reptile Room is about the three children (Violet, Klaus, and Sunny) who go to their uncle Monty’s house. They travel through Lousy Lane that smelled like horseradish to get to their uncle’s house. They met a warmhearted man who was a herpetologist (someone who studies snakes). Uncle Monty greeted the children with coconut cake. He brings them into the reptile room. The children saw snakes that they never saw before then when an unwanted man arrives all the hope that the children had, was gone!

What I liked about this book was the snakes and reptiles that were described. I also liked how kindhearted uncle Monty was.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading sad stories. I would recommend that people who like happy stories to not read this.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Olivia

Title: The Kneebone Boy

Author: Ellen Potter

Rating: You have to read this!

The Kneebone Boy is a fantastic book in my opinion, the characters being Otto, Lucia, and Max Hardscrabble. None of the listed characters are the Kneebone Boy, if you’re wondering. If you look on the top right of the book cover, you’ll see him. The author is Ellen Potter (not related to Harry Potter, so don’t bother looking it up). Now, when I say this is a fantastic book, I mean it. Most books people say “you have to read this”, because the book was mildly good, but when I say it with this book, I mean it.

To sum it all up, it’s about three children called the Hardscrabbles. Otto is thirteen, Lucia is twelve, and Max is ten. Their mother left at an early age and Lucia assumes she is dead but Max says she’s not. I know if she is or isn’t, but I’m not giving out any spoilers. Their father leaves often, and usually leaves them with an old lady named Mrs. Carnival and I’ll tell you that Max isn’t exactly very fond of her and neither are Lucia or Otto. But this time, their father leaves them with their cousin, Angela. So they took a train to her house and discover that she isn’t there. Where do the go? To their great aunt Haddie Piggit. (They found a letter from her in the shed or something.) Haddie actually turns out to be two years younger than their mother was, and their mother was nowhere near old. The explanation is in the book. Get out your math notebook, kids, or don’t, and just read the book.

Another fun extra, in the back of the book, the author says, “I was the one voted to tell you this story because I read the most novels, so I know how a story should be told. Plus, I’m very observant and have a nice way of putting things, that’s what my teacher Mr. Dupuis, told me. I can’t tell you which Hardscrabble I am—Otto, Lucia or Max—because I swore on pain of torture not to. They said it’s because the story belongs to all of us and I suppose they’re right, but it seems unfair since I’m doing all the work. No one can stop you from guessing, though.” I personally think it’s Lucia. The scene never leaves her, if you’ll notice.

Haddie was renting a mini castle next to a real one, and locked the kids in a fake dungeon (that she really didn’t lock) for night and ordered them to go look for a secret passageway and if there isn’t one she said she’ll ask for a partial refund on the renting price. She’s pretty funny, and my second favorite character in the book.

The Hardscrabbles get bored and go looking for the Kneebone boy of the castle Kneebone. The rumor was that the first born boy would have something terribly wrong with him, like bat ears and claws or something, and kids will be kids, so of course they want to see this.(Me, too.) But they find something. . . a little different. . .

My least favorite part is when Otto tries to leave (because he’s a scaredy-cat), and my favorite part would totally ruin to the entire book, so I’m not telling you. Better read it to find out!

This book was about ten times better than my previous book report, Firestars Quest, and I rated that 10/10. So what would this be, 100/10? That’s an improper fraction! Well this is a book report, so I don’t care. Anyway, this book has probably flipped its way up to my top-ten favorite books of all time, so you’ll definitely have to read this.

As for age groups? The story concept is probably okay for fourth graders and the reading level is at fifth grade, but it has some bad words (but nothing really serious) so sixth would probably be best, though I’m in fifth, so I guess fifth graders could read it. As for an interest level, I think anyone under age fifteen and over eight would enjoy it the most. In all, this was a wonderful book.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Kailyn

Title: A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Wide Window

Author: Lemony Snicket

Rating: You should read this

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Wide Window is about the three children who go to their aunt Josephine’s house. Her house is on the side of a cliff. She has a huge window where you can see the black lake. The children have to eat chilled cucumber soup. Count Olaf arrives with a new disguise, Captain Sham. He covers his tattoo with a peg leg.

I really enjoyed this book I am even reading it again. PEOPLE PICK UP THIS BOOK AND START READING!!! My favorite thing about this book is the kids are so smart and that Aunt Joe was so so, so gullible

I recommend this to people who like sad stories and people who are gullible (like Aunt Josephine). If you don’t like sad stories and like stories with elves dancing around then do not read this book.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: The Kind of Friends We Used to Be

Author: Frances O’Roark Dowell

Rating: You have to read this!

The Kind of Friends We Used to Be is about two girls who have been friends for a long time. In sixth grade, their friendship ended. In seventh grade, the both want to be friends, but they just don’t know how. It doesn’t help that they are coming more and more unlike. Kate plays guitar and Marilyn is a cheerleader. Will they become friends again?

The book was okay. It had a lot of detail, but it wasn’t really focused on the girls becoming friends, it focused a lot more on other things that could’ve been unimportant in the story.

I would recommend this book for girls. Fifth or Fourth Grade girls would enjoy it most. If you are having trouble with your friend though, don’t go to this book for advice, because it really doesn’t have any.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: A French Girl in New York

Author: Anna Adams

Rating: You have to read this!

A French Girl in New York is about Maude Laurenette. Maude lives in the small French town of Carvin. She lives with this family called the Ratchets. They are mean to Maude and they make her do all the chores. She lives in the small basement of their basement. One day she has the opportunity to go to Paris. She needs to go to Paris. The Ratchets tell her that if she gets a good score on her math test she can go. Reasonable right? Well, one problem, she isn’t very good at math. She ends up getting a five out of twenty. She makes it look like she got a fifteen out of twenty. She goes to Paris and loves it. She goes to this restaurant and then the people make her sing. Maude is an orphan that is thought to have no talent, but she is a wonderful singer and pianist. She sings and plays the piano. Then a man named James Baldwin sees her and he wants to sign her a record with Soulve Records. When she goes back home she is mistreated again. Read the book to find out what happens!

I liked this book. I liked it because it was about Paris and music. It is a wonderful book. My favorite part was when Maude went with Mat on a tour of New York.

I recommend this for fifth grade and up. There were some bad words, nothing extreme. It is good for music lovers.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Elijah

Title: Wonder

Author: R.J. Palacio

Rating: You have to read this!

Wonder is about a kid named August who has a face “deformity” that stops him from going to a public school. His first time at his school is bad. His new bully called Julian makes him uncomfortable. In the story, he has other people in the book who have different perspectives. Overall, it makes other kids who have deformities or diseases to be more confident.

I like this book because that it teaches kids a valuable lesson: When people are rude, don’t be rude back. Just ignore them. They will fade away. My favorite part of the book is during part 5, Justin just says “Uh huh” all the time when he was in Via’s (August’s sister) room.

I would recommend this to as young as 7, to as old as 72. It will teach everyone a lesson. I hope you read this book. Everyone will like it.

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Genre: Realistic fiction
Reviewer: Avery
Title: The Secret Garden
Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett
Rating: You have to read this!
There is a girl and her name is Mary Lennox. She lives in India and her mother doesn’t want her. So she was handed over to her Ayah. After a few years, her Ayah leaves and Mary is sent to live with her grandfather. At her grandfather’s place, she meets a boy who she thinks has magic and can speak with animals. The boy’s name is Dickon. At her grandfather’s house, ten years ago, there was a secret garden. But once her grandfather’s love fell out of a swing in the garden, he buried the key, and never let anyone in the garden again. But after ten years, Mary Lennox found the buried key and found the door into the garden. Then she meets a boy named Collin who thinks that he is going to die. But then he stands up. And he can walk like a normal boy. So Collin is going to show his father that he can walk and stand up like a normal boy.

I really like this story because it is a very interesting story to read and it makes me think that I am in the story with them. It has a few errors like no capitalization or good punctuation. I like the part where Mary finds the garden. It is a very good book, but I think that the best part is when Mary yells at Collin for being so loud and nobody likes it when he screams and cries.

I would recommend this book to boys and girls in the grade of 4th through 6th. I think this would interest people in 4,5, and 6th graders because it has some grammar and parts that smaller kids wouldn’t understand.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: My Name is Mina

Author: David Almond

Rating: You have to read this!

My Name is Mina is about a girl named Mina who is a misfit. She has no friends. The book is a journal she wrote about her life. Mina lost her father at a young age. She has a disorderly journal filled with her thoughts and dreams of travel, heaven, and life.

I loved this book. My favorite part was when Mina said, “What if this is heaven and we’re the angels?” It was the most beautiful, whimsical book I have ever read.

I recommend this book for fourth grade and up. There were some big vocabulary words that people might not understand. You need to read this book. Warning: This book is impossible to put down.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: The Bad Beginning

Author: Lemony Snicket

The Bad Beginning was about the three Baudelaire children. Their parents died in a terrible fire and they are sent to live with an evil man; Count Olaf. Count Olaf is trying to get the massive Baudelaire fortune. They have to do hard chores, and try and be grateful for at least a roof over their head. Sunny’s life is endangered by being hung in a cage from the tallest tower. Violet and Klaus are shunned for their smarts. Can they survive this awful life?

Even though the book is full of disasters, I liked the book a lot. It really encouraged you to read more. My favorite part was the play: The Marvelous Marriage.

I would recommend this book for fifth or sixth graders. It might be too sad for fourth graders and younger.

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Genre: Realistic fiction mystery

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: Closed Casket

Author: Sophie Hannah

Rating: You have to read this!

Closed Casket was about Hurcle Puriot. He was a detective that was invited to Lillioak manor. Then a murder happens. The murder victim was Joseph Scotcher. He had Brights disease. So he would have died anyway. This book takes you on a journey to discover who murdered Joseph Scotcher.

I liked this book. It was a good mystery. I also guessed who murdered him. It was a very good book!

I recommend this book for fifth and up. The book was for older kids. It also had some bad words in it. Nothing major though.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: The Reptile Room

Author: Lemony Snicket

Rating: You have to read this!

The Reptile Room was about the three Baudelaire children and their Uncle Monty. The children’s parents have died in a fire, burning down their home. Uncle Monty is comforting and for the first time since that accident (or murder), they were happy. Then, a new assistant comes by the name of Stephano. Stephano is really the horrible Count Olaf! Can the children escape Count Olaf and prove to the adults that he really is Count Olaf?

I enjoyed the book a lot. My favorite part was when Klaus and Sunny distracted the adults, and Violet found the evidence needed.

I would recommend this book for older people such as fifth grade and older. Again, littler kids would understand the clues and important events that occur.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: The Austere Academy

Author: Lemony Snicket

Rating: You have to read this

The Austere Academy was about a terrible boarding school. The three unfortunate Baudelaires are sent here. Klaus, Sunny, and Violet have to sleep in the “Orphans Shack”, a place with crabs, pink and green walls, and fungus on the ceiling. Sunny has to be a secretary for the head teacher and Violet and Klaus have awful lessons. They actually make some friends who are determined to help them. Then, a new gym teacher comes, and who is it? Will the children find out in time, and prove to the adults who he is?

I loved the book. It has to have been my favorite so far. My favorite part would be when the Baudelaires and the Quagmires find solutions to the Orphan Shack.

I would recommend this book for, again, Fourth or Fifth Graders. There were some hard words.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Ersatz Elevator

Author: Lemony Snicket

Rating: You have to read this!

The Ersatz Elevator was a spooky book that included Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire. The Quagmire triplets are in trouble and the children really want to find them. Now with their new guardians, the Baudelaires find the Quagmires. Where? Down the Ersatz Elevator. The second time going down there to save their friends, their friends have disappeared for their cage. When they think they have convinced Jerome and Esme that they are right, Esme traps them down there. Find out what happens next in: The Ersatz Elevator.

As I said before, the book was spooky, but super fun to read. My favorite part was when Sunny crawls out the elevator with her teeth.

Recommendation? I think it would mostly capture 4th, 5th, and 6th Grader’s attention.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Wide Window

Author: Lemony Snicket

Rating: You have to read this!

The Wide Window was about the Baudelaire kids and Aunt Josephine. Aunt Josephine is afraid of everything. She won’t even turn on the stove or use the telephone. When Count Olaf tracks them down in disguise, Aunt Josephine is forced to jump out of the window and into the Lake Lachrymose. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny eventually find the grammatical errors in Aunt Josephine’s will that lead them to her. Sadly, they drag Aunt Josephine out, make a help signal, just to be caught by Count Olaf. What will happen to them now?

The book was enjoyable, except for the part at the end. Aunt Josephine really irritated me though.

This book is better for older humans than little humans. It was one of the more simple books of the series, but no exception.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Miserable Mill

Author: Lemony Snicket

Rating: You have to read this!

This book was about three children and a lumber mill. The unlucky Baudelaire orphans are sent to a new guardian, the owner of the Lucky Smells Lumber Mill. Sunny, Violet, and Klaus have to work at the lumber mill. One day, one of Count Olaf’s assistants trips Klaus and his glasses go flying and breaking. Klaus goes to the eye doctor and her receptionist— Count Olaf in disguise. Klaus gets hypnotized and has to have a magic word said to break his trance. So, does Klaus ever get out of his trance and do the children escape? Find out in The Miserable Mill.

I enjoyed the book a lot. Hypnotism has always interested me, so it was a fun book to learn about. My favorite part was the sword and teeth fight with Dr.Orwell and Sunny.

Lastly, I would recommend this book for older kids such as Fifth and Sixth Graders. Not only would little kids not understand very well, but the hypnotizing thing would interest a lot of older kids, I believe.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Braden

Title: Ungifted

Author: Gordon Korman

Rating: You have to read this!

Ungifted is about Donovan Curtis, an eighth-grader who acts stupid one day and hits a huge bronze statue with a twig. Nothing? NO. The huge globe on “Atlas'” shoulders cracks from the rusty bolt connecting it to Atlas and smashes the school gym.

Donovan is held responsible and is taken to the superintendent’s office. Dr. Schultz thinks he writes Donovan’s name on a sticky note, but instead writes his name on a sheet indicating which students passed the test to go to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction. A teacher comes in later and takes the paper and then, Donovan becomes a “gifted” student for the Academy.

Donovan joins the robotics team and works on a robot. Donovan names the robot Tin Man. The other students want to create a full name. The name ends up being Tin Man Metallica Squarepants. Donovan is also their designated Googler. (Apparently, a Googler is someone who looks up pictures to put on Tin Man. Like Albert Einstein eating a banana.) Dr. Schultz finds out about Donovan & take him off of the robotics team. Donovan is sad about it, so Katie and Donovan’s two best friends; Daniel Nussbaum and Daniel Sanderson, take him there.

I liked the book Ungifted because it is very fun to read, and is funny at times. It also has a happy ending. Read this book!

I would recommend this book to a fifth or sixth grader even though it says “TEEN” on the spine. It is a challenging book, with almost three hundred pages, but you can finish it pretty soon if you are really into it. All in all, Ungifted is a great book you should really read.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Avery

Title: The Bad Beginning

Author: Lemony Snicket

Rating: You have to read this!

The Bad Beginning is about a three kids, named Violet, Klaus, and Sunny. Their parents were killed in a fire and left a huge fortune left for them. Since they had no one to live with, they had to go live with other family members. When they got to his house, they met the nicest lady in the neighborhood. Her name was Justice Strauss. The three children asked if she was their new guardian. She said no. Justice Strauss said his house was right across the street from her. All three children looked around. They knocked and an evil man opened the door. His name was Count Olaf. Count Olaf was the meanest person in the world. Read the book to find out what happens!

I like this book partly because it has some humor in it and also because I like stories like this. One really bad part was when Count Olaf struck Klaus across the face for not making roast beef for dinner.

I would recommend this book to people who are ages eight and up. I think this because there are some not so nice parts in this story, like the part where Klaus gets hit in the face.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Scarlet

Title: A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Vile Village

Author: Lemony Snicket

Rating: You have to read this!

In A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Vile Village, the Baudelaires go to a place where a whole village would take care of the Baudelaires. The town name is The V.F.D. As you can tell the Baudelaires are not going to be safe. Some things are strange in the town like there are crows that would fill up the whole street, the counsel wear crow hats, and they keep finding letters that look like they would be from Isadora Quagmire. Cont Olaf may still be around. The Baudelaires are now living with a man and his name is Hector. Will Cont Olaf find the Baudelaires and will they find the Quagmires? Find out in the Series of Unfortunate Events book seven.

I liked this book because it is not a book that ends in a happy ending. I also like this book because it is a kind of a mistery. It is also a very odd series.

I would recommend this book to kids that like mistery story’s and kids in general. But if you like books with good endings than you it better get another book.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Kailey

Title: Absolutely Truly

Author: Heather Vogel Frederick

Rating: You have to read this!

Absolutely Truly was about a twelve year old, Truly Stans, who truly stands out in a crowd whether she likes it or not. (She doesn’t like to go in front of a crowd). So then her family moves to teeny-tiny, super boring Pumpkin Falls, in New Hampshire. Truly finds mysterious letters inside an old copy of Charlotte’s Web. While Truly is chasing clues, it could spell out danger. That is mostly what it is about.

What I liked about the book was the part that when Truly would find clues, and when she could spell out danger with the clues.

The recommendation I have for this book is that Truly could have more clues about interesting things, like why she moved or something like that.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Noah

Title: Hatchet

Author: Gary Paulsen

Rating: You should read this

Hatchet is about a boy named Brian Robeson whose parents got divorced. While going to see his father in Canada, the pilot had a heart attack which forced Brian to take control of the plane. Brian was on his own. He only had one tool to help him survive.

I liked this book because it is a book about survival. I love survival books. My favorite chapter is chapter nine because the whole chapter is him trying to make a fire, even when he thought that he got a fire going, it went out. This chapter shows how hard it is to make a fire without matches or a lighter.

I recommend this book to people who like books, survival, and the wilderness, but this book is pretty long so, it might not be for you. This book has nineteen chapters. I think that it is for kids that are in 4th and 5th grade, but kids that are below 4th and 5th grade can still read this book.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Olivia

Title: Butterflies

Author: Suzanne Gervay

Rating: You should read this

Butterflies isn’t an action book, but it doesn’t take swords and screams to make a good novel. It was about a seventeen year old girl (she turns eighteen later in the book) who fell in a fire pit when she was three, giving her fourth degree burns and scars that she hides with her hair. She always wishes that she would someday be able to wear her hair up. Not hide it from peering eyes. To be confident in herself. Her mother is Italian and her father is Australian. Her father wasn’t exactly the ideal dad. He drank too much and abandoned them and their mother. “Them” is Katherine (the protagonist) and her older sister, Rebecca. Rebecca hates their father. Katherine has a boyfriend, his name is William, she won’t admit it, but if you want to know more, go read the book!

My favorite part is when William gives her a chocolate pig. This is how it goes: “She tears the paper and starts giggling. Inside the rapping is a porky pig made of milk chocolate with a white chocolate nose and a red ribbon around its neck. ‘Is this supposed to be me? I should hit you for that.’

“‘Please, be kind. You know that pigs are intelligent, affectionate, and …’”

Okay, that’s the only bit out of the book I’m giving you. So, I guess I have to give you my least favorite part, too, so here it goes: Sorry, I don’t have one. Yes, I know you want to have all of the disgusting, horrid details out of the book, but sorry, no. My only problem is the format of the book. It’s in present tense, which I don’t think fits well in the writer’s style of writing, but you can think what you want.

Anyway, I would say that if a boy tried to read this, he would probably say something like,“Ew, this is so girly! I’m gonna go vomit, see ya.” So, yeah. I would not recommend this book for boys at all, unless you’re a girly boy and like this kind of stuff. Not saying you are, if you do like this! Actually I am, but whatever. As for grade ages, I say fourth grade and up, but this isn’t an age restriction or anything. Anyway, this is a really nice book and I think you might want to read it.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Noah

Title: Extreme Adventures: Grizzly Trap

Author: Justin D’ath

Rating: You have to read this!

A fourteen year old Australian kid named Sam Fox is visiting America with his Cub Scout group. While on an abandoned road, a moose runs out into the road causing the bus to swerve off the road into a canyon. Sam saves everybody from the crash. Sam’s mom, Akela, sends him, Sally, and E.J. to get help. While the three children are walking along the road, a grizzly bear catches their scent. They head for a farm that they see in the distance. The owners of the farm are not there so they take refuge in a trailer. Read the book to find out what happens!

I liked this book because it was full of action and suspense. My favorite part was when they started throwing jars of jam at the grizzly from in the barn. This was an awesome book. I would give it 5/5 stars.

This book was a little scary not to mention the cover of the book so I would recommend this book to any kids 4th grade up, but anyone can read this book, okay, maybe not newborn – 2 or 3, but you know what I mean.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: The Carnivorous Carnival

Author: Lemony Snicket

Rating: You should read this

The ninth book of Series of Unfortunate Events was about, again, the three Baudelaire orphans. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny ride in Count Olaf’s car to a carnival where there is Madam Lulu. Madam Lulu is a fake fortuneteller who has been telling Count Olaf and his gang where the orphans are located. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny all pretend to be freaks using costumes they found in the villain’s car. Sunny is Chabo the Wolf Baby, and Violet and Klaus is a two headed freak. They get hired and have to act freakish for the freak show they put on. Then, they make a plan with Madam Lulu to go to the Mortmain Mountains. Madam Lulu ends up getting eaten by lions and the kids are with Count Olaf. What will happen to their lives now?

I enjoyed the book. It wasn’t my favorite book in this series, but it had a lot of twists and action. My favorite part had to be when tons of people were teetering and tottering on a plank of wood over vicious lions!

I would recommend this book for Fourth and Fifth Graders. I bet a Third Grader could manage it too. It had a few sad parts, but the rest was action filled. If you like twists, drama, and action, I would definitely recommend this book for you!

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: Murder on the Orient Express

Author: Agatha Christie

Rating: You have to read this!

Murder on the Orient Express is about a detective named Poirot. He was on a little trip when he had to go to this train called the Orient Express. This train will take him home to France. Then unexpectedly a man named Rachette got murdered. He and his good friend Mr. Bouc interview all the people on the train, everyone has an alibi. So someone is lying. Will he find out who it is in time?

I really liked this book! It was a wonderful mystery story. If you like mystery stories, this is the book for you. My favorite part was when they found out who committed the murder. It was one of the best books I read this year.

I recommend this book for fifth grade and up. The book had some things that little kids wouldn’t like.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Avery J.

Title: The Reptile Room

Author: Lemony Snicket

Rating: You have to read this!

The Reptile Room is about Violet, Klaus, and Sunny going to their new guardian’s home. His name is Montgomery, but he wants the children to call him Uncle Monty. Uncle Monty is a reptile collector and scientist. He has a whole room full of reptiles. Uncle Monty has a visitor at his door, it is a man named Stafano. After that, everything just got out of hand. They got chased up and down the stairs.

I liked this book because it was exciting and there were some parts where you just couldn’t stop reading. In all of these books, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are very adventurous.

I would recommend this book to 5th and 6th graders and anyone older it has some parts that can be a little too exciting for little people.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Scarlet

Title: A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Ersatz Elevator

Author: Lemony Snicket

Rating: You have to read this!

In A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Ersatz Elevator, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are at it again. They are going to live in apartments where sometimes dark is in and light is out. They are going to live with a woman named Esmé and her husband Jerome, and of course, Count Olaf, only his secret name is Gunther. And the Quagmires are in need of help. In this story the Baudelaires encounter a red herring, a dark passageway, and parsley soda. What will happen to the Baudelaires? Find out in A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Ersatz Elevator.

I like this book because it is really good and I enjoy this author. I also like how Count Olaf can always find them and fool many people.

I would recommend this book to anyone because it is a very good book to read. If you like mystery then you will find that this book will have a lot of mystery, but if you like books with good endings than you it better get another book.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Braden

Title: Restart

Author: Gordon Korman

Rating: You should read this

Restart is about a kid named Chase Ambrose who loses his memory after getting amnesia from falling off a roof. He has to try and remember what he did before. Some of the kids at his school say he was a jerk before he fell off the roof. Chase didn’t remember this, but he wants to try and not be such a jerk this time around. Shoshanna Weber is the most hurt by Chase’s actions. Chase wants to start on a new slate. He decides to join the video yearbook club. Chase makes the club even though the people who were already there hesitated at first. Chase has a steady hand, which is good for a video yearbook club. Chase goes on with other stuff throughout the book.

I would recommend this book to 4th and 5th graders, since younger grades might not know what’s going on. Thank you for reading my book review.

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Genre: Realistic

Reviewer: Aiden

Title: Tides of War: Honor Bound

Author: Alexsander London

Rating:  You should read this

Tides of War: Honor Bound is a book that I liked. This book was a good book because I like history books, they tell me are past.

The book I read was not bad at al,l it was very super super good! This was the Navy. They were getting hit by the bad guys.

I rate this book a four star book it was not bad at all. The reason why I read this was because it includes army and history. Did you know that the Navy went under water and put bombs on the bottom of ships and watch them explode? I think that it is a cool book.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: Treasure Hunters: Quest for the City of Gold

Author: James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

Rating: You have to read this!

As one of my books, I read Treasure Hunters: Quest for the City of Gold. It was about the Kidd family who are treasure hunters. They are searching for the ancient City of Gold. They have to follow clues along the way to get there. They plan to use the money they find to try and stop people cutting down so many trees in the rainforest. There are also bad guys searching for the city too! One of their greatest enemies’ sons might be spying on them even though he claims to just bee filming for a new T.V show. Another problem: they lost the map and Storm is their only hope because of her photographic memory, but when she gets kidnapped, what will they do now?

I really liked the book, just like how liked the rest of the series. The book was pretty funny, especially the twelve-year-old twins, Bick and Beck. The book also had a ton of facts in it. You can definitely learn something from it.

I would recommend this book for boys or girls. For age, I would recommend it for ages 9-12 I think. That is because some of the words are challenging, and also because of all the information in it; younger kids might not be so interested in it. Lastly, you should really read Treasure Hunters: Quest for the City of Gold!

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Kirstyn

Title: The Wednesday Wars

Author: Gary D Schmidt

Rating: You have to read this!

The Wednesday Wars is about a boy who was in middle school. This book described what middle school was like for the boy. In the middle of the book there is a really exciting part. The boy is very confused and unhappy with his middle school’s rules and decisions. The boy has lots of issues and it is hard to control them when he is in love with a girl. At the end of the book the boy decides to be happy and love his life.

In the book I liked the part were a mean boy rides his scooter while he hangs on to the back of the bus. The part in the book that I didn’t like is when some kids are being mean to the main character.

I would recommend this book to fifth to sixth graders just because of some rude language.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Aiden

Title: The Boxcar Children: The Guide Dog Mystery, Episode 53

Author: Gertrude Chandler Warner

Rating: You should read this

The book that I’m reading is The Boxcar Children: The Guide Dog Mystery. I think this book was good. I also like to read books with mysteries. There are four main people. This book is all about a service dog that helps people. The trainer asked them if they want to come and see how they train the dogs but when they get there they start to see flashing lights in one of the buildings. And someone went where the dogs slept and took the dog.

You should read this it was a great book to read. I rate this book a nine star book. The one thing I did not like was how long it took me to read this book but it is a good book.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Kirstyn

Title: Favorite Sleuths

Author: John Ernst

Rating: You should read this

Favorite Sleuths is a book that is made up of little 10 page long mysterys. The first one is “The Green and Gold String” by Phillip Macdonald. This first book is about a Mexican store that keeps getting robbed. The book altogether was amazingly interesting and funny to read.

The part in the book I liked the most was probably the last story called,”The Little Dog” by H. C Bailey. In the last story it is a murder mystery and the ending is so exciting.

I would recommend this book to 5 and 6 grade boys and girls, because of some brutal parts in the book overall the Favorite Sleuths was a great book.

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Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: Double Identity

Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix

Rating: You have to read this!

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

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

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


 

 

Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewer: Amy

Title: The City Of Ember

Author: Jeanne DuPru

Rating: You have to read this!

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

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

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

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Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewer: Elijah

Title: Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief

Author: Rick Riordan

Rating: You have to read this!

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

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

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


 

Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewer: Julian

Title: The Maze Runner

Author: James Dashner

Rating: You have to read this!

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

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

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

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Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: The Maze Runner

Author: James Dashner

Rating: You have to read this!

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

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

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

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Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: The Scorch Trials

Author: James Dashner

Rating: You have to read this!

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

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

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

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Genre: Science fiction

Reviewer: Braden

Title: Among the Impostors

Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix

Rating: You should read this

Among the Impostors is the second book in the Shadow Children series, coming after Among the Hidden, and with Among the Betrayed following.

Among the Impostors is about Luke Garner, taking on the new name “Lee Grant” to conceal his identity as a Shadow child. Lee Grant is a Baron (A rich family member) kid who died in a skiing accident. His parents concealed his death, and passed on his identity to help a Shadow child come out of hiding.

I would recommend this book to a near 5th grade level because it is a pretty challenging book, but it has some easy parts. I am also really interested in the Shadow Children series, so if you like it too, you should read this book.

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Genre: Science fiction

Reviewer: Coy

Title:  Star Wars; The Clone Wars, Defender Of The Republic

Author: Rob Valois

Rating: You have to read this!

The first chapter is called “Clone Cadets”, and also I am reading Star Wars: the Clone Wars, Defenders of The Republic. The first chapter is about bounty hunters training the clone cadets. They learn in an arena in the start of the book. Some of the bounty hunters are Bric and El-les.

The second chapter is called “Rookies”. In the start of the chapter the clones go to the deep outer rim. In the chapter “Rookies” they aren’t training, they were actually going in a real battle. They went to Rishi Moon for more battle. At the end of chapter eleven in chapter “Rookies” a meteor shower happens.

The last chapter is called “Ark Troopers” in the start of it General Grievous intercepted a holographic message from Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. I shall not tell you any more.

I liked this book because it was about Star Wars and I love Star Wars. Also it’s about Clones and the Clone War. It’s also not hard to read, it’s not like the big books and stuff but it still has enough pages though.

I would recommend this book to 2nd graders up and above. Also it’s not like a kids book but it could be and it could be a big kid book either way is ok.

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Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewer: Olivia

Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Rating: You have to read this!

The Hunger Games is about a sixteen year old girl named Katniss. Katniss is your typical teen living in District 12: starving, freezing, sick, and with a family to feed. There are twelve districts, one of which no longer exists. District 13. Then there is the Capitol. While the outer districts are on the verge of death, the Capitol always has too much food, too much money, and way too much makeup, not to mention the pink, green, blue, and all that multicolored hair. Anyway, the Capitol holds the Hunger Games each year for entertainment and to show that they’re in charge. The Hunger Games is broadcast on live TV every year without an exception and each district must send one boy and one girl from ages twelve to eighteen to participate. Anyway, Katniss Everdeen must participate in the 74th annual Hunger Games, and she will not back down from a fight. She wants to show the Capitol that she’s not just one of their toys to play around with. She will be up against twenty-four other tributes. What do you think, will she survive? Better read the book and find out!

I have lots of favorite parts, but if I had to pick one it would probably when Katniss, Peeta, and Haymitch are on the train to get to the Capitol and Haymitch is a total alcoholic so he drinks a load of alcohol and vomits on the expensive rug (Effie—a lady with pink hair from the Capitol—is disgusted) so Peeta drags him to the train bathroom to get him cleaned up. Another Haymitch moment: He was drunk (as usual) and sort of stuttered up on the stage and flew an arm around Katniss, blabbered for like three minutes about the Capitol being a bunch of cowards and how they’re so stupid, AND. He. Was. Pointing. His. Finger. Right. At. The. Camera (on mandatory-to-watch live TV) before faceplanting off the stage. Everybody do the flop! You know what, don’t.

As for my least favorite part? Well, it’s more like the saddest part and if I told you it would ruin the entire book. It is the death of a character. When the character dies, Katniss covers the character with flowers. When the Capitol people come to take the body, they have to show them taking it away on the TV, also, the flowers on the other tribute represent rebellion and that it was unfair that that person had to die. It’s kind of like holding up three fingers, a symbol that something is unfair and/or cruel, which is also rebellious.

Now for the recommendation on the book! It’s a bit gory and morbid, but I think it would be great for 4th grade and up. Also, if you have read Harry Potter (which you probably have) let me just tell you that this series, The Hunger Games, is just as good, if not, better. You know what? Yes, it is actually better, I think. So you should definitely read this book. The second one is Catching Fire and the third is Mockingjay. The first one (in which I am doing this report on) shares the name of the series; The Hunger Games. Anyway, this is now officially one of my favorite book series. You should definitely check it out if you haven’t already. Happy Hunger Games, and may the odds be ever in your favor!

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Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewer: Julian

Title: The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Author: James Dashner

Rating: You have to read this!

The Scorch Trials is the second book in The Maze Runner series. The Scorch Trials is the next trial where Thomas and the Gladers have escaped the maze, and now have to cross the Scorch to get to the safe haven. It’s one hundred miles north from where the flat trans took them. They had a low amount of supplies to get across, and the sun is blazing hot. If they finish the trials, they get the cure to the Flare.

What I liked about this book is the fact that anything can happen. And a lot does happen. It’s not just walking across the desert. But it’s really hard to explain the book without giving anything away… Just remember, Wicked is good. Or is it?

I would recommend this book mainly to everyone, but if you don’t like explained gore and stuff don’t read this book. This book is funny, but at some parts it can be sad. (Not really but a lot of the characters die) So don’t get attached to a single character. There are movies for this series too, if you want to watch them. This book is also more then three hundred pages long, so it might take you a while.

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Genre:  Science Fiction

Reviewer: Coy

Title: Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Warriors Of The Deep

Author: Rob Valois

Rating: You should read this

My book is about is Star Wars it’s called Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Warriors of The Deep.

The book is kind of long and it’s very detailed. It’s about the clones and the Jedi going to the deep sea to save the underwater people. They wear suits with glass helmets and they try saving them from the droids and the bad guys.

I like the book because it’s Star Wars and I love Star Wars and the book wasn’t too hard to read I was very impressed of it. The book wasn’t too long not too short. And it was perfect for me. I loved the book, it’s amazing.

I would recommend this book for 2nd grade and up, that’s what grade I think it is. I would recommend this book to kids that like Star Wars because I don’t think someone that reads 1000 page dragon books would like it.

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Genre:  Science Fiction

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: The Death Cure

Author: James Dashner

Rating: You have to read this!

The Scorch was a hard and difficult challenge for everyone. Thomas doesn’t know how to handle with what Teresa has done (Sorry, can’t tell you, read The Scorch Trials). The Man tells them the list of imuunes. Then Rat Man (That was Minho’s name for him and it just sort caught on) decides to remove the slip. The slip is what keeps their memories from them. Thomas, Minho, and Newt don’t want the slip removed they put up a fight. They escape from WICKED’s evil clutches (Don’t ask me why their slogan is WICKED is good) but anyway Thomas reconnected with Jorge and Brenda. They embark on a journey to find Teresa and the group she took to Denver. Denver is a big city to find a few people. They end up reconnecting with Galy. Yeah, I know you remember cheery old Galy! In the end they need to stop WICKED from destroying Earth.

I liked this book a lot. It was fun to read my favorite part was the entire book. Yeah, it was that good.

I recommend this for fifth and up it is kind of violent for younger kids.

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Genre:  Science Fiction

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: The Kill Order

Author: James Dashner

Rating: You have to read this!

The Kill Order is about Mark and his girlfriend Trina. They live in a village. The village has been destroyed by the Sun Flares. The people are minding their own business then a Berg comes out of the sky and starts shooting darts. Then their friend Darnell gets hit and goes crazy. Then Alec, Lanna, Misty, Mark, and Trina escape the village and want to go to the city of Ashville. They find a little girl named Deedee. People say she is a monster child.

I liked this book. My favorite part was the first chapter, it was funny how Alec and Mark have a relationship. There was one sad part.

I recommend this book to fifth grade and up. It is violent.

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Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: Matched

Author: Ally Condie

Rating: You have to read this!

Matched is about Cassia Ryes. Cassia was going to her matching ceremony. The matching ceremony is where all the seventeen year olds go to find their Match. When it is her turn, she steps into The Matching pool, the screen goes blank. Then it flashes to her Match. Her Match is Xander. He is her best friend and she is very excited. Then another face flashes before the screen just as it goes black, Ky Markham. Cassia must chose between what everyone knows and the path no one had dared take.

I loved this book. I don’t have a least favorite or favorite part. The whole book was good.

I recommend this book for sixth and up. It was a difficult book to understand and had a very deep meaning. If you liked The Hunger Games you will live this book!

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Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: Crossed

Author: Ally Connie

Rating: You have to read this!

Crossed is the second book in the Matched trilogy. It is about Cassia and Ky. They have been separated from The Society. They both run away from the camps they are in. Cassia meets Indie. Ky meets Vick and Eli. He takes both of them with him. Cassia takes Indie. They are trying to find The Rising. The Rising is a rebellion that is trying to take down The Society. Will Ky and Cassia find each other in time to find The Rising? Find out if you read this book.

I liked this book. I didn’t have a favorite part, but I did have a favorite character. My favorite character is Indie. She is the best in my opinion.

I recommend this book for fifth and up. It is a little gruesome. Other than that, it is a great book!

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Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: The Fever Code

Author: James Dashner

Rating: You have to read this!

The Fever Code was what happened before the Maze was created. Thomas was a little kid that was taken by WICKED. He was brought to WICKED because he was immune to this awful disease called the Flare. This disease took his father and mother. So this book was basically about how his life in this place.

My favorite part was when Thomas decided to help his friends in the Maze. It was my favorite part because he was so kind to them. It almost made me cry.

I recommend this book for fifth and up. It was a little bit violent.

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Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: Reached

Author: Ally Connie

Rating: You have to read this!

Reached was told from the perspectives of Ky, Cassia, and Xander. They have all joined the Rising. The Rising is the rebellious agents the Society. They all have been sent to different places to do different things. Cassia was sent to be a sorter. Xander became a Medical Official. Ky was sent to be a pilot. There was a awful disease that killed a lot of people. They found a cure and then the disease was healed. Then an awful disease came out and was so bad they didn’t have a cure. Will they find the cure in time?

I liked this book. It was really good. I can’t tell you my favorite part or else I will ruin the book. I didn’t dislike anything about this book. Well, actually I do wish that the chapters were a little longer.

I recommend this book for fifth and up. It was a good book for those grades.

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Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewer: Elijah

Title: The City Of Ember

Author: Jeanne DuPrau

Rating: You have to read this!

The City Of Ember Is a book of how two kids, Lina Mayfleet and Dean Harrow are in jobs that they want to switch with! A few weeks later, Lina finds an important paper which is shredded up by her baby sister, Poppy. She struggles to figure out what the paper says, and when she figures out the first part of it, the Mayor gets on her trail. The City Of Ember was falling apart. The lights were blacking out more frequently.

I really liked how there was many plot twists, the big reveal of the mayor’s secret, and how the ending was ending off with a bang.

I would recommend this book for ten and over. This book had some things that would make kids scared. The words were very complicated. But she made it so that she would use the words to form a good story. You should read this!

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Genre: Science fiction

Reviewer: Chase

Title: The Missing: Revealed

Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix

Rating: You have to read this!

Revealed is about this group of kids who have to travel back in time to save the future. In the beginning of the book everyone turns to the age of thirteen and two months exactly. All the time agents that were thirteen and two months got taken to a plane, not just any plane, but a time traveling plane, except for one “Jonah”. He was faced with a decision that would either break time or fix it.

I really like this book because it keeps you on the edge of your seat and it is exciting. It is also all about time traveling. The reason it keeps you on the edge of your seat is because if the time agents make the wrong decision it would completely ruin time all together. There are all so some funny parts in the book.

I would recommend this book to fourth graders and up because the book is very long. It all so has weapons in it. There are some hard words in it too. You should definitely read this book!

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Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewer: Julian

Title: The Death Cure

Author: James Dashner

Rating: You have to read this!

The Death Cure, the third book in the Maze Runner series is about the rebellion. Thomas and some of the Gladers try to take revenge. Wicked has tormented the Gladers for years trying to get a cure, when really they could’ve just quarantined the world. Thomas and the gladers have teamed up with a group that can help take down Wicked, and all the infected people in Denver.

I liked the fact that James Dashner puts a ton of details in this book. It feels like what happened in the book really happened. There’s lots of description in this book. Sometimes James Dashner even describes light. Or if a piece of clothing was scratchy, or uncomfortable for Thomas.

I would recommend this book to people who are okay with lots of morbid descriptions. Although there are a lot of morbid descriptions, most fourth graders could read and understand this book. It may have a 7.9 reading level, but the book itself is easy to read. There aren’t a lot of big and confusing words.

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Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewer: Elijah

Title: The People Of Sparks

Author: Jeanne DuPrau

Rating: You have to read this!

The People Of Sparks is about the kids Lina Mayfeet and Doon Harrow. They find a village from escaping from their city, Ember. The name of the village is Sparks. This was named because that world was a lot like ours now. Then materials started to fall short. The last truck, that had gasleen (That is what the people of Sparks called it), they drove it until it broke down. There was Sparks coming out of the car. You see now? It connects. Before the village of Sparks popped up, there were four wars, and three plagues. This was called the disaster. Torren (one of the main characters that nobody likes) explains it.

I like this book because that it showed a lot of storyline. It expresses the life of multiple people. The ending is very likable. It ends with simply, Ember.

I would recommend this to people 10+. This book has a lot of stuff that would make some kids scared, because that they think the same things could happen to them. I really liked this book. You really need to read this!

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Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewer: Elijah

Title: The Phrophet Of Yonwood

Author: Jeanne DuPuprau

Rating: You have to read this!

The Phophet Of Yonwood is about a person seeing a vision. This vision is a wall of fire. This is when a time called “The Crisis”. This time had a lot of terrorists. This book is also about a girl called Nickie. She finds a girl in a house that her aunt, Crystal, was about to sell. Her name is Amanda. They have to go to an underground city because of the crisis. The city is called Ember. See how this is linked?

I really liked this book because of its craziness. This book will probably resemble the future. All of this will hopefully NOT happen in the future. But this book could help with it.

I would recommend to 3rd grade and up. This is because that it is very scary. Just like the other books. Some kids could get nightmares. Anyone older, read it!

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Genre: Fantasy/ Science Fiction

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: The Journal of Curious Letters

Author: James Dashner

Rating: You have to read this!

The Journal of Curious Letters is about Atticus (Tick) Higginbottom. He’s your average person. He gets picked on at school by this guy called Billy the Goat until one day that all changes. He gets a letter from a mysterious person who is telling him these clues. These clues will tell him what to do and how to do it. If he does it right he will be taken somewhere. Then it says that if he doesn’t want to he will just have to burn it. He decides not to burn it. The letter is signed M.G. He will receive twelve more of the letters. Can he figure out the clues in time?

I really, really, really loved this book! It was so fascinating and impossible to put down. My favorite part is when he meets Sophia and Paul. I didn’t have a least favorite part.

I recommend this book for fifth and up. It was really good, but little kids wouldn’t like it as much.

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Genre: Fantasy/ Science Fiction

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: The Hunt for Dark Infinity

Author: James Dashner

Rating: You have to read this!

The Hunt for Dark Infinity is the second book in the Thirteenth Reality series. The main character is a boy named Tick. He and his friends Paul and Sophia are at his house and they are making spaghetti. Then they get a message from Master George. He wants them to come back to the Realities. They go, but they get taken to this place that they don’t know of. They finally make it to Master George. However they have to go without Tick. He went to Reginald Chu’s Dark Mountain. If you read the first book than you know of Mistress Jane. Well, remember how scary she was? Chu is ten times worse. Will Tick live to see another day?

I loved this book my favorite part is how Paul and Sophia have arguments. I don’t have a least favorite part. It was all really good!

I recommend this book for fifth and up. It had some morbid details and death.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Jeff

Title: Ready Player One

Author: Ernest Cline

Rating: You should read this

Have you ever heard of Ready Player One? If you have then you should agree with me it is great book. I just read it and loved it, the story takes place in the year 2030 and everything is not going good for them so for an escape everyone wants to get there hands on the Oasis. It is an online virtual reality game were the creator has hidden 3 keys and everyone wants them because they will get all of the creators money and control over the Oasis. But to win you have to go through challenges and get clues. There is a team of people, very bad people, who will do nothing to control the Oasis. Will they be stopped or not. The characters are Parz4al Art3mis Aech.

My favorite part was when Wyan Watts gets on the impossible leaderboards. My least favorite part was when IOI gets on the leaderboard because the movie came out first and in the movie IOI didn’t show up on the leaderboards.

I would say this book if for 11+ because he is very mean to religion and he says a few bad words. Also there are a few thing that kids might not understand. The book is 336 pages long. Hope you can read the book.

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Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: Uglies

Author: Scott Westerfeild

Rating: You have to read this!

Uglies is about Tally Youngblood. She lives in this place where when you are younger that sixteen you are an Ugly. She is almost sixteen. When you turn sixteen you become a pretty. She wants to be pretty so that she can go to New Pretty Town. It is a place where you go love when you turn pretty. She wants to go there because her best friend Peris is there. Then she meets Shay. Shay isn’t sure she wants to be Pretty. So she runs away a couple of days before her birthday to venture to the Smoke. The Smoke is this place where people go to not be pretty. It is miles away from the city. Then it is Tally’s birthday. She goes to get the surgery to become pretty, but then they take her to Special Circumstances. They force Tally to go and betray the Smoke and Shay.

I liked this book a lot. My favorite part was when she met David’s parents. I didn’t have a least favorite part.

I recommend this book for sixth and up. It had some bad words, violence, and things that younger kids wouldn’t like.

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Genre:  Science fiction

Reviewer: Chloe

Title: The Dark Prophecy

Author: Rick Riordan

Rating: You have to read this!

The Dark Prophecy is the second book in The Trials of Apollo. In this book Lester (Apollo) is sad about how is master Meg left him for Nero, her stepfather. He goes on this quest with Leo Valdez and the Ex-Immortal sorceress Calypso. They find this place called The Waystation. The owners are named Emmie and Josephine. They find out that they have to go free the Gryphons. Then they find Meg. They take her to the Waystation. Everything seems good again. Then they go and invade the second emperor. They attack him and save a lot of people. Then they find Georgina. Georgina is Emmie and Josephine’s kid. Then they have to go find the Dark Oracle. The Oracle hurts Meg. Can they get Meg to the Throne Of Memory in time?

I liked this book a lot. Rick Riordan is like my favorite author! This book is about Greek and Roman myths. I really think that you should read a book.

I recommend this book for fifth and up. Anyone lower would loose interest very quickly.

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Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewer: Avery S

Title: Cosmic

Author: Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Rating: You have to read this!

Cosmic is a book about a boy named Liam, about 13 years old, but tall enough to be 30 years old. Anyway, he gets himself into a lot of trouble ranging from being an amusement park thrill ride tester to going into space! Liam and his best friend Florida go on a crazy adventure including high powered sports cars and rockets to the moon! After getting trapped in space and living in luxury Liam is ready to come home.

I really liked the book it was great fun to read! I liked the part were Liam had ice cream. On a totally unrelated note the ice cream Liam ate might have been made from moose milk. Liam’s adventure was one of the best adventures I have read, and I’ve read all the Percy Jackson books.

I would recommend this book to any 3rd grader or up student but it might challenge 3rd graders. I know everyone will enjoy this book, boy or girl. Now get out there and read!

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Genre:  Science fiction

Reviewer: Reese

Title: Enders Game

Author: Orson Scott Card

Rating: You have to read this!

Enders Game is about a boy named Ender Wiggen, he is one of the smartest kids in the world.

So the IF or International Fleet which is the military wants him to come learn at a battle school in space, so they can teach him to command an army against an alien invasion. Ender decides to come to the school but soon regrets it. As soon as he gets on the ship to launch his teacher turns the other kids against him. The teacher did this so he would become the best soldier and save the Earth. He soon becomes the best soldier in the school and moves through the ranks at a younger age than anybody ever in the school. This makes kids that are older than him mad and his old commander named Bonzo tries to kill him but he fights back and accidentally kills him. The school does not tell him because they knew it would hurt him really bad because tells himself that he’s not like his older brother he is not a killer. If he found out he was a killer like his older brother he would not be able to save the world because he would be to hurt soon. Ender discovers that the aliens aren’t the enemy the teachers are the enemy the teachers lie and use the students. They decided to graduate him to go to command school to learn to command an army he is hurt because he may not have like the battle school he still made friends. So he gets to go back to back to earth before he go’s to command school because he has been at school for three years. But when it was time to go to command school in space he refuses to go because of what things happened at battle school so his sister valentine comes and visits him and persuades him to go and when he does that’s when the bad stuff actually begins.

I really like the book. It grabs your attention it makes you want to keep reading. The book is really descriptive and detailed. One of my favorites parts was when Ender kills Bonzo because so much happened in that chapter. Another one of my favorite parts that I liked was the beginning when he first got to battle school how even though it was his first day at battle school he saw it was going to be tough. The book made me curios when it showed the teachers hiding secrets it made want to know more and read more about the story.

I would recommend this book to any boy. Because it would really grab there attention because its a really good action/war book and it talks about aliens. It has a lot of parts in the book that girls would not be as interested in. It was my first book I read by Orson Scott card and his book was really good and I think he’s a really good author. You should read this book.

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Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewer: Elijah

Title: The City of Ember:The Diamond Of Darkhold

Author: Jeanne DuPrau

Rating: You have to read this!

This is a story of multiple kids, using different points of view. The story is about the falling town of Sparks. They are about to hit the winter months, and their food supplies are dwindling. This is when Doon (D-oo-ne) Harrow and Lina Mayfleet try to go back to their old city, —Ember— to find more food and supplies. But Doon runs into some trouble. He gets captured by the “Troggs” and becomes a worker. These Troggs tell about a diamond, that has a million sides and shines a lot.

What I liked about the book is how intriguing it is. It uses strong sentences and very good word choice. It has very good endings too, it actually, in my opinion, is a very good ender, it uses words and sentence forms to leave you stunned. This is why I like the book.

I would recommend this to third graders and up, this is because it has something that kids don’t want, violence. Sentences like “I will rip your arm off” is not good for kids under third grade. This is why I would recommend this to third graders and up.

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Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewer: Coy

Title: Return to The Lost World

Author: Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore

Rating: You should read this

Return to The Lost World is a book about a kid named Luke Challenger. Luke Challenger is an adventure kind of kid. In this story he finds out that he is going on a trip to the lost world. On this adventure finds out that his mother is dead. So you know he got sad. Luke Challenger has some friends named Bateman, Nick Malone, Herr Messerschmitt, and lots more. In Luke’s family were kind of popular, the reason why is because they have their own industries called Challenger Industries.

I would suggest this book for eleven year olds to fourteen. The reason why I suggest those ages is because they have some kind of hard words. The reading level I suggest is 5.5 because its 5th grade level and it is 329 pages long.

I liked this book a lot cause it’s about going back to the lost world. When they go to the lost world they find real life dinosaurs. Then this weird secret society comes after Luke Challenger.

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Genre: Science fiction

Reviewer: Avery S

Title: Trails of Apollo: The Burning Maze

Author: Rick Riordan

Rating:  You have to read this

The Burning Maze is about the adventure that Apollo, Meg, and Grover have to go on to get to the center of the burning maze like the Labyrinth, but not a burning Labyrinth. Anyways, the past two oracles are nothing compared to the dangers of this one, not only is the oracle in the middle of a burning maze, but three real heroes sacrifice themselves to help the cause. (Not naming names, but there were a lot of knives and spears.) After losing two friends and trying to kill himself with a Shakespearian arrow (not in a bad way) Apollo begins to understand the meaning of sacrifice a little bit more.

I really liked this book though it made me cry at the end. The deaths were so real I thought they were and cried. My favorite part was finding Crest my favorite character ever sorry Percy Jackson his ukulele skills were just too good. You should read this book!

I recommend this book to proficient readers just prepare to cry a lot. If you like any book written by Rick Riordan then you will love this one!

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Genre: Science fiction

Reviewer: Kailey

Title: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Book 2

Author: Rick Riordan

Rating: You have to read this!

The book I read was the second Percy Jackson, the book was about Percy’s seventh grade year and it was a quiet year for Percy. Percy and his classmates turns into like a death match, and it was against an ugly gang of like cannibal giants. Then this girl Annabeth bring even more bad news, it was that there was magical borders that protect the camp. Percy had friends, and they had to Journey into a sea of monsters, but that is to save the camp. Percy has to discover a new secret about his family. The secret was a question weather being claimed as Poseidon’s son. That was a little hit about this book.

My favorite part about this book was when Percy had to Journey into the sea of monsters. That was my favorite part because I absolutely love journeys/adventures, I mean who does not? That was my favorite part and why.

The recommendation I have for this book is that I need read all of the books of Percy Jackson. They are such good books and I think this book is so adventurous.

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Genre: Science fiction

Reviewer: Kailey

Title: The Last Olympian

Author: Rick Riordan

Rating: You have to read this!

The book that I read is called The Last Olympian, it was about a year of the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against Titans. Kronos army is stronger than ever, it’s crazy! Also, every god and half blood they always recruit, Titian is the only power that can grow. The Olympians always struggle to certain rampaging monsters. Kronos begins in New York City where Mount Olympus stands unguarded. It’s up to Percy to stop the Lord of Time. This is also another Percy Jackson book Incase you were wondering.

My favorite part about this book is when they are stopping the Lord of Time. That is my favorite part because it sucked me into the part, and I was so interested. That was my favorite part and pretty much the whole book was a really good book.

The recommendation I have for this book is to keep reading Percy Jackson. I don’t really know what else for the recommendation because these are really, really great books. I love them so much and the are the best.

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Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewer: Chase

Title: Children of Refuge

Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix

Rating: You have to read this!

Children of Refuge is about this boy named Edwy. He was abducted by aliens when he was born. Then for twelve years he was in Fredtown which was a camp on another planet. The Freds are aliens that are trying to help the human race. When the boy gets back to his home his parents sent him to Refuge City. His brother and sister were there. After a week or two he found out that he was raised by aliens and then he found out that his best friend was thrown in prison. So they went to rescue her. Will they survive?

I loved this book! My favorite part was the end. I loved the book because it really sucks you in to it. There is a lot of action in it. You should definitely read this book.

I would recommend this book to fifth grade and up because it is a little scary.

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Genre: Science fiction

Reviewer: Olivia

Title: The 5th Wave

Author: Rick Yancey

Rating: You have to read this!

I’ve tried to write a book review on The 5th Wave twice before and ended up deleting the whole thing because there is way too much to cover. I mean, you try smashing 500 long, descriptive, detailed pages of writing into like five paragraphs. I dare you.

The 5th Wave is about an alien invasion. Well, not really invasion considering the aliens never really came out of their big green spaceship immediately. Before any of that, they simply placed three attacks called “waves” on planet Earth, the first wave being all electricity on Earth going out permanently, with no way to simply put up a solar panel for the light to come back on. Think of all the cars that crashed and the oil spills and airplanes. It killed the batteries, too, so no flashlights. The second wave was worse. It put the 98% of the population that got it in cemeteries. I won’t go into detail with that one. The third wave was better, except of course for all the people living on islands or coastal towns or anywhere near an ocean. Bye, bye, Japan, California, Hawaii, South Korea, and all the rest. Then for the fourth wave, the aliens decided to come down and get rid of anyone still alive from the other waves.

All of this Cassie, the main character explains during the first bit of the book. The first book, The 5th Wave, is what happens in the rest of the book. Wow, I actually managed to fit the description to less than a page this time! Ah, that took a while…

My favorite part and least favorite will both be hard, considering the book was so good, I found no parts that weren’t fantastic and every book I read from now on will be heavily criticized by me for not being almost nearly as good as this one. So what’s my favorite part? Cassie and Evan. Three words is all I need for you to know my most loved chapters and for me to not ruin anything.

I recommend this book for both girls and boys, because I think both genders would find it interesting, seeing as the book switches the first person view of a girl, Cassie Sullivan, and a boy, Ben Parish, or as he’s more commonly known, “Zombie”. Though I do have to warn you when it comes to age groups. I read the book before noticing the, large, important, bolded font on the back that said “adult”, so I ended up reading the whole package of “graphic violence”, the “adult content”, and the “adult language”. I warn you to be in middle school before reading this. Please. Or I’ll lend it to you if you want. It’s the best book I’ve ever read, and I got hooked. Read it!

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Genre: Nonfiction

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: Hidden Figures

Author: Margot Lee Shetterly

Rating: You should read this

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

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

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


 

 

 

Genre: Nonfiction

Reviewer: Braden

Title: Prisoner B-3087

Author: Alan Gratz

Rating: You have to read this!

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

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

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

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Genre: Nonfiction

Reviewer: Avery

Title: Boy Tales of Childhood

Author: Roald Dahl

Rating: You have to read this!

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

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

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

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Genre: Nonfiction

Reviewer: Noah

Title: World War II Heroes

Author: Allan Zullo

Rating: You should read this

World War II Heroes is a selection of stories about soldiers from WWII. It is fiction because the stories don’t seem real. For example: in Chapter One, a man gets shot so many times that he looks like Swiss cheese. He doesn’t bleed out or even fall over or a man in Chapter Six carries a lot of people for more than five hours straight, that is for sure not real.

I liked it because I like to learn about WWII. WWII is cool to learn about because it was a big part of our history. Most of the world was affected by WWII. I like to learn about the types of weapons that the armies used in the war.

I would recommend this book to kids at least eight and up because this book has a lot of violence. It also has a lot of blood and guns in it. I guess maybe kids who are younger than eight can read it, I don’t know some parents let their children do stuff like that. If you do read this book hopefully you like it like I did.

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Genre Nonfiction

Reviewer: Kailyn

Title: The Heroes of 9/11

Author: Allan Zullo

Rating: You should read this

The book Heroes of 9/11 is about the people that gave their lives to save others. Captain Jay Jonas was a firefighter who was fighting in the twin towers. Over 5,000 people died not including the five hijackers and all the firefighters, police, and more that died. Allan Zullo went to interview some firefighters that survived the 9/11. For some it was like a piece of cake, but others were emotional when talking about their friends that died, some said that the real heroes died that day. It all started when a jet smashed right into the north tower. People from fire stations and police stations got nervous when the speaker yelled “Ten sixty send everybody, ten sixty at the World Trade Center now!” Ten sixty meant an emergency that would be in history. Firefighters from all around rushed to the scene of attack. When the south tower collapsed, it made it so much worse. Many families lost the ones. Many firefighters and police died serving the country. Doctors and nurses worked so hard to save lives.

I really liked this book not just because my dad’s a firefighter, but because I love to learn about our history and I had hardly any idea what the 9/11 even was so I wanted to learn about it.

I would recommend this book to kids and adults who like to read about heroes and people who sacrificed themselves to save others. People who worked in the armed forces and firefighters and police and medical workers would like this book.

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Genre: Nonfiction

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: The Diary of a Young Girl

Author: Anne Frank

Rating: You have to read this!

I read The Diary of a Young Girl, written by Anne Frank herself. Anne Frank was a young Jewish girl. She was only thirteen years old. She was living at the time of World War II. Her family had to hide from the Nazis in an Amsterdam warehouse. She was writing in this diary during all of that. She has to share the confined space with other people, too. It describes how scary it was to have the fear of being discovered by the Nazis. Then, her diary stopped. It is said that she died at age fifteen in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany.

I really liked the book. It has a lot of history in it, but also Anne Frank’s diary is personal, too. My favorite part was when she described her birthday.

Lastly, I would recommend this book for Sixth Graders mostly. I thought is was a bit sad, and had a bit of trouble reading it at times. I don’t think any younger grades could handle it, except for, maybe, Fifth Graders.

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Genre: Nonfiction

Reviewer: Scarlet

Title: Ugly

Author: Robert Hoge

Rating: You have to read this!

The book Ugly is about a boy named Robert Hoge, he looks like nobody else. When Robert was born he had a tumor the size of a tennis ball on his face, and short, twisting legs. Doctors removed the tumor, made him a new nose, and made him new legs. Soon he found out that people can be mean about his appearance. And even though they did that Robert decided to not let it get him down. Find out what happens to Robert when he goes to school in the book.

I liked this because it was written by Robert Hoge and on the back it says “ Do you ever feel different?”. I also liked it because it was really good and I thought that it was a great story.

I would recommend this book to everyone who ever has felt left out.

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Genre: Nonfiction

Reviewer: Noah

Title: Heroes of Hurricane Katrina

Author: Allen Zullo

Rating: You should read this

The book Heroes of Hurricane Katrina is a selection of true stories that are about the people that helped when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf of Mexico in 2005. The chapters take place in the area of New Orleans. A lot of people in this book are very stupid/stubborn because they didn’t evacuate when the Hurricane hit. For example, in the first chapter a man stays in his house when the Hurricane hits. The floodwaters were rising fast as they started to ooze into his house he grabbed some plastic totes and started packing up his valuables. He started to load the totes onto his boat that was in his front yard and the put his dog in a carrier and then put it on the boat. He jumped into his boat, started up the engines, and headed out. You should read the book to see what happens next.

I liked this book because it was informational. My favorite chapter was “ We’ll have to shoot our way out”! It is about a police officer that is in a library with a group of people and some other officers. The floodwater rushes through the front doors of the library. He tells them to shoot the windows so that the water will flow out.

I would recommend this book to people who like to read long books. This book had 46,898 words in it. Have fun!

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  1. Lairden

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

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