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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Emile

Title: The Gauntlet

Author: Karina Riazi

Rating: You should read this

Karina Riazi’s The Gauntlet is about a group of friends who get trapped in a board game. The friends named Farah, Essie, and Alex. They have to complete three challenges to escape or they will be trapped forever.

I liked this book because it made you want to keep reading because of all the cliffhangers and it has lots of adventure in it. The only thing I disliked was that it kind of did not make sense at some parts and I found myself being confused a lot.

I would recommend this book to any fifth grade student because it has lots of big words that would not have known in fourth grade. It also is about 12-year-olds so us kids who are around that age can relate to a lot of parts in the book. I really enjoyed Karina Riazi’s The Gauntlet!


Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Ryder

Title: The Capture

Author: Kathryn Lasky

Rating: You should read this

The Capture is about a baby barn owl named Soren who falls out of his nest. Soren was waiting for help when owls picked him up and took him to Saint Aggies Academy for orphan owls. Soren and Gylfie, his new friend, resist being moon blinked. Soren and Gylfie work around Saint Aggies and find others who aren’t moon blinked. They work together to find why baby owls are being taken and try to escape.

I like this book. It’s about owls and I like owls. It was fun to be in a fantasy world. I could imagine and see what the world would look like. It’s an exciting book I can’t wait to read the whole series.

I would recommend this book. If you like owls you should read it. I think everyone in the school should read it. The teacher should read it to you.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Brody V

Title: Ranger’s Apprentice: Ruins of Gorlan

Author: John Flanagan

Rating: You have to read this!

The Ranger’s Apprentice: Ruins of Gorlan is book 1 of 13 by John Flanagan. It is about a fifteen-year-old boy, Will, who after dreaming of going to battle school gets turned down. But he surprisingly gets chosen to be an apprentice ranger in the fief of Castle Redmont. With his stealthy skills, accuracy with his bow and his master, Halt, Will turns out to be a great pupil for the group of rangers in the Kingdom of Araluen called “The Ranger Corps.” However, fourteen years of the kingdom’s peacefulness comes to an end when Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night along with his Wargals and Kalkara plot the demise of Kingdom Araluen once again.

I really like this book because it follows the friendship between Will and his friend Horace, who is in battle school, while still corresponding to the main storyline. I also like the action and adventure in the book. I would also like to read its brother series called “Brotherband Chronicles.”

I recommend this book for any reader who likes high fantasy. I would also recommend this book for any reader who likes action-packed with classic good vs. evil battles. You should really try this book out!

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Olivia

Title: Wings of Fire:, The Lost Heir: Book 2

Author: Tui T. Sutherland

Rating: You should read this

The characters in the book are Cwing, Starflight, Skywing, the sister of Tsunami, and the mother of Tsunami. In the beginning of the book it talks about all the dragons being in the jail of Starflight. Tsunami tried to kill Starflight, she think she killed her but she doesn’t actually know. They flew off onto an island and she wiped off her claws in the sand to get off the blood. Skywing is very cautious so he she hid underneath the tree and tried to warn everybody else to hide underneath the tree also. The guards went out to find them but they didn’t. Then after that they went on a travel to find the mother. Underneath the water they found an egg of another dragon!

I liked the part that that is dragon in the book but my favorite part of the book is when Tsunami find her mother with her friends. My least favorite part is the fact that there is a lot of killing going on in the book, mainly in the beginning. I also didn’t like the fact that Skywing got really hurt in the beginning. Lastly I really liked the fact that all the dragons that were in jail escaped and only one dragon died.

What could’ve made this book better is if they were all friends and if the book wouldn’t have violence in it. More details on the dragon egg would be fun, but that’s probably in book 3. I wish I knew what type of dragon it was in the book of been better if all the dragon weren’t in danger.


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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Isaiah

Title: Tin

Author: Padraig Kenny

Rating: You should read this

Tin is about a boy who gets taken away. His friends Manda, Rob, Jack, Gripper, and Estelle. They have to find there friend named Christopher. But before that they go looking for the best engineer in Great Britain. His name is Phillip cormier.

I liked this book because it had a lot of things involving machines. Another reason I like this book is because it has a lot of scientific words. For example: refined propulsion. A reason I did not like this book is because it had a lot of crying in it. It also had lots of stuff like rats and I don’t like rats.

I would recommend this book for fifth grade and six grade because it is a really good read. This book I would recommend to my cousins because they like action books. This book has a lot of action.


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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Nadia

Title: White Fox

Author: Chen Jiatong

Rating: You should read this

White Fox is a story about an Arctic fox named Dilah that is traveling through the wild. Dilah’s parents died because of a hunter but before his mom passed away she gave him a moonstone. He had no idea what the moonstone did. Dilah met a lot of friends including Egg, Ankel, Kassel, and Little Bean. He had many great adventures with his friends. I thought the best adventure that they took was when they found Little Bean, who was in a hurry to get to an important meeting with all the bunnies of the forest. On the way Little Bean saved Ankel because he drank polluted water. Unfortunately, Little Bean was late for the meeting and got kicked out of the bunny group forever.

l really loved this book, it kept me wanting to read more. One of my favorite parts of the book was when Dilah was brave enough to defend his friends from Carl the idiot fox. Carl is just like Dilah’s brother. They’re both trying to kill him to get the moonstone.

I would recommend this book for older kids, it is really sad and violent for younger kids. This book is more for animal lovers because there is a lot of animal scenes in this book. Overall this book is a really good book to me.


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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Desmond

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Author: J.K.Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

In Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets there is a boy called Harry Potter who is a wizard. One day Harry was outside when Dudley, Harry’s cousin came outside and asked Harry what he was doing. Then Harry told him that he wanted to set a bush on fire. Next Dudley went to his mom to tell her that Harry did magic. So Harry had to do chores. Afterwards, Harry went to his room and he then finds an elf named Dobby. Dobby told Harry not to go school, but after saying he still wanted to go to school Dobby does magic. An owl comes in with a letter and scares Dursley’s away. Harry then gets locked in his room but then saved by Ron and his brothers. When it is time to go to school everyone else can get in the train except Ron and Harry, so they take the flying car and land in the walloping willow. After getting scolded by the teachers, Ron and Harry find out about a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher Gildory Lockheart. It also turns out that he’s famous. A bit later ‘The chamber of secrets’ opens up in the school and a bunch of people get attacked by something. After that Harry then finds a notebook that shows him what happened fifty years ago when the Chamber of Secrets opened up the first time. After seeing what happened Harry and Ron hide in a closet in a staff room and find out that someone got dragged into the Chamber of Secrets. Finally Ron and Harry go to the chamber of secrets with Lockheart, Ron and Lockheart get stuck behind a rock and Harry goes farther into the Chamber of Secrets.

I like how when Ron and his brothers save Harry. Ron picks the lock with a bobby-pin to help Harry get his school stuff which is downstairs. I don’t like how Ron and Lockheart get stuck behind a rock

I’d recommend it to people who read the first book and that don’t mind a long book.


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Genre: Fiction

Reviewer: Cayden

Title: Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy

Author: tui t. sutherland

Rating: You should read this

Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy is about a group of mud wing dragonets who live under a mountain. There is a huge war outside of the mountain. Clay is the main dragon. He and four other dragonets are supposed to end the war according to the prophecy. The five dragons were stolen when they were babies and kept under the mountain so that some day they could fulfill the prophecy. But the book and story is filled with adventures that may take them away from the prophecy.

I did like this book because I thought it fascinating! They did a lot of neat things like battles and they are on a mission to end the fighting. Clay was my favorite dragon because he was really brave and strong.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes dragons and battles. It had a lot of adventure and cool flying scenes. It can be a little boring in some parts but if you keep reading to the end its very good.


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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Brody V.

Title: Bearwalker

Author: Joseph Bruchac

Rating: You have to read this

Bearwalker is about a kid named Baron who has a great fascination with bears. But even though he is fond of them, a great legend can even scare a kid as brave as Baron.

What I like about Bearwalker is the amount of adventure in the story. There are a bunch of cool myths and legends I liked too. My favorite part of the story is the prologue when dirty face slays the Bear/human.

I would recommend the book for boys and girls who like myths and adventure. I would also recommend this story for anyone who likes bears! You will love this book!


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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Brody J

Title: The Wild Robot

Author: Peter Brown

Rating: You should read this

The Wild Robot is about a robot that is stuck on an island and can talk to animals. So the robot named Roz wakes up on a random island not even knowing where the island is or what the robot even is. Roz has to run away from other robots that are buff and tries to escape. I won’t tell you anymore but if you want more info read the book!

I love this book a lot so I think you should read this book. I really like a section of the book where the robot is getting chased by the big robot then he almost escapes then he hides out with his friends and escapes him. I really like that part because it looks like she’s going to get caught.

I recommend this book to 4th grade to 6th grade because it has a lot of adventure moments in the book and exiting moments in the book and its just really good.


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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Claire

Title: Flora and Ulysses

Author: Kate DiCamillo

Rating: You should read this

It all started when the neighbors got a new vacuum and the vacuum went rogue. It sucked up a squirrel and the neighbors daughter ran out to save it. She named the Squirrel Ulysses.

I like the illustrations and how the author described things and the imagination in the story. I like that the first few pages were comics and pictures and it starts to dive into the story.

I would recommend this to 5th or 4th grade because it has 225 pages.


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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Ryder

Title: The Journey, book 2 in the Guardians of Ga’Hoole series

Author: Kathryn Lasky

Rating: Don’t bother

Soren and his friends have escaped Saint Agnes. They’re going to the Ga’Hoole tree on an island in the middle of the ocean. They run into trouble on the way like forest fires and an ice wall. When they finally make it to the Ga’Hoole tree they are given jobs. Soren was given the job of picking up hot coals with his beak. He brought the coals to the forge at the Ga’Hoole tree. Something is going on outside of the Ga’Hoole tree and they are preparing.

I do not like the book. It was slow and it made it hard to read. I lost interest in it. There wasn’t a lot of exciting parts.
I would not recommend this book to my friends because it does not sound fun or interesting it might be hard to read it without reading the first one.


Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Roz

Title: Igraine the Brave

Author: Cornelia Funke

Rating: You need to read this!

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Igraine the Brave is about a girl who dreams of being a famous knight. She lives in a castle called pimpernel castle.  Tomorrow is Igraine’s birthday. Her parents stay up all night making her presents. Her parents open all the books of magic. Her parents make her a gift of a lifetime. She goes on a big adventure.

I recommend this book to girls who want to do something that boys would do. I think I like that sometimes.

You should read this book because it changes your life and it changed my life.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Isaiah

Title: Bearwalker

Author: Joseph Bruchac

Rating: You have to read this!

The book Bearwalker is about a boy named baron. Baron and his class go to camp called Camp Chucksmuck. On this camping trip baron meets the camp directors mr. and mrs. Osgood. Then he meets this really wierd cannibal. Barons parents are in the military.

I like this book because it is really action packed. I did not like this book because it gets really creepy. I like this book because it involves a lot of nature. I did not like this book because the other camp directors got fired.

I would not like to recommend this book to fourth graders. I would recommend this book to 6th grade. I would also recommend this book to 5th grade. I would recommend this book to these classes because it is a good read.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Olivia

Title: Wings of Fire, Book 3, The Hidden Kingdom

Author: Tui T. Sutherland

Rating: You should read this

There are a lot of dragons in the book like rain wing, star flight, and other types of dragons. The dragons all meet up to find rain wing’s kingdom so they set of over the ocean and they have to be careful because from the last book there are other dragons trying to hurt them.

I did not like that it is vary jumpy. I love that it would be fine and then all of a sudden it is bad to good. I do not like that there is violence in it. But it still is really good you should read this book. I would recommend that it is not so jumpy. Or if it has more details in it and it is really a good book you should read this book!

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Roz

Title: Pegasus: The Flame of Olympus, Book One

Author: Tui T. Sutherland

Rating: You should read this

Pegasus: The Flame of Olympus, Book One is about a girl named Emily and a pegasus named pegs. At the beginning of the book a war breaks out in Olympus and in the world that we live in has a really bad storm. Pegs land on Emily’s roof. She flies to central park on pegs and has a crash landing.

I loved this book the moment my eyes landed on the cover. I love fantasy and pegasus is full of it. I loved reading this book from front to back.

I Recommend this book to kids who love fantasy like me! My favorite character is Pegs because he is so beautiful. Emily is my second favorite character because she is the main character. Jopeder is my third favorite character because he is the god of olympus.

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Genre: Fiction

Reviewer: Desmond

Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Author: J.K. Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

In Harry Potter Prisoner of Abakan, Harry runs away from the Dudley’s and takes a magic bus to a hotel for wizards until school starts. When school starts Harry finds out that he would get very hurt or even die in a class all about predicting the future. Afterwords when Harry and his friends are sneaking out of the school to do something they get attacked by a dog that forces them into a hideout under a tree, where everything they knew was flipped.

I dislike how the story get flipped at the end of the story. I like how there is a side plot about a sport called quidditch.

I would recommend it to eleven year old boys.

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

Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Jackson

Title: Dracula

Author: Bram Stoker

Rating: You have to read this!

Dracula is one of the most spooky books I have ever read. It is about this guy who is as old as time itself and he has the power of a vampire. He is like this person who does not die. He can go in any form and the book has some other people in it that are a big part of the book.

I like the fact that it has some sort of reality to it and that is what makes it so spooky and just fun to read. There really was a person named Dracula .

I would recommend this book to kids from 4th grade and up this book is so cool and so spooky but do not let 4th and below read this book it could it be to spooky for them.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Carys

Title: Connect the Stars

Author: Marisa de los Santos and David Teague

Rating: You have to read this!

The book Connect the Stars is told from two different perspectives, Audrey Alcot and Aron Archer. Audrey Alcot is a girl who can tell if someone is lying or not, she only has one friend, and that one friend is Jinny, everybody lies to Audrey, except her best friend Jinny. When Jinny  lies to Audrey she hits her breaking point. Her parents send her to summer camp ‘’El Viaje a la Confianza’’, they say that there won’t be lies and stress. Aron Archer is a boy who can remember anything he reads, hears, and sees, he can recite all the facts and figures word for word. When an ill-thought- out scheme gets Aron in trouble, his parents decide to send him somewhere where he can’t rely on facts alone, ‘’El Viage a la Confianza’’. Aron Archer and Audrey Alcot end up at the same summer camp. When the unthinkable happens it will take everything Audrey and Aron have got. And on their journey Audrey and Aron begin to see that facts don’t tell the whole story and sometimes to find the truth you have to look beyond the lies.

The book Connect the Stars is wonderful read filled with mystery and adventure. I really like this book because it is very fun to read. Every time I read one chapter I find myself reading the next.

I would recommend this book to anyone. It is an easy read.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Tucker

Title: Foxcraft, The Taken

Author: Inbali Iserles

Rating: You should read this

Foxcraft: The Taken is about a young fox named Isla and she returning to her den she finds it on fire and a dozen wired foxes and she can’t see her family and so she is forced to run. While running she runs into many dangers and a fox named Siffrin who is a messenger for Jana. Later in the book we find out the skulk’s leader name is Karka. Then Siffrin tech Isla some foxcraft and that is basically magic.

Two things I do like about this book is it descriptive and action packed. I also like how it is about foxes and foxes are cute. Two things I do not like about this book. one in beginning of the book a lot of the pages take place at night time. Two you don’t know a lot of words unit the end of the book.

I would recommend this book to anyone in 5th to 7th grade. the reason some or the names and words are tricky to say. Some of the scenes in your head can get scary and they mite scar young readers, that is who I would recommend this book to.

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Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Reviewer: Nadia

Title: Wings of Fire

Author: Tui T. Slutherland

Rating: You have to read this!

Wings Of Fire is a book about a dragon named Clay and all of his friends. Clay and his friends got stolen as eggs from there habitat by the talons of peace. Taken to an underground cave, where the three guardian dragons train them and take care of them. Although during this time Clay and the others thought they were in a prison cave. There are five dragonets named Glory, Tsunami, Sunny, Clay, and Starflight. The three guardian dragons are named Kestrel, Dune and Webs.

I really liked this book. There are dragons and also there is friendship. There is teamwork and just a lot of “ WOAH” or “ WHY?!?” moments that make the book interesting. One woah moment was when Clay ventured off, and Tsunami found him. They ended up running into Queen Scarlet! One ask yourself “WHY” moment was when Clays mother actually sold him to the Dragonet Prophecy for two cows! I really love interesting and fun books so that’s why I love this book so much. One negative thing is there is a LOT of violence, and I don’t like that, but all in all it is a great book.

I would recommend this book for fifth graders who like dragons but are ok to hear about them dying. I would also recommend this book to any grades higher who can handle hearing about dragons dying, and maybe a few fourth graders. I think a few people in the class would probably like this book. Because of the books cliffhanger at the end it makes you want to read the next book.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Emile

Title: Inkheart

Author: Cornelia Funke

Rating: You should read this

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke is about a girl named Meggie, who’s father is able to read things out of books, (when he’s reading out loud). When Meggie was three, her father was reading out loud to her mother, when three characters came out of the book they were reading. The book was called Inkheart. One bad thing about when Meggie’s father readings something out of a book, is that something has to go in, and that something was Meggie’s mother.

To be honest, I was not a big fan of this book. It is a pretty long book, (534 pages) and it was kind of slow at some points. It might be good if you like high fantasy books and can handle some slow parts.

I would recommend this book to 6th graders and up. It is pretty violent and has quite a bit of language.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Brody V.

Title: Ranger’s Apprentice: The Burning Bridge

Author: John Flanagan

Rating: You have to read this!

The second book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series is a sequel to the first following up on the storyline that it left off on. Will and Halt have to do their best to thwart their enemy, Morgarath from making any attacking plans to the sole country of Areluen.

I really liked how there was a twist towards the end of the book about who faces Morgarath. It was just as action-packed and awesome as the first. I liked all of the moments when Will and Horace were fighting together.

I recommend this book for readers who like sequel and action. I mean, if you even read the first book you would already be in the store buying the others. So, pretty much if you liked the first you would love the second.

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Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Reviewer: Brody V.

Title: The True Meaning Of Smekday

Author: Adam Rex

Rating: You have to read this!

The True Meaning of Smekday is about a girl in middle school called Gratuity Tucci, whose mom went missing when an alien invasion struck earth. The aliens informed all humans to go to Florida in their transportation pods. But, Gratuity decides to go to Florida herself and encounter adventures along the way.

I really liked Smekday because I thought it was an interesting and creative storyline. I liked how she met J. Lo at the mall.

I would recommend this amazing book for anyone who is interested in aliens and realistic fiction. It had some emotional parts so I don’t know how many boys would enjoy it but I certainly did. I hope you will enjoy!

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Carys

Title: All the Impossible Things

Author: Lindsay Lackey

Rating: You have to read this!

The book All the Impossible Things is about a girl named Ruby. Her mom had issues with drugs so she got arrested, so now Red is in foster care. Red got the power to control the wind from her mother, red doesn’t know how to control it so when she gets gets stressed, mad, or just excited, there is a wind storm. Red usually tries to keep the wind from getting out but sometimes she can’t. Red has gone through many sets of foster parents before the Grooves. She was in the care of the Grooves. They owned a petting zoo. Red usually stayed in her room. She made a friend, his name is Marvin. Red’s mother is trying to get custody of her again. Marvin showed Red around the petting zoo that is when she met Tuck the giant turtle, immediately she loved him. Red started to really love the Grooves (Celine and Jaxon).

The book was amazing! It is full of drama, love, and sadness. It takes anyone who reads it on an emotional rollercoaster. Will Red stay with the Grooves or go back to her mother? It is defiantly a pageturner, it is a beautiful book. I liked the book because the Grooves show Red so much love. I won’t tell you what the end is, but it is amazing.

I would recommend this book to third grade and older because it mentions drugs. It also has pretty big words and she sometimes describes it in a confusing way. But it is a really good book that anyone can enjoy.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Tucker

Title: Ender’s Game

Author: Orson Scott Card

Rating: You should read this

Ender’s Game is about a boy named Ender who goes to battle school (which Is an space station). Ender proves he is a genius so the commander sent him to commanding school. I’m not going to say anything else because I would be giving away the ending.

Here are some of the things I do and don’t like about this book. It is a really good story and there is a movie about it and it is really good movie. Here are some things I don’t like about this book. It does have some bad words in it and some of the words are hard to say. There are some of the things I do and don’t like about this book.

I would recommend this book to teenagers and up because like I said it does have some bad words in it and it does have some hard words to say. That is who I would recommend this book to.

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Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Reviewer: Brody J

Title: Terror of the Deep

Author: Alex Milway

Rating: You should read this

Terror of the Deep by Alex Milway is a book that is about the ocean. Monsters come up from the ocean and attack land. They attack cities and others. Then there are 3 creatures that save the world called the Mythical 9th Division.

I really like this book. I like this book because its full of excitements. Its also just my style how 3 creatures save the world from other sea creatures. It is also very fun to read if you are board and want to start something new.

Lastly I recommend this book to anyone. Its full of excitement and has cool creatures in it so its also very adventurous and its like one side will be losing then another will be.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Cayden

Title: Prince Caspian

Author: C.S. Lewis

Rating: You have to read this!

Prince Caspian is a book in The Chronicles of Narnia series. It is about Prince Caspian and his battle for the throne of Narnia. He has to fight his evil Uncle and is outnumbered. He summons Peter, Lucy, Edmund, and Susan to help him fight against the evil in Narnia. They start in a train station and magically get transported to Narnia. They see lots of talking, magical animals like mice, badgers, and of coarse Aslan the Lion.

I absolutely loved this book! The story line is exciting and fun. Its full of action scenes with sword battles and lots of fighting. A lot of the story you wonder if Aslan is going to come back to help and save Narnia.

I definitely would recommend it to all fifth graders. Both girls and boys would like it. The boys will like all the battle scenes and adventure and suspense. The girls would like the talking animals and the relationship between Prince Caspian and Susan. There is something to like for everyone. Read it to see if Narnia is saved in the end!

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Nadia

Title: White Fox in the Forest

Author: Chen Jiatong

Rating: You should read this

White Fox in the Forest is the second and last book of the White Fox series. White Fox in the Forest has the same characters as before (my last book review was on White Fox). Dilah, Ankle, Little Bean, and Egg met two new friends named Emily, and Tyrone. The friends had a lot of adventures. One of the adventures that they had was when they ran into an ox and a Dogo (a dog that hunts humans). They were in an anti-human alliance.

I really liked this book. It is very thrilling and harsh. My favorite part of the book is when Dilah faced his greatest enemy Carl the arctic fox at the end of the book. It was emotional and intense. Another favorite part is when Dilah won a beauty contest. As the friends were walking around, trying to find the Spring of Reincarnation. They entered a contest, and he won.

I would recommend this book to people who are ok with hearing about animals dying, have a love for fantasy, and moonstones. It is a thrilling and unique book about life and death. I wouldn’t recommend this to younger children because it is the first book ever to make my cry. It is also very violent.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Cayden

Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Author: J.K.Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

This book is about a kid named Harry Potter living a bad life with his aunt and uncle, the Dursley’s . His parents were killed and he has to live with them. They don’t really want him. He’s visited by an owl that gives him a letter. In it he is invited to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The story is about him getting there, finding friends, and the adventures he has.

What I liked about the story is the storyline of how Harry gets to Hogwarts. He finds good friends and is taught how to cast spells and fight evil. I like the fighting scenes and the action. It is suspenseful. I like his friend Ron. They also play a game called Quidditch where they fly on broomsticks. It is cool.

I would highly recommend this book to all fifth and sixth graders! It has cool fighting scenes for the boys. For the girls, it has good friendship and a good character named Hermione who helps Harry and Ron. It also has some neat animal characters.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Rozlyn

Title: Seekers: Great Bear Lake

Author: Erin Hunter

Rating: You should read this

Seekers is about two black bears and one brown bear. The three bears are trying to get to the great bear lake. One of the black bears does not trust the brown bear because she came from the bear bowl (aka the zoo) ware flat faces look at them.

My favorite part is when one of the black bears gets in a fit with another black bear. He gets hurt pretty badly but wins.

I recommend this book the people of all ages. If you are not a person then I don’t recommend this book. It’s a good book but it’s definitely not my favorite. I got pretty bored of it pretty fast.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Emile

Title: Daughter of the Deep

Author: Rick Riordan

Rating: You have to read this!

Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan is about a girl name Ana Dakkar. Ana Dakkar is a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy, which is a five year high school for kids who want to become marine scientists, naval warriors, and many other positions. One day, their rival school, LI (Land Institute) torpedoes their school, causing it to crumble into the ocean. Luckily the Frenchmen call was on a bus, going to their trials. Follow Ana Dakkar, on an incredible adventure, where Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea comes to life!

I REALLY enjoined this book. It was exciting, funny, and thrilling. There was a great story line and LOTS of twists and turns. I would rank this book in my top ten favorite books.

I would recommend this book to 5th grade and up. There was some confusing parts and it is a book geared towards older grades. If I were you, I would DEFINITELY read this book!

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Sage

Title: Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy: Book 1

Author: Tui Sutherland

Rating: You have to read this!

Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy: Book 1 is about five Dragonets that are a part of the Dragonette prophecy: Clay, glory, tsunami, sunny, and Starflight. They have never seen the outside world. They are stuck in a cave with a few dragons . Until one day they escape. They get captured by queen Scarlet and they need a scary dragon that has too much fire named peril.

I really like this book because it’s about dragons that need to save the world but they don’t know anything about themselves. I just like this book because there is a lot of evil queens.

I recommend this book to fifth graders and above because it has a lot of blood and death. I would also like to recommend this book to dragon fans because it’s about dragons. Someone else I would like to recommend this to is people who have a lot of free time because this book is kind of long.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Sage

Title: Wings of Fire: The Lost Heir, Book 2

Author: Tui T Sutherland

Rating: You have to read this!

Wings of Fire The Lost Heir, Book 2 is about Tsunami one of the dragnets of prophecy. She goes to her mother aka Queen coral and it’s not like how she expects. She thinks she’s the only one of her Dragonettes that she has alive but that’s not true. She has a little sister named enemy.

One thing that I liked about this book is that tsunami is very curious and doesn’t know many things about sea wings so it’s like she is very lost. Something that I didn’t like about it was how crocodile betrayed the talons of peace.

I would recommend this book to fifth graders and higher because it has a lot of blood and tears in it and scratches and a lot of death.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Desmond

Title: Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

Author: J.k. Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire there is an event that hasn’t been held in over 100 years! It is the goblet of fire (I bet you didn’t guess it). In the goblet of fire there is three challenges kept hidden until it is the day the participants need to do them. To be able to participate in the goblet of fire you need to be 17 or older and you must put your name in the goblet in the dining hall. When the submit time was over the goblet spat out four names, Cedric, victor, Fleur and Harry. But Harry wasn’t old enough to participate! After a lot of debate Harry was allowed to play. The first task was needing to get a dragon egg guarded by a dragon. The second task was having to go into a big lake to rescue something you value a lot in under a hour. The last task was a maze, but the more points you have the bigger the head start you get.

I like how at some points it’s really action packed. I don’t like how at some points it’s really boring.

I’d recommend it to 5th/6th grade boys.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Carys

Title: White Fox

Author: Chen Jiatong

Rating: You have to read this!

The book White Fox is a book about a fox who longs to be a human. Both of his parents are killed by humans. Right before his mama died she gave him something called a moonstone and said to follow it to a secret treasure that makes you human. On his way he makes lots of friends. Two of those friends joined him on his journey, a weasel named Ankel, and a bunny named Little Bean. They have many adventures together.

I really liked this book, it had a lot of adventure. It is very descriptive. When I read some parts of the book I found myself wanting to cry. I love this book!

I would recommend this book to third grade and up because there is a lot of death. But other than that, I think anyone who reads it will like it very much.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Tanner

Title: The Curse of the Campfire Weenies

Author: David Lubar

Rating: You should read this

The Curse of the Campfire Weenies is a book filled with a variety of all kinds of stories. Each chapter there is a new story. One story or chapter was about “You are what you eat.” It’s about a kid who is dared to drink baby food for a dollar, but when he does it, he turns into a baby. It’s about his baby life for a couple of minutes. My favorite story was “The unforgiving tree”. A boy was young and caught hold of a chainsaw and cut his back yard tree. He’s older now and he thinks the tree is moving closer and closer to his bedroom window for revenge.

If you like weird and creepy tales on weird topics you should read this book. I liked this book it was funny and scary at the same time. In conclusion, please consider reading the book.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Jackson

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Author: J.K. Rowling

Rating: You have to read this!

The book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, is about three kids, Harry Potter, Hermine Grainger, and Ron Weasley. Harry is living with his aunt and uncle, who are Muggles. He is rescued by Ron and lives with the Weasleys for the rest of the summer. When they get back to school at Hogwarts they find that an ancient evil has escaped and is taking Muggle born kids. I liked this book because it kept me on my toes trying to figure out what was going to happen. The characters personalities kept changing.

I would recommend this book to fifth grade and above, boys and girls.

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Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Ryder

Title: The Wild Robot

Author: Peter Brown

Rating: You should read this

A ship crash crate is washed up into an island with a robot inside. The robot was turned on by some seals and said her name was Roz. Roz accidentally knocked a goose nest out of a tree killing all except one egg. Roz raise the gosling and became his mother his name is Brightbill. Roz learns to speak to the animals living on the island and becomes their friends.

I really like the book. I liked how the robot took care of Brightbill and the animals. It was exciting and very easy to read. I felt like I read it really fast and I like the short chapters.

I do recommend this book I think my friends in class were like this book. Anyone can read this book and I think everyone should.

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Genre: Historical fiction

Reviewer: Tucker

Title: Suspect Red

Author: L.M. Elliot

Rating: Don’t bother

The family in this book is the Bradley family. Their names are Don, Abigail, Richard, Ginny. They are a white family living in New York City. Richard’s dad is an FBI agent during the Cold War in 1953. There is another character named Vlad, who is Richard’s best friend. So what happens in the book is that Richard starts to rethink the things his parents have told him. The reason why he starts to rethink is because of Vlad’s theories. Also Richard thinks his dad is a Secret agent

I would recommend this book to anyone 12 and up as it is a pretty intense book.

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Genre: Historical fiction

Reviewer: Isaiah

Title: My Brother’s Secret

Author: Dan Smith

Rating: You have to read this!

My Brother’s Secret is about a boy named Karl. Karls father dies in combat as a Nazi. Karl looses his faith in Hitler.

I like this book because it has a lot of action. It is a good book because it is adventurous. Something I do not like about the book is it has a lot of Nazi soldiers. Another thing I do not like is that Karls father dies.

I would recommend this book to people who like historical fiction. I would recommend this book to fourth, fifth, and sixth grade readers.

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Genre: Historical fiction

Reviewer: Isaiah

Title: The Player King

Author: AVI

Rating: You should read this

This book is about a boy named Lambert Simnel. He lived as a kitchen boy in the medieval times. One day a priest comes and buys Lambert. He says that lambert is actually the king of England.

I like this book because it is historical. It is actually a real story. I do not like this book because there is not enough action it. I like this book because it is based on a true story.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical books. I would also recommend this book to any 4th and 5th graders. I would also recommend this book to anyone who likes true storys.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Roz

Title: The Boxcar Children

Author: Gertrude Chandler Warner

Rating: You should read this

The Boxcar Children is About four kids named Jessie, Henry, Benny, and Violet who are trying to run away from the Baker and his wife. Why they are called The Boxcar Children is because they live in a  very old boxcar that they  found in the woods.  The children love each other because they are brothers and sisters two girls and two boys. Jessie and Violet are the two girls  and Benny and Henry are the two boys.

I really like this book because it keeps calling you to read further and further until you’re in the end. My favorite part in the whole book is when Jesse helps the dog watch. Another part in the book is when they have to sleep in the benches in the breaker.

I recommend this book to girls and boys of all ages.  This book is related to all the poor kids in the world. You should read this book if you don’t like it, that is okay but all I know is that I love it!


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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Carys

Title: Hatchet

Author: Gary Paulson

Rating: You have to read this!

The book Hatchet is about a twelve year old boy named Brian. He is on his way to visit his father when his one engine plane crashes. He is now stranded with nothing but a hatchet that his mother gave him before he boarded the plane. He had crashed by a lake. He is fighting to survive. While he is there, he finds that he is a different person. Will he survive long enough to be saved?

I really liked this book, Gary Paulson is a good writer. I really got an understanding about how difficult it would be to be stranded on an island alone. It was interesting to think about how he was alone for who knows how long and how he did things.

I would recommend this book to anyone. It has lots of cliffhangers and when I finish one chapter I find myself reading the next.


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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Drake

Title: Lone Stars

Author: Mike Lupika

Rating: You have to read this!

The book Lone Stars is about a quarterback named Clay. The main characters are Clay, his mom Maddie, and Clays coach. The book starts out during the Thanksgiving holiday. Clay is a wide receiver the best in the peewee division. Clays number is 87. Clay loves Dez Bryant and that’s why he chose number 87. Clay is trying to be a good player on the team when he was at practice clay is talking about the game on thanksgiving. Clay is talking with his coach before the game the book is mostly about the normal football season they had good team work.

The book does have a lot of details to much that I can’t write about everything. This book talks about some games of the season and the fact of the book talking about what else is goin Clays coach seemed really nice through out the whole book.

I think the author did a really good job on it. I recommend this book for 3rd and 4th grade. I enjoyed how much time the author put into the book. I hope you get a chance to read the book. I hope that you get a chance to read it. The book was a 7 out of 10 because Football is not my favorite sport.


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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Tanner

Title: The Voyage of the Frog

Author: Gary Paulson

Rating: You should read this

The Voyage of the Frog is about a boy named David who tries to sail his uncles sailboat across the sea but he does not know that a big storm is coming and going to take him far away from home. He also had a short supply of food. He has to survive the storm to get back home. While he was on his sail boat and in the storm several things happened. He first runs into a tanker who could save him but the tanker could not see him. Just after that there were orca whales that surrounded his boat he was scared but then he started to enjoy them. Next he saw an island it was a desert island where he spent the night, and finally he was preparing to go home and just as we was leaving there was another tanker that tried to help him but he didn’t want to leave his boat so they gave him supplies to go home.

I really liked this it was suspenseful and fun to read. I like boats I hope more people will read this book.

This perfect for people who like boats and water.


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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Sage

Title: Ghost

Author: Jason Reynolds

Rating: You should read this

This book is about a kid who had a bad childhood, his dad tried to kill him as a kid. But he joined the track team because he ran from his dad shooting at him and his mother. She met friends on the way from the track team and his coach was super nice to. The coach took him and his friends out to dinner. They all shared secrets of their childhood. Well, he shared his.

What I liked about the book was the drama the setting in the area that it was and how well it describes a book. Another thing that I liked about the book is that the ending is very surprising I’m not going to give it away though. I think that I just liked about the book was how long it was, normally it’s short for a book. Another thing that I just liked about the book was it how one chapter is so long and then one is very short.

I would recommend this book to people who can read it really good. I really hope you enjoy this book if you read it. I would also recommend it to people who I really like a book that has drama and if you were on a track team.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Brody J

Title: Frindle

Author: Andrew Clements

Rating: You should read this

Frindle is a pen that has a name. There is a kid named Nick Allen and he always has good ideas but his teacher is always nonsense. Nick learns how words were first created and that’s when he got an idea to make a new word. He no longer called a pen, a pen, he has now called it Frindle. But then the school catches on and the word gets popular and he can’t stop it.

I really like this book because it’s so cool how easily you can make a word. And how it can just become popular so fast. Also the book is so creative. That is why I like this book a lot.

I would recommend this book to 5th graders because it is so creative and I think most 5th graders would like this.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Tanner

Title: Better Nate than Ever

Author: Tim Federle

Rating: You should read this

Better Nate than Ever is about a seventh grade boy In Pittsburg, Pennsylvania named Nate. He wants to be a star in a broadway show in New York City . His parents went on vacation alone that gave him the opportunity to go to New York City. When he gets to New York City he auditions for E.T. The musical. His friend from home called his aunt who lives in New York City. His parents found out that he lives in New York City, in the end he gets the part.

This book has some parts that are ok and some parts I didn’t like because they are for older kids.

I would recommend this book to boys in higher grades like sixth and seventh grade and who want to be in a musical and see New York City.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Ryder

Title: The Nebula Secret

Author: Trudi Trueit

Rating: You should read this

Cruz is a 12-year-old boy who is living in Hawaii and is about to go to the Explorer Academy. At the Explorer Academy Cruz will learn from scientists, explorers, conservationists, photographers and journalists. At the school Cruz has his iPad hacked while doing simulations for class. Cruz has to be a very good student and find out his moms secret. Cruz also discovers that he’s been followed from Hawaii to the Explorer Academy.

I recommend the book to all of my classmates. I liked when I was action packed. The book was fast and fun to read. I plan on reading the next book in the series.

I think that anybody who would like science and enjoy the book. It has a lot of action and keeps you guessing. Anyone who likes to read science books will enjoy it.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Brody V.

Title: Booked

Author: Kwame Alexander

Rating: You should read this

Booked by Kwame Alexander, is about a kid in middle school, Nick who loves to play soccer, but when his parents get divorced he has to find a way to deal with soccer and that at the same time. Can the beautiful game help Nick and his best friend Coby deal with the world?

Overall, I thought the book was okay, but the amount of actual football action was limited. I kind of got “clickbaited” by the cover of the novel. I also thought the text style of it was interesting. I pretty much finished the whole thing in a week because of that. Other than that, I thought it was a decent book with funny parts that balance out the sad ones.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes futbol (soccer) and for people who love realistic fiction.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Drake

Title: Game Changers

Author: Mike Lupica

Rating: You should read this

The book Game Changers is about a kid named Ben Mc Bain who plays basketball. The book’s characters are Ben McBain, Sam Brown, Bens coach, Cooper/Coop, Mrs. Manley, and finally Chase. The book was pretty easy to read. What happens in the book is mostly just talking about there season in there basketball league. I Ioved how this book had a lot of details about every game they played. There best player is Chase Ben, the main character, was good at football and not basketball. Ben practiced all day and night to be better then Chase. I rate this book a 4 star it is good but there are a lot of details. I suggest this book for fifth grade boys I hope you learned about Game Changers.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Drake

Title: Game Changers: Play Makers

Author: Mike Lupica

Rating: You should read this

The book Game Changers #2: Play Makers is about the same kid Ben McBain in Game Changers 1 which is about basketball. The book is about football and the characters are Ben Shawn, Berry Stanton, Sam Brown, Peyton Manning, Cooper, and Coach O’Brien. The book talks about Bens football season. Ben is great at football. The book talks about Ben playing his football season. I love how much work the author put into this book. The authors name is Mike Lupica. I love how he writes all of his books. I loved how much detail he put into this book. I like Mike Lupicas books, he does a great job on his books. I would rate this book about a 7 out of ten because I am not the worlds biggest fan of football. I suggest this book for fifth grade boys. I really think he did a great job on this book. I hope you learned about the book.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Isaiah

Title: Restart

Author: Gordon Korman

Rating: You have to read this!

This book Restart is about a kid named Chase Ambrose. In the first chapter he falls off his roof and hits his head, he gets amnesia. In the book he was a bully before he fell off his roof.

I like this book because it is realistic fiction and those are some of my favorite stories. I do not like this book because Chase was really mean before his accident.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes realistic fiction. I would also recommend this book to 4th and 5th graders.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Tanner

Title: Kickoff!

Author: Tiki and Ronde Barber

Rating: You should read this

Kickoff! is based on a true story, and written by famous NFL (National Football League) TIKI and Ronde Barber. When they were younger they loved to play football together. It’s the end of summer break tomorrow and they are going to a new school. When they get to the new school right away they sign up for tryouts for the eagles football team. Later that day they go to the eagles football tryouts. When they make it there they get bullied a lot because there tiny. When there done with the tryouts they go home. The next day there super nervous if they make it. Luckily they made it. A couple weeks later they have to play the rockets, the best team in the league. Their team tries super hard…

I recommend this book to people who really like football and friendship.

I really liked the part when they win against the bears. You should read this book.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Isaiah

Title: War Stories

Author: Gordon Korman

Rating: You have to read this!

War Stories is about a kid named Trevor. His G.G. (great grandpa) was in WW2. One day his G.G is invited to a thing in France. The thing he goes to is something to honor him because he freed a town during WW2.

I like this book because it is about WW2 and I like books about WW2. I also like this book because of the story and the words used in the book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is into realistic fiction. I would also recommend this book 4th and 5th graders. This is a good book for you if you like adventure stories.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Olivia

Title: Three Times Lucky

Author: Sheila Turnage

Rating: You should read this

The book is about six graders being detectives and it was a straight A students. Mo’s Summer was doing good. She took karate lessons and did it with her best friend. Attila was one of the characters in the book. She helped out with the café and was there for a long time.

I love that it’s a mystery. I don’t like that it is just about sixth grade and teachers. I like that it has details and a lot of grammar in it. I don’t like that it’s not more than three times lucky.

It would be better if it has more detail in it but it is a good book you should read.  If you like to read mysteries this will be a really good book. All that I would make it better in my opinion is to add more details. I love the details and it is a good book.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Rozlyn

Title: Dolphin Tale

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Rating: You have to read this!

Dolphin Tale is a story about a dolphin named Winter. In the beginning Winter got stuck in a crab trap. One of the people who work at the marine hospital Clay sese winter tale has to come off. Clay dartder Hazel is very sad. Sawyer is the only person who can feed winter.

I liked this book because it based on a real story (and it had my favorite animal in it.) I love the water so I loved this book. It all started when my Oma got it for me. Then my eyes hit the cover and I knew it was for me. I recommend this book to people who love water like me!

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Sage

Title: The Benefits of Being an Octopus

Author: Ann Bradin

Rating: You have to read this!

It is a really good book about a kid named Zoe going thru a lot of drama such as living in a van with an emotional abuser, getting bullied for giving a teacher an assignment, and a gun shooting a someone in the parking lot. She has three siblings Brice, Aurora, and hector. her mom was a confident mom, her dad is dead.

I would like to recommend this to 5th graders I don’t want to be mean but 4th graders mite not understand.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Claire

Title: Ghost

Author: Jason Reynolds

Rating: You should read this

It all starts with a boy wanting to get in the world record book of the most eaten sunflower seeds. His dad would always say that he has a sunflower growing inside of him, shortly after that, the dad left them. It was hard for them to go through it all. All of his friends were in the world record book.

I recommend this to boys because it relates a lot to boys and it’s about a boy. I also think that you should be at least 10 or 11 year old because it is a bit scary at the beginning. Kids, if you like a bit scary I think you should read this.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Jax

Title:  Patrick F. McManis: The Good Samaritan Strikes Again

Author: Patrick McManis

Rating: You should read this

This book is good and it is funny. It has different stories in it so it is not one continuous story. One story is where he has to scope in on his rifle and he does it last minute and when he gets to the range, it is closed. I would recommend this to anyone in fifth and above because it is just funny and if you don’t like funny then that’s weird. I like the book it was written well and it can teach kids life lessons.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Emile

Title: The Canyon’s Edge

Author: Dusti Bowling

Rating: You have to read this!

The Canyons Edge by Dusti Bowling is about a girl who’s dad takes her into a slot canyon, and while they are down there a great flow of water comes and sweeps her father away. She feels she must find her father, but to do that she will have to walk through the canyon full of venomous snakes, scorpions, and many other hardships.

I enjoyed this book! It is a mix between a chapter book, and a verse novel, so it is a pretty quick read. It is very exciting, and funny, but is also pretty serious.

I would recommend this book to 6th grade and up because it is very intense and at some points it would be scary for younger kids to read.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Isaiah

Title: Linked

Author: Gordon Korman

Rating: You should read this

Linked is about two kids one named Dana and the other named link. The book starts off when someone sneaks into the school and paints a Nazi swastika. Then they start a paper chain project they try to get to 6,000,000 links in the paper chain.

I like this book because it is realistic fiction. Realistic fiction is one of my favorite book genres. I did not like this book because it has some bad stuff in it like the swastika.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries. I would also recommend this book to 6th, 5th and 4th graders.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Ryan

Title: The 39 Clues: Storm Warning

Author: Linda Sue Park

Rating: You should read this

The 39 Clues: Storm Warning is about a shadow of a man in black who has followed fourteen year old Amy Cahill and her younger brother dan on their journey to find 39 clues that lead to a great power. They know that the man in black wants to kill them so one day they went to a city to hide from the man in black. Amy said look a water park! They both ran towards it.  hey dan let’s go change in the bathrooms, so they did and Amy found what looked like a clue. It was a card it said water and pirate ships, you are going to find a map that leads to  another clue and soon to find out a secret by anonymous. Amy I found a clue I think we need to go to a island to find a secret so they went the island and found the clue A pirate ship then before they could read the clue the man in black showed  His face and pulled out a sword.

I liked the story because it has gold and pirate ships in it.

I recommend this book to boys and girls that like clues and mysteries.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Emile

Title: Counting by 7s

Author: Holly Goldberg Sloan

Rating: You have to read this!

Willow Chance is a genius. It is the first day of middle school, and her class is asked to take a test, to see where they are at academic wise. Willow gets every single answer right, but is accused of cheating. She ends up in a councilor’s office, but she finds that she enjoys the meetings. The councilor named Dell, drives here home one day to police cars in Willows driveway. Dell gets out to investigate and finds out there has been a terrible accident. Willow’s parents are dead.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was funny, well written, and interesting. I know that it seems sad that her parents die, but it is not a sad book.

I would recommend this book to kids that are in 5th grade and older. In my opinion, this is a more mature book, and not one I would have enjoyed last year in 4th grade.

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Genre: Realistic fiction

Reviewer: Olivia

Title: Moon over Manifest

Author: Claire Vanderpool

Rating: You should read this

It starts by Abilene who was a girl that was put on a train by her dad to go to a old

friend and work on the train tracks. But she jumps of at Manifest Kansas wanting to learn about the kid her father was. She found a new friend and sent her to go on a spy mission and stuff.

I love that it is long and easy but I think it is old fashion and it is good but I don’t get it really. But it is a grate story to read. Their are a lot more things I can say about the story so I will give a couple more. So i like the fact that it is saying that you can do everything.

What i think it could use is not telling people that you should jump off a moving train to know what your dad use to do as a kid. It has a lot of information but it is a little jumpy but it is a good

story and you should read it.

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Genre: Fiction

Reviewer: Tanner

Title: Liar, Liar

Author: Gary Paulson

Rating: You have to read this!

Lair, Liar is about a boy named Kevin who is fabulous at, you guessed it, lying. He has been lying since he was a little boy. Now he’s in eigth grade, and lying is his mojo. There is this girl in his class that he has a big crush on and wants to be her boyfriend. He got an assignment and is partnered up with the brainiac of the class. He wants to get out of school to figure out a plan to get Tina to love him and think he is amazing. So he tells the brainiac girl that he has a disease and he has to go home because he’s sick. Then he tells the Spanish teacher that he got an assignment so he has to skip classes. Then he tells the P.E. Teacher that he got an assignment and he can’t go to P.E. and on and on.

I love this book it’s funny and a little adventurous.

I recommend this book to people who love immature eighth graders, who love adventures, and who love heartwarming moments.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reviewer: Claire

Title: Holes

Author: Louis Sachar

Rating:     You have to read this!

It all started with a boy and his family. His mom died a year ago and Stanley could not get over the death of his mother. His father however wanted a wife so he married another woman. Stanley was very upset by this and started to be rude and mean. So his father sent him to a camp called camp green lake. They had to dig holes, the employees thought it built character and makes them better.

I loved this book a lot it was a lot of fun to read and it makes you feel better. It had a lot of humor. There is not one ounce of the book that I didn’t like. I also love it because it had a lot of plot twists in it and it always kept me guessing.

I recommend this to boys because the characters are all boys but they doesn’t mean that girls cant like it. i loved it a LOT and hope you like it too!

*****

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Science Fiction –

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Genre: Science fiction

Reviewer: Emile

Title: Space Case

Author: Stuart Gibbs

Rating: You have to read this!

Stuart Gibbs’ Space Case is about a 12 year old boy named Dash. He is one of the first people to live on the moon. He lives on a space station created by NASA that is on the moon. Suddenly one of there fellow “moonies” (moonies is what people call others who live not the moon) dies. Dash thinks that he has been murdered. DA DA DAAAA!

I *REALLY* liked this book. It was funny and interesting. It kept me from putting it down. There was lots of action and mystery. I enjoyed this book so, so very much.

I would recommend this book to all people from ages 10-13. It would be kind of confusing for younger people :). You should *DEFINITELY* read this book!


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Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewer: Emile

Title: Spaced Out

Author: Stuart Gibbs

Rating: You have to read this!

Spaced Out by Stuart Gibbs is about a kid named Dash, who lives on the moon. He is part of a NASA experiment called MBA (Moon Base Alfa) where very smart people live on the moon doing experiments that will help colonize the moon. One day the MBA base commander, Nina, goes missing. Will the people at MBA find Nina? Or will Nina die with no oxygen? Find out in Stuart Gibbs’ Spaced Out.

I REALLY, REALLY liked this book. It was just as good as the first one! (PS – this is the second one in the series) It was definitely a edge-of-your-seat kind of book!

I would recommend this book to all fifth graders of both genders. There are some big words that would be confusing to kids that are younger. Also the story is kind of confusing so some younger readers might not get it as much as a older kid might.


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Genre: Science fiction

Reviewer: Isaiah

Title: The Game of Lives

Author: James Dashner

Rating: You have to read this!

This book is about a boy named Michael and his friends. Their names are Sara and Bryson. Michael is a program from this place called the Virtnet. He gets put into a human body and he is trying to stop other programs because they will take over the world.

I like this book because it is filled with lots of action. My favorite books are ones with a lot of action. This book as a lot of death in it which I do not like. This book is also funny which I like.

I would recommend this book to the 5th grade class. This book I would also recommend it to the six grade class. I would not recommend this book to the 4th grade class. It is sort of violent.

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Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewer: Emile

Title: Dead End In Norvelt

Author: Jack Gantos

Rating: You have to read this!

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos is about a boy named Jack Gantos (the same name as the author) who gets grounded for the summer because he shot his dads sniper rifle. His neighbor who writes obituaries for people who die in the town of Norvelt, hires Jack.

I really enjoyed this book. It was funny and interesting. If I were you I would DEFINITELY consider reading this book. It keeps you coming back for more.

I would recommend this book to all fifth and sixth graders because it has some language and would be kind of confusing for younger kids.

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Genre: Science fiction

Reviewer: Emile

Title: Waste of Space

Author: Stuart Gibbs

Rating: You have to read this!

Stuart Gibbs’ Waste of Space is about Dash, a 13 year old boy who lives on NASA’s MBA (moon base Alfa) when he is assigned by the moon base commander, Nina when Lars, a mean, Swedish moon tourist gets poisoned (but does not die). He and his friend Kira embark on a dangerous mission to find the culprit.

I really liked this book! It was a mix of funny, adventure, and mystery. (PS. It is the third book in the series and I would definitely recommend reading the others.)

I would recommend this book to fifth grade and up. It would be confusing and not as interesting to younger readers.

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Genre: Science fiction

Reviewer: Brody V.

Title: Space Case

Author: Stuart Gibbs

Rating: You have to read this!

Space Case is about a twelve year old boy named Dashiell who suspects foul play when one of the smartest scientists on the moon dies. The problem is that no one else believes him. Will Dash be able to persuade his fellow ‘moonies’ or will the murderer get away with the crime?

I really liked the book because it shows lots of anticipation but then switches to something different very fast. The suspense is also really magnificent. My favorite part of the book is when he meets Zan. The last few closing sentences might be my favorite though!

I recommend this book for anyone who likes space, adventure, and mystery. Elementary school kids from third to fifth grade would love this book too. Overall I extremely recommend this mysterious and fantastic liberty of reading.

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Humorous –

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Genre: Humorous

Reviewer: Jackson

Title: Real Ponies Don’t Go Oink

Author: Patrick F. McManus

Rating: You have to read this!

Real Ponies Don’t Go Oink by Patrick F. Mc Manus is a funny book about a goofy man who likes to write a book about how he goes fishing and hunting and just having a good or just a stupid time and it is just full of funny stories.

There is a story where he goes ice fishing with his friend and he is just having such bad luck and at the end he finally has some good luck for once in his life and it is just something to enjoy.

I would recommend this book to fifth and fourth grade boys because it has stuff in it like hunting and fishing and I think that girls would think it was boring and just dumb and just annoying. I also think that grades three and below should not read this because it is just so much more advanced for them.

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Genre: Humorous

Reviewer: Ryan

Title: Marcus Makes a Movi

Author: David Cooper

Rating: You have to read this!

Marcus Makes a Movie is about a kid who draws comics called Toothpick and gets in trouble a lot for his comics. One day  comes home and his dad said let’s Sign up for some sports. Marcus said no way man, so his dad signs him up for movie making camp. When he got there some other kids were there that seemed to know what they were doing. Marcus sat down and the teacher said welcome let’s get started on making a movie. The teacher said make a story line and what your gonna make it about. Marcus was gonna do his about one of his toothpick comics called Marcus vs doom but needed a lot of help for the movie pictures. Read the book to find out more!

I liked the comedy in this book and that it’s about movie making. I don’t like some of the characters they are kind of mean to Marcus.

I recommend this book to boys and girls that like comedy and comics.

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Nonfiction –

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Note: You need parent permission to read this book!

Genre: Nonfiction

Reviewer: Jackson

Title: Into the Wild

Author: Jon Krakauer

Rating: You have to read this!

Into the Wild is a great book and it is about a young man named Christopher Johnson Mccandelas. He goes out into the wild to survive on his own four a few months and he keeps a journal and rites to his sister Alex Mccandelas and it is cool to hear a different point of view from Christopher and Alex.

I liked how Christopher keeps a journal and how the other takes the information from the journal and puts it in to his own words and it makes for a good book and it is just a good book and it is just cool to hear his own words.

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Genre: Nonfiction

Reviewer: Tanner

Title: Heroes of 9/11: Ten True Tales

Author: Allan Zullo

Rating: You have to read this!

9/11 was a catastrophe, this book has ten true tales about 9/11. Some story’s are about the Pentagon, Boeing 757, and about the World Trade Center (WTC). These story’s have changed America forever. One story is about the Pentagon collapsing from the suicide bomber attack.

I really liked this book, hands down. My favorite part of the book is when LIEUTENANT Colonel Victor Correa saves a man about to die at the collapsing Pentagon.

I would recommend this book to people who like mysteries, suspense, and heroes. This a good book to do research on and read more books about 9/11. You need to read this book!

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Genre: Nonfiction

Reviewer: Tanner

Title: I Survived: Five Epic Disasters

Author: Lauren Tarshis

Rating: You have to read this!

I Survived: Five Epic Disasters by Lauren Tarshis is about five epic disasters. Those five are tsunamis, blizzards, tornados, floods, and the titanic. These are really good true stories. It’s about young children surviving epic disasters. Ones about a young boy named Walter Allen who’s eight years old surviving the January 12,1888 blizzard. Another one is about fifth grade students Shelby, Dayna, and Lyric surviving the April 29,2012 tornado.

I really liked this book. I love how Lauren Tarshis has different characters and different disasters and how there’s never a sequel it’s just different stories. Lauren Tarshis is a great author.

I recommend this book to people who like disasters and suspense. And love great artists. You need to read this book.

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Genre: Nonfiction

Reviewer: Ryan

Title: Beyond Possible

Author: Nims Purja

Rating: You have to read this!

Beyond Possible is about a man who climbed 14 peaks, and was a British soldier. Many days he climbed the world’s ninth highest mountain in brutal conditions and almost died falling off a     cliff and getting frost bite. He skidded head first down the slushy, snowy side of Pakistas Nanga Par-bat. If he died there would be no one else to blame but himself so he climbed the ninth highest mountain in brutal whiteout conditions.  He decided to climb all 14 death zone mountains in only seven months knowing that the peaks were higher then 26000 in altitude where the air has so little oxygen that the brain and the body struggle.

I like the history and that he was Britain soldier and climbed the highest peaks ever. It’s a really cool story.

I recommend it to boys and girls that like education and adventure!

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5 responses to “Book reviews

  1. Brody V.

    I beat you Emile

  2. Amelia

    Maybe I will

  3. Lairden

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

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