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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: 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:   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: 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: 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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One response to “Book reviews

  1. Lairden

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

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