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MARCH 2019 REVIEWS

I read the book Secondhand Wishes by Anna Staniszewski. The main character, Lexi, thinks that if she does enough good things, she’ll be able to keep the bad things away. For example, maybe if she’s on time enough her little brother won’t need more surgeries. On a particularly bad day she finds four wishing stones in a store. She wishes that her best friend, Cassa, would stop talking to the new girl and it works! It is sweet, funny and had some mystery which kept it interesting. I would recommend this book to kids ages 8-12. I think it was a very good book. — Pilar

FEBUARY 2019 REVIEWS

The Book of Unwyse Magic - I loved this book! This book is about two kids named Ava and Matthew. The story starts in the town of Unwyse where their father once served as a mirror person, people who look into magic mirrors and ask for enchantments from fairies. One day they see a boy from the underworld (where fairies live) and he comes over to the other side. But when skeletons, fairies and mist come to their town it is up to them to put an end to it all. I would recommend this book to kids who like action and spooky books. — Will, age 8

The book Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn was a really inspiring book. The main character Caterpillar (Cat) has a brother with special needs, and she cares for him every single day. When she and her brother go on an unplanned trip to her grandparents who she’s never met, she has to accept the fact that sometimes you have to let go. I really liked this book because it had really great details and it used the language really well. I would give it 5 out of 5 stars. — Tess, age 11

 

The Startup Squad - I love this book! It’s about a lemonade stand and this girl who keeps singing to get customers to come to the lemonade stand. There’s a lemonade contest, and they all had fun. If you like lemons and laughs, this book is for you! — Tessa, age 9

 

 

Odd GodsI recommend this book because I liked that it was funny and mixed up, in a good way. This book reminds me of Captain Underpants but more historic. This book is about a son of  Zeus named Oddonis. Zeus is a Greek god. Oddonis tries to fit in at Mt. Olympus middle school. He makes some friends that are odd, too. I think that fans of funny twists would like to read this book. One thing that I didn’t like was that Oddonis’s brother bullies him. My favorite part is at the end of the book. — Ayah, age 8

 

The Story Web, by Megan Frazer Blakemore, is a heartfelt and moving novel. The book is about truth, finding yourself, and teamwork. The main characters, Melanie, Lewis, and Alice will sweep you away with all of their problems, and open your eyes to the world of secrets hiding just below the surface of the book. In the book, the three fifth graders must save the world by telling stories, and being loyal to themselves, and to the many people surrounding them. They learn to tell stories, and listen to them, and find the true meaning of the world around them. — Kaytaki

The Queen's Shadow by E.K. Johnston is a great read, filled with intergalactic politics and familiar humor from Star Wars. E.K. Johnston weaves a beautiful story about senator Amidala and her time in the galactic senate. The plot flows beautifully through every obstacle Amidala faces and is able to fit humor into the story without ruining the mood. The Queen’s Shadow is great for any fans of Star Wars. — Benjamin, age 12

 

Honeybees & Frenemies -  Sometimes you can make up. That is what 12 year-old Florence finds out. When her best friend goes away for the summer, Flor has to work at the family mattress store. When she was in 3rd grade, she starred in the Honeydale Honey festival. Now, she is asked to star again. Flor has to work with her frenemy Candice Holloway. Flor and Candice work together to save Flor from moving to New Jersey by winning the two thousand dollar prize. But it might not go as they planned, especially if the Old Man of the Hill gets involved, the rumored murderer of Honeydale, Ohio. I really liked this book. It was suspenseful. Would Candice and Flor work together? Would it all end with Flor moving to New Jersey? Would the mattress store stay in business? And most of all, would working with the “Old Man of the Hill” workout? — Caroline

The Creakers, by Tom Fletcher, is a fun, interactive fiction book perfect for a cozy winter day. In this book, our hero Lucy saves her town when all the adults go missing! With the help of her two friends, Ella and Norman, she sets out on the adventure of a lifetime and along the way finds things she would never expect... — Sol, age 11

 

 

WeirDo tells the story of a boy whose name is Weir but his last name is Do - put it together you get WeirDo. He makes a humorous fool of himself at school. I think if you like Bad Kitty then you will like WeirDo. My favorite character was the girl in his class who he is in love with, Bella, because she is very kind and I have to admit, she is very pretty. I like this book because it is funny. It is funny when it shows Weir's closet compared to his older sister's closet. I like it because it makes me laugh a lot. — Miriam, age 8

Girls of July is about 4 completely different girls, Britta, Meredith, Kate, and Spider. Britta is a typical high schooler, Meredith is very smart, Kate is very quiet, and Spider knows she’s always been different. When they all meet at this house in the Adirondacks, they spend one whole month living together. Then they realize how nice it is to get away from your problems at home and how that brings you back to yourself. I found this book to be great! I rate this book a 5 out of 5. If you are looking for a deep book or a sweet realistic fiction or any other book, I think you will love this book. — Mira age 11

A Tale MagnoliousThis book was very interesting to read because of all the things that happen to the main character, Nitty, her elephant Magnolious and all their friends. Nitty is an orphan, and at the beginning of the story she is very lonely. Then she meets Magnolious. They both become good friends. Nitty and Magnolious make many other good friends throughout the story and Nitty is no longer as lonely as she was before. They get involved with the problem of the town getting hit by so many strong dusters and suspect the mayor, Neezer Snollygost, is behind it all. Overall, I think this book would be great for anyone, especially for anyone who likes elephants. It has expressive and meaningful words and scenes, characters with their own unique and personalities that you could really like, and a intriguing plot that I felt was very well planned out. — Noah, age 9

Far Away is mainly about  CJ and Jax having the adventure to find a tether to bring CJ’s mother spirit back to earth. CJ’s Aunt Nic is a psychic medium that travels to other parts of the country to speak to spirits far away. When CJ was born her mother died. Aunt Nic’s gift is the only way CJ can talk to her mom. CJ learns that she can’t speak to her mother anymore so she sets off on a trip with a friend named Jax to find a tether that would bring her back to earth. — Lucas, age 12

 

Other Words for HomeThis is one of the best books all year! It is told like a normal novel, but uses a poetic format which makes it very expressive. You’ll probably love this book, especially if you like I am Malala, since it explores similar cultures and events. Even though Jude’s life may be very different from yours, you’ll find yourself relating to her at the same time. Jude faces normal 12 year old problems, as well as more serious issues. Overall this book is immersive and uplifting, and I hope you give it a chance. — Charlotte, age 12

The Last Last Day of Summer - Otto and Sheed, the Famous Alston Boys, are well developed characters who make the book interesting and exciting. Otto is a smart 11 year old who likes adventure, and Sheed is his cousin who likes to play basketball. Mr. Flux is a villain who gives the boys a camera that freezes time. After taking a picture, the boys have to figure out how to unfreeze time. Every time they think they have solved it, another problem comes up. I like this book because it feels like their adventures never end. — Hazel, age 9

I can’t get enough of Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes! It’s about a boy named Murph Cooper who’s the only normal kid in a school full of kids with strange abilities. He befriends four other kids in the school who have arguably useless abilities, and they call themselves the Super Zeroes. Together, they’re a part of the Heroes Alliance, a secret crime-fighting group. Right now, they’re up against a really dangerous supervillain: Magpie. If the Super Zeroes don’t stop him, then the Heroes Alliance could go down the drain! I love this book because the authors use great figurative language and characters have great personalities. I recommend it for sure! — Simrah, age 11

The book The Hunt For The Mad Wolf’s Daughter is fantastic! It’s about a girl named Drest who is in the war band of the Mad Wolf of The West. She is on the run because a knight put a price on her head. Now everyone is searching for her and nowhere is safe. This makes the story dramatic and very interesting! I couldn’t put the book down until I finished it! Drest has to to do something, even if she has to redefine what a warrior is... — Sidrah, age 8

 

Max and the MidknightsDear readers, I have never been interested in the the Big Nate series and after reading this book I want to read Big Nate!  I specifically like the characters’ personalities! One of my favorite parts was when Mille discovered she was magic!  My favorite part of reading it was all the surprises with the characters! I LOVED THIS BOOK! — Stella, age 10

 

Village by the Sea - This is a heart felt book set in Thul, India. The book shows how kids are never to young to make a change. In Desai’s book, 12-year-old Hari and 13-year-old Lila try to fix their broken family. Money ran out along time ago and the food is scarce for the family. With their mother sick, their father drinking every night, and their younger sisters who need to be watched, Lila and Hari have to find a solution to all their family’s problems. When things get worse, can Lila and Hari manage it all? I recommend this book to anyone who is in for a good read. — Mason, age 11

The Unbelievable Oliver And The Four JokersI liked the book however I don’t like Oliver because he is not good at math, science, or running/sports. I do like when the present Bea & Teenie gave Maddox for his birthday disappeared. Do you think Oliver made it disappear? I recommend this book to mystery lovers. — Asher, age 8

 

 

Tree of dreams is a book about pollution, friendship, and chocolate. Coco loves chocolate. She helps her mother run their chocolate shop in Heartbeat Springs. But due to recent events, the store may have to close. Then Coco starts dreaming about a ceiba tree who promises treasure. She finds a flyer about a baking competition, including a free trip to the rainforest. Coco enters, but unfortunately, her ex-friend Leo enters too, the only person who could beat her. Oddly, she and Leo BOTH win, but how do you handle a week in the rainforest with someone who’s not talking to you? — Ivana, age 10

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe is a novel about a cuban boy named Sal. Sal Vidón can reach to any universe and retrieve anything he wants. For example, he was able to bring his dead Mami back to life! (Even if it was only for one night.) He thought he was the only person in the world who could see into another universe. Until, he finds out that a girl named Gabi can see also. I thought that this book was AWESOME!! If you are looking for a book that has a Latino influence or a sci-fi book this will be a GREAT book for you! — Mira, age 11

I read the book Shadow School. I loved it and will read it again. I would recommend it to a friend and my favorite character was Cordelia because she stuck with things. Also sometimes it gets a little creepy and once I put the book down, but later I kept reading because I was wondering what would happen next. —Sydney, age 9

 

 

I really enjoyed reading Hoax For Hire is because of the realistic characters and how the book just makes me want to take in the story and keep reading until the end. Grayson is part of the McNeil family, who have people hire them to trick bystanders into thinking that they saw a cryptid to attract people to places that need more attention. The family also follows clues and try to find cryptids and show that they are real except for Grayson's dad, who was the first McNeil to ever give up cryptid hunting and just do hoaxing. Grayson hates the family business and wants to get out of it as soon as possible and go to his dream school, Culver, where he can do photography. The whole family is trying to finish the Sea Monster Grand Slam, which is a series of hoaxes to pull off in a week. The McNeils aren't the only family who hoax for a living, though. The Gerhards do it too. They wanted the money that the McNeils were going earn from the Sea Monster Grand Slam. The Gerhards cause a lot of trouble and almost end the McNeil family career. Throughout all that happens to him, Grayson realizes what should be the most important thing to him. I would recommend this to anyone who can handle a nicely sized vocabulary and like a little humor and plenty of action happening on each page. — Noah

JANUARY 2019 REVIEWS

I read the book ‘Death Prefers Blondes’, and at first, it was really good. It was descriptive, it kept me entertained, and it was filled with adventure. However, later on, the book becomes confusing, and it becomes harder to keep track of who’s who, who is good, who is bad, etc. if you do like action and drama, this is the book for you, however, if you don’t like cliffhangers and lots of tension, I would not recommend this book. — Sol

 

The Spinner of Dreams, by K. A. Reynolds, is an amazing book. It is perfect for everyone, because, it tells a story of bravery, friendship, and overcoming hardships. Annalise Meriwether, the main character, will keep you turning the pages with her struggles to reach her dreams. If you liked the Percy Jackson series’ by Rick Riordan, you’ll find this adventure enticing and captivating. This book shows how you should never give up on your dreams, because, sometimes, dreams really do come true. This is a book that you will never, ever, forget. — Kaytaki

Tangled in Time the Portal - Rose is 12 years old when her life changes in front of her eyes after she loses her mother in a car accident. She leaves the city and moves in to a little town to live with her grandmother that she doesn’t really know, and must go to a new school with both bullies and friends in it! But in her grandmother's greenhouse she finds sanctuary...and secrets as Rose tumbles through time.This book has a lots to offer for anyone who loves a bit of mystery, history and fantasy! — Anna, age 10

 

All in a drop - This informative book has a structure almost identical to the who was/is books. The book was about a man, Antony van Leeuwenhoek,  During his life he accomplished many things. He discovered a disease, what seems like a million different microbes, and many other amazing things. Antony never gave up, even when he was sick he persevered and kept his curious nature and his intelligent mind. I really enjoyed this book and hope others will be inspired by it like it inspired me as a reader. — Lucia, age 9

A Wolf Called WanderI really enjoyed reading this book. The beginning was very detailed, so I did not have that many questions and it was very intriguing and compelled me to read more.The middle parts of the story had tons of action and kept the story going to eventually lead to a satisfying end that I can be content with with the main character, Wander, leading a content life with his mate and wonderful pups in a bountiful land.Everyone had at least a little meaning to the course of the story and their own unique personality, giving the story more realistic characters and a excellent representation of real life. There are a lot of extremely challenging hardships Wander has to face and go through and survive, and after overcoming them Wander’s will to keep living shows again and again even though he lost almost everything that meant so much to him in the beginning.The illustrations fit in with what is happening on the page and look absolutely amazing, filling up blank spaces with beautiful drawings of the wilderness and animals and giving a image that words cannot describe.Overall, A Wolf Called Wander is like the drawings, barely any words can describe how great the book is. — Noah

I recommend The Unteachables. My favorite character is Kiana. When she's late to sign up for her new school she goes to a random class, after finding a schedule on the ground. Kiana attends this unique class without telling her parents. Kiana’s teacher is Mr. Kermit. The students in his class are named the Unteachables, because they are hated by all teachers. The Unteachables like Mr. Kermit and try to improve his reputation. But sometimes their funny plans backfire. I like the Unteachables because they have strange behavior like roasting marshmallows on pencils over a fire in the trash can! — Thea, age 11

I liked most of Superman. The parts I liked were really good, like when he saved Smallville from people who wanted to kill everyone in it. The only parts I didn’t like were the parts that had swear words in them so I don’t recommend this book to others who do not like explicit language. This has an interesting plot and overall I really liked it even though I am more of a Marvel fan. I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. — Bruno, age 10

 

Odd GodsI think that this book resembles that people are perfect the way they are and it doesn’t matter how people look, act or be. it’s just them being them! I also think that Adonis isn’t a bad person, but I do think he could be a little kinder. Oddonis is a very passionate, kind friend. I like how mathena is always trying to make people feel good. I like how puneous always stands up for people and I like how Germes is always trying to comfort    People. Gaseous is always trying to stay together with his friends as much as possible. Some things I thought could be better are they could have described a little more about the other characters and they could have told a little more about what had happened in the past. I liked this book so much that I read it in two days. Whenever I had extra time, I would grab the book and get comfy and start reading. I really like this book and I hope that whoever reads it enjoys it! — Oliver, age 10

The Unteachables is a very good, hilarious book. I like how each chapter has a different kid’s perspective. The story is about how a teacher, Mr. Kermit, helps the kids become better students. And, through their adventures, the students help Mr. Kermit become a better teacher. There are lots of funny things that happen with squeaky toys and flying cars.When this book comes out I highly recommend it, if you like funny books.               — Alex, Age 8

 

Lenny’s Book of Everything is a very good book. The plot can get a little sad but the twists and turns make it enjoyable. I particularly liked how the main character, a girl named Lenny, narrates the story. She gives her perspective on how her and her brother Davey fight his illness. I recommend it highly. — Tommy, age 12

 

 

The Truth and Lies of Ella Black was a very enjoyable read. It shows Ella battling with her alter ego that she calls Bella. When Ella’s family decides on day to whisk her away to Rio de Janeiro, Ella finds it harder to hide Bella from her parents. When her parents don’t answer any of her questions of why they are in Rio, Ella starts to think of worst case scenarios. Then, one day, she finds out why she is there, and her life changes drastically. I found that this book was very difficult to put down, and I often stayed up a lot later than I should have because I just had to know what happened next.                   — Gillian, age 13

Eventown seems the perfect place. But when Elodee’s family moves there, she doesn't feel like she fits in. The ice cream’s great, but there are only three flavors. Every house and yard looks exactly the same. Everything Elodee bakes tastes delicious, but when she wants to make a crazy cake, everyone warns her not to. Elodee wants to move back home and she learns that perhaps the perfect place isn’t so perfect. Eventown is an enticing novel. Not only does it accurately capture the feelings of a young girl,  makes it feel as though you are there with her descriptions. I recommend this book if you like realistic fiction with a magical twist.  Eventown has become one of my new favorite books because it's exciting but also not too scary. — Sadie, age 13

The Last Kids On Earth Survival Guide is a nice book. It is an activity book which has things like coloring, create your own pets and things like that. It also shows tips and fun facts. It’s mostly about monsters. I like this book because it's pretty fun and has a little reading in it too so you don't just do activities, you have a chance to read.                         — Narine, age 9

 

The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins by Gail Shepherd is about a girl who is trying to understand her family's history when no one will tell her. I didn’t find the book a very exciting read. If you are interested in books that are sort of a mystery, this would be a good book for you. I would give it three stars out of five. — Tess, age 11

 

 

The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day is a great book if you like sci-fi. It’s about a girl who wakes up one day, however it’s not just any old day, it’s her tenth birthday! But instead of finding a mom reading the newspaper, her dad baking banana pancakes, and a grumpy teenage sister that hates her still in bed like a normal Saturday morning, Maisie wakes up to a motionless house and can’t find any of her family members! Outside is a complete galaxy of darkness that tries to swallow the light inside of the house when Maisie accidentally lets them in. She even tries to make her own reality check by jabbing a safety pin into her thumb! Maisie goes through the day trying to find a way to reach her family and using her scientific knowledge to help her. I loved this book because it had great exciting moments and cherished memories of the past. I would absolutely recommend this!                          — Michelle, age 10

Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury goes deep into galactical fantasies and newfound destinies. This book brought me to a new universe filled with conflict and mystery, making it impossible to stop reading. When three friends, Stacia, Clio, and Pol’s planet is attacked, Pol and Stacia leave, having to stay undercover traveling the galaxy as refugees. Although Stacia wants nothing more than to save her best friend Clio. This book contains a series of cliffhangers and plot twists, that you would never want to miss a word of it. Thrill-seeking, adventurous, romantic, and surprising, Last of Her Name is a perfect book for those people who like thrill and adventure.                                                                   — Bronte, age 12

The Unspeakable Unknown is a book of unknown areas and dangers of magic. Nicola Kross has had her father kidnapped by the Old Ones-squid like manipulators that are extremely powerful in destructive ways. Nicola, along with her friends from the School, meet an Old One that was kicked out of the Old One clan. Her name is Darleen. Together, they rescue Nicola’s father and (mostly) save themselves from the Old Ones. (For now.) — Caroline, age 11

 

Bernice Buttman, Model Citizen - I loved this book. It is about a bully who tries to stop being a bully but is laughed at because of her name. But in the end she succeeds in being nice. This book is funny and I recommend this book. — Will, age 8

 

 

 

Maybe a Mermaid is an interesting book that (maybe) has a mermaid. A girl named Anthoni Gillis is dragged around the Midwest by her mother, who works for a beautification company, Beauty and the Bee. Anthoni’s mom takes her on a vacation to Thunder Lake in Eagle Waters, WI. There, Anthoni meets a quirky old woman named Charlotte Boulay, who owns the Showboat Resort. Charlotte expresses a love for acting. Anthoni finds out that Charlotte was the star of the Boulay Mermaid show. With the help of Charlotte, Anthoni will just might sew all the holes of her life closed.                        — Caroline, age 11

Outwalkers is a pretty good book. Some of its themes are that teamwork leads to success and that true friends will always be there for you. I liked this book because it shows the power of teamwork and love. It’s about a boy named Jake whose parents die in a car accident, and he is stuck in an academy that is horrible. Jake will escape, but if he wants to get to his grandparents in Scotland, he will have to evade the hub police. His parents tell him that he can only get to Scotland with Jet. Are his parents right? And will Jake succeed or end up trapped in England? Find out in this intense novel!               — Michelle, age 10

Solving for M is really good! It’s about a girl named Mika who enters Highbridge Middle School and has a nice math teacher named Mr. Vann! At first, Mika wasn’t really a math person (or a science person, like her friend Dee Dee) and she liked art more, but middle school is so confusing that she just can’t argue with numbers. On top of everything, Mika’s mom might have skin cancer. This adds an interesting touch to the  story. I like this book because Mika was patient when things were hard. Throw on your thinking caps, because Solving for M is coming! — Sidrah, age 7

The Next Great Paulie Fink is a really enjoyable book! Caitlyn is the new girl in a rural school where every grade only has one class and the kids have all known each other for a long time. But with her arrival, another student who was supposed to come vanishes: Paulie Fink, a legendary class clown. Whereas Caitlyn, who can be seen as a replacement, is definitely not a class clown. She gets to know the funky kids in her class and before long, the competition to replace Paulie is on, with Caitlyn elected as the judge. I would definitely recommend this book because alongside the great storytelling and structure, Caitlyn’s classmates are all really interesting and likeable, and they show you that being a team doesn’t mean being clones of each other. — Simrah, age 10