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MARCH 2020 REVIEWS

City Spies is a very well written book! It is about a girl named Sara Martinez who is a orphan and lives in New York with foster parents who, let’s just say they aren’t the best. Sara then with a old school computer, hacks into the foster care system to try and expose her foster parents as bieng cheats and law breakers. She then get’s caught and is facing juvenile detention  and she’s on trial when a random man called “mother” comes and saves her and asks her if she want’s to join the MI5. She says yes and quickly has a mission in Paris, France. I highly recommend this book, this is a must read. — Meshkeen, age 11

Kiki’s Delivery Service is  a wonderful book full of magic (literally and figuratively), humor, and is just a great fantasy book in general. It follows the life of a witch-in-training, Kiki, and her quest to make a city a better place, along with her sarcastic cat, Gigi. There she encounters many things, not only obstacles but also friends. I finished the book on the first day. I just kept thinking, “Okay, this is the last chapter I’m reading today” and kept going. It’s important to note that this is not the book based on the movie, it’s the movie that’s based on the book. — Ivana

The Lucky Ones - I really loved this book. It is a page turner full of reality. This story is brimming with things that I could connect with. May, Zach, and Lucy are amazing characters and I was cheering for them the entire way. The story is emotional and I couldn’t stop turning pages until the end. I recommend this book for kids above or the age of middle schoolers. Brianna, age 10

 

Fox Tails: The Great Bunk Bed Battle - I like this book because it is funny.  It teaches a lesson about arguing. Also, the font is easy to read. I recommend this book for kids K-2 grades. — William, age 7

 

 

The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate is the sequel to The One and Only Ivan, and is equally as dynamic. Readers of The One and Only Ivan may remember Bob, an adorable street dog. Bob has now been adopted and he enjoys visiting the zoo to see his friends, Ivan and Ruby. On one disastrous day, Bob decides to escape and find his long lost sister. As he does so, he discovers the true meaning of bravery, friendship, and family. This book is perfect for fans of The One and Only Ivan and anyone who enjoys stories from unique points of view.  — Mia, age 11

Five Things About Ava Andrews by Margaret Dilloway is an intriguing book about learning to stand up for yourself. The main character, Ava, suffers from anxiety and heart condition. When she finds out that a historical place in her neighborhood was going to be torn down, she tries to find a way to stop it, while facing her fears and making a few friends along the way. She learns that her anxiety doesn't have to get in the way of everything.   — Mia, age 11

 

The Water Bears by Kim Baker is an exciting realistic fiction about a boy named Newton, who prefers to be called Newt. He lives on an unusual island called Murphy. Last year he survived a bear attack, and since then he’s been afraid of bears. One day at the beach, he finds a mysterious wooden bear and decides to take it home. His friend Ethan discovers that this bear has magical powers, and when other people find out, they use his powers. Find out Newt’s amazing adventure of self-acceptance and courage. — Mia, age 11

Everything You Need to Know When You are 8 by Kristen Miller is really funny.  Parents who have kids that are turning 8 should buy this book for them. Eight year olds will enjoy this book because it talks about things like How to Win Halloween, How to Fart in Public, and 50 Things You Do When You're Bored.  This book is interesting and well written. I recommend this book!  — Arlan, age 8

 

I really enjoyed the book The Elephant's Girl by Celesta Rimington because it was an adventurous story. In the adventure, the main character, Lexington Willow, is seeking the truth about her parents after she was swept up in an E5 tornado.  She landed in a nearby Nebraska zoo. I liked that the story takes a twist about three fourths of the way through. Lex ends up discovering so much truth about her past and even finds out who her parents are.  In the end, I was very surprised because I didn’t know how the book was going to end. It was very good and I do recommend it to other readers. There was one thing I did not like about the story, which was the fact that I found the first four chapters to be very confusing. I ended up understanding the beginning better once I finished the book.  — Sienna, age 8

FEBRUARY 2020 REVIEWS

The Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman was one of the best books I’ve ever read! This book was a historical fiction book, based on the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. At that time, Valentina and her Jewish family were highly mistreated. Oskana’s father was one of those people who mistreated them, Oksana was taught to hate Valentina. But, everything changes. My favorite character was Valentina Because of how she handled all the hardships that she faced, and how nice she was to Oksana even though Oksana was mean to her. I was very inspired by her determination and courage. Overall this is one of the best books I have ever read! — Daphne, age 11

If We Were Giants by Dave Matthews and Clete Barrett Smith is a book about bravery and learning to face your fears. This is a very unique story. The story takes place in the woods. The characters live in secrecy in the trees and they dress with leaves and vines. That’s only one of the many unique things about this book. The characters show traits of creativity and loyalty. The authors make the fantasy seem so real, pulling you into the pages until you feel like you live in the story and you are witnessing it with your own eyes. — Mia, age 11

Sunnyside Plaza by Scott Simon is a great book that sends the message that orphanages do not always have the care to handle diseases that are deadly. I liked Sunnyside Plaza because when something exciting happens you do not know what is going to come next. I hope there is another Sunnyside book because it seems like there is going to be more. Sunnyside Plaza has some humor and a lot of excitement. The book was about a 16 year old girl telling her story working for an orphanage and having both exciting and sad moments through her time there. — Adro, age 8

I recommend Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business by Lyla Lee because Mindy is a very interesting character. She just moved to America and started selling her Korean food at lunch to try to make friends. The book sends a good message that you don't need to sell food to make friends, you can just be who you are. If you like reading stories about school and trying to make friends and fit in then you will like this book. — Cailin, age 7

 

Zatanna and the House of Secrets by Matthew Cody is a good graphic novel because there are little clues throughout the story that add to one big mystery. Zatanna is a brave and outgoing character and it is fun to read about her trying to help her father, who is a magician. There is a good message in this novel which is that Zatanna stands up for what she thinks is right, even if that means having to stand up to bullies. If you like mysteries and graphic novels you should read this story.  — Emily, age 7

 

Ghost Squad by Claribel Ortega - Ghosts aren't real. At least, that's what most people think. But Lucely Luna knows better. For her ghosts are an everyday thing. Lucely lives in a house in St. Augustine, crammed full of people- but not all of them are necessarily alive. In fact, Lucely and her father are the only living residence there! The rest are friendly ghosts from Lucely's currently deceased part of the family. Almost everyone is there- except her mom, but Lucely is never lonely, whether her companions are alive or not. One day, her perfect life is shattered when weird things begin to happen to the ghosts. So Lucely and her friend Syd decide to look through Syd’s grandmother’s spell books for something that could possibly help the spirits. When a spell goes awry, it unleashes something else- a powerful beast freed by the spell that is a threat to everyone in St. Augustine. The girls will need all their courage, and a little magic, to fend off the beast, or else risk everything they love. I loved this story because of its suspense, humor, and the perfect touch of magic to create a beautiful, heartfelt story. I hung on to every word as I read this delightful book, and I hope you will too. — Eva, age 10

 I think Cats are People Too by Dave Coverly is pretty good. It's like a joke book. There's one comic that I liked where a dog is slurping out of a toilet and then the cat flushed the toilet.  There’s another with a fire hydrant where the cat thinks he's in the wrong bathroom, which I thought was pretty funny. The jokes are overall pretty good. — Arlan, age 8

 

Bad Best Friend by Rachel Vail is a book about a girl who has to learn to cope with bad things in her life, including bad friends, hurricanes, and broken elephants (If you’re curious, read this book!).  I loved this book because the characters had interesting personalities -- for instance, Danny loved garbage -- and were all funny in their own ways. I also enjoyed the hilarious puns and jokes that the author wove into the story. This truly is a book that deserves a place on your shelf.  — Mia, age 11

 

One Last Shot by John David Anderson is a heartwarming book about this young boy named Malcolm. Malcolm never really had an interest for any sports but especially not baseball which was what he had been doing for quite a while just to please his dad. After he decided he was going to quit baseball he thought he was never going to enjoy a different sport. That is, until he found miniature golf. This book is told in a different way with Malcolm explaining everything that had happened while being in a mini golf tournament. I loved this book and I think a lot of other people would too.                        — Mira, age 12

The Summer of Impossibilities by Rachael Allen is a funny and relatable story of four girls who are forced to become friends. Scarlett, Skyler, Ellie, and Amelia Grace are drawn together by their mothers and a historic lake house where they have to spend the summer together. Throughout the book, the girls struggle with friendship, love, and being true to yourself, but they learn that they are stronger -in more ways they could imagine- together. I would recommend this book for middle school kids because it deals with some heavy topics, but it will keep you turning the pages and wishing for more. — Kaytaki

Do you enjoy scavenger hunts? Following clues? Reading? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this book is perfect for you. Worse Than Weird by Jody J. Little is an outstanding book.  Each character has a different but relatable personality, which brings the book to life. Fans of the Book Scavenger and Mr. Lemoncello’s Library series will definitely love this book.  — Mia, age 11

 

Everything Awesome About Sharks and Other Underwater Creatures! Who is the biggest celebrity in the ocean? Read this book to find out!  This book is full of fun facts about the ocean and ocean life. It also has step-by-step instructions of how to draw some animals in the ocean, a field guide with ocean animals, and funny jokes about sea life. I enjoyed the cute and friendly illustrations.  I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in ocean life. I hope you like this book! — Kai, age 9

Something to Say by Lisa Moore Ramée is a book about learning to face your fears and speak up for what is right. This book is really interesting because Jenae is different from normal people. For instance, she prefers to be left alone and not have any friends, and she can control things with her brain. However, throughout the story, some of these things about her change. She discovers that changing yourself is sometimes the best thing to do. — Mia, age 11

 

Twist by Sarah Canon is a truly amazing book. It is full of twists in the plot like when Eli, is a writer who only wants to be the next Stephen King but ends up ruining Neha’s drawings or paradise for the creeps. It’s fiction but like all fiction books it’s based off of something real or true. Neha is my favorite character because she created forest creeks and because she is a bold character like court (another character in twist.)                           — Sophia, age 10

 

Do you love learning about history? Do you love learning about dogs? Then Daring Dogs: 30 True Tales of Heroic Hounds by Kimberlie Hamilton is the book for you. This amazing book has true stories about dogs who had fantastic lives, plus facts about other dogs on nearly every other page. Each page has eye-catching illustrations (including one featuring an adorable penguin). I instantly loved every single brave little dog I met in this book. This book is made for every pup lover out there in this world. — Mia, age 11

 

JANUARY 2020 REVIEWS

What would you do if your favorite make-believe world was real? The Land of Roar is all about that. The Land of Roar is about a make-believe world that two kids played in when they were young. By the time they are 11 years old, they barely remember it. But when their grandfather gets trapped in it, they realize it’s a real place and go save him. I would recommend it to anyone, even people who don't enjoy books. Anyone who enjoys the Narnia series will enjoy this book as well because it has similar elements. — Mia, age 11

The Twin by Natasha Preston is a suspenseful thriller type book that keeps you up trying to finish it. After their parents got divorced, 10 year old twin sisters Iris and Ivy were also split up, Iris going to live with their mom and Ivy with their dad. But after their mom surprisingly passes away Iris is forced to go and live with Ivy and their dad. The twins haven’t lived together for years and have to get used to living together.  But Iris is making that really hard because of the way she is acting. Ivy needs to get herself together and find out what is happening to Iris. This book is so exciting and a great read for any suspense lover. — Mira age 12

I enjoyed The Secret Runners by Matthew Reilly because of how the author connected different parts of the story together. For example, some elements that were heard in the beginning of the book reappear later in the story. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves mystery stories as there is lots of suspense and different problems that occur throughout the book. My favorite part of the story was when the main character, Skye, was trying to escape with Jenny while the older version of Griff was trying to kill them. I also liked how the author involved a gamma cloud as one of the main problems.  — Rohin

Like Nothing Amazing Ever Happened is an amazing book that talks about dealing with loss and your life going on after it. Justin’s father recently passed away and Justin is still trying to figure out how to deal with it. There are a lot of things that Justin doesn’t know, like how his best friend is so smart, he doesn’t know how people can act like everything is fine when it clearly isn’t, and most of all, he doesn’t know what actually happened the day his father died. This book is a heartwarming realistic fiction that any person would enjoy. — Mira, age 12

The Thief Knot by Kate Milford is an amazing companion book to the Greenglass House Series. This book focuses on the Hakelbarend Family that we met in The Ghosts of Greenglass House. Marzana had been looking for an adventure for 6 months, since she had gotten back from Greenglass House in January. Then a mystery comes right to her. There had been a kidnapping. Her parents were trying to figure it out but Marzana wanted to too. She and her new friends formed a “knot” and tried to look for the victim. This book was amazing and any person who likes mysteries would be a fan.       — Mira, age 12

I think that Swimming With Dolphins is a book that you cannot stop reading. I read it in a day and if there weren't so many other subjects in school it would've been half. This book shares that even if you love something it's okay if you're afraid of it as well. In this story the main character K.T has to leave her friends Kaytee and Cady to move from Iowa City, Iowa to sunny Fernbank, Florida. As a moving gift her parents get K.T tickets to Dolphina cove where she gets to swim with dolphins but in the end she's too afraid. When she goes to a friends birthday party at the same place she overcomes her fear and swims with her favorite dolphin, Cola! It is a perfect book for stop and go reading and I would 100% recommend it! — Mia, age 10

How to disappear completely by Ali standish is one of the best books I have ever read. It felt so realistic and I never knew what was going to happen next. Emma is a 7th grader whose “gram” (grandmother) just passed away. Her gram was her best friend they both had a great imagination. Suddenly Emma gets diagnosed with vitiligo, a disease that makes your skin lose its pigment. This book is all about her making new friends, getting enemies, and dealing with her vitiligo. This book is a must read if you like a suspense. — Daphne, age 11

The Rules for Being a Girl by Candace Bushnell and Katie Cotugno is an amazing novel, displaying thoughts and feelings of a teenage girl in today’s society.  The book is about the sexual advancements that a trusted teacher makes towards a student. This story brings out an array of emotions and true sympathy for girls experiencing things like this everywhere. — Addison, age 12

 

A Home for Goddesses and Dogs by Leslie Connor is an amazing book. This book is about Lydia and her new family. After her mom died,she moved unwillingly to Connecticut with her aunt and her dog, Although she doesn’t like dogs, she ends up loving them. My favorite character is Lydia because she changes throughout the book.This is a story with strong female characters. I hope there will be a second story with the same characters or from a different perspective. Be warned this story is sad. Even though I haven't read other books by this author I love her writing already. I would recommend it to anyone. — Sophia, age 10

In The Best of Iggy by Annie BarrowsIggy is the biggest troublemaker of them all. Basically, there are 3 different types of things we wish we hadn't done: Things we wish we hadn't done, but only wished we hadn't got in trouble for, things we wish we had done a little less, and things we wish we hadn't done at all. Iggy does them all in the book, and each one is funnier than the last! I love this book because Iggy is so funny and ever since you start reading it, you wonder What's the thing he truly wishes he hadn't done? I really love this book, and I really recommend it.  — Sidrah, age 8

Tyrannosaurus Wrecks, Stuart Gibbs’s latest edition to the Funjungle series, is sure to excite you! A tyrannosaurus’s skull has been stolen from Teddy’s friend’s farm, even though it’s a virtually impossible crime given the circumstances. Since the police don’t think the case is legit, Teddy grudgingly agrees to solve it. As if that’s not enough, the Barksdale twins are getting into a lot of trouble with illegally purchased reptiles, and Teddy has to put a stop to that. This book is really funny and there’s a big plot twist close to the end that turns everything around! I would definitely recommend it.  — Simrah, age 11

Seven Clues to Home by Gae Polisner and Nora Raleigh Baskin is just right for 8 - 10 year olds. Joy, one of the main characters, faces challenges throughout the story, and uses complex clues to find the one thing that makes her feel close to her friend Lukas who passed away on her 12th birthday. This story shows that you should never give up on something you haven't yet completed and that even if you lose something that means a lot to you it doesn't always mean its gone for good and that it will still be there when you need it most.  — Mia, age 10

The Misadventures of Nobbin Swill - Meet Nobbin, a dung farmer for the royal castle. But one day, when he's digging, he finds a ring, but it's not any ring, it's the king's ring! When he tries to return it to the king, he just ends up stumbling into a mystery. I really like this book because everything happens because of the event before it! I also like how there are many references to fairy tales, like Snow White and The Seven Dwarves and Hansel and Gretel. I highly recommend this book, and you won't put it down until you finish it! — Sidrah, age 8

Midnight on Strange Street by K.E. Ormsbee is a thrilling sci-fi novel. Avery just moved to Callaway, Texas, where a new alien substance called glow has been discovered, plus the new sport glowboarding. Avery is on a glowboarding team called the Sardines, with her friends Dani, Bastian, and Lola. They’re too good, because they have a special tie to glow that they don’t even realize. Until they start using telepathy and telekinesis. And charts are showing a spike of glow activity in Callaway, all leading straight to the Sardines. I love this book because of the suspense of if they’ll get discovered, and the suspense of what will happen in their races. — Simrah, age 11

Look by Zan Romanoff is a novel about finding and being yourself. The story focuses on a girl named Lulu. Lulu is a star on a social media platform called Flash - with 10,000 followers. Look is a really powerful book because it talks about subjects like feminism, control, and belonging and makes you think deeply about your place in the world. Look also makes you think about social media and its effect on the world. What makes this book great is that even though Lulu’s life is in tatters, there are always people there to help her through the tough times. I definitely recommend this book— Kaytaki 

DECEMBER 2019 REVIEWS

Parked by Danielle Svetcov was an uplifting book about friendship, family and learning how to welcome help enough to help yourself. The story is about a 12 year old girl Jeanne Ann who road trips to San Francisco in her orange van with her mom, who is having trouble finding a job so they can move into an apartment. There's also Cal, the boy from across the street who can't resist helping out Jeanne Ann and her mom. A quick meaning fun friendship develops and though the story they lift each other up when they are down and always support one another. This book warmed my heart and it will warm yours too!  — Sadie, Age 12

In Lila and Hadley by Kody Kiplinger, Hadley is angry at everybody. She is legally blind and her vision is getting worse, her mama is in jail, and she is moving in with her older sister. Then she meets Lila at the animal adoption center where here sister works. Hadley isn't a dog person, but Lila is different. As she takes mobility classes and trains Lila so she can be adopted, both of them are changed. I liked this book.                  — Bella, age 11

 

Nat Enough by Maria Scrivan is about a girl named Natalie, who is starting middle school. Her best friend, Lily, has ditched her, claiming she's not cool enough for her. Natalie tries to get Lily back, but just strays farther from herself. Will she realized that the real her is enough? Find out for yourself! This book was simplistic and was odd, but in a good way. It wasn't my favorite, but it was okay and was a quick read.  — Bella, age 11

 

 

 

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