Between the Lines Reviews




How to Make Friends with the Sea by Tanya Guerrero was a really interesting book. The main character is a boy named Pablo, who has OCD. He has many fears: room must be clean, food should be organic and vegetarian, no going anywhere the slightest bit unsanitary, but his biggest fear is the ocean, from moving around so much. Then his mom adopts a girl called Chiqi and Pablo finds himself throwing his fears out the window to help her. But will he ever get used to the ocean? — Irana


96 Miles by J. L. Esplin was a great book that had me hooked to the end. It has strong characters and a moving plot. The main character and his brother are robbed after a major blackout and have to fight to survive and struggle on the emotional and physically tasking job of staying alive in the desert. It is a fantastic book and I would recommend it to everyone.  — Sadie


Wanda Seasongood and the Mostly True Secret by Susan Lurie is a very good book because it is very adventurous and starts a new story at the end. It was a very good book also because it was really well written. The story was about a girl who was with her family but realizes that it’s not her family. She goes on an adventure to go and find her true family with a talking bird. I liked the story because it was breathtaking and you don’t know what’s going to come next. That is why it is a good book and a fun one.       — Adro, age 7

A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood is a book every person should read. It is the perfect story about a small town girl who finds her summer filled with parties and surprises. Caitlin and Robert Cardew are just  people from magazines until Lou meets them in real life and befriends them. As her summer goes on, Lou discovers unimaginable secrets about her newfound friends. The constant twist of this tale will keep you guessing until the last page. This is a classic tale of heartbreak, fun, and discovery, and everyone will enjoy it greatly. — Kaytaki

The Perfect Star by Rob Buyea, is the 3rd amazing book in the Perfect Score series. This book in particular is about Scott, Randi, Trevor, Gavin and Natalie during  their life in 8th grade. As the year unfolds many challenges come their way including a surprise trip to the big apple and many other unexpected obstacles. It’s an unforgettable year full of true friendship, tears, laughter, and surprises. I would recommend this book to any person who enjoys a typical realistic fiction with some possible twists and turns.   —  Mira, age 12

I loved The Great Brain Robbery by P. G. Bell. This book is about a girl named Suzy who is a delivery girl for the Impossible Places Express train. Somebody is trying to steal gold from an old factory and Suzy must find and stop the robber. She must use the train and race against time to catch the robber before they steal the gold. I liked this book because it is very exciting. People who like action and adventure will like this book.   — Will, age 9





All the pretty things is an intense story about truth and ignorance, that had me hooked till the end. Ivy Cork is Mr. Cork’s daughter, the owner of fabuland, and that can be really hard sometimes. Especially when your trying to find answers to a crazy death. This realistic fiction book takes you into the mind of an unsure teenager girl, an adventurous young lady, and an amazing friend. This book is perfect for middle school kids as it talks about heavy topics. — Sadie


Hazel’s Theory of Evolution by Lisa Jenn Bigelow is a good story about self-discovery, family, friendship, and many misunderstood animals. It’s about a girl who has been redistricted to a new school. She is upset about leaving her best friend, Becca.What she doesn't expect is to become friends with two unlikely people. Meanwhile, one of her moms, Mimi, is pregnant for the third time. Two babies have been lost and Hazel can't let herself hope. Just about the only things not changing are Hazel's goat herd, her dog, Arby, and her love of animals -- especially misunderstood ones. She is even writing a book about misunderstood animals! I really liked this book, but I would only recommend it for kids 12 years and older.   — Bella, age 10

I really liked the book Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom by Louis Sachar because it was funny. The book is about a school where the kids and teachers do a lot of weird, funny stuff. It is also easy to read because the chapters are pretty short. I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to laugh.  — Emily



I would recommend Diana: Princess of the Amazons by Shannon and Dean Hale for anyone who likes graphic novels. The best character is Diana, who is actually Wonder Woman. I liked this book because the drawings were really good and it showed Diana as a girl and how she was able to save the day from monsters. — Cailin





In The Oasis by Katya de Becerra, Alif and her four friends on a trip to Dubai get swept up in a sandstorm with a very cute guy named Tommy. They end up lost in the desert until they find the oasis, or rather, the oasis finds them. An exciting novel filled with romance and betrayal, The Oasis uncovers secrets that turn should be friends against each other, revealing their true personalities under the pressure of being left to the wild. I was swept up into this book and couldn’t read fast enough to uncover the unknowns of the oasis. This book is great for kids 11 and up as it can be hard to follow at times. — Mia

Free Lunch by Rex Ogle is an autobiography and his life being poor. He couldn’t buy lunch everyday at school so he had to sign up for the school’s free lunch. He has to survive typical middle school life with the addition of eating the free lunch and his extremely hard home life. His mom doesn’t like help from many people and tries hard to keep their family going. Her second husband Sam,  is helping a bit with the cost but it is still very difficult for all of them. Overall this is a very impactful book and is definitely worth reading. — Mira, age 12

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston was very good and I enjoyed it immensely. The characters and plot was very invading and the story made me smile more than once. The book also made me laugh at least ever chapter. I recommend this to anyone that saw me reading it and will to may more. Definitely a must read. — Sadie



Dive into Chloe’s complicated world with Clique Bait, by Ann Valett. Revenge isn’t easy, but it’s even harder when you have to infiltrate the royalty of private school, and break into a house. Throughout the book, Chloe learns how to let go, and to forgive, coming to terms with the tragedy of her friend. Clique Bait was a great read because you never know what’s coming. It’s full of mystery, love, friendship, and secrets. Readers of Red Queen and Divergent will enjoy this book because it covers many of the same topics in modern situation.  — Kaytaki

The Athena Protocol by Shamim Sarif was an amazing book. The characters within it are all so strong, and as a female myself they were very inspiring to me. The book starts off slow, and took me a little while to get into, but once I got a few chapters in, wow, did it really kick off! I found myself reading all the time! It was so suspenseful and exciting! Everything had a twist. The ending was especially good, and I found myself on my toes till the very last page! — Sarah


Slay by Britney Morris was amazing. After finishing this book, there is a similar feeling as after watching Black Panther. In fact, if you loved Black Panther or On the Come Up by Angie Thomas you will absolutely love this book. Sometimes I wish this book remembered the saying, "show not tell" and wasn't so explanatory. Additionally, the whole idea of just two girls running a thousand player game was just illogical. However, fleshed out characters, and amazing black women makes this book worth reading. The references and design of the game was great and kept me reading nonstop. — Nastia

I loved  Notorious by Gordon Korman. It is about a dog named Barney who was murdered and two characters named ZeeBee and Keenan. They find out that Barney was poisoned and somebody raided ZeeBee’s house. ZeeBee and Keenan follow the clues and use an ancient treasure map to find Tommy-Gun-Fergensen’s gold. Tommy was a gangster who lived in her house a long time ago. People who like mysteries and adventure will like this book. If you like Gordon Korman’s books this is an even better one!  — Will, age 9

More to the Story by Hena Khan is an amazing book about the power of family and friends. The main character, Jameela is an aspiring journalist and got the privileged job of becoming the features editor for the school newspaper. But, she ends up having to work alongside the one person she doesn’t want to. All the while, her Baba is away, working in Abu Dhabi and Jameela and her 3 sisters and their new friend Ali have to help Jameela’s mom manage everything. In all this in an incredible book that definitely deserves 5 stars.  — Mira, age 11

“Bugs in Danger”, by Mark Kurlansky, is a book about bees, beetles, butterflies, and climate change… with a lot of Latin names. Have you ever wondered what it would be like with no fruits? No apples, no peaches… why would that happen? A disease? A sudden heat wave? But the answer is this: disappearing insects. This book shows that big things, like rows and rows of fruits, depend on small things, like good pollination, that depend on smaller things, bees, that depend on even smaller things, their young, that could all shatter because of 3 things:Pollution, Climate, Pesticide. If you have ever wanted to make small, simple differences in the world, or want to learn more about the earth, this is a great book. — Ivana, age 10

Thundercluck Chicken of Thor: Recipe for Revenge - “I loved this book! It is about a chicken who got struck by lightening and can generate lightening. He gets captured by an evil cook named Gorman Bones. His companion Brunhilde has to save Thundercluck from a curse. I liked this book because it has a lot of action. I think kids that like action, adventure and fantasy will like this book.” — Will, Age 9


The Princess Who Flew With Dragons - Princess Sofi of Drachenheim is being sent to Villene.  Because she has to fly there and it is very windy, she pukes.  Sofi is not looking forward to going to Villene. But surprisingly she likes it there. She can finally go to school, then bad luck strikes ice giants want to take the royals and their land!!! What will Sofi do? If you liked The Princess In Black you will enjoy this book. — Hazel, age 9


Rory Branigan Detective - This is an amazing book. I really enjoyed the fact how it started off with Rory not knowing anything about detective work and then at the end he saves the day with it. I liked it so much that i read it in day and can’t wait for the next book to come out!!!!!!!!. The background is about a kid called Rory who notices that people are getting poisoned... can he save the day??? — Adro, age 7