Between the Lines Reviews



Blaine for the Win is an awesome book. It has a good plot and representation of the LGBTQ+ community. It has struggles that teens can relate to, and I thought that I got to the climax more than once before it actually happened. This book is interesting and captivating, and once you start reading, you won't be able to put it down! It is a wonderfully wholesome book that I would definitely recommend! — Anna M, age 13




Sort of Super is an awesome book. Full of surprises that fit in perfectly, supers Wyatt and A+ get teased at school and solve crimes in this Sci-Fi graphic novel. I loved this book, and highly recommend it. — Eloise P, age 12





From Dust, a Flame by Rebecca Podos is an amazing read. The book follows 17 year old Hannah Williams and her brother Gabe through a mystery based around Jewish mythology. The two race against time to uncover family secrets and break a curse that is slowly ruining their lives. Full of witty moments and lgbtq+ romance, anyone looking for a fun mystery book will love this! — Amanda M, age 14




All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman is a captivating, suspenseful, and magical novel about friendships and feuds. It takes place in Ilvernath, a small town with a terrible curse: every generation, teenagers from the seven most powerful magical families must fight to the death. The prize? Twenty years of control of High Magick. This thrilling tale of love, friendship, and family is perfect for fall and fans of The Hunger Games. It's a must-read! — Meera P




We like Racing Age: Drive It! Fix It! because Ace never gives up. I recommend reading this book! — Geffen R, age 8




The second book in the B*WITCH series, Witch Rising, is an incredible mystery book. Written by Paige McKenzie and Nancy Ohlin, this book follows two covens throughout a lighthearted murder mystery full of romance and drama. If you’re looking for a fun read with lots of LGBTQ+ and BIPOC representation, this will be perfect for you! — Amanda M, age 14




The Odds by Matt Stanton is a hilarious book about how a kid brings invaders from her imagination to life. If you like fun, graphic novels and trouble then this book is amazing! With this amount of fun you’ll be reading it again soon!  — Teagan S, age 9





Crab and Snail: The Invisible Whale by Beth Ferry is very funny and when they try to figure out what word is actually the word for umbrella it was very funny but not quite funny enough for me to giggle. Everybody should read this." — Theo S, age 6






Loyalty tells the story of the American Revolution through the eyes of a 13 year old boy whose Loyalist father is murdered by rebels. Rather than displaying a fully good side and a fully evil side, this book points out the wrongs of both the Loyalists and the rebels which makes it different from most historical fiction written about the American Revolution. I read it in two days because I couldn’t put it down. I would recommend this book if you liked Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson. — Josephine A, age 13




I liked Sir Ladybug by Cory Taybor  because I like the illustrator's style and I like seeing inside the snail's shell which is basically a house.  I like the way the author starts the book where you don't know what is happening but you can figure it out.  It was exciting and funny with brief pauses to bake a cake. — Oliver R, age 9


I like Sir Ladybug by Cory Taybor because the ladybug knight has a sword and I liked in the middle when they all climb into the snail shell and the snail is in there with no shell!  I was surprised that the inside of the shell had so many bedrooms and a cake room! It's a very funny book. — Elliott R, age 7


I really liked the Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo.  I liked the goat because I liked the name Answelica and I liked that her head was as hard as a rock.  It was funny when she butted people and they flew through the air!  If you like books about adventures the Beatryce Prophecy will be a good book for you. — Elliott R, age 7


If you like books that are both exciting and whose chapters end on cliff hangers, you will definitely like the Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo.  My favorite character is the goat because she can't speak but I think everyone really understands her which is weird and funny.  Also she's probably scarier than the sword! — Oliver R, age 9


If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich is a must read. The book follows Ruben Montez, Zach Knight, Jon Braxton, and Angel Phan, a popular boy band, through a tour in Europe. Full of hilarious characters and adorable relationships, anyone looking for a queer YA romance will love this! — Amanda M, age 14




I recommend the book Just Harriet, By Elana K. Arnold, for anyone who enjoys mysteries/fiction. I would give this book a 4 star review, It is funny and mysterious. In this book Harriet's family is expecting a new baby, And when Harriet is sent to live with her grandmother for a couple of months she discovers an old key in her grandmother's shed. Could it lead to something about her father and when he lived there so long ago. To find out, read Just Harriet, by Elana K. Arnold. — Emily B





In this wonderful sequel to The Inheritance Games, The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Avery and the Hawthorne brothers are determined to find out why she got the inheritance of the millionaire Tobias Hawthorne, despite the fact that she never met him. Through riddles and games that Tobias created,  they start finding the secrets of the Hawthorne family. I loved all of the plot twists.I loved guessing and then realizing I was wrong. My favorite character is Xander, the youngest of the brothers, because he always looks on the bright side and he’s sorta forgotten by his brothers. This is a great mystery novel that you cannot put down. — Sophia R, age 11




Lost Legends, The Rise of Flynn Rider by Jen Calonita was a great book. Flynn Rider, also known as Eugene Fitzherbert and his friend Arnie Schnitz, (who changes his name to Lance Strongbow), are the main characters. Together they join a circus, in hopes of having some excitement in their lives, which they get in full force. — Lucia B, age 10




Mayor Good Boy is a hilarious adventure that is filled with very humorous parts and the occasional dog collar. It's very light-hearted. I would totally recommend this book to anyone who likes funny graphic novels. Mayor Good Boy is a very spirited book and the Mayor himself is a PAWsome character. If you are anything like me, at the end, you will be grinning, if not smiling or rolling around on the ground from the funny parts. Thank you, authors, for this delightful book! — Timothy B, age 10




In 'Revver the speedway squirrel the big race home' by Sherri Duskey Rinker is a heartwarming tale of a tiny squirrel's adventures. Revver is a squirrel who works with a racing team, Everything is fine until Revver loses the group in the airport and Revver embarks on a mission to find the crew! If you like adventure you will love this book! — Teagan S, age 9




“Guess What!?” an Unlimited Squirrels book by Mo Willems is very funny for a kid like me that likes squirrels and silliness! The best thing about the book is that everything that happens at the beach is hilarious.
— Theo S, age 6





I'm On It! bu Andrea Tsurumi is very funny! Gerald and Piggy did a good job picking it. It's funny and has a lesson to learn--that if you see someone doing something and you want to do it and then when you do it you realize you don't want to do it you can just not do it. — Theo S, age 6





Andy Warner's Oddball Histories: Pests and Pets is full to the brim with amazing facts! It has cool pigeon facts, weird racoon facts, fun guinea pig facts, and much more. If you love animals or you just like books you'll love this book!  — Teagan S, age 9





The City Beautiful is a thrilling book that leaves you wondering what will happen next. It has some horror themes and moral dilemmas mixed in with its historical fiction setting, 1893 Chicago, making it a scary night time read. It is a unique book and I cannot compare it to any I've ever read and I love to read! My favorite character was Frankie, a cunning, complicated figure whose role in the story is tricky to figure out at first. If you want a captivating book with a little explored theme, then The City Beautiful will be a great book for you.  — Ronan K




If you loved The Hunger Games, All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman gives a sinister twist to a classic plotline. Every Blood Moon, seven families in Ilvernath compete in a tournament to the death. The villains of the Blood Veil fight for control of a secret wellspring of high magick, one of the most valuable resources for magick users. This duology is perfect for anyone who enjoys dark fantasy, mystery, and loveable characters. — Amanda M, age 14




The Wild World Handbook is based on the living creatures of our world. It spread awareness of the endangered part of the animal world and how readers can help change that. There are stories from artists, writers, and researchers from different times and places! This book has history, illustrations, and amazing facts about creatures you might see everyday! It provides many websites for identification and how to support these creatures. Andrea Debbink has written a remarkable tool to encourage readers to enjoy and save the animals you love. — Liliana N, age 11




The Midnight Brigade is a great book for third grade and up! It takes place in Pittsburgh. One of my favorite characters is Carl. Carl is lonely, quiet and loves to observe things. His parents fight about everything possible. Every night he would look out his window and count the thirty-three bridges he could see from his second story perch. Thirty three was comforting to Carl. But not comforting enough. One night he thought he saw a bridge wobble. On his way to solve this mystery, he makes some friends and joins a club. I hope you enjoy this intriguing mystery. —Douglas T, age 8




The Last Legacy by Adrienne Young is a captivating, suspenseful, and high-stakes read, It follows Bryn Roth, the long-lost niece of the Roths, a crime family that deals in trade. She is summoned back to her familial home to take her place as one of them. However, Bryn soon realizes that the cost of being in this family is more than she can pay. This book is intriguing with forbidden romance and politics, will keep you flipping through pages, and is great for fans of Six of Crows and Raybearer. — Meera Pendse, age 14




Any kid who likes adventures will love Lost Legends: The Rise of Flynn Rider! It has quirky characters, amazing adventures, and a hilarious circus!  When Eugene finds himself in an orphanage he runs off and joins the circus with his friend! They also make money that Eugene plans on giving to his orphanage, which is low on money. Even though Eugene and his friend steal for the circus they love their new life! Kids will be sitting on the edge of their seats throughout the story! — Teagan S, age 9




She Who Rides the Storm by Caitlin Sangster was a story that introduced me to some of the best characters I've ever read about. The story opened on a heist, then proceeded slowly while the four main characters formulated their quests. Several times I wanted to put the book down, but I continued to read because of my two favorite characters, Anwei and Knox. I had to find out what would become of them and their friendship and if they would avenge their dead siblings (both of whom had been murdered by a shapeshifter). I found the story interesting even though it was perplexing in places with its confusing terms, puzzling references to geography, and evident slowness (it took me almost 150 pages to reach an exciting part). The character relations were honest and realistic, the information given was consistent, and the story was an incredibly fun puzzle to put together! I loved the story and the ending, and even though it was a cliffhanger I'm mostly satisfied until the sequel(s) comes out! :) — Caroline D, age 13​​​​​​



Luminous by Mara Rutherford is set in a well built high fantasy world. Liora, our main character, has always had to hide her magic from the king's head warlock Darius. Her routine life changes one night when Darius passes by her house and demands her younger sister return to the capital with him. The days following only get darker as Lioras best friend goes missing, resulting in a grand adventure to save her loved ones. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy high fantasy, adventure, romance, and magic. — Amanda M​​​​​​




Banana Fox and the Book Eating Robot is fairly hilarious! My favorite character is the tiny turtle, it’s so cute. I think 6 year olds who like to giggle and read comics will like this book. — Theo S, age 6 





I liked this Waffles & Pancake: Planetary Yum book because it was pretty funny. I liked how, on each chapter page, it showed where they were in the Museum, so it was easy to follow-along. I would compare it to a CatStronauts book because Waffles is one of the CatStronauts. I would recommend the book to a friend.  — Hannon L, age 13 




“‘Not everyone wants to rebuild the world, Gabriel.’  Some men just want it to burn.” [page 97] Civilization is in ashes, and the plague is spreading.  Ara hasn’t seen another woman since she and her father left her sister to die.  Now, wandering the wilderness alone, her father’s final words haunt her...until she meets Kaden, and everything changes. The Last She is an intriguing look at the struggle of humanity in a world where lines between right and wrong are blurred.  H. J. Nelson has written a book worthy of a million readers.  — Mia C, age 13 





The Final Season was an AWESOME book! It is also really sad. I really liked this book! This book is about a football obsessed family. Ben the main character was the QB of his team. His dad used to be in the NFL then retired. Now Ben’s dad, and older brothers all coach Ben’s team. But when Ben’s dad got some heart breaking news and got diagnosed with ALS, it hit Ben’s family hard. Ben’s mom is now trying to convince Ben to have this be his final season. Will this be Ben’s final season or not? — Sofia F, age 11 




Hmm.. ok, I really love Chicken Little and the Big Bad Wolf. My favorite beep-boop-part is when the wolf crashed into chicken little, speaking shouldn't it be "little chicken" instead of "chicken little"? Why is chicken little's speech bubble yellow?

What about in "back in the barnyard, the news traveled fast"

What is "the coop"?

The wolf crashes into them in the middle of talking?

Why does the black bird not have glasses?

Would it be better if it had page numbers? — Gwenn Z, age 7

The Color Of Dragons tells the story of three lives; a champion caught in a plot, a dragon sent to die, and a girl with a powerful magic never seen before. From the first word to the last, The Color Of Dragons will pull you in. It’s a suspenseful, beautiful story which will leave you feeling like you know the characters by heart.  R. A. Salvatore and Erika Lewis have written the perfect book for readers who love magic and fantasy, but also anyone willing to try a book that brings the true meaning of hope to life. — Mia C, age 13





Hollow Chest is a thrilling book that keeps the reader engaged. The book is a mix of fantasy and realistic fiction. The book is about real life, like war, and sadness that makes the story meaningful. The addition of war wolves makes it riveting and exciting. Charlie is excited for his brother Theo to come home from war, but when he comes back, he is missing something. Wolves have taken something from him. Is Charlie able to save his brother, or is it too late? — Liliana N, age 11




The Ghosts We Keep by Mason Deaver is a book packed to the brim with stories. Stories from the past, the future, and the present. The premise of the book is the death of Liam Cooper's brother. But it's not just that simple. It's about friendships, too. And identity, relationships with parents, passion, anger, hate, love. You don't just get that boring, timeline book format. The format is more like you're meeting them for the first time. You get the story from the present, but you also get to read stories from the past before Ethan, Liam's brother, was killed in a hit-and-run. I recommend this book for anyone who likes moving, sad, deep, or passionate, writings. Nevertheless, this book is a great read for everyone. Check it out today! — Rose W, age 12



One Great Lie by Deb Caletti is a fiction story about what happens when people push through adversity to share their stories. This novel follows Charlotte, a girl who gets into a summer writing program in Venice that is taught by her favorite author. There, she writes about her beautiful surroundings while trying to solve a centuries-old mystery about her ancestor and a famous poem. I would recommend this book to readers who love mysteries and people sharing their hard truths and experiences. One Great Lie, which is full of Venetian history, highlights the struggles that women were forced to contend with, while also proving that they could not be silenced and would find ways to live on in history. This book does feature some content that may be upsetting. — Kaytaki P, age 14



I usually don’t like non-fiction books but The Wild World Handbook is a lot better than most and it also scared me a little bit.

The things I liked about the book are that it talks about more than one thing. It describes  oceans, grasslands, rainforests, freshwater, and it also talks about a lot of different topics about those habitats like biographies, ways that you can protect habitats against climate change and many more interesting things. 

The thing that scared me is that it talked about global warming getting worse and that eventually earth will be to hot for people to live on.  — Kata A, age 9


I liked Popcorn Bob. I liked it as much as The Hilo series. Bob is an adventuring, cowboy-hat-wearing popcorn kernel. When he gets mad he turns into a big piece of popcorn and he LOVES to eat. Ellis is Bob’s friend in the book, and it is funny that her dad’s job is to make rubber duckies. Popcorn Bob has a good ending, and I would recommend the book to a friend. — Walter L, age 8




Sara Pennypacker's book, Pax, Journey Home is an emotionally meaningful book. Even though a sequel, the reader can understand the story on its own. Throughout the story you clearly notice the amount of love and the relationship between animals and humans. Pax has to travel for the good of his family when one of his kits catches an illness, and he has to turn to an old friend. It's touching to see how far a parent could go for their child. Pax Journey Home is a riveting story of love and friendship. — Liliana N, age 11 




As someone who usually reads books with no pictures, it was amazing to read a book that had significantly more pictures than words. With the illustrations to guide the story, No Place for Monsters was much easier to understand. I loved how much creativity went into this book, with the monsters, the scenery, the Mushpits, and the HOA. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a story that’s a little scary (ok, it’s not that scary), a little silly, and a lot of fun! — Caroline D, age 13




The Wolf’s Curse by Jessica Vitalis is a beautiful book which I fell in love with at once. Something I really loved was that the narrator was The Wolf who adds funny comments throughout the story. This book’s main character is a boy who has a lot of mysteries he needs to solve that we already know the answers to, so the real mystery is about the narrator, The Wolf,  who the boy doesn’t really investigate. This makes us, the readers,  need to figure it out ourselves. All and all, The Wolf’s Curse is quite an amazing story. — Lucia B, age 9




Geraldine Pu and Her Lunch Box Too is a very good book. It has words that all second graders can read. I recommended my teachers order this for our class library and they did. — Geffen R, age 8





Kathryn Lasky's book Faceless is a thrilling story of a girl named Alice. She was a spy in World War II. This book is emotional and moving, it focuses on the importance of family and friends. There are allusions woven throughout the book. This book has words from different languages and mentions people who made changes in the war. Kathryn Lasky has written a book of excitement and thrills, and teaches the reader more about history in a fun and engaging way. — Liliana N, age 11 




Thrilling and full of action, I never got  bored reading Any Sign of Life and each page was a surprise! It's the story of the few people left in Ohio after aliens exterminated almost everyone with a deadly virus. And the dog, Emmaline, made everything a thousand times better. I really enjoyed this book. — Valentine D, age 16 




The Unpopular Vote is an amazing book about being accepted and learning to accept and love who you are. I highly recommend this book to teens who enjoy politics and books about finding your identity!  — Sreehitha B, age 13





I really loved When the World Was Ours. It was a perfect example that even though we all live in the same world, every story is different. — Valentine D, age 16





Glitter Gets Everywhere is a good book overall. The characters are believable, and I found myself feeling a lot of the emotions that the characters were feeling. The main character describes the color of things by what color paint they look like, which makes it very easy to get a vivid picture of the scene. I found it a bit difficult to miss the main character’s mother, who died, because she is already dead and I never really got to know her. I would recommend this book if you liked The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin. — Josie M, age 13




I loved Spy School at Sea, it was definitely one of my favorites. I couldn't wait to read it. Me and my friends all love the series so much and always are really excited to read the new ones. — Gus M





Candidly Cline by Kathryn Ormsbee teaches readers to embrace themselves, whether or not it is what they want to do in life or who they care about. Because of Ormsbee's excellent writing, Cline Alden feels real. Cline stays true to who she is, even even when it brings more obstacles. And when Cline decides to face these obstacles, she listens to how she wants to confront them. Having to fend for herself in many ways, Cline grows stronger. And through Ormsbee's powerful message, readers grow stronger too. — Keira M, age 11





Force of Fire by Sayantani Dasgupta is perfect for fans of fantasy, magic, action, and adventure. All 341 pages are full of excitement and enchantments. This is a must read for fans of Maya and the Rising Dark or Aru Shah and the End of Time. One of my favorite characters is Chandni, who plays an important role in the final battle, even though when you first meet her she appears as an unimportant person. — Lucia B, age 9




The House That Wasn’t There written by Elana K. Arnold is a well written and perfectly plotted adventure that presents Adler, a eleven and a half year old boy as he finds himself with a new next-door neighbor.  Oak is Adler's age and will even be starting at his school, but after her mother cuts down the beloved tree that separates the two houses, Adler doubts that the two will ever be friends.  One thing that I like about this book is how the author incorporated Oak and Adler’s pets in the story.  I would definitely recommend this story. — Elizabeth G, age 10




Boy From Buchenwald shows us the reality of the life of an Holocaust survivor, but also that there’s always hope and love, even when we think everything is lost. — Valentine D, age 16





Strange Creatures was a intriguing and emotional book. It tells a sweeping tale of loss and love as Annie's once close older brother disappears. Phoebe North also touches on queer identity and family acceptance. I'd highly recommend this to anyone who's found Ginny and Georgia good or enjoys fantasy adventure, intense emotions, and coming of age genres. — Sadie T, age 13 




Spy School at Sea is fast-paced with plenty of action, enjoyed all 352 pages. Would recommend for kids aged 8-12. — Pablo T, age 10





Fireborn is a beautifully written book. I would recommend it if you like adventure, magic, and mystery. It is a  great read for fans of Chris Colfer’s “Land of Stories”. One of my favorite characters is Widge, the main character’s pet. Widge is funny and takes a surprisingly prominent role in Fireborn. This book has many twists and turns, it is funny and sad and you will have to keep telling yourself, “one more page”. — Lucia B, age 9





Rina Heisel's book, Journey Beyond the Burrow is a story of courageous mice who take the first step to help Tobin's family. This thrilling adventure keeps the reader on edge as the 3 mice overcome obstacle after obstacle. There is much detail throughout the entire book that gives the reader a mental image of the scenes. Rina Heisel created a book of adventure and unexpected friendships. — Liliana N, age 11 




Slingshot is a remarkable tale about heartache, love and finding yourself. Gracie's year starts off like any other, lonely and desolate, but when she gets in trouble with the new kid, her whole life turns upside down. I would recommend this book to teens who love romance and drama. — Sadie T, age 13 




All Kinds of Other is a beautiful book that helps to talk about an issue that not everybody understands. With each new chapter, I got more and more attached to the characters and at the end of the book, I was invested in their relationship like I had known them for years. — Valentine D, age 16




Thornlight does what all good books do, remind us to question things we consider facts of life. It reminded me that it is a good idea to look behind curtains, and ask myself if I think normal things are moral. In some parts of the story I could not put the book down. Thornlight is great for all ages, with elements of love, redemption, and regret. It asks if the cost is worth the gain, and if the pain of some is worth it for the many. I highly recommend Thornlight for anyone looking for a good fantasy read. — Sophie B




Both Can Be True talks about feelings that others might have. It helps to raise awareness of how others might feel about themselves. The book is very emotional between the things humans do because of love. While this book may have mild language, it still holds a very important meaning inside. It's amazing how much Daniel went through to save a dog. It shows the power of love and friendship between both human and animal. — Liliana N, age 11 





The House on Hoarder Hill is the perfect mix of magic and mystery. If you are a fan of mystery, I would recommend it. Two of my favorite characters are a talking bear rug and a talking deer head because they are not your typical characters and it is fun to read about magical things as friends of main characters that help solve the mystery. The House on Hoarder Hill also includes some magic, so if you like magic then you should read this book! — Lucia B, age 9




Bedhead Ted is a good book with a unique ending. I love the pictures in this graphic novel especially Ted's hair. You should read this book because it is the perfect adventure. — Sadie F, age 8





The Mending Summer is full of mystery and wonder. The reader gets to connect with Georgia throughout her troubles and can empathize with her. Ali Standish has hidden symbols and allusions throughout the book, giving the book a deeper meaning. The action and mystery in the book give the book a twist every now and then to keep the reader guessing. The Mending Summer teaches readers important life lessons and helps the reader reflect on their own lives too.  — Liliana N, age 11 





In Almost There and Almost NotCalifornia, the main character, her dad can't take care of her. So she keeps getting dropped off with relatives that she has never met. The second person she was dropped off with doesn't know what to do with eleven year old California, so they work together on finding more about Great-Great-Great Aunt Eleanor Fontaine. While they are studying, California sees ghost Eleanor. This book is great in so many ways. Like how she sort of has a ghost dog named Oakly! The first relative that she got dropped off at was named Aunt Isabell. She made a lot of meatloaf that wasn’t that good. At all. California even made up a saying that says, “when life gives you meatloaf, make ketchup.” It’s funny, really funny. Especially in the way that Linda Urban, the author, put it.  — Hannah L, age 8 




Five Ways to Fall Out of Love was easy to read and everytime you wanted to stop, you told yourself "one more page" and that never ended. I loved that this book was a total surprise. Everything you thought you knew that was going to happen didn’t happen.  But it wasn’t in a bad way, because that ending was even better than what you could  have imagined. I also loved that everyone could relate to at least one character in the book and that it was realistic enough so that it could happen to anybody. — Valentine D




Lily's Promise By Kathryn Erskine is about a girl named Lily whose father had passed away and is struggling in school because she used to homeschool with her dad and there is a mean bully who is bothering her and her sorta friend. She wants to make friends but can't because she is shy just like her dad. I recommend this book to people that like stories with a plot, especially for kids around 8, 9, and 10. — Hannah B, age 10




This book is emotional and fun. The detail and art give the reader a visual clue of Jake's personality. There are also many interesting facts about creatures peppered throughout the book. Jake and his friends overcome many tough obstacles affecting their friendships and the island. The Islanders is a fun heartwarming book that will keep readers flipping the pages. — Liliana N, age 11





I would recommend Bea is for Blended to anyone that likes soccer because I like soccer and I love it. This book is like a series called The Kicks so if you like those books then you will LOVE Bea is for Blended. I think it teaches you that no matter what you should not let anything get in the way of your goals in life. I think Bea is a confident girl and she knows what she wants. It’s a great lesson to not be mean, not lose confidence and to try hard. — Elena L, age 8




I really enjoyed Hold Back The Tide by Melinda Salisbury. The plot was wild and paced. The ending was crazy enough to take anyone by surprise. The characters and village setting takes you away, making the rest of the world disappear. I would highly recommend it, especially if you enjoy books like Scorpio Races or Scythe. — Sadie T, age 13




Better with Butter is a story about a girl named Marvel who is struggling with her all-encompassing anxiety. Marvel is a nervous wreck at school, and with a mandatory play looming over her, she needs something to help her manage her anxiety. One day, on a walk home from school, she stumbles upon a baby goat in danger. She rescues the little animal, and in doing so, discovers that it is a fainting goat. What happens next is a story that I won’t soon forget. Better with Butter was such a touching book because it accurately got into the mind of a twelve year old girl (I would know, because I’m pretty much that age) to tell the story in a way that was incredibly realistic. I would recommend Better with Butter to anyone. Anyone could read it, understand it, and love it. — Caroline D, age 13




Wow. After this book, all I can think of is how unexpected this ending was. Dragonfly Girl was a roller coaster of adventure. Marti Leimbach did a marvelous job of portraying a teenage girl’s life, and I loved how real the story felt. Warning: there is not much action in Part 1, but halfway through Part 2, something crazy happens. The rest of Part 2 and all of Part 3 is so unexpected that the story will be over before you know it. Part 3 is, in fact, a bit violent, but get past that. As you read the book, pay very close attention to characters who have black, white, red, or blond hair. These characters open a web of lies from which this incredible story is born. — Caroline D, age 13




Arrow - The first thing I noticed when I opened this book was that the book was not told by Arrow (the boy on the cover), in third person, but instead told by a tree. Yes, a tree. This tree is not a normal tree. It is the Guardian Tree, the guardian of this rainforest. Long ago, people lived in this rainforest. They were the Forest Dwellers. But then came a group named the Imposters, who exploited the land and pushed the peaceful Forest Dwellers out of their home. Arrow is the story of the boy on the cover, Arrow, trying to set the forest right, when he meets some of his own kind for the first time. All Arrow wants is to befriend the humans, but do the humans want to be friends with him? Arrow is led through lies and friendships as he tries to be accepted by his own kind and save his rainforest home. But can he do both? I loved this book. It showed Arrow’s triumphs and falls through a realistic narrator. Most importantly, it provided a beautiful, important message that some disregard. — Caroline D, age 13



In the many books I have read, the protagonist is selected for a particular reason, they embark on an incredibly dangerous adventure, and they save something quite enormous. This does appear to be the case for How To Save a Queendom. Though taking a quick pause, the first thing one notices is that it is called a “queendom”, not a “kingdom.” Indeed, it is most refreshing to see this change. Back to the cover, the second thing you’d notice is that a girl with cropped hair has a hen poking out of her bag and is balancing a wizard on her palm. No, you have most definitely not seen this story yet, though it begins in a classic, hopeless-seeming way. Abandoned at birth? Check. Cruel matron? Check. No way out? Check, or so it seems. If you would most kindly recall the wizard on the cover, there is a way out. Remember the title, How to Save a Queendom? You see, according to the title, the queendom needs saving. And who looks up to the job? The tough-looking girl on the cover, you say? You got it! — Caroline D, age 13




The SoS also known as the Secret Society of Substitutes is a great book. It is about a boy named Milton and his best friend Morgan. Milton learns his class pet Noah is an evil mastermind and also finds out that his mom works for the Secret Society of Substitutes. Milton, his mom, and best friend, Morgan have to stop Noah. — Noah





The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman is a fantasy novel about deciding between right and wrong while making sure you follow your moral compass. The story takes place in the afterlife called Infinity. Unbeknownst to Nami, the main character, the afterlife has been taken over by an artificial intelligence named Ophelia, who is stripping humans of their consciousness. Before this can happen to her, she is scooped up by a rebellion where she learns that she can manipulate her consciousness in a special way. Throughout the book, Nami must decide how far she is willing to go to save her friends, and the people who have proven to be innocent every day. The Infinity Courts will have you flipping through the pages as you hurry to keep up with Nami’s adventures as she learns about heartbreak, betrayals and how perseverance can help you get through anything. — Kaytaki, age 13




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





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





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 





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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