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JANUARY 2020 REVIEWS

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 Lasker, 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

 

NOVEMBER 2019 REVIEWS

Tyrannosaurus Wrecks by Stuart Gibbs is an amazing book. It has action and drama, I couldn’t put it down. It’s the newest book in the Fun Jungle series. The main character, Teddy Fitzroy, has to crack another case! This time his friend Sage’s dinosaur skull has been stolen mysteriously from his farm. But at the same time the Barksdale twins (Teddy’s foes) have illegally bought an anaconda! What happens next takes Teddy on a wild ride!!!   — Meshkeen, age 11

 

Baloney and Friends I like this book because it is funny, and because it is a comic book.  Baloney does bad magic tricks, and he doesn't know how to swim and has to wear water wings and a floaty and splashes his friend out of the pool.  Even though I thought this book was funny, it is easy enough to read for younger kids too, maybe 5, 6, or 7 year olds. — Arlan, age 8

 

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

 

 

 

OCTOBER 2019 REVIEWS

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

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2019 REVIEWS

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