Between the Lines Reviews

READER REVIEWS

NOVEMBER 2018 REVIEWS

 

I loved Lion Down because it really grabs your attention, especially for mystery fans, because King, a famous radio show host’s dog suddenly dies and his owner, Lincoln Stone says that a Mountain Lion killed his dog. He wants a permit to be issued to kill Rocket. But Teddy and his friends believe Rocket was framed and didn’t actually kill the dog. That leaves Teddy and his girlfriend, Summer McCracken who is the daughter of J.J. McCracken, FunJungle’s owner, to solve the case. It makes it harder when Large Marge, who is a FunJungle security force member, is screwing things up again. From Lincoln Stone and his crazy friends, Lily Deakin and her crazy animal protection ideas, to the malfunctioning fish cannon, readers will love this book by Stuart Gibbs! — Reid, age 10

The premise of Love and Other Curses is that Sam’s family has a curse: If Sam falls in love before he’s seventeen, the person he loves will die.  I really liked this book, but it’s hard to discuss because I don’t want to give anything away; the plot threw a lot of curveballs. This book was really interesting to me because some of it took place in a drag bar. I had never read a book like this before as it’s realistic fiction with mystical qualities. It was very open about sexual and gender identity. I highly recommend this book.— Sadie, age 13

Circle of Shadows - A mischievous girl. A boy with a heart of the wild. A girl interested with potions. A boy who loves explosives. Spirit, Wolf, Fairy, and Broomstick are Taigas in the magical world of Kichona. All Taigas stick by tradition through their choices. But these 4 have other plans. This book is a great fantasy book. I love how every part is a mystery, and there are so many twists. This was a great way to keep me reading. I also like how the author is able to develop the characters so well. The author is able to make a character change personality traits without losing their defining characteristics throughout the story. I recommend this book to fans of fantasy. — Ben, age 11

I liked Storm Blown by Nick Courage because it shows the perspectives of different people in different chapters. I like books that do that because it lets me know what every character is feeling instead of just one. That's why I like a related book series by Rick Riordan called Heroes of Olympus. I also liked Storm Blown because it's about a natural disaster and has lots of action. It says on the back of Storm Blown that it is for people who like the I Survived series, which is me. I really liked this book and I am giving it 4.5 stars out of 5. — Bruno, age 9

The 47 People You’ll Meet in Middle School by Kristen Mahoney was so good! The book is about Augusta (Gus) who is going into middle school. The story is written to Louisa, Augusta’s little sister. Gus writes about her adventures of her experience in sixth grade, and is so entertaining! I would recommend this book because it is funny in some parts and I always wanted to read more! 10 out of 10! — Tess, age 11

 

 

Song for a Whale - Iris is a deaf girl, but still she likes radios. But at school she feels alone. So when she hears about Blue 55, the loneliest whale in the world. She is determined to help the whale.This touching story about differences is a book I would definitely recommend. I think this book was unique because the book does not only use the main character’s perspective but also uses the whale, Blue 55’s perspective and how he is feeling. For example it says he feels happy when the dolphins swim with him. I liked this perspective. I think this book is good for people who like a book that touches the heart. — Ben, age 11

OCTOBER 2018 REVIEWS

Catwad is an absolutely hilarious book. The story is about two cats, one is a dim witted, happy cat called blurp. Blurp is best friends with Catwad who is grumpy and grouchy. It’s a quick graphic novel with short stories about the cats and their different adventures. Everyone will enjoy this book. — Meshkeen and Adro

 

 

When I was Summer is a fantastic story. J. B. Howard really keeps the beat going with the solid characters like, Dancial, Flynn, Cameron and Nora (or Summer). The road trip plot is different than any other and will fill your heart up to the brim. I would recommend this to all my friends, and anyone else that I might come across. Similar books to this are  Amplified and Ballads of Suburbia. — Sadie, Age 11

 

The Resolutions - This book is super entertaining. It’s slightly confusing at first, but once you get deep into the book it’s hard to pull out of it! It is a teen drama with some Spanish words and phrases, which might be a little tricky to understand if you don’t speak Spanish, but otherwise it’s really wonderful.It’s pretty mature, so I would recommend it for 12-13+. This book will never make you bored. There are 4 main characters: Nora, who has curly pink hair, brings dessert, and is bi, Ryan, who loves art, strikes up the conversation, and is gay, Lee, who’s got the movie options, and Jess, who’s got everything organized and planned. Together, with a little help from David, Jess’s brother and Beth, Nora’s girlfriend, they can do anything. I really hope you decide to read this book. Keep Reading! — Ella, Age 11

The Line Tender was one of the best books I have ever read! When I first met Lucy, Fred, her Dad, and all the other wonderful characters in this story I was intrigued. As I continued reading I followed Lucy through her quest to follow the sharks, just as her Mother did. Overall, her journey was one that still continues to amaze me. If you enjoyed Fish In A Tree, or Bridge To Terabithia, you are sure to enjoy this book, if have not, I still encourage you to read it, it is a story filled with so much hope and joy, perfect for all readers. — Sarah, age 11

The Pumpkin War - Billie loves to win!  She can’t wait to blaze across the finish line until her best friend Sam, rams her pumpkin. Ramming is strictly forbidden, and Billie is left bobbing in the mess of her pumpkin boat. Every year Madeline Island has an annual pumpkin race.  Over the summer you grow a thousand pound Atlantic pumpkin and hollow it out, haul it down to the lake and race. Last year Billie was cheated out of her victory and she wants revenge! I love this story because it is soooooooo heart warming!!!!!  I totally recommend this book to everyone! — Stella, age 10

Denis Ever After- This was a mystery that I liked, even though it was sometimes hard to read because it was about a dead kid trying to figure out how he died, with the help of his living twin brother. The writer made me feel sorry for the family, but it was very interesting and there were a couple of humorous parts. I felt sad and happy at the same time, and I think that was a lot of skill from the author to make that happen. — Bella, Age 9

 

Marsh and Me - This book was okay. It was about a boy named Joey, trying to find himself through music and trying to help his friend Marsh. It would have been better if it was more descriptive. The story was okay, but some of the plot was not needed. The characters were good because there was variety, and one was very complex. This book would be for ages 9 and up. — Bella, Age 9

 

Turbo Racers: Trailblazer - Mace Blaze loves watching races. And not just any races, but trimorpher races, where the track veers everywhere from underwater to in the air. Little does he know, he’ll be piloting a trimorpher. One day, the famous Event Horizon, piloted by the even more famous Quasar, who disappeared after a nasty race, comes in town. Mace can’t wait to see it.  After accidentally stealing the famous trimorpher, he finds Quasar and his career begins. This is a great book for kids who like racing. With a cliffhanger at the end of every chapter, this is a definite page-turner. Getting to know the characters is a great experience. — Max, Age 11

Fame, Fate, and the First KissThis book is outstanding! If you like drama, zombies, mysteries, revenge, and a little bit of love, you should be required to read this book! It’s silly, thoughtful, absolutely entertaining, and it certainly makes you think. After one or two chapters, you will have fallen in love with every character.I have already recommended this book to many of my friends, and I suggest you do the same. That is, once you read the book yourself. I guarantee you that if you like any Korean Dramas or teen dramas, you will like this book too.Although, I disapprove of the rating for this book, because the rating may be 13+ and 8th grade, but I think it should be somewhere around 11 or 12+, so 6th grade. There really isn’t anything inappropriate or mature in this story, and I’m pretty sure that’s a good thing.I hope you decide to read this book. Keep reading! — Ella

Klawde, Evil Alien Warlord Cat - I really enjoyed Klawde, if you like cat’s, nature or evil world domination then this is book is up your ally! Klawde is about a evil warlord cat who gets teleported to earth for being super duper evil. He is supposed is to be fed as breakfast to a human (also known as an “ogre”) which is how he ends up at Raj’s house. Raj has just moved from Brooklyn, he loved his old apartment, so he really isn’t happy. But when Klawde shows up life is about to get to a whole lot trickier… — Meshkeen, age 9

Famous in a Small Town is an incredible book. It stars a girl named Sophie, who enjoys her town, with it's marching band and the Yum Yum Shoppe, and her four amazing best friends. Then August moves in next door, and everything changes. I'd give this book a 5 out of 5 stars, and would recommend it for ages 12 up. — Zoe, age 13

 

 

A Perilous Journey of Danger and Mayhem: a Dastardly Plot- It is 1893, the age of invention. Also the world fair is happening in New York City. Cassandra Pepper, is an inventor who is trying to get in. Her daughter, Molly Pepper is her assistant. This wonderful story is full of mountains and valleys (meaning the mountain are the hard/bad parts and the valleys are the good parts). I loved this book and I recommend it to others. — Nicolas, age 8

 

Imprison the Sky is about a girl who sells slaves in a magical world called Orbis Elementa, hoping to find her long lost siblings. The book starts out confusing because the characters make references to things that happened before the book starts. But then, as I read more of the book, the characters start revealing in tiny clips what happened. I liked this because it was a good way to keep me interested and reading. I also think the plot is like a ping pong game because every time a problem is solved another problem arises. This plot style is very unique because usually a book has only one problem. I recommend this book to readers who like a serious fantasy book.               — Ben, age 11 

Halo:  Battle Born is the perfect book for those who love action and battle. With some mild language mixed in, it's great to keep the story moving and keep you reading. This story is a definite page turner, but you have to have played the game to appreciate the book. — Max, age 11

 

 

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart was really good! The story is about Coyote, who’s mom and sisters died in a terrible accident and she and her dad now live on a bus. When she learns that her beloved park is being destroyed, she has to find a way to get all the back to Washington. But how? I would recommend this book because it was always full of suspense, and I could not,stop reading! 10 stars out of 10! — Tess, age 11

 

The second book in the Lost Rainforest series Gogi’s Gambit by Eliot Schrefer is a book about an ant queen, magic, and teamwork. Some of the animals in this world have magical powers.  These animals work together to defeat the ant queen while Gogi the Twelfth, a monkey who is one of them, tries to feel important. If you liked the first book in the series, Mez’s magic and other fiction books with magic, than you are guaranteed to like this one. — Simon, age 10

 

I liked George Washington’s Secret Six because it teaches you a lot you don’t know about the American Revolution. For example, I didn’t know about any of the spies mentioned in this book until I read it. I knew that the British were a better army but I had no idea the Americans used spying mostly to win. It teaches you about what the spies did to learn British plans. I would rate this book 4 stars out of 5. The reason I didn’t rate it a 5 is because it didn’t have as much action as I would have liked. — Bruno, Age 9