Between the Lines Reviews

READER REVIEWS

JULY REVIEWS

Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty is a fantasy novel about Willa, a creature called a Faeren, with magical powers. She is trying to understand the threats to her forest, and the old ways of her people, both from outside and inside her clan. Later she gets help from an unexpected place. I have read the Serafina series books by this author and I think that this is just as good. I would suggest this book to anyone who asked about it. — Simon, age 10 

 

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster - To say this book is about friendship would be an understatement. Heartwarming yet troubling, Nan Sparrow, a chimney climber’s story uncovers the raw emotion of orphans and the horrific cruelty of child labor. She adventures through loss, discovery, and rebellion, all with her soot creature Charlie, and learns how to save herself: only by saving others. But will she be able to save Charlie, who was made for only one purpose before it’s too late? This touching, heart-racing tale will entrance you from the beginning and force you to rethink what is allowed in modern society…all the while revealing how to have the courage to stand up for yourself and what you value, and to be open to the unlikeliest of friends! — Liana, age 14

Kid Scientists: True Tales of Childhood from Science Superstars - I loved this book and would highly recommend it to other kids. I liked learning about what the scientists did as kids. For example, Benjamin Franklin invented fins when he was a kid right here in Boston! The book included stories about astronauts, astrophysicists, biologists and inventors. Part Two (about Animal Lover scientists) was my favorite because I love animals. When I grow up, maybe I'll be a scientist! — Andrew, age 7

 

Monstrous Devices by Damien Love is a book about robots, magic, evil family members, and a young boy and his grandpa. I think it is an amazing book and I would suggest it to my friends. My favorite character in this book is Alex, the brave young boy who did not know what was going on at the beginning but survived all the way to the end. I think that everyone should read this book. — Simon, age 10

 

As a wonderfully enticing and daring read, Seafire is the tale of family, survival and sisterhood. With a powerful mixture of loyalties and secrets, Seafire is a work of magic that webs into possibly the most catching book I have ever read. I recommend it to all those who love a quickly-paced and engrossing book. I loved it. — Caroline, age 10

 

 

The book Better You Than Me by Jessica Brody was great. It is about two girls; one a tween TV star and the other a girl who just moved to a new town. The two girls meets and instantly want to switch places. And they do. But they soon realize that switching lives might have some problems. I really liked this book because it shows that we sometimes we take things for granted and don’t appreciate what we have. — Tess, age 11

 

The Immoral Code - This story is told with meanings and morals. The book was well written and plot driven,  but is kind of complex. I liked Reese, one of the main characters the best because she’s funny and doesn't really care what anyone thinks of her. All the main characters rely on each other in a trusting and loving way. If you enjoyed Eve and Adam, this tale will warm your heart. — Sadie, age 11

 

The book Mascot by Antony John was a great book! It was heartwarming and full of inspiration. Noah battles mean teammates and new friends at school, along with his mother's new “friend.” He realizes he isn’t the only one having a hard time. I liked this book because it shows that sometimes we can get twisted up in our own troubles so much that we don’t notice others who are having a difficult time too. — Tess, age 11

 

Lucky Luna was an exciting book that I couldn’t put down! I loved this book because it was a plot that could have happened in real life about a “normal” girl that doesn’t feel normal. This is a book about a girl, Luna, who is punished in a way that made her feel different, after she locked her cousin, Claudia, in the bathroom at her cousin’s Quinceañera, a Latina girl’s 15th birthday party. When Luna starts school with Claudia, everyone is making fun of them. Luna has to decide to pick between family or revenge against her cousin. — Lucia, age 9

Inkling by Kenneth Oppel is the tale of ink on a sketchbook coming to life and changing many people-especially Ethan Rylan, the son of a famous artist. Perspectives shift between people, animals, and others alike, expanding the world in which the book takes place. Characters are like snowflakes; no two are the same. Suspenseful moments keep the reader intrigued, and let them devour page after page without even noticing. The ending turns into the beginning, a conclusion I happen to like very much. There are a few grammatical errors, but overall I would highly recommend this novel. — Melissa, age 11


A Perilous Journey of Danger and Mayhem #1: A Dastardly Plot is a cross between historical fiction and adventure. It takes place in 1883 and tells the story of Molly Pepper, a 12-year-old girl whose mother is an inventor. Cassandra Pepper wants to have her inventions in the World’s Fair, but unfortunately women could not participate in the World’s Fair. Then something terrible happens. Can the Peppers save the World’s Fair and the lives of many innocent people? This is a great book that I highly recommend! I suggest you don’t take my word for how good it is. Read it! — Ellie, age 11

 

Excellent Ernesto Cousins 3/Wrestlevania: A Play-Your-Way Book (Midnight Arcade #2) - I really liked Midnight Arcade by Gabe Soria because it was an adventure book and it was a really short read. And I chose one adventure and I didn’t like it so I went back and chose another adventure that I liked. I read it all in one day! — Quentin, age 8

 

 

Silver Meadow Summer was a book I will never forget. One thing I liked was that I could almost feel myself in the shoes of any of the characters. For example, when Carolina looked and saw a beautiful cottage with a small pond it felt as if I could see it too. In Silver Meadow Summer, Carolina and her friend Jennifer, as well as her cousin Gabriela, have adventures that I will never forget, as they explore the woods among the farm and the cottage that lies within, I find myself reading every chance I get. If you like books that include powerful friendships or exciting adventures, this book is perfect for you. — Sarah, age 11

Henry & Eva and the Castle on the Cliff is a thrilling new novel by Andrea Portes. In the book, Henry and Eva discover that their parents may not have died in a boating accident. When spooky ghosts of their ancestors arrive with a message, they are sure of it! As the exciting mystery goes on, Henry and Eva uncover more and more surprising and confusing clues. But are they really clues, or are their hunches just their imagination? I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to other readers. — Madison, age 9

 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Bomber Command - I loved this book. It is a Star Wars book and is about a girl named Paige Tico and her sister Rose. They live on a bomber ship called Colbalt Hammer. The book is written like a guide and has a lot of drawings and illustrations. I especially liked the fold out illustrations. Anybody that likes Star Wars guides will like this book. — Will, age 7

 

The Football Fiasco (Zach and Zoe Mysteries #3) - This is an exciting book. This tells the story of Zack and Zoe who are siblings. It is set mostly in a school. Zack and Zoe are trying to solve a mystery. This book is exciting because the characters are always doing something interesting. I recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries. — Rory, age 7
 

 

The Disasters - This tale by M. K. England is a fantastic one if you decide to read it. The space-plot is super creative and the writing is funny. The five main characters each have solid skills like, athletic abilities, piloting points, sweet-talking strengths, heroic hacking, and a genius girl all make the reader fall in love with them and sweep them up into their problems and crazy solutions. If you liked The Oceans Between The Stars and Ready Player One the story of these space troopers will find a neat place in your heart. — Sadie, age 11

 

Invisible Ghosts was extremely difficult to put down. It shows how difficult friendships can be in middle school, and makes you wonder if ghosts are really real. Rose Asher is a very relatable character who makes you laugh at some points, and feel like crying at other points. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone in grades 6-10.                            — Gillian, age 13

 

Letting Go Of Gravity is a book you will never forget, it is heartwarming, thoughtful, and very touching. This book is an amazing experience to read and is definitely a book for everyone. With all the bold and strong characters like Parker, Charlie, Finn, and many more, Letting Go Of Gravity is one of the best  books I have ever read. If you have read, and enjoyed books like, Fish In A Tree or Wonder you will pick up this book and immediately fall in love. Overall, Letting Go Of Gravity is one of the best books you’ll ever read, and will warm every persons’ caring heart. — Sarah, age 11

 

JUNE REVIEWS

The Collectors by Jacqueline West is an exciting fantasy book that you won’t put down. Van is used to noticing without being noticed. Until one day both occur. He is suddenly swept up into a world where wishes come true and you are supposed to choose between good and evil, except you don't know which is which. As I read this book I felt myself choosing sides, right along side Van and then backtracking so I could choose the other side. I would recommend this fantastic novel to anyone looking for a great book full of wonderful choices of bravery and loyalty. — Mia, age 13

In Your Shoes - I thought this book was really well written. The author tells the story through both Miles’s point of view and Amy’s point of view, which helped me see both sides of the story. The plot caught me right from the first chapter, and after that, it was very hard to put down. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone, and I think it is best for kids in grades 6-9. — Gillian, age 13

 


Darius the Great is Not Okay is the story of a boy named Darius, and his exploration of both the special bond of friendship (or in this case, maybe more then just friendship), as well as who his family really is, while visiting family in Iran for the first time. Through his bonds with family and friends, Darius better comes to understand his identity, and the culture of where he comes from. Through Darius's view of Iran, the author captivates the reader with details of the culture in Iran, such as "Taarofing." If you appreciate tales of self discovery, growth, and close friendships, this book is for you! — Sarah, age 13

The book Time Castaways: The Mona Lisa Key was an okay book. It was not my favorite. It was full of time traveling ships which was not my style. If you like fantasy books, this would be a book for you.  — Tess, age 11

 

 

 

Hocus & Pocus: The Legend of Grimm's Woods: The Comic Book You Can Play - You have to read the instructions carefully, or else it’s just confusing, but it’s really fun, just like a game! I liked that there were so many options so every time you read it, it could be a different story! I also really liked the pictures because they were funny. I think you should read this book, because it’s very different than other types of books. — Olivia, age 9

 

This books was extremely hard to put down. It shows the experience of a young mother and her sister, and it demonstrates family troubles as well. The ending brings it all together, and makes me want to read a sequel to the book. Cassie is a very relatable character, which adds to the fun of reading this book. I think Counting to Perfect would be good for kids in grades 4-8, and I would definitely recommend it to everyone I know.               — Gillian, age 13

 

The Storm Runner - This book is full of jokes and will make any reader laugh. The beautifully written tale also draws the reader in. At times, the hurt that hit Zane, hits me too. Brooks, a shapeshifter and Hondo, Zane's uncle both stay close help him persevere through every obstacle. The courage they show is strong and noble. If you enjoyed Percy Jackson, Gregor the Overlander, and The Secret Series you're bound to love this book.       — Sadie, age 11

 

Imagine a ball of yarn that had been unraveled and knotted by a cat, all tangled up and complexly mangled. Now imagine it covered in plot, romance, friendship, and countless journal entries. That’s up-and-coming author Emma Chastain’s middle-grade novel, The Year of Living Awkwardly: Sophomore Year, in a nutshell. Meet Chloe Snow, 15. She is struggling with many social issues from the popular kids at school to a painful, but well intended breakup from her cheating currently-in-college boyfriend, Mac Brody. This novel, told in a year of journal entries, courtesy of Chloe, will appeal to many audiences, especially middle grade, teen, and young adult readers looking for something other than the average realistic fiction set in a high school, which may seem rather boring. Each character’s experiences are so unique, that alone seems like an adequate reason to read this awesome novel. But the twists and turns of this book’s plot, not unlike a roller coaster of truths, confessions, and the like, are sure to keep an reader that is interested stay that way. — Subi, age 12

 

Knights vs. Dinosaurs - I loved this book! This book is about knights who get sent on a mission to defeat dinosaurs. It is really funny and exciting. Someone that likes comics would like this book because it has comics mixed into the chapters. — Will, age 7

 

 

 

Mascot is a book about a seventh grader named Noah whose life took a turn for the worse when he was in a gruesome car accident. After the car accident, Noah was left paralyzed and without his beloved father. This book is full of plot twists and although this book is saddening, it is also a heartfelt story about resilience, perseverance, and the power of friendship. I highly recommend this book to those who love sports adventures and especially baseball; however, it is a great read no matter what you are interested in and leaves the reader longing for more. — Mika, age 12
 

My book was two books in one: Our Principal Is a Frog by Stephanie Calmenson and (when you flip the book over) Royal Sweets by Helen Perelman. I would read Our Principal Is a Frog if you like funny books. In the book, a magician turns the principal into a frog. The kids think it’s a different person. Read the book to find out what happens! In Royal Sweets, a fairy princess finds a troll on the way to school. She promises the troll she will go back and meet him after school. It turns out people are spying on the fairy princess. I would read this book if you like fairy tales. I hope you enjoy this double book! — Sasha, age 8

Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment - I loved this book! It also has my two favorite authors! This book is about a girl named Max who finds out she has a chance to help the world. She fails at first but tries again and again. The book is exciting and she uses science. I think boys and girls that like science would like this book. I hope there is a sequel! — Will, age 7 

 

The Guggenheim Mystery is a great book!  I really loved this book because it is very descriptive, has a great plot, and is full of friendship.   The Guggenheim Mystery is about three cousins who are in New York visiting each other when a priceless piece of art is stolen, and one of their mothers is accused.   Will the trio be able to find the stolen art and the real thief?  This book is great for young readers looking for a great mystery filled with clues! — Quinn, age 9

 

These Rebel Waves - This book is an exciting story. It’s a story about Adeluna (“Lu”), a girl who was a soldier and spy in the revolution, Devereux (“Vex”), a boy who is a famous pirate and Benat (“Ben”), the crown prince and a heretic. It is set in two made up places called Agrid and Grace Loray. Lu and Vex are trying to save Grace Loray from Agridian invasion. Ben is trying to find a cure for shaking sickness, an awful disease by using mixtures of magic. This book is worth reading because things happen when you don’t expect them to. — Jasper, age 10

 

I didn’t like Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School because it was not that funny. The thing that was not funny is that the dog tries to be friends with the bully and then the bully becomes nice. Which, really, is not believable to me. And that is my book review for Two Dogs and a Trenchcoat. — Quentin, age 8

 

 

Time Castaways #1: The Mona Lisa Key - I really like this book because you never know what's going to happen next, and it keeps you on your toes. I like that most of the crew is built up of children from different times and places, so you can see it from their perspectives. They don't just go to the Mona Lisa, they go to other places and tell you some history, so I actually learned something about each place they went to. I like that the captain keeps a little white rat in his vest. I would rate it a 9.5 because I like it that much! — Maddie, age 9

 

MAY REVIEWS

The Treasure of Mad Doc Magee - If you like adventures, read this book! In this story, Jenny and Pandora, her smart partner, look for a gold nugget that Mad Doc Magee hid! But, there are obstacles and tricks along the way. If Jenny doesn’t find the gold, her family won’t have enough money to stay in Eden. Will the skeleton map they take from Mad Doc Magee’s office help them find the gold? I enjoyed this magnificent book because they had to use decoding skills and math to find the gold. — Azari, age 9

 

Mr. Wolf's Class - This is a fun comic book about a school day, and the characters are all animals! I’m not sure who my favorite character was because they were all funny.  My favorite part was the hilarious ending. The illustrations are cartoony, and I like them.          — Ruku, age 8

 

 

The Lost Books: The Scroll of Kings - I loved this book! It is about a boy named Alex who wants to be a librarian. He pretends to be the royal librarian and finds out that books are alive and some are even dangerous. He has to find the lost books that are special. It is exciting and interesting and has some magic. It is a little scary when the books attack the librarian but not too much. I hope there will be another book in the series. My mom read it too and she loved it! — Will, age 7

 

Positively Izzy was okay, but very confusing. It seems to tell the story of two girls who are preparing for a talent show. One of the girls, Izzy, is really excited to be in the show, and the other one, Brianna, does it because her drama teacher mother asks her to. I enjoyed the book but the very end was confusing. — Ellie, age 11

 

 

The Phantom Tower - I loved this book. I liked how every one to two o'clock the phantom tower appears in the kids' building, and that there's a princess living in their building. I really liked Tamika, she was the only girl in the book other than the princess. When the two boys, Mal and Colm, found the phantom tower, they didn't really want to investigate, so Tamika told them if they did, she would go with them. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give it a 9.1 - similar to how I'd score the Girls Who Rocked the World books. — Maddie, age 9

 

The book The Jigsaw Jungle was such a good story! I couldn’t put the book down. I really liked this book because you think something is going to happen, but then the entire story plot turns around! In this book, Claudia’s dad disappears, and she is super scared. But one day her dad sends her a puzzle piece and….. and….. If you want to find out what happens next you are going to have to read the book! Ten stars out of ten. — Tess, age 11

 

The Hotel Between is a great book! It starts off kind of slow but once things start getting exciting, they stay exciting. The Hotel Between is about a boy named Cameron who leaves his home and winds his way into the Hotel Between in search of his father. Cameron must find his way out of the confusing and magical hotel before it’s too late! In this book, everything happens quickly so you need to keep up! This book also combines friendship, loyalty, and action in a great way. I highly recommend this book! — Quinn, age 9

I really liked the No-Good Nine. I liked all their names, (Liar, No-It-All, Brat, Hooligan, Rude, Cruel, Vainglorious, Goody-Two-Shoes, and don’t forget the Thief.) I also think the part with the walrus and Cruel was disgusting, but at the same time really funny. At the same point in the story, Goody stitches Cruel’s eye, and makes an eyepatch. Even though Goody and Cruel aren’t friends in the beginning of the story, I think they will become friends later. I also think the Brat’s password, ‘it’s me, stupid’ fit with the story when the Thief knocks Rooster Jack unconscious. — Julia, age 9

A Girl Called Bicycle - The first thing I said after finishing this book was that it should win an award because it was so good. The book is about a girl called Bicycle and she wants to become friends with a famous bicycle champion called Zbig. So she decides to cycle from Washington D.C. to San Francisco to meet him! On her journey she has adventures and meets lots of different characters, some of them very funny; these include a Kentucky Derby winning horse, a ghost, The cookie lady and a pie chef! I really enjoyed this book because it was very well written and the story was more complex than most of the other books I’ve read. — Meshkeen, age 9

In the book The Unforgettable Guinevere St. Clair by Amy Makechnie, Guinevere suddenly finds herself in the middle of a mystery soon after moving to a new town. By making new friends, Guinevere and her little sister Bitty adjust to their new life even though there is a murder to solve. This book is an exciting read, and I really liked it! — Tess, age 11

 

I Am Still Alive was a great book in general, it kept me reading long past the normal recommended reading time (as designated but the human race). This book is about the experience of a girl who is stranded in the Canadian wilderness, with only a few materials. This book would be good for people who like the idea of survival without technology, and adventure. Although the adventure is admittedly not with heroes and monsters, it was still enjoyable and a wonderfully written book with an amazing, mind-wrenching plot. — Grace, age 12

 

Whatshisface is a great book but it starts off slow and gets better. It is about a boy named Cooper and when he gets a phone it starts to malfunction. Then there’s a weird glare that starts taking the shape of a person who says he is a ghost who died in the time of William Shakespeare. The ghost claimed Shakespeare stole the play he wrote, Barnabus and Ursula. Will Cooper help the ghost and change history? I recommend this book! — Ben, age 8

 

This is a great book!  The Mortification of Fovea Munson is a very funny, and crazy, book.  One day Fovea Munson stumbles upon three disembodied heads that start talking to her out loud.  This story is full of humor and laughs, and is about helping one another and being your true self.  I am nine. I read this book and it is just my reading level. I highly recommend this book to young readers looking for a good read. — Quinn, age 9

 

Spy School Goes South is the 6th book in the Spy School series. I loved it and now I want to read the other books in the series. The book is about a boy named Ben who is in a secret school for spies but his parents think he is in a science school. They are trying to defeat SPYDER, an evil organization. They go to Mexico but first they get lost, then they find SPYDER’s base by accident. It is very exciting and if you like adventure books you will like it. — Will, age 7

 

I really enjoyed reading My Father’s Words! I loved it! There were sad parts though, like the father dying, but it ends happy. I don’t want to give away the whole story, but the main characters are the brother Finn, the sister Fiona, the father, the mother, and Luke. If you like to read books that have dogs in them, there is a part with dogs. The dogs are kind of the main characters. Also, there is Martha who takes care of the dogs. I would recommend this book to a friend who likes to read books about families and animals. So, read My Father’s Words! — Mia, age 8

 

 

APRIL REVIEWS

Time Tracers - I loved this book! It is a about a boy named Taj who goes to sleep the night before summer vacation and wakes up to find that it is the first day of school in September. Then he meets Eon, a Time Tracer, and learns all about the time stealing things that stole everyone’s summer. Kids that like adventure books would like this book. I recommend this book! — Will, age 7

 

Big Foot and Little Foot - The story is about a Sasquatch that was scared of humans but then he sees the good in a little boy and they become friends. Hugo is a well behaved Sasquatch who asks lots of questions. One day at Sasquatch school, Hugo doesn’t listen to his teacher and a human, Boone, sees Hugo which isn’t supposed to happen! Hugo and Boone then become friends and see how similar they are.  I really liked this book and I will share it with my friends. — Adro, age 6


Tale of a Scaredy-Dog - This was a good book because it was a really funny story that made me laugh a lot. Like, when there is this huge cat that is bigger than a dog—and even bigger than a person. It’s really funny when it tries to eat the dog and about how small the dog is compared to all of its family. I think kids should read this book because it’s really funny, compassionate, and it made me laugh. And that is my book review. 

— Quentin, age 8
 

Copyboy - I liked this book! It was a great follow up to Paperboy. Anyone who liked Paperboy would like this one too! If you had questions at the end of Paperboy most of those will be answered in this book. But this book also leaves you with a whole new set of questions. I hope he continues the series with a new book! My favorite character was Phil because she was so adventurous.  Ellie, age 11

 

Saving Winslow - I really liked this book. I like the characters that you always know what they are going to do, but sometimes they have some surprises. And even the meanest character has a soft side. I would recommend putting this book on your shelves. It is really good and a lot of people would buy it because it is pretty cute. I like reading about mini donkeys. So, I would say that this book needs a sequel and I would read it. 

Quentin, age 8

 

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl is a story about Lucille Callahan whose life was changed forever when she was struck by lightning. Even though she’s twelve and ready for college, her Nana makes her go to middle school for one year. I like this book because it shows that even though you might be different, it might be the thing that that makes you special. — Tess, age 11

 

 

In Harm’s Way, an action-packed adventure that follows John F. Kennedy and the crew of PT 109 in their unforgettable rescue during World War II, has it all: action, excitement, suspense, and adventure told in an incredible way. When JFK and his boat are smashed in half by a destroyer, leaving the crew alone with no help on the Solomon Islands, they must do all they can to survive. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes true adventure and excitement. — Sebastian, age 10

 

Don't let the cover stop you from reading this great book! The cover of The Collector looks creepy but the book isn't as creepy! The Collector is about a girl and her sister who move into their grandmother's house in the woods. At night Josie has strange dreams about of a house in the woods, the one her grandmother tells her to never ever go by...The Collector is a creepy book and enjoyable to read. It isn't too creepy but it's still pretty creepy. The Collector is a very descriptive book and I highly recommend it!

Quinn, age 9

Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin is a very interesting book. It includes multiple cliffhangers. The author made everything in the book fee so real that, when it rained in the book it felt like it was raining in real life too!

Merel, age 11

 

 

Scream & Scream Again is a collection of 20 short, spooky stories from 20 different authors, including R.L. Stine. Each story in SaSA starts or ends in a scream. In SaSA the stories involve things from squirrels to an “I Scream” truck. SaSA is a great book! I really liked it. Some of the stories weren’t very creepy but all were well written and enjoyable to read! I recommend SaSA to readers who are looking for stories that are a little creepy, but not too creepy. — Quinn, age 9

 

The Looking Glass Cover ImageThe Looking Glass by Janet McNally is a story about a strong girl. Ballerina Sylvie fights what she believes is right: finding her sister. Even though her friends and family tell her no, she sticks with it and learns not everything is a fairy tale. I really enjoyed this book because Sylvie is a girl who is trying to follow in her sister’s footsteps, but stands out in the end. I would recommend this book because it’s all about someone who cares about their family member so much that even when someone says not to go, they keep on going. — Tess, age 11

 

Margot and Mateo Save the World Cover ImageIf you like fantasy with aliens read Margot and Mateo Save the World by Darcy Miller. In this story, blue-tentacled aliens try to take over the world. Will middle-schoolers Margo and Mateo let them? Margo discovers a weird alien stuck to Mateo’s back. I enjoyed this awesome book because it has an exciting plot. — Toraz, age 9

 

 

From You To Me, by K.A. Holt is sometimes happy, sometimes sad, and sometimes both at the same time. The author makes it feel like you know the characters. Throughout the book, Amelia Peabody tries to do all the things on a list left by her sister who died. Amelia is very determined, artistic, and smart. She has some very good friends who help her. She also makes some new friends while doing all the things on the list. Amelia is different from her sister, so there are funny and awkward moments. I really enjoyed the book! — Eleanor, age 10

 

Survival Tails: The Titanic is a great fictional story about the RMS Titanic. It involves action, friendship and sadness. In this story a stowaway dog, a rat, the captain's cat and three kittens are riding on the Titanic when the unthinkable happens: the Titanic begins to sink! Will the friends be able to survive? I highly recommend this book! — Quinn, age 9

 

 

Nightbooks is a story about a boy who gets trapped in a witch's apartment. He has to read a  new scary story every night while trying to find his way out of the apartment with the help of a girl and the witch's cat. I recommend Nightbooks to anyone who likes escape and adventure stories. I give this book two thumbs up! — Quinn, age 9

 

 

Mac B. Kid Spy - Mac Undercover is a fast read for kids who like funny mysteries. The book is about an average American boy who becomes a spy the day the Queen of England calls telling him the crown jewels have been stolen. Instantly he is a secret spy trying to find a priceless treasure for the Queen. Along the way more treasures get stolen from around the world. It is up to Mac to bring the precious items back from where they came from. Will Mac be able to win them back? I highly recommend this book! — Ben, age 8

 

Peeves - If you like fantasy, read this great book! In Peeves by Mike Van Waes, Slim Pickings gets sprayed with PVZ! What will he do? Slim Pickings is in a divorced family and he has panic attacks. I enjoyed this awesome book because it has a lot of humor and make believe elements like peeves in it! — Azari, age 9

 

 

Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier is an excellent book. It is the story of Elias, an explorer, Ulises, the king, and Mercedes, the king’s cousin who runs missions to foreign countries for him. It’s set in a made-up world where everyone lives in a kingdom on an island and they have the technological advances of the Middle Ages. The characters are trying to figure out what happened to Ulises’s brother and travel to many places looking for them using a mysterious map. This book is very intense because there is an intricate plot with many twists. I recommend it to anyone who likes adventure stories. — Jasper, age 10

 

image for The TurningThe Turning is about a boy named Aran who is a selkie--a human who can turn into a seal. Sadly, he has not got a pelt--the item that turns a human selkie into a seal. Aran's goal is to find his pelt so he can live with his family in the water and have fun with his clan. I really liked this book because it is packed with action but also has a sentimental part to it. Most books that aim to be poetic end up being boring. The Turning is a great example of an exciting poetic book. I highly recommend this book. If you get it, I hope you have a great time reading it. — Joshua, age 11

 

Field Tripped by Allan Woodrow is an interesting mystery story about 5th graders who go on a field trip to Minks Mystery Mansion, which is the house of a famous inventor. When they get there, they don’t see many inventions, even though the house is supposed to be filled with them. Where are they? If you like school stories like the Humphrey the Hamster books but also mysteries, you will like this book. Make sure to pay attention to the funny guy who always speaks in homonyms but doesn’t know what they are. I would recommend this book! — Sam, age 8

 

Witch Born, by Nicholas Bowling, is a great book! It’s a rare blend of historical fiction and fantasy. This book is full of plot twists (which can sometimes be confusing, so try reading it twice). There are fighting queens, sorcery, witches and people brought back from the dead. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes their history livened up. This book is kind of hard, so I would recommend this book for sixth grade and up. Four stars out of five. — Anonymous, age 11

 

I liked the book because it was a story that combines a fairy tale with real life. In Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott, 9-year-old Jaxon is sent to stay with Ma, an old neighbor, while his mother is in court. It turns out that Ma is a powerful witch! Jaxon is taken along on a fast moving adventure through time and fantasy while trying to get three dragons back to their home. I would highly recommend this book. It was hard to put down and I read it in one afternoon. I’m really excited for Jax’s next adventures in the rest of the series. 

— Meshkeen, age 9

 

This book is great! It’s action-packed and it pulls you in. The War Below, by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch is historical fiction about World War II. It’s about a boy who escapes a Nazi work camp and becomes a medic for the Ukrainian Insurgent Army. There are two bad things though: (1) I think it’s a sequel to Making Bombs for Hitler, so there are some mysterious references to book one, (2) it’s sort of dark and a character you know well dies. I would recommend it to any 4th to 6th grader who likes World War II and doesn’t mind a little death. 5 stars out of 5. — Sue age 9