Between the Lines Reviews - January 2019


I read the book ‘Death Prefers Blondes’, and at first, it was really good. It was descriptive, it kept me entertained, and it was filled with adventure. However, later on, the book becomes confusing, and it becomes harder to keep track of who’s who, who is good, who is bad, etc. if you do like action and drama, this is the book for you, however, if you don’t like cliffhangers and lots of tension, I would not recommend this book. — Sol



The Spinner of Dreams, by K. A. Reynolds, is an amazing book. It is perfect for everyone, because, it tells a story of bravery, friendship, and overcoming hardships. Annalise Meriwether, the main character, will keep you turning the pages with her struggles to reach her dreams. If you liked the Percy Jackson series’ by Rick Riordan, you’ll find this adventure enticing and captivating. This book shows how you should never give up on your dreams, because, sometimes, dreams really do come true. This is a book that you will never, ever, forget. — Kaytaki, age 13


Tangled in Time the Portal - Rose is 12 years old when her life changes in front of her eyes after she loses her mother in a car accident. She leaves the city and moves in to a little town to live with her grandmother that she doesn’t really know, and must go to a new school with both bullies and friends in it! But in her grandmother's greenhouse she finds sanctuary...and secrets as Rose tumbles through time.This book has a lots to offer for anyone who loves a bit of mystery, history and fantasy! — Anna, age 10




All in a drop - This informative book has a structure almost identical to the who was/is books. The book was about a man, Antony van Leeuwenhoek,  During his life he accomplished many things. He discovered a disease, what seems like a million different microbes, and many other amazing things. Antony never gave up, even when he was sick he persevered and kept his curious nature and his intelligent mind. I really enjoyed this book and hope others will be inspired by it like it inspired me as a reader. — Lucia, age 9

A Wolf Called Wander - I really enjoyed reading this book. The beginning was very detailed, so I did not have that many questions and it was very intriguing and compelled me to read more.The middle parts of the story had tons of action and kept the story going to eventually lead to a satisfying end that I can be content with with the main character, Wander, leading a content life with his mate and wonderful pups in a bountiful land.Everyone had at least a little meaning to the course of the story and their own unique personality, giving the story more realistic characters and a excellent representation of real life. There are a lot of extremely challenging hardships Wander has to face and go through and survive, and after overcoming them Wander’s will to keep living shows again and again even though he lost almost everything that meant so much to him in the beginning.The illustrations fit in with what is happening on the page and look absolutely amazing, filling up blank spaces with beautiful drawings of the wilderness and animals and giving a image that words cannot describe.Overall, A Wolf Called Wander is like the drawings, barely any words can describe how great the book is. — Noah


I recommend The Unteachables. My favorite character is Kiana. When she's late to sign up for her new school she goes to a random class, after finding a schedule on the ground. Kiana attends this unique class without telling her parents. Kiana’s teacher is Mr. Kermit. The students in his class are named the Unteachables, because they are hated by all teachers. The Unteachables like Mr. Kermit and try to improve his reputation. But sometimes their funny plans backfire. I like the Unteachables because they have strange behavior like roasting marshmallows on pencils over a fire in the trash can! — Thea, age 11

I liked most of Superman. The parts I liked were really good, like when he saved Smallville from people who wanted to kill everyone in it. The only parts I didn’t like were the parts that had swear words in them so I don’t recommend this book to others who do not like explicit language. This has an interesting plot and overall I really liked it even though I am more of a Marvel fan. I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. — Bruno, age 10



Odd Gods - I think that this book resembles that people are perfect the way they are and it doesn’t matter how people look, act or be. it’s just them being them! I also think that Adonis isn’t a bad person, but I do think he could be a little kinder. Oddonis is a very passionate, kind friend. I like how mathena is always trying to make people feel good. I like how puneous always stands up for people and I like how Germes is always trying to comfort    People. Gaseous is always trying to stay together with his friends as much as possible. Some things I thought could be better are they could have described a little more about the other characters and they could have told a little more about what had happened in the past. I liked this book so much that I read it in two days. Whenever I had extra time, I would grab the book and get comfy and start reading. I really like this book and I hope that whoever reads it enjoys it! — Oliver, age 10


The Unteachables is a very good, hilarious book. I like how each chapter has a different kid’s perspective. The story is about how a teacher, Mr. Kermit, helps the kids become better students. And, through their adventures, the students help Mr. Kermit become a better teacher. There are lots of funny things that happen with squeaky toys and flying cars.When this book comes out I highly recommend it, if you like funny books.               — Alex, Age 8


Lenny’s Book of Everything is a very good book. The plot can get a little sad but the twists and turns make it enjoyable. I particularly liked how the main character, a girl named Lenny, narrates the story. She gives her perspective on how her and her brother Davey fight his illness. I recommend it highly. — Tommy, age 12



The Truth and Lies of Ella Black was a very enjoyable read. It shows Ella battling with her alter ego that she calls Bella. When Ella’s family decides on day to whisk her away to Rio de Janeiro, Ella finds it harder to hide Bella from her parents. When her parents don’t answer any of her questions of why they are in Rio, Ella starts to think of worst case scenarios. Then, one day, she finds out why she is there, and her life changes drastically. I found that this book was very difficult to put down, and I often stayed up a lot later than I should have because I just had to know what happened next.                   — Gillian, age 13

Eventown seems the perfect place. But when Elodee’s family moves there, she doesn't feel like she fits in. The ice cream’s great, but there are only three flavors. Every house and yard looks exactly the same. Everything Elodee bakes tastes delicious, but when she wants to make a crazy cake, everyone warns her not to. Elodee wants to move back home and she learns that perhaps the perfect place isn’t so perfect. Eventown is an enticing novel. Not only does it accurately capture the feelings of a young girl,  makes it feel as though you are there with her descriptions. I recommend this book if you like realistic fiction with a magical twist.  Eventown has become one of my new favorite books because it's exciting but also not too scary. — Sadie, age 13

The Last Kids On Earth Survival Guide is a nice book. It is an activity book which has things like coloring, create your own pets and things like that. It also shows tips and fun facts. It’s mostly about monsters. I like this book because it's pretty fun and has a little reading in it too so you don't just do activities, you have a chance to read.                         — Narine, age 9


The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins by Gail Shepherd is about a girl who is trying to understand her family's history when no one will tell her. I didn’t find the book a very exciting read. If you are interested in books that are sort of a mystery, this would be a good book for you. I would give it three stars out of five. — Tess, age 11



The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day is a great book if you like sci-fi. It’s about a girl who wakes up one day, however it’s not just any old day, it’s her tenth birthday! But instead of finding a mom reading the newspaper, her dad baking banana pancakes, and a grumpy teenage sister that hates her still in bed like a normal Saturday morning, Maisie wakes up to a motionless house and can’t find any of her family members! Outside is a complete galaxy of darkness that tries to swallow the light inside of the house when Maisie accidentally lets them in. She even tries to make her own reality check by jabbing a safety pin into her thumb! Maisie goes through the day trying to find a way to reach her family and using her scientific knowledge to help her. I loved this book because it had great exciting moments and cherished memories of the past. I would absolutely recommend this!                          — Michelle, age 10

Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury goes deep into galactical fantasies and newfound destinies. This book brought me to a new universe filled with conflict and mystery, making it impossible to stop reading. When three friends, Stacia, Clio, and Pol’s planet is attacked, Pol and Stacia leave, having to stay undercover traveling the galaxy as refugees. Although Stacia wants nothing more than to save her best friend Clio. This book contains a series of cliffhangers and plot twists, that you would never want to miss a word of it. Thrill-seeking, adventurous, romantic, and surprising, Last of Her Name is a perfect book for those people who like thrill and adventure.                                                                   — Bronte, age 12

The Unspeakable Unknown is a book of unknown areas and dangers of magic. Nicola Kross has had her father kidnapped by the Old Ones-squid like manipulators that are extremely powerful in destructive ways. Nicola, along with her friends from the School, meet an Old One that was kicked out of the Old One clan. Her name is Darleen. Together, they rescue Nicola’s father and (mostly) save themselves from the Old Ones. (For now.) — Caroline, age 11


Bernice Buttman, Model Citizen - I loved this book. It is about a bully who tries to stop being a bully but is laughed at because of her name. But in the end she succeeds in being nice. This book is funny and I recommend this book. — Will, age 8




Maybe a Mermaid is an interesting book that (maybe) has a mermaid. A girl named Anthoni Gillis is dragged around the Midwest by her mother, who works for a beautification company, Beauty and the Bee. Anthoni’s mom takes her on a vacation to Thunder Lake in Eagle Waters, WI. There, Anthoni meets a quirky old woman named Charlotte Boulay, who owns the Showboat Resort. Charlotte expresses a love for acting. Anthoni finds out that Charlotte was the star of the Boulay Mermaid show. With the help of Charlotte, Anthoni will just might sew all the holes of her life closed.                        — Caroline, age 11

Outwalkers is a pretty good book. Some of its themes are that teamwork leads to success and that true friends will always be there for you. I liked this book because it shows the power of teamwork and love. It’s about a boy named Jake whose parents die in a car accident, and he is stuck in an academy that is horrible. Jake will escape, but if he wants to get to his grandparents in Scotland, he will have to evade the hub police. His parents tell him that he can only get to Scotland with Jet. Are his parents right? And will Jake succeed or end up trapped in England? Find out in this intense novel!               — Michelle, age 10

Solving for M is really good! It’s about a girl named Mika who enters Highbridge Middle School and has a nice math teacher named Mr. Vann! At first, Mika wasn’t really a math person (or a science person, like her friend Dee Dee) and she liked art more, but middle school is so confusing that she just can’t argue with numbers. On top of everything, Mika’s mom might have skin cancer. This adds an interesting touch to the  story. I like this book because Mika was patient when things were hard. Throw on your thinking caps, because Solving for M is coming! — Sidrah, age 7


The Next Great Paulie Fink is a really enjoyable book! Caitlyn is the new girl in a rural school where every grade only has one class and the kids have all known each other for a long time. But with her arrival, another student who was supposed to come vanishes: Paulie Fink, a legendary class clown. Whereas Caitlyn, who can be seen as a replacement, is definitely not a class clown. She gets to know the funky kids in her class and before long, the competition to replace Paulie is on, with Caitlyn elected as the judge. I would definitely recommend this book because alongside the great storytelling and structure, Caitlyn’s classmates are all really interesting and likeable, and they show you that being a team doesn’t mean being clones of each other. — Simrah, age 10