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Cheyenne March 21, 2011 A Dog Called Kitty Bill Wallace A Dog Called Kitty by Bill Wallace was two-‐thumbs up! It’s two-‐thumbs up because it’s about a dog’s life. When Ricky was little he got attacked by a dog and almost died so he has a big fear of dogs. Now when Ricky is twelve he moves to a farm with cats, cows, a horse and is in for a surprise, a stray dog has been coming to his farm trying to eat the cat’s food. Ricky is still frightened of dogs but now the stray dog becomes part of his family. Right at the end of every chapter was when it started getting interesting and exciting, for example, “My dad told me to keep the dog and we are going to name him Kitty”, I couldn’t put the book down. The book showed a lot of action and details, for example this dog had red shiny fur and beautiful blue eyes. This realistic fiction story is a happy sort of sad book. I always wanted to turn the page, because the book was so good, for example, “Kitty is my best friend and I won’t ever let her get hurt”. I would recommend this book to dog lovers and people who like realistic fiction. I enjoyed reading this story because it kept my interest throughout the book. Taylor March 21, 2011 A Series of Unfortunate Events *The Bad Beginning* Lemony Snicket I would give A Series of Unfortunate Events *The Bad Beginning* two thumbs up. When Sunny, Klaus, and Violet Baudelaire’s parents die in a fire, the Baudelaires are left with a huge amount of money (otherwise known as a fortune). In their parent’s will, it states that the Baudelaire’s should live with a relative, but they don’t really have any close relatives. So the Baudelaire’s are sent to live with one of their long lost relatives, a terrible man named Count Olaf. When Count Olaf tries to steal the children’s money away from them by trying to marry the eldest Baudelaire, Violet, everything goes wrong. This action book is great because the Baudelaire’s go on so many adventures all because of Count Olaf, his troupe, and their schemes. This book was a real page-turner; I never wanted to put it down, mostly because of the things that happened, like when Count Olaf was trying to marry Violet and Violet signed the paper with her left hand, she is right handed so it wasn’t in her own hand, but at the same time it was. A Series of Unfortunate Events *The Bad Beginning* was a very easy book to concentrate on, it always had me wondering what would happen next, whether it was the Baudelaire children doing chores, or Sunny, a one year old, hanging in a cage from the window of a thirty foot (or higher) tower. Obviously, anybody who likes a little bit, or a lot, of action or adventure would like this book. A Series of Unfortunate Events *The Bad Beginning*, was a great read because when Sunny was dangling from the thirty-foot tower, I wished that I really was in the book so that I could go up and get her (Sunny), but I knew that if I really was in the book and I could go up and get her, we would get into a lot of trouble. A Series of Unfortunate Events *The Bad Beginning* was the best book I have ever read. Austin March 18, 2011 Hear the Wind Blow Mary Downing Hahn “…. As I mounted Captain Powell’s jet black steed, I looked back to the ruins of our house and then to the spring house which held James Marshall’s and Mama’s cold dead bodies which lay to rest. I knew when we came back from the war we wouldn’t be able to call anything home.” This is just one of the quotes that Haswell Colby Magruder made while looking for his brother Avery Colby Magruder who had gone off to fight for the Confederate army during the Civil War era. When I first got this book I could not stop reading it. When I would turn the page I would be surprised with exciting action and be asking myself questions. I especially liked when Haswell had to pull his papa’s revolver on the deserter. After that I had to go do something and while I was doing it I was wondering, would he kill the deserter or not? Personally, I like historical fiction and that is why I picked this book. I usually like war books and this is was a novel of the Civil War. One of the characteristics of a historical fiction book is that it has to be historically true. When Haswell was stuck firing a cannon at the Rebels during Picket’s charge, I knew that it was historically true because Picket’s charge was the last charge the Rebels made. I also love cliffhangers and this book sure had enough of them, like when Haswell said in one chapter, “The Minnie-‐ball whizzed right past my head, at least I thought it did.” If you like historical fiction, wars and action this book is for you. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. I also hope you enjoy Mary Downing Hahn’s other books. Alexis Holappa March 18th Diary of a Wimpy kid the Ugly Truth Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth is an amazing graphic novel. This book is a realistic fiction series by Jeff Kinney. The Ugly Truth is about a boy named Greg Heffley who is worried he will never hit puberty. Even his ex-‐best friend is getting zits before him. This year is an important year for Greg because he is looking forward to boy-‐ girl parties. This year also comes with more responsibilities such as babysitting for his little brother. This book had many surprises. It always made me want to keep reading, like when Greg’s mom said, “No!” when he asked to go to his first boy-‐girl party. It was probably a good thing because it turned out to be a high school party. At the end of most chapters it left me wondering and guessing. Personally, I love that because it really gets me into the book, like when Greg had to take care of an egg for his health class. I wanted to see what would happen to the egg. I love realistic fiction and that’s why I picked this book. This whole series got me into realistic fiction because I can relate to many of the things that happen like going to parties, getting new friends, and even getting in fights. This book was a great read because it was funny and exciting. I think that people who like surprises and comics will like this book. Allie March 18, 2011 Silver is for Secrets Laurie Stolarz Silver is for Secrets was the best book I ever read. I wanted to turn the pages and read it more and more and more. It is the fourth book in the series. Vacationing in a summer home, Stacy and Jacob are trying to figure out who is stalking a girl named Clara. Stacy also gets a little worried when Jacob isn’t telling her everything she needs to know. Jacob disappears for the day and when he comes back he has two cruise tickets. When Stacy and Jacob board the boat they go to their room, while they are creating a spell they fall asleep. When Stacy wakes up Jacob is gone and there is some kind of note from Stacy that she never wrote. While looking for Jacob she gets attacked and Jacob falls off the edge of the boat. Will Stacy ever find Jacob? This book is full of cliff hangers. Like at the end a chapter Jacob said, “I will back up if you let her go”. I automatically flipped the page and started reading. When I was done with that chapter I thought my heart had stopped beating. The genre of this story is a combination of mystery, adventure, and fiction because Stacy has to save a girl named Clara and there is a lot of action. I would recommend this book to people who like mystery/adventure books. This is a very good book. The best part is the guessing and finding out who is stalking who. Allyssa March 21, 2011 The Gift of the Pirate Queen Patricia Reilly Giff I give the Gift of the Pirate Queen two thumbs up. It is an interesting book that makes you want to keep reading. It is a realistic fiction story about two young girls, Grace and Amy, and their father. Grace and Amy’s mother died when they were very young and their father is having a hard time taking care of his girls, especially Amy with her diabetes. So their father’s cousin Fiona is coming to help out. The girls do not want Fiona to come and take over the house. Grace, the older of the two sisters, is also having problems with her teacher after she secretly breaks Mrs.Rapheal’s angel bell. Amy’s diabetes causes her to get really sick after she eats two chocolate bars! Grace and Fiona must rush to get Amy to the hospital. Will Amy make it out of the hospital? Pirate Queen was a book that made me never want to put it down; the book explained everything and stayed on topic very well so I wasn’t confused. The Pirate Queen was not boring at all, there was a little action, drama, humor and pretty much anything else you would need to be interested in the book. The Pirate Queen had something happen in every chapter, you never knew what was going to happen next, from a goat having babies to a woman being chased by a big fluffy dog! I think a person who enjoys reading about other people’s lives would enjoy this book. This book was a great read because it keeps you wanting to know what is going to happen on the next page. Alyssa March 21, 2011 Return to Del Emily Rodda “There was a strange, crackling sound. Then the belt seemed to explode with light.” These are just two sentences in,”Return to Del” the last book in a series of eight by Emily Rodda. Lief, Barda, and Jasmine set off in the first book to find the seven gems from the Belt of Deltora. The gems, meant to be worn by the king, were stolen by the shadow lord’s Ak baba. In each book, the three find another gem, and in the last book of this fantasy-‐adventure they must find the heir, the rightful wearer of the Belt of Deltora. Not in the least bit boring, this book kept me on the edge of my seat, flipping pages faster and faster as I got farther and farther into it. “Then he saw that the woman cradled in her arms, in the tatters of a shawl, another small heap of bones-‐ the bones of a tiny baby.” This is just one example of the nail-‐bitingly cool events in this amazing book. In this part of the book they are traumatized, and think the heir to the throne is dead. Even as I read this part in the book my heart got heavy and I was more than interested, I needed to know what happened. I always plan to stop at the end of a chapter. In this book I couldn’t. In the last paragraph of the third chapter it says,” Leif took a deep breath. ‘I think Dain’s idea is that the uniting of Deltora formed part of the Belt’s magic,’ he said. ‘Dain thinks that we should bring the seven tribes together once more.’” It stops. That’s the end of the chapter. At that point you can’t just put the book down. “Return to Del” is a great book for anyone who wants to sit down and enjoy a book. Because of all its twists and turns you’ll never want to put it down. The details are excellent, which lets you really see what the author thinks. I think anyone who enjoys fantasy or adventure would enjoy this book just as much as I have. Angela March, 21, 2011 Hoofbeats: Katie and the Mustang: Book four Kathleen Duey Hoofbeats: Book four, deserves a thumbs up for sure. This book is also a page-turner; I never wanted to set it down. It is also very important that you read the first three books in the series, because if you don’t the last one does not make sense at all. This book is about a little girl named Katie. Two years ago her mom, dad, and two sisters died from the fever. After their death, Katie went to live with a family by the name of Mr. And Mrs. Stevens. She only stayed there a few months because they were very mean to her. One day while Katie was still living with the Stevens, they brought home a beautiful bay mustang. When Katie ran away from home she brought along her friend Hiram and the mustang. They headed to Oregon. Along the way they met a lot of people, some good, and some bad. Katie’s plan was once she got to Oregon she would find her Uncle Jack and live with him. Will she make it to Oregon and will she find her Uncle Jack? This book is historical fiction because the setting is 1847. I can relate to this book because Katie loves horses and so do I. This book was not boring at all; it always left me wanting to go into the next chapter, like when the book said there was something following him, I wanted to know what it was. This book was also very easy to understand and it was not confusing at all. People who love horses would love this book because it is centered around horses. This book was very fun to read because some parts were funny and some were sad, but something good always came out of it. Richard March 22, 2011 Artemis Fowl the Arctic Incident Eoin Colfer. “Holly surveyed the scene through the hi-res night-sight filter in her helmet with the eyes of a seasoned Recon officer.” Artemis is a 13 year old mastermind who is sent to boarding school. He gets an e-mail which contains a video of his kidnapped father. On the other side of the spectrum, Captain Short is trying to find the human who is giving the batteries to the goblins. The fact that this is a fantasy makes the plot of the book unbelievable. There are magical creatures and magic, for example Holly was trying to heal herself with magic. When Artemis Fowl’s father gets kidnapped by the Mafia and when Holly Short was trying to find the person who was giving the goblins the softnose lasers I could not put the book down. I enjoyed the magic in the book because they could fly, heal, and use fairy technology. I would recommend this book to people who like fantasy. The book was pretty good because it makes you feel like you are part of the story. Aubree March 18, 2011 Great Lakes Ghost Ship Johnathan Rand I give this book thumbs up because it was a great book and I never wanted to stop reading it. The book was about three kids who were stuck on what they thought was a ghost ship. They tried to find ways to get off it, but wherever they went the “ghosts” would always follow them. I like this book more than I would others because I’m really into the genre of this book, which is realistic fiction, mystery, and adventure. I really like that it can happen in real life, because maybe it has before. This book is the best book I have read yet it had my full attention and I was always concentrating because I always wanted to know what was going to happen next. In my opinion this book was a page turner, it always left me wondering what was going to happen next or if they were going to get found or not, an example is when the chapter ended like this, “I saw the ugly old monster, and he was heading for us” I think that people who would enjoy this book are people who like suspense and descriptive detail. I think that this is a great read because it got my attention right away and kept it throughout the book. Jeffrey March 18 Because of Winn Dixie Kate DiCamillo’s “I could tell by the way he looked at the manager, that he was thanking him for the good time he was having.” In this very good book by Kate DiCamillo’s, a girl named Opal Buloni is just getting settled in her new home town. Just when she thinks she can’t make any friends she meets a dog in a grocery store. When the owner said he would call the pound if there was no owner, Opal made the biggest mistake of her life. She couldn’t let the dog go to the pound so she claimed him and named him Winn Dixie, just like the grocery story. Then the book took a very interesting turn when her father (the preacher of the baptist church) said that she could keep him but Winn Dixie would be her responsibility. I couldn’t put this book down because of all the interesting parts like when the store manager was going to call the pound; I thought that Opal was going to let the dog be put down. This book made me want to keep reading because I thought Opal wouldn’t get Winn Dixie back because the lightning and the rain scared him away. I was afraid Opal would lose a friend so I had to keep reading on to see if Winn Dixie would run back to Opal. At the end of chapter fifteen Gloria Dump and Opal decide to have a party so I had to see how it turned out. I thought this book was a great read because it was a book full of suspense, friendship, and a new family for the dog Winn Dixie. I would recommend this book to my sister because she would like any type of books that have suspense and friendship and a lot of interesting parts. Desirea March 21, 2011 Lovely Bones Alice Sebold “My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name Susie.” The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold is a heart-‐touching, story that starts off with lots of horror, and then ends with a beautiful happily ever after. Susie Salmon was fourteen when she was killed by a man in her neighborhood, on December 6, 1973. Susie is lost as she is trying to adjust to her new home in heaven. She learns that because she is gone, her family and friends have to continue their lives without her. Lovely Bones is a different kind of book. It has suspense and horror throughout, but ends happily. When I was reading this book, I couldn’t put it down. I just had to know what was going to happen next. It was one of the best books that I have ever read. It had so many parts that I couldn’t stop reading. My favorite was when Susie’s sister, Lindsey, snuck into Susie’s killer’s house. In The Lovely Bones there were so many twists and turns. It made me think something was going to happen, and then went a different direction. It had many exciting things happening throughout the book. There were parts that I would never think would happen, but it made the book interesting. There were many parts that I would read over and over again, such as the part in the cornfield, when Ray and Ruth would sit together and talk about Susie. I would recommend this book to people who like realistic stories with a touch of fantasy. It was an easy read. It was simple and heart touching. Everything went together perfectly. I would love to read the Lovely Bones again in the future. Amber 3-‐18-‐11 Muggy Maggie Beverly Cleary. I give Muggie Maggie two thumbs up, because it’s about a girl who stands by her opinion no matter what. Maggie thinks that she doesn’t need to learn cursive; she thinks she can live her whole life without it. Her teacher is trying to make her do cursive but Maggie refuses. Will she never know how to read and write cursive, or will she give in? When Maggie chooses not to write cursive it reminds me of a time when I didn’t want to learn French, I thought it was useless, but now I like French, and just like Maggie is trying to like cursive. I think that this is an amazing book because when you finish one page, or chapter you don’t want to stop, you just want to keep going until the book is done. I also liked this book because it isn’t just about a girl who does not like to read or write cursive it’s about people who stand by their beliefs no matter what. Marissa Harrison March 18, 2011 Warriors: A Dangerous Path Erin Hunter I would give my book two thumbs up. The reason is because it was filled with adventures, like a dog pack threatening the existence of Thunder clan. This book is all about cats. The cats are from different clans. There’s a River clan, Shadow clan, Wind clan, and Thunder clan. There are soon to be three clans though if Fireheart doesn’t do something. This book is mainly about the Thunder clan. The leader, Bluestar, is as mixed up as ever and now the clan deputy, Fireheart must do something. Then in a dream, he is given a message from his ancestors in Starclan, “Pack, Pack! Kill, Kill!” Then mysteriously, a young cat soon to be a warrior is attacked by dogs and her dreams of becoming a warrior are shattered. Can Fireheart figure out what it means before someone is hurt from his clan again? Warriors: A Dangerous path is a fantasy book. This book was definitely a page turner. I was constantly finding myself not wanting to put the book down. An example from the book that I really liked was when Fireheart figures out what the message means, but he must find a way to stop it from happening before his clan is killed. It was really exciting. This book was not boring at all. I was always wondering what would happen next. The example from the story that I really liked was when the pack of dogs were chasing after them and they had to find a place to go. There was a lot of detail then. There were definitely a lot of surprises in the book. One was where one of the former Thunderclan deputy, Tigerstar, was setting up the dog pack to invade the camp. That really surprised me. I think that anyone who loves cats and tons of adventure would love this book. The reason why Warriors: A Dangerous Path was such a great read is because of all the fights, betrayal of clans, and the setup. If you like any of the other books by Erin Hunter, you will love this one! Payton March 21 Brian’s Winter Gary Paulsen I give Brian’s Winter by Gary Paulsen two thumbs up. It is a great action /adventure book that has a lot of details about what Brian has to do to survive in the northern woods all alone with no food, just a hatchet, and some things from the plane crash. It’s not that easy when you’re in a dangerous animal habitat and the worst threat…… winter is just around the corner! I could not put this book down. The author did a great job my keeping interest like when Brian got a little too close to an elk that suddenly charged him! This book had many cliffhangers too. Brian was awakened one night by what he thought was a gunshot which was very important because he desperately needed to get out of the northern woods. I enjoyed this genre because there was action on every page; like when a bear caved in Brian’s shelter looking for food in his camp! Brian’s Winter was a great read! I think anyone who likes Gary Paulsen or any other books in this series should read this great book! Josh March18, 2011 Michigan Chillers: Dinosaurs Destroy Detroit Johnathan Rand The book Michigan chillers: Dinosaurs Destroy Detroit is a story about Nick and Summer who are best friends. Nick’s grandpa told him that every fifty years there is a window through time. Nick thought his grandpa had lost his mind but when he went to the field with Summer on the day and time Grandpa told him, he saw a gray window in the middle of the field. He and Summer went through the window and traveled sixty-five million years through time. This book is a page turner because it is so detailed. I could feel the breath of the dinosaur! This book is everything but boring! It has action, adventure and it’s scary. It is the best book I’ve ever read in my life. Caleb March 18th The Fire Within Chris D’ Lacey I would give the fantasy, The Fire Within, two thumbs up because it is about clay dragons coming to life to teach the new tenant, David, the true meaning about the fire within. When David starts to stay at the Pennykettles’ residence, Elizabeth Pennykettle makes a special dragon for David and tells him to love the dragon forever or its spark inside will burn out. David must also help Elizabeth’s eleven year old daughter, Lucy, look for her squirrel, Conker, and bring him back home. Will David help Lucy find Conker and keep his dragon’s spark lit or will he be too late to find Conker and lose his dragon’s trust? While I was reading this book, I couldn’t stop turning the page. There was always an event that made me want to read more to find out what happened. Like when David’s dragon, Gadzooks, cried his fire tear and David caught it. I wanted to see if David would keep it or let go to the ground. It wasn’t hard to concentrate on the story because the author did a great job at keeping it simple and in order, that way the reader wouldn’t get confused. Such as when the author made a scene where David, Lucy and Liz were at the library gardens, he used almost a whole page describing what the gardens looked like, but he kept it simple, for example “The gardens were piled with flowers with squirrels running all over”. This book kept my interest with exciting details and amazing events. Like when David saw the dragons come to life and re-‐kiln Gadzooks. I think this book was a great read because there were so many events that made me just want to read on to know what was going to happen. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to read about dragons, squirrels, and fantasy books. Kay-Leigh March 21, 2011 Down a Dark Hall Lois Duncan Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan deserves two thumbs up. It has suspense, mystery, but little action. Down a Dark Hall is a realistic fiction story about a girl, Kit, who was accepted into a private school, Blackwood. Her best friend, Tracy, wasn’t accepted which made both girls sad. The weird thing about Blackwood was that there were only four girls and three professors. Madame Duret, the headmistress, had run many schools; however they had all been shut down after a year or two. Kit was suspicious about the schools, so she did some searching. While at school; her music teacher, Julian, was really mysterious and Kit really liked him. Reading about the two just made me want to keep turning the page to find out what would happen next. In realistic fiction books the plot has to be believable, in reality private schools don’t accept everyone who applies, some kids do get crushes on their teachers, and electricity does go out when there is a big storm. While growing up I either read realistic fiction or fantasy, reading this book made me want to read more and more realistic fiction books. I think people who like suspense and mystery, yet want the story-line to be believable, would like this book. It was a great read for me because it held my interest all the way through and when I read it I created pictures of what was going on. Derek March 21st 2011 The Shifting Sands Emily Rodda On their way to the Rithmere games Lief, Barda, and Jasmine are walking down a dry road following a cart. When they get there they lose each other in the crowd, but later find each other and stay at the inn where they sign up for the games. All of them make it into the finals. Every person who makes it to the finals gets 100 gold coins each. While they are all competing Lief and Barda are defeated. Jasmine and a guy named Doom are left. After the completion they get captured by grey guards but Doom rescues them. He offers to let them stay at his village for the night but they decide not to and return on their journey to the shifting sands to get the fourth medallion of the belt of Deltora. I give this book thumbs up because it has lots of mystery, action and suspense. This book got my interest when Lief and his companions were going up into the mountains to find a special mountain to climb down into (the gem was hidden there). The story always left me in suspense because at the end of every chapter something big was about to happen. Like when an Ak-baba flew over them when they were in a river. The fish ended up hiding them in the water by swimming over them. I would recommend this book to people who like mystery, fantasy, and lots of action. I suggest you read the first book in this series otherwise it will be very confusing. I also suggest you read them all! Megan 3-‐18-‐11 Valleyof the Moon Sherry Garland I would give Valley of the Moon thumbs up because it had a lot of detail in the book. You feel all the pain and suffering the people went through. It wasn’t hard to concentrate on the story because there was always something interesting going on, like when she got a letter from her great grandfather telling her about her parents and what it was like for them. I couldn’t believe when her mom went across the ocean to get medicine for herself and her kids but there was only enough for two people and she gave it to her kids. I would recommend this book to young teens who like to read about other teens in history. I was always very interested and couldn’t put the book down. Chase March 21st 2011 The Transall Saga Gary Paulsen “When I fell into the tube it transported me to… to where? I don’t even know if I’m on Earth anymore.” In this fantasy book, The Transall Saga, Mark Harrison had hit the jackpot. His mom and dad had finally let him hike the desert. He was led astray by his curiosity when he noticed a beam of blue light. Mark touched the beam of light and then got transported to another time. Mark encountered monkey-bear type animals and coconut-like fruits. Along with Willie, Marks monkey-bear pet, Mark must search the jungle for the beam of blue light, but most importantly a way back home. I was never bored with this book. I was always reading it because there were so many things happening and I wanted to figure out what would happen next. When Mark got taken captive by the Tsook tribe I wouldn’t think about putting the book down. I was surprised when Mark tried to run away from the Tsook the first time (and failed) but the second time he tried I was astonished. He actually succeeded the second time too. I couldn’t believe it when Mark helped the Tsook tribe realize that the Rawhaz were coming to attack them. The Tsook let Mark become a citizen with land, a wife, a house, crops, everything. Some parts were un-believable though, like the blue beam of light or any of the animals that Mark encountered. None of these things would ever happen in real life. I think people who enjoy fantasy books and action books would want to read this book. This book keeps you wanting to read more and has tons of very interesting parts in it. Michael April 12, 2011 The Haunted Hotel Ron Roy “What are we going to do, just give up?” “No, we can’t give up just because there’s a ghost at the hotel, Mr. Linkletter is our friend.” “Well how do you suppose we catch a phantom Dink?” “Josh, I just don’t know. Well what do you think Ruth Rose? Ruth Rose? Hey wait up for us!” The book The Haunted Hotel was an ok read. It kept me waiting, thinking about what was going to happen. The book is about a haunted hotel with an eyeless phantom that tells people to go home before it is too late. The only time the phantom shows up is at midnight. So the three friends Dink, Ruth Rose, and Josh have to find out what is going on at the Shagri-la hotel. When the kids saw the ghost at the hotel it reminded me of my mom’s story about when she saw a ghost at our old house. After reading the book I learned about the lifestyles of people who live in suburbs of a city. The book was good but it was intended for third or fourth graders. Sometimes my attention was diverted or caught up in something else because of the simple plot. I think a third or fourth grader or anyone who likes an easy read would like this book. Anyone who likes mysteries would enjoy The Haunted Hotel or any of the twenty-six books in the A to Z Mystery series. First Paragraph -a statement that gives the book either a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down evaluation, and a reason to support your position. *Write, from notes you've taken, a short summary of your selection and identify the genre in the introduction: Fantasy, science fiction, realistic or historical fiction, biography, autobiography, etc. Second Paragraph *Choose one to three questions for forming opinions about fiction or nonfiction and use these to inform readers about the strengths and weaknesses of your book or magazine article. *Use specific examples from the book to support each question you choose to respond to in your book review. Closing Paragraph *Reread your second paragraph and decide who would enjoy this book. *Offer one of two reasons why the book is either a great read or a boring read. The book Brian’s Hunt deserves thumbs up. It deserves thumbs up because it is always full of action throughout the story. There is never a part in the story where nothing is going on. The stories genre is realistic. In the story Brian is out in the wilderness where he has very few supplies to keep him going when he stumbles across something that could be harmful or be helpful. Then he comes across some of his old friends that live right off of the river where he will find something that will shock him forever. While I was reading the book it was not hard to concentrate because I was ready to see what he was going to be hunting. Each chapter made me want to read the next because the chapter would end right before something cool was about to happen so it made me want to read the next. There were a lot of surprises in the story but the biggest one was that by reading the title I thought it would be animals like deer. It ended up being something much, much bigger and dangerous. Brian’s Hunt would be a good book for anyone that likes to hunt. Overall the book was a great read because it will keep bringing more and more that by reading the back it wouldn’t even tell. Brody March 21, 2011 Cirque Du Freak: A Living Nightmare Darren Shan “I gave fair warning. I said this show could be dangerous. This is not a nice, safe circus where nothing goes wrong. Mistakes can and do happen, and sometimes people end up a lot worse off than your wife. That’s why this show is banned. That’s why we must play in old theaters in the middle of the night. Most of the time, things go smoothly and nobody gets hurt. But we cannot guarantee your safety.” Cirque Du Freak: A Living Nightmare is a book written by Darren Shan that tells the story of a boy named Darren who went to a freak show with his friend. That choice was followed by a huge chain of events that morphed Darren into a monster. When he went to the freak show, he saw a performing spider that was controlled by a vampire, and he loves spiders. He told his friend that he would give up anything to get that spider. He ended up stealing the spider and almost killing his friend with it. Darren and his friend were playing with the spider when the spider got loose and bit his friend on the neck. This book kept me flipping pages until the end. At the end of chapter three, Darren and his friend Steve were talking about going to a freak show with their teacher and the teacher kept telling them that freak shows were horrible and people that go to them are as bad as the people who run them. Then after he said that, Steve turned around and told Darren that they were going to go to the freak show. That made me want to turn the page to see what would happen at the freak show. This book always made me turn to new chapters. At the end of chapter eighteen, Darren was playing with the spider that he stole from the vampire and when he let it out of the cage, it leaped at him baring its fangs. That made me wonder if it was going to kill Darren or if he would survive, so I turned the page to another chapter and kept reading to see what would happen. There were a lot of things in this book that I thought would go differently. Steve actually wanted to become a vampire and kill people for fun and drink their blood. He went to the vampire after the freak show and talked to him about becoming a vampire. Also, Steve is trying to kill Darren for something that Darren has done. I think people who enjoy having lots of things going on at one time will like this book because it is fast-paced and there is always something happening. The author of the Harry Potter series says that this book will leave the readers hungry for more. This book is not a boring read because there is never a dull moment in this series. Cassie March 21, 2011 Because of Winn-‐Dixie Kate DiCamillo I give Because of Winn-‐Dixie by Kate DiCamillo thumbs-‐up. It is a really good book, but kind of sad in some parts. Because of Winn-‐Dixie is about a little girl who lives with her mom, dad, and two little sisters. They live down the road from her dad’s acquaintance Jude. Jude hunts a lot even sometimes when he’s not supposed to. He has several hunting dogs, and has just gotten a new one. He doesn’t name his dogs, but the little girl gave him a name. She named him Winn-‐Dixie. She gave him that name when he ran away from Jude because Jude beats his dogs but she found him at the store down the road from his house the stores name is Winn-‐ Dixie. So that’s how he got his name. Every time he runs away the little girl ends up finding him. The very last time he ran away the little girl found him in the woods and then took him home and built him a kennel in the field by her house. Her parents and sisters did not know about her keeping the dog. Then her dad found the dog in the kennel in the middle of the night when Winn-‐Dixie kept barking. Her parents decided to keep the dog. But later on Jude came over looking for Winn-‐Dixie and he found the dog in their kitchen. Then Jude decided to let the little girl keep the dog for $60. Her dad said she had to earn the money herself. She earned some of the money by collecting pop bottles on the side of the road and the rest of it by working for Jude. I liked this book it’s very exciting and interesting it constantly made me want to turn the page to see what was going to happen next. Like when Winn-‐Dixie got attacked by another dog and had to go to the vet it was so interesting but sad. It surprised me when Jude found out about them keeping the dog and then Jude let the little girl keep the dog. But as I said she had to earn the money herself. I also liked this book because the book was very believable like I said in the begging it’s about a ten year old girl and it’s also about a dog named Winn-‐Dixie. I think that people who like realistic fiction would like this book and reading about people and the relationship between their animals. I like this book because it’s very heartwarming and it’s about a dog and I love animals. Chelsey March 21, 2011 The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket “The fire department arrived but they were too late.” The Bad Beginning is about three kids named Violet, Klaus, and Sunny. They lost their parents in a terrible house fire and were left a huge fortune. The children had to live with an evil man named Count Olaf. He was trying to get his hand on the kids’ fortune by trying to marry Violet in his play. Everybody thought it was fake but it was actually real. Count Olaf told them if they tried to mess up his play he would kill their baby sister, Sunny. I loved this book. I thought it was really good and I never wanted to put it down. It was full of excitement, like when Violet was trying to save her baby sister by making a grappling hook, throwing it up to a window in the tower, and climbing up the rope. The author gave really good details and I could picture everything in my head. He said that when Violet threw the hook and missed the window, the hook would come down against the tower wall making a screaming sound. The most interesting part of the book was when Count Olaf’s play was going on. It kept me wondering if Violet was going to get out of marrying Count Olaf or if she had to marry him. The genre of the book is mystery. I would recommend this book to people who like either mystery or action-adventure. This book was a great read because it was exciting and interesting. Danielle March 21, 2011 Cirque Du Freak- Vampires Assistant! Darren Shan “I hate being a half Vampire. All I want is to make friends!” explained Darren. Darren refused to drink human blood as well, and all Vampires need it to survive. His master Mr. Crepsley tried to force it down his throat! But Darren stood strong. He thought that if you drink human blood you will become a monster. But in this book Vampires are NOT monsters. So Mr. Crepsley tried to convince him that all Vampires need it to survive and if you drink it you will not become a monster! Also they moved to a freak circus, The Cirque Du Freak, where Darren made friends with a snake boy- Evra Von and Sam Grest- a normal boy. Sadly Sam gets torn open by the circus Wolf Man! Mr. Crepsley told Darren, “This might be hard but you have to drink Sam’s blood, you will save his spirit his body is already dead. But you can save his spirit!” Does Darren drink Sam’s blood to save Sams spirit and save himself? My book Cirque Du Freak- Vampires Assistant is AMAZING! At almost every chapter it kept me wanting to read more! At the end of one chapter it said, “A real human’s heart and when he squeezed it agony!” That’s definitely a cliff hanger. That is just one of the reasons I love the series, Cirque Du Freak. My friend got me into these books; she said if you like fantasy books, you will love to read these books. I agree. When it said, “He was going straight for my neck, going to finish me with one quick bite!” I couldn’t wait to turn the page! I think people who love action and vampire books would definitely love reading this series. This book is so fun to read I’m sad it’s over. I had a great time reading this book! Clara March 21, 2011 The Seeing Stone Tony Diterlizzi and Holly Black I give The Seeing Stone four thumbs up. I would give it four thumbs up because I like the mystery and the suspense. The Seeing Stone is a fantasy because all the goblins, animals, and boggarts can talk. The Seeing Stone is about three kids named Jared, Simon and Mallory. While Mallory was outside practicing her fencing, Simon was outside trying to catch the cat. Jared went up to the library and looked out the window to see that Simon was being followed by goblins. Jared tried to shout to him but the goblins got Simon and dragged him into the woods. What do you think the goblins will do? Will Jared and Mallory find Simon? In The Seeing Stone there were a lot of surprises. For instance there was a part where Simon was running around then all of a sudden was being dragged into the woods. At the end of chapter one it says, “Jared yelled but what could he do except follow?” That sentence made me want to keep reading to find out what happened and that is how every chapter ended. I am sort of like Mallory, Jared, and Simon. In the story their parents got a divorce and my aunt and uncle got divorced. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery and a lot of suspense. I really liked this book because of the goblins, boggarts, faeries, and suspense. It also makes you want to read the next book in the series. Cole March 16, 2011 Screaming Eagles Anthony Horowitz “Hurry Kayo run, he is catching up!” I give Screaming Eagles thumbs-‐up. The setting took place outdoors and it was full of action, two things that interest me. This book is about Kayo and Rosie who witness a man stealing an eaglet from its nest. While trying to find him in the national park, they get lost. Will they find the eaglet and a way out safely? From the very beginning, this book is full of action and adventure. For example, Rosie and Kayo were hiking up a path when they saw a man stealing an eaglet from its nest and took off chasing him. It was very easy to concentrate on this book because it always had something interesting going on which made me want to start a new chapter. When the girls are lost in the woods and hear a noise… the chapter ends! I would recommend this book to someone who likes outdoors and adventure. This book was a great read because it made me want to keep reading. Courtney March 21st, 2011 Ida B Katherine Hannigan I am giving the book Ida B two thumbs-‐up because it kept me interested in what was going to happen next. Ida B is a little girl who climbs trees and talks to the brook about how she is feeling and her worries about her mother. Ida’s mother is ill and can’t teach her at home anymore, so she has to go a public school. She is also mad at her father for selling some of their trees to pay for her mother’s treatments. I couldn’t put the book down because it told about Ida B going to a public school and how she hated it. While she was at the public school she had no friends because she wasn’t open to new people. She would glare at anyone who would look at her. I could relate to Ida because my mom has been ill, I know what she is going through. I I would recommend the book Ida B to children between the ages of 11-‐14 because it is very easy to connect with the characters. I could connect with Ida throughout the whole story. Sarah March 21, 2011 Crank Ellen Hopkins “Life was good before I met the monster. After, life was great, at least for a little while.” Crank is a realistic fiction story about a girl named Kristina Georgia Snow. She is the perfect daughter, well-behaved, and quiet. But when she goes to visit her dad in Albuquerque, Bree takes her place. Bree is like the other side of Kristina-she’s fearless. At her dad’s she meets a boy, and he gives her the monster, crank, and she gets hooked on it. When she goes back to her mom’s, she brings her addiction with her. Her life goes downhill when she finds out she’s pregnant. She wants to keep her baby, but will the monster stop her? Crank explains Kristina’s struggle for the right choices. It made me want to read more to find out her decision and what happened next. Like when she gets pregnant, she doesn’t know whether she should have an abortion, put it up for adoption, or keep it, even though she is on drugs. This book is definitely believable because drug addictions could happen to anyone, like it did to Kristina. I connect with Kristina when we want to make the right choices in life but don’t know what to do. I recommend this book to girls between the ages of 13 and 19 because of some of the events that happen. Crank is a good read from beginning to end. You’ll never want to stop reading. Devaun March 18th 2011 Trapped at the Bottom of the Sea Frank.E.Peretti The book Trapped at the Bottom of the Sea is a really good book. It is action packed and full of adventures. It is about a family of architects, Dr. Cooper, Lila, and Jay. When Lila gets in an argument with her dad, she wants to go back home. So Dr.Cooper has his friend, Colonel Adams, pull some strings to get her on a top secret flight to the United States. The plane is transporting a laser that can destroy a satellite 100 miles away. When the plane gets hijacked it crashes and Lila is trapped in a weapons pod at the bottom of the sea. This book had me thinking could this really happen? I think that there really are cannibals in the world and a plane could crash and you could be stuck in a pod at the bottom of the sea. I loved the action and suspense in this story because I never knew what was going to happen next. It was extremely interesting when Dr.Cooper, Jay and their friends were getting chased in the Caribbean by rebels. I like how the author made me want to keep reading by ending many chapters with cliffhangers. This book is a great book to read if you like adventure and mystery. It also includes many interesting facts about the beliefs of people around the world. Dallas March, 21, 2011 Brian’s Winter Gary Paulsen “There was a soft rustle, followed by a whoofing sound and the whole wall of the shelter peeled away.” That was what Brian Robinson, from the book Brian’s Winter by Gary Paulsen, endured one night, and it wouldn’t be the last encounter that he would have while stranded in the Canadian wilderness. For half the summer and into fall Brian had been stranded in the Canadian front. He built a makeshift shelter and had been killing and eating foolbirds and rabbits with his small bow and fire hardened, wood arrows. After an unexpected bear attack he wanted and needed a stronger bow, for safety. This book was very exciting and left me wanting to see what would happen next, like when Brian heard so called “gunshots” during the night. This book also left me on edge, because the action, adventure and suspense never ceased. When he was confronted by a wolf with bloody fangs, or when he was charged by a huge moose I could picture myself right there with him. This book left me wondering when it stated that his lance would one day save his life! This would be a good match for people who like nonstop action and adventure. This is one of my favorite books by Gary Paulsen, because it isn’t only excellent but has good survival tips, like eat meat in a broth because it is more nutritious and flavorful. Dana March 18th A Series of Unfortunate Events The Reptile Room Lemony Snicket My book, The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket, is very interesting. It is about three children, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire. Violet, the oldest, likes to invent things. Klaus, the middle child, likes to read. Sunny, an infant, likes to bite! The children’s parents died in the first book. Afterwards, the children’s first guardian was a man named Count Olaf who wanted to get his hands on the Baudelaire fortune. In this book, however, they are staying with their Uncle Monty. They have a great time to start out, in the Reptile Room, preparing for their trip to Peru. But soon, Uncle Monty ends up hiring a new assistant named Stephano. The moment the children lay eyes on him, they see through the disguise. It’s actually Count Olaf!!! What’s his plan? This book is action-‐packed and a great read. I couldn’t put this book down! Especially the time when Sunny was bitten on the chin by the Incredibly Deadly Viper! I just had to know what happened! Then, there was when Uncle Monty died of a “snake-‐bite.” The children believed it was really Stephano. There were so many spots where I just had to know what happened! There were also plenty of cliff hangers! One at the end of almost every chapter! One was when Stephano showed up. I easily connected with both Violet and Klaus because I love to read and I’m the oldest of my siblings. I think anyone who enjoys action, page-‐turners, and/or cliff-‐hangers would like this book. This book is a great read. It’s interesting and very entertaining! Taylor March 21, 2011 Dancing In My Nuddy Pants Louise Rennison The book Dancing in my Nuddy Pants is a hilarious book that I would definitely give thumbs up. Dancing in my Nuddy Pants is realistic fiction about a girl named Georgia. She has a very crazy life because her parents are crazy, her little sister, Libby, is a demon, and her boyfriend, Robbie, is always gone on music tours. She also has a crazy Scottish wildcat named Angus that eats everything and gets dressed up by Libby. This book is one that you’ll never want to put down. One reason is because Georgia was on a class trip to “Le gay Paree” (Paris) and a guy stared at her for 15 minutes and then disappeared. Then a while later he came back and gave her a rose and said she was beautiful. The funny thing is she thought he was stalking her. Sometimes these books are kind of hard to concentrate on because you laugh and people ask you what happened so, it’s kind of distracting. For example there is one part where Georgia goes to see her boyfriend, and she always gets screwed up when she sees him, so she walks up to him and says “Hi, Dig.” That was funny so I laughed and Shiloh asked me what I was laughing about, and then a teacher told me to be quieter. This book is no-where near boring; with this book there are parts where Georgia acts very dumb and funny. I love this series. The best example was when Georgia is worried about the size of her nose again, and she makes a nose brace out of some Q-tips. That made me laugh like a crazy person! I think anyone who likes drama or a book that’s makes you laugh like a banshee, would like Dancing in my Nuddy Pants. Hunner March 21, 2011 Dark Visions L.J. Smith I’d give the book, Dark Visions, two thumbs up because it has action, adventure and fantasy. This book is a definite page turner, it kept me on the very tips of my toes because it is all a mystery. I think L.J Smith is a great author! It wasn’t hard to concentrate on the story because she gave specific details. The five main characters Kaitlin, Gabriel, Rob, Anna and Lewis all have a psychic power. Kaitlin can draw the future, Gabriel is a psychic vampire, Rob can heal people, Anna can control animals, and Lewis is PK, which means he can move objects. All five psychics journey far from the insidious Mr. Zetes who wants to use their powers as a weapon. This book is my favorite genre; fantasy and action/adventure. I enjoy this book because it talks about things that can’t happen, which, in my opinion, encourages my imagination. I love how all the main characters have psychic power. This book made me want to read it until the crack of dawn! The major cliff hangers made me want to skip all the boring parts to get to the more exciting parts. I would recommend this book to people who have wide imaginations, like the kind of people who like to read big books (p.s. this book is huge!). I would recommend it more widely to girls than boys. This book….is an awesome read. I love it, and I hope you do, too. Kristopher 3-‐18-‐2011 Gruesome Ghouls of Grand Rapids Johnathan Rand “The ghouls can take over people!” Gruesome Ghouls of Grand Rapids is about a girl who lived in Grand Rapids and had a special ability to see wood elves and ghouls. The ghouls were nasty looking things that wanted to take over people, but not everyone could see them. Only Ashlynn and her friend could see the ghouls, they were also the only people who could see the wood elves. The wood elves were the good-‐guys and were helping Ashlynn and her friend stop the ghouls. Ashlynn, her friend, and the wood elves had a plan to stop the ghouls, but could it work? Every time I got to the end of a chapter it would end with a really interesting part that made me want to keep reading. For example when the ghouls first took over the principal I thought they were going to take over the whole school. I had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen. It was easy to stay focused the whole time I was reading because there was a lot of action. When the kids were getting chased by the ghouls I had to make sure they got away. This book and all of the other books from this series made me really like fantasy because I like stories that can’t possibly happen. I like this series of books and I think other people who like fantasy would also like this book. Johnathan Rand does a great job describing and holding the interest of the reader. Danielle March 18, 2011 Untamed P.C. and Kristen Cast Untamed by P.C. and Kristen Cast deserves two thumbs up for all the super scary nightmares that haunt Zoey’s dreams every night. Untamed is a fantasy about a vampire fledgling, named Zoey Redbird, who is being haunted by an immortal who can get into peoples dreams. Zoey’s friends are worried when she gets hurt and decides to go back to the House of Night. They all start to find clues about how to get the immortal to flee hidden in poems that one of her friends have been writing and wonder if the clues are enough. I love it when the chapters end with exciting events like when Zoey hurls herself off a cliff in order to escape an immortal! This book was really easy to concentrate on because there was a lot of action like when Zoey stood up to the immortal to help her friend Darius. I never wanted to put the book down because there was always something good happening. I would recommend this book to teenage girls and young women because it is an action, fighting romance novel that is about a girl around that age. Dustin March 18, 2011 The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins Dean Myers “I could see Omaha beach through the smoke and haze as our assault boat rocked in the choppy waters.” Scott Collins is a World War II soldier in this historical fiction diary. Scott is from France, he is going to fight in the war with a good buddy Bobby Jo. When they get out of the boat at the war Scott sees people getting killed fast. Will Scott survive? This book has so much action on every page it is hard to put down. It is full of great details. This book made me enjoy reading historical fiction because I was interested in his experiences during the war. I would recommend this book to people who are interested in World War I and World War II. This book is more based on World War II though. It is a great read because it’s like you’re in the action. Matt March 21, 2011 Eagle Strike Anthony Horowitz “The Amazon Jungle. Fifteen years ago it had taken them five days to make the journey cutting their way through the dense, suffocating undergrowth, fighting through the very air, which hung heavy, moist, and still.” Alex Rider works for MI6, going on dangerous missions. This time he finds himself in the South of France on vacation. As he is returning home he finds that the father of the girl he was staying with was nearly killed. Alex is shocked and has to find out who is behind this. He goes to the authorities but they are no help, the same with MI6. So Alex finds out information and believes that it’s Damian Cray, a famous singer. It turns out he is right. Alex gets caught in Cray’s real life video game, where he fakes his own death. Alex sneaks his way around in Cray’s facility, and finds the Eagle Strike device and takes it. Will he get out alive? The book Eagle Strike was definitely a page turner, making me want to read all the time. When Cray traps Alex in a real life video game I had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. This book was not boring at all; it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time especially while he was stealing the Eagle Strike device. This book isn’t really believable, because it would be pretty weird to hire a fourteen-‐year-‐old boy to be a secret agent. This book deserves thumbs up because it is filled with tons of action and adventure. I would recommend this book to people who like edge-‐of-‐their-‐seat action. Sheyanne March 21, 2011 The Series of Unfortunate Events Limony Snicket I really enjoyed reading The Series of Unfortunate Events. These books are about three kids named Violet, Klaus and Sunny. Violet is the oldest of the three, Klaus is the middle child, and Sunny is the youngest. Violet likes to invent things, when she is inventing she ties her hair up in a bow so it doesn’t get in her eyes. Klaus loves reading, and Sunny loves to bite things. In the beginning of the first book the children’s parents die in a terrible fire that destroys everything that the children own. The children inherit a great fortune from their parents, but it can’t be used until Violet comes of age. After that a man named Mr. Poe decides whose care they will be under. The kids first stay with a terrible man named Count Olaf. Ever since he heard that the kids parents died he has been doing anything he can to get his hands on the kids fortune. He comes up with evil plans to try to steal the fortune, but the children always find out what he is going to do and ruin his plans. The children go through many, many guardians and Count Olaf somehow finds them at every place with a new plan to steal their fortune. I usually don’t like to read but I just couldn’t put these books down. At the end of every page something exciting happened and I just had to turn the page and keep reading, like at the end of one of the chapters when the kid’s boat was getting eaten by leach -like creatures. Their boat kept sinking further and further into the lake and it didn’t explain what happened until the next chapter. I enjoyed these books a lot. What I liked the most about them was that they were full of action and adventure and all kinds of troubles that the children got into with Count Olaf. There were a lot of parts during the series that kept me really interested. One part was when the kids suspected that Count Olaf was up to more than just stealing their fortune. Overall I really enjoyed this book series. I think that kids in middle school would enjoy these books, but mainly people who enjoy realistic fiction and action. There are 13 of them, they are really good. . Kelly March 21, 2011 Warriors: Eclipse Erin Hunter “… It was like sitting between two shining suns.” Jaypaw was thinking this as his brother, Lionpaw, and sister, Hollypaw, were about to receive their warrior names. Eclipse, by Erin Hunter, is a fantasy book about three cats who will one day hold the power of the stars in their paws. Jaypaw, Lionpaw, and Hollypaw – littermates – are almost positive that the prophecy is about them. The prophecy is, “There will be three, kin of your kin… who will hold the power of the stars in their paws.” But one night, WindClan invades their camp, and a battle breaks out in which all four Clans are involved. At first, it was WindClan and RiverClan against ThunderClan. Hollypaw and the others were sure they would be torn apart, but ShadowClan joins in the fight as allies to ThunderClan. But even the fox-‐ hearted warriors of ShadowClan with their gleaming teeth and thorn-‐sharp claws aren’t enough to stop the raging battle, (which is taking place in three different parts of ThunderClan’s territory). Something more powerful than four Clans of hissing, spitting, fighting warriors must come in and stop the all – out brawl. I finished half of this book in about two hours. It kept me asking for more during the battle when Hollypaw had to go into ShadowClan territory, alone, and beg Blackstar for help. She nearly got her ears clawed off! Cinderpaw and I share some of our problems. When I read about her getting frustrated when cats are always asking her if her leg is okay (she broke it and then wrenched the muscle), I share her thoughts. It’s always the same questions; “Are you okay?”; “Do you need any help?”; “Can you make it?” She and I both wish that people would just buzz off so that we can live our lives. One chapter ended with, “’Are we going to live in darkness from now on?’ Thornclaw sounded more outraged than scared. ‘Wait!’ Leafpool shouted. ‘It’s getting lighter! The sun is coming back!’” If you had read the entire book, you would have realized that this was a cliffhanger. Sometimes, when I have lots of free time, I LOVE cliffhangers because they grab me like a tornado and suck me into the book. But, when I don’t have time to read on, they will be annoying because all I’ll be able to focus on is what will happen next. That’s definitely annoying during school! Anyone who loves adventure, battling, and prophecies would love this book. Warriors: Eclipse is an amazing book. It keeps you on your toes. It keeps you guessing, until finally, the truth is revealed. Cole March 18 Brian’s Hunt Gary Paulsen I would give the book Brian’s Hunt thumbs up. It is about a boy who goes in the woods to stay because he doesn’t like the city. When he goes out on the lake to sleep he hears a dog whimper and goes to shore to see it. It has a giant gash on its shoulder that he thinks is from a bear. So he sews it up with fishing line and goes to the lake where a family he knows is staying. When he gets there, the cabin windows are knocked out. He goes inside and sees a man and several dogs mauled by a bear. Susan is alive when he finds her. Brian calls for the rescue team. When they arrive they ask Brian if he wants to fly out, but he says he is going to stay to hunt the bear. Sentences like, “It was hunting me.” at the end of the page made me want to keep reading. This book was very believable because I could really find a dog that got attacked by a bear and sew it back up. Many chapters ended with cliffhangers, like when at the end of the chapter it said, “Will it win? Will it kill me?” I recommend this book to people who like adventure or action. Brittany March 18 Warriors Into the wild Erin Hunter “Like I said, outsiders always bring trouble.” In Warriors Into the wild by Erin Hunter, Firepaw is a kittypet, who wants to be in the forest because he is having dreams about hunting in the forest. He finally decides to go, but after he leaves his kittypet life he gets tangled up in the clans that live in the forest, but all the clan cats don’t like him because he was a kittypet. So he proves himself little by little until the clans start to trust him. Warriors Into the Wild is a fantasy with very sophisticated, organized clans of cats. Some things in the book that surprised me were when Blustar let Rusty (Firepaw) into Thunderclan. I enjoyed this book because I like fantasy books. It is very easy to concentrate on the book because it was full of surprises and suspense. I think people who like fantasy and animals should read this book. Warriors into the Wild is just one of many in the Warrior series. Beth March 21. 2011 Great Lakes Ghost Ship Johnathan Rand I enjoyed the book Great Lakes Ghost ship a lot because it’s one of my favorite genres, fantasy/adventure. Gavin, Emilee, and Brian get lost and trapped on a ship, which they thought was haunted. They tried escaping but they kept running into trouble. They had to watch out for the zombies, that were everywhere on the ship. All three of the kids were scared and wondered if their parents even knew where they were; would they end up escaping the ship? I enjoyed the fantasy because of the unreal creatures, and all the unreal things that happened. Whenever I read this book I could not put it down, especially at the end of all the chapters, for example; “as it turned, our troubles were only beginning…starting when we heard a rattling of chains from above…” that quote made me want to read more. This book was fun; I think 6-8th graders would enjoy this book and the rest in the series of Michigan Chillers by Johnathan Rand. Garett March 21 Soldier’s Heart Gary Paulsen “I won’t get into any trouble, Ma” says Charlie Goddard in the historical fiction book Soldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen. Charlie is in an argument with his mother about joining the army and going to fight the rebels in the Civil War. He won the argument and left for Fort Snelling. After months of training his group left for the war. When the first battle was over he decided he wasn’t sure if he made the right decision about joining the army. There are about four heart pounding battles, will Charlie survive them? One aspect of historical fiction is that it has to be realistic. Since this story revolves around the Civil War it is very believable. I think the book was interesting especially during the battles. For example, during the first battle Charlie and a few others were the only ones to survive. I learned that the Civil War had many risks and rewards. Charlie risked his life and his relationship with his mom to fight for his country. People who like reading about the Civil War and like reading books that are written by Gary Paulsen will love this book. This book is a very good read because it is descriptive and very interesting. Kyla March 21, 2011 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban J.K Rowling “That’ll be good enough for Dumbledore.” In this fantasy, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, a boy by the name of Harry Potter is in more trouble than he bargained for. Harry was sure he had done it this time, he had blown up his aunt like a balloon and he had run away and hopped on a bus to Diagon Alley. As a result, Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge found him. Harry has used magic before while in the Muggle World (which is the human world) and was sure it was all over and that he would be expelled from Hogwarts. But instead of getting in trouble Harry was given a room in the Leaky Cauldron. Finally after a couple of weeks, Harry caught up with Ron Weasly and Hermoine Granger, his two best friends, and they all got on the train to Hogwarts. When they arrive at Hogwarts, Harry, Hermoine, and Ron have many more adventures some good, some bad, like saving Hagrids hippogriff, finding Sirius Black, who is thought to be a dangerous criminal, and trying not to get expelled! This book is definitely a page-turner. I could not put this book down because one chapter is good, then you get to the next and it’s even better. It is an “easy to concentrate on” book and gives you something to do all day long because of the adventure and fantasy. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a great book for children and adults because it is exciting and you can connect to the story of Harry Potter and his journey to Hogwarts and the finding of Sirius Black. Alex Hastings March 18 Penny from Heave, Jennifer L. Holm I give, Penny from Heaven, two thumbs up. I loved the way the book always made you wonder what was going to happen next so you always wanted to read on. The book is about an eleven-‐year-‐old girl, Penny, and her 1953 summer break. She dreams of butter pecan ice-‐cream, swimming, and baseball. But nothing is that simple for Penny. To start off with, she can’t go to the pool because her mother is afraid she'll catch Polio. To make things worse, her favorite uncle lives in his car, her grandmother cries every time her father’s name is mentioned, but the worst of all, both sides of her family hate each other! I loved this book because it had chapter endings that always made you read on. Such as, the time that Penny got caught swimming in the public pool by guess who, her mother! I read on because I absolutely wanted to know what was going to happen when she got caught. I never put this book down once I started. I was always flipping through each page. It was like opening a present on Christmas but instead, I was turning each page to find out what was going to happen next. I thought that it was cool the way the author put you right in the book. Like the night that she and her cousin were digging up her uncle’s backyard. All of a sudden the backdoor slams open and they see a human figure holding a gun. Jennifer L. Holm is so descriptive! I tell everyone who loves realistic fiction to read this book. If you love realistic fiction this book is a must read! Jamie March 18, 2011 Holes Louis Sachar I give Holes by Louis Sachar two thumbs up! Holes is a wonderful fiction book. Holes is about a boy named Stanley whose family has had a history of bad luck. Because Stanley was at the wrong place at the wrong time, he was sent to a “bad kid” school at Camp Green Lake. The lake is all dried up and the camp, well let’s just say it is not much of a camp. The boys there have to dig five foot holes every day. Everybody tells the boys that they dig holes to build character, but that is a lie. Stanley can tell that they are looking for something. Stanley plans on digging up the truth. When I think of Louis Sacher I think of a wonderful book that is all about fiction. I love reading about events that have happened in Stanley’s great-‐great grandfather’s past with a old Egyptian crazy woman. Sometimes when I am reading Holes I find that my mind begins to wander and I imagine myself inside the story and I am trying to see what I would do if I was in that situation. I think people who like fiction will love this book. This is the type of book that grabs you and puts you in the middle of the story. The detail in this book is so good that it makes it easy to understand. I think that every single person who reads this book will like it, at least a little bit. One of my favorite things about this book is that there is a movie that goes with it! I recommend this book to everybody. Brady March, 21, 2011 Hoot Carl Haissen I would give the book Hoot two thumbs up because it is very funny and it has a lot of truth to it. Hoot is a realistic fiction book about a boy named Roy Eberhart who goes to Trace Middle School. One day while riding the bus Roy spots a boy running with no shoes on. After a few encounters with the boy, who soon becomes known as Mullet Fingers, Roy decides to help him save some baby owls from a pancake house which is going to be constructed over their dens. After putting Alligators in the port-‐a-‐potties, pulling the survey stakes, and putting deadly snakes in the construction site, will they ever save the baby owls or will the baby owls be crushed by the pancake house? While reading Hoot I noticed some events that could have happened to me, for example there could be baby owls living on a construction site and I think a couple of friends and I could put a four foot alligator in a port-‐a-‐potty. Events such as Roy and Mulletfingers fighting the Mother Paula’s pancake company or Roy having deadly snakes slithering all over his feet made me want to read on to the next chapter. The fact that Roy wanted to stop the pancake company peacefully really surprised me because I wanted a big fight scene. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read realistic fiction. A believable story line and excellent detail show that Carl Haissen has outdone himself with this book. Jenna March 21, 11 Edgar and Ellen Pet’s Revenge Charles Ogden “Two Twins, one eyeball, no surrender.” Edgar and Ellen Pet’s Revenge is about two naughty kids who abuse their pet which is actually half toy poodle/half gorilla type thing and it’s named is Pet. The twins torture the pet every day. It can’t take it anymore so it sneaks around the mansion thinking of a way to get back at the twins and get them back hard. While Pet is planning its revenge on the twins, Ellen starts acting like an actual girl; taking showers and actually being nice to her brother which is new for her. Her actions are making Edgar very suspicious. Edgar and Ellen are the naughtiest kids in Nod’s Limb. They get into so much trouble all the time. People are actually frightened of them. I just had to read more to find out why the people were so frightened. Sometimes I was a little bit confused because one minute they were out in a thunder storm on the lawn and the next minute they were in their beds sleeping. Also there were a lot of cliffhangers that just left me wondering. At the end of chapter eighteen when the caretaker of the house has Pet in his hands and shuts the basement door in Edgar and Ellen’s faces and is laughing from the other side of the door, I couldn’t stop reading! Edgar and Ellen Pet’s Revenge is a great book. Those who like to read about trouble makers or who are trouble makers themselves should read this book! Josh March 21, 2011 Moss flower Brian Jacques “You should have killed me when you had the chance.” These are the words Martin the Warrior said to the wild cat queen Tasmania before she was thrown in the dungeon. The book Moss flower is a fantasy story. This book is full of excitement because it is filled with action and fights. It also has parts that make you want to keep reading the book. Like when Martin is laying on the shore of the lake after battling the wild cat Tasmania. Another is when Martin, Gonff, and Durby are on a boat and are watching Boar the fighter who was lord of Salmandanstran die while fighting sea rats. I think staying concentrated on the story is easy because it is action filled and very interesting. I think people who have read the Harry Potter series and Warrior series would love this book because it is funny, sad, action-filled, and dramatic at the same time. Kody Andrews March 20, 2011 Michigan Chillers: Dinosaurs Destroy Detroit Jonathan Rand I think the Michigan Chillers book, Dinosaurs Destroy Detroit, deserves thumbs up because it is exciting with conflict throughout. The book is about Nick and Summer, two friends who step into a portal and travel through time and unexpectedly bring back a dinosaur egg. The next day the egg hatches and that’s when the real trouble begins. Most of the time when the dinosaur gets away it is because the friends are distracted. Nick and Summer have to get the baby dinosaur back into the portal before time runs out or else the dinosaurs can’t go back to their time. I could not put the book down because whenever they lost the dinosaur I wanted to see if it would return to them. Concentrating on this book was easy, because it is one of my favorite genres. I like fantasies because they are about fantastic events that could not possibly happen, like traveling through time and bringing back dinosaurs. This book was exciting because there were a lot of conflicts, like when the dinosaur falls asleep, Nick has to hide it from the dog catcher. I would recommend this book to Michigan Chillers and American Chillers fans. The book is a great read because Johnathan Rand describes the dinosaurs so well. Brandon March 22nd, 2011 Kreepy Klowns of Kalamazoo Johnathan Rand I give Kreepy Klowns of Kalamazoo, a mystery/adventure book, two thumbs up. Johnathan Rand is a very talented author. During this book you’re always on your heels scared. At the end of each chapter something bad happens and it just keeps you wanting to read more. Kreepy Klowns of Kalamazoo, is about a brother and a sister, Andy and Kaily. In the book the carnival comes to town. Kaily and Andy go to the carnival and eventually end up in a haunted house where they find out the clowns are robots. They try to destroy the robots by destroying the gravitron. In Kreepy Klowns of Kalamazoo, Johnathan Rand makes every chapter exciting by ending it with a cliffhanger. One great example would be “I got the shock of my life, a vampire!” I just had to read on to the next chapter after reading that sentence. It was never hard to concentrate because it was always exciting. It had my full attention when Kaily was hiding under a tent with robot clowns surrounding her! I would recommend this book to people who like to be scared, and like adventure/mysteries. This book is a very great book and you never get bored. Marcus March 21, 2011 The Transall Saga Gary Paulsen I give this book thumbs up because it is a fantasy filled with action and adventure. Thirteen year old Mark Harrison has been saving up all of his money to buy hiking gear. When his parents let him hike alone for the first time he finds a blue light and gets transported to a red planet. He finds an arrow stuck in a tree which leads him to a village. He calls the tribe the arrow people. He is captured by a different tribe that tried to kill the arrow people. Will he find his way home? I did not want to put this book down because there was so much action and I didn’t know what was going to happen next. When Mark Harrison was almost killed by guards while trying to escape I had to keep reading. There were cliffhangers in every chapter. Mark Harrison was trying to escape when his partner got shot by an arrow. Mark was captured and then put in a cage above the ground and was trying to escape. I would recommend this book to people who like Gary Paulsen and a book filled with action and adventure. Victoria March 18, 2011 Vicky Angel By Jacqueline Wilson “I want the ambulance woman to tell me I am crazy, that Vicky is not going to die, she’s just a little confused, and she’ll recover consciousness any minute and be right as rain.” In the book ,Vicky Angel, Vicky is having a tough time with her best friend Pet, who has been friends with her ever since preschool, but after school one day Pet screams at her telling her to “grow up” so she walked out in front of a speeding car and got hit. Now Vicky comes back as a ghost and spends some time with her friend, but it turns out that Pet is the only person who can see Vicky and therefore her parents don’t believe her when she tells them about Vicky. I really enjoyed this book because it was very easy to stay focused. I can connect really well with this book because my name is Vicky and when I was little our house was haunted and things would constantly keep falling off my dresser at night, but whenever I told someone they never believed me. When it got to the end of every chapter I did not want to put this book down because it kept me wondering what was going to happen with Pet and Vicky. I would recommend this book to anyone who is really interested in books with ghosts, middle school drama, and realistic fiction. Dylan March, 21st 2011 Night John By: Gary Paulsen “One morning I was below the window working in the roses. Some leaves had fallen because of the little green bugs that eat the roses and I had to chew tobacco leaves and spit on the plants to kill the bugs.” said Sarny. This is a short quote from the book, Night John. Sarny, a female slave, first saw Night John as he was being dragged by his neck to the plantation. Night John is a black male slave who knows how to read and write. He teaches Sarny how to read and write. He gets caught and whipped by the plantation owner Waller. Waller told Sarny,“It is wrong to learn to read.” After Night John got in trouble he ran from the plantation. I just could not put the book down. I had to find out what happened next because the chapters ended with cliff-hangers, like when they did not tell what happen to Night John when he took off from the plantation. The story kept my interest throughout, especially when the author would tell about the parts of the plantation. It was so detailed that I could picture what they were talking about. The plot was realistic, which is an important feature of historical fiction. It included many facts about slaves and plantations. I would recommend this book to people who like history. It is a very interesting story about the lives of slaves in the early years of this country. Travis March 16, 2011 Night of the Living Dummies 3 R.L. Stine This book deserves a thumbs up because there was an evil dummy trying to enslave the two kids. In this fantasy, an evil dummy, named Slappy, found in the garbage was brought to life with an evil spell. Zane their tall, built cousin who was also a scaredy cat came to visit and was trying to get back at them for the last time he was there, when they scared him. The book was easy to follow and concentrate on and wasn’t that long either. I liked this genre because there were surprises like when they threw Slappy in the well then the next morning he was at the dinner table. Also they tried to rip his head apart when they found him, but their dad did too good of a job gluing it. I enjoyed the fantasy in my book like when they were fighting the dummy and he was winning. This book would be good for someone who likes short fantasy books. I also think this book was very good and also reminds me of the Ring when the dummy gets thrown in the well. Will the evil dummy be defeated? Bethany March 21, 2011 Ninth Grade Slays: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Heather Brewer Ninth Grade Slays by Heather Brewer is the second book in the series of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod. The first book of the series is Eighth Grade Bites. I really liked Ninth Grade Slays because it’s full of action and excitement. The end of most chapters left me hanging and I wanted to read more to find out what was going to happen. I know this book is fantasy because it’s about a boy, Vladimir Tod, who was born a vampire. His mom was human; she fell in love with his dad, who was a vampire. When he was eleven his parents died in a house fire while he was at school. In the story he is now fourteen and he has a best friend, Henry, who he has known since he was eight. Henry knows Vlad’s secret about being a vampire, but it doesn’t seem to bother him. Vlad lives with Nelly, who was good friends with his parents. Before they died she promised Vlad’s mom that if anything happened to them, she would take care of him. Vlad is a good vampire; he has never bitten a human to drink their blood. Nelly sneaks blood bags that are about to expire from the hospital for him. Vlad is very special because he is the only one to ever be born a vampire. I never wanted to put this book down because I never knew what was going to happen next. Like when Vlad found out he was the Pravus, which is an old legend saying if anyone was born a vampire and survives death they are the Pravus. If you are the Pravus then you can control peoples’ minds and take over the human race. Vlad doesn’t like the sound of that. He convinces himself that he is not the Pravus. I really liked this book because it’s my favorite genre. I think books about vampires, ghosts and mystical creatures are very interesting because there are a lot of parts that are unexpected. Like when the bad vampire, Jasik runs up to Vlad and bites him in the neck for blood for another evil vampire, D’Ablo. I would recommend this book to people who like exciting and thrilling series. Also to people who like mysterious creatures and vampire books. This book is probably my favorite vampire book I have ever read. And I’m sure you will like it too. Elizabeth March 21, 2011 Ida B Katherine Hannigan WHOAHH MANN! For someone who hates reading I couldn’t stop reading the book Ida B by Katherine Hannigan. This book a realistic fiction story about a girl who is home-‐schooled, and talks to trees about things that happen in her life; they keep her good company. But suddenly Ida’s life changes when her mom gets cancer and they have to sell some of the land which includes some of the trees to pay for treatment, Ida B has to go back to school but she doesn’t want to after a “bad experience” in kindergarten. Will Ida B learn to be happy again? I could relate to Ida B especially when she tried to be heard, but no one would listen to her. That sometimes happens to me in my family and sometimes with my friends. I also liked this book because Ida B was strong minded! She made a deal with herself that she wouldn’t talk to her parents because she was mad at them, for selling the trees. When she was upset or angry she would go out to the barn in the field and just think about things until her parents would call her in for dinner. I think that this book would be a great experience for young kids to read. Especially ones with active imaginations! I think this book is a very good book and a lot of people would enjoy it. I liked Ida B's crazy and far out imagination. I guess anything is possible in her book as long as you try hard and put your mind to it. It's a really good attitude to have, I think. Tyler March, 22, 2011 Out of the Deep Gloria S. and Alane F. I would give the book “Out of the Deep” thumbs up, because there is always something going on in the story and it keeps you on your toes. When one problem ends another one pops up.”Out of the Deep” is realistic fiction about a family with a foster child named Bindy. Bindy was put in foster care because her other foster mother wouldn’t believe that her son was beating Bindy. For some reason all of the seals, dolphins, and whales are suddenly starting to die. Bindy finds who is killing all of the marine animals but no one will believe anything she says. The Londons and Bindy always had a problem to solve, which made me want to keep reading. The book was kind of hard to concentrate on in parts because once I thought it made sense the author threw something else in to confuse me, for example they were in the hotel and all of a sudden they were at the pier. The people who would enjoy this book would be people who like nature and adventure books. One reason they would like this book is that a problem can go on for chapters. Another reason is that in every chapter there is something going on and the main characters never get to rest. Nathan Park 3/18/11 The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan “Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood,” is the first sentence of my favorite book, “The Lightning Thief”. The Lightning Thief is a fantasy based on a myth. It is about a 12 year old boy who finds out he is very different. He goes to a camp for kids like him, and receives a quest to retrieve Zeus’s lightning bolt. He asks his two friends, Grover and Annabeth, to go and help him on his quest. The chapters ended with phrases like, “Hail, Perseus Jackson son of the sea god.” and “We plunged into the woods as the rain poured down, the bus in flames behind us and nothing but darkness ahead.” I just didn’t want to stop tuning pages as it got more and more exciting. It had lots of action and it felt like Percy was talking to me. I think people who like action, fighting, and fantasy based on a myth would like this book. This was a great read for me because it was like a puzzle and it was full of fighting, two of my favorite things. Cameron March 18, 2011 Point Blanc Anthony Horowits I would give Point Blanc thumbs up because it has very descriptive detail when the main character Alex Rider gets into an area of suspense. This book is about the infamous kid Alex Rider being pulled back into the secret life of a spy to see if a school for rich delinquents is on enemy territory of the secret base of M16. Alex has found out horrifying secrets that could get him killed. Now it’s a race against time to see if he will make it out alive and complete his mission. For me, this book made me want to keep turning the pages and left me hanging at the end of a chapter because it was so thrilling. One of the reasons is that it always made me wonder what was going to happen in the next chapter, for instance Alex found a secret elevator at the end of a chapter. I could relate to Alex a little bit because he has to be really sneaky when he is on a mission to either listen to their conversation or surprise someone. I’m kind of the same way. Most of the time I like to read fiction books with a lot of action, mystery, and suspense. I would recommend this book to people who like action, mystery, and suspense because this book has it. Alex March 21, 2011 Beyond the Grave Jude Watson “At the usual family discount of course.” Action and mystery is what you will find in the book Beyond the Grave. In this book Amy and Dan Cahill are traveling around the world in search for the 39 clues. The 39 clues have the power to make you the most powerful person in the world. They have to look out for their cousins who are trying to find the 39 clues and will stop at nothing to kill them. I could not put this book down; I always had to read on to find out what happened next. It always said something mysterious like Dan looked down at his empty hands. “We do? My sister and I don’t get along that much.” Amy and Dan didn’t get along that much in this book. The reason for that is Amy wanted their grandmother for herself and didn’t let Dan touch anything that their grandmother had given to them. This is the best book that I have read. I could not stop after a chapter I had to keep reading on to see what happened next. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes action and mystery combined. This book brought me into the story; it was like I was there. I could hear everything they said, feel what they touched, see what they saw, and even feel all their pain. Maya March 18, 2011 The Princess Diaries Meg Cabot The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot is a really good book because it’s a life story of a princess who didn’t want to be one. I also liked it because it is realistic fiction and I love to read realistic fiction. Mia Thermopolis was told by her dad that she was a princess and she was ordered to be called by the name of Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo. Mia was having a hard time trying not to fight with her best friend, Lilly, but Lilly was always telling her what to do. Now Tina Hakim Baba is her new best friend. The author made this book very interesting, so that it didn’t bore me at all. An example would be, “I can’t move in with you”. That made me really wonder and get excited because it was mostly the whole point of the story. The book was so good that it made me want to read and read. There was one part especially when I couldn’t put the book down. It was when one page ended with the question of “Am I really a princess?” It was pretty easy to stay focused on this book because it didn’t change topics. I really loved this book, it was my favorite of the whole series and it was very exciting. I think people who like romance and realistic fiction would like this book. Jourdan March 21, 2011 Ninth Grade Slays Heather Brewer “The truth is that I don’t know what lies ahead for you, Vlad. As I told you before, you’re one of a kind. No one has been born a vampire. We were all made, bitten by our creators, and given the essence of Elysia. The future for each of us is fairly certain. The future for you is not yet written…” These are just a few of the many wise words his Uncle Otis shared with Vlad before one of the book’s big twists. Ninth Grade Slays is just the second book out of five of the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod. Ninth Grade Slays is a heart pumping adventure and dark fairy tale, which I never thought I would read since it’s about vampires, but I am glad I did. Ninth Grade Slays is about an unpopular boy named Vladimir Tod. Vlad’s parents died when he was just a young boy, so he with his mom’s friend, Aunt Nelly. Ever since he was little he had to hide his deep dark twisted secret, being a vampire, and let’s just say it’s not a walk in the park for him. Vlad contiously has to deal with problems, bullies, his crush, and even his best friend, Henry. Ever since eighth grade he has learned, and become part of a strange new world he can’t call home. This place is called Elysia, his enemy’s playground. Along his journey to become a good vampire, like his father, he meets many good people, but are all the people he meets good? Ninth Grade Slays skipped days and events in each chapter, which made it sometimes hard to concentrate. For example the current chapter would be on Saturday, so it would keep me guessing on what happened. Ninth Grade Slays never stayed just on one specific topic, but that always kept me wondering how this topic was going to end. Topics would switch from conflicts from school to Elysia, even though they got to be one in the same. Vlad reminds me of myself a little, because we both are strong willed. When Henry wanted him to read people’s minds he knew it was the wrong thing to do, and when I realize something is wrong I won’t do it either. Ninth Grade Slays can be read and enjoyed by boys and girls in grades 6th to 9th. Ninth Grade Slays has great detail, especially when it comes to the middle of the book. Ninth Grade Slays is a need to read book. I recommend reading the whole series. Grant March 21 Safe at Second Scott Johnson “The solid ping of a line drive off the bat.” That was all it took for Todd to lose sight in his right eye. He was on top of the world at age 18, major league teams were already looking at him. Now it is all gone. Todd doesn’t even think he can play anymore. Paulie (Todd’s best friend) is trying to convince him otherwise. Todd is very stubborn, will he ever play again? This story is realistic fiction. I really know what it feels like to be in Todd’s position. I broke my thumb and was out for most of the season. It was very hard for me to play baseball again. It was very hard to put this book down. At the end Paulie had to pitch in the last inning when his team was only winning by one run. I had to keep reading when it came to that part. When I read Safe at Second I found that with having a talent comes a large amount of pressure. Todd’s dad and the coaches expected him to bounce back from the injury with ease, but it was harder than they thought. Everybody seems to be a critic. I think people who like sports (preferably baseball) would like this book. People who play sports would understand this book more than others. This story is a great story because it contains baseball, self-evaluation, and excitement. Cody March 21, 2011 The Sea of Monsters Rick Riordan I would give The Sea of Monsters thumbs up because it was an interesting fantasy full of Greek mythology. In The Sea of Monsters, Percy Jackson has to find the Golden Fleece to save his camp. While on the way to the Sea of Monsters the boat that Percy, Annabeth, and Tyson are riding on explodes and sends them flying. Later they float to shore near a hotel. While they are there a woman named C.C. takes Percy into a room and sends Annabeth into another. While C.C. and Percy are in the room he realizes that C.C is actually Circe. After he realizes it she turns him into a guinea pig. Then Annabeth has to come save him. After she saves him they steal a ship and go to a Cyclops cave and battle him for the fleece. Will Percy defeat the Cyclops and get the fleece or will the Cyclops eat him? Once I started reading this book I didn’t want to stop. There was action in almost every chapter, from Percy stowing away on a boat to Annabeth having to save guinea pig Percy! There were times it was confusing. For example, it was hard to tell the difference between Percy’s dreams and his reality. I think people who enjoy mythology and have strong comprehension skills would like this book. I thought it was a great read. Seth March 21, 2011 Hatchet: Gary Paulsen “Going to die, Brian thought. Going to die, gonna die, gonna die. His whole brain screamed it in the sudden silence.” Brian Robinson is a fourteen year old boy who is going to visit his father in Canada. He gets sent with a pilot on a small plane. The pilot has a heart attack and Brian is forced to take over the plane. He has no idea how to fly it so he tries to land the plane in a pond but crashes. He survives and is stranded in the middle of nowhere all by himself. This book was very detailed and interesting and made me want to turn the page. I kept wanting to turn the page because Brian always tried different ways to get rescued and was always trying to get food and I wanted to see if he was successful or not. At points in this book I was surprised about what happened. For example when Brian was landing the plane I was surprised he survived because most people don’t survive plane crashes. All Brian’s problems with hunting, staying alive, and trying to get rescued sometimes left cliffhangers. Like at the end of chapter eight, he catches a spark from his hatchet and is trying to make fire. People who like hunting and survival books should read this because it has a lot of hunting and survival in it. It is also a good read because there is a lot of adventure. Shiloh March 21, 2011 A Wrinkle in Time Madeline L’Engle A Wrinkle in Time is a book that keeps your attention from start to finish. Definitely thumbs up kind of book. It is about a girl my age, named Meg, who’s scientist father disappeared. Meg, Sandy, Dennys, Charles Wallace, their dog and a boy that Meg hardly knows named, Calvin, set out on a magical journey to find Meg’s father. This is a fantasy filled with magical creatures and beings, like Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which who guide them on their search and help them fight the evil “IT” that is out to take over the world. This book is a real page-turner because of all of the exciting worlds and dimensions the kid experience. They “Tesser” from place to place and between the lost void and the “Black thing.” The most surprising thing in the book that I enjoyed was when one of the guides, Mrs.Whatsit, changes into a beautiful half horse half man with wings like rainbows and flies the kids around on planet Ureil. A real cliff hanger is at the end of one of the last chapters. Meg’s little brother, Charles Wallace was taken by the “IT” on planet Camazotz. The kids fight to get him back with their minds but are losing. They can’t get Charles Wallace back! Then in the last chapter their guides all shows up to help! Anyone who enjoys an exciting fantasy would love this book. It captures your imagation and you just have to know what happens next! I would recommend this book to everyone. Tailor March 21, 2011 Somewhere Between Life and Death. By: Lurlene McDaniel. “Where’s Amy?” Erin Bennett said. Amy was always late to her dance rehearsals. She could never be on time to anything. Amy and Erin had a dance coming up. They knew there were going to be hundreds of people watching them. The day of the dance finally arrived so Shara Perez, Erin Bennett, and Amy Bennett were getting ready to perform. As they danced everyone was clapping for them. When they finished Mrs. Thornton was so proud of them. During the “after performance party” they ran out of pop. Amy offered to go to the store to pick some up because she had just gotten her license. So Mrs. Thornton gave her money. Amy ran through the pouring rain and got in her car. She knew she had to be back by 11 o’clock because her boyfriend Travis was coming to pick her up. Before long Travis was knocking at the door. So they were all wondering where Amy was now? My book kept me turning the page. Every time it was time to stop I kept reading my book because it was so interesting. Somewhere Between Life and Death ended the chapters with cliffhangers, which kept me flipping the pages. The plot was really believable, the plot is realistic because anyone can get in a car accident and go into a coma. You could also go to a spring fling with anyone you want even though you are dating someone else. I think people who like realistic fiction would really like this book. This book is a great read because it could really happen. Sarena Flipped Wendelin Van Draanen “All I ever wanted was for Julie to leave me alone,” complained Bryce. Julie has always bothered Bryce ever since he moved in next door to her. At first all she wanted was someone to play with, but that was in second grade. Now in eighth grade she likes him not just as a friend, but as a boyfriend. I would give this book two thumbs up. Every chapter left me with un-answered questions making me want to read more. That made this book easy to concentrate on. It is a great read for all ages. Some points made me want to laugh and others made me want to cry. I would recommend this book to all 7th and 8th graders. The genre is realistic fiction. You will never expect the ending to this book it’s very different. I like this book because realistic fiction is my favorite genre. Taylor March 18, 2011 Red is for Remembrance Laurie Stolarz “Don’t mind Stacey,” Amber tells our cheery friend, “She’s had a rough couple of months.” That’s only the beginning. When Stacey was little she started to have nightmares. But one thing goes wrong with those nightmares, they end up true. Sometimes they give Stacey a sign so she can help save people that are in danger. The last chapter of Sliver is for Secrets is the first chapter of this book. Stacey’s boyfriend Jacob is missing, everyone thinks he is dead. Or is he? When Stacey’s nightmares come again she knows someone’s going to get hurt or die. There’s another twist to this book also. A girl on campus named Porsha, whose dad is the president of the college, starts having nightmares too. People say she’s is crazy, and Stacey is trying to help her because she went through the same thing. This book was easy for me to concentrate on because it was so interesting, it kept me wanting to read more. When Stacey was having a dream that someone was in her dorm room the closet door kept opening and finally she went in the closet and in blood, on the wall it said, “I know you’re alone.” I thought, what’s going to happen next? One thing I didn’t like about this book was that it left me wondering after chapters. “Stacey-‐ please,” he insists. “You’re my last hope.” I thought to myself and said “What help does he need? Will Stacey help him?” This book made me start to like realistic fiction because I like books that could actually happen. Teen girls and younger women would like this book because the main character is around that age and they could relate. It’s about a girl and what she thinks. This book is a good book to read if you are looking for excitement and mysteries and crazy adventures. Nichole March 18, 2011 Mockingbird Kathryne Erskine I would give Mockingbird two-thumbs up because a lot of interesting things happened. This book is about a girl named Catline who is with her father, and they’re both trying to find closure and forget what happened to Catlines brother Devin. As Catline and her father tried to forget what happened to Devin the more painful it got. Throughout this book Catline has three big goals. 1. Finish her brother’s chest for boy scouts because he was an eagle scout. (finished) 2. Make some new friends like a 1st grader (finished) 3. Try to find closure for her and her dad. Throughout the book Catline learns more about their life and why her brother was dead. Will Catline and her father ever find closure? While I was reading this book I never put it down because it was so interesting. I couldn’t stop turning the pages. In chapter six Catline and her dad were watching the news when Catline’s brother’s killer was being interviewed. Right at the end, the shooter said he was happy about what he, then they went back to the reporter and that was the end. This book was really good because I never knew what was going to happen it was kind of a cliff hanger. I would get to one chapter that would get really good and then it would stop right in the middle until the next chapter. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to read, also for people who never want to put down a book. Talon Woods March 18th To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee “…shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit them, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” Those were Atticus Finch’s words of advice to his two children, Jem and Scout Finch. To Kill A Mockingbird, is a realistic fiction story full of violence, honesty, humor and sadness. Atticus Finch is a lawyer with two children in the south during the 1930s. Atticus is defending a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Atticus is being an honest and fair lawyer and because of this, the towns- people are mad. The townspeople are threatening Atticus…and his children verbally and physically. Will Atticus win the case and what will the townspeople do to make sure he doesn’t? The book was hard to put down because the author was so good at building suspense. Like at the court house during the trial when Atticus was defending the black man. I wanted to see if the judge would decide if the black man was guilty or innocent. The book also gave me an understanding of how poorly and unfairly blacks were treated back then. In the book, Atticus’ family had a nanny that was black and she had to go to a different church than Atticus, Jem and Scout. The blacks also lived on a separate side of the town than the whites. The book definitely met my high standards as well. The book was great! The events in the book are things that could really happen. I don’t like books with fairies, talking cats, and weird little monsters. In the book it gives examples of how life was in the early 1900’s. Today, abuse, kidnapping and rape happen all of the time, back then it didn’t happen nearly as often. This book is amazing! I recommend this book for people who ask themselves questions while reading and predict what is going to happen. Also if you like realistic fiction and history this book is for you. Josh Hooker 3-‐ 18-‐11 The Fat Man Marcie Gee The Fat Man is a really good adventure book. This book is about a boy who is going to his grandma’s house, and on the way there he takes a short cut. Down by the river he saw an old hut so he thought he would stop in. While he is in the hut he sees a bag with a candy bar in it, he eats it. The fat man returns and beats the boy. He forces the boy to become his accomplice in robbing a house. If you ever read this book you will find out that it is a page turner, because you want to find out what happens to the boy. In this book there are lot of surprises like the house they robbed was the fat man’s mother’s house. Also a lot of chapters end in cliff hangers, like when the fat man’s mother died it just ended the chapter and went to something else. I think that people who like action, adventure, and mystery would like this book. I thought the book was a great read because it always kept my interest. Also it was kind of cool because I always wanted to know what was going to happen next. Macey March 21, 2011 The Hunted Gloria Skurzynski and Alane Ferguson Quickly, Max kicked open the passenger door and ran to the back of the delivery van. Unlocking the double doors, he swung them wide. Then he yelled. “Holy-! You won’t believe this Terry. You better get back here.” The Hunted was written by Gloria Skurzynski and Alane Ferguson. Dr. Landon and her family, Steven (her husband), Jack and Ashley (her two children), went to Glacier national Park to find out what was happening to the first year grizzly bear cubs. Jack, Ashley and Miguel a 10 year old Mexican runaway, found poachers tranquilizing a mama grizzly and her two baby cubs. Jack knew he had to save the poor little bear cubs. But then mama bear woke up and ran after Jack, Ashley and Miguel. Park rangers came with their dogs to scare the bear off. But what will happen to the poachers? The Hunted is a realistic fiction book. It is easily believable, especially when the poachers are trying to catch (poach) the bear cubs. Ashley and I both have a brother that is two years older than us. Ashley and I also are both terrified by angry mama grizzly bears. I couldn’t put this book down when I got to the part were Jack, Ashley, and Miguel found the poachers baiting the mama and her babies, that really made the book suspenseful. I would recommend this book to anybody who likes realistic fiction books and to anyone who likes the outdoors. I would also recommend this book for ages 12 and up. Kelsie March 12, 2011 The Outside of a Horse Ginny Rorby “Daddy’s been wounded.” Those are the words Hannah repeated to herself over and over. Fifteen year old Hannah Gale is having a hard time with her dad who has come back from the war with a missing leg. Hannah is in love with horse racing and horses. She wonders if horses can help her dad. Hannah helps her dad at home but is leaning on the horses for help outside of her home. This book is realistic fiction and informational. I love the way the author includes the animals and information without making the book dull. It makes learning fun and I always want to learn more. I learned how the Perellis broke horses the natural way compared to how most people break horses today. As I read my mind was always on the book and never wandered. I was always picturing how everything looked and what life was like for Hannah Gale. When she looked at her mom’s pictures I could always see what she was looking at. I never wanted to put the book down, I always had to read. I connect to Hannah because I know what it’s like to love horses and want to be with them all the time. I also know what it’s like to fall in love with a horse and want it so bad. People who like animals and want to learn more about the Perelli method would like this book. It is a good story because the plot and characters are so believable. Kaylee March 18, 2011 Thunder from the Sea. Hiatt Harlow I give Thunder from the Sea by Joan Hiatt Harlow two thumbs up. Tom Campbell is a 13 year old boy whose parents became very ill and passed away when he was three years old. He has been in an orphanage for 10 years. Now he has a new family, Enoch, and his wife Fiona. One stormy day while Tom, Bert, and Enoch are fishing on the sea they see a dog struggling in the water. Tom and Bert try to save it, Bert gives up but Tom keeps trying. Tom rescues the dog and gets to keep him. He names him Thunder, because he is black with a lightning bolt on his chest, and because he saved him in a storm. Tom is so happy now he has a great family and a dog, everything he ever wanted. But when Fiona gets pregnant Tom doesn’t think they will want him anymore. This book was a total page turner; it kept me thinking about what was going to happen next. I did not want to put the book down when Tom was rescuing Thunder, or when Fiona found out she was pregnant. The reason I enjoyed this book so much was because it is realistic fiction. This could happen to anyone which makes even more interesting. Anyone who likes to read about realistic fiction will really enjoy Thunder from the Sea. This book was a great book to read. Will Thunder save his new family? Keegan March 21, 2011 Trials of Death Darren Shan “The water was up to my lower lip now.” Trials of Death by Darren Shan is a fantasy book about a young vampire’s assistant. The young vampire’s name is Darren Shan. Darren goes back to Vampire Mountain and when he does a vampire tells him he has to do trials. If he fails to get through his trials, he is going to get killed. If he does get through them, he is going to live. My mind stayed focused on the story while I was reading about vampires never splitting vampire skulls when they die. That part was really interesting. I couldn’t put the book down because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. When he was in the aquatic maze he couldn’t breathe after a while because the water got too high and he ran out of breath. I enjoyed the genre of the book because it had a lot of stuff going on. He had to do a lot of trials because he skipped them the first time. I think people who like vampires will like this book because it has a lot of vampires in it. This is a good book to read because it is full of action and suspense and will leave you wanting to know what’s going to happen next. Taya March 21, 2011 The Sea of Monsters Rick Riordan “A foolish thought. Only one source of magic would be strong enough to reverse the poison, and it was lost centuries ago.” These words helped Percy decide to disobey camp rules and go off on a dangerous adventure to save his friend. In The Sea of Monsters Percy and his friend Annabeth try to find Grover, who is a satyr or a half-goat, half-human. Grover is looking for the god Pan. Along the way, Percy finds out he has a half brother. On this journey they are also looking for the Golden Fleece, which can save the camp. Will they find Grover and the Golden Fleece in time or will it be too late? In the series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Percy usually finds a way to make some god mad at him. Mostly, the gods are just mad at him for being born. In The Sea of Monsters, the god Ares is out to get revenge. While avoiding Ares he has to find out where Grover is. This book was full of suspense. I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. The Sea of Monsters is an adventurous book with many twists and turns in it. Percy is having a hard time handling the news that his half brother is a Cyclops. This book will have you guessing throughout it. Just when you think you know something, another thing comes and changes what you thought. One of my favorite parts was when Percy and Annabeth leave camp to get on a cruise ship to find Grover and they run into an old enemy. I think people who like fantasy mixed with mythology will really like this book. If you get a chance I would recommend reading the rest of the stories in this series. The rest of the series is The Lightning Thief, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian. Jacob March, 18th, 2011 Warriors: A Dangerous Path Erin Hunter “Did Starclan speak of rain?” “Not of rain, but of a great new dawn that awaits our clan. In the ray of light our warrior ancestors showed me the future, and it will be glorious!” Warriors: A Dangerous Path is a fantasy about a ginger colored cat named Fireheart, who is the new deputy of ThunderClan because Tigerclaw (Former deputy of ThunderClan) was exiled. The surprise attack planned by Tigerclaw has made Bluestar (Leader of ThunderClan) lose her mind; that’s not the only problem Fireheart must face, for his apprentice, Cloudpaw, has a shocking secret about being with the two legs (Humans). Warriors: A Dangerous Path is an interesting book and it always makes me want to flip the page because of nonstop action, for example, when Riverclan tried to take Sunning Rocks from Thunderclan. This book was a great read because of all the suspense. For example when Fireheart and his friends found a line of Rabbits that came from Snake Rocks to Thunderclan, and all the rabbits had Tigerclaw’s scent on them. The book was easy to stay focused on because of all the details about the subject, and how it kept my attention. For example when Bluestar saved Fireheart by dashing into the dog that was trying to kill him and made them fall in the gorge. I would say that people who like fantasy books, books with lots of details, and books that keep you wanting to read more would enjoy reading this book.
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