Docstoc

A dog

Document Sample
A dog Powered By Docstoc
					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.

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Tags:
Stats:
views:111
posted:8/18/2011
language:English
pages:84