Sunday, March 18, 2018

Book Scavenger

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Title: Book Scavenger
Author: Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Illustrator: Sarah Watts
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Date: June 2, 2015
Number of Pages: 354
Genre: Mystery
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: The book starts really average and then it turns into a giant mystery that Emily didn’t know about! We know the answer to the mystery, so the whole story is about the characters solving it.

Summary: Emily is a book scavenger who went to San Francisco because of her idol (the creator of the book scavenger website). When she shows up, there is a lot of cars parked in a line waiting to see Garrison Griswold (Emily’s idol), but all of a sudden he doesn’t show up. Oh no! Then, Emily and her family turn around to to get to their “house” and they meet their new neighbors. Emily finds out that her neighbor also loves puzzles, and they even make their own secret language!

Reviewer’s Opinion: I think that it was an amazing book because it contains a huge mystery in the book. Also it seems realistic, like this could actually happen to someone at a certain time and a certain place.

Recommended For: 4-6th grade

Related Books: Nooks and Crannies, The Detective’s Assistant, The Island of Dr. Libris and many more
More in this Series: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library,The Unbreakable Code and The Alcatraz Escape
Other Books by this Author: Last In A Long Line Of Rebels, The Unbreakable Code, and many more
Reviewed By: Jarrett C., 5th Grade

Saturday, March 17, 2018


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Title: Wonder
Author: R.J. Palacio  
Publisher: Alfred A Knopf
Publication Date: February 14, 2012
Number of Pages: 310
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Do you like sad stories with happy endings? If so, this is the book about how August lived his life is for you.

Summary: Wonder is a story about a little boy who was born deformed, and he was homeschooled by his mother.  One day his mom decides to make Auggie go to a real school, and the other children make fun of him behind his back, and say bad things about him and about his face. But he makes a friend called Jack Will. There is a bully called Julian that makes fun of August every day. How did Auggie pass 5th grade happily? Read and find out what happens!

Reviewer’s Opinion: It’s a sad adventure. It teaches readers never judge someone by their looks, but judge someone by how they are by the inside.

Recommended For: 3rd to 5th grade

Other Books by this Author: We’re All Wonders, 365 Days Of Wonder, Auggie And Me
Reviewed By: Jorge G., 5th grade

Bailey’s Story

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Title: Bailey’s Story
Author: W. Bruce Cameron
Illustrator: W. Bruce Cameron
Publisher: Starscape
Publication Date: 3/20/2013
Number of Pages: 206
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Have you ever thought, what is a dog's outlook on life? This book tells you about a special dog with a special purpose.

Summary: One day a little puppy’s eye open and gets his first look at life. Young Bailey was starting to wonder what to do with his life. Until one day Bailey was let out into the yard where he was able to play and eat all he wanted. When he saw a man walk out the door he tried to follow him but the door slammed on his face. Then he thought he could go through the door too, so Bailey bit the handle to open the door and was free! As soon as Bailey walked out the door he met a man that locked him in the front of his car. Eventually, Bailey met a young boy named Ethan and found out his purpose in life.

Reviewer’s Opinion: I liked that Bailey was always doing normal dog stuff like chasing his tail and play tug of war with a sock in his mouth tugging it. I also liked that the author describes everything. I also enjoyed learning how a dog thinks and what it feels.

Recommended For: 3rd to 7th graders

More in this Series: Molly’s Story and Ellis’s Story
Other Books by this Author: Ellis’s Story, The Dogs of Christmas, Emory’s Gift, and many more
Reviewed By: Dylan C., 5th grade

Friday, March 16, 2018

James and the Giant Peach

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Title: James and the Giant Peach
Author: Roald Dahl
Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Publication Date: September 10th, 2002
Number of Pages: 146
Genre: Fantasy
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Do you want to read a book that has real live animals? Do you want to read a book where a little kid gets treated badly but escapes from his horrible aunts? Then this book is for you!

Summary: One day in James’s house, James was in the backyard and his aunts were watching him chop wood while they just sit down. So, James and his aunts saw something up in the tree. They saw a peach and they were amazed by it, because where they live peaches don’t normally grow. Days went by and the peach oddly started to grow really big until it was this huge peach. Read this book to find out what weird things are inside the peach!

Reviewer’s Opinion: I liked this book because it has a lot of fantasy in it and I like fantasy books.

Recommended For: 3rd-5th grade

Related Books: Abel’s Island, Runaway Ralph, The Celery Stalks at Midnight, and more!
Other Books by this Author: The BFG, The Witches, Matilda, and more!
Awards Won: Annecy International Animated Film Festival, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards, and more!
Reviewed By: Lizette C., 5th grade

Riding Freedom

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Title: Riding Freedom
Author: Pam Muñoz Ryan
Illustrator: Brian Selznick
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: September 1st, 1998
Number of Pages:138
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Do you like adventures or horse stories? You will love this book.

Summary: In this book Charlotte Parkhurst  lives in an orphanage with her best friend Hayward. Charlotte is 12 years old. Then next to the orphanage there are horses and the owner, Vinz. That's where Charlotte meets Freedom, a brown mustang. Vinz teaches  Charlotte how to ride Freedom. One day Hayward had to go with his new parents Charlotte was disappointed. And Vinz Inspired Charlotte to follow her dreams. Charlotte had to escape but she knew she wouldn't get too far. It wouldn't be so easy. But Charlotte has a plan. Ready to find out?  

Reviewer’s Opinion: I really liked this book because it's really fun and interesting to read. There's always a surprise in each chapter. I also liked it because it's about adventures and mystery and I loved to read it!

Recommended For: Horse lovers in grades 3-5

Related Books: Pain The Wind
Other Books by this Author: Esperanza Rising, Paint The Wind, Becoming Naomi Leon, Amelia And Eleanor Go For a Ride
Awards Won: Simon Honor, Rebecca Caudill, Nominee, Grand Canyon Reader
Reviewed By: Daniela P., 5th grade

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Boxcar Children

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Title: The Boxcar Children
Author: Gertrude Chandler Warner
Illustrator: L. Kate Deal
Publisher: Albert Whitman Company  
Publication Date: January 1st, 1989
Number of Pages: 154
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Text Structure: Chapter Book

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber:  In this book Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny live in a boxcar in the woods. It’s really interesting because they need to survive and learn how to make money to eat. Their parents died but someone is looking for them, ready to find out?

Summary: In this book Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny, are the boxcar children. Henry and Jessie are like the parents. They have to take care of Benny and Violet because their parents died. Now they have to live by themselves. Someone is looking for them but they don't want to go with him they think he is bad and grumpy. Now they have to survive.

Reviewer’s Opinion: I liked Boxcar Children because it's really interesting and fun to read. It has big surprises and I loved that.

Recommended For: grades for 3-5

Related Books: Dolphin Treasure, Here's A Penny, The Lama Who Had No Pajamas
More In This Series: The Boxcar Children Trapped On A Island, Boxcar Children Series
Other Books by this Author: The Boxcar Children Series 1-4
Reviewed By: Daniela P.,  5th grade

James and the Giant Peach

Title: James and the Giant Peach
Author: Roald Dahl
Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Publisher: Puffin Books
Publication Date: 1961
Number of Pages: 119
Genre: Fantasy
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Are you interested in adventurous bugs? And strange magic? Read this book to find out more!

Summary: James is a 4 year old boy and the main character. He lived a happy life until his parents got eaten by a rhino. So he had to live with his terrible aunts that usually smacked him if he didn't behave. But then he ran and met a weird looking “Goblin” that told him “here are some crystals”. But he accidentally spilled them and they made a peach grow really big. Then James goes inside the peach and finds live bugs. Then James and the bugs flew far away on the peach.

Reviewer’s Opinion: I thought it was pretty interesting and a good book. I thought the book was a little sad, funny, and happy.

Recommended For: People who like bugs, chapter books, and grades 3-5
Other Books by this Author: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, the BFG, Fantastic Mr. Fox
Awards Won: Best selling book
Reviewed By: David N. 5th grade