Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Dark Life

Image result for dark life bookTitle: Dark Life
Author: Kat Falls
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: May 1st, 2010
Number of Pages: 304
Genre: Sci-Fi

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: At the bottom of the sea there is a disturbance. The Seablite Gang has escaped from their underwater prison. A boy of thirteen and his friend are trying to stop the Seablite Gang. Read more in Dark Life by Kat Falls!

Summary: Ty is the first settler to be born at the bottom of the sea. Life takes an intense turn when the Seablite Gang escapes from their prison on the seafloor, they are seeking vengeance on the people who imprisoned them as they go around stealing settler’s crops and destroying houses. Ty meets a “Topsider” named Gemma who is looking for her brother. Will Ty and Gemma be able to figure out the secret of the outlaws or will they be doomed to be forever haunted by the Seablite Gang?

Reviewer’s Opinion: This is a great book!
Recommended For: People looking for an adventure and suspense. I’d recommend this book for 4th-6th graders.

More in this Series: Riptide
Other Books by this Author: Inhuman

Reviewed By: Sara C., 5th Grade

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Wonder

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Title: Wonder
Author: R. J. Palacio
Illustrator: R. J. Palacio
Publisher:  Knopf                                                
Publication Date: February 14th 2012
Number of Pages: 315
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: ¨I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.¨  


Summary: This story is about a boy named ¨Auggie.¨  Auggie is a boy that had many surgeries and was homeschooled. People made fun of his face and the way he looked. He thinks he's not ordinary, but his parents think he's special. One day, he was going to start school at Beecher Prep. Via (Auggie’s sister) cares about him more than anything, she doesn’t like when people look away from him or make comments about his face.


Reviewer’s Opinion: This book is a really great book. Also, it is really sad at the same time. But this book is my favorite book out of all the books I have read. I really like it, because it reminds me to always choose kind.


Recommended For: 4th, 5th and 6th graders


Related Books: The Julian Chapter, Auggie & Me, Three Wonder Stories, Pluto, and Shingaling


More in this Series: None


Other books by Author:  The Wonder Journal, We're All Wonders, Wonder Wall Calendar 2017, and a whole bunch more!


Awards Won: GoodReads Choice Awards
Reviewed By: Naomi R, 5th grade

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Invaders (Brotherband Chronicles)

Title: Brotherband: The Invaders
Author: John Flanagan
Illustrator: John Flanagan
Publisher: Philomel
Publication Date: April 26, 2012
Number of Pages: 432
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Text Structure: Sequence
Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Stig glanced doubtfully back over the wake the Heron was carving

Summary: The Herons have found Zavac also know as the pirate ship’s leader. He was in Limatt. He took over the city. So, the Herons help the city take it self over again. Does Zavac get away with their treasure or do they catch him. The only way to know is to read the book.

Reviewer’s Opinion: This is a really good adventure book.

Recommended For: Adventurers, book lovers, and ship lovers.

Related Books: Ranger’s Apprentice Ruins of Gorland, The Burning Bridge, and The Battle for Skandia
More in this Series: Brotherband Outcasts, The Hunters, Slaves of Socorro, Scorpion Mountain, The Ghost Faces, and The Caledera
Other Books by this Author: The Sorcerer in the North, Erak’s Ransom, The Siege of Macindaw, Halt’s Peril
Awards Won: 2014 Grand Canyon Reader Award, 2014 Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award
Reviewed By: Logan S., 5th Grade

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Outcasts (Brotherband Chronicles)

Title: The Outcasts
Author: John Flanagan
Illustrator: John Flanagan
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: November 1, 2011
Number of Pages: 452
Genre: Fantasy Fiction, Adventure Fiction

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Wolfwind emerged from the predawn mist like a wraith, slowly taking physical form.


Summary: Hal was an outcast along with Stig and the others. Hal never knew his father Michael. He had an enemy named Tursgurd. He went to his brotherband training with his group the Herons. They are named after his boat the Heron. They are Skandias, which are known for strength and size. And they won the contest at brotherband training, and a strange pirate ship came and stole the prized skandian treasure. So they start their journey to find the strange pirate ship.


Reviewer’s Opinion: I believe that this is the best book that I have ever read.


Recommended For: Adventurers, book lovers and people that love a good story.


Related Books: Ranger’s Apprentice Ruins of Gorland, The Burning Bridge, and The Battle for Skandia
More in this Series: Brotherband The Invaders, The Hunters, Slaves of Socorro, Scorpion Mountain, The Ghost Faces, and The Caldera
Other Books by this Author: The Sorcerer in the North, Erak’s Ransom, The Siege of Macindaw, Halt’s Peril
Awards Won: 2014 Grand Canyon Reader Award, 2014 Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award
Reviewed By: Logan, S and 5th Grade

Friday, May 26, 2017

Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends

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Title: Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends
Author: Shannon Hale
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: October 13,2013
Number of Pages: 305
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: If you love Disney princess or fairy tales.Then you will love this book.

Summary: On Legacy Day each year,the students at the ever after high to  sign the storybook of legends and pledge to fulfill their destinies as the next generation of snow whites,Prince charmings,evil queens.Everyone believes that refusing to sign means both you and your story will vanish forever after.   

Reviewer’s Opinion: I am not going to lie I really loved this book.3 awesomes
Recommended For: grades 3-7
Other Books by this Author: Ever After High Series, Princess Academy, River Secrets, The Goose Girl and more
Reviewed By: Paola, 5th Grade

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Lightning Thief

Title: Lightning Thief                            
Author: Rick Riordan
Illustrator: Peter Bollinger         
Publisher: Miramax Books
Publication Date: April, 1st, 2006                     
Number of Pages: 375
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Text Structure: Novel


Starter/Lead/Hook: Do you like books with a bunch of action in them? Well than I strongly encourage you to read Lightning Thief!

Summary: In the book The Lightning Thief a 12 year old  boy named Percy has discovered that he is a half blood. He is now attending a camp where he must go on a mission. He takes Annabeth, who has been living at camp Half Blood since she was six, and Grover, who is Percy’s best friend, and also is a sauter. As Percy, Annabeth, and Grover travel on their mission, they face many challenges along the way. Will they succeed? Read this book to find out!

Reviewer’s Opinion: I really enjoy reading these types of books!
Recommended For: 4th-6th


Related Books: The Percy Jackson series
More in this Series: The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian
Other Books by this Author: All of the books in the Percy Jackson series
Awards Won: None
Reviewed By:  Nalani S., 4th Grade

The Only Road

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Title: The Only Road
Author: Alexandra Diaz
Publisher: Paula Wiseman Books
Publication Date: October 4th, 2016
Number of Pages: 320
Genre: Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: You will really like this book if you talk spanish or if you like books that you live in Mexico and you pass the border to go to The United States.

Summary: The main character is Jaime and Miguel of this story. It takes place in Mexico and in the United States. When Jaime hears a scream he knows that his cousin is dead. Jaime fears  he will be next. There is a gang group called Alphas in this story.

Reviewer’s Opinion: This book is amazing.
Recommended For: Ages:8-12
Related Books: Esperanza Rising
Other Books by this Author: Good Girls Don't Lie
Awards Won: Pura Belpré Honor for Author (2017)
Reviewed By: Paola, 5th Grade