Monday, May 21, 2018

The Chocolate Touch

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Title: The Chocolate Touch
Author: Patrick Skene Catling
Illustrator: Margot Apple
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: 1952
Number of Pages: 126
Genre: Fantasy  
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: John Midas loves Chocolate and will eat it 24/7! Until he one coin changes everything.

Summary: John loves chocolate, but he is not allowed to eat it any more. Then he walks down the street and he finds a coin with his initials on it. The coin makes him go to this candy shop and he buys chocolate. He eats the chocolate when no one is watching. The next morning when John is brushing his teeth the second the toothpaste goes into his mouth it turns into chocolate! Then everything that touches his mouth turns into chocolate! Awesome! But then John finds out there is such thing as too much chocolate!

Reviewer’s Opinion: This is a good and funny book to read! And how the Author describe how things are. He gives a vivid description of everything.   

Recommended For: 3-4th graders
Related Books: Chocolate Fever, John Midas and the Radio Touch, John Midas and the Rock Star
More in this Series: John Midas and The Rockstar, and The John Midas series
Other Books by this Author: Chocolate Magic, John Midas in the Daydream, John Midas and The Vampires, and more!
Awards Won: Massachusetts Children's Book Award
Reviewed By:  Vanessa M., 5th Grade

SOS Titanic

Title: SOS Titanic
Author: Eve Bunting
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication Date: 1996
Number of Pages: 246
Genre: Historical Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Barry is a typical 12 year old who is going on the Titanic. On his adventure he encounters  a lot of problems especially when the ship starts to sink.

Summary: SOS Titanic is an amazing book that talks about a kid named Barry and a man named Mr. Scollins. Barry makes some really good friends like a girl called Pegeen and a servant called Watley. His rivals the Flynns also board the boat for the ride to America. During the sinking of the ship  everything changes. Read SOS Titanic to find out what happens next.

Reviewer’s Opinion: I would say the book is good but the ending let’s you down a bit because it doesn't explain so much.

Recommended For:  I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the Titanic.

Related Books: A Night to Remember, The Titanic Sinks
Other Books by this Author: The Wall, My Red Balloon
Reviewed By: Brandon R., 4th Grade

Sunday, May 20, 2018

The Hidden Girl: A True Story of the Holocaust

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Author: Lola Rein Kaufman
Publication Date: September 2008
Number of Pages: 97
Genre: Nonfiction
Text Structure: Biography

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Do you want to read a book where there is a lot of action? Then I would choose this book.

Summary: Lola is a young, brave girl. She went through a lot of tough decisions, like when her mother dies. It is a really hard time for Lola. She stood out to me the best because when she made a lot of challenging moves. For example, she moved to a lot of new homes and met a lot of new Jewish people. I am pretty sure that was the most houses that I have ever heard of someone moving into!  

Reviewer’s Opinion: I really liked it and if you like books about World War II and the Holocaust, you will definitely like the book. Their is some really interesting parts and some really boring parts, but overall I liked it.  
Recommended For: Grades 3-5
Related Books: Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Anne Frank and the Diary of a Young Girl, Number the Stars, and The Boy who Dared
Reviewed By: Lukas M., 5th Grade


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Title: Eragon
Author: Christopher Paolini
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books For Kids
Publication Date: April 2005
Number of Pages: 503 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Do you like a book with a dragon and crazy adventures? If you do then Eragon is the perfect type of book for you.

Summary: Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest and brings it into his room. One night the stone fell to the ground and then hatches into a blue dragon! Eragon names the dragon Saphira. Throughout the book Saphira and Eragon go on adventures to stop the villian Galbatorix. Eragon also meets monsters, the Zar’roc, that no one has known about for a long time. They meet friends like Brom and he goes with them on adventures.

Reviewer’s Opinion: The book Eragon is one of the best books I have read. I think this because their adventures are so interesting. Also, I love how Saphira is loyal and sticks with Eragon throughout the book.

Recommended For: Grade 10+ years
Related Books: Dragon God, Dragon of Wild, and Becoming the Dragon
More in this Series: Eldest, Brisingr, Inheritance
Other Books by this Author: Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia
Awards Won: Evergreen Teen Book Award 2006, Nene Award 2006, and Books I Loved Best Yearly Award (Bilby)
Reviewed By: Zachary P., 5th Grade

Avatars: Kingdom of Twilight

Title: Avatars: Kingdom of Twilight
Author: Tui T. Sutherland
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: 2008
Number of Pages: 344  
Genre: Fantasy
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: As Diana wanders through multiple lands of the dead, Kali, Tigre and Gus are on a boat to Africa, hoping the gods there can help them save Diana and return them to their own time. However, Diana is on the edge of death and the three avatars aren’t even sure if the African gods can help them. Will they succeed with their plan, or will they have to battle to the death?

Summary: While Diana wanders through multiple pantheon’s underworlds, Kali, Tigre and Gus are on a stolen boat to Africa to see if the gods there can help them save Diana and return to their own time. During their stay in Africa, Kali, Tigre and Gus meet an African god named Orunmila that uses his divination powers to help the avatars see if they can save their friend. Gus then travels to the African underworld in search of Diana, hoping to be able to return to life with her. Can he do it? Will Kali, Tigre, Gus, Diana, and the other avatars be able to escape this battle and all return home?

Reviewer’s Opinion: This book is incredible….amazingly put together, and much different from other books Tui T. Sutherland writes. Avatars: Kingdom of Twilight, along with the other two Avatars books, is an amazing story crafted with great writing. Being the last book in the series, this book ends on a cliffhanger feeling of No! Please, please write another! Like the other two books in the series, Avatars: Kingdom of Twilight is a major cliffhanger book, so if you don’t like cliffhanger books, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK!

Recommended For: 5th - 7th graders
Related Books: Oasis, Limbo, The Thought Readers, The King’s Sword, The Forsaken Crown, and many more!
More in this Series: (Book 1) Avatars: So This Is How It Ends, (Book 2) Avatars: Shadow Falling
Other Books by this Author: Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy, Wings of Fire: The Lost Heir, Wings of Fire: The Hidden Kingdom, Wings of Fire: Winter Turning, This Must Be Love, The Menagerie, and many more!
Reviewed By: Chloe L., 5th Grade

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Orphan Island

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Title: Orphan Island
Author: Laurel Snyder
Publisher: HarperCollins Children Books  
Publication Date: 2017
Number of Pages: 269
Genre: Fantasy
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Far off in the middle of the ocean there is an island full of children. But only nine shall stay there. If the children stay, what will happen to them.?

Summary: Every year one child comes and one child goes. Jinny has taken responsibility for her brother Deen who has just left the island. Ess has just come to the island and does not know what is going on. But, Jinny helps her along the way.  When the time is right the tiny green boat shall come to bring a new child, and one will leave. But where shall they go? Read the book to find out.

Reviewer’s Opinion: Orphan Island is a fantastic book and I really enjoyed the personality of the characters and Ess’s personality the most. She went through the ocean on a tiny green boat without any help; she is courageous and adventurous. Jinny has been through different emotions and bumps throughout the book.

Recommended For: 5th-6th
Related Books: Cosmic, Savvy, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Scrabble, and many more!
Other Books by this Author: Seven Stories Up, Bigger than a Bread Box, and Penny Dreadful
Reviewed By: Eliana S., 5th Grade


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Title: Sisters
Author: Raina Telgemeier
Illustrator: Raina Telgemeier
Publisher: Grafix/Scholastic Inc.
Publication Date: February 26, 2014
Number of Pages: 119
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Text Structure: Graphic Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Do you have many younger siblings or sister? Well Raina does! Read the book to see if you also feel like Raina!

Summary: Ever since Raina was little she always wanted a sister. Expect now that she has a sister things can get a little bit crazy. Ok, things can get crazy. Actually things get REALLY CRAZY! Raina is going on a trip to visit her cousins in California. It is a long trip to get there. Will Raina survive with her family or will they have to turn around and go back home?? Read to know what happens in Sisters!

Reviewer’s Opinion: This is a really good book to read in your free time. You can maybe relate to Raina if you have siblings. This is a book that is very funny and will make you appreciate your siblings.  

Recommended For: 3-5th graders
Related Books: Smile, Drama, The Babysitters Club series
Other Books by this Author: The Babysitters Club Series, Sisters, Drama, Ghosts
Awards Won: Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards for Best Writer/Artist (for Raina Telgemeier), Prix Bédélys Jeunesse, Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Middle Grade & Children's
Reviewed By: Vanessa M., 5th Grade