Friday, April 20, 2018

The Unwanteds Island of Fire

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Title: The Unwanteds Island of Fire
Author: Lisa McMann
Illustrator: Karin Paprocki
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
Number of Pages: 451
Genre: Fantasy
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: When the magical land of Artime had no food or water, people start to become depressed and very desperate. It felt like the whole world was shutting down. Will the people of Artime survive through this terrible, rough time? Read this book to find out.

Summary: It was as if Artime never existed. The people of Artime are starving and getting desperate, so desperate that some of them are stealing food from each other. Alex wasn’t doing any better. He was starving as well and very confused at the riddle that Mr. Today had given him. Alex was still very overwhelmed at having his best friends gone, as well as having no head mage. Meanwhile, Aaron is still trying to take over Artime with his cruel army back in Quill. But a very surprising twist shows that even though Alex and Aaron are very different, they share a very dangerous enemy.

Reviewer’s Opinion: I really liked this book because there were some mysterious problems along the way. The beginning of the book was a little bit sad, but it got more happy in the middle of the book. Also very adventurous!
Recommended For: Grades 4- 7
Related Books: The Universes Inside the Lighthouse, Configured, and Arestana
More in this Series: Island of Shipwrecks, Island of Graves, Island of Dragons
Other Books by this Author: Infinity Ring, Don’t Close Your Eyes, Dragon Bones, and many more.
Reviewed By: Shannon O., 5th Grade

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Title: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Author: John Boyne
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Publication Date: January 5th, 2006
Number of Pages: 216
Genre: Historical Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Have you ever wondered what life for kids in the Holocaust was like? Well then this book brings you a sad yet joyful adventure of that same topic.

Summary: This book brings you to the war to end all wars. WWll was a terrible time for everyone, but especially for the Jewish population of Nazi invaded countries. These Jewish people went into concentration camps (death camps) and were treated like they weren’t  people. This book is told through the eyes of a nine year old boy named Bruno. His father is a Nazi commander and he doesn’t know what is happening to the Jewish people. But when he is forced to move to Poland for his father's work, all that changes. He meets a boy from a concentration camp, but he thinks he is having fun and is jealous of him. Just when Bruno forgets his life in Berlin, he is called back and has to leave the boy in the striped pajamas, but at the very end he decides to have a final adventure.

Reviewer’s Opinion: This was a great book. It is very sad though.

Recommended For: 4th through 8th grade
Related Books: The Book Thief, A Wrinkle In Time
Other Books by this Author: A History of Loneliness, The Hearts Invisible Flurries, The Boy at the Top of The Mountain, Stay Where You Are and Then Leave, The Absolutist
Awards Won: Bisto Book Of The Year, Irish Children's Book Of The Year, Irish People's Choice Book Of The Year, Que Leer Best International Novel Of The Year, Orange Prize Readers Group Book Of The Year
Reviewed By: Kevin M., 5th grade

Thursday, April 19, 2018


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Title: Dragonwatch
Author: Brandon Mull
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication Date: March 14, 2017
Number of Pages: 370
Genre: Fantasy
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: This book brings the long awaited sequel to the series Fablehaven. But in this book there's a new enemy.

Summary: Seth and Kendra have saved the world from demons but in doing so brought a new problem to the world: dragons. When the demon war was ending Seth and Kendra promised the dragons to let them rule their own sanctuaries because they helped trap the demons in the fairy realm. This leads to chaos and uprising in all the dragon sanctuaries, and Kendra and Seth have to save the day once again. While at the dragon sanctuary they both become caretakers. They fight the dragons to take control of a staff which keeps the bearer safe. Finally when all hope is lost Seth makes one last attempt to save the sanctuary.

Reviewer’s Opinion: Anybody who reads the Fablehaven series will either love this book or think it's better than the actually series. It is a great book that makes the original series have a different meaning than before because you get to see the other side of the demons and dragons. It also shows you a two different ways of how the world can be saved or can end, both with totally different effects.

Recommended For: anyone who's finished the fablehaven series, grades 4-6

Related Books: Beyonders, Fablehaven
Other Books by this Author: Candy Shop War, Fablehaven, Beyonders
Reviewed By: Kevin M., 5th grade

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


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Title: Sisters
Author: Raina Telgemeier
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication date: August 26, 2014
Number of pages: 197
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Text structure: Graphic Novel

Starter/lead/hook/grabber: Sisters is a book about two sisters that fight a lot.. They go on a road trip and a loose snake gets out in the car. Will they get it back in its cage?

Summary: Sisters shows you how two sisters fight a lot. However, they work together to get through difficult challenges. They catch a snake, deal with their  annoying little brother, and get through some very sad and difficult family problems, like their dad losing his job and more. Read the book to find out.

Reviewer’s Opinion: This was a great meaningful book you get to see weird and also funny flashbacks.
Recommended for: 8-13
Related Books: Smile, Drama, Sunny Side Up, Ghosts
Other books by  this author: Smile, Drama, Ghosts, and all of the graphic novels of the Babysitters Club.
Awards won: Eisner Award,and the Horn Book Award
Reviewed by: Emilee L. and Kihara E., 4th Grade

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

I Will Always Write Back

Title: I Will Always Write Back
Author: Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda and Liz Welch
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Number of Pages: 416
Genre: Biography
Text Structure: Chronological time

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: I never heard of Zimbabwe. But something about the the name looked up on the blackboard intrigued me. It was exotic and difficult to pronounce. It was also the last country in a long list that Mrs. Miller had written in chalk. She asked each student in my seventh-grade English class to pick one place for a pen pal program our school was starting that year.

Summary: This book is about a girl named Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda. She lives in Philadelphia and he lives in Zimbabwe. When Caitlin heard that Martin was kicked out  of school and can't pay any of his fees. Then Caitlin sends Martin most of her college funds just to get him back in school. When Martin finishes his O-levels for his school he finds out that he got A-levels then goes to Marist Brothers Nyang High school. He begs Caitlin for money and sends in 40 dollars which is Zim $1000 in Zimbabwe. Caitlin sends Martin and his family care packages that have shoes, shirts, tarps, suits, rain boots, dresses, skirts, buckets, purification tablets and about $300-$400 in total or maybe even more.  
Other Books by This Author: Siempre Contestaré Tus Cartas: Como una carta cambió dos vidas
Reviewer’s Opinion: This book was a wonderful kind of book, even my dad said it was great. “Not many books have pen pals in them, this is a great way to have fun and learn what pen pals are.”

Recommended For: Whole Mechanics Grove

Related Books: Listen Slowly, The Boys Who Challenged Hitler, I am Princess X, Goodbye Stranger, The Bitter Side of Sweet
Awards Won: The Magnolia Award nominee 9-12(2017)
Reviewed By: Sonny E., 5th Grade

Monday, April 16, 2018

House Arrest

House Arrest
Title: House Arrest
Author: K.A. Holt
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: October 6th, 2015
Number of Pages: 304
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Text Structure: Novel in Verse

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: He has to be under House Arrest for 52 weeks!

Summary: It’s about a boy who is under house arrest for stealing medicine for his little brother named Levi. For his punishment, he must write in a journal  everyday, and can’t leave his house. He is under house arrest for 52 weeks.

Reviewer’s Opinion: It’s a very great book about a boy who is under house arrest for stealing medicine for his little brother named Levi.

Recommended For: People who like to find the figurative language and adventure books!
Other Books by this Author: From you to Me, Knock Out, Brains For Lunch

Reviewed By: Kameal M., 5th Grade

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Water Dragon’s Bride

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Title: The Water Dragon’s Bride
Author: Rei Toma
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Publication Date: November 26th, 2015
Number of Pages: 192
Genre: Fantasy
Text Structure: Manga

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: She rejected him and the other god in his cave are laughing!!

Summary: A girl named Ashai who is taken from her home that find a land that sacrifice her to the Water dragon god to be his bride. She gets saved by Subaru and gets sick.

Reviewer’s Opinion: I loved reading the first book and can’t wait to see what happens in the next book!

Recommended For: I recommend it for people who like to read comic books and like the cliffhangers to read the next book in the series.
Related Books:  The Water Dragon’s Bride #2
More in this Series: The Water Dragon’s Bride #3, #4 and there are 9 books in the series.
Other Books by this Author: Dawn of the Arcana ( another series), Rokka Melt ( another series), Welcome to Antique Wish.
Reviewed By: Kameal M., 5th Grade