Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Vampire's Vacation

Image result for the vampire's vacationTitle: The Vampire's Vacation  
Author: Ron Roy  
Illustrator: John Steven Gurney  
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Publication Date: 2004
Number of Pages: 65
Genre: Mystery, Fiction  
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: How can a vampire how can go to a vacation without dying from sunlight?  Read this book to find out!  

Summary: Dink, Josh and Roth Rose are trying to find out what's up with the guy that looks like a vampire! Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose saw a guy that looked suspicious. Then, they noticed everybody was wearing bandaids on their neck! So what was going on? It’s Dink, Josh, and Roth Rose’s job to find out!         

Reviewer’s Opinion: This book is good to read after school. It is a mystery and is funny.

Recommended For: Mystery lovers in grades 3-5

Related Books: other A-Z Mystery books
Other Books by this Author: The Unwilling Umpire, The White Wolf, and 24 more books.
Reviewed By: Diego S., 5th Grade

In Real Life My Journey To A Pixelated World

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Title: In Real Life: My Journey To A Pixelated World
Author: Joey Graceffa and Joshua Lyon
Publisher: Atria/Keywords Press
Publication Date: May 19th 2015
Number of Pages: 257
Genre: Autobiography

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: When you feel alone what do you do? When Joey Graceffa was a little boy he felt different than other boys. He liked playing with barbies and dressing up in girls clothes. But he had insecurities too.

Summary:  This books Joey Graceffa tells you how he handled his loneliness and he ends up becoming a YouTube phenomenon. As he grows up he faces some challenging decisions and also some people who don't like his way of life and how he loves it. When he is older he realizes that he is different,  but couldn't decide if it was in a good way or bad way. Find out what he decides in In Real Life: My Journey Through A Pixelated World.

Reviewer’s Opinion: As I expected I would, I really enjoyed this book! It was really interesting learning about his life before YouTube, and how he got to where he is now. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys Joey's YouTube videos, or to anyone looking for an engaging biography.

Recommended For: Grades 5-8

Other Books by this Author: Children of Eden, Elites of Eden
Awards Won: New York Times Best Selling Author, Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Memoir & Autobiography
Reviewed By: Julia S., 5th grade

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Honest Truth

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Title: The Honest Truth
Author: Dan Gemeinhart
Illustrator: Nina Goffi
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: 2015
Number of Pages: 240
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Do you want to know a kid who is reaching for their goals? He is making sure that he keeps his promise to his grandpa. Mark is also has a dog who follows him everywhere and keeps him safe.

Summary: Mark decides one day that he is going to reach for his goal. Also, that is the promise he told his grandpa he would do. Mark escapes that evening and has  a little trick up his sleeves to confuse his parents about where he could be. So he explores off to a mystery place. Mark had a lot of adventures on the way. If you want to find out where he was heading read this book.

Reviewer’s Opinion: I really like how it switches back and forth. The first chapter is what Marks doing. Then, there's another chapter one which tells what his family is doing.

Recommended For: Grades 4-8

Other Books by this Author: Some Kind of Courage, Scar Island
Awards Won: GoodReads Choice Award
Reviewed By: Airam F., 5th grade

Monday, February 19, 2018

Who Is Malala Yousafzai?

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Title: Who Is Malala Yousafzai?
Author: Dinah Brown
Illustrator: Andrew Thomson
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Publication Date: August 11th 2015
Number of Pages: 112
Genre: Nonfiction Biography
Text Structure: Sequence and Order

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: When you follow your dreams there's always some bumps in the road. Does that stop you? Well that never stopped Malala Yousafzai, she made a lot of changes in the world that impacted how women and girls are treated now. When she fell she got back up and never looked back. When times were hard she persevered through them no matter how long and/or hard they were.

Summary: Malala Yousafzai is a very brave person that perseveres throughout all of her life obstacles. As she grows up Malala helps change the world and make a change during the Afghanistan War. Malala’s life growing up is really hard because she wasn't treated like other boys that could go to school and play.

Reviewer’s Opinion: I think that this book really teaches women and girls to not focus on the bad things in life and focus on the good things. Also, this book is a really good book for if you just want to sit and read or if you need information about a famous person they have a lot of books for that. These short little chapter books are perfect for young and old readers. It teaches kid about important people in history that they might not know about.

Recommended For: Grades 3-5
More in this Series: Other “Who Is, Where Is, Who Was, What Was.”
Reviewed By: Julia S. 5th grade

Sunday, February 18, 2018


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Title: Matilda
Author: Roald Dahl
Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Publisher: Puffin Books
Publication Date: 1988
Number of Pages: 240
Genre: Fantasy
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: A four year old toddler can read anything from picture books to college level books. She will show the Trunchbull a lesson she will never forget.

Summary: When Matilda is left with her careless parents she starts to read and goes to a whole new planet. Her parents expect her to be watching the telly (TV) all day. But instead she goes to the library and reads all day every day. That is, until she goes to school and mets the Trunchbull. She is a mean person that does not like children. Matilda teaches her a lesson she will never forget.

Reviewer’s Opinion: This is a very good book especially with all of the pranks she does on her family. And on the Trunchbull. Every thing she does here is funny you will laugh and be amazed of all of Matilda's geniusness. Read it now!

Recommended For: 4th-5th graders
Other Books by this Author: James and the Giant Peach, The Witches, The BFG, and lots more!
Awards Won: Prijs van de Nederlandse Kinderjury for 10-12 jaar en 13-16 jaar, Audie Award for Children's Titles Ages 8-12 , Books I Loved Best Yearly (BILBY) Awards for Read Aloud , Younger Readers, West Australian Young Readers' Book Award (WAYRBA) for Younger Readers , Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award, Blue Peter Book Award for Voter's Award - Book that Made Me Laugh the Loudest , Red House Children's Book Award , Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award for Book Award , Massachusetts Children's Book Award , Nevada Young Readers' Award for Intermediate Category, Beehive Book Award for Children's Fiction , Indian Paintbrush Book Award , Bluestem Book Award Nominee , Virginia Reader's Choice for Elementary , Odyssey Honor.
Reviewed By: Vanessa M. 5th grade

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy

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Title: Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy
Author: Tui T. Sutherland
Illustrator: Joy Ang
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Publication Date: May 2013
Number of Pages: 304
Genre: Fantasy
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Do you like reading books about dragons and their curiosity? Then this book is definitely for you!

Summary: The five dragonets of destiny, Clay, Tsunami, Starflight, Sunny, and Glory, want to escape from under the mountain, where the Talons of Peace have kept them ever since they hatched. They make it out of the mountain, but then realize that they have made a huge mistake. So the SkyWing queen captures them, and makes them fight against their will in her kingdom. Then they try to find a way out of the queen’s domain, while they figure out things that they didn’t know of before about themselves, and each other. Will they make it out without dying, or getting severely hurt?  

Reviewer’s Opinion: I thought that this book was very interesting! To me I personally think that fantasy is absolutely amazing, so I recommend this to readers that mostly love, and are addicted to fantasy like me.    

Recommended For: 3rd-6th grade

Related Books: Inheritance series
More in this Series: Wings of Fire: The Lost Heir
Other Books by this Author: The Menagerie
Awards Won: The New York Times bestselling series
Reviewed By: Sreya K. 5th grade

Friday, February 16, 2018

Marven of the Great North Woods

Title: Marven of the Great North Woods
Author: Kathryn Lasky
Illustrator: Kevin Hawkes
Publisher: Voyager books
Publication Date: 1997
Number of Pages: 48
Genre: Fiction
Text Structure: Picture Book

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber:  The influenza is going around and Marvens parents sent him to a logging camp to make sure he doesn't catch it!

Summary: The influenza started going around and Marven a little Jewish boy is sent to logging camp until the influenza is over. Marven makes a very good friend and enjoys his stay at the camp. He has some obstacles and how he overcomes them.

Reviewer’s Opinion: My opinion on this book is that is ok. It's a great book and I really suggest you guys read this book especially since the influenza is going around in 2018.

Recommended For: Kids who like picture books, fiction, and problem and solution.

Related Books: Mighty Jackie
More in this Series: None
Other Books by this Author: Shadow Wolf, True North, Shadows in the Water
Awards Won: National Jewish Book Award for Children's picture Book (1997)

Reviewed By: Holli B., 5th Grade