Tuesday, December 15, 2015

One-Handed Catch

Title: One Handed Catch
Author: MJ Aruch
Publisher: Henry Holt
Publication Date: September 19, 2006
Number of Pages: 256
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: This book was miraculous because right at the beginning the main character suffers a tragedy! What it makes it so delightful is that is is in the 1950s, not too old and not too new, and it's not easy to find a book like this.

Summary: One-Handed Catch was a 3-Awesome book for me. Norm, the main character, loses his hand in a meat grinder and with the help of his family and friends, he learned that he can do almost anything you set your mind to. He didn't once give up on his dream of being a baseball player. Having only one hand made him work to be an even better baseball player then he would have been before the accident. Norm also realized that he was good at other things too, maybe even things that more important than baseball.

Reviewer’s Opinion: If you are somebody that likes baseball and action, this is the book for you.

Recommended For: Intermediate and Middle Grades
Related Books: The Girl Who Threw Butterflies, Greetings from Nowhere, Heart of a Shepherd 
Other Books by this Author: A Dog on His Own, A Sudden Change of Family, Chickerella
Awards Won: none
Reviewed By: Jacob Hutter, 5th Grade

Friday, December 4, 2015

Kavik the Wolf Dog

Title: Kavik the Wolf Dog
Author: Walt Morey
Illustrator: Peter Parnall
Publisher: Puffin Books
Publication Date: April 1st 1997
Number of Pages: 192
Genre: Fiction/Adventure
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Have you ever loved someone so much that you would travel across the country to see them?  In this story, you will learn about true friendship between a boy and a wolf.

Summary: Kavik, the wolf dog, starts by winning a sled race.  George C. hunter bought this dog named Kavik but the plane with Kavik inside crashed and Kavik lost his confidence. Then a boy named Andy found him. Andy took care of Kavik and helped him realize he could trust humans. Kavik and Andy’s relationship grew. Mr. Hunter took Kavik back and Andy was devastated. Does Kavik eventually take the opportunity to go back to his best friend, Andy? Does Kavik take the dangerous journey to find his family? You’ll have to find out in Kavik The Wolf Dog.

Reviewer’s Opinion: I loved this book because it has a lot of great cliffhangers that all come together at the end.
Recommended For: Boys and girls in 4th-6th grade who love dogs or adventure
Related Books: Snow Dog, Child of the Wolf
More in this Series:None
Other Books by this Author: Gentle Ben, Canyon Winter, Year of the Black Pony, Home is North and many more books.
Awards Won: Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book award (1970)
Reviewed By: Lauren C. 5th grade

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hoofbeats: Katie and the Mustang (Book 1)

Title: Hoofbeats Katie and the Mustang (book 1)
Author:  Kathleen Duey
Illustrator: Kathleen Duey
Publisher: Puffin Books
Publication Date: May 24, 2004
Number of Pages: 135
Genre: Historical Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Do you LOVE horses, and would you do almost anything to save their lives?  Then you will love Hoofbeats Katie and the Mustang!

Summary: There is an orphan girl named Katie, and she got taken in by a husband and wife named Mr. and Mrs. Stevens.  She is doing her chores, when Mr. Stevens comes home with a wild mustang that Katie falls in love with. She tries to spend all of her time with him.  The mustang acts super wild and Katie tries to tame him, but one day, Katie overhears Hiram and Mr. Stevens talking.  Mr. Stevens wants to shoot the horse because he is too wild to tame, and everyone knows that he is a wild horse.  What will Katie do?

Reviewer’s Opinion: I love this book because this book has a theme that is about love and courage. It's the best book ever in my opinion because it’s about horses and I love horses.  Also, there is so much awesomeness in one book.

Recommended For:  Horse lovers and people in grades 2-5

Related Books: Ranger in Time: Rescue on the Oregon Trail
More in this Series: Katie and the Mustang (book 2-4)
Other Books by this Author:  The Unicorn Secret
Awards Won: None but should have won a couple.

Reviewed By: Sarah P., grade 4

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

It's Halloween, I'm Turning Green!

Title: It's Halloween, I'm turning Green!
Author: Dan Gutman
Illustrator: Jim Paillot
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: July 23 2013
Number of Pages: 144
Genre: Fiction

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: “My name is A.J., and I hate October 30.”

Summary: It's October 30, Halloween Eve, A.J. (a mischievous young boy) desperately wants candy. Plus he loves scaring people.  Also on this day, his teacher tells him she has a candy surprise, so he tries to find her house. A.J. ends up having a scary ride along the way.

Reviewer’s Opinion: This book has funny parts and scary parts.  It also has a few serious parts. It is very hilarious. I would recommend it for people who dwell on funny freaky books.

Recommended For: Grades 2 through 4

More in this Series: Mrs. Kormel is Not Normal, Miss Child is Wild, Miss Lilly is Silly, Mr Burke is Berserk.
Other Books by this Author: Abner and me, Babe and me, Gymnastics, the trials, the triumphs, the truth.
Awards Won: None.
Reviewed By: Zander M 4th Grade

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Author: J.K. Rowling
Illustrator:  Mary Grandpre
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: January 26, 1998
Number of Pages: 310
Genre: Fantasy
Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Funny. Thrilling. Adventure.  Dangerous. These words describe Harry Potter, a wizard in training, and his friends in J.K Rowling's masterpiece, Harry Potter and  the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Summary: Harry Potter is a regular kid, well at least he thinks he is. But when he shows up at Hogwarts, a school to train wizards and witches, strange things start to happen.He wonders what Hagrid, a physically intimidating gamekeeper at Hogwarts, pulls from  the mysterious vault 713. One day he goes to Hagrid's hut and Hagrid says there are magical curses protecting it. He and his friends realize what it is, and that they are not the only ones trying to get it. Who will get it? You have to find out for yourself!!!!

Reviewer's Opinion: I like this because Harry and his friends are courageous, thrilling, and awesome to read about.
Related Books: six other books in series
More in this Series: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  
Other Books by this Author: The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Quidditch Through the Ages, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Awards Won: Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature[2008], British Book Award For Children’s Book Of The Year 1998, Smarties Prize 1997, American Booksellers Book Of The Year Award For Children 1998
Reviewed By: Patrick S.,4th grade

Monday, November 16, 2015

Fortunately, The Milk

Title: Fortunately, the Milk  
Author: Neil Gaiman
Illustrator: Skottie Young
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: January, 1, 2013
Number of Pages: 144
Genre: Fiction

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: I don’t think a dad should take so long at the corner shop to get milk.

Summary:  A father, boy, and his sister stay at home while the mother was gone out. The father went to the corner shop to get milk for breakfast, while the kids stay home. He took so long the son ate bland cereal. When the father came home, he told a story about him taking long getting the milk. The father said he was with pirates, Professor Steg. , wumpires [vampires that can’t turn into bats], globby people, unicorns, little crazy people, and more dinosaurs.
Was all that mischief true? Read and find out.
Reviewer’s Opinion: This book is a great book and my favorite part was when the father talked about Professor Steg because he named things the wrong name. For all this was a funny book.

Recommended For: Imaginative readers. Readers that love humor.

Other Books by this Author: Chu’s Day, Coraline, and many more

Awards Won: Bluestem
Reviewed By: BOOK BOY!!!!  [aka Leandro O. 4th grade]

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Giver

Author: Lois Lowry
Illustrator: no pictures
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 1993
Number of Pages: 179
Genre: Science Fiction
Text structure: Novel

Have you ever lived in a world of sameness? Jonas has.

Summary: Living life in black and white, that’s what life is for Jonas. No hugging no kissing.  Until he gets picked to be a receiver. He doesn’t understand much at first until he receives his first memory. He starts seeing color. It’s like he’s living in a whole new world.  He tries to show other people his amazing power, But he can’t give anybody memories except his baby brother Gabe. His father takes another baby’s life and doesn’t feel any sorrow.  That’s when  Jonas feels something deep down, a change because something must be done. Find out what happens and the adventure of Jonas when you read The Giver.

Reviewer’s Opinion: It’s a book that has a slow start.  Then Jonas gets picked as a receiver, and that's when things get interesting. Jonas is a true hero because he goes against a whole civilization to do what’s right.

Recommended For: 4th-7th grade readers

Related Books: Gathering Blue & The Messenger by Lois Lowry, Among The Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
More in this Series: Gathering Blue, The Messenger
Other Books by this Author: Number The Stars
Awards Won: 1994 Newbery Medal

Reviewed By: Trey T

Monday, November 9, 2015

Trouble in Zombie-Town

Title: Trouble in Zombie-Town
Author: Mark Cheverton
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Publication Date: June, 19, 2015
Number of Pages: 257 pages
Genre: Science Fiction

Zombies. Everywhere. In the forests. The caves. Even in the village. Gameknight999 faces many troubles in Trouble in Zombie-town.                           

Summary: Gameknight is just a normal boy that, in the real world, is named Thomas. But in Minecraft is a hero to the village. Gameknight has to defeat zombies, Xa-tul, and the legendary Herobrine. But as soon as his sister has gone into the game, Gameknight has to go into the game and save his sister, but he has to do this without getting killed. Gameknight does not know what will happen if he dies in Minecraft, so he has to survive cautiously. Will Gameknight succeed? Or go down in defeat?

Reviewer's Opinion: I think this is an fun, awesome, amazing book. What I like about the book is that Gameknight seems determined, smart, ready, and brave hero. Moms, I know that you will be like “ Oh no, there is NO way I am going to buy this book for you.”, well...think again. This book is full of vocabulary and it is so good, kids won’t know that their vocabulary is growing. So, now it’s like “Oh, I am TOTALLY buying that book for you.”

Recommended For: Readers 7 and up.

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I rate this 999,999,999 stars! 
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Reviewed By: Oliver S., 4th Grade