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