Monday, December 12, 2016

Ghosts

Title: Ghosts
Author: Raina Telgemeier
Publisher: Graphix
Publication Date: September 2016
Number of Pages: 256
Genre: Fiction
Text Structure: Graphic Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: If you believe in ghosts or you know what Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) you will love this book.

Summary: Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya is sick. She (Catrina) notice that they are ghosts in Bahia de la Luna. It becomes that their is a ghost named Catrina also. Catrina’s neighbor tells Catrina a secret.

Reviewer’s Opinion: This book is fantastic 3 Awesomes.

Recommended For: grades 3-7
Related Books: Roller Girl, Phoebe On Her Unicorn
Other Books by this Author: Smile, Sisters, The Baby-Sitters Club series, Drama

Reviewed By: Paola A., 5th Grade


Friday, December 2, 2016

The Land of Stories:The Wishing Spell

Title: The Land of Stories:The Wishing Spell
Author: Chris Colfer
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: July 17,2012
Number of Pages: 448 pages
Genre: Fantasy - Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Do you like fantasy books? Well I have the perfect book for you with magic things and more!

Summary: This book is about twins (boy and girl) who are named Alex and Conner who get trapped in a fantasy book of all the fairy tales (Snow White, Cinderella, Red Riding Hood and more.) But you will have to find out!

Recommended For: Ages 8+
Related Books: House of Secrets #1
Other Books by this Author: The Land of Stories series #1,#2, #3, #4, #5
Reviewed By: Danna M., 5th Grade

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Schooled

Title:  Schooled                                            
Author: Gordon Korman                                              
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: July 31, 2007  
Number of Pages: 237 pages
Genre: Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: This is a book about a strange hippie named Capricorn Anderson. But some people call him Cap for short. When he has to start going to school many people start bullying him he doesn’t seem to mind though.

Summary:  When Cap Anderson was being bullied he didn’t really mind. He was a calm guy. Cap had to live with Sophie and Sophie’s mother because him grandmother was in pain. Cap learned a lot of stuff while he was at school. When he lived with Sophie he thought she was the most beautiful girl he has ever seen.

Reviewer’s Opinion: I thought it was a really funny book. It made me laugh so much because Cap was really funny and didn’t know a lot because he usually just stayed home with his grandmother.  

Recommended For: 4th, 5th, and 6th graders

Related Books: The Mailbox
Other Books by this Author: Swindle
Awards Won: Children’s Book Award





Reviewed By: Mia N., 5th Grade

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Lightning Thief

Title: The Lightning Thief, Percy Jackson and the Olympians:
Author: Rick Riordan                                               
Illustrator: John Rocco
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books
Publication Date: March 1, 2006
Number of Pages: 377 pages
Genre: Fantasy - Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Percy Jackson finds out that he’s a demi-god which is someone who has been birthed by a mortal (normal person) and a Greek god. There’s a Summer camp he went to to called Camp Half- Blood. Which he meets some suspicious people there maybe even the person who has taken Zeus’s lightning bolt! To add on to Camp Half Bloods name it makes sense because it’s only for demigods.

Summary: Percy Jackson is a demigod, he goes to Camp Half Blood for this Summer. Percy’s father is Poseidon one of the three most powerful Greek gods. There’s Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades. The three of them made a promise not to have any kids at all because something not too meaningful happened but one of them had gotten very mad about Percy’s birth. Then later in the book Annabeth, (she’s another demigod), Grover Percy’s guardian and he’s also a centaur. They went to try to get Zeus’s lightning bolt that they all thought that Hades took but he had not, so if you want to know what else happens in the book go find it!, it’s very good.

Reviewer’s Opinion: This book is very funny especially Grover, Percy’s guardian in the book. The movie is also very good.

Recommended For: Ages 10 and up

Related Books: The House of Hades
More in this Series: The Last Olympian
Other Books by this Author: The Hidden Oracle
Awards Won: 14 awards
Reviewed By: Kaylee W., 5th grade

Schooled

Title: Schooled
Author: Gordon Korman                                            
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: July 31, 2007
Number of Pages: 237 pages
Genre: Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: This book has a very unique person in it, his name is Capricorn Anderson. But in the story he’s mostly called Cap. His friends that will start to appear in the story get very surprised at one point in the book where they make a certain ceremony for Cap.

Summary: Cap Anderson is a very unique boy who seems very hipy to the other people that he now went to school with. Now this is his first year at an actual school it’s his eighth grade year he has been home schooled for the rest of his school years by his grandmother Rain so far. He is also the only kid at his school who has actually drives a car, well at least used to. One day in his hometown Garland when that day he was driving and a cop over there pulled him over. There’s really not a lot of people at Garland so they were both a bit surprised, then after that day he went to Claverage Middle School from then on.

Reviewer’s Opinion: This book is very funny at many times so anyone should definitely check it out! Especially Sophie Donnelly’s character she calls Cap some pretty funny things.

Recommended For: Around grades 6th to 8th

Related Books: The Mailbox
More in this Series: The Brooklyn Nine
Other Books by this Author: Zen and the Art of Faking it
Awards Won: 8 awards won
Reviewed By: Kaylee W., 5th grade

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Girl’s Like Spaghetti: Why You Can’t Manage without Apostrophes

Title: The Girl’s Like Spaghetti: Why You Can’t Manage without Apostrophes
Author: Lynne Truss                                               
Illustrator: Bonnie Timmons
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 1, 2007
Number of Pages: 32 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction
Text Structure: Picture Book

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: This is a book that will teach you that when you don’t put apostrophes in the certain spot where it should be it can sound different. Or the way you might describe it in a picture. At first when I started to read this book it seemed a bit silly but now I get why it’s drawn so weird and goofy.

Summary: If you’d take a few seconds to look at the cover of this book you can see that the drawings are pretty silly especially the one girl that actually looks like spaghetti. But it actually kind of makes sense because it’s showing you how something can change so much for punctuation wrong.

Reviewer’s Opinion: I still think this is a silly book a little because if you do read it and look at the pictures it’s very silly looking. But the reason I checked out this book was because I was interested in it.

Recommended For: Around ages 4-8 years old

Related Books: Going Loco
More in this Series: Making the Cat Laugh
Other Books by this Author: Tennyson’s Gift
Awards Won: None
Reviewed By: Kaylee W., 5th grade

Pink and Say

Title: Pink and Say
Author: Patricia Polacco                                              
Illustrator: Patricia Polacco  
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: September 15, 1994
Number of Pages: 48 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Text Structure: Picture book

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: This book is about slavery and the war, also how it was way back then. This book can get sad at times but it’s still very good. To find out more keep reading or go find this book!

Summary: The three main characters in this book are (Say but at the beginning his name is Sheldon, it’s also his given name), Pink (Pinkus is his given name), and Moe Moe Bay which is Pink’s mom. They take you with them to show how things went during the war. Now I don’t want to give anything too big away but I felt bad mostly for Pink because an incident happened to Moe Moe Bay. Also, Pink and Say get pulled apart from each other probably never seen again. Then there’s that one very sad part at the end that happens to Say. Even though there are many few sad parts in this book it’s still very good.

Reviewer’s Opinion: There may be some sad parts in this book but I think anyone who would be interested in it should for sure check it out. If you want to find out more about what happened in this book that you want to know again go find it! Sure there will be ups and downs that you may or may not go through while reading this book but it’s during the civil war and nothing really fun happened during that time.

Recommended For: Grades 3-5

Related Books: Just Plain Fancy
More in this Series: Welcome Comfort
Other Books by this Author: Luba and the Wren
Awards Won: 6 awards won that I have found
Reviewed By: Kaylee W., 5th grade

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Temple of the Ruby of Fire

Title: The Temple of the Ruby of Fire                      
Author: Elisabetta Dami                                               
Illustrator: Elisabetta Dami   
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: December 1, 2004
Number of Pages: 128 pages
Genre: Fiction
Text Structure: Chapter Book

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Geronimo Stilton is a newspaper mouse he works at The Rodent’s Gazette being a publisher there, he loves to read. This fun adventurous book is about Geronimo Stilton with his family on an adventure once again. This time he’s at Crocodilia in Brazil where the Amazon River is. If you like adventurous and fun described books, check out this one!

Summary: Geronimo Stilton goes on a trip with his family when he gets hurt a lot. For example, he has been pinched by some sea animals and stung also, including many other incidents. There was also many obstacles to get to the ruby of fire at the end, including some booby traps set up by ancient guardians of the jewel. But there was one other obstacle that they had to go through which was probably the hardest of them all, they had to get rid of the robbers of the jewel their. Geronimo was very worried at first but Monkeyfur (one of the other characters) is able to talk to the monkeys and they helped them try to get rid of the robber mice. And in the end they had called the police mice and took care of the other three.

Reviewer’s Opinion: I think this is a very fun adventurous book for young kids who like very fun looking books, too. All of the Geronimo Stilton books always have a good fun adventure in them so just check out one of them that sounds like you would want. They’re all very good so any one of them would be good.

Recommended For: Usually 2-5 grade

Related Books: Cheese-colored Camper, Curse of the Cheese Pyramid
More in this Series: Mouse Island Marathon
Other Books by this Author: The Karate Mouse
Awards Won: None that I have found
Reviewed By: Kaylee W., 5th grade