Friday, January 29, 2016

The Hypnotists

The Hypnotists: Book 1
Title: The Hypnotists
Author: Gordon Korman
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: 7-1-13
Number of Pages: 232
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Text Structure: Novel


Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber:
This book is really good because it has a strong buildup and the main character isn't the only one with supernatural abilities.It really drags you in as you read, you can´t put it down.
Summary: Jackson Opus can hypnotize people but he thinks he´s very persuasive. He gets accepted
into Sentisa Institute. Then realizes that the man in charge is using him and that he must stop him in order to save everybody he knows.
Reviewer’s Opinion: Really interesting, I give it a 3-awesome rating because of how descriptive it is and how  quickly the story moves.
Recommended For: Grades 3-7
Related Books:DukeThe Adventures of a South Pole Pig: A novel of snow and courageAlien in My Pocket: Blast Off!The Path of Names
More in this Series:
Other Books by this Author:SchooledOne False Note (The 39 Clue...Shipwreck (Island, #1)

Reviewed By: Henry H 5th

Monday, January 25, 2016

The Hunger Games


Title: The Hunger Games (book 1)
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: September 14th 2008
Number of Pages: 374
Genre: Science Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Will katniss Everdeen win the games and go back to her family, or will she lose her life in the games?

Summary: There are 12 districts and one capitol. The capital forces 2 two tributes, a boy and a girl to go into the hunger games area. Then all of the tributes from each district have to fight till the death and only will come out alive. Katniss will have to fight to the death using her great hunting skills, and try to make it out alive.

Reviewer’s Opinion: If you like suspense and action this is a great book fro you!

Recommended For: Grades 6-9

More in this Series: Catching Fire, Mockingjay
Other Books by this Author: Gregor The Overlander, Year of The Jungle, and many more great books
Awards Won: #1 USA bestseller, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestseller

Reviewed By: Johnathan. A, 5th grade


Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Last Olympian


Title: The Last Olympian
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books
Publication Date: May 12th, 2009
Number of Pages: 381
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Greek Mythology
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: This book tells the amazing ending of the Percy Jackson series and the answers to the chilling prophecy of the child of one of the big three gods.

Summary: A boy that is a demigod (child of a greek god) that goes on quests with his demigod friends Annabeth and grover to save Mount Olympus and fights monsters especially is worst demigod enemy,Luke and the evil titan lord,Kronos.There is a prophecy that speaks of a demigod who will become a hero in the end.

Reviewer’s Opinion: This book made me have the feeling to finish the series and answer a lot of questions about the characters.

Recommended For: 4th-6th graders who love action,adventure,and suspense

Related Books: Harry Potter, Greek Myths, Goddess Girls
More in this Series: The lightning Thief,The Sea of Monsters,The Titan’s Curse,The Battle of the Labyrinth
Other Books by this Author: The Red Pyramid,The Throne of Fire,The Serpent’s Shadow,The Lost Hero,The Son of Neptune,The Mark of Athena,The House of Hades,The Blood of Olympus

Reviewed By: Noel M., 5th grade

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Sea of Monsters


Title: The Sea of Monsters 
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Miramax Books
Publication Date: April 1, 2006 
Number of Pages: 279
Genre: Fantasy, Greek mythology
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: This book is marvelous because, a big part of the book is about Greek Mythology and the other part of the book is about fantasy and adventure that is why this book is amazing and marvelous.

Summary: The first part of the book is about Percy meeting Tyson his step-brother that is not like him because Tyson is a cyclops (a cyclops is a person with one eye on it’s forehead). That is why people make fun of Tyson and Percy because they are related and Tyson is a cyclops. The second part ofthe book is about Percy,Annabeth,and Tyson trying rescue Grover. Also trying to get the Golden Fleece to rescue Thalia’s tree.

Reviewer’s Opinion: If you love Greek mythology and fantasy this is the right book for you. You are going to love it.

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

Related Books: Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, Gregor and the Marks of Secret, The Kings of Clonmel
More in this Series: The Lightning Thief, The Titans, The Battle of the Labyrinth, The Last Olympian
Other Books by this Author: The Maze of Bones, The Serpent’s Shadow, Vespers Rising
Awards Won: Mark Twain Award (2009)

Reviewed By: Karina G, 5th grade

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Moon Rising



Title: Moon Rising
Author : Tui T. Sutherland
Illustrator: Joy Ang
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: January 2015
Number of Pages: 298
Genre: Fantasy/Fiction
Text Structure: Novel


Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Ever wonder about dragons? This book will tell you of dragons beyond thought.


Summary: Moonwatcher, a young dragon, is attending school at Jade Academy. But she can read minds, and Nightwings were not real mind readers. Moon becomes overwhelmed, but she hears another voice in her head that can read her mind. Will she set the monster free that everyone fears??  


Reviewer’s Opinion: I like this book a lot. Since I haven’t read about dragons a lot, this book caught my interest like a fishing pole.


Recommended For: 5th grade and up


Related Books: Warriors books, Seekers series.
More in this Series: The Dragonet prophecy, The Lost Heir, The Hidden Kingdom, The Dark Secret, The Brightest Night, Winter Turning.
Other Books by this Author: 3 Books in the Seekers series, The Menagerie trilogy, Pet Trouble series.

Reviewed By: Gladdie, 5th grade

Friday, January 15, 2016

Where The Mountain Meets The Moon

Title: Where The Mountain Meets The Moon
Author: Grace Lin
Illustrator: Grace Lin
Publisher: Little, Brown Books For Young Readers
Publication Date: January 1st, 2009
Number of Pages: 282
Genre: Fantasy
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Are you looking for a book with friendship, loyalty, and lots of life lessons along with a unbelievable story and plot? Well, if so, this is the book for you!

Summary: A poor girl named Minli lives in a village where rice is really hard to produce. Her father told her stories about the old man of the moon, and how he could grant a wish to anyone. She wanted him to make the village more rich. Eventually, Minli sets out to find the old man of the moon, and on her way, she makes friends with a dragon, who could not fly. Will she make it to the Old Man Of The Moon?

Reviewer’s Opinion:
I think this is a great book. It has characters that tell stories from China, like the story about the secret of happiness. It also teaches you valuable lessons, like to be thankful for what you have. It also has unbelievable things that happen, which makes it exciting.
Recommended For: 3rd grade readers - 6th grade readers

Related Books: Heart Of A Samurai, Dark Emperor, Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice
More in this Series: Starry River Of The Sky
Other Books by this Author: Dumpling Days, Starry River Of The Sky, Year Of The Dog, Ling And Ting : Not Exactly The Same!, Year Of The Rat
Awards Won: Newbery Honor (2010), Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature (2010), Josette Frank Award (2010), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award Nominee (2011), Iowa Children's Choice Award Nominee (2013), Cybils Award Nominee for Middle Grade Fantasy & Science Fiction (2009), NCBLA - Notable Children's Books in the English Language Arts (2010), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Children's Book (2009)
Reviewed By: Eileen J. in 5th grade

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Serendipity & Me

Title: Serendipity & Me
Author: Judith L. Roth
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 7th, 2013
Number of Pages: 312 Pages
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Text Structure: Novel


Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Have you ever wished for a kitten and had it just show up at your house? In this story that really happens to Sara. Now she just needs to figure out how to get Dad to say yes to keeping her!


Summary: In the book, Sara is about to be in a play, but she gets a virus. While on bedrest, a fluffy white cat runs in. They name her Serendipity. Her dad has always said “ No cats,” but now, Sara is fighting to keep Serendipity. The worst part is Sara's’ mom is not in their life anymore, she is dead. Ever since the Mom's death, her dad has pushed them away from others. Their family of 2 barely even looks like a family. Can Sara fix the family and keep the cat? Read to find out.


Reviewer’s Opinion: If you like miracles and cats, you really should read this, I think you would love this.


Recommended For: 3rd- 7th Grade


Related Books: Marley & Me, Just A Dog, Racing In The Rain
More in this Series: None
Other Books by this Author: Julia’s Words, Cups Held Out
Reviewed By: Ella M., 5th grade

Monday, January 11, 2016

Fablehaven

Title: Fablehaven Book 1
Author: Brandon Mull
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Publication Date: July 30,2006
Number of Pages: 359
Genre: Fiction/Fantasy
Text Structure: Novel


Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: This book is well, strange. Kendra and Seth are going to their grandparents house for the summer. They are hiding something, and Kendra one of the main characters knows. What will happen to them? Read the book to find out!


Summary: Kendra and Seth are going to their grandparents for the summer. They gave Kendra a journal, and Grandpa Sorenson said ¨if you find the keys you will unlock a secret". She found the keys in a search using the journal, but it could be worse than she had expected. Now she knows her grandma is a chicken so this book is well, weird, but overall an amazing book and series that you will grow to love.
Reviewer’s Opinion: Okay so yes it is weird but you will find this is an awesome book. but please let this encourage you to read the series I would give this book five awesomes, if I could.


Recommended For: 3rd grade - 6th grade
Related Books: Beyonders, Spirit Animals
More in this Series: Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star, Fablehaven: Grip of the shadow Plague, Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary, Fablehaven: Keys to the Demon Prison
Other Books by this Author: Beyonders, Candy Shop War, Spirit Animals
Reviewed By: Austin L. 5th grade

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Wonder

Title: Wonder
Author: Raquel J. Palacio
Publisher: Knopf
Publication Date: February 14, 2012
Number of Pages: 315
Genre: Fiction/Realistic
Text Structure: Novel


Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: This book is magnificent, with breathtaking moments!! If I were you I would read it!


Summary: This story is about a boy with a disability who is going to school and trying to make friends. People only see him as a kid with a disability who is weird. Overall, he is trying to make it in middle school and has to overcome bullies and being different.


Reviewer’s Opinion: It was an awesome book and everyone should read it.
Recommended For: Ages  9+
Related Books: The Julian Chapter, Pluto, Out of My Mind, Eleanor & Park, Rollercoasters: Wonder Reading Guide
More in this Series: The Julian Chapter, Pluto, Auggie and Me
Other Books by this Author: Auggie and Me, Pluto, The Julian Chapter


Reviewed By: Amber H. 5th grade