Monday, February 22, 2016

The Time Warp Troi: It's All Greek To Me

Title: THE TIME WARP TRIO: It’s All Greek to Me
Author: Jon Scieszka
Illustrator: Lane Smith
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publication Date: 1999
Number of Pages: 73
Genre: Science Fiction
Text Structure: Chapter Book

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: If you are looking for comedy, adventure, or a friendship story then this great book is for you.

Summary: Three friends Joe, Fred, and Sam are backstage at their school play about greek mythology when Fred’s lightning bolt hits the script that they are using into the magic book. This causes green smoke to rise and bring their play to life and make them get into trouble. How will they get back?  Find out in this book.  

Reviewer’s Opinion: I thought this was a pretty good book but it was sort of short.

Recommended For: I recommend this book to 3rd-4th graders due to the vocabulary.

More in this Series: TIME WARP TRIO: Knights of the Kitchen Table
Other Books by this Author: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
Reviewed By: Jude, 4th grade

Friday, February 19, 2016


Title: Hatchet
Author: Gary Paulsen
Publisher: Bradbury Press
Publication Date: September 30, 1987
Number of Pages: 186
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: In the book hatchet a 13 year old boy goes on a plane, but then the pilot suffers a heart attack and the plane crashes. The boy is now alone trying to survive    

Summary: Hatchet is an interesting book, in this book Brian, a 13 year old boy, was going to visit his dad in Alaska but when he was on the plane the pilot had a heart attack. Brian was trying to steer the falling plane, but no luck and the plane falls. Brian now has to survive in the wilderness with his hatchet his mother gave to him.

Reviewer’s Opinion: This book has gotten interesting as I read ahead.

Recommended For: I recommend this book for people who like survival stories.
Related Books: The River
Other Books by this Author: The River, Brian’s Winter, Brian’s Return, Dogsong, Night John
Awards Won: Regina Medal, John Newbery Award, Margaret Edwards Award.
Reviewed By: Jair, 5th grade

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The False Prince

Title: The False Prince
Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Publisher: Scholastic Press New York
Publication Date: April 1, 2012
Number of Pages: 342
Genre: Fantasy
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: You would not believe how this book starts! It starts off with Sage as an orphan and a mysterious guy coming and taking Sage so the evil guy would become the king's counselor to rule the world. What the mysterious guy doesn’t know is that Sage has a huge secret!

Summary: Sage is an orphan with many problems and he is great at fighting

Reviewer’s Opinion: I absolutely love this book, if I could I would give this book ten awesomes!

Recommended For: 4th-7th
Related Books: The Runaway King, The Shadow Throne

More in this Series: The Shadow Throne, The Runaway King

Other Books by this Author: Mark Of The Thief, Elliot and the Goblin War, Infinity Ring, A Night Divided

Reviewed By: Sharon.L, 5th Grade

Friday, February 12, 2016


Title: Backwater
Author: Joan Bauer
Publisher: Speak
Publication Date: 1999
Number of Pages: 224
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Fiction
Text Structure: Novel
Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Do you want to be a lawyer when you grow up? Do you think that Ivy wants to be a lawyer when she grows up?

Summary: It is about this girl named Ivy Breedlove who is stuck in a family of lawyers. When her parents come home each day she asks them “How was your day?” and when they tell her what happened, she imagines the day.

Reviewer’s Opinion: I enjoyed this book. This book is an awesome book.  

Recommended For: 4th grade girls

Other Books by this Author: Close to Famous, Almost Home, Hope Was Here
Reviewed By: Emma A, 5th grade

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Star Wars - Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side

Title: Star Wars - Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side
Author: Tom Angleberger
Illustrator: Iain McCaig
Publisher: Disney
Publication Date: October 13, 2015
Number of Pages: 412
Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Fiction
Text Structure: Novel with a few pictures

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber:  Have you ever wanted to be a Jedi or a Sith? Read this book to decide which one you like more!

Summary: Star Wars Return of the Jedi it Is an awesome book! if you want to read this book, I recommend reading the other books or watching the other movies first. The main idea is blowing up the fully operational Death Star. AGAIN!!!! If you already watched the movie you will understand what's happening. The reason I like the book more than the movie is because it tells you more information then the movie.   

Reviewer’s Opinion: I love this because it is Star Wars and you can never go wrong with Star Wars.

Recommended For: 4th to 8th grade boys

Related Books: Star Wars a New Hope and Star Wars the Empire Strikes Back
More in this Series: Star Wars a New Hope and Star Wars the Empire Strikes Back
Other Books by this Author: Origami Yoda series
Reviewed By: Tyler C, 5th grade

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Ballad of Lucy Whipple

Title: The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
Author: Karen Cushman
Publisher: Harper Trophy
Publication Date: 1996
Number of Pages: 209
Genre: Historical Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: This was a very adventurous book. If you read this book It will show you some of the things that they did In the past, and maybe you can’t do It now. Also you best get your tissue box ready and get ready for tears.

Summary: Basically it’s about a girl named Lucy and she just moved to Lucky Diggins, California from Massachusetts which she liked more than Lucky Diggins. She now is trying to move back and she goes through many tragedies and a lot of crying.

Reviewer’s Opinion: This was one of the of the best books we have read.

Recommended For: 5th to 6th grade

Related Books: Because of Winn-Dixie
Other Books by this Author: Alchemy and Meggy Swann, Catherine Called Birdy, The Midwife's Apprentice, Graylin's song

Reviewed By: Jarely, Mason, Francisco, Isabella, 5th grade

Friday, February 5, 2016

Shredderman 1: Secret Identity

Title: Shredderman 1: Secret Identity
Author: Wendelin Van Draanen
Illustrator: Brian Biggs
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Publication Date: 2004
Number of Pages: 138
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Nolan has a had a bullying problem with a kid named Bubba. So Nolan has one idea, that might even change his life. He goes from normal kid, that is getting bullied, to a top secret cyber super hero.

Summary: Nolan is getting bullied by a kid named Bubba [his real name is Alvin.] So Nolan decides to make a website to post Bubba's evil deeds. But Nolan doesn't realize how much time people are spending to try and unmask him. Read the series to find out if they do.   

Reviewer’s Opinion: We give this book 3 awesomes because the book has a lot of adventure to it.  It‘s one of our favorites.

Recommended For:  We recommend the book for 4th and 5th grade because the vocabulary is difficult.

More in this Series: Shredderman 2: Attack of the Taggers, Shredderman 3: Meet the Gecko, Shredderman 4: Enemy Spy.
Other Books by this Author: Sammy Keyes, Flipped, The Gecko and Sticky, and Enemy Spy
Reviewed By: Adrian R and Jacob H, 4th grade

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Thing About Georgie

Title: The Thing About Georgie
Author: Lisa Graff  
Publisher: Laura Geringer Book
Publication Date: 1/30/07   
Number of Pages: 220 pages  
Genre: Realistic Fiction  
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Have you ever known anyone who was a dwarf and had to learn to overcome people making fun of him or her? Read this to hear more!   

Summary: The Thing About Georgie is a 3 star book for me. Georgie is a dwarf and people bully him for what he looks like. Georgie can’t really do anything but his friend helps him. His friend’s name is Andy. Georgie and Andy works for money to buy gifts. Georgie would be a good book for you.    

Reviewer’s Opinion: This book is a great book for all ages.

Recommended For: 4th to 6th grade  

Other Books by this Author: Lost in the Sun, Double Dog Dare, Umbrella Summer

Reviewed By: Iztlalic A., 5th grade

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Title: Powerless
Author: Matthew Cody
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication Date: 10/27/2009
Number of Pages: 279
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: What if you found out your friends had superpowers? Then a ghost like figure takes them away on the night of their thirteenth birthday. Would they be able to stop them?

Summary:  A boy named Daniel found out his odd friends have super powers. Their names are Molly, Eric, Rohan, but a rule prohibits them from keeping the powers after the age of 13. They venture into a cave find the ghostly figure named the Shroud. Then they find out who is stealing the powers and he has stole lots of powers and it has extended his live by years. Then bullies from their school help them out the 2 bullies have super tink and super strength.

Reviewer’s Opinion: If you like mystery and adventure this is for you!
More in this Series: Super and Villainous  
Other Books by this Author: Will In Scarlet, The Dead Gentleman, and The Peddler’s Road
Awards Won: 8
Reviewed By: Wendy N., 5th Grade

Dolphin Tale 2

Title: Dolphin Tale 2
Author: Gabrielle Reyes
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Publication Date: August 2014
Number of Pages: 157
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: A new crisis has risen for “Winter” the dolphin but who will help him?

Summary: This book was about a dolphin named “Winter” that lost his tail and can not swim anymore. A boy named Stephen who works at the aquarium helps “Winter” swim again. They also develop a special relationship but you have to read to find out.

Reviewer’s Opinion: I loved it because it was about saving animals and friendship.

Recommended For: This book is good for 4th and 5th graders who like animal and friendship stories.

Related Books: None
More in this Series: Dolphin Tale: The Junior Novel
Other Books by this Author: Odd Animal Helpers, A Special Easter
Awards Won: None
Reviewed By: Ryan R. 5th Grade