Monday, March 21, 2016

The Yeti Files

Title: The Yeti Files
Author: Kevin Sherry
Illustrator: Kevin Sherry
Publisher: Scholastic Books
Publication Date: Sep 30, 2014
Number of Pages: 128
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Text Structure: Graphic Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: STOP and STAY. You won't want to pass the opportunity to learn about the amazing book The Yeti Files. I highly recommend this book . It is super funny and mysterious.

Summary: This book has many funny characters and it is super cool. You get to go inside the life of the “BIg Feet” family.                                                                                                                
Reviewer’s Opinion: I love this book.

Recommended For: 2nd-5th

Related Books: none
More in this Series: Book 2, Book 3
Other Books by this Author: Best Artist in the Ocean, Acorns Everywhere
Reviewed By: Melvin, 5th grade

Friday, March 18, 2016

Esperanza Rising

Title: Esperanza Rising                                                          
Author: Pam Munoz Ryan                                            
Publisher: Scholastic Corporation
Publication Date: January/1/2000
Number of Pages: 288 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Esperanza Rising is a great story even if there are Spanish words. And there is Drama in the story which means that there will be a plot twist, but in the end it’s different.

Summary: It was going to be Esperanza’s birthday and she was going to turn 12/13 and she was going to be so excited. Until, something happened to her Dad. He died. Everything changed. Esperanza’s Dad had died the day of her birthday. Her Mom know had to marry Esperanza’s uncle. Since one of the Uncle’s is the mayor and the other one is a bank owner, Esperanza and her mom can move to California. But her mom said ‘No’. Until, the the 2 Uncle’s set fire to the house where Esperanza and her Mom were. Then she had no choice and said ‘Yes’ to the Uncles proposal. and they went to California with someone named Miguel. And a while later, Esperanza was doing chores and taking care of babies because her Mom was getting sick because of a dust storm and she was in a hospital because she was not getting any better. Then there was a strike because of the Mexicans having to do all the hard work and then getting dirty because of that. Someone named Marta was calling Esperanza Cinderella because she was sweeping but in the end she was being nice to  Esperanza. Grandma was in Mexico and Miguel took all the money to bring Grandma back and he did.

Reviewer’s Opinion: I did like reading Esperanza Rising and I didn’t expect there to be drama.

Recommended For: 4th Grade and up

Related Books: Before we were free, Harvesting the hope: The story of Cesar Chavez, Freedom Summer, The BirchBark House, Keeping Score, Homeless Bird
Other Books by this Author: The Dreamer, Riding Freedom, Echo, The flag we love, Paint the Wind
Awards Won: Jane Addams Children's Book for Older Children, Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award Nominee, Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children's Literature, Pura Belpre Award for Narrative.
Reviewed By: Jazmin S. 5th Grade

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Marven of the Great North Woods

Title: Marven of the Great North Woods                     
Author: Kathryn Lasky                                                
Illustrator: Kevin Hawkes    
Publisher: Voyager Books
Publication Date: 1997
Number of Pages: 46
Genre: Narrative, Fiction, Historical Fiction
Text Structure: Picture Book

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Have you ever been separated from your family because of a disease?Probably not , Anyway in this book you will find out how Marven survives without his family with a lot of HUGE lumberjacks.  

Summary: This book is about how Marven stayed in a lumberjack camp because his family had to survive influenza. See how 10 year old Marven survives in Marven of the Great North Woods.

Reviewer’s Opinion: I loved this book because the author did a fabulous job with details.

Recommended For: 3-5th grade

Awards Won: National Jewish book award for children's picture books
Reviewed By: Lauren C., 5th grade

Monday, March 14, 2016

Esperanza Rising

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Title: Esperanza Rising                             
Author: Pam Muñoz Ryan                    
Publisher: Scholastic Corporation
Publication Date: 2000
Number of Pages: 262
Genre: Historical fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: You start out as a wealthy rich girl when suddenly your father’s death can change all that.

Summary: Esperanza starts a wealthy rich girl but then her father dies, she moves to the U.S. from Mexico to escape her greedy uncle that wanted to marry Esperanza’s mom! But when they get to America they aren’t wealthy any more they now sleep in a small cabin and barely have any hot/warm water! And to make matters worse a strike is going on and then Esperanza’s mom gets sick. She is put in a hospital and Esperanza starts to work and she gets paid and pays for her mom’s bills. She wants her grandmother to come and cheer her mom up. But then Migel takes her money orders and runs away. When he comes back Esperanza is furious but then she sees her grandma and is happy. Esperanza then gets used to her new life.

Reviewer’s Opinion: The book Esperanza Rising has twist and turns and is a very exciting book.

Recommended For: People who love adventure and surprise.

Related Books: Before We Were Free and Harvesting Hope

Other Books by this Author: Echo, The Dreamer, Riding Freedom, Becoming Naomi Leon, Painting The Wind, Mice and Beans, and Hello Ocean.
Awards Won: Pura Belpré Award Winner Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winner
Reviewed By: Wendy, 5th grade

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Tuck Everlasting

Title: Tuck Everlasting                                             
Author: Natalie Babbitt                                               
Illustrator: Polly Kanevsky    
Publisher: R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company
Publication Date: 1975
Number of Pages: 139
Genre: Fiction - Fantasy
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Do you ever wonder what the world would be like if people could live forever?

Summary: Winnie meets the Tucks, who have drunk from a spring that grants eternal life. But is that a blessing or curse? Should Winnie tell someone about it? Or should she drink from the spring herself and never grow older?

Reviewer’s Opinion: I loved this book. There was a lot of good vocabulary in it.

Recommended For: 4th-7th graders

Related Books: The Great Gilly Hopkins, The Whipping boy, Castle in the Attic, A Year Down Yonder, Sadako And the Thousand Paper Cranes, Chasing Redbird, The Hundred Dresses
More in this Series: None
Other Books by this Author: Goody Hall, Kneeknock Rise, The Search for Delicious, The Devil’s Storybooks, Ouch!
Reviewed By: Gladdie G 5th grade

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

I Funny TV: A Middle School Story

Title: I Funny TV
Author: James Patterson
Illustrator: Chris Grabenstein
Publisher: Little Brown And Company
Publication Date: 2015
Number of Pages: 311
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Text Structure: Chapter Book

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Jammy is starting a TV show based on his life. There’s just one problem...his small middle school life doesn’t contain as many laughs as Jammy thought there would be compared to Hollywood types who are desperate to watch his show. What will happen? Will people watch it or not? Find out in I Funny TV.

Summary: Jammy starts a TV show because the $1,000,000,000 he won was an advance. His show goes well until they fire him. His life gets miserable again. He auditions for his part back and gets the part back. Will the show go well? Will he get nervous?

Reviewer’s Opinion: This book is AWESOME. If I could I would give this book a 10!!!

Recommended For: 3rd-7th graders

More in this Series: I Funny, I Even Funnier, I Totally Funniest
Other Books by this Author: Middle School, The Worst Years Of My Life. Middle School: Get Me Out Of Here, Middle School: My Brother Is A Big Fat Liar, Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, And Snake Hills, Middle School: Ultimate Showdown, Middle School: Save Rafe, Middle School: Just My Rotten Luck, Treasure Hunters, Treasure Hunters: Danger Down the Nile, Treasure Hunters: Secret of the Forbidden City, House of Robots, House of Robots: Robots Go Wild, The Dangerous Day of Daniel X. Watch the Skies, Demons and Druids, Armageddon, and Lights Out.
Awards Won: Author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller
Reviewed By: Karina B., 4th grade

Thursday, March 3, 2016


Title: Clementine
Author: Sara Pennypacker
Illustrator: Marla Frazee
Publisher: Hyperion Books For Children
Publication Date: 2006
Number of Pages: 133
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Be part of this journey and find out why Clementine and Margaret stop being friends for awhile.

Summary: In this book the main character is Clementine. She has a friend named Margaret until a terrible problem comes in. Margaret cut her hair just because she had glue in her hair and she cut off her hair where the glue was. So now that Margaret cut her hair half way, Clementine cut hers too! Read the book to find out the ending.

Reviewer’s Opinion: My opinion on this book was 3 stars because I loved this book. When I was reading this book it makes me feel that Clementine is curious and talented. Also I think that Margaret is a talented and a curious girl too.

Recommended For: I recommend these books for 4th grade and up because there could be some words that are hard to pronounce for third graders.

Related Books: Clementine And The Spring Trip, Clementine And The Family Meeting

More in this Series: There is 7 more books in this series.

Other Books by this Author: Completely Clementine, Clementine, The Talented Clementine, Clementine’s letter, and Clementine Friend Of The Week

Reviewed By: Emily G. 4th grade

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Land Of Stories: The Wishing Spell

Title: The Land Of Stories: The Wishing Spell              
Author: Chris Colfer
Illustrator: Brandon Dorman
Publisher: Little Brown Young Readers
Publication Date: July 17th 2012
Number of Pages: 438
Genre: Fantasy

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Twins named Alex and Conner got a fairy tale book for their birthday. But it is no ordinary book. It is their grandmother's special fairy tale book that they thought was an ordinary book. But, it was the book that changed their lives. What will happen to Alex and Conner?

Summary: Twins named Alex and Conner got their grandma’s old fairy tale book for their birthday. It was called ‘’The Land Of Stories." It was no ordinary book. Alex was exploring and she fell in a beam of light and was actually in the book! Conner followed and fell in the book too. They landed right into The Land Of Stories! It was a real world with fairy tale characters and everything. But there is one horrible thing. How will they get home? Will they survive here? What will happen to them if they stay here? Read The Land Of Stories: The Wishing Spell to find out.

Reviewer’s Opinion: It’s the best book that I ever read because it is all about adventure and mystery.
Recommended For: 4th-6th grade readers

Related Books: Adventures from the Land of Stories: The Mother Goose Diaries, Adventures from the Land of Stories: Queen Red Riding Hood’s Guide To Royalty
More in this Series: The Enchantress Returns, A Grimm Warning, Beyond the Kingdoms, The Curvy Tree (a picture companion book), and untitled Book #5      
Other Books by this Author: Struck By Lightning
Awards Won: none but should have
Reviewed By: Ashley S.