Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Lions of Little Rock

Title: The Lions of Little Rock                            
Author: Kristin Levine                                                
Illustrator: Kristin Levine  
Publisher: G.P Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: January 5, 2012
Number of Pages: 304
Genre: Historical, Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: This book is great for people who like learning about the civil rights and loves drama or adventures books. If you like any of those genres this book would be the best book for you.

Summary:  As a twelve - year old Marlee starts middle school in 1958 little Rock, it feels like her whole world is falling apart. Until she meets liz, the new girl at school. Liz is everything marlee wishes she could be: She’s brave, brash always knows the right thing to say. But when liz leaves school without even a goodbye, the rumor is that liz was caught passing for white. Marlee decides that doesn't matter. She just wants her friend back. And to stay friends, Marlee and liz are even willing to take on segregation and the dangers of their friendship could bring to both their families.

Reviewer’s Opinion:  I thought it was the best book i have ever read and i have read 8 times because i loved it so much.

Recommended For: 10 - 13

Related Books: One crazy summer, Out of my mind, Brown girl dreaming
Other Books by this Author: The Paper Cowboy, and The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had.
Awards Won: 1

Reviewed By:  Riley Routledge  5th grade

Friday, April 15, 2016

Tuck Everlasting

Title: Tuck Everlasting                                      
Author: Natalie Babbitt                                          
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Publication Date: November 1st, 1985
Number of Pages: 139
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Do you like mystery and fantasy? This book has a lot of fantasy. This is the book for you.

Summary: Winnie Foster is a little girl who discovered that there was a spring in her woods by where she lived.  She later met the Tucks who had drank from the spring. Since Winnie had found out, the Tuck’s needed to take her to their home and tell her the story of why they had dranked it. The Tucks now had immortal life. Jessie, one of the Tucks, had fallen in love with Winnie and asked her to marry him.  This is an exciting book with some great detail and very descriptive writing.  

Reviewer’s Opinion: I think this book is amazing. I give Tuck Everlasting 3 awesomes. It is full of adventures.

Recommended For: 4-7

Related Books: Mandy by Julie Andrew Edwards, The Forgotten Door by Alexander Key
Other Books by this Author: The Search for Delicious, Kneeknock Rise, The Moon Over High Street

Reviewed By: Alondra L. 5th

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library


Title: Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library               
Author: Chris Grabstein                                                 
Publisher: Random House Books For Young Readers
Publication Date: June 25th, 2013
Number of Pages: 304
Genre: Mystery, Adventure, Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Do you not like reading, or is reading boring to you? Well, this is the perfect book for you! I mean seriously! And if you like reading, you will certainly enjoy this book! There are fantastic thrills, mysterious mysteries, and a whole lot of fun!

Summary: Kyle Keely doesn’t care about books, and he’s grounded from video games. However, a new library opens, said to be filled with a lot of games that the famous game maker, Mr. Lemoncello, has created. Their prize for escaping first is to be famous world wide. Kyle Keely gets this opportunity to go to the library with eleven other people to spend the night there. The next morning, Kyle and his friends find out that they have to escape Mr. Lemoncello’s library. Kyle, Amiki, Sierra, Miguel, Hayley, Andrew, Yanina, Charles, Yasmeen, and Britannia decide to stay and engage in the game. They team up, search for clues, and some get disqualified. Will they find the clues Mr. Lemoncello left them? Or even, will they escape first?

Reviewer’s Opinion: I think this is a fantastic book and that it really drags you in.

Recommended For: I recommend this book for anyone! Even if you don’t like to read! It’s fiction, but it also has quite a bit of nonfiction facts and parts. It’s a really good book, and I think anyone would enjoy reading this!

Other Books by this Author: The Island Of Dr. Libris, The Crossroads, Mr Lemoncello’s Library Olympics
Awards Won: Anthony Award Nominee for Best Children's or Young Adult Novel (2014), Agatha Award Nominee for Best Children's/Young Adult Novel (2013), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award (2015), The Magnolia Award Nominee for 6-8 (2016)
Reviewed By: Eileen J. - 5th Grade