Friday, September 30, 2016

The Lemonade War

Title: The Lemonade War                            
Author: Jacqueline Davies                                                
Illustrator: None   
Publisher: HMH books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 23, 2007
Number of Pages: 192 pages
Genre: Fiction: Comedy and Humor
Text Structure: Novel
Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber:  The Lemonade War is a magnificent book if you like humor and cliffhangers and some can say it has a little mystery to it. If you like any of those genres then you might enjoy this book.

Summary: Evan and Jessie are brother and sister. Evan has got mad at Jessie for a big reason. Jessie keeps asking what's wrong but Evan Is not talking to Jessie. Evan is making a lemonade stand with his friend. Jessie ask if she can join but they say NO! So Jessie starts a lemonade stand with her friend. So no it is like they both mad at each other and having competition to see who as a more successful lemonade stand.

Reviewer’s Opinion: I thought that this was a fantastic book.It was well written with a lot of cliffhanger that made you want to read more.

Recommended For: Grade 3-6

Related Books: The Lemonade Crime, The Bell Bandit
The Candy Smash
More in this Series: The Lemonade Crime, The Bell Bandit
The Candy Smash
Other Books by this Author: The Lemonade Crime, The Bell Bandit
The Candy Smash
Awards Won: Massachusetts Book Award Nominee for Children/Young Adults
Literature (2008), Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award for Division 1 (2011), North Carolina
Children’s Book Award (2011)
Reviewed By: Cody S., 5th grade

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Power of Poppy Pendle

Title: The Power Of Poppy Pendle                               
Author: Natasha Lowe
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication Date: September 4, 2012                    
Number of Pages: 225
Genre: Fantasy
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook: Do you like to bake? Cook? If you do, this book is for you. I can guarantee you will enjoy the main character's passion for her interests. Also at the end you’re in for a sweet surprise!

Summary: At birth Poppy Pendle had a passion to bake. She may have been born with it or it was because she was born right on the floor of a bakery in the little town of Potts Bottom. Then one day, Poppy transformed a disgusting orange glaze cake into a beautiful, rich chocolate cake. Her parents are immediately impressed and quickly take her to an Academy for witchcraft. She has to wait awhile until she can attend the Academy. As time passes her passion for baking grows and her passion for witchcraft shrinks. After a few months of attending the Academy, she learns a spell that turns stuff to stone. After the day she gets mad at her parents and does something horrible to them. Then she runs away without leaving a trace of where she went. Will she come back?
Reviewer’s Opinion: This is absolutely the best book I have ever read! It really pulls you in.

Recommended For: 2nd grade and up

Related Books: Unfamiliar Magic, The Fourth Grade Wizards and Witch Twins
More in this Series: The Courage Of Cat Campbell and The Marvelous Magic Of Miss Mabel
Other Books by this Author: The Courage Of Cat Campbell and The Marvelous Magic Of Miss Mabel
Awards Won: None, but should’ve.

Reviewed By: Olivia W., 4th grade

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Merry Christmas, Geronimo!

Title: Merry Christmas, Geronimo!                  
Author: Elisabetta Dami                                                  
Illustrator: Francesco and Danilo Borazzi    
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: October 1st, 2004
Number of Pages: 128 pages
Genre: Fiction
Text Structure: Chapter Book

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: This book is great for people who are looking for an adventure in their books.

Summary: This book is about a mouse named Geronimo Stilton. He is the publisher and editor in chief of The Rodent’s Gazette He has a nephew Ben/Benjamin. Also has a sister named Thea and a cousin Trap. Geronimo sure does prepare for the cold weather he’ll put on a hat, scarf, mittens, coat, snow boots but everyone wears those but he also puts on goggles and many more. You could say Geronimo is a bit clumsy I know I would. He slipped over something and ended up in the hospital! And then his mouse hole/house catches on fire! This is turning out to be a horrible Christmas for Geronimo. Even though it’s starting to come out bad for Geronimo it all turns out to be a great Christmas at the end. Even Geronimo’s enemy comes over because it turns out she was at her house alone and no one should be left out on Christmas even if they are a bit mean. Want to know more? Then I suggest you read this book.

Reviewer’s Opinion: I really like this book it's probably my second favorite book. Even though Geronimo is clumsy time to time I still think it is a successfully humorous book.

Recommended For: Usually for kids ages 6-12.

Related Books: The Geronimo Stilton series
More in this Series: The Christmas Toy Factory, Mona Mousa Code, My Name Is Stilton, Geronimo Stilton and more.
Other Books by this Author: All other Geronimo Stilton books
Awards Won: None

Reviewed By: Kaylee W., 5th Grade

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Out of My Mind

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Title: Out of my Mind                                                                                
Author: Sharon M Draper                                                   
Illustrator:  N/A
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 9th, 2010
Number of Pages: 295 pages
Genre:  Realistic Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: This book is an amazing book, it is so detailed. The novel is about a girl named Melody, she is about to be 11 years old and she hasn’t talked at all. She is like a video camera she remembers everything that happens to her and she never forgets.

Summary: This a girl who is really brave and bold and this is an amazing book about what is going on in her head. Her name is Melody and she cannot walk, talk, or hold things, she is now 11 years old and she cannot still not do any of these things. She is extremely smart but sadly no one knows, her doctors don’t know neither do her mom and dad. She is like a video camera, she is recording everything and she never forgets anything she has no delete button.  She went to the doctors with her mom, and the doctor was getting on her nerves. So she threw a big fit and let Melody go to a school.
Reviewer’s Opinion:  I thought it was a fantastic book. To support, I feel like I want to re-read it again, it was so interesting.  I would recommend this book. To explain, I will recommend this book depending on what kind of books you like.  

Recommended For: 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th

Related Books: Stella by Starlight, November Blues, and Panic
More in this Series: None
Other Books by this Author: Stella by Starlight, November Blues, and Panic
Awards Won: National Teacher of the Year, Coretta Scott King Awards for Authors, and John Steptoe New Talent Award

Reviewed By: Mia N. 5th Grade