Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Lightning Thief

Title: The Lightning Thief, Percy Jackson and the Olympians:
Author: Rick Riordan                                               
Illustrator: John Rocco
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books
Publication Date: March 1, 2006
Number of Pages: 377 pages
Genre: Fantasy - Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Percy Jackson finds out that he’s a demi-god which is someone who has been birthed by a mortal (normal person) and a Greek god. There’s a Summer camp he went to to called Camp Half- Blood. Which he meets some suspicious people there maybe even the person who has taken Zeus’s lightning bolt! To add on to Camp Half Bloods name it makes sense because it’s only for demigods.

Summary: Percy Jackson is a demigod, he goes to Camp Half Blood for this Summer. Percy’s father is Poseidon one of the three most powerful Greek gods. There’s Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades. The three of them made a promise not to have any kids at all because something not too meaningful happened but one of them had gotten very mad about Percy’s birth. Then later in the book Annabeth, (she’s another demigod), Grover Percy’s guardian and he’s also a centaur. They went to try to get Zeus’s lightning bolt that they all thought that Hades took but he had not, so if you want to know what else happens in the book go find it!, it’s very good.

Reviewer’s Opinion: This book is very funny especially Grover, Percy’s guardian in the book. The movie is also very good.

Recommended For: Ages 10 and up

Related Books: The House of Hades
More in this Series: The Last Olympian
Other Books by this Author: The Hidden Oracle
Awards Won: 14 awards
Reviewed By: Kaylee W., 5th grade


Title: Schooled
Author: Gordon Korman                                            
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: July 31, 2007
Number of Pages: 237 pages
Genre: Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: This book has a very unique person in it, his name is Capricorn Anderson. But in the story he’s mostly called Cap. His friends that will start to appear in the story get very surprised at one point in the book where they make a certain ceremony for Cap.

Summary: Cap Anderson is a very unique boy who seems very hipy to the other people that he now went to school with. Now this is his first year at an actual school it’s his eighth grade year he has been home schooled for the rest of his school years by his grandmother Rain so far. He is also the only kid at his school who has actually drives a car, well at least used to. One day in his hometown Garland when that day he was driving and a cop over there pulled him over. There’s really not a lot of people at Garland so they were both a bit surprised, then after that day he went to Claverage Middle School from then on.

Reviewer’s Opinion: This book is very funny at many times so anyone should definitely check it out! Especially Sophie Donnelly’s character she calls Cap some pretty funny things.

Recommended For: Around grades 6th to 8th

Related Books: The Mailbox
More in this Series: The Brooklyn Nine
Other Books by this Author: Zen and the Art of Faking it
Awards Won: 8 awards won
Reviewed By: Kaylee W., 5th grade

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Girl’s Like Spaghetti: Why You Can’t Manage without Apostrophes

Title: The Girl’s Like Spaghetti: Why You Can’t Manage without Apostrophes
Author: Lynne Truss                                               
Illustrator: Bonnie Timmons
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 1, 2007
Number of Pages: 32 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction
Text Structure: Picture Book

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: This is a book that will teach you that when you don’t put apostrophes in the certain spot where it should be it can sound different. Or the way you might describe it in a picture. At first when I started to read this book it seemed a bit silly but now I get why it’s drawn so weird and goofy.

Summary: If you’d take a few seconds to look at the cover of this book you can see that the drawings are pretty silly especially the one girl that actually looks like spaghetti. But it actually kind of makes sense because it’s showing you how something can change so much for punctuation wrong.

Reviewer’s Opinion: I still think this is a silly book a little because if you do read it and look at the pictures it’s very silly looking. But the reason I checked out this book was because I was interested in it.

Recommended For: Around ages 4-8 years old

Related Books: Going Loco
More in this Series: Making the Cat Laugh
Other Books by this Author: Tennyson’s Gift
Awards Won: None
Reviewed By: Kaylee W., 5th grade

Pink and Say

Title: Pink and Say
Author: Patricia Polacco                                              
Illustrator: Patricia Polacco  
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: September 15, 1994
Number of Pages: 48 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Text Structure: Picture book

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: This book is about slavery and the war, also how it was way back then. This book can get sad at times but it’s still very good. To find out more keep reading or go find this book!

Summary: The three main characters in this book are (Say but at the beginning his name is Sheldon, it’s also his given name), Pink (Pinkus is his given name), and Moe Moe Bay which is Pink’s mom. They take you with them to show how things went during the war. Now I don’t want to give anything too big away but I felt bad mostly for Pink because an incident happened to Moe Moe Bay. Also, Pink and Say get pulled apart from each other probably never seen again. Then there’s that one very sad part at the end that happens to Say. Even though there are many few sad parts in this book it’s still very good.

Reviewer’s Opinion: There may be some sad parts in this book but I think anyone who would be interested in it should for sure check it out. If you want to find out more about what happened in this book that you want to know again go find it! Sure there will be ups and downs that you may or may not go through while reading this book but it’s during the civil war and nothing really fun happened during that time.

Recommended For: Grades 3-5

Related Books: Just Plain Fancy
More in this Series: Welcome Comfort
Other Books by this Author: Luba and the Wren
Awards Won: 6 awards won that I have found
Reviewed By: Kaylee W., 5th grade

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Temple of the Ruby of Fire

Title: The Temple of the Ruby of Fire                      
Author: Elisabetta Dami                                               
Illustrator: Elisabetta Dami   
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: December 1, 2004
Number of Pages: 128 pages
Genre: Fiction
Text Structure: Chapter Book

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Geronimo Stilton is a newspaper mouse he works at The Rodent’s Gazette being a publisher there, he loves to read. This fun adventurous book is about Geronimo Stilton with his family on an adventure once again. This time he’s at Crocodilia in Brazil where the Amazon River is. If you like adventurous and fun described books, check out this one!

Summary: Geronimo Stilton goes on a trip with his family when he gets hurt a lot. For example, he has been pinched by some sea animals and stung also, including many other incidents. There was also many obstacles to get to the ruby of fire at the end, including some booby traps set up by ancient guardians of the jewel. But there was one other obstacle that they had to go through which was probably the hardest of them all, they had to get rid of the robbers of the jewel their. Geronimo was very worried at first but Monkeyfur (one of the other characters) is able to talk to the monkeys and they helped them try to get rid of the robber mice. And in the end they had called the police mice and took care of the other three.

Reviewer’s Opinion: I think this is a very fun adventurous book for young kids who like very fun looking books, too. All of the Geronimo Stilton books always have a good fun adventure in them so just check out one of them that sounds like you would want. They’re all very good so any one of them would be good.

Recommended For: Usually 2-5 grade

Related Books: Cheese-colored Camper, Curse of the Cheese Pyramid
More in this Series: Mouse Island Marathon
Other Books by this Author: The Karate Mouse
Awards Won: None that I have found
Reviewed By: Kaylee W., 5th grade


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Title: Frindle
Author: Andrew Clements
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication Date: October 1996
Number of Pages: 105 pages
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Have you ever wanted to make up a whole new word and hope it would catch on? Well Nick did, he created a whole new word for pen. Read the book to find out more!

Summary: Nicholas Allen is the class clown. Well he used to be, because when his new teacher, Mrs.Granger, puts a stop to mostly all of his jokes! When Nick comes up with a new word and everyone starts to use it Mrs.Granger gets so frustrated because she wants everyone to just keep using pen. Nicholas Allen though never gives up.

Reviewer’s Opinion: This was a great book and it shows how a young kid is determined to make sure his new word is in the dictionary.

Recommended For: 9+
Related Books: The One And Only Ivan, Doll Bones, and No Talking
Other Books by this Author: Extra Credit, Lost and Found, and more!
Awards Won: 1997 Christopher Award, Rhode Island Children's Book Award 1998,
Judy Lopez Memorial Honor Book (L.A.)Award 97, Great Stone Face Book Award (NH)1997-1998,
Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Award (IL)1999, Massachusetts Children's Book Award 1998-1999,
William Allen White Children's Book Award (KS)1998-1999,Georgia Children's Book Award, 1998-1999,
1998-99 Maud Hart Lovelace Award, MN Youth Rdg. Award, Sasquatch Children's Book Award (WA) 1999,
1999 South Dakota Prairie Pasque Award, Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award, (AR)1998-99,
Premio Cassa di Risparmio di Cento di Letteratura per Ragazzi, 1998, Cento, Italy, 1998-99 Nevada Young Reader's Award, 1998-99 North Carolina Children's Choice Award, Pacific NW Lib.Assn. Young Reader's Choice 1999 (WA,OR,MT,AK,ID,AB,BC),1999 Texas Children's Crown Award, Young Hoosier Book Award (IN) 1998-99, 1998-99 Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award, 4-6, Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award 1999-2000, Utah Children's Choice Award, 2000
Reviewed By: Stephanie B., 5th Grade

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Scourge

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Title: The Scourge
Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Publisher: Scholastic press
Publication Date: August 30, 2016
Number of Pages: 368 pages
Genre: Adventure and Action
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Have you ever been afraid of scary life threatening diseases? Well in this story if you get the scourge, which is a awful disease. You are forced to live your final days horribly.

Summary: There is a young girl named Ani Mells who is super brave, but when she is accused of have a contagious disease called the scourge she begins to doubt herself. Once she takes a test for the scourge and it comes back positive, Ani has to go to Attic Island, a former prison turned refuge. She had to do all the jobs that require men, the reason for that is because she kept doing things that got her punished. To learn more about it read the amazing book.

Reviewer’s Opinion: I think this book is great because the main characters are really brave and they get injured a lot but they never give up.

Recommended For: Grades 4-7
Related Books: Moo, Wish, and A Night Divided
Other Books by this Author: The False Prince, Rise of the Wolf, and more!
Awards Won: None
Reviewed By: Stephanie B., 5th Grade

Saturday, November 26, 2016


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Title: Masterminds
Author: Gordon Korman
Publisher: Harper Collins publishers
Publication Date: February 3, 2015
Number of Pages: 336 pages
Genre: Mystery
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Eli Frieden realizes that in his safe town something is totally off and he and his friends have to find out what it is before anyone knows they’re up to something. Their town is so anti-violence that the kids don’t even know about any wars in the world. Every kid in their town believes that the Boston Tea party was when everyone sat down and drank tea.

Summary: The story takes place first in a little town in New Mexico called Serenity. This is a town with no crime. Eli Frieden discovers a note from his best friend that says he thinks something screwy is going on in that town. Eli and his friends will do anything to find out what that is.

Reviewer’s Opinion: In my opinion, this is a really great book because it is so interesting and it keeps you super excited throughout the whole story.

Recommended For: Kids 9+
Related Books: Fuzzy Mud, Chasing Secrets, and Soar.
More in this series: Masterminds:Criminal destiny, Masterminds: Payback.
Other Books by this Author: Schooled, Ungifted, and more!

Awards Won: SLJ 100 Magnificent Children's Book, NY Times Notable Children's Book, Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book, ALA Notable Book, YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, Golden Kite Award

Reviewed By: Stephanie B, 5th Grade