Tuesday, January 31, 2017


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Title: Ghosts
Author: Raina Telgemeier
Publisher: Graphix
Publication Date: September 13,2016
Number of Pages: 256
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Fantasy
Text Structure: Comic, Graphic Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: When you move in a town and you feel a cold breeze in the air and you feel a cold shiver down your spine and everywhere is foggy there maybe some ghosts in your new neighborhood  

Summary: This book is very good when I read this book I feel that I am part of the book it is super funny in my view.

Reviewer’s Opinion: I think it is a funny book with lots of adventure.

Recommended For: People who like comic structures and comedy.
Related Books: The Name of the Star
Other Books by this Author: Sisters
Reviewed By: Brandon B., 5th Grade

McKenna Shoots for the Stars

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Title: McKenna Shoots for the Stars             
Author: Mary Casanova                                           
Publisher: American Girl
Publication Date: December 27th, 2011
Number of Pages: 124
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Text Structure: Drama, Family, Sports

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: If you love sports ,family,and drama then this is the right book for you book.It’s also a chapter book.

Summary: This book is about a girl named Mckenna and she is a gymnast .Mckenna  gets to a point where she gets a bad injury and has to recover for the national team .She also has trouble in school and has to get a tutor and she doesn't want her best friend Tulane to know that she has a tutor .Then her and Tulane have a fight because Mckenna lied to her about having a tutor.Meanwhile in the story mckenna has a breakdown and gets super upset and does not want to be a gymnast anymore.Will Mckenna still be a gymnast?Will she also still be friends with Tolane?Well, you can read Mckenna Shoots For The Stars to find out .

Reviewer’s Opinion:I love this book because it’s published by American Girl and they make great books.I also think that they are good for kids in 5th grade because they are very interesting and attention grabbing books to read.

Recommended For: 8-12

Related Books: American Girl doll books
More in this Series: Mckenna ready to fly
Other Books by this Author:Grace stirs up success ,and more
Awards Won:6
Reviewed By: Kate K., 5th Grade

Monday, January 30, 2017

The One and Only Ivan

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Title: The One and Only Ivan
Author: Katherine Applegate
Illustrator: Patricia Castelao
Publisher:Harper Collins
Publication Date: January 17th, 2012
Number of Pages: 300
Genre: Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: If you like animals you should check out The One and Only Ivan. He’s a gorilla that lives in a mall!  Read this to find out what happens to Ivan.

Summary: In this story there is a gorilla named Ivan, Ruby, a little elephant, and Stella another elephant who is older than Ruby.  She is a mother figure to Ruby the baby elephant.   Ivan made a big promise to Stella.  Do you want to know what that promise was? Well, you really should check out The One and Only Ivan to find out what happens.  Can Ivan keep his promise?  I loved this book I hope you do to.

Reviewer’s Opinion: I read this book so many times it gets better every single time.  

Recommended For: 8-12 yrs.
Related Books: Crenshaw
More in this Series: None
Other Books by this Author: Roscoe Riley Rules
Awards Won: 7 awards won including Newbery medal in 2013, book nominee in 2015, Gold medal for Juvenile in 2012.
Reviewed By: Zachary P., 4th grade

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Search For Sunken Treasure

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Title: The Search For Sunken Treasure      
Author: Elisabetta Dami                                              
Illustrator: Elisabetta Dami   
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: June 1,2006
Number of Pages: 128 pages
Genre: Fiction
Text Structure: Chapter Book

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: If you like mysteries, humor, and fiction then this is the right book for you.

Summary: Geronimo Stilton is a very adventures mouse but he can be very clumsy sometimes.He works for the Rodent's Gazette as a newspaper publisher and lives in New Mouse City .The main characters in the story Geronimo Stilton,Thea,Trap,and Benjamin and they are all funny.Then their Aunt Sweetfur comes over and tells them about how her husband which was a captain on the ship .They go for a long long trip to find the buried treasure .Along the way they get their treasure but then these other mice try to help them but they were actually trying to steal his treasure diamonds and gold doubloons.They are out for the search of the caption. Will they find him? Will they get their treasure ?

Reviewer’s Opinion: I love these books and they have great humor even though Geronimo can sometimes be a scaredy mouse:)

Recommended For: Kids 7-10

Related Books: Surf’s Up Geronimo, A Fabulous Vacation For Geronimo
More in this Series: The Temple of The Ruby Fire
Other Books by this Author: The Secret of Cacklefur Castle
Awards Won: Anderson 2000 prize for Personality of the Year and more awards
Reviewed By: Kate K., 5th Grade

The Lightning Thief

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Author:  Rick Riordan                                                 
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books
Publication Date: March 1 2006  
Number of Pages: 377
Genre: Mystery
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: If you like stories about  mysteries then you will love this book.

Summary: This is about this boy who always got in trouble at school until to his 6th grade Field trip. Then I said only leaves a sentence  in a different language. and then he noticed some strange things happening with his sixth grade teachers that also went on the field trip with him.When he asked his mom about it she would always want to change the sentence until She took Percy to the different place.

Reviewer’s Opinion: This is a really good book.

Recommended For: 4th-8th

More in this Series: The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, The Last Olympian, Percy Jackson Greek Gods
Awards Won: Young Readers Choice Awards

Reviewed By: Kylie Poutre 5th grade

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Alice in Wonderland

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Title: Alice in Wonderland                   
Author: Lewis Carroll                                        
Illustrator: John Tenniel
Publisher: Macmillan
Publication date: November 26, 1865
Number of Pages:105
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Text Structure: Novel   

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: This book is good for people who like fancy and mad/crazy  stuff. If you are that person I think you should consider  this book.

Summary: The book Alice  in Wonderland is about a girl named Alice.  She is sitting by a tree and she sees a  strange rabbit singing “ I’m late i'm very very late. “ Alice follows the rabbit and she falls into this hole. She is now in this house and the rabbit went through one of these three but she is bigger then the door. She sees many crazy things after she falls in the hole.  In one part,  she  saw some bread she was hungry so she had some and she shrunk.  Next, she was out of the house and saw a tea party and she met the Mad Hatter. Toward the end, these guards got her and brought her to the Queen of Hearts and she just had a long adventure. You can find out the rest in the book so go check it out.
Reviewer’s Opinion: In my opinion this book is so mad and funny.

Recommended For: 5-8   
Related Books: none
More in this Series: none
Other Books by this Author: The Hunting of a Snake, Through the Looking Glass, and A Tangled Tale
Awards Won: none
Reviewed By: Lexi, 5th grade


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Title:  Sisters
Author: Raina Telgemeier
Illustrator: Braden Lamb
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: 2014
Number of Pages: 197
Genre:  Fiction
Text Structure: Graphic Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Do you have a sister? Maybe a bratty one. If you do you can totally relate to this book. I would definitely recommend it.

Summary: This book is about two sisters named Raina and Amara who get totally annoyed with each other. They have to spend an entire week in their mom’s car to go visit their cousins in Colorado. They stop at so many stops and get in many fights. Finally, when they get to Colorado, Amara and Raina feel left out from their big cousins and little ones. What do they do? They become best friends, or hate each other again?

Reviewer’s Opinion: I loved this book because it was so descriptive I felt like I was one of the characters.

Recommended For: 4th-9th
Related Books: Smile
More in this Series: Smile
Other Books by this Author: Drama, Ghosts, and Kristy’s Great Idea (BabySitters Club)
Awards Won: 2
Reviewed By: Maritza C., 4th Grade

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Title: Smile                                                 
Author: Raina Telgemeier
Illustrator: Raina Telgemeier   
Publisher: Graphix
Publication Date: February 1st, 2010
Number of Pages: 224
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Text Structure:Graphic Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: It was a normal Girl Scouts day until she fell and really hurt herself.

Summary: When Raina was coming home from her Girl Scouts meeting she fell and lost her two front teeth. She then had to go to the dentist a lot.she got these two fake teeth and they put on braces on her. Raina  was really embarrassed to wear all these different things like the fake teeth embarrassing headgear and braces.

Reviewer’s Opinion:This is a really good book and I love the author because she makes a lot of comics.

Recommended For: 3rd-7th
Related Books: Sunny Side Up and Roller Girl
More in this Series: Sisters
Other Books by this Author: Sisters, Ghosts
Awards Won: Will Eisner Winner
Reviewed By: Kylie P., 5th grade