Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Counting By 7’s

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Title: Counting By 7’s
Author: Holly Goldberg Sloan
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: August 29, 2013  
Number of Pages: 384
Genre: Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Who do you connect with?  It is hard for Willow to connect with people.

Summary: A twelve year old girl named Willow loves nature , but it is hard for her to connect with anyone besides her adoptive parents .  Willow has medical conditions so she finds it comforting to count by 7’s. Even though Willow only can connect with her adoptive parents that hasn’t kept her from leading a happy life … until now.

Reviewer’s Opinion: I really liked this book because it was happy. The main character never gave up even if she had no one to connect to or that her parents passed away. This book is a sad, but beautiful story.

Recommended For:  Ages 10 and up
Related Books: Out of My Mind, Wonder, Fish In A Tree
Other Books by this Author:  Just Call My Name, I’ll Be There, Keeper - Touchdown
Reviewed By: Kylie H., 5th Grade

Friday, February 24, 2017

My Secret Guide To Paris

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Title: My Secret Guide To Paris  
Author: Lisa Schroder
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: February 24,2015
Number of Pages: 224
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Text Structure:  A Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Have you even planned a trip when you were/are 11 years old to Paris?

Summary: Nora loves Paris ,but she has never been to Paris. When she finds out she is going to Paris she is so excited, but all of a sudden her Grandma Sylvia is gone. Nora soon finds out that her grandma has a secret map to guide her to find or do something. Nora has no clue what her grandma wants her to find though. Nora knows that there is going to be an amazing surprise in Paris . So Nora stats to think of a plan .

Reviewer’s Opinion: I think this book was pretty awesome because now I really want to go to Paris and had a secret map to guide me to have something. If you love Paris then you will sure want to go on a trip like how Nora did.

Recommended For: Grades 3-7
Related Books: How To Speak Dolphin, One Paris Summer, and Honey
Other Books by this Author: Sealed With A Secret , The Bridge From Me To You,  All We Have Is Now, It’s Raining Cupcakes, and The Girl In The Tower
Awards Won: None
Reviewed By: Kylie H. 5th Grade

Geronimo Stilton and the Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye

Title: Geronimo Stilton and the Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye
Author: Elisabetta Dami
Publisher: scholastic
Publication Date: 2000
Number of pages: 128
Genre: Adventure
Text Structure: Chapter Book

Summary: Geronimo and Thea have found a clue for a treasure called the emerald eye. In the clue it said it was at a sland. Geronimo and thea searched a map and saw emerald island so they thought it was there. When they got there they searched everywhere but couldn’t find it. Empty handed geronimo and thea flew a way in a helicopter. They looked back at the island and saw that the island was the emerald eye and inside the volcano was the emerald.

Reader's Opinion: good for kids that like adventure

Recommended For: 8+
Related Books: all Geronimo Stilton books
Other Books By This Author: all Geronimo Stilton books
Reviewed By: Braden, 5th Grade

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Fish In A Tree

Title: Fish in a Tree
Author: Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen
Publication Date: February 5, 2015
Number of Pages: 288
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Ally never really fits in with all of the kids and is smart enough to fool a lot of smart people.

Summary: Every time Ally lands into a new school. She is able to hid her inability by making disruptive distractions and is to nervous to ask for help. Mr. Daniels see the bright side in troubled kids. With his help Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. Every day she gets more confident in herself and she feels like she has more opportunities. She discover that the world is a lot more than she thinks it is.

Reviewer’s Opinion: This book really tells you that you just need to put in your best effort everyday.

Recommended For: 10-13
Related Books: Absolutely Almost, A Handful of Stars
Other Books by this Author: One for the Murphys
Reviewed By: Karina, 5th Grade

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

I Survived - The Attacks Of September 11, 2001

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Title: I Survived - The Attacks Of September 11, 2001
Author: Lauren Tarshis                                       
Illustrator: Scott Dawson    
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: July 1, 2012
Number of Pages: 112
Genre: Historical Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: This book is recommended for people that want to learn about the disaster of September 11, 2001. This book’s genre is nonfiction and very educational for people who want to learn about the disaster. This book is full of facts and is very enjoyable to read. If people like non fiction chapter books, this is the book for you because it tells you specific things of the disaster.

Summary:    A couple minutes before the Twin tower disaster, I escaped home just to see my dad in New York City. I suddenly saw a plane flying very close to the ground. People were looking at the plane and were surprised to see a plane flying so close to the ground. Then I had a feeling something was wrong with the pilot so a few seconds later, it crashed into the first tower of the Twin Towers. People screamed around me, panicking and running in all directions. There was a gigantic hole in the first tower of the Twin Towers, and millions of papers came out the hole of the tower. Then, another plane a couple minutes after the first plane hit the first tower smashed into the second tower and made an even louder explosion than the first, there was fire all around the towers. Will the firefighters put out the fire?

Reviewer’s Opinion: I recommend people all over the world to read this book. This is a very fun book to read because it teaches you many new facts.

Recommended For: 4th grade and 5th grade

Related Books: I Survived-The Eruption of Mount St. Helens, I Survived-The San Francisco Earthquake
More in this Series: I Survived-The Hindenburg Disaster, I Survived-The Nazi Invasion, I Survived-The Battle of Gettysburg
Other Books by this Author: I Survived-The San Francisco Earthquake 1906, I Survived-The Bombing of Pearl Harbor 1941, I Survived-The Great Chicago Fire, I Survived-The Eruption of Mount St. Helens
Awards Won: Golden Kite For Fiction
Reviewed By: Michael C., 5th Grade

Monday, February 20, 2017

El Deafo

Title: El Deafo
Author: Cece Bell
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Number of Pages: 233
Genre: Drama
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: It is really hard going to a new school and making new friends, especially when you have cord bulging out of your ears. It is hard to tell if people are staring at them.

Summary: Cece doesn’t feel like she will fit in with all of the kids because of her hearing aids She really wants to fit in with all the kids in the neighborhood and at school. She becomes friends with a girl named Laura. Laure refuses for Cece to play with anyone besides her. Ginny, Cece’s next friend is kind but overexaggerates when it comes to talking about her hearing aid. Laura makes Cece treat Ginny poorly when Ginny invites her to a sleepover. When Laura and Cece pay tag outside Laura hit a tree which bounced back at Cece and fuins her vision and she needs glasses. Laura blames it all on herself even though she did not mean to. She doesn't want to go near Cece because of it. Cece made up a character El Deafo. Cece find a true friend, Martha, and tells her all about it. And now Cece has a true BFF.

Reviewer’s Opinion: This book was great. There is a lesson that tells you to not judge people by what they are wearing of how they look.

Recommended For: 9-13
Related Books: Ghosts and Roller Girl
Other Books By This Author: Bee-Wigged, I Yam a Donkey, and Rabbit and Robot.

Awards Won: Newbery Honor Medal
Reviewed By: Karina, 5th Grade

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Hero Two Doors Down

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Title: The Hero Two Doors Down
Author: Sharon Robinson
Publisher: Scholastic Inc
Publication Date: 2016
Number of Pages:117
Genre: Historical
Text Structure: Novel

Summary: Steven Satlow the eight year old boy has moved to Brooklyn with word that Jackie Robinson the baseball great. Which means he loves the Brooklyn Dodgers. Steven and his new friend talk and play about baseball all day all night rain snow they love it. Jackie invites Steve to the last game of the season. That was the game he hit the walkoff homerun to win the game that Steven will never forget.

Readers Opinion: Great for kids who love the game and the players.

Recommended For: 8+
Related books: The Crossover
Other Books By This Author: Testing The Ice, Promises to Keep, Still the Storm, Stealing Home, Under the Sun
Reviewed By: Braden, 5th Grade

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Title: Pie
Author: Sarah Weeks
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Publication Date: 2011
Number of Pages: 192
Genre: Fiction
Text Structure: Novel  

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: When Polly Portman Pie queen of Ipswitch suddenly passes away. She leaves her niece, Alice in tears, and lonely. In Polly's will, she says she left her secret pie crust recipe to Lardo, her cat. Could this all be a big misunderstanding?

Summary: Alice's aunt Polly, suddenly passes away and leaves the proud town of Ipswitch in tears. In Polly's will, she says she left her recipe to Lardo, her cat. Everyone wonders how in the world could someone leave a recipe to a cat? Alice meets new friends along this journey, and she asks herself a new question almost every day. Though, It all starts with.. Why?    

Reviewer’s Opinion: I think this book is amazing! I couldn't stop reading it, I always like a good mystery book.

Recommended For: Anyone who likes adventure, and mystery.
Related Books: So B. It, Cheese, and Honey.
Other Books by this Author: Cheese, Honey, Glamourpuss, and Angel Face
Awards Won: Parents Choice Award, Best Books For Young Adults and Booksense Best Book of The Year Award.
Reviewed By: Ayla, 5th Grade

Sweet Clara And The Freedom Quilt

Title: Sweet Clara And The Freedom Quilt
Author: Deborah Hopkinson
Publisher: Dragonfly Books
Publication Date: July 10, 1995
Number of Pages: 40 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Text Structure: Picture Book

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: A young girl named Clara is dreaming of one day being free. When she's free she will finally be able to reunite with her mother whom she was separated from. Join Clara on her plan to become free.

Summary: Sweet Clara hopes to be free some day. When she learns more about the route to Canada and the Underground Railroad she sees her chance. Sweet Clara begins to create a map on a quilt. When the time finally comes to run away she is prepared. Read the book to find out what happens next, will she be free like she always wanted to be.

Reviewer’s Opinion: This is a marvelous book because it talks about a girl who does so much just to became free.

Recommended For: Ages 6+
Related Books: Henry’s Freedom Box, Pink and Say, and Freedom Summer
Other Books by this Author: The Long Trail, Our Kansas Home, Hear My Sorrow, and more!
Awards Won: Rainbow Reading Selection
Reviewed By: Stephanie, 5th Grade