Friday, March 24, 2017

Upside Down Magic: Stick & Stones

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Title: Upside Down Magic: Stick & Stones
Author: Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, Emily Jenkins
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: May 31, 2016
Genre: Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Do you like magic? Do you like mystery? Then you should read this book.

Summary: Things are turning to stone at Dunwiddle School and the Upside Down Magic class kids are determined to figure out who it is. But that isn’t their only problem, Lacy Clench is trying to get them kicked out of school because Marigold shrunk her. Also animals keep coming to Bax’s dad’s house. What will happen to the upside down magic kids? Who is turning things to stone? Why do animals keep coming to Bax’s dad’s house? You will have to read the book to find out.

Reviewer’s Opinion: I think you’ll love this book because it’s exciting and has a lot of magic and mystery. I really think you’ll love this book.

Recommended For: ages 8+
Related Books: Whatever After Fairest of Them All
More In This Series: Upside Down Magic: Showing Off
Other Books By These Authors: Me vs. Me
Awards Won: National Book Award
Reviewed By: Rosemary, 3rd Grade

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Middle School Worst Years of My Life

Title: Middle School Worst Years of My Life
Author: James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
Illustrator: Laura Parks   
Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company
Publication Date: June 27,2011
Number of Pages: 283
Genre: Graphic Novel, Comedy
Text Structure: Novel


Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Have you ever realized how hard middle school actually is. Well now you can.        


Summary: In this book Rafe Knatchadorian is a middle schooler and he has to tackle the hardest problems of middle school and he has a plan to break all of the rules on the code of conduct. He is trying to get the most points any student has ever gotten. Will Rafe break all of the rules and not get caught? Will he get the most stars? Read this book to find out.

Reviewer’s Opinion: This book is great for everyone. It is really funny and is realistic. Which makes it a great book.


Recommended For: 9- 13 years old
Related Books: My Life As A Stuntboy
More in this Series: Middle School Get Out Of Here
Other Books by this Author: Cross, Along Came a Spider
Awards Won: Young Adult Library Services Association  
Reviewed By: Johnny, 3rd Grade

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author:  J.K.Rowling                      
Publisher:  Bloomsbury                
Publication  date: July 2, 1998
Number of pages: 341
Genre: Fantasy
Text Structure: Novel


Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber:  Harry is stuck in Privet Drive but then a house elf named Dobby comes and tells him not to go back to Hogwarts.


Summary: Harry is stuck in Privet Drive but then a house elf named Dobby comes and tells him not to go back to Hogwarts. But he ignored Dobby, then his best friend Ronald Weasley tried to go to  platform 9 ¾ but it was blocked he and Ron take his dad's flying car. When they get to Hogwarts there is a basilisk on the loose. Will the Muggle borns live or die?


Reviewer’s Opinion:  I think everybody should read this book because if you read the beginning you want to keep reading and see how it ends. You don't  just want to stop reading and go to another book.


Recommended For: 8-12
Related Books:  The Magicians, The Hunger Games, The Golden Compass


More in this Series: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone ,Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


Other Books by this Author: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them


Awards Won: Smarties Book Prize 1998 Gold Medal 9–11 years, Scottish Arts Council Children’s Book Award 1999, FCBG Children’s Book Award 1998 Overall winner in Longer Novel Category, British Book Awards 1998 Children’s Book of the Year, North East Book Award 1999, North East Scotland Book Award 1998
Reviewed By: Oliver, 3rd Grade

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Echo

Title: Echo
Author: Pam Muñoz Ryan                            
Illustrator:  Pam Muñoz Ryan
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: February 24, 2015
Number of Pages: 587
Genre: Adventure
Text Structure: Novel


Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber:  Have you heard of a book about a harmonica one in three different places?


Summary: This book takes place in three places with the same harmonica. Friedrich Schmidt is a conductor from Trossingen, Germany. Mike and Frankie are homeless and play the piano in the Bishop's Place For The Homeless (an orphanage). And Susan and Ivy have brothers in war against the Japanese. They go to different schools but live in the same neighborhood. This the story of how they live and how they are connected by one harmonica.


Reviewer’s Opinion: I think this the best book ever!!! It’s the best because I like music and reading!


Recommended For: People that love music and adventures
Related Books: Rain Reign
More in this Series: None


Other Books by this Author: Paint The Wind, Riding Freedom
Awards Won: John Newbery Medal, Newbery Honor Books, 2016 Américas Award, 2016 Audie Award, 2015 Kirkus Prize, 2015 New York Historical Society Book Prize, 2015 NAPPA Gold Award
Reviewed By: Sam, 3rd Grade

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Because Of Winn-Dixie



Title: Because Of Winn-Dixie
Author: Kate DiCamillo
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: August 6th, 2001
Number of Pages: 194
Genre: Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: If you are a dog lover then you will more likely to love this book.

Summary:  Because of Winn Dixie is about a girl named India Opal who just moved to Naomi, Florida. One day when India Opal goes to a supermarket and there is a dog that she adopts. She named the dog Winn Dixie after the supermarket she was in. When Opal and her father realize that with Winn Dixie's help they have both been a little melancholy in their life, they still have a lot to be thankful for.

Reviewer’s Opinion: I really liked this book because I was glad that India Opal adopted Winn Dixie and that Winn Dixie made a great friend to Opal when she was new to Naomi, Florida.

Recommended For: 8-11
Related Books: The Westing Game, Three Times Lucky
More in this Series: none
Other Books by this Author: The Rising Tiger, The Magician’s Elephant , The Marvelous Journey of Edward Tulane
Awards Won: John Newbery Medal, Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Children's Literature
Reviewed By: Kylie H., 5th Grade

Took: A Ghost Story

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Title: Took
Author: Mary Downing Hahn
Publisher: Scholastic inc.
Publication Date: 7/9/16
Number of Pages: 264
Genre: Horror
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: This amazing story will open up your mind to the scary side  

Summary: When Daniel Anderson and his sister,Erica, move to West Virginia he doesńt expect much because his dad was recently fired from his job,but little does he know that there there is a conjure woman  (witch) in the woods watching and waiting.When his little sister goes missing after they had a fight he must summon all his courage to get his sister back from the thing that had ¨took¨ her.This scary story will make you look behind you next time you go in the woods.

Reviewer’s Opinion: This book was scary and I felt like I was Daniel trying to save my little sister, Erica.

Recommended For: People who don't get scared easily.
Other Books by this Author: Deep and Dark and Dangerous, All the Lovely Bad Ones
Reviewed By: Patrick, 5th Grade

Monday, March 13, 2017

The One And Only Ivan

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Title: The One And Only Ivan
Author: Katherine Applegate
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: January 17,2012
Number of Pages: 307 pages
Genre: Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Have you ever seen a gorilla in the mall?  Well Ivan is a gorilla and he lives in the mall.

Summary: The One and Only Ivan is about a gorilla named Ivan. Ivan is not like most gorillas because he lives in a mall. Ivan doesn’t really think about the jungle or miss it. In fact, he really never thinks about it. Ivan only really thinks about tv shows he has seen or his friends, Stella, Julia, and Bob. One day he meets a baby elephant named Ruby . She was also taken from her family like Ivan. When Ruby come she tells Ivan that they can go back home .

Reviewer’s Opinion: I really love The One and Only Ivan because Ivan was it was sad at first then it was very happy. Also at some parts it funny. I really enjoyed when Ivan drew a picture of him and a lovely gorilla by him . The picture also has Ruby was playing with another baby elephant.

Recommended For: Ages 8 -12
Related Books: Love That Dog,Wonder , Charlotte's Web
Other Books by this Author: Crenshaw,Ivan The Remarkable True Story Of The Shopping Mall Gorilla
Awards Won: John Newbery Medal
Reviewed By: Kylie H., 5th Grade

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


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Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author: J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: 1999
Number of Pages:341
Genre: Fantasy
Text Structure: Novel                                 

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Not for the first time, an argument had broken out over breakfast at number four, Privet Drive.

Summary: Harry Potter experiences troubles trying to get to Hogwarts while an evil force has returned to the school. Will it be able to be stopped, find out when you read this book.

Reviewer’s Opinion: This was a very interesting and entertaining book and I enjoyed it very much.

Recommended For: Any age and people who love fantasy.
Related Books: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through The Ages.
Other Books by this Author: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter Series
Awards Won: Nestle Smarties Book Prize
Reviewed By: Jude, 5th Grade

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Hammer of Thor

Title: The Hammer of Thor
Author: Rick Riordan                                                
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: 2016
Number of Pages: 459
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: I it’s been six weeks since Magnus and his friends defeated the evil wolf Fenris and the fire giants. Magnus has mostly adjusted to his now normal life at Hotel Valhalla. A certain object (a.k.a. Thor´s Hammer) belonging to Thor has disappeared. His two best friends Hearthstone and Blitzen have also disappeared. Another daughter/son of Loki  got put in Valhalla is not happy. Magnus needs Jack/Sumabrander The Sword of Summer’s help. But the only thing Jack seems interested in doing is going on dates with other magical weapons.

Summary: Magnus Thinks that his life in Valhalla is normal. But one of Loki’s children died, got picked for Valhalla and is causing lots of trouble. Thor’s Hammer is missing, again. The King of the giants Thrym is hiding it under ground. Loki being chained up wants to be free, and will give Thor’s Hammer back for only two things. The Skofnung Sword and the Skofnung Stone. Loki’s plan to get the sword and stone is to have Samirah Al-Abbas mary Thrym the old norse way. In the end Loki gets freed and goes of to find The Ship of The Dead.

Reviewer’s Opinion: It is the best book i've ever read. It’s action packed and funny.
Recommended For: Boys/Girls 10-13

Related Books: The Sword of Summer
More in this Series: The Sword of Summer
Other Books by this Author: Cold Springs, Demigods And Magicians, Demigods And Monsters, +62 more
Awards Won: None


Reviewed By: Braedan, 5th Grade