Friday, April 7, 2017

Deadtime Stories Grave Secrets

Image result for deadtime stories grave secretsTitle: Deadtime Stories Grave Secrets
Author: Gina Cascone and Annette Cascone
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates,LLC
Publication Date: January 12, 2012
Number of Pages: 188
Genre: Fiction, Horror
Text Structure: Graphic Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/grabber: Have you ever had a cemetery  In your backyard?  Well Amanda Peterson did. She buries all of her passed away pets in there. For an example, her pet Ralphie the hamster. But one day when she sets out to go bury a dead squirrel. But it was already occupied.

Summary: Grave Secrets is about Amanda and how she buries her long lost pets. One day she dug up a grave for a squirrel but she found out  that the grave was occupied with a creepy doll. Join Amanda to see what happens and who buried the doll.

Reviewers Opinion: Overall I think that Deadtime Stories Grave Secrets is a really creepy, scary, mysterious and a pretty good book!!!
Recommended For Ages: 8 - 12
Related Books: The Witching Game, The Beast of Baskerville
Other Books By This Author: Who’s Giggling Now, Terror in Tiny Town
Awards Won: None

Reviewed By: Kihara, 3rd Grade

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Out Of My Mind

Image result for out of my mind book
Title: Out Of My Mind  
Author: Sharon Draper
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division
Publication Date: March 9, 2010
Number of Pages: 295
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Text Structure: Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Could you imagine not being able to talk, walk, or do other things that you can probably do now, like eat food on your own?

Summary: Out Of My Mind is about a girl named Melody who can’t talk, walk, and many other things that she can’t do. Melody is very smart though, but no one knows. Sometimes she gets made because she can’t talk or that she can’t show that she is smart.

Reviewer’s Opinion: This book I thought is very touching and an amazing book. This is now one of my favorite books. Out Of My Mind is a book that has a big purpose and a book that kindness comes along.

Recommended For: Ages 10 and up
Related Books: Wonder, Counting by 7’s, Fish In A Tree, Close to Famous
More in this Series: none
Other Books by this Author: Stella By Starlight, Tears of a Tiger, November Blues, Copper Sun
Awards Won: Bank Street Best Books of the Year, Blacked Eyed Susan Book Award(MD), Bluestem Book Award (IL),Buckeye Children’s Book Award Nominee (OH),Cooperative Children’s Book Council Choices (CCBC), California Young Reader's Medal, and many more

Reviewed By: Kylie H. 5th grade

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Ivy+Bean and the Ghost That Had to Go

Image result
Title: Ivy+Bean and the Ghost That Had to Go
Author: Annie Barrows
Illustrator: Sophie Blackall     
Publisher: Chronicle books
Publication Date: March 1, 2007                
Number of Pages: 125
Genre: Fiction
Text Structure: Chapter Book

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Have you ever seen a ghost? Well I sure haven't but Ivy and Bean think they have.This book is interesting because they find a ghost in the girls bathroom.

Summary: Ivy and Bean are awesome best friends. They live across the street.They think they have found  a ghost in the girls bathroom at school. Only the gymnastics club  knows there's a ghost and soon the whole school  knows . Ivy and Bean try to figure out  what to do. Will they get rid of the ghost without a teacher finding out? Read the book to find out.

Reviewer's Opinion: I think everyone should read this book because it is very interesting. Ivy does magic and Bean does pranks.

Recommend: 8+
Related Books: Ivy and Bean, Ivy and Bean #3
Other Books By This Author: Magic to the Mix, The Truth According to Us, The Magic Half
Reviewed By: Nadia, 3rd Grade

Monday, April 3, 2017


Image result for smile book
Title: Smile
Author: Raina Telgemeier
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc
Publication Date: February 1, 2010
Number of Pages: 224
Genre: Graphic Novel
Text Structure:  Graphic Novel

Starter/Lead/Hook/Grabber: Have you ever fallen and knocked out your teeth? Well a girl named Raina falls and knocks out her teeth and it is very intense because she has to have a bunch of orthodontist appointments, and all her friends tease her.

Summary: Smile tells you about how Raina a teenage girl has to get  braces by falling on concrete, but she does not want braces. She lives in San Francisco and suddenly an Earthquake occurred! She becomes a freshman and everyone of her friends tease her. Read the book and find out what happens to Raina. Will she get her braces off or are they going to stay on?

Reviewer opinion: I think that this book is great because it shows you to not let people judge you by the way you look.

Recommended for: 7+
Related books: Sisters, Sunny Side Up, Ghost, Drama
Other books by this author: Drama, Sunny Side Up, Sisters and Ghost
Awards Won: Eisner Award, Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, Maine Student Book Award,Children’s Choice Book Award, ALA Notable Children’s Book, Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, Kirkus Best Book of New York Times
Reviewed By: Nahomy, 3rd Grade