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Friday, January 23, 2015

Review: The Monster's Ring by Bruce Coville

The Monster's Ring by Bruce Coville. A Magic Shop Book.

The Monster's Ring by Bruce Coville

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Publication Date: October 2008
List Price: $6.99
ISBN-13: 9780152064426

Review: If you're looking for a book that middle school kids would enjoy then The Monster's Ring by Bruce Conville is the perfect book. This book has suspense, action, and mystery. This one of the books in the Magic Shop Book series. There are four books in this series.

In The Monster's Ring there is a fifth grade boy named Russell who gets bullied a lot by another fifth grader named Eddie. Russell finds this magic shop and is given a magic ring with a monster engraved into the stone. He reads the directions but not carefully and gets himself into a lot of trouble. Then he does the same thing again but something worse happens. He does it a third time and thinks he can't go back to normal. With the ring rats told him to go back to the magic shop and he told him to stay over night and when he woke up it was gone. And with the bullying he scared the bully and he did not bully him again.

I liked a lot of things in this book like how it was about a boy changing into three different monsters, and that how tried to resolve his problems on his own if he didn't need help. The thing I didn't like was that they portrayed the principal as a very bad man yet he wasn't that bad he was just doing his job. People should read this book because it has a lot of mystery and that people that are into mythical creatures would like how he changes from creature to creature with each twist of the ring. A boy or a girl would like this book because it is not really about one or the other it is basically just about how he resolves all of his problems and how he changes back into normal Russell. So if you like mythical creatures this book is the perfect fit.

Review written by Kerstin (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing a copy of The Monster's Ring for this review.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Review: The Missing Chancleta and Other Top-Secret Cases by Alidis Vicente

The Missing Chancleta and Other Top-Secret Cases by Alidis Vicente.

The Missing Chancleta and Other Top-Secret Cases by Alidis Vicente

Pinata Books
Publication Date: November 2013
List Price: $9.95
ISBN-13: 9781558857797

Review: In a world, where an eight-year-old detective has cases to solve... and assassins to findÉ she does what she can to solveÉ theseÉ cases.

The Missing Chancleta AND OTHER TOP-SECRET CASES By Alidis Vicente is a book that is about an 8-year-old girl, named Flaca that is a detective and loves to solve cases. In The Missing Chancleta AND OTHER TOP-SECRET CASES you get to know three epic mysteries being solved byÉ DETECTIVE FLACA! You don't get to decide who did the crime, but its fun to see WHOÉ WASÉ THEÉ CULPRET? She does the work in a fun way for kids to have fun while they read.

The Missing Chancleta AND OTHER TOP-SECRET CASES is good for kids 8 and up. You read better in Spanish? Hmmmmm, I hear this book is Spanish and English. This book would be interesting for kids that are interested in detective books. It is an amazing book that should be great for a kid that also wants a smile on their face.

Review written by Yesenia (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Pinata Books for providing a copy of The Missing Chancleta and Other Top-Secret Cases for this review.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Review: Boys of Blur by N. D. Wilson

Boys of Blur by N. D. Wilson.

Boys of Blur by N. D. Wilson

Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 2014
List Price: $16.99
ISBN-13: 9780449816738

Review: Imagine yourself running through the woods, badly bruised and cut being chased by a deadly stank. The sugar cane is burning; you're running as fast as the speed of light, not daring to look back. All of a sudden, you feel a painful sensation on the back of your head, and you are suddenly falling to the ground unconscious. Slowly feeling your life draining away, you're either quickÉor you're dead. This is just a small section of Boys of Blur by N.D Wilson.

In Boys of Blur, courage is a trait you need to survive in the woods. That's exactly what Charlie and Cotton have. It all starts at a funeral for the death of Willie Wisdom, a former football coach. Charlie doesn't know it, but he has a step cousin, Cotton. Once Charlie meets him at the sugar cane farm, Cotton shows Charlie something that no one else knows. The church they were at was vandalized, but even more surprising, there was an unknown warrior trying to steal the body of Willie Wisdom! There is much more danger than the animals and the occasional burning of the sugar cane. Stanks are an unknown species of a ghost like creature, who can hunt you down. The horrible smell can knock you out or even worse, kill you! The three of them have to work together to survive, but there is much more ahead.

What I liked most about the book is that the author always had a suspenseful ending to each chapter. I always wanted to read more. Each chapter interested me, whether it was action or arguments. When Charlie and Cotton ran, it was so suspenseful; it made me fall off the edge of my seat! The reader never suspects what is going to happen! This book could be recommended to boys and girls. This is a good book for middle school students and elementary kids. The setting makes the plot eerie and spooky. You don't know what's going to happen to the characters or what's going to pop out from behind a bush. Every second, the protagonists had to be aware of their surroundings, especially if they were vulnerable to the stanks. The fate of the world depends on Charlie and Cotton, and that makes the book very exciting. In my opinion, the characters show admirable traits. Charlie would do anything to save some one's life. The way he risks his life to get the antidote for Cotton was really brave. Sugar also shows courage because he helps Charlie get across the swamp. If you enjoy books full of action, suspense, and surprising events you should read Boys of Blur.

Review written by Nicholas (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Random House for providing a copy of Boys of Blur for this review.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Review: Robots Rule! by C. J. Richards

Robots Rule! by C. J. Richards. A Junkyard Bot Book.

Robots Rule! by C. J. Richards

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Publication Date: November 2014
List Price: $13.99
ISBN-13: 9780544339351

Review: Robots Rule! For one town robots are not a convenience they are mandatory and for George Gearing they are his friends. Robots Rule by C.J Richards was well written, interesting, and really grabbed my attention. The book takes place in a town called Terabyte Heights and everybody has robots to help them with everyday chores or just to look cool but for George Gearing it is more than that.

George and his buddy Jackbot are friends. They do every thing together. They go fishing, play basketball, and play baseball they are best friends. George enjoys fixing robots that other people consider junk, but his Uncle Otto thinks George should work at the junkyard instead. But when his Jackbot is kidnapped George's life changes and the only question is, why would someone kidnap Jackbot?

I recommend Robots Rule to anyone that has an imagination because this book put a picture in my mind that was better than a movie. Great book, great setting, great plot, and perfect for young readers. Robots Rule will make you starve for a second book, really creates a big suspension it is a page-turner I started it reading it in the morning and did not put it down till it was done that night.

Review written by Patrick (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing a copy of Robots Rule! for this review.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Review: Soccer on Sunday by Mary Pope Osborne

Soccer on Sunday by Mary Pope Osborne. A Magic Tree House Book.

Soccer on Sunday by Mary Pope Osborne

Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 2014
List Price: $12.99
ISBN-13: 9780307980533

Review: If you're a fan of adventurous books, then Soccer on Sunday is the perfect book. In this addition to the Magic Tree House Chronicles, Jack and Annie go somewhere they have only dreamt of going.

In Soccer on Sunday, Jack and Annie go to Brazil to find the fourth secret of greatness. After going to the World Cup to see Pele play, they still can't find the secret. They spend the rest of their day with a new friend that might be able to help solve all their problems.

Soccer on Sunday is a great book for 7-10 year olds. It has a simple but entertaining plot that is perfect for young readers. Soccer on Sunday is written for children who are just starting to read chapter books, and the vocabulary is appropriate for that level. Jack and Annie are wonderful characters that will appeal to all readers. Plus, like every other Magic Tree House book, it is filled with adventure, excitement, and learning too.

Review written by Michael (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Random House for providing a copy of Soccer on Sunday for this review.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Review: Togo by Kate Klimo

Togo by Kate Klimo. A Dog Diaries Book.

Togo by Kate Klimo

Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 2014
List Price: $6.99
ISBN-13: 9780385373357

Review: Do you like fiction and history? This book is a historical fiction and fantasy book, but has a lot of action and adventure. In the Dog Diaries: Togo by Kate Klimo, it follows a husky sled dog from Nome, Alaska's journey to the lower 48 States of America in a competition to become the most well none dog in the land. This book is a part of a series called Dog Diaries with other installments named Ginger, Buddy, and Barry.

Dog Diaries: Togo, begins with a group of sled dogs in Nome, Alaska that transport their owner from place to place and race in local dog races. The owner's favorite is Balto, another sled dog. He is the fastest sled dog in Nome, and all the other dogs are jealous. One dog-named Togo is very jealous and determined to become more popular. Balto is old now so Togo tries to run faster than the other dogs to beat Balto's record. Togo runs so fast that his trainer brings him and all the other dogs down to the lower 48 states of America to show off their talent. Starting off in the Northwest, Togo sees a challenge because the running place is a roller rink with wood not snow. Togo accepts the challenge and runs. The crowd is surprised at how fast he can run. He ran in rinks in Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, and other North and Southwestern states. Then Togo's owner got a call and Tago has to race Balto back in Nome, Alaska. Who will win the race? Can he beat Balto? Only the book knows.

Overall Dog Diaries: Togo is good. It has a solid storyline and plot and the characters are developed well. The book pulled me into the story line as if I was in the audience at the races. I think that if you read Togo you will want to read the other books in the series. Togo has a lot of courage to go up against Balto in the race and is an inspiration to me for over coming challenges. The trainer inspires you to have someone by your side after every move you make. But most of all, the crowds of people at the races spoke to me in a way neither Togo nor the trainer did, they always push you to keep going during challenges. The book has an adventurous plot that I really enjoyed. I recommend this book for middle school readers. This is the best book I have read so far this year.

Review written by Eric (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Random House for providing a copy of Togo for this review.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Review: The Morning Star by Robin Bridges

The Morning Star by Robin Bridges. Volume 3 of the Katerina Trilogy.

The Morning Star by Robin Bridges

Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 2013
List Price: $17.99
ISBN-13: 9780385740265

Review: Duchess? Are you all right? Duchess?

I blinked slowly at her, ignoring the tears rolling down my cheeks.

Masha, what have I done?

This book is called The Morning Star written by Robin Bridges. The main characters in this book are Katarina, also known as Katiya, George, maman, Alix, tsar, lich tsar, and danilo. This book is fiction, and it is the third book of a series called The Katerina Trilogy.

Katerina is 18 years old; she has too many choices, decisions, and problems going on in her life. One of the decisions she has to make is whether she could either marry George, the tsar's son, or keep studying medicine. She could only pick one. She has been studying medicine for a very long time and doesn't want to give up. However, at the same time, she has loved George for a very long time. Katerina picks medicine over George, she doesn't know if she made the right choice. Katerina has doesn't know what to do! Later on, other troubles come along the way. Danilo, the crown prince, kidnaps her because the lich tsar possesses him and is using his body to talk to Katerina. What is Katerina going to do next? Is she going to get George back? Will George save her?

Robin Bridges' amazing writing makes me want to keep reading. I couldn't stop reading. Some of my favorite parts of the story were when she added a bit of ancient Egyptian history and Egyptian setting in the story. Every time I had to stop reading, I would want to continue because of the great description. I think girls would like reading this book more than boys because there is a bit of romance, and the main character is a girl. Overall, this book is great, and I think people over the age of 12 might like it because of the complexity of the words. It's an amazing book, and the plot is really interesting. Every time I finished a chapter, I would want to keep reading and never stop. My eyes were glued to the book! I think any person who reads this book will love it!

Review written by Kezia (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Random House for providing a copy of The Morning Star for this review.

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