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Friday, January 22, 2016

Review: How to Swallow a Pig: Step-by-Step Advice from the Animal Kingdom by Steve Jenkins

How to Swallow a Pig: Step-by-Step Advice from the Animal Kingdom by Steve Jenkins.

How to Swallow a Pig: Step-by-Step Advice from the Animal Kingdom by Steve Jenkins

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Publication Date: September 2015
List Price: $17.99
ISBN-13: 9780544313651

Review: Have you ever wondered what it's like to be an animal? Have you ever wondered how they survive in the wild? Well, in How to Swallow a Pig: Step-by-Step Advice from the Animal Kingdom by Steve Jenkins is a perfect choice for curious elementary students who like animals. This book is filled with many interesting facts on a variety of animals. It explains how a python can swallow a pig, how to catch a meal like a crocodile, or even how to disguise yourself like an octopus. The vocabulary is not hard. A first and second grader might enjoy this book but it would have to be read to them and they might need to see the pictures to understand the concept of the book. The pictures are fun and interesting, so all readers are sure to be engaged. Adults could learn something from this book too. The vocabulary is appropriate for an upper-elementary reader.

I enjoyed this book; it was very interesting. At first when opened the book; I thought it was for little kids because of all the pictures, but then when I started reading it, I saw it was very informative. If you like animals and want to learn about them, How to Swallow a Pig, is for you.

Review written by Jenny (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing a copy of How to Swallow a Pig: Step-by-Step Advice from the Animal Kingdom for this review.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Review: Legends: The Best Players, Games, and Teams in Football by Howard Bryant

Legends: The Best Players, Games, and Teams in Football by Howard Bryant.

Legends: The Best Players, Games, and Teams in Football by Howard Bryant

Philomel Books
Publication Date: September 2015
List Price: $17.99
ISBN-13: 9780399169045

Review: TOUCHDOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Legends: The Best Players, Games, and Teams in Football by Howard Bryant is about players in American Football becoming legends and playing in the Super Bowl, and how coaches become some of the most famous people in the world, and it's even about how they got the trophy named after them! Legends gives readers an inside look into the world of football.

Legends by Howard Bryant is a book that I enjoyed very much because I love Football. It probably is not the best choice for people who don't have a passion for the sport. The vocabulary in this book is average for a middle school student, which makes it perfect for that age group. Howard does an amazing job at making all of his chapters a cliffhanger by showing most of the teams scores and wanting you to read the next chapter wanting to know which teams will make the playoffs and the Super Bowl, which makes you want to read more and more, and then you realize that the book is over. Legends is a great book to reach those reluctant middle school readers.

Review written by Ansh (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Penguin Random House for providing a copy of Legends: The Best Players, Games, and Teams in Football for this review.

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Review: Nearly Found by Elle Cosimano

Nearly Found by Elle Cosimano. Sequel to Nearly Gone.

Nearly Found by Elle Cosimano

Kathy Dawson Books
Publication Date: June 2015
List Price: $17.99
ISBN-13: 9780803739277

Review: Being an engaging young adult 12 and up recommended book, Nearly Found by Elle Cosimano grabs your attention with its suspenseful mysteries that you won't stop reading until they are solved. Nearly Found by Elle Cosimano has appropriate and easily read vocabulary for the recommended audience. In Nearly Found by Elle Cosimano, Nearly Boswell starts to work as an intern at a forensics science or crime lab. On her first day, she finds out she's working on a girl from her neighborhood, Adrienne, who she has been helping to find with a good friend. Soon after that, she and her friends receive notes found mysteriously in their houses. They believe that their old classmate who has been just released from jail, is sending them. The body of a missing person then turns up, but with a message for Nearly scratched into the bones. Who could this corpse be? You will find Nearly Found by Elle Cosimano as an engaging and suspenseful mystery you can't stop reading!

I found Nearly Found by Elle Cosimano a great mystery that I read for hours each day trying to solve. I loved the plot twists and suspenseful events that caught me by surprise. The characters are also well developed, but you might want to read the first book in the series to better understand the primary characters. Nearly Found by Elle Cosimano was the best book I have read since Nearly Gone, the first book in the series!

Review written by Erika (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Penguin Young Readers Group for providing a copy of Nearly Found for this review.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Review: The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems

The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems.

The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems

Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: October 2015
List Price: $14.99
ISBN-13: 9781484722848

Review: Two worlds collide in The Story of Diva and Flea written by Mo Willems and illustrated by Tony Diterlizzi. Diva is a little dog who is used to life in a home, and Flea, on the other hand, is used to life on the street. But one day they come together and find out that together they can have a lot of fun and they develop a friendship as they discover the world together.

The Story of Diva and Flea was written not only for enjoyment, but also to describe the friendship that can develop in spite of differences. This book is recommended for early readers 1st through 3rd graders.

Review written by Sabina (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Disney-Hyperion Books for providing a copy of The Story of Diva and Flea for this review.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Review: A Voice for Kanzas by Debra McArthur

A Voice for Kanzas by Debra McArthur.

A Voice for Kanzas by Debra McArthur

Kane Miller
Publication Date: January 2012
List Price: $15.99
ISBN-13: 9781610670449

Review: Do you like a book that has a plot set in the past? Do you want to know what it's like to have to hide things from your family? Then A Voice For Kansas written by Debra McArthur is a perfect choice. A Voice For Kansas is about Lucy moving to Kansas in 1855 and finding Annie and Levi, a local Indian boy and a girl who helps runaway slaves. When she discovers the liberty line, a she also tries her best to help free the slaves. Meanwhile Kansas is having trouble with outsiders making it hard to become a free state. Will Kansas fall into the wrong hands? Will Lucy fail to help? Read this book to find out.

The characters wrap the book up with amazing plot twists. Some of the characters I loved and some I hated. The book is set for anyone 8 years old and up because of the vocabulary. The story is easy to read because the writing helps the plot create wonderful pictures in my mind. This book deserves five stars because I've never read anything like it.

Review written by Angelina (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Kane Miller Books for providing a copy of A Voice for Kanzas for this review.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Review: The Lost Girl by R. L. Stein

The Lost Girl by R. L. Stein. A Fear Street Novel.

The Lost Girl by R. L. Stein

St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: September 2015
List Price: $17.99
ISBN-13: 9781250051639

Review: Do you like a good scary story? Do you like staying up all night? If you do, The Lost Girl: A Fear Street Novel by R. L. Stein is the book for you. The Lost Girl is about a boy named Michael who finds this mysterious girl named Lizzy. With his group of friends (Pepper, Gabe, Katherine, Diego) and Lizzy, he runs over and kills someone who is now killing them one by one...

The Lost Girl isn't for anyone under the age of 9 because the book has some disturbing content. This book would make a good ghost story, but not a read aloud since the book is long. The vocabulary is for advanced readers. The main character and the supplementary characters really tie the story together, and I was led to really like the character that turned out to be the killer. This story creates a lot of suspense and kept me scared for almost the whole book. There are no pictures in the book but the story is still clear. The Lost Girl has well developed ideas, like the main plot twist. The characters are different from many other books I've read because they are actually breaking the law. I've actually never read a scary book like this before, and I loved it!

Review written by Angelina (6th grade student).

We would like to thank St. Martin's Griffin for providing a copy of The Lost Girl for this review.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Review: Tom Gates: Everything's Amazing (Sort Of) by Liz Pichon

Tom Gates: Everything's Amazing (Sort Of) by Liz Pichon. A Tom Gates Book.

Tom Gates: Everything's Amazing (Sort Of) by Liz Pichon

Candlewick Press
Publication Date: September 2015
List Price: $12.99
ISBN-13: 9780763674731

Review: Everything seems to be amazing for Tom Gates, but in Liz Pichon's Tom Gates series, Tom Gates: Everything's Amazing (Sort Of), Tom finds that everything might not really be quite so amazing. Tom Gates gets ready for his birthday and school disco and hopes that he can stop them from becoming a complete failure.

The intended audience for Tom Gates Everything's Amazing (Sort Of) is for kids ages 8-12, and the vocabulary is perfect for that age group. The protagonist is a middle school student and is a fun character that readers will enjoy, and the plot of Tom Gates Everything's Amazing (Sort Of) is not complex, which makes it a fun and easy read. The moral of Tom Gates Everything's Amazing (Sort Of) is that you shouldn't assume anything or you can make things worse for yourself. The illustrations in this book are humorous and add to the enjoyment of the book.

Review written by Connor (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Candlewick Press for providing a copy of Tom Gates: Everything's Amazing (Sort Of) for this review.

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