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Friday, December 19, 2014

Review: The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman

The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman. Book 1 in The Hypnotists Series.

The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman

Scholastic
Publication Date: July 2013
List Price: $16.99
ISBN-13: 9780545503228

Review: Have you ever wondered how magicians hypnotize people by swinging pocket watches? If you have, then The Hypnotists by Gordan Korman is the perfect book because it reveals most truths about hypnotism while providing a good story.

This book follows a boy named Jackson, who has color changing eyes. Strange things keep on happening to Jackson, but he doesn't know why. Once Jackson finds out what has been happening to him, he can't handle it and has to take on a difficult foe to stop the chaos.

The Hypnotisst is a good book. It has a lot of cliffhangers that are extremely suspenseful with unpredictable outcomes. This book is for ages 10-12 because it has some intense elements that younger children may not understand. The Hypnotists will keep you on the edge of your seat guessing what will happen next. This book is a great read for all genders that want to get good action story with a good twist.

Review written by Michael (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Michael for providing a copy of The Hypnotists for this review.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Review: Greenglass House by Kate Milford

Greenglass House by Kate Milford.

Greenglass House by Kate Milford

Clarion Books
Publication Date: August 2014
List Price: $17.99
ISBN-13: 9780544052703

Review: Mysteries. Spies. Action. That is the topic of this book, Greenglass House. Milo a regular boy that wonders about his past before he was adopted to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pine. Their family owns a hotel inn called The Greenglass House. It's a regular day, and Milo comes home from school. Glad that its winter vacation and that he is sure that no guests will come over. Then, he's surprised when he finds out that there are 7 guests! He had thought that he would have a relaxing vacation. Now, there is something that you must know about the Greenglass House. It's not a normal inn. If fact, most of the people that come are smugglers and illegal sellers. But, they don't mind. But these guests are definitely something else. One has blue hair, one has no emotion, and one even as snobby as a queen. Then, he finds a big, blue leather wallet that has a map inside. Then, another surprise! Meddy, the daughter of one of the maids, is interested in Milo's back life. As they try together to try to figure out the story behind the map, someone steals it and leaves a fake one! Now, they are in a hot pursuit of the thief AND the secrets behind the guests. Will Milo be able to step out of his comfort zone, or will they never know? I like Greenglass House because it teaches that sometimes, you have to be out of your comfort zone in order to do things. Milo is learning this when he has to work with someone he despises to uncover to truth to all these problems. I would recommend this book for 8 year olds to 12 year olds, and anybody who likes action or mysteries.

Review written by Athira (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Clarion Books for providing a copy of Greenglass House for this review.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Review: So You Want to Work in Fashion? How to Break into the World of Fashion and Design by Patricia Wooster

So You Want to Work in Fashion? How to Break into the World of Fashion and Design by Patricia Wooster. A So You Want to Be A Book.

So You Want to Work in Fashion? How to Break into the World of Fashion and Design by Patricia Wooster

Aladdin
Publication Date: September 2014
List Price: $9.99
ISBN-13: 9781582704524

Review: Every person has a dream of what they want to be when they grow up. Some people want to be doctors, while others want to be chefs. But others have a dream of being in the fashion industry. So You Want To Work In Fashion by Patricia Wooster is perfect for people who want to fulfill that dream. In this book you will learn about all the different jobs in the fashion industry. This book includes interviews with young designers and types of jobs you can get in the industry. There are many different types of jobs in this business and not all of them are designing the clothing. If you are into watching reporters on the TV as they report the newest trends ,then you would have a good time in the fashion industry. Have you ever heard of Courtney Allegra? You most likely have not, because she is a young and new designer. In ÒSo You Want To Work In FashionÓ there are 12 chapters of all you need to know about working in the fashion business. Other jobs include designer, stylist, production, retail and public relations, and model and photographer. I know what you are thinking aren't stylists and designers the same thing? The answer is no.

In the beginning of the book you learn about the basics of each job. In this book you will also learn about what kind of degrees you will need for each job. Every chapter includes one or more interviews with young people with big dreams on becoming a famous designer. There is a quiz that may help you where your creativity would shine in. Then as the book gets going it tells about designing. If your dream is to make the sketches for the clothing than this job would be perfect for you. I will say this again designing and styling are different things, that is why there two different chapters for them. Public relations is a good job for you if you like numbers. Retail is a good job if you want to sell the newest clothing. If you want to report the newest fashion or maybe you want to write reviews in a magazine, than working in the media is the job for you.. If you want to be the person who walks down the runway in the designer's newest clothing, you would want to be a model. If you want to take photos of the people walking down the runway than you would make a great photographer. The best part of the book is about fashion as a career. You can learn about where to go to become better at your job and learn that fashion as a career is different than fashion as a hobby. If there was a word in the book that had something to do with the fashion world then it should be in the glossary.

So You Want To Work In The Fashion Business is a great book and this book would be great to get for a person you know who loves fashion. If fashion turns out to be a job that you don't want, then you should know that So You Want To Work In The Fashion Business, is part of the Be What You Want series, and if they are anywhere as through as this one, then they worth the read. My favorite part of the book was the interviews because they featured teenagers and children that I would be able to relate to.

Review written by Kyra (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Beyond Words for providing a copy of So You Want to Work in Fashion? How to Break into the World of Fashion and Design for this review.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Review: Still Life by Jacqueline West

Still Life by Jacqueline West. Volume 5 in The Books of Elswhere Series.

Still Life by Jacqueline West

Dial
Publication Date: June 2014
List Price: $16.99
ISBN-13: 9780803736917

Review: A fantastic book series by Jacqueline West will leave you flipping the pages. The Books of Elsewhere: Still Life has a special twist that interests the readers. Olive's adventures will lead you to the next book. Olive is the girl in the story who is uncovering all the secrets behind Elsewhere; she is the character in this book that is the adventurer. This book focuses on a woman named Annabelle McMartin. Everyone knows she is dead, but Olive is determined that there is a big secret behind all of this.

Olive takes a trip to the local art museum; where she sees something, which is the most remarkable thing she has ever seen. This amazing sight takes Olive on a fascinating, unexpected journey. She uncovers secrets of Morton's mysterious vanished parents and finds out from the deepest darkest roots of Old Man McMartin's strange world.

For Still Life though, you need to finish the rest of the Elsewhere series before reading it. I haven't read this book series, so I didn't have too much of an idea who some these characters were. This book would be very exciting for the ones who have read so far the series.<.br>
Nonetheless, in this final book, Olive uncovers the full story of Elsewhere and the destruction of Elsewhere itself. Olive risks her own ability for the people of whom she loves. How long will she keep up with this? What will happen to her and what might she get herself into?

Review written by Khushali (6th grade student).

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

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Review: The Secrets of Tree Taylor by Dandi Daley Mackall

The Secrets of Tree Taylor by Dandi Daley Mackall.

The Secrets of Tree Taylor by Dandi Daley Mackall

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 2014
List Price: $16.99
ISBN-13: 9780375868979

Review: You will be reading a review on one of the strangest mystery books ever written. This murder story might give you the chills. Dandi Daley Mackall wrote adventurous story of The Secrets of Tree Taylor in 2014. The book is about teenager Tree Taylor on her adventure to find out who killed Mr. Kinney. Sit is not that easy solving a mystery case so this 289 page book will make you want to find out who killed Mr. Kinney.

It all starts off with Tree Taylor waking up to a loud gunshot. She runs outside and stops when she sees that her dad is at the Kinney's house. He tells her to stay there, but then the police and ambulance arrive. Before she can react, Her friend Jack shows up and picks her up. She investigates and talks to Mrs. Kinney. She keeps investigating until Jack calls her saying that there has been a robbery at his place and he has killed the robber. Tree comes crying but the cops are talking to him like he is in trouble. He is. The whole robbery is a joke. She goes back to investigating and finds evidence at the Kinney's house. It is aÉ You have to read to find out.

I liked the fact that the book's characters are well developed. The plot of The Secrets of Tree Taylor is confusing and unrealistic that it made me not want to read it. If someone would play a prank about a robbery, he wouldn't just get away with that he would have to at least get consequences. Because I did not enjoy the plot, cold-hearted boy, and mischievous girl I do not recommend this book. However, if this type of mystery interests you, you might want to give it a try.

Review written by Eric (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Random House for providing a copy of The Secrets of Tree Taylor for this review.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Review: Cheesie Mack is Not Exactly Famous by Steve Cotler

Cheesie Mack is Not Exactly Famous by Steve Cotler. A Cheesie Mack Book.

Cheesie Mack is Not Exactly Famous by Steve Cotler

Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 2014
List Price: $15.99
ISBN-13: 9780385369848

Review: Do you like comedy, suspense, and adventure? Than Cheesie Mack is Not Exactly Famous is a perfect book for you.

Cheesie Mack is Not Exactly Famous is the fourth book in the Cheesie Mack series. In this book Cheesie and Georgie find an artifact that makes them famous. Meanwhile Georgie's dad is getting married, Georgie loses the ring, and Cheesie has trouble getting the correct copy of a Harry Potter book with J.K Rowling's signature after Cheesie's sister copies it. I encourage you to read the book to find out how Cheesie switched the Harry Potter books and if Cheesie and Georgie found the ring.

Cheesie Mack is Not Exactly Famous is intended for ages 10-12 because it has some harder words that I didn't know but it gives a definition on most of them. This book was a funny book and had pictures, lists, information that would be on Cheesie's website, and other areas like that to keep the book interesting. I also personally like how it tells multiple stories. It also refers back to stuff earlier in the book and stuff that happened in other books. Overall this book was really good so if you want to know how the rest of the story plays out you have to read it for yourself.

Review written by Alex (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Random House for providing a copy of Cheesie Mack is Not Exactly Famous for this review.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Review: How to Slay a Werewolf: And Definitely Live to Tell the Tale by Martin Howard

How to Slay a Werewolf: And Definitely Live to Tell the Tale by Martin Howard. A Professor Van Helsing Guide.

How to Slay a Werewolf: And Definitely Live to Tell the Tale by Martin Howard

Ticktock Publishing
Publication Date: November 2014
List Price: $6.99
ISBN-13: 9781783251131

Review: Have you ever wondered what it takes to slay a werewolf? If you have, then the book How to Slay a Werewolf is the book for you. It goes beyond the basics of slaying a werewolf. In How to Slay a Werewolf Professor Van Helsing doesn't just teach readers how to slay a werewolf, you'll also learn amazing tips and tricks of how to spot a werewolf, what their weaknesses are, what exactly is a werewolf, the transformation of a human to a werewolf, and much more! Get prepared to face the dangers of coming face to face with a werewolf. Learn the do's and don'ts of slaying a werewolf for the first time. Know what weapons do the most damage when slaying a werewolf.

If you're really interested in slaying werewolves then How to Slay a Werewolf by Ticktock is the best fit for you! I would recommend this book to reader's ages 8-10 because of the length, word choice, and low violence/gore used in this book. This book goes beyond standards to give you great details and facts on how to slay werewolves. Young readers will have a fun time reading this informational book on slaying werewolves. Check out How to Slay a Werewolf today!

Review written by Christian (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Ticktock for providing a copy of How to Slay a Werewolf: And Definitely Live to Tell the Tale for this review.

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