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Monday, March 2, 2015

Review: National Geographic Kids Weird but True! 6: 300 Outrageous Facts by National Geographic Kids

National Geographic Kids Weird but True! 6: 300 Outrageous Facts by National Geographic Kids.

National Geographic Kids Weird but True! 6: 300 Outrageous Facts by National Geographic Kids

National Geographic Kids
Publication Date: May 2014
List Price: $7.99
ISBN-13: 9781426314902

Review: Did you know that NASA is developing a printer that prints edible pizza? Did you know that 1.9 billion years ago planet Earth smelled like rotten eggs? These are just are just some of the weird but true facts in the book Weird but True these facts that will catch you in awe.

National Geographic Kids is at it again coming out with their sixth Weird but True book! This book has facts that will have you saying, unbelievable or no way but hasn't they all? Here is an example of why this book has some appalling facts! Did you know a prison in Brazil uses geese as an alarm system-they honk at anyone roaming the grounds! As you can see these books are easy and fun for kids to read. I think of them as scattered, colorful, yet informational encyclopedias.

I personally enjoy Weird but True book they have had me since 2nd grade! These books are easy to understand so I recommend the age range of 2nd grade and up. These types of books are what make reading fun; so personally I give this book a 10 out of 10. One reason is how tied in you get into the book; this book has so many fun facts to learn; you can finish this book in possibly a day; I know I did! Also it's exciting one is how much you take away from it. You can learn so much from this book I hope you will check it out.

Review written by Arsima (6th grade student).

We would like to thank National Geographic Kids for providing a copy of National Geographic Kids Weird but True! 6: 300 Outrageous Facts for this review.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Review: Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects by Sophie Maletsky

Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects by Sophie Maletsky.

Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects by Sophie Maletsky

Zest Books
Publication Date: July 2014
List Price: $16.99
ISBN-13: 9781936976546

Review: Imagine that you are a duct tape wizard. How fast could you make purses, pencil cases, bags and anything else you wanted? If you want to improve on your duct tape use, then you should read Sticky Fingers by Sophie Maletsky. This book teaches you the best tricks and tips to make the coolest duct tape creations. Sophie makes the duct tape book so interesting that everyone needs to get a copy. Sticky Fingers is a step-by-step duct tape book that helps you learn how to make duct tape projects. It is a must read book, and it could be yours! It's easy to pick up and hard to put down.

The book Sticky Fingers is a nonfiction book for simple to advanced duct tape projects. It even has a whole section for the last bit of duct tape on the roll. The projects vary from making pencil cases to making a full duct tape backpack! Making a duct tape would be great fun on a rainy day or anytime you're free. Also Sticky Fingers has tons of other great projects like wallets and purses. How would you like to learn how to make your customizable wallets or purses? The projects all have level ratings and the time amounts it will take you to complete the project. This book also includes instruction for how to organize your duct tape in the best ways you can think of. This is a tip and tricks book for duct tape lovers!

I love this book, and I think all of you will like it too. This book is great for ages 6 and up. It will inspire you to create your own types of great duct tape projects. This book has many fun and amazing things that I could not think of. Every little kid should own this book. I give it 4 stars for the creativity and the awesome descriptions that little kids would understand. I think it has awesome projects that you will be amazed with. Little kids would also understand what the author is trying to tell them, especially all the tips. Enjoy the book Sticky Fingers!

Review written by Olivia (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing a copy of Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects for this review.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Review: The Perfect Place by Teresa E. Harris

The Perfect Place by Teresa E. Harris.

The Perfect Place by Teresa E. Harris

Clarion Books
Publication Date: November 2014
List Price: $16.99
ISBN-13: 9780547255194

Review: Treasure is a 12-year-old girl who has courage and strength. Her father left her, her mother, and her 7-year-old sister Tiffany alone. Treasure feels like since her father left she has taken over the role of a parent. She walks Tiffany to school everyday, buys the groceries, and makes sure that there is food on Tiffany's plate. Treasure's father is somewhere out there and she wants to find him. When Treasure's mom takes her to her Great aunt's house -a place she thought she would never go- Treasures life is turned upside down. Will Treasure ever turn it around again?

In The Perfect Place by Teresa E. Harris, Treasure learns that she has to find happiness; happiness will not always come to her. Treasure and Tiffany are left in the dust when their father leaves them with their mother. Leaving the apartment is not easy; the only way for them to get out is to sneak out at night because Treasure's mom is not paying the bills. Treasure's dad has left her family many times before, but he had never been gone for this long. Will Treasure be able to escape from her life? Will she ever be able to find her? Treasure has been forced to grow up to fast and leave her childhood behind.

The Perfect Place is a great book for someone who enjoys books that include surprising endings. I enjoyed this book so much because of its moral, which is you have to find happiness; happiness will not always come to you. Thanks to Theresa E. Harris I now know that if I wish for it, I can find happiness. This book has some rough language so I recommend it for ages 12 and up. The Perfect Place is such an amazing book from its details to its characters to its moral. I hope to find more books written by Theresa E. Harris.

Review written by Kyra (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing a copy of The Perfect Place for this review.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Review: Get Outside Guide by Nancy Honovich and Julie Beer

Get Outside Guide by Nancy Honovich and Julie Beer.

Get Outside Guide by Nancy Honovich and Julie Beer

National Geographic Kids
Publication Date: April 2014
List Price: $14.99
ISBN-13: 9781426315022

Review: Ready to have fun anywhere you go? If you are, then take the National Geographic Kids Get Outside Guide by Nancy Honovich and Julie Beer with you. It will provide you with many different ways to have fun.

In The Get Outside Guide, you will find plenty of games and projects like an underwater telescope. Also you can see if you can find the animals that are shown in the book. The Get Outside Guide helps readers find way to have fun anywhere from the beach to your own back yard. If you are going camping or hiking you might as well bring this book along.

This book is for anyone that likes going outside or is bored and wants something to do. The Get Outside Guide gives you plenty of situations such as if you are at the beach it shows you how to build a sand castle. The author provides plenty of facts about animals and the instructions to make projects are very clear and easy to read. The text is fairly easy to read and no confusing lines too. With The Get Outside Guide, you will leave the phone and other electronics and enjoy the outside. You will have plenty of activities to do and maybe even a little competition. Now go get the book and add some fun into your life.

Review written by Jacob (6th grade student).

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Review: Family Ties by Gary Paulsen

Family Ties by Gary Paulsen. A Kevin Spencer Book.

Family Ties by Gary Paulsen

Wendy Lamb Books
Publication Date: July 2014
List Price: $15.99
ISBN-13: 9780385373807

Review: Do you like books about family mess-ups, and about teenage situations? Well then Family Ties is a great book for you written by Gary Paulsen. In this book Kevin Spencer a fourteen-year-old boy, is considered a family man. He also has a girlfriend of his own. But when his uncle comes, he now has to plan a wedding for them. But with his own troubles, and activities at school, will he be able to do it?

Family is important to Kevin; he's always bringing the family together. One Sunday afternoon while the Spencer family is minding its own business, uncle Will comes. It turns out that uncle Will comes to tell the Spencer's that he has gotten married. Nobody knew about their marriage and they want to see them get married in person, so they decide to make a new wedding. Since everybody is busy, Kevin has to plan it all on his own. Will he be able to do it while having schoolwork and his teenage problems? And will he be able to make it the special wedding he wants it to be?

Family Ties is intended to children 10-14 years of age. It has a few words young children might not understand and there are some feelings that older children can relate to better than younger readers. This story is great for young adults (10-14) because it has humor and excitement young adults will love. It is also filled with a range of emotions. Family Ties will catch your attention, and you will not want to put the book down. But if you don't believe me get it for yourself and have a great time reading Family Ties.

Review written by Ashley (6th grade student).

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

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Review: The Fire Wish by Amber Lough

The Fire Wish by Amber Lough.

The Fire Wish by Amber Lough

Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 2014
List Price: $17.99
ISBN-13: 9780385369763

Review: Have you ever wondered what it was like to switch places with someone you've never even met? The Fire Wish by Amber Lough is the one to read for anyone who loves fantasy books!

The Fire Wish starts off in India, where there's a great war between the mystical jinni and the humans. A girl from a tribe near Baghdad named Zayele was picked (more like forced) by her father to be the bride of the prince of Baghdad. Najwa is one of the mystical jinni who wants to be one of the people in the Corps to fight in the war (they also grant and make wishes). While Zayele is on her way to the city of Baghdad to marry the prince, she wishes to run away and go back home. But Najwa appears and Zayele catches her to make a wish. Zayele wishes to have them switch roles and Najwa grants that wish. Want more? If so, then you'll just have to read this novel!

The Fire Wish is recommended for anyone who loves fantasy/fiction books. I loved how Lough incorporated humans and fairy-like people such as Najwa which for me, makes this such an interesting book! The book also includes two-sided perspectives, which can be confusing at first, but you'll get it once you know what's going on. It shows you that even though you want something, it doesn't really mean that it'll come out the exactly how you wanted it to go. You probably wouldn't even know how to solve it. I loved this book, and hopefully, others will read it too!

Review written by Carol (6th grade student).

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

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Review: Percy Jackson's Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson's Greek Gods by Rick Riordan.

Percy Jackson's Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

Disney Publishing Worldwide
Publication Date: August 2014
List Price: $24.99
ISBN-13: 9781423183648

Review: Imagine yourself as a Greek God's child, and you're about to tell about all your aunts and uncles who they were when you were not even thought of yet. Percy Jackson from Percy Jackson and the Olympians gives his amusing reviews on all of his aunts and uncles who are Olympians. Percy Jackson's Greek Gods by Rick Riordan is written in the perspective of Percy Jackson. Apollo jumps up, turns to his mother and says, ÒI need a bow and arrow, asap!Ó He was just born, and he was demanding bows and arrows! Then he shoots Hera with the arrows! This is just a small excerpt from Percy Jackson's Greek Gods.

Mythology is the key to this book. Percy Jackson gave reports on Hestia, Demeter, Persephone, Hera, Hades, Poseidon, Zeus, Athena, Aphrodite, Ares, Hephaestus, Apollo, Artemis, Hermes and last but not least, Dionysus. These are the Greek Gods. The Greek Gods control basically the whole Earth. He enjoyed writing about his aunts, uncles and his own dad. I'm not going to tell you who his dad is; you need to read it to find out! No going on the Internet. He tells about how the Greek Gods were born and how they grew up to be adults. The setting is Mount Olympus. All the gods are normally on Olympus. In Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, there is a dice roll between the three most powerful gods. Whoever gets the lowest dice roll gets the gloomy underworld. Whoever gets 3-4 in the dice roll gets the sea. Whoever gets 5-6 gets the sky. The youngest brother, Hades got the underworld. The middle brother, Poseidon, got the sea. The oldest, Zeus got the sky and he became the ruler of the heavens. If you think about it, the dice roll wasn't fair. That's why Hades gets mad and wants- guess what? - Revenge.

I personally loved the book because I love mythology and humor. I love to read every single book from Rick Riordan, he tells his story in such detail. I can always picture what is happening. I find that very hard for someone to do, so I applaud him. This book informed me about the Greek Gods and mythology that I didn't know. Even if you think you know a lot about Greek mythology, you probably didn't know the vast amount of detail that Riordan includes in his book. Percy uses descriptive verbs such as trembled and shook with fear. Sometimes it gets confusing with all the marriages, so you might want to write them down. This would be a boy and girl book. I recommend the book for kids ages 10-13 because of length of the book and the sophisticated vocabulary. Overall, Percy Jackson's Greek Gods will be enjoyable for most upper elementary and middle school readers.

Review written by Sara (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Disney Publishing Worldwide for providing a copy of Percy Jackson's Greek Gods for this review.

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