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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Review: Soccer by Mary Pope Osborne

Soccer by Mary Pope Osborne. A Magic Tree House Fact Tracker Book.

Soccer by Mary Pope Osborne

Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 2014
List Price: $4.99
ISBN-13: 9780385386296

Review: Do you like soccer; want to know more about it? Well Soccer will teach you every last detail about soccer. Annie and Jack will find and discover new and amazing facts about soccer. Did you know that in China, the Chinese people were the ones who created the roots of soccer? Soccera nonfiction book by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce will answer the many questions kids ask about soccer today. Such as, who was the best soccer player? Who started soccer? What is the World Cup?

Soccer is filled with up-to-date information, photos, illustrations, and fun pieces from Jack and Annie, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are the perfect way for kids to find out more about the topics they discovered in their favorite Magic Tree House adventures. Soccer explains to young readers about the many facts about soccer.

At the end of the book, if you want to have more information about soccer, Jack and Annie explains the websites you could use, the books, also Jack and Annie teach how to use the websites and book properly. Also they give you some tips and pointers along the way at the end just to make sure they aren't forgetting anything.

I recommend for both boys and girls that are 7-10 years old. The reason I chose this age group was that this book is short. (123 pages) Soccer also has some challenging words for young readers. This book is an exciting and educational book that will teach and explain soccer to young readers.

Review written by Khushali (6th grade student).

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

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Review: The Gloomy Ghost by David Lubar

The Gloomy Ghost by David Lubar. A Monsterific Tale.

The Gloomy Ghost by David Lubar

Starscape
Publication Date: July 2014
List Price: $15.99
ISBN-13: 9780765330802

Review: Do you like short spooky books? Well if you do then you will love The Gloomy Ghost written by David Lubar. In this book a boy named Rory has turned into a ghost; he is in the middle of life and death. He tries to tell his parents, but because he is a ghost, they can't hear him. The worst part is that if he doesn't hurry, he will stay a ghost forever. Do you think he will be able to turn back to human?

Rory is always getting into trouble. But one day he takes it way to far, he breaks the living room TV. He knows he is going to get in big trouble, so he hides in the bushes outside his house for a long time, until he gets hungry and eats the berries on his bush. Now he is feeling weirder than usual and suddenly he can't move. After a while, he realizes that he has become a ghost, he also realizes that the body he is looking at is his. Now he will do all it takes to show his family where he is and save himself from staying a ghost forever. Will he be able to save himself or will he stay ghost forever?

The Gloomy Ghost is perfect for children of age 8-12. They will love it. It is full of adventure, humor, and surprise, everything a child would love in a book. It is also easy to read and understand which is better, that way people will get the hang of it and love it even more. It is also a great book for 8-12 year olds because it is a short book, and I know some children miss great books because they are long, but this one is perfect size for upper elementary students. So check this book out because it is perfect for you.

Review written by Ashley (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Starscape/TOR for Teens for providing a copy of The Gloomy Ghost for this review.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Review: Parched by Melanie Crowder

Parched by Melanie Crowder.

Parched by Melanie Crowder

Harcourt Childrens Books
Publication Date: June 2013
List Price: $15.99
ISBN-13: 9780547976518

Review: If you like dogs and suspenseful stories, then Parched is the book for you. Parched, by Melanie Crowder is a realistic fiction book and is about a dog and its journey with the small group of kids. The small group of friends needs to survive in a harsh barren land. But the dog is older and might not make the journey. These friends need to find food to eat and take care of a dog. Can they survive?

Parched begins with group of teenage kids playing with the dog having fun and just being kids. But they have to use what they can to survive. All they have is a dog that keeps them company. They start moving in search for a more civilized area with pre-made food and purified water but they will have little success. They have to struggle in the wild and collect food for themselves and the dog. They are running low on supplies and the dog is getting older. Will they find civilized land? Will they survive?

I think Parched is okay because the book is very suspenseful and you want to know what will happen. But I think that the plot would be uninteresting to a 6th grader like me because the book moves slowly so they can find food and other objects. The characters personalities are all kind of the same and no one has their unique traits like in real life fore example no one is more funny or serious than the other person. This book can happen in real life but the way they describe the land and the setting makes it sound like a science fiction novel instead of a realistic fiction book. I think the book is best for middle school readers that like a suspenseful story with not much action.

Review written by Eric (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Houghton Mifflin for providing a copy of Parched for this review.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Review: Bad Luck Girl by Sarah Zettel

Bad Luck Girl by Sarah Zettel. Book 3 of the American Fairy Trilogy.

Bad Luck Girl by Sarah Zettel

Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 2014
List Price: $17.99
ISBN-13: 9780375869402

Review: Step into the world of the fairies in Bad Luck Girl by Sarah Zettel. It's about a girl named Callie who's the daughter of a fairy prince of the Midnight Throne. Because her dad is the only fairy in the family, she's half fairy and half human. Eventually, her mom, dad, and she are together in the bustling city of Chicago. But being the daughter of a fairy prince isn't all it seems to be when she starts a war between the Sunlit fairies (another ruling kingdom) and the Midnight Throne fairies (where her dad's from, and essentially where she's from.) It started when Callie shoots the daughter of the king of the Sunlit Kingdom, Ivy. When the king hears of the news, he decides to wage war. Callie's dad reveals that his kingdom and the other kingdom are always ready to get up and fight, but they are just waiting for the moment. Callie takes her family and her best friend Jack (who knows about her dad being a fairy) into safety. But it isn't so easy, as a group of fairies called the Halfers are interested in the problem. The Halfers are, like Callie, half human. But they are also half whatever, such as half clock, half book, etc. But they all have magic within them. Soon, despair arrives and Callie is the only one who can save her family, Jack, the Halfers , and the Midnight Throne kingdom. Unfortunately, nobody in the fairy world believes that the girl who caused the war can fix it, and her name in the fairy world becomes the Bad Luck Girl. Is Callie going to live up to her nickname, or is she going to fight for her life and many others?

I like this book because it talks about believing in yourself when times are tough and knowing that inside everybody lies the courage to do anything. -Nothing's impossible if you say it isn't- is the lesson that Callie learns, and its one that can save her life. My favorite part is when she finally musters up the courage and goes to face her fate head on. It is a fantasy book, but I think that even if some people don't like fantasy books, this book is a lot more than that. I would recommend this book for 9 year olds and beyond, and anybody else who likes fantasy and/or adventure books.

Review written by Athira (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Random House for providing a copy of Bad Luck Girl for this review.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Review: Lenny Cyrus School Virus by Joe Schreiber

Lenny Cyrus School Virus by Joe Schreiber.

Lenny Cyrus School Virus by Joe Schreiber

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Publication Date: April 2013
List Price: $15.99
ISBN-13: 9780547893150

Review: Have you ever wondered if you could change the way a person thinks about you? Lenny has, in Lenny Cyrus: School Virus, Lenny, a teenage boy has had a crush on Zooey since third grade but he can't get her to feel the same way about him. He believes that he can make his way into her brain and change the way she feels about him.

Lenny, a super smart boy that has two Nobel Prize winning parents decides that he will take matters into his own hands. He uses a shrinking device to make him super small and with the help of his friend Harlan he is able to make it into Zooey's Diet Coke. Zooey, not noticing, drinks the Diet Coke, and Lenny makes it into Zooey's body. Lenny's goal is to get to Zooey's brain in less than six hours and make her feel the same way for him before he runs out of oxygen in his gas tank. Lenny makes a deal with a bacteria named Astro to get him to the brain safely without any virus or bacteria discovering Lenny. Things are starting to get very strange, Zooey starts feeling sick, and she is feeling a mood of love towards people. Will Lenny and Zooey survive this crazy experiment?

Lenny Cyrus: School Virus is intended for readers ages 10-13 because this book has many words in a page and it has many pages. This is a great book for reading in spare time. This book has some challenging scientific words that could be hard for young readers to pronounce and define. This book also has very exciting parts that will have you not want to stop reading. Lenny Cyrus: School Virus makes the impossible sound possible. Check out Lenny Cyrus: School Virus today!

Review written by Christian (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing a copy of Lenny Cyrus School Virus for this review.

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Review: Ollie and the Science of Treasure Hunting by Erin Dionne

Ollie and the Science of Treasure Hunting by Erin Dionne. A 14 Day Mystery.

Ollie and the Science of Treasure Hunting by Erin Dionne

Dial
Publication Date: July 2014
List Price: $16.99
ISBN-13: 9780803738720

Review: If you want a book that gives you mystery and adventure in one book, Ollie and the Science of Treasure Hunting by Erin Dionne is perfect. Ollie gets sent to summer camp to stay out of trouble after busting some criminals, but that's harder than it sounds. Ollie is soon mixed up in yet another attention grabbing adventure.

In Ollie and the Science of Treasure Hunting, Ollie gets sent to summer camp to follow an F.B.I agent's orders: stay out of trouble, but Ollie finds that harder than expected. Ollie has to find a way to not draw attention to himself after busting a stolen art crime. Camp proves to be more fun than Ollie thought, and he gets caught up in all sorts of trouble.

Ollie and the Science of Treasure Hunting is a great book for kids 10-11 years old. It has some references to stronger language, which is intended for more mature audiences. The book also has some elements that smaller children wouldn't understand. Besides that, the book is very child friendly. The plot develops in a very intense way and has a lot of cliffhangers. Ollie and the Science of Treasure Hunting is perfect for someone that wants a mystery, adventure, and a bit of comedy rolled all in to one.

Review written by Michael (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Penguin Young Readers Group for providing a copy of Ollie and the Science of Treasure Hunting for this review.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Review: Hollywood, Dead Ahead by Kate Klise

Hollywood, Dead Ahead by Kate Klise. Book 5 in the 43 Old Cemetery Road Series.

Hollywood, Dead Ahead by Kate Klise

Harcourt Childrens Books
Publication Date: April 2013
List Price: $15.99
ISBN-13: 9780547852836

Review: Lights, camera, action! Ignatius B. Grumply, Olive C. Spence and Seymour Hope are all set for Hollywood to make their book 43 Old Cemetery Road a new blockbuster film! Film producer Moe Block Buster is sure to make them stars, and the movie a big hit! But all goes wrong with one signature Mr. Grumply is sure too regret. Read on Hollywood, Dead Ahead!

The trio is packing up for Hollywood where their smash hit 43 Old Cemetery Road will hope to become a topper on the movie charts. Furthermore, the rode to fame took it's turn for the worst; the group has just found out that Olive will not be incorporated in the film nor Seymour. Mr. Grumply sorrowful of his mistake promises Olive the best of their trip to L.A; but poor Ignatius couldn't keep that up. Aforementioned, Olive would not be featured in the film, though Ivana Oscar has replaced her she is singed in to a one terrible contact. Olive finds out that Ivana is signed into a death clause, therefore saying that she would have to die with natural or unnatural causes. Want to find out the rest of the ghastly story well read on in Hollywood, Dead Ahead!

Hollywood, Dead Ahead is a fantastic book! The creators are very creative with their characters and the wondrous journeys the trio takes. Their books have humor a bit of suspense as well, which keeps you engaged throughout the book. Overall, I did enjoy this book and I feel the age range of 7-12 would fit their interest level.

Review written by Arsima (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing a copy of Hollywood, Dead Ahead for this review.

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