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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Review: Matilda Bone by Karen Cushman

Matilda Bone by Karen Cushman.

Matilda Bone by Karen Cushman

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Publication Date: August 2014
List Price: $6.99
ISBN-13: 9780547722429

Review: Have you ever wondered what it's like to have an unexpected new beginning to your life? Well, Matilda Bone by Karen Cushman is the perfect book to tell the story of new beginnings for all readers in grades three or higher.

Matilda is sent off by Father Leufredus to Blood and Bone Alley, home of leech, barber surgeon, and apothecary, where she is supposed to be assisting and be raised by Red Peg the Bonesetter. But she was taught Latin and French, and none of what she will ever do will involve any of it! Instead, she spends her time caring and assisting for Peg's patients, tending to the fires, going to the market where you can get scammed, and mixing up remedies to help the patients. She's basically living in a new world without she praying for some of the Christian Saints and learning what Father Leufredus teaches her. But even so, once she gets used to it, it's not so bad, and if not, she will always have them to pray to, right?

Matilda Bone can be a page turner for anyone over the age of 8-9 or more because it teaches morals or life lessons. It can also be recommended for anyone that likes medieval times since it takes place during that time period. Cushman's writing brings this medieval period to life in her writing. The best part of the book for me was how hard life was for Matilda and how she tunneled through those hardships. Overall, Matilda Bone is a great book, and I will positively read more Karen Cushman books!

Review written by Carol (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing a copy of Matilda Bone for this review.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Review: Winter Sky by Patricia Reilly Giff

Winter Sky by Patricia Reilly Giff.

Winter Sky by Patricia Reilly Giff

Wendy Lamb Books
Publication Date: January 2014
List Price: $15.99
ISBN-13: 9780375838927

Review: Winter Sky by Patricia Reilly Giff is a book that brings joy and fear for the character and reader. Siria is a brave, noble little girl who isn't one to be messed with. Her dad is a firefighter who has risked his life to save others.

Siria, named after a star only known to come out during winter, is the daughter of a brave firefighter. Her mom has died, and she is living with her Pop. He is brave, but Siria doesn't want him to get hurt. Every time the sirens go off, she rushes out to chase the big fire trucks so she can watch them and give them luck on the job. One day, her pop gets hurt, and Siria gets caught when she rushes to go see him. He is in the hospital until he can get better, which will be by Christmas Eve. In that time, she finds a puppy and solves a mysterious fire crime she accidentally blames on her friend.

Winter Sky is a great book for anyone who likes reading about action and mystery all in one. It seems like a good book for anyone who can understand the situation of the character. Even though she does get in trouble, it's for a good reason. It helps you see how it helps to be brave and not scared to do what you think is right. Sooner or later, it will all pay off, just like in the book Winter Sky by Patricia Reilly Giff.

Review written by Faith (6th grade student).

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

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Review: Loretta Mason Potts by Mary Chase

Loretta Mason Potts by Mary Chase. A Reprint of the Classic Novel.

Loretta Mason Potts by Mary Chase

The New York Review Children's Collection
Publication Date: July 2014
List Price: $16.95
ISBN-13: 9781590177570

Review: Do you like mysteries? Do you like suspense? Well then, Loretta Mason Potts is the book for you! This book has both suspense and mystery. If you like both, well you're in for a ride.

There is this boy Colin and he is the oldest child in the Mason family. Or so he thinks. He goes to a market and finds out that he actually has a sister named Loretta Mason Potts. They say she is a really bad girl who would lie to circumvent the rules. One day, she comes to live at Colin's house. What Colin's mom doesn't know, is that Loretta is a thief and a liar. There is this dream that both Loretta and Colin have one night, and then it actually happens to happen in real life. What was the dream all about? Read the book for your self and find out!

I recommend Loretta Mason Potts to 9-12 year olds for the difficult words. Every page you read slowly builds suspense and you won't want to stop reading! If you've read Sherlock Holmes books, you're sure to love this book! So go and get a copy of this and read it now!

Review written by Dye (6th grade student).

We would like to thank The New York Review Children's Collection for providing a copy of Loretta Mason Potts for this review.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Review: The Case of the Buried Bones by Lewis B. Montgomery

The Case of the Buried Bones by Lewis B. Montgomery. A Milo & Jazz Mystery.

The Case of the Buried Bones by Lewis B. Montgomery

Kane Miller
Publication Date: April 2014
List Price: $6.95
ISBN-13: 9781575656410

Review: Wait where is it? The time capsule is supposed to be here. In the book from the Milo & Jazz Mysteries, The Case of The Buried Bones by Lewis B. Montgomery, will Milo and Jazz be able to solve this 75-year-old case?

In Milo & Jazz Mysteries the Case of the Buried Bones, Milo and Jazz are solving the case of the missing time capsule. They keep getting tiny hints that they think are worthless. Will Milo and Jazz find the capsule or will Gordy the grandchild of the man who hid it find it first?

The Case of the Buried Bones is perfect younger chapter book readers because it has easy words. It only contains simple words and is just a fun book to read. The author makes the setting clear and stays on track. For example, he tells you right from the beginning that it takes place in Westview. The book has simple vocab but you can learn a couple of new words here and there. I like how the author wrote the book in third person because I know what everyone is thinking not just the main character. The main lesson in the book is don't always believe what you read because it may try to mislead you.

Review written by Jacob (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Kane Press for providing a copy of The Case of the Buried Bones for this review.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Review: Mythmaker: The Life of J.R.R. Tolkien by Anne E. Neimark

Mythmaker: The Life of J.R.R. Tolkien by Anne E. Neimark.

Mythmaker: The Life of J.R.R. Tolkien by Anne E. Neimark

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Publication Date: September 2014
List Price: $6.99
ISBN-13: 9780544023246

Review: Have you read The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings by J.R.R.Tolkien? If you liked those books then you will like Mythmaker. Mythmaker by Anne E. Neilmark describes Tolkien's Journey and inspiration to write his books.

In Mythmaker we learn all about Tolkien's life. The book begins with him being a child in Africa climbing a tree. Later they move to England, and Tolkien's father dies. Tolkien's mother teaches him and his little brother, but soon his mother dies and they are taken to a Catholic orphanage and are kept safe by Father Francis. Later Tolkien meets his love, Edith at the orphanage but Father Francis will not let him marry her or contact her so he can focus on his studies to get into the Oxford University. Although he is accepted and earns his degree he is pulled away for war before he can marry Edith. Eventually however he is able marry her and raise a family. Through learning about Tolkien's life readers will also learn about his inspirations for writing some of the most famous books in history.

Mythmaker is perfect for readers of all ages. Anne Neimark is an excellent writer and she shared the story of a fascinating person who became an amazing writer that wrote about all kinds of tales filled with mythology. Her easily understood and interesting writing style keep readers enthralled. Therefore Mythmaker is an all around great book.

Review written by Max (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing a copy of Mythmaker: The Life of J.R.R. Tolkien for this review.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Review: Lost Children of the Far Islands by Emily Raabe

Lost Children of the Far Islands by Emily Raabe.

Lost Children of the Far Islands by Emily Raabe

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 2014
List Price: $16.99
ISBN-13: 9780375870910

Review: Do you like mysteries and fantasy? Then you will enjoy the book Lost Children of the Far Islands Emily Raabe. It is a story about three children that go to the Far Islands to save their mother.

Lost Children of the Far Islands is about twins and their little sister that live in Maine when their mother becomes sick. She becomes sick because she is protecting her children from evil, so they go to the far islands and see their grandmother. Their grandmother is folk, which means that she can turn in to creatures and back to humans just like their mother. Then when the kids get there they have to battle a beast, but however kills the beasts will die. Will the kids make it alive?

Lost Children of the Far Islands should be a book for kids in grades 4-6, because it has some big vocabulary and there is a lot going on. So you have to be able to keep up. This book has a great mixture of fantasy and mystery, because the kids have to find out what happens to their mom and what the little sister is trying to say. The fantasy of the book is the way the folk can switch from animals to humans and the other way around. The setting of the book is realistic in the beginning because they are in the normal world and are at their house going to school and being normal people. Then the setting changes to a mysterious place in the wilderness. This is where they met their mother's side of the family. This book would mostly be recommended to a girl.

Review written by Alexa (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Random House for providing a copy of Lost Children of the Far Islands for this review.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Review: The Case of the Stolen Sixpence by Holly Webb

The Case of the Stolen Sixpence by Holly Webb. Book 1 in The Mysteries of Maisie Hitchins Series.

The Case of the Stolen Sixpence by Holly Webb

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Publication Date: September 2014
List Price: $14.99
ISBN-13: 9780544339286

Review: Do you like mysteries and short chapter books? Well The Case of the Stolen Sixpence by Holly Webb, is the perfect book for you. In this book, 12-year-old Maisie Hitchins wants to become a famous detective like her idol, but she can't because she has to stay home to help her grandma out. Then all of a sudden two strange mysteries come to her. Will Maisie be able to solve these mysteries by herself?

Maisie Hitchins loves to hear about mysteries and likes to look for mysteries herself, but she doesn't have free time to do that. Instead she has to help her grandmother with chores. But then all of a sudden while buying food she finds a puppy almost half drowned. After that she is determined to find whoever tried to hurt the little creature. But a couple of days later another mystery comes in. Her friend George is fired from his job because he is accused of stealing money (sixpence) but he really didn't. So now Maisie has to do chores, help her grandmother, and find a way to escape from her house to solve two mysteries. Will Maisie be able to do all these things without getting caught and getting forbidden to solve the mysteries?

The Case of the Stolen Sixpence is intended to be for readers of age 7-10. The book is very easy to read and has easy vocabulary, so a reader 7-10 years of age can understand what is happening in the story. The way the mystery is solved step by step is very clever because the readers can understand how Maisie Hitchins solves it. Both of the mysteries are a little hard to solve but if you really like mystery books and finding out mysteries then try to solve both cases before Maisie does.

Review written by Ashley (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing a copy of The Case of the Stolen Sixpence for this review.

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