Wednesday, May 04, 2016

A new student review of Fabulous Faith in Meet My Worry Monster by Melissa Webster

Jowill posted a new student review of Fabulous Faith in Meet My Worry Monster by Melissa Webster. See the full review.

This children's book has delightful illustrations that every young child will love.  The story is written for very young children, but readers of all ages can relate with the book's message. 

Everyone worry's sometimes and this book encourages the reader to understand how negative worrying can be.  It teaches you that you are stronger than you think.

What a great message fpr everyoneo

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

A new student review of Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart

lexygirl1997 posted a new student review of Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart. See the full review.

Lily and Dunkin is an amazing coming of age novel. This book gave me emotions I never thought possible from a middle grade novel. Donna Gephart did a lot of research to write this novel and it is apparent thoughout the story. I expecially felt close to Lily in this book and was always excited to read in her perspective. I highly reccommend reading this novel.

A new student review of Gertie's Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley

moseso posted a new student review of Gertie's Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley. See the full review.

Gertie’s Leap to Greatness is a well-written story about fifth-grader Gertie Foy. Gertie’s parents do not live together, and although the book never mentions it, it can be assumed that they are divorced. Gertie lives in Alabama with her dad and Aunt Rae.

 

This book was written with clarity and is surprisingly visual. It was effortless to envision the settings in the story. The artistic illustrations that filled the book were a noteworthy asset to this moving story. Covering a variety of emotions, the author focuses on competition and friendship. The climax of this tale is wonderful as it presents the message that each of us is unique and special. 

 

I would recommend this book to anyone under the age of eleven. Being thirteen and reading about a fifth grader made the story and characters a bit difficult to relate to. Even so, it was a pleasurable and uplifting read. Follow Gertie to the highs and lows of fifth grade in Gertie’s Leap to Greatness!  

Monday, May 02, 2016

A new student review of The Stars of Summer by Tara Dairman

lag152 posted a new student review of The Stars of Summer by Tara Dairman. See the full review.

When I got the book "The Stars Of Summer"  and started reading it, I could not put it down. I think the book is a fun read and is very interesting.  The humor is fun and the characters are memorable.  There are enough exciting turns in the plot that keep Gladys on her toes.  This book would be a great choice for a person who likes cooking, or tuning in to food-related entertainment.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

A new student review of Key of Behliseth (Bk 1 Sun Child Chronicles series) by Lou Hoffmann

nictaf posted a new student review of Key of Behliseth (Bk 1 Sun Child Chronicles series) by Lou Hoffmann. See the full review.

Key of Behliseth was a great book full of epic twists and turns! Lou Hoffmann expertly wove words together to create this larger-than-life masterpiece. Lou is a very descriptive author, using descriptions to make both the characters and setting come alive. For example, Lucky had “exasperatingly thick hair,” and Maizie "bounced out of the trees like a big ball of animated sunshine.”

This story had all the elements of a five star novel: attention grabbing descriptions, vivid characters, lively action, suspenseful conflict, and a memorable plot, all fused together to capture your attention. Because of the "buffet" of words, it was such a fun book to read! This story was full of action and fantasy, and I loved every word of this work of art! I would recommend this book to ages 12 and up because there is some death and killing.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

A new student review of Robi's Flying Saucer Drive-In (Series, 1st book) by Kelly Anne Winsa

thudson36 posted a new student review of Robi's Flying Saucer Drive-In (Series, 1st book) by Kelly Anne Winsa. See the full review.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this novel. Kelly Anne Winsa did a great job describing the characters, food, and the setting, such as the carnival and drive-in. The descriptions really pulled the audience in and made it feel real. I also liked how the author incorporated flashbacks in between stories from the present. These flashbacks to Saffron’s past summer developed her character even more and gave the reader additional background information to her life. The mystery of finding out who Clair really was held my interest while reading.

Although I did enjoy reading this novel, there were a couple aspects that caused a stumbling block for me. The sentences were short and choppy, which sometimes interrupted the flow. The story also jumped from topic to topic frequently, which caused a little confusion and made it hard to focus on what was happening. In conclusion, I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for a coming of age story with a science fiction twist.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A new student review of Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff

Jowill posted a new student review of Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff. See the full review.

I absolutely loved this story!  I had not read Rump or Jack but I definitely will now! 

I loved how little bits of the traditional fairy tales were added into the story.  For example, the scene where Red has the conversation with the "wolf" and says "Granny, what big teeth you have!" but it is just a game she plays with her Granny.  That is so creative!

I had a hard time putting this book down.  I just couldn't wait to find out what or who Red would encounter next!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A new student review of Going, Going, Gone by Nicholas O. Time

masongill posted a new student review of Going, Going, Gone by Nicholas O. Time. See the full review.

In my opinion, Going, Going, Gone was a good book. One thing I liked about it was that it had a lot of unexpected twists and turns. It also has a good plot and a great introduction of characters. My favorite character was Luis because he was a bit of a rebel, but he was also spontaneous and fun. The author also did a good job having the events of the past line up with the future after the group changed them. The only thing I didn't like about this book was the ending was dragged out a bit. But overall, I would recommend this book to others.

A new student review of A Dragon's Guide to Making Your Human Smarter by Joanne Ryder Laurence Yep

cowboys1 posted a new student review of A Dragon's Guide to Making Your Human Smarter by Joanne Ryder Laurence Yep. See the full review.

I had not read the first story in this series.  I enjoyed it though, so I will borrow the first to read! 

I liked how the story was told by the alternating point of view of Winnie and Miss Drake.  It allowed me to connect with both of the main characters.  This may confuse younger or inexperienced reader, however.

The intricate illustrations at the beginning of each chapter are wonderful!  I love that they are in the pen and ink style.  This adds to the old magic feel of the story.