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Kids' Book Reviews

Looking for something good to read? Check out what other Richmond kids recommend:

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The Last Olympian

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

reviewed by Jennifer, age 12

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This book is about the ADHD, dyslexic demigod Percy Jackson. His battles and adventures continue in this final book of the series. Percy turns 16 and people warn him of the Great Prophecy - will he save the world or destroy it? It is the battle against Kronos' army and the Titans against the gods. Who will be the hero to all of this? The odds of a victory are very grim. I like this book because each and every adventure unfolds the mystery, to the end. Rick Riordan wrote this awesome, heart-pounding battle so realistic and so active. You can totally imagine what is happening in the story. This book is based on Greek mythology. Whenever I turn a page, I can't stop reading! It just wants me to keep going and going.


On y va

On y va! À pied, à cheval et en voiture (Let's Go! The Story of Getting from There to Here) by Lizann Flatt, trans. Christiane Duchesne, ill. Scot Ritchie

reviewed by Abigail, age 7

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This book is about getting around. I liked this book because it is in French.


The Solar System

The Solar System by Robin Kerrod

reviewed by James, age 6.5

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This book is about the solar system, the planets, the stars, and the nebulas. In this book, I read about exploration of the solar system, the robots and satellites. I like this book because I like to read about space and the universe. I also like the book because I like to make my own models of space stations and satellites out of Legos. I will recommend this book to other children.


Thea Stilton and the Ghost of the Shipwreck

Thea Stilton and the Ghost of the Shipwreck by Geronimo Stilton

reviewed by Michael, age 9.5

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This book is about the Thea Sisters (Paulina, Colette, Pamela, Violet and Nicky), who had gone to China to find a lost treasure. The treasure is called the Jade of Truth. It's located near the Great Wall of China. I like this book because the writing is really funny. In the story it has an academy called "Mouseford Academy" and instead of saying "fabulous" it said "fabumouse." It puts everything into a name that has something to do with a mouse because the characters are mice. That's why I like it.


Welcome to the Dead House

Welcome to the Dead House by R.L. Stine

reviewed by Neelam, age 10

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This book is about to give you a fright! From the thrilling series "Goosebumps," two kids, Amanda and Josh, have just moved into the weirdest house on the block. As they set out to find kids their age they uncover a deadly secret behind the town that will forever change them. I like this book because it gives you the creeps. You guess what's going to happen next, but then the author will twist the plot up. I have read almost the whole series but this book was one of the scariest in "Goosebumps." I would like to dedicate this book to any kids in grades 4 and up.


Marcia's Madness

Marcia's Madness by Lauren Baratz-Logsted with Greg and Jackie Logsted

reviewed by Mahroo, age 8

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This book is about Marcia. In this month she gets her power and gifts. Her powers is that she can see through walls. I like this book because it is interesting, sometimes funny, and they get powers. That's not the last but it's incredible. They look like true adventures to me.


Miss Popularity

Miss Popularity by Francesco Sedita

reviewed by Isidora, age 8

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This book is about a Texas girl who tries to fit in a school in Maine, but no one notices her snazzy style. In the end she throws a fashion show and everyone's there! I like this book because it shows that you can do anything if you just put your heart into it.


The Accidental Cheerleader

The Accidental Cheerleader by Mimi McCoy

reviewed by Isidora, age 8

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This book is about a girl named Sophie who becomes a cheerleader, but her best friend Kylie doesn't. Instead Kylie becomes the mascot. When Sophie realizes that she's losing her best friend, Sophie has to make things right - fast! In the end Sophie and Kylie become best friends again. I like this book because it shows that friendship is the most important thing you have. Sure there are other important things, but friendship is the most important. Friendship is happiness, laughter and love.


Polar Bears Past Bedtime

Polar Bears Past Bedtime by Mary Pope Osborne

reviewed by Kate, age 9

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This book is about Jack and Annie, brother and sister, going in their magic tree house to travel to the Arctic. There they will have to find something that brings out the courage in you. This is an adventure story of being courageous. I like this book because it's really exciting and detailed to read. I know that it's detailed because I could picture what the Arctic would feel like, look like, and sound like. I also like it because it has some real facts and they go to amazing different places I would like to visit. I would recommend this book to someone who likes adventures!


The Feelings Book

The Feelings Book by Todd Parr

reviewed by David, age 5

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This book is about feelings. Sometimes I feel brave, sometimes I feel lonely. This is my favorite book because it helps me know the different feelings, sometimes I feel like playing a toy.


The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

reviewed by Max, age 11

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Percy Jackson is a normal twelve-year-old student who always gets into trouble. Percy always thought he was normal, at least. He ends up being the son of an almighty god, Poseidon (a.k.a. Earthsaker, Stormbringer, Father of Horses). I highly recommend this book to everyone. The Lightning Thief is a very exciting book with a touch of humour. It can also teach you a lesson or two aout Greek mythology. It can even have "death cliff hangers." I really enjoyed this book!


Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

reviewed by Rozi, age 9

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This book is about an orphan girl who gets adopted. I like this book because it is a nice and kind story. It is so much fun to read this book about a trouble-making but fun-loving girl.


Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! Volume 1

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! Volume 1 by Shigekatsu Ihara

reviewed by Anastasia, age 10

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This book is about a boy named Hareta training to become the best trainer and trying to catch the legendary pokemon Dialga. I like this book because it was full of action and funny lines from the characters in this book. Hareta chooses a starter pokemon with very big BIG pride, and that pokemon keeps on pecking at Hureta's head. In the end it was a very good book.


How to Save your Tail

How to Save Your Tail: If you are a Rat Nabbed by Cats who Really Like Stories About Magic Spoons, Wolves with Snout-Warts, Big, Hairy Chimney Trolls -- and Cookies too by Mary Hanson

reviewed by Angela, age 8

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This book is about a rat named Bob who was nabbed by cats. The cats want to eat him so he tells them interesting stories about his family and serves cookies. I like this book because it is funny and like an adventure.


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

reviewed by Maggie, age 10

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Harry Potter tries to get a golden egg from a dragon, rescues somebody underwater, and completes a maze. I like this book because it's about a magical school called Hogwarts and it's exciting and scary. Harry finds out many secrets and he also learns about romance. Find out what happens!


Flat Stanley

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

reviewed by Tanvir, age 9

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This book is about Stanley getting flat by the bulletin board. Stanley got flat at night when the bulletin board fell from the wall on Stanley and made him flat. I liked this book because it showed me how fun it would be if you were flat like Flat Stanley when you did not know the bulletin board fell on you at night. You would get to fit in something that was too small.


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