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Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life

reviewed by Stephanie, age 11

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This book is about a girl who really wanted a cell phone but gets a diary instead. The girl's name is Nikki J. Maxwell, and she goes to a new school, meets a new mean girl and meets a new crush. I like this book because the book mostly relates to girls in their own way, like a new school, competing with a popular girl in school, a new diary, a new crush, new friends, and four parties to go to and really wanting a cell phone.


11 Birthdays

11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass

reviewed by Natalie, age 11

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This book is about how Amanda (the character) got into a fight with her ex-friend Leo. They always have a party together except this year. Amanda can't wait till her birthday ends. But one problem: her birthday is all over again. I like this book because there is this mystery to it and why their birthday is again and again. Also that they learn to be friends because a family feud. However I dislike this book because they always live the same day over and over again and it gets boring.


Moonlight on the Magic Flute

Moonlight on the Magic Flute by Mary Pope Osborne

reviewed by Angela, age 5.5

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This book is about Jack and Annie traveling to Vienna to meet Mozart and help him to like music again. I like this book because it is about many animals and a little boy Wolfie. I like this book, because I like music and I like to play piano and the magic flute.


Smile

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

reviewed by Hannah, age 11

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This book is about Raina falling and seriously injuring her two front teeth. She is almost a teenager, so this book can give you an idea of how to deal with puberty, crushes, homework, and the odd earthquake. I liked this book because it is funny and shows a real teenager dealing with the hardships of high school like friends who aren't really friendly and puberty.


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

reviewed by Angela, age 11

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This book is about a famous wizard called Harry Potter, also known as "The Chosen One," along with the headmaster of their school, Professor Dumbledore. They fight bravely against their enemy, Lord Voldemort, and his followers and try to get rid of the horcruxes. I like this book because I wish I could go to a wizard school like Hogwarts to learn magic spells, just like Harry and his friends. My favourite character is James, Harry's father. James was very mischievous, was very good at Quidditch, their national sport, and into a lot of trouble. I also like Peeves, one of the ghosts, because he's very funny. I would recommend this book to anyone who believes in magic.


Pandora Gets Lazy

Pandora Gets Lazy by Carolyn Hennessy

reviewed by Jadine, age 10

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This book is about a maiden named Pandora and her best friends on a quest to save the world from evils. I like this book because it's never boring. Pandora and her friends Alcie, Iole and Homer are looking for the pure source of Laziness. When Pandora is separated from her friends, she is taken prisoner by her uncle, who doesn't even recognize her. She finds that the pure source of Laziness is her uncle's ever-growing nose hair. Will Pandora capture Laziness? Read this book to find out!


Emperor of the Airwaves

Emperor of the Airwaves by Donald Lemke

reviewed by John, age 8

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The Penguin purchases Gotham's largest media company. Meanwhile, a crime wave hits the city. Batman soon learns that these events are related. I like this book because I thought it was funny seeing Batman as a crook called the "bat burglar."


Scaredy Squirrel at Night

Scaredy Squirrel at Night by Melanie Watt

reviewed by Amy, age 8

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This book is about Scaredy Squirrel, a squirrel who can't sleep at night so he makes a plan and then plan went wrong. All the creatures was standing there, but it was only animals so he slept and it went good. I like this book becasue it is funny because the pictures are very cartoon. My favourite part is when the squirrel fell asleep on baby pictures. The artist was a very fancy, cartooning artist.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

reviewed by Moe, age 9

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This book is about Harry, Hermione and Ron leaving their school of magic to set off to find the horcruxes. And finally will Voldemort be defeated? I like this book because it has lots of magic, problems and action at the same time. When they go somewhere, the author describes it really well so it's like you're really there with Harry, Ron and Hermione. And there is really exciting part and it's and scary.


How to Build Your Own Country

How to Build Your Own Country by Valerie Wyatt

reviewed by Ryan, age 9

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This book is about how to build a country and how to take care of it and what to do when there's a problem and stuff. I like this book because it tells me about all the things of how and what to do when/if you find a piece of land. I also like it because I want to have my own country. I suggest if you would like owning a country you should read this book.


Run

Run by Eric Walters

reviewed by Angela, age 8

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This book is about a boy named Winston who got suspended from school because the police thought he was drinking. Then, he travels with his father and meets Terry Fox. He learns a lot from him and when he goes back to school, he is going to be better...because of Terry. I like this book because it teaches you a lesson: never give up. Winston will now be good at school because he learned from Terry Fox. It is a colourful book and is classic. I rate this book 5 out of 5 and recommend it to anyone.


Savvy

Savvy by Ingrid Law

reviewed by Erin, age 9

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This book is about a young boy, Mibs who discovers his savvy supernatural powers that has been hidden from his family on his 13th birthday. But, before his birthday he cried in sorrow because his Poppa died in a car accident. Mibs needs more than magic so he revealed his secret identity to save his family and cure his dad. Lastly his family and friends depend on getting savvy powers. I like this book because everyone Mibs knows gets savvy supernatural powers and uses them to save family members, mostly the world. I do not like the part when Mibs' dad died in a car accident. It was thrilling reading the book Savvy!


Mmm, Cookies!

Mmm, Cookies! by Robert Munsch

reviewed by Denise, age 9

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This book is about a boy who finds some clay and makes cookies for his mom and dad out of the clay and gives it to them and then they get sick so they call his school and then they make a clay cookie and he eats it. I like this book because I like Robert Munsch. I also like this book because it is funny.


Dragonbreath: Attack of the Ninja Frogs

Dragonbreath: Attack of the Ninja Frogs by Ursula Vernon

reviewed by Tim, age 10

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This book is about a young dragon called Danny Dragonbreath. His friend is being attacked by ninjas. Danny gets help from a samurai clan and saves his friend. I like this book because it has lots of adventure and humour. Right after I finished reading this book, I borrowed the next book in the series from the library. This is an amazing book. I hope you enjoyed reading my review because I had fun writing it!!!


The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

reviewed by Freddy, age 13

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This book is about the struggle between a giant, 18-foot marlin and an old man, Santiago. The old man has gone without fish for nearly three months and he has hit jackpot. But getting the jackpot means killing the marlin, and he spends 2 days before he succeeds. Yet he has to bring the marlin back whole, and sharks love marlin meat. I like this book because it is very hooking. It is not your normal book. This book is in a complete genre of its own. I like the way the old man says his thoughts aloud. His name is only mentioned twice in the story. He is just referred to as "the old man." For someone as ancient as he is, he is very strong and fit. Proof: he battled for two days continuously with a 1600 pound marlin. During that time, all he ate were some raw flying fish. I feel sorry that the marlin was completely devoured by the sharks.


Turtle in the Sea

Turtle in the Sea by Jim Arnosky

reviewed by Kristie, age 12

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This book is about a turtle who lived in a sea with the other fish. Her favorite food is jellyfish. I like this book because I like to swim like a fish and I also like the seaweed that floats in the sea.


The Talent Show

The Talent Show by Dan Gutman

reviewed by Angela, age 8

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This book is about a place called Cape Bluff, Kansas. A tornado swept through and they need to decide what to do. Some adults went to the high school auditorium to have a meeting. They decided to have a talent show to raise money and get Cape Bluff back to its feet. I like this book because it is a funny and sad book. There are a lot of parts where it suddenly turns visible and you think a tornado is hurling at you. I rate this book 5 out of 5 and recommend it to anyone. This book is a heart-pounding adventure!


Ghosts Don't Ride Wild Horses

Ghosts Don't Ride Wild Horses by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones

reviewed by Vanessa, age 8

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The Bailey School kids go on a field trip and they meet Coyote Pete, a ghost. Will Liza, Eddie, Melody and Howie be able to discover who Coyote Pete really is? I like this book because it is a real mysterious adventure. Also, Liza and her friends find out who Coyote Pete really is, a real coyote.


Ever

Ever by Gail Carson Levine

reviewed by Jadine, age 10

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This book is about Kezi of Hyte, a dancer and rug weaver, and Olus, Akkan god of the winds. I like this book because when Kezi is condemned to die after her father swears a deadly oath, Kezi must try to become immortal so that she will survive the human sacrifice. With Olus's help, she sets out on a dangerous adventure to help themselves, two lovers, to stay alive. After they do heroic deeds, Olus takes Kezi to his home, Enshi Rock. There it will be decided if Kezi can drink the therka and become immortal. Will Kezi really achieve her goal and live through the sacrifice? Read this book to find out.


Lunch Money

Lunch Money by Andrew Clements

reviewed by Jasmmeen, age 13

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This book is about a boy named Greg Kenton who loves money, ever since he was a child. He would do extra chores around the house or sell lemonade on hot summer days to make money. As Greg got older he got over his babyish ways of making money and got down to business. Greg started selling comic books at school and it was all good until Maura Shaw started making her own comics and selling them at school...COMPETITION! Soon Greg and Maura turned their hatred into friendship and started working together...but will their business be successful...or will it backfire??? I like this book because it teaches everyone how to get past anger and to fill their lives with happiness. This book is a good example of this because it actually shows how Greg and Maura were enemies and slowly they became friends. I recommend this book to kids because there is a good life lesson.


No Talking

No Talking by Andrew Clements

reviewed by Jasmeen, age 13

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Laketon Elementary's fifth graders have been the noisiest bunch of kids since they entered elementary school, and nothing could get them to quiet down...until they entered fifth grade. Dave Packer was reading a book about Gandhi and how he remained silent to give his mind peace and Dave tried the same. Soon not talking became a girls vs. boys thing in the fifth grade. It became a contest to see which gender talked the least. But it really isn't as easy as the kids thought it would be...I like this book because it had a unique topic: not talking! It was a really engaging book that once I started reading I couldn't put the book down. One thing I didn't like about this book was it had a lot of teachers and that made it harder to remember each teacher's name, which made reading it confusing. Overall this was a great book!


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