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2016-2017: 5th & 6th Graders' Book Reviews   

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By Ayla

Everyday Angel: New Beginnings

By Victoria Schwab

Gabby and her brother Marco loved to run up the hill in their backyard.  One day they were racing up to the top.  When Gabby got there she thought Marco would already be there, but to her surprise, he wasn’t.  She waited.  He never got to the top.  She went to look for him.

Aria is an angel that helps people through their problems with family and with friends.  Aria is assigned to help Gabby because her brother is very ill and is in the hospital.  Everyday Angel is a fantasy book, but the author set the book up so well, and added so many amazing details, that it seems so real!!!!!!!  

This is the first book of this series, and there is a second book called Second Chances!  I recommend this book to 5th graders and older because there are some really tough words and it is sort-of hard to understand.  THIS IS AN AMAZING BOOK!!!!!! 
 by Josh


By  Doug TenNapel

It is Cam’s birthday, and his father got him a cardboard box.   He figures this is  the  most terrible present in mankind.  Since Cam doesn't want to waste the cardboard, he makes a man out of it. It magically comes to life.  But, the neighborhood bully steals the rest of the cardboard and creates a new powerful evil man eating invention that threatens to destroy the whole town.  What do you think will happen? Read the book Cardboard by Doug TenNapel to find out.

The book Cardboard is an amazingly awesome book. I give it  8-10 stars, because it's  well written and has lots of action going on throughout the book.  It is a graphic novel fantasy with great descriptive words.  I think this book should be 4th grade and up for reading because of the difficult words.  Personally, I would like for Mrs.Goraj to get the author’s other books, Ghostopolis and Badisland, for the school library.

 by Chloe

Circus Mirandus

By Cassie Beasley

Do you like magic? If you do this is the book for you.  Micah lives with his grandpa. Grandpa is dying.  His nasty great aunt watches and cares for both of them. His grandpa loves to tell Micah stories about his childhood. Whenever he sees Micah he is always trying to be cheerful and spend the rest of the time he has making memories with him. Grandpa went to a circus when he was little. He met an amazing man called the Light Bender. It was his favorite act. They became good friends. The Light Bender offered his grandpa one wish, but he never used it. Now he needs the wish. Micah has to look for the magical circus to ask the Light Bender for his grandpa's wish. He has to figure out how to do that without his aunt knowing. So Micah goes off to find the circus.  Along the way Micah finds a friend. She joins him in his adventure.

I recommend this book to kids fifth grade to eighth grade because it is very interesting and fun, but it gets a little complicated in parts of  the story. I like this book because it was  intense and mysterious. If you want to know what happens to Micah...you will have to read the book to find out. One of my favorite parts was about the Mysterious Bird Woman and what she did. I would rate this book eight out of ten. It was an excellent book, and if you read it you will feel the same way.

by Owen 

The Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan

Book 1 in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series

Meet Percy Jackson, a twelve-year-old New Yorker who's the main character in the book The Lightning Thief. He has dyslexia and ADHD, for reasons unknown….  

In this book, he tells us the story of his past year as a 6th grader.  On the first day of summer, Percy discovers from his friend Grover, that something is wrong with him. He learns that he is a half-blood, “half-human-half-god.” He is taken to Camp Half-Blood in New York, a camp for kids just like him, that is safe from monsters like minotaurs, and other mythical greek monsters who like to attack half-bloods!

I give this book 100,000,000 out of 10 star.

by Emma

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

By Ransom Riggs

Jacob is a 16 year old boy, and his grandad used to tell him stories of “peculiar children” in a house on an island off Wales. His grandfather lived there during WWII. He was a refugee during the holocaust and lost his family. Eventually he left to join the war. The grandad dies a violent death, and his last words make Jacob question what is real. He sets off to Wales to discover what really went on at Miss Peregrine’s home.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is an adventure book with a little bit of horror and romance. It is the first book in a 3 book series. It is set in present day Florida and Wales, but also 1940’s Wales. I like this book because it is mysterious and you never know what’s going to happen next. It is also interesting to see how the children’s peculiarities change how everything happens. I rate this book 100 septillion out of 10 because it is my absolute favorite book. I recommend this to 10-100 year olds because it is very interesting. They made it into a movie, but I recommend you read the book first because

by Gavin 
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The Terrible Two
by Mac Barnett

     The Terrible Two is a terribly awesome book.
     It is about this kid named Mile. He has to move to Yawnie Valley with his family. He was expecting to be the prankster at his new school, like he was at his old school.  However, 
on his first day of school, he finds the principal's car parked in front of the school steps. He quickly realized that there is already a school prankster. Mr. Barkin, the principal had to let the whole school climb through the front of his car to get in the building. He instantly blamed Miles, because he is the new kid. After, Mr. Barkin introduced Miles to a kid named Niles. He is the school’s most behaved kid, and Mr. Barkin wants him to keep an eye on Miles.  You have to read the book to find out what happens next….
I would rate this book 8 out of 10 stars. It contains a lot of funny pranks. I would say that this book would be for 4th and up. Personally I love this book. I would like to read the sequel.
 by Brooklyn

The Thing About Jellyfish

by Ali Benjamin


The Thing about Jellyfish is about a young girl named Suzy whose best friend Frannie died. People said that she drowned, but Suzy has a theory that she died by a jellyfish sting.

    The Thing About Jellyfish is realistic fiction, because it has  a lot of facts about jellyfish, and what they are capable of doing. The setting of this book is all over the place, but mostly it is in Suzy’s school. If I were to rate this book I would give it a 9.5. I would give this book a 9.5 because it is a really interesting book, and it's surprising so you don’t know what is going to happen next.

    I recommend this book to an age group between 11 and 13, I also recommend this book to people who like informational boo
ks, and also to people who like mysteries. Not only do you learn about jellyfish, you also learn a lot about Suzy and Frannie, and what happened to their friendship when they got to middle school.
by Bella

Isle of the Lost
by Melissa De la Cruz 

If you like  villains like I do, I recommend the Isle of the  Lost by Melissa De la Cruz . This book is a fantasy based on Disney fairy tales. It is about 4 VKs (villain kids), Mal (Maleficent's daughter), Evie (Evil Queen’s daughter), Carlos (Cruella de Vil’s son) and Jay (Jafar’s son). 20 years ago Belle and the Beast got married in the kingdom of Auradon and banned all Villains from the kingdom. The VK’s had a bad life but they thought it was good. They are the most ROTTEN kids you would ever meet and  they steal.

I recommend it to 4th grade and up because it has long difficult words and can be sort of hard to understand. I give it a 10 out of 10 stars because I love Disney and villains. I think it is cool to create a story about their kids.

 by Greta

Witch Catcher

By Mary Downing Hahn

A young girl named Jen moved from the city to the countryside of West Virginia to a house where a mysterious relative had lived all alone. Though the house was full of treasures, one thing caught her eye the most; the tall dark tower right outside her bedroom window. She was forbidden to enter. Which only made her want to go in more. One day she snuck in. There, she saw a beautiful glass globe hanging from t

he ceiling. She wanted it so bad, so she took it. Later, Moura, an appraiser for the house gave Jen an awful feeling. She knew something was wrong, but her father was clearly enchanted by her beautiful looks. She told Jen that she came looking for the globe, but didn't find it, and it was very valuable. It is called a witch catcher. Jen was curious. After a couple of days of hiding the globe in her bedroom, the globe shatters into thousands of pieces on the floor. Something comes out of the globe, and now her father and Moura are engaged. Things go downhill so fast Jen can't catch up with them. Soon she finds herself in a world of trouble.

I recommend this book to fifth grade and up because of the challenging vocabulary in parts of the book. I give this book 10 out of 10 stars because of the great descriptive writing. I also really liked this book, because of the odd accents used by certain characters. I think it adds a great descriptive, creative feel to the book.

 by Gracie

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Old School 
by Jeff Kinney

though Diary of a Wimpy Kid Old School isn't a DCF book, I had to recommend it. 
      It is about a boy named Greg who goes 
on an overnight trip with his class to a camp. When Greg and his class arrive at the camp, they see a bus leaving the camp with other kids leaving and pounding on the bus windows. They are pointing at a sign on the back of the bus that says, "Beware of...."  I'm not going to tell you what, you have to read the book. Later, on the last day at the camp, all the kids had to build a shelter to sleep in. When Greg went to go get wood to build it, he saw a shed and went up to it and opened the door. Read to find out what was in the the shed. 

     I think that this book is for 3rd grade and up because there are some hard words in there. I liked this book because it was short and had a lot of detail and surprises. I give it 10 out of 10 stars because this is the best book of Jeff Kinney's Wimpy Kid series.

 by Johnna


By Raina Telgemeier

If you enjoy quick reading books and a good story with a sense of mystery, this book’s for you!!! It’s a unique graphic novel about a girl named Catrina. She has a little sister named Maya who has an incurable and deadly disease called Cystic Fibrosis. After moving into a new town, they quickly learn about the mysterious ghosts that haunt the town. Catrina is completely in denial of these supposed ghosts. During an encounter, they have a terrible problem. They also quickly learn about the Day of the Dead celebration. Along the way they encounter new friends, have heartfelt situations that may cause readers to be sad or worried, and have odd encounters.The two main characters are the sisters, but there is a guy named Carlos who befriends them in their journey.  

I recommend this book to anyone from fifth grade and up, because it is interesting and enjoyable to read.This book also goes over some serious possibilities, such as death. I like it because it presents an actual problem with a twist of fiction. I give this book 8 out of 10 stars.

by Alexis
 external image 22749777.jpgThe book Escape from Baxters' Barn is about animals that do not like being at Baxter barn. The cat is helping the farm animals escape from the farm.The book genre is an animal story. The animals leave at night. The farm animals want to be free. The book is not a series. I recommend the book for 4th and up because it has hard words. I like the book because I love farm animals. I rate it an 8 out of 10. It is the best book I have read.

Lily’s Crossing

By Patrica Reilly Giff

by Ariel 6th Gr.

What would it feel like to you if you had to move to a totally new place where you knew nobody and had to leave things behind?This is what happens in the book Lily’s Crossing. The author is Patricia Reilly Giff, and the genre is historical fiction.

This book is about a young girl named Lily who had to move to a new place, New York, because where she was from in Europe,  and there was a war going on. Lily was excited to go because her friend Margaret lived in America, but when she got there, her friend was moving to a new place, Detroit, so Lily only had a few days with Margret. When Margaret left, Lily met a new friend named Albert. Lily became great friends with him. The characters in this book are Lily, the main character, Margaret  and Albert.

I recommend this book to 4th grade and up, because younger kids may not understand about the war and moving reasons. I thought this book was interesting. I give this book 8 out of 10 stars because though it is not my most favorite book. I liked it because I thought it was interesting. If you know about the war, and like to read books that have to do with the war, you will love this book.

Reviews From Previous Years

 by Greta
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 Running Out of Night
by Sharon Lovejoy

 Out Of Night is an amazing book. I really love how the author writes strong southern accents in this book. If you don't like that asmuch as I do, I really suggest that you NOT read this book. This book is about a nameless girl that lives with her father (Pa) and her brothers. Her mother died. She is treated badly and has to do all the cooking, cleaning, and gardening. One night, when she is home alone she is met by  a girl. A slave. Her name is Zenobia. The nameless girl has to hide Zenobia before her Pa gets home or else he will bring her to the slave catchers for a reward. The girl puts the slave in the cellar for a hiding spot. AND THEN....... well, I guess you will have to read the book to know that.
 by Jordan

 The Greenglass House

                             by Kate Milford

The Green Glass house is about a kid named Milo who lives with his parents named Nora and Ben Pine. His parents own the hotel in Smugglers Peak called the Green Glass House. It was Christmas week and Milo doesn't have any school, so he thought he was just going to spend the vacation with his family, but his plans changed. All of a sudden 5 guests showed up at the same time. First was Mr. Vinge , then Georgie Moselle, then Mrs. Hereward and Dr. Gowervine, then Clem. Since all these people came Mrs.Caraway the summer cook, her daughter Lizzy and a girl named Meddy came to help. Milo and Meddy start playing this role playing game, Milo is a blackjack always wondering about his past, and Meddy was a scholiast who couldn't be seen. They both made up names for themselves, Negret and Sirin. In the game they are trying to figure out why all the guests showed up at the same time and what they want. Each night a guest tells a story and each night Milo and Meddy get 1 more clue about the guests and the house's past.
     I give this book 1,000,000,001 stars out of 10 stars IT IS THE BEST BOOK EVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just to let you know, it starts off really slow, but its worth it for the end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SUPPRISE ENDING - GREAT TWIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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by Kwame Alexander

     Cross Over is a book written in poetry form, it is about two brothers, Josh and Jordan, and their dad who Love to ball! Everything was going great until the world was spun upside down for the two brothers. Read to find out what happened next to the brothers! AND KEEP A VERY GOOD EYE 
ON THE DAD!!!!!!! 
 Review by Johnna
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Under the Egg

 by Laura Mars Fitzgerald

     I like this book. Under the Egg is about a girl who had a very strong bond with her grandfather, but now since he died she has been thinking of his final words "under the egg". After considering this, since they are poor, she thought there was some kind of money related to it. She searched, but found nothing until she found there was something special about the painting of an egg  hung over the fireplace. 

     This is a very interesting book. Read the book to find out the mystery of what is under the egg.

 Review by Chloe
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                                                                       El Deafo

by Cece Bell

     El Deafo is a really great book. The book is autobiographical and is about a girl, CeCe Bell, who becomes deaf from an illness she had when she was fo
ur. She was a little confused at first when she couldn't hear anything. Later she got a device that let her hear better. Then she went to a school where everyone was deaf just like her for one year. At the school she learned to lip read and other important stuff. She had to move and go to a new school with kids who could hear. The kids treated her differently. Then she got a new hearing aid called the phonic aid so that she could hear the teacher more clearly. But, then she found out that she could hear the teacher anywhere in the school. She made some friends and had some fights with friends. Then, she didn't tell anybody but, she started to imagine that she was a super hero and called herself El Deafo. I think this book is really great, I give it a 9 out of ten stars.

 Review by Emma
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          The Mark of the Dragonfly

                    by Jaleigh Johnson

     This book is about a girl named Piper who lives in a land where things fall from the sky in a storm and she is so poor she has to scavenge to sell and buy her food. One day her friend goes out too early in the storm. Piper goes after him after the storm and sees  a caravan in the mist. The caravan is hit with a big rock so Piper goes out to see what happened, and sees a girl with a dragonfly tattoo on her arm. That means she is from the dragonfly territories and Piper could get a lot of money from  returning her. The book is about returning the girl and all the adventures while doing so.

                             Wooh fun ya!

  by Greta
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The Boundless
by Kenneth Oppel

    This book is amazing! I like it because it's a mystery and it talks about creatures we don't know are real like the Sasquatch. This book is about a boy named Will, watching the Boundless grow before his eyes into the biggest train the world has ever seen. But when he steps on the train for the first time, there is a murder. He doesn't want to be in a mystery but now it's up to him to solve it. (11 out of 10 stars!!! MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!) 
 by Emma
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place
by Julie Berry

     This is Emma and I just read this book. It is a very good book. It is about 7 girls who come from families that don't really like them, and they all go to school together. One day, while casually eating, their headmistress's brother drops dead. Shortly after, the headmistress does too. They then realize that none of them want to go home so they see how long they can go without anyone really knowing the headmistress is dead, because if authorities find out they will be sent home. On their way, they uncover surprising secrets, while trying to figure out how their headmistress and her brother died. it is a VERY good book and I give it 8.8 stars out of 10. I REALLY RECOMMEND IT!!!!!!!

by Jordan

Iggie's  House

by Judy Blume

Winnie Barringer's summer gets off to a bad start when her best friend Iggie moves to Tokyo. A few weeks later,  a new family moves in to
her house. But there’s something that is different about the Garber family. They’re COLORED, and some people think they should leave because they are colored. Back in the 1950's and early 1960's colored meant African American or black. Winnie tries to become the best neighbor she could be. So she started to become friends with the Garbers. If you like this book, try other books by Judy Blume. I would rate this book a billion out of ten stars because it tells you that just because people are different doesn’t mean they aren’t nice and can become very, very good friends.
 by Chloe
"The Series of Unfortunate Events"
by Lemony Snicket

    Do you like happy stories? If you do, this is NOT your kind of book series AT ALL!!!!!!! The author is Lemony Snicket, but his real name is Daniel Handler.This story is sad, gloomy, adventurous and a mystery. The main characters are the 3 Baudelaire children, Violet, Klaus and Sunny. Violet likes to invent things, Klaus likes to read almost anything and Sunny loves to bite everything hard. The book starts off in a terrible way, because their parents die in a fire. Count Olaf is one of the other main characters. He is the most HORRIBLE, I mean the most horrible man you will ever meet. The summary is quite simple, here it is. The Baudelaire’s parents died in a fire. In each book, they are sent to live with different relatives, and Count Olaf always ruins it somehow. Wherever the children go it is always dark, gloomy and usually quite adventurous with whoever they are with.

I give this a trillion out of ten stars. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK SERIES, because it’s a mystery. You never know what is going to happen next. I recommend this series for fourth graders and up. Read this series to find out what the Baudelaire children go through.