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Game Changers
by Mike Lupica

Do you like football? If so, Game Changers is a great book for you. This story is about a middle school football player named Ben. Ben is a great quarterback. A quarterback is the the main part of the offense and the guy that throws the ball.  He is short, fast, and he has a shocking arm. Every year he tries out to be the team quarterback, but he never gets the position.   This year, the only person in his way is the coach's son.

I have really enjoyed reading this book. One of my favorite things about this book is the attention to detail. I loved how Mike Lupica was detailed while explaining the characters. This book would probably be most enjoyed by 4th and up. I think this because younger kids would have a hard time reading this book. Also you have to be into sports to like this book. If you are interested in sports you should also look into the author's other books.   So, if you are into football, I strongly recommend this book to you. - Gavin

 Strudel's Forever Home
by Martha Freeman
    Have you ever wondered what your dog is thinking? Strudel's Forever Home is told from a  dog's perspective. Strudel is a wiener dog. He is in the city. He was brought to the pound.  A boy named Jake brings him home. Jake lives with his mom, sister and his mom's boyfriend. On his first few days at his new home Strudel meets friends and he also meets some mean cats. Read this book to find out what happens at his new house.     I recommend this book to 4th grade and up because some parts are hard to understand. This book makes me fall into it. When I fall deep into a book and my soul can’t stop reading I know that it is a really good book. The words are big but I think it is the perfect size. It is a medium sized book. When I first laid my eyes on the book I automatically fell in love with it because it has a cute dog in it, and I love dogs. I love Martha Freeman because her books are fun and family friendly. I would recommend that you read more of her books. I would give this book 100,000 out of 100 stars because I love books about a person and their family. -Olive
The Doll in the Garden
by Mary Downing Hahn   
Hi. My name is Ashley Cummings and my mother and I have left our home to go to Baltimore so we can  leave all the bad memories behind us of my dad. When we settled into the new house I noticed there was something strange happening. Sometimes, when my mom is passed out at night, I hear a child cry out somewhere in the garden. When Kristi my friend and I found a doll in the garden she wanted to keep it, but I think the true owner wants it back, even if she passed away 8 decades ago.
    Hi. My name is Josh. I have read all of Mary Downing Hahn's books,  but I love this one about Ashley the most because it almost feels like I am there with Ashley.
I give this book, The Doll in the Garden, 10 out of 10 stars because there is a lot of conflict going on throughout. I also love it because I am a fan of horror books and suspense books. I think this book should be recommended to fourth grade and up because of  some of the difficult words in the book. If you want to not be able to sleep at night then  I would recommend this book for you. -Josh
Wait Till Helen Comes
by Mary Downing Hahn

 In Wait Till Helen Comes,  Michael and Molly are having huge problems with  their 7 year old step sister HEATHER!  
    Since their  mom and Heather’s dad got married,   Heather has been getting them in huge trouble  for no REASON.  Now their mom and Dave are making them  move  into a church in the country.  You have got to find out what trouble happens after they find out what happens in the graveyard in their  backyard,  and Heather  starts talking to a ghost named Helen  who died  in a big fire.       I love this book because I love scary books.  I love, love this book because scary books make me happy. So much detail goes on in scary books like this book. Read this book!!   I think  people that like or love these  kind of scary  mystery  type of books should read this book.   I also  think  that 3rd grade and up should read this book. I give this book a 1,000,000 out of 10 stars. Mary Downing Hahn has written more scary books.     -Skyler                       
 Circus Mirandus
by Cassie Beasley

    Imagine this scenario, you live with your grandfather and everything is fine until your grandfather finds out he is dying and your nasty great aunt is coming to live with you. Then you are only allowed to see your grandfather once a day thanks to your great aunt.  In the book, Circus Mirandus, this is what happens to Micah. Then he is sent to live outside in a treehouse because his grandfather told him about this magic circus and his old friend, the Lightbender, that gave him a wish that he still hasn’t used. The great aunt doesn’t want him to talk with grandfather about this. No one knows what the wish is except grandpa Ebraham and his friend from the circus. Now that he is sick, grandpa needs this wish and Micah is getting ready for the greatest adventure in his life.

    I give this book 10 out of 10 stars because the book was so powerful.  I recommend it for 4th grade and up because there are some hard words  and confusion.  If you like  magic like I do, then this book is perfect for you.  I loved the book because  it has a lot of action, and it is an easy read for me . It’s not only a long book, it’s a fun book.  What I also liked about  this book is it doesn’t have many pictures, which let’s me use my imagination. -Gracie

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway
By Jeff Kinney

        This book blew my mind when I read the brand new  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Getaway. It just came out and I was one of the first kids to take it out of the library.

        In the story, it’s before Christmas and Greg is the kid whose parents want to go on a vacation to a place. I can't tell you where, but they have a long plane ride to their destination. Greg sits next to this obese guy with a baby and he is very annoyed. His mom and two brothers sit across from him. His dad goes on so many plane rides for business he had an experienced card so he got first class for himself and the rest of the family sat in the economy part of the plane. Then, they got to the place. They had to stay on the wild side because the mild side has nasty people. I can’t tell the ending. It’s a secret. Will anything right happen on this family trip?

        I recommend this book to 4th,5th and 6th graders. This book has a lot of really funny pictures. I rate this book a 1 million of 10 because it hooks you in. I love the whole series because these books are so fun to read and once you start reading them you can't stop.  The author is Jeff Kinney. He's really good at writing books. I suggest reading all the books!!! -Kolby
        The Olympians:Apollo

By:George O'Connor


      Hi, my name is Apollo the god of the sun, music, healing and poetry. My dad is Zeus, the god of lightning. A man named George O'Connor wrote a book about me. He has written a lot of books about my family. So far, he has written 9 books and my book is the 8th.  He has written about Zeus, Athena, Hera, Hades, Poseidon, Aphrodite, Ares, my twin sister Artemis, and me. Most of the books are set on Mount Olympus, our home. My book is full of a whole bunch of adventures, like about how I was not very fond of my father Zeus. A boy named Derek has read my book, so let’s see what he has to say.

    Derek, here.  I give the whole Olympians series as many stars in the galaxy out of ten. I think that 4th graders and up should read them, because the mythology is kind of confusing. The whole series are done as graphic novels which makes them easier to read.  I love that it is in a comic book form.  George O’ Connor is a great artist.  If you like adventure and fantasy this book is for you.  I love this series because I love mythology and learning about Greek gods. -Derek  love mythology and learning about greek gods.  

Dirt Bike Racer
by Matt Christopher

    The book
Dirt Bike Racer is an old book,  but in my opinion  it is a good book.  The author’s name is M
att Christopher and he has written many books about different sports. The main characters are  Ron a 12 year old boy, Ron’s parents, and Mr. Perkins, an 80 year old man.  Ron was scuba diving in a lake and found an old dirt bike.  So he pulled the dirt bike out of the water and brought it to his house.  He wanted to fix it up so he could ride it.  He had to get a job because he did not have enough money to buy parts for the dirt bike.  After he had enough money and fixed up the dirt bike he wanted to ride it, but where?  Read the book to find out more.     The genre of the book is realistic fiction which I like.  I recommend this book to third grade and up.  I give this book 8 out of ten stars.  I like the way that Matt Christopher writes and how he makes it sound so real.  I like this book because I ride and race dirt bikes, so I get what the author is talking about. I connect to the book so it gets me interested. -Cohen I connect to the book so it gets me interested.-Cohen

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 Reviews From Previous Years: 
 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 Bad Island, for the school library.

 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 Gavin 
Image result for the terrible twoThe 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 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 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 Alexis
Escape from Baxters' Barn
by Rebecca Bond
external image 22749777.jpg     The book Escape from Baxters' Barn is about animals that do not like being at Baxter barn. The cat is helping the farm animals escape f
rom 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.
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 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 the 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 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 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.

 by Jordan
by Kwame Alexander

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     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!!!!!!! 
 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.

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 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 as much 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.
 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.

  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!!!!!!!