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Local Book Reviews

Book Review by Cade

The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan

Genre: fiction, 312p.



"The characters are Percy, Thalia, Grover, Annabeth, Chiren, Nico, Bianca and Zoe. It's about the characters going off to save Annabeth from Kronos' army. Along the way they find something called the ophiotauras. Whoever kills it gets the power to destroy the gods."



"I thought it was a good book, because I've always been interested in Greek mythology."


"I would, [recommend this book] if they wanted to find out or already knewa bout Greek mythology."

Book Review by Wyatt

The Rifle by Gary Paulsen

Genre: fiction/ non-fiction, 105p.



"This book is mainly about a rifle and it's life. The rifle was made in the Revolutionary War. It goes from owner to owner to owner, while still always loaded. Eventually, it fires."



"This book was very realistic and sentimental, because of the rifle's journey."


"I reccomend[sic] this book to anyone who likes a realistic story."

Book Review by Hunter

Haunting at Home by David Patneaude

Genre: realistic fiction, ?p.



"In this book the main charachters are Nelson (the person who found who was writing the notes.) and Gannon who helps Nelson find the note writer. Plus his team who they think ofe of them is the note writer."



"I loved the book because it had tons of mystery in it. There were many of weird things happening. My other opinion is that this book rocks because of the mystery."


"Yes, [I would recommend this book], because this is a huge mystery book and it's awesome.
 So i think you should really read this book."

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Book Review by Wyatt

The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket

Genre: realistic fiction, 286p.



"In the 9th book in "A Series of Unfortunate Events" by Lemony Snicket, the Baudelaire orphans have arrived at a carnival. To hide from Olaf, they disguise themselves as freaks. But Olaf is going to throw one freak into a pit of lions..."



"I really thought that this book was very suspesneful when they were sneaking around the carnival"


"I recommend this book to people who like lots of suspense, because this book has lots of it."

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Book Review by Cade

Escape by Sid Fleishman

Genre: nonfiction, ?p.



"The characters are Houdini, Bess, Martin Beck and Houdini's mom. It's mianly about Houdini's best escapes. In one of them he brakes[sic] his ankle. Some of them nearly cost him his life. One time he almost drowned in the Detroit river."



"I thought it was ok. It definitely could have been better. It doesn't really talk about anything exciting. "


"I'm not sure if I wold (recommend this book). It's kind ofhard to tell who would like this. Why??"

Book Review by Wyatt

The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket

Genre: realistic fiction, 272p.



"In the 7th book of Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events, the orphans are being taken care of by a whole village, the village of V.E.D, but a supposed Count Olaf has been murdered, and guess who gets accused...."



"I really thought this book was funny and suspenseful"


"I recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense and humor."



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Book Review by Wyatt

The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket

Genre: realistic fiction, 259p.



"In this book, the Baudelaire orphans have been given to a rich family on "Dark Ave." in a penthouse apartment. The Quagmire triplets have been kidnapped by Olaf, and might be hidden behind two heavy elevator doors...."



"This book was the most suspenseful book in this series, and it was also very mysterious."


"I would recommend this book to everybody who likes mystery and suspense, because this book is full of it."



Book Review by Wyatt


The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket

Genre: Realistic Fiction; 195p.

In this book by Lemony Snicket, the orphans are living and working in the Lucky Smells Lumbermill. Their guardian says he will protect them from Count Olaf, who wants to steal their fortune, if they work in his lumbermill, but Count Olaf has always found them before....


This book is very realistic and suspenseful. I really liked this book for those 2 reasons. 



Yes, if they like mystery and suspense. 




Book Review by Wyatt

The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket

Genre: Realistic Fiction; 225p.

The 5th book in "A Series of Unfortuante Events" is about The Orphans going to Prepartory School.  they meet other orphans there, also.  But Count Olaf finds them there, and is going to try to steal their fortune again...


I thought this book was very suspenseful and realistic.  Lemony Snicket does a very good job of realisticly describing things.

I would recommend this book to anybody who likes suspense, because this books is full of suspense.


Book Review by Tyler

Gilda Joyce Psychic Investigations by Jennifer Allison

Genre: Mystery; 321p.


This book is all about a girl who says she is going to San Francisco and writes a novel.  She does go to San Francisco, but not like she said.  The girl has red hair; glasses and freckles.



I liked this book because it was just a big mystery about a ghost.


Yes, only if they like mystery and ghosts.


Book Review by Lexi

School of Fear by Gitty Daneshvari

Genre: Realistic Fiction; 339p.


Everyone is afraid of something....Bugs, water, confined spaces/rooms without windows, and dying. Those are the fears of the characters and the reason why they are spending the summer at School of Fear, with their slightly crazy headmaster, Schmidty and Macaroni.  School of Fear is supposed to help them get over their fears, but will their headmaster's (Mrs. Wellington's) crazy activities and lessons help them when she's only talking about pagentry?  



I thought it was a pretty good book. I had been wanting to read this book since I read the second one a few months ago. My favorite part of the book through is the page where it announces chapter 6 and the word is Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia; the fear of long words. 


Yes, I would recommend this book to pretty much anyone because it's not that long and the only words that are a bit tricky are the phobias. 









Book Review by Alison

Eona: The Last Dragon Eye

Genre: Realistic Fiction; 637p.


Eon. Once the 16 old girl who pretended to be a boy. Now she is Eona, the Mirror DragonEye, and her country's savior. But she has a dangerous secret. She can't control her power. Each time she and her dragon try to bond, she becomes the conduct for the 10 bereft dragons who have lost their dragoneyes. Their power and anguish flood through her, twisting her powerful ability into a force that destroys the land and it's people. With Ryko and Lady Dela, Eona is on the run from High Lord Sethan's army. Sethan has declared himself Emperor. In order to stop him, Eona must find Kygo, the young Pearl Emporer, who needs Eona's power if he wants to wrest back his throne.  



Eona is one of the best books I have ever read, with the thrilling fight scenes, "sizzling" tension, and many surprises. I wish there were more than just 2 books in the series. [Five stars]


I recommend it to anyone who is mature enough for the drama and old enough for the 637 pages.





Book Review by Jennifer

Gilda Joyce

Genre: Realistic Fiction; 321p.


Gilda Joyce is a 13 year old "psychic investigator." She tells her class that she was going to go to San Francisco for the summer, even though it's a complete lie. Her teacher had asked what she was doing there. The first thing that came out of her mouth was "writing a novel." Then the bell rang. Gilda, to prove she wasn't going to lie anymore, asked her mom if she knew anyone in San Francisco. Her mom said she had a distant cousin living there and Gilda wrote her mom's distant cousin (Mr.Splinter) a letter asking if she could visit for the summer. That's where it all begain.  



I think it was one of the best books I've read. It contains my absolute favorite subject: paranormal stuff. Like ghosts. (Five stars!!)


I would recommend it to anyone, and by anyone I mean EVERYONE. It's truly an awesome book!









Book Review by Wyatt

Sound Bender by Lin Oliver and Theo Baker

Genre: Science Fiction; 262p.


In the book Sound Bender, there is a kid named Leo who's parents recently died. He goes to live with his billionaire uncle. While in his room on his 13th birthday, he gets a package from his dad. He learns from a blue record that he can hear the past from things he touches. Only one object he touches brings huge amounts of trouble. 



I liked this book a lot. It was funny, and besides the sound bending, realisitc. I thought that this book was suspenseful, also. 


I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a story of suspense and realism. 








Book Review by Cade

Dangerous Waters by Gregory Mone

Genre: Realistic Fiction, 216 p.

The characters are Patrick, James, Blaney, Emily, Rockwell, Berryman and Harry. Harry has a very valuable book and Rockwell and Berryman are trying to steal it. It's all happening as the Titanic is sinking. Berryman tries to kill Patrick, but Mr. Webb paralyzes him. 


I thought it was a good book, because it's about the Titanic. I like books about the Titanic. I just like to knowabout America's history.

  Yes, I would recommend this book. They might be interested in the Titanic as well. That's my review.




Book Review by Wyatt

Blackbeard the Pirate King by J. Patrick Lewis

Genre: non-fiction poem, 26 p.

This book tells about Blackbeard's road to beoming a pirate, him being a pirate, and how he died, but all in poem form. 

The book tells about how Blackbeard became a pirate captain, and his life not being a captain.


I though this books was quite interesting and informational, and thought it was cool how everthing rhymed.


I would recommend this book to anybody who like poems and pirates.


Book Review by Anna

The Last Draonslayer by Jasper Fforde

Genre:Fantasy, 287 p.

Jennifer Strange works at a magicians' place called Kazam, but people never want to see magic shows any more.  

Now they use whatever magic they have left, to work on houses, clean drain popes, fit hooves, stuff like that  

Jennifer also has a quarkbeast. It doesn't give much description except he has razor shoarp teeth and claws and scales.  

Suddenly there a prophecy that the world last tragon is going to be killed by the last dragonslayer...


AWESOME!!!!! Well, I'm obsessed with tragons and I really like the dialect and simalies (someone gives the quark beast a treat. 

It says its like waving your hand in front of an open food grinder.) I also like the whole plot. I love home the story goes.


I would recommend this book to anyone who has an imgination likes dragons and loves fantasy, (like me).  \

This was one of the best books I've ever read. I hightly encourage anyone to read it!! 




Book Review by Wyatt

Nana Cracks the Case by Kathleen Lane

Genre: Fiction, 112 p.

You know how nanas are supposed to act like, right? Well, whatever you are thinking the nana in this book is different.

She works as a marine biologist, a back hoe operator, and a detective trying to catch a theif. Even with her

grandchildren Elufa and Bog helping, can she catch the crook?


I thought this book was funny. It was funny because a nana working as a backhoe driver & detecitve is usually funny.

I think that anyone who likes funny books with detective nanas should read this book.



Book Review by Wyatt

How they Croaked by Georgia Bragg

Genre: Historical Fiction, 192 p.

This book tells all about the lives and deaths, but mostly deaths, about famous people like King Tut,

Christopher Columbus, and others. It tells how and when they died. Most of them knew each other. 

Napolean discovered a stone that translated King Tut's belongings

and Egyptian language.


I really found this book interesting but gory and disgusting. 

I like this book because it is funny and tells about how people died and why.

[Would you recommend this book to others?] Yes, I think that people who want to know 

how older famous people died.




Book Review by Wyatt

Escape! by Sid Fleischman

Genre: Non-Fiction, 206 p.

In this fresh, witty biography of the most famous bamboozler since Merlin, Sid Fleischman, a former professional magician, enriches his warm homage with insider information and unmaskings. Did Houdini really pick the jailhouse lock to let a fellow circus performer escape? Were his secrets really buried with him? Was he a bum magician, as some rivals claimed? How did he manage to be born in two cities, in two countries, on two continents at the same instant?


I really enjoyed this book alot, and found it fact-filled and interesting. I also liked that it told about the tricks Houdini did. 

I recommend this book to people of all ages who want to learn about that great magician, Harry Houdini.



Book Review by Lexi

Love, Inc. by Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout

Genre: Realistic Fiction, 409 p.

Zahra, Kali and Sydney are three girls who meet in group and not much later become best friends. 

What they don't know is that they're all dating the exact same boy. When they find out, they don't stop being friends.

Instead they plan revenge including old fish guts, tools, spray paint and his car.

Another girl from their group therapy named Lauren hires them to spy on her boyfriend tos ee if he's cheating or not since

he's been really secretive.Then after a while, it just became a thing for them.


I think it was one of the best books I've ever read even though there are some bad words. I think that overall, it's an amazing

book. Five stars.

I would recommend this book to any girl that likes a touch of drama.



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Book Review by Wyatt

Wander by R.J. Palacio

Genre: Realistic Fiction, 315 p.

In this book, a facially deformed kid named August is going to school for the first time in his life.

He makes some friends on his first day, but most of the kids are afraid of his face! August has to try to

make it through middle school without quitting, but with his face, some things are harder than they look...


I like this book a ton. It is one of the most emotional and realistic books I have ever read. It is probably

my favorite book I have ever read.

I would defiinitely recommend this book to people of all ages. It is so funny, yet sad, yet realistic 

all at once.

Book Review by Wyatt

A Whel Nother Story by Dr. Cathbert Soup

Genre: Humerous Fiction, 264 p.

This books is about a scientist named Mr Cheeseman and his three children who are constantly trying to keep all sorts of 

spies from stealing their LVR (time machine).  They meet members of a traveling circus, a cowboy poet, and lots more

in this book! 



I like this book a ton!  I liked this book so much because it is very, very, very funny.

I would recommend this books to anybody who likes funny books because, well, this book is hilarious!

Sound Bender

Book Review by Cade

Sound Bender by Lin Oliver and Theo Baker

Genre: Realistic Fiction, 262 p.


The characters in the book are Leo Lomax, Hollis Lomax, Trevor, Crane, Klevko, Dimitri and Stump. Sound Bender is about a boy that can alternate sound by touching things. One day he finds a dolphin torture helmet. Then he travels to the south Pacific to find out what it is. He later finds out it is a military doplhin helmet. 



I think the book is very good. I like it because some of it could be real. That's my opinion. 

I would recommend it to someone who likes adventure. That's my summary.




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Book Review by Wyatt

I Represent Sean Rosen by Jeff Baron

Genre: Realistic Fiction, 345 p.


In this book a 14 year old kid named Sean Rosen wants to sell a movie to an entertainment company but doesn't want his family to know. He is afraid they would try to stop him. All he needs to get the company's attention is a manager, so he decides to make one up. 



I thought this book was funny and realistic. I also think this book is kind of suspenseful. Overall, I think most kids would like this book. 

[Yes.] I like a book that is funny and I think other kids do too. Adults would also like this book. 





Book Review by Wyatt

Dangerous Waters by Gregory Mone

Genre: historic fiction, 219 p.



In the book Dangerous Waters, there is a boy named Patrick who wants to be a working boy like his brother James.  He takes a work slip from a crew member of the Titanic, and goes aboard.  At the same time, a criminal is trying to take a book that has the key to unlimited wealth aboard the same ship as Patrick...


I really like this book because you can easily picture the events in the book in your head.  It is a book that sounds like it is real, but is really fiction.

I would definitely recommend this book to others.  It is very suspenseful and san near the end of the book.



Book Review by Anna

 Heist Society by  Ally Carter

Genre: realistic fiction, 287p.



"Katarina Bishop was born a criminal.  Both her parents are thieves.  Her dad is accused by a rich powerful bad guy named Arturo Taccone of stealing priceless paintings.  He didn’t though.  Kat gets a teenage crew and is determined to steal the paintings back to prove her dad innocent."



"It was a really good book.  It’s very suspenseful at times and it’s extremely well written and well described."


"I would recommend this book to teenage girls.  It could be for guys, but there is a twinge of romance, (Librarian added: If the romance ends badly, a twinge could be the right word.)"





Book Review by Wyatt

Fire From the Rock by Sharon M. Draper

Genre: Historical Fiction, 231p. 


"This book takes place in the town of Little Rock, during the segregation period. The main character, Sylvia Faye, is a black girl that has been chosen to integrate an all-white high school. Sylvia is a teenager, and she is facing problems everywhere she goes; like a fire in a store. What will happen to her? Read "Fire From the Rock" and find out.


Opinion: I thought the book was very exciting, suspenseful and sad. The characters have to go through horrible and sad things all throughout the book.


Recommendation: Yes, I think it is a great book, because of the ending, and how Sylvia and her family deal with their problems. "


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