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Children's Picture Books - Early Chapter Books - Chapter Books

Welcome to our book review section.  Our book reviews are written by kids - for kids.  Our reviews cover a wide range of books to include all ages and reading abilities.  You will find many great ideas for summer reading options!  We encourage you to submit a review of one of your favorite books.

 

CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOKS:

Biscuit's Big Friend (My First I Can Read)-  Reviewer:  Adam, age 7
DESCRIPTION- 
Biscuit meets a friend named Sam and they race and play silly puppy games.
FAVORITE PART-  When Biscuit falls into Sam's water dish.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:  Alyssa Satin Capucilli          25 pages
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Biscuit's New Trick (My First I Can Read)-  Reviewer:  Adam, age 7
DESCRIPTION- 
The little girl plays with Biscuit, but, he doesn't get the ball. Then, he rolls over, then fetches his bone. Then he fetches the ball. He learned a new trick.
FAVORITE PART-  When Biscuit gets muddy.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:  Alyssa Satin Capucilli          24 pages
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Froggy Gets Dressed-  Reviewer:  Adam, age 7
DESCRIPTION- 
Froggy wants to go outside, but, it's snowing and he forgot his clothes. Will he go outside?
FAVORITE PART-  When he forgets his underwear.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:  Jonathan London          28 pages
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I Spy Funny Teeth (Scholastic Readers)-  Reviewer:  Adam, age 7
DESCRIPTION- 
Just like all the other books in this popular series, you have to find the things that are listed on the page.
FAVORITE PART-  The extra riddles
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:  Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick          29 pages
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One Dark Night-  Reviewer:  Adam, age 7
DESCRIPTION- 
It's about a mouse, a mole and a bear having an adventure during the night.
FAVORITE PART-  When the mouse, the mole, and the bear become friends.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:  Lisa Wheeler          28 pages
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Shrek 2: Cat Attack! (Storybook with Stickers)-  Reviewer:  Adam, age 7
DESCRIPTION- 
Book is about the movie, Shrek 2. It tells a fun story about Shrek and Puss in Boots.
FAVORITE PART-  When Shrek is scratched by Puss in Boots
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:  David Cody Weiss and Bobbi JG Weiss          22 pages
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Spongebob Squarepants Class Confusion-  Reviewer:  Adam, age 7
DESCRIPTION- 
Spongebob can't get his boating license. Then, a man pretends to be Spongebob to play a joke.
FAVORITE PART-  When the man has a cheeky face.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:  Sarah Willson         23 pages
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Spot's Windy Day and Other Stories (Spot)-  Reviewer:  Adam, age 7
DESCRIPTION- 
In Spot's Windy Day, Spot's kite gets stuck in a tree. In Spot Follows His Nose, Spot goes on an adventure to find good smells. And in Spot in the Snow, Spot enjoys a snowy day.
FAVORITE PART-  All the stories have good things that happen in them
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:  Eric Hill          32 pages
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The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Car Trip -  Reviewer:  Adam, age 7
DESCRIPTION- 
The Berenstain Bear family went on a car trip.  The cubs didn't like it at first but after awhile they started to have fun.
FAVORITE PART-  When they went to Mount Grizzmore
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:  Stan and Jan Berenstain        29 pages
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The Berenstain Bears Get in a Fight-  Reviewer:  Adam, age 7
DESCRIPTION- 
The Berenstain Bear cubs get in a fight.  They learn how to solve problems without fights.
FAVORITE PART-  When they make up and become friends again.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:  Stan and Jan Berenstain        29 pages
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The Tide-  Reviewer:  Adam, age 7
DESCRIPTION- 
A man goes to the water to fish and discovers all different sounds at the beach.
FAVORITE PART-  The fun sounds, like "chug, chug, chug"
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:  Nik Pollard          24 pages
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EARLY CHAPTER BOOKS:
 

Cam Jensen and the School Play Mystery-  Reviewer:  Adam, age 7
DESCRIPTION- 
It's about a girl named Cam Jensen who solves mysteries. A boy at her school does a play about Abraham Lincoln, and they use a shoebox to hold the ticket money. Somebody switches shoeboxes and the police come and arrest the bad guy.
FAVORITE PART-  The play.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:  David A. Adler         53 pages + 1 extra page
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Danger in Quicksand Swamp-  Guest Reviewer, Luis, age 8
DESCRIPTION- 
Ben and Jake are so excited when they find a treasure map in Jake's garage and tried to go and find the treasure. The question is will Ben and Jake find the treasure in Quicksand Swamp?
FAVORITE PART-  My favorite part was when Ben and Jake trick the alligator and then they cut of its tail and eat.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:  Bill Wallace          181 pages                                                                  
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Herbie Jones Sails into Second Grade-  Guest Reviewer,  age 7
DESCRIPTION- 
It's the first day of the second grade and Herbie is excited and a little scared about going to school.    He meets a new friend and has a fun teacher that makes the second grade great!
FAVORITE PART-  This book was fun to read and has good pictures.  I like that it is divided into chapters.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:  Suzy Kline          55 pages                                                                  
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Nate The Great -  Reviewer:  Austin,  age 9
DESCRIPTION- 
Nate is a detective.  He has a dog named Sludge and a friend named Annie.   She has a dog  named Fang.  Together they find a lot of fun mystery cases.
FAVORITE PART-  I like when the mystery is solved.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:  Marjorie Weinman Sharmat        62 pages
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Nate the Great and the Mushy Valentine -  Guest Reviewer,  age 8
DESCRIPTION- 
Nate has to investigate two mysteries;  a missing valentine and a mysterious valentine.  While he does this he keeps hoping that he doesn't get a valentine card because he doesn't like mushy stuff.
FAVORITE PART-  My favorite part of this book is the activity section at the back.  There are riddles, crafts, and a quiz.  The story is really fun too.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:  Marjorie Weinman Sharmat        27 pages
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The Case of the Disappearing Dinosaur: A Jigsaw Jones Mystery-  Reviewer:  Adam, age 7
DESCRIPTION- 
Jigsaw Jones must find a dinosaur that goes missing after a magic trick.
FAVORITE PART-  The magic trick.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:  James Preller         79 pages
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The Case of the Glowing Alien SCOOBY-DOO! -  Reviewer:  Austin,  age 9
DESCRIPTION- 
You and the gang need to find out who is the alien. You need to listen to the clues carefully.
FAVORITE PART-  The Clues.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:  James Gelsey        57 pages
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CHAPTER BOOKS:
 
Abracadabra (Mickey Mysteries)-  Reviewer:  Lexi, age 11
DESCRIPTION- 
Emilio performed a magic act and Minnie has been acting weird since then. Can Mickey help find her and find missing jewels at the same time?
FAVORITE PART-  When the case was over.
DISLIKED-  Minnie's friend Agatha and her her husband Emilio.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:  Disney Enterprises         95 pages
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A Dog's Life: Autobiography of a Stray-  Reviewer:  Lys
DESCRIPTION- 
Squirrel has been a stray all her life.  It doesn't help when her mother and brother, Bone, leave her.  Now Squirrel has to face the scary human world. 
FAVORITE PART-  When Squirrel finds a real home.
DISLIKED-  The deaths in the book.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:  Ann M. Martin          182 pages
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A Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle Trilogy)-  Reviewer:  Lys
DESCRIPTION- 
 Gemma Doyle is sent to Spence, a stuffy all-girl boarding school, after her mother's murder. She becomes friends with a shy girl who stutters, a beautiful girl who's actually as mean as a witch, bonded to her by a secret, and the witch's friend. Gemma soon finds her visions are linked to this new world and not all of it's good.
FAVORITE PART-  When Gemma meets sweet and shy Anne.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:   Libby Bray          403 pages
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Life of Faith: Millie Keith Series, Volumes 1-8 (Life of Faith: Millie Keith, Volumes 1 - 8)-  Guest Reviewer:  Mandy, age 12
DESCRIPTION- 
 This is a series about a 12 year old girl named Millie Keith who grows up during the mid- 1800's. It's a really great series about how to learn how to live a life of faith!
FAVORITE PART-  I really love all the parts in these books!
DISLIKED-    It's a little hard to understand at some points.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:   Based on Martha Finley books          220 pages
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A Ring of Endless Light (Austin Family)-  Reviewer:  Lys
DESCRIPTION- 
Vicky Austin is very confused on what to do. Her grandfather is sick and she has attracted three different guys to her. But all she wants to do is help take care of dolphins while on an internship with a local marina.
FAVORITE PART-  When Vicky swims with the dolphins.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:   Madeleine L'engle          332 pages
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A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag-  Guest Reviewer:  Kara, age 14
DESCRIPTION- 
Sean Delancey finds out it is not easy being an eleventh grade garbage bag. He didn't even know there was such a thing until he met his English parter, Raymond Jardine, who has no luck- zero, zip, zilch. Both would like to win a trip to an exotic Greek island, and to wow the judges they got to crazy measures. This book is very very funny!
FAVORITE PART-  When the little country Jardine wrote a report on revolts against their king on the day his report is due. Jardine wrote all about what a peaceful country it was. See? He has no luck!
DISLIKED- I don't have one. The whole book is awesome.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:   Gordon Korman          257 pages
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A Walk to Remember-  Reviewer:  Lys
DESCRIPTION- 
Landon Carter remembers his senior year in 1958 - cool cars, lots of friends, girls, and just great fun. But then he fell in the love with the preacher's shy daughter and everything changed. 
FAVORITE PART-  The Christmas play.
DISLIKED-  No!
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:   Nicholas Sparks          240 pages
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Bravo, Mia! (American Girl)-  Guest Reviewer:  Amy, age 12
DESCRIPTION- 
Mia has been training all year to master the figure-skating moves she needs to compete at Regionals. But when a family crisis threatens Mia's chances of competing, she's heartbroken. She knows what it means to be a good sport, but will she be able to accept this latest challenge with determination and grace?
FAVORITE PART-  At the end, when Mia's brothers lift her up on her shoulders. When she had to play the squirrel, Zuzu was funny too!
DISLIKED-When Mia fell down on the mayor on accident when she was playing Zuzu the squirrel.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  Oh yeah!
AUTHOR:   Laurence Yep         136 pages
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Confessions of a Closet Catholic-  Guest Reviewer:  Erin, age 13
DESCRIPTION- 
This book is positively wonderful! Great for 6th grade and up. Justine is a young Jewish girl who wants to be Catholic. With the help of her Teddy Bear, "Father Ted", she turns her closet into a place where she can confess her sins. But when her grandmother becomes ill, Justine believes it was her fault.    I could read this book over and over again!
FAVORITE PART-  All of it!
DISLIKED- no
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:   Sarah Littman          176 pages
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Coraline-  Reviewer:  Lexi, age 11
DESCRIPTION- 
It's about a girl that moves to a new house and always looks at a door and wonders what's behind it. One day, she went in and found her other mother and father. Can she find her real mom and dad? And can she do it alone?
FAVORITE PART-  Mr. BoBo's Mousestra
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:  Neil Gaiman         162 pages
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Deltora Shadowlands Books 1-4-  Reviewer:  Drew age 15
DESCRIPTION- 
After the evil Shadow Lord invades Del, young Leif discovers his parents are friends with the previous king of Del. He also discovers an ancient belt, in which seven gems must be placed. He must now journey to put the seven gems into the belt and save Deltora.
FAVORITE PART-  Just about everything
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:  Emily Rodda         555 pages
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid-  Guest Reviewer:  John Fuller, age 10
DESCRIPTION- 
Average student Greg Heffley finds out that life isn't fair when he's thrust into middle school where there are jocks who need to shave twice a day. Between a bad start to the school year, and a not so jolly Christmas, Greg faces adventure after comical adventure.
FAVORITE PART-  The whole book! It was so good, I just couldn't decide.
DISLIKED- The end.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  Yes, 10 and up.
AUTHOR:   Jeff Kinney          217 pages
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Do You Know The Monkey Man?-  Reviewer:  Lys
DESCRIPTION- 
Samantha has a lot of unanswered questions after her twin sister mysteriously dies and her father moves away.  What she finds will change her life. 
FAVORITE PART-  When Samantha finds her father.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  Maybe younger
AUTHOR:   Dori Hillestad Butler          193 pages
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Dragon Rider-  Reviewer:  Lexi, age 11
DESCRIPTION- 
This is about a dragon named Firedrake.  He has to help save other dragons like him.
FAVORITE PART-  The whole book is awesome!
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:  Cornelia Funke         523 pages
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Dreamland-  Reviewer:  Lys
DESCRIPTION- 
Caitlin's life isn't perfect - her sister just ran away and her parents keep searching for her face on t.v. But then she meets Roger and is instantly drawn to him. He's compelling and dangerous. He draws her into his life... and dreamland.
FAVORITE PART-  The ending- definitely the best part!
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:   Sarah Dessen         250 pages
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Ella Enchanted-  Reviewer:  Lys
DESCRIPTION- 
 Ella of Frell gets a gift from the foolish fairy Lucinda, a gift of obedience. She is forced to do whatever she's told to, no matter how bad or dangerous. Now she has to go on a quest to break the curse once and for all!
FAVORITE PART-  When Ella meets Prince Char.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:   Gail Carson Levine         229 pages
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Ella Enchanted-  Reviewer:  Lexi, age 11
DESCRIPTION- 
When Ella was born, she was cursed with the "gift" of obedience. When her mother dies, she is replaced with an awful stepmother. Ella falls in the love with a prince named Char. Now she's on a quest to break her curse.
FAVORITE PART-  The three balls
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:  Gail Carson Levine         229 pages
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Eragon (Inheritance, Book 1)-  Reviewer:  Drew age 15
DESCRIPTION- 
When a young farm boy, named Eragon, finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he finds it is really a dragon's egg. With the help of a story-teller and an ancient sword, he must save the world from an evil force.
FAVORITE PART-  I liked the high intensity parts.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:  Christopher Paolini         497 pages
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Fairest-  Reviewer:  Lexi, age 11
DESCRIPTION- 
Aza was found at the Featherbed Inn when she was just a baby. As she began to grow up, she started to realize she was ugly. One day, a duchess comes and takes her to a royal wedding. There Aza meets a prince that she falls in love with. But the queen finds out Aza's hidden secret - she can illuse. Soon, Aza's world is turned upside down.
FAVORITE PART-  When Aza goes to the gnome caverns.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:  Gail Carson Levine         326 pages
RATING- 

 
Hana's Suitcase-  Reviewer:  Lys
DESCRIPTION- 
 In March 2000, a suitcase arrived at a children's Holocaust education center in Tokyo, Japan. It has a little girl's name on it, as well as a date and the German word for orphan. The center's curator goes on a journey to learn about Hana Brady, an orphan during the Holocaust.
FAVORITE PART-  When George gets his sisters suitcase back
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:   Karen Levine          107 pages
RATING- 

 
Heartland #14 (Heartland)-  Guest Reviewer:  Mandy, age 12
DESCRIPTION- 
This is a series about a girl named Amy Fleming who lives on a horse ranch with her family. It's full of adventures, love, and well, just life! You won't be sorry if you read this series!
FAVORITE PART-  Everything in these books! It's just amazing!
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!!!
AUTHOR:   Lauren Brooke         Book 1: 140 pages
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Inkheart-  Reviewer:  Lys
DESCRIPTION- 
This is the first book in the Inkheart Trilogy.  Meggie's father can bring books to life.  Now Meggie goes on a journey to learn the same power.
FAVORITE PART-  When Meggie meets Farid.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:   Cornelia Funke          548 pages
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Inkspell (Inkheart Trilogy)-  Reviewer:  Lys
DESCRIPTION- 
The Second Book in the Inkheart Trilogy.  Meggie becomes part of a book and goes on an exciting adventure as she tries to return home. 
FAVORITE PART-  When  Meggie finds her mother.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:   Cornelia Funke          635 pages
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Just as Long as We're Together-  Reviewer:  Lys
DESCRIPTION- 
Rachel and Stephanie were best friends, until a girl named Alison moves in down the block with her T.V. star mom. Stephanie wants all three of them to get along and be friends. But maybe Rachel doesn't want to. Will they be friends?
FAVORITE PART-  When Stephanie meets Alison's grandma.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  Maybe younger
AUTHOR:   Judy Blume          296 pages
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Just Listen-  Reviewer:  Lys
DESCRIPTION- 
Annabel Greene - the model. That's how everyone sees her, except all of the snotty ex-friends of hers. Her friendships with them ended bitterly and her sister's eating disorder is weighing down the family. Then she meets music obsessed Owen and is introduced to a whole new life.
FAVORITE PART-  When Owen gives Annabel the stack of CDs.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:   Sarah Dessen         371 pages
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Loving Will Shakespeare-  Reviewer:  Lys
DESCRIPTION- 
 Anne Hathaway's life isn't turning out well. After her mother dies of the Black Death, a new nagging stepmother moves in. Even little Will Shakespeare is gone. But, when he suddenly comes back and even though he's much younger, Anne falls for him.
FAVORITE PART-  The whole book was good!
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:   Carolyn Meyer          262 pages
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Meet Kaya: An American Girl-  Guest Reviewer:  Amy, age 12
DESCRIPTION- 
Kaya dreams of racing her beautiful mare, Steps High. Her father warns that the horse isn't ready, but when a pesky boy insults Steps High, Kaya accepts his challenge to race. As they ride, Kaya loses sight of her little brothers. Her carelessness earns her a nickname that her friends won't let her forget!
FAVORITE PART-  When Kaya confesses to what she did wrong.
DISLIKED-When the Whipwoman has to whip Kaya and the other children
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:   Janet Shaw         88 pages
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Meet Kit: An American Girl 1934-  Guest Reviewer:  Julia
DESCRIPTION- 
In Meet Kit, Margaret Milldred (Kit) Kitteridge is a book-and-journalism tomboy who I think will appeal to many living in 1932. Her life seems ruined when her father Jack loses his job and "pipsqueak" Stirling Howard and his controlling mother come to board with the Kitteridge's due to the Depression.  On top of this, her  brother Charlie can't go to college. Will her life ever be the same again?  
FAVORITE PART-  I love the scene where Ruthie and Kit were writing newspapers, though I do have lots of other favorites!
DISLIKED-  If you really think into the plot, you might find this a tiny bit derpressing. But if that doesn't bother you I'd totally recomend it!
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:   Valerie Tripp          88 pages
RATING- 

 
Mystery of the Missing Dinosaurs-  Reviewer:  Adult Guest Reviewer
DESCRIPTION- 
The Field Museum in Chicago is missing their treasured new dinosaur and one of their employees.  Can four kids help solve the mystery in time?    This book is part of the Carole Marsh Mysteries:  Real Kids Real Places series.
FAVORITE PART-  I liked that the kids were learning about dinosaurs and about Chicago while enjoying a mystery.  They seemed to associate well with the children in the book.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  I would recommend this book for kids age 7 - 12.
AUTHOR:   Carole Marsh          139 pages
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Missing Pieces-  Reviewer:  Lys
DESCRIPTION- 
Jessie Wells never knew her father. He had walked out before she could really remember him. But now she's fourteen and wondering why he left. Will she ever find him?
FAVORITE PART-  When Jessie finds her father's cousin.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  Maybe younger
AUTHOR:   Norma Fox Mazer          137 pages
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My Sister Jodie-  Guest Reviewer:  Minnie, age 13
DESCRIPTION- 
 This book is about a girl, Pearl, whose sister has a wild, fun loving personality. They move when their parents get jobs at a boarding school that used to be a castle. It's quite an interesting book, though it gets a bit sad close to the end.
FAVORITE PART-  When Pearly tells a story to all the little kids in the school.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  Definitely!
AUTHOR:   Jaqueline Wilson          339 pages
RATING- 

 
Night of the Twisters-  Guest Reviewer:  Samson J.C.R Tuiolosega, age 9
DESCRIPTION- 
A boy's summer turns into a nightmare. A boy named Dan Hatch and his best friend were having a typical summer when a tornado has been spotted! Dan and his friend run for shelter. When he gets home, his parents aren't there. Based on a 1980's disaster. Dan and his family and friends try to survive.
FAVORITE PART-  I liked everything!
DISLIKED- In the middle when the tornados form!
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  Yes, 9 and up.
AUTHOR:   Ivy Ruckman          155 pages
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Rebel Angels (The Gemma Doyle Trilogy)-  Reviewer:  Lys
DESCRIPTION- 
 It's almost Christmas time and Gemma is excited to get home. But then strange things start happening and she meets Simon, handsome and sweet. But a new teacher comes to Spence and she is suspicious... is she part of the Order? And why is Kartik acting so odd? This book is even better than the first - filed with secrets and surprises.
FAVORITE PART-  When Felicity, Anne and Gemma try to make anagrams out of their names.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:   Libby Bray          548 pages
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Rules (Newbery Honor Book)-  Reviewer:  Lys
DESCRIPTION- 
Catherine wants a normal life. Her brother is autistic and through his "classes" she meets Jason, who only communicates through cards, and Kristi, the spunky new girl next door. Maybe they are good potential friends to someone with a crazy life. 
FAVORITE PART-  Jason's birthday party and the part with the guitar!
DISLIKED-  Nothing
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  Maybe younger
AUTHOR:   Cynthia Lord          200 pages
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Secret of Skullcracker Swamp-  Reviewer:  Adult Guest Reviewer
DESCRIPTION- 
Tabby didn't plan to spend her summer in the Okefenokee Swamp with her father but she's going to try to make the best of it.  The book gets very exciting when Tabby and her father come upon a mystery and find themselves in danger.
FAVORITE PART-  The mystery and suspense was a great level for younger children;  scary enough but not too much.  They also learned a bit about the swamp and they types of wildlife you would find there.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  I would recommend this book for ages 8 - 11.
AUTHOR:   Carole Marsh         100 pages
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Shadows on the Sea-  Reviewer:  Lys
DESCRIPTION- 
The U.S. is at war with Germany and Jill Winters, the daughter of a famous pop star, goes to spend the summer with her grandmother in Winter Haven. Things become weird when a pigeon with a secret code tied to its leg comes to Jill's house by accident. Jill now has to figure out why all these things are happening before something bad happens.
FAVORITE PART-  When she meets Quarry.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:   Joan Hiatt Harlow          237 pages
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Summer's End-  Reviewer:  Lys
DESCRIPTION- 
It's the summer of Grace's 13th birthday and her brother torches his draft card, his "invitation" to the Vietnam war. When her daddy finds out, he kicks her brother out. Grace then runs off to her grandmother's farm and even more tragedy strikes.
FAVORITE PART-  The whole book was just O.K. No particular parts were fantastic.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:   Audrey Couloumbis          182 pages
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That Summer-  Reviewer:  Lys
DESCRIPTION- 
Everything's going fast for fifteen-year-old Haven. Two weddings in the family and she's still growing! But then her sister's old boyfriend comes back to town, reminding Haven of the summer when everything was perfect... or so it seemed.
FAVORITE PART-  When Sumner comes back in their lives.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:   Sarah Dessen         198 pages
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The Doll People-  Reviewer:  Lexi, age 11
DESCRIPTION- 
It is about a doll named Annabelle and her family. Out one day, her Auntie Sarah goes missing. Later, a new doll, Tiffany, and her family move in. Can Tiffany and Annabelle find Auntie Sarah?
FAVORITE PART-  I love it all!
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:  Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin         256 pages
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The Doll People-  Reviewer:  Lys
DESCRIPTION- 
Annabelle Doll and her family can't help but wonder where Auntie Sarah is. After all, she has been missing for 45 years! But when the Funcrafts move in, Annabelle is determined to find Auntie with the help of Tiffany Funcraft. 
FAVORITE PART-  When Annabelle meets Tiffany and the Funcrafts.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  Maybe younger
AUTHOR:   Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin         256 pages
RATING- 
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The Fairies of Nutfolk Wood-  Guest Reviewer:  Asia, age 10
DESCRIPTION- 
 Willa and her mom are moving to the country. There they meet a woman named Hazel. Can Willa figure out the mystery of the faries and make new friends?
FAVORITE PART-  When Willa got healed by the fairy.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES
AUTHOR:  Barb Bentler Ullman          243 pages
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The Green Glass Sea-  Reviewer:  Lys
DESCRIPTION- 
 Dewey doesn't fit in with the other kids on the Hill, where all the army families live. The year is 1944 and the war is on. When Dewey's father is sent away, she must go and live with Suze, who thinks she's weird. But soon, they find a great friendship between them.
FAVORITE PART-  When the girls go to the "green glass sea" for Suze's birthday.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:   Ellen Klages          318 pages
RATING- 

 
The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore-  Reviewer:  Lys
DESCRIPTION- 
Christina finds the burger shop odd after a strange woman sits at her table.   She's later drugged and kept in a basement.
FAVORITE PART-  When she escapes her kidnappers.
DISLIKED-  When she is turned away by  her family after escaping her kidnappers
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:   Joan Lowery Nixon          305 pages
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The Last Treasure-  Reviewer:  Lys
DESCRIPTION- 
Ellsworth Smith doesn't know anything about his family or family history.  When Elizabeth, one of his relatives, invites him to help find the family treasure he is excited and ready to help.
FAVORITE PART-  When they find the family treasure.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:   Janet S. Anderson          257 pages
RATING- 
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Meanest Doll in the World, The-  Reviewer:  Lexi, age 11
DESCRIPTION- 
Annabelle and Tiffany are at it again. So they wouldn't be seen, they hid Kate's backpack, but when they got to school they get out of the backpack and look around. But then go back into a different backpack by mistake and go to a different house. It's very good.
FAVORITE PART-  The Cutouts!
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:  Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin         260 pages
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The Misadventures of Maude March-  Reviewer:  Lys
DESCRIPTION- 
Prim and proper Maude March turned notorious bank robber?  No way!  Sallie March, her sister, is surprised when her lady-like sister becomes a thief. 
FAVORITE PART-  When the girls meet "Joe Harden".
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:   Audrey Couloumbis          295 pages
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The Princess Tales: The Princess Test-  Reviewer:  Lexi, age 11
 DESCRIPTION- 
Lorelei is an ax man's daughter and one day, she gets lost and finds herself at a castle. A prince she knows, having met him a few times when she was younger, lives there. She falls in love with him and has to take a test to see if she is a true princess.
 FAVORITE PART-  When she finds the parsley in the flowers
 WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
 AUTHOR:  Gail Carson Levine        90 pages
 RATING- 
    
 
The Sacrifice-  Reviewer:  Lys
DESCRIPTION- 
Abigail Faulkner's small town of Andover is turned upside down when two girls come, claiming to be tortured by witches. When Abigail, her sister and her aunt are accused, she doesn't know how far the town is willing to go on with it. 
FAVORITE PART-  When Abigail is released from her worst nightmare
DISLIKED-  Nothing
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:   Kathleen Benner Duble          210 pages
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The Secret of Dragonhome-  Reviewer:  Lys
DESCRIPTION- 
Melayne and her brother, Sarrow, are Talents and are being hunted down by the King's Seekers. They are saved and taken to Dragonhome, a safe refuge. But the owner, Lord Sander, has a dark secret. Will they find it out?
FAVORITE PART-  When Melayne falls in love with Lord Sander.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:   John Peel         369 pages
RATING- 

 
The Supernaturalist-  Reviewer:  Drew age 15
DESCRIPTION- 
When Cosmo Hill, a teenage orphan, gets badly injured during an escape, he gets healed by a group of outcasts who are trying to fix a major wrong. As his debt, he must help them in order to save the city.
FAVORITE PART-  I liked the futuristic view of the book.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:  Eoin Colfer        267 pages
RATING- 

 
The Tail of Emily Windsnap-  Guest Reviewer:  Rachel
DESCRIPTION- 
In this book,  Emily Windsnap finds out that her father is a merman,  which makes her half mermaid,  and that Neptune put her dad in jail for marrying a human.  Will she and her mermaid friend Shona be able to save him? 
FAVORITE PART-  When Emily finds her father.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:   Liz Kessler          209 pages
RATING- 

 
The Two Princesses of Bamarre-  Reviewer:  Lexi, age 11
 DESCRIPTION- 
Meryl and Addie are sister princesses who live in a castle in the magical land of Bamarre. Meryl always said she would find the cure for the Gray Death, but when she herself contracts the illness, Addie has to go find it.
 FAVORITE PART-  The poem at the end
 WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
 AUTHOR:  Gail Carson Levine        241 pages
 RATING- 
    
 
The Witch of Blackbird Pond-  Reviewer:  Lys
DESCRIPTION- 
Kit Tyler, an orphan, travels to Connecticut Colony to live with relatives.  She meets a young sailor, Nat, and befriends the "Witch of Blackbird Pond". 
FAVORITE PART-  When Kit becomes friends with the "witch"
DISLIKED-  Reading about how the people in the 1600s accused innocent people of being witches was sad
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:   Elizabeth George Speare          223 pages
RATING- 
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The Twilight Collection (Twilight)-  Reviewer:  Lys
DESCRIPTION- 
Bella's the new girl and never really fits in anywhere. On her first day of school, she thought the most handsome guy, Edward, hated her because of the way he acted like it when she sat next to him. But then, she finds out what actually is wrong with him. 
FAVORITE PART-  When Edward and Bella fall in love for real.
DISLIKED-  No
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:   Stephenie Meyer          498 pages
RATING- 
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Water Tales-  Reviewer:  Lexi, age 11
DESCRIPTION- 
It is a book with two stories. The first if about Aquamarine. A summer pool is about to be closed and after a storm, two friends go to that pool the next morning and find a mermaid. They have to rescue Aquamarine, the mermaid, and take her back to the ocean before she turns to dust.
The second story is Indigo. Two brothers feel like they're out of place; they live in a town with no lakes or oceans. They love the water and soon run away with their best friend, but turn back once she breaks her leg. Will they be able to save the day when there's a flood?
FAVORITE PART-  I liked Aquamarine's story.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:  Alice Hoffman        198 pages
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Wizard Heir, The-  Reviewer:  Drew age 15
DESCRIPTION- 
Jack Swift was just a normal high-schooler with an ordinary life, until he forgot to take his heart medication. It is then that he learns he is a Weirland, a group of magical warriors, and he is not alone.
FAVORITE PART-  I like when Jack discovers his powers.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:  Cinda Williams Chima         426 pages
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Torn Thread-  Reviewer:  Lys
DESCRIPTION- 
It's 1943 and Eva, along with her sister and father, are taken away from their home by the Nazis and split up. She and her sister are put to work at a Nazi work camp. Eva is forced to work making blankets and uniforms for the German army as her sister becomes sick. Will it ever end? 
FAVORITE PART-  When the war is over!
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  YES!
AUTHOR:   Anne Issacs          183 pages
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Walk Two Moons-  Guest Reviewer:  Brian Hall, age 10
DESCRIPTION- 
Sal is a farm girl and she moved to the city because her dad's job moved. About two weeks later, her mom went missing. Will Sophie ever find her mom?
FAVORITE PART-  When Sophie was driving the car, and she was too young.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR KIDS YOUR AGE?  Yes
AUTHOR:   Sharon Creech         280 pages
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