Starfish – book review

July 28, 2018

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman Realistic Fiction * * * Stars (Pretty good) Kiko Himura (half-Japanese) is hoping to get into the art school of her dreams – Prism – in New York.  She can’t wait to leave home, where her self-obsessed mother makes her and her siblings miserable.  But she doesn’t get in.  And her uncle, who sexually abused her, is moving in with them.  As she grasps at…

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War I Finally Won – book review

July 26, 2018

The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Historical Fiction Juvenile Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Ada and her brother Jaimie are now permanent wards of their guardian, Susan, who took them in when they were evacuated from London.  The first thing Susan does is arrange for Ada to have surgery to correct her clubfoot, which has long been a source of pain and shame for her. …

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Love and Other Foreign Words – book review

July 14, 2018

Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan Realistic Fiction Romance * * * * Stars (Great!) Josie is part of a close-knit family who understand her even if they don’t always speak the same language.  Josie is pretty particular about her likes and dislikes and when her older sister brings home her fiancé, Geoff, she takes an immediate dislike to him.  He is SO obnoxious – talks far too…

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Hungry – book review

July 14, 2018

Hungry by H. A. Swain Dystopian Science Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Thalia’s mother helped create the innovative nutritional substitute and drugs that feed everyone and suppress their appetites and other urges (Synthamil).  No one really eats or cooks anymore and there isn’t any food (there may not be any plants or animals either, as previous generations poisoned the Earth).  Now her parents work for the company that…

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Science of Breakable Things – book review

June 30, 2018

The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller Realistic Fiction * * * Stars (Pretty good) Natalie is in 7th grade and she has a goofy science teacher who really wants his students to love science as much as he does.  Natalie has a hard time taking him seriously, but she’s having trouble taking anything seriously right now, as her mother has fallen into a depression and won’t come out…

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Counting By 7s – Read It & Rate It

June 28, 2018

Counting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan Adventure Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Willow Chance is a twelve year old genius who is obsessed with nature and with her medical conditions she finds it easy to count by 7s.  It has never been easy for her to make friends so this is her way of communicating.  I really enjoyed reading this book.

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I Funny – Read It & Rate It

June 28, 2018

I Funny I Funny #1 by James Patterson Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) A boy named Rafe Katchadorian always wanted to share his jokes with other people, but he always got bullied by these kids because he is in a wheelchair.  So, he sneaked into New York City to learn about a stand-up comedian contest.  Then, he successfully became Long Island’s funniest comedian!  I…

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Week in the Woods – Read It & Rate It

June 28, 2018

A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * * * Stars (Great!) Mark just moved to New Hampshire and his parents are really rich.  Mark and his science teacher do not get along, but they have to work together to help get themselves out of danger.  I liked this book because it was kind of exciting and the story was pretty good as well.

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Henry and Beezus – Read It & Rate It

June 28, 2018

Henry and Beezus by Beverly Cleary Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * * Stars (Pretty good) Henry wants to buy a bicycle, so he tries many different schemes to try to earn enough money.  His friend Beezus tries to help him earn enough money to buy a bicycle.  I liked this book because it was kind of funny, but overall it was an okay book.

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Throne of Glass – Read It & Rate It

June 28, 2018

Throne of Glass Throne of Glass #1 by Sarah J. Maas Fantasy Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) This book series completely blew me away.  I am currently reading the fourth book in this series, and the story, writing, and character development keep getting better and better.  The story follows Celeana Sardothian, a teenage assassin, in her journey overcoming many obstacles.  I don’t want to give anything…

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