El Deafo – Read It and Rate It

June 18, 2019

El Deafo by Cece Bell Graphic Novel Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * * * Stars (Great!) I liked “El Deafo” because the character is nice, funny, and smart. “El Deafo” is a Newbery Honor book. R.J. Palacio, the author of “Wonder” put a quote on the cover of the book. She said, “I love El Deafo! It’s everything you could want in a book. Funny and touching and oh…

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Sisters – Read It and Rate It

June 15, 2019

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier Graphic Novel Non-fiction Review #1 * * Stars (Just ok) 2 sisters, 1 car. One week to go. They fight and they don’t get along. It’s hot. They are going to Colorado, but it takes a week. Will they survive each other? Review #2 * * * * Stars (Great!) This is a good book. I think this because it is kind of like my family….

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Ghosts – Read It and Rate It

June 12, 2019

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier Graphic Novel Supernatural Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) It is about a family who moves to a new town that has ghosts in it. They go to the Dia de los Muertos party. They see a lot of ghosts there. Then they all live happily. Review #2 * * * * Stars (Great!) I liked “Ghosts” because it was really interesting to…

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By Night – book review

March 21, 2019

By Night  vol. 1 by John Allison Comics Science Fiction Supernatural * * * * Stars (Great!) Jane and Heather go way back, but haven’t seen each other since they graduated from college. Now they’re both back in their hometown, Spectrum, where exactly nothing happens ever. Heather has a great idea that’s sure to be fun – the Charleswood Estate, abandoned for years, has officially run out of money to…

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New Kid – book review

March 19, 2019

New Kid by Jerry Craft Graphic Novel Realistic Fiction Tween * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Because seventh grader Jordan Banks’ parents want the best education for their son, he ends up attending Riverdale Academy Day School instead of art school (but you get to see lots of his artwork/comics here!). It’s a wealthy, fancy pants place far from his neighborhood. At first Jordan doesn’t think he’s going to…

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Prince and the Dressmaker – book review

February 21, 2019

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang Graphic Novel Young Adult Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Frances is a young seamstress who finds a position as the Prince’s “dressmaker” when one of her designs – very risqué – debuts at a ball held in his honor. Prince Sebastian loves her ideas and wants her to make eye-catching, traffic-stopping gowns for him when he dresses up as Lady…

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Fake Blood

November 1, 2018

Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner Graphic Novel Realistic Fiction Romance * * * * Stars (Great!) Now that AJ and his friends are in 6th grade, he’s hoping that something will change.  Hunter and Ivy, who did fun things over the summer, have both grown several inches, but AJ, who stayed home and read all summer, is still short and boring.  He does catch a break, however, when his new…

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Be Prepared – book review

May 21, 2018

Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol Graphic Novel Realistic Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Vera Brosgol felt left out among her classmates who all came from wealthier, two-parent households.  All the other kids got to go away to camp in the summer, and Vera is always stuck at home.  Then she finds out about a special summer camp for Russian immigrants that her church will subsidize if she attends. …

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Brave

Brave sequel to Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova Graphic Novel Realistic Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Jensen is playing his way through each of his days of middle school like it’s a videogame – complete with monsters (other students who bully him) that he has to dodge between classes and after school.  He thought he was tight with some kids from the art club, but one of the girls…

May 11, 2018
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Time Museum – book review

May 2, 2018

The Time Museum Book #1 by Matthew Loux Adventure Graphic Novel Mystery Science Fiction Suspense Thriller * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) While visiting her uncle over summer vacation Delia Bean follows a kiwi bird into the woods and discovers the Earth Time Museum.  It’s a museum of all of planet Earth’s history from all times – past, present, and future!  She learns her uncle runs the place and…

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