Season of Gifts – book review

June 1, 2010

A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck Historical Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Richard Peck is an author of several award-winning historical fiction books for kids. In A Season for Gifts, he has written another exceptional story. Set in the 1950’s, this is the story of 12-year-old Bob, his family and his experiences as the new kid in town. This novel is filled with remarkable characters, including the…

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Ghost in the Tokaido Inn – book review

June 1, 2010

The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn by Thomas and Dorothy Hoobler Historical Fiction Juvenile Fiction Mystery * * * * Stars (Great!) Seikei is the son of a merchant in ancient Japan, but he longs to escape his current station and become a noble samurai – one of the knights of Japan. He gets his chance when he notices a mysterious figure in the dark while he and his father…

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Savvy by Ingrid Law

In the Beaumont family, when your 13th birthday rolls around you discover what your “savvy” is. Having a savvy is a lot like having a special skill or talent, except that there’s no way to tell what your savvy is going to be until it shows itself. Like Mibs’ brother Fish, who found that his savvy can make storms and hurricanes blow up if he gets too near a large…

April 16, 2010
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A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck

A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck Recommended for 8 and up Lexile: not available Richard Peck is an author of several award-winning historical fiction novels for kids. In A Season of Gifts, he has written another exceptional story. Set in the 1950’s, this is the story of 12-year-old Bob, his family and his experiences as the new kid in town. This novel is filled with remarkable characters, including the…

March 19, 2010
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Hatchet – Read It and Rate It

July 27, 2009

Hatchet Brian’s Saga series #1 by Gary Paulsen Adventure Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * Stars (Just ok) I really didn’t like this book. I found it boring and predictable. It is about a boy that gets trapped in the wilderness (very predictable) and must survive on his own. The only thing he has with him is a hatchet (like an axe) that his mother gave him. I don’t suggest…

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Tuck Everlasting

July 24, 2009

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt Adventure Fantasy Review # 1 * * * * Stars (Great!) Tuck and his family captured a girl named Winnie. They wish she was theirs because they haven’t seen change in almost 80 years. When the man takes Tuck’s horse and tells Winnie’s parents where she is, the man and the constable go looking for her. Will they ever find Winnie? Review # 2 *…

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Reptile Room – Read It and Rate It

July 22, 2009

The Reptile Room A Series of Unfortunate Events #2 by Lemony Snicket Adventure Review # 1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) When Mr. Poe finds out that Count Olaf is after the Baudelaire fortunes, he finds another relative for Violet, Klaus, and Sunny to live with. This new guardian is a herpetologist – a scientist that studies snakes. His name is Montgomery Montgomery. The same day the children…

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Among the Hidden – Read It and Rate It

July 22, 2009

Among the Hidden Shadow Children #1 by Margaret Peterson Haddix Dystopian Mystery Thriller Science Fiction Review # 1 * * * * Stars Who wouldn’t love this book!?! This book will get everybody hooked! This book is about a boy named Luke who is a third child. Nowadays, it doesn’t matter how many kids a family has, but in Luke’s time you were only allowed to have 2 children. So,…

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Read It and Rate It

July 22, 2009

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Harry Potter series #4 by J.K. Rowling Fantasy Review # 1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) This is the fourth Harry Potter book. It has a lot of charm and magic. Harry is in his fourth year and there is a huge contest going on. When Harry accidentally gets entered, he starts a journey that will change his life forever. Review…

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Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Read It and Rate It

July 22, 2009

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain Adventure Classic Historical Fiction Realistic Fiction Review # 1 * Star (A waste of time!) I hated this book because it was the most boring thing I have ever read in my life. It is about a young boy that likes to get in trouble. He does an array of bad things, from faking his own death to uncovering a scandal. Review…

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