Line – book review

The Line by Teri Hall Dystopian Juvenile Fiction Tween * * * * Stars (Great!) More, more, more!!! That’s what I wanted after finishing “The Line” by Teri Hall. In this dystopian tale, Rachel learns that the area known as “Away” used to be a part of her own country. This area was shut off completely from the rest of civilization as a protection against a nuclear attack. Everyone living there was left to live … Read more

Crooked Kind of Perfect

A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban Realistic Fiction * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Zoe Elias is ten, going on eleven, and she’s planning to be the next child prodigy playing piano at Carnegie Hall. Unfortunately, her father sidetracks her big plans by getting her an organ (the Perfectone D60) instead of the baby grand piano she’s got her heart set on. No matter. Zoe decides to become proficient at the Perfectone … Read more

Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata

I love how this book is sprinkled with Japanese words. And not just ones that you would hear anyway, but things like “kira-kira” – glittering – or “katsu” – triumph. This is the story of Katie’s family, how they move from a small Japanese community in Iowa to an even smaller Japanese community in Georgia. Katie, from the time she is born, is encircled in the love of her older sister, Lynn. And later, Katie … Read more

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

Kendra and Seth believe they are in for a long boring visit at their grandparents’ country home. The wooded property begs to be explored, but they are not allowed to enter the woods or go into the barn, and there are so many rules, they will never have any fun! Deciding to bend the rules, they venture out and discover that the rules are in place to protect them from the wild and often dangerous … Read more

Emmaline and the Bunny by Katherine Hannigan

  This would make a delightful read-aloud for grades 1-4. Author/illustrator, Hannigan, embraces word play and fun in this charming story of a young girl’s quest to be true to herself and be lonely no more. The book’s short chapters and big illustrations make it a good transition to longer juvenile fiction. *****Stars Reviewed by dluetscher Find this book in the library catalog/place a hold

Season of Gifts – book review

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 older teenage sister who begins … Read more

Ghost in the Tokaido Inn – book review

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 are staying at an inn. … Read more

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 body of water. And look … Read more

Hatchet – Read It and Rate It

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 you read this book! Review … Read more

Tuck Everlasting

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 * * * * Stars (Great!) … Read more

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