The House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert DeJong Historical Fiction Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) “The House of Sixty Fathers” is a book by Meindert DeJong about a Chinese boy. Tien Pao and his family have to escape from Japanese soldiers who are attacking his village. They are staying in Hengyang, and then Tien Pao meets a ‘Yellow River God.’ He takes him across the river and then loses … Read more
I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn Realistic Fiction Romance * * * * Stars (Great!) Kimi Nakamura has been accepted to a prestigious art school for college, but is having second thoughts about a career as an artist/painter. When her mother finds out she’s dropped her senior painting class, she’s very disappointed and after a few terse interchanges, Kimi accepts an invitation from her estranged grandparents and flies all the way around the … Read more
Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen Realistic Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Petula blames herself for the death of her younger sister, Maxine. Since she died Petula has become an anxious, germophobic, pessimist who tries to protect herself from the bad stuff by being prepared and expecting the worst. She’s alienated her former friends and seems destined to live out her days in solitary misery. Then Jacob Cohen walks into her life. He’s … Read more
Sunny Rolls the Dice Sunny #3 by Jennifer Holm & Matthew Holm Graphic Novel Realistic Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Sunny is settling into middle school and discovering that she and her best friend Deb are starting to develop different interests. Deb is super into fashion, boys, and being cool (or rather, “groovy”). Sunny, on the other hand, wants to play D&D (Dungeons and Dragons) with some other friends. For awhile, Sunny is … Read more
Teacher’s Pet Jake Drake #3 by Andrew Clements Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * * * Stars (Great!) This book was really interesting. It was about a boy named Jake Drake who becomes a teacher’s pet for helping out a few teachers. It is an entertaining and funny book. Jake is trying to make teachers stop treating him like a teacher’s pet, but everything he does just makes his teachers treat him even MORE like … Read more
Troublemaker by Andrew Clements Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * * Stars (Pretty good) This book was exciting and it’s about a boy who always liked to get in trouble. He would do different things to try and get in trouble. After his brother Mike comes back from jail, Clayton wants to change. He has to try hard to get people to change their opinion of him as a big troublemaker. It is a pretty … Read more
Frindle by Andrew Clements Realistic Fiction Review #1 This book was exciting. It’s about a boy who makes up a new word. The book is a good read and shows how the boy makes a word that goes viral. This book is not a waste of time. It is a great book to read. The book is about Nick Allen who makes a new word for pen, “frindle.” The word goes viral all over the … Read more
Leap Day by Wendy Mass Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) It’s Josie’s 16th birthday, but actually 4th because she has her birthday on Leap Day. It tells ALL about her day and what others think of it, too. I liked how the author reveals what will happen to most of the characters in the future.
Big Nate: Silent But Deadly Big Nate #18 by Lincoln Peirce Funny Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * Stars (Just ok) I liked that this book had better jokes than all the other books, but I must say to the adults who don’t like disrespect to other adults that this book is full of rude humor to teachers and other people.
Big Nate: On a Roll Big Nate #3 by Lincoln Peirce Funny Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * * Stars (Pretty good) This book is about Nate trying to win 1st place for his Boy Scouts, but his archenemy, Arthur, is his competition. I like this book because it is fun seeing all the stupid mistakes he makes. It also gives me an idea of what public school is like. His funniest mistake is him … Read more