Chapter Books

Book Review: Where the Red Fern Grows

Book Review: Where the Red Fern Grows
Author: 
Rawls, Wilson
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

This book is so well written that it didn't matter that I had nothing in common with the narrator and no interest in hunting. In fact, I felt sorry for the coons. This is a story of love and devotion that had me enthralled, especially in the second half. The ending, while a bit contrived, was still beautiful.

Reviewer's Name: 
vfranklyn

Book Review: Claude in the City

Claude in the City
Author: 
Smith, Alex T.
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

Claude is an adorable dog that wears a beret, a red sweater, and loves adventure. When his owners go to work the fun begins. Claude and Sir Bobblysock, his best friend, visit the city for the very first time. They have an exciting time going shopping for more berets, and having tea, but the most fun happens when they visit a museum. This charming adventure continues and more antics ensue. Claude in the City is a joy to read and sure to entertain. (Grades 3-5)

Reviewer's Name: 
Alicia

Book Review: Crenshaw

Crenshaw
Author: 
Applegate, Katherine
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

Anyone who’s loved the movie, Harvey, will be instantly hooked by Crenshaw. Crenshaw is a giant cat who shows up in Jackson’s life just when he can use a good friend. Jackson doesn’t always appreciate Crenshaw’s presence and tries to grapple with Crenshaw’s appearance with logic. But with the writer’s eye for detail and empathy, Katherine Applegate creates a believable world where the unbelievable happens and where magic dovetails into reality.

Reviewer's Name: 
Kristin

Book Review: Three Pennies

Three Pennies
Author: 
Crowder, Melanie
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

Marin was abandoned at 4 years of age by her mother. On her journey through the foster care system she keeps her ambition to find her biological mother alive as she encounters disappointment, loneliness, turmoil about her abandonment, and finally the perplexing new feelings of real family love. Three Pennies, by Melanie Crowder, is a lovingly written and thoughtful book for ages 9 - 14.

Reviewer's Name: 
Barbara

Book Review: The Song From Somewhere Else

The Song From Somewhere Else
Author: 
Harrold, A.F.
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

He was bigger than anyone else in Francesca's class. He was funny looking and he smelled weird. Why, oh why did he have to be nice to her and get her bag for her that the bullies had thrown into the stinging nettles? When the bullies chased them both to Nick's house, why hadn't she run somewhere else? Ugh, she would never live this down at school. A.F. Harrold's novel, The Song From Somewhere Else, will enchant readers age 9 - 12 with a story of another world, just waiting to be discovered.

Reviewer's Name: 
Barbara

Book Review: Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey

Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey
Author: 
Roland, Timothy
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

Clyde is always in motion and tries to listen, but doesn’t always succeed. When he eats a banana that’s been blasted by a special ray, he feels even more like being in motion – because he keeps turning into a monkey! This is a fun, humorous book for a beginning reader ready to move into chapter books.

Reviewer's Name: 
Kristin Brown

Book Review: Save Me a Seat

Save Me a Seat
Author: 
Weeks, Sarah
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

Even though Save Me A Seat is a Children's book, I ABSOLUTELY loved it. A really wonderful story told by Joe and Ravi. Both boys are "different". Joe has a sensitivity to noise (auditory processing disorder), while Ravi is the new kid in school as his family has moved from India. Both Joe and Ravi have challenges in the classroom, with their classmates, and even at home. But they both work at facing their challenges and in the end become friends. A really great story and read, no matter what age you are!

Reviewer's Name: 
Melissa Mitchell

Book Review: Forest of Secrets

Forest of Secrets
Author: 
Hunter, Erin
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

This book is amazing because I love cats and it makes cats adventurous and brave. There are big "wows" when you don't expect them - sometimes they are sad and sometimes they are happy, and sometimes they are just good. This is 3rd book in the Warriors series called The Prophecies Begin. Fireheart is the star of the story.

Reviewer's Name: 
Emiliy

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