Chapter Books

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

Book Review: Ivy and Bean

Ivy and Bean
Author: 
Barrows, Annie
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

The moment the best friends saw each other Bean and Ivy knew they would never be friends but when Ivy finally came to Bean's house, they become friends. I liked this book because it teaches us how to become friends.

Reviewer's Name: 
Sourya K.

Book Review: Keeper of the Lost Cities

Keeper of the Lost Cities
Author: 
Messenger, Shannon
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

Great if you are the type that likes Fantasy. It is an easy book to get wrapped into and hard to pull away from. I highly recommend this book. It has an interesting plot that keeps you hanging and want to keep reading. Get the next books in the series too because this book makes you want to read more.

Reviewer's Name: 
Emi

Book Review: A Snicker of Magic

A Snicker of Magic
Author: 
Lloyd, Natalie
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd is about a young girl named Felicity Pickle, who sees and collects words. These words are words that people are thinking about or what they want. These words can even dance, glow, or wiggle around. She has traveled to many places in the world and has seen many words except for one, home. But when the Pickled Jalapeño, the family's van, drives into Midnight Gulch, Felicity believes that everything is about to change. She has found a place to make a friend and even make some good memories. This happens to be, because Midnight Gulch used to have magic! This is where people shared their magical talents, until a curse stole that away from them. From what all of the people believe, Felicity can tell there is still a snicker of magic left and all she has to do is find the right words for the magic to return to Midnight Gulch.

This is a great book full of adventure, friendship, and well magic. I chose this book because the cover caught my eye and it seemed interesting. My favorite thing about this book is how the author explained parts and how she used her words. My least favorite thing was how there really was no big change in the characters, but this was still a great book. I highly recommend this book for people especially early teens.

Therefore, I gave this book a 4.0 out of 5 stars!

Reviewer's Name: 
Kaylie

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