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Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

The Wishing Spell Land of Stories  {#1}
By Chris Colfer
Published July 17th, 2012 by Little, Brown Young Readers.
438 Pages
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
I got this book because the author is my favorite actor from the show Glee. After a few pages I really got into it. You will too.

This book is so magical.  The characters are Alex and Conner and they are twins. Alex is a girl that is so smart and kind of nerdy.  Conner is a class clown and the one that is not really the brightest kid.  When the teacher says they are going to study fairy tales Alex was excited.  When they got home  grandma gave them the book Land Of Stories.  Then things got weird. They FELL into the book and they keep meeting weird but real fairytale people, from Snow White to The Evil Queen. Can the kids do anything to get themselves back home? Well if they steal the glass slipper I guess they can do anything.  At the end will they go home or will they be someone's dinner.  

I think this book is good for teachers to read out loud to third-fifth graders. This book is about family, trust, and faith. Really anyone can read it and I hope you will.  The Land of Stories is a series so I will read the other books and tell you how awesome they are. I hope you read this book, you will love it.       

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Witch and Wizard: The Manga by James Patterson

The Witch and the Wizard:The Manga
by James Patterson with Svetlana Chmakova
Illustrated by Gabrielle Charbonnette
Published September 20, 2011 by Yenn Press.
258 pages
I got this book at my home town library it's one of my favorites.

 Imagine waking up and the police take you a way from your home, your friends, and your family.  Well that is what happened to Whit and Wisty Allgood. They got taken away and put in a jail kind of thing. They never knew why until Wisty got so mad that she burst into flames, for real IN flames. She was ok, it turned out to be some magic that she had.  Whit finds out that he can use electricity to shock people. The siblings got put in a facility and one day Whit's ex girlfriend showed up inside a wall.  It was called the Shadow Land.  Her name was Celia and the N.O. got her and killed her.  The N.O. is the organization that wants to kill Whisy and Whit because of their powers. Celia took them to a safe place and they stayed there for a while.  The N.O couldn't get them there.  Soon Wisty and Whit went out and they got capurted.

To find out what happens next you will have to read the book.  If you liked the sound of this book I would go get it.  The Witch and the Wizard is a serious and I will be doing more reviews of them.  It is a fantasy and a really good one.  I hope you would read this book.  Thank you for reading my review.   

Here is a book trailer for Witch and Wizard: The Manga

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Cardboard by Doug TenNapel

Cardboard by Doug TenNapel
Published August 1, 2012 by GRAPHIX
288 pages
I got my copy from my hometown library. 
This book is a graphic novel.
A Maine Student Book Award book for 2013-14

Cardboard is a great graphic novel.   Cam's dad gave him cardboard for his birthday because they don't have much money and Cam's dad is out of work.  What they didn't know was that the cardboard was magical. Cam and his dad built a cardboard boxer.  The next day the boxer came to life.  Cam named him Bill. Marcus is Cam's enemy and did not understand Bill and how he came to life.  He hated how Bill was so cool and was jealous. The cardboard was almost gone until Cam's dad made a magic cardboard maker and it worked.  
Marcus stole the cardboard maker and put his drawings into it.  Since Marcus is mean his drawings were mean.  Cam and his dad and Bill were going to get the maker back. Cam got kidnapped and so was Marcus. Bill and the dad were going to save them.  Cam and Marcus were trying to find a way out.  Can they make it back?  Will they be enemies forever? 

This book is about friendship and courage.  You will love how loving and nice Bill and Cam are. The dad is also very kind.   You will have different feelings throughout the book.  I was happy, sad, and curious.  I hope you have a chance to read this book, it's a good one.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Cay

The Cay by Theodore Taylor
Originally published in 1969 
Republished in 2003 by Laurel Leaf Publishers.
144 pages
Rating 5 out of 5 stars

I would like to say thank you to the wonderful teacher who read this book with our class.  This is dedicated you.

This book is one of my favorite books of all time.  When my teacher read it to us it felt like I was inside the book, it was amazing.  There is this boy named Phillp and he lives in Willemstad during World War 2.  The Germans took over the town of Curacao.  Phillp's mother took Phillp with her on a ship.  During the time on the ship they got torpedoed.  Phillip and his mother got separated.

All of a sudden Phillp was on a raft with a man named Timothy.  Phillp didn't like Timothy at first.  Timothy has an accent that many people can not understand.  While on the raft, Phillp just stared at the sun all day and eventually he lost his eyesight.  He could not see anything.  Then, Timothy spotted an island.  They went on the island and strange things happen. Some parts are sad, happy, and surprising. Can Phillip find his mother and get home? 

I recommend this book to people who like books that are about adventure and friendship.  I loved this book and you will too.
Isn't this an "outrageous" review?

Monday, December 9, 2013

RULES by Cynthia Lord

RULES  by Cynthia Lord
Published April 1, 2006 by Scholastic Press
208 pages
Rating 5 out of 5 stars
I read a purchased copy (signed by Cynthia Lord)

This book is a realistic fiction book and it is really exciting.   It is about a girl that has a little brother that has autism.  The sister's name is Catherine.  The brother's name is David.  Catherine makes up rules for David since he has some trouble with his behavior. One rule is "Don't put toys in the fish tank".  David sometimes doesn't follow the rules that Catherine makes for him. 

David goes to a speech therapist every week.  Catherine goes with him sometimes and there is a boy in the waiting room every week that Catherine starts to hangs out with.  His name is Jason and he is in a wheelchair.  He uses a speech book because he can't speak.  As Catherine gets to know him better, she discovers that he wants more word-pictures in his speech book.  Catherine is an artist and offers to make more picture words for Jason. They develop a really good friendship.  

At that same time, a new family moves in next door to Catherine. There is a girl Catherine's age that Catherine wants to meet. When Catherine and Kristi meet, they become friends.  But Kristi is a little more "popular" than Catherine and doesn't always understand that people are different. As the book goes on, Catherine needs to make some hard decisions. 
In this book there is a mix of family, friendship, and love.

I am glad that Cynthia Lord wrote a book about a girl with a little brother with autism. RULES reminds me of me and my little brother.  I don't make rules for him but he is seven years old and has autism. I sometimes get annoyed with him, but he is the best thing that has ever happen to me and I love him to pieces. 

I would recommend RULES for kids in grades 4 through middle school.   

Cynthia Lord describes her book Rules in this trailer. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Review of Always October

Always October is by Bruce Coville
Published August 28, 2012 by Harper Collins
384 pages 
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I read this book because it is on our Maine Student Book Award list this year.  This book has many genres.  It is a little bit fantasy and realistic fiction. It is about this boy named Jack who found a baby on his doorstep.  His mom said to keep the baby until the owner comes to get him.  That night when the moon comes up, the baby turns into a monster. It is a baby during the day and a monster by night. Jack was freaked out at first, but realized that the baby was friendly.

One night, two monsters came in and tried to capture the baby.  One of them was bad, the other one was good. So Jack hopped on the good monster and went into the monster world called Always October.  Lily is Jack's friend and she joined them inside Always October.  Inside, there was a lot of weird stuff.  There are spiders trying to eat people, chases, tunnels, monsters and more. At the end the bad monsters try to kill the baby monster.  Jack and Lily's goal is to keep the baby safe in order to keep the monster world and the human world from being torn apart.  I don't want to tell the rest, you would have to find that out yourself. 

Go get it right now you won't regret it.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Snatchabook

The Snatchabook is written by Helen Docherty
Illustrated by Thomas Docherty 
Published October 1, 2013 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. 
30 pages
Rating 4 out of 5 stars

This book is so cute. It is about an animal who steals other animal's books. Eliza [the rabbit] is trying to find the book stealer. When she found the stealer she taught him how to stop stealing.  The stealer returned all the books that he stole to the owners and apologized.  They all became friends after that.  

I think kids would like it because it is fun and kids will like to find out who is stealing the books. The illustrations were lovely and detailed.  The Snatchabook can help teach young children about the difference between stealing and borrowing.

This book was written by a husband and wife team.  I would recommend this it to ages 5 and up. Parents and teachers, it would make a nice read aloud.