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Book Reviews

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Book Reviews



Book Review

TITLE: Nancy Drew Riverboat Ruse 

AUTHOR: Carolyn Keene 

GENRE: Mystery 

PAGES: 152


My Review: The main characters in this book are Nancy Drew, Bess, George and the captain of the boat. First, Nancy gets invited to a cruise ship, for this really fancy entertainment and meals, until things go very wrong. As some of you may or may not already know, Nancy has been fighting crime for many years so she is now officially a detective. With the help of her friends, Nancy can accomplish almost anything! Ok, so here’s where the small bump in the road takes action, there is the most valuable necklace in the world around this woman’s neck…. BOOM!! Gone in a flash with no evidence. Now Nancy really has a case on her hands. Then, very bad things happen to the entertainment, they are missing a performer and they are all jumbled around, it’s hard to get back in place. What else do you think can go wrong? Well, you just should find out!


Read Nancy Drew Riverboat Ruse today! Mysterious fun for all ages!! Make your own suspect list and follow Nancy Drew’s footsteps, for one day you will have a case of your own! I highly recommend this to EVERYONE!!! Thanks for reading and hope you like it!!


Kim - Grade 5



Book Review

Title: Stargirl

Author: Jerry Spinelli

Genre: Fiction 

Pages: 186 


My Review: Stargirl is a good novel.  I just started Love, Stargirl. I think when Leo tells Stargirl to change so his life will be less complicated is a bit rude and he needs to just accept how she is. I read this book and instantly got the second book. My mom also read it and so have some of my friends and they all liked it!


I recommend that you should read this book. I really liked Stargirl but not Leo. Leo was sometimes really mean to others and he got mad when Stargirl said she didn’t want to change yet and that she didn’t care if other people didn’t talk to her. I liked Stargirl because she cares only about others and puts others first. There were no pictures in the book Stargirl. I learned that I need to always put other people first.


Raina - Grade 5



Book Review

Harry Potter Series

by J.K. Rowling


I am reading the 3rd Harry Potter book (The Prisoner of Azkaban).  In every book Harry Potter is a wizard and his friends (Ron & Hermione) are too.  They go to school at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  There are 7 books in the series - Philospher's Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, Half Blood Prince and The Deathly Hallows.


I think these books are good books for students in Grades 4 and up.  I like the magic and mysteries that happen in every book.


Bryce - Grade 5



Book Review

Title: Nancy Drew: Secret of the Spa

Author: Carolyn Keene

Genre: Mystery


Review: Nancy Drew: Secret of the Spa is a great book that all ages would enjoy. This book is about a girl named Nancy Drew who just absolutely LOVES mysteries! A new spa opens in her town and her and her best friends Bess and George get tickets to the grand opening, but when they finally get in, some someone starts to sabotage the spa! Will the spa get shut down or will the sabotager be caught, but you have to read to find out how the mystery ends.


Miranda - Grade 5



Book Review

Warriors - Tigerstar & Sasha - Into the Woods

By Erin Hunter


In this book, Sash is a house cat in the city and she has many friends in the city and they sort of fend for her.  Then one day she goes to the woods and in the woods every cat has to fend for themselves.  She ended up hating it there.  She wanted to go home but she got so attached and she now has to choose.


My opinion is that this book has the best ending ever.


Ashley - Grade 5



Book Review

Title: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Author: John Boyne

Genre: Non fiction                                                

Pages: 215   


Review: This boy named Bruno moves and wants to play with a friend but he has none. He found a Holocaust farm and saw a boy that was starving. Bruno helps him escape but he had to find his dad. They ended up in a gas house. Will they escape?


Tim - Grade 5



Book Review 

Title: Everest

Author: Gordon Korman

Genre: Adventure


Review: This story is about these four children in this training camp to see if they have the skills to climb the tallest mountain in the world, Everest. There are three books in this series. Some are not ready for what lays ahead and some will not stop to get to the top.


I recommend this book from ages ten and up. If you like Gordon Korman this will be the perfect book for you.


Alex - Grade 5



Book Review

A Shift of Fate

By Sonja Crawford


This book is about a girl who runs away from home because she find a mind-reader dog.  I really like this book because I like fiction books.  Another reason why I like this book is because I like animals and there are lots of animals in this book.  If Sam had not found the dog she would have died.


I recommend this book for Grades 4-7.


Jena - Grade 5



Book Review

Harry Potter:  The Philosopher's Stone

J.K. Rowling


I've almost finished the Harry Potter series, and I'd have to say Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is the brightest, most exciting, and inspiring book.  This is the book where Harry finds out about the wizardry world, Hogwarts, and meets Ron, Hermione, Dumbledore, Hagrid, Neville, and (unfortunately) Snape and Malfoy. 


This is probably my favourite book ever.  It's really, really awesome, and a lot of the time, really funny.  This is probably good for grade 4-6 ( and maybe some awesome 3rd graders).  I recommend this book to all, and I think it might start world peace (no really).


Keegan - Grade 5



Book Review

Star Wars - The Clone Wars

By Heather Scott


I am reading Forces of Darkness Star Wars book.  In this book R2-D2 is beating up R3-S6 because hs is a spy and a bad guy.  General Grievous programmed R3-S6 to spy on Anakin and wreck his missions.  R2-D2 defeats R3-S6 in a battle.


I really like these books because I like Astromech droids and Partical Droids.  They are kind of silly.  If you like Star Wars, you'll like these books.


Alex - Grade 5



Book Review


By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor


Right now I am reading Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.  This story is about an 11 year old boy who finds a Beagle and becomes in love with that dog.  When this 11 year old named Marty finds out that his owner was treating him really badly like kicking him, Marty decides to hide him from his owner named Judd.  Also, Marty decides to name the Beagle Shiloh. 


I think that his book is really good but sometimes it can get a little sad.  This book is a really good book.  Also, I think that his book is suitable for grades 3+.


Haily - Grade 5



Book Review

The Hidden Girl

Author: Lola Rien Kaufman

Genre: Autobiography  

Pages : 97


Review : The Hidden Girl is a true story about the Holocaust. This book is very Historical and you will never want to skip pages. Lola is a 5 year old girl that goes into hiding from the Germans. It is chaos for her. I think this book is very good for grades four ,fives + sixes.


Mercedes - Grade 5



Book Review

Geronimo Stilton


It has a New York statue.  He invited a pal over for Christmas.  They went to the lake.  They played games.


It is a good book.  They got a note from a mouse.


Drake - Grade 2 

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