Student Book Review: The Keepers: The Box and the Dragonfly by Ted Sanders and Iacopo Bruno

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Ages 11-12 Runner-Up
Submitted by Skye B.

Review of The Keepers: The Box and the Dragonfly by Ted Sanders and Iacopo Bruno

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4 Stars

You should read this book if you’re in the mood for: Magic, Mystery, Action

What did you like about this book?
I liked that the magical elements of the story seemed like they were truly real, and could actually happen in our world.

Who were the main character(s)? Which one(s) were your favorite? Why?
The main characters were Horace and Chloe. I liked both main characters, but I liked Horace more because he was smart and didn’t try too hard to be cool.

Other kids should read this book because…
There was a lot of action, and even fighting, without much injury or death.

This book reminds me of Gregor the Overlander.

Your thoughts on the book:
I loved it!

I recommend this book for kids in these grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th

Student Book Review: Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

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Ages 11-12 Grand Prize
Submitted by Kira F.

Review of Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

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5 Stars

You should read this book if you’re in the mood for: Magic, Fantasy, Romance & Humans turning into animals

What did you like about this book?
How it sucked me into the world of the book, and I could envision what was happening.

Who were the main character(s)? Which one(s) were your favorite? Why?
Danica Shardae and Zane Cobriana, I liked both of them because they were strong, brave, and willing to make a difference. They were passionate about their goals, and they would do any thing to achieve them.

Other kids should read this book because…
It is inspiring and gives the life lesson of standing up for what you believe in and try to solve problems peacefully.

This book reminds me of the series Animorphs. They both have people who turn into animals, and they both have a very strong sense for peace.

Your thoughts on the book:
I love this book, and it is one of my favorites. I think everyone should read it, because there are many life lessons in this book.

I recommend this book for kids in these grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th+

Student Book Review: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic by Betty Macdonald and Hilary Knight

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Submitted by Chloe O.

Review of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic by Betty Macdonald and Hilary Knight

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5 Stars

You should read this book if you’re in the mood for: Humor, Kindness & Slight Magic

What did you like about this book?
I really like how every chapter is about a different habit or stage.

Who were the main character(s)? Which one(s) were your favorite? Why?
Mrs.Piggle-Wiggle is the main character. I like her because she is very kind to all of the children.

Other kids should read this book because…
I think other kids should read this book because it is very silly and will make you laugh.

This book reminds me of no other books I’ve read.

Your thoughts on the book:
I loved it because it made me laugh and smile!

I recommend this book for kids in these grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th

 

Student Book Review: Max’s Story by W. Bruce Cameron

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Submitted by Sukriti V.

Review of Max’s Story by W. Bruce Cameron

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5 Stars

You should read this book if you’re in the mood for: Nature & Animals

What did you like about this book?
Celebrating animals through art!

Who were the main character(s)? Which one(s) were your favorite? Why?
Max- the dog, Clarity-the girl, Clarity’s mother- Gloria

Other kids should read this book because…
It is a sensational book about animals and friendship.

This book reminds me of A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

Your thoughts on the book:
This book has valuable lessons on friendship and I treasure it very much! My favorite part was when Max was adopted from the animal shelter by a loving artistic girl!

I recommend this book for kids in these grades:
4th & 5th

 

Student Book Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

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Submitted by Evelyn N.

Review of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

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5 Stars

You should read this book if you’re in the mood for: Mystery, Action, Humor & Superheroes

What did you like about this book?
I liked how the main character Doreen has the power of a squirrel. She can jump really high, is stronger and faster than normal people, climbs trees with retractable claws, likes nuts, and has a bushy tail. It fun to read more about the Marvel comic universe. Squirrel Girl is awesome, because she is funny, nice, and brave.

Who were the main character(s)? Which one(s) were your favorite? Why?
Doreen Green – age 14 also known as Squirrel Girl.
Ana Sophia – age 14 Doreen’s best human friend.
Tippy-Toe – Doreen’s sidekick squirrel
Mike Romanger – age 14 goes to Doreen’s school and is really grumpy
Tippy-Toe is my favorite because she a squirrel and is the leader of her clan. Tippy-Toe is powerful and trustworthy.

Other kids should read this book because…
If you like Marvel movies, squirrels, mystery or nuts you should read this book.

This book reminds me of the Marvel movies, especially Captain Marvel.

Your thoughts on the book:
It was fun to finally read a book about a girl superhero. I don’t find many girl superhero books.

I recommend this book for kids in these grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th

Student Book Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

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Submitted by J.A.

Review of Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

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You should read this book if you’re in the mood for: Humor

What did you like about this book?
It was funny, exciting, and cool.

Who were the main character(s)? Which one(s) were your favorite? Why?
Greg Heffley, Rowley Jefferson, and Chirag Gupta. Rowley was my favorite because he is in middle school and he acts like a 6- or 7-year-old.

Other kids should read this book because…
it is hilarious. The characters do silly things and lots of weird stuff that will make kids laugh.

Your thoughts on the book:
It is great, I like the artwork, and it looks like a comic book, too.

I recommend this book for kids in these grades:
2nd
3rd
4th

Student Book Review: The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet #2) by Kazu Kibuishi

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Submitted by Page B.

Review of The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet #2) by Kazu Kibuishi

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5 Stars

You should read this book if you’re in the mood for: Magic, Action & Fantasy

What did you like about this book?
It had mystical creatures and had a lot of suspense.

Who were the main character(s)? Which one(s) were your favorite? Why?
The main characters are Emily, the Elf King and Leon. My favorite is Emily because she is strong and powerful and she is very loving and kind.

Other kids should read this book because…
It is an exciting book to read and it is very magical.

Your thoughts on the book:
Emily’s mom had been poisoned and she had to find the right antidote but the Elf King was trying to stop her. She was very brave and was able to save her mom.

I recommend this book for kids in these grades:
2nd
3rd
4th