Student Book Review: The Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

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Ages 13+ Runner-Up
Submitted by Ryan N.

Review of The Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

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5 Stars

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

What did you like about this book?
It contains accurate depictions of both Greek and Roman mythology. It also mixed in contemporary ideas and characters to make it relatable to modern-day. It also portrays how these abnormal teens cope with normal teen problems.

Who were the main character(s)? Which one(s) were your favorite? Why?
The main characters were Leo (the comedian), Jason (the new kid/Mr. Perfect), and Piper (tried to stay out of the spotlight but is often forced into it). My favorite character is Leo because he is the one whom I relate to most.

Other kids should read this book because…
Everybody can relate to at least one of the characters and will be entertained by the constant action and character developments, as well as the development of romance in the story. They will be hooked and want to read the rest of the series.

This book reminds me of all the other books in this series, as well as the other mythological books written by Rick Riordan.

Your thoughts on the book:
This is a great book that any middle schooler would love reading and is a great starter book for the rest of this series.

I recommend this book for kids in these grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Student Book Review: Michael Vey 3: Battle of the Ampere by Richard Paul Evans

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Submitted by Marisa R.

Review of Michael Vey 3: Battle of the Ampere by Richard Paul Evans

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5 Stars

You should read this book if you’re in the mood for: Action, Suspense, Adventure, Electricity, Friendship, & Teamwork

What did you like about this book?
Every single chapter had action and I could not stop reading it. The whole book was an amazing adventure and I was on the edge of my seat because of all the suspense.

Who were the main character(s)? Which one(s) were your favorite? Why?
Michael, Taylor, McKenna, Ostin, Jack, Wade, Tessa, Jaime, Dr. Hatch, Abigail, and Zues. My favorites were Michael, Taylor, McKenna, Ostin, Jack, and Wade. This is because they were very brave and willing to help anyone that needed it. Even in danger, they were not afraid to do anything they had to do.

Other kids should read this book because…
It was very suspenseful, because I could not stop flipping the pages. Also, the storyline/plot was very intriguing and filled with adventure and action.

This book reminds me of “Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25”, “Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen”, “Divergent”, “Insurgent”, and “Allegiant.”

Your thoughts on the book:
“Michael Vey: Battle of the Ampere” was one of the best books I have ever read. It was full of action and adventure that never seemed to go away. The author did a brilliant job at showing how everyone felt some type of defeat, but later realized that they were better than that. This gave the book a detail that readers couldn’t help but love. I would definitely recommend “Michael Vey: Battle of the Ampere” to everyone, because it was a fantastic book.

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

Student Book Review: Disney’s Who’s Who by Disney Book Group

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Submitted by Isabella R.

Review of Disney’s Who’s Who by Disney Book Group

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5 Stars

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

What did you like about this book?
I liked this book because it explained all the different characters from movies that I knew by heart and even movies i have never even heard of before. I also liked how it noted fun facts about different characters such as how many strands of hair Elsa has.

Who were the main character(s)? Which one(s) were your favorite? Why?
There were no main characters; they all had their own description.

Other kids should read this book because…
It states facts and has information about every character you would find in Disney movies and is so entertaining it will make you never want to put it down.

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

Your thoughts on the book:
I thought this book was very entertaining because when I thought I was ready to put it down, I would always want to just keep reading. I also loved how this book made me laugh because some of the facts you learn, you can’t help but let out a chuckle.

I recommend this book for kids in these grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

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

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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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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