Tuesday, May 26, 2015

EverWorld: Search for Senna

EverWorld: Search for Senna
Author: K.A. Applegate
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Julie H.

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Summary: David is a high school student with a pretty normal life. Normal, that is, until he witnesses his girlfriend, Senna, being swallowed up by a massive wolf, and in his attempt to rescue her, he and three other kids are sucked into EverWorld after her. Then the adventure really begins. David, April, Christopher, and Jalil must escape from gods they’ve only heard about in ancient mythology as they try to find Senna (who may be a witch) and get back to the real world before it’s too late! Written for teenaged readers, this book is action-packed and filled with mythology from Aztec to Norse. Search for Senna is the exciting introduction to this series, which contains 12 books. 

Review: If you’re looking for something to read after you’ve finished or outgrown the Percy Jackson books, then pick up this series! Even though the mythology mentioned in this book may not be entirely accurate, I still enjoyed the references. The characters are likeable, the story is fast-paced, and it leaves you excited to read book two in the series: Land of Loss. I’m actually going to go check it out right now!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Pigeon Needs a Bath!

The Pigeon Needs a Bath!
Author: Mo Willems
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Leslie

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Summary: The Pigeon is dirty and he needs a bath, but he won't go willingly.

Review: I love all of Mo Willems’ pigeon books so when I saw this as a new item, I quickly grabbed it. It’s such a relatable book for kids since most never want to take a bath! In the end, they end up having fun and loving it. This was a very cute and funny book that my kids and I loved!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Doug Unplugs on the Farm

Doug Unplugs on the Farm
Author: Dan Yaccarino
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Reviewer: Aleece

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Summary: Doug is off to visit his grandbots with his parents. Before they leave, his mother reminds him to plug in so he can learn about the countryside that they are passing through. However they get into a slight accident and Doug becomes unplugged. While the car is being fixed he decides to help on a farm and begins to experience things firsthand on a farm and enjoys every bit of it.

Review: This is a wonderful book that shows you can experience more when you are away from technology and go out an enjoy the outdoors. The illustrations are colorful and really portray the images of a farm well. There is a great message for kids and parents alike with this book and the importance of appreciating the outdoors and not always spending every moment connected to some form of technology. There is so much out in the world to discover so take the time to go outside and do it.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims

Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims
Author: Rush Limbaugh
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Helen

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Summary: Rush Revere, a middle school teacher, travels back in time with his horse, Liberty, in order to study the Pilgrims and Puritans who traveled to the New World on the Mayflower. Rush films the events as they occur with live videos. The story tells who and why the travelers chose to make this dangerous trip. Included in the book are maps and photos to help understand the Pilgrims and their reasons for beginning a new life in an unknown and harsh new world.
 
Review: This is a great book for American History buffs, including teachers, parents, and students. It is an excellent time travel adventure as well as humorous, clever and informative.
 
 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Famous Graveyards

Famous Graveyards
Author: Kristen Rajczak
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Sue

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Summary: This 32 page book is full of information, interesting facts, and lots of pictures.  Let’s face it, death is part of life.  Famous Graveyards presents different cultural, religious, and historical information about numerous graveyards. 

Review: What a fascinating book! I learned so much, and the information is presented in a kid-friendly way.  This is a book that I will definitely be recommending to others (especially those reluctant readers out there).    

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tape

Tape
Author: Steven Camden
Rating: 2.5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Christi

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Summary: In 1993, Ryan records a diary on an old tape. He talks about his mother’s death, about his dreams, about his love for a new girl at school who doesn’t even know he exists.

In 2013, Ameliah moves in with her grandmother after her parents die. There, she finds a tape in the spare room. A tape with a boy’s voice on it – a voice she can’t quite hear, but which seems to be speaking to her.

Review:  A book debut from author Steven Camden. I loved the idea of this story. The cassette tapes being found by Ameliah and flashing back to 1993 during their recording by Ryan. But then I started reading it and I don’t know if it’s just me but does every kids chapter book have to start off with a parent being dead? In this case, of the two kids there are three dead parents. Anyway, I found this book good enough to keep reading to the end but that’s about it. Ryan and Ameliah’s thoughts are very prominent in the book which makes it a slightly spacey read. The ending had a bit of a surprise which helped everything to come together.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Gilda Joyce Psychic Investigator

Gilda Joyce Psychic Investigator
Author: Jennifer Allison
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Denise Z.

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Summary: During the summer before ninth grade, intrepid Gilda Joyce invites herself to the San Francisco mansion of distant cousin Lester Splinter and his thirteen-year-old daughter, where she uses her purported psychic abilities and detective skills to solve the mystery of the mansion's boarded-up tower.

Review: This book sparked my interest because I was wondering how the idea of a psychic investigator would be geared towards young readers. I think Jennifer Allison did a great job of keeping interest for both the young and old reader. This is a mysterious and funny book with a loveable and relatable main character that young girls can relate to and appreciate. The book is quite well-written and is a great alternative for a young reader who enjoys mysteries and the paranormal or loves reading Harriet the Spy books. I would recommend this series for ages 10 and up.