Realistic Fiction

Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements

Publisher:  Scholastic; Interest Grade Level: 5th grade and over; Copyright date: 2002; Number of pages: 251; Call number: we don't have the book at this time (its on order); Genre: Realistic Fiction

Summary of the Book: It's about this boy, Bobby, who wakes up one morning and he is not there! The only person that can help get back the way he was is a blind girl.

Rating

I would recommend this book to others Yes, Because it is an exciting adventure that keeps you on the edge of your seat through the whole book. It feels like you are actually there in the story.....right where all of the action is.

Reviewer: Jessica M.

True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff

Publisher: Atheneum Books for young readers; Interest Grade Level: Junior High; Copyright date: 2001; Number of pages: 264; Call number: F Wol; Genre: Realistic Fiction

 

Awards: ALA Notable Book, Michael L. Printz Honor Book

Summary of the Book: A sequel to Make Lemonade it's about a girl named LaVaughn we has some teenage issues and how she copes with them.

Rating

I would recommend this book to others Yes, It's an excellent book for the junior high level. It deals with problems that all teenagers deal with.  It's important to be aware of these issues and this book really shows you how to cope and deal with them! The absolute best book I've ever read!

Reviewer: Taylor L.

Bigmouth by Maggie Twohill

Publisher: Bradbury Press; Interest Grade Level: Junior High; Copyright date: 1986;

Number of pages: 110; Call number: F Two; Genre: Realistic Fiction

Summary of the Book: Its about a 5th grade girl, Bunny.  Bunny has a problem. Her problem is that she talks so much she doesn't listen to anyone else but herself.  One day she made a huge mistake about moving to London, everyone was excited about moving they packed all there stuff and they were all ready to go, till her dad, Freddy Senior's boss, called and told them that they weren't moving.  Bunny got and so much trouble that she decided to stop talking.

Rating

I would recommend this book to others because When you read the book you can really picture everyone talking. Its a really funny book, and you'll want to read it over again.

Reviewer: Athena Y.

Perfect Family by: Jerrie Oughton

Publisher: ; Houghton Mifflin: ; Copyright date: ; Number of pages: 196 ; Call number: F Oug; Genre: Realistic Fiction

 

Award: ALA Notable Book

Summary of the Book: A girl gets pregnant and tries to get her life back to normal.

Rating1/2

I would recommend this book to others Yes, it is a great book, and you can learn a lot about getting pregnant and the problems it has while still trying to live a normal life.

Reviewer: Keri S.

The Woman in the Wall by Patrice Kindl

Publisher: Penguin Group  ; Copyright date: 1997 ; Number of pages: 185  ; Call number: F KIN; Genre: Realistic Fiction

 

Awards: ALA Notable Book

Summary of the Book: When a seven year old is forgotten, she makes her own world behind walls.  Will her family remember her seven years later?

Rating1/2

I would recommend this book to others Yes, it gives you an idea of how much you can accomplish even when no one believes you exist, but still be heard.

Reviewer: Samantha P

Carolina Autumn by Carol Lynch William

Publisher: Delacorte Press; Copyright date: 2000 ; Number of pages: 146 ; Call number: F Wil ; Genre: Realistic Fiction

Summary of the Book: Carolina Autumn is a book about a 14 year-old girl named Carolina that recently moved to a new house because her father and older sister died in a car accident the year before. The reason that they moved was because where they were living it had to many memories in their old house that it became painful for Carolina and her Mother to live there. Although Carolina had a bad experience in her life she still kept going and doing the everyday types of things. She had a boyfriend and her best friend for support and to have fun with during her hard times.

Rating

I would recommend this book to others mostly girls because it is a book most girls around 13 or 14 can relate to. It is also one of those book that you really don't want to put it down.

Reviewer: Ashlie U

The Skin I'm In by Sharon G. Flake

Publisher: Hyperion; Interest Grade Level: 6-8; Copyright date: 1998; Number of pages: 171; Call number: F Fla; Genre: Realistic Fiction 

 

Award: ALA Notable Book

Summary of the Book: 13 year old Maleeka Madison copes with teasing about her dark skin and meets a teacher who teaches her about confidence.

Rating

I would recommend this book to others, more to girls than boys, because it was interesting and fun to read.

Reviewer: Angela R.

What we did last Summer by Elizabeth Craft

Publisher: Bantam Books; Interest Grade Level: 7th - 12th; Copyright date: 1999; Number of pages: 177; Call number: F Cra ; Genre: Realistic Fiction

Summary of the Book: This book is about girl who falls in love, only to find out that she fell in love with the wrong guy.

Rating

I would recommend this book to others because I could not put the book down at all. I kept wanting to see what happened next. Elizabeth Craft is a very good author.

Reviewer: Sarah R.

The Body of Christopher Creed by, Carol Plum-Ucci

Publisher: Harcourt; Interest Grade Level: 7+(subject matter); Copyright date: 2003; 

Number of pages: 323 (paperback); Call number: F Plu  ; Genre: Realistic Fiction 

Awards: Michael L. Printz Honor Book, ALA Notable Book

Summary of the Book: In a small town a boy named Christopher Creed disappears.  The strange thing is that nobody can find a body.  Victor Adams, who was mentioned in Creed's last letter, finds out many things about himself and his friends as he looks for Creed. 

Rating

I would recommend this book to others because: It is a definite page turner.  The book grabs you and keeps action going until the end.  It can get a little eerie and adult at times so I wouldn't recommend it for younger children.

Reviewer: Charlie P.

Princess in the spotlight by Meg Cabot

Publisher: HarperCollins ; Interest Grade Level: 6+ ; Copyright date: ;2001 

Number of pages: 223(hard cover) ; Call number: F Cab ; Genre: Realistic Fiction

Summary of the Book: The princess of Genovia (Mia) talks on a show and says something that almost gets one of her teachers fired. Even though she didn't know what she said would result out like that it had. Also a sequel to the first book Princess Diaries. 

Rating

I would recommend this book to others because: Some people wonder what their life would be like if they were a princess or a king and queen and in this book you can imagine almost anything.

Reviewer: Candace.D. 

Vanishing by Bruce Brooks

Publisher: Hrper Collins  ; Interest Grade Level:6 ; Copyright date:1999 ; Number of pages:103(hard cover) ; Call number: F bro ; Genre: Realistic Fiction

Summary of the Book: Alice's parents get a divorce and she moves with her mother but Alice's mother and father are still fighting a lot and she thinks that they forgot about her and she thinks that that if she goes on a hunger strike that her parents would stop fighting and start spending time with her...but her fear is that if she falls or if she goes into anorexic coma. 

Rating

I would recommend this book to others: This is a very interesting book and it is hard to read about someone who starves them self for attention but I would recommend this book because this does happen to people in today's society. 

Reviewer: Candace D

Slam by Walter Dean Myers

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; Copyright date: 1996; Number of pages: 266; Call number: F Mye; Genre: Realistic Fiction

 

Award: ALA Notable Book, Coretta Scott King Award

Summary of the Book: This book is about a teenage boy who plays on the school basketball team.  He is really good at basketball but doesn't start.  He isn't very smart in school. 

Rating – 

I would recommend this book to others because it is very interesting and a lot of people could relate.

Reviewer: Scott S.

Tangerine by Edward Bloor

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; Copyright date: 1997; Number of pages:294 ; Call number: F Blo; Genre: Realistic Fiction

Summary of the Book: This book is about a seventh grade boy who plays soccer and moves to Tangerine, Florida. While he is there he learns some interesting information about his older brother.

Rating – 

I would recommend this book to others Yes, because it was very easy to read and kept me going throughout the whole book and had a very interesting plot.

Reviewer: Valerie S.

Ever after by Rachel Vail

Publisher: Orchard Books; Copyright date: 1994; Number of pages: 166; Call number: 

F VAI; Genre: Realistic Fiction

Summary of the Book: A book about Molly Garrett's journey from adolescence to womanhood. She encounters some hardships and makes important decisions on her friends and foes.

Rating – 

I would recommend this book to others because I learned a lot about others changes and it was an interesting book that kept me reading.

Reviewer: Marie R

The Skin I'm In (Review #2) by Sharon G. Flake

Publisher: Jump at the Sun; Copyright date: 1998; Grade Level Recommended: 7th Number of pages: 171; Call number: F Fla; Genre: Realistic Fiction

Awards:  Coretta Scott King Award

Summary of the Book: Thirteen year old Meleeka copes with her skin color with the help of a teacher with a birthmarked.

Rating – 1/2

I would recommend this book to others because it gives people a new perception on a different type of lifestyle. 

Reviewer: Kyle Anne P.

Swallowing Stones by Joyce McDonald

Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Book; Copyright date: 1997; Grade Level  Recommended: 7th Number of pages:245 ; Call number: F McD; Genre: Realistic Fiction

Summary of the Book: A teenage boy named Michael fires a gun into the air without knowing it would travel to the other side of the city, striking a man dead 

Rating – 1/2

I would recommend this book to others because I was well written and had much detail.

Reviewer: Kyle Anne P.

Superfudge by Judy Blume

Publisher: Dell Publishing; Copyright date: 1980; Grade Level  Recommended: 8th and lower; Number of pages: 166; Call number: F Blu; Genre: Realistic Fiction

Summary of the Book: This is about a boy that doesn't want another brother and has to move.  He already has a really annoying brother.

Rating – 

I would recommend this book to others because a lot of people can relate to annoying brothers and not wanting to move.

Reviewer: Scott S.

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town (book review 2) by Kimberly Holt  

Publisher:Henry Holt ; Copyright date: 1999; Grade Level  Recommended:7/8  Number of pages: 227; Call number: F Hol; Genre: Realistic Fiction

Summary of the Book: Zachary Beaver weighed 634 lbs. and he stayed in his trailer, while people paid to see him. 

Rating – 

I would recommend this book to others because it shows what they would make someone feel like by making fun of him, and it makes a lot of points.

Reviewer: Ashley K 

Tangerine (review 2) by Edward Bloor  

Publisher:Scholastic Inc. ; Copyright date:1997 ; Grade Level  Recommended:7/8  Number of pages:294; Call number: F Blo; Genre: Realistic Fiction

Summary of the Book: Paul Fisher- main character trying to remember something about his brother. 

Rating – 

I would recommend this book to others because it was very suspenseful and interesting.

Reviewer: Ashley K

Tangerine (review 3) by Edward Bloor 

Publisher: Scholastic Inc. ; Copyright date: 1997 ; Grade Level  Recommended: 7/8 Number of pages: 294; Call number: F Blo; Genre: Realistic Fiction

Summary of the Book: This book is about a boy who is trying to remember something his brother did to him.  I thought it was really exciting.

Rating – 

I would recommend this book to others because it was exciting and a page-turner.

ReviewerKayla J.

The Face On The Milk Carton by  Caroline B. Cooney

Publisher: Bantam Double Bay Publishing; Copyright date: 1993; Grade Level  Recommended:7/8  Number of pages: 214; Call number: F Coo ; Genre: Realistic Fiction

Summary of the Book: This book is about a girls conflicts with her family.  Its a good story for Junior High students.

Rating – 

I would recommend this book to others because its a good story to read, and once you start reading it you don't want to put it down.

ReviewerKayla J.

Drowning Anna by Sue Mayfield

Publisher: Hyperon books ; Copyright date: 2001 ; Grade Level  Recommended: 7 Number of pages: 316 ; Call number: F MAY  ; Genre: Realistic Fiction

Summary of the Book: Pretty, Smart, friendly what 17 year old girl wouldn't want that? Anna Goldsmith had it all and hated it. She hated it so much she wanted to end her life. All she wanted was to be accepted as a normal girl. 

(the book was great I just didn't like the end much!)

Rating – 

I would recommend this book to others because it is great for teenage girls (not boys).

Reviewer: Brandi B 

What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; Interest Grade Level: 8th 9th 10th Copyright date: 2001; Number of pages: 259; Call number: F SON; Genre: Realistic Fiction

Summary of the Book: Sophie meets her future boy friend in a limo. Later dumps him for a guy on the internet. Turns out she doesn't like that person. Sophie finally meets the right guy a the school dance. She's instantly swept off of her feet. The only problem is, is that she doesn't know who he is. Who is this masked mystery man?

Rating

I would recommend this book to others because right off the bat when you start reading the third or fourth paragraph you're instantly hooked. That is if you're a girl. I wouldn't recommend this book to boys. This book shows you that you don't have to like a person because of what they look like, but because of what their personality is like.

Reviewer: Brittany C.

What my mother doesn't know (2) by Sonya Sones

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing ; Interest Grade Level: 7th grade and up;  Copyright date:2001; Number of pages:259; Call number: F Son; Genre: Realistic Fiction

Summary of the Book: This book describes 14-year-old Sophie's love interests during her freshman year in high school.  It's also about how she deals with her self-image and how others think of her.

Rating

I would recommend this book to others Yes, it's a very good book for pre-teen and young teen girls.  It's a very unique and fast paced book.  It's also fun to read because the author has a unique writing style

Reviewer: Sammy M.

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher

Publisher: HarperCollins; Interest in Grade Level: Mature 8th graders on up; Copyright date: 1993; Number of pages:295 ; Call number: F Cru; Genre: Realistic Fiction 

Summary of the Book: This story describes the life of Eric Calhoune, an overweight swimmer as he uncovers the secrets about his best friend, Sarah Byrnes's tragic accident that gave her a disfigured face.  

 

Rating – 

 

I would recommend this book to others Yes, It's very unique  book that deals with many different points about current day issues.  It does a great job describing characters and how they deal with the world around them.

Reviewer: Sammy M.

Low Tide by William Mayne

Publisher: Yearling Books; Interest in Grade Level: 5-7; Copyright date:1992 ; Number of pages: 198; Call number: F MAY ; Genre: Realistic Fiction 

Summary of the Book: Three kids, Charlie, Wiremu, and Elisabeth, go fishing and end up finding the Alexander, a famous sunken ship. A tidal wave comes and picks up their ship and takes it to The Knuckle. The Knuckle is a forbidden island that no one has been too. They have to learn how to survive with a Koroua that supposively eats people. Then they realize that maybe all the rumors aren't true about Korouas. 

 

Rating – 

 

I would recommend this book to others because it tells people that not all rumors are true and you have to meet someone before you judge them and think that they are out to kill everything it sees.

 

Reviewer: Allison S.

Saffy’s Angel by Hilary McKay                                               

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books  Copyright date: 2001

Interest Grade Level: 6-8  Number of Pages: 152 Call #: F MCK           

Brief Summary of the Book

There are four Casson children who are all named after a color. But one child named Saffy finds out that she is adopted. Her mom died in a car crash and now she is living with her aunt. When her Grandad dies, he leaves all his grandchildren something. For Saffy, he leaves “the angel.” Nobody knows what “angel” Grandad was talking about, but Saffy is determined to find out.

Rating

I would recommend this book to others:     Yes      Because it’s a very interesting book, and it always makes you want to keep reading.

Name Kelli P

Girlhearts by Norma Mazer                                              

Publisher: Hoper Colins   Copyright date: 2001

Number of Pages: 210  Call #: F MAZ

Summary

It’s about 14-year-old girl and her young mom suddenly dies of a heart attack!  What will she do?

Rating

I would recommend this book to others:  Yes. It was a really good, realistic book. I liked how the characters felt real!

Vocabulary words that were new to me in this book:

Name  Megan D.

Red Midnight by Ben Mikaelsen

Publisher: Harper Collins     Copyright date: 2002

Number of Pages: 209            Call #: 19922

Summary

After a Guatemalan boy, named Santiago sees his village get destroyed and all of his family die except his sister, Angelina, he is forced to leave the country after his uncle pleads his to sail to America and tell the world what has happened at the village. The Santiago sails in his uncles ‘cayuco’ with little supply of food and water. But he runs out of food net even near the end. Does he make it to America? Read and find out.

Rating

I would recommend this book to others because I would recommend this book to people because whoever likes adventure and suspense in the same story will like it. Also you found out a little about Guatemala and what happens in a normal day, what the women do, and some of the language.

Vocabulary words that were new to me in this book: cayuco, and buena suerte

Name Erin C

Title: Who is Jesse Flood?

Author: Malachy Doyle                                               Publisher: Bloomsbury        Copyright date: 2002

Number of Pages: 173       Call #: F DOY      

Country in which book take place: Ireland

 

Summary This realistic fiction novel is about a boy named Jesse Flood who is just trying to figure things out. But when you’re no good at sports or talking to girls, it can be a bit hard. Jesse struggles to find his place in a small seaside town in Northern Ireland. His mom and dad are divorced, he gets kicked out of school, and someone he knows dies, and he has no friends. It’s a tough life for Jesse Flood

Rating –          

I would recommend this book to others:   Yes     Why? First of all there is a good lesson to learn that you should be thankful for whoever you are, and to make the best of it. The detaileds words add a perfect touch to the novel. I would recommend this novel to people whom enjoy curiosity. I would not recommend this novel to anyone who likes adventure books, because there isn’t an adventure included in the story.

Vocabulary words that were new to me in this book: the only word new to me was sinister.

  Name: Elizabeth H.

Title:  Rebel: A Tibetan Odyssey

Author: Cheryl Aylward Whitesel                                  

Publisher: Harper Collins                            Copyright date: 2000

Interest Grade Level (optional): 5   

Number of Pages: 190      Call #: F WHI

Summary

A Tibetan boy who was banished from his village because of his contact with a foreigner goes to a monastery to become a lama, a high-ranking monk. The book tells about his adventure and his experience while being away from his family and following the strict rules of the monastery.

Rating       

I would recommend this book to others:    No I don’t think this book was interesting at all unless you are interested in monks and peaceful, plain and simple stories. This book was also a little sad in the end with only a tiny amount of climax in the beginning. This book would not be a good choice if you are bored and want a good book to read. You probably want to reserve this book as last choice

Vocabulary words that were new to me in this book: lama, aku

Name:   Tom C.

Finn’s Island by Eileen Dunlop

Publisher: Holiday House    Copyright date: 1991  Number of Pages: 128

Interest Grade Level (optional):5-8     Call #: F Dun

Brief Summary of the Book

                Finn is fascinated with the island his grandfather grew up on as a child. He has all kinds of fantasies about living and growing up on hirsay that take him away from his dull farm life. But with the arrival of Douglas an agricultural student, Finn gets a chance to visit the island and finds it is more than he expected.

Rating

I would recommend this book to others:     Yes  It is interesting and has a lot of action.  It also has a good message about memories and forgiveness.

Vocabulary words that were new to me in this book

 

Name  Tor P.

Title Many Stones

Author Carolyn Coman                                              

Publisher:                            Copyright date: 2000

Number of Pages: 158    Call #:

Awards -  Michael L. Printz Award 

Brief Summary of the Book

Berry’s father finally came home to tell her that her sister, Laura, was murdered in South Africa and that there going there to participate in the dedication of a memorial in her name.

Rating –       

I would recommend this book to others:     No It wasn’t really that interesting or good. A lot of parts were boring.

 

Vocabulary words that were new to me in this book:

 

Name  Abigail H.

Secret Letters from 0 to 10 by Susie Morgenstern

Publisher: Penguin Group   Copyright date: 1998

Interest Grade Level (optional): 6-7  Number of Pages: 137 Call #:

Brief Summary of the Book

A boy named Ernest who was abandoned by his father the day after his birth. His mother had died while giving birth to him and his father left him with his 85 year-old grandmother. Everyday was the same with Ernest. Wake up, breakfast, school, home, snack, homework, reading, bed. Everyday he followed the same routine without any change. Then, a new girl named Victoria comes along, and adds some spark to his lackluster life. Then after seeing a book with the author’s name the same as his long-lost father, he makes it a mission to find him.

Rating            

I would recommend this book to others:  Yes.  Because it’s a pretty quick and fun read. It also has a interestingly twisting plot.               

Vocabulary words that were new to me in this book: None

Name Colten B.

Title:    Before we were free

Author:    Julia Alvarez                                             

Publisher:   Alfred A. Knopf                                                 Copyright date: 1975

Interest Grade Level (optional):  6-9 grade Number of Pages:   167                Call #: FALV

Brief Summary of the Book

Anita’s uncle disappears after planning to overthrow the dictator. When the secret police find out, they search Anita’s house and watch them closely for weeks. Now her parent’s are involved in the plot and her whole family is endangered. Many months go and finally everyone in her family except her dad moves to America. 

Rating

I would recommend this book to others:     I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a realistic fiction book. It was very good and included a plot that kept you reading. It also tells about real events and how hard it was to live in the Dominican Republic during the dictatorship.

Vocabulary words that were new to me in this book:  Cotorrita, compound, casita, oxfords, embargo, and consulate.

Name:  Renee L

Title    Kit’s Wilderness

Author  David Almond                                        

Publisher:  Dell Laurel-Leaf     Interest Grade Level (optional):  5-8  

Number of Pages:    229  Call #: F Alm Copyright date:  1999

Brief Summary of the Book

This boy named Kit and his family moves to this town called Stoney Gates. They move there to take care of their widowed grandfather. Kit’s grandfather tells Kit about these abandoned mines. Kit meets this boy named John Askew and they play this game called “Death”. In this game they go into this abandoned mine and they sit down a spin a knife and whomever it lands on dies so they think. Then, the group of kids walk out and shut the door and wait for the kid who died to crawl back out. Towards the end of the story John Askew and Kit walk down to the abandoned mines and look for all of the ghosts of the people who died down there and some of them are Kit’s relatives were the ones who died so they go down there and you have to read the book to find out more.  

Rating    

I would recommend this book to others: No, because it’s confusing and strange. It’s confusing in the beginning but once you get deep into the book it’s easier to understand and most kids stop reading the book if that’s the case. It’s strange because of the game they play called “Death”.

 

Vocabulary words that were new to me in this book: Louts, no hoppers, and pit mates

 

Name    Josh C

The Steps by Rachel Cohn  

Publisher: Simon & Schuster   Copyright date: 2003

Country: Australia   Interest Grade Level (optional): Sixth Grade   Number of Pages: 137  

Call #:  F-COH

Brief Summary of the Book

During summer vacation, Annabel visits her dad, step mom, and her stepbrothers and stepsisters in Sydney. Australia. While she is there, she tries to convince her dad to come back to Manhattan to live with her mom.    But then she realizes how happy her dad is living in Australia.                                                       

Rating

I would recommend this book to others:      I would recommend this book mainly to girls because it talks a lot about girls stuff, and I don’t think boy would enjoy this book very. I would recommend this book because it deals with divorce and getting a new family.

Vocabulary words that were new to me in this book: Since this book took place in Australia a lot of the words were different to me.

Name  Kaitlin P.

Title Fall-Out

Author  Gudrun Pausewang

Country the book takes place: Germany

Publisher: Penguin Group   Copyright date:  1987

Interest Grade Level: 5-6   Number of Pages: 172   Call #:  F PAU

Brief Summary of the Book

The book takes place in Germany. Janna is the main character; her life is turned upside down when a nuclear power company has a leak. It spread quickly so Janna and her younger brother Uli had to find a way to escape because their parents were out of town. Janna escapes but the nuclear cloud rains her on. She ends up losing her hair and feeling horrible about losing her brother, who got hit by a car when they were trying to escape. She goes to one of the hospitals that are specifically for the people that became radioactive by the cloud. Janna stays there for about three weeks, until her great-aunt Helga comes to her “rescue”. Janna lives with Helga and the Freimel’s for the rest of the story.

Rating –     

I would recommend this book to others:  Yes  I would recommend this book because it’s an easy read, and it tells you about how hard life would be if something like a nuclear power leak were to happen.

Linda T. 

Title Crazy Loco

Author David Rice    

For Social Studies assignment only, country the book takes place: Mexico

Publisher: Dial Books Copyright date:

Interest Grade Level:  5-8   Number of Pages: 135  Call #:

Brief Summary of the Book

A book that has a bunch of short stories relating to Rice’s childhood as a Mexican-American and dealing with hardships like his dog being stolen and his crazy uncle eating his pet rabbits, but the good things too. Like getting a new girlfriend and learning to love his uncle.

Rating – How many stars would you give this book? Five Stars

 

I would recommend this book to others:  Yes Because it’s very entertaining but at the same time it is very sad because there are a lot of very sad stories in this book that end happily.

 

Vocabulary words that were new to me in this book:   

None. Not even the Spanish ones.

 

Name Alejandro G.

Title Maura’s Angel         

Author Lynne Reid Banks    

For Social Studies assignment only, country the book takes place Ireland

Publisher: Avon Books Copyright date: 1984

Interest Grade Level : 7 Number of Pages: 150 Call #: F BAN

Brief Summary of the Book

Maura is walking home from school one day in Belfast, Ireland. A bomb goes off and Maura finds herself on the ground next to a girl who looks exactly like her only “perfect.” The girl, Angela, follows Maura home. Angela is totally clueless to life. She follows Maura home and they live life together until something happens.

Rating

I would recommend this book to others:  I would definitely recommend this book to others. It has a plot that is well-written and it keeps you reading.

Vocabulary words that were new to me in this book: None

Name: Sarah J

Title: Kiss the Dust

Author: Elizabeth Laird                      

Country the book takes place: London, Iraq/Iran

Publisher: Dutton Children’s Books     Copyright date: 1991 Number of Pages: 279    Call #: F Lai

Brief Summary of the Book

Kiss the dust is about a girl, Tara whose father gets in trouble with the law. Her family moves 3 times to different cities and countries. Tara ends up living with her cousin and the rest of her family.

Rating    

I would recommend this book to others:    Yes, I would recommend this book because it is very realistic and because it teaches you that family is a very important part of life and you need your family for support.

Name: Sydney K.

Title The Amah         

Author Laurence Yep 

Country the book takes place:  USA

Publisher: G.P. Putman’s Sons    Copyright date: 1991

Number of Pages: 181            Call #:F YEP

Brief Summary of the Book

The story about a girl name Amy.  Mama, her mother, is a amah, which means nanny in Chinese.  Mama takes care Stephanie, and Mama is trying to impress the family so she doesn’t get fired.  But Amy isn’t sure of Stephanie and is staying clear but is having second thoughts about Stephanie.

    Rating                                

I would recommend this book to others: Yes, because it is really an interesting book.  And it talks about trying to figure out different people.  Also listening to our parents and friends.   

Name Victoria M.  

Title    Born Confused

Author  Tanuja Desai Hidier                 

country the book takes place   United States

Publisher:  Scholastic Inc.  Copyright date: 2002

Interest Grade Level:  7+ Number of Pages: 500  Call #: F DES

Brief Summary of the Book

This book is about an Indian girl named Dimple Lala. She is having a hard time with life, you know, growing up and all. She turns 17 early in the book and is having troubles with her life. She doesn’t really know who she is. She is trying to find herself. She wants a boy name Dylan, but her parents want her to meet a “suitable Indian boy”. She meets Karsh Kapur. She hates him at first but then grows on him once her friend tries to get him. She discovers her Indian customs and charms him. The ending will be up to you to read.

Rating –  1/2

I would recommend this book to others: No   I didn’t like this book very much because it didn’t have a lot of action and it was repetitive of lots of things. I found myself reading about 20 pages of the same idea. I could relate to her like of photography, thouugh.

Vocabulary words that were new to me in this book:  There weren’t any words in particular that were new, there were just a lot of Indian words. Don’t worry, they explain them.

Name Daniel W

Title: Brothers Like Friends

Author:  Klaus Kordon                       

Country the book takes place: Germany

Publisher: Philomel Books   Copyright date: 1990

Interest Grade Level: 7th   Number of Pages: 206 Call #: KOR

Brief Summary of the Book

Burkhard and Frank live with there mom and there aunt at a restaurant that they own.  Both Burkhard’s and Frank’s dad died, but now there mother is going to marry Willi.  Things just get worse and worse once he moves in.

Rating –     I would recommend this book to others:  Yes, because I thought it was well written and it kept me wondering how they would resolve there problems.

Vocabulary words that were new to me in this book:none

Name Daniel D.    

Title   The Swap

Author   George Layton                             

Publisher: G.P Putnam’s Sons New York    Copyright date: 1997

Interest Grade Level: 6-8    Number of Pages: 165   Call #: 14008

Brief Summary of the Book          

A kid and his friends at school are going to swap families with a rich kid from London. The bullies’ smoke and a Jewish kid comes to the school and nobody talks to him except one person. The Bullies’ get mad at him and they ask him what side he is on and he says “I am on your side” Then they hit him and say you better be. Then he switches sides but the kid moves so he doesn’t have to stand up for him.

Rating   

I would recommend this book to others:     Yes, It is a good book about hardships in England when money is low and you don’t have a good life. It makes you think about what if that was me?

Vocabulary words that were new to me in this book: Posh, Pram, and Toil

Name Scott B.                                             

Kite by Melvin Burgess

Publisher: Farrar Strauss Giroux; Interest in Grade Level: 4th-6th graders; Copyright date: 1997; Number of pages: 182; Call number: F Bur; Genre: Realistic Fiction 

Country this book takes place: England

Summary of the Book: Two boys rob a kite's nest because this mean man told them to. When one of the boys, Taylor saves the damaged egg both boys do their best to raise the kite and set it free. They also try to save it after it has been let go during hunting season.

 

Rating – 

 

I would recommend this book to others. Yes. It is a really good book, but this book is for 4th-6th grade kids and I am a 7th grader. I wish this book had more action, but it was a good book.

Vocabulary words new to me in this book: I didn't know a kite is a bird.

 

Reviewer: Erica A

Title Deep

Author Susanne Vance

Country the book takes place - Caribbean Area

Publisher:  Delacorte Press   Copyright date: 2003

Interest Grade Level : 6- 12   Number of Pages: 261  Call #: F Van

Brief Summary of the Book

The book’s chapter goes off and on with two characters.  Being kidnapped by the same guy brings two girls together. This story is heart pumping and will keep on the edge of your seat.

Rating

I would recommend this book to others:  Yes  Why? Because it is a good book and it tells the typical life of a thirteen year old.

Vocabulary words that were new to me in this book: None

Name (only your first name and last initial will appear on the web with your review.)
Cori D

Title The Butterfly Lion

Author Michael Morpurgo     

Country the book takes place in Britain

Publisher: Viking                         Copyright date: 1996

Interest Grade Level : 5-8   Number of Pages: 90  Call #: F Mor

Brief Summary of the Book

A Ten-year-old British boy escaped from his boarding school. He must sneak around so he hides behind a brick wall near what looks like an abandoned old house. He stumbles across an older woman who invites him into the “abandoned” house where she lives. They have tea and she tells him about her friend Bernie, wrapped up in a story of love and loss, triumphs and friend ships, and Bertie’s best friend, the White Prince!

Rating

I would recommend this book to others: Yes It is an inspirational story about friendship and keeping your promises

Jimmy P.

Title Blind Landing

Author Bjorn Konow Paulsson

Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, inc. Copyright date: 1972

5315Interest Grade Level :6    Number of Pages: 123  Call #: 5315

Country in which the book takes place: Norway     

Brief Summary of the Book

A pilot named Tore Bo is being put into a new flying infantry. He is young and has a lot of work to do especially on his landing skills. His squadron is entered in a flying contest and Tore is chosen as a part of the team. He works hard. At the competion something goes wrong. The book is interesting if you enjoy learning about planes. It was written in the 1970’s and is based on the invention of the jet.

How many stars would you give this book? 

I would recommend this book to others:    Yes   I enjoy learning about planes and world wars. Even though there isn’t any war action the book is still suspenseful and interesting. If you don’t enjoy learning about planes then I would not recommend it.

Vocabulary words that were new to me in this book: None (pretty basic vocabulary)

Name Joseph K

Ali and the Golden Eagle by Wayne Grover

 

Publisher: William Morrow & Company Inc.; Copyright date: 1993; Number of pages: 150; Call number: Gro; Genre: Nonfiction

Brief Summary of the Book: A businessman on business in Saudi Arabia finds a secluded village in a canyon and decides to visit it.  In the village he meets a young boy who’s dream is to be the best falconer in history.  The man elects to help the boy achieve his goal.

Rating –      

I would recommend this book to others because of what it teaches you.  It really shows what you can do if you believe, work hard, and refuse to give up.  Finally, this book has you hooked to the end.

Reviewer: Alec M.  

Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Publishing Company

Copyright date: 1997

Interest Grade Level: 6-7th grade    

Number of Pages: 259                    Call #: F NYE

Awards -  Jane Addams Children’s book  award

Country the book takes place: Jerusalem

Brief Summary of the Book:

Habibi is about a girl who moves from the US to Jerusalem. Her dad’s family all lives there and he wants her to get a perspective from life in America where her mom’s family lives and life in Jerusalem. She finds out that the 2 places are very different.     

Rating How many stars would you give this book?          

I would recommend this book to others:   Yes.  It tells how life is different between countries from the view of someone your own age and how your life can change when you have to move and get used to a totally different lifestyle.

Vocabulary words that were new to me in this book: Yarmulkes, kousa, baklava, hummus.

Name Toni H

Title: The Other Side of the truth        Author: Beverley Naidoo        

The book takes place in Nigeria and London

Publisher: HarperCollins    Copyright date: 2000 

Number of Pages: 248                   Call #: F NAI

Awards -  The Carnegie Medal

Brief Summary of the Book

This book was about a family trying to get away from all the bad things that were happening in Nigeria. There are to kids, Sade and Femi. Their dad wrote columns in the paper, but some of things he said got him into trouble. So when a terrible death happens he is forced to send Sade and Femi to London with Mrs. Bancock. When they get there Sade and Femi end up having to do everything by themselves. When they are accused of helping people steal from a store the police think they are refugees. They end up staying with the King’s. They have to go to school and Sade didn’t like the some of the people at hers. When they find out their father made it to London, but he was in jail they do some courageous acts to help set their father free.

Rating I would recommend this book to others because it shows a family’s struggle and how you have to try to stand up for what you believe in. This book shows how anyone can make a difference.

Vocabulary words that were new to me in this book:

Jenna

Title Escape from Shangri-La

Author Michael Morpurgo     

Publisher: First American Edition     Copyright date: 1998

Number of Pages: 178  Call #: F MOR

Brief Summary of the Book

This book is about a girl named Cessie who is tweleve years old and someone starts watching her and it's her grandfather that is watching her. Her  grandfather just appears and he ends up living with Cessie's family. Everything seems okay until her grandfather hits his head and then weird things start to happen so her grandfather is sent to a nursing home. Cessie realizes that something is missing and she is determined to find out what.

Rating –   

I would recommend this book to others:         Yes and no because if you like scary and action books I don't think you would like this book. If you are into realistic fiction and don't really like scary books you might enjoy this book. Personally I didn't really like it because it seemed a little boring, but that's just my opinion. If you enjoy slower books and books that only have a little bit of mystery you might like this book. If you like scary books by Peg Kehret I don't think you would like this book.

Vocabulary words that were new to me in this book: charred, besmirched, missus, and agitated.

Name Sam H.

Title   The Storyteller’s beads

Author   Jane Kurtz

Country the book takes place Ethiopia 

Publisher: Harcourt Brace &Company     Copyright date: 1998

Interest Grade Level:  7th and 8th               Number of Pages: 154       Call #: F KUR

Brief Summary of the Book

This book was a bout two girls that had to leave there home to go to Jerusalem . They walked all the way to Jerusalem from Ethiopia . The two girl’s names were Rehel and Sahay. Sahay had lost all of her family except for her uncle. IF any of the men were caught in the trip they would be taken back to Ethiopia to be slaves.  

Rating –                

I would recommend this book to others:     Yes  I would recommended this book to others because this teaches kids about the struggles people had to go through if the land was bad.

Vocabulary words that was new to me in this book

None

Name Emily p

Title   The Baboon King

Author   John Nieuwenhuizen               

Country the book takes place Africa

Publisher: Anton Quintana   Copyright date: 1998

Interest Grade Level: 7-8  Number of Pages: 183   Call #: QUI

Brief Summary of the Book Morengaruis is half Kikuyu and half Masai two of the tribes in Africa. Kikuyu only farm and domesticate Animals. Masai only hunt so he really doesn’t belong to either tribe. He goes and lives his the Masai tribe.  He accidentally kills a Masai boy and gets banished. He stares to wander and gets in a fight with an adult baboon. He throws down his spear and bow and takes on this violent animal with only his knife. He get badly wounded but finally kills the animal. After that fight he can only use one arm and one leg, and the baboons consider him their king

Rating 3   I would recommend the book because if you stick to the book you will like it. It starts out not so good but over time the book gets better. I stuck to the book and ended up liking  it.    

Vocabulary words that were new to me in this book: Boma, Moran Spear, Melombuki, Simism, Kikuyu, Masai.

Name Philip D.  

Title Crazy Loco

Author     David Rice                        

Country the book takes place    Mexico

Publisher: Dial Books      Copyright date: 2001

Interest Grade Level:  5-8        Number of Pages: 135     Call #:

Brief Summary of the Book

A book that has a bunch of short stories relating to Rice’s childhood as a Mexican-American and dealing with hardships like his dog being stolen and his crazy uncle eating his pet rabbits, but the good things too. Like getting a new girlfriend and learning to love his uncle.

Rating

I would recommend this book to others:    Yes    Because it’s very entertaining but at the same time it is very sad because there are a lot of very sad stories in this book that end happily.

Vocabulary words that were new to me in this book:  None. Not even the Spanish ones.

Name Alejandro G.

Title A Day No Pigs Would Die

Author Robert Newton Peck  

Publisher: Knopf                                                  Copyright date: 1972 Number of Pages: 150 Call #: F Pec

Realistic Fiction           

Summary of the Book:

            This book is about a kid who helps a cow have a calf and gets hurt doing it. Although he is not rich he gets a very big prize. He not only gets to have a pig, he also gets to go to a fair. Among the problems are weasels and breeding.

I would recommend this book to others: Yes No Why? I would recommend this book to someone who knows about the breeding process, problems about breeding/calving, and farm-life.

 Rating –

Name: Reid Claussen

Dovey Coe by Dowell, Frances O’Roark

Publisher: books for children    Copyright date:  2004

Number of Pages: 170  Call Number:

Dovey Coe is about a girl named Dovey Coe who lives with her family. She has a sister, Caroline and a mentally challenged brother named Amos. A boy asks Caroline to marry him and she turns him down in a really mean way, so the boy takes it out on Dovey and tries to hurt her. Now Dovey is being charged for murder against the boy, but all she can remember is him trying to kill her.

I would recommend this book to others: Yes No Why?

Yes

Vocabulary words that were new to me in this book:

Rating

Name  Amanda M

Zack’s Lie by Smith Roland

Publisher: Hyperian books for children                Copyright date: 2004

Number of Pages:   Call #: 225

Zack’s lie is about a family who was held ransom and the family has to go undercover, with different names and everything.  

I would recommend this book to others: Yes No Why?

Yes, because it was suspensful

Vocabulary words that were new to me in this book:

Rating

Name  Amanda M

Stuck in neutral by Treuman, Terry

Publisher: Haper Colins       Copyright date: ?

Number of Pages: 199 Call Number:

Summary of the Book:

Stuck in Neutral is about a boy who has no control over his body whatsoever and people just think he is dumb, but he really is smart he just cant say it. His dad wants to kill him, because he thinks he is stuck in a lot of pain.

I would recommend this book to others: Yes No Why?

Yes because it was really sad and it was good to see how things can be

No because the ending leaves you hanging and I personally don’t like that.

Vocabulary words that were new to me in this book:

Rating 1/2

Name  Amanda M

Title Princess In Pink by  Meg Cabot

Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers  Copyright date: 2004

Interest Grade Level: Grades 7 and up  Number of Pages: 256 Call #:  F CAB

Awards - New York Times Bestseller

Summary of the Book: Mia is at it again.  She’s still in her freshman year, still a princess, and still going out with her beloved Michael.  It’s prom time and Michael still hasn’t asked her, her mom is yet to have the baby, and her dad won’t let her stay in the US over the summer.  This book is about how she deals with all those problems and THEN SOME!  Her best friend, Lilly, becomes obsessed with a busboy who lost his job because of Mia’s Grandmother and dumps Boris.  How will she deal with all of it?  Read the book and find out!

I would recommend this book to others: Yes, I would definitely recommend this book.  It’s a great follow up to the previous four and I really enjoyed it.

Rating

Sammy M

Title: How I Fell In Love and Learned to Shoot Free Throws
Author: Jon Ripslinger 
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press       Copyright date: 2003
Interest Grade Level (optional): 8th    Number of Pages: Call #: 170
Summary of the Book: A high school aged boy who learns that people can be different and he learns to accept that. The boy realizes alot about himself and his father. He learns about love and while he's learning these things, he's also learning to shoot free throws.
 
I would recommend this book to others: Yes because this book was very good, it showed that even if your different from someone you can learn to accept that.

Vocabulary words that were new to me in this book:
Hauches
 
Rating - How many stars would you give this book?
 
Name  Karly E

Title Ready or Not     Author Meg Cabot

Publisher: Harper Collins Copyright date: 2005

Interest Grade Level 8th    Number of Pages:  256 Call #:

Summary of the Book: This book is the sequal to All American Girl. It's about how she learns to cope with having her boyfriend be the president's son.She is trying to figure out her life and not listen to what others say she should do. She is finding her own voice.

I would recommend this book to others:  Yes, this book was one of the best sequal's I have read. It shows that no one is perfect and that you shouldn't listen to what others think you should do with your life.

Vocabulary words that were new to me in this book: Alot of long SAT words
Rating - How many stars would you give this book?

Karly E  

Title Hoot  Author Carl Hiaasen

Publisher: Knopf Books for young readers      Copyright date: 2004

Interest Grade Level: 7th    Number of Pages:  Call #: 304

Awards - Check any that apply:  Newberry Honor Award

Summary of the Book:This book is about a boy who is starting at a new school and gets bullied. Everyday there is the boy running and the boy can't believe it. One day he goes after him but lost him. There's alot that goes on while he's chasing the boy. There's alot of crime at the constructiong site for a pancake house.

I would recommend this book to others:  Yes, I thought this book was very good and funny. It's a mystery, you never know what is going to happen next.
Vocabulary words that were new to me in this book: none

Rating - How many stars would you give this book?

Name Karly E

Title Flipped   Author Wendelin Van Draanen

Publisher:  Knopf Books for Young Readers  Copyright date: 2003

Interest Grade Level 7th or 8th   Number of Pages:  Call #: 224

Summary of the Book:This book is about a boy who has this neighbor who drives him crazy. The boy doesn't like to talk to her or be seen with her. The girl is hurt by that.Even though he started out hating her, he adventually fell for her.

I would recommend this book to others: Yes, this book was the common boy - girl story. It was very good and made a point that you'll never now if you like someone unless you try.
Vocabulary words that were new to me in this book:Salmonella
Rating - How many stars would you give this book?

Karly E

Title Homeless Bird  Author Gloria Whelan 

Publisher: Harper Trophy      Copyright date:  2001

Interest Grade Level:7th or 8th  Number of Pages:   Call #: 192

Summary of the Book:This book was about a girl who was being told that she had to marry.She is 13 and lives in India so it's not uncommon.After she is married her husband gets sick and his mother will not let her visit him. She becomes a widow and finds hope by going to the widow house.

I would recommend this book to others: Yes No Why? Yes, this book was very good. While reading it you also got some Indian history and how marriage works there.
Vocabulary words that were new to me in this book:
Sitar and Sari

Rating - How many stars would you give this book?

Karly E

 

 

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