Friday, September 30, 2016

A new student review of Wraith Queen's Veil by Lou Hoffmann

nictaf posted a new student review of Wraith Queen's Veil by Lou Hoffmann. See the full review.

Lou Hoffman made yet another awesome book filled with fantasy, adventure, action, and thrills around every corner! This book was a great addition to The Sun Child Chronicles, adding more detail to the wonderful world of Ethra! It was chock-full of magic and danger; this is the best book of the series yet!

The author perfectly blended old and new characters in this fantasy series. I think the best parts of the book were when Lucky was being heroic. I can't wait to read book three! This book was not a stand-alone; I would advise reading book one before this one. I would recommend this book for ages 12 and up. If you like fantasy and fiction, you would love this book!

A new student review of Halito Gianna: The Journey Continues (Series) by Becky Villareal

Anjel posted a new student review of Halito Gianna: The Journey Continues (Series) by Becky Villareal. See the full review.

This book was an interesting combination of mystery and history. I am proud to say I learned some Choctow while reading this book. It has a very good plot and a feel-good ending. My favorite part(s) were all the strange coincidences; it was truly surprising. Although this was a good book, I did have trouble imagining the setting. I would recommend this book to 2nd-6th graders and to avid young readers.

A new student review of The Alien Mind by Virginia Jennings

1231713 posted a new student review of The Alien Mind by Virginia Jennings. See the full review.

I really liked this book.  It is a message of hope, of hope for the future, and shows that it will be the younger generations that will lead the way.  The story is riveting, imaginative, and hopeful. I like how the author builds up the scenes as she is going along, rather than trying to give you the whole "concept" in the first few pages.  It sets up the entire story, but lets the story tell itself over the chapters, which is nice because you are not trying to remember every detail from the beginning of the book.  Over all, the friendship of Riv and Dan is what sets up this story to be exceptional.  It's the life long concept of sharing burdens, as in the song "Lean on me" by Bill Withers.  Afterall, life's travels do seem to be better when we share both the burdens and the joys with friends.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

A new student review of Adam Undercover, The Consortium Directive (SERIES) by Aaron Foster

sschu5 posted a new student review of Adam Undercover, The Consortium Directive (SERIES) by Aaron Foster. See the full review.

This is a really good book because of the reality. Just like Harry Potter, the author spins a web of present day aspects of family and relationships, then adds a twist of unusual to make you believe that something like getting recruited by a secret organization might actually be real. That combined with the real world characters, personality complexity, and hormones adds up to an exciting story filled with adventures and friendships (or maybe a little more than friends).

 

A new student review of Pegasus -- A Dragon's Tale by Gina LoBiondo

Jowill posted a new student review of Pegasus -- A Dragon's Tale by Gina LoBiondo. See the full review.

I thought this was a very sweet tale. It read like every traditional fairy tale I have heard but was still unique in its plot.

Any child would enjoy hearing this story read aloud. When I was younger, I always enjoyed retelling stories that my parents read to me at bedtime. This tale is the perfect story for a child to retell over and over again.

 

A new student review of The Secret of the Sphinx by Samuel Bavli

jotaf posted a new student review of The Secret of the Sphinx by Samuel Bavli. See the full review.

The Secret of the Sphinx

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A new student review of The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball by Elizabeth Atkinson

Booklover1111 posted a new student review of The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball by Elizabeth Atkinson. See the full review.

I really enjoyed this book. I think it was a great story because the characters were so likeable. Even though Ruby and Eleanor were completely different, they would both be great friends to have. Ruby was a confident character who didn’t let anyone or anything stop her. Eleanor on the other hand was really shy, but was smart and very creative. I would love to live in the small town were Ruby and Eleanor live, because the author describes it as very cozy. I definitely will check out other books like this one. I gave this book five stars because it was very well written.

 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A new student review of Mind Over Bullies - A MOB Forms by D.K. Smith

MistySpirit posted a new student review of Mind Over Bullies - A MOB Forms by D.K. Smith. See the full review.

I’m happy to say that Mind Over Bullies held my full attention throughout the time I read it. Every time I picked it up, I never wanted to put it down. It was well written and easy to understand. Only every now and then was a little confusing as the different stories and points of view of different characters tied together. The life and actions of the characters is believable, and also developed through the book. For example, Margo started out the typical pretty, popular girl that didn’t care about anything but herself. By the end of the book, the change in her was great to see and one that I wish would happen in the real world. On a certain level, I could relate to the book in many ways. Whether it was the event of a friend stabbing you in the back, or the feeling that suicide was the only answer. I would definitely recommend this book to people who love an action packed story that takes many unexpected turns.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A new student review of Gray Zone by Veronica Tabares

leah0304 posted a new student review of Gray Zone by Veronica Tabares. See the full review.

This book dealt with a serious conflict of cyberbullying and just bullying in general. However, the main character, Autumn, was kind of annoying at times, with her ‘in the mind’ pep talks and lack of confidence. There were some parts in the book that didn’t really fit in with the story. For example, the part about the stalker was random, and it did not have a whole lot of purpose with the actual storyline. Another example was the part about the math teacher’s car being stolen and then placed in the middle of the classroom. Besides these examples, the book was pretty good. This is because it was well written and you always wanted to know what was going to happen next. I recommend this great read!

 

Monday, September 19, 2016

A new student review of The Drowning Shark by Stormy Sweitzer Will Swanepoel

author10 posted a new student review of The Drowning Shark by Stormy Sweitzer Will Swanepoel. See the full review.

The Drowning Shark is a great adventure story that was fun and enjoyable to read. Most of the book centers around Sierra, with only a few supporting characters, but Sierra is quite easy to connect to. On one hand, she seems like a normal, likeable person. On the other hand, she is well-traveled, intelligent, brave, and spirited.

Definitely a quick read, this book is hard to put down. Its fast pace and intricate plotline pulls the reader into Sierra’s story. If you like exotic locations and a spy novel vibe, this book is for you.

I recommend The Drowning Shark for readers between the ages of 9 and 14 who enjoy adventure, international settings, an inspiring heroine, and an environmental message.

A new student review of There's a Zombie in the Basement by Stan Yan

Jowill posted a new student review of There's a Zombie in the Basement by Stan Yan. See the full review.

I loved this story and thought it was so creative!  The story reads like a Dr. Seuss book, with all the sentences rhyming.  It is fun, creative, and has wonderful illustrations! A young child could easily retell this story just by looking at the pictures. It's a perfect bedtime story!

Friday, September 16, 2016

A new student review of The Candy Store by Michele Poague

1231713 posted a new student review of The Candy Store by Michele Poague. See the full review.

This story unfolds like a beautifully orchestrated movie.  The author describes the characters, the scenes, and the theme in vivid detail.  At first it seems a slow read, but it gives the reader a chance to develop the mental movie, and for it to blossom fully.  The time loop was very interesting. At times you want to tell Jett that ...wait... you don't want me to give it away, do you?

A new student review of Adam Undercover, The Consortium Directive (SERIES) by Aaron Foster

jotaf posted a new student review of Adam Undercover, The Consortium Directive (SERIES) by Aaron Foster. See the full review.

I loved this book! The amazing blend of action, adventure, and suspense kept me wanting more from start to finish. I loved how the author, Aaron Foster, was able to make this book so completely realistic. I felt like I was right there with Adam as things were happening. When something happened that wasn’t really fair, it made me think of how I would respond if I were one of the characters. It was also great that the author built on the characters so much more from book one, which meant that we got to see more of their fantastic personalities. 

The storyline flowed really well; there weren’t any spots where the book got slow or boring.  Fast cars, cool gadgets, powerful enemies, and the element of danger will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last. I would recommend this book to anyone who has read the first book or to anyone ages 12 and up.