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Reviews
Title
The Secret of the Fortune Wookie
Author
Tom Angelberger
Review
This is the 3rd book in the Origami Yoda series. I don't like this book much. It lacks the creativity of its prequels. It has the same cast of characters and is just an average book. I will show you why it is only 2 stars. First, its very short, with less than 200 pages. 190 to be exact. Also,Sarah has a different personality then the other books. I also don't like the pacing. Finally, there is very little of my favorite character (normally the main character)Dwight. However, it has one redeeming factor. It is about Star Wars and is a (fun?) book for the 25 minutes it takes to read it. Overall, the length, pacing, and rereadability keep it from being any higher then 2 and 1/3 stars, whch rounds out to 2 stars.
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Title
Lincoln's Last Days
Author
Bil O'Reilly
Review
Lincoln's Last Days is a great biography of Abraham Lincoln. It has enough facts to last forever. I have impressed History teachers with facts from this awesome book. I think that everyone should read it. It also goes into extreme detail about everything, even John Wilkes Booth's death. We also learn what happened to everyone who was there when Lincoln was shot. They even talk about the actress's troubles after Lincoln's assassination. 5 stars.
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Title
Dark Life
Author
Kat Falls
Review
This book is about a kid named Ty, his new friend, his sister Zoe, and the underwater town as they adventure to stop their settlement from being shut down by their mean government. The characters you trust most have secrets and at least 1 was evil. The enemy faced in the entire book is not who you think he is (or should I say they are). At first, the book is paced weirdly, but everything was surprising. The first part is all about the underwater town and an introduction to all kinds of interesting characters. The beginning, unfortunately, is slow and boring, but it is an extremely creative concept. Having an underwater settlement was interesting, and the book came with the scientific evidence and research clearly done. It was interesting, but the way they portrayed evolution was different than what is scientifically known. This book ventured into the unknown and I would say it was a success. The middle of the book also has quite a few interesting surprises. You learn the secrets here and there is a lot of exploration, planning, and Ty’s meetings with the seablite gang. The ending is good for a novel of its kind and thoroughly wraps up the book, and shows Gemma’s brother and the truth about all of the characters. It is also nice how the parents don’t bias against their kids because of their strengths. If you reread the book, you see how they use their interesting abilities. I like to reread it and see how many angles I could analyze it from. My favorite character is definitely Shade. I like how they made him a villan who was not mean to everyone and is a secret. The group’s strengths are very interesting and I find them to be a well-balanced and capable team. This book is very well paced, but its length falls short. Overall I would rate this book 2½ stars because of the above reasons, and the short length. 297 pages doesn’t cut it. However, I must round up to give Dark Life, by Kat Falls, a rating of 3 stars.
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Title
Hideout
Author
Gordon Korman
Review
This book is about a group of friends named Benjamin Slovak, Griffin Bing, Luthor (a dog), Cleopatra (a monkey), Savannah Drysdale, Logan Kellerman, Pitch, their enemy and ally Darren Vader, and Melissa Dukakis as they adventure to Swindle from stealing their friend and Doberman, Luthor. Swindle was a vile cheat who was Luthor’s previous owner. At first, the book is paced weirdly, with there being very little that surprises me. The first part is all about Griffin and Savannah’s hideout for Luthor. If you read the previous books, you will know who these characters are. Savannah is the animal lover and ‘Dr. Doolittle”, Griffin is the main character and planner, Logan is an actor, Melissa is a computer genius, Luthor is Swindle’s former attack dog, Pitch is the climbing expert, Ben is Griffin’s narcoleptic friend, Cleopatra is one of Savannah’s pets, and Darren is the school bully. The middle of the book also has quite a few interesting surprises. You learn the secrets here and there is a lot of exploration, planning, and trouble handling Luthor who only likes Savannah. The ending is good for a novel of its kind and thoroughly wraps up the book, and explains Swindle’s true reasons for wanting Luthor. It is also nice how the parents show up and help the group save Savannah’s dog. If you reread the book, you see how they were found earlier than when you were explicitly told. I like to reread it and see how many angles I could analyze it from. My favorite character is definitely Griffin Bing. I like how they made him a hero who was mentally capable and an expert at analysis. The team’s strengths are very interesting and I find them to be a well-balanced and capable team. This book is very well paced, but its length falls short. Overall I would rate this book 4½ stars because of the small amount of pages. 273 pages doesn’t cut it. However, I must round up to give Hideout, by Gordon Korman, aerating of five stars.
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Title
Gimme A Call
Author
Sarah Mlynowski
Review
I enjoyed reading this book. It had a good plot and right when you thought it would be solved- another problem in the way!
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Title
Treasure Island
Author
Robert Louis Stevenson
Review
Treasure Island was a good book involving a lot of action. I liked the adventure in it too.
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Title
Flawed Dogs
Author
Berkeley Breathed
Review
I found this book disappointing. I didn't expect it to be so dark and use so much sarcasm.
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Title
Rump- the true story of Rumpelstiltskin
Author
Liesl Shurtliff
Review
The main idea of this book is what names really mean and how they should be used.
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Title
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days
Author
Jeff Kinney
Review
This book was about Greg's summer. It was really boring, and all he wanted to do was stay inside and play video games. He wanted to make money, so he started doing yard work. He quit after 2 days, so it didn't work out. This was a good book
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Title
The lightning Thief
Author
Rick Riordan
Review
I loved this book! It was full of suspense and every chapter was a cliff hanger. I couldn't put it down!
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Title
the house on mango street
Author
sandra cinceros
Review
this book is about a girl named esparanza who moves to mango street and describes her life the and the people she meets that live on her street
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Title
Fresh Off the Boat
Author
Melissa Dela Cruz
Review
I did not like this book. the way it was written made it confusing as I read on.
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Title
The Other Half Of My Heart
Author
Sundee T. Frazier
Review
This is the kind of story about family and identity that I would recommend in a heartbeat to people looking for that kind of story - one that takes childhood and sense of self seriously, adds in some humor and a reasonably compelling plot, and delivers a satisfying ending.
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Title
Joey Pigza Swallowed The Key
Author
Jack Gantos
Review
Joey Pigza Swallowed The Key was a good book. I liked when Joey swallowed the key without the string to pull it up and out of his stomach! I also liked when Joey got his dog. Books with dogs involved in them, I like the most.
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Title
Dicey`s Song
Author
Cynthia Voigt
Review
This was a really heart touching book about a family of kids who had to make it out in the world on their own. personally I liked the first book better but this one was just as good.
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Title
The Son of Neptune
Author
Rick Riordan
Review
This book is about a group of friends named Percy Jackson, Hazel Levesque, and Frank Zhang as their adventure to free the Greek God of death, Thanatos, to make it possible to kill the evil misanthropic, sociopathic, and just plain evil monsters and giants. At first, the book is extremely well paced, with plenty of surprise. If you read the Percy Jackson series, you will know who the first of these characters is. Hazel has the most interesting backstory out of the prophecy's group if you have read the Percy Jackson series. However, Frank was learning who he was this book. He has the coolest ancestry and powers. You can almost feel like you are in the book and you can see him as a child in your mind's eye. The middle of the book also has quite a few interesting surprises. You learn the secrets here and there is a lot of exploration, death, and death threats. The ending is good for a novel of its kind and thoroughly wraps up the book, while leaving you waiting for the next one. It is an interesting cliffhanger and foreshadows that something will go wrong. If you reread the book, you see hints about the past of the characters that you didn’t notice before. I like to reread it and see how many hints I could find. My favorite part was when they met Octavian. I like how they made him a villain who was not physically powerful, but mentally. The team’s powers are very interesting and I find them to be a well-balanced and powerful team. This book is very well paced, surprising, and is long….ish. It is 513 pages. It is definitely a great read.
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Title
My Summer Of Pink And Green
Author
Lisa Greenwald
Review
I read the first book, "My Life in Pink and Green" and I absolutely loved it! I could really relate to her because she wanted to change the world, but she's a teenager and everybody thinks she can't do it. The sequel (this book) was as a good as the first one!
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Title
Reel Life Starring us
Author
Lisa Greenwald
Review
I think this was an amazing book. This author has written many great books such as my favorite the Pink and Green series, but this book was just as great!
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Title
Spoiled
Author
Jessica Morgan
Review
I think that this book was okay. Some parts were good but some were irrelevant to the story.
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Title
Unlikely Loves
Author
Jennifer S. Holland
Review
This was a wonderful book. It contains 42 heartwarming true stories from the animal kingdom. I also loved the sequel Unlikely Friendships.
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Title
The Horse and his Boy
Author
C. S. Lewis
Review
I thought this was a good book, but I enjoyed the previous one in the series more.
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Title
Survivors- The Empty City
Author
Erin Hunter
Review
I did not like this book, compared to the other series Warriors. The begginning ten pages were very engaging and drove quite well, but the rest of the book was repetitive. Very little plot, character ingenuity or action happening for long periods of time before SOMETHING worth reading came up. Then it got confusing and pointless.
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Title
A corner of the universe
Author
Ann M. Martin
Review
I really enjoyed this book! I read it during my free time and I read more then once. It was a little sad but it was still enjoyable. Check it out at the library today!
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Title
Falling In
Author
Francis Dowell
Review
I was disappointed in this book. Unlike the authors other books, this book kept dragging on.
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Title
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
Author
C.S. Lewis
Review
This is a wonderful story whether you go to it for the deeper truths found here or just for the story itself. I loved this book as well as the others in the series.
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