2016-2017:  5th Grade Reviews:  
 




 by Savanah

Seven Stories Up

By: Laurel Snyder


Have you ever wished you had the power to time travel? Well a little girl named Annie had that power. She was with her mom visiting her sick grandmother when she went to sleep. When she woke up, she was back in 1937! Annie met her grandmother when she was a little girl. Molly became her best friend. They went on adventures. If you want to learn more about Molly and her friend’s/grandmother’s adventures, read the book.

I recommend this book for 4th grade and up. It was a fun book to read, but it has some tricky words. I would rate this book an eight out of 10 because it is a really amazing book. I wish I could go back in time to hang out with my grandmother to see what she used to do.

 




by Chris 
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
by James Patterson

Are you afraid of Middle school?

Take advice from Rafe, a middle school student.


I read Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson. The book is about a character named Rafe and his friend Leo.When Rafe gets kicked out of 2 schools, Hills Village is the only middle school that will accept him. After learning the teachers are evil, he and Leo come up with something called Operation: R.A.F.E ( Rules Aren’t For Everyone).  His plan works where he has 3 lives and he gets a certain amount of points for certain rules he breaks. There is a secret about Leo , but you have to read the book to find out!

I give this book 11 out of 10 stars, because it is funny and entertaining. I highly recommend reading the book before watching the movie because the movie leaves out a couple things you should know, and changes the story around a bit. The genre is realistic fiction. So, after reading this book, you will hopefully know what to and not to do during middle school.

 



 by Semilli

The Trumpet Of The Swan

By: E.B. White


Have you ever lost your voice for a day or two? Well imagine losing your voice for your whole life. E.B. White has written a book called The Trumpet Of The Swan. He also wrote Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little! The main character’s name is  Louis, and he is a Trumpeter Swan, and he has a dream. I really like this book because it is about animals. Louis has to go though a lot of things before he can get a voice of his own.I would recommend this book to third, fourth, and, fifth graders. This book is fun to read and the font is easy to read.   
 



by Morrigan

The B.F.G.

by Roald Dahl

     Have you ever been scared  of being taken from your room in the middle of the night?


Would that be a bad thing, or could it be a good thing?  This is what happened to  a little girl in Roald Dahl’s The BFG. The book is about  a girl named Sophie who lives in a  strict orphanage where she can’t fall asleep in the middle of the night. Then out of nowhere, B.F.G  takes Sophie and brings her back to his home and then….. If you want to know more, READ THE BOOK!!!  

I rate this book 10 out of 10 stars for the creative writing and funky words. I recommend this book for 5th grade and up. It was made into a movie, so it might be fun to watch, AFTER you’ve read the book.

 


  by Luke

Star Wars Jedi Academy: A New Class

By Jarrett J. Krosoczka


I loved this book because it was really funny. It's based on Star Wars, but has nothing to do with the saga. It's about kids going to school to learn how to be a Jedi. It was funny because Yoda put Victor Starspeeder, a young boy from the ancient planet Naboo, into drama class when Victor was expecting to learn awesome Jedi moves!  It is very exciting because there is an epic light saber duel.  The other books in the series are created by Jeffrey Brown, but for some reason this book is by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, so it has new characters.  This is my favorite series in the WORLD!  In my opinion, I like the other books in the series better, but this book is still great. So, you should read this series!
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By Keegan


Star Wars Jedi Academy Series


By Jeffrey Brown & Jarrett J. Krosoczka


I love the series Star Wars Jedi Academy. I give the series 10 out of 10 stars because it is awesome. I’d like to read this whole series again, because it’s so good. I would  recommend that  3rd, 4th, and 5th graders read the series. The first three books in the series are about Roan, a boy who wanted to be a star pilot but ended up in Jedi Academy. At first he didn’t like being in the Academy, but it ended up being good. That is all I’m going to say because I don’t want to spoil it. The first three books are written by Jeffrey Brown, and the fourth book is written by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. The fourth book has a different main character whose name is Victor and his big sister Christina.  They also go to the Jedi Academy.   If they come out with a fifth book, I will be the first one to get it.

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By Mathew

The Lost Hero

By Rick Riordan


Have you ever imagined waking up and having no memory of your life? Well Jason, the main character of the book, has had that happen to him. Jason woke up on a bus that was coming from a  camp called the Wilderness School, which is a boarding school for bad kids. Jason notices a girl named Piper, who’s supposed to be his girlfriend, and a boy named Leo, who’s supposed to be his best friend. The problem is he doesn't remember them. When they finally get to the Grand Canyon, which is where the bus was going for the field trip, a kid named Dylan tries to kill Jason. Then Jason pulls out a golden coin,flips it, and it somehow turns into a golden sword and kills  Dylan's minions with a single swing.

This book is about Greek mythology and is one of my favorite book series. Also Rick Riordan is one of my favorite authors. This is why I love this book. I rate this book 10 out of 10 stars and recommend it for 5th grade and up.





 
by Jason

One Piece

By Eiichiro Oda


Have you ever wanted to read a pirate book that includes super powers? Well, then you should read One Piece! I would give this book 9 out of 10 stars. This book is about a boy named Luffy. He has a mission that he made when he was a boy. The mission is to find the buried treasure, the one piece, that the greatest pirate in the world left behind when he was executed.  As I said, this book includes super powers. One person that has super powers is Luffy. He got those power by eating the gum gum fruit. The fruit that gives you powers are called the devil fruit.  There are different types of devil fruits that give you different powers. The gum gum fruit that Luffy ate gives him the ability to stretch like rubber. It is good if you eat it because you gain powers, but it is also bad, because you can no longer swim. I recommend this book for fourth grade and up, because there is some slightly explicit language. This is book one, but there are over 80 books in this series. The genre of the book is graphic novel.  So, if you like graphic novels, pirates, super powers, and lots of action too, this book is for you!

 


  Review By Annika

The Trial of Apollo

Book By Rick Riordan


Could you imagine that you were falling from Mount Olympus, on fire, trying to do anything you can, but can’t!?!? Well, Apollo was doing all those things in the beginning of the book, The Trial of Apollo. He falls into a dumpster, in Manhattan. Apollo somehow got kicked out of Mount Olympus and is trying to get back to the place he belongs.This book is a Greek Mythology Fantasy. I would recommend this book for 4th graders and up.  I would give this book an 8 out of 10 stars. By the way if you like this book, you may like the rest of Rick Riordan’s books.

 


Review by Grace

    I went home on Tuesday and read the book Took by Mary Downing Hahn in one day! 
    This book is about two kids, Erica and Daniel, who move to a new house. Every fifty years, a witch kidnaps a little girl to work for her, and if she doesn't do the work right, she is harshly punished. Let's just say, Erica doesn't stay in her new house for long. I recommend this book to 4th grade and up. I give it 10 out of 10 stars!
 
 
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also read below for past years' reviews:
  
  2015-2016 5th Grade Reviews:  
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Review by Thomas
The Boundless
by Kenneth Oppel

     At the start, there is a poor kid named William Everett (Will) who is waiting for his dad to come back to him from his job as a track layer on the Trans-Canadian Railroad. Will lays the last spike made of gold and encrusted with diamond. Later, Will's father-James is the engineer of the Boundless, a double decker train that is over 7 miles long, which goes from coast to coast on the new track, bringing a funeral car holding the boss's remains, and various treasures including the Gold Spike. Like every mystery, someone wants to steal it! (It's __) Will misses the train at a stop, and is stuck at the caboose. He has to make his way to his father at the front, and Will has a key that opens the funeral car. It goes VERY GOOD from then on, believe me.
 Image result for percy jackson book 1Review by Josh
            Series: Percy Jackson & the Olympians
by Rick Riordan


My favorite book series is Percy Jackson and the Olympians.  It is based on Greek myths. Percy is a son of Poseidon and he is a demigod. At the beginning of the first book, The Lightning Thief, Percy doesn’t know he is a demi-god, and all kinds of strange things happen when his powers kick in and he doesn’t know what is happening or how to control it.  Later, he has to go on a quest with his friends, Annabeth, the daughter of Athena, and Grover, a satyr. I rate this series 11 out of 10 stars.



2015-2016 6th Grade Reviews:   The students may have moved on to Black River, but in this digital age, their on-line work can still help us find a good book!


 Book review by Jayme

Wonder

By R.J. Palacio


“I won’t describe what I look like.Whatever you’re thinking,it’s probably worse.”


August Pullman was born with an extreme facial deformity and was not expected to survive.Now he is going to school for the first time. Can he convince his new classmates that he is a normal kid, despite appearances? I think this is a funny,sad and incredibly moving book. I rate it 10 out of 10 stars. I recommend this book to grades four and up.


 

Book review by Mackenzie            
   As Small as an Elephant

By Jennifer Richard Jacobson


This story starts in Maine at Acadia National Park at a camping site where a mother and her son Jack are staying. When Jack wakes up his mother is gone. The rental car and her tent are gone too. Then Jack is on an adventure to find his mother without anyone knowing. How will he pay for food? Where will he go? Why doesn't he ask for help? Read the book and you’ll find out.

I recommend this book to fourth grade and up. I give this book 10 out of 10 stars. This book is realistic fiction. I like this book because it kind of leaves you at a cliffhanger.
 




 Review by Haley      
The Lost Hero

by Rick Riordan

 

Have you ever woken up and not known who you are and where you are in the world?


 This book is the first book in the “Heroes of Olympus” series which come after Rick Riordan’s first series called “Percy Jackson & the Olympians”. These series are about demigods who go on quests to save the world and include a lot of greek mythology and roman mythology. It is a fiction fantasy.

The main characters are Leo, Piper, and Jason. They end up going on a quest to save the world and Jason has lost his memory. He ends up in Camp Half Blood with strangers and gets picked to save the world.

I recommend this book to 5th graders and up. Fourth graders could read it, but it might be a little confusing. It confused me at first. I rate this book 10 out of 10 stars. I loved this book because it is full of adventure but it is also very peaceful in different parts.

 






 Review by Karissa

PENDRAGON

The Merchant of Death

By D.J MacHale


        This book is an awesome fiction fantasy wonder. It is the first book of the Pendragon series. The characters are a boy named Bobby who is 14 years old. He is stuck in a Denduron and his Uncle Press is stuck under the King of the Quigs. A Denduron is a dark weird place.Bobby is with people he doesn’t know. This sounds confusing, but in the book it makes perfect sense.

Bobby was a normal boy who was about to play in the finals in basketball at the start of the book. Right before the game starts, his Uncle Press takes him on his motorcycle to an old subway train stop. When they get there, they have to fight many people to reach a door. Uncle Press tells Bobby to say the magic words that will open the door. What does he find? You’ll figure it out when you read the book.

This book is split into two parts. One is the Denduron Journal where Bobby is talking from the Denduron.  The second part is the Second Earth and Bobby is sending scrolls from the Denduron  to his friend Mark and his girlfriend  Courtney. The main idea is that Bobby is trying to get home.

D.J MacHale has written a fantasy that keeps you wondering. I’d recommend this book to a fifth grader and up. I give this amazing book 10 out of 10 stars.

I like this book because it kept me wondering. I added it to my Christmas list thats how much I love this series.





 
book review by Aurora   

Dragonbreath

by Ursula Vernon


    Dragonbreath is like a comic book. It is written and illustrated by Ursula Vernon. It is the first book in a series. This book is full of adventure! The main characters are Danny Dragonbreath and Wendle (he’s a lizard). Danny and Wendle have a hard time in school because of a bully. 
    If you want to find out more, read the book! I recommend  this book for 3rd grade and up. I give this book 8 out of 10 stars. I really like the pictures and the characters are funny! 
 



 Review by Amanda

Toys Go Out

by Emily Jenkins


Toys Go Out is a story about 4 stuffed animals who want to go to school with the girl who owns them, so they hide in her backpack. When she doesn’t go to school, they’re afraid that they are going to the dump, but then they end up going to the vet. The 4 animals are named Sting Ray , Brady , Tiffany , and Stoney. Sting Ray is really frightened about going to the vet. Bardy keeps thinking that they’re going to give him shots. Then when the toys arrive at the doctor’s office, you’ll have to read the book to find out what happens.

The main idea of this book is don’t be afraid of the doctors. This book is a fantastic book for 5th grade because it teaches how to calm down.  I would give this book 4 or 5 stars because it is funny and fun to read.




 
 Review by Serena
The Running Dream

by Wendelin Van Draanen


Jessica is a runner. She is 16 years old. She loses her leg in a car accident.  Her sister died.This is a realistic fiction. The two main characters are Jessica and her mom. I recommend this book for 4th grade and up because its difficult. It’s also difficult because it’s sad. 

I give this book 10 stars because after every chapter there is a challenge to be solved. If you want to know what happens to this poor girl you would have to read this book.

 


Review by Alexis
 Love That Dog

By Sharon Creech   

     This book is told in poetry. It’s about a boy and his dog.  He had a yellow dog that would follow him everywhere. He didn’t have a lot of friends at school, but he had one at home, his dog. The boy writes about all of his ideas and what happens to him and his dog in poems. 

    This is one of my favorites books, because once I read the first page, I got pulled into it to find out more. I think everybody would like this book if they read it. I think that 3rd grade and 4th grade would be pulled in like I was.This book is funny and interesting, and a little sad too.  I would give this a 10 out of 10 stars.



 
 Review by Logan
CARDBOARD

BY Doug TenNapel


    For his birthday, Cam’s father Mike gave him a present. It was a cardboard box. There was nothing in the box. They make a cardboard person out of the box. The next morning, when Cam wakes up, he discovers that the cardboard box  is alive. He even punched Cam’s dad by accident. But I can not tell you the rest because I do not want to spoil it for you.     I give this book 9 out of 10 stars, because it is funny and weird. The setting is modern day, and the genre  is graphic novel.  So if you like comic books, you will like this book.

 

 By Elizabeth

Percy Jackson & The Olympians The Ultimate Guide

By Mary-Jane Knight

You need to read this book if you like Rick Riordan’s series, "Percy Jackson & the Olympians", or if you've seen the movies, and want to find out more like I did.

     This book is a guidebook to the fiction book series It tells about Percy Jackson and the other characters from the Percy Jackson series. Each chapter tells about one character from the series, good and evil.  Each chapter makes you want to read more.

 I give this book 10 out of 10 stars. I recommend this book to 4th grade and up.   This book also comes with cards for each character which are fun, interesting and give you extra information.





 
 Review  by Josh

Star Wars Shadows Of The Empire

by Christopher Golden


    “ A disturbance in the force....”


     At first, this book doesn’t seem that great, but in other chapters it is awesome.The genre is science fiction, and that’s what I like, and I like Star Wars too. The main characters are Luke Skywalker, Lando, Leia, C3PO, R2D2, Xizor, Darth Vader, Emperor and Dash. The action starts off on Luke Skywalker’s home planet Tatooine after the Empire Strikes Back.

     It is set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. There is an alien named Xizor who wants to kill Luke Skywalker. Luke’s team needs to get rid of the empire. I think Christopher Golden is a great author. I would recommend this to kids who love Star Wars, probably grades 4 and up, because it has some hard words . I love this book, because it is so cool! I would rate this book 9 out of 10 stars. Now you know a little about this book, but you're going to have to find out the rest.

 



Review by Colby


Creepy Condors of California

by Jonathan Rand


    This book is part of the “American Chillers” series by Jonathan Rand. I recommend this book to 4th grade and up. This is a suspenseful book about adventure.

    The two main characters characters are a boy and a girl. Their names are Melanie and Cameron. Melanie and Cameron go gold panning and they see a California condor. They run away and get lost.The condor keeps trying to get them.They try to fight back with the metal detector, and they hit the bird. It falls on the ground. They find out this is no ordinary condor.      Read the book to find out what's going on. I give this book 9 out of 10 stars.



 
 Review by Reece


My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish

Mo O’hara

One day Tom's brother became a mad scientist. He won a goldfish at a fair. And it died, but the kid and his friend brought it back to life. Then the fish ran away. Where will the fish go, and what will it do?  Read this book to find out.  

     I rated this book 8 of 10 stars. This book is science fiction. I like this book because it is exciting, and I always want to find out what is going to happen next.  I recommend this book to 4th grade and up, because it has some hard words that younger kids might not understand.
 



 Review by Brenden

Minecraft Handbooks


The Minecraft handbooks teach you how to play Minecraft.  There are four books. There is Minecraft: Combat, Minecraft: Redstone, Minecraft: Mining, and Minecraft: Constructing. I recommend these books to all ages.The author is the Mojang Company. In Minecraft you’re in a survival world. There are zombies and creepers and other monsters. I give this book 8  out of 10 stars. I liked it because I like Minecraft, and it teaches you how to play, and how to play better.


   







                                                     
                                          

 



                                          




 





       


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