Tuesday, May 26, 2015

EverWorld: Search for Senna

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

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

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

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Cinderella: Stories Around the World

Cinderella: Stories Around the World
Author: Cari Meister
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Denise Z.

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Summary: Retells the classic French version of Cinderella, along with three similar tales: Rhodopis from Egypt, Yeh-Shen from China, and Little Burnt Face from the Micmac Indians of the Canadian Maritimes.

Review:  This is such a pleasant read for those of us who enjoy our Cinderella stories. I enjoyed reading different Cinderella stories from across the world, noticing both the similarities and differences. It is very interesting to compare and contrast each culture’s interpretation of this classic fairy tale. This would also be a great learning tool for young writers, inspiring them to come up with their own Cinderella tales. The illustrations are colorful, intriguing, and modern.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Author: J.K. Rowling
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Leslie

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Summary: Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.
Review: I know I am in the minority since I haven’t read this series earlier but I finally decided it was time to begin. I surprisingly enjoyed it more than I thought I would and I’m already reading the second book. I thought it was very interesting to just imagine a world (Hogwarts) where this magic is “normal” and also enjoyed the twist at the end of this book. To anyone who hasn’t read this book yet, I would recommend it most definitely. I look forward to sharing these books with my own kids when they are older.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Katie Woo: Keep Dancing Katie

Katie Woo: Keep Dancing Katie
Author: Fran Manushkin
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Reviewer: Tana

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Summary: A new friend joins Katie's dance class and she is a better dancer than Katie. When it is time for the big show, Mattie's shoes are lost. Find out what Katie does to help the new girl in her dance class.

Review: Katie and her friend JoJo have been going to dance class together. Katie likes class because she is a good dancer and JoJo just likes to have fun. When the new girl arrives in class and she is a better dancer, what will Katie do? Katie decides to help her new friend by making a good choice. All the girls dance together and are happy in the show.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole
Author: Mac Barnett
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Aleece

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Summary: Sam and Dave are digging a hole, and they will not stop until they find something spectacular.
 
Review: This is a very cute story about Sam and Dave digging a hole. Sam and Dave dig and dig with the plan to find something spectacular.  However, they haven't found anything spectacular no matter how much they dig and no matter which direction they dig in. Their dog seems to know what is going on but cannot convince Sam or Dave that something is there. 
The illustrations are nice with a warm texture to make this book fun while playing in the dirt searching for adventure.  Overall, this is a great book for all ages.
 

 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Rating: 3/5 stars
Reviewer: Denise Z.

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Summary: Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill- an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.

Review: After seeing a number of booklists recommend Patrick Ness’ work, I wanted to give this book a try. A Monster Calls was inspired by an idea from author Siobhan Dowd, who died of cancer. This is a thought-provoking read for mature pre-teens and teens and addresses such difficult subjects as illness, death, bullying and the emotions that follow. I enjoyed the mysterious elements involving the monster and appreciated the descriptive words. The black and white illustrations by Jim Kay add to the story. Conor is a character that needs to exist for all those young readers who may have lost a parent or are going through a difficult time. The three separate stories within the book make this a worth-while read.



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Different Like Coco

Different Like Coco
Author: Elizabeth Matthews
Rating: 5/5 stars
Reviewer: Denise Z.

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Summary: The rags-to-riches story of Coco Chanel plays out in a picture book biography.

Review: This is a very interesting picture book biography that girls in grades 2-6 will appreciate. The life of Coco Chanel is told in a fun, relatable way that uses real-life examples of how Coco was unique and different and how being different made her a fashion legend. The illustrations and language used is elegant and stylish, complimenting Coco’s life. Both young and old will enjoy reading about this fashion mogul. This would be a perfect biography to pick for a homework assignment or just a nice book to read together as mother and daughter to show how being different is okay and can be an advantage.