When by Victoria Laurie

20338342.jpgI was very impressed by this book. I got very into it, it was super exciting and surprising. Some of my friends who hate to read finished the book in about a week.

When is about a girl named Maddie who can see death dates on people’s foreheads. When several teens deaths are traced back to Maddie, she has to prove to everyone that she is innocent. Her uncle who is a lawyer is there to help, Maddie is also faced with bullying at school, she has to take care of her mom who forgets to pay the bills sometimes, and also find out who is guilty of killing the teens. This book was a summer reading choice for school. I thought it was an interesting choice because it was not like any of the other options.

I recommend this book for grades: 7th-9th

Lost In Outer Space by Tod Olson

Maya Read:

30652350.jpgThis book was pretty good. It is nonfiction. I thought it was slow at first, sometimes too much dialogue, and sometimes not enough dialogue. It was also a bit confusing, because the author tried to explain all the math and science behind it, and that was hard to understand. But it was also very ¬†interesting and you could understand Apollo 13’s journey from a different perspective. The book explained what went wrong, how they fixed it, life in the spaceship, and life on earth. A little background information-Apollo 13 was the 3rd mission to the moon, everything seemed great, but then just a few days in space, things went very wrong: oxygen levels were plummeting, the spaceship went off course, the astronauts were getting sick and it was miserably cold. The book was well researched and interesting, but a bit slow.

 

I recommend this book for grades: 5th-8th

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by Jack Thorne

Maya Read:

29069989.jpg¬†¬†Lots of people said they did not like this book but I loved it so much! It was very very hard for me to put down because it was thrilling and mysterious. The format of the whole book was a script for a play, it was pretty easy to read, it just had the speaker’s name by the dialogue. I do not want to say too much about it because it would make more sense to read the series first, but I just wanted to give my opinion.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Maya Read:

18053060.jpgThis book was amazing!! It was filled with suspense and humor. This book is about a girl named Amy, who gets caught in a tornado and is swept away to the famous Oz. But Oz is different than what Amy knew from the storybook. Dorothy had somehow found a way back to Oz and is now a power hungry dictator, stealing magic and making all the citizens suffer. Amy is apparently the only one who can stop Dorothy before things can go even worse than they already are. Amy has to steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage, remove the Tin Man’s heart and kill Dorothy before it is too late for Oz.

I recommend this book for grades: 6th-9th

The Year of The Bomb by Ronald Kidd

Maya Read:

6277986.jpgThis book was pretty good! It was kind of hard to get into for a bit, but then it got very interesting with lots of mysteries. This book is about a group of friends who love horror movies. They find out that a movie is being filmed in their small town. The boys go to the set everyday to watch the filming. They make friends with the actors and the director. But they soon find out that a few actors are undercover FBI agents. The agents are here, because the movie might be a communist plot for the Cold War. The boys join forces with the agents, and investigate their own mysteries at home, and on set.

I recommend this book for grades: 5th-7th

Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan

Mom Read:

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I thought this was well-told, switching back and forth between the two main characters’ perspectives. It’s a good story of trying to fit in and finding one’s place but also not being too quick to judge. My only complaint is that it was too simple: not rich enough with character development and the bullying a bit exaggerated.

Recommended for 4th to 6th grades

Amulet (series) by Kazu Kibuishi

Natasha Read:

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Amulet is a great book. It’s a graphic novel. It’s my third time reading the first book.

It’s about a brother and a sister trying to save their mom. There are monsters in their way. the brother and sister (Navin and Emily) have to get past all of them with Emily’s amulet. But there is this one monster they can’t get past. It’s the one carrying their mother. I can’t wait till the 8th Amulet book comes out.