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.

Ruffleclaw by Cornelia Funke

Before we talk books, as mom-moderator, I want to mention a couple things.

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Now, on to a book review:)

24238168.jpgI liked this book a lot. It’s about a monster named Ruffleclaw who would eat anything. He wanted to move in with humans. He moves in with a boy named tommy. Though Tommy’s family did not know that because it was in the middle of the night. the next morning tommy saw the monster in his bed. tommy has always wanted a pet but his father was allergic to animal fur. And Ruffleclaw has fur. so tommy decided to hide it. ( Also because his mother would be afraid of it)

Frozen Fire by Tim Bowler

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This book was really really good! Some parts were a bit boring so it took me a while to really get into it, but there were more exciting parts than boring. Frozen Fire is about a girl named Dusty. Dusty’s brother went missing a few years ago, and now there is a strange boy around, and Dusty thinks he might know stuff about her brother. But the boy is dangerous, and other groups of people will stop at nothing to kill him. Should Dusty protect him? Or just let it go, along with answers about her brother?

I recommend this book for grades:7th-10th

Endangered by Lamar Giles

 

18713041.jpgThis book was really good! It was very exciting. Endangered is about a girl called Panda. Panda has a secret identity online that exposes kids at her school doing bad things. Gray, the name Panda goes by online, has created lots of damage, but the recent picture she just posted… was that too far? Panda thinks nobody knows who she really is, but one person does, and that person is ruthless. It’s up to Panda to turn things straight, before it gets way¬†more out of hand than it already is.

What color do you get when you throw a panda in the blender?

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

H2O by Virginia Bergin

22525534.jpgThis book was Amazing! It was extremely hard for me to put it down, so I finished it pretty quickly. Though this book has some bad reviews, I don’t know why because it was just so good. H2O is about a girl named Ruby, who gets stuck in her house with the rest of her family, watching the rest of the town die from the killer rain pouring down. This rain has bacteria in it that is thirsty for blood, and it will stop at nothing to get it. While the rest of the town is in chaos, Ruby and her family try to remain calm and survive the best they can. Soon, when resources, like clean water, are scarce, Ruby decides to put herself in danger to find more food, and to find her dad who has gone missing. Will Ruby survive? Or will she just be another lonely body on the street?

I recommend this book for grades:7th-10th