Win19 finds thrills in Rowling’s “Chamber of Secrets!”

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Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Author: J. K. Rowling

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4 Stars

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J. K. Rowling, is a thrilling book that keeps you engaged throughout. After a strange visit from a house elf named Dobby, Harry Potter leaves his terrible human/muggle family to go to his second year at Hogwarts, the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Dobby warns Harry that if he goes to the school, disaster will strike. And strike it does.

For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageous professor, Gillderoy Lockheart, a moaning girl haunting the bathrooms and the unwanted attention of lots of other students and teachers. But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone or something starts petrifying children. Who could it be?  

This is a great book if you are looking for something to read just for fun. It is an action packed book and if you like reading fantasy, this is an awesome book for you.

Reviewer: win19

Age: 14

Yeetgawd is riveted by “Red Rising!”

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Title: Red Rising

Author: Pierce Brown

Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian

Rating: 5 Stars

Red Rising is a riveting and page-turning sci-fi that takes place in a dystopian society on Mars. The society is stratified into a caste system, with the Golds at the top and the Reds at the bottom. Darrow is a Red, the lowest class in society. His whole life Darrow has believed that he has been colonizing Mars for a better future for his people, but this is all a lie. When his wife is killed, he decides to go through a risky process called the carving to become a Gold, the highest class in society. Darrow enters the institute — a vile place where the Golds are tested in a battle of will. Will Darrow survive?

This book is like Hunger Games mixed with Ender’s Game. Pierce Brown’s writing style is fast-paced, engaging, and delicately woven to create a book that you won’t be able to put down. This was one of my favorite series I’ve ever read. This is the first installment in a series of three.

Reviewer: yeetgawd

Age: 14

Blairito is transported by “The War that Saved my Life!”

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Title: The War that Saved my Life

Author: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Genre: Historical Fiction

Rating: 4 Stars

The War that Saved my Life is a book that transports you through an adventure of historical fiction. It is about a ten-year-old crippled girl named Ada living in London during World War II. Ada lives with her little brother and her unstable mother, who is ashamed to let her leave their small London flat. Ada is faced with child abuse and the task of protecting her six-year-old brother from her mother. But when all of London is warned about bombs, her brother’s school organizes for all children to leave and go to live with new families out of harm’s way. Ada has to face the challenge of walking on her crippled foot to get to safety, but that is by no means the end of her adventure. Upon arriving in the countryside, Ada and her brother are sent to live with a stern lonely woman named Susan who lives alone in a big house. Can Ada’s hope and kindness help save not only her brother but also Susan?

I loved the way Kimberly Brubaker Bradley writes from Ada’s point of view. It gives the whole story a very real and inspiring feel. I hope that the next readers of this book enjoy as much as I did, looking at the world through Ada’s eyes.

Reviewer: Blairito

Age: 13

That One Rainbow Sprinkles is Intrigued by “Illuminae!”

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Title: Illuminae

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Genre: Science Fiction

Rating: 5 Stars

Illuminae, written by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, is a vibrant book that will inspire you to read it to the end. Kady Grant lives in the year 2575 on a planet with an illegal mining colony. One day when Kady goes to school, her planet gets invaded by the rival corporation to the company that oversees the mining corporation on her planet. Everyone has to evacuate on their three spaceships: the Alexander, the Hypatia, and the Copernicus. They are chased by the spaceship that attacked their planet, and the Artificial Intelligence (AI) unit that helps run their ships gets a virus and starts malfunctioning and killing the people that it’s supposed to be protecting. Then Kady decides to bring to light what really happened.

Illuminae  is a great book with an interesting format style that might confuse you at first, but it is definitely worth sticking with it. Each page is different from comics to texts to emails to surveillance footage. I really liked Illuminae because it’s an incredibly intriguing book that will make you not want to stop reading it. And it broadened my knowledge about different styles of writing. Illuminae is a science fiction novel with creative art and pictures made out of words. I definitely recommend you read Illuminae. It is one of my favorite books.

Reviewer: That One Rainbow Sprinkles

Age: 14

OzzyReed is over the moon about “Space Case!”

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Title: Space Case

Author: Stuart Gibbs

Genre: Mystery, Science Fiction

Rating: 4.5stars

Out of all the books I’ve read, Space Case is one of my favorites because it’s very thrilling.  Ever wonder what it’s like to live on the moon? Well, the setting of Space Case is on the first human settlement on the moon in the year 2041. The settlers there are mostly scientists and their families. Also, rich tourists pay tons of money to spend a couple months on the moon.

The main character, Dashiell, age 12, hates the moon base, which was advertised as nice and comfortable, but is actually the opposite. Early on, a man named Dr. Holtz is found dead on the surface of the moon with his space suit on wrong. Everyone on the base believes the death was an accident; but Dash thinks different. Because no one believes him, Dash has to quietly investigate by himself. Dash thinks it’s a murder because the night of the murder he heard Dr. Holtz in the bathroom talking excitedly about a new discovery he had just made. Also, Dr. Holtz was very cautious and would not have walked out on the moon surface without someone to check that his suit was on right. Dash is surprised to learn that Dr. Holtz actually had enemies; Dash thought everyone loved him. The final twist will BLOW YOUR MIND!

One thing I like about Space Case is that everyone on the moon base is a suspect. It’s scary that Dash has to solve the murder mystery before the rocket that brought supplies leaves back to Earth in two days; otherwise the killer is still on the loose at the base, which has no way to lock criminals up. I definitely recommend this book for everyone who likes rockets and robots, suspense and excitement, and a good hard-to-put-down mystery.

Reviewer: OzzyReed

Age: 10

Why stop with “Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone?” Mirilli urges readers to take on the series!

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Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Author: J. K. Rowling

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 5 Stars

Personally, I think that Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone is a great start to an even better series. The characters have spunk and courage, and they are very diverse. For example, there are several strong female role models such as Hermione Granger and Ginny Weasley, who are as different as can be but equally magnificent. The main character, Harry Potter, has an interesting backstory that’s not cliché .

The plot is full of action and adventure. A boy named Harry discovers that he’s a wizard and gets to leave his abusive aunt and uncle to go to the magical shcool of Hogwarts. The background world that the author created is wonderful, filled with whimsy and wonder. I would recommend this story to everyone, but in particular fans of Percy Jackson and Land of Stories. If you haven’t read this series already, you need to.

Reviewer: Mirilli

Age: 13

Hfkiely writes a stunning review of “Red Rising.”

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Title: Red Rising

Author: Pierce Brown

Genre: Science Fiction

Rating: 5 Stars

In a word, Red Rising is stunning. The story revolves around our futuristic solar system and the evolution of man. In four thousand years from now, man has been genetically engineered to divide into different races of humans, each used for a specific purpose. For simplicity, each job is represented by a color. However, some of the colors are engineered with higher physical superiority than the others. The Golds are the rulers of mankind. Their sole purpose is domination and order. The book follows a young man by the name of Darrow, who was born into the lowest color of all: the Reds, meant only for the mining of mars. Since a young age, all Reds are told that humans are just now trying to colonize mars, and that the Helium-3 they are mining is helping them to make the planet liveable. But this is a lie. The whole system has been colonized for centuries. After his family is killed, Darrow stumbles upon the lies the Golds have been keeping for years, and will do anything in his power to make it right. Even if it means becoming one of them.

Pierce Brown writes with descriptive vigor to create fantastically vivid images of the world and people in the universe, to the point where it almost puts you in the world itself. The bonds and emotional attachments to characters and places he creates have you flipping through the pages as he puts you through the unimaginable. This incredible writing style is what makes the book mind-blowing throughout. The twists are on every page, the excitement is book wide. Red Rising is a must read for anyone who cares about what it’s like to be a human.

Reviewer: hfkiely

Age: 15

Mastermind1999 finds “Phoenix” to be an extraordinary book!

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Title: Phoenix

Author: S F Said

Genre: Science Fiction

Rating: 5 Stars

The book “Phoenix,” written by S F Said and illustrated by Dave McKean, is amazing. It is about a kid named Lucky who awakes one day with his bed sheets smoldering and a giant hole in them. Lucky and his mom have to join forces with aliens that the human race is fighting. Lucky then has to find the truth about his powers by finding his dad in the war zone. “Phoenix” is a great book with extraordinary illustrations. You will like this book if you are interested in books about the future and if you like the “Guardians of the Galaxy” (the movie) or fast-paced adventure books. This book is very well written: I could imagine each scene like a movie because everything was described so well.  “Phoenix” is one of my favorite books. I read it in three days!!!

Reviewer: Mastermind1999

Age: 12

SunPanda has deep thoughts about “The Girl Who Drank the Moon.”

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Title:  The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Author: Kelly Barnhill

Genre: Fantasy

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon is a deep story. It makes you think a lot, so I wouldn’t pick it if you want a mindless book. It’s about a girl named Luna who is “enmajicked” and lives with a witch named Xan, a tiny dragon named Fyrian, and a swamp Monster named Glerk. But it is also about a witch called the Sorrow Eater, a boy named Antain, an old man named Gherland, and a girl named Ethyne. All of them have jobs, such as one to kill the witch and one to kill who is planning to kill the witch. This story made me want to cry, laugh, and just throw it down in anger. It’s one of those books where you say, “I’ll read one more page,” and end up reading forty. I like this book because it makes me stop to think, but also is impossible to stop because you are always on your toes.

Reviewer:  SunPanda

Age:  10

 

Untrustworthy Doofus gives high praise to “Bruiser.” This review is an EXEMPLAR!

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Title:  Bruiser

Author:  Neal Shusterman

Genre:  Young Adult Fantasy

Rating:  5 Stars

I just read a fantasy book for young adults titled Bruiser, by Neal Shusterman, that made me feel tremendous sympathy and empathy for the characters. Bruiser is about a kid everyone calls The Bruiser, who wants to have friends, but shuts them out at the same time. When Tennyson’s twin sister, Brontë, becomes The Bruiser’s girlfriend, Tennyson is bothered by it and investigates. He discovers that the Bruiser steals pain from everyone he cares about. When someone breaks an arm, for example, The Bruiser’s arm breaks instead.

What I like most about this book is that Shusterman is a master at switching perspectives between multiple protagonists. Bruiser shows the power of emotions to their fullest extent when the twins’ parents are affected by his “gift” in a strange way. I would rate this book 5 stars!

Reviewer:  Untrustworthy Doofus

Age:  14

“The Candymakers” Review by SunPanda

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Title:  The Candymakers

Author:  Wendy Mass

Genre:  Realistic

Rating:  5 Stars

The Candymakers is one my favorite books! It is written by Wendy Mass, who has also written Pie in the Sky, Every Soul a Star, A Mango-Shaped Space and the Willow Falls series. It is realistic fiction, and is about four kids, Daisy, Logan, Miles, and Philip, all in a contest to make the best candy. The best of the kids will get to own the whole Life Is Sweet candy factory. Every thing is working smoothly when Philip’s dad plans to over run the company. Of course, no one likes Philip, and he has a hard time explaining what his dad was doing. Will he convince them? Will they win against the other kids all around the world?

I really like this book because it is in the different perspectives of each kid, and slowly builds suspense with each chapter. I also like that even though it’s really exciting, it has no violence in it. So if you like suspenseful, funny, characteristic books, I recommend this one!

Username:  SunPanda

Age:  10

A Glowing Review by SunPanda of “Runs with Courage.”

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Title:  Runs with Courage

Author:  Joan M. Wolf

Genre:  Realistic

Rating:  5 Stars

Runs With Courage is my favorite book! It is a story about a Native American girl, Four Winds, who is taken away to go to a white school, or a boarding school. She has to learn English with a bunch of other Native American girls. It is realistic fiction and the author has only written one other chapter book. Her name is Joan M. Wolf.

The book is detailed about the Native American culture. Four Winds thinks like a native american and shows that she doesn’t understand a lot in school. She can’t control her anger very well, and runs away once, only to be sent back. She meets a Native American boy who cleans up after everyone, and is supposed to burn all the special items of the Native American girls. Four Winds and the boy, William or Catches Fire, become great friends and help all the other girls to be happier. I really like this book because it shows how some Native Americans felt about boarding school. Thank you for reading this report, and I hope you read this book!

Reviewer:  SunPanda

Age:  10

 

First Review! Untrustworthy Doofus writes about the darkness of “Unwind.”

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Title:  Unwind

Author:  Neal Shusterman

Genre:  Science Fiction, Dystopian

Rating:  5 Stars

The Unwind dystology (a four-book series), by Neil Shusterman, is a book that will make fear for the future. Unwind is the first book in this young adult science-fiction series, and is my all-time favorite. Unwind has a dark topic:  after a war, a scientist discovers a way to use 99.44% of a human body for life-saving implants. Without the scientist’s permission, the government decides to begin the process of “unwinding,” in which parents can decide if they want their misbehaving kid to be unwound between the ages of 13 and 18.

I like how the author chose to write from many different perspectives, switching between characters for each chapter.  The characters act and talk like real people, and the plot is so full of action that once you start reading it, you can’t stop.  I would rate this book five stars out of five!


Reviewer:  
Untrustworthy Doofus

Age:  13