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Cover © Yearling

The Phantom Tollbooth
by Norton Juster

This book is a great book because it is entertaining and teaches you something all at the same time. If I had to pick a favorite character it would be tock (the dog). One of my favorite parts in the book is when Milo goes to the market and sees all the weird people. I also like when they start talking about Rhyme and Reason.

Reviewed by: Jonathan

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Cover © Disney Hyperion

The Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan

I think this book is one of the GREATEST books I have ever read in the world! Percy’s friend Grover is my all time favorite character. Whenever I read a book in the Percy Jackson series I feel like I can really connect. In book two they introduce a character named Tyson who has a very special thing about him. Tyson is basically in my book THE AWESOMEST friend IN THE WORLD!!!!

Reviewed by: Jonathan

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Cover © Abrams

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
by Tom Angleberger

This book absolutely ROCKS this next to The Phantom Tollbooth is probably by far on of the best books I’ve ever read in my life! If you’re a Star Wars fan this book was made for you.

Reviewed by: Jonathan

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Cover © Harry N. Abrams

Cover © Harry N. Abrams

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
by Jeff Kinney

this is a good book because it’s actually stuff that happens to a kid like when Greg’s mom totally embarasses him. But it’s funny because it’s happening to someone else! I can definitely relate to an older sibling who is CONSTANTLY telling you what to do.

Reviewed by: Jonathan

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Fake Mustache
by Tom Angleberger

I really liked this book because it makes you feel like you are actually in the book. The kids talk and act like real kids. I love the part when the main character finds the stolen money in his best friend Casper’s ( A.K.A Fako Mustacho) room. Then the police come and the money is completely gone.

Reviewed by: Jonathan

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Cover © Walker Childrens

How They Croaked
by Georgia Bragg

I really liked the book because it was funny, mean and incredibly gross all at the same time. My favorite story would have to be Cleopatra because they kept on messing up on Cleopatra and her husband being dead or alive. Thank goodness for Pony Express!
I really recommend that you read this book (but read the introduction first to see if you have the nerve to read it).

Reviewed by: Jonathan

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Soup
by Robert Newton Peck

Soup is about two boys who are always getting into big trouble. Sometimes it surprises me how Rob will do these dumb things that Soup gets him into. For example, once Soup got Rob to roll down a steep and bumpy hill in a barrel. He ends up crashing into a neighbor’s chicken coop. This is a great book if you want to laugh hard.

Reviewed by: Leo

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Tintin and the Secret of the Unicorn
by Hergé

About 2 or 3 years ago, I tried reading this great book but I didn’t get it,  even though it is a graphic novel, because it has a lot of hard words and a hard to follow plot. I just read it this month and liked it a lot better this time because I actually got it. I think that you should definitely read this book before you watch the movie. The book is so interesting and exciting that when you are reading in bed you don’t want to put the book down, you just want to read all night till you finish it. And when you are done you wish you weren’t done, so you could keep reading.

Reviewed by: Leo

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Tintin and the Red Rackham’s Treasure
by Hergé

This Tintin book continues where the Secret of the Unicorn left off, where Tintin, his friend Captain Haddock, and others are searching for treasure. I liked it a lot, even though there was no bad guy, because there are conflicts and other interesting things.

Reviewed by: Leo

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A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol is a very exciting book. It would be hard to read on your own because it has strange words, but I still love it. My brother read it to me. There is one ghost and three spirits and the last spirit is really creepy. I think it was creepy because it never talks and it never shows its face. This is a good book to read at Christmastime.

Reviewed by: Leo

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The Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Grahame

I think The Wind in the Willows is a very good book. I like Mr. Toad. At first I thought he was just going insane, but then I realized he was actually turning a little bad. I think Mr. Toad’s friends are very nice to toad. They put up with him being insane with motor cars and they don’t turn him in to the police and they don’t get all mad with him when he brags about how good he is and and how smart and clever.

Reviewed by: Leo

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
by J.K. Rowling

This is the first of the Harry Potter books. I enjoyed it very much. It was tempting to know what was in the small bag when Harry and Hagrid went into Gringotts. In the beginning you think that Snape is the bad guy. It is very exciting when Harry has a jinx on his broom and is spinning around. You should definitely read the book even if you’ve seen the movie to see how much better the book is than the movie.

Reviewed by: Leo

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Gentle Ben
by Walt Morey

Gentle Ben is a very good book. It is about a boy and a bear and the bear almost gets killed but the boy saves him. Ben is a gigantic grizzly bear. The boy tames him. Some people attack Ben and he fights back, so he has to leave to an island. There’s lots more things but I will not say them in this because if you want to know the story you should read the book.

Reviewed by: Leo

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The BFG
by Roald Dahl

The BFG is a really good book. It gets kind of gross at some parts, but I like that. For example, at the end giants eat two drunk people. It’s a story about a giant and girl who try to stop the other giants from eating people. The BFG is a giant that does not eat people. He collects dreams in a grey country and puts them in jars. They’re invisible until he puts them in jars. When they are in the jars, if they are maroon and they try to escape, they are bad dreams, and if they are green and don’t try to escape they are good dreams. Then he takes the jars in a suitcase and takes a trumpet thingy out and puts the dreams inside of it and blows it into people’s windows.

Reviewed by: Leo

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Getting Air
by Dan Gutman

This book getting air is about 5 people who go on a plane to go to California ,but the plane gets hijacked and the kids had to kill the hijackers and crash the plane into the Canadian woods and have to survive. this book is like the book hatchet.

Reviewed by: Camden

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Love That Dog
by Sharon Creech

Love that dog is a good book because it starts good and then ends kinda sad but it was good

Reviewed by: Camden

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Tuck Everlasting
by Natalie Babbitt

This is one of the best books I’ve read.  I felt like I was with them all the time, nothing was skipped or left out.  The description of each scene was great.  This is not an ordinary “fairytale”, it seemed more realistic, easy to connect with “fairytale”.  I wish there was more because the characters seem like my new friends.

Reviewed by: John

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Hatchet
by Gary Paulsen

I am only half way through this book, but so far I am enjoying it.  Hatchet isn’t the best book I’ve read, but it is okay.  This book has some adventure in each chapter and I am surprised at how the character survives.  This book is a little slow to start with but gets better when you get into it.  I’m interested in how it will end, it is pretty good.

Reviewed by: John

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Al Capone Does My Shirts
by Gennifer Cholodenko

Al Capone Does My Shirts, this book is amazing!  In how Moose survives Alcatraz Island with Piper always on his back, and in how he learns about new things from the baseballs that come back over the fence.  Moose always wants to go back to the way things were before his family moved to the Island, but instead he starts enjoying what he thought he would hate.
This book gives me inspiration to read the next book by Gennifer Choldenko.

Reviewed by: John

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The Fall of the Templar
by Derek Benz & J.S. Lewis

The Fall Of The Templar is a good book for someone who wants a thick read and a great fantasy.  It starts off kind of wierd but grows to an intense story with fairies, Iron Maidens, and the legendary dragon.  This story contains creatures and weapons that you have dreamed about as a kid.  Don’t read this if you don’t like fantasy. Thank you for reading my report on Derek Benz’s The Fall Of The Templar.

Reviewed by: Mr. S, Jr., aka “Will”

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Hate that Cat
by Sharon Creech

This is the sequel to Love that Dog. It is a great book because it is about poems, and it is written in poems. The main character, Jack, likes poetry but doesn’t always understand it. This book is just as fun for teachers as it is for kids.

Reviewed by: Mr. S.