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realistic fiction

Author: Dan Gutman

I absolutely loved this book. When I was in school reading this I was just waiting for reading class. When the teracher looked away I picked up my book and started to read it. The book was mostly adventure. Some parts were just like whoa did not see that coming. Especially the end. But I can not tell you about the end. If you read this book you will be so tempted to see what happens in the end guranteeded. That is what I thought of the book The Genius Files from Texas with Love!

Author: Holly Sloan

This book reminded me of Out of My Mind and Wonder (both books I loved by the way) being that it is about a 12-year old girl who is a genius, but feels detached from her peers.  Suffering the loss of her parents in a tragic accident sets this story on a hopeful mission to find Willow Chance a new family.  But what does it take to be a family?  Readers will have a lot to talk about after reading this book.  What is strange?  Are we all strange or at varying levels of strangeness?  Is it fair to group like strangers?  Hmmm.


Title: Hatchet
Author: Gary Paulson

This book is about a kid who is in a plane driven by a pilot and he is on his way to his dad's house for summer

Anyway the plane crashed and the pilot had a heart attack. So this book his mainly about him trying to survive in the wilderness until his mom or dad or somebody comes and rescue's him.

Author: Wendy Mass

Breaking News! 32, 12 year olds from around the country were invited to create a brand new candy to enter on this highly respected hundred-year-old competition. 4 children: Philip, Miles, Daisy, and Logan the son of the owner of Life Is Sweet Candy Factory.None of them knew it yet, but that there lives were about to change forever.

“ It’s the annual candy making contest!!” says the owner of Life is Sweet Candy Factory. 4 kids. 1 girl & 3 boys. 1’s the candymakers son.Competing against 32 other kids. 4 days to make a new candy that the judges will love to death. In 4 days to learn all about candy making that you need to make your candy. If you don’t put all the ingredients down on the paper for the contest you are disqualified.The CandyMakers is a book full of suspense and kept me on the edge of my chair. What would you do if you had 4 days to create the world's next best candy? While learning about candy and the process of making it, readers may have a tough time figuring out the theme. Though I think the theme of this book is Trust and Friendship. While reading this book the main characters: Daisy, Logan, Miles , and yes sad but true Philip learn about trusting one another and making true friends.

Wendy Mass brought me on a exciting but very mysterious ride in her book The CandyMakers. Masses way of writing made the book IMPOSSIBLE to put down. This book is filled with twists, action, and lots and lots of facts about candy. This book was so good in made me hate to have to put it down. I recommend this book for kids ages 10- 14 or grades 5-7 if you enjoy action and mysteries. If you knew what was good for you, you would run to the store and get this book right now because this book earns............ a well earned CUPCAKE!!

Author: Lisa Greenwald

My Life in Pink and GreenBy: RachelWhen the local homecoming queen shows up at the Desberg family drugstore with a beauty disaster will lucy make or break the whole night. Find out in My Life In Pink And Green by Lisa Greenwald. This is a action packed book filled with great description and characters!

This book is about a seventh grader trying to save the store that her and her grandparents own. She had built a relaxation room and is working on opening up a spa. While her grandma wants to close the whole store down she is waiting to get a letter saying she can go through with the spa. Will their be a spa or no store at all? 

Lisa Greenwald brought me on and exciting adventure filled with edge of your set action in her book My Life In Pink and Green. Greenwald made this book with phenomenal description that will paint alarming pictures in head and action packed adventures to get what they need. This book left me insanely satisfied and i would recommend this book for anyone ages 10-14 if you enjoy drama, action, and adventurous stories!

Author: Caroline B. Cooney

“Nobody uses books anymore, they’re useless.” This is exactly what Mitty Blake thought before one changed his life forever. In Caroline B. Cooney’s thrilling novel, Code Orange, Mitty discovers some things most people will never know... how they would take on a situation where it’s your life or another person’s.

Mitty has to write a report on diseases, and to do so he looks through some old medical books. In one he finds some Variola Major (small pox) scabs from a 1902 Boston epidemic. He handles them, rubs them in his nose, and then breathes them in. Now Mitty’s research for his report becomes research for his life and all of New York.

This was an excellent page turning book. Caroline B. Cooney did a really good job keeping the story moving. There were definitely no parts when I wanted to put it down or had to force myself to keep reading. Code Orange also made me think about how I would act in some situations.

I would rate the book four stars because there were some words I didn’t know and a couple parts I had to reread.

Author: Sarra Manning

First Line: There's a stack of folders piled up on the desk in front of me.

The first line was hardly what I would call gripping. *sigh* However, I did enjoy how Mistress Manning's prologue was what was going on to our young Rocker Molly Montgomery at the present moment, then the story proceeds as she tells us what her life was like through her year of fame.

"My name is Molly Montgomery. I'm nineteen years old, and I'm being sued for £ 5,000,000 by my former record company..."

*Gasps* Now my gloved hands are shaking in great anticipation. I simply could not image little ol' me being sued for such a grand amount. The premise has such great potential. Sadly the book fell a slight bit short for me.

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Author: Lincoln Peirce

Big Nate made me want to read on. If you love Diary of a Wimpy kid, you will love this! It's about reaching goals and about finding friends and enemies.

Author: Susan Richard Shreve

I thought is was really going to enjoy this book, but I sadly did not. This book is about a 12 year-old girl named Ellie. Ellie meets a new friend named Tommy. But, Tommy isn't the best kid. He's been to house to house. Parents have gave him up because, of his bad behavior. Despite his bad behavior Ellie chooses to be best friends with him. Through out this book Ellie finds a friend and makes some big choices.

Title: Wonder
Author: R.J. Palacio

August Pullman is a ten year old boy with a rare facial deformity. He has never been to school due to all of his surgical procedures, and now his mother wants to enroll him at Beecher Prep School as a fifth grader; his father is worried that Auggie will be a "lamb to the slaughter." Auggie decides to give school a try, and that's where the adventure begins. The book has great depth as it gives a voice not only to Auggie who just wants to be a normal kid despite his "abnormal" face, but also his parents, his older sister, and some of Auggie's classmates.

You will root for Auggie as he deals with unkind reactions and bullies, and you will easily put yourself in the place of all the characters. You will become a huge fan of August Pullman! Wonder is very uplifting, realistic, and well-written. My 17 and 14 year old daughters read this book and both declared it one of the best books they have ever read, and I would rank it highly, too. Wonder is highly recommended for kids ages 9 and up--great for middle school age yet even high schoolers will find it a thought-provoking book. This will definitely be a book I will be recommending to patrons.