Book Review #29: A Monster Calls 🍩

Title: A Monster Calls     Author: Patrick Ness Rating: 🍩 (44/50) Recommended for: Grades 5th-7th     AR: 4.8     Lexile: 730 The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since…

Book Review #28: Wonder 🍦

Title: Wonder     Author: R.J. Palacio Rating: 🍦 (48/50) Recommended for: Grades 4th-6th     AR: 4.8     Lexile: 790 Ten-year-old August (Auggie) Pullman was born with an extreme facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at private middle school Beecher Prep. Auggie…

Book Review #22: The Giver 🍦

Title: The Giver     Author: Louis Lowry Rating: 🍦(48/50) Recommended for: 5th-7th graders     AR: 5.7     Lexile: 760 Summary Jonas's world is perfect.  Everything is under control. There is no war, fear, or pain. Everyone is assigned a special role in the Community. When Jonas turns 12, he is singled out…

Book Review #20: Scat 🍉

Title: Scat     Author: Carl Hiaasen Rating: 🍉 Water-melohn! (38/50) Recommended for 4th-6th graders     AR: 5.5     Lexile: 810 Summary Bunny Starch, the world's most feared biology teacher, is missing. She disappeared after a school field trip to the Black Vine Swamp. And to be honest, the kids in her class are relieved. But…