Book Review #33: The Wishing Spell

Title: The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories, 1)     Author: Chris Colfer      Publisher: Little Brown & Scholastic AR: 5.0     Lexile: 720     Age: 3rd-5th grade Ever since, twins Alex and Connor Bailey’s father died, their lives have been miserable. Their mother is working double-time, well into the night just…

Book Review #32: Al Capone Does My Shirts

It’s 1935, and 12 year old Moose and his family just moved to Alcatraz Island, home to many criminals, including Al Capone. Moose doesn’t actually get to meet the cons, but he does meet Piper, the warden’s daughter, who comes up with so many schemes she might as well be a criminal!

Book Review #31: Remarkable

Everyone in Remarkable is Remarkable. Everyone except Jane, that is. While the rest of the town is being talented, Jane’s been nothing but ordinary. But when Jane finds herself in a new school with the mischevious Grimlet twins and befriends a Pirate Captain.

Book Review #30: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2)

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2 out of 7 in the Harry Potter Series)     Author: J.K. Rowling Rating: 🍩 (45/50) Recommended for: Grades 4th-6th     AR: 6.7     Lexile: 940 Harry Potter is thrilled to begin year two at Hogwarts, and see his two best friends, Ron Weasley…

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 🍦

Auggie Pullman was born with a extreme facial deformity that prevented his from going to school-until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Breecher Prep. Auggie endures taunts and struggles to be seen as just another student.
The thing is, Auggie’s just an ordinary kid with an extraordinary face-can he convince his classmates he’s just like him, despite appearance?

Book Review #25: Chomp

Title: Chomp     Author: Carl Hiaasen Rating: 🍉 (36/50) Recommended for: 3rd-5th graders     AR: 5.2     Lexile: 800 Wahoo Cray’s family is broke. And there’s not a lot they can do about it because of Mickey Cray, a professional animal wrangler just got a severe concussion from a dead iguana that fell…

Book Review #24: Prince Puggly of Spud and the Kingdom of Spiff 🍩

Title: Prince Puggly of Spud and the Kingdom of Spiff       Author: Robert Paul Weston      Rating: 🍉 (37/50) Recommended for 2nd-4th graders     AR: 4.3     Lexile: ? Unknown First of all, Happy Father’s Day to all you wonderful Dads out there who make everyone’s lives better. You guys…

Book Review #23: Holes 🍩

Stanley Yelants is under a curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of the Yelnats. Now Stanley has unjustly been sent to a boy’s detention center, Camp Green Lake. The boys spend all day, everyday, digging holes.
It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake…

Book Review #22: The Giver 🍦

Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war, fear, or pain. Everyone is assigned a role in the Community.
When Jonas turns 12, he is singled out to receive special training from the Giver. The Giver alone holds the true pains and pleasures of life. Now it’s time for Jonas to learn the truth. There is no turning back.

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…