The kids in this book face tough hardships, but they are driven to make things right with magic. The author focuses on a boy who is seeking to avenge his father. The storytelling and suspense in this story make you not want to close the book. Overall, this book is a good read for all kids. -Noah, 10
This is one of the best graphic novels I’ve read this year! This book teaches kids that the color of your skin really doesn't matter. As much as I enjoyed this book, it really taught me a lesson about racism from a unique point of view. My favorite part of this book is the personality of each character, especially Andy. I recommend this book for teens who are looking for a book that will grow them and teach them. -Lola, 12
EVENTOWN is the story you are looking for. This book follows a set of twins who are finding their differences fin a perfect town. I couldn't put this book down, the writing was so amazing! Haydu has an amazing ability to put herself in the perspective of a young girl who feels different from the rest. I loved everything about this book, from the setting of EVENTOWN to the wonderful friends the girls meet during the time of this book. -Lola, 12
This is an amazing book about true friendship. This story is about two gay dads who fall in love and force their unwilling daughters to go camping together. Their daughters both have different personalities, Bett loves the outdoors and is very adventurous, and Avery is bookish and fearful of everything. This book showed that having a friend can push you to climb to new heights. Just as the girls create a bond, their dads break up. Through each and every obstacle Bett and Avery face in this book, they work together and show the reader what friendship truly is. -Lola, 12
DRAGON PEARL takes us on an edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure. Min is a young girl trying to clear her brother's name from false accusations. As we travel along we see the lifestyles of the people on the different cities and planets. As the story unfolds we see that people are hiding many things from one another. I enjoyed this book so much I read it in a day. DRAGON PEARL is a work of art that I recommend to anyone who likes stories of action, adventure and secrets. -Regann, 13
This book has so much inspiration packed in, you'll find some on every page! This book is about a real woman (her story just jazzed up a bit) who is faced with stereotypes that limit her greatly. Watch Margret as she proves them all wrong. WHAT EVERY GIRL SHOULD KNOW is a tale full of wonder and discovery. With every turn of the page a new world opens up with wonderful possibilities. Buckle up for this thrilling roller coaster of a book! -Emerson, 12
THE MIGHTY HEART OF SUNNY ST. JAMES is now one of my favorite books. I wish I could share this book with everybody I know, so they could understand how awesome it is. Sunny, the main character, begins her “new life” after having her heart replaced because of a disease. This new heart allows her to open up to new people, and have new relationships. Each character in this book was realistic, to the point where I began to compare to them to people I knew. This book interested me with every new chapter, I would strongly recommend this book! -Lola, 12
When Walter, an intelligent boy and inventor, runs away from his gloomy hometown of Moor Mouth with his friend Cordelia, they are faced with the dangers of their mystical world. I like this book because it was unique in that the main character was a super smart person and I feel like they don’t usually do that in books I have read. It is an interesting and exciting book that has aspects of comedy, adventure, and steampunk, and I think it will appeal to those who feel like they do not fit in. -Eli, 11
A great third installation to the Section 13 series. Jack and Gwen travel to China to collect relics before Ignatious Gall does. This mission requires them to deal with magic, secret hideouts, and dragons. This book is the best yet in the series! I would recommend reading the other two books in the series. People who like action and adventure would really like these books! -Eli, 11
From a plane crash to a flood, WHEN WE WERE LOST kept me on the edge of my seat as it vividly depicted the jungle and its dangers. It also demonstrated the will to survive and how far someone will go to keep living. What first started with a plane full of familiar strangers (classmates) soon evolved into close-knit friendships, new love, and new personal discoveries. The thing that stuck with me the most is that the hardest situations force you to find yourself and who you are. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is trying to find themselves, or to someone wanting to come out of their shell. -Eva, 11
This is a good book set in the medieval era. It doesn't have your typical comic book art, but the story will blow you away! The story begins in a convent on a deserted island that takes in a little girl named Margaret whose sad story we follow through the book. It sets the reader up for a surprising end. This was good overall -- I think you can't go wrong with historical fiction! -Eli, 11
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THE POLAR SHIELD PROJECT is a great first installation to the Super Sons Series. It is about the sons of Batman and Superman and their adventures. They try to discover why stores are closing mysteriously. To do so, they must break rules and meet new people. It is adventurous and funny. I would recommend it to fans of DC Comics and comic book beginning readers. -Eli, 11
THE STORY WEB discusses difficult topics in ways that kids can understand: through stories. Alice, the main character, uses stories to connect herself to her mentally-ill father and put herself in his point of view. I loved the different perspectives during this book because they helped me connect to each character. Thanks to this book, my love and appreciation of stories has deepened and changed the way I read and share them. -Lola, 12
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In BALTO AND THE RACE AGAINST TIME, Baxter and his friends will take you on a journey which changes history. This book makes history exciting and fun! You will love this book if you love adventures and dogs doing daring things. At times I felt scared while reading this book because I didn’t know what would happen, and other parts were cool because the dogs were so adventurous. If you want a book about true friendship, this book is the right one for you. If you like The Magic Tree House, you will really enjoy reading this book. -Parker, 9
Full of mysteries, drama, and plot twists, THE CLASS is about a class with lots of secrets and stolen objects. The story is very unique as each chapter switches between characters. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a middle school mystery adventure. I had a great time reading this book and I’m sure you will too. -Yeva, 11
This adventure-filled crime story caught my eye and I couldn’t help but pick it up, and I was glad I did! When Vita meets three courageous kids in different places, she realizes this is the team she needs to help her get back at the evil Sorrotore for bamboozling her grandpa. My favorite part of the story was when Vita learns that what people want isn’t always what they need. I totally recommend this book if you’re looking for a story with a spectacular plot! -Kate, 10
This was an excellent graphic novel with great illustrations! I could not put it down. The story taught me how to be a even better friend than I already am. When main character Moon is in need, Christine isn't sure what to do at first, but then she comes up with a plan… The message really stood out to me. I would absolutely recommend STARGAZING to kids who like comic books and stories about friendship! -Kambria, 10
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This book was so amazing, I couldn't put it down! The witty comedy and creativity of HD and Eli hooked me. It even had a ghost, but not a clunky and spooky ole’ ghost -- it had a more modern one from the 1960s that was obsessed with sauerkraut. This story gave me some great ideas for things I could make at home. One of the ten best books I’ve read this year! -Axel, 10
Charlie Thorne is a genius, but can she solve a puzzle made by Albert Einstein? This suspenseful mystery that will leave you with a million questions! Not only did I like this book because it takes place at the University of Colorado in Boulder (which is one of my favorite colleges), but also because Charlie knows what is good for her and other people. It is so cool that Stuart Gibbs continues to write about spies because not many books are about kids who are spies or who work with spies. I couldn't put this book down and neither will you! Will Charlie Thorne be able to solve the puzzle before the bad guys get to it . . . or will she fail? -Giuliana, 11
THE FIRE KEEPER is such a good book! It has magic, humor, and so much more. I loved how there are some chase scenes and other action scenes. If you loved the first book, then you'll love this one, too. As usual, Zane was as funny as ever. It also brings in a new character, Ren, who is a great addition to the series. A great book about Mayan Mythology. -Axel, 10
When Julian needs to film a story about an important person in his life, he chooses his grandmother. I loved how the grandmother was so persistent through her life during the war. It really inspired me to be a better friend and to be grateful for what I have. This heartwarming book was full of truth and choices. I couldn’t put it down and my favorite part is that it was written by R.J. Palacio, author of Wonder! -Kate, 10
TRACE is a book of heartwarming, teachable moments. I enjoyed this story because it is about a boy who is going through a hard time. Trace's experience shows how people can overcome tough times. He has a school project that takes him on a tumultuous journey that unveils secrets in his history. This is a tear-jerker, but it inspires you to always do the right thing. -Noah, 10
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This is a beautiful story of survival. Props to the author for writing such a creative universe. The attention to detail in this story is awesome. Fans of the 'I Survived' books will like this and people who like a good emotional story will love this (and probably cry). Mix those two together and add a bit of fantasy in there and you have FROSTFIRE. It's a must-read. -Laiken, 11
Can Piper win the Exceliator Award and get a plaque next to her mom at a school full of kids that excel, or will she fall behind into the shadows? Just like all of Chris Grabenstein’s books, SHINE! captured my attention with an amazing story line that is loving and relatable. It's so cool how Piper is caring, loves outer space, and always supports her family. SHINE! shows that you can overcome anything, and that there are friends everywhere. I wasn’t able to put this book down and neither will you! -Giuliana, 11