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This is a fantastic book! The story is filled with mystery, kindness, and most importantly, friendship. When Callie’s parents said her family was moving to Scotland, Callie was ready and eager for a new life to start. But Callie quickly realizes that living in a dark, cold castle is not exactly luxurious. She decides to join a bird club to try to make friends, but her true best friend is closer than she thinks.The scenes in this book have such vivid descriptions, so I felt like I was moving to a new country too, and I laughed out loud at how out of place Callie sometimes was. I loved this book with the birding club as my favorite setting, and twists that I wasn’t expecting. -Kelly, 8
RED, WHITE, AND WHOLE is a heartbreaking story written in verse (poems). This style helped me connect with characters. It's about a young girl who has to find her place in life after her mother is diagnosed with Leukemia. I liked this book because of its details, like the descriptions of Indian food. The descriptions made it easier to envision what was happening. The author wrote about her childhood and that made the book more emotional because it made me sad to think that somebody actually had an experience similar to this in real life. I also liked this book because it taught me more about the Indian culture and what it is like to be an Indian in America. I would love to read more books by this author. -Zooey, 10
THE LAST BEAR is a heartwarming story about a young girl and a polar bear whose friendship will never end. I liked this book because it taught me more about climate change and how important it is to care for our world and each other. I also like the fact that it teaches you that no matter who you are or what species of animal, you can always help out and make new friends. This book also taught me how to overcome challenges in life because the character's age is close to mine and was easy to relate to. I thought that it was an interesting choice to base it in the Arctic Circle. It taught me a lot about the Arctic Circle that I didn't know. I would recommend this fantasy for ages 8 and up! -Zooey, 10
I couldn’t help but pick up this book. MJ lost her dad when she was young, but her bright personality makes me smile, and she inspires me with all she dares to do. From saving the school from rats to fighting pro wrestlers, at times I would be laughing my head off. MJ is very unique, and not just because she likes wrestling better than gymnastics. MJ will do a lot of things that you do not expect! This story will make you feel powerful and mighty with the message that even through tough times, you can do anything and achieve your dreams. -Kelly, 8
SHAKING UP THE HOUSE is a hilarious story filled with laughter and fun. It is about two girls in the White House and twins of the incoming president that have a prank war. I liked this book because it taught me more pranks that I can do on April Fools' Day. It lightened up my mood with its funny jokes. Another thing I liked was that the author put a woman in the White House. The pranks got so ridiculous and funny, I could not believe it and I didn't want the book to end. -Zooey, 10
THE SEA IN WINTER is an amazing story about a girl whose life changes forever after an injury. Her perspective changed when she realized if you fall down doing one thing you would have to get back up by doing another. Maisie was a great main character because she had a good heart, but I did not agree with all the decisions she made. I liked this story because it taught me how to overcome disappointments in life. I liked that the message of the book helped me see that there is more to life than just one thing. This is one of the best books i have ever read because the writing was so descriptive and it was very easy to fall in love with the characters. -Zooey, 10