Monday, November 14, 2011

The Hunger Games by Susan Collins

Katniss lives in District 12 with her mom, sister Prim, her best friend Gale, Peete, the baker's son and the rest of the community.The leaders of the Capitol want to show they are in charge, so they create the Hunger Games to prove just that. Its that time of the year, the time to choose the a boy and girl from each district to fight to their death at the Hunger Games.

Katniss and Peete are chosen from District 12 to join the 22 other boys and girls in the fight to their death.

At the Hunger Games, Katniss and Peete do all they can to survive. Using their hunting, fighting, camouflage skills and allying with some of the other tributes, Katniss and Peete manage to survive. Peete even confesses his love for Katniss, hoping to convince everyone they are madly in love. They are hoping being in love with keep them alive in the games.

Some of the worst parts of the Hunger Games is watching the other tributes die, being put in the position of killing them, not knowing how you can survive and the Capitol doing all they can to make sure everyone dies but one.

Do Katniss and Peete live? Who is the survivor of the Hunger Games? Is Peete and Katniss's plan of being madly in love enough to keep them alive?

I loved the Hunger Games. It was amazing. I loved the great details, and the whole story line. The Hunger Games is one of the most addicting (in a good way) series I have ever read. I recommend this book for children 12 and up who enjoy action and slight romance. This is a fabulous book worth reading.

"may the odds be in your favor"

well I have to go read the 2nd book in the series

Friday, October 14, 2011

Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Emily hates being the middle child. The boy she likes, likes her older sister, Charlotte. When he isn't crushing on Charlotte, he has the hots for Emily's younger sister Anne. In other words, Charlotte and Anne get everything because they are the youngest and oldest daughter, leaving Emily with whatever is left.

An English assignment has driven Emily crazy. Which book should she choose? Maybe I should start from the beginning.

Emily's English teacher gave her an assignment to write an essay about three things she likes about a book, and one thing she would change. Emily first had to decide which book to choose. Finally she chose Little Women. Emily's plan was to change the fact that Beth dies and Laurie ends up with Jo, not Amy.

As Emily starts to read Little Women, when she is whisked into the story. Emily is now part of the book as the fifth March Sister.

Emily has to adapt to the way of life in the 1600s. And not only that, but she has to act as if she has always been part of the family.

Jo and Emily bump heads quite often because Jo has such a strong personality and Emily starts standing up for herself.

Emily has a very hard time making things right in the story. The worst part is, the only things she remembers is what happens in the original story.

Emily learns that nobody is perfect. She learns the life lesson that jealousy gets you nowhere.
Unfortunately Emily learns the hard way. Not only is she the middle child at home, but she is also the middle child in the story. Because of this, Emily has to learn to deal with her jealousy of Jo liking Laurie and the fact that Laurie doesn't like her, he likes Jo. Emily also has to understand that Jo is the writer of the family, and even though Emily loves to write, writing is Jo's thing.

As time goes on, Emily begins adapting to the way of life in the 1600s. She even stops worrying about her "real" life in the "real" world.

Emily is waiting for the opportunity so she can prevent Beth from dying. And no matter how hard Emily tries, she has no ideas how or when Beth is going to get sick.

Eventual Beth becomes sick. Emily tries to get rid of her sickness, but only delays the fact that Beth dies.

Does Emily stop Beth from dying? Will Emily make it home and out of the book? Does Emily learn that it is okay to be the middle child?
Read Little Women and Me to find out.

I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a great twist on Little Women. However, I do recommend reading the original first because then this book makes more sense. I think any girl 12 years or older will like reading.

Well I have to go and read some more,

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Going Underground by Susan Vaught

Del is a troubled boy... well he was, and three years later he is still paying for it.

Del works in a graveyard digging graves after school. He can't get jobs like most people can, or go to the college he wants, like most people his age. Del has a criminal record following him for the rest of his life.

It all started when he was 14. Del was a normal teenage boy playing baseball and hanging with friends. That all changed the night he and his friends were arrested by the police.

Now that is the story for Del to tell you. I can tell you this, Del's life was never and never will be the same again.

To find out Del's story and why his life has changed, you have to read Going Underground

I recommend this book to anyone 13 or older. This was a great book. However, because it does curse a little bit and the whole story of why Del is considered a criminal, this book is not appropriate for younger children.

Well, I must go and read another book,

Guinness World Records 2012

Wanna know a great way to start the new year? You should definitely read the Guinness World Records 2012!

This year's edition has all new, exciting and interesting records about people, animals, talents, sports and so much more.

It is very cool to read about different attempts people have made to set new world records, and about those who have succeeded in breaking them.

Some of the records you read in this book are unbelievable and crazy. Reading this book is a great way learn random and interesting fact.
(see page 142 for the largest pizza, page 85 for the heaviest living person and page 78-79 for the most tattooed man)

I enjoyed reading Guinness World Records 2012 a lot. I think anyone who is fascinated with facts, pictures, and CRAZY and UNBELIEVABLE records will love reading this book.

well I have to go read some more,

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

First Ripley's Museum

Have you ever wondered about where Ripley's Museum first started? Or Where Mr. Riply's first lived? Or even how he started his love for crazy facts and people?

This summer I went to the first Riply's Believe It or Not Museum in St. Augustine, Florida.
It was a lot of fun. I saw all different things, such as the tallest man, the fattest man in the military, the smallest car, biggest shoe size; a size 22!!!!!

I saw some pretty crazy things.... Believe It or Not!!

I think everyone should visit the Museum, if not in Florida, then in New York City, or anyone near you. It is an AMAZING experience and a really fun time for children and and adults alike.


Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Outsiders by S.E Hinton

Ponyboy, Soadapop, Dally, Steve, Johnny, Two-Bit and Darry are all Greasers. They are from the lower class of people.

One night Ponyboy was jumped by a gang of Socs (short for socials), Kids from the upper class. Ponyboy's brothers and the rest of the Greaser gang saved Ponyboy.

Johnny and Ponyboy went to the movies. There they met a couple of attractive Soc girls, Cherry and Marcia. Later during the movie Two- Bit met up with Ponyboy and Johnny. Johnny, Two- Bit and Ponyboy walk the girls to Two-Bit's house so he can drive them home. On they way home, The kids run into Marcia and Cherry's boyfriends, Randy and Bob. The girls were forced to go home with their boyfriends at that point so no fights would break out between the Socs and the Greasers.

Ponyboy is late getting home one night. Darry is really angry, so he and Ponyboy get into a fight. Darry then slapped Ponyboy across the face. Ponyboy was really angry and upset so he left the house and ran away.

Ponyboy ran to find Johnny. The two boys ran to the park. At the park, the boys ran into Bob and Randy and part of the Soc gang. One of the gang members took Ponyboy and was trying to drown him in the fountain. Johnny then killed Bob in order to rescue Ponyboy.

Johnny and Ponyboy go find Dally for help. Dally helps his friends to his best ability.

The Greasers and the Soc prepare for a rumble.

Who wins the rumble? Does Ponyboy finally return home? What happens as the rumble gets closer? How does Darry and Ponyboy's relationship change since Ponyboy ran away?
Read the Outsiders to find out.

I loved this book. I thought it was well written and had such a great plot and storyline. I liked the fact that the author portrayed the characters with characteristics that showed they had two side- a good and a bad side and how some of the characters were misunderstood. One thing I learned from this story not to judge people of mistreat them because of their class or how they act because you could completely misunderstand a person and you should never "judge a book person) by it's cover (outside). "

I recommend this book to anyone in middle school and older because it is has a great message and a good read to pass the time.

Well I have to read some more,

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Haunting Violet by Alyxndra Harvey

Violet is a sixteen year old girl. Colin, an orphan Violet's mom has taken into her care, helps Violet have sittings and talk to the spirits of people who have passed. Violet, her mom and Colin have been invited to Rosefield for a sitting. Violet soon discovers she can communicate with passed spirits.

Violet has encountered one spirit, Renowean, Tabitha's sister. Tabitha is a girl who Violet meets during her stay in Rosefield. Renowean needs Violet to help her let others know that murder. You see, everyone thinks Renowean drowned by mistake and it was an accident. Everyone soon learns it wasn't an accident. It is up to Violet to tell the world the truth of what really happened the night Renowean was murdered.

Violet is at the age where she is soon going to marry. Her mother wants her to marry a rich and well known man. That lucky man is Xavier Trenswithy, a rich, good looking man who a trader. Violet falls for him, but is not sure if she wants to marry him. She has also fallen for Colin, the poor orphan also good looking boy who works for Violet's mother.

Can Violet solve the murder before anything happens to Tabitha? Who was the murderer? Who does Violet end up marrying?

Read Haunting Violet to find out.

I enjoyed this thrilling, creepy murder mystery book. I did scare me a bit I still could not put it down. It was well written, had great details and a surprise ending that you are not going to want to miss. I do think this book was written for ages 14 and up because of some language.

The plot and the well written details may be to old for some children. However, if you enjoy thrilling murder mystery books you will definitely enjoy this book.

Well, I have to go and read some more thrilling and great books,


The Fire Throne by Rick Riordan

Apophis, the Chaos snake is rising. It is up to Carter and Sadie Kane to stop him with the help of the new trainees. Sadie and Carter are planning to find and bring the Sun God, Ra back to help defeat Apophis. Unfortunately, no one knows where Ra is. In order to find Ra, the Kane kids have to first find the Book of Ra and learn how to chant the spells. Rumor has it that Ra, the Sun God is senile and completely out of it. How will this affect their journey?

Throughout the book, Carter and Sadie both deal with their personal love life. As you remember in the Red Pyramid Carter fell in love with Zia's Shabtai, now he is on a mission to find the "real" Zia and hopes she remembers him and still likes him. Sadie on the other hand is falling for Anubis, the God of Death, and Walt, who is a decedent from a cursed family line.

Will Sadie and Carter find the Book of Ra and learn how to chant the spells in time to bring Ra back and defeat Apophis? Will Ra be of any use once he is found? Will Zia remember Carter? What about Sadie, who does she end up falling in love with?
Read The Throne of Fire to find out.

I enjoyed reading this book. I loved the thrilling adventures and gambles the characters face. I love the story line and how the characters have to use magic. This book has many twists and turns and very surprising actions that will keep you in suspense and you'llwant to keep reading the book and not put it down. As I loved the book, I did find the ending a little bit of a disappointment, however, the action and thrills of the rest of the story made up for the ending.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys thrilling, magic filled adventures with a bit of romance and tons of action. I also think anyone who likes Rick Riordan's books should read this.

Keep reading,

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

TuTu Goes Green by Tulani Thomas

TuTu loves to be green and save the Earth. She and her parents do whatever they can to save the planet.

In this short picture book for young children TuTu teaches a very valuable lesson to be green and teaches you some ways to do it.

I would recommend this book to any child in preschool until first grade because it is a great picture book for young readers. Also it is very important to save the Earth and go green and this book give explanations and tips on how to be green. I also think the pictures are very well drawn and this is a very kid-friendly book.


I have to go and read more books,

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cool Clips

I enjoy reading very much. I just hate needing to fold down the corners to mark my page that I am on. It just makes the book look so old and ruined. At BEA this year I came across a booth- Trends International where I saw they were displaying bookmarks. I was looking at all sorts of different kinds. One really caught my eye. It was a Tinker Bell Cool Clip. It makes reading very fun, now being able to mark my page and see a very colorful, cute and fun character holding my place.

I would recommend these bookmarks to any age because there is a character for all ages to enjoy.

I must go read all the new books at BEA

Friday, May 13, 2011

OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy

OyMG is about Ellie Jane Taylor, a Jewish girl who lives with her brother Benny (Jewish), Mom (Jewish) and Dad (Lutheran). She lives down the street from her very religious Zeydeh. Ellie loves to argue about anything and everything. She is accepted to a Christian debate camp, and if she wins the oratory tournament she could get a scholarship to Benedict school. Zeydeh is not so happy that Ellie is going to a Christian camp.
At camp, Ellie falls for her competition, Devon Yetes, the grandson of Doris Yetes. Doris Yetes is the woman who started and gives out the scholarships. Ellie is asked by Doris to have an interview. Devon warns Ellie to put her Bubbe's Jewish star necklace away because Doris Yetes is kind of "weird" about Jewish people. Doris gave Ellie a scholarship form to fill out questions. Ellie wasn't sure what she should put as her religion. She put Christian, technically she was half and half so she wasn't completely lying. Of course, Zeydeh was not happy about this. Ellie explained to her parents her reasons for writing Christian.

Doris Yetes sees so much of herself in Ellie.

Throughout the story you learn about Ellie's struggles about friends, family,religion and who she really is as a person.

Does Ellie end up getting the scholarship? Does she change her religion on the form? Does Ellie learn to stand up for what is right even if she isn't sure who is standing with her? Does Ellie end up going to Benedict school?

Read OyMG to find out.

I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. You learned about the struggle any Jewish person faces, no matter the age, by being proud of their religion. You also learn about how people can be antisametic because of a person's religion. This book shows how in real life you are going to be faced with many difficult decisions, struggles and choices but you will always have friends, family, and teachers guiding your way and helping you. I would recommend this book to 7th graders and up because it has a great message about friendship, family, love and about being proud of your religion.

well, I have to go read some more,


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull

Nate has just moved into town. He soon becomes friends with Pigeon, Trevor and Summer. The four children find themselves working for Mrs. White, a candy maker who makes special and magical candy. The children are sent out on missions to retrieve special and secretive items for Mrs. White. As rewards, Pigeon, Nate, Summer and Trevor are given new, secret, magical candy to test out and keep. The four children soon learn that Mrs. White and Mr. Scott, the ice cream man, are magicians. Mrs. White sends the children on crazy missions so she can get rid of Mr. Scott. But why? It turns out that Mrs. White is seeking a special treasure, and Mr. Scott is trying to to protect it. Mrs. White wants the four children to brainwash Mr. Scott. Summer and Pigeon refuse, so they are immediately excluded from getting the magical candy, going on missions and working for Mrs. White. Nate and Trevor agreed to brainwash Mr. Scott. However, they do their best to avoid actually doing it. After Nate, Pigeon, Trevor and Summer betray Mrs. White, the four children do whatever it takes to help Mr. Scott to protect the treasure.
Who end up with the treasure? What happens to everyone in the end? Does Mrs. White end up with the treasure?
I really enjoyed reading this book. I thought it had a great story, and a bunch of twists that kept you really interested in reading the book. I recommend this book to fifth graders and up.

I have to go read some more,

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Sean Grinswold's Head by LIndsey Leavitt

Payton Gritas is living a happy, normal life. One day when Payton gets home, she discovers her dad has Multiple Sclerosis. Her parents haven't told her about it and the fact that her dad had it for over 6 months and she had no clue. Payton was angry at her parents for not telling her and lying to her her. She refused to talk to them. It's been a few days since Payton has talked to her parent, and she now has to see the school guidance counselor.
The guidance counselor suggests to Payton to pick a focus object, something to help her express her emotions. Payton picks Sean Grinswold's head.
Throughout the process, Payton begins having a crush on Sean.
Payton hasn't told anyone about her dad except her best friend Jac.
One day Payton goes on a bike ride with Sean, in order to find out more about him. During the ride, Payton tells Sean everything.... except how he is her focus object.
Sean tells Payton he will help her prepare for a bike-a-thon to raise money for MS.
Throughout the story, Payton learns to deal with her dad's MS, her boy-crazy best friend Jac, learns more about Sean and discovers who she is as a person.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I had a very difficult time putting it down. I thought the story if how Payton dealt with her dad's MS and tried to do something about it was inspiring. If you are able to help raise money to fight off a disease, you should. I also liked how the story had such great details and you could picture what was going on in your mind. If you like romantic, dramatic, life changing novels and you re 13- 15 years old, you should read this book.

Well, I have to go read another book,

Thank You to all of the 2nd graders in Mrs. Silver's class.

I would like to say a BIG thank you to all of the students in Mrs. Silver's 2nd grade class for reading all the books they did and for writing such great, detailed reviews.
I am thrilled that you were able to review the books.
I hope that all of the students had fun reading and writing these reviews.

Thanks so much,
I have to go read and write some more reviews.

Honus and Me by Dan Gutman

Joe Stoshak loves baseball. The only problem is he can't play that well. One day his mom gets him a one day job. He cleans up Ms. Young's attic. Ms. Young is Joe's neighbor. Joe is up to his last box, but then it drops. He can't believe his eyes. The rarest baseball cars in the world is on the ground!

He doesn't know what to do. His parents are divorced because of money. They are poor. He decides to take the card. Hoe puts the card in his backpack. Whenever Joe touches a baseball card he gets a tingling sensation.

When Joe got to his house, he went to his room. That night he heard somebody in his room. He opened his eyes. What did he see? Read this book to find out what happens....

I think people who like baseball and fiction should read this book.

This book was reviewed by Trevor C. a 2nd grader in Mrs. Silver's class.

Thanks to Trevor for reading and reviewing this book.

Goosebumps Stay Out of the Basement by R.L. Stine

Dr. Brewer is doing plant experiments down in the basement. Margaret and Casey Brewer think he is in the basement to much, especially when Mrs. Brewer goes away to see her sister. Dr. Brewer spent even more time down there while Mrs. Brewer was away. Margaret and Casey were really worried when Dr. Brewer started wearing a Dodgers hat a lot, and he ate plant food. Also, Dr. Brewer said they can't go in the basement. What will they do? Read this book to find out. This book has secrets, scares and interesting plants and more.

I recommend this book for 7-10 years old that like scary and mysterious stories.

This book was reviewed by Daniel R. a 2nd grader in Mrs. Silver's class.

Thanks to Daniel for reading and reviewing this book.

A to Z Mysteries: the Orange Outlaw by Ron Roy

Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose are kid detectives. They are the main characters. They went up to the city to see Dink's uncle. When Uncle Warren got sent a picture from Paris to keep safe, some things got turned inside out! Uncle Warren and the kids go to a block party that raises money for the zoo. There are acts like a man juggling bananas and watermelons. There was a man who taught an ape to balance on a pony with one hand! While they were gone someone stole the painting.... Will they get the painting back? Read to find out.

I think if you are 6 years to 8 years and you like to read chapter books you will like this book.

This book was reviewed by Shayne B. a 2nd grader in Mrs. Silver's class.

Thanks to Shayne for reading and reviewing this book.

A to Z Mysteries: The Deadly Dungeon by Ron Roy

Josh, Dink, and Ruth Rose take a train to visit their friends. Their friends show them their rooms. Dink sees something moving outside. They find a cave in the basement. They find endangered birds. Then Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose begin investigating the house for clues about the cave and why it is there. Will they get captured? Will they discover the secret of the cave? Find out what happens to Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose as they investigate.

If you like mysteries this is a good book for you.

This book was reviewed by Michael S. a 2nd grader in Mrs. Silver's class.

Thanks to Michael for reading and reviewing this book.

Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

In Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, there's a boy named Peter. Peter has a little brother named Fudge. Peter hates Fudge. Peter says Fudge is his enemy. Peter's dad works for a company called Juicy O. All year Peter and his family drink Juicy O but Peter hates it but drinks it anyway. The Juicy O company comes to Peter's house. Fudge is going to be polite.

But are you sure? Is Peter going to be polite? Is something going to be wrong? Is Peter going to get his dad fired? What else is going to happen? Read Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing to find out.

This book was reviewed by Kendra D, a 2nd grader in Mrs. Silver's class.

Thanks to Kendra for reading and reviewing this book.

The New Year's Eve Sleepover from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler

Guy named Hubie is the main character in this story. He is scared to go on the New Year's Eve sleepover. The sleepover is on the moon. Hubie does not know whose house the sleepover is at. Hubie wants to bring a bed, and a pillow, video games, a baseball and glove and a picture of his mom. He cannot bring it all. When he gets to the moon he looks like he is in a trance! He sees his friend. They laughed until they sweat! Find out what happens at the sleepover.

If you like other Black Lagoon books or a scary book that turns out not so scary I think you should read this book. I hope you like the book like i did.

This book was reviewed by Patrick D, a 2nd grader in Mrs. Silver's class.
Thanks to Patrick for reading and reviewing this book.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Horrible Harry Moves Up to Third Grade by Suzy Kline

Harry and Doug are best friends. Harry and Doug go to South School. Harry is very excited about next year. Harry and Doug are moving up to third grade with their teacher Ms. Mackle and each other. But Harry has a problem. In room 3B there's Sidney. Sidney is Harry's problem. Harry and Sidney fight A LOT!!!! What Sidney does is something that Harry doesn't like... REVENGE! Read on to see how Harry takes care of Sydney.

I think that if you like funny fiction books you will like this book. I think you will like the character Horrible Harry.

This book was reviewed by Riley F. a 2nd grader in Mrs. Silver's class.

Thanks to Riley for reading and reviewing this book.

Scarlet and the Garnet Fairy by Daisy Meadows

Rachel and Kristy were looking for a safe place to keep their jewels. They were trying to return the jewels to Fairyland. They had found six jewels and needed to find five more. They went to fairyland. In Fairyland, Scarlet Garnet's problem is she needs the garnet jewel to make everything back to the size it should be. Read this book to find out f they find the garnet jewel.

This book is a really good book because it is magical. If you like magic then you will like this book.

This book was reviewed by Isabella C. a 2nd grader in Mrs. Silver's class.
Thanks to Isabella for reading and reviewing this book.

Alphabet Rescue by Audrey Wood and Bruce Wood

The little letters are the main characters. The little letters ride on a pencil to Alphabet City. Then they see a fire crew practicing spraying a hose. They ask to try spraying the hose. The capitol letters say yes. Read Alphabet Rescue to find out what happens when they spray the hose.

I think kids in kindergarten through second grade who like action will like Alphabet Rescue.

This book was read and reviewed by Jimmy M. a 2nd grader in Mrs. Silver's class.

Thanks to Jimmy for reading reviewing this book.

A Whole Nother Story by Dr. Cuthbert Soup

Are you on the run from agents, and crazy super spies? Do you have a sock puppet named Steve? Well, this family does, Super spies are chasing the family because they want a time machine called the LVR. The family moves here, then there, then here. An agent comes to their FINAL house, disguises like a mayor and almost kills them with a disguised banana pistol. What will happen now?

If you are around 9 years old or older, and you love mysteries and fantasy, you would love this book. One more thing to say- this is a whole nother story.

This book was read and reviewed by Zachary B. a 2nd grader in Mrs. Silver's class.

Thanks to Zachary for reading and reviewing this book.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

The book I read is called Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. Sam I am is the main character in this book. He likes green eggs and ham. Sam I am goes all over trying to get someone to eat green eggs and ham. Does he get him to eat the green eggs and ham? Read this book to find out.

I liked Green Eggs and Ham and I think everyone will like reading it because it is funny.
This book was reviewed by Nicholas C. a 2nd grader in Mrs. Silver's class.

Thanks to Nicholas for reading and reviewing this book.


Encyclopedia Brown Super Sleuth by Donald J. Sobol

Encyclopedia Brown is a fifth grader. He is a great detective. He loves to solve mysteries. One day he hears his mom and dad talking about bank robbers. Encyclopedia asked his dad to help him catch the bank robbers. He said yes. That night they went into the woods.

Does he solve the problem? Read to find out. If you like mysteries I think you would like this book.

This book was reviewed by Valerie K. a 2nd grader in Mrs. Silver's class.

Thanks to Valerie for reviewing this book.


The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby by George Beard and Harold Hutchins

Super Diaper punches Bob the bad guy. Then Bob turns into something else Then Bob gets bigger and bigger. Then he gets into a robot and he cracks stuff.
What is Super Diaper Baby going to do? I think you should read this book, if you like funny and adventurous stories.

This book was reviewed by Sean L, a 2nd grader in Mrs. Silver's class.

Thanks to Sean for reading and reviewing this book


Baby Sitters Little Sister: Karen's Island adventure by Ann M. Martin

Karen and her family visit a tropical island. There are a lot of fun things to do. Karen explores caves and sky dives. She even meets a new friend, but Sandy is sad and quiet. Can Karen help Sandy share her island adventure? Read Karen's Island Adventures to find out if Karen becomes friends with Sandy.

If you like the Babysitters Club books and realistic fiction books, I think you will like this book.

This book was reviewed by Eloise G. a 2nd grader in Mrs. Silver's class

Thanks to Eloise for reading and reviewing this book.

Black Lagoon Back- To- School Fright From the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler

In the beginning of the book Harry was getting ready for school and Harry was going to the mall. Harry got all of these baby things. Harry kept saying we are in the baby aisle, "I do not need a crib. I need big boy stuff not baby stuff. I need long sleeves not short sleeves." Harry didn't want to go to school because he thought he wasn't ready for 2nd grade. He thought people would be mean to him.

Harry went to school. Is Harry going to be happy at school? Will Harry find a new friend and have fun? Read Back- To- School Fright From the Black Lagoon to find out.

This book was reviewed by Chris C. a 2nd grader in Mrs. Silver's class.

Thanks to Chris for reading and reviewing this book.

Dinosaurs by Grace Maccarone

This book tells true facts about dinosaurs. I learned that dinosaurs can be very big. I also learned that some dinosaurs eat meat. If you want to know more about dinosaurs, you should read this book.

I liked Dinosaurs by Grace Maccarone because it has good illustrations. I think you will like it too.

This book was reviewed by Hander LJ. a 2rd grader in Mrs. Silver's class.

Thanks to Hander for reading and reviewing this book.

Frankie Pickle and Closet of Doom by Eric Wight

Frankie Pickle is friends with his dog Argyle, and his room is a mess. What will he do? He goes on an adventure in his mind with toy. But does it work? Where does he go? What does he do? Help Frankie and Argyle seek the adventure.......... to clean his room. Maybe Dryer sheet Fairy will bring him something.......

I will recommend this book to people of all ages who like funny, graphic novels and adventurous books.

The review was written by Zacahary B. in Mrs. Silver's 2nd grade class.

Thanks to Zacahary for reviewing this book.


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Keep the Lights Burning Abbie by Peter and Connie Roop

Abbie lives in a house near the ocean. Her family is in charge of a lighthouse. Abbie is very brave. Abbie's father goes to another island. Abbie is worried that her father won't come back that day because a storm is coming. Abbie has to keep the lighthouse on while her father is away because her sisters are too young and her mom is sick. Will Abbie be able to keep the lighthouse on? Will everybody make it through the storm? Read Keep the Lights Burning Abbie to find out.

If you like non-fiction stories that have action in it then you would like this book.

This book was reviewed by Catalina Q. in Mrs. Silver's 2nd grade class.

Thanks to Catalina for reading and reviewing this book

The Little League Team From the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler

Hubie would like to sign up to play baseball for the year. Hubie went to bed and started dreaming. when he woke up Hubie was ready to play baseball. Hubie practiced batting with a broom against the wall every single day. Hubie needed a new mitt in the story. Hubie begged and Hubie's mom said "Okay." Hubie went to Sports World. Hubie finds a mitt thatis perfect. Hubie goes back to his house. Hubie gets his pajamas on and puts the mitt on the dresser and starts dreaming. After Hubie wakes up from his dream he looks to see if the mitt is still there. Hubie has named the mitt Grabber.

Does Hubie get to play baseball? Does he make the team? Read Little League From the Black Lagoon to find out.

This book was reviewed by Ava M- Mrs. Silver's 2nd grade class


Monday, February 14, 2011

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

Amelia Bedeila is the main character in this story. Amelia Bedelia is a nice helper. Amelia Bedelia loves doing jobs. Mrs. Rogers made a list of jobs for her to do. Amelia Bedelia did all of the things on the list, but it doesn't come out the way Mrs. Rogers wants them to.

Amelia Bedelia said I'll make a surprise for them. If you want to find out what surprise Amelia Bedeila makes.... read the book Amelia Bedelia.

This book is kind of mysterious. I think if you are in 1st grade to 3rd grade you will like this book.

Reviewed by Cate O - Mrs. Silver's 2nd grade class

I would like to thank Cate for reviewing Amelia Bedeila.


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Behind the Bedroom Wall by Laura E. Williams

Korinna, Eva and Rita are German lovers, Jew haters and Adolf Hitler followers. It is their job to turn Jew-lovers and unloyal Germans into the police. Korinna believes EVERYTHING Hitler says and does. One night Korinna hears scratching behind her wall. She walks over and moves her wardrobe. To her surprise, she sees a Jewish mom and daughter hiding in a small hole in HER wall. Her parents explain to her how their house is part of an escape route for Jews. Karinna is upset and shocked.

Korinna couldn't understand why her mom was being so nice to the Jews. After a while Korinna takes a liking to Rachel and Sophie, the daughter and mom behind the wall. Rita, one of Korinna's best friends, thinks Korinna is hiding something. Of course she is.
German soldiers are constantly keeping an eye on Korinna's house. Always searching the place.
Do Sophie and Rachel escape to freedom? Does anyone find out about Korinna's secret? Does Korinna finally learn the importance of freedom and love? Read Behind the Bedroom Wall to find out.

I really enjoyed Behind the Bedroom Wall. At times, I did find it scary. Since the book was based on the Holocaust, the thought of the events really happening was a big awakening.
I would recommend this book to any seventh grader or older who is interested in the Holocaust. I would not suggest children under the age of eleven to read the book.

I have got to go read some more,

Thank you to all of the Publishers who helped!

I was recently involved in a project with Emily Wilensky in which I collected over 650 books for the Interfaith Nutrition Network to give away as holiday presents. I couldn't have accomplished this without the help of many, many people. In alphabetical order I would like to say a HUGE thank you to Kate Lied from Bloomsbury, Paul Samuelson from Sourcebooks, and Amanda Vega from Scholastic Books for their generous contributions. I also want to thank my good friend Carol Prisamt for her efforts along with the students of Solomon Schechter Day School of Nassau County and Temple Beth Sholom of Roslyn. I appreciate all of your help.

Like Joseph made sure everyone, rich or poor was able to have enough food during the time of the famine in Egypt, I am doing my best to make sure children, big or small, have the chance to read just like me.

I have to go read another book.
For now,