Theodore Boone: The Accused

Theodore Boone: The Accused

By John Grisham
Genre: Mystery

When a computer store called Big Macs gets robbed, Theodore Boone doesn’t know what he is in for. After being accused by two professional  detectives for robbing the store Theo gets in a big mess that he can’t get out of. So he tries to solve the crime with his uncle Ike and some of his friends. Can Theo solve the mystery before the police arrest him? Read to find out.

I think that John Grisham does a good job of writing children’s and adults books, especially this one. He does a good job of making the reader think “What happens next?” This book is the third book in the series. This book is definitely a one- of a kind book. It is one of the best books.

Reviewed by Ian

Into the Valley

Into the Valley

By Michael Williams

Sixteen year-old Walter Hudson, who lives in Johannesburg, is unhappy because of his brother’s sad death. He finds an ad in the newspaper that advertises if he joins the South African army, he will be paid 50 rand per week. He lies to his parents and catches a train to the army base. He falls asleep on the train and misses the stop. When he wakes up and realizes what he has done, he gets off the train immediately and begins his long, dangerous, exciting journey to the army base. In the middle of the night, a nasty gang takes all of his belongings, so he runs after them. Unfortunately he gets knocked out and blood flows from his head. Luckily, he meets a crazy man who surprisingly helps him by bandaging his injured head. In this book, Michael Williams uncovers a great adventure and an amazing story.

This book is very well written and very organized. It is very special because it is written in both first and third person. Michael Williams has written some other books but none of them switch from first to third person. The writing has excellent flow and is never confusing. The book is very gripping and I couldn’t stop reading it. This has been one of the most exciting books I have read and I strongly encourage you to read it. This book is just flat out great.

Reviewed by Colston       

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

By Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens is about a young orphan, Oliver. Oliver lives at a workhouse but after asking for more food, he is kicked out and goes under a coffin maker’s care. After having to flee the house Oliver lives in the streets of London for some time before running into the Artful Dodger and his gang of pickpockets. After being caught stealing Oliver barely escapes going to prison and is taken in by kind Mr. Brownlow. If this sounds like an interesting book to you, read on!

Charles Dickens does a good job of describing each character’s personality and showing how each one acts. He also describes everything in a way to make you feel like you’re with Oliver as he goes on his journey and makes new friends including the Artful Dodger and Mr.Brownlow. Overall, Oliver Twist is a great book that I think everyone should read.

Reviewed by Colin

The Hobbit

The Hobbit

By J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, is about a hobbit named Bilbo that is living peacefully in his home. Suddenly, a wizard named Gandalf and a band of homeless dwarves appear at Bilbo’s house. Bilbo is taken along on their quest to defeat the evil dragon Smaug and take back the treasures that he held in his fortress. Along the way Bilbo, Gandalf, and the dwarves meet many dangers including evil orcs, savage wolves, huge spiders, and even worse dangers. Do you want to find out if Bilbo and the dwarves succeed on their journey? Read on!

J.R.R. Tolkien does a terrific job of describing every scene and battle to make you feel like you’re actually alongside Bilbo as he fights off orcs, not sitting in your room reading. The Hobbit is an amazing, action-packed book that you won’t want to put down until you have finished the last page. This is one of the best books that I have read and definitely worth the $6.99 it costs.

Reviewed by Colin

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The End

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The End

By Lemony Snicket

Genre: Adventure

When Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are shipwrecked with their treacherous companion Count Olaf, they know something very bad will happen. After spending a year on a mysterious island with mysterious people, something very very bad does happen. Something so bad that a person could die within an hour. Can they survive?

I think that Lemony Snicket put in a lot of suspense and detail. All that suspense and detail made it one of those books that you finish in two days. It was definitely one of those books for me. It was so good that when I was three quarters of the through my mom thought that I had been skipping pages. In the end this book was one of my favorite books.

Reviewed by Ian

No Ordinary Day

No Ordinary Day

By Deborah Ellis

No Ordinary Day is a book about a girl named Valli who lives in a small city called Jharia. In Jharia, her days are spent picking up coal and fighting with her cousins. She is never scared or upset except when she sees what she calls “monsters” which are actually people with a bad disease called leprosy. She is a little sad because of what her life is turning out to be, but she is glad that she will never turn into one of the monsters. Then she learns that the people taking care of her are not her parents, and she runs away from home. She goes through many tragic events that scar her forever. She learns many hard lessons and the many ways life can be lived. The book has a lesson to learn and really gets you to think about others.

Deborah Ellis did a great job thinking about what the characters would be thinking or saying. It is amazing the way she made the writing so that it would be in first person. The writing really made me think about how lucky people are to have parents and a real family. The writing had great flow and nothing was ever confusing. I will always remember this great book.

Reviewed by Colston

Rapunzel’s Revenge

Rapunzel’s Revenge

by Shannon and Dean Hale

Illustrated by Nathan Hale

The author has written chapter books…Now she’s writing graphic novels!

This book is about a young girl named Rapunzel. In the beginning of the story she is 12 years old. When Rapunzel goes over the castle wall she gets put in a tower, but her mother didn’t think that Rapunzel would grow out her hair and use it as a lasso. Then, Rapunzel goes on a crazy adventure, but you should find out the end for yourself.

The thing I like about Rapunzel’s Revenge is the character Rapunzel. She has all these feelings in the book. Go ahead and pick it up and read it!

Reviewed by Rylie

The Grimm Legacy

The Grimm Legacy

By Polly Shulman

Fiction

Fast paced filled with humor…fantasy lovers will feel very much at home in this tale that pulls out all the stops.

School Library Journal

What if fairy-tale magic really existed? Elizabeth Rew has just started working as a page at the New York Circulating Material Repository, a lending library of objects modern and historical, common and weird, and secret too. In the building’s basement there is a room of magical items straight from the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales called the Grimm Collection. But the magic mirror and seven-league boots and other items are starting to disappear. Before Elizabeth knows it she and her fellow pages—handsome Mark, perfect Anjali, and brooding Aaron—are suddenly caught up in an exciting but dangerous adventure!

I loved this book because it was fast paced which I love and it had a lot of humor. It was very exciting and I never got bored of it. I also loved this book because at the end of each chapter I could not stop reading. If you love or like fantasy like me, then I suggest this fabulous book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reviewed by Billy Bob Joe (Roxy)

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Journey to the Center of the Earth

By Jules Verne

It all starts when Axel’s uncle, Professor Lindenbrock, gets a book from the library. When they open the book an old piece of parchment falls out. They translate it and discover what it says. It says, “Descend into the crater of Sneffels Yokul, over which the shadow of Scataris falls before the calends of July, bold traveler, and you will reach the center of the earth. I have done this. Arne Saknussemm.” The following day, Axel and his uncle set off on a journey to the center of the earth, but will they make it?

Jules Verne does a great job of describing each scene. It makes you feel like you’re actually traveling with Axel and Professor Lindenbrock, not reading the book. He also does a great job of slowing down time to describe everything. If you have not read Journey to the Center of the Earth, I suggest reading it now.

Reviewed by Colin

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette

By Jeanne Birdsall

Genre: realistic fiction

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette is a great addition to Jeanne Birdsall’s series.  It all starts when the family gets torn apart for spring break.  Rosie (the eldest and the one who takes care of everyone) is going away to spend a weekend in New Jersey with her best friend.  Skye, the second eldest ,is left in charge of both her younger sisters while at Point Mouette on vacation.   Can Skye and the others stay alive until they get back home to meet with Rosie?

I like how Jeanne Birdsall fills you with emotion while you read her book.  Sometimes there are cant-put-down parts in this book and sometimes there are so-so parts in her book.

Reviewed by: Lily