Realistic Fiction

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  1. Anonymous says:

    If you are looking for a good book to read I suggest you get the book Dry by Neal Shusterman. It is about a drought that is happening in California told through the a character named Alyssa. It started out as a normal day but when the faucet was turned on and nothing came out people started to worry. Not long after it was announced that they were in a drought. Everyone was fighting to get water. But the water doesn’t last forever. When their water is gone it forces them out of their house and onto a long hard journey and a fight to quench their thirst. They meet new people on the way who will affect their journey. Throughout the book I thought about what I would do or how I would feel if I was put in this situation and I know that I would not do very well. I hope you decide to pick up this book.

  2. lil' DOG _ yeti spagetti 94 says:

    The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelly Pearsall. I thought this book was interesting because there were a lot of realistic things that made it sad, things that you would maybe never be interesting to you, for example Arthur (the main character) got upset because he saw the junk man wearing his dead father’s hat which made Arthur upset so he took a loose brick from the alley and threw it at the junk man’s head. I would suggest this book to people that like sad stories because it made me sad at some parts in the book. Arthur goes to Juvie for throwing the brick, but instead the junk man had a long discussion with the judge and the junk man asked if Arthur could help him collect junk for his art. I think this book would be good for middle school or higher. I think you should read the book The Seventh Most Important Thing.

  3. Homerun homie says:

    Have you ever heard of a town literally in the middle of nowhere, and if you have, have you ever wanted to live there?. Well that’s where Gus lives. He lives in a town in Arizona in the middle of NOWHERE. The next city is miles away, and no one that lives in Nowhere can afford to live there. So pretty much, if you live there then that means you can’t get out.
    In 24 Hours in Nowhere by Dusti Bowling the main character is Gus, he is a little bit of a nerd that lives with his Jerry Springer addicted grandmother. His problem is that he lost his only friend and doesn’t fit in to anything. This story is a great example of realistic fiction. When I read this book I felt kinda bad for Gus, and anxious for him to leave. So I hope you like this book.

  4. FriEd ChinKeN LoVer_5611 says:

    I just finished The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han, it’s a really good book. Just imagine going to a place your whole life and suddenly you might not go back there, that’s exactly what Belly felt like when she heard she might not go back to the summer house. It all started the summer Belly was about to turn sixteen. She had gone to the summer house every year of her life, but this year was different, this year had changed.

    Belly and her mother and brother always spent the summer with the Fischer boys, Conrad and Jeremiah. For as long as she can remember, she’s shared her summers with the brothers at Cousins Beach, and as long as she can remember, she’s been in love with Conrad. Then one summer it seems like he might have feelings for her too—but so does Jeremiah.

    As the summer season passes, Belly has to choose between two brothers who love her…and she’ll have to break one of their hearts. I really liked this book because it had a lot of drama in romance and drama. I would recommend this book for a more older group, because it has more mature laungage. I would definitely recommend this book for people who like romance and drama.

  5. kalona says:

    I recently read Girl Stolen by April Henry which is in a series. Sixteen-year-old Cheyenne Wilder is sleeping in her car while her step mom goes in to get get her prescription because she’s sick with pneumonia. While she is inside, Griffin saw the keys dangling from the engine as he walks by Cheyenne hears the door open and she smells cigarettes. A million things aren’t right. The mystery of Cheyenne’s disappearance is brutal. Griffin didn’t mean to kidnap Cheyenne, but once his dad found out her dad was the president of a very powerful company he has a reason to keep her because she’s not only sick with pneumonia, but she’s blind, I really liked this book because the mystery is intense I loved it. I would recommend this book to a older audience because there is a little swearing.

  6. m a s o n t h e e g g : / says:

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown, written by Jeff Kinney. It’s part of a series. This is the latest book in the series. The book is about a middle school boy named Greg and everything in his life. Have you ever wondered about other middle schoolers lives? If you read this book you can find out!The weather is very weird because it was December and it was 80 degrees out. But then the next day they had a blizzard and school was cancelled. The weather man wasn’t good at his job and didn’t tell anyone about the storm so people were mad at him. Greg’s school furnace still thought it was winter when it was 80 degrees out, so the heat was on and the kids were very hot. The top hill kids and the bottom hill kids had a big battle. Greg and top hill kids built a base made of snow and hot chocolate to dump on the bottom hill kids. The bottom hill kids tricked the top hill kids and the top hill kids destroyed the base and had free access to the top hill. It’ is a very funny series and I would recommend it to people with a sense of humor and who like cliffhangers- especially this book.

  7. New Grace :) says:

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have your body doing stuff that you can’t control? Well Calliope Snow in Forget me Not by Ellie Terry has to face this very problem in this book. Calliope struggles to make friends at another new school while learning how to deal with Tourette syndrome. Calliope is trying to make new friends and dress different so that no one notices. This book is a great piece, it is realistic fiction. I felt amazed at how she changed by the end of the story and how brave she was, if you like books that are very emotional then this book is right for you.

  8. New Wendy :) says:

    I am reading the book Counting by 7’s. It was written by Holly Goldberg Sloan. It is about a girl named Willow Chance whose parents got killed in a car accident so Willow has to find herself a surrogate family and figure out how to connect with other people. The genre of the story is realistic fiction. I recommend this book it people who like adventure, mystery, and realistic fiction. I liked this book because it was addicting to read because they always had little problems here and there to solve while finding her parents.

  9. d_e_ says:

    Dear Evan Hansen by Steven Levenson and Benj Pasek was my quarter 2 book. Have you ever told someone a lie that forces the situation to keep telling that person more lies? Has it ever spun out of control telling a million lies a day?
    Evan Hansen told a family lies about their son when he committed suicide. He thought he was helping. But instead he just kept getting deeper and deeper in a mess that he had convinced the family was true. The family needed it to be true, so they believed him, but when would he stop? Did he even think he could stop?
    This realistic fiction book, was the best. Dear Evan Hansen was full of twists and turns. I felt tense during this book because it was nerve wracking and had no idea what was going to happen next. I recommend this for people who are older than 12. It didn’t seem like a very age appropriate book for anyone 12 and under.

  10. A potato, just like you says:

    I recently finished reading this really fun, interesting book called Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur. This book was about a girl, about 12 living on her own for 3 weeks because there was something wrong with her mom and she just left. Then, her Gramma shows up and takes care of her. She doesn’t think she’ll ever see her mom again, or her dad and sister. Her father and sister went missing, and ever since then her mom was acting weird. She thinks her leaving has something to do with that. This book lets Aubrey encounter lots of issues and struggles, but also good times. This realistic fiction book was almost impossible to put down. I would recommend this to any 6th or 7th grader. Some things in this book were a little mature, but I think any middle schooler would be able to take it. Personally I really enjoyed the book. I mostly liked this book because the idea was fun and different, and with every chapter you didn’t know what to expect. You should definitely try out this book.

  11. Batman100 says:

    1.The book i’m reading is P.S. I LOATHE YOU and it’s by Lisi Harrison,
    2.The problem of the story is all the girls have secret crushes and they won’t tell each other and the characters that are most important are Massie Block, Kristen Gregory, Dylan Marvil, Alicia Rivera, and Claire Lyons.
    3.The problem leads to boys and crush problems.
    4.The genre of the story is Realistic Fiction.
    5.My feelings about this story is that I can relate to what they are going through because I have had crushes too and I haven’t told my friends.
    6.Yes I’m really liking this book, because I can relate and it’s exciting to know what will happen next with their crushes, people who enjoy romance and crushes and love.

  12. Lainey41521 says:

    I am going to try to read Red Queen.

  13. SM says:

    I hope you’re hungry because Slider is about food, food and more food! The main idea of Slider by Pete Hautman is that David made an accidental purchase and he needs a fast fix. David was going to buy a hotdog on BuyBuy for 20 dollars, but he raised his price to 2000 dollars. David enters about 3 contests to win his money back. He won 2 that were 200 dollars each, but David has to win this last contest to earn all the money he owes. Does David get his money’s worth?
    Pete Hautman has written a book that would for sure make you want to read Slider because it is very interesting and it has a lot of tension throughout the whole book. Slider is realistic fiction. I would recommend this book for many reasons. One reason is it makes you wonder what comes next. Slider also has a lot of interesting things happen to him like when he eats a pizza in 3 minutes. The last reason I would recommend this book is Pete Hautman puts a lot of funny scenes and a lot of things that really happen in life.

  14. AP says:

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to do everything with your feet instead of your hands? Well, the main character in Dusti Bowling’s book Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus has to do precisely that. The first main obstacle in this story is that a 13-year-old girl named Aven Green was born with a genetic disorder that caused her to be born without arms. The next main challenge is that Aven’s parents find a job at a ramshackle western theme park in Arizona called Stagecoach Pass, so they have to move across the country to Arizona. The problem leads to Aven meeting Connor, a kid that has Tourette syndrome. Aven and Connor feel like all the kids at their school can’t see past their disabilities. Then, Connor and Aven find a huge secret when they find a mysterious shed at the back of Stagecoach Pass.
    Dusti Bowling has written a story that will be sure to leave you amazed at what a girl who doesn’t have arms can accomplish. This realistic fiction book is a great book for any teen or young kid because it can teach you to treat everyone equally no matter who they are.

  15. MT says:

    If someone very close to you has died, you’d understand what Fella and Zany are going through. Sarah Dooley’s Ashes to Asheville features two girls struggling with the loss of one of their mothers, Mama Lacey. Fella’s goodbye has to be just right. Don’t worry- it’s not a crime. Her ashes would have belonged to the girls and Mama Shannon anyway, but someone just had to come along and make their lives even more miserable and take them! Fella and Zany are determined to get Mama Lacey back, and nothing can stop them now. Fella and Zany go on a mission to take back what is theirs—and discover the criminal, a new friend, and maybe, just maybe, Fella can say goodbye to Mama Lacey in the perfect way.
    Sarah Dooley has written a perfectly crafted story that is heartbreaking, humorous and will make you fall in love with the characters as Fella finds Mama Lacey again. This realistic fiction book is practically made for teenagers who are coping with the loss of someone close to them.

  16. KS says:

    Have you ever felt like you were going to fail a very important test? Well in this book it is pretty obvious that all the kids in Mrs.Wood’s class felt that same way. The Perfect Score by Rob Buyea tells all about how a sixth grade class can go from having read aloud as well as recess to having no luxuries at all and having to do CSA practice tests at least four times a day. If these students want to get a perfect score on the CSA tests, then the only option is to cheat. Cheating, of course, needs a consequence, but is this one big enough?
    Rob Buyea has written a book that will be sure to leave you in awe wondering how problems at home can link to what the possibilities for you at school can be, and how they can be completely different depending on who you are and how you act. You could just read this for hours thinking about the drastic change of characters and their actions throughout the novel. The feelings that happen are all over the place, going from being so joyful and then to a completely sorrowful moment. This realistic fiction book is suited perfectly for middle school students with its great story structure having many different conflicts all eventually compiling into one big, complicated mess. It relates so well to a normal 6th, 7th, or 8th grader’s life.

  17. LG says:

    Have you ever had a store clerk lie to you about how much money a baseball card was worth? Well that’s what happened to a boy named Ben in a book called Swindle by Gordon Korman. In this adventurous book, two boys named Ben and Griffin find this old, creepy house which used to be owned by old people who have died. They decide to go to “The Old Rockford House” and have a sleepover. They invite a bunch of friends, but no one ends up coming so they have to stay there on their own. About halfway through the night, they open up a drawer and find an old Babe Ruth baseball card. But then suddenly they here a loud CRASH, then a BANG, and they realize that the old Rockford house is being demolished! They attempt to escape, and then they hear a construction worker say, “Hey come here right now!”.
    They end up escaping with the baseball card; they are safe. The next day they go to this antique pawn shop, and they try to get some money for this baseball card. The intimidating man working there says the card is a fake and is not worth more than $200. So they go over to a man named Mr.Martinez, but then he says the baseball card is worth a FORTUNE. So do they get the money? Do they become millionaires?

  18. Aubri says:

    Roy’s first acquaintance in Florida has to be Dana Matherson, the boy that sticks his fingers into Roy’s temple every day on the bus. Roy doesn’t like this but if Dana never started bullying Roy, then Roy would have never seen the running boy. Eleven year old Mullet Fingers has lived in an ice cream truck in the woods always on the run trying to hide from his mother. Mullet Fingers thinks he is far away from his mother until he finds out that she lives in this town. Roy will have to make the choice of helping his friend or betraying his family that trusts Roy with their lives. Carl Hiaasen has written the book Hoot. This book will be sure to cause you to think about your life situation and if you have to choose a friend over family. This book will make readers feel like they can’t stop reading; they will feel like it is their job to make sure that the problem is solved. This realistic fiction book made me wonder what it would feel like to spend a day in Mullet Fingers’s shoes, but guess what? He has none. This book will be best suited for people who like a lot of suspense because of the way the text was written. Carl Hiaasen wrote a book that will have an everlasting effect on you.

  19. soapylizardbreath says:

    A Boy Called Bat is a beautifully written story by Elena K. Arnold. It’s about an autistic boy called Bat. Bat isn’t like the other kids. He always seems to just march to the beat of his own drum. They call him that for three reasons. One, his name is Bixby Alexander Tam which the initials spell out Bat. Two, for his love of animals as he wants to be like his mom: a veterinarian. And three, because he flaps his hands like a bat. Bat has never really had a friend except for his sister Janie’s friend Ezra, who he wasn’t particularly fond of. He never really understood how to have a friend. One day, his mom brought him home a surprise from work: a skunk kit. He loves the skunk and hates having to leave for school and every-other-weekends with his dad. But his mom says they can’t keep it. That they have to keep him for one month until it can be inducted into the wildlife center where they will release him into the wild. Bat can’t stand the thought of letting them take the skunk away. Bat wanted to name it “stripey” but Janie shot the name down and his mom didn’t want Bat to get too attached. Janie suggested the name Thor, and although Bat didn’t like the idea of Janie coming up with the name, he loved it and from that point on, they called him Thor. Though Bat didn’t know it, Israel, a boy in his grade, had been trying to be his friend. Israel wanted to learn more about skunks and Thor which is what they ended up bonding over in the end.

  20. Sara says:

    Can you imagine being a blind girl, in the back seat of a car, getting kidnapped? In Girl, Stolen by April Henry, Cheyenne Wilder is asleep in the car outside in the parking lot of a pharmacy. Her stepmother is inside getting a prescription for pneumonia. Not only is she struggling with a sickness, but she is also blind. The guy who jumped in and stole the car had no idea that Cheyenne was in the back seat. He drove away and was on the road for a few minutes before he realized. They kept driving but the guy had no idea what to do with her. They finally get to the guy’s mysterious home, while Cheyenne was trying to keep mental note of which ways they turned. Cheyenne later finds out that his name is Griffin but keeps it secret. Griffin meets his dad at the house and they tie Cheyenne up. This story keeps you waiting to see what Cheyenne does next as she contemplates her plan.

  21. Aliyah says:

    “What’s the point of living if you’re going to hate the world? Guard your heart if you have to, but don’t shut it away.”

    Title: Bruiser
    Author: Neal Shusterman
    Genre: Fiction
    Date of Publication: 2010

    The chapters all start with a word you know or might not know. The story is about a boy who can take others people’s pain for them when he is nearby. His name is Bruiser. The cover page has a quote that says “The impossible hurts.” He lived with his abusive uncle, and his younger brother, Cody. They liked his uncle until he got mad. Bruiser’s girlfriend meets the uncle. His name is Uncle Hoyt. She saw the bruiser’s back and thought that he was being abused but it was really all the bruises from everyone’s hurt. The story takes place in present-day Ohio. There are a lot more locations that are important to the story and the main plot. The setting is mostly at school. I already mentioned the situation where Bruiser takes people’s pain away. The main characters are Bronte, Brewster, Tennyson, Cody, Uncle Hoyt, and Daniel and Lisa Sternburger.
    I think one of the main themes is that you need to feel pain in life, and taking all of someone’s pain may not always be a favor. The reason I think this is because if you don’t feel pain, you’ll never know what it feels like to be hurt, or to get hurt. You’ll never learn if you never get hurt. If you never get hurt, you will always think it is impossible to be hurt.
    I thought the book was really good. I give it a 9.5 out of 10 stars. It is a great read for those who like long fiction read. My favorite part was when Bruiser and Cody moved in with Tennyson, and Bronte. It felt like home to Cody, but Bruiser didn’t like it as much. I recommend this to other people because it is a touching story, and a little bit sad in a way.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Title of the book: Tell Me Three Things

    Author: Julie Buxbaum

    Do you like books that include mysteries, humor, romance, and drama? Well if so then Tell Me Three Things is the perfect book for you! This book is based on this girl named Jessie who has moved to this new school in Los Angeles and someone at her new school, Wood Valley High School, has started anonymously emailing her and she is trying to figure out who it could be. After a while the two started i-messaging each other but she still has no lead to who it could be. The anonymous texter has told her that she shouldn’t try to figure it out because it would ruin the relationship they had built over text so she doesn’t lean into find out right away. They talked about everything and each morning and night they tell each other three things about themselves so they learn more about each other everyday. After a few weeks they confess that they like each other and since then Jessie has been trying to figure out who it could be. Julie Buxbaum has written a story that will be sure to make you eager to figure out who this person could be. It will also make you realize and understand that sometimes it’s easier to trust people when you don’t even know who they are. This fiction book is an amazing read and my personal favorite. It’s easy to understand what’s going on and all the drama makes it even more interesting. It’s like the high school movies but with a good ending. It has a good message to it and you wont want to put this book down!

  23. Anonymous says:

    A few weeks ago I read Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. This was my second time reading this young adult fiction book because I enjoyed it so much the first time I read it. Recently, Becky Albertalli came out with Leah on the Offbeat on April 24, 2018, which is a spin-off of Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. “White shouldn’t be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn’t even be a default.” Simon is a 16-year-old boy who is gay, but no one knows that. One day he logs onto the school’s Tumblr to find a person nicknamed Blue say that he is gay. While two of them emailed back and forth getting to know each other but never telling each other who they are, Simon was being blackmailed, by using Blue and Simon’s emails, by Martin Addison who is trying to get one of Simon’s best friends, Abby, to date him. Will Blue and Simon ever meet? Is Simon’s secret safe? I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance and lgbt+.

  24. sellingbooks says:

    You Bring The Distant Near

    Mitali Perkins

    Every person falls in love, but have you ever fallen in love in a way that you are not allowed to? What should you leave behind, and what do you keep? You Bring The Distant Near is about one family who moves from London, England to New York. Raene’s two daughters, Sonia and Tara are starting to lose their Indian heritage. Their relationship with their mother is losing and things aren’t getting better. Tara moves to India to become a Bollywood actor, and Sonia becomes a journalist. Tara and Sonia both have daughters. One named Chantal, and the other named Anna. They go to school in New York city, and struggle due to their culture. Anna and Chantal are both wanting to become their own person, and do their own thing, but they have Raene’s support, unlike Tara and Sonia did. Due to their culture, Tara and Sonia can’t marry who they want to. Tara falls in love with a black guy right outside her apartment. Raenee doesn’t like the idea of that. She tries to keep Tara away from him, but they fall in love. Breaking rules, and doing what you want is all part of life. It’s just a matter of knowing where you cross the line, and where to stop. Mitali Perkins has written a story what will be sure to make you keep reading. You Bring The Distant Near is a book all about love, and family relationships. This romance fiction book is a great book for others to read. It really tells the story inside and out. This is a great book for anyone whose looking for a quick read, yet a good one. You Bring The Distant Near is a true page turner.

    James F. Doughty School Library 2018

  25. anonymous123 says:

    The Fault In our Stars
    By John Green
    Ever wonder what teens think when they have cancer what’s going through their mind? This book tells you a little whats thats like. There is this girl named Hazel who is going to a teen cancer support group. Little does she know she will end up meeting someone new. John Green has written this story that will be sure to have you wondering what will happen next. Fault In Our Stars is a great story from the beginning to the end and it will make you really think about this kinds of stuff and give kids a different looks at things. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys realistic fiction. It gives this great plot twist at the end and makes you really think about teens and kids who have cancer and give a great sympathy.

  26. Sasha says:

    Dairy Queen, by Catherine Murdoch, takes place in Red Bend were a huge change is about to occur that no one saw coming. Football is very important in Red Bend and the high school’s biggest rivals are Hawley. A teenage girl, D.J., faces a big challenge. Both of D.J.’s brothers played football for Red Bend, but she is now helping the starting quarterback for Hawley, Brian. She knows if the word gets out people might not be too happy. The two start becoming friends and their football skills are improving. Then preseason starts and something happens putting their friendship in jeopardy. In writing this story Catherine Gilbert Murdock will sure to make you feel sympathetic towards D.J for how she had to pick up so much responsibility and the troubles she is having with her family. But then it will make you feel relieved for how her life has turned out be in the end. This story grabs the reader’s attention from the beginning and keeps them wanting more. You won’t want to put the book down.

  27. Kristyn says:

    The book Cloaked by Alex Flinn is very creative and has a really unique spin on the whole magical fairy tale thing. The language used in the book is so strong and powerful that it kept my attention and really made me think and walk my own way through the plot. The storyline is like no other and it’s just so rare that it makes me wish there were more books like it in the library. Like every good book, it takes you to a whole other world and makes you dream of different things than you normally do. If you like dark fairy tales, humor, lovable characters, fantasy, and or magic, this book is 100% for you. (⌒_⌒)

  28. Kristyn says:

    The Long Way Down, by Jason Reynolds, is a wonderful story. It just makes me want to read more and more of this amazing page flipper. The format is creative and unique, but it also goes well with the story line. The characters are so heartwarming and attaching that it makes you want to reach into the book and pull them out just so you can meet them in person and give them an award. The book totally took me over and allowed me to see a whole new world that I never knew existed. This book has an amazing and unique plot that is captivating. Jason Reynolds is such a talented writer and it makes your heart melt when you hear what his stories are for. I hope he keeps publishing books like this because I think I’m hooked. If you like dark stories, attaching characters, and sad family stories, this book is definitely for you.

  29. The Unknown Chickenfinger says:

    The Best Man, by Richard Peck, is an awesome book. It talks about this kid named Arthur who wants to be like 3 iconic people in his life, his dad, his grandfather, and his teacher. He soon becomes his teacher’s best man. He starts to get butterflies in his stomach. But his teachers says it will be fine. But later his Grandfather dies and he starts to get butterflies in his stomach again but later he gets up to his teacher and becomes the Best Man.

  30. Meet the Sinclairs. No one is needy, no one is wrong. They are tall and blond. They are democrats. Everybody is normal. They are a perfect family… Except when they aren’t. Meet Cadence Sinclair Eastman. She is the eldest grandchild and heir to the Sinclair fortune. She is also mentally impaired. She suffers migraines. She has since a mysterious accident that happened on the Sinclair private island during one of her summer-long visits. After the accident she fails school, she gives away all her possessions, and she dyed her hair black. After two years she is visiting the island again but something is different. Her mother and her sisters hug on the dock. Her aunt walks around alone at night. Her grandfather keeps calling her Mirren, which is her cousin’s name. Her cousins are very protective of her. She can’t remember her accident and why she became impaired. She asked around but no one will tell her, because according to the Sinclairs forgetting what happened was the best solution. It was the kindest way to deal with tragedy. Cadence wants to find out what happened anyway. Over the summer more and more of what happened that summer when her life turned upside-down starts to come back to her. But is she ready to remember that tragic summer? Will remembering the truth help heal her or will it break her forever? We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is a wonderful realistic fiction read that reminds us that life isn’t perfect no matter how hard you try to pretend it is.

  31. luke_the_reader81 says:

    Recently, I’ve read a great book: Out of my Mind, by award-winning author Sharon M. Draper. This story follows the life of Melody Brooks, a very intelligent young girl who longs to speak out for herself and show the world great things. Only, she can’t. Melody was tragically born with a cerebral palsy, an awful disability that basically cuts off her ability to speak, and even makes it hard for her to control her own body, and getting her permanently stuck in a wheel chair. But it is mainly the inability to talk that truly upsets this young girl. But all of that changes when she is given a device that lets her speak. I find this an amazing novel that reveals the difficulties of not only those affected by cerebral palsy, but other conditions such as autism and Down syndrome. This book shows readers that everyone has something to offer to the world, and in the words of Melody’s mom, it shows that a human being is so much more than the name of a diagnosis on a chart.

  32. Gabe says:

    Get to know all about Arthur T. Owens, the main character of Shelley Pearsall’s The Seventh Most Important Thing, as he goes on an exploration to collect The Seven Most Important Things while making friends along the way. There are multiple problems Arthur has to face in the story, but one of the problems is Arthur having to deal with his dad’s death. After his dad dies, Arthur’s mother throws away what used to be his dad’s stuff, which Arthur finds valuable and important to him. One of these items is taken by an old man with a shopping cart that people call the junk man. He goes through people’s trash looking for what others think is useless garbage. But Arthur is enraged at the fact that he took his dead father’s stuff to keep for himself. Arthur can’t hold his anger in and decides to do the unthinkable. He picks up an old brick, raises his arm back, and throws the brick at the junk man. Then Arthur finds himself having to work for the old man or go back to a juvenile detention center. Arthur doesn’t want to work for him but ends up discovering that things like death and war can be turned into something beautiful. Shelley Pearsall has written a book that I am sure will make people want more at the end of this amazing story, like me who thought that there should be more books like The Seventh Most Important Thing. This realistic fiction book is something I would definitely recommend because it was entertaining and a fun experience to read about and imagine Arthur’s journey, problems and solutions to problems throughout the story. This could definitely be one of your new favorite books!

  33. Ingrid says:

    If you like realistic fiction and cliff hanging stories, you are sure to like the book Touchblue by Cynthia Lord. It is a heartwarming story of an island family accepting an older foster boy. The reason that Tess’s family is accepting a foster boy is to keep the island’s school around because there aren’t enough kids to keep the island schoolhouse running. When Aaron gets off the ferry, Tess is not expecting Aaron to look how he does. Aaron has different feelings about the transition. Tess and Libby are sisters who are excited to have a new “brother” around, but Aaron doesn’t necessarily feel the same way. Cynthia Lord has written a story that is sure to make you eager to read on. I would highly recommend this realistic fiction book because it’s a really happy and wonderful story.

  34. Have you ever dreamed of going to the Olympics? For Esperanza Flores that dream is about to become a reality. Espi has been dreaming of being an Olympic figure skater practically her whole life and when Jennifer Madison can’t go to the Olympic due to injury Epsi goes to the Olympics instead. Espi is full of excitement to fulfill her dream of being a gold medalist and with her coach, former gold medalist Lucy Chen behind her she is ready to do just that. Espi soon learns, however that there is more to the Olympics than sports. There are also lies, trickery, and lots and lots of drama! Espi soon finds it hard to concentrate between snide remarks from her fellow figure skater Stacie Grant and the confusing behavior of men’s figure skater Hunter Wills. Can Espi pull through and make her dream real? Or will she get caught up in the drama and go home disappointed? Find out in Donna Freitas novel, Gold Medal Winter. It will put you in the spirit of the games. I felt like I was going to the Olympics myself when I read it!

  35. KH says:

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be stuck in the desert? After you read the book Blood and Ink by Stephany Davies, you will know. The main characters are Kadi and Ali. The problem in the story is that they wanted to get married, but they ended up in the desert because thieves stole their wedding music. The problem leads to everyone getting hurt, so they had to walk out of the desert. In this book you will feel like you are in the story. If you like nice endings, I would recommended this for you.

  36. AV says:

    If you like books that will leave you wanting more, than you should read Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord. Touch Blue is a moving story about a family who took in a foster boy named Aaron. Tess and her family have to take Aaron in because their school is going to close if there are not enough students going to that school, and Aaron needs a family. The problem in this story is that Aaron’s not thrilled about moving off the mainland to live on a small, quiet island with Tess and her family, and he misses his mom. Tess tries her best to make Aaron at home on her beloved island. I think that this story will make you understand that orphans are not just kids with no talents because they honestly have more than you would think of. I would recommend for you to read this book because it is very heartwarming and wonderful. If you absolutely love books that keep you wondering more, then you should definitely read Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord.

  37. AF says:

    Do you like decrypting secret messages? If so, the book The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman is perfect for you. It’s the second book to a series, and you will have to have read the first book, Book Scavenger, in order to understand this mystery. In the story, the main characters, Emily and James, are trying to figure out the unbreakable code so that they can help Emily’s parents with their financial problems. They end up going to an island to find a treasure. Readers will be left wondering if they’re ever going to find the treasure because the author is continually sending the characters in all different directions to figure out this mystery. Do they find it? I don’t know, you’ll have to read the book. This book is an amazing story for a project or to just read for fun. I loved how I could relate it to real world situations and think of what I would do in that type of situation. For example, James and Emily’s trip to the island makes me think of the time my Grandpa and I went geocaching on an island. I strongly suggest The Unbreakable Code for you to enjoy, too.

  38. Eden says:

    Have you been gossiping lately? Well, in the book 30 Days of No Gossip by Stephanie Faris, Maddison Evans Is a very big gossip. She even writes a school gossip paper. Her best friend Vivienne Lakewood is not a gossip at all. Maddie and Vi have been bffs since they were really little. Vi had told Maddie who her crush was and swears her to secrecy. She kept it for years until Maddie wants to help her and the secret slips out. Maddie had told Vi’s crush that she knew someone that liked him and told him that she would be standing with her after class. He found out who it was. Vi stopped talking to Maddie and Maddie got really upset. A few weeks later Vi said that the only way they could be friends again is if she could go 30 days without gossiping. Can Maddie meet the challenge? Find out by reading this book. Stephanie Faris has written a story that will be sure to make people think that they do not need to gossip to be cool or popular. They can just be themselves and have fun! I think people should read this book because it is a good message that you can lose even your best friends by gossiping and that you should not gossip.

  39. CK says:

    Did you ever wonder what it would be like to live without your parents for three months? In the book Lord of the Kill by Theodore Taylor, the main character is Ben Jepson. His parents are big cat rescuers. They rescue cats like tigers, lions, panthers, jaguars, and mountain lions. His parents are missing and Ben thinks they are dead. While Ben searches for them, he is in a lot of danger and faces many challenges. Another problem in the book is that Ben’s favorite tiger named Dmitri goes missing. The story will make you feel different emotions like happiness, sadness, fear, and worry. It is a very fascinating book full of adventure, and when you reach the end you will want it to go on forever.

  40. Silverdolphin827 says:

    Have you ever wondered what it is like to live on the wrong side of town in the 60’s? Ponyboy is a 14-year-old boy who is a greaser. He makes the honor roll, he plays football, he struggles with his overprotective brother. He isn’t exactly happy with his life but he knows what to expect. That is until one of his gang commits murder. Then Pony knows his life will never be the same again. This coming of age story deals with social classes that still exist and the characters in it are very real dealing with similar issues that people face even today. I recommend the novel The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton to anyone who is looking for a fast-paced story of young boy’s struggle to figure out what he wants out of life.

  41. DillPickle says:

    The book Radiance is by Alyson Noel. Radiance is about a girl named Riley and how she crossed over to after life 1 year ago and how when she got there she was at a place called Now, and time was always then, and she wanted to see her sister again but she couldn’t. And she talks about how everything looks the same but no everyone is there because they are still alive. And she goes to a school and she she has a good life besides missing her sister, and she can think of something and it will appear. She also has her dog to that died with her. I recommend this book for people who like fiction and or realistic fiction then this is the book for you. This book is amazing and awesome, and when I read this book I don’t want to put the book down.

    • Mrs. Patterson says:

      Hi Dill Pickle,
      I’ve pasted a copy of your review of Radiance in the supernatural section. Did you continue the series?

  42. KADE says:

    Recently I have ben reading a book called Brian’s Winter is book 2 of a book group called Brian the only true story in the group made by Gary Paulsen . Brian’s winter is also not true but it is almost equal to a true story. Brain’s winter about a guy named Brian who has had a plane crash and was the only surviver he then made a shelter and survived in it ever cents then. Later dose he find out that it is getting colder and him nor his shelter is ready for what lies ahed and starts a race against time to prepare for the cold and winter. He also has issues with his food because the fool birds have migrated and the rabbits are naw faster and all animals are naw even more desperate than they were. This book is filled with feeling and twist if you like survival stories or true survival books this book is for you.

  43. chicken pickle2945 says:

    The book I recently read is called Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan. The main character is named Willow Chance. I recommend this book to people who like interesting books. The main character was adopted but her mom and dad died. Willow has two obsessions nature and medical conditions.

  44. Chickenpickle52 says:

    I recently finished a good book called George by Alex Gino. I love this book. I would recommend this book for people who want to stand up for transgender kids because it doesn’t matter and they still don’t want to be treated differently. This book is about George, a boy who wants to be a girl. George has some bullying because he tries to tell people he is a girl but can’t get enough courage until the last moment. This book was a great inspiration for different kids. Don’t look at kids differently. Your gender doesn’t matter!!

    • I love... says:

      I think this seems like a really good book. I think that transgender people are treated a lot differently and that they shouldn’t. I think it is important for transgender people to be treated the same as everyone else.

  45. Redskins 21 says:

    The book I will be presenting is The Worst Class Trip ever! by the author Dave Barry. This book about is Suzana, chase, and matt and the story about these kids going on a trip to washington DC. Chase and matt seen these two guys on the plain and matt thought they were suspicious on them. It is a book for people who like adventure, intensity, action. This book can take you one adventures is a really good book because it’s not really long and it’s not that short either and 143 pages long. If you ever get your hands on this book that check it out because it’s a really good read.

  46. Anonymous says:

    I just finished reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid HARD LUCK by Jeff Kinney. This book really only has one main character and his name is Greg Heffley. It has a lot of side characters though, the important side characters are his mom, his dad, his brother Rodrick, and his best friend Rowley Jefferson. This book is about Greg and all of his problems. For example, Greg deals with his best friend getting a girlfriend and him feeling left out so he goes crazy trying to find a new best friend. This book has an illustration on almost every single page and the illustrations describe the book well, and some of them are really funny too. This book is the 8th book in a series. I would recommend this book to middle schoolers because it’s about middle school.

  47. mady says:

    Title of the book: Wonder
    Author: R.J Palacio

    Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be made fun of everyday for who you look like and for who you are?

    This book is fiction. This book is about a little boy who gets made fun of everyday because he was born with something wrong with his face. He has to face the fact that nothing is going to change. He tries to fight through the fact that nothing is going to change.

    The problem leads out to Auggie (the little boy) ignores the people that make fun of him and sticks up for himself.

    I think that this book tells you something I think that it tells you that everybody is different but that doesn’t mean we need to make fun of one another. We should all get along. I think that readers will enjoy this and have the same feeling as I do.

    I love this book this book I recommend this book because telling us something’s telling us that everyone is different but we should all get along and not make fun of people for who they are or for how they look.

  48. Mystic Man says:

    You should read the book Click’d (by Tamara Ireland Stone) because it is all about a girl who made an app so you can meet people that you don’t even know. I rate it 5 stars.

  49. Anonymous says:

    I recently read the Tapper Twins Go to War by Geoff Rodkey which is a book about twins who go to war because the brother spreads a rumor about his sister. I recommend this book to people who like Diary of a Wimpy Kid because it is kind of similar.

  50. Morgan7 says:

    Kwame Alexander, the author of The Crossover, released a new book called Solo. Solo follows the story of recent high school graduate Blade, the son of a washed up rock star Rutherford Morrison. The story follows the strained relationship between Blade and Rutherford as Blade tries to live his life as a normal teenager without the shadow of Rutherford and the drugs and alcohol and fame which lead Rutherford to addiction which leads most people to associate that with Blade. The reckless behavior from his family causes destruction onto Blade’s life as a family secret gets unleashed changing everything. Filled with rock music and love, Solo is a delightful read for anyone twelve and over coming in at a solid 4.5 stars.

  51. apple says:

    I read Counting by 7’s.

  52. Yawning demin says:

    I just finished “Counting By Sevens” by Holly Goldberg Sloan it was AWESOME!!!😍😍😍

    • unicorns12345 says:

      I read Counting by Sevens last year, it makes the reader have so many emotions all at once it’s just like you’re a ghost, listening watching, after you read a page you feel like you just can’t stop.

  53. Sour Patch Kid says:

    I just finished reading the book The Disappearance of Emily H. by Barrie Summy and it was a thrilling, suspenseful story about a girl named Raine who has the power to see memories that were left in the place that the memory took place. She see’s the memories as the form of sparkles and can only see them if she grabs them, which can get pretty awkward. But Raine soon hears about a girl her age who had went missing not too long ago, and lived in her house that she just moved into. Raine realizes that using her power to see memories, she might be able to find out what happened to Emily. This book was one of my favorites, which is why I think others should read it too!

    • Mrs. Patterson says:

      Thanks for another fabulous review. So glad you liked the story too. It would be neat if Barrie Summy wrote another book with Raine as the main character.

  54. Sour Patch Kid says:

    My favorite book this year is Trouble Don’t Last. It’s about a slave boy named Samuel who lives with Harrison, a cranky old slave, who helped to raise Samuel when his mother was sold. One day Harrison decides to escape with Samuel. He brought a sack full of stuff they “might” need. Like a bonnet, food, a cap, and much much more. In this suspenseful book, Samuel will find out about his past, and his future.

    • Mrs. Patterson says:

      Hi Sour Patch,

      This book by Shelley Pearsall is considered historical fiction. Would you copy and paste your comment into our “Historical Fiction” page as well?
      Thanks so much for contributing to our blog!

  55. starbucks249807 says:

    My book that I read is called LOVE, LUCAS by Chantele Sedgwick. It is not a series and you can find it in our school library. I recommend it to people that like relationship books and (those who) like Chantele Sedgwick. My book is about a girl named Oakley Nelson who lost her brother Lucas to cancer and her parents and she are all very depressed but her mom and dad are fighting a lot and can’t seem to work things out so they move down to California to live with her aunt Jo. When she moves down there her aunt Jo’s house is right by the ocean so Oakley likes to go down to the beach. One day when she’s down there she meets a surfer named Carson Nye. She and Carson become really good friends and hang out almost every day. Then he starts to have a crush on her so he asks her out on a date to go to the pier. Then many more dates after that. He teaches Oakley to surf and Oakley teaches him to play the guitar since she plays the guitar. One day when they were surfing together a shark bumped Oakley off her surfboard then Carson went to try and help her, but when he was trying to help her the shark bit his leg off, and then… (I’ve left off the end of this review from, -Mrs. P.)

    • Mrs. Patterson says:

      Thanks for the great review, Starbucks. I bet this book will be more popular than ever before thanks to your review. Keep them coming!

  56. CMTCtwirler4 says:

    This quarter I read Popularity Papers #3. The series is about two girls named Julie and Lydia. They write and illustrate in their diary. In the third book, their friend Sukie who lives in New York, looses her mother due to cancer. Also, after months of living in the UK, Lydia moves back to America. Then Lydia and Julie make a bucket list. Only they don’t call it a bucket list. They call it a trunk list. Then they attempt to do those things. I think that anyone who likes Dork Diaries would like this series because they are very alike, only in Popularity Papers there is color and it is written by 2 people (the main characters).

  57. Dat boi rollin says:

    Paper things By Jennifer Jacobson
    After Ari’s mother died four years ago, her last wish was that they (Ari and her older brother) would always stay together and that Ari would go to Carter, the middle school for gifted, but when forced to choose between staying with her guardian and being with her big brother, Ari chose her big brother. There’s just one problem—Gage doesn’t actually have a place to live. So now they have to crash with friends to sleep and eat also stay.
    This book is recommended for people who like realistic fiction. And I really liked the book because it was inspiring.

  58. LiL Putty says:

    I read the book The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. The two main characters in the book are twin brothers named Josh and Jordan. They both have nicknames Josh’s nickname is filthy and Jordan’s nickname is J.B. They both are on a basketball team and the name of thier team is Wildcats. Their dad was a former basketball player, so he teaches them some moves. But thier dad has diabetes (I think) and he went up for a dunk and dropped. Now Jordan and Josh have a big championship. I think people who like sports should read the book The Crossover.

  59. Pinnapplemoma says:

    You Don’t Know Me, by David Klass

    This book is about John (the main character) that lives with a guy who is not his father because something happened to his father, and he gets hit by the man that lives with him when ever his mom isn’t home. Also John is basically a mystery kid cause you don’t know anything about him in the beginning of the book but you start to figure it out as you read on.

  60. LizzyChow118 says:

    The Wanderer, written by Sharon Creech was originally published in 2000. It’s a novel and is not part of a series. Sharon Creech is a fantastic author and has written many great books, but The Wanderer is my favorite of them all. This book is about a 13-year-old girl named Sophie who is going to sail across the Atlantic ocean to England to see her Bompie [grandfather]. Sophie is going to travel with her two cousins Cody and Brian, and her three uncles, Mo (Cody’s dad), Stew (Brian’s dad), and Dock (Sophie’s uncle). Will they make it across the ocean unscathed or will the ocean swallow them whole? I recommend this book to people who like realistic fiction and fictional books about sailing because The Wanderer is realistic fiction about sailing.

  61. Turtleislife11 says:

    Also Known As Harper by Ann Leal
    Harper is a poet. She was named after her mom’s favorite writer, Harper Lee. And her life is giving her a lot to write about. Her dad got up and walked out leaving them with to many bills and not enough money. Then Harper’s family gets evicted. And Harper has to stay home to take care of her little brother Hemingway. Their whole life could get turned right around if Harper makes a choice. Her school is holding a poetry contest and she wants to enter that contest more than anything and read her poetry out loud. I would recommend this book to people that like realistic fiction books.

  62. chickin tenders says:

    This book is called Diary Of A Wimpy kid The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney. Jeff also has many other books in the series. Such as The Ugly Truth, Hard Luck, Old School, The Last Straw, Double Down, and many more. I like this book because its main character Greg Heffley just goes for everything and doesn’t let anything get in his way. Also, there are movies of the series, but since Double Down is the newest one they are working on a movie. Now getting back to the Third Wheel. It starts when Greg is a baby and he is talking about how good his memory is and says that his memory is so good he remembers before he was born. After that part Greg’s school fundraised and got a lot of money so the student council of his school came up with the idea that since it was February they thought of throwing a Valentine’s Day dance and the girls were treating it as a middle school prom and so Greg was looking for someone to go with, but no one wanted to go with him so he bought this thing called Culture Grams and bought a lot to make him look good. He then finds a girl and takes her to the dance, and unfortunately he doesn’t know how to dance so he just held her hand and swayed it back and forth. That is my Quarter #2 Book Talk Book.

  63. Itz Mac Chicken says:

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid Old School by Jeff Kinney is about Greg going without electronics for 48 hours. So he had to go to a camp and their were these rumors about this guy and a warehouse and it was like all boarded up. And every time Greg hears about it it gives hime the chills. And when Greg went to the “WareHouse” it looked like a normal looking house. But inside it was shovels, a shower, and a toilet with toilet paper. The guy’s name was Silas Scratch. One of the rumors was the only way he survived was by eating berryies. And Greg’s dad was the one who made the rumors. So Greg’s dad told him the whole story. “He was in line to go to the bathroom and there was only one stall so he ran and found a warehouse and he wanted all to him self.” So he made all those rumors and they be lived him. That is my summary of Diary of a Wimpy Kid Old School.

  64. eagles11887 says:

    Title: Paper Things
    By: Jennifer Richard Jacobson

    This book is about Ari a young girl who is ten years old and Gage nineteen years old their mother died four years ago and now they live with Janna their godmother.
    Gage wants to move out and Gage said he did have a place to stay so Ari follows suit because of their mom said for her final wishes stick together they end not having a place and they struggle to find anywhere to stay or eat.

    I think this book makes think of the past I also can relate to being homeless.

    I recommend this book to has ever fallen on hard times or struggles in school.

  65. HT says:

    Have you ever been in such a jam you just decided to quit? That is not what Samuel Skiff Beamen did in The Young Man And The Sea written by Rodman Philbrick. Skiffy did not cry, give up, or quit when his father would not help him fix the sunken Mary Rose, the boat Mr. Woodwell built for Skiffy’s dad. Skiffy worked with Mr. Woodwell to raise the sunken Mary Rose. When the Mary Rose was risen, Skiffy had to get a repair man to come look at the engine. When they were told how expensive the boat engine repair was going to be, Skiffy came up with a plan to catch lobsters to raise the money. That’s when he saw blue finned tuna that he could sell for even more money than the lobsters. The Young Man and the Sea is a great book for learning to never give up and that even if nobody helps you, you can still get things done. Also, reading Young Man made me feel there are bigger things in life than your goals. I think reading Young Man will change people’s feeling of what it means to never give up.

  66. TheLonelyPotatoe says:

    A Night Divided is book by Jennifer A. Nielsen, the book was published in August 25th 2015. The book is about a girl named Gerta who has been trapped by the Berlin walls. She finds her family divided because of the Berlin walls. Her and her brother Fritz must tunnel underneath The Death Strip in order to escape, but she has to be careful not to get caught by the Stasi. I think people who like thrillers will find this a VERY interesting book to read and or listen to. I think this is an amazing book and I would DEFINITELY read this again! Five stars for me!!

  67. Mr.FuzzyPants says:

    Ice Dogs is a good book so far. I hope to read more of it. You might like it I know I do.

  68. TSNI 1-3 says:

    Have you ever been so greedy for money you would do anything and everything for it? Well, that’s what happens in the book Money Hungry by Sharon G. Flake. A thirteen year old girl named Raspberry Hill will do anything for money. Ja’nae, Zora and Mai, her friends, try endless jobs with Raspberry to try to make money. But after a while the girls get tired of Raspberry and her greedy ways and turn on her. Raspberry is always trying to get money anyway she can no matter even if it means skipping school. All of this is so Raspberry doesn’t have to face the haunting fact of living on the streets again. After a terrible situation of her house getting robbed, Raspberry and her mom lose mostly all there money. Her haunting dream becomes a reality again. We like this book because the things that happen in the story make you want to read more. It has eye catching moments, and it has interesting views from the character in the story. It makes you feel like you’re in the situation, and you have to read more so you can find out what happens to you because the story is so realistic.

  69. EMETA 12-14 says:

    What would you do if you had to be put into a public middle school after being home schooled by your hippy grandmother for your whole life? That’s what happened to Capricorn Anderson in the book Schooled by Gordon Korman. Capricorn’s grandmother, Rain, fell out of a tree while picking plums and can no longer take care of Capricorn, so he is forced to go to a public school. While being tricked by Zach Powers, who he thought was his friend, he got elected school president. Capricorn makes lots of new friends and learns a lot about the outside world.We enjoyed this book because it has amazing life lessons. We hope you will have the chance to read the book Schooled because it’s an amazing peice of inspiring work. This book will make you want to keep reading.

  70. HJBN 12-14 says:

    Imagine living in fear of not having a permanent home or not having enough money to buy what you need to survive. That’s what Raspberry Hill and her mother are going through in the book Money Hungry by Sharon G. Flake. Raspberry would do anything legal to earn money so that she and her mom can get a permanent home. Raspberry is obsessed with collecting money; sometimes she even scams people of their money. After selling rotten chocolate, Raspberry is banned from selling things in school. She soon starts missing school to go work for a friend. After Raspberry and her mother are robbed, Raspberry has to start collecting money over again. Not only is this book captivating and fast-paced, but the characters are well-developed and relatable to real life situations because the problems displayed can occur in anyone’s life. In our opinion, this book is nothing short of an amazing read. Go check this book out!

  71. CM 12-14 says:

    How would you feel if overnight you became a loser at school,an archenemy to an old friend,and a juvenile delinquent? That is what happens to Brett McCarthy, the main character in Brett McCarthy: Work In Progress by Maria Padian. Brett and a couple of her friends pull a prank on Bob Levesque’s mom, and it makes a big impact in her life. Brett is going through a rough time with everything going on at school, her Nonna being sick, and her getting suspended. At the end of the story Brett’s Nonna dies, and now she has to face it that she is gone. I thought this was an amazing book. I like how the author made little problems throughout the story. I also really liked how she gave the definition to the vocab. word of the chapter. I liked it because if you are not sure what the word mean’t, it would tell you. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good book, and I hope you have a chance to read it.

  72. KLKV 4-6 says:

    Middle school can change everything because it can redefine someone. The main character in Brett McCarthy: Work in Progress by Maria Padian can relate to this statement. Brett McCarthy is a vocabulary wiz, an excellent soccer player, and a good friend, until the prank that changed her life. Brett got in trouble which ruined Brett’s reputation at her middle school. This made Brett a loser at school, an enemy to Jeanne Anne, and friendless. Not to mention, she’s a juvenile delinquent because of her actions she made during the story. The story has different things that you can relate to, and it’s filled with many emotions that Brett expresses through her own words. This story taught us new life lessons that we can use throughout our life. During the story, she teaches the reader new vocabulary and different ways to react to certain problems. By the end of the story, Brett was ‘redefined’ in her own special way. After you read this book, you’ll learn that your own life is a work in progress.

  73. KE 4-6 says:

    Have you ever felt like you can not be trusted and are completely friendless? Well, meet Brettina McCarthy a.k.a. Brett McCarthy, the main character of Maria Padian’s Brett McCarthy:Work in Progress. She went from best soccer star in the school to almost everybody’s enemy in one night. One day she is blasting a bazooka with her grandmother, and the next she is chasing her to their island. Although there is some brief/mild language, it is still a great book. Brett’s life is not your typical school, homework, T.V., popcorn kind of life. There are twists and turns that will make you laugh and cry. With a bazooka blasting grandmother and a genius best friend, life is not always normal at the McCarthy house. Although sometimes the book jumps from one topic to another, we would recommend giving it a go because of the heartwarming details, the mind bobbling vocabulary, and the love for one another.

  74. AAJ 4-6 says:

    Have you ever felt like you’re untrustworthy? Well, meet Brett McCarthy, the main character of Maria Padian’s Brett McCarthy: Work In Progress. One (prank phone) call ruins her entire reputation. She went from the best soccer player in the school to almost everyone’s enemy in one night. She goes from eating lunch with her friends to eating lunch with the principal. When Nonna (her grandmother) was healthy, she was happy and fun. When she became sick, she is a completely different person. This book is heartbreaking because Brett loses both her friends and her future. This book makes you think because Brett has some serious situations that go on in her life. If you like books that are dramatic, then this book is for you.

  75. WZRCC 4-6 says:

    Can you imagine if you had been arrested multiple times for driving by the age of 13? Capricorn Anderson is the main character of Schooled by Gordon Korman and has an unusual lifestyle! First off Cap gets transferred to a public school which he has never been to, and he has a hard time making friends. Zach Powers, the popular kid of Claverage Middle School, thinks that Cap is stupid because he’s a hippie, so Zach thinks he can take advantage of him. Capricorn has a very bizarre way of seeing the world. He realizes that you can lose something in a matter of seconds because he lost his parents at a really young age. And he has to live with his grandmother. Schooled is well written because it is very descriptive and has powerful wording. This book is great for learning life lessons. It teaches you that you have to be thankful for the things you have. We thought that Schooled by Gordon Korman was the book to read because it’s really funny and had very intense moments and makes you laugh.

  76. AJMSM 1-3 says:

    Counting by 7’s was a great book. It taught us a lot about life and how it isn’t always fair. This book is by Holly Goldberg Sloan. It is about a young girl named Willow Chance. She is a young genius and a little strange. Willow entered her first day of school and had a test in science. She got every single question correct but was titled as a cheater. Willow started counseling and met some very interesting individuals. She ended up befriending Dell Duke, Mai, and Mai’s brother, Quang Ha. Something happened to her parents while she was on her way home from counseling. Willow began to see something wrong. We liked how the story began because in the beginning it uses her problem as a hook for the reader. We also liked how the author worded the book and created the events. The book gives the readers a lot to think about life and how it can go from something good to a big problem. As we continued reading we didn’t want stop. The book drew us in from each day we read it. We hope you decide to read this book, and we think you will like it as much as we did.

  77. MM says:

    Have you ever wanted something so badly that you sold things that had gone bad and that were just something that you could buy at a store? In the book Money Hungry by Sharon G.Flake, a girl named Raspberry Hill goes out of her way to get money so she doesn’t have to have the fear of living on the streets again. Her mother’s new job keeps Raspberry away from her mother even longer than what she was used to. When things go wrong, Ms. Hill throws most of Raspberry’s money out the window. Then out of the blue something completely unexpected happens. Someone takes their t.v., couch, and the rest of Raspberry’s money. They even brake the lock to her house!! Then Raspberry and her mother end up having to sleep on the floor in a house that Raspberry’s mother wants to buy. I think this story has some very emotional moments like when Raspberry’s house gets robbed, but also something funny like when Ja’nae is just doing so much and acting so strange in the senior home. This story is a great book to read when you have a quiet place to sit and a little bit of time. If you are looking for a good book to read next, this would be a good thing to choose.

    • Pinnapplemomo says:

      That sounds like a great book I’m gonna check it out at the library next week.

      • Mrs. Patterson says:

        Great Pinnapplemomo! Let us MM know what you think of the story. Bangor H.S. has the sequel, which I really need to just get for our library. It’s called Begging for Change.

  78. Mr.FuzzyPants says:

    I think the typical is right

  79. Ella Hu. says:

    Splendors and Glooms. By Laura Amy Schlitz.
    If anyone likes a mystery, and some magic then this is a book for you. Takes place in London in the 1860’s. About a girl who is kidnapped and found by two orphaned children and a witch. Grief stricken parents and secrets intertwine to make this a fantastic read.

  80. Connor L. says:

    Hey guys, I have recently read The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. This is an amazing book about a boy named Jerry and his high school, Trinity. Trinity is a christian school where there is a gang called the Vigils who make up “assignments” and pick random students to do them for them. They are pretty much crimes to the school that the teachers look down upon. Jerry has a pretty tough life at home and at school with football and the Vigils especially when the school starts selling chocolates, I wouldn’t want to spoil the rest for you but it’s a great read and a very enjoyable story.

  81. patience213 says:

    *The book Ice Dogs *
    I loved reading the book Ice Dogs because I do not know what it is about the title of the book but i just thought that the title was interesting and also i love dogs so anything that has dogs in it i will read. Also I thought that the book would be interesting when I read the title and also to me the book was really interesting. When I read the book I kind of just got into a trance and ignored everything around me. When I read the introduction and also the first page I was really intrigued in reading the rest of the book. The end of the book was great and I also just liked the book because it was a good book and when we skyped with the author Terry Lynn Johnson that was a really cool adventure,after we finished the skype with Terry Lynn Johnson I was more interested in reading more/the rest of the book.

    ps. it was a good book and also thanks to Mrs. Patterson for getting the amazing book and also taking in ideas for new books.

  82. Lexus 215 says:

    The book “Ice Dogs” would be a good movie because it has so much like action and nerve wrecking parts, I don’t want to spoil the book but my favorite part is when the ice breaks and they try to get out of the river water without freezing to death.

    This book is great for people that like dogs that race and do mind about what is going to happen next, like are they going to make it? Or are they going to die out there? It is a very good book, if they make a movie that will be great!

  83. Cassidy 210 says:

    A book that I really liked was Ice Dogs. Its by Terry Lynn Johnson. Its about a girl that is a musher and she gets lost with her dogs when going to a guys house to buy a new dog. She really wanted to get a new dog and win the next race. Something exciting happened to when on her way to the guys house. I think that this book was really good.

    • Mrs. Patterson says:

      Glad you liked Ice Dogs! I was breathless during some parts of the story… ack! I’d be happy to find other outdoor adventures for you if you’re interested!

  84. CatScratch747 says:

    If you’re looking for a book that will not only make you laugh, but keep you guessing till the end, then have I got a title for YOU! Read Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage.

    • Mrs. Patterson says:

      What a great book! Don’t forget to read the next two: Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, and The Odds of Getting Even.

  85. SpeedReader135 says:

    I read the Origami Yoda books– not all of them just the first 4 finishing up on the 5 now. I believe that there is something about these books, i can’t explain it, they are like magnets to me. I love these types of books. I mean there is some mystery like is Origami Yoda just a 2nd personality of the (character) Dwight or something more? All i know is you should be read these books.

  86. Camrin O says:

    When I was at home I read Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney. From the series Diary of a Wimpy Kid. And the whole series is to tech kids not to Bully and what to do if you’re getting bullied. I like the series because it is kind of funny and the pictures show what is happening. If you like realistic books about middle school you would like this series.

    • Mrs. Patterson says:

      Hey Camrin,
      Thanks for your book review! We have loads of other authors who write stories like Jeff Kinney. I hope you will try James Patterson, Middle School: the worst years of my life series, or his other series, I Funny.
      Let me know if you need help finding them in the Library!

  87. Twinkle0122AJ says:

    The book I read was “Drums,Girls and Dangerous Pie” (by Jordan Sonnenblick). It’s a REALLY good book. It’s about a boy named Steven and he takes drums lessons and likes a girl named Renee and he has liked her for a LONG time. Anyway, Steven’s little brother has a sickness that I’m not going to tell you because I want you to figure it out your selves.
    Read it 😀

    • Mrs. Patterson says:

      Jordan Sonnenblick is a fantastic author. My favorite is Zen and the Art of Faking It.
      Keep those reviews coming. You’re a great writer!

  88. Midori E. says:

    I read drama by Raina Telgemeier and it is about a girl named Callie and she working on a stage crew for a play Moon over Mississippi and she has a hard time making props. When she finishes the props she gets happy then she uses the prop and it works but if she try’s again to make the prop work it does not work and she has to start all over every day. I recommend it to girls because the main character is a girl and it is all about her and I recommend it because I thought that it was a great book.

  89. Tyler H. says:

    I like the whole series of Diary of a wimpy kid and hopefully there is a lot more books because Jeff Kinney is a great author I love his series diary of a wimpy kid so if you like drama and road trips with family and friends then you would love this series. I like this series because it’s a really interesting series and I think if you read these books you wont stop reading! I would rate this book 9 stars out of 10. And I hope you have fun reading!

  90. Ryan w. says:

    The author of The Batboy is Mike Lupica. This book is a fiction book and I would rate it a five because I really enjoyed reading this book.I think that boys would like it more but if there are girls that like baseball then this book would be good for them.The reason I love this book because theres a lot to do with baseball and I love baseball and this is my second year playing baseball.

  91. Cassidy F. says:

    I read the book Walk Two Moons the author is Sharon Creech. I recommend this book to people who like some adventure and a little bit of mystery. A thirteen year old girl travels from Ohio to Idaho with her grandparents and tells a story about Phoebe Winterbottom they got odd mysterious messages and then later on her mother disappears and meets a very odd “potential lunatic” they call him. Salamanca the thirteen year old girl can relate to Phoebe because she tells Phoebe along the way that her mother just left one morning and Salamanca is hoping that her mother will return.

  92. Madison N. says:

    What secrets is her family keeping? Dogtag Summer is by Elizabeth Partridge. This book is about two friends trying to figure out the secrets this girls family is keeping. I like this book because of the excitement and adventure. I really thing that whoever likes excitement and adventure would like this book. This book does not have a series. This book falls in the fiction category.

  93. Aidan H (Shady3pto) says:

    I have been reading a book called The Rookie Bookie by L. Jon Wertheim and Tobias Moskowitz. It’s about a kid named Mitch Sloan who bets on football games with his partner Jamie. Then one day Jamie loses her notebook that has all the bets in it, when the teachers find out and everyones favorite teacher starts acting all weird. I liked this book and I think people would like it to if they like sports or like a funny book.

  94. Bradyh says:

    I read a good book by James Patterson called Public School Superhero. It was made in 2015. I recommend this book to anyone who likes funny books with a lot of drawings and pictures. If you do, you will love this book. It is about a kid named Kenny Wright that goes to a horrible school in Washington DC He always imagines being a superhero named Stainlezz Steel that stands up to everyone at the school that bullies him in real life. He lives with his very strict grandmother who also babies him at the same time. He loves to play chess, and he has to teach someone he really doesn’t like how to play. Kenny also has to speak out for his school, and he has no idea what to say. I recommend this book to anyone who likes funny books with a lot of drawings and pictures. If you do, you will love this book.

  95. Evanm says:

    Have you ever heard of the book FourMile by Watt Key? Did you now this book was a Maine student book award? You should go read this book if you like realistic fiction and violence. Because it’s about a boy named Foster and he knows that his mother’s boyfriend is up to no good. Then one day he was painting a fence when out of nowhere a strange man comes into sight. Then he said that he thinks Dax (the boyfriend) is up to no good to. I think boys would like this book better.

  96. Renegade says:

    In my ELA class we are having the book Three Times Lucky (by Sheila Turnage) read to us. I have already read the book, and I love it. It is about a young girl named Mo, who has always been lucky. She lives with the Colonel and Miss Lana, and when one day detective Joe Starr blows into town announcing a murder, in a town close by. Is it a coincidence that later someone who’s boat was stolen and was giving a big reward away, is murdered? Find out! I would really recommend it!!

  97. Kimberly says:

    Have you ever read Dear John by Nicholas Sparks? I think someone who loves love stories and the army, and stories about war then this book is for you!

    The book is about a girl and a guy in love, but can’t kept it real if he is gone in war and might not come back. Not a normal love story and if you don’t like sad stories I would prefer you not to read it.

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