• Brains for Lunch: A Zombie Novel in Haiku

    by K. A. Holt Year Published: 2010
    This is a haiku poetry book about a middle school that has students who are zombies, chupacabras, and regular human kids.  The main plot is about a boy who is a zombie.  He likes a girl who is a human kid.  I liked how the stanzas are all written in haiku form.  And it's a really funny book...if you like zombies!  It's not a scary book.  I give this book a 5-star rating!
     
    Reviewed by SS
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  • Seekers: The Quest Begins

    by Erin Hunter Year Published: 2008
    Seekers: The Quest Begins is a good book about three bears from different species - black, polar, and grizzly. Their names are Polar Kallik, Black Lusa, and Grizzly Toklo. They were separated from their families when they were cubs. They all meet each other and go on a perilous journey to a future they could never imagine. Seekers is awesome but sad at the same time. I would recommend this book to people who love bears. This book will warm your heart. I give this a 5-star rating.
     
    Reviewed by JJ
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  • The Eleventh Plague

    by Jeff Hirsch Year Published: 2011
    This is a funny and serious book about a son and a father who travel around what's left of America after a nuclear war. Overall, I do not recommend this book for kids under the age of 11 years. But it would be great for kids over 11 years. I would give this book a 5-star rating.
     
    Reviewed by EM
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  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

    by Jacqueline Kelly Year Published: 2011
    This is an award-winning Newbery Honor book.  In this book there is a girl named Calpurnia Tate.  But everyone calls her Callie Vee.  Callie Vee lives in Texas in 1899.  In Texas it is very hot.  So she tries to stay cool.  She gets a journal from a man named Harry.  Callie Vee starts to learn about insects and animals.  One day she goes to a library to borrow a book.  But the librarian says that she has to have fifty cents or a letter from her parents first.  She doesn't have either of these, so she thinks her life is horrible!  Once you start reading this book, you get sucked into it.   Try reading this very interesting book!  I'd give it a 5 star rating!
     
    Reviewed by MB
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  • The Golden Compass

    by Philip Pullman Year Published: 1995
    The first in a trilogy called His Dark Materials, The Golden Compass is a fantasy adventure novel that takes place in parallel universes.  Young Lyra Belacqua journeys to the far North to save her best friend and other kidnapped children from terrible experiments by a mysterious organization.
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  • The Graveyard Book

    by Neil Gaiman Year Published: 2009
    This is a story about a boy named Nobody who is raised by ghosts in a graveyard.  An assassin was sent to kill his family, and the boy is the only one left.  In the graveyard, the boy has two ghost parents and a godfather who is a vampire.  As the story goes on, you find out why the assassin is still trying to find the boy, Bod.  The beginning of the story was sad and shocking.  As the story progresses, it becomes very interesting and suspenseful.  My favorite character is Bod, the boy.  I felt sad for him.  He is also funny.  I give this book a 5+ star rating!  The Graveyard Book also received the Newbery Medal for the best children's literature in 2009.
     
    Reviewed by EQ
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  • The Hunger Games Trilogy

    by Suzanne Collins Year Published: 2008
    The Hunger Games is a young-adult science fiction novel that takes places in a post-apocalyptic world.  Ruled by a repressive and cruel government, each of twelve districts must select two teens to compete in the Hunger Games where they must fight to the death.
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  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret

    by Brian Selznick Year Published: 2007
    This book is about a young boy named Hugo who helps his uncle work on the big clocks at the train station in Paris.  Hugo is an orphan.  When he was younger, he and his father tried to repair a robot that could write and tell stories.  But then Hugo's father died in a fire.  After this, Hugo continued to work on the robot with the help of a friend.  We liked the fact that Hugo was talented and honored his father by continuing his work. The illustrations in the book are very artistic and realistic.  We didn't like the fact that Hugo's father died, because this was sad.  This book earns a 5-star rating from both of us because of the illustrations and adventurous story.
     
    Reviewed by EQ and JP
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  • The Thief

    by Megan Whalen Turner Year Published: 1996
    This is a young adult novel set in a fantasy world similar to ancient Greece.  Gen, an accomplished thief incarcerated for stealing the king's seal, is dragged from his cell by the king's magus or advisor who is on a quest. The prize is Hamiathes's Gift, said to be a creation of the gods that confers the right of rule on the wearer.
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