Review of “Civil War on Sunday”, written by Mary Pope Osborne

Reviewed by: Evan
Review: Civil War on Sunday was a very inspiring book. It made me proud how the brave soldiers from the Union fought to stop slavery. My favorite character was this man in one of the field hospitals his name was unknown though. This man was an African American slave. His wife and daughter were taken away and sold so he ran away from his owner because he heard that the Confederates were going to attack the Union, so he ran 30 miles to tell them. This man is my favorite character because he was very brave to do that. This book made me feel lucky and grateful that Canada didn’t have slavery back then or my family and a lot of other families may have been slaves now. This book took place in Virginia.
Overall Rating: 4

Review of “September 17”, written by Amanda West Lewis

Reviewed by: Sarah
Review: Three kids. One ship. One torpedo. Ken, Sonia, and Bess are three of the many children on board the luxurious City of Benares, an ocean liner that is being used to transport British children to safety in Canada. All three children are going to Canada for many different reasons. Bess is travelling for the adventure. Ken is going because his parents need another room for boarders. Sonia and her family need safety from the bombing in London. However, none of these children ever expected that the City of Benares was to be torpedoed on September 17. Will Ken, Sonia, Bess survive as the ship sinks rapidly? How about the many other children aboard? Find out in this thrilling page turner.
Overall Rating: 4

Review of “Glamourpuss”, written by Sarah Weeks

Reviewed by: Carla
Review: Glamourpuss is a story about a beautiful white cat. Glamourpuss thinks she’s the most glamorous of all.Glamourpuss’s owners (Mr. and Mrs. Highhorsen)shower her with gifts and attention. Unluckily for Glamourpuss a dog named Bluebell comes to steal her spotlight! Bluebell belongs to Mrs. Highhorsen’s sister Eugenia. Every afternoon Bluebell wears a different ridiculous outfit and does tricks. They all adore Bluebell except Glamourpuss. Though Glamourpuss find Bluebell ripping her outfits! Bluebell confesses she wants to be glamorous too not ridiculous! Glamourpuss teaches Bluebell everything she knows about being fabulous. Bluebell learn very quickly and soon Bluebell is glamorous like Glamourpuss! Glamourpuss’s owners were very proud of her taking Bluebell under her wing. Eugenie came to learn that Bluebell didn’t like being ridiculous and was glamorous at heart. Glamourpuss also learned that when being glamorous less is sometimes more, but when it comes to friends you can never have to many! Glamourpuss was funny because one time Glamourpuss tries on one of Bluebell’s ridiculous outfits. I liked best when Glamourpuss teaches Bluebell to be glamorous too. Overall Glamourpuss is a fun story with beautiful illustrations.
Overall Rating: 4/5

Review of “Maggie’s Door”, written by Patricia Reilly Giff

Reviewed by: Sarah
Review: Hunger, hunger, hunger. That is all Nory and the people of Ireland have felt after the devastating loss of their precious potato crop. Nory’s friends and family have gone ahead of her, to the port, where they will meet up and board the ship that will take them to America. Nory must trek part of the journey alone, on a road that is full of desperate, starving people, who would steal her meager portions of food in seconds. However, she must press on, she WILL get to see Maggie, her sister, in America. The road to the port is treacherous, but it is also filled with many surprises. Will Nory ever see her friend Sean again? How about her sweet younger brother Patch? Her father? Will she ever stand at Maggie’s door?
Overall Rating: 4

Review of “Georges marvellous medicine”, written by Roald dahl

Reviewed by: Ella
Review: This book is about a boy who gets an idea of making medicine for his grandma who takes medicine .He put paint makeup farm animal medicine and more.The medicine made the grandma grew thiner and so tall that her head pokes through the ceiling my favourite character was grandma .This took place at the farm.This book made me laugh.
Overall Rating: 4

Review of “Cinderella”, written by Elizabeth Rudnick

Reviewed by: Carla
Review: Cinderella is a story about kindness,courage,and love. Ella (Cinderella) lives in a beautiful cozy little house with her mother and father. Ella has an amazing life with her family. She has kind animal friends,loving parents,and Ella herself is always sweet and kind. Everything is good, until tragedy strikes. Ella’s mother becomes gravely ill. Although before she dies Ella’s mother wants to her something. Something to see her through all the trials that a life can offer. ”Have courage and be kind. Where there is kindness there is goodness and where there is goodness there is magic.”Is what Ella’s mother tells her. Ella promises to be kind and courageous. Years pass by with Ella and her father living in their home. True to her word Ella remains kind and courageous. With Ella’s mother gone Ella’s father decides to remarry. Ella does the kind thing and supports her father’s decision. Ella meets her new family Lady Treamine (Ella’s stepmother) and Drisella and Anastasia (Ella’s stepsisters). It just so happened that Ella’s step-family was very cruel. Though neither Ella’s father nor Ella knew that yet. One day Ella’s father is off on a business trip. He takes ill on the road and dies. Ella is left with her step-family who have been waiting for a chance to hurt her. Ella becomes a servant girl named Cinderella to her step-family. Through all this cruelty Ella manages to stay strong. One day Ella meets a man in the woods not knowing its the prince himself! Ella falls in love with Kit (the prince) and so does Kit. Though luck may be just around the corner for Ella. As a grand ball decides chance for Ella and Kit to meet again……. The story happens at Ella’s house and the grand palace. My favorite character was Ella. The book made me laugh that Ella didn’t know Kit was really the prince. Overall Cinderella is an amazing story about the power of kindness and courage.
Overall Rating: 5 (Awesome)

Review of “Happiness is…”, written by Marcus Pfister

Reviewed by: Carla
Review: Happiness is… is a story about two mice. One mouse is called Zoe and the other is called Leo. The two best mouse-friends are flying a kite in a meadow. Zoe is lost in thought and asks Leo if he knows what happiness is. Leo asks her if happiness is really that important. Zoe thinks happiness is the most important thing of all. Together the two best mouse-friends begin thinking of many different examples of happiness. Suddenly Leo exclaims “happiness is flying a kite with your best mouse-friend.” “That is exactly what happiness is” agrees Zoe. The two friends run off into the meadow. Happiness is… was funny when Leo doesn’t really think that happiness is all that important. I liked best when the two mice begin naming beautiful examples of things that make people happy. Overall Happiness is… is a beautiful book with beautiful illustrations and a beautiful meaning.
Overall Rating: 4/5

Review of “How to catch a mouse”, written by Philippa Leathers

Reviewed by: Carla
Review: How to catch a mouse is a story about an orange cat called Clemmie. Clemmie is a amazing mouse catcher! Clemmie is great at stalking and chasing. Clemmie is always patient and alert. Clemmie knows that a mouse has a whiskery pointy nose,two round ears,and a long pink tail. Although Clemmie has never seen a mouse. Clemmie believes that all mice are afraid of her. Clemmie is still on the lookout. Clemmie looks and looks for a mouse. Every time Clemmie thinks she has finally found the mouse its turns out to be a hat,toy panda,and a spider. Clemmie proudly decides to nap on the couch certain there are no mice in this house. Suddenly just as Clemmie is about to drift off to sleep she hears as sound. Clemmie sees something on the ground. It has a long pink tail,two round ears,and a whiskery pointy nose! Clemmie has found her first mouse!!! Clemmie is sad she has seen the mouse but it has run away…….. Clemmie has an idea. Clemmie disguises herself like a human! As the mouse walks by Clemmie rips off her disguise and bolts after the mouse! How to catch a mouse was very exciting at the end of the book because Clemmie finally gets to run after the mouse. I liked best how cute Clemmie is. ( Clemmie reminds me of my own cat Fluffers). Overall How to catch a mouse is a great book about cats and mice.
Overall Rating: 4/5

Review of “Barbie in the pink shoes Ballet Dreams”, written by Kristen L. Depken

Reviewed by: Carla
Review: Barbie in the pink shoes Ballet Dreams is a story about a girl named Kristyn. Kristyn wants to be a star like Tara but she doesn’t want to dance like Tara. Kristyn rips her shoes while dancing. Kristyn and her friend Hailey go get new shoes. When Kristyn puts on the shoes she and Hailey are transported to a ballet world. Kristyn is the lead in the ballet! The snow queen arrives angry that Kristyn and Hailey are here. Kristyn and Hailey run away. The girls arrive in the story of the Swan Queen. Kristyn changes again now shes the Swan Queen! Kristyn dances with a prince he falls deeply in love with her. A wizard wants the prince to marry his daughter. So he turn Kristyn and Hailey into swans. Kristyn and Hailey fly to the palace they have to help the prince. The wizard makes his daughter look like the Swan Queen. They trick the prince. Kristyn and Hailey arrive just in time. The spell is broken! The prince and Kristyn dance together. The snow angrily arrives. She is angry that Kristyn is changing the story. The snow takes Hailey with her to her ice palace! Kristyn hurry’s there. The Snow Queen attempts to put a spell on Kristyn but Kristyns dancing breaks the spell. The Snow Queen melts and Kristyn has saved Hailey. Kristyn takes off the pink shoes and she and Hailey are transported back home. At the big show Kristyn dance in her own unique way. The audience love Kristyns dancing! Kristyn and Tara curtsy. Kristyn did not dance like Tara she danced the way that felt right to her! The book was very exciting when Kristyn was defeating the Snow Queen. I liked best that in each new story that Kristyn entered she had a beautiful new dress. Overall Barbie in the pink shoes Ballet Dreams is a great book with an amazing lesson.
Overall Rating: 4/5

Review of “Flunked”, written by Jen Calonita

Reviewed by: Carla
Review: Flunked is a story a about a twelve year old girl named Gillian Cobbler. Gillian lives in the town Enchantasia. Gillian has a big family ( mom, dad, three brothers and two sisters ). Gillian’s family is very poor. Her fathers shoe business isn’t going well. Gillian wants to help her family, but her only way of helping is by stealing from the spoiled royals. Life for the Cobblers go on until Gillian is caught stealing. Gillian was only trying to take a hair clip to give her sister Anna for her birthday. The police don’t listen or care and take Gillian to Fairy Tale Reform School for three months. At Fairy Tale Reform School their mission is to turn wicked delinquents and former villains into future heroes. All teachers are former villains like….. Cinderellas stepmother,the sea witch,the evil queen,the big bad wolf,and more! With the help of new friends Jax and Kayla Gillian uncovers more and more secrets. Gillian must find out just how reformed these villains really are………. The story happens at Fairy Tale Reform School. My favorite character was Gillian. The book made me laugh at how crazy Gillian was. Overall Flunked is a awesome book filled with adventure,fun,secrets,and twists on fairy tales.
Overall Rating: 5 (Awesome)

Review of “Spy School”, written by Stuart Gibbs

Reviewed by: Sarah
Review: When a CIA agent walks into his living room, Ben Ripley’s life is about to change in some major ways. He never thought that he was qualified for the Academy of Espionage, a top secret training facility for future secret agents. However, this is what the CIA spy offers; a spot for him at Spy School. Ben accepts and so begins the greatest adventure of his life. When he gets to the academy, he is shot at and is in constant danger. After some harrowing experiences, Ben starts think that something very suspicious is going on. He believes there is a evil undercover agent feeding important information to the bad guys. Ben is weak, rather small, and not very athletic, but he is going to try to expose the mole no matter what. Can he do it?
Overall Rating: 4

Review of “The witches”, written by Roald Dahl

Reviewed by: Ella
Review: This book is about a little boy who’s parents died in a car crash so he had to live with his grandma. One night his grandma told him a story about how witches were real and how they were bold, squared feet.Then later on he saw they were actually real and then the witches turn him into a mouse at the end.My favourate characterwas the witches.This book made me interested.I love that book.
Overall Rating: 5 (Awesome)

Review of “VIRGIL & OWEN”, written by Paulette Bogan

Reviewed by: Carla
Review: VIRGIL & OWEN is a story about a penguin called Virgil that finds a polar bear named Owen. Virgil wants Owen to come with him but Owen plays with the terns instead. Then Owen plays with the seals. Lastly Owen plays with the penguins. Virgil loses his patience and tells Owen that he is his polar bear and to come with him. Owen says no. Virgil stomps,kicks snow,and jumps up and down. Owen asks Virgil to play with everyone. Virgil accepts and everyone plays together. Virgil has something to say to Owen thought. Virgil tells Owen that hes not his polar bear hes his friend. Everyone agrees that they are all friends! The story was exciting when Owen asks Virgil to play with him because you didn’t know if he would say yes or no. I liked best that in the end everyone is friends. Overall VIRGIL & OWEN is a great story with a nice friendship lesson.
Overall Rating: 4/5

Review of “Stick!”, written by Andy Pritchett

Reviewed by: Carla
Review: Stick! Is a story about a dog that has a stick and would like to find someone to play with him. The dog asks a cow,a chicken,and a pig. None will play with him. The cow prefers eating grass. The chicken prefers eating worms. The pig prefers playing in the mud. Dog sadly lies at the bottom of a hill. Suddenly a stick falls in front of dog. It was another dog! The two dogs play together with the stick. The cow,chicken,and pig come and play with the two dogs. While everyone else is playing both dogs agree on being friends and run off to have more fun! I think that this book was exciting because in the and all the animals play together and have fun! I liked best that at the very end the two dogs run off as good friends. Overall Stick! is a nice story that teaches you to keep on trying.
Overall Rating: 4/5

Review of “Bernice Gets Carried Away”, written by Hannah E. Harrison

Reviewed by: Carla
Review: Bernice Gets Carried Away is a story about Bernice a kitty that goes to a birthday party. It is a very dark and cloudy day. Bernice is having a terrible day. She didn’t get a frosting flower on her piece of cake. Everyone got ice-cold strawberry-melon sodas. Bernice got warm prune-grapefruit. The big kids broke the pinata and eaten all the candy. Bernice got a stepped on gumdrop. When Bernice saw balloons before anyone else she grabbed them all. Bernice went up high into the sky. She reaches a big black cloud. Bernice gives the cloud a balloon to make him feel better. The cloud became fluffy and white. Bernice begins giving balloons to the squirrels and birds in the trees. Slowly Bernice touches the ground. Bernice hands out the balloons and everyone begins sharing! The book was exciting when Bernice floated up into the sky. I liked best that in the end everyone has a good happy day! Overall Bernice Gets Carried Away is a beautifully illustrated book with a nice lesson.
Overall Rating: 5 (Awesome)

Review of “Night Animals”, written by Gianna Marino

Reviewed by: Carla
Review: Night Animals is a story about possum that’s hiding in a tree from night animals. His skunk friend joins him in hiding. There isn’t much room in the tree so they look for somewhere else. While they are looking they run into a wolf that’s running from bear. The bear is running away because of another animal and each animal is running from a different animal they find scary.Then a wise bat asks them why there all running. From night night animals they respond. The bat makes the point that they are all night animals. The animals all relax. They make one last encounter with a very different animal. Who could it be? Find out in Night Animals! This book was exciting because you never knew which animal would pop out next. I liked best that the pictures were really dark so the pictures really looked like they were happening at night. Overall Night Animals is a picture book with a nice story and beautiful illustrations.
Overall Rating: 4/5