This book is about a 15 year old girl named Penelope. She had just graduated from the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, and had come to a house called Ashton Place for a job interview. She was going to be a governess. The lady who lived at Ashton Place seemed desperate, and gave Penelope the job. She led her out to the barn. There were strange howling noises coming out from it, and Penelope was confused. Wasn’t she here to take care of children?
The lady opened the door of the barn. Inside were three children, a little girl, and two boys. They were howling and nipping and barking. They are acting like wolves, Penelope thought. The lady explained that her husband had found them in the forest on a hunting trip, and that they assumed the children were raised by wolves. Penelope was supposed to teach the children how to do things that most people can do by age 2, like talk and eat normal food. This book is all about Penelope and the three wild children that she takes care of, and the adventures they go on.
This book is on a 3rd-5th grade reading level, but is enjoyable to everyone. And don’t you just love the cover illustration?
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The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman by Ben Winters is about a girl named Bethesda. Her class is assigned a special project: Solve a mystery in your life. Bethesda is already positive she is going to do it on their drab music teacher, Ms. Finkleman. She knows a little bit about other teachers, like if they are married or have kids, but Ms. Finkleman doesn’t even have a picture of her family or something on her desk! Eventually, Bethesda finds out that her music teacher was once a rock star! The whole school goes rock crazy, and has a rock concert. But the concert might not work out as easily as Bethesda and her classmates had hoped…
I love this book! I love mysteries, and I love them even more when the person solving them relates to me! There are a lot of good details and you can imagine the characters in your head. I also love it because it talked about having a band which relates to me too! The book is really unpredictable in a good way. At first, I was thinking, “Oh, I know what’s going to happen- it’s so obvious!” But then something happened that was totally not what I thought would happen! All of the characters (especially Bethesda) are really well developed. This book is on a 5th- 7th grade reading level and will appeal to boys and girls.
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The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom is about a family living in Holland during World War II. They are a strong Christian family, and live in fear of the Nazis. One day, they learn that a family member is working for the Underground. The Underground was how Jewish people were hidden from the Nazis to stay safe. The Ten Boom family decides that they want to help the Jewish people, and start hiding Jews. This ends up being harder than they had first thought, but they trust God the entire way through, even when things don’t go their way.
This book is completely AMAZING. It is the best nonfiction book I have ever read. Usually nonfiction books are a bit boring, but this book was action-packed and suspenseful. The Hiding Place was assigned for my class to read in my Literature class, and it was so hard to only read a few chapters very week! This book was also very deep, and shows how God uses people to carry out his plan. This book is perfect for anyone in 7th to 9th grade. I wouldn’t recommend kids younger than 6th grade to read this book because it is such an intense book.
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The Anybodies, The Nobodies, and The Somebodies by N. E. Bode are about a girl named Fern, who was switched at birth without her or her parents knowing until she was 11. When her real father finds her, she discovers something amazing. He is an Anybody- a person who by nature or training can form objects into reality and who can transform themselves into other shapes. Fern discovers that she is a natural Anybody, and she goes on adventures using her amazing skills.
I really like these books- in fact, I’ve read the series twice! The books are so creative and whimsical! Also, there are many parts in the series where you think something is going to happen, then something completely unexpected happens. I definitely recommend this book series. This series is for boys and girls, and is on a 5th-7th grade reading level.
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The Ramona series by Beverly Cleary is about a little girl named Ramona, who is four years old in the first book. She is a funny kid who doesn’t mean to be a pest (well, maybe sometimes!), but to her sister she is. The first book mainly revolves around Beezus, her sister. The book is about Beezus’s problems with Ramona. After that, the books are more about Ramona. In each book, Ramona is older and has to deal with different things that most normal people deal with at some point in their life, such as her cat dying and her dad losing his job.
I like these books because most kids can relate to to the life experiences of these sisters. I am still a big fan of books where something unbelievable happens, but sometimes it is good to read books about every day life. This series is very funny because you can hear what Ramona is thinking. My sister (she is in 2nd grade) has been reading the Ramona books and the rest of the Beverly Cleary books and she is loving every last bit of them. These books are on a 3rd-4th grade reading level and are for girls and boys.
P.S. There is a movie that came out in 2010 based on the first book, Ramona and Beezus, which was really good.
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Julia Gillian and the Art of Knowing by Allison McGhee is about a girl named Julia. Her life had been nearly perfect. She takes walks in the park with her parents and goes to the dog park with her best friend/dog, Bigfoot, often. But this summer, things start to change.
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Neil Flambe and the Marco Polo Murders by Kevin Sylvester is about Neil, a 14-year-old wonder-chef. He is one of the best chefs in the world. It is all because of one talent he was born with: an amazingly powerful sense of smell. Since he was a baby, normal foods wouldn’t satisfy him. When his parents finally figured out why he cried so much, they had trouble making him food since they were used to microwaveable mac-and-cheese. But now he owns his own restaurant, along with a cousin he thinks is annoying. Lots of people come to his restaurant and enjoy his food, but what they don’t realize is that he is also a detective.
Nicknamed “The Nose,” Neil uses his amazing sense of smell to help detectives solve mysteries. Lately, police have been finding chefs dead in their kitchens. The police can’t find any evidence except for an odd mixture of drink somewhere around the chef and a note written in Italian, and they can’t detect what is in it. Neil comes in to investigate, and he can’t figure it out either, but he brings the notes to his cousin, who slowly translates them. Is Neil digging into a secret that shouldn’t be unearthed?
I absolutely LOVED this book!!!! It is DEFINITELY on my favorite list now! I love the action and suspense, and Neil’s cousin adds constant comic relief. Also, the author writes so you can figure out the mystery yourself, even though it is hard. I am also a big fan of it because it talks about cooking, which is my FAVORITE thing to do in the world besides reading and playing guitar. It is really cool how the author makes Neil sarcastic and kind of rude, but you don’t dislike him either (much like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series). I can’t think of anything I didn’t like about this book. It was the perfect size and the author didn’t drag it on or try to make it too short, like many authors do. I think it is better than most mystery books because Neil never just figures it out like many main characters do, but it takes a while like it would in real life. This book is on a 6th-8th grade reading level and will appeal to boys and girls. 5 STAR BOOK!!!!
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Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer by John Grisham is about a boy named Theo. His parents are lawyers, and he plans to be one too. He knows every judge and police man in his small town, and people from his school come ask him questions because they all know that he knows everything about the law. When a giant court murder case comes up, Theo is thrilled-until his parents say he still has to go to school. But when the guilty man is about to go free, Theo learns something that will change everything.
I loved this book. When you look at it, all the law and stuff makes it look terribly boring, but the book is so action-packed and suspenseful. I love how he is only 13, but he knows so much about the law. There is one other book out in this series, and one will come out May 2012. This book is for boys and girls, and is on a 6th-8th grade reading level.
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