Escape from Warsaw

  Escape from Warsaw is set in Poland in 1942 where “on a cold, dark night…the Balicki children watch in horror as Nazi Storm Troopers arrest their mother.  Now they are alone.” Without perseverance, initiative, leadership and problem solving skills, the Balicki children depicted in Serrailliers’s true World War II story wouldn’t have survived to escape from Warsaw.  Like many

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Small As An Elephant

The book Small As An Elephant, by Jennifer Richard Jacobson, is a story about a boy named Jack and his mother. They went on a family camping trip to Acadia National Park in Maine for three days during the summer. During the drive, Jack and his mother got into an argument. They didn’t speak to each other for the rest

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A Long Walk To Water

Linda Sue Park’s  A Long Walk to Water in an inspiring story about two children in  Southern Sudan in two different time periods. The book is broken up into two different stories. The first story talks about a young girl named Nya starting in the year 2008. The other explains a boy named Salva’s life starting in the year 1985.

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Liar And Spy

Have you ever wanted to be part of a spy club?  Well, In the book “Liar and Spy”, a novel by Rebecca Stead, bully victim Georges moves into his new Brooklyn apartment, and soon realized that some of the people around him were not who they really seem to be.  As Georges and his dad were taking the recycling to

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Scat

In Carl Hiaasen’s book Scat the seventh grade class of Truman Middle School goes on what they believe to be a peaceful trip to the Everglades.  When the class arrives at the Everglades Florida forest they meet an unpleasant surprise. The class finds out a forest fire is occurring due to an illegal oil mining company. As the students are

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11 Birthdays

11 Birthdays, is an incredible novel written by Wendy Mass, that had me on my toes from cover to cover. I really enjoyed this intriguing story, and recommend it to anyone who likes realistic fiction with just a touch of fantasy. Amanda’s dreaded 11th birthday has finally arrived. She is about to celebrate with a lame Hollywood-themed party, while her

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Cherub: The Recruit

In the book Cherub, the main character James, will take you on a journey that is full of action and heartbreaking moments, for example, when he was separated from his sister. This novel tells how James gets into trouble frequently at school because he was defending his mother from other students who were calling her rude names. When his mom

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Lockwood and Co. The Screaming Staircase

Is it possible to make a mystery story about ghosts that has mystery, suspense, and a dark twist appropriate for young kids? Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood and Co certainly succeeded. This is because it was filled with sword fights and other action that kept me awake in bed more often than not, but also kept everything appropriate.  This book is about

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A Week In The Woods

A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements is about a boy that learns about the woods throughout many misadventures. The main character, Mark, is the son of two parents that are possibly some of the richest people in America. The family needs to move to New Hampshire to be closer to work, but because the parents are always so

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