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Kid Review: Bridge to Terabithia

Kid Review: Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to TerabithiaSPOILER ALERT: If you don’t want to know a MAJOR thing that happens in this book, don’t read the next sentence!……i hated the part when lesley died it was so horrible but the book was great. Author: Katherine Paterson Reviewer: Joy’e

Joy’e is right, this book is great. She’s also right about that little part she gives away. This book is about a really special friendship between a boy and a girl growing up in rural Virginia. They both have really good imaginations and have a special hideaway they call Terabithia in the woods where they play. This book won the Newbery Medal in 1978. As they say, it’s an oldie but a goodie.

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Kid Review: Locomotion

Kid Review: Locomotion

Locomotion

I simply could not put this book down! The narrator is an 11 year old (I think) that lost his parents in a fire and his little sister was sent to a different set of foster parents from Lonnie (the main character and narrator). It is written different than most chapter books.  it is more like his personal journal- except that each page is a different poem. Alot of what he thinks and feels is what alot of other 11 year olds have to think about and deal with.  Only Lonnie (his nickname is Locomotion) causes you to think deeply about serious subjects.  But don’t be afraid because it sounds to serious. You can feel like crying after one page, and be laughing out loud on the next page.  I told alot of my friends about this book and they all loved it!  My teacher even bought it on cd so we could listen to it.  Author: Jacqueline Woodson Reviewer: Billy

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Kid Review: Suddenly Supernatural Unhappy Medium

Kid Review: Suddenly Supernatural Unhappy Medium

Suddenly Supernatural Unhappy Medium

Spirit-seeing Kat has pretty much overcome her fear of communicating with ghosts. Author: Elizabeth Cody Kimmel Series: Suddenly Supernatural Reviewer: Bra-Lynn

I haven’t read this one but after I watched the author’s video below – I thought it looked pretty good. I love Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator, so I’m thinking I’ll like this series too. Creepy and fun when characters can communicate with the dead! Besides, Bra-Lynn says it’s good!

Summary from the Online Catalog: “Kat accompanies her best friend Jac to a musicians’ conference at the Whispering Pines Mountain House, where she works to free the spirit of a dead medium and helps Jac resolve a serious conflict.”

  • Amazon Look Inside Unhappy Medium
  • Play the Suddenly Supernatural Crystal Ball

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Kid Review: Holes

Kid Review: Holes

Holes
Elease says:

I think Holes was excellent. It was well written, and had a good plot. I especially liked how the story all tied together. Two thumbs up.

I agree with Elease, Holes is excellent! Here is a summary from the online catalog: “As further evidence of his family’s bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.” Holes won the Newbery Medal in 1999 – along with a whole bunch of other awards. In 2003 Louis Sachar gave the Indianapolis McFadden Lecture. Kids lined up for hours to have him sign their books. He was a really good sport too and stayed until the line was finished. Author: Louis Sachar

  • Amazon Look Inside Holes
  • Louis Sachar Official Website
  • Louis Sachar on Holes
  • Google Books Holes (Scroll to the last pages and read the bonus material, “Real Dirt” from Louis Sachar’s family about being related to an author that is a kids’ favorite.)
  • Holes on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudio
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Trouble in Timbuktu

Trouble in Timbuktu

Trouble in Timbuktu I think that this book was a good perspective on what dreams and future you can have if you just believe in yourself. Think about what the two people in this story are trying too tell you about their life. Author: Cristina Kessler Reviewed by Amanda

I haven’t read this one, but here is a summary from the online catalog: “Ignoring her parents’ wishes, as well as the customary place of women in Timbuktu society, twelve-year-old Ayisha joins her twin brother in trying to stop a pair of tourists from stealing an ancient manuscript.”

Trouble in Timbuktu sounds good and I think I’ll take Amanda’s advice and put that one on hold. I would like to learn about Timbuktu – which is actually a real place. It is a city in the West African nation of Mali. It’s not just an imaginary far away place, like when we sarcastically describe someplace as, “in Timbuktu!” – meaning – really, really far away.

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