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Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers : the ninth epic novel by Dav Pilkey
being sent to jail for the rest of their lives, George and
Harold are taken on a trip back in time by Tippy Tinkletrousers
back to their Kindergarten days where they must deal with their
bully without the help of Captain Underpants.
Reviewed by Joao-Marcos, age 9:
I thought that the book was wonderful! It's funnier and
longer than the other books. I'm dying to know what happens
next. My favorite part was the dolly prank on Kipper. It was
see it yourself. The only thing I didn't like was the ending
because the whole world ends and no one wants the world to
On a scale
of 1 to 10 I give the book a 9 because the ending is a very
sad ending. I'll leave any changes to Dav Pilkey (the author)
the book is Uncorrected Proof.
the Flag by Kate Messner
Snowed in at
a chaotic Washington, D.C. airport, Anna, JosT and Henry encounter
a mysterious tattooed man, a flamboyant politician
and a rambunctious poodle before learning that a historical
U.S. flag has been stolen and that the culprits are also
at the airport.
Reviewed by Zachary, age 10:
I think of this book as half action,
fourth adventure, eighth comedy, and eighth romance. It consists
of a journalist,
a video addict,
and a know-it-all that's parents are in a secret society.
I could tell you the whole book right now, but that would be
Overall, it is a suspenseful mystery. I think kids 13-15
would like this book.
Knight by Cornelia Funke
Jon Whitcroft and new friend Ella summon the ghost of Sir William
Longspee, who may be able to protect Jon from
a group of ghosts that threatens him harm from the day he
arrives at Salisbury Cathedral's boarding school.
Reviewed by Oliver, age 8:
I liked reading this book. I was afraid of ghosts
but now I am not so afraid. I like that Jon started to enjoy
when he met Ella who helped him get to know the ghosts. I
could not believe when The Beard turned up as Zelda's son. I
Jon made friends again with his mom. Boarding school sounds
fun. This is a cool book so read it!
Golden Door by Emily Rodda
A first entry in
a new trilogy by the best-selling author of Dragons of Deltora
finds the walled city of Weld under attack by ferocious
flying creatures that are dispatched by the Enemy and raid
in the night, prompting young Rye to become an unwilling
hero in the face of numerous volunteer disappearances.
Reviewed by Philippa, age 10:
It's skimmer season. The giant, vicious
beasts have been witnessed attacking people everywhere. The
her three sons,
Dirk, Sholto, and Rye all live silently in fear of the beasts.
One day Dirk sets out to find the enemy who is sending the
beasts. When he doesn't return, Sholto sets out to find him
Sholto doesn't return, Rye trails along behind. He encounters
along the way, like Sonia, the fierce, redheaded weld orphan
who insisted upon coming along, and Fitzfee, the tender
man who takes Rye and Sonia very far. When Sonia is captured
by Gifters and the talk about Midsummer's Eve is getting
Rye leaves Fitzfee's encampment and sets out to find the
enemy. What will await Rye on Midsummer's Eve?
This book is very
serious and you sort of have to work the thread through the
holes carefully if you want to solve the
The Golden Door is especially
for kids who have enjoyed the wonderful Narnia books. I loved it so much;
I caught myself biting my fingernails off at the thought
This book will have you
shuddering, shivering, laughing, stunned, and shaking for seven nights
in a row. Five stars to Emily Rodda for having done that
you in Rye's
situation--without even meaning to! I learned a lot of things from the
book--lessons and facts and even how to act in weird situations.
I highly recommend this
book to tweens of all reading levels.
Funny: A Middle School Story by James Patterson
the bestselling success of the hilarious Middle
School, The Worst Years of My Life, James Patterson continues to dish
out the funnies in another highly-illustrated, heartfelt
middle school story.
Reviewed by Jordan, age 10:
I liked this book because it was
funny and was about a disabled boy who wasn’t afraid to
do something big, which I think is very inspiring. I really liked
the jokes. They were funny
because it was based on real things that somebody his age would
go through. I also liked how he had a very vivid imagination.
What I didn’t like about I
Funny was that the book didn’t
have that many parts in the story with his friends. I like learning
about different types of friendships. I also think it should
tell more about his friends because I like to learn about different
people in the story.
I would recommend I
Funny to anyone who
wants to be inspired to do something big. I’ve read other
books by James Patterson and would recommend them all.
at Midnight by W.H. Beck
Malcolm, a smaller
than average-sized rat, loves his life at McKenna School and
the secret society of classroom pets that keep children
out of trouble, but when Aggy the iguana disappears Malcolm
must use all of his ratty persistence to prove his innocence
and save her.
Reviewed by Thomas, age 10:
at Midnight was an outstanding
book. It had some very good cliffhangers. It had some minor twists
leading into backwards
if you know what I mean. It was about a "mouse" that
is made a school pet but wants everybody to know HE IS A RAT! A
hilarious story that I would recommend to everybody!
Pillagy: The Complete Trilogy by Obert
Every family has its little secrets. Beck's family has a
really big one ... When fifteen-year-old Beck travels by train
secluded village of Kingsplot to live with his wealthy but
estranged uncle, Beck discovers some dark family secrets, including
basement, a forbidden wall, and an old book of family history
with odd references to ... dragons? Beck's life is about to
be changed forever in this suspenseful tale about the destructive
nature of greed and the courage it takes to make things right.
by Zachary, age 12:
I could not find any errors, which is very
good. Also, this fantasy/action/adventure novel is an intriguing
read. It involves
dragons, manors, secrets and more!!! I recommend this book
to readers of all ages.
Academy: Palace of Stone by Shannon
In the highly anticipated sequel to the Newbery Honor Book,
Academy, Miri and her friends set off to help the future
Britta prepare for her royal wedding, and she is happy to attend
school in the city where she befriends students who seem so sophisticated
and exciting ... until she learns that they have some frightening
Reviewed by Victoria, age 12:
Shannon Hale's Princess
Academy: Palace of Stone is a wonderful sequel to her first
Academy. In this book Miri
of Mount Eskel travels to Asland with her friends as ladies of
the princess. While she is there Miri attends a school and meets
a boy who tells her about the rebellion the commoners are trying
to make. She decides she wants to help until she finds out the
want to kill her friend Britta the princess. I loved this book
and I recommend it to anyone who likes romance and adventure.
of New Forest Academy by Tyler Whitesides
Bureau of Educational Maintenance (BEM) is after Spencer, and
the only place he is safe is within the walls of the New
Forest Academy--or so he thinks.
Reviewed by Joshua, age 13:
Brace yourself for an action packed
book full of insane monsters and magical wielding mops and
brooms. Tyler Whitesides' Janitors
of New Forest Academy was a great follow up to the
award winning first book Janitors. I recommend this for
kids 9 and
older especially if you have a knack for young adult
fiction books this
book is for you! Without the Warlock Janitor, Walter, Spencer,
and Daisy have done a pretty decent job of keeping the school
clean of toxites but how can they keep it up with the
BEM on their tail.
Spencer's safety is decreasing rapidly will they give up
or figure a way out of this mess?
Storm Makers by Jennifer E. Smith
Ruby and Simon have been growing apart since their parents moved
them to a Wisconsin farm, but weird weather events
that seem tied to Simon's emotions bring a stranger into their
lives who introduces them to the Makers of Storms Society,
strengthening the bond between the twins.
Reviewed by Thomas, age 10:
Storm Makers was a good book; however, it takes a
long time to get into. It is about a kid who can make (or tame)
he doesn't know this. An okay book that I would only recommend
to people with long attention spans.
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