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The Abduction by Gordon Korman
Aiden works with the FBI in order to rescue his sister Meg, who was kidnapped.
Reviewed by Eric, age 10:
This book is about a family called the Falconers. This family is made up of a boy named Aiden, a girl named Meg, and John and Louise Falconer who just got out of jail so not too many people trust them. But one day after school a car comes by and takes Meg. The Falconer's do the best they can to get Meg back.
Cave of the Dark Wind by Dave Barry
While Peter is away from the island, James and the other Lost Boys insist on exploring a mysterious cave, despite Shining Pearl and Little Scallop's warning that it is a dangerous place, inhabited by a creature known as the Goat Taker.
Reviewed by Deanna, age 9:
The book I read was good because I think the author is very good at writing. In the beginning they find two pieces of the Blind Luck Treasure and they go on an adventure.
Medusa Plot by Gordon Korman
Thirteen-year-old Dan Cahill and his older sister, Amy,
thought they belonged to the world's most powerful family.
They thought the hunt for 39 Clues leading to the source of
that power was over. They even thought they'd won. But Amy
and Dan were wrong.
Reviewed by Thomas, age 9:
It's definitely a good book. If you've not read all the other 39
Clues, it may be a bit confusing. It's excitingish. Well,
it's only the first book - maybe in the second book it will
be more exciting. I recommend it for ages 8 - 11.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
Edward Tulane, a cold-hearted and proud toy rabbit, loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him and travels across the country, acquiring new owners and listening to their hopes, dreams, and histories.
Reviewed by Jessica, age 11:
This book is about a china rabbit named Edward. He got thrown into the sea because he had not loved his owner. A sailor picked him up and brought him in. Then Edward learned to love. Then he traveled with a hobo. Next, a boy picked him up and gave him to his dying sister. His head got cracked open at a restaurant. A toy maker fixed him. Finally Edward found Abilene (his first owner) again.
girl by A.J. Paquette
Fair-skinned and blond-haired, 13-year-old Luchi was born
in a Thai prison where her American mother was being held and
she has never had any other home, but when her mother dies
Luchi sets out into the world to search for the family and
home she has always dreamed of.
Reviewed by Alaina, 11:
Girl is about a girl named Luchi Ann who was born in the
Khon Mueang Women's Prison. She has never gone out into the
world, until now. Her mom died from a very deadly disease.
It made the heat become pain, then blood, and then one day
her mother was a black-and-white sketch. It made her tears
gone, but also her smile, and so was her spark. The warden
decided that Luchi should leave the prison. Luchi begged and
for more time. The warden told Luchi that her nephew Kiet is
driving to Bangkok and how he agreed to take her with him.
She goes through many Adventures and great experiences. She
goes through continents, customs, danger, and many more exciting
adventures and the most important one of all. I think nowhere
girl is an exciting adventure to read. It tells you about Thailand
and the courage of a girl finding her one place in the world.
I definitely recommend this book to everyone and people who
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.
Reviewed by Elisa, age 10:
The four Penderwick sisters - Jane, Rosalind, Skye and Batty - are on their summer vacation at Arundel Hall. They have many adventures. A boy named Jeffrey has many adventures awaiting him.
Rose Cottage Tales by Emily Bearn
Deep inside the broom cupboard of Rose Cottage, two mice
live in great style. Tumtum and Nutmeg lead cozy and quiet
lives, secretly looking after Arthur and Lucy, the disheveled
human children of the cottage, never dreaming that so many
exciting adventures will soon find them.
Reviewed by Savannah, age 12:
Tumtum and Nutmeg, though it did not appeal to me, was a cute
story geared to 7, 8, and possibly 9 year olds. The book is broken
into three stories of about eight chapters each. Each story is
an action-packed adventure about two mice. It was not my kind
of book because I like books that have lots of description, and
this book hardly had any. It was semi-creative (yet cliché)
and would make a good picture book. It includes a holiday story
that would be a great alternative to the annual reading of The
Night Before Christmas (which I've found to bore kids).
Seth Thistlethwaite and the Soothsayer's Shoes by Richard
The ruthless Prince Quincy has stolen the wise wizard's magical
soothsaying shoes, and Sir Seth and Sir Ollie must retrieve them
with the help of a saber-toothed sloth and a ghost king.
Reviewed by Adrienne, age 11:
Seth Thistlethwaite and the Soothsayer's Shoes is probably
the worst book I have ever read. In fact, it is. Here are three
reasons why I disliked it so much:
1. The plotline was horrible
2. It was babyish.
3. Things happened a bit too rushed for me. I like books full of twists and
But that is my opinion. There might be someone out there who will like it.
Here's a brief summary about the book, and you can compare it with my reasons
above: Sir Seth, Sir Ollie, and Shasta, Sir Seth's dog, set off to find and
adventure. When they hear that some magic shoes have been stolen by an evil
prince, they set off to find them, making new friends (including a ghost and
a talking sloth) along the way.
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
Relates the fortunes of a shipwrecked family as they imaginatively adapt to life on an island abundantly inhabited by animal and plant life.
Reviewed by Peter, age 10:
A violent storm traps a family of six on a tropical island. The family survived for 10 years on the island. They built a treehouse and hunted for their food. Finally, a ship went by, but the family decided not to leave the island. They only sent the oldest son away.
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, the mistress of the inn and her son find a treasure map that leads them to a pirate's fortune.
Reviewed by Robert, age 12:
Young Jim Hawkins is in a pickle. He is on Treasure Island. The double crosser John Silver is after the treasure. Ben Gann, a marooned man, has the treasure, and then in the end the treasure is gone!
Rising by Gordon Korman
Fourteen-year-old Amy Cahill and her younger brother Dan
thought they could return to their regular lives when they
found the 39 clues. But the Vespers, powerful enemies, will
stop at nothing to get the clues. And with the Vespers rising,
the world is in jeopardy.
Reviewed by Becca, 16:
I truly enjoyed reading the next book in the 39
Clues series. I have adored this series since I started
reading it. Dan and Amy Cahill are part of the world's most
powerful family, the Cahills. Cahills are being kidnapped from
around the world by the Vespers. Dan and Amy have been allotted
amounts of time to complete random assignments. If they do
not complete the assignments, their captured friends will die.
Amy and Dan must figure out a way to get their friends back
and to figure out the Vespers' master plan before it is too
Wild Man Island by Will Hobbs
After fourteen-year-old Andy slips away from his kayaking group to visit the wilderness site of his archaeologist father's death, a storm strands him on Admiralty Island, Alaska, where he manages to survive, encounters unexpected animal and human inhabitants, and looks for traces of the earliest prehistoric immigrants to America.
Reviewed by David, age 12:
Wild Man Island was about this kid named Andy Galloway. In the book, on the final day of his kayaking trip, Andy travels to his father's funeral on his sea kayak. On Andy's way back to camp his kayak is flipped by a sea lion and he is forced to swim ashore. On Admiralty Island (the island which Andy swims ashore to, located in Alaska) Andy meets a wild man and that is why this book is called Wild Man Island.
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