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This was an excellently executed novel by Chris Weitz. It is written in two perspectives and tells the story of teenagers fighting for survival in their dystopian world. The main characters were richly painted, and are highly relatable. I recommend this book for fans of the Hunger Games Trilogy or Legend Trilogy.
—Alex, 16

This was an excellently executed novel by Chris Weitz. It is written in two perspectives and tells the story of teenagers fighting for survival in their dystopian world. The main characters were richly painted, and are highly relatable. I recommend this book for fans of the Hunger Games Trilogy or Legend Trilogy.

—Alex, 16

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Wildflower is an inspiring book about a 16-year-old girl finding her place in the world. She has spent most of her teen years on the road with her families traveling band. But, when her dad’s sore throat leads to her discovery leads to a record label with the biggest name in the country, she doesn’t know where or who to turn to. She is suddenly trying to balance her family ties with her sudden new popularity with trying to get her crush to “notice me” already; and she handles it quite well. With a slow beginning, a fast-pased middle and an abrupt end, this book will leave you looking for more.
— Miranda

Wildflower is an inspiring book about a 16-year-old girl finding her place in the world. She has spent most of her teen years on the road with her families traveling band. But, when her dad’s sore throat leads to her discovery leads to a record label with the biggest name in the country, she doesn’t know where or who to turn to. She is suddenly trying to balance her family ties with her sudden new popularity with trying to get her crush to “notice me” already; and she handles it quite well. With a slow beginning, a fast-pased middle and an abrupt end, this book will leave you looking for more.

— Miranda

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All I can really say is wow! This book is amazing, I honestly could not put it down. It chronicles six months of a girls life, as she comes to terms with love, friendship, and death. But, though these things tend to be written about in a cliche manner, this book looks at it from a new and breathtakingly beautiful perspective. I would definitely recommend this book.
— Jenny

All I can really say is wow! This book is amazing, I honestly could not put it down. It chronicles six months of a girls life, as she comes to terms with love, friendship, and death. But, though these things tend to be written about in a cliche manner, this book looks at it from a new and breathtakingly beautiful perspective. I would definitely recommend this book.

— Jenny

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I really liked the book. I liked the part when they found Carter Jr. This book is about Carter, Nick, and Angelo who find a homunculus, Carter Jr., while on a camping trip. After bringing Carter Jr. home the boys notice people are acting strange in their neighborhood and Carter Jr. has disappeared! Angelo, Carter, and Nick set out to solve the mystery. I recommend this book to people that like monsters and mysteries.
— Lucian, 7

I really liked the book. I liked the part when they found Carter Jr. This book is about Carter, Nick, and Angelo who find a homunculus, Carter Jr., while on a camping trip. After bringing Carter Jr. home the boys notice people are acting strange in their neighborhood and Carter Jr. has disappeared! Angelo, Carter, and Nick set out to solve the mystery. I recommend this book to people that like monsters and mysteries.

— Lucian, 7

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The Nerdy Dozen is a awesome and exciting book that once you start, you cant stop reading.It is really good for any one who likes action or is obsessed with a video game like me.I would totaly recomed it because its an awesome read!
— Ava

The Nerdy Dozen is a awesome and exciting book that once you start, you cant stop reading.It is really good for any one who likes action or is obsessed with a video game like me.I would totaly recomed it because its an awesome read!

— Ava

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Charmed Life: Caitlin’s Lucky Charm by Lisa Schroeder is a book in a series about four best friends who are all in Cabin 7 at their summer camp. It’s about Caitlin. Caitlin is the first friend who gets to wear a bracelet they all bought together. When Caitlin gets back from camp her family is trying to save money. Her mother packs snacks instead of getting food from a restaurant. Her family is painting all the rooms in their house and they don’t get the TV channels they like anymore. Caitlin has to go to a new school where she doesn’t have any friends, so her school year is about to be a total disaster. Will the charm bracelet she bought at camp save her? This book is fun to read because you get to know all of the characters, by reading letters from Caitlin’s friends. I this book because it is about how sometimes you have troubles but you can make it if you try.
— Maisy, 8

Charmed Life: Caitlin’s Lucky Charm by Lisa Schroeder is a book in a series about four best friends who are all in Cabin 7 at their summer camp. It’s about Caitlin. Caitlin is the first friend who gets to wear a bracelet they all bought together. When Caitlin gets back from camp her family is trying to save money. Her mother packs snacks instead of getting food from a restaurant. Her family is painting all the rooms in their house and they don’t get the TV channels they like anymore. Caitlin has to go to a new school where she doesn’t have any friends, so her school year is about to be a total disaster. Will the charm bracelet she bought at camp save her? This book is fun to read because you get to know all of the characters, by reading letters from Caitlin’s friends. I this book because it is about how sometimes you have troubles but you can make it if you try.

— Maisy, 8

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I really liked this book. It was really silly at times, but also had moments of deep friendship and finding yourself. One of the main characters’ brother is sick, so she worries about him a lot, but her friend is so silly and lighthearted that the book doesn’t feel dark and sad. I would recommend this book to any girl from ages 9 to 11, and maybe even 12, the only reason being that it is shorter, and might not have enough action and depth for older readers. Everyday Angel: New Beginnings is fun to read, and has messages of true friendship and finding yourself.
— Clare, 12

I really liked this book. It was really silly at times, but also had moments of deep friendship and finding yourself. One of the main characters’ brother is sick, so she worries about him a lot, but her friend is so silly and lighthearted that the book doesn’t feel dark and sad. I would recommend this book to any girl from ages 9 to 11, and maybe even 12, the only reason being that it is shorter, and might not have enough action and depth for older readers. Everyday Angel: New Beginnings is fun to read, and has messages of true friendship and finding yourself.

— Clare, 12

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It Takes Two: A Whole New Ball Game by Belle Payton is about two very different twin sisters, Alex and Eva, who move to Texas and experience new things. They move because their dad has been hired to be a high school football coach at a high school where football is a very big deal and their whole family gets lots of attention which is weird for them. Everyone has trouble adjusting to the changes at first, but the sisters help each other and their dad. This book is about everyday life. It may not be as dramatic as other books like Harry Potter or Charlotte’s Web, but I really enjoyed reading it. If you enjoy reading about things girls actually experience like middle school, misunderstandings between siblings, and the challenges of getting used to new things, you’ll like this book too.
— Maisy, age 8

It Takes Two: A Whole New Ball Game by Belle Payton is about two very different twin sisters, Alex and Eva, who move to Texas and experience new things. They move because their dad has been hired to be a high school football coach at a high school where football is a very big deal and their whole family gets lots of attention which is weird for them. Everyone has trouble adjusting to the changes at first, but the sisters help each other and their dad. This book is about everyday life. It may not be as dramatic as other books like Harry Potter or Charlotte’s Web, but I really enjoyed reading it. If you enjoy reading about things girls actually experience like middle school, misunderstandings between siblings, and the challenges of getting used to new things, you’ll like this book too.

— Maisy, age 8

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V is for Villain is certainly no ordinary superhero book. The main character is an antihero, a magically powerful high schooler who sees the immorality of superheros and the society they have created. The main character therefore rejects society and becomes a supervillain, somehow ignoring the even more glaring moral issues associated with that path. The concept behind the book is interesting, but the moral issues that were supposed to give the book its substance don’t seem well thought-out.
The plot is very interesting, though, and compelling throughout the book, and the characters are interesting if a bit one-dimensional. All in all, I would say it’s a fine book, worth reading, but nothing special.
— Anna

V is for Villain is certainly no ordinary superhero book. The main character is an antihero, a magically powerful high schooler who sees the immorality of superheros and the society they have created. The main character therefore rejects society and becomes a supervillain, somehow ignoring the even more glaring moral issues associated with that path. The concept behind the book is interesting, but the moral issues that were supposed to give the book its substance don’t seem well thought-out.

The plot is very interesting, though, and compelling throughout the book, and the characters are interesting if a bit one-dimensional. All in all, I would say it’s a fine book, worth reading, but nothing special.

— Anna

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A book with a wonderful story line and a lot of twists and turns. At some points it’s hard to tell who is good and who is evil. Many times mice/rats are given human abilities and are very intelligent. In all ways I think it’s a 5 Star book!
— Leah, age 10

A book with a wonderful story line and a lot of twists and turns. At some points it’s hard to tell who is good and who is evil. Many times mice/rats are given human abilities and are very intelligent. In all ways I think it’s a 5 Star book!

— Leah, age 10