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byMichael LewisThe Blind Side Evolution Paperback
byMichael LewisThe Blind Side Evolution Paperback
by Michael Lewis
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More for adults than preteens or teens., September 18, 2012
If I was a little older, I would give it 5 stars.

I watched the movie Blind Side, and it was an inspiring movie, so I decided to give the book a shot. This author has a way of writing that brings out the little stuff that we should be blessed for. He also did an awesome job of combining football and life drama together. If you like college football you will enjoy reading this book.
This book is the true story of Michael Oher, a black teenager from the poorest, drug infested part of Memphis, Tennessee. Who broke the habit of being poor, to making it as a highly talented football player. Bad grades, car crashes, and trouble with the Memphis police, could have sent Michael to his poor home, but the Touh's had hope in him.


The Mystery in the Fortune Cookie (The Boxcar Children Mysteries Book 96)
The Mystery in the Fortune Cookie (The Boxcar Children Mysteries Book 96)
Price: $3.82

3.0 out of 5 stars mysterious, September 17, 2012
I believe I made the wrong decision in picking this book to read. The mystery the characters were trying to solve was a little boring. The author didn't add enough detail in each clue to keep me guessing. I could almost always figure out what was coming next. The clues were way to easy to solve. For example, Jessie the second oldest girl, found a clue in her fortune cookie that was sitting on top of her ice cream. Inside was a picture gram that was too easy. I figured out what it meant before the children did. I think the author should have made the clues a little more challenging for the readers.

The only reason I enjoyed this story was Benny. He is the youngest child of the boxcar children, who are orphans. He had a good sense of humor that made me laugh. For example one time while Benny was waiting for his fortune cookie, he yelled, "Where's my cookie?" Right there in the middle of the restaurant which made every one laugh.

The main setting was in a little town named Circleville. It has about one hundred homes and sixty-six stores. They were visiting their aunt who lived there. When she took them out to dinner the children discovered a clue to a mystery in Benny's fortune cookie. The Children love to solve mysteries.

The main theme and conflict of the book were the four clues that the children solved where supposed to be for someone else to find. The mystery for the children was to find out whom it was for.

I would recommend this book to a person who likes mysteries at an easy reading level. Most of the words were easy. Only a few were hard to understand. I would not pick another book in the "Boxcar Children" series.


One Crazy Summer
One Crazy Summer
by Rita Williams-Garcia
Edition: Paperback
Price: $6.29
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, September 17, 2012
This review is from: One Crazy Summer (Paperback)
One Crazy Summer takes place in Oakland, California in 1968. 11-year Delphine and her younger sisters Vonetta and Fern were abandoned by their mother Cecile seven years ago. The girls are sent to Oakland to spend one month with their mother. The girls are excited about the visit because they want to know why their mother left them, and get to know her better.
When they arrive, Cecile does not have much time for them, so she sends the girls to a summer camp sponsored by the Black Panther Party. While at the camp they learn about the Civil Rights movement, and attend rallies and protests.
One Crazy Summer is a very interesting story, because you cannot imagine the things that are mentioned in the book happening in our lives today. The story started out very sad, because the girls were abandoned by their mother when they were very young. I could not imagine living life without my mother. Reading the book made me feel grateful that I have my mother and father to take care of me. The book was educational because I learned some things about the Black Panther Party and how African Americans were treated during that time. One Crazy Summer was also funny to read about some of the exciting things the girls did for fun.
I would recommend this book to parents and children because it is a good book to read as a family. You will learn some things about history, and it will make you appreciate all that you have!


The Vanishings (Left Behind: The Kids #1)
The Vanishings (Left Behind: The Kids #1)
by Jerry B. Jenkins
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $5.99
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Adventurous, September 17, 2012
The four main characters in this story are teenagers named Judd, Vicki, Ryan, and Lionel. The theme is about how these kids are trying to find their parents who have suddenly disappeared. The setting of the story is mostly in the suburbs. The conflict happens as the four teens try to find their parents, but they are unable to. They learn that they have to believe in God's salvation and this is one reason they were left behind. The emotional tone is sadness, because when they find out their parents disappear they sob on their knees.
I feel that you should read this book because it's full of drama. The first reason this book has drama is because Judd went and got a passport and credit card and traveled to London without telling his parents, all because he thought his parents were annoying. The second reason the book has drama is because the four friend's parents believed in Christ and the teenagers didn't like going to church. They find out later this has something to do with their parents disappearing. The third reason of drama is that all the teens try to work together to find out what's happening to their parents.
One time they met and they watched a movie. Another part of the book that had drama was when the only church member left behind had the teenagers watch a movie. It had a message in it changed them and they believe in their parents. The last reason that the book had drama is because at the end of the book people start to disappear, including the parents of the four friends, but still no one figured out where they went. It was still a mystery.
I would rate this book a four out of five popcorn bags. It kept me interested and glad that my parents are with me.


The Carnivorous Carnival (A Series of Unfortunate Events # 9)
The Carnivorous Carnival (A Series of Unfortunate Events # 9)
by Lemony Snicket
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $10.53
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carnivorous Carnival, November 9, 2011
The Carnivorous Carnival
My book is The Carnivorous Carnival. I would suggest you read this book, if you have read all the books before it in the series. This is my favorite book so far, of this series. This book is about 3 orphans named Sunny, Klaus, and Violet Baudelaire. They hid in the back of their enemy Count Olaf's car. They ended up at a carnival. They disguised themselves as freaks to hide from Count Olaf while he is asking the fortune teller there where are the Baudelaire children. They got a job there to be in the house of freaks attraction. Count Olaf gave Madam Lulu the owner of the carnival and the fortune teller there a new attraction for her carnival. The attraction was lions that were meant to eat the freaks in the house of freaks. Will the Baudelaires make it out alive? You will have to read this exciting book to find out!


Guardians of Ga'Hoole #6: The Burning
Guardians of Ga'Hoole #6: The Burning
by Kathryn Lasky
Edition: Paperback
Price: $4.89
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Book on Your Opinion, November 9, 2011
Guardians of Ga'Hoole Book 6 The Burning
A book on your opinion
I chose this book because I have already read some of the authors books before in this series. I would rate this book a 3 out of 5. I would recommend this book for 8 and up. The first half of the book was a little bit boring. Then it starts to pick up. It talks about how the Guardians [Guardians the good owls] and the Pure Ones [Pure Ones are the bad owls] are planning an attack on each other. There in battle the Pure Ones leader Kludd gets killed. Who was the one to that killed him find out. This is when the story gets exciting. The main charters are Soren, Gylfie, Digger, and Twilight. If you like action or planning this is a book for you.


Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
by J. K. Rowling
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Thrilling, Amazing, and Outstanding book by J.K. Rolling, November 9, 2011
Thrilling, Amazing, Outstanding
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was an outstanding book. It is full of adventure, action, and excitement. Harry Potter had his name put into a Goblet that choses people for the Triwizard Tournament (it is sort of like a wizard Olympics). It is full of dangerous tasks such as fighting dragons to get a golden egg, swimming to the bottom of the black lake to save a friend from evil mermaids, and running through a huge maze to get to the Triwizard cup. I would recommend this book for 5th and 6th graders and also if you like adventure.
By: A 5th grade reader


Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, 1763
Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, 1763
by Mary Pope Osborne
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a amazing and deep story, November 9, 2011
This is a book by Mary Pope Osborne called Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, 1763. Catharine is living in fear of the Native Americans attacking her home and taking her captive. Soon enough they do. Caty and her brother, Thomas, get captured and forced to walk, maybe to their deaths. After a year living with the Lenape tribe, she changes her mind about the Lenape and does not fear them anymore. Caty and Thomas go through a lot of changes, because of their experience.

I recommend this book to younger ages, between eight and thirteen. It was historically accurate, and it was completely engaging. It was a nice twist at the end in the epilogue. I thought that the author did an amazing job at writing this book. If you like historical fiction, you will enjoy learning about the conflicts and culture of the Native Americans, and the struggles and culture of the early Quaker settlers before the Revolutionary War.

As many settlers came to America they spread European diseases, like smallpox, and it killed many Native American children. To keep their tribe growing, they took European children from there homes and adopted them to replace their children who had died. Also, the government sent the Native Americans to reservations and took their homes. Settlers and English soldiers killed Native American tribes out of anger and fear. The tribes retaliated against the settlers, too. The Quakers and the Lenape lived in peace until right before the Revolutionary War.

In the beginning of her diary, Caty was not seeing the big picture. She was afraid of the Indians, but then she learned that they were kind people. She learned to love them, but then she gets separated when her Native American family was killed by English soldiers. Caty became a new person, and she was very lonely. She was lonely because she felt like an outcast when all of her friends said that the Native Americans were savages, and she loved them.

Standing in the Light was a deep story. Caty let her inner light shine through to help her make the right decisions. She opened her heart to a new culture. Catharine and Thomas' lives were changed forever. Both of them went on in their lives to help people who were not treated fairly and equally.


Animorphs #4: The Message
Animorphs #4: The Message
by Katherine A. Applegate
Edition: Paperback
Price: $5.71
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go, Go, Animorphs, October 5, 2011
Animorphs
The book Animorphs written by K.A. Applegate is a good book. I think this book is a good book because it has good details and words. I also love it because the book makes me feel like I'm there. For instance when the author said the Andalite was in the dome with turquoise grass that had funny trees and was prancing in the grass and it makes me feel like I'm there. This book uses a lot of exiting words that pop out.
Animorphs is about 5 teens. The major conflict is that the Yeerks want to take over the world so they try to destroy the Andlites. The 5 teens are in middle school and are mostly at the ocean in this book. The characters are Tobias, Jake, Rachel, Cassie, and Marco. Cassie is a animal lover. Jake and Marco are sort of alike they both are solemn and funny at the right time. Tobias is a hawk. Rachel is a tough girl sometimes and can be a girly girl when she needs to be.

The 5 teens are the Animorphs and they can morph into animals. I especially liked when they morphed into seagulls because it made feel like I'm there. The Andlite and Yeerks are at war and are trying to destroy each other and the yeerks are trying to take away their planet. Over all I think you should read this book because it is fun and adventures. When you need a laugh and solemn mixed you should read Animorphs.


The Throne of Fire (The Kane Chronicles, Book 2)
The Throne of Fire (The Kane Chronicles, Book 2)
by Rick Riordan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.77
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5.0 out of 5 stars adventourus and exiting, October 5, 2011
This book review was an assignment from my teacher. was easier than I expected my teacher said that I had to include details from the book but not everything from the book. Anyway I loved this book it was amazing!
This book is about a boy named carter and his sister Sadie. They are trying to find the 3 pieces of the book of Ra (the sun god) to awaken him to stop aphohis (a giant snake) from swallowing the world.
Here are some reasons I like the book:
* I already ready read the prequel so I'd like to know what happens next.
* It is by my FAVORITE author Rick Riodian I would recommend any book by him mostly because he writes very exiting books
I would recommend if you like mythology or fiction this book is for you. I also would recommend that you stop reading and take a break at exiting parts of the book so you have something to get back at like when there fighting aphohis that's when you should stop or when Sadie and her friends are getting chased by a giant baboon god or any exiting parts. But before you read this book you should read The Red Pyramid
(the prequel before reading the throne of fire.


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