Posted in Fiction, Spy Fiction

Spy School: Secret Service by Stuart Gibbs

In this book we meet Ben Ripley, who attends the CIA school for spies. When he is put on  Mission Pungent Muskrat in the White House, he has to protect the President by making friends with his son. When the evil organization SPYDER doesn’t make a move, Ben starts to suspect that he, himself might be the threat. What will he do? This is the last book in the series, and I strongly recommend reading them in order. I really liked this book because it had a lot of adventure and suspense.

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Posted in Fantasy, Series

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth book in the series…nineteen years later. We meet Albus Severus Potter, daughter of Harry and Ginny, who is about to go to Hogwarts for the first time. At Hogwarts, Albus is sorted into Slytherin and makes a new friend, Scorpius who is Draco Malfoy’s son. When Albus overhears a conversation he is not supposed to hear, he sets out to change time to bring someone back. What will he find? I loved this book a lot because of the magic and adventure, but I felt like it didn’t have a lot of J.K Rowling’s voice in it.

 

 

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Posted in Mystery, Science Fiction

First Light by Rebecca Stead

In this book we meet Thea and Peter. Thea lives underground in a world of snow and ice, and Peter lives in the normal world. When Peter joins his family on an expedition to Greenland, he has a series of visions which he doesn’t understand. His search for answers leads him very close to Thea’s world, where she dreams of a path to the surface. What will Peter and Thea find? I liked this book because it was very suspenseful and I liked hearing the two stories slowly intertwine.

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Posted in Realistic Fiction

Holes by Louis Sachar

In this book, we meet Stanley Yelnats. He has been unfairly sent to a boys’ detention center, called Camp Green Lake. When he arrives he is told that everyday, he must dig one hole, five feet wide and five feet deep. Stanley soon realizes that Camp Green Lake isn’t what it appears to be, and Stanley is determined to dig out the secret. I liked this book because it was very descriptive, but in the middle I feel like it repeats a little.

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Posted in Fantasy

The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol

In this book we meet Arianwyn, a young witch who is about to get evaluated for her powers. Her hopes are high, but during the evaluation something goes wrong and she fails. She is sent to the town of Lull in disgrace, where the mayor always seems disapproving and disappointed. Everything is going along pretty well, until her old enemy, Gimma, from school comes to “visit”. Gimma messes everything up and it is up to Arianwyn to fix it, but how can she when she is unsure of her powers? I liked this book because it was very interesting and I feel like I am a spectator in the story due to the author’s descriptions.

 

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Posted in Dystopian

You’ll Like it here (Everybody Does) by Ruth White

In this book, we meet the Blue family. In the beginning of the book we learn that the Blue family is not a regular family when they escape from their neighbors in an unusual way. They escape to Fashion City, which is a dystopian city controlled by ‘The Fathers’. Once they settle, they quickly realize that their neighbors are the least of their worries, they now have to escape from Fashion City itself. I liked this book because of its dystopian aspects, and because I could really place myself in the story thanks to the author’s great descriptions.
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Posted in Realistic Fiction

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

This book was amazing. It is technically 2 stories that intertwine at the end. One is Ben’s story which is told in text, the other is Rose’s story, told in drawings. Ben is an orphan, and he is living with his Aunt and Uncle, but when he sees his former house lit up he goes to investigate, what will he find? We see Rose, who doesn’t like her father, but we don’t see her mother, until she goes to New York to find her. I liked this story because it kept me hanging, and both the pictures and the text were very descriptive.

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The Name of This Book is a Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch

In this book, we meet Cass and Max-Ernest who are investigating the death of the magician Pietro Bergamo. When they went inside his house to look for clues, Cass found a secret journal in a hidden room. The journal leads them to the spa of the Midnight Sun, what will they find? I like this book because the author speaks to you throughout the story, he interrupts and sometimes doesn’t even want to continue the book! I also loved this book because it is a good adventure story and there are elements that you can relate to.

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Posted in Historical Fiction

Katherine’s Story by Adele Whitby

In the book Katherine’s Story, Lady Katherine and her sister Lady Elizabeth travel across the sea from England to America with their father and their lady’s maid Essie Bridges. Once in America with their cousin’s family, the Vandemeers, Katherine and Elizabeth meet Ms. DuMay who is going to marry Henry Vandemeer. Everyone is excited for the wedding until suddenly the portrait of Henry’s first wife goes missing and it is found in Ms. DuMay’s son’s hands. The wedding is called off but Katherine and Elizabeth are determined to find the portrait and save the wedding. Will they succeed?

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Malory Towers by Enid Blyton

The Malory Towers is a series about a girl named Darrell, she goes to boarding school at Malory Towers and is very proud of it. Each book is about her as she moves up in her forms, (there is the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th form). Along with her, there are many other girls with her who go up with her in the forms The most important ones are Sally, Gwendoline, Alicia, Bill (, and many more. Sally is Darrell’s best friend, they become friends in the 2nd book. Gwendoline is very feather-headed, she doesn’t care about anything except herself and she is very spoiled, Darrell always tries to put a little sense in her head but it doesn’t always work. Alicia is very smart and clever, she plays tricks on the teachers all the time and can still work hard. Darrell sometimes admires her but other times she doesn’t because Alicia also had a hard, jealous streak. Bill is a girl who grew up with her 7 brothers, as a result, she loves horses and is very boyish. Once, when Bill’s horse was in trouble Darrell helped Bill find help and she stayed with the horse until help came. I like this series because you see the character growing up through the books, and it is a very fun story.

 

 

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