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Forge, by Laurie Halse Anderon — April 15, 2017

Forge, by Laurie Halse Anderon

Sweet Violent Book

Forge is about a boy called Curzon who has enlisted in the army and is currently in Valley Forge. Forge is the second book in the Seeds of America Trilogy. Chains being the first. Forge is geared for young adults. Curzon was supposed to be freed after his first enlistement expired but his master lied. He is in the Fourth New Hampshire Regiment. Curzon makes friends wherever he goes. Curzon has a crush on Isabel. Curzon and his friends need to learn how to survive Valley Forge. Surviving Valley Forge basically means not starving and building your own hut. Oh, and not getting frostbite during the winter. I thought Forge was a very good book. During Forge you meet some of the characters from the book Fever 1793 like Mattie, Mattie’s mother, and Mattie’s grandfather. Five Stars. Have a great day!! -annaleeliz and Buttons

Chains, by Laurie Halse Anderson — April 14, 2017

Chains, by Laurie Halse Anderson

Amazing Beautiful Book

Chains is about a slave girl called Isabel who lives at the time of the Revolutionary War. Chains is geared towards young adults. Isabel’s old owner lived in Rhode Island but her new owner lives in New York. Isabel’s old owner was kind, but her new owner likes to hit her slaves.  Isabel has a little sister called Ruth who came with her. Isabel cares more about Ruth then herself. Isabel makes friends with another slave boy called Curzon. Isabel wants to be free and will do anything to be free. But with the Revolutionary War going on can she make it? I thought Chains was a very good book. Laurie Halse Anderson puts an appendix in all of her books to tell you the events that happened. Five Stars. -annaleeliz and Buttons

Fever 1793, by Laurie Halse Anderson —

Fever 1793, by Laurie Halse Anderson

Amazing Well Told Story

Fever 1793 is about a girl called Mattie who is living at the time of the Philadelphia yellow fever epidemic. Fever 1793 is geared towards young aduts. Mattie is a 12 year old girl who lives/works in a coffeehouse. As you may expect, her life is not that exciting. Mattie is frequently bored. Mattie lives with her mother and grandfather. Even though Mattie is only Mattie is only 12, her mother dreams of finding a husband for her. When the yellow fever strikes Mattie needs to learn to survive in a city infested with it. I thought Fever 1793 was a very good book. Fever 1793 is historical fiction. My favorite genre is historical fiction. Five Stars. Have a great day!! -annaleeliz and Buttons

I Lived On Butterfly Hill, by Marjorie Agosin — April 13, 2017

I Lived On Butterfly Hill, by Marjorie Agosin

Beautiful Elegant Book

I Lived On Butterfly Hill is about a girl called Celeste who lives in Chile during the time of the Chilean dictatorship. I Lived On Butterfly Hill is geared towards young adults. Celeste is a Chilean girl who comes from a rich family. Celeste, a popular girl at her school, does not know how to react when the Chilean dictator takes over. When Celeste’s friends start to disappear, her parents tell her they need to hide.  Celeste also needs to go into hiding. Celeste goes to her Tia Gracelia in Maine. Sadly, Celeste does not know any English. Celeste needs to learn English, go to school, do chores, and wait. I thought I Lived On Butterfly Hill was a great book. I Lived On Butterfly Hill is historical fiction. Five Stars. I just got glasses today and I look good. Have a great day!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons

One White Dolphin, by Gill Lewis — April 11, 2017

One White Dolphin, by Gill Lewis

Heartfelt Sweet Book

One White Dolphin is about a girl called Kara who tries to stop the dredging in the reef. One White Dolphin is geared towards elementary students. Kara is a dyslexic girl who gets teased a lot. Kara makes friends with a boy who has special needs called Felix. Together Felix and Kara will save the reef. Dougie Evans is going to dredge the reef and kill all the marine life in the reef. Kara’s father is going to lose his job and then they will be homeless. Kara finds a baby albino dolphin beached and through all the trouble tries to save it. I thought One White Dolphin was pretty good but that I was a bit to old to be reading it. Three Stars. -annaleeliz and Buttons

The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden —

The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale is about a girl called Vasya who has a gift called the second sight. The Bear and the Nightingale is geared towards young adults. Vasya grows up as the daughter of a boyar with 4 other siblings. Vasya has a gift called the secondsight which means she can see the house spirits. Vasya’s siblings are Koyla, Sasha, Aloysha, and Irina. Vasya’s mother died after giving birth to Vasya. Vasya’s new stepmother has the second sight also. Vasya’s stepmother thinks that the house spirits are demons and wants to get rid of them. Vasya needs to stop her stepmother, avoid getting married, and avoid going to the convent. Vasya meets the winter king who helps her on her quest. I thought The Bear and the Nightingale was a good book. If you or your child does not like people dying or war this book is not for you. I do not like characters dying. Four Stars. Have a good day. -annaleeliz and Buttons

Maybe A Fox, by Kathi Appelt & Alison Mcghee — April 9, 2017

Maybe A Fox, by Kathi Appelt & Alison Mcghee

Maybe A Fox is about a girl, Jules, whose sister dies and now Jules has to learn to live without her. Maybe A Fox is geared towards middle-schoolers. Jules is an 11 year old girl and I bet you can imagine how hard it is to live with the death of an older sister. If you can’t imagine that you’re lucky. Jules’ older sister died when she fell into the Slip and drowned. Now Jules doesn’t know what to do with her life. I was shocked about the ending. I thought Maybe A Fox was a good book and that everyone should read it. Maybe A Fox is for readers who don’t get sad over books. I loved Maybe A Fox and I hope you like it too. Five Stars. -annaleeliz

Chomp, by Carl Hiassen —

Chomp, by Carl Hiassen

Chomp is about a boy called Wahoo whose dad gets hired to be an animal wrangler for a famous TV show. Chomp is geared towards middle-schoolers. Wahoo, a middle-schooler, is the son of the famous animal wrangler who gets hired to work for a famous TV show. Wahoo lost his thumb when Alice the Alligator bit it off. Derek Badger, a famous actor, wants to put the real back in reality TV. Derek Badger will not use any of Mickey Cray’s tame animals. Will Derek Badger be able to survive? I thought Chomp was pretty good. Chomp is for people who like humorous books. Four Stars. Have a great day! -annaleeliz

The Gauntlet, by Karuna Riazi — April 8, 2017

The Gauntlet, by Karuna Riazi

The Gauntlet is about 3 kids who get trapped in a game and to leave the game they have to destroy it. The Gauntlet is geared towards middle-schoolers. Farah gets trapped in the Gauntlet on her 12th birthday. Worst birthday present ever. Farah and her friends travel into the Gauntlet to save her little brother. Farah and her friends have to complete 3 timed tasks to destroy the game. Teaser: the game cheats. I thought The Gauntlet was super good. You will love the twist at the end. The Gauntlet is for readers who love their suspense books. The Gauntlet was super good and I loved it. Five Stars. -annaleeliz

Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree, by Lauren Tarshis — April 6, 2017

Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree, by Lauren Tarshis

Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree is about a girl who tries to solve a problem. Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree is geared towards middle-schoolers. Emma-Jean Lazarus is a girl who tries to solve a problem and learns how to make friends. Emma-Jean is the smartest girl in class and has no social skills. Laura Gildroy is trying to ruin Colleen’s friendship with someone. Emma-Jean hears Colleen crying in the bathroom and decides to help. But though the outcome was good in the short run it was bad in the long run. Emma-Jean needs to think of a new solution, fast. Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree is a great book. I am doing it for my book report. I love Emma-Jean and readers can connect with her. I love it and I hope you do too. Five Stars. -annaleeliz