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Book Cover Divergent
Veronica Roth

I would really recommend Divergent, especially if you are interested in doing some reading over spring break. Divergent is one of my favorite books. THE FACTS: Who: A few of the main characters are Beatrice (or Trice), Four, Christina, Will, Eric, Peter, and Al. What: This part is a little confusing. There are five factions (erudite, abnegation, amity, candor, and dauntless). When you come of age, you take a test and that will decide what faction you are in. (Erudite is smarts, Abnegation is self-sacrifice, Amity is friendship, Candor is honesty, and Dauntless is bravery.) When: This book is set in the future. Where: This book is set in Chicago! Why: Apparently, it is to keep the city safe. PLOT: Beatrice (or Trice) is Divergent. That means that she doesn’t fit into one faction. She could be killed because of it. So she chooses Dauntless and pretends that it is what she scored on the test in order to stay alive. REVIEW: I would rate this book 4 stars. It had a great plot, but the writing was a little slow. CAUTION: This book has some romance, just FYI. It has a LOT of adventure, so if you want an exciting read, this is for you. I think this book could be from ages 10 and up.

Reviewer: Lucy T.
Rating: star rating

Book Cover The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
Rodman Philbrick

When Homer's brother Harold is sold into the Union Army by Homer's Uncle Squint, Homer has no choice but to try to find him. Homer ends up meeting lots of people, friends and foes alike, pretending to be a pig in a traveling medicine show, and riding a pony at full gallop across a battlefield at Gettysburg. In the end does Homer find his brother? Read the book to find out!

Reviewer: Eric L.
Rating: star rating

Magic book Code Talker
Joseph Bruchac

Ned Begay went to school, joined the U.S Marine Corps, and served in World War II. But Ned was not any normal Marine at the time of the second world war. He was a Navajo marine, employed in the marines to send messages in Navajo. The story begins when Ned Begay was still Kii Yazhi, Little boy, in his family's hogan...

Reviewer: Eric L.
Rating: star rating

Book Cover Organ and Tissue Transplants
Marilyn McClellan

Have you ever thought of replacing a damaged organ in your body, like a kidney, with an almost identical organ from someone else? Well, it might save your life. Organ and Tissue Transplants is about stories about people that have had organ transplants and how organ transplants are done. This book is a must-read if you want to be a surgeon.

Reviewer: Eric L.
Rating: star rating

Book Cover I Survived The Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941
Lauren Tarshis

When Danny and his mom moved to Hawaii, it was for Danny to get out of the dangerous streets of New York City. But after a few days , the japanese launch an attack against Pearl Harbor. Will Danny survive December 6, 1941?

Reviewer: Eric L.
Rating: star rating

Magic book I want a dog
Dayal Khalsa

My favorite part was when May took a piece of salami and dogs started following her all around town. It was my favorite part because ten dogs were following her for one slice of salami.

Reviewer: Sofia P.
Rating: star rating

Magic book The idea machine
Myra Sanderman

I read many stories from a magazine but my favorite one was The idea machine. It was my favorite one because Alex gave away all of his ideas and had no more ideas of carnival games. Then, he got an idea. His booth said... Need an idea? Ask me! Win a prize if I can not come up with an answer to your question. To Alex's surprise there was a long line of folks.

Reviewer: Sofia P.
Rating: star rating

Book Cover Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamond
Emma Thomas

There were three men robbing Mr. Parker's jewelry store. Two were in disguise. One was not. He held up a gun to everyone in the store. Cam and Eric eventually followed him to his house. Then Cam got caught while Eric was going to tell the police. The men were arrested and Cam got out.

Reviewer: Emma T.
Rating: star rating

Book Cover Heidi Heckelbeck Goes to Camp!
Wanda Coven

My favorite part was when Heidi got a horse named Fred. It was my favorite part because Fred is a very weird name for a horse.

Reviewer: Sofia P.
Rating: star rating

Book Cover Ivy + Bean Take Care of the Babysitter
Annie Barrows

It was a good book. Bean was really frustrated that Nancy got to babysit and get for it. Nancy was putting on makeup and she wasn't supposed to put on makeup. She was supposed to take care of Bean.

Reviewer: Madeline E.
Rating: star rating

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