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“Hamstersaurus Rex”

“Hamstersaurus Rex”

Patrick Biondolillo, 9, Valley Stream
May 23, 2017
Filed under Books, Long Island

"Hamstersaurus Rex vs. Squirrel Kong," by Tom O'Donnell & Tim Miller, was great. It's about a kid named Sam Gibbs. He was the hamster monitor in training. Sam takes Hamstersaurus Rex out of his cage to continue working on his first feature film, "Chinchillazilla Vs. MechaChinchillazilla." He...

A Kid’s Guide to America’s First Ladies

A Kid’s Guide to America’s  First  Ladies

Hannah Wallach, 10, Valley Stream
May 16, 2017
Filed under Books, Long Island

“A Kid’s Guide to America’s First Ladies”, by Kathleen Krull, is an amazing nonfiction book all about women who made a big difference and aren’t recognized for it. I was surprised at how addicting this book was. The book  had a lot of different facts that are super  interesting! Did you...

A Poetical Dog Meets a Poetical Book

A Poetical Dog Meets a Poetical Book

Ruby Volk, 11, Valley Stream
May 16, 2017
Filed under Books, Long Island

"The Poet’s Dog," by Patricia MacLachlan, is a fantastic book about an Irish wolfhound named Teddy, whose words are only heard by poets and children. His words find kids Nickel and Flora, two siblings who were trapped by a snowstorm’s breathy chill, and he brought them back to Teddy’s cabin....

Dork Diaries 11

Dork Diaries 11

Alyssa Gonzalez, 10, Valley Stream
May 16, 2017
Filed under Books, Long Island

Nikki Maxwell is going through a new adventure when she is assigned to her enemy, MacKenzie Hollister's, school for the eighth grade student exchange week. Even though it's a super posh school with fancy uniforms, Nikki will still have to face many hardships at North Hampton Hills. A super drama...

Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket

Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket

Jaida Sinkler, 11, Valley Stream
May 2, 2017
Filed under Books, Long Island

"Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket," by Caleb Krisp, is a really good book! "Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket" is the second book in Caleb Krisp’s Ivy Pocket series. You would have to read the first book, "Anyone But Ivy Pocket," to understand what is going on in the second book. Ivy Pocket had gotten adopted...

Shakespeare Retold

Shakespeare Retold

Amina Radoncic, 10, Valley Stream
April 21, 2017
Filed under Books, Long Island

"Shakespeare Retold" is a beautifully illustrated book retold by one of the best children’s authors. It contains all the tragedies of Shakespeare, including "Romeo and Juliet," "Hamlet," and "Macbeth." It is a bit hard to understand some of the stories if you haven’t already read Shakespeare,...

Making Bombs For Hitler

Making Bombs For Hitler

Emily Nothdurft, 10, Valley Stream
April 18, 2017
Filed under Books, Long Island, Showcase

I would recommend the book Making Bombs For Hitler to kids 9 and up. It is a book that tells about the real life struggle of World War II and the Nazis. In the book a young 10-year-old Ukrainian girl, named Lida is captured by the Germans, as well as her much younger sister Larissa. They are gath...

Where The Mountain Meets The Moon

Where The Mountain Meets The Moon

Ava Kreutziger, 10, New York
April 11, 2017
Filed under Books, New York City, Showcase

"Where the Mountain Meets the Moon", by Grace Lin, is a wonderful book that takes place in a small, poor town in China called Fruitless Mountain.   All the villagers were tired of rain. Jade Dragon, who rules all of the clouds, became so mad at their complaints that he stopped the rain so that the...

Foxheart

Foxheart

Sheryl Shahbaz, 11, Valley Stream
April 11, 2017
Filed under Books, Long Island

“Foxheart” by Claire  Legrand was a really good book. One night when Girl, the witch, was 3 years old, her parents left her on the doorstep of Saint Martta’s Convent of the White Wolf. She had a flat upturned nose and a head of red and grey hair. She had a name but she didn’t want to tell a...

The Lost Compass

The Lost Compass

Alyssa Gonzalez, 10, Valley Stream
April 2, 2017
Filed under Books, Long Island

If you’re into adventure stories, "The Lost Compass," by Joel Ross, might be a good book to read. It’s about five kids (Bea, Loretta, Hazel, Swedish and Chess) adventuring through the Fog and battling Lord Kodoc, a vicious Fog sailor who shows no mercy. Kodoc wants to destroy Chess (who is...

The Girl Who Drank The Moon

Ava Kreutziger, 10, New York
April 2, 2017
Filed under Books, New York City

 "The Girl Who Drank The Moon," by Kelly Barnhill, is a spellbinding book that will keep you at the edge of your seat. It is a powerful world of paper birds and life-changing magic springing from the moon. The magic from the moon is the strongest power possible.  Not only does the story show compass...

Star Wars – Join The Resistance

Star Wars – Join The Resistance

Emily Nothdurft, 10, Valley Stream
March 21, 2017
Filed under Books, Long Island

I would recommend the book "Star Wars Join the Resistance" for kids ages 8 and up who love Star Wars. In the novel, by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, a boy named Mattis learns he can be a hero by just being a good person. Mattis grows up in an orphanage. When a boy named Fikk is bullying another kid, Mat...

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