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Mrs. Master is a Disaster! by Dan Gutman

Mrs. Master is a Disaster! by Dan Gutman

Makensie Freeman, 9, Lowville

August 15, 2017


Filed under Books, Northern New York

"Mrs. Master is a Disaster!" by Dan Gutman sounds like the book might be a disaster but it is a great book. This book is number eight in a series about "My Weirdest School." It is about a whole class that wants to try to make a lot of money. They just want to be billionaires. So, they create a toilet...

Bad Ideas make for a good read

Bad Ideas make for a good read

Alyssa Gonzalez, 10, Valley Stream

August 2, 2017


Filed under Books, Long Island

"The Summer of Bad Ideas," by Kiera Stewart, is about a girl named Edie and her cousin Rae.   They meet each other because their grandmother, Petunia, died and Edie's parents and Rae's dad has to clean out her house.   Edie and Rae have to sleep in an old, untidy and dust covered room upstairs. They...

The Flashback Four: The Titanic Mission

The Flashback Four: The Titanic Mission

Cliff Cadet, 10, Valley Stream

June 19, 2017


Filed under Books, Long Island

"Flashback Four: Titanic Mission" by Dan Gutman, is about how four teens,  Luke, Julia, David, and Isabel, go back in time to snap pictures of historical things. One time they went to get a picture of Abraham Lincoln announcing the Gettysburg Address! This time, they are trying to snap a picture...

Ronit and Jamil

Ronit and Jamil

Asha Gajraj, 10, Valley Stream

June 19, 2017


Filed under Books, Long Island

Do you know the love story of "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare? Well, “Ronit and Jamil” is a love story by Pamela L. Lastin about two teenagers in different areas in a war. Ronit is an Israeli girl and Jamil is a Palestinian boy. Once their fathers have business together, Ronit and ...

Bridget Wilder Spy in Training

Bridget Wilder Spy in Training

Gabriella Badolato, 10, Lynbrook

June 13, 2017


Filed under Books, Long Island

In "Bridget Wilder, Spy in Training" by Jonathan Bernstein, Bridget still has doubts about her spying, but she believes that she is one. She starts to get braver and tries to have more courage. She continues to help her organization until she realizes that she was working for a fake, bad spy and finds...

Stick Cat: Cats in the City

Stick Cat: Cats in the City

Andy Huang, 10, Valley Stream

June 13, 2017


Filed under Books, Long Island

If you enjoyed “Stick Cat-Tail of Two Kitties”, by Tom Watson then you would also enjoy “Stick Cat-Cats in the City”. In this book Eddie invites Stick Cat to her apartment, which is right next to Stick Cat’s apartment. First Eddie shows Stick Cat the kitchen. Stick Cat is shocked to find...

Hello Universe

Hello Universe

Chelsea Fraser, 10, Valley Stream

June 6, 2017


Filed under Books, Long Island

"Hello Universe" is an outstanding story by Erin Entrada Kelly. The main character, Virgil Salinas is often bullied. His only companions are his grandmother Lola, his hamster Gulliver, and his physic, Kaori Tanaka. One day Virgil has an appointment with Kaori and he talks about his crush, Valencia...

Invisible Emmie

Invisible Emmie

Simar Bedi, 10, Valley Stream

June 6, 2017


Filed under Books, Long Island

"Invisible Emmie," by Terri Libenson is about two girls named Emmie and Katie. Emmie is shy and artistic, while Katie is outgoing and popular. Their lives get mixed up when something personal falls into the wrong hands. Emmie is quite shy and doesn’t have many friends. Her parents are always at...

Bridget Wilder #3: Live Free, Spy Hard

Bridget Wilder #3: Live Free, Spy Hard

Aaliyah Bisnauth, 11, Valley Stream

June 2, 2017


Filed under Books, Long Island

"Bridget Wilder: Live Free, Spy Hard," by Jonathan Bernstein, is the third book in the series. It is about a young teenage spy named Bridget Wilder. She is adopted and recently found her birth parents. The book starts with Bridget on a mission. Her dad and another “rival” spy show up just as she ...

“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....

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