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White Bird

White Bird

Alexa Joy Kosinski, 12, Valley Stream

June 11, 2020

“White Bird” is an amazing book written by J. Palacio, who also wrote the New York Times best seller, “Wonder.” Now I’m sure everyone has at least heard of “Wonder,” the inspirational story about a boy named August who looks different from others but manages to find his way and do things ...

Here in the Real World

Here in the Real World

Shreya Sharath, 11, Cohoes

May 18, 2020

Here in the Real World, written by Sara Pennypacker, is about a boy named Ware. Ware is a dreamer who loves the castles and knights of medieval times. He is never really active in the world; because he is always dreaming in his mind. One summer, he goes to live with his grandmother as his parents are work...

Max Tilt -Enter the Core

Max Tilt -Enter the Core

Arvind Gajraj, 10, Valley Stream

May 7, 2020

In “Max Tilt: Enter the Core,” the third edition of the Max Tilt series, things get even wilder! In this book, Max’s friend (that he thought he could trust), Bitsy Niemand, stole the vials of enchanted water. Max, Bitsy and Max's Canadian cousin, Alex, went many leagues under the sea to get those vi...

Jaclyn Hyde

Jaclyn Hyde

Gabriela Gonzalez, 10, Valley Stream

April 3, 2020

The book “Jaclyn Hyde” by Annebeth Bondor-Stone and Connor White, is about a kind, young girl named Jaclyn Hyde who is a perfectionist.  One day Jaclyn was baking Grandma Hyde’s Chocolate Delights, which was her family’s cookie recipe that had been passed down for generations, for a girl nam...

She’s a Liar!

She's a Liar!

Isabella Bermudez, 10, Valley Stream

March 10, 2020

“She’s a Liar!” by Alison Cherry is quite an amazing book.  Abby Carrington, an incoming sixth grader, arrives at her new boarding school, Brookside Academy. Abby is shy and never really talks to people, but she wants to change that. Abby wants to be more outgoing and confident. Determined...

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball

Mohammed Batatawala, 10, Valley Stream

March 10, 2020

In the book, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball" by Jeff Kinney, Greg, the main character, is the narrator of the book. He communicates to the reader by sharing his journal.  Greg's family has a family meeting about someone in their family who has passed away. Greg's family will inherit a portion o...

Not If I Can Help It

Not If I Can Help It

Hailey Clarke, 10, Valley Stream

March 5, 2020

“Not If I Can Help It” by Carolyn Mackler is about a girl named Willa.  Willa lives with her dad and brother in an apartment, loves building LEGOs, loves gummy bears on her ice cream, and has an obsession with dogs. Willa also has a best friend named Ruby. Willa seems like a normal kid. But there’...

The Whispering Wars

The Whispering Wars

Antonio Leo, 10, Valley Stream

February 11, 2020

In the book, “The Whispering Wars” by Jaclyn Moriarty, there are two narrators, Honey Bee, a rich girl from Brathelthwaite Boarding School and Finlay, an orphan boy from the Orphanage School. The town is called Spindrift, west of the Empire of Witchcraft.  Today is the big day! Today is the day of th...

Wildfire

Wildfire

Nina Munafo, 11, Valley Stream

February 11, 2020

 “Wildfire” by Rodman Philbrick is about a boy named Sam, who is at a summer camp called “Camp Wabanaski.” One morning Sam woke up to the smell of smoke, the radio tuned in to Phat Freddie telling them about the ongoing fire, and the camp counselors telling the children to get their essential...

Tunnel of Bones

Tunnel of Bones

Adrianna Benjamin, 10, Valley Stream

February 5, 2020

“Tunnel of Bones” by Victoria Schwab is a book about a girl named Cassidy and her ghost friend Jacob. Jacob, Cassidy and her family  go on a trip to Paris to explore famous haunted places to see if they can find any ghosts. Cassidy has something special about her that makes her very different...

Dog Man: For Whom The Ball Rolls

Dog Man: For Whom The Ball Rolls

Mohammed Batatawala, 10, Valley Stream

January 28, 2020

In the book, “Dog Man: For Whom The Ball Rolls" by Dav Pilkey, Dog Man is obsessed with and has a fear of toy balls. A villain learns that Dog Man now fears his former obsession! So the villain, “Dr. Scum,” creates “Burglar Balls” to steal valuable items from shops and he knows that Dog Man...

The Tale of Magic

The Tale of Magic

Maja Papandrea, 10, Lynbrook

January 23, 2020

“The Tale of Magic” by Chris Colfer is probably my favorite book ever. It’s funny, interesting, and unique.  The book starts with a prologue that tells you about an important character, Madame Weatherberry. She wants to open a fairy school. She is warm and charismatic. But the only flaw ab...

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