Thursday, June 20, 2013

STUDENT REVIEW - Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl

Boy: Tales of Childhood
By Roald Dahl
Published by Penguin Group, Inc., 2009
176 pages (paperback)

Where did Roald Dahl get all of his wonderful ideas for stories? From his own life, of course!
As full of excitement and the unexpected as his world-famous, best-selling books, Roald Dahl's tales of his own childhood are completely fascinating and fiendishly funny. Did you know that Roald Dahl nearly lost his nose in a car accident? Or that he was once a chocolate candy tester for Cadbury's? Have you heard about his involvement in the Great Mouse Plot of 1924? If not, you don’t yet know all there is to know about Roald Dahl. Sure to captivate and delight you, the boyhood antics of this master storyteller are not to be missed! (from

It was cool learning about how a boy during that time period lived. If it was longer it would be better. Yes! [Middle schoolers should read this because] it is super interesting and that time period is rather surprising.
--Isabella S.

This book has very funny moments that would make you crackup in the middle of nothing and could freak you out so much that you could faint. This is cool because you can realize some cool moments in your life. This book had some diary entries and pictures and letters that could have been more clear but were not. Yes, [I would recommend this book to middle schoolers] because it is very funny. This will keep you happy.
--Heba S.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

STUDENT REVIEW - A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck

A Long Way from Chicago
By Richard Peck
Published by Penguin Group, 2000
150 pages (paperback)

What happens when Joey and his sister, Mary Alice -- two city slickers from Chicago -- make their annual summer visits to Grandma Dowdel's seemingly sleepy Illinois town?
August 1929: They see their first corpse, and he isn't resting easy. August 1930: The Cowgill boys terrorize the town, and Grandma fights back. August 1931: Joey and Mary Alice help Grandma trespass, poach, catch the sheriff in his underwear, and feed the hungry -- all in one day. And there's more, as Joey and Mary Alice make seven summer trips to Grandma's -- each one funnier than the year before -- in self-contained chapters that readers can enjoy as short stories or take together for a rollicking good novel. In the tradition of American humorists from Mark Twain to Flannery O'Connor, popular author Richard Peck has created a memorable world filled with characters who, like Grandma herself, are larger than life and twice as entertaining. (from

It was pretty funny and there was lots of action. I think it was good how it was. Yes, [I would recommend this book to middle schoolers because] it’s really funny and action-packed.
-Lillian H.

It was funny and it made me laugh. It was really good. Yes, [I would recommend this book] because it is a quick read.
--Nathan C.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten Books Featuring Travel

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is the Top Ten Books Featuring Travel.

It is time for summer trips so what better way to kick that off then to read some books about taking a little journey. So here are my favorite books about road trips, epic journeys, and fun vacations...
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
Redwall by Brian Jacques
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Wanderlove by Kristen Hubbard