Category Archives: Age Range: 9 and up

The BFG

The BFG

Ronald Dahl

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Page Count: 221

Age Range: 9 and up

Year: 1982

Genre: Fantasy

This is a very silly and imaginative novel about an orphan named Sophie who gets kidnapped by a giant in the middle of the night. The giant’s name is BFG, short for “Big Friendly Giant.” He is the only giant in Giant Country who doesn’t eat humans. Every night when the human-eating giants visit human countries to eat people for supper, the BFG takes a suitcase full of glass jars and a net, and he collects things that only he knows how to catch. Using the contents of the glass jars, Sophie and the BFG devise a plan to make sure that the other giants will never be able to gobble up humans again.

Roald Dahl is the author of several other whimsical and funny novels, like James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Witches. This book is similar because it makes you laugh and it shows how kids can improve the problems they see in the world. The novel is organized into short chapters, which makes it easy to read quickly. I would recommend this book to anybody with a sense of humor who likes to daydream or come up with wild ideas.

Miss Rachel

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Filed under Age Range: 9 and up, Author: Roald Dahl, Genre: Fantasy, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 1980s

Felita

Felita

Nicholasa Mohr

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Page Count: 112Unknown-2

Age Range: 9 and up

Year: 1979

Genre: Realistic

Young Felita is moving out of her old neighborhood into a new one to get a better education and better housing. After a few run ins with the new neighbors her family decides to move back. Felita encounters trust struggles between her padres, amigos, and her beloved Abuelita and finds peace by confronting her issues.

This is book is very short and has few illustrations for the reader. There are not many characters and is easy to keep up with the dialogue. A great book for those who love(d) their Abuelita.

Ms. Brittany

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Filed under Age Range: 9 and up, Author: Nicholasa Mohr, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 100-200, Year: 1970s

Clover

Clover

Dori Sanders

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Page Count: 183

Age Range: 9 and up

Year: 1991

Genre: Realistic

Clover is a young black girl living in South Carolina during the 80s. Her father, Gaten was recently married to a white woman named Sara Kate. Unfortunately, the evening after they were married, Gaten dies in a car accident. Sara Kate promised Gaten to take care of Clover, who are complete strangers to each other. The book weaves in tales of the past and present, how Clover grows as a person and slowly bounds with Sara Kate.

I would recommend this book for everyone. It was an easy read and involves topics like: race, stepmothers, grandparents, farming and more. Clover for a long time has difficulty finding her voice to express her thoughts but later, she overcomes her fear. I think this is something many people can recognize in themselves as well.

Miss Samantha

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So B. It

So B. It
Sarah Weeks

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Page Count: 288
Age Range: 9 and upUnknown-1
Year: 2005
Genre: Realistic

Heidi lives with her mentally disabled mother, who together lives a very unconventional life. Heidi is partially being raised by her neighbor. Heidi is led on a cross country journey where she learns more about her mothers past that help her cope with with mothers current state of being.

I would recommend this book to everyone. It is a great story of a young girl who lives a very unconventional life due to her mother.

Ms. Leah

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Filed under Age Range: 9 and up, Author: Sarah Weeks, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 2000s

Series of Unfortunate Events and The Austere Academy

Series of Unfortunate Events and The Austere Academy
Lemony Snickett

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Page Count: 240
Age Range: 9 and upUnknown
Year:2000
Genre: Adventure

The book begins with the Baudelaire orphans and Mr.Poe outside of the Prufrock Preparatory School. As they walk to the Vice principals office they notice writing on the wall that states “remember you will die” the children are preparing themselves for the worst. At the academy they sleep in a shack designated for only orphans where they meet The Quagmires who help them through their hard times. Count Olaf disguises himself as Coach Gengis making the orphans do outrageous physical and mental tests, if they failed they would be “tutored” personally by him. In the end The Quagmires help them out of a sticky situation and are punished for it when Count Olaf is founded out, he kidnaps The Quagmires because they also have a wealthy inheritance. The Baudelaires are safe but very worried for their new friends.

This book is great for an adventuress reader who likes books about friendship, creativity and spooky characters.

Ms.Elise

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Tenchi Muyo! Sasami Stories

Tenchi Muyo! Sasami Stories
Hitoshi Okuda

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Page Count: 184images-4
Age Range: 9 and up
Year: 2003
Genre:Graphic Novel

This book was broken into three short stories, or chapters, and included the following: Wold at the Door, The Ferrous Chef and Help. At the end of each chapter the author, Hitoshi Okuda, has a short “dialogue” with the main character Sasami. Also published in this volume are 74 “episodes” published over 6 years for a Sasami fan club newsletter. This graphic novel is one of many stories in a series of books and dvds revolving around an 8-year old girl Sasami and her quirky life adventures.

This book would be enjoyable for anyone who has a love for Japanese Manga and graphic novels. The drawings/captions are insightful and expressive. Sasami is a sweet character that is kind to everyone and, as a bonus, she teaches life lessons along the way during her adventures.

Miss Miriah

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The Series of Unfortunate Events and The Wide Window

The Series of Unfortunate Events and The Wide Window
Lemony Snicket

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Page Count: 2149780061146336
Age Range: 9 and up
Year: 2000
Genre: Adventure

In the 3rd book the Baudelaire orphans are sent to live with their aunt Josephine. Their aunt has developed many fears ove the years after her husband has passed. While out on a shopping trip they unfortunately run into Count Olaf, their nemesis dressed as a charming sailor. Aunt Josephine is blind sided by his charm and soon enough she’s stranded in a cove. The children must save her life by decoding her “suicide note,” and sailing through the storm on the infamous leech filled Lake Lachrymose. In the end Aunt Josephine is swallowed up by the leeches and the kids are once again on the move.

This book has an amazing array of descriptions, and uses dark vocabulary. Great book for all students who enjoy a little spookiness.

Ms. Elise

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Filed under Age Range: 9 and up, Author: Lemony Snicket, Genre: Adventure, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 2000s