“The Big Nothing” by Adrian Fogelin - The book, The Big Nothing, was a good book. It is about a kid named Justin. His brother is in the war and his father bailed, as Justin puts it. He has a crush on a girl who is teaching him the piano because she hurt her foot running, so she can’t do much of anything physically . As he writes to his brother about his every day life, he learns that his brother is going to be sent in to the action in the war. Near the end of the book, his father comes back after three weeks. There would have been bills piling up, but a friend teaches Justin how to write checks. While he was gone, the father had been dating another woman even though he is already married. ( Not trying to be rude, but the father was acting like a jerk.) The mom and dad get back together, but they see a marriage counselor. Before that, Justin keeps going to the girl’s house to get piano lessons. At the end, he plays her a song he composed for her. The reason I rated the book good, not excellent, was because it was slow going. Besides that fact, it was a pretty good book. - Matthew Y., grade 6
“Once Upon the End” by James Riley - I liked the book, Once Upon The End, because of the battle at the end of the book. While giants invaded a city, the hero, Jack, was stuck on our world. (Who people in his world call Punk). His goal is to wake a princess up by having her true love kiss her. (Her true love was killed before she fell under a sleep curse). Also, the Wolf King and the evil Eyes (ha ha ha… I just figured it out! ‘evil eyes’!) are hunting them down. Any way, it was a cool book and you should read the trilogy. - Nicholas Y., grade 6
“City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare - It is about these shadow hunters and vampires and warlocks. they go and hunt these demons and kill them - Lauren, grade 10
“Twice Upon a Time” by James Riley - The book, Twice Upon a Time, is the sequal to the book Half Upon A Time. The same characters in the first book, May, Jack, and Phillip go on a quest to try to find out about May’s life. To do that they have to find a way to break a curse in two days. If they don’t break the curse, all lf the fairy queens will get burned up by dragons and killed. (They don’t, but they almost do.) The fairy queens are the only “people” who can tell May about her life. Meanwhile, Jack is having Eyes, ( They work for the wicked queen, May’s grandmother. The wicked queen is the most evil person. She wants to take over all of the kingdoms.) visit him in his dreams. In the last ten pages of the book, Jack discovers that one of the eyes is his sister.
The only way to break the curse on the fairy queens is to get a fairy queen to break it. The only fairy queen not in the range of the curse is the sea witch. Then they go on a pirate ship and dive under water to find the sea witch. They find out she died. She tought her magic to a merperson who is willing to help them. The sea king does not like this and Jack, May, and Phillip start a war. At the end, Phillip saves the fairy queens and breaks the curse. I liked the book because there was a lot of action. This is a very good book. - Matthew Y., grade 6