Over the summer, I read Wonder by R.J Palacio. Wonder is her first novel. The main character is Auggie (August) Pullman. It was released recently in 2011.

August Pullman had a deformed face that prevented him from going to school-until now. He’s going to enter the fifth grade at Beecher Prep. Everyone knows it’s always hard to fit in general, so with a deformed face, that’s much harder. Can Auggie convince his classmates that he’s a regular kid, despite appearances? Will he find a friend? Or will Auggie be bullied for the whole year?

Wonder was an instant classic. I would recommend this to anyone who needs a touching story. Parents, this is a clean read and there is not anything wrong or bad in Wonder. Your kids whether they like or do not like to read will love this amazing book. I’ve already recommended Wonder to many people and they love it!! Wonder helps you relate or better understand how difficult it is to fit in. This touched me so much!! Wonder is a wonderful read!!!

Wonder’s book level is for fifth to ninth grade boys, and also girls as well. I love Wonder andI would rate this 4.9 stars!!!!!


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Soul Surfer: a Auto Biography of Bethany Hamilton

Soul SurferA couple of months ago, I read Soul Surfer, an autobiography of Bethany Hamilton, a pro surfer from Maui, Hawaii who lost her arm to a tiger shark. This is a true story.

In the beginning, thirteen year old Bethany Hamilton had a dream. Her dream was to be a professional surfer. Her dream began to fade when she was waiting for a wave, and a vicious tiger shark bit a chunk out of her arm and her surfboard. She didn’t feel anything since she was in total shock. “It all happened so fast!”, says Bethany. She didn’t see or feel anything just the urge to get to the beach. The shore was a quarter-mile away.

Bethany’s whole arm was lost to the tiger shark. When her parents found out, God flooded their mind with Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ”

“I look like Frankenstein!”, Bethany Hamilton thought when she looked into the mirror for the first time since the attack. But, in a couple of weeks, she was back in the water! Now, she uses her tragedy as a testimony of faith. Soul Surfer inspired me in so many different ways. Bethany has the will to continue her passion and a heart of compassion. Bethany Hamilton is a true woman of faith!

There is no official book level for Soul Surfer. Nevertheless, this book will inspire almost everyone with her passion for surfing. I would rate Soul Surfer 5.0 stars!!!!!!

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Among the Barons

Among the Barons: Book Four in the Shadow Children Sequence

I just finished Among the Barons by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Among the Barons is the fourth book in the Shadow Children series.The main characters are Lee Grant (Luke Garner), Smithfield Grant (Smits), and Mr. and Mrs. Grant.The first setting is at Hardwick School for Boys.  The second setting is Grant’s mansion.

When Luke is finally getting used to being out in a open environment at Hardwick School for Boys, Mr. Hardwick tells him that Smithfield Grant, his “little brother” which he calls Smits, is going to attend at Lee’s school with him. When he gets used to it, Mr. Hardwick tells him that now Mr. and Mrs. Grant, his “parents”, want him back at home to stay for a while. Now Luke sees that living with Barons was as dangerous as ever. Will Smits find out his secret? Or will his suspicious body guard, Oscar, discover he’s a third child with a fake identity?

Among the Barons was an awesome suspenseful read for me and will be for you. “Haddix is a superb story-teller”, says the School Library Journal. This has got to be on the “Best Books Ever” list.

Among the Barons book level would be for fourth to eighth grade boys and girls.Sophia Good-Reads would rate this book 4.5 stars!!!!!!

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Among the Betrayed

Among the Betrayed (Shadow Children #3)

I finally finished Among the Betrayed, a companion to the Shadow Children. This is the third book in the Shadow Children series. Among the Betrayed is by Margaret Peterson Haddix. The main characters were Nina Idi, Mathias, Percy, and Alias. The setting is at the Population police prison.

Nina Idi has been caught being an illegal third child and for accusing that some of her classmates were too. She is now sent to the dreaded Population police prison. Instead of being killed, they bargain with Nina to betray there other third, fourth, and fifth children and she will be killed if she doesn’t. Nina really doesn’t want to. But when she meets the prisoners she will betray, she sees that they are only ten, nine, and six.

Among the Betrayed was an awesome read. Like all Margaret Peterson Haddix books, Among the Betrayed had so much suspense!!!This book was so gripping. You will love Among the Betrayed!!!

The book level for Among the Betrayed is fifth to eighth graders.This book is  unbelievable!!! I  was on the edge of my seat waiting what will happen  next. I would rate this 4.4 stars!!!!

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Among The Imposters

Among the Imposters

I just finished Among the Imposters by Margaret Peterson Haddix. This is the second book in the Shadow Children series and follows Among the Hidden. The main character is Lee Grant(Luke Garner). The setting is in The Hardwick School for boys.

Luke Garner is terrified. Out of hiding for the first time in his life, he knows that any minute one of his new classmates at Hendricks School for Boys could discover his secret that he’s a third child and has taken recently deceased Lee Grant’s name. And in a place where it’s illegal for families to have more than two children, being a third child means certain death at the hands of the Population Police.

His first experience outside the safety and comforts of his home was full of fear. There’s not a single window anywhere in the school. Luke can’t tell his classmates apart (even as they torment and bully him) and the teachers seem not to notice it  all.

Desperate to fit in, Luke endures the confusion and teasing until he discovers an unlocked door to the outside, and a chance to finally understand what is really going on. But to find out the secrets of Hendricks School for Boys, Luke will need to put aside his fears and discover a courage that a lifetime in hiding couldn’t thwart.

This book was definitely filled with constant suspense to keep you to wonder what will happen next . This book was a good follow-up book to among the hidden. This is a great pick for all readers!

The book level would be around fourth to eighth graders. Both genders will love this book. This book is so suspenseful!!! I would rate this 3.9 stars!!!!!!

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City of Ember

About a month ago, I read highly acclaimed The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. It is the first book in the Ember series. The two main characters are Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow. The setting is in The City of Ember, an underground city.

In order for the human species to survive, “The Builders” built an underground city for the people to live in for about 200 years. Thy also built a small box with classified information with a timed lock on it set for 200 years. After completion of the city, the Builders give the first mayor of the city  the locked box that was to be passed down from one mayor to the next. Unknown to the mayors who were to pass it down the line, the box was set to open after 200 years and provide instructions to the city’s inhabitants on how to return to the surface. For many generations the box was successfully passed down from  one mayor to the next until the seventh mayor who, hoping that the box might contain a cure for the severe deadly cough that was infecting many citizens of the city at the time, takes the box home and tries to break it open. Unfortunately, he fails and dies before he puts it where it belongs or tells anyone. In the year 245, problems arise. Food is running low. The generator is on its last days. Blackouts are becoming longer and more common. On Assignment Day, like a graduation ceremony, Lina Mayfleet is wishing to be a messenger, and gets Pipeworks helper instead, and Doon Harrow, wants to work in the Generator because he knows how to fix and repair it to make it last longer. But Doon sadly gets messenger, and Doon and Lina switch jobs. Meanwhile, at Lina’s Apartment, her grandmother finds an old piece of paper. Sadly her little sister, Poppy, chewed the paper and now Lina can’t interpret it. Will she with the help of Doon interpret the old paper? Or will the lights go out on Ember forever?

I fell in love with this book because it was so well written. It got me so exited that i am now reading the whole series!!! The City of Ember is now my favorite book. It had so much adventure, and mystery. This book is simply amazing!

The City of Ember would spark the interest from fourth to eighth graders of both genders. This was an amazing book and I definitely think every one should read this. City of Ember is a must have!!! I would give City of Ember a 4.9 star rating.


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Among the Hidden

Sophia Good-Reads rates Among the Hidden 4.8 stars.

Recently, I’ve read the book Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Among the Hidden is the first book in the Shadow Children series. The main characters are Luke, his Mom and Dad, and Jen. Among the Hidden takes place in a house in the middle of the forest.

Luke is the third child. All third-born children strictly forbidden by the Population Law. The only people who know of his existence are his Mom and Dad, and his two brothers, Matthew and Mark. He’s lived his whole life in hiding, so according to the government, he doesn’t exist. But when he sees a little girl in a home where he knows there are already two children, he gets curious.

Should he dare to go over to the home of the three children? Is Luke willing to risk everything, even his own life to know a simple question? Are there other third children like me? But the real question is will he get caught?

I really enjoyed Among the Hidden because it had a lot of suspense in it. It had a emotional effect on me.It makes you realize how good you’ve got it and how blessed you are. It helped me to be more thankful for everything I have and not taking my freedom for granted.

The book level of Among the Hidden is probably for fourth to seventh grade boys and girls. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that need a book of adventure, endless suspense, and curiosity, I recommend Among the Hidden! Among the Hidden is a book you just can’t put down!! I would rate this 4.8 stars!!!!


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