The Fighting Ground is a historical fiction book by Avi. This book is about a 13 year old boy name Jonathan who goes to battle for the first time thinking it would be easy, but figures out it is harder than he thinks. The main character is Jonathan, a 13 year old boy who is brave and caring because he volunteers to go to battle even though he has never been in battle before. The main problem is when Jonathan gets captured by 3 Hessians and is brought to a house. I liked this book because it was action packed and I never knew what would happen next. -Shayan
Who Was Thomas Jefferson was written by Dennis B. Fradin and Illustrated by John O’Brien and it is a non-fiction book. The main character is Thomas Jefferson. The book is about Thomas Jefferson’s life and what he went through to get to where he is today. Some problems he has in this book is that he keeps losing money and he would borrow money from people and not pay them back. I thought this book on a scale from 1-10 was a 10 because i thought it was really interesting. This book wanted me to keep reading because most people know that he wrote The Declaration of Independence but he did a lot more to help this country to get where it is today. -Jack L.
The Trumpet of the Swan is by E.B. White and it is a fiction book.This book is about a swan named Louis. He can’t honk and communicate with his family and friends. He went to a school to learn how to write to communicate, but his friends don’t know how to read.The main problem is that Louis has to find out how to communicate with his friends and family. I like this book because it made me want to keep reading considering I wanted to know how Louis finally communicated with his friends and family and I think Louis’s father is interesting about how brave he is about finding a way to help his son to honk. -Brandon C.
Diary of a Wimpy KId: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney is a fiction book.The main character is Greg. It is snowing hard and Greg wants to play outside, his father is on vacation but Greg can’t go outside because the door is blocked with snow. The main problem is that Greg and his family are stuck inside their house without any food, water, or any energy in their house. I like this book because Greg’s little brother took all the food, water and turned all the energy in the house off because he doesn’t know how to tie his shoes. Also, I wanted to know if they can get out. - Brandon C.
Goosebumps: Say Cheese and Die is a fiction book by R.L. Stine. It is about a group of friends going into an abandoned house that some creepy guy they call “spidey” slept in. They go in the house and find a camera hidden in a secret compartment. This camera predicts the future, but it makes your future bad. They make the mistake of taking lots of pictures on it. The main character is Greg, and he is the one that found the camera in the basement. He is also the one that takes all of the pictures. This story definitely held my interest and made me want to keep reading because they would leave you on a lot of cliffhangers, and there were also really exciting parts that made me want to know what happened next. The story made me feel like I was there and experiencing the whole thing and of course, it gave me GOOSEBUMPS. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who wants a little scare, or someone that enjoys getting some goosebumps. -Nicholas
The third fiction novel in the series, The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns, by Chris Colfer, is a wonderful book that twists all of our childhood story-book characters to life, when the one who cursed Sleeping Beauty is back to conquer the world! The main characters are Alex and Connor, they are the Bailey twins, with Alex’s love for fairytales and her character of structure, then Connor with his jokes but loving character. The main problem is that Ezmia is trying to take over the fairytale world and our world as well. She is creating an immensely powerful spell that will most likely destroy the place we know as our home. My opinion of this novel is that it is one of the best books that will gain my interest of my normal childhood characters. It is a wonderful story of friendship, humor, risk, thrill, and most of all love. -Serena
Erupts is a realistic fiction book by Frances O’Roark Dowell about a boy named Mac who must help a boy to get people to like him, but then get a science fair project ready for the 4th grade science fair. Mac is around ten years old and loves science. He is allergic to fifteen things including girls and anything purple. I liked this book because it had good humor, and a good plot twist when everything in the art closet vanished. -Owen
The Show Must Go On is by Kate Klise it is a fiction book.The main character is Barnabas Brambles who is a big time jerk. He claimed to be a professional lion tamer, but when the boss Sir Sydney left for 1 week he was being greedy about money and rude to the animals.The problem is that Barnabas Brambles is being mean to the animals.The animals have to get rid of him. I like this book because it has a huge plot twist and it is funny. -Brandon C.
The nonfiction book Shays’ Rebellion written by Monroe Stearns is an excellent way to get facts about Daniel Shays’ rebellion.The main topic in this story is about Daniel Shays rebellion. The main problem in this book is that farmers are in extreme debt and can't pay it off. My opinion of this book is that it was ok. I really did not make me want to read more and keep my interest, but it did give loads of facts. What was weird about this story is that the person who is leading the rebellion is a sergeant for the other side. Overall I think that the book Shays’ Rebellion written by Monroe Stearns is a great read. -Ryan
Drama by Raina Telgemeier is a fiction comic book about a girl who is determined to create an amazing show, but there is too much drama off AND on the stage. Callie is an ordinary girl who LOVES theatre and makes friends. She tries her best in creating a play. With all this drama everywhere, she doesn’t know if she can create a fantastic play, or if it’ll be a fail. I thought this book was kind of boring because it was just talking about daily school life and struggle with making the play. I didn’t quite like this book because I felt like it had too much gossip in it, and I don’t like those types of books, adventure and books keeping you at the edge of your seat interest me. If you like drama and gossip,I recommend it. If you like books that I like, I don’t recommend it at all. If you are the opposite or like Dork Diaries, then this is the right book for you. -Aayna
The Other Side of Dark is a realistic fiction book by Joan Lowery Nixon. The book is about a girl named Stacey who goes into a coma at the age of 13 and wakes up 4 years later at the age of 17. After she wakes up, she is told that the day she went into the coma her mother died, and she is out to get the killer. This story made me want to keep on reading because it is a scary, mystery type of book and I like those kinds of books. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read mystery books. -Katie
Nerds by Michael Buckley is fiction book about a boy named Jackson Jones. He used to be a cool kid and be mean to the nerds, but then he got braces and his cool friends thought he was a nerd. He followed the nerds into a locker and went down into a secret lair and then he joined a secret team of spies.The main problem is that an evil scientist is trying to split the world in half and this team of kids have to stop them. I like this book because it has such a plot twist and it has a lot of action. -Brandon C.
Dinosaur Boy by Cory Putman Oakes is a fiction book about a boy who has a dinosaur gene. The main problem is that he and his friends are bullied by mean kids, but if the new principle catches them the will be expelled, so he and his friends have to outsmart the bullies and give them what they deserve. I love this book because it was very very funny and it held my interest because I wanted to know if they got revenge on the bullies. -Brandon C.
The book/movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling is a fiction book about a boy named Harry Potter who meets his godfather, Sirius Black, a so called “murderer”. The main character, Harry Potter, is a boy who survived after a dark wizard, Lord Voldemort, killed his parents and attempted to kill him but failed. The main problem in the story is that Sirius Black escaped from Azkaban, a wizard jail, and everyone thinks he is trying to kill Harry Potter. The character Sirius Black is very interesting because he is known for killing a lot of people but, he actually didn’t. The conflict he faced is having to hide all his life in order not to be caught. This story made me want to keep reading because there is a lot of drama because Sirius Black escaped from Azkaban. It also held my interest because there are many exciting things going on. This is why the Harry Potter series is my favorite book series. -Jennifer
I read the fictional book Harry Potter and The Prisoner Of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling and it is about a boy “Harry” who is trying to be a good friend while also trying to save an innocent man from a terrible fate.The main character, Harry, who is 13, is starting the book on the run from the ministry because Harry, who is small, skinny, and just so happened to be a wizard, blew up his Aunt Marge. The main problem is that Harry thinks someone named Sirius black wants to murder him. My opinion of this book is that the twist of the plot is so big at the end that when I read it for the first time I nearly fell out of my seat. This story kept me on my toes the whole way through with all the action and plot. I would recommend this book to anyone who who likes magic and would also say that it would be helpful to read the first 2 books to better understand the story. -Haile
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Long Haul by Jeff Kinney is a humorous realistic fiction book. This book is a fiction book about a kid named Greg who finds out his summer vacation is ruined when his mom says “ We are going on a road trip!” The main character, Greg is a lazy boy who wants to play video games and drink soda and chips all day. The main problem is when Greg finds out his summer vacation is not a vacation he wanted, a road trip. I enjoyed this story because it had a ton of humourous parts and on every page something new happened. -Shayan
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Long Haul is about a kid named Greg Heffley who is a bored, plain kid that wants to go on a road trip. In this book Greg and his family are going on a road trip and end up going to a waterpark and staying in a motel. The main problem is that the parents had to convince the kids to actually like the road trip. I would recommend this book to the fifth grade because this book kept my interest throughout the book and the plot was moving fast and was not too slow. -Brooks
The Report Card is a fiction book written by Andrew Clements. Nora is the main character; she is a genius but nobody knows, and she is very interesting and kind. This book is about a fifth grade girl who wants to get rid of tests and quizzes.The problem is Nora is purposely getting bad grades on tests because she thinks tests and quizzes are unnecessary and, she does not want to go to the gifted program. I loved his book, I had to think about what was happening, and I was so curious. -Zoe
Sisters, a realistic fiction book by Raina Telgemeier, is a book about a girl named Raina who wants a baby sister so bad, but once she is born things don’t turn out so well. Raina a stubborn, yet kind girl who learns that a little sister is not as amazing as she thinks. The problem is Raina has to learn how to deal with her stubborn younger sister, at the same time Raina has to learn how to deal with high school, but things don't go so well when she gets panicked now how is she gonna be popular? This made me want to keep reading it because it was funny, and was very exciting. I think the unexpected plot was that Raina wanted a sister so bad but when the baby Amura was born Amura was mean grumpy, and rude. -Aleeza
In the fiction book Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So-Friendly Frenemy by Rachel Renee Russell, Nikki is the main character who is an outgoing and nice girl. She is assigned the same school as her archnemesis Mackenzie Hollister for Student Exchange Week. When she’s there, she realizes that there are even meaner students then Mackenzie. Nikki has some conflict in the beginning with Mackenzie, but then starts to become friends with her. Towards the end she got yelled at by Makenzie because she got framed by Tiffany, the meaner girl, for writing “Bug Girl” on her locker. The problem is that Nikki’s friends all got assigned to the same school, except for Nikki. So Chloe, Zoey, (NIkki’s best friends) and Brandon were having fun at Brandon’s friend’s school. In my opinion, this book was great because it had drama like having to go to the same school as Mackenzie for Student Exchange Week. She had to go to Mackenzie’s school otherwise she had to go to summer school. There was also some mistakes like Nikki not having enough money to buy this super good facial cream for her student I.D., so she made her own and turned her face blue! It was so good, that it made me not want to put the book down! It held my interest the whole way throughout the book because it had drama and unexpected things like getting yelled at and spray painting lockers. Something unexpected in the plot was Tiffany spray painting Mackenzie’s locker, then Mackenzie yelling at Nikki because she figured Nikki did it because of their history. -Shae
The mythological book Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan is told by a modern day demigod that explains all the Greek Gods from Athena to Zeus. This novel does not have a main character, but each chapter will focus on a specific god or goddess, plus a bonus story of how everything got started! There is no main problem, except for the exciting conflicts in each immortal’s chapter. I loved this book, with the sass, sarcasm and humor put in it by the famous demigod - Percy Jackson. It made me bounce in my seat with anxiousness, waiting to find out what will happen next. I recommend this book to everyone, no matter if you’re new to Greek mythology or if you’re an expert, this novel will definitely spur your knowledge and love of Percy Jackson. -Serena
The realistic fiction book Wonder by Raquel J. Palacio is about a young boy with facial disorders going through the ups and downs of middle school. August Pullman was born struggling with things that come to us naturally: such as breathing, swallowing, and closing your mouth, his first time going to school has given him experiences that he will never forget. The main problem is the bully Julian, who teases August and calls him a freak, then causes a “Boy War” in Fifth grade. I loved this moving novel that made feel connected with the characters and how they feel. The writing format was very interesting, because I could read from other characters point of view, and how August affected their life. I recommend this book to anyone that loves a story that makes you want to keep on reading! -Serena
The Scarlet Stockings Spy by Trinka Hakes Noble is a pathetic realistic fiction book about a young girl who secretly gives messages to her brother who is a soldier in Boston named Jonathan. The main character is Maddy Rose a unique, secret spy girl who is very intelligent. The main problem is that there is battles and general Washington need information from Maddy Rose, and Maddy rose suffers a big loss in her life. This story always kept me on my edge of my seat wondering who’s going to win a battle or if someone is going to die. Maddy Rose is a really interesting character who is spying on a country, how cool is that! The Scarlet Stockings Spy always had suspense. You always had had to infer what was going to happen. The plot was very unexpected because Maddy Rose’ s mom was always calm during the toughest times. The setting was in Philadelphia, and I have been to Philadelphia so I could relate to the story. The story made me feel very glad that I'm living in a more peaceful world where there is less war. -Jared
The Scarlet Stockings Spy is a historical fiction story by Trinka Hakes Noble about a young girl named Maddy Rose whose brave brother, Jonathan, goes to the Revolutionary War. Maddy Rose works in a Ross’s Upholstery Shop, but secretly is a spy. The main problem is the the Revolutionary war is happening and she is worried about her brother. I really liked this book because it had suspense. It had suspense as she was trudging up to the silhouette to see if it was her brother. I also liked the unexpected plot. When she found out her brother had died it made me feel the grief that she felt considering I didn't expect her brother to pass away. -Nina
The book I am going to be talking about is called Big Nate & Friends. This book is about a 12 year old boy named Nate who is stumbling in life after so many failures. But the thing is he can’t solve those problems. The main characters are Teddy, Randy,Gina, Nate, Dee Dee, and Clay who appear in his everyday life. The problem is that Nate is the kid with a couple of friends that gets embarrassed a lot and picked on by a kid named Randy. My opinion about this book is that it is well written and is very descriptive about everything so one day I encourage you to read some of the series. -Peter
I read a book that is named The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy by Nikki Loftin. It is a fantasy story with humorous twists. It is a book about teachers that seem to feel suspicious to make the kids eat food that makes them eat whatever they find (that is food). Lorelie is one of the main characters that is brave and kind; also there is Andrew, who is fat but smart. I liked this book because there are humorous plot twists and the setting was nice and cleanly detailed. -Aadi
Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff is a fiction book about a mentally challenged boy named Albie. Albie is loud, sad, and confused. This main problem is that Albie is trying to get better at math and spelling.This book is very interesting and fun to read and in every chapter it got better. I would recommend this book to everyone I know. -Anthony