Of Giants And Ice – Shelby Bach
Sixth-grader Rory Landon is the only child of two divorced celebrities. She lives with her actress mother, and because of her mother’s busy schedule, Rory is very familiar with after school programs and frequent moving. But there is something different about the newest program. Ever After School is a school for the children and grandchildren of fairy-tale characters, and the they are trained for when their own Tale comes along. For once, Rory makes friends who don’t care about who her parents are. When her friend Lena’s first Tale comes and she chooses Rory as one of her Companions, Rory is thrilled – even though it requires climbing and she despises heights. Along their quest, Lena acts as peacemaker between Rory and Chase, Lena’s other Companion and Rory’s least favorite person. When the trio makes an accidental visit to the Snow Queen in the Glass Mountain, their relationships change forever.
E – This book was interesting to me because I think that Rory is such a good character. I think that anyone can find something of themselves in her. She was one of my favorite characters. The other one was Chase because I think that he grew the most. There is a total of four books in this series and my favorite was the last one.
Ordinary Magic – Caitlen Rubino-Bradway
Where 12-year-old Abby lives, magic isn’t special. It is a part of everyday life. When Abby is found to not have any magic at all, she is declared an ord – ordinary. Most ords are thrown out or sold to adventurers by their families, but Abby is lucky enough to have an older sister who works for the King Steve. Alexa doesn’t do just anything though. She works for a school for ords called Rothermere that teaches the ords how to survive without magic, and she gets her sister into the school. As Abby makes new friends at her new school, she learns that there can be some advantages to being an ord.
E – I liked this book because most books about magic have it being the oddity. Abby and her friends are strange because they don’t have magic. My favorite character was Alexa because she was so caring and understanding to everyone. I was slightly disappointed that there isn’t a sequel to this book because the ending seems to suggest that there should be one, but it has been seven years and nothing yet.
On The Edge Of The Dark Sea Of Darkness: adventure, peril, lost jewels, and the fearsome toothy cows of Skree – Andrew Peterson
When three siblings, Janner, Tink, and Leeli Igiby, find an interesting map tucked away, they set off on a quest to learn about the father they never knew, and a hidden treasure that many have aspired to find. But the childrens’ curiosity puts the whole family in danger, and they run away from their pursuers, the evil Fangs of Dang who invaded Skree. As the family flees, Janner realizes that his mother and grandfather are hiding something – something big. To keep themselves and their family safe, the Igiby siblings will have to use their talents – Janner’s bravery, Tink’s leadership, and Leeli’s singing and love.
E – This book is one that requires a lot of concentration and dedication to the book because of all of the detail in it. One of my friends recommended this book series to me and told me that it got a lot easier to read after the first book, so I made myself get through it the first time and I think that it will definitely be easier next time I read it. I really liked how much world-building the author did. My favorite character was probably Nia, the mother, because she was just so kind and she tried to see everything in as many ways as possible.
The One And Only Ivan – Katherine Applegate
This book is about a silverback gorilla who has spent most of his life in captivity, including 27 years at the Big Top Mall And Arcade. He is an easygoing gorilla who loves to eat, paint, and watch TV. He has a few friends: Bob, the stray dog who sleeps on Ivan’s belly; Stella, the wise old elephant in the domain next to Ivan; and Julia, the human daughter of the janitor. Stella spends a lot of time telling Ivan about all the places she has been and seen, and about how she wishes she lived in a zoo instead of the Big Top Mall. When a baby elephant named Ruby comes to join them, everything starts to change. An old injury of Stella’s flares up and makes her sick. Stella makes Ivan promise to help Ruby and get her to a better place. With Stella sick, Ivan starts remembering his life before captivity to entertain Ruby with. Then, when Julia gives Ivan some of her old finger paints, Ivan starts to come up with a plan to save Ruby.
E – I read this book when I was about 8 or 9 I think. I read it the other day and I still like it a lot. I really like how it is told from Ivan’s point of view. I also like that it is based off of a real story that actually happened. I remember the first time I read this book, my favorite character was Julia because I wanted to be an artist too.
Forth And Back – Caleb Olmstead
This book is about three kids – a 9th-grade boy named Darren, his friend Carson, and his little sister Brooke. One day, at school a new kid shows up, gives them all his address, and tells them to flush the paper when they have it memorized. The boy’s name is Chandler, and he is hiding from the government because he has built something amazing – a time machine. The trio doesn’t believe him at first, but then the machine gets broken, sending the three of them into the past. They move around time in a random fashion until they accidentally make a huge mistake that changes history.
E – This was also a book that my friend recommended to me. I really liked the writing style he had. I liked all of the characters a lot. My favorite character was probably Carson because she was so independent. The book isn’t very long or complicated, but this is a newer author, and it was a good book to start with.
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