Friday, April 9, 2010

Operation Storm City author Joshua Mowll by Dan Hagan

This term I read a adventures book called Operation Storm City by Joshua Mowll. This book is the third of a three book series. If you have not read the other books do not read this one you will be clueless. There is alot of background knowledge you should know. Here it is brother and sister Doug and Becca are back with old friends like Liberty and Xu and Xi. Crozier is also back. This book picks up right were the second ended chasing Crozier to Ur-can. I liked this book the best out of all of the three books. This book is not have any boat scenes in it. I like it because the book skips the boat voyage and goes straight to the action scenes. Some of these scenes are dangling from a hot air balloon or a hijacking train. The adventure never stops in this book and the series. This book dose not have humor and is more a action book. This book also has a lot of mystery answers. In the book you find out what is Ur-Can and what Ur-can dose to the world. The biggest answer is for the question where are Becca and Doug`s parents. I would recommend this entire series to someone in need of a book.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Beasley By Alex Flinn review by Olivia K

Imagine a perfect world you are popular every one loves you. You get what you want it when you want it AND you have the perfect girl/guy Well you thought you did......

Meet Kyle Kingsbury the ONE somebody in a world of nobodies. Meet Kendra the freak with GREEN hair. The fat goth that everybody hates. Lindy is the quiet girl who is running on a scholarship. Her dad is a drug addict. She is plain, normal but there is something about her... Two petals fell off the rose. Two petals ,two years to find love or stay a beast forever.

Beastly is about Kyle Kingsbury AKA Adrian. He is transformed into a horrible beast. His inner ugliness is shown on the outside. A true kiss is all it will take. He will be back but finding his girl friend Sloan and getting her to kiss him without seeing his face . EASY or so he thought!

Beastly is an excellent modern day retell of Beauty and the Beast its genre is Fantasy and I would recommend it for girls who have a big heart but a strong stomach. And boys who have an inner kindness and who love adventurer and some violence. Beastly is also about to become a movie ON June 30 2010 some stars are in it that you will recognize. this is the link to it on IMDB.

"Eagle Strike" by Anthony Horowitz

by Justin C.

I thought this book is great for people who like action and suspense. Before reading this book I recommend reading the books Stormbreaker, Point Blank, and Skeleton Key. Personally these are one of my favorite books. If you are interested in picking up one of these books I recommend you get them at any library.

In the beginning of the story the main character Alex Rider begins to feel sad because he feels M16 is just using him to defeat crime. After it reveals to him that Damian Cray is planning to do something called Eagle Strike. He tells M16 but they won't believe him. So he goes to Damian Cray's mansion and finds Damian Cray with Yassen, the man who killed his uncle. After being found at the mansion he put at a number of test to kill him. During the test he pretends to be dead and escapes. After he escapes, he steals a flash drive and gets taken back by Damian and shows him what he is going to do. After
that he does some stuff that saves the day from Damian Cray and saves the day (I am not going to give away the ending).

The Iliad by Homer: Review by Natalie K.

The Iliad is an epic poem by an ancient Greek writer called Homer, about the war between Greece and Troy. It's set in and around the city of Troy. There are hundreds of characters, but the major characters are Achilles, Menelaus, Agamemnon, Helen, Paris, Hector, and the gods. Achilles is a Greek hero, Menelaus and Agamemnon are kings, Helen is the Greek king's kidnapped wife, Paris is the kidnapper, Hector is prince of Troy, and the gods are, of course, the gods. It started when Paris stole Menelaus' beautiful wife Helen. The king got mad and decided to attack the Trojans, so he sent a fleet after them. But when they got there, their best fighter, Achilles, got all whiny and decided not to participate. This poem is super long- don't read it if you have ADHD. I'm not even to the part with the horse yet and I've been reading for 3 months! In spite of that, there are still many exciting parts while the Trojans and Greeks fight. Once the Greeks were losing and they woke up in the middle of the night. Some of them decided that they had to do something, so they went out in chariots to the Trojans' sleeping front lines. On the way they met a cowardly soldier who told them where some Trojan allies were camped. Then the Greeks went and stole some horses and slaughtered the sleeping allies, causing chaos among the Trojans. I thought a weird thing about this poem was how Homer didn't try to sugar-coat how jealous and greedy the Greeks were. A little argument about loot causes a whole army to sit out most of the battle. You would think Homer would try to give the Greeks a good reputation, but he just lets them be jerks and doesn't modify the story in their favor. That was weird for me because I'm used to most book characters being "Mary Sues", meaning that they are completely perfect and beautiful and smart and kind and everyone loves them. It was the complete opposite in The Iliad, though.

I'd recommend this to someone who loves to read and wants a big challenge that'll look good on your college application. I wouldn't recommend this to people who don't like violence and blood and gore. Also, there is a tiny bit of adult themes, but those are mostly references. If you're thinking of reading this, read a little first to see if you hate it, love it, or don't care either way. Personally, I liked it, but some people might not. So if you're brave, willing, and crazy enough to read it, you should definitely read The Iliad!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Confessions of a Bitter Secret Santa: Review by Jackie L.

For my book review this quarter I did the book called Confessions of a Bitter Secret Santa by Lara Bergen. The book is realistic fiction. It was about a girl name Noel. Her homeroom is having a Secret Santa drawing, but Noel gets a new girl name Mia she doesn’t know, and she does not talk to anyone either. Next, her best friend gets her crush and they get caught when they try to trade, and now she thinks summer can’t get any worse. All her friends get to take fun vacations too, but Noel has to stay home with her parents, little sister and another sibling on the way. So she tries to deal with it, but her Secret Santa is the worst and didn’t even decorate her locker like all the others and all she got was a couple of small presents she doesn’t even like. She thinks she knows exactly who it is, Mia! Is she right thought even she says she is positive? You will just have to read the book to find out what happens to Noel. I would recommend this book to girls looking for a good book to read and enjoy.

Tommy H. The Halloween Tree

This quarter I read The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury. Over all I thought it was a great book for people who like adventure. This story is about a group of kids who love Halloween, but not the way other kids do. They only bother going to houses really in the spirit. However, on this Halloween their friend Pipkin is sick, but still promises to meet up with them later. Then he gives his friends the location of a very spooky house on the edge of town that was scarier than any house they had ever seen before. The trick-or-treaters find the house, but it was a lot scarier than they imagined. They knock on the door of the house and a man wearing all black clothing and had a pale face making himself look like a floating head answers.. "Er-trick or treat?" was the greeting from Tom the skeleton, "No treats, only-trick!" is the reply given from the the strange man. And now they see the tree, and it is a strange tree. It is taller than the house and has many branches with an assortment of colored leaves all over it. But the strangest part is there are pumpkins all over it."A pumpkin tree," says someone. Finally Tom says, "A Halloween tree." Each pumpkin in the tree has a face carved in it, and there is a lot of pumpkins. But strangest of all one by one the pumpkins started lighting on fire showing their fierce features. Now a few voices chant a mysterious song. Then the boys chant," Halloween...Tree." And out of nowhere a white skull rises before them. The skull chases them laughing, but then he reveiled himself he was the man in the dark clothes. This is what he means by trick.

The man introduces himself as Moundshroud. He asks the boys if they know the real reason they wear their costumes. This question baffles the boys, and they start asking them selves,"Why do I wear this costume." So Moundshroud said he can show them. They said they need to wait for Pipkin, and then Pipkin came running to them, but he falls, and the candle in his pumpkin goes out. Then something took Pipkin and was gone just as quick.

Then they go on a wild adventure through different times and places to find their friend. In every place they see him, but before they can get him he vanishes again. By they time they get to him in the last stop he is dead. To get him back they need to make an ultimate sacrifice. Will they make the sacrifice, or will they let Pipkin rest-in-peace?

Frozen Fire by James Houston: Review by Tommy W.

Frozen Fire by James Houston

This is a fiction story. This book is about two boys. One of the boys father goes on a journey in Alaska looking for copper because he studies those types of things. Little do they know that right after they leave a huge storm hits. His son figures they will be home soon, but after a couple of days they did not return. The boy and a friend set out on a perilous journey to rescue his father. They face challenges that even an eighth grader will find unbearable. They also must go through tough weather, wolves, broken ice, cliffs, and many more.

Mathew is the son of the geologist who goes on the journey with his Eskimo friend Kayak. They are both eighth graders. Mathew is smart, determined, and open-minded. Kayak is very smart, strong, and knows a lot of information on the wild from his dad. Mathew's dad is anxious, curious, and he is also kind.

I like this book because it is packed with adventure, excitement, and action. Every page will keep you wandering about what the next page will be. This is one of my favorite books, and if you read it it will be one of your favorites too. It is so realistic, and you can picture every scene.

I would recommend this book for people who read. This book can be read by anyone, and if you read it I promise you won't be disappointed.

The Sixth Grade Name Game by Gordon Korman: Review by Patrick D.

For this quarter I read the book "The Sixth Grade Nickname Game" by Gordan Korman. This book was about two best friends who have lived next to each other for as long as they can remember. These two friends are entering the sixth grade this year. But they have a problem, they are the ones that gives everyone a nickname and so a new girl comes to the school this year but there stuck, they can't think of a nickname for her. As the story unravels there are very funny situations they run into and during all the mix up they start to fight about who she is going to pick to the girls choice dance.

I would recomend this book to other people because it always had funny moments that just cheered up my day. This was a good book for many reasons. One reason is because I loved the brotherly hood that these two best friends had. Another reason is because I also thought that in every second of the book they were kind of bickering but thats what made it a good book. If you like books with a little bit of friendly fighting and some suspence mixed in I would recomend this book to you.

The Lemonade War

I read the book The Lemonade War by Jaqueline Davies. This book is about a boy named Evan and his little sister Jessie. When Evan finds out that Jessie will be in his fourth grade class with him because the school is shareing classrooms Evan goes crazy. He goes crazy because Evan isn't the best in school. He struggles with reading and isn't so good in school, and while on the other han Evans sister Jessie is very good in school and Evan doesn't want her to see him get a wrong answer in school and have his friends think she is smarter than him. After fighting with his sister Evan calls his friend Scott Spencer and decides to have a lemonade stand with him to earn some money. When Jessie comes out side and sees Scott there she finds this unusual because Evan doesn't really hang out with Scott that much. So Jessie then asks Evan if he would like any help because she could help him earn some money, but when Evan says no the war is on. After reciveing the word no from Evan Jessie says,"Fine i'll make my own lemonade stand." So Jessie goes on to do that and then calls up one of evans friends because none of her friends are around. When Jessie's friend comes along the start of the war begins. I thought this was a very great book and it really kept me reading and that everyone should read it once. By Charlie R.

Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules: Review by C. J. D.

Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney is about a boy named Greg Heffley who has an aggravating brother named Rodrick. Rodrick has been annoying Greg ever since he was born. When Greg would be playing with his stuff, Rodrick would just go up to him and kick him and his toys. Well, now Greg was excited to have a baby brother. Although, only to see what it feels like to boss other people around. The only thing is that Greg's parents are so protective of his brother. His other brother's name is Manny. Ever since Manny was born, Greg has been tattled on and been in so much trouble. He even told on him before he could even talk. Greg is a ladiesman and he always tries to get someone to go out with him. He thinks he is so cool and he is on top of the most popular kid in school list. Now everyone doesn't think that. He doesn't have many friends beside this kid named Rowley. Rowley is Greg's best friend and maybe his only. He sits with Rowley at lunch. He sometimes sits with him in class. Rowley is obsessed with Greg!!!!!

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien: Review by Alex M.

Lord of the rings: Return of the king by J.R.R Tolkien
This is the 3rd book of the series and also the last book. Some of you probably have seen the movie, of coarse like in all movies that were made after great books they leave out a lot of things. For example it leaves a big part out at the end of the story called The Scouring of the Shire. This is when the they come back from Minas Tirith which as some of you might now it is the great fortress of Gondor. They come back and Urak-hi or orks and men had taken over the Shire and there leader is a wizard revered to as Sharku. Now Merry, Pippin, Sam, and Frodo have to make a rebellion and take down the mighty Sharku. The thing that are special about these book is there is a pre-prequel and prequel and it was in one of the books that was soppuse to be a sequal to The Hobbit. The prequel is as most of you know is The Hobbit and that book is for 6-8 year old, and the pre-prequel is the Simarillion. This book is the story of the creating of Middle Earth (the setting of the books) and the events that took place to make the ring.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolken

For my blog post, I read The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolken. It is about a small type of human called a Hobbit. This particular Hobbit is named Bilbo Baggins. He lives in a small town called The Shire. One day while Bilbo is eating breakfast, he hears a knock at the door. When he opens the door, he meets someone he does not expect. He meets Gandalf the Grey. Bilbo has heard about Gandalf, but he has never met him before. But instead of just Gandalf, 13 dwarfs come in after him. They have come to Bilbo because they need a thief. They need a thief to steal gold and jewels from a dragon named Smaug. Gandalf and the dwarfs want to steal from Smaug because he killed the head dwarf's, Thorin Oakshield, father and grandfather. He also stole all of the dwarf city's treasure. Now, let's go forward. On their journey, Bilbo, Gandalf, and the dwarfs get captured by goblins. But Gandalf is nowhere to be found. He abandoned them. But, for his own reasons, he rescued them. But as they were running away, Bilbo falls down a hole. In that hole, he meets Golem. Who is a demented Hobbit whose mind is twisted by the one ring. A ring that can make a man invisible. Except in sunlight. Bilbo finds a way out by using the ring to conceal him. After he escapes and finds the crew, they travel on to Smaug's lair. Bilbo explores in the cave and finds the gold. But Smaug sees Bilbo while he is in there. Outraged, he flies out of the cave and terrorizes a floating town called Lake Town. A man there named Bard sees Smaug coming and shoots his luck black arrow. While Bolbo is exploring in the cave, he finds a weak-point in Smaug. Bard strikes the weak-point and Smaug falls into the river, dead. That is the summary to The Hobbit.

The Report Card By Andrew Clements: Review by Carolyn P.

In the book The Report Card the main character is a girl named Nora who wants more than anything to fit in. Though it is hard because Nora is like a second Albert Einstien and that would be difficult to hide. She learned to read encyclopedias at the age of two and knows more things than any one of her family members. The plot takes place in Connecticuts Philbrook Elementry school where Nora is starting her fifth grade year. It starts when Nora comes home with a report card with all D's except for in spelling where she got a C. Although you may think this was the worst thing Nora would have experienced in her life so far; your dead wrong. It was all for her best friend Stephen; to make him feel good. This was all part of the plan. Unfortunate for her this plan partly fails. The teachers and parents where all over her at once trying to figure out what went wrong. In the process though they find the hidden genius. So she and her best friend make up another plan that she would get zeros on her tests and have all the people in the school get zeros. This plan worked but with coincidence. They get into deep trouble and by there reasoning find a way out of it.

I would give this book a three out of five. It wasn't my favorite book but it it wasn't horribly bad. It just wasn't well written. Some of the books Andrew Clemets has wrote where good but this on was not really. This book was for a person who is at a lower level of reading then I.

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live with felons? Have them wash your clothes, and cook your food? Moose Flanagan has never in his wildest imagination thought he would live on Alcatraz. But when money is tight, and Natalie is finally going to get a chance to be normal, Moose must start to see Alcatraz as his home.

When Moose arrives at Alcatraz, he meets the other children who live on the island. Like Moose's dad, their dads work as prison guards. Moose soon becomes friend with Theresa, a crazy know it all little girl, Annie a quiet girl who is surprisingly good at baseball, and of course Piper the warden's trouble making daughter. Piper always has a plan, Moose unfortunately learns this by stumbling upon one of her worst. One day, Piper decides that she wants to make some money, so she devises the plan that she will have kids at school pay to have their clothes washed by the prisoners. Moose wants to fit right in, and makes a deal with Piper that he'll help her as long as she stops asking about Natalie. Natalie is Moose's older sister, but since she had Autism (which no one knew existed at the time) Mrs. Flanagan decides that every time Natalie has a birthday she will turn ten all over again. She does this so that people won't think that she is a weird freak who doesn't talk at all. Will the warden find out about Piper's plan? Will Natalie get into the school that copes with children who are like her? Read Al Capone Does My Shirts to find out.

Al Capone Does My Shirts is a wonderful story about family troubles, and how to get through them. It helps you understand that families go through hard times, but in the end it will be okay.

reviewed by: Jane D.

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

          The Last Song is a story about a girl named Ronnie. Her mom and dad are divorced. She has to visit her dad for the summer; she lives in New York but her dad lives in the south. She has to leave her life of stealing to become the girl her mom always wanted her to be. One night at a fair in town Ronnie bumped into a guy she never thought she would fall for named Will, but in the south anything could happen. When Will and Ronnie fall in love a party loving guy named Marcus tries to get in the way of their love by taunting Will with Will's best friend's dark past. When Will tells Ronnie the truth of his best friend Scott, how will she react? Will Ronnie and Will last or is it just a summer romance going nowhere? Will has to go to college in Nashville while Ronnie has to go back home. Will their long distance relationship last?

         While they are making the best of their summer one of Ronnie's only friends does the worst thing she could. Now Ronnie has to go to court and Will's mom already disapproves of her, what will happen when she finds out? Ronnie feels like her world is falling apart when she finds out a heart-wrenching secret is taking her father away from her. Will he see the end of the summer? Will and Ronnie start to drift apart as the summer is coming to an end. Will goes off to Nashville to go to college and Ronnie's little brother and mom go back to New York while she cares for her father. Ronnie had played the piano all her life and vows she will never play again. Will she break that promise to herself to show her dad that she still cares about the musical past they shared. After going back to New York Ronnie realized that she wants to play the piano, so she attends Julliard.  While playing the piano in the school's audition room she is numb and lifeless. And then a surprise happens that makes her able to feel again. Read this book to answer all your questions!!

PS: the movie came March 31

The Phantom Tollbooth (Review by James M.)

Meet Milo, a young boy who is bored with everything. When he is in school he wants to be out, when he is out he wants to be in. All he does is wait for the next moment to come so he can use that moment to think of the next.
On one particularly rainy day Milo walked home from school, when he arrived home and wanted to be at school again, when a large box caught his eye. There was a note attached that read, "ONE GENUINE TURNPIKE TOLLBOOTH, EASILY ASSEMBLED AT HOME, AND FOR USE BY THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER TRAVELED IN LANDS BEYOND. THIS PACKAGE CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ITEMS: . . . RESULTS ARE NOT GUARANTEED, BUT IF NOT PERFECTLY SATISFIED, YOUR TIME WILL BE REFUNDED." An odd note Milo thought as he assembled the tollbooth. When he was done, he rode a small car through the tollbooth and as he did his surroundings changed from his boring room to a jungly forest. As he drives along he sees a man and he stops.
"I'm the whether man!" He proclaims.
"Well then is it going to rain?" Milo questioned.
"I don't know, I am the W-H-E-T-H-E-R man. Like whether or not you should wear a coat. "
"Oh well thank you any way." Milo replied.
If you want to hear more funny puns and join Milo on a hilarious adventure to save two lost princesses then you should read The Phantom Tollbooth By Norton Juster.

Million-Dollar Throw By Mike Lupica

Reviewed by Andrew S.

Million-Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica is a fiction sports book. The book is about a thirteen-year-old star quarterback named Nate Brodie from Valley, Massachusetts. Nate wins a chance to make a throw worth $1,000,000 at the Thanksgiving Day Patriots game. Only soon after entering the contest, Nate completely loses his ability to throw. To make things worse, his best friend, Abby, has retinis pigmentosa and is going blind right in front of his eyes. Will Nate be able to throw good again? Will Abby go blind? To find the answers to those questions and others read the book.

One of the characters is Nate Brodie. He is the main character in the book. He is the star quarterback of the Valley Patriots, the best eighth grade football team in the state.  His family is almost bankrupt, so he needs the million dollars from the throw. He is also stressed over his best friend going blind. I liked the book a lot. It is a novel which is my favorite type. I would recommend it to all sports book fans. I also really recommend it to people who have read other Mike Lupica books. In conclusion, Million-Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica is a great sports novel that I would highly recommend to all sports book fans and Mike Lupica book fans.

Miracle On 49th Street- Reviewed By Chris S.

The book reviewed is Miracle On 49th Street by Mike Lupica. In the start of the book Molly moves to Boston. She lives with her Aunt Barbra because her mom died from cancer. While Molly is living with Barbra she finds out that her dad is Josh Cameron a Celtics star. Molly and Josh meets for the first time in a parking lot after Molly and Sam went into the player"s parking lot secretly after a basketball game. Then Molly sneaks into Josh's car and goes home with him. Then they start to build up a relationship and Molly starts going to almost every one of his games and practices. At first Josh does not believe she is her daughter. He has a tough time remembering that she dated Jenny Parker. Jenny Parker is Molly's mom who died. Molly has a big problem. Barbra's family is moving to LA. If Molly doesn't prove to Josh in time that she is her daughter she will have to move to LA instead of living with Josh. Molly has many challenges along the way and many fights with Josh. Most of the time it is Josh's way but now it is Molly's way. Will Josh and Molly ever be a father and Daughter? Read the story to find out!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Wedding Planner's Daughter By: Coleen Murtagh Paratore; reviewed by Julia D.

The book that I read was called The Wedding Planner's Daughter! This book was about a girl named Willafred (she likes Willa better), whose mother is a proffesional wedding planner and is beautiful, and single! Her mother's name is Stella! Willa's father died the day after her mother and father's wedding and every year, Willa wishes for a father on her birthday! She and Stella move around a lot, but then they move to a small town called Bramble in Cape Cod. Willa's nana lives there so she spends a lot of time with her, trying to figure out plan's to get her mother to date someone and fall in love! Then, when meeting her new teachers with her mother, Willa and Stella run into her new English teacher, Sam, who is a BIG POET!!! Willa's father used to be a poet so Stella likes poetry! Willa and her nana have a plan to get Stella and Sam together, and it works! But then things start to go wrong, will Willa be able to fix the mess...

I LOVED this book so much and I can't wait to get my hands on the second and third book!!! The reason why I loved this book so much was because Willa had such a great personality, along with all her family and friends! It just made the book POP!!! It was also one of those books that you can't put down because it's so addicting to read... So, I think that if you read this book, you may like it as much as I did... but not as much as I did because I loved it and I hope you read and will feel the same way and be able to say the same thing!!!!!!

Finally by Wendy Mass: Reviewed by Kaitlyn M.

I really enjoyed reading this book. At first I was a little iffy about reading it, but once I picked it up I couldn't put it down! It's about a girl my age who turns 12, and her name is Rory so that could also be a boy's name, which when people first meet her, that's what they say. But when she's 12 she gets to do a ton of stuff that she wasn't allowed to do before because whenever she wanted to do something that her parents didn't want her to do, they would always say "When your 12 you can do it," and now that she's 12 she can finally do it. That's probably why the name of the book is Finally. She has a list, and on her list she has two catergories. One is the big stuff and the other is a list of smaller but very important and worthwhile stuff. On the big list there was 12.

1.) Get a cell phone.

She was basically the only one in her grade without a cell phone and she felt so left out of all the texting conversations.

2.) Stay home alone.

3.) Get my own screen name so I can IM.

4.) Shave my legs.

5.) Go to the mall with Annabelle and NO parents.

6.) Wear makeup.

7.) Get a pet.

8.) Babysit.

9.) Get my ears pierced.

10.) Get contact lenses.

11.) Attend Natalie Karp's boy - girl brithday party.

12.) Meet Jake Harrison

And in case you don't know who Jake is, well you obviously don't know who he is because he's a made up character in my book, but he's a movie star and he comes to her school to film a movie.

Well, I'm not going to give all the funny and cool stuff that happens in this book away. But, when Rory does most of the stuff on the list, it goes wrong! She either gets an allergic reaction or loses her phone right when she gets it. It's quite funny though. One of my favorite parts was after she presented her "FINALLY" presentation and her parents already knew that she wanted a phone so they gave her this phone with only two buttons on it. I started cracking up. But eventually, her dad gives in and she goes to get another phone but since her parents are really strict, she only gets a phone thats a flip and it has a GPS tracking devise on it. What the really funny part is that the number she got was once a Johnny's Pizzera place and tons of people call her cell to order pizza! It's wicked funny. Overall, this was definitely one of my favorite books out of all the books I've read. And trust me, I've read a lot of book! So take my advice and read it if you like funny and realistic books about girls your age!

Reviewed by: Kaitlyn M.

Swindle by Gordan Korman: Review by Chloe M.

Review by Chloe M.

One of the best books that I have ever read is the book Swindle, by Gordan Korman. This fantastic story is about six 6th graders, and one of them includes Griffin Bing, A.K.A. "The Man with the Plan". Griffin Bing is the main character in this story, and he is also the ringleader. It all starts when Griffin and his best friend, Ben, camp out in the abandoned Rockford house, which is going to be destroyed the next day. Griffin had invited a bunch of his classmates to come, but almost all of them had not gone, except for Ben. While they are camped out in the Rockford house,
Griffin discovers in a desk drawer a Babe Ruth card. The next day he and Ben go to the local Pawn Shop to see how much the card is worth. The man there, S. Wendell Palomino (later nicknamed Swindle) says that the card is only worth about a hundred dollars and that the card is a cheap knock-off. Swindle makes an offer to buy the card from Griffin, and Griffin agrees, only getting $100 for a $1,000,000 card. Griffin later realizes that S. Wendell 'Swindled' him out of the card when he sees Swindle on an interview on T.V. for finding a million dollar card.

Griffin (The Man with the Plan) decides that he wants the card back, so he makes a plan to steal the card back from Swindle. The Problem? Griffin is a young 6th grader and Swindle is a full grown man with a high-tech security system, and a huge Doberman guard dog that seems impossible to get by. Trying to avoid these obstacles, Griffin puts together a team of 6th graders that are ready to take on the challenge. Will Griffin's plan work? Will Griffin ever get the Million Dollar card back? What will happen to Swindle? Read the book Swindle to find out what happens!