Reviewed by Kids Historical Fiction #1
5 stars – You have to read this! 4 stars – You should read this!
3 stars – You might like this. 2 stars – You probably won’t like this.
1 star – This will make you want to bang your head on a wall!
Reviewer: Melissa (5th grader)
Title: Crispin: At the Edge of the World
Rating: 5 stars
Crispin: At the Edge of the World is the second book of the series written by Avi. Crispin is the name of a boy. Crispin has a stepsister named Troth and his stepdad is Bear. They lived during the Shakespeare time. In the first book, Crispin was named a Wolfhead which means he could be killed by anyone anytime. Bear was part of a secret brotherhood that believes he is an informer. They found Troth and Aude after Bear was wounded. They stayed with Troth and Aude for about five days. Then Aude died by being punched to death. So Troth, Bear and Crispin left to go to Rye. They arrived and found out it was burned. They stayed in Rye until they were found by the brotherhood. Then they left on a boat with some town people who owned it. When they landed, nobody on the boat was alive except Bear, Troth, and Crispin.
I loved the book Crispin: At the Edge of the World. It is one of the books that has you keep reading until you are finished. When you turn to the last page, you want to have Avi write another book. Avi is my favorite book writer.
I’d recommend this book to 9-18 year old girls and boys. This is the best book by Avi! You have to read this book. The suspense keeps you wanting to read more. This book is an emotional rollercoaster all the way to the end.
Reviewer: Lizzy (5th grader)
Title: Oliver Twist
Author: Charles Dickens
Rating: 4 stars
Oliver Twist is an emotional book about a small boy named Oliver Twist. He goes through being raised at an orphanage, sleeping in with the coffins, and being forced into pickpocketing. At one point he is demanded to climb in through a window to let Bill Sikes’ and his crew in, shot in the arm, and dumped in a ditch. Then he got doctor help for his arm. When he gets back to his original nice caretakers he finds out the truth about his life and family. They tell him everything they know, he finds out that he has an older brother that became a nasty, snarling, stealing crook. On his way back to his “ home” he finds out that he is rich.
I like this book because it is hard not to tear it apart in the process of reading it. All you can do is feel bad for Oliver and Nacy. I automatically got enveloped in the book. The lucious vocabulary grabs you and pulls you in to no end.
I recommend this book to 3rd and 4th graders. It gets you to a point where it’s impossible to put it down until your done with it. The vocabulary fits perfectly. It gets slightly violent but not much.
Reviewer: Coco (5th grader)
Title: Chasing Lincoln’s Killer
Author: James L. Swanson
Rating: 4 stars
This book really gets into how and where the 16th president was killed. The author starts off with the things that John Wilkes Booth was doing to prepare to assassinate the president. He made a very odd decision about the gun that was going to kill Lincoln. Booth chose a small one shot gun, so if he missed the president he would not have time to reload the gun. The place Lincoln was shot at was Ford’s Theatre while watching a play. Lincoln died with a bullet lodged in his brain. In the theatre there was a doctor. The doctor’s name was Dr. Charles Leale. He thought that the president deserved to die in a real bed and not on the floor of a theatre.
As Lincoln was being transported to a house, the manhunt for Booth had already begun. Booth was planning on going to Maryland. Maryland was a good place to go because it wasn’t part of the USA. When he reached the borderline he had to cross a guarded bridge. At the bridge he hoped that since he was a famous actor he would be able to go through. Back in Washington the president was being cared for as the manhunt was going on. They caught Booth and his conspirators twelve days later.
I recommend this book to people that like to read about history. This book is also a really easy read.
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