Reviewed by Kids Realistic Fiction #7

Rating Guide
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: Tyler
Title: Junie B. Jones Is a Graduation Girl
Author: Barbara Parks
Rating: 5 stars
I read Junie B. Jones Is a Graduation Girl. It’s Junie B’s birthday. Junie B. got presents. She turned six years old. Junie B. went back to school.
Junie B. got a gown and cap. She brought it home with her. She spilled grape juice on the gown. Then everyone had just what Junie B. had. Junie B. has the best time of her life.
I recommend this to girls.

Reviewer: Avery
Title: Semper Fido
Author: C. Alexander London
Rating: 5 stars
Semper Fido is about Gus Dempsey who is in the U.S. Marine Corps. That day Gus was helping Master Sergeant Gipson with a dog show at a school.
Gus was in a full bite suit as Ccujo, the German Shepard growled. The command was given a Ccujo shot like a missile and tried to take off Gus’s arm. On the ride back to the kennels Master Sergeant Gipson asked Gus if he would like to be a dog handler and Gus shouted “Yes.!”
The next week Gus was with a bunch of other guys who were going to be dog handlers. Gus did not really like Gunny. After IDD training Gus met his dog Loki. Gus was deployed to Afghanistan to fight terrorists. His job was to help Loki find IEDs so they wouldn’t hurt other Marine troops.
I liked this book because it had lots of action and some cliffhanger chapters. It was fun reading this book and when I had to put it away I wondered what would happen to Gus and Loki in the next chapter.
I recommend this book to boys who like dogs and war storyies. You should read this book, it is pretty good.

Reviewer: Ava
Title: Black Star, Bright Dawn
Author: Scott O’Dell
Rating: 5 stars
Black Star, Bright Dawn is about this girl named Bright Dawn who has a dog and they go into the Iditarod. She does because her dad went hunting and froze his hand out in the cold. He wanted to race in the Iditarod, but he has to stay home and heal his hand. She gets ready for the Iditarod. She finds these wolves that are very mysterious and she thinks that they are Black Star’s family.
I loved this book because there is weird stuff going on in this book. I liked the part where Black Star ran away, but Bright Dawn was looking for him all around the woods. When her dad got his hand frozen, that was really sad.
I would recommend this book to kids 10+.  I would also recommend this to people who love dogs, adventure, and mystery. If someone didn’t like these things then they would burn the book, throw the burnt book in the garbage, and it would get crushed. That would torture the book really badly.

Reviewer: Denali
Title: Rules
Author: Cynthia Lord
Rating: 5 stars
Rules is about a girl named Catherine who just wants a normal life but that can never be accomplished with her little brother David roaming around. For over a year Catherine was trying to teach David rules so he wouldn’t have to put stuff in the fish tank. Catherine meets two new friends and they want to know what normal is.
I don’t like that Catherine has an annoying brother. I like the friends she meets.
This is filled with lots of humor. Everyone who is in fifth grade will love this.

Reviewer: Coco
Title: Gib Rides Home
Author: Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Rating: 5 stars
This is a super great book. The orphans of Lovell House, a home for orphaned and abandoned boys don’t have the worst or best lives. The story is one that has the end in the beginning. Gibson Whittaker is an orphaned boy that is in the Lovell house care. He has adventures with a repentance room, paddles, lumpy food, bedwetters, and other problems. While cleaning a horse stall he has learned what happens to most kids that leave the orphanage. Then when HE gets adopted he realizes a lot more about his life before living at the huge stone orphanage. He learns about how he has a special gift with horses, but will the better life end?
I liked this because there is action and emotion. The emotion keeps me reading on my toes and the action is not too big. The way that Snyder describes the parts in the story are really rich.
I recommend this book to people who don’t mind too much cruelty. The book has cruel but also loving parts. The book is a slow read so only fast readers should read this book as an assignment with a due date. This was a very good read.

Reviewer: Tony
Title: Million Dollar Throw
Author: Mike Lupica
Rating: 5 stars
This book is about a kid who throws a really far throw for money. The book starts out like this: he is in the football imagining what it will be like to be a NFL football player.
The part I like the most was when he throws the football as far as he possibly could and got a million dollars. I wish I could throw as far as that.
You should read the book and find out yourself.

Reviewer: Drake
Title: How to Eat Fried Worms
Author: Thomas Rockwell
Rating: 5 stars
What a disgusting dare! Tom, Alan, and Joe bet Billy to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days. This story began with Tom complaining about his dinner ( salmon casserole ). That sounds gross. So off they went to dig.
My favorite part was when Billy ate a raw worm. I liked it. Billy fell on the ground with his eyes closed and mouth open, it was funny. Tom, Alan, and Joe thought he was dead so they ran in the darkness screaming like little girls. They were fooled.
I recommend this book to my stepbrother. I recommend this book to him because I always dare him to do things. One time I dared him to sleep standing up in the closet. He couldn’t do it.

Reviewer: Ashley
Title: Katie, Batter Up! (Cupcake Diaries)
Author: Coco Simon
Rating: 5 stars
This book is about a middle school cupcake club and the club only happens twice a week, so when it’s time to have the club, Kati gets so excited, but then when it’s over Katie has absolutely nothing to do. When KatiE has nothing to do, Mia, Alexis, and, Emma will be doing something fun, like: baseball, softball, soccer and, basketball so Katie tries something new.
I love this book because it has a group of girls that can do more then cook cupcakes. They can play soccer, baseball,   and flag football. This book is cute, sad, understanding, and last but not least, funny.
I love this book also because it’s about friends, cooking, and laughter. Once you’re done reading it you’ll want to read more.
I recommend this book to you and your best friend or just you to read.

Reviewer: Rhys
Title: Wild Life
Author: Cynthia DeFelice
Rating: 5 stars
Wild Life is mostly about a boy named Erik. Erik has to go out and live with his grandparents for six months because his parents have to go to Iraq to help with the war. His grandparents live on a farm in North Dakota. They pick Erik up from the airport and drive him to their farm. The next morning Big Darrell (Erik’s grandpa)leaves for work, Oma (Erik’s grandma) leaves for church. Erik is left to explore the farm. He hears rustling in the bushes and sees a black shadow walk into the barn. Erik goes to investigate what he just saw, and finds a dog with porcupine quills in its nose. That night Oma and Erik talk about the dog and try to find its owner. But when Big Darrell gets home, he doesn’t like the idea of a dog. Erik gets mad at Big Darrell and goes to his room. The next day Erik and the dog, now named Quill get supplies including a shotgun and run away. Can Erik and Quill survive the wild through cold nights, dehydration and starvation? You’ll have to read it to find out.
This is one of my favorite books! It’s my favorite book because I like how they have to survive on their own and are always hunting for food. I also like it because it has a lot of funny parts like when they are plucking the pheasant and Quill eats the liver. I really like how Erik changed throughout the story from a boy that didn’t want to be there at all to one that doesn’t want to go home.
I would recommend this book to both boys and girls of all ages. You should read this book if you like adventure and survival books, then this is the one for you.

Reviewer: Tyler
Title: Junie B. First Grader Cheater Pants
Author: Barbara Park
Rating: 5 stars
I read Junie B.First Grader Cheater Pants. Junie B. was writing in her journal. She forgot to write a paper on the weekend. On Monday she was copying May’s homework. Junie B. gets in trouble.
Junie B. has to make a poem for school. She gets an A+. Then Junie B. got in trouble for cheating on the spelling test. She hid in her closet.
I recommend this to girls.

Reviewer: Tyler
Title: Junie B. Jones and the Yucky Blucky Fruitcake
Author: Babara park
Rating: 5 stars
I read Junie B. Jones and the Yucky Blucky Fruitcake. Junie B. woke up and made her some cereal but the milk was too hot and heavy. Junie went to a carnival and won a comb. She threw a slug at a very mean boy. Junie B. was being chased by her father. Junie B. got in the bogey house and then she lost a show. Her father looked for it and Junie B. and her mother went to the cakewalk and won a fruitcake.
I recommend this to girls.

Reviewer: Vance
Title: The Voyage of the Frog
Author: Gary Paulsen
Rating: 5 stars
The Voyage of the Frog is a really great book. It is about a fourteen-year-old boy named David having to take his uncle Owen’s ashes out to sea where he can’t see land. He and his uncle Owen were very close and loved to sail, but then Owen gets sick and dies. And now he’s doing what his uncle Owen’s last words were to him. While he’s taking his uncle Owen’s ashes out, a very bad storm strikes and knocks him unconscious.
I really like this book because there’s no telling what could happen. Especially because it’s on the sea where anything can happen and that makes it really interesting.
I recommend this book to people who like sea thrillers because this has a lot of action. And you don’t want anything to happen to the main character, especially drowning.

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