9 posts tagged realistic

That Holiday between Halloween & Christmas

So, I probably shouldn’t be startled at this anymore, but I recently picked up the mail and found two Christmas catalogs in there. “It’s not even Halloween,” I grumbled to myself (and received a raised brow from the neighbor). Not that the kids mind (“Oh-yeah, look at that! I want that!”). Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Christmas and Halloween as much as the next American. But, I'll admit, the holiday I really look forward to is Thanksgiving. I mean, who doesn't like turkey dinner, ...

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Novel vs. Series

Do you remember your favorite series to read as a kid? You know, the ones you could plow through one book after the other, eating them up like brain candy? As a kid, I read lots of series, but I never really appreciated the difference between a series and a single novel until I started writing my own. I've written stand-alone novels, and now I have The Discoveries of Arthur Grey series underway. When readers used to ask me how long it took to write a book, I'd say, "a few months". But now, ...

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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 ...

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Reviewed by Kids Realistic Fiction #6

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: Denali Title: Feathers Author: Jacqueline Woodson Rating: 5 stars Feathers is about a black girl named Frannie who goes to the school called Price. There’s this new kid in class and no one knows who in the world he is, he doesn’t have ...

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Reviewed by Kids Realistic Fiction #5

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: Denali Title: A Corner of the Universe Author: Ann M. Martin Rating: 5 stars SPOILER WARNING! Hattie Owen is a twelve year old girl who doesn’t realize how small her tiny town really is. Hattie finally meets her uncle Adam for the ...

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Reviewed by Kids Realistic Fiction #4

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: Ava Title: About Average Author: Andrew Clements Rating: 3 stars About Average is about a girl named Jordan. She has trouble in sixth grade. She gets into a tornado but the teacher gets knocked out by the door. So she has to save her ...

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Reviewed by Kids Realistic Fiction #3

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: Stella Title: My Life As A Book Author: Tashjian, Janet Rating: 5 stars My Life As A Book is about a boy named Derek who does not like to read. He has to read three books and has to do a book report on one of them. Derek also has to do ...

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Reviewed by Kids Realistic Fiction #2

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:  Gentry Title:  Hoot Author:  Carl Hiaasen Rating:  5 stars Hoot is about a boy named Roy Eberhardt who is bullied by a wickedly mean boy named Dana Matherson. On Roy’s way to school, Dana sneaks up to him and smashes Roy’s head ...

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Reviewed by Kids Realistic Fiction #1

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:  Rhys (5th grader) Title: Frightful’s Mountain Author:  Jean Craighead George Rating:  4 stars Frightful’s Mountain is about a Peregrine Falcon named Frightful and her owner, Sam. They live outside of the city of New York in a ...

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