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Book: Framed! (1st Book in Framed! Trilogy)

Author: James Ponti

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Page Count: 320

Florian Bates puts together puzzles with his mind. Not the type of puzzle you get from the dollar store and spend forever trying to piece together, but puzzles made by clues other people leave all around. Of course, the hardest part is finding the pieces. In short, Florian is a 12 year old, amateur detective. And when the museum where his parents work is the victim of an art theft, well, Florian can’t help but to try to solve it himself.

I read this book as part of a book club I’m in. Although “book club” is a stretch. In reality we are two nerdy seventh graders who read and discuss books with our nerdy moms. Anyways this book was the last book we read, and I loved it. I really enjoyed reading about the characters, especially Margaret, because she is funny, smart, and other reasons. I also especially liked the plot twist at the end.

The main setting of this book was the National Gallery Of Art, in DC. Because of that, we (meaning the moms) decided that we would take a field trip there to see the paintings that were stolen in the book. Only two of them were on display currently, but we saw those two and took pictures with them.

In addition to the art, we went there to have lunch at Ben’s Chili Bowl, since that too was in the book. The day that we went it was raining. A lot. There were like, literally rivers in the streets. And since were in the middle of a global pandemic (such an inconvenience, right?) they only had outside seating so you know, that was fun!

Anyways this book was great and you should defiantly read it.

Book: Here In The Real World

Author: Sara Pennypacker

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Page Count: 320

Ware was going to be spending the summer with his Grandmother. He was supposed to be free of the day care that wasted the past summers of his life. But when his grandmother fell and hurt herself, he found himself going back to the place he dreaded. Dreading what was to come, he started skipping day care, and helping a girl with a project in an abandoned lot across the street. However, he had no Idea what he was getting himself into.

I really liked this book. I loved some of the ideas in it. I felt they were very inspirational. I also enjoyed the characters, especially Jolene because of her determination. I felt like each of them were unique and none of them were like any characters I have seen in the past. This book didn’t have much humor, but the book was wonderful none the less. If you like Realistic Fiction, friendship-y books, books in general, or none of the above, you should read this book.

Book: The Great Railroad Race: Diary of Libby West (One of the “Dear America” books)

Author: Kristiana Gregory

Genre: Historical Fiction/journal

Page Count: 204

Libby’s father is a reporter for a local newspaper. But not for long! He plans to make his own newspaper following the Union Pacific Railroad in the great railroad race, a race between the two railroad company’s starting from opposite sides of the continent, trying to cover more land, and therefor make more money. And Libby, her mother, and her brother, are going with him.

Before this book I had only ever read one book in a diary format. I think it really gave me more of an insight of what the character was thinking and less about what things happening actually looked like. It was also interesting because the character decided when they wanted to write, so there were tiny time jumps where you knew almost nothing about what happened in-between.

I thought this book did a good job showing what it was like for a family to travel alongside the railroads. I also thought it did a good job showing how big it was that these railroads were crossing the continent, especially compared to now where you can just hop on a plane and be there in a few hours. Anyways, If you like historical fiction and the diary format, or want to learn more about the great railroad race, you should read this book.

Book: A Game Of Fox & Squirrels

Author: Jenn Reese

Genre: Fantasy

Page Count: 160

Sam wished things could go back to the way they were before. Before her sister’s arm was in a cast, before people started asking questions, and before she had to move, with her sister, to her aunt’s house. But then, somehow through the game her aunt gave her, a fox in the woods near her aunt’s house offers a way she can go back to how it was before. And Sam plans to take it. But, first she has to complete the challenges the Fox sets her.

My mom got this book from the library because it was on a list of books that were predicted to be a Newberry winner this year. This book is a little strange especially the end, because all the magic, is really a metaphor, but it’s real in the book, but still also a metaphor in the book. But it’s really good, I promise!

Even though it is Fantasy it is more of a feely-feely book than a fighty-action book. My favorite character was Sam’s older sister. I thought this book was very good, and definitely worth reading. YOU should read it. Now. I’m serious go read it.

Book: Walk on Earth a Stranger (1st book in the Gold Seer trilogy)

Author: Rae Carson

Genre: Historical Fiction/Fantasy

Page Count: 198

Leah Westfall has a secret. She lives with her parents in Georgia, a result of her fathers long ago gold fever. And despite all the gold in Georgia having run out, her father, “Lucky” Westfall keeps finding more, enough that they have a secret stash of gold dust worth more than 1,000 (1849 time) dollars. All thanks to Leah. You see, Leah can sense gold. From nuggets, veins, dust in a river bank, and tiny specks beneath someone’s fingernail. Despite this Leah is able to lead a normal-ish life in her little town. Until her uncle murdered her parents, took their land, and claimed ownership of Leah, planning to use her powers for himself. Leah decides that she must run away to join the gold rush to California, and escape her uncle.

I read this book for history, despite its fantasy elements. My mom chose this book, not knowing that I had already read it. She decided we would read it anyways, and there were many things that I had forgotten from my previous read. You might think that because it is a fantasy book you wouldn’t really learn anything about what it was actually like in 1849, but I think it really showed what it was like to travel across the country as a part of a group of wagons. It also helped me understand the situation the Native Americans were in, with all of these 49’ers tromping across their land.

One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was all the vastly different characters in their wagon group and how they interacted. It was not a big bundle of smiles and glitter, as people tend to be a bit complicated. I also enjoyed watching how the children in their group acted about moving across the country. Surprisingly, many of the younger ones were completely chill with it. The older ones had a bit more mixed feelings. Overall I enjoyed reading this book, and I think that if you read it, you will too.

Book: Mr. Lemonchello and the Titanium Ticket (book 4 in the Mr. Lemonchello’s Library series)

Author: Chris Grabensten

Genre: Sci Fi? Fun-Read-That-Can’t-Really-Be-Classified?

This book is the 5th in a series and you should not read it without reading the first 4.

Here’s the review:

This series is one of my favorite series to read for fun, even though it is a little easy. The first book was probably my favorite of the 5, and I would read all of them over again. When this book came out. My mom put a hold on it at the library, WITHOUT TELLING ME!! Then when it came in she was all casual “do you want me to send your Kindle the 5th Lemonchello book” and I was like “WAIT WHAT?!?! Theres a 5th Lemonchello book?” So yeah, I got really excited about this. And I was not let down!

I liked that in this book the story ventured away from the original Ohio kids from the first 4 (especially Kyle), though they were still in it. I Liked that new characters were introduced. I also liked that you got to see a little bit of how Mr. Lemonchello’s games were made. While I was reading it I noticed that some parts of it seemed like a repeat of things that happened in the first book. Overall I think this book is worth a read (as long as you’ve read the first 4!)

Book: 40 Acres and Maybe a Mule

Author: Harriette Gillem Robinet

Genre: Historical Fiction

Page Count: 131

The Civil war has ended and slavery has been abolished. Pascal, his brother, and his best friend, are off to search for 40 acres and maybe a mule. However, many hardships are ahead, but also many joys.

This book takes place during the reconstruction period, but despite that it is very hopeful. In fact, one of my favorite things about this book was the overall hopeful vibe. I also liked the changes in the characters, especially Gideon. I liked Gideon’s character in general, with his mean, but still nice

In this book I learned things about reconstruction. I learned that all free African Americans had to sign a work contract. I learned that many of the teachers that came from the north were not prepared to be teaching former slaves. I learned that eventually African Americans were kicked off their land.

Book: Oathbringer (3rd book in the Stormlight Archive)

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Epic Fantasy

This book is part of Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere World. If you are going to ever read it, know that you will need to read Warbreaker, the First book of the Stormlight Archive (The Way Of Kings), the second Stormlight Archive book (Words Of Radiance), and Edgedancer (Novella in the Stormlight Archive). And you should also probably read both Mistborn Eras 1 and 2, and Elantris.

Here’s the review:

One of my favorite things about this book is that we got to see some content from Jasnahs point of view. Jasnah I think is one of my favorite characters, and I was happy to be able to see into her head. I also liked that in this book you got to understand more about spren, because of that thing that happened, but I can’t say because spoilers. I also loved the increasing amount of hints of things from Warbreaker, like breath and that other thing. (spoilers again) Ok, anyways. This was a very good book, and you should read it.