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Gypsy Rizka (by Lloyd Alexander)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Kathryn, grade 10

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Rizka, a gypsy, waits on the edge of town full of silly people for the return of her father.  She consistently tricks the people and officials to benefit herself and the good people of the city. A heartfelt, laugh-out-loud fun story to read. 

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Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy (by Douglas Adams)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Rebekah, grade 7

"The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams is a phenominal book. It is a science fiction novel, the first in the series of the same name. The book is about Arthur Dent, Trisha "Trillian" McMillion, Martin Zaphod Beeblebrox, and Ford Prefect. After the vogons so brutally destroyed Section ZZ, Plural Z Alpha in Alpha Centuri (earth), Ford and Arthur hitchhike onto the Heart of Gold, the President of Galaxy's space ship.

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Valentine Princess (by Meg Cabot)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Jackie, grade 6

This book is based on the characters from the movie "Princess Diaries".  It includes texting, note-passing, and talking in the lunchline.  Valentine Princess is how a princess in training tries to encourage her boyfriend to have a different view about Valentine's Day.  Then she realizes he isn't very fond of Valentine's Day.  She suddenly panics!  Valentine Princess shows how just a little love and trying can go very far.  Besides, there's much more to this unexpected "love story" than what meets the eye. <

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid (by Jeff Kinney)

Rating 3

Reviewed by Brent, grade 8

The idea was firly good but not too good.  It was good at parts but not at others.  I might recommend this to younger students though.  Overall it was not that bad.

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Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator (by Jennifer Allison)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Madison, grade 6

From Colorado to San Francisco for summer vacation.  Gilda's world as a psychic investigator is about to change.  Because of her first assignment.  From promises to lies to secrets to friendship to betrayal to a mysterious town from which there was a death.  See what else happens in Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator.

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Matilda (by Roald Dahl)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Hunter, grade 7

Matilda's just a five year old genius, right? If that's what you think, you're wrong.  Matilda has a special power that nobody knows baout.  Matilda has a crooked dad, a snotty mom, a rude brother, and an evil principal at school.  When everyone seems to be mean to her, she finally finds someone she can count on, her school teacher, Miss Honey.  Matilda is a book that brings imagination inot everyone's view, and my opinion, Roald Dahl's best.  I loved Matilda, and so will everyone else.

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Tales from a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess (by Rachel Renee Russell)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Macie, grade 7

This book was really good, and funny!  It was about a girl named Niki, ice skating for a charity sponser.  When she realizes "fuzzy friends", an animal shelter, goes out of business she feels bad.  So she decides to use them for a sponser.  She wins the contest making a total of $15,000, & fuzzy firends is back in business! :)

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Bad Kitty (by Michele Jaffe)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Amanda, grade 8

I liked the book because it was about a girl who always seems to get in a lot of trouble.  The girl has great friends who are always there for her.  For the first time, this book shows you a good stepmother.  This story is always taking turns and it is full of suspense and mystery.  The outcome is one that is not expected, because the criminal is one not expected.

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Gert Garibaldi's Rants and Raves: One Butt Cheek at a Time (by Amber Kizer)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Mackenzie, grade 8

One Butt Cheek at a time is a great, inspirational story about a girl Gert in high school having to deal with a gay best friend who is scared to be seen with his boyfriend in public, a shy girl named Maggie, a pops girl named Jenny, crazy parents, and of course true love.  Gert (Gertrude Garibaldi) to be exact has problems everywhere she goes and can't seem to catch the eye of her crush, Lucas.  This is an AWESOME book that everyone who deals with high school should read!

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The Ugly Truth (by Jeff Kinney)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Christopher, grade 7

In the fifth book from the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series, Greg Heffly is still recovering from his fight with his best friend, Rowly.  (Thinking he can live without him).  This time around though, Greg is thinking about his life as a kid, wondering if growing up is all it's cut out to be.  In this new journal, with even more cartoons than the last, Greg will have to face "The Ugly Truth".  I would recommend this title for it's humor along with a lesson learned at the end.  I could relate to Greg because I also am unsure of weather or not

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