Book Reviews by Kids

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Below by Meg McKinlay

Reviewed by Sundari Arunarasu, age 11, Portland, Oregon

Anyone would think that if you drowned a town with five thousand swimming pools of water, it would be done and gone, forgotten forever! But twelve-year-old Cassie knows that everything has a way of revealing itself, sooner or later. Since she was a little girl, Cassie was always interested in the town that the mayor,… read more »


Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Reviewed by Sonia Patel Banker, age 9, San Francisco, California

Ten-year-old Sugar lives on the River Road Plantation in Mississippi in the early 1800s. Sugar is a young African-American girl whose father died during the Civil War and whose mother died of sickness shortly after. As Sugar spends her time cutting cane, Mister Wills, the plantation owner, hires more cane workers from China. These men… read more »


Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko

Reviewed by Jacob Zacks, age 11, Herzyllia Pituach, Israel

Though I am fascinated with American history, including Alcatraz, I was drawn to the book Al Capone Shines My Shoes, by Gennifer Choldenko, for different reasons. The main character’s name is Moose, a nickname that I have been called for years. He has an autistic sister. After reading a review in Stone Soup by Richard… read more »


The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

Reviewed by Pamela Picerno, age 13, Metuchen, New Jersey

Have you ever read a book where you’re able to relate so much to the main character that it’s creepy? The Lions of Little Rock made me feel exactly that way. It’s 1958, and Marlee Nisbett is a twelve-year-old girl in Little Rock, Arkansas. She is extremely shy and won’t talk to anyone except her… read more »


The Million Dollar Putt by Dan Gutman

Reviewed by Shenna He, age 12, Burnaby, British Columbia

If you happen to be walking along the shelves in the library and it’s a rainy afternoon and you’re looking for a short but enchanting story, then The Million Dollar Putt, by Dan Gutman, is for you. Dan Gutman has made the life of a blind kid realistic, not to the point that you’re bewildered… read more »


Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri Watts

Reviewed by Autumn Owens, age 11, Bryan, Ohio

Kizzy Ann Stamps is a normal girl. She has a dog named Shag. She lives on a farm with her mother, father, and brother. But there’s one catch to this whole “normal girl” business: Kizzy Ann is black. Today, that wouldn’t be a problem. However, in Kizzy’s time of 1963, being black would have been a huge… read more »


The Blackhope Enigma by Teresa Flavin

Reviewed by Jessica Bernt, age 12, Brampton, Ontario

What? When? Why? These were the thoughts running through my head as I flipped through The Blackhope Enigma. Written by Teresa Flavin, this novel is a perfect example of when reality and fantasy clash and the result is beautiful. What is an enigma? An enigma is something that is puzzling or mystifying that just cannot… read more »


The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr

Reviewed by Kaylee Ayres, age 12, Cape Coral, Florida

An inspiring tale of a young musician finding her place in this crazy world, The Lucy Variations is a journey about finding yourself and accomplishing your dreams no matter what giant obstacles are blocking your way. Lucy’s little brother’s new music teacher, Will, plays a big part. He helps Lucy find a side of herself she has… read more »


Summer of the Wolves by Polly Carlson-Voiles

Reviewed by Sarah Haynes, age 12, Weare, New Hampshire

Polly Carlson-Voiles’s Summer of the Wolves is a wonderful book about a twelve-year-old girl named Nika and her younger brother who were recently orphaned and are being sent to their long-lost uncle’s house in Minnesota for the summer. Nika’s uncle studies wolf migration patterns, and one day, when Nika joins her uncle to go observe… read more »


Calvin Coconut: Rocket Ride by Graham Salisbury

Reviewed by Eric Yang, age 9, Wellesley, Massachusetts

This book is about a kid named Calvin who is getting bullied to give the bully a ticket to his dad’s concert. Calvin lives in Hawaii. His dad is coming there for his band performance. His dad is a famous rock star. Calvin hasn’t seen him for four years, so he is very nervous to… read more »