Book Reviews by Kids

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Unstoppable by Tim Green

Reviewed by Sun-Woo Kang, age 12, Chesterfield, Maryland

Unstoppable, by Tim Green, is a great book about determination, perseverance, and the value of family. It shows us the inner struggle cancer survivors go through each day, along with the battle they have to fight every minute of their lives. One of my favorite moments is at the very end. It’s when Harrison recovers… read more »

The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill by Megan Frazer

Reviewed by Adelle C. Macdowell, age 11, Johnson, Vermont

In 1953 Hazel Kaplansky is a fifth-grader who wants badly to be a detective. She has read all the Nancy Drew books in her library, feels that she is the perfect sleuth, and is prepared to solve any mystery that comes her way. But none ever do. Until… rumors of communist spies in Hazel’s own… read more »

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Reviewed by Lila Gaudrault, age 12, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Eleven-year-old Melody Brooks is a genius. She remembers everything that has ever happened to her, from the lullabies her parents sang to her as a baby to the words from every documentary and TV show she’s ever watched. Melody’s life is like a movie, and she remembers every bit of it. There is only one… read more »

Wake Up Missing by Kate Messner

Reviewed by Abraham Lawrence, age 13, Eugene, Oregon

“The most terrifying thing about hitting your head so hard is when you wake up missing pieces of yourself.” This is what the main character, Cat, tells the reader near the beginning of Kate Messner’s novel, Wake Up Missing. Cat is a twelve-year-old girl who has a concussion from falling off of an observation platform in a tree… read more »

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

Reviewed by Lauren Vanden Bosch, age 13, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Have you ever seen a book on the shelf and known it was the perfect book for you even before you turned the first page? The Running Dream was like that for me. The moment I saw it on the shelf I knew instantly that I had to read it. Jessica, age sixteen, loves to… read more »

Half a World Away by Cynthia Kadohata

Reviewed by Kobe Simon, age 11, Scottsdale, Arizona

Electricity: It creates lightning, turns on the TV, generates power. A microscopic current. Something that we cannot see, that connects us all. The concept fascinates twelve-year-old Jaden. But what he can’t understand is this: he doesn’t feel connected to anyone. So he lights fires. Hoards food. Steals. Runs until his anger beats him to the… read more »