Book Reviews by Kids

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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 »


I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

Reviewed by Neha Gopal, age 13, College Station, Texas

Would you stand up for what you believe in, even if it meant losing your life? With the rise of the Taliban, people of Afghanistan and Pakistan faced difficult times. Life was especially hard for girls. There were frequent whipping, beating, and verbal abuse. Women were locked up and beaten just for wearing nail polish…. read more »


There Will Be Bears by Ryan Gebhart

Reviewed by Jeffrey Huang, age 10, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

When I first saw the cover of this book, I wasn’t very interested, so I put it away. A few days later, I had nothing else to do, so I started reading. I was hooked. I could not put it down before I was done. Nothing but trouble finds Tyson! His Grandpa Gene, also his… read more »


Willow by Tonya Cherie Hegamin

Reviewed by Jessica McGaughey, age 13, Odessa, Ontario, Canada

The first thing I noticed about this book was the fact that Willow is both the main character’s name and the title. I liked this because I sometimes refer to a book by the protagonist’s name and not the title. Willow is about a fifteen-year-old black girl who lives in Maryland in the late 1840s…. read more »


Babe Didrikson Zaharias: The Making of a Champion by Russell Freedman

Reviewed by Ben Dauphinais, age 11, Yadkinville, North Carolina

Russell Freedman’s biography, Babe Didrikson Zaharias: The Making of a Champion, is a fascinating book that tells the life story of one of the greatest athletes of all time. Babe lived for sports and excelled in many of them, including golf, track and field, basketball, baseball, tennis, bowling, diving, swimming, roller skating, and boxing. Earning… read more »