Thursday, June 5, 2014

More Middle School reviews from 25 in 25 Reading Challenge

In case you haven't been following the progress of the 25 in 25 Reading Challenge at :, here are some highlights of reviews written by Wellesley 6th, 7th, and 8th graders!

Find these books and more in the Quigley Youth Room at the Wellesley Free Library!

The Running Dream by Wendelin van Draanen
Reviewed by Audreym2, grade 6

This book was pretty good! It was about a girl named Jessica who is a talented and dedicated runner, but loses one of her legs in a car crash. She has to adjust to walking with a prosthetic, think about the fact that running will never be the same for her again, and deal with being treated as one of the "disability kids." Along the way, Jessica encounters a girl named Rosa, who has cerebral palsy, and whom she'd pretty much ignored. But Rosa helps Jessica stay optimistic, and shows her the positive side of life. This book was good and I would recommend it to people who like realistic fiction stuff.

I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Reviewed by Nobody, grade 7

I thought that this book was extremely good. It is about a boy and he and eight other people are aliens who were sent to Earth. Their original planet was losing a war so they sent people to Earth so that the alien race could be kept alive. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy.

The Beginning of Everything by Robin Schneider
Reviewed by Jeanninewanzhi, grade 8

I liked this book because it depicts a boy who was at the top of the social ladder, but fell because of a shattered knee, so he couldn't play sports. Once he was on the outside, he realized he didn't want to go back to being popular. I didn't like it because Cassidy totally disappointed him and made him feel awful, even in the end.

Not a drop to drink by Mindy McGinnis
Reviewed by MissTish99, grade 8
I liked the book! I thought the idea of the future dystopian society that has a huge cholera outbreak and water rations was interesting. The only part I didn't like was in the end when [removed due to spoiler!].


The Vindico by Wesley King
Reviewed by RapidReader, grade 8

In the future, five kids are capture by "The Villains" and are forced to gain superpowers and work for them. The Villains, or the Vindico, have one goal: To defeat the League of Heroes. They are training these kids to be the thing that will win them this fight. Throughout this entire book, you don't know who to root for, and the great action makes this book hard to put down. I would highly recommend it to anyone!

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