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August 17, 2008

"A Series of Unfortunate Events"

Lemony Snicket

The series is about three kids named Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire. They follow clues, which leads them to amazing adventures, as they try to find one another when they are apart. In the first book, the Baudelaires were at the beach. A terrible fire destroyed their homes and killed their parents, so a nice friend of their parents helped them find a new guardian. Their new guardian was very mean to them and wanted the Baudelaires' fortune their parents had left behind. In Book 1, he tried to get the fortune by marrying Violet, but the Baudelaires escaped. In the rest of the book Violet finds a way to get away from the first guardian. After, their parents' friend finds another guardian but the first guardian follows them everywhere in disguises to get the fortune. If you want to go on an adventure in a book, I highly recommend "A Series of Unfortunate Events."

Reviewed by Sarah, 10

Mountain Avenue Elementary School

La Crescenta

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"The Magical Ballet Slippers"

Nick Ellsworth

This book is about five ballerinas. Fleur, a Prima Ballerina, lost her magical silver ballet slippers. A raven found the slippers and took them and dropped them in the woods.

Three of the girls tried on the slippers and couldn't stop dancing because the silver ballet slippers were only for the Prima Ballerina! Find out how the Prima Ballerina gets her ballet slippers back in time to dance in the show. Fleur and her friend Lily dance together nicely at the end. Read this book and find out how that happens.

Reviewed by Rory, 6

St. Timothy Catholic School

West Los Angeles

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"Bad Boys"

Margie Palatini

This story is about two wolves named Willy and Wally. Everybody hated them. They were boy wolves, but they pretended to be girls, and boy did they look ugly! They dressed themselves as female sheep. At first, the other sheep kind of knew they were wolves, then all the sheep were taken to be shorn. When it came time for the wolves to shave, all their fur came off! Now Willy and Wally only had a little bit of fur left. At last, they had to knit clothes for themselves so their little bit of fur wouldn't show.

The part I liked best was when Wally and Willy had to knit back their fur. I really enjoyed this book very much.

Reviewed by Mary, 9

Charnock Road Elementary School

Los Angeles

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Kids, send us your reviews. Mail them to Kids' Reading Room, Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; or fax to (213) 237-5946; or e-mail: kidsreadingroom@latimes.com.

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