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A pilot on a daring flight

February 15, 2009

"Vanished! The Mysterious Disappearance of Amelia Earhart"

Monica Kulling

The Electra is in trouble. The silver plane has flown for 19 hours without stopping, high above the Pacific. It is running out of gas. Amelia Earhart is at the controls. She is an expert pilot. Her record-setting flights have made her famous all over the world. She is trying to fly around the globe. Many people say it cannot be done. Will she make it around? Read the story to find out!

Reviewed by Jace, third grade

Glenoaks Elementary, Glendale


"Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon"

Paula Danziger

Amber Brown is a nice, friendly girl with a friend named Justin. Justin is nice, friendly, oh, and funny -- you really can't forget that.

Justin's family plans to move to Alabama. When Amber hears the news, she gets worried. Will Justin really move away? Will Amber still have a friend?

Find out by reading this fantastic book!

Reviewed by Bianca, 9

Barnhart School, Arcadia


"The Return of the Indian"

Lynne Reid Banks

Plastic Indians, a horse and a cowboy come to life in this story.

Omri, a boy, finds his cupboard -- last year's birthday gift. And he finds the magical key his mom gave him. He puts the magical key into the lock on the cupboard and turns it.

Omri's old Indian friend, Little Bear, is dead. Quickly, he finds a surgeon named Matron who brings Little Bear back to life.

I liked the book because there were exciting parts throughout the story. Thinking that Indians can come to life interested me very much.

Anyone who likes fictional stories will enjoy this book. It contains a great amount of information about Indian wars. There is a sequel to this book as well. I am expecting the sequel to be as fun and interesting as this book.

Reviewed by Daniel, 10

3rd Street School Los Angeles

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