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'Island of the Blue Dolphins'

July 12, 2009

"Island of the Blue Dolphins"

Scott O'Dell

Karana is a girl who lives on an island with her tribe. People attack them, so they have to leave. They leave on a big ship. When her brother is left behind on the island she jumps out and swims to him. They can't go back to the ship now. It is too late. They're stranded on the island. How will they survive? Will they survive? Read the book to find out.

Reviewed by Thea, 10

Circle View Elementary

Huntington Beach

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"Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Bionic Booger"

Dav Pilkey

George and Harold make a comic book about Melvin. Melvin gets mad, so he makes an experiment named Combine o-tron 2000. He wants to combine himself with a robot, but he accidentally sneezes and boogers come out of his nose, so he turns into a booger monster. George and Harold wind up calling Captain Underpants to rescue everyone. Will he succeed?

I think the author's purpose was to entertain kids like me.

Reviewed by Manuel, 8

Los Feliz Elementary

Los Angeles

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"Harry the Poisonous Centipede"

Lynne Reid Banks

Two centipedes and their mother (well, one is a friend) live underground. Belinda, the mother of Harry, tells them not to go to the No-Top world to the Hoo-Mins.

Harry and his friend George visit the Hoo-Mins anyway. If you don't know what a Hoo-Min is or the Up-Pipe or the No-Top world, then you figure it out by reading this book.

I learned that the small and the weak can outwit the big and strong. Find out if Harry and George survive the Hoo-Mins.

Reviewed by Arthur, 8

Los Feliz Elementary

Los Angeles

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"Wright 3"

Blue Balliett

Three children, Petra, Calder and Tommy, go on a mission to save a century-old house called the Robie House, which is going to be demolished. During their quest, there is a break-in, a capture and a find.

The find is worth millions but could also save the Robie House. Tommy doesn't know what to do -- does he sell it or use it to save the house? You'll just have to find out.

Reviewed by Kireina, 10

Ivanhoe Elementary

Los Angeles

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