I’ll Be There is my favorite book. I love it! It is a classic love story about a girl who meets a guy but the guy, Sam, has a really terrible past. His father abducts the him and they need rescuing. The story goes in a lot of places including a cliff in a national park. :) BUT! There’s a beautiful ending. Sam gets to spend a lot of time with the girl, Emily. It’s just a BEAUTIFUL book. The author is great too. Her other books are also amazing. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan Grades: 6th - 8th Reviewed by Chloe A. Tags: friendship, mystery, romance, tear-jerker
Can You See Me is a book about an autistic girl named Tally. For Tally, autism means she cannot understand expressions or sarcasm, she hates it when people order her to do things, and when they do, she often boils over and throws what we would call a tantrum, but she literally has no choice. It is called Demand avoidance. That means, if someone tells her to do something, she might know she has to do it, but if someone asks her to, then she feels like it is a demand and immediately refuses. Her five senses are also super good. that sometimes gets her in trouble though, because she gets accused of eavesdropping even though she can't help but overhear. That triggers her Demand Avoidance, and she then gets in a fight with her family.
She goes through sixth grade trying to pretend to be "normal". Her best friend Layla is the only one at the new middle school that knows of her autism, but they are slowly drifting apart, because Layla and her other friends (Lucy and Ayesha) start to get embarrassed about the way Tally acts. Tally gets bullied a lot because other kids think she is weird, and suffers through her classes (mostly P.E.) without any good friends. The really cool thing about this book is that it was written by an eleven year old girl with autism and her teacher. If you like wonder you would really love this book too!
Can You See Me? by Libby Scott, Rebecca Westcott Grades 5-6 Genres: friendship, realistic, tear-jerker Reviewed by Isa
The thing about jellyfish is a book about a girl whose best friend drowns while they were 'fighting' and she never gets to say goodbye. She is determined to find out what happened to her friend, and it leads her to a conclusion--without much evidence. This book is full of flashbacks. For example, she lets us know what happened with her and her friend's friendship through a series of flashbacks. The main character is quite academic, and gets bullied for not only caring about fashion and boys. This story is very sad, but I would still recommend this book for fourth and fifth graders.
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin Grades 4-6 Genres: friendship, mystery, realistic, tear-jerker Reviewed by Isa
I like The One And Only Ivan because it is from an animal's perspective. Ivan is a gorilla who is in captivity (not a zoo.) Ivan wants to be free, Ivan wants to live in a nice zoo. Ivan is not able to tell people that he is unhappy. Will Ivan ever be free? I really like this book, and hope you will too.
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate Grades 3-6 Tags: animals, realistic, fast-paced, friendship, tear-jerker Reviewed by Adelaide W.
The Miscalculations Of Lightning Girl is about a girl who got struck by lightning when she was little. During school she has to do a group project for community service. Her group decides to volunteer at the animal shelter. While volunteering there she falls in love with a dog, but she can't adopt it because the apartment she lives in doesn't allow dogs. Will she and Pi (the dog's name) ever be able to be together? I love this book and hope you love it too.
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy Mcanulty Grades 4-6 Tags: animals, realistic fiction, friendship, tear-jerker Reviewed by Adelaide W.
I really like this book because it is based on a girl who can't walk and can't talk. People don't treat her with the respect she deserves. She realizes that she is very smart and is able to store lots of information in her brain. She joins the school academic team and travels around competing with them. Unfortunately, they always exclude her, and she struggles to make friends. This book is a tear jerker, I love this book, and I hope you love it too.
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper Grades: 4-6 Tags: realistic fiction, tear jerker Reviewed by Adelaide W.