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
Book #1 of this awesome trilogy is amazing! It's about a kid named Arlo Finch who moves to a place called Pine Mountain in Colorado. He and his sister and mom (not dad because he's hiding from the FBI) move in with Arlo's Uncle. He starts Rangers (Scouts) like his Uncle did and Pine Mountain is a very special place because there's mystical creatures and a whole other world! He finds out that he's not safe and that those mystical creatures want him dead! There's so many secrets that he has to uncover. Will he find out why they want him or will he be murdered!?
Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire by John August Grades 3-4 Genres: adventure, fantasy, humor, mystery Reviewed by Grant
This is a book with magic and victory. It is about a boy named Alex, his friends, and his evil twin. If you like Harry Potter or Land of Stories, this is a book you'd love. As you cheer for you favorite characters and boo your enemy's experience becoming unwanted and learning magic. This book is great mix of friendship, betrayal, and loyalty.
The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann Grades 4-5 Tags: Adventure, Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Friendship, Mystery Reviewed by Hannah
The Mysterious Benedict Society #1 is the first book in a four book series (not including the prequel). It's about four kids that are especially talented in ways others are not and they go on a secret mission for weeks in enemy territory to stop something big from happening. I can't say anymore but I hope you read the series and the prequel.
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart Grades: 3-5 Tags: Adventure, Realistic, Humor, Mystery Reviewed by Grant
I like this book because it makes me smile. This book is about a girl that gets her brother taken away by murder crows into the so called "impassable wilderness"(i.w.) by the way nobody has come out when they venture in. Then she realizes what has to be done. She has to find her brother. And with this she leaves with her school friend. Can she get there in time? Can she save her brother? read to find out.
Wildwood by Colin Meloy Grades 4-7 Tags: adventure, animals, fantasy Reviewed by Frankie
I like this book because it makes me laugh and I love how this book contributes to a book I've read before: The Babysitters Club. It starts by one of the main characters in this book reads The Babysitters Club and she wants to start one of her own. It goes through friendship and laughter. If you like humor, or The Babysitters Club you'll love this book.
Best Bad Babysitters Ever by Caroline Cala Grades 5&6 Tags: friendship, humor Reviewed by Aspen