What third-graders read
A lot of kids read books. Some kids in third grade at Nixon
School read books called "The Littles," "Hardy Boys," "Babysitter's Club"
and "Boxcar Children." The most popular book with boys is "Goosebumps," and
the most popular book with girls is "Babysitter's Club." The reason they
like these books is that they have very exciting parts. They read them in
school and in the afternoon. We interviewed 56 third-graders to find out
their favorite books.
--Eleanor Boothroyd and Krysta Heffner, Grade 3
Books for boys and girls
Goosebumps by R.L. Stine is very popular
with boys. Goosebumps books are about tales that make your spine tingle and
make goose bumps run down your back, especially at night. I would recommend
them if you like these things.
Babysitter's Club books, by Ann M. Martin: are
popular with the girls. They are about some girls who have adventures with
babysitting. You might have heard of the movie B.S.C., that's an
abbreviation for Babysitter's Club. The movie is good too.
--Alex Ochoa, Grade 3
Getting out of a mess
Valentine's Day Can Be Murder is very good. It's
about Roger Friday's Valentine's Day. "Puh-leaze!" is what Roger, class
clown, says. It all starts when Roger accidentally puts a mushy poem in his
archenemy Marsha's Valentine's box. Read it to find out how he gets out of
this mess. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a good
--Maggie Thompson, Grade 3
A humorous story
Big Friendly Giant By Roald Dahl I really
like the book. It has some humor in it, and it is also pretty silly. The
BFG is about a little girl, Sofie, and a big giant, the BFG himself. Little
Sofie gets taken from her bed at an orphanage when the BFG finds her
watching him. He won't leave her there because he is afraid that she will
tell people what she saw. They will catch the giant and put him in the zoo.
I won't tell you the rest of it, but if this book sounds like one you will
like, the author is Roald Dahl. He has also written other big hits like
Matilda and The Witches.
--Kathryn Basiji, Grade 5
Finding her place
The Midwife's Apprentice is a charming story about a
young girl. The girl knows no name but Brat. She is rescued by the village
midwife, who takes Brat in as an apprentice and renames her Beetle. Despite
the midwife's greedy efforts to keep her knowledge to herself, Beetle
learns in spite of herself. Then one day, Beetle names herself Alyce. After
failing at a task, she runs in fear of the midwife. She believes she is too
stupid to be of use to anyone. Is she really Brat, the beautiful midwife's
apprentice? I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read the
beautifully written story of a young girl, trying to find her place in the
--Stephanie Wilson, Grade 5
New series by Applegate
Animorphs by K. A. Applegate The author has
created a great new series. The Animorph books are about 5 kids Jake,
Marco, Tobias, Rachel and Cassie. They were walking home from the mall one
day when suddenly they came upon a dying alien that warned them of a
serious threat. The evil slug-like Yeerks are alien parasites that take
over the minds of people and other aliens. To combat this menace, the
alien, known as an Andalite, gifted them with the ability to morph into any
animal they touch. This turns out to be a great power, and a great curse.
So if you want to find out what happens to Jake, Marco and the rest of the
gang, read Animorphs. Also, check out the Animorph web site at
--Andy Ball, Grade 5
Adventure in Narnia
A Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis Shasta is a
poor boy who thinks he's the son of a fisherman. But Shasta is in for a lot
of surprises! First, a talking horse from a place called Narnia whisks
Shasta away from the fisherman's home. During the first night, Shasta falls
off so many times that he can barely get up in the morning! During the
second night, Shasta and Bree (the horse) are chased by lions. Also, they
meet up with a girl and another talking horse from Narnia. The girl is
called Aravis, and her horse is called Hwin. All of them are trying to
reach the same place, Narnia. The four of them travel together, but don't
always get along. Well, the horses are like old friends, but the children
always quarrel. I recommend this book to people who like adventure. The
author is C.S. Lewis, and he has also written other books like "The Lion,
the Witch and the Wardrobe" and "The Silver Chair."
--Fiona Graham, Grade 5
Darwin and the Enchanted Isles by Irwin
Shapiro The book that I am reviewing is called Darwin and the Enchanted
Isles by Irwin Shapiro and illustrated by Christopher Spollen. The book is
about the life of Charles Darwin. This book gives you a great overview of
Darwin's life. When he was a young boy, Darwin loved to hunt. Then, when he
got older, Darwin stopped hunting and started to study animals. After many
years, a ship was looking for a naturalist to go to the Galapagos Islands
with them. One of Darwin's friends recommended him. In the Galapagos,
Darwin found 13 different finches and he wondered why. After the finches,
he found giant armadillo skeletons. He thought that the armadillos today
came from giant armadillos. He based his theory of evolution on this
discovery. After Darwin discovered evolution, there was a trial about it.
Some people were offended by evolution and thought Darwin was questioning
the Bible. If you want to find out what happens, read the book. Overall,
this book is a great book for people who like to read about scientists. I
highly recommend it.
--James Kraemer, Grade 5
Matilda by Roald Dahl A wonderful book filled
with surprises and excitement. It takes place in a quiet town in England.
Matilda lives with her parents and her brother. Matilda has a brilliant
mind. Unfortunately, her parents don't pay much attention to her and so she
starts school late. Matilda's parents would not have noticed if she came
into the house practically dead! They wouldn't care! Until Matilda's
teacher came along, Matilda had no hope of expanding her mind. Matilda's
parents are so wrapped up with themselves. Matilda takes revenge.
--Kalena Masching, Grade 5
Spectacular sad story
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
This is a spectacular Newbery Award winning book for kids of many ages. If
you like sad stories, you'll like this one. This book was written by Scott
O'Dell, an author of many Newbery books. He is very expressive and knows
what he's talking about! I recommend you read this book soon.
--Zachary Klapholz-Brown, Grade 4
A bored kid
The Phantom Tollbooth is about a boy named Milo.
Milo is a very bored kid. He comes home from school and does his homework
and then just sits there. Then a rather peculiar thing happens. A package
comes addressed to him, and his whole life changes.
--Kate Kosco, Grade 4
A wild book
Matilda by Roald Dahl I would really
recommend this book to people who enjoy wild books. If you do, then
"Matilda" was made for you. Matilda is about a very smart girl who isn't
wanted by her parents. By the time she is 5, she can go to school. But the
principal is the meanest, biggest principal of all. Find out how she solves
this huge problem with her dear friend Miss Honey, and what happens
--Lauren Blanche, Grade 4
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