Tag Archives: ages 10-13

Customer Review: Teacher’s Pest


Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #3: Teacher’s Pest

Charles Gilman

Quirk Books


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This book was really interesting. Howard Mergler, the student council president, is actually a bug monster that is summoning wasps, flies, lice and other bugs into Lovecraft School. The only people in the school that know about this are Robert Arthur, two of his friends (Glenn and Karina) and a two headed rat. It is all up to them to save Lovecraft School and defeat Howard Mergler and his bug army! If you are into sort of gross books and books that keep you hanging then you will like this book.


~ Gabriel, age 11

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Customer Review: Same Sun Here

9780763656843Same Sun Here

Silas House and Neela Vaswani



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Same Sun Here is about two kids: one named Meena Joshi, a girl who just moved to New York City, NY from Mussoorie, India and River Dean Justice, and the other a boy who was born out side the town of Black Banks, Kentucky. These two become pen pals and very close friends. They both have good times and bad, but, through it all they sick together. This book was so good until the last page was read out loud that I didn’t want it to end. It was and still is the best book {that wasn’t a horse book} yet and I will read more of these authors’ books as soon as I can!!!

~Trinity, almost 11

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Morse Pond Review: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

9780375870897Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

Chris Grabenstein

Random House Books for Young Readers



available June 25, 2013

This is a fabulous book! In fact it was so good, I sat down and read it in 2 hours! Meet Kyle Keeley, the youngest of three boys, and always outshined. So when he hears that his favorite game maker, (he is also the most famous one I might add) is having a lock in at the new library he built, Kyle knows he has to be there. But what he doesn’t know is that he will have escape, and be the first one to, if he wants to win the prize. Can he win, or will the backstabbing, good-for-nothing Charles beat him? I love this book and you will too!

Celia, grade 6

Eight Cousins Note: Here’s one more review for Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s library. If you’re wondering whether this book is worth all the fuss, I’m telling you now: it is! Read our other 6th grade review here.

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Morse Pond Review: The Ability


The Ability

M. M Vaughan

Margaret K. McElderry Books



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This was a great book, but I have to admit, it was not one of my favorites. It was a little confusing in the beginning, and only later in the book did I understand why the author included it. But overall, it was a great book. In the book a child by the name of Christopher Lane, who by the way, does not do well in school, gets accepted into a esteemed academy, everybody is shocked. But at this academy it is not smarts they look for, it is Ability, which is the power to enter people’s minds. Now Chris, and the other five children accepted have to learn to use it, and save the world from twin brothers Ernest and Mortimer and their mother, who wants revenge. But can they do it? This is a great book, though sadly not one of my favorites, but I still would recommend it. Read it!

Celia, grade 6

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Customer Review: Taylor, age 12


Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

Chris Grabenstein

Random House Books for Young Readers


June 2013

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein is a must-read. With an amazing setting and twists and turns in every chapter you won’t want to put down the book. You will be devestated when you are done with the book wanting more. Grabenstein does a great job of getting you to connect with his characters. This book is 100% worth reading. ~ Taylor, age 12

Note from Eight Cousins: Escape from Mr Lemoncello’s Library is like a love letter to children’s books. It is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets The Westing Game, but in what is sure to become known as “the best library ever”. EVER.  The story is crammed with fun references to children’s books old and new. Do not miss this phenomenal book!

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