Kid's Advisory Board

The Witch Boy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338089516
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Published: Graphix - October 31st, 2017

Have you ever imagined that magic was real and people could do sorcery? Well, The Witch Boy is a wonderful story about a boy named Astor. Astor's family has magic passed down for generations.  The magic is separated between the boys and the girls; girls are witches and boys are shape shifters.  But Astor cannot find an animal that will give him its power.  So instead, he does witchery and has to save his cousins from the demons that lurk in the woods.  The Witch Boy is very intense, similar to The Brothers Grimm.  Therefore, I would recommend this book to ages 10 and up.

-Reveiw by River, age 10

Kid Authors: True Tales of Childhood from Famous Writers Cover Image
By David Stabler, Doogie Horner (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781594749872
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Published: Quirk Books - October 10th, 2017

Have you ever wondered what your favorite authors were like as a kid? Well, Kid Authors takes you on great adventures through all of your favorite authors childhood stories. This book started out with JRR Tolkien and ended with Jeff Kinney, with so many great, classy, super cool, awesome, incredible stories in between.  My favorite author was Lucy Maud Montgomery.  The reason I liked her childhood story was because she had two half brothers and they had such a merry time telling ghost stories.  One night they even saw one and it was pretty incredible! After Kid Authors I cannot wait to get into the series.

-Review by River, Age 10

Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic Cover Image
By Armand Baltazar, Armand Baltazar (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062402363
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - October 3rd, 2017

This book was AMAZING!!! I NEED to get it in full color! I finished it in less than two days because I didn't want to put it down. There are robots and people who can fix anything perfectly. I liked the huge battle because there were torpedoes and bombs and fighter jets. The story started with a small fight because they discovered a new species of dinosaurs.

-Review by Brenden, age 8

I'm Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups Cover Image
By Chris Harris, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316266574
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 26th, 2017

This book was surprisingly good. A lot of it was silly, but parts of it also made me think. The poems are about stuff people don't usually write poems about, from the number 8 to an argument between kids who keep finishing each-other's sentences. I loved "The Valleys Shape the Mountains" the best. It's actually really meaningful, and it also has a really good rhythm. I made it into a song so I could memorize it and recorded it for my grandpa. I also loved "Nothing is Impossible," which is really funny, a paradox in words. The unfair riddles were also really funny and the whole thing was very creative. I would recommend this to people who love poetry, or even for people who don't think they do. It's best for elementary schoolers but there's something there for everyone.

- Review by Michael, age 9.

Wishtree Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250043221
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 26th, 2017

I thought Wishtree was such a heart-warming book. In some spots, I was on the verge of tears. This book is different than other books because instead of centering around a human or animal, it centers around a tree. This tree is named Red, and most people don't know that this tree has been in her neighborhood for centuries. The reason its been here so long is it's not the usual neighborhood tree. People ever year on the first of May will tie a wish on each of Red's branches and hope that it comes true. This year though, there's some drama going on. A girl named Samar, who is Muslim, moves into a house right next to Red. Red's happy she's there, but not everyone is. I thought this book was original, and Katherine Applegate did an amazing job. If I wanted to, I could read this book a million times and not get tired of it. It makes a lot of twist and turns and one moment you're happy, the next you're sad. I loved this book!

--Review by Jordan, age 11

The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399539138
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Published: Dial Books - September 12th, 2017

At first I was unsure about how much I'd like this book, but it got pretty interesting. It wasn't just some metaphoric title. Stellas's dad is dead and she's trying to persuade NASA to send a recording of her dad's laugh into space. She doesn't convince them, but a black hole follows her home. At first, she has second thoughts and then she goes out and tries to save the little guy. It's a really small black hole. It does have a problem, though. It keeps absorbing things. That can be good because she can put bad things inside, but when it accidentally swallows her dog, she has to go in to save the dog. I would recommend this book to readers age 9-12 who like books which are a combination of serious and silly, as well as science fiction fans.

- Review by Michael, age 9.

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding Cover Image
ISBN: 9781484778173
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 5th, 2017

This book was really great. I read it in two days and I can't wait for the next one! The story mixes hilarious middle school humor with suspense and magic, featuring dark witches of the Salem variety and other supernaturals. Prosper comes from an old, well-established family. Recently, he found out why his family is so prosperous: his ancestor made a pact with a demon, and broke the pact. Now, 300 years later, the bill has come due and Prosper has to pay it. The demon inhabits his body and simultaneously tries to get him to enter into a new pact. Meanwhile, Prosper's family thinks he is beyond saving and is plotting to kill him to rid themselves of the demon. I would recommend this story for readers age 10 and up, especially fans of dark fantasy.

- Review by Colleen, age 12

Absolutely Alfie and the Furry, Purry Secret Cover Image
By Sally Warner, Shearry Malone (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781101999882
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Published: Puffin Books - August 29th, 2017

I like the lesson taught in this book, ask permission before you do things.  I also like the main character Alfie because of her personality.  She is a very brave and loyal person.  Siblings, while annoying, can be very helpful and Alfie’s brother helps her realize the lesson in this book.  The ending was very surprising.

-Review by Elli, age 9

Ruby Starr Cover Image
ISBN: 9781492645771
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - August 2017

I think that this book is very good because Ruby learns a big lesson. The lesson is don’t judge a person, or book, by its cover.  Ruby loves books but when a new girl comes to town she gets a little jealous.  Ruby has a large imagination and uses it to solve some of her problems. Deborah makes me feel like I am there with Ruby.  Ruby is a very determined person.

-Review by Elli, age 9

Lucky Broken Girl Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399546440
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - April 11th, 2017

This was probably my one of my favorite books I ever read. It was about a girl named Ruthie who just moved to Queens, in New York City, from Cuba. Ruthie and her family had many new things to get used to. For example, new jobs, new school, and especially new language. On the way home from her Baba's house her dad gets in an accident. This book is about how Ruthie and her family push through this situation. Ruthie is a brave, confident girl. I recommend this book for girls age 8 to 10 and to girls who need help pushing through a hard situation.

-Review by Andie