Saturday, May 27, 2023

Loteria book recommendation #iLoveMG

Welcome to #iLoveMG where I share middle grade books that my fifth graders recommend. (Please note that my fifth graders read a wide variety of books across a wide variety of genres, levels, and topics. Do not think that these books are "only" for fifth graders.) Or check out #3rdfor3rd for recommendations from when I taught third grade.

LOTER√ćA

Recommended by Thomas

  

Loteria is the book's name and the author is Karla Arenas Valenti and the book is fantasy. The book is about a little girl named Clara. Life and Death are playing a game to decide Clara’s fate, a tic tac toe game. Life and Death starts to play, the placed a bean on a tree and something happens to a tree, then Life and Death placed a bean on a scorpion, and a scorpion appears in Clara’s house, then Life and Death placed a bean on a bow, then a siren, since the bow and arrow killed Clara’s friend’s mom, Chita. Esteban, Clara’s friend, filled with grief, followed a voice into a different place, where a devil awaits, now Clara has to find his friend before he gets sold off and survive the many challenges that Life and Death creates. 

My favorite quote is “We must honor all living creatures. It is not our right to restrict anyone’s freedom. We always pay a price for doing so.” I like this quote because animals deserve to live life how they want to, don’t force them to do something, and for keeping people in a cage (unless they are a VERY VERY VERY bad human being). 

I recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy and for people who like a boring book at the beginning and suddenly spikes with action. I think this book is really good, but it takes too much time for the action to rise, so I would rate this book, out of five, a solid 4.2

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Saturday, May 20, 2023

Dealing with Dragons book review #iLoveM

Welcome to #iLoveMG where I share middle grade books that my fifth graders recommend. (Please note that my fifth graders read a wide variety of books across a wide variety of genres, levels, and topics. Do not think that these books are "only" for fifth graders.) Or check out #3rdfor3rd for recommendations from when I taught third grade.

Dealing with Dragons

Recommended by anonymous

   

Dealing with Dragons is an adventurous novel about a princess that is bored with her life in the Kingdom of Linderwall. The princess is named Cimerone, and eventually ventures off to become the princess of Kazul, a charming girl and one of the most sensible of the kind (Roxim would be the only one more sensible, as the elder of the group). She meets new friends and enemies and makes the acquaintance of two wizards a few times. The book is full of adventure and danger and princes trying to bother her.

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Saturday, May 13, 2023

Other Words for Home book recommendation #iLoveMG

Welcome to #iLoveMG where I share middle grade books that my fifth graders recommend. (Please note that my fifth graders read a wide variety of books across a wide variety of genres, levels, and topics. Do not think that these books are "only" for fifth graders.) Or check out #3rdfor3rd for recommendations from when I taught third grade.

Other Words for Home

Recommended by Abby

  

My book is Other Words for Home, written by Jasmine Warga and the genre is realistic fiction. This book is about a girl from Syria named Jude. Apart from her older brother, Issa, slowly growing apart from the family, all is well. That is until wars strike out in the area, and her family finds that it is no longer safe to stay. Leaving her father and Issa behind, Jude and her mother flee to the other side of the Atlantic, to America. What will happen with the emotion of being away from friends and family and being treated like an outcast at her new school? 

I really enjoyed this book because it contains a lot of emotional and meaningful scenes. The book also gives us a good sense of some Arabic words, including a glossary of the words at the back of the book. The story has so much character and heartfelt lines. 

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys realistic fiction books and books where characters have to move somewhere else because of problems in their lives in their home country. Finally, if I were to be asked how I would rate it out of ten, I would give it a solid eight out of ten.

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Friday, May 5, 2023

City Spies - book recommendation #iLoveMG

Welcome to #iLoveMG where I share middle grade books that my fifth graders recommend. (Please note that my fifth graders read a wide variety of books across a wide variety of genres, levels, and topics. Do not think that these books are "only" for fifth graders.) Or check out #3rdfor3rd for recommendations from when I taught third grade.

City Spies (series)

Recommended by Eleanor H

 

I read City Spies by James Ponti and it is a mystery book. City Spies is an amazing book in it the main characters who are named after cities have to go to France and stop a possible attack. The book moves sort of fast through the story and a lot of things happen quickly. It is hard to stop reading it once you start reading it. This book has a lot of excitement and mystery and I suggest you pay attention to the clues. 

I would recommend this book to any one who likes mystery, suspense, and excitement. City Spies makes an amazing read and I would give it a nine out of ten.

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