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I Am Jane Goodall
by Brad Meltzer

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This was a great biography on Jane Goodall. I learned many things from this book. If you are looking for a biography on Jane Goodall that is told like a story, you should read this.

"The Willoughbys"
by Lois Lowry

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I thought this book was really, really good. "The Willoughbys" is a very intelligent, old fashioned and lovable book. It makes you appreciate the old fashioned nature through all the references, adventure and intelligence. All these characters are amazing. All the readers who read this book will immediately love the Willoughbys, Nanny, Commander Melanoff, Baby Ruth and all the other memorable and amazing characters in this book. The Willoughbys' lives and adventures are ones I won't forget. This book is one I highly recommend.

"Emily Windsnap and the Ship of Lost Souls"
by Liz Kessler

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This book was good. I loved all the mystery suspense and adventure this book provides. The book's motives for adventure and the outcomes will make you not want to put down the book until you finish reading the final page. Another part I also loved is the ocean/mer-people theme that structures not only this book, but the entire "Emily Windsnap" series as well. All the references of the other world also make the book super interesting. Finally, I also loved the mysterious type of fantasy used in this book. It isn't fantasy used in fairy tale lands, but a more darker type kind of fantasy; ghost ships, dangerous lands and manipulative magic are amoung the magical elements used in this book, and it makes the storyline very interesting. However, though, if you don't read too closely, the fantasy elements and processes can get very confusing. Even with this, the book was still really good.

"Intergalactic P.S. 3
by Madeleine L'Engle

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This book was really, really good. There are a lot of elements from "A Wind in the Door" in here, even though this is just a simple companion story to both "A Wrinkle in Time" and "A Wind in the Door". Another part I also love is all the science fiction elements used in this book- aliens, different galaxies and planets and even real life science. Besides science, there's also real life morals and philosophy that are a prominent part in this book and in the entire Time Quintet that I have always loved. Finally, I also loved the basic storyline of the book. It is another perilous "A Wrinkle in Time" style journey; a classic type of adventure and science we all know and love from Madeleine L'Engle.

"The Next Great Paulie Fink"
by Ali Benjamin

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I loved this book!!! This book has to be one of my favorite books of all time! I love hearing how weird the town is, and the different personalities of the characters. This book was full of action, and there were no slow parts.

"Dumbo: Circus of Dreams"
by Kari Sutherland

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This book was really, really good. I have always really like the live action movie, so I was really excited to read this book. I loved how the book is a lot like the movie: inspiring and exciting. I also like how, not only are the characters going through the same adventure, we also learn more about their backstories, and what they're thinking and feeling at the moment. Finally, I also really liked the general storyline of the book, and all the themes and references as well. This is a book I highly recommend.

"Becoming Brianna"
by Terri Libenson

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This book was really, really good. This is a very satisfying fourth book in the "Emmie and Friends" series. I love how learn all sorts of new things about the characters we all know and love. Another part of this book I loved is how well it reflects to life in middle school: drama, betrayals, friendships, crushes, life, school, growing up, family and lessons. You name it, this book, and the rest of the series as well, accurately models it. It all makes the plot and other story elements very interesting. Finally, I also love all the illustrations and graphics in this book. They are very bright, creative and funny, and they never fail to please me. It makes me extra pleased as well that it's not just a graphic novel, but also part novel as well. All these things make "Becoming Brianna" another very great book in this middle school-life series.

"Counting By 7s"
by Holly Goldberg Sloan

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I overall thought this book was good. It had an interesting storyline, and everything connected. I did think that towards the middle though, it got a little flat, or slow. But, the of the book showed more progress through the characters.

Village Of Scoundrels
by Margi Preus

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This is a breathtaking story of France during the Nazi occupation. It was sometimes very frightening due to the Nazis. This is based on a true story of people helping refugees. It reminded me slightly of this story on the BBC World Service: It was a great book.

by Meindert Dejong

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Shadrach is the beautifully written story about a young boy and his love for his pet rabbit. Meindert Dejong perfectly describes the emotions of a child in this touching story.