• Platypus Police Squad: The Frog who Croaked

    by Jarrett Krosoczka Year Published: 2013

    If you like Platypus and the Police than you will like Platypus Police Squad the Frog who Croaked. I think that Zengo and O’Malley and Professor Williams the main characters are a little weird because Professor Williams makes a sound that they have never heard before. Professor Williams is a frog and the sound is a rabbit.

    This book is reviewed by Liam Fields, 2nd Grade Mrs. Duncan's class, Meramec.
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    Junie B. Jones, First Grader Boss of Lunch

    by Barbara Park Year Published: 2003 Humor

    Do you like volunteering in the lunchroom? If you do, or even if you don’t, you will like Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch.  The main character is Junie B. Jones.  It is funny because in one part she puts food on top of her baby brother, Ollie’s head with gloves.  Her parents got mad so then gloves went bye bye! It is also funny because Junie B. Jones wipes her teachers shoes with a napkin to make an excuse for opening her lunch box. Read this delicious book!


    Review by Tess Krieger & Cole Craig, 2nd Grade Mrs. Dinsmore's class, Meramec

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  • Mary Kate & Ashley and the Hollywood Who Done it!!!

    by Melinda Metz Year Published: 2003

    Please read a amazing fun book called Mary-Kate & Ashley and the Hollywood who done it!!! It’s about how Mary-Kate & Ashley get invited to a super cool awards show and someone stole an award. Who was it? So will you read it??

    This book is reviewed by Taylor Flotken, 2nd Grade Mrs. Duncan's class, Meramec
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    Owl Diaries

    by Rebecca Elliott Year Published: 2016 Friendship

    Do you like owls?  If you do you will like the series Owl Diaries.  The main character is Eva.  Eva is my favorite character because she loves painting, reading, blue bells and more.  Eva has a brother and a baby brother.  She has a best friend Lucy.  Eva also has a teacher, Miss. Featherbottom.  In Woodland Wedding  Miss Featherbottom looses her necklace.  What will she do?  Read the book to find out.  Read the book now.


    Review by Sohaila Rafael, 2nd Grade Mrs. Duncan's class, Meramec

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    Grandpa Never Lies

    by Ralph Fletcher Year Published: 2000 Humor

    Do you like funny books?  If you do then you will like Grandpa Never Lies.  The main characters are Grandpa and the little girl.  I think it's funny because her grandpa tells her things that are not really true.  For example, he says that a tornado pulled his hair off of his head or when he says that window elves paint the windows silver in fall and winter.  I really think you should give this book a try.  


    Review by Addison Kinney, 2nd grade, Mrs. Duncan's class, Meramec.

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    Ollie's Odyssey

    by William Joyce Year Published: 2016 Adventure

    Ollie's Odyssey is about a journey of a stuffed animal who is favored by Billy, a small boy. This book is telling three sides of a story:  Billy's side, Ollie's side, and ZoZo's side.  Ollie is a bear with bunny ears who is given to Billy, a boy who was born with a hole in his heart.  Billy's favorite toy is Ollie.  But, some toys were not favored by anyone, so they want no favorites in the world.  They try to take away Ollie from Billy.  My favorite part is in the very beginning when Ollie is sewn by Billly's mom.  If you have read any of William Joyce's books, you will really like this book.  I recommend this book to anyone who likes fairy tales.

    Review by Katie de la Paz, 5th grade, Mr. Osborne's class,  Meramec Elementary. 

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    Duck for President

    by Doreen Cronin Year Published: 2004 Humor

    Duck for President is the story of a duck who lives on a farm.  Duck does not like doing farm chores so he runs for President.  Duck wins his first election against Farmer Brown.  Ducks's farm friends include mice, cows, pigs and sheep.  Duck then decides to run for Governor.  My favorite part of the book is the ending when Duck is reading the paper and thinking about what to do next. If you like this book you will also like other books by Doreen Cronin including Dooby Dooby Moo, The Legend of Diamon Lil and Diary of a Fly.

    This book was reviewed by Mrs. Palmer, Meramec Elementary.



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  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret

    by Brian Selznick Year Published: 2007 Historical Fiction

    If you like pure awesomeness ... then you should definitely pick up this book. Hugo Cabret is a mischievous, curious and adventurous orphaned boy who lives in the hidden nooks in a train station's clocktower. His father and him found a robot that used to be in an old museum exhibit. His father trys fixing the robot, but when his father dies in an accident, Hugo decides to finish what his father started. Along the way, he makes a friend. Together they discover a mystery and start unraveling the mysterious purpose of not only the mystery but also of their lives.
    Review by Angela Wirthlin, 5th grader at Captain Elementary

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  • Hidden Like Anne Frank

    by Prins, Steenhuis and Watkinson Year Published: 2014 Nonfiction

    The book, Hidden Like Anne Frank, is a true eye opening biography book. This book shows how Anne Frank wasn’t the only one trying incredibly hard to survive the time period of World War ll. This book also shows what really happened to those who weren’t stuck in concentration camps and who risked getting killed just about every day. I would automatically give this book five stars, meaning that I liked every part. This book gave me many different perspectives and has given me many new ideas on the subject.  I would think this book is a little above 4th grade reading level. Though, if there is a child in fourth grade that reads above fourth grade level they would be able to comprehend just about everything.

    Review by Harry Pardo, Fifth Grader at Glenridge

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  • Fish in a Tree

    by Lynda Mullaly Hunt Year Published: 2014 Realistic Fiction

    If you like realistic fiction this book is right for you. You can follow Ally as she finds out she has dyslexia. It's hard to make friends when you can't read but Ally finds a way. I love this book because it shows how you can over come dyslexia.
    Reviewed by Hannah Z, 4th grader at Captain Elementary

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  • Rules

    by Cynthia Lord Year Published: 2005 Realistic Fiction

    As Catherine negotiates life with an autistic brother, she befriends a young paraplegic, which causes her to reevaluate the "rules" by which she navigates her days.
    Review by MaryBeth Sullivan, Librarian Assistant at Captain Elementary

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  • Secrets of Droon

    by Tony Abbott Year Published: 1999

    If you like a mystery book I recommend Secrets of Droon because they are rescuing the princess and the queen and go on an adventure for example going under water!  Racing in the ring, the bad guy is Sparr he creates animals that are bad and case the princess so Eric, Neal, Julie are helping her get away from the evil animals and stop Sparr.  Make more evil animals and also stop whatever he is doing bad. You will like this book if you like adventures.

    This book is reviewed by Borian Vassilev, 2nd Grade Mrs. Duncan's class, Meramec.
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  • NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society

    by Michael Buckley Year Published: 2010 Humor

    NERDS is a great book if you like action books. It's about these misfits who go on a missions and a new kid joins the team. But he is not that good at the job and there is one big mission and if they did not complete the mission well a lot of people would die.
    Review by Daden Deaver, 4th Grader at Captain Elementary

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  • Officer Spence Makes No Sense

    by Dan Gutman Year Published: 2009

    You should get Officer Spence Makes no Sense. In this book Officer Spence arrests the principle because he thinks he stole a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. This would be a great addition to the series that you already have in the library.

    This book is reviewed by Claire Wolpert, 2nd Grade Mrs. Duncan's class, Meramec.
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  • 11 Birthdays

    by Wendy Mass Year Published: 2009 Fantasy

    Take a dive into the mythical land of Amanda, a girl who kind of has her life messed up. It all started the year before when Amanda and Leo ( her best friend) got into a huge fight that would mess up their lives forever. Amanda is startled when she sees the same birthday balloon sitting on her bedroom floor the morning after her birthday! But even stranger, her birthday seemed to have repeated itself! Everybody is saying the same things, and all the same things are happening over again! Then something even more mysterious happens, the school bus driver seems to have 2 jobs, a bus driver and a museum staff member. Leo and Amanda have the sense that something fishy is going on because the creepy lady seems to be everywhere. Strangest of all they are suspicious that the lady is connected to the reason why their birthday is repeating over and over again! What will they find out about this mystery? Will the creepy lady be connected to it? Will they find out what is causing it?  Read to find out!

     I suggest this book to anybody who is looking for a good fiction mystery. suggested for ages 9-12.

    Review by Seraphina Corbo, 5th Grader at Glenridge Elementary


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  • Bad Kitty

    by Nick Buel Year Published: 2015

    Do you know someone who gets in trouble a lot? Well I know someone and her name is Bad Kitty. By the title I already know what you’re thinking.  This Kitty’s got to be bad for her series name to be Bad Kitty.  I agree.  Also I absolutely think these books will make you laugh because the kitty acts like a person because Bad Kitty goes to school. I hope you get one of these books. This book is available at your local bookstore for only $4.99.

    This book is reviewed by James Kramer,  2nd Grade Mrs. Duncan's class, Meramec.
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  • Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet

    by Nick Bruel Year Published: 2016

    Do you think students will like a book with a surprise on every page? Then Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet is the right book for Meramec. Students will like it because Kitty actually wants to see Puppy! But she hates him! Students will love to read this book! But we don’t have it in the library yet. I hope you can get this book!

    This book is reviewed by Sofia Moron, 2nd Grade Mrs. Duncan's class, Meramec
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    Cinderella : an interactive fairy tale adventure

    by Jessica Gunderson Year Published: 2016
    This book is the classic tale of Cinderella with three different versions that let you decide how your story ends.  The first story is about modern day Cinderella,   The second story is about a boy (Cinderfella) and the third story takes place in space!  I really enjoyed the part when they were in space and she got a big spaceship!  If you like the classic Cinderella tale or You Choose book series, they you will LOVE this book!
    This book is reviewed by Elle Winings, Meramec 5th Grader in Mrs. Lehman's class. 
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  • Countdown

    by Deborah Wiles Year Published: 2010 Historical Fiction

    This book is good for 4th Grade to 9th Grade. It is historical fiction and is immersed in the subject of atom bombs. It is set in 1962 in Washington D.C. The plot is around the mind of 10 year old Franny Chapman who is constantly being bugged and humiliated by her war stuck uncle and is pulled into the mystery of her trendy sister JoAnn who has a mystery pack of letters. Beside that, her BFF Margie is trying to make her life harder. This book tells you about the life and mind of a 5th grade girl trying to figure out the wonders of life and how to be  brave when the world keeps changing. I loved the part when she is trying to get Margie out of the pit. It has a “Hey I’m still gonna help,” feeling to it. If you like mystery books, this is the right book for you!

    Reviewed by Isabella Bamnolker, 5th Grader at Glenridge Elementary

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    Small Steps

    by Peg Kehret Year Published: 1996 Biography

    The book I am reviewing is Small Steps. I recommend this book because it is the best non-fiction book I have ever encountered. Small Steps is a biography about Peg Kehret. Small Steps keeps reader entertained throughout the book. Small Steps is about a girl named Peg Kehert having polio. When most people have polio they don’t recover but Peg did. She had to spend time in two different hospitals, one for staying alive and the other for recovering. Peg used a wheelchair and walking sticks. My favorite part of Small Steps is when Peg goes home for holiday but doesn’t enjoy it as much as she thought. I also like when her parents visit the recovery hospital every week with sweets and goodies. If you like Small Steps, I recommend reading My Life in Dog Years and any books written by Gary Paulsen because he is a great author!

    Review by Samantha Helmerling, 5th grader at Meramec Elementary.

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  • Star Wars: The Story of Darth Vader

    by Catherine Saunders Year Published: 2015

    Do you like books with aliens fighting cool weapons droids and scary interesting characters? Then try the Star Wars books. I like this series because it has fighting in it.  There are clones, storm troopers, jedis, and sith. There are sky scrapers, deserts, volcanos on some of the planets. Captain Rex is the most powerful clone. Yoda is the wisest jedi. One Star Wars book that I like is called The Story of Darth Vader. It’s about how Anankin turned into Darth Vader. Darth Vader is mean enough to fight his son Luke. Well he is against him. He is also mean enough to torcher his own generals. You are going to love this series.

    This book is reviewed by Jacob Kalachek,  2nd Grade Mrs. Duncan's class, Meramec.
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    My Life in Dog Years

    by Gary Paulsen Year Published: 1999 Biography

     My Life in Dog Years tells the story of Gary Paulsen's dogs and his childhood.  Gary's parents were often drunk so Gary was on his own.  Gary was interested in hunting, where he found a dog that later ran away.  My favorite part of the book was when Gary met the dog while hunting and then the dog and Gary had an instant friendship. I am recommending My Life in Dog Years because it tells all about Gary Paulsen's dogs and this book is a biography.  If you like this book, I recommend reading Guts, also by Gary Paulsen.


    Review by Samantha Helmering, 5th grader at Meramec Elementary.

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  • Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life

    by James Patterson Year Published: 2012 Humor

    Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life is humor and realistic fiction.  This book is about Rafe, a super funny class clown who gets in a lot of trouble.  My favorite part of the book is when Rafe tries to break every rule in the rule book.  I recommend this book to anyone who likes Diary of Wimpy Kid or I Even Funnier.


    Reviewed by Tammer Helmy, 5th grader at Meramec Elementary

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    The Long Haul (Diary of Wimpy Kid series)

    by Jeff Kinney Year Published: 2014 Humor

    I am reviewing The Long Haul because it is the best Diary of a Wimpy Kid book of the series. This books genre is comedy.
    This book is about Greg and his family going on a road trip. The Heflogs go to crazy hotels with pigs, go to the farm, and play different car games. The Heflegs listen and try to learn Spanish. My favorite part in the Long Haul is when the Heflegs end up in the funeral line and drive everyone to the wrong place. If you love the other Diary of a Wimpy Kid books I would read this one.


    Review by Samantha Helmerling, 5th grader at Meramec Elementary.

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    Old School (Diary of a Wimpy Kid series)

    by Jeff Kinny Year Published: 2015 Humor

    I picked Old School to review because it was an easy read but also entertaining.  This book is a comedy.  The story is about Rodrick getting a job, Greg going to 6th grade camp, and his grandpa moving in with him. Greg's grandpa had to move into Greg's house and of course into Greg's room. So Greg has to sleep on the floor in Manny's room.  My favorite part of Old School was in 6th grade camp when Greg finds out his cabin is in the forest and then realizes his dad had tricked the whole camp for centuries and they bond over that.  If you like the Diary of Wimpy Kid  series I would recommend reading this.


    Review by Samantha Helmering, 5th grader at Meramec Elementary

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    Harry Potter and the Sorcerers’ Stone

    by J. K. Rowling Year Published: 1998 Fantasy

    The book I am reviewing is Harry Potter and the Sorcerers’ Stone. I choose to review this book because it sets up the other books in the Harry Potter series. This book is extremely detailed as well as the other Harry Potter books. Harry Potter and the Sorcerers’ Stone is a fantasy book and isn’t super violent, only at the end. Harry Potter and the Sorcerers’ Stone is about Harry finding out that for his whole life, that he’s a wizard. The Sorcerers’ Stone is a life preserving stone, which means it makes you stay alive forever.  Lord Voldemort’s trying to get his hands on the stone. Lord Voldemort is almost naked of powers and life and will do anything to preserve it. If you loved this book I recommend the rest of the series. I also recommend The Hunger Games series because they are both intense.

    Review by Samantha Helmerling, 5th grader at Meramec Elementary.

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    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    by J. K. Rowling Year Published: 1999 Fantasy

    I choose to review Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secret because it is an incredibly detailed book. It is also a fun read. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a fantasy book that I recommend reading it if you are in at least 3rd grade because it has some violence in it. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is about 2nd years wondering who opened the chamber of secrets and of course Ron, Hermoine, and Harry try to find out who opened it.  They also try to find out where the chamber of secrets is. My favorite part of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is when Ron, Harry and Hermoine drink the polyjuice potion. I especially love how Malfoy actually believed that Ron and Harry were Crabbe and Goyle because of how weird they were acting. If you love this book I recommend reading the rest of the Harry Potter series. I also recommend reading books by Wendy Mass because they’re about magic just like Harry Potter and they are interesting to read.

    Review by Samantha Helmerling, 5th grader at Meramec Elementary.

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    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    by J. K. Rowling Year Published: 1999 Fantasy

    I choose to review Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban because between books one through three in series, this best. This book, as well as all Harry Potter books is extremely detailed. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a fantasy book but is violent so I don’t recommend reading it at a young age. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is about a criminal named Sirius Black who escaped from Azkaban. People think he is out to get Harry. Dementors are on the ground of Hogwarts protecting the students but obviously not enough because Sirius broke in to Hogwarts. My favorite part of Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban was when Black gave Ron the owl. I extremely loved that part because Ron finally got a pet that wasn’t a hand me down as most of his stuff is.  If you love this book I recommend reading the rest of the Harry Potter Series. I also recommend 11 Birthdays because it has magic in it just like Harry Potter. 11 Birthdays is by Wendy Mass and part of a series.


    Review by Samantha Helmering, 5th grader at Meramec Elementary

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  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    by J.K. Rowling Year Published: 2000 Fantasy

    This is a thrilling story about the adventures of Harry Potter and his best friends Ron and Hermione as they go through their fourth year of school at Hogwarts, the School of Magic. Harry finds himself involved in a mysterious tournament that the other two rival magic schools Durmstrang, and Beauxbatons take part in. My personal favorite part was when Harry Potter and the other wizards and witches chosen for the competition complete all of the dangerous and daring tasks and have a celebration for the true winner. Will Harry feel glory or defeat after all of the points are added up? This is for readers that love mystery, and are willing to experience adventure while diving into the fourth book of Harry Potter, The Goblet of Fire! I recommend reading books 1 - 3 before reading this book to get more background information on this series.For grades: 4th and onward! Enjoy!

    Review by Sonya Kulkarni, 5th Grader at Glenridge Elementary



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  • The Son of Neptune

    by Rick Riordan Year Published: 2011 Fantasy

    Recommended for 3rd-6th

    Percy jackson has a problem. He woke up and doesn't remember a thing! All he remembers is one name…Annabeth. He wanders until he finds a camp that he thinks might be his home but the people there don’t know him. They say that their Romans and so he learns about their camp. He then learns about the Greeks(when someone said something about them) and how some people at the camp believe they're out there. They say the Greeks are their enemies. Is he a Greek? If so will he find his camp or be destroyed if the Romans find out? Read the Book to find out! Stars-★★★★

    Review by Cole Jackson, 5th Grader at Glenridge Elementary

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    Towers Falling

    by Jewell Parker Year Published: 2016
    This book is about Deja Barnes.  Deja has no idea what 9/11 is but later her best friend Ben shows her the videos and pictures. Deja is so horrified and astonished at what happened.  Later she realizes that her dad worked at the North Tower and was there at the time of the attacks.  
    Deja's family is poor and they live in Brooklyn.  Deja has moved to a new school and doesn't know anyone.  Her teachers are teaching about 9/11 but she doesn't know about it. Every time she asks about it she cries.  Her father cries, is always sick and wonders why.  My favorite part of the book is when Deja goes to Sabeen's house, loves the food, how big Sabeen's house is and that she's able to eat with her hands.  If you are into realistic or historical fiction you will love this book.  This book is one of my favorite books.
    Review by Keteyian Cade, 5th grader in Mrs. Johnson's class, Meramec Elementary.
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