The Bookshelf


Thursday, March 19
BRATTLEBORO -- "The Bookshelf" features book reviews written by students from Academy, Green Street and Oak Grove Schools who have been participating in the BEEP Literary Club, organized by Flo Nestor, coordinator of the Brattleboro Elementary Enrichment Program. The students meet monthly to share book reviews which they have written. The books the students read are provided by Everyone's Books and The Book Cellar.

"The Ruby Key"

By Holly Lisle

One night, Genna and her brother, Dan, venture into the forest at dark to get the night tanduu essence that will supposedly help their mother get better. Their mother has a terrible sickness called the saku. As they gather the sap, they meet a nightling who tells them a terrible secret. Their Uncle Banris is going to murder them and their whole village just so he can become immortal. Genna and her brother go to bargain with Kai-Lord Letrin to help them save their village. However bargaining with the Kai-Lord is no easy task. Genna and her brother take the first possible task he gives them, which is to bring him Doyati, who is the only person that can overthrow Letrin. Soon they meet a cat and a nightling that help them on their quest. But is the cat trustworthy? Will he lead them to their destination or to their impending doom? I thoroughly enjoyed "The Ruby Key" and would recommend it to readers in grades 5-9.

-- Reviewed by Gabriela Sigda

"The Gate Of Days"

By Guillaume Prevost

Sam Faulkner is an ordinary kid, except for the fact he had a magic statue that let him travel through time from his basement. He has an ordinary life, except his father is trapped back in 1462 in Count Dracula's castle.

In order to save him, he has to team up with his cousin Lily and find seven coins that can only be found in the past. Can he save his father before it's too late?

This book was well-written but confusing because I hadn't read the first book. I liked how the author made me feel like I was in the place she was describing. I recommend "The Gate of Days" to readers in grades 4 and 5.

-- Reviewed by Elias Pereira

"Any Which Wall"

By Laurel Snyder

It started out to be just another boring summer vacation but when Henry, Roy, Susan and Emma discovered a giant stone wall standing in the middle of a cornfield, everything changed. The wall had the ability to transport them magically to any time, any place in the world; back into the past or into the future.

Although this book's theme is magic, there is a sense of reality to it. The characters are normal kids with normal lives, and even Merlin is portrayed as the person he most likely was rather than a storybook version of someone whose powers are "supernatural." This helps us to believe that the "impossible" might be more possible, than we may think.

I enjoyed this book very much because it was unusual and the author did a great job of describing the personalities of the characters. I recommend this book to ages 9-12.

-- Reviewed by Jade Newton

Spelling B

By Lexi Connor

How would you feel if you were a witch whose powers hadn't developed yet and every other witch your age had gained their powers? You would probably be upset, just like B (short for Beatrix). B wanted her powers more than anything. All her family and friends had their powers, but she didn't.

When B walked into English class one morning, her teacher announced there would be a spelling bee. Everyone was excited about the spelling bee because the prize would be two tickets and backstage passes for the number one band of all time. When B was spelling the words she was given, strange things happened, objects disappeared, animals talked and there was a desert on the soccer field. Was B able to solve the mystery of the strange things happening? Did she finally gain her powers?

I loved the book "Spelling B." It was an intriguing, page-turning book. If you like mystery, humor and suspense, you'll love this book. I suggest this book for girls aged 9-12 for it has an extensive vocabulary. I think this book will make a great movie some day, and I hope you like it as much as I did!

-- Reviewed By Nina Goodhue


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