Brainiac hides her smart side

Kids' corner - June 2005


These reviews are the third and final installment of submissions from Mrs. Kimberly Fisher’s fifth grade class at Lester School in Downers Grove.

The Report Card is a funny yet serious book. A girl named Nora in fifth grade is a brainiac but gets D’s on her report card when she should be getting A’s. The only reason she is getting D’s is she doesn’t want anyone to know that she is super smart. Now Nora’s teachers are hovering over her and watching her every move to see why she is getting D’s because they want her to pass the fifth grade.

My favorite part is when Nora blurts out a scientifically correct answer in order to save her friend Steven from total embarrassment. Now the teachers are wondering—is she actually smarter than her grades show?

Also, Nora’s school thinks tests are the way to see who’s smart and who’s having brain farts. Can Nora convince teachers that tests are a stupid way of measuring intelligence? You’ll just have to read this book to find out.

Is Nora’s secret going to be revealed or can she think of another way to make herself look dumb? You’ll just have to read The Report Card to find out.

I give this book five out of five stars. Sammy Barry, 11

A story that’s sad and happy Jacob’s Rescue, by Malka Drucker, is an interesting non-fiction book about a boy named Jacob being saved from a walled-in ghetto in Warsaw, Poland. Nazi soldiers marched Poles out of Warsaw for slaves every day.

Alex is the father of Yeruk and Marishka and he is married to Mela. In 1942, when the war begins, Alex saves Jacob and changes his name to Genyek. This book takes place in 1942 to 1945 when the Nazis came in.

In chapter 10, a little boy named Sholom, who is under 8, dies of scarlet fever. And Yeruk gets shot by a German sniper while trying to get to the store. He crumples in the middle of the street like a burning piece of paper.

When Jacob gets scarlet fever, he has to hide in a couch to get to the doctor’s office. A nurse stops them in the hall and asked them what they were doing. Alex says, “Dr. Masurik ordered the couch.” When they leave, they have to take the old one out.

This book has a lot of action, happy things and sad things. The last part of the book filled me with a feeling I can’t describe. Michael Pinkston, 10

Molly Moon is an incredible book Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism is a fantastic book about an orphan named Molly who hates her orphanage. Miss Anderson, the person who runs the orphanage, is cruel. Bullies pick on Molly and her best friend Rocky has just been adopted. But when she is curious to know what hypnotism actually is, she gets a hypnotism book from the library. She may be able to find her friend in New York City. But someone knows she stole it and wants it bad enough to kidnap.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes a funny, surprising and thrilling book. This book is so good that you will want to read it again and again. If you like happy endings, this book is for you. I rate this book nine out of 10. Rachel Wasielewski, 11

Star Wars book is full of mystery Boba Fett: The Fight to Survive, by Terry Bisson, is the first book in the Star Wars Boba Fett series and is about a boy who lives on the stormy planet of Kanino with his dad, Jango Fett. Jango is one of the most feared bounty hunters in the galaxy. Boba has one friend, his dad’s ally, Zam Wessel.

In the beginning, Zam and Jango go on a mission to Coruscant. When Jango returns, Zam is dead. Boba’s home is home to an army of clones started by Count Dooku and Jango is the host. The problem in this book is that Boba needs to find Count Dooku after his father dies in battle. Dooku is the only one who can get Boba on his feet again.

Mysteries await on every page. Boba will have to go with his guts to determine who is trustworthy. He must use everything he learned from his father and things he learned on his own just to survive.

I give this book a nine out of 10. This book has survival tips you might use in the future. Kyle Michalek, 11

‘Loser’ Zinkoff makes a great novel After reading Loser by Jerry Spinelli, I knew by the first chapter it was a great book. The book Loser takes place in a good town and at a great school. The main characters are Donald and Mr. and Mrs. Zinkoff. In the story, Donald Zinkoff tries to fit in with the rest of the town, but he can’t because he is just too weird. Donald, a first-grader, is teased by a red haired fourth-grader for wearing a tall giraffe hat. Then he gets surgery in third grade for the upside down valve in his stomach. Donald had to stay home for almost a month. During that month he tries to overcome his fear. His fear is the furnace in the basement. Donald thinks there is a furnace monster. But does he?

You will have to read this book to find out. Then Donald goes back to school. A couple of days later it is field day. It was the biggest race at field day, at least for fourth- and fifth-graders. Donald chokes and everyone on his team calls him a loser. As the book goes on, Donald grows more and more mature. This will help him when he gets really older. I really enjoyed this mysterious book.

Out of five stars, I would give it a four and a half. I recommend this book to anybody who would like to read a great novel. Nicole Bridgewater, 10

‘Boy in the girl’s bathroom’ is funny There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom by Louis Sacher is about a bully who can change into a very kind friend. The main characters are Jeff, who is the new kid at Bradley’s school, Bradley and Carla, the school counselor. This book has pretty funny parts in it.

But not all the parts were funny. In one of the chapters, some kids were talking about how Bradley likes Carla. And then there was another chapter where some kids were asking Bradley, “Do you like Carla?” And then he blushed, ewwwwwwwww!

I had to give this book five stars.

There was also a part where Bradley said he was not afraid of anything, but Carla said he was afraid of himself. What she meant was he doesn’t think he could make friends. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a bit of comedy. Nicola Lostumbo, 11


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