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Fifth-graders love these books

Kids’ corner - April 2006

Editor’s note: These book reviews come from Mary Tripp’s fifth-grade class at Bateman Elementary School in Chicago. A second installment

‘Just Joking’ is the funniest book you will ever read Just Joking by Andy Griffith is the funniest book ever about a kid named Andy Griffith.

Andy causes a lot of problems, like when he dresses up as a gorilla and goes to his sister’s party. So if you really want to laugh at a runaway cockroach or a cool but funny tattoo, then read Just Joking. It is the right book for you.

My favorite part of the book is when Andy wants to see how people will react to seeing a gorilla on the street, so he dresses up like a gorilla. The people call the cops and Andy almost gets tossed in the zoo.

I think people who are having a bad day should read this book. It is going to put a big smile on your face! Trust me, it is pee-in-your-pants funny! Marc A. Perea, 11

Get hooked on Harry in this sixth installment Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling is about Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This year, the Deatheaters are out for blood from someone very important at Hogwarts. Harry and his friends have many adventures throughout the year, including going to a giant spider’s funeral, potions that make you lucky and a hilarious joke shop called Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes. There are 652 pages filled with mystery and drama in this fiction book.

I can relate to a character named Hagrid who is the animal caretaker. When his giant spider, Aragog, dies he is very sad, like I was when my guinea pig died.

I think this book is a page turner. I like how J.K. Rowling writes her books because they are very interesting and get you hooked. I really didn’t have a favorite part, but I have a least favorite: When someone or something else dies, I’d change it so whatever it is didn’t die because it’s sad. If you like stories that are filled with adventure, magic, murder and betrayal, then this book is for you. Charlie Atchley, 11

This girl’s magic powers will captivate readers Have you ever heard or known anyone with psychic powers? Now’s your chance.

The Girl With the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts is an amazing book about a girl named Katie Welker. Her parents have broken up and she has lived with her grandma most of her life. Now she has moved to the city and everybody thinks she looks weird and wonders why, whenever something out of the ordinary happens, she’s around.

The only person she trusts is an old lady named Mrs. Michalmas, who lives across the hall. Then, one day, she has to run away because the police accuse her of killing her grandmother.

I may not have magical powers or silver eyes, but sometimes my cousin and I get into a fight and then she accuses me of starting it, although most of the time I don’t start it. But none of that is as big as what they’re accusing Katie of doing.

This book is really amazing because if you have ever felt like running away and staying at a friend’s house, then this is really a great book because you can kind of connect to this book.

The book is also a little suspenseful. For example, when Katie finds out there are four more kids like her and she goes out to look for one. She finds him, but has a little bit of trouble with his parents. What was all the commotion with the parents? You’ll have to read to find out.

Any kid who likes suspenseful stories would love this book. I predict you’ll enjoy this story so much you’ll be thinking about it for a week! Anais Castillo, 11

‘Landry News’ makes it easy to learn social studies Have you ever had a teacher get mad at you? Well, Cara Landry’s teacher got mad at her for writing an editorial in her newspaper.

The Landry News by Andrew Clements is about Cara learning that a newspaper must have truth and mercy. Cara gets her teacher, Mr. Larson’s, support for a school newspaper, but they must convince the principal, Dr. Barnes, that this newspaper is helpful to people. Dr. Barnes gets mad that Mr. Larson is involved because he wants Mr. Larson out of the school.

At first Cara writes the Landry News on her own. But then it becomes a class paper that kids, parents and teachers will enjoy.

I think The Landry News is interesting and it teaches you the First Amendment. I also learned to never judge someone before you have all the facts. But my favorite part was when Mr. Larson let Cara continue to make the newspaper even when he was risking his job for her.

I recommend this book to kids who want to learn social studies without having to read a boring textbook because it is exciting. Adonis Sanchez, 11

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