The Giver by Lois Lowry


51frar1pval-_sx300_bo1204203200_The Giver by Lois Lowry is unlike any piece I’ve read before. Jonas is a boy living in a unique community. It appears to be utopia until he learns its secrets. When children in the community turn twelve, they enter adulthood. Then, they receive an assignment that they will upkeep until they enter the “House of the Old”. Jonas is given the rarest assignment of all. With this assignment, he then learns about the pain of the outside world, and some of the things that are happening in the community that no one knows about. When he discovers that Gabriel, an infant who has been living with his family, is doomed because he doesn’t fit into the utopian community, Jonas decides to leave the community and take Gabriel with him. This is a very good, classic book that everyone should read at least once in their lifetime.

~ Asha M., age 14


Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Hi there! Raffy P., age 14, has read a classic, heart-wrenching novel he’d like to share with you. I’ve read it too, and his review is wonderfully spot-on!

download (6)Hatchet is a 1987 Newbery Honor-winning young-adult wilderness survival novel written by Gary Paulsen.  This story is about a young teen that is 13-years-old with divorced parents, named Brian. During the summer, he was going to visit his father in the oil fields in northern Canada. On the way to visit his father, the pilot suffered a heart attack, and died with just Brian in the plane. Brian attempted to land the plane by himself, but ended up crashing the plane onto a lake in the forest. He must try and survive on his own, with nothing but a hatchet that his mother gave him before he went to visit his father. The question is, will he make it? I would recommend this book for ages 12-15.

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

IMG_0491 A Schneider Family Book Award winner, The Running Dream is a beautifully woven book, which tells the story and struggles of right leg amputee, Jessica Carlisle. She was a runner, a champion, until an accident strikes that changes her running dreams forever, or so she believes. As Jessica attempts to rebuild her life with a prosthetic limb, she is slowly fading into a fog of self-pity. Stairs are the new enemy, and taking a shower has now become more challenging than running a marathon. And then, suddenly, Jessica is reflecting on her behavior when she meets Rosa, a girl with cerebral palsy who still excels academically, and doesn’t let her condition weaken her. Inspired by her new friend and math tutor, Jessica’s dream to run again seems much closer than before, especially with the help of modern prosthetic limb technology, and deep determination.

Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes

IMG_0383.JPG Happy Holidays, BookBirdz followers! Today I am excited to present a wonderful book review by nine-year-old Emily, who reads occasionally, and wanted to share her favorite book with the world…The book Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes is my favorite book in the world. It is about two siblings, Jerry and Rachel Pye, and their dog, Ginger Pye. One day, Ginger goes missing! Jerry and Rachel are really sad because Ginger was really smart, and a good dog. Almost the whole town searches for Ginger all over, but they can’t find her. The Pye’s think Ginger is gone forever, but they still keep a look out everywhere they go, hoping that maybe their pup will return. It turns out to be a happy ending, and Ginger’s story becomes famous!

*You can write a book review, too! Fly over to The Chirp, and share your favorite books with me… your review may even be published on the BirdBlog! (-Tori)

The Four-Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright

766146The Four-Story Mistake is my warm blanket on a crisp day, my hot soup on the sore throat, and my massage on tight muscles. Join Randy, Rush, Mona, and Oliver on their amiable experience of life at various ages. The book begins with diverse opinions by the kids when their father announces they are moving to the country. Some unwilling, others thrilled, they are all amazed when they first view their new enormous home deep in the beautiful woods, parallel to a clear burbling brook. Cherish the memories this book strings together like beads of a relatable childhood. I recommend this book to all ages. It’s funny, unique, and definitely a classic in my personal library of favorites.

I SURVIVED: The Attacks of September 11, 2001 by Lauren Tarshis

159142492Presenting a thoughtful, honest review by my younger 8-year-old brother. He was very excited to have his review debuted on BookBirdz- love ya bro! … I Survived books are really intense. The one that I am reviewing is called The Attacks Of September 11, 2001. It is about a boy named Lucas who loves to play football. He witnesses the twin towers being crashed into by terrorists. He felt very surprised and scared. I would feel terrified if I was Lucas. This book is good for kids age 8 and up. It was not my favorite book because it was too dramatic for me, but I would suggest you read it for the shocking/thrilling things that happen. Thanks! – Javin 

Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul


Most people experience instances in life, when fate doesn’t seem to go in the right direction. When times are blurred by salty tears, or deep internal pain, Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul may sooth one’s melancholia, with profound, mostly true anecdotes from a kid’s personal past. Some will cause an eruption of laughter to explode from you; others might prompt crying. Either way, the stories may change a persons view on life, as many go though the same struggles, and, including much worse. This book is organized beautifully by four primary authors; Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hanson, Patty Hanson, and Irene Dunlap. Cherish each word, learn from other’s mistakes, and be stupefied at countless kid’s incredible heroism.