My Life with the Liars by Caela Carter

download (7)A book unlike any other I’ve read before, My Life with the Liars was an enthralling read focused on Zylynn, a twelve-year-old girl whose entire life consisted of “living in the light” until she is forced outside. Zylynn knows little about “the outside”, other than it’s crawling with liars and darkness. Brainwashed and homesick, Zylynn soon discovers “the outside” is nothing like she was told while she lived in her (supposedly) safe, white compound walls. Instead, it has scrumptious foods, bright colors, and a store called Target. She now must decide, to return to her home and previous beliefs, or stay outside. My Life with the Liars is incomparably unique, an absolute must-read.

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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 

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

smile-1xzc6xp   Are you a person who obsesses over the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series? Does reading for you entail bright, electric pictures and a sense of humor? If so, you might cherish Smile, and its wonderful collaboration of comics that tell a delightful story. Raina, is a tween girl with a casual personality, and one dreadful set of teeth. Prior to getting braces, a surprising accident may have Raina receiving more than just braces. As a personal opinion, the book may have been better without every line being pasted into a comic strip. While the illustrations were captivating, it was also quite distracting. If I hadn’t plucked it off the shelf so fast, and investigated further, I might have not purchased this book. Smile wasn’t my favorite, but who knows? It might make you grin:)

Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul

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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.