Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

I think about going in my room now, but it smells like the inside of an old lunch bag in there. My bed’s a squeaky old army cot. When I sit down, it sounds like dozens of mice are dying an ugly death. There’s no phonograph in this apartment. No washing machine. No phone. There’s a radio cabinet, but someone yanked the workings out. Who gutted the radio, anyway? They don’t let the criminals in here…do they?

Do you enjoy epic stories about historical fiction, criminals, and how life still rages on despite everything? Then this is the book for you. Al Capone Does My Shirts is about a young man named Moose Flanagan who, against his will, moves to Alcatraz Island during it’s boom days. Moose never wanted to leave his home in sunny SoCal. But Natalie, his sister, has a “mental defection”, so their parents decide to move to San Francisco so Natalie can attend a special school. It works out for everyone- Natalie gets help, his dad gets a job, his mom meets friends- except for Moose. Who wants to live on a bird-turd mount of cement? But who would’ve known that the move would bring friends, enemies, convict baseballs, cute girls, and more? Join Moose in this great novel of the twists and turns of a not-so-ordinary boy’s life on a-not-so-ordinary street, and I promise you’ll love it.

This is a great story about finding yourself and accepting change. I recommend this book for grades 4 and up. This Newberry Honor winning book is one of my personal faves (obviously) and I hope you’ll give it a try!


The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley

The Sisters Grimm is a great read. The crimes are fairytale related. I’ve only read the first 2, but they’re amazingly modern and fascinating. Read On!

By Noa, Guest Contributor

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Imagine you wake up riding in a bus in a desert holding hands with an unknown (still pretty) girl. You don’t know your age, you don’t know where you are, and worst, you don’t know who you are.

That is how The Lost Hero began. Jason, after waking up with 2 unknown friends, being attacked by storm spirits, and finding his “Coach” is actually a satyr, is tired. Tired of Drew-the girl from the Aphrodite cabin at his new “home”, Camp Half-Blood, where Greek demigods are trained, who is constantly trying to flirt. Tired of not knowing things, like his past and the weird tatoos on his arm. Even Chiron, Camp Half-Blood’s director, says Jason shouldn’t be alive. He says Jason belongs to a different camp- Camp Jupiter, the Roman enemy camp in the bay area. And why, then, was he wiped out and taken to Camp Half-Blood?

Piper is worried. Her new boyfriend, Jason, has had a sudden lapse in memory. Even worse, she’s been getting horrible dreams about her dad being killed. Then Camp Half-Blood strikes; she’s supposed to have a godly parent? As in a real Olympian Greek God? Puh-leez.

Leo is fascinated. After Jason, his best buddy, has suddenly forgotten his past, Leo doesn’t know what to expect. Then Coach Hedge, the satyr (just found out) is stolen by storm spirits and Leo has almost fallen off a cliff. Not cool. And now, at Camp Half-Blood, he has been named “Son of Hephaestus,” the cursed cabin. Which fits, because most of Leo’s life had been a curse, plus he was very handy-get it? Hah-oh, whatever.

Chiron sees meaning to these 3 friends, and enlists them on a special quest! Annabeth becomes friends with Piper. And Percy- Percy is gone. Percy is missing. And that’s what they are trying to get to the bottom of.

You should read this book! It’s amazing- like an add-on of Percy Jackson Series. You won’t regret it!

The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson is a demigod- half god, half mortal. When he makes it to the only safe place for demigods like him, Camp Half Blood, his life takes bunches of twists and turns! Whether he’s saving Zeus’s lightning bolt, saving his friend Grover the satyr, rescuing his friend Annabeth from death, going into the labyrinth, or fighting and army of Kronos, King of the Titans and King of Time, these books are highly entertaining and NOT cheesy. If it sounds cheesy in the review, well get this: THESE BOOKS ARE AWESOME! They are funny, adventurous, and dramatic. You gotta read this series of 5!

by OwlBook

Remarkable By Lizzie K. Foley

Welcome to the town of Remarkable where every day in this Remarkable place filled with Remarkable people, is positively Remarkable for absolutely everyone*.

*except Jane

Have you ever seen a book subtitle like that? Remarkable pulls you into the story with its amazing characters. There is a Sea monster who loves fig bars and music above all else, two naughty identical twins who manage to turn an entire school blue, a missing famous composer, and quite a few pirates, then there’s Jane. Jane is the main character in the story.With a famous architect as a mother and a famous writer as a father Jane should be talented, shouldn’t she? Not that her siblings aren’t talented. Her younger sister is brilliant at math and her older brother can paint photo-realistic paintings. Jane is the only child in the town of Remarkable that doesn’t go to The Remarkable School for the Remarkably Gifted.

My Favorite part of the book is when her older brother, Anderson Brigby falls in love with a girl who doesn’t even know that he exists. All she cares about is music so he takes up singing. Unluckily, he is terrible while not even knowing it . Once, when he was practicing in his yard, his next-door neighbor comes over claiming that an endangered Black Rhino is in their yard yowling because of arthritus when it was really Anderson Brigby. Just thinking about the neighbor coming over gave me the hiccups.

This book is a great story and has interesting characters. You won’t put it down until you finish!

Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism

Have you ever tried to experience the taste of being a hypnotist? Have you ever thought of the raw, awesome power that hypnotism contains? Have you ever figured out you could do ANYTHING with hypnotism, like rob a bank or fake your fame in a show? If this excites you, I strongly recommend Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism !

This book is amazing to people who enjoy epic adventures that make you feel big as the galaxy and smaller than an atom. It’s about an orphan named Molly Moon who has a horrible life until she finds the famous hypnotist Dr. Logan’s book on Hypnotism! After learning, Molly heads to America to find her orphan friend, Rocky, who has been adopted and taken to America. While she is there, she hypnotizes a hot-shot director so she can be famous! But she doesn’t know that a stranger is watching her, and will do  whatever it takes to steal her book, blackmail or not!

I really enjoy this book because hypnotism makes me feel optimistic and full of great ideas. Also, Molly’s pet pug, Petula, makes all of the difference. I really love this book!



Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

The year is 1793 and The Yellow Fever is raging in the city of Philadelphia. Mattie Cook, at age 14 is adventurous and despises the thought of being sent to the countryside as many other kids are to escape the yellow fever. people are spending less time near the ocean because they think that was were the yellow fever came from there. Then her mother grows ill and she and her grandfather try to go to the countryside but get turned away in  thought that they have the fever. Mattie realizes that you can’t hold on to everything when she can’t find her mother. She also realizes that the most important thing to do is survive.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books about the past. Also, if you want to read this book you need to be able to read intense books.I’m telling you, this is no “Barney and Friends”. I would recommend this book for age 10 and up. I would give it four stars because it brought you into the story.

The Shifter

Nya dreams of being a healer- a magical being who can move people’s pain into a special metal called pynvium- at the professional League. But it doesn’t go that way. When her younger sister Tali finds out that Nya can shift a person’s pain into someone else, Nya struggles to survive. And as the Duke wins the war, Healers at the league go missing. Finally, when Tali is taken, Nya discovers a secret that could cost her life. Together, Nya, her friend Danello, her friend Aylin, and Tali must save the healers from the Duke. But later, Nya is blackmailed into helping a criminal, and is forced to steal the great pynvium Slab. Will she get out alive? Read the book!

I strongly reccomend this book! It’s funny and magical at the same time. I give it a five!!!!


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Harry Potter Series

Goshes, I don’t know where to start with explaining awesomeness. Ok, I’ll give it a try:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter, a normal 11-year-old boy (or it seems) receives a big excitement when he learns that his dead parents were wizards, meaning he is one, too. Off Harry is whisked to Hogwarts, school of magic, learning about the wizard Voldemort who killed his parents before turning on Harry, blowing himself up, and disappearing. On the way Harry meets Ron Weasley, a young wizard who becomes his friend and Hermione Granger, a know it all. But finally they find out about a mysterious immortal stone called the sorcerers Stone, and they are faced with questions: is the stone safe? Is professor Snape, Harry’s least favorite teacher, good? And most of all, is Voldemort REALLY gone?

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:

Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts with thrills and excitement. But, naturally, it doesn’t last long. Their new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher is super stuck-up, and some mysterious force is petrifying Muggle-born (non magic parents) students! Harry, Ron and Hermione are all investigating until Harry is the prime suspect! Later, Hermione is petrified (she’s Muggle-born) too. Will Harry stop Hogwarts, his first home, from being shut down? Will, most importantly, Harry and Ron find the culprit?

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban:

For Harry’s third year at Hogwarts, life is tense. A notorious mass murderer, Sirius Black, escaped from Azkaban, the wizard prison. Black is dangerous, disloyal—and also Harry’s godfather and his dad’s BFF. As the plot unravels, Harry finds that Black betrayed Harry’s parents to Voldemort and killed another of James’ (Harry’s dad) friends. But later, a few questions come up: Is Peter Pettigrew really dead? What is wrong with their amazing new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher,professor Lupin? And is Sirius Black really all that bad?

Harry Potter and the Goblet  of Fire:

Life for Harry takes an amazing turn when Ron invites him to the Quidditch World Cup to see Ireland vs. Bulgaria, and is exposed to real Quidditch. But later, a group of Voldemort’s followers “(a.k.a Death Eaters) take hold of Muggles and torture them! returning to Hogwarts with attention as usual, Harry learns about a mysterious event going on at Hogwarts: the Triwizard Cup! It is supposed to be where 3 wizards of age from different schools(17) compete in challenges to get 1,000 Galleons (wizard money). They also get a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, an Auror (Dark wizard catcher) named Professor Mad-Eye Moody,  who teaches them defensive curses and performs illegal ones on them to see if they can resist them. Finally, when the Triwizard competitors are chosen (Cedric Diggory from Hogwarts, Fleur Decalour from Beaubaxtons, and Viktor Krum, a famous Quidditch player from Bulgaria, from Durmstrang, a school that may teach Dark Arts.), a big surprise comes: Harry is chosen too! With everyone mad at him, including Ron, except for Hermione, Harry is pressured. Will he survive? Will he win?

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix:

After being attacked by dementors (soul-sucking creatures) Harry journeys to the Order of the Phoenix, which is a group fighting the Dark Arts composed of witches and wizards: Remus Lupin (Prof. Lupin to you), Sirius Black, Nymphadora Tonks, Mad-Eye Moody, Molly Weasley(Ron’s mom), Arthur Weasley(Ron’s dad), Bill Weasley(Ron’s oldest brother), and more. Harry also finds out about the headquarters, Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place, which happens to be Sirius’ former and hated home. When the group returns to Hogwarts, they have a surprise: A new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher who works with the Minister of Magic (Cornelius Fudge), who believes the students of Hogwarts are being trained in combat to bring him down, resulting in the fact that they would be banned from learning Defense. So, naturally, Harry strikes back: he creates a Defense Group called Dumbledore’s Army. But after Harry has a vision of Mr. Weasley getting attacked by a snake, questions arise: what is going in with Harry’s mind? What does Voldemort want? Is Harry safe? This creates a strong bond between the DA and Harry, who right now needs more than ever to trust.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince:

Harry returns to Hogwarts (after completing a mission with Dumbledore, spending a summer at the Weasley’s, and learning of Bill and Fleur Decalour’s engagement) with fame after being persecuted and blamed by the Minister of Magic. He also learns that his enemy, Prof. Snape, has achieved his heart’s desire and become the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. Meanwhile, the new Prof. Slughorn is the Potions master. Harry finds an old potions book with scribbles by the “Half-Blood Prince” that are SUPER helpful and made-up spells. He also gets private lessons with Dumbledore to find how he can defeat Voldemort. But more happens, and the question is: Is Hogwarts safe?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:

Now that Harry, Ron, and Hermione have dropped out of Hogwarts to find Horcruxes, the search begins. Meanwhile they go to Bill and Fleur’s wedding and to Godric’s Hollow, where Harry defeated Voldemort as a baby.  The also begin a hunt for more items: mysterious things called the Deathly Hallows. I can’t say more, though, because that would give it away. But trust me, this book is super-capital AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!

I recommend these books to all ages who enjoy compelling and interesting fantasy. Please read these AMAZING books!

by OwlBook