About these Book Reviews:
These book reviews are written by NC students in 4th or 5th Grade who are interested in the NC Battle of the Books. By writing these reviews, students are learning critical writing skills and learning to describe a book without including “spoilers”.
Most the initial reviews were written by Sadie Dibb, but hoping other students send their own reviews to be included on this site and the Android App
Life is normal for Jake. Suddenly, Jake’s mom falls! Life suddenly changes for Jake. Jake’s mom broke her leg and is being hospitalized. His grandad comes to take care of Jake, and trust me, they barely know each other. He also brings his “nightmare dog”. Lucky for Jake, Jake has a awesome neighbor named Mrs.Buttermark. Together they ; learn how to do a “cannon ball”, Jake and the “nightmare dog” surprisingly become closer, and Mrs.Buttermark and Jake talk “sweater”.
When tragedy strikes a large zoo, the zoo keepers decide to make the best of a bad situation. The young protagonist and a friend seeks to solve the mystery of who or what caused the damage! With their special access, they are able to gather some clues, with some bumps along the way, they are able to wrap up the mystery.
Brenton is starting out the school year with his new teacher just right. His friends have discovered an invention he created that gets out of hand! Although they decide to destroy the evidence, the police are able to figure out what has really happened after a lot of long interviews almost ruining what should have been a fun summer.
When a local troublemaker causes a stir at school, their is a major mix up for the future of this schoolboy. He finds a few creative ways to get by, has an unexpected visit to the hospital, and tries to keep a low profile. Along the way he makes a few interesting genius friends and does his best to make his life the best it can be.
The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin
During the Chinese “Year of the Dog”, Pacy is in an American school and makes several friends, including one also from China. This is a funny story of how she learns of her mother and grandmother’s childhood, and how it can effect who she is herself. She has a lot of fun learning some life lessons.