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The Girl (age 10) recently read Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson in class.  She had to write a book report, and she wanted to turn this report into a review of sorts.  Here are her thoughts:

This book is 128 pages long and was published by HarperCollins in 1977. I read this book because it was assigned in class. Bridge to Terabithia won the Newberry Medal in 1978. This award is given to outstanding children’s books.

Jess Aarons and Leslie Burke are the main characters. Jess wants to be the fastest runner in school. Leslie is the new girl, and she beats all the boys in the race, including Jess. Leslie has no friends, and Jess becomes her friend. Jess and Leslie make a place of their own, a fantasy world called Terabithia.

Other important characters include May Belle, Jess’s 6-year-old favorite sister, who follows Jess around — even to Terabithia. Janice Avery, the bully at school, steals May Belle’s Twinkies and carries a secret. Miss Edmunds, the school music teacher, compliments Jess’s artwork, which his dad says is not manly, and takes him to the Smithsonian. Mrs. Myers, Jess and Leslie’s 5th grade teacher, comforts Jess during a tragedy.

Bridge to Terabithia is a fantasy novel. It takes place in Virginia a few decades ago. Jess lives on a farm there, and he and Leslie create an imaginary world in a forest. I thought the book was a little slow, except in Terabithia, where Jess and Leslie create monsters, a kingdom, a prince/fool, and different places in this world. The main characters wanted to create a place where they could be themselves and escape their problems, and they built a strong friendship.

I loved the book, and I think it teaches a lesson about friendship. I thought the book was entertaining and suspenseful in some parts, like how Jess and Leslie would get revenge on Janice Avery. I really liked the book when they were in Terabithia because of the action. The book’s only weak point is not enough description because I had a hard time picturing some of the settings, like the classroom. I learned what it would be like to live on a farm and what it would be like to dress different and be different from everyone in the class. I would recommend this book to other children as a good story about friendship.

Disclosure: I borrowed a copy of Bridge to Terabithia from school. My mom is an an Amazon associate.

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Here are The Girl’s (age 10) thoughts on Meet Molly by Valerie Tripp, which tells the story of Molly, the World War II-era American Girl doll that she received for Christmas:

Meet Molly is a short book about a historical American Girl doll named Molly McIntire.  Molly’s story takes place in 1944 during World War II.  Her father has gone to fight in the war, and things are scarce.  When you read the book, you will understand Molly’s problems, learn about her family and family issues, and meet her friends.

Will trick or treating with her best friends turn into just a trick and start a war, or will everything go right?  How will Molly and her friends get back at her older brother, Ricky, for ruining their homemade costumes?  Molly and her brother’s fighting teach them about how wars start.

I really liked this book, and I recommend it to everyone.

Disclosure: I received Meet Molly as a gift. My mom is an an Amazon associate.

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The Girl (age 10) spent nearly all of Saturday reading, taking advantage of a lazy weekend to finish a book she’s been dying to read, Big Nate Strikes Again.  She’s been a fan of the Big Nate series since she met the author, Lincoln Peirce, at Book Expo America 2010.  She received a copy of Big Nate:  In a Class by Himself that day, and she sat on the floor and read while we waited in line, never once complaining that we’d been waiting too long.

On Sunday, while I was taking my usual weekend nap, I was jolted awake when she tossed a notebook into my lap in which she’d jotted down her thoughts on the book before running back up to her room to start another book.  (Like mother, like daughter.)  This is what she wrote:

A review of Big Nate Strikes Again by Lincoln Peirce, by The Girl

The one person Nate hates is Gina. UGH! Another project that Mrs. Godfrey has assigned in Social Studies.  Mrs. Godfrey picks partners from a cookie jar, and Nate gets Gina as his partner.  Worst of all, he has to work with Gina in fleece ball, his favorite game.  Will Nate survive?

I really liked the humor and the jokes in Big Nate Strikes Again.  My favorite quote is, “It’s worse than I thought.  Worse than ANYBODY could have thought.  Gina just turned my fleece-ball team into a total joke.  Thanks to her, I’m now the captain of a bunch of Kuddle Kittens.”  (page 115)  I recommend this book to anyone who likes to laugh.

Bye, Penguin Peeps!

Penguin Peeps?!?  Not sure where she comes up with these things, but at least they’re amusing!  I haven’t read a Big Nate book yet, but I think they appeal to The Girl because they are very similar to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney, with a diary-like narrative, comic-like drawings, and a protagonist very similar in age to herself.  She loves to read and doodle, so they’re a perfect fit for her.  And she’s learning to navigate the ups and downs of friends and school, so I’m sure she can relate to the characters.  Maybe I’ll read them, too, some day.

Disclosure: The Girl received Big Nate Strikes Again as a gift from me and my husband. I am an Amazon associate.

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