And the winner is: Restart got the most votes out of my book shop mega sale pile and as promissed – here is the review. Before I forget, thanks for participating and helping me pick a book. It always means so much to me if you guys like what I do and give me some feedback.
Now let’s get started:
The main character in this book is Chase Ambrose. He falls off his roof and suffers a memory loss. When he wakes up in hospital he can’t remember who he was anymore. Everyone has their side of Chase. When he goes back to school kids react very differently to his return. For some he is a bully. To others, like Kimberly who is secretly in love with Chase, he is a whole different person. Whom to believe? Who was he before the accident and who will he become once his memory comes back?
How did I like the book? I loved the book because people stood up for Chase. Also the moral of the story is to give everyone a second chance even the people who are bystanders and disruptors. People can change. Even real bullys. Don’t give up on them!
I went to my favorite book shop last weekend just to find out out they were closing down soon. This makes me so sad!!! The good thing though was, that every single book in the shop was on sale. So my parents bought me like a thousand and gazillion new reads.
This came just in time for my 3 months summer break. Loads of time for reading, right?
Now it is your turn, which books would you like me to write a review about? Please vote!
Here is the little overview of my new treasures:
“The Next Great Paulie Fink” by Ali Benjamin Who will be the next evil genius trouble maker and trickster in Michtells? A contest will show…
“Clean Getaway” by Nic Stone A boy and his grandmother escape and make a tour with his grandmothers brand-new camper. I know exactly who will vote for this one 😉.
“Restart” by Gordon Korman When the boy in the book finds himself in hospital, he is surprised. Later the doctors tell him that he fell of his house’s roof and lost his memory. Everyone had their own story of him before the fall. Who can he believe, who can he trust?
“Middle School – Master of Disaster” by James Patterson This books combines all favorite characters from James Patterson in one story. Rafe Khatchadorian, Max Einstein, Jamie Grimm, Jacky Ha-Ha, Pottymouth and Stoopod and the Kidds. They all have to work together to save the day.
“Unschooled” by Allan Woodrow There is a competition and the class that wins gets a mysterious prize. Will dirty tricks help to succeed?
“Best nerds ever” by James Patterson A boy gets chased by a van and falls off a cliff. He dies but his spirit is still alive, like a ghost version of himself. He is invisible to the others and no one can hear him.
“The Lemonade War” by Jacqueline Davies One brother and his sister make a contest on who makes the most money in four days by selling lemonade in their front yard. But then it shoots out of hand and they play dirty tricks on each other to win.
“The Last Last-Day-of-Summer” by Lamar Giles An evil genius tries to freeze time forever and he almost succeeds but luckily Sheed and Otto save the day by making him disappear.
“The Last Mirror on the Left” by Lamar Giles Another adventure of Otto and Sheed. They have to go into another dimension to capture the fugitive prisoner.
“Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus” by Dusti Bowling 13 year old Aven was born without arms but that hasn’t stopped her from doing almost anything. Her life takes a turn when her family moves to Arizona. She struggles making new friends but things change when she meets Connor.
“The Doughnut Fix” by Jessie Janowitz Hobby baker Tristan’s life takes a turn when his parents decide to move to a little town. Can he discover a secret doughnut recipe and bake his way out of boredom?
“Stamped” by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi This book explains where racism comes from and how it impacts our life today.
“As brave as you” by Jason Reynolds This is a story about two brothers who have to spend their summer holidays with their grandparents in rural Virginia. Certainly not what they expected…
“The Lion of Mars” by Jennifer L. Holm Bell is a kid who grew up on Mars. When a virus breaks out and all adults get sick, it is up to Bell to save his family.
“Shine” by J.J. and Chris Grabenstein Piper finds herself at an exclusive school where everyone around her is best in something. Clearly she she doesn’t fit in. Can she find a way to step out and shine?
“Saving Mr. Terrupt (Book 3)”, Rob Buyea I loved book 1 and 2 of the Mr Terrupt series. The kids are now entering their first year of junior high and miss their favourite teacher. When they turn to him for help because of a fight, they see that Mr. Terrupt needs saving this time.
“Save me a seat” by Gita Varadarjana Joe and Ravi don’t have much in common but the same enemy. Will they become friends despite cultural difference and what can they do against the class bully?
“Lu” by Jason Reynolds This is the fourth and last of Jason Reynolds track series. I loved the first 3 books “Ghost”, “Patina” and “Sunny”.
“A Year Down Under” by Richard Peck Mary Alice is about to spend another summer with her eccentric grandma in a sleepy Illinois town. Hard to predict how life with grandma turns out…
“The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole” by Michelle Cuevas Stella Rodriguez finds herself with an unusual new pet in her house. She names the black hole Larry. When Larry swallows something precious Stellar must embark on an interstellar adventure to get it back.
“The Third Mushroom” by Jennifer L. Holm Ellie’s grandpa is a world-renowned scientist – only that he is in the body of a fourteen-year-old boy. When they team up for the science fair, no one realizes just how groundbreaking their experiment will be.
“The First Rule of Punk” by Celia C. Perez On her first day at the new school Malu upsets the queen bee, violates the dress code and disappoints her mom. Soon she starts a band and fight the anti-punk school administration.
Flight – The Complete History of Aviation by R. G. Grant
“Maxis’s Secrets: (Or, What You Can Learn from a Dog)” by Lynn Plourde New school, a rough time, a deaf dog and a blind neighbor. THis book shows that there is more to everyone than the surface shows.
One day Fern woke up and rushed downstairs. When she didn’t see her dad she asked her mother were he could be. Her mom explained that during the night some pigs had been born and that one of them was too small and weak so they decided to kill it. Fern was outraged. She ran outside just before it was too late and tried to convince her dad that she could take care of the little one and keep it alive. Fern’s Dad eventually agreed. Fern named the little pig Wilbur. Two month later Wilbur found a new home at her uncle’s farm.
Remember “Wonder”? Certainly one of my favorite books of all time. Well, the book got a sequel. “Auggie & Me – Three Wonder Stories” tells three different sites of this story from kids that are all close to Auggie in some way.
Did you know that there is a CRATER on the surface of Mercury that’s big enough to hold the state of Texas? Or how about this: if you stay at the Jule’s undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Florida you will SCUBA DIVE to your room! How cool is that? I have one more for you: male pandas do a HANDSTAND while peeing to mark trees.
Why would you have a paper towel tower in your livingroom? Dozens of paper planes trying desperate to get the longest throw? Or dress up as a cockroach in the middle of a stadium? Well, Milo and his parents did all of that because it was the family’s dream to get a Guinness World Record. Unfortunately every time they tried, they failed. Is there an award for the most failures? If so, Milo’s family would definitely win this one.
It is poetry month in the US, so I thought I could make a review about a special poem from Amanda Gorman. I got “THE HILL WE CLIMB” from the Easter bunny. Amanda Gorman became the youngest inaugural poet ever. She performed her poem at the inauguration of Joe Bidden earlier this year. I really liked the poem so I definitely wanted to share this little book with you.
Did you know that a Norwegian gold treasure once got rescued by a bunch of kids from the Nazis during World War II? True story! We read “Snow Treasure” at school and I was very impressed how brave and smart Peter Lundstrom and his friends helped to make it happen.
Kennt ihr schon den gemeinen Schulleiter Horst Schnittlich, den Erfinder des „Schnittlichen Schulregulariums“? Vielleicht die langweilige Lehrerin Frau Penne oder Maxe Zack mit seinem Labrador Makkaroni? Der mutige Klassenrebell wehrt sich zusammen mit Klassengenie Frieda gegen Direktor Schnittlichs üble Machenschaften. Und dann ist da ja auch noch Inspektor Rumpus von der BFLB, der Behörde für Langeweilebekämpfung…
Boring, Illinois. Brian can definitely think of a better way to spend his holidays. He couldn’t stay at home as his scientist dad got stationed at the North Pole. So Brian had to go to uncle Gary’s house, because he was the only one who had the time to take care of him over the summer.
What is the name of your favorite teacher? I am spoilt because almost all of my teachers are and have been very nice. But there is one teacher in particular that I like the most because she is very kind, stays calm in any situation, motivates her students to give their best and is also fun.
I hope you all had a great Christmas break. Happy new year! Welcome 2021!
2020 was not the greatest year, but this quote I wanted to share, because it is a very good explanation of last year: “There is always a light at the end of the tunnel.” I personally found 2020 pretty good except Corona/Covid-19 of course. The virus also had good things to it – like everyone learned to have more responsibility than normal and we learned a lot about technology, whether at distance schooling or work. It was also very nice to have more time with my family and of course I had loads of time to read.
My motto for 2021 is: #1 Stay positive. #2 Be respectful to everyone.
Because of the virus we didn’t go away during the break and we only went out to play tennis or to go for walks or biking – so I spent pretty much time inside reading. This book my parents got me as a present on Christmas eve. After reading the Funjungle and Spy School novels and also part of the Moon Base Alpha series, I have to say this book is the best book Stuart Gibbs ever created! I loved it a lot and I got into trouble a couple of times because it was so hard to stop reading to have family dinner or lunch or breakfast or what so ever. I pretty much read it in one go because it was soooo good.