Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School

I give this book:

Series Title: Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School

Author: Andrew Clements

Interest Level: Grades 3-5

Reading Level: S

“Hi, I’m Ben Pratt. I go to a (200-year-old) school called Captain Duncan Oakes School, a public school in Edgeport. Well, at least now it is. But soon all it will be is a pile of stone.”

“Here, let me explain. There is this company called Glenley Group. They have been building amusement parks for years. Now they want to tear down the school and build one in quiet Edgeport.”

“Captain Oakes, the founder (dead, of course), thought something like that might happen, so in his will, he said that the school belonged to some adult relatives. But Glenley found a way to bend the will, and now the property is theirs. Now all that isn’t necessarily true, Captain Oakes did make a gold coin that said:                                                                                        ‘If attacked, look nor’-nor’ east from amidships on the upper deck. First and always my school belongs to the children. DEFEND IT. Captain Oakes, 1783.'”

“But really, is a judge going to say, ‘Congrats, Ben, you found a coin that you have no proof Captain Oakes even made, so Glenley isn’t going to tear down your school.’?”

“No. So that is why I need you to help me.”



The Wig In The Window

I give this book:

Title: The Wig In The Window

Author: Kristen Kittscher

Reading Level: Middle Grades

Gender Sugested: Girls

The Wig in the Window is a book about two girls, Sophie and Grace. Grace wants to become an FBI agent, and when Grace and Sophie spy on Sophie’s middle-school counselor, Dr. Charlotte Agford (aka Awkward), they find out something very surprising. While they’re out cracking the case, their friendship starts to crack, too. Can they solve the case and mend their friendship? Read the book to find out.

The Westing Game

I give this book:

Title: The Westing Game

Author: Ellen Raskin

Interest Level: Grades 4-8

Reading Level: V

Originally called Eight Imperfect Pairs of Heirs, The Westing Game is set at Sunset Towers, an apartment home that is facing the east, and doesn’t have any towers. 

It is all about a game, sort of like Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library (and Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics), where Sam Westing, a millionaire (dead), tries to figure out who should be his heir. It is a mystery filled with surprising characters and fun plot twists.

Little Women

I give this book: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ 

Title: Little Women

Author: Louisa May Alcott

Interest Level: Grades 3-7

Reading  Level: Z

Gender: Girls

Little Women is a book that was set in the Civil War, and is a great choice for young readers that want to be challenged, but also want to be able to understand the book.

There are 4 girls, named Meg,(the oldest,) Jo, Beth, and Amy. They grow up together, learn to bear the hard times, and rejoice during the good. The girls learn life-long lessons likehow to be good wives, and to not love your children more than your husbands. There is some death, but it is not tragic, the character dies smiling.

It is a hard book, and younger children might enjoy an abbreviated version.

If you have read Little Women, maybe you should try Little Men, a sequel to Little Women. (I have not read it myself, but stay tuned, and you just might get another book review on Little Men!)