Game Face by sylvia Gunnery

One of the books I read this summer is called Game Face by Sylvia Gunnery which takes place in a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada. The main character’s names are Jay and Colin who used to be good friends and now they are fighting over the position of team captain on the Rockets basketball team. Jay was elected by his team to be the team captain.


Colin is a better basketball player than Jay but Jay has a better attitude. Jay does not focus on himself as a team captain he focuses on what is happening to his team. Jay was picked by his team for the job of team captain because he is a leader. An example of his leadership is when Jay decides to see if the coach will let Colin be co-captain, because Colin had liked the idea of being co-captain and maybe he might have a better attitude if he is co-captain.


I am not really a sports book kinda guy but this one, I have to say, was good. It was a quick read, not hard. The book would pull me in I just wanted to read it for longer amounts of time. I would recommend this book to people who like basketball and good books. I would rate this book 4½.


Belly Up By Stuart Gibbs

I recently read Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs. I think the book is called Belly Up because when the hippo died, his belly went up. The main character’s name is Teddy Fitzroy who is twelve years old, mischievous and smart. The story takes place at a big zoo called Funjungle which has a mascot named Henry the Hippo. The main problem of the story is that Henry the Hippo suddenly dies, and Teddy tries to figure out who killed the hippopotamus or how he died. The plot is complicated. The action moves around a lot because there is so much going on in the book. Many things pop up in your face as you read the book to make you keep reading.


As you read the book, it might not make sense immediately, so you have to be patient to to understand the story. Funjungle is a big zoo that has unique areas for different kinds of animals. For example, there is Hippo River, Reptile World and Carnivore Canyon (not open yet). Teddy has to go through all these areas to find evidence of how the hippopotamus died. When Teddy is in Reptile World, he searches for clues and someone sets out a poisonous snake to scare him off. For example, on page 122 the book says, “I rounded a stand of fake trees and something lunged at me.” They did this to make sure that Teddy didn’t get any information about the person who killed Henry the Hippo. When a girl named Summer Mcracken (the park owner’s daughter) comes into the story, she becomes friends with Teddy and wants to find out more about the death of Henry. Because she’s the park owner’s daughter, she has the power to help Teddy get into places that will give him more clues. This will eventually lead him to who killed Henry the Hippo.


The first reason I like the book is because of the mystery. My favorite part of the book is when Teddy sneaks into the autopsy, (it means to cut an animal open and see how it died.) He almost gets caught by the two sneaky characters, Doc and Martin (who is the businessman,) who are doing the autopsy. The second reason I like the book is because it’s humorous. For example, once Teddy and Summer go swimming in the hippo pool full of poop. Finally, I like all the characters because they all have different personalities. Summer is funny and Teddy is mischievous. For example, Teddy gave the monkeys water balloons and the monkeys threw them at tourists.


I liked this book and rate it 4½ stars out of 5 stars. I really liked this book because I was constantly asking myself what was going to happen next. Will Teddy also go belly up?


Spy School By Stuart Gibbs

The book I read recently is called Spy School by Stuart Gibbs. The book is about a kid named Ben Ripley who gets recruited to Spy School.  Ben is really smart. “I didn’t even have to think about it, I have a gift for mathematics” said Ben. Ben’s file says that he created something called pinwheel and an evil company wants whatever pinwheel is. The book takes place at Spy School, modern times. The school has modern technology, and better security than a lot of places. It has something like 400 security cameras all over campus. It is in Washington D.C.

Ben makes a new friend, Murray Hill. Murray is not his best friend at Spy School, but they have lunch and some classes together. But Ben considers Murray his friend. Murray has a secret he will not tell Ben. You’ll find out more later on in the book. The main problem in the book is that there is a mole from an evil company who is trying to capture Ben. My favorite part of the book is when Ben jabs a taser into a keypad and the electricity goes out. The reason he had to do that was because someone was coming for him and he didn’t want them to see him. I think the book was written very well.

I recommend this book to people that like action, mystery and adventure. I enjoyed this book it was really good because like. I rate it 6****** out of 5*****.

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The Battle Of the Labyrinth By Rick Riordan

The book I recently read was The Battle Of The Labyrinth, By Rick Riordan. The main characters of the book are Percy Jackson who is the Son of Poseidon, Annabeth who is the daughter of Athena, and Grover, a satyr. Percy and Annabeth are both half-bloods. Half-bloods are half human and half god. Grover, the satyr, is half human and half goat. The book takes place mostly at camp half-blood, but a lot of the time the main characters are also in the Labyrinth.

The Labyrinth is an underground maze that a lot of people never get out of. They are in the labyrinth because the council is going to take Grover’s searchers license if he doesn’t find Pan.


I really enjoyed this book. I would recommend this book to people that like action, and fantasy. I rate this book 4½-5 stars. Hope you read it!

The Vanishing Coin By Kate Egan, Eric Wight, and Magician Mike Lane

The Vanishing Coin, by Kate Egan, Eric Wight, and magician Mike Lane is about a kid named Mike who prefers to do magic tricks instead of his homework. In his own words he’s not so smart because it takes him a while to finish his homework.


The settings of the book are the school, his house, Nora’s house, and the White Rabbit. The White Rabbit is an antique store but when Nora and Mike go to the back of the store they find out that it is also a magic store. Nora is a girl that moved next door to Mike. Mike thinks she’s amazing because she is very very smart.


Mike always ends up in the principal’s office, at least once a week. The reason he gets in the principal’s office is because he can’t sit still. Mike’s enemy’s name is Jackson, Jackson is a bully and he is always teasing Mike. Nora sometimes helps Mike with his problems. For example, when Nora and Mike and Nora’s Mom had to go to the dentist Nora knew that he was getting mad because he can’t sit still so Nora asked to take a walk.


I enjoyed this book because it actually tells you how to do magic tricks. One of the tricks you can learn is how to make a coin vanish. I recommend this book to people who like magic, and are looking for a quick read. I rate this book 4-5 stars.


PS, you may only find this book on the fourth grade shelf in the library.

Fortunately The Milk by Neil Gaiman

Fortunately The Milk by Neil Gaiman is a good book because of a lot of reasons. One of them is because the father needs to get milk for his children and the mother is away, so she can’t come back, get milk then leave again. She has to stay where she is. At the beginning of the book, if you read it, I bet you’ll get kind of confused, because what happens is that the son of one of the main characters is talking from his perspective. After the kids take out the cereal, the father goes to buy the milk. Then it switches over to a crazy adventure with the father.


The father was sucked up into an alien spaceship and the aliens are telling him to give them the world so they can remodel it. In the spaceship there is a door that says keep out and Emergency exit, and all that kind of stuff. So the father goes and pushes the button and walks out about, a hundred years into the past. Then he swims up to a pirate ship and they say he has to walk the plank, but then a stegosaurus in a hot air balloon comes up and get the father to grab rope ladder and climb into the hot air balloon. There’s a lot more to the story but I’m not going to tell you, so you should read this book if you are interested. I rate this book a 4 ½ out of 5 stars. This book is a quick read if you’re looking for one!

By Johnny



 by John Griffin Cook


The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

The book I read over winter break was called The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan. The Titan’s Curse is the third book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. The main characters are Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, Annabeth, Daughter of Athena, Thalia, Daughter of Zeus, and Nico and Bianca di Angelo. The book takes place in a lot of different settings. One of the parts you want to focus on if you read this book is trying to understand the prophecies, they are very hard to understand because they don’t make that much sense. I enjoyed the book because it has humor and it’s action packed. The part I got worried at was… wait I shouldn’t tell you. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars because it’s a good read and to people who like crazy books with action and humor this book is good for you.

 By John Griffin Cook

The Sea Of Monsters By Rick Riordan

There are two series of the books. The Sea Of Monsters  is the second book of the first series. The main characters are Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, Annabeth, daughter of Athena, and Tyson, son of Poseidon. Tyson is a cyclops. A cyclops is a human that has one eye and is immune to fire. Percy and Annabeth are half-bloods or also called demigods. A half-blood is someone that is half human half god. They are made by a human and a god.

They move around in the book so the book isn’t happening all in one place. Percy and his friends need to go find something to heal Thalia’s tree. Thalia’s tree is a tree that protects camp half-blood. Camp half-blood is a camp for only half-bloods. Really it’s impossible for a mortal to come through to the camp unless one of the half-bloods say their first and last name and who they let into the camp. So back to saving Thalia’s tree. Thalia’s tree has been poisoned by we don’t know who. The only thing that can save Thalia’s tree is the golden fleece. The golden fleece is a fleece from a gold sheep.

I really enjoyed the book because it’s different from other books. The book is different from other books because it has a lot of action. And not a lot of books have a lot of action. My favorite part was when Tyson punched the bull smack in the face! The bull was evil. I recommend this book to people who like action I rate this book 4 ½.