What to Read
Reviews of of books, magazines, blogs, and graphic novels written by homeschoolers
Books are fun to read. They take you to a new world where you have never been before, a whole new adventure is waiting just for you. But there are some books that aren’t that good, and there are some that are just so good that you have to share them with everyone! I found a book that you just want to share with people, a book that is adventurous, fun, and that you can learn some stuff from. Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief is the first book in the 5 book series about Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan . I will tell you why it is a great series to read.
It is about a 6th grader named Percy Jackson that finds out he is a demigod and has to go out on a dangerous quest with his friend Grover a satyr, and his other friend Annabeth. They have to go to Hades realm to get back Zeus’s master bolt and they have to overcome many challenges on their way. During their dangerous quest they encounter monsters and Gods that they have to battle to survive.
I can’t tell you more of the story because of spoilers, so go and read it yourself. It's a really good story when you get into it. It’s funny and very enjoyable to read. It’s best if you read this between the ages of 11 to 13 just because the words are sometimes hard.
Also another thing is that you learn some stuff from these books! You might ask “ How, since it’s a fiction book and fiction books are not educational?” And you may be right. But this book is about the Greek gods, and it talks about the legends and the Gods. So you learn some stuff about it if you pay attention! And if you are learning about the Greek Gods in school (like me) then it helps quite a lot.
Now it is time to rate it! The characters are funny and very amusing to read about and the story is adventurous and great. The book as a whole is just stupendous! So I rate it a 4 out of 5. Just because you have to be a little older to read it, and there are some words in it that are hard, but it's still a great book! So go read Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief.
Let me introduce you to your new favorite graphic novel series, Sparks!. The series is by Ian Boothby and Nina Matsumoto and was published by Graphix books. The first book was made in 2018 and the second in 2020. The series is about two cats in a robotic dog suit and how they save the world, twice.
In the first book, Sparks!, someone tries to take over the world and Sparks has to stop them. This book does a really good job of introducing the characters and developing them. I liked the beached whale joke, I thought it was hilarious.
In the second book, Sparks! Double Dog Dare, another Sparks suit appears and is being controlled to do evil. I enjoyed the overall plot and liked the callbacks to the first book. I also loved learning the backstory of one of the characters.
This series is great for anyone who likes animals and action. I was so excited to know what was going to happen next. The book felt like it was stuck to my hands! I'd rate each book a 5/5. They are the best books I've ever read!
Have you heard of the Baby-Sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin? This series of 131 books, not even counting the mystery and Super Special spin-off series, is geared toward readers ages 8 to 12 and was originally published throughout the 1980s and ‘90s. The books are being reprinted and have been made into graphic novels. There is also a new show on Netflix based on the series.
It all started when a girl named Kristy Thomas had a great idea—the Baby-Sitters Club. The club has many clients, and their baby-sitting jobs are fun to read about. The BSC has gained and lost many members. Each book has one main plot and one sub-plot.
The main characters are Kristy, Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, Stacey McGill, Dawn Schafer, Abby Stevenson, Mallory Pike, and Jessi Ramsey. Almost all of them are 13 years old, and they are all in middle school. Each one faces her own challenges, such as divorced parents and diabetes. My favorite character is Kristy because she came up with the club.
Each BSC book is told from a different character’s point of view. The books are set in Stoneybrook, a fictional town in Connecticut. The series’ theme is friendship, and there are individual themes in each book, such as mysteries.
Every time I finish one book, I want to read the next one. Readers around 10 years old would enjoy the series. I like the point of view of the books and seeing how the characters think about the situation, and the books always end well. I rate the BSC series a 5 on a scale of 1 to 5.
Have you ever read the book Ungifted? Ungifted is a children's book published in 2012 by the well-known author Gordon Korman. Every chapter is alternately told by a different character’s viewpoint. The book is about a boy who is the ultimate prankster named Donovan, who gets tangled up in a prank gone wrong.
The prank ended up in an accident that included Donovan hitting a statue with a stick and destroying the Hardcastle gym. After the superintendent accidentally wrote Donovan's name on the wrong piece of paper, Donovan gets sent to The Academy of Scholastic Distinction, which is a school for gifted students. As the superintendent is searching for the boy responsible for the gym accident, Donovan hides out in the Academy, so the superintendent won’t find him, and at the same time his teachers and classmates start to question if he’s actually gifted.
Donovan also gets put in a class called Robotics, which is taught by his homeroom teacher Mr. Osborne. All in just one day, Donovan named their class robot, got the most intelligent person there named Noah addicted to Youtube, and showed his class the power he has with a joystick. Soon enough, he finds out his classmates have to take a class called Human Growth and Development and decides to help them out by asking and convincing his 7-month pregnant sister Katie to teach them.
The book is upbeat and lighthearted. The book won a good deal of awards and also has a sequel called Supergifted. I think the appropriate age for this book would be 10 years old because of it’s hard and long words and crude humor. It's my favorite book, and I rate it a 5/5. I hope you liked this review and enjoy the book as much as I did!