Posted in Awesome Kids, Book Review, Reviews by Cameron


Book by Louis Sachar

Reviewer: Cameron

This book is about a boy who gets sent to a place for getting blamed for stealing some famous shoes. The place is called Green Lake. The boys have to dig holes which is suppose to build character. Each hole must be five feet deep and five feet wide. If they find anything interesting, they show it to the warden. If she likes it, she gives them the day off.

I would recommend the book to kids who like an adventurous book.

Posted in Author Meet Up

Meet the author: Katie Trupiano


Social media: FB: Katie.Trupiano.1

When you were my age, did you like to read?
 I only liked to read books that I could picture in my mind. If I was reading and couldn’t come up with an image in my head, I lost interest immediately.

What was your favorite story?
 When I was your age, I adored Ramona the Pest and The BFG by Roald Dahl.
How do you get your ideas?
 I work with children of all ages and when I’m counseling them, ideas pop up that help them grasp an idea. Sometimes, I like the idea so much it becomes a story I can share with other people.
Is it hard to write a book? For me, the hardest part about writing a book is getting started. I have to think about what I want to say and how to say it just right.
Why do you think multi-cultural books for kids are important? We are all citizens of the world and we should know how people may do things or learn things differently. It brings us together and promotes a world of understanding, empathy, and caring.
What author do you really like right now?
 I adore JK Rowling, Neil Geiman and Terry Pratchett.
What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author? Go for it! Find an idea you find interesting and write it down. Put down the electronics, get out, explore, experience, connect with others and log it all in a journal. The the ideas will come flowing out of you.
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Posted in Book Review

Just Princesses

Written by Crystal Velasquez

Pictures by Manuel Preitano

I found this graphic novel at my Scholastic Book Fair (Yea, book fairs). It is about a set of stepsisters who are also princesses. They do not like each other. Red Riding Hood and Snow White are their friends.  Someone casts a spell that goes wrong and they have to work together to solve it.

This is a really cool book. I like princess stories but prefer when they are saving themselves. Of course I liked the graphics. I really comic style art.

I would recommend this to kids who like princesses, adventures or comics. This would be a good book for someone still not sold on reading.

Posted in General

I need your help…

It is really cool being the second grade book reviewer. I can read any book I want. I get to see some before they come out. I get to talk to authors, librarians and illustrators. And I have all you cool people.

But this is hard too. I try to post just about every day but it is getting harder. My books are getting longer. I also like to play and have homework to do.

Here is where you can help – I really want to build a large network of kid book reviewers. The benefit is not only I do not have to post as often, but you all will hear different voices. The book variety will go up too! 

Do you know a kid who would like to join my team? I would ask the kid to try to provide one book review a month. If you do, please send them my way!

Also don’t forget if you know authors, illustrators or librarians, I love good recommendations!

Posted in Book Review

Wonderful You

By Lauren McLaughlin

Illustrated by Meilo So

This a book about adoption. I didn’t really understand it. I know what adoption is but the book was a little too fairy tale. The birth mom seems like an angel.

I did like that it was nice to know the baby was wanted by her new parents so much and that the birth mom was so focused on getting her baby a new home.  The pictures were really nice.

I would recommend this is to kids who have happy adoptions and open adoptions. The book also felt more for a girl than a boy too.

I don’t think it is a book for kids like me who aren’t involved in adoptions. It confused me a little about adoptions.

I did ask my friend and her family to also read this. She is adopted. They said it is a pretty book and does tell one type of adoption story. There are many adoption stories so this wouldn’t fit all families. They said the big positive is it is another adoption book. They don’t find many books about adoption so a new one is a good thing.

Posted in Ask the Librarian

Ask the librarian: Kay Cuthrell


Name of Library : McIntyre Elementary School, Southfield Public Schools

What kind of librarian are you?
I am a Library Media Specialist

How long have you been a librarian?
I worked as an Intern at the Southfield Public Library in 1987 while I was going to Library School. I worked full-time from 1990-2000. I’ve worked for Southfield Public Schools as a Media Specialist since 2000.
What lead you to wanting to be a librarian?
I wanted to be a teacher and work with kids. I also LOVE reading and books, so becoming a Librarian was the combination of those two loves.
How do you pick books for your library?
I read book reviews, but I also pay attention to what the students at my school are interested in reading since I know that they’ll read more if they enjoy what they are reading.
Do you have a favorite author?
My Mom is a voratious reader and took us to the public library every week when I was growing up. I found the stash of Mom’s books, in the attic, when I was a teenager and read every one of them. My favorite, to this day, is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Our school library was even decorated as The Secret Garden for a time. My favorite contemporary author is Patricia Polacco. I can identify with many of the topics in her books. I also love that she grew up here in Michigan and has also returned to live on the west side of the state.

How do you decide what book to recommend to a specific kid?
The key is to find out what the student is actually looking to read. Students often don’t know how to explain what they want. Usually, after asking leading questions and browsing the library shelves with them, the student usually walks away with what they want (or they know what to look for at the public library if we don’t have it at school).

Posted in Book Review

The Ice Cream Conundrum 

By Katie Trupiano

The Ice Cream Conundrum is about not getting something you really, really wanted and how you react. The character really wants a specific type of ice cream. The Ice Cream truck doesn’t have it. Here the book the asks you to pick how you would respond. One is get mad and one is be disappointed. Once you pick, you go to a certain page and find out what happens. This is a good way to show the right way to respond.

I like that the book gives the kid a choice. It is like a choose your own adventure. I like that it is about Ice Cream. I can’t have most Ice Cream because I am dairy allergic so I know what it is like to be disappointed.  But I am learning the alternatives can sometimes be better.

I think anyone should read this. It is a good book for parents to read to second graders too.