Close to Famous

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Joan Bauer

5 out of 5

When Foster McFee moves to Culpepper, West Virginia, she doesn’t know what she’s signing up for. Foster loves to cook, and hopes to one day have a cooking show. But Foster has one huge problem–she can’t read. She barely passed sixth grade, and doesn’t know how she’s going to deal with seventh. Foster refuses to let her weaknesses outweigh her strengths, though, and she gets help from Miss Charleena, a retired Hollywood actress who has returned to her hometown in West Virginia. And Foster McFee isn’t the only person in the tiny town of Culpepper who’s dreaming big. Rayka, her mother, longs to come out of the shadows of being a backup singer and finally become a headliner. Foster’s best friend, Macon wants to be a documentary filmmaker. Amy looks up to Rayka, and has a goal of being a singer as well. Garland hopes to be a track star. But nobody in Culpepper actually has a chance of making their dream a reality–or do they? I enjoyed the characters in this book, especially Foster, Miss Charleena, Garland, and Amy. I would recommend this book to people from ages 8-13.

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Shadow of the Hegemon

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Orson Scott Card

3 out of 5

The Battle School children have returned to their different homes all around the world. But one by one, friends of Ender Wiggin start to go missing. All of the children from Ender’s army, Dragon Army have vanished from their homes. All of the children who helped him win the Formic War. Except for one. Bean, or Julian Delphiki, is in hiding, for instead of being kidnapped, there are attempts on his life. And Bean knows just who is behind it all: Achilles de Flandres, a boy who Bean knows from the streets of Rotterdam. Bean must get help to rescue his friends, but from who? Bean turns to Ender’s older brother, Peter Wiggin, aka Locke, for help. I liked the beginning of this book, but it got worse as it went on. I also loved that instead of being told from Ender’s perspective, the story is told from three different perspectives: Petra’s, Peter’s, and Bean’s. I did not like this book as much as Ender’s Game or Ender’s Shadow.

Reader: harrypotter529

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Liar & Spy

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Rebecca Stead

4 out of 5

Georges has just moved to a new apartment building in Brooklyn, and there is another twelve-year-old boy living there. Safer has accepted Georges into his spy club, and their mission is to figure out what secrets the mysterious Mr. X is hiding. Georges has never even seen Mr. X, but he knows that he must help Safer uncover the truth. I liked this book, and I liked that Safer and his siblings, Pigeon and Candy got to choose their own names based on their greatest interests. I would recommend this book to people from ages 9-13.

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The Center of Everything

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The Center of Everything

Linda Urban

4 out of 5

Ruby Pepperdine misses her grandmother, Gigi. She hates that Gigi is gone forever. She hates that she will never again sit in Gigi’s arms as her grandmother points out the constellations in the night sky. She hates that she didn’t listen to the last words Gigi ever said to her. But when Ruby makes a wish on her twelfth birthday, she hopes that she can make everything right again. Ruby believes that when she is selected as the Bunning Day Essay Girl, her wish will come true. But will it? I liked this book, and my favorite characters were Ruby and her friends Lucy and Nero. I would recommend this book to people from ages 8-12.

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A Tale Dark & Grimm

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A Tale Dark & Grimm

Adam Gidwitz

4 out of 5

This is the true story of the twins called Hansel and Gretel. Of course you know the story. Hansel and Gretel run away. Hansel and Gretel find a house made of candy. Hansel and Gretel almost get eaten by a witch. Hansel and Gretel cook the witch in her own oven. Hansel and Gretel live happily ever after. But this is just the beginning. Find out the rest of the story in A Tale Dark and Grimm. I liked this book and would recommend this book to people from ages 9-12.

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A Tangle of Knots

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A Tangle of Knots

Lisa Graff

4 out of 5

Cady is the only orphan living in Miss Mallory’s Home for Lost Girls. In the world that she lives in, almost everyone has a talent. Cady is a Talented cake baker. When she finally gets adopted by a man named Toby, who is eager to have a second chance at raising a child, Cady meets people with lives that remarkably intertwine with her own. There’s Marigold Asher, the girl with no talent, her brother, Zane, who is facing trouble at his school, their brother, Will, who seems to have a talent for getting lost, their mother, Dolores, who is hiding a surprising secret, V, the woman who can’t talk, and is missing her daughter, and the owner of the Lost Luggage Emporium, an awful thief. I liked how everyone’s story came together at the end of the story, and when Cady finds out who her real parents are. I would recommend this book to people from ages 8-12, and people who enjoyed the book Savvy by Ingrid Law.

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The Awesomely Awful Melodies of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang

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The Awesomely Awful Melodies of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang (The Popularity Papers book 5)

Amy Ignatow

4 out of 5

Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang are ready for seventh grade to start–and then Lydia has an idea. Why don’t they start a band? The two girls recruit their friends Roland and Jane, and their band is named… the Macramé Owls! But there’s just one problem–the four don’t exactly know anything about music. Will the Macramé Owls ever be truly good at music? I liked this book, and I would recommend it to girls from ages 9-12.

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