Tag Archive: 2010 IAR 7th grade summer reading


Things Not Seen

Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements

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Reviewed by Hope

Why I enjoyed this book: I enjoyed this book because I liked how it kept you wondering what would happen next. I also liked it because I enjoyed how the author really got you into each one of the characters, that came with their own creative personalities.

Why I would recommend this book: I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys being surprised and enjoys suspenseful books. This is a good read that once it starts you can’t stop! I think that this book is one of Andrew Clements’ best books especially because he doesn’t usually write this style of books. This is why I would recommend this book.

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Things Not Seen

Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements

Reviewed by, Anonymous Teen
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This story is about a boy named Bobby Phillips who wakes up one morning invisible. Bobby’s mom and dad are afraid to let this phenomenon go public, so when police officers wind up at their doorstep, threatening to send them to jail, because of their ‘missing’ child, and Bobby’s school calls about him, they have to think of excuses about Bobby’s absence for the last month. One day, Bobby goes to the library and meets this blind girl named Alicia Van Dorn. Together, the two go to the Sears Tower to try to find a way to change bobby back to himself. Will they succeed? Will Bobby be invisible forever? Will Mr. and Mrs. Phillips end up in jail for child absence and abuse? You will have to read the book and see!

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I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly

I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly (Dear America series), by Joyce Hansen [J Fiction]

Reviewed by Lauren

This book is about a girl named Patsy who knows nothing about her history. She is a slave at Davis Hall. She had a leg that was shorter than the other and did chores inside the house. This book goes on telling about Patsy’s life and how she overcomes many obstacles with friends, masters and mistress, and what to do with her life.

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Things Not Seen

Things Not Seen, by Andrew Clements [teen fiction]

Reviewed by Jordan

The book Things Not Seen is amazing! This book is full of adventure and mystery. In the book Bobby learned that you can’t wait for a cure. You have to investigate, and that’s exactly what Bobby did. Grabbed a blind friend, Alicia, for the ride and they went off to the Sears tower. After their research was found, Bobby starts asking other people about it. By not telling people his plan, he eventually tells Alicia’s and Bobby’s dad. To find out if Bobby will turn back to normal and how he did it, read the thrilling book Things Not Seen.

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Define Normal

Define Normal, by Julie Anne Peters [teen fiction]

Reviewed by Natalie

I have just finished the book Define Normal by Julie Anne Peters. This book is about two girls (Antonia and Jazz) who are in peer counseling together. Antonia’s mother has a mental issue and Antonia has to take care of her two younger brothers alone since her dad abandoned her. Jazz’s parents are way too strict and doesn’t give Jazz the freedom she wants. When Antonia meets Jazz in teen counseling Antonia tries to find every possible way to quit, thinking that Jazz is a psycho punk, and other bad things, but she never thought that Jazz would love to play classical music on her piano or that she would soon be best friends with this “punk.” I personally like this book because it was a page turner and it was very suspenseful. To find out what happens in Antonia and Jazz’s lives, read this book!

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Crispin and the Cross of Lead

Crispin and the Cross of Lead, by Avi [J Fiction, Teen Fiction]

Reviewed by Natty

I read Crispin, by Avi. I thought the book was very good. It had some exciting parts in it. If you like survival books you will like Crispin. Crispin has to avoid being killed by the townspeople and finds out about him and his father and all he has is a lead cross.

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The Homework Machine

The Homework Machine, by Dan Gutman [teen fiction, J fiction, 7th grade reading list]

Reviewed by Natalie

I just finished the book The Homework Machine, by Dan Gutman. The Homework Machine is about a homework machine that creates all these problems when four kids (Judy, Sam, Kelsey, and Brenton) use a homework machine that does their homework for them. There’s a snitch in their foursome that makes a call to the police and tells the school newspaper! What will happen with “Belch” (the homework machine) and will this foursome get caught? You’ll have to read to find out!

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So you want to be a wizard

So You Want to Be a Wizard, by Diane Duane [teen fiction]

Reviewed by Jenna

I read the book So You Want to Be a Wizard, by Diane Duane. This book is about a girl named Nita who loves to read and always gets bullied. When she finds a book called So You Want to be a Wizard, she reads it and her life changes in an exciting way. I would give this book four out of five stars for the good elaboration. I would recommend this book to anyone going into 7th or 8th grade. This book is also on the 7th grade summer reading list. Have a great summer and happy reading!

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