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The Last Present (Review by Ella C.) One of the best books I read in March was The Last Present by Wendy Mass. It is the fourth book in the Willow Fall series. The main characters, Amanda and Leo, learn of a girl, Grace, who gets put in a frozen state on her tenth birthday. In Eleven Birthdays (the first book in the series), Leo and Amanda get a curse passed down from there great, great, great grandparents. The curse will allow them to travel back in time to Grace’s birthday to see what force stopped a mysterious old woman from putting a spell on Grace--a spell that could have saved her. With some help from their friends (the main characters in the other Willow Falls books) they try and fix what went wrong. Along the way they discover a deep secret and much, much more. The Last Present is amazing, funny, and mysterious. I would strongly recommend The Last Present.


The One and Only Ivan (Review by Elijah C.) The One and Only Ivan is about a gorilla named Ivan, a baby elephant named Ruby, and a dog named Bob. They all live in a shopping mall here in Washington. The book is based on a true story. Ivan wants to help Ruby find a good home--a home that is better than the one it lives in. Ivan is good at painting and thinks that he can save Ruby with his paintings. Will it work? If you like adventure, animals, and a good story with a lot of feelings, read The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. 


13 Gifts (Review by Ella C.) One of the best books I have read is 13 Gifts by Wendy Mass. It is part of the Willow Falls series. Tara, the main character, is sent to the town Willow Falls as a consequence for stealing a goat. Once there, she meets some of the main characters of the other books in the series. She finds herself collecting 13 objects for Angelica D’Angelo, a mysterious old woman. If she doesn't collect them by her 13th birthday, the consequences will be bad! Along the way they uncover a secret and do crazy things. This book’s complex plot and great ending are some of the things that make 13 Gifts so good. It is one of the best books I’ve read. I strongly recommend it. 

Endling: The Last (Review by Elijah C.) If you like an adventure book, I suggest Endling: The Last. Endling is by Katherine Applegate who is also the author of The One and Only IvanEndling: The Last is the first book in a series of three. Endling is about Byx who is the last of her species: the dairnes. She goes on a quest to find more dairnes. Along the way she runs into a king, fights the knight of fire, and travels the world. I like this book because it has adventure and great plot twists. You will like this book if you like adventure. I strongly recommend Endling: The Last. 

Wildwood Chronicles (Review by Ishaan W.) I liked the book Wildwood Chronicles by Colin Melody and Carson Ellis. I liked the adventure and action in the nature scenes because the author adds a lot of extra detail. Also the few illustrations are very well drawn

Bud not Buddy (Review by Julian C.) I love that there is a mystery in the book. The mystery is trying to find out who is Bud's father. There is a plot twist at the end. 

Ready Player One (Review by Teddy W.) A good book is Ready Player One because of how intense and interesting the book is. It is an interesting and exciting quest that will leave you on the edge of your seat!

Wings of Fire: Escaping Peril (Review by Elijah C.) 

My favorite book this year was Wings of Fire: Escaping Peril by Tui T. Sutherland. It's part of a fantasy series about dragons. It's full of mystery and adventure.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Review by Ella C.) The best book I read in 2020 was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The book is actually a screenplay (a script for a play). It's very fun, mysterious, and a good read.

The Book Scavenger (Review by Max C.)

My favorite book so far this year is "The Book Scavenger" by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman. It's a story about a girl who has just arrived in San Francisco with her family. She loves really hard puzzles and treasure hunts and stumbles into a mystery around a hidden book. It's so fun to read and after you read it you will want to be part of the real life game. 

Wishtree (Review by Lydia T.)

The Wishtree by Katherine Applegate is about a tree named Red that has many friends. They live in him, or around him. The animals all have funny names. The opossums are named after things that scare them, like one is Hairy Spiders. Another is Flashlight, but he is so afraid that he faints if he hears that word, so everyone calls him Flash. The skunks are named after things that smell good like flowers. It’s a great book, and I recommend it.

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