This week we're featuring a special edition of The Weekly Top 2, namely  the First annual Mrs. Cook's Class ARC Review Project in which Mrs. Cook's 4th Grade class at Farmington's Cascade Brook School read and reviewed ARCS (Advanced Reading Copies) of books which had not come out yet. The kids were great fun to work with and, as you can see below,  turned in a stupendous performance!


 

The Shadows: The Books of Elsewhere: The Books of Elsewhere

The Shadows: The Books of Elsewhere: The Books of Elsewhere
By West, Jacqueline
2010-06 - Dial Books
9780803734401 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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Reviewer: Abby McCarthy
Core Audience: Kids 8-11, Grades 3-6

REVIEW: I think this is a great book but it is way too much like Coraline. I don't think it is fair to copy other books. I enjoyed the excitement and the personalities of the characters. I think that some kids will like it but it may be too frightening to others. I liked how funny the cats were but disliked it when she was trapped. This will be a good selling book. Kids 8-11 will like it the most.
Rating: 7 ...More

Mom, There's a Dinosaur in Beeson's Lake

Mom, There's a Dinosaur in Beeson's Lake
By Trueit, Trudi Strain
2010-02 - Aladdin Paperbacks
9781416975939 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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Reviewer: Cody Osbourne
Core Audience: 7 - 8 year olds

REVIEW: This was a story about a fourth grade boy and his sister. It's about a fourth grader but it's kind of babyish for fourth graders. On the other hand it's kind of long for second graders to read. I think the author should make it shorter.
Rating: 6 ...More

Dragonbreath: Attack of the Ninja Frogs

Dragonbreath: Attack of the Ninja Frogs
By Vernon, Ursula
2010-02 - Dial Books
9780803733657 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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Reviewer: Deron Hiscock
Core Audience: 4th grade boys

REVIEW: This book is awesome! The book is about a young dragon named Danny and his friends, Wendel and Suki go on an adventure to find out why ninja frogs are trying to take Suki away. They then find out that she was reincarnated from a warrior so they want her to be their queen. The book is filled with action and adventure and is good for 4th grade boys.
Rating: 10 ...More

Abigail Iris: The Pet Project

Abigail Iris: The Pet Project
By Glatt, Lisa
2010-03 - Walker & Company
9780802786579 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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Reviewer: Destiny Clark
Core Audience: 3-5 graders

REVIEW: This book is about a girl named Abigail Iris. She really likes cats but her parents won't let her get one because they can't afford one. They don't think Abigail is responsible enough. Abigail convinces her mom that she'll be on her best behavior if she lets her get a cat. I think kids will think it's funny the way she tries to prove she should have a cat for a pet.
Rating: 10 ...More

Abigail Iris: The Pet Project

Abigail Iris: The Pet Project
By Glatt, Lisa
2010-03 - Walker & Company
9780802786579 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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Reviewer: Destiny Clark
Core Audience: 3-5 graders

REVIEW: This book is about a girl named Abigail Iris. She really likes cats but her parents won't let her get one because they can't afford one. They don't think Abigail is responsible enough. Abigail convinces her mom that she'll be on her best behavior if she lets her get a cat. I think kids will think it's funny the way she tries to prove she should have a cat for a pet.
Rating: 10 ...More

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
By Angleberger, Tom
2010-04 - ABRAMS
9780810984257 - Hardcover
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Reviewer: Hunter Bolduc
Core Audience: 3rd - 5th graders

REVIEW: Origami Yoda is made with paper. He gives people good advice. I think it should have a little bit more action. It has a slow start. At the end it shows you how to make origami yoda and I think that is cool.
Rating: 7 ...More

Zombiekins

Zombiekins
By Bolger, Kevin
2010-06 - Razorbill
9781595141774 - Hardcover
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Reviewer: Jared Brown
Core Audience: 8-9 year olds

REVIEW: I thought it was a great book. I didn't understand it at the beginning then I understood it later on. I'm glad I didn't give up on it. Maybe it will be for third grade and up because some words would be hard for second graders and under but besides those few words I think it should be for anyone unless you're scared of zombies.
Rating 9 ...More

Frankly, Frannie

Frankly, Frannie
By Stern, A. J.
2010-05 - Grosset & Dunlap
9780448453484 - Paperback   See Other Formats
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9780448453484 Reviewer: Jocelyn Daggett
Core Audience: I think 3rd and 4th graders would enjoy it and understand it. Maybe 2nd graders.

REVIEW: I think Franklin Fannie is a good story for 3rd and 4th graders because they would think that it was funny that she doesn't listen to her teacher or her parents. The older kids and the younger kids probably wouldn't understand it. It might be funny for teachers to read aloud than to read by yourself.
Rating: 8 ...More

The Very Little Princess



The Very Little Princess
By Bauer, Marion Dane
2010-02 - Random House Books for Young Readers
9780375856914 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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Reviewer: Kamryn Mitchell
Core Audience: 2-3 grade, Ages 7-9

REVIEW: I think it's a good book because I really like it and it has a lot of details. One thing I did not like is when Zoey's mom leaves. It's really sad. I like that it's not like other books. I would give this a good rating. I would like to have a talking doll. I might buy the book when it's out.
Rating: 8 ...More

The Tweenage Guide to Not Being Unpopular

The Tweenage Guide to Not Being Unpopular
By Gownley, Jimmy
2010-04 - Atheneum Books
9781416986089 - Paperback   See Other Formats
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Reviewer: Meghan Charles
Core Audience: Ages 8 - 10

REVIEW: Amelia Rules is about a 10 or 11 year old girl who has a "popularity problem." She has a friend that has a book called The Tweenage Guide to Not Being Unpopular. Her principal says that she's bad. But I don't see how she's bad. I didn't understand the characters that well. It's one of those books where you'd want to read the first book to the last one because if you don't the characters won't make sense. I thought that when she asked the vampire, Zombie etc. how did they get there it was confusing. I also think that the author didn't describe the characters well. I also haven't read the first book so maybe it would have made more sense if I had.
Rating: 6 ...More

A Nest for Celeste: A Story about Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home


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A Nest for Celeste: A Story about Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home
By Cole, Henry
2010-03 - Katherine Tegen Books
9780061704109 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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Reviewer: Michael L. Beauchamp
Core Audience: I would say an age group of eight to nine

REVIEW: It's not as good as I would have thought it would be. I thought it would be more like a real mouse's life than a mouse in a shirt pocket. I liked it because it was more adventurous than other books that I have read. I also liked it because sometimes it was happy, sometimes sad, always descriptive, and it kept my interest.
Rating: 6/7 ...More

Knightley Academy

Knightley Academy
By Haberdasher, Violet
2010-03 - Aladdin Paperbacks
9781416991434 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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Reviewer: Peter McAnistan
Core Audience: ages 8-12

REVIEW: I think that it was a cool book and a lot of people will like it especially people that like real life funny . One thing I did not like about the book was sometimes the exciting parts were written in a different language that I didn't get.
Rating: 9 ...More

Star in the Forest



Star in the Forest
By Resau, Laura
2010-03 - Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
9780385737920 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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Reviewer: Rem Barden
Core Audience: Anyone who loves animals around age 9

REVIEW: This is a great book of how a girl and a dog become best friends. I would definitely recommend this book to someone who loves animals or dogs. It kept my interest the whole way through.
Rating: 10 ...More

Daniel at the Siege of Boston, 1776

Daniel at the Siege of Boston, 1776
By Calkhoven, Laurie
2010-03 - Dutton Children's Books
9780525421443 - Hardcover
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Reviewer: Samantha Ellis
Core Audience: I think this would be a good book for 4th grade and up

REVIEW: This book was really good because it had a good amount of historical information. It's about a boy that is seeing the action of a real battle and trying not to be seen while delivering messages. I would recommend this book to teachers too.
Rating: 10 ...More

The Fast and the Furriest



The Fast and the Furriest
By Behrens, Andy
2010-03 - Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
9780375859229 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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Reviewer: Shayla Harris
Core Audience: 6th grade and 2nd grade

REVIEW: I think this book is good. I'm really happy with it and happy I read it because I love dogs and animals. I would recommend this book to people in 3rd grade and 6th grade who like dogs. I think that the author should make the names of the mom and the dad, Mom and Dad. It got confusing because sometimes they said Maggie or Howie and sometimes Mom and Dad.
Rating: 8 ...More

Thresholds

Thresholds
By Hoffman, Nina Kiriki
2010-08 - Viking Children's Books
9780670063192 - Hardcover
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Reviewer: Zoe Huish
Core Audience: Ages 10 - 14

REVIEW: Thresholds is a great book because it has a great showing of the characters. I knew right off that this would be great. I also like it because it's sort of mysterious and I love mysteries. It starts out kind of slow but then it gets interesting when she finds a fairy. I recommend this book because it really grabs you. One part I really didn't like was when they went to the portal. This book should be published.
Rating: 9 ...More

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