The Kingdom of Back

Title: The Kingdom of Back

Author: Marie Lu

336 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy

Date read: May 2020

Synopsis: Mozart’s sister Nannerl is a phenomenal musician. But she fears that she will not be remembered because her brother outshines her. So when a boy from a fantastical kingdom comes to make her an offer to make her remembered, of course she accepts. This magical kingdom is not what it seems.


Review: I think the connection between music, history, and fantasy in this book was so genius. I think this book was so unique, and since I play the piano I just loved the music aspect of this book. This book brought some important light on Mozarts lesser known sister. I would highly recommend this book to people who didn’t know Mozart had a sister!

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment

Title: Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment

Author: James Patterson

432 Pages

Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure/Survival, Series

Date read: September 2019 (seventh Grade)

Synopsis: Max and her flock are humans that were genetically altered to have wings. They were experimented on in a lab and, with the help of Jeb, escaped. Jeb disappeared, and they now live peacefully in the mountains with Max as their leader. Until the youngest of the six, Angel, gets taken by Erasers, human-wolf mutants, back to the lab. It’s up to Max and her flock to save Angel!


Review: I really enjoyed this book because the characters were all very relatable. The way it was told was also very personal; it was like Max was having a conversation about her adventures with me. I also liked the part where they get to fly. Thanks to this book if anyone asks what I want for a superpower, I want to be able to fly! I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a fast series.

We Are Displaced

Title: We are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World

Author: Malala Yousafzai

Pages: 224

Genre: Nonfiction

Date read: May 2019 (sixth grade)

Synopsis: Malala shares her story of being displaced. She also shares the stories of many girls around the world who are displaced. She met these girls at the refugee camps that she visited. The girls come from all around the world. These are all true stories.


Review: I thought this book was very well done. The stories were very heart pulling, and I think everyone should read this. You will definitely like this book. It was so hard for me to imagine that this type of thing is happening right now, and these people are real. This is a must-read!

The Maze Runner

Title: The Maze Runner

Author: James Dashner

375 Pages

Genre: Dystopian, series, adventure/survival

Date read: November 2019 (Seventh grade)

Synopsis: Thomas wakes up in a box knowing nothing but his name. When the box opens, a crowd of boys surrounds him. They tell him that he is in the glade. They are stuck in the middle of a maze with no known way out. Everyday the Runners go out and brave the dangers of the maze in hopes to find an exit. Supplies come weekly, and a new boy comes every month. After Thomas comes, things in the maze start to change for the worse.


Review: I really enjoyed all the adventure of the book. I thought it was very well written. It was very exciting, and it had me on the edge of my seat for the whole book. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good adventure survival book, or one with friendship.

Spy School

Title: Spy School

Author: Stuart Gibbs

290 Pages

Genre: Comedy, Action, Realistic Fiction

Date read: 2017 (Fifth Grade)

Synopsis: Ben Ripley comes home to a spy in his house. The spy wants to recruit Ben Ripley, a nerd, to be a part of a spy school for kids working for the CIA. The recruits at the spy school are all better than Ben. Ben’s struggles in the spy school will make you laugh.

4.5 Stars

Review: I really enjoyed this book. I got weird stares from my family when I laughed out loud. This book sounds dark at first, but it’s very light hearted, and I loved the spy school idea. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants something funny.

Fish in a Tree

Title: Fish in a Tree

Author: Lynda Mullaly Hunt

320 Pages

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Date read: 2017 (Fifth Grade)

Synopsis: Whenever Ally moves schools, she is very clever. She is able to hide her inability to read from everyone by being disruptive. She doesn’t ask for help with reading from anyone. Her newest teacher sees how smart Ally really is, and they begin on a journey Ally thought would never be possible.

4 Stars

Review: I thought this book was really well written. Ally was a very relatable main character. When I first heard about the book, I was interested because I can’t imagine my life without words, books, and reading. I liked this book for a different reason than most books; I liked it because I wasn’t able to relate to it and got to explore something new. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a good realistic fiction or something different.