On the Come Up

Title: On the Come Up

Author: Angie Thomas

464 Pages

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Date read: November 2019 (Seventh grade)

Synopsis: This book follows a girl who has always wanted to be a rapper just like her father who was murdered. When a huge opportunity arises, our main character blows up online. This book shows how she manages this fame within her community.


Review: I 100% loved this book. It was very powerful, and had many good messages. The characters were all very relatable. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes music because the rapping aspect of this book was very well done.

The Hate U Give

Title: The Hate U Give

Author: Angie Thomas

444 Pages

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Date read: February 2020 (Seventh grade)

Synopsis: Starr has two lives. One at her fancy, private school with primarily white kids, and another at home surrounded by fellow black people. When Starr’s best friend gets shot by a cop, it is up to Starr to seek justice for her friend.


Review: I have never read anything like this book. I loved it because it was so powerful, and it was so shocking because things like what happened in this book happen in real life. This book had such a powerful message, and I would say that this is a book that everyone should read.

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.

Belly Up

Title: Belly Up

Author: Stuart Gibbs

320 Pages

Genre: Mystery, Realistic fiction

Date read: 2017 (Fourth Grade)

Synopsis: When someone kills FunJungle Zoo’s mascot, the hippo, everyone is horrified. Teddy decides to investigate. Teddy’s parents both work at the zoo, so Teddy has access to the zoo. Teddy discovers that the death of the mascot might not be the accident that it seems to be.

4 stars

Review: I really liked this book when I was in fourth grade because it was very interesting and I couldn’t put it down. I really liked the mystery because it was very well thought out. I enjoyed trying to solve the mystery with Teddy. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes animals, comedy, or mysteries

Counting by 7’s

Title: Counting By 7’s

Author: Holly Goldberg Sloan

384 Pages

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Date read: June 2019 (Sixth Grade)

Synopsis: Willow is not your average kid. She loves to do botanical experiments in her garden at home, and her best friends are al plants. Willow is having a normal day when she hears the news. Both of her parents are dead. She’s lost two sets of parents, and her world is turned upside down. What comes next will surprise you!

5 stars

Review: I thought this book was so well told and thought out. I couldn’t put this one down! I had first heard of it a couple years ago. I tried it and I couldn’t quite get into it. Then I needed something to read, picked it up, and loved it! I could relate to the characters, and it made it really enjoyable. I would recommend this book to anyone who is feeling lonely, or has a few minutes!