This is a guest post by Nicholas Efran. His book reviews are a lot more succinct than his mom’s! If you want to know more about the books, you can ask Nicholas in the comments.
key:⭐️=1 star 🌜=1half star 😥=so sad 😠=makes me so mad 👎=thumbs down 🆒=cool book 💯=100
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
This is the story of kids who won a writing contest and got to go to the pre-opening of the new library before it opened to the public. They played many games there, but they found out that the last game they were going to play was “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library”. I don’t want to spoil too much of this book, as it is a good book, but I really recommend you read it—and there is a surprise at the end of the book!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🆒
Elephi, the Cat with the High IQ by Jean Stafford
Elephi is a cat who looks out his window one day and sees a little white car that a man is abandoning in the deep snow. He manages to get the little car into his owners’ apartment. He talks to this car—which I find a little strange, but things in stories can be personified. Eventually the car’s rightful owner comes back and everything is good.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🆒
The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
Elizabeth Rew is a girl who discovers magic in a place you wouldn’t expect: The New York Circulating Material Repository, which is like a library of objects. She has adventures with her friends, and they discover who is working with bad or dark magic.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🆒
Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander
We got this book at the library book sale, and since it was about a cat I thought I would like it—but I was almost 💯% wrong. 😠 The book is about a cat who can time-travel and has a strange white mark on his belly. Apparently the cat can talk to his owner, and the owner wasn’t surprised at all when the cat started talking, and apparently all cats can talk and time-travel. Instead of having nine lives, they can live nine lives in nine different time periods. The cat takes his owner places (I only got through two before I quit reading the book) and they have adventures, almost all of which involve getting kidnapped and taken away. Nothing seemed to be explained enough, and their adventures seemed quite repetitive.🌜👎
Redwall by Brian Jacques
This book involved a lot of fighting and things that I thought were just terribly sad, like a mouse and his family getting trapped and forced to do things and being threatened with death.😥 Apparently, when the mice found a fox that was on their side lying injured, they just took him inside their castle, and he could walk up their stairs with no difficulty, which seems strange because mice are a lot smaller than foxes.⭐️⭐️🌜👎
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
This was an extremely good book with many twists and turns in the plot. I really enjoyed reading it, although I think it was a little strange and hard to understand. Mr. Westing chooses his heirs, and his will describes things they’re going to do as it’s being read. He gives them a puzzle to solve that leads them to the name of his murderer. There are many explosions, and overall I give this book⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🆒
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
I really enjoyed this book. I remember my dad tried to read it to me when I was about 5, but I didn’t remember any of it, so I wanted to read it again. Claudia and her brother Jamie run away from home to live in the art museum in Manhattan, where they have adventures trying to figure out who made a statue called Angel.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🆒
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Miranda had a friend named Sal. However, another boy punched Sal—apparently just to see what would happen. Every day when Miranda walks home from school, she has to pass the laughing man, a homeless guy who seems kind of crazy. It’s all explained in the end, but I don’t want to ruin it! This is a very interesting book, as it involves time travel, and I give it⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🆒
Ghost Cat by Helen Rushmore
Ghost Cat is a book about a girl named Glory who finds a cat she thinks is a ghost, although she doesn’t really believe in ghosts; however, the legend said there was a ghost who looked like the cat. Overall, I think this was a very good book, and I think you should read it. I would give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🆒
The Trolley Car Family by Eleanor Clymer
The Trolley Car Family by Eleanor Clymer is a book about a family who moves into the country in their family’s trolley car. They had a lot of fun after finding out that they had neighbors who were very nice. They grow a garden and have a small farm and have other cool adventures. I liked this book, and overall I would give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🆒
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5 thoughts on “10 Book Reviews by a 10-Year-Old”
Thanks for this post, Nicholas! Our youngest son is 10 as well, and I’m always on the look-out for books for him. I hope you keep these reviews coming, as I find them very helpful 🙂
My daughter loved the Redwall series so I was sorry you didn’t like it. But, she really liked The Westing Game and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Thanks for the tips on the other books. I will pass your recommendations along to her.
Thank you for these recommendations! I have a 9YO daughter who I will keep these for.
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