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Ask the Passengers, by A. S. King
Reviewed by Lesley, Grade 7
Rating: 4 out of 5
I really enjoyed this book because it makes you see things differently and it makes you think more about how people feel and think as well

Olive’s Ocean, by Kevin Henkes
Reviewed by Mia, Grade 6
Rating: 3 out of 5
I didn’t care for the book because we had to write a report on it for middle school and the book didn’t have a main idea, problem. So it was hard to write about.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Taylor
Reviewed by Dominick, Grade 7
Rating: 5 out of 5
In the book, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, I loved the description and cliffhangers at the end of chapters. I hated the cussing. The whole was enjoyable for 6th-12th grades for their taste of the time was in 1933.

Dork Diaries Series, by Rachel Renee Russell
Reviewed by Sophie, Grade 7
Rating: 5 out of 5
I loved this book since it’s about a girl writing in her diary. Also she likes this boy named Justin and the mean girl likes him too.

Under Shifting Glass, by Nicky Singer
Reviewed by Gabrielle, Grade 11
Rating: 3 out of 5
It showed that even if one person sees the world differently, then they can change the course of many people’s lives and maybe change their perspective.

Iridessa, Lost at Sea, by Lisa Papademetriou
Reviewed by Amy, Grade 6
Rating: 5 out of 5
Lots of adventure.

The Odyssey, by Homer
Reviewed by Sammy, Grade 6
Rating: 5 out of 5
I loved this book because I thought it was a great adventure and 1 time I read it for 2 hours straight.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J. K. Rowling
Reviewed by Sarah, Grade 7
Rating: 5 out of 5
I loved how J. K. Rowling had so many great new things to add to the Harry Potter series.

Beck and the Great Berry Battle, by Laura Driscoll
Reviewed by Amy, Grade 6
Rating: 5 out of 5
In the end the Berry Battle was all a joke and everyone thought it was funny.

Lions of Little Rock, by Kristin Levine
Reviewed by Janelle, Grade 6
Rating: 5 out of 5
I loved the book because it was Historical Fiction. It was very detailed and was easy to follow. It was also very sad and made me think.

Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Reviewed by Lesley, Grade 7
Rating: 3 out of 5
It was a good book with an interesting topic, but some parts were not believable.

The Heist, by Janet Evanovich
Reviewed by Raven, Grade 12
Rating: 5 out of 5
Female FBI agent in love with CI, she tries to fight her feelings. Together they steal money from bad guy and then arrest him.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, by Michelle Hodkin
Reviewed by Savannah, Grade 9
Rating: 5 out of 5
Mara Dyer is a teenage girl. When she loses control people die. Noah Shaw is a teenage boy he has visions of people dying. When Mara moves to a new town, she meets Noah and falls in love.

The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls
Reviewed by Trinity, Grade 6
Rating: 5 out of 5
This book is wonderful because it introduces you to a whole new level of how life can be different. Jeannette really explains her life as a hard different kind of adventure.

Maximum Ride, by James Patterson
Reviewed by Kylie, Grade 6
Rating: 5 out of 5
It was an amazing book. Could never hate it!

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
Reviewed by Grace, Grade 9
Rating: 5 out of 5
SPOILER ALERT! I loved it so much I wouldn’t put it down because I want to know what happened. It was just a great love story between two people with cancer. I almost started to cry at the end because he died which really stank for her. He is a really amazing author.

Tucket’s Travels, by Gary Paulsen
Reviewed by Jackson, Grade 9
Rating: 5 out of 5
I read it a lot. It was good.

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Reviewed by Autumn, Grade 7
Rating: 5 out of 5
I loved how the Hunger Games was written. The book made me smile, cry and be very angry. It was the best book I have read!

Eclipse, by Stephenie Meyer
Reviewed by Katie, Grade 7
Rating: 5 out of 5
Couldn’t stop reading it.

Dork Diaries. Tales From a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker, by Rachel Renee Russell
Reviewed by Katie, Grade 6
Rating: 4 out of 5
It was a good book. Some parts were confusing but the author has good ideas for the books.

The 39 Clues Series, by Rick Riordan
Reviewed by Philip, Grade 6
Rating: 4 out of 5
I liked it because it has action & adventure. And it has some mystery, sort of.

The Worldwide Dessert Contest, by Dan Elish
Reviewed by Katie, Grade 6
Rating: 4 out of 5
It was one of my favorite books but it just at some parts it was hard to follow. But it had desserts in it and I love to make desserts.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J. K. Rowling
Reviewed by Zach, Grade 6
Rating: 4 out of 5
I thought it was good because Sirius became friends with Harry Potter. But in the end he died.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J. K. Rowling
Reviewed by Zach, Grade 6
Rating: 5 out of 5
I loved it because it was cool that Harry Potter kissed Ginny Weasly. Also it was sad because Dumbledore died.

Divergent, by Veronica Roth
Reviewed by Allison, Grade 11
Rating: 5 out of 5
Filled with action, adventure, love, hate, loss, gain, excitement.

Ark Angel, by Anthony Horowitz
Reviewed by Brandon, Grade 9
Rating: 5 out of 5
I loved how at the end of the book instead of Alex ending up in the right base, he ends up on the other side of the world.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, by Michelle Hodkin
Reviewed by Grace, Grade 9
Rating: 5 out of 5
This book amazing. It left me on the edge of my seat almost every chapter. It was creepy and scary. There was a huge twist at the end that I couldn’t wait for the next book.

Olive’s Ocean, by Kevin Henkes
Reviewed by Jack, Grade 6
Rating: 4 out of 5
I liked that it grabbed my attention.

TTYL, by Lauren Myracle
Reviewed by Nina, Grade 6
Rating: 5 out of 5
I loved it because it was like I was actually talking to someone and nobody was talking about that person.

Olive’s Ocean, by Kevin Henkes
Reviewed by Anna, Grade 6
Rating: 3 out of 5
I’m still in the middle of the book, but it’s really detailed. It’s a bit hard to understand few words, but it is great.

Surviving the Applewhites, by Stephanie S. Tolan
Reviewed by Karsten, Grade 8
Rating: 1 out of 5
There were too many characters and they weren’t always mentioned. It was confusing when they were because you couldn’t remember them well.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl
Reviewed by Madi, Grade 6
Rating: 4 out of 5
I liked this book because there is so much description in it and funny parts to it.
Middle School: Save Rafe, by James Patterson
Reviewed by Zach, Grade 6
Rating: 4 out of 5
I thought the book was pretty good because the book had a lot of really funny things in it.
The Dark and Hollow Places, by Carrie Ryan
Reviewed by Grace, Grade 9
Rating: 5 out of 5
This is the third book in the trilogy. It kept leaving me on the edge of my seat especially during the last few chapters. Lots of adventure and zombies. She is an amazing author.
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
Reviewed by Emma, Grade 7
Rating: 5 out of 5
I love The Fault In Our Stars because it’s a story about kids with cancer, yet it’s not about that. It’s about how just because they’re sick, they are still normal kids that fall in love.

The Hate List, by Jennifer Brown
Reviewed by Gabrielle, Grade 11
Rating: 4 out of 5
It was a great book. It showed the effects that a school shooting has on everyone, especially the girlfriend or boyfriend of the person. It makes you think about your actions and how maybe just being nice to someone can change so many things.

 

Chuck Close: Facebook, by Chuck Close
Reviewed by Riley, Grade 6
Rating: 5 out of 5
I love the book Facebook because it tells a story about a guy with disabilities who overcame a challenge.
The City of Ember, by Jeanne DuPrau
Reviewed by Katie, Grade 6
Rating: 4 out of 5
The book The City of Ember was a good book because 3 kids are trying to figure out why they have to have only lights and no grass or any wildlife. This book was a good book. I would read it again.
Lions of Little Rock, by Kristin Levine
Reviewed by Annie, Grade 8
Rating: 4 out of 5
I read The Lions of Little Rock. I thought it was a really interesting book with lots of detail and a well-written plot. I really enjoyed the characters and the roles they played in the novel. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was what some of the characters did and said. Overall, I thought the Lions of Little Rock was a great read!

Dork Diaries Series, by Rachel Renee Russell
Reviewed by Anna, Grade 6
Rating: 4 out of 5
It was a series called “Dork Diaries”. Many kids my age love it, so I tried it out. I liked it because it is funny and about school drama. I’m interested in that stuff, like books about kids’ lives.

Pretty Little Liars, Reviewed by Zoe, Grade 9
Rating: 5 out of 5
The plot was very interesting and easy to understand.
Rush, by Eve Silver
Reviewed by Gabrielle, Grade 11
Rating: 4 out of 5
It was an interesting twist on Sci-Fi. It had a little bit of a love triangle mixed in with fighting aliens. I couldn’t stop reading it.
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, by J. K. Rowling
Reviewed by Zach, Grade 6
Rating: 5 out of 5
I loved Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix because at the end you cannot stop reading the book because it is super interesting.
Push, by Eve Silver
Reviewed by Gabrielle, Grade 11
Rating: 4 out of 5
It is the sequel to the book Rush by Eve Silver. It really helped contribute to the story and add more depth to it. It was also a great set-up for the 3rd book coming out in 2015.
World War Z, by Max Brooks
Reviewed by Justin, Grade 10
Rating: 5 out of 5
The book had lots of action and was very intense. It was also very descriptive and a lot of times I was imagining what was happening.
Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer
Reviewed by Katie, Grade 7
Rating: 5 out of 5
I couldn’t stop reading it.
Olive’s Ocean, by Kevin Henkes
Reviewed by Julia, Grade 6
Rating: 5 out of 5
“Olive’s Ocean” was a wonderful book stacked with realistic emotional events. It’s a very pleasurable book that is great for a quick read but is worthwhile. It could apply to anyone’s life.
Paper Towns, by John Green
Reviewed by Savannah, Grade 9
Rating: 5 out of 5
Paper Towns is the story of a 17-year-old boy who falls in love with a girl. She thinks of their suburb as a paper town with appear people whom at any moment could be blown away. I moved to a suburb 2 years ago, and I agree with her assessment.
We’ll Always Have Summer, by Jenny Han
Reviewed by Meghan, Grade 10
Rating: 5 out of 5
I loved this series, especially this book the best! I loved it, because the details kept you on the edge of your seat and always wanting to turn the page… I wished it never ended.
The Enemy, by Charlie Higson
Reviewed by Kylie, Grade 6
Rating: 4 ¾ out of 5
I loved the book and can’t wait to read the rest of the series. The only bad part was Sam’s story. So boring.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Taylor
Reviewed by Sophie, Grade 7
Rating: 5 out of 5
I loved this book because in the book they’re fighting to be between blacks and whites. Cassie, Little Man, Christopher-John are black and they are fighting for better stuff because they get like ripped books and others’ stuff.
Paper Towns, by John Green
Reviewed by Zoe, Grade 10
Rating: 4 out of 5
I originally picked it up because John Green is one of my favorite authors, and it didn’t disappoint. I felt like some pieces of the plot were dragged out though.
No Safety in Numbers, by Dayna Lorentz
Reviewed by Kylie, Grade 6
Rating: 2 out of 5
I read No Safety in Numbers. I liked the action parts by the rest was soo slow moving I could barely get through the book.
The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
Reviewed by Kane, Grade 9
Rating: 5 out of 5
I liked the book because it was about things that were interesting to me, the Vietnam War. It told stories of the platoon members and the things they were thinking and the stories they told.
The False Prince, by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Reviewed by Addison, Grade 6
Rating: 5 out of 5
The book The False Prince was about the Royal family all being murdered and I liked how this book had a lot of suspense and danger.
The Museum of Intangible Things, by Wendy Wunder
Reviewed by Meghan, Grade 10
Rating: 4 out of 5
I liked the storyline of this book. It was a great story of friendship and love, but some parts were confusing because of a jump in the timeline at points….
The Mystery at Lilac Inn, by Carolyn Keen
Reviewed by Kiarra, Grade 9
Rating: 3 out of 5
I was not really interested with that book.
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
Reviewed by Sasha, Grade 6
Rating: 5 out of 5
I loved this book because it has a very true concept and seemed like it actually happened. I also liked how it was a harder read with descriptive words.

 

 
2015 Rebecca Caudill Award Nominees Print
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Illinois Young Readers' Book Award Titles

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegats

Saving Zasha by Randi Barrow

Almost Home by Joan Bauer

Chuck Close: Face Book by Chuck Close

A Diamond in the Desert by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

Unstoppable by Tim Green

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald

Never Say Die by Will Hobbs

One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby

Ungifted by Gordon Korman

Legend by Marie Lu

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

Dogs on Duty: Soldiers' Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

Slob by Ellen Potter

The Five Lives of our Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin

Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Bomb by Steve Sheinkin

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

 

 

 
2015 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominees Print
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Illinois High School Readers' Choice Award Titles

5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

DJ Rising by Love Maia

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden

Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Swim the Fly by Don Calame

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Winger by Andrew Smith

 



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