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Hello! Thank you for reading this! Before I say anything else, yes, I know this is meant for reviews on the book, but I struggle to find things to read, so I'm giving a few suggestions for anyone that struggles like me! I would recommend any of these books to a 5th-7th grader. Also, please note that your about to read advice from a 6th grader. If you are buying for your child, grandchild, niece/nephew, or anyone else younger than you, keep in mind that your interests may differ from theirs. You might have just thought to yourself, "I know what they like," but you might not. Consider asking whoever your buying for if they like the book your thinking about buying for them, and make sure to tell them that it's okay if they say no! You just want to make sure they like the book your thinking about getting. It's better for them to like what they're getting than be surprised. You can never be too safe.
1. The Penderwicks: The Penderwicks is about the adventures of your average family. It may not seem exciting, but it's the best book I've ever read by far! It's been 3 months since I read the series, but I still read fanfic about it on Wattpad! Sammie K is a great writer of Penderwick Fanfic, so go check it out!
2. Spy School: Spy School is about your average kid named Ben Ripley. A CIA agent comes to his house and he gets recruited to Spy School. Throughout the books, you get to hear about all of his missions, friends, and even a bit about his love life! (Just saying. Berica for life)
3. City Spies: City Spies is relatively new as of the time I'm writing this. It is by the same author as this phenomenal book. I don't want to say anything about it though, since I'll probably end up spoiling it. Anyways, go check it out! ^w^
4. The Vanderbeekers: The Vanderbeekers is similar to The Penderwicks. Like the previous book, I'm afraid I'll spoil the plot, so go check it out yourself and read the reviews! ^w^"
5. Series of unfortunate events: I read this series when I was in Fourth grade, but it's still dear to my heart. I read the 8th book first, not realizing it was a series, but I still loved the books nevertheless.
I'm so sorry this was so long! I originally meant for it to be a quick review, but then things got out of hand, as you can see. Also, tysm for reading all of this, and I hope it was helpful to you!
Before you go, I just want to say I have Wattpad if you want to read more from me! @iiCloudyVxbez
Again, tysm for reading my rant! Have an amazing rest of your day, or if your reading this in the middle of the night like I was when I wrote this, sleep well when/if you go to bed!
My whole family loved this book! I read it aloud to my two children, aged 11 and 8. My husband usually doesn't mind if I read aloud to our kids without him, but after a few chapters we were all hooked, and he insisted I wait for him each night before I started reading.
Florian is a good detective, and his friend Margaret is a great character. Together with their TOAST technique it makes for an awesome Sherlock Holmes-esque mystery. We cannot wait for the next book!
Marvelous YA series beginning with this book. The seventh grade hero has the observational and deductive skills of a Sherlock Holmes and a side kick who is taller, female, mixed race, and athletic with possibly better people skills. It’s funny, allows readers to test their own reasoning powers (it’s all there - observe), and at least as good as a Christie.
My 14-year old daughter read this book and raved about it so much I ended up reading it (and I loved it too). Just bought the second book for her for Christmas and bought my stepsons book 1 and 2 so they can read them too. While the T.O.A.S.T. skill the protagonist has is an extreme version, the underlying skill is the power of presence and observation. My daughter and I had a really good conversation about the value of NOTICING what's going on around you ... both for safety and for noticing the little important details of life.
Used this as a read aloud for my Gifted/Talented 4th and 5th graders during our CSI Unit. We all LOVED this book. It’s funny, engaging, full of action, and focuses on the value of friendship and perseverance. My students couldn’t wait to get their hands on the other two books in the series.
"Framed! (A T.O.A.S.T. Mystery) by James Ponti is a tightly woven story about art museum heists, the FBI and a very observant middle schooler. Florian Bates is a very well defined and likable character. His observation skills earn him a place on the FBI investigation of the theft of several masterpieces. Florian's best friend, Margaret, joins him on this adventure as he teaches her the significance of TOAST, Theory of all Small Things. I loved the warm relationships of the characters and look forward to the continuation of this series. This book has challenged me to work on my observation skills. James Ponti is a very astute writer who knows how to connect to the reader.
My 8 year old and I both loved this book. It’s her first mystery novel and I think she is hooked! The characters are very well developed and there’s a lot of humor. It’s fun to see the kids outsmart the adults. Great read!
Ordered this for my great nephew for Christmas. I had read this book previously from my daughter's classroom library (She teaches fifth grade.) It is a well-written book, that holds your attention, and is a good read. The "sequel" to this is also great!