The Book Critic

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Dead Girls Don't Write Letters

Choice Book: Dead Girls Don't Write Letters by Gail Giles

Reading Level: Grade 6 and above

Dead Girls Don't Write Letters

About Gail Giles

Book Review

Where to find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Dinosaur Odyssey

Required Book: Dinosaur Odyssey

Dinosaur Odyssey

About Scott D. Sampson

Where to find it

Divergent

Optional Book: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Reading Level: Ages 14 and Up

Divergent

About Veronica Roth

Where to find it

Do I Have a Right?

Prerequisite (optional): Do I Have a Right? by iCivics

About iCivics

Where to find it

Don't Look Behind You

Choice Book: Don't Look Behind You by Lois Duncan

Reading Level: Grade 7 and above

Don't Look Behind You

About Lois Duncan

Book Review

Where to find it: Amazon

Dove

Required Book: Dove by Robin L. Graham

Reading Level: Ages 12 and Up

Dove

About Robin L. Graham

Where to find it

Dr. Jenner and the Speckled Monster: The Search for the Smallpox Vaccine

Required Book: Dr. Jenner and the Speckled Monster: The Search for the Smallpox Vaccine by Albert Marrin

Reading Level: Grade 5 and up

Dr. Jenner

About Albert Marrin

Book Review

Where to find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Dragon Keeper review

In the far western mountains of the Han dynasty of China, a  nameless slave girl takes care of the last imperial dragons  instead of the fake dragon keeper, Master Lan. One dies and cruel  Lan makes it into pickle and feeds it to the emperor, who later  dies. The slave girl then embarks on a journey with the dragon,  Long Danzi, and the dragon stone. She finds out her name is Ping  and that a) Danzi  can change shape, b) arsenic is healing to dragons,   c) her name means  "Duckweed", and d) they are going to "Ocean".  Farther on their voyage, they come across a village with a  drought and the townspeople try to sacrifice her to the "dragon  in the lake." Danzi saves her and they keep going, traveling for  weeks. They run across the new Emperor, who tries to keep them at  his palace. they do eventually reach Ocean, which is very  different from what Ping imagined it to be. Along with surprises,  narrow escapes, and suspense throughout the book, if you like any  of these qualities or dragons and traveling, you will like this  author and book. I rate this 5 out of 5 stars and will recommend  this to anyone who asks. It is a historical fiction/fantasy mix  and I love it.

Dragon Keeper  Five stars

Dragon's Gate

Choose One:  Dragon's Gate by Laurence Yep

Reading Level: Grades 6-10

Dragon's Gate

About Laurence Yep

Where to find it

Dreams from My Father

Choice Non-fiction Book: Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama

Dreams from My Father

About Barack Obama

Where to find it