The Book Critic

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October Sky

Required Book: October Sky by Homer Hickam

Reading Level: Grade 9 and up

October Sky

About Homer Hickam

Book Review

Where to get it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Of Beetles and Angels

Choose One of the Following: Of Beetles and Angels by Mawi Asgedom

Reading Level: Grade 9 and up

Of Beetles and Angels

About Mawi Asgedom

Book Review

Where to find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Okay for Now

Choice Book: Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt 

Reading Level: Ages 10 and Up

Okay for Now

About Gary D. Schmidt

Where to find it

Only the Names Remain

Required Book: Only the Names Remain by Alex W. Bealer

Reading Level: Grade 3 and Up

Only the Names Remain

About Alex W. Bealer

Where to find it

Out of Bounds

Choose Two of the Following: Out of Bounds by Beverley Naidoo

Reading Level: Grade 5 and Up

Out of Bounds

About Beverley Naidoo

Where to find it

Out of my Mind

Out of My Mind                                        

Written by Sharon Draper

  How would you feel to be one of the smartest people in your grade but have no way to tell anyone? To be able to memorize everything you hear but not be able to proclaim the facts? That’s exactly how Melody feels. She has cerebral palsy, a condition that affects your body but not your mind. This story follows her as she tries to gain respect despite her difference.


This is a great book about overcoming tough conditions. Anyone who likes to read should definitely read this realistic fiction book. I recommend it for so many reasons, one of them being that it is a flat-out inspirational story. Sharon Draper does a perfect job of letting you feel like Melody does in this book. Five stars out of five for this book!


Outbreak: Disease Detectives at Work

Choice Book: Outbreak: Disease Detectives at Work by Mark P. Friedlander Jr.

Reading Level: Grades 6 to 8

Outbreak

About Mark P. Friedlander Jr.

Book Review

Where to find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Outbreaks: Science Seeks Safeguards for Global Health

Choice Book: Outbreak: Science Seeks Safeguards for Global Health by Charles Piddock

Reading Level: Grade 5 and up

Outbreak

Book Review

Where to find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble