Nazis, booty and a blue ox

“For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy”

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

This is a true story about a brave girl’s experience in France during World War II.

One day, 13-year-old Suzanne goes to the beach and suddenly Nazi planes drop bombs. She escapes harm, but the attack is a terrible shock. Suzanne is determined not to give in to fear. She loves singing, and it is the only thing that keeps her going, especially after the Nazis take her family’s home.


Later, the family doctor asks her to work as a spy for the “Resistance” -- brave French people who fight against the Nazis.

As spy #22, Suzanne risks her life in order to help her country win the war. But the Nazis become suspicious of her and take her in for questioning. She refuses to tell them anything.

Does she escape? Does her country win the war? Read the book and find out.

Reviewed by Karen, 10

Monterey Hills Elementary

South Pasadena


“The Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye”


Geronimo Stilton

Thea tells Geronimo that there is treasure at the Emerald Eye. When Geronimo goes home, he can’t sleep, not even one wink. The next day, Trap and Benjamin come along to find the treasure.

They go to the ship called The Lucky Lady. They set sail, but after a few hours of sailing, the boat capsizes because of a tsunami. They lose almost everything. What will happen next? This story is good for people who like adventure. Reviewed by Evelyna, 4th grade

Miller Elementary




“American Tall Tales”

Adrien Stoutenberg


There are many tall tales in this book. One of my favorites is the one about Paul Bunyan. He was a tall man who was also very kind. He cuts wood. He walks in the mountain and finds a blue ox. He names him Babe. Find out what is going to happen next! Read about it!

Reviewed by Annika, 9

Horace Mann Elementary