She needs to know cursive

“Muggie Maggie”

Beverly Cleary

Maggie does not want to learn cursive writing. But then she starts to change her mind when she becomes the help monitor. And then there is a letter written about her -- in cursive writing! Read the story to find out more.

Reviewed by Elen, 10

Horace Mann Elementary



“The Call of the Wild”

Jack London

Stolen from his home and family, a dog named Buck must learn to be a courageous leader and strong sled dog. He must learn to fight back and be brave.

With his intelligence, courage and helpfulness, he becomes a fierce leader. When wolves attack and people get harsh, Buck must defend. The wolves go on a feeding rampage. Will the wolves attack Buck? Will people kill him? Will Buck survive?

Reviewed by Dale, 9

Ivanhoe Elementary

Los Angeles


“The Fran With Four Brains”

Jim Benton

Fran is a mad scientist who is a girl. She wants to play with her dog, but there are three things keeping her away from it: cooking class, bagpipes and school. She gets only about one hour to be in her lab and play with her dog. Does she find a way to juggle her time?

This book is one of the best books I have ever read. I want to read all the books in the series.


Reviewed by Lincoln, 10

Third Street Elementary

Los Angeles


“No Talking”

Andrew Clements

Dave challenges the girls in his school. No talking for one day! It’s boys against girls. Whatever side talks less wins. The principal tries to stop the challenge, but the kids won’t listen. Who wins? Finally, the contest is over and the winner is . . . I recommend this book to boys and girls of all ages.

Reviewed by Matthew, 4th grade

Condit Elementary



“Chato’s Kitchen”

Gary Soto

Everyone called Chato a “low-riding” cat. One evening, Chato saw five mice. He wanted to eat them, so he invited them for dinner. The mice wanted to bring a friend over. But what type of friend? Read the book to find out.

Reviewed by Gillian, 2nd grade

Helmers Elementary