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    Million-Dollar Throw

    by Mike Lupica
    244 pages
    Reviewed by Tommy Jennings
    Grade 4

    “And the deal, as I recall, went something like this: This isn’t a job for you. It’s an adventure,” she said.

    “I am almost sure you stole that from somebody.”


    Nate Brodie and Abby McCall have been life-long best friends. Nate, a kid with a golden arm, is a great quarterback and the biggest Tom Brady fan you’ll ever meet. Abby is just good at everything.

    Shortly after his 13th birthday, Nate, his mom, and his best friend Abby McCall make a trip to SportStuff, where Nate is finally able to buy the limited edition autographed Brady football for which he’s been saving $500.00 Abby looks at a poster and finds there is a contest to throw a ball into a twenty-inch target from the 30 yard line.
    It’s a one-in-a-million chance, but Nate wins the contest and a shot at the big money.…


    by Patrick Carman
    261 pages
    Reviewed by McKayla G.

    “This is the weirdest hotel ever,” said Remi.
    “That’s what you said about the last one.”
    “Yeah, but this time I really mean it.”
    They arrived at the opening of a narrow tunnel, which would require getting down on their knees. A creepy, slurping sound came from inside.
    “No way,” said Remi. Not gonna happen. Whatever’s in there is going to eat my face off.”
    “For crying out loud, Remi,” said Leo, sitting down in front of the opening and patting the ground. “Come on, sit down. Let’s just take a break and get back in the game.”
    Remi sat on the far side of Leo, away from the opening, and a spider the size of a tennis ball drifted down in front of his face. Remi was having some trouble breathing until Leo batted it away with his hand, and it went scurrying into the dark.…

    The Wishing Spell

    by Chris Colfer
    438 pages
    Reviewed by Sarah M.
    Grade 4

    “It had been more than five minutes since Alex had gotten home when The Land of Stories started acting up again. She ran up the stairs to her bedroom and promptly shut the door behind her. Alex took The Land of the Stories out of her school bag and placed it on her bedroom floor. She opened the cover and the room lit up from its golden glow. She smiled to herself. She had always hoped something magical would happen to her, and now something finally was. She pulled out a pencil from her school bag and placed it on top of the book and watched it disappear. Alex looked around the room for other disposable items she could drop in the book. She was out of pencils, and the books left on her bookshelf were the ones she wanted to keep.…