'GABE AND IZZY'
By Gabrielle Ford
This true story, "Gabe & Izzy: Standing Up for America's Bullied" (Penguin Books), is motivational and inspiring to all.
Gabe Ford is a young, normal teenage girl whose passion is dancing until she is diagnosed with a rare disease that not only makes her quit dance, but makes life harder. Before she meets her dog, Izzy, Gabe feels alone and insecure about herself.
Izzy changes Gabe's perspective on life and shows her to always stay optimistic. This autobiography showed me that it is OK to be different and stand out. All through Gabe's life, she was picked on because she was different. I loved that no matter what, Gabe held her head high, and that message is very meaningful.
Rating: 4 smiles
-- JAMIE CHERKIS
'MEET THE PARENTS'
By Peter Bently
"Meet the Parents" (Simon & Schuster) explains how important parents are and what they do for you. It demonstrates that parents can be helpful to kids. This intriguing children's book shows a great understanding about why you should respect your parents.
I feel this book is a very good influence on kids because many kids don't give enough credit to their parents. As an eighth-grader, I found this book quite interesting. I believe it is a great topic for kids and that kids should read this book.
Rating: 4 smiles
-- ANDREA GREGORIO
'SAMMY FERAL'S DIARIES OF WEIRD: ZOO'
By Eleanor Hawken
Sammy Feral's dog gets infected with a disease so that whenever he bites someone, that person turns into a werewolf. Sammy must figure out a way to change his family back to human with help from his friends Donny and Red.
Donny and Red study very rare animals. Before the next full moon, Sammy has to find a way to cure his family. Sammy spends sleepless nights reading to find a cure.
"Sammy Feral's Diaries of Weird: Zoo" (Quercus) was great because it was very suspenseful. It teaches kids that even when times are hard, you shouldn't give up.
Rating: 4.5 smiles
-- SABRINA LIEBERMAN