3 book Reviews by Kirsti Call and her 3 Kids

Reading is like eating.  No one in my house can survive without a book tucked neatly beneath their arm.  I find kids reading at all hours of the night and although it makes for a grumpy child the next day, I'm secretly pleased.  What feeds the soul better than a good book? So today, I'm sharing book reviews written by my 3 oldest children.

9 year old Sydney just finished reading Out of my Mind, by Sharon Draper.  She wrote the following review:
Out of My Mind, by Sharon Draper is my favorite book.  The book is about a brilliant eleven year old girl whose name is Melody. Because she has Cerebral Palsy, Melody can't walk or talk.  Most grownups treat her like a baby and think she is dumb even though she has the most brains in her school.

I like this book because it is very engaging and I like books that are in first person. I connect to Melody because I like listening to books on tape like she does. I wanted to say I connect with Melody because I'm brilliant, but my mom said not to. Ha ha!

Read this book!
11 year Naomi wrote a review of one of our family favorites, Because of Mr. Terupt, by Rob Buyea.
Because of Mr Terupt, by Rob Buyea is an amazing book. It takes places at the beginning of fifth grade in Snow Hill School. The book switches between the points of view Jessica, Alexia, Peter, Luke, Danielle, Anna, and Jeffrey. Jessica is a smart new girl who is having a hard time fitting in. Alexia is a bully who can't decide between being mean or nice. Peter is the class clown and troublemaker. Luke is an academic sort of person. Danielle  is teased and doesn't stand up for herself. Anna is an outcast because of her family situation, and Jeffrey despises school.

They get a brand new teacher named Mr. Terupt who makes school fun. He helps the students get along and become friends. After a horrible tragedy happens, the students learn that even when Mr. Terupt is unconscious, he still brings them together.

I heard Rob Buyea  speak about his book at a library. A lot of the things that happen in the book happened in Rob Buyea's classroom, when he taught fourth or fifth grade. I was surprised at how energetic and dramatic Rob Buyea was while he was speaking. It was really interesting to learn how Because of Mr. Terupt was written.

Another thing I really liked about this book was the dollar word project that the students in Mr. Terupt's class. A is one cent, B is two cents, C is three cents, and so on. The students had to write words whose letters added up to 100 cents, or $1.00. Mr. Terupt was only called Mr. Terupt because Terupt is a dollar word.   Examples of dollar words are...
  • flurry
  • grumpy
  • savory
  • awfully
  • Wednesday
I thought this was a great read. It was moving and showed how people's attitudes towards life can change for the better. I highly suggest it.

We just finished reading Johnny Tremain, by Esther Forbes aloud.  Here is 13 year old James's review:

Johnny Tremain is an amazing book based in 1770`s, just before and during the revolutionary war. It tells the story of a young silversmith apprentice, and his adventures in Boston.

I liked this book because it makes history interesting by telling a story about working through hard times, and letting go of your pride. I connected with Johnny because he is my age and he goes through many of the struggles that a modern day teen would have to go through. It was very engaging and had plenty of action. It was also interesting to me because I live very close to Boston and I've seen may of the places that are mentioned in this book.

I would recommend this book to anyone that likes books. In conclusion, this book teaches many lessons and is fun to read.

If you haven't already read Out of My Mind, Because of Mr. Terupt or Johnny Tremain, go to the library right now!  You might even feel so full of wonderful words that you forget to eat!


  1. I have Out of My Mind in my TBR pile. My sister, who works at a school library, recommended. I continue to revise a memoir similar to The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Dominique Bauby… so my sister said I must read this one. I guess I should dive into the book and forget to eat! Thanks.

  2. Stacy, You're going to love Out of My Mind. It's one of my all time favorites!

  3. Your children did a great job writing these reviews! We (my kids and I) finished "Because of Mr. Terupt" three weeks ago. It was our group-reading book. It's a fun book, but because we are very familiar with snow, my children were a bit surprised that a snowball caused such a horrible accident. We played a dollar words game after. It was engaging. Making a dollar word was not as easy as I thought.

    I will suggest the other titles when we are finished the book we're currently reading. Thanks for posting!

    1. Thanks Angel. We played the dollar word game too, Angel and it is MUCH tougher to get a dollar word that I thought also! Are you here is the east where it just won't stop snowing also?

    2. No, I'm in WI. You guys are getting pounded this year. We haven't had nearly as much snow, just below freezing temperatures (almost every day). The chill will probably stick around throughout spring. I am so ready for summer!