My ten year old niece Anastasia shares her most recent book recommendations.


Cully is an ordinary boy. He lives on a apple tree farm, goes to the soda shop in the summer, and hangs out with his friends. He is normal except for one thing: Cully has no father. Then, things get even worse. The rest of the family (his three aunties) run out of money! Cully finds a summer job at a pawn shop, but strange things begin to happen there too. Cully’s boss has a hobby of collecting shadows. Soon, Cully has a sneaking suspicion. Did the owner of the pawn shop collect his father’s shadow too? Cully and his new friend, Isabelle, set out to find if shadow collecting is right or wrong, save his farm, and bring back his father.

What I liked about this book is the climax. The tension gets really high when Cully discovers something new!

What I disliked about this book was the length of the chapters. they could be a little bit longer.

This book is for 9 to 12 year olds.

All in all, I am going to give this book 3 stars!


Claire is a fifteen year old girl who is caught with a friend who has alcohol in a dance party. She is kicked out of her old school and sent to one for people with special powers. There, she makes new friends and starts fresh. But people have gone missing from the school, and as her parents go looking for them, they go missing as well. With the help of friends, she sets out to save her parents and develop HER special power.

What I liked about this book was the magical powers. I LOVE ANYTHING about magic!

What I disliked about this book was the beginning. At first I didn’t know what was going on.

I will give this book 4 stars!

This is a book about a marvellous lady, Temple Grandin, who has autism. But still, despite her differences, she went on to become a successful woman who works on building, making, discovering, and bringing back machines that will make cattle’s lives easier. This also talks about Temple’s life, past to present. This is an awesome book, and I hope to read it again and again.

What I liked about this book is that Temple has a foreword at the beginning, so I can hear her opinion as well.

There was nothing to dislike about this book. I’ll give it 5 stars!

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