Reading Recommendations

Everything you need to know about good books for tweens

You’ll find recommendations for the newest books, as well as the classics–

all from the perspective of a 5th grader who loves reading

My Story

My name is Eli Hocking and I love reading books. I love classics, new books, popular books, and books that some people have never heard of. The point of creating this blog was to give children new books to enjoy. A good book is meant to be shared and a good blog is meant to be read. So every week, I will post a book review and hopefully you guys will find these books interesting or at least give them a chance. Don’t judge a book by its cover.

Eli Hocking
  • Book Review: Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham

    April 11, 2020 by

    Shannon has never been worried about making friends. Her mom has always been there for her and her best friend. When Shannon starts kindergarten, she knows she has to make some friends to get through the school year. She meets Adrienne, a girl who quickly becomes her best friend and everything is good. Who would’ve… Read more

  • Books for The Long Stay (#StayHome)

    April 6, 2020 by

    I know we are all stuck at home. I’m trying to make the best of it by sharing more book recommendations for you. Hope you’re making the best of your stay at home. Jacky Ha-Ha by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein: If you need some humor (mixed with drama), you can find it here. This… Read more

  • Book Review: The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

    April 6, 2020 by

    Molly and Kip are two orphans looking to find a job anywhere. Finding a job as servants, they set off to the house even though people say an ancient curse lays there. They meet Penelope (Penny), a young girl who has a huge imagination, Alistair, a plump bully that loves sweets, Constance, the stern mother… Read more

  • Book Review: The King of Mulberry Street by Donna Napoli

    April 5, 2020 by

    Beniamino is a young kid living in Napoli. Everyday he sees poor people,dead people,stealthy people, mean people, and most of all rich people. But that’s not what his family’s like. They’re struggling to survive. So how do you get redemption? Travel to America. At the crack of dawn Beniamino is woken up to be dressed… Read more

  • Book Review: Ungifted by Gordon Korman

    February 22, 2020 by

    Donavan Curtis has just been accepted to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction. That’s great, except that he is not smart. Frankly, he gets terrible grades. He’s a pretty darn good prankster though. How does a huge mistake he made lead to a special school? Everyone at the academy thinks he could have potential at something… Read more

  • Book Review: The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands

    February 9, 2020 by

    Christopher Rowe is an apothecary’s apprentice in the year 1665 where plague outbreaks are vital to an apothecary’s success. He has a best friend, Tom, who has stuck with him ever since they met. When his birthday comes and he solves a clue, he finds a shilling, ten whole pennies! He goes with Tom to… Read more

  • Book Review: The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

    February 3, 2020 by

    Elizabeth has a important project that requires help from the New York Circulating Material Repository. The repository has collections of obscure stuff, stuff from history, common items, and so much more. She meets a friendly staff member her age, who tells her all about the repository. Elizabeth wants to get a job there sorting materials.… Read more

  • Book Review: The Collector by K.R. Alexander

    January 26, 2020 by

    Josie didn’t want to stay at her grandmother’s house during summer vacation. She didn’t want to know she wasn’t going back to her house. She thought that after she made a friend, her life would get better. When she goes to her friend’s house, she hears a weird voice calling her to come. She runs… Read more

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