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CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEWS

Life's a little complicated when you're trying to win $1 million

Editor's note: These book reviews were written by fifth-grade magnet program students at Leon Sheffield Elementary School.
THE MILLION DOLLAR SHOT. By Dan Gutman. Hyperion Books for Children, 128 pages, $5.99, paperback.

By Jordan Weaver
Special to THE DAILY

"The Million Dollar Shot" is an extraordinary book that keeps you reading! It's a basketball story of a kid who tries to make $1 million. You can't wait to read the ending of this book. The characters are full of enthusiasm in this story.

Eddie Ball is one of those characters. He finally gets an opportunity to leave his trailer park life behind. He's so excited and confident of winning, he never practices. Will that mess him up? Eddie's coach is his friend Annie's dad. Coach did not feel he had complete commitment from Eddie and he would only help if Eddie did exactly what he said. Annie's dad does not have the patience to deal with an arguing fifth-grader!

"The Million Dollar Shot" is a fantastic book. If you love to hear about basketball things, this book is probably the perfect one for you. The whole book is based on a story about basketball.


'The Hideout' is a fast-paced, suspenseful, adventure story

THE HIDEOUT. By Peg Kehret. Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing, 160 pages, $4.99, paperback.

By Erika Parker
Special to THE DAILY

The book I read is "The Hideout" by Peg Kehret. The reason I chose this book is because my older brother read it and really liked it. This is an adventure book, with many twists and turns.

The main characters are Jeremy, Uncle Ed, Bonnie and the poachers. Jeremy is the character who hides in a cabin the woods. Bonnie is Jeremy's best friend and only lives two miles away. "The Hideout" is about Jeremy, whose parents got shot. Then, Jeremy was involved in a train wreck and ran away from his fears. He found an abandoned log cabin filled with food and this became his home.

One day when Jeremy was at the store, he met Bonnie. They immediately became friends and told each other everything. Their friendship is important in this book. Jeremy and Bonnie began to hear gunshots. They tried to escape, but the poacher caught them. The poacher did not want the children to have him arrested for his illegal activities.

"The Hideout" is a mystery and adventure. I recommend it to anyone who likes to read these genres!

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