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FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2007


Star Wars book great for children, adults

Editor's note: These book reviews were written by fifth-grade magnet program students at Leon Sheffield Elementary School.

STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. By Ryder Windham. Scholastic Inc., 235 pages, $5.99, paperback.

By Priestley Thomas
Special to The Daily

You've got to read this extraordinary book! It is filled with action, adventure, and a little bit of romance. "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" is a book for all ages.

The main character is a courageous boy, Luke Skywalker. He is only 18 years old and he can use the force. The force is a mental power that Jedi use to fight the dark side and defend the galaxy. There are plenty more characters that will satisfy you in this book. R2-D2 and C3-P0, two droids, add entertainment because they fight and bicker a lot. Han Solo, a smuggler, and Chewie become trusted companions of Luke. There is also a princess, Leia, and a feared character, Darth Vader, who is from the dark side.

Luke finds out that Darth Vader, his enemy, is his father.

He doesn't know what to do with that information. The suspense hangs with the battle for control of the galaxy and the plot builds up to Luke facing his father.

This book is great for children and adults, too! The best part is that once you finish reading, you can watch the movie. To be honest, I didn't think I would like this book. It turns out I was wrong! You've got to read it!

Beacon Street Girls explore friendship

Editor's note: These book reviews were written by fifth-grade magnet program students at Leon Sheffield Elementary School.

WORST ENEMIES/BEST FRIENDS (Beacon Street Girls Series). By Annie Bryant. Beacon Street Girls, 212 pages, $7.99, paperback.

By Jada Johnson
Special to The Daily

Annie Bryant, the author of the Beacon Street Girls series, wins with this realistic fiction. The book is exciting. I was sometimes able to predict what would happen, because she gives you clues about what's going to happen next. She even hints as to what will be in the next book.

This book is not your average "best friend story." It is more than being best friends. It is what four girls have to go through to become best friends. The characters travel many roads to become friends. They hit many rocks on the pathway to friendship.

Charlotte, one of the main characters, feels all alone. She is new to town and about to start school. She has no mom, no friends, and she is hardly ever home. Charlotte moves around a lot, because her dad is a travel writer. She used to live in Paris and that is where her only best friend lives.

Avery, Maeve and Katani (the other three main characters) are already attending the school, but they hardly know each other. They are all completely different. Avery is adopted. Maeve is dyslexic. Katani has an autistic sister. How do these girls end up the best of friends? The teacher requests a sleepover, and a turning point occurs.

"Worst Enemies/Best Friends" is a fast, fun read. It shares a story of lasting friendships that involve giving mutual respect. Girls and their parents will love this entire series.

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