Thursday, October 5, 2017

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American Chillers #20 Mutant Mammoths of Montana

Reese and his sister Beth were out camping with their parents in Montana. They were at Montana's Glacier National Park when they go out hiking and find strange footprints, which brings suspicion and they soon find out the footprints are far bigger and more normal than any creature they have ever seen. They both follow the footprints into the mountains and encounter a big hideous beast and they then are on the run to get out and save themselves.
These stories are always good to read if you are looking for a quick and easy imaginative story that allows you to picture the story in your head as you are reading it. American Chillers was a childhood favorite for me when I was in middle school so therefor middle school would be the age group that is appropriate for most readers.
TS

American Chillers #3: Florida Fog Phantoms


Florida Fog Phantoms is a thriller book about a boy, his sister and their neighbor as they deal with fog phantoms after a hurricane. They deal with what could be considered a life or death situation. If they don't escape the fog in time, they will become fog phantoms as well.

This book was slightly confusing for me but I think younger students would be able to understand what is going on because they have a more active imagination than I do. It was really interesting how the author decided how the book ended. I was convinced that the kids weren't gonna make it out.

The cover art was really cool and gave me a visual of what the phantoms look like.

I would recommend this for grades 5-12

MH

George By: Alex Gino

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George is a little boy who is in the fourth grade and who feels to have women like tendencies. She has never told anyone. As she was in class doing the play "Charlotte's Web", George didn't think that she would be a good Charlotte even though she really wanted to play that part. When she went to tryout for the part the teacher didn't let her finish and she then didn't get the role. Kelly, her best friend received the part and let George play the part in the second play. George did an exceptional job. George and Kelly took off to the zoo with Kelly's uncle, it was outstanding due to the fact that George could dress like a girl and even be called Melissa.
This is outstanding because transgender is a topic that is sensitive to people because it is known as not the "norm" or comes across as something different. This story gives students the opportunity to come out about who they truly are and being able to be happy with themselves and not worry what others will think and do.
This is a great story to read to a middle school classroom due to how things in the real world are challenging for transgendered community.
TS.


American Chillers #2: Ogres of Ohio by Jonathan Rand

Danielle and her younger brother Derek have just moved to Sandusky Ohio to a creaky old house on a stormy day. What Danielle finds behind a boarded up door was so unbelievable it made my heart stop! Ogres flying in the air, dwarfs fighting against the ogres, and magical orbs that look like buckeyes!

The artwork on the title page of this book helps children to understand what the book will be about. It fits the book itself well with bright colors and a cartoonish feel. The pacing of Ogres of Ohio felt a bit rushed at times, as though Rand was really trying to fit a lot of information into a few pages. The book itself felt meaningless. When I finished reading George by Alex Gino, I felt exposed, as though I had come to a new understanding of something I knew very little about. However, I could barely get through this American Chillers chapter book, every page rambled on as meaningless as the last.

The American Chillers books was a series I did not think I would enjoy -- and I did not enjoy Ogres of Ohio. Every sentence felt like a clickbait title on a social media website and there was no substance to the book. However, I can see where it would fit in an elementary schools' library. The books appeal to a young male audience and they help promote creativity and imagination in children, something that is becoming increasingly important. However, there are plenty of books that provide the same imagination with more creativity, substance, and a whole lot more value.
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American Chillers #4: New York Ninjas by Johnathan Rand


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American Chillers #4: New York Ninjas is neat! The book written by Johnathan Rand kept me on the edge of my seat. The narrator, Mike, is a normal kids from Albany, New York. His brother Brad and their new neighbor friend Sarah are going out on Halloween night as three very scary, yet fun, trick-or-treaters. A vampire, a ghost, and a witch make their way around the city, normal as can be. Then they find a mask. But it is not just any mask. It is what Mike describes as a Japanese Kabuki mask! Brad did the one thing people should never do when they find a mask… he put it on! One thing led to another and pretty soon the three kids were interacting with ninjas, some white and headless even. The ninjas do not stay for a while when they visit, so the kids try to find evidence of something, anything! They find a book called “The Legend of the Mask of the Masters, and they try to figure it out. Mike, Brad, and Sarah just want to know why they are being tracked by ninjas. New York has never had ninjas before, or so it seemed! Do the ninjas want to kidnap the kids or do the ninjas want to train the kids to be ninjas? You’ll have to read the book to see what happens…

The genre of New York Ninjas is fictional and horror. It has many ellipses, “...,” throughout the book, which tells that the book has a lot of suspense! Words that suggest a scary theme, such as “bugged,” “dark,” and “fangs” appear in the text. I think the book is also very fatual because there are a lot of fun facts about New York. There is even a list of facts about Albany, New York in the back of the book!

The book is labeled with a fourth grade reading level. I would agree that fourth graders would enjoy and be able to read this book. If an elementary or even middle school student is looking for something scary, this is the book for them!

Overall, New York Ninjas is exciting and thrilling. Pick up this book to go on a jump-filled, ninja-hopping, and super-chilling adventure with Brad, Mike, and Sarah on Halloween night. American Chillers books are sure to send chills down the spines of intrigued readers!

JS

American Chillers: Minnesota Mall Mannequins by Johnathan Rand

American Chillers: Minnesota Mall Mannequins is about three friends go on a class trip to Mall of America. They were expecting to have a great time since it is a mall but they figured out something was wrong in the mall. They go looking for the problem when they figure out that the mannequins are alive.
They fight the mannequins to get to the only way out and stop their plans. They deal with traps and difficulties. Later they find out that the mannequins are actually aliens. When they escape they knew they would never forget their dangerous adventure.
The book was as good as I thought it was when I was younger. They had too many cliffhangers at end of each chapter and kind of cheesy on the story altogether. There is no illustration in the book but the cover matches the story pretty well.
This book is mostly for a middle schooler. It's a book to read if you want a silly thriller. It would be a book to read if you have absolutely nothing to do.
KM

American Chillers: Nebraska Nightcrawlers

Banned book week is a very interesting and eye opening event. I don't think people realize how many books are banned or flagged for various reasons. The book I read in honor of banned book week and criticized books was American Chillers: Nebraska Nightcrawlers by Johnathan Rand. Rand is the author of the American Chillers and Michigan Chillers books.This book follows two neighbors, Jim and Brittany. Jim catches nightcrawlers and sells them to fisherman. It is all fun and games until one day when they discover that huge nightcrawlers have come into their town. Jim and Brittany are now possible victims to the nightcrawlers. Jim and Brittany try to take down the giant nightcrawlers. Will they be successful? Read the book to find out.
I thought this book was thrilling and it kept me on my toes. There were some moments which were a bit “chilling.” Overall I would say it was a good book. This book would be appropriate for an older age range who were not easily scared or worried. I would not necessarily recommend this book unless I knew the reader personally and I thought they would enjoy it.


This book is a fiction book which fits both into thriller and mystery. It keeps you intrigued and wanting to read. There were no illustrations in the book, though I really liked the cover. It pulls you in and gets you excited for the reading. I really liked how at the end of the book there were a couple of chapters from another American Chiller book. This is a great way to keep readers excited!

-AS