Summer Reading Club book reviews

Kids who participated in the Richmond Public Library's summer reading programs share their thoughts on books they read.

Summer Reading Club is in full swing at all four Richmond Public Library (RPL) locations, with nearly 3,900 kids participating so far. Haven’t joined yet? It’s not too late! Kids of all ages can drop by any Richmond Public Library branch to register for this FREE program. This year’s theme is “Imagine the Possibilities!” Kids receive a special reading record to keep track of their reading, and also collect weekly stickers and a medal for completing the club.

As part of Summer Reading Club each year, we encourage kids to tell us about the books they’ve been reading. Here are this week’s reviews:

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Kylie Chan

1. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
Review by Kylie Chan, age 10, Blair Elementary
This book is about a prisoner, no other than Jean Valjean. He met a kind man, who helped him and made him a better person. Jean Valjean finds a poor mother and adopts her child, named Cosette. An inspector called Javert goes after Jean Valjean and revolution begins. I give this book four and a half stars. I like this book because it’s really good and I loved how Victor Hugo describes a person/place with nice, rich and detailed language. I also like it because once you start reading, you won’t put it down until you’re done reading. But, the only problem was, I didn’t understand the whole book until I watched the movie. Overall, it’s an outstanding book and I loved it!

Gavin Law

2. Ratatouille by Louis Weber
Review by Gavin Law, age 8, Jessie Wowk Elementary
This book is about a mouse that knows to cook good food. I give this book four stars. I like this book because it’s a short book.

Alia Kong

3. Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Change the World by Rachel Ignotofsky
Review by Alia Kwong
This book is about 50 fearless pioneers who change the world. It’s about how the first women in their own country get really important jobs. My favourite woman in this book is Wang Zhenyi. She’s a real astronomer, poet, and Mathematician. I give this book 5 stars. I like this book because it tells me who are the first women on earth becoming the first astronomer, Mathematician, poet, Artist, etc. Wang Zhenyi, my favourite women, actually was born in a scholar family. In her days, eclipses were really beautiful, but not well understood. So Wang Zhenyi built her own eclipse model to learn and explain how a solar eclipse works. She wrote a theory of eclipses for people to understand.


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