DogEared Blogger Contest Finalists

Congratulations! The votes are in! The three bloggers who received the most votes for their reviews are:


Emelie, 12, Dizzy, by Cathy Cassidy

Mairen, 12, Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card

Sheila, 12, The Secret of Shadow Ranch, by Carolyn Keene

Thanks to everyone who sent in book reviews and to everyone who voted! We will run this contest again next year.


Here are the reviews that were chosen as the top ten finalists. 

Cayla, 10, Child of the Wolves, by Elizabeth Hall

I Love to read. It takes you to other worlds. My favorite book is Child of the Wolves. The book is about a husky puppy named Granite. The story starts when Granite is born in an Alaskan kennel. He is helpless and blind. At the end of the story, Granite is about two and a half years old. He is strong, knowledgeable and an accepted member of an Alaskan wolf pack. This book paints a great picture of what might happen if a husky puppy was lost in the Alaskan woods. For me, reading is not just a hobby, it is a passion. With this book you feel happiness, sorrow, compassion and anger. You get drawn into the story and I would recommend it for anyone who loves dogs.

Czessie, 12, Green Angel, by Alice Hoffman

Green is a raven-haired beauty with a marvelous knack for gardening. She prefers plants to people, so when her family goes to the city to sell vegetables, she stays home and weeds the garden. However, while in the city, her whole family perishes in a terrible fire. The ashes that float up from the city blind Green, and hoping to ease her pain and sadness, she cuts off her hair, tattoos her whole body, and renames herself Ash. She suffer greatly, but learns to ignore it. Over time though,she makes a couple of friends: the old lady next door, who eats dinner with Green, and a boy she names Diamond, who searches for his mother. Though the old woman offers company, and Diamond offers trust, can either of them help Green heal?

Unlike many other of her books, there is no magic in this book, but the way Alice Hoffman writes Green Angel makes it seem like a fantasy novel. This is a melt-in-your-mouth kind of book, like chocolate. I love this book so much that  I had trouble giving back to my friend! You will enjoy reading this because of its dark magical tone. Some parts may be a bit sad, but they are very interesting all the same. If you would like to find out if Green's feelings ever heal, read this magical, captivating novel by award winning writer Alice Hoffman.

Emelie, 12, Dizzy, by Cathy Cassidy

Every year on her birthday Dizzy watches the day's mail bundle for the annual gift from her New Age Traveling Mum.

Dizzy was born in England and raised as a traveler (a modern day gypsy) until age 4 when her father realized it was no life for a child; her Mum disagreed and left with another man.

On Dizzy's 12th birthday her Mum came to see her. Dizzy expected her to be like all her friend's mums, but she wasn't. "Storm" was her new name and Dizzy didn't even recognize her!

Tricking Dizzy's dad, Storm kidnapped her daughter and whisked her away to a series of festivals and new people. Dizzy connected with a little boy who shared the same lifestyle, loneliness, fears, and emotions as her. She also found adventure, love, and discovered her Mum's genuine personality.

Most everyone has read a kidnapping story, but not about a mother kidnapping her own daughter! In this work of fiction Dizzy has more difficulties to work through than being kidnapped, but in the end it works out for the better... and the worse!

Dizzy is written for girls in grades 4th - 6th, though I'm in 7th and I still enjoy it. It is a perfect read for girls who enjoy love stories and have an adventurous spirit.

Emily, 12, Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code, by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code is the third book in the Artemis Fowl series. It is about a mastermind thirteen-year-old boy, Artemis Fowl, and a hidden belowground fairy world. Artemis and his giant bodyguard, Butler, use stolen fairy technology to create a super computer called, The Cube. When Artemis tries to make a business deal about The Cube with a greedy business man, the dangerous Jon Spiro, Artemis's world is turned upside down because Spiro succeeds in an attempt to steal The Cube from Artemis, taking the secret fairy technology. Artemis then calls upon his fairy friends including an incredibly smart Centaur named Foaly, a wise cracking dwarf named Mulch, and an elf named Holly Short for help. Afterwards Spiro forces artemis to come with him to help him crack an eternity code set on The Cube that only Artemis can open. Artemis doesn't resist going with Spiro because he knows something Spiro doesn't and that is he has fairies. As well as a genius plan behind him to help get The Cube back and keep the human and fairy worlds from colliding.

I think boys and girls alike will love this book as much as I do. It is full of magical creatures, hidden secrets, and oodles of action. I personally liked the impressive description and awesome plot created by the author, Eoin Colfer. I hope that you will enjoy this book, I know I did!

Furkan, 9, Invisible Stanley, by Jeff Brown

I will tell you about a book called Invisible Stanley by Jeff Brown. Stanley lives with his mom and dad and his brother Arthur. One rainy night Stanley does something that causes him to become invisible! In the morning his family can't find him. Then they realize he is invisible. Unfortunately, a trip to the doctor doesn't help.

At first it's cool to be invisible. Stanley can help people. He pushes a boy who can't ride his bike so others think he rides fast. He can even stop a crime from happening. but then problems start to occur. Arthur gets jealous of his brother because of his invisiblilty. And Stanley and his family miss Stanley's old self. Will Arthur be jealous of his brother forever? Will Stanley ever get his body back? Read this exciting and funny book to find out.

Grace, 10, Faith, Hope, and Ivy June, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Do you love books but can never find just the right one? I know sometimes it's like that for me, that's why I like Faith, Hope, and Ivy June so much. It has some funny characters and some rude ones. It is so much like the real world that I could taste Mammaw's fried chicken and biscuits, and hear Grand-mommy's cries. The writing is flawless and the words flow smoothly. My favorite elements of the book were the characters. Catherine has genuine sincerity, while Ivy June is sensitive, and Sheryl has humor and sarcasm. I cried along with the town of Thunder Creek when there was a mining accident and I applauded along with the Lexington theatre goers at the end of Oklahoma! I couldn't put the book down. Faith, Hope, and Ivy June is a story of true friendship and is a perfect book for a rainy day. This book is realistic fiction at its best because the emphasis is on REAL.

Katherine, 10, Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer

Have you ever wanted to be a vampire?

Seventeen year old Bella Swan wants just that. Her mom and dad are divorced, so she lives with her dad in a miserable town called Forks. At her school, she meets a mysterious boy named Edward. For her, it's a crush at first sight! He is pale, beautiful, and everything a girl can want. Even though he doesn't date, why does he hate her at first sight? How can he lift a van off her? How can he appear out of thin air? Most importantly though, what does he have to hide? Bella is determined to get the answers out, no matter what it takes. She observes everything he does and says. Finally, with the help of a werewolf, she finds out what Edward actually is. A vampire. A gorgeous one. Edward falls in love with Bella, amazed by everything about her. They start secretly dating, and Bella wants to be a vampire. To turn into a vampire, you have to experience three days of agony, and every second of it, you'd be wishing you were dead. To Bella's dismay, Edward does not agree; he loves her too much to hurt her that way. Bella realizes that things aren't always what they seem.

I think the book is called Twilight because it discusses between good and evil, between day and night. I can really relate to Bella's feelings and emotions too. I love this book. It has suspension, mystery, romance, and humor.

Mairen, 12, Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card's novel 'Ender's Game,' is a book for older children focused on the future - at least the future as it was seen in 1976, the year the story was published. It zeroes in on a young boy, 'Ender' Wiggin, who is six years old and attends school on Earth. His extremely high mental capacity and perfect termperament reward him with a spot at the school in space, Battle School, where children are trained for combat in space. But whether it is a reward or not is a question that Ender begins to ponder as he spends more time at Battle School. And just as he starts to feel comfortable in his new settings, something happens that changes his life - but to find out what it is, you'll have to read the book!

When a friend suggested the book to me, I checked it out of the library and couldn't put it down until I was done. This novel is a thrill of a read and provides a challenge for children who would normally read easier books - the higher reading level pushes kids to read carefully and enjoy the book more than they would an easier read. I thought that the best part of the book was when one of Ender's friends, Bean, is given a special mission and he executes it perfectly. 

Although 'Ender's Game' may not be suitable for younger kids, it is definitely an option for older children who want to read more challenging books.

Nur, 11, Meet Kirsten: An American Girl, by Janet Shaw

Janet Shaw makes me feel as if I've been transported to the 1850's on a long, dangerous journey to Minnesota in her book Meet Kirsten: An American Girl. In this book, I get the feeling of what it was like to be a Swedish immigrant traveling with her family to America.

Kirsten Larson, the main character, faces many problems along her journey. Starting from the moment she stepped onto land after six weeks at sea to the horrifying moment when her family realizes they were short on money, she and her family works together to find a way to continue their journey. In those situations, anyone would feel like giving up, but Kirsten and her family, amazingly, found a way to continue.

The story shares the lives of many different people who lived during Kirsten's time. There was her fun-loving friend, Marta, who had stayed by her side during the ship ride to America. Having to part with Marta forever was one of the hardest obstacles in Kirsten's journey. Then there was the American lady who helped Kirsten find her way back to her parents when she was lost.

I liked this story a lot because it shows history in the point-of-view of a girl like me. Even though she was living long ago and is a fictional character, she seems very real.

Read this book to find out what Kristen and her family decides to do to overcome their challenges.

Sheila, 12, The Secret of Shadow Ranch, by Carolyn Keene

This is a delightful mystery book filled with fun adventure and surprises. As usual, Nancy will help you solve the case, clue-by-clue The book was good in many ways and had unexpected endings and secrets. Danger lurks around every corner, but Nancy manages to outsmart them.

Can she trust anyone? Or does she have to suspect everyone around her? Certainly not her trusty sidekicks, George and Bess! Everyone knows there's no such things as ghosts, but there is a ghost horse, isn't there?

I like all the main characters and that the suspects hid in the shadows (yah - sneaky!) and I absolutely adore Nancy's quick wit and logical thinking. But what's with all the wardrobe changes? They seem to have clothes for every occasion. When you're solving mysteries, a pair of jeans and a t-shirt ought to do it.

I like they way the captured the "western style" in this book. They detailed the landscape so vividly as well as the horsemanship. I especially liked the rodeo and the hoe-down. I loved seeing the individual character's personalities open up during the book. I look forward to reading the next mystery in this endearing series.