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Title: Writing a Book Review

Writing a Book Review
  • A Project for 21st Century Skills

Created by K Covintree, 9/2008
A Book Review is Not A Book Report
  • It does not just tell a reader the synopsis of a
    plot, but includes the reviewers opinion of the
  • A book review answers the questions
  • What is the book about?
  • Who is the author?
  • Was it a good book?

A Book Review Answers Questions
  • Additional questions a Book Review answers
  • What kind of book (genre)?
  • What it believable/accurate?
  • How does it fit into other books of its genre?
  • What is memorable about this book?
  • Quotes-Topics-Style of writing-Form
  • Would it be recommended to others?

How To Write a Review
  • Write with authority
  • Write in a present tense style and with
  • Have a thesis or main idea.
  • Bibliographic information should precede (come
    before) the review.
  • Summation of the book needs to be clear but do
    not give away all crucial details

What Does Reviewer Need to Know
  • Information on the author
  • Evidence to support any claims you make.
  • Brief quotes from the book to help support a
    claim made. (Dont forget to include the page
  • The thumbs up or thumbs down statement can
    come at the end of the essay.

Example Review Lets Roll by K H., Carmel, IN
  •       Lets Roll! Ordinary People, Extraordinary
    Courage is a biography written by Lisa Beamer
    with Ken Abraham. Beamers husband, Todd, was one
    of the brave heroes on United Flight 93 on
    September 11, 2001. This is not the typical 9/11
    story, though. Already the mother of two boys,
    Lisa was pregnant when Todd died. Unlike some
    Americans who dealt with the tragedy simply by
    despising the terrorists and seeking vengeance,
    Lisa relied on her faith in God to help her
    through this horrific experience. This memoir
    not only features the life of the Beamer family,
    it gives shocking details of all the events of
    that day. Looking back, I never knew what
    actually happened. Now, after reading Lets
    Roll!, I have deeper empathy for those lost
    lives. This book has made me question my faith,
    and what my actions would be in a similar
    situation. You might be curious as to how the
    title of the book connects with the story.
    Throughout Todds life, Lets roll was his
    personal phrase. His sons knew when Daddy said
    Lets roll, they better be ready to head out
    the door. Lets roll also happened to be Todds
    last words as he followed through with the plan
    to attack the terrorists aboard his plane. I
    read this book when a friend recommended it, and
    now I know why she did! You become addicted to it
    from page one. Beamer uses language that is easy
    to comprehend yet creates vivid images. You too
    will return to what you were doing in the moments
    the terrorists attacked. All Americans could
    benefit from reading this book. Too many of us
    stay hooked on the past, yet Lisa is using this
    tragedy as a way to move forward. This book
    taught me to always move on, yet never forget.
    from Teen Ink.com
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