Andrew Lem Lovell’s class held a weeklong read-a-thon as a service project. Here are their recommendations.

Andrew Lem Lovell, a McKay student teacher, and his fourth grade students organized a service project to help the Utah Foster Care (UFC) organization and countless children in the foster care system. The students entitled their project “Pennies for Peace” and all the money earned from the project was donated to UFC to buy Christmas presents for the children. To earn money, students read books in a weeklong reading marathon and every minute read meant a penny earned for the project. By the end of the week, Lovell’s students, along with their fifth-grader friends in Ms. Babcock’s class, raised $2,514.80 and read nearly 19,000 minutes. Click here for more details on the Lovell’s service-oriented class.

Here are some of their favorite stories they read with reviews written by the students.

The Candy Shop War
By: Brandon Mull

Four kids go to a candy shop and start helping the owner clean up for candy. One day the lady and the kids are hard at work and the lady gives them magic candy. First she gives them Moonrocks that makes them jump super high. She then sends them on a secret mission. Read to find out what happens next.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. —Trenton B.

Charlotte's Web
By: E.B. White

A pig named Wilbur was raised in a barn by a girl named Fern. Fern went to the barn every afternoon to take care of him. One day, Wilbur meets a spider named Charlotte and she makes a special web that changes Wilbur’s life.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. —Madison J.

Harry Potter and the
Sorcerer's Stone
By: J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter lives on Privet Drive and is teased by his fat cousin Dudley and bullied by his dishonest aunt and uncle. Harry wonders if he’ll ever get a better life. One stormy night, a giant breaks into a shabby little shack where Harry and his aunt and uncle are staying during Harry’s birthday. He’s confused but also amazed to find out that he’s a wizard and that his parents’ death did not come as a result of a car crash but by an evil wizard named Lord Voldemort. Read this enchanting story to find out what Harry will do!

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. —Azure T.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
By: J.K. Rowling

For twelve years Harry Potter has been living with the Dursleys. Harry hated the Dursleys so much that when he got sent off to Hogwarts. He was so happy, but now the happiness is ending. Will Harry, Ron and Hermione stop Voldermort from doing more of his evil plans? Will they capture Sirius Black and get away from the Azkaban guards? Find out when you read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. —Jenna L.

The Witches
By: Roald Dahl

A little boy experiences the real story of witches in this dangerous journey to stop the grand high witch. Read this book to find out the real way of witches and to see if a little boy can save England and the whole world!

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. —Jane P.

Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse
By: David A. Kelly

He pitched like a dream and hit home runs like crazy, but Babe Ruth was also trouble. He was sent to a school for bad kids. Later, when he was traded to the New York Yankees, his former team, the Boston Red Sox, seemed cursed. The Red Sox could not win a World Series Championship. On the other hand the Yankees became a legendary baseball team, winning 27 World Series. Read to find out more about this epic baseball rivalry and one of the greatest baseball players of all time, Babe Ruth, the Great Bambino.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. —Andrew E.

Ranger’s Apprentice
By: John Flanagan

Will, the little orphan boy, discovers that the craft masters are picking new apprentices. Will he get picked or not? Meanwhile, Morgarath is planning to attack the city. Can little Will help save his kingdom from imminent destruction? Read this book to find out!

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. —Ella O.

Freaky Friday
By: Mary Rodgers

It all started when a mom and daughter wake up and realize that they’re not in their room. They finally realize that they have switched bodies with each other. Now they have to try and figure out how to switch back. In the meantime, the mom has to go to school and be the kid. The kid has to be the mom and go to work and buy groceries. Read this book to find out if they will be able to switch back.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. —Kesley J.

Wait Till Helen Comes
By: Mary Downing Hahn

Molly’s mother gets remarried and now Molly and her brother Michael have a step sister named Heather who holds terrible secrets. Heather does horrible things and blames it on Molly and Michael. Soon, Molly’s family moves into a church and in the backyard there is a graveyard where Heather finds a never-before-seen tombstone and a new friend, Helen. Heather will go any distance to get Molly and Michael in trouble. Can it get any worse? Yes… when Helen comes.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. —Ruth S.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
By: Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson thinks that he is a normal kid. He has a suspicious teacher, Mr. Chiron, who tells him he is a half-blood and sends him to a very weird camp for all half-bloods. Percy now begins to realize that he is not a normal kid; he can do things like read Greek. At camp he meets Grover and Annabeth. These three are about to have the biggest adventure of their life.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. —Thomas W.

Click here to read about their week-long read-a-thon.