If you follow this template, you can’t go wrong. Please include:
- Title of book
- Author of book
- Genre (fiction or nonfiction, and type: fantasy, science fiction, realistic, etc.)
- Is it part of a series? Yes/No
- Your best guess about reading level (i.e., middle school, high school, grades 7-9, mature, etc.)
- What grade you are in
- How you want to be credited (first name, initials, or anonymous)
- Your email address (this won’t be published, we just might need to contact you)
Write a few sentences describing what the book is about (plot, main characters, etc.). Don’t give an entire synopsis, as you would in a book report—this is more like a movie trailer, a teaser to make people want to read it. Especially don’t give away the ending, or any significant spoilers!!!
Write a few sentences giving your opinion of the book. This part of the review is not fulfilled by saying “It was awesome!” What did you like? What did you dislike? Why? What thoughts or feelings did the book inspire? To whom would you recommend the book? Remember, this isn’t a school assignment— it’s you, talking about a book you chose to read, and recommending it to your friends (or not).
Other things you could choose to comment on:
The cover—did you like it or not, and why? Was it an accurate reflection of the contents?
Indicate if this book is part of a series and, if so, whether you have read the rest of the series and would recommend it as well. (Again, no spoilers!)
How would you rate this book, and why?
5 Hard to imagine a better book
4 Better than most
2 Needs more work—weak plot, poor writing, whatever
1 HOW did this book get published?
Your book review does need to be complete, but it doesn’t need to be long. Use as many or as few words as you need to achieve what you want to say. As a guideline, think 300 to 500 words. That’s about one- to one-and-a-half double-spaced pages of 12-pt. type in Microsoft Word.
Submit your review online using the form below or bring a paper copy in to the library.
You can review anything you are reading for pleasure —fiction, nonfiction, manga.
You will earn one scratch for every book review, as long as it follows these guidelines. If it does not, we will bounce it back to you and give you a chance to revise it.
Please email me with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org