Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman- of course this one was awesome. really funny story about a dad's adventures when he goes out for milk for the kids' breakfast. a 6.
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen- A perfect "boy" book. Teen boy is the only survivor of a light plane crash. He has to survive in the woods of Canada alone, with a hatchet as his only tool. I thought the ending was a little too deus ex machina but on the whole it was not bad. a 5.
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis: book about an African American girl, Deza Malone, growing up during the Depression. This wasn't a book for me. The girl is our first person narrator but never really does anything, just speaks about all the things that happen around her. She's very naive. Also, she kept saying "geologically" when she meant "geographically" and it really got on my nerves. a 4.
Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell: trying to review this now I can't remember most of the plot. Emmy is a girl who's been more or less abandoned by her rich parents. She has an evil nanny taking care of her. The class rat begins talking to her and Emmy sets him free, which starts all the adventure of the book. I guess since I can't remember what happened besides the very basic facts, I must not have liked it that much. a 4.