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Book Report

Book reports are informative reports that discuss a book from an objective stance. They are similar to book reviews but focus more on a summary of the work than an evaluation of it. Book reports commonly describe what happens in a work; their focus is primarily on giving an account of the major plot, characters, thesis, and/or main idea of the work

Book reports can take on many different forms. Three types of effective book reports are plot summaries, character analyses, and theme analyses. Always include the following elements in any book report:

  • the type of book report you are writing

  • the title of the book

  • the author of the book

  • the time when the story takes place

  • the location where the story takes place

  • the names and a brief description of each of the characters you will be discussing

  • many quotations and examples from the book to support your opinions