Reading from right to left, top to bottom, Hayao Miyazaki has pieced together a wonderful book that made my heart fill with joy (and fright!) This amazing book gives you much to think about during and after you read. Its main character (Chihiro Ogino) is a ten year old who is traveling to a new town to start a new life. She discovers many secrets about this new place, and her parents, well that’s another story. This book is full of the first adventures and challenges Chihiro faces. —Maya Smith, 5th Grader
Crenshaw is a book about a boy going into 5th grade. When he was little he had a imaginary friend whose name was Crenshaw and he was a white cat with black patches. The boy and his family have been going through tough times, they can’t pay for much stuff, his mom is working a lot of shifts. He is getting worried and he just wants his parents to tell him the truth. Then Crenshaw comes. At first he is mad and he tries to get rid of him, but over time he learns that it’s nice to have a friend that will always be there for you (even if he breaks into your house in the middle of the night). –Maya Smith, 5th Grade
Sasha Silver is going away to boarding school, Canterwood Crest. She is a rider and she and her horse, Charm, are determined to show what they are made of and prove to everyone that she belongs at Canterwood. Making an enemy on the first day is not a good way to make a good impression. With boy trouble, sabotaging, and making friends along the way, join Sasha in her adventure at Canterwood Crest. I really enjoyed it, and I’m currently on the third book, and can’t get enough of these books. There are nine in the series. If you are a horse lover, I guarantee you’ll really enjoy it. —Reviewed by Kaila Neipris-Gross
This is a three book series by Soman Chainani about two girls named Agatha and Sophie who are best friends. In these books you join Sophie and Agatha on a scary, funny and mysterious journey from home to giant and powerful castles in a blink of your eye. Starting out in their peaceful homes in the town of Gavaldon, they are surrounded by endless woods where not even the toughest of the townsmen could come back alive. Every year, two children at the age of eleven or twelve are taken to the schools by the mysterious schoolmaster. This amazing book goes through their journeys of gruesome, romantic and frightful experiences at the schools for good and evil.
Book 1: The School For Good And Evil
Book 2: The School Good And Evil A World Without Princes
Book 3: The School For And Evil The Last Ever After
–Reviewed by Maya Smith
This is the first book of a long series written by Erin Hunter. It is from the perspective of a cat named Rusty. He is a pet cat that has lived his whole life as a pet. One day he goes into the woods that all the other cats say are dangerous and no cat has ever come out of. While exploring, a gray cat named Graypaw tackles him for trespassing on his territory. Rusty soon finds out that Graypaw is from a clan. There are four clans in the woods: the shadow clan, the river clan, the wind clan, and the thunder clan. Graypaw is from the thunder clan. The clans are groups of wild cats that hunt mice, voles, birds, and more. They live with no owners or any people to take care of them. The thunder clan is so in need of more cats to join because they need to feed so many cats that the clan leader named Bluestar offers for Rusty to join the clan. Does Rusty join? Or does he decide to keep the life of a pet? — Reviewed by Frances Cannant
We’re so proud that our blog continues to get hits, despite the fact that we haven’t been posting as much as we’d like. So 2016, here we come, with more reviews, more posts, and more reading fun!
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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,800 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 47 trips to carry that many people.
From Scholastic.com: Walter Dean Myers is the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of more than eighty books for children and young adults, including Sunrise Over Fallujah, Fallen Angels, Monster, Somewhere in the Darkness, Slam!, Jazz, and Harlem. Mr. Myers has received two Newbery Honors, five Coretta Scott King Awards, and the inaugural recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. In addition, he was the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award and the 1994 recipient of the American Library Association’s Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring an author for a “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.” He is considered one of the preeminent writers for children.
John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars is about a girl named Hazel Grace Lancaster with stage four thyroid cancer in her lungs. After months of prescription drugs, reality television, and An Imperial Affliction (Hazel’s favorite book) Hazel finally joins Cancer Kid support group. When Hazel goes to support group, she meets a seventeen year old cancer patient named Augustus Waters who loves symbols, metaphors, and “Counterinsurgence” (a video game). Little does Hazel know she found her perfect match.
My favorite part of the book is when Hazel is feeling disappointed and sought help from Augustus. I love this book because it deals with situations that society faces today. I hope you like it as well! (Just so you know, this book contains a lot of grown up stuff.)
I chose “Deep and Dark and Dangerous” (written by Mary Downing Hahn) because I felt like reading a scary story and picked this book up. The book is about a girl named Ali who finds a picture of her Aunt Dulcie and her Mother at a place called Sycamore Lake. She wanted to explore the lake for the summer.
Later on, she finds out that the lake is a place that doesn’t have the best weather, is spooky, and filled with secrets and lies. Soon, she meets a girl named Sissy. Sissy is mean, and doesn’t have a good reputation, but soon Sissy starts acting strange. She has a secret, and Ali is determined to find out what it is.
I love this book because it was as scary as I hoped. The author did a good job giving clues as well. I hope you enjoy it!