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Skinny: She was starving to fit in

Recently, I read a book called Skinny, by Laura L. Smith. This book was about a girl who developed an eating disorder. At first, she was just an ordinary girl who thought she was overweight, but it escalated to a different level later. Screen Shot 2016-02-19 at 9.37.26 AMWhen everything in her life got stressful, like her boyfriend breaking up with her and having dance tryouts, she dealt with it in a different way. Her coping mechanism was to virtually starve herself so that she could “fit in” in other ways.

 

This was a good novel because it taught me about this disorder that affects many people in the world. It showed Melissa’s point of view as she went through this journey of developing an eating disorder and dealing with it later. This book would be a good read for middle schoolers and up. I would rate it 4 out of 5 stars.

Summer Reading

Over this summer I have read three books for my summer reading. I have read Paper Towns, by John Green; A Separate Peace, by John Knowles; and Prisoner B-3087, by Alan Gratz. Each one of them was really good and interesting in their own way.

Paper Towns was a really, really good book that was super interesting and full of action. It takes place in Orlando, Florida where the main character, Quentin Jacobs, lives. He had been crushing on his neighbor, Margo, since he was younger, when they were friends. Screen Shot 2015-08-19 at 11.57.36 AMThis all changed his senior year of high school when Margo came back into his life, through his bedroom window. She needed Quentin to take her all around town seeking revenge on all of her old friends/enemies. This trip is only the beginning to the adventure that would become Quentin’s next couple of months. Margo disappears after this and Quentin feels that because the two of them were secretly together that it is partly his responsibility to find her. This is as much as I can reveal about the book without giving it away. I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 for all of the action and mystery. This is a great novel for middle school to high school readers for it’s great content and plot.

 

The next book that I read this summer was A Separate Peace. This book was about these two boys named Gene and Phineas. They both were roommates in their boarding school called the Devon School. Many things happened to the boys during their friendship and that time in history. Screen Shot 2015-08-19 at 11.57.22 AMWorld War II was in action and they were living their lives while all of this crazy stuff was occurring outside of their school. Though they knew about the war, it never really got in the way of their mischief and fun, which was mostly Phineas’s idea anyway. The two boys started their very own club that was spread to many boys throughout their school. This club basically recruited boys who wanted to make sure they had fun by doing stupid, crazy things like jumping into a river off of a tree branch. This particular act caused Phineas to get hurt in a way that he couldn’t be athletic anymore and enjoy his mischievous life. Little does he know that it may have been Gene’s fault for his injury. What will happen to their friendship? Will Phineas be alright? This book has all of the answers! I would recommend this book to mostly boys in 7th to 9th grade. I would personally rate this a 1 out of 5 stars because the big action only happened at the end.

 

The third and last book that I read this summer was called Prisoner B-3087. It is about this boy named Yanek and his journey through 10 concentration camps in 3 years. Screen Shot 2015-08-19 at 11.55.45 AMHe was a Jew during the time of the Holocaust. He survived through so many harsh living conditions with little food. To somebody who has never heard of the Holocaust this would sound like Yanek is living in the desert, but in actuality he is living under the Nazi’s rule. He is in such a bad position simply because the Nazis hate Jews and want them all to die. If you are looking for a good book about the Holocaust and what it would be like then I would strongly recommend this book. It really felt so personal to the point that this would be the closest you could get to being in his shoes. This book is based on a true story, so I think anybody ages 10 and up would be as interested as I was in this. Anybody could get something out of this book because of how well it was written and the story behind it. I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars because of how intrigued I was and because I couldn’t put this book down.

 

I hope these summaries came in handy and you read these books so you can enjoy them as much as I did!

Soof

So B. It is a book that we read out loud together during Language Arts class. This book is by Sarah Weeks. Over the time that we have been reading this book we have been learning about what it would be like to be in the 12 year old fictional character, Heidi’s, shoes. Her mom, So B. It, is mentally disabled and her caretaker, Bernadette, has Agoraphobia, which means she is afraid to leave her home. Heidi has an unclear version of her history that has been passed down by her mother who can only speak 23 words. She is having trouble living with being unsure of this word that her mom repeats constantly: soof. She knows that it must have to do with her past, but she doesn’t know where to start. All of these secrets and stories will be revealed during the book and I can tell you right now that you will be left on the edge of your seat the entire way.

I love this book and would recommend it to anybody 10 and up. This is not something that you can grow out of because it is an amazing story. I would rate it 5 stars because of the excitement and questions you will think of along the way. I don’t really relate to any of the characters because I hadn’t heard one that sounded like me. If anything, Heidi would be the one closest to me because she is a young girl who is curious and adventurous. In order to find out what happens to Heidi, read So B. It!

Look “Elsewhere”… Nothing to See Here!

I recently read a creepy, yet interesting book, by Jacqueline West called The Books of Elsewhere, The Shadows. This book is about a girl who moves into this big, three story house (not including the attic) and is completely terrified of her future inside of it after she was confronted by a talking cat in her first week of living there. Next, she found magical somehwat spectaclesspectacles/glasses hidden and left in a desk drawer inside the house, which she later finds out can enable her to jump inside of many peculiar paintings hung up around the house. She later unlocks many secrets the house has to offer, and figures out the story behind “Elsewhere.”

This book was an assigned book report for a system called Chai reading which our school uses. For the presentation portion of the book report, we had a list of options in which we could use. Out of about ten options, I chose the cooking/baking/making option. You were able to choose anything that had to do with something the main character liked, or had an association with. Instead, I decided to create and make something interactive for everyone to partake in.

I decided to take vanilla wafer sandwicheswafer (I don’t know what they are called), imagepretzels, gram-crackers, and icing so that everyone can have a race to build their own three story building without it falling. The objective is to have everyone understand that the three story food contraption resembles the three story house that was the setting of the story.

In addition to the cooking/baking/making project, I decided to do a Venn Diagram on the similarities and differences of me and the main character of the book, Olive.

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There are many similarities and many differences, but here is just a taste; Olive is fearless. If she heard a suspicious noise, instead of running away from it, she would go near it to figure out what it was. Sometimes I can be like that, but if I were in Olive’s situation, I would run away! Both of us are curious. Right when Olive heard the first cat talk, she was first scared, but then she continued to ask the cat questions. If I were in her shoes, I may have done the same thing. Also, when she could’ve gotten help from her neighbor when I would’ve been scared to death, she slammed the door on her face to run back to finish what she was doing. I would’ve ran back to my neighbor’s house!

Although this book could have given me nightmares for the rest of my life, this was a very good book. The fact that it was scary and mysterious made it more intriguing to read, which made it easier to comprehend and enjoy. I would rate it a 4 out of 5, because, like I said, it was a good book, just it was scary enough for me to refuse reading it alone, in my room (no joke). So, all in all, I would recommend this to anyone who either shares a room with someone, or someone who isn’t afraid to wet their pants.

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Algebra?

This week in sixth grade math, we have started learning a bit of algebra. We have learned about how to substitute letters for numbers, and how to do algebraic equations I didn’t know existed! When letters are in a math equation, it automatically looks hard, but once it is explained to you, it is SO much easier than it looks!

I made a ShowMe video explaining how to a few algebraic equations:

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The Boy In The Striped Pajamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a novel, written by John Boyne. The book was most likely written for anybody ages 10 and up. The story gets really sad during certain times, therefore a young audience probably wouldn’t be the right group of people to be reading it.
edited berlin germany2This book is about a child named Bruno, which later in the book you find out, is Hitler’s son. In the beginning of the book, Bruno is leaving his old house in Berlin, Sachsenhausen_clothesGermany, to move to someplace he didn’t know for his father’s work. Being a little boy, his parents thought it would be the wrong thing to tell him what his father does, because Bruno was only eight.
At his new house, he was upset to leave his friends, and got very lonely very quickly. He liked to look out his window, and watch the people wearing the striped pajamas, and he had wondered what they were all doing there.
Later in the book, Bruno finds a trail in his backyard, which he is forbidden to follow. He felt so lonely, and loved to explore, so he thought, why not? He followed the path, and found a barbed wire fence, and a little boy wearing striped pajamas.
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NASA; I Need My Space

The other day, my class went on a field trip to NASA, also known as The Kennedy Space Center. In the beginning, I was so excited because I had never gone there before…and it was great! For those who haven’t gone to NASA before, I DO recommend going there, because it’s loads of fun. NASA is a great place for both tourists and locals because it’s fun-filled for all ages.

0 3,264×2,448 pixelsThe first thing we did when we got to school at 6:45 am was board the bus. My bus partner was Zoe, and the entire ride we just played Minecraft (me), read (Zoe), watched movies (both), and listened to music (both). Though the bus seemed boring, it was better being there with friends because the time flew by fast.

 When we arrived at NASA, we had about 15 minutes of waiting around to get our tickets, to actually get inside the NASA grounds. We then took a quick trip to the restroom, and then got moving. After the waiting, we boarded ANOTHER bus, but this bus took us around the NASA grounds and showed us different artifacts.

After getting dropped off by the bus to our next destination, we made our way into this big room with three screens and a projector. From there, you probably know what we did…watched a clip of the history of NASA. From that room, we made our way into another0 1,536×2,048 pixels room that also had a screen, but it had a lab with a bunch of buttons. During the video, we learned that the lab was the same one in which they had worked in while monitoring the first trip to the moon.

After THAT movie, we made our way into this big, open spaced room, but when you looked up, there was a HUGE replica of a rocket. There, we had about 20 minutes of free time to explore that room, which contained a small gift shop, a mini-museum, a small van in which astronauts would ride in before boarding the rocketship, etc.

Following that, we went back to where we started. From there, we ate lunch. After lunch, we had about three hours of free time to explore NASA in our groups. My group included Zoe, Evie, Rebecca, and our chaperones, Evie’s dad and Rebecca’s mom. In our ‘free 0 1,536×2,048 pixels-1time’ we went to see an IMAX movie about the Hubble. That film was one of the highlights
of my day. It was absolutely amazing! One thing we learned during that movie was that in space, there are three stars that line up diagonally, but under that, there is a rose-colored cloudy thing. The Hubble was able to take a picture of the inside of that cloudy substance, and inside were infant stars and solar systems (tadpoles).

After the movie, we decided we had wanted to go into the space simulator. They explained 0 1,023×1,588 pixelsit as being inside a spaceship, taking off, and being upside-down…that’s exactly what it was. This was another highlight of my day, because I had been looking forward to doing this for a while.

Next, we went into the ‘Angry Birds Space’ exhibit/arcade place where there were iPads everywhere with the app/game ‘Angry Birds’ open so you could play, they had life sized angry birds with slingshots that looked like the ones in the actual game, they had a mirror maze (believe it or not, it was harder than it sounds), and lazer tag. I thought it was kind of cool, but I was looking forward to doing something else.

Then, we made our way to the rocket garden, where you could walk around, look at rockets, go into replicas or rocket parts, etc. Though we didn’t stay in there long, it was 0 480×640 pixels-1very fun. After, we made our way to the gift shop, where just about everyone from our group was, I bought a really cool NASA pen that has a light on one side, a pen on the other, and an extra tip that was a stylus for any touchscreen device. Though I didn’t get much, I was just thinking about the next time I would go to NASA because of all the fun I had encountered.

This field trip was, by far, the BEST field trip I had been on. The entire experience was
amazing, and now you know why. Next time, I want to bring the rest of my family with me, because neither my mom or my dad was able to go, and I know my sister would love it just as much as I did. Anyway, I loved this trip, and hope to go again soon.

 

 

 

Bill Gates

Bill Gates: The college drop out, who became the country’s youngest billionare

Have you ever read, or heard about a book, or a person called, “Bill Gates?” I have! This nonfiction novel is by Joan D. Dickinson, and is well written. I would recommend this book, because of it’s amazing facts, and way of teaching you about the 20th century of computing. I enjoy technology very much, and what I got out of reading this book, is that it all started in the 1900s. One fun fact I learned from this book, is that some of the first computers averaged, about the size of a bedroom! Then, they smushed it down to a refrigerator size, and eventually, it got smushed down to what we use now, PCs (personal computers) and laptops. I loved learning about this, because it taught me that not everything starts out perfect, but there’s always a good meaning that could change your future.

The Third Wheel

 Have you ever read the best series in the world, Diary of a Wimpy Kid? If not, you have a lot to learn! Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a series in which the author, Jeff Kinney, created a story of a boy named Greg going through many things that may also relate to us. Some examples are: bullies, friend drama, and fights with siblings.

In this realistic fiction novel, Greg Heffley, a middle schooler, who is a nobody and sits alone on the floors during lunch with his best friend Rowley, is going through tough times. Valentine’s day. To him, it means that he has to find a girl. Nobody likes Greg, so he traced his finger down to the “Okay” girls, the ones that don’t already have a boyfriend. Abigail, a girl in Greg’s class, has just broken up with her boyfriend, so Greg decided he’d give her a shot. It turns out, Abigail, Rowley, and Greg all go to the school Valentines day dance together, as friends, but what Greg doesn’t seem to understand is that he can’t win a

girl over by looks, money, and dancing. He has to  show his true personality.
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Twelve

I recently finished a book called Twelve by one of my favorite authors: Lauren Myracle, and I thought it was a book worth sharing about!

SUMMARY:

Winnie, Winnie, Winnie. With her friend from 6th grade, Dinah, and her new friend Cinnamon, she is pretty much satisfied, but now that Winnie is in Junior High, she wants more… a guy. Winnie has a crush on a boy named “Larson”.  When she passes by Larson in the hallways, she always freezes. One day, when passing Larson in the hallway, Larson said hi to her, but he said “Hi Win,” instead of Winnie. Later that day, she passes Larson again, and jokingly replies “hi Lars”. That’s what she started calling him from then on, but that’s not all! Keeping up with regular life, outside of school is pretty hard too! With her big sister, Sandra always yelling in her face, and her little brother, Ty egging                           her on… it’s hard, but everything always works out at the end!

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