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The Hunger Games

I recently finished the book The Hunger Games, by Suzzane Collins. It is about a girl named Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the ruins of North America. There are  12 districts, ruled by the Capitol. Katniss lives in poverty in district 12. Every year, each district holds a reaping, where they select one boy and one girl from each district to compete in the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games are held in the Capitol, and everyone tries to make it out alive. It is held in an arena designed by the game makers.  The competitors have to fight and kill each other to win. Katniss’s sister was selected, but she chose to take her place. She will be going with the baker’s son, Peeta. Only one can survive. Who will win the Hunger Games? I found the book extremely exciting nd interesting. It is a little violent, but I would recommend it to anyone who likes science fiction and adventure.

Falling Over Sideways

Recently, I finished a book called Falling Over Sideways, by Jordan Sonnenblick. It’s about a girl named Claire, who’s beginning to fall behind her friends as a dancer. She’s also dreading the first day of 8th grade. One night, she gets into a fight with her father, and then the next morning, he slumps over the dinner table. After a trip to the hospital, they discover he had a stroke. Will Claire be able to catch up with her friends, or will she fall further behind? I enjoyed this book a lot, and I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys realistic fiction.


Recently, I finished a book called Click’d, by Tamara Ireland Stone. It is about a girl named Allie who designs a game called Click’d. She deigned it at a coding camp with her friends. Her friends at school urge her to launch the game before a big competition. Allie wants to wait because she doesn’t want something to go wrong. She decides to launch the game, thinking that more users will look good for her competition.

Her game encourages people to click, the name of the game being Click’d. You take a quiz, and people with similar results will end up meeting. There is a twist though. You find the person you scored the same with, using flashing lights and sounds from your phone. Then, a picture from the person’s Instagram feed will pop up on your screen. Once you meet the person, you take a picture with them, and they appear on a leaderboard. People begin to be obsessed with the game. Then there is a glitch, embarrassing one of Allie’s best friends. Will Allie be able to fix the game before the big competition? This was a great book and I think it is a good read for anyone.

Yanek’s Story, a Story of Survival


The book Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz is about a boy named Yanek. He is living in Poland during the Holocaust. He overcomes many obstacles in hopes of surviving. In my opinion, the most dreadful thing that Yanek had to deal with was when he was in Auschwitz.

     The first thing that Yanek had to endure had to do with his best friend Fred. First of all, Fred became Yanek’s first friend since the war began. Yanek hadn’t had a true friend since the war since Uncle Moshe, Yanek’s uncle, told him to be no one and make no friends. Fred made Yanek feel stronger because he had someone to talk to. They ate together, slept near each other, and worked side by side. Unfortunately, Fred became sick. One morning, Fred couldn’t get out of bed, and the Nazis beat and hung him. I can’t imagine losing my best friend, especially in such a cruel way.

    Secondly, Yanek lived in horrible conditions. The floor of his barrack wasn’t even a real floor. It was a muddy swamp. Everyone slept on a wooden shelf. There were no pillows, no blankets, and no mattress. I can’t imagine living in these conditions and am grateful that I have a bed. The food, like always, was awful. They were only given a bowl of tepid soup. The prisoners had to use latrines instead of a normal bathroom. At night, they were forced to use a bucket.

Finally, Yanek was put in a death march. Everyone from Auschwitz was forced to walk to the next camp. The Nazis forced them to go in the death march because they were afraid of the Allies coming and liberating the Jews. I can’t imagine having to walk so far, especially in the cold. They were only given half a loaf of bread to last the trip. Yanek watched people fall to the ground, either from frostbite or Nazis shooting them. Yanek watched Ally planes flying overhead and dropping bombs. He wondered if they would be liberated.

In the end, Yanek had to endure so much pain. No one should ever be treated that way or suffer that much. Yanek witnessed the death of his best friend, walked endlessly for miles and miles, and lived in horrible conditions all to survive. I can’t imagine having to suffer that much. All in all, Yanek had to overcome many hardships to survive this terrible time in his life.

A Poem for Jewish Literature

In Language Arts, we finished a book called Night of the Burning, by Linda Press Wulf.  We were supposed to create a project about the book, and I decided write a poem summarizing the book. I hope you enjoy it!


Devorah and Nechama,
Lived with Papa and Mama.
They played with dolls
That was all.

Then came a day,
That Uncle Pincas was taken away.
He came back feeling bad,
Then he died and they were all sad.

Then money was tight,
They stayed awake at night.
Papa carried his cart,
With a heavy heart.

He died of swelling.
Aunt Friedka moved in,
To be with her kin.
Aunt Friedka and Mama,
Were all that were left for Devorah and Nechama.

Then a day came,
Mama got sick.
She died of the flu.
Sad, but true.

During the Night of the Burning,
Fire burned bright.
Devorah couldn’t bear the sight.
They ran for a barn,
They saw a young child playing with yarn.

Thought they could hide,
Then a soldier came,
With a knife at his side.
Aunt Friedka was killed that very night,
In the glow of the flames that burned bright.

Devorah and Nechama were alone.
No place to call home.
A woman came,
But not to play games.
To take them somewhere,
Anywhere but there.

They were hidden from sight,
During the night.
The Night of the Burning,
Fires burned bright.

They were in the back of a cart,
Sobs and cries of broken hearts.
They were taken that day,
Far away.

Devorah wasn’t sure,
But Nechama was going to go,
So what could she do.
They would leave the place they once called home.
They would be free to roam.

They got on a train.
The noise hurt their brains.
They went to London.
It was a sight to be seen,
With colors of golden yellow and green.

They got on a boat.
It was windy,
So Devorah needed a coat.
She met two sailors,
Named Pete and Joe.
She was friends with them.
They were meant to be working even so.

They got to the orphanage.
They had been waiting ages.
They met the Matron.
She was the boss,
And she was cross.

Devorah and Nechama go to school.
It’s a long walk,
They had to talk.
To keep each other busy,
But they felt dizzy.

Nechama was adopted,
By the Steins.
Mrs. Stein said, “Nechama is mine.”
The Steins were rich and then Nechama was too.

Devorah was alone.
No Papa or Mama,
She stayed awake at night.
And she just lost Nechama,
She Cried into the night.

Devorah was adopted,
By the Kagans.
Devorah was nervous as a tick,
When she found out Mr. Kagan had been sick.

The Kagans weren’t rich,
Like the Steins.
They were still kind.
They lived in a flat.
Devorah walked in,
And wiped her feet on a mat.

Devorah made a friend,
Her name was Monica.
Devorah’s first friend.
Monica and Devorah went to school together.
Devorah and Monica fed the squirrels at the park together.

Mrs. Kagan took Devorah to get a kitten.
The kitten crawled into her mitten.
Devorah started to cry.
She didn’t want to keep the kitten.
She wanted it to go home.
They turned around and returned the kitten to its family.
The kitten then lived happily.

Fish in a Tree

Fish in a Tree, a book by Lynda Mullay Hunt, is probably one of my favorite books. It is about a girl named Ally who has trouble reading and writing. She has many encounters with the school principal, especially  at her teacher’s baby shower, got her a sympathy card because she couldn’t read. Ally is teased and called dumb. When her teacher leaves, she has a new substitute who might be able to help her. Will Ally ever learn how to read, or will she be teased forever? I would give this five star. It had a great plot and an unexpected ending.


Slacker is a book by Gordon Korman about a boy named Cameron who is obsessed with video games. One day he gets in trouble and is forced to bring his grades up and join a club. He starts a fake club called the Positive Actions Group (P.A.G.) Then his plan backfires and soon the club is very popular. He is upset because he is training for a video game contest but doesn’t have enough time. I enjoyed this book because it had an interesting twist and plot. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes realistic fiction.

Keys to the City

Over the summer I read a book called Keys to the City by Lisa Schroeder. It’s about a girl named Lindy who  moved to New York City from Brooklyn because her parents are opening a bed and breakfast. She was looking forward to summer until her class gets an assignment to find something special that they’re good at and love doing. All Lindy likes to do is read and write in her notebook. Lindy’s neighbor Vivian and her grandson Tyler who’s visiting for a month take Lindy around the city to find the thing she loves. They start at a  Pizza place where Lindy learns  how to make pizza and when she tossed the pizza it fell on the floor. The next week they take Lindy to Broadway where she sang but she didn’t like it. Then they take her to the zoo to see the butterflies but Lindy wasn’t that interested. Lindy realized it was Tyler’s last week visiting. Will Lindy ever find what she loves?

A Long Walk to Water Book Review

A Long Walk to Water
Author: Linda Sue Park
By: Madelyn M.

Salva escapes his war torn village of Loun-Ariik in Southern Sudan. He finally meets his uncle along the way. Salva started to loose hope but his uncle encouraged him step by step. This book is unique because it is a dual narrative (a story with multiple people’s perspectives.)

Salva has started to travel across Africa on foot. He travels across South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya. From 1985 to 1996, Salva is walking across deserts, swimming across rivers and leading a large number of boys to safety. Salva has to leave his village because of the North Sudan soldiers who either forced people to join their army or killed them. Salva is looking for his family and water. My favorite part of the book was when Salva became the leader of fifteen hundred boys. I liked that part because Salva treated everyone kindly and gave them an equal amount of food. He did that because he knew what it felt like to be starving. I think that the book was written in an interesting format because it’s a dual narrative. Other people would enjoy this book because it’s sad and happy at the same time.

This book was entertaining to me because I couldn’t put it down. I kept wanting to know what would happen. I would recommend this book because it was based on a true story and extremely exciting. It started out sad but it ended on a happy note.
Nya is a young girl who walks half of the day every day to get water for her family. She walks even though the water is dirty. Nya lives in South Sudan. During the dry season Nya and her family move and stay there until wet season. This story takes place from 2008-2009. My favorite part of the book was when men came and started digging.

My Character Traits

Once upon a time there lived a super hot dog in New York. His name was Jimmy. He liked to fly around the streets of New York making sure everyone was making perfect hot dogs and other foods too. He uses his magic ketchup on people to make them cook perfect food. Jimmy also saves  people from cooking disasters like burning food. He lives in a palace on a Mountain with his wife Carrie and two kids Timmy and Kylie and lots of palace staff. Before bed he stands in front of his mirror putting on his nightcap. Jimmy is tall with bright blue eyes and dark brown hair and can turn into a human like the rest of his family. Then he told a funny joke to Carrie and went to bed.

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