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Hannah and Angel are reading Call it Courage given by Ms.Pickert
So far we are loving this book and it is really sad.
Also Dramatic.
The beging starts to describe all the characters and also tell a little story about this boy who his mother died in a wave incadent and now everyone is calling him a coward, weak, and scared of the see. Now in the middle it tells about his life and how he gos through with his problem. But right now his father is desapointed to call his son.
If you love dramatic stories this book is totally for you.

Books Everyone Should Read

Summer is approaching, and in my mind, it will be READING SEASON! I’ve compiled a list of some of my absolute favorite books for kids. This list is in no particular order, and I’ve copied and pasted from some of what I’ve written on a few of these books before. After scouring my classroom shelves, my account (a cool website that allows you to track all the books you have read and want to read), and my brain, I’ve come up with the list below. The titles are all links to Amazon, and a lot of them are $5-$10. The library will have all of these as well!

1. Running Out of Time, By: Margaret Peterson Haddix. I have read this book aloud every year. I still get excited when Jessie finds out the truth about her life. This book starts a lot of dialogue about what we believe about society.

2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians, By: Rick Riordan. The series takes the reader on an adventure in a world where the Greek Gods are real and their family lines still continue. If you find that you are someone who loves to get pulled into a completely new world, then you need to read all the Percy Jackson books!

3. Harry Potter Series, By: JK Rowling. This is one of my all time favorite story lines. Harry Potter is one of the reasons I became a teacher. I wanted to talk about stories this great with kids. I have a hard time believing that there is anyone left who hasn’t read these books. But if you haven’t, you are missing out. 

4. Hatchet, By: Gary Paulsen. The adventure of Brian, a young boy who finds himself alone in the wilderness is absolutely unforgettable. The story hooks in the reader, and I know I find myself wondering if I could be as smart and brave as Brian. The book is great for teaching and thinking about descriptive writing.

5. Island of the Blue Dolphins, By: Soctt O’Dell was one of my favorite books in elementary school. One of our literature circle groups is currently reading it, and I had to take it home and finish it IMMEDIATELY. This is one of those books that just gives you a feeling of a world you would never know, or expect to know. I find it difficult to describe without giving away to much, but the book it phenomenal. I have several copies of this book, so if you have interest in borrowing, let me know.

6. The Invention of Hugo Cabret, By: Brian Selznick. When I first read this book, I was in absolute awe. The story is told through pictures AND words. When you think back on the story, you can’t even remember whether what you are remembering is part of the written story or illustrated story.

7. Wonderstruck, By: Brian Selznick. My mom gave my sister and me a copy of Wonderstruck for Christmas. Emily and I both read it in one day. We couldn’t put it down. Unlike Hugo, this isn’t one story told through pictures and writing. This is two separate stories, told fifty years apart. One story is through the artwork, and the other story is through the writing. The stories do come together, but it seems like they are far too different to ever get together.

8. Chasing Lincoln’s Killer, By James Swanson. This story turns history into an exciting mystery. It is the true story of the hunt for John Wilkes Booth after he assassinates the president.

9. Turtle in Paradise, By Jennifer Holm. Last summer I read Turtle in Paradise, and it turned out to be the perfect summer story. I loved that it had a bit of history to it; it is about a little girl during the Great Depression. Her mother needs work and gets a job as a housekeeper. There is a catch, the lady she works for does not like children. So, Turtle is shipped off to live in Key West with her aunt and cousins. It was a sweet story about making the best of a situation and finding out that things will be okay! The book was a Newberry Honor book last year.

10. The Clockwork Three, By: Matthew J. Kirby. This was a complicated story of three children. The three kids have some problems, big problems. One supports her family financially, and the other two are orphans, eventually their stories intertwine and they solve a mystery… The book is a tough read, but I definitely recommend it for someone looking for an interesting challenge.

11. The Cabinet of Wonders and the rest of the Kronos Chronicles Series, By: Marie Rutkoski. I LOVE this series. It seems a shame that it has not reached the fame of Harry Potter or Percy Jackson. The storyline is a bit more complicated, and it is a bit of a tougher read. The story is magnificent, I have recommended this series to many adults who have loved it as well. In 2011, when the second book came out, our class wound up with an autographed copy. We were curious, so we began corresponding with the author. It was one of the coolest things EVER. If you are curious about it, you can see our correspondence here.

12. James and the Giant Peach, By: Roald Dahl. This is just an absolutely fantastic story. The story has stuck with me since I was in elementary school.

13. Matilda, By: Roald Dahl. The girl who loved books has a tough life. I had some great conversations with my literature circle group this year about how parents help us to be good people. My kids asked some good questions, like, “Do some kids have terrible parents? What do they do?!” Matilda overcame, and that lesson never goes out of style.

14. When You Reach Me, By: Rebecca Stead. This book won the Newbery Award in 2010. It is a science fiction, time travel, set in the 70’s novel. The story line goes from the end of the story, to the beginning. When the threads come together, it is pretty surprising. It is definitely for patient readers, but it is worth it.

15. A Wrinkle in Time, By: Madeleine L’Engle. This book is more of a middle school read, but the blend of science in mystery is magnificent. There is an entire series, that are all a little different, but very, very good.

16. Holes, By: Louis Sachar. Holes is the story of a boy sentenced to a boys work camp for a crime he didn’t commit. As the reader discovers who did do the crime, they will also discover a curse that has run in Stanley’s family for generations.

17. The Giver, By Lois Lowry. This book is for higher readers who love to contemplate societal structures. The book is intense and unforgettable.

18. Where the Sidewalk Ends, By: Shel Silverstein. It may not be a novel, but it is a “must own” book. The poems make you giggle and the cleverness of them makes the reader feel clever themselves.

19. The Hunger Games, By: Suzanne Collins. This is on my list because I think it is an absolutely fascinating series, but make sure you have a parent’s permission before reading it. The series is rather violent, and I’ve noticed some 5th graders starting to read it. The adventure and dystopian society suck you in.

20. The Shadows: The Books of Elsewhere, By: Jacqueline West. This is a newer series, I’ve only read the first two so far. The Shadows is actually a pretty scary story, it gave me the heebie jeebies! I’d like to explain more… but I just don’t want to give anything away. If you liked to be scared just a litte bit, it would be a good fit. The story is an easy read.

If you have any favorites that you think people should read, add them in the comments! I’ll update the list as I find more wonderful books.

Happy summer reading!

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Running out of time is a book about a girl named Jessie and her mom sent her on an adventure. They all thought that it was 1840 in Clifton Village but it really was the 1900’s. Her mom sent her to go outside and get medicene for all the sick children and parents. Will she make it on time? Will she get the mendicene or not? Behind all of this there is a strange mix up... READ THE BOOK TO FIND OUT!!!

Stir it up

Stir it up is a very good book to read .Stir it up catches the reader into the book.the author of this book is Ramin Ganeshram,I won’t stop reading this book once I start it thats how much it got me intFilled with behind the scenes peeks at cooking reality shows and woven with recipes that cook up emotions and actual culinary recipes that make food, this novel is as delicious as it is satisfyingo the book.Thirteen year old Anjali’s life is rich with the smell of curry from her parents Queens N.Y from her absolute passion for food.More than anything Anjali wants to be a chef who competes on a kids cooking reality TV show.  But Anjali must keep her wish a secret from her family, who thinks Anjali’s passions are beneath her. Thank goodness for Deema, Anjali’s grandmother, whose insight and love can push past even the oldest family beliefs.          



                                                                                                                                                                                         By; Alesha 


The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

This book is written by Kate DiCamillo. It is about a girl named Abilene who owned a rabbit made completely out of china (glass). The rabbit was named Edward Tulane. He is loving, Then one day she and her family went on a voyage to England . There were to boys’ on the boat that were playing around with Edward and one of the boys’ tossed Edward into the ocean, so then Edward was about to begin his journey. He goes on to many different families and they all name him a different name and decide if he is a boy or an girl. Then all of the sudden something extraordinary happens, what happens is that ………READ THE BOOK NOW TO FIND OUT (Ask Ms.Pickert for the book). This book also teaches us 1 good lesson… If you love something let it free and if it really loves you back it will come back to you! 😀

By: Armig Kalustian

Trading Faces

Trading faces is written by Jennifer Roy .I am impressed by her writting.It starts with Payton and Emma ,Emma is the smart and studing girl,Payton is the stylish girl who never finds time to study.When they joined middle school the made friends ,but suddenly problems started popping up.So, they decided to swicth spots.Emma being Payton ,and Payton being Emma.Thing went all right untill they were caught.What would happen to them.If you want to know read ,and find out what happens.

Trading Faces by Julia DeVillers and Jennifer RoyBy:Alesha


Over the break, my mom sister, and I went to see Hugo. I told my mom and Emily that they had to read The Invention of Hugo Cabret. That book was magical, and it won the Caldecott award. I’ve been trying to convince everyone to read it since last year!

Then, Brian Selznick came out with a new book. My mom gave my sister and me a copy of Wonderstruck. Emily and I both read it in one day. We couldn’t put it down. Unlike Hugo, this isn’t one story told through pictures and writing. This is two separate stories, told fifty years apart. One story is through the artwork, and the other story is through the writing. The stories do come together, but it seems like they are far to different to ever get together.

Give this book a chance! I have one in my library (which I think someone has already gotten), and I’m not sure if our library has it yet. But, next time you to your library, look for it!! Or snatch mine up when someone is done with it!

Happy Reading!

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

I recently read Mr. Popper’s Penguins. It was a very sweet story of an ordinary man who got one pet penguin and his flock grew from there. This was an easy fun read, and it is the perfect level for fourth graders!



Have you seen the book? What are some similarities and differences? Post in the comments!