Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Fourteenth Goldfish

Title: The Fourteenth Goldfish
Author: Jennifer L. Holm
Genre: Science Fiction

I really enjoyed this book for a lot of reasons. Not only did you really love the characters, but who knew finding the “fountain of youth” could be so complicated, and related to jellyfish??I think what I connected to most in this story though, was the theme of change. Change is extremely difficult for many, including myself. I loved watching Ellie navigate change in her own life, but how change in the lives of those around her also impacted her. Even as an adult, this idea rings true. As much as I want to stop time, stop change from happening, I can’t, no one can. And what this story really reminded me of it how I shouldn’t want it to. Without change there is no progress, we don’t get to experience what comes next, good or bad, and what kind of life is that? Ellie realizes this for herself, but she helps others realize it as well, including her mother and grandfather. This book was a great reminder about how life keeps moving forward whether we want it to or not and that many beautiful and amazing things can happen because of that.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Freddie in the Shade

Title: "Freddie in the Shade"
Author: Pam Munoz Ryan
Genre: Realistic Fiction
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“Freddie in the Shade,” a short story by Pam Munoz Ryan, describes that change isn’t always bad. Freddie, a boy entering sixth grade, is shy and doesn’t want anyone to see his emotions. He wants for the changes in his life to stop, mainly by not moving from San Diego to Minneapolis. However, his dad and his new stepmom are going to have a baby and he knows that will change everything. By keeping his sunglasses on, staying in his room, and getting a job at a bakery, Freddie is able to avoid some of these changes. Will Freddie ever get back to a normal life and learn to like change?

Monday, August 28, 2017


Title: Dragonwatch
Author: Brandon Mull
Genre: Fantasy

"Deep Thinking" Response

For me, I was beyond excited when I heard about this book. Having loved the Fablehaven series that came before it, there was no doubt this new series would bring me the same excitement and joy. When Fablehaven ended after book 5, Brandon Mull had said he was done with these characters for a while, leaving me upset and wondering when they might be brought to life again. SIX YEARS LATER this book finally came and it was everything I was hoping for. Not only were the characters the same, but the adventure and action hit right away. Seth is still mischevious, Kendra is still strong and wise beyond her years, and the fantastical creates of Fablehaven and the other magical preserves were still exciting my imagination. I cannot wait for more books to arrive in this series as Kendra and Seth are now caretakers of the most important preserve, Wyrmroost. Can they contain the dragons who are looking to reclaim their power over the world? I for one cannot wait to find out!

The Selection Series

Title: The Selection Series
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction

Summary Response: 

The Selection by Kiera Cass is a fantasy story that details America Singer's life as she enters "The Selection" along with 35 other accomplished, beautiful young women. America is an average girl in a low caste who only joins the Selection to make her family happy. When she is selected she finds herself vying for the heart of Prince Maxon, a position she can't decide if she wants to be in. Not only does she offend the prince on her very first day, but she quickly realizes her heart might not be ready to love again. Whether she likes it or not, America and Prince Maxon form a quick bond as both of them navigate a life they didn't choose. Will they end up falling for each other during this competition, or will they both return to lives where happiness is hard to come by?

Friday, March 3, 2017

The Sweetest Fig

Author: Chris Van Allsburg
Genre: Fantasy
Title:  The Sweetest Fig

The Sweetest Fig is about this guy how is so so neat but the and he walks into work one day.  And the patient didn’t have any money but what she did have is two figs and the dentist said, “No no no that isn't money that is figs.”  Another thing she said, “These are powerful.” So the dentist went to his house that evening and sat down and had the fig.  Bibot thought this is the best fig ever.  Also, Bibot had a dream that night about wearing the perfect suit and then he woke up that morning and he went into public and wasn’t wearing his suit.

I think the best part about the book is Bibot went into public without any clothes on and everyone was looking at him and he was wondering why everyone was looking at him. I think you would like this book because it is a very good book, but it teaches you always be kind to others if you want to be treated kindly.

By Nora T

Thursday, February 2, 2017

James and the Giant Peach

Taken from Kenna M's Blog...

Title: James and the Giant Peach
Author: Roald Dahl
Genre: Fantasy

"James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl shows that even though it’s tough, you can always do it! James Henry Trotter wanted to live a happy life. Unfortunately, his parents die and he has to move in with his aunts. These aunts aren’t just any aunts, they MEAN and treat James like their slave. One day, a little man comes and gives James a bag with magical green things in it. Will these beans give James a way to find a happy life full of adventure? I recommend this book because it has a lot of emotions at the beginning when his parents die, you feel kinda sad. I liked this book because it was funny because some of the names were silly, like Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker."

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Taken from Katherine P's Blog...

Title: Fantastic Mr.Fox
Author: Roald Dahl
Genre: Fantasy

Summary: "Fantastic Mr.Fox by Roald Dahl tells it isn’t right to steal but sometimes you need to do it for your family. Mr.Fox wants to eat food and have a good life with his family, but Mr.Fox is eating the farmers' chickens. The farmers want to kill Mr.Fox and stuff him. Mr.Fox dug a hole so the farmers wouldn't find him and his family. Will Mr.Fox survive or will he be killed and stuffed? I liked his book because when you think the book is over and everything is fine it’s not because the farmers are going to come back! I like that because it makes the book more interesting. Finally, I recommend this book because it’s very interesting and you can’t put this book down because it’s so so good."