I play travel team basketball and love the game and my team. I am interested in mainly drama and adventure books that keep me hooked into the story.
Guest Blogger: Lauren, Montevideo Middle School
I play travel team basketball and love the game and my team. I am interested in mainly drama and adventure books that keep me hooked into the story.
Have you ever felt like your heart was ripped out of your chest? That’s how Bella felt when her true love abandoned her in the woods. In New Moon by Stephenie Meyer, Bella just wants to be happy after her vampire boyfriend, Edward, leaves her. She finds happiness with her best friend and maybe more, Jacob, but then Edward’s sister tells Bella that she needs to go save Edward. So Bella flies to Italy and saves Edward, but before flying home they are threatened by vicious vampires. Then Edward comes back to Forks with Bella, complicating things with Jacob. My favorite part of the book is was when Edward explained to Bella why he left her heartbroken in the forest. This was my favorite part because Edward had an incredible reason to leave her. It made me cry tears of happiness and joy because it was so heartwarming. It made Bella fall in love all over again. The life lesson is that Bella learned that there’s nothing she won’t do for true love. She flew all the way to Europe, ran through freezing water, and sprinted across a courtyard to rescue Edward. I think the book’s greatest value is all the drama because the drama that Edward and Bella go through makes the reader want to keep reading. I also think that the drama is the book’s greatest value because if it wasn’t for all the drama, there would be no extraordinary story. But since there is drama, you can feel how the characters do and it drags you into the story. I recommend this book to teenagers because they can relate to some of the drama. I also recommend this book to people who like romance. Bella is torn between a vampire that left and came back, or a werewolf that stayed. Can Edward win her heart in the end, or will she resent Edward for leaving her and remain with the werewolf?
Guest Blogger: Caroline, Montevideo Middle School
I play basketball, and I like to be active.
Has anyone ever told you that you aren’t good enough? Danny faced this problem and got teased and even harassed with kids, even mature adults, just because he was a couple inches short for his age. In Mike Lupica’s book, Summer Ball, Danny just wanted to be accepted by his coach. Coach Powers was a coach that had a questionable history with Danny’s dad, so he thought Danny wasn’t any different than him. Then he became friends with Rasheed, who Coach Powers favored. They both proved to him that Danny was extraordinary, even though he was small. They had won all of their games, so then came the championship against Lamar’s team. Lamar was a guy who thought Danny was nothing more than a little dude at camp that had no skills whatsoever, but Danny proved him wrong in so many ways. When it came to Danny’s size, he didn’t really care, because he knew he was capable of so much. He totally wouldn’t mind being a little bit taller, but he was amazing just the way he was. It was really inspiring when Danny jumped up and blocked Lamar’s shot because he proved to him that he was better at basketball than Lamar thought. It made me feel electrified for Danny because he had never had experienced what it felt like to be the one to block shots. Danny wasn’t just a boy from Middletown, he was a boy from Middletown who could BALL. The book shows you that you need to keep your head up and stay hopeful. Danny teaches you that when he goes through so much, but he still manages to stay strong and confident in himself. Danny got teased and faced many problems, but he still managed to keep his life together and deal with stuff at the same time. Even when he got made fun of and laughed at, he still kept a positive attitude towards even the things he hated the most. I recommend this book to people who have had to make hard decisions before. Danny shows that when he decides if he wants to give up or just ignore the words of Coach Powers. With his super judgmental coach saying hurtful things to him, he managed to stay motivated. Danny is super short for his age, but he learns that your height doesn’t matter. It’s your love and dedication for the game that counts.
Guest Blogger: Sophia, Montevideo Middle School
I like to swim and read books.
In Lauren Myracle’s Shine, it sets the scene of a mysterious southern town, where many secrets are floating around. Then when Cats’ friend, Patrick, is beaten up in a gas station and close to a near-death defeat, rumors start flying and it’s up to Cat to figure out who committed the crime. When Patrick is beaten up in a gas station, Cat is set to figure out who did it and why. Meanwhile, the police don’t look into the evidence, claiming it to be just another drunken teenager. When Cat tries to look into the crime, she finds it is hard to open up to all the people in Black Creek. When she finds out the secrets of the people in Black Creek, she wishes she didn’t. But she feels like she needs to help Patrick because she’d ignored him in high school, so the weight of his future lies on her. Therefore, it’s up to Cat to fix the towns’ misfortune once and for all. The most intense part was when Patrick’s attacker was on a cliff, Suicide Rock, holding eleven-year-old Robert on the edge of the cliff. It was a stuffy afternoon at the cliff. The rocky cliff was towering and all the way down, was a mossy log, soaked with pale color. Patrick’s attacker pushed Robert off the cliff, making my heart leap. Cat ran to the rock and while they both fell, nestled his body into hers, helping the blow. While they survived, someone didn’t. The overall life lesson in this book is for the young teens that are just beginning to be adults and maturity. This book shows what would happen if you don’t stay aware of what’s happening to yourself and your friends. The lesson I learned is that your friends won’t stay loyal to you every time. I learned that loyalty isn’t given, it’s earned. The value of this book is that it talks about life’s problems: obvious problems that influence the world with your choices. It shows drugs, abuse, and politics, problems that are very influential in the world. It shows the consequences to the bad actions, sending a message about the effect from the choice. Mystery and realistic fiction lovers will be swallowed into this story of a simple southern community with problems that didn’t seem important. When Cat can’t figure out who beat up Patrick, she digs deeper into the evidence that’s left behind.
Guest Blogger: Sam, Montevideo Middle School
I love playing basketball outside and with my team. It clears my mind off of everything. I also want to play in the NBA when I grow up.
Have you ever fought for someone you loved? Stealing the Game by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will show you a story about a boy who did. Chris wanted to keep his comic books and drawing a secret, but his brother wanted to know about it. So they made a deal. Then he finally figured out why his brother wasn’t at college. My favorite part was when he went to the comic store to get some comics and he found a girl from his school. She wanted him to come over and watch a movie. The reason I liked that part is because he was her first friend to ever come to her house. Then they started to become better friends in and out of school. They were both shy, but I was happy for them. The life lesson in Stealing the Game is that if you work together and work as a team you can achieve anything. Teamwork makes a dream work. Also the greatest value of the book is that it shows his thought of what he is about to do so we are basically in his head. The reason I like it is because I can understand better about the book and not in the narrator's perspective. You can achieve anything. All you need is confidence and hope. People who like basketball, teamwork, and having mixed emotions should read this book.
Guest Blogger: Brooklen, Montevideo Middle School
I like to ride horses on my free time, and I also like to read about them too!
“Maya. Get your homework started now,” yelled Maya’s grandmother. Maya didn’t care about homework though. She just wanted to play with her mother’s horse toys. Maya thought about her mother’s family and how she never saw them, but if she went there, would she make it out alive? In Pam Mounoz Ryan’s book, Paint The Wind, Maya has a pretty rough life. Inside Maya wanted to know more about her mother, but her mother’s aunt told her about a horse that had belonged to her mother, so Maya went on an adventure to find the horse. Then she realized, she may never make it home. My favorite part of Paint The Wind is when Maya goes to the doctor after being alone in the wild for a long time. The doctor said, “ you will be fine, Maya.” Maya woke up on a different bed than she was used to. She thought, where am I? A doctor walked in and said, “great news girl! You’re fine to go home.” Maya was relieved to hear that! All of my fear went away. This was important because the reader knew she was safe. However, the life lesson in this book is to always stay positive even if things don’t go your way. It teaches you you to keep your head up and to never give up. Maya never gave up with getting home with her mother’s horse! The book's greatest value is all of the events that are building up to this climactic part. Maya was sitting back on a tree with all kinds of scabs and bites on her. She tried to get up and walk to the cool water, but she hurt so much all over. When she looked around, she saw a beautiful tall horse waiting for her to hop on. People who love horses so much will wonder about what will happen to the herd of them! All of the small events will lead up to a huge event that will make you think for most of the chapters. Paint The Wind teaches you to stay positive.
Guest Blogger: Camila, Montevideo Middle School
I am a student at Montevideo and love to read if I can grab a good book. In the future I plan to be a teacher or a doctor and help many people.
Imagine not being able to move, speak or eat on your own. Not being able to say, “I Love You,” to your parents. Well, all of that is about to change for Melody. In this lovely book, Out Of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper, Melody, a young girl who can’t move or speak very well, wanted to tell many people that she cared for them, but there is no cure for her illness. So her babysitter told her about this machine that could do the talking for her and convinced Melody’s parents to buy it. Then Melody succeeds in many things like being on a quiz team and making friends. My favorite part of my book is when Melody proves everyone wrong when she gets a perfect score on a test. Everyone thinks she is useless and not needed; however, Melody has talent. She can memorize a lot and she is beyond smart. As a result, she tries out for a quiz team anxious to know if she made the team. Thereafter, she gets a perfect score feeling confident and proud of herself knowing she can do anything , and it made me feel like I knew who she was and that I would be proud of her too. Don’t think that just because someone has a disability doesn’t mean they aren’t smart and can’t succeed. In this book the greatest value is that Melody has a disability but she always tries her best. The book has a lot of important life lessons inside, like always trying your best, and never giving up. Melody never gave up on what she wanted to do in life. Later on in the book, Melody succeeds in many things like making friends. Realistic-Fiction lovers will really enjoy this book. They will become addicted with Melody and her intelligence and main wish to be heard, whether it is a good thing or a bad thing.
Guest Blogger: Cole, Montevideo Middle School
I have two dogs, one of them resembles a Twinky, and the other dog is a gargoyle-looking thing. Something I like to do is fence and snowboard.
Shhh went the silver and blue sword as Eragon pulled it out of its scabbard; anticipation welled up inside of me for what is to happen next. In this book you will often feel anticipation while reading because of the constant suspense and action, which is awesome in my mind because you are never bored reading this book. Another reason you should read this book is because it takes you to a magical world where magical creatures and humans teach you lots of great life lessons, which if you ask me doesn’t happen in normal Fantasy books. The biggest life lesson the book pursues is to never give up no matter how hard the enemy is. A way it teaches you this is that when Eragon is hurt or in pain he still never gives in against Gioblatrix (evil overlord). You probably will not want to read Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance until you get a little preview or summary, so here is a quick summary of the book. Eragon has wanted peace all of his life, and in this book he finally gets his one and only chance to make peace by killing the evil overlord and his dragon but the hardest part is yet to come; Eragon still has to break into the evil overlord’s castle and slay him and his dragon, who are the most powerful person and dragon in existence. That doesn’t stop Eragon from storming the castle, and after lots of effort, Eragon finally slays the evil overlord and his dragon, bringing peace to the land, but Eragon is not there to see it. This summary is just part of the book, and you have to read it if you want to find out more about it. My favorite part that is not in this short summary is when Eragon goes to the Vault of Souls and discovers there that hope is not lost for him and the whole of the dragon race. A reason I liked this part in particular is because of the extreme but not overdone detail. Another reason I liked this part is because the characters got all excited and happy, which got me fired up to read on. I have read this book and I thought it was the best book ever, so if you love Fantasy or just a book that gives you a life lesson, this book is for you.
Guest Blogger: Ben, Montevideo Middle School
I love playing sports like baseball and basketball. My dream job is to be a pro baseball player.
CRACK!! The ball is flying. The ball is going!! And there it is! Sammy Sosa has just broken Mark Mcgwire’s home run record. Arlene Bourgeois Molzahn wrote Sammy Sosa, a biography. Sammy Sosa wanted to play in the MLB (major league baseball), but his family from the Dominican Republic was very poor, so he didn’t have enough money to get a glove or a bat. Then a young man from the United States came to open a shoe store in the Dominican Republic. The young man saw the talent in the 14 year old Sammy Sosa. He took Sammy back to the United States and Sammy gets offered a position by the Texas Rangers. What really drew me into reading this book is how it hooks you on every single page. Most books just try to hook you on the first page or chapter, but this book hooks you throughout the whole book. I feel that there is a strong life lesson in this book too. The life lesson is to always be grateful for what you have. Sammy was using a stick and a rock for a ball, and he still made it to the MLB. One really really important thing is that it focuses on his whole life. Most MLB (major league baseball) books about baseball players only focus on their MLB career. This book focuses on his childhood, teenage years, and MLB years. Even though Sammy grew up very poor, he still did everything he could to be good. I recommend the rest of the sports biographies that Arlene Bourgeois Molzahn has written. All of the other biographies that Arlene Bourgeois Molzahn written also very good like the Sammy Sosa biography. She is my very favorite authors!!
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