Guest Blogger: Haya, Montevideo Middle School
The story begins when Cece is a four year-old rabbit who is living a normal, happy life. She has a loving family and a best friend named Emma. When Cece learns she has meningitis, she must recover in the hospital. Her illness leads to deafness. Cece does not want the hearing machine that helps her hair, because she thinks that people will judge her by the way she looks. Will they or will they not?..Figure it out by joining Cece in her adventure.
Guest Blogger: Hannah, Montevideo Middle School
Li-Ping, the giant panda, is missing and Teddy is determined to find out who took her, but when the FBI threatens him to stay out of it, he'll have to do it undercover. Read Panda-Monium by Stuart Gibbs to find out more. Teddy is very brave. He always gets out of dangerous places. This book teaches you to never give up. You would like this book if you like mystery because you don't know it's going to happen and there are a bunch of twists and turns. I think the author wrote this book because the other books in this series were big hits, you should read them too. You should read this book because once you pick it up you can't put it down. Will the mystery be solved? Please read this book you'd love it.
Guest Blogger: Eddie, Montevideo Middle School
Poached is the second book in the FunJungle series. At the animal theme park, Teddy is the prime suspect for stealing Kazoo the Koala. He didn’t do it, but “Large Marge” and the other security guards won’t listen. There is only one way to get out of that: to catch the suspect while avoiding Vance, the school bully. This was an awesome book!
This is the third book in the FunJungle series. Belly Up is first. I loved this book. Teddy is a kid that lives at FunJungle, an animal theme park. Someone takes a shot at Rhonda the Rhino, so he must investigate who the culprit is. This is a great book if you like solving mysteries and humor.
Guest Blogger: Eddie, Montevideo Middle School
I am in a reading competition.
Hoot is about a kid named Roy who has recently moved to Florida. He finds out that owls live on the future home of a pancake property, he tracks a barefoot boy, and investigates vandalisms at the pancake property. Roy has to try to prevent the Mother Paula’s from bulldozing the property (taking the owls with it), all while facing Dana, the massive school bully
IF YOU'RE READING THIS, IT'S TOO LATE, BAD MAGIC, & THE NAME OF THIS BOOK IS SECRET by Pseudonymous Bosch
Guest Blogger: Haya, Montevideo Middle School
Cass and Max-Ernest are no ordinary kids. Cass lives with her mom, and her grandfathers Wayne and Larry are nearby. She is a brave girl and a survivalist whose custom-made backpack contains supplies for any disaster, natural or man-made. Max-Ernest likes to tell dumb jokes and practice magic tricks. He is a child of divorce and, to keep peace in the family, Max-Ernest. carries two backpacks to school, one from each parent. He got his name from both his parents. His mother wanted to name him Max and his father wanted to name him Ernest after his great-grandfather. As members of the secret Terces Society, she and her friend Max-Ernest have taken an oath to fight the evil forces of the Midnight Sun. The Midnight Sun is a “spa” out of town, but whoever goes in that building, never comes back…
Clay is a go along to get along kind of guy. Almost thirteen, he is a fairly typical adolescent; he likes to skateboard, wears hoodies, and has a sustained interest in graffiti style art. Someone is framing Clay by drawing graffiti on the school walls, and everyone thinks it’s Clay, but he didn’t do it.. Who is framing Clay, and why?...
A real-estate agent for the deceased, named Gloria, finds a mysterious box called, "The Symphony of Smells," in a dead magician's house which she gives to Cass and her grandfathers. Cass is a misfit in her school until she meets another misfit, Max-Ernest, who talks too much, loves jokes and has divorced parents, but who are still living in the same house that is split into two halves- one for the dad and one for the mom, with neither of them allowed to cross the other's side of the house.. Cass and Max-Ernest have an adventure to go search the dead magicians house, and find mysterious items in a secret room…
Guest Blogger: Kiley, Montevideo Middle School
I enjoy all kinds of books, and hope to write my own.
Congratulations, you’re dead, was what the hotel sign should have said. Instead, in gleaming letters wrote Hotel Valhalla. The place was larger than a normal hotel, and certainly much more odd.
The Sword of Summer, written by Rick Riordan is a masterpiece that you won’t want to end. Magnus Chase is your average sixteen year old homeless person. After the death of his mother, Magnus has been living on the streets, living his life as well as he could. Then, one day, he decides to go to his Uncle Randolph’s house, the one place his mother always told him not to go. He meets his uncle, who whisks him off as soon as he sees him.They go to The Longfellow Bridge, Magnus finds out a secret about his family, he claims his birthright, and Magnus Chase dies. Not permanently, though. He goes to Valhalla, the afterlife for the honorable dead, and home of Odin’s warriors. Magnus, along with his friends, a Valkyrie, a dwarf, an elf, and a talking sword, have to keep Fenris wolf tied up and delay Ragnarok, the end of the world. With alf seider, healing powers, and all of Valhalla against them, do you think they’ll succeed?
Guest Blogger: Isabelle, Montevideo Middle School
I am a sixth grader who loves art, animals, interior design, and soccer.
Whoosh! The wind glides through the willow tree in the book Wishing Day. Natasha's wishing day has come, and she is ready for her three wishes (an impossible wish, a wish you can make true yourself, and the deepest wish in your heart) but, she isn't sure about the wishes she made. This book takes a journey through the next weeks of her wishes, but is it a journey she wants to take? This book is packed full with humor, romance, and magic that 4th-7th graders will love! There is so much to love about this book, sisterhood, magic, and all of the above!
Mom. That is the one word that always sticks in your mind when you read the book The Forgetting Spell. Darya's mom has been missing for as long as Darya can remember. No one in her family knows what happened, or do they. Natasha made a wish that could have effected the whole family, and now that wish is coming true, and maybe the reward is different than before. This book is a great, adventurous, and humorous book for high level elementary school and middle school girls. If you loved Wishing Day, then this book will be amazing.
Guest Blogger: Ava, Montevideo Middle School
Paper Towns is about a girl named Margo Roth Spigelman wanted her parent to treat her right and she wanted to get away from the "paper towns", but she hasn't gotten the courage to leave yet. So Margo goes to this abandoned subdivision and spends a couple days there writing in her black notebook. Margo leaves finally but she leaves all these clues for Quentin Jacobsen a friend of hers. Finally after missing graduation and taking a 21 hour long trip to Agloe, Newyork Quentin finally finds Margo and she says she doesn't want to come with him. So they all leave knowing that she is alive.
Guest Blogger: Eleanor, Montevideo Middle School
I really love animals and want to major in marine science and biology. I love history and science.
Orbiting Jupiter is about a boy named Joseph. Joseph tried to kill his teacher and he also had a baby. After juvie he gets sent to a foster home where they take very good care of him. During the book he tries to kind his baby named Jupiter and everyone doesn't let him because he is 14 years old. You should read this if you like realistic fiction and a little bit of mystery.
Guest Blogger: Leah Kirkpatrick,
Montevideo Middle School English Teacher
I enjoy finding the perfect book at the perfect time for each student!
Guest Blogger: Lubna, Montevideo Middle School
I like algebra.
Some Thoughts on The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton and Hairspray, Jr.
I just finished reading The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Again. I read it every year with my 8th graders, and it never fails to surprise me how warmly that now decades old book is received, and how fresh and current the characters feel, despite their 60’s slang and vintage hairdo’s. The rawness of teen angst, set against a backdrop of drive-in movies and street fights between the haves and have-nots still strikes a cord with my phone-wielding 13 year olds.
The book has everything a teen could want in a read: thick friendships and family bonds, romantic disputes and gang fights, car chases and death bed scenes, with a nice dash of ironic humor thrown in for good measure. The main character, Ponyboy, travels through innocence to maturity as he comes to grips with the harsh realities of social class and learns to see beyond them to universal truths about the human condition regardless of family origin, gender, or financial status. What I love about it most is how Hinton takes the victim of the novel, Johnny Cade, who has suffered chronic abuse and neglect at the hands of his parents, and transforms him into a hero. Through their suffering from forces largely beyond their control, Ponyboy and Johnny come through transformed by their experiences, able to see life in all of its fragile and golden beauty.
The book has special relevance this year as our school just completed their run of the musical, Hairspray, Jr., also set during that dissonant decade, when social norms were getting turned on their heads. The play is similar to The Outsiders in that the characters struggle against social norms to achieve personal freedom and express their talents and individuality without censor. In Hairspray, the focus is on social attitudes towards physical appearance, specifically, against people of color and a young woman whose weight places her outside of the norms of feminine beauty. Though this emphasis differs from the class wars featured by Hinton, both The Outsiders and Hairspray send a powerful message about the transcendent nature of that human spirit that defies society’s attempts to suppress the freedoms of specific people groups in our country’s recent history.
The Outsiders is a book that I’ve read in my English class. The story took place in Rural, Oklahoma. This is a story about a group of boys known as the greasers, and their rival group is known as the socs. Ponyboy is the protagonist and he’s 14 years old. He lives with his older brothers Darry, Sodapop, and Dallas. Darry is in charge of the boys since both of their parents died in a car crash at the beginning of the story. Darry is strict with Ponyboy, making sure he receives good grades in school and stays out of trouble. Sodapop, who is a high school dropout and works at a gas station. Dallas, who is really tough and bitter, he was arrested at the age of ten. Johnny, who is ponyboys best friend. His father was always beating him up, and his mother ignored him. Together, they and a couple of their other friends made up the rag-tag gang of Greasers that rule the streets.
Everything is great for the gang, going to the movies, and joking around at the house. But one-night Ponyboy and Johnny were out on the street when they get jumped by Socs; what would happen that night would change the relationship between Socs and Greasers forever? I personally liked the book, it's very different from the other book's I've read. It wasn't confusing to read and it taught me things such as not to judge someone by the way they look. You have to get to know the person before judging what kind of person they are. The ending was shocking to me, I never thought of it to end like that. Also, I really like the poem in the book "Nothing gold can stay" Which says "Nature's first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf's a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf, So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down today Nothing gold can stay."
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