Wednesday, May 20, 2015


My family is moving to Fort Lewis in a couple weeks!

I will be back soon.

Friday, May 15, 2015

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is the last book I read for literature in fourth grade.

This book is about a girl named Claudia and her brother Jamie who run away from home to teach their parents a lesson.  They run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Everyday, they would sneak past the guards and sometimes almost get caught.

In the museum, Claudia finds a really pretty statue called Angel and won't go home until she finds out who made the statue.  Eventually, Jamie is running out of money and they have to go home, but Claudia convinces Jamie to go to Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler's house, the previous owner of Angel.  When they get to her house, they find out she has file on a statue!  If they can find the file in an hour, they can find out the answers.

I liked this book because it takes place in a real museum, not a made up location. My favorite part of the book was when Claudia and Jamie bathed in the fountain and found a bunch of money.  I also like how the author explains the feeling the kids were having, like how Jamie felt sad and homesick when his class came to the museum.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wipeout of the Wireless Weenies by David Lubar

Wipeout of the Wireless Weenies is only one of the many stories in this book!  This book is full of short stories about weird, crazy stuff.

One of my favorite stories is called "Control Issues".  In this story, a kid and his friend go to a store and get a wireless PS2 controller.  When he is walking home, he realizes he doesn't have the receiver in the bag.  He and his friend start walking back to the store to try and find it when they run into some bullies.  The bullies pick up the receiver and one of them puts it in his back pocket.  His friend tries to get it back.  Just before the bully tries to punch him, the kid hits start on the controller and the bully pauses.  He then unpauses it and uses the bully to take out the other bullies.  Then he goes to the menu and changes the bully's difficulty level to easy!  And this is only one of the 33 stories in the book.

I really liked this book because they were goofy, silly stories, and they were short!  You could finish one story quickly and the stories are all different so you can read them in any order.  I would love to read another book of these kind of stories!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Powerless by Matthew Cody

Powerless is about a boy named Daniel who moves to a new town and meets some friends.  He finds out that each of his friends has a super power.  But somehow, mysteriously, each kid loses their power on the day of their 13th birthday.  Daniel and his friends figure out that the villain who is stealing their powers is called "The Shroud."  Together, Daniel, his friends, and even the bully set out on a mission to stop The Shroud!  What will happen?

I thought this was a really cool book because, while Daniel didn't any powers of his own, he was helping to save his friends' powers.  I also like how there is another mystery in the book, how one boy, Eric, has two powers where everyone else only has one.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

My Life as a Joke by Janet Tashjian

I read the first book in this series, My Life as a Book, a long time ago.  My mom saw this book on the library list and ordered it for me.

My Life as a Book is about a boy named Derek who thinks middle school is going to be awesome, but it doesn't turn out as well as he was hoping.  When they are dissecting worms in science class, he faints.  He falls on his face which makes him get a lisp.  Then, when he decides to rent a monster truck, it ends up being a bouncy house.  When will things ever turn right side up again?

I really like this book because it seems like everything is happening to Derek, and every time he thinks it is going to stop, it keeps going.  I think it's really funny because all the crazy bad things only happen to him.  One of my favorite parts is when Derek faints during worm dissection!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Spirit Animals: Wild Born by Brandon Mull

Spirit Animals: Wild Born is the first book in the Spirit Animals series.  My mom got it for me on my Kindle.

Spirit Animals is about four kids who summon for fallen warriors to be their spirit animal.  The kids drank a special nectar which gave them the power to summon special animals to help use their power to fight alongside them. The Green Cloaks, the good guys, want to unite the four fallen animals to help destroy the Great Devourer.  The Green Cloaks get three of the four animals, but the enemies get the fourth.  What will happen?

I like this book because the kids have the power to summon the animals and can use their strength and powers.  My favorite spirit animal, so far, is the wolf and I can't wait to see what his powers are going to be.  There are more books in the series and I want to read them!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Calendar Mysteries Series {April Reads}

In April, I decided to reread some of my favorite series, including the Calendar Mysteries by Ron Roy.  Rob Roy also writes the A to Z Mysteries.  The Calendar Mysteries are written for younger kids than the A to Z Mysteries.

The Calendar Mysteries are a series of books about four kids named Brian, Bradley, Nate, and Lucy.  In each book, there is a new mystery to solve.  Some of the mysteries are just tricks, but some are not.  In one mystery, their mom turned into a duck!  Or so they thought.  In another, the kids were trying to find out who was eating their strawberries.  In a third, their horse and dog ran away and they had to find them.  And there are nine more mysteries too!

I really like these books because each book is its own single mystery.  You don't have to read them in order.  Sometimes, after one part of the mystery is solved, another one starts.  My favorite mystery was August Acrobat because the kids had to find out who was the awesome acrobat and who was the lousy one.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Flat Stanley Series {April Reads}

In April, I decided to reread some of my favorite series, including Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown.  There are two parts to the Flat Stanley series--the original series and the worldwide adventures.

There is a boy named Stanley.  One night, when he is sleeping, a bulletin board falls on him and he is flattened.  Once he is flat, he has many adventures.  He stops a sneak thief the museum, goes to the North Pole, goes to space, turns invisible, and even meets a genie.  In the worldwide adventures, Stanley is mailed all around the world and has new adventures in different countries.  He stops some tomb thieves, saves Mount Rushmore, meets a movie star, and more!

I think these books are really cool because Stanley gets to go on many different adventures in a couple of different forms (he's invisible, flat, and regular!).  I also think it's cool that, if you don't know much about a country, you can learn a little bit about it by reading one of the Flat Stanley books.  Out of all the Flat Stanley books, my favorite is Flat Stanley Worldwide Adventures: The Canadian Expedition because Stanley meets a new friend and they fly up in the air during a snowboarding competition and don't come down until somewhere else in Canada.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series {April Reads}

In April, I decided to reread some of my favorite series, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney.  There are 9 books in the series, and the tenth one is coming out in November.

This series about a boy named Greg and his life.  Bad things are always happening to Greg, but Greg thinks of himself as majorly awesome.  In one of the books, Greg was signed up for a play that he didn't want to act in.  Everything ends up in a disaster and he has to be a singing tree.  In another book, Greg gets a dog, but the dog sleeps in his bed and only likes his mom!  And, in another, his little brother gets a pig.  Greg gets bit by it and has to go to the vet.

I really like these books because they are a funny way to tell Greg's life story.  I think that you can picture what happens in these books actually happening in real life.   I like how they write it in a journal type format instead of regular chapters.  One of my favorite parts of the books is the illustrations because they really bring out the story.  Kids who like funny stories would like this series.