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My shoes, my shoes,

My colorful shoes,

Covered in greens

And reds and blues.

They’re a little big

So I can wiggle my toes,

The stripes match almost

All of my clothes.

I can go biking,

Walking and hiking,

I can play basketball,

Run down the hall,

That’s why I like these shoes

Most of all.

Happy poetry month! This is a poem I wrote for my Language Arts class about shoes. We’ve been writing poems all month and it is just delightful!

We have our annual Dream Flags celebration coming up soon, where the whole school gets together to write and speak aloud poetry. It’s been one of my favorite things to do ever since 6th grade when I first learned about it once I started middle school. Too bad, though, this year neither the chorus or the band is performing in it, as the school has decided to focus entirely on poetry, and I can’t blame them for that. I wonder how it’s all going to play out this year. Also, I’ve heard rumours that if it’s too hot, we’re going to do it inside the gym. But, I don’t really think that’s a good idea, because then we won’t be able to see the poems hanging outside in the breeze, like they’re meant to be.

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Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

I learned about this book from my school. Right now they’re having this “One Book One School” event where if you read the book and take a test on it, you get to go to this pizza party. So, when I was walking around the public library, I saw it and decided to get it. It was a good choice.

I’ve never read anything like this, where the author portays a child with Aspergers and talks about how they feel and think from first person. I thought it was really inspiring. When you pair this with the school shootings epidemic that’s been going on lately, this story can really evoke a lot of emotion and tears. I know it did for me.

Mockingbird is about a girl named Caitlin, who has Aspergers. Her brother is killed in a school shooting that sets her and especially her father into a kind of confusion and depression, except Caitlin doesn’t understand alot of her father’s actions and emotions. With the help of her teacher, Mrs. Brook, Caitlin learns about herself and other people when they deal with certain situations.

(P.S.! Thank you guys for all the likes and views yesterday. It was my “Most Liked Day”!)


Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

This was…unexpected! I heard of this novel from the Goodreads Choice Awards (2012 Nominee) and thought the title sounded interesting so I got it from the library. I really didn’t know what to expect from this book, but whatever it was, was pretty good!
Clay is sucked into the Great Recession and loses his job at as a website designer for a bagel compnay. When he starts looking for a new job in San Francisco, he stumbles across Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. This starts him on a path though secret societies and codes and lots of technology.


The Maze Runner by James Dasner

The Maze Runner by James Dasner

This book blew my mind! I picked it up during reading time in my LAnguage Arts class just because I’d forgotten my other book for the day, and this book just lept out of the pages and hooked on to me. I could barely put it down!

The Maze Runner, in my opinion, is like a phychological action-thriller. Jam-packed with monsters and secrets and huge shocks. Every chapter was more stunning than the last. By the time you get about 2/3 through it, you just have no idea what could happen next! It’s just perfect!

Is this book a movie yet? I sure hope so because I’m going to go see it next weekend if it is. I’ll also be running to the bookstore to get the sequel.


Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Oh my goodness!!! I wish I could give this book a million stars!! It was so gripping I literally couldn’t put it down, I read it all in one night! This was SCARY! Not reccomended for younger children or maybe even middle schoolers, like me. It was very, very detailed. But, that makes it great for anyone else looking for an extremely well-written zombie apocalypse thiller. The romance aspect was wonderful as well and gets even better as the book progresses. Can’t wait for the sequel and the movie!


Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

You go girl! He was totally a jerk!
Why We Broke Up is the best romance/love story I’ve ever read. Although I haven’t really read that many, it was still very good. I love the artwork in this book. It’s so simple yet conveys the image perfectly. Kudos to Maira Kalman. Woah! I totally did not expect that ending! I would be so mad if that happened to me. I think my favorite character is Al. Also, the first-person point of view, the cool setting, I loved it!


The cat cries at the back screen door

He thinks, What are you playing this sick game for?

I’ve just put the flea stuff all over his skin

Now he wants to go out instead of staying in

He rubs up against my leg,

His big, almond eyes are starting to beg

Oh, please, Oh, please, Won’t you let me out?

I can almost see his lips forming a pout

He meow meow meows in a pleading way

When all he wants to do is run about and play

Then he sits down to come up with an excuse

Probably thinking, This is animal abuse!

Just when I think he’s calmed down a bit

Soon he’s off on another fit

I can barely concentrate with him staring at me

All I can think is What a poor kitty

At last I hear a Ding! and the treatment is done

Now my flealess kitty can finally have some fun


Today, in Language Arts, we we’re talking about good grammar skills and the teacher, Mrs. Richmond put up a really interesting example. I just wanted to share that example with you;

Let’s eat Grandpa.

Notice anything peculiar? How about this;

Let’s eat, (COMMA) Grandpa.

It’s amazing what a comma can do to a sentence. I mean, those sentences are two totally different ideas, don’t you think? Can you think of any other cool examples?


Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

I’m not sure how to write a really good review of this book because I don’t want to give away any of the big parts in it.

Walk Two Moons was a great book! It was so full of emotion, I found myself crying at the end of it. It was the perfect balance of suspense and heart-feltness. I’d reccomend it to like, 4th grade and up.

This book is about a girl, Sal, who goes on a journey with her grandparents to find her mother, who she hasn’t seen ever since she left home to go see her sister and now she is missing. Along the way, Sal tells her grandparents about her best friend, Phoebe. Phoebe and Sal’s stories are alot alike. They’ve both been through alot of trauma and hard times in their lives.


The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz

  Allie is a 16-year old girl who works in a vinyl record store called Bob & Bob Records. This story talks about her summer working there. During the summer, she starts a blog and a zine, undercover, called The Vinyl Princess about music reviews and soon it’s rocketing into fame. This story also talks about her mom and how she’s starting to date again after getting a divorce with Allie’s dad. It’s pretty good, but that might just be because I’m a music junkie since I didn’t really see that much suspense in the plot. So, I would probably give it 4 out of 5 stars. I’m still putting it on my to-buy list, though.

This is a link to the actual blog if you want to check it out, but it’s a little dated; http://thevinylprincess.com/


Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes

Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes

I loved Bronx Masquerade! It was one of the BEST poetry books EVER!!!Poetry books are always my favorite genre especially when the poems tell a story. Oooh! I just can’t get over how great this novel was. I’m going to reccomend this to a bunch of my other poetry-loving buddies. Also, it won the 2003 Coretta Scott King Award.

Bronx Masquerade is a book with a bunch of little stories inside. It’s about a classroom full of students who start a poetry slam club called Open Mike Fridays. It starts out small but soon grows to a giant crowd of kids eager to share their poems. Each student in the class eventually goes up and tells their story in verse. Their poems tell about their struggles, fears, and other emotions that they feel. By the end of the year, the kids at Open Mike Fridays realize they’ve turned into one giant family.


Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

This book was nice. I’d certainly reccomend it, but, it wasn’t nearly as good as Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares. Next, I’m going to try to get my hands on Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List so I can read it.

Boy Meets Boy is about Paul, a boy who is somewhat confused about his love life. That is, until he meets Noah, the boy of his dreams. Soon, they fall in love and it’s very romantic. Paul’s ex-boyfriend, Kyle is jealous, though and this disrupts Paul’s and Noah’s love life. Meanwhile, his best friend Joni has started to go off the deep end when she goes out with Chuck, a meathead jock who nobody approves of except for Joni. There are lots of other colorful characters in the story, too, that make the book very interesting.


I was looking around in the library the other day in the little kids section. Don’t judge! Sometimes I like an easy book to read! I came across the “Scary” section and I thought it would be things like Goosebumps or something. I started looking and I found a very-and I mean VERY- scary book about the Salem Witch Trials. Are kids, like 1st graders allowed to even read this stuff? I know if I had a child, I’d let them read it. maybe. But, aren’t some people like really against this kind of stuff? Especially for kids?

Anyway, I got the book and I plan on reading it sometime this week. Maybe I’ll put a review on my blog. The book is called Witch-Hunt by Marc Aronson if you’ve heard of it or think you might want to read it.


When I went to the Public Library on Monday, I saw one of my fellow Girl Scouts there, Naomi. I said hi to her and I noticed a bag in her hand. I asked her what it was, she said it was for the Summer Reading Game. I had heard about this, but I didn’t look into it because I thought I was too old to do it, being 13. Usually, my library liked to target their programs towards younger kids like 3 to maybe 10-year-olds, people who need to learn how important reading is. But, since Naomi was my age, I went up to the little counter in the kids section and asked the lady there what was going on about it. She handed me a bag with a bookmark and a pamphlet, and then she showed me a piece of postercard with a map on it that looked like this,

Next she handed me a dice that was bigger than my palm and told me to roll it. I got a five so the lady put a stamp on the square five spaces from the start. It said I had to read a poetry book, so I went and picked out the biggest book I could find since I tend to read poetry extremely fast because I enjoy it so much. The book was Moon, Have You Met My Mother? by Karla Kuskin.

There weren’t really any rules or anything, it was pretty self-explanatory. Whenever I go to the library from now until August 10th, I bring my postercard with me and the lady at the counter lets me roll the dice and she stamps my card, I get a book on the right topic and then I’m off. Me, my mother, and my brother who is also participating, decided to have Library Mondays in order to complete the map. I’m so excited about it that I’m going to try to blog about my progress. So, if you’re a little confused, it will get alot clearer soon.



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