Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Inventions of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Caution, this post may give details that could spoil the story for you...     

In the beginning, a little boy named Hugo Cabret. Hugo's father dies in a fire trying to fix an automaton that he found in the attic of the museum that he worked at. His uncle comes in early in the morning, and tells him to pack his belongings because your coming to live with me.

When they arrive at the train station his uncle shows him how to set the clocks. That was going to be his job then on. He had to set about three times a day. He had to go through vents and secret passage ways to get to all the clocks.

One day his uncle never came back to the train station, and he had to steal food from the small bakery in the corner of the station to get food. A couple days later a few police men found him at the bottom of a lake. Hugo had to live by himself but still set the clocks three times a day.

In the middle, Hugo meets a girl named Isabelle, she has a key on a necklace that is the key to the automaton. Hugo started to run away and Isabelle falls and Hugo tries to snatch the necklace from  her, once he get the necklace he runs away back to the automaton in his room. Once Hugo gets back to the room he puts the key into the automaton and Isabelle breaks into his room and tries to take the key out but Hugo stops her and tells her that it is going to draw a picture or write the e a letter. In the middle of the drawing Hugo gets really mad because the picture so far is a bunch of scribbles. Hugo starts to leave but Isabelle stops him and say wait lets see what the picture is when the automaton is finished. In the end it turned out to be the man on the moon with a rocket in place of his right eye.

In the end, Hugo throws a rock at the window of Isabelle's room and Isabelle waves him to the front door and they get in a big fight, Isabelle slams the door on Hugo's hand and breaks a couple of his fingers. Isabelle's papa takes Hugo as his son and they take care of Hugo until he moves out.

Post written by Megan and Annie

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Word Eater by Mary Amato

In the book The Word Eater sixth grader Lerner Chance moves to a new town from Wisconsin. She goes to a new school called Cleavland Park Middle School. There she finds a magical worm named Fip.

Fip eats words instead of dirt like the other worms. When he eats the words they disappear from the world. On an island called Bellitas where Mr.Mack makes Macks Thumbtacks he raises dogs called Attackaterriers to protect the secret training to make thumbtacks camp for kids that are orphans. Fip eats the words Macks Thumbtacks.

Back at Cleavland Park Middle School there is  a club called MPOOE (most powerful ones on earth) and if you are not an MPOOE you are a SLUG (sorry losers under ground). Fip has eaten a lot of other words.

Can Lerner and Fip do some good with Fip's powers to stop bullying at Cleavland Park Middle School? Read on to find out!

Reviewed by:  Grace, Caroline and Sarah

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

No Talking by Andrew Clements

Okay folks, what do you think so far?  Only a few chapters in, and I think many of you are hooked.  Who will talk first?
How long will the silence last?
How long do you think you could go without talking?

Read on...

Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff

Hurray!  We finally had time to begin our read aloud this week, The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff.

I'm glad so many of you are enjoying the book.  Tell your parents what the thing about Georgie is.  Think about his size compared to yours as you do your daily activities.  What would be hard for him that is easy for you?