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Friday, May 15

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    The Book Thief is about twelve-year-old Liesel Memminger, who has just lost her mother and brother, and is being shipped off to a foster home in Munich, Germany. The foster home's street address is 33 Himmel Street ( Himmel means heaven). At her brother's funeral the grave digger dropped a book called The Grave Digger's Handbook. Liesel picked up the book and took it with her to her foster family, and even though she couldn't read yet, the book meant a lot to her. Once she had learned to read, she began stealing books to read with her foster dad. Then a little later in the book, a Jew named Max Vandenberg stays with them. After some time, he leaves and is caught by the Nazi's. On a "slave walk" Liesel sees her friend and runs out and hugs him. She is hen whipped and beaten for doing so. Their punishment is Hans Hubermann has to serve in the army, so he does until he breaks his leg and is sent home. Then the "air raids" happen. The successful raid happened during the night. The only one to survive was Liesel, because she was writing in the basement. The rest of Himmel street was flattened to paper from the force of the bombs.
    Richard W.
    Frank Einstein and the Anti-matter Motor
    Jon Scieszca
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    Frank Einstein and the Anti-Matter Motor is about a boy named Frank who loves science. He is making a self-learning robot for the science fair and needs a lightning strike to power it up. then right when he's about to receive the lightning, the power goes out making the platform the robot was on crash and destroy the robot. The microprocessor in the robot's "head" fell near a power outlet, then when the lights came back on, the outlet created a spark and the spark powered the robot for good. The first thing the robot did was repair itself. Then It made another robot to help as an assistant. Finally the robot started to read and learn. In the morning when Frank woke up, he went into the garage to get the toaster attached to the robot. When he went into the garage, he found the robots and was astounded at what they could do. Then they started working on a project for the science fair. Frank could not use the robots because they were self assembled. So they decided to do something with matter, and came up with the anti-matter motor. The motor works by adding 1 drop of water and one drop of anti-water and the explosion fuels the motor forever. He decides to put the anti matter motor on his flying bike. On the day of the science fair his arch nemesis T. Edison steals Klink and Klank, the robots. At the science fair, before the judges even look at the other projects they pronounce Edison the winner. After the science fair, Frank goes to Edison's lab to look for Klink and Klank. At the lab they are caught and Mr. Chimp, Edison's pet monkey, threw him out of the building. Before he was thrown from the building, he was told that Klink and Klank were in the junkyard. Knowing Edison wasn't stupid enough to just throw away the robots, he went back inside through Edison's secret entrance. Once he was in Edison's lab he found Klink and Klank, battled his way out, and went home.
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  2. page PR Critics' Corner edited ... Be a Critic! Tell us about the latest Personal Reading book you have read in one paragraph and…
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    Be a Critic! Tell us about the latest Personal Reading book you have read in one paragraph and rate it using using a five star system. Be sure to add your book title with the author and the AR reading level. Add your first name only at the bottom as the critic.
    For the FIRST grading period, you will need to read one book of your choice. If you have one you would rather read that is not on the AR list, just have it approved by Mrs. Nicholson. Log your book in on your Personal Reading List. When you are finished reading, take the AR test and pass it with at least an 85%. Check out what Mrs. Stephens' class is reading, too. Happy reading.
    The Book Thief
    Markus Zusak
    Level=5.1
    Rating=6/5
    The Book Thief is about twelve-year-old Liesel Memminger, who has just lost her mother and brother, and is being shipped off to a foster home in Munich, Germany. The foster home's street address is 33 Himmel Street ( Himmel means heaven). At her brother's funeral the grave digger dropped a book called The Grave Digger's Handbook. Liesel picked up the book and took it with her to her foster family, and even though she couldn't read yet, the book meant a lot to her. Once she had learned to read, she began stealing books to read with her foster dad. Then a little later in the book, a Jew named Max Vandenberg stays with them. After some time, he leaves and is caught by the Nazi's. On a "slave walk" Liesel sees her friend and runs out and hugs him. She is hen whipped and beaten for doing so. Their punishment is Hans Hubermann has to serve in the army, so he does until he breaks his leg and is sent home. Then the "air raids" happen. The successful raid happened during the night. The only one to survive was Liesel, because she was writing in the basement. The rest of Himmel street was flattened to paper from the force of the bombs.

    Frank Einstein and the Anti-matter Motor
    Jon Scieszca
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    7:18 pm

Friday, May 8

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    the winner. After the science fair, Frank goes to Edison's lab to look for Klink and Klank. At the lab they are caught and Mr. Chimp, Edison's pet monkey, threw him out of the building. Before he was thrown from the building, he was told that Klink and Klank were in the junkyard. Knowing Edison wasn't stupid enough to just throw away the robots, he went back inside through Edison's secret entrance. Once he was in Edison's lab he found Klink and Klank, battled his way out, and went home.
    Richard Westrop

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    Morris Gleiztman
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    9:24 am
  2. page PR Critics' Corner edited ... Be a Critic! Tell us about the latest Personal Reading book you have read in one paragraph and…
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    Be a Critic! Tell us about the latest Personal Reading book you have read in one paragraph and rate it using using a five star system. Be sure to add your book title with the author and the AR reading level. Add your first name only at the bottom as the critic.
    For the FIRST grading period, you will need to read one book of your choice. If you have one you would rather read that is not on the AR list, just have it approved by Mrs. Nicholson. Log your book in on your Personal Reading List. When you are finished reading, take the AR test and pass it with at least an 85%. Check out what Mrs. Stephens' class is reading, too. Happy reading.
    Frank Einstein and the Anti-matter Motor
    Jon Scieszca
    Level=4.7
    Rating=4.75/5
    Frank Einstein and the Anti-Matter Motor is about a boy named Frank who loves science. He is making a self-learning robot for the science fair and needs a lightning strike to power it up. then right when he's about to receive the lightning, the power goes out making the platform the robot was on crash and destroy the robot. The microprocessor in the robot's "head" fell near a power outlet, then when the lights came back on, the outlet created a spark and the spark powered the robot for good. The first thing the robot did was repair itself. Then It made another robot to help as an assistant. Finally the robot started to read and learn. In the morning when Frank woke up, he went into the garage to get the toaster attached to the robot. When he went into the garage, he found the robots and was astounded at what they could do. Then they started working on a project for the science fair. Frank could not use the robots because they were self assembled. So they decided to do something with matter, and came up with the anti-matter motor. The motor works by adding 1 drop of water and one drop of anti-water and the explosion fuels the motor forever. He decides to put the anti matter motor on his flying bike. On the day of the science fair his arch nemesis T. Edison steals Klink and Klank, the robots. At.the science fair, before the judges even look at the other projects they pronounce Edison the winner.

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    Morris Gleiztman
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    7:02 am

Thursday, May 7

  1. page PR Critics' Corner edited ... Be a Critic! Tell us about the latest Personal Reading book you have read in one paragraph and…
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    Be a Critic! Tell us about the latest Personal Reading book you have read in one paragraph and rate it using using a five star system. Be sure to add your book title with the author and the AR reading level. Add your first name only at the bottom as the critic.
    For the FIRST grading period, you will need to read one book of your choice. If you have one you would rather read that is not on the AR list, just have it approved by Mrs. Nicholson. Log your book in on your Personal Reading List. When you are finished reading, take the AR test and pass it with at least an 85%. Check out what Mrs. Stephens' class is reading, too. Happy reading.
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    Morris Gleiztman
    Felix and Zelda are Jewish orphans during the time period of World War Two. Zelda is six years old. Felix is ten years old. Zelda and Felix just jumping out of a train car to get away from a Nazi death camp. I mean do you think you would be doing that as normal six and ten year olds? I don't think so. After that, Zelda and Felix walk off into the woods to see if they can find new parents. Felix told Zelda that if they can find a kind couple without kids, they can finally have parents again. As they're looking, they find a man with turnips in the back of his car. The man said he will take them to town and take care of them. Zelda and Felix hop in in excitement of finding a new parent. Unfortunately, the man is only doing it for a reward. He is going to turn them into Nazis. Feix can't let this happen. Midway throught the trip, he grabs Zelda by the arm and pulls her out of the car along with him. After this experience, they find themselves in the car of a farmer named Genia. She turns out to be a kind farmer. She hides them away from the Nazis and bleaches their hair to make them look Catholic. She gives them fake identities. Zelda is Vileottaa and Felix is Willhelm. She takes them in as one of their own. She bathes, clothes, and feeds them. One day she is forced to take them into town because people are starting to get suspicious about them. They go into town and are forced to to bow down to the Nazis. Zelda says bad comments about them because she hates Nazis. Her parents were Nazis and she hated them for it. This almost gets them into trouble. Luckily, nothing happens to Zelda, Genia, and Felix. A few months pass and Felix and Zelda are having a good life with Genia. One day all of this changes. It is Felix's birthday. Zelda and Genia going into town to get Felix a present. When they do, the Nazis find out that they are Jews and hang Genia for taking care of Jews, and Zeldas for being a Jew. Zelda and Genia try to fight, but it is no use. This changes Felix's life forever. Zelda was Felix's best friend. Now what does Felix have? After this Felix hides in Genia's barn for two more years. He digs himself a hole in the barn dirt, jumps in and waits, hoping that something will go his way for the first time in his life.
    Akbar Chranya
    Rating- 4/5
    A.R. Level- 5.6

    Percy Jackson and The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson book 2)
    By Rick Riordan
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    9:29 am

Wednesday, May 6

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    Matthew Ausman
    Rating - 5 stars
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    6:22 pm
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    Matthew Ausman
    Rating - 5 stars
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    Matthew Ausman
    Rating - 5 stars
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    6:11 pm
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    Be a Critic! Tell us about the latest Personal Reading book you have read in one paragraph and rate it using using a five star system. Be sure to add your book title with the author and the AR reading level. Add your first name only at the bottom as the critic.
    For the FIRST grading period, you will need to read one book of your choice. If you have one you would rather read that is not on the AR list, just have it approved by Mrs. Nicholson. Log your book in on your Personal Reading List. When you are finished reading, take the AR test and pass it with at least an 85%. Check out what Mrs. Stephens' class is reading, too. Happy reading.
    Percy Jackson and The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson book 2)
    By Rick Riordan
    How would you feel if you know your best friend is in danger, but you don’t know how to help? Percy Jackson’s best friend Grover is in danger and Percy knows because of a link they have. Grover is really close to dying, but because of the link if Grover dies Percy will die to. Also, somebody has poisoned Thalia’s tree. Thalia’s tree protects Camp Half-Blood, so if it is poisoned and it is dying monsters can enter Camp Half-Blood. Luke, a half-blood who has betrayed the Gods for the Titans, is up to something. To top it all off, Percy discovers he has a half-brother, who is a Cyclops. Percy soon realizes the Golden Fleece could solve one of the problems, but it is hard and dangerous to receive. Percy rescues Grover. He soon receives The Fleece, but he finds out Luke poisoned the tree. Will he stop Luke from destroying the World. Read the next book Percy Jackson and The Titan’s Curse to find out.
    A.R. Level- 4.7 (I think)
    Rating- 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Vaishnavi V.

    The School for Good and Evil
    by Soman Chainani
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    When Thomas wakes up in an elevator like box he discovers he can only remember his name,but he cannot remember anything nothing else about his past life. He comes out and is in a square like area called the glade. There are boys in there from age twelve through eighteen. He is shown the ropes about the Glade. He is shown the different positions of work he could do to keep the Glade running. One other fact about the Glade is that their is a maze outside the Glade. The whole purpose of their being put in the Glade is to try to escape. Some boys try to gather information about the maze to escape, they are called runners. Immediately, Thomas wants to be a runner, but he can't because he is the newest. One of the boys, Ben tries to kill Thomas. Ben is banished. The leader of the runners, Minho, finds a dead griever. Grievers are monstrous being that try to stop the boys from escaping. ONe day later than Thomas came, the first girl comes and falls into a coma. Minho and Alby, the leader try to invistigate the dead griever. Alby gets stung, and Thomas tries to rescue him. He safely ties Alby up on some vines. Then he discovers a griever chasing hi, he jukes it out, and makes it fall off a cliff. Then he witnesses Alby go through the changing, a process where one recalls old memories, but it is very painful. Then Theresa, the girl, wakes up from the coma and tells Thomas that the maze is a code. They figure out the code, a series of words. Then they figure out that the cliff has a spot where if you jump off, and you land on the right spot you will disappear. Thomas thinks that this is the way out. All of a sudden the Glade starts to change. The sun disappears, the wall closing, and the grievers start taking one Glade a night, only one. Thomas purposely runs in to a griever to be stung. He recalls that he was one of the creator of the maze, and that it is part of a test. He makes a plan where all of the Glades would charge a the hole in the ground of the cliff. They do but Alby, for some strange reason runs into a pack a grievers to "sacrifice" himself. About twenty make it down the hole. They enter the passcode in a computer and they are free. Except for that one of the Gladers who was dead, was actually not. He throws a knife and Thomas, but Thomas's friend dives in front of it. He dies. Then the remaining Gladers are taken away in some Jeeps®.
    End of book one.
    Akash PatelRatingPatel
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    rating 5.2
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Scout Finch is the daughter of Atticus Finch, a lawyer. One fateful summer, Atticus gets a case to defend Tom Robinson, an African American field worker. Tom’s case is a difficult case to defend, and to make matters worse, the Ewells, a large family that lives near the dump, are determined to win the case against Tom Robinson at any cost. Throughout the year, Jem, Scout’s older brother, and Scout face Mrs. DuBose, a judgmental person determined to break Jem; taunts from their school mates; and threats from the Ewells, themselves. The one few bright spots in the year is Dill. Dill is the neighbor’s nephew. Dill becomes friends with Jem and Scout. Dill also discovers the mysterious tale of Arthur Radley, and he becomes obsessed with trying to see Arthur Radley before Arthur dies. Tom Robinson is found guilty in the trial, but he has a chance of living until he runs away from jail and is shot and killed. In the end of the story, Mr. Ewell attacks Scout and Jem with a knife after the trial, and Jem ends up breaking his arm. Mr. Ewell is killed in the struggle by Arthur Radley, and Mr. Arthur Radley carries Jem home. Scout is shocked to find that Mr. Radley has finally come out of his house. Scout and Arthur Radley become friends.
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    By James Dashner
    Thomas wakes up in a white room. The only item in the room that is not white is a desk. For many days he tries to see if the desk contains an item to help him escape. Finally, a door open. Rat Man, Janson's nickname, tells Thomas that Thomas is immune to the deadly disease known as the Flare. Rat Man also tells Thomas that everything WICKED has put them through is to find a cure for the Flare. Soon Thomas was returned to his friends. A while later Rat Man came to speak. He told them that the device that erased their memories will be taken out. Next, he says who is immune to the Flare. Soon Thomas finds out that his friend Newt is not immune and has the disease. When the time for the device to be taken out, Newt, Minho, and Thomas decided to not take the device out and just run away. Before they ran away, Brenda whispered to Thomas that Thomas should only trust Ava Paige. When it was their turn to have the swipe--the memory taking device taken out--they said no. Rat Man told them that tomorrow their friend will convince to have it taken out. Then Newt, Minho, and Thomas attacked. Sadly, the guards stopped them and put them in a white room like the one Thomas was in before. The next day, Rat Man tried to force them to take the Swipe out. When the group came to the room they saw Brenda. Together, they attacked Rat Man and the guards in the room. They quickly headed out, but suddenly the lights went out. The emergency red lights started flashing. They tried to find the room with the Bergs, a plane-like machine. On the way Newt, Minho, Thomas, and Brenda saw guards tied to chairs. They found the weapons room and started collecting the weapons. Newt said that he has to go do something. When he came back he gave a note to Thomas and told Thomas to open the note when the time is right. They soon found the Bergs. They found Jorge, who told them that the other Gladers had left. They headed towards the Berg when the guards came in. They fought off the guard and finally reached the Berg. When Thomas, Newt, Jorge, Brenda and Minho were on the Berg, Brenda told them that the Swipe can control them. The only way to take it out is to go to Dr. Hans. He was in Denver and so were the other Gladers, so they headed to Denver. When they arrived, they had to leave Newt in the Berg because he had the Flare. When they went into the city a man gave them a note. The note said to meet in a certain area. The note was from Gally, a former Glader who was thought to be dead. When they met, Thomas found out that Gally is part of the Right Arm, a group determined to take down WICKED and use the money for something useful. Soon they left and headed to Hans. When Hans was about to take out the Swipe WICKED suddenly controls Thomas. Luckily they were able to take the swipe out. Soon Hans leaves and the group goes back to the Berg. They find out that Newt has been taken to the Crank Place. They go there to retrieve Newt. When they find Newt he tells them to leave and after a while they finally do. On the way back to Denver, Thomas opened the note. It said that Newt wanted Thomas to kill him before he went crazy because of the Flare. Thomas knew that he failed Newt. When they arrived the city was vacant. Soon after arriving Thomas, Jorge, Brenda, and Minho were kidnapped. They were left in a room where the group found many people who were immune to the Flare along with the Gladers. Theresa, one of the Gladers, told Thomas that WICKED was restarting the trials. When the guards came Minho attacked them. He asked why they were being kidnapped. After a while, one of the guards said that they were part of the Right Arm. Thomas demanded to know why the Right Arm was taking munnies, people who were immune to the Flare. The guard agreed to take them to the boss. When they reached there they find Gally and finally find out the plan. They were going to takeover WICKED. They first had to reach a Berg to take them to WICKED. Thomas would have to pretend he came back so they can complete the trials with him. Thomas would then put a device so no weapons would work. Then the Right Arm would take over WICKED. So the plan happened. On the way to the Berg Thomas found Newt and killed him after trying to convince him to come with them. Thomas was dropped off and went in to face WICKED. He did what he was told. WICKED was about to cut Thomas's head open when the Right Arm broke in. Rat Man made him fall asleep so Thomas could not run away. When he woke up he found a note from Ava Paige. It was a map to find the munnies that WICKED captured. He found Brenda, Jorge, Minho, Teresa, and a few of the other Gladers. They went to the end of the Maze and worked backwards. When they finally reached the Glades they took the munnies and lead them out. They were headed out when Rat Man and a few Guards started to attack. The Gladers defeated Rat Man and the guards and escaped through a Flat Trans, a teleportation device. They escaped to a place that seems to be like paradise and destroyed the Flat Trans so no one could follow. The human race was safe.
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    level: 5.7Rating: 10/10Faheem10/10
    Faheem

    Russian Roulette
    Anthony Horowitz
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    5:59 pm

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