Monday, June 10, 2013

Summer Reading List 2013

So I know not that long ago I told you some good summer reading books. Then I decided that I would just give you the ones that I have on my list. I will put a check mark on them if I have read them already this summer!

  • Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield 
  • Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson/ I read this early summer
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  • Shakespeare's Secret by Elise Broach
  • Turtle in Paradise/  just finished this summer
  • Rules by Cynthia Lord
  • Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins
  • Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
  • The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
  • The Magicians Elephant by Kate Dicamillo
  • In Honor by Jessi Kirby
  • The Fever by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • All-of-a-kind Family by Sydney Taylor
  • Dead End by Jack Gantos
  • Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
  • The Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff/ read this early summer
  • The Journey Back by Johanna Reis/2nd book of the Upstairs Room
  • Mick Harte was Here by Barbara Park
  • The Secret Ingredient by Laura Shaeffer/read a week ago
  • So. B. It by Sarah Weeks
  • Forge by Laurie Halse
  • The Secret of Laurel Oaks by Lois Ruby
  • Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff
I am not sure if you have a summer reading list, but you might be interested in starting one they really get you pumped to read this summer! I hope that you will add the books that you find interesting on the my list! Please look them up if you are interested in the same kind of books I am because most of the books on there are said to be terrific books!

Keep Tuned and Reading


Monday, June 3, 2013


I got out of school two weeks ago for summer! It was both sad, but exciting! So now I am in the sun and having fun! (that rhymed) Not only am I dancing in the sun and drinking my cold iced tea while eating a popsicles I am also reading! You may say, "Reading oh that is a waste of summer!" When I say, "Reading that sound perfect in the sun!" So for school next year I have to read 20 hours over the summer. Which is a total of about 17 minutes a day! EASY!! I love reading so much, especially when your sitting in the sun!So I am going to give you some good summer reads that I am going to read or have already read.

One that I just read- Pictures of Hollis Wood by Patricia R. Giff.  It has been my favorite book of this summer that I have read so far.

Another I recently read- Chains (Seeds of America) by Laurie Halse Anderson.I didn't enjoy this one as much as the one above, but it still was a good read.
After you read Chains (Seeds of America) you can read the sequel to it Forge (Seeds of America) also by Laurie Halse Anderson (haven't read this yet but plan to.)

One that I read a year or so ago that I loved was The Teashop Girls by Laura Shaefer which would be a great book
After you finish The Teashop Girls you can then read Laura Shaefer's sequel, The Secret Ingredient which I am reading right now! I am enjoying it very much!

I hope that the books that I have recommended will help you decide what books to read this summer. Comment if you would like some more! I am so glad that it is finally summer. Please comment if you liked these books and if it is summer time where you live! Talk to next time.

Keep tuned and reading!


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Upstairs Room

Today I finished a book called The Upstairs Room by Johanna Riess. Johanna tells of parts of her childhood as an eleven year old Jewish girl in World War II. Although she doesn't use the real names of the people in her childhood. Annie, Johanna's name in the story is the main character. Annie had two older sisters, Sini and Rachel. She also had a father and an ill mother. When being Jewish in the time of World War II German soldiers, Nazis, were told to kill Jews for the Germans were against Jews. This made Jews go into hiding in kind, and brave nieghbor's houses. Annie's whole family got pulled apart exept for Sini and her, who hid together. Not only was hiding dangerous for the Jewish people, but also for the people who were hiding the Jewish for those people would be killed if discovered. Annie's story explains World War II in a whole different way. I think this book is great for ages ten and older. You will have to read this book to understand the real experiences of a hiding Jewish girl.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Town Of Tahlequah

When Billy goes to get his dogs in Tahlequah. He goes by some boys on a school playground. They were making fun of Billy because he had a dirty farm boy look to him instead of looking like a clean city boy. When Billy finally got to the post office he had already been laughed at, stared at, and made fun of many times. He found though that the mailman was a nice man. The mailman gave him the puppies. He cut two holes for the puppies mouths in the flower bag that Billy brought from home to carry the dogs in. After Billy said thanks and got the puppies all settled he then walked through the town. He was laughed at and stared at even more. Then a boy from the school pulled one of Billy's dog's whiskers. Billy got in a fight with a bunch of boys. Billy was getting beat up. Then Billy saw two shoes next to his face and they were Marshal shoes. Billy had heard stories about Marshals; how Marshals killed people all the time, even if they didn't do anything wrong. Billy thought he was in BIG trouble, but instead the Marshal was a savior to Billy. He told the boys wrestling Billy to get off of him and stay out of trouble. This was a big surprise to Billy. The Marshal then asked if Billy was okay. Billy said he was fine. The Marshal offered Billy some pop and Billy said yes. So they drank some pop and then Billy was on his way home. And while Billy was walking home he discovered that he didn't want to be a city boy because city boys were cruel. That is as far as I am going to write tonight. And as I always say KEEP TUNED AND KEEP READING

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Dog-Wanting Disease

  I've been reading Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls for a couple days. So far it has been a wonderful book. The first chapter is about Billy, who as an adult, rescues a red hound from a dog fight. The dog reminds him of his childhood so he tells of his childhood in many other chapters. I happen to be reading his childhood.

Billy lives in Northeastern, Oklahoma. He is a 10 year who goes through a horrible "dog-wanting disease." Every kid gets it, but Billy's was worse than any other. Billy wanted two hunting hounds. His parents couldn't afford $100 worth of dogs. Billy soon found an ad for 2 hunting hounds for only $50 in a magazine. They were in Kentucky though, but Billy could have the mailman carry them all the way to Tahlequah, but that was the farthest he would go. Billy decides he will save his money for the dogs. His Grandpa helps Billy earn money. In only two years, Billy saved $50  by selling fishing bait, hides, and much more. Billy snuck out of his house one night and headed for Tahlequah. He got his puppies, but he went through some tough times in the town of Tahlequah. You'll have to read the book to find out what more happens. KEEP TUNED AND KEEP READING!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Newsgirl The Beginning

Amelia, her mom, (Sophie) and her friend, Estele head off on a long journey to California in 1851 ( California Gold Rush ) They go on a ship from Boston called the Unicorn. When they arrive in San Fransisco after a long, hard journey Estele is sick of being on ships. The three of them believed that their house that Amelia's Uncle Paul sent would be in San Fransisco already. Unfortunately, NO! So they end up living in a cold tent. Amelia goes out to get food for her "family." She finds that there aren't many women in San Fransisco. She sees the men look at her differently than the men around her. Amelia also makes many friends when she is out.  She tells her Mom and Estele all about her experiences out side of the tent. Sophie and Estele start to worry about the plans they made to make dresses and aprons for the women in California. Sophie stresses about it so much that it makes Amelia want to do something to earn money. When she finds that newspaper selling might earn her some money she decides to do that. But will that be the best job because there are rough boys in San Fransisco that sell newspapers for their family. Will the other boys appreciate her kindness and generosity to her family? KEEP TUNED AND READING!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Book club

There are a lot of blogs that do kind of read along book clubs. Where you like read a book and write about it on the blog and people can follow along with you. Well I've decided to start one of those book club blogs. So I will start today. I started a book a few weeks ago called Newsgirl it is written by Liza Ketchum. Just to give you a little teaser. It is about a girl named Amelia who moves to California with her Mom and her friend, Estele. It is put in the time line of the California Gold Rush. So there aren't many woman in California. Estele and Amelia's mom planned to sell dresses in California,but who will buy their dresses. They have to deal with that California isn't a very safe place for women. Amelia wants to help her mom get money so she decides to sell newspapers, but could that be the safest job for just a little girl?

My Mom read this book first and she said it was wonderful. If you would like to follow along with my reading club than you may become a follower or member. Feel free to leave comments about what books you think would be good for this book club. Or how you like the book. I'll keep on writing about where I'm in the book and what my opinion of the chapter or book is! KEEP TUNED AND READING!