Thursday, March 31, 2011

Give A Boy A Gun by Todd Strasser

This book is about two high school kids named Brendan and Gary. Brendan and Gary don't play any sports and thats a bad thing in their school. All they football payers and jocks bully them very badly. Brendan was bullied to far one time and then he cracked and got revenge. To find out what Brendan did you'll have to read Give A Boy A Gun.
I liked this book for multiple reasons. First, at the bottom of every other page, there are facts about bullying,  guns, and crime in America. I also liked how the author wrote it. Each couple of paragraphs or paragraph is written from a different person in the story. I would recommend this book to mostly boys since there is a lot of violence, however girls can enjoy it, too.

Ryan B.
Mrs. Poulton

L8r, g8r By: Lauren Myracle

This book is the third book in the series. Three best friends are going through their senior year in high school. There is Maddie, Zoe, and Angela they tell you about what’s going on in their lives through instant messaging. There is a girl in school named Jana, she is one of the people who is out to get the girls. They are trying to decide which collage they should apply to. Love struck Zoe is worried that collage will split up her and her boyfriend. Angela is playing hard ball with Jana and Jana is winning. Maddie is just laying low through her senior year. Although the girls are together now they are worried that the collages they choose will be far enough away to split the three best friends apart. I would recommend this book to girls who like realistic fiction. Find out if they will stay best friends even though Jana is out to get them and that they might be thousands of miles apart!

By: Katy H.
Mrs. Poulton
Pd 8/9

The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer

In the book The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer is about a boy named Alex Morales that works behind the counter at Joey’s Pizza.  He was worried about getting elected as senior class president and making the grades to land him in a good college.  He never expected that an asteroid would hit the moon, knocking it closer in orbit to the earth and catastrophically altering the earth’s climate. He never expected to be fighting just to stay alive. When Alex’s parents disappear in the aftermath of tidal waves, he must care for his two younger sisters, even as Manhattan becomes a deadly wasteland.

Jordan D.Mrs. Poulton
7th grade

The Chosen One

Kyra Leigh is thirteen years old main character of a book called The Chosen One this is a realistic fiction book. She lives in a closed polygamist community. Kyra has over 20 brothers and sisters. Kyra has bee chosen to marry her 60 year old uncle, but she really like a boy named Joshua. shes in a struggle to get what she wants and to make a difference i her life.

Victoria W.
2-3 periods

Who I Am Without Him By Sharon Flake

The book I read was Who I Am Without Him, by Sharon Flake.  She also wrote The Skin I’m In and Begging For Change.  This book is different than the other books, because it’s about  young men and women weigh what they need from the opposite gender.  What they need too find themselves.   This popular short-story collection gives twelve unique stories.  AS relationships go either right or wrong with, surprising, often fenny, always on-point results.  Readers will appreciate the warning signs and perhaps save themselves from the same fate as these fictional characters.  This book is a great read for teens, or grown-ups who are still young at heart.  I really enjoyed this book, because I can relate to a lot of the characters that are in the same situations I’m in. I enjoy reading books that that I can relate to the characters and understand the point they are trying to get across.  

Jade F.
Mrs. Poulton

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

That Was Then, This is Now by S. E. Hinton

In That was Then, This is Now by S.E. Hinton, Bryon and Mark are best friends. When they were nine, Mark’s parents got into a drunken argument and shot each other. Since then, Mark and Bryon have been as close as brothers. Now sixteen, they seem to be growing apart. Mark has been going out more lately and making a lot of money when he is out. Bryon has been spending more time with his girlfriend, Cathy. Bryon starts to notice they’re growing apart, but can’t figure out why. He thinks it could be Mark’s jealousy of Cathy spending more time with Bryon, or whatever it is that is sending Mark home with loads of money. Also, he is sick of street fighting, while Mark can’t seem to get enough of it. Their friendship is tested throughout the book and the result left Bryon with the most difficult decision of his life.

I enjoyed this book because it was full of action, yet not too much action. It teaches you a lesson about who you should trust, and that you don’t know how much some people mean to you until they’re gone.                                                                                           I recommend this book to people who like to read S.E. Hinton books or books of that nature (teenagers in the late 50’s).

Jacob M.
Mrs. Poulton
7th Grade

Brian's Winter by Gary Paulson

Brian Robeson is stuck in the middle of his parents’ divorce when something terrible happens to him. He is flying north to see his father in the oil fields in Canada when the pilot has a heart attack and dies. Brian, who is sitting in the copilot seat, tries to take control of the plane and land. The plane crashes into a lake and Brian survives, but now he is stuck in the Canadian wilderness with only the clothes on his back and a hatchet. Will he survive long enough to be rescued or will the wilderness claim another soul?

Kevin D
7th Grade

Monday, March 28, 2011

A Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

The main character, Mia, has synesthesia. Whenever she hears a sound, she sees a shape and color. Also, letters and words have colors for her, too. When she finally reveals her secret, Mia feels as if there was something wrong with her. This is a story about a girl who has to discover how it is like to be different.
I really enjoyed this book because it was fun to find out more about synesthesia as the book went on. I also liked it because the book teaches you valuable lessons, such as the fact that being different is not necessarily bad.
I recommend this to people who like to read about something new (in this case, synesthesia).

Tara L.
Mrs. Poulton (Pd. 5-6)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks

The title of the book I finished is called The Wedding  By Nicholas Sparks.
The Book the Wedding was about a guy name Wilson and he is married to his girl name Jane. But His wife Jane has “Fallen out of love with him.” In The Book he has to try to win Her love and romance back.
I think that Girls and Boys would like this book because it about trying to get something back that you love.

Victoria M. 
Mrs. Poulton

Wenny Has Wings-Janet Lee Carey

The book I have just finished is Wenny has Wings by Janet Lee Carey. This book is about Will North an eleven year old boy who had survived a car crash when his little sister Wenny had not. One day while in the hospital Mr. James a preacher comes to visit him and gives him a blank notebook. He tells Will to write to God about his feelings. Instead, Will writes to Wenny who he believes is watching him up in heaven. The whole book is letters from his notebook that he wrote to Wenny about how he is dealing with her death. I recommend this book not only because it is an easy read, but it really showed the characters emotions, and showed how a kid deals with the loss of his little sister.

Gayani P.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Thirteen by Lauren Myracle

The book I have recently finished is Thirteen by Lauren Myracle. It is about a girl named Winnie who is in seventh grade and is having lots of problems. First of all Winnie has her first boyfriend and always gets nervous around him. Then the next year in eight grade Winnie starts to feel like she's losing him and feels like he doesnt want to spend time with her. All of Winnie's problems go from boys to growing up and Winnie just doesnt know how to deal with it all. On the other hand Winnie's mom is having a baby and now shes expecting another sister. To find out how Winnie deals with all the drama and stress of middle school you have to read this book Thirteen by Lauren Myracle. Since the author of this book is so good at writing books like these its so easy to connect to and a great read for girls around the age of thirteen.

Jenna A.
Mrs. Poulton's class

Monday, March 21, 2011

Wanted by Sara Shepard

The book I've recently finished is Wanted by Sara Shepard. It's the final book in the Pretty Little Liars series. The four "Pretty Little Liars" are now really to unlocking the mystery of their "friend" Ali's death. They were shocked to discover that Ali had a secret twin sister named Courtney. When Courtney arrived in Rosewood, she started playing with the four girls' minds. Because of her good looks, she instantly became the most popular girl in school and became friends with Aria, Emily, Spencer, and Hanna. The girls were far too excited about their new friendship than to notice that Courtney is actually hiding a a huge secret from them.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery because the story talks about Ali's death a lot. There's also bits of romance and drama that girl might enjoy reading about. This final volume will keep you on the edge of your seat until you reach the end.

Yan Yan H.
Mrs. Poulton
7th Grade

Nobody's Perfect by Marlee Matlin and Doug Cooney

The book I recently just finished is Nobody’s Perfect by Marlee Matlin and Doug Cooney. This book is about a girl named Megan who has spent forever planning her birthday sleepover. She has invited everyone until a new girl named Alexis Powell arrives. Alexis seems all perfect, she smart, pretty and is great at soccer. Unfortunately, no matter how hard Megan tries to be a friend to Alexis she is always rude. Then Megan starts to fear that Alexis is treating is treating her different because she is deaf. When the girls are forced to work on a science fair project, Megan learns the real truth and realizes “nobody’s perfect.”

Monday, March 14, 2011

Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti

 The Title of the book I just finsh is called Something Like Fate, by Susane Colasanti.
 This book is about to best friends "Lani and Erin". Erin is dating this popular boy named Jason.
But when Erin gose to work at a summer camp everything changs.......
I think girls would like this book because it has Drama ,Romance.
One more thing about the book is there in a boy named Blake but he is gay and none knows. ....
 I really Loved this book.

 Torie M.

 Mrs.Poulton 2/3

Crash by Jerry Spinelli

Crash by newberry medalist Jerry Spinelli is a highly recommended book. Crash is recommended because of the setting the book takes place.  The setting is in Pennsylvania on a cul-de-sac with fourteen houses.
 The characters all have great personalities and backgrounds. Crash comes from great history of a great navy cook. His name is known as Scooter. Scooter had a stroke when he was working on his granddaughters tree house years after he retired in the navy. His stroke caused him to be in a rehabilitation center for recovery. Crash, on the other hand, the great football hero, started football when he got his first football helmet. At that time he knocked his cousin out into the snow. This is how Crash got his nickname. When Crash first moved to Pennsylvania, he met someone that was hated for a long time. This person was Penn. Penn was named from the great race that his great grandpa had won called the Penn relays. The reason why Crash hated Penn so much was because of how he lead people and of how happy he always was. Not to mention that he was not very tuff. Crash then met Mike. Mike was Crash's best friend because of how he stood up to Crash. He did this by showing no fear of Crash.
 From all these characters a plot was formed. There were other characters, but they were static. The plot starts off with the introduction when Crash meets Penn and Mike. Then, the rising actions, he starts to become famous to all the cool kids at school, but not Penn. At the end, During the climax, Scooter has a stroke which makes crash care a bout Penn and be nice to him.  The falling action is where Crash starts caring about Penn and Penn becomes more popular than In the resolution, Penn and Crash become best friends. We liked this book partly because of of football. The other reason of why we liked this book was because of the many characters that occur. We recommend that you read this book.

Kevin D

 7th grade 

Angel by James Patterson

The book I recently read was Angel by James Patterson and is the seventh book in the Maximum Ride series.This book is about Max, her flock, and Fang. Fang was in the flock untill he decided to leave in the previous book. In this book Max and the flock take on the Doomsday group, a huge group of people who believe they should kill all the humans and start the world over again with just the mutants. Though that wouldn't include Max, her flock, and Fang they are still going to try and stop the group. The Flock (Max, Iggy, Angel, Gazzy, Nudge, and Dylan) are called The Flock because each of them, and Fang, have wings. So throughout the book both Fang and The Flock learn about this Doomesday group. Fang also creates a new gang of mutants who help him.Both groups later come together to fight the Doomsday group.Though it's not so easy. Fang crushed Max's heart and she is not going to be so forgiving. She has replaced Fang with Dylan and Fang has replaced Max with her clone, Max II or now called Maya. To learn what happens you have to read the book and find out.
      I loved the Maximum Ride series and would recomend it to boys and girls. I think boys will like it for all the action and girls will like it for all the drama.

Roshan V.
Mrs. Poulton

Friday, March 11, 2011

TTyl by Lauren Myracle

Ttyl is about three girls named Zoe, Angela, and Maddie, other know as Zoegirl, Snow Angle, and Mad Maddie. They are each trying to survive their sophomore year but Angela is always falling in love with the wrong guys and Maddie had some issues at a party and Zoe has this one teacher’s attention a little too much. They promised that they wouldn’t drift a part but it’s farther in the year and Maddie and Zoe are hanging with a new crowd while Angela is trying to stay loyal. If you want to know if the three girls friendship survive then read the book. I would recommend this book to girls because it has girl problems and girlier events that boys don’t care about.

-Jackie C.
Mrs. Poulton 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Crazy Man by Pamela Porter

I have read a book by Pamela Porter called The Crazy Man. It’s about a young girl named Emiline, living on a wheat farm and her dog, Prince, chases a rabbit around the field while Em and her father are riding the tractor. Prince didn’t realize that he ran in front of the tractor and Em jumped off to protect Prince. Unfortunately, her father accidentally ran over her foot that left her with a permanent disability and after Em was placed in the hospital her father blamed Prince for everything and tied him up and shot him then walked up the street and never looked back. Em and her mother were left to fend for themselves, so everyone told them to get extra help. The mother went to the mental hospital and had a patient help her in field. I would recommend this book to anyone that can handle and not be immature about the situation.

-Jackie C.
Ms. Poulton  

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez.

  The book i just finished is Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez. In Daisy's spooky hometown, Nightshade, there have been a couple deaths of high school girls. Nobody knows how these girls mysteriosy died. Everyone in Daisy's family are psychs except for her. Sometimes Daisy feels left out because the others in her family use their powers to solve crimes. But this time Daisy says shes gonna help solve the mystery whether she has powers or not.
   I would reccommend this book to anyone who likes mystery becuase you will be trying to see who killed the high school girls and what caused them to become ill. Also since the main character is a girl, girls may like this better then boys. But if your a boy you may still like it.  Once i started reading this book i just couldnt put it down. So give this book a try because you may really enjoy it.

Maithri G.
Mrs. Poulton

Anne Frank and Me by Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld

Anne Frank and Me, by Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld, is about Nicole, who hits her head and wakes up as a Jew in France during World War II. She realizes living there that, she had so much in the present that she had always taken advantatage of. Now she has to survive living in France and take care of her little sister and keep them safe from the Nazis. I would reccomend this book to girls who like historical fictions, because the main character is a girl and it takes place during World War II.

Cynthia C.

Mrs Pouton's language arts class

Friday, March 4, 2011

Eargon by Christopher Paolini

The book i just read is called Eargon by Christopher Paolini. This book is about a boy named Eargon who lives in a small town names Carvahall. One day he finds a mysterious stone in the woods while huntng and takes it back to his house. When know one will by it he decides to keep it, the stone hatches into a baby dragon. He names her Saphira for her color. The only other dragon out there is the evil kings. When monsters try to kidnap him but kill his uncle he decides to leave Carvahall. He is joined by a storyteller named Brom who knows a lot about dragons and magic and teaches him as they goes. The go hunting for the monsters that killed his uncle and travel long and far to find the fiends. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy and fiction.

Natalie K.-Mrs. Poulton

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

The book I just finished readaing is Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Melinda was at party and called the cops because something horrible happened. Now everyone at school hates her and she has no friends. They dont understand what really happened to Melinda. If only Melinda would tell them the secret. But it just won't come out of her, everytime she tries to tell them she just freezes.
  I mostly recommend this book to girls because the main character is a girl. I would also recommend this book to someone who likes mystery becuase throughout the book you're trying to find out Melinda's secret. When I started to read this book i couldnt stop. So give this book a try because you may really liked it.

Maithri Goud-7th grader

My Life in Pink and Green by Lisa Greenwald

The book I recently finished reading was My Life in Pink & Green by
Lisa Greenwald.
She is also the author of Sweet Treats & Secret Crushes.
This book is about a girl named Lucy Desburg and how her family pharmacy might shut down. Fortunately, when a local homecoming queen shows up at Lucy’s family drugstore with a beauty disaster, Lucy manages to help. As a result, a line of customers come in to receive makeovers from Lucy. Even a whole bunch of customers won’t get the struggling town pharmacy back to the way it was. Suddenly, Lucy comes up with a solution to helping the business and environment. But will Lucy’s spacey mom and stubborn grandmother stop fighting long enough to listen to a seventh grader?
          I recommend this book to mostly girls and people who like to be helpful to others and their own environment.

          Cymberline O.
          7th Grader
          Mrs. Poulton    

Head Games by Keri Mikulski

I recently finished the book Head Games by Keri Mikulski. The genre of this book is realistic fiction. The main characters in this book are Hannah and Taylor. Taylor is tall, pretty and amazing at basketball. But she doesn’t believe any of it. Taylor’s best friend Hannah loves fashion and hates sports. Hannah is doing a fashion show and asked Taylor to be her model. Taylor thinks that she is too tall and not pretty enough to be in the fashion show. Taylor struggles with finding herself and tolerating herself. That’s not all, Taylor also has to decide between Zach, the super popular, super tall, basketball star and Matt, the sweet boy from her math class. Right now she just has too much going on that its hard to handle.

   I would recommend this book to girls because the characters in this book are girls. if you like realitic fiction books with drama this is the right book for you!
Marissa A.
7th grader
Mrs. Poulton