Monday, December 19, 2011

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

I read The Emerald Atlas with my father this year. In this book, 3 kids, Kate, Michael and Emma are taken from their parents, because they find out there’s something special about them. They all have very different personalities. Kate is the oldest and the leader. Michael is obsessed with dwarves. Emma is very brave. Emma is also the youngest. They go through a lot to find out who they are.

When they go on this crazy adventure they get to travel through time and often find themselves in a life or death situation. There are wizards, witches, screechers, evil secretaries, and salmac-tar. Almost all those things are evil. There’s also war that goes on. Good vs. Evil. It was the fight for life and death.

Someone who likes adventure books would love this. Grownups can read this with their children. I thought this book was amazing. I give it 5 stars. Though this book is very good it is very complex. I’m definitely getting the second book.

This is my Jewel or Gem book for the What’s in a Name Challenge 4 from BethFishReads, so I’m done. My mom and I are going to do it again next year.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Book Review: The Battle of the Labyrinth

In THE BATTLE OF THE LABYRINTH, Percy, Annabeth Chase, Grover Underwood and their friend Rachel Dare go to the labyrinth to find Daedlaus, the man who created it in the first place. Luke and Kronos found Daedalus first. Now how will they save the world, when they are stuck in the labyrinth without the magic string that would lead them out?

After going through a tough day, they find their way out, and go back to camp ready for war. Seeing their enemies come back for a playdate with some monsters, they got into a fight on the way. Will Percy save the day, or will all fail in their quest to save Olympus?

I LOVED this book, with all its action and adventure. All the battle scenes gives it the perfect touch. With a liiiiiittle romantic touch, everyone would love this book. It’s good for boys and girls, and people that like mythology and adventure stories. I think if you like Harry Potter, you will like Percy Jackson.

I counted "battle" as my evil word for the What's in a Name 4 Challenge. If you have never done a reading challenge, you should try it.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Ivy and Bean and the Ghost that Had to Go

In Ivy and Bean and the Ghost That Had To Go, Ivy sees a ghost in the girl’s bathroom upstairs. Bean and Ivy have to find out what its problem is and why it’s there. They need to make something to get rid of it. Can they do it? How will they get rid of the ghost? What’s the ghost’s problem?

I liked this book because it’s kind of spooky. I loved that the author put in some mistaken characters. The author put some things I didn’t expect. I like that. This book made me happy because of the bond between the girls, even though they weren’t supposed to be friends. This is the last book in my fourth grade reading challenge. Now I can work on my summer reading!

P.S. I love a twist!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Once Upon a Marigold Book Review

In Jean Ferris’ Once Upon a Marigold, Ed (a troll) finds a boy in the woods. Chris, the boy, was in love with Marigold, a princess far away. Chris needed to know her so he started “p-mailing” her. P-mailing is like emailing, but with actual letters sent by plane. Then Chris found out a secret. He still wanted to know more about Marigold, so he started to work at the castle. Trust me, things were not easy there.

Queen Olympia was not sunshine and daisies. She was bad. Guess who has to stop her? Chris. Can he do it?

I loved this book because there’s action, comedy, love and adventure. It’s a book to read if you’re having a bad day. It will bring your spirit right back up.

This book counts for a plant in my class reading challenge, and as a number in Beth Fish Reads’ What’s in a Name 4 Challenge.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Wrinkle in Time was a challenging book

In a Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, three kids go to a planet named Camazotz. The three children, Meg, Calvin, and Charles, all get stuck in something called The Darkness. They face many dangers in Camazotz. Later, Charles gets stuck in IT, something that makes everyone act exactly the same. Doesn't that sound bad? You may think, why would you be there? But if you haven't seen your dad in forever, wouldn't you want to find him?

Yes, this is a book people would like if they like books about danger. This would be a good book for kids 9-14. This is a great book. Read it!

Time is my musical term book for Ms. Lutz's class challenge. And Wrinkle is my movement for the What's in a Name 4 Challenge.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck: Place

In A Long Way from Chicago, two kids named Mary Alice and Joey spend some summers with their colorful grandmother. You know if something is sour or sweet but with grandma you just can't figure it out. Every summer is a different chapter. Through each everyone learns not to mess with grandma. Like in one chapter: One Woman Crime Wave, grandma takes the kids fishing in an illegal area. It’s for a good cause. She’s been feeding a woman that thinks she’s her maid, even though she’s not anymore. It’s really nice, because the book happens during the Depression, and lots of people are hungry, but grandma won’t let anyone starve.

See? Grandma is sour and sweet.

I read this book for my class reading challenge.

Friday, January 21, 2011


In this book, ARTEMIS THE BRAVE, Artemis falls in love with a boy named Orion. Artemis always takes Orion’s side even though he was just a phony. Like at a archery contest with Apollo Artemis loses because Orion takes her arrows she got for her birthday. She notices what he’s doing and she wants to get revenge.

Orion was a main character in a play called “The Arrow.” One week before the play Orion leaves the school for a different part on Earth. When he leaves the lead role is played Dionysus, the star in many other plays. Orion comes back to MOA (Mount Olympus Academy) to be in the play. Zeus says no way boy I have a special job for you. I hope he wasn’t afraid of heights because he had seven stars hanging his arms and legs and they hooked him up to wires swinging down from the ceiling at the end. He always wanted to be a star.

I liked this book because it was funny. I liked the way they described the characters also. They made me feel like I was actually in MOA. Even when I was tired, I didn’t want to stop reading. I was excited to read this book because Artemis is my favorite goddesses. She wasn’t really how I thought she would be, but it was still a good book.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

What's in a name challenge 4 2011

I'll be joining this challenge again. Here are the categories:

  1. Once Upon a Marigold (Number)

  2. Emerald Atlas (Jewelry or gem)

  3. A Long Way from Chicago (Size)

  4. A Wrinkle in Time (Travel or movement)

  5. Goddess Girls: Artemis the Brave (Life stage)

  6. The Battle of the Labyrinth (Evil)

I'll fill this in as I figure out what books I'm going to read.

I finished on December 19. These are all my books! I am so happy I did this challenge, and now I have my own blog! I already have a list of books for 2012!