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BOOK NAME: Adam Canfield: The Last Reporter
AUTHOR: Michael Winerip
This book is one in a series about a student newspaper called the Slash and its coeditor, Adam Canfield. The newspaper used to be paid for by Harris Elementary/Middle School, where Adam goes to school. But the school stopped paying for it when the paper wrote a story that offended a big company called The Bolands and the company took the paper to court and forced the school to stop paying for it. Now the paper is paid for by the school’s students, mainly Adam and his coeditor and girlfriend, Jennifer.
What I really like about this book is that there are countless problems solved and stories written by the newspaper’s staff. There’s issues with finding the money to keep the newspaper running. There’s the Ameche brothers who are good at making money for the paper by selling ads but they don’t understand anything about newspapers so they get into trouble by offering to sell stories to businesses. There’s problems with the state test scores. There’s a school election where a candidate promises to give 100 free iTunes songs to every person who votes for him. Adam’s bike also gets stolen and then he has troubles with his girlfriend. There’s a lot going on in this book.
I like this book because there’s more going on in it than any other book that I’ve read. It is hard to stop reading.
BOOK NAME: The Landry News
AUTHOR: Andrew Clements
Cara Landry was barely noticed. She liked it that way. She was a quiet, but very intelligent girl. She was very unlucky to end up in the worst teacher’s class, Mr. Larson’s class. Mr. Larson never taught. He just sat at his desk, every day, reading the newspaper and drinking coffee from his big, red thermos. Every parent hoped that their children wouldn’t end up in his class.
One day, Cara decided to put up her own newspaper, The Landry News, on the bulletin board. In it, she put an article stating that “there has been learning, but there has been no teaching” in Mr. Larson’s class. Mr. Larson banned the newspaper from the classroom. Cara then decided to work on her own project.
In this book, you will join Cara and Mr. Larson as they begin hating each other at first in the story, and end up being very close at the end. You’ll even accompany them as they try to save Mr. Larson’s job!
I really liked this book. I feel it is a great book for all ages. It was fun, cute, and very good. I kept on wanting to know what would happen next! I think I am the complete opposite of Cara, though. She’s quiet, while I am loud and outgoing. But even though she is so different from me, she’s my favorite character in the book. Reading The Landry News won’t be a waste of your time! You should read it!
Here’s a cool idea.
Have you ever thought up an interesting story that your REALLY wanted to tell? Or thought to yourself… “Self, why doesn’t anybody ever write books about 3-legged magical hamsters who star in their own reality TV show?” (Um, or something similar.. you get the idea…)
Then, SHARE YOUR STORY IDEA in the comments section below. C’mon… bet you have an awesome idea. Tell us stuff like…
– Who’s the main character?
– Is it a funny story or a sad one?
– Will the reader learn something from it?
– Where does it take place?
– What’s the problem or BIG thing that happens in the plot that will make people excited to read all the way through to the end?
BOOK NAME: Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters
AUTHOR: Lesley M.M. Blume
I just finished a book called Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters. Yeah, I know; it’s a long title!
This book is about a girl named Cornelia, whose mom is a professional pianist, and is always away at concerts. With Lucy (Cornelia’s mom) away at concerts all the time, Cornelia never gets to spend time with Lucy. I would hate to have a mom like that.
One day Cornelia walks by a door in her apartment, and there is a sign on the door that says, Chien Bizarre. What does that mean? Cornelia asks herself. Eventually she meets the people who live next door. The people who live next door are a woman and a man. They are not married but only friends. The woman has a lot of stories to tell Cornelia. Cornelia visits her neighbor a lot just to hear the stories, and she thinks that the woman is very interesting. I think that the reason Cornelia visits her neighbors so much is to get her mind off her mother.
One day Cornelia comes over to her neighbor’s house and finds her typing away on a typewriter. Her neighbor is writing a book. She won’t tell Cornelia what it is about though! Cornelia finds out what the book is, so if you want to know I think you should read the book!
I liked this book because one chapter is about Cornelia, and the next one is one of her neighbor’s stories, and so on through the book. These stories are very interesting and fun. I do admit that in the beginning of the book I did get bored. Once she meets her neighbors it gets very interesting, so I do recommend it.
BOOK NAME: Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank You Notes
AUTHOR: Peggy Gifford and Valorie Fisher
This is a funny book. I enjoyed it so much that I read it in one sitting. It doesn’t really say, but I think Moxy is about my age and in 6th or 7th grade. And the story in the book covers all the funny things that she does to get out of having to write thank you notes for the Christmas presents she has received.
The problem is that she hates writing thank you notes! She could just refuse to write the notes, but she is promised a very cool reward if she gets the notes written in one day. Plus, her mom insists that she do them before she gets her reward. The reward is that her dad has promised to take her to a big, fancy, Hollywood movie premiere. She might even get to be on TV. But her mom has told she won’t be able to go unless her thank you notes are done.
Moxy tries all sorts of short cuts to get her thank you notes done. Most of them don’t work out very well. First, she thought she would write a single note and run it through the copy machine. That failed because they ended up making thousands of copies instead the 12 she needed. Next she tried to make them look fancy by using gold spray paint. She ended up painting a “T” on her friends clothes and “hank you” on the wall of her room. She got in pretty big trouble for that!
The book has some cool illustrations that really make the book fun to read. You’ll have to read the book to see if she ever makes it to the movie premiere.