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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bookworm Buzz

ATTENTION ORIGAMI YODA FANS!!! Yesterday, Darth Paper Strikes Back, by Tom Angleberger was released and it was AMAZING!! In this sequel to The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, we learn about the 7th grade adventures of our favorite characters, Tommy, Kellen, and Dwight. We learn about their struggles at McQuarrie Middle School through a case file that Origami Yoda told them to write. I love Mrs. Porterfield, she is an awesome teacher. The book took me two hours to read, I couldn't put it down! I was even reading it in the dentist's chair while getting a temporary crown, it was that good! Tom Angleberger left me wanting MORE, and I can't wait until the next book comes out, which he hints will be next August. Maybe it will be about Princess Leia. When I was in the 5th grade, I was Princess Leia for Halloween and I won a prize for my costume. If I can find a picture of it, I will post it. My next book is Big Nate on a Roll, by Lincoln Pierce, funny so far!

Read on Readers,

Mrs. W

Monday, August 22, 2011

Juicy Nibble

Dear 4th grader,
Are you getting excited to get back to school next week? I am! I am enjoying the last week of vacation. I have many interests and hobbies. Click here to see me finishing a 5k in NJ while I was on vacation. My net time was 25:15, not my best, but it was HOT! Running is just one of my favorite things to do. What are some of your favorite things to do? I am working on adjusting the gadgets on the blog; I just added one to my Twitter updates! What do you think?
Mrs. W

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hi everyone! I hope you are enjoying the last few weeks of your vacation. Mr. Williams calls this picture,"In my element," because I love to play the claw machine. This picture was taken at the Point Pleasant Boardwalk in New Jersey. If you look closely, you can see that these are minions. Liv and I were able to win 12 in all! The sun is shining today, so I am going to the beach. Go outside and play! I'll see you soon!

Love, Mrs. W

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Juicy Nibble

Check out Mrs. Pipe's blog! She will be running an art class for children to improve self esteem. Check it out, looks like a lot of fun!

Author Alert!

What an evening! This is a picture of Livi and her friend Mel with Michelle Ray, the author of Falling for Hamlet. If you are reading young adult literature, don't miss out on this awesome book (and parents, don't miss out on it either, I LOVED IT!). Ms. Ray gave a wonderful presentation and was so gracious when signing books and taking pictures. It was a great evening sponsored by the Wellesley Book Store. We can't wait for Ms. Ray's next book and look forward to her return to the Boston area!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Bookworm Buzz-Special Edition

Hey, I'm Livi, Mrs. Williams' daughter. This is a picture of me on top of Gorham mountain in Acadia National Park in Maine. I love to hike AND I love to read. I will be sharing books that are for older readers, mainly students who are in middle school or high school. I have read about 5 books so far this summer. The first one was called Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen. It is about a boy named Bryce and a girl named Juli. The story "flips" between Bryce's point of view and Juli's point of view. In the beginning, Juli really "likes" Bryce, but Bryce cannot stand Juli. Throughout the course of the book, their opinions of each other change dramatically. Flipped is full of humor, romance, and heartbreaks, and is extremely thought provoking. I love books that make you think about life and altogether make you feel good. It also was made into a movie and I liked the movie too. The next book I read was called Silas Marner, by George Eliot. It was the book I was required to read for high school. Silas Marner (click the link to read this book for free!)is about a weaver, Silas Marner, who twice is robbed of all of his money and finds solace in a little girl who one day appears in his home. This book was o.k. After reading Silas Marner, I read a book called Withering Tights by Louise Rennison. It was a typical teen romance, but I liked it because the girl, Tallulah was my age. Then I read a book called Tangled by Carolyn Mackler. It was also a teen romance, but not like Withering Tights. Tangled was told in four parts, each from a different person's perspective. I didn't really like this book as much as Flipped or Withering Tights, but I liked the ending of this book very much. The most recent book I read was called Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray. Falling for Hamlet is a modern day twist of Shakespeare's classic, Hamlet, told from the perspective of Ophelia. Ophelia is Prince Hamlet's girlfriend. Each chapter in Falling for Hamlet starts with Ophelia on a talk show, then Ophelia's view of the events as they occurred, and then a transcript of Ophelia being interrogated by two special agents. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to other high school readers. I am going to meet Michelle Ray on Tuesday, August 2nd, at the Wellesley Book Store. It should be exciting!
Until next time,