Cosmic/ Roller Coaster

Okay so our teacher asked us to make  a blog post on this thing we did for Language Arts. IN CLASS oops I had caps lock on we’ve been reading this book called Cosmic, by a guy named Frank Cottrell Boyce. Wait I want to know do you say it like hours or ares. So the book is really about a kid who got stuck in space, but there’s a lot about roller coasters in it. So, our teacher asked us to do this project where we designed our own roller coaster. Mine is called The Bunny Bounce, cause it’s shaped like a bunny, also BUNNIES. Oh btw my bunnies are becoming friends again. Yey. Just thought I’d add that in there. I’m going to put in the paragraph advertising it, and also a pic.

Welcome to the Bunny Bounce, the newest roller coaster Universal Studio’s Dreamworks Park! This ride will give you the thrill of the century. C’mon, I know you can’t resist hopping into an adorable Carrot Car. This ride has two very steep drops, on the ‘ears’ of the rabbit, both at a 79 degree angle, and goes upside-down 2 times. This ride is made of Green painted steel pipes that stretch for 1.7 mi. This ride goes at a relatively fast speed of 84 mph, and has a G-force of 1.3. For safety reasons, The Bunny Bounce is only available to those 54 in. or taller. Come check out The Bunny Bounce, even the sight of it is sure to scare living carrots right outta you.

I don’t know why it’s in Dreamworks park but none of the other sections fit. Maybe it’s a Peter Rabbit ride. Was that even Dreamworks? I think it might’ve been Warner Bros. Eh, it doesn’t really matter. Oh also, the carrot car is organic. I wrote organic on the side, but it doesn’t really show up. Oh also, if you look closely, the people I drew in the car are wearing bunny ears, so you get complementary bunny ears if you go on the ride. It’s a built in souvenir. Well anyways, bye!

Late Start 2/19/20

Patti Donnelly

So my school does these things called late starts and you probably know what that means. We have them once a month, and this post is about February’s. So on late start days, there are no classes, so we do other stuff. Yeah. So this time we had a visiting author and then we went to the Nasher. The author’s name was Scott Reintgen (pronounced Rankin if you want to know). He has written several books, including the middle grade novel Saving Fable, as well as the Nyxia series, and his newest series, Ashlords. That’s the one he told us about. He has already written the second book, called Blood Sworn, but it’s not out yet. He was really funny. I’ll explain the book if you want to know. It was really good. I read it in like three days. Not that high a bar for me but still. Anyways, you know how we have the Olympics? I’m going to assume you do. So in the world in Ashlords, their Olympics are the Races, where they races these magical horses called Phoenixes. I’m also going to hope you know what Phoenixes are. So basically, like a regular Phoenix, they die at the end of the day (not all bird Phoenixes die at that time) every day, and turn into ashes. BUT, there’s a twist. WoAh. You can put these different powders in the ashes that make different kinds of horses. So you could have a glowing horse, or a horse with spikes on its shoulders. It was really good.

Okay, moving on to the Nasher. To be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of art museums, which you might think is weird because I love art. I like making it, not spending five hours analyzing other people’s work. The Nasher was interesting but a little weird. We looked at all these old paintings, and then some new paintings, and then some 3D stuff. There was this really weird sculpture that had sort of a whale head and the hole things was made of buttons. I think it was a costume. I feel like it would’ve been really heavy though. Then we went back to school and went home. NOPE! We watched Hidden Figures in Madame Moore’s room. She teaches French so we call her Madame. It means Mrs. Well anyways, I had a fun time that late start, even if the Nasher was kind of boring. For me, at least. I would definitely recommend Ashlords and Scott Reintgen in general to everyone, especially if you enjoy fantasy. Leave a reply please!

Battle of the Books


So, at my school, we do Battle of the Books. I made my team!! I’m so excited! We battle in March, I don’t know exactly when though. Somewhere near the end of the month.

Battle of the Books is looking like sports, but with books.  It’s available for 6th-8th grade. It’s a little like trivia. You have to read I think 22 books, two each week. Then you take a test, which was really hard, but I still made the team. I got fifth place out of twelve people, and most everyone ahead of me was older. Before we had read all the book, we used to sit at tables, and each table would get a question to answer together. Now, we do practice rounds, to prepare for the real competition.

Wings of Fire

Wings Of Fire Fleece Blanket

So yesterday, I started reading Wings of Fire, by Tui T. Sutherland. To sum up how much I LOVE it, I read all 468 pages of the first book last night. It’s soooooo good. After I finished that, I wanted to read the second book, but the novel wasn’t available, so I checked out the comic instead. It’s just as good. I think. If it’s not, do tell and I’ll read the novel too, which I’ll probably end up doing anyways, but still.

 

Ok, if you haven’t read the first book, stop here. Please. It’s for your own good. You know, it’s really annoying when you tell people to stop reading and they just keep going, like you are, so stop. Now. Really.

 

In the first book, my favorite character was definitely Peril. She was AWESOME. Although she was slightly crazy, still AWESOME. The whole SkyWing arena thing really reminded me of the hunger games, which I read last year. It was like that arena, except much smaller, a different landscape, if you can even call that a landscape, and well, dragons. I should rant about the HG too, but not here. Later. Anyways… I liked Peril. I really like SkyWings. Yes, their kingdom was chaotic and cruel, but it was just their queen, Scarlet. Yeah she was insane. But one time in extended day, a 7th grader and some of my friends were talking about wings of fire and what type of Wing they would be, and I was like, hey that sounds cool, what would I be. And the 7th grader(that sounds kinda rude but I don’t have permission to use her name without asking, which I didn’t do) said I could be a SkyWing, and told me about them. I was like yas kween imma be awesome. There were two seawings, a nightwing, a rainwing, an icewing, and me, a SkyWing. Oh wow. This is a lot of writing.

 

Ok, so exactly what I said at the top, but for the second book.

 

I haven’t finished it yet, but I’m pretty close. So far, my favorite character is Riptide, the SeaWing. I feel so bad for Anemone. I almost grogot her name. Almost. She has to be harnessed to Queen Coral, who is at least much kinder than Scarlet, but still pretty neurotic. I also feel really bad for Tsunami, because she killed her dad without even knowing it was her dad, and how are you supposed to tell that to your mother?! I do really like the comic, because it’s really cool to see what everything looks like, instead of just hearing about it. Well, I think I’m done for now, until I read more, so Toodle-oo!

Window or Mirror

Window or Mirror

Leah S.

  

One book I read this summer was Serafina and the Seven Stars by Robert Beatty. All books are either windows or mirrors. A mirror is when you are looking back into your world or a world very similar to yours. For example, the same time period and a similar setting. A window is when you are looking into a different world. For example, a world in the past or where magical creatures and fantastical beings exist. 

 

Serafina and the Seven Stars is a window because you are looking into Serafina’s world in the 1800s. Her world is quite fantastical and filled with many different and amazing creatures. Robert Beatty has found a great way to give us every detail on these beings and almost makes us believe the story is real. As this book is the 4th sequel in the Serafina Series, you should definitely read the first three books too, starting with Serafina and the Black Cloak. If you like a book filled with friendship, hope, fantasy, and a powerful story, this is the book for you.