Monday, March 25, 2013

Throne of Fire & Serpent's Shadow

Titles: Throne of Fire & Serpent's Shadow (books 2 & 3 in the Kane Chronicles series)
Author: Rick Riordan

K - 2 Kane children are Blood of the Pharaohs and are gathering other people with Blood of the Pharaohs to fight the god of Chaos, named Apophis, who is rising from the Daut.
A - Apophis is a character in the 2nd & 3rd books of the Kane Chronicles.
N - These Blood of the Pharaoh kids are not normal because they can do magic and others cannot.
E - These 2 books are exciting with all the magic and the monsters.

C - Could not happen in real life, so this story is fantasy.
H - A Hunter god named Neith fought on the Kane side and not for Apophis.
R - The Kane children ran into gods wherever they went.
O - Gods fought on the Kane side.
N - This book is NOT real.
I - These books are interesting because of the Gods and the magic.
C - Quests in these 2 books can be very,very dangerous.
L - Apophis loved to try and hurt and kill people.
E - Egyptian gods and monsters fill up this story.
S - This story is sad at some parts, like when Sadie's and Carter's mother was trapped under a cliff because a serpent's shadow was sucking in all the spirits.

School Story

Title: School Story
Author: Andrew Clements

S - School Story tells you how hard it is to get a book published.
C - Clara was one of the staff members at the publishing company.
H - Hannah Nelson is Natalie's mom.
O - Oh, I was shocked when Natalie's mom thought Ms.Clayton was Cassandra Day.
O - Oh I never knew that there was ever a Cassandra Day.
L - Letha is Natalie's mom's boss at the publishing company.

S - Some of the main characters are Zoe,  Natalie , and Ms.Clayton.
T - To begin with, Natalie wanted to write her own book called The Cheater.
O - Out of the Natalie's 2 choices of Hannah and Letha, she chose Hannah.
R - Ron is somebody from a news channel.
Y -  Yes! Natalie's mom was so happy that her daughter was actually Cassandra Day.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Mammoth Fun

7 interesting facts about mammoths from David's research:

1. Columbian Mammoths lived in North America.

2. The hairs on a Woolly Mammoths coat could reach up to three feet long.

3. If lucky, a mammoth could live 70-80 years.

4. Most frozen Woolly Mammoths are from 100,000 - 30,000 years ago.

5. A baby Woolly Mammoth was found by a gold mine's bulldozer. He had died 400,000 years before.

6. One theory explaining why mammoths died out was due to new predators and plants.

7. Another idea is that they died out from a disease.

I wanted to learn more about Woolly Mammoths because they'd always seemed interesting to me. They were really cool to learn about! I love doing the Sid Shuffle, so I also wanted to learn more about the real animals from Ice Age!

Saturday, March 2, 2013


Title: Hatchet
Author: Gary Paulsen

What happens...
The main characters in the book are the Pilot, Brian, Mom, Dad. It is about a kid  named Brian. His mom and dad divorced so he stayed with his mom during school and during the summer with his dad.But when he was on his way to his dad, the pilot had a heart attack above the Canadian wilderness. So he made a plan to land in a deep pond. Then he had to survive n his own for more than 2 months. 

My favorite part was when...
He got his Hatchet from the bottom of the plane after he dropped it while looking for the medical kit. I was so nervous!

I couldn't believe it when... 
He ate the turtle eggs raw, and he did not put it on a rock and put it over the fire that he had made.

I really liked this book because...
It is really entertaining and kind of taught you a lesson. And that lesson is that you need to use all the resources that you have! As I was reading, it reminded me of some of my favorite tv shows, like Survivorman and Man vs. Wild.

Cahills vs. Vespers Series (1-3)

Title(s): The Medusa Plot, A King's Ransom, The Dead of Night
Author: Gordan Korman, Jude Watson, Peter Lerangis

What is the series about?
The series is about the Cahills and Vespers fighting. The Vespers are capturing  the Cahills and threatening to kill them. Dan and Amy Cahill have to keep their family alive by doing what the Vespers tell them. They won't kill them if Dan and Amy Cahill do what they say.  They have had to steal things from museums, and they are always under a strict time limit of 4 days.
How is it similar to the 39 Clues series?
It's similar because there are some of the same characters, like Dan and Amy Cahill. Some other chracters come back, too, like Nellie (the Au Pair), Fiske (their uncle), Uncle Alistair Oh (another uncle), and Hamilton, Ian, Natalie, and Jonah. Also some of the places are the same, like Paris. They are always having to hunt for things all over the world.

How is it different than the 39 Clues series?
The difference is that there weren't any Vespers in the 39 clues series. The Cahills are all united and working together in this series of books, working against the Vespers. There are some new characters, also. Dan and Amy work with Sinead (who is like a sister to Amy), Jake and Atticus (they are brothers who decide to help Amy and Dan), and all of the Vespers (they are numbered, as in Vesper 1 through Vesper 6).

Which of these was your favorite book? Why?
The Dead of Night was my favorite book because of the traveling in the story. They traveled to Turkey, while Hamilton, Jonah and the messenger went to Pompeii. They were in search of an Astrolabe. I also liked the mystery in the series.  One twist was that Ian went to visit his mother in New York, and no one knows why. She ended the 39 Clues series as a villain and murderer. She even shot her own daughter.