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Archive for March, 2012

Ramona’s World

Posted by willkay on March 29, 2012

Iveth’s Recommended Read is Ramona’s World by Beverly Cleary. Ramona has just started fourth grade. She’s friends with Daisy, and her parents want her to be friends with Susan. But Ramona doesn’t like Susan. However, when something happens at Susan’s birthday party, Ramona starts to feel sorry for Susan. Everything changes!

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Death Note

Posted by willkay on March 29, 2012

Leo’s Recommended Read is Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba. It is about a detective who is chasing a serial killer who leaves NO clues. However, the police suddenly find a clue! Is this a real clue, or has the killer left a clue on purpose, to confuse the police? Leo isn’t telling – you have to read the book to find out.

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Posted by willkay on March 29, 2012

Mariana’s Recommended Read is Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Mariana’s favourite character is Alice Cullen. She likes Alice because Alice can see the future, once a decision has been taken.

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Main Street

Posted by willkay on March 29, 2012

Kimberly’s Recommended Read is Main Street by Ann M. Martin. Two sisters move to a new town, after their parents died, to live with their Grandma. Grandma has a store and the two sisters start teaching knitting at the store. The book is all about adapting to new environments, learning new skills, and making new friends.

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Ten Rules for Living with My Sister

Posted by willkay on March 29, 2012

When Katherine bought Ten Rules for Living with My Sister by Ann M. Martin, she thought it would be about how to live with a younger sister. Instead, it turned out to be how to live with an older sister! At first, Katherine was a bit disappointed because she wanted a book that would help her live with her younger sister. But as she read the book, she discovered that it did help her. She started to understand her little sister’s point of view much better. Of course, there was that time when she used what she had learnt in the book to catch her sister listening into her phone conversations – so that was useful. Katherine recommends this book to boys and girls, because it gives you an understanding of how your younger sibling might be thinking. There isn’t a book with ten rules for living with a brother, but this will do until it is written.

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It’s Raining Cupcakes

Posted by willkay on March 29, 2012

















Azereth’s Recommended Read is It’s Raining Cupcakes by Lisa Schroeder. This is Azereth’s favourite book because it is “cool”. It tells the story of 12 year old Isabel who is tuck in a boring town, in middle America. She was hoping to have an exciting summer holiday, but her mum has just opened a shop that sells cupcakes. Then she hears about a cake-making competition, and the first prize is a trip to New York! Azereth couldn’t tell us much more about the book, even though she has read it several times. But it is “cool”.

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The Mysterious Benedict Society

Posted by willkay on March 27, 2012

Hector’s choice as a Recommended Read is The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton lee Stewart. It tells the story of Reynie, an orphan, who answers an advert in a newspaper. After passing a series of tests, which manage to eliminate most of the other children, there is a team of four left. To these four, Mr. Benedict reveals his master plan – a plan that is designed to stop the world befalling an evil fate. Hector recommends this book very strongly, in fact he says [quote] It is better, I liked it more, than The Hunger Games! [unquote]. Great praise indeed!

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The Outsiders

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Jose Manuel’s Recommended Read is The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. This is the story of Ponytail who is a Greaser, and his run in with a rival gang called the Socs. The Socs are rich and can do anything, whereas the Greasers are outside of society. It’s a true story, set in the 1960s, about gang warfare on the eastern coast of the Untied States.

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It’s Late, I’m Sorry

Posted by willkay on March 27, 2012

Yes, I did take in the Reading Log numbers yesterday. Yes, I did intend to write a blog post yesterday. Yes, I didn’t get round to it. Sorry. However, on the way home we realised that somehow I hadn’t got round to eating since Saturday – Sunday had been so busy in the morning that I forgot to eat all day – so mrs. Kay took me out for a meal. One thing led to another, and with a set of English exams that needed marking (and some fool had asked for a story at the end of the exam – can you imagine how much that increased the marking?), I didn’t get round to posting The Wall Of Fame. Apologies. However, it’s now 1:30 on Tuesday afternoon, I’ve marked all my exams, and I am hiding in the staff room while Miss Claudia takes my class for Spanish/History. This means I have access to the internet and can post – just in case I don’t get home again tonight!


  • 542 pages: Jose Manuel

  • 373 pages: Gerry

  • 337 pages: Katherine

  • 315 pages: Ana Brenda

  • 308 pages: Azereth

There were also thirteen people who read more than 200 pages. I’d like to add that everyone in 6A read more than 140 pages – which is my own personal target of 20 pages a day, seven days a week. So I am a very happy teacher. Well done everyone!

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Holly’s Heart

Posted by willkay on March 24, 2012

Naomi’s Recommended Read for Book Month is Holly’s Heart by Beverly Lewis. This is a collection of stories about Holly, a 13 year old girl, and the things that happen to her. Naomi’s favourite story in the collection is Best Friend/Worst Enemy. In this story Holly falls in love with a boy in school – but so does her best friend! This means that they fall out with each other and spend the next few months becoming each other’s enemy. However, [spoiler alert] in the end, they discover that friendship is more important than boys. Naomi does not recommend this book to boys!

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