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    The Penderwicks are a family who have recently rented a place to live in. The girls learn of two kids who live there, Cagney and Jefferey. They help each other and form a new friendship. This was a cool book, but not one I enjoyed a lot. It is a great story for grades 5 and up.
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    Ever heard of Rumpelstiltskin? You know the guy who could turn straw into gold. Well, as the story goes, there was miller who was poor, and in order to make himself seem superior, he said that he had a beautiful daughter who he claimed can spin straw into gold. The king said to bring her tomorrow. If she cannot spin straw into gold, she would die. The next day came, and the daughter was locked in a dungeon to spin the straw. She could not do this, and knew it was impossible. However, the door opened, and said that he could do this if she wold give him something in return. She gives him a gold necklace. The man succeeds, but the daughter is asked to repeat this task again the next day. This time, she gives the man her ring in exchange for his service. The king is pleased, and once more asks for the task to be repeated. This time though, she has nothing to give. She promises the man her first born child. The miller's daughter is chosen to marry the king. Later, she has a child with the king. The man comes to take the child, but the new queen refuses. The man decides that if she can guess his name in 3 days, the child will be hard. She could not get it right, till on the 3rd day a messenger tells her that deep in the forest, he heard a man singing a song, in which he reveals his name to be Rumpelstiltskin. This indeed is his name, and the queen gets her child back. In the tale, you may think that Rumpelstiltskin is the villain. But Liesl Shurtliff convinces you that you have not heard the full story. In her adaptation, the main character's name is Rump. His mother died giving birth ti him, and he never found out his full name. Ever since then, he has only had his grandma. The other villagers tease him because of his name. A cow's rear end is a rump. It is believed that your name is your destiny. The closest he has had to a friend is a girl named Red. He mines in The Mountain everyday in search for gold. He never finds any though. The annoying pixies always bother him, because pixies love gold. One day his grandmother is about to throw out his mother's old spinning wheel, but Rump says that it is the only remnant of his mother. He eventually finds out that he can spin straw into gold, just like his mother. Others tell him that it will only cause trouble, and it does. He gets into trouble with the greedy miller and his unfair bargains. He finds out that his mother is from Yonder. He ventures into the forest to find Yonder, and any remaining relatives. Rump meets trolls on his adventures, too. Through his adventures, he learns that maybe your name doesn't determine your destiny. He also becomes braver, and gains the support of some other people too. This was an interesting take on this tale. It was very interesting. However, it was sometimes a little too slow. I like how the author still kept me glued to the book. It is a good read for grades 4-5 and up!
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    Sge_seriesThis would be a great series to have on my bookshelf.
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    awesomessb's book review was featured in Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans.
    "The Rain is coming." That is the message Samantha Spinner received along with a old rusty umbrella after Uncle Paul went missing. Her brother got the New York Yankees team, and her sister got a check for two billion, four hundred million dollars. This makes no sense, because Samantha is sure Uncle Paul would've left more behind. But not everything is as it seems. In reality, the umbrella is a map containing multiple landmarks. The mailbox outside their house is a secret passage way to a mag train (a super fast train that runs on magnets. Today, such idea has been proposed, but in Samantha Spinner's world, it is secretly a reality.). The mag train leads to many different famous landmarks where they find clues to possibly solve the mystery of Uncle Paul and why they should keep away from RAIN. This was an interesting book. I enjoyed reading this book. However, I felt sometimes the puzzles or mysteries were too obvious. It was still a good read, but not a must read. A good book for grades 3 and up.
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    "The Rain is coming." That is the message Samantha Spinner received along with a old rusty umbrella after Uncle Paul went missing. Her brother got the New York Yankees team, and her sister got a check for two billion, four hundred million dollars. This makes no sense, because Samantha is sure Uncle Paul would've left more behind. But not everything is as it seems. In reality, the umbrella is a map containing multiple landmarks. The mailbox outside their house is a secret passage way to a mag train (a super fast train that runs on magnets. Today, such idea has been proposed, but in Samantha Spinner's world, it is secretly a reality.). The mag train leads to many different famous landmarks where they find clues to possibly solve the mystery of Uncle Paul and why they should keep away from RAIN. This was an interesting book. I enjoyed reading this book. However, I felt sometimes the puzzles or mysteries were too obvious. It was still a good read, but not a must read. A good book for grades 3 and up.
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    BookstackAre there any book prizes you guys recommend for 1st-2nd graders?
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    The amusement park in Florida before Disney World is Walt Wilkie's Wonder World. It opened a year before Disney World in 1970. However, ever since then, The Wonderland has barely been able to stay open. That means to Grandpa's and P.T.'s dissatisfaction, they will never make it big like the Hiltons. However, they still hope to snatch the title of "Hottest Family Attraction in the Sunshine State" from Disney. With P.T.'s mom being the only real grown-up in the family, she is disappointed when Grandpa and P.T. give out free ice cream. To P.T., the Wonderland Motel is the best place a kid could live. Things start to go downhill when P.T.'s mom finds out that Grandpa took out a one hundred thousand dollar balloon payment a couple of years ago without telling anyone. Now they have to pay it back. P.T.'s mom thinks their only option is to sell the attraction, but P.T. is not ready to give up yet. They learn soon that they can make money by entertaining guests, but now P.T. meets a genius friend, Gloria, who will help him. Together they create a treasure map, and solve a mystery. I enjoyed this book. It was an interesting idea, the perfect place for a kid to live. There were bad guys and riddles. This is a great read for ages 7 and up!
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