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  • awesomessb
    awesomessb added a book review.
    Red is an 216 year old oak tree. But, there is something that you probably don't know about tress and animals. They can talk! How? Well, it's a "mysterious dance of sunlight and sugar and wind and water". Red is also a wishtree. Many people come in May (but also all year round) to tell Red there wishes. She's heard many ridiculous and sincere wishes. However, when a ten year old muslim girl, Samar, moves into the neighborhood, people aren't very welcoming to her. Her wish is to have a friend. Red decides that she must help her. With the help of a best friend Bongo they might be able to find a friend for Samar. This was a cool book from an interesting perspective. There are many books about trees or animals being able to talk, but I felt this book was very unique. It is written from Red's perspective in a world full of humans. This is a great book for grades four to five and up.
    About 1 year ago
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    This is a great book, and I would love to add it to my library. Sharks are also very interesting. My sister would also enjoy this book!
    About 1 year ago
  • awesomessb
    awesomessb's book review was featured in Gertie's Leap to Greatness.
    Gertie Reece Foy never gives up on her missions. She hasn't and she will never. She lives with her dad and her great-aunt-Rae. When her absent mother decides to move away with someone named Walter, Gertie decides she will become the greatest fifth grader ever. There is also a new seat steeler, Mary Sue Spivey this year. Her father is a famous director. She is also smart. With her two best friends Junior Parks Jr. and Jean, they will help Gertie become the best. Gertie decides to do something she has never done before- study! However, new problems also arise. Half the plot was a little basic, but the twists and turn were unique. I enjoyed this book. It is a great story for grades 3 and up.
    About 1 year ago
  • awesomessb
    awesomessb added a book review.
    Gertie Reece Foy never gives up on her missions. She hasn't and she will never. She lives with her dad and her great-aunt-Rae. When her absent mother decides to move away with someone named Walter, Gertie decides she will become the greatest fifth grader ever. There is also a new seat steeler, Mary Sue Spivey this year. Her father is a famous director. She is also smart. With her two best friends Junior Parks Jr. and Jean, they will help Gertie become the best. Gertie decides to do something she has never done before- study! However, new problems also arise. Half the plot was a little basic, but the twists and turn were unique. I enjoyed this book. It is a great story for grades 3 and up.
    About 1 year ago
  • awesomessb
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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.
    Over 1 year ago
  • awesomessb
    awesomessb added a book review.
    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!
    Over 1 year ago
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    This would be a great series to have on my bookshelf.
    Over 1 year ago
  • awesomessb
    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.
    Over 1 year ago
  • awesomessb
    awesomessb added a book review.
    "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.
    Over 1 year ago

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