Milkweed By Jerry Spinelli- Misha, is a boy with no family, no history, and no home. He roams the streets with his boys, stealing food in the day, sleeping during the night. However, all that changes in just one day. Misha is forced into the ghetto, he and many other Jews and Gypsies are caged in like animals. They soon run out of food, dead people sprawled across the streets. This book explains Misha's life and how he survives the horrible event we know as the holocaust.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne-
Monster by Walter Myers- When a robbery goes bad, and a clerk is murdered, Steve Harmon, awaits trial. At the young age of 16 Steve is already charged with murder. The story explains what goes through his head post trial, and what happens during the trial where his freedom is on the line.
Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt- Holling HoodHood is entering seventh grade, and the first day he is already confronted with a problem. His main teacher Mrs.Baker already hates him, or so he thinks. On his journey throughout the book he learns many important life lessons, and gains a different perspective on things.
Tunnels By Roderick Gordon- Will Burros life revolves around trying to find his missing father. His father was captured by the police of the underground community known as the Colony and is now being held as prisoner, and Will takes this as a challenge to go help free him.
This dramatic, realistic fiction, crime novel takes place in Harlem, New York, mostly in city lockup, and the drugstore. Steve Harmon, who is only sixteen, is on trial for felony murder. He is claimed to be the lookout for this robbery that turned bad, however he says that he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. When Steve has to spend time in the city lockup awaiting trial, the seriousness of the situation hits him, that he could be locked up for felony murder which is a sentence of 25 to life. There is no actual evidence linking Steve to the crime besides a personal testimony by one of the other gang members also involved in the crime. However some of Steve's "buddies" aren't as lucky as he is. They are linked to the crime by a pack of stolen cigarettes that were later sold to a local dealer of stolen goods. The story continues with Steve writing in his journal about his experiences at the lockup and the trial. The part I found most exciting was the verdict, when the judge pronounced Steve not-guilty, all charges were dropped, and Steve got a second chance to live his life a free man. But, his close friend, James, is not so lucky and is found guilty of murder along with the other gang members. In my opinion this book would best suite young adults who prefer crime based books.
The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by: Sherman Alexie- This novel is about Arnold, an Indian boy with many things wrong in his life. It's basically his story on his misfortunate events.
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven by: Sherman Alexie- This book is just a bunch of short stories that will keep you laughing with the situations and the witty humor used.
Underworld Evolution by: Greg Cox- Lycans vs Vampires. Selene a vampire spent her life ridding the world of Lycans (werewolves), but when she meets Michael a normal human or so she thinks. When Michael is bitten by a Lycan and a Vampire he becomes a hybrid of the two, which is extremely rare. Both Lycans and Vampires want him dead.
Zeitoun by: Dave Eggers- A middle eastern man goes head on into Hurricane Katrina to save his house and business. He then has to suffer the consequences of being sent to jail on counts of being a suspected terrorist.
Dragonwings by: Laurence Yep- A boy and his father reunite after years of being separated. The boy comes from China and is new to America. He sees how rude the Americans are to his people, but quickly learns to like them. Him and his father become really close in this time and finally get to spend the quality time together that they needed.
Stormbreaker by: Alex Rider- This book is all about lies and deception. How Alex is told one thing about his uncles death, he thought that his uncle was a normal person. However on Alex's own investigation he finds out that everything that he was told was a lie, and that his uncle had a completely different life.
This fictional young adult novel is the funniest sad story you will read. It's all about a fourteen year old boy named Arnold Spirt or Junior as all the kids on his Spokane Indian Reservation call him. Well, just to start it off Arnold is a pretty messed up kid, he has a stutter, a lisp, he has too much fluid in his brain, and he is prone to seizures. This just yells BULLY VICTIM doesn't it, well he has his best friend Rowdy to back him up. Rowdy is the biggest, strongest, kid on the rez and he will beat up anyone who makes fun of Arnold. They were best friends ever sense they were born, but when Arnold gets some good advice from a teacher he pelted in the face with a math book he leaves the rez betraying all the people who live on the rez with him, and leaving his best friend behind. Arnold decides to go to a preppy school, Reardan, to meet all his expectations in life. Now Arnold stands out a lot in a normal crowd, but Reardan is an all white school and Arnold being Indian makes him stand out even more. At first Arnold thinks he is going to get a woopin everyday without Rowdy around so he stays on his toes expecting anything to happen. One day when Roger a classmate started to make fun of Arnold's culture he stood up for himself and socked Roger in the face. This, for some strange reason made Roger respect Arnold, and other kids started to respect him too. Arnold wasn't too great at making new friends, but Gordy, the class genius, stood up for Arnold they became pretty good friends. Lets not forget about Penelope, Penelope is Arnold's crush, but she has a couple problems of her own. She is bulimic, which means she has an eating disorder, but other than that she is amazing. As if Arnold's life isn't messed up enough he has to deal with the death of his sister, grandmother, and his dad's best friend, and to make matters worse all these deaths occurred months apart. My favorite part of the book is when Arnold and Rowdy become best friends again, they spend all night playing basketball to see who will win, but they don't keep score. I think that anyone with a sense of humor will enjoy this book because it is filled with great jokes and its just one of those books you'll laugh your way through.
Nicole Koleczek, pro equestrian. Now you’re probably wondering what equestrianism is, well it means horse riding. Don’t worry I thought it meant fishing in the open sea for bluegills too, it’s okay. Now let’s get down to business, Nicole does most of her equestrian adventures on mango. Now I don’t understand who would sit on a mango and make it walk around in a big circle, I always thought mangos were for eating but what Nicole does on her weekends is none of our business. Nicole jumped this mango 2”1.2957341 feet in the air. Wait, but before we go any farther, Nicole told me I had to mention that, “Nicole Kolcezek’s equestrianism is equivalent to a sixteen year old.” Now that’s out of the way let’s continuing on in this marvelous journey, Nicole also rides on marbles. I’m guessing she hot-glued all these marbles together so she can roll around on them. Nicole has jumped marbles a maximum height of 2”6 feet! Nicole has been riding horses since the age of three, this is one of the many reasons she is able to jump on a mango. Now “horses” isn’t all Nicole rides, she also has a passion for ponies. Not my little pony, mangos, or marbles, but real life ponies. Nicole’s favorite pony is named Sophie, yes Sophie. I thought spot or sparky would have been better non-human names but I guess Nicole doesn’t think so. Now how she obtained this pony is a very interesting story, Nicole was over at her friend Isabelle’s barn when she linked eyes with Sophie, and it was love at first sight. She quickly pushed Isabelle to the ground and jumped on Sophie. The high speed purist started there, Nicole rode away on Sophie, moving at a speed of 2.4 mph! She could hear the other police ponies not far behind but she kept at it. She burst through the front doors of her barn and quickly spray painted the pony a different color. By grand theft pony rules the police will no longer know that Nicole is on the same pony as before, therefore her four star wanted level when down to a zero, nearly escaping the police ponies. That is how Nicole obtained her favorite pony, Sophie. Now to get this skilled in sealing, jumping, and riding horses/ponies Nicole has one of the best trainers in town Alex Lee. Despite what horrible stories Nicole tells me about Alex Lee, how he was a horrible trainer, a weirdo, and deserved to “eat some lucky charms and fly away on a rainbow,” I refuse to believe them, with a name like Alex you know you’re getting far in life. Now, this essay isn’t going to be full of dead end jokes, horse riding is pretty serious, so let’s all take a while to become serious….. done yet? Oh okay sorry let’s take a little longer then….. okay, now sometimes horse riding gets freaky, when your horse makes the wrong turn, the wrong jolt, jumps too low, the smallest mistake could be deadly. When your staring death in the face, plummeting towards the wall, floor, or another rider that’s when you know it’s serious. In all Nicole’s years of riding she has stared death in the face a couple of times. Nicole has been thrown at the floor, wall, smashing her tailbone, head, face, arms, and legs, all for her passion, her life, riding horses. One of the scariest things Nicole has witnessed was two horses fighting, apparently one of the horses caught the other horse with his girlfriend, and they just went at it. Nicole has ridden many of the horses at her barn, but a horse she really wants to ride is Hoosier Gucci, or “who’s your Gucci”. Nicole also has an orange sattle pad under her bed, but I mean why would you need that there, are you going to ride a horse in your dreams and for some reason not have a sattle pad? This shall conclude my essay, so to sum it all up we have learned how long Nicole has been riding horses for, her favorite horses/ponies, how she obtained her pony, her trainer, the scary parts of horse riding, Hoosier Gucci, and how high Nicole can jump on her horses. *This essay was read to and approved by: Nicole Koleczek (double spacing looked weird on Weebly so I made it single spaced, also the magnifying glass joke didn't work on Weebly so i had to delete that too, but i included some pictures of the "horses" below.)
Picture of Mango
Picture of Marbles
Most of the books I read are fiction and fantasy. This is the list of books I've read so far:
Hunger Games by: Suzanne Collins- We have read this book last year in school but I never really took an interest in it, after hearing all the buzz on how good it was I just had to pick it up and start to read it. The book is all about these sick games called the Hunger Games, last man standing wins.
Across Five Aprils by: Irene Hunt- We read this book in class this year, it was about a country boy named Jethro and how his family lives through the Civil War, dealing with death of family, growing up, and much more.
Breathe by: Cliff McNish- I took an interest in this book after seeing it at a friends house. The book is all about how this kid named Jack who suffers with asthma moves into a home with his mother that is inhabited with ghosts. He finds out that he can hear the ghosts talk and can communicate back and forth with them. He then has to help his mother come back to the "real world" after the ghost mother takes control of her body.
The Graveyard Book by: Neil Gailman- This book is about Bod, his family died after being killed by Jack (a murderer), Bod escaped the home and crawled across the street to a graveyard as a baby on the night his family was murdered. He was then raised by ghosts, sounds a little fun, but if Bod ever leaves the graveyard he will be a sitting duck for Jack.
Jack, an asthmatic twelve year old, and his mother move into and old farmhouse in the English countryside, sounds normal enough, right? Wrong, Jack later finds out that he can communicate with ghosts who live in the house, he unknowingly establishes a relationship with the “Ghost Mother” a depressed spirit who becomes extremely attached to Jack. There are also four other ghosts trapped in the farmhouse by the “Ghost Mother,” she steals their energy to stay alive in the real world. Before Jack could do anything to help the defenseless ghosts escape, the “Ghost Mother” takes control of Jack’s real mother’s body. Jack wants to fight back but, with asthma, he risks having an attack with too much physical exertion. It will take Jack everything he’s got to get the “Ghost Mother” to exit his real mother’s body, and to save the four ghost children from living eternity in the farmhouse. An interesting part in the book is when, Jack comes face to face with one of the younger ghosts. She leads him to the "Nightmare Passage," the "Nightmare Passage," is a sort of purgatory where ghosts are held, and viciously condemned. This fantasy book will keep readers who enjoy suspense and a good ghost story wobbling on the edge of their chair wanting more. I very much enjoyed reading this book.
Alex A. (FatherZander)
Hi. My name is Alexander Matthew Avak II. I enjoy strolls in the park after the hours of uno and does. I play guitar, and haven't practiced more than six times in three years. I like basketball, and want to go to Whitney Young for high-school.