Tuesday, August 26, 2014

6 books to read before 6th grade

In the last question of the Countdown to 6 challenge, we asked Wellesley's rising 6th graders to name and review 6 books they thought all rising 6th graders should read.  Here are the top 6 answers!

#1 Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling

Reviewed by Ultimate Fangirl

AMAZING. About a boy with magical powers who defeats an evil wizard. (Honestly, I could go on for hours about it, it's that good.)

#2 Percy Jackson (series) by Rick Riordan

Reviewed by SophieM

Percy Jackson has never been normal. He has dyslexia and ADHD and has been kicked out of every school he's ever attended. His life about to get weirder, when in one day he arrives at a camp for
half-bloods, find out he's half god, his mother is kidnapped, and the gods are on the point of a civil war. Can he and his friends set things right?

#3 Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Reviewed by GingerNeev

August is a boy who was born with 'extreme facial abnormalities' and is homeschooled. He then switches to private school entering fifth grade, and he struggles being another ordinary student while lots of kids are staring whispering and talking about him in the hallways. Even how he looks on the outside is extraordinary, he is ordinary inside; he is really smart and funny. Along the school year, August finds friends which appreciate him for who he is, and he realizes that he is special to not only his family but to the world. Read the book to find out more. 

#4 Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper

Reviewed by Snowhusky

It's about a girl named Melody who can't walk, talk, or write.  It's been like that since she was born.  But when she goes up a grade the special kids join the normal kids, and Melody becomes friends with Rose.  But is Rose really a good friend?

#5 Dork Diaries (series) by Rachel Renee Russell

Reviewed by Artistic Mind

The reason I think that Dork Daries is such a great book is that it is about a girl named Nikki J. Maxwell who is new to the school and most of the people that go to this school is kind of rich ad the only reason she is in this school is from her dad working for the school and she faces some challenges with the mean girl aka (Mackenzie). But she over come her troubles with her friend. So she is starting to like her new school.

#6 The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Reviewed by eddiebaseball

Bilbo Baggins meets nice people and evil goblins on his quest to a mountain full of gold! I liked it because it was very exciting.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Friendliest book characters

We asked our rising 6th graders what five book characters they would like to have as friends.  Here's what they said!

UltimateFanGirl said:

Annabeth Chase from Percy Jackson
Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter
Alex Bailey from the Land of Stories.
Hazel Grace Lancaster from The Fault In Our Stars
Amanda Lockhart from Kingdom Keepers

Penguin said:

Cindy from Deaf Child Crossing
Josie from For Keeps
Anabelle from Boys are Dogs
Melody from Out of my Mind
Maggie from The Meaning of Maggie

HP123 said:

Harry Potter
Ron Weasley
Luna lovegood
Neville Longbottom 

(Can you guess what the HP in their username stands for, based on their answers?!)

Star said:

Alex from the Unwanteds
Kate from The Sound of Your Voice, Only Really Far Away
Donovan from Ungifted
Nikki from Dork Diaries
Percy Jackson from the Lightning Thief

AJSeal said:

Athena from the Goddess Girl series
Pacy from Year of the Dog
Minli from Where The Mountain Meets The Moon
Leafpool from the Warriors series
Cassidy from the Mother Daughter Book Club.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Introducing the Awesome Box!

Introducing the Awesome Box!

Have you read something awesome? Share your awesome titles with us! Starting this summer you will be able to tell us about the awesome books you are reading and we will display them online at the WFL Awesome Box.
How will we find out about these awesome books? Place your awesome books in the special Awesome Box book drop on the first floor of the main library. Check out other awesome titles suggested by other readers!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Books into movies!

It seems like every other day a kids or teen book is made into a movie!  But, of course, some are left out.  Here are Wellesley's rising 6th graders' takes on what books they wish would be made into movies!

Andrew2014 would like to see "The Twits by Roald Dahl because I would like to see if the movie producer changes the story line in any way and the book is already really funny so I would like to see if the movie plot line is more or less funny."

Henry2014 would like to see I Represent Sean Rosen by Jeff Baron "because it would be great to see Sean pretending to be his own manager and trying to get his movie made."

Bob123 says "The book The Saturday Boy [by David Fleming]should be made into a movie because it is really funny and you never know what will happen. Also, some parts will be heart touching and emotional just like real life."

Pennywar would like to see "The Grimm Conclusion by Adam Gidwitz because the author described things so well I had a whole "movie" playing in my head.  If there was a movie, I could compare my version with the real one."

What do you think?  What book do you think should be made into a movie?