My Map

Map art is a art made out of maps. In art we are doing a map project. I am cutting out the parts of the city that  mean the most to me and the least to me. Then I mount them on black paper that is mounted on black paper. After this I am going to out line it with white gel pen. Then I am going to mount them on top of each other to create a hill shape. I think that I will finish in the next 3 classes. Screenshot 2016-05-10 at 9.58.01 AM

Abarat Book Report

When Candy stumbles upon a strange humanoid creature with horns that hold eight heads, he claims he comes from the Abarat. Another world That’s separated into 25 islands, and each island is based on another hour. But Candy is the first person from Earth, or the Hereafter in Abarat terms, in centuries, so she is the center of attention, and that’s not always good, especially when your in the Abarat and there is a war going on.                            Then there’s the 25 hour, the time out of time, but you’ll learn about that when you read the book.

Specials Book report

Specials, Sequel to Pretties and Uglies, Is the third and final book in the Uglies series. When Tally becomes Special, a type of pretty but cruel, and deadly, where your movement is almost a blur to a human eye. Tally is forced to stop what she helped not long ago, stopping lesions via pills. When Tally finds out what the source of the pills come from, the she’s shocked, it used to be a village that runaways ran to, but now it’s so much more.

Pretties book report

Pretties, sequel to Uglies, is a book about Tally Youngblood. Tally lives in a futuristic city where when you turn 16, you become pretty. Where your bones get replaced by titanium and you become beautiful. It doesn’t seem like it could be bad, but, it is in some ways. In Pretties, Tally finds herself without lesions, a “disease” that gets put into Pretties to change the way they think. That way, they are powerless, all they like to do is drink and have fun. But Tally is getting hunted down by specials, a secret government group meant to keep the city in order. They are myths and rumors to most, but to Tally, the word gives her nightmares.

Gabriel Finley And The Ravens Riddle

When George Hagen introduces you to anyone in his book Gabriel Finley And The Ravens Riddle, within a two sentence paragraph, you will know who they are.  The two main characters are Paladin (Raven) and Gabriel(Boy).  Then there are some second main characters who accompany Gabriel on his trip under/Aviopolis, those people are Abby, Pamelia, Somes and Septimus.  But then there are people who introduce you to all of the big characters, which are in ⅓ of the book, Endora (Raven Mother), Aunt Jazz and Trudy.  You can’t forget Corax or his Valravens.  The setting takes place in two places, Brooklyn, and the underground palace of Aviopolis.  The main problem is that he needs to rescue his father and stop corax from getting the tork who will let corax and his Valravens take over the world.  With some help from friends and “bullies”. You will see just how far he gets.

There are many things that changed this story from a regular story about a boy and a Raven.  For example Gabriel and Paladin can talk in each others heads and they can merge and fly together.  Then Gabriel has to capture a writing desk that runs and has  a mind of its own.  When they capture the desk it has nothing.  If you read on you’ll see it has a kind of magic to open it.  I will give you a hint (quote) “where is my father.”  Well Gabriel makes a very big decision and that is to go rescue his father from Aviopolis and kill Corax, or at least stop him the problem gabriel runs into is like a 3 month process and if it gets resolved thats for you to find out.I loved this book it was one of the best I have read.  Here’s why.  It is a long book and that means that you can enjoy it for longer and you won’t have to write as many book reviews.  It is also a very descriptive book because you feel like you are sitting around a fire listening to Gabriel tell it.  Also it makes you dream about it.  A person who would like this book is someone who likes any theme mystery,fiction, nonfiction, animals or scary things, this book surprisingly, has it.  I would rate this book 5*****(stars) out of five stars.

murder on the orient express by Agatha Christie

Murder on the Orient Express is by Agatha Christie it is about a detective named Hercule Poirot who is traveling on the luxury train line the Orient Express. All of a sudden the train gets stuck in a snowstorm. Then the detective finds out that a rich American on the train named Mr. Ratchett has been murdered in the middle of the night. The murderer had to be one of the passengers in Poirot’s coach. What will happen next…?


When Poirot goes to the scene of the murder(Mr. Ratchett’s cabin) he finds a piece of paper that says “…member little Daisy Armstrong…” . Daisy Armstrong was the kidnapped and murdered daughter of an extremely rich american family. After finding this scrap of paper Poirot concludes that the rich American man Mr. Ratchett’s real name is Casetti. Casetti was the name of the infamous murderer and gang leader who killed Daisy. After inspecting the site of the murder, Poirot interviews all the people on the train to see what they know about the murder. But Poirot gets nowhere with the case. Then Poirot decides to inspect the luggage of all the passengers. Still after inspecting they luggage he has no new information. So Poirot sits down to think over what he does know.

If I was to tell you anymore of the book I would spoil it and it would be no fun to read. So I have decided not to write any more. The book is great and I hope you read it.I would rate it 5 out of 5 stars.  *****

The Blind Side, Michael Lewis

The Blind Side By Michael Lewis


This book is a true story about a boy named Michael Oher. He grows up in a criminal neighborhood where a lot of drugs are going on. As a kid he got taken away from his mom (because his mom was most of the time on drugs) but kept on coming back to her. Eventually the cops stopped trying to take him away from his mom because they could never find him. He grew up and got bigger and bigger but still he thought he was this fast, small, speedy boy. At around High School he had terrible grades and got taken out of every school. His friend’s dad eventually found a school and asked Michael (also known as Big Mike) to come and see it. It was the Briarcrest Christian school. He only got accepted in because he was good at basketball and football and they were willing to give him a shot. One night he had nowhere to sleep (like most other nights) and a family at Briarcrest told him he could spend the night. Night after night he spent there and then he finally moved in. They helped him get into college with a football scholarship and make it to the NFL.d


I enjoyed this book because it made me have so many emotions, and it was not just a football book it was a meaning full book about life. It also taught me a very important lesson. And It was  mostly about sports. I think mostly readers that like sports and a lot of drama will like this.


Check with your mom and/or dad first because it has a lot of talk about drugs, violence, and cursing.


I would rate it 5 Stars out of 5 because of how well it described everything.





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The Million Dollar Shot, by Dan Gutman


The Million Dollar Shot by Dan Gutman is a great book. The main character is Eddie Ball. He is a nice kid who does nice things for people, including his best friend, Annie Oakely. He also loves basketball. Eddie lives in a trailer park in Louisiana with his mom.

Eddie’s mom works at a place called Finkles (They sell things called Finkles. They are a very unhealthy snack). Finkles is having a poetry contest.  The winner of the contest wins a trip to New York and gets to go to a Knicks game.  The winner gets a chance to sink a foul shot.  If they do, they will get a million dollars, and a lifetime supply of Finkles.  And if the person fails, all they get a life time supply of finkles. Eddie and his mom are very poor and barely get enough money to survive. Eddie wants to help his family and his friend by taking the Million Dollar shot.Unfortunately, Eddie isn’t allowed to enter the compitaion because the rules state that relatives of employees are not allowed to participate in the contest.  Eddie’s mom eventually gets fired from Finkels and Eddie can get in the poetry compitian, but can he win the compitaion!?

One important part of the book is when Eddie and Annie see their parents kissing.  This is important because Eddie gets distracted and starts missing some free throws while he’s practicing for a big day.  Eddie is upset when he sees his mom kissing another man.  Will Eddie calm down before his big moment in the spotlight?!  Find out all this in the book!


I really enjoyed the book because it’s about basketball, and it’s very realistic too. I really liked that Eddie went to a Knicks game in New York because I live in New York and I like the New York Knicks.  I also really liked when Eddie was in the locker room before the big moment all the Knicks players were saying, I hope you sink the shot and other positive comments.  I’d recommend this book to kids 8+ because if they are younger they would only understand why the title is called The Million Dollar Shot, but they wouldn’t understand what happens in the life that Eddie is living. I rate it infinity out of 5 stars.


Game Face by sylvia Gunnery

One of the books I read this summer is called Game Face by Sylvia Gunnery which takes place in a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada. The main character’s names are Jay and Colin who used to be good friends and now they are fighting over the position of team captain on the Rockets basketball team. Jay was elected by his team to be the team captain.


Colin is a better basketball player than Jay but Jay has a better attitude. Jay does not focus on himself as a team captain he focuses on what is happening to his team. Jay was picked by his team for the job of team captain because he is a leader. An example of his leadership is when Jay decides to see if the coach will let Colin be co-captain, because Colin had liked the idea of being co-captain and maybe he might have a better attitude if he is co-captain.


I am not really a sports book kinda guy but this one, I have to say, was good. It was a quick read, not hard. The book would pull me in I just wanted to read it for longer amounts of time. I would recommend this book to people who like basketball and good books. I would rate this book 4½.