Why To Start A Blog

Do your parents (or yourself, even!) need convincing for you to start a blog? If so, here’s a list of reasons that might change their minds and maybe yours:

It helps writings skills
It’s a good way to show your talent
You don’t have to share exactly who you are so you don’t have to worry about people in your school criticizing you
It’s a good way to improve grammar skills because there’s no spellcheck 
It’s a great learning experience
It’s an awesome way to apply what you’ve learned through your school years
It boosts self esteem 
It’s really easy to stay safe on your blog 
It’s how people get “discovered” by writers, agents, talent scouts, publishers, and so on
You can learn to voice your opinion in a safe and non hurtful way
It can help other people with book reports, drawing, writing…
It increases your knowledge of the internet 
It boosts your knowledge of software
It helps you learn responsibility 
Remember, your parents get the FINAL SAY, so don’t go sneaking around and blogging under the covers. I’m sure they have good reasons why.
Do you have anything to add? If so, please type it in the comments, ’cause I’d LOVE to hear from you all!
Why To Start A Blog

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Well, here it is. My first fiction story post. Hope you all like it!:

Drew looked at me desperately. “Do something!”

I glanced down. A huge chasm loomed before my feet. I could hear ghostly wails of anguish far down below. Chills bit my spine. “Me? I’m only thirteen! You’re fifteen!! You’re a master wizard! Surely you can help instead of me!!”

He looked at me and I knew the truth.

“How could you?” I shrieked. I clawed his arms, leaving four bright red oozing gashes. “You lied to me! You said you could do magic! You said that people IDOLIZED you back in Camwell!”

Drew winced. “I was young and foolish. I… I wanted a place to call home. My mother died of pneumonia when I was five. My father was burned at the stake when people accused him of witchcraft. At age seven I became an orphan who traveled the world in secret.”

“So you didn’t live in Camwell your whole life. I should have known.”

“Isobel! Let me explain. When I saw the wizard academy, I thought I might actually posses magic. After all, my father did. So I applied, and Professor let me in. When I found out I didn’t have magic, I didn’t think anyone would mind.”

“If you didn’t think anyone would care, why didn’t you tell Professor? Or me?” I asked, infuriated and hurt. This boy, who I had known for since he was ten and grown to love, had deceived me for five whole years. “When we escape this terrible monster and go back to the academy, I am going to WRING your neck and rip out your-”

“Shh.” Drew lifted his finger to my lips. It took much effort not to bite his hand off. “I love you and I always will. Now go and save the world for me. I know you can.”

With those final words, he gently pressed his lips against mine and vanished into the shadows.

Just a few yards away, the beast roared. He was getting closer to me. I was getting closer to being his midnight snack. Great. Just great.

My insides felt mangled and twisted. What had become of the Drew I knew? Was his name even Drew? Or was it another tale? Why do I still even like him?

His final words lingered in my mind. “I love you and I always will. Now go and save the world for me. I know you can.”

“I love you, too,” I whispered into the darkness. And then I leapt.

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The Great Trouble

Hey guys! Do you remember what day June 9th is?

That’s right! No, not Christmas. It’s when I’m posting my top ten summer reads list! And the start of this blog’s summer season! So, make sure to look out for that post!

I’ve been procrastinating long enough. Time to start blogging.

The book I chose was called The Great Trouble. It actually takes place in London during 1854. The main character, Eel, is hiding from his stepfather, Fisheye Bill Tyler and is stuck as a “mudlark” who fishes around in the river and stuff for things to sell. Not such a great life, but at least it’s livable and he has friends.

But then…………………gasp!……………………………….. THE BLUE DEATH STRIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE BLUE (oH WAIT. I’M STILL ON CAPS LOCKS. oOPS.)

Okay, that’s better.

The blue death is also known as cholera. It turns your skin blue. Ew.

When this deadly plague happens, everyone thinks it’s caused by poison air, (yeah, I know, its a weird idea, but hey. That was like what, around 200 years ago?) but Dr. John Snow, whom Eel works for, has other ideas. He thinks that the blue death is caused by poison in the Broad Street Pump’s water. If he can get everyone to believe this, the pump’s handle can be taken off and no one can use it anymore.

The problem? Out of ALL the pumps, Broad Street’s water is the clearest and best tasting, so people would be a tad skeptical.

I can totally understand that. I mean, imagine this: Some random guy walks up to you and says “Hey. See that old lady over there? The toothless one who’s always smiling and giving kids candy, less than 4 ft tall, smells like lavender, donated 1,000 dollars to the “Cure Cancer Foundation,” and always has a pink Beauty and the Beast T shirt on? She’ kills people!

Eel knows Dr. Snow’s right and he HAS to help convince other people to stop drinking from that pump before the whole neighborhood dies out. But can he and John collect enough evidence before it’s too late? Will Fisheye kidnap Eel? Only time will tell.

I thought that The Great Trouble was awesome and realistic historical fiction. It’s one of the best historical fiction books I’ve ever read and is absolutely a five star read.

Probably 6th to 8th graders would enjoy this.

The Great Trouble

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Paige By Paige

No school today! Yes!

Anyway, the reason I haven’t been reviewing that much is because my parents are having/going to SO MANY PARTIES. Don’t get me wrong, I love parties and all, but I’m really tired and I still have a party to go to today.

So, the book I’m reviewing today is called Paige By Paige and is a graphic novel.

Basically, there’s this girl named Paige Turner (her parents are writers) and she has a sketchbook. Her family moves to the city, and Paige is trying to adjust to everything.

Paige used to be a quiet, shy redhead who played the “everything is perfect and I’m so happy” game with her perfectionist mom. But now, she isn’t so sure if she wants to be that girl anymore.

Paige realizes she doesn’t and becomes more of a rebel and finds some awesome friends. They are:

Longo: A former artist with a sense of humor.

Jules: Longo’s sister and a singer and songwriter.

Gabe: Quiet boy who sort of lives inside his head. He also writes, and is someone Paige can confide in.

Her sketchbook helps her “discover” herself, and move along in her struggle of this new life.

That’s really all that the book is about.

Paige By Paige had SOME romance, but was really just focused on Paige, herself.

Besides the regular graphics that display the main characters and what they’re saying, you also get to see inside of Paige’s sketchbook, which is a totally different (but cool!) style of drawing.

Paige By Paige is BY FAR the mot creative book I’ve ever read, and totally deserves 5 stars. And if any of you 6th, 7th, or 8th grader are reading this review, Paige By Paige is great for those grades.

Paige By Paige

Pinned

Pinned. At first I thought it meant “pinned” as in Pintrest, but it actually means 2 things:

a) Wrestling (well, at least RELATED to wrestling)

b) The name of a future restaurant (or is it bakery?)

Well, now I know!

Pinned is about a girl named Autumn and a boy named Adonis.

Adonis is a 9th grader who was born without legs. He loves to read and is a top student. I sorta think that that got to his head and made him a snob. Adonis may not be able to wrestle himself, but he is the wrestling team manager.

Autumn is a 9th grader who loves to bake. She is also the star wrestler on her school team-the only female wrestler, in fact, (Go, Autumn!) which can be frustrating. Her BFF is Peaches, (not the fruit) and she has a huge crush on Adonis.

Only problem?

Adonis HATES Autumn.

She gets super low grades because of a learning disability and is STALKING him, practically. Just got off the van to school? Autumn is totally there. Spilled a drink? Guess who happens to be next to you! Trying to PEACFULLY study in the library? Not with Autumn, you won’t.

If I were Adonis, I would be more concerned about the stalker part than the fact that she may ruin my rep with her grades.

Yet Autumn still loves Adonis after he disses her and calls her stupid, practically, in front of everyone. As I was reading this, I was thinking, GOSH! HOW CAN SHE LIKE SUCH A JERK?!

After a while, Adonis can stand being in a room with Autumn without going ballistic, which is good. Both start to be friendly and Adonis finally revels the truth behind a painful incident (including Peaches) that dubbed him “weak disabled guy who fell in a pond and almost drowned.”

And obviously, *spoiler alert!* the two opposites fall in love (well, Autumn was already in love, so let’s just say Adonis fell in love) and live sort of happily ever after. The end.

The story of a stalker and her stalkee was pretty awesome and entertaining. So, 5 stars and grades 6 to 8.

Pinned