Sign Of The Beaver Summary/ December 1st, 2009

There was no sound in the forest except for Matt's voice."Bye mom. Bye dad. Bye Sarah." Matt waved at his family as he wiped a tear away from his eye. They were going to leave for 6 months to the hospital were Matt's mom would be having a baby. Taking the last glimpse of his parents, he went into the cabin. After a few days, a Indian called Saknis came into Matt's cabin and offered him some food. Matt was so happy that he wanted to give him a present. The only thing he had was the book "Robinson Crusoe" and quickly presented in to Saknis. Saknis was impressed that Matt could read and made an agreement with Matt. Matt would teach Saknis' grandson and in return, Saknis would give Matt some food to survive. The next day, Saknis' grandson Attean came and sat down at Matt's table... unwillingly.

Throughout the story, Matt and Attean become good friends. They go on many hunting adventures and Matt was even allowed to go into the Indian village. At the end of the book, Attean has to follow the Indian's belief and go deep into the forest to find his manitou and become a man to go on real hunts. After a few days, Attean comes back, truly changed. He looked like a fully grown man and always had his back straight instead of slouching. Matt was amazed when he saw Attean but when Attean announced that the Indians were going to move away, Matt was broken hearted. He had relied on Attean being his friend forever and now Attean had to move. Then, Attean offered Matt to go with them and become his brother. Denying his offer, Matt thought about his family. The next day, Attean came back with his dog, a basket of maple sugar and snowshoes. They were all presents to Matt from Attean's grandmother, grandfather and even Attean himself. Delightfully, Matt took the presents and gave Attean his watch in return. Attean took it and the two boys said goodbye. A few days later, Matt spotted his family in the distance and hurriedly ran to hug them. His mother was thin and pale. Immediately, Matt spotted that there was no baby. Later on, he found out that the baby had died. From that day on, Matt, his dog, and his family lived together in the small cabin in the forest.

Whipping Boy Summary

"Whipping Boy!" The king would thunder right after Prince Horace also known as Prince Brat did a prank. Then, Jemmy would slump out and prepare to get whipped. One day, Jemmy got ready to go to bed when Prince Brat came in and demanded him to run away with him. Jemmy had no choice so agreed. Then together, they left the castle. Through the foggy path, they met Cutwater and Hold - Your - Nose - Billy, 2 cutthroats. They kidnapped them and quickly took them into a hut. Recognizing that Jemmy was the prince and Prince Brat was the whipping boy. Without hesitation, Jemmy made a plan the two boys escaped from the 2 cutthroat's clutches almost immediately.

Through the forest, they meet with Hold - Your - Nose - Billy and Cutwater several times but always find a way to escape them. Jemmy meets quite a lot of old rat catcher friends on the way to different areas. After a few adventures, the two boys become friends and happily go back to the castle. I think Sid Fleischman wrote this book to tell us about friendship and how people can change. Just like Jemmy and Prince Brat became friends and changed.

Heart - to - Heart November 16, 2009

Laura Dower really did a very good job in writing Heart - to - Heart. While reading this book, I always felt an urge to keep on reading after every page. This book made me feel very happy for Madison. She has everything she needs. BFFs, a dog, and many other things. Including a secret admirer.... But, sometimes I feel sad for her because sometimes, she feels like her life is messsed up and she has many things on her mind. This leads to the connection I have. The connection = is related to me. I can sometimes feel that there is a lot of things up my mind and that my life is messed up. At the end of the day, I just feel like screaming! So I know how Madison feels in that part. This book is a just right book because I can understand all of the text. It is also not too easy and not too hard.

One main character that changed a lot is one of Madison's BFF Fiona. Fiona goes from a normal girl to one that is excited and always wants to hang out with a boy she really likes who is called Egg. Egg was the person who made her change because ever since they really started to understand each other and became really good friends, she started to hang out more. The other characters didn't change very much but I though that Fiona had the biggest change. One character that didn't have a change is Madison. Even though she didn't change, I think it is worth talking about her. Madison is a girl with many hobbies and loves dogs. She herself has a pet dog. Madison is also a girl who doesn't care if she hangs out with boys of girls. Liking to laugh, Madison always joins her friends in games. I really like Madison.

The problem of the story is that one day, Madison gets a letter in her email that was sent from an anonamous person. The person who sent the email said that he had was her secret admirer. At first, Madison though it was just a trick, but then finds out that it is real. She tries to find who sent her the emails but before long, the secret admirer starts sending her roses and many other emails. Another thing that is happining is that Madison's school is holding a Valentine's dance, since it's almost Valentines Day. Madison hopes that her secret admirer is a boy named Hart and that he will invite her to go with him to the Valentines dance. He is really nice and funny and Madison has a crush on him. The resolution of the story is that Madison finds out who the secret admirer is. It is a boy that she knows and usually helps him out in a little vet named Dan. Madison is very disapointed that her secret admirer is not Hart and as soon as Dan tells her he is her secret admirer, she runs out of the hall. Crying. I feel very sad for Madison and Dan. I feel bad for Madison because I know how badly she wanted Hart to be her secret admirer and it turns out that he went with her worst enemy. A girl names Ivy. Madison dislikes her so much that she and her BFFs nickname Ivy Poison Ivy which I find very funny. I feel bad for Dan because if I were in his shoes, I would feel really bad when Madison runs away. I would feel like she doesn't like me at all! The part I would like to change in this book is the secret admirer. I think that the story would be better if the secret admirer was Hart. I would change that part so that the ending would be better and people could take a breath and know that Hart and Madison would be happy. I think that author's message is don't be sure that something would happen. Because in the book, Madison was really sure that Hart was her secret admirer. So when Dan told her that he was her admirer, her reaction was very big. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to people who would like a good and relaxing read.