Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Piper Reed, Campfire Girl by Emily Willis Holt

Me with some friends and family hanging out around the campfire!
    Piper Reed, Campfire Girl is a book about a girl named Piper Reed. Piper has a club named The Gypsy Club. Piper, her club, and her family are going on a camping trip and they leave the day before Halloween! Piper is not happy when she figures out they have to take their new club member, Stanley Hampshire.  She thinks he is an annoying person who only likes to talk about moving from place to place. To make matters worse, they have to take care of the family dog, Bruna.
     Reading this book brought back great memories for me. I enjoyed making up fun clubs with my friends at school. It also makes me remember when me and my friends were sitting around the campfire at my house (in the picture). And my favorite birthday party was when we pitched tents and camped outside!
    I recommend  this book to anyone - boy or girl! You will be hooked from the start! (Book Level 3.4 ) Hope you like the book.
                                                                                            - Little Sunshine - age 9

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Grandad’s Prayers of the Earth by Douglas Wood

Me and my little sister and big cousin with "Papa", my grandad.
     Grandad’s Prayers of the Earth is a short, sweet story that I love to read. It is also a very pretty picture book. The story is about a little boy and his grandad and his stories of the earth. When they go for a walk, the little boy asked his grandad about prayer. The grandad told the boy that every living thing prays. He explains that each of God’s creations has its own ways of praying.
     This book makes me smile because I spend a lot of time with my Papa too. It makes me recall times spent with him and reminds me of the stories he always tells.  My Papa really makes me laugh.
     This book is appropriate for any age! It is a good one to read if you like to read with your mom or dad. Or it would be even better to read with your “grandad”. I hope you will enjoy this book as much as I did!                                                                                      
                                                                                                        Rockin' Robin, age 10

Monday, September 24, 2012

Meet September's Bookworm Author

Banana Split, Age 7
Meet September's Bookworm Author

"Banana Split" is a second grader who loves to read, play the violin, and ride her bike! She is also involved in tennis, gymnastics, softball, and basketball. Read her book review of Nancy Clancy: Super Sleuth by Jane O' Connor below!

Nancy Clancy: Super Sleuth by Jane O' Connor

In Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth there are two best friends, Nancy and Bree. They are sleuths. Two mysteries have to be solved in this book. Nancy and Bree must figure out what happened to the teacher's marble and what Rhonda needed to tell Nancy.  I know but I'm not telling! My favorite part was when they cracked the case wide open. The writer really caught my attention. If you like Nancy Drew you will definitely like this book. I recommend this book. It is a very good book. (BL 3.3)
                                                                                                                           -Banana Split, Age 7

Friday, September 21, 2012

September's Book Feature - Edgar Allan Poe

   Poetry for Young People’s - Edgar Allan Poe is our September feature! The book begins with an introduction that gives details of Poe’s life and works followed by poems and poetic passages from some of his longer prose works. With this book we were able to discuss poetry and prose while learning about one of history’s most significant authors of such writings. The girls were also entertained by the selections in the book. Poems such as “The Raven” and “Eldorado” are great read-alouds!
    Since many of Poe’s works portray the darkness that consumed much of his life we feel it is a great selection to read as we approach October 31st! I would suggest this as a parent/child read as there are some dark themes. As for an age recommendation, my girls were 8 and 9 and enjoyed it very much!   - Homeschool Mom

   Edgar Allan Poe is a book full of poems that are both scary and exciting. Some are so scary that one time they made me have a nightmare! Some of his poems are not scary but touch your heart.
    My favorite poem is “Annabel Lee”. This poem is not scary but is sad and is one of the poems that will touch your heart. The poem that made me have a nightmare is “Eldorado”. It’s about a knight who is trying to find gold and he realized a shadow was following him. You might want to read this one if you like a good scare!
    I recommend this book to for ages 7 and up and you might want to read it with your mom or dad. And it is great for anyone who likes poetry! If you decide you might want to read this book, read it around Halloween!
 - Little Sunshine, age 9

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russel

     Dork Diaries is a series of books by Rachel Renee Russell. She is the author and even does some of the illustrating in the series!
     These books are about a young girl named Nikki Maxwell and her years in middle school. The books are written like a journal with lots of doodling and cartoon style sketches. Nikki was so excited to see all of her friends again, but things change when Nikki finds out she is about to move. Sometimes it’s hard for newcomers to fit in. Can Nikki survive her new school and the “Cool, Cute, & Popular (CCP) girls who love to tease her?
     I relate to some of the things that Nikki goes through and I think any middle school girl will too.    I have read books 1,2, and 3 in the Dork Diaries series and hope to finish book 4 before the fifth book is released on October 2nd!
    I would recommend this series to any middle school girl, especially anyone dealing with less than nice classmates. (Book Level 5.4)

                                                                                                      Reviewed by Rockin’ Robin, age 10

Ivy + Bean by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall


    Ivy + Bean is a mysterious adventure! It is about two girls that are best friends and they never meant to like each other. As you read through the book you can see all the adventures they go on while Bean is helping Ivy become a witch! As they are running throughout the yards of Pancake Court, they try to put a spell on Bean’s older sister.Will it work out or not?
    It is interesting right from the beginning the book! It catches you with excitement!! I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good, fun mystery!! (Book Level 3.2)

                                                                                                      Reviewed by Little Sunshine, Age 9

Monday, September 17, 2012

Behind the Bookstack

Hi! Welcome to The Bookstack Blog!
Here at The Bookstack Blog will be sharing book reviews with you as we read. We will tell you everything you need to know about the books that we are reading so you can decide which books are right for you! We hope you like The BookStack Blog!
- Little Sunshine, age 9

Now, for a look behind the bookstack...
We are a homeschool family of four and I am the oldest child. We created this blog so you can get the scoop on the books you may enjoy and info on the ones you may not want to read. Our mom is our teacher. She loves to read with us and she likes for us to try new things! Dad works hard to support our family and the fun things we do.
I hope you enjoy our blog! Visit often!
- Rockin' Robin, age 10 

P.S. Our first book reviews will be posted tomorrow!