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Camille Reviews Horton Halfpott, by Tom Angleberger

Hi, my name is Camille, and I am going to tell you about a book called Horton Halfpott.  Horton Halfpott is a book about a lot of mysteries.  Horton is a kitchen boy in Smugwick Manor.  The kitchen owner, Miss Neversly, gets mad because she thinks that Horton gets into troubles, like going out and meeting his friends.

There is a woman named M’Lady Luggertuck, and she is the owner of Smugwick Manor.  She has a son named Luther Luggertuck, and there is a girl named Celia.  Luther and a guy named Montgomery both want to marry Celia. Celia likes Horton better than Luther or Montgomery.

Luther takes this thing called The Lump, which is like a crystal, because it is very valuable.  He also takes a statue of Napoleon, and he took one of M’Lady Luggertuck’s wigs.  He steals everything because he wants to get money, and he’s evil.  He gets the money from pirates.

Everyone thinks that Horton is stealing everything because Miss Neversly told everybody that he did it.  Horton and his three friends try to solve the mystery.  They go out at night and they see that Luther is stealing everything.  So they told a detective that Luther was stealing.  At the end, Celia and Horton liked each other and Luther got stuck inside of a mud puddle.

I liked when they had a Halloween party, because M’Lady Luggertuck was dressed up in fancy clothes, and they put perfume on her, and it smelled so stinky!  I liked this book because it was really funny, and there were a lot of details, and it has a glow-in-the-dark cover!  I didn’t like the pirates because they were mean, especially Old Bart.

I think people who are funny and like funny books should have this book.  The rating for this book is an 8 out of 10 because it was funny and cute.

I saw the author, Tom Angleberger, at LA Festival of Books, and he signed our books!  He was funny, he kept on calling me and Mason “Larry.”  Here’s a video of when we met him.

Camille and Mason meet Tom Angleberger

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Mason Talks About Harry Potter for Kids

Hi, this is Mason and I’m writing about the first four Harry Potter books.

The first one is called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  It’s not that scary.  The book is about Ron, Harry, and Hermione trying to get this stone that makes them never die.  This is my second favorite Harry Potter book because it’s not as violent as the other books.  I liked it because Harry made a lot of friends.  Sometimes it was kind of interesting when they were talking about the wands, like when the wands choose you and you don’t choose the wand.

The second book is my favorite.  It’s called Harry Potter and Chamber of Secrets.  It’s about Ron’s sister, Ginny Weasley, trying to get into the Chamber of Secrets.  The Chamber of Secrets is where Voldemort lives.  Voldemort is a bad guy.  Ginny wanted to go there because Voldemort told her to in his diary.  She didn’t know it was Voldemort’s diary.  This one was a LITTLE more scary, but the best part is that Harry made more friends, like Neville Longbottom.

The third book is a little scarier than the second book.  It is called Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  It’s about Harry’s godfather, who is not a murderer.  But the Ministry of Magic thinks he is because he was standing right next to Harry’s mother and father’s house when it blew up, so they put him in jail.  But he got out and went to the school to get the real murderer.  I didn’t like it because there are these things called dementors, and they suck up the good feelings.  It made me scared.  I liked this book because Harry Potter saved his godfather and it had a nice ending.

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The fourth book is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.  I don’t want to write about the Voldemart part because then I’ll get more scared.  This book is my least favorite.  I didn’t want to read it anymore because it was too scary.  People that are like twelve or up could read it.  I read to page 326 maybe, I’m not sure, because it was about two weeks ago that I stopped reading.

I think kids who are seven and up could read number one, two, and three.   The fourth one should be twelve and up, unless you like scary things.

ImageI found out something cool that people should do if they like Harry Potter, at least books one – three.  They should do this game called Pottermore, there are different levels.  I’m at Diagon Alley where I get my wand, my books, and my robes.  You have to find things to help you get to the next level.  You have to do a lot of levels before you get to the level I’m on.  It’s free, and the address is http://www.pottermore.com.  You have to sign up with your parents’ email.

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I also want to go to Whimsic Alley.  It’s in Los Angeles.  You can get your own wands and stuff.  You can have a birthday there too.  My friend Matthew went to Whimsic Alley, and I looked on the computer, it looked awesome.  Matthew is going to write a review for our blog, which you can look on our website to find out about it.

I hope you liked reading my blog.

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Camille Reviews Clementine, by Sara Pennypacker

Clementine is a girl who goes to school with this bossy little girl named Margaret.  In the beginning of the story, Margaret went into the bathroom because she got glue in her hair, and she brought along scissors.  Then, Clementine went inside to see what was going on.  Margaret was crying inside the bathroom because she got glue in her hair.  She asked Clementine to cut the part with glue off, but Clementine accidently cut most of her hair off.  Then she cried even more, and Clementine got sent to the principal’s office.

Clementine lived in the same apartment building as Margaret.  Margaret’s mom got mad at Clementine, and when she went up to say sorry, Margaret’s mom got so mad at her and she said “Go home and think of what you have done!”

The next day, Clementine went to school and got in trouble AGAIN and got sent to the principal’s office AGAIN because she had colored Margaret’s hair red.  Margaret wanted it to look like Clementine’s, so Margaret asked Clementine to color her hair with an unwashable marker.

After Clementine went to the principal’s office, she cut her own hair and colored it green because she didn’t want it to look like Margaret’s, because she was mad at Margaret for getting her in trouble.

At the end, she got a big surprise party, and Margaret got her another kitten since Clementine’s kitten had died.

I think this book is very funny.  I really like it, it is really like Junie B. Jones because she does funny stuff, like she named her cat Deodorant.  I do like Clementine (the girl) because she is crazy, but I don’t like her because she gets in trouble a lot.  It makes me feel not very happy because she gets in trouble and doesn’t really pay attention a lot.

I would recommend this book to girls who don’t get in trouble a lot, so they don’t get ideas to do bad stuff.  I rate this a 5 out of 10 because I like it and I don’t like it.

If you are interested in Clementine, go to this website and you find out all about Clementine and Sara Pennypacker.  You will find books made by Sara Pennypacker and how to write to Sara Pennypacker.  Cross Country Clementine shows cardboard Clementines in different states that kids took pictures with, like Oklahoma, Connecticut, and Kansas.  I’m going to take a picture with Clementine at Somerset Park and put it on the website.

Warmly,

Camille

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