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Astrology

Astrology

Maja Papandrea, 10, Valley Stream

April 7, 2020

I became interested in astrology when I saw an astrology book at the store. My interest developed as I began to research astrology and read an astrology book of my own. I am delighted to write this for you to read so I can share what I've learned about astrology with you.  Astrology is a field of study, but it’s al...

Jaclyn Hyde

Jaclyn Hyde

Gabriela Gonzalez, 10, Valley Stream

April 3, 2020

The book “Jaclyn Hyde” by Annebeth Bondor-Stone and Connor White, is about a kind, young girl named Jaclyn Hyde who is a perfectionist.  One day Jaclyn was baking Grandma Hyde’s Chocolate Delights, which was her family’s cookie recipe that had been passed down for generations, for a girl nam...

She’s a Liar!

She’s a Liar!

Isabella Bermudez, 10, Valley Stream

March 10, 2020

“She’s a Liar!” by Alison Cherry is quite an amazing book.  Abby Carrington, an incoming sixth grader, arrives at her new boarding school, Brookside Academy. Abby is shy and never really talks to people, but she wants to change that. Abby wants to be more outgoing and confident. Determined...

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball

Mohammed Batatawala, 10, Valley Stream

March 10, 2020

In the book, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball" by Jeff Kinney, Greg, the main character, is the narrator of the book. He communicates to the reader by sharing his journal.  Greg's family has a family meeting about someone in their family who has passed away. Greg's family will inherit a portion o...

Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog

Makenzie McLain, 9, Valley Stream

March 6, 2020

The movie, "Sonic the Hedgehog" directed by Jeff Fowler with the cast starring Ben Schwartz, James Marsden, Jim Carrey, and Tika Sumpter is very family-friendly. This movie is fictional and is an action-packed movie with very few sad moments. "Sonic" is based on  a hedgehog born with extraordina...

Not If I Can Help It

Not If I Can Help It

Hailey Clarke, 10, Valley Stream

March 5, 2020

“Not If I Can Help It” by Carolyn Mackler is about a girl named Willa.  Willa lives with her dad and brother in an apartment, loves building LEGOs, loves gummy bears on her ice cream, and has an obsession with dogs. Willa also has a best friend named Ruby. Willa seems like a normal kid. But there’...

Dolittle

Dolittle

Yoshua Bolante, 9, Valley Stream

February 27, 2020

The movie “Dolittle” is a fascinating story.  The movie features many animals such as Poly, a bright blue and energetic parrot,  Yoshi, the polar bear who can withstand a summer day, Chee Chee, a monkey found in Africa who is calm and peaceful, and many more! I recommend this movie for all ages because...

Spies in Disguise

Spies in Disguise

Nathalie Rojas, 10, Valley Stream

February 11, 2020

I recently watched "Spies in Disguise." It was an amazing movie! In the beginning you see a spy named Lance Sterling. Sterling is an incredible spy and is taking back a briefcase from two men that stole it from the spy corporation that Sterling works for. The men  look very intimidating. While Sterli...

My All-County Experience

My All-County Experience

Gabriela Gonzalez, 10, Valley Stream NY

February 11, 2020

Do you play an instrument?  This year I was accepted into the 2020 All County Music Festival for playing the violin.  In order to participate your music teacher must recommend you or you had to have a high New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) score. It was an amazing experience and I even made som...

The Whispering Wars

The Whispering Wars

Antonio Leo, 10, Valley Stream

February 11, 2020

In the book, “The Whispering Wars” by Jaclyn Moriarty, there are two narrators, Honey Bee, a rich girl from Brathelthwaite Boarding School and Finlay, an orphan boy from the Orphanage School. The town is called Spindrift, west of the Empire of Witchcraft.  Today is the big day! Today is the day of th...

Wildfire

Wildfire

Nina Munafo, 11, Valley Stream

February 11, 2020

 “Wildfire” by Rodman Philbrick is about a boy named Sam, who is at a summer camp called “Camp Wabanaski.” One morning Sam woke up to the smell of smoke, the radio tuned in to Phat Freddie telling them about the ongoing fire, and the camp counselors telling the children to get their essential...

Jumanji: The Next Level

Jumanji: The Next Level

Makenzie McLain, 9, Valley Stream

February 11, 2020

 The movie "Jumanji: The Next Level” has an amazing cast including the incredible Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Nick Jonas, Jack Black, Danny DeVito, and Karen Gillan. This fictional movie is filled some bad and good choices, some mean language, and some very sad and emotional moments packed in a h...

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