By Raina Telgemeir, Scholastic, 2012
233 pp., $10.99, ISBN 978-0-545-32699-5
reviewed by Teonjai Jackson-Beaufort, Grade 6
Renzulli Academy, Hartford, CT
In this animated cartoon it was tragedy’s, hard times, and many more. Callie is an amazing artist, but struggles a lot with boys. This year at school, theater is a big thing for Callie, because not only is her crush in the play, she has to build a CANNON. Callie goes through secrets, sadness, and happiness.
Raina Telgemeier is an amazing author. She knows how to make the book feel like the reader is apart of the book. I hope whoever can read this book connects to the way I did.
I would rate this book a 5/5
By: Brenda Woods, publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books, published: January 9th, 2014, pages: 240, $16.35, ISBN: 9780399257148. Reviewed by Kianna.Moracia.Ewan, Grade: 6, Dr. Joseph S. Renzulli Gifted and Talented Academy. Hartford. CT, U.S.A.
Violet is a fun-loving and normal 11 year old. But what you don’t know is that she gets stared at a lot when she is with her family. She is half black and half white and meanwhile her whole family is white. Her mom and her sister have blonde hair and blue eyes while she has dark brown hair and brown eyes. Her grandparents are white too and she is tired of the stares. Even though her black dad is dead, Violet forms an alliance with his mother, her paternal grandmother. Violet finds that her black grandma was going to be at an art gallery and she and her grandma interact and then it goes bad when her mom and her grandma argue. She now knows that she is the one thing that must bring them together and by doing that means spending some time with her grandmother.
I felt like I was a character in this book, moving with the plot as this main character finds out the twist between black and white. This realistic fiction will make you feel anger, happiness, and joyous outcomes as you follow the author’s tall tale of 11 year old Violet.
I have read 3 books out of the Intermediate Nutmeg nominee series of the Castle Glower books by Jessica Day George. It has many adventures where castle inmates go on spontaneous travels. Celie, the main character is the most loved princess of Castle Glower because she bonds with the castle in a way no one understands. She can tell every twist and turn of the castle with a blindfold on her eyes! I love her enthusiastic spirit and the way how she she is mysterious when it comes to something being wrong with her dear castle. The book "Tuesdays at the Castle" inspires me to just go for it when I know that something is wrong and I can't figure out if I'm right. This book has taught me how to stand by my opinion and not go with something just because people don't agree with me.