Cheshire Crossing – Review by Zadie

Zadie is effervescent, sweet, and smart. I look forward to her coming into class every day because I know she’ll smile and have great ideas, and always looks interested even when I’m being boring (which I try not to be). She loves to read, and has a great book to share with you!

In Cheshire Crossing we once again meet Dorthy (The Wizard of Oz), Wendy (Peter Pan), and Alice (Alice in Wonderland), but for the first time, they meet each other. But, the Wicked Witch of the West and Captain Hook are back, and they also meet! As their worlds, collide, can Dorthy, Wendy, and Alice stop Hook and the Witch from taking over Oz? Or will they be forced to retreat?

With wonderful new views on classic characters, Cheshire Crossing gives us back Wendy, Dorthy, and Alice, but more kick-butt than ever! I laughed at so many different parts of this book and because it is a graphic novel, marveled at the amazing illustrations. Also, Wendy got a pixie cut!!!

Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan – Review by Sofia Corrales

attachment-1Sofia is a 6th grader in my literature class. She has a bright mind, a kind heart, and the sweetest of smiles. Never one to call out or disrupt, she goes about her work with thoughtfulness and diligence. As a middle school teacher, I never get enough time, like I did when teaching elementary, to get to know the kids’ interests and tastes. This book review and “portrait” gave me a little more insight into Sofia’s life and sense of humor. Thanks Sofia, and I hope you’re enjoying the blizzard wherever you are.


Jedi Academy Return of the Padawan, but Jeffrey Brown

attachmentJedi Academy: Return of the Padawan is about Roan Novachez, a padawan who is about to start his second year at Jedi Academy. It seems like this will be the best year ever, but things take an unexpected turn. He gets into fights with his friends, training gets really hard, and the class bullies don’t seem so bad anymore… Only one question remains: will he turn to the dark side?

This book is very interesting to me because it is very similar to the Star Wars movies and has a great story. Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan takes place in the Star Wars Universe, and many things in the book are the same as the movies, like the planets the characters go to and the things they do there, or that happen to them there. Some characters mentioned are even from the original Star Wars films. For example, when Roan and his friends take a field trip to Hoth, with Yoda as a chaperone, they encounter a Wampa (a carnivorous species that lives on Hoth), just like Luke does in Episode 5.  This book also has a very good story. Not only is it based on Star Wars, a story that many people love, but about how Roan deals with his troubles in middle school; bullies, fighting with friends, hard schoolwork, and new experiences. Even if you haven’t watched the movies and know nothing of Star Wars, these are things many people can relate to, which is only one of the reasons why I loved this book so much, and a reason many others will too, fans or not fans. Also, this a different story of Star Wars with all the same amazing qualities of it, so the stories don’t have to end with the movies, and people can keep enjoying it.  If you’re a Star Wars fan, or you like to read books with great storylines, this would be an awesome book to read.