BY: Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson
Familiars are magical pets that help their wizard owners with their magical training. Aldwyn is an ordinary cat that likes to be left alone, got chased over a wall and into a shop that sold familiars. A boy comes along and buys Aldwyn and takes him to his master’s house. There were two other kids there with their familiars; Gilbert the frog and Skylar the blue jay. Gilbert loves flies and has a good sense of humor. Skylar loves to learn about magic and read books. Aldwyn discovers many things that no ordinary cat has ever seen. Aldwyn feels out of place though because he is not magical. His friends comfort him but can’t make him feel any different. The three friends go on many adventures, have magical experiences, and figure out what friendship means throughout the series.
You can find this series at our Brentwood library in the fiction section.
Review by: Bethany
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Amulet is about a family that got separated, the dad died, and the mom got captured leaving the kids alone. The kids try to find their mother but instead find a magic amulet that helps them. I think this book is a very good book that is addicting and leaves you on a cliffhanger where there mom is poisoned. So, you would want you read the next book.
Review By: Ann
Beautiful Blue World
By: Suzanne Lafleur
This is a fantastic book about a girl named Mathilde. She, along with other children are put to work during a war. Then things begin to unravel and she is separated from her friends. They eventually reunite but everything changes because she has lost something she can’t change. She has to find what she is looking for and she can't do it alone. Luckily, her best friend stepped into the picture with her, nothing could go wrong. But could there….. Read this exciting book at our library.
There is a sequel called
Threads of Blue.
Review By: Rachel
Helen Keller’s life was very miraculous. When Helen Keller was 19 months old, she was diagnosed with a disease that made her blind, deaf and not able to speak. When she was seven years old, she met Annie Sullivan, her teacher. She was with her for a long time. To get Annie's attention she would kick. Annie found a way to teach Helen how to communicate by touching and signing. For example, Helen would touch water and Annie would sign the letters W A T E R on her palm. By the time she was eight, she was famous. Over time, Helen learned to read braille, write and speak. Everyone thought she would not be able to go to college, but she did. She graduated with honors. Helen also wrote an autobiography (which we have in the Brentwood library) and starred in a play about herself. Helen died at the age of 87. Helen Keller is an inspiration to everyone.
By : Maylie and Ian
Now that the 2018 NFL Draft is over, the Cleveland Browns have the top draft pick in Baker Mayfield. The Browns felt nothing but certainty that the former Oklahoma QB was the best person for their team. If the plan works the Browns will have solved a puzzle that has challenged them since 1999. The Browns are hoping Mayfield will lead them to the playoffs or at least win them a football game.
By: Zach S. and Madden R.
Going to the:
Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma)
New York Giants
New York Jets
Roquan Smith (Georgia)
San Francisco 49ers
4th graders are currently doing recorder karate in music where they learn songs on their recorder. Kids earn their belts by learning songs and passing them with a 3, 4, or 5. There are nine different colored belts (or ribbons) for each song they play. The colors are white, yellow, orange, green, purple, blue, red, brown, and the black belt. When they complete the black belt they will then get a certificate, a prize, and the black belt book that has the more complicated songs to learn. Fourth graders really enjoy doing recorder karate.
By: Abby and Anna
Students Should Chew Gum in Class
Gum should be allowed at school because it has been proven to help kids focus and become better students. “Gum might be helpful for people with ADD or ADHD. The simple chewing motion can help you relax when taking a test in school.” chewing gum also relieves stress. “The United States is not the only country studying the effects of gum chewing. Psychologists in the United Kingdom have also proven that chewing gum helps your memory and studying. This is due to the fact that chewing gum helps to release insulin into the bloodstream which affects how well your memory works.” I believe that yes, we definitely should be able to chew gum in class. If it helps in this many ways, then why wouldn't we be able to chew gum?
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Did you know that science experiments are important to the world? They are important because if we didn’t have science we wouldn’t have all the things that we have today, like space shuttles and satellites. You can also do science experiments at home. A lot of things you can use for science experiments are in your house. For example, you can make slime from simple ingredients like glue and detergent You can also use cornflour, shampoo, and water. Another example is a volcano, and the ingredients you need are warm water, food coloring, detergent, baking soda, and vinegar. After all, science can be used everywhere. Science experiments are fun things to do at home like making rockets, slime, volcanoes and many more. Science experiments are fun to do. You know something is created every day, so here are two inventions that you probably didn’t know existed. Number one is a backpack called Ghost. Ghost is a backpack that is water and corrosion proof. and has a tracker in case it gets stolen. It also has enough room to keep your belongings. Another invention is flashlight slippers. The flashlight slippers have daylight sensors so you don't have to use batteries so you don't have the added expense.
By: Frisco and Hayden
Samsung “The Wall” TV
Samsung has made a new TV unlike any other TV. They have made this TV part of the wall. The official Samsung website states that “Samsung’s “The Wall,” a 146-inch modular TV with Micro LED technology delivers incredible definition, without restrictions to size, resolution or form. It is a self-emitting TV with micrometer (µm) scale LEDs – which are much smaller than current LEDs, and serve as their own source of light.” This new TV is going to be a game changer in the world of technology. The TV will be available to the public in August, but no price has been announced. This TV will bring a whole new amount of possibilities.
By : Reese and Ethan