Review: Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan

Did you know that a Norwegian gold treasure once got rescued by a bunch of kids from the Nazis during World War II? True story! We read “Snow Treasure” at school and I was very impressed how brave and smart Peter Lundstrom and his friends helped to make it happen.

Peter was a 12 year old Norwegian boy and one day when he came home from sled riding and having fun, he saw that the mood in town was rather down.

He found out that the Nazis were about to invade Norway and everyone was worried getting the gold treasure out of the country.

Peter’s uncle Victor came up with an idea: All children older than 10 years should carry the gold on their sleds to a special place, burry it in the snow and build a snow man on top for distraction.

At night uncle Victor would come and get the treasure onboard his ship the Cleng Peerson to take it to America.

Of course not everything went according to plan and Peter and his friends got into some trouble with a Nazi commandant. If you want to find out how the kids managed to rescue the treasure you should definitely read the book!

How did I like the book?
I really liked the book although it felt a bit strange to be the German kid in class when Germany is portrait as the evil enemy in the story. Luckily my teacher explained that this has nothing to do with Germany nowadays. It is important to remember what happened back then to make sure it never happens again.

Who is that book for?
This Book is for kids 8 years and older.

Rating: 9/10

Review: Die unlangweiligste Schule der Welt – Geisterstunde – von Sabrina J. Kirschner

Kennt ihr schon den gemeinen Schulleiter Horst Schnittlich, den Erfinder des „Schnittlichen Schulregulariums“? Vielleicht die langweilige Lehrerin Frau Penne oder Maxe Zack mit seinem Labrador Makkaroni? Der mutige Klassenrebell wehrt sich zusammen mit Klassengenie Frieda gegen Direktor Schnittlichs üble Machenschaften. Und dann ist da ja auch noch Inspektor Rumpus von der BFLB, der Behörde für Langeweilebekämpfung…

Sechs Bände gibt es mittlerweile rund um die unlangweiligste Schule der Welt. Es macht auch immer wieder Spaß eine neue Ausgabe zu lesen.

Zum Beispiel haben sie es im sechsten Buch „Geisterstunde“ mit einem kopflosen Geist zu tun, der in der Schule sein Unwesen treibt. Schleim im Keller, ein Skelett im Abfluss – Grund genug für Direktor Schnittlich die Schule schließen zu wollen und alle Kinder auf die First-Klaas -Streberschule zu schicken. Das musste verhindert werden. Maxe, Frieda und Inspektor Rumpus machen sich dran das Rätsel zu lösen.

Wie hat mir das Buch gefallen?
Es überrascht mich immer wieder aufs Neue, wie man so gute Bücher schreiben kann.

Für wen ist dieses Buch?
Dieses Buch ist für Kinder ab sieben, weil es sehr einfach zu lesen ist.

Bewertung: 9/10

Review: The Matchstick Castle by Keir Graff

Boring, Illinois. Brian can definitely think of a better way to spend his holidays. He couldn’t stay at home as his scientist dad got stationed at the North Pole. So Brian had to go to uncle Gary’s house, because he was the only one who had the time to take care of him over the summer.

His uncle wanted him to test “Summer’s Cool” – a software he made. But Brian didn’t feel like spending every day in front of a computer screen.

Everything is boring in Boring, of course! Up until the day, when Brian played soccer outdoors and he kicked the ball over the fence. No one was looking, so he climbed over the fence and spotted the ball on a path that lead into the forest behind uncle Gary’s garden. Brian kind of accidently followed the path into the woods. When he suddenly heard gunshots, Brian threw himself to the ground, just as his teacher at school told him would be the right behavior in that case. The next minute a mixture of goblin and pig almost ran him over. What was that? Did this really just happen?

Brian ran as fast as he could back to his uncle’s house and told Nora his cousin all about it. The next day they went exploring the forest and got lost. They found themselves at a very, very big house that looked like a few houses were mixed together. And that wasn’t the weirdest part. On the roof of the house was a boat! They knocked on the door and the adventure began…

Who was the main character and what did they do?
The main character was Brian Brown who was very brave following the path into the dark looming forest.

Who were the other important characters?
The other important characters are Nora (the cousin) who always writes into a green notebook and Cosmo who is the son of Dashiell van Dash (one of the owners of the matchstick castle).

Who was your favorite character and why?
My favorite character is Cosmo because he is very adventurous and always carries a smile on his face.

How did I like the book?
I loved the book because it was extraordinary, adventurous and exciting – I want to give the author of the “Matchstick Castle” an extra round of applause: Keir Graff!

Who is that book for?
This book is for kids 8 years and older.

Rating: 10/10

Birthday Mom by Oscar

A little boy wanted to do something special big for his mum’s birthday. Why did the boy want to get a big and special present for his mum? Well here are some of the reasons:
She’s lovely and super nice. She drives her son to school almost every day (and picks him up as well). Always makes him yummy snacks and arranges great trips all around the world.

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Survival Camp in Dallas – my take on the winter storm

What do you think Weather is like in Texas? Warm, sunny, palm trees. You think so? I thought so, too. Can you imagine icy roads with 2 inches of snow? Well that is exactly what happened a few weeks ago.

There were accidents all over the city! That’s because in Texans they don’t have winter tires on their cars and also the city doesn’t clear most of the roads with snow ploughs or salt. One day there were 120 accidents in Dallas!!! Even our school had to switch to online learning as it was too dangerous for our parents to drive us. And it was sooooo cold. One day, the temperatures dropped to 3.2°F (-16C) which was the coldest temperature in Dallas in over 100 years.

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Own story: Der Absturz

Zweimal die Woche habe ich hier in USA zusätzlich neben der Schule Deutschunterricht damit ich die Sprache nicht verlerne. In ein paar Jahren wollen wir ja zurück nach Deutschland und da will ich noch mitkommen mit den anderen 😊. Diese Woche habe ich eine Geschichte erfunden und da dachte ich mir ich könnte sie euch auch zeigen. Ich hoffe sie gefällt euch!

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Review: Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

What is the name of your favorite teacher? I am spoilt because almost all of my teachers are and have been very nice. But there is one teacher in particular that I like the most because she is very kind, stays calm in any situation, motivates her students to give their best and is also fun.

This book is also about a great teacher.

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Review: “Who is Greta Thunberg” by Jill Leonard

“Our house is on fire” said Greta Thunberg, the young environmental activist at the world economic forum in her speech addressing the world’s leader.

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Review: Waste of Space by Stuart Gibbs

I hope you all had a great Christmas break. Happy new year! Welcome 2021!

2020 was not the greatest year, but this quote I wanted to share, because it is a very good explanation of last year: “There is always a light at the end of the tunnel.” I personally found 2020 pretty good except Corona/Covid-19 of course. The virus also had good things to it – like everyone learned to have more responsibility than normal and we learned a lot about technology, whether at distance schooling or work. It was also very nice to have more time with my family and of course I had loads of time to read.

My motto for 2021 is: #1 Stay positive. #2 Be respectful to everyone.

Because of the virus we didn’t go away during the break and we only went out to play tennis or to go for walks or biking – so I spent pretty much time inside reading. This book my parents got me as a present on Christmas eve. After reading the Funjungle and Spy School novels and also part of the Moon Base Alpha series, I have to say this book is the best book Stuart Gibbs ever created! I loved it a lot and I got into trouble a couple of times because it was so hard to stop reading to have family dinner or lunch or breakfast or what so ever. I pretty much read it in one go because it was soooo good.

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Book recommendations for Christmas – Some of my favourite German and English books

Hi blog followers!
If you are a parent or a cousin or a godmother etc. I can imagine that you are all stressed out at the moment. But maybe I can help if you still need to get a present for your children.

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Review: Ein Fall für die schwarzen Pfoten: Der Tiger ist los! von Benedikt Weber

Chaos und Panik in Hommelsdorf. Kevin-Jerome, der Tiger aus dem Zoo ist ausgebrochen. Wieso? Weshalb? Warum? Ein neuer Fall für die schwarzen Pfoten.

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Science research: Why do leaves change color?

Apart from plenty of great new books I got, I did spend a lot of time this Thanksgiving break reading non-fiction articles for a school assignment I had to do. Interested in the results?

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