Independent reading #4

Island of the Blue Dolphins

This book takes place off the coast of California in an island called San Nicolas Island. San Nicolas island is a beautiful island where blue dolphins splash in the water, otters swim around the island, and seabirds fly around looking for food. One day indians came to the island and they lived there for several years one day they decided to leave and they sailed back to the east. When they packed everything and they got on the ship they realized that they had left a young girl on the island they tried to go back but it was too late. The girl that was left behind her name was Karana she waited year after year for the ship to return. But the ship never came back to the island the ship never returned. Karana realized that she has to take action and do something so she tries to sail back to the east by herself but she fails she tries to look for ways to go back to the east because if she doesnt find a way back she was going to stay alone in that island for the rest of her life.




What I liked about the book: What I liked about the book was that I like how the character has alot of adventures and a lot of interesting things happen throughout the book.

What I disliked about the book: What I disliked about this book was that the author didn’t describe in detail Karana’s family and in the book the author never explained why her family never returned to look for her or what happened to them after they left the island.

Author: Scott O’ Dell

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Where to buy: You could find the Island of the Blue dolphin on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or any book store.

Cost: $6.99 – $8.99

Rating : I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars because I really enjoyed reading this book I really liked it because it had a lot of adventure and action it was a very entertaining book.


Letter to Malala

Dear Malala,

Malala I admire you very much for all the work you did and all you went through so that girls could have education in swat valley, in Pakistan. I think you were very brave when you started writing anonymously about how the Taliban wanted to control the valley and were trying to prevent girls from going to school. I also think that it took a lot of courage to give your identity and tell everyone that it was really you writing the blog (Gul Makai). I also think you were very determined about girls education even after you got shot. I admire you and thank you for all the work you did and all you went through for girls education.

                                                                                                   Sincerely, Samantha Valencia

Independent Reading Assignment #3

The lightning thief is about a kid named Percy Jackson, Percy has problems in school because he has trouble focusing on his school work. Percy had been kicked out of 5 schools. He next went to a school in New York for troubled boys. Percy stood up for his friend that was getting bullied and he gets in trouble with his math teacher. During the argument, his math teacher turns into a goddess of vengeance, percy then kill her with a pen that had turned into a sword. When Percy returned nobody remembers the teacher. Months after, during the summer Percy went to the beach with his mother. A storm passes through the town and Percy’s best friend Grover tell Percy and his mother that they should leave their house. During the are attacted by a Minotaur ( Greek monster), and Sally  ( Percy’s other best friend) disappears. Percy killed the Minotaur and falls asleep. When Annabeth ( Percy’s friend)  wakes him up he is at Camp Half-blood, Camp Half-blood was a camp that kids that had one human parent and one god parent went. Percy didn’t know who his father was. Chiron who was the head of the camp send Percy to find Zeus’s ( a Greek god ) stolen lighting bolt that everyone thought that Poiseidon ( the god of the sea ) had stolen. During that adventure Percy found out that his father was Poiseidon. Toward the end of the book Percy brings the lightning bolt back to Zeus. When summer ends Percy returns to his normal school, and he hopes to return to Camp Half- blood  the next summer.


What I liked about the book: What I liked about the book is that the author described the characters in detail also I liked that Percy went on that adventure.

What I disliked about the book: What I disliked about the book was that it didn’t describe very well the place where Percy went to find the stolen lighting bolt. Also that Percy found out who was his father at the end instead of the beginning.

Author: Rick Riordan

Publishers: Miramax books, Puffin books, Disney publishing worldwide

Where to buy: You could buy the lightning thief book in Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or any book store.

Price: $6.99 – $10.99

Rating: I rate this book 5 out of 5 starts I think this book is amazing and entertaining I really enjoyed reading this book.


Independent Reading Assignment #2 on Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets

Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets begins with Harry Potter spending another summer vacation with his aunt, and uncle who didn’t treat him well. He recieves an unexpected visit from Dobby a house elf from Hogwarts warning him that he shouldn’t go back to hogwarts. Hogwarts was the magical wizards school that Harry attented. Harry disagreed with Dobby and goes to hogwarts a second year. The last couple of days before going to hogwars Harry spends them with one of his bestfriends Ron Weasley. Harry and Ron had an interesting adventure of their way to hogwarts their first day of their second year. Harry and Ron go on Ron’s father’s flying car on their way to school and got stuck on a tree and broked the car accidentally  but they arrived saftly. On his second year he ends up having lots of adventure but he ends up having fun and learning lots about magic spells. And looked foward to his third year of hogwarts.


What a liked about this book : I liked the way the characters and settings are described I also liked the adventures they took because they entertained me.

What I disliked about this book : I disliked how they didn’t speak at all about Hermione’s parents and didn’t tell us any information about them.

Author : J.K. Rowling


Bloomsbury (UK) (Canada 2010–present)

Arthur A. Levine/

Scholastic (US)

Raincoast (Canada 1998–2010)

Where to buy: You could buy this book at Barnes and Nobles any book store or online

Price : About $ 10.99 -$ 14.99

Rating : I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book