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Inspired by what fifth-grader Dave found out, blabbermouth Dave tried to follow Mahatma Gandhi's step into spending one day each week not speaking just so he could get order in hi head. If you're a blabbermouth too just like Dave, you'd probably thought already that this is a tough act to follow but it's surprising what our hero found out after he practiced this: the voices of the other children in his school rings loud and clear.

Dave heard the loudest voice of all, it belongs to Lynsey Burgess, gushing about a sweater she wanted to buy. Before long, Dave is insulting her already and soon after challenges her and all the other girls in their class to a contest. Boys vs. girls. Who would last 48 hours with the fewest words? Soon enough "The Unshushables" are battling a silent war. This is definitely a hit book from reliable author Andrew Clements that every fifth-grader would surely love.


If you're a dog lover, you will surely enjoy reading Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's novel about the shy, abused beagle pup our main protagonist, Marty, found while walking up in the hills on a road past his old schoolhouse. when he called it, the dog didn't respond but when he walked away, the dog followed him. marty's father thinks that the dog belongs to their neighbor, Judd Travers, a man with a reputation for dishonesty, hot-tempered and an animal abuser.

At first, it was a dilemma for marty. Will he return Marty to his owner knowing that he will be abused again? Should he tell his parents? When he actually did, his parents insisted that he return Shiloh (Marty named him Shiloh) to its rightful owner. But Shiloh ran away for the second time and successfully found his way back to Marty's place again. this is where he started to hide Shiloh, determined to keep him for himself, he lied to his friends and family when asked about him. I won't give away the ending, go find it for yourself.

Hope Was Here

Tulip change her name to Hope when she was twelve years old, with the blessing of her guardian and aunt, Addie. Since her aunt was an amazing diner cook, Hope started working as a waitress at the age of fourteen, and at sixteen was already considered a waitress extraordinaire. But they son left their city life to head to a tiny town in Wisconsin to work at the Welcome Stairways Diner. The two didn't know that their lives are about to change. together, they transform the diner from food service into soul service.

Soon Hope finds herself getting involved in thesmall town's mayoral race when G.T., the diner's owner, surprised everyone with his entry in the race. See, G.T. has a leukemia and his opponent is a longtime undefeated mayor. Even though a lot of people though that G.T. was crazy, Hope sees the godness and power in him. This novel by Joan Bauer was a Newbery Honor Book in 2001, a story of perseverance, love and loss, abandonment and fulfillment.

The House On Mango Street

I picked up an old copy of this novel and it turns out it's not that bad. This novel of Sandra Cisneros is a story about the coming of age of Esperanza Cordero, a pre-adolescent Mexican-American girl living in US. The good thing about this is that the book consists of forty-four mini chapters. An easy read that range from two paragraphs to four pages, written in such a simple language that every kid out there will enjoy.

Mango Street is populated by different people from different place, all with their own unique life stories, stories of hope and despair. There's Esperanza's own family, neighbor and friend Cathy who moved shortly thereafter, Rachel and Lucy who becomes her and Nenny's (Esperanza's little sister) best friend. The novel explores themes of cultural tradition, gender roles and coming of an age in a society that still hangs on to its past while integrating itself into the American cultural landscape.

The Wednesday Wars

Ever had a teacher that inspired you a lot? Helped you get through most of your schooling days whether you're the over-achiever kid or the fortunate underachiever of the class. In a way, The Wedenesday Wars by Gary Schmidt is like that although id did not start to be like that. It is about seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood who must spen Wednesday afternoons with his teacher, Mrs. Baker, while the rest of the class has religious instruction. He is the only Presbyterian kid at his junior high school hence he don't attend the Hewbrew classes nor the Catholic classes. Holling thought that Mrs. Baker hates him, even though she does not.

At first, Mrs. Baker assigned Holling to do manual labors- punding erasers, cleaning out the rat cage, cleaning the classroom. But after hilarious and catastrophic results, she switches to making him read Skaespeare. She assigns different Shakespeare play each month for him to read and for the two of them to discuss. These exposure to Shakespeare gave him an insight into his everyday life challenges in Long Island during the year that brought bad news from Vietnam, assasinations of Martin Luther King and JFK. In a way, Mrs. Baker helped him achieve numerous personal triumphs like grappling with family issues, first love, bullies and literature.

Harriet The Spy

Harriet Welsch may just be eleven, but that doesn't stop her of becoming a spy something, wanting to know everything. As in everything. She carries a notebook wherever she went and writes about what she sees and observes. She even has a regular route in her neighborhood, often spying on people who have no idea they're being spied on. Some of the people in her neighborhood she spies are Harrison Withers, a bachelor that has twenty-six cats, the Robinsons, a very wealthy couple but quite boring, the De Santis. an Italian immigrant family that runs a grocery store and their delivery man, Little Joe Curry, who is actually stealing foods from the grocery that he then gives to hungry children who visits him regularly.

But when she loses her private notebook while playing, Harriet lost her two best friends, Sport and Janie (because she also wrote an entry about them that hurt the two). The kids in Spy Catcher Club made her life miserable but after a while Harriet decided to get even at her former friends by thinking up a special punishment for each one. Adding up to her loss is the marriage of her nanny Ole Golly which made her really, really sad. This book is one that I would recommend to all kids out there. Makes you want to carry a notebook too all the time.

Before the books, the More Digital text ads
For this post I want to mention MoreDigital before I get back to my bookwurmish ways next time. A buddy told me about the company, saying that they contacted her and had asked to buy advertising on her website. This piqued my interest.

By the time I heard from moredigital.com, I was in need of a few extra pennies to buy a book or two with. It was explained to me that I should put an advert on my site and in exchange I would get paid.

First I made sure the scheme was not a scam, spam or a rip-off. Google is great for investigating this stuff. I found a few mentions of the more digital name and apart from the usual number of bad ones (not very many), the rest were unanimously great. It seemed like a good deal.

It was very easy to put the advertisement on my site – it didn't take long at all. They were right, the client they were advertising on behalf was reputable. Then my money came through, which of course put a spring in my step... as I made my way to the bookshop.

The book I read was A Life Drawing: Autobiography by Shirley Hughes. She is the English children's book author and illustrator who is responsible for the classic Dogger. This book is also a pleasure to look at and an enthralling read too.


Since I have nothing much to do today, I decided to arrange my bookshelf. I think it has been screaming "arrange me" for a long time now I just didn't care because I don't have to much time on my hands these days. Come to think of it, how come I don't have much time for myself now? Moving on. As I was dusting the cobwebs away and blowing the dust, I stumble upon an old copy of an Eloise book: Eloise's What I Absolutely Love Love Love and Eloise in Paris.

Eloise is this 6-year-old girl who lives in Plaza Hotel in New York with her beloved Nanny, her pug dog Weenie and her beloved turtle, Skipperdee. Some of the things our dear little Eloise loves are: New York, Paris, Moscow, Weenie's whiskers, Room Service in the Plaza, taking walks with Nanny and one more thing that she is rawther fond of. I guess my curiousity got the better of me so I decided to buy this book. I was wondering what else Eloise is fond of and I wasn't surprised with the result. reading the Eloise series was one memory I sure am fond of remembering up to this day because here is one kid who seem to be so rich yet we don't ever see her parents beside her, just the loyal Nanny, but she seem happy about it. Well. I would too if I can order my heart out in Room Service everyday.

Confessions Of A Shopaholic

If you want to forget your worries and just want to laugh your heart out and be purely entertained, Confessions of a Shopaholic is for you. This is the first among the Shopaholic series, chicklit novel written by Sophie Kinsella. Rebecca Bloomwood may be a sort of financial journalist in a magazine but all her financial ethics whatsoever (if she ever had one) fly right out of the window when she steps inside a shopping mall and see a beautiful scarf wonderfully marked down or shoes, clothes or household stuffs. She has a pretty glamorous lifestyle that her credit cards obviously cannot afford.

I enjoyed reading about Becky's mishaps, more like it's-the-end-of-the-world-woes just because she can't buy this certain shoes or skirt or scarf. Even though I don't share a bit of her craziness in shopping sprees I do understand that there can be people in the world who share her same sentiments about eating in posh restaurants, walking on a designer shoes and wearing dresses that are to die for. It's like having a good laugh over some other people's miseries but Becky in here, our heroine in the novel, of course managed to find a way to dig herself out of the debts she's in. All she need is enough determination and huge amount of will to stop herself from her impulses.

Lost In Bargain

I admit. Most of the books lined in my shelf came from bargain sales, book sales even yard sales! It came from other people's collection first before they became mine when they probably decided that they don't want it anymore or they simply outgrew it. Whatever the reason anyway, I'm happy and proud to be the next owner. Some copies are already yellowing, some dog-eared copies, others look fresh as new as if I bought it myself. Some even have the names of their previous owners scrawled on the pages of the books. But I don't mind really.

Books are books wether they passed from hand to hand, 2nd or 3rd generation. I even remembered taking a book that has the pages starting at the back! I didn't mind cos I really liked the author plus it was on a bargain sale, probably the reason why it was sold in the first place. You can find real book gems in bargain sales and yard sales if you only have the patience to go through the stacks and if you're pretty much okay owning a second-hand book.