March 29

Land of Stories – Worlds Collide – Reading Essay

The Land of Stories : Worlds Collide, by Chris Colfer it is about Alex and Conner. Their grandmother is the fairy godmother from Cinderella.  Their grandmother died in book three: A grimm warning. Alex became fairy godmother. She had a little problem controlling her emotions thanks to her uncle who Alex thought was her dad till her grandmother’s soul showed her.An evil witch called Mornia, The Snow Queen and the Sea Witch put a spell on Alex which makes her evil and even more powerful. Conner and his literature friends from his stories, Bree Campbell from the otherworld / human world and his fairytale friends Queen Red, Goldilocks, Jack, the fairy council (Tangerina, Violetta, Skylene,Coral, Rosette, Xanotus, Emeralda and Mother Goose who is not a goose!!!). Bree finds out she is related to the sisters grimm in book three. In that book Cornelia Grimm tells Bree that the worlds would collide and a portal would appear in New York. That happened exactly in book six.

Alex had no friends before she went into the fairytale book. She was shy. But when she went she fell into the book with Conner she was courageous. But in book four she is concerned about people/ kind hearted. For example when Rook saved Alex from dying it said in the book: The farmers son didn’t move, and Alex realized that her worst nightmare had come true: Someone she loved had been hurt. A tsunami of emotions rushed through her body, and the witches curse returned. That shows that Alex cares for people she loves like Rook. Alex changed by being fierce and destructive. She changed because she got a spelled by Mornia. The book takes place in New York.

I think that the author’s message is that you are not always what you think you are/don’t judge a book by it’s cover. For example Alex didn’t think she very powerful. But she is very powerful. That is why she destroyed a lot of New York even though the spell helped her a little. Some questions and ideas I had when I was reading were, they could do this or this, (idea). The author put a flashback. The whole story was a flashback except the first little part and the last part is not a flashback. This story takes place in New York. I do not remember when I finished this book but I really like this book. I like it because it has twins that are adventurous who go in to fairytales and I like fairytales. I think the author did well in hooking the reader to the book. This book reminds me of my friends and I and all the amazing things we done. I think the author  wants the reader to feel adventurous, daring and free. I really like this book and I would recommend this book to other people.

By the way the links go to a land of stories Wiki so when you go on it you should probably search up all the other characters I mention in my essay. Bye!! 🙂

March 10

Athletes Who Don’t Quit – Current Event

Current Event

Title : Athletes Who Don’t Quit

Article Date: February 23, 2018

TFK Kid Reporter Marley Alburez

News Type: World


In this article Athletes Who Don’t Quit by TFK Kid Reporter Marley Alburez, Marley explains that Rising Above: Inspiring Women in Sports is a collection of tales about 11 female athletes who overcame challenges and never gave up. Chapters focus on athletes like gymnast Simone Biles, surfer Bethany Hamilton,  tennis players Serena and Venus Williams and track-and-field legend Wilma Rudolph. These athletes’ encourage children. Their determination and perseverance are a lesson for children never to give up, no matter what other people say to discourage them. I love and am inspired by many amazing female athletes.

Gregory’s sons Elijah and Gabriel Zuckerman helped him write Rising Above. “We decided to focus on female athletes because we think they do not get enough credit” Gregory said. “There are so many amazing, remarkable female athletes”. Elijah says the stories show that if you set your mind on a goal, you can achieve anything you want.

Gregory Zuckerman is a special writer at The Wall Street Journal, a 20-year veteran of the paper and a three-time winner of the Gerald Loeb Award — the highest honor in business journalism. Greg is the author of The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters, a national bestseller named among the best books of 2014 by the Financial Times and Forbes magazine, and The Greatest Trade Ever: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller published in December 2010. At the Journal, Greg writes about big financial firms, personalities and trades, hedge funds, the energy revolution and other investing and business topics. Greg appears regularly on CNBC, Fox Business, Yahoo Finance, Bloomberg Television and various television networks. He makes regular appearances on National Public Radio, BBC, ABC Radio, Bloomberg Radio and radio stations around the globe. Greg gives speeches to business groups on a variety of topics. A graduate of Brandeis University, Greg lives with his wife and two sons in West Orange, NJ, where they enjoy the Yankees in the summer, root for the Giants in the fall and reminisce about Linsanity in the winter.


Serena and Venus Williams are amazing at tennis. Serena had a baby not so long ago. Now she is back on the court. She is playing in the Indian Wells Masters. Venus is also playing in the Indian Wells Masters. Their father helped them get on to this path.


Bethany Hamilton overcame the loss of her left arm in a shark attack to become a champion surfer and inspirational public figure.Born in Hawaii in 1990, Bethany Hamilton began competitive surfing at age 8. Her promising career was seemingly derailed at age 13 when a shark bit off her left arm, but she resumed surfing shortly afterward and won a national title in 2005. A successful author and public speaker, Hamilton has shared her experiences in documentary films and appeared on several popular reality TV programs. Bethany Meilani Hamilton was born on February 8, 1990, in Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii, to parents Tom and Cheri. Raised in a surfing family, along with older brothers Noah and Tim, Hamilton learned to handle the waves at an early age. She began competitive surfing at age 8, and by age 9 she had earned her first sponsorship.A member of the Hanalei Surf Co. team, the home-schooled Hamilton proved capable of beating more experienced surfers in competition. In May 2003, she won both her age group and the open division of Hawaii’s Local Motion/Ezekiel Surf Into Summer event. Shortly afterward, she finished second in the open women’s division of the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) National Championships at San Clemente, California.


Simone Biles

Sport: Gymnastics

Discipline(s): Artistic Gymnastics

Event(s): Team

Height: 4-8

Weight: 105

DOB: 3/14/1997

Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio

Hometown: Spring, Texas

High School: Homeschooled (Spring, Texas) ‘15

Team/Club: World Champions Center

Coach: Aimee Boorman

Olympic Experience

  • Olympian (2016); five-time Olympic medalist (4 gold, 1 bronze)
  • Rio 2016 Olympic Games, gold (team, all-around, vault, floor); bronze (beam)

World Championship Experience

  • Most recent: 2015 – gold (team, all-around, balance beam, floor exercise); bronze (vault)
  • Years of participation: 2013-15
  • Medals: 14 (10 gold’s, 2 silvers, 2 bronzes)
  • Gold – 2013 (all-around, floor exercise); 2014 (team, all-around, balance beam, floor exercise); 2015 (team, all-around, balance beam, floor exercise)
  • Silver – 2013 (vault); 2014 (vault)
  • Bronze – 2013 (balance beam); 2015 (vault)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

 Personal: Daughter of Ronald and Nellie Biles. She has two brothers, Ronald and Adam, and one sister, Adria. She became the first woman to win four straight U.S. all-around titles in 42 years at the 2016 P&G Championships.Selected USOC’s Female Olympic Athlete of the Year (2014-15). She owns the most world medals in U.S. history (14) and the most world championships gold medals of any female gymnast (10). Favorite event is floor exercise.Began gymnastics in 2003.

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Personal Response

I think that women have a lot of power but they do not get enough credit for all the amazing things they do. Men do not have all the power and they should not get too much credit. I think female and male athletes are equally the same. They should have same credit. They have the same power. That is why I am glad that Gregory Zuckerman and his sons wrote this book.


Gregory and his sons Elijah and Gabriel Zuckerman will inspire kids with their book Rising Above: Inspiring Women in Sports. So many amazing female athletes! #foxmeadowpride @timeforkids VZ