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What is the best book you have read this year?

Winning essays

Posted: May 3, 2010 10:37 p.m.
Updated: May 4, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
The following essays were written and submitted by students at Helmers Elementary School.

First place
My favorite book is “The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan.
It is about a boy named Percy, who is the son of Poseidon. In the God World, Zeus’s master bolt has been stolen.
Everybody thinks Poseidon told Percy to steal it and so every demon of Hades is going after him to try to get the master bolt and bring it to Hades.
If the bolt is not found by the summer solstice, there will be war between the gods.
Percy has to go on a quest to find the bolt, and at the end of the quest, he finds out that Ares stole the bolt. I like this book because it is about Greek and Roman mythology.
The main characters are Percy Jackson, and his friends Annabeth, daughter of Athena, and Grover, a satyr.
Zack Parker

Second place
In “Because of Winn-Dixie,” Opal Balonie got sent to the Winn-Dixie store to get tomatoes, and macaroni and cheese.
To her surprise, a dog is scattering around the store. Then they meet, and the dog nudged his head to the side and kept on running.
 Then she ended up claiming him and calling him Winn-Dixie. She brought him home and her dad said she could keep him until they find an owner.
It turns out Winn-Dixie makes Opal a lot of friends, and Winn-Dixie becomes their official dog.
Johnny Stob

Third place
My favorite book is “The Tale of Emily Windsnap.”
The author of this book is Liz Kessler. I like this book because it has a lot of adventure.
It’s about a girl named Emily who is still trying to figure out who she is. She lives with her mom, but doesn’t know a lot about him. During swimming class, she has a cramp that feels like her feet are coming together.
Later she finds out she’s a mermaid! Nothing will be normal in her life ever again.
The book is a tale of a girl who finds out she’s a mermaid. This book is my favorite book in the whole world!
Lauren Ordonez

“Because of Winn-Dixie” by Kate DiCamillo. I love this book because a dirty dog ran into a grocery.
The store manager kept on yelling at Opal saying “Who let that dog in here?” The manager was about to call the pound but then Opal lied. She said it was her dog.
Opal named him Winn-Dixie after the grocery store. Opal took Winn-Dixie home and gave him a bath.
This book was really funny and descriptive. That is why I love this book.
Lauren Chapman

My favorite book is “Pollyanna.” Pollyanna is about a little girl. Her dad died, and she had to stay with her mean aunt.
Pollyanna could not do anything. The only thing that she could do was to do her chores or go to Mrs. Snow.
People said that she is very mean and rude. All she wanted was food.
When Pollyanna went to Mrs. Snow, she was really nice and they hung out a lot.
Lindsey Hiura

My favorite book is “The Graveyard” by Neil Gaiman. It’s my favorite book because I like a challenging book. It’s a challenging book because it has confusing chapters, and confusing settings.
The first chapter is when a murderer is trying to kill a  baby. He got in from an open door. The second chapter is about a little 5-year-old.
He wasn’t the best speller, and he met an older girl who told him a good way to spell. She said copy down the names on the grave because he lived right next to the graveyard.
Then a guy popped up from the grave he was in. He popped out right after they said “I wonder who is the oldest there.” The guy said “that you can’t touch me, I’m going to kill you.”
Bod, the little kid, was scared to fall down the stairs or trip because if he tripped or fell the guy would kill them. That is my favorite book.
Anthony Hernandez

My favorite book is “The Titan’s Curse.”
I love it because of all the details and descriptions. It had so many mythical creatures. I love it. The author of this good book is Rick Riordan. He wrote the Lightning Thief books.
This is the summary of the book: A boy named Percy Jackson is half-blood. His father is king of the sea, Poseidon. Percy never met him because it was a strict rule to not meet your son when he is born.
The characters that are in this book are Annabeth, Grover and Percy, who are all half-bloods. They are also pros at fighting. The book is my favorite because the action of fighting monsters.
Mylenne A.

My favorite book is “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” The main characters are Greg, Rodrick, Mom, Dad, Rowley and Manny. The book is about Greg and his swim team.
He hides in the bathroom until the practice is over. Greg has a baby brother named Manny. He told on people then he started to talk.
Brandon Davis

My favorite book is “News for Dogs.” This book is by Lois Duncan. This is about a brother and sister having newspapers for dogs.
This book is fun, and I highly recommend it. I recommend it because I love dogs.
Malissa Ma
My favorite book is “The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan. Percy Jackson is a teenager that has magical powers but doesn’t know it yet.
His best friend Grover is his bodyguard who is protecting him from anything from the Olympian world.
He figures out what he is when he goes to a museum, and his teacher, Mrs. Dads, turns into a thing with sharp teeth and bat wings.
She hisses and asks Percy where the lightning bolt of Zeus is. He doesn’t know what anyone is talking about so his teacher for Greek Mythology and Grover take him to camp half-blood where he figures out he is a god’s son.
He fights, trains, sleeps, eats and drinks at the camp.
When he played a fighting game, his team won because he went into the water by himself.
Hades took his mom so he has to go find her and the bolt.
Ehaterina Hupalo

There are two girls. One is Lisa, and the other is named Micaela. Both of them were in school. After school, they went to their friend’s house to visit.
When it was 12 p.m., they were walking home they passed by a grave site. Then they glanced forward and saw a ghost of a dead person.
Lisa wanted to see if it was real so she touched it on the arm. The next day, Lisa’s mom told Micaela that Lisa died that night.
Zakary Cozens

“The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan is my favorite book. Percy Jackson finds out he is an Olympian when his friend Grover told him and he gets thrown out of every school.
This is my favorite book because it is about Olympians.
Luc Fox

“The Monster’s Ring” is my favorite book because I like the way that Russell actually turns into a monster.
Bruce Coville is an awesome author. He puts so many mysteries and interesting details in the books he writes.
The book is about Russel buying a ring from Mr. Elives, a magic shop owner.
Mr. Elives sold Russell the ring with a monster on top of it that glows.
The ring is really magical, so when Russell turns the ring on his finger, he turns into a terrible monster, just as the directions said he would.
The directions also said never to run into a monster on a full moon, but when Russell does, he is in big trouble. I can’t wait to read more books by Bruce Coville.
Gillian Rideaux

Henry slept in his bed, hearing scratches on the outside of his ceiling. Henrietta and Henry took off the plaster from the wall on the back of his bed.
They saw 99 cupboards. They also found out one cupboard downstairs in their grandpa’s room. But these are not plain cupboards, they are portals to different worlds. This is my favorite book because it’s an amazing and scary mystery.
I also recommend this book for readers.
Shaina Latuno

My favorite book is “Things Not Seen.” In this book, Bobby wakes up one morning and he’s invisible.
While trying to regain his existence, he makes a few friends, like Alicia, a blind girl, that helps Bobby along the way.
This is my favorite book. I definitely recommend this book to everyone.
Rebecca Nussbaum

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