Sunday, February 9, 2014





We have completed three literature studies so far this year. The books has some common aspects to them, but they tell different stories. For this post, tell your audience which of the three is your favorite. In your post, give the title of the book you like best and then support your opinion with good supporting details. You might want to discuss any of the following:

  • the plot of the story
  • the characters in the book
  • the concepts in the book
  • the theme of the book
  • the mood of the book
  • the author's writing style 

Feel free to discuss any of those or something else you liked about the book. This is your chance to give your opinion, so base it on what you enjoyed about the book. Try to write something that will make people think and respond to your post. 

Your BIG IDEA should be in your topic sentence-don't use because in your topic sentence. Be sure your spelling and conventions are good. Once you submit your post, it's on this page for good! 

Feel free to comment on other people's posts as well. Let's get a bunch of conversations going about our favorite book so far this year!

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  1. By The Great Horn Spoon is my favorite book we've read so far this year. I enjoy the plot, about the California gold rush. The characters are so well developed, and I like Praiseworthy and Jack's personalities. The mood is almost always exiting, just plain happy, or surprising, and those are some of my favorite moods! The author wrote the story very much like the gold rush, using terms from the gold rush time. I thought The Terrible Wave was too action-packed, and Number the Stars had a little too much tension overall. By the Great Horn Spoon was, by far, my favorite book we've read so far this year.

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    1. That is a great comment Dean!

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    2. I agree that "Number the Stars" had too much tension, and I also agree with the moods.Great comment!

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  2. I really think Number The Stars is a excellent book to read. Out of the three literature studies we have completed so far this year, it is my favorite one. The story takes place in World War II in Denmark and depicts some of the events that happened during that time. Number The Stars teaches a life lesson by taking you into the lives of the characters, such as Annemarie Johansen, Inge Johansen, and Uncle Henrik, who were courageous when having to stand up against the Nazi soldiers by smuggling Jews to Sweden to stop them from being "relocated". The life lesson is to be courageous and never give up. I really loved reading the book Number The Stars.

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  3. The book ''By the Great Horn Spoon'' is an exellent book.The story starts out with 2 charcters named Jack and Praisworthy.They started out in Boston and they decided to strike it rich and they went to the gold fields.Praisworthy is a smart and funny charcter.I think this story was very exciting and it a very happy story.The author Sid Fleischman talked about what happened in the gold rush days.I think this book is very well written.I hope everyone that reads this likes it and enjoys it.I think this book might be the best gold rush-ish book I have ever read.

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  4. I think my favorite book out of the three is Number the Stars because it had a lot of fear,excitement,courage, and risk. The story happened during the World War II in Denmark.There were soldiers almost at every coner in Demark. The soldiers were there because they wanted all the Jews to be relocated. The story was mostly about trying to save as much Jews as they can and try not to get caught by the soldiers.

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    1. I enjoyed Number the Stars also, I like how you put concepts in your comment.

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  5. typo in corner.. Iment corner not coner! sorry

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  6. My favorite book was Number the Stars. The story was about the Nazis invading Denmark during World War 2. A family of people called the Johansen and their friend smuggled lots of Jews to Sweden, a free country, because the Nazis were putting Jews in concentration camps. The people in the Johansen family that are in the story are Inge, the mother or known as Mama, Papa, Lise who is died before the story started, Annemarie who is the main character and oldest daughter that's alive, Kirsti who is the youngest daughter, and Uncle Henrik. Annamarie had to suffer the fear of trying to stay undercover and the unfairness of the Nazis having more power. The mood of the book is fear. There was fear everywhere, when you turned around a corner there would always be fear. The authors writing style is from the eyes of a ten year old child.

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    1. Excellent comment Michael! I quite enjoy Number the Stars as well. It just isn't my favorite book we've read so far this year.

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    2. Is this Michael A. or S.?

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    3. Never mind. I just saw Michael A.'s post

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  7. My favorite book was "By the Great Horn Spoon!" out of all the three books we read. I especially enjoy as I look to the front and they are stowaways and then I look at the end and they're people who struck it rich. Some of the concept I enjoyed and thought would be good for this book was crazy, mysterious , and hilarious. I think Praiseworthy is undaunted and crazy and Jack is stalwart and funny.I think the story is about two people named Jack and Praiseworthy who want to strike it rich but have lots of struggles along the way. When I was reading the book I was feeling all tentative, nervous, and sometimes I so wanted to read the next chapter. I likes Sid Fleischman's writing style because it had a mixture of long and short sentences. There were so many good parts and chapters in this book I couldn't decide on a favorite one!

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    1. I agree that this book is hilarious. Good comment!.

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  8. My most favorite of the three books is "By the great horn spoon!". I like the book because there is some humor in it. Every time I read I always wanted to read the next chapter! I think the mood of the book is happy and joyous. The main characters in the book, Jack and Praiseworthy, have to face challenges getting to the gold fields. They also have challenges trying to find gold. Some concepts of the book are risk,danger,and relief. I think Sid Fleischman's writing style is entertaining. I think it is entertaining because it was suspenseful and humorous. I think it is the best western style book I have read.

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    1. That was a good comment Colin, and By The Great Horn Spoon was my favorite book too!

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  9. My favorite book was "By the Great Horn Spoon!" . When Jack sets out to find gold in the California Gold Rush in order to save his aunt`s estate and his butler follows, all kinds of humorous events are caused, from pigs being mistaken as men, to a battle over a picture of Jack`s Aunt Arabella. I liked how each chapter had its own climax. I think that Praiseworthy is such a brave character, even if some of his plans seem a little risky to Jack. I like this book because it is upbeat and adventurous and you never know when Cut- Eye Higgins will show up again. I especially like the ending when Praiseworthy proposes to Aunt Arabella because a happy ending is always desired.

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    1. By the Great Horn Spoon is my favorite book as well. I definitely agree with you about the humor in the story. Nice comment!

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    2. By The Great Horn Spoon is my favorite too! I also agree that it is funny.

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  10. My favorite one of literature books is "NUMBER THE STARS". The plot is excellent. You will want to read more because this story has many climaxes and rising tension. Annemarie and Ellen must face many challenges. Uncle Henrik and Annemarie’s Mom must be very careful while they sneak Jews to safety. There is danger, courage, and power in this story. People need to have courage and believe in themselves. This book is scary and can make you sad. I love Lois Lowry's style of writing books, like "NUMBER THE STARS".

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    1. My favorite is also Number the Stars. Great comment

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  11. My favorite literature book is By the Great Horn Spoon! My favorite character is Praiseworthy mainly because of the way he acts in a bad situation which is very unconcerned or casual. The story By the Great Horn Spoon is a book is about two stowaways, Jack and Praiseworthy going to the gold fields to save Aunt Arabella’s estate. Jack and Praiseworthy stow away on the boat, The Lady Wilma. They discover a villain on board and capture him, his name was Cut–Eye Higgins who had stolen money from Jack and Praiseworthy. Later in the journey Higgins escaped the ship. On their rough journey while trying to fit in they are racing another boat to San Francisco and won. They eventually made it to California and made some friends who are Pitch-pine Billy and Buffalo John. Jack and Praiseworthy soon after met Cut-Eye Higgins and almost got robbed again. When they set to leave they noticed Aunt Arabella and stayed in California. I loved the adventure and humor in this book and how the author wrote this story with great detail.

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  12. By The Great Horn Spoon! is my favorite book so far this year. It's got one of my favorite settings, the Gold Rush. I liked the characters and their personalities. It was funny when Praiseworthy told Jack that he had figured out how they would catch a thief when he had got a pig dirty. The Terrible Wave was to boring and not a lot of action. Number the Stars was predictable for when Nazis would show up.

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  13. My favorite story out of The Terrible wave, By the Great Horn Spoon, and Number the Stars was By the Great Horn Spoon, because it was very funny and well written. One of my favorite parts was when Praiseworthy wanted to tell Captain Swain that they were stowaways! My favorite characters in By the Great Horn Spoon were Pitch-Pine Billy, Praiseworthy, and Jack. I also liked Jack's new nickname Jamoka Jack although Jack did not really like coffee until the end.

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  14. My favorite book that we have read so far this year is By the Great Horn Spoon. This is my favorite because it is action-packed and filled with adventure. It takes place in the California gold rush! Out of the 2 main characters in this book Praiseworthy and Jack, my favorite is Jack. Two important concepts in this book are bravery and trust. The theme of this book is adventure. The author of this book loves to use similes.

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  15. The best book to me is Number the Stars. I think Number the Stars best book because it is a really good adventure book. Number the Stars has a lot of power when a ten year old girl named Annemarie, is trying to save her best friends LIFE. In Annemarie's and her friend Ellen's town Nazis have come to relocate all Jews. Ellen is a Jew and so is her family. So Annemarie and her family try as hard as they can to save Ellen's LIFE.

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  16. My favorite book of these three is “Number the Stars“ by Lois Lowry. “Number the Stars” is about a girl named Annemarie Johansen trying to save her best friend, Ellen Rosen, who is a Jewish person in Copenhagen Denmark, World War II. All the characters in the book are Annemarie Johansen, Inge Johansen, (who is the mother of Annemarie) Ellen Rosen, Mrs. Rosen, Mr. Rosen, Mr. Johansen, Peter Neilson, (a resistance fighter) Uncle Henrik, (the Johansen’s uncle) and the Nazis. I think the theme of the book is sometimes people need to be courageous to help the ones in need. I think the mood of this book happy. I think Lois Lowry’s writing style is non-fiction, but at the same time it has made up characters, Again, Lois Lowry’s, “Number the Stars” is my favorite book of the three.

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  17. My favorite book is Number the Stars. Number the Stars is about a ten year old girl named Annemarie and her family. Annemarie needs to save her best friend, Ellen, from getting relocated by the Nazis. Annemarie is asked, without knowing, to go on a dangerous mission to save Ellen. Two important concepts in this book are friendship and courage.

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  18. Ryan

    Out of all the three literature books “Number the Stars” is my favorite. This book is about Annemarie and she has to save her best friends life (Ellen). Ellen is a Jewish person in Copenhagen. The characters in this book are Annemarie Johansen, Kirsti Johansen, Mr. Johansen, Inge Johansen, Ellen Rosen, Mrs. Rosen, Mr. Rosen, Uncle Henrik, Peter Neilson, and the Nazis.

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  19. All the books we read this year were absolutely fantastic, but my favorite one was By the Great Horn Soon! I liked that book the best because it was the most humorous out of the three. By the Great Horn Spoon! is a great book about a little boy named Jack who goes to the Gold Rush with his trusty butler, Praiseworthy. Jack and Praiseworthy have a great time in the Gold Rush although it is tough, but in the end everything turns out just fine. I think the theme of this book is friendship because Jack and Praiseworthy stick together throughout their whole journey. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is looking for a good adventure!

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    1. I agree strongly with your last sentence,and I chose"By the Great Horn Spoon!," too!

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    Out of the three books we've read so far, The Terrible Wave, By the Great Horn Spoon, and Number the Stars, I liked Number the Stars the best. The story has a lot of adventure and climaxes. There are Jewish characters in the book which was interesting because I am Jewish.
    The book is about a 10 year old girl named Annmarie.She was a non-Jewish girl who lived in Denmark in 1943 during World War II. Annemarie and her family were trying to save many Jews including Annemarie's Jewish friend, Ellen, and her family because the Nazis were relocating the Jews. This book was adventurous because Annemarie had to lie to Nazi soldiers who yelled and had rifles. She also had to go through the dark and scary woods to deliver an important packet to her uncle. The Jews then escaped to Sweden on fishermen's boats.
    At the end of the book, the Jews were safe in Sweden. They returned home when the Jews in Sweden heard the news that Denmark was free. The characters were interesting and I liked the happy ending of the book. I would definitely recommend this book to others 9 and up. 


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  21. I think my favorite out of the three is “By the Great Horn Spoon!” This is an excellent book and I think everyone should read it. The story is about a school boy [Jack] and his trusty butler [Praiseworthy] in search of gold in California to save Aunt Arabella’s estate. They board a ship called “Lady Wilma” in a race against the “Sea Raven,” both heading to California. Praiseworthy and Jack catch a thief, called Cut-Eye Higgins, on the ship, and their boat wins the race. They meet new friends in California, such as Pitch-Pine Billy and Buffalo John. In the end, Praiseworthy and Jack strike it rich, and to their surprise, Aunt Arabella arrives in San Francisco Bay. Then Praiseworthy makes a proposal to Aunt Arabella, and she says yes! Some of the concepts in this book are friendship, trust, adventure, humor, and excitement. I think the most important concept is the friendship between Praiseworthy and Jack. When you read this book, it is like an adventure unfolding before you.

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    1. Yes, definitely an adventure unfolding. Friendship is one of the biggest concepts in the book for sure. Nice comment!

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  22. The book I like best out of The Terrible Wave, By The Great Horn Spoon, and Number The Stars is the third, Number The Stars. I enjoy this book because, it’s a historic story about hope, courage, power, and how Nazi, Germany tried to “relocate” every Jew in Denmark. The book also tells the reader about how the Danes (people who live in Denmark) smuggled 7,800 people to safety; and the Nazis never even knew how! The main character in Number The Stars is Annemarie a ten year old girl from Denmark. Her mother Inge, her father, Peter (her sisters fiancee, don’t ask it’s a long story), and her Uncle Henrik all assist her in getting a group of Jews, that contains her best friend to safety. Annemarie goes on a life threatening mission to save her best friends life. The book has a good theme to. People shouldn't strive or try to overcome power, instead they should just try to slow it down. This book has a suspenseful mood to it as well, we charted this book in class and it looked like a roller coaster going up and down. The author has great writing style as well in most chapters that lead to a climax she leaves it at an excellent cliffhanger.

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  23. My favorite book out of the three, Number the Stars was the best one. The plot of Number the Stars is at Copenhagen in World War 2, 1943 when Denmark was occupied by Germany. Annemarie, Mrs. Rosen, Mr. Rosen, Ellen, Kirsti, Mrs. Johansen, Uncle Henrik, and Mr. Johansen are the characters in the book. My favorite character was Annemarie because she was very brave and did not look at the bad fates; she looked at the good ones. She stood up to Nazi soldiers who were occupying her country to save her Jewish friend Ellen. A concept in this book was risk when Nazi soldiers in chapter one stopped Annemarie and Ellen and she had her Star of David necklace on. There was also risk in chapter ten when the German soldiers came into Uncle Henriks house when Great-Aunt Birte died. They could’ve have opened the casket full of clothes! But Mama and Annemarie made up a story very fast and the soldiers bought it. Lois Lowry wrote this book in a way where the reader cared for the characters and let them see the scene of what is going on. I really enjoyed this book; it was one of my favorites out of all the books I have read!

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  24. Number The Stars was my favorite book. It was a story about two ten year old girls named Annemarie Johansen and Ellen Rosen. Ellen is a Jew and she has to be hidden from the Nazis or they will kill her. Annemarie must step up to save her best friends life. It is written in a kind of nerve-racking manner. At some parts it can be very sad. The theme of this story is to be brave and step up for the people you love.

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    1. Jackson(This was supposed to be in the post but I accidentally clicked publish.)February 14, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      I highly recommend this book for someone who wants to read an amazing novel.

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    2. I don't agree with the part that you said the Nazis were killing Jews, but they were getting relocated.

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    3. I think that is what the Nazi soldiers do when Jews are relocated.

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    4. Typo in my reply above. (Not the original post.)

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  25. The book I like most is By the Great Horn Spoon! This book was written by Sid Fleischman. It is about the California Gold Rush. I love anything about the California Gold Rush. I like it better than the other two books we’ve read so far because the other two books are too sad. I like the plot of the story because it had several fun episodes. The characters are usually happy and cheerful. The main theme of this book is humor. It is also playful, tense, and especially awesome. The book is high beat and funny; it keeps you on your toes. The author’s writing style is broad. It’s easy to understand too. Overall I think By the Great Horn Spoon! is the best.

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  26. My favorite book out of the three that we read was "By the Great Horn Spoon!" This is my favorite book because of all of the action. My favorite part was when the characters Jack and Praiseworthy strike it rich when digging a hole for the outlaw Cut-Eye Higgens grave. This story takes place in the time of the California gold rush. These characters Jack and Praiseworthy were traveling in potato barrels because they were robbed and lost all their money, so they had to be sneaky to even get on the ship to CA. The characters learned how to stake a claim and became real gold miners. When they were done mining, they were heading to San Francisco on a river boat and their gold pouches were full. The driver left and the boat crashed and sank. At this point of the book I was pretty worried. Jack and Praiseworthy were starting to sink and they had to unstrap their belts with the gold to swim to the top of the river to get air. I know that this book is fiction, but it is by far the best book I have read.

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  27. Out of all three books we’ve read in class so far, my favorite was the story of By the Great Horn Spoon. I liked this book because of the plot, theme and mood. The plot was adventurous and creative (although a little unrealistic because it is not that common that one’s butler with a hat, vest and umbrella would consent to an adventure far away in California). My favorite character was Praiseworthy, because of the way he acted compared to the names and nicknames he was given. Praiseworthy was indeed “Praise-worthy.” But with his nickname, “Bullwhip,” he also was a bit like the bullwhip he was described as. However, it is uncommon for a bullwhip to be considered “praise-worthy” or that a “praise-worthy man” would be known as “Bullwhip.” My favorite part of By the Great Horn Spoon was when Praiseworthy fought Mountain Ox. The thrilling, enjoyable action of the duel caught my imagination. I also liked this book because it gave intriguing details about the concept of traveling to the “Wild West” during the years of the Gold Rush. I love historical novels, and although all of the three books we’ve read are historical novels, this was my favorite. It was very fun, happy and bright. I am always interested in the history of the Gold Rush. I also love the author’s free-flowing writing style. The theme of the story is about an adventure in California and living in California. I always want to know what was going on here in the past. Thank you for reading my blogpost. I welcome your feedback!

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  28. Michael Alofa-AdersFebruary 14, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    I think that By the Great Horn Spoon! is the best out of all three of our novels so far. I think this, because By the Great Horn Spoon! has a lot of quirks and humor, along with some actual fact inside a fictional story, like the real terms "yeller" and "color" which both meant gold. During the first seven chapters, the book showed how it usually was on the trip to the gold fields using the Cape Horn route. This book had very interesting parts, like on the afternoon on August !5, when The Mountain Ox fought praiseworthy. This book captured my attention very well, and this makes me happy when thinking about what else Mr. La Marr has in store for us.

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    1. I totally agree with you

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    2. I give this book ********** out of *****!!!!!

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  29. "By The Great Horn Spoon" was the best book out of the three books we read this year. It was full of surprises and humor. I liked when the part Praiseworthy fought the Mountain Ox. My favorite book is "By The Great Horn Spoon!"

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  30. My favorite book of the three is Number the Stars. It’s my favorite book because the book is a true story and I like true stories. The book has tension parts that make me want to read the next chapter. Number the Stars is about World War Two and I thought that the book Number the Stars was interesting. Number the Stars is interesting because the tension parts were interesting so that made most of the book interesting. Number the Stars is very interesting.

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  31. This book did have a lot of action in it.

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  32. My favorite book we have read this year is "By the Great Horn Spoon". The book is about two friends, Jack and Praiseworthy, who traveled from Boston to San Francisco to search for gold during the gold rush in 1849. I liked the all the adventures they had on the way to California. It was funny when Jack was trying to save the pig and it got stuck in the porthole! The book got really interesting when they reached California. My favorite part was when Jack was being chased by a grizzly bear and fell in a coyote hole! Jack and Praiseworthy did strike gold, but they lost it when their ship blew up as they were leaving San Francisco. I was so relieved that they made back their fortune by selling Peruvian cats! I'm glad the book had a happy ending.

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  33. Out of all the books we have read so far, By the Great Horn Spoon! is my favorite. In this book, Jack and Praiseworthy demonstrate how friendship is important. They always stick together and wouldn’t even dream of separating. There are other reasons I like this book. Another reason is the humorous story telling by the author, Sid Fleischman. In the chapter called “The Pig Hunt”, Jack, Praiseworthy, and Mountain Jim try to keep the cook from slaughtering Good Luck, the pig who lives below the deck of the ship The Lady Wilma. In the end, Mountain Jim is sitting on a barrel with good luck in it. There are other humorous parts of this book as well, and some parts to think about. I don’t want to give too much away, but I will tell you Jack and Praiseworthy almost drown. The climaxes in this book are not as suspenseful, but to be a good book, it is better without them. I truly think this is the book of the three.

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  34. My favorite book that we read together as a class is Number The Stars because it has a lot of excitement and action in it. The main character is Annemarie Johansen and she risks her life to save her best friend Ellen Rosen because Nazis solders from Germany are rounding up Jewish people and relocating them. Annemarie has to save Ellen and her family because the Rosens are Jewish.

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  35. Thank you Marci Siether for the book! I love the book and what you did with chapter 12. At first I thought Pearly Monroe was a girl before I read the book, but now that I read the book I realize that Pearly is a boy. I like the subject of your book, because I like non-fiction books. I also like how you matched the text with the pictures that did not even come from those pictures. My favorite character is Pearly Monroe. I loved it when I found the book on my desk after getting back from music. I was shocked and surprised when I got the book.

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