Julia’s Review: Has Anyone Seen Jessica Jenkins?

Jessica Jenkins

A third review by Julia this week.  Has Anyone Seen Jessica Jenkins? by Liz Kessler

Three words:  funny, exciting, unique
Favorite part: I really liked when Izzy got a super power.
Favorite character:  Izzy because she was most like me- nerdy and a little geeky.
How I felt:  I got excited in this book, especially when they broke in to the house where Max was imprisoned.

Synopsis from Candlewick “Jessica Jenkins has always been a perfectly ordinary girl—until one day part of her arm vanishes in the middle of geography class! Jessica’s friends Izzy and Tom are determined to help her develop her newfound invisibility, though Jessica is more concerned with discovering where the ability came from. When it becomes apparent that there may be other kids developing strange powers of their own, Jessica marshals them into a slapdash band of “slightly superheroes.” But when an unscrupulous adult discovers the origin of their powers and kidnaps one of the team, the rest must put their heads—and all of their skills—together to avert disaster.”

ML’s Second Book Club

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We had our first meeting in September and our second today.  Didn’t plan for it to  happen that way.  But life got in the way.  So I gave the girls three books to read.

First, we played twenty questions.  Each girl read about a non-fiction animal or not – ML didn’t.  Her mama forgot to pick one up from the library.  The girls asked questions to try to guess each friend’s animal.  Some were really hard.  Do you know what an okapi is?

Then, we discussed The Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith for about three minutes.  Several girls’ favorite story was “The Princess and the Bowling Ball.”  I bought stinky cheese for the meeting.  Not one girl wanted to taste it.  I enjoyed it with a fresh baguette and wine afterwards.

Next up… cake, pretzels and strawberries.  Thankfully, it was a beautiful day so all eating, crumbs and spilled drinks happened on the driveway.

Finally, the main event.  The girls read Poppy the Pirate Dog by Liz Kessler.  Poppy goes on vacation with his humans.  They try out a few boats.  Poppy doesn’t like any of them.  Finally, they find the perfect boat for a Pirate Dog.

ML and I filled three large boxes with stuff – ribbons, recyclable containers, bottle tops, googly eyes, sequins, markers and lots of other things.  The girls were divided in groups. Each group used the contents in their box to design and decorate their boat.  I enlisted a middle schooler, Lillian, to help.  All future book clubs will be arranged around her schedule.

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Stuff

The girls were still working on their projects when parents started arriving.  Below are pictures of “The Mayflower” and “Girls Rule” and “Pirate Girls.”

THE MAYFLOWER
I love the fact they included a toilet.  Can you find it?  Hint: It’s green.
This group wins the teamwork award.
Every time I walked by Bridget, Lily, Piper and Clara were sharing ideas and encouraging each other.

Mayflower

GIRLS RULE
Is the boat named Girls Rule or Miriam?
I wish I took pictures of each side.  This group worked more as individuals.
Each girl decorated one side.
The other sides probably said Siena, Anna Giles and Avery.

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PIRATE GIRLS
Do you see the sail boat behind the  big boat?.
Annabeth and Roslyn did a large percentage of the boat design.
ML and Sara Jane dressed as “Pirate Girls.”
Sequins tapped to the ears, eye patches created from satin ribbon…

Pirate Girls

HAPPY READING

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Amy’s Daughter – 2nd Grader Reading at 4th/5th Grade Level Loves “The Sister’s Grimm” Series

My friend Amy’s daughter is a 2nd grader who loves the series The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley and illustrated by Peter Ferguson.  She’s almost finished with this series about fairy-tale detectives.  Below are some ideas for an advanced reader in 2nd grade.

EllaEnchanted

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine – “In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.”

ToysGoOut

Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins – “Six stories relate the adventures of three best friends, who happen to be toys.”  There are two more books in this trilogy.

Jeremy Thatcher

Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville – “Small for his age but artistically talented, twelve-year-old Jeremy Thatcher unknowingly buys a dragon’s egg.”

Series

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A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz – “Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms’ fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hanseland Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs”

Spiderwick

The Spiderwick Chronicles by Toni DiTerlizzi and illustrated by Holly Black – “The field guide sets up the story of the Grace children–13-year-old Mallory and 9-year-old twins Jared and Simon–who with their mother move into the dilapidated Spiderwick Estate only to quickly find themselves sucked into a dark and fascinating world of faeries. In the Spiderwick chronicles’ second book, The seeing stone things get even more exciting–and kind of scary–for the Grace kids, as the strange faerie world hinted at in The field guide blooms to full life around them. When Mallory and Jared attempt to rescue Simon from goblins, they use a magical stone which enables them to see things that are normally invisible.”

FathersDragon

My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Gannett – “A young boy determines to rescue a poor baby dragon who is being used by a group of lazy wild animals to ferry them across the river on Wild Island.”

EmilyWindsnap

Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler – “After finally convincing her mother that she should take swimming lessons, twelve-year-old Emily discovers a terrible and wonderful secret about herself that opens up a whole new world.”

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Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist by R. L. LaFevers – “In 1928, when timid ten-year-old Nate learns that his parents have been lost at sea, he joins his father’s cousin on a flight to Arabia where they must oversee the death and rebirth of the phoenix, thus beginning his training as a “beastologist.”

Something Unrelated to The Sisters Grimm

Clementine

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker  – While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.