If I Were A Grown-Up By Davi

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If I were a grown-up, I would take advantage of the things that grown-ups can do, that kids can’t. I would first take a road trip across the country, just because I can. I would then meet up with my friends, both from North Carolina and from Minnesota, and take trips around the world, seeing different world monuments like the Eiffel Tower, the Easter Island Moai, or the Great Wall of China. Then I finish my trip around the world, I would return home to visit my old home in Minnesota, then return home to North Carolina. I would have dinner at a burger place, then go for frozen yogurt. And that’s what my life as a grownup would be. Of course there would be more to it, but this is only a short example, because there is not enough room on the blog for the whole story.

Davi’s Series Reviews: The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

“The Alchemyst” by Michael Scott is a six book series. The series has many main characters but focuses on one pair of twins; Josh and Sophie Newman. Josh and Sophie are supposedly the twins mentioned in a prophecy and referred to as Gold and Silver. They are called this, because every person in the world has an aura of a certain color. Some people with strong auras can use them to do amazing and terrible things. Gold and Silver auras are said to be some of the most powerful and rare. Josh and Sophie are said to be, “the two that are one, the one that is all. One to destroy the world, and one to save it.” The question you’re probably having now is: who is going to destroy the world? The answer is coming up in the next paragraph.

A race of ancient and powerful beings split in two groups. Dark Elders hated the human race and wanted to destroy them. The Elders (not to be confused with Dark Elders, even thought they are both Elders) help the humans grow. Both groups of Elders became known to the humans as gods, the sources of most legends. The Dark Elders make humans immortal, in return for eternal service.

This series is a cliffhanger, much like Fablehaven by Brandon Mull.  No boring beginnings, awesome middles, and boring ends. The series will have you engrossed in the books from beginning to end. The only bad thing about the book is its repetitive language and overuse of the phrase “spoke in ____. A language that had not been heard in centuries”, and other phrases related to that one. Otherwise, this series is great. READ IT!!!!

Squirrel and His Foolish Friends by Davi

Squirrel and His Foolish Friends

 

Once upon a time, there was a forest. In this forest, there lived a tribe of squirrels. All of the squirrels in this tribe were daredevils, except for one squirrel named Bob Scaredy Squirrel.

One day, Bob was talking with his friends, when they heard raucous laughter. Bob’s friends went investigating while he admired a caterpillar as it made its way up a tree. In the middle of its ascent, a lizard jumped from a nearby branch, grabbed the caterpillar, and started to run. As soon as it was out of sight, Bob heard a voice calling his name.

“Bob, come here Bob, you have to see this!!!!” Bob ran past the trees and saw, spread out on a cliff, a colossal log. Squirrels were running all over the log, their claws clacking against the wet wood.  Suddenly, there was a large crack and the log dipped a few feet. All the squirrels gasped, then started laughing. It seemed that the crack only enticed them more to go on the log, not to run away.

“Come on Bob,” Bob’s friends urged. “This log is really cool!!! It even cracked a little bit!!” Of course Bob, being a smart squirrel said no. When Bob’s friends started urging him even more, he started arguing. When the squirrels started chanting his name, Bob gave in.

He started to slowly walk towards the log, trying to not be scared. When he set one foot on the log, Bob started thinking of all the horrible things that could happen to him if he went on the log.

“No!” Bob declared, “I won’t do it!” And with that, Bob walked off into the forest. He walked for a little while, when he heard a large crack, and squirrels screaming, loudly at first, then slowly getting quieter. Bob raced back to find that the log had broken, and all the squirrels had fallen to the rocky ground below.

Moral: Do what’s right. Don’t give in to negative peer pressure.

The Smuggler On Comic Life by Davi

For my project on Comic Life, I chose The Smuggler. The Smuggler is about a smuggler who when trying to cross a border, is stopped by a border control officer. The border control officer then demanded to search the smuggler’s donkey. He does so, but finds nothing. This happens for ten years, and even thought the border control officer know that the juggler is smuggling something, he can’t prove it. In ten years, when the border control officer is retired, he sees the smuggler in the market, and asks him what he was smuggling. The smuggler says that he was smuggling donkeys. The moral of the story is to not overlook the obvious, and to not judge a book by it’s cover.

 

Open Note Tests by Davi

I like open note tests because I don’t need to memorize as much. Open note tests in a way take much more responsibility than tests with no notes. Since you make your own notes, if you don’t pay attention in class then you will do badly on the test. Open note tests make me feel more sure that I will do well on the test. To end this blog post I will say that open note tests rock, so don’t worry about them as much as you do other tests.

 

Favorite Books Quarter 2 by Davi

It’s me again. I have made this blog post again to find out what books people like. Last quarter the favorite book was Harry Potter and the favorite author was Rick Riordan. This quarter I’m hoping that we get some other authors and books to win. Only post books that you’ve read recently, so that Harry Potter doesn’t win every time. Thanks.

I’m Thankful For… By Davi S-G

I’m thankful for my golden retriever Sky. He has been with me since I was born, and even before that. My dog Sky is thirteen in human years, which makes him ninety-one in dog years. When I come home from school, or any activity, Sky is always there to greet me in his doggy way: wagging his tail, and sniffing my clothes and backpack. Sky is very lazy, and he sleeps all day. My family has to trick him to go outside. We ring the doorbell, making him think that there is someone outside, which makes him jump up and run to the door. If that doesn’t work, then we bribe Sky with his dog food. Sky basically owns my house. He sleeps anywhere he wants, as long as my dad make him go away. Because he’s so old, in January I’m giving sky a puppy. I hope that Sky will take care of the puppy, and be like it’s dad. In conclusion, I’m thankful for my dog Sky because he comforts me in times of need.

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Diamond Ages: Chapter One by David, Davi, and Ryan

I walked through the forest all through the day. The crackling of leaves was an unpleasant sound to me, and being in a forest in the autumn was not the best place to go in order to avoid dry leaves. I was very lonely, but I would have to get used to feeling like that, as I was going to be alone for some time. A rustling in the bush stopped me in my tracks. I drew my dagger, and stepped carefully towards the bush. Suddenly, out stepped a fat pig. I speared it through the head and killed it.

I was thankful for the turn of events, because my rations had been running low. That night, I lit a fire with my fire kit, and I cooked the pig. I was growing more and more thankful for the gifts the men had given to me. The next day, singing awakened me from my slumber. I looked over at my fire and saw a beautiful woman. I immediately stood up and grabbed my spear.

“Who are you!” I shouted.

“I am Hwina.” she said.I fell to my knees, and bowed. Hwina was our people’s goddess of protection.

“What brings you here my queen?” I asked.

“Your quest is most intriguing. I couldn’t stay away. It is said that your quest could either save your people, or destroy them.” she answered calmly.

“What!!” I exclaimed

“I had no idea that my quest was this important! Do you know what is ahead of me?” Hwina smiled, and shook her head.”I cannot help you with that, but I can offer you protection.” She reached into one of the pockets in her dress, and took out a ring.

“I’m not one for jewelry!” I protested.

“Shut up and take it!” She said, sounding annoyed.

“Fine! I’ll take it!” I replied angrily. “What is it for, anyway?”

“When whispered ‘protect’ this ring transforms into a suit of unbreakable lightweight armor. This power should only be used in dire situations, since you can only use it five times,” explained Hwina. And with that Hwina spread her hidden wings, and flew up into the air.

I followed her with my eyes until she was gone. I slipped on the ring, packed up my camp, and kept walking. I was shaken by what Hwina had said. About my quest either saving my people, or destroying them. My people weren’t in any danger. At least not yet, according to Hwina.

I suddenly became very annoyed with the goddess. She probably knew what was going to happen to my village, but didn’t want to tell me. I took off my ring and angrily stuffed it into my tunic. I felt like I was being used to do the gods’ bidding. Like I was their mindless pawn, doing whatever they wanted. I decided that I was not going to use Hwina’s ring. Not without knowing where it would take me.With that thought in mind, I reached my first bandit. Or rather, he reached me.

The bandit was a fat one, probably weighing more than two horses. When he reached me he spun me around and pushed me to the ground. “Give me all your gold or you die!” he exclaimed. I pulled the spear off of my back and stood up. The bandit had a small knife, but that was it. I pointed the spear at his throat and told him to leave. If he lingered, he would be a dead bandit. With that, he raced away into the bush. I felt good after the encounter with the bandit. Scaring him off made me feel like I was in power again. I took the ring that Hwina gave me, and slipped it on my finger. I decided that I would only use it if I was about to die. I knew this wasn’t going to be the last bandit I encountered. It was starting to snow. By evening it was snowing so violently that I could barely see. I decided to make camp inside a dimly lit cave. The deeper I went the darker it got. Then I came across a giant rock, or at least I thought it was. It looked like it was snoring. I lit a small fire and to my horror, I saw a giant spider sprawled across the floor.

My Visit to the Life and Science Museum by Davi

These are some photos from my visit to the Life and Science Museum of Durham.

Imagine yourself in the habitat of these animals. Type what you would say, then what the animal would say, or do. I will put captions on the animals so that you can tell what they are.

Golden Dart Frog: Phyllobates terribilis

Black Widow Spider: Latrodectus

Diamond Age Prologue by Davi, David, and Ryan

Prologue

I woke up to the sound of the drum. I slipped on my fur cloak and belted on my deerskin tunic and I walked outside of my tent into the circle of men.

The elder greeted me, “Congratulations! Today you become a man!” All the men in the circle were holding something to give me.

The first man gave me a piece of flint and a stone. He said, “Take this. If you strike the flint with the stone, you can catch the sparks to make a fire.”

The next man gave me a small hand ax. He did not say anything, but he nodded and smiled.

The third man held out a spear with a blade of stone and a shaft of strong, lightweight wood. Along with the spear, he gave me a knife. “Take these,” he said. “They will protect you on your journey.”

The last man smiled and said, “I am not wealthy and have nothing of large importance to give to you. However, I can give you this.” He gave me a leather pack with a small bag of rations in it.

I thanked him, knowing that what he said was true. The tribe leader then ushered me towards the ceremonial fire. The eldest man and the eldest woman came out of a hut by the edge of the cliff.

The man said, “It is now time to receive your quest.” He closed his eyes, and started rocking back and forth. After what seemed like an eternity, the elder finally opened his eyes. He said, “Your quest is to travel across all the land, to a place called Diamond Cliffs. There you will receive the next part of your quest.”

That night, my sleep was filled with nightmares of my quest to come; terrifying monsters, undead armies, and a fiery demon. I awoke next morning in a cold sweat. I threw on my tunic and cloak, strapped the spear and the pack to my back, slid the knife into my belt, and set off to the Diamond Cliffs.