Rumor Launch

Hello Readers,

Yesterday was our final Inklings meeting for this calendar year.  We are actually going on a bit of a hiatus and won’t meet again until February 2.

For our final meeting of the year, we completed our final reading challenge for the great book, The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis.

We focused on the final battle between Serth and Fin and Merrill. So check out our introduction to the Rumor Launch reading challenge…

Finding Y shaped branches and creating sling shots was a lot of fun, but launching the rumors was epic.

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You might have noticed I have been having a lot of fun with the slo-mo function of my phone’s camera.

Enjoy a montage..

So we will see you next year for more fun with fantasy reading.

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Read on,

Mr. H

TLKOE Blarg Goes Down

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Hello readers,

Friday was a literally blast over at a the 6th grade chapter of SMS Guys Read.  We have been reading TheLast Kids on Earth and Friday was the day we started a little marshmallow target practice.

We were hoping to do a first round and then a final round all my n Friday, we only got through the first round, so check back in next week as we find out how the best “launchers” in Guys Read are.

Read on,

Mr. H

The Last Kids on Earth

Hello Readers,

This has been one busy week, and it’s only Wednesday!  Those of you in the 6th Grade Chapter of Guys Read know what I’m talking about.

So we have been working with the great little story, The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier and illustrated by Douglas Holgate.

I just finished TLKoE and liken it to The Walking Dead for kids.  Now I’ve never actually seen more than just a few clips of the Walking Dead (I’m not big on the blood and guts) but I imagine it has loads of influence on The Last Kids on Earth.  In the story all sorts of awesome happens as Jack and his buddies attempt to survive in a monster and zombie filled world.  No parents, sounds good.  No bedtime, nice.  Eating junk food and drinking soda until your teeth rot out, excellent.  Living under constant fear or monster attack, bummer.

I have been sharing my copy of TLKoE around during our meetings and everyone seems to agree it a great read, so I highly recommend you find yourself a copy and get reading.

Back to the busy part of our week.  The 6th grade chapter of Guys Read is preparing for our own monster and zombie invasion.

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I mean look at monsters now decorating my classroom…

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… and we aren’t even finished with the Blarg!

So in the story Jack decides he must look the hero and “rescue” his imagined love interest, June Del Toro.

While looking for her in their middle school our heroes encounter something we will only describe as a Zombie Ball.

How could we not attempt to create one of those, out of mini marshmallows?

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Now as you can see we tried to microwave the Zombie Ball together.  It was already glued and pretty solid, but microwaving just seemed like it would be a perfect way to help really get the Zombies to stick together.

Well they stuck together all right.

I’m not sure how we are going to save the Zombie Ball, but I can promise that 6th graders will be running down the halls of our school being chased by a Zombie Ball of some creation by next week!

So in the end we will have an entire monster and zombie army that we can save the world from.  Of course we will be using our marshmallow launchers to knock these vile creatures down and earn points, as you can see…

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So check back soon as we complete our monsters and begin bringing the justice, marshmallow style!

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Read on,

Mr. H

Thief Stew

Hello Readers,

Earlier this week the Inklings got together for our fortnightly meeting and once again discussed The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis.

This time around we talked a little about Fin’s little Thief Stew prank.

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Why not take a look at how we did when we tried Thief Stew, with one of Ad and Tad’s little puke pills…

We have one more Inklings meeting before or winter break, and that will be our last time talking about The Map to Everywhere.  At that final meeting we will be recreating the final battle between the evil wizard, Serth and our heroes, Marrill and Fin.  Just so you know it will involve sling shots, acorn like things and a black robe.  Come back in a few weeks and see how it goes.

Read on,

Mr. H

My NaNoWriMo…The End

Hello Readers,

Well today is December 1st, which means that National Novel Writing Month is over.  Did you finish your novel?

I did.

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So here is the final product all 50,347 words of it.  Remember it is a rough draft and the ending is pretty rough, in my opinion.  It could use a ton of editing, but no worries I have eleven months to edit before we start this whole NaNoWriMo party all over again. 🙂

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I am glad it is over, now I can get to bed at a decent hour, but will miss the excitement of  taking on a story every single day.  Some days I never knew where the characters would take me.

So give it a read and let me know what you think.

Read on,

Mr. H