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Best Gifts for Chanukah
By Isabel LK

Wondering what the perfect gift to get someone for Chanukah? Here is a list of the top 15 gift ideas for kids of all ages.

1. A dog/pet
2. A cell phone
3. An Alexa or Echo Dot
4. A book
5. Candy
6. Gift Cards
7. Clothing
8. Jewelry
9. Slime/Putty
10. A Notebook
11. An art project
12. Video Games
13. Fortnite game
14. Uno card game
15. A board game


Top 10 All-Time Favorite Sweet Treats
By Ella H.
  • close up view colorful candy chocolateFizzers: Fizzers are a chewy, fruit candy that are usually sold in South Africa.
  • Any Hershey Chocolate: Chocolate may not be counted as a candy, but I had to put it on there.
  • Gummy Bears: Gummy Bears are sweet, chewy, and bear shaped candies that many people love.
  • M&M’s: M&M’s are a favorite candy for many people, they have a hard candy shell, with milk chocolate inside.
  • Mike & Ikes: Mike & Ikes are a chewy candy
  • Lemon Heads: Pucker up — these candies are sweet and tart at the same time.
  • Pop Rocks: Pock rocks are cool candies that pop when they touch your tongue.
  • Smarties: Smarties are small candies that have a chalky texture.
  • Tootsie pops: Tootsie pops are regular lollipops until you reach the middle.
  • Pez: Pez are little hard hard candies that come in different flavors, and usually come with a fun plastic dispenser.


Top 5 Books for Tween Readers
By Leah R.

Have you been looking for a good book — a book that will excite and interest you from cover to cover? Well, these books are my personal top five books for tween readers. All of the following books are full of description, detail, relatable characters, and intrigue from the first to the last word of the book.

harry_potter1. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling; Total pages in entire series: 4,224
Harry Potter lives in his aunt and uncle’s house, the Dursleys. His room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs. All Harry knows is his miserable life with the Dursleys, their obnoxious son, Dudley. One day, when Harry is 11, a huge man comes to the Dursley’s home named, Hagrid, who asks to see Harry. What? Nobody should even know about Harry. The Dursleys have hidden Harry for the past 11 years. Hagrid, then tells Harry he is a wizard, and that the darkest wizard in the whole wizarding world, Voldemort, wants to kill Harry. Later, the reader finds out that Voldemort wants to kill Harry because when Harry was one year old, Voldemort killed Harry’s parents and attempted to kill Harry, but he failed and the curse bounced off of him and hit Voldemort, which made Voldemort very weak for many years. Now, Voldemort and his death eaters (his minions of evil spirits) are back again. To keep Harry safe, Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts, the wizarding school, as well as a friend to Harry decides Harry should come to Hogwarts. At Hogwarts, Harry makes two best friends, Ron, who is scared of spiders, and full of jokes, and the intelligent and brilliant Hermione Granger, who loves to go to the library. Throughout the seven books in the series, they go through many adventures trying to save Harry from Voldemort and his death eaters.

limoncello2. Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein; 288 p.
When Kyle Keeley learns that the world’s most famous game maker, Luigi Lemoncello, has made an amazing library right in Kyle’s town, Kyle is determined to get inside the library first. Then, Kyle finds out that 12 seventh graders from Kyle’s home town will be the first people to be invited in to Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, just by writing an essay. Kyle, of course enters the competition and wins. At the library, Kyle and his friends soon realize the tricky part wasn’t getting in the library, the tricky part is getting out of the library. Kyle and his friends now need to work together to solve every clue in Mr. Lemoncello’s Library there is, to find the hidden passage out of the library.

outofmymind3. Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper; 295 p.
Out of My Mind is a inspiring book full of deep and thoughtful memories. Eleven year old Melody has a photographic memory. She remembers every detail of everything, and there is no delete button. She’s the smartest kid in her whole grade, maybe in her whole school, but no one knows this. Her doctors, teachers, and friends included don’t know that she is even capable of learning. In school she’s learning the letters of the alphabet, like she has been for the last five years, while she’s at school. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and feels, but she can’t. Melody is developed with cerebral palsy, which means Melody can’t talk, walk, write, and she can’t do many more things that we can do. Melody, then gets a computer that is designed for her to be able to talk, show her feelings, tell jokes, and so much more, but not everyone is ready to hear Melody’s voice.

holes4. Holes by Louis Sachar; 265 p.
Holes by Louis Sachar is an inspiring story, which takes place at a place called Camp Green Lake. Camp Green Lake, which has no lake, is a boys’ detention center where boys dig holes that are exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. Stanley Yelnats, who was accused of stealing a famous baseball player’s shoes is our main character who ends up at this camp. Soon Stanley realizes that they are not just digging as a punishment as the warden says, they are digging because the warden wants something. With Stanley’s friend , Zero’s help, he manages to find the missing item the warden wants, but then gets caught in the act.

strawberry_hill5. Strawberry Hill by Mary Ann Hoberman; 240 p.
When 10-year-old Allie learns that she is moving from her small and cozy home near Bridgeport to a house in Stamford, Conn., she becomes upset at her parents for making her move away from all of her friends, just so her father can be closer to his business building. Then everything changes when she finds out she will be living on a street called Strawberry Hill, where she thinks they will have strawberries to pick. When she starts getting comfortable in her new home, she realizes that strawberries aren’t the only things she will have to look for, Allie will have to look for a true friend , and what a true friend really is.


Book Review: Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

By Charlotte M.

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper is a moving and inspiring tale that teaches us a good lesson about life. It is about a girl named Melody who has cerebral palsy and wishes that she could talk so people will understand her. People thinks she is dumb, but she is really smart. The only person who knows this besides her parents is her neighbor, Mrs. V. Mrs. V takes care of her after school everyday and taught her how to roll over. She helps Melody learn new words and new things. She has a new sister name Penny and a dog named Butterscotch. She is in a classroom for disabled kids and it annoys her that the teachers don’t understand her.

One day, her teachers tells the class that they are going to to buddy up with “regular” kids from the school and get to take a class with them. Melody has a buddy named Rose and starts taking history as her extra class. The teacher, Mr. Dimming, announces that the class will take a test to decide who will be on the Whiz Kids team. Melody gets all the answers right, and despite the negativity, she goes on to the competition and they win. Read the book to find out more!


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