Hollow City by Ransom Riggs the second novel in the Miss Peregrine School for Peculiar Children series takes the crew of peculiar children on a journey to save their beloved headmistress Miss Peregrine who was trapped in the body of a bird after being kidnapped by Wights.
This novel introduces the reader to the world of peculiar animals and more peculiar children who are fighting to survive after Wights and Hollows have started to take over the loops created to protect them. This book has a lot more action and twists than the first. It all helps to keep it interested to the last page as I kicked myself for not having the next book on hand so I could start reading it!
Next book Library of Souls!
In the book The Chronicles of Narnia, children found a hidden, magical kingdom while they were playing in a wardrobe.
It’s a hot summer day and there is an old abandoned house down the road. The paint was peeling and the shutters hung on their hinges. The grass was overgrown and weeds overtook the garden. We use to pick the cherries from the cherry trees and steal mangos that were as sweet as sugar. The weird thing about the house is that the pool in the backyard is pristine. It’s like
The weird thing about the house is that the pool in the backyard is pristine. It’s like was so inviting that hot summer day that instead of wetting our feet we jumped in…
Tell me about the place they discover while in that pool. Who lives there? What does it look like? Write about the journey to that magical place.
I was visiting grandma over the summer. Jimmy, he pet poodle got away. She went running down the street when I was walking her. I took off as fast as I could. Suddenly, I heard the sirens ring and everyone running outside their homes and heading to their shelters. I was too far to head home so I figured I would so that the barn for shelter.
I held Jimmy in my arms as the walls were being ripped off one by one…
What happens next? Create a magical place that she travels to with Jimmy. Don’t place the place like Oz. Make it something else. What can that place be? What does it look like? Be creative and have some fun!
This one is for seniors only.
A series of 8 distinct works that demonstrate versatility as a writer and diversity in writing technique and styles. The works can come from one category or any combination of multiple categories.
You can submit up to two portfolios but same work in both portfolios.
The maximum length for a writing portfolio is 24,000 words (not including the writer’s statement).
- The Writing Portfolio may include a writer’s statement. The statement should be 300 words and answer the following questions:
- Why did you select the work you submitted for your Writing Portfolio?
- How do you hope people will react when they read your work?
- What role does writing play in your life?
- Writer’s statements may be entered on the “Create Portfolio” page.
- Work included in a portfolio may also be submitted in an individual category (i.e. Short Story, Critical Essay, etc.). You will be able to indicate if you want to submit a work a part of a portfolio only, an individual submission only, or both on your student dashboard.
- Seniors may resubmit writing submitted to the Scholastic Awards in a previous year as part of their Writing Portfolio.
- Do not include any identifying information, such as your name, in the title of your portfolio or the works included in the submission.
This was posted on the Scholastic Arts and Writing Website.
The Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition has just opened submissions. Below are the guidelines for the Critical Essay Competition.
Category DescriptionWriting intended to inform or convince a reader about a specific idea or topic, such as art or media reviews, persuasive essays, opinion essays, etc.
Special InstructionsSources must be cited. Footnotes/works cited are not considered part of the word count.
This competition is open to 7th to 12th graders who live in the US, Canada or attend a US school abroad. Foreign students attending a US school are also eligible.
Deadlines: Vary by region so check out the website for details.
Entry fee: $5 and $20 for a portfolio but you can apply for a fee waiver. Check the website. There are lots of details but it’s worth it.
For additional categories check out the website.
http://www.artandwriting.org/ for more information.
Write a poem about each person in your family. I have an older sister, an older brother who I use to fight with all the time when we were kids, a twin sister who I had to share everything with, a younger sister, and of course my parents.
My parents knew each other when they were kids. And they still know their friends from childhood. It’s weird looking at old photos of them with their friends and seeing how everyone looks now.
My twin and I often blended into one person.
Although we were different people.
Shared birthday cakes, a shared tricycle, a shared car.
Shared space. Shared friends.
Two people blending into one.
Continue one by one writing short poems about each person. Be creative and have some fun!
Write a story about a character with a tattoo. What does the tattoo look like and why did your character decide to get a tattoo.
I remember when I first got it. I didn’t want to get the regular heart or flower. I remember how long I stood looking through the books. What do you choose when you know it’s going to last forever? I wanted to be strong. Stronger than I could ever be….
What tattoo does she select? What is this character dealing with? Be creative and have some fun!
It’s senior year and Keeley Hewitt has her heart set on kissing Jessie Ford, a boy she’s had a crush on since the 6th grade. The only problem is that their hometown of Aberdeen has been constantly flooded by a swelling river and an apocalyptic downpour of constant rain showers.
Things start to go her way after Keeley and her friends are called in volunteer to stack sandbags in hopes of stopping the river. Keeley and Jessie end up next to each other in the assembly line and the flirting begins although Keeley has no idea what to make of it, after all Jessie Ford is the cutest boy in the senior class and she’s pretty much invisible.
Without giving too much away this is a story about young romance and a story about self-discovery. I found this story very exciting an it tugged at my heart-strings. With so much of the summer still left why not add this one to your summer reading list.