Also – Wish me luck today because my teammates and I are competing in our regional K’NEX STEM Challenge!
You can read more about it HERE.
“The Challenge is designed for students in grades 4-8, to work collaboratively to research, design & build a model using K’NEX parts to meet a specific need. “
This year we had to build a “people mover” and have it go through an obstacle course. If we make it through the regionals we get to compete at the state level.
Now on to my book review!
The Secret in the Wood
By S.L. Lipson
91 pages – ages 7+
Published by Leba House Publisher on January 13, 2014
Sara Connor doesn’t want to move out of her house. Her dad died the year before and he loved the house, putting years of work into it. Sara loves the house and all the memories. Sara doesn’t want to leave her house behind. When she finds a tree fairy in her bedroom, stuck in a wood panel on her wall, Sara is desperate to stay. Sadly, the day she finds Althea, the tree fairy, her mother sells the house. The home’s new owners’ son, Jonathan, also saw Althea. Luckily, Sara and Jonathan come up with a plan to help Althea get back to a tree for her home. But, will it work?
This was a well-written story with a very good message of moving on. It turns out that even though Sara is trying to help the fairy, Althea really helps Sara accept what is going on in her life. Althea is an awesome character and I love the “lore” of the tree fairies that Althea tells Sara. Jonathan is another character that the reader cares about. I like that he’s kind and understanding. The book is short (only 91 pages) but the story never felt rushed and I think it felt complete. The writing was good and the story flowed well. I’m not super fond of the cover, but that’s a minor point. At the end of some chapters, there is an image, with a hidden image in it, which if you flip the page or click the link, it reveals the answer. The hidden pictures are layered in color – but I’m color blind so I either saw what you were supposed to right away or didn’t see what you were supposed to. 😉 There is also a little song called “Dance of the Trees” at the back of the book. The author wrote it to go along with the book.