By Aslan W.
Everyone should try playing Awesome Tanks because it is an awesome game. I recommend this game to kids who are at least 9 or older. This game could be played on any computer.
The first time I played it, I thought it was challenging because in the beginning, you only have a very simple machine gun with no levels on it but it has unlimited ammo. Once I got into the game, it seemed to get easier because I had the laser which is the strongest gun in the game, but once I got to level 14, everything started to get harder. Whenever you go in front of an enemy tank you will most likely die. That’s why you need to stay on a level for a couple of sessions until you upgrade your stats.
The actions you can max out are defense, weapons, turret rotation, and fire rate. There are a variety of guns such as rockets, ricochet, lasers, shotgun, machine gun, and cannon. This is why you should play Awesome Tanks.
By Evan P. and Stephen X.
Just Been Released!
Subnautica is a single-player game that has just been released by the game company, Unknown Worlds Entertainment. It has a 9/10 rating on Steam Workshop.
What is it about?
In Subnautica, you are on an Alterra spaceship called AURORA on a mission to build a phase gate on the other side of the galaxy. But, you come too close to a quarantined alien planet so they shoot you out of the sky. You have to survive in an alien world that's mostly water, with deadly creatures lurking and waiting to bite. You also have to survive the deadly disease that's bound to take over the universe. In order to get off the planet you need to disable the cannon by disinfecting yourself and going into the alien base. When you disable the cannon you're able to build yourself a spaceship and blast off the planet to get back to Alterra HQ.
This is game is action packed. We highly recommend it.
By Rachel Y.
Wonder is a heartwarming story based on the book by R.J. Palacio. Auggie Pullman, the central character in Stephen Chbosky’s “Wonder,” is a brainy 10-year-old boy with a sweet high voice and a congenital facial deformity, whom numerous corrective surgeries have left him looking like a cherub after a car accident. His left eye tugs downward as if a teardrop were falling from it; his ears are bulbs of flesh, and his face is framed by a pinkish ring of scar tissue. That said, he’s not the Phantom of the Opera. He’s just an ordinary kid whose looks take a bit of getting used to. Auggie is a science techie who loves “Star Wars” and Minecraft, ice cream and XBox sports games; he’s fueled by all-American fantasies of going to outer space. (He likes to walk around in a toy astronaut helmet that conceals him and feeds his dreams.) His face, which looks youthful and old at the same time, is jarring the first time you see it, but the more you take in his innocent if slightly unusual features, the more his soul shines through. Any thoughts that he’s ugly, or odd, are really in the eye of the beholder.
Parents need to know that Wonder is an emotional family drama. It centers on Auggie Pullman, a young boy with a genetic facial difference. Auggie meets both cruel bullies and good friends as he attends public school for the first time; his supportive family is always there for him - even when he tries to push them away. The movie has clear positive messages about choosing kindness, appreciating everyone for who they are (rather than what they look like), and true friendship; empathy and perseverance are also strong themes. There's some fighting among tweens/young teens and sad moments involving a loss. Language includes name-calling and insult words like "shut up," "jerk," "freak," and "deformed," as well as an "oh my God" or two. A teen character finishes her mom's abandoned glass of wine after her mom, who's going through a difficult divorce, passes out. What the creators are trying to teach anyone who watches the movie, is that everyone is the same no matter what and don’t judge a book by its cover.
By Jacob P.
Sarah Tops is a short story about a lost diamond. It takes place in a museum. There were robbers that robbed a diamond store. The police retrieved all jewelry except for one diamond. A woman gave the police a clue that one of the robbers said Sarah Tops before he got shot. When the Head cop got home, he told his son all the information. His son asked his father if he could go to the museum. When they got there, his son ran to the dinosaur section. He went to the section where the triceratops bones were, and then looked under the bones. There he found the diamond! How did he know where to look? You’ll have to read this short mystery to find out!
I would recommend this story to people that don’t like long stories that take hours to finish. Also, I would give it five stars because it was short but fun.
By Yashwin S.
The name of the book I read is Blubber. Blubber is by the bestselling author, Judy Blume and is published by Atheneum Books for Young Children. It has 153 pages and its genre is realistic fiction.
Blubber is about a girl named Jill Brenner who helps bully another girl named Linda Fischer. While Jill is a supporter, the real bully is her so-called friend Wendy and her assistant Caroline. Other than that, Jill’s best friend is Tracy Wu who lives across the street from her. Then, when something happens on Halloween, Jill and Tracy get in some hot water. You might be wondering what happened but the only way to find out is to read the book!
The main characters of Blubber include Jill Brenner, Tracy Wu, Linda Fischer, Wendy and Caroline. Jill is the supporter and helps Wendy bully Linda while she is Tracy’s best friend. Tracy is Jill’s best friend since they were young. Linda is the victim and gets tired of getting bullied everyday by the same people. Wendy is the main bully who threatens Linda. Finally, Caroline is Wendy’s assistant because every supervillain has an assistant.
I like this book because it shows me that anyone can change. It doesn’t matter whether it’s changing your friends, your behavior, or personality – with the right mindset anyone can transform anything about them. I also like this book because it makes me think how fortunate I am to not have any troubles such as being bullied.
I think everyone will enjoy this book. It offers some advice and can guide you through hardships and also anyone can relate to it. This book shows that you can tackle any obstacle and make it through.
By Yashwin S.
Half Korean ten year old boy, Albie, struggles with his studies (especially in math and spelling) so his parents are forced to move him from Mountford Prep to a different school, P.S. 183. While moving to a different school, he also experiences struggles such as getting bullied by a student, Darren Ackleman and his gang, and moving further away from his best friend Erlan, who is starring in a reality TV show. But while facing challenges, he finds a new friend, Betsy, and a supporter that is also his babysitter, Calista, an art graduate. At school, Albie joins the math class with a math teacher called Mr. Clifton who helps him with Darren as well as math. Everything is normal until one day Albie brings in cupcakes for his birthday and figures out some students can’t eat the cupcakes because of an allergy. So, Albie’s teacher Mrs. Rouse tells him to put them in the cafeteria and Mrs. Rouse asks if anyone would like to take the cupcakes down with Albie. Of course, Darren raises his hand. When they bring the cupcakes down, nothing happens but when Albie comes back at the end of the day, he finds that all of his cupcakes are squashed and he finds “Dummy” written on the box.
What will happen to Albie? Will he overcome his difficulties in math? Will he find a solution to overcoming the bullies in school? Read the book to find out.
By Eric Z.
The Star Wars franchise is the most famous movie franchise ever created. It has the greatest plot twist of all time, some of the best characters ever made, and a great good vs. evil story. Unfortunately, there are 3 of them that are not as good as the originals or the new ones. These are the prequels.
The prequels take place before the original star wars movies and include Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones (My least favorite movie ever), and Revenge of the Sith. They focus on Anakin Skywalker, who is the future Darth Vader. These movies were very, very disappointing to many people. There are many prequels fans out there. I know that. I am a huge Star Wars fan but I just cannot bear the prequels. When you say “The Prequels” everyone knows what you are talking about. They are that infamous. They don’t have that suspense and those amazing characters like the others. They have Jar -Jar Binks instead. Jar-Jar Binks is arguably the worst character ever made. He was supposed to be a comic relief character, but he was just annoying. “Meesa Jar-Jar”, “Meesa want to help”! That is so horrible!!!
The prequels do have redeeming qualities. All 3 had some great lightsaber fights. The character of Darth Maul was cool. Personally, I think that the best part was Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan. He was compelling and gave a really good performance.
In conclusion, I don’t recommend these movies. Revenge of the Sith is better than the other 2 but it is still just eh. They were very disappointing to me and many other fans.
By Eric Z.
The Emoji Movie is considered by many people the worst movie of 2017. Of all the bad movies, this one has been the one to stick out this year for many people. I am going to discuss why I think this has happened.
First, the movie premise is about emojis. Many people, including me, think that this premise is not smart. Although, this movie is aimed mainly at about 3-4 year old children, it is not supposed to entertain people of an older age. However, these movies still have to be held to a certain standard. They should still entertain people of an older age. For example, “Wreck it Ralph”, “The Lego Movie”, and “The Lion King” are only some of the great movies that entertain both adults and kids. They also had good themes about family and friendship. This movie’s idea of a theme is product placement. Product placement is when products or companies like Coca-Cola have a big part in the movie and they talk about it. For example, there is an entire scene dedicated to all of these apps that they go through. There are even long scenes dedicated to many apps. Product placement may give the movie money, but it is ridiculous, annoying, and not needed.
The movie is not all bad though. It has some good voice acting and does do a good job of entertaining little kids. I don’t think that the Emoji movie is bad. It is just “meh”, like one of the characters is conveniently named. Probably a 2-3/10 in my book. It depends on the age. I don’t recommend this movie unless you have a very little brother or sister.