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928 Miles From Home by Kim Slater

928 Miles from Home

 

This book is about a boy called Calum Brooks who is forced to put up with a stranger called Sergei Zurakowski who is moving into his flat along with his mum, Angie. When Calum gets run over, the two of them must work together to solve the mystery of who is vandalizing the Expressions community centre and who ran Calum over.

I particularly liked the book when Sergei and Calum are forced to work together and befriend each other. My favourite character was Sergei because the school bullies kept picking on him, and he was patient and kind with Calum when he was in an attitude. The story is full of mystery and adventure you never know what’s coming next. The story makes you feel really emotional through the speaker’s feelings. And you just wanted to keep reading the book because you can’t wait for what’s coming next!!!

I didn’t like the fact that the book ended because it just makes you want to know what happens next in his life.

I’d recommend this book to more able readers because of the words and vocabulary in the book. People who are fans of drama, comedy or mystery stories would like this book. I would compare this book to The Goldfish Boy and The Light Jar by Lisa Thompson.

      The Goldfish Boy                                    The Light Jar

 

This is part of my 7 for 7. To see the blog post about 7 for 7 click here

7 for 7

At school, there is a book challenge called 7 for 7. It is designed to make participants better at writing about what they are reading. To complete the challenge, specially chosen Year 7’s (including me) have to read 7 books and write reviews about all of them.

The books are

  1. The 1,000 Year Old Boy by Ross Welford
  2. 928 Miles From Home by Kim Slater
  3. The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  4. The Island At The End Of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
  5. The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart
  6. Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton
  7. Welcome To Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird

To see my reports on these books click on the name. If it doesn’t work I haven’t done a review on that book yet.

Arr, Me Hearties

Earlier, I made a coding website with tips about coding. Well today, I made an extension which translates what you type into pirate speak. Click here to open the extension. I made this extension with help from a tutorial which helped me a lot when making this website. I hope you like talking like a pirate with this handy helper. The phrases that will be translated are:

  1. Hello
  2. You
  3. Stop
  4. Yes
  5. Loot
  6. Turn the ship around
  7. Bottom of the sea
  8. Goodbye and good luck
  9. Look out, cannon fire
  10. Get out of the way
  11. My crew
  12. Throw that overboard
  13. i’m not sure you’ve thought through this course of action

There is also a unique sentence starter when you start typing.

Magnificent Minecraft

Not long ago, I started playing Minecraft again and got really into it. Every chance I get, I’m designing new things on paper, which I want to build on Minecraft like mazes and places where you kill different animals and monsters (mobs) to get experience points which you can use to upgrade armour, tools and weapons. You can also make machines using redstone dust (electricity based substance) and repeaters and comparators which can act like circuits in a computer chip.

Image result for minecraft

Image result for block by block minecraft

Minecraft also boosts imagination and lots of other useful skills. This makes Minecraft a fun tool to help you learn important skills.

These pictures are things that I’ve built on Minecraft and are useful mechanisms to help life on Minecraft easier. The 1st picture above is for a stone generator and the second a machine to block lava.

Where is the ISS?

This is a program I made using Python on Trinket. It shows you where the ISS is at that current second and when it will next pass over The Shard in London.

I made this program using a Code Club tutorial which can be found here and some help from Open-Notify and a Latitude and Longitude finder. This program works by finding live data of longitude and latitude from Open-Notify which is where the ISS is. Then Python uses Turtle (a drawing program) to show where the ISS is in the world on a map. Then I found the latitude and longitude of The Shard and used Open-Notify again to find out when the ISS would pass over those longitudes and latitudes. Then Python’s turtle puts a dot over The Shard and writes the pass over date and time on the screen.

Click the play arrow to start the program, next to the pencil.

I hope you like this program and find it interesting.

My Birthday – 2018

On my birthday, I opened some of my presents off my parents. These are some of the amazing things I got: 

  • Wembley board game 
  • Lots of books 
  • Some Lego 
  • A mechanical laboratory 
  • Sphero SPRK+!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Me opening presents

Next, we had French toast made with brioche with bananas! It was delicious and I would love to have it again!😋

French toast

Afterwards we went to a place called Conkers which is an enormous country park with loads of activities, walks and trails to do!

An instrument in the sensory trail

Me in a pedal go-kart

Me on the Conkers train

There was even a high ropes course with a climbing wall, a descender (where you step off the edge of a platform with a length of wire holding you and you go down really fast and slow at the last second.) and a giant zip wire 110 m long. It was brilliant!

The high and low rope course

The zip wire

the zip wire and descender

Me on the climbing wall

Me coming down on the descender

Mee about to step off the platform on the descender

There were also den making areas and a 4D cinema. Next, we went to Five Guys and had some burgers. They were really tasty. Then we went home, and I had a magic smarties cake with a bag suspended in mid-air and smarties pouring out.

My cake

My cake

I really enjoyed my birthday and if you bought me a present thank you again.

My Apple Course

The week before my birthday I went to Apple Camp for a 3 day course on how to use a Sphero. A Sphero (pronounced sfeero) is a robot that can come as Star Wars droids, spiderman, and as a SPRK or SPRK+. I was using the SPRK+ at Apple; it’s the best and has more functions than some of the others. You control the robot using the Sphero Edu app, which allows you to draw a path that represents Javascript, you can use blocks that represent Javascript or you can write in JavaScript. I was using the blocks to make the robot move change LED colors and make sounds.

Day 1

On day 1,  I made code to create a square.

square code

This is the video of what I learnt at apple camp with a Sphero that I got for my birthday.

Then I shortened the code using loops.

square in a loop

Then again using functions.

Square shortened into a function

At the end of the session I created a program that could run a square, triangle, octagon and hexagon in a row.

square, triangle, octagon, hexagon

                                        Day 2

On day 2, I created a game where you had to throw Sphero faster than 3 g’s (g – force) else you’re out of the game.

 

this is my throwing program

                                        Day 3

On the last day, I made a story of how Sphero goes outside for a spot of gardening and he hears a football match beginning. He doesn’t know what it is, so he is scared and goes inside; later his friend tells  him what it was and he isn’t scared anymore.

 

Then I got a certificate for creating an amazing project at Apple Camp.

my certificate

Also, On the first day I got an Apple T-shirt.

                                     

Shrek – End of Year Performance

On Tuesday 10th July, it was my end of year 6 performance of Shrek. It was a huge stunt but we managed to pull it off. I was on stage for most of the play as a singer and in the wedding congregation.

Singers including me

We were lucky enough to perform in a nearby secondary school who let us use their auditorium. The day before the show the play didn’t look or sound amazing. It was almost canceled, however we managed to up it enough so that some people in the audience were crying tears of joy. Then even more parents were crying in the evening performance.

 

This is the original Shrek trailer.

 

To watch it in YouTube click here.

me with Shrek ears

Fantastic Foxton Locks

A few months ago,  we went to Foxton Locks for a picnic. It was beautiful weather and was quite busy. I opened a few locks for different barges; it was really tricky.

view of Foxton Locks

 

There is a museum there as well that has a coal game in where you have to put the coal in an engine to move the boat forward. If you don’t put enough in, you have to start again. It also has things that explain how locks work and a barge that you can go in to listen to a story. I really like the Foxton Locks museum.

inside a barge at the museum.

I really enjoyed my time at Foxton Locks and want to be a lock keeper one day.

Foxton Inn

barges