Professor Malcolm

Homeschooler: Education with Representation

“Variant” by Robison Wells


Hey everyone it’s me Malcolm and today’s book review is: “This Journal Belongs to RATCHET” by Nancy J. Cavanaugh.  The book is about a friendless, motherless, and homeschooled girl named Rachel who lives a life that she calls weird because her dad is an auto repairman who always talks about the ozone layer and other things that other people might call weird.  Rachel was given the nickname Ratchet because she always helps her father with car and trucks.  The book has a unique format due to the fact that Rachel is writing in a makeshift language arts textbook, so that means the book has poetry and graphs and loads of other forms of writing.  I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good book with comedy and some uniqueness to it.  Come back next week when I review: “The Fourteenth Goldfish” by Jennifer L. Holm, but until then remember “one who reads is one who succeeds”.

#TBT Book Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Happy Throwback Thursday because today’s book review is: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone” by J. K. Rowling.  The book is about Harry Potter, a boy who has lived with his absurdly rude and unpleasant Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and their stuck up son Dudley.  Harry knows nothing about his parents or the fact that he has a special gift, but soon he finds out that he is a wizard! Soon after that he is taken to Hogwarts where he will learn hows use magic and make friends, enemies, and find out that not everything at Hogwarts is what it seems.  I recommend this book to anyone looking for good book to read because it has mystery, suspense, magic and much more.  Come back next time when I review: “This Journal Belongs to Ratchet” by Nancy J. Cavanaugh. But until then remember “One who reads is one who succeeds”.

Book Review: The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman

Greetings and salutations everyone! Today’s review is: “The Hypnotists” written by Gordon Korman. The book is about a boy named Jackson Opus, who can use his color changing eyes to hypnotize people.  Only his color blind friend Tommy seems to be immune. Soon after he discovers his power he’s accidentally hypnotizing people left and right.  Until it goes too far and his power is not exactly a secret anymore.  Soon he’s called upon by Dr. Elias Mako, a man who wants to guide Jackson’s power for great things, but what are these things?  This leads him into a conspiracy that has him, his best friend, his parents, and the entire USA hanging in the balance. I recommend this book for anyone looking for a great book filled with suspense, comedy, and mystery. Come back next time when I review: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone” by J. K. Rowling but until then remember “one who reads is one who succeeds”.

Book Review: The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

Hey everyone, today’s book review is: “The Night Gardener” written by Jonathan Auxier.  The book is a suspense filled mystery about two Irish siblings, Molly a 14 year old girl, and Kip a 10 year old boy with a bad leg who travel to work for the Windsors. Bertrand the father, Constance the Mother, and their two kids Penny and Alistar live at this creepy manor house in the woods.  Molly and Kip soon find that something strange is going on at the property because everyone is having nightmare and there an extraordinarily large tree (which in my opinion could be one of the creepiest things ever) and everyone is very pale and sickly.
I recommend this book to anyone looking for a great mystery to read and a great book for when you have free time.  So be sure to come back next week when I review “The Hypnotists” by Gordan Korman, but until then remember one who reads is one succeeds.


Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to NOT Reading

Hey everyone, today I’m reviewing “Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide To NOT Reading” written by Tommy Greenwald.  The book follows Charlie Joe Jackson as he prepares for the position paper, the hardest test in the 6th grade….

Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to NOT Reading.

Book Review: The Terrible Two

The Terrible Two.

Memorial Day

Since Memorial Day is tomorrow I would like to share some facts about the National holiday.  Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day in remembrance of the Civil War on this holiday people put flowers on the graves of those who died in the civil war though different areas in America celebrated that holiday on different dates.  It wasn’t until after WWI, the name was changed to Memorial Day and is now a holiday celebrating all fallen soldiers though it wasn’t an official government holiday until 1971.  So that means they literally took around 50 years to make it into an official government holiday!

March is Women’s History Month

mayaToday in honor of Women’s history month I am talking about a woman who changed their world for the better. In her life Maya Angelou had many jobs and careers which included a waitress, cook, singer, dancer, actor, and director, though she is most known for her career in writing.
Her real name is Marguerite Johnson and she was born in St. Louis, Missouri on April 4th, 1928. She had hard childhood because her mother’s boyfriend abused here and for four years she didn’t talk  to anyone but her brother. She had to move through homes and sometimes she was homeless. Her writing talked about oppression in many forms including white people on black people men on women and rich on poor.
Her most famous writing is I know why the caged bird sings the book is about a young girl growing up in 1930s Arkansas in the time of segregation. I don’t want to spoil the book but be sure to read it.
She has been nominated for Tony and Emmy awards and in 1993 she read her poem On the pulse morning at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration; she was the first African American and woman to do this. In 2010, she received the Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.
Sadly she died at 86 while writing a new book in 2014.
Please take Maya Angelou’s story to inspire yourself.

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