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Read Your Way to a Better Grade!

Apr 28, 2016

There are lots of ways to improve your grammar, spelling, writing, and Language Arts grade. You could test yourself, have a friend quiz you, buy a grammar workbook, or ask your teacher for study advice. The best ever way of improving your English skills, though, is to read books! The more you read, the more information your brain will take in regarding proper grammar usage and correct spellings. Reading is also a great way to learn new words! Even without looking an unknown word up in the dictionary, you can guess from the context what the word might mean. You might have to try it out a few times to get it right, but it's a great way to learn new words without really studying. 

What Books Should I Read?

Just about any type of book will help increase your knowledge, but, lucky for you, there are some fantastic young adult books out there. Here are a few popular ones that you might find interesting. 

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

This atmospheric book about a group of teens who spend summers with their wealthy families on a beautiful private island is by turns fascinating, suspenseful, and heartbreaking. I highly recommend it for readers who are interested in taking on an immersive, emotional journey. 

The Wildwood Chronicles by Colin Meloy and illustrated by Carson Ellis

This magical series, written by the singer/songwriter of The Decembrists, is based on classic folk tales. The giant novels (great for readers who really want to sink their teeth into a series) feature two early adolescent main characters who find themselves embroiled in a fantastical struggle. Beautiful illustrations accompany the work. 

Try this adventurous fantasy novel!Try this adventurous fantasy novel!Courtesy of HarperCollins

The Raven Boys Series by Maggie Stiefvater

These books are geared towards a mid-late teen audience. They are creepy, romantic, and tense. The characters in this series are well drawn and really stand out; you will be amazed at how attached you get to them. Very much recommended for those who like a bit of love, magic, and darkness in their reading material. 

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

This heartbreaking love story will bring you to tears. The book details the complex struggles that accompany depression and mental illness, and is a great read if you want to explore these issues. 

Ready for a sad love story? Try this book!Ready for a sad love story? Try this book!Courtesy of Penguin Books

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

This is an oldie but a goodie. Children, teens, and adults have been enjoying this book for years and undoubtedly will for decades to come. It is the first book in a series, so if you like it there's more where that comes from. The book is a hilarious science fiction fantasy. It is intelligent, witty, and maybe one of the funniest stories ever. 

This is just a list to get you started - there are countless well-written young adult books in every genre. You can even check out a few other kidzworld.com book reviews to help you find a book you'll really like. You might be surprised at how much reading novels can improve your understanding of the English language, and your teachers might be surprised by how much your writing improves once you get reading! 

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Kaitlyn Age: 12  Bio: he was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. Her mother, Jessica Cadice was truly a woman with a heart of gold. while her husband, Anderson, a secret agent working for the English Spies Association. They own a Modern mansion in england.  Kaitlyn in the story, is explained with her personality and relationship with the butler, cook, maid, and others. Chapter 1  Kate was a girl of 12 years old. Kaitlyn, her name to be prefered, Woke up in the middle of the night. sweeping her covers to the side, she stepped out of bed, opening her window to breathe the fresh night air. Contrary to what she expected, the air was misty and very musty. She covered her nose. "In england, why must we be inside clouds at 1 am?  Kaitlyn went downstairs of the blackwell mansion. Her silk slippers made a rough sound over the dark grey carpet on the balcony. Looking over to the kitchen. She smells A fresh Peach pie. She automatically knew who made it. Mr. Baxster, the butler, loved pies. He owned a shop 1 street corner away from the mansion. Kaitlyn went down stairs to find the cook, Miss Laquel, obviously making a variety of pies. Pies scattered everywhere, Kaitlyn scratched her head. Why would mss Laquel make this many cakes at 1 am?   Chapter 2 Kaitlyn decided to investigate the scene. She heard her father talking about "investigating a scene" one time. She Looked for Any clues. She found a Silk blue notebook with a lock on it. She suspected Miss Laque had the key. Nonetheless, It was probably important, so she Hid it in the kitchen cupboard behind the stinky cheese spices. Dad never used them. Mom said they were taking up space. Dad always said he'll get rid of them soon. "Soon=Never. What a waste." She said, holding her nose. She opened one pie. "Ugh! What a horrible smell!" She screamed. The cook rubbed her eyes. "Huh? Who.. Nevermind. Now the pies. " Where was Kaitlyn? Hiding in the window curtain. "Mr. Baxster will LOVE these Pie samples for his bakery." She said in a suggestively Happy voice. She ran upstairs to her room to get dressed, after putting the pies To rest in her Home-sewed bag. She put the two samples of the stinky pie in the mouse trap. And then, she put the rest in the garden. Kaitlyn peeked out of the curtain. She held it up to make her way into the living room. "Roses eat pie?" She looked at the plants. "Ahh. Fertilizer Pie. Bón Appetit, flowers."   Chapter 3 Looking at the flowers covered in fertilizer, she realised she was wasting time. The clock said  I:oII which mother taught her was 1:02 am. She decided to catch up on sleep. It was to early to be awake. She ran up the stair to her bedroom. She ockked the door. tHen she realised.. Her bedroom balcony had been open. There were no signs or anyone in in the home. "Oh, it must be the wind" She shrugged . Which was quite reasonable because this wind was stronger than a mountain lion. Particularly tonight.  She put her robe on and made her way to the castle-like balcony. "What a dark night. Starry, beautiful" She lay there, on the balcony. "What a-" *yawn* She fell asleep on the balcony.
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As I said, what you think is entirely up to you. I think soon I'll make a story saying my self-confidence. :rainbow
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