Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver

Four children named Thomas, Max, Pippa, and Sam are “freaks”, so to say. They first lived in orphanages before they were transferred to Dumfrey’s Dime Museum. An amazonian shrunken head is put on display. Immediately following, a trail of murders ticks off. A newspaper man, Bill Evans, writes stories on these murders. As he closes in around the case, he too dies a frightful death. The children are the only ones who possess the powers to stop these murders. They have only a matter of time left to figure out who murdered these people before it was too late, or their loving caretaker would be killed. In the end, they find the person who committed the crime, but he got away. This book is filled with mystery and danger from cover to cover. I really enjoyed it.♣

Beyond This VI

In a land far away,
There lies a house.
Beyond the house,
A garden,
Beyond the garden,
A field.

In the house,
An exquisite architecture.
Beyond this,
Seven towers,
Beyond the towers,
Seven rooms.

In the garden,
A soft mist.
Beyond this,
Many trees,
Beyond the trees,
Many a flower.

In the field,
A green grass.
Beyond this,
Some rushes,
Beyond the rushes,
Some ponds.♣

Benjamin Franklin An Essay

Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 17th, 1706. Ben was a great inventor who is known for his sayings. He is famous for his political cartoons, discoveries in electricity, and ingenious inventions.

Benjamin Franklin invented many useful items. His most famous invention is the Franklin Stove. Before furnaces, people used fireplaces for heat. Fireplaces didn’t heat the entire room, but the Franklin Stove heated a larger amount of space with the same amount of wood. He also created swim flippers, which still help many people swim today.

Though Ben didn’t exactly invent electricity or the Gulf Stream, he did discover a lot about them. His widely known kite experiment happened in 1752. Then, Ben invented the lightning rod, which many of us safe in our homes today. Ben studied and made the first map of the Gulf Stream in 1769.

Franklin is also know for his cartoon ‘Join, or Die,’ published in 1754. Franklin also created ‘Poor Richard’s Almanac,’ in which he put his sayings. It was first published in 1759.

Benjamin Franklin is a well-loved scientist. Franklin is also known for his cartoons, maps, electricity experiments, and creative inventions. Ben is a widely known scientist who is still influential today.

Nightmares!, by Jason Segel

This book is a horror/fantasy book. It has all sorts of nightmarish things in it, including killer bunnies, a witch with a large appetite, a gorgon, and certain boy named Charlie who quite definitely is sleep-deprived and antagonized. When Charlie goes to sleep his spirit passes into the realm of Nightmares, called the Netherworld, and his body stays safe in bed. However, when his dreams become all too real, his body also passes into the terrifying world of the Netherworld. Soon he finds out that he needs to conquer his nightmares to ever get back. At the same time, in the Netherworld, chaos reigns. Under the self-appointed rule of President Fear, a giant, children are tortured and the Netherworld is thrown into a huge civil war. Charlie finds himself caught in the middle. In the end, he makes a fool of the so-called “great” President Fear. This book is very tense and tortuous. I like it a lot.♣

John Hancock An Essay

John Hancock was born January 23, 1737 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was Massachusetts’s representative in congress, and he played an important role in gaining America’s freedom. However, in his later life, he began to fail due to sickness and gout.

In his early years, John Hancock participated in Congress as the Massachusetts delegate. In 1775, he was unanimously voted head of Congress, and he signed the Declaration of Independence .

In his middling years, John was reelected as head of Congress in 1777. Three years later he was elected governor of Massachusetts. In 1785 he resigned, but was soon reelected into that office.

Later, in his final days, John was suffering from sickness, fever, and gout. His legs would swell and have to be wrapped up in “yards and yards of red flannel” (Fritz 45). He eventually died on October 8th, 1793 and was buried in his hometown.

John Hancock was a sturdy man who played a part in gaining liberty from Great Britain. He was an important historical figure, as well as political. John Hancock is a well-known, well-remembered man from history and politics.


Works Cited
Fritz, John. Will you sign here, John Hancock?. New York:
Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 1976.