Michelle's SSR Project

I Read 15 Books This Year!

The best books I read this year were:

Red by Alison Cherry, Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jerry Watts, Girl Onilne: On Tour by Zoe Sugg, We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Neilsen, To All The Boys I'd Loved Before by Jenny Han, and P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han.


To All The Boys I'd Loved Before is the first book I have read from Jenny Han and I think she is amazing! She writes realistic fiction. I absolutely love her writing and I am beyond glad that my mom thought I should order this book! I am super glad she wrote a book after this!

To All The Boys I'd Loved Before is a book about a young girl, Lara Jean. She keeps letters in her mothers hatbox. Her mother had passed away when she was a young girl. The song girls always stick together, as the older sisters, Margrot, and Lara Jean, try to set an appropriate example for their younger sister, Kitty. The day seems to being going well until gym. When one of Lara Jean's classmates came up to her and asked how long she had liked them, her imaginary, private love life had now officially become out of control.

P.S. I Still Love You is a sequel to the book To All The Boys I'd Loved Before. Thanks to some amazing girls in my class for spotting this out and completing my life! I thought the book To All The Boys I'd Loved Before was so amazing, and I was sad it had to come to an end. To follow up, I emediately called them and asked if it was real, and it definitely was. I found the book that day...

I had high expectations for P.S. I Still Love You since the first book had been so great. I fell just in love with this book as I did with the first one! P.S. I Still Love You is Lara Jean's story continuing on!

In P.S. I Still Love You After she realized she has definitely fallen for Peter after the big fight. They made another contract, and her and Peter were together again. After a video has leaked of her and Peter, she feels her world has crumbled. As always, Peter came to save the day as the video got put into someone's PowerPoint presented to the whole school, and he told them to stop and this would be fixed. Lara thinks Peter still has feelings for Genievive, Peter ignores the question most times. Lara Jean volenteers at Belleview to start a scrapbooking class, and meets her favorite elder, Stormy. As Lara Jean finds out John Mclaren has gotten one of her letters, they become great pen pals, too!

I would rate both of these books 5 stars. I feel they deserve fives stars because there wasn't a part in the story that was boring. I wanted to keep reading constantly. I loved the adventures all of the charaters went on, and I hope there is another new sequel soon.

We Are All Made of Molecules

We Are All Made of Molecules made my top five books this year because it was so special. This book's genre is fiction or realistic fiction. It is written by Susin Nielson. She wrote from two charaters, Ashely, and Stewart. She did a wonderful job and I hope to read more of her books in the future.

We Are All Made of Molecules is told from Stewart and Ashley alternating every other chapter. Stewart is a brilliant kid who gets made fun of for being smart. He is pretty much clueless when it comes to social skills, but he tries to make it work when he makes the move to public school. Stewart's mom died and his dad and him are moving in with his dad's new girlfriend. Stewart tries to be about 89.9% thrilled, as Ashley is 110% irritate/horrified. Ashley is the "popular" and "it" girl of the class, and refuses to let anyone know Stewart is her brainiac brother, and also why her dad moved out. Ashley starts out as a frustrating character but soon you grow to love. A large, important part in this book is when Ashley discovers Stewart breathing in his dead mother's molecules, and Ashley thinks Stewart is even more of a freak before!

I definitely rate this book a strong 5 stars because Susin Nielson did an excellent job making lovable charaters! I was amazed by the message of family bonding. This book was quite the page-turner and I would recommend it to most!


Red by Alison Cherry was one of the first books I read this year. I was pleased with how this was written because it made me want to keep reading. The genre for Red is contemporary and young adult.

The book Red is about a young girl name Felicty St. John. In the town of Scarletville having red hair means you hold all of the power. Felicty has a great life, and good friends. She has a secret about her long beautiful copper hair that everyone is in love with. She's a fake. One day she receives a note that says, "I know your secret." If Felicty had her normal hair, her great life would become horrible. No one can know, not even her closest friends, that her hair color comes out of a bottle. Will Felicty stand up to the blackmailer, or will it get to her?

I would give this book 5 stars. I feel like I'm giving these ratings to generosly, but these books were such page turners and so intriguing! I give Red 5 stars because of how Felicty stands up to the blackmailer, keeps her head up high, and gets others to tell that their color comes out of a bottle too!

Write to Learn: Reading vs. Other Activities

Dear Mr. President of the Sioux Rapids School Board,

My name is Michelle Anderson, an active student at Sioux Central. I am writing you today because I feel not enough kids are reading, or they're enjoying reading at all. I know Sioux Central wants to have great kids, but it's really hard because they won't read at home.

As a student, I would say reading at home is somewhat enforced. We have great teachers, and they have great projects, but it isn't always a challenge. Some kids read at home and others not at all... I really wish they knew what they were missing out!

The words, "I just want to go home and play video games!" have to be horrible for a teacher to hear. I go home, do homework and read. I do not play video games often, and I don't really have interest anyway.

Since most of the kids in my class are teenagers, we like to sit on our phones. It can be a waste of time, but slowly we will learn our phones are not as important as the books we have in front of us! It can be frustrating as a parent or teacher, because they want everyone to have their work done!

Reading has great advantages. Some say it is pointless and stupid. Little do they know, reading helps everyone get very far in life. You have to be able to read to achieve. I want then to realize how important reading is!

Reading is not punishment. Most students dread it and would rather do other activities. If you love being outdoors, you should bring a book! If you like video games, you should spend a fraction of your time reading and a fraction playing video games. If you are bored, you should read because it definitely isn't a waste of time...

I also feel like not everyone is thankful for the books they have in their life. I have read articles on people brining books to other countries, and the children have a big smile on their face. It's so inspiring! We take for granted the books we have in our classroom. It's very sad that it happens.

I think if we had a reading log every week. It could start out with Monday's page and book title and end Friday's page and book title. The parents and teachers could be more aware of how the students and children spend their time.

I don't like to hear kids complain about not having better scores on big tests. I think a simple 15-20 minutes of reading at night could make you become more knowledgeable. Kids that read at night are exposed to 1.8 million words of text every year! That text helps you learn more and more every day!

I think if the student doesn't like the book, they should have their own option if they want to stop. I definitely think the teacher should persuade them not to, but some books we all just can't finish. That might be frustrating to hear, but you will find more kids reading books they like rather than books they don't!

Overall, I would like to see teachers and students getting along. I don't want to see kids arguing with teachers over books. Let's try to get students interested in books because reading does great things to your mind!

I definitely can't do this alone. I see a problem; I want to find a solution! That's why I'm asking for your help and kindness. Hopefully, together we can tackle this! Thank you for your time!


Michelle Anderson.


I have learned a lot from reading in seventh grade. It has been an excited but frustrating year. I didn't know how to do a lot of the stuff I learned this year.

I learned how to balance reading outside of school with homework. I love reading a lot. I am so happy I read 15 books. I feel like next year I should read more.

I learned how to do sentence writing. I didn't understand it at first. I am very glad that I ended the year bowing how to write proper sentences. I know I will use it in life.

Thanks for a fun year. I learned how schema is a fancy word for connections. Now, I can do active reader strategies without really thinking about it. I had no idea what they were before this year.

I apologize for such a bad reflection. I will be sure to make everything save next time. Thanks for a fun year as I learned a lot I didn't know.