Thursday, January 29, 2015



“Ugh why do we have to do this?” asked Samar.

Samar and I had just been pulled from the warm comforting waters of Costa Rica after about an 2 hours of kayaking. My dad had made us take a picture with our feet swallowed in the beautiful blue water.


Samar and I raced into the depths of the water. A sharp pain flew to a small point on my upper thigh.

“Ow! Mom something hurts really bad.”

The pain started to get worse. My eyes were filled to the brim with tears and with an extra bit of pain, they overflowed.
Our raft guide had a couple of pieces of ice so he gave them to me and once they were on my leg, the pain eased its way out of my leg.

“Well by the markings, I think you got stung by a jellyfish.” Mom told me.

 In this picture, we are eating the fruits our guide brought us and I am holding a piece of ice to my leg, hence the pose.

Monday, January 26, 2015


By Veronica Roth
Week #3

So far, Tobias has taken the truth serum in Candor after being kicked out of Amity. Tris is right in the middle of answering her questions. I have learned important news about Tobias’s mother and about Markus and Jeanine.

I am loving this book so far and I cant wait to finish it!!!

Please don’t spoil anything for me in comments. Thanks!

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
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Thursday, January 22, 2015


By Anika

“Good night Samar.”
I look over at the closed door and smile. Time for some well deserved sleep before a fun new day in Bangalore, India with my cousins.
That day we had come back from a small trip to a different place in Bangalore with all of my family and right after, we had gone to the pet place to pick up their dog Tanny. Tanny is a Miniature Pinscher and had jumped up on to all of us when we got there. The adorable tan dog had missed us just as much as we had missed her.
As I drift off I wonder what time I will wake up. Little did I know, I would be woken up early by an unexpected thing.  Then, before I know it, I am asleep on the mattress on the floor with a comforter on me.

I awoke to a soft but sandpapery tongue on my cheek. Then tiny paws walking over my body.
“Wow Tanny!” I cried. She ran up and down my and my brother’s body.  
Thats when I thought, wait, I closed the door last night. How did she get in here?

When I asked my aunt she told me that Tanny can jump up and push the door knob and open doors.

Wow, I thought, how talented is my cousins dog?

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Miniature Pinscher Breed Photo

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray
By Ruta Sepetys
Review by Anika
5 out of 5 stars

Lena and her family are taken by Soviets and thrown onto a stuffed train with many people and a horrible smell stinking up the car. They are taken to an unknown place and are made servants to the Soviets. Lena, her mother, and her brother are forced to do work to get tiny rations of food per day. But Lena hasn’t seen her father in ages (Exaggeration) and she needs to find him, he may be the family’s only chance.

I loved this book. It was an amazing book of historical fiction. I would recommend this book to grades 5 and up. This book is a quick read but amazing story and I would highly recommend it. I think that this book is a story of hardship and sadness but overall I love it.  

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Between Shades of Gray

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving Dinner
By Anika Rao
It was Thanksgiving day and all my extended family were coming to dinner. Mom and I had spent majority of the day cooking for my cousins. Mom had done most of the cooking and I had washed all of the dishes. We had made Sweet potatoes, Mashed potatoes, Turkey, Gravy, and Green bean casserole. Once we had finished cooking both of us were exhausted but excited because our relatives were coming over.

“Oh my gosh! They’re here!” I screamed.
Excitement seeped through my body making me anticipate each second until they walked through the door.

My cousins were very tired but in about twenty minutes everyone was laughing and enjoying the company.

"I got PERSIMMONS Daddy!" Cried my cousin.
She thought the sweet potatoes we persimmons.

We had a great time with everyone that evening. It was the best Thanksgiving I have ever had.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Divergent Book Review

By Veronica Roth
Review by Anika
5 out of 5 stars

Beatrice Prior has to make the most important decision of her life. A choice that can change everything. Beatrice changes her name to Tris and gets a couple tattoos. Tris is doing great in her faction when her “boyfriend” Four tells her a war is approaching. A war that could wipe out Abnegation forever.

I loved this book. It kept me flipping the pages and didn’t drag. The plot line was great and the characters were described amazingly. Divergent has some romance and action but the author did an awesome job of mixing them. I am currently reading Insurgent the next book in the trilogy and I would highly recommend this book to everyone who liked The Hunger Games. I think the age anyone would start reading Divergent at would be 9. This is an amazing book and I loved it a lot.


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Sunday, January 11, 2015

SOL #1

Finally in Bangalore
By Anika Rao
“Mom I almost finished Divergent.”
“Oh really? That's great.” Mom said.
“Yeah that's all I did on the plane over here.” I smiled. “ How long is the ride there?”
“Um, 1 and a half hours.”
“Uggggh.” I groaned.
“I know, but since you didn’t sleep on the plane, you can sleep on the way there.”

Once we got outside the airport, my family and I smiled.
“Wow it's so warm and green.” I stared around the place smelling the humidity and feeling the green seeping into my eyes. For the past five days our lives had been mostly made up of grey and dull scenery. All of us were so happy with the warm weather but no one wanted to have to go through one and a half hours of driving.

But when we finally got there, it was awesome. Well, when we came up to the house we saw my two little girl cousins and my cousin’s dog.
Strangely both of my cousins screamed and ran away and Tanny (their dog) barked and barked and barked and that's when I realized, I don't even care that I went through nineteen hours and then another three hours because I loved them so much.