Book Spine Poem

These are my book spine poems from books I found in my room:


Gift from the Sea,





The Secret Token,

Last of her Name,


Trip to New York

I’ve been wanting to go to New York for a while now. When my parents told me I’d be going for Thanksgiving in two weeks, I was super excited and happy. I’d be getting to go to New York for the first time, and it was in just two weeks!

When my parents told me that I would be going to New York, it was a Thursday night, and my family and I were having dinner. They broke the news to me midway through dinner, and I thought I would choke with happiness! I would finally be going to a big, famous place! Better yet, my parents scheduled a bunch of activities and fun things to do. They excitedly told me the schedule: On Monday, we would be driving up to Washington D.C., where we would meet some of my mom’s old friends and stay there for the night. Then, on Tuesday, we would drive all the way up to New York and go to a museum, and afterward, stay at a hotel again. The next day, we would go to more museums and some events, and meet some relatives. On Thursday morning, we would go watch a show and go sightseeing, and then drive back down to Baltimore in the afternoon. On the last day, Friday, we would hang out around Baltimore and walk around. I am so glad and excited about me and my family going to New York for the first time! Although driving may be a hassle, I am thankful and glad for the extra time my family can spend together. I am really looking forward to my trip to New York and thank you for reading! Have a nice day.



Camp Hanes

My 6th grade class of Durham Academy had a lot of fun at Camp Hanes, although there was a hurricane brewing on the coast of Florida. Early Thursday morning, I woke up and went to school, still tired from yesterday. Once we all got there, we all started boarding the buses and carrying our luggage onto the buses. I boarded bus two, with my friends. The two-hour bus ride was long but not too long. I enjoyed it, talking with my friends, eating candy, and watching movies. Once we got there, we dropped off our stuff at the big gym and headed inside. We played games like four corners and battle master. It was a lot of fun, and soon we were dismissed to go move our stuff to our assigned cabins. I was super excited because I was in a cabin with my friends!

    We then got everything ready for our next activities, which for me was canoeing, archery and rock climbing, s’mores, etc. I had the most fun in rock climbing, so I will describe that. We had a huge wall with things to climb on both sides and a huge sky loft on the top, above all the walls. To go up to the sky loft, you had to climb either the pixy sticks or the slanted climbing wall. I climbed the slanted one, and then went down with the pixy sticks. Since you could fall down on the pixy sticks, it was a bit scary climbing down. There were also different levels of difficulty on the climbing wall and overall it was just really fun. I loved the sky loft and the walls. Afterward, my class and I had s’mores, and it was delicious!

    Something that I am proud of for this trip was that it was my first time staying away from home excluding sleepovers. I loved everything about it excluding the hike, which sadly I could not go on because of hurricane Ian. I hope that next year I can go to camp again with my friends and class and have a blast!


Emily’s Backpack

During the summer, I read Finding Someplace by Denise Lewis Patrick. The book was about a girl named Reesie during Hurricane Katrina. Reesie was being forced to flee from her hometown in New Orleans because of the hurricane. She had a backpack that she had packed at the last minute on her own, which included important papers, her phone, some food, and other emergency supplies. I think she packed well, considering she didn’t have much time on hand. 

When I read Finding Someplace, I decided to pack a backpack of my own. In my backpack I packed extra clothing because I didn’t want to be cold, basic food/snacks because I didn’t want to be hungry, a water bottle/filter because I wanted something clean to drink, and an iPad/portable charger so I can contact people and recharge my iPad without needing a plug. I also brought a flashlight/batteries because I wanted a light when it’s dark outside, a First Aid kit if anyone has any injuries or gets hurt, and an umbrella/rain coat if it starts raining outside. In case something happens to my flashlight, I would also bring a headlight and a lantern. I hope I packed everything I need if I were to go on the same adventures as Reesie.