Make Waves @ Your Library Part Deux

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  • myra vaughn says:

    BY MYRA VAUGH A SONG:
    i been trying to find am. trying to be all i can. but baby somehow you seem so amazing that you got me stunned on my tracks. got me stuck in my thoughts and i cant let you go. i cant budge my he feelings i have for you. darling, you are so beautiful, maybe too beautiful to be with me but i just wantto say i would never break your heart. never make you crybaby. i wish i was the one to hold your hand, the one to go and wioe your tearswhen you cry. i know youve been hurt befor but you should give me a chance because i could color your world full of love. baby i know how to tear a boy and i would treat you like no other girl has. i know youve been treated like crap before but let me tell you somthing. you are worth more than a second hand clothing. baby your tearts are rolling checks like a rian storm and all i wish is to hold your hand and be there for you in your time need and wrap you in my arms neve wanting to let you go. i will be your light on the way to wear going. when i with you i fells alive with you near me, it fells like i an finally fly and tell you how i fell.

  • myra vaughn ( union township) says:

    the book is called girl v boy
    this book is about a girl named lu and a boy nammed joey the work for the schools news pare call “the word’ well lu is trying to found out who scoop is but she really is datting scoop wich is joey but she thinks its tyler but nope she finds out that joey is scoop at the very end of the book when the fnally get to figure out who scoop is and who newshound is ( in “the word ” they said so mean things to each other) well lu runs off stage and then joey goes after a while after joey leaves then ever one else leaves and some other school gets the 1 moth of winter break of and every one is made at lu and joey because they did that but they finally for gave each other and they worked ever thing out

  • myra vaughn ( union township) says:

    a song by myra vaughn (union township)

    special song
    beautiful there are no words that can explain how i fell for you. I want to be that superhero for you, the one who will protect you from anything, do anything i can to make you safe. I want to show you how a realy woman loves. i want to be the one who you call when your lonley or sad. I want to dry your tears when they fall down your face and tell you everthing will be okay. I will never break your heart, i will never lie to you. I will never play games with your heart cause i know your heat is celicate like glass and i care way to much about you, more than you will ever know. You give me the butterrflies when i hink of you. Oh darling i will treat you like no other girl has and thats a promise. I wont to be that girls you call your own. that girl that makes you fell so loved like you never experienced before. I want to make you fell speechless for the firts time, by loving you the wau you are, not for your beauty but for whats inside you. Beautiful is what you equal.
    I will always love love you.
    your touch melts my pain awat.
    make me fly so high,
    leaving my troubles behind.
    a soft voice lika an angle
    can make my tears disappear.
    the light from your eyes
    shine through my days.
    you are the air i breathe.
    baby i miss you, miss your swwet voice
    i close my eyes and it makes me fell so close to you
    make me higher baby with your love.
    the way you say you love me makes me speechless
    your my angle from above oh sha la la la
    this is the song my heart sings evert night, my lullaby.
    we are two states apart but my love for you will never apart
    i will always want t be yours. you are all i want and need. baby i want to see you, want to hold you in my arms. tears fall down my face cuz all i wish is that i could be there with you, holding you in my arms, holding your soft hands. i need your touch, i need to fell your arms around me baby.

  • myra vaughn ( union township) says:

    a song by myra vaughn: invisible
    Never gonna leave your side. No need to cry, so wipe your eyes. I am here through the thick and thin.Never gonna break your delicate heart that is like glass. I will fix the broken pieceslike a torn picture. Baby i can be all you have been missing but all you do is become blind. You become like a voodo doll, your used to fellin pain but i could be the to rescue you from being a recoreded cd. You get hurt all over again but baby you are a beautiful maserpiece like an srt piece. But baby boo open your eyes and you will see your frowns transfer into a smil. Beautiful is what you are and you deserve so much better. I will never treat you like crap. You may be used to all those lies but i swear i will treat you the way you deserve. Like no other girl has, this is my promise. I will never let you go.
    Baby am i i just invisble to you? Cant you se how much i care about you? I am a ghost to you, baby oh baby i am duing slowly like a cancer victim because i am just invisible to you right now. Baby will you open your eyes, open your heart beautiful.
    If i could, i would fly to your heart and tell you how i fell. If i could, i would jump into your mind and tell you sweet words that play in your mind like a cd. If i could. i would whisper into your ear and say how i like you for who you are. Don’t need to change. If i could, i would let you know i am a realy women, never gonna tell a lie. If i could hold your hand, i would hold you hand, i would let you how much i miss you. If i could i would melt your pain away, the way a candle melts. If i could, i would grab the stars in the sky and make itspell ” you are so beautiful”. if i could, i wouldmake a symphany for you, just to let you know you mean a lot to me. If i could, i would wrpa my arms around you and tell youu what you have aways been missing. If i could , i would do all theses things, but right now it isn’t the right thime to express. Carry me away, carry me away to a better place Carry me away, carry me away before i get lost again
    A girft is your smile your eyes are very starts of my nights, i lost my breathe everytime i hold you tight. loving you its eternity, darling, i will always love you forever more

  • Sam says:

    THIS IS A POEM BY:SAM

    The flower

    The flower outside is so tall
    yes the flower it looks like it as big as a tower.

    the green grass high
    it reaches the sky
    it itches my legs
    but what does that matter.

    The sky so blue
    you’ll dream about it too.

    The sun so yellow
    Yes he’s a generous fellow
    and he makes you roast like a
    marshmallow.

    But everyday I look at that flower
    and imagene that I’m in a tower.

  • Terriann Ballard says:

    A POEM I WROTE WHEN MY HEART GOT BROKEN: THIS SONG I THINK STANDS FOR ANYONE BOY OR GIRL WHO GETS DAMAGED

    DAMAGED

    Every person around here is the same. Everyone’s got somewhere to be with no room left for me.
    Im to blame. I let the misery and humiliation consume me. You’re like a bitter sweet pill chased with blood and my own misery.
    It’s so hard to find someone who cares about you. It’s too easy to give your love: only to watch them ravage your soul. Leaving it demolished.
    Why is it that you can change for them only to accused of obsession, when you need them the most.
    Why can’t I find one person who can keep a promise, ” I’ll never hurt you , I love you.”
    I got myself to blame.I fell for you. I gave you my body, mind and soul shamelessly time and time again. Only to wish you still wanted it.
    I will love you regardless, even if you left me damaged.

    • Kenleigh Howard says:

      Terri,
      This is such a great song, thanks for sharing it with everybody.
      Cya when school starts. ick :P school

  • Jade says:

    Sleepless
    Its a creepy book about several people at this school has a spell put on them by this woman and they actually try to kill kids. This one girl first fills this sink full of water and sticks her head in and screams. Then she breaks a boys nose with a book after that the boy is at a train station and she pushes the boy in front of a moving train and kills him. You have to read this.

  • Jade says:

    Vampire Knight 2
    This book is about a school with 2 classes the day class and the night class the night class is a group of vampires the day class is a group of humans well the day class doesn’t know 1 things about the night class…that there vampires so a few students have to protect the day class from the night class.

  • Jade says:

    Seal Sharks
    This is a nonfiction book about a shark that bone is lighter than its skin, it gets food by bite off a animal 10 times its size then twists a big chunk of meat off the animal.

  • Jade says:

    The Tale of Desperex
    A mouse is banned from the group because he reads so he is pushed down a drain where the rats are. When he gets down to the dungeon he meets a man when he leaves the man he enters the rat territory so he gets captured you need to read to understand it.

  • Jade says:

    Lantern Sharks
    These sharks live deep in the ocean so when they glow they attract wondering fish. behind the glow is a lantern shark. And it is to late for the fish to escape. There 45 species of Lantern Sharks. They can be easily identified. They have a flat snout, small mouth, two dorsal fins on their backs, and they are covered in tiny scales called dermal denticales. Most Lantern Sharks are about 23 inches (58cm) long. they live deep near Japan, Taiwan, and China. Lantern Sharks feed on crustacean, smaller fish and squid. The female Lantern Shark do not lay eggs like other sharks. Instead, they they are ovoiviparous. The Lantern Sharks babies stay inside the mother even after they hatch. These are called pups.

  • Jade says:

    Fushigi Yugi
    A schoolgirl named Takkio lives with her mother a very ill woman and her father is a writer which is never home and if he is he is always at his study. But when her mother dies her father doesn’t even worry about it and when he finishes a new book called the “The Universe of the Four Gods” she swipes it from him and gets sucked into the book in a new universe. When she is there she is known as the Prietess of Genbu. And she needs to find the seven Celestial warriors.

  • Jade says:

    Fushigi Yugi 4
    In this book Tomite slips that Takkio is the Prietess and the villagers kidnap her and try to sacrifice her to the dragon Magum Huanglong. And in a confrontation with the Celestial Warrior Hikitsu, Hikitsu’s power over water maybe more than the other Celestial Warriors can handle..and those who gaze into his eyes see more truth than they can bear.

  • Jade says:

    Fushigi Yugi 5
    Thinking about her father she accidentally returns to the real world. All the problems she tried to escape all comes back: her mothers funeral,her fathers disappointment, and her reunion with Mr. Ohsugi, her first love. And when she discoverers that the wishes of the Priestess really do have a power in her world, she realizes that she must find a way back to the Universe of the Four Gods. When she gets back the amulet she gets from Anulu that tracts the Celestial Warriors down. And one of the places where one of the Celestial Warriors they turn out to be in Hongnan in the red light district. In a place where men pay a woman to do it!!!!!!!!!

  • Jade says:

    Whale Sharks
    The largest recorded whale shark was 45 feet(13.7 meters) long. Whale sharks have a wide flattened head. They swim towards the water surface. their backs are marked with light white spots. A school of whale sharks can come up to 100 whale sharks. Or they can be found alone. Whale sharks travel by the coast or swim far out in the ocean. They eat other animals because they are predators. The whale sharks feeds near the surface of the water, with its tail down and its head up. It sucks water through its gills and the trapped prey is swallowed. Whale sharks eat sardines, small mackerel, tuna, squid, and small shellfish. Young whale sharks hatch from eggs inside their mother and are born alive.

  • Jade says:

    Thresher Sharks
    Thresher sharks are stocky fish with large eyes. They have a short pointed snout and a short head. They have narrow pectoral fins and a large dorsal fin. The average thresher shark is 18 to 20 feet( 5 to 6m) long. The obvious way to identify a thresher shark is by its giant tail. Thresher sharks are known to jump out of the water. They live throughout the ocean of the world. A threshers sharks greatest gift is its tail. The thresher shark circles a school of fish then slaps its tail stunning some of the fish. The thresher sharks spends its time near the surface where the food is.

  • Jade says:

    Hammerhead Sharks
    Their oddly shaped head are wide and flat. Some scientists say this helps the shark turn fast and move easily in water. There is nine types of hammerhead sharks bonnethead, great hammerhead, scalloped bonnethead, scalloped hammerhead, scoophead shark, smalleye hammerhead, smooth hammerhead, whitefin hammerhead, winghead shark. The great hammerhead is the largest of the hammerheads. Its grows to be 20 feet(6m) long. the hammerhead shark has an eye and a nostril on each side of its head. Hammerhead sharks live in warm waters around the world, some hammerhead sharks even migrate. Sting ray is one of the hammerheads favorite meals. they also eat fish, lobster, squid, and crabs. Hammerheads eat other sharks too. Scientist believe the hammerhead’s wide head helps it find food. Widely spaced eyes and nostrils may help it sense prey.

  • Jade says:

    Moray Eels
    Moray eels are warm water creatures. they are found mostly in the tropical and subtropical coastal waters of the Indian, Pacific, and the Atlantic Ocean.Long and slender, morays look more like underwater snakes.The morays body is squeezed inward on both sides, making the body oval rather than round. Octopus is a favorite moray meal but catching the octopus is the challenge. In the wild, morays ( especially the larger species) usually reach 10 to 20 years of age. Though they prefer to be alone morays can comfortably share lairs after they become adults. Newly hatched morays swim with plankton, which also provides a food source. Some blue ribbon eels change from male to females. This helps balance the eels population.

  • Jade says:

    Spells and Sleeping Bags
    A witch and her sister(witch) go to a summer camp when they get there she finds out her biggest crush is there. And when her mom packs ugly clothes she tries to use magic to get cool clothes well that goes wrong, she ends up with clothes that don’t fit her. Then her step-mom send embarrassing hygiene crap to her so she has to make that disappear. Then it is all round up by another witch trying to steal her life, literally!

  • Jade says:

    Mantes
    Manatees have only one kind of tooth- the molar is a large back tooth for grinding food. Manatees take in a lot of sand and other grit along with all the plants they eat. This causes their teeth to wear down. When their teeth wear down to much they fall out. New molars grow at the back of the mouth. These new molars move forward to replace the old ones. That’s why they’re called “marching molars”. Manatees use their flippers to steer through water and to grip things just like humans use their arms. Manatees even have tiny fingernails. Some Plants and animals make their home on the back of a manatee. Manatees are often referred to as “sea cows”. A group of them is called a herd. Males are called bulls, females are cows, and babies are called calves. In the US, Florida is the best place to find manatees, in ocean waters as well as island rivers and wetlands, such as the Everglades. The thick bristles on a manatees snout help it grab food and get it into its mouth

  • Jade says:

    Crabs
    A crab has a hard shell on the outside instead of bones on the inside. Crabs eyes are on stalks. If the stalks are long enough, a crab can wave its eyes around and look in two directions. Crabs use their pinches like hands to pick up things and hold them. There are nearly 5 thousand different kinds of crabs. Most of them are marine animals.

  • Jade says:

    Fushigi Yugi 6
    Takkio found another Celestial Warrior but in a red light district of Hongnan. The celestial warriors name is Inami. Her power is her hair, and yes I did say hair. Her hair has strength and its fast. Well Inami is not interested in help them. So Inami tests Takkios skills but fighting her in a duel. All Takkio has to fight with is a naginata and all Inami has to fight with is a giant smoking pipe. And when the grudge eat a woman alive Takkio and Inami have to work together to stop it. After that Hagus the last celestial warrior explains that he is only half a celestial warrior the other half is his younger brother Teg. Teg was locked away because people noticed Tegs power before they discovered Hagus’s power. And when Hagus tries to kill Takkio and Limbo Takkio yells “I WILL SAVE TEG!!!!!!”.

  • Jade says:

    Octopus and Squid
    The largest cephalopod is the giant squid. It is also called the colossal squid. They can grow up to 39 feet. Cephalopod looks scary because of their large eyes and long arms. Some octopuses and squid grow to be huge in size and have been thought to sink ships and eat people. Some deep-sea squid produce light on their tentacles to attract prey. A cephalopod has some of the best eyes in the sea. Their eyesight is at least as good as a humans.

  • Jade says:

    Fushigi Yugi 7
    Seven celestial warriors have been found…but Takkio has just learned that eight are needed. To convince Hagus to join her side she needs to rescue Haguses twin brother Teg. Teg embodies the lost half of Haguses celestial power. Then Takkio is captured she prepares to face Prince Temdan and his followers. On the way there Soren gives Takkio a Toqa seed whoever bites it can smell whoever else bites it. So when Takkio bites it Limdo smells it he comes after them and by time he gets there Soran sacrifices himself but having explosives in his suit. So he lights himself on fire and explodes. So Limbo goes on a rampage.

  • Jade says:

    Sharks
    The first sharks lived more than 100 million years before the dinosaurs. The megalodon shark of early times was bigger than a school bus. Sharks dont have any bones in there bodies. Their skeletons are made of easy-to-bend cartilage. Sharks can bite hard enough to make a hole in the bottom of a boat. Sharks dont chew. They swallow each bite whole. After a shark has a meal, it may go for weeks before they eat again. A sharks skin has many sharp scales like tiny teeth. You can cut yourself by rubbing against it. Sharks can hear sounds in the water half a mile away. they can smell a drop of blood in the water more than a mile away. There are about 400 kinds of sharks. Most of them are just a few feet long.

  • Jade says:

    The Desert Beneath the Sea
    Coral reefs are home to some of the worlds most colorful and unusual plant and animal life. By comparison, the shallow, sandy bottom of the reef seems as bare and lifeless as a desert. A closer look reveals that the desert beneath the sea is actually filled with amazing and rare animals. Most of them are experts at hiding themselves in the sand or in the water so that they are invisible.

  • Jade says:

    Sea Creatures with Many Arms
    A chambered nautilus may have as many as 90 arms. The cuttlefish shoots out its two tentacles. The octopus has hundreds of suckers on each of its arms to help it crawl over rocks and grab onto food. The octopuses mantle covers its organs. octopuses are, perhaps, the smartest of all cephalopods. Cuttlefish uses its fins to swim or float in the water. Zebralike stripes decorate its mantle, and spots covers its belly. The squid is the fastest of all cephalopods. It can travel 3 to 4 miles an hour for short spurts. During this time, its fins help the squid to turn quickly. The cuttlefish spends most of its time floating in the water with its arms hanging down. The moray eel likes to eat octopuses. To keep enemies from spotting it, a common octopus squirts ink into the water and then zips away to safety. To confuse its predators, these squid light up-there are even lights around their eyes. Tiny lights on the squid covers its body- including fins. The male cuttlefish may turn pale yellow when its ready to mate.

  • Jade says:

    Killer Whales
    Killer whales- also known as orcas- have great appetites. They eat squid, sharks, seals, and sea lions. They eat walruses and porpoises. They even eat whales larger than them.

  • Jade says:

    Sea Turtles
    Many baby sea turtles die before they get to sea because of predators. A young sea turtle will live at sea for the next few years. If she survives to become an adult, she will one day return to the beach where she was hatched. The head and flippers are protected by tough scales. Sea turtles don’t have teeth instead they have a sharp beak. A sleeping sea turtle can hold its breath for one hour. Green sea turtles sometimes come ashore to warm themselves in the sun. Sea turtles are one of the most ancient reptiles on earth. The turtles shell has two main parts, the carapace(top of shell) and the plastron(bottom of shell). Both parts are connected, that makes a shell.Sea turtles use their front flippers like wings, so they can fly through the water. Some land turtles have lived more than 150 years.sea turtles live to be 60 to 80.

  • Julie says:

    Sea Turtles
    by Mary Jo Rhodes and David Hall

    Sea turtles hatch out of eggs that are burrowed in the sand by their mother. Many baby sea turtles die before they hit the water. They are eaten by saebirds, crabs, and other animals. Only one in a thousand will survive and reach full adulthood. After surviving in the ocean for a few years, the tutle will resurface and lay her own eggs. Sea turltes are reptiles, but they also have some differences from the other reptiles such as no teeth. A sea turtle has lungs to breath just like everyother reptile, and needs to come up for air every ten to fifteen minutes, but when sleeping can hold its breath for up to an hour. Many sea turtles are in danger. Centuires ago there were tens of millions of turtles in the ocean, and now there are only a few thousand.

  • Jade says:

    Dolphins
    Dolphins-When zoologists X-ray a dolphins front flipper, they see bones that look like hands. When they X-ray the dolphins tail, they see bones that look a bit like legs. there is 33 different types of species of dolphins. Dolphin babies have whiskers when they’re born but lose them after birth. Ocean dolphins can swim at a speed of 15 miles per hour. Some have been recorded to swim 30 miles per hour. Dolphins move fastest when they leap out of the water and plunge back in a shallow dive. This shallow diving is called porpoising. When they want to dive deeply, some dolphins can go over 1,000 feet deep. When they jump out of the water, they can leap as high as 16 feet in the air. Dolphins breathe through a hole on the top of their heads called a blowhole. The blowhole acts as a nose. Air can rush out of the blowhole at 100 miles per hour. Dolphins can be over 30 feet long. Sound waves are sent through the nasal sacs behind the melon into the water. Some different kinds of dolphins are the killer whale, Amazon river dolphin, bottlenose dolphin, and the spinner dolphin. Dolphins live together in groups called pods or herds. Baby dolphins learn to swim 30 minutes after the born. Baby dolphins are around 3 feet long and weigh 25-50 pounds when their born.

  • Julie says:

    Moray Eels
    by Kris Hirschmann

    Moray eels live in coral reefs. Morays are shy and secretive creatures. This makes them hard to study. Moray eels are warm-water creatures. Moray eels are fish, but do not look like most fish. They use gills to breath, and have poor eyesight. The two tubes that extend from the moray’s snout help the moray smell its prey. Morays are nocturanl which means they sleep during the day and come out at night. All morays are carnivores, which means they eat the flesh of other animals. Their mortal enimies are octopuses. Some people like to eat morays, but it is dangerous. Their flesh can cause a type of food poisoning called ciguatera poisoning.

  • Jade says:

    Sharks
    Sharks came from the first fish which lived 500 million years ago. There is more than 350 different kinds of sharks. In some countries shark skin is used as sandpaper. Some sharks are thought to swim 30 miles per hour.Most sharks swim by moving their tail, or caudal fins, from side to side. Sharks don’t have lungs. Instead, they have 5 to 7 pairs of gills on either side if their head.

  • Julie says:

    Whale Sharks
    by John F Prevost

    Sharks are fish without scales. They do not have bones, they have cartilage- the same stuff that our nose and ears are made out of. Whale sharks are the world’s largest fish, but they are slow moving giants that strain food in their gills. Whale sharks have wide, flattened heads. They are think-bodied sharks that swim near the water surface. Whale sharks prefer warm water. Because eyesight is not important to a whale shark, their eyes are small. Whale sharks are a little threat to humans, they don’t have to worry about the shark attacking them, but they do have to worry about the shark hitting them with their tail.

  • Julie says:

    Pilot Whales
    by Kristin Petrie

    Whales are mammals. Mammals are split into several divisions. Marin mammals are in the group called Cetacea. Pilot whales look unlike many other dolphins. There are two types of pilot whales; short-finned and long-finned. Pilot whales live in both the North and the South hemispheres. Pilot whales are very noisy, they sing, clikc, and make other noises almost constantly. Squid is the pilot whale’s favorite food. They start producing babies at the age of eight.

  • Julie says:

    Crab
    by Rebecca Stefoff

    A crab has a hard shell on the outside instead of bones on the inside. All crabs have ten legs.Crab’s eyes are on stalks; they can see in two directions at once. Some crabs walk on the bottom of the sea, and some walk on land. All crabs have to lay eggs in the water. Most crabs are marine animals.Crabs fight with pincher and eat mostly dead plants and animals. There are five thousand different kinds of crabs, including decorator crabs.

  • Julie says:

    Ocean
    by Samantha Gray

    In the ocean there are three different zones; the sunlit zone, the twilight zone, and the midnight zone. From outer space Earth looks blue because it is mostly made up of water. A fish has gills and scalls. Jellyfish are 95% water and will evaporate in the sun. Dolphins are small thoothed whales. They use a type of comunication called eco location. Coral reefs are home to many different types of sea creatures.

  • Jade says:

    Between the Tides
    The blue mussel closes its shell tightly when the sea retreats. Within the shell is a little water.It’s not much, but it’s enough for the mussel to get oxygen from until the sea returns.
    Out of the water, the nudibranch looks like a bit of unappetizing goo. Under water, this amazing little creature reveals its exotic looks, including two sense organs called rhinophores, and a tuft of gills.
    The sea anemone pulls its tentacles inside when the tide goes out. It has enough water inside its blobby body to stay alive until the sea returns.
    The crab can move quickly, sometimes fast enough to catch up with the retreating tide. It will come back when the sea returns.

  • Julie says:

    Snails, Clams, and Their Relatives
    by Beth Blaxland

    Mollusks are a group of invertrbrate animals, that means they don’t have a backbone. Some of the general features of mollusks are: a soft body, a mantle which is a section of skin that often grows a shell, and a strogle muscle under their body so they can move. The three types of mollusks include chitons, bivalves, and cephalopods. Octopuses happen to be cephalopods. Mollusks mostly live in the water, but there are also a lot that live on land too. Even the ones that live on land need some form of moisture. Mollusks are moslty blind but can sense light. They use other senses like touch and sound. Mollusks eat plankton and dead fish.

  • Jade says:

    Between the Tide(PART 2)
    The periwinkle snail clings to rocks and seaweed with strong, muscular foot. When the tide goes out, it hunkers down to trap water inside its shell. If it gets pulled off, the periwinkle withdraws, closing its shell tight with a special door called an operculum.
    The sea worm hides among a mat of mussels, staying wet and out of sight, until the sea returns.
    The sea star walks with a water-powered system of tube feet. It cannot move unless it’s in water, so it has to make sure it’s not caught high and dry. It lives in a deep spot called a tide pool, which the retreating tide leaves full of water.
    The young lobster swims backward with strokes of it’s tail, and hides under rocksto stay wet.

  • Julie says:

    Sea Stars, Sea Urchins, and Their Relatives
    by Beth Blaxland

    Echinoderms are a group of invertebrate which means they have no backbone. The general features of echinoderms are: they have a hard skeleton under their skin, they do not have a head, they have a body plan based on a five-pointed star shape with a mouth in the center, and they have many special little tubes called tube feet that they can stretch out of their bodies to help them mive about or gather food. The differnt kinds of echinoderms are: sea stars, brittle stars, sea urchins, and sea cucumbers. Sea stars don’t have babies, they split into to, and regenerate. Echinoderms live on the sea floor.

  • Jade says:

    Snails and Clams
    Mollusks are one of the biggest groups of invertebrates. There are about 100,000 different types of mollusks. An octopus is an mollusk, some mollusks have a tube-shaped muscle called a funnel. A bivalve is the only kind of mollusk that does not have a head. Some snails are right-handed and some are left-handed, even though they do not have any hands. Slug larvae grow tiny shells but, when they change into adults, some kind of slugs and never grow back. Some kinds of sea slugs live for only a few weeks, but some bivalves live for more than 30 years. Some large bivalves dig burrows that are more deep than 3 feet. Some people like to eat land snails.

  • Julie says:

    Between the Tides
    by Fran Hodgkins

    Every day, twice a day, the tide comes in and goes out. Blue mussels close their shell tightly when the sea retreats. Out of the water, the nudibranch looks like nasty goo, but under water, it opens up and is very beautiful. A sea anemone pulls its tentacles inside when the tide goes out. Many other sea creatures use the ocean as a way of life. They use it fo food, oxygen, and some even use it to move.

  • Jade says:

    Sea Stars and Sea Urchins
    One kind of sea star has 40 arms. Some kinds of echinoderms live for less than 10 years, but others live for about 35 years. Echinoderm larvae float and swim near the surface of the sea, but the adults live on the sea floor.

  • Jade says:

    Starfish
    Starfish live in tide pools by the sea. The sunflower starfish is the biggest of all starfish. Starfish have feet but no toes. The basket starfish moves around with its rays. Tiny brittle stars are like a basket star. The mud star hides in the mud. The starfish has no eyes.

  • Julie says:

    A Place For Frogs
    by Melissa Stewart

    Frogs make our world a better place. As a frog grows, it goes through stages. First, they start out as eggs, then they change into tadpoles, then they grow legs but still have a tail, and then they finally lose the tail and lok like what we all now as frogs. When people start spraying dangersous chemicals it makes it hard for frogs to live. Some tadpoles that are harmed by chemicals farmers use to make crops bigger and stronger. Some frogs lay their eggs i shallow ponds, the eggs can be damaged by too much sunlight. Some tadpoles have trouble surviving when people add fish to lakes and ponds. Many frogs are dying from terrible disease caused by fungus. Frogs have lived on Earth for about 200 million years, and will continue to if we can find a way to make their life better.

  • Jade says:

    Turtles
    Like all reptiles turtles cannot regulate their body temperature. Worldwide there is more than 2 hundred species of turtles. Turtles are intelligent and always alert. Turtle have excellent eyesight.They can detect the slightest movement. They have a keen sense of smell. The alligator snapping turtle will lure its prey in it mouth with it s tiny pink tipped tongue. The painted turtle feeds on mayflies. Female sea turtles come to land only to lay her eggs. Male sea turtles never come ashore.

  • Julie says:

    Saving Water
    by Sharon Dalgleish

    We are connected tp everything in our world. We are connected in every way; what we eat, what we drink, and so on. The number of people on our planet is doubling every 40 years. Our water is getting contaminated more and more by the harsh chemicals people use and the waste we dump in the ocean every day. Soon, we won’t have enough clean drinking water. We need to conserve water as much as possible.

  • Jade says:

    Ocean Life
    Some crabs feed on the surface retreating to the safety of their burrows when the tide goes down. A starfish pulls apart the shell of a mussel. The ocean sunfish is the heaviest bony fish in the world. It can weigh up to 5,000 pounds. A dugout uses its tail and forelimbs to move about.

  • Julie says:

    Gone Fishing
    by David McLimans

    The ocean is a vast and diverse place. Once we thought that is was an endless resource, but today it is clear that the world’s oceans are in trouble. Over fishing, popullating, loss of habitat, and climate change have all contributed to this. There is a large diversity to sea life. Plastic kills up to 1 million seabirds every year. People slaughter up to 100 million sharks each year.

  • Julie says:

    Micheal Phelps
    by Jeffrey Zuehlke

    Olympic-sized pols are 50 meter long. Micheal Phelps competd for the 2008 Olympics. Micheal is the second person ever to win seven gold medals at one Olympic Games( another swimmer, Mark Spitz, was the first). Micheal Phelps was born on June 30, 1985.

  • Jade says:

    Blue Whales
    Sea Bass-The sea bass is long and thin with a pointed snout. Its shape helps it swim fast. The sea bass uses its tail to push itself through the water. It hunts other fish.
    Yellow tang-The yellow tang lives on coral reefs in warm water. It has 2 sharp spines near its tail. It lashes its tail side to side to cut its enemy’s flesh.
    Flatfish-The flatfish is called a top knot. Its fins are around the edge of its flat body. Its underside is pale, with rows of muscles.They help it swim.

  • Jade says:

    Sharks!
    Sharks live in all of earth’s oceans. They have been here for a long time. Shark were here before dinosaurs. When shark pups grow up, they are good predators. They have many ways to sense their prey. Long, spiky teeth are for catching. Flat teeth are for grinding. Serrated teeth are for ripping. When a great white bites its prey, its eyes rollback into its head for protection.

  • Jade says:

    All About Sharks
    Sharks have been swimming in the oceans for millions of year, and they haven’t changed much in all that time. Worldwide there is more than 250 species of sharks.

  • Jade says:

    Sea Horses
    Tough skin protects a sea horse from cuts and scrapes.Skin stretches tightly over a seahorses bony rings. The rings make the seahorses body look bumpy. A seahorse can wrap its tail around any small object. A sea horse swims by waving the small, thin fin on its back. The sea horse sinks when this small fin is not moving. The fins on a seahorses head are hard to see.

  • Jade says:

    Electric Eels
    Electric eels have long thin bodies. They are brown or olive with tan spots. Their undersides are usually lighter. Some electric eels have reddish undersides. Electric eels live in warm rivers in the Amazon region of south America. They often maybe found in shallow, muddy water. Electric eels eat meat. Their main food is fish. they also eat frogs, worms, insects, and other small animals.

  • Jade says:

    Florida Manatee
    Manatees are large swimming mammals. There are 4 different kinds of manatees. These kinds are the Amazonian, West Africa, Antillean, and Florida manatee. Amazonian manatees are the smallest. They grow as long as a soccer goal. Some manatees can grow to be as long as a minivan. manatees are dark gray and wrinkly with very little hair. They have a narrow tail that they use to swim. Manatees can hold their breath and stay underwater for at least 30 minutes.

  • Jade says:

    Fushigi Yugi 8
    Takkio helps Limbo grieve for the loss of a loved one-a loss she knows only too well. But now that the Qudong army knows how to fight celestial power, Takkio and the celestial warriors have no time to lose. As they prepare to rescue Teg, Limbo learns the truth about the prophecy: to summon Genbu, the priestess will have to sacrifice her life. Refusing to let another death happen, Limbo vows to send Takkio back to the safety of her own world…by any means necessary.

  • Jade says:

    Fushigi Yugi 9
    Back in her own world, Takkio tries to forget about “The Universe of the Four Gods”. determined to live the life of an ordinary girl in Tokyo in 1923, she returns to her father’s home and concentrates on being a loyal daughter- and, soon, a dutiful bride. But she can’t leave her other life behind. And she finds out that the illness that killed her mother was transmitted to her, so she is coughing up blood. And while Takkio struggles to cool her still-burning heart, the celestial warriors battle through a new ice age.

  • Jade says:

    Warm-Blooded Animals
    As a rule the hairs in a mammals coat are so arranged that they shed water downwards from its back and shoulders. since the days of the Incas of Peru chinchillas have been hunted for their soft fur.

  • Jade says:

    La Corda d’oro
    Kahoko is a normal student in the General Education department with no absolutely no musical skill, but all that changes when she catches a glimpse of an elusive fairy who lives on campus. The fairy grants Kahoko a magic violin, and before she knows it, she’s nominated to participate in the school’s music compitition with five very attractive boys.

  • Jade says:

    La Corda d’oro
    Kahoko may have a magic violin that gives her some technical ability, but the violins true magic is only unlocked when Kahoko “feels” the music, something she’s having trouble doing in the midst of all the new tension in her life. She’s supposed to be getting to know her fellow competitors, but the first stage of the compitition is coming soon, and she barley has time to pick her music, let alone make friends. And she is so drawn to her fellow Gen Ed student, Ryotaro.

  • Jade says:

    La Corda d’Orda 3
    The first round of the compitition is about to begin, and Kahoko’s accompanist reveals her plot to get Kahoko disqualified! Unsettled by this betrayal, Kahoko can’t enjoy the music, even when Ryotaro steps in as her new accompanist. Kahoko’s performance is mediocre, but Ryotaro finds himself added as a second-round contestant.

  • Jade says:

    Vampire Knights 2
    Outside the safe boundary of the academy, Yuki is attacked by a vampire. Injured and unable to defend herself, two Night Class students come to her aid and kill the vampire. Yuki asks them why they killed their own kind, and they tell her to come to the Moon Dormitory at midnight to learn the answer…

  • Jade says:

    Vampire Knights 3
    Kaname, the pureblood vampire, has kept to his room since learning of Yuki and Zero’s forbidden act. However, the arrival of Ichijo’s grandfather brings the entire Night Class together to greet one of the oldest vampires on the senate. Ichijo’s grandfather says he’s there merely to visit his grandson, but he’s out for Kaname’s blood.

  • Jade says:

    Vampires Knights 4
    Zero warns Yuki to stay away from Maria Kurenai, the new Night Class transfer student, although he won’t tell Yuki why. Kaname is also wary, and he sends Ichijo to watch Maria so she doesn’t start trouble. Who is this girl, and why does she have the entire Night Class on edge.

  • deion moss says:

    i watched BeKIND REWIND its about a 2 guys who have to make remakes of movies because 1 of them erased them because he was magnatized when trying to vandalize the power plant so they made remakes and every one loved them but they were eligale to make so they eventually got caught so they couldnt make no more so they came up with there own because it wAS LIGaLE AND THEY ALL WATCHED AND THE WHOLE TOWN DID TO THROGHt THE CURTaIN AND THEY LIKED IT. EASTGATE BRANCH

  • deion moss says:

    i watched toy story three its about andy going t collage and they get sent to day care by acedidnt and get beat up by the other toys but eventually get out and go back to andy then he gives them to a little girl named bony. eastgate branch

  • Alexi Rottmueller says:

    I read a book called Ramona and Beezus. It was about to sisters one older and one younger. Ramona is the younger one with a wild imagination and always getting in to trouble. Beezus is the one who has to put up with her, even though Beezus hates Ramona at times they are still sisters

    I go to the Union Township Library

  • Alexi Rottmueller says:

    I watched Elf the other day. It is about an orphan that crawled into santas sack and was adopted by an elf. He grew up quickly and toy making was not what he was good at so he was sent to New York City to find his father, but he was on the naughty list. Buddy went to New York met a girl, found his father and spread a lot of Christmas cheer.

    I go to Union Township Library

  • Jacob Woodward (Batavia) says:

    I watched a movie called Back to the Future. I have never seen this movie before but my mother told me it was really good. So I sat down and watched the movie with my mom… and I LOVED IT!!!! Everything about this movie is perfect the story and the characters. The person who stole the show was the character George Mcfly played by Crispin Glover. You might recognize him from movies like Epic Movie, Hot Tub Time Machine, and Willard. But back to the story. So the story is based on a teenager named Marty who is friends with a scientist named Doc. Well Doc made a time machine that could go to the future past and present. But something went wrong and Doc was murdered by terrorist… lucky Marty was able to escape but he went back in time to 1955. I’m not going to spoil anything but all I can say is that your in for a fun time. 5/5

  • Jacob Woodward (Batavia) says:

    ***WARNING***
    ***CONTAINS SPOILERS***

    A couple days ago I went to go see Cyrus with my mother. Cyrus is about a man name John who is divorced and is kind of lazy person. John is played by John C. Riley(Step Brothers, Chicago, and Boogie Nights). So one day John meets a girl named Molly. Molly is played by Marisa Tomei(In the bedroom, My Cousin Vinny, and Wild Hogs).They start hanging out with each other and John starts falling in love with her. So one night after they had dinner Molly said she had to go home so John was very suspicious of were see was going. So he followed her all the way home. The next day he was looking around her house an adult popped out of nowhere greeting him, John found out that Molly had a son named Cyrus. Cyrus is played by Jonah Hill(Superbad, Funny People, and Get Him to the Greek). So as the film goes on you start to learn that Cyrus is kind of a crazy person. Pretty soon John is hanging out with Molly and Cyrus. Johns starts feeling that Cyrus hates him. His ex wife Jamie played by Catherine Keener(Hamlet 2, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and The Soloist) is getting married to Tim played by Matt Walsh(The Hangover, Elf, and Road Trip) John invites Molly to the wedding and Molly invites Cyrus. John confronts Cyrus saying that it was a big day for his ex-wife. At the wedding Cyrus see’s that John loves Molly. Later while John was in the bathroom Cyrus confronts him saying you cant marry my mother and John found out that Cyrus was drunk so they break out into a fight. Molly gets upset that John was fighting with her son they take some time apart. Cyrus is finding out that he is growing apart from his mom after what happened and he doesn’t like it. John in the meantime is living in a one bedroom apartment. One day out of nowhere Cyrus shows up to Johns front door telling him get back with my mother John yells at him calling him means names. John steps outside to find Cyrus sitting on a step crying. They talk and he finds out that he just doesn’t want anyone else in his life. Cyrus asked John for a ride home and John agreed. The movie ends with Molly standing outside inviting John into her home. I would say to everyone see this movie it was a sad and sometimes funny movie. 4.5/5

  • Jacob Woodward (Batavia) says:

    I watched a movie recently call Diary of a Wimpy Kid and I have to say it was a fun family comedy movie. So as everyone should know by now there is a book called Diary of a Wimpy Kid written by: Jeff Kinney. I read the book in 8th and enjoyed it big time. I recommened this movie big time. Just remeber dont touch the cheese! 4/5

  • myra ( unon township) says:

    heres a acrostic poem

    maicall ball
    yelling at the crowed
    ranting chants
    ADDAICENT STARES AT AMAZMENDT

  • myra ( unon township) says:

    another peom
    myra missed musci
    monkey monkey
    moonind many mammals

  • myra ( unon township) says:

    the monkeyy jumps around
    just likr little clowns
    another peom

  • myra ( unon township) says:

    a limerick
    there oce was a younge women named mave,
    who oneced laided on a very dark cave.
    when the moring came
    it looked the same
    it was still dark
    and in my heart
    i knew i had to part

  • myra ( unon township) says:

    i watched scary movie 2 the other day its a great lol but not very scary i think its more funny that scary but its great to watch when u want a lol

  • myra ( unon township) says:

    i just got done reading a book called night rode its a great book its about friend ship how they all stick together and neve do anything about each other if one is having trouble they are there to help all ways

  • myra ( unon township) says:

    the other day i was watching the losers and it was a great funny movie to watch with friends and family it was graet they work as a team and never do anything with out each other now that great freidn ship

  • Kenleigh Howard says:

    This is a poem I wrote when I had a school assignment about the sunrise. Hope you enjoy!

    The sun is rising
    The moon fading and stars ceasing to exist
    Terrifying demons, chased away by the warming sky
    Nightmares ending
    Finding somewhere to hide
    To wait ‘till twilight comes
    So they can once again bestow fear on sleeping men
    The sun is rising
    Waking children rise from their beds
    To watch its beauty unfurl above the towering mountains
    And once again, reign over all the earth and its people
    The sun is rising
    Feel its scorching heat and tremble
    Dare to gape at the mighty blaze
    Hear the roaring inferno and be afraid
    But do not be
    For it gazes down in tender mercy
    Looking over all the nations
    Protecting its people from the horrifying demons
    And saving them from nightmares that haunt their dreams
    Do not be afraid
    Dawn is breaking
    Bringing you another day to live your life

    Union Township

  • Kenleigh Howard says:

    This is just a small token of gratitude for all of those who gave their life in the war.

    Who’s that heroic figure,
    I see standing through the dust,
    Fighting for our freedom,
    Doing what he must,
    In order for our country,
    The proud U.S. of A.,
    To once more stand proud,
    To fight another day.

    Who’s that brave soldier,
    I see fighting for the rights,
    Of people he might never know,
    Just knowing that it’s right,
    For everyone to have a chance,
    To do as they see best,
    Always knowing, though equal,
    He’s a cut above the rest.

    Who’s that fallen hero,
    I see lying on the ground,
    Still, though near death,
    Refusing to lie around.

    Who’s that crying mother,
    Remembering her son,
    The way he laughed and loved,
    Before the war begun.

    I guess what I am trying to say,
    Is “Thank You” to you, from me,
    For fighting for our freedom,
    Cause freedom don’t come free.

    Union Township

  • Kenleigh Howard says:

    To anyone who’s ever got their heart broken… here you go.

    Look me in the eyes,
    Tell me everything’s going to be okay,
    But it’s not… it’s not.
    Nothing’s okay anymore,
    Not now that’s it’s gone.
    That spark, your love.
    It’s left a hole where my heart used to be.
    Gaping, bleeding, torn.
    Nothing’s there anymore.
    I’m empty.
    Gone.

  • Glynis lonnemann says:

    I read vibes by kathleen ryan. I enjoyed it .

  • Kenleigh Howard says:

    Man of emotion, say no words.
    Scream until your voice gets heard.
    Lashing out, as only you know how,
    Hiding what’s really the reason.
    Not saying what you really want to say,
    hiding it inside till it all explODES! out someday
    WHAM! SMACK! here it comes, neverstop
    Unleashing a flood, endless, unceasing
    Tell us how you really feel
    Pull the plug.

    Union Township

  • Jacob Woodward (Batavia) says:

    So I watched Ferris Buellers Day Off yesterday with my mother. I’ve always loved this movie ever since I was a kid. This movie to me is what being a teenager is all about. You have days that you just act sick to stay home, you have friends that parents would kill them if anything happened to their property. One thing about the director John Hughes is that he understands teenagers and what they go through in high school. I say watch this movie it is my favorite John Hughes movie. 5/5

  • Mary Carson says:

    My Grandmother

    A Grandma
    generous, kind
    trying and fighting
    killer cancer,
    difficult fight

    I wrote this as a school assignment about my hero. my grandmother is the strongest person I know. She is 78 years old, had to have surgery, and went through six months of chemo. She fought hard and won!

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