More United Nation Steam Men

Hello Readers,

You may have noticed that we have been talking about Alan Gratz’s latest Steam Punk story, The Dragon Lantern, and a few lads really got into our latest reading challenge dealing with the United Nation Steam Men.

Take a look at the following videos as Aiden and Sean talk you through Thor mark IV and Leland no. 3.

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What would you put in a ten story walking troop carrier?  Would you like to be crew member on a giant walking military craft?

Hit that comment button and let us know.

Read on,

Mr. H

United Nation Steam Men

Hello Readers,

The 7th/8th Grade chapter of SMS Guys Read have talking about The Dragon Lantern by Alan Gratz.  This is the second book in his League of Seven world and is just plain made out of awesome.

One of the biggest, and we do mean biggest, additions to the steampunk world Gratz builds are the United Nation Steam men.  They are described as being 10 stories of gleaming brass, filled with a full crew of United Nation soldiers.  I imagine them to work somewhat like a vertical, walking submarine.

Well we loved the idea of huge steam powered men and wanted to do a reading challenge that would have us creating steam men of our own.

So we pulled out huge lengths of butcher paper and traced ourselves.  Then we added all the important cogs and interiors.

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Now Aiden, a member in good standing, was so taken with this steam man idea that he went home and designed a smaller, but more detailed version of his Colossus.

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What do you think of our giant steam men? Hit than comment button and tell us how we are doing.

Read on,

Mr. H

A Letter To Mr. Alan Gratz

Dear Mr. Gratz

Hi.

I like your book. Well, that’s a lie. I love your book. This is The Dragon Lantern I’m talking about, by the way. It’s actually, to me, better than The League of Seven. In case you’re wondering, I read the advanced reader copy that you sent to the advisor of the SMS Guys Read club, BTW he is really awesome and in no way edited this letter before publishing it. He let me read it, and if I had been allowed to bring the book home, I would be finished within a day. Now, I know you’re busy, and I’m not a professional reviewer, but I’m going to give it a shot.

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The Dragon Lantern is an exceptional story. I was genuinely interested in the characters, more so than I was in The League of Seven. Never since the original Spider-man comics have heroes shown such emotion, such potential. The conspiracy of Archie’s identity, Hachi’s  backstory, and the zombi soldiers pulled me in, but the Mangleborn, FreeToks,  and dragon lantern’s horrible powers sealed the deal. From Cahokia in the Clouds to the moving city of Cheyenne, this story showed an exceptional plot. I even almost cried a little! I only know the first chapter of The Monster War, but I’m hooked. I can’t wait to hear the ending. Really. I can’t. Please finish it soon!

From a fan,

Matt Y

A member in good standing of SMS Guys Read

Canopic Jars

Hello Readers,

Here is a little update on our Tombquest inspired mummy, Mr. Frank.

When we first buried Frank in the natron solution he weighed 53.5 grams.  After two weeks in the salt and baking soda mixture he now weighs 34.5 grams.

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As you can see he has also curled a bit, but that could be from how he was laying in the natron.

Today we decided to go a bit backwards and remove some internal organs from Frank, mainly to see if puncturing Frank’s skin would change his mummification process.  So we cut a few chunks out Frank and put them in Canopic Jars.

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Check back next week as we check Frank and see if his wounds change his mummification any.

Read on,

Mr. H

Tombquest Update: We Reveal Our Mummy

Hello Readers,

Last week we decided it was high time we got into this mummification game and decided to mummify a Ball Park Frank.

If you have ever wondered what a hot dog that has been buried in a natron like solution looks and smells like, take a look…

We continue reading Tombquest Book #1: Book of the Dead next week and might even create some gross hyena heads.

Check back in and see what we get up to.

Read on,
Mr. H

Tombquest Updates

Hello Readers,

Our 6th Grade Chapter is diving into Tombquest Book #1: Book of the Dead by Michael Northop and we have some exciting news.

First, we are well into making our own amulets based on the scarab Alex’s mom wears in the story.  You can see in the picture that we are using modeling clay to design our prototype amulets, which we will then hand off to our design teacher who has agreed to scan them into the schools’ 3-D Printer and print them!

Amulet Prototypes

Amulet Prototypes

When we designed our amulets we used Mr. Northrop’s post on the Scholastic’s Tombquest forum as a guide.  Basically our guys looked for an Egyptian God that interested them.  They then designed the amulet’s shape and wrote about the powers the god granted the owner of the amulet.

They go to the printer on Friday, so check back in next week to see some final amulets.

Second, we just got this book in the mail yesterday.

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You can only imagine what we are planning next.  That’s right, if my guys can remember this Friday we will be mummifying a formally living object.

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What will happen to a hot dog when you mummify it?  SMS Guys Read is about to find out.

Check back soon for updates.

Read on,

Mr. H

May The 4th Be With You

Hello Readers,

A very Happy Star Wars Day to you all from SMS Guys Read.

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Read On,

Mr. H (Jedi Master)