Novel Study


Dear Isabella,

I just finished reading a novel called Ortega. It is the best book I have ever read. I think you would really enjoy the book. The book is about a gorilla. His name is Ortega. I will write a mini book review for you. When Ortega was a baby he was taken from his mum by scientists. They taught how to read, write and talk. Now Ortega is getting older and they want him to start going to school. Ortega doesn’t want to go to school because he is scared that nobody will like him. Ortega tries to bring his stuffed bear Mr. Doodles to school with him. At school there is a popular group of boys that Ortega wants to be in. He asks the group of boys if he can be in their group. The boys say he has to pull a prank at school if he wants to be in the group. Ortega says that he will. The boys tell him to go sneak up behind the janitor and roar really loud at her. At fist Ortega isn’t sure if he should because he might get in trouble from Dr.Susan. Later in the novel Ortega starts to forget parts of his childhood with the help of Ortega’s new friends and the scientist that captured him when he was a baby will Ortega be able to recover or will he forget the rest of his childhood?

There are probably some libraries near you with the book. My librarian recommended it to me. If you don’t like the book you should recommend it to some of your friend’s maybe. The book costs around $20.00. You should probably rent it before you by it just in case you don’t like because that would be a waste of $20.00. I really hope you enjoy the book.

Sincerely, your friend Miranda


Ortega (Novel Study)

Cat, Fat – when Ortega was at school he saw a fat cat outside on the playground.

Best, Test – Ortega didn’t do the best on his Math test yesterday.

Started, Farted when the race started Ortega arm pit farted.

Yummy,Tummy – The chocolate bar was yummy in Dr. Susan’s tummy.

Dr. Phil, Pill – Dr. Phil gave Ortega a tiny little pill.

School, Pool – While Ortega was at the pool his friends were all in school.

Game, Blame – Ortega tried to blame his best friend for breaking his new board game.

Hoot, Boot – He heard the owl hoot while Ortega was trying to put on a boot.

Thought, Caught – Ortega  thought Mr. Doodles caught a fish.

Taught, Hot – In school Ortega was taught the sun is super hot.


     Timothy thinks that Stew cat is an evil jumbi. He thinks that Stew cat is bad luck and has a spirit in him. He tries to get rid of the spirit by taking the cat off the island. While Stew cat is away Timothy does voodoo. Timothy carves a sculpture of stew cat out of drift wood then he thought it into the hot camp fire. Now Timothy thinks that they won’t have bad luck anymore.

Facts about voodoo

     There is voodoo in countries such as Africa, Haiti, Cuba,  Jamaica, and possibly England. Each of these countries do a private voodoo in the comfort of their own homes.

     Did you know that a voodoo doll can heal, curse, bring fortune to people, and change behavior. Some people in countries that have voodoo believe that if they take a voodoo doll and address the doll to particular person they can make them do what ever they want them to do.

     People started calling voodoo African based when  Africa started doing voodoo. The first time that voodoo got emerged was in the sixteen hundreds were it got among enslaved Africans in Santo Domingo Wich ended up being the republic of Haiti in 1804.