Book Review by Codi (age 9)

Beatrice Zinker: Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes is an amazing book filled with surprises. No need to worry kids, they are not scary surprises. As Beatrice struggles to get her friend, Lenny, back to her normal self, another girl steps in to cause even more problems. I would say that this book is a ten out of ten! This book is a very a good way to learn about life and what to do when being rejected. Beatrice shows how to be a good, encouraging friend and include other people. I learned from Lenny what would happen if I did not treat people well or change the way I acted. Beatrice chooses that having friends and kind is more important than everyone being like her. The characters in this book give real life examples of how to be a inclusive friend. I was able to understand and put myself in the story. The story teaches us that many different struggles can occur in your life such as rejectment, sadness, and disobedience and so on. Although those things occur, the story shows how to handle those emotions. Around the same time I was reading this story, I was dealing with some rejection. I found the book very inspirational and right after I read it, I began looking for new friends! I highly recommend you read about Beatrice Zinker, because everyone needs to think upside down sometimes!

Field Trip Fun

Hi guys, 

School has started and it’s so much fun. I know that you’re having fun because I'm in the same studio with you. I also know that some of you parents are thinking “thank goodness” because now your kids are in school. Some of you guys are missing your kids, but don't worry, they are having fun; trust me, I know. We went on our first field trip, and it was really cool. First, we went to the Phoenix Library, we received our library cards, and checked out books. Then we went to the Phoenix Art Museum and saw really awesome sculptures and paintings. One of them was made from the wood of a burnt down church which was struck by lightning. It felt like l was in space watching asteroids travel. Before we saw the art, we ate lunch in the sculpture garden, and it was full of green grass and trees of all sizes. I am excited to share more with you as we go on our next field trip in a couple weeks! 

Kylie Brown

Bobo the Hippo (part one...)

Bobo part one...

Once there was a girl and her name was Kylie. She had a pet hippo and his name was Bobo. They played all the time but one day when Kylie was sleeping in, Bobo was outside washing off in the lake and all of the sudden he see’s something little moving in the distance. He was very curious so he started to move forward to the bushes. BAM!!! The tiny thing shot out of the bushes and tackled Bobo. Bobo suddenly realized it was a bunny bandit! They took Bobo away…! When Kylie woke up she wondered where Bobo went. She searched the hole town but couldn't find him. She got terribly worried. So she packed her stuff and set off for a hunt for Bobo. She crossed the grand canyon and swam across the great ocean all the way to china from Arizona. She found out where Bobo was because on the news he was sold to emperor of china, so she went to the kingdom of the emperor and talked to him. He agreed to let Bobo go and then he arrested the bunny bandits. When they got home everything was back to normal,  well that was what they thought…….



Hello from Kylie Brown!

Hi Everyone!!

My name is Kylie Brown, I'm 11 years old, and going to ACTON Academy.

This summer has been a busy, fun, and an exciting time for me! I've been to California, Oregon, and am actually writing this from Idaho!! I will get back just in time for school to start. 

I know summer is coming to an end and you are probably NOT excited about that but you should!!  School is going to be awesome this year. At Acton, we will be able to learn at our own pace and have fun. I am excited to be able to move around instead of sitting in desks!! My favorite part is that we will all be learning through experience in groups.

I wanted to go to Acton to learn in a different way because at my old school I would have to learn how my teacher thought was best and I feel that the best way for me to learn is with little help so I can figure things out on my own. I think I can improve and you can improve too! This is going to be an an amazing year and I'm exited to share it with you. 

- Kylie Brown



  • Anatomy of the Soul: Curt Thompson, M.D.
  • I Am the Messenger: Markus Zusak
  • How We Got to Now: Steven Johnson
  • Searching for Sunday: Rachel Held Evans
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: Ransom Riggs
  • Teaching and Christian Practices - Reshaping Faith & Learning: David I. Smith, James K.A Smith
  • You Can Change: Tim Chester
  • Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance: Angela Duckworth


  • Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance: Angela Duckworth
  • Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration: Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace
  • Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown: Eric Blehm 
  • What's Best Next: Matthew Perman


  • Nurture Shock: Po Bronson
  • The Gift of Imperfection: Brene Brown
  • The One World School House: Salman Khan
  • Mindset: Carol S. Dweck
  • Daring Greatly: Brene Brown
  • Unschooling Rules: Clark Aldrich
  • Your Three Year Old: Louise Bates Ames, Ph.D. (Each book for each age)
  • The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family: Patrick Lencioni
  • A Thomas Jefferson Education: Oliver DeMille
  • The Talent Code: Daniel Coyle
  • Choice Words: Peter H. Johnston
  • The Price of Privilege: Madeline Levine, Ph.D.
  • Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius: Angeline Stoll Lillard
  • 10 Conversations You Need to Have With Your Children: Shmuley Boteach
  • An Ethic of Excellence: Ron Berger
  • The E-Myth Manager: Michael E. Gerber
  • The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got that Way: Amanda Ripley
  • Mastery: The Keys to Success And Long-Term Fulfillment: George Leonard
  • 2002 Ways to Show Your Kids You Love Them: Cyndi Haynes
  • Free Range Kids: Lenore Skenazy
  • Influencer: Kerry Patterson
  • Crucial Conversations: Kerry Patterson
  • The Dream Manager: Matthew Kelly