Late Summer and Fall Cruise(乘船游览)Deals for Families
Spending a week or so at sea，hopping from one foreign island to another，is a fantastic way to leave your cares behind and just focus on relaxing and spending quality time with the family．If you and the kids are expecting a different type of holiday，a cruise might be what you’re looking for．
These completely packaged cruises arc available for September，October and December sailings，so chat with a travel expect and book now！
8-Night Caribbean Vacation
What：For an after-holiday cruise，a 7-night Caribbean cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis(绿洲)of the Seas on December 26 might be the way to go，with rates that start at$1799 per person．
What’s Included：This package includes a 7-night cruise，a 1-night hotel stay in Fort Lauderdale，and transfers to ship．
9-Night Hawaii Vacation
What：Sail aboard Norwegian’s Pride of America to Hawaii and discover its heritage and history with this 9-night package that start at$1755 per person for the October 24 sailing．
What’s Included：The package includes a 7-night cruise，a 2-night hotel stay in Honolulu，a 2-night car rental，and ship and airport transfers．
10-Night Alaska Cruise Tour
What：Aboard NCL’s Norwegian Sun，see glaciers，icebergs，whales and quiet Alaskan fishing towns on September 7just before summer officially ends．Rates start at$1614 per person．
What’s Included：This summer package includes a 7-night cruise,a3-night cruise tour, and transfers to the ship．
8-Night Alaska Vacation
What：Take a 7-night Alaskan cruise with‘the kids aboard NCL’s Norwegian Jewe1 on September 12，with money-saving rates that start at $1092 per person．
What’s Included：The package includes a 7-night cruise．a 1-night hotel room near the Seattle．Tacoma International Airport，and transfers to your hotel and ship．
21．Which is proper for a family who want to have a Vacation in October?
22．How much should one at least pay to enjoy the Alaskan fishing towns?
23．One who has a tight budget but wants to spend a few days at sea might choose____.
Jeff Kinney is the author of the best-selling book series，Diary of a Wimpy Kid. With 10 separate titles to date，the series tells the story of a“middle schoo1 weakling(懦弱者)”named Greg Heffley as he figures out how to navigate his way through adolescence.
First published in 2007，the series has since earned two Children's Choice Book Awards and five Nickelodeon Kid’s choice Awards．Kinney was named one of TIME magazine’s most influential people in 2009．There are currently more than 2 million copies of the series in print and Kinney's books have been on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 400 weeks in total．
Kinney released Diary of a Wimpy Kid ：Old School，the 10th book in the series， on November 3．In the book，Greg and his family decide to ditch modern technology，but Greg has a hard time going screen-free．“This is my 10th book．”Kinney said，“I figured it was a good time to go back to basics．Come back to the start．Greg is starting his first day of middle school in this book．
Kinney was born in 1971.As a student at the University of Maryland，Kinney became interested in drawing cartoons and ran a comic strip(连载漫画)in the campus newspaper．“I always wanted to be a newspaper cartoonist，”said Kinney.“It became obvious to me that I wasn’t good enough to break into newspapers．Then I finally came up with this idea where I started drawing as a kid．I was pretending I was a kid in my cartoons and that’s how I came up with the idea for Greg Heffley and Diary of a Wimpy Kid．”
Though Kinney made the transition from comics to books，all of his books include illustrations he draws in a newspaper comic style．
For his continued efforts to teach kids a lifelong love of books and reading，Jeff Kinney is a nominee(提名)for TFK’s 2015 Person of the Year．
24．What can we learn about Diary of a Wimpy Kid ?．
25．What does the underlined word“ditch”in Paragraph 3 probably mean?
26．Which of the following best describes Kinney according to Paragraph 4？
27．Why does Kinney win the nominee for TFK’s 2015 person of the Year?
Good computer skills are desirable in today’s digital age，and playing computer games can help children practice those skills—as long as they don’t overdo it．scientists warn．A British study found that those who played computer games less than once a week achieved better grades at school than ones who played them twice a day or more often．The study also found that daily use of social media did not affect school performance．
“It was clear that social media didn’t have any impact．I think that’s more because social media is part of every child’s life．It’s the way they communicate．It’s the way they keep in touch with their friends，”said Celine McStravick of the National Children’s Bureau Northern Ireland．
Parents increasingly complain of having difficulty getting their children away from computer games．Some even seek help for their teenagers who they say are addicted to them．The study did not look into addiction，but suggested computer games can cause children to stay up late in the evenings，making them tired and less able to focus at school the next day．
Mark Starkey，the owner of the Heart of Gaming computer game outlet(批发商)in London，said there is also the difference between older games and the new ones．
“The ability to make games a lot more bigger，a lot more detailed，a lot more complex is here now．It's going to hold their attention longer．‘Oh my god，I have to see what happens next’etc．However，the old games challenge more your hand-eye coordination(协调)，your speed，your timing，your reactions，rather than your imagination，”said Starkey．
The games industry has long claimed there is no proven link between games and addiction．But the new study says additional research is needed to establish the effect of computer game- playing on performance at schoo1．
28．We can learn from the passage that_____.
29．What’s Celine’s attitudes towards the use of social media?
30．In which way do the old computer games benefit you?
31．What can we infer from the passage?
The U．K．based company，Gumdrop Ltd，has come up with a brilliant idea that enables easy disposal(处理)of chewed gum using specialized recycling bins．Passersby can simply put any unwanted chewing gum into the bright pink receptacles(容器)that have been installed across the city of London．Once full，they are mailed to Gumdrop headquarters where the gum is recycled to other useful things like rubber boots and phone cases as well．
Though the pink bins clearly indicate that they are meant for gum recycling，there is always the risk that people will use them to get rid of all kinds of waste．To ensure that it is just gum that gets recycled，the company has developed a special system that extracts(提取)any foreign items that have been mixed in．
Anna Bullus，who founded the company in 2009，says she was inspired to create the clever receptacles after observing the sticky mess caused by gum waste on the streets of London .To test if people would be willing to dispose of gum responsibly，she set up two bins inside a men’s restroom at Southampton Airport．It was extremely successful! Bullus says they had to pick up the full receptacles five times a year，which cost the company$300 USD．
While the test convinced Bullus that she was on the right track，it took another three years before the pink receptacles were adopted by Legoland outside of London．Their success has led to the rapid deployment of the bright pink bins in the country’s streets，offices and even schools．
Bullus now hopes to take her Gumdrops to countries around the world．Among the top on her list is the U．S．A where an estimated 59％of the population chews gum! The company has also introduced Gumdrop On-the-Go—a personal recycling device that can be attached to key chains enables consumers to get rid of gum waste in a responsible manner．
32．Why is Gumdrop Ltd’s gum recycling idea brilliant?
33．By what test did Bullus know her idea was practical?
34．Bullus’s success“has led to the rapid deployment”means that their bright pink receptacles
35．We can learn from the passage that__________．
99.Time is something that we all are taking for granted these days．We spend hours watching TV or playing mobile games，thinking that this is just normal． 36 It is hours of our lives that we can never get back．Every second is valuable and we should rethink of ways of spending our time．
Firstly，spend time in doing things that really matter．Spend time with your family and friends．Enjoy a nice hot meal and eat it slowly．Give yourself time to play and spend enough time in sleeping． 37 But the truth is the little things matter most in life．
Secondly，you have to know what is done cannot be undone．Do not allow your mind to stay in the past．38 You have to keep your eyes and ears open to the new opportunity．It may not be an opportunity like an immediate get-rich chance，but it may be an opportunity for new experiences．
Then，do your best in every task as if the world will end tomorrow．If you have only one chance to do something for someone，why not do it to the best of your ability? 39 You will take pride in your work because you’ve done your best．Trust me，quality efforts will be rewarded in time．
Lastly，every moment you spend in doing things is the time taken from your life．Don’t waste your time away working day and night just for money． 40 The value of your time is measured by how you spend it and whom you choose to spend it with．
A．That is not your life’s worth．
B．Every day is a new adventure．
C．Little things like this may seem meaningless．
D．You will get whatever you want from working．
E．I find this a waste of time．
F．It should not matter whether you are being rewarded or not．
G．Spend more time on the important tasks instead of time-wasters．
98.I run a community kitchen so you can well imagine I often go shopping in the grocery store．And most of my shopping 61 (do)early morning before I go to work．
One Wednesday morning I noticed a lot of good 62 (sale)were going on，so I decided to buy quite a few items to take advantage of the savings．The next day I visited 63 same store in the afternoon．When I got to the cashier，she turned out 64 (be)a local college student that I knew.
After she added．my groceries and I paid her，my change was$10.48．I told her to keep it as I knew she was having a 65 (hard) time than ever before．Then I 66 (sudden)heard my name being called by the lady in customer service，67 (tell)me to come to her window for a moment．
I went over and she handed me$17.13．She told me that on Wednesday when I 68 (purchase)some sale items I was not charged the sale price and she was refunding me the amount 69 I overpaid．
Even though it was my own money．I was given a chance to see how the cashier and others felt when it happened to them．Wow! What a feeling! A feeling that I will share 70 many others．
When I was a teenager，I dreamed of becoming a writer．However，when I told my friend about my dream，most of them laughed on me，telling me it was out of my reach．I was real upset after I heard those words．But I choose to believe in myself．I didn’t give up it and kept writing．I knew it was difficult on a way to success，and I never gave up．I'm a best-selling writer now．I want to suggest those which have dreams believe in them．As long you don’t give up，your dream will，come true one day．
I was on my way home when a man came up to me excited，yelling：“Gil! Gil Gadson!”I said“yes，”to which he grabbed me in a bear hug．He stepped back and saw the look of on my face．He continued to how he knew me．
You see，I work in the of mental health and substance(药物)abuse and often speak at places．He said that at one such place．I had given a speech about the of gratitude(感激) and that it had changed his life．He said we had even for a while after my speech and that my words had made him re-evaluate everything in his ．He continued by sharing that he started the things he had，stopped feeling sorry for himself and had become in his life and for others．
He that he had made apologies to those he had and opened his eyes to all who had always showed him kindness， and love．He then hugged me again very and with tears in his eyes said that I had his life and he’d be forever grateful．We exchanged and information and then he was gone-promising to in touch with me．I did not remember this man I will definitely call him．
I tell this story because when talking about ，it often happens from complete who kindly validate(验证)our very existence with just a few words．I believe that the power in kindness and love sent him to the sadness and replace it with confidence，optimism，belief and faith．．．and it did !