Monday, March 22, 2010
The Mysterious Benedict Society By Trenton Lee Stewart is a tale that involves the smartest of them all. Meet Reynie Muldoon. He is the type of kid that has a brain for solving puzzles and who also is an orphan. Meet Kate Wetherall. She is the acrobatic type of person ever since she joined the circus after her dad left her. Meet Sticky Washington (aka. George). You may be wondering why his name is called Sticky. Well here's why. Any time Sticky reads a book, every little piece of knowledge just seems to stick in his head. He soon ran away from his parents after they put way too much pressure on him. Meet Constance Contraire. She is a little stubborn kid who also is an orphan. As you can see they all are orphans who passed Mr. Benedict's tests. Now they are all on a secret mission to try and find out who is making all of these secret messages in the news broadcasts. It is now up to the Mysterious Benedict Society to crack this code and save the world from danger. I enjoyed this very well written book. I loved the way everything just sort of flows together. When you see these kids journeys through this dangerous mission, it is interesting to see how each and everyone's gift applies in some way. I am so grateful for my friend for suggesting this book to me. I absolutley loved it and I hope you like this adventerous, mystery like book. Enjoy!!!!!
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Tuesday, March 9, 2010
If a Tree Fell During Lunch Period by Gennifer Choldenko is a story taking place in a middle school setting. This book is written in two different peoples perspectives named Walk and Kirsten. Kirsten is overweight, not exactly what you would call popular, and what she thinks she is, stupid. Kirsten's parents fight so much and sometimes it gets so out of hand no one can even stay in the same room. Her sister Kippy is a math wiz and loves science. She always reads books and never watches T.V. Walk is black, has no dad, and has been transfered to Mountain because of a scholarship he got. His mom is named Sylvia is a mother who misses her ex-husband and has decided to have a family of her own after he left. When Kirsten and Walk meet, it is not exactly what you would call two magnets sticking together. When Kirsten over hears her mom and dad fighting about her dad having a son, she starts to develop ideas. Will these two seventh graders ever have a normal life again? This book is really interesting because it talks all about fitting in and how sometimes the nicest popular people can also cause a heck of a lot of trouble. And when it comes to Walk's case, just because he is black doesn't mean that everyone can treat him like he is garbage. But this all gets so complicated when the secret creeps into their lives.
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Saturday, March 6, 2010
The Twilight Prisoner by Katherine Marsh, is the sequel to The Night Tourist. Jack is back and has now settled into his new life in New York. He is on the Latin Club and has two friends named Cora and Austin. When Jack decides to ask Cora and Austin to hang out, he takes them to a passage way under ground. They meet up with Euri and find out that they may never be able to get out. With Cora's mom sick and Austin on the loose how will these friends find a way to get out. This book is full of surprises that will make you think differently about many of the charaters. This book to me wasn't as good as the first but defineltly complimented the first book very well. With all of the different surprises that make you want to jump out of your seat, it gave the book some seasoning making the whole meal taste even better. Jack also grows so much as a person. He becomes some one totally different by coming out of his shel and taking more risks. This book is interesting and I hope you will enjoy it too.
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Wednesday, March 3, 2010
The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh, is a tale about a boy named Jack. He is a high school boy who also helps his dad at a university. When Jack wanders into a street and gets hit by a car, he is put into a hospital. After he is discharged he meets a doctor who wants to tell him something but doesn't until later. Jack then goes and does a little sight seeing in New York and meets her. He meets Euri, a girl with some huge secrets. Soon enough he realizes that she is a ghost. He asks her to help him find his mom who died after getting hit by a platform. Soon enough this journey becomes a journey through time uncovering secrets that Jack never knew about his family. What really happened to his mom? This book was recommended by my old librarian at my old school. He said that this book was really good and that I should give it a try. It was amazing. Very interesting and it kept me on the edge of my seat. This book contains secrets and surprises that will give you trickles down your spine.
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The Holocaust. The most harsh, cruel time for world. Helmuth struggles with in this tragic situation. Helmuth is a young German kid who used to believe that Hitler was the best. He wanted to be just like Hitler. He cared so much Germany and felt the need to serve as a solider when he got older. But now time has passed and all he wants to do is scream at Hitler. Helmuth decides to do what is against the law. He listens to BBC, the British radio and proves that RRG, the German radio, is all lies. Then he decides to do the most boldest act of all. Post leaflets about Hitler and his terrible leadership and his inhumane acts. Will this take him to a victory, or to jail? This book is actually based on a real story about a Hitler Youth. Some people may find it boring but you can't judge a book by it's cover. And that is exactly what I thought at first. But once I really got into the book, it started to talk to me. I started to get this connection with the character and I started to feel what he felt. I started to finally understand the hardships of not only the Jews, but also the Germans. I thought that this heart warming story will warm the hearts of so many more. Helmuth was the boy who dared to go against the entire Nazi people and Hitler. The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti. is a story you will never forget.
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Monday, March 1, 2010
Have you ever woken and seen that you weren't there. I mean you look in the mirror and your aren't there. Like you're invisible. Yeah you say it can't happen, but it can. It happened to Bobby Phillips. Meet Bobby Phillips, a fifteen year old kid living in Chicago , IL. He has a dad who can only talk in theories for everything and his mom is a literature freak. But then came a situation who really can not fix. It all started after the shower. He woke up and wiped the fog off the mirror and he wasn't there. He kept looking and he realized that it was what wasn't what he saw in the mirror. He wasn't there. One accidental mistake and Bobby's whole life was turned upside down. His parents couldn't believe it. They let him stay home from school that first day and that's when he meets Alicia. Alicia is blind. She has a keen sense of smell, taste, and touch and soon enough, Bobby and Alicia become friends. When Alicia realizes that he is invisible, Alicia wants to help him. Soon enough, the police are involved. How far will Bobby and Bobby's friends and family go to solve this problem? At first when you read this it sounds really stupid, but in the end this book is actually about friendships and how even though people are totally different, you can still have a friendship and I think that that is what counts in the end. So if you ever get a chance try Things Not Seen, by Andrew Clements. You may never know it might just change your perspective of things.
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An Interview with Andrew Clements