Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Keys to the Kingdom Lord Sunday written by Garth Nix: Review by Tim F.

This is the final battle of Arther's army. He has been sent into the incomparable gardens with Superior Saturday in an assault ram of nothing (a thing that is inky black and destroys everything and makes up everything). He was being watched by Lord Sunday who was in the form of a gardener. Arthur was ambushed and his signs of power or keys of power were taken from him. He was taken on a giant dragonfly and was bound to a clock that has a trap door in it that contains puppets that rip your eyes out. Luckily he is not mortal any more so his eyes will grow back. What is he going to do? He had a elephant that was a stuffed animal. He made it into a nithling (a monster that is completely made of nothing). Will he get the key from Sunday or will he die first? Will he get destroyed or will he live? Read the book to find out!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Groosham Grange

Groosham Grange By Anthony Horowitz Review BY Olivia K

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to get expelled from your school, have abusive parents AND to not be loved at all? Well you can ask David Elliot and he will know. David lives in England and goes to a fancy private school that of course he gets kicked out of! His father hearing this goes to stab him, but his mom jumps in front of David and gets stabbed instead . They act like it never happened. The next morning David receives a mysterious letter of acceptance to a boarding school and they only have a 30 minute deadline to reply. The school is in an ancient castle complete with its own graveyard and a thick forest. Did I mention it is on an isolated island that is unheard of even by the locals? When David gets there he has to write his name in his own blood. The teachers and the students all have something to hide. Slowly, even his two friends are falling under the inviting spell of Groosham Grange and remember wrong is right, and right is wrong. Once you are in, there is no turning back.

I loved the book Groosham Grange. It was full of some disturbing images that will never leave my mind, as well as laughs and some surprises. The genre is fantasy and horror. I would recommend it for people that love adventure and horror. All I know is I only wish I was the 7th daughter of the 7th daughter so Icould get accepted into Groosham Grange.. Why would I, you are asking? You will just have to read it to find out.

The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan: Review by Sara K.

As some of you might know, The Titan's Curse is the third book of the series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians. This book is about, Percy's 8 grade year when Grover, the satyr which is half human and half goat, called them for an emergency. The main characters in this book are Percy Jackson,Annebeth,grover,The hunters,and the gods. The main plot about this was that there was an emergency call from grover, because he just recovered 2 half-bloods. Half-bloods are sons and daughters of the gods, so they are half human and half gods. Percy's father is Poseidon. Luke, Percy's worst enemy is against him, he serves the great Titan Kronos. He is the olympians father. And percy and his friends are afraid that he will rise back and destroy olympus. This book is has action,mitholygy,comedy, and a little bit of romance. For readers who have read the Harry Potter series, I think you will enjoy reading this book. I hope you enjoy this book as I enjoyed it. Bye, Sara.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Pendragon the pilgrims of rain by D.J.Machale

The book I read is about a boy named Bobby Pendragon and he had to protect the island he lives on called Ibara. He had to protect it from the rest of the Veloxx, like the fighters and Dados. Dados are mechanical robots from another world that Saint Dane the villain of the book brought. Before that Bobby almost died from the Quigs that attacked him when he came to the island. Also it is said that this world had two turning points. That mean that Saint Dane once ruled it, but some people escaped. Those who did are the people who live on this island or colony built by them. So that is when Bobby joined up with these people who were kids and thieves but weren't bad people. So he and these kids hijack a ship from the tribunal who is the leader of the village. So then they take the ship to a city called Rubic City. There they meet fighters which I mentioned before. They were the ones who Bobby had to protect the Island from. Then he meets up with some travelers who are on his side and with thier help and his friends (the thieves) they are able to take down that fighters. After that they take down Saint Dane, but Saint Dane didn't die because he is immortal. That is part of this book. Read it to find out what Bobby does and what happens at the end.

Reviewed by: Ricky P.

The BFG by Roald Dahl

For my 4th quarter blog post, I read The BFG by Roald Dahl. This book is total classic with lots of magic and wonders. It all starts with Sophie. Sophie, is an orphan. She live an orphanage called, The Clonkers House for girls. One night, Sophie can't sleep. Instead of trying to fall asleep, she goes over an peeks out of her window. Now Sophie doesn't know this, but, she is in a time called the witching hour. The witching hour is a time when all of the dark things crawl out of their caves or holes and have the world to themselves. So, while Sophie is looking out her window, she sees something tall and black. It was very tall, and very black. Suddenly, the giant swivels its huge head towards Sophie. Terrified, Sophie jumps back into her bed and hides under the covers. She doesn't hear anything for a moment. So Sophie peeks over the covers. And she sees a giant hand coming toward her! It swoops her up and carries her off.

If you want to know what happens in the rest of the book, you have to read it to find out. I will tell you a tiny bit. The BFG at 24 feet tall, is the smallest of the nine existent giants. Once again, the BFG is a mystical and magical book full of myteries and marvels. That is what I read for this quarter.

The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan. Review by Tommy H.

This quarter I read Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. This was one of the best books I've ever read, and definitely my favorite. I liked it so much that on some nights I would stay up almost all night just to read it. It is a very adventurous and treacherous story filled with monsters and gods and at least one battle or dangerous predicament in every chapter. I'd recommend it to almost anyone because pretty sure you'll like it just as much as I did, but you have to pay very close attention to every little detail because odds are it will connect with something later in the book.

The story is about a boy in sixth grade named Perseus Jackson, but most people call him Percy. He is a trouble child, and he is dyslexic. One day when he is on a field trip to a museum something happens that changes his life forever. When he is getting into trouble with Nancy Bobofit he gets called aside by his least favorite teacher Ms.Dodds. When he gets there his teacher isn't there. Instead there is a strange bird creature with a beak and talons, and as it attacks his favorite teacher Mr.Brunner (who is in a wheelchair) throws him a pen and tells him to uncap it. He does and it turns into a sword wich he uses to vanquish Ms.Dodds. His teacher is a monster. When he gets outside nobody knows what he is talking about when he mentions Ms.Dodds including his best friend Grover. Grover is a small boy the same age as Percy, but he has a beard on his chin. And he has to walk around with crutches because he is crippled. Or is he? Eventually he finds out he is the son of the sea god Poseidon, and that Grover and Mr.Brunner aren't crippled, they are just magical creatures hiding their real form. Then he is accused of stealing Zeus' lightning bolt. And that sends him on a treacherous mission to find the lightning bolt and prevent the gods from starting world war III. And you'll find that an unexpected thief stole the bolt.

As I said I really liked this book and recomend it to anyone looking for a top notch 5 star book. And right now I'm finishing the second book "The Sea of Monsters" and it's another great book by Rick Riordan that I recomend you read too. Also be sure you see the movie too. Although it's not as good as the book, it's still a really enjoyable and fun movie to see.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling: Review by Chloe M.

In the world of Harry Potter, nothing is really as it seems.

The story of Harry Potter starts out when Harry is ten years old, and living with his uncle Vernon Dursley, his aunt Petunia Dursley, and his cousin Dudley Dursley, who is Harry's age. Harry's room is a cupboard under the stairs, and is no bigger than a closet. The Dursleys try to ignore the fact that Harry even lives with him, and when he is around they make him as miserable as possible. Harry is absolutely miserable, and he wishes that he could be whisked away by someone and never have to live with the Dursleys again.

Over his life, Harry has been through some very strange incidents. There was one time when he was running away from Dudley and his gang (Dudley is Harry's worst enemy and the biggest bully) at school and somehow he ended up on the school roof! There was also another time when he changed his teachers wig blue. And his most recent event was when he was at the zoo with the Dursleys and in a reptile house, the glass wall between a giant snake and the rest of the zoo customers vanished, and the snake escaped! All of his strange doings, however, had resulted in a harsh punishment in his cupboard. Harry doesn't know much about his life, except for the fact that his parents were killed in a car accident and he had survived, with only a scar on his forehead when he was a baby. Harry's aunt Petunia loathes Harry and especially her no good sister who is Harry's dead mother.

One ordinary morning, over the summer holidays, Harry is forced to get the mail. On one letter it says "To Mr. H. Potter, The Cupboard under the Stairs, Four Privet Drive...". Harry couldn't believe his eyes! Someone had actually written a letter to him! He had no friends, relatives, or belonged to and secret clubs, so why should he be getting a letter? He showed the letter to Uncle Vernon, who turned purple, and gasped. Over the next few days, Harry received more and more letters, all of which Uncle Vernon destroyed. Harry desperately wanted to see the letter, but he never got to. Eventually, Uncle Vernon told the family to pack their possessions, hop in the car, and then he took them to a little miserable shack in the sea, and that was where they stayed for a night, and then Harry turned 11. Then a giant busted open the door, and to summarize it quickly, the giant was called Hagrid, who was the gamekeeper at Hogwarts and he told Harry that he was a wizard, gave Dudley a pigs' tail, and said that Harry was accepted into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and also that Harry's parents had not died in a car crash, but they were murdered by the most fearful Wizard in the world, Lord Voldemort (but people call him you-know-who because they are terrified.) Also, Hagrid told Harry that on the night his parents were murdered, Harry, who was only a baby, made Voldemort lose everything.

Then Hagrid took Harry away to a Wizard store, where he got all his supplies, such as a wand, school books, etc. After about a month Harry goes to Hogwarts, where he meet his two best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. There are four Hogwarts houses, Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin and Hufflepuff. After the first year students (the students who's first year it is at Hogwarts) arrive at school, they put a hat on their head and it tells them which house they will live in for the rest of their seven years at Hogwarts. Harry is placed in Gryffindor, along with Ron and Hermione. Harry quickly gets used to Hogwarts and excels at his classes, all except for potions, in which there is a teacher named Professor Snape who seems to hate Harry the moment he lays his eye on him.

Harry goes through many adventures throughout his year at Hogwarts, and you'll have to read the book to find out what happens next. There is so much in this book that I can't possibly explain it all, and it is now my favorite book. I would recommend this book to anyone, and it is a really great book that I think everyone should read.