Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Reviewed by: Ricky P.
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 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.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
I really liked this book.It probally took me the longest to read ;out of all her clique books.This is because at every chapter would hang with suspence.Also it had very rich language,and so many good details it took extra time to understasnd it and enjoy it.I wouldn't say it was my favorite clique book,but its up in the top five.I also liked it because it really explained everything that you could be confused about in the last book.Some books kind of forget about the last book and move on , but this one went back and reminded you of the other ones.My last reason I like this book and all her other books is the is a little summary of what is going to happen to the main character.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Nightlight, by The Harvard Lampoon, is a parody (to make fun of) of Twilight. It is an amazingly funny fantasy set in the modern day. The story starts when a weird, brainless girl named Belle Goose leaves her mom in Arizona. She moves to Switchblade, a small rainy town. Belle has always been super superstitious. When she moves to Switchblade she thinks she is so popular. She always has been a flirt. She thinks all the men love her. When she gets mail from the mailman she thinks that he is sending her things.
The other character in the book is Edwart Mullen. He is a nerd who has no friends and is kind of smart. Belle thinks that Edwart is the most beautiful thing on earth. Belle believes Edwart is so beautiful that he must be super human. Edwart is actually ugly.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
The authors of Super Freakonomics are almost as interesting as the book itself. Mr. Levitt is an Economist, and Mr. Dubner helped him write a book about bizarre things only an economist would know. They wrote a book (it’s called Freakonomics) and due to the book’s success, a sequel was created. I read the sequel, but not the original. It really doesn’t matter what order you read the books, or if you read both of them or just one, because, besides a few references to the first book in the sequel, the two books don’t correspond much at all. This book covers a wide range of topics, from why car seats are a waste to a relatively cheap solution to global warming. It’s amazing how well the chapters go from one topic to the next. It isn’t choppy either and it’s as smooth as whipped cream.
This book has some inappropriate parts, but I tried to avoid those. There weren’t many inappropriate parts though, and I was able to read most of the book, and I loved the whole thing. This book uses some advanced language, so if you’re not the best at reading, I wouldn’t recommend this book. Also, the authors use a dry, sarcastic approach to most of the topics, so if you don’t like that type of humor, you probably won’t enjoy this book. Despite these few things, Super Freakonomics was a great book, and I’d recommend it to anyone who likes strange yet interesting statistics.
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan is a fiction book based on Egyptian mythology. It is the first book of the Kane Chronicles. The author also wrote the Percy Jackson series. It is about two siblings named Carter and Sadie Kane. When they were in England with their dad they went to a museum and their dad accidentally blew up the Rosetta Stone; killing himself and releasing five gods all taking over someone. Their dad was possessed by Osiris, Carter was possessed by Horus, and Sadie was possessed by Isis. There are two others who got released Set, an evil god who is building a red pyramid to gain power, and Nypthys, a goddess that knows the key to defeating Set. After Carter and Sadie's house gets attacked, they must wander through the country to try to defeat Set and avoid getting caught and killed by the House of Life because they are hosting gods. With the help of a minor god named Bast (aka Sadie's cat, Muffin), they try to save the world.
One of the characters is Carter Kane. He is Sadie's older brother and before this adventure lived and traveled with his dad. He was possessed by Horus and really good at battle magic. I definitely liked the book. I did because I like the mytholigical fiction books. I would recommend the book to anyone who likes the Percy Jackson series or Egyptian mythology. In conclusion, The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan is a great book.
Friday, May 28, 2010
General Sarov thinks of Alex as his son because they look a lot alike and he reminds him of him. So General tells him about his plan to blow up Mosscow to try to get Russia back in power again and to make them the most powerful nation. Will Alex save the day? Read the book to find out! The two other books before this one are the first book Stormbreaker and the second book Point Blank. I would really suggest to read this if you like adventure books with a lot of suspense in it. So go to the library and get this book!
Poor Theodosia is all alone in that dusty, old Museum of Legends, until her mother comes home from Egypt with the legendary Heart of Egypt that she found in Amenemhab’s tomb. Theo has a special ability unlike any other…she can sense and see curses and black magic, good and bad. When her mother returns with the Heart of Egypt it holds a curse so vile that it threatens to German goons and someone who Theo thought was a good man, only to find out he was framing another man. Von Braggenschnott, one of the German goons, then found out who had the Heart of Egypt from a traitor and then quested to get it from their grasp.
Of course it wouldn’t work because Theo had the wits to figure it out. She had the Brotherhood of the Chosen Keepers, Henry-her brother, and Sticky Will the street urchin on her side to try and find the Heart of Egypt. Only she found out that the only way to stop the curse that Thutmose had bestowed upon it would get worse until whoever took it returned it to its rightful resting place. That soon led to a race to get to Egypt so their city wouldn’t crumble into pieces. Can she save the British Empire from total destruction?! You will have to read the book if you like mystery and learning about Egypt!
I thought that this was a very good book. The author does s great job of describing each scene, and you feel like you are inside of it watching. The book is very action packed, and you never know what is going to come next. Make sure that you read the first and then third in this series. If you liked the Harry Potter series, or any other action packed series, you would like this book. I hope you have fun reading it.
I read the book: This Can’t Be Happening at MacDonald Hall by Gordon Korman. This book is about two boys named Bruno and Boots. These two boys are best friends and roommates. Bruno and Boots are both on the school’s hockey team as well as the biggest trouble makers in the school. On the day of the biggest hockey game, Bruno and Boots steal the other team’s mascot which is a cat and hide it in their room. When Boots is putting the cat that they took on the bed it scratches him across the face, leaving him with a mark. When the other team finds out their mascot is missing, they begin to panic. Since the mascot is missing, the opposing team starts to lose. In the second period, the score is 5-3 and Boots is skating up for the face off and….the opposing player attacks him seeing the scratch on his face. A while after The (Fish) aka the dorm principal finds out that they stole the cat and that is when everything begins. After hearing about this, The Fish puts the two boys in separate rooms. After living in separate rooms, they finally decide that they have to do something to get back in the same room so they both decide to try to impress The Fish by getting their SAT grades up higher. When they achieve this goal nothing happens so one night they went outside to discuss what to do to get their grades up and all of a sudden, the boys hear a yell for help. They run to a nearby tree and find a boy stuck up the tree. This boy turns out to be Francisco Diaz, who is the Ambassador’s son. Bruno and Boots are rewarded by the police and The Fish. The Fish rewarded them by letting them become roommates again. I thought this was an excellent book if you like adventures. It really had me hooked into it.
Bruno and Boots are to exciting guys. There is also the Fish- head principal. Bruno and Boots do NOT have a good reputation with him. Not at all! There is also Elmer, the school's smartest kid in school. Do not forget about the klutz- Sidney. And, the blabbermouth and the executor too!
This book made me laugh out loud! I normally can not finish any book. I flew right through this book. I liked the length of this book- not to long and not to short. Will Bruno and Boots make a good football team? Will they get the Rec. Hall? Read the Zucchini Warriors to find out.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Did you like the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series? Then you’ll love The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan! This is book one of the Kane Chronicles. Rick Riordan is a good author who creates good stories around gods. The Red Pyramid is a 514-page novel that highlights Egyptian gods, instead of Greek gods. In the book, the main characters, Carter and Sadie Kane, who are 14 and 12 years old, tell the story as if its been taped and typed up. This is funny because they say comments about one another.
The story begins with their father blowing up the priceless Rosetta Stone and being captured in a gold tomb and melting into the floor. He was captured by a fiery creature we later learn is the Red Lord. The Red Lord wants to take over the world and Carter and Sadie have five Demon days to stop him. Carter and Sadie have help. They have gods/goddesses sharing their bodies that give them powers. But, the gods are also trying to take control over their bodies.
One of my favorite parts of the story is how Carter and Sadie travel. For example, in one part, they travel from an Egyptian obelisk to the Parisian obelisk through a portal. Sadie does the portals, but it makes her weak afterward. Carter protects his sister and fights all the monsters.
I recommend this book because it has descriptive language that makes you feel like you’re there. I loved how the story progressed, it was fast-paced, but it was logical, not jumpy.
Griffin is a mean, rude bully who gets away with everything with his “Hollywood smile.” Mary is sweet and caring and starts to fall for Eric. Eric is the new kid in school, and he picks the wrong kids to hang out with. Hakeem and Warrick are like Griffin’s pets throughout the book, but then they do what they want to do. Cody is a tough kid who starts to find his way to living his own life after a huge mistake.
I loved this book and it was full of action. It’s like it sucked me into the story. This book makes you want to keep flipping pages. I think anyone one who reads this book will love as much as I did. If you want to read a book filled with action and drama, and a book that makes you think you're in their shoes. Then read this book.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
As the white dog bounced through the horribly familiar foliage, he thought about his choice. Should he stay, or go? Be called Waggit, or Parker? When he reached the abandoned tunnel, he stopped in his tracks. Time was in a complete standstill. All of the memories he shared with the pile of mangy dogs a few feet away came crashing down. They were sweet memories of playing, sleeping, and loving. But then, the human world he had come from, and had recently found again, was dependable and loving too. Would his friends be mad if he chose the enemy over the pack? Lowdown and Tazar, he thought, would not. Or would the woman be mad if he was gone when she came home? His experience told him yes. But his gut told him no. He just couldn't take the burning truth: This choice was not easy.
Maybe the wrong was right. No, it was wrong. Right. Wrong. With the battle inside his head raging, he pushed on through the vines and sticks; and Waggit’s tail gave a feeble wag.
“Hold up there, friend,” a voice said. “Who are you, and what do you want?”
In the book Waggit’s Tale, the author follows Waggit as he goes on the adventure of life. In the beginning, Waggit is lost in what humans would call New York’s Central Park, and then Tazar, a pack leader, introduces Waggit to his team of stray dogs living in the park. Waggit joins the group. They have many hardships, from hunger to rivalries with other teams. Believe it or not, this is a true story. You will never forget this tragic tale of the white puppy that found the best home in his worst nightmare.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
by Justin C.
I thought this book is great for people who like action and suspense. Before reading this book I recommend reading the books Stormbreaker, Point Blank, and Skeleton Key. Personally these are one of my favorite books. If you are interested in picking up one of these books I recommend you get them at any library.
In the beginning of the story the main character Alex Rider begins to feel sad because he feels M16 is just using him to defeat crime. After it reveals to him that Damian Cray is planning to do something called Eagle Strike. He tells M16 but they won't believe him. So he goes to Damian Cray's mansion and finds Damian Cray with Yassen, the man who killed his uncle. After being found at the mansion he put at a number of test to kill him. During the test he pretends to be dead and escapes. After he escapes, he steals a flash drive and gets taken back by Damian and shows him what he is going to do. After
that he does some stuff that saves the day from Damian Cray and saves the day (I am not going to give away the ending).
Saturday, April 3, 2010
When Moose arrives at Alcatraz, he meets the other children who live on the island. Like Moose's dad, their dads work as prison guards. Moose soon becomes friend with Theresa, a crazy know it all little girl, Annie a quiet girl who is surprisingly good at baseball, and of course Piper the warden's trouble making daughter. Piper always has a plan, Moose unfortunately learns this by stumbling upon one of her worst. One day, Piper decides that she wants to make some money, so she devises the plan that she will have kids at school pay to have their clothes washed by the prisoners. Moose wants to fit right in, and makes a deal with Piper that he'll help her as long as she stops asking about Natalie. Natalie is Moose's older sister, but since she had Autism (which no one knew existed at the time) Mrs. Flanagan decides that every time Natalie has a birthday she will turn ten all over again. She does this so that people won't think that she is a weird freak who doesn't talk at all. Will the warden find out about Piper's plan? Will Natalie get into the school that copes with children who are like her? Read Al Capone Does My Shirts to find out.
Al Capone Does My Shirts is a wonderful story about family troubles, and how to get through them. It helps you understand that families go through hard times, but in the end it will be okay.
reviewed by: Jane D.
While they are making the best of their summer one of Ronnie's only friends does the worst thing she could. Now Ronnie has to go to court and Will's mom already disapproves of her, what will happen when she finds out? Ronnie feels like her world is falling apart when she finds out a heart-wrenching secret is taking her father away from her. Will he see the end of the summer? Will and Ronnie start to drift apart as the summer is coming to an end. Will goes off to Nashville to go to college and Ronnie's little brother and mom go back to New York while she cares for her father. Ronnie had played the piano all her life and vows she will never play again. Will she break that promise to herself to show her dad that she still cares about the musical past they shared. After going back to New York Ronnie realized that she wants to play the piano, so she attends Julliard. While playing the piano in the school's audition room she is numb and lifeless. And then a surprise happens that makes her able to feel again. Read this book to answer all your questions!!
PS: the movie came March 31