Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Lost In The Sun By Lisa Graff

Lost in the Sun

By Lisa Graff





This book is so awesome. It's about a boy named Trent who has killed a man. When he was in fifth grade, he was playing hockey with his friends out on Cedar Lake, when he accidentally hit a boy named Jared Richards in the chest with a hockey puck. Well, it turned out that Jared had a rare heart defect that the doctors didn't know about. Who knew that one hockey puck could kill a man. Now, convinced that the town hates him, and going into sixth grade, Trent has even more problems to worry about. His parents are divorced, he has no friends, and his father hates him. Then he meets Fallon and everything changes. Fallon is a mystery to everyone around her. She has a huge scar across her face, and she always makes up stories about where it came from. For example, the infamous typewriter incident, or the one with the frisbee. The book is called lost in the sun because it is a baseball thing, like when the pitcher can't see the ball because it is "lost in the sun". You do not have to be a baseball fan to like this book. Trent is a baseball fan though, thus the baseball phrase.


My favorite character is Fallon, because she is so open to the world. She wears crazy clothes, is a complete baseball freak, and is a complete mystery, even to me.I recommend this book to fifth grade and up. It is awesome and I hope you read it too.



"When you do choose to speak, speak truths."


HAPPILY EVER AFTER

The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil

The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil

By Stephen Collins








Okay, okay, I admit: this doesn't sound like my kind of book. But, then again. This book is not like it sounds. It just goes to show that you should never judge a book by it's cover. ( Or title. Or back blurb. Or whatever everyone judges books by.)


 So this book is about a man named Dave who lives in Here. He is entirely bald except for his eyebrows and one hair just under his nose. Here is an island in the middle of the sea. There is what is on the other side of the sea. The sea is bad. There is bad. Here is good. Here is the tidiest place in the universe. There is not a shirt untucked, a shoe untied, a beard unshaved. Then one day, while Dave is at work, he grows a gigantic untameable beard. Not even chain saws can cut it. It just breaks the blade. Finally, in an act of desperation and fear, the towns people try the most dangerous thing of all. The thing that could mean the end of Dave. I really like how calm and serene Dave seems at the end of his life on earth. In the book it says" Dave looked, well, I guess he looked serene. And I remember he clutched his pad and pencils to his beard... got them to turn up the Bangles really loud... And he just took a last look at his street and he said something so weird. He said : It's beautiful." I'm crying while I write this. I hope you don't think I'm crazy, but I hope that you'll understand when you read the book. Oh Gosh. Now I can't stop. I'm still crying.







" It wasn't pretty, that's for sure. But it looked like an ending. Neat. Complete."

HAPPILY EVER AFTER


Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Matchstick Castle

The Matchstick Castle

By Keir Graff 






This is a really good book, even if it's not on my favorites list. It's about a boy named Brian who is sent to Boring, Illinois, (Yes, it really does exist!), to stay with his aunt and uncle while his dad gets the once in a lifetime chance to go to the South Pole. And, even worse, his uncle makes him do a "fun" summer school program called " Summer'sCool" along with his cousin Nora. When the two of them get into a fight, Nora chases Brian into the woods, where they find a huge, strange castle that is going to be destroyed. Can they save the Matchstick Castle, and can Brian and his uncle seal the gap between them?


My favorite character is Uncle Kingsley, one of the residents of the Matchstick Castle. I like him because of his adventerous spirit,and great sense of humor. I also like Dashiell the famous explorer, for obvious reasons. ( Once you read the book!)


this was a really good book, and I recommend it to anyone over third grade. You should read this book. Bye!


" SCHOOL IS SO BORING!"

BY ME

HAPPILY EVER AFTER

Monster

Monster

By Walter Dean Myers









This book is so on my favorites list, even though it isn't really my type. So it's about this 16 year old boy named Steve  Harmon and he's black. He is on trial for a murder he didn't commit. These are notes for a movie he hopes he will one day make. So because these are notes for a movie, it's got all these phrases like FADE IN:, (voice over), and MS.. So sometimes it's actually not like that and it's just scribbly writing like this:

" The best time to cry is at night, when the lights are out and someone is being beaten up and screaming for help. That way, even if you sniffle a little they won't hear you. If anybody knows you are crying, they'll start talking about it, and soon it will be your turn to get beat up when the lights go out."


And the rest is like this : 


FADE IN: INTERIOR: Early morning in CELL BLOCK D, MANHATTAN DETENTION CENTER. Camera goes slowly down grim, gray corridor. There are sounds of inmates yelling from cell to cell; much of it is obscene. Most of the voices are clearly Black or Hispanic. Camera stops and turns toward a cell.



I really like Steve, mostly because all the other characters are mean, but also, he is just a really great character. By the end of the book, I was really convinced that Steve had nothing to do with it, but everyone feels different about different things.


I can't think of anything else to write, so bye!



THE END




" This movie is more real than the life I am leading. No, I just desperately wish this was only a movie."







Friday, September 30, 2016

Wonder


Wonder

By R.J. Palacio











I'm really sorry I haven't written on here for so long, but I've just been so busy what with school starting and all. Well, at least I'm writing. This is about Wonder, an extraordinary book, about a boy with an extraordinary face. Auggie Pullman was born with a rare facial deformity that has prevented him from going to school for 6 years. Well, this year he's going to his first ever school. This honor goes to Beecher Prep for the 5th grade. The 5th grade is hard in the first place, and it's bound to be even harder with his face. Many challenges await him at Beecher Prep, including bullies, homework, and the challenge of convincing his classmates that he is just an ordinary kid, even with his extraordinary face.


I really liked this book because I felt like the author placed the challenges of 5th grade in just the right spot. Auggie has a perfect personality, and he just seems so awesome. Okay,so this same person wrote another book, and it's called Auggie & Me, and it's three more Wonder stories, but from different perspectives. First of all, there's The Julian Chapter, which is obviously about Julian. If you couldn't see that at first sight, you should go back 1st grade! This chapter made me cry. It's just so heartfelt and beautiful, I couldn't help it. Next comes Pluto, which is about a boy named Chris. He is one of Auggie's childhood " friends". This one is okay, but I still like Julian better. Last is Shingaling, which is about Charlotte, one of Auggie's only true friends at school. JULIAN IS THE BEST.

These books were really good, and I hope you read both of them soon.
Peace out.







THE END



"We're leaving together

But it's still farewell

And maybe we'll come back

To Earth, who can tell

I guess there is no one to blame

We're leaving ground

Will things ever be the same again?


It's the final count down!"

Monday, July 4, 2016

Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray

By Ruta Sepetys 



This book is set during the reign of Stalin. I really liked it , and it is definitely on my favorites list. I didn't really like the ending.I felt like it was too rushed. It was kind of like in "The Gideon Trilogy", where there are so many things happening and then bam. It just ends. So this book is about a girl named Lina. One night, Soviet police burst in and arrest Lina, her mother, Elena, and her younger brother, Jonas. They are dragged through the streets and thrown into cattle cars, where they soon discover their destination: Siberia. But that may be wrong. Lina is separated from her father and begins to hide encrypted messages in her drawings, hoping that they will reach her father and that he will come and save them. My favorite character is Andrius. I liked him because he was so smart and kind. I also liked Ulyushka. She was grumpy, kind, and funny. This was a great book.





HAPPILY EVER AFTER

" Is it harder to die, or is it harder to be the only one who survives?"

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Every Single Second

Every Single Second

By Tricia Springstubb






I am so excited! I am now in an advanced reviewer bookclub, where I get free books that haven't even been released yet!( Either that or they're brand new!) YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!! This is one of those books so you may or may not have heard of it and it's okay if you haven't because this book was just published on 6/7/16.

I loved this book because it fits perfectly into my favorites category: Sad books with happy endings. Okay, so in this book, 12 year old Nella's life is changing. And fast. Clem, her best friend, isn't worried about it. She's too busy figuring out how to spend the leap second, which is an extra second added to the world clock. She needs to talk to Angela, her secret sister, but they aren't on speaking terms right now. Then Angela's brother, Anthony, makes a terrible mistake. One that could land him in jail for up to 15 years. Soon, Angela's situation becomes dangerous, and Nella must choose whether to help, or watch as her secret sister's family falls apart.

 I loved everything about this book right up to the very end. I think that the author developed very good characters. My favorite was Nonnie. She is Nella's great-grandmother. I liked how rebellious and funny she is. I also liked how she always has Jolly Ranchers and Laffy Taffy. I want a grandma like that! I also liked Anthony. I like how loyal he is to Angela. He is the only thing she has because their father is so mean, and he would do anything for her. Even break the law. I also liked how realistic this book was. I thought it was realistic that all of the problems didn't get solved at the end. Instead it gives you hope that things will get better and that is a happy ending.

 In this book, there are 3 types of chapters: Now, Then, and What Jeptha A. Stone would say if only he could. my favorite is the last. My favorite chapter in the book ( a Jeptha A. Stone)  is below.



Time creeps.

Time sprints.

Time leaps.

Time stumbles.

My bird has flown away.

Now and then, time stands still.



HAPPILY EVER AFTER

" A single second. That's all it takes to turn a world upside down."