Thursday, December 5, 2013

Danger in the Desert by T.S. Fields

    The Story, “ Danger in the Desert “ takes place in  Scottsdale , Arizona and ends up like the title states  in  the desert. The biggest conflict was about Scott and his younger brother Robbie trying to get home. Scott is the older brother with brown hair and Robbie ‘s hair was red and he had freckles. Both brothers played baseball.


            The book looked more like an easy read more than an essay, but then when I started to read it , the book grabs your attention  early and doesn’t let you go. Also it made you realize, how having a cell phone on hand can solve your problems. The whole the brothers were stranded , they could have easily made a call and got safe.


                 “ Exactly ! how are we going to do this ? “ Robbie  said.
                “ I wish I could yell through the radio and tell the rescuer people to some get us!” said Robbie
                   Brother , I grasped. My Brother…”
This photo explains when Scott , Robbie older brother took a snake that somehow got in the car and Scott is trying to get him out so they can get back in

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

     The novel Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce is an action packed story with a bit of romance on the side. The March sisters, Scarlett and Rosie, grew up fighting the fenris after their grandmother was killed. The fenris are creatures with no soul that look like werewolves but they aren't your "hot", average werewolf. The don't look like wolves, more like monsters that smell horrible. The March sisters and their childhood friend, Silas, kill Fenris left and right in their small town to avenge Oma March's death and Scarlett's eye. As they fight, Rosie longs to live a normal life like Silas got to live when he went to visit his uncle. Silas tries to help Rosie be normal but she is torn between being with her sister and being normal with the person she loves.

     The two sisters have been fighting off the fenris with ease for a while but when the number of fenris in their small town decreases and the strongest pack shows up after years of staying away from the girls, they know something is up. They decide to move to the city to hunt the fenris and get rid of them for good. Things start to go good but Rosie starts getting interested in "normal people stuff". Moving to the city gives her the perfect opportunity to be normal but will it interfere with their hunt? Will it affect her relationship with her sister?

     Sisters Red is an exciting novel that teens should read seeing how it shows the struggle of trying to be normal when people do things that are different then you and shows the love life of a teen. This story is open to all readers but mainly teenage girls would like to read it. Pearce took me on an adventure with her recreation of Little Red Ridding Hood, maybe she'll take you to.


     

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Assassin by Anna Myers


The novel Assassin by Anna Myers is about a president and about Arbella Getchel. Arbella and Wilkes’s parents met the same way at the theater, but in different theaters. They called Arbella, Bella for short. She moved to another place because of some problems she was going through. Bella suffered a lot because she lost a lot of important people in her life. She was raised by her grandmother. “It seems he has taken to drink and card games. Your aunt says your grandfathers business is bin ruin, that your father sleeps all day and will see no one”(11). Any child grew up with their parents but Bella was one of those few kids that didn’t. Bella had to go through a lot of pain in her childhood. Met some people while she was growing up, then she met that one guy that she thought was so cute. She didn’t see him, again till she went to the white house and saw each other again “to the white house”(104). But the book Assassin alternates between Bella’s point of view in the story and kind of also the side of the story of J. Wilkes Booth. Assassin by Anna Myers is a book about romance and mystery. But in the beginning of the book it wasn’t that bad, it was just giving the information on what was going on. The book is kind of sad , romantic and has mystery in it. People suffer people die and people just have to go through a lot of pain in the book.

Life, love and the Pursuit of Free Throws by Janette Rallison, is an enjoyable book about two girls who are best friends that are competing over basketball awards and a boy. A girl named Josie who is madly in love with Ethan. The only thing is Ethan is interested in Cami. What Ethan doesn’t know is Cami doesn’t really want him. This book is totally how us High school and younger girls act.  Starts off with a girl who gets extremely nervous around the captain of the basketball team and another girl who is all about that young hoop life.

            Basketball is becoming these two girl breaking points. Having a whole team compete to be MVP yet alone to best friends going head to head for MVP. Then having the best Rebecca Lobo there to play with the special winner during halftime. But who’s he better player Josie or Cami? Life between these two girls are good and hard right now. Sports and boys all at once.

            Told from the 1st person but from two different points of view. As Mrs.Rallison who is an amazing book writer. Who was smart and learned many important things. She tells a story about the two high school girls and Ethan Lancaster. She also tells about how if your parents insisit something just go along with it.

Star-Spangled Banner by Margaret Sedeen




I had the pleasure of reading the book called Star-Spangled Banner by Margaret Sedeen. The book Star-Spangled Banner, covered from the birth of United States flag into the cold war, It based on true historical fact. In the book it starts talking about how the colonists were upset with the British. That the colonists wanted a revolution against the British. The reason for this was that the British were unfair tax in there stamps like money. Colonists rebelled and started a revolutionary war. This was the revolutionary war that began the United States. On September 1783 Benjamin Franklin signed a “Peace treaty with the British“(63). The revolutionary war was now over. The United States was now a country.


Something that I thought was interesting is that back then the US flag had fifteen stripes. ``May 1.1795 the flag of the United States be fifteen stripes alternate red and white” (51). Know it is thirteen stripes alternate red and white. To go back a little way’s on June 1776 Ms. Ross’s was asked to make the first American flag (43). It tells us about Pearl Harbor and how the Japanese bomed it during World War 2 (134). This made the US enter WW 2. Then it goes into the cold war. It shows us a picture of oil wells on fire because of Iraq during the Persian Gulf War (113).


I would recommend Star Spangled Banner to everyone. Who is interested in the history of the United States. It is truly a good book that I think everyone should read .
 





Morning Mist By Mary Kullberg


‘’Not just beautiful, though—the stars are like trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And watching me.’’-Haruki.Morning Mist is a book of half Haiku poems by Basho and Thoreau’s poems.This book is organized like a long Haiku poem.

Both Thoreau and Basho respond to Mother Nature. They both have a beautiful sense to Mother Nature. I clearly understood the illustrations because it matches the piece. The book had a black bird illustration on page 84.

Someone who would like this book would be someone that likes poetry. ‘’In my hut a square of light cast6 by the window moon. Nine times a rose to see the moon…whose solemn pace marks only midnight.’’-Basho page 57. This piece talks about someone looking at the beautiful moon. ’Learn about a pine, from a pine, and about a bamboo from a bamboo.’’-Basho ‘’Few come to the woods to see how the pine lives and grows and spires, lifting it, evergreen arms of light, to see its perfect success.’’-Thoreau page 78.This talks about the woods and how people hardly, go there and see how pine trees grow. “As lightning flashes zig-zag screeches of the heron, flying in the dark.’’-Basho. ’The lightning filled the damp air like some vast glow worm… opening its wings.’’ –Thoreau. This piece characterizes a bird .The bird is compared to lightning. The purpose to this book was for people to see and feel what nature does for you.

Kullberg, Mary E., Bashō Matsuo, and Henry David Thoreau. Morning Mist: Through the Seasons with Matsuo Basho and Henry David Thoreau. New York: Weatherhill, 1993. Print.

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Black Book of Secrets
 In a European city where a boy is going to be transformed. His name is Ludlow Finch and he is a thief until his alcoholic parents tried to sell his teeth in order to get some booze. Ludlow manages to escape his unloving parents and evil dentist that wanted to take out his teeth. While his escape he gets into a wagon and travels into a far away place where there was so much trouble but not as much compared to the to the stinking city he used to live in.

            Ludlow then meets a man named Joe Zabbidou. Ludlow and Joe then become friends and Ludlow talks to him mainly about his past experience.  Joe Zabbidou saw something in Ludlow and understands that he’s a better person then just a thief and that tells him if he wants to live with him and start a new life, Ludlow accepts. Ludlow later finds out that he a secret pawnbroker but wasn’t too sure what that was. Joe later on in the book explains what his business is about and says that he talks to people about their darkest and personal secrets, writes them on a book called “ The  Black Book of Secrets “ and in return he pays them a good amount of shillings.

            Ludlow and Zabbidou both create a strong friendship through out the story, that Ludlow would considered him as a father. “Joe zabbidou is like a father to me said Ludlow”. This  wonderful book has a perfect amount of suspense and mystery. This book will give you the happiest ending ever.

Killer Angels by Michael Shaara


Killer Angels
 
Killer Angels by Michael Shaara is a great book to read. It is a very engaging book. It switches through people who were in the Civil War at Gettysburg in both the Union and Confederates. Such as Longstreet, Lee and, Chamberlin. This book is based off the letters and the diaries the characters wrote during the battle. It tells the story of the Battle of Gettysburg and how important of a battle it was for both sides. Like “Were fighting for our freedom not for slavery but to be our own nations”(pg 47). You feel like you're there, you see how important people in the civil war were feeling during the turning point of the war. You see the emotion, stress, and the consequences of bad decisions. For instance “I have to convince 112 mutineers to join the fighting again.”(pg 67) You see the loss in war and what both sides have to lose and gain. This book would be perfect for readers who love history or historical books.

 

My experience with the book was great. I was really entertained with this book I enjoyed it a lot. Getting to see the view of both sides of the war was what really got me interested in it. You get to know the characters by learning their personalities and how they handled certain situations. There are a lot of symbols that puts depth into the book. Foreshadowing was another trait this book had that made me really enjoy this book, “The battle ahead will be hard and many will die but we must win this war” (pg78). Over all I would give Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, a four and a half out of 5

"So Not Me" Alexa F.


Teenagers? Where do I start?! It is crazy how every teenager is worried about so many different things. The teens in “Not So Me” are all worried about things going on. Elizabeth, Megan, Conner, Tia, Andy, Evan, Jade, Jeremy all relate to each other from one person which is Conner. One problem after another. All starting from Conner. “Not So Me” by Francine Pascal shows how so many things can go wrong or how so many things can happen.

 The whole book it goes from a simple conflict and evaluates to bigger problems.
Andy being gay but with all the attention going into Conner and him being missing, he doesn’t understand how to understand his feelings and come out to his parents. Everyone is worried about Conner which is bringing more problems. “Ever since Conner left, that is all you guys been worried about” Which added way more stress to Andy and his personal problems.


Andy is worried and confused on how to tell his parents that he is gay. Evan is in love with Elizabeth, who is Conner's girlfriend. Tia is in love with Conner, Elizabeth's boyfriend. Jade wants to be Jeremy's boyfriend. Jeremy doesn’t want anything serious. I think the teenagers handle their problems well without any adult help.

Any teenager who has ever gone through relationship problems and friendship problems will definitely love to read this book. They can relate or just be entertained to and by the book. "Don't you think  its a little weird that he want anxious to kiss me?" (146)  a lot teenage girls go through that stage with boys, where they that is all they worry about, when in reality it is nothing to stress over. But then there are problems  that not every teenager goes through like Andys or Conner's.
"Ahhh this is more like it Conner said while drinking the sour liquor" "He and his father both downed their drinks in under five minutes" (173) Conner running away from home because his family and friends (all the characters above) had an intervention for his alcohol addiction. And were he went didn't help much.

So many problems with this young teenagers seems to be over whelming. But that's what they go through everyday, trying to solve it. Do it ever get solved? Do All the problems get solved? The book had a good way in keeping me interested and wanting to know what happens next with the teenagers.

CITED
-Pascal, Francine. So Not Me. New York: Bantam, 2000. Print.

QUOTATIONS
- “Ever since Conner left, that is all you guys been worried about”

-"Don't you think  its a little weird that he want anxious to kiss me?" (146)

-"Ahhh this is more like it Conner said while drinking the sour liquor" "He and his father both downed their drinks in under five minutes"   (173)

skeletons key

In “ The Skeletons Key” by Jess Mowry, Is a very descriptive and sensitive story. Its all takes place in the early 90s. The main character Jarett Ross has been neglected by his own mother, because she fell in love with her abusive drug dealing boyfriend. Jaretts moms boyfriend forces jarett to start selling drugs for him without Jaretts will. After Jarett receives the drugs he sell them and does not return any of the money to his moms boyfriend. Jarett soon relizes that his moms boyfriend is a complete physco path and jarett decides to run away because he realizes that his mom has also become very addicted to hardcore drugs. He first tried to stay in a dumpster because it was raing but quickly after he meets a fellow runaway, his name was brian. Brian ensures jarett that he can come with him and be safe and sound in a tomb at the local graveyard. Brian takes care of Jarett until cops search the graveyard and realize that the tomb that they have been hiding in was cracked open. Brians friend brett takes his own life and gets shot and killed by a cops for trying to assault an officer in the graveyard. While all that was happening brian and jarret decided to make a run for it. Towards the end of the story they both realize that there lifes are never going to be anything like they use to be. They both decide to take there own lifes after getting really high on drugs. The moral of this intense story is to never wish for anything that you would not like to come true, Because in a crazy world like ours, anything is accomplishable, even if it is under the worst circumstances

Token of Darkness by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes


Token of Darkness by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes is a suspenseful fiction novel full of magic and romance. The story takes place in Lenmark, Massachusetts and tells the story of Cooper, Samantha, Brent, and Delilah. Copper Blake is being followed by a mysterious ghost named Samantha after waking up in the hospital after a devastating car accident. "The fact of the matter is, he was being haunted by the color- coordination challenged ghost of a teenage girl . She had appeared by his bedside when he had woken up in a hospital this past July, and neither of them knew why" (pg.6). Cooper and Samantha become good friends and Cooper wants to help Samantha get a body but does not know how. Then Cooper meets Brent and learns he has a secret power, along with Delilah, the cheerleading captain. When Cooper asked Brent if Delilah can read minds like him, he replies "No, Delilah is different. Instead, she works with magic" (pg.6). Delilah is selfish and believes Samantha has powers that she can gain. "If things go according to plan, Delilah could gain power beyond her wildest dreams, but if thing so go wrong, then she was courting a quick and painful death" (pg.99). Although Delilah seems evil, it turns out  Samantha, desperate to get a body, will do whatever it takes to finally get one.

In my opinion Token of Darkness was a good book, but could have been better. Rhodes is very good at telling a story through the perspectives of teenagers and the book is full of suspense, but I wish that there was less magic and romance, because I am not a big fan of it. However it was good enough to keep me wanting to read it. This book is meant to entertain it readers and that’s exactly what it does. If you are a fan of magic, this is the book for you!


Atwater-Rhodes, Amelia. Token of Darkness. New York: Delacorte, 2010. Print.

Shooter by Walter Dean Myers

In the book SHOOTER by, Walter Dean Myers. One morning of April 22, 17 year old Leonard Gray began shooting at students from a window at Maddison High School. One student was killed, nine injured. Leonard wrote “stop the violence” in blood on the schools wall, the incident led to an analysis on potential threats of school violence. A police officer, a FBI agent, and also a medical examiner interviewed and were giving reports to help determine what caused Leonard Gray to shoot down his class mates.

With the help of Leonard’s friends, Cameron Poter, and Carla Evans, had told Leonard’s personal and school life. But they told the officers that Leonard was fascinated by guns, was overdosing on prescription drugs, and made an enemies list. The analysis team discovered that all three friends were constantly getting bullied, and things at home were very rough.But for any other student at Maddison High, Leonard, Cameron, and Carla were “on the outs”,(149) as they said, and kept silent about their own abuse. But in the end, Leonard Gray wanted to “break a hole in the wall of silence”,(183) in the most violent way he knew how.

 

I believe that this book is very good, it gives off this message to people that have been or is being bullied. That though you may have it rough at home, you should make a better way to get your voice heard, but by doing it a safer way, don’t put others in danger. And young teens would honestly love this book because it takes place in a high school, and some people are different from others and yes people do get bullied and can’t take it anymore and put their life, and others at risk.


Myers, Walter Dean. Shooter. [New York]: Amistad/HarperTempest, 2004. Print

 

‘’Not just beautiful, though—the stars are like trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And watching me.’’-Haruki.Morning Mist is a book of half Haiku poems by Basho and Thoreau’s poems.This book is organized like a long Haiku poem.

 

Both Thoreau and Basho respond to Mother Nature. They both have a beautiful sense to Mother Nature. I clearly understood the illustrations because it matches the piece. The book had a black bird illustration on page 84.

 

Someone who would like this book would be someone that likes poetry. ‘’In my hut a square of light cast6 by the window moon. Nine times a rose to see the moon…whose solemn pace marks only midnight.’’-Basho (page 57). This piece talks about someone looking at the beautiful moon. ’Learn about a pine, from a pine, and about a bamboo from a bamboo.’’-Basho ‘’Few come to the woods to see how the pine lives and grows and spires, lifting it, evergreen arms of light, to see its perfect success.’’-Thoreau (page 78).This talks about the woods and how people hardly, go there and see how pine trees grow. “As lightning flashes zig-zag screeches of the heron, flying in the dark.’’-Basho. ’The lightning filled the damp air like some vast glow worm… opening its wings.’’ –Thoreau. This piece characterizes a bird .The bird is compared to lightning. The purpose to this book was for people to see and feel what nature does for you.


 
 

This novel Sarah’s Key By Titiana De Rosnay is about the history of The Holocaust and how Sarah, wanted to escape from the camps. There are two stories one is the past and the other in the present, Michael is in the past and Zoe in the present.
The policeman punished if they wanted to leave. Family members go to the camps and they live or die suffering and wanting food to eat. Zoe goes to a family vacation long beach and New York to give Sarah the paper to give Michael that he’s in the cupboard waiting for Sarah to get him.
The connection I have with the character is that my birthday is in February when Charla’s baby was born in February. The author’s style of writing is descriptive about the characters and the writing what happens in the story. “I wish I can help the people and not get their heads shaved off” (81).
(Makes you want to predict what happens next). My experiencing of reading this book was interesting and wanted to know what great events happens or great points in the story. The author predicts what happens next by giving the character an emotion and a pause.
Type of reader who would enjoy this if the reader like historical novels and what happened in the Holocaust. My experience by reading this book was interesting about the Jewish people getting arrested and escaping.
Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten- year- old, is taken with her parents by the French, police as they go door-to- door arresting Jewish families in the middle of the night. Desperate to protect her younger brother, Sarah locks him in a bedroom cupboard-their secret hiding place-and promises to come back for him as soon as they are released.
Sixty years later: Sarah’s story intertwines with that of Julia Jarmond, an American journalist investing the round up. In her research, Julia stumbles onto a trail of secrets that link her to Sarah, and to questions about her own romantic future.






 

Just Listen By Sarah Dessen


Just Listen By Sarah Dessen

In the book, Just Listen by Sarah Dessen it would be a must see book!! In the novel, Annabel Greene is a girl who has everything. She does modeling and commercials for a company.  Later on in the story people look at Annabel in a total different way than how she is from that perspective. All they do is ignore her as much as they can. Until, Owen Armstrong started noticing her and started becoming Annabel’s best friend. Who later becomes her boy friend. These are the two main characters in the story. Rolly is a guy who works with Owen at his local radio show the anger management. Also, Clarke is Annabel’s ex-best friend. Because when Annabel and Clarke were little they had stop being friends because she had went to a party instead of being a friend for her.


The most part that I liked about the authors style of writing is that she would go into good detail. When Sarah Dessen writes she wants the reader to want to read more. Even have the reader picture it in their own mind. This is why I like the author’s style of writing. Example: “When the curtain opened all I could see at first was the runaway…” (249). Is what I could picture in my mind. This is why I like the style of writing.


The part I connected to the book is where Annabel had said “I just don’t like to hurt people. Or upset them. So sometimes, you know, I won’t say exactly what I think to spare them that” (110).



The type of reader who would like this book is someone who likes to picture things in their head. Or even who likes drama or romance. Also, who would want to read more? When Annabel had just met Owen Armstrong and they started liking each other. For example, Annabel and Sophie got in a big fight who is also her ex-friend. This is for the type of People who like or would like reading this. I recommend it!
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