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Northcote High School Year 8

Wider Reading Task Semester One, 2017.

Task: To write a book review and publish it to the website Inside A Dog https://insideadog.com.au/

You will need to register a username and login to use this website.

Then you will need to publish your review.  

In the review you must discuss these aspects of the book:

Genre: What is the genre of the book and how do you know this?

Setting: State where the story is set and how the author has described the setting.

Plot: Tell the direction of the plot without giving away the ending.

Character: Did the author create interesting characters? Why? Can you relate to these characters? What drew you to the characters? Did you dislike any characters? Why?

The author’s craft: What did you like or dislike about the writing? Can you provide any examples of word choice that appealed to you? What about any descriptive phrases that stood out to you?

Themes and messages: What moved, challenged, inspired, infuriated or disappointed you?

Audience: Suggest who this book might appeal to.

Rating: Finish with a final rating of the book out of 5.

Task 2: You will need to join your class’s book club on Inside a Dog. Then you will have to comment on another student’s review of their book that you are interested in reading. There can only be 1 review for each student so pick someone who has not had a review written yet.

In your comment you will need to address the following:

  1. What you are interested in about the book (character, genre)

  2. What elements of the book (genre, author’s craft or the plot) stood out to you in this review? Why?

  3. Can you think of any other books that might be similar to this one in terms of genre, themes, characters or setting?

  4. State whether you would like to read this book or not.

Task 3 Oral presentation:

  1. Read your review that you have written to the class.

  2. Then you will need to discuss if you were the author what would you change about the book? You must pick one aspect (character, plot, theme, devices) to discuss and why.

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Jun 23,2017

Review 

 The red wind 

 by Isobelle Carmody

 

The red wind is an adventure fiction novel. The book is based around an adventure one of the characters goes on. It is very exciting and mysterious at the same time. The book is definitely fiction as the characters are some kind of animals and there is a red wind that rains stones and ruins their cottage. The book is set in a made up world with a lost wood and the cottage they live in is somewhere in the country. Throughout the book Isobelle describes the scenery in detail but never states where in the would or in the made up land they are. She makes the cottage always being a safe place with something constantly on the stove and the smell wafting around the house. She makes the red wind seem really scary and the weather she describes makes you feel cold and sometimes miserable. 

 

The plot is based on these two brothers that live together and every year one of the brothers has to go on a journey to collect food and supplies for winter. This year, on the day Zluty (the brother that goes to the lost woods) is about to go when out of the blue a red clouds appear out of the sky. Billy the other brother never likes it when Zluty has to leave and is really scared about the red wind and that something bad will happen to him while out on his journey. 

 

To be honest at beginning the characters weren't very interesting and creative but as the story goes on you learn more about their personality and how close you become to the characters. The author has made the characters really interesting and not just like a teenage girl with boy problems ect, the characters in the story are some kind of fluffy animal and were born in an egg. They live  together in a little cottage in the country which I think is very cute.They have lots of other animal friends which I think is nice, near the end Bily meets another animal that looks like a monster but is actually really kind. I really like how she doesn't make the scary monster mean but instead really nice, innocent and about to die. Isobelle was a really creative writer and always had a very strong voice. 

 

Her writing was very descriptive and clever. She had some really strong passages and word choice. I think that the theme and message of this book is about letting go and trusting your instinct. The brothers have to be really strong and trust that the other brother is going to be ok. It has a really passionate theme between family and friends. 

 

I think that this book would be appropriate for ages 9-13. It is a very childish book and didn't challenge me that much. Even though I really enjoyed it I think it would be a bit young for people our age. I would probably rate the book a 3.5/5 as at the beginning it wasn't very engaging and through the book it only got a little bit better. Despite the level of challenge this book gives me I really like her writing and the fact that it is so creative. Other books I have read have been really predictable and mainly about the same thing but this book was very hard to pick what's going to happen next. This book is really different and I will remember this book forever.

 

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Member Since: May 26,2017
Jun 23,2017

Genre: Sci-fi, action

Setting: The story is set in Paradise, Ohio. It is a very small town, that doesn't have many people living in it.

Plot: An alien boy was forced off his planet by another alien race called Mogadorians. He is one of nine other aliens that made it off their planet alive. He is being hunted by the Mogadorians, but the nine aliens can only be killed in order, numbers 1, 2 and 3 are all dead so now he's being hunted, as number four. 

 Characters: John Smith is a 17 year old boy who came from the planet Lorien, he is one of the few Loric Gardes still alive (Garde are Loric people who get Legacies, which are powers from flight to invisibility), out of nine other Loric Gardes he is number four. He has to constantly move from town to town, and he has to change his name every time he moves place. Henri Smith, is John Smiths Cêpan. (a guardian/teacher for a Garde) Henri also holds a precious wooden chest he calls the Loric Chest. Number 6 is one of the other Loric Gardes who has got her legacies one of which includes invisibility. Sarah Hart is John's crush, When John and Henri are moving into their new house in a small town called "Paradise" When Sarah's mother, a real estate agent, comes to sell them their house when she mentions her daughter and how she goes to the school that John will be attending, so when John goes to school Sarah meets John on the oval of "Paradise" high school. Mark, is the antagonist for most of the story, he is also known at his school as the football captain, and is also the bully of the school havin his football gang to back him up. Marks dad is also the head of police at Paradise. Sam Goode, a boy who wears glasses reads magazines about aliens, yep at Paradise high school Sam is one of the schools "nerds" he doesn't really have any friends until John comes into his life. Sam becomes friends with John pretty easily and soon enough they are pretty much best friends, both of them dislike mark because he does annoying things, for example one of the things that happens to Sam and John is Mark places some manure inside of their lockers to annoy them.

Authors Craft: I felt this book was the best written book I ever read. For some reason I cant seem to read enough, but once I started reading this book I felt connected into the book. Its one of those books that actually makes you feel for the characters and feel for the story. At one point i became obsessed with reading this book, and read it every night, I wouldn't put it down until my eyes felt sleepy. 

SPOILERS BEOND THIS POINT

Themes and Messages: As I read the book I became attached to the characters Henri and "John Smith," So when Henri died I felt the same way that John felt, because I came to like Henri and seemed to miss him in the rest of the story.

Audience: I think this book is for young-adults to adults.

Rating: Out of all the books I've read so far this is the best book I rate it a 5 of 5.

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Member Since: May 24,2017
Jun 22,2017

The novel "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio which wonder was her first book, which is about August Pullman , he is a 10 year old boy who is has a facial disability, where his eyes are lower than Normal people, and he has small ears and his skin looks like he was in a fire. August has had many surgeries to help parts of face. He is about to go to his first year of high school after being home schooled his whole life, he will learn to make new friends and too be confident and proud for the person he is and not what he looks like. He has a older sister called Olivia but in the novel she is called Via for short, who stands up for him and get mad when people stare at him, his parents try too make sure he stays happy when facing new challenges. He is interesting because he is different but he still has a happy personality. I dislike the characters who make fun of august because it is rude such as jack and Julian who make fun of him constantly and make other children feel uncomfortable around him, but then the other character like summer who try and befriend him. This novel has parts coming from different main characters perspectives and all there parts form the story .It is set in America in North river heights and at a normal American high school. This is a drama and teenage literature , which I think is suitable for all ages because it shows it doesn't matter what you look like as long as you be yourself . The story is overall descriptive and you can really picture what was happening but some chapters seem irrelevant and boring, but it had a good message and theme. My rating for this novel is 4/5.

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Member Since: Jun 22,2017
Jun 22,2017


the giver is a dystopian fiction book. it's set in the future after something bad happened to the world. They set up the remaining citizens into communities. There is one leader, her name is the chief elder. There is also a group of elders, and they make decisions for all of the different communities. Within the communities they have a set system for equality and fairness. Children aren't aged by the date they were born, they're aged by the year they were born. They begin as ones and end as twelves. After they graduate from being a twelve they are classified as adults and they are given jobs (assignments) and they are chosen for you. The elders observe you over your whole lifetime and while you're doing your volunteer hours and they choose the best job for you.

One boy named jonas had noticed that he saw some things differently. He never thought much about it until he was chosen to be the next ‘receiver of memories’ and was told that he has the ‘ability to see beyond’ what the receiver of memories does is they are given memories of everything. They experience all the emotions we feel daily and throughout our lives now. The man who gives Jonas the memories is called ‘the giver’. Throughout the book Jonas is trying to figure out what is right and what is wrong. He has to constantly choose between doing the right thing or obeying the rules like he should. The way the author portrays Jonas is a very strong willed and Influential character. He thinks about others and how the things that he does affects everyone as well as himself. The author uses Jonas to draw the reader in. Using the things he says, the choices he make and the things he finds out about. He does what he knows what is right and is willing to suffer the consequences on behalf of everyone else. He is selfless and smart.

The way the author used descriptive vocabulary really helped you to become more attached to specific characters and to help lead you on and draw you in. The way he started off the book making the communities seem perfect but then slowly let all these hints drop and showed how many floors the system that they had in place had really influenced the whole story. Some of they key messages that I thought were a big part of the sorry were to do what you think is right, stand up for yourself and everyone else, and be curious. It generally would appeal to a large age bracket of people, but I think ages 11-15 are most suitable. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars !

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Member Since: Jun 22,2017
Jun 22,2017

 This books is a drama/adventure because while reading this book I was on the edge of my sit. The setting is in an open dessert because Louis Sachar explained that they were thirsty all the time an that the sun was beating down on them and that the was nothing but holes for miles and that when Stanley dug in to ground he explained that all of the ground was cracked and dry. 

 

Holes is about a boy named Stanley Yelnats who is always in the wrong place at the wrong time all because of his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather, and this unluckiness placed him camp green lake and he befriended a boy named Hector Zeroni and this camp had secrets to find these secrets they had to face the  trouble of killing lizards, rattle snakes and thirst they had to travel to gods thumb and figure out what secrets were at camp green lake. 

 

A bit about the characters the author gave different names for the different kids for the different aspects like X-ray because he wore glasses and because Louis Sachar showed the different level of power the kids have.

 

 I feel like I relate to Stanley because there have been times were I have just been in the wrong place at the wrong time. What I like about the characters is that they all wanted they same thing to leave. I didn’t like the warden, mr Pendenski and mr sir because the were making the boys dig holes for there benefit. 

 

I really liked how Louis sachar  described the surroundings and the way it felt. I also like how vividly you can see Understuffed chair for example, and some other wording he used.  “The first hole is the hardest” said Stanley “no way the second holes the hardest” and they said this every time like the third is the hardest. What I got from the book is no matter how bad things get there is always a way. I recommend this book to teenagers. I am not really a reader but I really enjoyed this book so I rate it 5 stars.

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Member Since: Jun 22,2017
Jun 22,2017

BOOK REVEIW

Ben

 

 

These books were about NBA players and their journey to and through the league (The NBA). The genre is a biography of sorts just being very short and a nice summary of the players lives. People that like sports and basketball is who this book is aimed at.

The setting is usually the high school and college of where the player. Then it progresses to the NBA courts where they had great moments where they shocked and shattered the mindset of a fan. The characters were very interesting as the author shows you the backstory and how the players grew up showing the personality traits. The other characters were usually other players or people that influenced their life. An example of this was a player that was going to be an Olympic swimmer but the pool i his town got shutdown so those dreams were forgotten but his stepdad showed him basketball and taught him how to be a great fundamental player.

The writing was very simple and easy to read. The book de scripted well as well as no being to difficult to understand. Sometimes i wish the book was more descriptive. I believe it should have been more descriptive when the players are doing clutch moments or just when they are laying for example you could say when they ran up the court that the way they bounced the ball cracked the wood with power and strength. That would have made the books more interesting and engaging.

The messages in this book were probably not meant to be in the book but they were shown anyway through the story of the player. Such as when a player may have some setbacks to becoming a NBA player he persists and strives and attains his goal. Or maybe if a p;ayer got injured they would also train and persist and make their way back into the league. The message is to persist and never give up.

Overall, this book was good and engaging for someone like me a basketball loving fanatic.

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Jun 22,2017

Divergent is about a called 'Beatrice Prior'. In the future in Chicago, the people who found the city divided their society into 5 factions: Amity, the kind, Candor, the honest, Erduite, the smart, Abnegation, the careless and Dauntless, the brave. In the futuristic where the 5 factions are the basis of the whole function. Beatrice discovers that she is divergent, therefore dosen't fit into one faction. I liked the book because it wasn't just the one genre, it had elements of all the genres. I enjoyed reading it because it kept me hocked the whole book even when there wasn't even much coming on, the way the author has written this book. There are two main characters, Beatrice (Trice) Prior she has a strong heart with loads of spirit and also hates showing weakness to people. Also a main character is a young man called "Tobias" but he calls himself "Four", he dosen't show when he is afraid of something and is very scared of losing the ones he loves. A meaningful quote in divergent is said by the character Four "Fear dosen't shut you down, it wakes you up" this means it is completely normal to have fears and that you shouldn't run away from them and you should embrace them and conquer them. I would say the audience is for 12-16 or very mature readers under the age of 12. The reason I said 12 is because it has some adult themes and also they may not be able to understand the moral of the story, and there is nothing worse then reading a book and not understanding it. Adults could also read this but the way it is written and what happens in the book I feel like teenagers might enjoy it better then adults. The author of this book is "Veronica Roth" and she is 28 years old and lives in Chicago even though she was born in New York City. Similar books to "Divergent" are "The hunger games" because it is set in the future and in the book there is a heroine fighting for her life against many others, and also has 3 books in the series. Another book is "The maze runner" because it has a lot of everything in it and isn't just one genre, "The maze runner" is a trilogy. All these books have about the same audience because they all have some mature scenes in them. You should read "divergent" because it may be similar to "The maze runner" and "The hunger games" but divergent has this story line that could very well happen in the future and you want to read what happens. Also you should divergent because it is a very captivating book and you can't stop reading it, you get addicted to it. I would give it 4.5 stars out of 5 stars

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Member Since: Jun 22,2017
Jun 22,2017

Divergent is about a called 'Beatrice Prior'. In the future in Chicago, the people who found the city divided their society into 5 factions: Amity, the kind, Candor, the honest, Erduite, the smart, Abnegation, the careless and Dauntless, the brave. In the futuristic where the 5 factions are the basis of the whole function. Beatrice discovers that she is divergent, therefore dosen't fit into one faction. I liked the book because it wasn't just the one genre, it had elements of all the genres. I enjoyed reading it because it kept me hocked the whole book even when there wasn't even much coming on, the way the author has written this book. There are two main characters, Beatrice (Trice) Prior she has a strong heart with loads of spirit and also hates showing weakness to people. Also a main character is a young man called "Tobias" but he calls himself "Four", he dosen't show when he is afraid of something and is very scared of losing the ones he loves. A meaningful quote in divergent is said by the character Four "Fear dosen't shut you down, it wakes you up" this means it is completely normal to have fears and that you shouldn't run away from them and you should embrace them and conquer them. I would say the audience is for 12-16 or very mature readers under the age of 12. The reason I said 12 is because it has some adult themes and also they may not be able to understand the moral of the story, and there is nothing worse then reading a book and not understanding it. Adults could also read this but the way it is written and what happens in the book I feel like teenagers might enjoy it better then adults. The author of this book is "Veronica Roth" and she is 28 years old and lives in Chicago even though she was born in New York City. Similar books to "Divergent" are "The hunger games" because it is set in the future and in the book there is a heroine fighting for her life against many others, and also has 3 books in the series. Another book is "The maze runner" because it has a lot of everything in it and isn't just one genre, "The maze runner" is a trilogy. All these books have about the same audience because they all have some mature scenes in them. You should read "divergent" because it may be similar to "The maze runner" and "The hunger games" but divergent has this story line that could very well happen in the future and you want to read what happens. Also you should divergent because it is a very captivating book and you can't stop reading it, you get addicted to it. I would give it 4.5 stars out of 5 stars

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Jun 21,2017

A Face Like Glass

A face like glass is a fantasy, adventure and mystery story, based in an underground city named Caverna. The author has described the setting as dark, dull, gloomy, mysterious and dangerous. Caverna is an underground world where traders make crafts so special they're almost magical. Wine can improve or erase your memory, Perfume tricks everyone into trusting the wearer, and Cheese gives you visions of the future or if they're too powerful they kill you shortly after. But most importantly, the people of Caverna are born with faces that are blank and display no expresssions and they must be taught by Facesmiths, choosing them out of catalogues and paying them large amounts. The wealthier citizens can wear a large variety of Faces to express their thoughts, while the poor are taught only faces the rich want them to display.

Neverfell has no memory and when Grandible, a famous cheesemaker, finds her in his very secure house he makes her his apprentice. The only thing Neverfell wants is to explore the world beyond his tunnels, but Neverfell has to live in secret, and has to wear a mask whenever anyone visits. Grandible fears if Neverfell ever leaves she would be in danger and many would kill for her. This is because Neverfell has a face that clearly shows her emotions and she is incapable of lying.

There were many interesting characters like Neverfell, the protagonist who is a bit mad and also confused and hurt that all of the important information is being kept from her; because she can't lie. Madame Appeline, the famous and cunning face smith who teaches the rich how to wear expressions on their faces. The grand steward, always at war with the two parts of himself and willing to do anything to kill the other half. The infamous Kleptomancer, the notorious thief willing to steal anything that would cause the most chaos, regardless of any personal gain.

The books themes are mostly about lies and their consequences, loyal and fake friends and the unbalance in society of the rich and poor classes. Because the main character was an outsider and didn't belong you could really relate to events and characters in the story. Because Neverfell was never told any information you didn't know what was going to happen next or the plan that the Kleptomancer made, until the very end. It was also really clear and easy to understand the main characters point of view.

I think this book could be enjoyed by many young adolescents but particularly Oscar. I give this book a 5/5 because it is my favourite book and I have re-read it many times.

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Member Since: May 31,2017
Jun 21,2017

Genre: Fiction, fantasy, the author shows that it is fiction and fantasy because the front cover shows a mythological beast and it has magical wands.

Setting: The story is set on earth but with a twist, in this series there is a secret way to enter a world of wizardry. It is set England, there is a secret wall that will take you to Diagon Alley. Diagon Alley is an area with a Bank that is run by goblins, it has many shops that will buy you everything you need for school at Hogwarts. Hogwarts is a school for witches and wizards, it is a castle in a mountainous area surrounded by a moat. When the students aren't at school they are with their family in the muggle world.

Plot: The plot of this book is about Harry Potter an orphan who lives with his aunt, uncle and cousin. He goes to Hogwarts for the school year and on the train he gets attacked by a dementor. He overhears the Weasley talking about a prisoner who escapes Azkaban a high prison jail, they say that Sirius Black is trying to kill Harry Potter. Most of the teachers are trying to protect him

Characters: The main characters are Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ronald Weasley, Dumbledore, Snape. Harry Potter is an orphan who lives under the stairs at his aunt and uncles house, his parents were killed by Voldemort which gave him lightning scar. Hermione Granger is a mudblood who is very interested in everything they learn at Hogwarts. Ronald Weasley lives in a poor family, they live in their house which is called 'The Burrow'.

The Author's Craft: I like how J.K.Rowling describes characters and objects, she creates a lot of mythical beasts/creatures, these creatures are interesting because some she makes up completely and others she combines animals with other animals.

Themes and Messages: A message in this book is 'things are never as they seem' because Ron thinks Peter Pettigrew is his rat scabbers but when they are in the tree he turns into a human, also Professor Lupin turns into a werewolf and Sirius Black turns into a black dog. Friendship is a huge theme in Harry Potter because Harry is never by himself and they are always protecting each other.

Audience: I would recommend this book to people from 12 and up because it would interest most people even if you don't like reading and ages because the word choice would work and there are aspects adults would like.

Rating: I would rate this book a 5/5 because the Harry Potter series is very interesting and this book has a lot of action and adventure.

By Oscar Straube

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Member Since: May 24,2017
Jun 21,2017

Genre: children literature/fantasy

Setting: the main setting of Charlie and the Chocolate factory is a magical confectionary, it begins in a industrial area known simply as "a great town." Because Roald Dahl never mentions the city's name or location, he gives a sense of completeness to the story.

Plot: When Willy Wonka decides to let five children into his chocolate factory, he decides to release five golden ticket in five separate chocolate bars, causing complete mayhem. The tickets start to be found, with the fifth going to a very special boy, called Charlie Bucket.

Character: Charlie Bucket -  The main character of the novel. Charlie is respectful toward everyone in his life. He is bony and skinny but refuses to ever take an extra portion of food because it would deprive another member of his family. He must walk by Mr. Wonka’s factory every day on his way to school and smell the beautiful aroma of chocolate as his stomach grumbles. He is almost always cold because he does not have a good jacket. Even though he has every reason to complain, he never does. Charlie is exactly the kind of child that Mr. Wonka wants

 

 

 


Mr. Willy Wonka -  The eccentric owner of the Wonka chocolate factory. Mr.Wonka is the most renowned candy maker in the world and an endless combination of opposing parts. He is old but filled with a boundless energy. He is physically small, but his persona is larger than life. He is also both charming and insensitive. His decision to open his factory to five lucky children is actually a calculated ploy to find the perfect child to take over his factory. He is looking for a properly obsequious child to whom he can teach all the secrets of his factory. Charlie Bucket is that boy.

The other kids that got the golden tickets are:
Augustus Gloop
Violet
Veruca Salt
Mike Teavee

Through the disappearance of the other kids the morals of the story are to not be greedy or selfish and u will be rewarded for being nice

I believe that this is a great book and it's interesting to read and I don't like many books and this is one of the few books that I have liked reading

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Member Since: Jun 14,2017
Jun 21,2017

Genre: Tintin in america is an Action and Adventure Comic Book/Graphic Novel.

Setting: Tintin in America is generally based in the Windy City of Chicago USA. Other parts of the book is set in the wild west and wild lands of the redskin Indians. 

Plot: The plot of Tintin in america is that Tintin and his trusty faithful dog snowy come to Chicago to clean the streets of crime and report on all the activity going on in chicago. While on his job Tintin discovers a new adventure, to take down the infamous gangster and mob boss; Al Capone. Whilst chasing up clues and discovering traps, one of Al capones trusty hand man leads Tintin into the dangerous Wild West. It is there that Tintin is taken capture by a band of redskin Indians that thought they Tintin was an evil white person that came to take their land. Tintin narrowly escapes being put to death and carries on his tracks to take down the biggest gangster in chicago.

Character: The author of Tintin in america had done a fabulous job of creating a very likeable young reporter and hero of the book. Tintin is very smart and the author creates amazing ways of expressing Tintin brilliance in outsmarting his enemies. Snowy, Tintin dogs snowy is a very funny character, throughout the book he has his own speech bubbles  that are souly meant for the reader and does not apply to the story at all. The mobsters and gangsters in the movie are hilariously stereotypical, speaking in their greasy Chicago slang. Very funny.

The author’s craft: in Tintin in america the writing is showed through speech bubbles, this doesnt stop the writing being funny, witty and complex. Great parts of the authors writing is parts like when Tintin is shocked he exclaims his famous catchphrase, "Great snakes!" Or when Capatain Haddock ( a later character in different books ) is angry he yells " Blistering barnacles in a Thundering Typhoon!" its these exclamations of alliteration that makes the authors craft amazing.

Themes and messages: The themes of Action and Adventure hook the reader from the first page, the complex vocabulary of explaining the crime and intricate events of the book challenge the reader to understand the importantce that the characters in the book feel.

Audience: i think that the reader meant for the book to be read by younger readers like 8-12 year olds, but i think that older readers still read the brilliance of it.

Rating: i would definitly give this book a 5/5 for its brilliance 

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Member Since: May 24,2017
Jun 21,2017

‘Once’ is a novel about a Jewish boy living in the 1940s in Germany in a Catholic orphanage. The other children in the orphanage don't know that his parents are alive or that he is Jewish. When Felix was with his parents and they owned a bookshop, and when they were taken they said they were gonna bring back lots of books. They also promised to send a message when the Nazis would take him so he could get away. Felix thought that he had already gotten the message because he found a whole carrot  in his soup, so he then decided to leave the orphanage to find his parents. Although outside his life in the orphanage, The Nazis are ready to kill any Jew they see. While searching for his parents he meets different people, including  Zelda, a girl who he saved from a house on fire.

I think this book is the best of the series but I would recommend reading, Then, Now, After and Soon which are also by Morris Gleitzman. The genre of this book is adventure because he goes through a journey to find his parents. I think this is suitable for the ages  9 - 13 because little children would find the word choice and also the way the story is told hard o understand. I would rate this book 3/5 because it does give an insight on what it is like to be a Jewish Boy during World War 2.

- Laura

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Member Since: May 24,2017
Jun 21,2017

Nanberry, black brother white 

by: Jackie French

 

Nanberry is an adventure/historical book written for teenagers to young adults. Nanberry is a book about an aboriginal boy in Australia who's life was turned upside down when his country was invaded by English people. With them they brought the cow-pox, cow-pox are a deadly disease that wiped out most of hi people and tribes all around Australia, and many of the aboriginal people. so he was forced to live with the white people, he was taken in by a foster father called Surgeon White who was one of the doctors in Australia at the time, he looked after the sick and unwell people of the town. He also lived with a maid called Rachel who was assigned to Surgeon White to cook and look after him and his home.

 

 I thought the story was very engaging because it is based on a true story and the author did a very good job at creating very real and believable characters in the story, but sometimes I felt that the author skipped to some people that we didn't know much about and it got a little confusing if you weren't paying very close attention to the back story. Also with the sudden change of characters sometimes it was hard to remember some of the outsider characters and pinpoint their name to a body of a person in the story.

 

But apart from all of this Nanberry was an amazing book and one of few books I have read and even liked. I think the reason I like it is because it is based on a true story so it feels really real, and the characters are explained really carefully and well.

 

 

Jun 20,2017

Title: The Diary of Anne Frank (1942-1945)

Genre: Non-fiction

Setting: The diary of Anne Frank was set during WW||, in Amsterdam, Holland while the Germans were invading the country wanting to kill the Jews and wanting to take over Europe. 

Plot:

For two years, Anne Frank and her family lived in this Secret Annex. Mr. and Mrs. van Daan and their son Peter are also in hiding with the Franks. They were living through World War || while being Nazi-occupied in Holland, Anne Frank keeps a diary of everyday life for the Franks and the Van Daans. She explains in detail everything that she feels, hears, see's and more. She writes/talks about what happens inside the secret Annex, she also talks about what she could be missing out on or what she could be doing if there was no war going on. She also explains her story in a very mature manner which you wouldn't see in a young 13 years old, but still has a child in her. 

Characters:

Main character of the novel is Anne Frank, a young girl at the age of 13 was bought a diary from her parents (Edith Frank & Otto Frank) Anne had an older sister called Margot Frank, (16 Febuary 1926 - 9 March 1945). Anne died in 1945 the year the war ended. The date of her death was never found. Margot was 4 years older than Anne. People and researches say that they died from a bad cold, known as 'Typhus' or were killed by the Nazi's at a concentration camp. The Van Daan's family was in hiding with the Franks as explained earlier. Peter van Daan was a few years older than Anne (8 November 1926 - 5 May 1945). Peter's cause of death was a death march. Shot down by the German guards. His father, Hermann Van Daan was killed by being in a gas chamber. His mother, Auguste Van Daan was murdered. I loved all the characters. Anne described them in such detail, it felt as if I already knew them. 

Themes and messages:

I was completely moved by the whole book. It is so sad seeing that Anne couldn't experience much because she and her family needed to hide and try not to be killed. Not being able to leave the secret Annex and seeing what it was like outside is really sad. The thick headed Germans at that time infuriated me completely. Honestly they were so stupid. Wanting to take over Europe and being extremely racist to all innocent Jews. What did they ever do to deserved to be killed or put in concentration camps? 

Audience:

I would recommend this book to teenagers and young adults 

Rate:

I rate this book 5 stars because it was written so well and kept me interested through out the whole book. I would definitely recommend this novel to those who haven't read it yet.

By 0livia $uarez 8E

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Jun 20,2017

‘Once’ is a novel about a Jewish boy living in the 1940s in Germany in a Catholic orphanage. The other children in the orphanage don't know that his parents are alive or that he is Jewish. When Felix as with his parents and they owned a bookshop and when they were taken they said they were gonna bring back lots of books. They also promised to send a message when the Nazis would take him so he could get away. Felix thought that he had already gotten the message because he found a whole carrot  in his soup, so he then decided to leave the orphanage to find his parents. Although outside his life in the orphanage, The Nazis are ready to kill any Jew they see. While searching for his parents he meets different people, including  Zelda, a girl who he saved from a house on fire.

I think this book is the best of the series but I would recommend reading, Then, Now, After and Soon which are also by Morris Gleitzman. I think this is suitable for the ages  9 - 13 because little children would find the word choice and also the way the story is told hard o understand. I would rate this book 3/5 because it does give an insight on what it is like to be a Jewish Boy during World War 2

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Member Since: May 24,2017
Jun 20,2017
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This a review on Andy Weir's novel, The Martian. (Alexander Nikolajuk 8E)

Genre: The genre of this book is science fiction/thriller. I know this because the book has lots of exciting and thrilling moments in it, like at the start of the book where a huge dust storm rips through the base the crew set up, leaving just dust and rubble lying around. Other things like this happen throughout the book aswell. This is also a science fiction book because it is set slightly in the future, and there are a few fairly illogical solutions for problems. I know it is set in the future because the whole novel is set on mars, in a time where people are being sent to mars for study.

Setting: The majority of the novel is set on the planet Mars. When the setting is Mars the book is written is first person of the main character Mark Watney, where mark writes log entries to tell the story, but there are some parts in the novel where it is set back on earth. These parts are written in third person and are set in a city, were secondary characters are researching about how Mark is alive on mars. There is one more place the book is set and that is on the spaceship, were the rest of Marks crew are trying to get Mark back to Earth.

Plot: The book is about an astronaut, Mark Watney. Mark and his crew are researching on Mars, when a duststorm rips through the base. The crew get out of mars safely via the ship that takes the back to earth, but mark is struck by an antenna and smashed away into the storm. After the crew has left and the storm has settled Mark is miraculously alive, and uses what was left of the base camp to survive on Mars until, the crew comes back and gets him. Through out the book, Marks thinks that everyone thinks he is dead, so he makes plan to go to the place where the next people researching on Mars are going to land, but he is interrupted when he finds out his crew are coming back to get him.

Characters: The main character is Mark Watney. Some other characters include Lewis, Johanssen, Beck, Vogel and Martinez, who are all of the rest of the crew the were sent to Mars. The are many other characters back on Earth like Jack, Annie and Venkat. I could personally not really relate to any of the characters. I really liked the characters becuase there was a big variety if personalities that were all very interesting. Although I liked the way he was written and his personality fit in well with the book, is disliked the main character Mark Watney because he was a bit of a smarty and full of himself.

I really liked the way the book was written, because it had lots of different types of writing like log entries and text messages, and the book also had some humour in it. An example of this is when Venkat told Mark to use appropriate language as his messages were being broadcasted live all over the world, and Mark replied with a rude message.

The book did not realoy inspire me.

Audience: 13+ years 

I give this book a final rating of 4/5

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Jun 20,2017


In his uncle's house in 4 Privett Drive Harry is being kept upstairs while his uncle has special guests in his house. When a house of elf named Dobby appeared on his bed warning Harry not to go back to Hogwarts Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry chases Dobby down the stairs Dobby then uplifts a cake with his magic and drops it on the special guest. With no explanation and no belief of magic Harry's uncle locks him up in his room and places bars on his window. One late night Harry is woken up by a loud rumbling, he puts on his glasses and sees that a car is flying in mid air!! When the car edges closer to his window Harry saw who was driving it. It was his best friend Ron Weasley and his twin brothers. They unhook Harry's bars off his window and drive him back to their house.


When they arrive Ron's mother Mrs Weasley is waiting and worried sick. When Harry is in the book shop in Diagon Alley a famous wizard and that is going to be teaching at Hogwarts arrives. He shows Harry compassion but Harry hates the wizard's guts because he doesn't believe anything he has done. When they get to the magic barrier to enter the Hogwarts train station Harry and Ron can't enter but everyone else can. However, they overcome this problem by driving Ron's flying car! They soon catch up with the train and arrive at Hogwarts with a smash nearly killing them. They are called up as many people saw the flying car and reported it. They both receive detention and are to be sent home if they brake anymore school rules.

While finishing detention Harry hears a dark voice that no one else can hear. This keeps happening and then Harry, Ron and Hermionie his other friend come across a petrified cat! Across the wall written in blood is 'The chamber has been open, enemies of the heir beware'
In a school activity Harry is challenged against a snake and now learns he can speak Parseltounge which allows him to speak to snakes and everyone know that it is a bad mark. Over the days there are more attacks and Harry finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Everyone now thinks Harry is the heir of slytherin and that he attack the people. Soon enough all the mud bloods which are non magic folk are nearly eradicated. Even Harry's best friend Hermoinie was attacked!! Harry then noticed where the chamber lay. Harry and Ron follow some spiders to the forbidden forest which will help them figure the chamber of secrets out. Harry then finds Tom Wriddle's diary and writes to him every night. Tom tells Harry about the chamber and that a girl was killed in a bathroom, last time the Chamber was opened. Harry and Ron find out that Ginny, Ron's younger sister is being kept in the chamber and will die!!

They figure out where the chamber is and they open it. Harry then enters the chamber and sees Ginny laying on the floor, motionless. He sees Tom Wriddle's Diary, and then see Tom Wriddle himself but 50 years ago. Tom then calls his Basilisk which is attacking everyone and sends it to kill Harry. Then slays the basilisk with the sword of Gryfindor and saves Ginny Weasley from the grasps of Tom Wriddle.

 

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Jun 20,2017

The Wonder series is one of the most optimal series to read. The story is based in a middle school and follows the path of a 12 year old Auggie with facial deformities, in a unique way. This story portrays problems every disadvantaged person has settling into the real world with “NORMAL PEOPLE”. The author follows the quote “Every story has two sides”. The author explains every character’s side of the story. This gives us readers a new point of view.

 

File 38168This book includes “The Julian chapter” , “The Shingling chapter” and “The Pluto chapter”. These characters were a significant part of Auggie’s life. These character made a lot on different in Auggie’s life and story. We get to read and understand more about these characters in much more detail. This helps us readers connect to the characters.

 

The Julian chapter, The Shingling chapter and The Pluto chapter all start at different moments in Auggie’s life. This changes the first Wonder book completely. You can analyse and understand all the different events going on.

 

There might be one complication might encounter. Every time the author switches the narrator, it is very hard to change the mind set that the narrator has changed. The audience that I recommend this book would be teenagers and people undergoing change. If teenagers read this book, they can develop an understanding of what disadvantaged people experience and feel. This might help them connect to other students or friends. This book is very meaningful and purposeful in life. The morals and themes in this book have been expressed in a very fun and engaging way, giving the story a very deep meaning.

 

I rate this book 41/2 out of 5. This book sometimes gets very confusing and hard to read with a very stressed mind. If you are trying to relax and relieve some stress, this book might be a bit confusing(at least it was for me).

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Jun 20,2017

Divergent book review
The novel divergent is the first in a three book series written by Veronica Roth and it follows the journey of a young girl called Beatrice prior who lives in a broken world split up into 5 factions: Amity, Abnegation, Candor, Dauntless and Erudite. But tension is building between the factions and soon the peace will shatter and the world will turn upside down. The characters in this novel were interesting because they were down to earth and they seemed human. Also they were more likeable because they had their own opinions and ideas. The target audience for this novel is 14-16 year olds but may appeal to people older and anyone who is a fan of the hunger games or enjoyed them I would recommend this series to you. What I enjoyed about divergent was that it was new and it wasn't a generic fantasy story giving something new for me to read. Another reason I like this book is that it has the unique and interesting characters I talked about before and a forever twisting plot making it impossible for me to put down. What parents need to know about this book is that it does have some darker themes and ideas in this and is book is targeted towards teenagers. I would recommend that you should read it and decide whether it's for your child or conversely you could watch the movie and decide from that. The overall idea of the book is a broken world on the brink of disaster and every action or word spoken could have drastic outcomes.I would r8 this spicy book 4.3 gold stars out of 5. The only thing was that the book took a little while to start up but it was definitely worth it. You should read it because the it's a break from all the fantasy books out there and it's a little more realistic. Another reason to read this book is that the story is built up excellently and provides a way to escape to another world. Finally the characters and their amazing personalities and actions provide yet another reason to read this book. I guarantee you will enjoy this and it will not be a waste of your time, and if you like it as much as me there is a movie about it which you could watch after reading the book but the book is a lot better.
Thank you for reading this book review on the novel divergent written by Veronica Roth and I hope you will enjoy reading divergent!
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