For Anyone Who Gets Nervous About Competition: A Page Turners Review of Kate Messner’s “Sugar And Ice”

30 01 2015

51nQbvmc1uL._AA160_by Maizie

In Sugar And Ice by Kate Messner, the main character Claire is not rich. She isn’t poor either, but she could never dream of training somewhere as fancy as the Lake Placid Olympic skating rink.

Things take a turn when a Russian coach (and former Olympics star) takes her aside after a show and offers her a scholarship. But things take another turn as schoolwork and the demanding schedule finally catches up to her. Her fellow ice skaters’ drama does not make her life any more enjoyable.

I can totally relate to all the nervous feelings Claire gets around competitions. The book is from the point of view the main character, which is interesting to know her point of view on things and thoughts. I also thought this book was very inspiring. From facing her fear of competition to making a painstaking decision, it really touched me. Overall this book’s description and vocabulary was nice, the writing I loved, and all together I thought the book was fabulous.





Don’t Judge This Book by Its Cover! A Page Turners Review of “Flyaway” by Lucy Christopher

30 01 2015

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by Isa

“Flyaway” by Lucy Christopher is an amazing book about a girl’s life. Her life may be different than others, but it is still her life. She and her father love birds, especially swans. They love them so much because the swans are so fascinating, and have such amazing features. It is a hobby that both of them have. They are running after a flock of swans one day, when her father falls, and gets really hurt. He has tons of operations, but throughout the time he is in the hospital, she meets Harry, a boy who doesn’t tease her about her fascination of birds. She finds a particular swan that acts very weird and she gets attached to the beautiful white bird.

This book is good for everyone, even someone who doesn’t have a particular favoring of birds–like me. The reason for that is because this book also describes what the hospital is like. The author talks about school, and being a younger sibling in a different situation than most younger siblings. Lucy Christopher does a good job of describing the scene to you, and how the main character feels at the time.

This book may not look so interesting, but remember! Don’t judge a book by its cover! Read the reviews, and the first few pages to see if you get into it. I hope you like this book as much as me!!!!!!!!!

 





Magic, Fantasy, Adventure…and a Boy Who Wonders “Why Me?”: A Page Turners Review of Anne Ursu’s “The Real Boy”

30 01 2015

51KkbHTKIqL._AA160_by Anna

In Anne Ursu’s The Real Boy, Oscar isn’t very normal. For one thing: he hates being around people, just regular people, normal humans. The forest is the only place where he feels at home. Other than being shy, Oscar is also an intelligent eleven year-old. He taught himself to read and he knows how to make a healing salve, no problemo. He has lived a life of being teased and bullied by Wolf, his master’s apprentice, and people at his foster home in the East. He speaks in whispers and wonders: Why me?

It all started with a country in a big continent. The country had magic protecting all its walls, and a big trading business with other countries. Wizards lived here, and weaved in with simple towns people. When they were about to die, they planted their feet in the soil and grew into trees. But the wizards died out, right after the country was struck by the Plague. Then came the sorcerers, then magicians. This is the time when Oscar lives. He does everything on a schedule, and nothing else. He is a hand (servant) for a powerful magician named Caleb in the Barrow, near to the Shining City, where the duke lives. All the people in the Shining City are perfect, and buy all their magical ointment and amulets and things in the Barrow. After the shocking and awful death of Wolf and disappearance of Master Robinson’s apprentice, Oscar meets Callie, the healer’s apprentice. They become close friends, and teach each other things, like names of herbs, and how to be respectful to strangers. But then the perfect children of the Shining City fall ill, and Caleb and Madam Mariel (the healer) are gone. Only Callie, and maybe Oscar will be able to save them. Is Oscar ready to reach out and accept the adventure he has in front of him? But, why is the city so–sparkly? Or is there just a flaw in history?

I really liked all the detail Anne Ursu used. For example, “There was a purple wound blossoming on her side.” This example made me feel as if I was in the moment. I also find her characters very unique and very well done. Every important character has a signature move. Callie’s is raising her eyebrows; Oscar’s is not looking people in the eye and concentrating on small things.

The type of reader that would love this book should be into fantasy and be on a higher level of reading. I say this because the main purpose of the book is about how magic affects the city and how Oscar lives with it, and the book is quite thick and contains certain sophisticated words and description. Such as, “Caleb was nothing but a shell, a lifeless shell.” I really liked this book and living in the world of Oscar and Callie.





Action and Adventure that Teaches and Inspires: A Page Turners Review of “Chasing Vermeer” by Blue Balliett

29 01 2015

images-1By Sophia

12,12,12,12,12,12,12,12,12,12,12,12. The number 12 plays a big role in Chasing Vermeer. It appears in many of the clues in the mystery.

Chasing Vermeer is about a girl named Perta and a boy named Calder. They are in the same class but don’t really know each other. Calder always has his pentominoes and Perta her notebook. Pentominoes are different letters that you can make into shapes. They have a very strange teacher who loves art. Perta and Calder get in trouble, and develop a friendship. Then an art piece goes missing, an art piece that Perta and Calder were going to see for its opening. Perta and Calder know secret information about the missing art, and from this they form theories about thief’s identity. They get tangled in a twisting, exciting art mystery involving many interesting characters.

I really liked this book. It is very well written, and as you read it you can’t stop, you get sucked up in the book. It is full of description and it makes you feel like you know the characters. The book is full of action, adventure, but also teaches you, and can inspire you. My only criticism is it sometimes gets confusing and the next thing you know they solved something. Also some characters are introduced but not explained. But overall it is a great book and I would recommend it.





A Fragile Girl with a Secret: A Page Turners Review of “The Mark of the Dragonfly” by Jaleigh Johnson

29 01 2015

By Isa

51qbFK6iPyL._AA160_The Mark of the Dragonfly is about a girl from a town where only scrappers live. There are meteor storms often, and things from the other worlds come down with them. Scrappers live on these objects, selling them to get food.

One day Piper is out in a meteor storm, looking for her friend, braving the poisonous green dust in the air. As Piper wanders around after the meteor storm, she finds more than just objects. She finds an unconscious girl who cannot survive without her. They find themselves on a train, running from a man who would stop at nothing to get that girl. Will she stay with Piper and live, or will she end up with the man she calls a wolf? Why can’t she survive without Piper? Is it because she is so fragile, or because she is hiding a deep dark secret that she doesn’t even remember?

I really loved this book, because it has many details, some that could be possible, and some that are just fantasy. It makes a very good mix. The characters are well made, and very interesting. All of them started out in a bad place, and by the end of the book are in the best place that they could dream of. All of them have become better people, and their personalities are totally different by the end of the book.

When I finished this book, I was laughing because it was a happy ending, and crying because I had finished it, and the story was over.

I hope everybody who reads this book loves it too.





Real Life in 1960s Mississippi: A Page Turners Review of “Glory Be” by Augusta Scattergood

16 01 2015

glorybeBy Zoe

I chose Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood because it is a mixture of two of my favorite genres, history and fiction. The cover caught my eye and I read the back. It is about a girl named Glory, who is living her life in Hanging Moss, Mississippi, in 1964. She has her ups and her downs, and this book has a lot of real life situations that happened in the 1960’s, like racism. My favorite part is when Glory explains what “Junk Poker” is to her friend, Laura.

So in summary, I think that Glory be is fantastic. Augusta Scattergood did a really good job describing the characters. I really like this book and you might like it too.

The Page Turners is a 5th Grade Review Club hosted by the BCS-BNS Library.





Realistically Unrealistic: A Page Tuners Review of “Navigating Early” by Clare Vanderpool

15 01 2015

navigatingearlyBy Talya

First, before go into the review, here is a brief summary of the book so you know what’s going on…

Jack Baker is now stuck at Morton Hill Academy, a boarding school for boys, since his mother passed away and there was no one to take care of him. He was left with his father, an army general who spends most of his time away at war. They, father and son, don’t have much of a relationship because they never spent time together and Jack is used to being around his mother. At Morton Hill Academy, Jack meets one of the most peculiar boys he has ever met in his life. His name is Early Auden. The two boys befriend each other and soon they find themselves alone at school during a school vacation break. Early persuades Jack to come along, and together, the two energetic school-aged boys trek the Appalachian Trail, unraveling the story of the number pi, looking for a giant female black bear, and trying to find Early’s brother who was lost in the war. It all ties up with the present day happenings and the boys get caught up in the theory of pi in which the digits of pi never end.

I liked the way the author described the atmosphere and the thoughts and feelings of the two characters on a quest. The author, Clare Vanderpool, beautifully described the setting, making you feel like you were personally seeing the characters in real life. The feats in the story were realistically unrealistic in a really awesome way. The characters were caught up in magically unrealistic situations, and they seemed to deal with them in a realistic way appropriate for the dilemma. I also appreciated how the author tells the story from Jack’s point of view, but how she also tells the story so that it seems almost as if Jack is watching himself and Early from the sidelines. I liked Early because I thought that he wasn’t an everyday character. He had interesting idiosyncrasies like listening to Billie Holliday only when it was raining, sorting jellybeans when he was angry, and many more that defined his personality. I never got bored in the book because some exciting and intriguing adventure seemed always to be underway.

I think that Navigating Early would appeal to someone who is interested in wildlife and puzzles. You would also have to be interested in how the characters and events meet up. That means you have to be a ‘deep reader,’ being into the book to uncover comparisons that practically tell the story.

The Page Turners is a 5th Grade Review Club hosted by the BCS-BNS Library.








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