From Scholastic.com: Walter Dean Myers is the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of more than eighty books for children and young adults, including Sunrise Over Fallujah, Fallen Angels, Monster, Somewhere in the Darkness, Slam!, Jazz, and Harlem. Mr. Myers has received two Newbery Honors, five Coretta Scott King Awards, and the inaugural recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. In addition, he was the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award and the 1994 recipient of the American Library Association’s Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring an author for a “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.” He is considered one of the preeminent writers for children.
John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars is about a girl named Hazel Grace Lancaster with stage four thyroid cancer in her lungs. After months of prescription drugs, reality television, and An Imperial Affliction (Hazel’s favorite book) Hazel finally joins Cancer Kid support group. When Hazel goes to support group, she meets a seventeen year old cancer patient named Augustus Waters who loves symbols, metaphors, and “Counterinsurgence” (a video game). Little does Hazel know she found her perfect match.
My favorite part of the book is when Hazel is feeling disappointed and sought help from Augustus. I love this book because it deals with situations that society faces today. I hope you like it as well! (Just so you know, this book contains a lot of grown up stuff.)
I chose “Deep and Dark and Dangerous” (written by Mary Downing Hahn) because I felt like reading a scary story and picked this book up. The book is about a girl named Ali who finds a picture of her Aunt Dulcie and her Mother at a place called Sycamore Lake. She wanted to explore the lake for the summer.
Later on, she finds out that the lake is a place that doesn’t have the best weather, is spooky, and filled with secrets and lies. Soon, she meets a girl named Sissy. Sissy is mean, and doesn’t have a good reputation, but soon Sissy starts acting strange. She has a secret, and Ali is determined to find out what it is.
I love this book because it was as scary as I hoped. The author did a good job giving clues as well. I hope you enjoy it!
The Girl Who Could Fly is about a girl named Piper who lives in a small town with her mom and dad. But she is no ordinary girl, in her sleep she starts to float! Her parents take her to a doctor, but the doctor doesn’t believe her, and says nothing is wrong. After that her mom isolates Piper. She can’t play with the neighborhood kids or go to parties. She is home schooled. But one day her mom lets her go to a picnic if she promises that she won’t fly. She makes some friends, but they wonder why they never see her. At the end of the picnic, all the kids play a big game of baseball. Piper is chosen last. She never catches the ball, and she gets made fun of. She gets angry. To catch the ball, she flies, thinking they would think it cool. Everyone freaks out and runs! The next thing you know she is in the newspaper, and now the world knows. A day later a strange beautiful lady comes and asks Piper to come to a special school with kids that have powers like her. She excitedly goes with the lady. But when she gets to the school strange things happen. Will Piper save the school that seems nice but is really a prison? Can she do it alone? ….
The Girl Who Could Fly is a great and exciting book. It is full of detail and description. It is written very well. It is interesting from the start and full of suspense. It shows the great value of friendship and trust, making it more of a heartwarming book. The book has different genres: mystery and suspense, and other aspects to it. My only issue with this book is that sometimes you know something that the character doesn’t yet. For example, you already know who is evil when the character is still getting to it. But that is not an issue for everyone. In all, it is a great book, and I loved it.
Owl Moon is a picture book about a boy and his dad who go owling. Owling is calling out for owls and hoping that they return the call. It is told by the boy in a very descriptive way. The boy has wanted to go owling all his life and he knows what to do from his older brothers. He explains all of his senses and emotions as he goes into the woods. The boy and his father call out, “Whoooo, whoooo,” and they get answered under the Owl Moon.
Owl Moon is a story told though poetry. This descriptive book makes you feel like you are there. You see and feel what the character does.Not only is the writing fantastic, but the illustrations are great. They tell the story in a different way, explain, and give a feel to this poetry-based book.
I loved Owl Moon; it inspires young readers and writers. I would highly recommend it, not to mention the 1988 Caldecott medal it won!
It was supposed to be a nice, relaxing break, getting snowed in while sitting near a fire place. Then tons of unexpected visitors come to Milo Pine’s family’s inn in Nagspeak. Milo, a kid adopted from China by the lovely couple Nora and Ben Pine, has his confidence due to change. A quiet break from school becomes a confusing mixup and his confidence slowly drops. When almost all the characters’ identities turn out to be a scam, Milo has to restore order to the inn before all becomes chaos.
I thought this book was fantastically written and I couldn’t stop reading it. The description of the inn’s amazing stained glass windows, the ride up to the inn and the whilfarber whirlwind are almost . I thought this book was incredibly descriptive and secretive. Overall I thought it was fabulous.
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.
“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!!!!!!!!!
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.
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.