Monday, February 23, 2009

The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is about a gang (group of friends) known as the 'greasers' that live in a neighborhood where violence is the only way to survive. I've read this book over five times. It relates to everyone's life in some odd way. I think this book is very emotional, it actually made me cry. It's something that pulls you in, and makes you feel the pain of the kids in the book. In my opinion, The Outsiders is a great book for people for all ages.

- Reviewed by Marika, grade 9.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician's Nephew, by C.S. Lewis

In the first book of The Chronicles of Narnia, The Magician's Nephew, Digory Kirke and his friend Polly Plummer enter a mysterious world with several pools that are actually portals to other worlds. Digory and Polly embark on many adventures as they enter some of these pools. I loved the book and I thought that it was one of the best books I have read. This book was also challenging to read, since there are many symbolisms and allusions located within every page. I liked the way C.S. Lewis tied this book to actual events in human history. I recommend this book to everybody, especially to those who are interested in learning more about certain literary techniques.

- Reviewed by C., grade 9.


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Story of a Girl, by Sara Zarr

In the three years since her dad caught her in the back of a car with a much older boy, 16-year-old Deanna's life at home and at school has been a nightmare. While dreaming of escaping with her kind brother and his family, Deanna discovers the power of forgiveness while it discovers her. Story of a Girl is a very strong book that I strongly recommend for all teenagers. The plot is very meaningful and really makes you feel as if you are in Deanna's shoes, going through what she is going through. The effect this book had on me is indescribable; Sara Zarr gives you the ability to calmly cruise through this beautiful story.

- Reviewed by Ina, grade 9.


Monday, February 9, 2009

The Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks

In The Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks, an old man reads aloud the same story to his wife every day, because she doesn't remember what happened the previous day. The story is about a mom who thinks her daughter is too good for Noah, her poor childhood friend. He and Allie, however, cross roads one day and are inseparable. I loved reading this book, and it was much more pleasurable than watching the movie. I'd recommend it to anyone.

-Reviewed by Katrina.


Friday, February 6, 2009

The Dark Knight - movie review

There's one word that completely describes The Dark Knight: awesome. It was hands down one of, if not my favorite, movie of all time. I personally think that anybody who likes killer clowns and big bats will love The Dark Knight. The movie begins with a bang. Literally. As the window of a large building is shattered and robbers in clown masks casually slide down to the bank, you can tell this movie is worth its money. The Joker was the character that made the movie so great, and Heath Ledger's performance earned him a Golden Globe. There are even rumors of a re-release, so people may still catch their chance to see Batman punch, Gotham City scream, and Joker laugh on the big screen.

- Reviewed by Gamer, grade 9.


Monday, February 2, 2009

Burned, by Ellen Hopkins

Burned, by Ellen Hopkins, is about Pattyn Scarlet von Stratten, a Mormon girl who is tired of her religious lifestyle and soon rebels against her family and her church. Her father spends most of his time angry and drunk and her mother spends most of her time picking up the pieces and supporting the household. After a year of trouble, Pattyn is sent to live with her aunt, where she finally begins to live life with some crazy twists and turns. I recommend this book to everyone because it is beautiful. This book is written like a series of poems, but is a story all in one. It is a great book that you should definitely read, because it is sad, happy, fun, exciting, and filled with passion you will remember for a long time.

- Reviewed by Ina, grade 9.