Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Jinx, by Meg Cabot

Jean hates her nickname, and that is Jinx. She is known for her bad luck. That's why she is excited that she is going to New York City for the year, in hopes to start a new, fresh life. But her dreams are ruined when her curse comes to haunt her once again. Will she make it before time runs out? Meg Cabot's Jinx lures you into the characters' lives and problems. It's a hilarious read and I recommend it to everyone.

- Reviewed by Katarina, grade 8.


Saturday, March 28, 2009

Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry

Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry, is a fictional book set during the Holocaust of World War II. Annemarie Johansen, a 10-year-old girl living in Denmark, faces a life filled with merciless Nazis prowling the streets of Copenhagen. She struggles for survival with her family and her Jewish friend. This book shows what a little girl can do in times of war and that a simple task can mean a lot. This book is very interesting, and it is also filled with suspense that kept me flipping each page faster and faster. I really enjoyed reading this book, it is one of my favorites. I recommend it to everyone, especially to those who are interested in historical fiction.

- Reviewed by C., grade 9.


Monday, March 23, 2009

A Walk to Remember - movie review

This movie, based on the book by Nicholas Sparks, is about Landon, the popular guy in school, falling in love with Jaime, the religious, good girl in school. He learns that she has Leukemia, which leads to a lot of very heartwarming and very sad things. This movie always makes me cry because of the sweet things Landon does for Jaime, her state of health, and how much more caring and a better person Landon becomes because of her. I would recommend this movie to anyone.

- Reviewed by Katrina, grade 11.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A Journey to the Center of the Earth, by Jules Verne

The classic book A Journey to the Center of the Earth, by Jules Verne, was a book I wouldn't mind reading again. The plot introduces 3 men who want to see what no mortal has seen before, and take a journey to the center of the Earth. It was a great book mainly because of the plot and the action it had in it. As the men progress deeper, they encounter more and more problems, and start to doubt whether or not they should have done this. My favorite part of the book was how it ends, but I don't want to give it away. There were a lot of interesting things in it, like how they used an eruption of hot water to bathe for the first time in weeks. The book also had some laughs in it, and I would recommend it to either a very good young reader or somebody that is at least 12, because the dialogue at times can get confusing, and the vocabulary that is used is somewhat complex. I personally give it a 4 out of 5, and the only exception was that it was just a bit too short and the ending ruined the concept. However, it was a great book in the sense of an action novel, and anybody interested in humans reaching the core of Earth should read this book.

- Reviewed by Gamer, grade 9.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler

In The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler, Virginia Shreves is a curvy, shy, insecure girl living in the city. After being criticized about her weight, she decides that enough is enough. Soon, she breaks out of her own, dyes her hair purple, gains a whole lot of confidence, and becomes the girl she always wanted to be after a lot of heartbreaking obstacles. Virginia is an inspiration because she shows girls that being beautiful on the outside is nothing if you aren't beautiful on the inside. I recommend this book for all teenage girls. This book is exciting, heartwarming, and a pleasure to read. I loved it and so will you!

- Reviewed by Ina, grade 9.


Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love, by Rosie Rushton

The Dashwood sisters live in the upside town in Sussex, England, and own an easeful mansion, as they call Holly House. Ellie is the sensible one, Abby, the drama queen, and Georgie, the tomboy. But when their luck runs out when disaster strikes, they are forced to move out from the Holly House and move to Norfolk, the tiny, practically lifeless town. But this journey will teach the three sisters secrets of life, risks, drama, and of course, love. This book, which is by Rosie Rushton, will teach you that you must listen to your head, but also your heart. I've read this book many times, and I've learned something new each time. I recommend this book to everyone.

- Reviewed by Katarina, grade 8.