Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman

In the book The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman, the third in His Dark Materials series continues where the second book left off. Lyra and Will, who were once ordinary children, are now again in terrible danger. With the help of the armored bear Iorek Byrnison and two tiny Gallivespian spies, they must travel to a grey-lit world where no living soul has entered. Meanwhile, Dr. Mary Malone built an amber spyglass and an assassin is hunting her down. Lord Asriel with groups of angels arm for a rebellion against a mighty and old foe. With strange allegiances and shocking sacrifices, the war rages and the Dust drains from the sky. And the fate of the living and the dead lies in the hands of two children and the simple truth. I greatly enjoyed this book when I got it, and I was really surprised by the end. I would recommend it to all fans of fantasy of all ages.

- Reviewed by Victor, grade 8.


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Forever, by Judy Blume

Forever, by Judy Blume, is a book about young love and sexual encounters of a high school girl. Katherine, the protagonist, wants to make her first experience special and actually mean something. Katherine does not want to lose her virginity simply because of curiosity or temptation. Although Katherine and her boyfriend Michael have not been together for long, both know what they have is serious. Katherine knows that she loves her boyfriend Michael and he feels the same towards her. As the book progresses, their love for eachother deepens and gets stronger, to the point where they can't live without each other. But will their young love last? In my opinion, Forever is a great book. This book is not ONLY about having a sexual relationship. It's about what it means to have such a relationship with another. It's about growing up and doing what is right, doing what you desire with precaution. It teaches its readers the difference between "forever" and "everlasting" and this is the reason why I recommend this book to teenage girls who are mature and know they can handle this book. This book is extremely detailed so if one thinks they will get squeamish reading this book I recommend you not to read it. This book does not hide the truth. It's real life.

- Reviewed by Ashley, grade 10.