Friday, May 6, 2011

Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie

Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie, is a mystery about Hercule Poirot, a Belgian detective, on a crowded Orient Express. While he is on the train, Mr. Ratchett is murdered. The train had previously run into a snow drift, so the murderer was still on board. There are many interesting clues such as a broken watch, a handkerchief, and a button, but the clues seem to lead nowhere. However, Poirot is suddenly struck with a surprising fact: there were multiple murderers, all of whom have a serious gripe against Ratchett.

An impossible murder case, this book will make readers dumbstruck when the mystery is unravelled. It is a wonderful book for people who are up for a challenging mystery.

-Reviewed by JunHyung, grade 7.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte

A Poem for Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte

Darkest novel in literature
Two complete strangers fall in a helpless love
They can't help themselves
Love lies deep - never ending
Parental consent is outnumbered
Torture by paranormal marriage

One is thought gone forever
Life moves on
But coming back is a mistake
Love lays deep - hereditary
Children follow parents' eerie example
Death is a new beginning

Two souls tortured forever on the scale of hope, dreams
Forbidden romance
Catherine - make up your mind
Two men are at her back and call
Choose the one you love
Don't follow mother's example
Parents aren't always right

Break free
Make mistakes
Learn from them
Wuthering Heights
An older, more romantic version of Twilight
When will it end?

-By T.A., grade 10.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

First Test, by Tamora Pierce

An Ode to Protector of the Small, by Tamora Pierce

Denying prejudice
A new law made
All but one prevail
Who will take charge?
Keladry of Mendelian

Bullies, doubts, men, oh my
The palace is not big enough
All under one roof
They tease, mock, and bury
But she fights back in a fury

Page, she is now
Up and up she goes
From page to squire
To knight

The lords and ladies frown
But she raises her head high
No one will break her
For she is the
Protector of the Small

-By T.A., grade 10.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Rumors, by Anna Godbersen

Rumors, by Anna Godberson, is the second book in the Luxe series. With Elizabeth Holland's immature death fresh in the air, all eyes are on her younger sister. She doesn't care about the rules of society that govern New York's elite. Penelope Hayes is also getting whiplash after Elizabeth's death. She wants to take everything that her friend left behind. That, unfortunately, includes her fiance, Henry Schoonmaker. Henry is the elite's most eligible bachelor and is strangeley in love with his late fiance's sister, Dianna Holland. He is not just in love with her, he is head-over-heels in love with her to the point that marriage is on his mind. But the rules of society forbid her from marrying the fiancee. Carolina Broad is also taking up her own position in society with the help of Penelope Hayes and her knowledge of the Holland's financial state. The love triangle continues until someone comes out heartbroken.

Dianna Holland is her own person. The author shows the "bad girl" in her uptight family. This is a book where secrets and rivalries are revealed. Elizabeth is really alive and tormenting Penelope's dreams with the thought that she might come back. The only thing that can make the press wild is a good book with great reviews. This is the book for them. Dianna's unwanted courtship and Penelope's unparalleled ambition make it certain that one person will end up heartbroken.

-Reviewed by T.A., grade 10.