Thursday, February 9, 2012

Jane Erye, by Charlotte Brontë

Jane Erye, by Charlotte Brontë, is a book about a girl who grows up into a woman and has plenty of adventures. In the beginning of the book, Jane is tortured by the Reed family. Mrs. Reed decides to send Jane to school and Jane makes her first friend there, Helens Burns, which later on dies next to Jane. Jane lived at Lowood School for eight years and found a job as a governess at Thornfield. There, she meets her soon to be husband Mr. Rochester. A year or two later, she visits Mrs. Reed in her death bed and she forgives Mrs. Reed for all the pain she's caused her. When she returns, she marries Mr. Rochester, and at the wedding, she is informed he has another wife, Bertha Mason. Then Jane leaves Thornfield and returns finding it burned to the ground by Bertha.

 I personally enjoyed Jane Erye after the first six chapters. The beginning is slow and confusing, but once bigger events occur, the book is more entertaining. Jane Erye is very intense and suspenseful. Jane goes through a lot of painful times and it makes the book more exciting. It is based of times in the 1800s where children weren't allowed to have opinions and women weren't treated with as many rights as they do now. Jane shows that she's independent because she has her own ideas when she was a child and as she grew older, she made sure that people understood how she felt. These aspects allow the reader to be more attached and understand what Jane is going through. Overall, I believe that this book is a very emotional one and has extreme detail to Jane's life.

- Reviewed by Anonymous, grade 9.

Monday, February 6, 2012

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is about a boy named Tom that causes a lot of mischief throughtout the town. Tom and Huck are at a graveyard and witness the murder of Dr. Robinson. Muff Potter is accused of the murder, however he was not the murderer, Injun Joe was. Later on, Tom and Huck overhear Injun Joe planning to kill Widow Douglas. Injun Joe found out that Tom and Huck overheard him, so he is now trying to kill them. Then, Tom is with Becky, the girl he likes, and Injun Joe finds then in a cave. Eventually escaping, Tom and Becky trap Injun Joe.

I personally really enjoyed the story. It had a thrilling plot full of twists and turns that grab the reader's attention over and over again. It displayed great foreshadowing that is hard to catch. It also had amazing visual detail. I was picturing every scene, full captivated. The book covers everything a book could have: romance, humor, adventure, mystery, and horror. It is great for any type of reader. It is also easy enough of a book for younger readers while a strong enough plot line for older readers, great for any age. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a great book that I would recommend to many readers.