Sunday, November 28, 2010

November Author of the Month!!!

All the poll results are in... Now it's the moment we've all been waiting for, November's Author of the Month is...
Rick Riordan!!! Rick has written several series, including the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and the Kane Chronicles. For the first book in the Kane Chronicles book reveiw, look for The Red Pyramid. Thank you to everyone who voted!!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

bookthiefThis wonderful book takes place during World War 2 in Nazi Germany. 9 year old Liesel Meminger is on a train with her brother and mother. Their mother cannot afford to keep the children, so she is taking them to foster care. On the train, Liesel’s brother dies and Liesel has to be left with her two new foster parents alone. She develops a strong relationship with her Papa, and he teaches her one thing that helps her through the tough times of her life. He teaches her to read. Soon, along with her best friend Rudy Steiner, she is stealing books from burnings, the cold ground, and wherever else they might be available. But during all of this, her family has tough times of their own, and Liesel is not just stealing books for her entertainment, but food for her own life. When her foster family dangerously takes in a Jewish man, they are in mortal fear of getting caught and taken away. This book excellently depicts life as a German during the World War, and the importance of friendship and love during hard times. This book is most suitable for teens and young adults. 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Author of the Month!!!

My cousin gave me the idea to have an author of the month. (Thanks Meghan) The author I will pick will be decided by popular vote. I will publish the winning author and will write a book review about one of their books. So start voting!

Monday, November 8, 2010


I have had 31 people from the US visit my page, 3 from China, and 1 from the UK.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

The Red PyramidThe Red Pyramid is a really fun adventure story that takes you through the myths and legends of Ancient Egypt in a cool story for tweens. Sadie and Carter Kane live far apart from each other, don’t look anything like siblings, and have only had one parent since they were around six years old. Sadie and Carter and their dad only have one “visitation day” on their grandparents’ orders. They went to a museum with their dad to see the Rosetta Stone. Their dad starts speaking hieroglyphics and the Rosetta Stone suddenly explodes!  The police come and interrogate them about what happened. It ends up that their punishment would either be deportment from England, where they were then, or arrestment. They high-tail it out of England on a reed boat with their Uncle Amos. What would take weeks on a regular ship took only minutes on a tiny raft. What was going on??? Amos reveals to them that they are part of a line of Egyptian magicians that had been doing magic since the times of the Ancient Egyptians. Their dad had released 5 Gods and one of them, the evil Set, was trying to take over the mortal world. Along with their companion, guardian, and the Goddess of Cats, Bast, they travel around the U.S. training to stop Set. This book is the first in the Kane Chronicals, and is a VERY good book that I would recommend to all tweens who like adventure and suspence.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

The True Confessions of Charlotte DoyleThe True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle is a wonderful fiction book about a very courageous young lady who is growing up in a time when women and girls didn’t have very many rights. This great 272 page novel by Avi was published in 1990 by HarperCollins Publishers and takes place in the mid-1800.

This book really drew me in and I think that it will for others too. Charlotte is around my age so I think that that made it a little more interesting; it was cool to hear what this fictional character had to say because she was growing up in a time where girls didn’t have very many rights. I liked this book also because Charlotte is a fantastic protagonist who has a lot of cool adventures.  I think that the author really succeeded in creating an exciting book that students of all ages would enjoy reading. I would certainly recommend it to all 4-7th graders who love breath catching paragraphs and lip biting chapters.

Charlotte Doyle’s family traveled to America from England and now Charlotte was going to join them. She got aboard the Seahawk and quickly realized that the trip wouldn’t be as enjoyable as she thought. The ship was full of rough sailors, but that captain gave the impression of a true gentleman. But little does she know that the captain isn’t someone she can trust, but then again, on a cargo ship, who could she? Charlotte tries to make the best by making friends with some of the crew members, but for some, that friendship doesn’t last long when they find out that she has been working with the captain “supervising” the crew. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle takes you on a journey through a girl’s hard life on a ship filled with murder, lies, and a horrible truth.