Archive for May, 2009

Number the Stars – 35

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Number the Stars – Lois Lowry – It is a great book. It goes along with our study in social studies about the Holocaust. We will read it together in class this year. This book is about Annemarie Johansen and her Jewish friend Ellen Rosen. The German soldiers are occupying their hometown in Copenhagan, Denmark. Ellen’s family is in danger, so she comes to stay with Annemarie. Mrs. Johansen takes the girls to visit her brother out in the country. The family has a funeral with some strange guest. Annamarie must make a quick trip to the sea to help her uncle. This book has great chapter breaks. It really keeps a class on the edge of their seats wanting to read more.

Running out of time

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Running out of time – Another good book by Haddix. This book is about a girl who thinks she is living several decades earlier than she is.  It is similar to the movie The Village.  The girl gets out of her village only to discover her family is living in a reality television show.

Found

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Found – By Haddix – A good book I picked up at the book fair this year. It is about a young boy who finds out that he was adopted.  He goes through this long process trying to find out who is his parents were only to find out that his new neighbor was also adopted and together they are going to community center for a seminar about adoptions.

Palace of Mirrors

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Palace of Mirrors – By Haddix – This is a great author. She wrote the Shadow Children series. This book is good also. This is about a young girl who goes to the castle because she thinks she is the princess.  She gets to the palace only to find out that she is one of thirteen princess that the queen adopted when her little girl died.

Lost and Found

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Lost and Found – By Andrew Clements – He is a great author. He writes about things that could and may even really happen at school. This book is about twins moving to a new school and they find a way to skip school.

The Jacket

Monday, May 25th, 2009

The Jacket – By Andrew Clements – Great book about thinking before you act. This boy roughs up this other younger boy because he thinks that he stole it from his brother.

The Last Olympian – 2

Monday, May 25th, 2009

The Last Olympain – I was so excited when I went to the book store and found this book.  I had just written that I thought that he left it open for another book to be written.  I will let you know what I think about it when I finish.

I just started reading, and it is great so far. Percy is on the beach in a car with Rachel and someone from the camp shows up riding a flying horse. Percy knows it is time to go do what he has been practing all summer. He flies off and asks Rachel to explain things to his mom. He is going to destroy a ship before it gets to New York. Kronos is using Luke’s body as a host and is abroad the ship. Percy and his friend thinks they know how to blow up the ship and get off before anyone notices, but they get caught. There is a spy at the camp and no one knows who it is. Percy gets away from the ship, but his friend dies. Percy goes back to camp and everyone is upset that things didn’t go as planned. The guy who died had a girl friend at camp, and she is pretty tore up that he perished. Percy hears the full prophecy about his sixteenth birthday, and he thinks he will die.

Percy gets all the other demigods to go to protect Olympus. The demigods do their best at fighting off Kronos. The gods are fighting the storm god. Percy convinces his father Posideon to come defend Olympus. Nico also convinces his father Hades to also come defend Olympus. The gods are winning and things are looking better. Kronos attacks Annabeth and this stirs the demigod Luke inside of the body. Luke then knows he must sacrifice himself to end this war. Luke knows his own weak spot and thrusts the dagger he had given to Annabeth in the weak spot. The gods reward all the demigods. Things look like they may be settling down, but I don’t know for sure.

Battle of the Labyrinth

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Battle of the Labyrinth – Book 4 by Riordan – I felt there was left a big opening for more books to follow.

Sea of Monsters

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Sea of Monsters Book 2 by Riordan It is about Percy taking a journey through the sea of monsters to retrieve something that is needed at his new summer camp.

Titan’s Curse

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Titan’s Curse – Book 3 by Riordan  It is about a journey that Percy and his friends go on and Percy knows that one of the gods will kill their child.