Archive for March, 2010

The Giver – 51

Friday, March 26th, 2010

The Giver – By Lois Lowry – WOW! I had heard this was a good book, but I was not prepared for the way that is ended. These people live in a controlled community. Everyone had jobs and go to school. At the age of 12 all the children are given assignments as assistants in areas that they have a gift for. Jonas was very surprised when he turned 12 and was skipped over during the ceremony. The whole crowd didn’t seem to know what to do. The Elder then explained that Jonas was to be the next Receiver for the community. This job was of great honor. Jonas is now able to ask any questions that he likes. He also doesn’t have to apologize every time he does something wrong. Jonas learns from the Giver that all the memories of the world are upon him. The community doesn’t want to feel all the pain or give choices, so that is why the community is so controlled.

Horns and Wrinkles – 50

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Horns and Wrinkles – By Joseph Helgerson – This book was kind of weird to start off with It is about this two cousins who are playing down by the river. The river seems to have done some strange things to the town’s people. There are people who have disappeared or grown strange body parts. Duke is dangling Claire off a bridge when thins start going weird. While Claire thinks she is falling into the river she lands in a boat with an old lady. Duke has sprouted a horn from his nose. Then Duke sends Claire to his house to get some camping gear, so he doesn’t have to go home with the horn. The family is called in and Grandpa starts telling other tales about family members who have disappeared down by the river. Over night Duke’s parents are turned to stone. Now Claire has to help Duke help the river and rock trolls to turn her family back to normal.

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and 6 more – 49

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and 6 more – By Roald Dahl – This book has several short stories in it. The Boy who talked with Animals is about a young boy who is very upset when some fishermen bring in a turtle they caught for the hotel dinner that night. He pitches a fit until his father buys the turtle. The boy is missing the next morning. The Hitchhiker is about a rich gentlemen who picks a hitchhike up on the side of the road. The Hitchhiker convinces the gentlemen to drive his car at top speed only to be stopped by the police and given a ticket for speeding. The Mildenhall Treasure is about a farmer who goes out to plow a friend’s field and comes across some tarnished plates. He goes to get his friend who does not tell him the plates are valuable. The friend hides the plates at his house while he is cleaning them up. Eventually he has to turn them over to the government. The Swan is a story about two bullies who pick on this one kid. The bullies kill a swan and cut its wings off and tie them to the other boy and try to make him jump out of a tree and fly. The Wonderful story of Henry Sugar is about a rich man who learns to see without his eyes. He uses this gift to win millions on dollars gambling. He uses the money won from the gambling to build orphanages. Lucky Break is a story about how this gentlemen got a lucky break with a certain story he wrote. He is now a famous author. A Piece of Cake is a story about fighting the Germans and how easy it was suppose to be, like a piece of cake.

Rising Water – 48

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Rising Water By P.J. Peterson – This is a book about three young people that are going to save a dog from a lady’s house because of the flood. As they travel there in their boat they find a man who is stranded in his house. They take him to safety. They are also asked by another woman to go retrieve a black bag for her. They find her black bag full if dolls. Then they make it to the house with the dog. They take care of the dog and head back to safety. On their way back they notice something weird about one house. They stop to check it out and discover that burglars have started looting people’s homes. Two of the kids go to get the police while one stays. When they notify the police the two head back for their friend. Their friend had been caught and tied up. Now they are trying to get away from the burglars. They finally get away only to find out the burglars are going to get away too. They decided to find their truck, and then slit the tires. The police find them, and the crooks confess.

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes – 47

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes By Eleanor Coerr – I like this book because it tells a story from the other perspective. A young girl remembers the Atom Bomb hitting her city Hiroshima, and the people dying. She starts having dizzy spells and has to go int he hospital for the doctors to run some test. She makes friends with Kenji while she is receiving treatment. Sadako is working on folding one thousand paper cranes because it is said that the gods will grant one wish to anyone who folds those cranes.

The Enormous Crocodile – 46

Friday, March 5th, 2010

The Enormous Crocodile – By Roald Dahl – This was a quick little read. It is about the big crocodile who is going to the nearby town to eat a child. He tells all the animals in the forest what he is going to do as he walks past them. Once he is in the town the different animals come to warn the children of what trick the crocodile is trying to play.

Sent – 45

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Sent – By Margaret Peterson Haddix – This book is the second book after found. It picks up with the kids going back in time. They went back into time to put Chip and Alex back into their own time period. Jonah and Katherine are there to help their friends be safe. Chip and Alex find their family and get back into the swing of things. Katherine and Jonah pull them away just in the knick of time before they are killed.

Pit of Vipers – 44

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Nancy Drew girl detective – Pit of Vipers – By Carolyn Keene – This book starts off with Nancy getting a flat tire on her car. She has to call the local garage, and someone comes to get her and the car. Her friend at the garage has been arrested for stealing a deadly snake from the local zoo. Nancy is out to prove the her friend Charlie is innocent.