The Hunger Games

Hi again! Sorry I haven’t posted, but I was very busy this year. Speaking of posting, I’m writing with my BLUE LAPTOP I got for Christmas!

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The Hunger Games
Katniss Everdeen lives in District Twelve in a nation called Panem, where there is a wealthy, happy Capitol surrounded by twelve poorer districts. While under rule by the Capitol, each district is forced to give up one boy and one girl, called tributes, to participate in the Hunger Games: a bloody battle to the death. The day when the District Twelve tributes are called, Katniss’ sister, Prim, is one of them. Katniss decides to vouch for her sister and go, untrained, instead into a deadly arena! What follows is an amazing, suspenseful story, full of unexpected events. I recommend this to eleven to thirteen year olds, since I was eleven when I read it. I found this story addicting and found myself reading it everywhere! And never fear, after this there’s also two more books: Catching Fire and Mockingjay. Happy reading, and “may the odds be ever in your favour!” (Effie Trinket, The Hunger Games)

Violet in Bloom

Violet in Bloom by Lauren Myracle

Violet in Bloom

Hi again! Sorry I did not post, I got busy after Easter.

This is book two, and I think there are three books in the Flower Power series. I haven’t read the first book in the series please tell me if you have read it and if you liked it! I have read only this book, and you don’t need to read them in order.

Lauren Myracle is the author of Ten, Eleven, Twelve, etc., and the Internet Girls series for older girls.

In this book, we meet four girls: Yasaman (or Yaz), Camilla, Violet, and Katie-Rose. They have pretty much nothing in common except their names, which are all flowers. Fast forward through one book (and one month!) and they are Flower Friends Forever (FFFs)!

In the second book in the Flower Power series, Yasaman discovers that Cheezy D’Lites, a Cheetos-like snack that Rivendell Elementary serves for morning snack, are full of trans fats, and contain no actual cheese! The FFFs are determined to get rid of them, but many things will happen to keep the girls from the Cheezy Revolution, like Natalia (an acquaintance of Katie-Rose’s,) stealing Yaz, or an incident involving Camilla, her crush, Max, chunky boots, and a squished hamster. But the girls will triumph! Or will they…

I love this book! It was entertaining and contained some situations to which girls my age can relate. My favourite character is Katie-Rose. We have so much in common, like realizing that trying to impress popular people is not a good thing. When people are not nice to you, you should just move on, just like we did! This book is a definite must-read for girls ages 9-12. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Ten

Ten

By Lauren Myracle

10

Winnie Perry is a 10 year old girl who lives in Atlanta with her sister Sandra, her brother Ty, and her mom. She is proud to be crazy which she shows through an overactive imagination and quirky behaviour, even if it makes things weird sometimes. For example, she invented the Bathroom Lady, a woman who lives in the sewer and uses her pruny claws to snatch kids through the toilet and then eats them. Or when she bought coffee in New York and put lots of sugar and whipped cream in it because she didn’t like the taste. This book is about her and how she survived her year as a ten year old. From mean girls to the Big Apple and big-sisterly advice, Winnie will write month by month the ups and downs of her 10 year old life. In this book, follow Winnie and her imagination through the “Land of Double Digits…where, unicorns frolicked. Maybe they were invisible, fine. But they frolicked anyways.”

This is the first book in Lauren Myracle’s series, which includes Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen, and Thirteen Plus One. I am looking forward to reading Eleven. My favourite character was Amanda, one of Winnie’s BFFs because she was nice but a lot like Winnie, but a little less wierd. These books are for girls only. Sorry guys but you just won’t get the story.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Sorry about not writing … I was in a Zumba class for 6 weeks and it was a lot of fun! Anyway, here is my latest post!

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Hugo Cabret was written by Brian Selznick.

Meet Hugo Cabret, a young orphan who is the timekeeper in Paris, 1931. Hugo keeps the train station clocks running by winding them up each day. To most, he is a thief because he takes the things he needs, but Hugo doesn’t want to steal – he just has to eat. Eventually he meets the man who runs the toy booth in the train station where he lives, George Melies. In the past, Hugo has stolen small toys from the booth. However, George stole Hugo’s most valuable possession: a notebook from his dead father filled with pictures and notes about an automaton that his father owned. (Hugo hopes to finish rebuilding the automaton and maybe discover a message from his dad.) In order to get even with Hugo for stealing from the toy booth, George threatens to burn the notebook. Can Hugo and Isabelle, George’s goddaughter, get the notebook, rebuild the automaton and figure out how George is connected to the automaton?

I really enjoyed this book, and guess what? There’s a movie to go with it, called Hugo! I recommend reading then watching the movie. This book has 284 beautiful, detailed drawings and 511 pages. It is a book for (I’d say) 10-13 year old boys and girls because there are 2 main characters, Isabelle and Hugo. My favourite character was Isabelle. It took me a week or more to read this book. I am a speed-reader but I have been very busy.

The Name of This Book is Secret

The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch

Sorry I haven’t written lately, I was sick before Christmas and then during Christmas I got sucked into this book, “The Name of This Book is Secret”, on my new AMAZON KINDLE  that Santa gave me!  My mom and dad gave me a protective teal case and a 3-setting book light for it. 

This is a weird book because, not only does the author use a pen name, or “pseudonym”, (as the author’s name suggests) but he also occasionally stops the story, saying it is too dangerous for him to continue and too dangerous for the reader to discover more secrets within the book.  For example, at one point he stops the story and proceeds to snack on a piece of chocolate; however, the story always goes on!  

This is the first book in the series called “The Secret Series”, the second book, which I’ve already read is called “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” and I am waiting to download the third book called “This Book Is Not Good For You”.  The main character in “The Name of This Book is Secret” is Cassandra, who eventually befriends a boy named Max-Ernest.  (For more info on why he has two names; you’ll have to read the book!)  Cassandra and Max-Ernest find a strange box with vials and very peculiar music sheets entitled The Symphony of Smells, which lead them to the story of the Bergamo Brothers; a duo of Italian magicians.  As the story unfolds, we find a disturbing couple, a suspicious spa, a secret organization, and a huge secret.  Can Cass and Max-Ernest save the world from the notorious Midnight Sun? 

My favourite character is Cass, the doom-predicting survivalist who is constantly “crying ‘wolf’.”  I also enjoyed that at the end of the book is a section containing recipes, like Cass’s Super Chip Trail Mix, and experiments such as Grandpa Larry’s Homemade Compass.

The Name of this Book Is Secret

Scumble

Scumble is the follow up book of the two book series which begins with Savvy by Ingrid Law.

“If only awesome magical powers came with an instruction manual.” This quote from the book jacket is probably how Ledger, occasionally referred as “Ledge”, felt throughout this book.

Ledger “Ledge” Kale is an ordinary twelve year old boy, from an extraordinary family. For his thirteenth birthday he wouldn’t have to worry about lame presents. Instead, he’ll get a gift that he’ll have for the rest of his life, whether he likes it or not, a magical ability called a savvy. Ledge looked forward to it but unfortunately, he wouldn’t know what his savvy was or did until he received it. He hoped it would make him a really fast runner. But Ledge’s dreams turned into a nightmare. Scumbling is controlling your Savvy. Uncle Autry had a rather quirky ranch where he taught young family members to scumble. Ledges savvy turned out to be the ability to destroy things, including a toaster, T.V, the wipers on the family minivan, a Harley Davidson, and even uncle Autry’s barn. Before he knows it, a local reporter named Sarah Jane Cabot (S.J.) witnessed his Savvy, revealing their closely guarded family secret. The thought of the family secret becoming public knowledge created more problems.

This is a great book for both genders who like fiction, especially if they like Harry Potter. This time I did not have a favourite character! If you have any requests, please feel free to post!

Scumble

The Books of Elsewhere: The Shadows

The Books of Elsewhere: The Shadows by Jacqueline West

The Shadows is the first book in The Books of Elsewhere series.

Olive Dunwoody is a nice eleven year old girl who is somewhat brave. When she moves into the only old mansion on Linden Street she begins to think there’s something strange about the house. With its twisted features, such as stair cases that lead to nowhere and an attic with no door to get into it, anyone would think this house was weird. However, when Olive finds a pair of fancy spectacles, she discovers one of the house secrets – she can use them to travel through paintings that were painted by Aldous McMartin, the house patron. The spectacles allow her to travel to Elsewhere, a quiet world filled with people who are either real or part of a painting.

Olive soon realizes that her situation has given rise to many questions: Were the McMartin family even human? Why does some force in the house want her gone?

This book is similar to 100 Cupboards in that they combine both real and imaginary worlds. If you enjoyed that book you will like this one for sure. Other than Olive, the main characters in this book are three cats who each guard a part of the house. My favourite is Harvey, a slightly loony cat, who guards the attic. At different times in the book he thinks he’s Blackbeard, Cyrano de Bergerac, Lancelot du Lac, and other heroes of history and literature. He even has an outfit for each of his personalities. One of my favourites is his Lancelot costume which included a breastplate made of tuna cans and soda can tabs. As you can see, this book has its funny moments. However, beware and be warned, this book isn’t something that will give you nice dreams. As it progresses, it gets scarier, until finally you’ll only read it daytime. Don’t say I never told you!

The Books of Elsewhere: The Shadows

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