Saturday, January 24, 2009

Monthly Winner

On the 24 of every month, I pick the best book I reviewed since the month before. This month, the award goes to...
(Drum roll please)

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
This book, along with getting the highest rating I have given since Harry Potter, kept me sitting in my seat, turning page after page (which I would have done anyway - probably the bookworm instinct in me), and had one of the best stories I have seen in a while. I can't help but warmly anticipate the sequel, and more books by this wonderful author. Even though the beginning was rather slow, I stuck with the recommendations that I have received, and it paid off. I also found out some more good news. According to Publishers Weekly, Book Two, titled Catching Fire is due out September 8th so you won't have to wait too long. The final book in the trilogy is tentatively scheduled for 2010.

The next award is on February 23, 2009
See you for the awards then.
My next review will be out tommorrow!

The Seems: The Glitch in Time

Hi again!
Now it is time for a new series, a new age group, and a new genre. This wonderful book by John Hulme and Michael Wexler is an interesting story of the forces that control us. While some groups, like the religious right, may find this controversial and a insult to their beliefs, people who put this thought aside can heartily enjoy this wonderful work of literature. The Glitch in Sleep, part of the "Seems" series has been a big hit. A glitch appears in the "sleep department" of the seems and causes mayhem. The main character, Becker Drane is sent to solve the problem.
Hulme and Wexler do an excellent job with this piece of literature, and readers will be anxiously waiting for more.
Ages 7 - 12

The Homework Machine

Good Morning.
As you can probably see, today am looking at The Homework Machine, by Dan Gutman. Mr. Gutman, a popular children's literature writer, has written countless books that children around the world have heartily enjoyed. In this particular book, Gutman uses his skill with the pen to create a wonderful story of a child who creates a homework machine. The three other kids at the table, who include a teachers pet, a class clown, and a slacker, find out about the machine and start to use it. However people start to find out that they are cheating.
In this excellent novel, Gutman does a great job understanding the average schoolchildren.

"Could have been better"
Ages 6-12

Friday, January 23, 2009

The Hunger Games

I have recently read The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. This simply amazing book describes a possible future world, where the Hunger Games are sort of like today's Olympics, with one exception. Instead of playing sports, the tributes kill each other. Every year, some people are chosen to play from each district. In the book, the main character's sister is picked to go to the games. The main character volunteers, in order to keep her sister from dying. In a breathtaking adventure, Katniss, the protagonist, is forced to forge alliances, attempt to survive, and balance her personal issues, while trying to win the games.
Collins does a great job writing and leaves us hungry for more.

"Top of the line"
Ages 10 and up

Check out Stephanie Ford's review here!

39 Clues: One False Note

Now I am going to review the second book in the series, after The Maze of Bones, called One False Note. In this sequel, Amy and Dan Cahill, the protagonists, are led to Vienna by a clue. A musical piece by Mozart called KV 617 is discovered. Amy and Dan are accompanied by their au pair, Nellie Gomez. Running around the world, social services in Boston, where the Cahills live, are looking for them, and trying to put them into custody.
Korman writes yet another novel full of danger that is sure to keep readers turning pages.

"keep it up"
Ages 7-13

39 Clues: The Maze of Bones

Hi again,
Today, I am reviewing the excellent novel, The Maze of Bones, by Rick Riordan. This is part of the 39 Clues series, which is going to be written by many well practiced children's authors, such as Gordon Korman and Peter Lerangis. While I disapprove of the fact that this is a money making scheme, I can't help but admit that this is an example of good children's literature. In the first installment of this series, Riordan weaves a tale of the legendary "Cahill" family, who supposedly have 5 branches, and include almost all famous people in this world. When Grace, the protaganist's grandmother dies, she leaves them a challenge to find the 39 clues of the Cahill family secret. The series leads them to all kinds of places, but their power-hungry relatives keep on getting in thier way.
Riordan does a great job keeping his writing alive after the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series

Ages 7-13

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

I have decided to post more often that Sundays because of increased interest.
Today, I am reviewing a book called The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne. It was about the holocaust, and Nazi Germany. While it carried the usual stereotypes, and put the Germans in a bad light, it was in a twisted way. Bruno, the main character, is a Nazi child. He is unaware that anything is happening, and doesn't even know why they have to move when his father was sent to be in charge of a concentration camp. He, being completely innocent, goes to explore the surrounding area, When he finds out about the people across the fence, he befriends one.
Boyle does an excellent job capturing Nazi Germany, and clearly depicts what an innocent is like.

Recommendation: an excellent book for young adults, and should be required reading in schools.

Very good
Ages 11 and up due to references to was and Hitler

Sunday, January 18, 2009


Today, I am reviewing Schooled, by Gordon Korman. I have recently been reading many of Mr. Korman's books, as I feel that he has a great writing style. Schooled is about A child who came from a community that taught people non-violence, and was based on traditional hippie idealism. Cap, the main character, is elected 8th grade president, and gets caught up in the school's politics, but slogs it out till the end. Cap even manages to gain some popularity during his 4 weeks at Claverage middle school, dubbed "C Average Middle School". On his last day, he is attacked by some popular students, and is sent away by ambulance. When he returns to the community, everyone at his old school thinks that he is dead.
Korman once again shows his skill with the pen and shows his insight in a public school education in this wonderful story.

Very good
Ages 7 and up