10th Grade Book Reviews

When you finish your book, write up a 350-650 word response of your own (we know how to use Google, plagiarizers!) and post it in the comments down below. Don’t forget to check out your classmates’ book reviews for ideas for your next book.

  1. Isiah Suazo
    November 13, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Ender’s Game

    Set in the technologically advanced future society on Earth. Mankind has barely survived two wars with an advanced alien race. (an insect race known as the “Buggers”).To prepare for a third invasion, an international space school commands and trains students to become future commanders. In steps Ender Wigging, a six year old boy. He is a third.(the worst thing a family can have, It shows it took them three tries to get someone into battle school.) Since he’s a third, he gets picked on quite a lot. Especially from his own brother Peter. His parents want him gone, they love him, but its a disgrace to have a third. Ender’s sister, Valentine loves him more than air, she’d do anything for him. But she can’t stand to watch him leave. Once finally taken to battle school, the commanders waste no time.
    To get Ender to work his best, the teachers push him to his utmost limits. He is the smallest in all of his Battle school, making the training hard. Training consists of student teams battling it out in the Battle Room. (a zero gravity chamber filled with several obstacles in the children’s way.) The point of the game is to be the best. Your team must reach the others goal before they do yours. Eventually, Ender gains command of his own team. They are team Dragon. He trains his team to be the best. But the teachers won’t allow them to win without their say so. Team Dragon starts with small battles, leading them to the highest ranks. Then, it gets hard. The teachers end up giving Ender from two-three games a day. His team gets tired quickly. They win all matches, but Ender can’t take anymore.

    Some time later, He gets promoted to command school.(a privilege only given to sixteen year olds.) In command school, the students train with a different game. It is displayed on screen. The goal is to defeat the other, no matter what cost. Time passes, and Enders final exam comes. His final exam consists of a scenario where bugger ships outnumber Ender’s fleet a thousand to one. Ender orders the use of a special weapon, the Molecular Distribution Devise against the planet itself, destroying the simulated planet and all ships in orbit. He makes this decision knowing that it is completely against the rules of the game, hoping that his teachers will find him reckless and unacceptable, remove him from command, and allow him to return home. But things don’t turn out how they seem.

    Ender’s Game was originally published in 1977, but underwent a few changes due to political issues. It was re-published in 1991. It is a science fiction novel by American author Orson Scott Card. He has also wrote additional follow up books to the Ender’s Game series. Speaker of the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind, A war of Gifts, and Ender Exile.Ender’s Game won a Nebula and Hugo Award for best novel in 1985, and 1986.

    Throughout the book, I have had several thoughts and feelings. I feel that the Protagonist, Ender Wiggin, is somewhat destructive and has a fueled rage. But it generally isn’t his fault, he was a man of experiment. A Frankenstein created by the commanders of Battle school. They toyed with his emotions, only caring for the outcome of a great soldier. He was put together for only one soul purpose, to save humankind. His sister, Valentine is a great help to Ender. She gives him guidance and almost a purpose in life. One character I didn’t care much for was Ender’s rotten brother, Peter. That kid was truly destructive, striking fear into your core.

    Over all, I thought Ender’s Game was an action packed, can’t put it down book for teens and young adults. It gives deep thoughts on how far somone can be pushed. It shows humanity at its worst and best, struggling to do anything to save ourselves. Including destroy others. I wouldn’t recommend this to younger readers, only because there are some curse words, and inappropriate content. But for me, the book was great. Ender’s game was a fun read, I easily finished it within two days. Card knew how to take a future society, and add a spin to it. It was unlike anything I’ve read before.

  2. Jordann Seamons
    November 15, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    During Mike’s class I sat there in between the two tables on the very uncomfortable plastic chairs, my eyes wondering until he caught my attention by saying, “Other Voices Other Rooms.” Up until then I wasn’t excited one bit about writing a book report, or reading at that. Shortly after describing the book the bell had rung. About a week later I went to the library and checked out Other Voices Other Rooms by Truman Capote.
    I sat down that night on my bed staring at the book trying to decide whether I should start this book that I was so excited about or if I should sleep. Sleeping sounded better, I mean what teenager would want to stay up and read a book? Eventually I picked up the book and started to read the Introduction. In the Introduction I learned about Joel Knox one of the main characters, he was being sent to live with his father that he had never met. Joel traveled alone with only the money his step mother Amy had sent him. Once he arrived to Noon City, he saw that this wasn’t anything he had imagined it would be like. The city was full of weird people. He still needed to make it to Skully’s Landing where his father Mr. Sansom was living. There were no buses or trains heading that direction, later on he finds a senior named Jesus Fever that would give Joel a ride up to the Landing. With the help of John Brown an old mule. By then it was late at night and very dark, Joel didn’t understand why this wasn’t anything of his imagination.
    I glanced at the clock, by now this book hadn’t interested me much, so I decided to read about another five pages and next thing you know I couldn’t stop reading the book. It was midnight by now and I only had three chapters left so I had finished it. The book took a turn about half way through; the characters seemed to turn dark. Especially Joel’s Cousin Randolph he told stories to Joel that to me seemed like they had a lot of meaning but I couldn’t follow them, it was hard to comprehend.
    The ending wasn’t all that I had imagined but I did get something from this book. “Other Voices Other Rooms,” the saying speaks a lot of truth we are surrounded by unlimited possibilities, whether we decide to act upon them or not. We are bordered around other voices, other rooms, other people, other opinions and we decide the path of life. Life’s a journey we have to learn from our mistakes and choose what is right for ourselves.
    I believe that if you would like a challenge, I would definitely recommend reading this book. Don’t get me wrong I’m not disappointed about the book whatsoever it was outstanding with unlimited possibilities and plots. I’m not sure who to recommend this book to, but what I do know is Truman Capote is an amazing author.

  3. Sarah Heelis
    November 15, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Book Review
    “To Kill a Mockingbird”
    Sarah Heelis 3rd.

    Intro: To Kill a Mockingbird was written by Harper Lee and published on July 11, 1960. The book talks about human nature, racism, courage, and the mockingbirds of society. All of it taking place from the point of view of a little girl.

    Summary: The story begins as the main character, Scout Finch, recalls the events that led to her older brother, Jem, breaking his arm. It actually takes place over a course of a couple of years, starting with the summer Dill came down to Macomb, Alabama. Jem, Scout, and Dill entertained the idea of making “Boo” Radley come out, the neighborhood weirdo who hasn’t been out of his house for a couple of decades. Jem and Sout’s father, Atticus, frowned upon this, wanting them to leave the poor man alone. Eventually their games and fear of Boo end.
    Besides Boo, Scout and Jem are bombarded by the racist, white community. Atticus was a lawyer and was appointed to defend a Negro man, Tom Robinson, accused of raping 19 year old, Mayella Ewell. Atticus was going to lose, without a doubt. It was a white man’s word, (no matter how trashy), against a Negro’s. When Scout asked him why he was even taking up the case, he said he wouldn’t be able to live with himself. All lawyers have a case that effects them personally, and he reckoned that this was his.
    The story goes on, with the end of the trial and finally the breaking of Jem’s arm. By the end, Scout finally learns what Atticus meant by, “It’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” They never do anything but make music for us. She finds the mockingbird in some of the folks in her town. (Boo, Tom Robinson, Miss Maudie, and even Atticus.)

    Unique Facts: The characters and plot are based loosely on her own life at age 10, when she lived in Monroeville, Alabama. (For example, the character, Dill, was based off of her childhood friend, Truman Capote.) Though the book was made into an instant classic and voted, “Best Novel of the Century”, it is the only book Harper Lee has published. After its publication, Miss Lee has requested for almost no public appearances or reviews.

    What I liked: The writing style was sort of complicated, but very captivating. (So long as you look up the definitions.) And because it’s from such an innocent perspective, it’s that much more precious. The story is a good one, dealing with the hardships that everybody will face during their lifetime. And the way characters deal with it is very charming. The characters themselves are very much real, comparable to people in your own life. By the end, you’ll be looking for the mockingbirds all around you.

    Recommendation: I highly recommend this book to everyone who sets their on it. Very rarely will someone regret reading it, I think. However, there are many who say they don’t like reading, as a whole, for various reasons. Generally the excuses circle around, “I get bored after the first page.” (That’s laziness and/or dyslexia.) Just to save us the whining and complaining, don’t read it. But for those who want a good story, lesson, and a satisfied mind, pick it up and read. Now.

  4. Quan
    November 17, 2009 at 8:56 am

    The book I read is Eight Skilled Gentlemen was quite interesting book to read. It had many twists and turns from reality to fantasy. It begins in an old era of China where your character Master Li and his partner Number Ten Ox. The narrator is Number Ten Ox of the story is narrating the story of his adventures with Master Li. Master Li is like your oriental Sherlock Holmes. They begin by gaining a series of cases that start of with flesh eating ghouls. But as the story continues it jumps from in and out of abnormalities. Master Li uncovers many things and solves cases that seem complex to common sense. They must use every part of their knowledge to solve each case that ties into another case. Number Ten Ox is the strength of the two and is the apprentice. I really enjoyed how you continue to read, the plot changes, and then you sit there question if this scheme is really from the Deity. I would recommend this book mainly for an interesting read. It makes you use your imagination quite well since it is so explanatory. It didn’t change me much since I read it but it was enjoyable to pass the time it was like an action pack film with a twisted story ending.

  5. Forrest Van Duren
    November 17, 2009 at 9:12 am

    The book that i decided to read. That i am doing my book report on is, The monkey wrench gang by Edward abbey. I decided to read this book because when i read what it was about it sounded interesting to me. And i thought the fact that it was based in utah was preatty cool. The book is about these 4 people who go and destroy things that are disrupting and polluting the natural envioroment of the region they live in. Which just so happens to be in the southern parts of utah. The greatest thing that they fix to try to destroy is the Glen canyon dam. A big dam that holds in a wild river. The four charecters are, George Hayduke. A vietnam green beret veteran, who is my favorite charecter in the book. He’s kind of a strange charecter and i think he’s the main comedy in the book. Then theres A.K. Sarvis, a middle aged surgeon who is more intelectual then the rest, and his young assisstent, Ms. Bonnie Abbzug. Who has a lose relationship with Sarvis. And last theres Seldom seen smith, A jack mormon who is also a river guide. The author, edward abbey. Was noted for his activness in environmental issues and criticesm of public land issues. He was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania and his upbringing there was an influence in his writting throughout his life. He moved west and fell in love with the four cornors region. Which is also a big influence in alot of his writting, especially in this book. I liked this book because i think it has a good story. I think the fact that they destroy the new devolopments in utah is really cool. Because I myself dont think that all these industries building all sorts of new things is nececery. I enjoy the outdoors and think the einvoroment of utah is beautifull, and these industries are destorying that. I think the idea of people destroying these things is entertainingAltho it wasn’t my favorite book, it was preatty good. I would recomend it to most people, expecially if you enjoy comedic books, or books about the destrucion of industrie. I give it an 8 out of 10 on my review

  6. Ian Anderson
    November 17, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    The book I read was Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. I am going to speak of some things I liked about the book. I will also share some information about the book in general. I will also share some interesting facts. Then I will tell whether I recommend Ender’s Game or not.

    Ender’s Game is a story which takes place in the future, after humanity struggled in a war against an alien race called the Buggers. Ender is a young boy and is the youngest child in his family; he has an older brother and sister. Their names are Peter and Valentine. Valentine is his closet friend but Peter is brutally mean to Ender. The government in the future has population laws only allowing families to have two children unless they are instructed otherwise; Ender is a third child and has virtually no rights. He is forced to wear a monitor implanted in the back of his neck to see if the government can use him. It turns out that he is worthy and the government takes him off to battle school. Battle school is where they teach kids to be the future leaders of the star fleet to fight of the Buggers’ second invasion. The book is mainly about his trials and learning in this battle school, and you will have to read it to find out more.

    I have read quite of few of Orson Scott Card’s books, and I have enjoyed all of them. Though Ender’s Game has to be the most unique of all I have read. It is unique in many ways including: the way Orson Scott Card writes, he adds suspense that makes you keep reading. For example, he feeds you little bits of information to keep you interested, but you never really get it until you finish. I also like the way he describes things, he does it so you get a good mental picture and you feel like you are actually there observing the whole story. The characters are all different and have their own personality that makes the characters seem real.

    I enjoyed this book deeply; I’m going to just tell about my very favorite things. My very favorite thing is that Ender almost seems like a real person, as you read about him and get to know him. I have read on in the Ender series, and I have like reading about Ender. It’s as if he is a real person just how many things it tells that make him unique and how interesting he is. I also really enjoy the whole idea of a battle school in space and how the government is teaching the future leaders of the military. I really like his idea of a zero gravity combat training room. It’s very unique and interesting.

    I would highly recommend this book to any science fiction reader, or just anyone looking for something to keep them entertained. If you’re thinking about reading it, do. It is an easier read, but it still is extremely entertaining. If you don’t really like science fiction books read this one any ways it still is really good even if you are not interested in futuristic spacey things. Overall, Orson Scott Card is one of my favorite authors, and Ender’s game is one of my favorite books.

  7. Kayton Hickenlooper
    November 17, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    The book that I read was “No Country for Old Men,” and I thought that it was a fascinating book, have you ever read a book where you just can’t set it down, because it is that good. Well this is that book. This book takes place in Texas and along the border of Texas and Mexico. One thing that this book reminds me of is a CSI show or any other murder show, but instead it has no special tracking tool or ay other tools of that matter, and only two police men named Sheriff Bell and Ed Tom. In this book there is action, murder, people who don’t know what is going on, people who are at the wrong place at the wrong time, murderers, police, and dead people. Some of the things that they talk quite a bit about are the Vietnam War, and everyday life. A few reasons why I loved this book are; because of the exciting action, cussing, all of the great description and not being able to set the book down when I have to, but that rarely happens. I would recommend this book to action loving people, and to people who like to visualize a video, or pictures of what you are reading. Personally, I think that everyone should read this book just because it is that good. It starts out with a man named, Llewelyn Moss who was in the Vietnam War, he is either in his late thirties or early forties, and he is hunting for antelope near Rio Grande and he finds two abandoned trucks with men shot dead and finds money along with heroin in the back of the truck, with taking the money he gets chased down by some murderers, and then realizes that things are starting to turn upside down. Now if you read this book you will find out many more things about Moss and you get to meet more people, such as Chigurh, the girl that has no name, Wells, and Mrs. Moss. How does one little thing change the fate of so many?

  8. Levy with a "Y" Ruth
    November 18, 2009 at 10:42 am

    The Old Man and The Sea is about a boys relationship with an old fisher man who can never seem to catch fish anymore he has gone over 40 days without catching a fish. The boy tries to help the old man with thing like dinner and loading thing up into the boat. The old man always says that there is some yellow rice and fish in a pot but the boy says that there isn’t and also know that the old man says that every night and he also says that the Yankees won even though they lost that day. The old man had been dreaming about white peaks and islands. Every morning when the old man smells a certain cent and he knows its time to wake up except one morning he smells it eralyer and knows its far to early and keeps dreaming. Every morning he goes and wakes up the boy and the boy help the old man get ready to go fishing.

    I think that if you like fishing then you should read this book. It has a very strange set up and also the story is more then you would expect. The relationship between the boy and the old man was one of the best parts in this book. Also this reminds me of a boy and his grandpa that fish together. I thought this was a pretty good book. Its almost all about a fisher mans life how sometimes you can go a long time with out catching a fish but you still go fishing everyday. It is very amazing how much of a difference the boy made for the old man. I would suggest this book to anyone who like fishing or very family like relationships It is very interesting to figure out what happens in the end.

  9. Josh Pester
    November 18, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Intro: The lord of the rings Part one: The fellowship of the ring, was written by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. The lord if the rings is a three part trilogy, fellowship of the ring being the frist then the two towers and after that is last but not at all the least the return of the king.
    Summary: The lord of the rings: the fellowship of the ring starts the three part story of the ring. It beings with rings, three rings for the elven-kings under the sky, seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone, nine for mortel men doomed to die, one for the dark lord on his dark throne in the land of mordor where the shadows lie. One ring to rule them all,one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them in the land of mordor where the shadows lie. The dark lord Sauron made manny rings then he made one more for himself that was powerful then all other rings he had made. The dark lord toke over the lands of middle earth, they all fell to the power of the ring. Until a great army of elf and men saw to defy this power.The army of elf and men almost won,Islidur son of king took up his farthers sword and killed the dark lord but not the ring,he took the ring for himself. Islidur was murderd and the ring was forgotten, and for two and half thousand years the ring passed otu of all knowledge. Until it was found by a new bearer the creature knowen as gollum. For five hunred years it pisoned him until a hobbit by the name of bilbo found it. and for nearly 100 years it stayed with him. Then Frodo takes it gos on a journey to take it to the elves where it might be safe. When they get there they find out it needs to be destroyed in fires of mount doom. So frodo agrees to do so.
    Unique facts: Some unique about the lord of the rings is that when J.R.R Tolkien was writting them he wrote them as one book not three different ones. JRR tolkien was an english major. He had written the hobbit before he made the lord of the rings. The lord of rings is actully a countion to the hobbit.
    What I liked: What I like most about lord of the rings is that you can erally tell how much time Tolkien put into these books, also the chacters from the book are so well read and you can really get a fell for who they are and what they stand for. My favirote is Eragon the ranger turned king he is so great never making a bad desion always on top of things, ready to charge in to battle for what he believes in. There is what i liked and there is much more that i do like.
    My recommendtion: Is for anyone ready to read about an amazing adventure is to go out grab this book, and if your not much of a reader watch the movie it is just as much as reading the book, and it stays so true to the book you can hardly tell the differance.

  10. Emiliya Chernova
    November 18, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Ender’s Game
    By Orson Scott Card
    This book is about a kid named Ender. Ender has a sister Valentine and a brother named Peter. Valentine is a caring and loving sister, she is always watching over him and protects him from his older brother Peter. Peter is and older brother that is really crewel. He likes to fight a lot and always mean to Ender. So this book is about Aliens attacking the Earth almost destroying human species. To make sure humans win next war, the world government like, Colonel Graff, has taken to breeding military geniuses-and then training them in the arts of war…. The early training, not surprisingly, takes the form of games…. He is smart enough to save the planet.

    The unique thing about this book is that it gives you ideas about how future might be. It gives you thoughts about discovering new planets and questions you if there is another life on Earth, and if there was how would we or they react to it. It also has a lot of good pints. One of my favorite is the one when Enders teacher, Mazer, said “I am not your friend, I am your enemy. Enemy is the one that’s going to show you your strength and weaknesses.” I think that is very true. And I can tell you truthfully that chapter 14 almost made me cry, and I had never wanted to cry when I was reading a book. The other was really good at showing the pain and emotions that Ender was going thru.

    At first when I started to read this book I thought of it something like Star Wars movie. I thought that a boy would enjoy reading it, that it wasn’t for girls, but as I got to the middle of the book I couldn’t put it down. I felt so deeply sad and bad for Ender. I couldn’t believe what adults would do to him just to get what they want. I couldn’t believe that Ender was only twelve years old when he won the war, he seamed so mature. I felt bad for him when they kept moving him away from his friends, and when he had nightmares. No one seamed to care about him. I think some time we all feel alone, lost and scared, that’s why I related to it.

    I think the other students or teachers should read this book because, it can make you cry. Haha, well maybe not cry, but it can open up your mind. I think the book also shows you that if you want some thing badly and work hard you can reach your goal. It also taught me that communication is important, because humans and bugger didn’t communicate, people and buggers died when they didn’t have to. I can not make you read this book or garrote that you are going to like it, but I can tell you that I did and it never hurts to try.

  11. Danay Bowyer
    November 18, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Danay Bowyer.
    The Alchemist.

    The story begins with Santiago when he’s leaving his poor parents who’s main goal was to send him to seminary. But Santiago wants to travel the world, so his Dad gives him three ancient Spanish coins to buy sheep. He is a shepard, and he spends several years traveling, enjoying the life of a traveler like he always wanted. A year before this, Santiago met the daughter of a merchant in a town that he wants to return to. He didn’t spend much time with her, a few hours at most, but he had strong feelings for this girl and it made him unsure whether he truly wanted to be a shepard, and thought about starting a more normal and settling life. Where a sacristy used to be, a sycamore tree grew there and that’s where he sleeps in a church. When he finally gets to Tarifa, close to where the girl lives, he wanted to go to a gypsy to help him understand a dream that he kept having. The gypsy says that he has to go because there is a treasure waiting for him. At first, Santiago isn’t convinced and doesn’t care much. That is until an old man, named Melchizedeck, who is the king of Salem, tells him that it is his Personal Legend and that he should be interested. The man tells him a story about a man who fullfilled his Personal Legend and became very happy. The king gave him two stones, the black one meant “yes” and the white “no”. He says they are for making decisions. Santiago decides to travel to Africa. He sells his sheep and goes to Tangier, a port in Africa close to Spain. But, he is robbed. He decides to walk around the city, and finds a crystal shop. When he enters the shop, he cleans the crystal glasses so he can eat. As he’s cleaning, two people come in the store and buy some crystal glasses. The merchant says that it is a good omen, because business had declined and the boy had attracted customers, so he hires the boy. Santiago learns that everyone’s fate is planned, and there’s a Language of the World. After a year, he decides to leave the crystal shop because he has enough money to buy a flock of sheep double the size of the one he had before. He learned Arabic, and can sell to Arabic merchants too. But he never buys any sheep. He decides to find his treasure. He joins a caravan going to the desert where the Pyramids are. In the caravan, he meets an Englishman who searches for true alchemists. The Englishman has alot of books on alchemy. Santiago learns the language of the desert. As the Englishman attempts to learn the desert and its language, Santiago reads the books and learns about alchemy. The Englishman tells him that alchemists try to purify metal by heating it for many years until all its properties are burned. Santiago stops reading and says he can’t learn anything. He says everyone has his or her own way of learning things. When they get where they’re going, there’s an Alchemist watching them. Santiago helps the Englishman look for the alchemist. He meets a desert woman named Fatima who tells them where the alchemist lives. The boy falls in love with Fatima’s and tells her that he loves her and wants to get married. The Alchemist’s disciple turns out to be Santiago. Santiago meets the alchemist. He tells him that he will never be happy unless he fulfills his Personal Legend. Santiago wants to stay because he loves this girl. Eventually, Santiago decides to leave the oasis with the Alchemist in pursuit of his treasure. While traveling, he learns from the Alchemist. He learns that each person who fulfills their personal legend enhances themselves. and that the world is just here to show God’s glory. The alchemist also tells the boy to listen to his heart and understand it so it will not betray him. Santiago and his heart become friends, allowing Santiago to understand the Language of the World. He later uses his knowledge of the Language of the World that he learned from his heart on his journey. He wishes to see the greatness of Allah.Through his prayer he reaches into the Soul of the World; and sees that the Soul of the World, the Soul of God, and his own soul are all one. Santiago then turns himself into the wind. he does this as the Soul of God can perform miracles and his soul is the same as that. After turning himself to wind, Santiago and the alchemist go to the pyramids. They stop at a coptic monastery. He meets a monk who invites them in. In the kitchen, the alchemist shows Santiago how to turn a pot of lead into gold. The alchemist divides it into four quarters and gives the monk and Santiago a piece, and one for himself. He gives the final piece to the monk for Santiago in case he ever needs it. They separate three hours from the pyramids. Santiago’s heart tells him that he should dig for his treasure where he weeps after getting to the pyramids of joy. And the rest is for you to figure out. This book tells a great story about following your heart and how things aren’t always so obvious and you must look into your inner thoughts to find the real beauty and point in life. At the end Santiago laughs at the odd way God had chosen to show him his treasure. This book changes the way you look at everyday life, and the ending really changes your aspect. It’s a great novel, and I strongly encourage people to read it.

  12. Breedh Bringhurst
    November 19, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    The Curtious Indicent of the Dog in the Night-time

    Christopher John Francis Boone is a fifteen-year-old boy that suffers from autism. He hates the color yellow, and knows every number up to 7,057, and loves solving puzzles. He knows every country of the world, and their capitals, and he is very good at math. When his neighbors dog, Wellington, gets stabbed and killed with a garden fork, Christopher wants to know who committed this crime. His neighbor is convinced that it was him, and he wants to prove her wrong. His dad tells him to leave things be, and mind his own business- but he just can’t. He disobeys his father, and sets off to solve the mystery.

    Christopher is caught red handed with Wellington dead in his arms, and is taken to the police station where his dad has to come get him. Very disappointed with him, he tells him he needs to stop wandering stop getting into other peoples business. However, Christpher wants to prove everyone wrong- he did not kill Wellington, he loved Wellington. He gets into his neighbors garden shed the next day, in the middle of the night, and she catches him. She is very upset with him, but still walks him home to his father. His father yells at him, frustrated and not knowing what to do. Chrisopher still wont give up- he has to know who killed the dog. He continues his mystery, and gets in more and more trouble. In the end, what’s it gonna be?

    Mark Haddon’s novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, is very well written. I like how well he writes about the autistic boy and protrays it as if you were in the shoes of Christopher. It makes you look from a different point of view. I would definately recommend this book to others, it was an eye opener.

  13. Kacey Lessard
    November 19, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    To Kill a Mockingbird was written by Harper Lee. Her book got published on July 11, 1960. It is about a little girl recalling the events on which her brother happened one summer.
    To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in Alabama after the Depression, and is
    Narrated by the main character, a little girl named Jean Louise “Scout” Finch. Her father, Atticus Finch, is a lawyer with high moral standards. Scout, her brother Jem, and their friend Dill are intrigued by the local rumors about a man named Boo Radley, who lives in their neighborhood but never leaves his house. Legend has it that he once stabbed his father in the leg with a pair of scissors, and he is made out to be a kind of monster. Dill is from Mississippi but spends his summer in Maycomb at his aunts. Harper Lee is note worthy because of her ability to create a mental picture of how the time of the great depression was like.
    I think this story is unique by how the novel approaches the of good and
    evil, by dramatizing Scout and Jem’s transition from a perspective of childhood innocence, in which they assume that people are good because they have never seen evil, to a more adult perspective, in which they have confronted evil and must incorporate it into their understanding of the world.
    The things I like most about this book are its realism and historical references of the great depression. The books structure was very impressive and well built around its great plot line. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the few books I can actually sit down and read, because I am one of the many who don’t like reading at all, but this book I think you’ll enjoy.
    I would recommend that everyone who enjoys a good book to read this great book and really try to understand what it means. Its intense plot line and historical references make To Kill a Mockingbird a book you will not get bored or tired of reading. To Kill a Mockingbird is by far the best book I have read.

  14. Abby Yazzie
    November 20, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Tricks is written by Ellen Hopkins and a lot of her books are about people with drug, family, and mental problems. A lot of her books are really inspiring to not go down those roads that some people go down. Some of her recent books are: Crank, Glass, Burned, Impulse, And Identical. I have read all but one of these books and everytime it ends, i seem to cry, this is how amazing her books are.
    Tricks is about 5 stories in one, every story seems to intertwine like one another. There is a girl named Eden who is from a very strict mormon back ground, with her father being the local preacher, she seems to fall in love and thats not going well with her parents, in the end its very sad.
    Seth is a homosexual boy living in the country working on the farm all his life, then sneaking around with someone his father finds out and things dont go to well when he learns his son is gay.
    Whitney is the shadow of her older and “perfect” sister. Needing the feeling of being wanted she finds herself with a new boyfriend, after he uses her she finds a somewhat older man and she thinks she loves him, moving to Las Vegas and going down the wrong road makes this teen age girl go into things she would never even think of doing in her life.
    Cody is someone who has a wonderful life at home living with his mother, step dad, and alcohalic 13 year old brother. Everything seems to be going good, until his step dad starts to get problems with his stomache, eventually dying of stomache cancer. Cody’s life starts going down hill. Falling into a hole deeper and deeper his life starts turning into a spiral he cant control.
    Ginger is a girl who lives with her Grandmother and her prostitute mother and a lot of siblings, all whom have different dads. Ginger come home to her mothers drunken boyfriend and gets..
    You’ll have to read the book to find out. All of the teenagers in this book all want to feel loved, but no one does, they all seem to go to one place, Las Vegas. Sin City is not the perfect place for these troubled teens.

  15. Casssandra Abel
    November 20, 2009 at 9:56 am

    So the book i read was Catcher in the Rye . It takes place during the the 1950’s . Its about a teen who gets kicked out of his private school, and is dreding going home because he has to tell his parents he got kicked out of another school. So basicly this kid is hanging around New York, for a couple days waiting till school is out for christmas break, so that when he does come home his parents just think he’s on break. Aw sad part is eww these computers are gross you know that in science we’re doing an expieriment and these computers have more bacteria on them than the boys bathroom door sick! But anyways ha i forgot to tell you this book digresses alot ha sorta like i just did , but if you have a short attention spand this book will keep you interested cause it will jump from one thing to the next and then adventually bring you back . Anyways as i was saying before that the sad part is his parents are going to find out advently because what is he gonna do when the break is over ? He’s got no where to go . But to find more out REad the Book !!

  16. Amelia Morrison
    November 20, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    The book is about a king and his three daughters, but mainly the oldest daughter, Orual, and the youngest, Psyche.
    It is set in ancient Greece I’m assuming, because the book is supposed to be Orual’s testimony against the gods. What happens is when Psyche was born everyone in the land believed she was a goddess, because she was so beautiful. All is happy and great for a few years, but then there is a drought which causes a great famine, and diseases are spreading. Everyone grows desperate and decide to sacrifice Psyche to the beast of the mountain in order to make the gods happy again.

    A week after the sacrifice Orual decides to go to the mountain at least to pick up her sisters remains, but when she gets to the tree her sister was tide up to there is no trace of her. Wandering around confused she comes to a cave and there she finds Psyche alive and without even a scratch on her. When she explains that she got married to a god Orual doesn’t believe her, and sets her up with a task to prove it, which in the end ends up ruining their lives.
    One thing that’s unique about the book is it is written in old English, but it’s not hard to read like Shakespeare, you get used to it after a bit. Another was the setting. I haven’t read too many books that were set way back then, and it’s nifty to see how important the gods were to the people, and have an idea of the customs.
    What I liked about the book was the perspective it was coming from, how it was kinda supposed to be Orual writting a biography about her ife and the wrongs the gods have done to her, to be handed to the next traveler that goes through the land on their way to greece in order for them to analyze it.
    Why I think people should read this book is because it’s by C.S. Lewis, and everyone generally knows him to be a good author, and it has a good storyline that sucks you in, its hard to put down at the end of chapters. So I hope you now want to read this book!

  17. Phelan Mitchell
    December 1, 2009 at 7:48 pm


    Grapes of Wrath is not your ordinary book. This book will make you laugh, cry and surprise you in many different ways. The book was based on the time of the French Revolution. The book is about a poor Midwest family that is forced off of their land. They weren’t the only family that had to leave, all over the southern Midwest, farmers were moving. Land banks, bad weather, and machine farming had made farming unprofitable.They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression. While the family migrates west, they encounter some stressful, heartbreaking and shocking situations. This book is a very old book, written in the 1930’s. The book was based on the time period of the French Revolution, The Drought, and The Great Depression some of it is based on a true story. The main characters in the book are; Tom Joad, he is the protagonist in some ways, he does not like getting pushed around and he is a very independent man. Jim Casey, used to be a preacher then went on to philosophy and became a philosopher, he eventually had different ideas about Christianity. There are many more but, I don’t want to bore you with it all.
    I wouldn’t read this book again, it’s a very slow read from the grammar that was used. At times I had to read the sentences more than once, just so I would understand what was going on.
    I recommend that good readers choose this book, they will find it very touching and interesting, they will also get a better look at what people had to go through during those times.

  18. Camry Dellagnola
    March 1, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    The Pearl
    By: John Steinbeck
    Report by: Camry Dellagnola

    The Pearl is about a man named Kino living in poverty in a little town called La Paz. When his son Coyotito gets stung by a scorpion, they don’t have enough money to pay for a doctor bill to save their son’s life. One day, Kino finds the Great Pearl of the World which shakes things up in the town. Everyone becomes greedy and tries to steal this pearl when all Kino wants is to accomplish simple dreams in life with this pearl. They soon find out this pearl isn’t giving them happiness, but only causing big problems and bad luck, which is a result of greediness.

    Steinbeck wrote The Pearl based on his personal experiences throughout his life, and based the story on a bible parable of a “pearl of great price.” It inspired many films, musicals, etc. such as Fleming and John the musical, The Nugget which is an Australian film, and the book itself made it to a film called The Pearl, of course.
    The thing liked most about this book was the message it carried. It was about a poor man who had nothing, but was content with his life. Then came along the pearl which would bring them “fortune.” They became so caught up in the idea of having everything they wished for, that they soon lost everything. Being blinded by the pearl, they didn’t notice how lucky they really were to begin with. So the message of greed really applies to today’s world, how everyone just wants “more.” No one is happy with what they already have. This book really makes you think twice about being thankful.
    I would definitely recommend this book to students. The theme is easily understandable because it applies to our lives today. I think a lot of students will become more aware of how ignorant and greedy people are these days, or even how greedy they are themselves. This book is a real eye opener and I think students would really enjoy it. The message is easily delivered and the book itself is a good read. If your looking for a book with a good theme, this book would spark your interest.

  19. Emiliya Chernova
    March 2, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Emiliya Chernova

    The book that I read for my book report called Black Like Me by john Howard Griffin. The guy in this book tells his story how he became a black man from a white man. He is a writter that wanted people to know about a racism problem in America. It started in 1950s, a color line was etched in blood across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. Journalist John Howard Griffin decided The to cross that line. Using medication that darkened his skin to deep brown, he exchanged his privileged life a Southern white man for the disenfranchised world of an unemployed black man. This book tells you his struggles outside and within himself, as he made his way through the segregated Deep South is recorded in this nonfiction book. This book is about race and humanity.
    As I was sitting in Mikes chairs looking aroung the classroo I noticed all the books he had on the book shelf by his desk. I was looking through the books thats when I noticed this book. I think the name cought my eye because it was called Black Like Me. Even though the book cover looked boring, I decided that I will give it a shot. The things that I thought were really interesting in this book are how racist white people were back then. It is horrible how white people treated black people back then. For example there is a part in this book when the black and white people were on the bus. When the bus stoped and white people got of the bus to take a brake, because it was a long ride, the bus driver would not let black people get of the bus to even go to the bathroom. The other things that were horrible are things like how far black people had to walk just to find a bathroom or a place where they can get a drink.
    The thing I liked about this book that how it made me think how are things different now then the way they were back then. There are still some racist people out there in the world. Some countries have a biger racism going on then the other countries. I do think that we have came a long way. Black people are treated same as white people. We even have a black president now. I think that if Martin Luther King can see us from above, he would be really happy and proud.
    I did like the massage this book was giving and how it teaches you about the black history, but some parts of this book were boring to me. He talked a lot about politics and how goverment works. That was just not interesting to me, but that is just me. If you like politics and such stuff like that then you should read this book. I am glad that I read this book, but if some one would ask me if Iwanted to read it again I would say no.

  20. Kayton Hickenlooper
    March 4, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I have read a total of three books, the first one is called the Shack by William P. Young but, I never finished reading it. Then I read the Cider House Rules by some author but, I thought that that was just a weird book and it took me to long to read it so I got another. However with the third book called The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, I thought that this is a great book, the way that they talk in the book is with a southern accent which helped me in the night of scenes, because I used a southern accent. First it starts out with the setting in Oklahoma, the description is that the dust flies up into the air then during sunrise and sunset the sky turns red and orange, then the story goes to a hitchhiker on the freeway wearing bright yellow sneakers, then some guy picks him up and takes him to his uncle Johns house to see if he needs help picking cotton. Then he tells the guy that he just got out of jail because he killed somebody. So he gets dropped off and his family is not there, the house is abandoned, then he sees his old friends, and they said that everybody was moving to California because there is no more work. Oh and the book is based on the great depression. He then decides to camp out with his friends for the night, and in the morning he visits his family and they say that they are moving to California. So the butcher the pigs, pack up, and drag grandpa out the door. But on the road they have a really old tire that is just about shot, so they drive extra slow to not blow the tire. They only have $150 and they left the water at the house, then later they see people camped out on the side of the freeway. They decide to stop and ask if the people would enjoy neighbors for the night, the people say ok, and they set up camp. Grandpa gets sick from exhaustion and dehydration and then ends up dying. Will this family with four children, a pregnant lady, a preacher, a grandma, mom and dad, and two brothers make it to California with $150? Well you will have to read and find out.

  21. Ian Anderson
    March 4, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    I decided to read “The Old Man and The Sea” by Ernest Hemingway because i need to read a sort book for this report, and the author sounded familiar. I checked my mom’s bookshelf and sure enough i found an old copy there that is barely holding together. I did not expect the book to be as good as it turned out being a extremely interesting good book.

    This book starts out with an old man named santiago retuning from a day of fishing in the open sea. The old man meets up with a young man\ boy known as “The Boy” surprisingly enough. Anywys the boy helps the old man get to his shack and get everthing put away. You then find out while the old man talks to the boy about baseball that the boy used to fish with the old man until the old man hit an ulucky streak and stopped catching fish, then his parents forbaid him from fishing with the old man. The old man is poor and lives in a beten up old shack and uses a news paper for a pillow, and all his clothes are completely patched up. The boys adors the old man and to help out he gets meals for the old man and also gets him some good fishing bait for the next day. The next day the old man heads out to wake up the boy and go fishing. The boy helps the old man set up his tiny boat then sees him off. While old man is sailing he ends up catching a tuna and sets it aside for bait. A little after that he hooks a fish on his deep lure. He thinks the fish is a marlin, the fish ends up being very large and pulls the old man’s small boat around in one direction for over a day. The old man ends up eating the tuna the next morning for food but the marlin is still going then the old man’s left hand cramps up. If you want to know more read the book.

    I really enjoyed the writing syle of the author and the way he explains things, for example he has the old man compair the sea to a women and tells why he calls it by its femonine spanish name. Also the way the author sets up charcters personalities. Like the boy who does all he can for the old man, or the old man and how he considers the fish he catches his friends.

    I would recommend this book to everyone at eash hollywood who likes well written literature. This is and extemely interesting and well written book and makes me want to start reading alot more of hemingways books.

  22. Isiah Suazo
    March 5, 2010 at 8:57 am

    To Kill a Mockingbird

    By: Harper Lee
    Isiah Suazo’s Review

    The story takes place during the Great Depression era, in Maycomb, Alabama. Narrator, Scout Finch, lives with her father Atticus, lawyer, and her brother, Jem. The story starts when Jem and Scout meet Dill. Together, the children explore the small town and observe their neighbor, “Boo” Radley. Two years after befriending Dill, Scout and Jem find that someone is leaving them small gifts in a tree in front of the Radley house. But to their dismay, Boo doesn’t come out in person.
    Meanwhile, Atticus is sent to court to defend a black man named Tom Robinson, who has been accused of taking advantage of his neighbor, Mayella Ewell, a young white woman. Atticus agrees to be Tom’s lawyer. Problems begin to occur when the case gets deeper. Poor Atticus is threatened by men of the community for defending a, “nigger”. Luckily, Jem, Dill, and Scout step in to shame the mob making them see the situation from Atticus’ and Tom’s points of view. Eventually, Atticus finds Mayella and her father lieing about the trial. But with no actual proof of Tom’s innocence, the jury finds him guilty. Scared for his life, Tom tries his escape from prison. Only to be found and shot. Humiliated by the trial, Bob Ewell, (Mayella’s father) seeks vengeance. Walking home from the school pageant, Jem and Scout are attacked by Mr. Ewell and Jem’s arm is broken. But to the aid of the children comes an unexpected savior.

    To Kill A Mockingbird, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1960. It was an instant classic. Harper Lee has said her ideas for the story came from her own family and neighbors. It is probably tho most read book dealing with racism in America. In 1962, the story was made into an Oscar winning movie. To this day, this has remained her only published work.
    Placed in rural Alabama, To Kill A Mockingbird’s characters speak with delightful southern accents. I really enjoyed this, it brought them to life and helped me get a feel of what it’d be like down south around that time era. Symbolism is used a fair amount of the time in TKM. One particular sign I recall was Atticus shooting down the rabid dog. To me, it symbolised his struggle with taking down racism. Other instances could be when Tom is killed. This shows it takes sacrifices to get through hardships, and face the conflicts in life.
    In conclusion, I recommend To Kill A Mockingbird for teens and adults searching for a different story.The 376 pages had me hooked. It wasn’t the kind of book I really am used to, but still enjoyable front to back. It really brought racism into perspective for me. It’s unique characters and well thought symbolism/plot create a fine novel.

  23. Nashae Colmenero
    March 5, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Fahrenheit 451
    By Ray Bradbury
    Nashae’s Review

    This story takes place in the future where the law is no more. You could basically get away with anything, and anyone caught reading or having considered “illegal” books, would be sent to a mental institute and all the books would be burnt by the firemen.
    Guy Montag is one of the firemen who believe literature is a waste of time, but then he meets his new neighbor Clarisse McClellan who’s a car-free lady in which Guy realizes things about his life.
    Then later on in the story Clarisse is mysteriously hit by a car and killed. A couple days pass, Guy is called to search an old lady’s house full of books. But as Guy is collecting the books to be burnt he accidentally reads a line from one of the books and it says, “Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine.” That one line seduces him into the book which causes him to steal it. While they are about to take the lady to a hospital she refuses to leave her house and the books. The firemen have already poured gas all over the house getting ready to ignite the house in flames, the old lady decides to light a match and burns herself alive along with her books. The image disturbs Guy and he becomes curious as to why someone would ever die for their books.
    Over a course of a year Guy has hidden dozens of books in the vents of his house. He tries to remember the books to try and save their story. He becomes frustrated and talks to one of his old professor and seeks him out. He asks him why are books so important, in which the professor begins to explain.
    Later on in Captain Beatty of the firemen confronts Guy about the books and tells him that he knew all along about the books, and demands Guy to burn his house down. He threatens to find the professor and kill him. Chaos arises and Guy ends up murdering Beatty. The book continues into a new war that shadows the earth.

    I really enjoyed the book. It was full of suspense and adventure. I’d recommend it to anyone who is looking for a new book to read but just haven’t found one they can really seep their mind into. Look no further Fahrenheit 451 is an excellent book that captivates you inside, and makes you really understand why literature is so important to the world and its not a waste of time. This 1953 book written by Ray Bradbury will still be a classic years to come. I loved it and I’m sure other readers will to.

  24. Kacey Lessard
    March 5, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    My book report is on The Princess Bride. Made in 1973 written by William Goldman. In 1987 it was also made into a film. This story begins with Buttercup and Westley. The two main characters are in love but are separated because of unexpected circumstances.
    It has a kick of humor, and has less solumn tone. It has characters that you can adapt to and come to like, even the villains. The book is around the Shakespearean time. Mideastern and horses are used. Also walking. They did a lot of walking.
    The thing I like about this book was the whole thing. I love the romance and even the villains. The villains have to be one of the best things because they are always cracking jokes. The book is a classic love story that I think others would enjoy. This book kept me reading and not bored for once. It is also about how you should never give up on true love once you’ve found it. If you are ever separated you should keep going and go after it. Also the main villain got what was coming to him. He was so dramatic about everything and it just made me laugh. I also like how easily you can follow each characters story throughout the book. I think everyone should read it or at least see the movie. Both similar and both enjoyable.
    I think others should read it because its a classic love story and I think others would really enjoy this book. They would enjoy the humor, and dramatic events that happen throughout the book. I think some people could relate to it also. They can relate to the troubles of being apart of someone they love and how hard it really is to be away from that person. But all in all the book is about two lovers (Princess Buttercup and Westley) who are separated unexpectedly. And had to go through tragic events to be with each other once more. But they did it. They got through it all and this is what made the book so great. Its so enjoyable and you should read it too!!

  25. Taylor Zamudio.
    May 6, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s
    Truman Capote
    Taylor Zamudio

    Capote writes of a vague, year long friendship in his 1958 novella. Based in the 1940’s he tells the mere recollections of the nameless writer about a Miss Holly Golightly. The writer first meets Golightly when the lover she has over takes violent actions and she wanders down the fire escape into his apartment. They talk all night to the morning and breifly get to know one another while he reads her a short story of his. He finds out she gets paid to visit a gangster in the Sing Sing Prison, Sally Tomato, by his lawyer and scrapes up money from other rich friends she’s gained in her almost 19 years. Before their next encounter, time goes by before she wants to see him again, and until then he listens at his window while she plays her country music to her nameless cat or talks about her wavering lifestyle. It’s only a short story getting published that gives the writer the courage to talk to Golightly again. She tries to help him become a famous writer while she searches for a permenant place to call her home. After their year together, they part and the writer never hears from or about her until about 12 years later when he returns to his once local bar (That he so often would find Golightly) and the bar tender, Joe Bell, tells him about a photograph. It’s of a statue in African that resembles Golightly. The book goes on through flashbacks while the nameless writer still wonders about her whereabouts, almost in the-one-that-got-away frame of mind. It’s a great little book and I recommend it to those who just like to hear about life stories.

  26. Brittany Talafasi
    May 19, 2010 at 1:11 am

    The book I read is called The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. This book is about two men whos lives are around the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. The World’s Columbain Exposition was made for the whole United States to celeabrate the discover of America. Paris had just had their own huge fair to celeabrate and this is where the Eiffel Tower was born. So we had to go big and bold to out do the “Eiffel”. One main characters name is Daniel H. Burnham who is one of the most famous men of the World’s Fair architects and along with others. The other main character in this story is Herman Webster Mudgett, or mostly known in the book as Dr. H. H. Holmes. He is a murder hungry man with well planned sneaky schemes.
    Holmes was a very charming and good looking man who used this to he advantage to reel in his victims. He owned alot of businesses and in which one was a miniature shopping mall with apartments on top and the other was a hotel not to far from the Worlds Fair. In this buildings he had build in traps to kill his victims. In the basement of the shopping mall he had a table set up with all tools to cut into his victims. After he was done he would throw them in his kindel to incinerate them. He would only save some parts of the vistims and the reasons for him doing this is unknown. Its also unknown how many people he had killed, the only known vistims are nine.
    Burnham on the another hand had put his talents to good use in building and making the Worlds Fair happen in such a short amount of time. He also approved of George Ferris’s huge wheel, that would beat the Paris’s grand fair. This is where the Ferris Wheel was born and well known all over America today. There were also tons of huge products and events that were introduced at the Worlds Fair that we still use and know of to this today. Some thing you might know would be Belly Dancing, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, Bufflo Bill, and Shredded Wheat.
    What I liked about this book was the history behind it. I liked mainly the parts about Holmes and how someone who was so addicted to killing with no motive. I just personally can’t understand someone like that and their sick twisted minds. What I didn’t like was it seemed to drag on just a little bit and the parts about the fair were interesting yes, but could get boring at times. It seemed like the writer was having to deal with to imformation and didn’t quite know how to handle it all. But I have to say overall that this book is a great read and I am a person who doesn’t read very often.
    The reasons for reading this book, well yet again for all the great history. I feel just a little bit smarter after reading this and its just so neat to learn true facts from a great read. I also would tell people that they would enjoy learning about Holmes sick mind and the hard difficult process it was to get started, finish, and keep interesting of the World’s Columbian Exposition.

  27. Brittany Talafasi
    May 19, 2010 at 1:13 am

    The book I read is called The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. This book is about two men whos lives are around the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. The World’s Columbain Exposition was made for the whole United States to celeabrate the discover of America. Paris had just had their own huge fair to celeabrate and this is where the Eiffel Tower was born. So we had to go big and bold to out do the “Eiffel”. One main characters name is Daniel H. Burnham who is one of the most famous men of the World’s Fair architects and along with others. The other main character in this story is Herman Webster Mudgett, or mostly known in the book as Dr. H. H. Holmes. He is a murder hungry man with well planned sneaky schemes.

    Holmes was a very charming and good looking man who used this to he advantage to reel in his victims. He owned alot of businesses and in which one was a miniature shopping mall with apartments on top and the other was a hotel not to far from the Worlds Fair. In this buildings he had build in traps to kill his victims. In the basement of the shopping mall he had a table set up with all tools to cut into his victims. After he was done he would throw them in his kindel to incinerate them. He would only save some parts of the vistims and the reasons for him doing this is unknown. Its also unknown how many people he had killed, the only known vistims are nine.

    Burnham on the another hand had put his talents to good use in building and making the Worlds Fair happen in such a short amount of time. He also approved of George Ferris’s huge wheel, that would beat the Paris’s grand fair. This is where the Ferris Wheel was born and well known all over America today. There were also tons of huge products and events that were introduced at the Worlds Fair that we still use and know of to this today. Some thing you might know would be Belly Dancing, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, Bufflo Bill, and Shredded Wheat.

    What I liked about this book was the history behind it. I liked mainly the parts about Holmes and how someone who was so addicted to killing with no motive. I just personally can’t understand someone like that and their sick twisted minds. What I didn’t like was it seemed to drag on just a little bit and the parts about the fair were interesting yes, but could get boring at times. It seemed like the writer was having to deal with to imformation and didn’t quite know how to handle it all. But I have to say overall that this book is a great read and I am a person who doesn’t read very often.

    The reasons for reading this book, well yet again for all the great history. I feel just a little bit smarter after reading this and its just so neat to learn true facts from a great read. I also would tell people that they would enjoy learning about Holmes sick mind and the hard difficult process it was to get started, finish, and keep interesting of the World’s Columbian Exposition.

  28. Sarah Heelis
    May 25, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    For me, the Perks of Being a Wallflower has been the easiest book to relate to. Perhaps it’s because it’s in letter form, and I myself write in a journal often. Whatever the reason, I saw an actual person in this story. A kid who just was living his life and needed friends. That’s a trait that good authors, including one Stephen Chbosky, has.
    I could easily relate to the book and the protagonist, Charlie, because I’ve felt the sames things that he has. Not all together the same experiences, (I’ve never done drugs, sex, or dealt with extreme drama), but I’ve seen all of these things. And Charlie has a way of just stating these experiences as if they were normal, because, in fact, they are. It waws comforting to know that I wasn’t alone in these thoughts.
    It’s so strange and selfish of us to think that we are all alone and that no one understands us or will want to. But this book nails on the hand, (Yes, your hand. Nailing it on the head could kill you. On your hand is painful and makes you aware of you surroundings), that we are all human and that we need each other. Other people make us feel complete in The World and Your World.
    My World sonsists of many things, including othere books. The two other books I’m reminded of when I read this book are “Bruises” and “Scarecrow”. These two were written for a younger audience, but both are mainly about bullying and abuse. Whereas “Wallflower” includes these themes, but is primarily about finding a friend.
    I would highly recomend this book to everyone who can handle a T rating. There is a lot of references to drugs and sex. But hey, it was written for teenagers and these are big aspects of our lives. But mostly, I want people to read it because Charlie is honest to himself and for whoever is recieving his letters. It’s hard to find honest people nowadays, so this book will be very refreshing. Hope you enjoy it.

  29. Brittany Talafasi
    May 28, 2010 at 12:54 am

    The Dharma Bums
    by: Jack Kerouac

    The book is about a man named Ray Smith, who believes in Buddhism or the Dharma. It starts out with Ray traveling on a train to California. When he arrives there he meets Japhy, who becomes a great influence him in so many great ways to Ray. As they grow closer Japhy tells Ray they will go climbing. They prepare to go and along with them they bring Morley. It takes them the whole weekend to climb ot the top and back. Only Japhy made it all the way to the top who rejoiced in his get accomplishment.

    The next weeks or so they party and inspire each other with their open mindedness and their buddist beliefs. Soon it is getting close to Christmas which means Ray travels to South Carolina to see his family. He travels through mexico mainly and on his path he crosses many different people. When he arrives home his family is more then happy to see him. When it comes to sleeping arrangements he prefers to sleep outside on the deck. While he is there he visits he old spot in the forest where he meditates. He try’s to explain to his family, yet again, the meaning of the Dharma and they still are blind sighted to his views.

    His travels back are not that great and can not wait to get back to the Buddhists in California. When he arrives back they are just consistently partying and getting way to drunk. But along this crazy nights Ray meets people who he has great inspiring. Soon Japhy announces that he is finally going to Japan to travel the mountains there. And Ray to planning on going to Washington to do some fire control watching and to be all alone up in the mountains to think.

    What I loved about this book was how will I could connect with this book, even those some of my beliefs are not like theirs. It is also very inspiring to me to the point where I would love to travel and just be in that inspirational state of mind all the time. Thankful for your surrounds and that less is ok. One think I really liked was one of the people who picked him up, I believe it was a truck driver, he said to Ray that he has never meet someone who has so little, but is so happy with it all. And that he who had alot of things was not so happy. It just shows that happiness can come in the littlest form. I also love it when he was tring to explain to his family about the Dharma and he was saying that everything is empty and only full of matter. For some reason at that point I connected so well with the character and fully understood what he was trying to explain and how the Dharma works.

  30. Sarah Heelis
    May 28, 2010 at 5:49 am

    “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is one of the more revealing books that I have read. The story is told as Charlie, the protagonist, is writing letters to an anonymous someone who listens to what he has been through in his freshmen year of high school. He writes of the drama, the adventures, and everything that comes with being an adolescent.
    Because this book was targeted for teens and adults it was very easy to relate to on a personal level. Perhaps it’s because I have a journal and write in it often like Charlie. That may or may not be a huge factor. But I can say that I have experienced all of the things that he has and felt like I was listening to an actual person. His feelings and confusions were mine as were the people and experiences that he encounters. (And no, I have never done drugs or sex, but I think we have all seen it or know people who have.) It was very refreshing, (if not obvious), to know that I was never the only one to feel the way that I do.
    It’s kind of funny how the entire world thinks that we are all alone and that nobody understands us or will want to. It is true that we have not all had the same things happen to us, and yes, some have it much better than others. I think this book really nailed it when Charlie was describing the people around him. These people are very much real and live everywhere with you. And everywhere, there are folks like Charlie.
    When I think of this book and Charlie, I’m reminded of two other books that I read in Jr. High. Although “Bruises” and “Scarecrow” were aimed for a more younger audience, they both deal with some prominent themes that you see in “Wallflower”. “Bruises” was about twelve year old, Netherlander Judith who is constantly abused by her mother. With the help of her first and only friend Michael, she is, for the first time, experiencing love for what it should be. The main themes of that book were abuse and friendship. “Scarecrow” takes place in Communist Russia and is about Lena’s trials of just trying to be liked by her peers. She tells of everything that has happened to her over the past school year to her grandpa and tries to convince him that they must leave their home to get away from these people. She’s also around twelve years old. All of these characters ring a smilar kind of bell, and are all rather special to me.
    I whole heartdly recomend this book to anyone who is fourteen and older. The reason being is that there are refrences to sex, drugs, violence, swearing, etc. But if this isn’t a problem for you, then do pick it up. I personally find it especially good when you’re going through a hard time because, again, it reminds you that you’re not alone. It’s also rather refreshing to read honest words once in a while. If I had to sum up this book in one word, I would choose “honest”. Happy reading!

  31. Nashae Colmenero
    May 28, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    To Kill A Mockingbird

    This story takes place during the Great Depression in Maycomb, Alabama. A six year old girl named Jean Louise, a.k.a “Scout” Finch lives with her brother Jem and her father who is a lawyer. A boy named Dill, comes to visit Maycomb for the summer living with his aunt. Jem and Scount befriend him and they all become curious about their neighbor “Boo” Radley. They are fasinated with him and yet scared of him. Many adults in Maycomb havent talked to Radley in years and see him rarely. The children want “Boo” to come out of his house because he hasn’t been out in years. Two years later the children discover someone is leaving gifts by Radley’s house by a tree. But Radley never appears in person.
    Meanwhile in the story their father is appointed to defend a black man named Tom Robinson who is accused of raping Mayella Ewell who happens to be a young white lady. A lot of the citizens in Maycomb disapprove of the situation Atticus, (the childrens father) accepts the case. The family begins to be taunted by the citizens of Maycomb because Atticus accepted the case and is defending Tom Robison. Atticus doesnt want the children present during the trial, but the children sneak in, and hide in the balcony. The father accuses Mr. Ewell (Mayella’s father) of lying knowing that he is the “town drunk”. The story goes on and more unexpected events accure.

    I thought the book was a fabulous book and a lot of people should read it. It’s one
    of a kind and gives a heart-felt story and a new perspective on rasism and our rights. Written by Harpee Lee in 1960 it won 2 medals despite it’s controversy. It’ll remain an instant classic and i’d recommend it for young adults.

  32. Camry Dellagnola
    May 31, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Heya Mike!

    Alright. Here goes nothing. So i read the book called The Perks of Being a Wall Flower, by Stephen Chbosky. It was basically about a boy who calls himself Charlie (his real name is never mentioned) who writes letters to an anonymous friend. He’s a pretty depressed kid, mostly cause of things that have happened in his past.. like sexual abuse. He also is depressed because of the death of his favorite aunt.. which he kinda blames on himself. His family is all kinda messed up and they all have problems of their own. He kinda overcomes his past with the help of a therapist though. He has to start high school on his own because his best friend Michael kills himself. But then he finds Sam (who he falls in love with) and Patrick (a homosexual football player) who support his weirdness and love for writing, music, and poetry. Sam and Patrick introduce Charlie to their friends too. They’re all kind of unique too. But through out high school, these friends get him into some trouble. Throughout the book you watch him transform from a person who sits back and observes, to a person who is involved. really involved.

    For a high school students, it’s an easy read cause it talks about teenage topics like experimentation with drugs and alcohol, sexuality, making friends, family relationships, and loss. Which most all of us can relate too. I would pick it up and read it while your still a teen, cause you can really learn alot. It’s definately one to read, just the end of the book itself make’s it worth it.

  33. Hilary Sherlock
    May 31, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    I picked to read Jonathon Livingston Seagull written by Richard Bach for my book report. And i wasnt disappointed! This is a really great story. Its about a seagull that gets really sick of doing all the ordaniary seagull things like looking for food, wasting time just sitting around and meeting new gulls. So when the elders of his flock sstart noticing hes not around very much and hardly looks for his own food the elders decide to banish him from the flock. So he embarks on a journey where he can do whatever he wants when he wants which is fly as fast and a high as he can. And along this journey he meets up with some other seagulls that are just like him, when he thought there was no one like him. So he gets introduced to someone called the Elder and the Edler helps learn to fly better and faster. The Elder will teach anyone that is willing and that wants to live a long fulfilled life.
    So theres alot more insterational and wonderful things that happen threw out the whole thing, But I really dont want to give to much away. This book is also a very easy read and quite short, I would suggest this book to anyone and everyone.

  34. Forrest Van Duren
    June 1, 2010 at 8:59 am

    The book I decided to read for my book report was our lady of the forest by David Guterson. It’s a story of a teenaged girl who claims to be visited by the virgin Mary.
    The story starts with the introduction of the main character Ann Holmes. A 16 year old run away mushroom picker who lives by herself in a tent in north fork Washington. Ann is a severe asthmatic and she is also very withdrawn, just keeps to herself most of the time. She always wears a sweat shirt with a hood that shrouds her features. Carolyn Greer is an older mushroom picker who Ann talks to after her first sighting of the virgin Mary and she comes with Ann to the place where she saw her to witness it herself-even though Ann is the only one who can see her- and takes Ann under her wing, and kind of becomes Ann’s speaker-which is ironic because she’s not religious and doesn’t believe Ann’s actually seeing the virgin Mary. The book goes on and more and more people start showing up to witness Ann’s visits. More big characters are introduced into the story including father Collins, the towns priest that Carolyn took Ann to visit and talk to after one of her first sightings of the virgin Mary. And tom cross, an ex lumber jack who has a lot of emotional baggage and ends up going to witness one of Ann’s sightings.
    David Guterson does a good job at establishing a clear sense of the setting and themes in this book with his imagery and the way he goes about telling the story. He deals a lot with the conflict between religious and non-religious people, and religion in general in this book. He was born on may 4 1956 in Seattle Washington.
    I thought this was a really good book and I would recommend it to any one.

  35. Shelby Yvonne
    June 1, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Alright so, the book I decided to read was A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius, by Dave Eggers.
    Pretty much, the book was a memoir; And a pretty boring one at that…
    I was expecting a lot from it, as I was allowed to by the title, and though there was something about the book that makes you continue reading because…any second now it’s going to get better, it really is, something’s gonna happen and this story will be amazing… But no. While I am empathetic for the things he writes about having to suffer through, the story (or lack thereof) remained static, in a state that was boring, written with mediocrity (though I have to say- The writing style was my favorite thing about the book; It’s written how I think), far from having any significant plot but always at a point where one could begin, full of undefined characters, and tedious, tedious, tedious. Some of the dialogue with Toph was funny, though.

    I’m not sure how to “relate” this book to anything we’re supposed to relate it to, as there really is not much. As I said, the way in which it was written is similar to my pattern of thought. Beyond that, I can’t knead and stretch A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius into anything more–Something that Dave Eggers obviously does not understand.

    I would not recommend this book, simply because there is much better out there. It wasn’t bad, just not good.

    Shelby Yvonne ❤

  36. Amelia Morrison
    June 1, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    The Pearl
    by John Steinbeck

    For the book report I read The Pearl by John Steinbeck. In the book he retells an old Mexican folk tale about Kino and his family, who are very poor, until one day Kino goes out diving and finds a beautiful pearl of tremendous value. He believes his sudden wealth will solve all of his problems, and bring a better future for his infant son, until just the opposite happens.
    How this book connects to the world around me is it is completely about human greed and jealousy. Throughout the book, Kino has to deal with people he thought were friends turning cold towards him, and going through desperate measures to steal the pearl that is rightfully his because of their selfishness. Kino himself also fails to listen to his wife, when she begs hims to throw the pearl back into the water, because of all the bad things that had happened since they found it, resulting in the final tragedy in the end.
    How this story connects to my life is, I have a friend who, when I was younger, I would be jealous of because her parents would always buy her everything she wanted. I thought that she must be the happiest person in the world because she had the prettiest clothes for all her dolls. I now know that the reason she did is because both her parents work full time, and are hardly ever home except on the weekends. They would make up for that by buying her love, which would make her briefly happy, until the excitement of something new to show to her friends wore off and her parents were back at work Monday morning. I learned from that that no matter how perfect and wonderful someones life might seem on the outside, there is always something not-so-perfect on the inside. Kino’s neighbors must have thought the same thing I did when I first met my friend, that his life must be perfect now that he has “The Pearl of the World” when that definitely wasn’t so.
    I do recommend this book to anyone who doesn’t mind a sad ending. It was very well written and it was hard to put down at times, it is engrossing all the way through. I also recommend it to people who wants a quick read because it is only 86 pages long.

  37. Josh Pester
    June 1, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Intro: Lord of the Rings part 2: Two Towers is the second installment of the of the triolgy. This follows Lord of the rings: follow ship of the ring and after this comes the third and finale book lord of the rings: the return of the king. The is one of the best novels I have ever had the pleasure of reading.
    Summry: The towers picks up right were the fellow ship left off with in ambush of Orges spliting the fellow ship up and leaving the task on just Frodo and Sam to destroy the ring in the fires of mount doom. Also Eragon, Lagolas and the The Dwarf Gimli are on search to find Mary and Pipin two hobbits that were seperated
    and taken by the Orges (who mistaken them for Frodo the barer of the ring) during the ambush. During Frodo and Sams journey they come along creature whos mind and soul was twisted by the power of the dark ring. In this creature Frodo sees him self and fearing what of what might happen to him if he continues to hold the ring.
    Also there is a battle billing up Between the Orges and Man because as last time in battle they fear the power of the human spirit and are tring to break it. But if you need know more of the out come I suggest you read it for yourself.
    Unique Facts: Although Two Towers is only the second book in the seris it is been known to be the most favored of the trilogy by the fans such as I. As I to like others it is my most favorite of the three now these doesnt mean the other ones are not good it just means this ones slightly better.It is my favroite because when you read it your already one book in and one still to go before your dune.
    My recommendation: If you are looking for an awsome adventure tale and great book I suggiest this on for sure. Also I would read the Fellow ship before you read this just to better under stand whats going on or go back and re-read it after you read this one. So there you have it a good book and a greater trilogy.

  38. Quan Le
    June 1, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    The Alchemist Review
    This particular book is about a young boy whose dreams that meant to be pursued. The boy starts a simple life of the will to travel to places and gain many experiences. I really enjoyed the book because it teaches many things apart of life that is sometimes forgotten. It gives great examples to things that are better left unsaid and is the way that life communicates with one another even without the use of language. In the book it is explained as the “language of the world or soul,” which people have experienced with out knowing it. The book shows the struggles of one’s life and the hard accomplishments it must take to pursue an image of what you would call a dream or a goal. Occasionally the dream becomes a thought of unrealistic thinking and thus making the person give up the dream. The thought of a person suffering from accomplishing what they truly wish for is what really affects the person from getting their goal. Like the way you are able to scare yourself from taking a certain action from just over thinking the possibilities of misfortune casted upon yourself. The boy shows how he listens to the environment and accepts what was given to him, to learn and evolve from the experiences. Life is comes at your unexpectedly and people try to understand the future or worry about the past, which can cause an uncomfortable feeling within you. To accept the fear and suffering to learn and better prepare you for the unexpected gut punches is reasonable response, but people over think the situation and begin to give up. This book articulates many people’s experiences into words the better defines your perspective and aids your remembrance of a lesson long forgotten. We are all connected to each other one way or another and we all have dreams and goals we wish to accomplish, to not forget, to live with optimism, and to attain love by just wanting to better ourselves for you and others. It was a wonderful quick read and I highly recommend it to other students searching for a quick enlightenment,

  39. Jack Gardner
    November 8, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    (woo, number one comment right now!)

    Pride and Prejudice book report

    So, as you can probably tell from my title, I am doing my book report about Pride and Prejudice, which is by Jane Austen. This book, Pride and Prejudice, is about an eighteenth century love story between Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy. While this book has many iconic and historic moments, One’s Pride and One’s Prejudice, caused them to turn against each other. However, they push through that and they fall in love.
    I think that the Pride and Prejudice factor between the two characters is incredibly strong and is very prominent throughout the book. Mr. Darcy’s initial Prejudice of Elizabeths standing and family’s disapproval, kept him from Elizabeth, and even though he had feelings for her. He hid it from his family, and tried denying his feeling for Elizabeth., when really, he loves her. And Elizabeth, on the other hand, had to get over her Pride before she could get to her true feelings about Mr. Darcy. And upon hearing of a story of Mr. Darcy’s shortchanging Mr. Wickum of his Inheritance, Elizabeth’s attitude towards Mr. Darcy changed, going from thinking of him as rude, to utter disdain. The final straw for Elizabeth was Mr. Darcy taking Mr. Bingley, her sisters suitor, away, ruining any chance of happiness for her sister, Jane.
    After a heated confrontation of Elizabeth accusing Mr. Darcy of his wrong doing, and Mr. Darcy improper explanation of why he shouldn’t want to be with her, they separate, leaving at a stale mate with their Pride and Prejudice keeping them apart. However, after reading Mr. Darcy’s letter of explanation, Mr. Bingley arrival with Mr. Darcy and Proposal to Elizabeth’s sister, Jane, and most important speedy marriage of a younger sister, to a void scandal, Financed by Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth realizes she was mistaken about Mr. Darcy. As for Mr. Darcy, after a rough scathing visit from Mr. Darcy’s Aunt, Lady Cathering, where she attacks Elizabeth and demands that Elizabeth never marry Mr. Darcy, who is betrothed to her daughter, thereby, insulting her in everyway possible. Mr. Darcy goes against his family’s prejudice and proposes to Elizabeth.
    They overcame their Pride and Prejudice against each other, and happily married. I feel that even though I felt this book wasn’t my cup of tea, I still fell in love with it. The kind of old time-y writing of this book gives it that sort of spark that interests me and made me kept reading it. Would I suggest this book to other students at EHHS? Maybe. They may not find it interesting because of how it’s written, but some people may enjoy that certain style. I think it’s a timeless classic that will always be memorable.

  40. Anne Bishop
    November 10, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Anne Bishop
    Book Report
    2nd Period

    Intro: Forever was written by an author named Judy Blume. She writes novels to an audience of teens and young adults. She writes about matters such as: racism, menstruation, divorce, bullying, masturbation, and teen sex(Forever. . .).

    Summary: Katherine and Michael, who are both 17, fall “in love” in the way teens often do: a hormonally-driven attraction with no idea of who the other person even is. Kath and Michael decide to go out after just meeting each other. About 5 minutes after they start dating, Michael wants to have sex. Katherine isn’t quite ready yet, but she’s afraid of disappointing him and suggests to give him “hand jobs” instead. After Michael says the three magic words, “I love you” and actually seems to mean them, even though “love” could be better expressed as “lust”, Katherine is “ready” and they go all the way. Before they became sexually active, Kath made a secret visit to a Planned Parenthood Clinic to get a prescription for birth control pills. The first few times didn’t go so well, and they messed around to try and stay upbeat with one another. Finally, they got into the rhythm of it, “so to speak”. The two swore to love each other “forever” and Michael gives Katherine a necklace promising that he will love her, just like he said. While this was all going on, their parents both agree that they’ve been spending way too much time with each other and that they need to get jobs far away from the other to occupy themselves. Kath then gets a job as a counselor at a camp for the summer so that she can earn up money for college. Michael and Katherine were still going out even though she was gone for the summer and about to leave for college. Sadly, Kath finds herself liking another guy named Theo, who coincidentally works at the same camp. She doesn’t keep up the letters that she was writing to Michael so she suddenly just stops. Michael is then worried that something happened to Kath so he makes a suprise visit to the camp, where he finds her holding hands with Theo. Nevertheless, Michael takes Katherine to his hotel room, that he is staying at, so that he can try to have sex with her. She refuses to have sex with him and that’s when Michael discovers that nothing lasts forever. They break up and head their own separate ways. Kath told Michael that she loved him and regretted nothing they did together because what they had was very special. Katherine gave him one last hug and said that she just wasn’t quite ready for forever.

    Unique Facts/What I liked: I didn’t find any unique or interesting facts in this book, really. Michael and Kath’s relationship didn’t last so that wasn’t very unique, and the way that they broke up wasn’t interesting. But what I found to be special about this book, would have to be the relationship that Katherine had with her parents. She loved her parents and treated them with the most respect I’ve ever seen a teenager have for their mom and dad. Another thing I really enjoyed about this book was that you felt like you were in the story. You would breathe life into these fictional characters and imagine yourself in their situations.

    Recommendation: I strongly, STRONGLY, recommend this book to older teens, especially romance lovers! This book keeps you alive and excited about what’s about to happen next in Michael and Kath’s relationship. It was such an enjoyable novel and I personally couldn’t put this book down. If anyone is looking for a book to read this school year or even this trimester, I highly suggest you read Forever. . .

  41. Jack Gardner
    November 13, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Guilty Pleasures Book Report

    Guilty Pleasures is a book written by Laurell K. Hamilton. It’s about 270 pages, and it takes place in New Orleans. Our main Character, Anita Blake, is a worker at a company called “Animators Inc.” Who raise the dead or lay the raised to peace. After a Risqué night at the vampire strip club, called “Guilty Pleasures” we have our main story line. Phillip, one of the strippers at Guilty Pleasures, becomes the male role.
    Anita doesn’t only raise the dead or put them to rest, but she kills vampires as well. Why? Because she fears them, somewhat. And when she is brought to the city’s head vampire, her fears then heighten. Nikolaos, a one thousand year old vampire, pushes Anita into a deal that almost breaks her; Work for Nikolaos and find out who has been murdering Vampires all throughout the city. After that, you meet a few people; Ronnie, one of Anita’s Co-workers. She’s a valuable asset to Anita, because she has the info needed. As well as learning more about Phillip, the stripper at Guilty Pleasures. He has some info that’s Valuable to Anita as well, and proves he’s not just a pretty face.
    In the middle of the book, Anita and Phillip are working hard to crack the case that Anita was pushed into and as well as Get Rid of Nikolaos once and for all. Anita goes to a party that could possibly the weirdest thing that Anita’s had to deal with in her life. Later on in the night, though, She helps someone bring back a women that could be valuable to the vampires in line to Nikolaos.
    I really do love this book. I finished it in maybe a week, and it always kept me interested, no matter what I was reading in it. If I suggested this book to EHHS, I think that most people would like this, while some will not. If I had to choose between an old classic, and this book, I would probably choose this book in a heartbeat.

  42. November 15, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    OMG!!!!!! 😀 Mike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I read three (for the 700 pages) so im gonna pick my favorite one
    1st period

    Book I read is called “The Sight” by my favorite author David Clement-Davies.
    The story takes place in Transylvania which was a ancient region in the heart of Europe. The story takes back to a time when thousands of wolves roamed in Europe before the slaughter happened. The Story starts when a mad wolf named Morgra dabbles into the dark arts and trys to change the world to how she sees fits by mastering the art of the dead,summon the devil,and gain the true power of the sight. The sight is a power few animals are born with that en-chances the power of the mind. So the main character is Larka who, with her pack must go on a treacherous journey across Europe and save the lands,but they will need their worst enemy’s help…man.
    Whats interesting about this book is how the author went to Romania and learned their history,culture,story’s, and words,which is a big part of this book,and I think its interesting that he wrote the book in a little mountain house in Andalucia region of Spain where he spends a lot of his time.
    What I love about this book is the writing and meaning of his words. He gives great ideas and makes you rethink the basic laws of justice, what is a bad guy,right or wrong,and makes you personally judge who the characters are,you shall be the judge of whats right and whats wrong in this story.
    I think other people could learn a lot from this story, I know I did. So I recommend this book almost to everyone unless you cant stand historical fantasy.

  43. November 15, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Yay!!!!! Now for my second book report 😀

    I picked the book we all know by now “To Kill A MockingBird” by Harper Lee.

    So To Kill A MockingBird takes place in a small area in the middle of nowhere called Maycomb in Alabama at the times of the great depression. The story’s about a black mans who is accused of rape and freedom looks dim and about the struggles and racism of the case.The main character is a little girl named Scout as she narrates the case and the odd events that happen one right after another and how they affect her and her brother Jem,for after all,their dad is the one defending this black man. There’s more to this little town then meets the eye.

    So I find interesting how Harper just felt like telling how things were back then in a book she wasn’t taken to seriously. When she became a hit she didn’t really care about the money or the fame and prefers to live a peaceful normal life.I would really like to meet her and see what kind of person she is.

    So I personally love how she narrates the book and gives each individual a personality. You really feel like your in the book and can understand their feelings and most of their actions.The book is funny,sad,nerve racking,happy,melancholy you never get bored with it! Of how she really made it seem like a little kids view of everything. Though a big question I have and probably always will is why the book is called To Kill A MockingBird, I have a couple ideas but the question still gets me.

    I think if your feeling sad or lonely this is a good book to read and appreciate what you have, and learn to respect everyone around you more.

  44. Taylor Myers
    November 16, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Ask and it its Given
    Book review

    This is my favorite book. Out of every book ive read, this is my favorite. Not one of my favorites. This is number one. This book has helped improve my life as a whole. This book to me is like a bible to a christen.

    The main topic of this book is positivity. Believing in yourself. It touches on the belief that we are all the creaters of our own reality. We make our life what we want. There are no characters, no storyline, no conflict. It is an informational book. Some people believe in the teachings of this book, that they refer to it as a bible.i don’t exactly. just cause I don’t like to refer to it as a bible. I believe in this book strongly.

    The first couple chapters are an intro to the new concept and aremto kind of test you to see if you believe in it or not. This is about half the book. The rest of the book are tips on how to follow the introduction and put it into effect in your life. The tips are extremely helpful to me and I find them to be true and work through personal experience . the book is deffinatly a spiritual book. It has nothing to do with god or religion but it is spiritual.

    I liked how the book actually exists. If it didn’t exist, I couldn’t like it. It has wonderful and helpful teachings. It is about my beliefs. It is a book based on personal choice and not one belief or religion.
    Every detail is explored and nothing is skipped over. It answers every question.

    I wouldn’t reciment this book to many people. I think that everyone should read it. But only a few would actually believe it and seriously read it. And out of them, very few would act apon it. This book is not for the week minded.

  45. Taylor Myers
    November 16, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Drums of War Book review
    Ill be honest . the only reason I chose this book was because it said war in it. It didn’t turn out anything like I expected. It was still an aweosme book. I thought it was some action pact world war two book. It turned out to be a hardly violent civil war book based around a 13 year old kid. It is based on true stories and events. It was actually a very interesting and educational book.
    The main character, charley, is a drumer. Not a rock and roll drumer. A drumline type drumer.
    He played his drums around his small neighborhood everyday. A local recruter of the military recemened that he sign up to be a drumer boy. Young kids that would tag along with soldiers and play mornig calls, chow time calls, and lights out calls. Basicly an alarm clock.
    The book goes throughout charleys tour with the regiment. He is mostly in and near washington DC. He is then moved closer to the battlefield theater. He witnesses battle only once. He is put through opsticals with fellow drumer boys and close friends. He experiences sacrafices and losses alies. It is a dramatic story about life, death, and the harships in the civil war. How they had to live. The crule living conditions, what they were put to just to be rejected. After reading this book, I now know more about the civil war then I did through any school class. I was able to imagine it through the book.
    I like how the book was focused on young kids. Nothing big. But it was something to relate to. I liked to imagine what I wouldve done in charleys situation. What I wouldve thought. It kept it entertaining and interesting.
    I would deffinatly recement this book to a friend. It is an entertaing fun book to read. It can also teach you a lot.

  46. Anne Bishop
    November 17, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Anne Bishop
    2nd Book Report
    2nd Period

    Intro: Breakfast At Tiffany’s was written by Truman Capote. He was born in 1924 and has written some other pretty famous novels like: ‘A Tree Of Night and Other Stories’, ‘The Grass Harp’, ‘In Cold Blood’, ‘Music For Chameleons and Answered Prayers’. He passed away in 1984.

    Summary: The story is about this “wild girl” Holly, and is narrated through a nameless, male who lives in the apartment above her. Starting off as complete strangers, the two grow to become intimate friends, and the narrator is fascinated by her. Holly is 19 years old, an orphan that turned into a runaway and has never stopped running. She is witty, but also terribly annoying and her name, Holiday Golightly, completely reflects her personality. She is a traveler who hates to be tied down and is always seeking a place she can call home. Although she has lived in her current New York City apartment for some time, it is still in a state of extreme disrepair, with little to no furniture in the room and half-filled suitcases thrown all over the apartment. Holly doesn’t want to belong anywhere until she knows it’s where her and her things belong. She always says, “Home is where you feel at home. . .I’m still looking.” But Holly knows what that place feels like: it feels like Tiffany’s. Whenever she has panic attacks, or the “mean reds” as she calls them, she jumps into a cab and heads to a jewelry store, where nothing very bad could happen, especially when she smells the “lovely” smell of silver and alligator wallets. It is Holly’s goal to find a place in real life that makes her feel as Tiffany’s does, and she takes a jet that takes her from New York City and around the world until she discovers her one true home.

    Unique facts/What I liked: A unique fact that I found in this book, was that Holly wasn’t telling the story. The guy that lived above her, narrated it. I expected her to write it and narrate it, and not some unknown man. What I really liked about this book though, was the fact that Holly didn’t think for one minute to settle down in one place that she wasn’t comfortable in. She would search for the rest of her life for a “home” that she could finally settle down in. She traveled around the world to find that one special place. She just had such an amazing perservering spirit. She was crazy and her personality was so upbeat.

    Recommendation: I definitely recommend this book to girls, not so much guys. This is more centered towards girls because it’s about a woman who is trying to figure out her real life and the plans that are intermixed in it. I highly recommend people to read the book before seeing the movie because there are two different stories, well kinda. Anyway, I definitely recommend this book to girls and if guys really wanna read it, then go for it! I enjoyed it personally(:

  47. Jenika Wilson
    November 17, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    So, i read “The Lost Boy” by, Dave Pelizer.
    I personaly thought it was an AMAZING piece of literature.This is a non-fiction story, that is educational for compassionate people to see the world around us in different scenarios. Will this young boy David Pelzer survive and soon learn to change his life around despite the torture?
    Its the sequal to “A Child Called It” which im pretty sure you have read.
    Anyways, Its just about a boy. His mom is compleatly Horible to him, she beats him, starves him, And does just COMPLEATLY gruesome punsiments to him. Like makes him run to the store, steal food, quickly eat it and then make him though is up when he gets home :*(
    My favorite character is, Ms. Gold, she is described to be a heart warming, caring, sweet, pretty, high spirited woman. I see a lot of these characteristics in myself. caring for someone else is easy for me to do. I like when Ms. gold hear about David’s case she seemed to take a lot of time out of her life to get his life resolved. I wish we could see this in many other people willing to help out with any situation. I would definitely like to be in her position act on that sort of help someone’s need.
    So yeah 🙂
    Anyways i highly recomend this book to everyone 🙂
    it is REALLY good.

  48. Kyra Marshall
    November 17, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    A Million Little Pieces.
    Just by reading the title ‘A Million Little Pieces’ this book caught my eye. I had no idea what it was about and I didn’t care. All I knew was it caught my eye and after I read the back of the book, it interested me even more.
    “At the age of 23, James Frey woke up on a plane to find his front teeth knocked out and his nose broken. He had no idea where the plane was headed nor any recollection of the past two weeks. An alcoholic for ten years and a crack addict for three, he checked into a treatment facility shortly after landing. There he was told he could either stop using or die before he reached age 24. This is Frey’s acclaimed account of his six weeks in rehab.”
    In reading this book i figured out a lot of things. You may think you have a grip on life but one slip up and it can turn into a million little pieces. The important thing to remember is that there are people who care and want to help. People who will be with you every step of the way. I really enjoyed reading this book and ‘being’ there when the characters were struggling and feeling the satisfaction of their accomplishments. I would definantly recommend this book. It opened my eyes a bit and it might do the same for you. Either way, It’s not the destination It’s the journey. Life is what you choose to make it, so make it worth while.

  49. Kyra Marshall
    November 17, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Two Way Street is a book about a highschool couple and highschool/everyday drama. So if you like relationship and gossip books, this is a good one for you. I don’t normally like these types of books but it wasn’t my least favorite book i’ve read. It definantly was entertaining.
    Courtney and her boyfriend Jordan didn’t seem like the perfect couple on the outside but they go to a party together and well, they actually have a lot more in common then they, or anyone else thought. With Jordan’s mom acting wierd and Courtney’s dad out of town all the time these two have plenty of time to comfort eachother and really get to know oneanother. Sounds perfect right? Wrong. This is a teen book so there’s got to be some sort of twist to it.
    Jordan and Courtney have a road trip planned to visit the college they’re both attending. Little did she know he was going to break up with her just before their trip. Plans are already set so the trip is on.
    Read ‘Two Way Street’ to find out just what Jordan’s hiding and how Courtney is dealing with the break up.

  50. Jenika Wilson
    November 17, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Okay, so this is the second book i read, and i really did read it, but it was like forever ago and i rwally dont remember much from it, BUT i will try and remember as much as i can, so please at least give me credit for trying:)
    I read “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Truman Capote, The book tells the story of a one-year friendship between Holiday Golightly, and a narrator whos name we never find out, or at least i dont think we do. The two are both tenants in a brownstone apartment in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Holiday Golightly, she is a country girl turned New York café society girl, who makes her living as a prostitute.. Holly, slowly reveals herself to the narrator who finds himself fascinated by her curious lifestyle. and yeah thats pretty much the summery of the book.
    um i didnt really enjoy this book THAT much, i found it long and boring, but the movie was very good, its my favorite movie 🙂
    but yeah sents it wasnt the intersesting of a book i got to the end and realized i berly remember anything a read:)
    so yeah thanks for reading:)

  51. Morgan Clarke
    November 18, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    For my book report i read Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. The main story is about a kid named Holden Caulfeild he never tells you the location where he is telling his story but he’s the narrator. Holden has a bad rep and a bad attitude to go with it. In the book Holden is on a sort of adventure after he gets expelled from Pency Prep. He decides to go back to Manhattan three days early and just not let his parents find out. He gets a hotel room at the Edmont Hotel and there he runs into some trouble with a prostitute and her pimp. Later Holden finds himself in a meuseum where he went on field trips when he lived in the city. He likes the idea of the statues never changing and staying young forever. He has a dream of living on a cliff and watching over the children who play in the rye field. In his dream it is his job to catch the children. In the book Holden is trying to find himself and a place where he is happy. His sister Pheobe is one of the main charaters in the book and Holden is her hero she doesn’t know yet that she is his hero as well. Last there’s Allie. Allie was Holden’s brother he died at a young age and Holden never quit got over it. Allie is such a big part of the book.
    This story is so unique i love the way that it does end the way you think it will or think it should. There are so many emotions in it that you can read it thirty times and still form new opinions on it. Also the writing is vegue so you have to use your imagination and truly think a lot harder about it than just any book. One of the things that is noteworthy about the author is the situations,they are possible for many people to be in now so easy for everyone especially teens who are also just trying to figure out where they fit to relate to. Also how many background ideas are in there. You can read it again and again and it be like your reading a new book.
    I love the charateres. They all have their own personalities and when you read about them you can out a face on them. You really do get so close to some of the charateres and emotionally attached that when i finished reading the book i felt like i was really there. Also the scenary that’s described it felt like i was there in the room looking over all the things Holden was seeing. I could see and feel the same way and when i put down the book it took a few moments for me to find reality. The words that are used. Just the dilouge it is all it’s own and not in an obnoxious try to hard way but in a it really sounds like someone talking using their own made up slang kind of way.
    I would recommend this book to anyone older the age of 12. I also recommend that when your reading it try to keep your mind open and try to put the situations into your own life. If you do all this the book is the greatest thing ever.

  52. Morgan Clarke
    November 18, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Okay so this next book i read is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows. I read this one because of the movie coming out tonight that i don’t get to see but love. So the main plot of this book is the old fashion battle of good vs evil. If you have followed the series all the way to the end you’ll see all the things leading up to this the if not it is about a boy named you’ll never guess Harry Potter. He was mistreated my his aunt and uncle who took him in after his parents die. Then one day Harry learns he is a wizard and gets to go away for the school year. After six books of him learning magic and about voldamort, the evil villan he is fighting, you come to this last book about his adventures. Harry and his two best friends Ron and Hermione all have to stay in hiding and try to make the last battle a fair battle. Tention is high when they all have to be in hiding for a while also it doesn’t help that the dark powers have taken over the rest of the world and now they are the most wanted people alive. It is there job to make it a fair fight and save each other. In the duration of the book you get extremely sad after quite a few friends and favorite characters gets killed.

    What makes this book different is that you go into this whole other world and you get to see evil in action. It really just makes you wish more than any wish you have ever wished before that is was real and that you could be involved to prove you were a hero. It also has a lot that everyone can get from it if you ask 10 different people what so deep about harry potter you’ll get 10 different legit. answers. The writer did a very good job in showing you what her other world looked like and could do. J.K. Rowling has been able to enchant millions of young and old minds and that’s not something everyone can say.

    I like that it is another view on how someone with magic powers would live. How it showed me an escape from stress for a little while where you can read about things that everyone else classifies as impossible. I have really enjoyed reading about another world inside ours and how there we are the weird ones.

    I would suggest this book to anyone with an imagination. You really probably won’t enjoy it if you can’t imagine yourself there. It is now one of my favorites of all time and i hope it can be one of yours too.

  53. Alyssa Strasburg
    November 18, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s. By Truman Capote

    A girl named Holly Golightly is living in New York, she is a “wild” party girl who can’t be caged and an thin little girl who usually gets her way. Holly is also getting herself in trouble that takes a lot to get out, but instead of facing them she runs away from them. Which causes her to get what she calls the “Mean Reds” and the only way for her to get rid of them is to go to Tiffany co. and eat a meal outside. Holly always gets in man troubles and this is no exception. She is one to get in lots of trouble at once not knowing what to do about it. And many love this beautiful, hazel eyed girl including her neighbor, and friend, Paul who lives above her and spends much of his time with her. Paul is a writer who also writes a lot about Holly. He also doesn’t know what he’s getting in with Holly, everyday is a new day with her, having fun, getting in trouble, getting hurt, and falling in love. Loving her just may be the best a worst thing Paul could do. Going through something with her, but learning something new about life and how to make it better. But after meeting more of Holly’s friends, like O.J. Berman and Jose, everything goes down hill for him. Seeing Holly as she really is, and who she really is. This book tells more than a girl’s story, but also about how we can’t run from everything because it’ll chase us down. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of the greatest examples of this, having to stand up and take our problems on. Even with the biggest of them no matter what the out put is. Knowing not what’s going to happen isn’t something to be afraid of, but instead knowing you can’t deal with it is the scary thing. You always need to face life not run from it, Holly isn’t the best at this. Whenever she gets bored of her life she walks away from it, and never goes back. This didn’t really work out for her. Because in the end it all comes back to her at once. I would very much recommend this classic book to anyone who wants a good read. A real thinking book about what your troubles really mean to you and the world. Why you can’t runaway and why it is better to face it now then later. The more you run the faster you are chased. This book makes me remember why we stand for what we stand for. Anyone who wants to learn something new should read this book.

  54. Alyssa Strasburg
    November 18, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    The Cay by Theodore Taylor. GREAT BOOK!!!

    Imagine being trapped not even on a island but a patch of land on the ocean called a Cay. And becoming blind, after you are shipped off because of the German U boats attacking the place you call home. Leaving your family with no choice, you leave to find a better place but instead end up getting lost at sea. Which leads us to this patch of land, not knowing if you’ll even survive and you just keep trying to live through this nightmare everyday. And the only person that can take care of you is a man you where told to be careful of because ” They are different, and they live differently.” Just because of the color of his skin. Phillip a young white boy from Curacao has been sent off to the Americas by his father with his mother. But the ship crashes and he is saved by a old black man named, Timothy. Caught on a raft in the middle of the ocean depending on each other to keep alive and to keep hope of getting home. Phillip has trouble with Timothy because of what his mother has taught him, so he didn’t like being around Timothy or relying on him for his life. Phillip also meets Stew Cat while being with Timothy, who both become his care givers. While on the raft Phillip becomes blind, after this Timothy gets very scared about taking care of a blind child, so Phillip needs to learn how to see in a new way. Using only his touch, smell, and hearing to walk around The Cay they have landed on, with only Stew Cat and Timothy to assist him. Now I won’t go any further than that. The Cay has become one of my favorite books, it’s an amazing kind story about how love can over power what we have been told. This is of a book of love, respect, and understanding we all need and want the same thing but we don’t realize it until it’s life or death. I really really really recommend this book to everyone, this has to be the best book I’ve read. So so great! It just has such a great message behind it. I would tell you more but I’d tell the whole book, and I’m typing this so you will want to read The Cay. Which as I said before you really should, if anything will touch your heart is this. The story of a boy and his friends how must help him through his disability not knowing what the next day has to come. But even in the darkest of times there is a light, but only when one remembers to turn it on.

  55. Raven High
    January 13, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    HI!!!!!!!!!! 😀

    The book I read is called Fell, its 523 pages and by the awesome David Clement. So this story branches off from one of his other book called The Sight. The main characters are Fell, and Alina. Fell (a black wolf whose sister was the main character in the first book.) is a sad lonely loner who cries with guilt of the traumatic incidents of his past. While Alina ( a human child) was rescued from the harsh winter by a kind shepherd named Malduk. The villagers fear that Alina is a changeling and Malduk (to keep things calm) makes her dress as a boy and works twice as hard as one. Then one day she learned a little bit about her past and set off to find where she belongs. With a black wolf as her only friend and companion….

    So like his other books, David Clement has traveled to the areas where his story’s takes place, and puts old myths with the history of the lands. This series is mainly with old roman tales and the age of kings and queens. His writing is very careful and breaks the rules politely as well as geniusly. His books are even recommended by Richard Adams (author of Watership Down)

    My personal favorite thing is how he describes detail on things you don’t think about, or reflect on often and really opens your mind to both sides. Its easy to see what personality fits each character and how they take the events in different
    ways and ideas. With real incidents that have happen they must deal with……its so cool >W<

    I highly recommend this book to people who love Watership Down or reflecting novels. So read it!!!!!!!!!

  56. Raven High
    February 11, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    HI 😀

    So the book I read from the reading list is called Life of Pi by Yann Martel.
    The story is about a man named Pi who becomes stranded on a boat with a tiger after the ship his family was on sinked to the bottom of the sea. Pi’s family owned a zoo so when Pi escapes he finds a series of animals that escaped on the boat with him. So with the brutal laws of nature Pi must survie tooth and nail if he hopes to make it out alive for death to give life.

    Yann Martel had made previous books but none turn out very well. He was pretty poor with hardly any food, but notheless he went to India and with a strong love of the land he wrote this book which probably was his most famous of all.

    This is probably one of the most amazeing books ive ever read. Its so good I dont want to give anything away. I was sad when it ended T-T

    I belive everyone should read this book for I think this book is great with life lessons.

  57. Jenika wilson
    March 1, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    The curious incident of the dog in the night time.
    This is a story of a kid who is 15 years old, his name is christopher boone, he is autistic, he loves animals, hates being tuched, and can sometimes get himself into truble. In the story at the beginning he is walking around in the middle of the night, when he sees his naighbores dog in the yard, stabed with a garden fork. The woman who owns the dog thinks it’s him, she calls the cops and sense he hit the cop, he gets throne in jail. When his dad gets him out he desides that he could find out who did it, (killed the dog),…. I enjoys reading this story very much, I have a fasination for autistic kids, I used to babysit one, so I like to hear things from there point of veiw, in a way I felt like I connected with him. I liked the writing style, how the chapters were in prime numbers. And all the pictures he would draw to exsplain things, I enjoyd the personality the over all book had. It only took me like 2 weeks to read this whole book, and it ushualy takes me months just cuz I get soo buisy. But I would, and already have recommended this book to people, my mom started reading it the other day. She said she loves it., over all I really enjoyed the read. It was a very good book.

  58. Anne Bishop
    March 1, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    The book I read was The Perks of Being a Wall Flower by Stephen Chbosky. Mike read this to the class on a ‘book share day’ and it sparked my interest pretty much immediately.

    This book is told in a series of letters that were signed, dated and addressed from Charlie to an anonymous reader/friend — presumably, you. Charlie is a sincere and sensitive character, who suffers from depression that was sparked by sexual abuse as a young child. His best friend, Michael, commits suicide before he starts high school, and while “starting over” he is drawn to a crowd of friends who support his individuality and love for writing, music, and poetry. Charlie begins his freshman year of high school very confused and lost. Most people think he’s weird because he constantly cries, yet he’s so quiet at the same time. When he meets two seniors named Sam and Patrick, everything changes. Sam, Patrick, and their other friends begin to show him the real world by exposing him to sex, drugs, rock and roll, and the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Charlie begins to learn about friendships and sexuality, while learning how to understand his complicated family. By the end of the book, we begin to learn that Charlie’s freshman year is one of the most memorable years of his life, yet it ends with an unexpected twist, but you’ll have to read it for yourself to find out.

    What I personally loved about this book is that it is written from a secretive point of view through the eyes of a young high school boy named Charlie. He has to disguise himself to whomever he happens to be writing to, so he makes up fake names for everyone and everything, so that no one can ever find him or know who he is. He goes along in life, keeping a journal of everything that goes on around him. It’s an interesting story and a fantastic way to write a book. This is definitely a new favorite of mine.

    My recommendation for this book is that people should definitely read it! It’s not written that well grammatically, but the story makes up for it. You get very attached to Charlie’s character pretty much as soon as you pick up the book. In general I never like reading very much, unless it’s on my own time; not someone else’s, but I couldn’t put this book down once I started reading it. I am definitely recommending this book to anyone who is interested in the everyday world of teens living around us. Thanks again, Mike, for introducing me to this great book!

  59. Keegan McCarty
    March 1, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    The Lord of the Flies is an allegorical novel by british author William Golding publishied in 1954, it was a critical and commercial failure. It only sold 3,000 copies before it went out of print. But the book is now considered a classic and requiered reading in colleges and schools around the world. The story is how british school children are stranded on a deserted island during the middle of a nuclear war. The main charecter is Ralph, who finds a pink conch with a fat boy named Piggy.

    The conch represents order and goverment and slowly erodes to a white color as the boys becume more savage, Piggy tells Ralph to blow in to it and call the other survivors. Among the survivors are the choir boys, led by Jack, who wants power and represents mans real savage nature. Ralph is elected leader by the boys, but Jack obviously wants to rule, so Ralph elects the choir boys as hunters. As the days go by, the kids, outside of Ralph and the Jesus figure Simon,do nothing but play and eat. Jack and Ralph get in a fight over the fact that none of the older choir boys do nothing but hunt and still fail to kill anything, as Simon goes to a glade to get away, the glade will also be the setting for the books most famous scene when Simon talks to the eponymous Lord of the Flies.

    As the tribe falls apart and Jack and the other boys savage nature start to show more and more. Fueling this is the fear that a beast lives in the water and comes out at night to attack, which Jack uses to get more to his side. Will they all die out as they forget about rescue or be rescued before they all kill each other?

    The novel is a satire of the “boys stranded” genere, mostly with the setting and the main character names Jack, Ralph and Simon, and an allegory for how easy it is for civilization to become barberic and how savagery and cruelty are the only natural human feelings. The book is small and kinda intereting to read, so I recommened it.

  60. Cathryn Cootey
    March 2, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    “Till We Have Faces” by C.S. Lewis is told in a different perspective of the Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche, You won’t have to worry about quickly reading that myth before starting because the book makes sense on its own. Though pay special attention to the introduction of the characters because I found them a little confusing. The tale is located in the ancient kingdom Glome in Greece. The King, a mean man, must raise his girls Oural and Redival alone because first wife dies so he re-marries a Princess from a close by kingdom but she also dies while giving birth to a baby girl, Psyche. Psyche is gorgeous and loves her two sisters. Oural, the main narrator, is the oldest and believes herself to be ugly and she wears a veil to conceal her “ugly” face and emotions. Though i’m never sure if she really is ugly or just feels that way. During their life the kingdom adores Psyche for her beauty and starts paying more attention to her then the local nature goddess Ungit, which they should be worshiping. And this creates a troubled town. The priest tells the king that Psyche must be sacrificed to restore peace. So the king agrees and lets her be sacrificed. Oural is devastated because of her love for Psyche. And while she goes to bury Psyche’s body she discovers that she is actually alive, saved by the goddess of love. Then One day the king dies and Oural becomes Queen of Glome. She is a good queen. She over hears some people telling a story about Psyche’s death but it was all wrong. So she makes her own story and this leads to a self-discovery. Orual realized that she spent her whole life ruining the lives of the ones that she loved. C.S. Lewis created a charming new perspective on the old myth. I found the book a little confusing at times, to be honest, but i liked the story. Because the book examines spirituality, not the kind of traditional one with god but how a person must have internal peace sanctity and knowledge to discover their own being. It examines love and a kind of deep consuming love that could ruin a relationship if left alone, just like the protective love that Oural felt towards Psyche. It also examines self perceived truth that could be turned in to jealousy or selfishness. It just deals with the selfish nature of human love as well as the lies people tell themselves to avoid accountability for their own sins.
    While reading this you may find yourself questioning your own spirituality, honesty, and relationships, because of the power behind the words. It was a deep book to understand due to its philosophical ideas but it made me think. In the end Oural found peace with herself and her friends. I found that to be a nice ending to such a roller coaster of a story.

  61. Kyra Marshall
    March 3, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    During one of the many book shares courtesy of Mike Jones he told us about “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky. Right away i was interested in reading this book and even though i asked Mike a million times to let me borrow his, him refusing every time, a classmate let me borrow her copy and i’m sure glad she did!

    The book is actually a series of letters that Charlie writes to an anonymus reader about his days and thoughts on life. He shares about the people in his life, close friends and classmates, his family and most importantly himself. It is a ‘coming of age’ book and just reflects on the thoughts and feelings of a 16 year old boy.

    This is probably one of the first books i’ve read where it’s formatted as letters which to me, makes it pretty unique. The author has a way of connecting with the reader, at least it was that way with me. Which is saying something because it’s pretty hard for me to get into a book but once i am i can’t stop reading.

    I loved that i could connect with Charlie so easily. At times i felt like i was reading something from my own life which made me realize i’m not all alone in this world and there are other people out there who think and feel the way i do. It was really cool to get a sense of how other kids might think because you really get to know what goes on inside his head and you don’t get to do that in real life. Although, it would be pretty sweet if you could just jump in someone’s mind for a bit. People would probably think i was crazy if they got in my head for a little. What really caught my attention was the title. I get the feeling all the time that i’m just a wallflower, there to listen and understand. Getting lost in my head all the time. I could just really relate to this story and those are the books i love the most. A quote i loved,
    “Do you always think this much, Charlie?”
    “Is that bad?” I just wanted someone to tell me the truth.
    “Not necessarily. It’s just that sometimes people use thought to not participate in life.”
    “Is that bad?”

    I would most definantly reccomend this book to my friends because i got a lot out of it and would hope that they could do the same. You can only get the most out of things if you’re willing to try.

  62. Alyssa Strasburg
    March 3, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    “The Perks of being a Wallflower”

    “The perks of being a wallflower” is a enthralling story about an young boy going into 9th grade named Charlie. He writes to this new person he doesn’t know (in my personal opinion the reader) it’s the style he writes his personal diary and his thoughts. Starting high school is problematic for Charlie even after meeting his friends, Patrick, Sam, and Mary Elizabeth to name a few. Who help him to the world of sex, drugs and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, where all you need is the perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. Stephen Chbosky authors this astonishing book, this is an great story talking about the “difficult” life of a teenager starting a new life. Charlie who has many troubles with his emotions takes this new living head on. This book is an awesome story for high school children resembling a guide, after reading this I got so into the fact that this book was so similar to my life in middle school and my life in high school. I look up wallflower and it was what I consider and others would consider me to be. It really has helped me to try to be a better person, showing me to help more people, not to be so timid. Knowing a simple book could help me so much gives me hope to be successful in being a good person and for other people to be better people or great people. If only this book could be today not then, people should take this book as why instead of do. The meaning of this book to me is very sensitive to what it could be to what it can do. What I enjoined most about this book was that it was honest and open from the author to the reading it made me feel as though I was actually getting letters from a good friend. It was very appealing to me feel as an individual to the story. I would recommend this to anyone in today’s middle and high schools this is the perfect book for those ages, it’s not for people that are uncomfortable with explicit content or for people who are not mature enough for it. But especially if you want to improve yourself a little I highly recommend this book.

  63. Cathryn Cootey
    March 3, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Breakfast at Tiffinay’s by Truman Capote starts out with an un named narrator talking about his year long friendship with his neighbor Holly Golightly. One night holly was having a rough night so she climbed out of her room on to the fire escape and knocked on His window. She crawled in to bed but half way through the night she woke up crying and went back to her own apartment. This narrator is a writer, and he is trying to get a short story published. He would describe holly and chic and young. Through the next little while they are eating together at trendy restaurants and night clubs. They hang out in her apartment and he likes to watch her feed her nameless cat or sing folk songs on her fire escape. They grow a close friendship and he starts to fall in love with her a little but she doesn’t feel that way. (she is a prostitute) She tells him about how she gets some money from visiting a gangster Sally Tomato who is held in Sing Sing prison. Tomatoes lawyer, Mr. O’Shaughnessey pays Holly $100 to convey a weather report (actually encrypted messages about drugs) to Mr. Tomatoe. One night Holly invites the narrator to a big party where he meets her friends Rusty Trawler, a millionaire who seems to be having an affair with her, Meg a drunk model that is engaged to a rich Brazilian politician Jose Yverra Jaegar. A few days later Holly decides to take the narrator out on the town as a congratulations for getting a story published. They steal masks from a toy store, go to the library to look up Brazilian geography, and go horse back riding in central park. Unfortunately some boys freak out his horse so Hollys horse chases after them hastily, hurting holly in the end. A little bit later they exchange Christmas gifts and he gives her a St. Christopher’s medal from Tiffany’s, her favorite New York landmark and she gives him a bird cage that he must never put anything living inside. But soon after that Meg confronts Holly with her suspicion of her sleeping with Jose on a group trip to Florida. Which in fact was true and Holly actually got pregnant from it but had a miscarriage due to the violent horse back ride. But jose doesn’t know that and proposes to Holly and they buy plane tickets to go to Brazil. The narrator and her get in a fight about something silly because he is upset she is leaving him. And they end up not talking for a while until a man named Doc Golightly approaches him asking for Holly. It turns out that Doc is actually Holly’s husband but she ran away when she was a teenager. Also her real name is Lulame Barnes. The narrator reunites the couple but in the morning Doc is back on a plane for Texas, with out Holly. Around September Holly is packing for her trip to Brazil and talking with the narrator. When suddenly the police show up and arrest her for assisting a gangster, Sally Tomatoe, although she was innocent. Her name blows up in the papers making her get a worse reputation. So Jose, her fiance decides to cancel the marriage and go to Brazil alone. Saddened by this she stubbornly decides to go by herself, skipping out on bail and asks the Narrator for help escaping. She decides to put her nameless cat on the street and its raining outside. But she suddenly decides she wants it back but it has already vanished. So she makes the narrator promise to find him. Holly flies off to Brazil and sends the Narrator a post card one time, then he never hears from her again. I enjoyed the character development and the twisting plot. Capote, a great writer, somehow made a classic in this 100 page book.

  64. Kyra Marshall
    March 9, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (331 pages)

    Elizabeth Gilbert, or ‘Liz’, is a thirty five year old American woman with a successful job, a beautiful house, and a gorgeous husband. She’s got everything a woman could want. You would think so, but Liz just wasn’t happy with her life. So, feeling stuck and wanting to break free she left everything behind. Her home, her friends, and what turned into a nasty divorce. She left it all to travel. First to Italy where she ate her heart out and met beautiful people with amazing souls. Next she went to India and prayed and learned ancient secrets that helped her discover more about herself. Finally she goes to Bali where she continues to keep in her heart all that she’s learned in her previous travels. Little did she know that while angry and frustrated at the man who ran her off the road she was soon to find what i think she left for in the first place. Love. (Hense the title, eat pray love..)
    What is so unique about this story is that it is based on the true story of a woman’s journey and seeking for the most out of life. The author, Elizabeth herself, is very humorous and personable while telling her story which keeps you entertained when reading -not so you feel like you’re falling asleep.
    I really enjoyed the struggles she goes through and how she gets the most out of her situations and surroundings. Even though she feels so down and unfulfilled she stays very positive and to me that shows a lot about how strong someone is.
    My mom had been pushing me to read this book for ever it seemed like and so i finally gave in. I’m really glad i did though because i had fun reading it. It’s not my normal choice of book to read, or so i thought, but i actually did get a lot out of reading this which is what really makes me love a book. If i learn or get something out of it i enjoy it and i think most people would enjoy reading this.

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