When I first started reading The Westing Game, I thought it was just going to be another mystery, where you know who committed the crime halfway through the book. As my class progressed through the book, I started to realize that The Westing Game was much more complicated than I thought. Ellen Raskin, the author, writes so many clues; some are hidden, and some are put right under your nose, but you don’t notice them. Simple words such as rose (don’t worry, this is not a spoiler) suddenly become blaring clues. It’s amazing how such a simple book can be so complex. The Westing Game may seem like just another mystery book, but I strongly recommend that you read it.
“The Alchemyst” by Michael Scott is a six book series. The series has many main characters but focuses on one pair of twins; Josh and Sophie Newman. Josh and Sophie are supposedly the twins mentioned in a prophecy and referred to as Gold and Silver. They are called this, because every person in the world has an aura of a certain color. Some people with strong auras can use them to do amazing and terrible things. Gold and Silver auras are said to be some of the most powerful and rare. Josh and Sophie are said to be, “the two that are one, the one that is all. One to destroy the world, and one to save it.” The question you’re probably having now is: who is going to destroy the world? The answer is coming up in the next paragraph.
A race of ancient and powerful beings split in two groups. Dark Elders hated the human race and wanted to destroy them. The Elders (not to be confused with Dark Elders, even thought they are both Elders) help the humans grow. Both groups of Elders became known to the humans as gods, the sources of most legends. The Dark Elders make humans immortal, in return for eternal service.
This series is a cliffhanger, much like Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. No boring beginnings, awesome middles, and boring ends. The series will have you engrossed in the books from beginning to end. The only bad thing about the book is its repetitive language and overuse of the phrase “spoke in ____. A language that had not been heard in centuries”, and other phrases related to that one. Otherwise, this series is great. READ IT!!!!
Recently, with “The Hobbit” being made into a movie, with all of the memorabilia junk and such, it has been popularized. Over the past month or so, I have seen many more people carrying around a copy of it. However, I am proud to say that since I was six, I have been an extremely dedicated Tolkien fan. I have read almost all of his books, with the exception of an Elvish Encyclopedia, and I have the really old (cardboard thingy cover and map on the first page) version (you can tell because the text on the cover is starting to fade) of “The Hobbit”. I have read it at least twenty-five times, and I am reading it again (Near the end now!). I love Tolkien’s writing. It helps me escape from a world that is all too real and let my imagination be free.
A hobbit named Bilbo Baggins, who has never thought of doing anything out-of-the-ordinary or going outside of his comfort zone, has his house invaded by dwarves seeking to claim the treasure of Erebor, kingdom under the mountain. Their leader is a dwarf named Thorin Oakenshield, and he is the grandson of the King Under The Mountain, Thrain. Erebor was overrun by a dragon, and the dwarves are looking to recover Erebor. Poor Bilbo is dragged along on an adventure, in which he learns about the outside world while getting captured by goblins, traveling through caves and forests, and even meeting Beorn, the skin-changer. He learns about doing the right thing and being tenacious. All in all, it is a wonderful book and I recommend it strongly to anyone who asks, “Should I read it?”.
For my project on Comic Life, I chose The Smuggler. The Smuggler is about a smuggler who when trying to cross a border, is stopped by a border control officer. The border control officer then demanded to search the smuggler’s donkey. He does so, but finds nothing. This happens for ten years, and even thought the border control officer know that the juggler is smuggling something, he can’t prove it. In ten years, when the border control officer is retired, he sees the smuggler in the market, and asks him what he was smuggling. The smuggler says that he was smuggling donkeys. The moral of the story is to not overlook the obvious, and to not judge a book by it’s cover.
I am thankful for a lot of things. I am thankful for my family and my friends. I am also thankful for my dog. I am thankful for being alive and for surviving Monday. I am thankful for going to a good school. I am thankful for having a house and an awesome backyard. I am very thankful that I have everything that I have.
I am thankful that I can read. When I read, I am not here. I am in the book. It helps me let go of the day and slip away into a different place, into a different world. I love to read. I am also very thankful that I can read whatever I want to. I am especially thankful for fantasy and all of the other genres of books that I like to read. I am thankful for reading.
I am proud of becoming a stronger reader so far this year. Reading more books during the time that we are given in class and reading at home has also helped me. Reading every day helps me do well in reading.I hope to continue becoming a better reader the rest of the year.
I’m going to review the series Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. I like this series because the suspense in the books is really good. I also like how Mull adds a whole different reality to our “normal” reality. It makes you wonder, are we really alone in this world? If not, then are the other being(s) sharing the world with us friendly or hostile? Mull creates this whole world that none of the main characters even imagined was real, and then hits them in the face with the news. “Hey, all the creatures that you have ever heard of in myths and legends are real. Have a nice day!!” I especially love the suspense at the end of his books. Mull ends with something crucial, like one of the main characters dying, or getting kidnapped, or the main antagonist in the series is suddenly free from his/her unbreakable prison. In conclusion, I hope you love this series as much as I did. But if you don’t, post a comment on this blog post explaining why.
“Redwall” is a series I’m reading by Brian Jacques. I read the first book, Redwall, then read the series in chronological order of events, though it’s recommended you read it in order of publication date.The first is about Redwall Abbey, an Abbey in Mossflower Woods. It’s run by peaceful woodland creatures. Then they get attacked by Cluny the Scourge, a ruthless rat and his band of rats, stoats, weasels, and ferrets. The main character, a mouse called Matthias, gets called upon to get rid of Cluny. I would give it 5 stars out of 5! I recommend it for fantasy lovers, especially animal fantasy.
photo from wikia
In class a few days ago, we made Valentine’s Day Poems. It is where we take an article from a newspaper or book, then cut it out and choose random words to make a poem. What is cool about this particular kind of “poem”, is you don’t know what it will be like until you are completely finished with the whole thing. Here is what mine looks like:
The current book I’m reading is Operation Redwood. All the books I read are either a non-fiction book about animals or nature or a fiction book about animals and nature so this book fits my style of reading.
Redwood picture from Flickrcc
It’s about a kid named Julian from San Francisco who came across an e-mail saying that his uncle who he hates is going to cut an ancient redwood growth. The one who sent the message was named Robin who is his age, about 12 and lives next to the growth. He then secretly goes to her house to save the growth but is caught by his aunt and uncle and is under “solitary confinement” at his aunt and uncle’s house (that he is living at because his mom is in China). Once he was out of “solitary confinement”, he went to live with his grandmother instead. Danny, Julian’s friend writes a note to Robin’s parents saying he should let him come back. Then Julian and Danny get to go back to Robin’s house and try and save the big tree growth.
This is where I am in the book and can’t wait to finish it.