Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Book:Derrick Rose
Author:Paul Hoblin

Aside from reading my historic fiction book, I once received a book about one of my favorite basketball players,Derrick Rose, so I decided to post about it.
 The book is basically a picture book talking about Derricks life, and career. Rose has been a Chicago bulls fan since he was really small and always admired Michale Jordan,Rose has 3 brothers, with which he would always watch the games, however when his oldest brother Dwayne got nervous he would turn off the tv! So Rose learned to stay quite and listen to the neighbors who would usually be watching as well. Maybe it is for this that Rose was quite. Derrick played for many different teams, one of his favorite was Memphis.
One of the games they played was against the Celtics, unfortunately Rose's team lost, due to Rose's lack of communication which he later on admits, it was from that game that Rose really started communicating. Derrick Rose was known as Poh because he loveeed sweets, he would eat so many that his friends would occasionally call him that. The team saw how much it all meant to Derrick when he cried after losing 2 games, which is why he always gives his hardest because he knows if he gives it 120% he will bring his team to the championships. In 2008 Rose was picked from the Chicago Bulls and was going home to Chicago! He has been playing there since then, in 2009 he brought the Bulls to the playoffs however got beat by the Celtics, he is now hoping to bring the Bulls even further, however due to his injury he will start playing again next season.

  • Did you know that: Derrick  is NBA'S Youngest MVP?
I liked this small book because it was easy to look at since every page had a picture with it and it really gave a clear sort of way of looking at Derricks life. Derrick is also one of my role models so I enjoyed reading the book.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Young Will

  Title: Young Will
Author:Bruce Cook
Genre: Historic Fiction
Number of pages:407
Pages read: 51

 I started to read this historic fiction book called Young Will. It is about Shakespeare, especially his early life.
    The book starts off with a 10-page long letter that Will sends to the reader of the book. It is about an adventure he has with a women he likes which later becomes his wife. After the introduction comes the first chapter. It talks about how Will hunts rabbits and then skins them with his best friend, Ned. At that time, catching animals was a crime. One day they decided to hunt rabbits. It was the first time Will was going to do that. They set off one early winter morning . They caught one rabbit and Will started enjoying skinning rabbits, which means he likes crime. After a couple of days they set off again and caught 4 rabbits. The next day, Will had to go to Sir Thomas Lucy, the richest guy in their area, who was also very selfish. Will had to take a pair of mittens to Sir Lucy in order for him to try them on. While he was away, a man came to Will's father to tell that his friend Ned was caught hunting rabbits. Luckily, Will's father had no idea about the rabbit hunt.   The next morning, Sir Thomas Lucy came to say that there was a deer gone missing from his property. Will had no idea about this. He knew he had to escape before the people find out that he was in this crime as well. He set off on a travel to the house of his poetry teacher, who was his favorite teacher and who writes to him a lot.

    During his travels the snow melted, so his clothes and shoes got wet and he got sick with a huge fever.

      When Will finally reached the house of his teacher, he was seriously sick. That sick that he fainted in front of his teacher, Mr. Cotton.  According to Mr. Cotton, Will was unconscious for a couple of days.

   Chapter 2 is a bit more disgusting.

       Will decided to spend some time with Mr. Cotton, and they started being good pals. Except, there was something wrong. Every now and then, Mr. Cotton kissed Will in the mouth. Every day they shared poems with each other and discussed them.


   One night while Will was in bed at night, Mr Cotton sneaked in his room and into his bed and started kissing his cheek than mouth.... I think you know what came next.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

pages: 955
pages read: 763
genre: mystery/ fiction
Author: J.K Rollings

In this book Harry Potter is at first attacked by Dementors while he is with his cousin, Dudley, in the muggle world. He is almost expelled from Hogwarts for underage magic, because he cast a spell to protect himself from them. But the main problem is the sort of ware between Dumbledore and Harry against the Ministry of Magic.The minister, Fudge, is too scared to admit that Voldemort is really back, so he keeps on doing anything he can to make everybody believe Harry and Dumbledore are crazy. In Harry's life he discovers that Sirius, Dumbledore and many of his favorite teachers (and Snape) are part of a special secret organization against Voldemort, known as the Order of the Phoenix. Then, a mean woman, Professor Umbridge, comes from the Ministry  and decides to slowly take over Hogwarts and finally succeeds to take Dumbledore's spot, who runs away not wanting to be judged by the Minister since he took the blame for Harry's "Dumbledore's Army" secret defense against the dark arts organization. Finally, Since it was Dumbledore's wish ( "Do everything Snape tells you and practice it regularly..." pg 685) Harry takes lessons with his least favorite teacher, Snape, to try to block Voldemort from entering his brain. Because of these dreams, Harry was having troubles and Voldemort could have used this opportunity for something really terrible...

Monday, October 29, 2012

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Title: I Know What You Did Last Summer
Author: Lois Duncan
Pages: 198

“A high-velocity chiller.” – Kirkus Reviews
“A tout, skillfully plotted and suspended thriller.” – Publishers Weekly

           The book I Know What You Did Last Summer must the one of the best books I have ever read. The suspense, mystery and secrets just makes it impossible to put down. 

          The book is about four friends; Julie James, Helene Rivers, Barry Cox, and Raymond Bronson. Last summer the four of them were very close. Ray (short for Raymond) and Barry were best high school friends. Popular, hot… They were as close as brothers. Ray started dating Julie and Barry, Helene. Then girls were not the best of friends but they eventually started to understand each other since their companions were so close. That summer the four of them went on a night picnic. Things got a little out of hand, with the drinking and smoking pot. Once they got into the car Barry, the driver drunk as he was drove too fast and they had an accident. A cyclist with no warning signs or lights what so ever came out of nowhere and was run over by them. Struck with terror they drove to the nearest telephone station and called the emergency help and the police. Once that was done they drove back home and decided to make a pack. No one mentions this night to anyone. It never happened. But like the author says,” If you’re going to bury the truth, make sure it stays buried.” Someone finds out. Who broke? Which one of the four friends has broken the pack? Who found the secret? The unknown avenger out there who is stalking them in a deadly game. Will he stop at terror or is he out for revenge? 

The Knife of Never Letting Go Part 3

Just as Viola and Todd escaped the claws of the evil men haunting them they found the bridge they were looking for. As they pasted it they had to figure out a way to cut the bridge down or destroy it in one way or the other. When they figured out that it was useless to cut it down since the knife (with a lot of memories) was as strong and sharp. Just as everything seem hopeless Voila Gets one of her fancy futuristic tools and makes a fire so big that burned town the whole bridge. They were free (but sadly not for long since the "army" which we will talk about later was after them) In this village town Todd and Viola soon found a foe (which after five minutes of talking they discovered that this old lady will be there guardian throughout the city. By starting the guidance she first gives her home to them in which they will share along with her and her husband. They learned many things from this women one of which is that the germ/viruses is not fatal and cannot damage women/girls in any way, shape or form. After strolling along the town Todd meats his first real enemy in the new city after hearing that they do not like Prentisstown, and that everything that they (the town) told Todd was a big lie! Couple pages later (maybe even a chapter later) both Todd and Viola get a job. While Todd was working guess who payed him a visit? The angry guy that they meet during the day while walking in town. He was there to kill Todd with a big machete in his hands. Thats when the showdown happened. In order not to drag this out ill just cut to the end. Todd did win but did not kill his opponent. As the battle ended the old women came to todd with trouble breathing. An army of Prentisstown people have come to take Todd and Viola (or is it just Todd, or just Viola) They managed to escape even though with strict orders not to and as they left the town they saw fire everywhere. As if that was enough they figured out the next day that the Sherif (the mayors/captain of the armies son) was there. After another greatly descriptive intense and awesome fight Todd could not kill his enemy once again. So the cards changed and now the sherif was about to kill him if it wasn't for Viola who stepped in the way and gave Todd the chance to knock his enemy out. As if that was enough the next day (its like trouble just keeps falling them and they can't escape it) Todd saw a real life Spackle (the creature that looks like a human that killed all the women in his town, or so he things) He didn't think twice he grabbed his knife and put the knife straight through the Spackle. It cried in pain, so did Viola. She later was so furies and told him this one thing before taking off. "What if everything they told you was a lie?" She didn't even get to reach the forest when Aaron the priest that was supposed to be dead snatched her up and took her as a hostage. Todd rushed out to help her but Aaron was to strong. He hit Todd in the head with a big stick. While Todd was on the ground Aaron grapped Todds very knife (which still had the Spackles blood on it) and stuck it through him only enough to hurt him really badly but yet not to kill him. In that moment Todd's dog Manchee goes to lick Todd in order to keep him alive. After suffering a day todd builds up the strength and somehow reaches for Violas futuristic bandages which help heal a person. And with that they stood up and slowly really slowly they started to track Voila by the power of Manchee's smell. After finding her and Aaron, Todd realizes that Aaron was performing some sort of scarifies ritual on her. So Todd makes up this masterful plan to get Viola back..... And you will have to wait till the next blog post to see what it was!

The Help: Movie Tie in

Pages read: 62/476
Author: Kathyn Stockett
Genre: Historical Fiction

I have heard so many recomendations for this book for multiple things about the book, The Help which I am recognizing. For example, how once you are reading you can really imagine the characters and the setting. Also this book really shows how black people were treated in 1960's. What I find interesting about this book is that the author did not tell you directly about each character. She slipped in information bit by bit. Each chapter a different character is narrating and that is how you find out about them. The main characters are two maids; Minny and Aibleen. The white maid employers are; Miss Leefolt and Miss Celia. Miss Leefolt is not seeming to be a nice character so far in the book, she made a colored bathroom only for colored people.Miss Celia is kind to her maid Minny, but she never told her husband that she even hired a maid. Minny is a maid who talks back but now she has a stable job she is trying to stop. She is also a very good chef. Aibleen the maid for Miss Leefolt, she is a very nice lady raising Miss Leefolt's child who is not really loved by her mother.  Aibleen had one child who's name was Treelore, but he died at the age of 24 by a factory accident. Miss Skeeter is a white lady who talks to black maids even though most people in that time would not. SHe seems to be very kind and level headed I am really enjoying reading The Help.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Grave Doubts and Heaven Sent

Tittle: Grave Doubts and Heaven Sent
Author: Meg Cabot
Total Number of Pages: 418
Pages read this week: 161
Genre: Sci-Fi

I finally finished the book and I really enjoyed reading the end. After the party that Suze's stepbrother had many things happened. Paul's grandfather talked and only to one person; Suze. And that's because he told her all about his inventions about shifters But Paul didn't believe her. So he poisoned him so he could live in peace. Since this is not possible to mediators, he went back in Jesse's time to save Jesse from Diego. He didn't try to do that because he wanted to be nice but he did it because if he had lived he would have never met Suze so that way, they could be together. When Suze heard that she decided to follow him and not save Jesse. Unfortunately for her, "alive" Jesse does not remember her. So she had to explain everything to him without any luck of him believing her. She also finds out that Jesse killed Diego while trying to save his life but the stable (where they were fighting) caught fire and he died. So it's not because of Diego. While that was happening Suze was holding Jesse's hand and she accidentally shifted back to her time, taking Jesse with her and ending him up at the hospital. When "dead" Jesse visited himself at the hospital he transferred his soul at his old body, coming back to life. 

From this book i only enjoyed the end because I was really excited to know what happened at the end.... I would suggest this book to people that like mysteries but not to those who get bored very easily (people just like me) 
Book: Between Shades of Gray
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Genre:Historic Fiction

"They took me in my nightgown."
When I first read that I was like, WOW this story is going to be interesting, I was right. The story is set in Lithuania 1941, when the rule was from the Russians. 15 year old Lina,the main character, her 10 year old brother and mother, are being forced out of their house.( The author of the book uses a lot of metaphors and similes like: 'We were about to become those cigarettes.') But the father is missing! as they are forced into the truck they recognize a lot of people, of which one is a bald man who jumps out of the moving truck just to kill himself instead of having to suffer. The family faces a lot of challenges such as:
  • sticking together
  • hygiene: going to the toilet
  • finding the father
  • taking care of the sick in their wagon
In the wagon  Lina finds a friend, 17-year-old Andrius Arvydas. During the night, Lina , her brother and Andrius sneak out to find the men. (All the people have been separated-kids,women and men.)  After a long night, in wagon 17 Lina finally finds her father,has a talk blah blah blah, however Andrius doesn't want to go back yet, he wants to find his father so Lina and her brother return alone. As they get back Andrius is still missing-his mother pictures the worse.

The Line I liked the most so far was: "Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth?  That morning, my brother’s was worth a pocket watch."

I wonder if the guards caught Andrius and what they did with him? However I predict that he will come back, and him and Lina will have a great friendship but then in the end one of them will have to die.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Week 2 The Red Pony-Sofia

Title: The Red Pony
Author: John Steinbeck
Genre: Historical Fiction

I have recently started reading The Red Pony By John Steinbeck. I haven't read enough of the book to tell you much about it. But from my past reading from Steinbeck I have a feeling its going to be good. From what i have read i can conclude. That the characters are living on a farm. The main character is a 10 year old boy. He is very disciplined, quite but a boy. He has his own gun and recently hits own pony. The boy is given' the horse as a present from his father. The father wants the boy to learn. So he has instructed his son, the boy, to break the horse in. Break the horse in meaning, get him used to the saddle, the harness and the bit. It is quite hard to do so and that is why the father has laid the task upon the boy.

I predict that the boy and the horse will get very attached to each other. But at some point in the book the father will be compelled to sell it but in the end the horse and boy will grow together.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Alex's Blog Post Week 1 2nd Quarter

Title: I Can't Remember the Book Title (Not actual title)
Pages Read: 68
Genre: Historic Fiction

The book is about Custer's last stand and the series of events that lead up to the battle, to the point of what he was doing in early American settlement of stone houses. So far Custer hasn't been efficient at work  except at the battle field. He is portrayed as arrogant, impatient, slightly mischievous, and always gives the reader the same feeling of not handing in a project on a late due date to a teacher with the tolerance of a rhino under the influence of marijuana's depressive state.

Other characters that have been introduced are Custer's unsure friends; the kind of people who you usually say "I seriously own you one bro" to. However, Custer has already said "I seriously own you one bro" twice to nearly all his friends, and everytime they help him out of deep trouble he thinks being their friend is enough. This causes the reader to think of what happens next based on the situation. The book does this nearly every moment. This causes a perfect canvas for the author to have a plot twist party. However, this is just my prediction. Either way, it's an interesting book with slow development and plenty of space to change before it   hits the climax. You can try and read it next week when I actually post the book title.

Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe

During the past week I have started reading a book of collected works of Edgar Allan Poe. I chose this book because when I opened the book on the first page and read the story MS. Found in a Bottle, it had very strong vocabulary with strong meaning that the writter is trying to tell us from his The Four Beasts in One, Edagar Allan Poe "His honor is however more properly attibutable to cabyses, the sonof Cyrus and indeed the character of the Syrian monarch does by no means stand in nedd of any adventitious embellishment." At the end of the book a couple of pages are filled with songs and poems that Edgar Allan Poe has written My favorite is the poem about his mother, he wote this poem when he was very ill and old a couple of weeks before his death. To My Mother (1849) by Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) Because I feel that, in the Heavens above, The angels, whispering to one another, Can find, among their burning terms of love, None so devotional as that of "Mother," Therefore by that dear name I long have called you- You who are more than mother unto me, And fill my heart of hearts, where Death installed you In setting my Virginia's spirit free. My mother-my own mother, who died early, Was but the mother of myself; but you Are mother to the one I loved so dearly, And thus are dearer than the mother I knew By that infinity with which my wife Was dearer to my soul than its soul-life. As so far as I can see the Works of Edgar Allan Poe show great sadness, depression. What i have noticed is that in most cases writers who often write sad and depresive works had a life that was same sad and poor like the works that they had composed. And I would say that Edgar Allan Poe falls into this category.

ORR #6: 11.22.63 by Stephen King

Name of Book: 11.22.63
Author: Stephen King
Pages Read: 56/726
Genre: (Science) Historic Fiction

This past week I have been trying hard to find a historic fiction book, and I finally found one that seemed really interesting. This book is called 11.22.63 (I usually really like books with number titles, because they seem interesting) and it is about saving president Kennedy. A man, called Jake Epping, and he is just a typical English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. All until one day, his friend called Al has showed him something so insane, a portal to the past, and with that the whole book starts with, Jake on a mission to stop JFK from being killed. In the book, the main character Jake, is transported to the times of great dinners and cars, the sound of Elvis, and the taste of good root beer.

I got this book at the book fair in Belgrade, and I honestly thought that it would be a great book to read, since I'm the kind of person that loves crimes and mysteries just like this one. The reviews that this book has printed on the first few pages are really good, and I knew that Stephen King was a great writer, so I thought, why not read one of his books. I wasn't really sure if the book was historic fiction, but Mrs. Hancock said that it was good, so I was really happy to be able to read this book. I can't wait to see what happens next. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

People Of The Wolf

This book is about a group of caveman that are trying to survive in the harsh wilderness. It starts out when the main character wakes up and remembers that one of the people in his group has died and is there perfectly preserved because of the snow. It was the coldest winter every and they have been starving for days, ever since the others have pushed them out of their land and forced them into the passage. Then came the moment when they had to sacrifice wolf, so they could eat him to survive. He sent his prayers and then killed him. He could see the steam that was coming out of his body he drank the warm blood and gave it to the other group so they were not starving anymore.

The Boy Who Dared ------- By: Susan Campbell Bartoletti

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I think that its really cool that i decided to do something different other than just a normal blog post.

Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins
Adventure, Romance
Pages: 391
Pages Read:148
Quote from the book: ““I volunteer!" I gasp. "I volunteer as tribute!"“ I choose this quote because this is where the whole story of Katnis Everdeen in the hunger games starts. Also Katniss is known for her courage, strength and great ability to hunt. Her courage is really reflected from this line.

What happened in the book: This book expresses many sides to a human, courage, strength bravery, also weakness and evil. It is about girl named Katniss Everdeen and her path to winning the hunger games. As punishment because of a previous rebellion including all the 13 districts against the Capitol, every year one boy and one girl from each district between the ages of 12 and 18 are selected at random and forced to participate in the Hunger Games, a televised event where the participants, or "tributes", must fight to the death in a dangerous outdoor arena until only one remains. These games are a way of remembering how district 13 was destroyed during the rebellion and how no one can defeat the Capitol. When Katnisses little sister, Primrose Everdeen gets chosen for the games, Katniss jumps right and volunteers as tribute. She and Peeta Malarac are chosen for the games. As they walk slowly to the train, so many things are going through their minds. On the train they find themselves in a warm, cozy room with delicious foods. As they meet their mentor, Haymitch Abernathy, who absolutely useless.  A mentor is a victor of a past Hunger Games who must train subsequent tributes from their district, help them know how to survive, however the only thing he is good at, is emptying the alcohol bottle. When they arrive at the to the Capitol, everyone is congratulating them, but Katniss doesn't get the point of that, as Katniss says in the book. Before the games each tribute has an interview on live television, this is where Peeta confesses his love for Katniss the first time.

Katniss is getting ready for the games, and taking advice from her stylist Cinna. Cinna was making sure to make them look good in public so that they get much life saving presents from their sponsors during the Hunger games. Katniss steps into the, the class door closes and she goes up into the field. The clock starts ticking, 60, 59, 58....... 3, 2, 1, and the games begin. Peeta runs into the forest, but Katniss runs toward the cornucopia which is filled with different objects which can help the tributes survive, like swords, bow and arrows. Even though Haymitch advised her and Peeta not to go for one of the bags, since it always ends up being a blood bath, however, Katniss gets a bag, and runs for the woods, harmless and safe, for now. 

I give this book thumbs up!
I really like this book since it is very exciting and you always want to know what happens next. It is an adventure however they also threw in a little romance and feeling in there which I really like.