BOOK REVIEW: Cindy Ella (Ari M.)

Posted on October 6, 2008. Filed under: Reading | Tags: , |

I read the book Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer during the summer.  It was a real page turner; once I started I could not stop.

The story is about a girl named Cindy Ella who lives a very crazy life, with a one year old brother, two mean step sisters, a hypochondriac as a step mother, and a workaholic father.  Being in a family with two sisters that think being shallow is not a bad thing, home isn’t her favorite spot in L.A.  Also, the fact that she is against prom and all things fashion means that neither is school, but on prom night she finds out that her email pal, Booklyn boy, is a.k.a. John Silver her secret crush from school.  So she has a few hours to find a dress, pair of high heels, and to turn from Cindy Ella to Cinderella before her date at eight.

I enjoyed this book, because it was very well written, and it gave a modern twist to the old story of Cinderella.  Any girl can relate to ideas such as school, crushes, trust, and friendship.  It’s an adventure no one would want to miss out on.

I would recommend this book to others because the characters seemed so alive, that you can imagine this happening in real life.  This book is so good you won’t want to go to sleep without knowing what happens next. I would also recommend other books by Robin Palmer.

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BOOK REVIEW: City of Ember (Danielle S.)

Posted on October 6, 2008. Filed under: Reading | Tags: , |

The book I read over the summer was called City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau.  The City of Ember has a sequel; the sequel is called People of Sparks.  Jeanne DuPrau has also written The Prophet of Yunwood

City of Ember was about two kids named Lina and Doon, who both are twelve.  In Ember, once you are twelve you have to start to work and drop out of school to make a living for the rest of your life.  To decide what they will be when they grow up, the Mayor of Ember comes to their school and lets the kids pick out of a hat and whatever they pick is what job they will have.

Lina and Doon both wanted specific jobs and when they went to go pick the jobs out of a hat Lina got what Doon wanted and Doon got what Lina wanted.  So, at the end of the school year they switch jobs.

When Lina got home her grandmother was looking for something.  She saw her little sister Poppy eating a piece of paper, and it turned out that there is a secret passage way out of Ember that nobody has ever seen before.  They soon discover a new land with a sun, which was so beautiful.  They had a wild adventure to get there, but they made it happy and alive.  Poppy also came along to experience the adventure.  Lina and Doon sent a note to the people of Ember to come to the new land and they realized the city was underground and right under them.

My reaction to the book was that I loved it!  I just couldn’t stop reading it.  The end of the book was a cliffhanger which made me want to read the next sequel.  I never at one point got bored of the book.  They just kept putting things in there that I would never expect that would happen.

I would recommend this book to others because it is a kind of book where you make pictures in your mind and you want to keep reading.

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BOOK REVIEW: City of Ember (Scott B.)

Posted on October 2, 2008. Filed under: Reading | Tags: , |

I read the book The City of Ember by Jeanne Du Prau.  This book is the first part of a series called Ember.  This author has also written People of Sparks.  

This book is about two kids who live in an underground city and they have to find a way out because they were running out of food and clothing.  The lights in Ember were going out so they have to find a way out of Ember.  They find instructions in one of the character’s grandmother’s closet to get out of Ember, but they get ripped up and have to piece the instructions together to figure out what it says before the lights go out in Ember and nobody would be able to get out.

This is a good book because it is an adventure/mystery book.  I think this because it has a lot things that they have to figure out and places that they go to find their way out of Ember.  When I read this book I felt in some parts I wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen next.

I would recommend tis book because it is a fun book to read for anyone who likes adventures and figuring things out.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Fire Thief (Sergey I.)

Posted on September 26, 2008. Filed under: Reading | Tags: , |

The book that I am writing about is The Fire Thief.  The person who wrote the book is Terry Deary.  This book is part of a series called the Ice Thief.  Terry Deary didn’t write any more books.  I chose this book because I thought the book name was cool.  Terry Deary is a good book writer.  The book took me 2-4 weeks to read.

In the book The Fire Thief there was a god named Leo who stole fire from the other gods and gave it to the humans.  The other gods were mad at Leo for stealing the fire for the humans because the gods think that the humans are stupid.

In the first part of the book I didn’t understand the book because I didn’t read the series.  However, the second part of the book blew me away and it was like an adventure when the god was about to hang another god to get the fire back.

I would recommend this book to my brother and friends because I think the story of the thief was amazing because Leo kept on hiding away from the gods.  I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

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BOOK REVIEW: Stones in Water (Russell S.)

Posted on September 26, 2008. Filed under: Reading | Tags: , |

Over the summer I read a book called Stones in Water by Donna Jo Napoli.  I chose this book because all my friends were talking about how good the book was and it sounded interesting, so I read it.

The book is about a boy named Roberto.  Roberto had a stone as a gift from a Jewish girl who was imprisoned at a holding camp.  Roberto helped build that camp.

I really like this book and I want to read a lot more books just like Stones in Water.  Before I read the book, I thought it was going to be about a boy just throwing stones in the water, but I was wrong.  Stones in Water is the coolest book I have ever read in my life so far.

I would recommend this book because it is really cool and the book has a very good setting.  The book may sound boring to you but I think the book is the coolest book ever because it kept me thinking about it even when I wasn’t reading it.  I would recommend you to read this book because this book probably could be the coolest book you could ever read.  Stones in Water is a great book with an inspiring ending.

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