Category Archives: Adventure

The Stress That is High School and Markus Zusak

Let me start with apologizing for not posting in a while. I mean, I just started high school about a week after I posted about “The Sorcerer’s Stone” then I was moving away from the little town I had lived in for all of my 14 years and have been in a small city where I have now been in Junior High with 8th and 9th graders for a little over a month. Unfortunately for me, this Junior High School has about 2000 students. And my old town’s population was under 2000 total (1763 at the last census, I believe).
 
But one very good thing has come out of this move- “I Am the Messenger” by Markus Zusak.
 
About a week after I started school here, my English class was informed that we would do a “Hero’s Journey Workshop” in which we would choose from the selected books to read in three weeks. Everyone who chose that book would be in a group together to go over what we’ve read in one week.
 
I chose “I Am the Messenger” by Markus Zusak. It’s a great book. It takes place in a little town right outside Sydney, Australia. It starts with this guy, Ed Kennedy, and his best friends Marv, Ritchie and Audrey. They’re all in bank as it’s being held up. Marv goes on to Ed that he can’t afford a parking ticket because he’s in a fifteen-minute parking spot. Ed manages to get the gunman who’s robbing the bank to try Marv’s car as a getaway vehicle, which “has about a five percent chance of starting on the first go.” Gunman gets arrested. Happy-happy-joy-joy, right?
 
I think not.
 
Ed gets the Ace of Diamonds with 3 addresses and times written on it. Ed goes to these places and saves the day and all that. Then he gets the other Aces and delivers those messages. I would love to tell you the last two lines, which are probably my favorite lines ever, but they sort of spoil the book.
 
Don’t go looking at the back of the book, though. I usually do, but when I read this book, I didn’t because I didn’t need the extra push to finish it. Definitely one of the best books ever written. I loved it. And, even though it’s got the most common character thing at the current time (the main character being in love with his/her best friend), I thought it was great.
 
The characters are realistic; they swear and act like normal people. The plot is pretty simple; no wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff. The setting is easy to relate to; the book was written in 2003, so you can sort of relate to it. And, of course, it’s just really well-written.
 
I’ll try my best to write more often. I’m reading a James Herriot book right now for outside of English class, so that review should be quite interesting.
 
[Ms Barden, you rock for using this book for a choice! I loved it, and I love your class. And, no, I’m not brown-nosing. It just seems that my English teachers are always the ones I connect to the most. You’re really cool, and I apologize for not telling you about the vocab thing earlier. 😦 Sorry.]

HP1- The Sorcerer’s Stone

Okay, I’ll admit it – I enjoy the Harry Potter books/movies/such. But I’ll also admit that I 1.) Believe that, after ‘The Goblet of Fire’, the movies all go to rubbish. 2.) I can only say that I am certain that the 5th and 6th movies go to rubbish, as I have not seen either part 1 or 2 of ‘The Deathly Hallows’ movies. But I do know for a fact that I enjoyed reading and watching the first in the series of 7 ‘Harry Potters’. So I’ve decided that, since I haven’t read them since sixth grade, I should refresh my memory with the books.
 
In ‘The Sorcerer’s Stone’, young Harry Potter is treated very poorly by his only remaining family, the Dursleys. But at 12:00 a. m. on his eleventh birthday, he is told he is a wizard. Big bomb to be dropped when you’ve been raised by Muggles and told your parents were killed in a car crash when in truth they were killed by the most horrible Dark wizard of the century, Lord Voldemort.
 
When Harry gets to his school, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he makes some friends, enemies, and meets Voldemort face-to-face.
 
I will not say that I don’t like this book, because I love it. I just think the 3rd book and movie, ‘The Prisoner of Azkaban’, is the best. Can’t wait to talk about that one. But I will wait, rather impatiently, to post about that until I have chatted ’bout ‘The Chamber of Secrets’, another of my favorites. And I do apologize for not posting as regularly as I did during the school year. I don’t have a life, but this summer I didn’t even have enough of a life to post here. Sorry about that. But school starts tomorrow, and I will officially be in high school. 🙂

The Lost Hero (Rick Riordan)


For my recent birthday, my friend Kelli ( http://klmsbookreviews.blogspot.com)gave me a hardback (thank you!) copy of the first ‘Heroes of Olympus’ book, “The Lost
Hero.” Now, you might think that this ‘Lost Hero’ guy is the main character. But that’s not it. The lost hero comes into play when this kid, Jason, and his friends Piper McLean, daughter of Aphrodite and movie star Tristan McLean, and Leo Valdez, son of Hephaestus and a deseased mother, show up at Camp Half-Blood. Jason thinks of the gods in their Roman forms, speaks Latin, and is the full brother of Thalia Grace. Annabeth Chase, daughter of Athena, tells them that her boyfriend, Percy Jackson, is missing. But Jason, Piper and Leo first have to free Hera, or, to Jason, Juno. The three go on a quest to save the goddess, and after they get back to Camp, Jason and Annabeth agree that, if Jason came from a Roman Camp, and is at Camp Half-Blood, without any memory, Percy must be at Jason’s camp, known as the child of Neptune.
 
It’s not a Percy Jackson book, sure, but “The Lost Hero” is definitely just as good. Rick Riordan is a great author, and when he dies, people will remember his books like we remember anybody else with works that we revere. Thank you, Riordan, for the material to pass the time with and to entertain me so much. I apologize about my summary, but it was a little bit complicated to do this. After all, this is a great book and good books are hard to write reviews on.
 
 

David Clement-Davies

So, back last year, in seventh grade, I got some books from Barnes and Noble for a Christmas present, but I couldn’t get into them. So, I traded them in for two books – “The Sight” and “Fell”. The first one is about the life of this pack of wolves – how they started by the Human Dens and the Stone Den in a cave Palla (the Drappa or female leader) was born in, the cave Palla’s nurse, Brassa, nursed Palla and Palla’s half-sister, Morgra. This book has this big adventure where Larka (a pure-white female named after the newly-fallen snow, and they soon find she has the power of the Sight) and Fell (Larka’s black brother named for Palla’s father, who towards the end of the book is found to have the Sight, too) and how this pack slowly dies off, Brassa first, and eventually the Sikla (Omega) dying, too. Larka has to kill Morgra and a prophecy must occur. At the end though, I started crying. I’m a sap now, because I didn’t cry in “Shiloh” or even “Sounder”, but I cried when a talking white she-wolf falls to her death. (Actually, she is barely alive after the fall. Lord Vladeran finishes her off. More info in Book 2.)Then Fell goes off to become a Kerl, or loner wolf, which is weird to the wolves, or Varg, because Kerls are basically weirdos in the wolf-world.

In the second book, “Fell”, Fell must find a teenager, Alina, disguised as a boy named Alin, who will “affect nature itself”. Alina has been told she is a changeling child, but she finds out that she is actually of noble blood. Alina and Fell most confront Vladeran, kill him. Vladeran has been in contact with Morgra’s spirit – she died from the same fall Larka suffered. So, Alina then meets a boy, Catalin, and at the end they’re pretty much going out, but you can’t say that because this book takes place in somewhat-Renaissance Romania.

So, read it! If you have a Kindle like my Aunt, Frances, http://justfrances.com/, get it. Go to the library, buy the book, borrow it from a friend, but this is a great book for a fantasy fan. So, as I said before, read it!