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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.]
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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. 🙂

North of Beautiful (Justina Chen Headley)

So, my best friend (more like sister), Hattie, had me wait forever to read this book about a girl from Colville, Washington, with a huge, obnoxious, obvious port-wine stain on the right side of her face. For those of you that don’t understand, a port-wine stain is a birth mark that kind of looks like wine was spilled on your face. And Hattie told our friend Tony he could borrow it. Why he’d want to read a teenage girly book, I have no idea.
 
So, the girl, Terra, has gone through all this laser treatment and nothing has worked. Then one day, as they’re going back home, Terra nearly runs over a sixteen-year-old Chinese boy, Jacob, and Terra and her mother go with Jacob and his adopted mom, Nora, to go visit Terra’s big brother Merc in China. Then Terra goes on to find true beauty and accidentally falls in love with Jacob, even though she has a boyfriend, Eric, at home. So, et cetera, et cetera. Eventually Terra breaks up with Eric and Jacob and Terra can live happily after.
 
Now, I have four more things to say. 1.) This was an excellent book. Each time I uncovered something in the book, I would go up to her the next day and totally flip out. “Why didn’t you tell me that, Hattie?!” 2.)  Get it. Like I said. Great book. 3.) Hattie and I wonder – is it Merc like Mercer Island, but without the -er, or is it Merc like Mercury without the -cury? 4.) Please respond to these reviews. Also give people this site address. I want more readers. The more readers I get, the easier it’ll be for me to publish a book.
 
Thanks for reading! ~Flik

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.
 
 

Conclusion to ‘The Hunger Games’

First, I would like to say that the friend of mine that felt that ‘The Hunger Games’ are just unfortunate has created a book review blog, too. She first posted last night about a book by John Flanagan. So, she needs to be read, too. Go to http://klmsbookreviews.blogspot.com to check it out.

Second, I feel that it would be a great idea if, to extend the series just a little bit, Suzanne Collins should re-write ‘The Hunger Games’, just book one, from Peeta’s point of view. It would be an interesting way to see how he earned his training score and how he survived the Arena.

Finally, I feel that there are a few issues. These issues are in the new movie coming out on March 23, 2012, ‘The Hunger Games’. I can understand why they chose Liam Hemsworth to be Gale Hawthorne; he’s tall, he’s got a strong voice, and any ‘Hunger Games’ fan can see why he’s the perfect one for the role.

But, the other two actors are not the best choice. First, Peeta is blond. The actor playing Peeta Mellark, Josh Hutcherson, is absolutely opposite of blond. You’ve all seen him in ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’, right? The dark-haired kid that brought home the extinct little birdie? Well, he’s Peeta. Not a good idea! He’s not right for the role!

Next, the role of Kaniss Everdeen. This dark-haired, grey-eyed,strong-willed young woman is to be played by none other than blond-haired, blue-eyed Jennifer Lawrence! Holy crap! It’s like these casting operators never read the frickin’ book! What’s up?

Here’s my closest guess as to why these idiots choose unfitting actors – money. That’s right. They don’t want to spend the time or money to look for good roles, so they throw in whoever is available. Sure, go watch it next year when it comes out, but remember the book when you watch it. Remember Katniss, Gale, Prim, little Rue, too. Think of the things you saw when you read ‘The Hunger Games’.

Katniss Everdeen

Peeta Mellark   Gale Hawthorne

Suzanne Collins (Mockingjay)

In the final installment in The Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss is living in District 13. She has been asked to become the Mockingjay. Unfortunately, though, Peeta is not there to support her. The hovercraft that rescued her from the Arena was not able to take him or they would all be destroyed. So Katniss must convince the Districts to move on without the boy with bread to help her.
I found ‘Mockingjay’ was a very captivating book. It was full of war, emotion, and so many more things that I do not know. I nearly cried a countless number of times. And Suzanne Collins has created a book worthy of great praise. ‘Mockingjay’ is a book that should be loved, honored, and cherished forever. And, if anyone says otherwise, they are lying.

Go Katniss! Long live the Mockingjay!

Suzanne Collins (Catching Fire)

As I stated in my previous post, ‘Catching Fire’ has a huge contrast to ‘The Hunger Games’. In the sequel, Katniss must go back into the Arena for the Quarter Quell. Every twenty-five years, the Gamemakers announce that year’s twist on the Games. And for the third Quarter Quell, past victors must go into the Arena and fight each other. Most have become allies, friends, and will have a tough time killing each other. And, as I mentioned before, Ms. Collins could always have done a better job.
‘Catching Fire’ was confusing from start to finish. (spoilers ahead)
At the beginning, it was really hard to figure out what was happening. And President Snow’s visit was pretty strange. And when Katniss remembers the kiss with Gale, I was a little confused. But the most confusing part of the book, I must say, was at the end, when Katniss is lifted from the Arena. The last chapters of the book were so confusing, and I never truly understood what had happened until I read ‘Mockingjay’. This book dragged on too much, like the old movie ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. Ms. Collins needed to get to the point in this book. If I have to wait for the next book to fully comprehend what happened, it’s a pretty bad book.
Now, at this point, I would love to say something nice like, “Oh, but nonetheless, I felt this book was a home run,” but I can’t lie like that. Of course, If you do plan to read The Hunger Games series, you cannot skip ‘Catching Fire’ and go straight to ‘Mockingjay’ from ‘The Hunger Games’, because it won’t work. you won’t know how Peeta’s favorite color ties into the point in ‘Mockingjay’ where Peeta in restrained and Katniss goes to cry by herself.
My next installment will conclude my reviews of ‘The Hunger Games’. Then, I plan to share what Suzanne Collins could do to advance the series, just a little bit. And everybody loves Rick Riordan, right?

Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games)

One of the very first books I read this school year was ‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins, and I have to tell you, it was amazing! If you haven’t read it yet, you may want to turn away, because you may experiences spoilers.