Tuesday, April 17, 2012

April reviews from Albert Park

White boots by Noel Streatfeild - reviewed by Emma B. 

Harriet has been very ill and decides to take up ice-skating to get physically better. Through this she meets Lalla, who has been practicing since she was 3 years old. Harriet and Lalla become best friends. However, as Harriet gets better it becomes clear that she is a tallented skater - this makes Lalla jealous... I haven't finished yet! I found some parts of the book difficult because some words are tricky.

Rated:  5 out of 5

Prince Caspian : chronicles of Narnia, bk. 4 by C.S. Lewis - reviewed by Alex G.

Caspian's parents have died and he is raised by an 'uncle'. Caspian finds out about old Narnia through his nurse. He also finds out that his uncle is not really his uncle and that he is evil and wants to kill Caspian. Prince Caspian has to leave straight away.

I really like it so will give it 5 out of 5!

Ruins of Gorlan : Ranger's apprentice, bk. 1 by John Flanagan - reviewed by Ben

Will is a ward who lives in a castle because his parents have died.  Halt is a Ranger who wants to take on Will as his apprentice.  They go to a Ranger Village, where Halt finds out that the evil Lord Morgethorn wants to attack them. It’s exciting when you first read it.

Rated:  5 out of 5

The last dragon chronicles : the fire ascending by Chris D’Lacey - reviewed by Annabel

The Fire Ascending takes us on a journey through time.  Before we set off we have to remember this rule: Don’t interfere! But the rule has been broken and at the dawn of time history is changing … and the dragons and their enemies are locked in a battle and David Rain needs to save those around him and the dragons and the people he loves.  I love this book!

Rated:  5 out of 5

and don't forget - there's still time to enter the library writing competition - you've got until April 27 to get your entry in! Read more here.

April reviews from St Kilda

Wake - Fade - Gone - a series of three books by Lisa McMann - reviewed by Oriana

I’ve just finished reading Gone. It's about this girl who can’t sleep, except when other people are sleeping. She can go into other people's dreams. Miss Stubbin – an old woman she knows – was also a dreamcatcher. Miss Stubbin made her a green notebook to help with the dreams. She can pause, rewind, help change a dream from a nightmare to a good dream because she’s a dreamcatcher. Janie confronts a difficult choice. Being a dreamcatcher is a heritage thing, it has passed down from her father, whose brain exploded!

Rated: 5 reallys

Hands up! by Paul Magrs - reviewed by Cassidy

This is about a puppet called Tolstoy. It’s a bat and he can talk and he hates other puppets. He can tell peoples' minds. He uses his power on a friend, Jason, and gets him to kill all the puppets. His first victim is Josephine. Creepy!

Rated: 4.5 reallys

The lost hero - Heroes of Olympus series - reviewed by Jack

About 3 kids – Jason, Piper and Leo. Jason, son of Jupiter, the Roman god - Leo, son of Hephaestus, god of blacksmiths and fire, so he is fireproof - Piper, daughter of Aphrodite, goddess of love.

Bk 1… they go on a big quest with the mechanical dragon Festus. They need to find and help Hera to escape from her cave. The giant Porphyrion rescues Piper’s dad – they do really cool stuff. They battle King Midas and Medea. It’s quite thick – 500 and something pages – I think it was really cool. 

Rated: 4.5 reallys - The third one is coming out this year.

The looking glass wars by Frank Beddor - reviewed by Linus

It’s about the true story of Wonderland. Tells at start Alyss actually came from Wonderland. Her dad is stabbed straight through the heart by her aunt. Blood comes through his lips. Lots of description. Her mother is killed by roses, strangling, suffocating and stabbing her and then she, Alyss, goes through a looking glass. As she goes through the glass smashes into little pieces. One of her people called Cat gets through the glass and has to jump into the Lake of Tears which teleports her to this world and she meets Louis Carroll. Really good!

Rated: 5 reallys  - There are 3 in the series.

Nails (a short story) from Paul Jennings' Trickiest stories - reviewed by Will

About this boy called Nails. His mum and dad got sunk in a shipwreck but somehow his father brings him to a desert island. His father goes looking every morning on the beach for something and the boy sees something in the water.

Rated: 5 reallys

Leviathan by Scott Westerfield - reviewed by Max

It’s about a boy who is going to be the emperor. He runs away to the mountains, finds a castle and has heaps of food. He meets a girl, who gets on a thing that can fly, and she’s blown away but ends up on a whale ship that gets shot down near where the boy is. Fast paced, exciting, imaginative.

Rated: 4.99 reallys

Because of Winn-Dixie by Cate diCamillo - reviewed by Bella

About a girl who moves houses, finds a dog and keeps it. She is lonely in this new place but the dog helps her find friends because everyone likes a dog. Well written.

Rated: 5 reallys

and from Lily W, who couldn't make it to the meeting but left her review online: 
The suitcase kid by Jacqueline Wilson

This book is about a girl called Andrea (known as Andy Pandy by her stepsister) and like many other Jacqueline Wilson books she has a problem. Her problem is that her parents are split up... her mum lives with Bill the Baboon and his three kids. But her dad on the other hand lives with Carrie and her twins (with a new one on the way). One week with her mum,one with her dad. But all she wants is to be back at their old house, Mulberry Cottage.

Holiday movies seen so far...

Puss in boots


Best exotic Marigold Hotel

and don't forget - there's still time to enter the library writing competition - you've got until April 27 to get your entry in! Read more here.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Finally, reviews for March!

... from St Kilda

The lost hero by Rock Riordan (from the new Percy Jackson series) - reviewed by Cassidy

It’s really good – good characters. It’s sad and kind of scary. I was so immersed in it I finished it in 1 hour!

5 reallys

Inkspell - from the Inkheart series - by Cornelia Funke - reviewed by Linus

Really sad at the end and really creepy, really weird.

Rated: 5 reallys

Judy Moody predicts the future by Megan McDonald - reviewed by Netta

I think it’s really interesting. It’s not adventure or mystery, but it’s a really good book. Lots of fortune telling - because it’s got to do with a mood ring - and eating, like 6 bowls of cereal in one go.

Rated: 4 reallys

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer - reviewed by Lucy

I liked it. In fact I loved it. It was a page-turner. I couldn’t put it down. It took me a while to read. Quite romantic, also quite violent at the same time.

Rated: 4 reallys

The OK team by Nick Place - reviewed by Lily

It’s written by a boy who was born out of focus – blurry. He thinks that he can control his power and turn into a superhero. He thinks he can make himself invisible. There is a team of super heroes with different abilities. They go on a few battles against the bad guys but always lose. Focus gets kicked out of the team by a man who is supposed to be coaching him. He starts to think he can control his power. He does it. He is a hero. Very funny.

Rated: 3.5 reallys - "This was recommended by my school librarian!"

Rocky Road (EJ12 Girl hero series) by Susannah McFarlane - reviewed by Elsa

A good short book you can read quickly. It’s about a secret agent. She likes a person called Pink Shadow. She goes to a concert cause she has to find out the code to stop Pink Shadow doing things. She finds out that Pink Shadow helps out an agent called Shadow.

Rated: 4.8 reallys


... from Albert Park

The witches by Roald Dahl - reviewed by Alex G.

Boy loses his parents and has to go and live with his grandparents in Norway. His grandmother tells him that witches exist. Back in England he and a friend are building a treehouse when a witch comes along, although she looks like an ordinary woman. He remembers that his grandmother has told him all the signs for recognising a witch (always wear gloves, have no toes, blue spit and wear a wig because they are bald). In the summer holidays he goes to a hotel and gets white mice as a present for christmas. He realises that the witches are having a convention at the hotel he is staying at. He overhears the high witch telling the witches that she has a formula to turn all children into mice (one of the side effects is that it also makes them smarter). Boy has to stop them before they carry out their plan.

Rated: 4.5 - "I liked it because it is dramatic!"

Maze of bones (39 Clues series) by Rick Riordan - reviewed by Che

Dan and Amy Cahill are brought up by their grandmother Grace who is the matriarch of the powerful Cahill family. When she dies she leaves a will and they have two options: they can have a million dollars or take the clue that will make them the most powerful members of the Cahill family. They decide to take the clue and find a secret library belonging to Grace where they find a clue that tells them to go to Paris where Benjamin Franklin has left a clue. Then they go to Paris with their au pair Nellie Gomex and decipher more clues.

Rated: 4.5 - "It's very mysterious - I enjoyed it."

Frognapped by Angie Sage - reviewed by Jo

Araminta and Wanda are friends. When their frogs are kidnapped, they need to search for clues to find out where the frogs are.

Rated: 5 - Recommended for 7-9 year olds.

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick - reviewed by Emma B.

There are a lot of sketches in the book and two independent stories that eventually have some kind of connection. One story is about Ben, who lives with his cousin and is deaf in one ear. Rose's story is told in sketches. In them she is running with a note in her hand which says "help me" on it. She turns it into a paper boat and puts it in the water. The stories are set 50 years apart.

Rated 5 - "I would recommend it for those older than 10 years because the story can be a bit difficult for someone younger. I really enjoyed it!"

The Silver brumby by Elyne Mitchell - reviewed by Jessica

I have a strong interest in horses so I really loved this book. It is about a brumby's life in the wild. I got really close to the characters in the book and when the silver brumby's mother dies I was quite sad.

Rated: 5 - "I really enjoyed it." Recommended for 8+

Kiki Strike : inside the Shadow City by Kirstin Miller - reviewed by Emma

It's about a girl, Ananka, who notices some caves in the ground in a park near her house. One day she sees someone climbing into the hole and decides to follow her. Ananka is then asked to become part of a group of six girls called "the Irregulars" who help people and solve crimes. They cover up the holes so that criminals can't use it.

Rated: 5 - "It is full of adventure which I like - it is really good. I think those over 12 would enjoy the book the most."

April reviews are 'on their way'!!