Wednesday, October 17, 2012

October reviews from Albert Park

Boy : tales of childhood by Roald Dahl - reviewed by Emma B.

It is like an autobiography on Roald Dahl. It tells about his early life, up to the bits he remembers.

Rated:  4/5 - There's detail in it and it is 'descriptive'. I liked it!

The dead by David Gatward - reviewed by Che

It is about a boy, Lazarus Stone, who smells disgusting smells and doesn't know what it is and then finds a 'skinless' person in his loungeroom. He is here with a message: "the dead are coming". There is a 'force field' on earth and if this cracks the dead will come through.

I haven't read the whole story yet, but have met 3 characters so far.

Rated:  3/5 - I like how you are following the story, but suddenly realize you don't actually know the storyline. It's not what you expected.

Isle of the dead (Deltora Quest 3, bk. 3) - reviewed by Alex W.

Leif, Barda and Jasmine go to their next goal on the wild west coast where they must find the 'Third Sister'. The Shadowlord knows of their quest and every move they are making! A strong wind has blown them west into the sea, and Leif & Barda jump into the sea, but Leif can't go beyond Deltora borders. They find a ghost ship and have to play a 'game' (answering questions) to escape it.

Rated:  5/5 - I like how they (the characters) have to decide where they are going to go next - whether to take the easy route or the hard route. It seems they always take the hard one, as the easy one is always blocked by something. It is full of adventure and mystery! I would recommend it to people who have read the previous books in the series. Once you've read one in the series, you will get hooked on the next one! It would be good to read the "Narnia" series by C.S. Lewis if you like this series!

Horse crazy : the complete adventures of Bonnie and Sam by Alison Lester - reviewed by Alex G.

There are four different stories in this book and I've read "The circus pony" and "The shadow brumby" so far. Bonnie and Sam are best friends and absolutely love horses. There are a lot of horses around Currawong Creek, and they make sure the horses are okay and then go home. I like the way the story is about the girls helping out and caring for horses. It is also about their relationship and friendship as they set out on their adventures 'together'.

Rated:  4.5/5

The dragon book : magical tales from the masters of modern fantasy - reviewed by Annabelle

This is a collection of tales about dragons, told by different authors. It was fascinating to learn about the legends surrounding the dragons, and was interesting as the stories were told from the dragon's point of view, as well as a person's point of view. It is a good book for dragon lovers. It has small chapters and two longer stories so it can be a five minute read or longer if you wish.

Rated:  5/5 - It was interesting and nice to read.

October reviews from St Kilda

Winter's light by M. J. Hearle - reviewed by Georgia

This is about a bad girl called Winter. Her boyfriend is a bit different – he can teleport. He goes to a land called The Deadlands. After he teleports he feels really hungry and can only get over it by kissing someone who is a ‘key’. Winter is a ‘key’ – and she has ‘the sight’. This puts her in danger.

Rated:  4.9 reallys

Five little pigs by Agatha Christie - reviewed by Saskia

Agatha Christie has written 80 books about 2 detectives – this one is with Hercule Poirot, about a murder that happened 20 years ago. Amys was murdered – his wife Coraline Crale was convicted of murder but her daughter wants Poirot to investigate whether her mum really was guilty because her mum left a letter saying she wasn’t.

Rated:  5 reallys

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy - reviewed by Liam

This is not a spoiler – it happens in the first sentence – Gordon Edgely dies! At the funeral a girl called Stephanie (his niece) notices there is a strange man wearing a scarf, gloves and coat so you can’t see any of his skin.

There are no flaws in the book. I really liked it!

Rated:  5 reallys - All the books up to 5th book are really good – I have got the 6th book and am halfway through it.

Turtle in paradise by Jennifer L. Holm - reviewed by Lily W.

The story is set in 1935. It's about a girl called Turtle, and her mother starts to work for a rich lady who doesn't like children. Having nowhere to go, she ends up in Key West, where her mother grew up, staying with her aunt Minnie and some rather dumb boy cousins who she has never met. She becomes friends with the Diaper Gang, a gang that her cousins and their friends are in, that change diapers. While she's there family secrets unfold, including her grandmother who is alive when she was told she wasn't by her mama. She also finds hidden treasure with the Diaper Gang, and has her share of the money she got for it stolen by her mother's new boyfriend.

This was a really great read, and I would have liked to copy the blurb and make that my review. I really like how Jennifer Holm described what Turtle did and didn't like. I knew from the start that: she doesn't like Shirley Temple, and she loves her mama among other things. I think I might have found a new favourite author and can't wait to read some of her other books.

Rated:  5 reallys

The unlikely voyage of Jack de Crow by A. J. Mackinnon - reviewed by Dom

About a guy who sailed from North Wales to the Black Sea in a dinghy called Mirror. There is a different adventure in each chapter. Jack goes through 12 countries, across major shipping channels and through rivers and encounters pirates. My grandad recommended it – it’s really exciting.

Rated:  5 reallys - My favourite book!

Horse crazy! : the complete adventures of Bonnie and Sam by Alison Lester - reviewed by Lucia

None of them have horses but they look after the local horses and they get to ride them.

Rated:  4 reallys

The web by Nette Hilton - reviewed by Evie

About a girl who goes to visit her granny who is old, but she doesn't want to go to a nursing home. Her mum wants to clean the house of spiders but the girl wants to save a special spider they call Sam.

Rated:  5 reallys

Poppy comes home (Our Australian girl : Poppy 4) - reviewed by Elsa

Poppy and her brother Gus are orphans on the goldfields. Gus is older and goes out to find gold and disappears. Poppy continues to look for him. Along the way lots of things happen. She finds a dog called Fisher. She finds a big lump of gold. Fishes catches a fish and inside the fish is a big lump of gold.

The dog gets stolen and now she has to find the dog and her brother.

Rated:  4 reallys

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Only 2 more days to go!!

Don't forget, entries close tomorrow, Friday 12 October, for the
library writing competition - get your story in quickly for a chance to win a book voucher!