Friday, December 20, 2013

December reviews from St Kilda

It’s about 3 children - Violet, Sunny and Klaus Baudelaire. Their parents have died and left behind an enormous fortune, and their closest relatives keep trying to get it. In this adventure they are looking for the secret V.F.D. Isadora and Duncan Quagmire know the secret but they have been captured so the Baudelaire orphans go looking for it. Violet, Sunny, and Klaus are raised by the entire village, the Village of Fowl Devotees. They find out the secret. 

The newspaper gets his name wrong and calls him Count Omar. Disguising himself as Detective Dupin he 'discovers' Count Olaf (a fake) who gets murdered. The village has over 90,000 rules – rule-breakers are burnt at the stake. Detective Dupin frames the orphans for murdering the fake Count Olaf. He says to them “one of you will make a miraculous escape and you will live with me until I get your fortune” but they escape.

Rated:   5 reallys

About a boy called Percy Jackson. Grover Satyr is his best friend. Percy Jackson is the son of Poseidon and he has dyslexia and ADHD – he goes to Camp Halfblood. His mum is taken away by the underlord Hades. He becomes framed by Luke for stealing a lightning bolt. He has to go on a quest to America. He goes to a casino and gets drugged. At the Lotus Flower they drug you to make you think you are staying very briefly so when they finally get out it is the summer solstice.

Rated:  5 reallys

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen - reviewed by Netta
This is about a boy called Roy Everhardt. He moves from the city called Montana to a new city where he goes to a new school. On the bus one day he meets a new girl and Dana Matheson throttles him and he punches Dana in the face. He is suspended for 2 weeks from the school bus. He has broken her nose. He has to write an apology. 

Rated:  3.8 reallys - "Not the best book, doesn’t pull you in enough."

Dear Scarlett by Fleur Hitchcock - reviewed by Rosa
It’s about a girl called Scarlett and her dad was a criminal, or people thought he was, but he was actually a spy.

Rated:  4.5 reallys

The society of thirteen by Gareth P. Jones - reviewed by Will
This is about Tom and Esther who try to steal from a rich guy called Lord Ringmore. Lord Ringmore proves the magic show is not real and then someone gives him a purple book with strange symbols. Then he employs Tom and Esther and they need to work for him as repayment for stealing from him. At one point Tom meets a magpie who keeps coming back again and again, who later magically talks. 

Rated:  4.5 reallys - "This book is exciting but then it gets boring, and then it’s exciting again – this keeps being repeated."

In this episode it is the 4th guardian the orphans have had, as the guardian always gets killed. In the blurb of every book there is a funny bit - "The pages of this book, I'm sorry to inform you, contain such unpleasantries as a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a terrible accident resulting in injury, and coupons."

Rated:  4.9 reallys – "I’m knocking a point off for extreme sadness and misfortune."

To be a cat by Matt Haig - reviewed by Olivia

Warning – this is a very confusing book. I really loved it even though it was very confusing. It’s about a boy who turns into a cat, who was a cat and who was a person?

Rated:  4.5 reallys