Friday, October 31, 2008

"A Coal Miner's Bride: The Diary of Anetka Kaminska" by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

This book was one of my favorites. Anetka Kaminska,a polish immagrant,come to America because her Father gave her away to marry A man named Stanley Garywich. Only to find love to a man named Leon Nasivich.Leon,an ex-soilder of the current Zaar,Comes with Anetka to America. After Stanley and Anetka are are married, troubles arise and Stanley is killed in a mine fall. So Anetka goes from wife to widow in a matter of months. Now that she is open, leon takes that chance.1 One month later,there is a riot and leon is shot. Does he survive? Only way to find out is to read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

"To Catch a Pirate" by Jade Parker

this is about a girl named Annalisa whose fathers ship is help captive by pirates.the main pirate,James sterling,finds Annalisa in the hold. Many sailors were killed,but her father,and Nathanial Northrup(the family friend),And annalisa mange to escape unhamred.But 2 years later James and Annalisa meet again and James is taken captive by her.A certain romance builds up beetween them.Is their love by fate or lust.

Monday, October 27, 2008

"Unwind" by Neal Shusterman

Shusterman has done it again - taken the thread of reality as we know it today and unspooled its length straight into a nightmarish future that seems totally possible. Connor, Risa, and Lev are three teens who, by choice or circumstance, are slated as "Unwounds" - kids who are soon to be "harvested" for their body parts. In a society that has experienced and lived through the horror of a war between pro-choice and pro-life factions, parents can choose to have the lives of their teens "altered" to benefit the rest of humankind by the donation of their very bodies.

Although they have different degrees of dedication to the "cause", Connor, Risa, and Lev have all escaped their trip to the harvest camp, and find themselves literally running for their lives. Shusterman develops the three characters at the same time he creates a chilling atmosphere of fear and suspicion. One of the most terrifying passages I've ever read is the chapter in which the unwinding of one teen unfolds through his thoughts and words.

I'd rate this page-turner FIVE out of five stars.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

"New Moon" by Stephenie Meyer

WARNING! This is the sequel to Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, so if you haven't read it it will spoil it.
Bella Swan is a regular high school student, facing regular problems, except for one tiny thing. She has a vampire boy friend! Everything seems normal too. But one day Edward starts to act strange. He's quiet.The worst thing that could happen, happens. Edward leaves! Bella is crushed and only one thing can get her through this. Jacob Black. Bella relies on him to be her sunshine and he is. But what happens when Jacob is drawn into a mysterious cult, and Bella doesn't know what to do?
Read New Moon by Stephenie Meyer.

New Moon is great. I give it four stars. Why? Because the whole time with Jacob makes you want Edward to come back. I loved it.

" Tornado" by Betsy Byars

If you are looking for a good book then look for the book Tornado. This book is about a boy and his family. One day a surprise tornado hits the farm, Pete tell a story of when he was younger and they had a tornado. During this tornado a doghouse had flown to their yard and when they looked inside they saw a big black dog! They named him tornado. When Pete went with his dad to the town for lumber, a little girl saw the dog in the back of the truck and started calling him buddy. The little girl said that she had lost him in the tornado at the same time that Pete and his family had found Tornado. Pete was so upset. One day when he was doing work in the barn, Pete thought he was hearing Tornado scratching at the door because he missed him so. When he turned around to look to see what was making all of the noise he saw Tornado. Tornado must have run away from the little girl to come back to Pete and his family. When his father saw the dog he told Pete that the dog would have to stay here and not come with them to the town if he wanted to keep the dog. If the little girl found out where he was though he would have to give him up again.
I give this book five stars and think that you should read it too.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

"Gilgamesh" By John Gardner and John Maier

This book contains a translation and interpretation of the great epic, Gilgamesh. It was written down upon many stone tablets thousands of years ago in ancient Mesopotamia. It is the tale of the great king Gilgamesh, a mortal beyond all others. It tells of how he met and befriended Enkidu, how the two of them battled against Humbaba in the cedar forest and against the bull of the heavens. I enjoyed reading this epic poem, though most of it was lost. I also enjoyed reading the interpretations of this poem. I give this fantastical epic a five of five stars.