Saturday, June 20, 2009

Children of the Lamp: The Akhenaten adventures

I picked up a random book from the library and I was fortunate enough that it was Children of the Lamp: The Akhenaten Adventures. It is about two very ordinary twins John and Phillipa who find out that they are djinn. They persuade their parents to take them to Uncle Nimrod, who had visited them in their dream. From there, they learn more about djinn and their power. I am in the early part of the book and a good plot is also unfolding. This book also has some familiar factors (such as the evilest of all djinn being a guy called Iblis) I would really recommend this to adolescent readers to old people. I enjoy this book a lot partly because I am a fan of fantasy book, and also because it is different. How many books do you see that involve djinn other than ones that picture them coming out a lamp?

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Blogger


i think blogger is pretty good because its a great place to write our true opinions and express ourselfs i thnk we should continue doing blogger next year in grade 10 i realy enjoyed doing blogger and im looking forword to doing it all over again...

Fergus Mcphail


This book is about a guy name Fergus which moves to Melbourne and what happens in his life. I like the book because it's funny and full of adventure. Its and interesting book and i liked it alot.

BORING ALONE!!

BORING alone
I finally finished reading this stupid book and i think i just wasted my time when i was reading it. I don't like this book at all because i didn't learn anything from it and also because it's so silly and boring. I really felt sleepy when i was reading it, another reason why i don't like it because the ending was so sad.
So i don't recommend this book to anyone.
Sorry for saying that but I'm just saying the truth.

my big birket




I am reading this book now and it' s really funny i like alot the story! BUT NOW I AM WONDERING IF DEBBIE IS GOING TO GET MARRIED OR NOT ! this book is easy to read sooo it' s even better

Deltora Quest


This is the final book of Deltora Quest, and as much as i hate to admit it this book was the worst because the leader of the city was a snake who could only turn anyone into stone. I hate it also because the snake's weakspot was its head where the opal laid. Dont read this book you will fall asleep.

blooger

well i will tell you my story with blogger. A first I HATED BLOOGER I WAS SOOO MAD WHEN I WAS DOING IT. But time past and i getted use to it and i saw how does it work and that it s not as difficult i as though it would be. soo now I think it' s a really good thing because you can discuse of your book with your friends and teachers as well. Soo i hope that this will be the same for you

DONT PAT THE WOMBAT

Hi everybody im ahmad aldamen
I like the blogger becuase it learns something new and reading lots of books makes us proud of our selves and improves us alot.
Now i've been reading the story DONT PAT THE WOMBAT.
It is about The warts-and-all story of a Grade 6 school camp (including the funny, rude and naughty bits), featuring a loner called Jonah and an explosive teacher called The Bomb this is only till the half and i think it's a really fun story.

the Undys


The Undys is a book about Josh Undy and his dad, Phil. The relationship between them is very different from a normal relationship between a kid and his dad. Josh and his dad are always playing silly games, such as 'gut barging' and 'twelve-storey soccer'.

Josh and Phil take Aunty Faber into the city for her birthday. They get involved in a 'rat race' up the stairs of the Ivory Tower.

its a comedy book i I enjoy it because in each chapter josh and phil are playing against each other and also there is game at the end of each chapter.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Fighting Ruben Wolfe


I've never been a boxing fan, but after reading this, I understand a little more clearly what it means to have 'heart'. Not just when fighting, but when being a family, a boy, and a brother.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

James and the Giant Peach


Giant talking insects, A mega-sized peach (that had been carried by 100's of seaguls which were tied with spider and silkworm string) and Cloudmen- Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach has it all. The main storyline chases a character called James, who's parents have been eaten by a rhinoceros. James lives with his two very cruel old aunts, Spiker and Sponge, and is treated very badly. But what James longs for the most are some friends. One day everything changes...

James and the Giant Peach is unpredictable and silly (in a good way). I really enjoyed it, and I was so involved into the book (or rather it was a bit short) that I did not even write a post when I was mid-way into it. Just like most of Roald Dahl's books, it is about a child. This book (or rather all of Roald Dahl's books) is very different from the usual novels. For example, have you ever read a book where a giant fruit gets stuck on the top of the empire state building?

In conclusion, this book is aimed for young readers, but that does not mean other age groups have to miss out on the fun too! I really found it an excellent novel- one that reaches the expectation I have for Roald Dahl.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Extra-terrestrial


Elliot is a normal boy until when he meets a little lost alien. Elliot decides to keep the alien and gives the name E.T. to him. Elliot works with E.T. to trying find him a way to get back home. he must keep him hidden because  everyone will scared of E.T. 
at the end the E.T. 's family came to earth to find him and ..............

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

worm story true opinion

i dont like this book at all i dont sugest it to enyone because its soooo boaring nothing intresting happens at all so do urself a favor and never ever read this book u wiill regret it i promise

Saturday, June 6, 2009

A new kind of dreaming (finished)


I have just recently finished "A New Kind Of Dreaming", and it seems it was not too bad after all. After Jamie goes to Port Barren he finds a mysterious boat and befriends a boy of his age called Cameron. I am not going to talk about the storyline too much, because you will have to read it. The story involves a overweight cop who will do anything to hide his past and protect his career, a trip through the desert and some bones of a refugee from the boat. Still don't know where it's leading to? Then read it!

In my last post, I mentioned that it was very boring at the start, so those of you who find it dragging on, you will soon get absorbed by the storyline later on like I did. If you are looking for something humourous and witty, you won't find it here. What you will find though is an original story and a mystery to solve while reading it.

A new kind of dreaming


I have just recently finished "A New Kind Of Dreaming", and it seems it was not too bad after all. After Jamie goes to Port Barren he finds a mysterious boat and befriends a boy of his age called Cameron. I am not going to talk about the storyline too much, because you will have to read it. The story involves a overweight cop who will do anything to hide his past and protect his career, a trip through the desert and some bones of a refugee from the boat. Still don't know where it's leading to? Then read it!

In my last post, I mentioned that it was very boring at the start, so those of you who find it dragging on, you will soon get absorbed by the storyline later on like I did. If you are looking for something humourous and witty, you won't find it here. What you will find though is an original story and a mystery to solve while reading it.

A New Kind of Boring


We have recently started reading this book and it starts the story by a group of young sailors finding a pile of dead bodies on a shipwreck. Two of the sailors decide to see what the situation is, curious and afraid at the same time. The older and slightly sinister one of the sailors kills a man on board who is holding a machete (thinking that he would fight back if he knew they were there) and tells his partner to keep it a secret. But they do not realise that there is someone watching them.

After the prologue, it jumps to another scene where two brothers say goodbye after one is sent to prison (for something I do not know yet). They have a short conversation and this is where I close the book, simply because it seems to drag on forever, even though I have only read about a chapter. There is no interesting dialogue that grabs my attention, but I am yet to find out if this book is truly worthy to be read when I go deeper into the seemingly boring storyline. This book does not appeal to me at all, although I think that when the brother that goes to jail is when the interesting bit will start. I want to know how he lives and what the plot of the story is, which I am sure I will find out the next time I open the book, if I ever bother.

A New Kind of Boring

We have recently started reading this book and it starts the story by a group of young sailors finding a pile of dead bodies on a shipwreck. Two of the sailors decide to see what the situation is, curious and afraid at the same time. The older and slightly sinister one of the sailors kills a man on board who is holding a machete (thinking that he would fight back if he knew they were there) and tells his partner to keep it a secret. But they do not realise that there is someone watching them.

After the prologue, it jumps to another scene where two brothers say goodbye after one is sent to prison (for something I do not know yet). They have a short conversation and this is where I close the book, simply because it seems to drag on forever, even though I have only read about a chapter. There is no interesting dialogue that grabs my attention, but I am yet to find out if this book is truly worthy to be read when I go deeper into the seemingly boring storyline. This book does not appeal to me at all, although I think that when the brother that goes to jail is when the interesting bit will start. I want to know how he lives and what the plot of the story is, which I am sure I will find out the next time I open the book, if I ever bother.

By Tuahaa

Ella Enchanted


This was a really good book. I liked the story and they way the author wrote it it was an awesome book which i really enjoyed reading. My favourite part was the end when the spell was broken.

The story is about a Two years after being released from Camp Green Lake, Armpit is home in Austin, Texas, trying to turn his life around. But it’s hard when you have a record, and everyone expects the worst from you. The only person who believes in him is Ginny, his 10-year old disabled neighbor. Together, they are learning to take small steps. And he seems to be on the right path, until X-Ray, a buddy from Camp Green Lake, comes up with a get-rich-quick scheme. This leads to a chance encounter with teen pop sensation, Kaira DeLeon, and suddenly his life spins out of control, with only one thing for certain. He’ll never be the same again.

In his first major novel since Holes, critically acclaimed novelist Louis Sachar uses his signature wit combined with a unique blend of adventure and deeply felt characters to explore issues of race, the nature of celebrity, the invisible connections that determine a person’s life, and what it takes to stay on course. Doing the right thing is never a wrong choice – but a small step in the right direction.

I think that Sachar is a master storyteller who creates memorable characters.

Hatchet



Brian, a thirteen year old boy, his parents are divorced. Brian was going to his father, who is working in the mines of Canada. Brian started his journey through a bush plane. His mother handed him a Hatchet, before he left to the plane. During his journey, Brian took the co-pilot’s seat. Since it is a cargo plane, there is only a pilot and some goods. When the plane started to cross the wilderness of the Canada, the pilot had a heart attack.  He tried to contact the airport, but it was all in vain, Brian landed the plane near on an island. For a day, he had pain due to his falling. He did not had anything to eat too. he started to search for food. Soon he, with the help of his hatchet, he decided to survive. He made the fire with pebbles, and for many days, he survived without any trouble. Later, he realized that there might be anything in the plane, which was collapsed in the lake, will help him. He found some transmitters and some food. He tried to use the transmitters, but it did not work. Soon he heard the sound of a plane approaching towards him, later he was saved.

i liked the story because it showed discipline and how a Boy can live alone, at the end i thought that he will not be saved but he did. It's a nice story.
AHMAD ALDAMEN

Dark Knights and Dingy Castles -Terry Deary

The story Dark Knights and Ding Castles, takes you back century years ago... when King's used to be called as Gods, and Knights wanting to wear shiny amours to look important and wielding new weapons which no other person can ever do. Peasants are the people which you don't really want to become... they clean up after other people's mess.


I recommend this book to those reader's who like to read about Ancient History. To reader's who like to laugh a lot and something to read to enjoy themselves.

Dark Knights and Dingy Castles -Terry Deary (Prediction Came True!!!)

My Prediction actually came true!!! :)

My prediction about the people who are trying to get in the King's Castle and there would be no one... came true!! While they were trying to break down the door's which took them 1 hour to do, and found no one!! hahah :)

My second prediction about the Knight that had to cut his finger off by disobeying the King's order... umm... that really never happened hahah, but i wish it did, i wanted to see how a Knight suffers from disobeying orders :)

Dark Knights and Dingy Castles -Terry Deary

My prediction about this story would be... That they are going to break down the King's Castle and find no one inside the castle. That one knight that disobeyed the King's order and had to chop one of his finger.

THE SILVER SWORD


Well now that i finished the book i have to say that it was okay.
I liked because it was talking also about Switzerland (my country).
But i disliked because it was talking about the war and i didnt like this really otherwise it was okay.

LionBoy

I have finally finished the story. This story taught me how to be independent and friendly. It was written by Zizou Corder. This is the first book of LionBoy, there are more sequels to this book such as LionBoy The Chase.

I enjoyed reading this story because of its metaphors and adventure.

I would recommend this book to tuahaa because i know he enjoys reading and because this book suites him well.

LionBoy


As i read the story i was wondering if charlie would find his parents along with the cubs' parents. As he travels he experiences dangers.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


My book at the moment is My Haunted House written by Arminta Spookie. I chose this book because the front cover of the book gave me an idea to understand the story. Omar told me about it, then i decided to read it.

It's about a girl called Araminta Spookie she lives in a huge and haunted house with her Uncle Drac and Aunt Tabitha, but Aunt Tabitha is determined to sell the house and Araminta must think of a cunning way to stop her, especially if she ever wants her greatest ambition to come TRUE! so she always thinks about many ideas to stop her Aunt to sell the house.
It's a really good book and funny in the same time and it teaches you how to be responsible, and i hope all the students in grade 9 will read it.

I recommend this book to all the students in grade 9.

worm story

this was a very good book nd i enjoyed it. It was funny and very intresting it had a adventure wich i liked alot. I would like to read more books like this.this book was av]bout a worm that lived inside a body of a human and felt left out because none of the others wanted enything to do with him so he went to explore and got out of the humans body.
if u want to no what happens next read the book i can guarentee that yo will like it...

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


I have finished Lord of the Flies and I was slightly surprised with the ending. Ralph was chased down by Jack and his new tribe and Piggy was killed. However, at the end of the story, they were found, just as Ralph was about to be killed. The rescuers claimed that they say smoke and landed, looking for any stranded people. Luckily enough, Ralph wanted the signal fire to keep going, although Jack said it was "no use" and a "waste of time". Because of Ralph, they had been rescued. If Jack had killed Ralph before or if he did not bother lighting the fire all day, they would have certainly been doomed. The reason I was surprised by the ending is because they were rescued after all, probably for the sake of a happy ending. Although it was pretty close to a real situation, it is highly unlikely they should have been rescued at all.

I really enjoyed this book and I encourage everyone to read it, especially teenagers and adults. Unlike other survival books, getting food and shelter was not the main concern, but it was getting rescued.

Sunday, May 31, 2009


This book is a about a boy called Jamie Riley who is sent to Port Barren because he was found in a stolen car. However Jamie doesn't think much of Port Barren, he never suspected that he would have the biggest adventure of his life over there. After reading the prologue and the blob at the back of the book, (I won't write the whole thing again because Fatima and Tauhaa have already done it) I wanted to read on very strongly because I thought that somebody would find out about the murder that Elliot committed on that ship. I thought that those pair of eyes would be witnesses to that crime. My predictions proved right because those pair of eyes were the eyes of a foreign girl who made it to the island(I won't say how) and disappeared mysteriously just before the translator came from the city. I really liked this book because it was action packed and full of suspense which excited me a lot while reading it. It also taught me new stuff. I strongly recommend this book for advanced readers and those who are not afraid of guns and murder(since there was a part that included these stuff)

Dragon Rider-Cornelia Funke

Dragon Rider is a book that was originally published in German in the year 1997. It was translated to English in the year 2004 by Anthea Bell.

I have read the blob and the first chapter so far and I find that this book is actually dragging me into it. How can a human be a threat to dragons when they have this melting fire breath and these huge pointy claws and this huge body? How does a human boy get involved with this adventure if the point of all the commotion is to get away safely from the humans? Why isn't a rat named Rat going on the journey with Firedrake, a dragon, and Sorrel, a brownie? And who is Gilbert Greytail? I hope that I will know the answers to these questions as I read more. In fact, Iknow that I would.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

WORM STORY!!!!


I havent finished reading the book yet but what i have read is pretty good its quite funny i think the rest of the book is going to be good and i cant wait to finish reading it so that i can go on to other books wich i hope will be as good as this book that i am reading now

spilled water


am reading a book called (spilled water) that fatima recomended to me , i didnt finish it yet . its really interesting .

Its about a girl , her uncle sells her to a family for money and then the family makes her do all the work with out being payed .

Lord of the Flies


Lord of the Flies is a survival book about a group of boys who find themselves lost on an island after a plane crash. The story does not follow the normal storyline (like Hatchet, where the person is rescued and all seems fine in the end). They see night time as an enemy, as their dreams take over and the belief of a beast haunting the top of the mountain. Some become savages and their lust for meat and blood takes over them. At first, Jack and his hunters start killing native pigs for meat. After an argument with the chief (Ralph, who urges them to stay together), they form two tribes. As psychological problems grow, the boys end up killing one of their own.

I have not finished this book yet and I really enjoy this book. My predictions are that more savagery will follow and maybe more bloodshed. This is a sample text from the excellent work of William Golding's Lord of the Flies:

The dark sky was shattered by a blue-white scar. An instant later the noise was on them like the blow of a gigantic whip. The chant rose a tone in agony.

"Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill the blood!"
Now out of the terror rose another desire, thick, urgent, blind.
"Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill the blood!"


Again the blue-white scar jagged above them and sulfurous explosions beat down. The littluns screamed and blundered about, fleeing from the edge of the forest, and one of them broke the ring of biguns in terror.

P.188

Softly, surrounded by a fringe of inquisitive bright creatures, itself a silver shape beneath the steadfast constellations, Simon's dead body moved out towards the sea.

P.190

As you can see, this book is not for the faint-hearted (but it is so good that they should read it anyway). I cannot wait to finish it and I would like to see what would happen. It feels so real, that it makes you think--would you become like the boys if you were stranded on an island?

Looking for Alabrandi-Melina Marchetta

Looking for Alabrandi was recommended to me by my classmates in grade 9, Fatima and Samar. This book is about a girl called Josephine Alabrandi who is an illegitimate and she lives with her mother. She is at her final year in a wealthy Catholic school. Josie starts going out with another boy called Jacob. What will she face when suddenly her father comes back to her life. How will she treat him and how will her future turn out to be? Will it be a good one or will it be a bad one where she can't find love and family?

Ella Enchanted (Fatima)


I'm reading the book Ella Enchanted and its really good. Its very interesting and has a good story line. Part of it is like Cinderella but its really good. I'm enjoying it. Its about a girl named Ella who's under a spell which whenever she is ordered to do something she must obey without saying no.

Friday, May 29, 2009

The Silver Sword


This book is talking about three children who are leaving without their mother because she was taken by the Nazis. This book is has alot of emotion because it's show how the three children leave alone and it's also based on a true story soo it s even more intersting while you reading it. Can't wait to finish it.

Saturday, May 9, 2009


This is a fantasy stroy about kyp and his family. There are six great clans that meet each other every year at the Kinaar tree. As kyp tells us the story he's trying to save his family.
This spring when the clans meet each other at kinaar the blizzard comes in and wipes the tree out. Kyp tells the clan to live under ground but it's a forbidden law and so they can't leave.
However the clans understand that they are in danger so they decide to follow kyp to safety underground. At the end he is a hero to each of the clan members
This book was written by Clem Martini who wrote so many books on fantasies. This is my second favorite book because of it's thriller, front cover and adventure. I recommend this book to people with scary thoughts. I hope all you readers will read this breathtaking novel known as The Mob.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Tales from the Perilous Realm

Tales From The Perilous Realm is a collection of four short stories by Tolkien. I picked this book up because it was the only other book by J.R.R Tolkien available from the school library.

My favourite short story from this book is called "Farmer Giles of Ham", which is about a simple farmer who became a village hero after shooting a deaf, stupid giant which trampled his favourite cow. Somewhere in the middle of the story he eventually finds himself on a quest to slay a particularly evil Dragon called Chrysophylax who is terrorizing the kingdom and gain all his riches. The king finds out about this and wants a share of the treasure, and sends some knights to accompany him. In the end, all the knights run away at the sight of the Dragon but Giles stays put. He has a sword that Chrysophylax is afraid of, because it is magical and was made specially for killing dragons. Giles manages to injure Chrysophylax's wing, making him unable to fly. In the end Chrysophylax bargains with Giles; saying that he will give him a large amount of his treasure, carry it to his home and stay with him to protect it. Giles agrees, because he knows if he does not accept, the king will take all the treasure away from him and he will be left with nothing.

Giles enjoys his treasure with his wife and children, and gives a fair amount to his friends and those who helped him organize the treasure and guard Chrysophylax. When Giles is of old age, he finally releases his dragon, who flies home to find a younger dragon taking possession of his hoard, and kills him immediately to repossess his riches.

Another one of the short stories, called "Adventures of Tom Bombadil" is a series of short rhymes.One of the rhymes that appealed to me was called "Perry the Winkle", which is about a lonely troll who has trouble making friends because everyone is afraid of him. He goes to town and finds everyone running away. As he sits down, a little boy approaches him and befriends him. Every Thursday, the boy would go to the Troll's house to have dinner, because he does not have much to eat. Here is a small quote from the rhyme:

"Now Perry-the-Winkle grew so fat
through eating of cramsome bread,
his weskit bust, and never a hat
would sit upon his head;
for Every Thursday he went to tea,
and sat on the kitchen floor,
and smaller the old Troll seemed to be,
as he grew more and more."

In the end of the rhyme, Perry-the-Winkle becomes an enormously fat and famous baker who learned the arts of the Troll's cooking, but still comes to visit him every Thursday to dine together. There are two more short stories in the book, but they are not as enjoyable, and a bit weird too (but somewhat entertaining and very original).

I did not enjoy this book as much as The Hobbit, because they are short stories, and like all short stories, they don't have a lot of depth. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in these type of books that are a bit humorous and contain some of old English.

By Tuahaa

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

DEADLY




SPROKET
I like reading deadly because it's very funny and very intresting at the same time.Deadly is about a boy called Sproket and a girl called Amy. One day Sproket wakes up in the middle of a forest and dosent know who he is or where he is from . But then a small child jumps out from behind a tree the sproket hears a car coming and thinks its his parents or maby someone he knows. But when the 4x4 stops infront of Sproket 3 little kids jump out of the 4x4. Sproket asks who they are but the little kids dont answer. Sproket asks again but they still dont answer. Then one of the small kids says get in the car but sproket says no first tell me who you are. Then the children GRAB Sproket and pushes him into the car...



Amy


One day amy came back from boarding school for her 13th birthday. But her birthday wasent what she had planned. One the day of her birthday she wakes up happy and goes downstaires but she dosent see her mum or her dad the then she goes to her parents room and finds a baby in her moms roab...








IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT READ THE BOOKS THEY COME IN A 6 PART SERIOUS

Monday, April 27, 2009


Hi iam Ahmad and i liked the story because it was fun reading a story like this about prison and innocenes this is the story. Stanley Yelnats is accused of stealing Sweet feet's sneakers. He can go to jail or Camp Green Lake. He goes to Camp Green Lake and every day he has to dig a hole to, supposedly, build character. Turns out that they are digging the holes to find treasure for the warden. Zero smacks Mum (the mentor) with a shovel and pegs it. Stanley steals a truck but crashes it and pegs it into the desert. He meets Zero again and they climb a mountain to get water and onions. Then they go back and find the treasure but they get stuck in a hole because of the poisonous lizards. The lizards don't eat them because they don't like the smell of the onions. Stanley gets the treasure because it has his name on it. Zero goes to live with Stanley at the end and he finally finds his mum. Done.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

D-Day


D-Day was one of the biggest military operations ever to take place in the history of mankind. It was the day on which the United States would take its first step into Europe, in an attempt to liberate it from Nazi hands. This day, and many after, was no walk in the park, as portrayed by Stephen E. Ambrose's book, D-Day June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II.

From the start of the book, Ambrose does not let down on the excitement, the courage, and the horror that many of the men had to endure during that gruesome day. In the beginning of the book, Ambrose talks about the massive amount of preparation and careful planning that had into this extraordinary day in Normandy.

I recommend this book to those people who like to know about the wars in past specially about the world war 2 which United State took its first step into Europe.


Saturday, April 25, 2009

Matilda


My favourate book is : Matilda for the authour :Roald Dahl. The story is about a girl her name is Matilda, her parents have called her some terrible things like:cheater,stupid,ignorant and aliar.The truth is she's the genius and they're the stupid ones. Also, At school Miss Trunchbull the school's priciple hates Matilda,and the principle Miss/Trunchbull discoverd that Matilda has a very special and smart power so she can use magic and also has like smartness ,then in the end of the story Miss Trunchbull left the school because she got scared of Matilda's special power.I like this story and it's my favourate book because it's about school and teaching and it's fiction. Actaully I like this kind of stories.

James & The Giant Peach


My favourite book is James & the giant peach, its a book by roal dahl. The book is about a kid called James Henry who lived in a pretty bright house by the sea in the south of england, went on holiday to the capital with his parents, but his mother and father were eaten by a rhino that had escaped from London zoo. After the death of his parents, James was forced to live with his two horrible aunts, Spiker and Sponge, who live on a hill. For years Spiker and Sponge abused James, not allowing him to go beyond the hill or play with other children. Around the house James is treated no better then a slave. But one day something wierd happened, suddenly a mysterious yet friendly wizard showed up in his back-yard, who understood jame's situation and gave him a sack of tiny glowing-green magic crystals that he promised will bring happiness if drank. On the way back to the house, James trips up and spills the sack onto the peach tree outside his home, which had previously never given fruit. The tree becomes enchanted through the crystals, and begins to blossom; indeed a certain peach grows to the size of a large house. then suddenly he got sucked inside the peach and found anthropomorphic insects then he was shocked when he found them talking like humans. Then he became friends with the anthropomorphic insects who become central to the plot and James' companions in his adventure. The Centipede bites through the stem of the peach with his powerful jaws, releasing it from the tree, and it begins to roll down the hill, flattening Spiker and Sponge to death as it goes. The peach rolls through villages and houses before falling off the cliffs and into the sea. The peach floats in the English channel, but quickly drifts away from civilization and into the expanses of the Atlantic Ocean. Hours later, not far from the Azores, the peach is attacked by a swarm of hundreds of sharks. Using the blind Earthworm as bait, the ever resourceful James and the other inhabitants of the peach lure over five hundred seagulls to the peach from the nearby islands. The seagulls are then tied to the broken stem of the fruit using spiderwebs from the Spider and strings of white silk from the Silkworm. The mass of seagulls does indeed lift the giant peach into the air and away from the sharks, although the peach is barely damaged in the incident.As the sun rises, the inhabitants of the giant peach see glimmering skyscrapers peeking above the clouds, and a sprawling urban city far below them. The inhabitants of Manhatten see the giant peach suspended in the air by a swarm of hundreds of seagull, and panic, believing it to be a floating, orange-coloured, spherical nuclear bomb. A huge passenger airplane flies past the giant peach, almost hitting it, and severing the silken strings between the seagulls and the peach. The seagulls free, the peach begins to fall to the ground, but it is saved when it is impaled upon the spike at the top of the Empire State Building. The people on the observation deck at first believe the inhabitants of the giant peach to be monsters or Aliens, but when James appears from within the skewered peach and explains his story, the people hail James and his insect friends as heroes. They are given a welcoming home parade, and James get what he always wanted - playmates in the form of millions of potential new childhood friends. After a while, James Henry & the anthropomorphic insects, all gone to a very interesting futures in the world of humans..

Hatchet


Hatchet is the story of a 14 year old boy named Brian, On an Adventures trip to the Canadian oilfields to spend the summer with his dad, the pilot of the Cessna (one engined plane), suffers a heart attack and dies. Brian is all alone now, no one to control the plane so Brian has to land the plane somewhere to survive. Brian lands on an island all alone on the edge of a lake, he learns to exist in this wilderness. He faces many dangers including hunger, animal attacks, and even a tornado.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott-Hayam Bassam


I have read many books this year, and I can’t decide which one is my favorite, because each book has a world of its own, and each world is unique in its own way, so I am going to talk about the book I recently read and it is called Little Women.
Little Women is world classic novel by Louisa May Alcott. The book attracted me because of the purple color and the picture at the front. My mother also recommended this book to me. This book is about four young women whose father was fighting in the American Civil War. The eldest of the girls was pretty seventeen-year-old Margret, also known as Meg. Next came Josephine, or Jo, who is a sixteen –year-old imaginative and boyish girl. Fourteen- year-old Elizabeth, Beth, was a sweet shy girl who loves everybody more than herself, and last but not least thirteen-year-old selfish Amy. However all of these girls learn how to be true little women.
When Meg and Jo where invited to a New Year’s Eve dance party, Jo meets the March’s neighbor, Theodore Laurence, whom she had never talked to before. She finds him a sweet boy and becomes friends with him the next day. She made him laugh like no other person ever did and she told him stories that amused him greatly. Jo also finds the huge library at the Laurence’s like Heaven for she was a book worm. Laurie, who is Theodore, finds the March’s family the best family on Earth and he likes Mrs. March especially because he finds her like his mother, having lost both his parents when he was young and now living with his grandfather.
After about half a year later, Mrs. March gets a telegram saying that Mr. March was seriously ill and that he is at a hospital in Washington. Mrs. March goes immediately with Laurie’s tutor Mr. John Brooke. While she is away, Beth gets the scarlet fever and is very close to death. Hannah (who helps Mrs. March in the house’s daily chores) sits by Beth day and night. She refuses point blank to send a telegram to Mrs. March saying that Beth is ill. Not since Mr. March was getting better and he didn’t wish his wife to leave him. Laurie however decides to send a telegram when Beth’s gets really sick, for she mixes between people and her rosy cheeks become pale and her tireless hands become feeble.
When Mrs. March arrives Beth was starting to get better and she cares for her while Hannah rested. Jo, now that her mother was here and Beth was better, has other doubts. She suspects that Mr. Brooke fancies Meg and she doesn’t want Meg to leave. She discusses this issue with her mother and tells her that Meg likes brown eyes, which is Mr. Brooke’s eye color, and that Laurie told her that Meg’s other glove that she forgot at the Laurence’s is in Mr. Brooke’s pocket (she was told that when she went onto town to do something exciting that I won’t tell you about). Mrs. March after observing Meg discovers that she doesn’t love him (yet). Laurie however decides to take the matter into his own hands and discover the truth. He sends two letters to Meg in Mr. Brooke’s name and Meg gets offended and shows Mrs. March the letters. Laurie is called and he stays with Mrs. March for a long time talking and arguing. Then Meg is called and Laurie begs her pardon and goes out without saying another word. Jo makes peace with him again after she scowls at him in her house.
Not long after that (on Christmas) Mr. March and Mr. Brooke come home again and a festive Christmas dinner takes place. Then Meg decides that she wants to spend the rest of her life with Mr. Brooke (after a series of events take place) and the parents and the new couple decide that the wedding will take place after three years.
Little Women was published in 1868.
The second part of Little Women, also called Good Wives was published a year after where many events, both happy and sad, take place and of course they are as catchy and imaginative as the events in this book.
Another two sequels, Little Men (1871) and Jo’s Boys (1886), were published. I have not read them yet so I can’t tell you much but I am sure that they will also be two of my favorite books.

Emil and KARL



FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1940 ,YANKEV GLATSHTEYN'S .
IN HIS ELEGANT TRANSLATION FROM THE ORIGENAL YIDDISH ,JEFFRY SHANDLER BRINGS US THIS LITERARY GEM IN ENGLISH FOR THE FIRST TIME.

EMIL & KARL is a heart-wrenching stroy of friendship and survival in a time of hate .
Emil and karl are best friends ,brave and loyal in a world of persecution and cruelty. it will resonate with readers of all ages .

Vienna ,1938 Its about two boys, Emil and Karl one of them is Jewish, one not. After their parents have been taken by the Nazis . they killed Emil’s dad and took both Emil and Karl’s mum’s .Emil & KARL couldn’t handle all that in one day ,and they wondered what will happen for them ,and so the hours passed ,they barley spoke to each other but listened for the faintest noise – foot steps perhaps, or a knock on the door. But there was still no sign . so they decided to run away .
While they were walking for some one who could help them Emil saw two who were dressed just like the ones who took his mother . Emil was too frightened to speak, but when he calmed down he explained to Karl that that’s just how the men who had beaten his father .
So they ran to the nearest building and hid in the cellar ,they had to sleep there for days . There they met the janitor and his wife . who helped them a lot . the next day Karl wanted to go out just to see the sun .Emil didn’t really want to go outside but he followed his friend . they started wondering around . then a man appeared from a side street he was dressed in the same kind of uniform as the man they saw the night before . which had sent them racing into the cellar .
But now it was too late to run away . the man dragged them along roughly to a narrow alley .he tied them and left them for days . then he took them to a place were they had never seen something tlike it in their lives . hundreds of people were there some of them down on the ground . there was a great commotion .with a lot of shouting . karl and emil wondered why they were scrubing the pavement with out brushes or rags ! and then another man with any warning he shouted so loud “don’t just stand there , get down and start washing and do it fast …
IN THE END Karl ,Emil and hundreds of people are forced to move to another country . EMIL & KARL got separated by storm soldiers who kept pushing the children toward an open door .karl still held to emil with a firm grip the storm troopers were letting adults in , then they kicked more people in ,they shove children who fled panic-stricken ,into the train .
Then the soldiers raised their right hands in salute .
“Move on out “
Karl broke away from his place .frightened and impatient. He felt his entire body trembling, he shouted at the top of his lungs ,but no one heared him in the midst of all this commotion .
EMIL WAS NO LONGER NEXT TO HIM .HE’DBEEN PUSHED AWAY AND SHOVED INTO THE TRAIN.

'ONE OF THE MOST HAUNTING AND BEAUTIFUL BOOKS I'VE READ IN A LONG TIME .EMIL AND KARL IS IMPOSSIBLE TO FORGET ' MARKUS ZUSAK'






Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Long Walk (Fatima)


The long Walk at the moment is my favourite book, Feryal told me about it so i decided to read it. The book is about a 12 year old girl which has to take care of her sister and 2 brothers and take them to their dad which was fixing a road and now disappeared while their mum is in hospital. It's a very interesting book of how kids can survive in certain situations. During their walk to their father, the kids meet people on the way. Some of them are very nice to them and help them in any way they can and others try to steal from them. In the end of the story the kids find their dad and their Auntie Katie which was actually made up by the kids and they soon realise that they heard their mother speak of her once. Its just a really good book and teaches you a lot about being grateful and taking care of yourself. if 12 year old can do it, so can you.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The NeverEnding Story



The Never Ending story was written by Michael Ende a famous author who wrote other books such as The Empress of The Word and The Angels' Plot.


The story unfolds as Bastian escapes from the clutches of the school bullies. As Bastian runs from them he decides to hide in the library, while there he meets the librarian who asks him what's wrong and what's he doing here, as Bastian tells him the problem the librarian says "you have to be brave and stand up to those bullies." while speaking Bastian sees the book that the librarian had read and looks curious, so he decides to take it, however his attempts to take the book seems futile as the librarian watches him closely. Fate however fortold that Bastian would escape with the book and so he did.

When Bastian reached school he decided not to go to class because it was pointless. Instead he went to the school attic where he read the story. He travels into the book through magic. Soon as he reads on he meets many creatures such as the rock giant, the fast snail and the talking bat. Bastian has descended to Fantasia in order to find the cure for the childlike empress. helping him find the cure is a young indian boy named Atreyu. They both notice that the Nothing has wiped out all the resources in Fantasia. So in order to restore peace to Fantasia they had to find the cure and give it to the childlike empress. When they reach the childlike empress' palace the child like empress tells Bastian that she can be cured if he gives her a new name. Atreyu looked shocked as he told the empress that he was in search of a new name the whole time. Atreyu has lost his only close friend called Atrax his noble horse in the Swamp of Despair. While talking The Nothing approached at quick speed and tried to kill the childlike empress but it failed as Bastian gave the new name.
When Bastian saved Fantasia the childlike empress sent him home. Two days passed when he returned from Fantasia. He went to the library and told the librarian that he stole the book and that it vanished mysteriously. He told Bastian to explain what happened while reading so he did and at the end the librarian knew about the book and told Bastian that the story will go Because its neverending.
I recommend this book to kids who have so many happpy imaginations and who enjoy reading fantasies.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Hobbit


J.R.R Tolkien's The Hobbit follows the adventure of Bilbo Baggins of Hobbiton, an young and round-bellied hobbit(creatures like us, although are half our size and fashion long hair on their feet), through great kingdoms, elvish towns, dark forests ridden with giant spiders, the goblin infested Mines of Moria, Gollum's lake (where he found a magical ring) into the heart of the Lonely Mountain where a ferocious Dragon made his lair.

Bilbo's adventure began one day as he sat outside after breakfast (a rather large one, as most hobbits would prefer), smoking his pipe peacefully and minding his own business until a wizard named Gandalf visited him unexpectedly, and offered poor old Bilbo(who was extremely surprised at that moment, to say the least) an adventure. Bilbo, being a hobbit, refused instantly, and forced Gandalf to leave, and invited him to tea the next day, just to be polite. The next day had changed Bilbo's life forever. That day, one after another, 13 dwarves arrived to his Hobbit-hole
, and then finally followed by Gandalf himself, and managed to persuade him to take the role of a Burglar to join them on a quest to The Lonely Mountain to slay Smaug the Dragon, who had hoarded Thorin Oakenshield's rightful treasure (Thorin was one of the 13 Dwarves and the ancestor of the King of The Mountain, and therefore inherited all his wealth). At first, Bilbo refused once again. Then, the dwarves sang a song that told the tale of their wealth and how the Dragon had stole it of them, and something woke up in Bilbo's heart- His sense of adventure. This was probably because his mother came from the "Took" family, the only hobbits who loved going out on adventures, so he finally accepted the offer in the end.

Bilbo started his journey as a worry-worn hobbit who was annoyed because he forgot to bring his pocket handkerchief, and together with his company (and Gandalf disappearing and reappearing all along the adventure), he gained respect as a Burglar, and soon the dwarves believed that Bilbo could really help them defeat the Dragon. Bilbo, Gandalf and the 13 dwarves arrived to the Mines of Moria, exhausted from their past events and discouraged by the long and dark journey that lay ahead of them, found themselves moving by Gandalf's guidance but unintentionally ran into some Goblins, and eventually killed the Great Goblin himself, who was the King of Moria. Bilbo was knocked out during the fighting and was not spotted by both the dwarves or the goblins in the dark tunnels. When he regained consciousness, he found himself lost.

As he wondered along the dark corridors of Moria, he found a small, golden ring, and kept it in his pocket. Further on, he came to a dark lake and met Gollum, a strange mutated frog-like creature who is about Bilbo's height (I later found out that he was a Hobbit, although changed by the effects of a magical ring) who had a twisted mind which was consumed by the ring that Bilbo has in his pocket. Gollum found the Hobbit amusing, partly because all he had for company are fish in a dark underground lake and Goblins unfortunate enough to become Gollum's lunch once in a while, when the wretched creature is bored of fish. The book also mentions that Gollum was also interested in Bilbo because he reminded him of his past. I will not give away the rest of the story of Gollum and Bilbo's meeting, as it is another of the many incentives to read to book.

After a series of dramatic events (which I will not mention as it will give away the storyline), Bilbo (with a particularly useful ring he stumbled upon) and his company finally reached their destination, but the quest was far from over.

In the end, Smaug the Dragon is killed by a bowman named Bard of a nearby village, who shot him
(as the Dragon swooped out of his lair furiously to lay his wrath onto a the village after being locked out of it by Bilbo, with the help of a certain ring that can make the wearer invisible) with an arrow that had, thanks to Bard's skill and sheer luck, pierced Smaug's only weak spot; a flaw in the Dragon's jewel-encrusted coat of armour. But the adventure was not over yet. Bard's village demanded some of Thorin's massive amount of treasure to build a better town and as payment for slaying the dragon. But Thorin had become greedy and refused to share any of his wealth. Soon, the Wood Elves arrived (they are mentioned before in the book)to help Bard's people. The Dwarves also arrived from Grey Mountain to rebuild Thorin's city, and live there. Bilbo, wanting Bard's village rebuilt, gave him and the Elves the one thing that Thorin would prize over a river of gold: the Arkenstone (a beautiful gem that the Dwarves highly valued; Bilbo had stolen it before when the dwarves took control hoarded treasure). With the Arkenstone, they bargained with Thorin and came to an agreement. But there was a war to come.

The goblins, who were furious from the death of the Great Goblin, and the Wargs, a ferocious wolf-like race from earlier on in the book (I will avoid giving away too many spoilers, and so far my summary leaves out most of interesting bits), came to attack the Dwarves while they were vulnerable, to get their revenge.

Soon, the three armies (Wood elves, the Men of Lake-town, and the Dwarves from Grey Mountain) battled the Goblins and the Wargs. The war was won because the Eagle of the Misty Mountain and his army and Beorn (both friends that Bilbo and his company had encountered along the journey) came to the rescue, surprising the Goblins and Wargs. As any fantasy book, the "good guys" always win.

During the battle, Bilbo hid himself by using the magic ring but was knocked out again. He woke up after the war is over, and was taken to Thorin, who lay in a tent, badly wounded and at the brink of death. He praised Bilbo and apologised for his greed, before he finally passed away. Dain, Thorin's cousin and also the king of the dwarfs of Grey Mountain was crowned the new king of the Lonely Mountain and they had a grand funeral for Thorin. Dain paid more that enough to Bard for his slaying of Smaug, who sent the treasure to the King of Lake-town to repair all the damage, and gave much to his followers and friends. Dain also offered Bilbo his share of the treasure, which was more than enough for a king, but Bilbo refused, saying that it would be too much to handle. Instead, he just brought home two chests; one of gold and one of silver. Before departure Bilbo gave the Elvenking a necklace of silver and pearls because he had stolen from his kingdom earlier. The Elvenking bade him farewell, and told him that he will always be a friend of the elves.

Now tired of his adventure, Bilbo Baggins returned home to his peaceful hobbit hole, and wrote a book about his adventures. Because of his adventure he had lost all his respect in the Hobbiton (his neighbours thought him queer) except for the younger hobbits who lived over The Hill and across The Water, who were, of course, from the Took family.

I liked this book very much, and am starting to read Tolkien's other works. The Hobbit is filled with adventure, excitement and a bit of humour, all mixed in well with even portions. It left me itching for more, I especially want to find more about Gollum and the Ring, which I am sure will be covered in the Lord of The Rings series. I recommend this book to anyone, but it will especially be appealing to adolescence, or those who love a good read before bed.

By Tuahaa

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

My favourite book when I was in grade 9


Kes or 'A Kestrel for a Knave' was my favourite book when I was in Grade 9. It was written by Barry Hines and a film version was directed by Ken Loach. I was initially drawn to the book by the front cover of a boy giving a two finger salute in a defiant gesture that I related to as a rebellious teenager.
Kes dramatizes the grim realities of life for 15-year old Billy Casper in the bleak mining town of Barnsley in Yorkshire, England. For Billy, life offers little hope for the future other than working in the mines. Disinterested in his studies, the victim of bullies, pushed around by his deadbeat older brother Jud , Billy finds a spark only when he succeeds in raising and training a kestrel (falcon) that he "finds" on a neighbor's land. Billy's latent intelligence and awareness are brought to the surface for fleeting moments, especially when his English teacher Mr. Farthing allows him to speak to the class about Kes, but he is soon overwhelmed by the crush of circumstances at home.
Below is a review from Hashi. Read in March, 2008:
I first read "Kes" in middle school, the year I lived in England, and had my first oblique exposure to the poverty and rough living of the characters in this outstanding novel. Re-reading it now was riveting. Not a word is wasted. Hines masterfully evokes the reality of life for this boy from the wrong side of the tracks who finds a reason to live in his relationship with a kestrel. Wonderful stuff.