Friday, January 30, 2009

Books into Movies (Part 2 of 3)

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
The Golden Compass is a very interesting, well-written book. It is about a young girl named Lyra. In Lyra's world, everyone has a daemon, which is a part of the person that takes shapes of an animal. Soon, Lyra discovers a group of people called Gobblers, who kidnap children and do an experiment on them, cutting their daemons away. These Gobblers have taken a lot of kids in Lyra's town, including her best friend, Roger. She sets out on a journey to rescue all the kids. This great book shows a young girl with determination and courage that I think will interest anyone who reads it.
~Jenny Frost, 7th Grade, HMS

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is one of the greatest books I have ever read. Lena, Bridget, Carmen and Tibby have been best friends ever since the beginning of their lives. They have spendt every summer together until now. Lena goes and visits her grandparents in Oia, Greece, where she finds a handsome young man named Kostos and falls in love. Bridget goes to a soccer camp in Baja, California, where she falls in love with one of her coaches. Carmen goes to visit her dad in North Carolina, not knowing that her dad is getting married to a family that she absolutely despises. Tibby just stays home and makes "suckumentaries." She  make friends with a girl three years younger than her and finds out that the girl has Leukemia. The four friends share a pair of pants, no matter how far away they are from each other they will always be close together with those pair of magical pants.
~Nikaya Acfalle, 7th Grade, HMS

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Books into Movies (Part 1 of 3)

These books are now out in theaters! Check out them out to see if the original story matches what the author wrote - sometimes the book is better!

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
This story is about this girl, Meggie, and her dad who live on a farm and they love to read books. Her dad is a book saver, which means he takes the book covers off and makes them new ones. Then one day in the middle of the night a mysterious man appears at Meggie's house. Later Meggie finds out that it is Dustfringer, an old friend of Meggie's dad. He comes to their house because he needs to talk to Mo, Meggie's dad. Then she finds out that they need to hide a book because Capricorn wants it. So they go see Elinor, who agrees to help them hide the book. Then Capricorn's men try to take the book, but they get the wrong one and also take Mo. Now Elinor and Meggie have to trade the right book for Mo. So you have to read the book to see what happens next. It is a very good book and I think every girl would like it.
~Frida Mendez, 7th Grade, HMS

Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Do you believe that you can go into another dimension? Well you should; let me tell you about this book called Coraline. It's a mind blowing, heart-stopping, nightmares-having book. If you like weird and mysterious kinds of books this is the book for you. Hurry up and check this book out!
~Aaron Sautter, 7th Grade, HMS

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Clique by Lisi Harrison

The Clique, by Lisi Harrison, is a good book for young teenagers that can actually learn about what happens in the real world for girls. It's very funny, that makes you want to die out of your seat laughing. Also, it has some romance between lots of people in this book. Claire, the new girl, who just moved to Westchester, New York, and is now attending Octavian Day School, doesn't know how to fit in with all the other girls there. Massie Block, the queen bee of the shcool, makes Claire have a very hard time at school. Claire tries to go through it anyways, and fit in as much as she can, so she can be the next Massie Block. Or at least try to be as close as that. If she keeps wearing those white Keds and raggedy clothes of hers, she will never fit in, and will always be the outsider. But, sooner or later, Claire finds out how to sabotage Massie and the rest of her crew, and have some new rules for the school. Then she will finally be popular and fit in; the dream she has always wished for.
~Alex Abel, 7th Grade, HMS

Zach's Lie by Roland Smith

Zach's Lie was a very interesting book with a lot of action and suspense. It is great for almost any age in middle school and early high school. Much of it is just action and fighting. The book talks a lot about keeping secrets and family. This book was probably one of the best books I've ever read. It has about 215 pages but I read it in about two days because I just couldn't put it down. I really recommend this book to anyone who likes teen fighting and terrorist warfare. It was a great book and you will not regret reading it.
~Joseph Heeter, 7th Grade, HMS

Ms. Heather's Note: I haven't read this title, but I loved Roland Smith's book Peak!