Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - The Ugly Truth

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - The Ugly Truth - by Jeff Kinney

This book is the fifth in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series. It was sad at the beginning, but things start to turn Greg's way. He gets what he wants, but it ends unexpectedly. I think this is the last one of the series that Jeff Kinney is going to write. I liked this series, so I hope he is going to keep writing more.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

My Brother Sam is Dead

My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

This book is about Tim's point of view of the Revolutionary War between Sam Meeker and his father. Tim doesn't know whose side to join.

The Adventures of OOK and GLUK

The Adventures of OOK and GLUK Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future by George Beard and Harold Hutchins

This is a graphic novel about Kung-Fu Cavemen from the future and the past. I liked this book. It was short and I liked it. If you like Captain Underpants, you will like this book too.

The Trouble with Tuck

The Trouble with Tuck by Theodore Taylor

This book is sad but happy. It is a roller coaster of emotions because there are so many feelings of love and sadness in this book. It is about a girl named Helen and her pal named Tuck, the yellow Labrador you see in the picture. In the book, some trouble happens with Tuck. Helen took Tuck and tried to make it all better. I bet you are wondering why there is another dog in the picture. Well, her name is Daisy. That's all I'll tell you!

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Giver

The Giver by Lois Lowry

In this book, a boy Jonas is singled out for training by a person named "The Giver." I can't tell you what kind of training it is, all I can tell you is that it is special. My favorite part of this book was when he first read the rules for his new job. I liked that part the best because he was shocked and surprised and so was I.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society

NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley is a surprising book because you don't know what is going to happen around the next corner. At first Jackson was the most popular kid at school, then he got braces and ended up at the bottom of the heap. But then Jackson's braces start doing some pretty amazing things. Read the book to find out what they can do!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Where the Red Fern Grows

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls is an amazing book because it is so happy in the beginning because he finally gets his dogs, but it is so sad in the end, but I can't tell you why. You HAVE to read this book for yourself. It is so amazing.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

No Limits - The Will to Succeed

No Limits - The Will to Succeed by Michael Phelps with Alan Abrahamson is a book about Michael Phelps and his eight gold medals in swimming. He was the first person in swimming history to earn eight gold medals in one Olympics. A lot of people didn't believe he could earn the eight gold medals in one Olympics, but he did it. My favorite part of the the book was where he beat Cavic (pronouced Chavich) from Serbia, by 1/100 of a second in the 100 meter butterfly finals. It was amazing. I recommend this book to anybody who wants to do something big.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Esperanza Rising

Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

This book is about a girl who lost her father on her birthday because bandits attacked him while he was painting a fence. From then on life was hard because Esperanza's family had to sell their home and then go to the U.S. to get jobs. The book was very sad because their life was so hard. It doesn't seem right. I really felt bad. Read the book to find out more.

Bud, Not Buddy

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

This book is about a boy named Bud in an orphanage who escapes and goes on the lam in search of his father. He has five posters that lead to men called Herman E. Calloway and The Dusky Devastators of Depression. It turns out Herman E. Calloway isn't his father. Read the book to find out who he is!

Y: The Last Man: Vol 4

Y: The Last Man: Vol 4 by Brian K. Vaughan

In this fourth volume, the woman astronaut has a boy child. Ampersand, Yorick's helping monkey, has a disease and goes to a hospital while Yorick has a suicide intervention. At the end, Hero, Yorick's sister, comes to the hospital where astronaut had her baby and said, "where the (*I^#% is my brother?"

It is very hard to let go of this book because it is so interesting.

Y: The Last Man: Vol 3

Y: The Last Man: Vol 3 by Brian K. Vaughan

The Last Man 3 is about three astronauts. Two are men and one is a pregnant woman. They are supposed to touch down in American and a Russian agent is supposed to pick up their male astronaut. But the Israelis try to blow up the shuttle because they don't want the Russians to repopulate because they were in a war before the plague. The Israelis captured Yorick and they tied him up and put handcuffs on him, but Yorick is an escape artist and he escapes he destroys the missile before they shoot it at the shuttle. The shuttle doesn't quite land right and it blows up. The two male astronauts push the woman astronaut out saying "women and children first." The male astronauts die. Read the next in the series to find out what happens! I liked this one. There are a lot of surprises.

Y: The Last Man: Vol 2

Y: The Last Man: Vol 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

In this book, the gang stops in Marrsville, Ohio. They find a bunch of women who hosted them and gave them hospitality and later Yorick discovers they are convicts. The Amazon Girls are girls who want to destroy Yorick even though the next leader is Yorick's sister. They attack at the house and all the convicts fight back and a couple get destroyed even the one that Yorick partly loved. The gang escape with their lives and went on to get to San Francisco. It was a good book with action and fighting.

Y: The Last Man: Vol 1

Y: The Last Man: Vol 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

This is the first in the series where all the men have been "destroyed" by a mysterious source that the women and Yorick "The Last Man" Brown call "The Plague. Yorick has teamed up with a secret agent, 355, from a troop called The Culper Ring. They find a bio-engineer and try to clone Yorick, but the lab burns down and their journey starts to find the second lab. I thought this book was very exciting. It had a lot of action.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore, Kevin O'Neill, Ben Mimagmaliw and Bill Oakley is a great book with a lot of action starting from Miss Murry finding Mr. Quartermain. It is also very funny when Griffin wanders off and just shows up whenever he feels like it. My favorite part is when the League took the cavorite from James Moriarity and escaped with their lives. I recommend this book to people who like superpowered heroes.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Pride of Baghdad

Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Baughan and Niko Henrichon is about four lions escaping from a zoo when their zoo was bombed by the U.S. Army. But luckily they survived. They have to find a way to live in the wasteland that used to be Iraq. I liked it but it is very sad because the lions die. The U.S. soldiers shot them because they were scared for their lives.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Maus I - My Father Bleeds History

I just finished Maus I - My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman. It is another graphic novel. This is a survivor's tale (a true story). It was a very sad book about the Holocaust. The Jews were represented by mice, the Germans were represented by cats and the Poles were represented by pigs. Vladek is Artie Spiegelman's father and he is telling his father's story that his father told him. Vladek had a wife named Anja and they had a very hard time finding places to stay and hide because no one would take them in and the Gestapo kept looking through their hiding places.

I liked this book and recommend this book to kids who are learning the story of the Holocaust.

American Born Chinese

I read American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang and Lark Pien. It is a graphic novel and I recommend that you read it. I thought it was hilarious because they had things that every kid would think is funny. One thing that I thought was funny was the monkey king becoming so powerful and everyone saying that he wasn't so good and he said "they all needed a little convincing." And then he beat them up.

It was surprising that everyone wasn't who they said they were. At first I wouldn't think that Danny would be Gin. But then, he made a wish with that funny old lady who said, "You can get anything you wish as long as you are willing to give up your soul."

If you are a kid and you like graphic novels, you should read this.