Year: 2014

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver by Lois Lowry
Posted on December 29, 2014 in Book Review / 2 Comments

Main Points Writing Style:  Simple. Efficient. Plot: The first time I read this was for school and I just finished re-reading it. I think I enjoyed it more the second time because I could think about it more in-depth- which is funny because school is supposed to make you do that, but I don’t think I had the tools to do that quite yet. It seems like your typical dystopia, but I think it’s actually far more controlled than many others I’ve read. Especially speech. It kind of reminds me of 1984. But it’s far […]

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Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Posted on December 29, 2014 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main Points Writing Style: Her writing is captivating. It’s poetic. Plot:  This book was one of those deeper meaning books that had a lot of messages, but it was really sad. It was mysterious and could be happy too, but I did cry at the end of it. There was a lot to learn from it, but so much was through death. It’s really a book about coping. Phoebe could not cope with anything. I thought she was awful for most of the time and I didn’t get how Sal still wanted to be around […]

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The Black Paw by Heather Vogel Frederick

The Black Paw by Heather Vogel Frederick
Posted on December 28, 2014 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main Points Writing Style: The writing was great. Very fast-paced, appropriate for a spy novel. Plot: This book was really cool. The level of description was awesome- every contraption the mice used was explained so we know what old parts they used to make it. And the several plots rolled up into one- Glory’s job, Oz’s friendlessness and bullying, Glory’s love life, her missing father, and of course Dupont’s scheming. It was very well written. Suspenseful and full of action, but not without those stop-and-smell-the-roses moments. I enjoyed it a lot. The detail in the […]

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Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
Posted on December 27, 2014 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main Points Writing Style:    Dahl’s writing is wonderfully descriptive while remaining simple and easy to follow. He just has a style that is perfectly suited for children. Plot:     This book really wasn’t about the pheasants at all, and that’s one of the things I like about Dahl. You never really notice what the story is mainly about until the end or afterwards. This book is a heartwarming story of success on the part of Danny, but it’s mostly about his relationship with his father. His father was marvelous and their relationship was the […]

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Would You Rather Tag

Would You Rather Tag
Posted on December 26, 2014 in Tag / 2 Comments

TAG TIME    Woohoo! I love tag time. Found this one on This Girl Reads a lot!. 1. Rather read only a series or stand-alone books? Stand-alones. There’s usually a pattern with series…they start off great, get worse as you go on, and then wrap up either great or awful. 2. Rather read a book whose main character is male or female? Female. Girls are so…eh I don’t want to say complex because that can be true of guys, but they certainly show more. 3. Rather only shop at Barnes and Noble (or other bookstore) […]

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Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
Posted on December 25, 2014 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main Points Writing Style: The writing is great. It’s so beautiful and there is imagery everywhere. If you just stop a second, you will truly be in the scene. Plot: Oh, the feels…..this book is so heartwarming and sweet and full of love. Oh, it was lovely. I love Charlotte. She’s probably one of my favorite fictional characters. She was so kind and clever and wise…even though she knew that her life as a spider would be short and uneventful, she strove to make something of it. She dedicated it to her friendship with Wilbur […]

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The BFG by Roald Dahl

The BFG by Roald Dahl
Posted on December 24, 2014 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main Points Writing Style: I love Dahl’s writing. The BFG was almost impossible to understand but it was so funny to see all the words he made up. Plot: This was a really cute story, when you put aside all the child-eating. The giants were awful. No detail was spared. But the BFG was so loveable and kind and wise. And Sophie was resourceful too. The whole story was such fun, with the dream-blowing and the snozzcumbers and the whizzpopping. Once you got into the hang of what the BFG was saying, it all came […]

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Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda by Roald Dahl
Posted on December 23, 2014 in Book Review / 2 Comments

Main Points Writing Style: I love Dahl’s writing. I’ve heard that it’s a little harsh for kids because Dahl uses phrases like ‘ignorant twit’ and things like that (haha!) but honestly I think it’s hilarious and I’m sure most kids would too. Plot: This is one of the best books I have ever read. It’s perfect. Matilda is so loveable and so is Miss Honey. One of the biggest strengths in this book is that Dahl makes it so easy to get behind the good guys and so easy to hate the bad ones- i.e. […]

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The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Posted on December 22, 2014 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main Points Writing Style: The writing was simple enough. Plot: I do believe this book is the next Alice in Wonderland, and I cannot contain my excitement. It has the same battle of logic and wordplay, but I also feel that Juster’s style is more adapted for kids than Carroll’s was. It felt more like a kids’ book, but one I really enjoyed nonetheless. And it had a more concrete theme/message, while Alice in Wonderland seemed composed of a number of little random messages. Can’t say I cared for Milo- he seemed a little simple […]

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When the Curtain Rises by Rachel Dunstan Muller

When the Curtain Rises by Rachel Dunstan Muller
Posted on December 21, 2014 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main Points Writing Style: The writing was fine. Plot: This book was really magical in a mysterious way. It was perfectly eerie.  It wasn’t exactly scary, but it was certainly a great ghost story/mystery. I love how the main theme is Chloe getting over stage fright with the help of a haunted house, a new friend, and an old ancestor. But she overcomes so much more than just stage fright. The end shows her strength of character. The only thing I really had an issue with was her relationship with her new friend Nyssa. I could […]

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