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Thursday, March 9, 2017

TORRES Book Reviews


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11 comments:

danielle anderson said...

danielle anderson 4th hour

The book i read was Everything Everything. It was super good. The main characters were madeline (maddie) and Ollie (the boy next door). Madeline is an 18 year old girl who has a very rare disease called SCID which basically means she is allergic to the world so anything could set off and allergic reaction but not everything does if that makes sense. Ollie is a boy who moves in next door and tries to make friends with maddie even though she can’t go outside. It is an amazing love story with just the right twist to make you sad and overjoyed at the same time. I give this book a 10/10.

Alex Linton said...

Alexander Linton
Spinning Starlight
4th Hour
The book I read was called Spinning Starlight by R. C. Lewis. In this story, a sixteen year-old girl named Liddi Jantzen is part of one of the biggest tech companies in all of the Seven points (Planets). She hates being part of the Jantzen tech company because she doesn’t like having the weight of the company on her shoulders. But soon after the beginning, her older brothers get trapped inside the conduits which are relied on as transportation between the known planets. When their captor implants a device into Liddi to keep her from speaking, she struggles with trying to rescue them from their prison. And when she travels to another world and gets help from a young Aelo boy named Tiav, Liddi has to figure out how to communicate through reading and writing, which she had never learned as a child. I liked this story because it is set in the future where technology has greatly advanced and it includes a lot of action and adventure.This story was interesting because it is about Liddi trying to explore ways to rescue her brothers and learning to communicate without speaking. I could feel the frustration and worry in Liddi as I progressed through the story. I very much enjoyed reading this book because some of Liddi’s problems were even relatable. I would definitely read this book again.

Anonymous said...

The book that I chose to read was Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra. The book starts out with several sonnets that introduce the different characters in the story, one of which is Don Quixote. This book is about an old man who loves reading, especially books about knights, adventures, chivalry, honor and romance. Eventually his brains "dry up" (from all the reading), and this old man is left to believe that he is a knight by the name of Don Quixote. From then on, we follow the "knight" on his adventures which lead him to a castle (which is just an old inn). While at this castle Don Quixote comes to the horrible realization that he has never been knighted, and therefore decides to have the inn keeper knight him. Whilst in the process of earning his knighthood, which he does by guarding his armor in a watering trough for the night, he attacks some of the workers at the inn while they are trying to use the trough to water the horses in the stables. Don Quixote ends up doing some severe damage to the servants and to get rid of the crazy old man the inn keeper “knights” Don Quixote.

I have decided not to finish reading this book because I would rather not have my brains dry up from all the reading. Just kidding! This book is hilarious! This book is full of swashbuckling humor and fun! I have thoroughly enjoyed the first hundred pages and I will absolutely be finishing this book!

Melina McNees
4th hour
Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra

Anonymous said...

Cry, the beloved country

This book first starts out introducing where the book takes place. After that a man by the name of Umfundisi receives a letter saying that his sister is sick. He decides that he is going to go to Johannesburg to help his sister. He heads to the underground railroad to travel when he meets a man that wants him to look for someone. When he arrives he sees that his sisters is a prostitute and decides that he is going to help her. He asks why she is doing this when she says that her husband went mining and never returned. Not long after he found out that his son was going to be a father outside of marriage. He decides to go out and look for his son when new filled the newspapers saying that a man had been murdered and there were three suspects. Just then his son admitted to murdering a white man because he scared him. The father of the white man went by the name of Mr. Jarvis who is a white preacher. Umfundisi then has to go and tell his sons girlfriend that he had shot and killed someone at the same time Mr. Jarvis had to go tell his daughter in law that her husband had been killed.

This book was a good book, but at times it did become confusing. It is a good book that shows both sides of segregation and how blacks and whites felt. Also at the same time it shows gifts of kindness and people wanting to help out others. I recommend this book to people who enjoy history and learning about segregation and what the world was like in that time period.
Mrs. Vincent 1st Hour
Karlee Andersen

Anonymous said...

This is Julia Shelley from the 4th hour, i really liked the book called Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, because it has suspense and action. All the things i like in the book. It was a great mystery book because it has monsters and a plot that leaves the reader wanting more. I really encourage people to read this book, because its creepy and scary, and a little bit of humor. It’s basically about this boy named Jacob, and he sets out to find Miss Peregrine to ask her about his grandfather and on the journey he finds out who he is and how he can help the Peculiar children. I really like this book and really encourage people to read it.

Another book that i read is called Betrayed by R.L. Stine. For those horror and dark story lovers, this book is perfect. I always loved feeling the chills and imaging the scene in your head. This book is about different generations of Fears and Goodes trying to break the curse and fued between the families. It talks about how Fear Street got it’s name and how it became as the dark and people say it is. This book is amazing and I love the author. He always leaves you hanging after every chapter, making you finish the books in a couple days. I really recommend this book to anyone who loves to be scared and thrilled.

Anonymous said...

I read The Lord of the Rings. It is about how a hobbit named Frodo is given a ring and tasked to take it to Rivendell to keep it away from the lord Sauron. The ring is found by the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. During his birthday, he uses the magical ring to help him disappear from his party and begin to run away from his home in the Shire. He was interrupted by his friend Gandalf the Grey. Gandalf convinces Bilbo to leave the ring to his nephew Frodo. Gandalf then took the ring and gave it to Frodo and told him never to touch it. Then he left to do research and he found that it was in fact the ring of the evil lord Sauron and returns to Frodo. He then gives Frodo strict orders to take the ring to Rivendell where the elves live. So, Frodo and his best friend Sam Gamgee departed the shire. On the way, they ran into Frodo’s cousin Pippen and his friend Marry. Who joined them on their journey. The hundred pages ends with the four on their journey trying to safely make it to Rivendell.
Mrs. Vincent 1st
Sam Blad

Ada D said...

The book that I read was called, “Thirteen little blue envelopes.” There is a sequel to this book that I am reading right now and I love it so far. Thirteen little blue envelopes is about a girl who recieves thirteen blue envelopes from her aunt, who she hasn’t seen in a long time. They have a list of instructions, and she is only allowed to read the first one. She can open the second one after she completes the task from the first one and so on. She ends up taking a trip to Europe with no cell phone, and no map. She has a small backpack with her belongings, including the envelopes. She follows the instructions as best as she can, and ends up meeting a boy that she adores and a relative she didn’t know she had. Her journey changes her personality and how she looks at the things around her. I really enjoyed reading this book, and I’m not really a book person. The author writes with such talent that the book is hard to put down. I am already halfway through the second book and it’s just as great.

Grace Lawver said...

Grace Lawver 4th
Wildlife by Fiona Wood
Wildlife is about a semester in the wilderness combined with living in a dorm with strangers and still having to deal with school life. Sibylla, a sixteen year old who just had her face plastered on a billboard thanks to her godmother, throughout the book struggles with how she should be a “girlfriend” and who she really is. Lou, or Louisa lives in the Bennett house with Sibylla. Lou spends the semester coping with a lost love and befriending Sibylla’s oldest friend, Michael. Holly uses Sibylla’s new social ranking to her advantage. Causing drama is Holly’s favorite past-time, she also loves exposing Michael of his unrequited love with Sibylla and controlling Sibylla’s relationship with the most popular boy in school Ben. Wildlife is a rollercoaster of emotions. Lou narration of dealing with pain is both beautiful and heartbreaking, Sibylla’s confusion of who she is is something everybody can relate to. I really liked this book, this book helped me figure out how I should not change who I am to fit in. I’ve noticed that I’ve been using the lessons of this book in my life, I’ve gotten new friends that I absolutely appreciate so much… I’ve been improving my health also! From reading about how everybody goes on runs in this book made me want to too! This book really fit my taste, I would definitely recommend it.

Julia Shelley said...

This is Julia Shelley 4th hour, i really liked the book called Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, because it has suspense and action. All the things i like in the book. It was a great mystery book because it has monsters and a plot that leaves the reader wanting more. I really encourage people to read this book, because its creepy and scary, and a little bit of humor. It’s basically about this boy named Jacob, and he sets out to find Miss Peregrine to ask her about his grandfather and on the journey he finds out who he is and how he can help the Peculiar children. I really like this book and really encourage people to read it.

Another book that i read is called Betrayed by R.L. Stine. For those horror and dark story lovers, this book is perfect. I always loved feeling the chills and imaging the scene in your head. This book is about different generations of Fears and Goodes trying to break the curse and fued between the families. It talks about how Fear Street got it’s name and how it became as the dark and people say it is. This book is amazing and I love the author. He always leaves you hanging after every chapter, making you finish the books in a couple days. I really recommend this book to anyone who loves to be scared and thrilled.

Unknown said...

The first book I read for the book reviews was Every Bride needs a groom. The story was about a small town country girl who thinks her boyfriend is going to propose to her so she enters this contest to get a designer wedding gown. When she dropped by her boyfriends house he told her he was going to Oklahoma to work. She was devastated because she was so sure he was going to propose. When she tells the people who was going to make her wedding dress they said she should still keep it and go on with the pictures for the magazine. In the end she ends up loving the designers son and that is when her real story begins.

Hannah Daines said...

The second book I read was a Hasty Proposal, its about this women who loves books more that social time who got in a scandal and got a quick proposal from her old friend. They get to know each other,and start falling for each other. The guy she is going to marry is Miles Hathorne and its a convenience marriage. They both deny their feelings until the are three weeks into their marriage and living separately she goes to him to see the house and they admit their feelings and that they would love each other until they grew old together.