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Thursday, March 9, 2017

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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.

Alex Linton said...

Alexander Linton
The Eye of Minds
4th Hour
The second book I read was The Eye of Minds by James Dashner. This book is set in the future where video gaming has improved to the point where people can virtual reality games in their sleep by using a coffin-like machine called the NerveBox. By using the NerveBox, people are able to connect to the VirtNet, which is where you would go to find the games you wanted to play. The story is told in the perspective of the main character, Michael. Michael is a teenager who spends most of his time in the VirtNet with his friends, Sarah and Bryson. Michael, along with Sarah and Bryson, are expert hackers, and are called on by a secret organization called the VNS(VirtNet Security) to stop a VirtNet terrorist called Kaine. Throughout the story, Kaine has been killing many people in the VirtNet, causing them to become brain dead in real life. Michael, Bryson, and Sarah have to search the VirtNet to find and destroy Kaine’s secret weapon called the Mortality Doctrine to keep Kaine from taking control over the real world. I really liked this book because it is interesting to read about this fictional future in gaming history and the many struggles that can come with it. Though it made me feel angry because I’ve always seen gaming as a way to escape the problems in the real world, but when Kaine used gaming to deteriorate the human world, it just felt wrong. Though, it is hilarious when people in the book describe our current technology as ancient history. I would definitely read this book again. In fact, I plan on continuing on and reading the whole rest of the series. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a big fan of video gaming and a lot of action.

Landon Stout said...

Landon Stout
Three Men In A Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)
4th Hour
The book I chose to read was called Three Men In A Boat. This book was written in 1887 by Jerome K Jerome. In this story three friends, decide to take a boat trip up the Thames River in England. J, Harris, and George, rent a boat and start rowing up the river. The plot of the book overall is extremely boring. Thankfully though, the book is full of humor. I honestly started reading the book expecting an adventure tale or something of that sort, and while I didn't get what i expected, I was not disappointed. The jokes, aren't outright, but rather subtly hidden within.
One of my favorite parts was when the narrator, J, was complaining about all of the big steam boats going faster than the smaller skiffs and such. He talks for an entire chapter about how he always tries to go as slow as possible and block the way of everyone of those faster boats. He talks about how the sailors need to slow down and appreciate the scenery. A while later in the book, the three friends see another friend of theirs sailing one of the larger, faster crafts. He offers to tow them upstream and they gladly accept. the whole while though he complains because, "It is really most annoying,
the manner in which these rowing boats get in the way of one’s
launch up the river; something ought to done to stop it."
Even though this book may have been written over 100 years ago, the humor is timeless. I 100% recommend this book for anyone who needs a great book to read.

Kyle Shanley said...

Kyle Shanley
On the Edge of Gone
4th Hour
the book I read was On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis. In this si-fi thriller, January 29, 2035 a comet is scheduled to crash into Earth. People, to stay alive, either leave on generation ships to explore and colonize new worlds or are assigned to temporary or permanent shelters on Earth. Denise (the main character), her sister Iris who is nowhere to be found, and her drug-addict mother have been assigned to a temporary shelter. However; Denise and her mother are late and won't make it to their shelter in time for the initial blast, but on their way they find something better than a shelter. Denise is more than happy about this, but will her autism prevent her from making "the list"? The only way to know is to read it yourself, I would rate this book 10/10 I would read this again in a heartbeat. With great plot twists and cliffhangers you never want to put the book down! Characters change from little known seemingly static characters, to some of the most unique and diverse of any book I have read. Go read this book right now, like I said 10/10 no reason for you not to read it!

Natalie Anderson said...

Natalie Anderson
4th hour
On the Fence by Kasie West
On the fence is a great book about a tomboy, Charlie, who has to decide between the attractive jock, Evan, or her brother's best friend. She starts off by getting into trouble with the law and her father forces her to get a job. She finds a job at a clothing store, which is way out of her comfort zone. She has no idea how to be a girl, but she becomes friends with a girl who does. That is how she meets Evan, an attractive jock who is way into her. SO far, she hasn't considered the thought of dating her brothers' best friend and next-door neighbor, Braden. She soon finds herself having late-night chats on the fence with Braden, and realizes she now has to choose between the two boys. I really liked this story because it can help you realize what you really need in your life, and what you should be looking for in a guy. It also showed that you can't run away from problems, even spending a week at basketball camp can't keep you from thinking about them. I really liked Charlie's point of view in this whole situation. I really liked how she kind of stepped back for a minute in order to realize what she really wanted. One of the most important lessons I got from this book was that we don't need to change who we are in order for people to like us, we should just be ourselves. I would definitely recommend this book for other people.

Caleb Arkoudas said...

Caleb Arkoudas
I read the book Alex Rider:Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz. It's about a boy who lives with his uncle because his parents died when he was a baby. His uncle was really nice to him and took him scuba diving and made him take karate lessons and all of this cool stuff. One night the police show up at Alex's house and tell him that his uncle who was supposedly a banker had died in a car crash because he hadn't worn a seat belt but his uncle was always careful and wore his seat belt so he went to investigate his uncle's totaled car and found it had bullet holes all over it. He then finds out that his uncle was a spy for MI6 and died on a mission that is still unsolved. The MI6 them recruit Alex to take his uncle's place and save millions of school children all over England from the terrorist Herod Sayle. It was a great book with lots of action and suspense and I would definitely recommend this book for other people.

Emily said...

Emily Olson 4th hour
I read the book Before I Fall. I loved this book. It is about a girl, Samantha Kingston, and she is very popular. One night, she gets in a car accident with her four best friends on their way home from a party. Samantha wakes up the next morning, only to find out that she is stuck repeating the same day over and over again. Everyone else thinks that it is a new day even though the day is just repeating itself. Samantha kind of does whatever she wants because everything that she does will be erased the next day. However, she soon realizes that what she does actually matters. The character development in this story is phenomenal. You see how Samantha makes something good out of the situation that she is in. I would recommend this book for teenagers. I think mostly girls would like this book, but it has a great message that everyone could get something out of.

Emma said...

Emma Bradley
4th hour
Nearly Gone
The book I read was called Nearly Gone. If you are looking for a mystery, then this book is perfect. It is about this girl who’s father had left her and her mom to live by themselves in a trailer park with not much money. The main character, Nearly, tried everything to find her father, when these signs started showing up. She followed them, and everyone she knew started getting murdered. She was in the middle of it all, and she is trying to find the killer before more people were killed. There are lots of intense parts, and it gets you thinking. I strongly recommend this book to anyone that wants to read a mystery!

Caleb Arkoudas said...

Caleb Arkoudas
I read the second book of the Alex Rider series Point Blank. It's about the teenage spy Alex Rider who doesn't want to be a spy anymore, but after getting into some legal issue he is blackmailed into another mission by the Special Operations Department of MI6. He must pose as a spoiled and troubled rich kid who has been sent to an academy for boys just like him in the French Alps. While there he must figure out the link between the deaths of two of the richest men in the world and finds out the the headmaster of the academy, Dr. Grief, is not what he seems to be. He must rely on all of his training and some gadgets given to him by MI6, but must importantly his resourcefulness. Great book 10/10 would definitely recommend it along the rest of the series.

derek said...

Derek Larkin
I read the rule of 3 by Eric Walters it was a great book because it jumps right into action it is about a whole town that loses there computers witch includes things like cars so they have to come together as a community and try to get through and survive the hard times. They have to use things like old cars that didn't have computers in them they also use old plains and bicycles for transportation this book was overall a great book that is filled with action.

Anonymous said...

Teyvin Broadbent
4th Hour
The book I read was "The Aviators", it is about 3 pilots; Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, and Charles Lindbergh. It is a true story about these three aviators lives. All three went on to be rewarded the Medal of Honor and they all risked there lives many times in World War I and Word War II. Charles Lindbergh became the first pilot to fly from New York to Paris and went on to run multiple airlines. Eddie Rickenbacker Started as the most famous race car driver in America but later became the ace of aces in World War I. Jimmy Doolittle lit the way for modern aviation when he completed the first ever "Blind Flight". I would recommend
this book to anyone who loves historical characters, I would definitely rate this book a 10/10.

J said...

JJ Tagg
Hour 4
Book: Fantasy League
By: Mike Lupica
Fantasy League is about a kid named Charlie. He is a football nerd and loves to play in fantasy leagues. But his best friend Anna’s grandfather Joe is the owner of a pro football team. Charlie helps Joe make some draft picks and for the first time ever they were on there way to the playoffs. Then Joe gets a health issue and is in the hospital for the last game and charlie stays with Joe. They win the game and make it to the playoffs.

Anonymous said...

AJ Yeates
4th Hour
The Terminals by Royce Scott Buckingham
The Terminals is a very intense novel about the journey of select teens after they were diagnosed with a terminal illness. These teens are selected to be a part of a highly secret task force that is experimenting with and drug enhancer called ts-9. The drug is a super steroid, enhancing every aspect of a person. Cam cody starts to have his doubts about the team after they are asked to infiltrate a pirate lair and capture back the “doctors”. I really liked this book because it really pulled you into the story, you felt as if it was you in that position, not the character. The end of the book is what made me truly enjoy this book, it was very surprising.

Anonymous said...

AJ Yeates
4th Hour
The Terminals by Royce Scott Buckingham
The Terminals is a very intense novel about the journey of select teens after they were diagnosed with a terminal illness. These teens are selected to be a part of a highly secret task force that is experimenting with and drug enhancer called ts-9. The drug is a super steroid, enhancing every aspect of a person. Cam cody starts to have his doubts about the team after they are asked to infiltrate a pirate lair and capture back the “doctors”. I really liked this book because it really pulled you into the story, you felt as if it was you in that position, not the character. The end of the book is what made me truly enjoy this book, it was very surprising.

Anonymous said...

Hayden Kleven 4th

The book I read was Michael Vey the Hunt for Jade Dragon by Richard Paul Evans. Theres a group of kids who are electric and have special powers. Like Michael the main character can shock people and melt stuff, it's really cool and another girl can read peoples minds. There group is called the elctroclan and they're trying to defeat the Elgen who plan to take over the world using a machine that's broken. So, they go to Taiwan to rescue this Chinese girl because she found out how to make the Elgens machine work that would be the last puzzle piece for the Elgen. I don't want to spoil what happens so you should read the book for yourself. It's really adventurous and is in today's world which I think is really cool. This book is definitely worth re-reading.

noah said...

The book Fast break was about a kid named Jason who was living a less than average life in the projects of North Carolina, when his whole life turned upside down. Jason was left on his own when his mom died, and all he had was basketball. After he was caught stealing a pair of basketball shoes he was forced to move in with the Lawton’s. They were a rich couple lived on the other side of town he has to juggle hiding his past, a new school, and new team while he strives to play in the state championship at the Duke Blue Devils arena. The book is really good because it shows how he changes from throughout the book from being mad about his situation to being happy and friendly.

Samantha Boehme said...

Samantha Boehme
The book I read was Silence by Deborah Lytton. It was about a girl named Stella who loved to sing but when in an accident she becomes deaf. She has to then learn how to live her life in silence. Stella meets a lonely outcast Hayden, who is the only person she can communicate with because of his stutter. Hayden helps her to see the beauty in life without being able to hear. Hayden and Stella's relationship grows deeply, as he wonders if Stella were to regain her hearing, if she would stay or leave him. Stella is a popular girl in school, with lots of friends because of her singing voice, she is strong and caring. Hayden is a musically talented, insecure, and caring person with a deep love for Stella. In my opinion this book was probably the my most favorite book that I have read recently. It shows how much love and care two people can have for each other. Also it show how you can enjoy life no matter what happens.

Anonymous said...

Landyn Maurer

The book I chose to read was "Last Man Out" by Mike Lupica. The book was about a 12 year old boy named Tommy Gallagher who played football for the Brighton Bears. He was very good at football and was preparing for the season. His dad, Patrick was a Boston Firefighter. His dad was always the first one in and the last one out. In one of Tommy's early football games his dad wasn't there watching in the stands. Tommy heard sirens coming and was afraid. Tommy was always afraid of sirens because he knew his dad was always putting his life on the line. Tommy was called out of the game to see his mom crying. Tommy's mom said his dad didn't get out in time in the fire his crew was putting out. Tommy, his mom, and his sister Emma raced to the hospital. Tommy and his family face some hard times with the accident with his dad. In my opinion this book is really good because there is excitement and it hooks you to keep reading it. I highly recommend this book to anyone 12 years and up.

Anonymous said...

Whitney Lofthouse

The book I read is called Fallen by Lauren Kate. The book was about a girl going through high school who had lots of trials. She had a best friend who she got separated from because of a terrible tragedy that had happened to Luce. Her best friend went to a public school and she got transferred to Sword and Cross. Sword and Cross is a school where your locked away from the outside world. If you go to Sword and Cross you only get one call a week and once a year you have parents day. Parents day is when you get to see your parents for the whole day. When Luce got to the school one guy caught her attention. His name was Daniel, he had rusty blond hair and everything was so perfect about him. Through the book she can't decide who she wanted until she started hanging around Daniel more. She discovered secrets about him as pieces started coming together and making more sense. I highly recommend this book to anyone that's in high-school and up.