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Monday, April 24, 2017

Hendricks Choice Reviews













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62 comments:

Mrs. Odd said...

Read Tell Me Three Things. It was awesome!

Anonymous said...

I chose to read Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. It is about four teenagers in Europe during World War II. One girl, Joana, was escaping to Germany from Lithuania. Another girl, Emilia, was from Poland and Florian saved her from a Russian soldier. Finally Alfred, he was fighting for the Germans. Up to page 100 Joana, Emilia, and Florian had all met and were traveling together with a few other refugees including, a little boy, a blind girl, the shoemaker, Eva, and Eva’s husband. All we know about Alfred so far is that he is in the German military, but other than that he is still unknown.

I really enjoyed the book and have already finished it. It was a really good, interesting read. It kept me entertained and I was really interested in it since I had already read her other book, Between Shades of Gray. I was really enjoyed her other book and wanted to read this one as soon as I saw it.

Emily Yeates
Mrs. Hendricks
April 25, 2017
1st Hour

Reagan Nicolds said...

I decided to read the book The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. I have read some of his books before and have really liked them. I love romantics because I feel like I can really relate to them. They also intrigue me and make me happy. But I am a teenage girl hahah. I actually have never seen the movie The Notebook. All my friends love it and tell me to watch it. It's surprising that I haven't seen it because all I do is watch movies and I love chick flicks haha. I have loved this book. I have read the first hundred pages in less than a week. I had to stop myself on page 100 just to write this. So far it is about two people who, as teenagers, fell in love one summer. When Allie had to leave Noah's home town at the end of summer they lost contact. Noah never forgot about Allie and thought of her frequently. 14 years later, Allie read an article about her long lost love in the paper. She decided she needed to see him again. She made a trip back to New Bern, his home town and found Noah. After a joyful reunion they both left the night realizing they still loved each other. This made life very difficult when Allie had came to deliver Noah the news that she is engaged. I plan on reading the rest of the book. I am very intrigued and have loved it so far. I then plan on watching the movie after the book.
Reagan Nicolds
Mrs. Hendricks
1st hour

Anonymous said...

The book I chose to read is Pretty Shield by Frank B. Linderman. This book is a biography about Pretty Shield. Pretty Shield is an elderly native american women, that raises her grandchildren. She is getting interviewed by someone who goes by the name of Sign Talker, Sign Talker gets her name because she uses sign language, not because she’s deaf it's just because she thinks sign language is a beautiful language. Although she is not deaf she still need an interpreter because Pretty Shield is not English speaking, the interpreter's name is Goes Together. Pretty Shield tells some interesting stories, the weirdest one I thought was the one about Red Women. The story of Red Women is not her story exactly, this story is passed down throughout her tribe (The Crows). Red Women is a terrible person that uses and fools kids. She was also very hard to kill, her heart was in two magpie feathers. The Crow tribe captured her once and burned her but she did not die. Later she fools a boy into coming to stay with her and will not let him leave. The boy was out hunting Red Womens food, a coyote tells this child how to kill Red Women and the only way too. She tells many more stories, like how she ended up living with her aunt even when her mother was still alive, how her mother and father did die, how she lost another mother's child, why she has a scar down her face, and many, many more.
I’m not sure if I will continue to read this book. It's kind of weird it wasn’t really my favorite book. There is multiple short stories, that were sometimes hard to keep up with just because there was so many. Occasionally she would tell multiple stories in one chapter, and there was nineteen chapters. But I did think that some of the stories she told were very interesting. If you like short stories I would definitely recommend this book.
Morgan Hepner
Pretty Shield (Medicine Woman of the Crows) by Frank B. Linderman
Hendricks 4th hour

Anonymous said...

I read the book Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. The first hundred pages are mostly set up for what comes later. The reader receives details on the main character Artemis Fowl as well as those surrounding him. The opposition to AF’s schemes is presented in the form of taking the perspective of Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon a fairy police force The event of the first hundred pages are as follows: first, Artemis and Butler travel to Ho Chi Minh City to meet a sprite. Artemis negotiated with the sprite and is able to take pictures of the sacred bible the sprite carries. One shared by every member of the fairy race. Second: Artemis uses his considerable genius to translate the book from Gnomish and begins plotting to catch a fairy. On the flip side of things Captain Short is being chewed out by her superior before being sent to the surface to catch a rogue troll before it can hurt anyone. She runs out of magic during the fight and is sent by Commander Root to perform the ceremony to get her magic back. While performing the ceremony Captain Short is captured by Artemis and Butler who had spent the previous four months on stakeout every full moon for an occasion such as this.
I will continue reading this book. The characters all have interesting personalities and it feels like the plot is just starting to pick up. I will see it through to the end.

Erik Benson
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Hendricks 4th hour

Anonymous said...

I read “Will Grayson, Will Grayson” by John Green and David Levithan. The first 100 pages I read were written by David Levithan. This book is about a kid named Will Grayson and his life and friends. At the beginning we are introduced to Will and learn that he is a depressed person who is fairly bitter about the friends he surrounds himself with due to their lifestyle choices and how outgoing they are, the exact opposite of Will. His huge friend, Tiny, is gay and puts Will into many unplanned and funny situations, such as them going to a concert for Will’s favorite band and then it ending up being a completely different band. We also meet one of Tiny’s friends, Jane, who Will is confused about his feelings with, as is Jane. The most important part of the first 100 pages is us seeing Will chat emotionally with a man from far away named Isaac, this reveals to us that he is gay although nobody else knows. The 100 pages ends with Will’s bus stop friend Maura asking him about his sexuality and Will denying it with annoyance. That’s about all that happens in the first 100 pages, which is why I would not recommend this book to others. I feel that the book was extremely slow going and I’m not sure what the plot was supposed to be. I may feel differently if I continued reading, however, I don’t think I will keep reading because I’m just overall not interested in anything I’ve read so far. Overall, the only part I liked about this book was that it was written by two separate authors and there was occasionally some funny parts.

Hailey Dunn
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
Hendricks 1st hour

Anonymous said...

For my second book I read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes is an English man living in London who uses his incredible observational skills to solve crimes. Each chapter starts out a new mystery, and each one is unique and contains just enough danger to keep you excited. My favorite mystery was The Man With the Twisted Lip. A man is missing and a beggar accused of killing him. As the story goes on they find that the beggar is actually the missing man and he dresses up as a beggar to make money and he hasn’t had a real job in years. I already finished reading it and i really enjoyed it. Noah Arkoudas 1st Hendricks

Alleigh said...

Alleigh May
1st Hour
Mrs. Hendricks
Kimberly by Jack Weyland

The book that I decided to read is called, Kimberly, by Jack Weyland. I really loved this book. The book takes place in Salt Lake City, Utah. The main characters are Ben Fairbanks and Kimberly Madison. Ben and Kimberly meet at the University of Utah in of the music practice rooms. Ben plays the acoustic guitar and he is looking for a female vocalist to audition to sing with him. Kimberly makes a dramatic entrance when walking into the room; her college textbooks flew across the floor. Ben and Kimberly hit it off immediately. They start going to a restaurant every weekend to sing together to get some extra money. They get to know each other and end up liking each other. This really helps them out, because they like each other they have chemistry when they sing and they get extra tips. They go through some rough times in their relationship and they eventually end up getting in a huge fight. They have to go to the restaurant to sing and Ben tells Kimberly that they should drive separately and not look at each other while they are singing the love songs. Like most books, the ending is happy. Kimberly and Ben eventually end up figuring out their differences and get married. I love this book because it has all the beliefs I have. It has a good moral. It is a book that is easy to read but at the same time has a good story line. I would recommend this book to anyone.

Anonymous said...

Nicolas Zayko
4th Hour
Mrs.Hendricks

I chose to read Ink and Ashes because Mrs.Odd suggested this book as an interesting one to read. She was entirely correct which that statement. This book is about siblings who start to question how their father died. They decided to do some research and investigation on the topic and uncover that their step father knew their biological father. They try to pry answers from their parents but they just come up with cover ups. On her fathers tenth anniversary of his death she finds a letter from him to their step father. The main character Clair wanted to know more about why and how they knew each other so she decided to investigate. Anything she asks her parents about the topic they change it or give her incomplete stories about it. Through some more investigating she finds that her father was part of the infamous Yakuza or the Japanese Mafia.
I would definitely recommend this book to someone who likes mysteries, or just good books in general. It is a very interesting story that will keep anyone who likes reading entertained.

Anonymous said...

The book that I chose to read is called Matched by Ally Condie. I have really loved the book so far. The book takes place in a more futuristic time period. Everyone follows the laws of the society and doesn't complain of them. When someone turns 17, they attend a matching ceremony. Here the society matches them with their perfect match. They are matched with someone they have lots in common with and who the society believes is the best for that specific person. The main character Cassia gets to attend her marching ceremony. When her name is called, the screen that was supposed to show the face of her match was black. That meant her match was someone who lived in the same province. She was matched to her best friend Xander. They were both given a chip that was all about their partner so they could get to know each other, but when Cassia viewed hers, it flashed the face of a picture that was not Xander, but it was someone she knew. She goes on trying to figure out why this happened and keeps questioning her match. I am going to continue reading this book and I would recommend it to everyone.

Courtney Larsen
1st hour
Matched by Ally Condie
Mrs. Hendricks

Anonymous said...

The book I read was The Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell. This book was about how a group of 4 Navy Seals traveled into the mountains in Afghanistan. The first 100 pages were about the training it required to become a Seal. After that though, the story really becomes interesting. The four friends were dropped off by plane in the mountains to scout out on where the Taliban were. There they encountered 3 farmers and were faced with a tough decision. If they let the farmers go, then they would be in trouble as the Taliban would know where to find them. If they killed the farmers, then they would be accused of murder, even though it was in a sense for self protection. Marcus, the author, then has the idea of letting the people go. They all agreed and let the villagers live. The farmers repaid the Seals' kindness by telling the Taliban exactly where to find them. The Seals were outnumbered 35 to 1, and had to run. They tried to fight back and were shot several times by the AK-47s that the Taliban use. Marcus's 3 friends all die in the fighting, and Marcus is severely injured as he escapes. I do not want to spoil the whole story, so I will leave it there. I would recommend this book to people, but not to young children. There is not an extreme amount of violence, it is just that there is pretty heavy language used throughout the entire book. This is the reason that the movie was rated R.
Jake Flammer
4th hour
The Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell
Mrs. Doom

Autumn Wood said...

I read Game Changer by Margaret Peterson Haddix. The main character in this book is an eighth grade star pitcher named KT. During her championship game, she blacks out during a pitch, and when she wakes up, sports and school have switched places. Math is now mathletics, and classes are now jogging or sports drills. Her brother is a star on the mathletics team, and all of her softball friends don't know who she is, or thinks that she is annoying. I really liked this book, and would definitely recommend it to everyone. I think it brings up a good point about how 4.0 students feel about sports. I also think it helps people like me, who aren't into sports, why athletes are so into their sports.

Lindsay said...

The book I read was The Heir by Kiera Cass. This book is the fourth book in The Selection Series. In the first three books, a girl named America enters a competition to become the future Queen of a futuristic country. The fourth book is about her daughter, and how she holds a selection for herself to find a future king for herself. Eadlyn, the daughter of America does not want to hold the selection, she doesn't want to get married, and she definitely does not want a bunch of boys at her home. So far in the book, not much has happened, Eadlyn has not gotten to know very many of the guys staying at her home, so hopefully later on she’ll open up more. I like this book so far because it's pretty different from the first three, and I didn’t like the first three books, so i'm hoping i'll really like this one a lot more.
Lindsay Rigby
4th Hour
Hendricks

Anonymous said...

For my personal reading book choice I chose to read The Ones by Daniel Sweren-Becker. It is about a girl named Cody. She lives in a futuristic society where they have begun to genetically alter babies being born. The genetically altered are referred to as "The Ones". They are stronger, smarter, and more attractive individuals. Cody is a One. Then a woman named Edith Vale speaks out about equality. Some people do not believe that the people are all "equal". Which is obviously true, however, no two people will ever be perfectly equal. Anyways, The Equality Act is passed. It alters the rights of all Ones. People all over the nation start acting out of racism towards the Ones. A group called the Weatherman forms. Kai, the leader, comes to Cody and asks her to attend a meeting with them. Cody joins the Weatherman. Later, a list is publicly published of all the Ones around the nation. It includes all of their personal information. Cody is not on the list.
I liked the book and I already finished it. I recommended it to a friend too.

Anonymous said...

Whitney Sprott
4th hour
5/3/17

For my book I chose to read No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista. I know we were only supposed to read 100 pages and then see if we wanted to go on, but I ended up reading the whole book. This novel drew me in, it had so much detail and emotion in it that I just couldn't put it down. It is about a boy who just graduated high school breaking up with his girlfriend. His family is very wealthy and his mother died when he was twelve. Every since he has vowed to never love because it destroys you more than anything else. Then Didi stumbles into his life (literally) and changes everything. He falls in love with her, and she falls in love with him. There is a lot more to the story but I can't be giving away any spoilers! 10/10 would definitely recommend this book to one of my peers. I will also be reading this book again!

Anonymous said...

This is the prequel to the Maze Runner series. The first hundred pages were really good. The book was about the time right after the sun flares hit the earth. The maze Runner took place many years after the sun flares hit the earth. This book tells the story of the generation that survived the solar flares when they hit. The main character's name is mark and he and his friends live in a little village of people. These pages have a lot of flashbacks during them. The flashbacks tell of how Mark came to live in this village and what his experiences were when the solar flares hit. He was actually riding the underground home with his friend Trina. They survived because they were deep underground and were protected from the heat and fire. They later meet some friends and they start travelling together. Back in the present huge ships show up out of nowhere over the village they start shooting people with virus laced darts. Mark and Alec manage to get on the drone and it ends up crashing. They make it back to the village to find that the virus has spread and killed many people. They leave the town and discover that even a few of their friends had been infected. The hundred pages end with Alec actually having to kill one of their friends, they are starting to continue their journey at the end of the one hundred pages.
I would recommend this book along with the series. They are all so good and this book is living up to my expectations. I am going to finish reading this book and would recommend it to others. I think that in the end it is going to be an amazing prequel to the main series.

Anonymous said...

The Kill order by James Dashner read by Josie Tollefson
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Anonymous said...

Destini Mason
4th Hour
5/4/17

For my book I decided to read Firelight by Sophie Jordan. I really like this book because of the adventure in it in the fact that the main character Jacinda is what you would call a Draki, a human than can change into a dragon of sorts that is descended from dragons of the past, and has to leave thier pride. She's a special type of draki and doesn't want to leave the pride nor does the pride want her to leave but her mother forces her to do it. The draki people are hunted by humans for their skin, powers, mythical healing abilities and of course Jacinda ends up falling in love with one of these hunters. It's a forbidden love and he doesn't know about her being a draki. It was a really compelling story and I seriously enjoyed reading it again for a second time becuase I have previously read this book but it had been quite some time since the first time. It was definetely a story worth reading again for me and I did read the whole book as well. I would recommend this book to my peers for those that like a story with adventure, romance, fantasy, and a connection to everyday highschool life as well.

Anonymous said...

Luke Andersen
4th Hour
5/4/2017

The book that I read was Mister Monday by Garth Nix. It is the first book in a seven-book series called the Keys to the Kingdom. In the first one hundred pages of the book, the book introduces the main character in the series, who is named Arthur Penhaligon. He is just a regular teenage boy who is attending his first day of middle school. He is asthmatic and collapses during a 2 mile run in his P.E. class. He is visited by strange people in his near-death state who give him a book and a key. Arthur is visited by more strange creatures later and he realizes something is up, even though he hasn't made it to the alternate universe yet in the first hundred pages where his crazy adventures will begin. I really liked this book. It is very creative and thinks outside the box of how someone would normally think. It also has a great story. However, one thing that I didn't really like about it was that the reading level was a little low. But I would still recommend it.

Anonymous said...

Courtney Zollinger
1st hour
5/4/17
The book I chose to read was The One by Kiera Cass. It is the third book in The Selection series. This series is about a prince, named Maxon, is having a selection to find his future wife. In the third book, there are only 4 girls left from the original 35. The names of those four girls are America, Celeste, Elise, and Kriss. In the first one-hundred pages, one thing that happens is, these two people, who are part of a group, called the Southern Rebels, come to the palace to have a private meeting with Maxon and America, the book whose perspective this is told from. There is a thing called the caste system that separates the wealthy from the poor, and that is what the meeting is about. The Southerners want to eliminate the system, and think it can be done during Maxon’s reign. America is at the meeting because she said on the news that she would like to see the system gone. The Southerners think because Maxon and America have the same view on the caste system, they should get married, which sends America out of the room, infuriated, and no one comes to terms. The end of the one-hundred pages ends with Maxon and America escaping with some guards to have another private meeting with the two Southerners.
I would recommend this book to friends and family, especially those who enjoy romance. It goes into detail about a lot of things, and helps you get an image about what the characters, or the palace looks like. I will continue to read the book because the competition between the four girls is close, and I am interested to see what happens and see who Maxon picks to be his future wife.

Anonymous said...

Nathan Hull
4th hour
I read Crackback by John Coy. In the first 100 pages it is talking about the life of Miles Manning. Miles is a junior in high school and he plays football for his school. This book talks about his his life of a high school football player, from parties to girls to games. He did it all. Miles tried to be a good kid and not drink and smoke like all of his friends and fellow teammates. He is a small player and is talked into doing steroids by his teammates. He is also getting lots of pressure from his dad and coaches and college recruiters for him to be the best player he can be. Miles gets rejected by a girl. He is constantly faced with problems. His coach gets diagnosed with cancer after the first game so the team started to fall apart.
I would recommend this book to high school boys. Especially those who play football. I enjoyed this book but I probably wouldn't finish it. It wasn't the most interesting book I've read but I still think it was entertaining to read.

Anonymous said...

Kelton Zollinger
4th Hour
I read The City of Ember by Jeanna Deprau. This is a post apocalyptic type book with the main character being Lina. Lina is a young girl living in Ember. In the first 100 pages Lina is being described ad her friends and also the mayor. Lina as she grows up is learning more and more about the city as is gaining information from eves dropping. I have enjoyed this book and its really intriguing to me to think about the idea of a city underground. I will be continuing to read this book and i'm looking forward to doing so.

Anonymous said...

Ashley Nielsen
4th Hour
5/4/16
The Book I chose to read was The Blind Side by Michel Lewis. This book was definitely a good read. It has a lot of sports references, so you want to make sure you are up on your sports vocabulary. This book is about a boy named Michael Oher, also known as “Big Mike”. The story begins with the narrator telling a history of football, and explains the importance of certain positions. It then continues to tell about Big Mike, a large in stature but gentle giant. The author tells of Mike’s superb athleticism, and how his life changes when he is accepted into a Christian School. It explains how sports and teachers and a new family help him to grow and learn so many new things. The book was surprisingly different from the movie. It was definitely better! It goes into details of how athletic Mike was. It tells of how he was very strong, and how he excelled at many sports. Not only did Mike excel at football, but it tells of him playing basketball, and throwing the discus at track (which he held the state record in).
I would recommend this book to anyone that loves true stories. I loved being able to relate myself to the story. I love to read true stories, and I think this is one of the best ones I’ve read thus far. I would also recommend this book to sports fans. I believe you will be very impressed with the great talents that Mike exemplifies. This was a very heartwarming story with action, compassion and sports. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone.

Karlee said...

Silence

Silence is a story about a fifteen year old girl name Oakley who is almost sixteen who stopped talking when she was five years old. Her best friend is a boy named Cole who lives a couple of houses down from her that she has known since she was little. Oakley has always been bullied at school on the last day of school this boy at school pushes her against the wall and starts to make fun of her. She pushes him and gets away but then she stops talking to Cole. He tries to figure out why but she doesn’t tell him. He forgives her anyways and they go to a party together. At the party their friendship begins developing very quickly. Both of them want to be in a relationship but both are too scared to try to make that happen. Throughout the process they plan their trip to Italy that will be taking place during the summer.

This is a great book that I would recommend to anyone. The downside to this story is it has a lot of bad language and can become very visual at times. It can also touch on some emotional topics so depending on a person’s situation. This is definitely a book that I will continue reading.

Karlee Andersen

Anonymous said...

I read “The World Almanac: 50 years or American sports”. This book tells the history of sports in America from 1960 to 2010. It tell about events such as the first super bowl, where the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs. Also it has many of Mohammed Ali’s history fights. My favorite event in the first hundred pages was Wilt Chamberlin’s 100 point game. On March 2, 1962 the Philadelphia Warriors player Wilt Chamberlin score 100 points in a game against the New York Knicks.
This book is a great book and I very much enjoyed it. I would recommend it to all and especially those who enjoy history, sports, and the history of sports. There is a lot of interesting facts and events that happened in the past and I enjoyed reading and learning more about them.

Sam Blad

Lainey Bliesner said...

I read "Speak" by Laurie Halse. The plot of this book follows a new freshman named Melinda. She is struggling under high school pressures as well as the mental health issues caused by a traumatic incident from her recent past. She spends the first half of the book struggling to make friends at school. She is an outcast because of her cracked lips and baggy clothing. She soon makes friends with a perky girl named Heather. Heather joins a group of mean girls who continually antagonize Melinda. She contemplates suicide as her mother tells her she is a coward for wanting to end it all. The readers eyes are gradually opened to the fact that melinda was sexually abused by a creepy dude named Andy or Adam (I can't remember his name but the point is that he sucks.)
Overall, this is a decent book that I would recommend for people that love thinking through emotional problems.

Anonymous said...

The book I chose to read was A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah. This is an autobiography about Beah when he was you get during the war in Sierra Leone. Beah's village was attacked and he was captured by the rebels along with his brother and his friends. Later on he is forced to kill and he is separated from his brother and friends. Ishmael goes insane from all of the killing sprees and cocaine but he still tries to find his family.

I loved this book and it is definitely one of my favorites. Although it is a little graphic, I chose to finish the book and I'm glad that I did. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who loves stories of war.

Emily Murphy
Hendricks 4th hour

Triston said...

Triston Ritter
1st hour
Hendricks
I read the first Beyonders book, A World Without Heroes, by Brandon Mull. I really liked this book. When I stopped and remembered that I needed to write a blog post about it, I was already well past the first one hundred pages. In essence, this kid named Jason was going about his normal routine of studying, baseball, and working at the zoo. Everything was normal except that he had heard some music from the Hippopotamus tank. Confused, he leaned over the rail to try and identify where it was coming from. He lost his balance and fell over the railing right into the hippo’s gaping maw. Now instead of being dead and digested, like he had expected, he instead was sliding down a slippery slide and ended up in the hole of a tree. He wasn’t sure what just happened but followed the music because that was the only sign of civilization in the area. Turns out the music was from a famous band that intended to commit suicide off the river’s waterfall to prove a point to their government. Jason tries to save them but he instead watches them plummet off the edge. He thinks he saw one that might have got away. After that he wanders and stumbles across this large library. There’s a forbidden area with a creepy book in it. He is told not to go in there but does it anyway and gets forced onto this quest to destroy the emperor. In search of help he finds a blind king who, to Jason’s surprise, was actually really helpful. And at the end of the hundred pages, before Jason leaves the blind king, he meets another person from his world named Rachel (a cute girl his age) who decides to help him on his journey. I found this book super enjoyable to read and am currently a decent way into the second one. I would recommend this book to anyone who has interest in fictional stories and just wants a good book to read.

Anonymous said...

Brodie Hunsaker
4th hour
The book I chose was simply titled Stalin, by Stephen Kotkin. From the title, I'm sure you know what it's about. It's the story of Stalin. When I grabbed the book I assumed it would talk about the times in his later life including the U.S.S.R in WWII and his rise to power, but to my surprise, the first 100 pages of this book started basically from the beginning. As far as I've got in the book, it has really just been about how the circumstances were exactly what he needed to gain power. He was born in the country of Georgia which had recently been acquired by the Russian Empire, only about 10 years before he was born. Because he was a new citizen of the Russian empire (even though he grew up speaking mostly Georgian) he was given the opportunity to get an education. This played a key role in his rise to power. As the books goes on, it tells about how he was actually attending a orthodox seminary to become a priest, but they didn't treat him well so he decided to follow other goals. The story also tells about how his family was poor and wouldn't have been able to do much for him but since Russia took over it kind of industrialized the peninsula he lived on. The rest of the first 100 pages is basically a history of Russia and how the empire was trying to shut down uprisings and such. The empire was kind of unstable and seemed to be shifting away from the power of the Czar. It was a lot about the political history of and kind or seems to be setting up how Stalin will be able to use the confusion to gain power after Lenin. It also talked about how Stalin got a lot of his ideas from Trotsky (who would have guessed). An interesting piece of information though,is that he also got many of his ideas from Otto von Bismark. I find this interesting because Bismark was actually a fairly conservative political leader from Germany and not much like the soon to be communist leader. It basically explained that he liked Bismarck because of his ability to unite all of the disorganized Germanic countries. That's basically as far as I've got in the first 100 pages and I'm only about 1/7th of the way done. It's a lot of information.

Overall, I've really liked this book so far. I like it because it's history for one, but it also gives some historical context to the type of person that Stalin was. It shows why he became the way he was and really puts it into perspective why he became such a crazy dictator. I probably won't finish reading it because personally I feel like I lack a lot of time to do so, but I really have liked reading it so far. I don't know if I'd suggest it to many people though. To read it, you need to like history along with knowing the basic historical context of the Bolshevik revolution along with an understanding of the basic economic principles of socialism/communism.

Anonymous said...

Todd Israelsen
1st hour
I read the book Michael Vey; it starts off with a kid named Michael who has electric powers. He can shock anyone with a surprising amount of volts. Things go well with him until one day he is attacked by three bullies in his school. Unable to control himself he shocks them until they run away. A girl by the name of Taylor Riley notices this. Later he coincidently finds out that Taylor also has electric powers. They form a club with him, Taylor and Michaels best friend ostin. In the first 100 pages they are starting to realize that people are looking for Michael and Taylor and they start. Taylor gets captured and Michael is just finding this out at this point.
I would definitely recommend this book to someone. It was easy to read but it kept my attention and after finishing the book I wanted to read the rest of the series. I thought it has a good plot-line.

Carter Curtis said...

Carter Curtis
4th Hour
The book I read was Wolfheart. It is about a group of countries called the Alliance and how their world is being invaded. But only one person can bring them all together and that is King Varian. But because of things that have happened in the past between Varian and another king it is hard for them to come together to stop the threat that they are facing.

Overall I really have enjoyed this book so far and would recommend it to anyone I will continue to read this book and finish it.

Anonymous said...

I read slathbog's gold, the first book of the adventurers wanted series. It starts off this this young boy, Alex, going into a book store that has the sign adventurers wanted on it. Every time he would bling the sign would say something different on it. Alex walks in to find out about the sign and ends up signing up for an adventure with out even knowing it. He meets an elf and a dwarf and leaves the shop with them. Alex meets the rest of the company and the dwarf gives him money to pay for all his supplies. The company leaves the next day and find out some interesting things along the way. Alex is also a wizard, which he learns while on the route. He is just about to face off with a troll that threatend to kill the company's horses when I hit a hundred pages.
I will continue to read this book as I find it fun to see a kid get some adventure. They are off to face a dragon and so you know there will be good parts as well as bad parts.

Alice Harrison
4th hour

Anonymous said...

a girl named ginny goes on a europen tour but ends up on a scavenger hunt. she goes to a placce she hasnt been in a really long time and a lady knows why she is there so she gives ginny a package with enevelopes that are numbered two to thirteen. ginny read a note from her aunt but it was really strange because her Aunt died 3 months before that from cancer.

I didnt like this book because it was not my type. It was pretty girly and cheesy and i like books with more action because this one didnt have any action. I wouldnt recommend this to any boy because its definitely for girls and some girls might not even like it if they dont like cheesy stuff. but it has a mystery so thats good. but i bet most girls would like it.

Quinn Benson

Christi Reed said...

I chose to read the first Harry Potter. I really liked the part that I read because I hadn’t ever read it before this. Basically, it starts off with Dumbledore and Professor McGonagall. They’re on the street of Harry Potter’s aunt and uncle’s house. Harry’s parents just died and they needed someone to take care of him. They dropped him off at the doorstep of his aunt and uncle’s house. Then, it talks about his life with them. He lives in a cupboard and is very neglected. They already had a son of their own so they don’t care for Harry much. They get mad at him about everything and punish him for stupid things. They see him as a burden instead of a member of their family. It then talks about a trip to the zoo where Harry lets a snake out of its cage without meaning to. After that, he’s sent to his cupboard until further notice. After that, a letter comes in the mail for him but his uncle won’t let him see what it is. They decide to ignore whatever it is but letters just keep coming. They eventually leave the house hoping to escape the letters but it doesn’t work. They go to a shack in the middle of nowhere. While there, a giant man comes to talk to Harry, revealing that he’s a wizard and his parents were actually killed by a man named Voldemort. Harry is then able to see the letter sent to him and learns about Hogwarts. The giant, Hagrid, came to pick him up to go shopping, which they do. They get all the supplies Harry needs for Hogwarts.

I thought this book was very interesting and I’d like to keep reading it. I’ve seen some of the movies and I really like them. I think the concept is very interesting and well thought through.

christi reed 1st

Anonymous said...

I chose to read a science fiction book that is called EXO. It was written by Fonda Lee. I had never had heard of this book I just picked it off the bookshelf because it looked interesting. The premise of they story is that Aliens have now taken over the earth and are using it as a colony. Some extremists still oppose the aliens rule on Earth. Donovan Reyes is not an extremist and believes that what the aliens are doing on earth are fine. His father is the Prime Liason a prestigious government position. Donovan has a high social standing due to an exocel (alien technology that gives him supernatural abilities). When he is out on patrol one day he is abducted by the human revolutionary group called Sapience. When the Sapience realizes that his father is the Liason they use him as a bargaining chip. They do not know that Liason doesn't negotiate with terrorist even for his own son.

I loved this book very much I read much past the fist hundred pages and plan on finishing it soon. I would suggest this book if you are into dystopian society and if you like some romance oooooh wow.

Bryan Jamison 4th

Natasha Cox said...

For my second book to read I chose the Hunger Games. I really enjoyed this book because it was exciting and eventful. The main character of the book is Katniss Everdeen, she breaks the district's laws by going hunting for food often for her family and is trained in using a bow. She met a good friend named Gale in the woods. Katniss and her little sister Prim got ready for the reaping. The reaping is when children ages twelve to eighteen have names that are put into a large bowl and the older you get the more your name is repeated. Then when your name is drawn out you go to the Hunger Games for your district. Prim’s name was only in the bowl once and was drawn out for her to go to the Hunger Games. Katniss switched her sister places so Prim would have a better chance of survival. Peeta Mellark was another representative for their District 12, Katniss recognized him from years earlier when he helped her family not starve. Next, Katniss family comes to give her advice and say goodbye. Katniss and Peeta start making their way to the Capital and travel on a train with Effie and Haymitch. Haymitch is a man that drinks all the time and upsets Peeta and Katniss for not caring and helping them. At the Capital stylists start to get Peeta and Katniss dressed up for a show. Peeta and Katniss hold hands while they walk out and the crowd loves them. Then Katniss and Peeta went to the Training Center where they would train for the Hunger Games. They both trained together instead of solo. Katniss notices many teenagers that are stronger and bigger than her and have been training their whole lives for the Hunger Games. When it was Katniss's time to try to impress the Gamemakers they were distracted by a pig with an apple in its mouth. Katniss makes a risky move and shoots an arrow toward the Gamemakers right into the apple in the pig's mouth and walks out.

I enjoyed reading this book because it was so exciting! I think that The Hunger Games is a very interesting and entertaining book and I am going to strive to finish it. I would recommend this book to anyone who doesn’t usually enjoy reading because this book helped me to want to read more books in the future.

Natasha Cox
1st Hour

Anonymous said...

I chose to read the Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen. In the first hundred pages of this book King Jaron is attacked and informed that the neighboring country, Avenia, and the pirates are ready to invade Carthya. Jaron sets out to find the pirates and stop them from attacking the people if Carthya.

I finished this book because it was fun and exciting and I couldn't put it down!

Melina McNees
4th hour

Anonymous said...

I chose to read the book "The girl in the Picture", by Alexandra Monir. This book was an easy read and I was able to finish it pretty quickly. This book was about a shy girl named Nicole who falls in love with this really popular boy named Chace but nobody really knows about it. Chace is killed at a party and a picture of him and Nicole was found in his pocket, so now everyone thinks that Nicole killed Chace. In the first hundred pages the book goes through the relationship of Chace and Lana (his girlfriend), from the point of view of Lana before the accident, and then to Nicole's point of view as everyone think she killed Chace. This book went at a fast pace and was very intriguing. I would recommend this book to anyone who's looking for an exciting young adult novel.

Abby Spaulding
1st hour

Anonymous said...

For my choice book, I chose to read the Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. The book is a true story about Joe Rantz, a member of the Olympic rowing team that won gold in the the 1936 Games held in Berlin. The book begins with Joe’s early childhood life. He had a lot of family issues. His mother died when he was very young, and his father left him and came back numerous times. His father eventually remarried, and then had several more children. By the age of fourteen, his father had completely abandoned him, and Joe grew up on his own from that point on. He worked very hard every summer to get enough money to make it through the following school year. When he got into college and the University of Washington, he then looked into rowing. He ended up being on the freshman boat that won the national championship in June of 1934. The following school year he was preparing for the varsity championship, and that’s where I am at now.
I have decided to keep on reading this book because it is an awesome story. Joe went through some very hard times, and he was able to power through all of it.

Brandon Newman
1st Hour

Anonymous said...

For my second book I read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes is an English man living in London who uses his incredible observational skills to solve crimes. Each chapter starts out a new mystery, and each one is unique and contains just enough danger to keep you excited. My favorite mystery was The Man With the Twisted Lip. A man is missing and a beggar accused of killing him. As the story goes on they find that the beggar is actually the missing man and he dresses up as a beggar to make money and he hasn’t had a real job in years. I already finished reading it and i really enjoyed it.
Noah Arkoudas
1st
Hendricks

Anonymous said...

I read Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. The book begins in District 13. The districts are parts of a capitol called Panem. Katniss Everdeen, the main character, is just returning from being rescued from the hunger games. The majority of the first 100 pages is just Katniss being rehabilitated from her injuries in the games. Near the end of the section she is healed enough to go film propos, or propaganda videos. In District 8, they seem to be filming a harmless clip when the Capitol starts bobbing the rebels of District 8. It ends with Katniss infuriated that the Capitol would bomb a refugee hospital.
I would recommend this book to any of my friends. It is an easy read and gets very entertaining. If you can survive the first 50 pages, it gets very interesting. I continued to read the book and it was so good. I did feel like some parts were rushed through but overall it was really good.

Kyson Bott said...

I read crazy horse electric game by Chris crutcher and this book is about a kid named willie and he plays baseball and he wins the game for them and they go out and go boating. While boating willie gets hurt and everything changes. Willie loses like his movement in half of his body but slowly gains it back but not to how he was before. Willie gets fed up with everybody and decided to run away from home and doesn't really know where he is going. He ends up going to Oakland and meets this guy and he lives with him and he gets willie into a school and things get better. Willie graduates from that school and he goes home to find that everything is different and he doesn't like it. Willie goes back to Oakland and returns to the school.
Kyson bott
1st
Hendricks

Anonymous said...

The Glass Castle
The first 100 page of my book were very interesting. It is about a little girl who is going through a lot of hard times. Her life is a very bad struggle, and nothing ever seems to go right in it. She goes through many hardships and triumphs at the end of all of them. Her family is always of the run from debt collectors, because her dad can’t hold a decent job, but they make it more of a game for the kids.
I would recommend everyone to read this. It is a very good book. I continued reading and finished it. In the end after all the horrible challenges and trials they go through, Janette and her brother and sister all make very good lives for themselves, because they don’t want to live how their parents have. It is a very good good, id give it a 10/10.

Hunter Day 1st

camron wadman said...

i chose to read seabisket. Seabisket is a book about a very famous race horse. the thing that really made him so poupuler was the fact that his blood line were not that great and he was very short for a race horse. so far it really has talked about how he was raised then used as a horse to run against other horses and had to loose on purpose. also it tells you about the jokey whos family had money but the great deppression hit and he has bounced around as jokey tell he met seabisket.

i will for sure keep reading this book. it is one of my favorites so far and really is a true underdog story. if u want to read a exiting fun interesting intense book this is the one for you.

Anonymous said...

Kyle Langford
1st Hour
5/8/2017

The book I chose to read is called White Fang. It's a book about a man named Jack Conroy who searches for his father's treasure with his father's old friend, Alex Larson. Set in Alaska, they face many challenges like the extremely cold weather and lack of food. And their sleigh dogs being driven off by wolves so the wolves could eat them. One wolf, the female of the pack, uses most of the leftovers from the sleigh dogs to tend to her baby. Eventually, the female is killed and the baby wanders from home in search of food, without help from its mother. Two men end up finding the wolf and raise it as a wolf-dog who does work around the house. The wolf gets stolen by a man who uses the wolf fiercely to win dog fights. During a fight, a bulldog is killing the wolf by biting its neck when Jack and Alex walk in and save the wolf from the fight. They nurse it back to health and train the wolf as their pet. Jack and Alex, along with the wolf, find the gold mine that Jack's father leaves behind and end up becoming filthy rich. While Jack and Alex were trying to mine out the gold, they spent their free time building a cabin so they could live right next to the mine. After everything is over, Alex has to return to his life, but Jack decides to stay in their cabin in Alaska where his father's treasure is buried and lives the rest of his rich and peaceful life with his new friend, White Fang.
I would definitely recommend this book to anybody. There are a few serious parts, like death and dog fights, but other than that it's a heart warming story. I started to read it just for the 100 pages, but ended up reading the whole thing and then watching the movie afterwards. The movie is exactly like the book so I would recommend that too. It was incredibly entertaining and keeps you hooked through the whole thing with it's very descriptive writing. It made me realize that there is still animal abuse going on in the world, such as dog fights, and we need to stop it immediately.

Anonymous said...

I read "The Hunger Games" for my book of choice. It was really weird, it was about a bunch of kids who kill each other to survive. I liked all of the action though, it made the book interesting. Also when Peta is near dead and he run away and blends in, that was pretty neat. There were some weird cringy parts like when Peta says he loves her... That was kinda different. It was just out of nowhere. Overall the book was pretty good, and I would recommend it to most people. I wouldnt read it again, but that just cause i dont like reading.

-Reese Houser 1st

Anonymous said...

The book that I have chosen to read is Black Hawk Down. It is the gripping true story of an assault raid to capture Mohamed Farrah Aidid, a Somali gang leader. On the raid, Somali rebels shot down two UH-60 Black Hawks with RPG’s. The men on the raid assisted on the rescue mission to the downed Black Hawks. With overwhelming Somali forces hot on their trail, Delta Force and Rangers have to secure the crashed Black Hawks, rescue the crew, and wait for the cavalry to come.
Tyler Royle
4th

Brady said...

Brady Stuart
The Hunger Games
In the first 100 pages of The Hunger Games a lot happens and there is a very big problem. The book starts out by introducing Katniss Everdeen the main character and talking about how she breaks the law and goes and hunting to provide for her family. The real conflict arises when Primrose, Katniss’s little sister is selected to participate in the annual hunger games. Katniss immediately volunteered for her and now has to go fight to the death in the place of her little sister. Peeta, a boy from district 12 is also chosen to go to the games with Katniss. Haymitch, the only person to ever win from district 12 is their mentor. In the next pages it talks about how Katniss travels on a train to the capitol, and is given food and nice things like she never has before. When she arrives in the capitol she gets a makeover and is pampered. Next she has to go to training where they teach you how to kill other people. This is where she first sees the huge and talented people she will have to fight. The first 100 pages end with Katniss going into the gym for testing where she will receive a score based on how skilled she is with weapons. She is the last person to go and the game makers are not paying attention to her great shooting so she decides to shoot at the roasted pig they got for lunch and hit the apple out of its mouth and pinned it to the wall.
The Hunger Games was a great book and it was very thrilling and kept me interested the whole time I was reading. I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to anyone trying to read a great book. I liked it enough to continue reading till the end and that is very rare for me because i am not much of a reader. I think The Hunger Games was very well written and I would recommend it to anyone of my friends or just anyone wanting to read a good book.

Anonymous said...

Sam Weda
4th hour
In the first 100 pages of Wonder Struck. The book starts out with the main character is woken up from a terrible nightmare that he had been being chased by some wolves. Then he goes back to bed and over hears his aunt and uncle talking about the house that had been abandoned after bens mom had die. They talk about how the house may be haunted, and they also mention how ben may return how to his house whenever he wanted because it was only 83 steps away from his cousin’s house. So it just talks about his life right now living with his cousins because his mother was dead. Near the end of the pages ben decides to run away for a little so that he could send out a help signal. He did this by writing help on a paper and folding it like a boat and sending it away. At the end of the 100 pages it starts to talk about how he is about to take a trip to some. Place called like Duluth.
This book was pretty good for the most part but there were also some weird parts and kind of confusing because there’s like 2 different stories going on the whole time.

Anonymous said...

Karly Alder
I read 100 pages of The Fill In Boyfriend. The Book starts out with the character Gia, a girl that is very popular at her high school. The setting was first shown at their junior prom where Gia and her college boyfriend Bradley were arguing. He was mad that the first thing Gia said to him was, "I cant wait for my friends to see you." Bradley and her hadn't seen each other in awhile and he was upset that that's all Gia cared about is what everyone else would think not even a hug or hello from her. Bradley ends up leaving Gia to fend for herself that night, She was devastated but also scared of her friends and her reputation. She looked in the parking lot tho and saw a boy that was watching the whole thing and the idea occurred to her that she would just make him her fill in boyfriend for the night. He was hesitant at the beginning but as they walked in together he acted for her, even looked at her like they were in love. Gias friends were impressed. The only problem was Fill in Bradley had a little sister at the dance, not to long through she spotted them and was furious. Thats when he decided to keep the acting and broke up with gia right then and there. That was the end of the first 100 pages, but it goes on to say how she cant stop thinking about fill in Bradley and she realizes she needs to contact him somehow. But the real Bradley wants her back too.
This was a good book for the most part especially if you are into romance and suspense. I would love to keep reading this book to find out what happens.

JARRRRRFFFIIIIISSSSHHHHH said...




Aaron Jarvis

4th Hour

So I decided to read the first 100 pages of Stormbreaker. This book is basically about a Teenage version of James Bond, it’s basically the definition of a spy action book. If you love action book you will love Stormbreaker. The book's main character is Alex Rider whose parents died and then the alex’s uncle who raised him from mid-childhood dies in a car accident. Alex stays home from school after the funeral and becomes depressed. Alex being the british teenager he is starts to become suspicious of his uncle's death and begins to investigate his uncle's death clue by clue. Alex finds out his uncle was a spy for the british intelligence and was killed by an assassin named Yassen Grovegrich.

JARRRRRFFFIIIIISSSSHHHHH said...


Aaron Jarvis

4th Hour
So I decided to read the first 100 pages of Stormbreaker. This book is basically about a Teenage version of James Bond, it’s basically the definition of a spy action book. If you love action book you will love Stormbreaker. The book's main character is Alex Rider whose parents died and then the alex’s uncle who raised him from mid-childhood dies in a car accident. Alex stays home from school after the funeral and becomes depressed. Alex being the british teenager he is starts to become suspicious of his uncle's death and begins to investigate his uncle's death clue by clue. Alex finds out his uncle was a spy for the british intelligence and was killed by an assassin named Yassen Grovegrich. Stormbreaker is pretty interesting so far and i would 10/10 recommend, I will probably finish the book.

David Frazier said...

So the book i read the first 100 pages of was: Looking for Alaska by John Green. It is about kid, Miles, who is looking for his "great what if" or (great Adventure). His desire for change in his mundane life, drives him to take a student position in a boarding school. When he gets there, he is taken under the wing of his roommate, the Colonial (chip) and Alaska (who is friends with the Colonial). Now under the new stresses of a foreign environment and intense school, his need for a purpose and a great what if, drags him through his first: cigarettes, drink of alcohol, porn, and relationship. the 100 pages end as he is at the school basket ball ball game, on a date.

This is an amazing book, and i highly recommend it to anyone who doesn't get offended by real life. Its been a non stop roller coaster of emotions, that only goes up. I usually don't enjoy reading, but this one was ten out of ten!

Anonymous said...

Maya Simmons

For my book of choice I read "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child." In the first 100 pages You get to meet Harry's children, along with Ron and Hermionie's children and Draco Malfoy's child. You get to see Albus (Harry's son) go through his first 4 years at Hogwarts. There he befriends Draco's son Scorpius and they become best friends because they are both in the SLytherin house. You get to know the personalities of both of them which play into when things get changed later in the book.

I really enjoyed this book. For some it may be difficult to read because it is in script format, because it is originally a play. I think it was very well written but I would not consider it the 8th Harry Potter book. It is a great story and concept but where it was not written specifically by J.K. Rowling it just had a different feel to it than the original books did. It was very well written though. id say 8/10 and if you like Harry Potter then you should definitely read it.

Anonymous said...

Kiley Kirk

I read the book Snow like Ash. In the first hundred pages we meet the character Meira and her band of outcast. Which is made up of the Prince, Sir, and a few other Winterian citizens. Their kingdom was destroyed by the kingdom known as Summer. There kingdom is winter. There quest is to find the locket that holds the magic from there lands. Meira leads her team into the kingdom of Summer and takes back one half of the locket, feeling successful from the mission, there guard is down and they never notice the summer soldiers who followed them back to there hideout. In order to escape the group splits off into separate groups all headed in separate directions to meet back up later.

I really enjoyed this book because it has some interesting relationships all throughout the book which are constantly keeping the reader guessing where the story his headed. I loved it and would highly recommend it to anybody who enjoys dystopian novels and shocking reveals all throughout the entire story line.

Kaitlin Campbell said...

Kaitlin Campbell
The book I read was, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” It is about boy named Charlie who is starting his freshman year. The year before his best friend committed suicide. He doesn’t have any friends left. He enters High School not knowing what to do. He has a hard time talking to anybody until Shop Class. He meets a senior named Patrick. Patrick is the class clown. He is always making the class laugh by making fun of their teacher. The teacher didn’t like Patrick very much, but that didn’t bug him. Charlie became friends with Patrick and his stepsister, Sam. Charlie had the biggest crush on Sam. Throughout the book they go through ups and downs throughout their friendship. Charlie is sad to see his best friends leave for college at the end of the year. Charlie learns a lot about himself and about the better things in life. I recommend reading this book. It has taught me a lot about the little things in life, especially how to get through the halls of High School. Don’t focus too much on the big things or what everybody else is doing. Focus on you and what you want to do, something you could do to make the most out of life.

Anonymous said...

For my book choice, I chose "The Hunger Games", a book about survival of the fittest. In the Hunger Games, Katniss and a bunch of younger people were forced to have a meeting of who will be placed into the games. Katniss had volunteered for her sisters place and Peta was chosen. All of those who were placed into the game went through special training with their own set of weapons. During their training they had sponsors who would set up talk shows for each districts. Those who weren't in the games got to choose who they thought would win. That's when the games had begun. It was a killing spree of who would win for their districts.

Personally I would keep reading the book, its got a good story line to it that's intriguing had been very well written. Even the characters had their own personality and that;'s even better.

Ariel GIlhespie

Mya Washington said...

Mya Washington
1st hour
The book that I chose to read was Violent Ends. Now I could tell you the name of the author, but the thing is, is that there are 17 different authors in the book. 17 chapters and 17 authors. The main point of the book is about a school shooting that happens and each chapter is in a different point of view. A kid named Kirby shoots and kills students at his school then ends up killing himself.

I would only recommend this book if you are mature enough to handle the graphic descriptions and somewhat strong language. I loved this book just because there are so many points of views in it it's not just coming from one persons eye so you can't really feel to biased about what happens. This is my second time reading this book so I really enjoy it and would for sure recommend.

Gisselle Martinez said...

Gisselle Martinez
1st hour
The book that I chose to read was the Book Thief by Markus Zusak. The first 100 pages talks about the narrator which might be a mystery at first. The narrator unfortuantly is death. Death talks about all these colors that have a connection with whatever he sees and talks about how he hates to see people die because it can be exhausting but it is a result to everyone's life soon. While he watches other people die death says "Its painful to watch". Mainly because people's loved ones die and the survivors of those loved deal a great pain upon them. After this whole introduction death tells us a story about this survivor. which he calls her the book thief.Death goes on to tell us every detail of her story and how hard her life is to survive.

I would keep reading the book mainly because of some suspense and curiosity. It also teaches you of someone else's life and what risks they have to take in order to survive. How we should not take little things for granted and appreciate what we have. I would totally recommend this book to anyone who likes theses kind of novels.

Morgan said...

I read the The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner. The main character in this book is named Michael. Michael used to be a Tangent which is a nonhuman character in a game. An evil Tangent named Kaine is using a program called the Mortality Doctrine to transport the essence of a Tangent into the body of a human and replacing the human essence with Tangent essence. Michael was the first Tangent to be made human even though he didn’t want to. He is now living in the body of Jackson Porter. Michael realized that Kaine had to be stopped so he teamed up with his human friends, Sarah and Bryson, to figure out what is going on and stop it.
I am going to finish this book. It is the second book in this series and I loved the first one and I can’t wait to read the third one. I have read the first and second books before but it has been over a year and I can’t remember what was going on to read the third book. I love James Dashner and I have read all of his books except for the third book in this series which I am reading next.
Morgan Hymas
1st Hour

Sophie Smith said...

HI guys it's Sophie. So I read the book PRIDE AND POLITICS! The author of that book is Brittany Larsen. There are two main Characters in this book, they are; Summer knight and Benson Hardy. A little background on the both of them. So there's Summer. She's a very guarded person. Her dad is a well known senator. And the catch is that, Benson is a nephew to her father's politcal rival. So these two are really fimiliar with the nasty side of politics. And basically they get to know each other, but its hard to create feelings for each other when there dads are like rivals. So the first 100 pages are really really good, the chemistry that"s getting build between the two and the tension and the really cheesy cute storyline. I am definatly going to keep reading this. I reccomend this as a strong female book. I dont think guys will find it funny or cute.

read it!

Sophie Smith

Caden said...

I chose to read the book, The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan. This is the third book in the series. The main character’s name is Percy Jackson. He is a teenage demigod. A demigod has one mortal parent and one parent who is a god. The gods are based off the Greek gods from Greek mythology. Percy Jackson’s parents are his dad: Poseidon, the god of the sea, and his mom: the wonderful, loving, caring mother who loves to make Percy blue pancakes. Percy Jackson is trained by other demigods to learn about his strengths and his powers to control the sea. All of this information is given to you in Riordan’s first series, starting with The Lightning Thief. This next series, the one I am reading is a continuation of Percy Jackson’s many adventures. In this book, The Mark of Athena, he and his friends are on a quest to stop Gaea and her plans to destroy the gods and take over the world pretty much. Percy and his friends fight to help the gods fight her and her minions. They win this battle, but I have a feeling that this is just the beginning of many battles to come.

I would highly recommend this book to many people, especially if you love Greek mythology, action, adventure, and there is a little bit of romance between a daughter of Athena, named Annabeth Chase and Percy Jackson. The way Rick Riordan writes keeps you engaged in the book and interested. It was hard to put down most of the time.