Sunday, July 26, 2015

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

                I highly recommend this book! I received a recommendation from a librarian at my local library, so I knew it must be good. Boy, was I right! This book is about a girl named Miranda who lives in a small New York apartment with her mother. Lately, Miranda has been receiving letters from 'you'. In the letters, you told her to write a letter in response about her life even though she does not know who you are. Basically, this whole book is her letter. Although the book doesn't start with "Dear Sender" or doesn't end with "Sincerely, Miranda", it is still her letter. In the book, Miranda has a best friend named Sal. When something happens that ruins Miranda and Sal's friendship, Miranda hangs out with another girl named Annmarie and Colin. Lately, Annmarie and her best friend named Julia stop being friends. Miranda takes that opportunity to become friends with Annmarie. Colin, Annmarie and Miranda start working at a sandwich shop during lunch every day at school. A boy who took part in ruining Miranda and Sal's friends ship talks to Miranda about time travel. The whole conversation about time travel really confused me, but don't just not read the book because of a small (yet important) part. That part ends up solving who the letter sender is. A mysterious homeless man on the corner keeps kicking at cars and yelling "Smart Kid!" at Miranda as she walks by. What could it all mean? This book is filled with adventure, mystery and science, you'll love it! 
I recommend this book for kids with ages ranging from 9 to 12
I give is five stars. 
You can get it at your local library, or you can get it here.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Brisingr by Christopher Paolini

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    This book is AWESOME! I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Christopher Paolini is truly a master! Here is a summary of Brisingr:
         Just as he promised, Eragon heads with Roran to Helgrind to rescue his spouse, Katrina, from the Ra'zac. There, they find Sloan, Katrina's father, who also was captured by the Ra'zac, but also gave his town away to them. Eragon and Roran rescue Katrina and Eragon puts a curse on Sloan that he many never see his daughter again. The spell also takes away Sloan's eyes. Then they return to the Varden, only to find out that Katrina is pregnant. Katrina and Roran's wedding is arranged, but in the middle of it, some of Galbatorix's troops attack, along with Murtagh. Eragon and Saphira beat the troops. Then Roran and Katrina get married. The dwarf king gets killed, so Eragon attends the new election in which his good friend, Orik, get elected. Eragon and Saphira return to Elesmera to resume their training. Glaedr the other dragon, gives Eragon his heart of hearts and heads off to fight Murtagh and Galbatorix. Eragon and Saphira head to the island of Vroendgard according to Solembum the cat. There they find something. What do you think they find? Meanwhile, Oromis dies and Glaedr lives on in his Heart of Hearts in sadness. Eragon and Saphira head to Feinster for the siege the Varden is Planning. There, Eragon rescues Arya, the elf. Then, Eragon helps Arya kill a Shade, making her a Shade Slayer like Eragon, them being 2 of the 6 who have survived doing so.
I recommend this book of 7th graders and higher.
This book is 763 pages. So be prepared to be reading a long book if you are going to read it. 
You can get it at your local library or buy it Here

Eldest by Christopher Paolini

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        Christopher Paolini creates a masterpiece once again. As book 2 in the Inheritance series, this book has captivated many for years and years to come. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. ELDEST is the sequel to ERAGON. Here is a summary of ELDEST:
      During the battle of Farthen Dur, the dwarf king and leader of the Varden, Ajihad, was killed. Murtagh disappears. Therefore, Nasuada, Ajihad's daughter, becomes the leader of the Varden with Eragon's blessing. Eragon and Saphira travel to Elesmera, the elven capital, to resume their training as Dragon and Rider. There, they meet the only other Dragon and Rider on the Varden's side still living. Eragon learns what it means to be a dragon rider and how to cast more spells. Saphira learns flying and aerial combat skills. Meanwhile, Roran, Eragon's cousin, plans on marrying Katrina Ismira-Daughter. 
Then the Ra'zac attack Roran's town, everyone must escape to the Varden, on the other side of Alagaesia. They also take Katrina. Eragon and Roran meet again at the battle of the Burning plains because Eragon is there to fight and for Roran it is where the Varden is with Eragon. Eragon swears to get Katrina back to Roran, for they are engaged. 7 and up.
I reccomend this book for grades 
This book is 702 pages long, so be prepared to be reading a long book if you want to read it. 
You can get it at your local library, or buy it Here

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

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  I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. Christopher Paolini creates a magical world that you could only imagine could be real. Here is a summary of ERAGON:
  When Eragon, a poor, 15 year old farm boy finds a dragon egg in the magical mountain range nearby his home, he does not know what to think. But when the dragon egg hatches and forms a everlasting bond with Eragon, their adventures begin. Then Garrow, Eragon's uncle gets killed by the evil Ra'zac, Eragon swears to conquer them. With help from Brom and Murtagh, he travels to the base of the Varden (the rebel forces against the evil king, Galbatorix) to help them just in time for a battle against Galbatorix's Urgals (giant gnome-like creatures) and a Shade (an evil-possessed human). Eragon ends up in a fierce fight with the Shade. Do you think he will defeat the Shade Durza?
I think this book would be good for grades 7 and higher.
This book is 528 pages long, so be prepared to be reading a very long book if you want to read it.
You can go to your local library or buy it here