Ernest Michel survived against tremendous odds. His parents and most of his friends were murdered by German Nazis. After barely escaping the same fat...more Ernest Michel survived against tremendous odds. His parents and most of his friends were murdered by German Nazis. After barely escaping the same fate, he went to the back to Germany and later to the United States. But he couldn't forget promises he'd made to friends, many of whom had died. He has dedicated his life to telling the world what happened in the camps. Promises Kept is his book that does just that. It includes his account of: the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial, reuniting with his sister, his time in Auschwitz, and so many other things before, after, and during the war.
This book connects to nearly everyone. It is so touching and sad yet upbeat and fun it can connect to anyone. At least anyone who has a soul and believes that the holocaust actually happened and that six million people were murdered during said holocaust. So if you have a soul and a brain you're going to feel some sort of connection to this one.
I gave this book four stars. It was really good. I might have maybe given it 3.75 stars because of it's totally random progression but it was so good everywhere else and 3.75 is just made up of too many numbers. The events in this book and during those sad times are just so unbelievable. Although this book doesn't just take place during the holocaust, in fact most of it takes place afterwards. This was a good read and I would recommend it to sense filled people between the ages of 13 and 4,287,691,856. (yes, that is a random number I button mashed to get. But it's still true!) (less)
After learning a secret about herself, Cass lashes out at her mother while they are at a cooking class. She blurts out harsh and hurtful words then w...more After learning a secret about herself, Cass lashes out at her mother while they are at a cooking class. She blurts out harsh and hurtful words then wishes she could take them back. But before Cass can apologize, her mother is kidnapped. Shortly afterwards, Cass receives a ransom note from the cruel chef, Señor Hugo. To save her mom Cass has to find a magic tuning fork — in two days. She must deliver the fork, which is said to possess unholy powers, to Chef Hugo. And she is also instructed to keep her mission a secret from Max-Ernest and Yo-Yoji, but she desperately needs the help of her friends if she is to rescue her mother.
I can connect this book to myself and all the other 10 to 14 year old girls reading it. It has drama between Cass and her mom – like all girls have eventually, it has thoughts of romance that don't really get carried through – like all girls have... a lot, it has wild plans that backfire a little – like everyone has usually they don't get a chance to backfire though because they don't happen in the first place. Also Cass finds out she's ******* which a lot of people can connect to as well. (sorry about the *'s I don't like giving unwanted spoilers).
I gave this book four stars. I really liked it. It was unique, funny, creative, connectible, well written, random and just overall good. I would recommend this book to almost anyone. Only thing is you have to read the first one and the second one before it, well you don't HAVE to but you should.... it makes it better, and stuff... so yeah.(less)
For 500 years, the secret society of the Midnight Sun has been waiting for the homunculus, the man-made man, and now the evil Dr. L and Ms. Mauvais a...more For 500 years, the secret society of the Midnight Sun has been waiting for the homunculus, the man-made man, and now the evil Dr. L and Ms. Mauvais are going to hurt Cass and Max-Ernest unless they tell them where he is. Now they have a mission: find the homunculus before the Midnight Sun does. While Cass is in her Barbie Graveyard at night, she discovers a strange ball, which lets her hear all new sounds and makes music – if you know how to use it. This time teaming up with a new classmate named Yo-Yoji as well as Max-Ernest, the three need to escape the grasp of their parents, and find the alchemist's grave... but Dr. L and Ms. Mauvais have other plans.
The author is secretly an evil genius. He often uses reverse psychology to get people to keep reading. Also he puts himself into the story so you will connect with it too. He says he can't tell you because it's too dangerous then he “goes to get some chocolate” and decides to keep writing. He also adds tons of bits and pieces that makes it impossible not to connect in one way or another.
I gave this book three stars but I wanted to give it three and a half stars. It had all the goodness of the first book but with extra mysteries to figure out. I had to think more in this one. Although this one had all the down sides of the first one too. By the end I was happy to be reading Night so I could have something mature. What really annoyed me was the secret... again. It went a little deeper into what it may or may not be but still .. nothing! And, uh, that's... GOOD .. because there is NO SUCH THING AS “THE SECRET” (do u think I made up for mentioning it Pseudonymous Bosch?) well I guess it doesn't matter because if you're reading THIS, it's too late.... Sorry now you have to read the books,.. you know, to be on the safe side.(less)
Cass, an 11 year old survivalist, and Max-Ernest, an 11 year old chatterbox, become “collaborators” and investigate a dead magician's, Pietro Bergamo...more Cass, an 11 year old survivalist, and Max-Ernest, an 11 year old chatterbox, become “collaborators” and investigate a dead magician's, Pietro Bergamo, house only to get caught by a young couple; but not before they find a mysterious journal hidden in a secret room. Later the couple comes to their school looking for them but instead find a boy named Benjamin Blake. Cass decides its her job to save him. After going through some spa brochures, Cass decides to pose as one of the Skelton Sisters, who are teen pop sensations, and calls The Midnight Sun spa to pick her up. Cass and Max-Ernest save Benjamin but a fire breaks out so they have to leave- Fast.
This book is a mystery, in its own way. It's not like what happens in Clue, or Sherlock Holmes, it's different- better, I think. Some people think it's similar to The Mysterious Benedict Society books but I haven't read it so I'm not quite sure. It did have parts that sort of reminded me of The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy. They both had intriguing yet childish moments, they were both rather easy to figure out but I really liked them both.
This book was very good. I gave it three stars but I wanted to give it 3.5. I liked how creative and fun it was but at the same time it got a little obnoxious. I liked figuring out the mysterious bits but usually it was really easy. I would recommend this book to 11 or 12 year olds because they could probably relate to Cass and Max-Ernest more. It was an easy read but a long one. Another thing that worked with and against Pseudonymous Bosch (yep, a pen name. I have no idea what his real name is) was the way he uses The Secret. He makes everything mysterious and private. Like he says that Cass and Max-Ernest aren't there real na— I've said too much! I'll break the contract! Don't ask our your life is at risk! GET OUT NOW WHILE YOU STILL CAN!!! or... just read it yourself.(less)
Basketball star Thom Creed is trying to figure out exactly what his untrained superpowers can do. In an attempt to break away from his dad (an ex-her...more Basketball star Thom Creed is trying to figure out exactly what his untrained superpowers can do. In an attempt to break away from his dad (an ex-hero) and homophobic community, Thom runs away, only to find himself in the middle of a multi-villain hijacking operation. Using his ability to heal, he keeps an injured woman alive until the League, a superhero team, arrives. He impresses them enough to get an invitation to try out for a hero apprentice position. Thom is teamed with an old woman who can see into the future, a rage-filled girl who unleashes her powerful anger through fire, a sickly boy who is able to inflict disease on anyone, and a demoted hero with insane speed. With superheroes dying mysteriously, Thom is forced to admit publicly that he is gay in order to prevent a wrongly accused man from being killed, finds himself cast out of the League. He then has to get his team together in order to figure out what is really going on.
I connected to Thom in some ways. I think most people would if they just looked past his biggest insecurity. I connected to something deeper. I don't know exactly what it was but every know and then he'd say, do , or think something that made me think of my self. Although during a lot of the book he was just focused on his homosexuality.
I gave this book 4 stars. I really liked it, most of the time. There were a few chapters in a row that were a little awkward, he was .. having fun, on the computer and thinking about the crush he had on a certain superhero which was only a little creepy. Although over all I really liked it. I would recommend it to mostly girls, actually, because I think that some guys would get awkward and stop reading it because it's weird before it's good. If you are a mature, non-homophobic teenager, straight or not, and you have any interest (at all) in superheroes I think you should read this book. I really REALLY want Hero to become a movie and for a sequel to be written. I liked figuring things out in the story before Thom did, don't get me wrong though, I was still REALLY surprised by a lot of things, especially the ending. I honestly did laugh, cry, and get a little sick and want to put the book down... but I couldn't – it was too good!(less)
Charlotte (A.K.A. Ghostgirl) has graduated from Dead Ed, a school which teaches ghost children how to live up to their ghostly potential, and is told...more Charlotte (A.K.A. Ghostgirl) has graduated from Dead Ed, a school which teaches ghost children how to live up to their ghostly potential, and is told that she and the other ghosts from her class need to work in a phone bank, where they will answer calls from troubled teenagers in need of advice. Before they start work, the other ghosts are reunited with lost loved ones, everyone that is, except Charlotte. The other kids are given apartments, and receive dozens of calls, but Charlotte doesn't receive a single call. So she becomes friends with Maddy, the newest ghost girl, and begins to ignore her old friends. Scarlet (Charlotte's best human friend) is feeling insecure about her long-distance relationship with her boyfriend Damen. Petula, Scarlet's sister, goes into a coma after getting staph from a pedicure, leaving Scarlet feeling guilty. Using a possession ritual Charlotte taught her, Scarlet sends herself into a coma and goes to look for Charlotte. Then Maddy, Charlotte and Scarlet set off to find Petula's soul. Soon the girls become separated. Scarlet is soon joined by Pam and Prue, two Dead Ed ghosts, to find her sister's soul. Meanwhile, Maddy and Charlotte seek out Petula's body - which Damen has taken to Homecoming in an attempt to reawaken her, and thus bring Scarlet back. Maddy convinces Charlotte to possess Petula. Drama ensues.
This book was more or less made to connect to teenage girls. The three main characters are a perfect example. Scarlet's character is the girl with the beauty queen inside and the goth outside, Petula is the super popular not so smart “hot” girl, and Charlotte is the shy misfit inside of us all. I personally think a little of these three different characters are in all girls, or at least the teenage ones.
I really liked this book. I gave it four stars. It was creative, fun, funny and fairly well written. There were a lot of subtle hints and clues and I liked how the author let you figure out somethings and let you get your suspicions and ideas then made this huge ending. I do think it got a little shallow at times, but not too often. I would recommend this book to most girls between the ages of 12 and 25, in fact I've recently lent my copy to my neighbor so she can read it. Although if you do want to read this one you should probably read the first one in the series or you will be sort of confused.(less)
Morgan Sparks and her football-star boyfriend Cam have been close all their lives. They are both looking forward to celebrating their mutual sixteent...more Morgan Sparks and her football-star boyfriend Cam have been close all their lives. They are both looking forward to celebrating their mutual sixteenth birthday. Then, a week before the party, Cam begins to change. Morgan catches him hanging out with a new girl. Soon he finds out that on his birthday he will have to switch places with his “cousin” Pip. Morgan, whose psychic abilities allow her to see through the fairy spell that keeps most humans in the dark about of Cam's transition, watches her boyfriend sprout wings, shrink, and prepare to become the Fairy King. She soon decides that she isn't just going to let Cam go.
This book could connect to other fantasy books. Maybe not normal fairy books, but I think it gives off the same feel as the City of Ember. I don't really know why because I haven't read the book or even seen the movie but when I was reading Fairy Tale I remembered some of the trailers I had seen for it. I thought that how Pip felt in fairy world was like the vibe I was getting from the City of Ember. Its odd, though I'm pretty sure the City of Ember didn't have anything to do with faeries
I gave this book four stars. I liked it a lot but I also thought it got really unrealistic. Morgan's psychic abilities were cool at first and fairly believable but then it got a little ridiculous. I mean, isn't the world they're in the same as ours? Fairies, I can believe; psychic, powers I can believe- to a point. When it was little things, sure, but it just got a little weird and inconsistent. As a whole though, this was a very good book.(less)
A boy, Oliver Twist, becomes an orphan after the death of his mother, who died giving birth to him. Oliver is moved from place to place, because of a...more A boy, Oliver Twist, becomes an orphan after the death of his mother, who died giving birth to him. Oliver is moved from place to place, because of asking for more food. He ends up running away and getting stuck with the wrong crowd, a gang of thieves, and almost doing some things which he knows that he shouldn't. He's soon taken in by some nice, wealthy women who take care of him for a while. Chaos ensues.
This book connects to real life in that time. Many kids were mistreated for something insignificant, like, being “ungrateful”. Women were also mistreated, like Nancy was. Most people, like Dickens, was VERY prejudiced.
This book was a tough read. I can understand why it's a classic, but I wouldn't want to read it again. I would only recommend this book to adults who love to read and want to be challenged. It's an alright book but definitely not one of my favorites. To be honest, I liked the movie much better.(less)
During the summer before senior year, Nina heads cross-country to go to a summer program at Stanford, while her two friends, Avery and Mel, waitress...more During the summer before senior year, Nina heads cross-country to go to a summer program at Stanford, while her two friends, Avery and Mel, waitress at a local restaurant. One morning after Avery spends the night at Mel's house, the two kiss. Soon, Nina (just back from her summer program) walks in on Avery and Mel while they are kissing. Drama ensues.
I can connect this book to a soap opera. It is VERY dramatic. It has the guy friend who likes the girls who are crushing on other people, long distance relationships, nerves, secrets and all the other classic teenage stuff. The whole idea is very soap opera-y, long time friends share a passionate kiss, I mean, how much more dramatic can you get?
I gave this book 3 stars because I liked it but it was just a little too, well, dramatic. It was fairly well written and had an OK, yet sappy, plot. I really liked Parker, almost more then the other characters which is a bit of a turn off. I really liked the differences between the girls points of view. I would recommend this book to girls between the ages of 14 and 17 who like drama.(less)
Lily, a fourteen year old white girl, lives alone with her father T. Ray, an abusive peach farmer, in South Carolina. Her nanny and housekeeper, Rosa...more Lily, a fourteen year old white girl, lives alone with her father T. Ray, an abusive peach farmer, in South Carolina. Her nanny and housekeeper, Rosaleen had to take the place of Lily's mom, Deborah. The only thing Lily remembers about her mom is her very last day, she died when Lily was a small child. Lily thinks that she played a horrible part in Deborah’s death. Lily decides to go with Rosaleen into town, where Rosaleen wants to register to vote. Instead, a group of racist men harass Rosaleen. T. Ray tells Lily that the men who harassed Rosaleen will probably kill her. Then, at home, T. Ray tells Lily that on the day she died Deborah had returned home to pick up just her clothes, intending to leave Lily behind. Lily then has an epiphany: she needs to run away.
This is sort of a “finding yourself” book. No, not self help, Lily “finds” herself. That connects to the real world because people are always “finding” themselves. Also it connects to individual people who have “found” themselves. My mom grew up in the segregated south so some of the things connected to her childhood too.
I gave this book three stars but I wanted to give it three point five. It was good, very good even, but sometimes I just didn't want to read it. I cried when... something happened and I laughed and felt with Lily but something just wasn't quite right. I would recommend this book to adults who grew up in the segregated south, people who've seen the movie, or anyone who can figure out what it was that wasn't quite right. Over all it was a good read.(less)