A book Review of It Came From Beneath the Sink By Julie, Grade 7, Yangon International School
Imagine a mythical creature, living under a sink, which b...moreA book Review of It Came From Beneath the Sink By Julie, Grade 7, Yangon International School
Imagine a mythical creature, living under a sink, which brings bad luck. It cannot be killed with violence or fire or water. The protagonist, Katrina in the novel It Came From Beneath the Sink tries to kill this mythical creature. But, the options she has are limited. Robert Lawrence Stine, an author of hundreds of horror novels, selling over 400million copies since 2008, creates an absorbing and fascinating plot.
Katrina is the protagonist of this novel. Her misfortune was decided when she opened the sink on her new house. An old sponge was inside the sink; one that seemed to be alive! After she began taking care of the old sponge, people near her sustained injuries. Later, she discovered out it’s because of the old sponge’s condition. The sponge breathed loudly whenever someone sustained injury. Katrina and the sponge had an attractive conflict that grabbed the reader’s attention. She tried to kill the sponge and had to face many complications as a result, but the events that came back to her were terrible incidents. By the result, Katrina developed an amazing plan. Could she figure out the problem?
This book is one of my favorite horror books. As a result, the content of the book was so fascinating that I wanted to read and read. And the conflict between Katrina and the old sponge was certainly intriguing, because when Katrina tried to kill the sponge, the sponge brought more and more bad lucks. And that was repeating so I wanted to know what will happen next. This book undoubtedly made me concentrate at this book.
People who like horror can read this book. And even the people who are scared of horror books can read, because is not certainly scary. On a scale of 1 to 5, I give this book a 4, because this is a fascinating book and has an attractive conflict, but this book is kind of simple. But it was absolutely good for me. (less)
A Book Review of Carnivorous Carnival by Julia, Grade 7, Yangon International School
Life as an orphan can be a terrible existence! Perhaps, no orphan...moreA Book Review of Carnivorous Carnival by Julia, Grade 7, Yangon International School
Life as an orphan can be a terrible existence! Perhaps, no orphans would have a more challenging existence than the Baudelaire children in Lemony Snicket’s Carnivorous Carnival series. An author of several children’s books, Snicket continues to develop the plight of the orphans in the ninth book of the series, Carnivorous Carnival. The three talented and distraught orphaned children truly desire to find their parents and take Count Olaf to jail. Will they ever be able to find their parents or will they stay with Count Olaf for the remainder of their childhood? After the tragedy of the burnt down hospital in book eight, the Baudelaire children arrive at the carnival after riding in the trunk of Count Olaf’s car. Dressed up as freaks, the children attempt to stay hidden from Count Olaf. While doing so, the Baudelaire children hear Madame Lulu and Count Olaf talking about the orphans’ parents. They must go and find their parents. It will not be easy to escape from Count Olaf and uncover the mystery about their parents. Can the Baudelaire children succeed? In this book, the author does a good job on developing the reader’s interest. Reading this book will cause one to read all books in the series. Snicket’s characters, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are believable and geniuses. The Baudelaire children complications, experience so may the reader desires the Baudelaire children could be successful just once. While Snicket creates a climax in each story, he also builds to a final climax at the end of the series. Early teenagers should read this book. The characters are believable and provides good pictures in every chapter. On a scale of 1(low) to 5(high), I give this book a three because this book can cause sadness to kids who read this and also engaging when a problem starts. (less)
A Book Review of the Vampire Diaries By Aron Aung, Grade 7, Yangon International School
Have you ever found yourself being so different around people t...moreA Book Review of the Vampire Diaries By Aron Aung, Grade 7, Yangon International School
Have you ever found yourself being so different around people that you are unable to control yourself when you are with them? One may experience this feeling while reading The Vampire Diaries written by L.J. Smith, an American author of young adult literature who usually writes in the genres of supernatural, horror, science fiction, fantasy, and romance. This book demonstrates that being with someone different does not mean that loving each other or staying together is impossible. Stefan Salvatore and Damon Salvatore, who are vampires, are fighting over a mortal, Elena Gilbert. Will Elena be able to survive their conflict? Will one vampire win her affection?
Elena notices Stefan on the first day of school and tries to discover everything about him. In a short time, the two starts dating. Later on Damon, Stefan’s brother follows him into town and met Elena and developed an odd feeling that he had known Elena at an earlier time. Maybe, though, Elena just reminds him of another girl, Katherine. However, Elena could not be Katherine since Katharine had died. Thus, Damon decided he will replace Elena with Katherine. A game of a deadly love triangle begins, though Elena and Stefan love each other. But, will Damon be able to cut the love string tied between Elena and Stefan?
Throughout the book, Smith’s plot causes the reader to ask many questions. Are vampires real? Are vampires still alive? In fact, he made vampires so realistic that he could cause readers to love vampires. Elena’s initial personality might not be desirable, but after she met Stefan, her personality changed from selfish to caring. Similarly Stefan changes when he controls his craving for blood when he is with Elena. I really admire the way Smith showed how one person can help change another person’s life. Also, Smith’s use of foreshadowing at the end of every chapter causes the reader to be obsessed and continue the book to discover the growing struggles for each of the characters.
Young adults from ages of 11 – 16 should read this book, because this time of our lives, we dream of many things and in this book, some might be included. On a scale of 1 (low) to five (high), I give this book a four, because some parts might be very interesting, but some don’t. (less)
A book review of Ghost Camp By Kyaw Kyaw, Grade 7, Yangon International School
Harry and Alex sign up for Moon Spirit Camp, a camp with many weird trad...moreA book review of Ghost Camp By Kyaw Kyaw, Grade 7, Yangon International School
Harry and Alex sign up for Moon Spirit Camp, a camp with many weird traditions and weird jokes. What seem to be jokes, though, become serious. Sliding a hand into the fire—it is a joke right? Or, isn’t it? The Ghost Camp, one of the books R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps series show realistic but ghostly jokes.
Moon Spirit Camp was the only camp still accepting enrolment for summer when Harry and Alex returned from vacation. As a result, they must sign up for this camp. Unfortunately, enrolling is a big mistake. They experience the scariest jokes, which increasingly become more threatening. It even seems hard to imagine. Will these two escape the camp. . .a camp no one has ever escaped?
This book is one of the scariest books I have read in the Goosebump series. The jokes were not that scary at the beginning, but they were really scary by the end. This book made me want to read others in the Goosebump series, but I have not found other books that match the quality of this book. The whole camp is against Harry and Alex as they struggle to return home? The idea of this book is to scare the protagonists. The more they are scared, the better the book becomes. Everything seems more normal until the resolution, the most dynamic section of the book.
For all Goosebump fans, this is the best book in the series. Readers age eight and above may enjoy this book. On a scale of 1 (low) to five (high), I give this book a five because I could not put it down until the end. (less)
A Book Review of So Far From Home by Saung, Grade 7, Yangon International School
Imagine yourself being a teenage girl who transfers from Ireland to wo...moreA Book Review of So Far From Home by Saung, Grade 7, Yangon International School
Imagine yourself being a teenage girl who transfers from Ireland to work in America without your parents, to earn money for the family and to stand yourself. How do you pass this life? Can you face these problems like Mary? But Mary did the best for her family although she was a teenage girl. Also she had to work in a spinning room that was noisy and dangerous. The Author Barry Denenberg is the author of several critically acclaimed books for middle-grade and young adult readers. He also wrote about many important areas of American history. In his novel So Far From Home, he represents the troubles and struggles of transferred workers from Ireland to America. This book helps one consider whether he or she could give up a known life for the hardship of unknown.
When Ma and Mary visited Aunt Nora in America, Mary learned about amazing opportunities in America. She took a risk to America for a better job. And then, she worked as a mill girl. Her sister, Kate, who did not care about Mary, worked as a maid in America. Mary lived lonely and felt depression, because she worked tiredly and there was no friend to talk with her. After some experiences, Mary could not see America as the land of opportunity concluded by Aunt Nora.
I thought the title So Far From Home can capture the essence of the book. I also thought the author wanted the readers to know the struggles of transferred workers from Ireland to America. He also described about how they lived poorly in other countries away from the family and how they solved their problems in the works. In this book, the descriptions of the authors were simple and interesting. I like the kindness of Mary upon her family. I liked the character of Mary because she worked hard to earn money difficultly for her family without complaining even though she was a teenager and a girl.
Therefore, every young adult should read this book to emulate the good characters of Mary and to understand the struggles of the world and the troubles of poor family. “On a scale of 1 (low) to five (high), I give this book a scale of three because this book was interesting and sad but in some plots it is kind of boring and not exciting.
"…,two years to find someone willing to look beyond your hideousness and see so...more A Book Review of Beastly
by Jenny, Grade 7, Yangon International School
"…,two years to find someone willing to look beyond your hideousness and see some good in you, something to love. If you love her, in return she will kiss you to prove it, the spell will be lifted and you'll be your handsome self again. If not, you'll stay a beast forever.” Beastly , the sixth book by Alex Flinn guides one through all the difficulties Kyle faced during the two years. Would Kyle be a beast forever?
Kyle, the protagonist, took a witch to prom, and he left her. The witch became hysterical and casts a spell on him. The spell is to transform Kyle into a beast. After Kyle became a beast, Kyle's dad made him move to a place far from the city. The conflict within Kyle and himself provided tremendous difficulties. Kyle struggles day after day attempting to a way out of his own body, the beast. After two years and if he still haven't found someone he loves and who loves him back, the spell will be permanent. Finally, Kyle met Linda. Linda was abused by her dad, so Kyle let her stay at his house. Linda was scared of Kyle's beastly look; Linda did not come out of her room for days. Would Linda face her fear or would Kyle become himself again?
Beastly is one of my favorite books. Flinn developed the characters well enough for me to really understand. Then if I were Kyle, I would think being transformed into a beast was some kind of a joke. How about you, would you think it's a joke too? Towards the end of the book, Flinn show how real the character were. If you were Linda in this book, would you live with Kyle or run away? If I were Linda, I would run away and go back to my abusing father. The conflict in this book is clear, because it's between Kyle and himself. The conflict tells the readers that Kyle is strong enough to handle this problem. Flinn described Kyle's feeling well. When I started reading he book, I could feel the terrifing and scared feeling. When Kyle turned into a beast, he felt extremely lonely, and as a reader I felt empathy for him.
I would recommend this book to young adults who likes to read mystery and romance genre. On a scale of 1 (low) to five (high), I give this book a four because the words and paragraphs were well written. The characters were well described. (less)
A Book Review of Wereling: Wounded By Yup Myu, Grade 7, Yangon International School “A new creature that wore his skin had crept in to replace him: som...moreA Book Review of Wereling: Wounded By Yup Myu, Grade 7, Yangon International School “A new creature that wore his skin had crept in to replace him: something from the dark pits of a nightmare, a bestial force of hideous strength.” Stephan Cole uses these words to describe the way Kate thought when Tom turned into a werewolf for the first time in Cole’s novel Wereling: Wounded. How does Kate feel when her friend is a hideous beast? In this novel, Cole develops distractions Tom and Kate must face with while trying to find the mysterious man, Jicaque, who might have a cure for werewolves. Are Tom and Kate strong enough to face all the troubles and dangers awaiting them or will Tom always be a werewolf? Tom Anderson’s relaxing vacation turns into a terrifying nightmare after he is rescued by the Folan family. Initially, no problems for Tom existed even though each member of the Folan family was crazy; Kate with all the dark candles and books on dark magic, and Marcie locking Tom’s room every night. After being with the Folan family for a month, Tom’s life transforms into a terrifying nightmare. Marcie kept Tom because she wanted Kate to have a mate so that she would have grandsons and granddaughters. While trying to escape, Tom accidently killed Kate Folan’s younger brother. As a result, Kate and Tom both flee and try to escape the dangers in the city following one rule “Don’t trust anyone!” Trusting even an old woman can be a precarious situation. Eventually, Tom and Kate discover the old woman was a werewolf who was actually trapping them. Soon, they discover something they should have known a long time ago. . . Safety is not possible. Will they ever find Jicaque while facing all the other werewolves tracking them down? Cole developed two protagonists with many differences. Kate is willing to do anything to depart from her parents’ pressure while helping Tom to remain safe. At first, Tom only cares about him being human again, so he cares less about others until he started to have feelings for Kate. Kate is an active character who wants to help people while Tom is a quiet character that would do anything as long as it doesn’t harm Kate and it helps him get to Jicaque fast. While Kate’s character looks like she was trying to trap Tom, I still like the way Cole made Kate’s personality. Because Cole made Kate look evil, many readers’ attention will be more into the book. All the actions and emotions Cole made Kate do during the novel cause the book to be more attention-grabbing. During the climax, Cole develops the struggles of Kate and Tom. When Marcie caught up with Tom and Kate and gave them each two decisions. Tom had a decision if he would be Kate’s mate or go to a battle while Kate had to make a decision to be confined to a cell or accept the fact that Tom would be her mate. Anyone who has had to make hard decisions that they don’t like would appreciate reading Wereling: Wounded, because you’ll find if you’re same as Tom or Kate. Anyone who also enjoys romance novels would appreciate reading this book. On a scale of one to five, I give this book a four, because it’s a very attention-grabbing book which would be liked by many teenagers. Wereling: Wounded is the first book from the series The Wereling. It was published in 2003 and it was printed in USA. (less)
Imagine your death day without anyone staying beside you ? Ways...moreA Book Review of Ways to Live Forever
By: Sonaa, Grade 7 , Yangon International School
Imagine your death day without anyone staying beside you ? Ways to Live Forever tells a fictional story about what it might feel like to die alone . Sam the protagonist struggles with cancer from a young age. Which he also had hard times staying in the hospital. As you read the story you might figure out how cancer is dangerous for everyone and how much Sam could be alive? It was for all readers to read and understand it carefully. As you read the book you would understand more about the story. The main character Sam pretended to go school. Actually, he was not interested in studies but his friends force him to try hard. He wrote many comics at school. At that time, he had cancer. The disease could not be cured. So, he had to stay in hospital for two months. His parents worried about him because they thought that Sam could not about his cancer anymore . He felt well for few days. Finally, he was dead in his house peacefully. Nicholls writing style grabs the readers attention. Because she clearly explains the difficulty of facing death alone. She wrote beautiful descriptive writing. I couldn’t stop reading the book because I felt sympathy for Sam who was the talented person . And mostly he talk much about the disease in the story. Well, he was a believable boy who accepts his disease and live each day in a positive way. Everyone should live like him if they are having serious disease. Sam ‘s parent were really surprised after his death they thought that he would be alive for one or two months. After this happens, everyone was terrified and seriously sad for him. In the book the author writing style was quotes she love to put many quotes which I hate it sometimes. Because the meaning are complicated and difficult to understand. Most teens might love to read the book. Because it grabs the readers attention how people must stay when no one is around them. On a scale of 1 low to high 5 , I give the book a three because it seems average story as I read. And mostly the readers would not like to read sad story too! (less)
A Book Review of Hunger Games By Harry, Grade 7, Yangon International School
Once every year, 24 individuals are selected and forced to participate in...moreA Book Review of Hunger Games By Harry, Grade 7, Yangon International School
Once every year, 24 individuals are selected and forced to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal battle royal to death in a harsh, artificial environment for the entertainment of the Capitol. While victory leads to great rewards, no one thinks of the prize, as survival is their only goal. A story so outstanding that award winning author Rick Riordan has stated, “As close to a perfect adventure novel as I’ve ever read.” Written with great action and suspense by Suzanne Collins, author of the Hunger Games trilogy, in 2008, Hunger Games is a book any fan of action and fantasy will not regret reading. Katniss, the protagonist, lives in District 12, where she is part of the many poverty stricken families of the district. Katniss, her mother, and her sister, Prim rely on Katniss to hunt for food, but still barely manage, so every year; Katniss and Prim must apply for tesserae, a meager year’s worth of grain and oil. While there is no monetary fee, for each time they apply, their names will be entered one more time into the reaping, a lottery to choose the boy and girl who will represent their district by entering the Hunger Games. The possibility of being chosen never enters Katniss’s mind, until Prim’s name is drawn. Katniss immediately volunteers to replace Prim in the games. After Katniss accepts her role as the female tribute, the baker’s son, Peeta, is chosen as the male tribute. Before the actual games begin, a lot of suspense is created. The plot is well structured and the story has a flow to it. Events in the story are well planned out and placed, and the change of life from poverty stricken to luxurious for the time before the games is well portrayed. The training scenes, the pampering, traveling, the characters’ thoughts, all add depth to the story. As Katniss and Peeta enter the games, they face unimaginable threats and sorrow and difficult life or death situations. Ms. Collins’ writing skillfully develops the action, as well as the behind the scenes mechanics, such as rules and training, costumes, and travel. When reading the book, a reader can feel like he/she understands the Hunger Games and the rules as if it were real life game. Even though I felt that the book had too much death and gruesome topics, Ms. Collins provided detailed descriptions without being too graphic. Through her detailed scenes and portrayal of the characters’ strategic thinking that Ms. Collins has developed an exciting balance between action and survival. The rising action is very well built and consistent, as it keeps the reader intrigued throughout the book. A lot of thought has been given to the actual battles which it draws the reader in, even if it’s subconsciously. Katniss is a subtle, stealthy participant, and was not involved in big battles. Although I think that the book is excellent, I would have enjoyed a battle scene, rather than always the subtle methods used to survive. The theme of the book is survival of the fittest as the 24 participants have to fight to death. Another theme of the novel, government power and control, is more apparent in the series as a whole, but is also in Hunger Games, as it is implied that people despise the Capitol’s ways and wants to stop them. The Hunger Games definitely has the feel of war. There are many strategies involved in the plot as well. The strategy of teaming up is shown throughout the plot as well as sneaking behind the battle and sabotaging, using signals, being resourceful. Katniss and Peeta pretended that they were star-crossed lovers in order to gain popularity from the crowd and the Capital, but I felt that the romance should stay outside of the action. I did not like the fact that Peeta, another tribute from District 12, is in love with Katniss. I think that guys will enjoy this book more than girls, and that all ages older than 10 would enjoy this book. If one is looking for that exciting adventure novel to keep him/her on the edge of the seat, Hunger Games is the book for you. On a scale of one (low) and five (high), I give this book a five because although I would have preferred some things changed, the fact remains that this is an excellent read, and I enjoyed every minute spent reading it.
Book Review #2 from our class
A Book Review of The Hunger Games By Amy, Grade 7, Yangon International School
Twenty four teens forced to play a game with only one rule; murder. Win and take all or be defeated and lose life itself. Discover an unforgettable adventure of a young girl’s determination to survive in The Hunger Games, the first book of Suzanne Collin’s trilogy. Collin’s amazing work appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list for more than sixty weeks in a row, and she was named one of Time Magazine’s most influential people in 2010. Every year in Panem, a post-disaster version of United States, the Capitol would pick two adolescents from each of the 12 districts to participate in a cruel game called the Hunger Games. The rules were simple; kill everyone in order to win. This year, Katniss Everdeen takes her younger sister’s place as one of the tributes with Peeta, a childhood friend. Together with 23 others, Katniss is thrown into a man-made arena without any preparations. Not only must she strive to remain alive from the unnatural wilderness of the arena, but also survive being murdered by the other tributes. Just as Stephen King commented, “. . . I couldn’t stop reading”. The twists and turns of the story line made the tale unbelievably addictive and thought provoking. Collin’s development of characters was so well-built that it lets the reader feel fond of them. The realism and differences of the personalities such as Katniss’s and Peeta’s cause the book to be believable. The suspense and thrill of the plot drew me more and more into the novel. Problems such as societal issues, survival matters, and betrayals occur in the book. By adding complications to these conflicts, the story compels the audience to read more. Collins managed to tone down the violence to the perfect level which added further excitement. Her writing also leaves hints and foreshadows of what to come which lets the reader feel enthusiastic for more. This story will haunt the audiences’ minds. The Hunger Games was aimed for young adults, but older readers would definitely enjoy it too. On a scale of one to five, I would give this book a four point five because I thought it was such an innovative and brilliant novel.
A Book Review of 39 Clues: Sword Thief by Jerome, Grade 7, Yangon International school Imagine being a part of the most powerful family full of unrelia...moreA Book Review of 39 Clues: Sword Thief by Jerome, Grade 7, Yangon International school Imagine being a part of the most powerful family full of unreliable relatives and famous inventors. Two options exist: take one-million dollars and live normally or participate in a clue hunt to discover the secret of the Cahill power and become the most powerful person in the world. Amy and Dan have chosen to participate in a serious quest to discover the secrets of the Cahill power. On this risky trip, will they survive? Discover the answer in the Sword Thief, by Peter Larangis, an author of book three and seven in the 39 Clues series. The secrets of the Cahill family are hidden around the world. The only way to reveal the secret is to discover the 39 clues. Having found clues one and two in earlier books, finding the third clue depends on their unreliable uncle and their enemy cousins. To obtain clues, the three characters have to travel to Korea and Japan. In Japan, Amy, Dan, and their uncle Alistair are chased by the Yakuza to the train track. Suddenly they hear a honk from seven feet behind. What has happen to them? Are they dead or alive? Similar events highlight their adventures as they interact with their enemies who want to prevent the discovery of the Cahill secret. The book Sword Thief by Peter Larangis grabs a reader's attention. As the story unfolds, small clues are discovered in an effort to uncover the main clue. Larangis has done a great job building the conflict between the characters and their relatives. The characters' meet face to face in dangerous events which make the reader excited as the story flows to the climax. The climax is the part where the reader is fully grabbed by the story. Also, the author's use of dangerous events holds reader's attention. Though some of the events are unbelievable, the action keeps one on the edge of his/her seat effectively builds the suspense one expects in an adventure story. Any teenager who loves mysteries and clue hunts will enjoy The Sword Thief because there are mysterious clues which keep the reader wondering what happens. Many of small clues will eventually add up to 39 clues. On a scale of one (low) to five (high), I give this book a five because this is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. The book interests me so much that I couldn't stop reading this book since I hold it.
Another student's perspective (this is a class account)
The Book Review of The Sword Thief By Hennry, Grade 7, Yangon International School
Imagine a situation in which believing in one’s cousins and uncles can be a death sentence In the Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis, the protagonists’ task is to find 39 clues around the world in order to uncover the secret of the power of Cahill family, the world’s richest and strongest family. Lerangis, the author of more than 160 books, had written this book for the third clue. Clue one- found, Clue two-found, Clue three-starting to find.
Amy and her brother Dan are searching for the third clue with their unreliable uncle, Alistair and their enemy, Kabras. The adventure leads to three mysterious places that nearly ends the life of Amy and Dan. They met with a Japanese guy name Yakuza in Tokyo. He gave Amy and Dan troubles like Amy’s foot stuck in the rail road when the train is going to hit in three minutes. The conflict of the book affects the book because to accomplish their purpose the protagonist have to work with the antagonists. When Amy and Dan first met Kabras they were fighting like Kabras steal Amy and Dan’s air ticket to Japan. The conflict of the book is shown in very specific way. It is not very clearly. While Amy and Dan work with them, they always argue. Arguments were almost about the alchemy, a study of the chemistry from the middle age.
This book was had a slow stent but when it reaches to like chapter three and four, the story seemed to move so quickly that it could be challenging to follow. Throughout the book the author tries to offer some insights into the concept of trust. If Amy and Dan did not trust with Kabras, they will not be able to find the clue. Yet if they over trust the others, Amy and Dan could be betrayed. The emotions of the characters also changed the view of Amy and Dan to Kabras. At first Amy behaved harshly and very rude to both Kabras but later on Kabras did . . . to Amy, so she become kinder as the story goes on. I didn’t like the point of being kind to your enemy. They would had betrayed if you are kinder.
The Sword Thief is certain to catch the attention of most young adults because it is mostly about action of Amy and Dan face the multitude of dangers. On a scale of 1 (low) to 5 (high), I give this book a four because even though the plot and the clue is fascinating, there are some parts where the story proceeds too quickly.