The Popularity Papers is one of my favourite books of all time. It's unique in the way that every page is a drawing, and the writing is on the drawingThe Popularity Papers is one of my favourite books of all time. It's unique in the way that every page is a drawing, and the writing is on the drawings. You really get into the novel and it's so hilariously funny you have to stop reading it in Silent Reading at school. It's a short book and only takes an hour or two to read, but the total failures of Lydia and Julie are so funny it makes up for this....more
[SPOILER WARNING] The Man from Pomegranate Street was such a perfect end to an amazing book series. It starts off with Flavia's wedding, and then goes[SPOILER WARNING] The Man from Pomegranate Street was such a perfect end to an amazing book series. It starts off with Flavia's wedding, and then goes into a flashback... it's such a beautiful book, it's so well-written and makes you laugh at some points then want to burst into tears. The ending is so perfect, so right, but still unexpected. I can't believe she marries Floppy!...more
The Slave-Girl from Jerusalem is my favourite Roman Mysteries book. It's so powerful and sad. It has a really strong effect on you and stays with youThe Slave-Girl from Jerusalem is my favourite Roman Mysteries book. It's so powerful and sad. It has a really strong effect on you and stays with you forever. I really need to re-read Roman Mysteries after I've finished The Hunger Games. It's an amazing and beautiful series....more
Once is a novel set in WWII Poland, and is about a 10-year-old Jewish boy, Felix. Felix is living in an Orphanage, hiding from the Nazi's, with parentOnce is a novel set in WWII Poland, and is about a 10-year-old Jewish boy, Felix. Felix is living in an Orphanage, hiding from the Nazi's, with parents still alive. One day, a carrot in his soup changes his life. That carrot is the thing that makes him decide to escape the Orphanage.
The first place he goes to is his old house -- the bookshop his parents owned. The street was once crowded, but now it's deserted. New people have moved into the bookshop... and they know he's a jew. He runs away. Shortly after he comes across a burning house, with a man and a woman dead on the floor. They've been shot. Beside them is a little girl who looks around 6 years old. There's no blood, no bullet holes, so he checks if she's alive. She is. The girl is called Zelda and together she and Felix set off for the city to find his parents. Felix can't bear to tell Zelda hers are dead, so instead he tells her stories to get her mind off the subject.
He makes a Nazi with toothache laugh.
I'm not going to give any more away, but it's an amazing book and really, really sad. It's quite short and ends with a non-ending (Zelda, Felix, and a girl called Chaya -- you'll see who she is -- jump off a train heading for a Concentration Camp) but it's made up for by the fact it's written amazingly, makes you want to cry in some places but laugh in others, but it's part of a trilogy (Once/Then/Now). A new book is coming out soon, After.
I'd recommend it to 10 years + as some parts in it are a bit graphic. But I also recommend it to adults because I think it's an enjoyable book for anyone :) Even if I'm 11 :P Get it now. It really made me think and forget all the things I moan about in my life. It really makes you realise that you're so lucky....more
"Matched" is a book that will stay with me forever, and I did like it a lot. However, it is a bit predictable and clichéd, though the characters and s"Matched" is a book that will stay with me forever, and I did like it a lot. However, it is a bit predictable and clichéd, though the characters and story are amazing and Ally has done a really good job.
It is set in the future, where government decides who you marry, what your job is, and when you die: your 80th birthday. They even decide what you eat. If your parents have committed a crime against society and made an Anomaly -- a complete reject in society -- you are made an Abberation. This is not as bad as an Anomaly but you are not thought of as a normal citizen; you are thought of as being somebody bad. A freak. When Cassia finally gets her "Match" -- the person she will be married to and have children with -- she thinks it's perfect. It's Xander, her childhood friend. But when she looks on the microchip she is given, containing information about Xander, somebody different comes up. Ky. An Abberation.
It's a bit predictable... you know who Cassia will end up with. Also, the ending is a bit... non-endingish. You know those books that just end with no real resolution? This non-ending can be ignored a bit though, as it's part of a trilogy-to-come. The second book, "Crossed" recently came out....more
I really enjoyed this book ^.^ There were a few pointless moments and the INNAPROPRIATE USE OF THE WORD IRONIC *collective gasp* so I've knocked off hI really enjoyed this book ^.^ There were a few pointless moments and the INNAPROPRIATE USE OF THE WORD IRONIC *collective gasp* so I've knocked off half a mark... otherwise it's amazing!
It starts off with the main character (Delaney) saying she should be dead. She was under the ice for 11 minutes... but a lot can happen in 11 minutes. She's just snapped out of a coma. She was running across the ice on the lake, and fell... she should've drowned, or at least have permanent brain damage. But she feels fine (except for a strange pulling sensation) and there are no signs that her brain is damaged at all, except for the scan. They say she can return home... but then loads of weird things start happening. The pulling sensation gets stronger, and she is sub-consciously led to different places. First, to a house with it's windows open where a woman lives and dies the next day; then to a house on fire. Then, somebody called Troy starts following her, saying he knows her from somewhere... Okay, I'm not going to give any more away! I think it's really well written (except for some pointless moments and the use of the word ironic out of context) but overall it is really good. You don't want to put it down. There's always something there to keep you reading. It's not predictable either, something that happens with lots of books. I felt really emotional when reading it, it's an amazing book about Overall I really recommend this book, for ages 10+. It's a really good read and even though it doesn't look that thick lasted me quite a long time (a week?)...more
Then is part of a series (Once/Then/Now/After) so if you're reading it be careful of spoilers! :P I finished Then the other day, reading in bed. It almThen is part of a series (Once/Then/Now/After) so if you're reading it be careful of spoilers! :P I finished Then the other day, reading in bed. It almost made me cry. I thought Once was good - it really made me realise how lucky I really am - but (it's hard to believe) Then was even better :3
It leaves straight off from Once, when Zelda and Felix jump off the train on the way to a death camp. It follows them as they look for someone to look after them and to hide with. They eventually find a kind woman (though she seems horrible at first, she's putting on an act so Nazi's think she hates Jews) and stay with her, hiding from Nazis. They meet some new people along the way and are put in massive danger, too. Felix even makes friends with someone from the Hitler Youth (I kid you not) but he turns out to be nice. He doesn't want to work for Hitler. And he likes the same books as Felix.
The end is so sad and so tragic (I'm not going to spoil it for Ruby, because she's going to read the series) but the amazing thing about these books is that they're not predictable. In other books, the main characters would be but in lots of danger but you know they're going to survive, and they're so unrealistic. Once and Then aren't like this. They're written so well they can make you want to laugh then cry on the same page. They really make you think about things you've never thought about before.
Overall, I would buy this book whether you're an adult or a child. It's a children's book (10+ really) but I'm going to try and get my Dad to read this as well as then :) However, like Diary of a Wimpy kid, these books are short and I read Then in two nights (about 2 hours of reading). It's good for an on/off read.