Student Book Reviews
BOOK REVIEW: “Girl Online” by Zoe Sugg
By Jasmine Vicente
“Girl Online” is a fictional romantic drama novel by Zoe Sugg. This novel is about a girl named Penny who makes an anonymous blog to write about her feelings and all the boy drama that is happening in her life. She never really had a friend to talk about all this to, therefore a blog was a good thing for her. She got to share her feelings with others and relate to other blogs. In the story Penny goes through some tough relationships and has some hard times with social media. But at the end she gets more confident and puts her past behind her with new good friendships. I really liked how the author was very descriptive and it helped visualize what's happening in the book. I also never knew what would happen next because of all the turns in the plot.
BOOK REVIEW: “Luna” by Julie Ann Peters
By Mick Takhar
BOOK REVIEW: “Ranger’s Apprentice” by John Flanagan
By Sasha Serin
“Ranger’s Apprentice” is a book of medieval fiction by John Flanagan. “The Ruins Of Gorlan” Takes place in a little hut down the hill from the kingdom of Red-Mont. This book is about Will and his friends who are waiting to get their job at the big castle. When the ceremony came for all the fifteen year-olds Will was not selected by any of the masters because of how small he was. Finally at the end of the ceremony, Will was selected by the mysterious Ranger. He taught Will the ways of the Ranger. Will started to like being a Ranger and could shoot a bow and arrow, throw knives and blend in with his surroundings. I really liked this story because of all the fun, adventures and excitement. I highly recommend reading this book. So far it has been my favourite book of the year.
Book Review: "A Dogs Way Home" by W. Bruce Cameron
By Joshua Samaai
“A Dogs Way Home” is an adventure genre book. It is written by Bruce Cameron. The story is about a dog named “Bella,” a pit bull. Bella is the main character. She is a determined dog who will do anything to be with her owner. The story took place in Denver, Colorado, where pit bulls were banned. Bella was separated from her owner. So, Bella’s owner, Lucas, had no choice but to send Bella to multiple different relatives away from Denver. Eventually, Bella had to be set free due to an eviction to the person Bella was being cared by. Bella went on an adventure meeting different animals and people. Bella had one goal, and it was to find her way back to Lucas. I enjoyed this book a lot because it was told from a dog's perspective. It made the book more interesting to me. I would recommend this book because it could inspire and show people that working hard towards your goal can be worth it in the end.
Book Review: “ Diary of a Wimpy Kid Old School” by Jeff Kinney
By Jonas Repayo
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid Old School” is a fiction book by Jeff Kinney. The book is about Greg And his friend Rowley who are forced to go to a summer camp in the middle of the woods to a place called “Hardscrabble Farms” and how it goes horribly wrong in many directions and how they manage to escape and go back home. This book has a lot of silly funny parts but some are action-packed and some are a little scary that is why it is my favourite book. I have had it since 2016 and I have read it every year from then.
Book Review: “ Thea Stilton and the Tropical Treasure" by Elisabetta Dami
“Thea Stilton and the tropical treasure” is a adventurous story written by Elisabetta Dami. This book takes place in the Caribbean on the island of Great Inagua. It is about the Thea Sisters when they go to the Bahamas. While the they are there they find an old pirate map that leads them on a trip around the islands of Great Inagua and Little Inagua but soon they realize that someone is following them and trying to get to the treasure before them. The book had an exciting story. While I was reading it I could imagine myself playing on the white beaches. My favourite part was when Tamera told the story of Annebelle the pirate.
Book Review: “ The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green
By Komal Pandher
“THE FAULT IN OUR STARS” is a fictional chapter book by John Green. This book takes place in Indianapolis and in Amsterdam. It is about two teenagers that have cancer and fight all odds to find love and learn how to live life to the fullest no matter what they deal with. This book is full of emotions, its happy, loving, sad, exiting etc. The book was full of details and the story was overall amazing. By the end of the book you will have some dust in your eyes. Hands down I have to say it's my favorite book I've read all year.
Book Review: “Holes" by Louis Sachar
By Precious Obod
“Holes" is a young adult fiction book by Louis Sachar. This book takes place to Camp Green Lake, a desert in Texas. This book is about a teenage boy who is cursed that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing great-great-grandfather, and followed by the Yelnats. Now, this teenage boy is falsely accused of stealing a pair of a celebrity tennis shoes. Because of that falsely accusation they made him dig holes in a desert, in a place which is called, “Camp Green Lake". This book has a lot of adventurous part, and it tells you how it is important to trust yourself, and to stand up for your friends. The story is written very well, and I'm pretty sure that it will get your attention easily, and you'd definitely read it all over again! I have read this three times because it catches my attention so easily, and this is one of my favorite books of all time!
Book Review: “Wonder" by R.J. Palacio
By Sarveen Mand
"Wonder" is a book of non-fiction story written by R.J. Palacio. This book was about the story of a boy August Pullman who has a disfigured face. He was home schooled for most of his childhood so he was surprised when he was sent to school by his parents. He has two friends Jack Will and Christopher Blake. The story is based on the things that we can see in our real life that people distinguish between ugly and beautiful. This book is one of my favourite books because I liked the way by which author shows that simple acts of kindness can help and give courage to someone.
By Jairus Dela Cruz
The book I recommend is “Wonder”. The author of the book is a female named Raquel Jaramillo Palacio. The genre of the book is a Children’s literature. “Wonder” is about a child with facial deformity. The book is about to not judge a book by its cover or a person by how he looks. The main character “Auggie Pullman” was home schooled till gr.5. Auggie Pullman kind of wanted to school but he was afraid if other people calling him names. I liked the book because it tells people not to judge a person by how he looks or wear. I also liked the book because even though people were going to bully him he still went to school.
Book Review: “The Reader” by Traci Chee
By Kristel Lezada
The author of the book that I’m reading is Traci Chee, Traci Chee is an author of Young Adult fiction, and her genre is writing about fantasy. This book takes place in a world called Kelanna, where people have never seen a book and don’t know what reading is. The main character of this book is Sefia, Sefia is an orphan girl who sneaks around the Island Nation of Deliene, with her adoptive Aunt Nin to avoid danger in the village. At a young age, Sefia had lost her parents, therefore her Aunt Nin took her in. One day Nin got kidnapped and Sefia is left all alone, without knowing who’s taken her Aunt, Sefia’s only clue was a strange rectangular object that was once belonged to her father. I love how it weaved multiple story lines and how they intertwined in the end. This book is very promising, and I’m sure a lot of people will like it. I would surely recommend this book if you like epic storytelling, magic, pirates, assassins and hidden clues in the book itself. The author did an awesome job of keeping me entertained while I was reading this book, because this was the first time that I didn’t get distracted.
Book Review: “Breadwinner” by Deborah Ellis
“Breadwinner ” is an amazing work of children’s fiction by Deborah Ellis. The book describes the story of a girl, Parvana who lives in Afghanistan. Her life is very tough living under the control of the Taliban. Parvana’s father gets captured by Taliban and so Parvana becomes the Breadwinner for her family, by turning into a boy for the society. It was hard for to do so in a country fully destroyed by war. Her hardships fill the story interesting events. The book makes you curious to read further. The author delicately describes the difficulties faced by people affected by wars in Afghanistan through this fictional character. The words describing the war-torn era touch your heart.The book is an outstanding attention grabber. Every character of the book is beautifully.It was hard for me to leave the book until the end. I would love to say that this is my favourite book of the year and recommend this book to everyone.
Book Review: "Harry Potter" by J.K. Rowling
By Dante Intal
The book that I have read throughout the year is called Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone. I am sure that you have seen the movies or read some of the books, they are famous worldwide. What I like about the book is how the protagonist (Harry Potter) has gone from living with his cruel family (the Dursleys) to going to a magical school filled with wizards and friends that he will soon meet along the way. Harry Potter is a wizard whose parents got killed by an evil sorcerer called “Voldemort”, but wizards and witches prefer to call him “you know who” because most fear his name. A part of the story takes place in a city that I do not know the name of, and the majority takes place in a wizarding school named Hogwarts. I recommend this book because if you have watched the movies then I’m sure that you will have an ok time reading it.
Book Review: "Diary of a Wimpy Kid” by Jeff Kinney
By One Pollux Ilagan
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” is a book of comedy and young adult fiction by Jeff Kinney. This story takes place in America, Plainville. It is about a boy named Greg Heffley who got a journal (He says it’s a journal but it’s really a diary who he got from his mom) to write how each day was so when he becomes rich and famous he will just give the journal away to the people who questions his life. Greg Heffley goes to a school called Westmore Middle School where there he is in the 6th grade. The book has some funny parts and where each characters had each of their roles like Greg’s mom, Susan Heffley, she has the role to keep her children healthy and away from dangerous and harmful things. Or Greg’s little brother, Manny Heffley, he is the spoiled brat that never gets in trouble. This is my favourite book out of all the other books.
Book Review: The Race Across America by Elisabetta Dami
By Theo De Leon
Genre is Humor and Fiction
The Summary is about a mouse named Geronimo Stilton he was a writer and is writing a famous newspaper has no background of being an athlete, but someone was knocking on Geronimo’s door. It was Bruce Hyena the most Athletic mouse in the town. Bruce forced Geronimo to do the race across America. The race across America is where you cycle all around United States Geronimo did it because Bruce said it would raise money for kids with leukemia and they came in first place and raised a lot of money for kids with leukemia. I recommend this book because there is something about this book that keeps you reading it because I usually read 30 Minutes but this book kept me reading it for 2 and a half hours for some reason it just keeps making you read more and more.
Book Review: "My First Book of Dinosaurs"
By Marcus De Leon
This pre-historic, non-fiction book is called “My First Book of Dinosaurs” it talks about all kinds of dinosaurs. The book talks about what food the dinosaurs preferred, to how big they grow, what biomes they preferred and when they lived. The kinds of dinosaurs that the book talks about are strange creatures from the sea, the first land lizards, the unreal lizards, the longest lizards, the armored dinosaurs, the first flying reptiles, the horrible lizards, the crooked lizards, the horned faces, the original sea serpent, giant mammals, giant birds and left over from the past. Throughout the years of people trying to discover more fossils, at present over 700 different species of dinosaurs have been identified and named. However, paleontologist believe there are many more new and different dinosaur species to be discovered. I really enjoyed this book because it was very fascinating to think that massive tall dinosaurs used to roam around in this home, we call earth. I recommend this book because of its vast variety of information about the dinosaurs and if you're doing a project about dinosaurs it’s a really good source.
Book Review: "Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Long Hall" by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a wimpy kid is a graphic novel and it is a series of books. I read the diary of a wimpy kid the long hall. It is about a kid named Greg and he tells us about what is happening in his life like for an example he wins a pig at a fair or their car is gone. The family goes on a road trip but no one wanted to go. When they were at their first hotel it was just the worst thing you will ever see garbage everywhere. When Greg yelled to these kids to stop then a big hairy fat guy came it was their dad and Greg turned back inside. They were the Beardo family.
Next they went to the fair and they had a little fun and the brother of Greg went to try to win for the stinkiest shoe and he did so he is walking around with a bare foot. After they go to a water park they had lots of fun but the Beardo family were there and when they came back to the locker they could not find their key and they thought the Beardo family took it and so they went looking for them but they left so they went after them but they did not find them so they went home. When they got home Greg found the key.
Book Review: "Matilda" by Roald Dahl
“Matilda” is a humorous book of fiction by Roald Dahl. It takes place in a town in England. Matilda Wormwood was a brilliant child but she had trouble at school and at home because of her mean principal Agatha Trunchbull and idiotic parents. Matilda got back at them by playing tricks on them because they treated her badly. Matilda discovers that when she is angry she has special powers. She learns to control her powers without getting angry and uses them to help her kind teacher Ms. Honey. When Ms. Honey, Jenny was a child her mother died. Her father, Magnus called Agatha, Jenny’s aunt to take care of Jenny when Magnus was at work soon at work Magnus committed suicide. Agatha was really mean to Jenny but only when Magnus was not around. Now that Magnus was gone the house was Agatha’s because when Magnus died he left a note that said “I give my house when I die to Agatha.” Growing up Jenny was a slave to Agatha. When Jenny was old enough she got a job at a school as a teacher. Agatha told Jenny she owed her lots of money for all the clothes and food that she bought for her. Soon Jenny moved out and moved into a tiny cottage. Agatha is the principal of the school that Jenny works at. Matilda uses her Mind power’s to scare Agatha out of town so Jenny could have her house back.