Saturday, November 3, 2007

Stealed With A Diss

In the beginning of this book, The Pretty Committee wins "The Alfa Room", they are so exited, and know that it will be all theirs next year. To ruin all of that, Massie makes a deal with Skye that she would get Chris Albeley to ask her to her costume party. That was before they found out about ESP. Apparently, they Briarwood boys take a class that they reveal their deepest secrets, and there is a hidden camera in that room. The Pretty Committee sneaks in during science, and uses it to find dates to Skye's party. Claire and Massie find out some secrets about them that they would have rather not known. Cam, (Claire's boyfriend) is talking about some Nikki person and Claire thinks that he is cheating on her. Derrington, (Massie's boyfriend) has a huge problem with Massie... he thinks that she is immature, when she thinks he is immature. In the end of the book, everyone breaks up, except Alicia. ESP did not help them at all, it ruined them. The only thing that did work out was they got Chris Albeley to date Skye, before they found out that she didn't like him anymore.

The theme of this book is drama, because almost everything that goes on in this book develops a problem. All of the problems are boy related, and that causes lots of drama between friends. That is why I think that the main theme of this book is drama.

One conflict that they needed to solve was that they needed to get Skye a date to her costume party. At the time Skye really liked Chris Albeley, but apparently, Chris liked Massie. It was really hard for them to get him with Skye because Chris thought that he was Massie's date. To solve the problem, Massie ditched Chris right in front of Skye and then Skye dissed him and walked away. Skye found Massie, Claire, Alicia, Kristen and Dylan and told them thanks for trying, but she didn't like Chris anymore. So it took months of planning , and there was never anything to plan in the end.

They're are four main characters in my book, and they make up the Pretty Committee. There is Massie, Alicia, Kristen, Dylan and Claire. They are the most popular people in the seventh grade, and soon to be eight grade. They are all stuck up rich people that live in Westchester, and are mean to everyone else for their own sick pleasure. I don't know what it is, but I just love these characters!

One thing that I love about Lisi Harrison's writing, is that I can never put down any of her books, they are so good. She always paints a great mental picture in my head whenever I read one of her books. She is also good at knowing exactly how our lives are right now, and is almost exactly right about what goes on in our heads.

Some things that I hate about her books, is that she always finds something mean to say to another character, even ones in the Pretty Committee. Other than that, I love everything about this book.

One reading strategy that I used while reading this book was visualization. I can always picture something in my head in every seen, it was like a never-ending movie. I also used a book to life connection, because my friends and I always tease each other, just like in the book.

The author of this book is Lisi Harrison, and she also wrote The Clique, Best Friends For Never, Revenge of the Wannabes, Invasion of the Boy Snatchers, The Pretty Committee Strikes Back, Dial L For Loser, and Breakfast at Tiffany's. This is my favorite series, and one of my favorite authors!

Romiette and Julio

In the beginning of this book, Romiette and Julio were living two separate lives. Romiette was almost popular, had allot of friends, and was loved by everyone. Julio was the new kid in school, so he was very unpopular. One thing that they shared was that they are good-looking. In the middle of the book, they sort of become one person, because they both develop the same social status and the same friends...and in some ways that is not a good thing. The gangs in their school start to threaten them because Romiette is black and Julio is Hispanic. The gangs don't like them being boyfriend and girlfriend, so they threaten them with murder. Romiette and Julio have to come up with a plan to show the gang that hanging out with someone different then you are is not a bad thing.

There are two main characters in this book, and they are Romiette and Julio. Romiette has a really spunky, can-be-hyper, play-it-cool personality. Julio is a rebel, he is shy, but he is not afraid to stand up for what he believes in. I think that they complete each other, and their best friends are like soul mates. Destiny and Ben have almost the exact same personality.

I really like this book because, I don't get board of it and want to put it down. I also like how she tells the story from two points of view, Romiette's and Julio's. I also like how she does not use cliff-hangers...I hate it when authors do that. This author made this book have to deal with what some people have to deal with today, and also made it into a romance novel. Some things that I don't like about this book, is how they have to use gangs, because gangs make me feel weird when I think about them, because I've never actually seen one. I also don't like it when the author describes the puppy named Taco, because I hate Julio, and all the ways he uses Spanish. I don't know why, because I understand what he says but I like it when people speak English.

One reading habit that I used was to visualize. Every single seen, I can see in my head. I can see all of the purple hooded freaks getting out of their car in unison. It makes me scared to think about them. Another strategy that I made a connection to the book Romeo and Juliet. It is almost the same story line, except instead of mad family members there is angry gang members.

The author of Romiette and Julio, Sharon M. Draper is also the author of Tears of a Tiger, The Battle of Jericho, Darkness Before Dawn, Double Dutch and Forged by Fire. I like how she really paints a picture in your mind, she is a really good author!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Ida B

In the beginning of Ida B, Ida B was sweet, and thought that her job and goal in life was to take care of nature. Ida B loved to talk to trees, the brook, and the wind. Ida B gave every tree in her family's apple orchard a name. Ida B said that Viola was the kindest, and Paulie T was the worst. Then one day none of the trees would talk to her, and that is when Ida B knew that something was up. A while later, Ida B finally got Viola to talk to her. Viola said it was nothing, and the wind was spreading bad rumors about her. Then Paulie T shouted out that the wind had said that trouble was coming.
Ida B did not take it to mind that the tree named Paulie T said that, because he wasn't on her favorite list. Then, Ida B started to think, she kept thinking about what Paulie T had said, and went to the old, wise tree. When Ida B got there, she asked the tree if Paulie T was lying, and the tree said that he wasn't, and to watch out.
A couple of weeks later, Ida B found out that her mom had a lump, but this lump was not just any lump, it was cancer. Ida B really didn't mind that her mom had cancer, Ida B thought that the cancer would just go away, but it didn't. After Ida B's mom's hair started to fall out, and she started having to make daily trips to the hospital, Ida B started to worry. Then to top it all off, Ida B's dad told her that they would have to sell some of the orchard to pay the hospital bills. Ida B was mortified. To make it even worse... She had to go back to school. You see, Ida B was being home-schooled, because she HATED elementary school, and since her parents hated it to, they started to home school her. Ida B LOVED being home schooled, and that was all about to change. That is when it happened. Ida B's heart turned into solid stone. She was just so overwhelmed with all of these changes. She decided to never show any sort of emoting again. Ida B stopped talking to trees, and taking care of the Earth. She felt horrible, (even though she did not show it) about selling the land... They cut down tons of trees! That is also when Ida B stared to give up. At school Ida B pretended to hate everyone. To be honest, she actually liked it there, that is when she stared to read.

After Ida b read he first book in front of the class, she stopped being mean. The book that she read was the key to defrosting her solid cold heart. All after that, everything started to get better again, she stared to start talking to trees again, and start showing some emotion. Her mom recovered from her cancer, and everything was perfect again. Ida B was given her own mini orchard, she loved life just as much as she did in the beginning.

I would say that Ida B is the main character of this book because the book is being seen through her eyes. Ida B is mostly and normally a high-spirited, bubbly little girl. Ida B is also very smart and does well in home-school. In another part of the book Ida B is an I-hate-my-life, depressed little girl. She is like two different characters.

I like the was that Ida B is so friendly to people in the first part of the book. She seems really polite, and a never-talk-out of-turn kind of girl. Ida B is like the perfect child. She always wants to play outside, and obey her parents. That is something that I really like about her in the book.
One thing that I don't like in this book is when she is mean and unfriendly to everyone in the book. I would at least be nice to the people in my class, so I could have some friends. It just bothers me how she is mean to everyone that is trying to be very nice to her.

A strategy that I used while I was reading during this book was visualization. I can picture in my head Ida B running through the orchard happy and care-free. That picture makes me want to be just like her. Another strategy that I used was a book to life connection. I thought about how I would do what she did when I was younger. Things like climb trees and always being outside.

Katherine Hannigan was the author of Ida B and it was the only book she has ever written and published. I personally think that she should write more because she is an excellent writer and I love this book.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a great book about adventure and fantasy. I give this book two thumbs way up. I love the whole Harry Potter series, but this one is by far my favorite. This book is the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. This book is about Harry, Ron and Harmionie looking for Voldemort's horcuxes and trying to kill him. Unfortunately, Voldemort is setting out to kill Harry at the same time. He comes really close, but Harry always escapes it. Now Voldemort has turned everyone against Harry, and so he has to go into hiding with Ron and Harmionie.

I think that the main conflict in this story is very simple, Voldemort's alive. By being in constant danger, the kids hhad to miss school. They would not have to go into hiding, or die, they would be able to do different things like, go back to school. They solve this conflict by learning that Voldemort has something called horcuxes. Horcuxes are objects that you make your soul possess, so you can not die until all your horcuxes are destroyed. Horcuxes basicly make you imortal until they are destroyed.

One theme that J.K. Rowling expressed was courage. Everyone in this book has courage, even the lesser characters. The house elf, the Death Eaters, the Ministry of Magic, all desplaycourage. Harry is brave enough to accept death when it came to him, he knew what he had to do, when he was in the Forbidden Forest. Another major theme in this book is being witty and smart. Harry, Ron and Harmionie are so cleaver to hide for months even though they werethe most wanted wizards in England. They were never caught too, so I think that J.K. Rowling made these characters very smart.

There are two major characters in this book they are Harry and Ron. They are seventeen, and they are wizards. I like Harry, but he sounds really ugly. He has round glasses and brown hair, he also has a lighting-bolt scar on his forehead. Ron sounds pretty ugly too, he has red hair with freckles.

I don't really think that I like Harry very much, he doesn't seem like the kind of person that I would be friends with. He is too adventurous for me, I would be friends with the person that says "We can get in trouble if we do that," so I don't really like him. If I were Harry, I would be less adventurous then he is.

In the future, I think that someone will kill Harry, maybe Draco or his son. I predict it will be a Death Eater. I also predict that he will have sons and they will be just like him. I hope that J.K. Rowling will make another book about his sons going to Hogwarts and doing things that Harry used to do. What do you predict judging by what you read so far?

If I were Ron, I would dress differently, and I would also try not to act how he normally does, like when he says "blimey." So I'm not crazy about Ron either. If I were Ron, I would
change the way that I walk and talk, because I just don't like it. I would also not follow Harry and not go to school, to kill Voldemort.

I predict that in the future, Ron will not act like a geek, and will get married to Harmionie. In some cases, I hope that my predictions come true and in other cases I do not. I also predict Ron's wife will have children, and they would be best friends, just like Harry and Ron. I really hope that my predictions come true!

I really loved this book because it's long, it keeps my interest, and it is very well written. It is
like J.K. Rowling used the Seven Ways to be a Highly Proficient Reader except in writing. I really like long books because they don't end when normal books do. When a really good book ends, I get disappointed, and I feel like I missed something. In long books that never happens. These books can occupy me for ever, I never want to stop reading. I do not like the characters only because I can't relate to them, most everything else in the book is great for me.

Somethings about the book that I didn't like were the characters, the setting, and the names. I hated the names of everything because they were all long odd names. There are almost n0 easy to remember names in that book. I also don't like the setting in this book because every three pages it changes. It gets annoying sometimes because you have no idea where they are and what they are doing there. I also don't like some of the characters because they don't share any common interests with me. So I probably wouldn't hangout with them if I had a choice.

Some things in the book aren't my favorite, but somethings I absolutely love. Fortunately my "love" list is longer than my "don't like" list. So overall I love this book. It's just so well-written I love it.

I used a couple of the 7 Habits of a Highly Proficient Reader, and one was I made connections to the book. This book made me remember the other Harry Potter books and throughout the story,I liked to compare them. In the third book it explained Harry's past better than this one. That is a book to book connection. Another connection that I made was I remember camping out in my cousin Michele's backyard and it was scary, I can't imagine how scared they were camping out in the woods all alone. That is a book to life connection.

Another strategy that helped me read this book was making mental images in your head. I created a picture of Hagrid carrying Harry through the Forbidden Forest crying. That was a picture that I created in my head. I also created a movie in my head in the beginning of the book when they duplicated Harry, and there were six Harry's' flying on brooms in different directions.
I questioned the book too. I predicted parts of the book... I predict that Voldemort is going to die in the end. I also asked questions when I did not understand a part of the story like when they apperated to Hogsmade and were found by Death Eaters. I questioned the book of what was going on and then I re-read the whole three pages that I missed and then I understood it the second time better than I did my first.

I really like this author J.K. Rowling. She also wrote Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, I like mostly everything that the author does especially her use of descriptive words. She is my favorite author!