Monthly Archives: May 2011

Book Review: Where She Went

Where She Went – Gayle Forman

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that when I first picked up this book, I thought the title was a bit, well, meh.  After reading it, I’m afraid nothing’s changed.  Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t mind this book – I just thought the title was kind of boring.

The sequel to the highly popular ‘If I Stay’, we pick up Adam and Mia’s story three years later.  Adam is a musical superstar, but has become reclusive and has trouble  dealing with life.  While he has everything he could wish for – fame, fortune, success and a beautiful celebrity girlfriend – something’s missing.  Someone called Mia.  Mia, meanwhile has begun a promising career as a cellist, trying to keep on living life after her family were so cruelly taken away from her.  Although Mia severed contact with Adam years before, it turns out there are questions yet to be answered and a connection between them that cannot be denied.  One night is all it takes to turn both their lives upside-down – again.

When I first started reading this novel, I had no idea it was a sequel.  That didn’t matter though, I still found the story easy enough to follow.  Adam is an interesting character and I liked him because he seemed quite realistic; he wasn’t perfect.  Mia’s character is harder to like, but I suppose that’s because it’s difficult to empathise with a character who has been through so much trauma. Forman uses a lot of flashbacks as she tells the story, so if you find flashback sequences in books hard to follow, this may not be the book for you.

I would recommend this book to secondary students from Year 8 onwards.

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Mortal Instruments Series: Film Production

Big news for all those who are fans of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series (City of Bones, City of Ashes, etc) – pre production is now under way to create a film based on the series!  And not only that, a fourth book in the series has just been released, with a fifth and sixth to come later in the year.

The rumour mill has already kicked into gear about who will be playing Jace; the big tip is British actor Alex Pettyfer, star of I Am Number Four and Beastly.  There is already lots of discussion about the film and whether it will do the books justice.

Cassandra Clare is also releasing Books Two and Three in the Infernal Devices series – she’s one busy lady!

Check out her website here – it includes a blog updated by Cassandra herself where you can get all the latest news.

Student Review: The Dead of the Night

Right, I think it’s possible that we might have reviewed almost every book in the ‘Tomorrow’ series by now!!

The Dead of the Night – John Marsden

Lucy G, Year Eight

The Dead of the night is the second book in The Tomorrow Series after Tomorrow When the War Began. The Main Characters are Ellie, Homer, Lee, Robyn, Fi and Chris.

The Dead of the Night is set in Wirrawee in outback Australia, during a war where Australia has been taken over by another country. The six teenagers were camping in their hide out called Hell when the war began and they had chosen that it’s up to them to try and take back some of Wirrawee.  In the first book, two of the then team of eight have to go into town because Corrie is shot and Kevin decided to take her back. The teenagers visit Corrie and find that she is unconscious and Kevin is then held in the showground under enemy guards. The team of six explore a lot of the bush leaving Chris in Hell, and come across a military camp named “Harvey’s Heroes”.   They spend a few days there when some of the enemy find them and they have to go back to Hell where they left Chris. When they arrive back at Hell Chris is missing and there is no sign of any one being there.  The team face more challenges including finding their friend dead, blowing up houses and making up new plans to attack the enemy.

I rate this book 8 ½ / 10

For years 7 and up

Genre: action / adventure

Tintin Movie trailer released!!

Ok girls, I will admit straight up that this post is extremely self indulgent.  I’m a HUGE Tintin fan and I’m really excited about the Tintin movie that’s coming out later in the year.  It’s been directed by Steven Spielberg with help from Peter Jackson, so it’s guaranteed to be MASSIVE.  Plus, it’s in 3-D – what more could you want? It’s a motion capture film, which means it’s animated, but the actors who voice the characters also create the actions for them as well.  It’s the same technology that Peter Jackson used to create Gollum, in the LOTR films.  In fact, Andy Serkis, the man who played Gollum, is playing Captain Haddock in the film.  Check out the Tintin film trailer below.  I’ve also added a video on motion capture, so you get an idea of how the whole process works.

Student Review: Three Cups of Tea

Three Cups of Tea – Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin

Ruby D, Year Eight

The book ‘three cups of tea’ is written by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. It is based on Greg and his experiences over in Korphe. The genre of the book is a bibliography, I would recommend the book for ages 11 and up. The book is about a man called Greg Mortenson and his adventures and relationships with a small town in Pakistan called Korphe. When Greg’s mountain expedition takes a bad turn the small and poor town of Korphe looks after him as if he is part of their family. Greg makes promises to the town and struggles to keep them. He bonds with the village people and forms close friendships, finds love and helps rebuild the small town. The book shows all of Greg’s struggles and accomplishments.   I would rate this book a 3 ½ out of 5. I thought that it was an inspiring, touching and kind hearted book .

Student Reviews

On the Victory Trail by Marsha Hubler

Anonymous, Year 8

This book is based about three girls who have been adopted and have one main thing in common they all love horses. The first girl is called Morgan she is has a wheelchair and rides horses her house is called blaze and she’s been in the chamber household for a couple of years now, then there is Skye who has only been with the chambers for around about 7months her horse is called champ she had been very badly behaved so it was either juvenile of the chambers and cancelling lessons. Mr and Mrs Chambers (the foster parents) had taken in another foster child called Suzan (Suze), she was one of Skye’s friends when Skye was naughty. Suze got given a horse called Pepsi. Suze had been getting very bad headaches and Suze and Skye were in an accident and landed in hospital and they found out that Suze had a terrible brain tumour. This story is all about bravery and trying to get people to behave right. I think the gender of this book is mostly a girl gender book because there are mostly girl characters. I think the age of this book would probably be from ten to fifteen. I liked this book because it was a combination of happiness and sadness. I liked this book because of the horses and I found it interesting.

I rate this book a two out of five stars:

The Third Day, The Frost by John Marsden

Sophie F, Year 8

The Third Day, the Frost is the third book in John Marsden’s seven part series.  The story is about eight teenagers stuck in the middle of a war who are fighting for their lives, family and friends. The genre of this book is adventure. I would recommend this book to people aged 12-14 years as it is quite an easy read and it is a very thrilling and action packed, especially towards the end.

The book picks up where things left off in the previous novels, with Ellie and her friends still stuck out in the bush, with an invading army reaching all over the countryside in Wirrawee. In the first 3 quarters of the book it is quite similar to the 1st and 2nd books in the series where the group attacks the invaders but then Ellie (one of the teenagers) splits up from the group and it gives a chance for the novel to concentrate on her feelings. This book is darker and more emotional than the first two books and nothing is going smoothly anymore because the group must be more careful and clever so they are not spotted by the invaders.  They also have to think of better ideas to contribute in ending the war. The characters are starting to grow up as they start realising the situation they are in; we know this because they have learnt from their previous experiences.

I loved this book as it was very intense and adventurous through the book and it was hard to tell what would happen next. The book kept my attention and I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.