Category Archives: On the web

Poor Severus…

It’s amazing how one little thing can change the way you see a character in a books. One of the latest viral videos to take the Harry Potter world by storm is this video about Severus Snape. Snape is such a complex character; it’s really not until you read the last couple of books that you begin to understand what motivates him, and even feel sorry for him. In fact, understanding Snape’s actions completely turns the story around.

This video looks at Snape’s life – in chronological order. It takes all the key Snape scenes from the movies and cuts them together in a way that creates a tragically moving story.

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Plot Inconsistencies in your favourite novels!

Right, if you want your favourite novels and series to remain pristine in your mind, cover your ears and start going, ‘lalalalalalalalalala’ right now! The Reading Room blog has uncovered some fairly gaping plot holes in some of the most popular books we love to read. I guess the question is: do we really care? Still, it’s a fun discussion topic!!

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Video: Ranting About Books

I’ve posted a video from popular author John Green on this blog before. Today, I’m going to post a video from his brother, Hank. Together, John and Hank are the Vlog Brothers and the videos they produce are a whole lot of awesome. Sometimes they’re funny, sometimes they’re really informative and sometimes they get a little ranty – and it’s the ranty ones I enjoy the most! (Probably because I’m partial to a jolly good rant myself!).  Check out the latest rant from Hank about books:

Happy Watching!
Ms White 🙂

Book Review: Wonder by R. J Palacio

“My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.”

August was born with a syndrome that makes him look a bit different. Actually, a LOT different. So different that people stare at him. All the time. August is about to start a new school, which is nerve wracking for most people. But when you’ve never been to school before in your life and you look different, it’s terrifying. Not all kids are nice. But not all kids are nasty.

Wonder is a really interesting book. It’s divided into sections and each section tells the story from the point of view of a different character. As the story unfolds, the reader gets to see a range of perspectives; characters that you thought you had figured out at the beginning of the book are not always what they seem by the end.

This is a story about survival, but also about being true to yourself and being kind to others. August’s deformity is never going to change, there is no hope for a ‘grand cure’ in the end. What does change, however, is the way people see August and how they treat him. It will make you both laugh and cry at the same time.

If you like books by John Green or enjoyed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, you would probably enjoy Wonder. I recommend it for Year 7 and up.

After reading this book, you might want to sign the pledge and ‘Choose Kind’. Just one act of kindness can make all the difference. Check it out:

http://choosekind.tumblr.com
http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/choose-kind/pledge.php

Happy Reading!
Ms White 🙂

Hermione and Harry???

Hermione and Ron….not meant to be?

“JK Rowling has admitted that she made a mistake by pairing off Hermione Granger with Ron Weasley rather than with Harry Potter in her best-selling books.”

And with that, the Harry Potter fandom divided. In this article from The Telegraph, the author of the famous wizarding adventures admits that she was guided by her heart and not by her head when she paired up the feisty heroine Hermione with everyone’s favourite ginger, Ron.

According to Rowling, these two would not make the most realistic couple. Could Ron make Hermione happy? Or would she be more suited to Harry?

Some fans have been outraged that Rowling would make such a comment now that the series is done and dusted. Others, including Emma Watson, who played Hermione in the films, agree with Rowling’s statement, saying that Harry and Hermione are a far better match.

What do you think?

Happy Reading!
Ms White 🙂