Friday, May 1, 2009

Cell by Stephen King

Reviewed by Connor Daykin, Year 11

What is it about?
Cell is about a virus called Pulse. It is a cellular pulse that goes to every cell phone in the world. When people talk on their cellphone they go crazy and turn into violent zombies.

What did I like most about it? I liked the part where they went into someone's house and got guns.

What didn't I like? I really disliked the ending. It feels a bit unfinished. Maybe he is writing a sequel.

Comment from Ms S. I love this book, but it is a bit - well a lot - violent, so if that is going to frighten you then please don't take this one home!

Cooler Weather - more customers!

As the cold season hits Dunedin, the library instantly increases in popularity. I have always assumed it was because the lure of a good book was stronger in the winter, but some of the boys assure me this is not the case and that it is just because it is warm in the library. I am sure this is not true!!!

Here are some photos from the first proper cold snap of the year. Notice Mr McLean valiantly keeping the peace.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The boy who dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Reviewed by Ben Whitcombe (year 9) (Currently leading the 50 Book Challenge - fantastic effort!)

This book is based on a true story about a boy called Helmuth during and just before WW2 and until he dies. Helmuth breaks the law and listens to illegal radio channels to find out the true story about Germany and thens tarts to write pamphlets about it. Finally he gets ratted on by a friend helping him. It is a really sad book.

What did I like most about it?
I liked how it had photos and was based on a true story of a Hitler Youth.

What didn't I like?
I think it was sad how he got killed and Hitler was so against the Jews.

The last battle of the icemark by Stuart Hill

Reviewed by Sam Davis Year 12 (50 Book Challenger)

What is it about? Maeda is not dead as thought, and is out for revenge, another war is brewing for the Icemark when Erinor of Artemision and her unstoppable hard army has vowed to destroy the Icemark, so Thirrin must become allies with those she hates or risk her homeland's very existence.

(This is the final book in the trilogy - to understand the above you really need to have read the ones coming before it!)

What did I like most about it?
It answers all the questions and leaves no blanks. A really good ending.

What didn't I like?
It skipped out a really good fight scene.

Payback by Andy McNabb

Reviewed by Warren Van Staden, as part of the 50 Book Challenge

What is it about?
Far away, in the middle of Southern Spain, 17 year old Danny Watts and his grandfather Fergus are on a rampage for revenge. They call it Operation Payback. This book is the second book in the series. The first one is called Boy Soldier.

What did you like most about it?
I loved the action and adventure in it.

What didn't I like?
I don't don't like anything in books. I just love any adventure book.

(Note from Ms S. I love that comment Warren!)

Monday, April 27, 2009


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