Friday, June 12, 2009

The book thief by Marcus Zusak

Reviewed by Jake Massih Year 9 (new contender in the 50 Book Challenge)

What is it about? The book was written by death, and it shows the sad life of a girl in Nazi Germany. She steals books to educate herself. The book also has a part of it written by a Jewish man who is hiding in her family's basement. The reason he is there is very complicated, but Liesel, the girl becomes friends with him and reads his book as he is writing it. The family's life is very hard and sad.

What did I like most about it? The idea that the book was written by death! It was a great book and I read it in one day!

What didn't I like? It was so easy to read it was like it was being played on a tape...

Below is a video of Marcus Zusak talking about his book. There is a great website.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Keys to the Kingdom by Garth Nix

Reviewed by Weijin Yuen, Year 9 is the website for these cool books and you can look them up on Fantastic Fiction, the link is on the side of the blog.

If you click the link above it will take you to the website for these books. You can listen to Garth Nix reading from them and find out when the new book is coming.
Weijin has read them all and is a big fan!

Arthur Penhaligon is just an ordinary boy with asthma. He is supposed to die but is saved when he is given a key which is from a magical house. He meets a friend called Suzy Blue and she helps him to achieve his goals. Arthur doesn't really want to be a hero but he has to be, and his job is to solve a mystery - "day by day, key by key, realm by realm" - and stop the universe from being in chaos. There is a book for each day of the week, starting with Mister Monday and going through to Superior Saturday and a new book is coming out soon for Sunday.

Jack Higgins Omnibus

The Valhalla Exchange by Jack Higgins - reviewed by Jamie Todd 9Fy as part of the 50 Book Challenge.

Jamie is an avid reader, and is very quickly working his way through the Jack Higgins books in the library. He started doing this because he found one at home and read it and really liked it.
What is it about?
It is at the end of teh war and about some of the things that the Germans did during that time. It has also got the Fuhrer Hitler killing himself after his wife killed herself in the Fuhrer's bunker.

What did I like most about it?
The action.

What didn't I like? I liked everything about it.

Did you know: Jack Higgins is the psudenom for Harry Patterson. He worked as a soldier and then became a teacher before he became a full-time writer. His most famous bookThe Eagle Has Landed made him a bestselling author and he has sold over 250 million copies of his novels and they have been translated into fifty-five different languages. Lots of his books have been turned into movies, which have also been very successful.


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