Thursday, May 27, 2010

Anne Frank Remembered by Miep Gies

Review by Hayden Phipps (Year 9) as part of the 50 Book Challenge

Miep Gies was the person who helped hide the Frank family from the Nazi's when they were hiding behind a bookcase in the Netherlands during the war.  She bought food and supplies to them and she also brought them news about what was happening outside, for two years. What I liked most about it was that Meip helped the Franks to hide, she was so kind.

This video was made at the time of Miep Gies death in January this year.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Where is my bag?

Today it is POURING with rain, and more is forecast.   The library at interval and lunchtime has been completely packed. We have had so many boys in that the pigeon-holes where the students keep their bags have been full to overflowing, and so the bags all end up on the floor.  This makes finding your bag when you want to leave really challenging!   


Year 10 Economics

Mr Kyle's Year 10 Economics class have been doing research on the theme: Advances In Technology.  They have to research an example to technology developed for the production of power and present a report on their findings.  There are some great topics for them to choose from including robotics and No Tillage Agriculture.  It has been an interesting assignment for them.  Along with their assignment they have been learning about assessing websites for quality information.  They were amazed to learn about hoax websites.  Here are some of them pictured working in the library last week.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Names will never hurt me by Jamie Adoff

Review by Aidan Hall (Year 13) as part of the 50 Book Challenge

Names will never hurt me is basically about a high school in America, on the 1 year anniversary of a student getting shot.

It is a novel from the points fo view of 4 different people, from 4 different cliques  inside the school, ranging from jocks to the weird kid.  There are new crews transmitting live reports from inside the school as they try to show whether the school has changed at all since the shooting.  The school principal, who has a massive ego, is ruling over the school as a dictator, making sure nothing goes wrong that will give his school a bad look.  Ironically the ending is a result of his actions.

Anyways, the story ends up with 3 totally different people subconsiously working together to save the day.

I really liked this book as it actually related to me, and if I could find some little star drawing things, I would totally give this book 5 stars out of 5.

(Want to see a video of the author talking about his book, and other books he has written then click here he has had a pretty interesting life.)

Dear Alison by Simon Pollard

Last year a review was posted on here about the book Dear Alison.  This book was also awarded in the recent New Zealand Post book awards.  The award it won was one that I always think is one of the most important awards, The Children's Choice Award - Non-Fiction.  To be the book chosen by thousands of children who fill in voting cards is a real priviledge, after all these are the target audience of the books in the awards.

I thought - seeing as it is a favourite book here at King's that I would remind everyone.  If you would like to read that post again you can access it here


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