Friday, January 24, 2014
Toby Alone/ by Timothee de Fombelle
Fast-paced adventure novel about Toby who is only 1,5mm tall. He is betrayed by everyone but only friend Elisha, who helps Toby to escape the ones who hunt for Toby and his family. Get this: his family lived in a tree but now they are expelled to lower branches.
This book is not for everyone, but i liked it because it was very fast-paced.
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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Parvana's Journey/ by Deborah Ellis
Profound story of life going on midst the devastating war. Parvana, a young girl in search of her parents, is travelling through war torn Afghanistan. On her way she makes a new family with other children of war: abandoned baby Hassan, eight year old Leila and Asif, a boy who is missing a leg. They walk through the war, encountering devastation, death, hunger and pain.
Very powerful read for children 12+.
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Sunday, January 19, 2014
Utterly me, Clarice Bean/ by Lauren Child
Utterly Me, Clarice Bean by Lauren Child is a fast-paced chapter book that switches gears on nearly every page. Clarice narrates the story through diary entries about her daily life - each day is utterly exciting and always suspenseful as she pursues the coveted silver cup for the best book project while trying to solve all the mysterious things happening all around her. From her perspective, Clarice introduces us to her family including her younger brother who tends to be "utterly a nuisance", her classmates, her utterly best friend, Betty Moody, her horrible teacher Mrs. Wilberton and other adults at her school as well as her favorite heroine: Ruby Redfort, schoolgirl detective and other characters in her favorite series of books. The story line is one that anyone who remembers the anxiety of a school project can relate to but in the end, it is really a story of meaningful friendship and the love of reading.
I very much enjoyed fun and quirky, witty and wacky text. I know I was smiling the whole time I was reading.
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