"The Wreck of the Zanzibar" by Michael Mupurgo
Summary=In 1907,life in Sissly Isles is bleak and full of hardship.Lauras twin brother Billy has an arguement with his father . One morning the family woke up and Billy was gone. Laura and Granny May find a turtle washed up on the shore .They manouver it back into the sea. One day the chief of the island shouts "Ship Wreck". It was Billys ship. The crew rescues everyone on the ship. Billy had travelled all around the world. Billy was reunited with Laura.
My view on this book=
This book is an example of a reunited family. At the start it was hardship but in the end it turned out well.
Book title: "Bridge to Terabithia"
Author: "Katherine Patherson"
Plot: Jesse Aarons and Leslie Burke are neighbours who become best friends after Jesse loses a race to Leslie at school. Jesse is a very fearless boy and Leslie is a tomboy in this story. Jesse's life is transformed after becoming best friends with Leslie. Leslie and Jesse create a magical forest in their minds which were they have great adventures together.
My view of this book: My view on this book was very exciting and adventurous. The characters were quite random. I would recommend this book to anyone over 10 years old.
"Across The Barricades" By Joan Lindegard
Plot: This book is about two people, a Girl called Sadie Jackson and a Boy called Kevin McCoy. They live in Northern Ireland during The Troubles. They went out 3 years prior to this story and now they are going out again, this dangerous because Sadie is Protestant and Kevin is Catholic and it isn't normal for protestant and a catholic to go out. Eventually Sadie's father Mr Jackson finds out and is not happy because he is part of the Orange Order. Sadie and Kevin start sneaking out to see each-other. Kevin's former friend Brian Rafferty notices something odd about Kevin and confronts him about him going out with Sadie. When Kevin is heading home Brian stops him with a few friends and beats him up and calls him a Traitor. In the end Kevin and Sadie are sick of all the fighting,shooting,killing and bombing they decide to go on a boat and move someplace else so they can live in peace
My View: My view is this is a very good example of what it was like to be lovers of different religions in the north and this shows us how much Sectarianism went on during the Trouble. It is more a love story then a action story even though there is lots of voilence. In my opinion some bits of this story appealed to me but alot of it i found extremely boring as i have no interest in love stories but it was described very well and the action at times was very good
Book Title: "The Dancing Bear"
Author: "Michael Morpurgo"
One day a bear was walking down a mountain into a small village. A little girl called Roxanne begged her Grandad to keep him. Roxanne grew up to love the bear. She sang to him every night. When the bear was getting bigger, they had to build him a bigger cage. A group of film makers came to the village and asked to make a film with a dancing bear. The bear would not dance. One day when they where having coffee, they heard Roxanne and saw the bear dancing. They then asked Roxanne to sing in the film. She became world famous. She wrote to the village to check how the bear was. One day she got a call saying the bear was dead.
My view of this book:
This book was very boring and had no action. I would have preferred if the bear had hurt someone. This book did not have enough drama for my liking. Therefore, I would give this book a rating of 2 out of 5.
Book Title:My Friend Walter.
My view of this book: I think this is an amazing book.
Summary:this book is about a girl called Bess Throckmorton.
She finds out she is related to Sir Walter Raleigh when she is invited to a family reunion.Bess and her family lose their house and farm and out on a walk her father finds the Queens golden orb which was mysteriously taken from London the day Bess ran away.
I would give this book a five out of five.
The Upper Fourth At Mallery Towers.
It is about life at mallery towers wihch is a boarding school.
My view of the book.
It was boring the reason it was boring is beacause it's about a life at an old boarding school and I can not realate to that
Rating 1 out of 5 stars.
Title: Farm boy
Autor : Michael Morpurgo
Summary : it is about a boy who goes to his grandad's farm.
when he was on the farm he helped his grandad and when he was there he help his grandad learn to read and write. It was also about the war and two horses on his grandads farm called Joey and Zoey. My view is : i think it is very good i would rate it 4 out of 5.
"The Cay" by Theodore Taylor
Summary:In this book a young boy named Philip Enwright and his mother go on a ship to Miami to get away from the war in the Netherlands. While they are on the ship, it is torpedoed and they are forced to separate. Philip ends up on a boat with a "Black Man" named Timothy. For several days they live their lives on a small raft, with very few supplies. Eventually they reach an island, but after a big storm, Timothy dies. Eventually Philip gets saved by a boat and he is brought back to safety to his home in Willemstad.
My View Of The Book: I thought the book was very good and that the characters were very relatable. The tone and conditions were also described very well. for a small book it is very well written. Overall it is an excellent book.
My Rating: My rating is a four out of five.
"Into Exile" by Joan Lingard
Plot:Kevin McCoy and Sadie Jackson are a married couple. Kevin is catholic and Sadie is a protestant. They live in the streets of London. They ran away from Belfast because their is murder and bombings and deaths that occur everyday. They rented a small room in an apartment. Their room is small and their jobs does no much than buying dinner in a shop. They have little belongings. After a while Sadie makes friends with interesting people. Often Sadie and kevin fights against their life. There is really not a plot, Kevin is at Belfast because his father dies. He is married to Sadie who is at London alone in their small poor room. Kevins mom tells him that he is now responsible for the family for there is 7 children to mind. When he wasnt there it was his sister Brede who was in charge. He send Sadie letters telling her that he needs to stay for a while. Sadies gets annoyed for he left her alone. Kevin finds jobs but near the end they he to make a choice of either living a new life in Tyrone with his family and Sadie or leaving his family and go back to Sadie. I think this book is fantastic because it shows that their love is unbreakable. This book is about love. Sadie loves him so much. I think I couldnt live a life like them because they were living a poor life. At that time a catholic marrying a potestant was a disgrace. Sadie is the person who couldnt let go of a person she loves.
Rating: 4 out of five
book title: "The Twelfth Day of July".
Summary: Catholic children go into a Protestant area and write bad stuff on the properties and a girl involved gets caught but hid's and runs away while people look for her then she runs into a persons house and people are looking for her for a few days and then they find her in a house that they thought she wasn't going to be in for sure and it turns out she's in there.
My View of this Book:I thought this book was very good and interesting.this book was realistic because protestants and Catholic's can fight and argue.Sadie falls in love with a boy.
Name of the book:Once
My view of the book:I this book because he was very wanting to find his parent.
Summary: He was left in a orphanage and he was giving a book with stories in it.He breaks out of the orphanage to look for his parents
Rating: I would give it 4 out of 5
Book title "The iron man"
Author Ted Hughes
The plot is about an enormous iron man who is eating all the tractors and all the metal. They are trying to get rid of him. They dig out an enormous hole at the bottom of the cliff so he would fall into it and they would fill it up. They dug the hole and the iron man fell into it. They filled the hole back up with dirt and they left the hole there. One day people had a picnic on the mound and the iron man busted his way out of the mound and started eating the metal. There was a huge dragon that landed on australia. They brought the iron man to australia and he hopped on a bed of fire. He said to the dragon could he do that so the dragon went to the sun and he couldnt do it so then the dragon wento the sun and he couldnt do it
I thought it was a very good book . it was unrealistic and my favourite characcter would have to be the iron man
i would rate it a 8 out of 10
Title; "Under The Hawthorn Tree"
By Marita Conlon- McKenna
Summary; Under The Hawthorn Tree is a book about the famine it is based on three main characters called Eily, Micheal and Peggy. At the start of the book their baby sister dies of huger and the fever, she is then buried Under The HawthornTree out the back of the house. One day their mother leaves and never comes back. Now the children have to fend for themselves. They decide To try and find their mothers aunts in Castletaggart. The journey they have to make is very tough but finally at the end with a lot of effort they make it there but will never see their mother and father again.
My veiw of the book;
I thought this book was very sad it was filled with problems which nearly made you cry. When Peggy became ill the whole story was directed to making her better. I think this made me the reader feel sorry for how hard life must have been for all three of them. I have a lot of sympathy for the children as they would have got no education.
I would rate this book 4 out of 5.
Title;"A Girl Called Blue"
Author; Maita Conlon-Mckenna
Summary; This book is about an orphan named Bernadette O'Malley, or Blue as her friends called her, and her life in Larch Hill. She has been here since she was a few days old, so Larch Hill is the only home she has ever known. the closest thing she has to a family in Larch Hill is her friends. Blue goes true a number of different of traumatic things but it's not all bad in Larch Hill as they go to the zoo and to the beach.
Personal response; As we begin to understand the horrible things that happened in primary schools in the early 1960's, Conlon-McKenna puts all of those things into words that children can read and understand. I loved this book as it shows what it must have been like, with a cruel sister Regina and a kind sister Monica. I would strongly recommend this book to all people. Conlon-McKenna doesn't underestimate or exaggerate what happened back then. I love books based on true stories that show me what people must have went through and this book did just that.
BOOK TITLE: 'A Proper Place'
SUMMARY:' A Proper Place' is about two young people in love named Kevin and Sarah trying to get by in life, living in their small dingy apartment,whilst trying to raise their little baby, Brendan. Neither Kevin or Sarah have much money, and is living in Liverpool on their own trying to fight poverty. Despite Sarah's family being rather wealthy she isn't getting any help from her families as Kevin is a catholic and Sarah's mother doesn't approve of their relationship.
MY VIEW OF THE BOOK: In my opinion, the book didn't have a particular plot. There wasn't a lot of drama, everything revolved around Kevin and Sarah having no money. It started of rather interesting but then it got quite boring as nothing really dramatic happened. However despite, the disappointing plot story,I LOVED the characters. Sarah was a courageous and independent woman who spoke her mind, whilst Kevin was kind and considerate despite having to put up with Sarah s overbearing mother and shortage of money. I especially enjoyed Sarah's personality as she speaks her mind and doesn't put up with her mother bad-mouthing protestants. Even though I feel there wasn't a particular plot I enjoyed the fact that despite everything they had to put up with they still stayed with each other and loved each other through everything.
RATING: I would rate this book 4/5 because I didn't feel it was that dramatic however I think the characters and Sarah and Kevin's unconditional love made it more interesting and made me want to read on.
John B. Keane
This book is about a greedy farmer called Bull Mc Cabe who's love for land would drive him to do anything to get it, especially the field his ancestors have rented and worked on for many generations. One day the owner of the field who is an old widow called Maggie Butler puts it in an auction because she needs the money. On the days leading up to the auction, Bull McCabe and his son Tadgh show how far they will go just for this land.
My View of The Book:
In my opinion I really liked this book because the characters are so realistic and interesting. The story is also very good because the author doesn't draw out the paragraphs and you don't know whats going to happen next. I also really liked the authors writing style because I could relate to most of the characters and understand the problems they were going through. I liked the drama in this book because it really adds to the story, and puts emphasis on the characters personalities.
I would give this book 4/5 because even though I liked the drama, I think they could have added in more.
'The War of Jenkins Ear'
By Michael Morpurpo
Summary: A mew boy comes to Redhills boarding schools named Simon Christopher (they just called him Christopher) but he cause a bit of trouble on the first day. Toby Jenkins (Jinks) shows Christopher around the grounds until Christopher collapses and when he woke up he told Jinks that he has visions of Jesus and that he is the second Jesus. Soon they reroute a new member, Hunter. this all happen gradually while a war broke between the Oiks and the Toffs. Things seem to be good for Jinks and his new girlfriend, Wendy, until the story of Christopher spreads through out the school and Christopher is expelled for raising the hopes of a ill girl and her parents. In the end the girl is out and about after a year of being ill.
My view of the book: I thought this book was very good because it shows how we need to have less war in our lives but more peace and it made me think about how a new Jesus could be born any second without anyone knowing it. I liked the character Christopher because he was the one who is going to spread the word of God once again.
Title: ''FLY AWAY PETER''
Author: David Malouf.
Summary: Three people that have a love for birds but totally different personalites. The main character of the book is Jim Saddler, a young man with a understanding of the bird life of an estuary near his home. Ashley Crowther has recently inherited the farm which includes the estuary despite the divide of class and experience, the two young men form a close bond when Ashley offers Jim a job as a warden, recording the comings and goings of birds in their sanctury. I personaly don't like this book because i'm not a lover of birds and this book didn't appeal to me and it's not a book I would usually read.
Book Title:"TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD".
To Kill a Mockingbird is about a family called the "Finches". Atticus the father is a lawyer in Maycomb County. He has a son and a daughter called Jem and Scout. They live beside people called the Radleys.People say to stay away from them because they are dangerous.Atticus is dealingwith a case about a coloured man raping a white girl.Atticus is standing up for the coloured man called Tom Robinson.And Mr Ewell the girls father is very violent when he gets drink in him.Jem and Scout were on there way home from a school play when they were attacked by Mr Ewell.Jem was knocked unconscious,Scout was being pulled away when Boo Radley grabbed Mr Ewell and pushed him away.Mr Ewell fell on his knife and bled to death.
My View of the book:I really liked this book because it was exciting and interesting.
I would rate this book 9/10
'Fields of Home' by Martina Conlon-McKenna
Plot: This book is told from three perspectives; Mary-Brigid, Micheal and Peggy. Mary-Brigid is living an ordinary life but when the new landlord comes, life for Mary-Brigid's mother gets harder, the rent for their house is doubled. Micheal is working in a stable for Lord Henry but when someone sets Lord Henry's house on fire he is left with only two horses. Peggy, now living in America, has just been proposed to and is not sure if she will leave her life as a maid or stay at home where she will never see her love again. Will Mary-Brigid be evicted from her home, will Micheaal find a way to get money for food and a house and will Peggy leave her life as a maid?
My view on the book: I liked this book and all its characters because it is a nice story to tell. Allthough Peggy's story was good it was not needed. My favourite character was Micheal. I liked his story because it made me see that horses are intelligent creatures and that they should be respected. Also, I wished that micheal would've ended up with Mercy and that Mercy went with him to Eily. I also liked Mary-Brigid, she reminded me of my little brother who is also adventurous. I was also disappointed that the twins and their family had left them. And finnaly, Peggy's story was very nice and I love how she ended up with James. I also liked Mrs. O'Conner because she was a supportive character and I could emphasise with her.
Ranking: I would give this book 9 out of 10 because Peggy's story was not needed.
Well done to all the 1W students and your teacher Ms Quinn. I hope you all enjoy your Blind Dates! Keep up your reading - it is a great hobby to have and will be of enormous benefit in later life.
'Hostages To Fortune' by Jan Lingard
Plot: Kevin McCoy went in a job in a farm just when things seems to be going right Kevin's boss died and his job disappears. So once again they face black fortune without a home or a job but wit a baby to care of. Sadie wonders whether her heart will break as they set off into the unknown again.
My view of the book: this book is about some young lover that is having a problem getting a job. This is the fifth of Joan Lingard's stories about Sadie and Kevin. The character I like is Kevin because his a optimistic man he never say that Mr Ellersley died my job will be go away and were not going to have a house. He was very positive he kept saying that I wish the new owner of the land will keep us so we don't need to move. But unfortunately the new owner had a plan that he would build a sate and Sadie and Kevin needs to move. I didn't like this book because i couldn't relate to the story. i would rate this novel 2/5
Mr Pip by Lloyd Jones
Plot: Matilda is a young girl on a small island. When civil war threatens the island Mr Watts appoints himself as the teacher of the tiny school....
My view: Ithink this is a briiliant book. It kept me occupied and wanting there to be more. I rate this book 4 out of 5 and I reccomend it to anyone adults and kids my age.
Ii read the Dustbin Baby it's by Jacqueline Wilson. The book was about her mum. Her and her mum didnt want her so she throws her in a weely bin. Iit was her brithday and she always hates her birthdays.
Book title: "THE SHAKESPEARE STEALER"
Author; Gary Blackwood
Summary: Given up at birth, Widge has no family and no real name. The only thing that makes him useful is his ability to write shorthand. One day, a mysterious man named Falconer takes him to his new master, who needs him to steal the play Hamlet. So, accompanied by Falconer, they travell to London to steal the play. Unfortunately, things don't go quite to plan. Widge befriends the players, who become like his new family. Widge is suddenly faced with the chose; betray his new family or face the wrath of the cut throat Falconer. Which will he choose?
My view of the book: In the beginning, I wasn't enjoying the book because I thought the authors description was quite bland and I wasn't able to connect with any of the characters. However, as the story progressed, I began to get interested in the story and the characters. The character I could connect with the most was Julia. This is because I felt how unfairly she, as a girl, was treated. I understood her anger at the unfair rule that girls were not allowed to act onstage, and I could relate to her longing to be a player.
Rate: I give this book 4 out of 5 because even though the story line was brilliant, the beginning wasn't very exciting. I enjoyed this book very much and I thought the story was brilliant.
Book: 'War Children'
Author: Gerry Whelan
Blog: This book in about children in The War of Independence...
But one girl is in serious danger when she comes across a
gun. She has to try hid the gun from everyone...
Title:"Summer of My German Soldier"
Author: Bette Greene Summary:The story is told in first person narrative by a twelve-year-old Jewish girl named Patty Bergen living in Jenkinsville, Arkansas during World War II. The story focuses on the friendship between Patty and an escaped German prisoner of war named Anton. Patty first meets Anton when a group of Germans visits her father's store. Anton teaches Patty that she is a person of value. In return, she protects Anton by hiding him above her father's garage.
My view: This book shows us that it does not matter what nationality you are to have a friendship. Patty and Anton had a very strong relationship in this story and they broke down all barriers so they could be together. I really enjoyed this book and loved the way Anton and Patty didn't care about their nationalities.
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