Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

ABOUT THE BOOK: Katniss is a fifteen-year-old girl living in future North America. In her time period, North America has fallen, and risen again as a new nation -- Panem. Panem is made up of  one large city with twelve districts surrounding it. The Capital controls all of them. Once the districts rebelled, but they were overrun. To insure that there will not be another rebellion, the Capital hosts the Hunger Games annually. Each district must provide one boy and one girl between ages 12 and 18.     

WHAT I LIKED: Rue because she smart and nice; Prim because she liked to help others; and Madge because she tried to help Katniss.

MY FAVORITE CHARACTER: Rue because she smart and nice.

MY FAVORITE PART: When my favorite characters team up.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: When one of the best characters die. It was lame, because they were awesome.

THE BOTTOM LINE: It's a good story, but it's a little gory. If you are sensitive you may not want to read it.

FIND IT ON THE WEB:  Suzane Collins site.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Di Camillo

Newberry Medal Award Winner

ABOUT THE BOOK: It's the story of an unlikely hero: Despereaux. Despereaux is a very small mouse with big ears -- and a big heart. Despereaux has always been different: he is small, sickly, has large ears, and was born with his eyes wide open. Most of the mouse society has put up with this among other oddities, but then Despereaux does the unthinkable -- he falls in love with a human girl. If the Mouse Society finds out he may be sent to the dungeon.    

WHAT I LIKED: The Rats; the Pea (Princess Pea); Miggery Sow; the Red Thread.

MY FAVORITE CHARACTER: Miggery Sow. She wasn't a bad person, even though she did a few bad things.

MY FAVORITE PART: When the Pea asks Miggery Sow what she wants. I liked it because no one ever asks Miggery Sow what she wants.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: The rat had an evil plan. It was so evil, if you heard it you would abhor it. Also the large amount of perfidy.

THE BOTTOM LINE: I think you should read this book. It gives you four different perspectives: Mig's, the Pea, Despreaux, and the Rat's.

FIND IT ON THE WEB: Kate DiCamillo's Site