Archives for September, 2008
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BOOK NAME: Ida B….and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster and (possibly) Save the World
AUTHOR: Katherine Hannigan
This is an awesome book! I really liked it because it was about a girl in 4th grade, just like me. Ida B. lives on a farm that has an orchard and she has a feeling that she can talk to nature and understand it.
It is only her second year in public school, even though she is in 4th grade. She went to kindergarten in public school, but was home schooled in grades 1, 2 and 3. She’s not very happy about going back to a public school. She felt like her heart had turned into a black stone with pointy edges on it. She had to go back to public school because her mom got sick and couldn’t teach her anymore. Her family also had to sell some of the orchard to pay for the doctors to help her mom.
A girl from her class moved into the house that was part of the orchard that they sold. Ida B. is not happy about the people moving in next door because they cut down part of the orchard. Ida B. thought of the trees in the orchard as her friends. So, she does a lot of stuff to try to scare them from building or moving in next door. She did things like make signs with scary pictures, put rubber snakes and bugs in their yard and other stuff to scare them away. But, much to Ida B.’s surprise, the new family thought it was a big joke and weren’t scared away at all.
This book was really good because Ida B. is pretty tricky and a lot of fun and the book describes her adventures. You’ll have to read it to see if she keeps her friends in the orchard.
BOOK NAME: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
AUTHOR: Adapted by Tracey West
I’m reviewing Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the kid’s book based on the new movie. The story takes place in between Episode 2 and Episode 3 during the Clone Wars. The clones are led by the Jedi against the droid army who are led by Count Dooku, and secretly Emperor Palpatine.
There are new faces in this book like clone trooper Commander Rex, Jabba the Hutt’s son Rotta, Jedi apprentice Ahsoka, and Jabba’s uncle Ziro. There are old faces too; Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Asajj Ventress and Jabba the Hutt.
There are two main stories. One is about how Anakin and Ahsoka have to work together as a team, because Ahsoka is Anakin’s Jedi apprentice. Anakin doesn’t want to be a Master, and Ahsoka doesn’t like his commands. The other story is about how Anakin, Ahsoka and the Clone Troopers have to save Rotta from Asajj Ventress. The Jedi are trying to save Rotta so they can get around the Outer Rim easier because Jabba runs those planets.
I liked all the big battles. The biggest was at the beginning between the Clone Troopers and the Droid Army and that was my favorite. Rotta’s nickname was “stinky” because he smelled bad. You’ll be amazed how small he is compared to his dad Jabba the Hutt!
If you’re a Star Wars fan, I think you’ll like this book.
BOOK NAME: Running Out of Time
AUTHOR: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Jessie is a girl who lives in the 1860s where all of the kids in Clifton, Indiana have been diagnosed with a deadly disease called diphtheria. The problem is that nobody has the right cure, so Jessie’s mom has to tell her the truth: They don’t actually live in the 1860′s and have been living in a tourist exhibit in 1996. Mr. Clifton, the man who runs the exhibit, wasn’t giving Clifton the right medicine that they needed so Jessie’s mom sends her out of Clifton to find a man named Mr. Neeley who will help the people of the town. What will Jessie do to save her friends, and will she risk her life?
I would give this book a four out of five because I liked how interesting and unique it is to live in a tourist exhibit. It’s cool seeing Jessie try to figure out the 1996 world around her like getting used to light bulbs and cars. The book had a great beginning and middle but an ending that I thought was just okay. I really enjoyed Jessie’s escape from Clifton.
If you are interested in science fiction and historical fiction than this is the right book for you. Other books that Margaret Peterson Haddix has written are The Shadow Kids series, Double Identity, and The Lost Book Found.
I hope that you have been inspired by my review and will consider reading the book, Running Out Of Time.
BOOK NAME: Oggie Cooder
AUTHOR: Sarah Weeks
This book is all about Oggie Cooder. He is a boy who becomes famous because of his charving – that means carving objects out of cheese by biting off small pieces with your teeth. Oggie charves out the shapes of different states like Texas and Florida in pieces of American cheese, which doesn’t have holes in it like Swiss. The cheese can’t be too hot or too cold for good charving. If it’s too hot, it will melt. If it’s too cold, it will break into pieces.
Oggie used to charve to stay calm, but when the owners of Hidden Talents, a talent place, sees how good Oggie is at charving, he starts to do it for money. But it all gets too tough for him so he quits and goes back to his old life.
I give Oggie Cooder a five out of five. This is the best book I’ve read so far because I think charving is so cool. I haven’t tried it yet because we don’t have big enough pieces of cheese in our house. Also, when we do have cheese, Mom keeps it in the fridge and it would be too cold. Some day I’m going to charve.