Monday, November 30, 2009

Sign of the Beaver

Matt was left alone by himself, in the little cabin, he was very lonely after his dad left to take his family to the forest, his dad said it was going take 6 weeks, he was sad and lonely met a Indian boy named Attean. Matt made a deal with Attean's grandfather, that Attean will bring food for Matt, and Matt will teach Attean how to read. After a little while of teaching, Attean started to take Matt hunting. In the middle of the book, Attean and his grandfather invited Matt to have a feast in the Indian Village. When winter was about to come, Attean asked Matt to become his brother and live together with the Indian's, but Matt said that he was going to stay to wait for his family. This story happened in the middle to late 1700's. This book is talking about meeting of two different cultures, and how friendship work.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Whipping Boy

Prince Brat and his whipping boy Jemmy ran away from the castle together, and went in to the forest. While running away, they got kidnapped by Cutwater and Hold-Your-Nose Billy. This story happened about in two weeks time. The last part of the book is when Cutwater and Hold-Your-Nose Billy comes to the sewer, to catch Jemmy and Prince Brat. Jemmy and Prince Brat worked together opening the cage full of rats, and the rats went casing after Cutwater and Hold-Your-Nose Billy. People can change, like Jemmy and Prince Brat, from two enemies to two good friends.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Chinese Cinderella

I just finished a book called Chinese Cinderella written by Adeline Yen Mah. This book is a non-fiction book, it is mainly talking about a herself, when she was young, and her miserable childhood, not even her family cared about her, because after her mom gave birth to Adeline, her mom died, so now the whole family is blaming on Adeline. Every time when my mom gets mad at me, or tell me what I did wrong, I always think she is so mean even though I know that she is correcting me and telling me what is right to do, and I always think how nice other parents are, but now I realize that it will feel terrible not having a parent telling you what you did wrong, and tell you what is right, now I feel that my mom is getting less angry at me, because now I don't do such things that make her mad, and now I don't really think she is mean anymore. I think this book is really good because I can make lots of connections to my life, and it tells you how harsh and miserable life is without parents, and no one that loves you.

Adeline is an intelligent girl and she studies very hard and never gives up, she didn't change during the story, even though she was so unwanted and being treated so badly by her stepmother, father, brothers and sisters, she still tried to be nice to them, she was always the top student in class, but no one was ever proud of her except for Aunt Baba. Aunt Baba is loving and caring, and she was Adeline's mother's best friend, she was told to take care of Adeline. Aunt Baba always helped to comfort Adeline when she was sad, and loved her very much. Aunt Baba moved away when Adeline got sent to Shanghai to go to school, and she didn't see Adeline for a long time, but they always wrote letters to each other. Adeline's brother's were always teasing and being mean to her, but sometimes they pretend to be nice, and they will play a prank on her, that is the worst part, because so of those pranks are really weird.

Since this is a non-fiction book, it is a true story, so I can't change it, but I think the ending should be more interesting, and something that will surprise and attract the readers, so then they will think her books are really good and by more of her books. I think the author is trying to tell us, since we have parents that love us so much we should appreciate it, and we should be thankful for what we have.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Buried Alive!

I have just completed the book Buried Alive by Jacqueline Wilson. I borrowed this book because the title is very interesting and fascinating. This book is a just right book for me because the book isn't that thick, and the words are not too small. This book reminded me of when I saw a bully at the beach in Hawaii, and how bad he had treated a helpless little boy.

This book is about Biscuits going on a vacation with Tim's family and they meet two bullies at the beach, and the bullies always follow them around, tease and make fun of them. Tim and Biscuits gave the bully a nickname called Prickle-Head. Tim did not change in the book nor did Biscuits. I think the bully's partner changed a lot at the ending.He started to be really nice to Tim and Biscuits.

Biscuits caused a "sandslide" and Prickle-Head got buried in it. Tim saved Prickle-Head's life by doing the Artificial Respiration to him. Everyone was very proud of Tim. Even though Tim saved Prickle-Head's life, Tim never changed his feelings about the reckless bully.