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Author: Margi Preus

Published: 2010

Rating: I would rate this a five star book because it was when there was the Tokugawa Shogunate.

Summary: This book is about a young boy named Manjiro who was on a small fishing boat fishing in the sea and was swept away by a storm.  They at sea for many days until a small island came into view.  When they arrived on the island they immediately searched for shelter and found a small cave to fit the whole crew of 5 men.  They had to eat albatrosses and small turtles each day to keep themselves alive.  After weeks of living on that island a whaling ship found them on this island and took them as part of their own crew.  Their was one crew member Manjiro disliked and his name was Jolly and they went out in the same harpooning boat as he was.  Manjiro learned how to read and write in english and soon he became the captains son of the John Howland.  Manjiro had lived a rich life with the Whitefields on a nice farming house where could ride his own horse to ride on the farm.  When Manjiro went to California with a former friend to find gold because it was during the gold rush.  Manjiro had worked hard and found a little piece of gold at the bottom of a riverbank.  He went back to Oahu to find his friends to bring them home with him but only 3 out of 5 went back with him to Japan.

Questions: Why didn’t you tell more about Manjiro’s home when he went back to Japan?

Connections: I can relate this book to Samurai’s tale because it was during the Tokugawa Shogunate.


Smile (Graphic Novel)

Posted: May 24, 2011 in Book Critic
Author: Raina Telgemeier
Published: 2010
Rating:  I would rate this book around 5 stars because it was very good and had me hooked when I started to read it.
Summary: This book is about a young girl named Raina who is in middle school.  When Raina went over to her friends house  and was coming from her friends house they had a race to Raina’s house and when Raina was running she tripped on a tree root and damaged her two front teeth.  When her Dad came out to get her from outside she was in shock of what had happened.  The next day her Dad and Mom went out to find her two front teeth but they only found one when they were looking for them.  When her Mom took her to the orthodontist he found the other tooth fused to her jaw.  Raina had to get braces and headgear to help fix her teeth but it didn’t work either so he gave her two fake front teeth on a retainer.  After four years of work Raina’s two front teeth were finally fixed.
Questions:  Why didn’t you make the story longer and give it more time to explain more about Raina?
Connections: I can relate this book to Halo because when Halo was young she broke her arm and had to have it fixed but Raina had to have teeth fixed instead.

Killer Pizza (Horror)

Posted: April 19, 2011 in Book Critic

Author: Greg Taylor

Copyright: 2009


Rating: I would rate this book a 5 star book because it had a hook to it at the very beginning and the book kept having you want to come read even more until you’ve finally finished the book.

Summary: This book is about four teenagers getting a job at a pizza shop that is actually a monster training fighting recruiting place.  When they are shown a guttata which is a fierce and large monster they are terrified at the first sight of it  when the director said it was just a baby.  When they encounter the first group of guttatas which are in human form that they must fight to save a real human being that the guttatas are going to hit while the boy is unconscious.  When Harvey and the three teenagers come to fight them off  one is bitten while in combat but is cured because a bit can make you become a guttata.  When  the day of the feast comes which is when the Alpha male feeds his tribe his saliva Harvey and his group must come in to kill it or the clan lives longer with more of a chance of overtaking the world.


A question I have for the author is why didn’t you make any other monsters in the book than just the guttata?

Anything But Typical

Posted: March 2, 2011 in Book Critic

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Author: Nora Raleigh Baskin

Published: 2009

I rate this book 3 stars because it really just bored me to death after I went past the hundredth page.  It could use some major improvements such as make a bit more exciting and making Jason more enthusiastic.

Summary: This book takes place in Weston,Connecticut and is about a 12-year old boy who’s  name is Jason Blake and is autistic.  Jason loves to write and started at the age of four years old when his father put the alphabet above his computer in his room.  When he installed a writing website called storyboard where he mets girl named Rebecca and calls her his girlfriend.  He often is picked on at school because he is autistic but the only person that is his friend in school is a boy named Aaron.  When he gets news that he is going to the storyboard convention in Dallas,Texas.  When Jason meets Rebecca at the storyboard convention his mom is questioning her  asking who she is Jason doesn’t do anything for her or even answer.

Questions: 1.  You should of made it a bit more enthusiastic.

Connections: I can relate this book to Harry Potter because at first Harry doesn’t fit in at all kind of being like a loner and in Anything but Typical because Jason only made a few friends in his school.

Halo (fantasy)

Posted: February 8, 2011 in Book Critic, humanities

This book is written by Zizou Corder and was published in 2010 by Puffin books.

This book is about a girl who is washed ashore on a island in greek and is named Halo.  When she was old enough to see she found out she was on a island with Centaurs.  As she keep getting older she broke her arm on a rock at age 5 and a Centaur came to place the bone back into the correct place.  After that experience Halo wanted to become a healer.  When Halo was out swimming in the ocean one day fishermen saw her and captured and then took her back to the mainland to see what they would do with her.  When they came to consciences they decided that she work their for the rest of her life.  The next she escaped on boat and swam to the mainland from the island she was on.  Then she captured by Spartans as a boy and put into training to war.
A question I have for the author is why did you end it without a war with the Spartans.
I can relate a scene from this book is when Halo left her hometown and the book which also happened when Julie (Julie of the Wolves) left her hometown to live with her Aunt Martha

The author is Jean Craighead George and the copyright year is 1988.

I would rate this a four star book because if didn’t make not want to put it down but it didn’t seem as interesting as other books that I’ve read.

This book is about a young boy named Sam Gribley leaves his family and chooses to live in the woods where he finds a tree that marks his grandfathers old farm where he decides to live in a tree and makes a bed.  When he was out in the field picking strawberries he sees a falcon which was carrying food in it’s mouth.  As he climbs up to find where she lives she starts to attack him he starts his descent without noticing the baby falcon Sam too k and named Frightful.  He meets a college teacher named Bando who wants to become friends with him and comes back to visit him in december when his father shows up on christmas day and comments on how good his onion soup is and everything else he made for him.  In the summer his whole family comes to visit him.

Why didn’t you make the book longer and give about when his family comes to visit him.

I can relate Sam leaves to live in the woods (My Side of the Mountain) when Julie decides to live by herself on the Tundra (Julie of the Wolves)

Fire Star (Fantasy)

Posted: December 5, 2010 in Book Critic, humanities

This book was published in 2006 and the author is Chris D’ Lacey.

I would rate this a five star book because this book made me not able to put it down and I’d often read it at night.
The main character is David Rain who is trying to stop the the Fain waking Gawain.  As time keeps going Gwilanna kidnaps Lucy and takes her to a cave on the tooth of Ragnar.  When Lucy is sleeping in a secret chamber she found, a female bear enters to protect her from the harsh winter and from Gwilanna.  Gwilanna does this because she thinks when Gawain awakes she can use her as a decoy to calm Gawain down.  When David does to Farlowe Island he finds out that Grockle has gone there to find the last piece of Gawain.  The piece that Grockle is on a mission for is the claw of his father Gawain.  When Grockle is flying back to the Arctic he see’s Zanna but flies forward to save his father from death but it was too late.  When a Fain takes over tootega’s body the Fain uses his gun to shoot Grockle but it was too late because Grockle had already taken flight to enter the Fire Star portal.  When Gawain is sinking to the bottom of the ocean he kills the leader of the bears Ingavar.  When David shows up in the Arctic using Groyone as a time traveler he summons Ingavar’s spirit to attack the Fain but then the Fain kills David with ice spears.  As David is dying his auma level raises because the auma of  Gawain flooded into him.  When David dies his wife Zanna catches his head in her arms and sings a song to him in dragontounge.  When Zanna finally lets go of David Ingavar’s spirit lies by his feet.
A question I have for the author is why did the Fain spear David and not take over his body?
A connection I made with another book is when the Fain spears David I can relate that to a book called Stormrunner, the part that I related it too is when the guy Yassen kills Alex Rider’s last relative.