Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Cirque Du Freak #1

Cirque Du Freak is about two best friends, Darren Shan and Steve Leonard, who love horror films, books, and comics. One day another one of their friends finds out about a freak show called Cirque Du Freak. They pool their money together to by tickets, but can only buy two. They have a contest to see who goes out of the four friends. Darren and Steve win the contest and go. When they go they are amazed at what talents the performers do. They bought things that are from strange little people who don't talk. After the show Steve stayed behind and told Darren to go. Darren was suspicious so he stayed. He was not expecting what he saw Steve stay and do.

-Josh L.

The Lightning Thief

Do you like the Harry Potter series? Do you enjoy learning about Greek mythology? Well then, be sure to pick up a copy of Rick Riordan's "The Lightning Thief"! Everything from the Minotaur from the satyr, every mythological story that you have learned about will be in this book. Enter Perseus Jacson(or Percy, for short), a normal 12 year old. Except that he has been kicked out of every school he's been to! He is not one to "fit in".
He lives only with his mom, for his father took a trip out on the sea, never to return...or at least that is what his mom says. However, how would he react if his father were OR IS the almighty god of the sea, POSEIDON!! And that's not all...everything goes haywire when Zeus, god of the sky, accuses Percy of stealing his master bolt, his most powerful weapon, capable of zapping lightning straight out of the sky. You'll just have to read to find out....

-Eugene Piol

Monday, September 14, 2009

Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie

Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie
by Jordan Sonnenblick

Steven's life seems pretty typical for a middle school student; his days are filled with school, drums, his lifelong crush on Renee, and his annoying little brother. All of that changes when he finds out that his brother has been diagnosed with cancer. Over the course of his 8th grade year, Steven learns things about life that an eighth grader should not have to know. He becomes a protector of his brother and a shoulder to lean on for his weary mother, while still trying to maintain his everyday life. In doing all of that, he learns what life is really about.

Even though the book's plot is burdened with Jeffrey's sickness, there are some lighter subplots, like Steven's interest in and talent for playing the drums. The reader never loses the voice of the narrator, which is a true depiction of a middle school boy. This book is so laugh-out-loud funny that sometimes it's easy to forget that the narrator's brother has been diagnosed with leukemia.

A must read for everyone!

-Ms. Fields