Thursday, October 22, 2015

Book Bites Reviews:

The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Review by Tori
This book is about a boy whose mom gets attacked at the round house on an Indian Reservation in North Dakota. Round House is a coming of age novel about the injustices of law. I liked this book because of its honest descriptions of people's lives in a world that is not altogether charming and cheerful. I enjoyed the author's style of omitting quotation marks because the dialogue between characters was very fluid and easy to read. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy a story about the relationships between people. Round House is a moving emotional novel with many interesting themes intertwined throughout the story.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexi
Review by Paige
Junior, a boy who lives on an Indian Reservation is trying to find hope in a school where he is the only Indian. Now he is an outcast in the reservation and shunned by his best friend Rowdy. He has a very difficult time fitting in, but then everything changes. I like this book because it was hilarious. The author has a very good sense of humor. You should read this book because it is a page turner, and a funny book.

Watership Down by Richard Adams
Review by Paige
Fiver has the ability to see the future, and when he has seen that the warren is going to be invaded by humans, he tells his brother, Hazel, that they need to leave. They go to the Threarah (the leader of the warren) and tell him that there will be a disaster in the warren if they did not find a different place to go. The Threarah does not listen to this "story" of theirs. Hazel and Fiver decide they are going to go without the warren when they are leaving, Bigwig (a guard to the warren) tells them he is going with them. Bigwig also has many other rabbits that are coming with Hazel and Fiver on their adventures. The problem is that they need to start a new warren in order to survive, but they do not have any doe's, so they do not have any kits to let the warren thrive. So they have to travel to another warren to find more rabbits. My favorite characters are Hazel, Dandelion, and Black berry because Hazel is a very responsible leader, but he can be reckless too. Dandelion is my favorite character because he is loyal, but also he is adventurous. Blackberry is my favorite because he is intelligent and an exceptional differ. I loved this book because the author does an amazing job writing from the perspective of rabbits.

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Unmapped Sea by Mary Rosewood
Review by Tori
The mystery continues when the Ashton family takes an unlikely visit to the beach in January, where Penelope and the three incorrigible children meet the crude and insufferable Babuhanovs. My favorite characters are the incorrigible children because they are funny and adventurous. I liked this book because it was an easy read and humorous.

Hilda: The Bird Parade by Luke Pearson
Review by Tori
The book is about a girl's adventures in a city, that at first seems strange and unappealing, but then as Hilda becomes acquainted with a bird who can't remember who he is the story begins to unravel in a quest to find Hilda's home. My favorite characters is the raven because he is funny and I liked how he is drawn in the graphic novel. I liked this book because I like how the author draws and it's a nice story to sit down and read through.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Review by Tori
This book is about a girl, Scout and her childhood in a seemingly peaceful Southern town where a court case decides the fate of their futures. My favorite character is Scout because I can relate to her in some ways and because her character is interesting. I mostly loved this book because it's themes are intriguing, the story is enjoyable to read, and it's very suspenseful at times (especially during the court case.)

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Review by Paige
This book is about Guy Montag, a fireman who burns books and the houses they are found in. He had not realized what he was doing until he met Clarisse. Clarisse made him question everything, made him notice what he hadn't noticed before. Finally. he knew what the flames were doing to society. I like this book because it gave a different perspective on knowledge. You should read this book because there were many questions that are asked, and it was very descriptive.

Other titles discussed:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
Half Magic by Edward Eager
The Landry News by Andrew Clements

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