Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Maniac Magee

The Newberry Award winning book Maniac Magee teaches you about the history of race relations in the United States. Jeffrey Lionel Magee or "Maniac Magee" lost his parents in a tragic accident and had to move to his aunt and uncle's house who had two of everything. Later Maniac runs away during his school play and no one from Holidaysburg, West Pennsylvania ever sees him again.

Maniac Magee really starts when he arrives in Two Mills. When Maniac comes into Two Mills his life you could say...well...his life changes. In fact Two Mills will never be the same.

Maniac Magee is so good I can't think of any book to compare it with. So how about you go ahead and read this book before you pick up another.


Monday, October 5, 2009


Imagine if instead of sailing across the sea you could sail through the air to your destination.  Imagine if instead of pirates of the sea you had to fight off pirates of the air.  Imagine hearing stories of large creatures who spend there whole life in the air and never touch the ground.  This is the world of Matt Cruise

Matt is a cabin boy aboard the airship Aurora.  When he saves a dying balloonists life and meets the balloonists strange granddaughter his life is forever changed.  Matt Cruise's family live on land except for his dad who falls to the water and meets an unexpected death.  Matt Cruise is trying to get the position of junior sail maker like his father was before he died.  

Kenneth Oppel wrote a great book that is full of action.  Airborn is unlike any book I have ever read.      


Friday, October 2, 2009

First Review: Percy Jackson and The Olympians Series

One of my favorite parts of the Percy Jackson and the Olympian series is when Percy is on a field trip at a museum.  Everyone is outside eating lunch and Percy goes inside  the museum to use the bathroom.  He runs into his math teacher who suddenly turns into a bat like creature.  His Latin teacher comes in and throws Percy a pen that turns into a sword.  He then kills his math teacher.  

The Percy Jackson and the Olympian series is about a 12 year old boy named Percy Jackson who gets sent from boarding school to boarding school.  One day he over hears his best friend Grover and his Latin Teacher talking about a strange camp.  A little while later he goes on a trip to the beach with his mom.  That night his friend Grover comes to the beach house.  Grover tells him and his mom that they are in danger and need to get in the car and drive to Camp Half Blood.  From there the author Rick Riordan takes you on a fun and exciting adventure through Greek mythology that is unlike any history lesson you will ever have.  

If you like Harry Potter then you will definitely like the Percy Jackson and the Olympians.


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