Congratulations to the winners of our 2012 Summer Reading Club Book Review contests, and thanks to everyone who submitted entries!
The Prince and the Pauper
Tom, a pauper, and Edward, a prince, both dream of a life opposite from their own. While Tom dreams of living in a castle and Edward dreams of running wild in the streets, the two young boys meet and change lives. Although Tom is having a luxurious time and Edward is having a wild time, they both realize they were truly made for their original lives. This book was very unique because it was in archaic form, the types of words that people used in the olden time, which made it difficult to understand. Although this was a barrier, the interesting content forced me to continue. It taught me to accept life, even if I may envy another person’s life. This is important because you could waste your life envying someone else’s or use your life wisely and have others envy you.
A True Princess
This book is about a girl named Lilia, who was found in a basket in the river. She decides one day to travel North to find her real family, accompanied by her friends, Karina and Kai. Along the way, Kai gazes upon the Elvish King’s daughter and is under a spell. In the end, Lilia breaks the spell and realizes she is a princess. I liked this book because it is like a mix of German legends and the tale, The Princess and the Pea. I also like how Diane Zahler put it all together into a nice, happy ending for everyone! Well, except for Ylva! I strongly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys fantasy.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
This book is about 2 boys and 2 girls going in a wardrobe and finding a secret world called Narnia. They adventure there and find out they are in a heap of trouble when they go into an evil witch’s castle. I liked this book because it flows and the story makes sense to me. The story is fun and I think that a lot of people know about it. Also, I like it because it is about adventure, fantasy, and exploring new things. A story is always exciting when those themes are included.
Tintin in America
This book is about a Bulgarian reporter named Tintin and his dog Snowy. Tintin comes to Chicago to get rid of the gangsters who dominate the city. The gangsters try their best to stop Tintin, and are not successful. I liked this book because there are many areas where Tintin could have been killed. He didn’t die mostly because he thought quickly and carried out his daring plans and also he was plain lucky. I also like the sense of humour. Every so often Snowy will make a funny remark. For example, when Tintin was wearing a suit of armour, Snowy said, “That’s a snappy outfit”. ‘Tintin in America” is my favourite Tintin book.
White Jade Tiger
This book is about Jasmine staying at her aunt’s house since her father went to China. When she went through a doorway in the Fan Tan Alley, she found herself back into the 1880’s. With the help of her friend Keung, she is frantically searching for the one and only White Jade Tiger. I liked this book because it described how it was in the 1880’s when the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) was built. The Chinese coolies were paid at $0.80 a day! I also like this book because it had suspense when Jasmine was chased by Blue Scar Wong. Both of them wanted the amulet so badly. I hope you will have as much fun reading this book as I did!
Sisters of the Sword
This book is about two sisters named Kimi and Hana. They want to become samurai warriors but they are girls. When their uncle betrays them by killing their father and older brothers, Kimi and Hana dress up as boys and become servants in a dojo where they meet their cousin who became proud and arrogant. I liked this book because it was really detailed, exciting to read, and makes you wonder what would happen next. This book caught my attention right away. It had a surprising beginning that made me interested. I recommend this book because it’s full of life and has interesting conflicts.
World's Most Amazing Bridges
This book is about 10 of the world’s most amazing bridges, and why they are so unique, why they were built, and old bridges, modern bridges, and new bridge technology. I liked this book because the bridges in the book are very interesting. I also like this book because bridges are one of my favourite things. I wonder what the highest bridge is. I like to build bridges using Lego or wooden train trucks. One of my favourite bridges is the Tower Bridge in London, U.K., because the road can move to let boats pass. I recommend this book to library customers.
The Girl Who Could Fly
This book is about a girl called Piper who can fly and her mother and father do not allow her to fly. So, she is sent to I.N.S.A.N.E., the school for kids who have extraordinary abilities. I liked this book because it is about courage and it talks about a girl who is determined to fight for her difference, but she is sent to a top secret school. So, at first she likes her life there. After a while, she thinks that all the staff there are all her enemies.
Jack Blank & the Imagine Nation
This book is about a boy that doesn’t know where he comes from, so his teacher at St. Burnaby’s gave him a name. His name is Jack Blank. When Jack was going into Imagine Nation, he found out he was Rustav infected. Everyone in Empire City is afraid of him. I liked this book because it was very creative and when you read each word you can visualize in your head. Even though there are no pictures you can still make a movie in your head. The part that I like the most was the place named Imagine Nation and Jack Blank being the hero in Empire City. I even liked the part when the Rustav were battling Jack it sounded so epic!
The Magician's Elephant
This book is about a boy called Peter Augustus Duchenes who is training to become a soldier like his dead father. Peter has a sister Adele, who everyone thinks has died. Peter asks a fortune teller for help to find Adele and the fortune teller says that an elephant will lead him to her. The problem is that the elephant is in prison for breaking into an opera’s roof. After the elephant was released from prison, Peter asks it to lead him to Adele. The elephant leads him to Adele and they live together after they meet again. I liked this book because it has not only one problem in the book and that it makes your brain think when you’re solving a problem. I also like the book because there are descriptive words and creative words in some parts. The best thing I like about the book is that it has a happy ending and that it has sad times, happy times, exciting times, and romantic times which makes the book a perfect book!
Misty of Chincoteague
This book is about two siblings named Paul and Maureen Beebe. They really want to have the Phantom, a horse that no one was able to capture before. They even saved up a lot of money for her. On Pony Penning Day, by pure luck, Paul manages to catch not only the Phantom, but also her colt, Misty! However, even after months, the Phantom just doesn’t seem at rest in her new home. In the end, Paul releases the Phantom on Chincoteague Island, where she was born. I liked this book because of how hard Paul and Maureen worked to overcome all the obstacles in getting the Phantom and Misty. I also liked how Paul set the Phantom free despite going through all that trouble in obtaining her. I think that it was a very kind and selfless act to liberate something when you see that it is longing for freedom.