In every school that Cara Landry goes to she starts her newspaper: The Landry News. Reporting is something that she loves to do. Unfortunately, Cara always seems to get in trouble because of her newspapers, which are known for scathing editorials written by Cara herself. Sometimes she jumps to wrong conclusions and reports incorrectly. Other times she gets ahead of herself and makes false accusations. At any rate, The Landry News always seems to end with Cara in the principal's office trying to explain herself.
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Review of "The Landry News" by Andrew Clements
The story’s main character is Brian, a young teen with divorced parents. His father works in Alaska. While flying to visit his father for the summer, the plane’s pilot has a heart attack and dies, leaving Brian to face an emergency crash landing in Canada’s North Woods. Brian’s only tool is belt slung hatchet that his mother gave him as a present just before he left.
Throughout the story the depictions of Brian’s emotions are very realistic. From initial terror to hope that the rescuers will find him, from depression and a suicide attempt to determination, Brian’s reaction to his plight are believable. For example, in Paulson’s down to earth, solid writing style, we are told of Brian’s response to a rescue plane flying over and not noticing him:
“When the plane had come and gone it had put him down, gutted him and dropped him and left him with nothing. The rest of that first day he had gone down and down until dark. He had let the fire go out… had let his brain take him down to where he was done, where he wanted to be done and done.
To where he wanted to die. He had settled into the gray funk deeper and deeper and still deeper until finally, in the dark, he had gone up on the ridge and taken the hatchet and tried to end it by cutting himself.
Madness. A hissing madness that took his brain. There had been nothing for him then and he had tried to become nothing but the cutting had been hard to do, impossible to do, and he had at last fallen to his side, wishing for death, wishing for an end, and slept only didn‘t sleep.
With his eyes closed and his mind open he lay on the rock through the night, lay and hated and wished for it to end and thought the word, Clouddown, Clouddown through that awful night. Over and over the word, wanting all his clouds to come down, but in the morning he was still there.
Still there on his side, and when the sun came up and when he opened his eyes he saw the cuts on his arm, the dry blood turning black; he saw the blood, and he hated the blood, hated what he had done to himself when he was the old Brian and was weak, and two things came into his mind-two true things…
He was not the same and would never be again like he had been. That was one of the true things, the new things. And the other one was that he would not die, he would not let death in again.”
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For other books by Gary Paulson see:
The Voyage of the Frog
Charlotte was born in 1812 and grew up at an orphanage. At some point she ran away from the orphanage, and started posing as a male so that she could enjoy many freedoms that were at that time not granted to women. “Riding Freedom” follows Charlotte’s experiences from the orphanage onward through her unique life. As an expert stagecoach driver and the first woman to vote, Charlotte’s life story makes an interesting and historical yarn.
Overall “Riding Freedom” is a admirable book, both for its historical aspect and its interesting real-life characters. The pace of the plot is slightly disappointing, for the story skips through large periods of Charlotte’s life so as to focus on the short scenes that are known and most important. Despite this, however, “Riding Freedom” makes for a read that is both decent and educational.Inkweaver Book Rating:
Joey and his sister Mary Alice are a little hesitant about leaving big city Chicago to spend the summer with their Grandma. They soon find, however, that with Grandma around there is never a dull moment!
From the first hilarious chapter, “Shotgun Cheatham‘s Last Night Above Ground” to the touching ending, this book is injected with lively personalities, entertaining surprises, and humorous tricks. Richard Peck captures the small town feel and aura of the era in his vivid, larger-than-life style. It’s little wonder that this book was a recipient of the Newberry Honor Award.
I’m confident that you’ll find “A Long Way from Chicago” to be a wonderful read, and a worthy addition to any book collection.
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The main character is sixteen-year-old Gem Ranneson. She lives in the City, a place where rules are not broken, because the government is always watching. Everything in the City is perfect; no resource is wasted and all the people are healthy. But then Gem discovers a shocking secret about the society that she lives in.
Underneath the City live the Waterbound, the children that the City did not want. As Gem learns to appreciate these deformed and disabled people, she becomes critically involved in a final attempt to liberate them from society’s imprisonment.
“Waterbound” is both moving and meaningful. Stemp’s realistic novel teaches an important message about disability rights. I would recommend this book as an entertaining and worthwhile read.
The story is historical fiction based on the real experience of a young Indian woman who lived alone on an island off the coast of California for 18 years. O’Dell beautifully recreates her as the character Karana, or Girl with the Long Black Hair. When Karana’s tribe leaves the island on an American ship, Karana ends up left behind. She must deal with the island’s wild dogs, which have killed her brother, and also find food to subsist in the desolate spot. The story follows Karana through disasters and difficulties as she lives her solitary life.
“Island of the Blue Dolphins,” though, is no mere survival story like “Robinson Crusoe.” Rather, Karana’s determined courage and her strong spirit give the story a peaceful appeal, and the book’s memorable passages are not mere drama, but deeper and broader in scope. Rather than letting loneliness and terror affect her, Karana endures, serene and strong. Her strong character gives a strong appeal and wonderful tone to "Island of the Blue Dolphins."
As one of my favorite books, “Island of the Blue Dolphins” is a reading opportunity that I would highly recommend to you.
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Raquel was a fourteen-year-old girl who most people never noticed. She was just one of those average people that are all too often overlooked. But then she dies in a tragic accident, and everyone around her is effected in some way.
“Remembering Raquel” is basically an extensive collection of people’s reactions to Raquel’s death. From the grief of her father and her friends, to the mixed reactions of her classmates the author realistically captures the aftermath of an unexpected and shocking death. Velde captures the stages of mourning: shocked disbelief, feelings of responsibility, and grief. This work of art is a vast and moving panorama of thoughts and feelings, in all ranges and extremes.
I would highly recommend that you read “Remembering Raquel.” This one-of-a-kind book is too special and too moving to pass by. The back cover sums up the entire book in one sentence: “How would you be remembered?”Plot
“We are all around you.
You don‘t think about us because we are invisible. Well, not exactly invisible. A lot of us have hair dyed in four colors, or wear five-inch platform sneakers, or carry enough metal in our skin that it‘s a hassle getting on an airplane. Quite visible, actually, come to think of it.
But we don‘t wear signs saying what we are. After all, if you knew what we were up to, we couldn‘t work our magic. We have to observe carefully and push and prompt you in ways you don‘t notice. Like good teachers, we let you think you‘ve discovered the truth on your own.
And you need us. Someone has to guide you, to mold you, to make sure that today turns into yesterday on schedule. Because frankly, without us to monitor the situation, who knows what would get crammed down your throats?
It‘s not like you can just start making your own decisions, after all.”
With this intriguing beginning, Westerfeld delves into a remarkable novel that has a plot as deeply twisted as its message. From the sources of fads to the people and personalities that define cool, Westerfeld helps the reader step back and look at things from a different vantage point - from the point of view of seventeen-year-old Hunter Braque. Hunter is a Trend Setter, one of those important people who find the coolest new things, and then help get them promoted until everyone thinks their cool. But then things go wrong. It appears that someone is trying to completely change the pyramid of consumerism, because some things are happening that just aren’t cool.
In writing “So Yesterday” Westerfeld has created a work of art that is not only entertaining to read, but also enlightening. This book has forever changed my view of “cool” and my concept of how things become “cool.” From the interesting history about the source of some modern fads, to the interesting ideas of the characters, Westerfeld’s book is a memorable and very worthwhile read.Inkweaver Book Rating:
The book was written for children, but its marvelous imagery and ideas are inspiring to minds of all ages. The main character is a young ten-year-old boy named Peter. McEwan immediately portrays Peter’s character, capturing his young personality and mind with remarkable clarity:
It was not until he had been a grown-up himself for many years that Peter finally understood. They thought he was difficult because he was so silent. That seemed to bother people. The other problem was he liked being by himself. Not all the time, of course. Not even every day. But most days he liked to go off somewhere for an hour-to his bedroom, or the park. He liked to be alone and think his thoughts.
Now, grown-ups like to think they know what‘s going on inside a ten-year-old‘s head. And it‘s impossible to know what someone is thinking if they keep quiet about it.”
McEwan takes us inside the mind of Peter, and what an interesting mind it is! “The Daydreamer” shows us Peter’s extraordinary ideas and imagination. From the body of a cat, to that of a baby, to that of an adult, Peter’s life is more than other’s could ever realize.
“The Daydreamer” is wonderfully written, celebrating the imagination in all its power and scope. It’s ideas and descriptive passages stick in the memory long after the book has been read. I would highly recommend that you read the book yourself to experience this wonderful book by Ian McEwan.
The main character, Matt Cruse is a cabin boy who works on the luxury airship Aurora. Matt loves to fly, for it is only in the air that he can escape the painful memories of his past. He has dreams of one day flying an airship of his own.
When Matt rescues a dying balloonist, the old man tells him about strange and beautiful flying creatures. At first he passes them off as mere ravings, but then he meets the old man’s granddaughter, who is convinced that her grandfather did in fact see something mysterious before he died.
“Airborn” has a distinct and realistic world, full of ingenious details, from the airships to the strange creatures that live in its skies. I would recommend this book both for its wonderful world and for its involving action. Oppel has produced a story that is definitely worthy of its American Library Association Award.Inkweaver Book Rating:
"Skybreaker" the sequel to "Airborn"