Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Into the Volcanco

Into the Volcano by Don Wood is about the Pugg brothers, Duffy and Sumo, and their wild and crazy trip to Kocalaha Island. The boys' cousin, Come-and-Go, shows up at their school unexpectedly to take them on a 10 day vacation while their mother finishes her research in Borneo. Little did the boys know that their vacation was going to be a nightmare! Soon after they arrive at their auntie's place, the boys leave on an expedition with Come-and-Go and his partners – straight into the heart of an active volcano! After some very dangerous experiences, the boys begin to realize they may be in serious trouble and that their “guides” may not be on their side. Duffy and Sumo escape even deeper into the volcano, and that's when disaster strikes. Duffy, the strong adventurous brother falls into a crevice and sustains serious injuries. Sumo isn't sure he's strong enough, or strong-willed enough, to save him. He eventually finds his way to Duffy, and what the two discover even deeper into the volcano both shocked and amazed them. It's then that they realize they've been used as “bait” in a deadly race against greed and the forces of nature.

This graphic novel is amazing. I couldn't put it down. The illustrations are absolutely incredible! I've never been so captivated by a book. I would recommend this one to anyone who enjoys a good adventure story!          Reviewed by the Raving Reader.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

So B. It

by Sarah Weeks
The book, So B. It, is about a twelve-year-old named Heidi who lives in Reno, Nevada with her mentally-disabled mother and their neighbor, Bernadette. Her mother only knows twenty-three words, including one mysterious one, "soof," that no one can define. Meanwhile, Bernadette has a serious condition called agoraphobia, which causes her to be too afraid to go outside. Heidi must take on responsibilities beyond her years to provide for their household.  Heidi knows nothing about her mother's life, nor anything about her father. However, she does know that she has an incredible streak of good luck; everything she tries, she succeeds in, whether it is as simple as playing a memory game or as complex as using the slot machines in the local laundromat, the Sudsy Duds, to make extra money for the family.  When Heidi finds some photos of her mother at a Christmas party in New York she becomes anxious to uncover more about her family history.   So she sets off alone to discover the truth. Heidi learns things good and bad and is forever changed by the adventure.  I loved this book.  Reviewed by Ariannah at Building Rainbows.

Surviving the Applewhites

by Stephanie S. Tolan
Surviving the Applewhites is a book about a boy named Jake. His parents are in jail and he has done terrible things. Jake first goes to his grandpa in another state, and then moves in with the Applewhites. The Applewhites are made of 4 kids, 5 adults and many animals. The Applewhites are a creative family that run a creative school. E.D. is the main Applewhite in the story. She hates Jake at first then she learns to like him. Jake changes very much throughout the story. At first he is a boy who smoked, said curse words and had many earrings. He becomes a musician and nicer person at the end because of the Applewhites. This book was really good.   Reviewed by Abby at Building Rainbows.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

by Bernard Waber

Do you like crocodiles? This story is about Lyle. Lyle is a crocodile. First, Lyle is trying to be a nice crocodile. Lyle has a family. His family are humans. Mr. Grumes, Lyle's neighbor, gets mad at him because he is always in front of his house. When Lyle gets lost in the store, he gets sent to the zoo. Finally he got out of the zoo, and there was a fire. Will he save the day or will he forget the fire?
I loved this book because Lyle saved the day. It was sad when Lyle went to the zoo after he got lost in the store. This part when Lyle gets lost, reminds me of when I was lost in Toys R' Us because I couldn't see my mom.
I think my brother would like this book because he likes crocodiles.
Reviewed by Axel L. at The Spaghetti Bookclub

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

by Brian Selznick
 Hugo lives in the walls of a busy train station where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. He fixes the clocks in the train station and keeps the gears going. His father died in a fire at a museum because he was locked in a closet while making an automatron and he couldn't get out. He is hiding so the station inspector doesn't ship him away to an ophanage. He meets a girl and they accomplish something very hard. You'll have to read the book to figure out the rest.
    Do you like a book that is long? I don't but I picked up this book thinking it was long but it is mostly pictures. When I started reading it I loved it because it was short and such a good story. I don't even have a favorite part because all of it was good.  I thought Hugo was the best character because he was really mysterious. All the pictures are black and white but it tells most of the story.
   I think you should read this book. It is amazing, mysterious, extraordinary and puts you on the edge of your seat. If you ever decide to pick up a book I would get this one.
Reviewed by Skylah W. at The Spaghetti Bookclub