Saturday, July 25, 2009

I Have Lived A Thousand Years

I just read an ah-MAZING book called I Have Lived A Thousand Years, by Livia Bitton Jackson. This book might be a little scary for some, because it is based during the Holocaust in a concentration camp for a majority of the time, but we young people need to learn really happened in the Holocaust!!!! Don't be turned off! It's probably one of my favorite books of all time!!!!

For Elli Friedmann, life is good. She lives in a beautiful town, gets good grades, and has dreams of going away for school in Budapest. But when the Nazis come to town, everything changes.

This story is incredible!!! I learned so much about the horrors the Jews had to endure during Hitler's reign. But what I especially like about this book is the close relationship Elli and her mother maintain even in the darkest of times. They raise each other up! It really emphasizes the importance of family.

For those of you who love this book, there is a 2 other books in the series!!!! They are just as good as this one!!!

Hope you enjoy!!!! :)

Friday, July 24, 2009

Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson

Good news!!!!
For all of you who love Anne Shirley, the feisty heroine of the Anne of Green Gable Series, you can now go back in time and learn about Anne's past in the book Before Green Gables, by Budge Wilson. Not only is this book squeaky clean, but now you can learn about how Anne became the girl she was in the Green Gables series.

When Anne is orphaned as a baby by an epidemic, she is constantly sent from one foster family to another. Anne's vivid imagination always gets her through her tough times, and helps her to be happy even when life gets hard. 

I recommend this book to all of you out there who love Anne, and even those of you who might have never even heard of her! You are in for a treat!

Happy reading!!!!

How Not To Be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler

Recently I read a book called How Not to Be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler. It was whimsy, charming, and funny! Overall, I LOVED it! There was some not so great language though. My mom read it before I did, and she had to black out some words, sometimes even paragraphs. :( My mom would advise parents to read it first. Other than that, it was fantastic!
It was about a girl named Maggie Dempsey, whose hippie parents are constantly uprooting and moving their family all over the country. When Maggie was younger, she thought of it as a new adventure each time they moved. But now that she's older, she's getting sick of leaving all her friends over and over again.
So she hatches a plan.
When Maggie's family moves to Austin, Texas, instead of attempting to fit in her new school as she usually does, she decides to become a social outcast by dressing in outrageous outfits, and constantly talking to the wrong people.
But it doesn't exactly work out the way she plans...
This book is not only comical, but it teaches great lessons too. So go and read it! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Welcome to My Blog!!!!

My name is Sam, I'm 12, and I am an AVID reader
I read a variety of books, from Jane Austen to JK Rowling
These days, it's really hard to find good books for younger people, so to help with that problem, I will review tons of different books, to give an idea of what books you might be interested in reading