Student Reviews: 7S3!

Posted: August 16, 2010 in Student reviews

We have been having a great week for student reviews here at the library blog, with both 7B2 and 7B3 weighing in with their literary opinions.  Not to be outdone, 7S3 dropped in today to let us know what they’ve been reading and loving of late.

I Lost My Mobile At The Mall by Wendy Harmer
Excellent book! I loved it! 10 out of 10! Suitable for secondary school students. A humorous book that is easy to read and entertaining. The book talks about a girl who loses her phone and is struggling without it. After her computer is taken away, she realises that there are better things to do.
Many secondary students are exactly like the girl in the book (Eleanor). These days, technology has become a big part of our lives and we rely on it a lot. Without technology, we would be like Eleanor!

Forest by Sonya Hartnett
The forest is a dangerous, mysterious, terrifying place, and yet it has a wild beauty to it too. Ruled by fierce, proud, cunning feral felines who stalk the shadows of the territories, it is the natural kingdom of the cat, but for Kian, a lazy, suburban, and worst of all, shiny specimen, the forest is anything but home, and he would do anything to go back. Aided by 5 unlikely companions, a soon-to-be wanderer cat, a brutish, arrogant feline who is eagerly searching for a suitable territory, and a brave, viscous young feral who is following them, as well as 2 small kittens, Kian embarks upon a long journey to find his home. But can he, the kittens and their guides make it through the many perils that the forest offers? And is one of his ‘friends’ really plotting to steal the range, pitiful as it is, that he is planning to return to if he ever does make it?Forest is a beautifully written book that captures the world through the eyes of the feline amazingly. Full of detail, heartbreakingly sad and a truly enchanting read, I rate it 8 and a half out of 10.

Notes from the Teenage Underground by Simmone Howell
Personally, Notes from the Teenage Underground is quite different from other books. It is much suited for older readers and tells the story of three school aged rebels who decide to the ‘Underground’ as their theme to work on. Through their adventures, they undergo a series of events, that put many of their relationships on the line. The story tells us about the lives of teenage girls and their hardships and achievements.

Dragonkeeper by Carole Wilkinson
The start to a great triology. An exciting story about a slave girl who has no memory of who she is or who she’s related to. She doesn’t even know her own name. She beleives that she’s worth nothing but when she uncovers the truth to everything after saving the last imperial dragon from captivity, she finds herself with enough strength and courage to do what must be done. A huge recommendation to all and especially fantasy lovers!!!

Mama’s Song by Ben Beaton : 9/10
I enjoyed this book as it only let out part of the background story a bit at a time so you only got the full idea of the story at the end. It also illustrated the relationships between Georgina and others, specifically with her mother. Even though it’s a bit sad it’s still a very heartwarming book. For me it’s the type of book you can’t put down.

Miss McAllister’s Ghost by Elizabeth Fensham
Miss McAllister is a mysterious old lady who lives down the street from Cassandra and her brothers. One day, after being caught seeking into her house, the children are made to work for Miss McAllister. That is when they find out that she is no ordinary granny. Why does she believe that the queen is dead? What is that ugly face behind a window of an old building down the back of her house? Is Miss McAllister a ghost or just a really, really old lady?
Miss McAllister’s Ghost is an enchanting and breath-taking story about love and friendship by award-winning author Elizabeth Fensham.

Dogs by Bill Condon
The book, Dogs, is about greyhound racing.It is about how two friends train their slow dog into a fast dog while one of the friends’ father despises the dog.
Overall, I think Dogs was an interesting and good book to read.

Angel Fish by Lili Wilkinson.
You would expect othing less than an excellent book from the daughter of award winning author Caroline Wilkinson, creator of the Dragonkeeper series. Angel Fish is a fine example of the Wilkinson family’s great contribution to literature.
The children of the story, led by their “King” Stephan,embark on a perilous quest through the cities of anciet Europe, in a desperate bid to save the world from the evil sprits know as the Saracen. Along the path a good many predicaments are met, all of which have a significant impact on the story.The heroic children shall discover their true selves and unravel the mystery of the Holy Land.
A fantastic book, of magic, demons and angels. (Note: This book has a religious aspect to it)

David R.
Foundling by D.C. Cornish
Rosamund is a boy with a girl’s name. All his life he has benn a foundling, an orphan. All his life he has wantted two things; to see the sea and to to get a job. So when a man with blooks him to travel inland and become a lamplighter, he is not sure what to do.
A great read. Using clever, yet unusual language, he has created a realistic yet fantastic story.

David N.
Boys of blood and bone by David Metzenthen
I found this book really interesting. One of it’s main focuses is how history can pass through the generations and into general life.It is a good book that has two main storylines that tie into one. One is the story of a dead Australian digger, named Andy Lansell who died in the war while having many family issues. The second part is from Henry Lyon who while on a holiday learns about the story of Andy, partially through some of Andy’s relatives.This book really shows war through a different view.

Jarvis 24 by David Mezenthen
This book is about a kid named Marc E. Jarvis. He needs to do work experience, but doesn’t know what to do. He has recently lost one of his best friends, who he loved and will ever forget. But soon he sees a beautiful girl, coming out of a car yard, and decides to do his work experience there, to have more chance of bumping ito the girl.
The book continues about Marc’s life ad how he gets to know the girl. This book has a good storyline and is quite a short read. Suitable for ages 12 – 18

The Helicopter Man by Elizabeth Fensham
Is about a boy whose dad turns out to be insane. They are poor, so they live in a tin house with onlya a tableand not much food. They are forced to sell many belongings. The story is about how thhe boy finds out his dad is insane and is written in a diary form. The story is very heart warming and makes you think about poor and homeless people and how hard life is for them.
I give this book 3 and a half stars out of five.

QianRui (Madeline)
By the river by Steven Herrick
An amazing Book!
It tells an beautiful story which slowly unveils it self as each page is read.
I would reccomend this book to anyone looking for a relaxing read.

Walking Naked by Alyssa Brugman
Pedita Wiguiggan is widely known as the ‘freak’ of the school. She sometimes speaks in Old English. She chants in Latin.
Would it be possible,then, for Megan Tuw-one of the leaders of the ‘in-group’, to become friends with her?

Siggy and Amber by Doug Macleod
Siggy is a short and skinny boy who lives in a small sesside town of Samsara. He and his best friend, Fergus, have witnessed a mysterious spectacle at Tallis Point (a place full of unexplored ordinances)! Now he has to go back with the new girl at school, Amber, who has an obsession with fish! A funny and engaging book!

Two Pearls of Wisdom by Alison Croggon
Eona is in an awkward position, she is pretending to be a boy and in training to be a Dragon-eye. As Eon, she is thrust into a battle for the emperor’s throne. I thought this book was FANTASTIC. She really created a world where you can relate to the characters.
Sometimes the storyline was hard to follow but if you are willing to stick with it, it is worth it.
The book is a typical fantasy novel but is not in any way boring and repetitive. This book is great for over 11s. It is and amazing addition to the world of literature.

Liar by Justine Larbaleister
Liar is a total thriller which kept me reading. A combination of murder with a LOT of mystery. Liar makes you question every sentence. A dark, psychological and intense book, Liar holds you in an iron grip until the very last page.

Beatle Meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams
In this book, Beatle meets a new friend, Destiny. He already has a girlfriend, but he cheats. His girlfriend is Cilla. In this book, there are twins. Beatle has a twin. His mum is a twin. There are many things situated in Melbourne, the No 16 tram, Malvern Road, and Chadstone. At the end, on Friday 13 November Beatle meets Destiny. On Friday 13 february and March they met only.
Written on Friday 13 August 2010.

Don’t call me Ishmael by Michael Gerard Bauer.
This is a great book. It is very funny and is written in the first person so you get to see everything Ishmael thinks and his opinion for everything.
The story is about a 14 year old boy named Ishmael, who is named after the narrator of Herman Melville’s ‘Moby Dick’. Ishmael thinks he has a rare disease called ‘Ishmael Leseur Syndrome’ which supposedly gives anyone with the name Ishmael Leseur bad luck. This is a hilariously fun year at St Daniel’s for Ishmael.

World Shaker by Richard Harland
Col lives on the upperdecks of the Worldshaker, a mobile city as big as a mountain. He has been chosen as next Supreme Commander when a filthy girl, Filthies being the despised and lowest rankd living things on board, breaks into his room. ‘Don’t let ‘em take me!’ she begs. Will he hand her over or will he break all the rules? Col’s safe, elite world is about to fall apart. A compelling read that makes you reconsider yourplace in the world. It received rave reviews from Ian Irvine and D.M. Cornish, author of ‘Foundling’.


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