28 February 2007


I decided that, before I post any more of my book reviews, I should probably explain what I put in my posts so that you can understand some of the random things that are in my book reviews. I think I'm going to have a basic layout for all of my reviews. This one is really good 'cause I got it from my Young Adult Lit teacher. Anyways, here we go:

Title and Author Basically that's it. I just write the title of the book and the author of the book. If it's a collection of stories, it'll be the name of the person that collected them.

Publisher This will the publisher of the book that I'm using. This will come in handy with you so if you wanna look the book up and read it.

Year The latest copywrited year as mentioned in the book.

Gentre What genre the book is in.

I.L This stands for "Interest Level". Basically, here is where I'll put what grade levels would be most intersted in the book. I will either grade it on my own thiniking or get it from a book that has them listed.

Pages How many pages are in the book (story only).

Synopsis The main story of the play. For my class I have to give the entire story but for this I'll only do a teaser. Also, I'm just going to focus on the main story, not all the little rabbit trails that the author may chase after.

Evaluation of the Work as Literature Here is where I will get technical. I'll be evaluating one of the items, which I don't have on me right now, of the work and basically giving my opinion about it.

Personal Comments Finally, this is basically where I get to rant about the book. Yay for ranting.

Well, that's the explination of how I'll be writing book reviews. I have five done so sometime I'll get them posted. I'll have another five more done in about 2 weeks so you'll get to read about those as well. Please remember that these are all young adult books, meaning that they should be appealing for people from the ages of 12-18.

10 February 2007

"The Giver"

The Giver by Lois Lowry. Published by Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers
I.L. 8th grade+
180 pages

I. Synopsis- Jonas's community is the picture perfect place. Everyone knows their place. Daily activities are sorted out and even the children know what is expected of them. Every December, all the children go through certain Ceremonies according to their ages. Jonas's littler sister will be turning Eight and thus she gets to wear a different jacket that has smaller buttons and pockets. Jonas will be turning Twelve which was the most important Ceremony for that is when the children are given their Assignments. Jonas wsan't sure what Assignment he was to be given. As his name draws closer and closer, Jonas grows more and more nervous. Yet, when it comes to his name, he is skipped. Everyone is greatly shocked, but no one says antying as not to interrupt the Ceremony. The Chief Elder comes back to Jonas and informs him, as well as everyone else, that he is to be the next Receiver of Memory. No one really knows anything about the Receiver so this is big news indeed.

II. Evaluation of the Work as Literature- The setting is a vital part of the story for everthing is so rigid in the community that when Jonas becomes the Receiver-in-Training, he is given permission to berak many of the rules that are set in place. Also, as one finds out later in the book, no one can see colour which, after finding this out, changes the mood, the way one looks at the community and it makes something that happens a very dramatic change.

III. Personal Comments- I absolutely love this book. You know, at the beginning, just what the community is about and what some of the rules are. As Jonas goes through his day, you find out more and more about the community. At first, it seems to be the perfect placce but as you get nearer and nearer to the end and begin to realize more and more through Jonas's training, it appears to be not so perfect.

07 February 2007

Books, books, books

Since I'm expanding my horizons, I decided that all the reviews that I have to write for Young Adult Lit, I'll post here. Since they are due tomorrow, you'll get to see which books I'm reading and what not. I may add some extra comments to these that I couldn't for the assignment and what not.

Since my homework is not done, I can't post my findings, so I'll just give a list of the books that I read for this time:

--The Giver by Lois Lowry
--A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry
--Deathwatch by Robb White
--The Killer's Cousin by Nancy Werlin
--Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps by Andrea Warren.

That's all of them. Only 5 per time. The review on The Giver will be longer then the rest of them 'cause I have to do 4 short reviews and 1 long one. Don't worry, the short ones will have my opinions as well. ^_^

Well, until I get my homework done, I bid you farewell.