Monthly Archives: April 2017

Unstoppable by Tim Green

Unstoppable: impossible to stop something or someone. Harrison Johnson is your unstoppableaverage 12-year-old boy who has learned to play football and love it. After people saw what he could do on the field, they started growing jealous. This realistic fiction takes place in a town where people aren’t as accepting as he hoped. Being the new kid, it wasn’t easy making new friends once people found out that the coach was his foster dad. Tim Green does a great job capturing how hard it is to fit in because after people found out about what was happening to him, they started excluding him. Fortunately, Harrison didn’t really care about having friends…all he really wanted was to play football.

My first reason to pick out this book is because the cover stood out to me, mostly because I LOVE fictional football books. My favorite part of this book would have to be when he puts his shoulder pads on backwards. I don’t blame him for not knowing what to do since it was his first time playing football. Some people might dislike Unstoppable because of the whole football part, but if you’re in the mood to feel motivated, this book would definitely cheer you up.

Unstoppable isn’t just about football, it’s about getting up after a hard hit. The theme of this book is to encourage readers to not give up. My favorite thing about Harrison is that he can be a really sarcastic person sometimes. As a reader, I obviously want more details that can lead up to an important conclusion. Unfortunately, there was a time gap that led from him trying to run away from his parents, to him playing football again, and I wanted to know what happened in that time gap.

All in all, I rate Unstoppable an 8/10. A reader who has been through tough times would like this book because Harrison has struggled internally. If Tim Green comes out with a new book, I would be sure to check it out!

 

Review by Nicole M.

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Imagine a city, set deep underground, with a breaking generator, low on supplies, surrounded by darkness. Now imagine that you found an old, broken up letter thaembert seems to be giving instructions to something. Well, that’s the situation 12 year olds Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow got into in Jeanne DuPrau’s science fiction novel, The City of Ember. The letter, torn apart by Lina Mayfleet’s little sister has to have been written in immaculate hand writing and put in a special box for a reason, right? The two are unable to keep their minds off the strange letter and set off to discover its meaning. Join Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow as they piece together the broken words that they hope could save their people from their quickly dying city, The City of Ember.

Jeanne DuPrau has written a truly perfect story. A story about adventure and discovery in a dire situation. A story about friendship. Many similar types of books I’ve read have had similar stories to one another. While some parts of the story are kind of cliché, like finding something that leads to an adventure of sorts, most of the story is new and refreshing to me. The most different aspect of The City Of Ember to other books I’ve read is the setting. Some books of the genre have had the story take place in many large locations. Sometimes entire sections of the book are dedicated to a certain place. While this can be a good thing in many cases if done well, having just a few smaller areas can make each are more memorable as they have more time for you to get used to them and it’s not as clustered.

Another thing I loved was the interactions between the characters. From the friendships like Lina and Doon, to the enemies like Lina and the mayor, they all feel genuine and like they could be interactions between real people. With all this being said, my one major issue with the book is that it doesn’t have a real emotional moment that made me feel for a character. The few that were attempted were quickly forgotten about and didn’t have much impact to the plot. I like a book that can make me cry, but The City Of Ember just couldn’t do that. In summary, I love the story that was told and the character interactions, but didn’t like that there was no good emotional moment.

If you like a book with a great story, likeable and charming characters, and a villain you will root against, I would highly recommend The City Of Ember. Maybe it will get you thinking about what life would be like living in an underground city, a place completely different from where you live now. I know I did. Just don’t expect an emotional moment that could make you cry. I would definitely rate The City Of Ember 9 out of 10 stars. I look forward to reading the sequels and more from Jeanne DuPrau.

 

Review by Jose N.   

Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff

Lisa Graff’s realistic fiction novel Lost In The Sun is about the life of a sixth grasunde boy named Trent. He was the main reason why a hockey incident led to a death a couple of months ago and he feels terrible. In this book, Trent also struggles to have a good relationship with his father and can’t really seem to make friends easily. Trent is just very confused with his life and trying to figure out which path to follow. As you read you will learn how Trent deals with losing friends, trust and problems at home.

This book drew me in because of its different plot. For example, Trent who is just twelve years old has to live with the pain of killing someone. He also has to deal with feeling helpless and lonely. Reading about his life was fascinating because the death caused more events to unfold later in the book.

One strong point of the story was the author’s choice of narrator. I like how it spoke in Trent’s point of view. By Trent telling the story I really understood him and felt like I was there with him.

As I was reading, I was really wondering if I would read another story by Lisa Graff. Her writing was so good in this book I wondered how her others were. So, I did my research and came across some titles and summaries only to come to the conclusion that her writing is amazing and I would love to read more. I think anyone who likes drama would enjoy this book because there’s lots of family drama and problems. I would most definitely rate this book five out of five stars. It was a book I will never forget and I will definitely re-read.

Review by Kylie N.