Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Title: Surprise Endings
Author: Robin Jones Gunn
Description: Christy Miller is determined that things are going to go her way this spring. Her heart is set on becoming a cheerleader, and with all the practice she's put in, she's sure she can pass the tough tryouts. What's even more exciting is that the prom is just around the corner, and Christy gets swept away making plans for her dress, the dinner, and the entire event. But her dreams turn to bitter disappointment when her parents tell her she won't be allowed to attend the prom, and Christy watches in tears as Todd takes another girl. And all her hard work for a spot on cheer leading squad can't erase the fact that one of the cheerleaders makes it clear that Christy isn't welcome. Can Christy leave a space in her heart for God to fill, or will she keep looking to others for her happiness?
Christy really wants to be a cheerleader. She practices and practices. And she is also so excited that the prom is coming up. But then she is really sad because her parents aren't going to let are attend the prom. And then what makes it worse, is that Todd is taking someone else.
And one of the girls on the cheer leading squad make it clear that Christy is not welcome. With all of this built up inside her, will she turn to God?
Title: A View From Saturday
Author: E.L. Konigsburg
Stars: 3 1/2
Description: HOW HAD MRS. OLINSKI CHOSEN her sixth-grade Academic Bowl team? She had a number of answers. But were any of them true? How had she really chosen Noah and Nadia and Ethan and Julian? And why did they make such a good team?
It was a surprise to a lot of people when Mrs. Olinski's team won the sixth-grade Academic Bowl contest at Epiphany Middle School. It was an even bigger surprise when they beat the seventh grade and the eighth grade, too. And when they went on to even greater victories, everyone began to ask: How did it happen?
It happened at least partly because Noah had been the best man (quite by accident) at the wedding of Ethan's grandmother and Nadia's grandfather. It happened because Nadia discovered that she could not let a lot of baby turtles die. It happened when Ethan could not let Julian face disaster alone. And it happened because Julian valued something important in himself and saw in the other three something he also valued.
Mrs. Olinski, returning to teaching after having been injured in an automobile accident, found that her Academic Bowl team became her answer to finding confidence and success. What she did not know, at least at first, was that her team knew more than she did the answer to why they had been chosen.
This is a tale about a team, a class, a school, a series of contests and, set in the midst of this, four jewel-like short stories -- one for each of the team members -- that ask questions and demonstrate surprising answers.
This isn't one my my favorite book but it was ok. This book is about all of these students, Noah, Nadia, Ethan, and Julian. It has a story about each of these students. Mrs. Olinski has to pick her students for this competition. And this book shows how she comes to pick her students, and how this changed her life.
Who is Your Favorite Character and Why? I don't really have a favorite character, but I really like Julian. Why? Because he is smart, caring, and he isn't like the other characters in the book.
What is Your Favorite Part and Why? I like the end part when Mrs. Olinski says,"Did I choose you, or did you choose me?" And the students answer saying, "Yes!" Why? Because that is a part where you figure out that the students care just as much for Mrs. Olinski just as much as she cares for them.
Why are you like the Main Character or why aren't you? I don't really know who the main character is, but I am guessing it is Mrs. Olinski. I am not sure. Maybe in some ways. Why? Because at the beginning she is kind of strict she thinks it is not appropriate to applause and cheer. But at the end, her students change her into someone loving and caring. So I would say yes and no!
I liked this book but I wouldn't say this is one of my favorites. But this book is heart warming!
I don't remember any bad words.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
This movie is about Tinkerbell, before Peter Pan. Now everything comes for something, the seasons changing, water turning from a solid to a liquid, and more. Tinkerbell is born and picks her talent. But the one she that finds her isn't the one she wants.
She is a Tinker. Building things for other faeries. So Tink goes out trying to find a a different talent so she can go to our world.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Title: Yours Forever
Author: Robin Gunn
Description: Christy's can't wait to spend her Christmas vacation back in Newport Beach with her friends from last summer. Even before she arrives, all she can think about is arranging her schedule so she can spend every minute of her time with Todd. But her vacation fantasies turns to failures when all her careful planning alienates one of her best friends, makes Todd mad at her, and insults her aunt. Will Christy figure out how to handle all these mixed emotions and mend these frayed relationships? Will her friends-and God- show her the true meanings of "yours forever?"
Christy is spending her Christmas vacation with her aunt and uncle in Newport Beach. She can't wait to spend all she can with Todd. But everything fades away when she makes one of her best friend mad at her, makes her aunt angry at her, and more. Christy needs to turn to God for help, will she do that?
There are a couple of kisses in this book and one of her none-Christa in friends gets pregnant at 17 and before she is married. She thought off getting an abortion but changes her mind. She then turns to a Christian thing and they help her through it!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Title: The Secret of Candlelight Inn
Author: Carolyn Keene
Description: When Emmaline Whitby died, she bequeathed the historic Candlelight Inn to the Guilding Eyes foundation. Dedicated to helping the blind, the foundation plans to create a training canter for Seeing Eye dogs. But as Nancy is about discover the inn is not only full of hope and history, it's also packed with deep secrets and dark dangers. Twenty-five years ago a ring of counterfeiters flooded River Heights with fake twenty-dollar bills. No the funny money has resurfaced, and Nancy's found the source-a hidden room at the inn. But to get the truth behind the money, Nancy risks paying a high price. The cash may be counterfeit, but the threat on her life chillingly real!
Bess is helping with the dogs that are going to be training to help blind people. She is going to take care of one until it is old enough to go to this school. But soon Nancy finds out that there is some mystery.
A while ago there was a counterfeit ring that put a lot of fake money into River Heights. And just now it is coming back. When Nancy and her friends set to the case, threats and other things start happening....
There are a couple of kisses in this book but nothing to bad.
I recommend this book to you!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Title: Chirtsy Miller Series
Author: Robin Jones Gunn Focus on the Family
Description: A fourteen-year-old Christy leaves leaves her family's Wisconsin farm to spend the summer at her wealthy aunt and uncle's beach home in Newport, California, she realizes this could be the best summer of her life. Her aunt is bending over backward to see that Christy's every wish is granted, the popular beach crowd is actually talking to her, and she catches the attention of the cute surfer named Todd. But the summer doesn't turn out as Christy hoped. Suddenly, she is faced with the choices she's never had to make before, and the safe world she has always known comes crashing around her. Through it all, Christy struggles to keep her promise to her parents not to do anything she'll regret. But will she stop at nothing to get Todd, to be accepted and to force her summer to give her everything it promised?
First of all, I love this book! It is perfected for Christian and None-Christian girls my age and up. It talks about what is right and wrong.
Chrisy has become this whole new girl. Her aunt as changed her. Her wardrobe, her hair, her make-up, everything. When she does that she starts attracting attention, people watching her and being friendly.
She meets this guy named Todd that she really likes. She has to keep this promise to her parents not to do anything she will regret, but can she do that while trying to get Todd's attention?
I really recommend this book to all girls. You will love it!
Title: The Mysterious Benedict Society
Author: Trenton Lee Stewart
This book is one that I like just as much as The Penderwicks. But this one is a science fiction. But this book is very good.
A strange test with strange questions, a strange mission, a strange school. A lot of kids show up when an ad is in the newspaper asking children if they are gifted and if they want to do something amazing.
Well, only four people pass. Now their mission is to find out what Ledroptha Curtain is doing.
This is a book that you will keep you going and you will never want to stop. If you want more Mysterious Benedict Society look for book 2!
I really recommend this to you!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Miley Cyrus is a very good singer and she is also a good actress! I love this show! I also have all her CDS!
Hope you give them a try! They are very good!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Author: Carolyn Keen
Stars: 4 1/2
Description: A prince is in River Heights. A prince! Granted, he's from a relatively minor royal family, but still. This is the big news. The headlines get even bigger once the prince is found toting a painting for his family's good friend Mrs. Mahoney-because within hours of his arrival, the federal authorities arrest him. They suspect he stile the painting from his family. Dad and I aren't buying it. We have a hunch there's more to this-ahem-picture. But can we save the prince before he's wrongfully crowned "criminal"?
When one of Nancy's friends-Mrs. Mahoney, calls and tells her there is a mystery she needs Nancy to figure out, Nancy finds out that a prince is in River Heights. But the mystery is that the authorities arrest him. They think that he stole the painting from his family. Nancy and her dad aren't falling for it. Why does her dad have anything to do with it? He is a lawyer for the prince, what is Nancy's job? Figure out how a prince knows, little old Mrs. Mahoney.