Archive for the ‘Emotional’ Category

Yankee Girl by Mary Ann Rodman

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Yankee Girl is a brilliant book based on racism and doing the right thing.

I found that it was one of those books that you  just can’t put down. In fact my dad found me reading it on the staircase on the way up to bed.

Alice Ann Moxley is a friendly girl who just tries to fit in when she moves from Chicago to Mississippi. Alice is nick-named ‘Yankee Girl ‘ because she has a Deep Southern accent.

Valerie has a voice as sweet as honey, she should definitely be the angel in the school Nativity. But there is uproar because Valerie is a black girl in a white school. Alice doesn’t know whether to stick up for Valerie and be called a ‘Nigger Lover’ or stay reasonably popular in the crowd.

‘Suddenly, Valentine’s Day  was the number-one topic on the bus to school. Sarrane and the other cheerleaders were giggling about their plan to get rid of Valerie. I unfolded the paper triangle and read in Sarrane’s teeny cursive: Do you want Coon Girl ( Valerie ) and her buddies in OUR junior high? Show her who’s boss. Send her a mean valentine. Anyone who doesn’t is a nigger lover AND WE KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!!!!!’

P.S.  No card for Mary Martha Niggerlover either!!

A brilliant book for 9 – 15 year olds. You do not have to be interested in this particular subject it is a fabulous book all the same. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good,  descriptive read.

Hacker by Malorie Blackman

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Hacker by Malorie Blackman is a really brilliant book.

‘Gripping stuff for the computer-literate generation’ Good Book Guide

This book is an amazingly well written book. Malorie can sustain a plot through out the book.

Here is what the first page says: I turned back to the PC screen, ready to start typing. ‘Oh-oh!’ I said. My heart began to hammer inside me. ‘What’s the matter’ Gib asked, stopping his leg exercises to look at the screen. MESSAGE: THIS IS THE SYSTEM OPERATOR. WHO IS USING THIS ACCOUNT? PLEASE IDENTIFY YOURSELF. MESSAGE:

‘Do something!’ Gib said urgently. ‘You’re not supposed to be on the bank’s computer. Vicky, do something. Log off.’

I didn’t even bother to log off. I hit the <BREAK> key twice – fast . . .

When Vicky’s father is arrested, accused of stealing over a million pounds from the bank where he works, she is determined to prove his innocence. But how? There’s only one way – to attempt to break into the bank’s computer files. Even if Vicky is the best HACKER in the world, will she find the real thief before they find her? A page-turner of a novel from the award-winning author of Thief!, Pig-Heart Boy and other titles.

‘Accept the expertise and race along with the plot’ Observer

‘Few writers can sustain a plot as well as Malorie Blackman’ Sunday Telegraph


Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

This was an enchanting book, I loved it.

This is the Dust-Jacket from start to finish:

Danny thinks the world of his father, but imagine his surprise when he finds out he’s been breaking the law! Even grown – ups bend the rules sometimes, but Danny knows his father is still good, kind, clever and full of exciting ideas.

Join them in this thrilling adventure as they hope to pull off the most daring and dangerous plan.

The Amazing story of adolphus tips by michael morpurgo

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

The incredible tale of a deserted village, a lifelong friendship and one very adventurous cat. I adored this book by Michael Morpurgo.

This is a snippet from the back of the book:

It’s 1943, Lily Tregenza lives on a farm in the seaside village of Slapton, and her life is scarcely touched by war. Until one day when the villagers are all told to move out of their homes – lock, stock and barrel.

Soon the whole area is out of bounds as the allied forces prepare to invade France. But Tips, Lily’s adored cat, has other ideas – and returns to the forbidden area. Frantic to find her Lily decides to enter the danger zone to look for Tips herself …

Heartland by Lauren Brook

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

If you like horses this is the set of books for you. These touching novels are ingenious, I couldn’t put them down!

This is what the author says about her books:

COMING HOME

Heartland is a horse sanctuary nestled in the hills of Virginia, but it’s much more than that. Heartland is like no other place – it’s a place where the scars of the past can be healed, a place where frightened and abused horses learn to trust again. Amy calls Heartland home, and ever since she can remember she’s watched her mum instil trust and hope in horses that were once fierce and afraid. And Amy’s inherited her mother’s gift, the ability to listen to horses and understand what they need. But when a tragic accident changes everything, Amy must cling to what her mother taught her – she must truly believe miracles can happen at Heartland.

AFTER THE STORM

Amy hasn’t seen Spartan since the accident – on that stormy night that changed their lives for ever. Now Spartan is coming to Heartland. He’s not the same horse and he’s filled with an anger that seems direct at Amy. At the sight of her, he lashes out – teeth bared, hooves flailing. Amy has so much healing to do on her own, it seems she’s the last person who could help Spartan. But she might also be the only one.

BREAKING FREE

Pegasus is all Amy has left of her past, but he’s steadily growing weaker. Amy’s trying to care for him and hold Heartland together. She’s striving to do just what her mother would have done, but everything is beginning to unravel. It will take all of Amy’s courage to let go of her mother’s legacy, but it is the only way that she will break free and find her own.

TAKING CHANCES

Amy knows that Ty is important to Heartland – and to her. Ty is the only other person who truly understands the meaning of Heartland, who is dedicated to rescuing and curing horses as she is. But their friendship is thrown off balance when Ben, the new stable hand, arrives. And by the time Amy realizes she’s pushed Ty away, he may have decided to leave Heartland for ever.

COME WHAT MAY

When Amy finds out her sister, Lou, is trying to get in touch with their estranged father, she doesn’t know how to feel. She isn’t willing to let her father into her life again. Forcing herself to forget about it, Amy focuses her attention on the new horse, Melody. But when complications develop with Melody’s unborn foal, it takes nothing short of a miracle to help Amy realize that life is not about the pain you’ve felt in the past, but the hope you hold for the future.