Hi wonderful readers. Before we move on to a Storybird book review, I would like to apologise for being so inactive and also for not being able to post all the review requests you guys sent us. You’ll see them soon. Enjoy this one, and tell us what you thought of the book!The Elements of Freedom by mojoco11 Format: Longform Book Age range: Teen (13-19) Artist: Alina Chau
I’m not gonna lie here. Feathoplius (aka Sam, Steve, Joe, whatever)’s eyes (no wait, EYE) kinda freak me out, like he’s about to spill my secrets, or he’s threatening me like, “Oooh, I know what you did, Cher, and I’m going to tell everyone. You’d better do something, or else.”
Yeah, I’m weird. I can’t help it; our feathery friend is cute and original, but I’m kind of scared of him until we become better friends.
Plus, they used my poster on the Storybird blog!! =D
But the thing is, I did NOT confuse SB with Twitter D: It was just the closest logo I could get on the Poster Maker, so…
Still, I doubt this post is about me xD
To read an amazing blog post on the Storybird Blog, about the making of the new logo, and why they removed the previous one, click here.
Please note, these are youth/young adult books. These books might not work for you, according to your taste or age.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: This is my all time favorite book. It is set in Germany in the days of World War ll. It is narrated by Death, who takes interest in a girl named Liesel. She is adopted by her new parents, Hans and Rosa, and befriends a boy named Rudy. Liesel learns to read and write when she steals a book from a man. When Liesel’s family hides a Jew from the officials, she learns from this Jew, named Max, the power of words, and the meaning of family and hope, which she didn’t understand before, due to her many hardships.
Out Of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper: Melody can’t write, talk, walk, feed herself, or even use the restroom herself. But she’s always loved words, and she’s a smart kid underneath the messy exterior. Melody tries out for a quiz team, and gets in, much to the dismay of bullies she hates. Melody, basically pulling the most weight of the group, leads her team to victory in the city finals. Her world is shattered when two things happen… Her team abandons her from going to Washington DC for the national contest. Also, her little sister is run over by a car. She is deathly afraid of her sister being messed up like her. This is a very very good book.
I hope you guys would like to read these books, which I found intriguing and very powerful. I will post more books as I find them!!
Buddy is a heartwarming story about a deaf girl who longs for a dog. It gives a very warm message about sacrificing things you love for someone else, and how little good deeds can make someone’s world colourful. The narrator, Melanie, whose father teaches at a school for the deaf, takes her dog, Buddy, with her as she waits for her father. She meets another girl, Jackie, who has hearing problems but communicates using sign language. Jackie likes her dog because it reminds her of one of her therapy dogs, and as she plays with Buddy, Melanie sees Jackie’s face light up and offers her to keep the dog.
Buddy is written in a beautiful manner, with matching pictures which complement the story perfectly. It gives loads of positive messages, and is recommended for readers 8+.
Books books books, the wonderful world of books! So many to read, and so little time.
For many of us, it’s summer. And summer means boredom. So, I’ve come up with a small list of book suggestions for tweens and young teens. I’ve read all of these books, loved them, and I would strongly recommend you read.
1. The “Erec Rex” series by Kaza Kingsley. Underground worlds? Cheating royalty? Misuse of power? The Erec Rex series has it all! Erec Rex’s life is tipped upside down when he discovers a whole new, magical world hidden underneath his own. He joins up with friends like Bethany, Oscar, and Jack to take down the evil Baskinia and save himself and the rest of the world! The first book is called “Erec Rex and the Dragon’s Eye.”
2. The “Fablehaven” series by Brandon Mull. Ugh, brothers can be annoying, and Kendra Sorenson can testify to that. But when Kendra and her brother, Seth, are sent to their grandparents’ for the summer, Kendra realizes that she depends on her brother as much as he depends on her. The Sorenson family embarks on a dangerous adventure to collect several hidden artifacts, artifacts that, if placed into the wrong hands, could mean the end of Fablehavens everywhere. The first book is called “Fablehaven.”
3. “Peter Pan in Scarlet” by Geraldine McCaughrean. What’s the word that gets things done? Peter Pan doesn’t know. But with the help of Wendy and the lost boys, he embarks on a thrilling adventure to find out just exactly who he is.
4. “Black Beauty” by Anna Sewell. Who says animals don’t have souls? Black Beauty sure does. In a tale of thrills and suffering, this valiant horse tells his life story: about the friends he made, the humans who hurt him, the adventures he tackled, and the lives he changed. This classic is sure to capture the hearts of people everywhere.
5. “The Call Of The Wild” by Jack London. Stolen from his home and family, a dog named Buck must quickly learn the harsh law of survival among the men and dogs of the gold-crazed North. His intelligence, courage, and cunning transform him into a feared leader. As wolves attack and men grow desperate, Buck must heed the call of the wild. Only the strong will survive. (description copied off the back of the book)
6. “How I Survived Being A Girl” by Wendelin Van Draanen. Being a girl is tough, especially when all your neighbors are boys. How boyish can one get without loosing what being a girl is all about?
7. “There’s A Boy In The Girl’s Bathroom!” by Louis Sachar. This is one of my all time favorite books. “Give me a dollar or I’ll spit on you.” That’s Bradley Chalkers for you. He’s the oldest kid on the fifth grade. He tells enormous lies. He picks fights with girls, and the teachers say he has “serious behavior problems.” No one likes him – except Carla, the new school counselor. She thinks Bradley is sensitive and generous, and she even enjoys his farfetched stores. Carla knows that Bradley can change, if only he weren’t afraid to try. Sometimes the hardest thing in the world is believing in yourself… (description taken from the back of the book)
8. Gary Paulsen’s “Hatchet” and “Brian’s Winter.” These two books are a survival story of a young boy stranded in the wilderness. When the skills learnt in school fail, Brian has to depend on his cunning, intelligence, and one tool: a hatchet.
9. “Mockingbird” by Kathryn Erskine. Growing up with Asperger’s is one heck of a ride for young Caitlyn. Especially when she loses her older brother, Devon, the only one who has ever supported her. Caitlyn knows she needs closure, but how can she find something when she doesn’t even know what it is?
10. “Flipped” by Wendelin Van Draanen. She’s crazy been crazy about him ever since they moved to her street. He’s been avoiding her ever since life rudely forced them into being neighbors. But when fate tosses in an unlucky gesture, everything is flipped.
Not Perfect, But Still… is a beautiful story about loving who you are. It gives a wonderful message: beauty lies inside who you are, not what you look like. The story is in first-person, and is narrated by a friend of the protagonist, Fiona. Fiona feels that she is not as beautiful as other girls, while the narrator assures her that the others are jealous of who she really is, and care about nothing but looking “good”. The story ends with Fiona being convinced and walking away with a smile.
I enjoyed this book, because it gives a very strong, inspiring message which should be taught to more females in our society. It could have been made better by using more relevant artwork, but then, it’s quite hard to find artwork which matches perfectly when you’re writing a picture book