Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Ernest Goes to Jail

5/5 Stars

The movie was really good - I loved it. I watched another movie where Ernest goes to camp and I liked it so I thought I would watch this. My favourite characters would have to be the 2 cops (who were the 2 cooks in Ernest goes to camp). I also liked that every time Ernest got shocked he turned into a magnet.

David T.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mall Cop

4/5 Stars
Kevin James was really funny playing mall cop. I really liked the movie, it’s really funny. The movie had lots of action and comedy. This is one of my favourite movies.
Jordan M.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Spoiled Rotten by Dayle Campbell Gaetz

5/5 Stars
This book is truly inspirational to do good things for others even when sometimes they don’t get along with you, but sometimes a person isn’t always exactly what they’re cut out to be.
Ashlyn F.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket

3/5 Stars

Sunny, Klaus and Violet Baudelaire, three orphans who lost their parents in a horrible fire, are once again trying to escape the hands of Count Olaf. They walk into the “Last Chance” general store, where they learn their only way out is through the V.F.D. Everyone in V.F.D believes that “no news is good news” so no one knows the secret they are hiding. At the hospital, they are sent to work in the library of Records, where they soon learn there is a file all about them. They must retrieve the file and clear their name before it’s too late.

Madison P.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Front and Center by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

4/5 Stars

Front and center was a good summer read. It wasn’t too serious and didn’t take too long to read. The book is about a girl who loves to play basketball but doesn’t think she’s good enough. She wants to get a scholarship but has to work on her leadership skills to get it. She also deals with other things such as pressure and friendships. Some parts of the book were a bit hard to follow because it is the third book in a series. I would read the other two books first to understand it better. Front and Center is a good book and I would recommend it.

Kristen H.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Soundtrack

I found the songs very powerful and to the point. They made me remember certain times in both the movie and the book. I thought it was really good how the orchestra used strong instruments such as the violin and piano for songs with the Death Eaters and quiet but powerful instruments for parts when the mood was light and happy. All in all I enjoyed listening to the CD.

Carina G.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Jude by Kate Morgenroth

5/5 Stars

Jude is about a boy named Jude who hasn’t had the best life with his father, but he is used to it. Suddenly when his father is killed his whole world is turned upside down. He is taken by his mother Anna Grady. Soon after this he starts taking boys to his old neighbour hood to buy drugs shortly after this he learns that his mother is running for mayor and then Nick his friend starts dealing. Nick overdose on heroin and dies. Jude’s mother’s boyfriend Harry gets a plan for Jude to go to jail temporarily so the public could tell she wouldn’t go easy on him even though he is her son (she is a DA) but once he ends up in jail nobody springs him because of this he has a lot of spare time so he decides to get college credit and become a lawyer. After he gets out a reporter from is old school wants to do a story about how he got into jail but they need proof so they can blackmail Harry into confession. Jude falls in love with the reporter’s sister Lizzie and at the end if the book Jude gets accepted into Law school. This was a very good book. I recommend it to everyone.

Desiree T.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet by Erin Dionne

4/5 Stars
I would rate this book four out of five – it was a really great read. The author clearly had done a lot of research into Shakespeare’s plays and life, and that lent a lot of authenticity to the book. The emotions and situations were very real too, and for me (a teenager like the main character) it was very easy to connect to the main character, Hamlet. Her feelings and actions – and the actions of most of the other characters, such as the guidance counsellor and her classmates – were very true to things we have all witnessed or experienced. I liked the way everything just came together at once at the end of the book, and of course the story itself. The main problem – of Hamlet’s family trying to live like the Elizabethans – is something that not many of us can say we’ve had to deal with, but the author makes it feel real and like something anyone can relate to.
However, because the way Hamlet’s family acts is so un realistic, it was difficult to take the conflict seriously at first. Although it because much easier to understand the problem and the way she feels later in the book, it was a little difficult to “get into” at first. Also, I found the behaviour of the two “popular girl” antagonists quite exaggerate, and it paralleled TV shows more than real life. But those two things only took one star off my rating, so you can probably tell that the good parts of this book far outweigh the bad.
All in all, there are countless reasons to real Total Tragedy – it’s a relatable, crazy, and clever read, and one that I would recommend to anyone who appreciates teen books, Shakespeare, or just a good laugh.
Carly M.