Sunday, August 30, 2015

Three Cups Of Tea

By David Oliver Relin
Published by: Penguin Group
Published year: 2009
Genre: Non-Fiction
Rating: 4/5

Category: "Change points of view - read a book written from a boy's point of view". This book was written by David Oliver Relin so it is what he knew about Greg Mortenson. 

My opinion & review:

This was a fascinating book but I only rated it 4/5 because it wasn't very detailed & it sometimes jumped backwards & forwards from piece of information to another. It is quite amazing how anyone could do such things that Greg did especially falling nearly 800 vertical feet & only coming out with a joint put out of his shoulder & a broken bone in his arm. Greg dealt with all kinds of situations not always in the right way but in a way which made him seem very brave.

From the front of the book:
"One Man's journey to Change the World..... 
One Child at a Time"

From chapter 13 in the book:
"The first time you share tea with a Balti, you are a stranger. The second time you take tea you are an honoured guest. The third time you share a cup of tea  you become family, and for our family, we are prepared to do anything, even die." said Haji Ali.

Camping Is Not Very Ooh La La

By Poppy Harper
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published year: 2014
Genre: Fiction
Rating: 5/5

Category: "Celebrate Spring - read a book with green on the cover or in the title". The grass that Maisie Mae is standing on is green.

My opinion & review:

I really enjoyed this book & it is a really good series that have gotten interested in. In this story Maisie Mae & her 5 stinky brothers go to France. Not France as in posh hotels & Eiffel Towers, but camping in the French countryside! Maisie Mae meets Madame Claudette who also has a big brother & sister. Maisie Mae & Claudette become good friends. When Maisie Mae's uncle & aunt visit Claudette always disappears or puts sunglasses on. Maisie Mae is very confused about what is happening but when she finds out the reason she is really surprised & happy. Claudette is a famous child actress. Maisie Mae copes really well with the situation especially as the person she has been having so much fun with tells her that she is a really famous child actress. 

Under The Weather

By Tony Bradman
Published by: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books
Published year: 2009
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Rating: 3/5

Category: The category I chose for this book was "Be green - read a book about saving the environment". This book is full of stories about Climate Change. Some of the stories are set in the future & some in the present. 

My opinion & Review:

I liked this book but it only rated it 3/5 because some of the stories are really confusing. The one story I particularly liked a girl called Jade had bad dreams &  in the end she finds out that her dreams are messages from the future & she finds that when she does things that are good for the environment then she has the same dreams but they have been tweaked. The boy who cries for help in her initial dream says thank you in her tweaked dream. Jade coped really well in her situation because she still got on with life & was happy to take advice from people to see if she could help her dreams.                                                                                                   

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Best Friends Bakery Birthdays & Biscuits

By Linda Chapman
Published by: Hachette Children's
Published year: 2015
Rating: 5/5
Genre: Fiction

Category for the Spring Reading Challenge: "Read a book published between 2013 - 2015." This book was published in 2015.

My opinion & review:
This book was really good & I absolutely loved it. What it says on the back of the book makes it sound like the book isn't really about baking but when you read it it is jam packed full of baking!!! In this book Hannah & Mia meet a girl who is going to be starting at their school & are determined to make friends with her before school goes back so that when she starts she will know someone that goes there. This proves a very difficult task for Hannah & Mia but I think they handled it really well & got the best possible result!!!