Shadows of Westwood
Small Change for Sturat
If you like mystery and adventure this would be a great book to read. This book is about a boy who goes on an adventure to find out more about his great uncle's history. It is a great fictional novel!
Posted on: 01 Feb 2013
Between Shades of Gray
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys has become one of my favorite books ever! As I started to read, I just could not take my eyes off of it. I enjoyed the different emotions throughout the book and the fact that every time I finished a chapter, I could not stop thinking about what had happened within it. I
would definitely recomend this book to anyone who has an interest in history and romance. I feel as if this book seems like a tough read because of all the death in it, however it is told by the perspective of a young girl, so it has some diversity. Overall, i really enjoyed this book, and how it was based off of true experiences . - Netanel
Posted on: 29 Nov 2012
A Monster Calls
*Patrick Ness' masterpiece 'A Monster Calls' brings it to our attention that the truth just might be the scariest monster of them all.*
It's a precarious situation in which American author Patrick Ness puts himsel, writing the short novel 'A Monster Calls'; daring to dive into the intimidating worlds of cancer, bullying, nightmares, and monsters. And as if it isn't a large enough challenge to confront one world at a time, Ness courageously pens a story in which the young Connor O'Malley encounters parental separation, his mother's failing cancer treatments, and schoolyard bullies. As a reader, I was enthralled - as if reading might be the only thing keeping Connor's mother alive. As if the presence of another sould might give Connor the courage to face the worst of monsters. As if without readers, Connor O'Malley might remain invisible forever; the sotry of his life untold to the world. It's a story that I feel acknowledges the child in all of us.
This book, unlike the typical novel, couples the most disconcerting of lives with the most alluring illustrations. Monochromatic depictions of Connor's nightmares serve as a break from conversations amongst characters, reaffirming the Chinese proverb that 'pictures are worth a thousand words' (as these pictures are occasionally more rpovocative than the text itself.) It's the perfect union of illustrations and language.
This sotry was unlike any I have encountered before. Connor is visited by a yew monster, produced from the healing yew tree in his garden. Upon introduction, the monster seems to be loathsome, behemothis, cand a tyrant. Ness is quick to teach us, though, that size is no measure of strength, as this monster shies away from the use of his sheer magnitude and instead resorts to communicationg short stories to our protagonist.
They're the kinds of stories that are genuinely interesting. Not at all child-like and with no intention of teaching us a lesson. These stories serve only one purpose, and that is to allow Connor to realize that truth is prevalent. That truth deciphers justice from revenge. That the truth is almost always what we don't wish it to be.
For the duration of the story, the unspoken truth that Connor doesn't want his mother to die forever drowns him - it's like a mist that makes him invisible to the rest of the world, and he won't have it anymore. When Connor admits to the truth, he rises. We realize that it wasn't the yew monster who haunted him and held him away.
When Connor admitted his truth, he allowed his mother to leave forever. I frantically searched the remaining pages for a reassuring sentence that COnnor's mother wass in fact cured by a miracle and that they lived happkly ever after. When I found none, I was faced with a different monster. The monster we call the truth, and I sympathized with the young bullied boy.
I understood that what we fear most is often times the only thing that is real. And for the first time, after finishing a book, I cried.
Posted on: 05 Nov 2012
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