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Matilda

Matilda

ROAL DAHL

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★★★★

This is a story about a girl called Matilda. She is still small, but she loves to read books. Her parents hate to read and study, and Matilda doesn’t have a book at her house, so she goes to the library in the village to read books. Soon Matilda starts going to school, and there she meets a teacher called Miss. Honey. She is a very kind teacher and Matilda likes her. At school, there is another teacher called Miss.Trunchbull. Opposite to Miss. Honey she is a very scary and mean. She punishes the children in many cruel ways, and Matilda get into trouble too. Matilda starts to think of a way to  revenge on Miss. Trunchbull , and she finds out hat she has a special power.

This was a very interesting story. Matilda was  really smart, and I was surprised. I think She is a very kind girl who cares a lot about her teacher. From this book I learned the importance of reading and studying hard.

This book was very easy to understand. It wasn’t so long so I only took about a week to finish reading.

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Alex Rider Crocodile Tears

Name:#27

Author:Anthony Horowitz

Rate:★★★★★

This book is about a fourteen year old boy who is a British spy. This is the eighth book. This time Desmond McCain realized that there is big money in charity. He is going to kill many people by using virus. He is going to spread them by wind. Could Alex Rider stop him.

I loved reading this book because it has thrilling parts. For example, Alex was about to get eaten by crocodiles but he survived it. I thought he was going to die.

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Alex Rider Stormbreaker

Name:#27

Author:Anthony Horowitz

Rate:★★★★★

Alex Rider is a fourteen year old boy who  living with his Uncle and his parents have died all ready. One day this Uncle dies in a car accident.He now lives with Jack Starbright, Alex’s housekeeper. Alex does not think this Uncle died in a car accident and then he finds out that his uncle was a spy. Alex becomes a spy too. Herod Sayle is going to launch a Stormbreaker computers. Sayle’s offered to give one free to every school in the country but MI6 thinks that is suspicious. So Alex goes and find out. Alex finds out that it will kill kids so he will stop him. Will he be able too?

I like all the Alex Rider books but this book made me want to read the other books too.

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The heart of a samurai

Do you know a boy called John Mung? His Japanese name is  Manjiro Nakahama, and he is known as John Manhiro. This book is based on his life, visiting America for the first time in the whole Japanese. He lived in Tosahan, which is now Kochi Prefecture. He was a normal Japanese fisherman until he was caught by a huge storm on 1841. Their boat landed on Bird Island after drifting the open sea for 5 days, and spent 143 days on the island. One day, an American whaling ship, John Howland passed near the island, and they were saved by the ship’s captain, Captain Whitfield. The captain told the fishermen they can’t even sail near Japan, because Japan was closing the country to the foreigners. At that time, Japanese called the Americans “barbarians”, and were scared of them. However, only Manjiro was different. He was interested in everything he saw on the ship. For example, knives and folks that they used for eating meals, and the chairs that they sit with their legs not touching the floor.  Especially when Captain Whitfield showed Manjiro the world map, he was too surprised because he knew how small Japan is, and how huge America is. Also, he gradually became able to speak English with the captain’s help. He asked the captain everything he wanted to know, and the captain answered to all the questions. The ship, John Howland was a whaling ship, so he helped hunting the whales. After a year passed, Manjiro’s friends, who wished to go back to their own country, decided to get off the ships at Honolulu. But Manjiro, who had a strong feeling to visit America, decided not to go home. On 1843, two years passed since he left Japan, the ship finally landed on Fairhaven. There, Manjiro was adopted into the Captain Whitfield’s family and started going to school. At first, he was discriminated by some of his classmates, he shows them there is no wall against each race. He makes many friends, and experiences love. One day, Davis, who was one of the crew on the John Howland, invited him to be a crew of his ship. Manjiro decided to be so, because Davis told him that the ship sails near Japan, so he might have a chance to go home. On 1847, 6 years passed since he left Japan, he said good-bye to his precious family, and started sailing toward Japan. However, even though the ship sailed near Japan, Davis didn’t allow him to get off the ship and go home to his native country. Without keeping promise, Manjiro came back to America on 1849. In America, he starts to earn money to go back to Japan by his own. While he was working, he fortunately meets his friends, who got of the ship at Honolulu. They cooperate each other to get money to buy a ship, and they could finally land on Japan. Even though they arrived at Japan, the Japanese government didn’t allow them to go home straight. They were put in prison. It took few weeks for manjiro to meet his mother, sisters and brothers at his home country. After arriving at his home, Manjiro started to teach english to the children, and became a samurai.

This book was very interesting to me, because I could feel like I was reading many kinds of books at once. For example, when Manjiro was caught by the storm and drifted the sea, I felt like I was reading an adventure book. When Manjiro was whaling on the ship, I was like reading a book about history of whaling. It was like a love story when Manjiro tells his feeling toward a girl who he loved.
Also, in this book, there are many things that Manjiro created by himself. For example, you will be able to find the floor plan of Captain  Whitfield’s house that Manjiro drew. Also you can read a letter that he wrote to his own mother while he was in America.

By reading this book, I learned from him that our dreams come true if we didn’t give up. So, I want to live like him.

This book is the winner of the Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature 2010, and it is used in many schools in America. Therefore, please get this book and read.

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OPEN

Title of Book=OPEN
Author=Andre Agassi
Genre=Autobiography
Rate=★★★★★

”OPEN” was an amazing story about a world-famous tennis player that hated playing tennis in his childhood but through his hard work with his coach/uncle, he achieved his goal. He was a teenage phenom from Las Vegas who went onto the pro tour. His coach sticking with him all the time. At first, he loved playing tennis as a hobby and was able to win his first eight tournaments that he entered. His name was Andre Agassi.

At the age of seven, he started his tennis life and when he realized the stress and burden he was carrying because of all of the his very strict coach that would get very angry even if he misses slightly or lose a match. Andre thought long and hard about his future as a tennis player. Andre Agassi explains the difficulty of having an uncle that is very strict but knows what needs to be done to become a top tennis player. Back then, he died his hair, pierced his ears, and dresses like a punk rocker.

Andre Agassi suffered from Sciatica, a spondylolisthesis and a bone spur that interfered with the nerve. I was very surprised that he was able to keep playing those many matches with those injuries. Also, Andre Agassi’s play style was very offensive especially on the return. He had amazing service returns. In those days everybody would serve and volley so a big return would be the key for breaking serve.

I really admire and look up to Andre  Agassi. I wish that I can be one of the top tennis athletes in the world like Andre Agassi when I grow up and I learned that if you want to get better and spend time with it, you’ll always become better after hard training if you don’t give up until you accomplish your goal.

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Babe and Me

Author:  Dan Gutman

Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary:

This story is about an eight year old kid going back to the past with his father, to see old baseball players he looked up to.  He uses baseball cards as time machines to transport to the past.  This time, this kid, went to go see Babe Ruth.  This kid is named Joe Stoshack.  Joe has a power no one else has.  The power to use his Baseball cards as a time machine to go back to the past.  His father loves baseball, and that’s where Joe got his emotions toward baseball. anyways, Joe and his father goes back to 1932, to see Babe Ruth and his World Series.  When Joe and his father got to 1932, they landed in Chicago.  They wander around  the 1932 Chicago.  In Chicago, they find Babe Ruth, but gets into lots of trouble as well.  If you want to know how they got n trouble, please read the book.

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I love this book.  I read this book for a project when I was in 4th grade in the States.  I got to know a lot of things about Babe Ruth, and about baseball.  I recommend this book for lower school students, because it is easy to read, and it doesn’t have hard vocabulary.   But, I recommend this book to middle school students, too.  It would help them understand more bout baseball, like I did.  I hope you’ll like the book.

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Half Magic

Author:  EDWARD EAGER

Rating:  ★★★★☆

Summary:

This story is a mystery story.  It is about four kids, Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha.  Jane was the oldest, and Mark was the second oldest, and the only guy.  Katharine was the middle girl, and Martha was the youngest girl in the family.  This story takes place on summer break.  A boring summer break.  Because it was so boring, the four kids read books everyday.  They went to the library and borrowed books and read them.  One day, they borrowed a book called, “The Enchanted Castle” They wondered why they couldn’t use magic and make summer fun, like the book. Jane picked up a coin that was on the sidewalk.  She didn’t have anything to do, so she wished there would be a fire.  About a minute later, there was a fire.  Everything started that moment. The four kids finds out that the coin Jane picked up, has some kind of magical powers.  They dream that something exciting happens, and it happens.  But, only half of their wish is granted.  That makes a lot of trouble.  The four kids go on an adventure using the Half magical coin.  But that gets them into lots of dangers.  Are they going to be able to come back alive to the real world!?

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This book was very interesting.  There is a world of unbelievable things.  I had fun reading this book.  It has lots of imagination.  This book is a book I read at school.  It was a school book. I didn’t think a book used in school would be this funny and interesting.  I recommend everybody to read this book.  It might be a little hard for lower school students, but give it a try.  I promise you that you’ll love it!

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