Reading Rant

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins // 14/8/16

“The Hunger Games” is a book (published late 2008) that was made into a movie (out in movie theatres March 2012). I have read/seen both, but I am purely going off of the book, not the movie. The Hunger Games is the first book of the series of The Hunger Games, being the first it is the most informative of the three and character development happens mainly first book.

The main character, Katniss Everdeen is a teen, living in District 12 in Panem, has a sister called Primrose and a mother. Her father died in a mining accident. During the first book, the first Hunger Games that Katniss competes in, happens for the current year. This starts when she puts herself in as tribute after her thirteen year old sister gets chosen from a raffle to be in the games as a female tribute. Peeta Mellark is also randomly picked for male tribute. The Hunger Games is a reminder of a war that happened in Panem, previously called South America, and is divided into 12 districts, all having different sales (farming, mining, water). District 1 and District 2 are the richest, District 12 being the poorest, only selling coal as main sale. The war was terrible, so they made this as a reminder that if it happens again it will be hell. 2 tributes are randomly picked as a raffle to be put in this death sentence of a ring. The rich have a front row seat for their “entertainment”. Watching them die is what they like. By default there is only one winner, and they get luxuries for the rest of their lives, no matter where they came from. The losers die in the game. The Hunger Games weather, terrain, animals and boundaries are controlled by the Gamemakers who make it a living hell from them. When the game finishes, there are two winners, Peeta and Katniss. They tried to both commit suicide so they had no choice. Both from District 12.

I liked the idea of The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins is very creative. I liked everything, I didn’t dislike anything in particular. I think it was very cool and interesting.

Themes: Love, pain, grief, sadness, war

I would recommend the book to anybody over the age of 10, it is not as gory as it sounds or as weird. It is interesting and fun to read. 

Characters:

  • Katniss Everdeen
  • Peeta Mellark
  • Gale Hawthorne
  • President Snow
  • Haymitch Abernathy  
  • Effie Trinket 

Pookie Aleera is not my boyfriend! // 25/4/16

‘Pookie Aleera Is Not My Boyfriend’ is a book of poems regarding different student about 11/12 in the class 6A and feelings that they have. This is set in a rural Australian town. This book is written by Steven Herrick. I like this book because every character is different but relatable. When their teacher writes two words; Pookie Aleera. Everyone lets loose their imaginations. Some tease it’s the teachers boyfriend. I’d support it but class-clown Cameron already wants dibs. 🙂

These poems are very unique. They are all free-verse Some make you feel different emotions because of your views of the characters and what is happening. None of them I read rhymed but they stuck to me. All of the characters have a purpose and you can relate to at least one of them. The kids are all learning to accept their differences and be kind. I think it’s a very thoughtful book. Every single character is amazingly awesome and I love it.

“waiting for an applause of wings as the white faced owl circles high over our yard like a delicate kite” – Steven Herrick / P.A.I.N.M.B. Book

Themes: Grief, happiness, community, poetic, kindness, comedy and friendship.

Eight Keys // 6/3/16

‘Eight Keys’ is written by Suzanne LaFleur. This author also has another really good book called ‘Love, Aubrey’.

These books are amazing. I recommend them to anyone looking for sad, possibly nostalgic, emotional books that might make you cry (the nostalgic stuff). 8/10. The genre is Family and Friends and can be found in our school library. I couldn’t put the book down once I started.

This book is about a girl called Elise. She is eleven years old and has a best friend/neighbour called Franklin. The popular squad’s leader, Amanda, shares a locker with her and has squashed her lunch many times. Her best friend Franklin doesn’t really help, he’s very geeky and has a fascination with microscopes and people don’t really accept him. She’s an orphan and lives with her aunt and her uncle. She lives in the countryside and take the bus to her school. Her father died and pre-wrote her birthday cards because he wouldn’t be there for her until she was twelve. The barn in her backyard is two-storeys and has eight locked doors for Elise to find the keys and find the mysteries hidden in the walls. She gains a friend called Caroline and they become best friends. The things she finds in these rooms are simply amazing; two were full libraries of awesome books. Her family calls her Cricket. Her relative Annie had a baby called Ava and they are living with her for a while and she suddenly realises how sad it would have been for her dad to lose her wife then have to leave his only child. This book is amazing.

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Someday Angeline // 23/2/16

‘Someday Angeline’ is a book written by Louis Sachar. You may have heard of him from his bestseller, ‘Holes’. His other great books, such as ‘There’s A Boy In The Girls Bathroom’ and ‘Dogs Don’t Tell Jokes’, which are awesome by the way.

The main protagonist, Angeline Persopolis, is a genius. She was never taught to read but can read the most advanced books. She’s amazing at piano, even though she has never had a lesson on the instrument. She lives with her father, who for work drives garbage trucks. Her mother died when she was three years old. She has emerald eyes from her mum (Nina) and jet-black hair from her dad (Abel). Her father often used to be scared to raise Angeline. He often doubted himself because she was simply a genius and he wasn’t as smart as her. She was eight but was in Year 6, the teachers couldn’t keep up with her in younger grades. There are many antagonists; they often call her a freak. She met her best friend, Gary Boone, (whose nickname is Goon). He was in the grade under from her, Year 5. Her father, Abel, had a partner at work called Gus. He is very kind to Abel and Angelina. He often calls Angelina, Angelini. She loves the ocean but her father wont take her there often because the beach she was near, Mitchell Beach, was where her mum drowned. She loves fish and helps Gary clean his classes fish tanks. She is very lonely because she’s an only child. In the book, Angelina, was almost drowned there too.

This book is a light novel. I rate it 8/10. I think this would be really good for anyone who is looking for a short novel that has a unique story. The genre is family and friends.

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One thought on “Reading Rant

  1. Hi Joy, Great detail in all your Reading Rants!! But to improve, I would add just a picture to all the books so if people decide to read the book, they know what it looks like!!

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