The book, The One and Only Ivan, is about a
Gorilla on his epic journey to his home, the zoo. The novel is written in the
first person from the point of view of Ivan, a gorilla. Ivan and his friends
all work at Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. In this mall, Ivan and his
friends try to catch people’s attention, by running a circus. Ivan and his
friends all work for Mack, who’s a stubborn man and only cares about how his
business is going, not his animals. On his journey, he meets lots of new
friends. That die and survive. Some of the main friends that he meets on his journey
are Stella, Bob, Ruby, etc. Stella’s an older elephant, Bob’s a dog, and Ruby’s
a baby elephant.
All of these characters provide great help to Ivan, but
Ruby is the one who can change Ivan’s life forever!
Ivan lives in a domain where there is a Genitor named
George, who has a daughter named Julia.
Julia is a human and one of Ivan’s best friends. One
thing in common between the two is that they both love art!
In my opinion, the book, The One and Only Ivan is
a great read! I like the main message of the book, storytelling. One of the
ways they used storytelling in this book is when Ivan can’t sleep he goes to
Stella to listen to a story from her past. Another reason why I liked this book
is that it gives a really strong message to never give up! Ivan goes through a
lot, but eventually, he gets to his home, the zoo. I would prefer this book,
for all ages.
“This beautiful, life-affirming story will soar directly from Ivan’s heart into yours.” – Katherine Applegate
The Fiction, My Name Is Parvana, written by Deborah Ellis, was an adventurous and astonishing book. It’s the fourth and final book of the Breadwinner series. It tells the story of a 15-year-old Parvana imprisoned and designated as a suspected terrorist in Kabul, Afghanistan. She was carrying her late father’s shoulder bag, which was searched by the American soldiers. They found a notebook that she wrote letters to Nooria, Asif, Hassan, Leila, Shauzia, pens, and a chewed-up copy of To Kill A Mockingbird. Parvana refuses to talk, and the interrogator thinks Parvanna is either deaf or mute. She doesn’t even respond to any questions in the languages the interrogator suspects she knows, she remains silent even when she is threatened, harassed and treated horribly over several days. While her fate is in the balance, the interrogator and the force to determine her fate, she remembers flashbacks of the past four years of her life. Remembering her mother and sisters living in a village where her mother had finally managed to open a school for girls called Leila’s Hope of Academy. Even when the Taliban had been driven by the government, the country was still at war, and many families continue to view the freedom of education of girls and women with fear. As Parvana’s family settles into the routine of running the school, she finds herself bored. She even thinks of running away. Her mother was killed due to the local men that had threatened the school and destroyed the school, which puts Paravana’s own life in danger. This story is one inspiring book to read. This book is a must-read, and I recommend this book to all ages. I rate this story 5/5 stars!
People Problems is the third and final installment of Kevin Kwan’s captivating
trilogy that showcases a deep insight into the wealthy and powerful families of
Singapore. Nick and Rachel are happily married and enjoying life living in
Manhattan. Suddenly, Nick discovers from his mother that his grandmother, Su
Yi, has had a heart attack and is currently on her deathbed, so he quickly
rushes to Singapore to be by her side. Apparently, Nick is not the only one who
goes back to Singapore to visit her. The entire Shang-young clan has assembled
from all over the world to say their last goodbyes to Su Yi, hoping to inherit
Tyersall Park, Su Yi’s trophy estate on sixty-four prime acres in the heart of
Singapore. Backbiting and sabotaging take place within Su Yi’s house as the
family members fight to inherit this massive fortune. Discover some of the
shocking secrets that Asia’s most privileged families are hiding and all the
insight into their ridiculous rich people problems!
Rich People Problems was an excellent novel to conclude a phenomenal series. The novel was very emotional and focused a lot on family, which was very relatable to read. The storyline was captivating, had numerous surprises, and I was constantly on the edge of my seat. I could not put the book down as it was that interesting! Overall, Rich People Problems was intriguing, emotional, and the perfect way to end the charming trilogy. This was an amazing way to conclude a great story.
by Kevin Kwan, China Rich Girlfriend is the sequel to the
novel Crazy Rich Asians. Rachel Chu and Nicholas Young are
finalizing and preparing details on the eve of their wedding day. Even though
Rachel is ecstatic and more than eager to marry the man of her dreams, she
still wishes she knew who and where her birth father was, so he would be there
to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day. However, a sudden and shocking
revelation reveals his identity, and Rachel reunites with her long-lost father.
Rachel eventually gets drawn into a crazy world of Shanghai splendour beyond
anything she could have ever imagined. China Rich Girlfriend introduces the
elite circles of mainland China, as well as captivating characters that are far
more than crazy rich – they’re China-rich.
China Rich Girlfriend was a fascinating and funny summer novel filled with love, family, and of course, extravagant displays of wealth. The novel is the second volume within the humorous trilogy that follows the richest families of Hong Kong and mainland China. Personally, I prefer the first book over this one, as I feel that the first book had more drama and was more intriguing. However, the book was still very well written, and I enjoyed reading about the different characters introduced and the different perspectives. I think China Rich Girlfriend is a solid continuation of the series and worth reading. If you enjoyed reading the first book within the series, I would definitely recommend picking this one up!
This is a very emotional and heart
touching story. The novel Wonder by R.J Palacio takes place in Beecher
Prep, located in New York City. It tells a story about a 10-year-old boy named
Auggie Pullman who was born with a facial disorder. This causes August to not
fit in everywhere he goes. To figure the problem, Auggie’s parents make him
start going to school in 5th grade, so he can have a chance to make new
friends, and adapt to different life problems. August faces many challenges in
school that effected his physical and mental appearance, but with the help and
support of his friends and family, he was able to overcome it.
Overall, this is a well-written novel that definitely caught my interest. This book contains a roller coaster of emotions that have definitely changed my life. Wonder teaches us the brutality of society, of how people like August are being treated in an unwanting manner, which could affect them long term. It teaches us people around the world should accept one another, instead of judging on their outer looks which in the end, makes everyone happy. The main theme that Palacio uses is kindness. It makes readers think and realize, how kindness is a tool that brings each other together and can make a huge difference in one’s friendship. Wonder is a heartwarming book, that portrays a powerful message to the outside world. This book is a must-read, and I would definitely recommend it for all ages.
In the novel Camp X by
Eric Walters, 11-year-old George and his older brother, Jack, move to Whitby,
Ontario, in the year of 1943. One day, as they were playing around and having a
good time, they stumble across a military spy base, known as Camp X. Their
curiosity levels grew as they kept exploring the place, but soon enough they
were caught and were forced to sign the Offical Secret Act, which states how
they are forbidden to tell anyone about the secret military base, if told, the
punishment is death. Since then, the boys learn much more about the camp and
are assigned to different tasks. One day, the boys were delivering newspapers,
when all of a sudden, they were caught by German soldiers. They were tortured and
humiliated, but they gain a lot of information about the germans and learn
their evil plot against the camp. They risk their own lives of escaping and
warning Camp X about the German’s evil plan. In the end, they were proud of
their work and success.
Overall, this book was entertaining and interesting. This book relates to WW2 and the events that took place during the war. It gives the reader an important lesson on how preparation is key when facing any type of situation. The book contains a perfect amount of humour, mystery, tragedy and suspense, to help the reader show more interest in it and enjoy the whole story. I would definitely recommend this action-packed novel to all ages.
Everyone always has
a will and the ability to survive, whether it involves life or death
situations. The novel Crabbe, by William Bell, tells the story of a
dependent, lonely, semi alcoholic, who escapes to the wilderness, only to learn
that running away is not a solution to one’s problems. Franklin Crabbe, the
main protagonist of the novel, feels controlled by his parents and thinks he
has no freedom in his life whatsoever. Feeling pointless and ineffectual, the
eighteen-year-old makes a life learning decision. He decides to run away from
society a day before his final exams, without leaving any trace behind.
Unprepared for bush life, Crabbe’s life nearly ends, until he meets someone
else who has other reasons to hide. His journey throughout the woods, Crabbe
learns many practical skills, which make him confident, mature, and
responsible. The main message that Bell wants to convey to the reader is that
running away is not the best option when solving problems. Instead, it’s better
to seek help or to become more independent to develop good character traits
that help find a solution.
Overall, this book was truly remarkable. In the beginning, for me, this book wasn’t enjoyable and was losing my interest level. But as I kept reading, I started to realize this book wasn’t so bad after all. It includes all the symbols and motifs to help engage the reader more into the book. It shows the reader how little actions can make a huge difference in a person’s life. This book is definitely worth reading and would recommend it to anyone.
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, is a well written, crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being completely destroyed. It tells the story of a young afghan boy named Amir, who faced many different challenges during his childhood, which will haunt him forever. This story takes place during the 70s in Afghanistan, following the two protagonists. Amir, a Pashtun boy, and Hassan, a Hazara. They were great friends and were both raised in Baba’s house (Amir’s father). One of the biggest challenges for the main protagonist Amir is to face the complex culture he faces. Growing up with Hassan, Amir felt like Hassan was stealing Baba’s love from him. Readers will get to see how Amir deals with his jealousy, and the ways he will get his father’s attention.
To conclude, this novel is definitely worth reading. The events that took place during the novel were a bit disturbing and explicit, but overall I enjoyed reading it. The book contains a rollercoaster of different emotions. Hosseini also uses many literary devices such as Imagery, Foreshadowing, and Symbolism, to help engage the reader more into the book. The story itself, in my opinion, was heartbreaking and devastating. This life lesson story opened my eyes and has taught me the importance that everyone can become a better person, no matter their past, and the first main step is to forgive themselves and move on. It was an absolute pleasure to read this remarkable book.
Lord of the Flies takes the reader on an adventure of the depraved side of
humanity, and the savagery that underlies with even the most well-mannered,
civilized human beings. William Golding purposely wrote this novel to
illustrate and help readers understand mankind’s evil nature. Golding presents
his message in a very unique way. He portrays a variety of events leading a
group of young, civilized boys, who later on, turn into savage, bloodthirsty
killers who have no desire for human life.
In the midst of an
infuriating war, a plane evacuating a young group of schoolboys for Britain is
shot down, and ironically, all of the adults were killed in this tragic
incident. The well-mannered, civilized boys find themselves on a deserted,
tropical island, where no help is found. The group of young boys initially
revel in their freedom and try to develop and expand their own society. They do
this by appointing hunters, using the conch for a signal of help, holding
assemblies, etc. Everything starts going well, but as disagreements break out
amongst them, their life on the island becomes increasingly harsh and
expressive, tragic novel portrays a deep meaning. William Golding reminds us of
the dark side of human nature. I personally enjoyed reading this book. Many
readers as myself thought that Lord of the Flies might be confusing or boring,
due to it being a classic novel, but the novel itself is quite exceptional. The
ways different events change and devolve, add a very interesting and dynamic
ending, of how the good of a person can quickly vanish and their primal human
instincts taking over. The novel also contains good imagery that is displayed
in the book. I recommend this novel for anyone who likes adventure and
Memoirs of a Geisha follows nine-year-old Chiyo as she begins a new life and is taken from her small fishing village in Yoroido, Japan by a businessman, Mr. Tanaka. Because her mother is sick, and her father cannot raise her and her sister alone, Chiyo believes that she is being adopted by a wealthy family. However, Chiyo eventually ends up in Kyoto, far away from her family and with an unexpected new family. She is sold to a Geisha house, forced to be a maid until the house’s ruling hierarchy determines if she is ready to become a Geisha herself. After much training, Chiyo becomes a Geisha and goes by the name Sayuri. Sayuri has incredible influence and beauty and begins her new life as one of the most powerful Geisha in Japan overcoming obstacles and learning valuable lessons along the way.
All in all, this novel was filled with drama and constant surprises. I felt connected to Chiyo as her character was very realistic and described so vividly. By reading this novel, I got an insight into the world of Geisha in Japan, which I had no knowledge of prior to reading this novel. I was intrigued and fascinated by reading about the life of Geisha and Japanese culture. The overall storyline was griping and truly fascinating. My only critique would be that at some parts of the novel, I felt that some details could have been left out and some sections dragged on for too long. But overall, Memoirs of a Geisha is truly a beautiful and captivating novel that I enjoyed reading very much.