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Middle School isn’t THAT Bad, Is It?

6 Nov

Hi, this is Kenna writing yet another review for this amazing blog. This one is the best book of all time, Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life by a certain famous author by the name of James Patterson.

Maybe your parents have heard of him? He’s usually known as an adult author but recently has stepped out of his comfort zone and written this tween/children’s book.

This exciting novel isn’t just full of words; it’s also full of tons of illustrations. It’s not a picture book though, so don’t worry about your mom telling you, “You should be reading higher levels than picture books.”

The book is about a 6th grader named Rafe. He is a good kid but finds middle school extremely boring with all of its restrictions and rules.

So what if you changed the rules around? What if the rules were challenges instead? What if you took the rule book and tried to break every rule in the book?

Rafe does EXACTLY that!

With his best friend, Leo, they turn the rule book into a game with points and prizes.

But sometimes being bad has disadvantages, like cute girls hating you, an evil dragon torturing you in detention, or family problems giving you trouble at home. Rafe has to deal with all these while still making school bearable.

For all those readers who take things literally, middle school is not bad. It is so fun! Especially if you have teachers as good as I have.

I would rate this book a WAY75!

It is truly awesome!

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Ender’s Game: A Terrific Beginning

28 Sep

I’ve got to let you in on a little secret:  I HATE science fiction stories almost as much as I HATE Rick Riordan books.

Hard to believe, huh?

That’s why Ender’s Game—which is the first book in a series of something like 20 books starring a fascinating character named Ender Wiggin—caught me by surprise.  Knowing that it was a science fiction title, I fully expected to put it down after about three chapters.

But I didn’t.  In fact, I almost couldn’t put it down.  I was just dying to know whether or not Ender—who is just a boy in the story—is able to save the earth from complete destruction or not.

That’s right: The earth is about to be destroyed by aliens. Buggers, to be exact.  Creatures that work and live and follow orders just like ants.  Except they’re a whole heck of a lot more brutal than ants.

And they can fly spaceships.

And they’ve already invaded twice.

Ender—just like all of the other really smart kids from earth–has been taken from his home and sent to a military training station in space to prepare for the next Bugger invasion.  He’s put—just like all of the other really smart kids from earth—on to a battle team that trains together like a little army.  He learns—just like all the other really smart kids from earth—the ins-and-outs of fighting in space.

But Ender’s NOT just like all of the other really smart kids from earth.

He’s smarter.

Way smarter.

And that makes him a lot of enemies. Older boys try to embarrass him whenever they get the chance.  They even attack him in the hallways and in the showers, trying to beat him up.  The thought of a younger boy doing better than them in competitions just plain makes them angry.

But the leaders of battle school love Ender.  In fact, they see him as the only hope of saving earth—and they put a ton of pressure on him.  They promote him quickly, making him a commander of an army.  They put his army into unfair fights.  They make his team fight more often than anyone else’s team.

And Ender keeps winning….until he quits.

Now, I know what you’re thinking:  “Why’s Ferriter always writing about books that involve battles and fights and blood and guts?  Doesn’t he EVER read anything else?’

But it wasn’t the battles and fights and blood and guts that caught my attention in Ender’s Game.  It’s Ender himself.  He’s torn inside by the turmoil of being a leader even though he’s a boy.  He’s committed to his friends and loves feeling close to other people—the kind of close that teammates always feel when they’re involved in fierce competitions.

And those themes are the kind of themes that I love in a story. I think it’s because I’ve always loved being a part of a team and because my friends mean more to me than most anything in the world.

Sure, I loved seeing Ender battling his way through the entire Bugger invasion fleet.  Sure, I loved seeing him whip older boys in competitions where he shouldn’t have stood a chance of winning.

But I enjoyed watching him grow up and make friends even more.

Ender’s Game Rating:  Way75