Blog for a Frog

The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey

posted Jun 2, 2015, 10:46 PM by Claire Stalker-Booth

I recently read ‘The girl with all the gifts’ by M.R Carey. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy this book (or even read on until the end). But it sure does get you in.

This is very different to my usual read. A thriller based on the apocalypse, it is set in the not too distant future, in a medical facility. The children are the future; just not the way they imagine. Melanie is particularly special. Exceptionally bright and aware, she is continually full of surprises. Melanie is proof that the unexpected can and does happen, and we should never underestimate the individual, even a ten year old girl. It will keep you guessing, right up until the last few pages

This is definitely for the more mature reader. At 461 pages, the content is sometimes confronting and the language at times adult. I thoroughly recommend it.

Mrs Harradine

Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz

posted Jun 2, 2015, 10:45 PM by Claire Stalker-Booth

I have just finished reading Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz, a brand new addition to the library collection. Having an appetite for crime and mystery, and as a fan of all things Sherlock Holmes, the title ‘Moriarty’ had me intrigued instantly; any self-respecting Sherlock Holmes enthusiast knows the name of Holmes’ arch nemesis.

This book had me thinking, right from the start. As I tried to solve the puzzles as they appeared, often without success; as the end of the book drew closer, I was sure I had it solved. I knew (without a doubt, I might add), the twist to this story AND the truth behind Holmes and the enigma that was Moriarty. Well now I can confess that although I was on the right track, I couldn’t have been more wrong. And as for Sherlock Holmes? …. Well he’s dead……

This book, at 310 pages, is quite a comfortable read. The chapters aren’t too long, meaning that if you want to read a chapter before bed (as I did), it isn’t going to send you to sleep. But on the flip side, it also means you don’t have to stop at one either J

Mrs Harradine

Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudson

posted Jun 2, 2015, 7:49 PM by Claire Stalker-Booth

If you were expecting this book to be another boring school story then you are definitely wrong.

Cynthia's best friend thinks the new male Librarian at school is HOT... Maybe too hot! And he has a very dark secret....

This book is hard to put down. You just want to keep reading and reading to find out what happens.

Thank goodness we have a normal Librarian like Mrs Stalker- Booth.


Review by Mrs Schimschal

Divergent by Veronica Roth

posted Jun 2, 2015, 7:45 PM by Claire Stalker-Booth

This book is a energetic story about a young woman named Beatrice Prior. Not only was it an engaging story, it was also a book I could understand personally. As the story starts you are taken on a journey to an abnegation home were Beatrice, her older brother Caleb and her parents live. In a fraction were you can't look in a mirror because it is selfish you can understand why Beatrice feels like she doesn't fit in. As she and her brother are on there way to becoming adults they must take the test that can determine their future. But for Beatrice this is where the real story starts and the meaning divergent is taken to the next level. 
On the day where she can chose her life she places her trust in the rooftop jumping dauntless. Now in a new territory Beatrice changes her name to Tris. But her life isn't guaranteed as she must survive the initiates. With her worst fears and a bunch of friends many will think she will become fractionless. The story has multiple characters but if I was to name my Favorited it would have to be Tris and four or his real name Tobias. Tobias is the new dauntless initiates trainer. His nickname is four because he only has four fears ( the least anyone has ever had). Tobias is a muscular built man that many will find attractive especially in the book. In the story another big character is Eric. Eric is the dauntless leader, although he looks young that doesn't mean he's weak. Without spoiling the story let me tell you Eric isn't a good man. Written by New York times best seller Veronica Roth divergent will hook you on from the beginning and you won't put it down until the end. Divergent a major motion picture in 2014 is part of a series including insurgent, Alligence and four. The series is worth reading especially the first one. This is a well written novel your sure to enjoy.

By a Year 7 Student

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

posted Jun 2, 2015, 6:56 PM by Claire Stalker-Booth

Set in Barcelona, a young boy's father takes him, after his mother's death, to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books where he can pick an abandoned book to take for his own. As he falls in love with the book, he also falls deep into the dark side of Barcelona and into a real life story of tragic love, madness and revenge - and where a mysterious figure will do anything to make sure that book is destroyed.

It's so good I've read it three times, and then I even bought it so I could read it again and pester people with it.

Recommended for Years 10,11 and 12
By a Year 12 student

The First Blog for a Frog - Fault in Our Stars

posted Jan 26, 2015, 8:37 PM by Claire Stalker-Booth


 

The Fault in our Stars is a gripping and heart warming novel written by John Green.
When you first start reading the book, you might believe it’s a ‘stereotypical’ novel about a girl who has cancer. But its quite the opposite.
The book will take you on a roller coaster that takes you right into the lives of Hazel-Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters. The book constantly takes you on a new journey, that keeps you engaged and interested in the book. When I read TFIOS for the first time, I read for 3  hours straight, because I just couldn’t put it down. I never got bored of it over those 3 hours and once I had finished it, I started reading it again straight after.
TFIOS is one of those books that you can read over, and over and over again, and you never get sick and tired of reading it. It will constantly surprise you and after reading it a couple of times you will begin to pick up on things that you didn’t pick up on the first times around.
There are a lot of famous quotes from the novel that are now known by millions of people around the world today. One of the most famous being “Okay?” “Okay.”
Although a simple few words, I found that it added an extra depth to the novel, that made it that much more enjoyable to read. 

 

I definitely recommend this book to anyone. It will “take you on a roller coaster that only goes up my friend” ~ Augustus Waters 

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did :) Happy reading! 


From a Year 10 Student

Blog for a Frog 2015

posted Jan 19, 2015, 7:17 PM by Claire Stalker-Booth

Don't forget that you can submit a review of any books that you have read over the summer holidays and start earning a chocolate frog and house points.
You can submit more than one review so get blogging now.

Love Chocolate Frogs...then Blog for a Frog

posted Oct 25, 2014, 3:52 AM by Claire Stalker-Booth   [ updated Oct 25, 2014, 4:19 AM ]

I love it when I can curl up with a good book, a cup of tea and a bit of my favourite chocolate. Once I have finished a great book I want to tell others about it too!
Rather than just speaking about it to students and teachers I thought it was time to share great reads with you digitally.

The thought then occurred why should the books only be talked about by me, wouldn't it be great if everyone at Saint Patrick's College could share with each other their favourite reads. I would like to invite you to submit a short review of any books that you have read that you have enjoyed using the form on this page. If your review is posted on this blog you will be entitled to a merit and a chocolate frog for your blog entry. All reviews will only be identified by the year level of the reviewer.

Happy Reading
Mrs Stalker-Booth

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