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    1. Hatchet
    by Gary Paulsen
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    Asin: 0689826990
    Catlog: Book (1999-07-01)
    Publisher: Simon Pulse
    Sales Rank: 1129
    Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
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    Alone

    Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single engine plane in which he is flying crashes. Suddenly, Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother has given him as a present -- and the dreadful secret that has been tearing him apart ever since his parents' divorce. But now Brian has no time for anger, self-pity, or despair -- it will take all his know-how and determination, and more courage than he knew he possessed, to survive. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A heartwarming survival story
    Liz Gilbertson~Dobbs Grade 5 Hardy Elementary Wellesley MA May 19, 1999

    Hatchet

    This is a beautifully written story about a 13 year old city boy named Brian. Brian's parents get divorced because of "the secret". He is going to visit his father on a plane but the pilot has a heart attack! Brian tries to fly the plane but crashes in to the lake! He swims to the surface gasping for air. He weakly crawls to shore and gets attacked by a HUGE swarm of mosquitoes. He barely manages to get away from them and find shelter in a rock overhang. To survive he knew he needed food so he built wepons like spears, snares and a bow and arrow. To get fruit he follows a flock of birds, to a berry tree, the berries have a bitter flavor but he kept eating pits and all. He got sick that night. Luckly he finds a patch of raspberries. He ate and ate, A huge grizzly bear came a long. A couple of days later a tornado comes and hits the lake! it stirred the plane so that the tip of its tail was showing. He thought of the surival pack, he would rather have that than $1,000,000,000!Will he get the surival pack in the plane with the dead pilot or try to surive using just what he has? you have to read the end of this book to find out! Survival and heart break bueatifully merge in this heart warming story! The sequal, The River, is good too!

    3-0 out of 5 stars My Review
    If you like books about adventures and fights to stay alive Hatchet is a good book for you. Brian Rodeson is a Thirteen-year-old kid whose parents were divorced. He was going to the Canadian oil fields to see his father. His father was a mechanical engineer and invented a new oil-drilling bit. Brian was over the Canadian wildness and the pilot is having a heart attack and Brian started to panic because he was the only other person in the plane, he called for help many times. After awhile the plane ran out of gas and he had to crash land in a lake. After the crash he was left with the clothes on he had on and a hatchet on his belt. He thought he was going to die but he started to eat some berries he found. He built a shelter under a rock cliff. He made a wall out of wood and put it up against the rocks. Then he tried making a spear and a bow to catch fish. He finally started to hunt birds and rabbits.

    I think people that would like this book are people that like adventure and action.

    I like how Gary Paulsen writes because makes you feel like your actually there.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Survival Story
    Recommendation
    I would recommend this book to anyone 11 years old and up because it presents a picture of how a young man survives the wilderness. Another reason would be that it was a very interesting story about survival. For example, any mistake that Brian makes could cause disaster. "Small mistakes could turn into disasters, funny little mistakes could snowball so that while you were still smiling at the humor you could find yourself looking at death". Another example is when Brian tries to start a fire, but does not know what to use. "Clearly there had to be something for the sparks to ignite, some kind of tinder or kindling-but what?" In conclusion, if you are interested in survival and adventure, then read this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hatchet
    The main events in Hatchet are related to the conflict and the solution. The conflict was the plane crash that Brian was in. He had to survive in the Canadian wilderness. One of the solutions that he had to do to survive is make a home. He also had to find food by hunting and fishing. He had to make a fire to help him survive and be seen to be rescued. He was successful because he was rescued.
    I rate this book 5 stars because it showed how 11, 12, and 13 year old boys can take care of themselves when they are alone in the woods for 54 days.It also was interesting to read because Brian was keeping a secret and never told his dad. It was exciting because you would not know what was going to happen next.

    2-0 out of 5 stars good, but not too good
    I had to read this book for a school project, and let's just say it was pretty bad. I've read many better survival stories that were a little more realistic than this. But, Hatchet has taught me a lesson: Pay attention to all that's around...you'll never know when you'll end up in a situation like Brian's. ... Read more


    2. The Immortals Box Set
    by TAMORA PIERCE
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    Asin: 0375827005
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-23)
    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
    Sales Rank: 3275
    Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Series
    I first read the Immortals series when I borrowed the books from a friend when was in 9th grade. I finished the first book and I had to read the rest right away! The series is about a young woman who discovers she has a very rare power that lets her have a unique bond with animals. During the course of the series she meets new friends (and foes) as her powers continue to blossom. This is a fantastic tale of a girl's memorable journey from childhood into that of a young woman's. The Immortals series is written for young adults, but it is a good read for women (and men!) of all ages. Now I'm a Sophomore in college, and it's been 5 years since I've read the series. I'm buying it so I can read it again. These are four books that will stick with you for the rest of your life.

    5-0 out of 5 stars you get so hooked on these books!!!!
    The reason I read the immortals series was because one afternoon I felt like reading and I thought I'd read a horse book or something and so I looked in my sister's room for a good book. And it turns out she was lying on the bed so I asked her for a good book and she pointed out the immortals. and I said ok I'd read them and so I did but once I was halfway down the first page I was hooked I couldn't put it down except for sleep food and the necessary things(just kidding I watched a bit of TV in between). And after I finished that series I had to read the lioness also which was also excellent but I like the immortals better. But what I want to share with the public that this book is wildfire it is the next Harry potter that's how good it is!!!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars the next set of books in the world of Tortall
    These books introduce a new heroine named Daine. She has the unusual gift of "wild magic", allowing her to speak with, and eventually, turn into animals. During this time in Tortall (the country where the books take place), Carthaki mages (Tortall's enemy) have opened up a portal to the Realms of the Gods and allowed "immortals", creatures who cannot die unless killed (as in they cannot die of old age) and who inhabited the earth thousands of years ago, to enter the realm of the living (i think thats what its called-just earth). These are Daine's adventures as she learns to control her wild magic, falls in love, and helps save Tortall. This takes place after Song of the Lioness (Alanna and others make appearances) so you should really read those before this quartet. People who love/ just like fantasy will enjoy these books, and people who like animals will love these also. I didnt like them quite as much as Song of the Lioness of Protector of the Small (the next quartet) but I stilled liked them A LOT! They're still up there in my favorite books list. My fav in this series is probably Emperor Mage.

    5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!
    I first picked Wild Magic up in Borders as a 'filler' while I waited for the next Harry Potter. (I bought it because of the horses on the cover) It sat on my shelf for two months before I decided to read it. Much to my surprise, I found that I liked these books BETTER than Harry Potter! ( And that is saying something comsidering how obsessed I was with those!)

    I was immediately hooked when I began the first Chapter and I couldn't put it down. By the time I nearly finished with the last book in the quartet, I was thoroughly depressed at the prospect of finishing Daine's story. I was so obsessed with the need to savor this book, that I wrapped it in several layers of rubber bands and hid it under my mattress. When I actually did finish it, I was depressed for a while knowing that there are no more books written from Daine's perspective. That is, I was depressed until I found Fanfiction.net. I have read every single piece of fanfiction about these books on the site, and I have even written a few of my own!

    This book is so real that after a while, you can almost start to believe in Magic. Tamora Pierce creates such vivid, involving characters, that I literally fell in love with everyone; from the dashing Mage Numair, to the feisty pony Cloud.

    I would recommend this book to anyone (not just kids) who likes good fantasy/adventure/romance books!!

    I read these books first, but I recommend reading The Song of the Lioness first. (Which was also an awesome book!)

    HAPPY READING!

    4-0 out of 5 stars they are great
    The Immortals Quartet are really good books, but I thought that "Wolfspeaker" was a bit boring. I would definately recommend them. ... Read more


    3. Freak the Mighty
    by Rodman Philbrick
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    Asin: 0439286069
    Catlog: Book (2001-06-01)
    Publisher: Scholastic Signature
    Sales Rank: 17782
    Average Customer Review: 4.48 out of 5 stars
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    A stunning young adult novel by Rodman Philbrick that tells the heartwrenching story of two ³special ed² boys who pair up to form a unique and empowering friendship.Two boys‹a slow learner stuck in the body of a teenage giant and a tiny Einstein in leg braces‹forge a unique friendship when they pair up to create one formidable human force. Made into the film, The Mighty. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars My review of Freak The Mighty (...)
    I thought that the story ,''Freak The Mighty was a very good book ,aswell as a very good movie.In my opinion , the story of ''Freak The Mighty'',was aninteresting ,exciting,funny ,and somewhat sad story. Minus the fact that this story was somewhat sad ,''Freak The Mighty'' contained all of the qualities that I would like to find in a story.When I had first began to read this story ,I figured that it would be a pretty good story .But I never would have guessed that it would be this good of a story.

    ''Freak The Mighty'' was about two boys ,named Maxwell and Kevin ,also known as Max and Freak . Max and Freak were in the seventh grade .Max was a very big boy who was not very bright .And Freak was a very small boy who was as some would say ,''A genius''.Freak was a crippled boy who lived with his mother,and Max lived with his grandparents ,who he called ,''Grim and Gram''. Max lived with his grandparents because ,his father who everyone called ,''Killer Kane'',killed his mother ,and then went to prison.Max and Freak had one thing in common , and that was the fact that the both of them were different from others.Soon they became friends ,and were compared to a knight and his horse . (spoiler) .

    THIS CONCLUDES MY REVIEW OF FREAK THE MIGHTY

    5-0 out of 5 stars Freak the Mighty
    Adventure,humor and a litle bit of tear jerking is all in this wonderful young-adult novel, Freak the Mighty.

    It's the tale of two competele different boys whos come together for one important porpose, to help the innocent.Max Kane is a huge teenager who is constantly tripping over his own feet, literaly. Max's is haunted by his mass-murderer father, Killer Kane. His father killed his mother when he was a young baby and now he lives with his grandparents.

    On the other hand you have Freak. A boy who has never really been out in the world without being stepped on, literaly, the guy is like 3 feet tall. Freak has this problem that does'nt let him walk without a walker or leg brases.

    When they are at this festival, Freak can't see anything, so Max's just puts him up on his shoulders and freak starts to like it so he satys up there.

    Wanna know the rest........................................................................................................................................................................................................................... read the book.
    favorite part page 47 paragraph 2
    saddest part page 127 paragraph 3

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book Alive
    Freak the Mighty is an awsome book. It has a bunch of humorous and sad scenes. The part of it that I especially liked was when Max had the squirt gun full of soap, vinegar, and curry powder and he made Killer Kane think his eyes were burning up. Freak the Mighty has a really cool dictionary that Freak wrote. If I were to rank the book, I would give it four stars because it is very tradedous but adventourous. If you like action books, then this is the book for you. Freak the Mighty is one of the best books I have ever read, so I encourage you to read it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Mighty Truth
    Freak The Mighty is a book about two boys who go on many adventures together. The first one of the two is Max or Mighty. He is a very tall bulky individual who is not the smartest person in the3 world. He doesn't like to read too much because he cannot read well. He is discouraged. The other is Freak. He is very smart but he has a problem because he is very small. He has some kind of illness that stopped him from growing much and his legs are of no use to him. He rides on the shoulders of Mighty who is a giant. One day Mighty was in his room when he realized that ther was a boy next door moving in(Freak). he sees that the boy has something he lost some toy in the tree and cant reach it so mighty goes and helps him they become very good freiends aftern a wile and they go on adventures through the town . they out run a local gang and they meet up with a long lost relative that isnt the mosthospitable they get through that barley and after that they will be divided.
    I really enjoyed this book it had alot of ploty twists that kept on accuring they go on thrilling adventurers. i would recomend this book very much

    5-0 out of 5 stars Freak the mighty
    Awesome, its of da heezy fo shezy.It was very funny how dey dissed dat little remedial Blade an he tried to act a fool but got caught by the police.This book is to hot fo T.V its off the heezy u betta go cop that book fo its sold out. ... Read more


    4. A Long Way from Chicago: A Novel in Stories
    by Richard Peck
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    Asin: 0141303522
    Catlog: Book (2000-10-01)
    Publisher: Puffin Books
    Sales Rank: 3296
    Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
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    Each summer over the nine years of the Depression, Joey and his sister, Mary Alice-two city slickers from Chicago-make their annual summer visit to Grandma Dowdel's seemingly sleepy Illinois town. Soon enough, they find that it's far from sleepy... and Grandma is far from your typical grandmother. From seeing their first corpse (and he isn't resting easy) to helping Grandma trespass, pinch property, catch the sheriff in his underwear, and feed the hungry-all in one day-Joey and Mary Alice have nine summers they'll never forget. Richard Peck's laugh-out-loud funny, episodic novel makes sure that you never will, either!



    The 1999 Newbery Honor Book-"A small masterpiece of storytelling." -The Horn Book

    Reviews for A Long Way from Chicago:

    "Peck deftly captures the feel of the times...Remarkable and fine." -Kirkus Reviews, pointer review

    "Warmly nostalogic, beautifully written, and full of thought-provoking interpersonal relatinships." -Children's Literature

    "A rollicking celebration...Perfect for reading aloud and a great choice for family sharing." -School Library Journal, starred review

    Awards for A Long Way from Chicago:

    ( The 1999 Newbery Honor Book
    ( A 1998 National Book Award Finalist
    ( An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
    ( A Riverbank Review 1999 Book of Distinction
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A One Woman Crime Wave
    It seems that GrandMa Dowdel lives in her own little world. She apparently disdains contact with her neighbors and thinks them all to be 'horse's patooties'. Once you get to know her better, you learn that her worst enemy may in fact be her best friend. The way she cons and browbeats the town banker into coughing back up the house recently foreclosed upon, free and clear, well it must be read to be enjoyed fully. Each chapter, a week the kids are 'dumped on Gandma so Mom & Dad can go fishing', reveals another action packed adventure in the constantly turning mischief mill that is Grandma Dowdel's mind. I was given this book by my ten year old son after he finished it in record time, and I knocked it off in just one day. I cried at the end, as the boy, now a man heading off to war is on the troop train. He telegrammed his Depression-era Grandmother he would merely pass through without stopping, and after many delays, is treated to a heart warming experience I'll let author Richard Peck handle in his inimitable style.

    5-0 out of 5 stars "Everybody's private business is public property."
    What a fun read! Peck presents 8 short tales which span several summers in rural Illinois during the Depression, when two kids make annual visits to their eccentric Grandmother. Narrated by the boy (two years old than his sister), these outrageous yarns create a wonderful atmosphere of wacky individualism and family bonding.

    It would be hard to find a literary granny as feisty, resourceful and fearless of authority as Grandma. Things are never dull when she stirs her stumps to create a mild uproar in that pompous little town. Her nefarious schemes range from a one-woman crime wave to appointing herself Champion of the helpless and downtrodden. Don't get on the wrong side of Mrs. Dowdel--if you value your reputation or your hide! Grandma remains undaunted and unflappable through bizarre but comical events. Peck's tongue-in cheek humor will bring many a chuckle as you are drawn into her slightly-shady activities. This book will delight kids of all ages--a winner, perfect for summer reading!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Richard Peck is a genius!
    I am a big fan of Mr. Peck's writing. He has a way with words that makes him seem like he is fourteen right now, which in reality, he isn't. Now that's talent.

    The story is about Joey and Mary Alice Dowdel, two kids from Chicago who never have left the city until one summer in 1929. They go for one week to their Grandmother Dowdel's in Cerro Gordo, Illinois. (Which, funnily enough, is just outside Mr. Peck's hometown of Decatur). Strange things happen there, including a mouse in a milk bottle, and living corpses. The story follows them for six years, and then goes to an epilouge of what happens to Joey.

    This was my first book I read that was from Richard Peck, and I am glad I read it. He has a gift for writing. I recomend the sequel to the book, A Year Down Yonder.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Independent Reading Review
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    The book, A Long Way from Chicago, by Richard Peck, is a fantastic novel for people that just want to have fun reading.The three main characters, Grandma Dowdel, Mary-Alice, and Joey each have their own virtues that stick out in my mind. Grandma's stretching of the truth makes her two grandchildren doubt how safe they really are with her. When a local gets killed many townspeople tell of old time stories of how "Shotgun Cheatham" god his name. Grandma Dowdel wants to settle the mystery of this man and let him rest in peace so she dicides to hold a wake at her house. During this time some wild things occur which could drive any reader to keep turning this books pages. The target audience for this book is more for young teens and kids to read, becuase the way the characters act in certain positions they are put in. I would recommend this novel, I definitely enjoyed it!

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Long Way From Chicago
    When I first saw the cover of A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck, I thought that this was going to be an easy book to read. Somebody recommended this book to me and this book was not only easy to read, it was terrific. It takes place during the 1930s. Every summer two grandchildren, Joey and Mary-Alice visit their grandma. Joey thinks he is getting more and more mature, at least that's what he thinks, because in one summer when he turned 13, he said to his grandma, "Please call me Joe, grandma. I am not a kid anymore." Mary-Alice is more of a quiet girl and likes to read books and likes to jump rope. Grandma is a very unique type of grandma. She rides in biplanes, wrestles snakes, shoots guns, tells whites lies, sometimes, and so much more. It seems like grandma is very active and she can't seem to slow down. Richard Peck did a great job on this book and it is great literature to read. This is just a funny book and you will get a few laughs out of this book while you are reading it. It gets sad at the end, but overall I give this book 4 out of 5 stars becuase it is the type of reading that I like to read. ... Read more


    5. Sarny
    by GARY PAULSEN
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    Asin: 0440219736
    Catlog: Book (1999-08-10)
    Publisher: Laurel Leaf
    Sales Rank: 234265
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    So many readers have written and asked: What happened to Sarny, the young slave girl who learned to read in Nightjohn? Extraordinary things happened to her, from the moment she fled the plantation in the last days of the Civil War, suddenly a free woman in search of her sold-away children, until she found them and began a new life. Sarny's story gives a panoramic view of America in a time of trial, tragedy, and hoped-for change, until her last days in the 1930s. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Sarny , A Life Remebered
    Sarny is an interesting book to read. It is about a young woman named Sarny who was a slave for a long time. A war was occuring to either end slavery or keep continuing it. Her two children, Tyler and Delie were sold to a man named Chivington in New Orleans. Before Sarny's owner died, he freed her and she set out on a journey to find her children. She found them and were glad to see them.

    I enjoyed this book a lot. As I was reading, I was learning at the same time. Sarny really went for her goal and never gave up. She struggled so many times but never wanted to give in. If there was something she was fighting for, she would fight until the end. I liked the way she acted and responded.

    My favorite part of the book was when Sarny finds her children. It was the happiest day of her life. This part was my favorite because everyone was excited and overwhelmed. This event brought Sarny and her family together. I was even joyous for Sarny to find her children. I relished reading this book.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Sarny
    I read the book Sarny in school. It was a great story that was well written. I was reading something that I, along with my other peers do not experience everyday. Slavery is something we do not deal with, but it is a huge part of our history that we should all know about. The book portrays it in a light that shows what people like Sarny went through. I think that classes in schools should be required to read Sarny.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Sarny
    We really enjoyed this book. It was very emotional in some parts and very funny. It gives people the chance to see what it was like to be a slave and to change dramatically in one day. We give this book 4 stars out of 5.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sarny: A Life Remembered by Gary Paulsen
    Sarny takes place in the South. It occurs right after the Civil War. Sarny is a slave whom just been freed because the North won. She sets off in a desperate search for her sold children. There were two of them and they had just barely became toddlers when they were hurriedly sold to a slave trader. Their names were Delie and Tyler.
    Finding herself free in a Northern filled South, Sarny is accompanied by another former slave as they trudge their tenseful journey. She meets many new friends and even finds true love in places she had never even imagined.
    As many friends as she makes, there were still quite a few people who threatened her and became a nuisance. These people still thought blacks should be slaves. They treated Sarny in the worst ways without even touching her...
    Although Paul revolves the book around Sarny and her experiences with life during and after the Civil War, he skillfully mixes in a bit of history. Paul shows the hardships of both races-black and white alike-during that fateful era. This heartrending story will keep you laughing to stitches one moment, and have tears streaming down your cheeks the next. This book would be recommended to all ages-from children to adults.
    In my opinion, I enjoyed the book very much. I was fascinated how a remarkable story. While I was reading could see through Sarny's eyes and experience the miserable times to the cheerful times. Through Paulson's figurative writing, I could feet the pain of the whippings on my shoulders. I could smell the smoke of fire dying down to embers, and feel the misery and joy jumble as one like needles lightly pricking my heart.
    I have been fortunate enough to read Nightjohn-the story of Sarny as a young child. Sarny: A Life Remembered. This enchanting sequel enraptured me with the feelings and thoughts of Sarny-I was blown away by Sarny's determinedness and her spunk. Paulson intigued me by threading the story seamlessly and making me cling to the pages, eager to read on.
    However, in the story, Nightjohn, Sarny was a child who just wanted to learn. Now, she is a grown woman with responsibilities whose top priority is her children. In Nightjohn, Sarny didn't want to lose the language of writing; in Sarny: A Life Remembered, she did not want to lose her children. In Nightjohn, learning the alphabet was the most important thing that was happening to her and in the book, Sarny:, the only thing in the world that she cared about was her two little toddlers. In a short period of time, Sarny's life changed completely and unexpectedly.
    Overall, Sarny: A Life Remembered was a superb book. I would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys and interesting story that can make you laugh and cry at once. This is the best family book and should be told over and over again. I would absolutely rate Gary Paulsen's Sarny: A Life Remembered as a five star book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars jake is the man
    This book is a must read because it has a ll the good thing a book should have. it gives an good view on how it was to be a slave during the cilvil war and if you want to read a good book this is the one. ... Read more


    6. The River
    by GARY PAULSEN
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    Asin: 0440407532
    Catlog: Book (1993-02-01)
    Publisher: Yearling
    Sales Rank: 2062
    Average Customer Review: 3.98 out of 5 stars
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    "We want you to do it again."

    These words, spoken to Brian Robeson, will change his life. Two years earlier, Brian was stranded alone in the wilderness for fifty-four days with nothing but a small hatchet. Yet he survived. Now the government wants him to do it again -- to go back into the wilderness so that astronauts and the military can learn the survival techniques that kept Brian alive.

    This time he won't be alone: Derek Holtzer, a government psychologist, will accompany him to observe and take notes. But during a freak storm, Derek is hit by lightning and falls into a coma. Their radio transmitter is dead. Brian is afraid that Derek will die of dehydration unless he can get him to a doctor. His only hope is to build a raft and try to transport Derek a hundred miles down the river to a trading post -- if the map he has is accurate.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Gary Paulsen's The River
    Gary Paulsen The River, May 28, 2002
    This book is the sequel to The Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. Two years ago, Brian Robeson was stranded alone in the wild when his plane crashed. He survived for about fifty days with only a small hatchet. In this book, the government wants Brian to show them what he did to survive in the wild. The government wants to use those skills and teach the military and other government branches the same survival skills that he used. At first, he seems relecuctant to go but later decides to show the government what he did because he knows that his skills could save lives. This time, Derek Holtzer, a psychologist, will accompany him to record all his daily activities. They go a few days with no trouble at all until a storm hits. Derek is hit by a lightning bolt that puts him in a coma and knocks out the radio. Brian must decide if he will stay and wait for help or build a raft and try to ride the river for over a hundred miles to a trading post. They have a map but that may be inaccurate. I thought this book was very good. The only things I didn1t like about it were that the first 25 pages were pretty slow and this book is only a hundred and thirty pages long making it a pretty short read. This book is filled with action making you not want to put the book down once you pick it up. Gary Paulsen does an excellent job in describing what it takes to survive out in the wilderness. I recommend that you read The Hatchet first to get a feel for Brian's personality. I gave this book four and a half stars out of five because I think Gary Paulsen could have made this book longer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The River
    The River

    I really like this book. This book was about a man that got stranded in the wilderness for fifty-four days with nothing but a hatchet, yet threw all he still survived it. Now the Government wants him to do it again. They want him to go back to the wilderness so that astronauts and the military can learn the survival techniques that kept Brian alive. This time he won't be alone though. A government psychologist will accompany him to observe and take notes. Then a freak storm came up. The Government guy gets hit by lightning and falls into a coma. Their radio is dead, Brian is afraid he will die of dehydration unless he can get him to a doctor. His only hope is to build a raft and try to transport him a hundred miles down the river to a trading post. And that is what he did.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The River
    The River is a book about an adult that had just gotten back from the fifty-four day stay from the plane crash. He uses the hatchet in the book The Hatchet for protection and food. In this book, he puts the hatchet in a glass case and leaves it there when he goes back to do the trip all over again. After about a month of planning with Derek, Derek came over one day to ask if Brian wanted to do it again, but only for survival for others. When they arrive at the Necktie Lake, Brian said to leave the supplies in the plane. So they build shelter and get food after being eaten by mosquitoes and a really bad storm. Then one night, another storm comes back, only worse. Derek, being not so smart at the time, stands up and gets struck by lightning blowing up the emergency radio they had for emergencies only. So, Brian has to build a raft and get Derek on and go one hundred miles to get Derek out of unconsciousness. Now that I have given you bit and pieces of this book, you should have fun reading it. Enjoy!

    3-0 out of 5 stars The River
    The river is about a boy named Brian Robeson. He is 15 years old. He survived in the wilderness for 54. All he had was a Hatchet. Psychologist, Derek Holtzer asks him to stay in the wilderness again except he would go with him. They fly out in a plane to Necktie Lake. When they're there Derek gets struck by lighting and is in coma. Brian has to bring Derek back to the trading post. What will happen next? Read the book to find out!

    5-0 out of 5 stars WOW amazing adventerouse book!!!
    I thought that The River was a very good book. It is adventurouse, exciting, and you never know whats going to happen next. Right when you think yoy know the book, it turns into a whole different direction and something amazing happens! My favorite part was when Brian decides that they weren't going to have supplies. Only because it shows bravery and because you know something exciting will happen and the will need the supplies. plus, later in the book, an exciting twist comes and you would never expect it! Well, I wouldn't want to spoil it so the only way you would kow what happnes next, would be to read the book. I recomind this book to anyone who is in for an adventure. ... Read more


    7. Brian's Winter
    by GARY PAULSEN
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    In Hatchet, 13-year-old Brian Robeson learned to survive alone in the Canadian wilderness, armed only with his hatchet. Finally, as millions of readers know, he was rescued at the end of the summer. But what if Brian hadn't been rescued? What if he had been left to face his deadliest enemy--winter?

    Gary Paulsen raises the stakes for survival in this riveting and inspiring story as one boy confronts the ultimate test and the ultimate adventure. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent adventure story for junior high boys!
    This book offers an alternate ending to Paulsen's previous book, Hatchet. The story disregards Brian Robeson's rescue in Hatchet and continues his story of survival in the Canadian wilderness. Brian has found a survival kit on the plane that gives him more than just a hatchet to use for survival. However, Brian still has to be creative in finding ways to survive.

    His days are filled with hunting, gathering wood, and doing what it takes to survive. When Brian realizes winter is quickly approaching, he knows to survive the winter he must have shelter, warmer clothes, and food. Brian begins to make preparations for the coming of freezing weather. Brian must also survive encounters with many wild animals, such as wolves, bears, elks, and even a skunk. While many things go wrong, Brian continues to learn from his surroundings, and uses that knowledge to survive.

    Readers will find Brian creative and his adventures in the wild fun to read. While this book will probably be mostly enjoyed by boys, it can be enjoyed by girls, too. The best recommendation I can give, perhaps comes from my 13 year old son, who rarely reads for enjoyment. He only reads when the book totally captures him. He picked up Brian's Winter while stuck in the backseat of the car during a two hour trip and began to read it. He kept saying, "Mom, this book is really good!" I had to make him give me the book, so I could get it read and reviewed for a class assignment. That tells me this is a book that is worth reading and is an excellent book to keep in my classroom library.

    4-0 out of 5 stars brian's accomplishments
    Gary Paulsen has done it again he brought you the first survival book Hatchet, and he did it again with the sequel to it called Brian's Winter. It is again Brian Robeson surviving in the Canadian wilderness and only using his instincts to survive. But there is a twist in this book it doesn't take place in the Summer or Fall, it takes place in the Winter. During this book Brian is attacked, frozen, and he learns the real keys to survival. Luckily for him at the end of the first book he got the survival pack, which contained many things he used during the book brains winter. Brian in the book is attacked by a moose, bear, skunk and other things he is pushed to the edge but he pushes back, he over comes obstacles that we wouldn't dream of doing like eating grub and bugs he also eats moose, deer, birds, and rabbit. If you want an action packed survival book you found your book
    If your looking for a good interesting survival book this is it. It has everything you need in a book plus survival tips, I would recommend this to any interested survival reader. I would say that this is the best survival book I have read yet. If you are interested in this book I would say read Hatchet first or at least the summary of Hatchet, it will help you understand the book Brian's Winter much better than just reading it first. But you will still catch on because this writer is pretty good a describing what happened in the first book. If I was to rate this novel from 1-10 I would give this book an 8 just on how much detail there is in it. I think Gary Paulsen put a lot of time in this novel.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Brian's Winter
    This was a great book. I loved that we were able to find out about Brian after the summer. Gary Paulsen responded well to his readers comments.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Brian winter
    In Brian winter by Gary Paulsen there where many ineresting points. Some of them include when Brian home was set on fire. It's was intersting because he Jumped out of the window and saved his self from a bear too. I Will tell peopel about this story. because it was fun and adventureous.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Brians Winter
    Thirteen year old Brian was rescued in the hatchet but what if he wasn`t rescued? This book explains what might of happened if he wasn`t rescued. Too survive Brian must make shelter, get food, cook the food, and he has to keep him self warm. This story is mostly character because Brian changes himself in mind and body. He changes his weight because he eats healthier and he changes from unserios to serious he changes his courage bye going deeper in the woods every time. ... Read more


    8. Trickster's Choice (Daughter of the Lioness Book 1)
    by TAMORA PIERCE
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    Asin: 0375814663
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-23)
    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
    Sales Rank: 2210
    Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
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    To the great joy of her many fans, Tamora Pierce with this book begins a new saga of Tortall to add to The Song of the Lioness Quartet, the Immortals Quartet, and The Protector of the Small tetralogy. At the center of each of these books is always a strong and resourceful young woman who masters the arts of swordplay and knightly warfare in the magical medieval country of Tortall. Alianne, or Aly, daughter of the warrior queen Alanna the Lioness, has all these skills, but also a delicious sense of humor, which serves her well when she is chosen by the trickster god Kyprioth to serve as his secret agent and a slave for a year in the embattled Copper Isles. There the dark-skinned natives, or raka, have been conquered and crushed by the laurin, light-skinned people from the mainland. The burning raka resentment is fueled by prophecies of a twice royal queen who will free them, aided by the "wise one, the cunning one, the strong one, the warrior, and the crows." Just how each of the colorful characters and Aly herself fit into this prophecy and Kyprioth’s tricky plan keeps readers guessing. Aly plots to show her skill at spying as she flirts with the god and is courted by Nawat, a crow transformed into a handsome young man, who is puzzled when she rejects his attempts to mate-feed her with grubs and ants.

    The pages of this long but fast-paced adventure zip by, enlivened by intrigue, skirmishes, comedy, romance, and lots of dramatic clothes. (Ages 10 to 14) --Patty Campbell ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful addition!
    I've loved Tamora Pierce's books about Alanna, the Lady Knight of Tortall for nearly fifteen years, ever since I picked up her first book, "Alanna: The First Adventure" as a sixth grader. Featuring Aly, Alanna's daughter, "Trickster's Choice" is a wonderful addition to the world that first captured my imagination, full of the delightful details and careful plotting that Tamora Pierce is so skilled at. I loved getting to know Aly and her careful, crafty character as she makes her through the dangerous and unfamiliar land of the Copper Isles, Tortall's unstable neighbor. Aly's adventures introduce a host of interesting new characters, as well as catch the reader up with many beloved characters from Tamora Pierce's other books. I enjoyed "Trickster's Choice," and I can hardly wait for its sequel.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Tamora Pierce, at her best
    I have been reading Tamora Pierce for years now. I first picked up the Alanna series when I was about eleven or twelve and I absolutely loved them, I have enjoyed all of her books, Totallan or not.

    This is the newest installment in her Tortallan books. The other characters from Tortall include: Daine, Alanna, and Kel. I have read about and loved each of these characters. The newest heroine in Trickster's Choice is Aly, Alanna and George's daughter. Unlike the other heriones Aly as a very noticeable sense of humor, she is more real than the other characters. She makes mistakes, she acts cocky, she loves her mother but gets easily annoyed by her. All of these things make Aly endearing to me. She isn't really good at the physical part of things like the other three heroines were, she uses her mind, her wit, and skill. I really liked the god, Kyprioth, he provides a lot of the humor in the book. I loved catching up on our old friends, Alanna and George, Daine and Numair, and Jonathan and Thayet, it's fun knowing what they're doing now.

    I didn't really find this book fitting for the nine to twelve catagory that it's placed in. No there is nothing in it that wouldn't be suitable for that age group but I don't know if kids that young could follow the plot. This is a different kind of book than the rest of Ms. Pierce's collection. It is filled with an intricate plot and a lot of political intruige, I find this book more suitable for 12 and up, they would appreciate the plot more than anyone younger than that.

    All in all, this is a wonderful book and a fantastic installment to the rest of the Tortallan series. Now... When does Trickster's Queen come out?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Different, but better!
    After I read all the other Tortall books, I wanted to read another great book by Tamora Pierce. When Alianne (Aly) of Pirate's Swoop is forbidden by her father, George Copper, and mother, Alanna the Lioness, to become a spy, she goes on a visit. Befor she gets to her target, she is captured and made a slave (you can see the collar on the cover) in the Copper Isles. After she is sold, a god visits her and makes a deal. If she can keep her master's children alive for the summer, the god will transport her home. Aly works hard to meet her end of the deal. Different from the other Tortall books, I think this one is the best.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Same old, same old
    At the risk of perpetuating a very old cliche, I have to say that Pierce's early works were much better. When Pierce first came on the scene, her fiesty heroines and more realistic style were a breath of fresh air, but now she seems to have settled in a rut and content to perpetuate a 'winning' formula, but one that has been overused since she first began writing. That being said, this is certainly a light, well-written book, but one that pales in comparison to the Alanna series.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Be careful what you say, or you'll give yourself away...
    First of all, I'd like to offer my congratulations to Ms. Pierce. After years and years of simply awful covers that publishers have slapped onto her books, she has finally been given a decent one. I mean, have you see some of her other covers? I'm not talking about these incredibly cool ones like the one for "Trickster's Choice". I'm talking about the ones created for such classic tales as "Wild Magic" or "Alanna: The First Adventure". Ms. Pierce has paid her bad-cover dues. Now she has truly earned a couple beautiful ones. I admit that much of my attraction to this tale was due to its alluring cover illustration. It was just my own good luck that the story inside was wonderfully gripping and well written as well.

    This book follows Pierce's "Lioness Quartet", a series of books that centered on the lady knight Alanna. In "Trickster's Choice", Aly (Alanna's daughter) is now the center and focus. Aly is the daughter of a famous knight and a famous spy. Both her parents are fighters by nature, but somehow they just can't get it through their heads that all their sixteen-year-old daughter wants to do is become spy like her dad. When Alanna decides that her daughter has become too bull-headed about the matter, Aly takes off on a small adventure of her own. She gets more than she bargained for, however, when her boat is captured by pirates and she is sold as a slave to a foreign noble family. The fact that she has winded up with this particular group of nobles is no accident, however. The trickster god Kyprioth is determined to use Aly's spy skills to protect the family's children, whatever the cost. Before she knows it, Aly is caught up in court intrigues and a political battle between the dark skinned raka and their white skinned luarin oppressors.

    I wanted to read my first Tamora Pierce book without having to read through all her previous novels. So I picked up "Trickster's Choice" and hoped for the best. As it happens, you don't necessarily need to have read its predecessors, though it certainly couldn't hurt. Pierce is fond of explaining all past activities and events in such a way that even a person beginning with this book (like myself) catches up easily. Admittedly, I was disappointed with her decision to continually comment on characters and events that had little to no bearing on the current plot. Still, these moments mostly came at the beginning of the book. If you can get through three chapters of this story you'll be successfully hooked and ready to read on.

    As for the book itself, it's excellent. I was amazed to find it a wonderful spy novel. Forget Modesty Blaise and Emma Peal; Aly is the best female spy I've encountered in a long time. Pierce has a way of making her quick on her feet without rendering her perfect or flawless. She is mature for her sixteen years but very much the teenager. She's smart as a whip but incredibly funny and endowed with an excellent sense of humor. Maybe it was this humor that made me greatly prefer her to her well meaning but laughless mother. Tamora Pierce has a website dedicated to, what she calls, "sheroes". Aly is a worthy addition to this particular feminist genre. I even liked her choice of mate. Rarely do I ever understand the male heartthrobs in teen girl novels. But Aly's fella is not only adorable but danged sexy to boot. And I loved that though Aly was a fighter, she was by no means invincible. When Aly fights she does so to the best of her abilities. She's Buffy without the super powers, this one.

    I was pleased to see that the sequel to this book, "Trickster's Queen", is available and promises to be just as good. If you've any interest in reading about a gal who outwits nobles and gods and is the companion of crows, this might be just the book for you. It's a great tale and one worth reading again and again. If you're tired of books in which the girls gossip and giggle, cleanse your palate with a little "Trickster's Choice". You're hardly gonna find action, humor, and great writing as easily anywhere else. ... Read more


    9. The Last Book in the Universe
    by Rodman Philbrick
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    Asin: 0439087597
    Catlog: Book (2002-03-01)
    Publisher: Scholastic Signature
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    Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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    In a world where most people are plugged into brain-drain entertainment systems epileptic teenager Spaz is a rare human being who can see life for what it really is. When he meets an old man called Ryter, he begins to learn about earth and its past.With Ryter as his companion, Spaz sets offon an unlikely quest to save his dying sister ­ and in the process, perhaps the world. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Eden vs. Urb
    This book is about an epileptic boy named Spaz who goes on a quest to save his little sister, Bean, from dying of leukemia. The main characters of this book are Spaz, Bean, Billy Bizmo, who is boss of the latch, one of the sections of the Urb in which Spaz lives; Ryter the old "gummy"; Lanaya, the "proov" girl; and her contributors or parents who are named Jinn and Bree. What I like about this book is that Rodman Philbrick really used his imagination when making this book. He made a prediction of what the future might be like. The future in this story is part paradise and part "I don't want to go there". The future is a place where the people don't have a past or future because they use mind probes. Mind probes are needles tat are injected into your brain to make you see virtual reality. It is also a place that is so polluted that you would not even want to look at it. Another thing that I admire about this book is that the author made the language easy to read and understand. This book is full of action and suspense which I relish. In my opinion, this book is among the better books that I have read in my life. Harry Potter has the suspense but does not have the creativity that this book has. In Harry Potter there are wizards that have already been thought of before, but in this story, there are the Urb, Eden, and the Big Shake!!! I give this book a rating of four stars ****. I left the fifth one out because the end was depressing and could have been better. The last part of the book left me hanging. Other than that, the book was spectacular!!!!!!!!!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Eden and the Urb
    I gave this book four stars. I would have given it five stars, but the ending was very sad. The main characters are Spaz, an epileptic boy; Ryter, an old writer; and Lanaya, a very beautiful person from Eden, a place where everything is perfect. Spaz and Ryter go on a journey to see Spaz's sister Bean who is very sick. On their way through all the latches, places ruled by gangs, they meet Lanaya who takes them to Bean. Then, she takes everyone to Eden to cure Bean. This book's setting is similar to what a lot of people think the world is going to turn into in the future: a horrible, polluted place. This book is pretty easy read. Most eleven-year-olds could read it. Only some of the words are hard. I would recommend this book to all ages. When I was reading this book, I didn't want to put it down because it always left me wanting to know what was going to happen next. This book is one of my favorite books.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Last Book in the Universe
    This book is extremely good. The auther does a great job in this book, getting the readers attention and holding it. I could hardly put the book down. This book is a mixture of mystery with adventure. I can honestly say this was the best book that I have ever read, the only regret I gave about this book is that there isn't a sequal.
    The book is about a boy named Spaz. Spaz is living on Earth after a big quake destroyed most all of it. Spaz was seperated by his latch family ( he was adopted) and is stuck living three latches away from them. Well one day spaz receives word that his sister Bean is very sick and she wants to see him. So Spaz teams up with an old gummie named Ryter and a little boy nicknamed Little Face, and travels across the three latches to get to his sister. On their journey they are attcked my mobs and latch Bosses, and they even manage to rescue a beautiful proov girl. The only way to save Bean is to take her to Eden (the place where proovs, or genetcally enhanced beings, live). The only thing bad thing about this is that no regular human like Bean is permitted to enter Eden. They sneak Bean in and cure her of a disease know as the blood disease. After they cure her Bean, Spaz, and Ryter are kicked out of Eden and return home.
    Other books that I recommend if you liked this book are are Max the Mighty and Freak the Mighty.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An amazing read
    An excellent and completely absorbing story, ... and if you like this you should read the book "Feed" by M. T. Anderson, or vice versa.

    4-0 out of 5 stars great book
    I thought this was a very good book. It had a great message to readers and an excellent description of characters. It shows images of what Earth could be in the future if we're not careful: a world of violence and a world without books or stories. It makes you really think. It's a nice book to read and have a discussion in a book club or English class. The plot was confusing in some parts but this is still a great book for free time reading. ... Read more


    10. Trickster's Queen
    by TAMORA PIERCE
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    Asin: 0375814671
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-28)
    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
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    Aly’s adventure continues. . . . No longer a slave, Alanna’s daughter is now spying as part of an underground rebellion against the colonial rulers of the Copper Isles. The people in the rebellion believe that a prophecy in which a new queen will rise up to take the throne is about to be realized. Aly is busy keeping the potential teenage queen and her younger siblings safe, while also keeping her in the dark about her future. But Aly, who is usually adept at anticipating danger and changes, is in for a few nasty surprises. ... Read more


    11. Brian's Hunt
    by GARY PAULSEN
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    Asin: 0385746474
    Catlog: Book (2003-12-23)
    Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
    Sales Rank: 2281
    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    The multitudes of Gary Paulsen fans (or more accurately, Brian fans) will be thrilled to find that the author has penned yet another story about Brian Robeson. Although Paulsen once claimed that he would "write no more about Brian," he seems to have been softened by the "staggering amounts of mail from readers" begging for more about the teen who is more at home alone in the wilderness than in the hustle and bustle of city life. In Brian’s Hunt, the 16-year-old returns to the remote woods and lakes of Canada, where he encounters a mysteriously injured dog. His experiences two years earlier, after surviving a plane crash and months alone with only a hatchet to protect and provide for himself (Hatchet, Brian’s Winter, etc.), have prepared him well to survive now. But can anything prime him for the horror that awaits him on an island campsite where he intends to meet his Cree friends?

    This short episode is rife with the kind of gritty--even gruesome--details readers have come to expect from the Newbery Honor author. In an afterword, Paulsen reminds readers that he bases his stories on personal experiences and his extensive knowledge of the wild side of nature.

    Confidential to avid fans: an intimation of romance amid all the rugged drama hints that this will not be the last Brian book, either. (Ages 10 to 13) --Emilie Coulter ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Nykolas Connors review
    I think that the book Brian's hunt was one of the best books that I have ever written. The book just kept me wanting to read. My teacher read it out loud but it felt like I was there with him this time. This book was the best book of 2004 that I have ever read. I think that I would not write so much stuff. It didn't end like I was thinking. It was the better then what I thought it would of ended. I loved the book from began to the end.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A lone camping trip results in a wounded dog's appearance
    Brian's Hunt is the sequel to Gary Paulsen's Hatchet and continues stories about a boy named Brian and his wilderness skills. Brian's Hunt brings Brian back to the wilderness where a lone camping trip results in a wounded dog's appearance. As Brian cares for her, he faces the dual challenges of helping her and his Cree native friends in this moving story of courage.

    5-0 out of 5 stars difference
    This a good read. Though it is shorter than most of Paulsen's work, it is good. I didn't like the changes though. Like he brought more books than what The List in Brian's Return said, freeze dried food, the three pairs of moccasins, the monoculars, and the barbed fish tips for his arrows. Plus it didn't mention Caleb, after all he wouldn't be there without him. And it didn't mention his medicine or Billy. It was written in a different in a different way than the other Brian books. If you have read the other Brian books you will see a different writing style. It might be because Brian is finally in a hurry to get somewhere, but The River isn't written in this way. Overall I liked it and will continue reading Paulsen's work.I have been reading for more than seven years and liking his work. I have never and probably never find a Paulsen book I don't like.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
    This is one of my favorite Gary Paulsen books. I really enjoyed the twist of Brian finding a friend in this book, instead of being all alone. Also, he finally starts to notice girls. I also enjoyed the suspense of the mysterious island. His hunt for the bear that caused all the problems(I won't be specific because I don't want to ruin the story)is also very enjoyable.When he finally finds the bear, enjoyment and suspense come togethet with action, to form the perfect ending:the final battle between man and beast. I thought Brian's Hunt by Gary Paulsen was a great book. ... Read more


    12. The Call of the Wild (Aladdin Classics)
    by Jack London
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    Asin: 0689856741
    Catlog: Book (2003-02-01)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.42 out of 5 stars
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    First published in 1903, The Call of the Wild is regarded as Jack London's masterpiece. Based on London's experiences as a gold prospector in the Canadian wilderness and his ideas about nature and the struggle for existence, The Call of the Wild is a tale about unbreakable spirit and the fight for survival in the frozen Alaskan Klondike. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars An absolute delight for all ages!
    I first read the "Call of the Wild" as a child, in fact it was the first book I read only because my fourth grade teacher gave us the task of giving a book report. I thank that teacher now for what I thought at the time was dreaded homework.
    Other reviewers have given you the basic story line but more importantly is the value this book gives. For me it actually sent me in a career direction.
    It's a masterpiece, not only telling the story of Buck the dog and his personal call to the wild but as people and the decisions, which confront us all. The young read will enjoy the story and the adult reader will see how the story line may parallel their own life. You will not regret this purchase! ENJOY!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Survival of wild instinct.
    This is the story of a dog that lived the rich life and was then suddenly jerked out of it into the harsh real world where he learns to survive on instincts given to him by his primordial ancestors. Buck, which is the name of the dog, learns not only to survive in the wilderness but also to thrive and to be top dog. Never before has he actually felt a bond with a human being until a man by the name of Thornton rescues him from a foolish death. Buck is torn between the feeling of returning to his natural state in the wild and his loyalty to Thornton. Although he loves this man, he continues to hear the call of wolves, which are his own call of the wild.

    In this book London brings out a 3rd person point of view where we can see the feelings and thoughts of both the dogs and the men. He almost makes Buck seem human by having him deal with internal conflicts. I believe that many people can relate to Buck's story of dealing with the real world and having to depend on themselves to survive. It would be a great book for anyone who loves the out doors and who wants to read an adventure novel. It's an easy read because it constantly keeps the reader's attention by not using difficult and confusing language. This story may be short but all of it's content is used on the whole point of the story.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Call of The Wild
    "Call of The wild" is a great novel by Jack London. Buck kidnapped from is home in California is thrown in to a harsh life of dangerous ways of living in the Klondike gold rush that is going on. Buck is half st.Bernard, half shepherd. He is taught to obey his owner by the "guy in the red sweater"he has to learn to survive on his own; not to trust any one. this is a great adventure story and a lesson of life!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Call of the Wild
    Call of the Wild is an awesome book. As I read it got more addictive and exciting. During the most exciting parts my heart would start pounding. As I kept reading to the end it started getting really emotional, so I stopped reading for a few days. After I got to the end I decided that it was such a good book and I should read it again.

    Call of the wild is about a dog named Buck that is a half breed (part St. Bernard part Shepherd). He lived in California with Judge Miller. Then, one day a person stole Buck and sold him so he could get money to support his family. So then Buck was sent to the Northland and very exciting things happen to him.

    Age: 14

    5-0 out of 5 stars Can you hear the call
    "Call of the Wild" is a novel about a mixed breed farm dog dubbed Buck that traveled from his farm to the chilly klondike mountains through many challenges. Whether it be fighting wild dogs, fighting famine, carrying a sled through the tundra, or fighting the ways of men, Buck survived it all. So read on to find out how. ... Read more


    13. Guts
    by GARY PAULSEN
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    Asin: 0440407125
    Catlog: Book (2002-11-12)
    Publisher: Laurel Leaf
    Sales Rank: 15575
    Average Customer Review: 4.34 out of 5 stars
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    Guess what -- Gary Paulsen was being kind to Brian. In Guts, Gary tells the real stories behind the Brian books, the stories of the adventures that inspired him to write Brian Robeson's story: working as an emergency volunteer; the death that inspired the pilot's death in Hatchet; plane crashes he has seen and near-misses of his own. He describes how he made his own bows and arrows, and takes readers on his first hunting trips, showing the wonder and solace of nature along with his hilarious mishaps and mistakes. He shares special memories, such as the night he attracted every mosquito in the county, or how he met the moose with a sense of humor, and the moose who made it personal. There's a handy chapter on "Eating Eyeballs and Guts or Starving: The Fine Art of Wilderness Nutrition." Recipes included. Readers may wonder how Gary Paulsen survived to write all of his books -- well, it took guts.


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    5-0 out of 5 stars true grit, high interest book
    There seems to be very little Gary Paulsen hasn't experienced first hand: crashing a bush plane, being pummeled half to death by an angry moose, attempting to drag a 200 pound deer out of a swamp, roasting squirrels over spits, eating bugs, eyeballs, and guts... This is a collection of real life adventures that inspired events in Paulsen's novels. A must-read for fans of these books and for anybody (esp. boys) who love disgusting, dangerous, modern-day survival stories. It's easy to read and gives an appreciation for true survival skills in a world that has largely lost touch with such values. ages 10+

    4-0 out of 5 stars Guts: The True Story Behind Hachett
    Ever been attacked by a deer, or a moose? Well, Gary Paulsen has, and in Guts, Gary Paulsen talks about how he got the idea for Hatchet and the Brian Books. He tells about how he has spent a good portion of his life roughing it out in the woods and in the snow-covered regions of Alaska.
    Also in guts, there are many violent or not so violent scenarios that the author has experienced that played a role in the books. For example, one of them might be moose attacks.
    I though Gary Paulsen's experiences in the book were very interesting, how it inspired a major part of the story and all. I enjoyed reading this book; the stories in it were very interesting. The areas of the stories were mostly in woods, parks, or lowly populated areas.
    One story in guts tells how Gary Paulsen witnessed a child being killed by a deer. A 4-year-old child was giving a deer a piece of candy. His mother asked him to hold the candy away from the dear for a minute to get a good picture. This angered the deer, and he stomped his hoofs into the boy's chest. The impact of the attack was great; the child was killed in an instant. Everyone around looked at the deer, now in an angry rage. Not too far away, there was a sign that said do not feed the deer.
    I highly recommend this book for people 10 and up, who are interested in stories involving the woods, attacks, and even cooking methods.
    I rate this book a 9 out of 10. It has interesting stories, and he explains why these helped him in the making of the Brian books.
    Other books Gary Paulson has written include Alida's Song, the beet fields, and the boy who owned the school, the foxman, dogsong, and many others.

    5-0 out of 5 stars guts
    Garry Paulsen s book Guts is an excellent book and it is the book I have been reading. You are sure to like this book if you like adventurous and informational stories.
    This book reminds me of Hatchet and Stone Fox. It reminds me of Hatchet because Garry Paulsen got stuck in the woods like Brian did. It is somewhat like Stone Fox because in Stone Fox they have sled dog races. In Guts Garry has sled dogs, but he doesn't race.
    In Guts Garry is always in the wilderness.
    If you haven't read this book I personally recommend it.

    By: Jacob Hartle

    5-0 out of 5 stars True Guts: The Story Behind the Story
    Ever since Gary Paulsen was young, he has had a lot of experiences with nature, ranging from crashing in a plane, to bringing home a deer easily twice the size of himself. He has had a love for nature, as well as a respect for nature. He learned at a fairly young age the ways of the woods. He learned how to read his surroundings, how to sneak up on animals, etc. All of his past experiences, such as cooking with primitive tools and eating eyeballs and guts, were valuable life lessons. All of these things he incorporated into Hatchet and all of the "Brian" books (The River, Brian's Winter, and Brian's Return). Guts is a book that tells all of these past accounts in great detail. It also explains the significance of them, and what lessons he learned from them. It then tells the reader what part of the experiences were embodied into the "Brian" books.

    I greatly enjoyed this novel because it is a true story about true events that happened in Gary Paulsen's life. Before I read Guts, I had no idea that Hatchet or any of the "Brian" books were factual or were based on actual experiences. It is interesting how the novel gives readers tips and recipes (such as how to make a birch-bark pot using birch-bark and pine pitch, and how to make water boil in the birch-bark pot using heated bits of granite) that Paulsen has used in his adventures. I especially like how he describes the events, making you feel like you are right there with him. I completely enjoy Paulsen's style of writing. I hope this novel gives you a deeper, more through understanding of the novel Hatchet and all of the rest of the "Brain books", just as it did me.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Guts
    in the beging gary tells alittle about him self. then goes on to say how his real life experiances affecet his writteing's towards the middel he tells about how he survives moose atackes and a plane crash after the piolet has a heart attack. towards the endhe tells how he attemps to eat guts and eyeballs just to se if it its humanly possible.

    "the situation is only as bad as you let it get"

    this story is set in minasota, and canada.

    the genre is auto biogaraphy.

    the problem is that gary paulsen tries to base all his writings on things that he has done and ibn doenig so he has gotten in to a lot of trouble.

    I would recomend this book to any one who likes gary paulsen books.

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    14. Soldier's Heart : Being the Story of the Enlistment and Due Service of the Boy Charley Goddard in the First Minnesota Volunteers
    by GARY PAULSEN
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    Catlog: Book (2000-09-12)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.35 out of 5 stars
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    In spare, almost biblical prose, Gary Paulsen writes of the horrors of combat in a Civil War novella that puts a powerful, more contemporary spin on Stephen Crane's classic The Red Badge of Courage. Based on the life of a real boy, it tells the story of Charley Goddard, who lies his way into the Union Army at the age of 15.Charley has never been anyplace beyond Winona, Minnesota, and thinks war would be a great adventure. And it is--at first--as his regiment marches off through cheering crowds and pretty, flag-waving girls. But then comes the battle. Charley screams, "Make it stop now!" disbelieving that anything so horrible could be real. Paulsen is unsparing in the details of what actually happens on the battlefield: the living men suddenly blown into pieces, the agony and fear, the noise and terror, the stinking corpses. After many battles, Charley is wounded and sent home an old man before he is 20, his will to live destroyed by combat fatigue--leaving him with a "soldier's heart." Paulsen has received the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the ALAN Award, and several Newbery Honor awards for previous work, but this superb, small masterpiece transcends any of his earlier titles in its remarkable, memorable intensity and power. (Ages 12 to 15) --Patty Campbell ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars The Horror of Combat
    Soldier's Heart is a historical fiction novel by Gary Paulsen that focuses on one boys experiences during the Civil War. Fifteen year old Charley Goddard, lies about his age so that he can join the First Minnesota Volunteers, which were part of the shooting war around 1861. Charley thought at first the shooting war was just an adventure. He later found out that the shooting war was actual combat on the front lines. Charley fought battle by battle and literally saw the "horror of combat" and learned how to survive through all the battles. Soldier's Heart is based on a true account of a soldier from the Civil War, which really makes this book even more spectacular. The theme could be focused around a numerous amount of things, but mainly I believe the most important ones are: survival and responsibility. Charley goes through some tries and tribulations in order to survive and from the very beginning he was responsible by wanting to fight for and defend his country. This book was GREAT--for any age group!!!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Gary Paulsen writes another fine novel.
    Gary Paulsen's fantastic novel, Soldier's Heart, is an epic story about a fifteen-year-old Minnesota boy, Charley Goddard. Charley joins the army just in time to be sent out in the Civil War battlefield. The trip from Minnesota to the south was extravagant for this young soldier, but what he saw out in the bloody southern battlefields was nothing less than tragic for such an innocent young man. A lot the men that were in Charley's unit were rapidly dying, and he could not believe that he had made it through the battles that took so many of the men he once knew. As the novel progresses, Charley becomes less of a boy and more of a man very quickly through his experiences fighting the southern Rebels. Throughout his time in the Union army, his personality, opinions, and heart mature to that of a soldier's.

    Once again, Gary Paulsen's ties to Minnesota are brought into the plot. His writing style is also very similar to that of which is in his other books, making Soldier's Heart very characteristic of Paulsen and his writing. As always, his words flow very smoothly and the storyline is very easy to follow.

    Paulsen's novel is very easy to read and is suitable for anyone around the age of fourteen or older. Some of the contents of the novel are graphic and some of the language is slightly questionable for younger readers. Regardless, the detailed language of the novel is justified and is a necessary element for the realism of the story. I definitely recommend anyone around the age of fourteen or older to sit down and enjoy the writing of Gary Paulsen in the novel Soldier's Heart.

    5-0 out of 5 stars GOOD
    This book is very good. It is about a boy named Charlie Goddard who is only 15 years old and wants to fight in the civil war. He pretends to be over eighteen and thinks the war is going to be fun and exciting. He nearly gets killed and learn how bad the war really is. This book is great if you know about the civil war and it always keeps you at the edge of your seat

    5-0 out of 5 stars Mike's REVIEW
    I listened to this book in an hour and a half. It seemed much shorter, as it was packed with action and interesting things. It is the story of a young 15 year-old boy named Charlie as he fights in the Civil War. He is in the Minnesoata regiment, along with about a thousand others. He lies about his age in order to get into the Union Army. At first it is luxurious trains, and wonderful prades, with girls giving them candy. But then they begin to enter combat. In the first battle he is in(Bull Run) he freezes up and does not fire at the enemy at first. Eventually the retyreat from the meadow. Charlie pees himself as they cross the meadow only to find that the confederate army has left. The entire book he faces internal conflict about leaving the army, and external conflict against the confederate army, and the ferocious elements. In the next battle Charlie kills many people and is covered in their blood. His commander sent him for medical help, while there he and another man build a wall of dead bodies to prevent the rough winds from hitting the wounded. Then the final battle discoussed in this piece of literature is the Battle Of Ghettysberg. This was a the battle with the highest number of casulties in the entire war. In this battle Charlie is involved in one final charge that would decide the war... would he live, would he die, would he be shot, would they win or lose? If you want the answers of these questions you will have to read the book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Soldier's Heart
    In the book, SOLIDER'S HEART, by Gary Paulsen Charley goes into the army even though he is under 18. He is only 15 and he wants to protect his country. Paul is Charley's father but he was killed when a horse ran over him. This was the Civil War in June of 1861. One of his most difficult conflicts wasn't being caught by the sergeant becuase he is only 15 years old. Charley almost got shot at one point by the rebels. Hey say somethings that no one should ever see in their life time like people dieing and suffering. It was set around a battlefield and Gettysburg. The book had its boring parts and parts where you were on the edge of your seat. This boook is boring theres only a couple times when you just dont wanna stop reading this book. i dont recommend this book. ... Read more


    15. Lady Knight (Protector of the Small (Paperback))
    by TAMORA PIERCE
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    Asin: 037581471X
    Catlog: Book (2003-08-26)
    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
    Sales Rank: 8366
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    Protector of the Small #4

    Keladry of Mindelan has finally achieved her life-long dream of being a knight. But it’s not turning out as she imagined at all. With the land of Tortall at war with the Scanrans, she has been assigned to oversee a refugee camp. But Kel has had a vision in the Chamber–a vision of the man behind the horrific battle machines that her fellow knights and friends are now fighting without her. She is torn between a duty she has sworn and a quest that she feels could turn the tide of the war. . . .


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    5-0 out of 5 stars More to come
    Okay, so Kel doesn't have a major romance here, and the ending seems a little flat, but the villain is actually more realistic than most. He's a small man that does big (and terrible) things. Most thugs are. And I think there is still another Kel book in the wings. Pierce has hinted as such, and the way this book ends with so much left unanswered seems to promise more in the future. And to be honest, I find I like Kel more and more the more and more I read. She's a very normal girl. Not in the girl-next-door or everyman way touted by Hollywood, but in the sense that she doesn't have any abilities that a normal girl in our world couldn't have. Not to mention she much more personable than Pierce's characters usually are. We love our loners like Alanna and Daine, but a team player like Kel is a nice change. Being a leader instead of a hero isn't exactly the norm for fantasy genre protaganists, and to have that "Captain of the Gaurds" sort of figure as more than an interesting bit character makes for a more "realistic" feel to the storytelling. While there's still plenty of magic and Tortallian references for us old timers, there's also the feeling that with a few tweaks you could put Kel in the Red Cross and have her refugees be from Eastern Europe rather than Norther Tortall without skipping a beat. Classic Pierce with some fresh twists.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just What I Was Hoping For
    I was waiting for what seemed like years for the fourth and final book of Kel's series to finally come out, and when I got it, I read it in two days. It's a thrilling, gripping ending to an amazing series.

    Kel has finally gotten her shield, and she's sent with all the knights of the realm to the northern border to fight in the war against Scanra. But she's disappointed when she's put in command of a refugee camp instead of getting to fight and go on her personal quest to find the maker of the horrible machines being sent against Tortall. But she does what she's told, just like the Kel we know.

    I was very pleased when Tamora Pierce got rid of Cleon, who I didn't like. I missed her usual romance in this book, but it did seem like Kel to not want a lover. Although I'm thinking about Dom...

    I was also happy to find that all the characters that had seemingly been forgotten in the third book appeared again, like Neal, Owen, and her other year-mates. I loved all the new characters in this book, like Kel's servant boy Tobe, and the refugees she had to take care of. There was a lot of adventure and fighting in this book, but just enough to make you love it. And everything was done in a humorous and realistic way.

    Kel acted just like herself in this book, which really made up for the mistakes in the third book. This is definitely a worthwhile read. This is my favorite of all of Tamora's series, and she's my favorite author. This is a must-read, and once you pick it up, you can't put it down.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wierd
    I don't get it why Kel dosen't have an inch of magic when Alanna and Daine have it. Daine is a Wilmage. Alanna is in the hand of the Goddess and has the healing gift.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Kel achieved her goal!
    This is about the strong believer if her dreams. Kel is the 2nd lady knight that has been through the fantastic adventures of fantasy with Tamora Pierce. Protector of the Smallis a series in which Tamora Pierce creates a girl ( Kelandry of Mindelan)who's biggest dream is to become a Lady Knight. Kel enters the chamber of ordeal which shows her her destiny to save the children of a terrible fate in which Blayce (the nothing man) makes killig devices out of the children's spirits for the Warlord of Scanra (King Maggur)to destroy Tortall. Kel should have married Domitan of Masobelle(Neal's cousin who calls him Meathead because he is so stubborn) because he is nice and has a good sense of humor. Alanna the lioness should have married Jonathan.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best Quartet
    fine, the ending got to me a little. I was dissapointed cause i wanted more ending. But it was my favorite quartet of TP and i loved it! I was also dissapointed Neal was betrothed to Yukimi. He and Kel are so better off together. But Dom's okay i guess. he is neal's cousin, after all. I was left gloomy after reading all four books cuz i wanted more and felt like i was losing my friends when i didn't hav any more to read about kel. So i hope in trickster's choice, the book about alianne, alanna's daughter, which sounds like alien and is sort of a stupid name, they hav kel and neal in there. they're my favorite characters in the quartet! this book has great action when kel, finally a knight, gets sort of a task from the chamber of the ordeal and is left to command a refugee camp. SHe teaches the civilians to fight and when she leaves to visit sir wyldon, she finds out the camp has been attacked! Although wyldon commanded otherwise, she left the squads on her own to take back her refugees who were kidnapped to be fed to evil metal killing machines a mage named Blayce was making. Her friends join, wanting to help her rather than save their shield as what they were doing was basically treason. So they head onto Scanra where war takes place to get back the children, that was what they spent eight years training for! Grate!!!! wonderful book, i luuuuuvved it!!! ... Read more


    16. Bridge to Terabithia (rack)
    by Katherine Paterson
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    Catlog: Book (2005-01-01)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.41 out of 5 stars
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    The timeless classic and winner of the Newbery Medal

    Jess Aarons' greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. He's been practicing all summer and can't wait to see his classmates' faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new kid, a new girl, boldly crosses over to the boys' side of the playground and outruns everyone.

    That's not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. It doesn't matter to Jess that Leslie dresses funny or that her family has a lot of money -- but no TV. Leslie has imagination. Together, they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where they reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits. Then one morning a terrible tragedy occurs. Only when Jess is able to come to grips with this tragedy does he finally understand the strength and courage Leslie has given him.

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Writing...Bad Message
    I have read this. I have read many books. Written many stories. I'm a student in high school, and I still remember crying over this book when in grade five. It was so beautiful. Such strong friendship in this book...but then, like everything else it was lost. I believe the presence and way DEATH is portrayed is very wrong in this book. Death, as always, is portrayed with such strength and power, while hopes and dreams are shattered. I do not think a child should read this. It sends the message that nothing is real in the end, for death takes everything away. If you believe children should 'learn' about death then let your child read this book, but if you like to teach your child that hope and love truly exist in life then I do not suggest this book. (It is, however, written very well, and praise for Katherine's writing skills!)

    3-0 out of 5 stars A well written book
    The book Bridge to Terabithia is a story of two friends with a world all their own. Jess, the first of the two, is a shy kid with some dreams and ambitions. Leslie is a tomboy with a big imagination, and fast. On the first day of school, she proves herself faster than any of the boys in third, fourth and fifth grades. Although Jess was shy of her at first, once they became friends almost nothing could seperate them. It is Leslie with her imagination who comes up with the idea to create a coutry just for them, with them as the rulers of it. Jess readily agrees with her, and they build a 'castle' across the stream in the woods. Leslie names their country Terabithia. Together, both of the friends have some excititing experiances. Then, after months of close friendship, the two are seperated for good. It is hard for Jess to learn to accept the fact that he will never see Leslie again, until he realizes that she gave him so much, and he needs to return it to the world.
    I thought that this book was a fairly good book, although the setting was very different from my own home. Most of the charectors are unjust, not at all like my life. I especially liked Jess and Leslie's charectors, and I would recomend this book to people who enjoy reading about every-day life with a little fantasy mixed in.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The first book to make me cry
    I read this for the first time in fifth grade. I was prepared to hate it. I loved it from the first page. Truly moving. It haunted me for a long time.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Bridge to Terabithia
    This is such a powerful book about a friendship that changes two children. Leslie and Jess at first aren't the best of friends. That soon changes when Jess realizes what a great person Leslie is. She is unlike anyone Jess has met. A tragedy causes growth in one character and a ending for another.

    2-0 out of 5 stars This book was terrible!!
    I had to read this book 4 school & I was kinda excited 2 read it, cuz every body raved on & on how good, how sad it was. I would never recomend this book. If your thinking of reading this book, don't. You'll be happy u didn't, trust me.

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    17. The Same Stuff as Stars
    by Katherine Paterson
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    Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
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    Angel Morgan's family is falling apart.

    Her daddy is in jail, and her mother has abandoned Angel and her little brother, Bernie, at their great-grandmother's crumbling Vermont farmhouse. Grandma spends most of her time wrapped in a blanket by the wood stove.

    There is one bright spot in Angel's world -- a mysterious stranger who teaches Angel all about the stars and planets and constellations. Carving out a new life proves harder than Angel ever imagined. But she feels a tiny spark of hope when she remembers what the stranger said -- that she is made of the same stuff as stars.

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Powerful Prose; Powerful Characters
    Without a doubt, my two favorite writers for young adults are Madeleine L'Engle and Katherine Paterson. Ms. Paterson has written a number of novels (Bridge to Terabithia, Jacob Have I Loved, Lyddie, etc.) that are among the best I've every read. This novel may not reach the heights of some of her previous books but it is still a worthwhile read.

    I have probably shed more tears over Katherine Paterson novels than any other writer except, perhaps, Dickens. They both have an incredible ability to create realistic characters that you can really feel for as well as a deep perception for the effect that death and abandonment can have on people. As I began reading The Same Stuff As Stars I didn't think this novel would have the same effect but I must admit that it did. In the character of Angel, continually abandoned by everyone around her but still a strong girl, Paterson has done it again.

    It is her ability to create these realistic characters, however, that also turned me off to this book. I found the characters of Verna and, in particular, Bernie to be so unpleasant that the first half of this novel was nearly unreadable for me. Once these two characters disappear from the novel, I liked the book to be much better.

    But is it really fair to dislike a book because the characters are created too well? It's a personal assessment but a fair one, I think. But this book still has many things to recommend it, not the least of which is the astronomy motif which appeals to me very much as a math and physics teacher. Another personal assessment, perhaps, but it works both ways. Ultimately, this is a book that still rates better than just about anything out there. I would highly recommend it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars You'll Enjoy This One....
    You can't help but root for Angel as she navigates the adult world on her own, also acting as an 11 year old surrogate mother to her 7 year old brother, Bernie. You have to wonder what adult in her short life taught her how to be so responsible, as her mother is an alcoholic who keeps abandoning them, and their father is in prison. Still, Angel soldiers on in spite of finally being dumped on their great-grandmother who doesn't seem to move much from her rocker and survives on pork and beans. The three need each other and it was enjoyable to see them work out a living arrangement, including getting Angel and Bernie into school. It was also hauntingly mysterious when the "Star Man" began introducing Angel to the stars. We also love the librarian who offers books and love. But the story jangles when mom comes back and snatches Bernie out of school. And we can't quite believe mom is going to come back into the fold after she ends up in the hospital after being in a car crash. (Doubtful she won't light out again.)
    This was a good read but not quite as brilliant as "Bridge to Terabithia" and "Jacob Have I Loved". However, I can't quite shake how lovely Angel's introduction to astronomy was. I just found the ending a bit too pat.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A very moving story
    I thought this story was a very powerful story about Angel and her little brother, Bernie who goes through hard times. It's touching and shows how some kids have to live. It showed me how hard Angel and Bernie had it, Their Dad in Jail and their mother who was negligent. Does have some bad language, but I highly recommend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Same Stuff as Stars
    I thoroughly enjoyed Katherine Paterson's book Same Stuff as Stars because it is an excellent example of realistic fiction. The themes that are present in this book are common to many children in today's society. Imagine being motherless and fatherless and having to rely mainly on yourself for support. Angel is eleven years old in this story and is trying to take care of her younger brother. She is desperate for a real home, unlike her current situation of living with her poor-grandmother. A stranger who is able to explain the night skies is truly all she has to make a difference in her life. Will this stranger's wisdom be enough to eliminate her loneliness and overcome her tragic circumstances she faces each day?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Loved it...
    Patterson's story of Angel will grab you from page one. She is a survivor, as she deals with one flaky mom and a convicted father.
    Then when she befriends the starman, you see her find even more self-confidence. I loved the star metaphor in this book, and the relationships of brother, Grandma, and Angel. I plan to share excerpts with my middle schoolers. ... Read more


    18. Briar's Book (Circle of Magic #4)
    by Tamora Pierce
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    Asin: 0590554115
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    Briar, whose magic lies in the realm of plants, finds that a dear friend is suffering from a mysterious illness. Briar and his fellow mages-in-training must bind their magic together to save the person Briar loves best. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Briar's Big Challenge
    Briar, the sole male member of discipline, has always possessed a great talent when it comes to plant magic. He learns how to develop his gifts with Rosethorn, his teacher, but he still remembers his past on the streets. But he has no idea that one day his connection to the streets will bring him in contact with a more powerful enemy than ever before. When one of his street friends catches a deadly virus Briar and Rosethorn are put to the test. As the disease spreads everyone at Winding Circle temple is tested. For the first time since the four children met each other, they are forced apart for a prolonged period of time. Briar and Rosethron are busy treating the disease, and more importantly, trying to identify it. Sandry, Lark, Daja, Frostpipe, Niko and Tris are working hard back at Winding Circle. But will all their hard work be enough? Can they find a cure? And what will happen when something shocking happens to one of the series most beloved characters?

    Briar's book, the fourth and final book in the series, is one of the greatest. Briar's always been one of my favorite characters, next to Tris. I was excited in seeing him star in his own book. Just like the rest of the books in the series Briar's book is filled with wonderful characters and character development, a fast paced plot, and wonderful setting. If you're a fan of the Circle of Magic series read this book to see how everything ends. I recommend this to Tamora Pierce fans and fans of the series. You'll love this one as much as I did.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best One in a Long Time!!
    As most here in the world of Pierce reviews, I am a devoted fan and have read all of her books. I think Briar's Book is the best Pierce has written since the Alanna days-- seriously!! I was very impressed with the way she described medicine like she really knew what she was talking about (and perhaps she did) but, Tammy, your research went a long way! Briar is my favorite of the mage quartet, as he has a lot of wit. I really liked how, throughout the books, you saw his admiration for Rosethorn blossom and grow; it's very touching, without all that romance usually craved for. This isn't a book for ye swashbuckling finatics, but if you like good character development and impressive medical and craft detail, this series-- esspecially this WONDERFUL book-- will leave you satisfied (well, satisfied with the exception that your anxious for more Circle books)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Definitely the best one in the series!
    In this book, Briar and Rosethorn head to the Mire to help out at Urda's House, a low-class hospital. While he is there, Briar's friend Flick catches a mysterious disease called the blue pox. The disease continues to spread and Rosethorn and Briar are stuck in quarantine, where they care for the sick. After a while, Briar and his teacher are allowed to go back to Winding Circle, where they work with Crane and his team to find a cure for the blue pox. However, just as things are starting to go well, Rosethorn gets the blue pox. What will happen to her? Will Crane and his team find a cure for the blue pox? More importantly though, will the cure work on Rosethorn?

    This book is definitely the best one in the series. It is packed with suspense and action, and it is a great end to The Circle of Magic series. Pierce's writing skills have developped since she started off with Sandry's Book, and the young mages' teachers, particularly Rosethorn, are also starting to evolve and take shape. If you weren't sure about continuing the series with The Circle Opens quartet, Briar's Book will definitely convince you. Two thumbs up for this excellent ending!

    5-0 out of 5 stars An amazing close to the quartet
    This is probably the most exciting of the Circle of Magic quartet. When Briar's 'street rat' friend, Flick, takes sick with an never before seen disease, Briar must do all he can do to save her. But the disease is highly contagious, and soon about 198 out of every 200 people in the city are sick. Briar returns to Winding Circle Temple to help find the disease. They are getting closer to the cure when a splash of the disease essence infects a person very close to Briar, then he is torn between helping to find the cure and caring for her. The cure is discovered, but is it too late?

    3-0 out of 5 stars Briar's Book
    This book was...okay is guess. Although it's well writen and not confusing or anything, it doesn't have the adventure or excitment found in many of the other Tamora Pierce books. I really like books in The Circle Opens much better, I recommend that instead. ... Read more


    19. How Angel Peterson Got His Name
    by GARY PAULSEN
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    Asin: 0440229359
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-10)
    Publisher: Yearling
    Sales Rank: 209827
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    When you grow up in a small town in the north woods, you have to make your own excitement. High spirits, idiocy, and showing off for the girls inspire Gary Paulsen and his friends to attempt:

    • Shooting waterfalls in a barrel • The first skateboarding • Jumping three barrels like motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel–except they only have bikes • Hangliding with an Army surplus target kite • Bungee jumping • Wrestling . . . a bear?
    Extreme sports lead to extreme fun in new tales from Gary’s boyhood.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Richie's Picks: HOW ANGEL PETERSON GOT HIS NAME
    I was laughing so hard that I woke up Shari AND both dogs!

    A longtime friend of mine, who works as our school's counselor--and who gets to borrow the books that I write about--has occasionally asked me very sweetly whether I could find more funny books for our students. J.T., this one's for you!

    "We built countless ramps with old boards laid on barrels or boxes, at the bottom of a hill if possible, and we would try to jump over things with our bikes.

    "Remember, these were one-speed fat-tired bikes with a crowned-up, castrating brace bar and the things we tried to jump were fences, wooden walls, barrels, bikes, each other. On one memorable occasion Alan--after carefully calculating distances and angles--tried to jump his stepfather's Ford coupe end to end. He didn't...quite...make it and left a face print on the windshield of the car, but that might have been because he was distracted by the scream when his mother came out just as we finished the ramp and Alan made his jump..."

    Now, I can remember some of the "really neat stuff" we did when I was young: There was a telephone cable hanging from a wooden utility pole in this vacant lot filled with mounds of dirt left over from digging foundations in he neighborhood. It made for great swinging (à la George of the Jungle) until Jimmy Dean got a concussion by swinging straight into the pole. There was "skitching" --kids in Beatle boots grabbing onto the back bumper of any car that was cruising through the snow-slickened parking lot behind Modell's. I can also recall the thrill of aiming our banana bikes full speed over the edge and down the big drop-off at Sunshine Acres Park. But my sitting here today (in one piece) attests to the fact that I did NOT spend my impressionable years hanging out with Gary Paulsen and his buddies:

    "Alan, again after carefully calculating and measuring..., decided that if you got up to twenty-six miles an hour and angled a ramp to ensure (that's how he put it, 'to ensure') that you got at least seven point six feet in the air, it was possible to do a complete backward somersault and land on your wheels upright. Alan, having gotten at least seven feet in the air after a screaming run down Black Hill, landed exactly, perfectly upside down, bicycle wheels straight up, spinning, in a cloud of dust and gravel."

    Decorating the cover of HOW ANGEL PETERSON GOT HIS NAME AND OTHER OUTRAGEOUS TALES ABOUT EXTREME SPORTS is an illustration of a young man on snow skis. He is wearing one of those old leather flight helmets (à la Snoopy) and flight goggles, and he is being pulled through the snow behind a sporty automobile that dates back to my father's adolescence. The young man is Angel Peterson who in 1954, inspired by a newsreel proceeding the Saturday matinee, decided he'd break the speed record for skiing despite being a thousand miles from any hills. Such was passion for scientific curiosity (and impressing girls) amid the "Brain Trust" that hung out with the young Gary Paulsen.

    "Alan tried once more, getting a lift from an unsuspecting truck by hanging on to the rear corner and hitting the ramp so fast that it gave way and he went through it like a tank, barrels and boards and splinters flying everywhere."

    "Wayne completed the only true backward flip off a bicycle but he didn't take the bike with him..."

    Of course Shari, ever-the-mom, shakes her head, appalled by what I'm reading her from the book--a sure sign that this book will be absolutely worshiped by young boys. (Shari says that's why I like the book so much.) No, really, it's a book for girls, too. (Rosemary, who can tell you about trying to bounce through the air from the trampoline to the rope hanging from the tree, is going to love this one.) In fact, the only fault that I can find with the book is its size: One hundred and eleven pages is way too brief for so funny a book. Guess I'll just have to read it again...right after I take my government surplus target kite out in the next heavy wind and see if I can...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! What were Paulsen and his friends thinking?? :)
    It's the 1950's and Gary Paulsen and his friends are 13 years old. For whatever reasons, they chose this year to be the year of "extreme sports"-Paulsen's term for the outrageous dares they took.

    These days, extreme sports refers to organized teams and individuals who participate in sport activities that involve rules, certified equipment, and lots of padding and head gear. For Paulsen and his buddies, the equipment was usually purchased at the army surplus store and converted to fit their needs. Their padding and head gear? Didn't exist.

    They jumped off of things, help onto things, went fast, went high, broke records, turned, twisted, and rolled along all in the name of "What's the worst that can happen?"

    Just one page into this autobiographical sketch of life at thirteen, the reader can perfectly imagine the northern Minnesota town in which Paulsen grew up and can picture the adventurous, comical moments that made up this crazy year of his life. The dialogue brings to mind so many young adolescent boys, all trying to fit in another ten minutes of fun before their parents call them to dinner.

    These stories are laugh-aloud fun, and they make the reader want to go out and put some wheels on something!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A knee slapper
    This is a great book for the average male reader who needs a quick funny read. This book tells the story as it unfolds of thirteen year olds back in the fifties after the Korean war and how they spend their spare time. These daredevils perform the unthinkable just because they don't have anything better to do. Gary Paulsen twists a wacky sense of humor into this piece that will keep your side splitting with laughter. A must read!

    5-0 out of 5 stars How Angel Peterson got His Name
    The Book How Angel Peterson Got His Name by Gary Paulson is a fun, and hilarious book to read. If you are looking for a funny book, pick this one. It is for the grade level of 6-8.

    This story takes place in a small town in Minnesota in the early fifties. They barely had television, mostly radio, and all the kids want to do is have fun. They had fun by doing daredevil stunts. The book is based on Gary Paulson's stories from when he was a 13 year old boy and the crazy things he and his friends did.

    Throughout the whole book Angel and his 13 year old friends do crazy dare devil stunts. Such as, break the record for the speed on skis, trying to go down a waterfall in a barrel, hang gliding with an army parachute, and trying to wrestle a bear. These boys did anything and everything possible. They also tried to put dynamite in a box, go in it, and have it blow up. Jumping through a ring of fire was another one of their wild stunts.

    The point of this book is that you can do anything you want as long as you put your mind to it. I recommend this book to anyone that likes to laugh. I also recommend the book to anyone that likes humorous books

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wild and Crazy Kids comes to a Book.
    If your looking for an absolutly hilarious book, you've found it. Gary Paulsen does it again with a wonderful book for when you just want to kick back, relax, cut up, and laugh in this book about best friends who think of crazy stunts to do.
    This book has five different stories about best friends who live in Minnesota and just want to have fun. All of the stories or most start out with the guys going to the Army surplus store(because this is just after the Korean War and all of the left over equiptment in on sall dirt cheap)to buy things like skis, parachutes, jackets, gloves, and other things that you could use to do anything stupid such as try to break the world record for speed on skis, which they try to do by the way. Or see how high you can get in a parachute, or even try to wrestle a bear for crying out loud these guys will do it all.
    Look I don't care if you don't like to read when the names of the stories include, How Angel Peterson got his name, The Miracle of Flight, Orvis Overson and the Crash and Bash, Girls and the Circle of Death,(which is definitly my favorite, if may bring memories to you guys that make you say, "man i was dumb")and last but not least And Finally, Skateboards, Bungee Jumping and other Failures. How could you not want to read this book.
    So take it from a person who absolutly hates reading. If you truly enjoy outragiously funny things then I would by, borrow, or even rent from the library. So whatever you do, just read this book. ... Read more


    20. Daja's Book (Circle of Magic)
    by Tamora Pierce
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    Asin: 0590554107
    Catlog: Book (2000-03-01)
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Sales Rank: 28774
    Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
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    When Daja was cast out of the Trader community, she made her own family with her fellow mages-in-training. But when danger faces the Traders, it is up to Daja to save the people who turned her away. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars The best yet!!
    This really is shaping up to become a great series! Definitelly improving over the last two as far as plot and exciting things going on, this one also builds on each of the characters, while Daja takes center stage. This book picks up with the four kids (with their respective teachers) on a journey to Goldridge Valley, where severe drought has caused rampant wildfires and many other problems. While practicing her metelwork, Daja (with accidental help from Sandry, Tris, and Briar) creates a bizarre vine, made of 'living metel' that only pure magic can shape properly. Daja's former people, the Traders, try to buy it from her, even though now they consider her Trangshi, a person so full of bad luck that no decent person can ever speak to her or deal with her. Even so, being around them again reminds Daja of the family she lost, and makes her long for the way things used to be, and soon she'll have to make a choice; return with the Traders and give up the metelworking she loves, or remain with her beloved teacher and friends, and dispare of ever being a true Trader again. Anyway, this book has charm, humour, warmth, and excitement. For anyone looking for a great fantasy read, this book is the answer.

    4-0 out of 5 stars This is a fairly good book...
    Daja's Book is about a girl, named Daja, who goes with her three mage friends and her teacher, Rosethorn, to try and help stop fires from spreading throughout the cities. This is the first time Daja ever comes to dislike fires, for she works with it (Daja is a metal-worker). While she is working with fire and trying to stop fire at the same time, Daja discovers a living metal vine. Then, some Traders come through the cities, and they bring back memories, for she used to be one herself. She is stuck deciding if she should continue on with her mage friends, or go with the Traders.

    I would rate this book with four stars out of five, because I think that Tamora Pierce's other series are better than the Circle of Magic Series (including Daja's Book). Some of the events that happen in this book are a bit disappointing once you get to the end, and, unlike her other series, I don't think there is not as much adventure. Like her other books, though, there are good details, but perhaps a little too much, which makes it a tad more dull than the others. For example, on page 52, it says, "The lady wore a cloth-of-gold overrobe and a brown silk undergown with gold embroideries, both of which complimented her dark brown skin perfectly. The gold band on her brown, frizzy hair tilted up a little like a tiara and sparkled with emeralds; black pearls hung around her neck in three strand..." And so it continues. This is very good describing, but I think it is just a little too much than you need.

    Other than that, if you have read all of Tamora Pierce's books, except for the Circle of Magic books, I'm not trying to stop you from reading any four of them, they are all good, otherwise I wouldn't have given Daja's Book four stars. Tamora Pierce is a great writer, and you should definitely consider reading one of her books, for she has several series out with four books in each series.

    (I had to do this for an 11th grade school project, that's why I wrote so much!)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Yet another excellent addition to the series!
    After Winding Circle got rid of the pirates, the four young mages, their teachers, and Duke Vedris (Sandry's uncle), are headed to Gold Ridge. A drought in this part of the country has caused many problems, and grassfires are now burning constantly. While they are there, Daja has been assigned to make nails. However, something goes wrong and she accidentally creates a magical iron vine that grows just like a normal plant. Upon seeing such a creation, one of the Traders wants to buy it off Daja, yet this Trader refuses to speak to Daja because she is Trangshi. During her encounters with Traders at Gold Ridge, Daja starts to yearn for the life she used to have. Finally, she is given a choice: she must either return to Winding Circle with her "new" family, or stay with the Traders.

    This book is a very good read and definitely has a lot of action going on. However, I didn't like it as much as Tris's Book because I found some passages about magic confusing. Overall though, I think it is a great read and we get to know more about each character's personality, especially the teachers.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not too impressed so far...
    This is my first book from this author, and I don't know why, but I just didn't like it. I thought that there really wasn't a good "struggle" in this book, the writing was not as descriptive as other authors' writing, and the characters did not seem as developed. Just an opinion.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Daja's Book
    In Daja's book, forest fires threaten them all. Daja learns how to make a new kind of metal called living metal. She meets a Trader for the first time after she became a tragshi. This meeting makes her realize just how much of an outcast she is ever since her family drowned. The Traders offer a high price for her to sell them living metal. She decides to sell it to them. When the Traders are trapped by a forest fire, Daja saves them, even though they treated her unfairly. Daja learns to make living metal and realizes who her real family is. ... Read more


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