Posted in Great gift, Young Adult/Teen

Princess in Waiting (also called Mia Goes Fourth)

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Transcript:

Hello everyone, and welcome to another book review on bookbooksblog by Matilda. Today, I’m going to be reviewing Princess in Waiting, the fourth book of the Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot. This book is a young adult book for teens, and although I am technically still a tween, I found this enjoyable and appropriate.

Let me read you the blurb:

Never before has the world seen such a princess. Nor have her own subjects, for that matter. But Genovian politics are nothing next to Mia’s real troubles. Between cancelled dates with her long-sought-after royal consort, a second semester of the dreaded Algebra, more princess lessons from Grandmère, and the inability to stop gnawing at her fingernails, isn’t there anything Mia is good at besides inheriting an unwanted royal title?

This book was really quite good. It was set out in a diary-like format and it had lots of things happening to keep the story moving. This made it much more readable and quite enjoyable. It was fast-paced enough to keep me interested and slow enough for me to understand: the perfect balance. This book really was excellent.

In this book, Amelia (Mia) Thermopolis Renaldo, Princess of Genovia, spends the holidays with her dad and grandma, Grandmère, in Genovia, attending functions and doing political things, all whilst pining for her boyfriend, Michael. But when she moves back to New York, she has all sorts of problems: she gets torn between a ball and a date, and she can’t seem to find out her hidden talent. Will her relationship with Michael remain intact? And does she have a talent after all?

My verdict on this book is romance, romance, ROMANCE!

My rating is 9/10.

This can be borrowed in the Woden library.

The age group for this is probably 11+.

Keep in mind that when looking for this, it has an alternative title Mia Goes Fourth. Just reminding you.

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OK, so now I’m going to move on to a different topic and today we are doing another feature author.

Our feature author today is William Faulkner. Today is his birthday! He was born on September 25 1879 in Mississippi and won many awards for his writing, including 2 National book awards, the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize in Literature. He truly has made an influential contribution to literature. I will now read you one of his poems: you shall see his sense of wit in this one.

 

STUDY.

Somewhere a slender voiceless breeze will go
Unlinking the shivering poplars’ arms, and brakes
With sleeves simply crossed where waters flow;
A sunless stream quiet and deep, that slakes
The thirsty alders pausing there at dawn.
(Hush, now, hush. Where was I? Jonson)

Somewhere a candle’s guttering gold
Weaves a tapestry upon a cottage wall
And her gold hair, simple fold on fold,
While I can think of nothing else at all
Except the sunset in her eyes’ still pool.
(Work, work, you fool! — )

Somewhere a blackbird lost within a wood
Whistles through its golden wired throat;
Some ways are white with birches in a hood
Of silver shaken by his mellow note,
Trembling gaspingly as though in fear;
Where the timid violet first appear.

Muted dreams for them, for me
Bitter science. Exams are near
And my thoughts uncontrollably
Wander, and I cannot hear

The voice telling me that work I must,                                                                                         For everything will be the same when I am dead                                                                         A thousand years. I wish I were a bust                                                                                         All head.

Thank you for listening. I hope you enjoyed it.

Bye for now!!

Credits: biography.com, archive.org, soundtrap.com for the music.

 

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Posted in 6-10 Years, Great gift

Molly Moon, Micky Minus and the Mind Machine

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Molly Moon, Micky Minus and the Mind Machine is the fourth in a series of Molly Moon books. I have read two of its predecessors and I was very excited to come across it. This was very exciting for me as that series is really very good. Anyway, so this book. I’ll read you the blurb:

She knows what you’re thinking. No, really. She knows what you’re thinking. Molly Moon is back. The girl with hypnotic eyes who can time travel and stop the world is about to make a stunning new discovery: she is a mind reader! But can her incredible talents help her rescue her lost twin from the future? And will Molly be a match for the maniacal Princess Fang and her brain-scrambling mind machine?

This book was bought from an op shop for just two dollars, and I can say that it was good value for money. Like, really good value. This book was an excellent and gripping read right from the beginning, with fascinating characters, thrilling plot twists and incredible talents. Molly Moon is not for the fainthearted!!

Molly Moon, a hypnotist who can stop the world and time-travel, goes to rescue her twin brother, who was lost in hospital and had all traces of him erased. But to find him, she must travel to the future and snatch him from a crazy six-year old princess who wants to take over the world using a machine that transmits knowledge from one person’s brain to another, leaving the person who had the knowledge an empty shell. The princess, Princess Fang, has all her subjects hypnotised and uses them like her playthings. Can Molly dehypnotise all of the citizens before it’s too late? Or will she be trapped in the future forever?

I rate this book ten out of ten. My verdict is thrilling and the age group for this book is probably seven to teen. Sadly, this book cannot be borrowed at any ACT public libraries.

The other thing I would like to cover today is NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month. This month will be November, and you can sign up to NaNoWriMo and participate in this writing challenge. There are two websites for you to head onto if you would like to sign up:

https://ywp.nanowrimo.org/ (if you are a kid)

or

http://nanowrimo.org/ (if you are an adult)

So what NaNoWriMo is is a month where you write a novel. You set a word count goal and then you write a novel, trying to reach that goal. You can write your novel online in the workspace or you can work on paper or somewhere else and manually count your words. I’ll be participating in it this year, so join the fun.

Thanks for listening!

Matilda out.

Thanks again to soundtrap.com for the music.

 

Posted in Books

Stories of the Wild West Gang

Stories of the Wild West Gang

By Joy Cowley

Michael lives in an impeccably clean house with his impeccably clean mother and his impeccably clean father and his impeccably clean dog. (No, just kidding, the dog isn’t real: Michael’s Mum is allergic to flea bites.) But then, one day, his cousins move near them. They’re a rambunctious lot, the Wests: Miranda (who Michael secretly has a crush on), Royce (a growing entrepreneur), Jeannie (who loves mice), Johnny (who dances), Auntie Rosie (who says terrible and funny things), Uncle Leo (who’s Irish), and Grandadda West (who’s “a wicked old man”). Read with glee as Michael and the Wests go camping, are sick, go to a wedding, fundraise, run stalls in a school fair and much more. These rollicking tales are ones you can’t put down! For a guaranteed good read, borrow this book. It’s one of my favourites.

WTB: Dickson, Erindale and Woden libraries

Age group: 7+ (mild references to drinking and smoking, although they are mostly frowned upon)

Verdict: LOVE, LOVE, LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!

Rating: 10/10

 

 

Time Follows You (a piece of my writing)

Time is like a shadow, always following you. Although it is intangible, it is always there, swirling around you, the past, the present, the future. All around the world, clocks are ticking, seconds are passing, Time is moving on. There is never a tomorrow, as by the Time it comes, it is already today. The past is gone, and Time is in the present, never to return until, in the future, minds drift to memories which were thought lost. The past, revisited, brings laughter, anger, fear, tears. Time appears transparent, but as you flick through the chapters of the storybook that is your life, it becomes solid, taking the shape of something that is hazy, veiled, shrouded in mist. What is Time? A nightmare, a friend? A hero, a villain? A spy, following, examining your life, scrutinizing your every move? The mystery of Time is buried deep under a mountain of secrets. Will it ever be unearthed?

Hope you like it! We did this in Year 5 with a stimulus of “Time”. I’ve edited it slightly. 😀

Posted in Picture Books

Zen Shorts

Zen Shorts

By John Muth

When Addy, Michael and Karl become friends with Stillwater the panda, they begin to see the world through a different light. Stillwater shares with them Zen stories: teachings of the Buddha. He teaches them each a useful life lesson in his placid and gentle way. This picture book will teach interesting and new life lessons to readers, presented in an appealing format to suit little people.

Rating: 10/10

Verdict: Moral-y

WTB: Gungahlin, Woden and Kingston libraries

Age group: 2+

 

Posted in Great gift, Upper Primary

Queenie

Queenie

By Jacqueline Wilson

 

Elsie and her Nan are living fine together… until Elsie’s Nan is suddenly diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis. Elsie’s Mum works in show business, and has to give up her job in order to look after Elsie. Soon, she finds a new job in the city, but Elsie has bigger problems than her Mum. She’s been diagnosed with tuberculosis of the knee. She has to go to Miltree Orthopaedic hospital to recover, where she is put on total bed rest. She gets into a lot of trouble in the hospital, but shares good times with her new friends along the way. Her Mum’s visits are few and in between, but at least she has the friendly Nurse Gabriel there during visiting hours. Elsie was going to see the queen’s coronation with her Nan, but now it looks like they’ll both be stuck in bed for it. But worst of all, her mother’s run off with her employer: who’ll look after her now? Will Elsie’s dream of meeting the queen come true? And can she stay out of the children’s home long enough for her Nan to get better? This story is interesting, and I love these kinds of stories. The author has woven an intricate plot which hooks you right from the beginning. It will touch you deeply.

Age group: Upper primary

WTB: Erindale and Woden libraries

Verdict: Heartwarming

Rating: 10/10 (I probably give too many 10/10 ratings, but I want to post mostly good books on my blog)

Posted in Great gift, Upper Primary

Rose Raventhorpe Investigates #1: Black Cats and Butlers

Rose Raventhorpe Investigates: Black Cats and Butlers

By Janine Beacham

 

In this book, Rose Raventhorpe, a girl who comes from the richest family in town, is preparing for her birthday ball when her butler, Argyle, is murdered. She is shocked, as they were very close. She decides to investigate his death, as it is the third murder if the week: and all the victims have been butlers like Argyle. One day she goes to lay flowers on his grave when she meets a butler who is staying in the graveyard to protect Argyle’s body from the Crows, a gang of local grave-robbers. Meeting him sets a chain of event toppling like dominoes. She discovers the Stairs Below, Silvercrest Academy, and the Guardians, but the question still remains: who murdered the butlers? And why are cat statues going missing all over town? You’ll understand what these questions actually mean if you read the book. This was a very interesting book that had plenty of red herrings and a plot which kept me wanting to read more. This would make a great gift for an adventurer or detective in your life… or just someone who loves mysteries. This is the perfect book to snuggle up with on these cold winters nights.

Look out for book 2: Rubies and Runaways

Rating: 10/10

Verdict: A great, cozy mystery that makes a great gift

Where to borrow (sorry, ACT libraries only): Belconnen, Woden and Erindale libraries

Age group: 6+ (it does involve murders)

Operation Shortbread: a piece of my writing

This is a piece of writing that I wrote in school whilst I was in year five. Our teacher gave us the stimulus of a cooking activity that we had done the previous day: making shortbread. 

The living room was peaceful. Red and green lights sparkled on the Christmas tree. Outside, the full moon glowed brightly. Stars shone in the sky. Wreaths hung on door handles and beautifully trimmed bushes outside stood like sentries guarding the house. But something was moving in the kitchen.

 

There was a clatter inside a cupboard as the door swung open. A bowl clanged down, landing on the shiny bench. It’s surface glinted as a wooden spoon flew through the air, landing in the bowl with a dull thud. A drawer slowly creaked open, and a knife fell out. The fridge flew open, the butter flying out to land on the bench beside the bowl. The pantry door opened and the flour, rice flour and sugar landed on top of the butter. Beside the pile of ingredients, a chopping board thudded onto the bench.

The cookbook flew off its stand and rustled its pages until they lay open at the recipe for shortbread. It issued silent instructions to the ranks. Come on soldiers! Operation Shortbread underway! The butter slowly peeled back the paper that was covering it, reluctant to become part of the recipe. Move it, man! The cookbook flapped its pages impatiently. We haven’t got all night. The butter, afraid to get on the cookbook’s bad side, hurriedly unwrapped the paper.

The knife chopped the butter at perfectly sharp angles. Good work, Lieutenant! The cookbook glowed in approval. The knife shone an even shinier silver. The pile of butter lay on the chopping board. Now, oven, 150 degrees on the double! Soon a red, warm glow was being emitted from the oven’s depths.

The flour and rice flour leapt into the air and poured their contents into the bowl. The mound of flour rose rapidly until the contents of both were emptied. The cookbook uttered a sharp approval. Another bowl suddenly sailed through the air before landing gracefully on the bench. The sugar poured its contents into the new bowl, and the knife scraped the cubes of butter into the bowl with the sugar. The cookbook gave a brittle order. Now soldiers, time to mix it all together.

The wooden spoon jumped into the butter and sugar bowl and started to cream them together. The other bowl slowly poured the flour into the pale mixture. The dough was flipped out of the bowl and a cookie cutter was pressed into it. The knife prised the cookies off the bench and a baking tray flew out of another drawer. The knife lifted the cookies onto the tray, which zoomed through the air and slid into the warm oven.

Suddenly, the utensils heard the sound of footsteps on the stairs. They froze. Inanimate. Cookbook issued a hoarse command. No one moved. The light switched off. A man and a woman stepped into the kitchen, bleary-eyed from sleep. They were so exhausted that they didn’t notice the oven humming away in the corner. “No, nothing Gloria,” said the man. “All right,” said the woman with a yawn. “Back to bed.”

It only took a few minutes until the oven gave a ding. The utensils were still shaken from the close call with the humans, but cookbook had pulled himself together enough to start bossing everyone else around. Come on soldiers, time to end Operation Shortbread.

The shortbread was cooling on the living room table. Suddenly, the utensils heard a jingle and some soot was dislodged from the chimney. A merry, bouncing figure fell into the fireplace. He straightened his red and white had and bounded into the room. “Ho, ho, ho!” he exclaimed. “Look at these delicious shortbread cookies!”

He took them off the plate and shoved them into his mouth. Then he bounced across the room to the brightly lit tree and deposited several presents underneath it. He looked back at the trail of soot that he had created as he placed the presents under the tree, frowned to himself and waved his hands in the air. The soot disappeared.

Santa Claus pulled himself up the chimney. The living room was peaceful.

Posted in Announcement

Why have my reviews become less review-y?

You may have noticed that the reviews I’ve been doing recently have been a bit more like summaries than reviews: and there is a reason for this. I’ve decided to give you information on the book, so that you can decide if you like it or not. Of course, I still give most of them ratings and verdicts, but I’ve stopped saying that much about my opinion on the books and more on the books themselves. I hope you don’t mind that this has become more of a book summary blog.

If you’re still reading this, congratulations on coming this far.

Thanks, Matilda.