Next week’s theme for reviews is music and CDs. Send us in a review of a CD and you will get a bonus chance to win a prize or two.
There is also a new quiz! It asks tough questions about music and musicians. It is the Kim Hill of music quizzes. Here it is!
(Don’t forget that you can still do the first two quizzes if you haven’t already.)
See Ya Simon, by David Hill
See Ya Simon is an emotional book about a young boy, Simon, with Muscular Dystrophy (MD) and his best friend, Nathan. It is told in first person by Nathan, as he tells the story of the last year of Simon’s life. David Hill cleverly enters the mind of a young teenage boy dealing with his best friends illness. By having Nathan narrate the story Simon is presented as a brave and fun boy without it revealing his inner worries about his impending death.
Being a person who knows someone with MD, this story was extremely touching and gave a great, realistic look at the illness.
This story teaches you a lot about MD, and I strongly recommend it to everyone because of the characters, jokes and writing.
~ Emma (16)
Another New Zealand book that might grab your fancy, reviewed with flair…
Tanith by Sherryl Jordan
Full of suspision and anger at the girl that their Chief brought home one night, the villagers took it out on Tanith. Calling her “wolf-woman” and generally being mean to her, Tanith finds solace with a pack of wolves. The villagers find more and more reason to suspect Tanith of witch craft when a pledge son comes to love her. To destroy her “power” the villagers kill the pack of wolves. I really got into Tanith and just had to read it in a day, but unfortunately night came all to soon and I had to put it down just to continue it the next day! The only thing I didn’t like was the ending… Tanith should have gone with the wolves, and the pledge son should have gone with her. My favourite character would have to be the wolf cubs, they just sounded sooooo adorable. Over all a good book.
~ Ana (15)
Thanks to everyone who submitted reviews this week – you’re in with the chance to win (the draw will be on Monday)! If you reviewed a New Zealand book then you have an extra chance: quite a number of you did (it’s good to see you reading New Zealand stuff). Here’s the first of our highlighted reviews for this week:
Dreamquake by Elizabeth Knox
This was my second attempt to read this book, and I was surprised at how easily I got through it this time. With the main character in hiding at the start, and everyone feeling confused and annoyed after the events at the end of the previous book, the start possibly wasn’t the most grabbing. But once the story got away from its prequel and started into its own, things became more interesting. Laura, the heroine, slowly slips back into society, along with her father who had become a fugitive from the Dream Regulatory Body, who control the dreamhunters (people who can enter the mysterious Place and catch dreams to perform for others).
Laura knows that Cas Doran, head of the regulatory body, is up to something, which she doesn’t discover until she journeys deep into the Place. This discovery sets off a chain of events that ends with discovering the true nature of the Place.
Also, Laura falls in love with another dreamhunter called Sandy, and is pregnant at the end of the book. It’s very sweet.
~ Sylvia (14)
This is the third of the reviews from last week that earned their writer a bonus entry in the final draw. Even if your review isn’t featured on this website, don’t despair; you will have been rewarded for your efforts.
Eclipse, by Stephenie Meyer
This book is the final in the ‘Twilight‘ trilogy. It is an in-depth look at the mind of a teenage girl faced with the age old problem of true love. The only difference for Bella is that her love, Edward, is a vampire! He doesn’t think they should be together because they are from two different and potentially dangerous world. In the second book, he even goes so far as to leave the country to try and make her forget about him. They are both too miserable without each other, although at the end she finds solace in an old friend, Jacob. Ultimately Bella has to make the decision, does she want friendship and safety, or passion and to always be living life on the edge. She has to choose between Edward and Jacob, and the strings that come attached with each. Can she overlook true love or lose her friendship with the only person who was there for her during Edward’s disappearance? A truly moving and inspiring story about love, friendship and the obstacles one has to overcome to achieve both.
~ Chloe (15)
Uglies, by Scott Westerfield
The way that Uglies is written gets you sucked into the story, and when you have something sorted out, your beliefs are shattered in the next papagraph. This book has you crying, laughing, and yet unable to put it down. Tally is really a part of everyone, as she is forced through her life, and seems to always make the wrong decision, which relates to everyone in a way. I would recommend this book to all who love a good read.
~ Hannah (13)
We have received many wonderful reviews this week, as part of the SubText08 programme currently running for teens. Here is the first of several reviews that we enjoyed reading. The genre for the week was ‘graphic novels’, and this review of a graphic novel was excellent!
Nancy Drew Vol 6 : Mr Cheeters is Missing, by Stefan Petrucha
Being a fan of the original Carolyn Keene Nancy Drew Series, I have to say I was disappointed at the mystery aspect of this graphic novel. The novels are filled with intriguing, nail-biting mysteries; while the graphic novels are a poor excuse for so-called mystery writing.
Although the way the graphic novels are illustrated is great and I also enjoy seeing my favourite character being brought to life in a different form, I think that it would be better if the author, Stefan Petrucha, made graphic novels of the original, well-known stories, instead of trying (and failing) to write his own Nancy Drew stories.
My reason for thinking this, may just be because I am incredibly biased towards the ‘true’ Nancy Drew books, but I probably won’t be recommending this series to any of my friends.
I give this graphic novel, 2 stars because of the storyline – the overall product is readable and, possibly, enjoyable for some, but sadly not for me.
~ Melissa (13)
All the entries for this week’s SubText08 draw were crammed in a very well-made (if I do say so myself) box and drawn by Children and Young Person Specialist and fashion icon, Ella, and special guest star, Zac Efron. The winner is Melissa, who has won a $40 book voucher.
This week’s focus is New Zealand. Make sure you review a book written by a New Zealand author to get a bonus entry into the prize draw. Want some ideas? We’ve got some info on New Zealand authors here.
For another chance to win, do the New Zealand quiz: get 100% right and we’ll give you a bonus point.
Finally, make sure you’re at Karori Library this Friday for an awesome gaming night! See you there…
ps: not registered? Do it now!
Last night’s SubText event at Tawa went well – a lot of pizza was consumed, art was produced, songs were sung, and even a dance was, well, danced. We took some photos of the evening – there’s a small selection on the right. Congratulations to everyone who won a prize on the night!
Tomorrow we will draw this week’s lucky winner. Everyone who has participated in SubText so far has at least one entry in the draw – those who have sent in reviews, done the quiz, and gone to event at Tawa will have extra chances to win. (If you’re still unclear about how this works, the main SubText08 page has been updated with information.)
The next event is to be held next Friday, the 1st of August, from 6pm to 8pm at the Karori library.
Oh, and it’s not too late to register!