This is a follow-up of my first 8 for 8 post. If you haven’t read it then it will help you to understand this page.
When I’d read all of the 8 for 8 books, my favourite was The Island by M. A. Bennett. The Island is about a boy called Lincoln (Link) who is a nerd and moves to a new school from being homeschooled by his parents, who were professors at Oxford University. Link is bullied at the new school, because he came last in a run, which determines where you are in the school hierarchy. He got the lowest time ever. This means that he’s treated like a slave and has to follow the instructions that the fastest runners give him.
When Link gets stuck with his classmates on a desert island after a plane crash it seems like it might be hell on earth. However, Link is the one giving orders now. Who knows what might happen to the people on the island now?
This book is based on BBC’s Desert Island Discs and has a Lord of The Flies theme.
I decided to make a trailer for this book. I used some LEGO to make the scenes as well as a camera and iMovie to make it look good.
I enjoyed making this video, as it was fun and challenging!
This year at school, there is a book challenge called 8 for 8. It is extremely similar to last year’s 7 for 7 book challenge, except this one has eight books and more things you can do to enter.
The books are:
Scavengers by Darren Simpson
The Skylarks War by Hilary McKay
The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge
The Island by M. A. Bennet
Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow by Siobhan Curham
Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay
Everything All At Once by Steven Camden (aka Polarbear)
And The Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness
These eight books are all set from different perspectives and times. Everything All At Once is a book of poetry telling a story about school life. The Skylarks war has romance and history. There are many other things that make each book unique.
The things you can do to enter are:
Film a book trailer video
Make a piece of artwork
Write a piece of creative writing
Perform a performance
Write a blog or a review
Film a booktalking video
Or absolutely anything else!
These have to be based on your favourite 8 for 8 book, to try and encourage more people to read that book.
Thirteen chairs by Dave Shelton is a horror book with lots of different stories inside. However, instead of having a collection of stories on their own, Dave made a story to tell the stories to try and make the reader feel more scared and hooked to the book. The stories are all written in a different style. They are also true to the characters that are telling them to the audience.
I didn’t like all of this book because I couldn’t understand the old language in one of the stories. And I don’t particularly like horror stories. I also didn’t like the cliffhangers that were never finished, because it gives you a sense of anger at the book, with the reader thinking ‘ARRGH what happens next?! I want to know! I NEED TO KNOW!’
My favourite character was the main character, Jack. I liked him because he was being brave and scared the ghosts who were trying to scare him. The ghosts were telling spooky stories, but Jack told them about being alive and well. This made him special and different from all the other characters, as he was not scared to death as he was supposed to be but outplaying the ghosts at their own game.
In conclusion, I don’t like all of this book and would give it three of five stars. I would recommend this book to advanced readers and people that like horror stories.
This is part of the 7 for 7 book challenge. To see the main 7 for 7 post click here.
This book is about a boy called Calum Brooks who is forced to put up with a stranger called Sergei Zurakowski who is moving into his flat along with his mum, Angie. When Calum gets run over, the two of them must work together to solve the mystery of who is vandalizing the Expressions community centre and who ran Calum over.
I particularly liked the book when Sergei and Calum are forced to work together and befriend each other. My favourite character was Sergei because the school bullies kept picking on him, and he was patient and kind with Calum when he was in an attitude. The story is full of mystery and adventure you never know what’s coming next. The story makes you feel really emotional through the speaker’s feelings. And you just wanted to keep reading the book because you can’t wait for what’s coming next!!!
I didn’t like the fact that the book ended because it just makes you want to know what happens next in his life.
I’d recommend this book to more able readers because of the words and vocabulary in the book. People who are fans of drama, comedy or mystery stories would like this book. I would compare this book to The Goldfish Boy and The Light Jar by Lisa Thompson.
The Goldfish Boy The Light Jar
This is part of my 7 for 7. To see the blog post about 7 for 7 click here
At school, there is a book challenge called 7 for 7. It is designed to make participants better at writing about what they are reading. To complete the challenge, specially chosen Year 7’s (including me) have to read 7 books and write reviews about all of them.
Earlier, I made a coding website with tips about coding. Well today, I made an extension which translates what you type into pirate speak. Click here to open the extension. I made this extension with help from a tutorial which helped me a lot when making this website. I hope you like talking like a pirate with this handy helper. The phrases that will be translated are:
Turn the ship around
Bottom of the sea
Goodbye and good luck
Look out, cannon fire
Get out of the way
Throw that overboard
i’m not sure you’ve thought through this course of action
There is also a unique sentence starter when you start typing.
This is a scratch project I made for a school game competition and I won first place! There are 4 levels try to compete them all; use the arrow keys to move around and your results will be displayed at the end. Good Luck!