Monday, August 29, 2011

Welcome Back

Summer has come to an end and it is time for school!. This summer I read several books that I am excited to share with all of you.

Beastly by Alex Flinn
Abe Lincoln Title
 If you liked Beauty and the Beast growing up, you will love this story. Alex Flinn wrote an updated version set in Manhattan for all those people who loved the classic tale. Kyle is the most popular boy in school and very goodlooking. However, he is very ugly on the inside. One day after being particularly cruel to another student, the student, who was really a witch, casts a spell on Kyle and turns him into a horrific beast. Kyle has to find someone who will fall in love with the true him if he ever hopes to break the spell. Tune in to find out if Kyle can learn from his mistakes. There is also a movie that came out this year starring Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens.

Along way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Ishmael Beah
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy SoldierI loved this story. Ishmael Beah's memoir of growing up in Sierra Leone is heartbreaking and unbelievable. The story is set in Sierra Leone in the early 1990's. The author, Ishmael, is just a young boy of twelve when his village is attacked by rebel troops. Ishmael finds himself orphaned and on the run in a war torn country. It seems there are no real safe places to hide. By the age of thirteen Ishmael is picked up by the government army. Once a gentle young man, Beah finds himself becoming a killer. Hopped up on marijuana, speed and a local mixture of cocaine and gunpowder, he carries his AK-47 with pride and becomes one of the deadly killers he has spent the past year running from. This is a gripping tale of war and the destruction of families and children in war torn countries.