Monday, July 26, 2010

Cool links has free to use, web-based graphics editors, as well as a music creator. Check out their image and effects editors! These programs may not have all the features of Photoshop, but they come close!

Need to create a poster or flyer? Try using Glogster or Scrapblog! Glogster lets you create posters with interactive elements, or you can print them out. Scrapblog is used to make scrapbook pages, but also works for posters and flyers! Both have cool graphics and backgrounds to add to your poster!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Uglies - Book Review by Kristen M.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies is a funny book about a future world where everyone is "ugly" until they turn 16, when they have an operation to become "pretty".

Tally is a 15 year old Ugly, impatient for her operation. When she becomes friends with a girl named Shay, she is confused about why Shay doesn't want to be Pretty. Shay runs away to an only Ugly town and Tally is in trouble. In order to become Pretty, she becomes a spy and follows Shay. Eventually she changes her mind and decides to stay in the Ugly town, just as her "boss" comes to kidnap them all.

I loved this book because it's funny, adventerous, and romantic. it has a great lesson and is wonderfully written. I can't wait to read the second book, Pretties.

Book Review by Kristen M.

Poisened Honey - Book Review by Kristen M.

Poisened Honey by Beatrice Gormley

Poisened Honey is a great story about two of the bible's most famous people.

As a child, Mari Magdalene is like a lot of children, wanting to have fun and getting in trouble. When she gets married to an old man she starts using spells to survive! Because of this, she becomes strongly possessed. After using a spell to kill her husband, Mari's brother takes her to see Yeshua, who drives the spirits away.

This story also includes Matthew, the tax collector. When Matthew's brother James runs away, disapproving of his father's work, Matthew becomes unsure of his once strong admiration for his father. Soon though, a man comes and asks Matthew if he would like to work as a tax collector near Magdala. Matthew agrees, and in trying to be better at his work, he soon becomes worse than his father.

In the end, Matthew and Mari travel together to meet Yeshua and become his disciples.

I loves this book because it was funny, sad, and has romance. It was amazingly well written and had a great plot.

Book Review by Kristen M.

The Secret Garden - Book Review by Abby S.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

This year, for my summer reading, I decided to go back, way back. I've been systematically reading through a list of my favorite classics from my early childhood. For some, such a list may consist of Junie B. Jones and Captain Underpants; I have always been a bit strange, and my list consists of books such as Black Beauty, Oliver Twist, and The Secret Garden.

The Secret Garden is the story of a young English girl, Mary Lennox, who at the turn of the century is living in India (which was still part of the British Empire). At the beginning of the book, Mary's mother and father are both killed by cholera (a deadly virus), and she is sent to live with her uncle in his home, Misselthwaitee Manor.

As she adjusts to living in a country she has never set foot in, Mary learns about herself, friendship, and the world around her. She finds adventure in discovering the secrets of the Manor and even searching for what she believes is a ghost.

The Secret Garden is a heartwarming story that has enchanted readers for nearly a century, and I am firmly among their numbers.

Book Review by Abby S.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Duchessina - Book Review by Chin Chin

Duchessina by Carolyn Meyer

The book Duchessina is a really interesting fiction book based on historical events. It is about a young woman named Caterina De' Medici or "Duchessina" and all the horrible events she has to go through just because she is a Medici. The book isn't like the typical cliche' happy endings like in most stories. It has its own very unexpected twist in the end. It has its own way of warming your heart at the same time makes you wonder "Why the heck did that happen in the end!" Though it is rather interesting and I recommend it for people who like these kind of things.

Book review by Chin Chin

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Lock and Key - Book Review by Lilli P.

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

In Lock and Key teen romance author Sarah Desson writes about a troubled teen who must overcome obstacles which most teens don't have to face. It has everything a good young adult book should have - secrets, a terrible situation, and a happy ending. In this book, Dessen proves how everything can change in a second. Ruby's story makes you appreciate the life you have. Lock and Key will have you reading through the night.

Book Review by Lilli P.