Monday, February 10, 2014

Hunter by Eric Walters

Some of our students read the follow up to Red Cedar nominated book Catboy,  with Hunter.  Here is Angus Trombley's review.

By Eric Walters

feral cat in turkey
feral cat in turkey (Photo credit: Tara Whitsitt)

Hunter is a feral cat. All of his first cat colony was poisoned to death by people. He is the best hunter in his colony. Hunter does not like humans but, when the junkyard where the cat colony lives is being developed into condominiums, Hunter must choose if he can trust Taylor, a human boy.
Hunter was a pretty good book. It was interesting to read the book and hear what the animals had to say, especially the raccoon. This book was written from Hunter’s point of view. If you want to read about the same story from Taylor’s point of view, you should read Catboy, which is also by Eric Walters.                                                                   

Racing Home by Adele Dueck

Racing Home by Adele Dueck (Red Cedar Book Nominee)

Book review by Rebekah Stokes.

Racing Home is about a boy, Erick, who with his family and new stepfather, travel all the way to Canada to make a life out of very little. This move, however, creates new problems for Erick and further strains his already distant relationship with his stepfather.  Will Erick find a way to like this new harsh and difficult land? When he meets a Norwegian named horse, Tapper, though, the tables might just begin to turn.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

How To Train Your Dragon

Cover of "How to Train Your Dragon (Singl...
Cover via Amazon
Angus, one of our book club students wrote this book review after reading the book below.  Although it is not on our book club list I thought some of you might want to read as well.  Thanks Angus!

Book Review by Angus Trombley
How to Train your Dragon by Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III
Also by Cressida Cowell

For all those who have watched the movie version of “How to Train Your Dragon,” remember that this is not the movie, this book is WAY better.

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is the son of the great Viking leader, Stoick the Vast. He may be the Hope and Heir to the great Viking tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, but the other Viking boys in the tribe call him Hiccup the Useless. His only friend is Fishlegs, who is even worse at being a Viking than Hiccup is. Hiccup does not look like a Viking hero; he is kind of small, rather scrawny and not exactly athletic. He does not do well at most Viking lessons. Can he pass the Dragon Initiation Programme and become a dragon trainer and not get cast out of his tribe? All he has to do to pass Dragon Initiation is capture a baby dragon, preferably of a large, fierce and dangerous variety, then train that dragon to catch fish and be obedient by Thors’day Thursday. Failure to succeed at this is not an option. If you fail, you are cast out of the tribe. Can Hiccup actually get and train a dragon? Can he also save his tribe from a terrible threat? Well, I guess you will just have to read the book and find out.
I thought this was a great book. It is extremely funny, has funny pictures in it and is a really good story. My favourite thing is Hiccup’s dragon, whose name is Toothless. Toothless is the most disobedient dragon ever.

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