Are you sick of doing homework on Word and PowerPoint? Do your posters look boring? Do you want to blow your teachers away? Well, let me introduce you to Prezi.
Prezi is a great website to make your posters on and it is oh so fun, you write what you want to write and then make a path through your thoughts and you will be amazed at the outcome. Spinning information and learning while having fun. This is so easy that my little 8 year old sister can do it.
Here is the link to a Prezi Amy did for her homework. Amy’s Prezi
If you like the look of it then try it for yourself and be astounded.
This is the link to the website. Prezi
Please comment if you like this website. ( you probably will, I loved it.)
This is the second of the ‘The Enemy’ series, The Dead.
Jack and Ed are best friends in this time of crisis. Their friendship will be tested to the limits when they are battling these zombies, (Sickos they call ‘em). They must escape from the school and fight their way out, all the while watching a girl being trapped in a school-house.
Once they have saved her they cross the road to the local church, only to find Matt, one of the most strong-willed, quick thinking boys from the community has gone crazy and is thinking a boy, called ‘The Lamb’ is going to save them all.
Their friendship and their trust are about to be pushed to the limit, while Jack and Ed fight fire (and ‘Sickos’) with fire. Matt is still rattling on about The Lamb
I give it 10 out of 10 and almost everyone will love it.
Rhys age 11
If you’ve read The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem’s Eye, and Ptolemy’s Gate, you’ll love The Ring of Solomon. This is a great series if you love Harry Potter and Charlie Bone. Get your copy from the library today.
Frog Whistle Mine is Des Hunt’s fourth novel and the first book about Tony’s adventures. Tony and his mum move to Charleston, where there are abandoned mines to explore and friends to make. It seems Charleston might just be the place for them. Below the quiet, deserted surface of the town, however, is a shadowy mystery, lurking as deep as the mine. The few residents of Charleston hide many secrets, as Tony discovers. Tony and his new friend Rose are intrigued, and bit by bit, begin to piece it all together.
I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters were really well described and believable. The plot was exciting and I was pulled in like a nail to a magnet. I recommend Frog Whistle Mine to 9-12 year olds and rate it a 9/10
I am now reading the sequel, Shadows in the Ice, which is proving to be as great a read as this book.
This is the second book in the Leviathan trilogy.
Alek and Deryn are still running and hiding secrets. They are with the Leviathan when the captain plans to bring Istanbul into the abnormal war. The two of them are all caught up in this devious plotting and must do something like blow up a few war machines and save the Behemoth, a brand new monster kracken. They are going to destroy the Germans gift.
Will they be able to do it in time or will they fail!?
Read Behemoth and find out.
Rating 10 out of 10
Hot off the press and ready for the Christmas gift giving comes The Longest Whale Song. Ellas life isn’t going so great. She doesn’t like her grumpy step-dad, baby Sam cries all the time and her best friend wants to be friends with Dory. The worst, worst, worst thing of all is that her mum is in hospital in a coma.
Ellas school project on Whales helps Ella discover that Whales sing to each other underwater and lots of other amazing things about them. Could a whale song help them get through to her mum?
This is yet another very readable book by Jacqueline. Ella does alot of growing up in this book and a number of her relationships with people change. She even makes a new friend. The medical stuff about Ellas mum can be quite difficult to read so I’m recommending this for intermediate aged kids 11 to 13.
As soon as I saw the posters around town, I knew that I wanted to see the Ron Mueck exhibition at the Christchurch Art Gallery.
I was pretty excited when my family decided to go, even so I didn’t realize just how breathtaking the visit would be.
We stepped into the exhibition. There were 12 or so stupendous sculptures inside, some so large they filled half a room each and some doll sized, a real mix of scale.
The first one we saw, which was also my favourite, was called Mask II…a giant replica of Ron Mueck’s face.
It was incredibly life-like, and the fact he was ‘sleeping’ with his eyes closed made you feel comfortable looking up close at his immaculate face and delicate details.
Mask II makes you want to touch it, so luckily a sample of the materials it is made from is on the nearby wall.
Half way through the exhibition is a film, showing the painstaking process of creating these masterpieces. It’s hard to imagine the patience needed to make something this detailed.
Each hair was punched in one at a time…each vein painted by hand.
Some of the exhibits were about people familiar to the artist, his best friend, his father and one of his baby girls.
It is as if the exhibition was arranged to represent a life cycle.
Photos are allowed without flash, but they don’t capture the way the sculptures seem alive, breathing…like something from a dream.
This was probably the best exhibition I’ve ever been to, and I would love to go again.
It is a must see for over summer!
By Tierney, age 11.
-A small town called Elbow
- Five misfit kids
-One bouncy dog
-A jar of Herman’s Devil tounge Chili
Bring ingredients together, and one real-life dead body and you have yourself one crazy, red-hot adventure.
Thats exactly what happens to Bea and her friends the rain town convicts.
The town Elbow is well known for its summer weather, rain.
When Bea and her best friend Sam take a photo of a dead body their worlds and the rest of the towns, turn upside down.
When the discover that they are not the only ones in on the secret of the dead body, then they begin a fight for their lives,
trying to discover the clues before they do…..
The rain in Elbow can be very annoying, it can drive you insane by the constant sound of ‘tik tik tik tik’ you would run out into the street with your pj’s on and yell ‘stop! Make it stop!’
I think this book is suitable for 11 and over and I would give the book a rating a 10 out of 10.
By Kezia Knight
Rebecca yearns to know things that once were. Tane dreams of the things that might be.
They must learn from the past to change the future. But they are running out of time…..
Tane and Rebecca aren’t sure what to make of it; a message, a sequence of ones and zeros look like nothing more than a random collection of alternating digits. Working to decode it, however, Tane and
Rebecca discover that the message contains lottery numbers….. lottery numbers that win the next random draw!
Suddenly, Tane and Rebecca are rich beyond their wildest dreams, but who sent the numbers? And why?
More messages follow, and slowly it becomes clear- the messages are being sent back in time from Tane and Rebecca’s future.
Something has gone horribly wrong and its up to them to prevent it from happening.
As they follow the messages cryptic instructions, Tane and Rebecca start to fear the worst- that the very survival of the human race is at stake…..
I think this book should be for 11 and over, and I would give the book a 10 out of 10 because the book is full of all the things I like about books – fantasy, adventure and creatures…..
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What are the funniest books that you’ve read this year? Mine is The Very Bad Book by Andy Griffiths.
Greg Heffley is back!
In The Ugly Truth, Greg Heffley has to deal with growing up. He’s always been in a hurry to grow up and become one of the cool kids, but growing up isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. He has to deal with the pressures of boy-girl parties, extra responsibilities, a maid who won’t do his washing and naps in his bed, his annoying brothers, and all of the awkward changes in his body. Greg thinks he can do all this without his best friend Rowley, but maybe it would be easier to deal with if he had his friend by his side. Greg does his best to stop growing up but also tries to act grown up around the cool kids so he can fit in.
If you enjoyed all the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, you’ll love the hilarious The Ugly Truth. If you haven’t tried them yet, what are you waiting for? Reserve your copy now.
If you like Despicable Me and Monsters vs. Aliens you’ll love Megamind. In cinemas December 11, 2010.
Be amazed by all the things you can find in the night.
Darren Shan is a normal boy until he wins a ticket to the Cirque-Du-Freak. From then on everything goes pear-shaped. He goes along to the Cirque with his best friend Steve Leonard. At the Cirque they see amazing things all the time, until they have to leave.
Steve then reveals that he recognized one of the performers, Mr.’Creepy’ Crepsly, this then starts off a wild adventure. Suddenly Darren and Steve are thrown into the world of the night.
In order to save Steve from a poisonous spider bite, Darren must become a half-vampire! Steve takes this wrong and thinks that he has the rightful place as a vampire. Steve turns to the dark side of the night and vows to kill Darren. Who will win and who will perish? Read these books to find out.
This ends up being one of the best literary roller-coasters ever.
I give this a ten out of ten and recommend it for ages nine up.
106 hours 29 minutes
A strange sense of calmness has settled over the FAYZ, even though there is nothing at all to be calm about. The huge barrier enclosing them is now the least of anybody’s problems, especially Sam’s. Looking after a few hundred children is hard for him, and everyone’s parents,siblings, and relatives disappearing doesn’t help a lot.
Ever since Caine lost his head, Diana has been the only one caring for him. But now he plans to make a comeback that threatens to plunge all of the FAYZ into darkness. Which leaves everybody at Coates one question. Who is Caine really working for?
Even though people think of Sam as the leader, Drake still lurks around violently disciplining anybody found breaking Caine’s rules.
Hunger is now seeping silently through the small town and sick jokes about cannibalism become more and more common. Each person is now being given three cans of “food” a day. But it’s never a can of baked beans or spagetti. They’re down to eating whole tins of gravy or lima beans and corn. And with no fresh food around, Sam, Edilio and E.Z. go to the fields. But when E.Z. is eaten by bloodthirsty mutant worms, they realise there is no hope. But not only people are hungry. In the mine, lays the monster and it too needs to be fed…
Whats more, a kid called Zill becomes sick of the freaks getting treated better than the normal people. He had never seen a mutant become so hungry they ate bugs. So he gets some friends together and start the “Human Crew”. They begin vandalising Perdido Peach and almost hang some people.
What will Sam do? What will Caine do? What will anyone do? Will they survive the terrors of the FAYZ?
This is a really good book and it is the second book in the GONE series the Michael Grant. There is lots of action and suspense but probably better for people aged 12+. I rate it 9/10.
The Enemy is an amazing book and it is the first of a series.
A disease is spreading to all the children aged 14 and over and it isn’t looking good. They are all turning into ZOMBIES! A group of younger children are trying to get to safety without being killed. They hear about a safe place in London called… Buckingham Palace.
Maxie, Blue and the Holloway crew are aiming for the palace, but on the way friends are killed or taken by the disease and others go their own way. Who will make it and who will die? Read The Enemy to find out.
I would recommend this to young adult readers and people who like the Hunger Games series. I give it 10 out of 10.
Hope you all like it.