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Chicagoland Detective Agency (The Drained Brains Caper)-Graphic Novel   Leave a comment

In the series, “Chicagoland Detective Agency” I read the first novel called, “The Drained Brains Caper”. This story is about a girl named Megan Yamamura who was expelled from her previous school and moves to Chicagoland. She soon meerly befriends a boy named Raf Hernandez who works at a Pet’s Food Store. They are both 12-13 years old. When Megan goes to her new school the next day, everything is different, the kids all have bandages on their for heads, they all love liver and onions, and one kid overdoses on cafeteria lunch food! Megan needs to investigate. But before she can, she is sent to the principal’s office who sends her to a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist then tries to…… Megan immediately calls Raf, he goes to a different school but its close enough. Why does Megan need his help? What’s happening? Read the book to find out!

Author: Trina Robbins, Illustrated by Tyler Page

Copyright Date: 2010

I would rate this book because it was a very thrilling and exciting graphic novel but not enough detail to make me feel like I was a part of the story. Of course, I finished the book because…. ya I finished the book 🙂

Questions to the author:

1. Why is the setting of this story “Chicagoland”? and not “Chicago”?

2. What was the file that Raf created called “Delete”? I know that it deletes other files, but how does it work? Will it be a big part of the next story?

Connection: I can connect this book to another graphic novel I read called Point Blank. It’s about a boy who becomes a spy and it is quite similar how the two characters come together to form a detective agency. In point blank, the agency is called MI6 but it still reminds me of it when I read this book.

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Posted April 25, 2011 by Kai Toews in Book Critics

Swindle – Realistic Fiction   Leave a comment

SWINDLE is about a boy named Griffin Bing who finds a lost forgotten baseball card of the great, “Babe Ruth” when he is having a lookout at night. At first, Griffin just looks at it and thinks, “Wow, an old baseball card, worth completely nothing to me.” But as the story goes on, the card becomes much more valuable then he thinks. So he goes to a old antique shop to trade his card for some money, but the store keeper (NAME: S. Wendell Palomino, how IRONIC…) insists that the card is worth almost nothing. He gives griffin a small amount of money, and Griffin is happy. But then soon finds out that the baseball card is worth MILLIONS!!! So he hires a group of friends with their own little special talent to track down this store keeper and steal back his prize possession. Oh no! Griffin Bing has been SWINDLED! (Swindled; to cheat, steal, trick, deceive, defraud, lie, rob, con, back stab, obtain dishonestly…… Get it?)

This book was written by the author: Gordon Korman

I would rate this book:    

Copyright Date of book: 2008

Questions to the author:

1. If you were to write a sequal, what would you write about next? Would the characters be the same? Will Griffin Bing’s family be rich this time?

2. Where did you get the idea of a story where a boy and a group of friends, try to obtain a long lost baseball card?

Connections: I cannot relate this to another book but I can relate it to a movie I’ve watched. The movie is called, “Home Alone” and its about a little boy as well who pulls mny pranks and has evil plans. The similairity is that the two boys are both potential spies. They have the ability to hack into computers and read blueprints etc.

Posted April 4, 2011 by Kai Toews in Book Critics, Humanities

Summer Ball – Realistic Fiction   Leave a comment

Summer ball is about a boy named Danny Walker who goes to a basketball camp. But when he gets to the camp, he gets stuck with a bunch of people he doesn’t even know. The down side is, all is friends are in one other cabin together! This one big thing that puts Danny in a crappy mood for basketball. He is also afraid because of his height. He is very short and is afraid that he will get shown up by bigger and stronger players. How will he end the camp? Will it all go well? I dont think so…..

This book was written by the famous sports books author: Mike Lupica

I would rate this book         

Copyright Date: 2009

Questions and connetions:

1. Considering you write many sports books, what sports do you play?

2. I cannot really think of a book that connects to this but I can conncect it to my life. I love basketball and I went through a similar thing in Canada. Two years ago I went to a basketball camp in Canada and was matched up against stronger and older players. All of a sudden, I went from being the big man to the short guard. I got pushed around and beat up by them but I got through it.

Thanx for reading!

Posted March 1, 2011 by Kai Toews in Book Critics, Humanities

Safe – Realistic Fiction   Leave a comment

In “Safe” the main character named Tracy, is raped in the first couple scenes of the book. She immediately is found and rushed to a hospital. But by the time she can open her eyes again, she is just traumatized with fear. She feels that she can no longer be safe and even the thought of her dead mother makes her scream. All she can think about is walking home from school, the orange car pulling up and then its a nightmare. The book is about her journey back to safeness again. Everyday her she gets stronger and at one point she can’t even walk to the mailbox without collapsing to the ground. Everything that she loved before that day of the rape, she no longer cares about. Who did this horrible thing? Will she ever be fully recovered?

Author and Copyright Year: Susan Shaw, 2007

Rating:      I rate this book

because I like all the feelings that author wrote about Tracy. She wrote in so much detail that I felt so sorry for the character. I recommend this book to anybody who wants to feel sad for someone.

Questions and Connections:

1. What gave you the idea of writing a book about Tracy, have you had a friend that experienced something this traumatizing?

2. Will you ever write a sequal to this book? If you do, what will it be about his time?

I can conncet this book to “Julie of the Wolves” because in “Safe”, Tracy’s only good and safe memory is about her mother. (Who is dead). And also in “Julie of The Wolves” Julie’s mother has died and she has memories of her as well.

THANX FOR READING! HOPE YOU ENJOYED IT!!!

Posted February 8, 2011 by Kai Toews in Book Critics, Humanities

Criss Cross – Realistic Fiction   Leave a comment

 

The book Criss Cross has two main characters, Debbie and Hector. In the beginning of the book, Debbie wishes that something would happen, something good. Hector is inspired by a guitarist and wants to learn to play one. The whole book is about how Debbie thinks about the kind of boys she likes and about her wondering if Lenny, her friend, is the one. Or Peter from California. Hector tries to impress a girl named meadow but soon finds out the she likes someone else, the cocky Dan Persik. Debbie has a significant moment with Peter when they work together to help get Ms. Burning, an old lady in need of house work help from Debbie, to the hospital. She also has a deep talk with a girl named Rowanne, Hector’s sister. Will Debbie find her true love? Or will Hector be loved by Meadow?

Author: Lynne Rae Perkins

Copyright Date: 2005

Rating: I would rate this book three and a half stars. I think that this is a higher reading level book and I didn’t understand some the language. It was not as engaging as “Shooter”, my first novel.

Question for the author: What gave you the idea to write this book? Will you write a second novel? If you do, what problems wil there be?

Connection: I can connect this other book I read called, “Julie of the Wolves”. The similarity is that in the end of “Criss Cross”, Debbie goes through so many thoughts about who she likes and who to love. As for “Julie of the Wolves”, the main character Julie goes through many emotions about choosing what to do and what to believe.

Posted January 11, 2011 by Kai Toews in Book Critics, Humanities

Welcome To Hell – Realistic Fiction   Leave a comment

This book is about an Irish man named Collin Martin, who was framed, beat very badly, and sent to a horrifying jail. The jail was in Bangkok Thailand. In the beginning, he traveled to Thailand just to do business with another company. But it turned out that it was all a scam. A CEO of the company insisted on delivering all the employees’ payments, but ended up stealing it. Colin Martin tracked him down and the CEO’s body guard attempted to kill Colin. Then Colin accidentally stabbed him in the stomach. He was sent to jail for murder. The story is all about Colin Martin’s fight for survival in the jail. The jail is nothing like an American jail, it is basically hell. The guards beat, steal, and attempt to do nasty things to the prisoners. Colin tries so hard to prove he is innocence. He almost loses his mind because the Thai jail is such a nightmare. All the guards care about, is money and are not civilized at all. Will he make it out? Welcome to hell….

Author: Colin Martin

Copyright: 2005

Rating: I would rate this book 5 stars because it was really intriguing how the Author wrote down all of the character’s (Colin) feelings to show his fear for the jail.

Questions to the author: Are Thai jails really like that? Are they that horrible?

What gave you the idea to write a story about this man, Colin?

Connections: I can relate this story to another book called “Safe” by Susan Shaw. It is a book about a girl who gets raped on the street and is petrified by it. She cannot go outside because of the fear of being another victim. She finally fights her fears and stands up for herself. In “Welcome To Hell”, it is similar because Colin is afraid of waking up in the Thai jail. He is scared of the guards who might beat him and kick him.

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Posted December 14, 2010 by Kai Toews in Book Critics, Humanities

Shooter – Realistc Fiction   Leave a comment

Summary:

This book is about a shooting that happened at a High School. 2 people died and many severely injured. The book is written in many interviews, news papers, TV reports, and other information that helps the reader understand the story. One high school boy named Leonard committed suicide because of being bullied and because he had a very low social life. He killed himself in school but after he injured many students with his gun. His best friend Cameron, a African-American student who was not very popular either, is a big part of the story. Leonard’s other best friend, Carla also took a major part in this novel. The whole shooting happened when Leonard asked Cameron and Carla if they wanted to help him write, “Stop The Violence!” on the school walls. The story is all about police and TV reporters, trying to find out exactly what happened, so they can prevent this from happening again.

Stars: I would rate this book 5 stars. I really like this series called Circque Du Freak and I never thought that I would find another good book. This turned out to be an awesome book because it was full of mysteries on why the shooting occured.

Author: Walter Dean Myers

Copyright Date: 2004

Questions For The Author: I have a couple questions that I would ask Walter Dean Myers if I ever met him. 1. How did you come up with the idea of this story? Did it actually happen on TV? 2. Why did you choose to write it in interviews or reports instead of like a chapter book?

Connection To Another Book: I cannot make a c0nncection to another book that was written in the format that this book was written. But, I can connect this book to “Catcher In The Rye” because in that book the main character is struggling in life and thinks about suicide as well. Although “Catcher In The Rye” is more of a adults book, it is still similar how the to behave (Leonard & Holden).

Genre: This book is realistic fiction because it can happen but is not a true story.

Posted November 23, 2010 by Kai Toews in Book Critics, Humanities