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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Student Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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This book was a great book that took place back in the 1960s, and it would fall under the realistic fiction genre. The reason its falls under realistic fiction is because most of the events that occurred in the novel are real and believable, but some of them are not realistic.

The Finch’s live in a ghost town in the rural area of Alabama called Maycomb. The Finch family consisted of three people Jem (7), and Scout (6). Since they lived in a small town, they were able to make friends with everyone, except for Arthur (Boo) Radley. Legend has it that he killed his mom prior to Scout and Jem being born, and hasn’t come out of his house since. Meanwhile Atticus was a lawyer and a good one too. He was involved in a case with Tom Robinson, whom many accused of raping a girl, just because he was an African American, but you must read on to find out what happens with the case.

When I first started this book, it was a little bit confusing because of the time period in which it took place. I would suggest to Harper Lee to make the introduction better for younger audiences that haven’t experienced life in the 60s. But, after the first couple of chapters the story got interesting and kept me on my toes and wanting to read on. The reason I felt this way is because I could connect to some of the things Atticus would say to Scout or Jem, or relate to the things they did, such as build a tree house. 

Another great thing Harper Lee did was explain how life was in the 60s. She was able to show that blacks still haven’t gained all respect in the south, which helps readers of all ages figure what is happening and why. On the other hand a thing Lee could’ve improved on was explain what was happening during the trial case, and why. She could’ve used better words to explain what was happening in the moment to paint a better picture in the reader's mind.
This book is a great book for all ages. For the younger readers, it might be a little bit complicated because during the time period the book takes place in life is a whole different lifestyle than what is is today in 2014, but it’s great for the older readers that will understand the hard times humans had back in the day such as poverty.

All in all this is a great book, and I really enjoyed it. To Kill a Mockingbird really has everything from drama to fantasy. If you love to really enjoy your book, by being able to relate to things, then this is a great book for you.

- Andrew, RRHS Student

Friday, July 25, 2014

Comic: The Webcomics Handbook by Brad Guigar

Looking for a good book?  Try reading this comic-style book talk of The Webcomics Handbook, byBrad Guigar.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Student Review: The Number Devil by Hans Enzensberger, ctd.

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The Number Devil by: Hans Enzensberger is a children’s literature book about a boy named Robert who has twelve dreams that give him a better understanding of mathematics. Robert creates this imaginary man, the number devil, to help teach him about math. As Robert better understands math, he begins to enjoy it more and more.

Throughout Robert’s dreams he gains a better understanding of how to add, subtract, divide, and multiply all different kinds of numbers, like about hopping numbers, bonacci numbers, and triangle numbers. Each dream has a different location; for instance, one night they shrink to the size of bugs and are in a field of grass, and then the next night they are trapped in a cave. Though the setting is unpredictable the book's concepts build on each other becoming more complex each night.

The author did a very good job of teaching the reader all of the math in the book, but he rarely ever called the concept by its real name for instance I had to look up what he meant by bonaci numbers, and hopping numbers are really squared numbers. Another thing that bugged me is that the material in this book is at a ninth grade math level, but is written in a elementary reading level. The book’s plot line was weak because of this, it was too simple. I lost my interest to finish the book very quickly. The characters, the actions taking place, all of it was very childlike and irrational. It would have made a better book if it had a more in depth plot or on a higher reading level.

Although I did not enjoy this book, I think that many kids in elementary school who are in advanced placement or would like to learn more about math would love this book because it is so silly and unpredictable. Maybe even parents or teachers could read this book to their kids almost like tricking them into learning through an amusing story. You would like this book if you like… math and simple plot lines you will love this book.
- Kamy, RRHS Student

Friday, July 11, 2014

Comic: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

Looking for a good book?  Try reading this comic-style book talk of The Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Student Review: 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, ctd.

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In a small town, a girl named Hannah kills herself, but prior to that she made 13 cassette tapes addressing the people that influenced her decision and could have helped. The story follows a boy who is terrified of why he is on the tapes that she made. It is very well written and really pulls you in with a great plot and very interesting characters. You would like this book if you like… Go Ask Alice.

- Thor, RRHS Student