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  • hanli
    hanli added a book review.
    The Sign of the Beaver was an excellent introduction to life among pioneers and Native Americans in the eighteenth-century American colonies. The book was about a 13 year old boy named Matt who was left behind with a cabin in the Maine wilderness as he awaits his father to bring the rest of Matt's family. As his father left, Matt struggled and developed a relationship with a Native American boy named Attean, and eventually became a trusted person of the Beaver tribe. The novel was full of precise details concerning the tasks and objects that filled everyday life, as well as contained a good deal of adventure and suspense. The author, Elizabeth George Speare, had an insightful and sensitive portrayal of the relations among white settlers and Native Americans. The external conflict between Matt and Attean often made me felt uneasy throughout the story when the tension between the two boys build up. However, I felt it was very heartwarming when Matt finally realized that he had became part of the Beaver tribe and he was accepted as one of their members. I found this book to be quite meaningful, and I learned that maturity comes when one accepts responsibility and learns to be resourceful and self reliant. Self-reliance and an understanding of how to live in harmony with nature can ensure survival in even the most pressing situations. Therefore, I believe people should consider the viewpoints of those who are different from them and be open to learning from them. Finally, I really enjoyed the ending of The Sign of the Beaver because Matt chose to wait for his long lost father even when he was given a chance to move along with the Beaver tribe, and I was full of happiness when Matt’s father did finally arrive to see Matt had kept their cabin safe and sound.
    Almost 4 years ago
  • hanli
    hanli's book review was featured in Canned.
    Tins is the same novel as Canned, and I found it was a fiction book that I found slightly entertaining to read. The main character of the story was Fergal, and he had a unique hobby of collecting tins without labels from the bargain basket in the supermarket. Once, he found a finger inside a tin and got caught up to find the mystery behind the finger. The first part of this book was mildly funny, and I loved how Fergal played out scenarios and said things in his head, making him a loveable character. I found that his childish perception of the world allowed him to become overexcited by some things and work methodically with others. However, I did not really enjoy reading the plot of this story because it was too predictable and unrealistic. Even though there was a cliffhanger at the end of almost every chapter, I was always able to easily guess what was going to happen next. Perhaps this was because I was a little too old for the target market, however this does not condone the easily predictable events described throughout this book. Overall, I was not very impressed with the story structure and writing style of this book. Therefore, I will only recommend Tins to younger readers who would like an easy read.
    Almost 4 years ago
  • hanli
    hanli added a book review.
    Tins is the same novel as Canned, and I found it was a fiction book that I found slightly entertaining to read. The main character of the story was Fergal, and he had a unique hobby of collecting tins without labels from the bargain basket in the supermarket. Once, he found a finger inside a tin and got caught up to find the mystery behind the finger. The first part of this book was mildly funny, and I loved how Fergal played out scenarios and said things in his head, making him a loveable character. I found that his childish perception of the world allowed him to become overexcited by some things and work methodically with others. However, I did not really enjoy reading the plot of this story because it was too predictable and unrealistic. Even though there was a cliffhanger at the end of almost every chapter, I was always able to easily guess what was going to happen next. Perhaps this was because I was a little too old for the target market, however this does not condone the easily predictable events described throughout this book. Overall, I was not very impressed with the story structure and writing style of this book. Therefore, I will only recommend Tins to younger readers who would like an easy read.
    Almost 4 years ago
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    By Alex Shearer
    Almost 4 years ago
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    By Elizabeth George Speare
    Almost 4 years ago
  • hanli
    hanli added a book review.
    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a young adult novel about the Holocaust. I found it to be an unusual story, and one of the most difficult and disturbing I will ever read. The novel describes an event seared into the fabric of history, and a fable told through the voice of a child. Throughout the story, the author John Boyne focuses on Bruno's innocent and puzzled view of his father's job, and he offers a previously unseen perspective on the everyday Germans who took part in the Nazis' ultimate solution. I really enjoyed reading this novel, and I thought it was well written, compelling and ultimately shocking. I believe the author Boyne approaches to the Holocaust in an unique way throughout the story in order to teach his readers this troubling time in human history. I was very surprised when I read the ending because it was very abrupt and extremely devastating. There were many unanswered questions in the end of the book, and they provided a sense of mystery and intrigue as I read on. I would definitely recommend The Boy in the Striped Pajamas to readers who want to explore the beauty of a child's innocence in a time of war and the common desire we all have for friendship. Finally, I believe after reading the novel people can learn that we must all navigate and choose whether or not to break down the fences in our society.
    Almost 4 years ago
  • hanli
    hanli's book review was featured in Old School (Diary of a Wimpy Kid).
    It was very enjoyable to read Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School which is a comical and humorous novel. Throughout the story, Greg Heffley found out whether life was better in the old days as his modern life is taken away from him. It was interesting that the author wrote in a very casual tone that made me feel he was talking to me in an everyday conversation. Kinney also used lots of funny vocabularies throughout this book that made me laugh lots of times. I never came upon confusion when reading the book because everything was written in simple and short sentences. I especially loved the illustrations that went along with the story. They were very neat, and I thought it was fun to read the text boxes inside them because they were often silly and amusing. The transition between different subjects were quite smooth, and Kinney had done a good job relating each scene to the others. However, I thought the Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School could be improved if there was a more central story that the novel could follow. I found that Kinney always wrote about different subjects when describing the story, but sometimes I felt it would have been better if he just focused on the main story, and added more details on the actions, thoughts, and surroundings of the characters. In summary, I would recommend Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School to younger children or people who have weaker reading abilities and like a playful and easy read.
    Almost 4 years ago
  • hanli
    hanli added a book review.
    It was very enjoyable to read Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School which is a comical and humorous novel. Throughout the story, Greg Heffley found out whether life was better in the old days as his modern life is taken away from him. It was interesting that the author wrote in a very casual tone that made me feel he was talking to me in an everyday conversation. Kinney also used lots of funny vocabularies throughout this book that made me laugh lots of times. I never came upon confusion when reading the book because everything was written in simple and short sentences. I especially loved the illustrations that went along with the story. They were very neat, and I thought it was fun to read the text boxes inside them because they were often silly and amusing. The transition between different subjects were quite smooth, and Kinney had done a good job relating each scene to the others. However, I thought the Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School could be improved if there was a more central story that the novel could follow. I found that Kinney always wrote about different subjects when describing the story, but sometimes I felt it would have been better if he just focused on the main story, and added more details on the actions, thoughts, and surroundings of the characters. In summary, I would recommend Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School to younger children or people who have weaker reading abilities and like a playful and easy read.
    Almost 4 years ago
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