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Wednesday, December 29

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    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth, by Jeff Kinney
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    Reviewed by Derek Cheng

    The latest installment (and what appears to be the very last for the series *cry*) of the famous Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has been released, and it's better than ever! With this new book, you can keep up with Greg's life and travels, and it just keeps getting funnier! Although I haven't read the whole book yet, it's very fascinating, and I know a lot of people would want to see this, so I'm writing my review early.
    Greg returns in this new addition, and this time I'm sure that Jeff Kinney spent a whole lot of time working on the jokes in this. It's just so funny! And what makes them so funny is the fact that all of these funny "jokes" are actually very realistic, and they could actually happen in anybody's life. For example - Greg can't focus in class, and why? Because the previous owners of his textbooks have drawn everywhere on them! I know for a fact that this happens in my friend's school in Canada, because he actually told me about it, and that just proves how realistic Jeff Kinney's jokes can be. Unfortunately, I can't post a summary because I haven't read the whole book yet. But I can guarantee that you'll love it when you read it!
    UPDATE: I've decided to put a little sneak peak about the beginning, just for you readers who really want to know:
    Greg once again returns back to school after a regular summer vacation. But now he doesn't have a best friend to rely on - if you read the previous book, you'd know that him and Rowley broke up and aren't friends anymore. But all of his summer friends won't do the job; they're only useful in summer vacation. He also has other problems - his popularity is at an all-time low from last year, and he really needs to get that up to find new friends. Will Greg make it through the year? You'll find out after you buy the book!

    Go ahead and buy it right now! Once you start reading it, you won't regret!
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Tuesday, December 28

  1. page WimpyKid5 edited The latest installment (and what appears to be the very last for the series *cry*) of the famous D…
    The latest installment (and what appears to be the very last for the series *cry*) of the famous Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has been released, and it's better than ever! With this new book, you can keep up with Greg's life and travels, and it just keeps getting funnier! Although I haven't read the whole book yet, it's very fascinating, and I know a lot of people would want to see this, so I'm writing my review early.
    Greg returns in this new addition, and this time I'm sure that Jeff Kinney spent a whole lot of time working on the jokes in this. It's just so funny! And what makes them so funny is the fact that all of these funny "jokes" are actually very realistic, and they could actually happen in anybody's life. For example - Greg can't focus in class, and why? Because the previous owners of his textbooks have drawn everywhere on them! I know for a fact that this happens in my friend's school in Canada, because he actually told me about it, and that just proves how realistic Jeff Kinney's jokes can be. Unfortunately, I can't post a summary because I haven't read the whole book yet. But I can guarantee that you'll love it when you read it!
    Go ahead and buy it right now! Once you start reading it, you won't regret!

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    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth
    Planet of the Nose Pickers
    Because of Winn-Dixie (Derek's Review)
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Monday, December 27

  1. page TheTwits edited The Twits, by Roald Dahl {http://cc.pbsstatic.com/xl/75/1075/9780141301075.jpg} Reviewed by D…

    The Twits, by Roald Dahl
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    Reviewed by Derek Cheng
    It's been quite a long time since I last posted something here, so I thought I'd refresh the book list a little just to keep it going. I don't think anyone's gonna look at this, but I'm gonna do it anyway because it's part of my holiday homework (ugghh). So here it goes!
    The Twits is another book from the famous author Roald Dahl, who wrote the epic story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. If you've ever read that story, you'd know that Dahl loves to write funny but meaningful stories, which have unrealistic and strange settings and characters. This book would follow just along that line. It's shorter and much easier to read than some of Dahl's other books, but it still has that charm in it. Here comes the summary!
    Mr. Twit is an extremely hairy man. Mrs. Twit is a very ugly woman. They're a perfect pair - a perfectly disgusting pair, that is. They're also quite evil, both to each other and to the other animals and people of the city. They do vile things and think vile thoughts - making a family of monkeys stand on their heads everyday for six hours, and catching birds to make bird pie, they do all of it. But then a great big Roley Poley Bird comes from Africa to rescue the monkeys. What will become of them and the Twits? Will they survive? Read it to find out more!
    This story teaches an important lesson to kids who read it - do not bully other people and think that you have won because they will fight back eventually and you will lose. It teaches that lesson in an interesting and funny manner, and with the twists in the plot and hilarious pictures, kids all around will be scrambling to turn the pages. Any kid can understand this - even the little ones, as long as an adult helps them and explains.
    Have fun reading this spectacular book!

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Saturday, August 7

  1. page New-Moon edited ... Reviewed by Derek Cheng The long awaited sequel of the critically acclaimed Twilight has arri…
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    Reviewed by Derek Cheng
    The long awaited sequel of the critically acclaimed Twilight has arrived, and it has proven itself to be even juicer than the original book. I have got my hands on this book, and now I will tell you all about it.
    First though, I want to make a connection between this book and Twilight. I think that from the beginning, you don't really see a lot of connections, but I also think that if you don't read the first book, then you won't understand this one. The reason is that in New Moon, the original characters, such as Edward, Jacob, Bella, and all of the Cullens, aren't really explained. The story starts with a startling event, and for people that didn't read the first book, they wouldn't know what the heck the author is talking about.
    New Moon follows the same path as the original Twilight. The story is told in the perspective of Bella Swan, the main character, and therefore everything in the book is in her view. New Moon also uses the same type of beginning as Twilight - it starts off with a few lines from the climax of the book, and then the story begins from where the last book left off. I actually like this kind of beginning, because it leaves you wondering what the first few lines mean. It gives you will to read the book, because you want to find out what the beginning means, and after you finish the book, you find out. New characters also play new meanings in this sequel. Jacob Black, who previously played only a small role in Twilight, now is one of the main characters in New Moon. He continues to be a main character throughout the series. All else is pretty much the same as Twilight, with even the story layout being the same. Next is a little summary.
    Bella's birthday arrives, and Alice plans a huge birthday party for her at the Cullen's huge house. At the party, Bella accidentally cuts her finger while opening a present, and a single drop of blood that dripped on the floor caused mayhem. Edward decides to leave Forks because of the danger his family posed to Bella, and he leaves Bella depressed and crying. Bella finds comfort with Jacob Black, who she describes as "my own personal sun". Later on, Bella tries cliff diving, but Alice sees her jumping off a cliff and interprets that as suicide. Alice returns to Forks to check if Bella is alive, and she is. But Rosalie told Edward that Bella is dead, and Edward tries to die as well. Bella saves him from dying at the last moment, and they then have a meeting with the great Volturi...
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  2. page Twilight_Derek edited ... Reviewed by Derek Cheng Vampire stories. Many people believe in the stereotype - horror, bloo…
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    Reviewed by Derek Cheng
    Vampire stories. Many people believe in the stereotype - horror, blood, fear - all characteristics of Bram Stoker's book Dracula, probably the most famous and popular vampire story to date. Or is it?
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    a monster. I totally agree with the author's opinion on vampires, because I believe that nothing in the world must be evil. This is
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    mystery novel. I think that the author's style matches the reading audience perfectly. I love reading books that are narrated by a character in the book, because it makes me feel that the book's fantasy world is real! It's also a very casual novel, so the book uses mostly easily understandable language. There is also some kind of "forbidden love" in this story. If you lived in a world with vampires, would you fall in love with one? Would you allow yourself to love a vampire? Is it correct to be in a relationship with a monster? Most people would all answer no to these questions, but it appears that Bella has different views. She has broken the rules, and as the forbidden love story unwinds, it gets more and more interesting to read. This corresponds with the picture on the cover - Stephanie Meyer has confirmed that the fruit on the book cover refers to the forbidden fruit in Genesis. It appears that God has offered the forbidden fruit to Bella, and she has taken it!
    Just to get you going, here is a short summary of Twilight.
    Isabella "Bella" Swan, a teenage girl from Pheonix, Arizona, moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father, Charlie, while her mother travels with her new husband, Phil. At school in Forks, Bella meets Edward, who is repulsed by her at first. Later, Bella discovers what Edward really is, and they fall in love with each other. What will happen next in this unusual vampire romance?
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Friday, August 6

  1. page Twilight_Derek edited ... Vampire stories. Many people believe in the stereotype - horror, blood, fear - all characteris…
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    Vampire stories. Many people believe in the stereotype - horror, blood, fear - all characteristics of Bram Stoker's book Dracula, probably the most famous and popular vampire story to date. Or is it?
    The reason why Twilight has become so popular is that it is different. It tells of vampires from a different perspective, and the vampires are not the same, too. For example, Count Dracula is a disgusting undead vampire who is always luring people to his castle to drink. On the other hand, Edward is a handsome, caring, and loving vampire who drinks only animal blood and tries with all his might not to be a monster. This is why the book is interesting to some people - it looks at vampires in ways that were never before seen.
    The genre of this book is very obviously mystery-romance. The characters fit perfectly well - the vampires, and later on in the series, werewolves. These two famous creatures were both an important part in popular mythology and legends, and so it makes perfect sense for them to be in the story. Mythical creatures also create a feeling of mystery, of not knowing what is true and what is false, which also very perfectly fits a mystery novel.
    Just to get you going, here is a short summary of Twilight.
    Isabella "Bella" Swan, a teenage girl from Pheonix, Arizona, moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father, Charlie, while her mother travels with her new husband, Phil. At school in Forks, Bella meets Edward, who is repulsed by her at first. Later, Bella discovers what Edward really is, and they fall in love with each other. What will happen next in this unusual vampire romance?
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Thursday, August 5

  1. page Breaking_Dawn edited Breaking Dawn, by Stephanie Meyer {http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/31/Breaking_Dawn_…

    Breaking Dawn, by Stephanie Meyer
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    Reviewed by Derek Cheng

    Sadly, this is the end of the amazing Twilight series. This last fourth book, Breaking Dawn, is the last of the Twilight series. It's very, very sad to see a wonderful series just end like this, kind of suddenly, but as you read to the end of the book, you will understand that the ending here fits perfectly well.
    The whole series revolved around only Bella, with the only exception being the end of Eclipse, but in this book, 1/3 is told by Jacob. This makes perfect sense, because it is important to know Jacob's feelings, especially here, as this is a crucial part of the story for him. I like this part, because I always wanted to know what Jacob was thinking all this time. The layout of the entire story has changed, and now it has three climaxes (one for each part) instead of just one. This makes the book much more thrilling to read. The first climax was Edward and Bella's honeymoon (dot dot dot...), the second one was Bella's pregnancy, and the third one was about the Volturi coming to destroy all the Cullens.
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