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Stuck On Earth by David Klass

Ketchvar III has a mission to do. His mission: Through a fourteen year old boy find out whether the earth is worth saving or should be put out of their misery. The reason for all of this is because there is another planet, a peaceful planet that is being threatened by a supernova that might any minute destroy their home. This is a consideration of course but Ketchvar's goal supersedes that. He needs to make sure the planet Earth's natives are worth letting go.

Ketchvar is a snail. Yes, he is a snail but as he went up a random fourteen year old named Tom Filber's nose and brain and eventually took over his mind I can imagine him as Tom but more robotic. They actually use robots for most of their needs because of the no hands thing. Ketchvar is very formal in everything he says and I would hear his voice in my head like a nerdy kid who is very polite and formal.

"Whatever you're after," he gasped quickly. "The key. The formula. The stuff. I know where they…

Tall Story by Candy Gourlay

Bernardo lives in a small village called San Andres in Philippines. He wasn't always eight feet tall. He used to be smaller than his best friend Jabby who nicknamed himself after the famous basketball player, Kareem Abdul Jabbar. He used to be smaller than most kids. He used to be picked on all the time. But now he is considered the village's savior. Since he's grown there hasn't been any major earthquake and in a village where little earthquakes happen every day and major earthquakes are always a threat they are grateful. It's all because of this legend where I giant used to walk among them named Bernardo Carpio (that's actually a real Philippine Myth) and he stopped an earthquake that would have destroyed the village.

Bernardo doesn't live with his mother. He was left behind but his mother planned to send for him when she settled. She didn't realize that it would take more than a decade to get him to come to London but the day has finally come.

Amand…

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #1

This is the meme I was talking about before where I get to show you what I am currently reading and what I plan to read. It is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey.
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Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt is about a boy named Doug moving into a new home with an abusive father, a juvenile delinquent brother, and a mother he loves. When things start to go missing everyone turns away from him. This book was hilarious and the fourth book I've read by Schmidt which means he is one of my favorite authors.












I'm Down by Mishna Wolff is a memoir that accounts the authors childhood with a father who thought he was black and being too white for the black kids and too black for the white kids. Another hilarious yet meaningful read.
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So far we are at page 97 of The Night Circus about a mysterious night circus that is there one day and vanishes the next and about a magician's challenge. I'm captivated so far. It's getting close to a particular point that I can&…

Book Discoveries #1

As I wrote in my last post I wanted to add a post about new books I've found through blogs, Goodreads, and other places. I'll try to post where I found them on here and include summaries. I know there is a meme called Waiting On Wednesday but some of these books might not be new releases so that's why I'm not joining that meme right now. The books I'm posting on here are books that I've found from the beginning of the month through today. In the future it might be once a week or biweekly. It depends on school. Hope you enjoy!

Small Damages by Beth Kephart 
"It’s senior year, and while Kenzie should be looking forward to prom and starting college in the fall, she is mourning the loss of her father. She finds solace in the one person she trusts, her boyfriend, and she soon finds herself pregnant. Kenzie’s boyfriend and mother do not understand her determination to keep the baby. She is sent to southern Spain for the summer, where she will live out her pregnanc…

Background Change!

As I'm sure you've noticed the blog looks all new and shiny. I don't have the side bar which is unfortunate but it's better for me because everything is less cluttered. I easily get bored so that's why I've changed my background/template thingy like fifty million times. So with this new simpler background I hope to keep everything the same for awhile. I'm not allowed to change the background at least until January and if I do I give you my permission to yell at me until I change it back.

I'm planning to put up an About Me and Contact up already which I should have done from the beginning but I've been slow to figure things out. Really slow. I know there is a weekly meme where you tell what you are currently reading so that's where I will probably show you guys what I'm reading for the week. Things are likely to change. I might do less or completely different books because well... there are sometimes I have the urge to read this one book and …

I'm Down by Mishna Wolff

This is the only "free" book I'm getting for school. Well not really since I was able to get a textbook from one of my brothers. Anyways all week during my breaks I read this book and I was super excited at first that it was a memoir (I know I sound like a nerd) and was even more pleasantly surprised since the book started off pretty hilarious.

You might be wondering what's up with the hair? The author is actually not black but 100% white. Her father is the one who also isn't black but he grew up in the "neighborhood" and thinks he's black. Wolff's perspective of her childhood is both hilarious yet endearing.

Her parents are split up and they have a sort of "arrangement" that I still don't understand where he's got Mishna and her little sister Anora. Anora is adorable. Everybody loves her and she easily fits in the crowd whereas Mishna is a daddy's girl but the dad is not really forthcoming towards her. She acts like a snob…

Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt

Doug Swieteck is moving out of his home in New York into The Dump in Marysville. As you can tell by what he named his new home he isn't very happy about this move. But it is truly a dump. It's all because of his father who can never keep his thoughts... or fists to himself. Forced to move away Doug leaves his friends, home, and Yankee Stadium.

Doug loves to talk about Joe Pepitone, a former baseball player, like he is the greatest person and he has his reasoning. He met him when he and another baseball player visited him and his friends for a reason I have quickly forgotten but that's not the point! One of his friends is the main character in The Wednesday Wars which I really need to read again because I can't remember that too... So Joe Pepitone is his hero. Someone he thinks about when his life gets unfair and someone to look up to which he can't do with the authority figure in his family.

He is constantly subjected to brotherly abuse by one of his brothers, Chr…

Blog Hop: What do you look for in a review?

This Blog Hop is hosted by Reading Romances
*UPDATE: This will count as my post for Tuesday. Sorry about that. 
I know I said Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays but I couldn't help myself after I saw this on book r3vi3ws plus I have nothing to do or read for 3 hours so why not?
The first thing I look for before even reviewing the book which I think everybody looks for is the cover. The cover is our first impression so if that cover looks like a five year old made it or maybe the cover doesn't appeal to my taste I probably won't even look at the review. The only exceptions are the blogs that you absolutely love and you go to their reviews all the time. So if a cover has a half-naked people on it I'm not going to even look at the review because I don't do erotica or whatever that is because it's just not my taste in books.
I'm thinking back to when I first found the book blog 21 pages. It was probably one of the first book blogs I looked at and what always c…

College

Well I had my first two classes for college. The first teacher is pretty out there. I came in listening to music which was a nice introduction to college life. The course work worries me only because it's new. The second teacher was nice but I feel like this class is way too easy. And you are probably thinking how it is always easy in the beginning. No. The whole class is ridiculously easy but I don't plan to slack off especially if it's an easy A. So here's the plan now that I am in college. I have a lot of time on my own but of course that means I need to study and do homework but I can also read before classes and read on my own. So Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays I will be posting new reviews and other things. When Finals come around I won't be. That's my plan for awhile. Already was able to read a book and I still have a review to get to so you can expect the first weeks reviews.

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

D.J. Schwenk is terribly troubled when she sees one Brian Nelson with his fancy car and clothes come up to her home and her farm. D.J. isn't what you would call a normal girl. She works on her family's farm and has had to quit Basketball because her father broke his hip. Months later she is doing the same thing and she even flunked out of Sophomore English. She isn't a petite little girl who hangs around football players like they are the most amazing people in the world. She's just plain old D.J. who's tough and knows who she is. Or does she?

Her brothers were great football players but they are gone now, away to football camp. They don't talk about her brothers. The Schwenk family doesn't really talk to each other at all. Her father is busy cooking dreadful food because of his bad hip, her mother works as a teacher and principal, and her little brother that isn't so little anymore gets out of a lot of chores because he has baseball. The weird thing ab…

NPR's Best-Ever Teen Novels: Did They Get It Right?

Just a week ago npr.org, National Public Radio, delivered the results of it's poll for the Best-Ever Teen Novels. 75,220 people voted and to do something new I want to analyze the results. Now the title says Did they get it right? But it's really the collaboration of both the NPR and the 75,220 people who voted for their favorite books. I'll be categorizing my reaction of the books under these titles:

The Top Ten Books Books I Approve Of  Books I Disapprove Of What Are You Doing There? Top Authors What Should Be On The List
The Top Ten Books
The tenth book on the list is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak where Death is narrating the story of this girl named Liesel who is going through World War II Germany. It is called The Book Thief because she steals books. Her foster parents hide a Jewish man and she befriends him. This book sort of reminds me of The Fault in Our Stars but the ending feels much worse than anything I've felt in a while because it's about the Nazi World. It…

Tune: Vanishing Point by Derek Kirk Kim

Andy Go is an Art Major. He could be best described as a nerd in college. I can also describe him as ridiculously similar to my brother and his friends but you don't know them now do you? So basically the illustrator guys and one girl who like comics and know almost everything about them. They are super smart usually but can be super lazy. They go to Comic Cons and aspire to be one of the greats or maybe not. Not all nerds can draw. They can also be inappropriate like these guys and one girl can be so you are warned. Think college.

The comic all starts out with Andy discovering himself with all his clothes on even his shoes which is weird for him because he is a perpetual neat freak. Also lights are on oddly then as he's using the bathroom he discovers... yes my friends there is an audience watching him relieve himself. How did he get to this point? You'll find out later by going back 5 months ago and meeting all his friends as well hearing him saying the stupidest thing …