May 31, 2011


Reviewed by Milly 13 yrs. old - Book Reviewer and Sometimes Baker
Maximum Ride
by James Patterson is a popular YA novel about group of 6 kids who run away from a government facility called 'The School'. They try to build a safe house, knowing they will never be normal again or have a normal life. Or will they? And is their safe house as safe as they think?
Today though, I am reviewing the graphic novel adaptation. I personally think this is an awesome book. It is a an adventure to save the youngest in their clan, Angel. And the kids might find some friends along the way. The story is quite funny too. Oh, I forgot to mention, there is something a little bit different about these kids -- when they were babies 'The School' put bird DNA into their bodies so they had lighter bones, and... wings. So, of course, they can FLY!
The illustrations by Narae Lee are awesome - Max looks really pretty. The characters are portrayed in a manga style with beautiful large eyes. If you're a fan of the novel, check out the graphic novel.
I rate the manga adaptation out of 5 paper dolls:
Next weekend my family and I are going to SUPERNOVA! Which is a pop-culture expo, where you dress up as a popular character from a book, tv show, movie or anything. I am going as Katniss Everdeen! I decided to give the book another go and now I love it. Click info for more information.
Teen Read
Next thursday I will also be joining Teen Read. a reading group for teens at my local library. We all read... you guessed it, The Hunger Games. So this time I had to finish the book (I'm glad I did - but more on that later).
My recipe for you this week is one of my favourites to make - I've made up lots of different variations, but here is one I do a fair bit:
Cheesy-Italian Sausage Rolls
The perfect thing to have for dinner after a long week is some yummy sausage rolls.
1/4 of a cup of tomato sauce
1/4 of a cup of basil
500g of mince
200g of pizza plus cheese
4 diced tomatos
12 - more puff pastry sheets
large bowl
2 - 3 oven trays lined with baking paper
wooden spoon
Put mince, cheese, tomato, sauce and basil and stir until it is mixed in.leave pastry to thaw. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius.
Cut pastry sheets in half and put mixed ingredients on the sheets. Roll sheets up.
Cut rolled sheets into 4 and put them on a tray. Place a dollop of ricotta on each one and sprinkle with paprika.
Put in the oven from 15 min. or until pastry has puffed and is golden brown.
Put on a tray to cool then enjoy!

May 27, 2011

The Amanda Project

Reviewed by Tilly 9yrs. old - Tween Book Reviewer and Sometimes Writer

The Amanda Project is about a girl named Cali (there is an Amanda in this book) who's friend named Amanda is missing Cali and two other people named Howl and Nia get a series of detention from their  principal, Thornhill. Will the three of them be able to find Amanda? or will Amanda stay hiding forever?

This book's genre is mystery. It is also about friendship, does Cali want to stay with the popular 'I' girls (their names all end in I) or does she choose Howl and Nia? Howl was once her childhood friend.  Will her mum come back? And why did her mother run away in the first place? Life is confusing and difficult for Cali, she also has to deal with her father's drinking problem. 

Will she ever find her friend Amanda? Lots of questions and you will have to read the book to get any answers!

I enjoyed trying to solve the mystery with Cali, but the end did not meet my expectations. 
This book was good.

I rate this book out of 5...

Today I have a bear paper doll (you will figure out why in the book)...

May 5, 2011


Reviewed by Milly 13yrs. old - Book Reviewer and Sometimes Baker
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White is a story about 16 year old girl, Evie, who works (well I mean lives) at a secret underground facility. Her job is not your normal teenage after-school job, she is employed to put ankle trackers on paranormals. Evie calls this a bag and tag job. You wouldn't think this would get boring, but for Evie it's always the same thing, catch the pathetic vampire and head straight home for homework. Until... someone (or should I say something) breaks into the facility and is looking through their files. That someone turns out to be a boy her own age, and funny. It doesn't hurt that he's also cute... sort of. He's not your average boy, but Evie's not your average girl either.
This paranormal fantasy story is a fun to read book with lots of action and lots of kissing. My favourite character was Lish, Evie's best friend, and a Mermaid. I liked her robotic voice when she tried to swear (it bleeps the words out). Evie also has a pretty glam friend called 'Tasey' - her pink taser! I listened to this one on my iPod twice and I'm going tolisten to it agin! I have to say the reader is perfect for it!
There is one sad part to this story... but I'm not going to tell you what!
I'm also going to get the paperback book and can not wait for Supernaturally to come out.
I think that Paranormalcy is an AWESOME book! So I rate this out of 5 paper dolls:
You can also follow Kiersten White on her blog.
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