Monthly Archives: November 2013

Reading Festival: Sylvia (12) has an extraordinary reading life as this interview shows

I really loved reading this interview with Sylvia as I fell upon so many books I loved. She reads wide and far and deep which is what I like to do as a reader. The year I was a judge for the NZ Book Awards I got to read all sorts of books I wouldn’t usually read and I loved it — especially the non-fiction. I adore the quote Sylvia has shared with us! This is a wonderful interview Sylvia. You have put a lot of time into it. Awesome job!

Hi again Paula Green! This is an interview for book week from me. You can edit it and make it shorter if you want because I think it’s probably too long. Thank you for posting my other poem!

From,

Sylvia, 12 years old, Parnell District School, Auckland

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What books did you love when you were little?
When I was little, some of my favourite books were The Fierce Little Woman and The Wicked Pirate by Joy Cowley and The Big Big Sea. I liked a lot of different picture books. I also loved Where The Wild Things Are.
 
Where is Your Favourite Place To Read?
I’ll read anywhere! But most of the time I go into my room, shut the door, and curl up next to my bed.
 
What do you like about reading?
Reading helps you empathise with other people and understand their feelings. Reading can often relate to situations in real life and help you deal with them. I think reading is very important. One of my favourite quotes is
“We read to know we are not alone”
-C.S. Lewis
 

I think this is definitely true. And reading can help you escape from the real world is you’re upset and help you pretend you are in another place. When I am sad reading helps me feel better for this reason.

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Do you have a favourite book character?
Waaayyy to difficult. But some of my favourite characters are:
 
Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter– Because he shows anyone can be who they want to be, and that no-one is “stupid” they can better at things with practice.
Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter– because she shows that you can be yourself and it doesn’t matter what other people think about you.
China Sorrows from Skullduggery Pleasant– because she shows that everyone doesn’t have to stay “bad” they can come to the light, and because even if she doesn’t like to admit it, she really cares about other people.
Finnick Odair from The Hunger Games (the series, not the novel)- because he is funny and kind, and adds some light to the series. He is also very misunderstood. I was so sad when Finnick died.
Johanna Mason from The Hunger Games (series not the first novel)- because, like Finnick, she is funny and adds some light, and also misunderstood. I was relieved when she didn’t die.
Jane Eyre from Jane Eyre– because she stands up for what she believes in and always keeps to her morals. She is not afraid to speak out if confronted.
Numerous past “favourite characters” who have died and then I have simply gotten over them, so even though I am sad they died, and I was crying in some of their deaths, I am not sure what I feel about them now. e.g. Tanith Low from Skullduggery Pleasant (who technically didn’t die but got taken over by an evil spirit, but same thing), Remus Lupin from Harry Potter, Neodora Tonks from Harry Potter, Sirius Black from Harry Potter, Dobby from Harry Potter, Kenspeckle Grouse from Skullduggery Pleasant.etc
 

And another person who has died in the most recent Skullduggery Pleasant book. He was never my favourite character but his death was the more sad than any other I’ve encountered, ever. I cried and I cried, and cried so much, and then I was in shock. Which is funny because I never appreciated him until now. RIP. Ghastly Bespoke.

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What kind of books do you like and why?

I like all sorts of books! I basically like any sort of book that’s a good one in my opinion. But I often like sad or serious books. My favourite books are Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Skullduggery Pleasant, and When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata, The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay.

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Do you have a favourite illustrator? What do you love about his/her books?

Well I suppose if I had to decide it would be Lauren Child, who both wrote and illustrated the Charlie and lola books. Her illustrations are cute and funny. They are interesting and draw you in.

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Has a book ever made you sad?

A lot of times! Basically every book I read makes me feel sad at some point. I think the saddest book I have ever read has to be LSODM (Last Stand of Dead Men, the Skullduggery Pleasant book where Ghastly dies and Valkyrie gets taken over by   Darquesse.) or The Tulip Touch by Anne Fine, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, or MockingJay by Suzanne Collins. Oh and also The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman.

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Has a book ever made you happy?
Yes. Not as often as it has made me sad but it has often made me feel happy. I think one of my happiest moments was when Balthamos from The Amber Spyglass finally turned up after being missing for ages. When he came back I jumped around the room going “Yaaaayyy!!!!”
 
Has a book ever made you laugh out loud?

While the Skullduggery Pleasant series are very sad, there are heaps of jokes chucked in, and they always make me laugh out loud.

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Has a teacher ever read you a cool book? What did you like about it?
I liked Love That Dog by Sharon Creech which Mrs Brett read to us in Yr 5 or 6. I liked it because it was a clever combination of poetry and a novel which was interesting.

Reading Festival: Ewen tempts me to read a new book

I haven’t read this Ewen, so I am going to after reading your review! That is what reviews can do .. tempt you to read something new!

Hi Paula,

This is what I wrote for challenge no.4 (tell me about a book you love).

I hope you like it!

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The Last Thirteen
James Phelan
Boom! A helicopter crashes into the room, grasping Sam’s arm. Eva dreamed it; it happened. Where Eva’s dream ended, Sam’s had begun.

Sam dreamed it; it happened. But the ending’s not to flash. Sam, Eva and Alex (another chosen boy) must change it with the help of some people from the academy. But Solaris (the bad guy) wants something Sam has, though what does it do? What makes it so special?

A sudden ending which tempts you to read the next book. I really enjoyed the action and the creativity of the story.

Ewen aged 11, Year 6, Fendalton Open Air Primary School, Christchurch

Reading Festival: Kyle and Cody review a favourite book

Two Year 5 students, Kyle and Cody, from Russley School have reviewed Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Kyle: My favourite book is Diary of a Wimpy KidThird Wheel. It was written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney. My favourite part is when Greg finally finds a date but him and Rowley have the same date.

Cody (age 10, Year 5): My favourite book I’m reading is: Diary of a Wimpy KidHard Luck by Jeff Kinney and illustrated by him too. The sad bit about the book is that Rowley Jefferson ditched his best friend Greg Hefley for a girlfriend, so Greg tries to find a new best friend in middle school. But Greg was wrong- finding another best friend is really hard because all the kids think they’re too cool for school.

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Reading Festival: Ben and Alex use poetry to get inside the heads of characters

Ben T and Alex W go to Russley School and I think I can guess what kind of books they like to read. They have written poems from the point-of-view of a character in a favourite book. I like the way they made the characters come alive and they didn’t bother to tell the story. It was like they tried to get inside a moment and inside the head of the character. Great job!

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Reading Festival: Monica and Ella have made a treasure hunt of book titles

I had fun hunting for book titles in this poem. How many can you find? What a great idea to make a poem together with a friend.

 

Treasure Hunt

by Monica and Ella (Year 6, Russley School)

 

trek through Northwood, around the twist

over the seas to Port Blanc

across the bridge to the hidden house

a skeleton key’s under a plank

the travelling restaurant will meet you

at a lake made of crocodile tears

you will sail around Snakehead Cliff

to Goldilocks and the Three Bears

they’ll give you directions

to the fountain of youth

in which you’ll discover

the ring of truth

Reading Festival: Michael (6) and Max (6) are very hungry caterpillars in their cool poems!

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Two six-year-olds from Russley School were inspired by Eric Cale’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar (I love this book!) to write a poem from the caterpillar’s  perpsective. What fun! I loved reading these. Great job Max and Michael!

 

 

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Reading Frestival: Sylvia’s poem is made of book titles. How many can you spot?

Sylvia has written a cool poem using book titles. She put the titles in bold but I am going to post it first with out bold so you can see if you can find them in the poem! I really enjoyed this. Have fun hunting. You can scroll down and finsd her version and spot all the books easily. Great job Sylvia!  (You could even a book title poem and not put the titles in capital letters!)

When You Reach Me

i will live Differently to

How I Live Now

Because you will help me find

Raven’s Gate

and after crossing

The Bridge

We will discover

the Secrets of Northern Lights, The Amber Spyglass, and The Subtle Knife

but then

Because Of Winn Dixie

i will discover that because of you more and more

Holes

are growing in my life and that we have become

Bad Girls

i will break free of

The Tulip Touch

but don’t

Take Your Last Breath

just because I’m gone

and don’t let

The Witches

catch you.

Hi Paula Green!  This is a poem for the “poems out of titles of books challenge”. All the phrases that are actually titles of books are written in italics and in bold. I haven’t actually read How I Live Now or Raven’s Gate yet but I added them to my poem because I want to read them.

From,
Sylvia, Parnell District School, Auckland
 
When You Reach Me
i will live Differently to
How I Live Now
Because you will help me find
Raven’s Gate
and after crossing
The Bridge
We will discover
the Secrets of Northern LightsThe Amber Spyglass, and The Subtle Knife 
but then
Because Of Winn Dixie
i will discover that because of you more and more
Holes
are growing in my life and that we have become
Bad Girls
i will break free of
The Tulip Touch
but don’t
Take Your Last Breath
just because I’m gone
and don’t let
The Witches
catch you.