Fever 1793 By: Laurie Halse Anderson Fever 1793 is a book that you must read. It is very tragic and joyous. The book is about a girl named Matilda “Mattie” Cook who comes of age due to an outbreak of the yellow fever virus. Mattie who once lived in the lovely town of Philadelphia must now experience it in a whole different way. With people being buried everyday due to the virus and everyone only caring for themselves Mattie must survive in what is now an apocalyptic Philadelphia. Mattie’s mother Lucille falls ill and has to have all her blood drained in order to cure her. Lucille wants Mattie to get out of the city in order not to fall ill so Mattie and her grandfather leave on a wagon. Mattie and her grandfather are mistaken as fever patients and are told to get off the wagon, not even the family that owns the wagon helps them. Soon Mattie is left to take care of her grandfather who is feeling bad even though he doesn’t have the fever. Mattie soon comes down with the fever and feels dizzy when everything turns black. Mattie wakes up in a hospital and finds out she is being treated by doctors. Once Mattie recovers her grandfather and her go to the coffeehouse and find that it has been looted by people. One night a group of thieves jump through a broken window and attack Mattie. Mattie’s grandfather comes down to help her and makes the thieves flee. The grandfather dies after gaining an injury from the fight and dies with Mattie at his side. As Mattie is alone she finds a child named Nell at a doorway and takes care of her. Eliza, the cook of the coffeehouse, takes Mattie and Nell to her brother’s house. There Mattie helps around the house with the children and works with the Free African Society, where they help fever patients and families. Unfortunately, Nell and the children fall sick to the fever. Joseph’s, Eliza’s brother, house is too hot so take the children to the coffeehouse where they work every second to keep them alive. The frost comes and the children’s fever goes away and they start to get better. Mattie meets Nathaniel Benson a guy she likes at the marketplace. Eventually, people start to come back into the city such as President Washington. Mattie is then reunited with her mother and they reopen the coffeehouse. Mattie looks to the future and spending time with the ones she loves.
Mark of the Dragonfly BY: Karen Harrington Mark of the Dragonfly is a book that takes place on another world. Piper the main character, is a poor and orphaned 13 year old girl. Her home is called scrapper town 16 and meteor showers strike every month, and one month her friend Micha is caught in the shower, eventually falling unconscious. Piper spots a caravan that crashed in the meteor field, there she finds an unconscious girl ( who she later find out is named Anna) only a few years younger than herself, who is surprisingly alive. She drags the girl to her house. A creepy looking man asks for Anna, but trusting her instinct, Piper didn't let the man in. Piper and Anna escape the house and board on the 401 train without paying and nearly get kicked off. The security guard named Gee see’s that Anna bears the Mark of The Dragonfly. Under the king's command it was decreed that anyone who bears the Mark of The Dragonfly, they are under the king's protection. Piper and Anna begin the journey of a lifetime where they encounter slavers, evil machinists, the royal family, and most of all the bond that occurs between Anna, Piper, Gee and the rest of the train crew.
All Fall Down By: Ally Carter Fourteen-year-old Grace moves to live with her grandfather, US ambassador in Adria (fictional country). Her father and brother were soldiers, which made it almost impossible for Grace to stay with them after her mother’s death. As soon as she arrives to the Embassy Row, Grace faces the haunting memories of time spent with her mother when they were living there, which makes is really hard for her to even walk through the halls of the building. But the building itself isn’t the only thing that reminds her of her past. Grace meets her old friends, Alexi, Noah and his sister Lila, and Megan. All of their parents are very important individuals in different countries’ embassies. One of her grandfather’s assistants, Ms.Chancellor, suggests keeping in touch with her peers, Noah in particular, who then becomes the first person outside her family to discover Grace’s secret. A few days after Grace moved into her new home, she attended a royal party at the Adrian palace with her grandfather and Ms.Chancellor, where she saw the man whose face was often part of her memories from the day of her mother’s death. Despite the police’s statements that her mother died in a fire accident, Grace kept claiming she was shot by the man with a scar on her face. That night in the palace, she saw the same man, which set her heart on fire and eager to find him and make that man pay for the pain he caused. Because no adults believe Grace and refuse to help her find her mother’s killer, her only option is to talk to Noah, explain the situation, and hope for help. Together, they come up with a plan to do everything possible to find any information about the killer. That’s when they make a decision that no matter how hard it would be, how much it would cost them, or how many laws they would violate, Grace and Noah would do everything possible to find the scared killer.
Orr: My Story By: Bobby Orr Bobby Orr is arguably the best player to ever take the ice. He has scored an amazing amount of goals and points. And don't forget the assists, he has a lot of them as well. He played for 12 seasons in the NHL with several different teams. For each of those seasons, he scored 50 goals, a record that is not likely to be broken anytime soon. After having a great 12 seasons in the NHL, he retired in 1978, proudly wearing his number 4 as he skated off the ice. A year later he was inducted into the hockey hall of fame for making hockey a well-known sport and playing far better than any other player, besides Wayne Gretzky. Orr was the youngest player to ever get into the hall of fame. He was 31 when this happened. On January 27, 2017, Bobby Orr was named one of the 100 best players to ever play the sport.
Book Vs. Movie
The Lightning Thief The book the “Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan is about a boy named Percy Jackson played by Logan Lerman. Percy Jackson goes to a new school almost every year. At one particular school though, he begins to make friends, and seems to get into less fights. Somehow, he ends up hearing someone talk about him having rare powers. He ends up finding out that his father is Poseidon, the roman god. His mother dies, and from there is life goes upside down. Children who had one parent who is a god and the other is a human would go to Camp Half Blood, where Percy attends. In the movie, it generally portrayed all the main points, buy missed out on some of the others. The movie had a lot more action than in the book. The movie however, movies at a faster pace than the book, which might throw the person watching the movie off. Another thing that the movies messed up was the age differences! The people in the movie looked older and acted more mature than what the author described, which threw the movie off. Overall, the BOOK IS THE WINNER.
About the Author: Dr. Seuss
Theodor Seuss Geisel (a.k.a: ‘DR. Seuss’) was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. At that time the town was booming with several large manufacturing companies. Dr. Seuss was best known for writing children's books such as “ The Cat in the Hat”, and “The Lorax”. He sold over 600 million copies of all his books and was translated into 20 different languages. After doing studies at the University of Oxford in 1927, he began his illustrating and cartoonist career. He gave his work to publication companies such as Vanity Fair, Life, etc. Eventually, Seuss did not receive a degree at Oxford, but returned to the United States in February 1927 to start his career. Dr. Seuss went on to write many books that were a moving sensation to children.
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