lundi 14 avril 2014

Azami


Azami est une adolescente Japonaise qui vit dans un petit village au Japon avec sa grand-mère Obasan. Son père lui annonce une nouvelle ; elle va partir en France pour les vacances, seules avec lui. Sa famille d’accueil va être celle de l’ami de son père. Elle a un peu peur mais son père la rassure car son ami a une fille, Myo, qui a l’âge d’Azami. Pendant son voyage, elle va découvrir ce que c’est l’amour et la vraie amitié.

Ce livre est très intéressant, on découvre la culture Japonaise et la différence entre la France et le Japon. Les personnages sont très variés, quelques-uns sont plus « normaux » et d’autres ont un style plutôt « différent ».Au début j’ai trouvé le livre un peu ennuyant mais après un bout de temps l’histoire devient de plus en plus intéressante. J’ai trouvé le cadeau de la grand-mère d’Azami est drôle mais quelques-fois, il est énervant car l’histoire devient intéressante et il gâche tout en disant a Azami ce qu’elle doit faire ou il l’a contrôle.
J’ai adoré et je le recommande aux gens qui aiment des histoires d’amours mais aussi d’amitié.
La lecture est facile mais je n’ai pas trop aimé que tout soit au présent, ça me faisait bizarre et je trouve qu’à des moments ça serait mieux si c’était conjugué à un autre temps.

Sinon l’histoire est intéressante, émouvante, quelques fois ennuyeuse, mais tout de même géniale à mon goût.

Joséphine

jeudi 10 avril 2014

Yeghvala la belle sorcière

Yeghvala la belle sorcière 


Histoire:
Une fille née sorcière tombe amoureuse d’un garcon qui va essayer de la tuer plus tard. Comment va-t-elle vivre et que va-t-elle faire ?


Avis : Pour moi il est trop court, ennuyant, facile, court, ennuyant, facile, etc…(voire assez banal).

Ma mère est un gorille (et alors?)

Critique de “ma mère est un gorille(et alors?)”   


Résumé: Jonna, une petite fille qui déteste son orphelinat, rêve d’être adopter par une gentille maman et un papa au souliers vernis. Un jour, une personne toute poilue avec des habits trop courts pour elle. Horreur! C’est une gorille! Le pire, c’est Jonna qu’elle choisit…


Critique: Ce livre nous fait rigoler dès les premiers chapitres, mais nous fait aussi pleurer. Il est super mais aussi original. Nous l’adorons car on s’attache très vite à Jonna et à la gorille.

De Jeremie et Laura

The Hobbit (4ème/Gr.1)

Title: The Hobbit                                                                                          

Author:J.R.RTolkien                                                                                               
                     
Genre : Heroic Fantasy

Blurb

“In the Hobbit,young Bilbo Baggins’ life is in his comfortable little hobbit hole .
But his life changes one day when the Wizard Gandalf asks him to participate in a quest which will change his life.
It’s the beginning of the greatest adventure...” 
The Times

 Personal opinion:
I've chosen this book because it is well written and when you start to read it you want to know more. I also worship the Lord of the Ring which has been written by Tolkien too.

Frankly,I have absolutely nothing negative to say about this book. It is well-written , there is action,adventure and suspense. It’s a masterpiece!

I  recommend this book to everybody but more particularly to people who really love the Heroic Fantasy Genre.
 It’s quite easy to read but I still recommend it to Secondary students 

                                                                      
“Tolkien has reached a level that will never be reached
“Best book ever written ,a masterpiece!
                                               CFBL Mag”                            CFBL Sup’ on Sunday”


Rating: 5/5

First Name of the reviewer: Pierre                   
Class/ English group: 4A Group 1



mercredi 9 avril 2014

School for stars (4ème/Gr.1)

Title: School for stars
                                                                                                      
Author: Holly and Kelly Willoughly

Genre :It’s a girly story, But it is also an adventure book but a girl adventure book :)

Blurb: The book talks about three girls: Molly, Maria and Pippa. Their passion is dancing . They are best friends, you will feel the friendship, they share everything together. So many things are going to happen to them this year… They'll meet a lovely dog and people...  But do you  think  everything is going to be perfect?

Personal opinion: I chose this book because the book cover looked fun and the plot inspired me. Personally, I did not enjoy this book I think it the most annoying girly book I have ever readBut after, everyone has their personal opinion, you  can think that this book is better than I think. I didn’t enjoy it because it was very boring, normally I never read girly books and now I know why ;) the book talks about girls, their life and their problems but I think I am a bit too old to read this kind of books … I would recommend it for girls around 8-12 years old, for girls who like girls’ stories,dancing and I wouldn’t recommend it for girls who like adventure stories... And boys : Never read this book !!
           

Level: The level is very easy, everyone can read it even the beginners! It is the easiest level on the ladder.

Rating: 5/5

First Name of the reviewer: Valentine                  
Class/ English group:4°/g1


George’s marvellous medicine (4ème/Gr.1)

Title:  George’s marvellous medicine

Author: Roald Dahl

Genre : Children’s literature, funny.


Blurb
This book is about a little boy who hates his grandmother because she’s always angry, selfish and she was hateful too. So he was frightened by what she was saying to him and he decided to prepare a magic recipe because he wanted her to be good, so she has to take a large spoonful of medicine four times a day… What is going to happen to the grandmother? What is going to be the reaction of his parents?

Personal opinion:
I’ve chosen this book because I first read it when I was younger and it was really easy to read, so I decided to read it again. And I think that this one was better than “The magic finger” another book from the same author. But maybe this book is more interesting than the other and more simple to read. I’ve never read a book shorter than this one. The author is the most popular I’ve ever seen.
I enjoyed the real end of the book when the grandmother disappears, this made me laugh and I like it when the author adds funny things..I recommend this book to people who like reading just a bit because it’s a really short book.

Level
This book is really easy to read, there are images to understand more what the story is about.



Rating: 3/5

First Name of the reviewer: Sabrina  
Class/ English group: Group 1/4°


King Arthur and the knight of the round table (4ème/Gr.1)

Title: King Arthur and the knight  of  the round table        

Author: Deborah Tempest

Genre : Adventure

Blurb: this book was the most incredible I’ve ever read because the king has found all his knights alone and had great adventures...Who Knows what will happen after?    

Personal opinion: It was less good than the other books I have read but I think it still a good book and the author piques our interest.
I don't l like the part of the beginning when Arthur is a servant  of a knight, it was the most boring part.

Level (is it easy to read, challenging or other?)

Pierre Emmanuel
Group1




The Call of the Wild (4ème/Gr.1)

Title: The Call Of The Wild 

Author: Jack London

Genre : Adventure novel

Blurb
This is the story of Buck. He is a very strong dog.(I’II never know a dog like him).
He lives a happy life in California, with Judge Miller. But one day he is stolen by the gardener and sold to Francois and Perrault. People who are looking for gold in the cold north need dogs to pull sleds. Buck is beaten and travels in a train.
He has to learn to become a sleds dog in Canada. It is very difficult for him. It is very hard for him because he never had to do that in the past. And some dogs are very wild and they are most aggressive. But Buck is strong and he learns fast. Spitz the leader of the dog hates him and wants to kill him.
on his journey Buck is going to learn how to sleep in the snow, he is going to be sold twice to not very nice people and he will be saved by John Thornton. Buck and Thornton are going to love each other and Buck will be happy again.
But Buck also has strange dreams about his ancestors and a strange man.(he has never seen a man like that).He is going to meet wild Yeehat Indians, and meet wolves… What will happen to him? to them?I can’t tell you all the story ! You have to read the book if you want to know the end !... 

Personal opinion:
           
What I enjoyed about the book :I have really loved when Buck fights with the Huskies, with Spitz and with the Indians. I liked Buck because he is a very good dog and it is an incredible adventure.I would recommend this book to readers who like dog, fights and adventure and also to see the hard life in Canada, in 1978, in the wild. But it is a good story but it is a little sad...  

Level
It was a little difficult because lots of words I didn’t understand.

Rating: 4/5

First Name of the reviewer: Mellyne           
Class/ English group:4emeB g1  

Little Women (4ème/Gr.1)

Title : Little Women

Author: louisa May Alcott

Genre : roman narrative

Blurb
This story is about is talking about four sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy who live with their mother. Meg  was the eldest , she has the most beautiful eyes Ii’ve ever seen in my life. But Jo is fifteen, she has dark eyes and the longest brown hair, Beth is thirteen and she is very quiet. And finally little Amy has blue eyes and blond hair. Their father is away in the war so they don’t have much money. But the girls have happy times, too!

Personal opinion:
            I’ve choose this book because the story is important and is a reality.
what I enjoyed in the book is the fact that they love and help each other.
            I would recommend this book someone reading I love reading a story happening in real life!

Level: This book is easy to read and suits with my level in English!

Rating: 5/5

First Name of the reviewer: Mame Fatim              
Class/ English group: 4eC (grp 1)


The City of Ember (4ème/Gr.1)

Title: The City of Ember 

Author: Jeanne Duprau        

Genre : Fantastic

Blurb: Doon and Lisa, two children from City of Ember, have to save  humanity which has been buried for many years. But the  box containing  the instructions to get out of this city has been lost. Electricity often goes out and a new source of energy is required urgently... Do you think Lisa and Doon will find a way to get out of this city? What will happen in their escape? Will they succeed in finding the light again?

“Duprau is a most engaging writer: direct, succinct,delivering lively characters and genuine suspense, sustaining the mystery but generous with her clues “ JAN MARK, TES

Personal opinion: this fantastic book is the funniest I’ve ever read but it is more boring than Harry Potter  or other fantastic books. It is the less fascinating fantastic book I’ve ever read. I like the situation and the context. I would recommend this book to readers who like the fantastic genre.

Level: it’s easy to read good for beginners in English.

Rating:  3/5

Louis 

4B / Group 1

Raven Boy (4ème/Gr.1)

Title: Raven Boy                                                                                                                 

Author: Pippa Goodhart

Genre : Historical book

Blurb
In 1666, the plague and the Great fire destroy London, and  king Charles II does nothing.
A young boy, named Nick Truelove blame the King for the death of both his parents and want to get his revenge. He will meet a very smart raven and become friend with it. You will see that the raven will help Nick to get his revenge and will be his best ally. They will both enter the biggest symbol of the king’s power: the Tower of London. Nick is braver than all his friends but against the King, will he manage to get his revenge ? And what will happen to this young boy and to the Raven ? I let you read the book to answer this questions...But London will never be the same after all this events...

Personal opinion:
This book is one of the most interesting books I’ve ever read because it combines a fantastic story with historical facts like the plague or the Great fire of London. The characters have all their own qualities and personalities.

Level
 This book is a bit challenging because it is not long but not short, but the vocabulary is simple.

Rating: 5/5

First Name of the reviewer: Julien             
Class/ English group: 4° group 1


How I live now (4ème/Gr.1)

Title : How I live now

Author : Meg Roscoff

Genre : war and drama

Blurb :
A 15 year-old American girl comes to Engm
land to see her cousins Admond, Isaac, Osbert and Piper. Her name is Elizabeth but everyone calls her Daisy. After a week, she falls in love with Edmond, her oldes cousin, but because of the war she and Piper are sent in another family (the McEvoy). After a few weeks, Mr McEvoy is killed. Daisy and Piper decide to escape...
Do you think Piper and Daisy will survive, and come back home ?
Will Daisy ever see Edmond again ?

"I loved this book because there is love but also action and suspense" The Times
"It's best drama I've ever read" CFBL newspaper
"A powerful and loved novel...a very good story by Roscoff"

First name of the reviewer : Ilona
Class/English group : 4eC / 1st group

James and the giant peach (4ème/Gr.1)

Title: James and the giant peach                                                                                                              

Author:By Roald Dahl
                                                   
Genre :Children’s novel-magical adventure

Blurb
James Henry Trotter’s parents were killed.Now he lives with his two aunts,aunt Sponge and aunt Spiker.They are the most horrible aunts I’ve ever seen,they are also selfish,lazy and cruel.One day a man gives him a potion that will make him happier than before.James inadvertently drops the potion near a peach tree.The next day,James finds a giant peach in the garden and giant insects.James has never seen a giant peach ant lots of gigantic insects.A big adventure is starting for James.Will something horrible happen to him?

Personal opinion:
I chose this book because I like Roald Dahl’s stories and his fantasy.His stories are the most fantastic stories I’ve ever read. I’ve enjoyed the book because there is a lot of suspense and I want to know what will happen to James.I would recommend this book to all the people and mainly to the people who like fantasy and magic stories.

Level
The level is intermediate.

Rating:  5/5

First Name of the reviewer:Hugo                

Class/ English group: 4B Group 1

Dracula (4ème/Gr.1)

Title:   Dracula

Author: Bram Stoker

Genre : Horror


Blurb
At the beginning,Jonathan Harker receives a quest from a very rich man  named Dracula in Transylvania. Dracula wants to buy a house in London but he also wants Jonathan to go to Transylvania to bring the paper about the house. But after he showed him the paper he discovers that Dracula is a and that he is his prisoner. Do you think that Jonathan will  escape?

Personal opinion:
It is the most frightening book I’ve ever read.

Level
It is a really easy book to read but sometimes it is a little confusing because the narrator changes between the chapters.        
  
Rating:  4/5

First Name of the reviewer: Andrea                               
Class/ English group: 4A / group 1



Wonder (4ème/Gr.1)

Title :  Wonder

Author: R.J. Palacio 

Genre : Novel

Blurb :

This story is about a young boy, named August. He has a deformed face which scared “normal” people. He has got a sister, Olivia, and a dog, Daisy. He doesn’t go to school so he studies with his mother. But when he becomes teenager he decides with his parents to go to school even if he is afraid of other pupils’ reactions… Will he convince other students that he is inside “a normal boy”? Of course it won’t be easy; there are a lot of different behaviours depending on classmates’ personalities. Which one would be yours? You can’t be neutral.

Personal opinion:
I chose this book because my mother recommended it to me.
This book is very moving, sentimental and suspenseful. It is so well described that I can easily imagine his emotions. It’s a beautiful book on differences and tolerance.
I would recommend this book to teenagers and adults, but not to too young children because they could be shocked by some people’s reactions. For me, it’s a total must-read!I’ve never read a book that well described.
I think there are people nicer than others. But in general when people start to really know August, they become friendlier. They take care of him and of course defend him when someone hurts him. For me, the most adorable person is Summer and the meanest person is Jack.
 It’s the best book I’ve ever read.
Level
Very easy to read with a rich and precise vocabulary. It’s also a great opportunity to learn new words. I’ve improved a lot my vocabulary.

Rating: 5/5

First Name of the reviewer:  Charlotte 

Class/ English group: 4°/ 1 group.

Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone (4ème/Gr.1)

Title : Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone

Author: J.K Rowling

Genre : Fantastic

Blurb

Harry Potter is an orphan boy who lives with ordinary people until a wizard knocks on his door to take him to the wizard school. He discovers that he is a famous wizard because he defeated the most powerful wizard of all times.
After weeks of lessons, he discovers a mystery that could lead him to defeat Voldemort  …
It will be the best year he ever lived.
Will he complete his duty ?  Will he ever triumph against Voldemort ?

Personal opinion:
Because I’ve read it in French before, I thought it would be easier to read it in English.
This book is a bit less interesting than the other Harry Potter books but it’s shorter.
I enjoyed the way J.K Rowling wrote it, there is a lot of suspense, action, adventures, and even sport. 
I recommend this book to all the young people who love magic, and I find it interesting when people discover their own talent.
I recommend this book for young people (10-15 years old).

Level
This book is easy enough to read but I think it’s because I read it in French before.

Rating:  4/5

First Name of the reviewer: Adrien


Class/ English group: 4 / group 1

The London Eye Mystery (6ème/Gr.2)

Title: The London Eye Mystery

Author: Siobhan Dowd

Genre: Adventure



Blurb:
This is a story about a boy called Salim who is going to live in New York City with is mum Gloria. Before going to NYC, they go visiting Gloria's sister Faith and Salim's cousins Kat and Ted in London. But when Salim goes on his own on the London Eye and never gets down, everyone start worrying... Will Kat and Ted ever find Salim?

Personal opinion:
I have chosen this book because it takes place in London and I usually like adventure and mystery books. This book is the most exciting and intriguing book I have read in the last 6 months. I have enjoyed this book because it was also one of the most  captivating novel I have ever read. It is confirmed by one quote from a newspaper (Independent): "Compulsive reading".
I would mainly recommend this book to readers who like mysteries and suspense.

Level: I have found this book easier to read than other adventure books that I have already read.


Rating: 4/5

Charlotte

6eme A   2nd Group

Anton and Piranha (6ème/Gr.2)

Title: Anton and Piranha

Author: Milena Baish

Genre: Adventure

Blurb: Anton is taken by his grandparents to a holiday camp hidden in the forest. He thought it will be the coolest summer of his life as he had planned to spend his entire holiday in the swimming pool… But who said there was one? Once arrived, he discovered the most disgusting pond he has ever seen. After few boring days, Anton really doesn’t know what to do. Will he find something funny to do?

Personal opinion:
“It’s a unique book and I wished it would have been longer”
The Monthly News
I chose this book because it’s never boring and also because my grandparents call me Anton, like the hero.
I recommend this book to readers who get quickly annoyed because you always want to read the next page.

Level
A very easy book to read with the simplest words!
Rating : 5/5  
First Name of the reviewer:  Antonin        
        
Class/ English group: 6ème A/Group 2



mardi 1 avril 2014

Scorpia (6ème/Gr.2)

Title:  Scorpia


Author: Anthony Horowitz
 

Genre : Novel, fantasy, action

 
Blurb : Alex Rider is a secret spy working for MI6. He goes to a school trip in Venice, and finds something strange happening in Venise, and does his investigation. He finds out the deadliest secret organisation: Scorpia.

Will Alex Rider choose to work for the MI6 ot to work for Scorpia, the assassins’ organisation?

Personal opinion:

 I chose the book because I like spies and action and I never read home stories, if I ever read one, I am going to be sick.

I enjoyed when Alex Rider fought with a guy in a giant balloon.    

I would recommend this book to people who like action and mysteries…

 
Guillaume

6° group 2              

Percy Jackson and the Olympians (6ème/Gr.2)


Title: Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Author: Rick Riordan


Genre:Adventure

 

Blurb :This book is about a young adult who is a semi-god. Zeus thinks that Percy Jackson stole his lightning bulb.Zeus prepares to attack Percy Jackson. The war begins and suddenly…

Will Percy Jackson win the war?

Did Percy Jackson steal the lightning bulb of Zeus?

Personal opinion:

 I chose this book because I like adventure books. It is upbeat ,and you want to know what is going to happen. This book is captivating and exciting. I never felt bored and I have taken a lot of pleasure reading it. In the book I enjoyed the suspense and the fact that it was thrilling. This book is the best book I have ever read. I recommend this book to good readers because the story is more complicated than other adventure books.

Level: It is difficult to read and very challenging.

Rating: 5/5

First Name of the reviewer: Elijah, 6° group 2

Middle School : My brother is a big fat liar (6ème/Gr.2)


Title : Middle School : My Brother is a Big Fat  Liar                                    
Author: James Patterson and Lisa Papademetriou

Genre : Diary , Humorous and Best-Seller genre.

Blurb: It is the story about a girl called Georgia  who has a brother called Rafe. Georgia is going to Middle school but it was the old school of her brother,Rafe.The brother, as sneakily as a spy,  signed them into a rock band  competition and she thinks she will never win .The problem is that Rafe has done silly things and broken all the school rules and the worst is that the teachers think  his sister is the same as him so…Will she convince them she is different and not bad ?

-The best book I have ever read this year…

The Times

Personal opinion:
 I chose the book because I liked the cover and I like diary and humorous genres. I enjoyed the fact that Rafe does silly things and the story is very funny. I will recommend this book to people who like Diary genres and Humour.

 Level: It is not that difficult , the letters are big but there are over 200 pages, so I recommend it to  people who read a lot.                                                               

Rating: out of 5 I give : 3,5/5

First Name of the reviewer:  Luca                

Class/ English group: 6A  Group 2

Midnight for Charlie Bone (6ème/Gr.2)


Title: Midnight for Charlie Bone                                                                                                                                                                 
Author: Jenny Nimmo

Genre: adventure

 
 
Blurb: Charlie Bone went to school like a normal boy of his age but he was no ordinary boy. He had a gift: he could hear noises coming from a photograph and a whole world of dialogue would open up to him. One thing leads to another. It involves stolen children and dark family secrets. His family sends him off to the horrible BLOOR'S ACADEMY where he meets new friends and strange things happen that will change his life forever…

Level: This book is an easy read.           

It's JAM PACKED with MISTERY and quite a lot of dramatic events.

.                                                                                                          
 I would recommend this book to people who like HARRY POTTER, you'll enjoy the magic of this book.

 

Rating: 5/5

First Name of the reviewer: SOPHIA                

Class/ English group 2