Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer
Keywords: road trip, a stubborn old lady, shoe selling, growing up
Last (3) line(s): Daring Duck Beats Odds to Win. Another true survivor. Like me.
Thoughts: The plot of Rules of the Road sounds like one from a fantasy novel.
It’s a coming of age story about a girl with a superpower who goes on an adventure to defeat evil with an elderly, opinionated mentor and makes awesome friends along the way. Except that the superpower is the ability to sell shoes to anyone and everyone, the destination of the journey is Texas, and the evil people want to make money by promoting sub par shoes. It was a great read, but it did feel a bit rushed. I didn’t think the book reached its maximum potential.
Queen of Katwe by Tim Crothers
Keywords: nonfiction, ultimate underdog story, chess, slums of Africa
Last line: Phiona stalks her young opponents as ruthlessly yet compassionately as she can, while drawing a flower in the dirt on the floor with her toe, plotting her next move.
Thoughts: Wow. This book makes me feel ashamed for ever uttering a word of complaint in my entire life. This is a story about Phiona, a girl who grew in Katwe, a slum in Uganda. Growing up, she barely got an education, but she is now a Woman Candidate Master and plans on becoming a Grandmaster. GO PHIONA. She is absolutely amazing, but the writing was a bit dry. It definitely does not do the story justice.
…”Would you like to learn a new game?”…
“What game?” one child asked.
“Chess,” Katende said.
There were blank stares. None of the children had ever heard of it.
Then one of them spoke up. “Oh, I know this game,” he said. You chase a person around the compound until you catch him.””
“No,” Katende said. “Chess.”
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Keywords: adventuring, bravery, hobbits, friendship, fighting the evil within and around us
Last line: Then shouldering their burdens, they set off, seeking a path that would bring them over grey hills of the Emyn Muil, and down into the Land of Shadow.
Thoughts: I love the footnotes and the parentheses. I love Sam. I love the hobbits. (Which by the way, if I didn’t know better, I would’ve thought Mr. Tolkien created the hobbits out three of th things teens love best: food, sleep, and music.) I love Gandalf. (He just has the perfect name.) But I’m sorry to say, I skipped the songs, and the book lost me somewhat near the end. I love the ending though, and I do want to pick up the second book. And watch the movie!
Most people I know have Columbus Day off next Monday, and I AM SO READY FOR A BREAK FROM SCHOOL. Today in biology, we blended up a Happy Meal for McDonald’s and then tested the mixture for starch (bread), glucose (sugar), protein (meat), and lipids (fats.) It came out positive for three of them: starch, glucose, and lipids. The protein signifier was NEGATIVE. Based on our experiment, it looks like the meat from McDonald’s is actually not real meat. The State Fair opened last Friday. I’m SO PUMPED FOR FUNNEL CAKE. There’s also a TON of other fried food, like fried ice-cream, fried lemonade, fried oreos, and fried BUTTER. Collective: ewwww.