For the First Time…

For the first time, this is not a post about books I have read. It’s not a review. Read on, if you’re interested.

There’s more to a book then reading. Sure, that’s a lot of it. But it’s not nearly all.

Think about what happens beforehand. What happens before you know a book exists. What happens before anyone ever picks it up. When it’s just a file on Google Docs. Or Word Microsoft. Or whatever.

Writing the book is the most important step, by far. And, if you haven’t guessed by now, I’m also a novelist and short story writer*. I’m only nine, so I haven’t gotten anything published yet. But I’m hoping to someday.

If you like to read…if you like my blog, you should write a story, too. It can be a poem. A picture book, complete with sketches. A full-on novel, like I write. A script or screenplay. Write something–anything really. Give me the link to your piece on a comment, and if I like it, I’ll post it. I’ll, of course, give you–the writer–full credit. And, yes, Mom (a writer too–my family must have words in our blood), I was thinking of you when I came up with this.

Be a writer. Your words can change the world.

 

*Go to https://drinkcoffeebreathefire.com/2019/02/01/hate-and-uncle-joe/   to read one of my recent pieces.

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Maze Runner

Oh. My. God.

Hi guys! So, over the summer I heard my mom talking about Maze Runner and I was like, “Can I read it?” Mom frowned. “I don’t know, Ali, it’s got some pretty violent stuff in it…” “Please? Please?” I pleaded. “I can handle violence! You got violence? GIVE ME VIOLENCE!!!” Mom seemed a little confused, as if she didn’t know what to make of this. “Well…I suppose you can read it when you’re in 4th grade,” she said. Well, fine readers, I am now in fourth grade and on the second book in the Maze Runner series. Let’s take a look at Book 1.

The main character is a boy named Thomas, maybe 15 or 16 years old. He wakes up in this box with no idea where he’s from, how old he is, or who his parents are. He knows his name, and he knows how the world works and how to talk and read and things like that, but he has absolutely no clue about his own personal life before that moment. He comes out of the Box a bit later to find a bunch of boys his age. They’re in a place called the Glade, surrounded by a giant, always-changing Maze. Supplies come up once a week in the Box, and new kids come up once a month. Some kids–like the leader, Alby–have been in the Glade for two years. Others–like Chuck–are relatively new to the Glade and the Maze. Some kids are Runners–they run around the Maze every day and try to find an escape. Inside the maze are monsters called Grievers, and the Gladers are terrified of them.

Newbies arrive once a month–same day of the month, same time of day. But the rules don’t apply to Teresa, a girl who shows up, in a coma, the day after Thomas does. Not only is she unconscious, but she has a creepy note for the Gladers, saying that she’s the last Newbie to arrive. On top of that, she is the first and only girl in the Glade.

Chaos ensues after Thomas and Teresa arrive. What kind of chaos? Find out in Maze Runner!

The second book in the series is called The Scorch Trials and the third is called The Death Cure. The fourth, which is a prequel, is called The Kill Order, and the fifth, which is a prequel to the Kill Order, is called The Fever Code. I haven’t read the Fever Code yet, but it sounds particularly interesting because it’s the story of how the Maze was built.

On a scale from one to ten, Maze Runner scores a perfect 10. It’s my favorite book of all time ever. I highly recommend Maze Runner.

The author of Maze Runner is James Dashner. He’s also the author of the Mortality Doctrine series.

 

 

Divergent

I recently read the first book in a series. It was called Divergent and I absolutely loved it. I loved the cliffhangers, I loved the way the author told us more and more about the main character’s past and feelings as we went along, and I loved how the exciting parts are perfectly spaced out. I loved how the book takes place in the future but it’s hard to tell. It’s great.

The main character is a girl named Beatrice. Her society is divided into five factions, and each faction values something: Erudite values knowledge, Abnegation values selflessness, Dauntless values bravery, Candor values honesty, and Amity values kindness. Beatrice was born in Abnegation, and has grown up feeling like she just isn’t selfless enough to belong. Aptitude tests tell you which factions you have an aptitude for, and her results are inconclusive. She has an aptitude for three factions (Erudite, Abnegation, and Dauntless) which means she is called ‘Divergent’. The next day is the Choosing Ceremony, which is where you choose which faction you want to be in for the rest of your life. Most people stay in the same faction, but some switch factions. When it’s your turn, a man gives you a knife and you make a cut on your hand. There are five bowls, each with something in it and each representing a faction: The bowl with the coals represents Dauntless, the bowl with the stones represents Abnegation, the bowl with the water represents Erudite, the bowl with a bit of dirt represents Amity, and the bowl with the glass represents Candor. She switches factions to Dauntless and changes her name from Beatrice to Tris. What adventures and challenges will Tris face in Dauntless? You’ll only find out if you read Divergent!

The second book in the series is Insurgent and the third is Allegiant. I’m currently reading Allegiant and so far I think Divergent is the best one in the series.

On a scale from one to ten, I think Divergent scores a perfect nine. If you read my other posts, you know how high that is on my radar. Insurgent is 7 and a half and Allegiant is eight. I love Divergent because it has almost every type of event, from relationship stuff to battle stuff to almost scary, exciting stuff.

I highly recommend Divergent.

 

The Land Of Stories: The Wishing Spell

The Land Of Stories: The Wishing Spell is the first book in my current favorite series (it’s funny how fast things can change!).

The book focuses on twins named Alex and Conner. For their twelfth birthday, the twin’s grandmother gives them her old fairy-take storybook, and after strange things begin to happen, one day Alex falls head-first into the storybook! Conner jumps in after her, and they end up in the fairy-tale world! When they realize the book is only an entrance, the twins begin collecting items for a spell called The Wishing Spell. Legend has it that the person that uses The Wishing Spell is granted one wish. The twins go to a lot of trouble to get the ingredients, but end up going home a different way. On the way, Alex and Conner Bailey learn a shocking secret about their heritage, their dead father, and themselves.

The second book in the series is called The Enchantress Returns, the third book is called A Grimm Warning, the fourth book is called Beyond the Kingdoms, the fifth book is called An Author’s Odyssey, and the sixth and final book is called Worlds Collide.

I adore The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell and every book after it! I’d recommend the series for teenagers.

On a scale from one to ten, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell is an 8 and a half, in my opinion. Chris Colfer is a wonderful writer, and knows how to put just the right amount of suspense in an exciting moment! His series are action packed, thrill-jammed, and amazing right to the core. I highly recommend this book and series; I love it so much that I’m even writing a fan fiction!

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Author of the Week: Rick Riordan

Author of the Week on Ali’s Book Nook is where I take one of my favorite authors, visit their website, and post about them. However, next week, I’ll ask one of my friends to do it, and I’ll review their post before posting it. I’ll ask a bunch of friends to do it, and when I can’t think of anymore, it’ll be my turn again. However, I might take weeks off because of travel and school. Here it goes!

At first, Rick Riordan was a teacher. He loved teaching. It was a hard desicion when he left the classroom, but when he sold the Percy Jackson series to the publishers, he had to write two books a year for his deadlines. He didn’t have time to do that and still be a good teacher, so he reluctantly left his classroom.

He never talked about it much in the class, but his students knew he was an author. His students often asked if they could become characters in his books, and he did use lots of names of former students, but it took so long to publish the books that they were in high school by the time the books with their names were in bookstores.

He got the idea for Percy Jackson when his son Haley asked him to tell him Greek myths as bedtime stories. He did, but eventually he ran out of myths! So Haley asked if  he could make up something new with the same characters. Off the top of his head, he came up with Percy Jackson and his quest to retrieve Zeus’s stolen lightning bolt. The story took three nights to tell! When he was done, Haley said he should make a book about it. He had a lot to do already, but he found the time to write Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. He was glad for the break from adult books. He spent a lot of time on the first Percy Jackson novel, and now he’s sure glad he did!

Many kids compare his series to Harry Potter. He does find some similarities between Percy and Harry: Harry and Percy are both boys that find out they are special, are trained to use their abilities, and fight an evil villain. There are many stories that follow this same basic plot line. Both are brave. Both have to face their worst fears and rely on a small group of friends.

Percy Jackson is like Rick Riordan in some ways. Percy has Mr. Riordan’s sense of humor. Like Percy, Rick was not always the best student. Percy is also based on Rick’s former students and his own son, Haley.

Learn more about Rick at http://www.RickRiordan.com.

The Penderwicks

If you are reading this second post of mine and are not a member of my loving family, I can’t believe it. There are a million other blogs out there. There’s even another Ali’s Book Nook. So thank you for coming back.

When my family went on a trip to Tennessee in May 2018, my school librarian suggested bringing The Penderwicks, the first book in a series by Jeanne Birdsall. The subtitle was, A Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy. I didn’t think I’d like it that much. I read a couple pages though, just to tell the librarian that I looked at it, and I was hooked. It was the best thing I’d read in over a year, since I’d finished Harry Potter over a year ago.

On a scale from one to ten, ten being the best book ever and one being the worst book ever, I’d give The Penderwicks a seven. If you read my last post, you know that’s really, really, really, really good. Jeanne Birdsall should be proud of herself. She’s an artist that has crafted a masterpiece. I wish the Penderwicks were my neighbors.

The Penderwicks is about four sisters (Rosalind, 12 years old; Skye, 11 years old; Jane, 10 years old; and Batty, 4 years old), their father and their dog, Hound. When their usual vacation house on Cape Cod is sold, the family winds up at a nice cottage at a place called Arundel for three weeks. It turns out that their cottage is right next to a mansion, and in that mansion lives snooty Mrs. Tifton, her son Jeffrey, and the housekeeper Churchie. The gardener is a nice young man named Cagney. Rosalind, Skye, Jane, and Batty go on lots of adventures, some with Jeffrey and some without. The adventures involve rabbits, bulls, and some trouble with Mrs. Tifton and her boyfriend, Dexter Dupree.

The other books in the series are The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, which is what happens when the Penderwicks get home, and involves adventures with school plays, dating, and the Geigers, the Penderwick’s neighbors. The third book, which is my personal favorite, is The Penderwicks at Point Mouette, the tale of what happens when Mr. Penderwick goes off to England, Rosalind goes to New Jersey with her best friend, Anna, and Skye, Jane, Batty, and their aunt, Aunt Claire, going to a beach. This separation lasts for two weeks, and the Penderwicks at the beach have many adventures involving boys, sprained ankles, and a shocking realization. The fourth book, The Penderwicks in Spring, takes place years and years later. It is my personal least favorite, but I still recommend it. There are a lot of misunderstandings in the fourth one, but I still like it; just not as much as the other three.

The Penderwicks series is probably good for ten-year-olds and older (again, I’m the exception). I really want it to be real, and I highly recommend it.

My favorite part in my favorite book is…whoops! I’d just spoil it! (;

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P.S. Learn more about Jeanne Birdsall at JeanneBirdsall.com

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P.P.S. I have started to do something called Author of the Week. I will post this week’s author on Friday. Now, the end (of this post) for real.

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The Hobbit

Hi and thanks for reading my blog! Recently I went on a trip with my family and brought the book I was reading, The Hobbit, along with me. The Hobbit, as my mom tells me, is basically world-famous. It’s the prelude to the trilogy The Lord of the Rings, which my parents love. Since this blog is all about book reviews, I better get started with the review for this one!

On a scale from one to ten, ten being the best book ever and one being the worst book ever, I’d say The Hobbit is a five. It’s about a hobbit named Bilbo, a wizard named Gandalf, and a bunch of dwarves going on a quest to defeat the evil dragon, Smaug. I would tell you more, but I’m afraid I’d spoil it!

I’d say The Hobbit is good for teenagers and older (I’m the exception). I gave it a five because I like books with a lot of action, and though the book was pretty lively, there some parts that were a little boring. But it’s still a great book! I’m a tough judge, as my family tells me, and any 5 on my standards is pretty darn good!

I’d recommend The Hobbit, but one of the reasons I gave it a five is because it’s old-timey and I feel like there are a lot of extra words that make it a bit confusing. But I still recommend it, and I know some people that’d like it a lot!

Other recommendations are Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Lisa McMann’s Unwanteds series, Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven series, Jeanne Birdsall’s The Penderwicks series, and Devlin Richards’ Aubrey Rising series. I’m likely to blog about all of these in the future, because I think they’re great books and everyone should read them!

A few last words about The Hobbit and this blog: The Hobbit is a must-read! J.R.R Tolkien, the author, is really good at writing. Also, feel free to comment. You can compliment or critique! As a young author and avid reader myself, I’m always looking for ways to make my work better! Also, you can follow or like my blog. I’ll post on another great book soon! Thanks for reading!

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P.S. I only post about great books. Nothing that I dislike will make its way onto Ali’s Book Nook!

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P.P.S. Also, feel free to suggest books for me to read and blog about! Now, the end (of this post) for real.

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