Monday, March 12, 2012

City of Orphans

City of Orphans was written by Avi.  Avi did a wonderful job showing what it was like back in the the 1890's.  During the 1890's kids were like orphans because they had to pay for themselves.  A main job for a kid was to be a newsie.  This book is about a newsie named Maks.  Maks sells a popular paper called the world.  But theres a gang that is slamming newsie like Maks, and the leaders name is Bruno.  Now Bruno is not slamming newsies for fun but for his life.  A man has a gun and a picture of Bruno and his boss is being talked bad of in the world,  so he is making Bruno and his gang beat up newsies so less papers are sold.

So Maks is being chased by the gang when he runs into a dark alley and the gang corners him, but out of nowhere a girl beats up the whole gang.  Maks right away offers to take her home where they find Maks' deathly sick sister and learn that his other sister has been arrested.  This book is a very good read and I recommend it to all.  Overall I gave this book a 9 out of 10.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Floors By: Patrick Carman

Floors was written by Patrick Carman.  Patrick Carman has written books in the past that I have followed, for example Skeleton Creek.  Patrick has one big imagination.  The book Floors is about a boy named Leo.  Leo is a very creative boy, and he loves to fix things.  When his mom died, his dad worked at the Whippet Hotel as a janitor.  Because the had no place to go, they just had to stay in the bellows of the Whippet Hotel.  Mr. Whippet who owns the hotel is Leo best friend.  But a year ago Mr. Whippet went missing, and now someones trying to steal the hotel and its expensive property in N.Y.C., so Leo has to find boxes to save the Whippet(and yes boxes is not typo).  Also he has to keep this a secret, but a snoopy little door man finds out.  So if you have read this book or are reading currently comment what you thought, because I gave this book a 8.5 out of 10.  And if you have not read this book... I recommend it highly.

March Time

March one of my most favorite months. This is because of all sports questions.  Like where will Peyton Manning go? And other roster trades and changes during an exciting N.F.L. off season.  More questions maybe who are the bubble teams that will dance in the madness.  My team Xavier was in this 'bubble team' spot for a while.  Honestly the only person you can listen to for good advice on bracketology is Joe Lunardi.  All the other people who study the brackets are dumb. Honestly this season ending tourneys are almost too big a deal.  But I like it because of the good match-ups, like today Ohio State plays Michigan State and Florida State play North Carolina.  But the best part of today is the Selections.  When the picks are made.  Who dances and who balls them selves to sleep. Joe Lunardi's Prediction Brackets, see this link for advice by Joe Lunardi.