Trash by Andy Mulligan

Trash

Trash

I found this book quite confronting. It took me a little while to work out which country or continent in the world the book is set in. At first I thought it might be a children’s version of Slumdog Millionaire, but then realised that it was set in a South American style city.

Raphael, Gardo and Rat are three children from the cardboard slum at the trash heap. They spend their lives sorting through the trash heaps, looking for items they can use, trade or sell, until one day Raphael finds the unexpected, and amazing windfall with some pretty serious consequences.

Giving glimpses of the life of the desperately poor, prison life and police brutality (at one stage Raphael is beaten within an inch of his life and then hung by his ankles out of the upper story window of the police station). The three boys find themselves with a mystery to solve, codes to break and millions of dollars at stake!

Another book I struggled with, but well worth persevering!!!!

Gone by Michael Grant

Gone

Gone

This is a very popular book with the Year 6s and 7s at my school, so of course I had to get hold of a copy and read! the fact that Michael Grant was visiting didn’t hurt either (although I managed not to see him!).
High school. Boredom. Teenagers angst. Bullies… and then everyone over the age of 15 disappears!
In this situation what do you do? Do you step up and take charge? Do you let someone else take over? Do you throw a party and do whatever you want because no one can tell you not to?
What happens when things start to go wrong? and what about those freaky super powers?
I enjoyed this book after I got half way through. The main character, Sam is your average hero in a crisis who would rather not be the one in charge. He constantly second guesses everything he says and does and it is not until he finally accepts the situation that the story really gets moving. The book looks at some fairly solid issues – bullying, social standing and taking responsibility.

Triple Ripple by Brigid Lowry

Triple Ripple

Triple Ripple

I love the concept behind this book – three stories to be told, each slightly intersecting, but also totally separate.

The Fairy Tale: Not a traditional tale, more a tale told in the tradition of Fairy Tales. There are no fairies involved as the writer does not believe in them, just magic,  princesses and destiny!

The Reader: A young girl who is struggling after her only real friend moves away, is also dealing with school bullying and home disturbances. She uses the Fairy Tale book her mother has given her as a release.

The Writer: Eccentric, inspired, blocked, messy, distracted… discusses some of the ideas and motivations going into the story.

My only criticism is that I wanted more depth and detail in all three stories. The fairy tale was short and a bit disjointed, but a great background story. Nova had a lot to deal with and kept mentioning how she wanted to know what happened next in the book, but she only ever read really short sections at a time! The writer I definitely wanted to know more about!

I enjoyed it… I just wanted more!

Darklight by Lesley Livingstone

Darklight

Darklight

The only thing that I found off putting about this book, was the fact that I hadn’t managed to work out which book was the first in the series, and ended up buying the second. Bugger!

Kelley Winslow used to think she was an ordinary girl with aspirations to be on the stage… then she discovered who her real parents are (not human) and met the love of her life, Sonny, who was sort of human but had spent most of his life in the court of her father, the fairy king Auberon… of course there are the bad guys; leprechauns, secrets; just who is Sonny really

I enjoyed this book, the sometimes opposing views of what is good and what is evil, how magic should or shouldn’t work and the sacrfices we make for those we love.

I wish I had read the first book inn the series though!