Monday, February 22, 2010

Isabel Of The Whales

Isabel Of The Whales
Hester Velmans
*****5 Star
Eleven-year-old Isabel is a "plain old" girl living in Province town, Massachusetts, who believes she is destined for something special. When her class goes whale watching (a trip she has been anticipating for a long time). Something amazing happens! Dozens of species of whales surround the boat, bumping the the deck and sending Isabel over the railing and into the ocean. Underwater, Isabel cannot comprehend when the whales speak to her. They tell her she is able to turn into a whale and back again. She is destined to live among the whales, though she desperately wants to go home.

As she starts to warm up to her pod, living with them is fun, at first. Isabel gets attached to her new family, especially one male in particular and she starts to think she would like it if she stayed with the whales. But she gets injured and she can go back to her own world now, from which she can not return. She must make a decision, and being caught between two worlds become more difficult than she could have ever imagined.

This book was definitely one of my favorite books, I can't really describe it, but there was something different about this story, that makes me wan't to read it over, and over again. But I can tell you that this book is full of romance, laughs and a story of adventure, emotion, and lots more. So watch out Little Mermaid, here comes Isabel!


Olives Ocean

Olives Ocean Book Review
By: Kevin Henkes
***** 5 Star!!!

Olives Ocean, is the best book I have ever read In my life!!! It's probably going to become a family heirloom some day. I am a very big Fantasy reader, when ever my mom suggested a Realistic Fiction book, I would immediately turn it down, because I thought that all books that didn't have any magic in them were straight out boring. (I guess I was a big stereo type) But then one day I got Olives Ocean for a birthday present from one of my classmates. I decided to read it, to be polite and because I'm pretty sure there was no more books around the house that I had not read besides that one. Olives Ocean was the best book I had ever read!!!!!! It had wonderful details, and the story was very emotional, the author fit random things into the story that usually wouldn't work in those kinds of books. But he made them work in a way that I felt like the book wouldn't have been the same without it. This book was packed with laugh out loud's, and things that could make you cry like my "slightly" weird friend. This book couldn't have been done better, Martha was definitely my favorite character. She was very self conscious and got embarrassed easily, but as the book went on the events that occurred changed her. I thought that her way of trying to cover up her red hair was very funny, and interesting. This book was the first Realistic Fiction book that I ever read. And it gave me the best introductory I could ever get to a whole new kind of genre I had never took the time to explore. So if you have not read this book yet, for your own sake, DO!!! Go to for more details.