Friday, March 25, 2011


I read the Giver trilogy by Lois Lowry recently. It contains three books, The Giver, Gathering Blue, and Messenger. I will ba posting about them one at a time over the next week, My favorite from the trilogy is The Giver. It follows a boy who lives in a supposedly Utopian society. When he is given his job at the age of 12, Jonas is afraid. His job will to be The Receiver Of Memories. It is not a normal job, and the last girl who was chosen ended up mysteriously dead. He soon learns that it means he can see the world. Set sometimes in the future, people have no memory of what happened to society They don't know what it's like to be independent, to feel, to see color, and other similar things. Jonas is given memories of the past, color, music, love. Then Jonas realizes that even his own family lies, and does whatever they are told to do, including covering up deaths. He knows he has to leave, and return all the memories to the people, so he sneaks out with a little boy marked for death the next morning, and travels through the countryside. It ends with him thinking he sees people. This is a intersting series, so I would suggest reading it. The Giver won the 1994 Newberry Medal. It's a very popular book. Check it out:)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Music, "Who Says"

Also, a music update. Selena Gomez's new single, "Who Says," just came out, and it's really good. "Who Says," is a song about being perfect because you are yourself. It's an empowering song all about how you shouldn't care about what others thing of you, with lyrics like: You've got every right to a beautiful life, or, I'm sure you've got some things you'd like to change about yourself, but when it comes to me, I wouldn't wanna be anybody else. The music video is also out, and I highly recommend you watch it,( you can find the link at the bottom.) This song is really unlike any of Selena's previous songs, and I really liked it. Let me know what you think in the comment section.

Shadow Children series

Hey everyone, I found another new series! The Shadow Children series has seven books in it, and is written by Margret Petterson Haddix. They are set in a futuristic world where the government controls everything. Due to a population law, families can only have two children, or are a least only suppose to have two. Different books come from different kids perspectives, but all of them are third children. Third children, or "Shadow Children", live their life in hiding, horrified the Population police will kill them. The only way to survive is to get a fake I.D.
Luke Garner is a third child, who lives on a farm with his family. When the government builds a housing development behind Luke's house, he is forced to hide. During his days of hiding Luke meets another shadow child, Jen. She is planning a rally for freedom, and her father is a part of the population police. He is a double agent, secretly helping shadow children get I.D.s. Jen's rally goes wrong, but Luke begins to believe in freedom, and the reality that he may be free one day. He gets a fake I.D. and is sent to a boarding school. He meets other shadow children there, and helps his friends come out of hiding. Captures, imprisonments, and the ever impending threat of death hang over Luke and his friends. The government gets worse, and the kids and their allies must begin taking action against them. With the reward of freedom, scared, hidden children, become heroes and may change the world.
I like this series, it's really interesting. These kids start out as pretty much nothing, and end up fighting, sometimes behind enemy lines, for freedom. I would recommend this series.