SkyClan’s Destiny by Erin Hunter

Warriors: SkyClan's Destiny by Erin Hunter book review by Rachel Poli
Via Goodreads
Title: Warriors: SkyClan’s Destiny
Author: 
Erin Hunter
Genre: Middle grade fantasy
How I got the book: I bought it

Summary (from Goodreads):

The return of a long lost Clan . . .

Many moons ago, five warrior Clans shared the forest in peace. But as Twolegs encroached on the cats’ territories, the warriors of SkyClan were forced to abandon their home and try to forge a new life far away. Eventually, the Clan disbanded–forgotten by all until Firestar was sent on a quest to reunite its descendants and return SkyClan to its former glory.

Now, with Leafstar in place as leader, SkyClan is thriving. Leafstar is desperate to believe that her Clan will survive where the ancient SkyClan cats failed. But threats continue to plague the Clan, and as dissent grows from within, Leafstar must face the one question she dreads: Is SkyClan meant to survive?

My Review:

This book is the third super edition to be released in this series. It’s not part of the main series, or any series, but it takes place after the first super edition, Firestar’s Quest. 

SkyClan is now on their own after all Firestar has taught them. We follow Leafstar as she leads a brand new Clan from scratch solving problems, leading them to battle, and making the right decisions.

Like the other Warriors novels, this book is all about the cats loving in the wild and trying to survive and defend their territory. Being a new Clan, Leafstar worries about which warriors take the Clan seriously and whether she’s a good leader or not.

The plot isn’t very deep. The main idea is for the Clan to learn to live and care for one another.

The characters are all wonderfully developed. Leafstar really grows throughout the novel as she learns to take care of herself and her Clan. 

This is a long series, but I think it’s a great beginner series for young kids getting into reading. 

Warriors: SkyClan’s Destiny by Erin Hunter gets 5 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“Cats are supposed to be able to see in the dark, and I for one don’t want to be a blind leader.” –Erin Hunter, Warriors: SkyClan’s Destiny

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George by Alex Gino

  
Title: George
Author: Alex Gino
Genre: Middle grade fiction
How I got the book: I bought it

Summary (from Amazon):

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl.

George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . because she’s a boy.

With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte — but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

My Review (may contain spoilers!):

This is a must-read book for everyone.

It was quick and easy, but holds a powerful message.

George was born a boy, but knows she’s really a girl at such a young age. She doesn’t know how to tell people and tries to let people know by playing Charlotte in the school’s play, Charlotte’s Web.

One could learn a lot about acceptance from this book. When George’s mother finds out, she’s in denial. She’s shocked. She thinks that because George is so young, she doesn’t know what she wants.

Meanwhile, George’s best friend Kelly, accepts George for who she is. It shows the innocence of young minds, which I think is very important. If young children can see past differences in each other, adults should as well.

It was a happy ending for George, one that made me tear up a bit. We don’t exactly know what happens to George after the story, but we have a good guess.

George by Alex Gino gets 5 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“My point is, it takes a special person to cry over a book. It shows compassion as well as imagination.” –Alex Gino, George

Two Squares

So I’m sure most of you remember the Reading Bingo I announced a little over a week ago. I discussed that even though I don’t read too much I feel very determined to do not one, but both bingo cards, which is 50 books. However, I will settle to complete only one card.

At the pace I’m going, I have to say that I am in pretty good shape. I’m starting with the purple bingo card (the orange one is geared toward more young adult novels whereas the purple is just general). It’s the beginning of February and I have already read two books for the bingo, which helps my GoodReads 2014 Reading Challenge because I am now four books ahead of schedule for that.

The Hobbit

The first square I filled out was “A book with non-human characters” in which I read The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. I had to read this book for my science fiction and fantasy class. It took us two weeks to read it; we had to read chapters one through seven the first week and the rest of the novel the second week (which happens to be this week). I ended up finishing the entire novel last week. I did this because I wanted to attempt to have less homework this week, so I thought I would read bits and pieces each day. I ended up reading the rest of the novel in one or two sittings. It was really good; I don’t read fantasy all that much mostly because I have a hard time understanding it (hence why I read mostly middle grade fiction), but it just happened to be one of those “can’t put down” books.

Coming Clean

Speaking of “can’t put down” books…the second square I filled out was “A book you heard about online” in which I read Coming Clean by Kimberly Rae Miller. This book was self-published through Amazon back in July 2013. I heard of it through an article on Yahoo and thought to myself, “This sounds like an interesting book.” It’s a memoir about growing up with both of her parents being hoarders. As interesting as it sounded, I never really read memoirs or non-fiction books. I thought about reading it, but in the back of my mind I knew I most likely never would read it.

Well, since there are very few books I hear about online (well, I do, but I just don’t pay attention), I didn’t know what to read for that square. Then Coming Clean popped into my head, I downloaded it onto my Kindle, and guess what? I read it in three days. According to my Kindle, I read 20% the first time, got up to 48% the second time, then I spent about three hours this morning reading the rest of the book. If it wasn’t too late last night and I wasn’t so tired, I probably would have stayed up half the night to read it. I couldn’t put it down. It is certainly a book I would recommend to anyone, and I did: to my mom and both of my sisters.

So I have 23 more books to read for the purple bingo card. For seven of those squares I know which books I’m going to read. One of them I started reading, but I’m reading it with Kris (we alternating reading the chapters out loud to each other–we’re weird), so it’s going to take us a while to get through it.

If any of you out there is doing the reading bingo, I would love to know what you’re reading and how far you are. If you think this is something you might want to do, then click here: This is the original website of the bingo cards, even though I found them on Pinterest.