The Strange Tales of Ben Beesly, By Matt McNiel
Waverly and Oliver are two flies who live by themselves in a place with spiders and many enemies. One day they see something that looks like a comet fall to earth. It is a fly who only remembers his name, Ben Beesly. His two new friends nurse him back to health. Then his friends get bitten by some poisonous spiders and he needs to save them. They slowly degrade until he has to carry both of them. He goes to the spiders to try to get a cure. Will he succeed?
Bottom line: This is a really good book and deals with some really hard things. The author of this book has two kids named Waverly and Oliver. Both of his kids have Sanfilippo Syndrome or MPSIII. The poison from the spiders has the same effect as the disease. MPSIII is a genetic disorder that you do not know you have until you see symptoms. There is no cure. MPSIII is a disorder where there is a lack of an enzyme that controls the central nervous system. An enzyme is something that speeds up a chemical reaction. They feel that there is no hope for their kids but they want a cure for this disease. All of May 2015 is dedicated to this disease. You can donate money at:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling+
Harry Potter is an abused child that lives with his extended family who hate him. Both of his parents were killed in what he thinks was a car crash. He starts getting letters from some school but his Uncle won’t let him read them. On his 11th birthday a big man that says he is a wizard takes him to a school called Hogwarts. He gains two close friends Ron and Hermione and many enemies. Ron, Harry, and Hermione know that the school is hiding something. They look into it and have to defeat a number of challenges to save the school and the sorcerer’s stone.
Bottom line: These books are all amazing. J.K. Rowling gets you wrapped up in the ideas that she presents in these books. You love Harry and his relationship with his friends. This book is for 9 or 10 year olds. They books do get scarier as they go along because they follow Harry as he gets older. Harry also gets in more perilous situations.
Allegiant, by Veronica Roth+
This book is in both Tris and Four’s points of view. Tris and a couple others escape to outside the wall. What they find is amazing. Her city is an experiment made by the government because of genetic experiments. They would take out the gene that makes people lie but it makes them ruthlessly truthful. Things like that, hence the faction system. Four joins in a rebellion that wants to overthrow the experiments. He doesn’t get all the information though and lots of people are killed and hurt. Tris and Four’s relationship is still very rocky.
Bottom line: This book is a lot better than the last. It does end the series. The ending is very controversial. I think it needed to happen.
Insurgent, by Veronica Roth+
Insurgent is the sequel to Divergent. Tris is grieving the death of many friends and family. This makes her very angry and hopeless. She does stupid things that lead to other people getting hurt trying to help her. Her relationship with everyone is very rocky and strange. She is still a very good narrator but you do spend a lot of time with her. She releases a video to the public that tells them some very important things. The next book is about what she does with the consequences of showing the video.
Bottom line: This book is okay. Not my favorite though. In the first book, you learn to love Tris and her relationship with not only Four but her friends as well. In this book Tris and Four’s relationship is rocky at best, and Tris has a very suicidal nature. I would say that this book is still okay for 6th graders but later 6th graders that have a stable environment. Only because of Tris’ suicidal nature. This book is still very important to the story.