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The title of the book that I read is A PUZZLE FOR LOGAN.

The author is  RICHARD MACANDREW.

PLOT:

It is a detective story. Two police officers  in Edinburgh, Inspector Jenny Logan and Sergeant Grant, investigate the escape from prison of the murderer Ronnie Campel, who killed Craig Sinclair seven years ago, and the death of Morag Machenzie, who is the person that made the police think that Campel killed Sinclair.

Finally, they discover that the murder who killed Morag Mackenzie and Craig Sinclair is the same person, Robert Baxter, who is a businessman and a hard criminal in Edinburgh but the police have never caught him.

CHARACTERS:

I think that the main characteres are:

Jenny Logan, who is an inspector in the Edinburgh Police.

She has short brown hair and dark brown eyes and a long nose. She is a pretty and an intelligent woman. She works hard but because she is good-looking, people don’t always take her seriously.

Sergeant Grant, who is an officer helping Inspector Logan.

He is fifty-nine years old but looks younger. His hair is thick and black and he has a large black moustache.

Both discover who is the murder.

OTHER INFORMATION AND CONCLUSION:

I liked the story because I was intrigued until the end of the book.

I think that the best part of the book was at the end when Mr. Maxter, after Jenny Logan had believed him,  she found a man who saw him leaving Sinclair’s body in the place where the body and his car were found, told the truth and recognized he was the murderer.

The story made me feel thrilled.

The new things that I learnt from this book were the new words and expressions.

I recommend this book because it is entertaining and the story is nice and interesting.

INTRODUCTION:

Title: “Two lives”

Author: Helen Naylor

Genre: Romance

This is a book from the publisher Cambridge University Press.

First published in 2001.

 PLOT:

The novel tells a love story between two teenagers, Huw and Megan who live in Tredonald in Wales, around the year 1946.

They fall in love but he goes to Canada so that his father does not start drinking or suffering again. And they know nothing more of each other. He sends letter to her but her father does not let her see them. Fifty years later they know something else about each other. Huw discovers he is a father.  Huw comes back to Tredonald to meet his daughter. Megan is getting married to Paul, but at the end she will marry Huw.

 CHARACTER:

Huw Thomas: he is 16 years old. He lives with his father, David, and his brother, Gareth. His mother died when he was younger. He works in the mine with his brother but he studies too. He goes to Canada so that his father does not start drinking or suffering again.

Gareth Thomas: Huw’s brother works and dies in the mine.

David Thomas: Huw’s father drinks and spends all the money on it.

Megan Jenkins: a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl, works in the family’s shop in the town.

Harry Jenkins: Megan’s father.

Beth Jones: Megan’s daughter lives in Cardiff.

Philip Jones: Beth’s husband likes golf.

Paul: Megan’s fiancé.

Mike: Huw’s son lives in Toronto.

Rebecca: Mike’s wife.

 OTHER INFORMATION:

I love this story because the plot is the best; it is a story that grips you. The best part is at the end when you know with whom she is going to stay and the worst part is when they are separated. This story almost made me cry.

This story made me learn new words that I didn’t know.

 CONCLUSION:

I recommend this book because the love story between Huw and Megan is very interesting because you do not know how it will end until the end.

    TITLE: EYE OF THE STORM

                                   AUTHOR: MANDY LOADER

“Eye of the storm” it’s a Mandy Loader’s book. She is a writer and she was born in U.K. She has written numerous language books and courses, but particularly enjoys writing readers.
This book is a romance and fright novel. It’s a funny and curious book, about love and the power of the force of nature, and how this force changes the life of the characters who appear.
The principal event of this story is a terrible storm that menaces the coast of Miami and the people who live there.

MAIN CHARACTERS

Ikemi: she is a young girl who lives near Florida Beach, in Key Biscane to be precise. She is in love but sad because her father does not approve of her relation.
Hiru: he’s Ikemi’s father. He’s a widower and he’s very worried about Ikemi. Fishing is his favourite hobby; while he’s fishing, he forgives his problems and also forgives the death of his wife. He doesn’t approve of Ikemi’s relation, and he’s a very obstinate man.
Max: is  Ikemi’s boyfriend. He is a funny and good person. He loves IKemi very much, and he is a boy who works very hard. He goes to flying classes at the flying school.
Ross Peters: he’s  Max’s teacher at the flying school. He is fond of Max because he thinks that Max is a boy who works hard to get his dreams and illusions.
Rick and Elaine Bridges: are a married couple who live in a flat with their two children, and they fight against the storm for their lives and the lives of their children.

RESUME

The story begins when Ikemi tells Max that she can’t see him again because her father disapproves of their relation.
The next day a storm comes to Florida while Hiru is fishing in the sea. Ikemi is very worried because her father doesn’t answer her calls. Ikemi finds Max in the marina, near the beach, and then they go to find Hiru on a plane that is the property of Ross Peters.

PERSONAL OPINION

The book is easy to read and it was an exciting and entertaining story.
My favourite part of the story is when Ikemi and Max are in the eye of the storm. In my opinion, this part is really well described, because we don’t know how it will end.

CONCLUSION

I would recommend reading this book, because I think that it is easy to understand and it lets you have a good time reading it, and in my point of view, this type of books can serve us to learn more easily.

OLIVER TWIST by Paco

Posted by Mª José under Book reviews

Click on the book cover to read Paco’s review.

 THE GROWING PAINS OF ADRIAN MOLE

Author: Sue Townsend

Genre: Novel

Level: Advanced

The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole is a novel which belongs to the successful series of books “Adrian Mole, from Minor to Major”. It is written in a diary style and it is aimed to be read by young adults, although this ironic and innocent perspective of a teen doesn’t leave adult readers indifferent.

PLOT

The story happens in Britain in the early eighties, when the country is at war and society is changing. It shows the readers the circumstances and worries of a teenager discovering the adult world.

Adrian is fifteen and lives in a quiet neighborhood with his parents George and Pauline, but his existence is far from being easy. He is not like most of the boys of his age, he is an intellectual and he feels that he doesn’t fit in this world, because he is sensitive, responsible and cares about the world’s problems, and this is not very common among teenagers. He has lots of existential questions and he is a bit depressed due to the fact that he is always thinking about how to solve all the problems that overwhelm him. Firstly, he belongs to a dysfunctional family, in which his parents often argue and even have extramarital affairs. As a result, Adrian will have a new brother and a new sister, and this will affect the family and the economic stability of the Moles.

Adrian´s love life is not easy either, his story is full of ups and downs between him and his girlfriend Pandora. Furthermore, he is quite worried about having his first sexual experience. But Adrian’s problems don’t end here. Besides his family and sentimental matters, he has to worry about taking care of the elderly Bert, after the death of his wife. His future is a big problem as well, because he has to pass his A- levels and he feels he won´t able to. In addition, he wants to be a poet, but he isn’t very successful yet.

Adrian is also concerned about the war and the political situation of his country; his self-esteem issues (he is a bit self-conscious because he has spots, and he is not high or heavy enough for his age); and last but not least, about the people who surrround him, both at home and at school, because he feels misunderstood by all of them.

Before ending  the school year Adrian is fed up with his life, because he is under a big pressure, and he decides to run away from home. Nevertheless, he finally has to go back home and deal with depression. But Adrian will eventually realize that his family and friends really care about him, and what is more, that he is not alone.

PERSONAL OPINION

This book is an interesting insight into the world of a teenager, which will give food for thought to young and adult readers. Although it is supposed to be aimed at young readers,the sense of humor and irony with which it is written, will result funny to adults too, and it shows a different perspective of adolescence and adulthood.

Consequently I think that this book is well worth reading, and I recommend it to those of you who would like to enjoy a bitter-sweet and particular point of view from this special teen.

David on The Double Bass

Posted by ADELA under Book reviews

Title: The Double Bass

Author: Patrick Süskind

Genre: Dramatic monologue

Publisher: Penguin

Level: Advanced

The Double Bass is a dramatic true life monologue from the author of the famous book “The Perfume” that I  read at high school. I chose this book because I enjoy plots which have a sense of humour and which are also realistic.

The book is a monologue by a double-bass player who works in the National  Orchestra of Germany. He is tired of his instrument, which is not very important in the orchestra and which can´t compete against other string instruments. He hates its sounds, form and size; but deep inside, he feels a deep passion towards it and  he always talks about past anecdotes. He also speaks about Sarah, a soprano singer in the orchestra. Sarah is his platonic love who he believes he will never achieve.

The only characters of the drama are the speaker and the double-bass. The entire story revolves around their relationship. The musician is a 35 year old civil servant, who lives isolated in his home; he only leaves it when he has a concert. He is also an expert on classical music; he can spend hours talking about composers, instruments and the history of classical music.

When he describes the double-bass, he is actually describing his feelings, his thoughts and his aspirations, and the most important thing: his loneliness.

Social status is also an important part in the plot.

In conclusion I highly recommend this book if you are a fan of classical music, but if you aren´t, it won’t bore you because the speaker has a great sense of humor. If you want to learn a lot about classical music vocabulary, it’s the best book. And if you feel a bit lonely and doubtful, this book will give you strength to take decisions in your future life

TERESA on BOY by ROALD DAHL

Posted by Mª José under Book reviews, Boy

Boy is a 1984 book written by the famous English writer Roald Dahl. It is an entertaining book set between England and Norway. The story happens in the early twentieth century. This book is not an autobiography although it is about the author’s young days at school. The book begins when the author’s father travels from Norway to England. His father made a fortune fast in England and wanted all his children to be educated in an English school. ‘They are the best in the world’, he used to say. But what Roald discovered soon was how to survive from the huge authority in the well-known School for Boys: the incident with the mouse and the sweet-shop and the class with Captain Hardcastle are only a few examples. However not everything was sad. The incident about the tobacco is great fun.

The book is hilarious and easy to read. It comprises 25 chapters ranging from the writer’s childhood at school to his first job. Each story shows parts of the writer’s past and they are sometimes happy, sometimes sad but never boring. Readind this book you can imagine why he wrote tales as ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.

If you want to discover one of the most important English tale writers, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

  ‘There is something I must tell you, my dear daughter, I can’t hide it any longer, and I need your help: my name is not Sally Gilmartin; my real name is Eva Delectorskaya and I’ve worked as a secret agent for the British Security Coordination during the Second World War’.            What would you think if your mother, in her sixites, revealed such a secret?

            Would your life, your world, be the same if the person who has brought you up, given you a place in the universe, turned out to be, out of the blue, a spy?

            Restless is a haunting narration of the complicated implications of the role played by the British Secret Services to involve the United States in the World War.

            A gripping spy story of loyalty and betrayal that makes you turn page after page wondering what will come next. And a romantic love story of a young, brave woman betrayed in most ways, making of her life a hell of fear and suspicion in which she will be restless forever, until she gets revenge.

             I highly recommend reading this fast-moving novel that will not deceive anyone.

  The story is set at Manderley Mansion, an imaginary place in Ireland whose owner is Mr De Winter. It takes place in a period of time that spans from Rebecca’s engagement and marriage with Mr De Winter to her life with him after being married.In the book there are several main characters: Rebecca, Mr de Winter, his first wife, the maidwoman, his first wife’s friend and the police. All of them were in trouble since Mr de Winter’s first wife died and this problem won’t be solved until the end of the book.

The story starts when Rebecca was working for a rich woman and she met who would be her husband. After a short and difficult engagement she marries Mr de Winter and goes to Manderley but it is here that her problems begin because he remembers his first wife and because the maidwoman had a very good relationship with the dead woman.

            One day the maidwoman suggests that Rebecca should organise a fancy dress ball and she should wear a dress that was in a painting on a wall at Manderley.

Also there was a room Rebecca was not allowed to enter and which had been Mr de Winter’s first wife’s.

After having found the ship where Mr de Winter’s first wife was, the police and Mr de Winter’s friend try to find an explanation for her death ‘which is unexpected and different from their thoughts’.

Last year I had the opportunity of watching the film, directed by Alfred Hitchcok and which caused me the best impression, over all the photography. Before watching it I had read in the book cover that it had been the winner of two Oscars: best film and best photography.

For all the reasons mentioned above I recommend this book and the film, too.

You won’t be left indifferent.

Elvira on In the House

Posted by ADELA under Book reviews

  In the house” written by Margaret Johnson, is the book which I have chosen to read this year for my English course.

  This book is a story based on “Big Eye”, a fictional reality TV programme about young people living together for forty days in the same house. Although I don´t like reality TV programmes, I chose this book because it had a CD and therefore I could listen to the story and read it.

   Four boys called Leo, Nigel, Simon and Pete live in the house with only one girl, Annie, who tells us the story. These young people have been chosen to be on the programme but they can know nothing about what happens outside the house, and there are cameras that watch everything they do. People at home watch them on their televisions and they can also phone to say who they think should leave the house.The last person to leave will win a lot of money.

   After reading this book I can tell you that I prefer reading the book than watching the reality TV programme.The reading is interesting because I have practised English and I have enjoyed it. It was interesting to see how Annie´s thoughts and feelings about her friends change in five days. Every character has a different personality and she doesn`t realise it until the end of the story.

   

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