I’ve read several books over the summer, mainly fantasy books, but with a few realistic and historical fiction books and a non-fiction book as well.
One of my fantasy books was The Accidental Hero by Matt Myklusch. In this book, Matt Myklusch’s main character is named “Jack Blank”, with his last name being unknown, because he was raised as an orphan. Jack is a boy who loves comic books about superheroes blowing up zombies, bad guys, aliens, and robots. But one day, a Robo-Zombie from one of his comic books appears in the basement of his Home (St. Barnaby’s Home for the Hopeless, Abandoned, Forgotten, and Lost), and Jack is forced to run for his life, finally destroying the Robo-Zombie by somehow blowing up the generator in the Home’s back yard. Then a mysterious person, Jazen Knight, appears, and brings Jack to the Imagine Nation, which is apparently…Jack’s actual home.
What this book reveals about me is that I’m the sort of person who doesn’t really “Live by the book”, meaning that I don’t always take notice or follow rules, because life doesn’t follow rules. Imagination is probably the main theme in this book, since most of the things that happen in the story is simply made up, such as shooting energy balls from your hands, but some of them are also existing theories, such as alien life on other planets. Even though there are many rules in life, from not swearing while you’re a little kid to not committing any acts of violence and/or murder, with consequences for all rules if they are broken. Rather like the Percy Jackson series, this book is written in the present time period, except with many made-up parts added on, which requires imagination to make up.
To visit the website for The Accidental Hero, click here.
Another book I’ve read this summer is Ranger’s Apprentice #10: The Emperor of Nihon-Ja, a Historical-Fiction book written by John Flanagan. In this book, the main character, Will, is concerned for his friend Horace, who has been missing for months on a diplomatic trip to the court of Nihon-Ja. When Will travels there with several of his companions, he discovers that Horace has been embroiled in Nihon-Jan politics, by helping the rightful emperor escape from an usurper’s uprising. Will and his friends eventually meet up with Horace, but then they are faced with another problem: How to turn a group of farmers and field workers into a fighting force to defeat the usurper and his highly trained army.
What this book reveals about me is that I think anything is possible, such as turning a group of farmers into a fighting force strong enough to defeat an army of highly trained warriors. Likewise, life does have it’s limits, but it’s up to you to decide what those limits are. For example, in the situation of this book, some people may have given up at the very thought of defeating a highly trained army, but others would be willing to push on, and find out that they can succeed if they try hard enough. To put it simply, if you are determined enough, and you also have some knowledge, imagination, and creativity, you can overcome any problem that may stand in your way, even ones that may seem impossible at first glance.
To visit the website for Ranger’s Apprentice, click here.
Yet another book I’ve read over the summer is Half-Moon Investigations, a Realistic-Fiction book written by Eoin Colfer. This book is about a Primary School student called Fletcher Moon (although other students call him Half-Moon), who is actually a fully qualified private investigator, with a real detective’s badge to prove it. Soon after the beginning of the book, Fletcher is attacked by a mysterious stranger in his backyard during the night with a golf club, and he later finds out that the force of being hit by the club left three letters indented in his skin: R.E.D, or in other words, Red Sharkey, who seems to be the prime suspect. But then the leader of the Sharkeys (aka Red’s dad) hears about Flectcher reporting that Red attacked him, and orders Fletcher and Red to solve the case and prove them innocent. But along the way, the find out clues that other people have been stolen from, and they all have something in common, but even more disturbing is that the attacker apparently has a 50-centimeter long footprint.
What this book reveals about me is that I think that there is always a way to solve a case, no matter what the case may be, and that evidence can be found everywhere, even if being attacked with a club is your evidence, which is what happened to Fletcher in this book. It’s just a matter of how conclusive the evidence is. There will almost always be a time in your life when you are framed for something, even if it’s when you’re a kid: “He took my crayon!” And whenever that time comes by, you will need a way to prove that you’re not the criminal and that you’re innocent. Unless, of course, you are the criminal and whoever framed you was correct. In my opinion, the main theme in this book is either knowledge or creativity/improvisation; maybe a combination of both. I chose knowledge because you will need knowledge to solve a case and prove somebody innocent or guilty, and you will need creativity and improvisation to help solve the case when knowledge simply isn’t enough.
To visit the website for Half-Moon Investigations, click here.