Friday, November 17, 2017

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

I was excited when Lizzy told me I could talk about one of my favorite books in the Harry Potter series. Who knows, maybe she'll let me come back one day to tell you about another book.

Harry Potter’s scar has been hurting and he’s been having strange dreams. Getting to leave his aunt and uncle’s house to attend the Quidditch World Cup with his best friend and his family is a dream come true. After getting there by portkey, Harry can barely get over all the wonderful aspects of the Quidditch World Cup and the festival-like atmosphere surrounding it. Quidditch is his favorite sport and there is so much to take in. But when Voldemort’s dark mark shows up in the sky it becomes apparent that Lord Voldemort is back and he still has followers. Arriving at Hogwarts for their fourth year, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are excited to learn that their school will be hosting the first Triwizard Tournament in over two hundred years. The contest is only open to those over 17 years old. Students and professors from other schools come to Hogwarts to see if the Goblet of Fire will pick them to participate. The names of those who wish to participate go into the goblet, and then the competitors are announced. Somehow the goblet spits out two names from Hogwarts- Cedric Diggory and Harry Potter. People are upset and feel that Harry cheated, but he didn't. Now the tasks start and the danger is real. These tasks will leave one person as the champion and the stakes are high. Not everyone will get out alive. Will Harry encounter Lord Voldemort again? Does He have what it takes to stay alive during the games? Will Harry ever find out who put his name in the goblet? You don’t want to miss this page turner!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling is the fourth book in the Harry Potter series. Harry grows in the book as a person and as a wizard. As a teenager he goes through arguments with his friends, starts being interested in girls, and he sees a death which solidifies the gravity of his situation at Hogwarts. Harry has always been mischievous, but when the time comes to choose between right and wrong- he always chooses right. I really liked the Triwizard Tournament and some of the challenges they had- especially the gillyweed. I think that this was the most trying year for Harry because he finally realized what Voldemort was all about. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy a mystery, the supernatural, and a lot of action. Fans of Harry Potter will definitely like this book!

Has anyone else read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire? Or have you read another book by J.K. Rowling? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

~Marcus “Brocket” the Rocket

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Answer to Monday's Riddle: Gulping Goblets!

Excellent guessing, Riddlers! This week we're cheering a goblet, so stay tuned for a special review on Friday. See you all around the book block. ; ) ~ F

I've a foot and stem below a cup. Cheers ring out when I'm held up. Inside may be cold or hot, full or empty matters not. Fancy, plain, wood or metal, I'm not a mug, plate, or kettle!

What am I? Answer: Goblet!

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday's Riddle: No Handle On It...

Hello, Riddlers! Can you guess our theme this week? It'll fill you up! ; ) ~ F

I've a foot and stem below a cup. Cheers ring out when I'm held up. Inside may be cold or hot, full or empty matters not. Fancy, plain, wood or metal, I'm not a mug, plate, or kettle!

What am I? Stop by Wednesday for the answer.

I gave you a clue!

Friday, November 10, 2017

CT Children's Book Fair 2017: Part 2

Today we're featuring part 2 of our highlights from the 2017 CT Children's Book Fair at UCONN. We had a great time finding out the stories behind the stories, and the day was inspirational.

Here's a link to part 1 of our adventure, in case you missed it. :)

Happy reading!
~ Jess & Stephanie

GORDON KORMAN, Restart, Mastermind series, Titanic

Gordon Korman's presentation was interesting, and it was funny to hear about how the titles of his books translate into other languages. For instance, in one language the title of his book, "Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire," translates to, "Speaker of Untruths, Your Pants Have Combusted." Another fascinating topic he touched on was the character research for Titanic. When the ship was going down, people today would say something like, "That water looks mad cold." But a hundred years ago, it'd have been more like, "Seems as though we're in a tight corner." It's important to get a character's voice right for their time period.

RESTART by Gordon Korman
Chase doesn't remember falling off the roof. He doesn't remember hitting his head. He doesn't, in fact, remember anything. He wakes up in a hospital room and suddenly has to learn his whole life all over again . . . starting with his own name. He knows he's Chase. But who is Chase? When he gets back to school, he sees that different kids have very different reactions to his return. Some kids treat him like a hero. Some kids are clearly afraid of him. One girl in particular is so angry with him that she pours her frozen yogurt on his head the first chance she gets. Pretty soon, it's not only a question of who Chase is--it's a question of who he was . . . and who he's going to be. From the #1 bestselling author of Swindle and Slacker, Restart is the spectacular story of a kid with a messy past who has to figure out what it means to get a clean start. ~Amazon

Gordon Korman on the web

CAMMIE MCGOVERN, Chester and Gus, Say What You Will

Cammie McGovern is delightful, and we enjoyed finding out more about her stories that deal with life issues. Her autistic son was the inspiration that sparked her journey to becoming a storyteller. Today she writes books and runs Whole Children, a creative center for kids learning how to understand their world. We're looking forward to reading her stories!

CHESTER AND GUS by Cammie McGovern
Chester has always wanted to become a service dog. When he fails his certification test, though, it seems like that dream will never come true—until a family adopts him. They want him to be a companion for their ten-year-old son, Gus, who has autism. But Gus acts so differently than anyone Chester has ever met. He never wants to pet Chester, and sometimes he doesn’t even want Chester in the room. Chester’s not sure how to help Gus since this isn’t exactly the job he trained for—but he’s determined to figure it out. Because after all, Gus is now his person. In the spirit of beloved classics like Because of Winn-Dixie, Shiloh, and Old Yeller, Cammie McGovern’s heartfelt novel—told from Chester’s point of view—explores the extraordinary friendship between a child and a dog with a poignant and modern twist. ~Harper Collins

Thanks for the fun book day, CT Children's Book Fair! 
See you next year. :) 

Jessica Haight & Stephanie Robinson, co-authors of the Fairday Morrow series. CASL/CECA conference 2017