Girls Out Late – Jacqueline Wilson

This term I have been re-reading one of my favourite books – Girls Out Late. It’s the third book in a series called ‘Girls’, consisting of four books written by Jacqueline Wilson. The books follow the typical teenage lives of Madga, the hot, flirtatious one, Nadine, the gothy emo one, and Ellie, the creative, fun one. The other books in the series are:

Girls In Love

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Girls Under PressureImage

Girls In TearsImage

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In Girls Out Late Ellie meets a boy in McDonalds at the Flowerfields Shopping Centre, where the boy draws a picture of her, which is really cute 🙂 He introduces himself, Russell. He asks her out and they go to the park, and stay out way too late, and when Ellie gets home, her dad suspects she’s been doing OTHER things. 

 

 

Further on in the book, Madga has her eye on the new art teacher, Mr Windsor. She hangs around and talks to him after school, flirting constantly and always complimenting him. Finally Magda plucks up the courage to go to his HOUSE.

 

 

 

YES.

 

 

 

HIS HOUSE.

 

 

 

WHAT.

 

 

Even later in the book, Ellie, Magda and Nadine all decide to go to a Claudie Coleman concert, until they realize it’s been cancelled. When they are about to go home, a group of gothic looking boys catches Nadine’s eye when they ask the girls if they want to listen to THEIR band.

Magda and Ellie resist, they know it’s a terribly bad idea to go along with them, but Nadine seems interested and persists that she should go with them.

With Nadine already in the front seat of the van, Magda and Ellie know that they can’t just leave her to go off with them on her own.

So the other two girls come along too and hop in the back of the van…

What will happen to them?

Read the book to find out…

 

BLURB:

 

How late can you stay out?

 

Nine o’clock. That’s when I have to be home. Dad thinks it’s not SAFE any later. But then the most amazing, magical thing happens. Out with my best friends, drop-dead gorgeous Magda and super-cool Nadine, I meet a boy. And it’s ME he’s interested in! ME! Plain, plump Ellie. But will Russell stay interested in a girl who has to be home by nine . . . ?

 

Stay out later than late with Ellie and the girls in the third story in Jacqueline Wilson’s fabulous, best-selling series for teenagers.

 

‘NO WONDER GIRLS CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF JACQUELINE WILSON’ – GOOD BOOK GUIDE

I would rate this book *****/***** asterixes

My favourite character is Ellie because I can relate to her in most situations 🙂

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Alice In Wonderland

Alice In Wonderland – The Movie Version

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I decided to be a bit brave about what I blog on this half term, so I decided to blog on Alice In Wonderland. I got this book from a site called swapit.co.uk for free because I liked the film and the book looked just as good! When I actually bought the book and read a few pages, it all seemed a bit boring!  I decided that I should keep going on because if I didn’t it would otherwise be a waste of ‘swapits’. Once I got into it, I really liked the way that the author of this updated version had used elements of the actual story to create and structure this new one, but while still including lots of points brought up in the film.

Alice In Wonderland is about a girl called Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a mysterious and magical world with all kinds of people, small and big, fat and thin, and clever and dumb.

As Alice falls down the rabbit hole, she finds herself opening her arms out, trying to grab something, anything at all. After what seemed like hours off falling she finally finds herself in a room with a glass table, on top of it, a key. Alice eats cake and drinks potion to make herself the right size for the door. She turns the key and finds herself stepping out into a wonderful, strange, intriguing world,

Underland.

Alice, at first, doesn’t know at all where she is, but the further she goes into Wonderland, she finds out what it is like there.

Blurb

Just beyond our world lies a place where madmen share their tea with hares and dormice. A queen enjoys a tyrannous reign, while terrifying beasts and immaterial felines roam her kingdom. There is a simple way into this world, and a young woman named Alice has found it. Join her as she travels down the rabbit hole and into a place called Underland.

My favourite characters are Tweedledum and Tweedledee because they are always talking stupid nonsense and plain gibberish! I also love the mad hatter because he can suddenly turn from an English accent to a Scottish accent in a blink!

I can happily rate this book five stars!

*****

I recommend buying this book because the plot is intriguing, the storyline is well thought out and it doesn’t sound really old as if it’s been written in the Victorian era! The book has been slightly modernised to match the film.

It’s a book that you won’t regret buying!

Extra Links –

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alice-Wonderland-Book-Film-Burton/dp/0141330465

http://www.boxofficeprophets.com/column/index.cfm?columnID=12642

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Diary Of A Wimpy Kid

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

The cover of the book.

At primary school everyone seemed to be going mad over the ‘ DIARY OF A WIMPY KID’  series of books. I decided to give them a go as I like to read funny stories about people. As soon as I read the first page I knew that it was the right book for me! The whole book is filled with interesting little cartoons retelling parts of a boy’s life. The boy’s name is Greg, Greg Heffley.

Greg isn’t a superhero, nor popular, funny or even a bit interesting. Greg is plain boring, well at least this is what his friends think of him, no, not friends, classmates, wait…no, no, no! I should say his fellow students. That’s the thing you see, Greg is so very dull and simple which means that he doesn’t have many friends, all exept a certain boy called Rowley. Rowley Jefferson is just like Grey, still uninteresting and not very funny, but he is juat a bit more enthusiastic about life than Greg.

When Greg’s mum says that she is going to get a diary especially for Greg, he specifically asks her to NOT get one that says ‘DIARY’ on the front. Sure enough, she did. Greg was just hoping that no one would catch him with it and get the wrong idea. Greg doesn’t write down any of his feelings in his journal, he simply retells his day, talks about how much he doesn’t like his two brothers, Manny and Rodrick and about Rowley being stupid and childish.

The Blurb:

Let me get something straight: this is a JOURNAL, not a diary. This was mom’s idea, not mine. But if she thinks I’m going to write down my ”feelings” in here or whatever, she’s crazy.

The only reason I agreed to do this at all is because I figure later on when I’m rich and famous, this book is gonna come in handy.

But for now I’m stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons.

Today is the first day of school, so I figured I might as well write in this book to pass the time.

Just don’t expect me to be all ”Dear Diary” this and ”Dear Diary” that.

I would rate this book ***** because it is easy to read and the illustrations help you to understand the story better.

 

 

 

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Point Horror – The Hitchhiker

The Hitchhiker By R. L. Stine

When I was deciding what book to write about, I found it really hard to do! I spent ages deciding on what book to read! The final two I decided on were:

Point Horror – The Accident

and

Point Horror – The Hitchhiker

I finally decided to do The Hitchhiker because I had read it before and I could read it again to refresh my memory on it. I also remember it being much better than The Accident! So here it is………….

THE HITCHHIKER BY R. L. STINE!

The Hitchhiker is about two girls called Christina and Terri who are having the time of their lives driving around Florida after a fun holiday in the sun. They see a boy, about their age, with short blond hair, balancing a bag over his shoulder while his hand is sticking out into the road with his thumb up. Christina and Terri expect he’s just a hitchhiker, needing a quick lift somewhere. Christina spots him and insists that they pick him up as she really likes the look of him. Terri isn’t at all happy with the idea of a complete stranger coming into their car, this is shown in the following extract from the book:

”Hey, look at that hitchhiker,” Christina interrupted. She slowed the car

”Oh, no!” Terri declared firmly. ”No way. No way, Christina.”

”But look how cute he is,” Christina said, braking hard.

”Cute? He looks like a killer.”

”Don’t exaggerate, mom,” Christina said, sticking her tongue out at her friend. She pulled the car to the shoulder of the highway.

The hitchhiker shifted the canvas bag he was carrying and trotted up to Terri’s side of the car. He had short blond hair, Terri saw, and startling green eyes. He was big, muscular, like a jock, and very broad-shouldered.

”Christina – I don’t like this,” Terri said unhappily.

Christina laughed at her. ”What could happen?”

Christina’s prediction couldn’t be any more wrong!

In this book, get ready for screams, scares, thrills and dares!

The Hitchhiker is an fast moving horror which is an amazing book which I would recommend to anyone looking for

an action packed thriller. If you decide to read this great book, get ready for one scary ride!

I would rate The Hitchhiker ★★★★★ stars beacuse I really enjoyed reading the book. My favourite part was the end of the story (I’m not saying anything more so I don’t spoil anything for you!). The wait for the end is excruciating, but is well worth the wait! I just wanted to skip out all the boring(er) parts and skip to the end but I managed to restrain my self! I really enjoyed this book thoroughly and if you read it like I did, I hope that you do too!

Thank you for taking the time to read my book blog!

Please comment down below to tell me what you think of the book and any positive feedback that you can give me about my blog! I don’t mind negative comments either!

 

 



 

 

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Bad Dreams

This is now my second ever blog! Unfortunately I wasn’t able to upload a photo for this entry, as my laptop was playing up (again!). To make things worse, I was halfway through this blog and suddenly a pop-up came onto my screen saying ‘Firefox is not responding’! I clicked the ‘Cancel’ button and my whole window shut down! Unfortunately (again!), I lost all my tabs and when I restarted my laptop, my window didn’t come back up again! Best be getting on with my book blog entry, in style*!

Bad Dreams by Anne Fine

Bad Dreams is about a girl called Mel (Short for Melanie) who is asked by her teacher, Mr Hooper, to look after the new girl in her class, Imogen. Imogen is very secretive and doesn’t at all like to talk to people a lot whereas Mel is a real bookworm, and likes to crawl away into a corner and get settled into a good old book. She just loves going into her imaginary little world!

My favourite character is Imogen’s mum, as she is quirky, fun, and just a little bit strange because of her garden and how it is decorated: The door is painted bright blue, there are garden gnomes in every corner, you would definitely find it strange if you walked into a garden that looked just like an illustration from a fairy tale!

When Mel starts to see that Imogen is acting very strangely around books, Mel decides to investigate.

Bad Dreams is a beautifully plotted book and very gripping.

I would rate this book 5 stars because I really like that it keeps the reader gripping on, wanting to read more and more of it. It is definitely worth the long wait, but I’m afraid I cannot tell you what happens otherwise I would spoil the plot of the story!

I would certainly recommend this book to all of my friends because it has really good imagery and you can guess exactly what people look like before you look at the illustrations!

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Best Friends

This is my first ever blog, and not just on WordPress! It took me quite a while to figure out how to put my picture of the book in here, but I managed it (eventually)! I love reading Jacqueline Wilson and I found out about her books from when I fond some of my sister’s old books in my shelf. I started off reading the ‘Girls’ series that is about three girls called Ellie, Madga and Nadine. I have read each of the books from this series over and over, I just can’t get enough of them! OK, best be getting back to Best Friends!

Best Friends by Jacqueline Wilson

It is hard when your friend knows a secret that you don’t know, isn’t it? Gemma and Alice have been friends for as long as they can remember. They were born on the same day (but Gemma was born first), in the same hospital, and they were even tucked up next to each other in teeny weeny little baby cots! Alice is a very girly girl but Gemma is a tomboy who isn’t afraid of being dared.Even though they are the complete opposite, they are still the best of friends. Gemma had to get her hair cut short because of when she was blowing a massive bubble gum bubble and it popped in her hair, so she had to get it cut short to get rid of the sticky pink gum. Alice always stays neat and perfect whereas Gemma is always scruffy and messy. When Alice came over to Gemma’s house for a sleepover, she is very quiet and secretive. Gemma knows that there is something on her mind that she is worrying about but she doesn’t know how to say it. When they both go to Gemma’s room, Gemma nudges Alice with her foot and she spills gloopy, shiny pink nail polish all up her spotted pyjama sleeve, and knocks the popcorn bowl over too! Alice rushes off to the bathroom to get cleaned up when Gemma spots that the popcorn has gone inside Alice’s diary. She shakes it out when she finds Alice has written that there WAS a secret she was keeping from Gemma! It says;

I don’t know what to do. I feel so awful. I can’t tell Gemma. I simply can’t. It has to stay a SECRET. Yet it’s so hard to act like normal, as if we’re going to carry on the same old way, like Gemma wished, best friends forever.

I unfortunately cannot tell you any more about this book because then I would spoil the WHOLE story for you! And you wouldn’t want that, would you? All I can say is there is a brat called Flora involved, a certain chocolate sponge cake, Gemma’s granddad, a tubby boy called biscuits and a shiny black wig involved.

I would rate this book  because the main story is interesting and very well thought of but the text is a bit too easy to understand. That is why it is minus a star.

OVERALL I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO SOMEONE WHO IS LOOKING FOR AN EASY BUT INTERESTING READ!!!!!

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