Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun is my favorite comedy of all time. Pretty much every page makes me laugh. It’s about a high school manga artist and his friends and their trips on writing manga and coming up with ideas for manga. It’s kind of absurdist and each chapter starts out relatively normal but as they go on they get more ridiculous. There’s one early chapter where they’re trying to get around a law that says you can’t show illegal things in romance manga. For instance, it’s illegal to ride two people on one bicycle and they’re trying to get around that law while writing a bicycle scene. So they try experimenting in real life and see a tandem bicycle and decide “hey, let’s try this!” And they try it and it obviously doesn’t work but he eventually tries submitting it to his editor who tells him: that’s stupid, try again. And eventually he ends up doing that thing where they walk the bicycle in the scene. And there is a girl that likes him but he doesn’t know (he’s completely oblivious). And after all that she gets the tandem bicycle and is really excited because of the reactions everyone has to the manga. But no one else knows that it’s Nozaki-kun or anyone else that works on the manga. He tried telling his classmates but they just didn’t believe him since he writes super romantic shojo but is a completely oblivious guy.
Anyway, there are ten volumes so far and I’m sure there’s more coming. All the characters are great and I would recommend it to anyone who likes comedy and manga and romance.
Reviewed by OB – 11th grade
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So basically there’s a green monster-ish thing and they say it dropped from bird and basically it lands in front of the house of these two sisters and they raise it like it’s their child. But everyone laughs at him and he gets super sad and so when he grows up he goes into this ice hill. He hates Christmas because he has traumatic childhood memories of it. But then someone comes and knocks on his door and he gets super mad at that person and then they force him to come down the hill. And then something happens and another thing happens and it has a happy ending. (No spoilers!) I recommend this to little kids and goofy grown ups…people who like happy endings.
Reviewed by R.H. – 6th grade
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H.S.: This book is amazing. It is a future where people can not die. They grow old but then there are machines that revert them to any age that they want. And when they get thrown off a building or hit by a car they are basically reborn. But there are scythes who basically regulate the amount of people in the world. Because otherwise overpopulation and so basically they just go around killing people and they have a quota. But there are different ways to kill people. You could poison them. You could kill them however way you want. It’s up to the scythes to choose. If I were a scythe, I could electrocute you to death. Or I could just rip out your organs. So basically the book is about two younger people who are taken in as apprentice scythes. But a scythe can only have one apprentice so eventually there’s a big thing.
Zoe: The world in this book is a dystopia disguised as a “utopia.” H.S. would you want to live in the Scythe?
HS: I totally would!
Zoe: Because the odds of being scythed are really low. But it would be terrifying being chosen. Can you imagine living forever/ And also there are so many ways you could die.
HS: The scythe could be just be like: “Hey, bear claws!
It’s very good. It is not scary. It is kind of intense I guess, but I wouldn’t say scary – not suspenseful and not gory. It’s a dystopian future book and I would recommend it to fans of The Giver like 13 and up.
Reviewed by HS – 10th grade and Zoe – 9th grade
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When I was in 4th grade we had this school book called Dragonwings. It was the worst book I’d ever read but I’ve given it another chance and I think it’s ok. After four years the book was still on the bookshelf so I tried it out again. (I did the same thing with Julie of the Wolves but I still hate that book.) The book was about this child in China, and his dad who was talked about like a dragon. But in actuality he was just a Chinese man who went to America because the gold rush happened. It is historical fiction and I would recommend it to adults, I have an adult mind myself.
Reviewed by JTH – 8th grade
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The movie that I will be reviewing today is Captain Marvel. I’m not going to spoil it or anything for those of you who didn’t see it, but it’s just so good. It portrays a woman being this really amazing person and it’s taught me a little something about how to be brave and stand up for yourself. It’s all about that and it’s just amazing to see her battle people; you guys really need to watch it. And it was weird because she’s actually the first avenger. It goes back in time and even though they didn’t explain it, I guess Marvel thought it was easier to go through the male characters first and then explain who the first avengers were. Even though she’s the first avenger, when the comics were first being written, they didn’t tell women’s stories so when I saw this I realized all along it was supposed to be a woman and now finally we can tell the truth about that. Because before the women would always be on the sidelines – like in Black Panther the sister was my favorite character but she was always on the sidelines. And it was just great to see a movie about this amazing empowered superhero. And I would recommend it to anyone who’s into superheroes.
Reviewed by Suhera – 10th grade
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I am reviewing Boy of the Painted Cave that me and my class read. It’s basically about this boy from in the stone ages. He’s not allowed to paint or do any artwork because it’s against the tribe’s laws and if he paints then he has to be sentenced to death. There is this guy named Graybeard who is the best painter in all of the forest and he teaches Tao how to paint. And then he finds out that this guy who’s always hated him is actually his father. And then he has to fight this beast because the beast kills people who break the clan’s laws. And then at the end of the book Tao finds out that …
This book is historical fiction; it’s serious. I liked it because it takes me back to the Stone Age and I really like that time period. I recommend it to everyone except for kids under the age of 9 because there’s violence.
Reviewed by Zariyah – 6th grade
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I’m reviewing…Twilight (giggles).
OK, I’ll tell the one where she almost gets hit by a car. So this is about a girl who falls in love with a vampire. But Jacob’s a werewolf and she doesn’t know that so she finds out that two people are a vampire and a werewolf. So basically she’s in love with a vampire when they first meet in the science classroom. And then after that they meet up and she almost gets hit by a car by this guy. But he doesn’t mean it so basically she goes to the hospital and after the hospital the boy says “I’m really sorry I didn’t mean it” and the dad was angry. So after that, they go on this field trip and are learning about these plants and stuff. (Jacob’s there at the beach but I’m going to tell you the other part.) So basically Jacob, in the movie the kids were playing with worms with a stick and were trying to chase the girl. But then they talk and I guess they got into an argument so the girl asked “do you want to ride with us” and Edward says “Sorry there’s no room.” So she gets on the other bus and they haven’t talked, he hasn’t been in school. And then I’m going to tell you a different Twilight movie. Then she gets married and she has her kid but at the end she gets really sick and dies and then comes back as a vampire. Her dad doesn’t know she’s a vampire but the dad finds out that Jacob’s a werewolf because he started taking off his clothes, well just a shirt. And then after that I remembered this is not a little kid’s movie. This is a good movie. I love it. I love it ‘cuz I love it!
Reviewed by AG – 6th grade
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Fruits Basket is a manga about these teenagers in high school who all basically have these zodiac animal powers. The main person in the book is a girl and two guys like her. The two characters, one who has a zodiac of a rat and one of a cat, go back and forth liking the girl. And basically the person with the cat zodiac power has this other part where he can become a monster. And if you read on until you get deeper into the book you find out there is a character named Akira who is the leader of the Zodiac. Anyway, I haven’t read Fruits Basket in a long time but it’s good and I recommend it to teenagers. It has funny, action, drama … basically it’s like mostly everything.
Reviewed by AJ – 7th grade
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I’m reviewing Tegami Bachi, which is a manga about a kid in an alternate universe from our own. He wakes up in the middle of rock expanse and has no idea who he is or where he is, but he has woken up next to a guy who’s a Letter Bee. He’s basically a postal service worker – they deliver letters, but it’s a really dangerous job because it’s an enchanted land with dangerous monsters and darkness and they use weapons imbued with light that kill their enemies. Eventually he meets a weird entity who becomes his friend and helps him along his journey. And through some twists and revelations you learn that when he woke up in the alternate universe, he woke up as a package that needed delivering and the guy who delivers him, is someone he really looks up to. And he decides he wants to become a Letter Bee too. It sounds confusing but it’s really not that confusing. And at the end of each volume there’s a thing that explains the world from a professor’s point of view.
The underlying message is to believe in yourself – it’s a heart kind of thing. In a perpetual night the message is to believe in yourself and know your heart is your strength. The guy he looked up to ended up losing hope and that’s how he died. So don’t lose hope. The stronger your heart is the more powerful you can be. I like the art really. And the stories. I don’t know it’s just kind of beautiful. And I don’t know who I would recommend it to; it’s hard to tell. Maybe to people that want something weirder and out of the norm and not something that you’d expect.
Reviewed by OB – 11th grade.
JS: I am going to review the movie Pacific Rim. The first one is suuuper good! But besides that it is about these two brothers they in a robot military to stop monsters and they go on a mission to stop this one monster and the monster rips apart half of the helmet of the robot and then the monster pulled one of the brother’s from the robot that was controlling it and one of them died and the other one went under the radar for a pretty long time. And then when the guy came back from under the radar they introduce him to this shadow dome and there’s lots of robots there and it’s a really cool montage.
JTH: Oh yeah, I love that movie! It’s super fighting robots in there. I love it!
HM: It’s really interesting. Besides the sci-fi part of it, the action is really cool. I understand how the whole robot thing is not really real, but the fact that possibly you might have to build machines that big and knowing you could possibly make machines that big – it’s really cool.
We recommend it to teens, adults, anybody. Especially fighting people. It’s kind of a mass destruction kind of thing. Action!
Reviewed by JS – 8th grade, JTH – 10th grade, HM – 13th grade
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