Reviews by yaldah
Magic Tree House
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This review is really for all the books in the Magic Tree House series. I'm just putting it on this one since it is the first in the series.
These books are actually pretty good. I mean, they are meant to be "easy reading", so they aren't exactly the kind of books I would read now, but when you are learning to read, they are actually very good. The main reason I think they are good is because not only do they have a story that is likely to make young readers want to continue reading (which is after all the main point of easy reading books!) but they actually benefit the reader a little, which most easy reading books don't. You can learn a little from the Magic Tree House books. Well, that is, the young kids who would be reading them can learn a little. For instance, in this first book, you can actually learn a little bit about dinosaurs. And if the younger child is interested in the subject of the book (for example, my little sister after reading the dolphin Magic Tree House books, was really interested in learning more about dolphins), then there are Magic Tree House Research Guides too, that teach stuff about the subject - and even older kids can learn some stuff about the subject from those.
So if you know a child who is learning to read... well, they really should read these books.
The People of Sparks
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While I have to agree with a couple of reviewers that the Books of Ember aren't written very well, to me the stories were very absorbing.
In my own opinion, the three books get better and better as you go along (although I notice that ferdoble has the exact opposite opinion). The first book (The City of Ember) is all right. The second book (The People of Sparks - this one that I'm reviewing right now!) is better, and the third book (The Prophet of Yonwood) is even better. I don't want to discourage you from reading all three books by saying the first one isn't very good, though. If you're going to read the second or third book, you really should read the first book... well, first.
So go ahead, read The City of Ember, like it, read The People of Sparks, like it a lot, read The Prophet of Yonwood... and be really annoyed 'cause it doesn't seem to have anything to do with the other two. Consider stopping reading it, but decide to finish it, then start really liking the story before you are halfway through it, and by the time you reach the end/beginning (I won't tell you what I mean until you read it! :D), love the story. Well, that was my experience with this series, anyway.
The City of Ember
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Yeah, I have to admit that like a couple of reviewers said, it's not written so well.
BUT the story is pretty good and... camelsamba has the right word: intriguing.
In my opinion, the Books of Ember get better and better as they go on, so even if you are disappointed in this book, go on to the others. I don't want to discourage you from reading this, though, by saying it is the worst of the three books and that it isn't written very well, because it really is a good story.
So go on, read this book, like it, read the second book, like it a lot, read the third book... and be really annoyed 'cause it doesn't seem to have anything to do with the other two. Consider stopping reading it, but decide to finish it, then start really liking the story before you are halfway through it, and by the time you reach the end/beginning (I won't tell you what I mean until you read it! :D), love the story. Well, that was my experience with this series, anyway.
The Prophet of Yonwood
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It's true that, like a couple people have said in there reviews, the Books of Ember aren't written all that well. But it's not written *terribly* badly, and I thought the storyline to this book (and all of them!) was pretty good, all in all. I was really confused when I first started reading it - I was thinking, "But this is not a third book in the series! It's a totally different story, with totally different characters, and a totally different world! (Okay, not totally different, but quite different.) I almost stopped reading it, but I eventually kept on reading it, and was I glad! By the time I was halfway through the book, I was really enjoying the book in it's own right, and when I got to the end, I finally saw what it had to do with the other books in the series. It is a prequel to the first two Books of Ember, but it really should be read after the first two, although I'm sure I would still have liked it even had I not read the other two books.
American Girl
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This magazine is a fine magazine. I wish I had known about it when I was younger, maybe eight or nine. It is better for younger kids, although from reading it I've learned that many twelve or even thirteen year old girls love it. Personally, I felt by the time I'd read it that I'd kind of outgrown it though. I mean, considering that a reasonably large part of it is about American Girl doll, it's not really surprising that I felt it was a little too young for me. (I'm twelve, and not that into dolls anymore :D)
I would recommend reading this magazine, however, because it's... well... just a good young girls' magazine.