Grey Reviews The Candy Shop War

June 23rd, 2014

The Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull

The Candy Shop War is a very cool book involving magic and candy of course. The book is very fun and riveting and is a great pass-time. This is a must read and should be recommended for the Iowa children’s choice award.

In the book, the main character Nathan or Nate has just moved into town and he meets some kids who like sneaking into places. The kids quickly become friends. They are soon attracted to a candy shop in town that just opened. The candy there is very expensive, but they start working there to get paid for candy. Then one day, the candy maker accidentally mentions her special candy. She quickly tells them not to mention it to anyone. Then in one week, Nate mentions it again and she gives them a special job in return for some special candy. They do the job and she gives them Moon Rocks. The candy entices them for more and soon they are doing more jobs, but they’re becoming increasingly less inviting. Things like stealing and even wiping someone’s memory with a piece of magical candy. Then, two of the friends decide to quit. After that, the two left decide to visit the person who the mind- wipe is for. That person happens to be a well known candy seller that has been around for years. They soon learn that the seller is a wizard like the one that wanted to wipe his mind.

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The friends soon learn that the person that they’d been working for was an evil wizard that wanted no more than power.

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This book as you can tell is very good and has lots of action and magical candy. I highly suggest you read it and it is by Brandon Mull. He has written many other children’s books too, so you should definitely check out some of his other books

Young Adult Book Reviews

June 10th, 2014


Andre The Giant: Life And Legend by Box Brown

This biography is a graphic novel that depicts the life of Andre the Giant, a famous professional wrestler. It is a quick and fascinating read that is full of information. You really get a sense of what it means to live with acromegaly, the condition that caused Andre’s incredible growth. You also get an inside look at the difficult lives professional wrestlers live. I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who likes alternative comics, professional wrestling, or someone who needs a quick easy read. It does have some language and adult situations since it a biography so it is appropriate for ages 14 and up.

Noggin by John Corey Whaley

Noggin tells the story of Travis. He died when he was 16 after fighting off an aggressive form of cancer for many years. Except Travis is still alive. His head was cryogenically frozen after his death. A mere five years later he was able to be revived by grafting his head onto a donor body. Travis feels like he has never been gone, but to his friends and family a hard five years have passed. Now Travis is grasping at what it means to be given a second chance of life. He tries reconnecting with his best friend, Kyle, but Kyle is now in college. So is Travis’s girlfriend, and who is also engaged to be married. Travis feels like he has entered the Twilight Zone and he will do anything to get his friend and girlfriend back. Noggin is a fun and engaging read, but unfortunately doesn’t live up to its premise. The plot device of being cryogenically revived is fascinating but ultimately devolves into a story about a teen who just won’t accept a break up with his girlfriend. As you can tell I was let down. But if you are a fan of authors John Green or A.S. King you might like this book. It is appropriate for ages 14 and up.

Far Far Away by Tom Mcneal

Far Far Away is a fascinating look at fairy tales and tries to recapture the spirit of the original stories collected by the Grimm Brothers, that is evil can be incredibly horrid and grisly while at the same time be friendly and enticing. Jeremy is a young boy who has a reputation around town for being weird. His father is a recluse whom no one ever sees. And then Jeremy himself does act pretty strange because he has a knack for coming up with obscure sayings or facts. This is probably because Jeremy is a medium who can hear ghosts. His best friend is actually the ghost of one of the Grimm Brothers, Jacob. Jeremy’s life is turned upside down when Ginger, the resident tomboy, takes an interest in him. Soon they are caught up in a fairy tale of their own: Jeremy’s house will soon be foreclosed and so he must make enough money to pay the bank or else they will take it away. But he may have a fairy godmother who can help out, Jacob, when he is offered a chance to appear on a game show. But every fairy tale has a villain. If Jeremy, Ginger, and Jacob better pay attention because  the villain has a particular interest in them. This is a very fun and engaging book yet slightly predictable. Although you can see the evil coming it just raises the tension even more because you know that at some point Jeremy and his gang will encounter the bad guy, you just don’t know how or when. Far Far Away is a very fun read and I’d recommend it to anyone who likes fairy tales or needs a suspenseful novel for some late night chills. It is appropriate for ages 12 and up.

Science! An Experiment By Morgan

June 5th, 2014

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Problem

Carbonated liquids have different amounts of carbon dioxide. Using raisins as a measuring tool, I will find out which liquid has the most carbonation. The bubbles will attach to the outside of the raisin and lift it up. Therefore, the purpose of my project is to find out which liquid makes the raisin rise to the top fastest.

Materials

  • 5 clear 8 oz. plastic cups
  • 24 oz. Canada Dry Ginger Ale
  • 24 oz. Black raspberry flavored Ice
  • 24 oz. Sprite
  • 24 oz. Seltzer water
  • A stopwatch
  • Spoon
  • Plate
  • 16-20 raisins about the same size

Steps

Step 1: Pour 6 oz. of Ginger Ale into one of the plastic cups.

Step 2: Take a raisin and drop it in the cup, at the same time also start the timer.

Step 3: As soon as the raisin floats all the way to the top of the cup, stop the timer and record the time.

Step 4: Take the spoon and scoop the raisin out of the cup, and put it on the plate.

Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 three more times with Ginger Ale.

Step 6: Then, repeat steps 1-5 with the rest of the liquids.

How it Works

The carbonated drink has carbon dioxide bubbles that attach to the rough surface of the raisin. When enough bubbles attach, the bubbles float up to the top lifting the raisin. Then the bubbles pop, when they get to the surface of the beverage. So the raisin floats back down to the bottom, and the process starts again.