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Letter to Zeus by Maeve

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Zeus

President, Epic Hero Hall of Fame

Mount Olympus, Greece

Dear Almighty Zeus,                                                                                                                                                 

Ulysses is the great hero of the past, the amazing warrior to people today, and the bravest man of all time. By writing this letter I am hoping to show you all the wonderful reasons why Ulysses should unquestionably be in the Epic Hero Hall of Fame. I have been amazed by Ulysses and all of his journeys in The Adventures of Ulysses. Just like you great Zeus, Ulysses has super human qualities, and the ability to overcome virtually all obstacles. He also has a long list of dangerous journeys that are still increasing.  O, great master Zeus you can’t surely turn down this opportunity!

Yes, you could call Ulysses human, but I believe the right term would be SUPERHUMAN! Throughout the book I took note of countless qualities that set Ulysses apart from regular humans. For example, when Ulysses was about to face the irresistible Sirens, he was tied to the mast so firmly that he could not move. However, when he heard the beautiful voices of the Sirens singing he could not stand it. Their voices were not just beautiful; they were gorgeous, dazzling, and stunning! How Ulysses just wanted to jump overboard and swim to the women. Could he keep away? Well, while trying to escape from the ropes around him, he pushed so hard against it that he bled! Ulysses didn’t care though. Even with the pain, Ulysses did not even take a glance down at his bleeding body. Could any human do that, no! Only the mighty Ulysses could stand that pain. That is just one of the many things that make him superhuman!

Its one thing to be on a journey, but it’s another thing to overcome it! Ulysses over came every single obstacle he ran into. He conquered the Ciconians, the Lotus Eaters, the Sirens, and he even made in through The Land of the Dead! I think the biggest obstacle he overcame was making it back to Ithaca and beating all the courters, just to get Penelope back. When Ulysses got home, he still had to face all the men that were suffocating his home trying to get Penelope’s hand in marriage. Ulysses came up with a master plan to show up at his castle disguised as an old man from Crete. Then his son, Telemachus would tell everyone that Ulysses was dead, and that Penelope was to marry one of the men. Next in his plan, Ulysses would go see Penelope as the old man. He would then tell her that he saw Ulysses and that he said that he deeply loved Penelope. He also told Penelope a way to see which man was the strongest. All the courters had to try and bend Ulysses bow to see which man was worthy to be king. When the plan followed through it seemed that no man could bend the bow. The only person who could do it was Ulysses. Soon after, the suitors realized that the old man from Crete was Ulysses because he was the only one that could bend the bow. Once Ulysses true identity was revealed the other men were trying to kill him. Because of the help of two other men, Ulysses was able to fight off all the men and save his kingdom! Great Zeus, you can surely tell Ulysses is worthy, right?

Every chapter of the book The Adventures of Ulysses had a new long dangerous journey that Ulysses encountered! The whole book was pretty much a huge, extended, treacherous voyage. You can probably relate to that though because you are the greatest hero of all time and I can’t imagine all the journeys you have been on. It took Ulysses over a decade to arrive home. He battled numerous amounts of deadly creatures. One beast Ulysses battled was the amazing Cyclops. The Cyclops had one giant eye with a huge, amazing mouth that was eating Ulysses crew. Ulysses swiftly came up with a plan to escape the giant. He really didn’t want to harm the giant though. Ulysses was just defending himself, and I’m sure you would have done the same thing.

        Just like all great heroes, Ulysses has his flaws. Like when he fell asleep and let his men eat the golden cattle. He also left the bag of winds unattended and the crew members opened it. With all his achievements that can’t really matter….can it? Even though he fell asleep, it wasn’t entirely his fault. He had been awake for so long hardly working away. Every man needs there sleep. I think it’s a shame to think about his mistakes when he man has done so many great things.

        Ulysses was a great man who risked his life many times. Ulysses has demonstrated that he is an epic hero by, his superhuman qualities, his ability to overcome nearly all obstacles, and the many long dangerous journeys he has been on. Ulysses may not be as wonderful as you, but he is certainly close!

                        Sincerely,

                        Maeve

Letter to Zeus by Molly

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President, Epic Hero Hall of Fame Mount Olympus, Greece

Dear Great and Honorable Lord Zeus,

I am overjoyed to be recommending Captain Ulysses, of The Troy Crusher, for the Epic Hero Hall of Fame. I have just finished reading The Adventures of Ulysses, as a sixth grade student of W.S Parker Middle School. Ulysses impressed me, and proved to me that he is worthy of the honor of being inducted into the Epic Hero Hall of Fame. I’m sure O Great and Honorable Lord Zeus And His Formidable Council of Gods can be trusted to make the right decision, which of course is to induct Ulysses into the Epic Hero Hall of Fame. By surviving a long and perilous journey, showing strength and confidence in his super human abilities, and over coming the toughest obstacles man has only dreamed of, I give you… Ulysses!!

First of the events that brought him here is surviving a long and perilous journey! Captain Ulysses sailed for ten years, spending almost the entire time hopping between the frying pan and the fire. He watched his whole crew vaporized, sailed through Scylla and Charybdis twice, and walked through the land of the dead and back again before returning to his beloved Ithaca and his wife Penelope. Maybe this alone does not qualify him for the Epic Hero Hall of Fame, but the next one definitely does.

Captain Ulysses has shown many qualities, the least of them being his super human abilities. He has amazing strength, proving it by dangling from a clump of lichen for hours while waiting for Charybdis to spit his raft back out. He is an expert with a bow, being the only mortal with enough ability to shoot an arrow through all twelve axe rings. He has extraordinary courage, shown when he sailed into the Underworld to receive advice from a long-dead sage. These might not prove that Ulysses is worthy of the honor, and they might not even prove it together, but I think this next one and these two combined certainly will.

Last of the things that have brought Ulysses in front of you today is overcoming obstacles easily. Ulysses has done this throughout his entire journey. One of the first obstacles he overcame was running out of food. To solve this, he landed on an island called Cyclops Island. He and his crew searched for food, but instead found a cave. Luckily, inside the cave was lots of food. They feasted, for it seemed like no one was there. Suddenly, the cave door closed and a Cyclops named Polyphemus stepped out and tried to eat Ulysses crew! Ulysses tricked him into drink unwatered wine, which made him drunk. Soon, Polyphemus was asleep. Ulysses stabbed him in the eye, blinding him, then made his escape.

Now, I know some of you gods *ahem, Poseidon* are not too keen on Ulysses being inducted into the Epic Hero Hall of Fame. However, you trying to avenge your son’s blinding has made Ulysses an even greater epic hero. Sometimes, I think you immortals just need to forgive. Polyphemus isn’t dead. Be grateful for that. Okay, let’s reconsider the facts that make Ulysses worthy of the Epic Hero Hall of Fame. Ulysses has clearly proved that he is an epic hero by surviving a long and perilous journey, showing strength and courage in his superhuman qualities, and overcoming obstacles easily. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Molly

Letter to Zeus, by Colin M.

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Dear Zeus,

I’m writing to recommend Ulysses for the Epic Hero Hall of Fame. I’m a 6th grader who just finished The Adventures of Ulysses by Bernard Evslin. I have been very impressed with how Ulysses demonstrates the characteristics of an epic hero.  By the way he overcomes obstacles, and his super human qualities, Ulysses has proven himself worthy of this honor.

            Throughout The Adventures of Ulysses, Ulysses is faced with many frightening obstacles. He exhibits cunning ability and superhuman strength to defeat these horrible obstacles.  One example is when Ulysses and his crew are blown into the land of the Lotus Eaters by the angry god, Poseidon.  Even though the fragrance of the lotus flowers made him want to fall asleep, Ulysses carried all of his men back to the ships safely. Another way Ulysses overcomes obstacles is he sails past the evil Sirens.  This is important because, as shown in the text, Ulysses was the first to do this.  This is shown in the text when the book says, “The Sirens sat on a heap of white bones – the bones of shipwrecked sailors.” One final obstacle Ulysses faces is Charybodis. When Charybdis knocks Ulysses from his raft, he was able to hold onto the moss that was over Charybdis’ cave until he is able to sail away to safety.  Great Zeus, how is it that a mere man could do this?  He must be worthy of the Epic Hero Hall of Fame.  I hope I have shown you that through his strength and wisdom, Ulysses was able to overcome many challenges.

            Ulysses also has some abilities that no mere mortal could possess. One super human quality that Ulysses possesses is brute strength. While he was on Circe’sIslandhe threw a spear that went straight through a stag and imbedded itself into a tree.  Now, mighty Zeus, no man could possess this precise aim and the sheer brute strength to accomplish this feat. Another superhuman quality is that Ulysses has the strength to snap rawhide with his bare hands.  This strength was essential when he is trying to get to the Sirens. One final super human thing that Ulysses has done, O’ mighty Zeus, is he has gone to the Land of the Dead and survived.  As you know, most men perish before they get to the underworld and can’t leave, but true heroes can.  These are all examples of Ulysses’ super human strength and valid reasons why Ulysses should be inducted into the Epic Hero Hall of Fame.

            Mighty Zeus, Even thought Ulysses has superhuman qualities and overcame a series of obstacles, he did blind Polyphemus while he was sleeping, which is cowardly and cruel. However, he was doing it in self defense because Polyphemus was keeping Ulysses and his men locked in his cave and was going to eat them. After all, Zeus, as mighty and powerful as you are, you must know that what Ulysses did was in self defense and that he was only trying to save himself and his crew. In conclusion, I believe that you should over look when Ulysses blinded Polyphemus and instead focus on all heroic things that he has done.

            Ulysses was a hero who only wanted to get home and had many adventures in the process. Ulysses has demonstrated that he is an epic hero by his super human qualities, as well as his ability to overcome many obstacles.  Thank you for your consideration for Ulysses’ admittance into the Epic Hero Hall of Fame, Lord Zeus.  I really appreciate it.

 

                              Sincerely,

                               Colin M

 

Friendship Essay by Kerry

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Something that is easily classified as invaluable is friendship. Friendship is often seen in literature. In Princess Academy, Things Not Seen and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, there are many instances where characters show the traits of being a friend.

             In the book Princess Academy, Miri is a good friend to many people. First of all, she offers to be someone’s friend, even though they are almost a stranger. Miri walked right up to Britta and asked her if she would like to join her on a walk. Britta had been standing alone and seemed startled to be addressed, but went with Miri anyway. Miri had seen her lonely expression and was friendly when she went to greet her. Next, Miri never leaves anyone behind, friend or foe. When Miri was leading all the girls in an escape, she made sure that all of the girls were safely out of the academy before climbing out the window after them. She made sure that she was only putting herself in danger. Finally, Miri is never judgmental. She said, “The lowlanders are not so much different from us mountain folk.” Miri realized that Britta was a lowlander, but her attitude towards Britta did not change.  In conclusion, Miri showed kindness and loyalty to many people.

            In the book Things Not Seen, Bobby and Alicia share a great friendship. First of all, even though Alicia is blind, Bobby looks past that. Alicia said “No one really talks to me now that I’m blind. They mostly just avoid me.” In Contrast, Bobby is willing to talk to Alicia, even though not many other people do. Also, Bobby understands Alicia’s disability more than anyone else because his invisibility is a bit like blindness,   except opposite; people can’t see you but you can see them. With Bobby there with her, Alicia can go past some limits of being blind and by her self. Bobby is smart because he handles being invisible while being in public with Alicia. First of all, he was right to ease her into the fact that he was invisible. If he had shouted it out as soon as he met her, who either have frightened her, scared her confused her or all three, there would not be a good friendship in the future. Also, he never put her in danger when they were around other people that did not know he was there. In conclusion, Bobby and Alicia have a very strong friendship.

            In Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, Harry, Ron and Hermione are friends in many ways. First, when Ron came looking for an apartment to ride in on the train, Harry didn’t falter to welcome him. “‘Anyone sitting here?’ asked Ron, pointing to the seat opposite Harry. ‘Everywhere else is full’ Harry shook his head and gave Ron a welcoming smile.” Just a single act of kindness to a stranger can result in a great friendship. Also, even though Harry and Ron did not like Hermione at first they still saved her from a terrible fate. As it says at the end of the exiting chapter in which Harry and Ron performed their heroic task,  “But from that moment on, Hermione Granger was their friend. There are some things in life you can’t go through without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.” There act of bravery saved a life and earned them a new friend. Finally, when Harry was in trouble, Ron and Hermione had to take a stand against who they thought was behind it, Professor Snape. “Reaching Snape, Hermione pulled out her wand, whispered a few, well chosen words and fled from the scene. But the job had been done for bright blue flames had appeared on the hem of Snape’s cloak. Meanwhile, Harry’s broom had stopped jerking around in the air.” Hermione could have gotten in deep trouble for using magic on a teacher, but that’s the kind of thing one would do for a friend. In conclusion, there is a very strong bond in that trio.

            Friendship is the most precious thing two people can have. Princess Academy, Things Not Seen and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone all contain powerful examples of friendship. In Princess Academy, Miri is loyal, kind and never judgmental. In Things Not Seen, Bobby and Alicia are smart, understanding and caring. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, Harry, Ron and Hermione are brave, loyal and open minded.  A true friendship can not be ended, but this essay would have had to come to a close sooner or later.

Friendship Essay by Mike

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Friendship is all around us all the time. Not only is friendship in the real world, it is also in a lot of literature. In The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The Devil’s Arithmetic, and “Chura and Marwe,” there are many examples of friendship.

In The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Bruno and Shmuel are friends in several ways. First, Bruno is kind. Bruno was kind because he brought food to Shmuel at the dreadful camps. Without Bruno, Shmuel might have died very quickly because of the scarce food that is served. This shows that Bruno always came back for Shmuel and never left him alone. Also, Bruno and Shmuel were inseparable. A piece of evidence that supports this is while Bruno and Shmuel were in the gas chamber it said, “Bruno found that he was still holding Shmuel’s hand in his own and nothing in the world would have persuaded him to let go.” This shows that nothing could ever stop them from being great friends. Finally, both boys were very caring towards one another. Every day Bruno was delighted to see his friend waiting for him, sitting cross-legged on the other side of the huge wired fence. Shmuel and Bruno were always there for each other. Even though Bruno and Shmuel were very different, they still found a way to be great friends.

Hannah was a friend in The Devil’s Arithmetic in several ways. First, she was brave at the concentration camp. She took Rivka’s place to get killed for not doing their work at the camp. Hannah said, “Run for your life, Rivka. Run for your future. Run, Run, Run.” She was afraid of what might happen to her, but because it was for a friend she stepped in. She was also helpful with her knowledge from the future. Hannah warned them by saying that six million Jews would die at the camps and to be careful. This made sure that everyone stayed on task because something could have happened at any time. Hannah was also kind throughout the book. She helped the little kids on the tough ride to the camps. She also offered her share of bread. She made sure everybody was doing well. Hannah was a friend to everybody in the book.

Chura and Marwe are friends in the story “Chura and Marwe.” Chura shows caring towards Marwe. When Marwe ran to try and jump in to the pool; Chura was calling after her trying to stop her. This shows that he cared for her and was loyal not to let her go. Also, Marwe was loyal. Marwe went to the Underworld because she drowned herself. Marwe missed Chura so she tried to get back from the Underworld. Marwe was loyal to get back and save the friendship. Chura was thoughtful towards Marwe. When he heard she was back he went to find her. On page 125 Chura said, “Marwe is back from the Underworld and I’ll see her.” He was always thinking of her when she was gone. Chura and Marwe are friends in the book.

Friendship is shown everywhere you go! The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The Devil’s Arithmetic, and “Chura and Marwe” all contain powerful examples of friendship. Bruno and Shmuel are kind and caring. They also show that they are inseparable in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. In The Devil’s Arithmetic, Hannah shows that she is brave and helpful with her knowledge from the future. She was also kind to everybody around her. Chura and Marwe were caring, loyal and kind in “Chura and Marwe.” These books all had friendship in them, and there are many more still out there!

Friendship Essay by Mike

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Friendship is all around us all the time. Not only is friendship in the real world, it is also in a lot of literature. In The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The Devil’s Arithmetic, and “Chura and Marwe,” there are many examples of friendship.

In The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Bruno and Shmuel are friends in several ways. First, Bruno is kind. Bruno was kind because he brought food to Shmuel at the dreadful camps. Without Bruno, Shmuel might have died very quickly because of the scarce food that is served. This shows that Bruno always came back for Shmuel and never left him alone. Also, Bruno and Shmuel were inseparable. A piece of evidence that supports this is while Bruno and Shmuel were in the gas chamber it said, “Bruno found that he was still holding Shmuel’s hand in his own and nothing in the world would have persuaded him to let go.” This shows that nothing could ever stop them from being great friends. Finally, both boys were very caring towards one another. Every day Bruno was delighted to see his friend waiting for him, sitting cross-legged on the other side of the huge wired fence. Shmuel and Bruno were always there for each other. Even though Bruno and Shmuel were very different, they still found a way to be great friends.

Hannah was a friend in The Devil’s Arithmetic in several ways. First, she was brave at the concentration camp. She took Rivka’s place to get killed for not doing their work at the camp. Hannah said, “Run for your life, Rivka. Run for your future. Run, Run, Run.” She was afraid of what might happen to her, but because it was for a friend she stepped in. She was also helpful with her knowledge from the future. Hannah warned them by saying that six million Jews would die at the camps and to be careful. This made sure that everyone stayed on task because something could have happened at any time. Hannah was also kind throughout the book. She helped the little kids on the tough ride to the camps. She also offered her share of bread. She made sure everybody was doing well. Hannah was a friend to everybody in the book.

Chura and Marwe are friends in the story “Chura and Marwe.” Chura shows caring towards Marwe. When Marwe ran to try and jump in to the pool; Chura was calling after her trying to stop her. This shows that he cared for her and was loyal not to let her go. Also, Marwe was loyal. Marwe went to the Underworld because she drowned herself. Marwe missed Chura so she tried to get back from the Underworld. Marwe was loyal to get back and save the friendship. Chura was thoughtful towards Marwe. When he heard she was back he went to find her. On page 125 Chura said, “Marwe is back from the Underworld and I’ll see her.” He was always thinking of her when she was gone. Chura and Marwe are friends in the book.

Friendship is shown everywhere you go! The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The Devil’s Arithmetic, and “Chura and Marwe” all contain powerful examples of friendship. Bruno and Shmuel are kind and caring. They also show that they are inseparable in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. In The Devil’s Arithmetic, Hannah shows that she is brave and helpful with her knowledge from the future. She was also kind to everybody around her. Chura and Marwe were caring, loyal and kind in “Chura and Marwe.” These books all had friendship in them, and there are many more still out there!

Friendship Essay by Kathleen

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Friendship is a wonderful thing that no one should have to live without. Even in books everyone finds a friend even if they walk up out of nowhere or suddenly send you a letter by pigeon. In Princess Academy, Once Upon a Marigold, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, there are many examples of friendship.

 

In Princess Academy, Miri is a wonderful friend in many ways. First, she is brave when she needs to help her friends. On pages 262-265, Miri tries to rescue the girls from the bandits even though she is putting herself in danger. On top of that, she is kind. In the book, Miri gives test answers to her friends through quarry speech. This is kind because, she is helping all the academy girls get what they have worked for, a chance to meet the prince at a ball, all year. Finally, she is a good listener. For example, on pages 293-295, Miri listens to Britta’s whole story, and she consoles Britta when she is finished. In summary, Miri would make a great friend if she were not a fictional character.

In Once Upon a Marigold, Chris and Marigold are friends in many ways. First, they are both caring. Marigold is caring when she won’t leave Chris in the dungeon when he hasn’t done anything wrong. Chris is caring on pages 149 and 150 when he warns Marigold of her mother’s evil plans. He is showing care because Marigold would have died if he had not warned her. Chris is also brave on pages 223-225 when he tries to rescue Marigold even though the guards might kill him. Marigold is a concerned friend. Throughout the book she is always thinking about him. In conclusion, Chris and Marigold make great friends.

Bruno and Shmuel are great friends to each other in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. First, Bruno is kind to Shmuel. On page 161, Bruno brings Shmuel bread and cheese which is kind because Shmuel is not fed well in the camp so, he is always hungry. Shmuel is caring towards Bruno because he will not let him into the camp. This shows Shmuel is being caring because he knows that bad things are happening in the camp, and does not want Bruno to experience the same things he is experiencing. Finally, they are loyal to each other. Page 150 says “everyday Bruno goes to spot on the fence, and Shmuel is always there waiting for him.” This shows loyalty because they could not show up, but they both do. In conclusion, Bruno and Shmuel are loyal, caring, and kind.

Friendship is something that you will not want to give up once you have it. Princess Academy, Once Upon a Marigold, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas all contain powerful examples of friendship. In Princess Academy, Miri is a good friend to have because she is brave, kind, and a good listener. In Once Upon a Marigold, Chris and Marigold have a strong friendship because they are caring. In addition to that, Chris is brave and Marigold is concerned. In The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Shmuel and Bruno fit together wonderfully. This is because they are both loyal. Shmuel is also caring and Bruno is kind. In summary, friends win together and lose together and that’s what makes them friends.

A House with a Clock in its Walls: Reviewed by J.B.

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“Lewis threw the clock down. There was a springing of uncoiled springs and a clatter of clogs and a sprinkling of glass.” The House with a Clock in its Walls is a great novel if you crave suspense.  It contains cliffhangers; it’s suspenseful.  It also lets you be a detective in the book. First of all, it has a great amount of cliffhangers.  Cliffhangers are a great thing to have in a suspense book because they make you want to read on to the next chapter. Also, the cliffhanger is usually at the end of a chapter. For example, one of the characters says, “Let’s go find that clock!” at the end of one chapter. This quote was a cliffhanger because you or the reader wants to read on to the next chapter to see if they find the clock.  Another great quality of a suspense book is that it obviously needs to be suspenseful!  This quality makes you want to read all night if the author uses this quality correctly.  In this novel, there is a lot of suspense towards the middle and the end of the book.  For example, around the middle of the book, Lewis and his uncle, along with their neighbor, are being chased by a mysterious black car, but they manage to escape.  This example created suspense because you might found out what would happen to Lewis and his companions.  For our third and final quality, The House with a Clock in its Walls lets you be a good detective. It lets you make predictions about characters to see if they are good or bad.  John Bellairs lets you predict how the story could end.  For example, on page 123, when “Hammerhandle” grabs Lewis by the collar, you can probably tell that he isn’t a good guy.  To sum up my review, The House with a Clock in its Walls is a great book. If you want a great mystery, pick up this book at your local bookstore.

And Then There Were None: Reviewed by A.B.

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“Ladies and Gentlemen! Silence, please!” I am here to tell you of the wonderful mystery and suspense novel, And Then There Were None.  This book was written by Agatha Christie, who certainly knows her mysteries.  First, she has put forth an action-packed story in which each chapter is opened by an eye-grabbing opening. Also, it has chapter endings that have you hanging on a cliff. Not to mention crime, which is one of the main components you do not want to miss.

As each chapter opens, so does your reading because all you want to do is read on.  For example, Chapter Ten opens with, “’Do you believe it?’ Vera asked.” This instantly grabs your attention because you are wondering, who is she talking to? Is she talking about (blank)? Also, this engages you to read on because you are on the edge of your seat in excitement.  Which, as proven, is a great mystery component.

Quality two: suspenseful cliff hangers.  Christie ends each chapter with a unique cliffhanger to keep you reading. For example, Chapter Ten ends in a great cliff hanger, that you really want to jump off of. It is, “No more Indian tricks tonight. I’ve seen to that…” This is a cliff hanger because you are asking yourself, who is going to take a figurine? Is a figurine going to be taken? Or is another trick going to be played? Now I hope I have you on my own cliff hanger.

“Nevertheless, on evidence, he was certainly guilty.” Of having too much crime! Christie has packed each chapter with more crimes than you thought possible. For instance, on page 125 Mr. Rogers was given a deep wound (with an ax) on the back of his head.  Clearly this is a crime because he could have not chopped himself, on his own head.  As a result, this is a crime, making And Then There Were None a suspenseful mystery.

Overall, And Then There Were None  is a fabulous mystery / suspense book. Indeed it is because it has the great mystery components: openers, cliff hangers, and (maybe ten times too much) crime. For now, And Then There Were None is still here.

The Westing Game: Reviewed by J.D.

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Wow! The Westing Game was a great mystery book. Three things that really stood out to me were the great clues, cliff hangers, and the colorful, different personalities. One clue I noticed was that they made the end of the story so unpredictable by a great clue which was Sam Westing’s words, “One of you took my life away,” which makes you think he was murdered. But was he? Another good clue was that the will read, “I died from natural causes.” So that means that he couldn’t have been murdered. An outstanding cliff hanger was at the end of Chapter 1, page 6. It says, “And oh, yes, one was a bookie, one was a burglar, one was a bomber, and one was a mistake. Barney had rented one of the apartments to the wrong person.” That made me want to keep reading because I wanted to figure out who was what. The last thing was their personalities. They were extremely different. For example, one pair was a wedding dressmaker and her partner was a shin-kicking, vicious, 13-year-old girl. Another example is one pair is a bird-watching crippled boy paired with a plastic surgery intern. Overall, I think you should read this spectacular book