I finally got some more answers to my templates. What is sad is that I contacted over 20 schools and I got answers from 1 school. 1! (at the time of writing) Does this reflect an interest or love of reading by teachers.
The answers were very interesting. I thank the students (and teacher who noticed my email) Taman Rama International School Denpasar for taking their time to answer. In this post I am including answers of a student named Andrea, I found them interesting because Andrea favourite series is heroes of Olympus which is a series I know well and I really like. Andrea also likes reading for some of the same reasons I do, like reducing stress and increasing vocabulary.
Name and age : Andrea Carys Kusuma, 13 years old
What is your favourite book or series?
The ‘Heroes of Olympus’ series is by far my favourite series. The author of the series is Rick Riordan, who is known for the Percy Jackson series.
Book title: Magnus Chase and the ship of the dead.
Author: Rick Riordan
Blurb: My name is Magnus Chase these days, I'm one of odin's immortal warriors, but that doesn't stop people trying to kill me all the time.
Loki the trickster god is free from his chains. He's put together a crew of giant and zombies to sail Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, in a battle against the norse gods. If he, succeeds, the final battle of Ragnarok will extinguish all the worlds.
With help from Percy Jackson and my cousin Annabeth, and with friends by my side, I have to sail across the oceans to reach Naglfar before Midsummer's day. The only problems are the angry sea gods, hostile giants and evil fire-breathing dragon in the way.
But even if we survive the journey I'll need more than just Jack, my talking sword to beat Loki. I must find a magical elixir so deadly that it will either make me powerful enough to defeat Loki and put him him back in chains for good... or destroy me entirely.
Recommended for: ages 12+ and especially to those who like mythology, meant for teens and pre-teens but I'm sure there are plenty of adults who would enjoy it too. Percy Jackson fans will love this (Percy is in it a bit) as it is similar (in many ways) but in a very different world or setting.
Book title: The one and only Ivan
Blurb: Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living in a shopping mall he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact he hardly thinks about it all. Instead Ivan thinks about the TV shows he's seen, his friends Stella and Bob and painting. Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home- and his art- through new eyes. When ruby arrives change comes with her and it's up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.
Recommended for: All animal lovers (and non-animal lovers so you become an animal lover) but quite sad and difficult to understand so I would not recommended for people under the age of 9.
Book title: Auggie and me (sequel of wonder)
Author: R.J Palacio
Blurb: Julian has always felt uncomfortable around Auggie- but a summer spent with his grandmother in paris makes Julian see Auggie with new eyes.
Christopher is auggie's oldest friend- and knows better than most that being part of Auggie's life comes with it's challenges. Charlotte has always been nice to Auggie but in a year of torn loyalties and damaged feelings, is being nice really enough?
Now read a new side to the wonder story from 3 characters whose lives have been changed by Auggie forever.
Recommended for: (pretty much all ages , if you liked wonder, you will definitely enjoy this book.
Note: I had very high expectations for this book but luckily didn't disappoint.
There's an introduction at the beginning about how Palacio had never planned to write a sequel (and why). He also explains why he ended up writing a sequel (but not going forward in time). The reason was: The 3 characters had their own important story to tell, but it didn't go along with the main storyline(s) of wonder, so it didn't get a place in the book.
As part of my blog I am having people write about their favorite books or series and what they think about reading. If you would like to fill in a similar template (or a different one) please contact me via the contact page.
Name: Kaleo Kolb (age 13)
School: Dubai International academy
What is your favorite book or series?
Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
Why is it your favorite series?
Percy Jackson is my favorite series because it's very interesting and it’s really hard for me to put the book down when I'm reading it.
When did you read it for the first time?
Beginning of 2016
How many times have you read it?
Views on reading
What do you think about reading?
I enjoy reading very much.
What is your favorite thing about reading?
My favorite thing about reading is when I feel like I’m watching a movie inside my head when in real life I’m just reading.
What is your least favorite thing about reading?
My least favorite thing about reading is when the book never ends, it just keeps repeating itself over and over again and I just read it so I’m done with it.
How much do you read a day?
Over a school week I read around 30 mins to an hour every 2 days.
Over the weekend I read around 30 mins - 1 hour a day.
Book title: The diary of a young girl.
Author: Anne frank
Blurb: Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classic- a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a 13-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next 2 years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the "Secret Annexe" of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, and the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.
Recommended for: 13+ (heavy on WW2, quite a sad book which is only suitable for mature readers)