*If you are having difficulty reading any of the essays simply click on the image for a clearer view 🙂

As per my blog entry on May 18, here is my promised follow up entry to the reviews created by the 2011 batch of the Junior Book Crew.

To reiterate: “the Fully Booked Zine‘s editor-in-chief gave several of them an exercise, which had to do with being able to write with integrity and honesty, and being able to find something positive in a book that they would not ordinarily pick up from the shelves. They were instructed to be as truthful as possible. The idea was to choose something from their favorite genre, but on a topic they weren’t too fond of.”
Expect a lot of honesty from this batch of reviews.

Funnily enough, my favorite one is a review on one of the Pippi Longstocking books by Astrid Lingren. I adore Pippi Longstocking, so why then do I say “funnily enough?”

Well, the reviewer didn’t feel the same way. In fact, I could say the reviewer loathes Pippi as much as I love her! Nonetheless “Adrena Lynn’s” review was so well-written and so honest that it made me laugh until my sides ached! Since Adrena used a pen name, I will keep her identity secret. Here it is in all its glorious candor:

The next review is by Kirstein Gail Sese, also known as Spring. Spring was not familiar with Tintin until the day she was asked to review Tintin in Tibet by Herge and although she loves children’s books she isn’t too fond of adventure stories. (Speaking of Tintin, I can’t wait for the film adaptation of Secret of the  Unicorn, which is supposed to come out in December 2011)

Spring’s essay was very brief, but that isn’t to say that it didn’t effectively convey how she truly felt about the book. Her review is an example of concise writing. Straight to the point, without frills, but well-written. If you think about it, dailies and publications like Time and Newsweek employ the same kind of writing. They get straight to the point and avoid “unnecessary” details, which lead readers far away from the actual point. Well done, Spring!

The next review is on a compilation of one of my favorite authors Edgar Allan Poe. This review is by Jamiya Doreen Umali (age 15), called Jamie by her friends and family. The editor of the Fully Booked Zine told me that she was pleased to discover that Jamie loves reading classics.

Actually, Jamie is the only one of eight who participated in this writing exercise who professed a love for classic literature. She cited Jane Austen as one of her favorites and horror as one of her least favorite genres. Jamie gamely agreed to read chilling tales written by one of the greatest masters of the macabre, and came up with this essay. For someone who said she didn’t really like the horror genre, her essay show that her love for literature and open mind are far greater than her distaste for the genre.

The last review is by Daniel Gabriel (age 16). Daniel is a movie buff, but isn’t much of a science fiction lover so he was assigned to review the Star Trek Encyclopedia
Here is his review, which very neatly points out the longstanding rivalry between Star Trek and Star Wars–even if he’s not a fan to begin with, he makes a commendable effort to inform readers on the merits of the book, and why it will appeal to fans and newbies alike. Bravo, Daniel!

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