BR16: The Death of Karen Silkwood

     Today I read "The Death of Karen Silkwood", abook in the Oxford University Press series. It was written by Joyce Hannam.

     The difference between a true story and a fictional one is this: a fictional story has an ending, but a true story does not. When we have read the last page of a fictional story, we know everything: there is nothing more to discover. In a true story, there is always more to find out, because we can never know it all. People often say that real life is stranger than fiction. It can certainly be just as frightening – and sometimes much more worrying. This is a true story about the death of Karen Silkwood. Her death is a mystery. Was it an accident? It’s the old, old question: ‘Did she fall, or was she pushed?’ We don’t know. But somebody does. Somebody out there, in the real world, knows if her death was an accident, or if it was not. Somebody knows – somebody who is alive and well and living an ordinary life, somewhere in America, and who remembers what really happened . .

     Although there are many mysterious parts in the end, it is certain that it is disappointing that such a courageous young woman with strong sense of justice has died.

     If you are interested, please read it. I recommend it.

Joyce Hannam. (2000). "The Death of Karen Silkwood". Oxford : Oxford University Press.

BR15: The Crown of Violet

     Today, I read "The Crown of Violet", abook in the Oxford University Press series. It was written by Geoffrey Trease, retold by John Escott, and illustrated by Gay Galsworthy.

     High up on a stone seat in the great open air theatre of Athens, Alexis, son of Leon, watched the Fastival of Plays and dreams of seeing his own that famous stage. So, as the summer passes. Alexis write his play for the next year's Festival. But then, with his friends Corinna, he learns that Athens has enemies who do not like Athenian democracy, and who are plannning a revolution to end it all.

     The problem of answering the code on the way was very interesting. The idea of ​​Socrates, the state at the time, the place where male and female were based, it was tightly incorporated and it was interesting. Although it is an ancient story, since the child is the main character, there is no difficult portrayal. I was able to read easily. The first half was not interesting, but the second half when hints came was very funny. But it is a pity that Alexis' best friend Lucian shadowed.

     If you are interested, please read it. I recommnend it.

Geoffrey Trease. (2000).  "The Crown of Violet". Oxford : Oxford University Press


BR14: The Silver Sword

     Today I read "The Silver Sword", a book in the Oxford University Press series. It was written by Ian Serraillier, retold by John Escott and illustrated by Martin McKenna.

     Jan opened his wooden box and took out the silver sword. 'This will bring me luck,' he said to Mr.Balicki. 'And it will bring you luck because you gave it to me.' The silver sword is only a paper knife, but it gives Jan and his friends hope. Hungry, cold, and afraid, the four children try to stay alive among the ruins of bombed sities in wartorn Europe. Soon they will begin the long and dangerous journey south, from Poland to Swizerland, where they hope to find their parents again.

     Under the extreme situation, the children are drawing a figure seeking parents while helping each other. Jan, who is the protagonist, is temperily, but Joseph's eldest daughter Ruth is caring and kind, such as character setting can be good. There are encounters with kind people who will help them, and each event has a thrill and taste.

     If you are interested, please read it! I recommend it!

Ian Serraillier. (2000). "The Silver Sword". Oxford : Oxford University Press

BR13: On the Edge

     Today I read "On the Edge", a book in the Oxford University Press series. It was written by Gillian Cross, retold by Clare West and illustrated by John Batten.

     When Tug wakes up, he is not in his own bedroom at home. The door is locked and there are bars across the window. Loud music hammers through the house and through his head. Then a woman comes in and says that she is his mother, but Tug knows that she is not his mother... Outside, Jinny stares through the trees at the lonely house on the hill. She hears atrange noise, but she turs away. After all, it's none of her business...

     This is a very painful youth story. It wrote down the growth process of the mind. If it was such a mental hospital, I thought I wanted to enter for a while. Last was a little painful. However, I also got a little relieved with growth different from the previous one. Kidnapping and Stockholm syndrome.
Let's keep it in mind.

     If you areinterested, please read it! I recommend it!!

Gillian Cross. (2000). "On the Edge". Oxford : Oxford University Press

BR12: We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea

     Today I read "We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea", a book in the Oxford University Press series. I was Written by Arthur Ransome, retold by Ralph Mowat, and illustrated by Henry Brighouse.

     The four Walker children never meant to go to sea. They had promised their mother to stay safely in the harbour, and to be home on Friday in time for tea. But there they are in someone else's boat, drifting outto sea in a thick fog. When the fog lifts, they can turn round and sail back to the harbour. But then comes the wind and the storm, driving them out even futher across the cold North Sea...

     I think that there are quite a lot of stories on the sea set in the English book. I think that it seems to be slightly for children, but I think that it is safe as an adventure story. It is also nice for the four children to face a lot of hardships together. Especially John, eldest son, is cool!! He always try to protect his sister. A lot of words related to ship and ocean come out, but it is easy to understand because it is described by illustrations.

     If you are interested, please read it! I recommend it!

Arthur Ransome. (2000). "We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea". Oxford : Oxford University Press


BR11: The Black Cat

     Today I read " The Black Cat", a book in the Macmillan Heinemann ELT series. It was written by John Milne and illustrated by Peter Edwards.

     'Can I help You?'said the manager. 'Yes,' replied Salahadin. 'My name is Salahadin El Nur. I'm a police inspector. I want to speak to Mr. Pearson.' 'Dp you mean Mr. Pearson, the archaeologist?' asked the manager. 'Yes,' replied Salahadin. 'I'm sorry. You can't speak to Mr. Pearson, sir,' said the manager. 'Oh,' said Salahadin in surprise. 'Why not?' 'Mr.Pearson is dead,' replied the manager. 'He was found dead in his room this morning. Mr. Pearson was murdered'

     Personally, it was not a type that I liked overall, but the preface of the black cat .is very interested.

The preface: You are not going to believe this story. But it is a true story, as true as I sit here writing it - as true as I will die in the morning.

     If you are interested, please read it. I recommend it.

Milne John. (2007). "The Glack Cat". Oxford: Macmillan Heinemann ELT


BR10: Wyatt's Hurricane

     Today I read "Wyatt's Hurricane", a book in the Oxford  University Press series. It was Written by Desmond Bagley, and retold by Jennifer Bassett.

     Hurricane Mabel is far out in the Atlantic Ocean and moving slowly northwards. Perhaps it will never come near land at all. But if it hits the island of San Fernandez, many thousands of people will die. There could be winds of more than 250 kilometres an hour. There could be a huge tidal wave from the sea, which will drown the capital city of St Pierre. Mabel will destroy houses, farms, roads, bridges... Only one man, David Wyatt, believes that Mabel will hit San Fernandez, but nobody will listen to him...

      It was very interesting. I want to see it at the movie theater. I thought it was good that this prophecy not be true. However, I thought that this person was disqualified as a prophet. In modern times, it is not possible to do just by a good person like a hero. If you are not saved by a great and somewhat powerful person, you can't save as many people as you can. It is surely a world that can not be predicted from the times when everyone was watching the sky, feeling the change of the air. Will not come to the natural disaster in the future? Is the end of the world coming before that?

     If you are interesred, please read it. Irecommend it.

Bagley Desmond. (2000). "Wyatt's Hurricane". Oxford: Oxford University Press

BR16: The Death of Karen Silkwood

     Today I read "The Death of Karen Silkwood" , abook in the Oxford University Press series. It was written by Joyce Hannam....