I started reading a fantastic book called 'Wonder'. It is quite a sad and unfortunate book. A little boy called August has a facial problem, and is home schooled because of that. He has been requested to go to a school called Beecher Prep, and his Mum thinks it is essential. August thinks differently. He doesn't want to get stared at. He doesn't want to get bullied. His parents are trying to convince him to join the school.
I was shocked when I heard that August had a facial problem. It would be very hard looking different to other kids. You would get stared at and get bullied.
'I do things like an ordinary kid. I eat ice-cream and play Xbox. It's just my face that's different.'
August's action of joining Beecher Prep was very surprising and unpredictable. I didn't expect him to be very brave and join a school with other kids. It put a smile on my face. What an inspirational story.
I learned what a cleft palate was( the facial problem August has). It is when the roof of your mouth doesn't form properly. the two halves of the palate don't fuse properly, which leaves an open space for the 'cleft.'
I am definitely inspired to read on. I can't wait to read August's adventures!
Mahtab found her father. My eyes lit up.
'People move and pour out the train door.
Mahtab takes her bag.
Pushes past strangers.
Steps from the train.
Runs to him.
Throws herself and is caught by his arms, his, beard, his breath, his voice, his tears, his loving, loving tears.'
This book is very sad and unfortunate. Mahtab and her family are in Afghanistan, under the rights of the Taliban. I think the Taliban is the most unwanted and silly thing ever. They were forced to leave their home in Herat. It was a colossal journey. A two week drive all the way to Pakistan and a trip to a far away land called 'Australia.' Will Mahtab and her family find a better life?
Pakistan was a very long way away. About two weeks. What torture. Two weeks in a little truck, stopped by the Taliban many times. Mahtab's mum would find it very hard to entertain the kids. Her siblings Farhad and Soraya would have a hard time. The truck was stopped many times by the idiotic Taliban.
'Days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months.'
At last, the family arrived in Pakistan. It was a much safer place. Their own father went off to Australia, hoping to find a house.
'Mahtab's story is an important, eye opening book.' Deborah Ellis states.
I agree. It haunts my mind after I read it. I just picture in my head being in Afghanistan, under the Taliban and I cry inside my body. This book is so powerful.
I was really sad when I finished this book. It was very enjoyable, including some melancholy moments and also a large amount of humour. I think Ahn Do is a legend!
Ahn's Journey to Australia really inspired me, going through hardship and conflict on a nine by five metre fishing boat, holding forty sweaty and restless people who want a better life. They were attacked by pirates twice, and stopped many times by security boats. I wonder how horrific it would be spending 5 days at sea in an overcrowded refugee boat. I was laughing my head off when they arrived in Australia
'I thought Austria was near Switzerland. It's really hot here man!'
Fortunately, they were given new clothes and equipment. This would really kickstart their life in Australia.
'What a great country.'
The rich and sophisticated language and Ahn uses in his memoir is splendid. It includes some very complex words that picture the scene in your mind. It makes it a great read and you learn new words.
There was also conflict in arriving in Australia. Ahn's family were dealing with big dilemma, since they had no money. It was difficult to find jobs and to give the kids education. They lived in a two bedroom apartment, which was absolute heaven to them. Luckily, Ahn found an education and became a intelligent schoolboy. They didn't adapt quickly, experiencing racism and nasty comments. How horrific would it be to experience racism? Soon, Ahn and his brother, Khoa became very successful Australians, becoming comedians and filmmakers.
The amount of humour in this book is awesome! I was nearly crying! Some of the things he and his kids said were hilarious!
'Our neighbour was called Mrs Burke, but we called her Mrs Buk. Luckily her name wasn't Mrs Furke!'
Humour made the book made it very fun to read. No wonder The Happiest Refugee is a best-selling book!
The Happiest Refugee is a masterpiece. It was a pleasure to read and The book was exquisite. I now want to meet Ahn Do!
... It turned out Ahn's father had a tumour in his head. It caused him to get drowsy in the night. He paused for long periods before finishing his sentence.
Ahn donated several dollars to charity, and held a movie course for children with his brother, Khoa who was just awarded 'Young Australian of the year.' They were meant to make short 10 minute skits but instead they made a proper film. It soon became a hit and was aired in cinemas. Ahn and Khoa decided to make their own movie. They named it Footy Legends. The film became very popular and had great ratings. I am melancholy Tam has a tumour in his head. It would be an honour to win young Australian of the year though! Now I want to make my own film.
Channel seven requested Do to appear on 'Dancing with the Stars.' Ahn had no experience of dancing whatsoever and the only move he knew was the side-to-side shuffle. Fortunately, he was partnering five-time world champion salsa dancer Luda Kroitor.
'We get through the first week, and I'm happy. The weeks after are bonuses.' Luda said.
The pair were practising 4 hours a day, when Ahn pushed it up to 8 hours. Soon, Ahn and Luda found themselves in the Grand Final. Even though they came second, It was a huge achievement for an in-experienced dancer.
Once again, Channel seven requested Ahn to be on Deal or No Deal. He received his case, which had $200 000 dollars in it. It was placed in the middle of the studio and would't get opened until the end. He was going well and eventually there was one case left.
'Do you want $125 000 or do you want to risk $200 000?' The host questioned.
Ahn risked the $200 000... He won $200 000!
Chanel seven rung up and told Ahn the money was going towards a disadvantaged family. He was flown over to Melbourne and the family received $200 000. It was very emotional in the room- cries, hugs and kisses. I loved this chapter. WInning $200 000 is a big deal!!
.... Do decided to take Suzie to an exquisite beach in the Central Coast. It was a beautiful, sunny day, when suddenly a roar of thunder boomed from the sky. Rain started to pour down. As Suzie giggled, Do kneelt down on one knee.
'Will you marry me?' Do questioned.
They hugged and kissed one an other and were very jolly. What a memorable event. His drunken, freak dad would be proud, so Ahn decided to ring him up. Within two minutes he was on his way to Melbourne.
He entered the room. Another child, and another woman were in the house. Ahn told his dad he found the right woman. And from then on, Ahn and Tam were reunited. It was very sad when Tam left and was drunk. I now am happy that the father-and-son relationship is repaired. Ahn flew over with Suzie. Tam prepared a gigantic seafood feast for Suzie and Ahn. Tam talked about when Ahn was a kid and his life. Suzie left Melbourne to a court case back in Sydney. AHn and Tam stayed up late, when Tam 's voice started to get a little bit drowsy....
It was Ahn's fourth year in his five year degree. He was interviewed with some major companies. First, you sent your resume from which they culled out the most applicants. Then more interviews and finally, a three day 'recruitment retreat.'
'I was a hellishly intimidating experience.' Ahn said.
After all, Ahn got the job. He was curious on his earnings and how long he works.
That night Ahn booked a gig at a club.
;How many hours do you work.' Ahn questioned.
'Four. Five or six tops.' Dave Grant, a comic replied.
Dave was called a headline comedian. He was a professional stand up comedian. He mentioned the earnings were about fifty to one hundred thousand dollars a year which was more than the other job. He decided to do that, and come back to the other job if comedy wasn't good. The following week, he did two other gigs and earned some good money. He was awarded the Harold park Hotel's ( a hotel which he performed a gig at) comedy award. He was doing a huge gig in canberra called Green faces . The prize was five thousand dollars. Although he was not that experienced at the time, he won! This would go to his sister Tram's orthodontic appointments. I loved this chapter. Now I want to be a stand up comedian! University sounds very scary.
A uni friend of Ahn's called Suzie broke up with her boyfriend. Ahn decided to take her out to a fancy rester aunt in Darling Harbour. After the meal, Ahn raced out of the rester aunt with Suzie reluctantly going, but laughing. Ahn was slapped many times by her. Ouch! They decided to go to Clifton Gardens in Mosman.
'I told my uni friend there was a guy called Ahn and I don't know why we shouldn't be a couple...
Ahn decided to get a job and help out his mum. A paper run! He would balance it out with his homework and receive money! He requested the biggest amount of pamphlets to be delivered into letterboxes around the block. I don't think a fourteen-year-old should be having a job! On the day he was meant to start, a colossal storm blew in, so he would do it the next day. Ahn shoved the gigantic box into his bag, making it weigh more than elephant! Four hours and ten kilometres later, he had only delivered a quarter of the pamphlets. He needed to complete the whole lot, so he brought Khoa with him to deliver the pamphlets. THey would go around the block delivering pamphlets on both sides! At ten p.m, Ahn and his brother Khoa were absolutely shattered.....and the pamphlets were still not delivered! Two more troops came in- Mum and Ahn's sister Tram.
'For what seemed like an eternity, we had finally finished.' Ahn mentioned.
It was too much to handle, so Ahn quitted the job. Despite all their effort, the army still didn't get payed. That's ridiculous! All that effort for nothing.
Ahn's father, Tam was becoming a drum. Instead of making garments, he would usually have a couple of beers. That is very sad and horrific. The family wouldn't get any money. Tam was in a drunken stupor. Ahn punched his mighty fist in the side of his dad's head.
'I cried and screamed at the same time.' Ahn said
Ahn's dad disappeared and apparently he had returned back to Vietnam.
'No violence for a year.'Ahn mentioned. I was very melancholy. Having a bad relationship with your father is horrible.
Ahn's mum heard Tam was in the country. A knock on the door awoke the family.
'Where is your mother?' the drunken freak questioned.
'Inside.' Ahn replied.
'Bring her out.' Tam demanded.
'No.' Ahn said stubbornly.
Just a little conversation like that is so powerful. Tam was never seen in Ahn's childhood ever again.
I started reading The Happiest Refugee- an autobiography by Ahn Doh. It is extremely amusing. I have been enjoying this book thoroughly.
Ahn's family arrived at Sydney. They were given heaps of clothes from St Vincent de Paul's Church. Ahn's uncle had a big backside. They noticed that the zipper was on the left hand side of his jeans...... He was wearing girls jeans! I was laughing so much my head was about to burst. The family stayed in a two-bedroom flat in Marrickville. Two bedrooms was a lot compared to only one room in Vietnam. Their kind neighbour called Mrs Burke was nicknamed Mrs Buk by the Do family.
'Lucky her name wasn't Furke!' Ahn said.
That was very funny. It was very lucky her name wasn't Furke!
Ahn's Mother was pregnant with a daughter. At the same time, Ahn was starting school. He was going to St Bridget's Catholic School, starting in 1982. There were many nationalities- most Portuguese. Ahn's mum couldn't pronounce Portugese right.
'I like these pork and cheese people.' She always said.
I was cracking up. Pork and cheese people!
One day, Ahn was assigned to tell the class what he wanted to be when he grew up. He chose to be a prime minister who was Bob Hawke at the time. It was a big word for him. In class he just let it out
'I WANT TO BE A PRIMEMINISTER!' He exclaimed. What a funny chapter. These people are hilarious!
Ahn was now in year five. He was once playing handball and the biggest kid in the year hit the ball out of the court.
'OUT OUT OUT!' The students shouted.
Ahn requested The kid called Sammy to get off the court. Bad Idea! He found himself with bruises and cuts all over his body. He came over to his family, with his new sister Tram looking like he was punched by a boxer. The next morning, the strangest thing happened. Sammy and Ahn became friends. Even though their personalities were different, they were still friends. What a great paragraph. It was good that Ahn and Sammy were friends. It was very interesting.
The family moved flats to a place in Earlwood. It had a huge park outside the house. The park was a gift. It would never of happened in Vietnam. Ahn's parents started a company. They tailored suits and eventually made a factory located in Newtown. The business grew and grew. Ahn and his brother Khoa were on the train. An old lady stared at Khoa, with a fairly strange look. Something is going to happen! The old lady stalked them to school and all the way back home. The two raced home and were safe inside of their flat. Phew! The old lady eventually waddled away.
Tonight was a holiday on paper. My mouth dropped to the ground. What a superb book!
Hermione, Ron and Harry finally found who Nicholas Flamel is. They figured out he created the Philosopher's Stone! This magical stone was the elixir of life. The drinker would be immortal. It was all coming together like a puzzle piece! They thought the giant dog, Fluffy would be guarding the stone! Harry had to have good sleep for the big quidditch game against Hufflepuff. At least he would have something positive in his mind! I loved this chapter. I'm so happy that Nicholas Flamel is know known.
Harry prepared for the big game. Snape was umpiring, and that was a con. Hermione and Ron were keeping an eye on Snape if he jinxes Harry's broom again.The game had started and Snape had already given Hufflepuff a penalty for no reason. What a horrible choice. Snape! Harry was spying up high in search of the golden snitch. A quick flash of gold whizzed past Harry's glasses. The snitch! He attempted to get the snitch. Harry was speeding across the pitch... He obtained the snitch! Gryffindor had won! Snape couldn't stop them! He was embarrassed and red cheeked. I was laughing my head off. I thought this chapter was awesome. I was disappointed that Snape was umpiring though.
Harry, Ron and Hermione traveled to Hagrid's hut. He offered them tea and sandwiches. Harry noticed an egg in the fire. Hagrid said it was a dragon! A norwegian Ridgeback, to be exact. This type of breed were very rare. Hagrid won it illegally at a pub. I would love to have a dragon! Harry returned to Hogwarts, with potions next. Snape was teaching! He would have a frowny face! As potions finished, Harry, Ron and Hermione returned to Hagrid's hut
'It's Hatching.' Hagrid announced.
Everyone was jumping up and down like frogs on a barbecue. At last, The egg hatched. The minuscule Norwegian Ridgeback had come to life. Apparently, You had to feed it brandy mixed with chickens blood. Gross! That made me nauseous! Hagrid decided to call the dragon Norbet. He thought this was adorable. This chapter was creative. J.K Rowling is very clever incorporating a dragon in her novel.
Wow. It was reading heaven. My Imagination went wild. I could read this masterpiece 100 times!
It was Christmas! Yay! Harry woke up to a massive stack of presents. I was jealous! Harry received beautiful presents like a jumper from the Weasleys and another awesome piece of equipment.
'This was given from your father. Use it well.'
Harry opened the package. An invisibility cloak! That would be so cool!
Hermione left to go home, like many other children. Harry and Ron were staying at Hogwarts for Christmas though. Hermione ensured that Ron and Harry would look for any information about Nicholas Flamel. He could use his invisibility clock to get into the library! This chapter was cool. I really want an invisibility cloak!
In the middle of the night, Harry traveled to the library with his invisibility cloak. He reached a suit of armour. Behind was a passage. I was intrigued. There was a mirror, with a reflection of Harry's family. He immediately sprinted back to the Gryffindor tower got Ron. Ron's reflection was him as Quidditch captain! Harry went back to the mirror. Then, Dumbledore appeared but smiling. Harry was relieved. Dumbledore explained to Harry the mirror shows your desire. Nobody other than you can see your own desire. Dumbledore asked Harry to stop going since it was being moved. This chapter was great. I wonder what my reflection in the desire would be.
Hermione arrived back from her break. There was still no hope of Nicholas Flamel. Harry received a chocolate frog with Albus Dumbledore.
'Dumbledore is mostly famous for his defeat against the dark wizard Grindlewald in 1945, for the discovery of the twelve uses of dragon's blood and his work on alchemy with his partner Nicholas Flamel.'
'I found him!' Harry shouted in joy.
Ron, Hermione and Harry jumped up and dow like frogs on a barbecue. This chapter was superb. Iwas so excited that they finally found Nicholas Flamel!
It was very interesting in my read tonight. A wanted to read the next page!
Harry walked out onto the quidditch field with pride. I was excited to read about the quidditch game. Gryffindor were playing Slytherin. A huge match. Worth a lot of house points!
'Johnson back in possession, dodges a bludger. The goalposts are right ahead. Come on Angelina! she shoots..... Gryffindor Score! Ten to zero.'
The Gryffindor stand was louder than an elephant. Harry was searching for the golden snitch. He was flying around, when the opposing captain nearly knocked him off his broom! Ouch! Then, More bad luck. Harry's broom went out of control! twisting and twirling. Difficult to put a hand on the broom. Hermione saw Snape fiddling with his wand. He was jinxing Harry's broom! I was devastated a teacher would do that to a student. Hermione raced over to Snape to stop him. She had cursed a spell that created a flame on Snape's cloak. He was distracted and Harry could fly once again. Harry coughed, and something golden appeared in his hand.
'I've got the snitch!' Harry yelled excitedly. Gryffindor were so happy. What a feeling it would be to get 150 points! Gryffindor won. Harry, Ron and Hermione went over to Hagrid's 'box.'
'Now listen to me all three of yeh-yer meddling in things that don't concern yeh. It's dangerous. If you forget that dog, and you forget what it's guarding. That is between Nicholas Flamel and Dumbledore.
'So there is someone called Nicholas Flamel!'
Hagrid was furious with himself. I loved this paragraph. I'm so happy Gryffindor won against Slytherin. I'm intrigued to find who Nicholas Flamel is....
Tonight, I read a book about matter and how it changes. It was very interesting. Matter is made out of lights. Did you know everything in the world is made out of matter? That was one of the facts that surprised me. Also, that helium is the only superfluid. A superfluid is a state of matter in which the matter behaves like a fluid with zero viscosity.
There are three types of matter: liquids, gasses and solids. All of these happen in matter. Matter can change very commonly. For example, when you put water (a liquid) in a fridge, it freezes and turns into ice (a solid.) Matter happens in anyorder.
Atoms are a basic unit of matter. When atoms build together, they create molecules. A change of a state (liquid, solid and gas) is an example of physical change. You can use physical changes by mixing matter together. Mixtures are physical combinations of substances. A sandwich is an example of a mixture. You are combining bread, veggies, cheeses and meats.
A chemical change is when a change in one substance is converted into one or more substances with different properties. It causes different kind of matter to form. For example, when you toss wood into a fire, it causes the wood to burn. You can tell if something is changing chemically for instance when an object changes colour.
Tonight was reading paradise. I had a brilliant feeling of happiness in my gut. Harry Potter Rules!
It was Harry's first Quidditch training session. The Gryffindor seeker was excited. There were 3 eighty feet high goalposts shooting up from the ground on both sides of the pitch. Harry had been given the best broomstick in the world, a Nimbus Two-Thousand. Oliver wood explained the rules. I was intrigued. I want to play quidditch! There is 1 keeper who stops the goals. That is Oliver Wood. He protects the quaffle getting into the posts. Wood showed Harry the large ball called the quaffle. Harry had been given a small club. Two identical balls appeared in front of Harry in a flash. Bludgers are balls that fly around the pitch and they are out of control. I wouldn't like to get injured in the middle of the sky! Beaters take care of the bludgers. The beaters are Fred and George Weasley, Ron's brothers. They keep the bludger away from our side and smash the ball with the club over to the opposing side. The three chasers are the scorers. They obtain the Quaffle and shoot it through the opposing post. A goal is worth 10 points. Then, Harry's position, the seeker. I want to know about Harry's position. A miniscule, golden ball was the object Harry needed to catch. The golden snitch is worth 150 points, and it ends the game. Harry was looking forward to his first game. This paragraph was awesome. I want to be a seeker. It would feel amazing to earn your team 150 points.
Proffessor Quirrell ran up the hallway screaming like a girl.
'Trolls in the girls bathroom!' Quirrel bellowed. Percy the Gryffindor Prefect lead first years to their dormitories. They knew Hermione was in the girls bathroom, because Harry and Ron made her upset. The couple raced down to the bathroom to save their friend. I was shivering. What will happen to Hermione? A loud scream was audible from miles away. Harry and Ron raced to the scene. They found Hermione being hunted down by a giant, unattractive troll.
'Oy Pea Brain!' Ron shouted. He threw a metal bar at the beast. It didn't even seem to notice the bar hitting him. The petrified witch attempted to run around the colossal beast but she didn't have the strength. I was more scared than Hermione! Harry did something very brave. He jumped onto the trolls back and stuck his wand up his enemy's nose. The troll was howling with pain. Phew, a sign of relief.
'Wingardium Leviosa!' Ron cried. This spell lifted The troll's club and it landed on it's head. It fell to the ground, not moving. Just as the scene finished, Professor McGonnagall, Professor Dumbledore and Snape all turned up at the bathroom. Gryffindor lost fifty points but for bravery, Ron, Hermione and Harry each received 5 Gryffindor house points. It was hard to get through this paragraph. I had a horrible image in my head. I liked it when Ron called the troll a 'pea brain.'
I read so much lately and I couldn't stop. I thoroughly enjoy this book. No wonder J.K. Rowling is so popular! I really want to hop into this book because I love the magic world so much!
It was the first morning at Hogwarts. First year gathered to have breakfast. It was much better than the Dursley's nearly starving Harry. Harry had received a message from Hagrid. It was delivered by an owl that came out of nowhere. Hagrid had requested Harry to come and tell him about how Hogwarts is going. Hagrid lived in a neglected old shack right outside the Forbidden Forrest. I would absolutely hate to live there! Even I would be too small! Harry had a lesson with Snape, the Slytherin house leader. Snape taught potions classes. Harry did not know a thing. He was embarrassed. I would feel very sad if i was not succeeding in school. A nasty boy named Draco Malfoy made Harry feel even worse. Harry met him in Diagon Alley. As usual, Hermione Grainger stuck her hand up for every question, her fingers tingling like a star in space. Since Harry did not know anything, he lost house points for Gryffindor. This wouldn't help his house win the house cup. Meanwhile, Harry had visited Hagrid and brought Ron. The Half-Giant introduced his dog, Fang to Harry and Ron. In the paper, it said Gringotts Bank had been robbed! This was nearly impossible! This paragraph was sad and unfair. I don't know why Snape made Gryffindor lose house points because one inexperienced wizard didn't know anything.
Harry was looking forward to a game. Quidditch. He didn't know how do play it, but he knew that there were flying broomsticks! I wish there were such things. I would love flying broomsticks!
'To lift your broomsticks, place your hand out and simply say 'up'.' Madam Hooch the Quidditch teacher ordered. Neville attempted to fly the broomstick. He flew off to the sky and..... BAM! The inexperienced quidditch player fell off the broomstick and fractured his wrist. Madam Hooch took Neville to the hospital wing. The children were left unsupervised. I thought this was crazy! What if there was another broken wrist! Draco Malfoy snatched Neville's rememberall ( a ball that signals if you have forgotten something) and had flown off into the breeze. Bravely, Harry hopped on the broomstick and tried to get the rememberall back. Now that is insane! Surprisingly, Harry was a very good flyer! Finally, Draco handed the rememberall to Harry. When Madam Hooch arrived back at the quidditch field, Harry was still on the broomstick. He had been sent straight to Professor McGonnagal. That's what happens when you do the wrong thing! Strangely, Harry did not get into trouble.
'Can I have Oliver Wood please?' questioned McGonnagal. Oliver walked out.
'Oliver is the quidditch captain. Harry Potter, Oliver Wood, Oliver Wood, Harry Potter. Wood, we found you a Gryffindor seeker.' Announced McGonnagal.
I was astonished that the first time Harry played quidditch, he had been chosen for the team! He was required to go to training the next day. I really liked this paragraph. There was heaps of tension when Harry got into 'trouble.' It was nail biting!
Malfoy declared a duel at midnight in the trophy room. He brought Ron and Hermione with him. The talented witch was reluctant to go.
'I think Malfoy tricked you.' Stated Ron when Malfoy was nowhere to be seen. Then, the caretaker, Argus Filch had been looking for people who had left their house dormitories. I was frightened, so were Harry, Ron and Hermione.
'Run!" Harry yelled. Everyone sprinted away. They attempted to get back to their dormitory.
'Students out of bed, students out of bed!' Peeves, the irritating Slytherin ghost mentioned. Hermione ordered Peeves to shut up. They reached a door with a 3 headed beast with yellowish fangs, saliva down his 3 mouths, 3 pairs of revolting eyes and 3 disgusting noses. Hermione was sure that it was hiding something precious. Harry thought it was that mysterious thing in vault seven-hundred-and-thirteen. Luckily, Harry, Ron and Hermione had returned to their dormitory without being caught. I was relieved. My heart was pumping at a million miles per hour. Draco and his friends Crabbe and Goyle were surprised Harry was there the next morning. I was as well. I thought it was mean to play a prank on Harry. I want to read about what the peculiar creature is hiding......
Tonight, I felt like I was in Hogwarts. I wish there were such a thing. this book is beyond compare. I could read it on and on.
Harry was required to go to platform nine-and-three-quarters. I didn't know there were parts of a train station platform! He was very confused. The discombobulated wizard had asked a plump lady with several children (all red-headed) for directions. There was an older son, twins, a boy who was about Harry's age and there was a little girl. He saw the oldest-looking son run through a wall and he vanished. So it really is magic! Harry did just that. He ran through the wall and had appeared on platform nine-and-three-quarters. Harry boarded the train with the boy that he met at platform nine.
'Take care of Ron.' Pleaded the mother in a blissful tone.
'Don't worry, we will take care of Ickle Ronikins.' Chuckled the twins.
They had met a girl named Hermione Grainger who was trying to find Neville's toad.
This chapter was awesome. I really liked it when Fred and George (the twins) made fun of their little brother, Ron. It was a bit mean though. I would've been very nervous if I boarded the train, knowing that I wouldn't see my family for a while. It would be a wild experience though.
Finally, they arrived at Hogwarts. Every first year hopped in a boat and sailed off to the actual school.
'Welcome to Hogwarts School of Whichcraft and Wizardry. There are four houses you can be sorted in. If you are in Gryffindor, you are brave and heroic, If you are a Slytherin, you will be a successful wizard, but Slytherins are quite nasty, if you are a Hufflepuff, you are kind and loyal and if you are a Ravenclaw, you are quite intelligent.' An old and wise woman announced.
Standing next to her was an old man with a colossal white beard and spectacles.
Hagrid told Harry about these successful Witches and Wizards. They were called Professor McGonnagall and Professor Dumbledore. Apparently, you put on a shaggy and neglected hat on your head which reads your mind and determines your house. Harry had been put into Gryffindor, with his friends Hermione and Ron. Soon after everyone enjoyed a brilliant buffet dinner. This chapter was enjoyable to read. The Sorting Hat was my favourite part. I liked the idea of a hat reading your mind! It was a very creative chapter.
Harry had met his house ghost. His name was Nearly Headless Nick. He was called this because he could take his head right off his neck. It was revolting. Also, they met the caretaker, Argus Filch. He had a cat called Miss Norris. She had the beady eyes just like her owner. The head Prefect, Percy Weasley (who was a brother of Fred, George and Ron) had lead the first year students to their house dormitory. This was were they slept. It was different not sleeping at home. Harry certainly would not be homesick though! The young wizard fell asleep. Harry was ready for the huge day ahead..... This chapter was exquisite. I like the idea of a house ghost. It is very clever. I am looking forward to reading Harry's life at Hogwarts.
Harry and Hagrid, had traveled to a shop called the Leaky Cauldron. It looked like a neglected, rusty shack.
'This is a famous place.' Hagrid added.
Harry entered the room quietly. Everyone was staring at Harry.
'Is this Harry Potter?' Questioned the barman.
'It certainly is.' Replied Hagrid.
'It is an honour.' The barman said softly.
Harry did not know he was famous. He was discombobulated.
The barman's name was Dedalus Diggle. I wouldn't like to be called that! A pale young man made his way up to Harry.
'P-p-potter, I-I a-am p-pleased to meet you.' Muttered the man
'He's Professor Quirrel. He will teach you Defence Against the Dark Arts. Harry and Hagrid moved on. These wizard have strange names and strange personalities! Why can't Professor Quirrel speak properly?
They had reached a stone wall that blocked a passage. Hagrid had tapped the wall three times with his magical pink umbrella and suddenly, the passage had opened.
'Welcome, to Diagon Alley. There were a series of shops along the alley.
'First you need some money that your parents left over.' Hagrid stated.
Harry was surprised his parents let over money for him to spend. I would of been really excited to have money! They had reached Gringotts Wizard bank. Apparently, it was owned by goblins. The team had entered the building.
Hagrid had given the key to the little unattractive creature. He also requested to travel to the you-know-who vault 713. Harry was curious to find out the secret business.
After a very rapid ride, They had finally reached the safe. Several golden pieces stack up like the Eiffel Tower.
Harry was shocked.
'Now let's get your wand.' Hagrid added.
Hagrid and Harry had entered a building called Ollivanders. It was a wand shop that had a million different types of magical wooden sticks.
'I better get you a birthday present, Harry!' exclaimed Hagrid. He rushed off.
Mr Ollivander had given Harry a wand made of Maple and Phoenix feather.
'Maybe not that one' Suggested Mr Ollivander.
Now, Harry had received a wand made out of Unicorn hair.
'No, not that one. A tricky customer, 'ey?' Chuckled Mr Ollivander.
Harry had found his buddy for the year. A wand made of Phoenix feather and holly. Hagrid had returned with an owl.
'Happy Birthday Harry.' Said Hagrid cheerfully. Harry grabbed the owl. He decided to call the owl Hedwig.
'Our job is done. On the first of September, you will be going to Hogwarts.' Said Hagrid excitedly. Harry was joyful to get away from the Dursleys.
Harry had been sent to bed with nothing in his stomach, so he attempted to grab some food. He had woken up and had collected the mail.
Mr H Potter
The Cupboard Under the Stairs
4 Privet drive
I was thinking how they know where Harry sleeps! He had raced to the kitchen to show Uncle Vernon the letter.
Dudley complained because Harry had received a letter. Dudley is so annoying! Vernon attended the scene.
'Give me that!' Shouted Vernon
. Unfortunately, Harry did not read his letter.
'Out! Both of you!' Roared Vernon. Harry and Dudley walked to their rooms in sorrow.
Surprisingly, Vernon and Petunia entered Harry's minuscule bedroom.
Harry had been reluctantly moved to another room. Harry had been moved to Dudley's other room, where he keeps his toys because there are too many to fill the first one. It included a rusty, neglected television set that Dudley had once owned. This room was still not five stars.
A letter had appeared in the letterbox. It read:
Mr H Potter
The Smallest Bedroom
4 Privet Drive
He awaited to read what was inside, but of course, the opportunity was lost once again. I was getting impatient that Harry had not read his letter yet. I wonder what will be inside the envelope of mysteries....
The family decided to go on a vacation to a trip to a little hotel. They were so happy they could not keep receiving those letters. Strangely, a reception man traveled up to Harry's room.
' Is Mr H Potter here?' Vernon Snatched the letter off the man and teared the letter straight away. They packed up and had gone to a shack on top of a rock in the middle of the ocean.
'You won't be getting any letters here!' Chuckled Vernon.
It was a bitter stormy night. Waves were crashing and the thunder roared like a lion. It was a few seconds before Harry's Birthday. It was a horrific way to spend a birthday. 3,2,1 Boom! the door had crashed, and everyone was frightened. A giant man with a long, shaggy beard and a ginourmous coat.
'I demand you to leave at once!' Screamed Vernon.
'Shut up you great Prune!' Replied the Giant.
'Me name's Hagrid. Keeper of the keys at Hogwarts School of Which craft and Wizardry. Oh, and Happy birthday Harry.' Said Hagrid. He had received a cake with green icing saying 'happy birthday Harry'. Vernon and Petunia had told Harry that his parents died in a car crash, but actually they died because of 'He who must not be named' Or Voldemort. Hagrid thought this was nonsense. The giant had been holding a letter, and he had given it to Harry. It had said that Harry had been invited to Hogwarts, a school of Which craft and Wizidary. The letter told about his equipment that he needed for the year.
'There is no such thing as magic!' shouted Vernon. He was definitely wrong.....
I was extremely excited to read the Harry Potter series. It is written by J.K. Rowling, so I know this is going to be great.
Harry James Potter was an orphan. His parents, Lilly and James were killed by 'He who must not be named.' This man was very well known for his evilness. Harry had lived with his Aunt Petunia, his Uncle Vernon and his annoying cousin, Dudley. He had blonde hair and was large and chubby like his father. Petunia and Vernon adored Dudley. He was spoiled and greedy. His parents thought he was like any other child. They had told Harry that his parents died in a car crash, which was incorrect. Petunia and Vernon hated Harry. I thought this was sad because Harry did not have a family who loved him.
It was Dudley's birthday. He had received thirty-seven presents and had been given two more. These presents were such things like video games and even a racing bike! For an activity, the family decided to go to the zoo with Dudley's best friend, Piers Polkiss. Harry had to travel to the zoo since his 'babysitter' Mrs Figg had fractured her leg. Dudley had thrown a tantrum because Harry was coming. I thought this was a greedy thing to do. He just made his cousin even sadder.
They visited the reptile park where they saw a Boa Constrictor. It was just peacefully relaxing when Dudley ordered his dad to make the snake move. Piers and Dudley moved away, while Harry walked to the snake. He looked at the colossal creature.
'I get it all the time.'The boa constrictor said.
'I know.' Harry murmured.
'Where do you come from anyway?' Harry questioned.
'Brazil,' replied the Boa Constrictor.
Dudley and Piers had sprinted back to the snake since it was moving. Then, something amazing happened. The snake had slithered out of it's enclosed glass habitat.
'Thanksssss amigo!' The snake whispered to Harry.
The visitors bolted out of the zoo screaming chaotically. Harry was punished for this. He had been sent to his bedroom with no meals. I think these parents are crazy!
Harry Potter is definitely one of my favourites. J.K Rowling is very inspirational to me.
Greg Heffley celebrated Easter with his crazy family. In the morning, Greg and his brother Rodrick were reluctantly driven to church. As soon as church concluded, they travelled straight to Gramma's house. Gramma's house was extremely boring. There was absolutely no entertainment there. Greg had to put up with the other kids' appalling behaviour. Meemaw usually had a easter egg hunt for the kids. One of the eggs contained Meemaw's diamond ring. The adults had gone ballistic trying to find it. This was not fun at all. As usual, Easter was once again awful.
Greg had always wanted a phone. A proper phone. All he had was a simple ladybug phone that he received from his mum. You can only ring home or the emergency number. Finally, Greg's dreams came true. Rules came with the phone. You could not text any friends and it was compulsory to share it with Greg's little brother, Manny. He likes to take pictures on the phone. Greg just had to put up with it.
At school, there are a series of clubs that students can join. Some of these are Maths club, Poetry club, Drama club, International Relations club and even a Pillow Fighting club! There is one particular club that Greg considered participating in. Yearbook club. He had entered the room to sign up. Throughout the year, Greg had to take pictures of scenes around the school. Greg did some peculiar manipulating of some of the photos. I thought this was a very strange yet hilarious thing for a photographer to do.
Unfortunately, I have nearly finished this book. I always want to read on and on. When It is a masterpiece!
Soon after I finished my last book, I straight away got Diary of a Wimpy Kid Hard Luck. This book includes lots of humour. I love it already!
Greg Heffley returns to school for another exciting year. It started off with a bang. Greg's best buddy Rowley Jefferson has been spending time with a girl named Abigail. He has left Greg all alone, with absolutely no friends. This made me feel melancholy that he didn't have anyone to talk to. Greg walks to school with Rowley, but he just talks to his girlfriend.
On their way to school, they usually come across a nasty dog called Rebel who chases them. The owner had to install a collar which electrocutes Rebel every time he escapes the property. Greg and Rowley enjoyed encouraging Rebel to escape. I thought this was hilarious. Another danger area is the Mingo Kid's woods. The Mingo Kids are crazy. 'They live in the woods like a pack of wild animals' Their leader Meckley Mingo is in charge of the clan.
Greg signed up for the 'Superhero Training Academy' with Rowley. He thought he would learn superpowers to use against the bullies. Instead, it was just like self defence. There were no superpowers involved.
Greg hated clothes shopping. He thought it was so boring. But this time, he was getting sneakers. New ones. Greg had always inherited his brother Rodrick's sneakers. His mum bought him a pair of 'Sportzterz' sneakers. Soon after he wore them, the grip peeled off. Greg found out that the sneakers his mum bought were from the two dollar shop. So they walked to a 'real' sneaker shop and got some real sneakers. Greg now owned a pair of 'Max Lift Five with jump kick technology" sneakers. He thought this would support him with his basketball. One day while walking to school, he got his brand new sneakers covered with dog manure. Greg was 20 minutes late to class and the room stunk like a skunk.
Spring Break meant no school for one week. But Spring Break wasn't that great this time. Greg's relatives had come to stay. Greg hated his Mum's side of the family. There was Aunt Gretchen, who had two strange kids called Malvin and Malcom. She kept the twins on leashes because they are so hyperactive. Aunt Cakey does not like kids and has had a bad experience with nannying, Aunt Audra who always goes to the psychic and finally Aunt Veronica who makes her appearance by video conference. The only reasonable relative is grandma Meemaw who has passed away. Her husband, Peepaw is still alive. They had such unique nicknames.
From what I've read so far, this book contains some humorous sentences and adjectives like 'wears a black top and belt with a gigantic mountain on it.' This book is awesome and I am looking forward to what is happening next.
Henry Sugar returned home from Lord's House. His success was tremendous. In total, he would win seven million pounds a year. For some reason, Henry did not feel that happy. It was too easy. No thrill, no suspense. It was extremely strange.
The next morning, Henry walked to his ginormous stash of money. He went to his balcony and threw a twenty-pound-note. He watched it float in the chilly breeze. It reached an old man wearing a long brown shabby overcoat and a floppy hat. 'That is a present for you!', Henry exclaimed to the withered old man. Soon after, a colossal crowd had appeared outside Henry's flat. He heard screams of 'Me!, Me!, what about me?' Henry was being very generous. I was very happy for him.
Unfortunately, a police officer turned up at Henry's flat.
'You're causing chaos!' The police officer bellowed. He glared at Henry's mammoth amount of cash.
'Where did you receive that from?' The officer questioned
'I won it.' Henry replied. The police officer could not believe it.
'Why don't you give the money to an orphanage?' The officer suggested. Henry did just that. He would visit casinos all over the world and raise money for the orphaned children.
Henry asked his accountant John Winston if he wanted to help manage his substantial winnings. John looked at Henry's money. He told John he had won it from gambling. John didn't believe him so they played a game of Blackjack. Of course, Henry won and John agreed to help. Henry planned to deposit his winnings into bank accounts but to avoid the taxman John moved to Switzerland. Seven years and nearly 50 million pounds later the casino owners became suspicious...... Also, He asked a man named Max Engleman Who was a make-up artist. He agreed to help also. He would disguise Henry as different people every time he went into a casino. Soon after, Henry, John and Max created a company called Orphanages S.A. It had become a very rich company.
Unfortunately, Henry died at the age of 63. He had worked at Orphanages S.A. for 20 years. Everyone remembered him for what he did. I felt very sad that Henry died because He had done such a nice thing.
In the book, I noted a brilliant simile: "His eyes where shining like two bright stars".
From what i've read so far, I am enjoying the book. It's awesome!
I started reading a book called The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar By Roald Dahl. I like this book because there is excitement on every page. I can't put the book down!
The story is about a man called Henry Sugar who lived in London. He liked to gamble and was very wealthy. Henry travelled to a place called Guilford to stay with someone called Sir William Whynham. They decided to play a game of Canasta, but there were five people. Canasta is played with only four people. Each person picked out a card and whoever received the lowest card had to sit out. Unfortunately, Henry Sugar had the lowest card.
Sir William's father was a famous book collector. Henry selected a random book from the vast collection. On the cover, it read: A report on an interview with Imrhat Kahn, the man who could see with is eyes closed. By John .F. Cartwright. December, 1934. Henry was intrigued...
John Cartwright was a doctor in Mombay, India. One day, a man named Imhrat Kahn entered John's office. He told John that he could see with his eyes closed. He proved it by counting the doctor's fingers with several bandages covering his eyes. I was amazed that this was happening! Later that night, Imrhat performed a show. He rode a push bike on the busy Mombay roads with his face covered in bandages. The crowd cheered louder than ever. When the show had come to an end, John had taken him home for an interview. Imhrat told his story.
He met a yogi (a person who performs yoga) named Bannerjee. He told Imhrat to light a candle and focus on the black tip of the flame. He told Imhhrat that it takes a lot of time to do this.
When the interview had finished, John took Imhrat home. The following day, John received some news. Imhrat Kahn had passed away overnight. He shouldn't have taken him back to his house. John was extremely sad.
'Henry closed the exercise book and sat gazing at the rain slashing against the windows of the library.' From the information he read, he wondered if he was also capable of seeing with his eyes closed. This would be very useful for his gambling. He could see through cards. He travelled to Lord's House (a gambling house). He won 6600 euro with this trick.
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar has some brilliant sentences and some great adjectives like 'red-hot furnace'. This book is exquisite. I can't wait to read what is happening next.