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Angels and Demons by Dan Brown July 21, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Action, Better than the movie, Intense, Mystery, Myth Related, Not for young kids!!, week 6.
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Central Bellingham Library
For those of you who think that you don’t have to read this book because you saw the movie, tear that idea out of you head and throw it to the wolves. This book is absolutely amazing. When a religious scientist is brutally murdered and branded with the symbol of an ancient demonic cult, Robert Langdon gets called in to identify the group. What he discovers sends shockwaves through the world: the Illuminati, a thought-to-be-dead group of scientists bend on bringing down the Catholic church– specifically Vatican City. Teaming up with the smart, sexy scientist, Vittoria Vetra and the Swiss Guard, they find that at every hour starting at 8:00, a cardinal will be killed. At precisely midnight, a bomb made up of antimatter is set to destroy Vatican City. To make matters worse, conclave is being held, meaning that every Catholic cardinal belonging to the church is sitting on top of a bomb. Chasing after shadows and ancient secrets, together Robert and Vittoria fight for the truth, and make the most startling revelation of all.

Dan Brown is an amazing author with a great gift for making an everything seem real. I highly recommend his books for anyone who wishes to be pulled into a story so captivating that it’s impossible to put down.


Chanda’s Secrets July 18, 2009

Posted by Aubri in AIDS, Death/Dying, Intense, week 5.
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Chanda’s Secrets by Allan Stratton
This was a really emotional and great book. It is set in south Africa where almost everyone is ashamed to admit that they or a family member has AIDS and people that have it are shunned and thrown to the streets. The book starts out by giving an overview of Chanda’s life: Having her father and brother die in a mining explosion; Iris being born by Isaac; Isaac sexually abusing Chanda; Soly being born my Mr. Dube; all leading up to their life right now where Chanda lives with her mother, her mother’s boyfriend Johan and her brother and sister in a small house next to their neighbor Mrs. Tafa. But after Johan disapeers for a month and apeers back at the house obviously infected with AIDS, everthing changes for Chanda. Now all she can think about is if her mom had AIDS or whether she does. Chanda doesn’t know what to do or if she can do anything.
This is an amazing story about a teenage girl overcoming her fears and the pressure of others to do what she thinks is right to help her family and friends. I really love it although it is sad.