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FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2007

'Jane Eyre' a hard book to put down; 'Golden Compass' packs in suspense

Editorís note: These book reviews were written by fifth-grade magnet program students at Leon Sheffield Elementary School.

JANE EYRE (Great Illustrated Classics). By Charlotte Bronte. Abdo Publishing Co., 240 pages, $16.65, hardcover.

By Juliana Lee
Special to THE DAILY

"Jane Eyre" was a magnificent book! The book was interesting and had great detail. As I got deeper into the book, each chapter got better. When I hit the fourth chapter, I could not put the book down.

Jane Eyre is a main character in this book. When Jane was very young, her parents died of typhus disease. Jane is thrust into many harsh situations, yet she has great confidence and hope. No matter what Jane goes through, she always believes she will make it through the experience.

The setting is the Thornfield House, an affluent house with three floors that are picturesque. Many servants live in the Thornfield House, along with Mr. Rochester and Adele. Mr. Rochester and Jane meet when she goes to Thornfield House to be Adele's governess. As I finished this book, I made a connection to "The Sound of Music" musical.

I recommend this book to all who like love stories. I can see why "Jane Eyre" is a classic.

THE GOLDEN COMPASS. By Philip Pullman Random House Children's Books, 399 pages, $7.50, paperback.

By Henry Thornton
Special to THE DAILY

"The Golden Compass," written by Philip Pullman, is one of those books you want to read even when you're not reading it, and you want to read it faster while you are reading it! There are two sequels to "The Golden Compass:" (in order) "The Subtle Knife" and "The Amber Spyglass."

This is a medium complex fiction book. It is set in a world not very different terrestrially from our own, or in the way people look, but everything else is far different. Everybody's consciences appear in animal form around their human self and can speak telepathically with them. Armored bears that talk, and a war-crazed king are just a few of the things you encounter on your magical journey.

The story is about a little girl name Lyra. Riding in a giant balloon, befriending an armored bear and walking into another world are just a few of the things she accomplishes.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy, suspense and action all packed into one great story.

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