Friday, January 9, 2015

Book Review: HALO: Contact Harvest

HALO: Contact Harvest
Greg Bear and Joseph Staten

Book Review By: Jack Benjamin, 8th Grade Student

It is the 26th Century. The United Nations Space Command colonized a habitable planet named Harvest. Harvest, a peaceful, prosperous farming colony, is on the very edge of human-controlled space. All seemed well, until the Covenant came…
The Covenant is a Empire made of several Alien races, led by a race known as the San' Shyuum, a group of deceitful, biased, and religious leaders. Humanity is now about to go into a war; not against each other, but a common enemy: the Covenant.

This Novel follows Staff Sergeant Avery J. Johnson, a UNSC Marine. He and his fellow soldier, Petty Officer 1st Class Healy, UNSC Navy, are about to become the first UNSC Soldiers to come face to face with the Covenant.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book- not because I play the game and not because it is just about war. Not only was it was well written and well thought out, I loved it because it put me in a universe where humanity’s existence is at stake and where surrender is not an option. I have always been wondering about what type of organisms or creatures are in space; this book gave me possibilities on what could be out there.

I sometimes wonder what could be out there, deep in space… Maybe a Covenant… Maybe other habitable planets… We will know sooner than you think...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Personal Book Recommendations

Here's an opportunity for you to help others make good choices in the library! Print out one of these to make recommendations to your peers here at Smith.

Use the big block to either put a picture of yourself or draw a picture of a pivotal or memorable scene from the book. If you'd like to submit a full review here, just email it to me and then use a QR code generator to link people directly to your review! This way, you can become part of the Smith Middle School Library Media Center legacy!

The picture to the right is a good example. You can download the template below or create your own. Make sure you show it to me or Mr. Bullock before you place it on the shelf!

If you know of a good one for Android or any other OS, please send me the link so I can post it.