Beyond Babylon

A Global Magazine for Thinking Youth

Month: January 2015 (page 1 of 2)

3 words

I love you.
What a simple,
yet utterly
breathtaking
phrase.
How is it that
3 words,
8 letters,
3 syllables,
could speak
so much to
someone
when said?
How is it that
3 words,
8 letters,
3 syllables,
can be so
important
to one person
then mean
nothing
to the next?
How is it that
someone could
say such a
big phrase,
3 words,
8 letters,
3 syllables,
and not even
mean it
at all? read more

The Rithmatist Book Review

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson, is about a boy named Joel who dreams of becoming a Rithmatist, person who can make the chalk drawings they create come to life. HE finds himself helping a Rithmatics professor to solve a case of young Rithmatists being kidnapped, even possibly murdered. He and his and his friend Melody, go on a quite possibly dangerous adventure striving to solve this case. They encounter many dangers, but still solve the case. But, one question is left unanswered. What, was the reason behind the kidnappings? read more

The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows is by Kenneth Grahame. It is about a bunch of animals who live together in the same, “Neighborhood,” and live their daily lives. There are four characters; Rat, Badger, Moley and of course Toad. Although they are animals, they live their lives like humans. Moley and Rat like to go boating out on the river, Badger likes to be in his house in the woods and Toad has many interests but his most cherished and dangerous (to the other animals) is driving cars. While Toad is going crazy over his cars the other animals try to help him go away from his love for cars. Toad escapes the animals grasps and then runs away. He gets put in a dungeon, escapes as an ugly washerwoman, hops on a cargo boat, steals a horse and then trades it with a gypsy. But, when he comes back home his house has been taken over by weasels. Will he ever get his house back? Read the book to find out. read more

Mr. Terupt: A New Kind of Classroom Adventure

Mr. Terupt Falls Again: A New Kind of Classroom Adventure

Mr. Terupt Falls Again is a very fun and amazing sequel to Because of Mr. Terupt, written by Rob Buyea. The genre of this book is realistic fiction. In the sixth grade of Snow Hill School, the seven new students of Mr. Terupt’s class are facing new challenges this year. Jessica wants to learn more about Mr. Terupt’s past, Peter doesn’t want to go to a fancy private school his relatives have all been to, Jeffrey discovers something you wouldn’t see every day on the side of the road, Alexia hangs out with a bunch of older kids that are very dumb and idiotic, and sometimes dangerous, Anna wants to know about her gone father, Luke observes Mr. Terupt and sees some very suspicious things, and Danielle wants to know about someone in her farm’s property. Will there be a happy ending for all? This book is a little different, but in some parts of the book I squealed in delight because it was so good. There are some parts that I would say are a little important and would make you say, “What the heck just happened?!”. I think anyone who wants to read a moving, fun, and surprising book should read Mr. Terupt Falls Again. It may be a little different from the first book, but trust me, you’ll like it. So, what are you waiting for? read more

Cherub: Divine Madness

Divine Madness, by Robert Muchamore, is the fifth part in an amazing series. This book is about a boy named James who has endured pain and suffering as a spy to infiltrate a religious cult known as The Survivors. He must race to discover the link between The survivors and an eco-terrorist group known as Help Earth. To do this he must think like one of them, become one of them using his intellectual and physical training to be a top student and make it to the ark, the boat that will save The Survivors from the next flood of the world. But that’s not the only issue. The Survivors have been known to use brainwashing techniques to trick people into joining them so James must not only face the minds of his enemies but also his own. James, just a kid in his late teen years, must work with ASIS and worse, his own sister to save the world because he is part of a top secret spy branch with a huge advantage, no one suspects there being spied on by children. Overall, this is a good read packed with action and adventure and I highly suggest to it to readers over fifth grade because of the content of vulgarity and because in general, it’s just a big book. read more

The Green Glass Sea

The Green Glass Sea
By: Ellen Klages

The Green Glass Sea is my favorite book of all time. It takes readers on a journey through World War 2 times. Dewey (The main character in the first part of the book ) is living with her aunt because her dad is a scientist and is helping in the army. He gets the job in the army working at Los Alamos (Where they are starting to develop the atomic bomb) and since her dad is going she gets to go to. She starts to live there but get bullied at the school by a kid named suze. But still has some fun with her few friends though. I wont tell what happens next because there are a lot of surprises, Read the book to find out what happens next! read more

Smile Book Review

Smile by Raina Telgemeier is a realistic fiction book about a girl who gets her two front teeth knocked out of her mouth and the struggles she goes through to get all these operations done and to fit in. The main character Raina is just getting out of the car and she races her friends to her door. She is almost there but she trips and falls, One tooth gets knocked out of her mouth and the other tooth gets pushed deep into her gum. She goes to the dentist and he decides to open up her gum and pull out the tooth, then he does a series of operations to get her teeth looking normal again. Raina struggles along the way because she has this big gap in her mouth for people to stare and laugh at. To top it off a major earthquake hits her town and knocks down a bridge that her dad is supposed to be driving across. Will her dad survive? Will she finally fit it after her accident? Will her teeth go back to normal? What would you do if you were in her shoes? Read Smile By Raina Telgemeier to find out! read more

Close to Famous

Close to Famous by Joan Bauer is realistic fiction about fun, hard work, and care. In this story, main character 12 year old Foster a girl who loves to bake, experiences rough times. While doing what she loves and suffering throughout her mothers “love,” and assisting a famous superstar, Foster discovers helping others is what it’s all about. I enjoyed this book because it gave me a message to help others and continue what I enjoy doing and so should you! Read this book to find out what happens to Foster, her friends, and family. read more

The Hobbit Book Review

The Hobbit is written by J. R. R. Tolkien, and is an exciting and nail-biting adventure about a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins who goes on an adventure with a company of 13 other dwarves. They are also accompanied by a wise old wizard named Gandalf the Grey. They need to reclaim their treasure inside of the lonely mountains that was stolen by a fierce dragon named Smaug. The journey will be very dangerous and many obstacles are in the way, like the giant spiders, to the deadly trolls and orcs. Will they make the journey and slay the dragon, or will they be orc and troll lunch. read more

Listened

If only,
oh if only,
you had listened.
Listened to
Your mother telling you
to do your homework
only because she cared.
Your granddad telling you
His childhood stories
because he is so proud
of the person you are.
Your teacher telling you
when to do work
because she wants you
to have success.
The boy in school
the one who sits next to you
in math class.
Who compliments you
every day
on something different.
The girl
who is misunderstood
by everyone
but you.
To yourself
Oh, if only you listened
to yourself.
Your thoughts
what you wanted.
Your desires.
The belief in
yourself
that is deep down.
So in a time
like this
when it seems
that the world
is caving in
and you are alone,
it’s the times
like these
which you wish
that you listened. read more

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