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Sunday, 25 March 2012

The Hunger Games Book Review

Katniss Everdeen is 16 years old and is very poor she lives with her unresponsive depressed mother and her younger sister Primrose Everdeen, Katniss breaks the law everyday so that her family can eat because her mother doesn’t provide money and food for the family, Katniss poaches in the forest with Gale he is 18 and calls Katniss cat-nip, the hunger games are starting and 2 teenagers from each district have to compete, they have a slip of paper in a glass bowl and in the first year the persons name is in the ball once their second year their name is in twice and so on until there 19, they can add another slip with their name on it so that they get a years supply of rice but that slip also goes on to the next year, Katniss has 20 slips with her name on this year because every year she adds an extra 3 slips in so that her family can eat, Primrose has one slip with her name in it, Gale has 40 slips with his name on it, Primrose’s name is called and Katniss is in shock, she thought that there would have been no chance of Primrose’s name being called out, Katniss call out that she was going to volunteer in her sisters place, Katniss met a lot of people along the way some she liked and some she didn’t, in the hunger games all she could have hoped for is that she didn’t have any bonds with anyone when the games started.

The book kept the reader hooked all the way through, it had many twists throughout the book that shocked the audience on each twist, the book had an amazing storyline and brilliantly written, hats off to Suzanne Collins and I can’t wait for the next instalment in The Hunger Games series.

Friday, 23 March 2012

The Colossal Squid

The colossal squid is a rare creature; Steve O’Shea is one of only a few scientists that have worked on these animals. Their existence has only been known since 1925 and only 5 have ever been found. The Ross Sea is where most of the specimens have been found.

There are only 5 reports of colossal squid the first was discovered in 1925 in the stomach of a sperm whale and all that was left was the tentacles, the second was discovered in 1981 and the scientist believed the specimen to be an immature female, the third was discovered in 2003 and it was a sub adult specimen with a mantle length of 8ft the fourth was found in 2005 and weighed around 150 to 200kg, The fifth colossal squid was caught in 2007, it was the largest one caught where all the organs had minimal damage, it weighed 330 pounds and was 16 foot long, Steve O’Shea said the squid was female and young as well; an adult would be much bigger. 2 of the specimens were found in the Ross Sea and another found off of South Georgia Island