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lunes, 20 de enero de 2014

"Somethings are perfect when start to finish"

                   -Ways to live forever -

"The question hasn't known the humanity for centuries: How would to die? First, think of ways to live forever ''


1. My name is Sam

2. I am eleven years old.

3. I collect stories and fantastic facts.

4. I have leukaemia.

5. By the time you read this, I will probably be dead."


This is the story of Sam McQueen, an eleven years old boy with leukaemia. Since a little time ago , he didn't need to stay at the hospital. I t's because he is going to die. Maybe tomorrow, the next week or in a year, but he is going to die. As he say: ' Going to die is the biggest waffly thing of all. No one will tell you anything. You ask them questions and they cough and change the subject'. Although it really looks a miserable future, Sam is not sad, almost not all. He just want to investigate many things as a real scientist and find all the answer of  the questions that the grown-ups won't answer to you. He also makes a list of other things he want do before he die. Unfortunatly, all these things are practically imposible. Are they really imposible? Not for Felix, the best friend of Sam and a laughing at the world boy with leukaemia too. In his opinion, nothing is imposible and he becames in the genie wishes of Sam, making reality all Sam's wishes...well, in Felix's way. Also,Sam is writing a book about him and his life, where we can see how is the life by himself. Surrounded by his strong family, we can see the hard truth about the leukaemia in childs.


     1. Be a famous scientist. Find things out and          write books about them.

     2. Break a world record. Not an athletic one,          obviously. A silly one.

     3. Watch all the horror films I’m not allowed to                                                                                                                  watch. 15-certificates. Or 18s.
How do you kow that you've died?"                        4. Go up down-escalators or down-up                                                                                                      escalators.

                                                                                   5. See a ghost.

                                                                                   6. Be a teenager. Do teenage things like drink      and   smoke and have girlfriends.

                                                                          7.Ride in an airship.

                                                            8. Go up in a spaceship and see the Earth from  space."

Now, I 'm going to talk a little bit about the author of this wonderful book. She's called Sally Nicholls. Actually, she lives in Oxford but she was born in Stockton-on-Tees the 22 of June 1983(age 30).Her dad died whe she was two and then, her brother and she were brought up her mother. Since she was young she knew she is going to be a writer. She loved to read books and write stories and thinking about new ones during the break in her school. Her and friends has a secret group like the Secret Seven and she cut her hair like George in the Famous Five. She said that she was a bit tomboy but I don't think that ride in bike and climb trees is that. Almost she wasn't like pre-teens and she was more like a real child. She went to two high-schools and before she did her a bachelor's degree at the University of Warwick, covering Philosophy and Literature, she travelled around the world. Sally reached Australia and New Zeland, following a period of been in Japan at a Red Cross hospital. She enrolled in a masters in Writing for Young People in Bath Spa University. There , she wrote Ways to Live Forever. In 2009, Sally won the Bolton Book Awards for Ways to Live Forever. She has also written other books like Clouse Your Pretty Eyes, A Lily, A Rose , All Fall Down and Seasons of Secret . And finally, she is a regular at Quarker meetings including Young Friends General Meeting.
Here you can find more information about her and her books. It's her web page :Sally Nicholls' web I hope you find it as interesting as I found it! :)


    Yes, this fantastic book has also a film! And it isn't one more film, it is in my opinion, "The Film". 
This film is obviously based in the Sally Nocholls' book and it has been directed by Gustavo Ron with the music of Cesar Benito. It has been released in Spain on the 29 of October in 2010. Gustavo Ron knew since the first moment he read the book that it has to be a film, the story really touched him.The film received a positive review by the critics and  has also support many organisations ,in the fight to cure leukaemia, lymphoma and other pediatric cancers, like LEUKAEMIA AND LYMPHOMA SOCIETY or People Agaisnt Childhood Cancer . Here it is the official page of this film with extra videos, photos of the filmig , a message from the director and lots and lots of more amazing facts about this movie: Ways to live forever movie's official web page
 I will put here the cast:
-Robbie Kay as Sam, the main- character of this story. A boy with leukaemia that like fantastic facts , UFOs and want to feel like a real teenager.
-Alex Etel as Felix , the best friend of Sam and also a boy with leukaemia. He is a really  jokely boy and he lives each minute of his live doing the most unusual and crazy things you can imagine.He has a wheelchair, and he  is straightforward.
-Ella Purnell as Kaleigh, Felix's cousin and  Sam's first kiss
-Ben Chaplin as Sam's dad.He is hard-working and he loves his children but first, he dosn't want to admit Sam's illness.
-Emilia Fox as Sam's mum. She is a relly strong women that support everything appens to her family without crying and doing her job as mother as well as she can.
-Eloise Barnes as Ella, Sam's sister. She is a really creative girl, though she wants all the attention to her but she really loves her brother a lot.
-Greta Scacchi as Sam and Felix's tutor(Mrs.Willis) that want to teach them many things about the life and how to appreciate it and also "fun stuff" as Sam and Felix say.
-Phyllida Law as Gran, Sam's grandmother, also a strong women, widow and really kind.
-Natalia Tena as Annie or like she likes to tell herself Dracula, because she is a nurse that rides around on a pink scooter and attend and put blood to the ill children like Sam and (although we don't see it in the film ) Felix. 

This film has also wonderful sceneries like this one, where the character Sam, Felix and Mrs.Willis write their list of wishes and things they want to do.

Do you understand know why I really like this story? If you don't I will say that for me it has been one of the most beautiful and realistic stories of sadness and happyness at the same time , with laugh moments and others ones where you will like to cry. It is an story that says you: "appreciate each moment of your life , laugh , be happy because there are others that can not have or do the same things as you  and if those characters of this story that represent real people and real facts can be strong and smile, WHY NOT YOU? " For me it has also been an story of overcoming , hope and love of life. I really hope my opinion makes you see this movie or/and read the book because I promise that it really worths...


Andrea Martínez Cazorla

7 comentarios:

  1. This article is really interesting, I have enjoyed very much his reading. Now I'm sure, I have to read the book and see the film. Because, I've always thought that we must never stop dreaming and doing things; especially when you are ill (in that case you have to fight more)

  2. It sounds fantastic you enjoyed it! :) Yes, you should read the book , it's really amazing, I swear. Happy to hear that ,
    Andrea M.

  3. Exuse me, I said *you enjoyed it. I means * you've enjoyed it . :)
    Andrea M.

  4. Everyone should enjoy it. Great job. A great summary of a great book I didn't know. Thanks for the info.

  5. What? Thanks for the info.? Didn't you find it interesting? Well, it's an opinion I know and everyone can think whatever they want , but I'm sure you will enjoy this story if you give it an oportunity and make the efford of loocking for information, reading the book or almost seeing the film.
    Andrea M.
    P.D: How can be put the name as Laura did?

  6. Sorry!!!! That "Thanks for the info" wasn't ironic. Sorry very much. I wanted to say "Thank you very much for the information" I really liked your article very much.

    P.D. You have to click in "comentar como" and select the option "Nombre", then you write your name and that`s all

  7. Yesterday, I finished reading this book and I loved it. Like Andrea says, in this book you can see the truth about cancer in kids and it's a really beautiful and realistic story.
    I still haven't seen the movie, but I think you should read the book, it's worth reading.