Film Review: The 33

The 33 is a movie based on a true story about an event that happened on August 5th, 2010. On this day, 33 miners got trapped under diorite. They were working in the San Jose gold and copper mine when the collapse occurred.

When the mine collapsed, the miners were forced to go to the refuge of 50 square meters of space. They had to survive on 3 days’ supply of food.

They were trapped in the refuge for 69 days. The Chilean Government sent ministers to help with the rescue. Many different companies, including NASA, helped with the rescue. The movie was very moving because it showed a group of everyday average people overcoming hardships. They came together and helped each other through the 69 days of pure fear and despair.


-Ella Y.

The 33 is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library.

Gabe and Izzy: Standing up for America’s Bullied by Gabrielle Ford and Sarah Thomson

Bullying is a huge problem and Gabrielle Ford took on this problem with full force. While on her journey, she hit a few rocks and fell, but she always got back up.

Gabrielle was diagnosed with Friedreich ataxia when she was 13. Friedreich ataxia is a disease that affects the central nervous system. It makes it very hard to walk and it may affect the heart. Gabrielle’s passion was dance, she knew jazz, tap, and ballet. Imagine, not being able to do the one thing that you love the most? She went through a hard time all throughout her life but especially in 8th grade; she was bullied constantly because of her disease. Boys would tease her and say “You talk like you’re drunk! You really ought to lay off the booze, Gabe!” (Ford and Thomson 31). She slurred her words because of the disease. She would also sometimes trip and kids would push her and kick her heels. She could have given up, she could have let the kids get to her but instead, she held her head high and brushed it off. 

A few years after graduating high school, she adopted a coonhound named Izzy. Later, it was discovered that Izzy had a liver shunt and muscle problems. Gabrielle did everything in her power to get Izzy’s treatment, and after all her and her family’s hard work, they did! The story reached “Animal Planet” and not long after that, Gabrielle and Izzy had their own episode on “Animal Planet!” 

Gabrielle and Izzy went to speak to schools about bullying all around the world! Gabrielle’s story is so inspiring. It speaks to all kids and tells them that you shouldn’t let what everyone thinks and says affect you. I hope you read this book and help spread Gabrielle and Izzy’s message to others!

-Ella Y.

Gabe and Izzy: Standing up for America’s Bullied by Gabrielle Ford and Sarah Thomson is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library.

No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz

No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz is a very compelling read. It is filled with action and suspense. It is written from the point of views of Marco, Lexi, Ryan, and Shay. They are all at a mall when Marco finds a box that turns out to be a bomb, filled with a deadly flu. The attempt to remove and deactivate the bomb fails. The deadly virus sweeps through the mall, leaving it on lockdown. 

After the mall goes on lockdown everything spirals out of control. The Senator tries her best to keep everyone calm, but how can you stay calm when you are on a lockdown and you don’t know why?

No Safety in Numbers keeps readers on their toes, ready for what happens next. It captures the problems that teenagers face on a daily basis: Shay who wants to escape daily life but has to deal with her younger sister; Ryan who tries to impress a girl; Marco who feels like an outsider; and Lexi who feels like her mom doesn’t know her.

No Safety in Numbers is very action-packed and you might find yourself yelling at certain characters throughout the book. I highly recommend No Safety in Numbers for anyone who wants a suspenseful, enthralling, and thrilling book.

-Ella Y.

No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library.