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In my first book “The House Of Hades”, there is this character named Nico, who is the son of the Greek god Hades. He had lots of things that effected him in his life, such as when his sister, Bianca, passed away. Now he always hides in the shadows. What I take away from that is that you have to stop hiding in the shadows and forget about your past.
Also in the book, These 7 kids have to work together to stop Gaea, the Earth Mother. What I’m wondering is that is it easy to work as a team all the time, or can there be a few bumps in the road?
Rudy, I really enjoy the questions you are wondering about. Teamwork is tricky no matter what you're doing, but when it's done well, it is super awesome. The bumps in the road are always good to learn from! Hope you're enjoying your summer and your reading!
I read Magnus Chase during the Summer, it is a book about a boy named Magnus Chase becoming a demigod by dying during a selfless act.
Throughout the series, Magnus Chase keeps being selfless l, and almost dies numerous times because of it. This makes me think that even though selflessness is a very good trait to have, it can be damaging to people who act selfless too often. In some cases, they try to help another person, but hurt themselves instead. So even though selflessness is usually good thing, it’s still good to be a little selfish, so that you can think before immediately jumping into other peoples problems.
The Nazis wanted to kill all the Jews because the Nazis only wanted pure German to rule the world. The Jews were trying to hide from the Nazis by making bunkers.
In the book a survivor’s tale Andy had to go through concentration camps, getting beat up on the street’s, and the Nazis were asking the Jews for their papers. I don’t have to go through what the Nazis did to Andy because the Nazis don’t have the power today.
Logan, the Nazis were just terrible. Your mentioning power got me thinking a lot because that question of who has power is so meaningful. Who has power drives a lot of what other people do, too, and I'm definitely thankful the Nazis don't have that power today!
In my first book, "Lost in the Pacific, 1942" a B-17 bomber is flying high above the Pacific Ocean but when the fuel runs low the only choice left is to have a emergency landing at sea. Now in the sixty-eight million square miles of the Pacific Ocean the eight men are suffering from dehydration and starvation on the three inflatable rafts. This nonfiction book has taught me to work as a team not as a individual when times are tough because a community of people gets you further in life.
The Pilot of the mission (Captain Bill Cherry) caused me to question if the B-17 bomber was inspected before the crew took off from Hawaii. If it was inspected wouldn't the mission go as planed with the navigation tools and fuel?
Jonathan, books like this one are so captivating. Have you read "Unbroken" or "Life of Pi"? Both of those examine similar situations at least a little bit. Life of Pi is fictitious, but the story is still fascinating as the main character tries to survive being stranded at sea.
In my first book "Catching Fire" by Suzanne Collins a young woman named Katniss Everdeen has to make decisions that could have many consequences, both good and bad. However, with an entire country essentially bowing at her feet, with love and hatred some of them can lead to much bigger things. The theme of always look out for every visible consequence in life taught me to really stop and think about my actions.
Also, another character, Peeta Mellark, has multiple sides to him. In "The Hunger Games" he was portrayed as self-absorbed and smug. However, in that book, and "Catching Fire" he proved not to be self-absorbed, but very unselfish, caring about Katniss and her needs. He is a two-sided character, which makes me question if there are people in this world who could be the same. Or possibly the opposite?
Isabelle, I love the Hunger Games series! I also really appreciate your thinking on Peeta and characters with multiple sides. People are totally complicated and can surprise you with those complications. It's always important to think critically about both characters and people and how much of what we see in them is real or if there is more to the story!
In my first book, Sophie's World, written by Jostein Gaarder, the main character Sophie's life changes. Her life changes after a man named Alberto Knox teaches her about famous philosophers, the history of philosophy, and history of the world itself. What I took away from the book is that the philosophers' explanations on the world and philosophy are the reasons why things are the way they are today.
The information that Alberto Knox gave Sophie allowed me to question and expand my knowledge on what we think are simple things in life. For instance, an animal may look uncomplicated and straightforward on the outside, but in reality, there is a lot more complexity and elements that we don't consider.
Nishan, philosophy is such a complicated topic that always gets me thinking about what we think is simple, too! I think that people are super complicated, just like how you mention animals. There are so many different aspects to everything that it is hard to see anything as simple! Super cool!
My first book is called Gregor the Overlander. It is a good fantasy book with lots of action and suspense.
Gregor is a 12 year old boy who got sucked into a strange and new world for him. This new world is miles underground and is filled with big cockroaches, rats, bats, and many other giant-sized creatures.
This book changes the way I see the world because it makes me think of all of the dangers in the world, big or small.
Gregor makes me grateful for what I have because he comes a relatively poor family and normally worries about money.
Tyler, Suzanne Collins (the author) is one of my favorites! What a great choice. It is interesting to think about dangers in the world because--just like you said--they can be big or small. I'm very glad there aren't any giant-size cockroaches in real life because that would be terrifying! It's always good to be grateful for what we have; that's an excellent theme.
In my second book, Jurassic Park, John Hammond, the creator of this dinosaur theme park, didn’t look ahead when designing it. He never thought that a rampaging T-Rex would get out of his paddock and start destroying everything, or that one of his workers would get away with committing a crime. What I take away from this is that you always have to think before you do something.
Also in the book, they use ancient insects stuck in tree sap, and get its DNA to bring back the dinosaurs and put them on showcase for visitors. What I wonder is that is it possible to bring back an extinct creature by getting DNA from another animal?
My Second book, The Prophecy of Bane, is the second book in a series called Gregor the Overlander. It is about Gregor and he is brought into this quest to kill the Bane, a white rat who they think will rise up and lead the rats.
This book changes the way I see the world because it seems like in this story, there are multiple examples where following orders aren’t the most important, the nicer way is.
Gregor makes me grateful because it always seems that he keeps being called into this new world and I am grateful that I don’t have to live in 2 separate worlds.
In my second book And Here My Troubles began, Arte’s father survived Auschwitz and the book reflected on how his father survived Auschwitz. It made me feel sad because the Nazis killed the prisoners by the gas chambers or the ovens.
What it made me feel about my own life is that Arte’s father survived Auschwitz because he joined the work crew and taught the guard English.
In my second book, Middle School Born To Rock by James Patterson, Georgia the main character has one goal; for her band to get to play for Lulu and the Handbags, which is her favorite band. But she also has to deal with the other problems in her life; her bully Missy Trillin, her crush Sam Marks, and trusting her brother, Rafe. What I take away from this is, there are always going to be many things going on in your life so you have to balance out the different issues that we face every day.
Georgia's mom asked Georgia if she really needed to accomplish her goal. That made me question what is really worth focusing my time and attention on in my life. She made me question this because Georgia became very occupied in achieving her goal and it caused a few problems with other things in her life.
In my second book, Code of Honor by Alan Gratz, Kamran Smith the main character has everything. He is the star of the high schools football team, dates the most popular girl, and is about to enlist in the army like his older brother Darius. Then everything turns on him. Darius is accused of being a terrorist but Kamran doesn't believe it. He has been making threats against the country hinting a upcoming attack. Kamran is on a race against time trying to clear his brothers name and find Darius. What I take away from this book is to stand up for those who are close to you because your family matters most.
When Darius was accused of being a traitor and his brother stood up for him, it made me question if someone from our country was accused of being a traitor would people stand up for them and support them?
The first book I read this summer is "The Selection," the first book in "The Selection" series which contains 5 books. In this book, America (the main character) is selected to compete in a competition for the crown and the prince's hand. Although she does not want to, her secret boyfriend urges her to put her name in, thinking she would not be chosen. But, when she is, he is left at home and America, heartbroken, is sent off to the palace. Through lots of drama with the prince and other girls, Aspen (her old boyfriend) ends up at the palace as a guard. This causes America to rethink her choices, and she is left with a difficult decision of who to choose, Prince Maxon, who is clearly very found of America, or Aspen, her previous boyfriend who she has spent several years with. At the end of the book, she chooses herself, meaning she wants more time to figure out who is best for her.
One theme in "The Selection," is power can change the way you live and view your life along with people around you. For example, Prince Maxon thought that every girl would be beyond thrilled to be able to compete for his hand, but when he meets America he is shocked to find that she thinks of the competition as a prison. This makes me question if everyone that has great amounts of power in society, such as celebrities or government officials, feel like they are more free with this power, or if they are somewhat trapped because of it.
Lastly, America and her family make me feel thankful for what we have and it makes me wonder how much we really take for granted compared to poor families that struggle to get enough food for their family each day.
Nastia, this is an excellent series! I hope you read the whole series! If not, you can always read more in our dystopian unit. It is super cool that you are thinking about power because I totally agree with your theme! Power can absolutely change people. It makes me wonder: if people are aware of their increase of power, can they work to combat that change? Great thoughts!
The second book I read was the second book in The Selection series and it was called "The Elite." In this book Maxon and America grow closer together and even more drama occurs at the palace.
A theme in this book is, even if you feel like you have no impact, fighting for what you believe in can effect the world. This is shown in this book as America fights for equality between the people of her country. Their country is run on an unfair system of castes, limiting people to one social class based on their ancestors. These castes limit people to certain jobs, a certain income, a certain area where you live, and even certain people you can interact with or love. Even though America comes from a low caste, she uses the power she is given from the selection to fight for equality, eventually Maxon learns about all this unfairness and helps her.
Through this connection, America and Maxon eventually remove the castes (but that happens in the next book).
Lastly, as Aspen continues fighting for America, it makes me question what people will do for the people they love. Even though he knows that America is slowly falling out of his grasp, he still does everything he can to try to win her over.
The third book I read was "The One," which is the third book in The Selection series. In this book America is set on marrying Maxon. Maxon and America also continue working on the project of gaining equality for the castes. Throughout the whole competition, the king (Maxon's father) is not very found of America and continuously tries to sabotage her chances at winning.
A theme of this book is that if people are very passionate about something they will fight through all the obstacles to get what they want. This shows in the way Maxon ad America fight through many obstacles such as the king to be together. This makes me realize that passion can grow to be strength and it can help you get what you want.
Finally, in the end of the book Maxon finds Aspen and America talking as Aspen takes his last shot at winning over America and Maxon sees them, he realizes that they have been in a relationship. This breaks Maxon's trust for America and just when he was about to choose America, they get into a fight. At the final feast of the competition a rebel attack takes place and Maxon saves America by taking a bullet for her. This makes me realize how strong real love is and how much people would do for the ones they love. (By the way Maxon survives, thank goodness.)
The fourth book I read was 'The One," the fourth book in The Selection series. This book is about Edelyn, Maxon and America's daughter. When Edelyn is forced into a selection she doesn't want she makes a deal with her father, if 3 months of the selection pass and she hasn't found someone she loves, they will cancel the selection. She did this because she wanted to rule alone and be independent.
A theme in this book is that you cannot judge something by your opinions on it if you have not experienced it yourself. Edelyn thought that love would tie her down and take away her power so she never gave it a chance. But when she saw that her brother had fallen in love and it consumed him, and she learned how powerful her parents' love was, she gave it a chance. At the end of the book she promised to herself that by the end of the selection, she would have a ring on her finger. This makes me wonder if some people feel like they will be tied down by something that they have not tried.
Edelyn's first thoughts toward love made me question if people ever feel obligated to find someone they love based on their status.
The fourth book I read was 'The Heir'...
My second book was "Mockingjay" by Suzanne Collins. It is the third and final book of the Hunger Games trilogy. Katniss has (Spoiler Alert!!) survived the arena, and is sucked up in rebellion. She has to make several choices, that can lead to consequences both good and bad. One theme that this taught me was that you should always consider the most likely consequences of a situation or decision, lest it spiral out of control. Katniss also has to fight for what she believes in, even though her mortal enemy is fighting against her. She feels like she has little impact but as Nastia said, "...fighting for what you believe in can help the world." Katniss surely helped her world, and became an inspiration to those around her.
Katniss truly made me question in this book about what "war" was being fought around me? It really opened my eye that there is fighting we quite frequently turn a blind eye to, and that also makes me wonder what big decisions am I going to have in my life that I need to figure out every consequence? Is there a silent war being fought between my friend and her own mentality? Is there a war against fatal hunger and starvation that a good percentage of the world pretends doesn't exist? Is there a chance that by a set year our planet will not be able to sustain the human race? All of these questions were opened to me because of Katniss, Suzanne Collins and "Mockingjay".
Wow, Isabelle! I love the questions this book has triggered for you, and the answers will be even more important. I love your thinking!
In my first book Armada by Ernest Cline a boy called Zach is put as earth only defense against aliens from his favorite video game. It all seemed fictional but it was all real. The theme of my book makes me realize that your point of view is not always right and you have to dig deeper to get other sides of the story.
Zach made me question if all the history may not be real/true.
Milo, this book seems really interesting! Have you read "Ender's Game"? This reminds me of that one. I also think it is really interesting and insightful that you talk about point of views not always being right. I think about that a lot! I always wonder how other people see the world differently than I do and about how powerful perception is. I hope your summer is going great!
In my third book, “The Lost World”, a girl named Kelly learns a valuable lesson from an animal scientist named Sarah Harding: Most of what people tell you will be wrong. This tells me that in life you can’t always think everything a person says is true.
Also in the book, 6 people found a lost world where dinosaurs live. They hope to find some clues or evidence of why the dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago. What I am wondering is that can we learn about a prehistoric event by looking at prehistoric creatures?
The first book I read was The Baby-Sitters Club (Kristy's Great Idea) by Ann M. Martin. In this book the main character Kristy wants to start her own baby-sitters club. She gathers two of her friends to start the club. They found out that a new girl just moved into the town.They decided to invite this girl to there meeting to see if she was interested.
She seemed super happy to join so they decided to have candy for a treat. Stacy (the new girl) said she was on a diet and she left so she didn't want to eat it. In the last town she lived in she got made fun of. She got made fun of because she had diabetes which caused her to pass out sometimes. She thought that they would make fun of her so she didn't tell them. But eventually she told them. That made everything better once she told them because now they new what was up with her.
This shows me that even though someone might be a little different than you, you can't judge them. They can't change anything if its an illness.
I recommend this book to people who like cliff hangers and like to read books that have series.
Sophie, this book tackles some intense topics! I really like your theme because that mindset is so important. Everyone is unique, and we all face our own challenges and have our own strengths! It's important to accept things like illnesses as they are and differentiate between something that someone can't change (like diabetes) and things that someone can change (like being mean/rude). Great thinking!
In my third book, The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer, twins Alex and Conner Bailey get sucked into a book their grandmother gave them, called the Land of Stories. There, they struggle to survive while trying to get all the items they need for the Wishing Spell to get home. Along the way, they encounter many of the characters from fairy tales they learned about, such as Cinderella, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldilocks, the Evil Queen and more who all teach them important things. What I take away from this is that every fairy tale has an important lesson in the real world.
The Evil Queen and Alex both made me question if villains are actually just villainized by a situation. They made me question this because the Evil Queen was once a young beautiful maiden but turned her heart to stone because she could never be with the man she loved.
In the novel,”Falling Over Sideways” by Jordan Sonnenblick, the main character Claire does not have the best life. Her friends are all dancing with older girls while she is stuck dancing with “babies”, the mean boy at school Ryder can’t even say one nice word to her, and to top all of that off, her dad suddenly gets a stroke. Claire doesn’t like telling people about her dad because she doesn’t want to be judged or seen in public with him because his stroke effects the way he acts. So, Claire doesn’t tell many people about her dad. Eventually people find out about her dad but they aren’t mean to her, rather, they are nice. After reading the book, I learned that in life you don’t have to hide stuff about yourself because there will always be people that won’t judge you. Also, there will always be people that will care for you.
Claire’s older brother Matthew had to quit a bunch of activities that he loved to do so that he could care for his dad. Matthew had a lot more free time and was able to spend a lot of time with him. This made me question, when a loved one is in need of help, is it always important to step away from the things you love to do so that you can help them?
Ella, you tackle a really important theme and a really tricky question in this post! You should be proud of your critical thinking! When a loved one needs help, it is always difficult to determine what level of involvement you should have in helping versus helping yourself, which is always still important. I think sacrifice is always important; however, it is also important to not completely let go of what you love and who you are.
The first book I read was “The Friendship war” by:Andrew Clements. Grace the main character starts a fad about buttons at her middle school because over summer break she went to visit her grandpa in Massachusetts and discovered 30 large crates of different colored buttons! She took them home and brought them to school to show her friends. Within a couple of weeks her classmates started to collect and trade buttons too! Including her best friend Ellie who always tried to be better the Grace. Soon Grace and Ellie started to have a war over who’s buttons where better and had a better story behind them because Ellie had claimed that hers were from her great, great uncles military jacket. And that Grace had claimed hers where from all over the country and she had discovered them in her grandpas office.
One main theme in “The Friendship war” is Revenge and why it’s wrong. When Grace parts with Ellie they fight a lot and it’s all because of stupid little buttons! Grace struggles with taking revenge on Ellie. But with Hank ; Graces other friends help Grace finally sees that her friendship with Ellie was ruined because of buttons.
This shows that people don’t have to fight over the little things and that those little things don’t matter in the big picture.
Bela, your theme statement at the end of your post is such an important lesson! I know that I always need to remind myself to not sweat the small stuff! It's interesting to see what can come in between friendships; it's an interesting plot that relates well to real life.
In my third book “Projekt 1065” by Alan Gratz, Michael who is an allied spy in the middle of Nazi Germany. Michael came to Berlin because his father is the Irish Ambassador, and a spy working for the Allies. Michael is in the Hitler Youth, and surrounded by Nazi propaganda that he doesn’t believe in. He has to stand for what he believes in, without saying it. The risks? Being turned it to the Gestapo, getting taken to “protective custody” a.k.a concentration camps, along with several others. The theme I found in this book is in life actions can speak as much as words when fighting for what you believe for. Michael can’t go out and just speak publicly about what he thinks, because the Nazis will just flat out execute him. He instead does little actions of rebellion to fight back.
Several questions were asked and answered in “Projekt 1065”. However, one question that a detail from the book made me ask was this. What secret and unexpected mentor is soon to drop in on my life? Michael meets a British airman that had been shot down by an antiaircraft gun. He then accepted help from Michael and his family to get himself out of Berlin, but during that time became a mentor to Michael. Even though naturally the Irish and the English aren’t best of friends, Simon (the British airman) becomes a valuable mentor to Michael. He helps him get over a fear, and improve his memory which will be vital to the allies. If I ever need a mentor I would love one like Simon.
In my second book “Ungifted” by: Gordon Korman. Donovan the main character was basically the class clown ;he got bad grades, he was funny, and was a prankster inside and out of school. One day when he was at school during a big basketball game he and some friends that he called the “Daniels” because both of their names were Daniel, Donovan thought it would be cool to touch the statue in front of the school as soon as he jumped up and pushed it the head unlocked with the body and the heavy head started to roll down the street towards the school!!! The statue head then crashed into the glass right in front of the gym! The superintendent Dr.Shultz had to consult with Donovan, the day after that Donavan’s family got a call from the gifted school saying that Donovan had got excepted but his family suspected something because he had either ds or fs in all of his classes.
When he got to the gifted program he found out that he couldn’t stand a second there because everyone was like a professional at the gifted school! The main theme here is don’t try to be someone or something you are not. Because In this case Donovan tried to fake being a genius in the academy of talents or the gifted program.
This shows to never try to be someone else always stick with who you are and be who you are instead of always trying or wishing you where something or someone else. Would you try to be someone your not to run away from a superintendent?
In my book Heat by Mike Lupica, there is a boy, Michael who loves the game of baseball and wishes he could do it his entire life. His dad dies unexpectedly of a heart a track and this put Michael and his brother Carlos in as rough spot because they know with out a parent or guardian over the age go 17 they will be taken into a foster home. He could be separated from his brother and friends in the south bronx Carlos and Michael where keeping the secret from everybody because Carlos was only 17. Michael is a pitcher for the south bronx clippers his baseball team. But with no proof of his age being 12 the league won't let him play because he is so good, with his Dad and Mother dead there is no way to prove that he is 12.When Mr. Gibbs found out the truth he helped Carlos and Michael and got Michael back into the league. Michael was added back to the team again and took them to the little league world series
Michael and Carlos make me think that if I work hard and believe in good things during rough times anything is possible
Bobby, this is a great book choice! I love reading books that intertwine sports and personal challenges. Have you ever read "If You're Reading This" by Trent Reedy? It's a good book about a high school kid named Mike who starts receiving letters from his dad even though his father passed away in a war years ago. The dad wrote the letters just in case he never came home, and Mike is trying to balance figuring out who is sending the letters with hiding the fact that he went out and became a football player even though his mom didn't want him to do so. It's pretty good!
One of the books that I read for my Summer Reading was Alex Rider Eagle Strike By: Anthony Horowitz.
In the book Eagle Strike there was this Multi-millionaire that wanted to make the world a place that there was no drugs and so he was willing to fire multiple nuclear rockets into the air to where the drugs where produced. This guy was willing to kill hundreds of thousands of people so millions could be saved. He in the end was stopped by the main character Alex Rider. This could affect my life cause so many times in my life you are only looking at the bad stuff that could happen but then if you look both ways then you might find something good to follow.
Peter, what an interesting plot! It makes me really wonder about consequences and the weight of how "good" actions are. When we think about making a big difference, we also need to consider the consequences of our actions and determine if what we are doing is ultimately worth it.
One of the books I read for my summer reading was Prisoner B-3087. The book is about a boy named Yanek Gruener and his family. They have to adjust to their new life after the Natzi's take control. He is taken away from his family to a concentration camp and is separated from his family but in the end he gets saved by the Americans. I liked this book because I felt I bad for what the character went through. I would never have had to worry about being taken away from my family living in the United States.
Patrick, this is an interesting choice for summer reading; it is definitely right up your alley! You should be proud of identifying your empathy for the character. That is one of my favorite things about reading--you get to really feel what the character is feeling and live so many lives we wouldn't experience otherwise.
Seven teenagers go into the forest in southeast England; only six return. Thirty years later, Aurora Jackson’s body is found near the campsite where she disappeared. DCI Jonah Sheens, a young policeman when Aurora went missing and only a few years ahead of her in school, has personal connections to the case; he remembers the first unrelenting rounds of interviews that never turned into leads, and he knows that, with a body in hand, it will be only a matter of time before Aurora’s killer is exposed. There were six others in the woods that night—Aurora’s beautiful, wild older sister, Topaz; wealthy, connected Daniel; tattooed, volatile Connor; independent tomboy Jojo; childlike Coralie; and handsome star athlete Brett, the newest member of the group. Most of them were drunk and some high, so their recollections of the night have never been clear, but they have maintained their innocence and served as one another’s alibis. But time can erode even the deepest devotion and friendship. Lodge alternates chapters between the present day, starting with the finding of the body, and the night of Aurora’s disappearance. The characters are presented both as teenagers and then as people in their 40s who have never quite moved on from that terrible night.
One of the themes in the book is that you can't trust most people.
Especially people you don't know. Aurora trusted people that she didn't know and look how that turned out. After reading this book, i realize how much trust i put into other people.
She lies in wait taught me how little i know about the future. In the next 5 minutes, i don't know what will happen to me, my friends and my family.
Ibrahim, this book looks so good! My library doesn't have a copy in right now, so I'm putting a hold on it, and I am so excited to read it. I read a book called "Faithful Place" by Tana French that was similar to this. A detective, Frank, was going to run away with a girl he loved when he was a teenager. The night they were set to leave, though, she never showed up. Now, years and years later, a body is found where the two of them were supposed to meet. Frank begrudgingly goes back home lured by the wonder of whether or not it was his long-lost love that was found. It's a good read!
I read a book called Catt vs Dogg by James Patterson. It was 5-5 for me. I really thought the theme in the book stood out to me that actions have consequences because in the book the main characters go set on a camping trip to the Western Frontier Park. Oscar is the dogg in the book and when they went on the camping trip they had to find there way back to the camping sites and work together. Although you might think Doggs and cats would work together on this situation yeah not gonna happen in this book. Molly is a pretty cat who’s destined for fame and fortune as an actress.Her family of well-bred Katts thinks all Doggs are dirty and disgusting! Oscar is a rowdy pooch who loves mostly Doggs except Katts. His family enjoys giving those snooty katts a hard time. But when the family camping trips go on Oscar and molly get hopelessly lost in the forest! The only way for them to survive this journey is to work together? will Enemies work this out? Go read the book and have a good summer!
also to add on to mine I also wanted to say that how come people have to argue, dislike each other just because of there race because in the book Katts did not like Doggs because they were always enemies. How can we change that? That what I wonder about as well. Also the theme of the book like I said in my comment was actions and words can lead to consequences and people should not judge from the outside but in the inside and I really thought that was a very appropriate theme for the book and that it changed my understanding becuase a lot of people in this world are different and you need to treat them well with respect just like they would do to you. Katt vs Dogg was my first book.
Vivian, you demonstrate such powerful thinking with your questions! I also appreciate that you are thinking about tough topics like racism and prejudice and wondering how we can change that hate. We will be talking a decent amount about prejudice in LA in 7th grade!
I read the book “TBH, IDK What’s Next” by Lisa Greenwald. In this book three best friends set out to have the best summer ever, but they all have a different vision on how to have a great summer. Cece plans to have a screen free summer, Gabby is obsessed with a camp the three of them went to, and unlike Cece, Prianka is obsessed with her phone. Their summer ends up consisting of fighting, talking behind each other’s backs, and nothing goes as planned. The three friends eventually talk about how they can fix what they are doing wrong, to actually have a good summer. This shows me that in life, if you are able to set aside your differences and work things out, you can get anything done.
Another character in the story named Victoria is a good friend of Cece, Prianka, and Gabby. Victoria had moved to their town about a year prior to this story, but when she first met the three girls she acted very weird and some what psycho to all of them. Although, Victoria really wanted to be their friend. Eventually the three girls gave Victoria a second chance and they became good friends with her. This made me question, is it always important to give others second chances or could there be exceptions?
The second book I read was The Baby-sitters Club (The truth about Stacy) by Ann M. Martin. This book is all about how Stacy deals with diabetes. Stacy recently moved to town and had no friend. She was glad to have friends that weren't so rude about her having diabetes.
In the town she had moved from her friends just left her since she had diabetes. Stacy couldn't have a lot of unhealthy food but the baby-sitters club knew that. Stacy had to stay with the same doctor from where she lived before so they had to go for a weekend. Her parents had no clue what happened with her old friends. So they decided to stay with Laine's family (her old friend). During that trip Stacey and Laine started to bond again and Stacey found out why Laine left her. It turned out that Laine was just jealous of her.
This book shows me that we shouldn't judge on the outside we should find out what is really on the inside. Just like don't judge a book by its cover.
In my third book, Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson, Leon was a early teenage Jewish boy from a polish family of seven during the Holocaust. One of his brothers was sent off on a boxcar to a concentration camp. The oldest brother and much of his extended family was evicted from their homes and killed by the Mobile Killing Squad. Oskar Schindler, a humane Nazi, hired Leon’s father and later moved the rest of his family to work camps. Schindler’s actions saved the rest of Leon’s family and another thousand Jews from the Nazi’s. The theme in this book make me think about how you shouldn’t just sit there and watch things happen like the bystanders did with the Nazi’s. Instead you should stand up and do something to make a difference like Schindler did.
Leon mans me question if I could have survived all the challenges and torture that he had to face being at the same age as him.
In my third book “ The Crossover” by: Kwame Alexander, Josh learns how to balance his lifestyle because between basketball and school and family time he doesn’t have any extra time. But a main theme in this book is family because Josh needs his family throughout the book just like any other person does.
This made me question could I have ever survived one day in Josh’s life.
In the book “The Baby-Sitters Club” by Raina Telgemeier and Ann M. Martin, the main character Claudia and her older sister Janine don’t get along. Claudia likes to do art and have fun, but her older sister likes to study and stay focused on school. When something unexpected happens to the most beloved person in their family, they both need to put aside their differences to help care for their sick grandmother. This taught me that, in life people that may seem so different than you can actually turn out to be so similar to you, because as Claudia and Janine began to work together they realized that they weren’t as different as they thought.
When Claudia and Janine’s grandmother became ill she wasn’t able to spend time with her family for awhile. This made me question, am I truly appreciating everyone my life, or am I taking some people for granted?
In my first book “Keeper of The Lost Cities Lodestar” by Shannon Messenger, Sophie has to stop the Neverseen befire they can destroy the elvin world. Her and her friends are pushed to the limit to try to figure everything out.
This plot line develops a theme of If you really care about something you will fight for it no matter what. This theme makes me realize that most of our decisions are made for different reasons then we think they’re made.
Keefe decided to join the Neverseen to try to find out what damage his mom has done and to try to rescue her. He doesn’t want any of his friends to get involved with his moms mess. He really makes me question, do our brains ever fully understand that a person is not who we think they are?
Devin, this sounds like an interesting book that has a lot to do with perception. It is really interesting to study characters beyond what they simply present on the surface. Like you said, sometimes decisions are made for different reasons than we think, and that makes it interesting to study what characters' (or people in real life's) motivations are for what they do!
In “Keeper of The Lost Cities Nightfall” by Shannon Messenger, Sophie’s parents have been kidnapped by the Neverseen. Sophie needs to rescue them but that comes with hard choices. She must decide the best way to get them all out alive through tons of obstacles that come her way.
This Brought up an interesting theme of When you have to make a hard choice there is always another option that isn’t so obvious that is hard to find but ideal for you. This theme made me think about why us a species never take the time to examine every single option, instead we chose the most obvious one.
In this book Sophie’s human sister Amy is faced with the fact that her parents being captured with eleven and instead of just sitting around hiding she tries to help her elf sister and her friends solve the problem. This makes me wonder, why do we have the most corage in the most intense situations?
This summer (so far) I have read the books Legend by Marie Lu,Four by Veronica Roth, and The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. For the discussion questions I will be talking about Legend by Marie Lu.
How do the themes of your books make you re-examine your understanding of the world?
One theme in the book Legend is don’t judge people by money. I am beginning to re-examine how much the social pyramid takes account on how people think of other people. For an example of this in the book when Day/Daniel is being beat up by a cop for accidentally hitting him in the face when Day/Daniel was playing hockey in the street with brooms and a crumpled up paper ball. The cop says “Street brats” and that tells me that other people that are above them in the social pyramid have an opinion that they are just brats without even knowing them just by knowing that they are poor. Then I started to think about the social pyramids in America and how normally we view people that are in lower social classes less capable of making/doing the things that we can or that there parents don’t work as hard as ours and there are many more examples to that. People of Lower class often see the people of high class as spoiled,lazy,and many more examples. This shows that with out even knowing the person we have opinions on them wich is what the police officer did to Day/Daniel. So that started making me think that all the assumptions that we make might be off of inaccurate facts.
Which character from your reading cause you to question something about your own life?
The character Day/Daniel started to question things about my own life. Day/Daniel is a fugitive that knows stuff about the country that some people who are mostly the higher class does not know about. That started me thinking about our own country. As a child I don’t know as much as the adults know about our country and now I am thinking about how the solders don’t really have much of an choice in our Military/Navy/Air Force and how we don’t know that the solders want to do what they are assigned or how much guilt they must feel after ending someone’s life.
Theodora, you got really deep with this thinking, and you should be proud of that! Stereotypes are incredibly interesting to study because--often--even without consciously thinking about them, people from all facets of life are exposed to and susceptible to subconsciously believing them. It is important to try to see beyond stereotypes and think of people as individuals.
The first book I read this summer was ”Teammate,” by David Ross. In this book, David Ross talked about his baseball career and how he has changed as a teammate. David Ross played for multiple teams, however when he was playing for the Boston Red Sox, Theo Epstein, who at the time was the Red Sox general manager and executive Vice President, mentioned a shocking comment to David Ross about how the Cincinnati Reds, his previous team, thought of David as a bad teammate because he had trouble accepting his role. As hard as this may have been for David to hear it changed his baseball career in the best way possible.
Among the many themes throughout this book, one that stood out to me was to turn any negative situation into a positive one. David Ross was positive no matter what, whether his team won or lost the game he would always find something that was positive and focus on that rather than the negative.
Looking back on when I broke my leg in November, I was always thinking the worst of the situation rather than what had gone
well. However, that experience taught me, and this book reinforced, that no matter what you’re going through if you stay positive, believe in yourself and work hard, things will get better.
David Ross has made me question certain situations in my own life because I don’t always look on the bright side. On that note, I have learned a lot from reading this book.
Sienna, I really want to read this book! I'll have to ask you more about it when school starts up! You should be proud of the way you found a really intricate theme. Looking on the bright side/finding the silver lining in bad situations is really tough for a plethora of reasons, but it seemed like you held it together well when you broke your leg! It's cool that you got to thinking about mindsets and how much they matter through reading this book.
In the book Hatchet, Brian is fighting for survival. Since Brian spends the entire novel fighting to stay alive after he is stranded in the forest. Brian's actions, successes, and failures illustrate the important roles that resourcefulness, quick thinking, adaptability, and perseverance play in survival.
Brian makes me question myself to think if I should start studying my needs for survival just in case their is an emergency.
Jae, Hatchet is a thrilling read with all the challenges Brian faces. Personally, I think I would handle what he went through much worse than he did! Thinking about survival can be crucial because life is unpredictable! I don't think I'll ever be in Brian's shoes, but if you find out some survival skills, let me know just in case!
The first book I read was "The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green, with the difficult theme of how to live a life fully and contentedly with the knowledge that one is dying. The main character, a teenager, Hazel, has very little will to go on after learning she has thyroid and lung cancer, but through her relationship with a fellow cancer patient, Augustus, learns to find the positive in all things even in the midst of tragic circumstances out of your control. The theme of this book affected me by reminding me that there are no guarantees in life and each day is a gift and we should appreciate things taken for granted, particularly health and wellbeing.
The story is told from Hazel's point of view. In order for Hazel to breathe, she must use a cannula connected to an oxygen tank. One scene especially powerful, on page 46-47, made me question how I interact with people who have a medical issue or disablity. In this scene, a little girl questions what is in Hazel's nose, and is scolded by her mother. Hazel reassures her and answers her questions gladly, but then expresses to the reader how she regrets that her interactions with others must always now involve her medical status due to the physical signs of her illness.
This was a very interesting chapter to read because I had never considered what it was like if I had stared or been somehow inconsiderate to people with special needs. In a way it might be somewhat ironic, since I also have encountered this type of situation due to my own physical disability which I've grown up with and have had people question me about. I've just never reflected on my own experience with others in that situation. This book helped me to think about them and relate to Hazel.
Isabella, "The Fault in Our Stars" is such a beautiful book that is really intense emotionally! You should be proud of your theme because it is really a tricky one to learn/accept in life. Accepting what we can't control can be really tough, but it is an important life skill.
The second book book I read was "Isla and the Happily Ever After" by Stephanie Perkins. The main theme of this realistic fiction book was that sometimes in life you have to take risks in relationships and life. The main character, Isla, attends boarding school in Paris, and she struggles with changing friendships and making decisions about her future. To Isla, it seems that everyone is maturing and moving on without her, while she struggles with self-confidence and wavers on decisions regarding her college and future. In the end, she learns to have confidence in herself and becomes vulnerable with other people. I related to this theme, not in the lack of confidence, but in the fear of trusting others and being open. I realize now that when friends ask questions or wanting a deeper relationship, they are being genuine and that it isn't necessary to hide my thoughts.
I was greatly impacted by Isla and her dealings in her relationships with her two sisters. She had to learn to respect them and validate their feelings and not just think of herself. In a scene on p.291-292 her friend pointed out to Isla that she was unsympathetic to her youngest sister and favoring her older sister. I was able to compare this with my own relationships with my three older sisters and realize I might not be understanding of their own points of views and validating of their feelings. Upon reflection, I can see that any challenges and difficulties in my sisterly bonds might be partly my responsibility in actions or inactions. Fortunately, my relationships with my sisters are much closer than Isla's.
The book, "If I'm Being Honest" by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemun-Broka is an entertaining fictional story in which the main character, Cameron, learns to become a better person and friend by shedding her past persona and empathize with others while still being true to who she was and what she valued. While it was not necessarily a deep read, it did shed light on the fact that the experiences from the past can shape your personality in negative ways and that self-reflection and getting to know others points- of -view can make you a better person. Cameron was not liked by many because she was honest to a point of being cruel. She had to learn to step back and be accepting of others, and make amends to her most authentic self. From her, I felt this book pointed out that you can be true to yourself and confident while still being kind.
From Cameron, I've learned there's a difference between cruel and helpfully honest, and that you shouldn't change for others, but for yourself.
The biography by Tatyana McFadden," Tatyana McFadden Ya Same! Moments from My Life" was truly inspiring. Tatyana was born with spina bifida in Russia and given up for adoption. She came to the US at six and although she couldn't walk, she went on to become a USA Paralympian in wheelchair athletics. Ya Same means "I can do it myself" in Russian, and this theme of never giving up impacted me by encouraging me in my own athletic quest in Para-badminton and that anything can be possible and limitations can be opportunities.
Tatyana's athletic accomplishments went even farther than the 7 Paralympic and 12 world titles she won, in that she was inspiring to others and was the reason for the Fitness and Athletics Equity For Students with Disabilities Act of 2008. Anytime Tatyana faced a challenge, she faced it with courage and persisted to overcome it. I liked how she didn't think of her disability as an excuse and wanted to be treated fairly.
With my own adoption from China at age 2 and disability of a paralyzed right arm and hand, I've actually never considered what my experiences might mean to other kids like me. It's always been a part of my life since birth, and I've learned to adapt. But, after reading about Tatyana and seeing her impact on others, I am considering my own potential and possible influence in making a difference. I usually try not to make a big deal about my limitations, or my adoption, but Tatyana was confident and open about hers. I realize anyone can accomplish anything with the right mindset and that I can use my life to inspire others.
In my fourth book “ Upside down in the middle of nowhere” by: Julie T. Lamana Armani, the main character goes through a lot of ups and down with her family and with life in general. Even though Armani is only 10 she acts older and more mature in the book. She helps out her mom and her Memaw( Grandma ). She also solves a lot of problems on her own. This story takes place in 2005 during hurricane Katrina.
The main theme in this book is family love and why it’s so important. The reason for this theme is because during the hurricane Armani loses people that she loves.
In My third book “Dragon Slippers” by Jessica Day George, the main Character Creel is sent to a dragons cave by her aunt in hope that a knight will come rescue her. The dragon is not what Creel and her aunt believed him to be instead he is tired and doesn’t want anything to do with humans. Since the dragon wants peace and Creel doesn’t want to be rescued by a knight they make a deal, Creel gets a price of the dragons hoard in exchange for her leaving and never returning. The dragon collects shoes and Creel picks a pair that the dragon is hesitant to give to her.
The book develops a theme of Anything can have power no matter what it is. This makes me think, How many things and creatures are we over looking the power that they hold.
At the end Creel is given an offer from the king of marriage to his eldest son. Creel refuses the offer and instead asks for a dress shop. This makes me question how often do people chose their dreams over power and money (Like Creel) verses chose money and power over their dreams?
In my first book "Under Their Skin" by Margaret Peterson Haddix, the main characters Nick and Eryn think that everyone else in their world is human. But they later find out when their mom gets divorced and marries Michael, they later figure out that they can't meet their step-siblings their curiosity gets the better of them and they want to find out who, or what their step-siblings are. Their mom and Michael get stuck in a snow storm, so they wouldn't be home for a while. During that time, they are able to get into Ava and Jackson's room (Their step-siblings). They discover it is just like their their own room. That makes them suspicious and they call to the schools that Ava and Jackson go to. They end out getting the house number and start to make the walk to the house. They find Ava and Jackson sitting on couches doing something on their computer. They knock at the door and Ava and Jackson comes to the door. They say hi and then try to explain that they are their step-siblings. But it seems like Ava and Jackson have no idea what is going on. They close the door and leave Nick and Eryn out in the freezing cold. They watch from the window as Ava and Jackson go back to their work when they see Jackson shake his head. Nick thought that it was just music he was listening to, but it is him malfunctioning. His mom runs over, and pulls out wires from Jackson's stomach. Then Jackson's mom does the same. Once Nick and Eryn realized what was going on they started to run from home. Once there mom gets home, they ask questions about Ava and Jackson and figure out that everyone is a robot but them.
This develops a theme of Nothing can be what it seems. This makes me think, how many things are not what it seems in our world?
Towards the end, the parents tell Nick and Eryn that Ava and Jackson were made illegally. The robot's (Michael and is ex wife) disobeyed their "code" to make Ava and Jackson. This makes me question how people are able to disobey "code" to do things that are illegal
John, Margaret Peterson Haddix is my favorite author from middle school! Have you read the Shadow Children series? I think it is phenomenal. Your theme and accompanying questions make me think a lot about the world and perspective! What something appears to be to me might be totally different from what you see!
In my second book Heat by Mike Lupica, the main character Michael loves baseball. He really wants to do it for his whole life. But his Dad suddenly dies of a heart attack. This puts Michael and his brother Carlos in a tight spot because they know without a parent or guardian over the age of 17 they will be taken into a foster home. Michael pitches for the South Bronx Clippers (his baseball team) But with no proof of his age being 12 the league won't let him play. He can't show any birth certificate because with his Mom and Dad dead there is no way to prove that he is 12 years old. Once When Mr. Gibbs found out the truth he helped Carlos and Michael and was able to get Michael back into the league. Michael was able to take their team to the Little League World Series.
This shows a theme of perseverance and how anything is possible when you work hard at it.
This makes me think about how if there is something that I am struggling at, that if I try hard enough, I will be able to do it.
In my third book, Thr3e by Ted Dekker the main character (Kevin Parson) is a 28 year old seminary student. Nothing is wrong with his life. But then it all happens. A killer who goes by Richard Slater decides to stalk him. If Kevin can "confess" a sin, Slater will stop killing. Kevin looks like a completely innocent person with no idea why anyone would want to hurt him. He asks for help from and old friend called Samantha Sheer. He also asks for the help from a FBI agent. He later is told that this was all created from his imagination. (Slater, the Killings, and Sam.)
This shows a theme of Imagination can be both good and bad.
This makes me question what my imagination can do.
In my fourth book, Cell by Stephen King the main character (Clayton Riddle) is out getting things for his family when the pulse happens. The "pulse" attacks anyone who tries to make a phone call. It turns them into "zombies". They are told by "Raggedy Man" (Someone in a Havard sweatshirt) to go to the "Kashwak no-fo". The Raggedy man calls all the normal humans insane, and later in the book, the Raggedy Man get blown up by a bus.
A theme is to stick together, and sacrifices will have to happen to get the job done sometimes
I question what would the pulse be like in our time period when everyone has phones?
In my fifth book, The Oceans Between Stars by Kevin Emerson the main character's (Xela-4) home planet get blown up by the Dark Star. The other main character's (Liam and Phoebe) home world has also been blown up (Earth and Mars) and so they are going to a new planet that is 35 years away. They are put into stasis pods so they don't age during the trip. Xela-4 is able to "shape-shift' into any being that she sees. She ends up transforming into Phoebe and stays with Liam for a bit. She finally tells him the story about how the Dark Star killed her people.
A theme in this story is that on the outside there may be differences, but on the inside there is similarities.
This makes me question what it would be like to be in a pod, asleep for so long.
Another book that I read thins summer is Scorpia By:Anthony Horowitz.
In this book the main character is called Alex Rider. What happens in the book is that after having a big problem with this multi millionaire Alex goes to Venice, Italy. In the end of the last book Eagle Strike Alex is told by an assassin Yassen that he has to find his destiny with Scorpia, a criminal origination. As Alex finds Scorpia he is told a mass of lies and later is sent to kill an important person in another place. Alex tries to complete the mission but could not. He goes back to find a person that can tell him the truth about his life.
This can affect my life when you want to know the truth to something but you just have to find the right people and not the bad people.
The first book I read is called Finally by Wendy Mass. It is about a 12 year old girl who is really happy about turning 12. She has a list of things to do that grown-ups would do, but turned out to be a disaster., For example, she tried to shave but made a huge gash in her leg;, she tried organic, all natural makeup and was allergic and her face blew up., She got her ears pierced; when she put on her earrings, she had an allergic reaction. The main theme is that you should look at what you need, then what you want, and when you grow up, there will be a lot more responsibilities., Rory was saying that she wanted to shave and wanted a phone and didn’t realize what she needed, to look at her responsibilities more and balance out. She had to babysit and she realized she didn't like it because the little girl tricked her by turning the clock so they could watch more tv., this is different because when she was young she did not need to take care of kids. It was difficult for Rory because she needed to put Annabelle to bed on time or else the parents would not pay her. She needs to feed her, make her put on her pj’s, was her teeth, and make sure she finished her homework. She also had to stay home alone which is new to her because she never stayed home alone before and she got really scared with all the noises.This made me think and realized that most of the time kids want to be like adults because they think that being older is better.The reality is that we should live our age at the fullest and do things that are right for us, and do not rush into something that does not belong, and appropriate for us because at each age we enjoy different things. This made me wonder that once you get something that you desperately it is not what you expected it to be and started desiring something else.
Sofia, this book seems great! It is always so interesting to see the difference in perspectives between age groups! I remember being younger and not taking advantage of nap time in school because I felt like I was missing out on being awake, and now I miss nap time! It is cool to see life as a journey with different chapters--kind of like a book--and experience the different chapters along the way.
Wonderland By: Barbara O'Connar
The book has many stories but the one that really got my attention talks about the friendship between 2 girls Mavis and Rose.
This book is about a friendship about Mavis and Rose where Rose's mother does approve their friendship and try's to keep them apart by forbidding Rose to meet Mavis and keeping her up in her room. Rose's mother does not like Mavis because she is not as rich as them and thinks that Rose should be hanging out with girls more fancier. Luckily Rose did not listen to her mom and found a way to see her friend. Eventually her mom figured out. Rose got tierd of the fighting with her mom and decided to confront her. Finally her mother understood and accepted Roses choice
Is it Fiction or Reality?
Are people choosing their friends by looking at their social status?
The theme is that you should be more respectful and listen to the other persons point of you and to not be self-absorbed.
Posted By: John David Anderson
A group of friends got their phones taken away because a teacher read a message with a not appropriate he got so upset he decided to confiscate the phones of all kids. The group of friends decide to exchange messages using post-it notes. It became so trendy that everyone in the school decided to do it. Unfortunately it started to become a problem because it was not used in a good way. They started to use the post-its to offend and make fun of others.
The theme is to be careful about what you say and how it affects others.
This makes me wonder if this is only an issue on the kids world or it happens also to adults.
In my book, The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau, there is a boy named Teo who lives in a very small town in Mexico. Nothing ever happens in the small town he lives in. They don’t have any technology, plumbing, etc. But the city, which is a few days walk from their town, has these things. Also, Teo’s sister and father died which caused his mother to give up on life. His mom won’t talk or do anything around the house. But one day the Gypsies come to the small town where Teo lives. The Gypsies show Teo’s town movies, which is something new to them. Teo becomes friends with a Gypsy girl named Esma, who is the same age as Teo. They help each other a lot in the book. For example, Esma pretty much brings Teo back to life and Teo helps Esma become a famous singer.
A theme in the book that makes me re-examine my understanding of the world is, sometimes in life, a bad thing will occur, but a good thing will occur after. This made me re-examine my understanding of the world because if you are always looking on the bad side of things you aren’t going to realize the good.
Two characters that make me question something about my life. Teo and Esma make me question what it would be like to live like them. Teo lives in a small house with his aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents while Esma lives in a caravan most of the time. Esma and her family take wagons to small towns around Mexico to show movies.
Pasquesi, phenomenal summary and thinking! You should be proud of how you pushed to expand your theme. Looking for the silver lining and focusing on positives can be difficult! It is also so important. It is also interesting to compare your life to the lives of the characters in your books. I love casting myself as the main character to try to experience things through their eyes; it always helps me feel a deeper connection to the book.
In my fourth book “The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan, a boy named Percy Jackson discovers he is the son of the god Poseidon. However he was completely oblivious to the world of demigods/half-bloods/godlings because his mother didn’t tell him the truth about his birth situation. Meanwhile up on the 600th floor of the Empire State Building, civil war is on the verge of raging. Zeus’ master bolt was stolen and he blamed Poseidon. Percy sets off on a quest to find the master bolt and later Hades’ helm of darkness, with his two friends. Grover the satyr, and Annabeth, daughter of Athena. The three get into some very complicated situations requiring all of the members to put their differences aside and work together. My theme is, in life friends can get you out of many sticky situations.
Percy was obliviously living as a mortal, even when he was truly a half-blood. He was oblivious to the constant danger that he was in, due to the monsters. He was focused on not getting expelled from school, and fighting with his Mom’s husband whom he nicknamed “Smelly Gabe”. Percy makes me ask myself if there are any major problems in the world around us that I don’t know about.
In my fourth book, “The Blood Of Olympus”, the romans are in a war with the Greeks, not knowing that Gaea, the earth mother is about to destroy both sides. What I take from this is that you have to work together even if you are from different regions. That’s exactly what happened in the book.
Also in the book, a girl named Reyna keeps remembering a dark time in her past. What this makes me question is do you sometimes have to put your past behind you and worry about the now?
In my first book “ I survived the titanic” A theme in the book can be to think about others because George didn’t think about and he helped everyone to make sure he was safe, this made me re-examine the world because it made me think that everyone has problems and you should always help out with the problems even though they might not be bad it still is good to help out.
George, a character from the book made me question about my life, why don’t I help out as much as George did. I thought of that because he helps out with everything and he doesn’t stop he makes sure it is correct and I don’t really do that so he made me question that about myself.
Ally, you ask some really deep questions here! You should be proud of how you are reflecting on real life as a result of what you read; I think that is super cool. It is really easy to get caught up in our own problems and not remember that everyone has stuff they are dealing with. We can always take steps to be more proactive with helping others!
My second book called The Endling by Katherine Applegate was very good it’s has 1 more book in the series and is a fantasy sort of genre. I thought that the theme of the book The Endling the last book one was never give up when you are thrown into challenges you have to face. This relates to the outside world as well because people have to make the right decisions for there safety but somethings when they are wanting to find something they will receive hard challenges. I thought that this book was a 10-10! And I wonder how could Byx overcome these challenges and see the stuff he did not want to see?
My first book I read was "The hate you give by Angie Thomas." A theme in the book was, don't judge other by there race and speak up and fight for what's right! The reason why I chose the first theme was because when Starr Carter, a sixteen-year-old black girl, attends a party in her old gangster, poor neighborhood with her friend Kenya. Even after moving out of the unsafe town. But kennya ends up off running off with some other girls and Starr bumps into her long time friend Khalil. Who she has not seen for a while. Gunshots from a gang fight interrupt the party, and Khalil offers to take Starr home. While Khalil drives off soon after, a white police officer with the badge number one-fifteen pulls them over. Khalil questions why he was pulled over. No response expect for him to get out of the car. He searches him. The officer commands Khalil not to move, and returns to his car. Khalil opens the door to check on Starr and gets back in the car. When him and the officer got into a argument and he pulled a HAIRBRUSH from the back and the Officer SHOOTS him with no effort. To me this part was racest because he pulled a hairbrush and he got shot. But the reason I though this was raciest was because latter on in the book Starr asks her uncle with a black person would you say hands up or shoot and he said shoot she asked the same but with a white person and he said hands up. This just shows how colors do matter to people when they should not because all they are is a different shade of skin color. Everyone should be treated the same no matter what color. The reason I chose the second them was because, after when starr heard the response from the uncle she leads a chant in front of the protest. The police try to break up the protest with tear gas. Starr and her friends head to the Carter family store to get milk to help heal their eyes. A Molotov cocktail lands in the store, setting it ablaze and trapping them. Maverick arrives just in time to unlock the back door. King arrives to hurt them, happy about getting his revenge. The police arrive, and King, confident that no one will testify against him, claims ignorance. However, the neighbors rally around the Carter family and tell the police that they saw King throw the Molotov cocktail. The police arrest King. Although the grocery store is in ruins, Starr knows that the family will rebuild. She said to continue fighting for justice on behalf of Khalil and all other black people killed at the hands of police. Starr leads a chant in front of the protest. The police try to break up the protest with tear gas. Starr and her friends head to the Carter family store to get milk to help heal their eyes. A Molotov cocktail lands in the store, setting it ablaze and trapping them. Maverick arrives just in time to unlock the back door. King arrives to taunt them, proud about getting his revenge. The police arrive, and King, confident that no one will testify against him, claims ignorance. However, the neighbors rally around the Carter family and tell the police that they saw King throw the Molotov cocktail. The police arrest King. Although the grocery store is in ruins, Starr knows that the family will rebuild. She vows to continue fighting for justice on behalf of Khalil and all other black people killed at the hands of police.Starr leads a chant in front of the protest. The police try to break up the protest with tear gas. Starr and her friends head to the Carter family store to get milk to help heal their eyes. A Molotov cocktail lands in the store, setting it ablaze and trapping them. Maverick arrives just in time to unlock the back door. King arrives to taunt them, proud about getting his revenge. The police arrive, and King, confident that no one will testify against him, claims ignorance. However, the neighbors rally around the Carter family and tell the police that they saw King throw the Molotov cocktail. The police arrest King. Although the grocery store is in ruins, Starr knows that the family will rebuild. She vows to continue fighting for justice on behalf of Khalil and all other black people killed at the hands of police.Starr leads a chant in front of the protest. The police try to break up the protest with tear gas. Starr and her friends head to the Carter family store to get milk to help heal their eyes. A Molotov cocktail lands in the store, setting it ablaze and trapping them. Maverick arrives just in time to unlock the back door. King arrives to taunt them, proud about getting his revenge. The police arrive, and King, confident that no one will testify against him, claims ignorance. However, the neighbors rally around the Carter family and tell the police that they saw King throw the Molotov cocktail. The police arrest King. Although the grocery store is in ruins, Starr knows that the family will rebuild. She vows to continue fighting for justice on behalf of Khalil and all other black people killed at the hands of police.Starr leads a chant in front of the pr
Lola, this is such a deep and intense book. You express a really thought-provoking theme, too, regarding speaking up for what is right. It always makes me think about perspective and how two people can have two totally different interpretations of what is right. It is important to speak out against injustice when you see it, so you should be proud of yourself for identifying a theme that really goes into issues we need to think deeply about and talk about.
In my fourth book, The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau, Ember is the last refuge for the human race and a hundred years later is a city where supplies are always running low and short blackouts occur often. When a girl named Lina finds a chewed up piece of paper with scattered instructions, she and her old friend Doon search where the instructions lead them and they find two boats. Taking Lina’s little sister Poppy with them, they journey through a tunnel and find a whole new land above Ember. What I take away from this is sometimes people who are in charge of big things (like Ember) say what they have to say to get people to listen to them. (To get people to stay in Ember)
Lina and Doon made me question if there actually is a way out of everything. Lina made me question this when she found the instructions paper. Doon made me question this when he found a secret door in the Pipeworks.
I read the first book in the "The unwanteds" series and a theme in my book was it's important to give second chances, the reason I chose this theme is because when the main character (Alex Stowe) was sentenced to death because he along with other kids were unwanted because they had made mistakes. Alex was unwanted because he had drawn in the dirt, the land they live in is called Quill it is a very strict community that doesn't allow normal thing like dancing, drawing, and singing. So when the kids were taken to the death farm where they were to be killed, they were given a second chance by a man named Mr.Today. This made me re-examine the world because to give a second chance you need to find the good and potential in people.
A character that made me question about my life was Alex, why don't I try as hard as Alex to make a difference ? I thought that because he always tried hard to make a positive impact on someones life even if things got hard and I don't really do that so it has made me question that about myself.
Heidi, you identify a great theme and ask a tough question; that is awesome. Giving second chances can be tough, right? I know it is an area in my life where I needed to grow a lot as I grew up, but we all make mistakes and being able to forgive is a super mature response. Also, trying hard to make a difference can be difficult. I find it's easier when you take baby steps. Finding a new student and introducing yourself and some of your friends can be an easy thing that makes a big difference in someone's life!
My 2nd book was "42 Is Not Just A Number: Odyssey Of Jackie Robinson" By Doreen Rappaport, It is a Non-Fiction book about Jackie Robinson. It talks about how jackie grew up in poor community with his mom Mallie, older brother Mack, younger brother Frank, sister Willie Mae, and his aunt, uncle and cousins. it also talks about how many people in his neighborhood taunted him with names just because of his skin color. It also said how Jackie's brother was a sprinter in the olympics. It also says about how Jackie robinson broke the color barrier in the MLB with only one person willing to sign jackie many people wouldn't sign him because of his skin color.
Jackie teches me how to fight through challenges.
PS. This one was a little harder because it was a Non-Fiction book
My third book "The Blackthorn Key" by: Kevin Sands Is about a boy who was an orphan but was adopted by a apothacary named Master Benedict. Because he is a Master that makes the boy, Christopher an apprentice. Christopher wants to follow in Master Benedict's foot steps so in the ver y first part of the book Christopher is making a cannon with his friend Tom (they are both 12 years old) so they make the cannon and then think it's a good idea to fire it in the house but coincidentally that is when Master Benedict walks in to the house the cannon fires and blows up Master Benedict's stuff bear. but later in the story Master Benedict is killed leaving Christopher on his own with no one to take care of him. but before Master Benedict's death Christopher was told to steel a a puzzle key he did that with Tom. Because he had no where to stay tom let him stay hat his house but when people found out Christopher stole the puzzle key and was at Toms house Tom's family was not safe so Tom's dad grabbed Christopher by the shirt and through him on to the street leaving him scared and homeless. Shortly after that he went to talk with one one the masters but it was all a trap and he got locked in the room that he was in to meet the master, but he managed to get output when he got out there was someone waiting for him and there was a bloody fight and Christopher got a way, but after he got away there where three other guys chasing him and they trapped him in a laboratory which only helped Christopher because he got all the materials he needed to get away once he got away then he tried to find Tom but he couldn't have his parents see him but then Tom's sisters found him and and took some place where he got help. at the very end of the book when he was home he said in his head to Master Benedict "I did it, I stopped your killers." just like as if Master Benedict returned a pigeon was there at his window.
Christopher tells me that if I want something I can get it.
In my third book, Defying The Nazis The Life of German Officer Wilm Hosenfeld that saved 60 Polish Jews including Wladyslaw Szpilman the famous pianist. People help other people when they are in trouble even when it is dangerous.
The main character made me wonder if I could help people who need help.
In my first book, ¨The Scorch Trials,¨ The remaining participants from the glade are sent over to an area (for a few days) until they are ready to be sent into WICKED's second trial in the Maze Trials; the Scorch. But, there's one problem: Thomas (the main character)'s friend Teresa, is gone. He later realizes that there is a second group (all teen girls) that she has been put in. Once both groups are sent in, the boys group have an unpleasant encounter with the other group.
One of the themes in the Scorch Trials is that you should always trust your close friends and your family, even it seems like you shouldn't. This makes me re-examine my understanding of the world by thinking about what people may do for you to gain trust in them, and lose trust in friends/family. Thomas makes me think about when after "this" (just so i dont spoil) happens, if Thomas really believes in Teresa, or in WICKED.
Kosta, I love this series of books! Excellent choice. Also, your theme is an interesting one to consider. I was reflecting on it, and I was trying to define what it means to trust, and I was struggling to come up with my own definition of what that means. I would say I trust my family, but I need to re-examine how I think of trust in general. Thanks for pushing my thinking!
The second book that I read was "The Death Cure" by James Dashner. The Trials are over. WICKED, once again, has put all the remaining participants in a building. But this time, they announce that there will be no more trials, and that they can have their memories back, which were swiped in the Maze Trials. However, Thomas and his friends Minho and Newt get suspicious. They decide to not get their memories back, in fear of them doing something else. The next day, WICKED decides that they need to get their memories back. Before the surgery, Thomas and his friends find out that Brenda, one of their friends from the scorch trials, is helping with the surgery. She helps them get out into the real world, where they decide they need to get as far away as possible from WICKED.
The Theme in "The Death Cure" is that sometimes in life, you might need more people than just yourself to get something done (teamwork). This theme makes me re-examine my understanding of the world by thinking that even if someone is really good and has a lot of experience in a topic (example: technology), it can take multiple people to do the job, even if your the most experienced (example: the internet). Newt has me question something about my life. When he has his "disease", and he begs Thomas to kill him, how much pain and suffering must he be in? And how much pain do i really endure in my own life?
My Third book I read was "The Reluctant Assassin" by Eoin Colfer (I recommend you don't read it; 1 star at the most). In the book, there are two different dimensions. One in the 19th century and one in the 21st century. The protagonist, Garrick, a former Magician (now an assassin) pursues a boy named Riley, who is sucked from his own time (19th century) and accused for murder. In the 21st century, Riley meets up with an FBI agent named Chevie, who runs away along with Riley. They are even followed back in time by Garrick!
One of the themes in the story is that you can't always run away from your problems; you have to fight and fix them. This makes me re-examine my understanding of the world by thinking you have to have grit and patience and persistence to truly solve your problems (examples: math problems/projects/overdue work etc). Riley has me question what it must feel like to have someone who killed your parents call you son? And, how would I deal with the nearly never ending spiral of getting chased down by them?
I read all the books in the shadow book series. They were good. The series is about a boy named Luke who had to hide from the population police because he was a third child. Families were only allowed to have two children. It would be awful if we had this law now. In the second book Luke got a fake identity and went to school. He also had a new family. Luke was always afraid someone would turn him in.
I learned from this series that if something bad happens to your life you have to try hard to change it.
Brendan, I am glad you finished the series! It is still my favorite series to this day. I also like how you are reflecting on how we need to try hard to change the negative things in our lives. For me, it is easy to displace blame when I feel like the circumstances are out of my control, but this series shows you that you can still make a difference when that is the case.
My first book I read is “flush” by Carl Hiaasen. This book is about a boy named Noah and his dad went to jail. Noah told himself that he was going to succeed where his father failed. But even through pumping sewage he is determined to catch the person his dad was trying to catch, the flusher. I’ve read 3 books from this author and they all tell a story and a lesson that is relatable from the real world.
This book makes me think about my life in a way that I’ve thought about before but never gotten back to. This book told me that making someone proud is always better then making someone disappointed and making someone succeed is better than failure.
Harper, this book sounds really interesting! I had not heard of this author before outside of "Hoot", so I will need to check him out more. Also, your thinking in the second paragraph has me thinking a lot about success, pride, disappointment, and failure. It's pretty hard to succeed all the time, right? I know, for me, I try to use failure as a guide to success. I am going to fail more than I succeed, but that failure is going to build to success in the future as long as I keep trying.
My second book was called sav and cole. They are a YouTube family that ive heard of and watched a couple videos but never dived too deep. I’ve seen videos where they talk about their life back story before YouTube but when I read the book it was way more specific. It talked about how important family and friends are. Even if you aren’t friends with someone that you should always be kind and supportive, how miracles happen everyday, and how you should be thankful for what you have and not what you don’t have. This made me think about a lot of things differently especially when they told us the consequences. Honestly I recommend this book only if you want to read it. It’s not that kind of book where everyone else is reading it so you have to read it. It’s a flow by your own book.
I need third book suggestions, anyone?
I forgot to answer the theme question for my third book "The Blackthorn Key" by: Kevin Sands. The theme for this book is family isn't just who you're related to. This theme supports my philosophy of friends can be more than just friends, they can be family. For example Tom is family to Chris, they're not related but the feel like family. family isn’t just the people who are related to you, family is the people who care about you and want to help you, they are also the people who would protect you.
Which characters from your reading cause you to question something about your own life?
Christopher tells me that if I want something I can get it.
The third book I read was The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. Josh and JB are identical twin brothers. There mom is the principle at there school and their dad (Chuck Bell) was a super good basketball player that retired. Josh and JB always sit together at lunch, walk home from school together, play basketball together. Until one day JB gets a girlfriend. JB sits with her at lunch, Josh walks home all alone, and Josh has no one to play basketball with.
Now that JB has a girlfriend josh gets super jealous which causes him to get angry. Josh now lets his anger out on basketball. So the next game he has he chucked the ball and JB and it did not end up well. Josh got suspended from the team. His mom is the principle so she gets to decide when he gets to play again. During all of this happening there dad, Chuck has a disease from poor eating so he could have nosebleeds or heart attacks. Chuck doesn't trust doctors because he thinks that's why his dad died.
Chuck had a major heart attack because he didn't go to the doctor early enough. Then he had another major one which caused him to pass away. Their whole family had to spend Christmas in the hospital.
This book teaches us that we should always trust doctors and to not eat poorly.
In my fifth book, Who Were The Beatles by Geoff Edgers, this book explains the successes and the problems the Beatles encountered as young kids, as a band, and after the breakup. What I take away from this is the most successful people are the ones that had the most troubles.
The Beatles made me question if people become so great at things because of the struggles they face. John and Paul became fond of music and songwriting after both their mothers died. Ringo learned how to play the drums when he was in the hospital. George found his love for music after being made fun of about his hair.
That seems like a very interesting and inspiring book, Nishan. I do think that the best people that have great ideas make mistakes along the way before they finish their idea. Nobody’s perfect.
In my second book, "Up for air" a theme in my book is that you should never give up, the reason I chose this theme is because the main character Annabelle is asked to be on the high school team because she was an advanced swimmer. Throughout the book Annabelle shows that she works very hard and never gives up. This made me re-examine the world because to work hard you need to want something really badly.
A character that made me question my life was Annabelle, she works very hard to get what she want's and sometimes I wonder why I don't do the same, She works so hard so that is why I sometimes question myself.
I read the book Everest by Gordon Korman. The book is a story of these kids who come from all around the world and want to prove to their friends and family that they will be able to do something. They all have this talent of climbing. They register for this camp which is a competition since the reward is to climb Everest. The camp is very rough and tough. It will push anyone especially kids to their limits. One of the main characters is the head instructor named Cap Cicero. He is the main antagonist of the story because instead of being supportive and helpful to the kids, he just cuts people who don’t act a certain way or look a certain way. Or he also cuts people if they don’t treat him like he is some sort of God. For example, he cut a boy named Rob who was very talented and looked the way he wanted. However, Rob had braces. Cap cut Rob because of his teeth. He didn’t want someone on his team with braces. Cap is fairly jealous of another instructor who is younger and more relaxed and supportive to the kids. The other instructor stood up to Cap about a contestant. This contestant was named Dominic. Dominic was young and scrawny. He was only 13 years old. Cicero looked down upon him just because of his looks. He treated Dominic the same way he treated Rob. Dominic was able to stay around because the other instructor recognized Dominic’s talents of hard work, perseverance, and straight up talent of carrying 25 pounds up the mountains horizontally. Dominic was one of the most hard working kids but Cap immediately judged him by his looks. Cap made me think about how people are cut in almost any competition by horrible judges. The judges sometimes base their opinion on how they look as if it was some beauty contest.
One of the main themes is don’t judge a book by its cover. If it wasn’t for the other instructor most of the kids would have been cut right away. The other instructor made Cap look at the kids based on their ability and hard work.
Lexi, this book sounds great! You did a great job of summarizing it in a way that makes me really want to read it. Also, I feel so bad for Rob! Although, that may be partially influenced by the fact that I think he has a phenomenal name. Not judging a book by its cover is really an important, simple life lesson to abide by. People are so much more than how they appear.
Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust is a fantasy retelling of Snow White with the overriding theme of the search for personal identity with feminist overtones. The story is told by two strong female characters, Mina and Lynet, who are manipulated by men-a magician and king. Mina has a heart made of glass and is told that she will never be able to love or be loved, and only her beauty would matter to others. Lynet is formed in the image of her mother and expected to behave and act like her. Both women overcome great plot twists and challenges to find that who they really are is nothing like what they were told and that they are capable of so much more. Mina realizes she truly love sand is loved by her step-daughter Lynet. Lynet overcomes her father's possessiveness and control to use her bravery and strength. This theme reminds me of sexist views of women and how women need to be strong and believe in themselves to overcome misperceptions.
The main character, Mina, Lynet's stepmother, was the strongest character and went through the most transformation. She learned that her beauty, which started to fade with age, did not affect her ability to feel or receive love. This contradicted what she had been told all her life by her father, the magician, and reflects what men sometimes tell or imply to women. In my own life, as I enter 7th and 8th grade, when girls start to care about how they are perceived by boys and get preoccupied by beauty, I think Mina is an important reminder that what matters in love truly is personality, actions, and strength of character.
My first book, Refugee by Alan Gratz, tells the story of three refugee children, in completely different eras, motivated by love, perseverance, and family.
Josef, is a 12 year old Jewish boy whose home was invaded by German soldiers, on Kristallnacht, or the night of broken glass, a day in which many Jewish homes were broken into by Nazi soldiers. Josef’s father was sent to a concentration camp and was held there for 6 months until told by German authority that he would be allowed to leave the camp only if his family fled the country immediately, so they boarded a ship to Cuba.
Isabel, is an 11 year old girl living in Havana, Cuba in 1994, a time where the Cuban economy had collapsed, along with the government, leaving many families to fend for themselves. Isabel watched her father get gruesomely beaten in a riot, which caused their family to decide to leave Cuba that night.They joined their neighbors on a homemade boat and pushed off from Cuba into the ocean towards Miami, with the police shooting after them.
Mahmoud, was doing homework in his apartment in Aleppo, Syria when a missile exploded and teared down a wall in his home. Mahmoud and his family got out alive, and left in a car headed to Turkey, which eventually got shot down, forcing them to abandon it.
In each story, love, perseverance, and family are reoccuring motifs which help portray that in life, the love of family can motivate anyone. This theme makes me re-examine my understanding of the world and ultimately shows me that no matter what, family will always be there for you to count on and can motivate you to do anything.
My third book was the second book in the series of Katherine Applegates Book The Endling. it’s a Fantasy and I really enjoyed the whole series I would recommend it to most because she really gets your to feel like your in the book and you get to journey with them. it taught me to stay strong in difficult ness. And to keep you head high. With both her dreams and all the creatures of Nedarra on the brink of extinction, Byx and her friends are determined to never give up hope.The theme made me think about my own life is how can I keep my persistence of keeping my hope and never giving up? I wonder how Byx and the rest of his friends helped him in the bad times?
In the third book in the series of Gregor the Overlander, Gregor is sent down to try to solve The Curse of the Warmbloods, which is a disease that will wipe out all of the warm blooded creatures, (like rats or humans)
It makes me think of the world differently because sometimes, you have to set your differences aside and conquer the quest you are undertaking .
What makes me question something in my life is Gregor. He makes me want to be smarter because he attempts to figure out this disease. It showed me that, if a kid my age can solve a disease, why can’t I? It made me see that hard-work and persistence pays off.
One of the books I read this summer for fun was Goosebumps The Ghost Next Door. This is a series by R.L. Stine and he writes funny horror books. This one is about a girl named Hannah and she lives in a neighborhood with an abandoned house. She runs into a guy who is a ghost who says he just moved into the house. Hannah questions this because she never sees lights on in the house and never sees any activities. So no one believes her about he ghost and she has issues with this because she is telling the truth. The ghost gets mad that she is telling people about it so she he starts to haunt her.
The story then is about the haunting of Hannah and how she deals with this. Hannah's dream comes true, and you have to read to find out what the dream was!
The first book that I have read this summer is "Scythe" by Neal Shusterman. In this series, our world has conquered inequality, hunger, war and even death. But, in order to keep the population in control, we have devised a system called "gleaning." Gleaning is the less gruesome term for "murder," and the protagonists, Rowan and Citra, are dragged into the middle of it. Rowan and Citra are chosen as Scythe's apprentices, and are forced to master the art of taking life. However, only one of them will be chosen to officially become a Scythe, which means both are competing for something neither wants. (Minor Spoiler!!!) Thus, an official decision must be made in order to create a fair competition. This creates a twist of fate as the apprentice deemed "unworthy" of this position must surrender to the gleaning of the so-called "worthy" apprentice. This sets Rowan and Citra into an intense battle, both attempting to allow the other to succeed and become a Scythe. They begin to see each other in new ways, and become more grateful of having each other. This introduces a theme of in life, sacrifice can make your acquaintances grateful.
This theme makes me re-examine my dedication to my friends and family. It makes me wonder what my relationships would be like if I sacrificed my time or feelings for them.
The character that causes me to question something in my life is Rowan. This is because he came from a family that did not appreciate or pay attention to him. So, he had to master his independence. This makes me wonder, if I stopped relying on my parents to do tasks for me, would I start to develop a carefree, independent attitude like Rowan?
The second book that I have read is "Refugee" by Alan Gratz. In this book, the somber story of three children from different periods of hardships is told.
Josef is a Jewish, 12-year-old boy from the 1930s. This would have been alright if he had lived in the United States, yet he lives in Nazi Germany. This poses the almost definite possibility of being thrown into a concentration camp, as his father had been. He and his family are forced out of Germany and are sent to subside on-board a ship headed for Cuba, where they are promised refuge and freedom. But when they arrive, Cuba refuses to allow them refuge and Josef is sent back to Germany. But, Josef and several of the other Jewish people on board refuse to surrender and are committed to force the captain to allow them to subside in France instead.
Isabel is an 11-year-old girl during the year 1994. She lived in Cuba during an abundance of rioting and a lack of food. So when she, her family (Including her pregnant mother) and her neighbors are allowed a chance to leave Cuba, they instantly take it. They travel by boat and are faced with several hardships, including storms, sharks, a broken engine (for there boat) and even death. Although these tragedies occur, Isabel refuses to surrender and keeps pushing forward until they all make it to the United States (their destination) successfully.
Mahmoud is a 12-year-old boy from Syria during the year 2015. With his homeland constantly being torn apart by bombs and shootings, Mahmoud and his family take a long trek to Europe, where they plan to live in Germany. Mahmoud's journey includes getting rejected several times, piling into an inflatable raft with 30 people (that only holds 12), giving away his little sister and being arrested. But, just like Isabel, Mahmoud bounces back and refuses to surrender. Instead, he powers through his hardships and advances to Germany just like he had planned.
These experiences all hold a similar theme which is: Surrendering is a dead end, while dedication and commitment are chances for new opportunities. This makes me re-examine how I deal with my problems, and motivates me to always persist and put my dedication over my exhaustion instead of surrendering.
A character that causes me to question something in my life is Josef. This is because (SPOILER!!!) he sacrificed himself for his sister in order to keep her alive, which resulted in him dying in one of the concentration camps. It showed me that devotion can empower you to sacrifice something that has a large meaning to you, even if that is your life.
In my fourth book, Winners Take All, cheating is not good in general because people should act fairly or it would be a huge mess.
Kyle makes me think cheating is not good because cheating is not playing by the rules, and therefore I should never cheat in life.
For my third summer reading book, I read "Nancy Drew: The Secret Of The Wooden Lady" by Carolyn Keene. The genre of this book is mystery. In this book, Nancy Drew, the protagonist, is a female detective who is sent to an old ship. Her job is to investigate it and find the culprit who is illegally searching the ship for so-called treasure. Nancy excitedly joins the case and is unhappy when her father tries to convince her to leave the mystery. But, no matter how dangerous the antagonist is, Nancy resists her father's concerns and dives deeper into the mystery. As a result of this, she manages to solve the mystery and successfully captures the culprit.
This suggests that a theme of the book is that in life, perseverance is the key to maintaining a well-balanced, successful life. This theme makes me re-examine how I react to my failures, and how I should persevere instead of give up in order to accomplish what I want to accomplish.
A character that causes me to question something in my life is Nancy Drew herself. This is because she invests her time in something she is both good at and passionate about. This makes me wonder, if I invest my time in excelling in something I love, can I be both successful and fulfilled?
One of the books I read was called “Rocky Road” by Rose Kent. The main character is a 12 year old girl named Tess. She has loved living in Texas and doing crafts since she was little like sewing, knitting, and drawing. But when her mom decides to move to a small town in New York called Schenectady in the middle of the winter bringing Tess and her deaf brother Jordan. While being very limited on money, Tess has to suffer with living in an apartment full of seniors and going to a new school. Her mom on the other hand is having the time of her life, planning to open an ice cream shop on the dirtiest street in town. Tess is protesting to her mom to stop from opening the shop and wasting every penny they have. She struggles to keep up with her grades, school activities, her little brother, and being forced to help get the ice cream shop ready for the grand opening. Tess figures out that her moms opening day is on Cinco de Mayo, so with that they get other shops around the town to have a Cinco de Mayo party and parade on top of opening day. A few days before the opening Tess, her mom, and other workers are stressing to finish the shop before their time is up. The night before the opening, Tess finds out that her mom hasn’t slept in a week, she sees a sickly look in her moms eyes. Tess is worried that the opening will be ruined. She pleads to her mom to see a doctor to get help but her mom declines every time. Next thing she knows her mom crashes into to bed that morning and won’t get up. All pressure is on Tess. Who will manage the shop? What if the mayor won’t let the ribbon cut happen if her moms not there? Tess stresses out with questions. Will Tess have to take her moms place for the day?
The theme in this book would be to not give up on your loved ones. I wonder if Tess would have given up on her mom if it wasn’t for how her mom thought of her throughout the book.
The book I read was Survival by Paul Dowswell. There are many short stories about survival in this book. One of the stories that stuck out to me was called sharks breakfast. This theme of the story was about self-awareness because on a beautiful morning Erick Larson thinks he is going on a relaxing surf during the sunrise. Just as he was about to catch the next big wave, as excited as he was, his excitement broke into pain. There was blood ever where as he was realizing what happened to him. Erick saw the jaws of a great white shark on his leg. Erick could barely move or even breathe. There was blood everywhere. Struggling to keep his grip on his surfboard, Erick decided to turn around and let go of his grip. He grabbed shark’s jaw to make him struggle to sea. This way the shark’s jaw will loosen its grip on Erick's leg. Because of his quick decision the shark swam away. Since Erick was aware of the situation, he didn’t try to swim to away as fast as he could. Erick Larson knew sharks were attracted to blood and there was blood every where. Erick got on his surf board and instead of swimming as fast as he could he paddled slowly because he knew if he paddled as fast as he could his heart would pump faster. This would make the blood flow even faster and create a larger likelihood of the shark returning or other sharks coming because of all his blood around him in the ocean. When he finally got to the shore, he decided to slither himself to a safer place. He went slowly so he would not lose more blood. There were no sharks around and he stayed on land. Erick knew people would notice him on shore smothered with blood and a bite mark. Erick was self- aware that he realized he had no energy to get help since he was fading. Rather his goal was to be an area far away from the ocean but close to nearby houses. He knew someone would find him if he was near houses. He realized his surroundings and was able to get help because a family had found him. The family quickly called for an ambulance and Erick was rushed to the hospital for 8 months due to a severe injury. Since Erick was self-aware during a difficult shark attack he survived.
My first book was everything, everything by Nicola yoon. It is a young adult novel about a girl named Madeline who hasn’t been outside the comfort of her own home since she was a baby. She is believed to have a rare disease called SCID which prevents her from being in the outside world. She never even thought of going outside until her new next-door neighbor moves in. I don’t want to spoil but she finds something out that angers her and she decides to sneak out of the house. She only lives with her mom so when she notices that Madeline is missing she freaks out and thinks that Madeline is going to die.
One theme from this book is don’t let things define you. Madeline’s sickness defines her as not being a normal teenage girl. Thought it may seem that way on the outside it doesn’t change the inside she’s still a teen girl and experiences things on the inside that others may have. But she never took risks because of her “sickness” and I realize she let that control her and played it safe for too long. I think that you should take risks. It may lead you to something you never expected and if you let bad things define you than you may play it safe too much and miss out of life changing opportunities that you may have never noticed could’ve changed your life. Sometimes people do this and regret it and they know they should’ve gone for it and sometimes you shouldn’t take second thoughts and go with your instincts
I read the book "Just Jaime" by Terri Libenson. For being a graphic novel, I think the theme was very hard to fin. It was about a girl, Jaime obviously, who was going into eighth grade with all her "best friends" they were a bit of a meaner group and since Jaime was smaller, and an easier target, the leader of the group Celia made fun of her. Jaime was so called "babyish" and didn't dress her age. She didn't "fit in". The group gossiped and started rumors and all things you want to stay away from in middle school. And in the group is Maya who is Jaime's best friend, but in order to be popular and stuff she picks Celia over Jaime. And through a text, tells Jaime that they had a meeting. They talked over everything and weighed the pros and cons. They decided they didn't want her in the group. The rest of the book is how Jaime makes through her day with some help from new friends and teachers. She may or may not bring back a certain friend into her life after saving her from public humiliation.
A theme I found was to always be yourself and never change for anyone. And you'll always be good enough. I know this is the theme because Jaime should not have to change herself for any of these mean girls and she doesn’t. She decides to accept who they really are and be her own person and find people that will accept her for her. Jaime doesn’t change herself for the mean girls and she knows that real friends will accept her for her and she’ll be good enough for them. It doesn’t matter if she’s a little “babyish” or not as grown-up because it’s better to just be yourself then to change yourself for people who aren’t even your real nice friends. I think what the author was trying to get through through this book was that you need to find friends in your life that won’t hurt you or try to change who you are. A motif for this book could be “be yourself” because all the things in this book trail back to who Jaime really is. She is a sweet fun-loving girl who find herself and changes herself for the better not the worse like how the meeting girls wanted her to. she changed yourself by wanting to be nicer and make up with the girls that sometimes her and her old group could be kind of mean to. I can relate to this non-directly. I understand what the "stressful" school enviorment can feel like and weird social levels. These mean girls/group thought that in order to be more poplar or more cool they had to cut one person out. That's not okay to do, especially not for popularity but I can understand from the other end. Not that anyone in deer path is a "mean girl" but its easy to understand the things that went down being about the same age as the characters. Which connects to how the characters cause me t re-examine my life. None of the characters cause me to "re-examine" anything but the theme does make me think of how in this new school year, I have to continue being myself and how others should too because changing who you are just cause somebody else thinks you should is dumb.
For my second book I read, "Baby sitters club marry anne saves the day by, Ann M Martin." A theme for this book was, don't let anyone underestimate what you can do. The reason I chose that theme for this book was because when no one thought marry anne was a "LEADER" in the book until in the end of the story she was one. For example in the story when all of the girls get into a fight, Marry anne does not let that stop her. She still takes hudge risk like baby sitting a SICK kids, (YUKK) or when she meet a new friend. She was even being the bigger person and wrote everyone apolige notes. Also the girls did not like her new friend that made the group very jealous.
But in the end of the story they all became friends and she even joined the club.
Marry anne causes me to questions something about my own life. Do I need to take more risk?
The theme makes me re-examine about the world, do people get underestimated a lot for what they can or can not do?
I read the book scythe by Neil Shusterman. The theme of my book was... A world that is perfect. no hunger,no disease, no war, no misery there is even no death. But to keep the population under control scythes are the only thing that can end life. In the first book in its series arc of the scythe, book one, Citra and rowan are chosen to become apprentices of a scythe in the battle between life and death. The must battle for there lives who will be come the Scythe?
How did this book impact me? This book world seems to maybe represent our future world with no death the world will become over populated so maybe the world today turn into a government that randomly kills people?
How this book affected me. It effected me showing how Citra and Rowan had to compete for there live which made be think i should compete for grades and other things.
For my third book I read was, “Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell book 11.”
A theme for this book I thought would work perfectly was, Don’t underestimate yourself when you have to do something you do not like. The reason for why I chose that theme was because, In the book there are these 2 girls. The main character is Nikki and the second girl is Nikki’s enemy. Her name is Mckenzie. Everyone from Nikki’s school got chosen a different school for the week. It was International Academy for a student exchange program. I thought the theme went good with this book because when Nikki got a school chosen that she did NOT like. That was because Mckenzie went to that school and because Mckenzie was stealing her identity plus her bestie weren’t there. :( She underestimated herself until the end of the book when everything turned out A ok. She had a video that went viral (A bug in Mckenzie’s hair.) She got her journal back plus her identity but most importantly she now doesn’t underestimate herself for that kind of stuff.
Nikki made me question something about my own life, Do I underestimate myself to much for something I don’t like?
The theme makes me re-examine my understanding the world, Do lots of people underestamate themselves when they have to do something they do not like?
For my fourth book I read was, “Big and Little questions by Julie Bowe."
A theme for this book is, No matter how big a change can be in your life you can always make it work. The reason for why I chose that theme was because in the book the main character Wren goes through some difficult changes. For example her parents get a divorce and that takes a hudge toll in her life. She felt as her whole world flipped upside down. She went through lots of emotions and it took some ejustment. But in the end she made it work. This girl was very brave most kids would just cry and not do anything. They would feel sorry for themselves. But not Wren.
She made it work not just for her family but for herself.
Wren made me question something about my own life. When change happens do I need to figure out other ways into my liking?
The theme made me re-examine my understanding of the world.
Can people adjust the change in a heart beat or does it take time?
The second book I read this summer was "The Audition," by Maddie Ziegler. I really enjoyed reading this book because it was about this girl named Harper, who moved states and had to switch dance studios. At her new dance studio there was this group of girls who excluded her and would do certain things to annoy her. Harper spend most of her first dance season getting bullied by girls when she then realized it was enough. She talked with the girls and did everything she could do to build a good relationship with them.
One of the themes that I learned through out this book was that communication is the key to teamwork. Harper was struggling with her teammates because she never let them know how she was actually feeling. She couldn't take it anymore and she let them know how she felt and they understood how that would feel so they changed how they acted. When thinking about most situations where someone gets mad or frustrated with another person, normally they could just easily solve the problem by telling the other person how they feel but instead they just ignore the person and let them continue to be frustrated. That being said, when in situations like this I learned to be willing to talk to the person with whom I have an issue.
When reading the book Harper, the new girl, has made me think about how it would feel to be a new girl and how I would feel if I had to be around people who bullied me and how much I would rather be around people who were nice and not rude. This book has reinforced my belief to always be nice to any new kid and to always think about how I don't know what they are going through and how they feel.
My second book I read was “Counting To Perfect” by Suzanne LaFleur. Cassie, the main character, is a 12 year old girl who competes in advanced swimming. Cassie just got out of school and is planning to advance more in swimming and hangout with friends all summer. Cassie’s older sister, Julia, used to be the person Cassie looked most up to, Julia was her perfect big sister right until Julia found out she was pregnant at the age of 17. Everything changed between Julia and Cassie’s relationship while Julia was pregnant.
Now, when Julia’s baby, Adele aka Addie, causes more fights in the house and causes stress for them, Julia decides to run away with Addie in the middle of the night. Cassie catches her sister and ends up joining them for a sisterly summer vacation. Julia and Cassie add their savings together for a week of perfect including breakfasts, hotels, pool stays, and much more. Over the time of the trip Cassie and Julia’s relationship grows stronger than it was before and Cassie realizes that Addie might not be as bad as she thought.
A theme in this book is to not under estimate people because of past mistakes. I wonder how Julia and Cassie’s relationship would have been if Addie never happened.
I read the book "Prisoner B-3087" by Alan Gratz. This book was about how a Jewish boy named Yanek, in the period of world war 2 lived and survived through all the painful and cruelty in the ghettos, and concentration camps.
A theme for this book is with determination comes rewards. Yanek struggled through losing his family, and home all while struggling through starvation and penal labor while trying not to be killed. He never once gave up which helped him survive to tell the tale.
While reading this book it made me question if I could handle the same pain and work that Yanek did in order to survive.
In the book Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone the theme is perseverance. This is because Harry Potter’s parents died and he was sent to live with his uncle and aunt who had a son of their own named Dudley The family mentally and physically abused Harry. Harry felt lost and lonely inside. He felt there was no hope for him to be happy. Harry knew the only way to live a better life was to persevere through his difficult life. He let everything go because he knows what he has to do. For example, Dudley hits Harry for no reason and gets Harry in trouble with his aunt and uncle. Dudley gets Harry in trouble and his parents know that Dudley is trying to get Harry in trouble but they do not do anything about it because they hate Harry’s family. Harry stands up to them by telling them what they are doing is wrong. His aunt and uncle just abused him more. When Harry gets his letter from Hogwarts, his uncle destroys each envelope that he gets. The envelops continue to keep appearing. Then, eventually Harry goes to Hogwarts. At Hogwarts, even though he has friends, he has to overcome another obstacle Draco Malfoy and a mentally abusive teacher named Snape. They both make Harry feel like he does not belong but in the end Snape isn’t trying to hurt Harry. It was really professor Qurriell who was trying to hurt Harry. Snape was trying to protect Harry from Qurriell. Little does he know that Professor Qurriell is hiding another face in the back of his head. That face was the dark lord Voldemort who had killed his parents. This impacts Harry mentally because in the beginning of the story his aunt, uncle, and Dudley keep bullying him about not having a mother and father. The other kids in school also teased him about not having parents. Harry perseveres through Hogwarts by meeting his two best friend Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. They make Harry feel like he is somebody. They help his mind repair from all his troubles of the past which help him persevere by defeating the dark lord Voldemort for now.
If my fifth book, Crossover, people in life have ups and downs. Josh and Jordan have a very sick farther in the hospital. Josh and Jordan’s father would want them to play in the championship basketball game. The team won the championship. People should push through their ups and downs because people should push through life when it is rough.
Josh is a better basketball player than Jordan because Josh just focuses on basketball while Jordan focuses on basketball and his girlfriend. I would rather focus on school than girlfriends because if I had a girlfriend my grades would drop.
In my second book, Dear Evan Hansen, in life don’t lie to try to make the situation better.Evan is dealing with anxiety to talk to others, in other words he is scared to engage with others. He has to write letters to his therapist about his life with others. He started talking to a guy named Connor Murphy, and gave him a letter. That same day Connor committed suicide out of no where. The parents found this letter shoved into his pocket and then figured that Evan was Connor‘s best friend, which isn’t true they barely even knew each other. Then the Murphy’s tried to gain evidence about Connor’s death from Evan. Evan didn’t know anything about what happened but he made up some emails to show them and told them stories that were true but were irrelevant to his death. This didn’t get Evan in a good spot for lying about “ evidence” he had from the death.
Evan made me think about my life as if I were him, if I was in that situation and how awkward it would be, but he made me reflect on my life by how hard it must be to lose the only person who ever talked to you. And you couldn’t even say goodbye.
I read "Alex Rider: Stormbreaker." It is about a boy named Alex who is a 14 years old and a spy.
A theme for this book is "don't give up" because Alex never gave up even when he was almost facing death. He always pushed through the struggles he had and he never lost hope that he could prove everyone wrong. He pushed through a 30 mile hike in 11 hours and 5 minutes, which is an hour before everyone expected him to be done with the hike. He also climbed up a 300 foot wall for his training and did it when no one thought he could. He preserved and kept at it and he did very good, or as well as anyone would have thought.
It made me think of my own life and what it would be like if I was like Alex, training night and day or being on a mission and to prove people wrong. It would be really hard doing all this stuff if I were Alex.
The fifth book I read was the final book in the selection series, "The Crown." In this book, Edelyn continues her selection and chooses a husband at the end of the book and the series.
A theme in this book is, even though rules are made to keep organization, sometimes breaking them can cause more positive than following them. Towards the end of the book (SPOILER ALERT), when Edelyn is talking to her father about who she wants to marry, Henry, a joyful man who makes her happy, or Eric, the man that Edelyn truly loves, her father leans towards Eric. He explains that he has broken rules in order to keep people from unnecessary consequences. He also tells her that his life wasn't perfect but he found happiness. He found it not because he met a princess and they fell in love, but he found it because he married the woman that he was not supposed to marry. This shows that happily ever afters aren't always perfect but does not mean they are not meant to be.
Finally, this book left me wondering how do someone know if they have found their happily ever after? Or do they not?
I read Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen. I think this is one of his less interesting books. I really loved Hatchet and was hoping for the same here. This is a story about a boy named Samuel and he goes hunting for his family. It is one of his jobs to provide food for his family. While hunting he see smoke at his village and discovers that the British and the Iroquois Indians teamed up and captured his family.
He is distraught over the fact that his family is gone, but happy that they were not among those that were brutally slaughtered. He finds a friend named Agner who will assist him in locating his family. His adventure sends him all the way to New York City where he needs to find his parents.
One of the lesson he learns along the way is how many great people who are out there that wanted to help him. It is nice to read about good people and not just the bad ones.
The Sad part is how badly prisoners were treated and how war of any kind always has casualties and that there really are no winners in war.
I also decided to read a classic book this summer. I chose Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and it was a good story. I won't lie that this was hard to read because of all the slang words and weird sayings they used in the story. Huck Finn is a kid who lives along the Mississippi River. I found out after I read this that I should have read Tom Sawyer first.
Huck won $6000 from finding a treasure with his friend Tom Sawyer so his deadbeat dad wants the money and tries to kidnap Huck.
He travels the Mississippi with his friend Jim who happens to be black. It is also the south and no one was friends with black people.
So this is an adventure story about a kid looking for freedom and independence in the south a long time ago.
In some ways many of the racist things I read about are still true today and sad that it does exists. But this story was a time when blacks had no freedoms and rights so Jim and Huck took off to find their freedom.
So this book is about a young boy who is learning life's lessons while travelling in the south down the Mississippi. I highly recommend this book, but you might want to read Tom Sawyer first!!
Another book I read this summer was Mr. Hockey, My Story by Gordie Howe. Gordie Howe was an amazing hockey player who played for the Detroit Red Wings and they won 4 Stanley Cups. Just so you know it is really hard to win the Stanley Cup once let alone 4.
He was a wing player and was known not only for his stick skills but his fighting. When Gordie Howe played hockey it was the 1970's and fighting was a huge part of the game. It was almost impossible to see a game without a fight back then. They also had very little protection back then and didn't even wear helmets.
Even the goalie did not wear a helmet and I can't believe that. All the teams at this time had a guy called the "Enforcer" and he was only on the team to fight on the ice.
Gordie Howe however, did have amazing hockey skills, he would just flow on the ice and when I have seen videos of him playing it is amazing at how good he really is.
The sad part of this book is the sad childhood he had and how he came from no money. He also had to work another job to make ends meet in the off season because it was not like today where they make millions. They played for the love of the game and that made all the difference.
In his whole 4 year career he only made 2 million dollars, where today that is a signing bonus. Athletes were different back then, some of it good and some bad, but I really enjoy learning about the older athletes I still think I can learn from them.
If you like hockey, or even lacrosse you should read this book.
The last book I finished was The Lesson, by Cadwell Turnbull. I love science fiction and this book really was good. It is a story about a what they called a peaceful alien invasion. This was quite ironic since most of us do not view aliens as peaceful.
The story takes place in the Virgin Islands so at least they picked a nice place to live. The aliens are called Ynaa, a race of superadvanced aliens on a research mission. I never really found out what the mission was or why they were there which is weird.
The theme is about families and how they handle the issues surround living with aliens.
The sad part is that any type of aggressive act from the people towards the aliens makes them crazy.
They are not good with this and unfortunately one of the kids dies.
So it is a mystery and a sci fi book that at times is hard to believe what is happening. But it is another book about life and what we learn from what is around us.
Ghosts By: Raina Telgemeier
Cats family moves to Bahia de la Luna because her little sister Maya is sick with cystic fibrosis. Their neighbor Carlos is a ghost tour, but Cat doesn't believe in ghosts and is getting annoyed by their obsession of ghosts and wants to head back to their normal town. Since Maya really wanted to go on the tour they ended up going. Carlos was nice that the tour was for free. He took them to a place he never took anyone else its where the ghosts usually hang out. Cat fell and got lost and could not find Carlos and Maya she got scared and bumped into a ghost. Cat could not wait to tell Maya what she saw. Then she turned to see Maya and Carlos in the middle of many ghosts. She got scared but figured out that Maya is having fun and they are not that harmful Carlos gives Maya a sugary drink that the ghosts love and play with her even more. She ended up dropping the glass bottle and it shattered all the ghosts were angry. Since ghosts don't have air in them they live in windy parts of the place. The ghosts got out of breath that they started to take Mayas breath. Cat got angry at Carlos and gave him the silent treatment he asked her to forgive him but she wouldn't. Maya ended up going to the hospital. On the day of the dead Maya convinced Cat to go to the party but Maya couldn't go since she was still recovering. Cat finally realized that ghosts aren't bad after all.
The theme of the book is that just because your dead doesn't mean you're forgotten.
This makes me question that when you are dead are you gone and everything is black or do you become a spirit?
The first book I read was "To All The Boys I've loved Before" by Jenny Han. In this book, Lara Jean (the main character) writes a ton of love letters to her crushes. She had no intention of sending the letters. Unexpectedly, the letters got sent out and Lara Jean panicked and had to quickly come up with a solution to fix the situation.
A theme for "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" is: in life unexpected things happen and you need to adapt and cope to the situation. When the letters get sent out Lara Jean panicked. In order to stop all the boys that got a letter from confronting her, she made a deal with Noah (Noah received a letter) that they would fake date. This would stop all the other boys from thinking that she liked them, when in reality she didn't like them. So Lara Jean's way of adapting and coping to the embarrassment of the letters being sent out was to fake date Noah so the rest of the boys thought that Lara Jean didn't like them. this shows that you can always cope and adapt to a situation, no matter how unexpected it is.
Finally, this made me think of my own life and how I would adapt and cope with this situation.
My first book, How We Roll by Natasha Friend, was about a teenage girl named Quin that was diagnosed with alopecia, which causes her to lose all of her hair. The theme in this book is that you should choose to be around people that you feel comfortable being yourself with. There is no point in being friends with someone that you have to hide part of you from.
In the book, Quin had been friends with people who did not like that she had no hair and felt terrible about herself. When she moved and switched schools she made friends with new people and always hid her hair under a wig, and never tells them for the majority of the book. She eventually learns that being around people that are comfortable with her condition made her so much happier.
Quin made me re-examine my perspective of the world by showing me that we all choose who we make friends and acquaint ourselves with. She shows me that It's ultimately my job to find people that accept me, because, in the long run, I will be so much happier.
My second book, Everless by Sara Holland, is about a 17-year-old girl named Jules that lives in the fantasy kingdom of Sempera. She and her father live in a small town far off from Everless, the royal estate. They are struggling to pay off their debts and her father does not have much time left. In the book each person has a certain about of time, years of their life that are stored in their blood. When you get 'bled' you go to a bleeder and they cut your arm and you tell them how much time to take from your lifespan. They let you bleed out however much time you want taken and then they mix your blood with a powder that forms blood iron. The blood iron will give you the time from that person's blood if you consume it. Blood iron is their form of currency and is used to pay taxes. When you pay the Tax Collecter the blood iron goes to the royals and other important people of Sempera. Since Jules dad does not have much time left, her and her father are having trouble getting by. One day she is talking to her best friend at the butcher's shop, and finds out that guards from the palace will be coming to pick out new women to come to the palace. They women will fill positions as a servants. Jules thinks this it is a great idea to go because it pays well. When her father finds out, he is furious and tells her not to go because the Gerlings, the royal family, are dangerous and will cause her harm if they find out she's there. She doesn't listen and gets picked to go. When she arrives she eventually finds out her father was right all along.
The theme in this book is to listen and pay attention to the people around you. They might be trying to tell you something important, or be hinting at the fact that they are out to hurt you.
Jules makes me re-examine my perspective of the world because she made the mistake of not listening to her father and got herself stuck in a terrible situation. Listening to her father would have kept both of them safe. She also trusted someone else who, in the end, turned out to be against her. Jules showed me that I should listen and understand the people near me and my surroundings in order to keep safe in the future.
My third book, House Arrest by K.A. Holt, is about a boy named Timothy. Timothy had a little brother name Levi that has a desiese called Subglottic stenosis. When Levi was born and he was diagnosed, it was really hard to take care of him, even with Timothy, his mother, and his father. Eventually the amount of stress Levi's condition put on his father causes him to abruptly leave.
Months later their family is struggling with money, and Timothy makes a reckless decition. He steals a man's credit card and uses it to buy a months worth of Levi's medicine. He eventually is caught and is sentenced to a year on house arrest.
The theme in this book is that you are not always going to be able to do everything yourself, it's okay to let other people help you sometimes.
Timothy makes me re-examine my perspective of the world by showing me that no one has to be 100% independent. He also shows me that I don't have to be embarrassed to ask for help.
In my third book, "The Incredible Journey of Apollo 13" by Ted Olson, it walks you through the amazing mission of Apollo 13. On April 13, 1970 Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert were on the third manned mission to the moon. Everything was going as planned until there was an explosion in the service module. Oxygen and power was leaking as they drifted thousands of miles away from the Earth.
This book displays that when people work together, they can achieve more.
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In my third book, "The Incredible Journey of Apollo 13" by Ted Olson, it walks you through the amazing mission of Apollo 13. On April 13, 1970 Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert were on the third manned mission to the moon. Everything was going as planned until there was an explosion in the service module. Oxygen and power was leaking as they drifted thousands of miles away from the Earth. A damaged spaceship 200,000 miles from home and a team of aerospace engineers try to push their limits to get the crew home safely.
This book displays that when people work together, they can achieve more.
The aerospace engineers made me re-examine my perspective on the world by showing me that any problem can be solved if you have the people dedicated to fixing it.
My fourth book
In the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio a character which caused me to question my own life is Via, Augie’s sister. When you are the older sibling and have a brother or sister you wonder if your parents will pay any attention to you. I thought this when I found out I was getting a little sister. Via felt like this when she was getting a brother. When Augie was born Via was excited but lonely at the same time. She felt lonely because babies take a lot of time and need a lot of care. Her parents started to pay less attention to her and more on Augie. She knew her parents still loved her. As Augie grew older, he still got more attention than her because he was younger. Via felt lonely, lost, and not as important. Of course, this was all in her head because all babies need more attention than when you are older. Parents will still love all their children no matter what. This made me think of my relationship with my sister when she was born. Via and I both love our siblings with all of our hearts and still manage to get on with our life.
A theme in the book Five-Minute Mysteries by Ken Weber is to look at all sides of the problem. You never know who the villain will be in this book. For example, in the sixteenth story, the case of the broken lawn mower, there was a crime having to do with a lawn mower and vandalism. Two detectives who are mother and daughter were called to the case to solve the mystery. The mother’s name is May Baily and the daughter’s name is Kristy Baily. At first the head of the detectives gives them a look of doubt. He thinks the detectives are unprofessional. This is not because they are women or mother and daughter. He doubted them because they were not wearing uniforms. They looked like more like suburban housewife’s than professional detectives. They were younger than most detectives, especially the daughter. In the story the police force likes older more experienced detectives to solve these cases. He could not find anyone else to solve the case so he had to accept them. First the two detectives ask the witness a few questions. Kristy Baily asks the victim, “how did the garage get blocked by something?” Mary Baily responds in a confident way thinking the logical answer is a lawn mower but her daughter says the lawn mower is too small to trap the garage. Kristy said the lawn mower could have been part of the trapping. Mary was examining all sides of the problem. They figured out it was a tree keeping the victims from stopping the vandalism and taking the lawn mower. The witness had said the lawn mower had stopped the victim from getting out. However, it was just a tree that had been suspiciously cut down. The detectives wondered why the witness would lie. The detectives had to ask the right questions to get to the bottom of who vandalized the situation. They took one look of the vandalism and saw spray cans of bright yellow and purple. They took the two spray cans to the lab searching for fingerprints. At last they saw the two fingerprints. They had to figure out who the fingerprints belonged to. Both spray cans belonged to the same person since the fingerprints were the same. The detectives checked everyone close to the crime scene. It turned out the witness had the same fingerprints on the spray cans and lawn mower. The victim lied about everything but the detectives had to figure it out for themselves by looking at every possible part of the situation to find out who the real culprit was.
For my fourth summer reading book, I read "The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning," by Chris Colfer. This is the third book to a series that follows two teenagers around a fairy-tale land where together they attempt to save the world multiple times. (SPOILERS!!!) In this book, Conner and Alex, the protagonists, have been separated between our world and the fairy-tale world. Conner is sent to Germany on a school trip to witness the unveiling of the Brother's Grimm time-capsule stories. Here, he makes a shocking discovery: An army of thousands of French soldiers are trapped inside a portal heading towards the fairy-tale world, which they plan to conquer when they arrive! Conner and his secret crush, Bree, journey off from their school group and end up on a journey around Europe. Finally, the two schoolmates find the portal to the fairy-tale world, which they need to get through in order to warn the Otherworld. After weeks stuck in the portal, Conner emerges into the Otherworld. Here, he sets off to find his twin sister, Alex, who is the Fairy Godmother's apprentice. The story branches into an intense battle, involving military strategy, sacrifice and many life-lessons. For example, one theme that was brought up in the book was when Conner and Alex met a kind witch named Hagetta. She stated that, "Everyone has a right to individuality."
This theme makes me re-examine how I treat my acquaintances because, sometimes I want everyone to be an exact replica of myself. But, if I respect that everyone is a different individual, I could start to avoid being bossy and become a better person.
A character that makes me question something in my life is Bree. This is because she is very care-free and is brutally honest. This makes me wonder, if I was more care-free and honest, could I start to make the best of every situation, even if it was war?
My first book that I read this summer was called Slider and it was about a boy named David. David a competitive eater and has a really fast metabolism. When he accidentally spends $2,000 on half of a hot dog with his mom's credit card, he has to figure out how he's going to pay it back before his mom gets the bill.
The themes of the book make me re-examine the world because it's good to make up for what you did but the trust that someone had for you may be gone. It's easier for someone to lose someone trust in you then gain it. David and Mal (his little brother) make me think about my my siblings because I have younger siblings and we have a close relationship and enjoy doing different things together like David and Mal.
My second book that I read was called Real Friends and it is about a girl named Shannon and how as she got older her friends changed and how she had to get through the hard times that she lost friends.
The theme in the book makes me think about how people in the world can be so selfish and not sympathetic. A character like Veronica cause me to think about my own life because of how welcoming as a friend she was.
My third book that I read was called restart. It was about a boy named Chase that
fell off of a roof and amnesia and forgot everything about his old life. He changed and became friends with people that before he bullied and was very rude to. His new personality caused him to become friends with people that he never would of.
the themes of the book help me re-examine the world because a lot of people can be nice no matter if you fall off the roof or not. Sometimes if you change your personality it's for the better. In the world there's always good in people and you just have to find it. Shoshanna makes me question something about my own life because of how fast she came to conclusions that the two by accident was Chase's fault. But he turned out to be a good guy
Lemony Snicket’s book, ‘Shouldn’t You be in School,’ teaches me that no matter how dark the situation is, there is still a chance to bring light into the situation. All the children in the town ‘Stained by the Sea,’ and another, much wealthier town, which the writer never gave a name, have been kidnapped by a man that has been given the name Hangfire. Hangfire has drugged them and they are willing to do anything that he commands. But it ends better than before. The mission to burn down the library is reverted. The story does not have a happier ending, but it could have been worse.
One character has taught me to look at the past of someone and not just expect them to change. This was Elise Black. She in the past has always been betraying Lemony as well as helping Hangfire. In every book in this series, she has been trusted and then betrays. It is always the same story and I realise that I may not be able to trust other people when they say that they have just changed.
This book was read with my mother and brother
Baleful beasts and eerie creatures has taught me something interesting. The thing is that it is the physical body that actually teaches me something. I found this book in my grandparents house and did not think much of it. It was originally my fathers who had in some sense forgot about it. As he saw he recommended it to me. I agreed and read it in one day. For years, it has been my favorite book that I have read over and over. I recently found out that this is a major collectors item. On ebay, the cheapest you can get is poor quality, and $202. On amazon, only a couple are there which is a hardcover used one for $700, a few paperbacks for $300, and an unused hardcover for $1345. I realistically have considered selling but I realise that what it is worth is not in money, but pleasure you have gained from it.
One character in this collection of short stories is Steve. He has taught me to think everything through before doing it. After being kidnapped by the Yamadan, he is being turned into one. He eventually learns the language and asks him to be let go. The Yamadan lets him go but unbeknownst to Steve, the Yamadan still needs someone. What happens is that Steve's brother is kidnapped instead.
Coraline is a dark fantasy about a girl that goes into another world where everything is perfect. Or so it seems. She is able to access this world by a small door that she found in her flat. The large house they recently moved into has three other people that live there. Mr. Bobo, an eccentric man who claims to be training a mouse circus, and two old women who share a flat in the basement. They are actors. The other world has those same people, but they have buttons for eyes. This world also appears to be perfect. Her mother and father make delicious feasts every day, and they play games all the time. Mr. Bobo lets Coraline see his mouse circus at any time while the two actors are performing all the time. She comes back night after night until one day, her other mother and father say that she can stay as long as she sews buttons into her eyes. Coraline flees back to the normal world where she finds her parents missing. She realises they are in the other world. She must do a challenge. Find the souls of other children that have been taken and her parents. She eventually beats the other mother and returns home to realise that life is not so bad after all.
Coraline herself is an interesting character. At times, she is just a timid girl and frankly, a bit of a loser. But when it comes to things that involve loved ones, she can outwit people that have been there since the beginning of time. She taught me that in order to succeed or changed, you have to be pushed to your limits. Coraline has something that pushes her. Family.
This book goes against many stereotypes. Particularly the franchise. Coraline has a movie based on it that is known to be better than the book. After watching and reading Coraline, I must agree. I remember that very little changes were made, but those little things were what made it better. All that was really different was that they added one not very major character. People often focus on the big picture of the story but I think that it is simply not true. It is the little things that matter. Most of the movie was word for word what was in the book. Right down to, and I am not joking, the number of things that are blue that coraline finds in her flat. If I am remembering correctly, that number was around 153. But one simple character, plus the ‘other’ side, can change a book in ways that cannot be measured. I have learned that it is the little things in life that make life what it is.
This book was read with my mother and grandmother
Ready Player One is a book about a virtual reality game. It follows the story of one avatar named Parzaful. The main plot is a competition created by the creator of the virtual reality game. The winner of this competition gets the inheritance of all his money. Parzaful will eventually win this tournament and get all the money. The thing is that a company also wants this money and will do whatever it takes to stop Parzaful from getting the money.
Parzaful’s world makes me not take things for granted. He was starting out as a pore kid who had nobody to really raise him. He makes me think about how I should not think about the things that are bad in my life rather than the good things. Parzaful’s life was horrible for a long time. He had little food, bad living conditions, and no parents. My life is nowhere near as bad as his.
This book makes me look forward to the future with caution. The future of the world seems great in this book if you can not completely be in the digital world. People in this digital world rely too much on technology. If we continue to be this needy, virtual reality may cause humans to just go and be in that world forever.
This book was read with my mother and grandmother
‘The Slippery Slope’ is a book written by Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler). It is the tenth edition of his world famous book series, ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events.’ This book series follows three children, Violet (eldest girl, great inventor), Clause (middle born, has much knowledge from reading books), and Sunny (baby hat has reasoning skills, language, and four strong plus sharp teeth) Baudelaire. These children have been followed by an evil man named Count Olaf which, after the Baudelaire’s parents died in a fire, has been disguising himself as different people in order to steal The Great Baudelaire Fortune, which Violet will get when she comes to age. Up until book 8, ‘The Hostile Hospital’, The plot has been the same for all the books. The children are shipped to a new guardian, Count Olaf shows up with some evil plan, only the Baudelaires recognise him, they must prove that he is Count Olaf, Olaf kills the guardian, and finally escapes. But in book seven, the baudelaires were framed for murder and are on the run. At the end of book eight, Sunny is kidnapped by Olaf in the snowy mountains.
This book has a simple plot. First, Clause and Violet are thrown off a mountain while in a trailer but survive. Then they stumble into a person that was presumed dead. Quigley Quagmire (Quigly was the brother of other orphans they met that also had a fire in their homes). The Baudelaires figure out where Sunny is and devise a plan to get him back. They meet with her and use sunny as a spy. Eventually they escape and learn more about a secret organization they only know as V.F.D.
This Book makes me think about the world differently. I feel as though this book series is a metaphor for life. This book series has the baudelaires put through many unfair situations, yet, they just keep on persevering. They never give up, but the situation still gets worse. They came into the world with a perfect life, but fate did not fancy this. Fate decided that there be a different path for them. Life often will have a different path for you. This is depressing in some sense but if you just continue to leave no stone unturned, and not give up, life will eventually grant you prosperity as the Baudelaire orphans will eventually be granted.
Sunny Baudelaire also makes me think about my life. She is possibly the most incredible of the orphans. Though this is true, she is no more than a baby while alone. This makes me criticize my own life as a person. I feel as though people, as well as I, tend to think that the world revolves around them at times. Sunny could do no more han bite someone if her siblings were not with her. This actually happened in this book. Sunny got kidnapped by Count Olaf, and almost was going to have been permanently seized. But the only thing that saved her were her other siblings.
Another book that I read this summer is Skeleton Key by: Anthony Horowitz
This book is Realistic Fiction, which is my favorite.
In this book Alex Rider is the main character and he is sent to the Caribbean by MI6. He is sent with two other spies to spy on a retired General of the Russian army called General Alexei Sarov. MI6 is so interested about him because he recently bought one kilogram of weapons-grade Uranium that is enough explosive to make a nuclear bomb. When Alex is spying with both of the other spies the two of the other spies are killed but Alex is spared. Alex is spared because the general had a son that was killed in a shooting. The general sees Alex as a replacement his dead son because both the boys have the same type of life. They are both athletic and they are both successful at school. For the general Alex would be the perfect son but the problem is that the general really wants Alex as a son but Alex does not. In the end of the book Alex says meanwhile the general is pointing a gun at him “I’d rather be dead than have a father like you”. In the end the general shot himself.
This book showed that not always do people agree on the same thing and there should not be big fights about something that is so very pointless. Most of the time if there is a problem in the situation like that, there will be no solution.
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Another book that I read this summer is Skeleton Key by: Anthony Horowitz
This book is Realistic Fiction, which is my favorite genre.
In this book Alex Rider is the main character and he is sent to the Caribbean by MI6. He is sent with two other spies to spy on a retired General of the Russian army called General Alexei Sarov. MI6 is so interested about him because he recently bought one kilogram of weapons-grade Uranium that is enough explosive to make a nuclear bomb. When they are spying the two of the other agents are killed but Alex is spared. Alex is spared because the general had a son that was killed in a shooting. The general sees Alex as a replacement his dead son because both the boys have the same type of life. They are both athletic and they are both successful at school. For the general Alex would be the perfect son but the problem is that the general really wants Alex as a son but Alex does not. In the end of the book, Alex says meanwhile the general is pointing a gun at him “I’d rather be dead than have a father like you”. In the end the general shot himself.
This book showed that not always do people agree on the same thing. There should not be big fights about something that is so very pointless. Most of the time when there is a disagreement between two people they shout try to talk it out in a civilized manner to discover a solution.
Drama By: Raina Telgemeier
A girl named Callie loves acting but can't sing. So she joined the Tech Club. She fell in love with a boy named Greg he says that he loves her too and they can be a couple because he broke up with his girlfriend Bonnie. The next day she said hi to Greg but he didn't, he pulled her aside to tell her that he went back together with Bonnie, Callie got angry and left. When she was hanging up a poster two boys that were twins came to her and one wanted to audition. Callie helped them to the room where they get a CD with their parts on it. Their names were Justin and Jesse they became friends and wanted to go to the book store but Callie went another way so she could run into Greg and get him jealous. Callie started to not have feelings for Greg and likes Jesse. Jesse liked preforming but wanted his brother to get all the attention so Callie recommended Tech Club Jesse loved the idea. Callie knew that there was an 8th grade dance and she wants Jesse to ask her but he didn't. Right after the big play Jesse finally asked her to go. Callie was so exited but then Jesse asked to go to the bathroom and never came out Callie asked boys to go in and see if Jesse was in there but he wasn't. Callie got bummed and went outside to see Jesse and West talking. West went inside and Callie yelled at Jesse. Callie finally forgave Jesse and denied Greg when he asked her out again.
The theme of this book is that teamwork is the dream work and when you work together things are bound to go right
This questions my life because I wonder how life will be if no one was cooperative and going against each other.
In my fourth book “Dragon Flight” by Jessica day George, The king of Citate has proclaimed war against Feravel. He says the will destroy Feravel and anything in there path. His plan is to use his army of dragons to fight.
A main theme in this book is that Manipulation is everywhere and the person who may seem to be the bad guy could just be a pon in an evil plan. This really makes me rethink a lot of what goes on in our world and the fact that nothing is as simple as it may seem.
A dragon named Krashath really makes me question how many people seem powerless on the outside but are really the ones in control over everything.
In the book “Dragon Spear” by Jessica Day George, The dragon queen Velika is about to have a clutch of eggs. This arises some problems with the other dragons on the island who followed the so called “true queen”. The “true queen” died so this group of dragons needs a new queen, so they decide to take Velika until she gives the the first born girl.
This book presents a theme of not all choices make everyone happy and not everyone accepts defeat. The makes me rethink how fair we make decisions when we are in large groups.
The Character Darrym was saved by Creel and the other dragons of Feravel but still goes against Velika and Creel. This makes me wonder how far will someone go if they have to go against their savior?
My second book was Turtles all the way down by John Green. It is about a girl named Aza and her journey to overcome her “disease” she believes that her thoughts control her entirely. There is no her just a spiral of thoughts closing in on her and forced her decisions no matter how hard she tries to block them out. These thoughts are mostly concerning her getting deathly diseases by little things she does. For instance she has an open wound on her finger that she used to dig another finger into to prove to herself as a child that she was real and ever since she’s never let that cut heal. Everyday she changes her band aid in fear it is infected and it will kill her. She’ll have a life long scar if she ever decides to stop. That was just a small insight on the things that her mind tells her to do no matter how badly she wants to be a normal teenage girl.
This book helps me re-examine my world because you never know what people are going through. You sort of have to put yourself in their shoes. Like at first when she was making these weird unreasonable decisions it kind of annoyed me and as the book went on I understood that she couldn’t help it and she explained more things and eventually I relaxed and understood kind of like her best friend in the book, Daisy. About halfway throughout the book Daisy and Aza got into a huge fight which led to some devastating circumstances. And Aza explained to Daisy what it’s like being her because Daisy never really knew. Daisy started to understand and eventually they were as close as they’ve ever been because Daisy sort of put herself in Azas shoes and things got better within their relationship.
For my 5th and final book I read was, Ally Raisman fierce written herself.
A theme for this book was, good things don't come to you without hard work.
The reason for why I chose this theme was because in the book Ally didn't stop working until she achived what she wanted. She would fail when she wasn't work hard enough. She knew without hard work she wouldn't acheive any of her dreams. So she kept pushing and pushing herself until she got what she wanted. And know she has gone to the olympics written a book and won 6 medles at the olympics being on the us team known as the FEIRCE 5!
The theme causes me to question my undertsanding of the world, do people just expect good things to come without hard work?
Ally made me question something about my own life, could I do the same as her?
Lola, I read an athlete’s story too that was based on dedication and hard work. It made me wonder if they ever have time for anything else or even want to...
My fifth book was “Vox”
By Christina Dalcher. It is based in a futuristic American society where women have been practically silenced to one hundred words per day. The current president abuses his power and eliminates women from any work force, and those who break the law are sent to work camp that essentially equal the Nazi concentration camps. Every woman and girl lives in fear of the ‘stupid’ counter they have to wear on their wrist. Of course simultaneously the economy is failing and organization is falling apart. The theme this leads me to find is in life if you abuse power and silence a part of your workforce nothing goes as planned. For that matter everything goes opposite. Matters are made worse when Dr. Jean Mclellan is assigned to develop a serum to cure a serious brain injury. The president’s brother has suffered from this and needs to be back in top condition before the president travels to Europe. When on the job Dr. Mclellan begins to discover inside material about the government, and the possible staging of Bobby Meyers’ (the president’s brother) brain injury. Her discovery ultimately leads to total distrust of her project manager, and further more (spoiler!!) to his assassination. Dr. Mclellan was only trying to save herself and her daughter, but it got the the point of chaos where she had to kill. A seemingly simple project made harder because of abuse of power and because there were no other working women. This actually leads me to ask, if things are purely going to get worse by abusing power and silencing about 50.8% of the population, then why do it at all?
I read the book You Bring the Distant Near, by Mitali Perkins. This book is a multigenerational story of an Indian living in America. Some members of the family bring their Indian heritage with them and others have only known American life. One theme that is expressed in this book is the way that others perceive you can alter your self-perception. This makes me view the world differently because often times the way someone sees a person is not consistent with who they actually are. People can be blinded by stereotypes and often form a judgement too quickly. Just because someone comes from a certain race or background doesn’t mean that defines them or mean that they have to act in a certain way.
Chantal, a girl born in America and raised by an Indian mother and an African father, and Anna, a girl born in India and raised by Indian parents, are characters that make me question my own life. They do this by showing me that there is both a positive and negative side to customs that a particular culture would view as normal. Sometimes we do things out of habit without realizing that there may be alternative ways with a more positive outcome.
I also read the book And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. This book is about 10 people that were invited to an island and were accused of murders that they committed. One by one, they start mysteriously dying. They quickly realize that one of them is the killer. One theme that is portrayed in this book is that people will be held accountable for their misdeeds. This makes me reexamine the world because before every action I make, I think about the positive and negative results that may follow. The characters in this book committed serious crimes, and as a result, paid with their lives.
One character that makes me question my life is Justice Wargrave who is revealed to be responsible for the deaths on the island. He makes me question my life because he makes me wonder if it is right to “play God,” and take justice into one’s own hands. This is an important question in society today, because of the fact that the death penalty is still imposed in some states. Does anyone ever have the right to take the life of someone else, even a criminal?
Another book I read was Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. This book is about two teens with the same name that are struggling in two different ways. They cross paths and they find connections they would never expect to find. One theme that is portrayed in this book is that the acceptance that we are longing for from others can be obtained by accepting ourselves. Sometimes the doubts we have about ourselves and the lack of self confidence people have doesn’t need to be sustained through other people's admiration. Accepting yourself brings out your true personality and the acceptance from others will follow. This makes me look at the world differently because often times people's motives for doing things are just to get a positive reaction from others instead of trying to just please yourself.
Tiny Cooper, an overweight, openly gay teenager makes me question the world because he is not dragged down by any of the negativity he recieves from classmates, teachers, and ex boyfriends. He accepts himself for who he is and doesn't try to be anyone else. However, at the end of the book when he starts to receive more positivity from others there is a drastic change in his emotions resulting in him being a lot happier. This makes me wonder if people's ultimate goal is to be proud of who they are or to gain respect from others.
Another book by Agatha Christie that I read was Murder on the Orient Express. This book is about a murder that takes place on a train. Detective Hercule Poirot quickly realizes that all of the suspects of the murder had to have been on that train. One theme that is portrayed in this book is that all of our actions can impact more lives than we realize, so we should be careful about what we do. If we do something that negatively impacts many people, it is bound to have consequences for ourselves. In this book, the consequence was death. This makes me look at the world differently because it makes me consider how other people are affected by my actions. The victim of this murder did not consider how other people would react to his crimes and as a result, he paid with his life.
The characters that make me question my own life are all the passengers on the train. They are revealed to collectively be resposible for the murder of Ratchett. They make me question my life because it makes me wonder if it is always right to treat someone the same way they have treated others. Is it okay to kill someone because they killed someone you cared about, or does that make you just as bad as they are? Should the crimes that people commit be brought to vengeance instead of justice?
I read the book Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich. This book is about a teenage boy named Evan Hansen who struggles with social anxiety. His therapist tells him to write letters to himself as a method of coping. One day, one of his letters gets into the hands of a boy named Connor Murphy, who is struggling with depression. Shortly afterwards, Connor took his own life, and all of his friends and family think that Connor wrote that note to Evan, and that they were best friends. Evan struggles to keep Connor’s family happy while also feeling like he should tell the truth. One message that is shared in this book is that retreating back into yourself when you are facing obstacles is only going to make you feel more alone. Instead, you should put yourself out there and connect with other people in order to feel more supported. This makes me reexamine the world because I now understand that reaching out to others can help someone solve problems that they are facing.
Evan makes me question my life because at the start of the book he was extremely lonely and was just dwelling with his own thoughts, however when he starts Connor’s memorial project, people start to notice him and appreciate him and he starts to have more respect for himself and he gains confidence. This makes me question if someone’s confidence his fueled by the attention they receive from others or if some people just naturally feel more secure about themselves. Connor never got the chance to get everyone’s attention and respect, but maybe if he had reached out to others he would have had a different life story.
Another book I read is The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani. This book is set during the division of India and Pakistan when India was gaining independence. Neesha’s family has to evacuate her old home and seek refuge wherever they can find it. This story is told through the journal entries that Neesha writes to her mother who died during childbirth. One message that is expressed in this book is that you only realize how lucky you are to have what you do, once you are on the verge of losing everything. Even when Neesha and her family went for days without food or water they still felt grateful to have each other. This makes me view the world differently because it makes me understand that I am extremely lucky to have everything that I do and I should never take anything for granted.
Kazi, the cook for Neesha’s family makes me question my life because he was a Muslim working for a Hindu family and it never mattered to him until India split in half and Neesha and her family had to leave Kazi. Eventually Kazi found his way back to Neesha’s family and he was willing to risk his life to reunite with the people he cared about because he realized that being with them was more important than any division that political conflict could impose on them. This makes me wonder if the world is ever going to get to a point where we realize that all of the violence and division is unnecessary.
In the book “Stage Struck” by Lisa Fiedler and Anya Wallach, the main character Anya has a strong passion for performing arts. After Anya fails miserably at her school soccer tryouts, she must find a new passion. Normally this passion would be acting and performing, but the problem is her school doesn’t have a theatre program. But, Anya wants to act! She wants to perform! She wants to put on a show! With the help of her younger sister Susan and the best writer in the grade Austin, the three of them plan to direct and put on their own show! With a lot of hard work and determination, they were able to put on a show! This shows me that in life if you put your mind to something and work hard, you can get anything done.
Anya took a big risk to do something she loves. She had no experience as a director but she wouldn’t give up and she was very committed. Even though it was sometimes a rocky road. This makes me question, is it important to take risks even if it means things might not always go as planned?
In my fifth book, “Everything You Need To Ace American History In One Big Fat Notebook”, It talked about most of the presidents, such as Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. What I take from this is that life is all about control, like how certain people, like presidents, control the U.S.
Also in the book, it talked about all the different wars, such as World War I And II, and how many lives were lost during those wars. What I am wondering is that will we ever have to experience another war.
While I read the autobiography “My Year of Running Dangerously”, the author Tom Foreman made me thankful for my shorter distance races instead of his marathons and 50 mile run. I had no idea how much dedication and training was needed for the 50 mile run until reading this book. It made me rethink my training habits and motivated me to train harder and stick to my shorter races. I hope to inspire others one day to run like he did.
Another book I read this summer was Middle School Born to Rock by James Patterson It's about a girl named Georgia and with her band called We Stink tries to win a music competition. But when she gets her older brother involved and has to work for her enemy she ends up getting in lots of trouble.
I liked this book. However I would never have done all the things Georgia did in the book to win. It makes me think about how far people are willing to go to win something.
Another book I read this summer was Ban this Book by Alan Gratz. It was about a girl named Amy Anne. Her favorite book, From the Mixed -up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, gets banned from her school library. In protest against the school board she starts a banned books library out of her school locker. Her goal is try to read all the banned books and to get them back in her school library. Also, she had 3rd - 5th graders write slips of paper saying bad things about other books still in the library to get them banned so there would not be enough books in the library. Then the school board would have to unban all the banned books.
I think that people should be able to choose their own books to read and there should not be any banned books. I wonder about the history of banned books at DPM and our local libraries??
My fourth book i read was the Kill Order by James Dashner. It's about two teens named Mark and Trina and a soldier named Alec. They are some people that survived the sun flares which occurred a few years ago. But, when some unknown people overhead in a berg (a flying ship) come down and start shooting people with poisonous darts, the flare spreads throughout the world. One of the themes in the book is friendship. This theme makes me re-examine my understanding of the world by thinking how little we do for our friends, compared to Mark and Alec. And Mark definitely has me question something about my own life (SPOILER AHEAD). When Mark finds Trina and she doesn't even know who she is, how would I react, and what thoughts would be coursing through my brain after my best friend asks who I am? How would I deal with that kind of internal pain?
My first book I read was Among The Hidden. One theme I noticed in this book is that you don't have to be leading a big organization to make a difference. And one thing this world does is push you to change it, and then people feel pressure to make a difference, or be famous. But you don't always have to be rich or famous to make a difference. In the book the main charectar Luke has a friend Jen. Jen is really bold and outgoing and not afraid of anything, unlike Luke. But later something really bad happenes to Jen, because of her boldness. That makes me wonder if it really is good to be bold all the time.
Book #1 Cress
In my book, one of the main themes is that it can be hard to tell truth from lie. That is because in the book, there is a species called Lunars, who are very similar to humans, except for the fact that they can make you believe whatever they want you to by manipulating your bio electricity. This skill is called Glamor, and the lunars use it on a daily bases. One of the main characters in the book, Levana, the Lunar queen uses her Glamor to make her the most beautiful creature on earth. This Glamor is so strong that it is nearly impossible to see past it to her true face. She also uses her Glamor to manipulate her subjects. So when it seems like her kingdom loves her, it's all just an act, a mask hiding the horrible truth that Levana is a Tyrant dead set on keeping an iron grip on her throne while conquering everything in site. Reading this book made me realize that people are hiding behind masks of their own everyday in the real world. For example, the internet which, makes it so you don't know who anyone is. If you were playing a video game and someone in the game started talking to you, they could claim to be anyone and you wouldn't know if they were telling the truth or not. A person who claimed to be a teenage girl could be a middle aged man, and without being able to see their face you wont be able to tell the difference.
One character in particular made me think about my personal life in this world of masks and charades. Her name is Cress, and the book is named after her. Cress is a Lunar, but she does no have the ability to Glamor like other Lunars. The fact that she does not have these powers also means she can't be affected by them. Levana didn't want there to be people who could see past her lies, so she ordered for Cress and others like her to be killed at birth. Instead of being killed though, Levana kept Cress because of her talent at coding. She put her in a satellite forever circling earth and put her to work making new technology to spy on earth. From her satellite home Cress watched earth. Not being able to experience pain or suffering inside her little hole of safety, she was very naive. Another reason why she is naive is because she doesn't know what it feels like to not be in control of her mind, because she is immune to Glamor. Which brings me to how this character made me question my own life. Lake Forest is a very safe neighborhood, and you almost never experience natural disasters or live through poverty. Just like Cress I have been cocooned in safety, never to experience the fear and pain that comes from the real world. Never knowing suffering or loss. I am just as naive, if not more, then she is.
For my fifth summer reading book, I read "Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy," by Karen Foxlee. The book is set in an old museum where, no matter what season it is, it's always snowing. The protagonists, Ophelia, her father (Mr. Malcolm Whittard) and her sister (Alice), are all consumed in their grieving for their late mother. Conveniently, Mr. Whittard is offered a job at this cold, mysterious museum where he specializes in swords. Mr. Whittard brings Ophelia and Alice along, hoping to distract them from the recent death. While Alice innocently views the dresses and dolls on display, Ophelia wanders throughout the museum. She is extremely bored until she arrives at a locked room, which she shockingly discovers holds a young boy. Ophelia befriends the boy, and he shares his story with her. Ophelia has never believed in magic and thinks scientifically, but when the boy expresses that wizards and magic do exist, she is forced to change her mind. The boy then sends her on a series of quests, which each threaten her life in a different way. She is committed to helping the Marvelous Boy and must accomplish many things, including releasing the boy from his prison and battling the snow queen, before the Wintertide clock signals the end of the Marvelous Boy's immortality.
One theme that was developed in this book is that grief can empower you to create change. (This was developed through Ophelia's actions.) This theme makes me re-examine how I deal with my grief. If I go out and motivate myself to make change instead of refusing to do something, I could become a much more productive person.
One character that makes me question something in my life is the museum curator, Miss Kaminski. This is because she is portrayed as extremely beautiful and harmless around some people, but around others aggressive and evil. This makes me consider who I know and how they could treat me compared to other people.
For my first book I read “Ugly” by Robert Hoge. In this book, I learned that you shouldn’t tease others for their differences because everyone has something different about them. Even if theirs is bigger or more noticeable there is still no reason to tease them about it. And Robert helped me understand that if I’m or someone else is being teased for being different, I can say stop you have differences too.
The first book I read is "The Giver" by Lois Lowry
In his twelve ceremony, Jonas receives the job of the receiver of memory. On his first day as receiver he meets The Giver, a old man who shares his visions, emotions, and feelings with Jonas. When Jonas receives all of the visions from The Giver, Jonas will then become the new Giver. However, Jonas believes that the world shouldn't live like this and the world should have all of these visions to share with each other. So, one day in the middle of the night Jonas and his little brother Gabriel leave the city in order to share all of Jonas's memories.
The theme is "Things shouldn't be seen in only one perspective" because the world is to rich and beautiful to be seen in only one way.
My forth book, Kingdom of Ash by Sara J. Mass, is the last book in the throne of glass series. The Throne of Glass series l (i did not want to spoil to book so i am going to tell you about the begining of the series to get you to understand the character) is about a 19-year-old Assasin named Celaena Sardothein. She is a slave in Endovier, a salt mine in Ardalan, being punished for her crimes. One day the Crown Prince comes and offers her a deal. The king is having a secret competition to pick who will be his next private assasin. Dorian, the Crown Prince, has heard of Celaena, people say she is the best assasin in the Kingdom, and wants her to enter the competition under a fake name as his competitor. She agrees to get out of Endovier and goes with Dorian.
The theme in Kingdom of Ash is that we get to come back from our loss. No matter what happens, we get to come back. So many things happened to Aelin, the main character ends up going by a different name, and she powers through them. She does not let her loss take her away, she recovers from it and lives her life to the fullest.
Aelin makes me re-examine my perspective of the world by showing me that no matter what happens I have the choice to come back and piece myself back together, and that there will be people around me to help. Aelin makes me re-examine my perspective of the world in many ways.
The second book I read was "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins
Annually the Hunger Games commence. 2 contestants are picked each from twelve different districts in the country to battle it out in a free for all death match. In District 12, 16 year old Katniss Everdeen, volunteers to take her little sisters place when she is picked to be in the Hunger Games. The second contestant participating in the Hunger Games in District 12 is Peeta Mellark. When they arrive in the Capitol they get help from Haymitch, (the former winner of The Hunger Games) so when the Hunger Games begin they are ready for the worst.
The character I thought changed the way I think about my life is Katniss because she stood up for her little sister. I've never thought about doing something like that for my sister until I read this book.
I read "Paper Things" by Jennifer Richard Jacobson.
"Paper Things" tells the story of Ari, a girl who is struggling with the reality of her day to day life. Ari's father had died in Afghanistan when she was a baby and her mother died from sickness four years prior leaving her with only her big brother, Gage and their guardian, Janna. When Gage turns 18 and decides that he can not live with Janna any longer Ari leaves the comfort of Janna's home with Gage. Her mother had one wish, for them to stay together always and Ari was not about to disappoint her mother. Although Gage had promised that he had a place for them to live, Ari quickly learns that they have nowhere to go. As Ari and her brother crash at friends place's and homeless shelters, Ari finds herself losing her best and only friend and her grades slipping out of her reach. The one thing that comforts Ari is her Paper Things, cutouts from different catalogs that show her dream life. Through out the story, we watch Ari learn that as much as her mother wanted her and Gage together, she wanted Ari to be happy even more.
Ari helped me change the way I thought about my life by showing me that you never know what you have until it's gone. I started to realize how much I have and how grateful I should be that I have a safe place to come home to. I wonder how much it hurt to want to go home but also want to be loyal to her brother,
In my third book, ps. I love you, it is about a girl named Lara jean from a previous movie and book called “to all the boys I’ve ever loved before” it’s is all about what happened after the book. It was about trusting and honesty. This book is only recommended if you watched the movie or book. Which is available on netflix. In the book it talks about how Lara jean was in a fake relationship with a dude named peter kavinsky (I don’t know how to spell his name ahah) who was her past love.her fairytale came true and their real relationship started. This made me have questions about my life as being that I should always say my feelings when I feel them.
The second book I read was "Out of my mind" by Sharon M Draper.
Melody Brooks was born with cerebral palsy making her life a constant struggle of not being able to move for herself or communicate with anyone around her. Melody has been listening to the same kindergarten lessons since she started school. When Melody gets the chance to join a classroom with her peers she can not wait to show everyone what she's capable of. As she is challenged with others underestimating her and poking fun Melody decides to try out for the Whiz Kids team where she can show everyone how intelligent she really is. When Melody makes the team, many are convinced it was a fluke. Melody learns of a computer that will finally give her a voice but not everyone is ready for it. When Melody is left behind by her teammates and misses out on the national competition she starts to question who is really on her side. Melody's little sister suffers an accident that Melody blames herself for. If only she could have opened her mouth and stopped her mom, Penny would be safe at home. Over the course of the story Melody shows the world that more than anything it's what's on the inside that counts.
The story and Melody made me think about how fortunate I am to be able to say anything that comes to my mind. It has also taught me to never waste words or actions. It made me wonder about how having more privilege gives more opportunities.
My third book was "Love and Gelato" by Jenna Evans Welch.
Love and Gelato follows Lina as she travels to spend the summer in Tuscany with her father, Howard. The father that was not around for the first 16 years of her life. The only reason she is going is because it was her mother's dying wish. Lina finds a journal that her mother kept when she had lived in Italy and secrets start flying. Lina meets Ren who introduces her to his friends and follows along as Lina unearths the secret that her father is not Howard but one of her mother's old professors. Lina meets her real father, sees his true colors and could not be more dissapointed. As Lina struggles to find out what her mother was keeping from her and why she finds herself visiting the same places her mother did years before.
Lina's story shows me how lucky I am to have two parents so close to me and who I can count on. I wonder why Lina's mother chose Matteo over Howard.
My First Book I read over the summer is a biography about Barack Obama called "A Consequential President." The book shows the Life and Achievements of Barack Obama. One Achievement is that he is the first Black President to be Elected in America. As I was reading this book I learned that you should never back down from your main goal in life. After the Iraqi that President Bush was in America was in its lowest's it has ever been. However when Obama got elected he wasn't just elected for power but for the population. Like healthcare, poverty etc. This is the first book I read over the summer
The Second book I read was Brotherhood,
Brotherhood shows the life of a boy named Shadrach or known as Shad. After the civil war in 1897 everything has changed in America like Slavery. In Richmond where Shad lives he has a Older brother named Jeremiah. Shad always followed Jeremiah in every possible way. But One way was joining the KKK (The ku klux klan). Every night Jeremiah and Shad went to the meetings . This goes to show that you shouldn't follow people that set a negative tone like Jeremiah. So this changes my life because then I don't want to be in a bad situation like the KKK. This is my Second Book that I read over the summer.
The next book that I read this summer is Eagle Strike by: Anthony Horowitz
This book is realistic fiction like all the other books in the Alex Rider series.
In this book Alex Rider (the main character) is spending some time with his girlfriend (Sabina Pleasure) in the south of France when he sees Yassen Gregovich. Yassen is a paid assassin and has encountered Alex one time before. As Alex sees Yassen coming out of his yacht Alex follows him and goes deeper into the city. Later Alex finds that Yassen is talking into to the phone and saying, “The address is confirmed and everything has been arranged”. Later Alex reunites with his Sabina and they start walking back to the house, which Sabina’s parents have rented but the only problem was that the house was not there anymore. Alex is convinced that Yassen had placed the bomb inside his house targeting Edward (Sabina’s father). Knowing that Edward Pleasure had been writing about Damian Cray a multi-Billionaire pop star-turned environmentalist. After the big explosion Alex goes down to the harbor to see if the yacht is still there and it was. Alex takes out a person guarding the yacht and starts walking the plank that connects the boat to the harbor. Alex finds a phone and a pistol on a table. Alex first looks at the phone to see what phone calls have been made earlier. He finds a phone call from Damian Cray the multi-billionaire. Alex picks up the gun and finds Yassen sleeping but then a hidden person behind Alex takes him down. Alex wakes up off the yacht tied to a chair with Yassen right next to him saying that for the punishment of entering into his yacht is that Alex will fight inside a bullring with a real bull. In the end Alex manages to get out of the bullring alive. At that point Alex understood why Yassen was trying to kill Edward for writing a book about Damian Cray. Damian Cray was probably trying to protect himself to whatever information Sabina’s dad had about him. Alex asked MI6 if they could investigate on Damian Cray but they said no because on the outside he was a very nice guy giving millions to charities. Later in the book Alex is in his home in Britain when Damian Cray had a presentation to show his new video game called “Feathered Serpent”. Alex attends to the show by stealing another person’s ticket knowing that there has to be something mischievous. In the presentation one of the journalists asks Damian of the violence factor in this bloody video game. After the presentation the journalist was killed by a hit and run car. Alex later sneaks into one of Damian’s laboratories and finds out that he wants to stop the drug trade all over the world and accomplishing that goal by destroying all the farms producing the drugs. His plan was to take over the air force one plane and launch all the nuclear missiles to different parts of the globe where the drugs a being grown. Damian is about to accomplish that but Alex stops him.
In the end I figured that this book taught me that other people might think something is right but that there might be bigger consequences. In this book there is a problem like that. On one hand you could stop people from getting their lives taken away from drugs but on the other hand to get rid of all the drugs would also take much more lives away. An example is nuking all the farms where people grow all the drugs but killing lots and lots of people in the explosions.
The first book I read was the third book in the trilogy/series Book Scavengers by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman in which 2 kids- Emily and James both share an similar interest which is book scavengers. Book scavengers is a website created partially by renowned game maker Garrison Griswold where someone will post clues to a location and then you can use that clue to find a book. In the 3rd book- Escape From Alkatraz- Mr. Griswold has created a new game, escape from Alkatraz, and Emily and James couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of it with many other Scavengers including some friends, their teacher, and their librarian. Then, in the midst of the game, Emily is trapped, and must escape with an unlikely ally. Secrets are revealed, but what will people think when someone isn't who they said they are?
The theme that I chose was 'Everything may not be as it seems, so open your eyes and keep track of the clues and intuition you might gain.' I think that I should remember this in real life in the fact that some people are two-faced, and you should listen to your gut feeling while still giving them a small chance.
The second book I read was the sixth and final book in the series A Vision of Shadows- which is apart of the saga 'Warriors' by Erin Hunter (a pen name the author shares with a couple others). In this saga, it takes place under different perspectives, switching throughout each series, and the main characters are wild cats who live by a lake in 5 clans- Thunderclan, Windclan, Shadowclan, Riverclan, and Skyclan. The cats have only just learned about Skyclan and are trying to figure out whether they deserve a place by the lake, even though they were chased away from their territory a very long time ago. A few brave cats- Twigbranch, and Violetshine, sisters that were placed in different clans are skyclan cats- though they didn't originally know. Twigbranch found herself in Thunderclan, after switching around clans a bit trying to find where she belonged. Her sister Violetshine on the other hand found her place with their father in Skyclan. When skyclan decides themselves that they were better off without the clans they leave the lake. The cat's ancestors Starclan knew that only with the 5 clans all together would they survive, and Twigbranch knew this to be true. So, will the sisters be reunited or will the clans fall to the coming storm?
I chose to learn from Twigbranch who allows me to question some things in my life such as why must people be seperated by their "clan", and why can't everyone just live peacefully with eachother.
The third book I read was The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill. In this book, it follows the life of Luna, a girl taken from her mother as a baby by her village who sacrifice a baby each year to the witch in the woods so they won't be killed. Though there is a witch, she is nothing like the villagers say and doesn't even know why babies are left each year to die in the woods. When Xan the witch rescues babies, she runs out of milk on the way back to their village so she reaches up and feeds them a little bit of star. With Luna, Xan accidentally feeds the baby moonlight instead of starlight, accidentally "enmagiking" the child. Xan takes Luna on as her own, but when Luna's magic grows stronger and out of control, Xan traps Luna's magic so she can teach Luna in peace. Though, the spell accidentally traps everything ABOUT magic out of Luna so once the spell breaks, Luna would remember, but Xan would die because Luna would suck up all her magic. Later a curious boy in the village that sacrificed, ends up leaving to kill the witch, wanting to save his village, family, and new baby from it's eminent death. Will Xan survive either of her fates? Will Luna remember magic? Will the boy succeed in saving his family? Find out in The Girl Who Drank The Moon.
The theme that I chose was 'Trust not what you see, but what you feel.' This theme applied to both Luna, and the village because Luna was almost learning about magic so often, and then in the village there was a hidden evil that has been scheming. In my life, I could apply this to making decisions, as I'm quite indecisive when it comes to deciding which answer on a test is right or what ice cream flavor I want to eat.
The fouth book I read was Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling in which it shares J.K. Rowling actual commencement speech at Harvard University. It shares the importance of imagination, the benefits of failure, and includes great words of wisdom for anyone at any age.
The theme that I chose was 'In life reality has limits, but imagination does't which can push and expand the limits of reality.' I think that this is very important in life when you feel stuck, or aren't feeling good about where you are right now. Imagination can help you escape the dementors (sorrow), and then help you cast Expecto Patronum to find the positives in what you have right now.
The fifth book I read, I actually read with my mom, which is Love And Gelato. In this book, Carolina- Lina- is living in Italy for the summer, though she isn't in the mood to try Gelato or see landmarks due to the reason she's there. Her mother had just passed away and it was her mother's dying wish for her to move in with her father in Italy. Lina is more than shocked due to multiple things. One, she didn't know she had a father as he had not been there for all 16 years of her existence. Two, Italy is great, but Lina's pretty much sure she's not Italian in any way- she can't even roll her r's. Three, she has to live in a cemetery for WWII American soldiers. Four, why would her mother want her to read one of her journals? Five, of course there has to be a cute boy name Lorenzo- Ren living just behind the cemetery. What will Lina discover when she finally decides to read her mother's notebook? Something that changes everything she knew about her mother, her father, and even herself.
A theme I relate to would be 'Sometimes in life, change can be good- even great- allowing you to discover more about yourself than before.' I can relate to this very closely right now due to some big changes that have occurred recently.
My 4th book was called 11 before 12 by Lisa Greenwald. It was a 7-10 for me but I still enjoyed the story and characters. I thought that the theme of my book made me re-examine my understanding of the world was sometimes people change and sometimes it can be good or bad. Becuase in the book eleven before twelve Kaylan who is a girl and her bestie Ari are rly close and love to go to the pool but they are starting at a new middle school and kaylan is rly excited for this chance. But Ariana used to go by Ari but now she wants be change it to Ariana and be more sophisticated and wants to sound smart and wise. But kaylan was not to happy but she said that we can still can your ari just not at school. Hope you enjoy your summer!! I can’t wait!! I would recommend for people who like realistic fiction! I personally enjoy fantasy !
The fourth book I read was called paper things. It was about siblings named Ari and Gage whose parents died and lived with Jana who was their guardian. Gage said that he was ready to move out of Jana's house with Ari and claimed to move into a apartment that has already been bought. But there was hadno apartment and they had to to figure out how they're going to survive
being homeless without Jana even knowing.
The theme in the book helps me re-examine the world because of how many different things people need to go through and how making one wish as Ari said can change up your opportunities that would have come naturally. The character Gage makes me think about my life and how being the oldest sibling and having to care for the younger ones even in the hard times.
The fifth book that I read was called schooled. It was about a boy named Capricorn Anderson and he lived in a place called Garland like a community. But the only people in the community was him and his grandma. He was taught by his grandma the ways of life with no money being a vegetarian,o growing your food, driving at a very young age and many more. At his grandma with picking apples she falls out of a tree incap quickly races her to the hospital he's driving a pickup truck and the closest hospital is an hour away. His grandma has to stay in the hospital for two months and during those two months he has to go to school and he's never done that before. Everything is so different for him because he's not used to dealing with money fights and he believes in peace and meditation.
The themes of the book make me re-examine the world because of how different people can be and can be so close. For example Cap was very different from everyone else he was known as the 60s kid cuz he had long hair and wore tie-dye but in the end he was able to come together with everyone and create a huge bond of friendship.
Sophie remind me of my life because of how much she changed throughout the book. First hating Cap and calling him a freakazoid to in the end liking him so much.
The third book I read was "Because of Winn-Dixie" It's about a girl and how she saves a dog from going to the pound and how the dog is now in her life and how strong of a bond they develop.
The themes of the book make me re-examine the world because of how one decision can change your life. For example when opal decides to bring winn-dixe home even though she might get in trouble she made a decision that would definitely change her life.
Opal reminds me of my life because of how she is willing to make a decision and take a risk, for example deciding to take winn-dixie home.
My fifth book I read was The invasion by K.A Applegate. It's about five kids that find a flying saucer at night in the middle of a construction site. There, they are met by an alien that is trying to help them. He says that the world is being invaded by smaller aliens called Yeerks that take control of your brain and by their leader: Visser Three. They are told that they have to save the people and are given devices that allow them to morph into animals. One of the themes in the Invasion is teamwork. This makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because in the book, they only got away from Visser Three and his controllers because they were all morphing and taking control together. This makes me think how many things are done with multiple people. And in this case, if they didn't have a team, they would've been dead. Tobias has me question something about my life because he lives with his and OR uncle, he says they don't care about him, and in the end he is turned into a hawk forever. It makes me think how little my struggles are compared to him, and how different his version of pain is than mine.
In my book Unstoppable. 12 year old Harrison is a foster child who gets abused by his foster parents mr. and mrs. Constable. His dream is to be a football player, but having to work every day for his abusive foster parents doesn't stop him. This shows me no matter the obstacle you have to overcome you can always accomplish your dreams. Harrison the main character, was the star on his football team with his new foster parents. everything was going right for Harrison, when yet another massive obstacle appears. Harrison has a massive tumor in his leg which leaves him only one choice they have to amputate his leg. Even with one leg Harrison pushes through. This shows me that I have a advantage growing up in a good neighborhood, and having and family to rely on. so I should have no excuses when it comes to school and sports.
The third book I read, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han. It’s about this girl named Lara Jean who is going into her Junior year of high school. She has an older sister named Margot and a younger sister named Katherine (Kitty). Their mom had died a few years back and the oldest, Margot, had taken the mom role. But when Margot leaves for college, Lara Jean has to take her sisters place and help out at home.
Ever since 7th grade Lara Jean had written love letters to all the boys she had loved. She wrote as if it were to never get out, just to her, she wrote all her feeling for that person. When she’d finish she’d seal the letters in an envelope and write the address of that boys home. Not like she would ever send it to him. Then Lara Jean would hide all the letters in a special blue box her mom had given her. One day Lara Jean had gone to her room and found the box and letters missing. Next thing she knows the letters have been sent to the boys.
Lara Jean has to deal with secret keeping, even to her sister, Margot which they have never kept secrets from each other.
A theme in this book would probably be to always tell the truth. I wonder how the book would have ended if Lara Jean hadn’t kept all the secrets from her family.
The fourth book I read was, “Olives Ocean” by Kevin Henkes. It’s about this girl named Martha who is 12 years old. Her best friends name is Holly and they tell each other everything. There’s a girl in their class named Olive Barstow. Holly has always thought that she was weird but Martha always thought she was nice and wanted to be her friend but never tried. A few weeks later the girls got news that Olive had died riding her bike and got hit by a car.
The thought kept popping up in Martha’s head even while her family travels to Cape Cod to see her grandma, Godbee. While Martha is there she thinks of how she could have been nicer and even friends with Olive. So Martha decides to take a small jar and fill it with some ocean water. She called the jar “Olive’s Ocean”. When she and her family return home Martha does something with the jar to have a real goodbye to Olive.
A theme in this book would be to not wait to do something good, because you might be too late and regret not doing it later. I wonder what might have happened in the book if Martha head become friends with Olive in the first place.
In my fourth book, "Son of Neptune" by Rick Riordan, the main character Percy Jackson must complete a quest ordered by Athena. Percy is not alone and brought some his friends. During this quest to kill Gaea the "Mother Earth" from taking over camp Half Blood, Percy faces many obstacles. These obstacles like giants and monsters. Percy and his friends fight these monsters and barley make it out alive. This teaches me that no matter how hard life can be or what obstacles you have to overcome that.
When Percy and his friends fought monsters, Percy was always the leader. He never rarely gave up his spot. In life is it better to be the leader or to let other people chip in even if you think yours is better?
The second book I read this summer was The Girl With The Silver Eyes. The main character, Katie Welker, is a 10-year-old girl different from others. Due to her mother working at a nuclear plant when she was young, a drug now recalled gave her silver eyes. These eyes give her the ability to move small objects with her mind, and when she learns there are other kids like her, she learns that it is okay to be different. This connects to the world around us because often kids are bullied due to their differences, but this theme teaches us to instead embrace them.
The last book that I read for my summer assignment was Scorpia by: Anthony Horowitz. Like all the other Alex Rider books this book is Realistic Fiction.
After the events of eagle strike Alex Rider goes on a school trip to Venice to find out about Scorpia. In the end of the last book Eagle Strike, Yassen Gregorovitch told Alex that if he wanted to know more about his father he had to go to Venice. While in Venice Alex spots a boat with a scorpion sign engraved inside the metal and he decides that he should follow the boat to find Scorpia. Alex follows the boat to a very old house witch had a beautiful garden and a lot of servants running around as if there was about to be a party. Alex knew that the scorpion must mean that it was a member of Scorpia on the boat. Alex planned to somehow get into the party. In the end Alex finds a way to get into the party without being seen. He goes into the house when everyone else is partying and goes into this room and gets captured.
Later in the book Alex is locked up in a room with water slowly rising up Alex escapes. Alex gets on a train to find his friend that has a brother who can help Alex get into a company, which is helping Scorpia. Alex gets into the compound but is discovered by the person who nearly killed Alex by drowning him. Alex in invited to go with him and find Scorpia, Alex accepts. Later Alex talks with one of the executive members of Scorpia and they ask Alex if he wants to join Scorpia and not work with MI6 and not be their puppet. Alex replies yes.
In the end of the book Alex discovers that Scorpia will do anything to get money such as killing tens of thousands of British kids. Alex repels from Scorpia and stops them. But The Question Is How.
This book it gave me a view of how having revenge is not always the answer. The only thing that it will do is give you more anger.
The third book I'm writing about is It's Raining Cupcakes by Lisa Schroeder. It's about a girl named Isabel who wants to travel the world but feels like she's stuck in Willow, Oregon. Especially when her mom decides to open her own cupcake shop. Isabel finds a way to travel is by entering a baking contest in New York City.
It makes me realize that people in my community travel all the time for fun. When her family has to work extra hard to go on a vacation.
Greg Heffley's on a losing streak his best friend ditched him an he's struggling to make new friends. The theme of this book is even known how hard life can get never give up. The theme affects me by showing that you should never give up even known how hard life gets.
This book affects me in my own life because if life ever gets really hard i should not give up and keep going. In my book Greg Heffly never gave up and he made new friends and in the end his old friend cam back. That's why you should not give up and keep trying.
How do the themes of your books make you re-examine your understanding of the world?
Which characters from your reading cause you to question something about your own life?
In the book Refugee, a boy named Josef and his family are going to bed when the Natzi's invade their home and separate Josef and his dad from the rest of his family. In the end of the book they end up and find a new home in the USA. The character Josef makes me question how hard it would be to be separated from my family for a while and worrying if I will ever see them again. The theme of the book is about a family who never loses hope.
The Giver (Graphic Novel)
This book is about a boy named Jonas who lives in a 'perfect' community. Then he figures out the truth about where he lives after being assigned a special job and realizes the gravity of his situation and must figure out how to escape the town before the lives of everyone he loves are put in danger.
The themes in this book have a lot of justice and doing what is right in them as well as fair rules and etc. so I thought that maybe the person in charge is not always correct.
The character Jonas made me wonder if some things I had been told/taught are not all just/fair.
The fourth book I'm writing about is Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew by Carolyn Keene I read it with my mom, My younger sister, and my grandma as a book club. I had read it before. But I read it again because my sister really wanted to read in a book club.
After we did read as a book club I thought that book clubs are fun because you all are reading the same book together.
The last book I'm writing about is Slider By Pete Hautman. It's about this boy named David who has a younger autistic brother and a older sister who is in college. David invests in something with his mom's credit card number tho buy it. He accidentally buys it for a lot more than he thought and got himself in a big pile of trouble. He tries to fix it himself. Then everything goes downhill from there.
I thought that I would never do something like that I would have told the truth at the beginning if it happened at all. But I would have not done it in the first place.
The Distance From Me To You
In this book a girl named McKenna decides that after her senior year of high school instead of going to college right after she and her best friend Courtney are going to hike the Appalachian Trail and after a year of training they are finally ready. But then Courtney ditches her for her ex, Jay, and McKenna formulates a plan to go by herself to the trail. Later on the trail her boyfriend breaks up with her by texting her mid-day while hiking and soon after she meets Sam. McKenna journeys on and realizes that she is stronger than she thought.
While reading I realized that McKenna is very brave since she does a dangerous, long, and hard hike alone. This is why she made me thing about my power and the power of people around me. I also thought about how McKenna didn’t let Courtney, Jay, or her boyfriend Brendan hold her back from completing the trail and how we shouldn’t let others hold us back from achieving our goals and dreams either.
The character that made me wonder was McKenna. She displayed amazing amounts of courage and bravery and I wondered whether or not I could do the giant feat that she completed.
Little White Lies
This book is entering the life of Sawyer, a girl with an irresponsible teen mom kicked out of a grand debutante home by her mother. Sawyer is 18 when the book begins and her grandmother (her mother’s mother) comes to her house and requests Sawyers signature. Sawyer Ann’s mother is in financial trouble and Lillian (her grandmother) offers her 1,000,000 to be a debutante for 18 months. But the debutante and squire life isn’t as easy or as… normal as it was described. In a crazy mix of blackmail, leverage, alibis, mystery, and plot twists lots and LOTS of plot twists, Little White Lies is… Little White Lies!
Some themes that showed in the book were leverage and having the upper hand and I realized after reading that it helps a lot when you have something to use against someone.
Sawyer, her cousin Lily, and her cousin’s exes sister Campbell are all rebellious. And events happen where their rule-breaking nature gets them in trouble. But I wondered of rebelling can really destroy relationships.
Book #2 Winter
On of the main themes in this book is that some people take advantage of others. This is shown in my book when a queen's thaumaturges (who are her most trusted advisers and protectors) use their ability to manipulate the bioelectricity of people around them. This power allows them to take over peoples minds and bodies, transforming them into living puppets, who will obey their every command. When the queen's subjects banded together to start a rebellion, the thaumaturges are sent to turn them against one another. Once a thaumaturge took control, it would force you to kill your own allies until someone else got to you. Once I reapplied this theme to the real world I realized that people have controlled one another throughout history. For example, slavery, people didn't choose to go into be slavery and be sold at slave auctions to the highest bidder, working their backs off every day for nothing. That was all forced upon them by others, and they couldn't fight back lest they wanted to be hurt or killed or have their loved ones suffer a similar fate. Another example is being drafted to fight in a war, taken away from your loved ones and being forced to fight enemies that you didn't necessarily hate.
One character that caused me to question something about my own life was Winter. Winter is a princess, her stepmother the queen, a tyrant. Like everyone on her home planet she has the ability to manipulate the bioelectricity of those around her, but she stopped using that ability at the age of 13. She didn't want to control pepople, to have that power over them. The temptation would just be too great, she was afraid to turn out like her stepmother and all the other people who abused their gift. And even if she tried to use it for good, she believed she could never be sure whether she was doing the right thing if the person she was using it on could not have any say. The only problem was if she gave up using her gift she would slowly begin to go insane. This did not deter her and for the rest of her life she continued to shun her gift. Winter makes me question my life because I don't know if I would be strong enough to do what she did, watching as my mind slowly slipped between my fingers. Naturally I would only use it for what I considered a good cause or when it was absolutely necessary. But that does not compare in the slightest to the courage and determination it must have taken to do what Winter did, even while knowing the terrible outcome.
In the book, “The crossover” by Kwame Alexander's, the protagonist, Josh Bell is a rising basketball star with serious talent. As Josh and his twin brother grow up they soon have to face the many challenges that life throws at you. Josh’s life may seem perfect at first; Happily married parents, a twin brother that always has his back, and incredible basketball skills but when you take a deeper look at his life the challenges that he has to face are very hard for him. Especially when his dad, a former basketball star refuses to go to the doctor with his condition of myocardial infarction that caused Josh’s grandfather to die.
One theme that developed during this story was that, In life, you had to be prepared for whatever life throws at you. For example, Josh was not prepared for what happened to his dad and that caused him a lot of pain.
When Josh’s dad dies and the amount of pain that Josh had to go threw made my question, Am I taking the things I love in life for granted?
In my second book, “Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson, Melinda Sordino begins her freshman year at Merryweather High School in Syracuse, New York, with a huge secret. Before school started Melinda and her friends went to a summer party. While she was there she called the cops causing all her friends and everyone at the party to become in trouble. Starting school, off as a social outcast, Melinda has to learn to deal with the angry glares off her classmates and the mean teachers who are out to get her, but what people don’t know is what really happened that summer.
One theme in “Speak” is that, In life, you have to speak up for what is right, or else you will have to face the consequences. For example, when something big happened to Melinda at the party she never spoke up what really happened and then she had to face the consequences of her angry classmates and people hating her for all of freshman year. Also the same trauma happened to other people because Melinda never spoke up.
This book made me question, What would I do in Melindas scenario? Would I stay quiet like her or speak up?
The third book I read was, “The summer I turned pretty” by Jenny Han. When each summer begins Belly leaves her school life behind and escapes to cousins Beach, the place she has spent every summer of her life. Not only does the beach home mean home away from home, her favorite people are there including, Susanna, her moms best friend, and Susanna's two sons, Jermiah and Conrad. Being the only girl and the underdog Belly has to fight to win her place with the boys and to finally get included. Belly has been crushing on Conrod for as long as she can remember but he has never paid a lot of attention to her but this summer everything changed.
One theme I noticed while reading this book was, sometimes in life you have to move on from the past and let go of our feelings because then you will get to explore new experiences. For example Belly has to learn to let go of her love for Conrud which she finds extremely challenging. Also Belly has to let go of the fact that everything is changing as she grows older. For example this may be there last year at the summer house where it is just carefree and just the four of them especially when they find out that Susanna, Belly’s role model and Jermihas and Conruds mom is going through cancer again and probably won't make it.
This book made me question, Could I have lasted one day in Bellys life? When your always the underdog and nobody expects a lot from you.
In my fourth book, “A summer to die” by Lois Lowry Thirteen year old Meg was always looking up to be something like her fifteen year old, older sister, Molly. Molly was blonde, pretty, popular, and basically had it all. While Meg was the one with the glasses and the brains. Molly had her whole future planned out. While Meg was still unsure about everything. One year Molly and Meg are shocked to find out that they are moving from their small house in New england to a country farmhouse. In this new house Molly and Meg have to share a room which neither of them enjoy. Then one day everything changes, Molly gets sick and after that nothing was the same.
On theme I noticed in this book is no matter how many losses you have faced you have to keep on going forward and let go of the past. For example after Molly got sick Meg and her family had to learn to accept it, and they had to let go of the past.
This book made me question, how would I have dealt with the pain if I were Meg?
In the book “Perfect Girl by Mary Hogan, Ruthie has suddenly fallen in love with one of her best friends, Marcus. They have been friends since they were babies and Ruthie does not want to ruin their friendship. Just when Ruthie realized how much she likes Marcus a new girl appears, a perfect girl, named Jenna. Ruthie realizes that she has to do something fast when she notices that Marcus is interested in Jenna. In secret, Ruthie calls her aunt who is an expert on Men and write loves columns for newspapers and magazines. Ruthie has to do this in secret because if her super overprotective mom found out about this things will not end well for Ruthie.
One theme that developed in “Perfect Girl” was, In life don’t change your personality, the way you act, and the way you look, for a person, because you have to be yourself for people to accept you. For example since Ruthie called for help from her aunt, her aunt gave her tips on how to change herself so that Marcus would accept her when really she should be focussing on how for marcus to accept her the way she is without changing herself to be someone she is not.
This book made me question why did Ruthie change herself when she could have gotten people to accept her for the way she is?
In the book “James and the giant peach” by Roald Dahl, James’s parents died and he had to move in with his two Aunt’s that were really mean to him and would punish him for almost everything and that made me realize that I need to be more grateful for what I have because some people aren’t as lucky.One theme that showed up was that sometimes in life, you need to be grateful for what you have because others might not be as fortunate as you are. This made me realize that when I think somethings bad in my life it could not be compared to someone else’s life somewhere else. Also, James Made me question myself and see if I’m always being grateful and appreciative of what I have. James also taught me that if I’m not being grateful and appreciative of what I have, I should be.
In the book Charlie and the chocolate factory by Roald Dahl, Charlie was struggling in the winter for food because their family was very very poor because there were seven people ( Four grandparents, his mom, his dad, and Charlie). One theme I learned was in life when you feel like everything is bad, then there’s only one way you can go and that’s up so everything will get better from there. This theme shows when Charlie is out in the cold and his family is starting to starve when he finds a dollar bill stuck in the snow and grabs it and first he goes to get 2 Wonka candy bars from the local candy shop and at that moment there is a hunt going down for golden tickets inside Wonka candy bars so Charlie buys his first one and he opens it not even thinking about the golden ticket just because he’s super hungry and he eats it in less than 30 seconds and then he gets one more because they were $.10 each and he opens it up and he finds a golden ticket inside and he brings rest of the money home to his parents and he shows them the golden ticket and everything started getting better from there on. Also, Charlie helped me realize that if I do a community service or a charity thing it could help people in need like Charlie was and people in other situations that aren’t good for them or anyone else.
My 3rd book I read this summer was "Real Friends," by Shannon Hale and Leuyen Pham. This book is a graphic novel and more of an easy read. In this book, Shannon was struggling to find friends after her best friend moved away, came back and started hanging out with the most popular girl in her grade. Shannon tried so hard to fit in with her best friend Adrienne's new group of friends, but they didn't seem to give her the respect she was giving them. Adrienne ended up transferring to a gifted and talented program which left Shannon completely alone. When Shannon had enough with the group she excluded herself and found friends who would except her no matter what. At the end of the day Jen, the most popular girl in the grade got annoyed with being the leader of the group and people fighting over to sit next to her so she asked to join Shannon's group and left her old group. The other people in Jen's old group followed her lead and asked to join Shannon's group where she was the leader. Shannon said yes to everyone except for one person, Wendy who was jealous of the relationship Shannon and Jen had.
One of the themes in this book is to be true to your friends. I see people in this world who are fake around others possibly because they are popular and want to be friends with them so they act like someone their not. These people are doing it for a reason that isn't a good one. Their doing it so they can be friends with someone who wouldn't except who they really are. So they struggle every day to fit in with them and to be like them when inside they know that's not who they really are.
Shannon trying to fit in with Jen's group and trying to act like them doesn't make me question anything about my own life, it helps me reaffirm my beliefs that acting like Jen and her group is wrong. This is because people shouldn't have to feel like they have to be friends with the popular girls or they have to look good and impress others they should be able to be who they are.
In my 6th book, “The Voyages Of Doctor Dolittle”, Dr. Dolittle has to make a choice between heading home to England, or to stay on an island as king of an Indian tribe. What I take from this is that sometimes you have to make tough choices.
Also in the book, Dr. Dolittle is a magical naturalist who can cure animals by talking to them. What this makes me wonder is that is it possible to understand an animal’s language?
In the book Piecing Me Together, by Renée Watson, one theme is that everything you really want / expect for your life might not come when you expect it or at all, but everything will be okay in the end. This makes me wonder what I will be accomplishing in my life, and if any of the goals I have now will actually happen. In the book, there is a character Sam, and she is making her best friend feel bad without even knowing it, and that makes me wonder if i have ever done that to anybody
My first book was Harry Potter and the sorcerers stone. The book has lots of mysterious things were happening at the school that they do not understand. The themes of the book make me realize that there is a lot of things in this world that we do not understand.
One character that caused me to question myself was Harry Potter because his life was normal like mine but then something amazing happened to him. Nothing like that has happened in my life.
My second book is Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets. In this book a wizard called Harry Potter goes to a school called Hogwarts. that year a chamber is opened and lots of strange things are happening there. This makes me rethink my understanding in the world because a lot of strange things happen everywhere but people don’t realize it.
Something that makes me question about my own life is that like most people I don’t realize the strange stuff but I think I should.
The third book I read this summer, Catch You Later, Traitor, written by Avi, is about Pete Collison, a regular 12 year old boy. But then an FBI agent shows up at Pete’s doorstep accusing his father of being a Communist. Pete struggles with bullies at school, and even Pete's best friend gets sent to boarding school by her parents, to 'protect' her. His teacher even labels Pete as a 'commie.' In the end, Pete eventually learns who his real friends are. This isn't the biggest theme in the story (tried to change it up a bit), but the theme of being loyal to your friends in spite of everyone else, questions me and other readers, how loyal they are to ones that they love.
The fourth book I read this summer was Matilda, by Roald Dahl. The theme of this book is that when you work hard and believe in yourself you can achieve anything. Matilda was a gifted girl from a young age. She prefers reading over watching television, enjoys arts and crafts, and being productive unlike her dull and boring family. When she learns that she has the ability to move small objects with her eyes, she uses it to her advantage. Her father often mistreats Matilda, and she starts using her abilities against her father. When she meets her teacher, Miss Trunchbull, it becomes very apparent as to how terrible of a person she is. Matilda comes up with a very difficult plan to get revenge on Miss Trunchbull, but it takes lots of practice. Matilda practiced a lot, and had to believe in her self to execute her plan very well. In the end, Matilda succeeds. Matilda teaches me that in order to succeed, you have to try hard and out your mind in it.
The 5th book I read this summer, The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer, is about Tom, an adventurous boy with an active imagination. He loves getting in trouble, and one day, he gets into a fight and is punished by whitewashing a fence, but then he 'honors' other people to do it for him. Tom, and a newly acquainted Huckleberry Finn, go to a graveyard and witness a murder. Tom and Huck are prosecuted, and in the end, Tom matures. It makes me re-examine the world around me, and teaches me that it can't be all fun and games all the time, and that it's time to mature.
In my first book "American Bullfrogs" the theme is that people really need to help protect the bullfrogs habitats or we can lose them all together, and that threatens all the ecosystems. Two Ideas that come to me from reading this are that we need breeding programs and we should try to get rid of invasive species that can kill off the bullfrog tadpoles. Bullfrogs are important because they are apex predators of the ponds and keep control of the population of small creatures.
This made me think to help the bullfrog species to develop a breeding program and protect their tadpoles from invasive species. There were No named characters in this book because it is not a story but we can all be the main characters if we help the bullfrog.
In my second book "Everything you need to know about snakes and reptiles" by Smithsonian books, I learned about some secrets of reptiles that I didn't know about before. For example, I learned about some myths like the legend of Medusa a monster who had snakes in her hair. She is a mythical serpent god. I also learned about real life prehistoric creatures like Titanaboa, the World's largest snake.
I also learned is to help snakes and other reptiles because some scientists fear that they will all disappear. I could educate my classmates on the important roles snakes and reptiles have in our environment. Maybe some day I can become a animal scientist and help care for and study snakes and other reptiles, directly. Reptiles live on this planet too so please respect them.
In the book, “Radio Silence” by Alice Oseman, a girl named Frances hides who she really is from the people at school and other people outside her family. She hides her love for the YouTube podcast, Universe City, she then finds out that a boy named Aled has created the podcast. They soon become friends and work on the podcast together. They also come across a few problems as they both make the podcast.
The theme that made me re-examine my understanding of the world is that most people can hide who they truly are until they get to know someone well.
The character that made me question my own life would be Aled because he has been through a lot of stuff and to cope with all of problems he makes the podcast, but to help me cope with my problems I would draw or listen to music.
In the book, “I was born for this” by Alice Oseman, it views the minds of a fan and a person from a famous band, The Ark. The person from the band, Jimmy, struggles with most of the fans because they are very annoying and won’t stop bugging Jimmy and his fellow band mates. Angel, the fan, actually kind of helps Jimmy and they become friends kind of.
The theme that made me re-examine my understanding of the world is that you should be mindful of others because your idols are also very ordinary people.
The character that made me question my own life is Jimmy because he made me realize that celebrities are normal people just like everyone else.
My third book is, "Abraham Lincoln" from Magic Tree House series. The theme is if you follow the American dream you can accomplish many things like being one of the greatest American Presidents.
Abraham Lincoln had a lot of loss in his life. He had to deal with losing his mother at age 9 and losing two of his 4 sons. One of his sons was only 3 years of age when he died and the other son died at age 13. But he still overcame it and was able to help end slavery and end the civil war. He accomplished great things although feeling a lot of sadness.
After his assassination his other son passed away leaving only one son left. Since I am 12 years of age, I thought about how I would handle these deaths. How you recover and move on from all of these losses and keep trying to accomplish great things. Not everything that matters comes easy or is always happy.
In my fourth book, "Jurassic Park" by Michael Crichton, the theme of the book is to not mess with nature. In the book a billionaire, John Hammod creates a theme park on a deserted island, populated with dinosaurs cloned from the DNA preserved inside of mosquitoes. Tragedy strikes though when the dinosaurs escape and cause a rampage throughout the park.
The character John Hammod, questions me because I wonder what I would do if I were to run an amusement park full of genetic made prehistoric creatures. I would be worried if they got out or started killing people. That is why I think we should not bring animals like that back to life because they can mess up the ecosystem like other invasive species and maybe we should not play God like they did in this book.
Book #3 Scythe
One of the main themes in this book is that if you live forever then life doesn't matter. This theme is seen throughout the book because in this book, no one ever dies. And because they live forever nothing has the passion and purpose that it used to have when anyone could die at any given moment and time was limited and precious. If you live forever then you have all the time in the world and there is no passion or purpose behind the things you do or say. No one is in a rush to make their impact on the world if you will always be on the world. Especially since in the book, all the worlds problems have already been solved and all that is left to do is live out your lives till the end of time. This theme helped me re-examine the world and how because of the fact that everyone will die at some point, it makes our time alive all the more important. It makes people care more about what they do with their lives, and not want to waste them. It pushes people to make their mark before their time is up and the next generation takes their turn.
One character that caused me to question something about my own life is Rowan. Rowan is part of a very large family with 4 siblings who steal all the attention away from his parents leaving him unnoticed. Because of this he nicknamed himself "Lettuce". The reason behind this nickname is that he feels like the lettuce in the middle of a sandwich, invisible and forgotten easily. This is a a simile for how he feels around his family. How Rowan made me question my own life is he made me think about the similarities and differences between his family and my own as well as ow different I would be if my parents were like his. In my family I am the eldest of 3 siblings, while Rowan is the middle child out of him and his 4 siblings. Even with 3 of us my parents always spread their time equally between us all, unlike Rowan who's parents are too busy with his siblings to pay him any concern. If my parents were like Rowans I believe I would feel just as he does. But instead of accepting this and continuing on with my life I would confront my parents and ask for the attention I deserve.
For my last book I read Just my Rotten luck by James Patterson. Is was a rly good book and I enjoyed it. The theme was to believe in yourself and don’t let others bring you down. The theme of the book made me wonder how could Rafe the main character deal with this and put up with this. Because he would get bullied by a boy named Miller. But he kept his head high and proud. This would be a 10/10 quick read for me!
In my fifth book, "Who is Dr. Suess?', the theme of the biography is about never giving up and to keep trying. Dr. Ted Suess lived through World War 2, the great depression and was affected by black and white race problems. He would write books based on his feelings. For example, the 'Sneetches were characters he created without rights, just as african americans were struggling with rights. He tried to convince others through his books about being involved for change. He drew ostriches with their heads in the ground when trying to get support for Americans for the War. I can think about trying to help convince others to support things that really matter through my work too.
My third book was middle school from hero to zero. This book was about rafe a kid who switched schools but he had a good reputation at his old school but he is a loser at his new school. His class is going on a field trip to London and some horrible things happened to him. The themes makes me make rethink my understanding of the world because some people have to deal with this when people never realize this.
Rafe makes me realize that I don’t have to deal with buillies in my life.
My forth book was Nathan Hale hazardous tales the raid of no return. This book is about after the bombing of Pearl Harbor the American planed a raid on the Japanese. For the raid they had recruit new pilots for this raid. The themes makes me rethink my understanding of the world because this world is cruel and all this is true.
The characters in this book makes me question my life because these people risk their lives while I don’t do anything like that.
In my first book a dogs journey by W.Bruce Cameron the main character was a dog and this had already gone through an incredible life or lives if you may. This dog was never allowed to die until he found his tru purpose he went from family to family saving, and rescuing people. he eventually met back up with his original owner and brought happiness into his life. in the sequel ( the book i’m Reading) Buddy an old and happy do feels like he has accomplished his purpose and accepts death willingly, but while on the farm he meats a girl named clarity who is always getting into trouble at his boys farm. He wishes that she had someone to take care of her, he is amazed to find he is that dog and embarks on a journey to make her happy. This book was one of my favorites, and really highlights the friendship between man and dog. It made me realize that we are all part of a greater mission. This book taught about how the world isn’t such a small place it showed problems that were very hard to Imagining tenemos happen in real life. A theme highlighted in that book was also that with true love anyone can accomplish anything. This book is mainly about kindness and compassion, it made me rethink the world because the idea that dogs don’t die until thief purpose is achieved is ground breaking even if not proven. The main character buddy also made me rethink my own life by showing me through an elaborate and dog eyed view to the world ,that not everyone is as fortunate as we are.
For my second book I read “Catwoman Soulstealer” by Sarah J. Maas. This book is a detailed origin story of a DC superhero from a New York Times bestselling author. This book details the life of Selina Kyle a seventeen year old girl working for a gang for the leopards to support her 13 year old sister Maggie who suffers from cystic fibrosis. When everything goes wrong and she is discovered and captured she mysteriously comes back as socialite Holly Vanderhees. She comes to Gotham to feed the underworld of Gotham. This book taught me that when your entire life closes on you, you need to keep fighting and never get knocked down. This book also caused me to re-examine my understanding of the world because it showed me how when you are forced to fight for someone you, can sometimes be lead to do terrible things just for their life. Seline Kyle also made me question my own life if I were put in the same place as her I would surely crumble from the pressure.
For my third book I read “Auggie and Me” by R J polaco, this book tells the story of three minor characters in “Wonder” : Julian, Charlotte, and Christopher. In the first short story on Julian it showed him through the events in wonder and also after in summer vacation where he sees his grandmother, there she tells him the story of when she was little and the nazis had invaded France she told him that she had also been a rich and somewhat spoiled young girl. The nazis took her school and took all the Jewish children into the forest, this should have included her but she fled and hid in a tower. Where she was found by one of her classmates a boy named Torteu who had a deformity from the legs down. His family took her in and cared for her even after he was taken by the nazis for not being perfect. after hearing this story Julian relates and finally begins to feel sorry he then texted August his apologies, though this is no excuse for his actions he at least found repent, A theme in this story is that no matter how negative your actions are you should always find forgiveness in the person you have wronged. this made me re-examine my understanding of the world because it highlights all of us, we have all made mistakes, but no matter how bad we should own up to those errors. in the next story on Charlotte it explains her story and correlation to the Wonder plot. In this story I can relate to how sometimes you are sucked in by peer pressure that you cannot find bravery to try something new. I can totally relate to that. In the third book which explains Christopher’s story he explains how it can sometimes be difficult to be August’s friend. I can relate to him because being in his place I can understand his dilemma and he makes me rethink the life I had so cautiously planned out.
for my fourth book I read “ The Lord of The rings, the fellowship of the ring” by J.R Tolkien. After reading the hobbit I decided to take on this book, it proved hard to start but incredible after getting through it. This book proved to be a classic the main character Frodo Baggins embarks on a journey to destroy the one ring, after being pursued by black riders and landing in Rivendell the hobbit decides to begin a journey to destroy it with a merry fellowship of dwarves, men, elves and hobbits he begins the dangerous journey to destroy the one ring which is continued in the next book. A theme in this book was to trust in your companions and trust strangers warily. this team proves itself when they meat boromir and strider the ranger, while strider offered to help them and saved their lives several times, while boromir who was good at first could not resist the temptations of the ring and tried to take it from Frodo with force. This book made me re-examine my understanding of the world because it showed me how the world would be if men were not the only creatures with the ability to craft around. It makes me even think are elves better than us and we better than them in some way. The character That makes me re-examine my own life is Aragorn he fights with bravery and for a noble cause yet the people he protects don’t even know that he is protecting them it makes me wonder if no one knew you were saving them and they scorn you and treat you like an outcast would you still save them?
For my fifth book I read “The lord of the rings, the two towers.” By J.R Tolkien This book is the second in the lord of the rings trilogy in this book the fellowship has been torn apart and they are now on a race to find Frodo and Sam who are now continuing the perilous quest to destroy the ring alone where they eventually find Gollum. A theme in this book is that it’s not a deed that makes that makes a person but their choices afterwards. This theme proves itself when Sam and Frodo meat Gollum who is still after his Precious, they manage to tame him and make him promise to help them he does but the broken creature is delusional and his two different personalities are fighting for control. He eventually is beaten by the side created after he murdered his brother. It just shows that it was not his deed that made him evil but his choices after to lie, steal and kill. he eventually betrays them and leads them to their doom. This book makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because it shows how one person can be drawn by an inanimate object, this made me think what would happen if the ring were here and what evil it may create. the character that makes me rethink my own life is Frodo because he has the burden of the one ring it makes me think what if I were in his place , would I let the ring grab. A hold of me or would I fight it.
In the book Moo by Sharon Creech, one theme was you need to get to know someone before you really understand what they’re like. For example, in the book when Luke and Reena first met Mrs.Falala they thought she was a mean old lady that was rude and they didn’t want to do anything with her or be by her at all. But after their parents volunteered them to help her with her farm they got to know her and eventually they loved her and they would spend all day almost every day together and eventually Luke and Mrs.Falala would draw together every day and you can see how they got closer together the more time they spent together. This told me to realize that in life if I find someone that I don’t think I like I should get to know them first before I make that decision. And Reena made me question myself, if I came along someone who I thought was mean and I didn’t want to be around, would I get to know them like she did or what I just denie it and not get to know them. Also Luke made me question myself that if I was scared of someone and didn’t want to be by them let alone sit next to them would I still sit next to her almost every day and draw with her for hours?
I read "Crossover." it is about a boy named josh bell and his brother Jordan. They are twin brothers who both share the same interest, and that is basketball.
A theme for this book is growing up because josh and Jordan used to do everything together and now that they are in seventh grade josh does not get to spend as much time with his brother. Their dad is a big part in their childhood too because he was an amazing basketball player and he brought them into basketball and he is the reason they love it so much.
It makes me wonder how in our childhoods our parents are such a big part for us. They help us with homework and they do a lot of other great things for us.
I read "The 52-Story Treehouse." it is about two best friends named Andy and Terry who write books and live in a treehouse.
A theme for this book is friendship because at the end of the book Terry finally realizes that it is Andy's birthday and because Terry never had birthday Andy shares his with Terry because that's what friends do.
It made me wonder if anyone in our world today did not have a birthday and if one of their friends or family could share it with them.
My first book "Smile" by Raina takes place in San Francisco. The main character Raina knocks out her 2 front teeth by running and tripping. She then has to go get her mouth checked at the dentist office. Raina, being in 6th grade, went through a lot of stuff. She was bullied, she had family issues, she was insecure at times , and there was an earthquake. It didn't help that her sister was always annoying her. The theme of this book is it doesn't matter what you look like on the outside. It's whats on the inside.
Raina's character made me question is middle school always like this? Is middle school about bullying and insecurities or should we be looking at what's on the inside of others, not the outside.
My second book "The Bronze Key" is the 3rd book in the Magisterium series. I read the first 2 in 6th grade. The main characters Callum and Aaron are staying at Call's (Callum's nickname) house with his dad. Aaron is staying with Call because his dad is in prison and we don't know who his mom is. They go to a party that all the mages are throwing because in the last book Call, Aaron, and Tamara defeted the Enemy of Death. At the party a chandelier almost fell on Call. They soon find out that the chandelier was tampered with. When that actual school year begins a lady named Anastasia Tarquin comes to the Magisterium to help find the spy (the person who tampered with the chandelier) Further into the book when Call is going to bed there in an air elemental (type of monster) trying to kill him. Aaron rushes in to save Call. A litter further into the story, a teacher teaches Call and Aaron how to see a soul. They also learn the "soul tap" which if you tap the persons soul they go unconscious for a little while. At the end of the book (spoilers) they find out that Alex Strike is the spy and was trying to kill Call. Alex has this glove which is called the Alkahest. The alkahest takes power from a mage and puts it in the person using it. Alex points it twords Call and Aaron, but then Tamara get there in time to save Call. Aaron dies though leaving Alex with is power. The teachers get there and sees Aaron dead. Anastasia says that Call did it because he has the soul of The Enemy of Death. Call finally says its true but he wasn't the one who killed Aaron. It was Alex who had already run off. They didn't believe him spoke they put Call in prison, and thats where the story ends. I think the theme of this story is to keep working hard and to try your best.
The character Tamara makes me question if I will have to choose between 2 people I really like because she had to choose between Call and Aaron and she chose Call.
For my fourth book I read "I survived hurricane Katrina" The character Barry finds himself stranded during Hurricane Katrina with his neighbors dog, Cruz. He get's separated from his family in the beginning and has to try to find help during the hurricane. A theme that I noticed in my book is that no matter how hard things are you can never give up. For example when Barry is stuck on top of the roof of a broken house he doesn't give up and lose hope instead he continues to try to get help.
This book made me question how would I have handled being alone in the hurricane if I were Barry?
The second book I read is Winterhouse by Ben Guterson. This book is about a girl named Elizabeth. She loved to read. Her parents died when she was very young and had to move in with her Aunt Purdy and Uncle Burlap. Elizabeth's aunt and uncle did not have much money. Before winter break an unknown person sends Elizabeth's aunt and uncle money for them to go on vacation and to send Elizabeth to Winterhouse.
One theme that is shown in Winterhouse is, in life, hard work and determination can lead you to your answer. This makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because it shows that if you put in the extra effort, it can make a big difference to the end result.
A character from my book that makes me question something about my life is Elizabeth. She found out that she could move things with her mind. This makes me question if there is something that i may be good at that I never knew I was capable of.
The third book I read was The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene. In this book, the main character, Nancy Drew, has to solve a mystery. In this book she has to solve a mystery at her friend, Helen's, Aunt's house.
A theme in this book is, in life, if you don't give up, you will achieve your goal. This makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because it shows that if you keep going you can accomplish so much more in life.
A character from my book that makes me question something about my life is Nancy Drew. Nancy Drew works really hard and makes me question if i work even harder maybe i could accomplish a lot more.
The fourth book I read is The Bungalow Mystery by Carolyn Keene. The main character, Nancy Drew, has to solve a mystery to help her new friend Laura and save her guardian.
One theme in The Bungalow Mystery is, in life, there will be problems, but you need to find a way to work around them. This makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because it shows that there is always a way to fix the problem or work around it.
A character in my book that makes me question something about my life is Nancy Drew. She finds way to work around problems and fix them and that makes me question if i could do the same.
In my first book "Pax" by Jon Klassen, a young boy named Peter made a dangerous choice that caused consequences. Eventually, his father enlists in the military, which forces Peter return his pet fox, Pax to the wild. Hundreds of miles away from his best friend, Peter takes off on his own to find him. Although, with all the changes in his life the effect of their friendship is why he continues on, even through the hard obstacles. Even though this wasn't an easy expedition, it had consequences not only bad, but good. Their relationship was the motivation for this. This theme of, the effect of a relationship can get you through difficult times made me stop and consider how in the world, friends are people who help us during rough patches. Also, how can relationships really affect one another, for better or worse?
Also in the book "Pax" a character named Vola and multiple personalities. When Peter and Vola first met Peter wasn't in a very good situation. He was injured with a broken foot, trespassing on her property. As a reaction to this Vola acts strong defending herself, putting herself in charge of the situation. Slowly but surely, as Vola starts to tend to Peter's foot she starts to warm up to him, differing from her past behavior. She starts to show him a little compassion and kindness, which is quite foreign to Peter. She even acts as a mother figure, which was the complete opposite way she acted before. she started to change her personality. That's when I understood that Vola is a much more complex than I originally thought, who has different personalties depending on the situation. She has two different sides to her. This made me question, if I knew people like that, or if even I acted that way myself?
My 5th book, Empire of Storms, by Sara J. Maas, is the 2nd to lasr bool in the Throne of Glass series.The Throne of Glass series (i did not want to spoil to book so i am going to tell you about the begining of the series to get you to understand the character) is about a 19-year-old Assasin named Celaena Sardothein. She is a slave in Endovier, a salt mine in Ardalan, being punished for her crimes. One day the Crown Prince comes and offers her a deal. The king is having a secret competition to pick who will be his next private assasin. Dorian, the Crown Prince, has heard of Celaena, people say she is the best assasin in the Kingdom, and wants her to enter the competition under a fake name as his competitor. She agrees to get out of Endovier and goes with Dorian.
The theme in Empire of Storms is that we get to come back from our loss. No matter what happens, we get to come back. So many things happen to Celaena, and she always powers through them. She does not let her loss brake her down, she recovers from it and lives her life to the fullest.
Aelin makes me re-examine my perspective of the world by showing me that no matter what happens I have the choice to come back and piece myself back together, and that there will be people around me to help. Aelin makes me re-examine my perspective of the world in many ways.
My third book "The Silver mask" is the 4th book in the Magisterium series. At the end of the last book Callum was sent to prison because they found out he had the soul of the Enemy of Death (bad guy) in him. Now that is where the story takes place at the beginning of the book. One day of his friend-Enemy, Jasper, comes to visit him. When Jasper visits Call (Callum's nickname) the building sets on fire. Turns out it is Tamara and Anastasia. Call and Jasper quickly escape with them. When Anastasia makes a wrong turn Tamara gets suspicious. Turns out Anastasia is working with Alex and Master Joseph. (Master Joseph was introduced in the first book and is The Enemy of deaths assistant.) He is keeping them there because he want Call to realize he is The Enemy of Death and if he doesn't he will just take his power with the Alkahest. He then shows them a room where Aarons dead body is laying. Master Joseph then says if you can bring Aaron back to life I will let you and your friends go back with no strings attached. Call agrees then releasing Tamara thought Call only did it to trick them when he actually wanted to do it. Call and Alex spent many days in that room researching. One day when Alex want there Call brought Aaron back to life. He then shows everyone what he did. Tamara was disappointed because she didn't want to believe call was the Enemy of Death. The next day Tamara and Jasper escaped leaving Call and Aaron. Call soon releases Aaron did what ever Call told him to because Call had put half of his soul into Aaron. One day Call and Aaron were looking around somewhere when Alex came in then Master Joseph. Master Joseph threaten to kill Call. Then Aaron killed master Joseph with his bare hands. because Aaron wasn't acting like Aaron. Alex then took over and started to attack the school with Call by his side, but Call actually was gonna loose. I think the theme of this story is to not give up and try and reach for your goals.
The character Call makes me wonder is it possible to be that brave all the time
Now Is Everything
This novel is about Hadley, a girl with an abusive father, a wine addicted mother, and a little sister that she has to protect from her father’s kicks and her mother’s neglecting nature. But when the boy she has had a crush on for years asks her out she must risk it all and break the rules. Throughout the book there are also glimpses of a crash, the hospital, suicide attempts, and a psychiatric hospital. Glimpses of the now and chapters of the past leading up to it.
So much terrible occurrences happen in this book and I am glad that nothing like that has happened to the people I am close to. I also thought about if I did happen would I notice it.
Hadley made me realize that you don't have to take a burden by yourself and that you can depend on other people. Hadley’s friend Meaghan made me wonder if I am being ignorant and not noticing what I need to.
The First Rule of Punk
This book is about Malú who has just moved to Chicago and is not happy about it. Her divorced parents were friends and her mom who wanted her to act more ‘Señorita-Like’ instead of punk rock aficionado like her dad. The last thing she wants to do is have fun… But when a girl named Selena attempts to rub how terrible of a daughter she is in her face, she loses it and rebels with her new friends. Building a punk band that will rock like no other! Until Selena gets in the way of things… AGAIN.
It can be hard to move from somewhere else but once you get to know things about your new town, you can love it easily!
Malú made me wonder if I could possibly do something to change an unfair rule/thing.
My fourth book "My Hero Academia Vol 1" by Kohei Horikoshi is about a student named Izuku Midoriya. Ever sense he was a kid he was bullied by Katsuki Bakugo for being quirkless. (A quirk is like a superpower) Midoriya still ames to be a pro hero even though he is quirkless. He takes notes on every hero he meets. Then one day he meets his idle, All Might, the #1 hero. With All Might's quirk, he is able to pass it down to one person, and he choses Midoriya. Midoriya then goes through many trials and quizzes. He is bullied, he has trouble using his quirk because every time he trys he breaks one of his bones, he even makes new friends. I think the theme of this book is you should keep reaching your goals.
Midoriya makes me question if we all kept trying we could accomplish anything if we really tried.
In my second book "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio, a young boy named August (Auggie for short) was motivated by a simplistic act of kindness. Auggie has been homeschooled since the 5th grade, but this year he starts Middle School with everyone else. However, the reason he has been homeschooled for so long is because he's not like any other ordinary kid. Auggie was born with Mandibulofacial dysostosis, which is more commonly known as Treacher Collins Syndrome. This disorder affects the development of the bones and other facial tissues. Since Auggie had this disorder he stands out from other kids. Because Auggie has never been to school before, he doesn't know what to expect, or how other kids will react to him. Eventually, he does start 5th grade, but unfortunately, the other kids don't know how to behave around him, therefore leaving Auggie with no friends, except one. Jack is a young boy who became close to Auggie, and finally becoming friends with each other. Jack did a kind deed of becoming Auggie's only friend at the beginning of the school year. This was a little act of kindness of Jack's part, but it had a big affect, not just on Auggie but on other kids as well. Not only did it have an affect on them, but it also had an affect on me to understand that, sometimes in life, a simple act of kindness can make a significant difference. This made me re-examine how this kindness can happen to other people in the world, how something little can create something big. It also helped me answer the question, why kindness matters.
Also in the book "Wonder" August is constantly struggling with judgements. The reason why he is faced with all these judgments is because of the difference in his facial structure and features. From his perspective, it showed how all these judgments can really hav a lasting affect on him, for worse. All of these stereotypes made Auggie feel a certain way about himself, negatively. Because Auggie is unlike the other kids he was the faced with a lot more looks, judgements, and stereotypes than the average person. This caused me to stop and think about the impact judgments can have, not on me but on others as well. How they cause someone to feel a certain way. And all of this made me question, why judgments are truly necessary.
My 5th book "My Hero Academia Vol 2" by Kohei Horikoshi is about a student named Izuku Midoriya who has always wanted to be a pre hero. Midoriya has to face his childhood bully, Katsuki Bakugo, in one of the quizzes they had to face fro becoming a pro hero. With Bakugo's temper and anger issues Midoriya wins and beats Bakugo. That dosent help the situation that bakugo bullies Midoriya. It just makes things worse because Bakugo is VERY self-absorbed and thinks he's the best. Later in the book when all the students are training there is an attack. The league of Villains Attack UA "(the school name) all the students get separated and have to face some of the villains with help from other class mates. I think the theme of this story is working together gets the job done.
Midoriya makes me wonder if we try hard enough can we achieve our goals.
I read "Ghost." it is about a boy who is on a track team and meets a lot of new friends. early in his childhood his dad had too much liquor and he pulled a gun out on him and his mom.he heard the shot and he darted out of the house.
A theme for this book is fitting in because when Lu, Sunny, Patina, Ghost, and Coach were having a dinner, they all had to tell a secret about themselves and then they could eat. so they each said their secrets and learned a lot about each other. they all related about something and they became really good friends.
it makes me wonder how all of us can relate to something in our lives.
In my third book "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins, a sixteen year old girl named Katniss Everdeen took out a handful of berries, which caused me to question something about my own life. When Peeta and Katniss were the last two remaining in the arena, they were confused why they weren't being crowned as victors in that moment. The reason to their confusion was because a new rule had been made in the 75th annual Hunger Games. This new rule allowed for two victors to win, if they originated from the same district. This new rule was made because of the star crossed lover act between her and Peeta, something that was new to the Hunger Games. Then as they were waiting, an announcement was made, saying that the previous rule of allowing two victors to win had been revoked, going on to say that only one victor may be crowned. This meant that one of the two was going home, not both. However, Katniss had different plans of her own. As they were consulting who would go home and who deserved it more, she held out a hand of poisonous Nightlock berries. They both knew that the Capital had to have a victor, but Katniss thought if they had no victors, the Gamemakers would have failed the Capital. She not only held the berries out for her, but for Peeta as well. They both didn't want to live in a world without each other, not after all they had been through in the arena. But, before any of them could take their own lives the Gamemakers ordered them to stop, allowing for both of them to be crowned as victors. Although, this was a simple act it was a sign of rebellion in the districts. Proving that the Capital can be weak, and making them look foolish because a girl from district twelve outsmarted them. At the moment Katniss knew that this would have consequences to pay, but she didn't understand the full affect that it had on all of Panem and later on her. This is a clear understanding of the theme, that in life, your actions can have much deeper consequences. Katniss' action of holding out those berries put her and her loved ones lives in danger. This made me come to the conclusion that, people in our society need to think about they actions beforehand, before they're suck with the consequences. Also, why your actions are much more important than you think, because they can escalate quickly.
Also in the book "The Hunger Games" a character named Rue had a friendship that caused a lasting affect. During the Hunger Games, Katniss and Rue teamed up and became Allies. Rue was only twelve, and she was from district eleven. District eleven was in charge of agriculture, so she and Katniss had something in common, they were both used to the forrest and climbing tress. Though, they were similar there was something about Rue that reminded Katniss of her little sister, Prim. In the arena the two helped each other out, and became very close almost as if they were sisters. Although, when they met up again Katniss had to come to Rue's rescue. Sadly, when Marvel's (Marvel is a tribute from district one) spear sunk into Rue's chest, Katniss knew there was nothing she could do. The death of Rue had affected Katniss very deeply, making Katniss believe it was her fault by not getting to Rue in time. This caused a lasting affect on Katniss, one that she would never forget. This made me wonder, how certain friends of mine can have a lasting affect on me, and how I can do the same to them.
The third book I read was "Where The Red Fern Grows" BY Wilson Rawls.
11 year old Billy wants to go hunting with his own 2 hounds however, he doesn't have the money to get 2 hounds. So, he works for 2 years and saves up enough money to get 2 hound pups. Billy loves them, takes care of them, trains them to hunt, and sometime hunt. By the time you are done reading this book, those dog's will have meant more than just being his pet to him.
A common theme I developed was 'Persevere and never give up'. Billy's hounds had caught a raccoon in a tree. Now, this was no ordinary tree, this tree was a big sycamore tree. He then promised his dogs that he would chop down that tree and have them catch that raccoon. Then 2 days later Billy chopped down that tree and they caught the raccoon. I now feel like when I see a problem and I've failed a few times, I should always keep trying and never give up.
My fifth book is amulet the last council. In this book Emily the main character is a stone keeper witch are people that have these stones that have great power. In the book Emily had to fight other stone keepers to become a part of the council. The themes of the book make me rethink my understanding of the world because nothing like this happens in this world so the world isn’t as exciting as people say.
What Emily makes me question about my life is that there is not enough excitement in it as I don’t take many risks.
The first book I read this summer was “Cole and Sav: Our Surprising Love Story” By Cole Labrant and Savannah Labrant. Both Cole and Sav told their story on the uprising of there life at meeting.
Savannah talked about her relationships, one being Tommy, and when she had Everliegh at 19.
Cole talked about his vine and then when he later started a YouTube channel, and even later brought Savanah into the YouTube channel.
Both Cole and Sav told their story on the uprising of there life at meeting. Cole and Sav also talked about their long distance relationship. And how 23 year old California girl Savannah fell in love with 19 year old Alabama boy Cole.
While this book was amazing and brought up countless life lessons, one theme stuck to me the most: Life will give you many setbacks and obstacles, however, if you persevere through them and never give up it will get easier. Sav had many many obstacles throughout the book, being a young mom her parents getting an ugly divorce, having a long distance relationship and so much more. Yet never once did she regret having Everleigh she loved her and persevered the the very hard times. Remembering lots of times where I faced obstacles and persevered through but also remembering obstacles where I did not. Remembering in Cross country season, there are only 7 runners if you make it to state. In the beginning of the season there was a girl who would sometimes beat me (in races) on my team. She was grade above me, and knowing that if I wanted to make it to state I would have to be the 7th runner. I trained harder running more and even running home from school instead of taking the bus.
Savannah really made me it clear to me that in life you have to persevere.
The second book I read was Courage to Soar by Simone Biles. Simone talks about getting adopted by her grandparents and growing up. She talks about her gymnastics life, and home life. Trying to learn skills win worlds and even the olympics. Simone talks about struggling to have a normal childhood, and all the hours that had to be put into the gym. The ups and downs of her life and gymnastics life, (and what was known to be “Simone's bratty period”.)
This book was simply amazing with every ounce of Simones hard work. Lots of gymnasts compare them selfs to other gymnasts but not Simone. An amazing theme in this book is to not compare yourself to others. Simone did not struggle with this. In interviews when people would ask her how she does everything perfect and continues to grow, Simone would say something like, that she never compare herself to others, and that she is competing against herself, and hard work definitely goes along away.
This book has taught me not to compare myself to people. I never really had a problem with this. However, in sports if I am having a bad day, then sometimes I do compare myself to others. This book (and Simone) has taught me to remind myself not to compare myself.
For the third book I read was The Bitter Side of Sweet, by Tara Sullivan. In this book the main character is Amadou (15) and his younger brother Seydou (8) are slaves who are forced to harvest cacao pods to make chocolate for no money. They work on the Ivory-coast and have been for 2 years. If they do not make harvest enough cacao pods they get a beating. Amadou takes the beatings for Seydou. One day when Amadou is not with Seydou, Seydou gets his arm cut by a machete. The bosses take care of him and had to cut off his arm because of infection. Amadou and another girl decide to escape and they set the other boys at the camp for free.
One theme that emerges throughout the book is, even if there are set backs in life a good opportunity will come. Amadou said that he wanted to escape because of Seydou and his arm. He would not be able to work at the farm anymore, and if he does he will not harvest enough cacao. If Seydou never lost his arm none of the boys would of escaped.
This made me think of cross country from 5th grade. I did not make it to state and we missed it by 3 points. This made me work harder in 6th grade and if I made it to state in 5th grade I might not of pushed myself as hard so that I would make it to state.
The fourth book I read was A Dog's Way Home by Brouce Cameron. This book talks about A dog named “Bella” who is supposedly a Pitbull. Bella lives in Colorado, and Pitbulls are prohibited in Colorado. Lucas and his mom, (who has depression and anxiety from war,) have to hide Bella, (so that she won’t get put down by animal control.) One day Bella has to move somewhere far away from where Lucas lives so Lucas can find a place to live with Bella. However Bella escapes from the “foster home.” The book talks about Bellas 2 year journey back home and all the new family she makes and later when she has to leave them.
This book has lots of morals and themes. This story makes you not want to put the book down. And a great theme in the book was, no matter what life throughs at you, never give up because you do not fail until you give up. Bella ran thousands and thousands of miles. In the cold winter with no food having to scavenge for food; going through mountains and people even taking her farther away from Lucas. Yet, Bella never gave up and stuck with her plan even with everything pushing her in the opposite direction.
This book has taught me even if somethings gets hard I can not give up and I have to keep trying. Even with the little things like homework I would get made and frustrated and just stop not even trying anymore. However, I know that I just have to go a different route and keep trying. Bella really made me remember this.
For my 5th and final book I read Elle’s Story, by Bruce Cameron. This book tells us the story of Elle’s life. She is a German shepherd and was selected to be a police dog. Elle finds people if they’re lost, get kidnapped or needs to be found. The book talks about when Elle almost lost her smell, and when she had to switch police owners because her original owner retired after being shot. The story tells us about Elle growing up and doing her work. This book obviously tells us about her saves, and finds.
One theme in this novel is Even if you don't succeed the first time you have to try again until you succeed. When Elle was sniffing out her last person she would ever save, the rain was washing away the boys smell. Elle could not find him. Yet, Elle kept trying for his sent until she got it. Elle did not stop trying until she got the sent. Even when she lost his sent she tried and tried until she found him.
This book has shown me and reinforced in my brain, that even when I don't succeed I have to try harder until I do succeed. Remembering in gymnastics when I couldn't get a skill and I kept trying and trying but could not get it, I gave up and moved on to the next skill. I later got that skill but looking back I should have kept trying until I got that skill, not give up. Elle’s owner Maya and Elle really made me remember this. Elle never giving up a sent, and Maya never giving up on keeping up with Elle.
For for my First book, The Young Elites Ever since Adelina was a kid she was Always considered second to her sister Violetta. Her sister was always the favorite she received beautiful jewelry and gorgeous gowns, that could last a lifetime. Can you guess what Adelina received? Nothing. All because of one thing, she was a malfetto. In case you didn’t know malfettos are people whom have been affected by the blood fever that struck many years before. Adelina was one of the victims of this deadly fever. Her sister and mother were too. Adelina and her sister came out alive, but their mother didn’t. One of thousands of casualties that occurred in this dark time. You might have been thinking, isn’t Violetta a malfetto too? Well, yes and no. She was in fact affected, but after she got better no scars were left behind, nothing at all. Her face still as soft and precious as before. Her sister however , was not that lucky. Adelina was left with scars running across her face and long silver hair draping over her eye. As you could problably tell, trust was not easy for her. Friends turn enemies, truth turned lies her life was all about trusting the right people. One theme in my book is, only trust someone who is willing to trust you.
Trust is one of the most important things in my book, and in the world around us. Finding the right person to trust isn’t easy, for anyone. In The Young Elites, Adelina didn’t trust the Dagger Society at first, but as she earned their trust it sort of came to her as well. They had each other’s back once Adelina became an Elite, her secrets were there, but their trust was way too important to put on the line.
In all, both the Young Elites, and the real world involves trust into people’s daily lives whether they like it or not.
The fifth book I read is The Mystery At Lilac Inn by Carolyn Keene. The main character in this book is Nancy Drew. Nancy has to solve a mystery at her friend, Emily's, new Inn.
A theme in this book is, in life, there will be some struggles a long the way, but if you will push through it, there will be a reward at the end. This makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because it shows that there will always be something good in the future. You just have to push through the hard times to get the the good ones.
A character in my book that makes me question something about my life is Nancy. She kept pushing through the hard times of not being able to solve the mystery and get out of the boat. This makes me question if I kept trying on something a gave up on, what would of happened in the end?
The First Book I read was rebound. It was about this one kid named Charlie Bell. He loves basketball, but he isn't that good. In the summer he goes to visit his grandma and grandpa's house. While he's there he goes to pick up his cousin Roxie, and play basketball. They get to the gym and Charlie starts by walking over to the stands and begins reading his comics. He didn't really want to play with with them, but he finally builds up the courage to join in. After a while, Roxie convinces him to play with her and her friends. Charlie ends up winning the game for his team. He starts to gain a lot of confidence and starts practicing everyday with his cousin. Later in the book. Charlies mom arrives to see how he's doing. He is very exited to see her. Soon they all go to a family reunion. Charlie and his Roxie go off to play basketball. Charlie tells her that he is gonna go meet up with his friends to go roller skating downtown. Once Charlie arrives, they quickly go to footlocker, where skinny's, (The Friend) older cousin works. skinny said his cousin could get them free Jordans. Skinny's brother, who is just around the corner, starts getting into a fight with this other group of friends. Before that, Skinny's brother asked him to hold his bag. which had all types of drugs in it. When outta nowhere, the police show up, see what's inside the bag and arrest Charlie and Skinny. Later that night, Charlies grandpa shows up and takes him home and is incredibly disappointed. Charlie's mom and grandma were super scared. Charlie apologizes, and tells them what happened. Still not happy, Charlie's mom tells him that they are going home tomorrow. He isn't very happy to find out the news. Charlie plays one last one v one game with his cousin Roxie before they say there goodbyes. Once Charlie get's home, he says hi to all of his friends, because it's been a long time, almost 2 months. Charlie feels like his grandparents has changed and Roxie have changed him into a better person.
A theme in this book is that sometimes in life, you need to try new things, or you'll never know what it's like if you don't
In my fourth book "Catching Fire" by Suzanne Collins, Katniss Everdeen put another person's needs before her own. When it came time for the 75th annual Hunger Games it was announced as the third Quarter Quell. A Quarter Quell occurs ever 25 years in the Hunger Games, which marks the districts' defeat by the Capital during the dark days. These games involve some kind of twist in the rules, making them stand out from the ordinary Hunger Games. These twists or rules have been written in advance, well before the Games. As an example, the 50th annual Hunger Games was the second Quarter Quell. That year it was declared that there would twice as many tributes being sent into the arena, each district had to reap twice as many victors. However, the third Quarter Quell was announced that they would be reaping out of the exciting pool of victors, meaning that Katniss would be back in the arena, alongside with either Peeta or Haymitch (Haymitch is Katniss' mentor). They are the only three remain victors from district twelve. But, after the reaping it was announced that both Katniss and Peeta would be back in the arena. Although, Katniss knew that she and Peeta both wouldn't make it back alive, not after the previous Hunger Games. She and Haymitch knew that they needed to keep Peeta alive, because last Hunger Games Haymitch favored Katniss and they owed it to Peeta this time. Even though, Katniss made Haymitch promise to save Peeta, she didn't realize that he had other plans and promises, until the end of the book. Katniss knew that she wouldn't be making it back because it was Peeta who would, she wanted him to win. She put someone else's life before her own. This refers to the theme, that sometimes in life, you don't have a choice but to put others before yourself. This made me realize that people, today have no choice but to help out others, and put someone before yourself. This also made me question, Why is it important to put others before yourself? And how it really does affect others.
Also in the book "Catching Fire" a character named Finnick Odair was very misjudged. When Katniss first met Finnick her opinion of him was that he was a selfish man, who was used for the Capital's pleasure, after winning the Hunger Games. She had also had the thought of, since he never stayed long at the Capital people's places he never really cared about others, or that he was a caring person in general. However, this opinion of hers was soon changed when they became allies in the 75th annual hunger Games. Katniss soon got to know him better, after spending more time with him and seeing the real Finnick. Sooner or later, she knew that she had misjudged him, and know knew who Finnick actually is, he's a caring person, who not only saved Katniss' life, but Peeta's as well. She soon found out that he had a true love, back home in district four. This made me come to the conclusion of how people can be misjudged, Also, how I should stop and consider getting to know people, before I misjudge them myself.
The 5th book I read was, "Number the stars." It taught me that In life when you have problems, you have to work through it to have a great life. That means if you are getting bullied, or if you have family problems you have to be strong and work through that problem to have the best life you can. The character that made me question something about my life was Anna Marie, and here family was living in Copenhagen were Nazi soldiers roamed the areas of Germany, Anna's family is Jewish and they were stuck in many problems with family and the Nazi's. That made me question how hard was it to be a Jewish person back then when Nazi's captured the Jewish people in world war 2
The first book I read this summer was called "Home Run" by Tim Green. this book was about a boy named Josh who was forced to move down to Florida with his father after his parents split up. Also because his dad was offered a job to manage a college baseball team. while he is in Florida he hears that there is a home run derby and the winner gets a free new house, he decides that it is his chance to win his mom and sister a new house. the themes I have chosen for this book are, to not give up on something that you are passionate about and to not give up even if everything is against your favor.
What Josh makes me question about my own life is that if I don't practice often then I might not be able to keep the same skill level or even get better.
The second book I read this summer was called "Rebound" by Kwame Alexander. this story is about a boy named Chuck. set in 1988, Chuck is mourning the death of his Father. his mom comes up with the idea to send Chuck to his grandparents house for the summer. there he learns to toughen up with his grandpas tough love and learns to appreciate his grandmas amazing biscuits. I definitely recommend this book for anyone who loves sports, drama and comedy. the theme that I chose for this book is to be more open to try new things and to not be picky and scared.
What Chuck makes me question about my life is that If I don't work more and play more basketball, then I won't get any better.
I read the book Restart. In the book Restart the main character was Chase.. He fell off a roof and lost his memory. When this happened, he did not know who his friends or family were and he didn't know what his past life was like. When he went to school he was torn between two sides of life.. the side before he fell and the side representing his life after he fell.
If I were in this situation, I would be pretty upset. My memories -no matter if they are good or bad, remind me of the important things as well as the unimportant things. Without my memories, I wouldn't know what to do. I would feel insecure and probably a little bit scared.
Even though Chase had some problems, I feel like he handled his memory loss pretty well. He tried to make up for his behavior in his life before the fall -but it was pretty bad. If I were in Chase's shoes, I probably would have changed -like he ultimately did.
I like how Chase showed perseverance and tried to change his old ways -even though some of his friends disagreed with him.
It gives me encouragement to persevere even when times are hard.
the second book i read called crossover and the main characters name is josh had health issues and in the past people in their family tree died in the hospital and joshes dad was in the nba and had to get surgery but since he is scared of the hospital he didn't get the surgery so he ended his nba career and then he got some health issues, later in the book he had a heart attack and went to the hospital wich left josh and jordan sad
a theme in this book is that in life there will be moments that get you down but that doesn't mean to stop the things you love
My first book is “When Dimple Met Rishi” by Sandhya Menon. One theme that pulled through in the book was that sometimes, you are drawn to people under difficult circumstances. This theme makes me consider all the people in my life. I think about how we were pulled together. Sometimes it was through difficult circumstances, like both having a test the next day that we were not prepared for. In a difficult situation, you stick close to those who are ready to stand by you. With this theme in mind, I look at all the relationships in the world. Are the people who were pulled together through tough times closer than the people who just met on the subway?
One character in “When Dimple Met Rishi” is the title character, Dimple Shah. Like Dimple, I’m often stubborn. And this novel is written through both the perspectives of Dimple and Rishi, so I can get a glimpse at how Dimple’s stubbornness affects Rishi. Positively, or negatively. I noticed that her stubbornness often annoys Rishi, and I wonder if my stubbornness sometimes has the same affect. As Dimple and Rishi get closer, her stubbornness slowly dials down. I wonder if I’m more stubborn with some people than others, and if for the same reasons as Dimple.
Another book I read was “One of Us Is Lying” by Karen M. McManus. One of the many themes portrayed in this book was that in life, there is no such thing as a small lie. In “One of Us Is Lying”, small lies create one huge scandal. But none of them could be such “small” lies if they cause such chaos. This worries me because everyone lies. Whether it’s just about doing your homework or committing murder, it’s still a lie. I look at some of the chaos and crime occurring in the world. Was any of that started by what was considered a small lie spiraling out of control? And what lies have I been told that could’ve evolved into mysteries?
In “One of Us Is Lying”, the four main characters; Addy, Bronwyn, Cooper, and Nate, all stay loyal throughout the whole fiasco. This impresses me for multiple reasons. Considering they just met and are all alleged murderers. But it also makes me question whether or not I could be so loyal to people during a situation like that. Better yet, would people stand by me? All I hope is that I never have to discover the answers to these questions.
I also read “If You’re Out There” by Katy Loutzenhiser. One of the themes that shine through in this book is that sometimes in life, you have to just go with your gut. In “If You’re Out There”, Zan’s best friend Priya allegedly moves to California. Zan feels as if something is off. Priya stopped contacting her and doesn’t seem normal on social media. She tries to follow her instinct and discover the truth, but no one listens to her. Not family, not even law enforcement. The police look the other way when Zan unravels her conspiracy theory. It takes a long time to find out the truth, and I wonder if it could’ve all been stopped if people had listened to Zan. If they had understood her gut feeling. What if hard cases could be solved sooner if people listened to the crazy stories? What mysteries have taken longer than necessary because no one wants to believe an insane plot web. How many lives have been lost while someone has a gut feeling no one understands?
Zan and Priya have a very tight friendship. I feel like I have friendships like that. I’m not sure if I am Zan or Priya, but in the book, their friendship endures so much stress. Priya moving, changing, and cutting herself off. All those payed small tolls on their friendship, but never fully destroyed it. It makes me wonder if my friendships really are that similar. I’m not that close with people from where I used to live, even though we do keep in touch. I thought those friendships were like Zan and Priya’s, at the time. So could any of my current friendships handle the pressure?
I also read “On the Come Up” by Angie Thomas. One theme that appeared in this book was that sometimes, you have to do whatever it takes to follow your dreams. In “On the Come Up”, the main character Brianna aspires to be a rapper like her dad. But she’s never had any life changing opportunities to follow those dreams. She realizes that she can’t wait for the opportunities to come knock on her door, she has to pursue them. This makes me examine all the celebrities in the world and wonder how many of them started out like Bri?
In “On the Come Up”, Bri is brave enough to pursue her dreams. She wants to be a star. I would love to be in some Broadway musical or Blockbuster movie, but if I ever decided I really wanted that, would I be brave enough to try and beat the odds? This really makes me question myself and second guess my commitment to my goals.
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I also read “The Summer I Turned Pretty” by Jenny Han. One theme that I really noticed was that sometimes in life, things will find a way of working out on their own. The main character, Belly, always knew she would end up with one of the Fisher boys. She just didn’t know which one. But one summer, she meets Cam. Belly begins to wonder if everything she thought she knew was slipping away. When her family friend has medical complications, she feels as if nothing is ever going to be right ever again. Luckily for her, the majority of the issues sort themselves out. But in real life, would people really be that lucky? If we gave global warming time, would it fix itself? Or does this just apply to small scale problems?
In “The Summer I Turned Pretty” Belly is visiting her summer house, where she sees Conrad and Jeremiah Fisher for three months. Even though she only sees them for a quarter of the year, Belly builds unbreakable bonds with the Fishers. I’ve known people for that long and I haven’t been able to build such long lasting relationships with them. That makes me wonder what it is about Belly that allows her to keep these relationships steady? And how could I do the same?
one book i read was everyday angel. the theme in this book is you have to trust and believe in yourself to overcome and get through things. gabby was lost. she was always sad and could only think about her sick brother. she moved away from her home to go to a good hospital for her brother. aria came to help her but didn’t tell gabby that she was an angel trying to save her from what she was going through. over time aria was able to become friends with gabby and show her why gabby was there and in that situation. at the end of the story after gabby had gone through everything she was able to understand her life and why she was there. aria had to leave and go help another person even though she didn’t want to.
what gabby made me question in my life is how i understand things in my life and how i can control it. i should be grateful for what i have and how i use them in my life.
In my fifth book "The Swap" by Megan Shull, two characters go through major changes. During the book, the two main protagonists, Ellie and Jack swap bodies. Before that, both Ellie and Jack are very stressed about their own lives, and even discouraged. They both have the opinion that their lives are much harder than the average individual, feeling that others have life much easier. It's not until after they switch bodies that they change their perspective on this assumption. Both of these character have problems of their own, and when both experience one another problems they understand, that their were wrong. Eventually, when they change their perspective on this assumption, they both realize that others can have difficulties, and that others don't have life as easy as they though. This establishes the theme of, sometimes we don't understand others, and their complications until we experience a difference our self. This makes me curious if others in the world think that they are the only ones experiencing life with difficulties. It also makes me question, do most people think about themselves first, rather than others?
Also in the book "The Swap" one character was deeply affected by loss. Jack's father (Also known as The Captain) was affected when his wife passed away (Jack's mother). This caused the Captain to become very distant from his four sons. He started to put this anguish on the boys, by becoming very strict near his sons, and never taking like a normal father and son. Before the loss of his wife, he never acted like this, at least to this extent. It wasn't until Jack (Ellie as Jack) confronted the Captain about this, that he understood that he was really affected about this, and he wanted to make a change. This taught me the theme of, how loss can affect a person. This made me question, how losses have affected me, and how it can change a person. Also, have I changed from having loss?
the first book I read was bone by Jeff smith I read all 9 books they were all very interesting book . They went on a adventure because they got kicked out of boneville they were getting attacked by rat creatures they get lost by his cousin and his best friend phony bone is always getting them in trouble because of all the things I don't know if I would always help out someone that is so stupid, even if they were related.
The second book I read was The Runner: Four Years of Running and Living Dangerously by Markus Torgeby. The main character Markus lives in Northern Sweden and lives very differently than we do in the US. His life was very challenging, but he made it even more challenging to step away from society and live in the woods. This means skiing a few kilometers just to go grocery shopping. I am very thankful for being able to hop in the car to get food. Even with all of the extra physical burdens, he still chose to run to help clear his mind. That is something we do have in common.
The sixth book I read was “lord of the rings, the return of the king” In this book Frodo is at the hands of the enemy and Aragorn and the rest of the fellowship are in Minas Ithil and are beginning to wage war OB the enemy and his dark armies. A theme in this book is that when all seems lost you will find hope in the darkest of places. This is important because when Frodo was close to the eternal fire he couldn’t find the strength to cast it away and then Gollum the wretched creature inadvertently helped him do it. This shows that even in the darkest times like when the forces of Minas Ithil were being overwhelmed the riders of Rohan came miraculously to aid in battle, this theme plays out in the entire story, and it makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because as there is light in the darkest places there may also be darkness in the holiest of places. This vision also carries out in the book because as if driven by madness the king nearly set his son to the pyre. The character that makes me question something in my life is Gollum because he is driven to do things by the ring and by nothing else not even his conscience the idea that something as simple as a ring can make you lose control astounds me. I wonder if this object were a real thing and it fall into our possession, would we lose control or fight it.
The first book I read was The Crown by Kiera Cass. This book is a continuation of Princess Eadlyn's journey to find love through a process called The Selection. The Selection is where 35 suitors are brought in for the prince or princess to find a partner to rule with. One theme I found in The Crown was in life you have to learn to be selfless and sacrifice for others even though you might not always want to. I chose this theme because as a princess all Eadlyn wants is to make her people happy, so she must make the hard decision to begin a selection of her own for the benefit of her people. This theme causes me to re-examine my understanding of the world because this book along with many others that I have read has taught me to be more selfless toward others. Throughout my life, I have noticed that less and less people are selfless to others. This book can help inspire people to be more conscious of how they treat others.
The second book I read was The Assassins Blade by Sarah J. Maas. This book is a collection of all the prequel novellas to Sarah J. Maas's Throne of Glass series. The Assassins Blade is all about Celaena Sardothien, the most feared assassin in her kingdom and her many dangerous, sometimes life threatening missions. One theme I found in The Assassins Blade was sometimes in life the only person you can trust is yourself. I chose this theme because Celaena Sardothien is the most feared assassin in her kingdom and she can only allow very few people to know her true identity because she goes on very many deadly missions where her life is at steak. Her trust is not granted easily but when it is it is very special. Celaena has lived her life not allowing herself to confide in people but something in her changes when she suddenly trusts a fellow assassin, Sam. Throughout the book many people who she trusted such as her assassin master betrayed her many times almost ending her life in the process. One character that caused me to question something about my own life was a female assassin that Celaena encounters on one of her missions, a girl named Ansel. Celaena learns that when Ansel was young, her father and sister were killed by a man who was not afraid of the consequences of his actions. Ansel had always been ambitious to get her revenge, she was willing to do anything, even betray Celaena's trust to get it. This makes me wonder, how many people that I know have gone through something as tragic as Ansel? How many of those people were relentless like Ansel after it happened? How many of those people got stronger because of it?
I read the book Shouting at the Rain. Delsie is the main character and lives with her grandma. Together they take on many challenges as a family. Delsie wishes that she had an actual family and is starting to realize what she misses out on, not having a mother. Delsie’s friends out grow her and she’s having a hard time with friendship. Delsie travels through Cape Cod going on many different adventures along the way.
A theme that came across in the book is that friends change and personalities change. This is sometimes because people change when friends leave and the people who are left all start acting different. For example, Delsies friend, Aimee started hanging out with another girl and they excluded Delsie. They became very mean. This makes me re examine the world because it’s going to most likely happen at some point in life for everyone. They will be excluded and friendships will probobaly change. This is something that relates to our day to day lives.
The third book I read was Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. Shadow and Bone is about a girl named Alina who has lived her whole life as a simple peasant girl who served in the military just to find out later that she has a power that could help save her country from its constant threat, The Unsea. One theme I found in Shadow and Bone is in life, you are responsible for your own fate with everything you choose to do or not do. I chose this theme because in Shadow and Bone, many of the characters are faced with very difficult decisions and choices that would alter their life and fate drastically. One example of this is when Mal decides to abandon his place in the military to go with Alina when she is on the run. Mal knew that if he was caught, he would be killed but he decided to go anyway because of his love for Alina. One character that caused me to question something about my own life is The Darkling. The Darkling is the main antagonist in the book but before he was this big bad "Darkling", he must have been just a regular person. What caused him to become this all powerful, evil, dark Grisha? Was it something from his childhood? Something he witnessed? Will someone I know or know of ever go through a change similar to this?
The fourth book I read was Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. As Alina and Mal are being hunted by the Darkling in an unfamiliar place, Alina must be careful with who she trusts in order to keep her identity of the Sun Summoner a secret and keep the Darkling from finding her. One theme I found in Siege and Storm was in life, it is important to know where everyone's loyalties lie. I chose this theme because in Siege and Storm, Alina learns where everyone's loyalties like along with figuring out who she should be loyal to. One example of this is with Genya, one of Alina's Grisha friends. When faced with the choice of running with Alina which meant freedom but lots of danger, or staying with the Darkling and being safe but trapped, she chose to sacrifice her freedom to stay with the Darkling which betrayed Alina. One character that caused me to question something about my own life was Prince Nikolai. In the book Prince Nikolai seems to be the only person in the royal family willing to take action for the benefit of his people, while the rest of the royal family just do exactly what they always do which is fail to address the needs of their people. Why does Nikolai feel compelled to make a difference in the world when the rest of his family just does nothing? I have noticed that many people in the world are more like Nikolai than the rest of the royal family, they are inspired to work hard and improve themselves and things around them rather than leave that work for other people to do for them.
My first book was The Iron Trial By Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, the main character was Call Hunt and he risked his life many times to save others even though he had many secrets and never shared them he still came out the hero because he did more good things than bad. This is important because if you do some good deeds but more bad things you will end up the bad guy this explains that no one is perfect and everyone does bad things but in the end most people are good even though you didn’t risk your life you can still be the good guy. My older brother was getting bullied on the school bus when I was in kindergarten and my brother was in first grade. My brother was being hit and I wanted to protect him so I decided to defend him. Call reminded of that time and how it felt to defend others. This book showed me that good deeds can help other people in a time of need.
My second book Boaters Education which is an online class that had a lot of stuff to read. This was a class to teach watercraft safety and the rules of the water. Jeff is a teacher who explained and showed water safety and rules of the water. Jeff made me look at the water in a safer way and taught me the rules of so I can be safe. I see the world as a safer place because I know people have gone through this stuff and learned the rules to make the water a safer place. The theme was safety on the water using a water vehicle.
The third book I read was The Copper Gauntlet by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black. This is the second book in the series and it is about Call and his friends figuring out who stole the copper gauntlet from the museum. I turns out that his dad stole for a good purpose. This taught me that even if you do something wrong if it is for a good cause and the good cause is bigger than the bad thing sometimes it can be a good thing. The theme is to try to do the right thing whenever possible.
The Bronze Key by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare is the third book in the series The Magisterium. This book is about bad guys trying to kill Call and his friend, Aaron because they are the ones that killed their leader and they want revenge.They risk their lives to be bait to catch the assassins. The characters showed a lot of bravery. It made me think about the bad people of the world. You can't change them so sometimes you have to brave and put a stop to them.
My first book, Artemis Fowl, is about a boy named (you guessed it) Artemis Fowl and his journey and encounters with "the People" which are basically just fairy tale creatures with backstories and shallow personalities. One of the themes of the book is "You can't get what you are looking for just by waiting for it to happen, you have to go and do it yourself". I don't really just wait around for thing to go well, but I understand how other people could keep this in their mindset to help them live a better life.
In the book, Artemis Fowl just sits back and watches as his plan rolls into action, but he encounters problems when things don't work as planned. If he had stayed focused while things were going right, maybe things wouldn't have gone wrong. This just goes to show you how if you just sit and wait, nothing will change and you won't succeed in what you are trying to succeed in.
The theme and characters influence me to step up and take action to succeed in the things that I feel are important to me.
I read The Book of Luke in the Bible. This book was about Jesus and his miracles. One time there was this guy who was trying to trick Jesus into doing a miracle on the Sabbath day. On the Sabbath day you are not allowed to work. He thought that would be working for Jesus. Jesus asked if today is your Sabbath day. The man said yes it is. The man had a crippled hand and Jesus healed it. Jesus said this is not work but God's wishes. The man praised Jesus for healing him. The theme was to always see the good in people. I think that if someone is being mean to you, you don't have to retaliate. Instead you can be nice.
My second, third and fourth books were the Hunger Games series.
I do not suggest these book if you are a small child. Other than that, have at it.
One character in thees books in Peeta Mellark. He changes a lot throughout the three books, spoliers, blah blah blah. In the first book, Peeta is a kind young boy with a supposedly nice smile, who is very good at convincing people to do things (not in an evil way). Before the 74th Games, he proclaims his love for Katniss, and in the arena, he almost dies and also loses his legs. Oh, and he is also hated by the government. And so is Katniss.
In the second book, Peeta has changed a bit in the arena, but is overall mostly the same. the part of the book is basically filler, and nothing interesting happens, except for President Snow showing how much he hates Katniss. Oh, and Katniss and Peeta arrange to get married. Then, it gets announced that, to show that there is truly no escape from the Games, that previous winners will be returning to the arena, which means that Katniss and Peeta will be in the arena again. The next part of the book is just about heading over to the arena. Oh, and Cinna (who was a cool guy) gets killed in front of Katniss for making her a costume (he was a costume designer) that supported the rebellion. Then they go to the arena, meet some cool people, and a big thing happens with some wire and a big tree and a clock, but then the whole arena blows up and Katniss gets picked up by a menacing helicopter. But the menacing helicopter is actually a good helicopter and Katniss survives. But Peeta isn't there, and Katniss attacks Haymitch (another cool dude) by accident and then the helicopter flies Katniss and some other people who were supposedly evil (but are actually good) to this place that was supposedly destroyed (but actually not) in a nuclear explosion.
Book three is about the rebellion and District 13 (the one that was supposedly destroyed) and how they're all going to take down the evil and corrupt government. Also, remember Peeta? The guys that this whole thing is about? Yeah, he's been mentally and physically tortured to there point where he has to be strapped to a bed because everything he does will either kill him or force someone else to kill him. Oh, and Katniss is the face of the rebellion and a lot of other stuff happens, but it's unimportant enough to cut from this. Ok, fast forward. The rebellion has taken most of the entire country, and all that's left is the capital. And this is the point is which the story gets sad. Not crying sad, but you'll feel sad because every good thing has a dark side and somethings are just plain sad. A lot of good people die, and Peeta is now suicidal, and then all the children die in a series of explosions, and the capital is taken, and everything just kind of goes real bad.
Back to Peeta. Over the course of the three books, Peeta changes a lot.This goes to show you that, no matter how nice a person can be, they can always change for the worse, so if you see someone who you care about acting weird, or seeming different than usual, then talk to them or make sure that they are ok.
Theme time. An overall theme of the three books is that, no matter what happens, something can always go wrong, so make sure that you are prepared for things to go wrong. If something looks like it is about to go wrong, prepare yourself and any other people who might be affected by it.
For my fifth and final book I read "Michael Vey" by Richard Paul Evens. The book is about a kid fourteen-year boy with special electric powers. Then Ostin and Taylor his best friends make a discovery to find out that there are more people with the same powers as them and that someone /something is hunting them. Later when his mom was kidnapped Michael uses his electric powers and tries to save her and the others.
I theme from this book is that power can be used in good and bad ways.
Michael caused me to question that if I or someone in our school had special electric powers, how would they use them? Would it cause good or bad things happening?
My fourth book was the Candy Makers by Wendy Mass.
The candy makers is through four different characters views, Logan, Phillip, Miles and Daisy. Logan, the candy makers son. Phillip, who's dad seems to care more about his business and money than his own son. Miles, who is a little out of it and Daisy, a spy sent there by Phillip's father. They are all competing in a candy competition and are based out of Life Is Sweet, a candy factory and Logan's home. Whoever makes the best candy becomes the next candy maker. This book gave me a clear understanding of how working together is often the best situation and how being selfless can help you succeed in life
Logan teaches me that it is what's on the inside that counts. He was burnt when he was young and has scars across his face but that does not keep him from being the best he can be. When Logan gave up his dream of being a candy maker for Phillip to win, it showed me that I should think about others more often than myself.
Another book I read was Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Getaway.In this book the Heffley family goes on a vacation over Christmas.But the main character Greg isn't in love with the idea but he does not argue.
I think the main theme of this book is to get out of your shell and try new things. Like in the book it states that Greg has never been on a plane or even a state away.
This book impacts me by showing that i should not just sit around all day i should try new things.
For one of my five books I read The Hatchet. It is about a boy named Robeson who's parents are divorced. He is flying alone to go see his father. Suddenly the plane crashes and he finds himself in a forest in Canada. All he has to survive is a windbreaker and an old hatchet from his mother as a gift. He has to learn how to survive in the wilderness.
A theme for The Hatchet is always perservere and you will find out you are stronger then you think.
For my fourth book i read was Diary of a Wimpy Kid old school. in this book people are starting a revolt to stop people from having there nose in a screen 24/7.
The main theme of this book was to show how addicted we are to technology and you shouldn't take advantage of technology.
This book impacted me by showing that i shouldn't have my nose in a screen i should do other things.
The first four books I read this summer are from the series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.
1. The first book, The Bad Beginning, made me think that I have a good childhood because the Baudelaire kids had a very difficult childhood. Their parents died and then they had to move in with an evil man who was after the family fortune. This would be miserable for children because losing your parents would be bad enough, but, having to live with someone evil that is only after your money makes it a whole lot worse.
2. The second book, The Reptile Room, still made me grateful of my own childhood, it made me feel a little better about the Baudelaires because although their parents are dead, they did get to move in with their uncle Monty. He was very nice but then again they were very unlucky, and so he ended up dying too, and what made it even worse was that the evil man was the one that killed Uncle Monty to try to get the kids to live with him so that he can get their money. This is completely cruel which is why these kids have such a horrible childhood.
3. The third book, The Wide Window, Still continues the bad childhood for the Baudelaire children. I definitely would rather have my childhood because the Baudelaire children must have to go through so much stress. In this book, the Baudelaires live with their Aunt Josephine. They didn’t like living with her because she was scared of nearly everything and made things very difficult. In my opinion it would be very annoying to live with someone who was afraid of everything.
4. In this book, The Miserable Mill, The Baudelaires have to go live with someone awful they call Sir. Sir is the boss at Lucky Smells Lumber Mill. While the children are at the mill they have to do beyond dangerous jobs, which are meant for grown-ups. Klaus suddenly becomes hypnotized and can’t remember anything. Violet and Sunny have to quickly figure out how to unhypnotize Klaus before everything goes terribly wrong. Just to make matters worse the evil man comes along and yet again tries to steal the Baudelaire fortune. This makes me happy about my own life because first of all, I don't have to work in a mill, and they still have the evil man chasing after them for their fortune. I am definitely glad I don't have to deal with those two things, life would be horrible!
The evil man: Count Olaf, causes me to question my own life because if he was in my life I wouldn't know what to do. He would have such masterful plans that I wouldn't last a second with him after me. He really makes me question if anything like that would ever happen to me. I mean, even anything close to how bad he is in my life would be horrible. This is why the Baudelaire's have such a bad childhood.
My last book was Mr. Terupt falls again.
Mr Terupt and his fifth grade class were together for another year before all the kids graduate and go to middle school. This book taught me a lot about sticking together because when Alexia ignored her real friends and tried to be cool by hanging out with the high schoolers who were bad influences, Anna still figured out where she was and helped her. The kids all uncover secrets that change the way they view there loved ones. I learnt from Alexia that I shouldn't change to fit in or for someone else.
For my last book i read Diary of a Wimpy kid double down.In this book Greg needs to prove to his parents that he's just not a wimpy kid and his parents said they have an idea on how he will do it.
The main theme of this book is that if you want to change something about you, you should and you should never give up.
This book inspired me to never give up because no matter how hard life gets you should always pursue your dreams.
For my sixth book "Mockingjay" by Suzanne Collins, Katniss' pass causes her pain. Throughout the Hunger Games series, Katniss has been though a lot. Its not until "Mockingjay" that everything she has done in the books causes her suffering. Her first Hunger Games gave her the first experience of the anguish and pain, from all the death and gory moments in the arena. Also the death of the all the other tributes, and the ones she loved gave her nightmares that won't ever go away. Then when it came time for her second Hunger Games it was horrid. Experiencing the Hunger Games for a second a time gave her flashbacks about her first time, and it had affected her. Even if that wasn't enough, she had to lose even more people she cared about, and even people she didn't know died to protect her. Both of these Games had a huge impact on Katniss, and in "Mockingjay" things continued into the path of agony. When Peeta was hijacked by the Capital, that nearly destroyed Katniss. The person that she loved and experienced everything with her, was gone. Because of all of these events Katniss will never be the same, because of her past. She will never be the same girl before the reaping of the 74th annual Hunger Games. Every one of these occurrences changed Katniss. This shows the theme of, how sometimes in life past experiences can cause suffering . This made me realize the people today, are suffering because of their past, this was something that I hasn't paid much attention to before. I also wondered how people can overcome their past?
Also in the book "Mockingjay" Katniss was a symbol of hope. When she finally decided to become the mockingjay (The mockingjay is the face of the rebellion) she has a big role to play. She has to win over all the districts in the rebellion against the Capital, to protect the ones she loved. Most of the districts were in war against the Capital, to win their freedom. Nevertheless, this was a dangerous war that had killed many people from the districts and from the Capital. Since Katniss embraces the role as the mockingjay she is the symbol of hope and encouragement for the rebels. She is one of the reasons why the districts keep fighting. Katniss had inspired and affected many people in Panem. This made me question how certain people in my life have given me hope, and even inspired me. This also made we wonder, why these people have given me inspiration.
Another book I read was Ghost. In the book there is a kid named castle and he loves to run and in the book he moves to a new school starting the next year so when he saw that they had a track team he signed up for it but other kids had better shoes and other stuff like that so one day after school he stole a pare of shoes so wouldn't get made fun of anymore so after that he went to do the race and won it.
The main theme of the book always have faith in yourself because in the beginning of the book he didn't want to do track then he faced his fears and got confident enough to do it and he won.
In my first book "The Pinballs" the theme was to give people a second chance/chance. This made me re-examine my understand of the world since people don't always try to give people a chance/the benefit of the doubt.
The character Harvey's Dad made me question if everyone is a good person since he ran over his sons's legs and pretended to care, so he'd seem like a good person.
The first book I read was The Seventh most Important Thing. It helped me realize that the whole world is not like how we experience every day in Lake Forest. There are some kids out there that have a different lifestyle before they are even born and there is nothing that they can do about it. for example, Owen in the Seventh most Important Thing could not do anything about his dad being a heavy drinker. No one can control who their parents are. This really helped me realize how fortunate we are to live in lake forest and have all our basic needs handed to us.
The second book that I read was James and the Giant Peach. Besides a heart warming book about a boy escaping from his two dreadful aunts after his parents died, I did not learn much from this book. But besides that, it was a very good read and I highly recommend it to everyone of all reading levels.
The third book I read was Into Thin Air. Into Thin Air is a book that has a first hand account of a disaster on Mt. Everest. He made it to the peak but most of his climbing friends and his Sherpa did not make it to the top along with him. It is a very sad story that drags a lot and I would not recommend to most. But this story taught me to really believe that most things are possible if you really put the training and effort into it.
My fourth book that I read was Dragons of Deltora. My brother and sister would not stop telling me to read this book. It is a very low reading level and was a very quick read but it was very good. It did not really teach me anything but I did really get a lot of perspective on how to write high fantasy. Fantasy has always been my weakest genre of writing and I think reading this book helped me in terms of what to write and at what time; how and when to introduce new characters and how to make them interesting.
The last book I read was The World According to Toddlers. First off, I am not sure if this even counts as a book, but I am putting it in here just in case. I read this just because one our relatives has a 3 year old and was spending 3 nights at our house. Besides a good laugh, this book really did teach me about how toddlers think. It definitely helped me understand more about how toddlers think. anyway it was a good, funny read and I recommend it to everyone with a sense of humor.
Over the summer one of the books I read was where the heart is. The theme I’ve developed throughout the book, is happiness doesn’t have a price. During the book, the main character Rachel and her family struggle with financial problems. But Rachel loves her life, home, and friends. Throughout the book she finds herself lost with all the drama and financial problems, and sometimes has a hard time figuring things out for herself. Most of the time in the book Rachel and her best friend Mika go through fights, distance, and staying best friends. But in the end she couldn’t let money get in the way of friendship. The theme of the book makes me think about my own life. Before I’ve read the book I thought that even when I was down that there is never going to be happiness again, but after seeing how Rachel handle things I realize that there is happiness in the end. Secondly this book also makes me think about the real world today. Because if the world could live like Rachel, maybe everyone could actually be happy, and not be so stuck up with money. Towards the end of the book they moved to a new apartment, which was really far away from Rachel’s best friend.Rachel thought that there was going to be no hope left but again she Overcome this problem and affect figure it out overcome this problem and figured out a way to be happy like old times. Once they move to the new apartment it makes me wonder how many kids have gone through money trouble and had to move, and aren’t happy as much as Rachel was. Rachel is a real role model to people even though she’s just a character in a book I believe that if everybody who is feeling down, having trouble with money, or just needs a little boost of energy, everyone can see that there is happiness even when there is trouble.
The first book I read was "Michael Vey, Rise of the Elgen". The main character, Michael Vey, has to fight against The Elgen with the help of his electroclan.
One theme in this book is trust. Michael always comes up with these insane plans to take down the Elgen, and the electroclan always goes along with them. They have to trust Michael that his plan will work or else they will get captured and die. This makes me re-examine life because I don't trust many people so maybe I could trust my most loved ones even if it sounds crazy.
A character in this book that makes me question something about my life would probably be Taylor. She has two sides of her, sweet and emotional, and brave and ruthless. It makes me wonder if i'm more two sided than I think I am.
The second book I read was "Michael Vey, The Ampere". The main character, Michael Vey, has to now sink a huge ship in order to try and kill the villain of the book, Hatch. Of course with the help of his friends.
In this book friendship is a very big theme. If they all weren't so close then they probably wouldn't have made it out alive. With about 5 members leaving because they didn't want to fight anymore and a death of a loved one, if friendship wasn't there to save them, they wouldn't have all come back together, happy. This makes me re-examine my life because I now know that friends will get me through whatever is going on no matter what.
A character in this book that makes me question my life would be Jack. He was a true hero after losing his best friend that he's known since he was little. He was Wade's only friend and Jack was always there for him. This makes me question how I treat my friends and what I would do if they all of a sudden just died.
The first book I read was the clique by Lisa Harrison the main character Clair is new and is trying to become friends with a group of girls, but those girls don’t seem to like her.
In the book a very big theme is don’t judge people because when one of the girls from the group named Massie realizes that Claire isn’t as bad as she thought, she starts to realizes maybe she judged her but then ignores that. Near the end Claire also realizes that maybe Massie isn’t the brat she thought she was. Both girls realize maybe they judged each other too quickly.
It made me question my life in thinking maybe people always judge others too quickly and ruin what could have been a friendship.
The third book I read was " To All The Boys I've Loved Before". This book had a very strong theme about the importance of family and the value in our actions. This book taught me about how one small actions in my life could affect so many other people and how things sometimes aren't actually what they are. This made me re examine the world a lot but not just the world but my actions in the world. The character that made me question something about my life would be Margot. She seems like she has everything together and she just does. She makes it seem very easy and she basically holds the family together. This made me question who the Margot is in my life and how I can strive to be a Margot.
The fourth book I read was "Sisters". This book also had a theme of family. This reminded me of my family because even through all the fighting, there is always love shining through. Such as when Reina was very excited for Armando to be born but then things didn't play out the way she wanted them too. This shows a strong theme because there is always a strong bond in this family. Some characters in the book actually reminded me of my family. How some people act one way but deep down they don't show there deep feelings. This all relates to the real world very easily through people's values and how they show them through family. This book makes me question my life about what it would be like if I only had one other sister?, and if we would get along or not?
I read “Misadventures of Max Crumbly Masters of Mischief” by Rachel Renee Russell this is third book in the series and it about a boy who had broken into school to get his comic book back from thieves. Then found they were robbing the school and Stop them with his friend Erin. Now in the third book that you have successfully stopped the thieves and robbing the school but they have to figure out how to get out of the school without the police catching them. But he stoped them with his friend Erin. Now in the third book that you have successfully stopped the thieves from robbing the school but they have to figure out how to get out of the school without the police catching him.
The theme of this book is don’t give up, because the two decided to. instead of just leaving the school I’m running a police deal with it they stop the thieves but now they have to figure out how to get out of the school. They don’t give up and turn themselves in for breaking into the school. Spoiler alert : they get stuck in the back of the thieves truck and don’t give up and manage to escape the truck. Throughout the whole book they never gave up.
This made me look at my life and think about things I should not give up on. This book told me that no matter how hard things are you shouldn’t give up.
The first book i read was “Michael Vey, The Prisoner Of Cell 25” This book was about this teenager named Michael Vey who has tourette’s syndrome and lives with his mom but he also has a secret ability to pulse electricity. His mom gets kidnapped one day by the the leader of the Elgen and it’s Michael’s job to try to save her. In this book trust is a big theme because without the trust in the people and friends Michael met along his journey to save his mom he would have failed to succeed his mission to save his mom but instead the trust helped him get through obstacles of his journey to save his mom from the Elgen. This makes me re-examine my life because without trust in my friends and family I wouldn’t know who to go to when i need help or have questions. A character that makes me re-examine my life is Michael because he was brave to go save his mom on his own without the help of anyone but with his bravery and determination he met friends to help him along the way of his journey. This makes me think that if I am brave and determined I could do things that I wouldn’t think i’m capable of.
The second book I read was “Michael Vey, The rise of the Elgen” In this book Michael has his new friends into a group called Electro Clan and he fights against Elgen to complete his goal. One theme I came up with was determination. Michael and his Electro Clan are always determined to help defeat the Elgen and take the down even though they they got captured and hurt. This makes me re-examine my life because it persuades me to try to be more determined in life and follow through with difficulties in life. A character that makes me re-examine my life is Ostin. He is always smart and ahead of the game and knows what he’s doing. This makes me want to be more organized and planned out.
The third book I read was “Michael Vey, The Ampere” This book is also about Michael Vey in another mission, after he saves his mom from the Elgen he gets into more trouble. His new goal is to sink a ship that the Elgen and the evil leader Hatch is on. If he does this he all the struggles he is going through will be gone with his friends help. In this book I think relationships is a big theme. Michael having a relationship with all of his new friends helps him get through the Elgens army and they have the power together to fight instead of just one individual fighting. This makes me re-examine my life because the relationships i have with people can help me stick up for my self and feel good about my self and they can support me instead of me doing it by myself, they give me confidence. A character that makes me re-examine my life is Taylor. Taylor is a determined girl that helps everyone in the Eletro Clan and stays close with them to help them get through hard times. This makes me re-examine my life so I can learn to always be there for my friends to help them through hard times.
My fourth book I read was “Way Of The Warrior Kid” is about this boy named Marc who is the odd kid out and get made fun and bullied a lot. A big theme in the book is confidence. His uncle comes to visit and trains him to be better.This makes me re-examine my life because it pushes me to try harder. A character that makes me re-examine my life is Marc because he pushes me and inspires me to try harder in life on difficult things I have to do in life.
My fifth book I read was “A Wrinkle In Time” This book is about a girl named Meg and her journey away from home when the ladies named the who’s come to take her away. A theme is dependence, This makes me re-examine my life because it shows me that I need to depend more on others to lead me in the right direction. A character that makes me re-examine my life is Meg because she shows me how to depend on others in a good way.
In my last book "Matched" by Ally Condie, Cassia has a very important decision to make. In their society, they are matched with their true love at the age of seventeen. Cassia was very pleases when she found out she was matched with her best friend since childhood, Xander.
When the screen flashes another person at the end, this causes her to question which one is her real match. Xander or Ky? The officials tell her that Xander is her real match, and whoever put Ky in the matching pool did it as a mean prank, because ky is classified as an aberration. Aberrations can't be matched. But Cassia has her own suspicions. Is their actually perfect as they say it is? This was a big mistake, and it had big affect on Cassia. As she gets to know Ky better, they both start to get very close to one another. Giving each other their trust. However, Cassia starts to fall in love, but with the wrong person. She starts to fall for Ky, not Xander her match. Then Cassia is left with a hard decision to make, obey their society and stay with Xander, who has done so much for her, or follow her heart and be with Ky. This represents the theme of, that sometimes in life making decisions can be harder than expected. This made me realize that for some people making decisions its harder to make decisions than others, this was something that I hadn't though of before. It also helped me come to the conclusion that, sometimes its harder to make choices depending on the situation.
Also in the book "Matched" a character named Ky was affected by his pass. Ky used to live in the Outer Provinces, but after the death of his parents his cousins, the Markham family adopted him. Ky was classified as an aberration, one of the lower rankings in their society. Sadly, Ky never really got over the death of his parents, especially since he saw it happen. This really affected Ky, he was a very sad and closed person about this topic. Never wanting to share this with anyone. This comes to the conclusion, that sometimes its hard to forget the pass, and move on. This made me question how certain things in my pass have affected me, and how sometimes it can be hard to move on.
Out of all the books I read over the summer, my favorite was Big Week. Big week was the largest air battle of WWII. This book brings you from the every day life of a WWII pilot, to the Germans in the air and on the ground defending their home front. This book teaches you the struggle that they went through and the courage they had to fight the Germans
In life, you should appreciate all of the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.
The first book I read was A life Magazine about the 75 anniversary D-Day. It tells about the extraordinary feats of the Allied soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy.
This reminds me of the that if that battle hadn't been won our world would be a lot different now (Fascist Governments and no freedom).And it makes me glad to know I live in such a strong safe country.
The second book I read was called Harbor Me. I listen'd to my mom read it. The Book is about six kids named Halley Holly Tiago Esteban Amari and Ashton. And for one hour every Friday they talk about there problems. It could be racial differences it could be family issues. They express there feelings when they normal cannot. One of the characters Dad might be deported because he isn't a citizen. Another is worried about playing with Nerf guns because he knows people who have been shot holding them by cops. also he thinks because he is black he thinks he has less freedom than whites. this makes me thinks racial differences are still a problem and need to be resolved.
Book #4 Fairest
One of the main themes in this book was that love can not be forced. This theme is shown throughout the book. One example is when the man character Levana uses her ability to make people think do or see whatever she wants to manipulate someone into falling in love with her. And although she gets him to say it, there is no truth behind the words, and no ability, no matter how strong could ever change that. Even after she forced him to marry her, and stayed married for 10 years, his feelings for her never changed. After a while she realized her mistake but it was too late, after what she had put him through there was no way he could ever have loved her. This theme helps me re-examine the world because people force relationships in the real world. Obviously not by magic but because sometimes if someone really wants to make a relationship works they can keep on trying to put it back together. But if 2 people don't go together, they don't and if that is so love can never come from that relationship, no matter how many times they try to make it work. This is also true with people who aren't romantically involved, who just want to be friends. Even if you want to be nice to someone it can be hard to get along if you just don't like them. Because even though its good to give yourself a couple of chances to get to know them sometimes things don't work out.
One character in the book who caused me to question something about my own life was Levana. Levana made me wonder if I could be as selfish as she could. An example of this is when she forced Evret (the man she manipulated into loving her) to marry her. She told herself she would leave him alone if he said no, but in her heart of hearts she knew she would force him to anyway. Could I give up someone I loved even if they didn't love me back, would I force them into an unhappy marriage against their will? I like to think I am not capable of such a thing, but as the saying goes, people do crazy things when there in love.
One of the books I read this summer was “Stitches” by, David Small. “Stitches” is about how a young boy who came from a family with little money, and big problems. He had a brother and parents who were out of order. His mom would hide her anger but show it by slamming kitchen cabinets. His brother would show his anger by banging on his drums. His dad would show his by driving away to work because he was doctor. Now David, he didn’t have much anger but he was a sick child and wasn’t love by his parents but didn’t understand until he was older. His father would treat him with medicines whenever he had a problem. Though he did have to get many x-rays he was used to it. There life’s we’re all the same until one day a friend noticed a growth on his neck. He got an x-ray and discovered it was a cyst. his family didn’t have money he had to wait 3 years to get the cyst removed. It wasn’t until a few weeks after surgery he found out some terrible truths about his family that took a turn in his personal life. After many’s visits of therapy he moved on and moved out of his house and turned his life around.
An important theme in this story is that even if your life or an event starts horribly you can believe and take action to turn it around and make it great just like how David took his abusive younger life and flipped to get a great job and live a great life.
A character who made me rethink things in life is David’s mom because she had issues with her health and grew up with abusive parents and she had all this anger from her whole life that she just couldn’t get out of her because she didn’t know how to show she would show her pain physically and not put it into words which is something in life that if you can’t always explain something you can try and show how you’re feeling with no words and with pictures or objects.
One of the books I read this summer was “A Night Divided” by Jennifer a neilson. This is a book about a family that is in east Berlin and the father and the eldest son decide to migrate to the west.the night there supposed to come home the Berlin Wall is up witch leves a mother and two children. For four years they don’t do anything about it but then a young 12 year old spotted her long lost brother on a veiwing platform above the wall and that makes it her mission to leave the east with her brother and mom. They end up in a run down building with an old air raid shelter to start the tunnel. They work tirelessly to finish befor the brothers sentence to the military and on the last day the rubble is done and they leave. This really inspired me to do something about what is wright and what is wrong. The story has a overarching theme about to stand up to all the people that put me down.this made me rethink how the world works and how sometimes you need to escape all of the people that try and put you down.
Book #5 Pride and Prejudice
One theme that is frequently shown in this book is that people are not always as they seem. This is seen in the book when the main character, Elizabeth misjudges Darcy because he seems proud and arrogant, when he is really just not good at socializing. She also misjudged Wickham to be a good humored person, but in truth he left a trail of heartbreak and debt everywhere he went. This theme caused me to re-examine my understanding of the world because in the real world, people are often judged on first appearances that aren't always completely true. For example, just because someone doesn't talk often doesn't mean their shy, they might just not want to talk. There are also situations where people aren't as nice as they seem to be, especially on the internet where people can make you believe that you are whoever you want to be.
One character in this book that made me question something in my own life is Elizabeth. The thing she made me question is, if I had met Wickham and Darcy, would I have made the same prejudices, or would I try to get to know them better before making a decision about their character. If I had met Wickham I think I would have thought the same of him as Elizabeth (also known as Eliza) did. This is because I would have had no information of his past misdeeds and debts, leaving only his cheerful demeanor to judge him by. Darcy though, I think would have been another case entirely. Because even without any knowledge of his good deeds along with the fact that he barely talked to anyone he wasn't already acquainted with, I would have just chalked it up to shyness or introversion. Being an introvert myself, it is easier for me to understand his not wanting to socialize at balls or dinner parties (both examples from the book of places where his quiet behavior was displayed). All in all, I like to believe that even though Wickham's facade was hard to see through, with a bit of information I would finally see his true character. I also like to think that even as unfavorable opinions of Darcy were being spread around I would give him the benefit of doubt.