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My goal this summer is to read 6-8 books. I hope to read some of the following books:
"Landscape with invisible hand"
"I know what you did last summer"
"Last wish of sasha cade"
I want to read these books because they all seem interesting, and I think I would be able to analyze and connect these books to the two questions.
My list for the summer:
We have always lived in a castle
Landscape with an invisible hand
Those were just some interesting books Mr. Beard talked about.
I also wanted to read some graphic novels, for example, Batman Year One.
Most of the books I chose were thrillers or mysteries. The books I chose were, It, I know what you did last summer, haunting of hill house, We always lived in the castle, one of us is lying, it wasn't me, I am legend, bird box, hunger games series, great Gatsby, 13 reasons why, and Gatsby girl. I want to read these books because I think they will be entertaining but I will actually get something out of the books. These books also seem interesting and some are different then I would normally choose.
I read many books this summer, but some of my favorites were odd child out, Washington black, the two towers, the fellowship of the wring, and the return of the king. One character that made that stood out to me was frodo, the protagonist from the lord of the rings. He lived a comfortable life, and barley ever left his comfort zone. Throughout the trilogy, he grew as a person and devolved a trait of bravery. This made me rethink how I don’t always leave my comfort zone. Lastly, the themes of all three lord of the rings are the corruption of power. This relates to the world because in some countries around the world, leaders become tempted by power or become corrupt for their own good.
For my summer reading I would like to start with; I'm legend,I know what you did last summer,The Martian,The Great Gatsby,IT,Pet Cemetery and Bird Box. I chose a variety of genres because I want to branch out into more genres like horror and mystery.
My first book that I read was Alex rider never say die by: Anthony Horowitz in this book I found the theme of loss in the book Alex's guardian died which makes him live with his friend his guardians name was jack later on in the book Alex gets a email that makes him believe she is still alive Alex was very affected by thinking that she was dead and this leads into the second question I think that Alex makes me think the most about my life because it made me think if I lost a relative as important as jack was too alex.
The first book I read was magnus chase and the sword of summer by Rick Riodrian. In this book the theme I found was that working alone isn't good, I found this theme threw realizing that Magnus has no mentors ever in his life but he did have friends but chose not to work with them until he found his sister and worked with her. Which made him realize that working alone is hard and that working with friends is good.
One of the books i read was MR. Mercedes which is about a retired detective investigating an old homicide case. This book helped me get a new understanding of the world because of the dedication that Bill Hodges has on the case he is investigating. He also made me question what things were really important in the world and what to and what not to pursue. This book taught me to have commitment and persistence to things that i am doing because even if it doesn't work out in the end you can still feel accomplishment from trying hard.
My goal is to read 6-8 books.
"Landscape with Invisible hand"
"I know what you did last summer"
"The last wish of Sasha Cade"
"the hunger games"
I chose these books because they sound interesting, and when we watched the hunger games movie, it made me want to read it.
Books that I would like to read are:
I am Legend
It wasn't me!
One of us is Lying
I know what you did Last summer
I would like to read these books over the summer because they seem like they are very interesting and can pull the reader in. One book that I really want to read is either Bird Box or I am Legend because the review of the books seem really addicting so I would like to read either Bird Box or I am Legend.
This summer I am hoping to read...
Batman Year 1
Death by the river of doubt
Maze Runner Death cure
To kill a Mocking bird
The Hunger Games
The Great Gatsby
and Lord of the flies.
I would like to read these books over the summer because I think they can help me with the units in 8th grade. These books can also help me better understand the 8th grade requirements.
My goal for the summer is to read at least ten books.
Bird Box, Which is based on a movie that i have seen that i did not think very highly of but apparently the book is better.
I am Legend, again I have seen the movie thought it was pretty great but the book was apparently is different.
It, I think that it is a great choice for me.
I know what you did last summer, feels like the book version of a classic slasher movie and I might enjoy that.
Landscape With Invisible Hand, Sounds like an interesting si-fi book and want to see what it is about.
Pet Sematery, was recently remade as a new movie and think i should read the book before i see the movie.
The Mist, think that it is based on a very distopian idea and i enjoy distopian.
The Oddasy, I have the book and have never read it and i think it could expand my knowledge of ancient mythology.
This summer i am going to read 5-6 books. They are Bird Box, Persepolis, A Dogs Purpose, A Dogs Journey, Popular and, Ugly. I really want to read the book Bird Box because i have seen the movie and i really liked the movie. I want to read A Dogs Journey and A Dogs Purpose because i love the idea of a dogs perspective.
I really wanna read The last word of Sasha Cade, Ugly, Popular, and Running Word. I want to read these because they all sound very interesting to read.
I want to read 5-6 books this summer because I want to get all of my reading done and to also have fun over the summer. I want to read The Last Word Of Sasha Cade bcause it looks realy interesting and good. I walso want to read Ugly because It also seems like something I would really like.
This summer I will read 6-7 books. I will look for theme and answer the questions.
I will look into:
-I am Legend
-I Know What You Did Last Summer
-Never Missing Never Found
A Child Call It
I panned to read bird box Landscape, with invisble hand, I am legend, I know what you did last summer, beath on theriver of doubt and batman year 1. because most of them are distopyan fiction which was a topic that I liked
This summer i am hoping to read the books The Arab of the Future, Batman Year One, Unbroken and Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince. I want to read these because they all involve some sort of heroes journey or historical back round that adds to the character development and plot. I want to read The Arab of the Future because the character plot is very interesting and different. Batman year one because i want to try something different than normal. Unbroken because i like World War II backstory. I also want to read Harry and the Half-blood Prince because i've been reading the other books in the series.
Over the summer I will read I am legend because I liked the movie.
I will read All systems red over the summer because it is in space and there are robots which I like
During this summer I will read Ender's game because the cover seemed interesting and it was also suggested to me.
Muhammad Ali is a book I will read this summer because it has something to do with boxing which is fun
My goal is to read 5 books over the summer such as I am Legend, Bird Box, Phineas Gage, I know what you did last, and The Greatest Muhammad Ali.I want to read I am a legend because it sounds interesting. I want to read Bird box becasue the movie was good and the book sounds easy. I wnat to read the book Phineas Gage because it is about someone who suried something almost impossible. I want to read I know what you did last summer because it sounds like an interesting book. I want to read The Greatest becasue it is about sports
Over the summer I want to read the book I know what you did last summer.
counting to perfect sounds interesting because it involves a sport I do
phoebe will destroy you is a book i would like to read.
listen to your heart
I want to better of friends because my sister recommended it.
The Road To Paris, by Nikki Grimes I would love to read this because it's about this Girl and her brother being separated and in separate foster homes.The foster homes abuse every child. Then her birth mother wants her back and she has to pick between Her new foster family or her birth mother.
Hidden by Helen Frost because it's about this girl who accidentally gets kidnapped by a guy who wants to steal and car. And she has to find a way to get out without getting caught. I would love to read this because it is suspenseful and adventure.
Over the summer, I would like to finish reading Harry Potter for the third time. I would also like to read the Divergent series, Alice in Wonderland, Unbroken, and Persepolis.I want to read these books because, I love Harry Potter and I enjoy reading it but I feel like I should try something new so I am going to read a little bit of both.
Over the summer I would like to read a few books. The one that seems the most interesting is I know what you did last summer. It seems interesting because it is a thriller and is suspenseful. Another book that seems interesting is I am legend, this seems interesting because Mr Beard made it seem like it had a good plot. I want to start reading horror books and thrillers so those 2 seem good. I also would like to try the Muhammad Ali book because I would like to learn more about his life and story. Unbroken seems like a good choice as well because the plot seems super interesting and different than most book.
My goal this summer is to read more then 10 books. I love to read fantasy and books that have a similar themes and plots, so I can see different ways authors show a theme to apply it to my own writing. The five book Bargainer series, Three Dark Crowns four book series, Court of Thorns and Roses four book series, and finally the Legend trilogy are books that I look forward to reading this summer.
I would like to read 8 books over the summer such as War of the Worlds, Bird Box, Batman year 1, I am Legend, Mein Kampf, and many other book s that I will discover over the summer.
My goal is to read 20 min or more every day, and five books in total:
-Its Not Summer With Out You
-Well Always Have Summer
-To All the Boys I Loved Before
-Ps I Still Love You
-Always and Forever Lara Jean
-Burn for Burn
-The Fox Inheritance
over the summer i want to read probably 1 book a week, because there only eight weeks in summer. the books i want to read are, Landscape With an Invisible Hand, I Know what you did last summer, I am Legend, War of the worlds, Ready player one, Never missing never found, Warcross, Rainbow Six, and The Raft
This summer my goal is to read 7-9 books. I would like to read the Harry Potter series, Mocking Jay, Persepolis, The Arab of the Future, Eleanor and Park, Divergent, Counting by 7's, and Dear Even Hanson. All these books are books that people have recommended to me or I have been waiting to read for a while. I really like to read books in the fiction genre.
i would like to read at least 8 books this summer. i would like to read
- bird box
- i know what you did last summer
- landscape of the invisible hand
- alice and wonderland
- five feet apart
- the sun is also a star
- throne of glass series
- a dog's purpose
- a dog's journey
My goal for this summer is to read at least ten books. The first six I want to read is Dear Evan Hansen, Unbroken, the first book of Divergent, 13 reasons why, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and Counting by sevens.
Books I want to read:
-The Maze Runner Series
-The Arab of the future
-Batman year 1
-A wrinkle in time
I want to read these books because they seem really interesting to me.
I would like to read these book over the summer:
1.I know what you did last summer
3.Where the crawdad sings
5.Looking for alaska
I would like to read 10-12 books this summer, and at least 20 minutes a day.
- Birdbox; because I haven read many thrillers but I want to try. Also I wanted to see the movie, but never got to, so now I can read the book.
- I know what you did last summer; because I find the controversial books interesting and different.
- Persepolis; because this is also a controversial book, and a graphic novel that are fun to read.
- Arab of the future; because Mr beard recommended it a lot, and it is a graphic novel and similar to Persepolis.
- A dogs purpose; because I never saw the movie and I'm interested in it being told in a different perspective.
- A dogs journey; because it is the next book to A dogs purpose.
- Unbroken; I haven't really read much non fiction but Mr Beard talked highly of this book and it seemed intriguing, so why not.
- To all the boys I've loved before; because I've seen the movie and loved it. Also many people thought the books were awesome.
- P.S. I still love you; because it is the second book in the To all the boys I've loved before series and many many many people said it is the best series ever.
- Always and forever; because it is the last book in To all the boys I've loved before series, and the series is really interesting me.
- The summer I turned pretty; because it is by Jenny Han and I love her books and movies.
- Its not summer without you; because its the next book in the series from Jenny Han.
- We'll always have summer; because it is the last book in the series that is highly recommended and by Jenny Han.
This summer my goal is to read six books. I am excited to explore many books such as I know what you did last summer, Bird Box, Alice in Wonderland, Unbroken, The Hate you Give, Persepolis, The Arab of the Future, and Batman: Year One. I am interested in I know what you did last summer because I have read a similar book earlier in the year and enjoyed it. I am interested in Bird Box and Alice in Wonderland because I have seen the movies and want to see how the book differs. I am interested in Unbroken and The Hate you Give because they are stories that could happen in real life, and it could help educate me on different parts of the world. I am interested in Persepolis, The Arab of the Future, and Batman: Year One because I haven't explored many comic books before and am thrilled to see a new perspective.
This Summer I hope to read,
-Maze Runner: Death Cure and Kill Order
These are the next books in the series Maze Runner that I read in class. It was thrilling and fun to read so I hope to finish the series.
I've heard of this book and the Netflix series and it sounds like something I would read in two days.
-Last Man on Earth
This book also falls into the genre I would normaly read. I have also heard of this book before.
-Hunger Games series
I have been wanting to read these books for a while now. I've gotten into dystopian books after our unit in L.A.
-The Arab of the future
-Batman: Year One
Seems good and I love graphic novelsand comic books.
-Harry Potter series
I really need to read this.
-Other books I find in the Library
Over the summer I would hope to be able to read 10 or more books. Personally, I enjoy reading realistic fiction books. However, I hope to expand and grow from just my "likes"and try to experience the other types of books this summer. Some books I am interested in are, Internment, We Set the World on Fire, One of us is lying and Two can keep a secret, On the come up, and Glass Sword.
Over the summer I hope to read 10 or more book. In the area of realistic fiction I would like to read Two can keep a secret, On the Come Up, Second Chance Summer, Paper Towns, and An Abundance of Katherines. I would like to read these realistic fiction books because of the way they can connect to the real world and how they can convey an important teaching lesson. I would also like to read When breath becomes air, and This is going to hurt because these books are medical realistic fiction books which interests me because I would like to explore more topics of medicine.
This summer, I plan to read 5-8 books through the weeks. The main books I'm excited to read are The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay, No Safety in Numbers, No Easy Way Out, It Wasn't Me, The Bird Box, Alice in Wonderland, and much more. These story are a mix of mystery, dystopian, and horror. These are some of my favorite genres to read.
I would like to read It wasn't me, because it doesn't involve too intense things like killing and murder. I think I might like I know what you did last summer even though it involves murder, drugs, and alcohol. I would also like to read The Invisible Hand, about aliens, Bird Box, post-apocalyptic, maybe Death on the river of Doubt, about the Prez, Persepolis, The Arab of the Future and Batman: Year One, all three are graphic novels, the Huger Games series, Of Mice and Men, and The Odyssey because they all interest me with thrillers, graphic novels, fiction.
I am planning to read 6-8 books this summer. A few books I have in mind are
-I know what you did last summer
-I am Legend
-one of us is lying
-it wasn't me
-the great gatsby
-possibly the hunger games series
I am planning to read 6-8 books this summer. A few books I have in mind are
-I know what you did last summer
-I am Legend
-one of us is lying
-it wasn't me
-the great gatsby
-possibly the hunger games series
I chose these books because they seem very interesting an there is a variety of genres. I chose a variety of genres so I don't get bored with just one.
I would like to read 7-10 books this summer. I want to read some classics. For example, I would like to read To Kill a Mockingbird or The Great Gatsby because I want to see what classic american literature is like and I feel it will help educate me on the past good reads of american history. I also would like to read some thrillers, like I Am Legend or I Know What You Did Last Summer because I barely ever read books from the horror genre and I'd like to experience that and read each book in a day or two. Lastly, I'd like to read some nonfiction stories like Death on the River of Doubt, Boots on the Ground, or Voices from a Disaster (Titanic). I really appreciate a good piece of history through an interesting story. I think my selection of classics, thrillers and nonfiction are good for my reading style and will be beneficial for me.
I am planning to read 8 books over the summer, I'm planning to read Maus and The Book Thief to lead me into the Holocaust Unit during 8th grade. Four books that interested me during Mr.Beard's lesson were, I am Legend, Landscape With Invisible Hand, Death on the River of Doubt, and I Know what You Did Last Summer. I wanted to read all of these books to compare them, because they are all very different. The two other books that I want to read are, Bird Box, and Unbroken, because I want to see how different they are from the movies and if they have different themes.
I want to read at least 10 books I enjoy over the summer.
- The Great Gatsby
- The Catcher in the Rye
- The Iliad
- The Odyssey
- Game of Thrones series
I really want to read different kinds of books. Whether they be classics or not. The Game of Thrones interests me because I am hearing about the TV show and it sounds very good. But I also want to read the classics, I enjoyed "To Kill a Mockingbird" and I want to get a perspective from someone a long time ago. I really want to find the right balance between what I like and what I can really think about and relate to the real world.
I am planning on reading 8 to 10 books over the summer. Some books include The Hunger Games, Mockingjay, Landscape with the Invisible hand, To Kill a Mockingbird, Ready Player One, and more. Most of the books I am wanting to read are dystopian because I really enjoy that genre. The other books that I want to read are because they sound like really good books to read. As I keep reading these I will still be looking for books that I think would be great to read.
Over the summer I hope to read 10 books or more. The books I am exited to read are: "Persepolis", "Batman: Year One", "Birdbox" , "Moo",
"I Know What You Did Last Summer", "1984'", "A Clockwork Orange", "Ready Player One", "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep", and "Masterminds". Some of these books I have started, loved, but never finished. I would like to read these again. Some of them are "Ready Player One" and "Masterminds". I also included graphic novels that I find interesting, such as "Persepolis" and "batman: Year One". I enjoy reading graphic novels because I know what the characters and different objects in the story look like and I really like that. I included lots of novels such as "1984", "A Clockwork Orange", and "Ready Player One". Dystopian is one of my favorite genre so of course I had to include some.
This summer I would like to read 6-8 books. I want to read Before I fall, We have always lived in the castle, The Hate U give, Bird box, Pretties, The hunger games, Everything Everything, and The sun is also a star. I want to read these books because they look interesting and the characters seem relateable. Most of the books I want to read are realistic fiction or thrillers. These books interest me because they keep you hooked and look really good and fun to read.
This Summer I want to read
Landscape with invisible hand
It wasn't me
Batman year one
The Hunger Games series
To kill A Mockingbird
I want to read these books so that I can get into some genres that I didn't get to read during the school year. I want to broaden my view and read books that are classics and have lots of references in other media's like movies. I also wanted to finish some of the series that I had already started like the divergent series.
This summer I want to read 6 books. I am legend, I know what you did last summer, Alice and wonderland, It wasn't me, Persepolis, and Batman year one. I want to read these books because I usually only read comic books and I want to start to get into thrillers because it will push me to read more. I also would like to read some of them because they are classics that I know about.
Over this summer I would like the following...
I Am Legend
It was not me
I know what you did last summer
As well as reading the following graphic novels...
Arab of the future
because graphic novels have been a genre I have not yet had much experience with and I want to discoverer something and see how I like it.
Over the summer, I am going to read a book every two weeks, so twice a month, so 6-7 books over the summer. I am going to read I know what you did last summer because I want to see what the thriller genres is. I also want ti read landscape with an invisible hand because it sound interesting. Also, I want to try unbound because I don't read a lot of non-fiction. I really want to read Rainbow six, because I really like the game it is based off of and it seems interesting.
I personally would like to read these following books over the summer. I am Legend by Richard Matheson, is a book that interested me because it seems like an interesting book I haven't heard of. Another book I thought was interesting is It wasn't me by David Wood. I think its an interesting concept and I really like the amount of mystery. The third book I chose is I know what you did last summer by Lois Duncan, this book is about people who are being harassed about a mistake they made over the summer. The fourth book I chose is Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool, this book got recommended to me so thats why I wanted to try it. The fifth book I wanted to read is Paper towns by John Green, I chose this book because I love John Green and have read his other books, but I haven't read Paper Towns yet. The final and last book is From the mixed-up files of Mrs.Basil E. Frankweiler, the reason I wanted to read this is because I really liked the book The Westing Game, and this book seemed similar.
The books I want to read:
I am Legend
Batman Year One
Death on the River of Doubt
These are just a few books I want to read. I want to read these because they have intresting concepts, and I want to read different styles and genres of books. I also want to complete some series I already started, like the Divergent series.
This summer I want to read, I Know What You Did Last Summer, It Wasn't Me, Persepolis, The Arab the Future, Bird Box, the Hate You Give and the Sorcerers Stone. I want to read these books because most of the books are different genres. I am starting to read thrillers and graphic novels and I am also trying out the Harry Potter series because I have seen the movies and not read any of the books. I want to read The Hate You Give because people said that the movie was good.
I want to read Batman year one, and harry potter I have never really read graphic novels so I am interested and superheros are cool. O dont read that much fantasy but I like it so I will try this summer
This summer I would like to read
I know what you did last summer , It wasn't me, Ready Player One
and Death on the River of Doubt
I want to try a read new genres because I typically stick to the realistic fiction books and I want to try to branch out and broaden my view. Over the school year we read the dystopian books which I hadn't read before and I really enjoyed them so I would read some of those. Also I don't normally read the non fiction genre so I think Death on the River of Doubt would be intresting to try out.
For this summer I want to read, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Landscape By Invisible Hand, Batman Year One , Bird Box, To All The Boys I've Loved Before, I also want to read the Divergent series. I want to read these books because they seem very interesting, and I think I would like to read them.
The books that I want to read this summer are Persepolis, Crazy Rich Asians, Pride and Prejudice, the To All the Boys I've Loved Before series, the Divergent series, Le Miserables, Jane Eyre, The Devil Wears Prada, Treasure Island, and To Kill a Mockingbird. I want to read these books because they seem like a good mix of genres that I didn't get to read that deeply this school year. I also am interested in reading some classic books, but also some more entertaining ones.
During the summer I would like to read at least eight books. They include Allegiant, Bird Box, I am Legend, Batman Year One ,Death on the River of Doubt, Landscape with Invisible Hand, Unbroken, Young Elites, and The Arab of the Future. I want to read these because they seem to have intresting concepts, and I want to read different styles and genres of books. I also want to complete some series I already started, like the Divergent series.
This summer I would like to read 6 books such as Batman Year 1, I am legend, birdbox, and a few more. I want to read these books because they all sound interesting to me and like good books.
This summer I want to read, The whole hunger games series, Bird box, I am legend, The 11th hour, Divergent, And legend book 1 just to name a few. I choose these books because my favorite genres are Thriller, action and anything that has to do with dystopian backgrounds. About every 1-2 weeks I am hoping to complete a book and post about it, my goal is to read 5-7 books this summer and I am hoping to do so.
I am interested in reading percepulis beacuse it seems interesting and people dont agree with the other statments in this book. I also want to read batman because it is a comic book and i dont usually read that type of book. Also i want to read the arab because the seem seem interesting/ weird
I am planning to read 6-10 books this summer. The books that I am gonna wanna read are; Bird Box, Titanic, I Know What You Did Last Summer, It Wasn't Me, Persepolis, Batman Year One, Death On The River Of Doubt, and Unbroken. I want to read the books Bird Box, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and It wasn't Me because those all sounded intriguing and they were all thrillers so they would be easy to read because I wouldn't want to put the book down. Persepolis sounded very interesting because of the setting of the book and this book would also teach me lots about other cultures, I would like to read more books about other nations. I chose Batman Year One because I thought a graphic novel would be a very relaxing read. Lastly, I wanted to read Titanic and Death On The River Of Doubt because they were both very historic occasions and they would be nice to read.
This summer I would like to read
I am legend
I know what you did last summer
landscape with invisible hand
it wasn't me
The Arab of the future
batman year one
death on the river of bought
because the are very suspenseful and interesting
I'm excited to read I know what you did last summer and The Arab I want to read these because they look good also batman year one, I'll also look for the book rainbow six.
This summer I would like to read "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix","Harry Potter and the Half blood Prince", "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows", "Mocking jay","Alice and Wonderland", and
"Persepolis". I would like to explore more in the dystopian genre since it is not as common and I enjoyed reading it this year. I would also like to explore other genres such as fantasy, classics, and graphic novels. I would like to finish other book series that I have started like the Hunger Games and Harry Potter.
This summer I would like to read 6-8 books. I would like to get out of my comfort zone and try new books.The first books I would like to read is Bird Box and I know what you did last summer. They are both are thrillers, and I usually do not read thrillers. Another couple of books that will take me out of my comfort zones is the graphic novel books. Batman, year one and Persepolis. They both seem to be good and can make me see more than the world around me. Landscape with Invisible hands sounds like a good science fiction novel that I would not always read. I also enjoy the classics, and I have not read Alice in Wonderland in a while and would like to read it. This year the dystopian unit was very good, and I would like to try and read the Hunger Games. I most likely will not read all of these books, But I think that if I set a high goal then I might meet it.
This summer I want to read the Harry Potter series and I know what you did last summer and Bird box. I want to read these book because they are all thrillers and mysteries and suspenseful so they will make me want to continue to read them.
For my summer, I want to finish my Throne of Glass Series (3 books), A Court of Thorns and Roses (3 books) and the Dorothy Must Die (4 books).I want to read these because my sister has suggested these ones and I have always liked her taste in books. I wanted to read the Dorothy Must Die series because I have read the first two books but never got to finish the rest since I didn't have the books. Now that I have them, want to finish the series
AMANI - This summer I will try to get as close to 10 books as possible. This is because I want to have time to enjoy books and give some of the classics a shot. This is one of my last chances to figure what kinds of books I love. I may end up listening to some of these books to. I am totally UNSURE which books I will end up loving and hating so I am giving a wide range of genres chances. These are some of my options:
- Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I love fairy tales and reading a fairy tale from the late 1800s would be so cool.
-Persepolis By Marjane Satrapi, it's a comic, I want to learn more about Persian/Irani history.
- Classic: Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen that is a must read. I am going to read the first 10 pages to see. Looks amazing, though. Books from the 1800s (written in 1797) has a different culture altogether and this gives me a great opportunity to dive deep into this.
- Crazy Rich Asians series by Kevin Kwan, I love realistic fiction and know I won't be able to put these books own. THE MOVIE WAS SO GOOD.
-Classic: Romeo and Juliet by W. Shakespeare because I love romance novels and this is a classic that I have wanted to take on for ages. (Actually a play)
-To kill a mockingbird - Harper Lee, I got tons of recommendations to read this, looks so good.
-The count of Monte Cristo - by Alexandre Dumas, I plan to read this with my dad, it's his favorite book and is packed with everything.
-The great Gatsby - classic by F. Scott Fitzgerald with everything that I love in stories- love, crime, culture,etc.
-Treasure Island by Robert L. Stevenson - something different, and I love adventure.
-Good to great by James C. Collins
Themes in books make us think about the world by showing how close it is to real life, even if it is fiction. The character Tris is causing me to think about my own life because Tris is trying to find where she belongs.
I read tom Clancy book splinter cell, The theme makes me think that nothings ever going to be perfect. Sam fisher the main character made me question I shouldn't ever expect anything to be perfect.
Another book All the gallant men, The theme is the braver you are the more likely you are to survive.
The main character Donald Stratton , made me realize that in order to survive you have to never give up.
A third book Tom Clancy Ghost Recon, The theme is if you try then you will succeed. This taught me that if I give a lot of effort I will succeed.
In the book no safety in numbers, The theme is stick together you will succeed. This taught me if stick with my friends then I will succeed.
My fifth book killing the rising sun, The theme is always prepare for the unexpected. This taught me to be ready for anything.
Over the summer, I would like to read The sun is also a star, Eleanor and Park, A very large expanse of sea, and scythe, as well as The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali. This is because they are ( for the most part) realistic fiction and that's my favorite genre because you can relate to the books.
I read long way down by Jason Reynolds and this book made me re-examine my understanding of the world because a theme I saw was following rules is not always the right thing. This made me see that we have rules, that are made for the better and we should follow so the world can be a better place, like laws are rules. But in this book they made bad decisions because of bad rules that didn’t help, and if people would have noticed a pattern of how their three rules didn’t work, the people in the book would be alive. But in the world countries have made these bad rules and don’t help, and hurt more. These people have no choice but to follow these laws and rules. So people have to come together and notice these rules and use their voices to change, because when you decide to follow the bad rules it’s not going to end well. Like in this book the third rule of revenge when someone gets killed, only resulted in a change reaction of more people getting killed because they are following the rules. Once one person is killed, the next person gets revenge and kills that killer, and someone kills the last killer and so on, and this rule didn’t help, and same with the other rules.
I love your ideas, Angelina. This would make for a great discussion.
I read the bitter side of sweet and this book made me re- examine my understanding of the world because of how young children living in Africa were treated, and how different their everyday life is compared to ours. In this book, Amadou, his brother seydou, and Khadija are tying to escape from the horrible cocoa bean farms, meaning all the chocolate that we oh so enjoy are coming from all that harsh work from children like us. But there was on theme that really standed out for me in this book, and it was to Never Give Up. Even through the harsh conditions of escaping, Amadou never gave up. The bitter side of sweet is a really good book, and this is definitely a book you can’t put down
I also read Wonder and Wonder is a very good book and I would recommend to read it. It is a book I definitely couldn't put down. It was so good, I finished it in 3 days. It is a very sad and feel good book at the same time. I would recommend this book. One of the things that I liked that the author did was tell the story from all the main character's point of view, not just Auggies point of view or his parents/ sisters point of view. The themes of wonder made me re-examine my own understanding of the world by telling me that some people are going to be different than other people in the world, but that shouldn’t mean that they should get treated differently.
Aiden - I love your ideas from both books. Great Thinking.
I read Auggie and Me by R.J Palacio, this book is composed of three stories in three different perspectives, Julian a boy who has bullied Auggie in the past, Charlotte a teachers pet who was friendly to Auggie, and Christopher one of Auggie's very good friends. All of them learn very good lessons that can relate back to the real world. Julian learns to feel compassion and empathy towards Auggie after he hears how a disabled boy helped his grandmother. The theme of kindness is throughout Wonder and Auggie and Me and really makes readers stop and think about how their words and actions might of hurt someone else and how they could be a better person. It makes them reexamine how excepting they have been to others, and shows readers that others will look different and you must be able to look beyond that. During the third of the book while it is in Charlotte's perspective we really get to know a girl named Summer, who is working with Charlotte. Summer is one of the kindest characters in the book Wonder, she befriends Auggie regardless of what he looks like. In a book full of the theme of friendship and kindness Summer's character really makes readers stop and think about who they are, and would they of been brave enough to do that. Readers think about something in their own life that they could do that might make someone feel as good as Auggie did when Summer talked to him and made him feel excepted. Overall the book "Auggie and Me" is a realistic fiction novel that can relate to readers and make them really question what they could do in real life by using simple themes.
I read Archie.... Archie Andrews Where Are You, and this books themes help me re-examine that everyone has mistakes and from those mistake you can learn and do the right thing. The main character Archie, makes me question, if I do make a mistake and not apologize, how would it be fixe?
I forgot to mention the author, John L. Goldwater. This is an old book that I found so it is not that common. Its also a comic.
I read the book Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, the third book in the trilogy. One of the numerous themes in Mockingjay is about war, and how warfare is shown strongly throughout the series and especially in this book. Whether tributes are fighting each other in the hunger games or rebels from Panem are fighting against the the capitol, the author is trying to send the message or theme that war is to be avoided at all costs. This is for more many reasons such as the mental damage to the ones who fought, the innocents lives taken, the inhumane acts performed during it, and many more factors. This theme of war makes me re-examine my understanding of the world, mainly about the current state of the world. I can relate this to me because one of my values is world peace. One way we can work to achieve this is accepting each others differences and fighting for our own rights, but not exactly strive for domination over a group of individuals. Moving onto the second question, Gale Hawthorne was a character in this book I found particularly interesting. As the war pursued he turned into an increasingly brutal person. He created weapons of war that not only kills massive amounts of people, both innocent and on the opposing team, it lures them into a false reality and then slaughters them. His intents are twisted from creating a better life for the rebels to revenge. This causes me to question if I could improve my life and and family's life but by a different path. Maybe by spreading kindness rather than using destructive means for my own ambitions or benefit.
Great post, Lizzy! It's interesting to focus on a side character like Gale, who both affects and is affected by the main characters, and plot events, in crucial ways. Collins is good at developing all her characters across the arc of the trilogy so that it feels like one sweeping story. :-)
Over the summer and the last recent school year, I have gotten into the Harry Potter Series. Even thought I’m not a big fan of fantasy, the Harry Potter series brought me into it by bringing in the fun or reading it, and it is the only fantasy series or book I’ll read, it’s just really good.It is a very good book with lots of adventures. It is more of a magical story than other fantasy books. One thing that I liked that J.K Rowling, the author of the book did was make up words in the story while she was writing the book (obviously because it is a fantasy book) and somehow made it make sense to the reader. The themes of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban made me re-examine my own understanding of the world obviously because it is a fantasy book and in this book it was mainly all about magic and stuff like that. And I had to re-examine my own understanding of the world because we all know that the world (at least today, who knows what will happen in the future) will become Harry Potter’s world so our world wouldn’t be mixed up with their world (which will probably never happen). Anyways, if you like fantasy and first two books of the Harry Potter series (because this book is the 3rd book) I suggest that you read this book.
How do the themes of your book make you re-examine your understanding of the world?
Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, follows her life from ages 10 to 14 starting with the beginning of the Islamic Revolution. The Islamic Revolution, also known as 1979 revolution, includes the events of overthrowing the last monarch of Iran, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi. Ending with the initial hope to replace the monarchy with an Islamic republic under the Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. It's 1980 in Iran, women are now required to wear hijabs covering from head to toe otherwise prosecuted and confined, children's schools are now segregated by gender, later to be provided to only boys. People conflicting with these beliefs are now being incarcerated or executed. Many Iranians supported the idea because they wanted freedom from the foreign backed Shah which instead, ended with a violently oppressive system viewing any hint of western influences demonizing. Although there are many themes presented in this novel, a theme that stood out to me is the religious oppression. The Islamic Republic blends religion and oppression. In the Islamic Republic religion is forced into practice instead of allowing people explore religion on their own terms. There is not separation of religion and state, religion is the state. The Islamic Republic enforced Islam for religious, nationalistic, and political reasons. This make me re-examine how America and Iran’s political systems differentiate. Also how in my country, religion and government is separated unlike Iran.
Which characters from your reading cause you to question something about your own life?
Marjane Satrapi (from Persepolis) is outspoken, smart, and a rebel. She was outspoken in class often getting her in trouble. She was not what a girl was “supposed” to be at the time (shy, quiet, self kept.) She loved to read books and learn about advanced topics. When her parents decided it was time to leave Iran she was reluctant about how she was going to fit in. She took some time to find out what she could do. Later she became a writer. Marjane makes me question what I could do in my life.
Isn't it incredible how powerful a graphic novel can be?!
I read Star Wars, by Jason Aaron. A theme in this book is that sometimes in life, being patient is rewarding. This makes me re-examine my understanding of the world by making me question if some bad things happen simply because people weren't patient. Reading about Darth Vader made me question if everyone figuratively has some sort of "Dark Side" within their personality.
The second book I read was News Prints, by Ru Xu. A theme in this book is that you should be yourself no matter what others think. This didn't really cause me to re-examine my understanding of the world because I already believed in this. Reading about Blue, the main character who is a girl pretending to be a boy so she can be a newsboy, makes me wonder if anyone in my life is hiding who they really are so they can meet normal expectations for their life.
The third book I read was End Games, by Ru Xu. This book is the sequel to News Prints. A theme in this book is that sometimes in life, it is better to compromise and have peace. This re-examines my understanding of the world because now I think wars start because people don't compromise. Reading about the queen of Goswing made me wonder if all people are completely different if you take their greed away.
The first book I read was unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. The theme of redemption show how you can go from stealing things as a kid to qualifying for the Olympics. Secondly the character Louie Zamperini changes the lookout I have on the to show how quickly the world can turn for the worse from qualifying for the Olympics to going into war and getting captured as a prisoner of war.
Semo, you might also like "Seabiscuit" by Hillebrand...and "The Boys in the Boat" is another WWII book a lot of people have loved. :-)
The fourth book I read was Booked by Kwame Alexander. I read crossover first and really enjoyed it, so I tried reading booked, and loved both books. Booked made me re-examine my understanding of the world because of how Nick worked so hard towards one common goal, to be the best at what he does, which is soccer. I realized that all the stars of sports now had to work as hard as nick did, especially through injury. I totally recommend this book
The fifth book I read was crossover The crossover is a really good book. I suggest the book if you really like basketball. It still a book to read even if you don’t like basketball. The author, Kwame Alexander does a really good job on making it third person but still adding dialogue which then adds to the story both internal and external thoughts. The characters from crossover that made me question about my own life are Filthy and JB. They are both really good at basketball, best players on their team and they’re both brothers. They practice a lot and that’s how you get better. I was questioning myself and I didn’t learn it from the book, but I learned it from the sport, basketball, that in anything, not just basketball, that practice doesn’t make perfect, because we all know that no one is perfect, but instead it’s that practice makes PROGRESS!
Aiden - you might like to read Rebound by the same author because it gives the backstory of their father in Crossover.
The fourth book I read was It Wasn't Me, by Dana Alison Levy. A theme in book is that people's actions are not always their intentions. This re-examines my understanding of the world because now I think that maybe people's intentions matter more than their actions and that you can tell what kind of person someone is by knowing their intention. Reading about Theo, a kid who got his art ruined 3 times, made me wonder if I ever thought something was worse than it actually was, or if I misjudged someone. Theo thought someone hated him so much that they went out of their way to make him feel bad about his work 3 times, but that turned out to be completely wrong.
The fifth book I read was Jedi Academy: Revenge of the sis, by Jarrett J. Krosoczka & Amy Ignatow. A theme in this book is that sometimes in life, you have to rely on your own thoughts and instincts. This re-examines my understanding of the world because now I wonder if some people would do better if they didn't listen to who they are told to listen to. Reading about Christina made me wonder if there could be other things I would want to be when I grow up. Cristina is training to be a jedi, but she thought about being a zoologist.
I read Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. This book is very very good. Everything, Everything also helps me re-examine my understanding of the world by showing me the most important message of this book, love is worth everything. By showing me this, Madeline Whittier makes me question about my life that if something were to happen if I were to never see the outside in 17 years. Never get to see grass, the ocean, go to a park, or even to the grocery store. Making me question how would I feel if I were in Madeline's shoes? Carla, maddie's caretaker makes me also question, if in my life there wasn't someone to support me, how would I go on with my life?
Elizabeth, have you tried "The Sun is Also a Star" by this author? It's a movie now, too. :-)
The first book that I have read over this summer is called SYLO by D.J. MacHale. It has 407 pages. I love reading any books that are about any wars of any type. It could be war that already happened like WW1 and WW2, it could be wars going on right now or it could be a dystopian war like the book SYLO. One theme in my book is no matter the cause/ sacrifices, you must put the lives of the people first. This makes me re-examine the world because now, I understand how important winning a war can truly be. If you lose the war, probably a lot of lives will be lost but if you win the war, you can insure the protection of the country you are fighting for. One character from the story that really "pops" from my book is Tucker. He is a high schooler that is a back up QB for football and outside of football he encounters problems like drugs coming to the island and SYLO coming to the island. Sometimes he has to take a leap of faith that he doesn't know where he will end up. Sometimes, that is your only option. In the book he takes A LOT of leaps and that makes me question, will I ever have to take many leaps in high school?
Does this book count as 2? Because in our class 350 and over was 2 books...
So far this summer I had read “For Whom the Bell Tolls” by Ernest Hemingway. It was published in 1940. It tells the story of Robert Jordan, a young American in an International guerrilla unit during the Spanish Civil War. Robert is assigned to blow up a bridge during an attack on the city of Segovia. This book connects to the real world because Robert Jordan was by himself, most people in the real world tries to live A lonely life it’s not as fulfilling as having family or friends.
The first book I read this summer is called Louisiana's Way Home written by Kate Dicamillo. The main character Louisiana shows that sometimes it only takes a person to make you stand up to your fears. That is exactly the relationship Louisiana and Burke Allen have. This makes me realize that it also relates to the world we live in now because it is true if you have a person by your side you can complete your greatest challenges and face your fears. The Theme of Louisiana's Way Home is when one door closes another door opens. It makes me re-examine the world because when something fails or does not work out right around the corner a new opportunity or hope will appear.
The first book that I read this summer was the book Ugly, by Robert Hoge. I heard that this book is like wonder and I thought this book would be perfect for these questions so i read it and it was amazing!
I thought the theme of the book Ugly was maybe don't judge a book by its cover or the word "Ugly" also makes us who we really are. And that really changes how I looked upon myself. It I am very lucky that i am the way I am and I never even realized that.
One person in the book Ugly by Robert Hoge that make me question something I do in life is the main character in the book which is Robert because it is a true story. Something in life that I questioned in this book was how I act in my life and how I appreciate in my life. And I think that I need to do better at both, act better and appreciate more. And this relate to Robert because he really can't appreciate more then he can.
I've never seen this book, but it sounds incredible. Sometimes the true stories are the best stories, right?
The first book I read was called the Silent Patient by Alex Michealides. Alex tells the story in an intense and in a suspense manor, he talks about a incident that happened in 2007 (in the book) where a women named Alicia shot her husband 5 times in the face. When that happened Alicia never spoke a single word for 8 years. Then a character named Theo jumped in and wanted to figure why Alicia shot her husband in the face 5 times and why she won't talk. The character Alicia made me re-examine world by wondering why Alicia killed her husband, was it abuse?, cheating?
Gigi, I love that you are following your passion for reading about true crime! :-)
The first book I read was Dorothy Must Die. Over the summer I will continue with this series as I already read but I love it so much. One theme that stuck out at me was the fact that as you read the book the characters are hinting at when living in the real world it is your choice of what type of person your going to be. The main aspects are wicked and good, but as you keep reading you realize that they are really not so different. That there is a very thin line between the two. These themes make you realize that in life the most likely situation to be "wicked" is wanting power. Throughout the book there are so many struggles to succeed and get to what everyone wants most which is power. Being good is not having that crave for power but just wanting to help your world for the greater good. This reminds me of the real world and how these days and even back then power was just so important and there are few people out there that don't care about the power. Amy makes me think about if I'm making the right choices in my own life. Amy didn't know much about her this world she had just landed in and by the end of the book she is an "army" to try and help the land of Oz which all together is such a selfless act. This book reminds me that even if a certain act does not benefit but helps out another person you should always do it, just like the famous expression the world does not revolve around you and throughout your life you should always think about other people and never just yourself.
This summer I would like to re-read the Dorothy Must Die series that I enjoyed so much during the school year. I do not have the very last book of the series 'The End of Oz' but I have the rest and two other books called Dorothy Must Die Stories which are about before Amy went to Oz. I will be reading the following.
1. Dorothy Must Die (already finished this summer)
2.The Wicked Will Rise
3. The Yellow Brick War
4. Dorothy Must Die Stories
5.Dorothy Must Die Stories: Volume 2
The first book I finished was a book called The Rains, by Gregg Hurwitz. This is a dystopian novel about a zombie apocalypse. The novel is about two boys, Chance Rain, and his older brother, Patrick. A person becomes infected as soon as they turn eighteen, and Chance is determined to find a cure for Patrick, whose eighteenth birthday is in a week. A theme in this story could be the theme of finding one's identity while growing up. Chance, who is always overshadowed by Patrick, desperately wants to grow up and be like him. However, when Patrick is close to his birthday, Chance goes through many hardships to find a cure, and as he does so, he realizes that he has many different, but equally important skills compared to Patrick. This is where he finds his identity. This theme makes me re-examine the real world, because it shows that everyone has his/her own unique identity, and is equal or better than someone in their own, unique ways.
The character I can relate most to is Chance. Like him, I am also growing up, and trying to find my identity. He makes me question whether my personality will change as I grow.
I read Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory. This is a story about a family in crisis that have split apart due to corruption. Buddy, Nick, and Irene, the children of a man named Teddy, ran a tv show where they would do all sorts of magic, one could read minds, another could move things with their mind, and the last could see into the future. At one point they all lost their powers. The story begins with Matty, Irene's son, when he has an out of body experience, but he doesn't tell anybody. As his powers grow he realized that he can go back into the past and he wants to figure out what happened to the family that made them stop getting along. He also wants to find out why the show stopped. Matty goes into the past and learns that his grandfather Teddy was struggling financially and had to do something about it. Later you learn that he stole confidential secrets from the government. Teddy also created a tv show and a live show where he had his sons and daughter perform their tricks. Eventually, the show starts becoming less and less popular and then soon enough the entire family is in a mess. This is when the whole family is split apart. Teddy gradually becomes better with his "powers" and starts to see into the future as well as the past. He learns that his uncle Nick has become angry and wants revenge on the family because he thinks his family was responsible for his money being stolen. This is when Teddy finally decides to tell Irene that he has had the had these "out of body experiences" and says that Nick is going to get revenge on the family and knows he will have a gun. Later on in the book Irene, Buddy, Teddy are reunited and are together with Matty. This is when Nick shows up with the gun and says that he wants the money they supposedly stole from him. There is a struggle and Nick is restrained until the police come. Later we learn from Teddy that Matty's and everyone else's powers came from his grandma Mo. With everyone together again,the book ends with Matty "the world's most powerful psychic" using his powers in an advanced way. I can relate to Matty and his ability to problem solve to help his family come together. He looks at all the information before doing something about it just like I do whenever I approach something I am challenged with be it something school, sports, or technology related.
I recomend this book, I read it and I really enjoyed it
Great summary, Ian. I see you as Matty as well. You always seem to think through things, which is great.
The second book I read was Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. The theme of the book is finding identity. It truly makes me re-examine the world because the main character Aza struggles with a mental illness like and extreme OCD. When her OCD kicks in or she starts to over think her mind starts goes ballistic and she portray that part of her as a demon. So she believes that she has two halves one that is her normal self and the other when she starts to think about all lot of things. This displays trying to discover or find her correct identity. It makes me re-examine the world because if you hardly know who you are how can you take on another half. Daisy who is Aza's closest friend has to put up and deal with everything Aza might say or do she also has to figure out if things are wrong witch is hard. So it makes me wonder if someone who needed a lot of help to do the basics walked into my life how I would adapt and help.
For the first book that I read this summer was The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, this is the first book in the Chaos Walking Series. The theme of my book was Maturing, because during the book the protagonist Todd and his dog Manchee have to grow up and realize how their world actually works in order to complete their journey. Now this made me wonder if I knew enough about the real world and how it worked, and if I was old enough to understand. There was only one character that made me question something in my life, and that was Todd. The character Todd made me ask myself if I would be able to complete the journey he went on and if I was able to survive the dangerous encounters he came upon.
I read the book Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. One of the many themes displayed in the book was how your identity changes from place to place. Numerous examples are provided in this book between two settings, Oz and Kansas. For example, in Kansas the main character Amy is known for being unpopular, sassy, poor, or just an outcast. Her classmates judge and tease her for living in a trailer, but Amy views it differently because she is completely independent. Ever since her mother went out partying, drinking, and taking drugs, she has stopping caring for Amy. Despite all of this background, when Amy gets swept up in a tornado and ends up in Oz she is displayed like a savior to stop Dorothy's reign. The made me re-examine my understanding of the world and how I perceive it. One improvement I could make in myself is to experience things firsthand. For example, If I heard a rumor about someone I would meet them and spend time with them before judging, because reputation can change from place to place. Moving onto the next question, Dorothy made me question something about my life. She seemed so innocent, outgoing, and selfless in the first book and movie, then continuing into this book her fame morphed her into a power-obsessed tyrant. It showed me how people can change in different or bad environments.
The Wicked Will Rise: In the book The Wicked Will Rise, a theme I noticed was sometimes you have to put everything aside for the greatergood. In the first book DOrothy Must Die Amy learns she needs to kill Dorothy in order to get Oz safe once again. But in this second book Amy finds out she needs to take away the Tin Man’s Heart, The Lion’s Courage, and The Scare Crow’s brain. When Amy first heard this she was freaked out and doubted that she would ever be able to do this for she was just a normal girl from Kansas. But this was the only way so she had to put all her doubts in fear aside for everybody who was counting on her. This shows in the real world because so many people everyday of their lives have to make sacrifices that may not make them happy but will benefit at least one person out there who really needs it. You may also lose someone which can be the biggest sacrifice of all. For example Amy loses her mother's pet rat which was the only part of Kansas and of her mom that she has lost. And while fighting the tiger and trying to take his courage The Lion at the rat. Which was so hard for Amy because it felt like she had no part of her old life with her anymore. But she still had to keep going, even though it was hard, she still had to because like in the first book everything is not about her and what's important is helping the people of Oz, which was so much more important to get them out of the grip of Dorothy. Another way it relates to the real world is countries under dictatorship for example North Korea or Sudan. So many people are having to make sacrifices to try and get a better life. This book goes so much deeper than just a girl lost in a world that is not hers. But it also makes us realize so many things and makes us truly think deeper than it is.
The first book that I read was “To All The Boy’s I Loved Before” by Jenna Han. I chose to answer the second question from the two options above. This book made me question my own life because the main character in the book, Lara Jean, wrote notes to her crushes through all the years. She pretended that she was actually going to send them by putting the address on the envelope , but never really wanted to send them out. Lara Jean never wanted anyone to know about those notes so she would hide them so no one could see what she wrote. One day though, Lara Jean was writing on a letter and her sister Kitty walked in on her , Lara Jean quickly hid them under her sheets. The next day when she was going to put the notes away she noticed that they weren’t there. She asked her sisters if they had anything to do with this. Her sister said “I mailed them” . Lara Jean was furious she knew that her future was destroyed. Until later in the movie when it was actually a good thing that they were sent. Throughout the movie she deals with a lot a problems but manages to get through them. This makes me question my own life though because when something doesn’t go my way or how I planed it to go, I shouldn’t worry to much because sometimes the outcome can be amazing just like how it was for Lara Jean.
Hi Courtney. I love your connection. I know it can be hard when something doesn't go as planned to trust it will turn out well.
The first book I read this summer was "Five Feet Apart". This book is about a girl named Stella and she has CF, and this book is about her journey through having CF, but she also falls in love at the hospital with a boy that also has CF and his name is Will. They both have to stay 5 or 6 feet away from each other at all times so they don't get each other sick. A theme in this book is to, live life to the fullest. Stella could die at any point because of her CF, so she has to learn to live her life because she only has a little bit of life left. This book makes me re- examine by understanding of the world because lots of other people in the world have to go through what Stella is going through so now I have to understand that I am lucky to not have a battle a disease everyday. So now I have to learn to live my life to the fullest just like Stella.
The second book I read this summer was "Because of Mr. Terupt". This book is about a fifth grade class with seven students that don't get along. Mr. Terupt is an amazing teacher and he try's to get them to get along, but they never do until the accident. Mr. Terupt is in a coma and the seven kids have to learn to get along for Mr. Terupt' s sake. They learn to be around each other in the hospital and in the classroom. When Mr. Terupt wakes up, they are all happy and Mr. Terupt is happy because they are all friends. A theme in this book is that everything happens for a reason. For example, Mr. Terupt getting in a coma happened and than all of the kids learned to be friends and Mr. Terupt woke up because he was a really good teacher and his kids now get along. This book has made me re- examine my understanding of the world because I now understand that everything happens for a reason and that is something bad happens in your life than something good will come out of it. I have learned that I shouldn't question things that happen in life because things happen for a reason and Mr. Terupt has though me that through the book.
I read The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. In the book the main character Holden Caulfield shows the reader what his life is like in New York City after he got kicked out of boarding school. Holden tries to overcome loneliness, depression, and self doubt before returning home for winter break. Holden reminds me nothing of myself because he is livening a completely different life than I am.
Jack, if you look deeper you can absolutely find some themes to discuss in this classic novel! It's important to dive beneath the surface when you read. Really think about why the author wrote this book, set in the 50's and now considered historical fiction, and what he was trying to say. The setting and the way Holden talks may seem unfamiliar, but the message is timeless. Deep down, he is just a kid trying to come of age in a confusing and sometimes scary world.
The first book that I read this summer was the book Ugly, by Robert Hoge. A couple of people told me it was like wonder and I thought I would really like reading it because I really liked the idea of wonder.
I thought a possible theme of Ugly would be something along the lines don't judge a book by its cover but in the book it is don't judge person by their looks because are looks and personalities are who we are. I am very happy that i am the way I am and I rarly even realized that.
One person in the book Ugly that mdeke me question something I do in life is Robert because it is a true story. Something in life that I questioned in this book was how I act in my life and how I appreciate things in my life. And I think that everybody in the world needs to do better at both, act better and appreciate more because you never always act perfect and sometimes we don't appreciate the things we have and always want something another person has. And this relates to Robert because he really can't appreciate more then he can.
Hi Cate - what a powerful lesson! This is a tough one for many.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, is a dystopian novel, and as such, takes places in the futuristic setting of the year 2044, with the entire world held in the clutches of many global, economic, and social problems. Global warming, overpopulation. and mass unemployment are just some of the larger issues at hand. Many people, including the teenaged protagonist Wade Watts, use a virtual reality video game called OASIS as an escape from these hardships. The realistic simulations and developed technology allows players to immerse themselves entirely within the game.James Haliday, who had announced on his deathbed that he had left something called an Easter egg inside OASIS. To find the egg, a player must find three keys and unlock three gates. The first person to find the Easter egg would inherit Halliday’s massive fortune and the entire corporation of OASIS. There are multiple settings in this in this text ranging from in the game to trailer parks, What way he feels being in these settings is being at home knowing he can have fun and be with the girl he really likes, At the end of the text Gabe understands why and what the egg was meets the girl and they are together.
The theme is never let anyone get in your path to success meaning that People were not willing to help him or go behind his back though help was there it was little until everyone realized it. This helps me understand that all the problems in the real world can be taken out with something like a game. As a athlete I related to the theme because doing something you love can take your mind of your biggest problems in life.
I read to kill a mockingbird this summer. I feel that in the book there is a strong theme of racism. In the story a black man is accused of a crime that he did not commit, but no one will beleive his story even though it is obviously true, because he is black. The jury tries him guilty and he is arrested. In our modern America, this is much less likely to happen, but people are still often judged by there appearences or beliefs. This is interesting because we all say everyone is equal, but we still judge eachother.
I read the book the road to Paris by Nikki Grimes.This is about a girl who has been to many foster homes and has been beaten up and locked in a closet. That memory scars her for life and can’t get over the fact she can’t be alone anymore. She is being criticize about her skin color when she walks down the street. She runs away from a Foster home with her brother Malcolm. They eventually get separated to go to a different foster homes, Paris becomes depressed and scared. She has never been apart from her brother. This made me feel emotional because this isn’t supposed to be happening. A child should find a perfect family, that should let him/her to feel welcome, instead of feeling the only odd one out. After a while she finds a perfect foster home for her and she’s feels better about herself. Then when a life-changing call comes upon a evening dinner. This decision can make her whole life turned upside down. The choice she makes is one of the most important one in her life.
I just finished reading Elemental with my dad, we had some discussions about some of the cool parts in it. Although having being a nonfiction book about chemistry and the elements, this book is surprisingly good and even someone that doesn't really like nonfiction or chemistry would most likely enjoy this book.
The theme of this book really made me re-examine the world because it shows the complexity in something very simple. For example, a piece of wood, something very simple, is made up of millions of carbon molecules all acting in a specific way, forming a solid chunk. Even those molecules are all being made up from atoms, and atoms from protons, neutrons, and electrons, the building blocks of everything.
Hi Sean - I love that you read this book and found it fascinating. I am going to add this to my nonfiction list of books to read.
I read both of the Maus books, written by Art Spiegelman. This was a two book series of graphic novels documenting the story of Vladek Spiegelman and his experiences during WWII. I thoroughly enjoyed reading these books because I am extremely passionate about WWII due to my love of learning about dramatic events and my family history. One major theme of the Maus series was "loss". Vladek lost everything during the war. He had no home, belongings, or food after all of his trauma. When Vladek spent time in Auschwitz and a couple of other concentration camps, he lost his health, friends, family, and everything he had to remind him of his long gone home. Others who experienced similar events committed suicide or gave up all hope of liberation. Vladek, however, did not do the same. He decided to keep trying in hopes of seeing his wife, Anja, and starting a new family together as soon as the war was over. He took on extra work for rewards, such as food and better shoes/clothing, and traded with other sufferers for his advantage. This makes me realize that only those with the grandest desires can overcome loss to make a new future for themselves. When thought about, in history's greatest events, only those in the greatest amount of dire straits come through in the long run to succeed and build their future over a disaster's effects.
When the war was over, Vladek's personality changed after everything he saw and had been through. He became more picky about what he did, yet he did not care so much as to what others thought about him. It seems to me that WWII made Vladek change both for better and for worse. This makes me wonder about my relatives and their lifestyles after the war. My great-aunt had to bury her own brothers after they were murdered in battle and my great-grandmother had to bring her children with her to rescue my great-grandfather from the Nazis where he was being forced to make ammunition for Nazi weaponry. I now notice that my relatives have been similarly effected.This influences me to question whether or not all survivors from WWII were effected the same due to the challenges they went though. It is evident that these hardships vary from each other, but they still have the same level of horror and despair built into them.
These are such powerful, emotional graphic novels, and they are a perfect gateway to deeper, multifaceted Holocaust reading. This is a topic we delve into in 8th grade, so this is a perfect time to be exploring it.
In the Book the Wicked Will Rise a theme I saw was even if someone or something has hurt you in the past you need to be the bigger person and not hold that grudge forever so you can move on and have a good life. Amy discovers that Dorothy is also going to go after Kansas the place Amy grew up, Amy did not have pleasant memories there. Amy did not have a dad and although she did have a mom to her it didn’t really feel like it because she was not a present mom that acts how a mom should act. Amy did not like Kansas and she was so glad to leave it but even though it did not treat her well in the past she would not sacrifice it which was the right thing to do. This also shows in modern time because today when an inconvenience occurs most people want revenge or let that affect them their whole lives. But what we should really do is learn from that one problem and use it to help us grow into a better version of ourselves as we grow old and go through life. This book made me question if I truly appreciate the little things in life. Amy was so lonely and she really didn’t have anyone and she did not have much growing up. Her mother never really paid attention to her and they were struggling with money and living in a trailer park. This makes me learn that I should truly be grateful for my friends, my family, my school and so much more. I never really think about how fortunate we are and I need to start thinking about this and being grateful for how much I have grown up with because you really don’t know how good you have it until it’s gone and that truly showed through the entire book.
Sorry this was meant to be Yellow Brick War not The Wicked Will Rise
I finished a book named The Young Elites, a dystopian story about a world where a disease called the Blood Fever killed the majority of the population. Survivors of the disease had strange skin markings, and are discriminated because of it. Parents abused them, and the public burned any that were suspicious. This enraged a group of survivors called The Dagger Society, made up of people that were given godly powers from the disease, like the ability to control fire, animals, and illusions. A survivor named Adelina, the protagonist, accidentaly kills her abusive father, and is sentenced to death. Just before she is killed, she was saved by The Dagger Society because of her ability to create illusions. However, Teren, a royal guard, kidnaps her sister and threatens to kill her if Adelina doesn't give him information of The Dagger Society. A theme I found in this story is the consequences of failure. For example, when Teren blackmails Adelina into helping him destroy The Dagger Society, she reluctantly agrees. This decision leads to the death of hundreds of innocents, as well as her new boyfriend, the leader of The Dagger Society. Her failure of not being able to choose the life of the one she loves to the life of many survivors of The Dagger Society leads to the consequence of hundreds of death, and her new love. This theme makes me re-examine the world because every failure, no matter how small, leads to a much bigger problem.
The character that makes me question something about my life is Adelina, because if I was in the same situation, I wonder if I would choose 5 of my friends, or 1 of my family member.
I read Screenshot by Donna Cooner, this book is very good and kept me wanting to read more and more. The themes of this book helps me re - examines my understanding of the world because it shows me that everyone deserves a second chance. By skye giving second chances to all her friends wether she wanted to or not. She would at least try, so it helps me think that you should try to give others a second chance. Skye's mom helps her with an issue when skye "didn't feel well" and came home early from school. Skye's mom talked with her and helped her feel better about the situation. If I were to try to help someone like Skye's mom did, how would I do that? Would it matter of the situation?
I read the book Harry Potter and the Sorceries Stone by J.K Rowling. This book was filled with many theme but one of the biggest themes I saw was “courage.”This made me re-examine my understanding of the world because Harry Potter showed me if u have courage that u can over come anything for example at the end of the book Harry Potter was able to defeat Voldemort and get the sorcerers stone because he was brave and had courage. Another example where Harry Potter and Ron showed courage was when they were demanded to go back to there room for safety because a troll had gotten inside Hogwarts. Harry and Ron were on there way to there room until they remembered that hermonie was still in the bathroom and didn’t know about the troll, with courage Harry and Ron decided to run to the girls bathroom to safe hermonie. Harry and Ron showed courage because they risked there own life’s for others. Harry Potter made me question myself if I was in Harry Potter’s situation would I have enough courage to do what Harry Potter did?
Great thinking! And great reading choice. :-)
I read fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, the main character Cath made my question In my life: If I choose to make the wrong choice with a big decision will things be hard for me to do the things that need to be done and the things I’m passionate about. In the book Cath wanted to stay with her Twin sister for College but her sister chose the College and so she got a scholarship for that college and didn’t think of herself when that college wasn’t right for her so she found everything harder to do and things harder to deal with. She made maybe wrong decision because of her sister and with a big decision with which college you are going to, it didn’t come to her advantage. So it made me question that the big decision in my life I make the decisions and it’s my choice because I don’t want to end up like Cath and she desperately wanted switch schools.
HI Angleina - It is so hard to know when you are making the right decision or not. I do know that sometimes if you do find you made a bad decision, you usually can do something to change it. Fingers crossed.
My summer reading goal is to read/listen 7 or more books. So far I have read...
The Forget-Me-Not Summer
The Brightest Stars of Summer
The Silver Moon of Summer
I also listened to Relentless
and I am about to start To Kill A Mockingbird
The second book that I read was called Putting Peace First 7 C Commitments To Change The World, by Eric David Dawson. While reading this book I found the theme of the book to be that Every age can start to change The World For The Best, and I guess it made me think if I could start trying to change the world. This book was more of an instruction book, but the author did go over his life and how he thought he should have started earlier, this made me think if still had enough time to change the world.
You are a world changer for sure! :-) The world is counting on you and your generation to work, a little each day, to bring positive change for all. A fantastic first step is reading about people like Dawson who are committed to "good and better". Have you found other inspiring writers like him?
In my book Dorothy Must Die a theme that showed to me was, you can choose who you are but you can choose who you can become meaning you can't try to be a different person but you can choose what actions and choices you will make. This relates to the real world because these days lot of people try to be someone else instead of embracing who they truly are. You can never really change yourself to someone else but you can choose what you do and become the person you want to be. This also makes me realize that you can never just become a completely different person in life no matter how much you want to because there will always be a part of you that is your true self. In the book The Wizard is given a choice that he can go back to Kansas and live on wealthily and die an old respected man or he can stay in Oz and try to save it. He was told that he may not be able to save it and had a choice of failure. Going back to Kansas he would have a safe happy life and staying in Oz he would live a dangerous one but that meant Oz had a chance of saving. This made me wonder if I were given the choice would I do the selfless thing or the selfish thing because when you truly think about it of course you want the best for yourself but when it comes to other peoples happiness and safeness I would stay in Oz even though it came with many cons but the most important thing is to help others and to think about them before yourself.
I also got the title wrong for this too it is supposed to be Dorothy Must Die Stories Volume 1
The first book I read this summer was “American Street” by Ibi Zoboi. Set in contemporary Detroit, the book follows sixteen-year-old Fabiola Toussaint as she immigrates from Haiti to America. Just when Fabiola and her mother would finally find une belle vie—a good life, the immigration authorities detain her mother, Fabiola is forced to navigate this strange, new country, her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess, the grittiness of Detroit’s west side, a new school, and a surprising romance, all on her own. In America, Fabiola cannot be “Haitian”, because, to fit in, she must act like her wild cousins. In Detroit, Fabiola is greeted by her aunt Jo and her American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess. She is expected to integrate immediately. Her aunt declares she shouldn’t speak creole, even if her own words are peppered with Creole words and accent. This sends out a message to Fabiola that it is becoming impossible to stick to her Haitian roots if no one around her will fully accept Fabiola being herself. I believe the theme of this book is stick to being yourself even when things get tough, and others say otherwise. This theme makes me re-examine my understanding of the world, it makes me think that we need to accept, appreciate and celebrate each other's differences and It will make our lives and so much easier, especially if we or they are struggling with something else, like how Fabiola not only struggling with trying to keep her Haitian roots despite everyone else around her thinks, she is also struggling with her mother being detained. In summary, this book taught me to accept people for the way they are, because they shouldn't have to have to change their roots for any reason or anyone.
For the second book that I read over the summer, I decided I wanted to read 11 birthdays by Wendy Mass! I thought that it was amazing book and I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
I thought the theme of the book 11 birthdays by Wendy Mass, was definitely friendship and Wendy made it really easy to see it because it was in the very beginning of the book and you kept on seeing it. And I think the reason Wendy made it so obvious was because she wanted to make a point to the readers and to tell them something. And I think the something that she wanted to tell is how important can be and how it can be not important at all to people. But it always is important even when you don't think it is. And that is how I realized how different friendship really is in my mind and that is why I just love this book! Also I thought that Amanda the main character really made me think about how I do that and I personally think because I read this book it made me a whole different person.
At this point in the summer, I have finished books one through four in the Harry Potter series. A common theme in all the books is good versus evil. In every book, Harry faces some form of evil, such as his aunt and uncle, Lord Voldemort, and the school bully, Draco Malfoy. In order to deal with the bullying, Harry uses the help of his friends, which is another common theme in the Harry Potter series. Harry’s friends each have their own talents, and each of these talents is used to help Harry through different situations. Without the help of his friends, Harry would not know what to do. Harry is also very brave as he faces Lord Voldemort in each book. Lord Voldemort killed Harry’s parents, and Harry knows there is a chance he could die. These two themes in the books are similar to themes that we face in the real world. Even though we must be brave to tackle the evils we might face, we also know we should rely on our friends to help support us. We are stronger together than we are by ourself.
One character in the book that has made me think about overcoming challenges is Hermione. Hermione is a rule-follower and spends a lot of time on her academics. She struggles in the books because she doesn’t want to break the rules, but she has to in order to help Harry. She often tries to advise Harry that his idea might not be the best idea. However, when Harry is in trouble and she wants to help her friend, she will end up breaking the rules. Hermione’s character has taught me that sometimes what is right might also be wrong, but if it is for the better, sometimes we have to break the rules.
A boy At War By Harry Mazer is a book about a boy named Adam who lives on the island of Oahu ,Hawaii. Adam and his friend ,Davi, are In Pearl Harbor and are on a rowboat. They witness Japanese planes flying over the harbor but thought it was no big deal thinking it was a training session for the United States Navy. All of a sudden they saw smoke in Pearl Harbor and weren’t sure what that represented. It wasn’t until the USS Arizona was blown out of the water by a b-16 bomber plane that they knew this was not a training session.
The theme of the book was perseverance because of Adam and Davi not giving up their lives. Adam witnessed his own fathers ship being blown to pieces. Through sadness and anger he did not give up and helped as much as he could. Adam went to shore and made sure others were okay. In fact he had the determination to continue even though the soldiers did not take him seriously. The soldiers and civilians pushed him off because of his age. They did not think a 14 year old could help No one thought he could be much of an assistance .This showed me that even if you are young you can make a difference. All you need is determination and persistence to achieve your goal. Adam was told many times to leave but continued to find his father. I realized adults don’t always think kids can help in difficult situations. However, if kids have the right determination and persistence they can be successful. Adam persevered through a difficult situation and grow as a person.
For my third book I read Augie and Me. Augie and Me is the second book to the book Wonder. Wonder is about a boy named Augie who goes to school for the first time and he looks different from everyone else at school. it's also about the challenges he faces and the people he faces those challenges with. Augie and Me is three different perspectives on the story Wonder, Julian the bully, Christopher the long time best friend and Charlotte the teachers pet. A theme in the book Augie and Me is things are not always as they seem. In the first section about Julian this theme shows because Julian bully's Augie because of what he looks like but Augie is actually a good person in the inside and Julian only thought of what was on the outside and he also accepts Julian's apology for bullying him. In the second section with Christopher the theme shows because Christopher's friends laugh at Augie because of what he looks like on facetime but they don't know what Augie is like because they laughed because they saw his face and they didn't even try to get to know Augie they just made fun of him. In the third section with Charlotte the theme shows because some people think that Charlotte is only nice to Augie when the teachers are around but actually she tries to be nice to Augie whenever she could because she was asked to be his helper. This theme makes me re-examine my view on the world because some people are different then other people and you have to be nice to everyone because you don't know what is going around in there house or in there world. A character that has caused me to question something in my own life is Julian. Julian was a bully in his school life but at home his parents were always pushing him to do more and his parents weren't a good role model for Julian to deal with Augie.
The third book that I read was called Her Brother's Keeper by Sara Hoskinson Frommer. The theme of this book was definitely to Trust your gut in tough situations. This made me think of what a "tough situation" is. A character that made me think about my life is Fred, because he made many decisions that I thought were very stupid. So I thought about if I would make those stupid decisions when I'm scared.
The second book I read this summer is "Scythe" by Neal Shusterman. I really liked this book because it showed a lot about humanity. In this book the world is perfect, all diseases are cured and you can live forever. But in order to control the population there are Scythes. They are all powerful killing machines, it is their job to kill over 200 people a year any way they choose. The main characters Citra and Rowan symbolize a theme of perseverance, they don't want to kill others but if that means their family will never be gleaned (murdered) they will do whatever it takes. But it also has a theme of follow your instincts, Citra and Rowan know it's wrong and it gets worse when they learn that one will become a scythe and the other will die.They don't give up, they try to find a way around it because they know it is wrong. But it really shows how in real life you need to trust yourself and do what you think is right, even when it means facing consequences. Citra and Rowan's mentor Scythe Faraday really shows compassion to his victims unlike others and it makes you question, in your own life, if you could of taken into account the feelings of others a little more in tough situations. Or at least tried to understand what others are going through. Overall this book was simple on the outside but extremely interesting and enjoyable as it goes on.
I read a book called "The Young Elites" by Marie Lu. In this book there has been a disease called the blood fever, many have died and the survivors came out with imperfections. But some also emerged with powers. Those people have banned together to form the Daggers, they are dangerous and want to claim the throne. So in this book a major theme is power, the royalty and the Daggers are fighting for it but there is one person who can make a difference, Adelina. She controls illusions and is extremely powerful, but she wants the power and will kill people to get it. But when Teren captures her sister Adelina helps him in order to get her back. But in the end the power struggle reflects onto the world and makes readers look at who holds power over them, and who they have power over. It shows us what happens to people when they go to far and makes you look at the times you have been in powerful positions and made the wrong choices and abused power. Teren is the head of the royal army, and portrayed as a bad person. He lost his family in the blood fever and now he has powers. He is extremely strict and whips himself because he believes that since he has powers he is an abomination. He has pledged his life to the throne and will do anything to kill all the imperfect. But he makes readers pause to think about what is underneath the people they know in real life, what they have gone through and what pain they feel. He shows readers that when pain is suppressed and hidden it will, one day come out and in a bad, uncontrollable way. All in all every character in "The Young Elites" has something you can learn from, and Marie Lu created an enjoyable book with deep, 3d characters that real make readers pause.
This week I finished the book Artemis Fowl, about a boy that decodes an underworld. Artemis from the reading made me question my own life because he is so determined and intrigued at finding a new way to do things.
Not sure what connection you are making. Are you similar to him or do you wish you were more like him?
I read Insurgent by Veronica Roth, this book is about how the main characters has to battle internal and external conflict within her mind and her society. With her society heading to the wrong direction and many innocent people are dieing, because the leader of a faction named jeannie. She wants to have control over everyone especially the divergent, the people who are immune to her simulations and serums for control, so Jeannie wants to catch the divergent and then put them through test to figure out how to gain control of them. She especially wants the main character Tris, who’s divergence is very strong compared to others, but the catch is after the tests they shall be killed. So Tris has to figure out how help the hopeless society that have no way of escaping her control. But also to find a way to keep her and others alive because she will die if she turns herself to Jeannie but also Jeannie will kill others because of her control if their minds. But Tris suffers to find a solution because she is mentally weak and hurt because she was forced to kill one of her friends and watched her friends and parents get killed, so she can’t get herself to hold a gun to help defend herself.
This book made me re-Examine my understanding of the world throughout the themes because throughout the book Tris has to figure out her own way of helping herself and others because she sees and thinks things differently than the others around her, because of her divergent so she has found ways to gain trust with important people to her and then faced to leave them and make her own decision for the better good. With this it makes my re-examine that no one will fully agree with you and your decision and will not be on your side, even the closest person. So people have to learn how to work things out by themselves for themselves even if everyone doubts you and tell you not to, no one knows what you need and what needs to be done if your life besides yourself. People have to learn to love themselves and to stay strong because there might be a day when no one loves you and supports you and you have to be prepared for that even throughout all the negativity and hate around you.
Hi Angelina - this was a great connection. This is a tough lesson to learn and act on.
I read the book called “Dragon slippers” by Jessica Day George. Creel is an orphan. Her aunt decided to give her to the dragon because they are poor. One day a knight will save her from dragon's clutches and marry her and they will get good fortune for the family. But Creel have her own plans. Creel is given to the dragon named Theoradus who doesn't want to fight. Creel is one of the strong female characters I have ever read. She is determined to be a dressmaker. Anything she does it’s out of pure confidence and from the heart. It was an unexpected that these dragons didn't collect gold or something that was in that range of value. They collected what they desire. Glasses, Slippers, Books, Dogs etc... Each had their own worshiped items. Shardas collected glasses. Theoradus collected slippers. When Theoradus appeared, Creel did not only bargain with him but puts her life in jeopardy, she eventually ends up with a rare treasure from his collection, no jewels or gold, but simply a perfect pair of blue slippers or so it seems that way. It's not until later that Creel learns a shocking truth the shoes possesses the power to save her kingdom, which is on the verge of war or destruction. An example that shows that creek isn’t some bratty princess she thinks for herself and others, instead of relying on a “lovely” prince to solve all of her problems or “damsel in destress, Creel works hard at making sure her talent is flawless. She’s not a tomboy or an extremely wise character, but possesses enough fuel to keep her going until she completes her journey.
The first book I read this summer was The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. This book is about two teenagers - Natasha, a stand off-ish Jamaican-American girl who sticks to the known facts, and a Korean-American passionate & creative boy named Daniel. Both characters have had their fair share of hardships. For instance, due to her father's mistakes, Natasha and her dysfunctional yet lovable family are set to be deported one day after the story takes place - and it's up to her to stop it. Daniel on the other hand, deals with more relatable problems, his parents disapprove of who he is, as well as his dream to be a poet. He's constantly told he's not good enough - it's up to him what person he choses to be. This story is so well written that I felt emotionally attached to both characters while reading. I definitely relate to Natasha more, because while I might seem shy at first, I can quickly open up. Just like Tasha, I'm not afraid to fight for what I believe in, especially when it comes to family. The Sun Is Also A Star has so many layers, but it's really meant to teach readers the importance of looking for love in the smallest of place, as well as being fearless to take chances for the greater good.
The first book that I read this summer was A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell. A Simple Favor followed the two main characters though the plot, Stephanie, a young mom with true intentions to care for her son in every way. She seems sweet and kind on the outside however different things can be found on the inside. Stephanie meets Emily, a mom as well, their sons friends in school, Emily approaches Stephanie as a caring mom only looking to find a new friend. When Emily disappears Stephanie feels it is her responsibility to take care of Emily's son and to find out what truly happened to her. When everyone thinks Emily is dead Stephanie does not give up hope, she finds out that this was all part of a plan between Emily and her husband Sean to collect a life insurance fee of two million dollars, Stephanie is in shock, before she had received calls and Miles her son and even seen her at school, and everyone thought they were crazy. Stephanie st out to find Emily and ask her the real truth. A Simple Favor allowed readers to connect of a different level with characters, I was able to connect more with Stephanie, a caring mom who had best intentions for everybody, although I could also connect with Emily, who wanted to keep some of her life private. Although on the outside A Simple Favor may seem like a book to read for the fun of it, however when examined deeper A Simple Favor has many different hidden messages to show the reader what perseverance it takes to commit to a true friendship.
I read the book Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott. One theme I spotted that particularly stood out to me was rebellion. Specifically rebellion to live your life to the fullest. At the beginning of the book the main character Stella is very strict about her CF and takes her treatment very seriously. For example, she sets alarms for her medications, and does whatever needed to receive her lung transplant once a donor comes in. Meanwhile, a new CF patient Will intrigues Stella from his carefree tendencies. Yet, his condition is far worse than Stella's or Poe's from an additional condition called B.cepcacia. They both developed feelings for each other but are forced to stay 5-6 feet apart, this is from the dangerous germs that could spread infection. Even within these restrictions in mind Will and Stella continuously break them to have more fun within the short lifespan they both have. Still setting limits to create a somewhat of a healthy balance. This showed me how I can be more carefree with some things in life, but also not let some restrictions define and lessen my quality of life. On a separate note, a character in this book that made me question something was Stella. She showed me how even through struggles and tough times many people are often experiencing the same thing. How there is always someone to talk to and understand you. This is a prime example of Will and Stella's relationship and how they were able to grow and thrive together. They were connected by diseases and hospital visits, but yet so opposite that they balanced each other out.
I read the book, I know what you did last summer, by Lois Duncan, it is about four teenagers who got into a car crash and killed a boy riding a bike at night, the teens called the police but then drove away because they didn't want to get charged with a hit and run sentence. One year goes by and one of the people who was in the crash got a letter in ink saying "I know what you did this summer" she only told one other person and they were thinking that it was something else, only to be completely wrong. One night Barry (one of the people in the crash) was lured out of his dorm and was shot at the football field. People were scared and had no clue why he was shot because he is such a nice guy. Barry lies saying that is was Helen that lured out and shot him when really he was going to go see the fireworks with his other girlfriend that nobody knew about. Later on they figure out that the person that shot Barry was the kid's brother that they accidentally killed. They figure out that the kid is going to shoot Helen but she manages to get away in time. The kid's brother was also going to shoot the last person in the crash who was going on a date with a girl. Before he leaves his mom tells him that it would be a bad idea so he stayed home. Later on they finally decide to confess with the police and tell them what happened last summer.
I can't relate to this, but this is a really good book and I think I might start reading more mystery because it kept me hooked and I just really wanted to know what happened in the end.
I highly suggest this book
HI Ian - this is a great book. I have a couple of suggestions for mysteries if you like.
I recently finished reading Scythe, by Neal Shusterman. This is a dystopian story about a world where every malice to mankind has been conquered; disease, hunger, aging, even death itself. Without the natural order to control humanity's population, it is up to a select group of people called "Scythes" to kill random people, and control the growth of the population. One of the main characters of the novel is Rowan, a teen chosen for the life of the Scythedom. He is taken under the wing of Scythe Faraday, a rather humble scythe. However, after Faraday's mysterious departure, Rowan is chosen by Scythe Goddard, a scythe who believes in the new order, and with questionable morales. A theme explored in the novel is that power can corrupt those with the weaker sense of morales. Under the leadership of Goddard, Rowan experiences fame, luxury, and power. But soon, Rowan learns that all those things come at a price. As soon as Goddard's true intentions of surpassing Xenocrates, the head scythe, in power, Rowan resists his leadership.
Rowans ultimate decision of sacrificing fame and glory in order to reinforce the morale code of the Scythedom makes me question something in my life. I wonder if I was placed in the same situation, would I be able to sacrifice the opportunity of power to do whats morally correct. For example, if I was offered the chance to be the most popular kid in the school, but I would have to give up my friends, and act in ways I don't like to please people, would I do it or not?
The first book I read was the Forget-Me-Not Summer by Leila Howland shows a theme that sister always have to stick together. The book is about how three sisters, Marigold, Zinnie, and Lily have to go to Cape Cod Massachusetts for three weeks and miss their summer activities. The theme of this book make me re-examine my world because I have 2 younger sisters and reading how not sticking together turned out for them, I would not want to happen in my own life. This helps me understand that even if we get into fights, it is always best to forgive each other. The book also makes me question if I need to get closer to my sisters, so when the time comes we will have each other’s backs.
The second book I read was The Brightest Stars of Summer. The second book in the Silver Sister Series. This summer, Marigold is having trouble with friends and acting, so she decides to go to Cape Cod early. Zinne also is having trouble because she really wants to get into a writing program but if she goes to Cape Cod early, then she will miss a summer class that will help her get in. A main theme of this book is, trust your instincts. This makes me re-examine my world because when Zinne trusted her instincts, she got into the writers workshop and made her teacher proud of her work. This is a good teaching example that if I start to trust my instincts more, then better things may come. But, because Marigold had thought she had the right instinct to try and get the Cuties attention, by stating she would be in the new film coming out, her plan backfired, and she got cut from the movie. This makes me question how will you know when you are doing the right thing, and your plan won’t backfire like it did on Marigold.
The third book I read was The Silver Moon Of Summer. The third and so far final book in the Silver Sister Series. This summer, the three sisters are going to Cape Cod for it’s tricentennial. A main theme in this book is change. Change happens a lot in this book and some characters are not very happy with it. The theme makes me re- examine my world because learning that just a little change can affect so many people. I also learned that just because it may be bad for one person, it can be good for many others. The character Peter makes me question if when change happens, do I act irrationally without realizing it, will doing so affect others?
The second book that I have read is STORM by D.J. MacHale. This is the second book in the SYLO Chronicles. It has 481 pages. As you may know, I love reading about wars that have happened in history or a dystopian war like the SYLO Chronicles. One theme in STORM is to stop seeing people in only one way and start seeing people in different ways. For example Tucker (the main character) has conflict with a person named Granger. Granger killed Tucker's best friend so he started seeing him as the bad guy who didn't care about anyone else. But close to the end of the book, Tucker started realizing that yes, maybe Granger was a killer, but he is also someone who cares about saving lives. This makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because maybe there is a bully at your school and he makes fun of only you and your friends, but if you look beyond that, you may find something more like kindness and all he/she wants is friends...etc. One character from my book that causes me to question something about my own life is Kent. Kent is a "side kick" of the protagonist (Tucker), he trails along and loses someone he cares about and puts a cape of bricks behind him (not literally) and cannot move on. This makes me question, when I will lose someone I care about, will I put a cape of bricks behind me? Will I trail behind my future?
Another book I read this summer was A Wrinkle In Time. A common theme found throughout the book was the power of individuality. At the beginning of the book, the main character, Meg wants to be like everyone else and fit in because she does not have a lot of friends. People find her and her brother to be weird. Her thoughts change when she goes to another planet called Camazotz. On this planet, everyone acts the same way. No one has their own thoughts or creativity. The evil on this planet is brainwashing everyone to be like this. While on this planet, evil tries to brainwash Meg, but her father saves her in time, and she realizes that this is not really how she wants to be. When she loses the ability to think for herself, she finally realizes how valuable it is to be an individual. In the real world, we should all try to be ourselves because we are all different and special in our own way. If we avoid trying to fit in and act the way others want us to act, the world is more interesting because we can all have our own ideas and personalities.
The main character, Meg, uses the power of love to defeat evil and save her brother. This causes me to think about the power of love in my own life and in the real world. Meg’s brother is being brainwashed by evil, but Meg doesn’t give up and consistently reminds her brother that she loves him. Eventually, he snaps out of it and they are able to escape. Using the power of love helps us all come together and reminds us of how much we appreciate each other. This is more effective than hate because hate breaks us apart and nothing gets accomplished. With love, we are stronger and can work together to accomplish things that make our lives and the world a better place to be.
The book A Night to Remember By Walter Lord is a book about the Titanic. There are first hand accounts from individuals on the Titanic recalling what occurred during the last few hours on the ship. After reading the first hand accounts I learned the ship was not built correctly. One main theme which occurred throughout the book is being pressured by time. The workers who were building the ship were rushed to meet a deadline. This is because the Olympic ship, which is the sister ship of the Titanic, was involved in an accident. The stern section of the Olympic was crushed by the front of a H.M.S Hawk. This meant the Olympic needed lots of repairs in order for it to sail safely. As a result, it was not being used on the transAtlantic route. This is why the Titanic was being pushed to prepare all of the final details. The timeline was extremely important for them to meet even though they were making shortcuts in the construction of the ship. Since they did not use high quality materials rivets buckled and caused a hole in the bow. This led to the ship being constructed in an unsafe manner. There were 3 propellers on Titanic since the 4th on was put on Olympic. Titanic should of had all 4 propellers. In addition, the workers building the ship were not being treated fairly. They had a limited amount of time to take a break each day. In fact, they were only given 1 coin which allowed them to take a 5 minute bathroom break each day. The workers were also paid very little for their work. Some workers complained about their wages but nothing was done to improve payment. The treatment of workers was due to the pressure of time. The company did not want to lose money from the Olympic being out, that they were not concerned about the treatment of their staff or the safety of the people on the ship. They were only concerned about getting the Titanic built since they wanted to meet the timeline. They lost sight of how they were getting to the finish line. The theme of book is being pressured by time had implications to about 1500 people who lost there life. Precautions could have been taken if the owners did not give such a short time limit to complete the Titanic.
For my third book over the summer, I read wonder again. I reread wonder by R.J Palacio because I love the book overall and I thought it would be perfect for this discussion. But I think that re-reading this book made me think about way more than I did before. It made me think about more themes, more messages that the author put in and, even seeing the book differently. It is almost like reading a whole different book because you see more. But going back to the questions, I think the most important theme in this book is friendship. I think that this book has taught me more about friendship more then any other books theme of friendship because it really explains what friendship can do and what I can't do and it really showed me that in the book. And that is how it made me re-examine the world.
Going to the next question, what characters made me question something in my own life? The answer is yes. Jack Will made me question and ask myself, Am I like him? And that's why I thought that wonder would be a perfect book to re-read and use for this discussion page.
One book that I read over the summer was Maus. It is about a survivor of the holocausts telling his story to his son. He talks about his life when the Nazis were trying to collect all the Jewish people and his extreme ways to avoid it. this book made me re-examine my understanding of the world by showing me the pain and suffering these people had to go through.
Hi Jonathan - I would love a little more understanding of how this helped to re-examine your understanding. I feel the same way in that I can't believe that human beings can do something so horrific to other human beings.
The 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 The reason I chose this 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. But then Kenya ends up running with some other friends and Starr bumps into her best friend Khaili who she hasn't seen in a long time. 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. Kahili questions why he got pulled over. No response expect for him to get out of the car. He searches him, and command to Khalil not to move, and to return to his car. Khalil and the police officer get in an argument. Khaili pull the hairbrush from the back of the car for defense and the police thought it was a gun and shot him. Later on in the book Starr asks her uncle( who is a police), if it was a black person would you say hands up or shoot and he said shoot, then she asked if it was a white person would you say hands up or shoot and he said hands up. This made me re examine my understanding of the world because it shows that you should not judge black and white people on the outside it only matter about the inside.But in this case that did not resemble that, they where not treated fairly.
Starr causes me to question myself if i was her, would i stand up and protests against what i believe in and risk my life or stay quiet and know i'm safe?
This week I finished reading Digital Heretic. This book is about a young boy who challenged the world record for the game of Earth. You see, in this book, Earth stands for Educational Avatar Reality Training Habitat, because an entire life, is simply a game. Basically, people live in the "real world', Tygon. Then people activate themselves into the game, just like you would boot up a virtual reality game. The goal is to get the highest score possible, and your score is directly defined by your successfulness in life. For example, a relatively wealthy person, with a happy family, would most likely get a much better score than someone who isn't. It is the second book in the The Game is Life series.
The theme of this book is a personal struggle, or trying to reach a goal. This made me re-examine my view on the world because it made me realize that anything can be possible.
Hi Sean - this book really sounds interesting. I will have to look this one up as well.
I read the book What to Say Next by Juile Buxbaum. The theme that I found was that sometimes in life you have to let the weird things happen. Kit and David, the main characters, develop a unlikely friendship after Kit's dad dies in a car accident. David helps Kit through her grief without even knowing it. David also has Aspergers, and struggles with being bullied. Kit is really Davids only friend and she means a lot to him. Over time, they start to have stronger feelings for each other and start to like each other. The theme of this book makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because it shows me that even if I'm having a hard time, there will always be someone to help me, even if it is someone I don't expect.
A character that makes me question something about my life is Kit. She goes from being almost the most popular girl in school, to sitting with the "weirdest" guy in school. This makes me question if I would be able to do that for someone I barely know.
I read the book Have a Nice Day by Julie Halpern. This book was about Anna Bloom who had just spent three weeks in a mental hospital. She struggles with getting back into the groove of things. School is hard for Anna and she is always thinking of the mental hospital. She had a crush there and she had to leave him when she left the hospital. She always wonders about him and misses all of her friends at the hospital. Her parents also had some struggles that affected the who family. The theme of this book was that things will always get better if you try. This made me examine my understanding of the world because it made me realize how many people are struggling with mental diseases and what it feels like to have a mental disease. Also that there is a higher chance of you getting better when you try, versus not trying and getting worse and worse.
A character that makes me question something about my life is Anna. She handled all of her struggles so well and it makes me wonder if I could do that if I had the same struggles she did.
I read the book chains by Laurie Halse Anderson. In this book, Isabel and her sister Ruth become slaves after there first owner dies. They are bought by the Locktons and they aren't treated well. The Locktons are Loyalists and are planning to help Britain take over the colonies. Isabel makes friends with a Rebel slave names Curzon and he asked her to be a spy for him and his master. Isabel and her sister Ruth were supposed to be freed after their first master died but the paper work was all the way across the colonies and they couldn't get to it in time. Isabel works hard for her freedom, makes many choices that could get her killed and gets what she wants in the end. The theme of this book is that you have to work hard to get what you want and were you need to be. This makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because it helps me realize that anything can be done with a little hard work.
A character that makes me question something about my own life is Curzon. He asks Isabel to be a spy and it makes me wonder if I would put someones life in danger like that to help my side win.
I read the book Uglies by Scott Westerfield. This book is dystopian and is set way into the future. In this society, before you turn sixteen you are an "ugly" and when you turn sixteen, you have a huge surgery that makes you "pretty." Tally Youngblood has always wanted to be pretty and then she meets Shay, a girl who wants to stay ugly. Shay runs away to a place called the Smoke, where all the people who want to stay ugly go. People are required to become pretty so living in the Smoke is against the rules. After Tally has been in the Smoke for a few weeks, she is convinced by the Smokies that being ugly isn't bad and that she should stay and live in the Smoke. After she is there for a few months, the city comes and takes over the Smoke. The theme of this book is that individuality is important. This makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because it shows how our society is limiting how people can live their lives by making all these rules and laws.
A character that makes me question something about my life is Shay. She ran away from her home and her family to go to the Smoke and it makes me question if I could do the same.
I read the second book in the Gone series, "Hunger" by Michael Grant. In this world everyone over 15 disappears and the kids are left alone. In the second book almost all the food is gone and kids are starving, Sam Temple as one of the older kids has started to take some responsibility on feeding kids. But some, including Sam have developed odd powers, like the power over fire or gravity. There are two important themes in this book, one is power, and the other is responsibility. They exist together and a big struggle for Sam is how to balance this. Sam has powers and is hard to beat in a fight but he doesn't want all the responsibility being in charge has. This shows readers that in the real world every cause has an effect. It also makes people think of who in their life must struggle with responsibility over them, like their parents. One character that makes me question something about my own life is Astrid, she has no powers yet is intelligent enough to be respected. But she also has a big responsibility/ burden, Little Petey. Little Petey is autistic and extremely powerful, but Astrid takes it all on her shoulders to protect and provide for him. It makes me think whether I need to step up and take more responsibility in my life. Overall the book "Hunger" is well written and contains deep characters and themes that relate back to the real world.
I read Catching Fire by Susanne Collins. This is the second book to the Hunger Games, this is a dystopian novel series that is based in a futuristic version of North America. In this time there are different districts and every year there is a event called the hunger games where one boy and one girl from each district are thrown together in the middle of nowhere and have to fight until only one person is left alive. In the second book the people who won the hunger games before have to go back in and do it over again.
In this book the theme is "fighting for what you believe in, and not giving up" for example Katniss is trying her best to stop the hunger games and stop the people who control the hunger games, also she stays strong and does not give up and stays smart. This theme makes me re-examine the world because it makes me think about how many people are just standing up for what they believe and fighting for what they believe is right.
Katniss causes me to question that if I was in her position would I be as brave as her and stand up for whats right, and would I be able to keep those I care for safe like Katniss keeps her family and friends safe? Overall the book catching fire was really good and was written very well.
I read Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven. This book was written by a Navy SEAL and he talks about his experiences and how he got through the tough times. One of the many themes of this book is "don't give up and work hard" this book and its many themes make me re-examine the world by making me think about how hard you have to work for what you want to achieve and that you have to stay confident in this world because there are many obstacles to get passed. William H. McRaven the Navy SEAL causes me to question if I have been doing what it says to do in the book? Overall this book has brought my courage and hope up, it has made me determined to always try my very best all throughout life!
The second book I read this summer was “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give is a novel that follows Starr Carter, a teenage girl who deals with racism, police brutality, and activism after witnessing her black friend murdered by the police. Throughout the story, Starr grows from an uncertain teenage girl to an outspoken activist for change in her community. Maverick, Starr’s father says that he didn’t name her Starr by accident. When Starr realizes the power and significance of her name which then she realizes her potential for leadership in her community. Maverick states that he chose Starr’s name because she was a light in a dark time for him. Throughout The Hate U Give, Starr acts as a light of hope and truth for many of the characters as she speaks out for Kahlil on at Grand Jury Trial, she is the light and hope for justice for all of humanity in the future. In testifying to the grand jury and speaking out at the protest, she shares the truth about Khalil and breaks through the layers of lies that the media has created. She exposes King and his involvement in Khalil’s death. She inspires her neighbors to have the courage to speak out against King. At the protest in chapter twenty-four, Starr states “Everybody wants to talk about how Khalil died,” I say. “But this isn’t about how Khalil died. It’s about the fact that he lived. His life mattered. Khalil lived!” I look at the cops again. “You hear me? Khalil lived!” this is when she realizes the true power of herself when she uses her voice as the weapon.
For the question, Which characters from your reading cause you to question something about your own life? Starr Carter causes me to question the power of my voice and if I would use it to stand up for what is right, instead of sitting back in the darkness. Starr teaches me that if you don't speak up for the change that you want to see in the world, it will never happen. Starr causes everyone to question the true and absolute power of their voice and if they will use it for good.
I read Lord of the Flies By William Golding. In the book the main character Ralph and a bunch of other kids are trapped on a uninhabited island with no sign of any other land nearby. Ralph has to take the job of chief to keep everyone in line and make sure everyone is doing the proper things to get off the island and be saved. Even though Ralph is trying to get off the island some of the other kids want to stay. Ralph alone has to save himself from the other kids and get himself off the island. One of the themes in this book is that the harder you work at something the more you will get out of it. This is something that applies to many things in my life.
I read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. In this book Alice sees a rabbit with a stopwatch, so she follows the rabbit into a rabbit hole and dreams of a whole world of smoking Caterpillars and Mice that have tea party's. One of the themes in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is that change is uncomfortable for Alice. Throughout the whole Book Alice has to change size and she is uncomfortable and traumatic. She also has to adjust to A whole new world where she finds to be the one that is not normal. That is very difficult for Alice. Alice made me re-examen how I view the world because she went through changes and had to meet new people to survive in the environment that she was in. Alice made me question the choices i have made because Alice was faced with things like death and being alone forever and she still was determined (not towards the end) to get out and I questioned if I would still be so determined if I was in a situation like hers.
The first book I read was Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban. This book shows how people can be misinterpreted. like harry's god father Serius Black. Who was wrongfully accused of giving Voldemort the location of harry and his parents when it ended up being Peter Pedigrew who told Voldemort. Serius chased down Peter to kill him but he escaped and serius was put into jail for killing him. knowone questioned Serius. Because they believed what they heard. Harry was scared for his life because he was told that serius was coming for him and kill him. But in actuality he came to kill Peter. In the end of the book Harry, Ron, and Hermione knew that Serius was innocent.
The second book I read was Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets
How do the themes of your books make you re-examine your understanding of the world?. there were legends of Salazar slitherin building the chamber of secrets. But now one knew the location or if it were real. Harry fininding this makes me re-examine the world to find things that are hidden away. like the chamber of secrets.
I read Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. In this book Harry is having a dinner with the dursleys and Dobby the house elf stops by and gives harry a warning, to not go back to Hogwarts. Harry says that he will still be going to hogwarts and Dobby gets angry and decides to wreck the kitchen, So Harry is punished and has to stay in his room all summer. Then Ron comes to save the day in his flying car and picks up Harry. During a Quidditch match Draco insults Hermione, calling her a "mudblood", This is one of the themes in Harry Potter. To not judge because of the family you are from because you cant help that. Harry and Hermione show a classic hero's journey because they are better wizards than Draco even though they are from muggle families. Harry makes me re-examen the world because he made something from nothing and he is from a bad home and has a very sad backstory but he is still one of the most wise wizards. Harry makes me question if there really is magic, and he makes me question if other people would be able to make the same choices that harry did that make him such a great wizard.
In the book Dorothy Must Die Stories Volume 2 a theme I noticed was never love fighting more than what your fighting for. Which means when you are fighting for something you love don't do it because you love the fight do it because you love it and it's worth fighting for. This makes me wonder if certain things like protests or boycotts are for what they truly believe or just for the "fun of it." I wonder if people just protest just for the sake of it. Not because of something they truly believe in but just because they are unhappy in some sort of way and they don't care much they just want to for attention. This also makes me think if this applies to me to. I thought about if there has a ever been a situation where I have caused a something that was a bigger deal than it truly was. I came to the conclusion that of course in life I have over-dramatized something but I have never just done something just to fight. Maybe I just can't think of a situation I have been in but I hope not.
I read ascent this summer, which is a book about climbing. In the book there is an obvious theme of achevement since the characters are climbing a mountain. The theme makes me look at what i have done and aspire to do in life, and how I have my own metaphorical mountains in my life, and so does everyone in the world.
The next book I read this summer was Olivia West vs. Middle School. A common theme found throughout the book was the importance of being yourself. At the beginning of the book, Olivia and her best friend, Betsy, are going into middle school. They are excited to start middle school, and spent the whole night before the first day planning their outfits. Olivia had always liked school. Her and Betsy enjoyed being the teacher’s pet and got straight As. Her parents also taught Olivia that school was more important than things like clothes. The first day of school was great. Olivia and Betsy had a lot of classes together. Unfortunately, there was this group called the Cardinal Crew. They were mean and known for not following the rules, but they were popular. Both Betsy and Olivia wanted to be in the group, but only Betsy who was really just being used for her brain became a part of the group. Because of this, Betsy and Olivia are no longer friends, and Olivia finds a new group of friends. In the end, both girls learn it is more important to be yourself. Olivia realizes that the girls from the Cardinal Crew don’t value academics and are mean to other students. Betsy learns that same thing when she sticks up for Olivia in the end. This theme of being yourself is important because we shouldn’t have to change who we are, what we wear and what we value to be friends with others. Good friends shouldn’t care if you are different. They are your friends no matter what.
Betsy is a character in the book who made me question something from my own life. Betsy has a choice in the book to become friends with the popular crew despite how they treated her or to stay friends with Olivia who is not popular. This is a tough choice because most people want to be popular. However, I would like to believe that I would choose my best friend over being popular because I know she likes me for who I am no matter what.
This summer i planed to read
-Confessions of An Imaginary Friend
-The Odd 1s Out
-Hunger Games (Again)
a theme that came up a lot in the first book on my list (Confessions of an imaginary friend) was how the protagonist (Jacques) learned a lesson that when ever something happens to you that effects you in a negative way, just remember you are not alone. This theme popped up a lot before the ending when he was sitting in the circle with all the imaginary friends and how they were all taking about there problems. After this Jacques comes to realize that he is not alone when it comes down to his problems. This relates to my every day life. For example lets say i don't do to good on a math test. I can use this theme in my book to realize that I'm not alone. Other kids in the world all the time fail math tests, so why should i let this test effect my life in a negative way.
The third book I read this summer was “Crazy Rich Asians” by Kevin Kwan. This Compererary romantic novel follows Rachel Chu, a Native to New York, 28-year-old Chinese-American NYU Professor. Rachel Chu is extremely happy to accompany her boyfriend, Nick, who is also a professor at NYU, to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. She's also incredibly surprised to learn that Nick's family is extremely wealthy and he's considered one of the country's most eligible bachelors. Thrown into the spotlight, Rachel must now deal with jealous socialites, quirky relatives and something far worse, Eleanor Young, Nick's disapproving mother. The main reason why Eleanor is so disapproving of Rachel is that her family has no wealth and no status in her eyes, therefore she is not good enough for her son, which she continually reminds Rachel throughout the story. You can certainly see the progression Rachel makes, in terms of having self-confidence and the courage to stand up to all the jealous socialites, and most importantly Eleanor. Eleanor tries to do everything in her power to ensure that Nick and Rachel will not end up together. In one part of the story, Eleanor hires a private investigator to look into Rachel and her Mom’s past, to find any dirt on Rachel’s family that she can use against her to show Nick that Rachel is an unworthy partner for him. This causes Rachel to realize that all this time she was trying to be approved and liked by Eleanor, but now she realizes that she doesn't want any part of a family that treats her like a second-class citizen. She realizes that having a loving family for her children is important to her. She states "...as much as I love you, Nick, I don't want to be your wife. I never want to be a part of a family like yours. I can't marry into a clan that thinks it's too good to have me".
For the question, Which characters from your reading cause you to question something about your own life? Rachel causes me to question, this, if I was in her situation, would I do the same thing she did, sacrifice the love of her life for her lifelong happiness or would I keep trying for Eleanor’s approval, sacrificing lifelong happiness with disapproving Nick’s family. Would I make the right choice for me? Rachel teaches us to always make the right choice for yourself and others and to love your self no matter what anyone else says. Thankfully Eleanor ends up accepting Rachel into her’s and her family’s lives as Nick’s Girlfriend, which is a great ending for this amazing and inspiring novel.
The First Book I read this summer was Insurgent by Veronica Roth. This is a the second book in the divergent series. This book is based in a dystopian world where there are 5 factions dividing the people. It is told in the perspective of Tris Prior a 16 year old girl who is determined to find the truth in the midst of a huge war. Jeanine Matthews is a tyrant trying to keep to truth from her society by manipulating them with serums. They serums can do anything from erasing memory to making whole armies of people under her control. This war killed many people including Tris's parents. Through this loss she weakened, but to only become stronger and fight back. A huge theme throughout this book is truth. The war broke out in the fight between finding and hiding the truth. When Tris's own brother lied to her and betrayed her it ruined there relationship and caused them to grieve separately instead helping each other get through the deaths of there parents. The theme of truth was very apparent in Insurgent and it made me think re-examine the people that make up our world. The character jeanine Matthews made me think about the extent that people will go to keep the truth a secret which in her case was to kill for it. She thought that keeping the truth a secret was worth all the lives, losses, and sacrifices. Our world is not that different. No person can only tell the truth everyone lies. The problem is once you start it's hard to stop. You can get stuck in horrible web of lies and not be able to get out and then you start protecting your lies. Most people are only human, but in the world today it is important to realize when lies become too big that they are a part of your life.
The first book I read over the summer was The World As It Is, by Chris Hedges. In the first book The World As It Is, it talked about many things each chapter was its own little essay. whether it was about corruption, pollution, human progress, gun abuse, or how modern day technology. but I would like to talk about chapter 8, Man In The Mirror. It right off the bat says " In celebrity culture we destroy what we worship." what Hedges is saying is that, if people really love someone or yet something, they become attached they become obsessed. I am guilty myself, I personally am working at going to the next Women's World Cup. And I am Attached to them and to soccer. But it takes a toll on the person of which we are obsessed with now they are trying to keep up with everything from the new trends to there looks. and that is why they named it The Man In The Mirror, also known as Micheal Jackson. he was pressured at an early age by his father and the Jackson 5 he would later in his life change into as Hedges describes it "Caucasian death mask." he tried to look the the least like his father changing his appearance and trying to cover it up with Neverland Park. And later we would figure out all of the Scandals and abuse he did, which brings me back to the first sentence in this chapter. All of the things Micheal had going on from such an early age made him so pressured by us and by his father.we destroyed what at the time was what we worshiped most.
This summer I read the Aventures of Huckleberry Finn, a classic about an escaped African American slave who is employed by a white boy’s adoptive mother. He meets up with the boy, whose name is Huckleberry Finn. This book tells their story in Huckleberry’s or “Huck Finn” as Jim the slave calls him, perspective. The theme of this book is “Fate will always return you to where you began and it will open up your eyes.” This theme makes me re-examine my understanding of the world by opening up my eyes to what has happened in past history and it’s interesting happenings throughout time.
Awesome, challenging choice! :-)
The first book I read this summer was Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. This book is about a young girl name Miranda who is living with her Mom, two brothers, and her cat. Her father and his new wife,Lisa, are expecting a child when they move to Nevada. Life is normal for Miranda and her family until one day when an asteroid hits the moon. This causes the moon to move much closer to the earth. In turn for the moon’s sudden change, the gravity levels on earth are messed up. This then causes the tides to change dramatically, sending huge tidal waves to destroy the coastlines of all countries. With millions already dead, Miranda thought that it couldn’t get worse. She was proven wrong when volcanoes randomly start erupting all over the planet. This causes ash clouds to block out the sun, therefore slowly killing off all living things. Life As We Knew It showcases the struggle Miranda and her family go through as they fight to survive. The theme of my book makes me re-examine my understanding of the world by creating a situation that could really happen. Asteroids hit our moon all the time, so if a big asteroid hit it then the events of the book could truly happen. By believing that this is possible, it made me look at the way my family and I work together. If we worked well as a group we could survive like Miranda did but if we failed then wouldn’t have a chance. Throughout reading this book I evaluated my families dynamics so that I could understand how well we would do if something like an asteroid hitting the moon would actually happen.
This summer I read Legend. Legend is a dystopian book and is the third in a series. The book is about two kids, June and Day, who were born into opposite sides in the social spectrum. June was born into a powerful military family, while day a most wanted criminal. After June's brother, Metias was murdered, June and Day cross paths because Day is a prime suspect. But they soon realize the truth of whats going on in their country.
The characters from Legend (June and Day) cause me to question something about my own life because they show me that even if things in the world seem to be normal, it could be simply a cover up. For example, in Legend, June and Day discover what is really happening and how far people will go to cover it up.
This summer I read Harry Potter and the sorcerers stone. Harry, Ron, and Hermione caused me to ask questions in my own life. They Discovered a passage under a 3 headed dog and went through a extremely difficult maze that used all of their skill which lead Harry to the sorcerers stone which he used on Voldemort. This makes me question what my abilities are in the real world and how they can be used to benefit good people.
The 2nd, 3rd, and the 4th book I read this summer were all part of the series Kingdom Keepers. Disney After Dark, Disney At Dawn, and Disney In Shadow all show a theme involving magic. There is the happiness of Disney and all the good characters but then there are also the villains and people working behind the scenes doing all the work making Disney a happy place. So there's two types of magic, good and dark magic, there's also two types of people, good and bad. In one of the books it says something along the lines of being careful of your enemies and trust your friends, sob its something about trust. so this makes me reexaime the world and people around me and trusting my friends to do things they shouldn't do and feel like the trust me. T
I read the novel Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone. The book is about a girl who has OCD and hides it from everyone besides her family and her therapist. In the book she struggles to fit in with her friend group and wants to find friends who truly understand and accept her. This novel made me re-examine my understanding of the world because the characters in the book showed how in life people eventually find out who their true friends are in life based on what they go through in their life. Samantha, the main character in the book went from worrying about her place on her schools “social ladder” to finding her true self when she surrounds herself with people who genuinely care about her. Samantha made me question things in my own life because the things that she went through made me think about how it’s better to surround yourself with caring and accepting people than to surround yourself with judge mental people.
This summer I read the book Allegiant by Veronica Roth. It is about two teenagers Tris and Tobias who have to deal with the aftermath of finding out the truth of there society and the world beyond just them. In Allegiant there are two perspectives, Tris and Tobias. These perspectives add depth and the world in a different point of view compared to the other two books that only had one. When the main characters leave the city they only find yet another obnoxious power hungry leader, war , and more harmed people "Sacrificed for the greater good". Once again they make it up to themselves to fix this. It leads to the losses of many characters in the book. Leaving the few left to cope with that. Some of them blame it on themselves, others blame it on someone else, and some are left as different people. The loss of others also broke relationships between former friends. The one character that stood out to me through this part was Tobias. He found a way to cope with the losses and realize that he can still live his full life to his full potential without forgetting what happened or ignoring it. He says, "Since I was young, I have always this : life damages us, every one. We can't escape damage. But now, I am also learning this : We can be mended. We mend each other." This quote truly inspired me and made me question my own life. It made me wonder how I would respond and if I would be able to realize deal with it like Tobias or if it would leave me a different person, better or worse.
The first book I read this summer was “Uglies” by Scott Westefeld. I really enjoyed this book. This book helped me re-examines my understanding of the world because it expresses that being beautiful and unique comes from the inside and not the outer appearance. In this society the government Controls everything. Once you reach the age of sixteen, you have an operation that makes you supermodel gorgeous. The government instills the idea into young children's minds that they are ugly and worthless until they have the "operation". They do this through teaching at school, and government laws. Tally wants to become beautiful and has always wanted that. A girl named Shay, who has a rebellious streak in her becomes friends with Tally. Shay starts to express that she doesn't want to have the "operation" and become pretty. She wants to keep her own face and be unique and not look like everybody else. Later on Shay shows Tally what it’s like to be your unique self and what it’s like to be surrounded by people who see you for who you really are and not what the government wants you to see. Tally quickly learns that the outer appearance isn’t the only thing you should see in a person.
The second book I read this summer was “Pretties” by Scott Westefeld. This book was really Captivating. The “Pretties” book re-examined my understanding of the world we live in today by showing me the difference between having freedom and being controlled. After Tally takes the mind lesion pills she remembers her cause and must fight her way out of Pretty Town to be free. Tally and Zane are also controlled by the tracking bracelets with microphones they have on their wrists. Every move that they make is tracked and they are unable to escape as long as the bracelets are on their wrists. After escaping, Tally lands in a strange land where the humans are extremely primitive. She observes the fence that blocks them into an area and Tally realizes that they are part of a social experiment run by the Pretties. They are unable to leave the area and have no freedom. Everything they do is controlled by the Pretties and they are tracked through technology. Tally's freedom is once again taken away from her.
The third book I read this summer was the “The Hate You Give” by Angie Thomas. While reading this book I thought a lot about the themes of racism, bravery and coming to terms with the past. In the book “ The Hate You Give” I feel the biggest theme is racism. Starr attends a school with mostly white, upper-class students and then goes home to Garden Heights, where people are more likely to be black and have less money. Garden Heights is plagued by drugs and gang activity but it's also a place where people raise families and live their lives. The disconnect between Starr's life at school and her life at home is drawn on racial lines and is evident in the way she's unwilling to share the truth of her home life with her boyfriend and friends at school. She also won't bring people from her two worlds together.
When Starr and her friend Khalil are pulled over, Khalil is shot and killed. He was unarmed, but the police officer claims to have mistaken a hairbrush for a weapon. The controversy surrounding his death makes the subtle racism of the people in her life more overt.
The books I read so far this summer were "A dogs Journey", the "A Court of Thorns and Roses" series (4), "I am legend", "Five Feet Apart", and "The Summer I Turned Pretty".
In the book "A dog's Journey," by W. Bruce Cameron, the other portraits a theme through a dogs eyes of him trying to find his purpose. In the previous novel in this series, the dog comes to a conclusion that his purpose must be to love and help his boy, Ethan. In this book the dog comes back even after Ethan has died, and chooses to help his granddaughter, Clarity, or CJ. CJ suffers from an eating disorder, narcissistic mother, and death of a father (Therefore cutoff from her fathers side of the family). This causes CJ to go down a bad path in life, getting into drugs and alcohol. The dog tries to help only CJ, and does so, but also learns through his time and end working as a therapy dog, he can have more purposes than one and love and protect all he can. To clarify, the theme in this book is that it's okay to branch out and love more than one person strongly; Self assurance and helping others. This makes me re-examine my place in the world because I see many relationships day to day where people are so focussed on helping and or loving one person that they neglect others without meaning too. The author of this book does a very good job of weaving in acceptance of helping others and still having someone hold a special place in your heart without telling the reader too strongly. CJ, the main (human) character has caused me to re-evaluate many things in my life because she can be seen re-evaluating her own life within this story. Readers see her work through her problems, even if she fails sometimes, and eventually end up happy and healthy due to her own strength and acceptance of help from others around her. It makes me want to work through my own problems and ask for help when i need it, and to not be ashamed when doing so.
The next book I read was apart of a series. I'm going to write it in as a series because it will make more sense if you can see the big picture. The "A Court of Thorns and Roses", by Sarah J. Maas is a series that includes fae and faeries in it. It tells the story of a girl named Feyre and her journey, starting out as a starving human who has to take care of the two older sisters and father, and eventually going to break curses, being Made into fae, and fighting a war to protect her people. The theme of this book is most certainly that if you think the path you're headed down is the wrong one, re-write your own story. Feyre starts with a love interest, breaks a curse to free him and his people, not to mention the whole continents people, and once she completes it, finding herself completely unhappy and held back tremendously. She eventually frees herself, after getting over her fear of the people around her and how the world will view her and with the help of others, finds true happiness. This makes me re-examine the world because it represents the power of one person and that if you are unhappy, you have the power to change it, and I believe a lot of people don't because they are scared of how others will react, creating a prison for themselves. A character named Tarquin has caused me to question my own life because he is a young and inexperienced leader, but has the right priorities and therefore is respected. He has a peaceful land which is something many of the other leaders in the book can't say for themselves. It gives me more confidence in what I do, because even as a kid, you can still make a change if you have the right mindset.
Wow! Well done. Sarah Maas is super prolific and she manages to convey important topics while making her books just plain fun to read. :-)
I read "The Raft". In "The Raft" the main character is in a plane crash and is stranded, going insane. The main character goes through a lot and makes me think about how easy my life is and how there are people out there who barely have food or water.
Ben, this is a great choice--but can you do a little more high-level thinking about the true heart of this story? This is far more than a simple tale of adventure and survival...:-)
The first book I read was The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne. This book is about a French boy named Pierrot who becomes an orphan in the developing stages of WWII. He is sent to his only living relative, his father's sister Beatrix. Pierrot's Aunt Beatrix is a housekeeper in the vacation home of Adolf Hitler. Pierrot and Hitler have a special bond and in the time he is at the home, and Pierrot changes from an innocent orphan to a teen in the Hitler Youth with the exact same beliefs as the Führer himself. This book helped me re-examine my understanding of the world because I realized that I need to learn from Pierrot's mistakes and stay true to my roots, unlike Pierrot because he was brainwashed by the malevolent beliefs of Hitler. After the war had concluded, Pierrot realized that his beliefs were wrong, and there was nothing he could do to fix what had happened. The character that made me question something in my own life was Ernst, the chauffeur at the home. Even though he served him, he was against Hitler's beliefs. Instead of just going about his daily work and not saying anything, he decided to try and poison Hitler. He was caught and executed, but he was brave enough to die for what he thought was right. This made me wonder if I would be brave enough to do something like that for what I believe in. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the topic of WWII.
Hi Lucas - books from this time period are always so inspirational as well as difficult. I will have to see about adding this to our reading list for the Holocaust unit
I read the Gone series by Michael Grant. In the town of Perdido Beach, California, everyone over the age of 15 has disappeared. There is a large, impenetrable dome that spans over Perdido Beach and the surrounding areas. Some of the kids also start developing special powers. The story follows Sam Temple, a fourteen year old who is leader of the kids. Sam has to try to find a way out of the dome before they run out of resources to keep everyone alive. This made me re-examine my understanding of the world because when faced with survival, everyone comes together and overcomes their differences. This is shown at the beginning of the first book when a group of kids take all the supplies for themselves, and then later in the book, they play a huge role in the survival of all of the kids. The character that makes me question something in my own life is the protagonist, Sam. Sam steps up to be a leader when no one else will. He is able to bring everyone together to help out the entire population in different ways. In my own life, I would like to have the leadership traits that Sam does in the Gone series.
This summer I read a couple books one of them was “5 feet apart” by: Rachel Lippincott, Tobias laconis, Mikki daughtry this made me re-examine the world because of how many people are fighting for there life’s and now much we have and this also made me re think my life and see it differently because they can only be five feet apart at all times and so they can never hug anyone else which is so sad because when I’m sad it’s nice to have a hug but they can’t hug each other and they are best friends!! The character Stella is a real fighter she loves a boy and will do anything for him she really made me see how things can be hard for different people and we could have no idea!
The third book I read is called Just One Day by Gayle Forman, this book is about a girl who found her self on a spontaneous trip to Paris and continued to find new things throughout the year.
The theme of this book is " try new things to find your true self" this theme shows me that there are so many things that you don't know about yourself and the world yet.
Allyson caused me to question how much I know about the world and even how much I know about myself. Overall I thought this was a really really good book!
in the story, Landscape with invisible hand, the book is about a boy named Adam. He is an artist living in the society with the vuvv. He lives with his mom in a small two story home. Adam learns that there is a contest that is going to show who the best artist is in the country. Adam soon gets a sickness from his water causing him pain, 104 fever, and hallucinations but he still has to complete his painting. He completes it and sends it to the contest holder. later next week he gets an letter saying that he has been selected to go out of orbit to go and have the judges select the best artistic matter of work. His mom tells him not to go due to his fever but he tries to convince her but it wont work. He later sneaks out of the house and gets on a bus to go to the shuttle up. First the musicians play, then the artist ceremony happens, 3rd place... 2nd place... 1st place Adam Costello. He was surprised that he won and the vuvv ask him for a speech which he does not have one so he has to make one up, but no one pays attention. He finds out that he hasn't gotten the first place but someone else did. He then goes back out to the crowd not knowing what happened then faints. He wakes up on a hospital bed and his sickness is gone, but he's learned something. The vuvv only care about you if you are rich, so he pitches this idea to his mom and they decide that they should restart their entire life and move somewhere new. they do exactly that and now his mom has a job and they live in an apartment. This book can't make me re-examine the world because we haven't been invaded by Aliens yet but it was a really good book and I do suggest this to pretty much anybody.
I read Tangled by Carolyn Mackler, this book is about four people and one fourth of the book is about each person, and they all end up meeting at some point during spring vacation.
One of the themes of this book is "always put yourself first and don't let others take advantage of you" this theme makes me re-examine the world by showing me to always stand up for myself in life.
Jena caused me to question if I am always as kind as her, because in the book Jena was always nice to Skye even when she was not nice to her. overall this book was good and i liked to read the different peoples background stories in the book.
I read The Scorch Trials by James Dashner and i found the theme of perseverance. When the people had to make it through the scorch they all had to persevere. This made me re-examine my understanding of the world because it showed me that during tough times, you will have the persevere and overcome the bad situation.
Teresa makes me question something about my own life because she made a bad decision, but then she fixed it. This makes me question something about my own life because sometimes when you make a bad decision you cannot always fix it.
In Everything,Everything it shows an important lesson in life to not lie about a something you did wrong because it will only make it worse. The main character in my book (Maddy) was looking out side her window thinking in her white room of what if she could go outside and what if she didn't have a life threatening desise. When one day she aw a moving truck and her love of her life. She forced her care giver to set up a meet up with her and "Ollie", they have been communicating over text, when they finally met. As days passed the grew a closer and closer relationship in friendship and in love. With all of this happening Maddy kept a secret and would not tell her mom when only things got worse and worse. This thought me to not lie to anyone about anything because it would only make it worse.
In the book The Enemy, in the The Enemy has a important theme about how only kids in the world are normal people but the grownups are the ones trying to take the kids. So there for, the kids come together and try to take on the world and stay alive. The book it tells an appointment in lesson about trusting one another. Because, when you don’t trust anyone then it gets a lot harder than it needs to be. For example, when a group of kids went Scara pitching fake came across grown ups and the grown-ups attacked them and they relied on one another to keep each other safe. This made me where are you cause I am in my life because you should no one trust people because they will have your back. You had to trust Aaron because Aaron was the leader and would tell everyone what to do and when to do it. Most of the kids trusted her because she was the one Who has kept them alive
The books I read this summer were mostly thrillers. One of the books was Just after sunset, by Steven king.This book had multiple themes, and I think a main one was that you don't always get what you expect, because in parts of the book a lot of characters, like Savannah and Willow were shocked at times for things not turning out, or going different ways than they expected. Throughout the book,it gave clues as to what was going to happen and that brought suspense to it because it was (like the theme) a lot of unexpected things that were going on. This made me realize that I shouldn't have a fixed mindset about things and open up to new possibilities. A character in this book that has made me question something in my own life is Savannah, because when I read the parts of the book when she is talking or thinking, it reminds me a lot of myself. Savannah is someone who likes to stay in her comfort zone and I think that is something I struggle with too, and she finally discovers to open up a little and ends up really making a difference in her community and helping others more.
The second book I read this summer was Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy. This story is all about Willowdean (Dumplin’) Dixon and her struggles to find self confidence. Just like anybody, she has her insecurities. Despite the carefree act she puts on, it’s really difficult for Will to love herself because of her overweight body - especially since her mother is a former beauty queen. Willowdean deals with bullying, gossiping, and staring on a daily basis, so she limits herself out of fear of what others will say. For instance, her romantic relationship with Bo. Bo sees Will for who she is, not for what others think. Despite many hardships they’ve been through together, Willowdean was terrified to make their relationship public. Almost every girl in school had a crush on Bo, which made Will question why he’d want to be with her. This is an example of her insecurity. She couldn’t help imagining all the stares they’d get when they were in public together due to her size. To make her late Aunt Lucy proud, Will enters the beauty pageant - the same one her mother won all those years ago. She does not try to lose weight or conform to anybody’s expectations of what a beauty queen should look like, she just decides to be herself. Anyone reading this story will relate to Willowdean. While her insecurity is her weight, everybody has something they aren’t too proud of. Will’s journey with the pageant, formerly only for beautiful skinny girls, teaches readers not to care about what others think, not to worry about how you look, not to limit yourself, but to love yourself for who you are and who you aspire to be.
The second book I read was the Series of Unfortunate Events The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket. This is book 1 out of 18. This book was filled with many themes but the most important themes were bravery and teamwork. The Baudelaires kids parents died in a fire and are handed over to Count Olaf there only relative. This book made me re-examine my understanding of the world because it showed how the Baudelaires kids used teamwork and bravery to overcome Count Olaf from stealing their fortune and killing them. For example when Count Olaf had a plan to steal there fortune by capturing Sunny and keeping her prisoner in a birdcage in a tower. Count Olaf threatened to kill Sunny if the rest of the Baudelaires don’t do his plan to take their fortune. Sunny the youngest at age 2 stayed calm and brave in the birdcage. The rest of the Baudelaires were brave and used teamwork to safely get Sunny back and to avoid Count Olaf's plan. The Baudelaires get handed over to Mr. Poe who is a banker who handles the Baudelaire kids affairs. Mr. Poe struggles with a horrible cough.
The Baudelaires kids made me question myself if I would be as brave as the Baudelaires in these situations? Or would I be scared and not doing anything?
I read the book Uglies by Scott Westerfield. This is a dystopian book where in a highly controlled government society everyone is considered "ugly", until you turn sixteen and are forced to have an operation which make you become "pretty". A simple theme I found in this book was about betrayal. In the beginning of the book, when Tally ever betrays someone it's always for her own benefit, but when she finds the smoke, she lies to Dr. Cable for her friend's benefit. As she is enlightened to the idea of staying ugly and not conforming to the government's rules she wants to live with the smoke. Tally becomes more selfless than selfish, as she sees that what's on the inside matters more than the outside. This theme of betrayal helped me as the reader see the main character changing her priorities from her betrayals. In real life, I could relate this to someone lying for the benefit of others or themself, and how it reveals their identity. A character that caused me to question something was Tally. When she found the Smoke and met up with Shay. Tally changed her perspective on Shay when she talked more in depth with her, and knew the reasoning behind her beliefs. This makes me think I shouldn't judge people so quickly before I get to know them better.
Do you plan to read the whole series? I'd be interested to know if you think the author maintains theme and reader interest over multiple books...
I read The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida and the intro was by David Mitchell, the aurthor of this book has autism and he answers questions people ask.
The theme of this book is "Let people explain why they do things before you start judging them" this theme makes me re-examine the world because I realize how many people need to learn this lesson. Naoki Higashida made me realize how lucky I am and also made me question if I appropriate nature enough. Overall this book was really good and interesting!
The fourth book I read this summer was “ A Long Walk To Water” by Linda Sue Park. I re-read this book almost every summer because I find more and more new author Easter eggs hidden in the book every time I read it, also, I just love it. This book alternates between two story lines, one beginning in 1985 and revolving around Salva Dut, an eleven-year-old boy living in a South Sudanese village called Loun-Ariik, the other beginning in 2008 and revolving around a young girl named Nya, who is also from South Sudan. I believe the theme of this book is that hope and resilience can save you in times of great despair, loss and trouble. In tough times, the book shows, hope can be as important as food and water, if not more so. While Salva has walked the distance of Chicago to Denver, Colorado and has faced countless challenges along the way, like losing everyone he had grown close to, staying in incredibly overcrowded refugee camps, through it all he remains hopeful for his future and that he will soon find the family that he left behind the day he left his war-torn village and became a refugee. Nya, the south Sudanese girl from the 2008 perspective Nya is an 11-year-old girl who walks eight hours to fetch water from the pond. She and her family live in South Sudan in 2008-2009. Her family home is far from the nearest pond, where she walks twice a day to support her parents and younger sister, Akeer. Even with all that effort to bring water to her home, her sister, Akeer, constantly gets sick from all the bacteria in the unsafe water that they are forced to drink to stay alive. Nya remains hopeful though all of this because she knows that there are better things in the future, for her, her family, and her village. This theme makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because these two incredibly strong characters lived and extremely difficult life, they have faced so many challenges, but through it all they never lost sight of hope, they fought through all of their struggles, never losing hope, for themselves, their families and for the future. I believe that given everything that is going on in this world, this day and age, this theme and book teaches us that we need to fight for what we want to see change and have hope for the future of our world, otherwise we will continue on our downward spiral. So have hope for the future, it will make the world a better place.
This is SUCH a great choice, and it's fantastic that you are revisiting it and mining it for all of its messages! Those who seek out inspirational books like this are true world-changers. :-)
For my 5th book I read I know what you did last summer. It is about a teenage life and social problems until Julie gets a letter with only seven words on it, "I know what you did last summer" and later in the day Ray also gets a letter from that same person and Barry gets a phone call meet at the football stadium and gets shot and this book is all about who shot Barry and and why he/she shot Barry? One theme in I know what you did last summer is Sometimes in life things/people aren't always what they seem. This theme makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because maybe things Government wise isn't what it seems like the wall in Mexico to secure that there not illegal trespassers coming into the U.S.A. What if its about something else? One character in my reading that makes me question something about my own life is Barry. He got shot and that me question, will anybody in my family die to being shot? Will I die to being shot?
I read The life of Pi by Yann Martel about an Indian boy named Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel, who's cargo ships sinks with his family in it. He, along with a tiger name Richard Parker, a hyena, a zebra, and an orangutan named Orange Juice escaped on a solitary lifeboat from the ship. He used a whistle and standing on the tarpaulin started rocking the boa so much that the tiger would begin to feel seasick and would not stop until he was dry heaving and when he stopped he would stop blowing the whistle as well. This made the tiger associate the whistle with extreme seasickness to be one over him, the alpha, not a weakling human. The character Pi Patel caused me to question something about my own life by the way he persevered on the lifeboat and found new ways to protect himself from and train Richard Parker.
I read The Kill Order by James Dashner, and I found the theme that even in rough times you have to stick with who you love. When Newt got infected with the flare, Thomas would not kill him even though Newt wanted to be killed. Instead Thomas Stood by Newt and even though Newt wanted two be killed and Newt started going crazy, but Thomas did not kill him, and in the end it worked out.
A character that made me question something about my own life was Newt because he just gave up. In a rough time like Newt was is I would not give up, I would try to push through it.
I have recently finished a novel called Animal Farm, an allegory that symbolizes life in the Soviet Union under communism. A theme that emerges from the story is how power can corrupt those that possess it. This makes me wonder if a communist government would succeed if it stayed true to its intentions. I don’t think it would work because humanity’s natural greed, and competitive nature. In communism, people are promised equal wealth and social status, but it’s very low, like minimum wage for all. Most people wouldn’t be happy with that, because they have already experienced comforts that would be lacking. Also, under communism, people aren’t being rewarded for extra work. For example, somebody that works 24/7 would still be paid as much as someone that works three hours a day. If there is no motivation, no one would work hard for nothing. This will cause a decrease in the country’s economy, and the overall strength of the nation.
The character that influenced me the most is Snowball the Pig. He was actually a good communist leader, with plans to improve life on the farm (country). Unfortunately, Snowball was exiled by Napoleon the Pig (aka Stalin). This reminds me of my middle school life, where students with great ideas and leadership potential are often overshadowed by more extroverted kids, with more friends and followers. I would like to see kids that aren’t usually in the spotlight too often getting the chance to lead a group project or something similar.
This summer I read a book called Small Miracles. It is book of life's coincidences. One in particular is about finding a stolen truck in less than an hour after it had been stolen. Gerry owned a big red Cadillac in which he stored his electronics, which he sold for a living. One day he left his car running to go inside a store to ask the manager, whom he was friends with, if he needed anything. Since the manager didn't need anything, he left the store only to discover, unfortunately, that his beloved Cadillac, was gone! Before calling the police, he called his best friend Mike. Mike pulled up to the store and asked hi if he would go with him wile he ran into a different store. Mike parked and asked Gerry if he minded waiting in the car. They had happened to park in a thousand-car parking lot. After Mike had gone in, Gerry glanced around the parking lot at all of the cars. Suddenly, a ray of light began to shine down. Gerry looked at what it was shining on, and it was shining down on his Cadillac! This person causes me to question my faith in what fate has in store for us, sometimes fate is gracious and beams good luck down upon us, otherwise we get too cocky and they ave to balance that out. In conclusion, fate always makes sure the balance is even.
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I read the book the Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. This book is about a young boy named Bruno who moves from Berlin to the Auschwitz concentration camp during the Holocaust. A theme of this book is that it is hard to maintain innocence during a difficult time period. This makes me wonder just how many young kids matured at a greater than average pace because of their experiences with the war. An example of this theme was when Bruno slid under the fence to the camp so he could play with his new friend who was in the camp. A character who made me question something about my life was Bruno. Over the course of the story, Bruno was exposed to some of the worst parts about the Holocaust, yet he stayed oblivious to what was happening all around him. This makes me question whether I could possibly go about my daily life with all of this going on around me as Bruno did. I assume that my life would be differed extremely under these circumstances.
The second book I read was “The Running Dream” by Wendelin Van Draanen. A theme in the book was when life gets flipped upside down you must try your hardest to turn it back around. This is shown in the book because Jessica loses her leg in a car accident which causes her life to drastically change because she can’t do her dream which is running. Her coach shows her videos of people who have lost there leg, but were able to run with a fake leg. This makes Jessica want to get a fake leg so she can run again. She researches about it all and realizes the prize to get a fake leg is really expensive. She asks her parents but they can’t afford it. Later on, she thinks of an idea of doing a car wash, her whole track team and her family help her. They make signs saying “help us raise money to get Jessica a fake leg so she can run again!”. Later on in the book they make enough money to get Jessica a fake leg. She struggles with the fake leg but that doesn’t stop her. Her friends and family keep pushing her. Eventually,Jessica begins to run again and takes everything what happened and make it work for her instead against her by trying her hardest. This made me re-examine my understanding of the world because it shows whatever happens to you, you always have to push threw it all and never give up. That is exactly what Jessica did, she was able to do her dream which was running.
Jessica causes me to question if I was her would I have been able to make all that money to get a fake leg to be able to run again or would I have not been able to make all that money and not be able to run again?
The first book I read was Wilder Girls by Rory Power. One of the general motifs of the book was having a now or never attitude. In the book, Hetty, Byatt, and Reese all have to live with a mysterious disease called Tox, that has invaded the island that they go to an all girl's school on, called Raxter. The book is very similar to Lord of the Flies, in where relationships and governing among children and teens will be tested. The theme of "now or never" is shown throughout the book, where Hetty and Reese have to go off, break quarantine, and risk their lives to save their friend. Another large theme of this book is 'Actions will have consequences.' When Reese and Hetty break this quarantine, when Hetty has to tell secrets, and when Reese has to choose between friend or family, these all have realistic consequences, such as the Tox being set loose into the forest. These characters taught me that even though taking chances can be important, actions can also result in good things or bad things happening.
In “The Lost,” by Natasha Preston, It shows the theme of betrayal. This story is about a small town where teenagers suddenly start disappearing, Piper and her best friend get kidnapped and find out that all of the missing kids were also kidnapped and they are all taken hostage and are forced to hurt and torture each other, so therefore they don’t know who will turn there backs on them or who they can trust just so they can protect themselves. This caused me to re-examine my world and my life because it’s similar in a way, not this threatening but in school with drama and friends you sometimes don’t really know who you can trust and who is betraying you. For example, Piper befriends Owen who is supposedly a new hostage and she learns to gain his trust and they become close but then she finds out that he is in with the plan and he was just using her, which in our lives it wouldn’t be as extreme but something similar happens with friends or family in our lives. Natasha Preston also conveys that you shouldn’t trust just anyone because you don’t know if they will hurt your or betray you, Another example of this is when Piper and Hazel get into the car with them she is immediately trusting them that they aren’t lying to her but they betrayed her trust and then kidnapped her, In conclusion I think that it made me realize and relate back to my life that whether it’s something small like a fight with a friends you need to be careful who you trust.
For my forth book I read "To All the Boys I've Loved Before: by Jenny Han. This book is about a girl named Lara Jean and every time she feel in love with a guy she would write a love letter but never send them, but they got out anyway.Two of the boys she sent letters to were Peter and Josh, Josh was dating her older sister. Lara Jean and Peter end up dating so Peter could get his ex back, but in the end they fall in love and date for real. A theme in this book is coming of age. In the beginning of the book Lara Jean depends on her sister to do everything and she has never had a boyfriend before. Her sister leaves for college and Peter is her new boyfriend. She has to go to parties for the first time and she has to grow up. This theme made be re-examine my life because sometimes I have to grow up and do things on my own and not depend on other people. A character in this book who cause me to question something in my life is Lara Jean because she cracks out of her shell and sometimes I could to.
The books I read were mostly biographies and one of them was called the "Last Lecture" by Randy Pauch. It's a recap on Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Paucsh's life. In 2006 when Randy was diagnosed with terminal cancer and was told he only has a few months left to live. With those few months left he made them the most purposful giving the "Last Lecture". The "Last Lecture" was written in order to give a reminder to his kids who he was because they were all too young to have memories of him at the time he was diagnosed. He also created the "Last Lecture" to leave his last mark on the world. This book made me think about life in the way that you could lose everything anytime and that tomorrow is not guaranteed for anyone. I thought this due to the fact that Randy was in the best shape of his life, and not having living with bad habits. Most of all though, he taught me to follow my "Childhood Dreams" because trying to achieve your dreams teaches you more things about your life that other experiences fail to.
One book I read this summer was Rebound by Kwame Alexander. The main theme of the book was about rebounding and moving on, which ties in perfectly with the title. This book is a sequel to the book Crossover. Before the book begins, Charlie’s dad dies. Charlie is really sad, and this affects his relationship with his mom. There is a lot of fighting. One of the main things they fight about is a new pair of shoes that Charlie’s dad was supposed to buy for him, but his mother won’t. Charlie’s mother thinks sending him to spend the summer with his grandparents in Washington, DC. will help fix their relationship. While he is there, he starts to reconnect with family, especially his cousin who helps him reconnect to his love of basketball. In general, he starts to become happier than he was at home. However, he is still obsessed with buying the expensive shoes and decides to have a friend help him get a discount on the shoes. What was supposed to be an innocent afternoon turns into Charlie ending up in jail after he was caught with his friend’s cousin’s backpack full of drugs. Charlie is able to get out of jail, and he doesn’t get in trouble because jail is punishment enough. But, his grandfather has a conversation with him about being sad, but living life and moving on. His grandfather reminds him to do things that would make Charlie’s dad proud, and focusing too much on things that don’t matter is not the way he should live his life. This conversation with his grandfather shows Charlie that no matter what happens in life, it is important to rebound and move on with his life.
Charlie’s journey in this book made me think about how our lives can change after something bad happens, and we have two choices, to move on or to spend too much time thinking about something we can’t change. Charlie was really sad about his dad, and this impacted his relationship with his mom and his love of basketball. He was getting into trouble at home, and he was unhappy. Eventually, he realizes that it is okay to be sad but he needs to move on. This shows me that there are things in our life that we cannot control, but we can do our best to move on and continue with our lives.
I read the book Saint Anything by Sara Dessen, it's about a girl named Sydney who's brother got put in jail for driving under the influence and crashing into a bicyclist and causing him to be paralyzed, she transfers school to help her family have more money for her brother's court trials. However she hasn't fully forgiven him for what he did, instead Sydney feels the guilt from her brother's accident . She meets a lovely family who helps her learn to deal with being at a new school and trying to get rid of the guilt from her brother and convinces her that she won't turn into her brother no matter what her family thinks. There are a few themes in this book, two of themes are that friends and family help shape you but don't define who you are, and your decisions in life matter. This makes me re-examine the world because there are a lot of people who either try to be someone they are not just to fit in or be cool and there for make bad decisions or are pressured by others to be someone they aren't.The character Peyton made me question my life because in the book, Peyton makes some bad decisions that put him in jail and changed not only his life but the people that were surrounding his's life. This made me realize that the actions that you take can make or break your life, depending on what you do it will help you with your career, family, friends, and the kind of person that you are.
Another book that I read is A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi. This book takes place right after 9/11, the main character Shirin, just transferred to a new school, she has a hard time meeting new people because she is muslin and many people are either scared of her or tell her that she shouldn't be here. That is until she meets Ocean, he is her lab partner and tries his best to be her friend. However Shirin pushes people away because she worries that others will judge her. Thought-out the book Shirin deals with people who judge her by her race while Ocean has feelings for her. She also tries to see if people judging her will affect the way she lives her life. A huge theme in this book is that, a person is a person, it doesn't matter what you look like or who you are, you still have feelings and deserve respect. This made me re-examine the world because even right now people are being judge based on they're race just like they did hundreds of years ago. It's not as obvious but it's happening, and not only in the United States but around the world. The character Ocean makes me question my life because throughout the book he lets people's thoughts about him get to him, this made me question myself because sometimes it's best to live your life and not let other's thoughts about you interfere which I might also do.
One more book I read was OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu , this book is about a girl named Bea, in the beginning she finds out that she has OCD, so she goes to a group session where she can express her feeling and try to deal with her OCD. However in the group she meets a guy named Beck. and they try to help each other deal with their problems and end up falling for each-other. However, Bea started stalking this guy Named Austin and his wife Sylvia who is one of her social workers patients . She tries to get involved with they're lives but also knows that she shouldn't and tries to stop. Thought-out the book she deals with feelings for both Austin and Beck, and dealing with her OCD. One theme in this book is that love means being there for each other , this is because Bea and Beck had to be their for each other, Beck helped Bea with her OCD and Bea helped Beck with getting over his little sister's death. This made me re-examine the world because I realized that love is all around us, not dating, but compassion for one another and striving to help others, but this isn't always show. The character Bea made me question myself because she let a lot of things from her past affect her in the present so she was sad over something that happened years ago effect her. This made me question myself if I did this same thing and how you can think positively and have a positive outlook on life instead of thinking about negative things in the past.
You've found some excellent realistic fiction here! :-) Very different stories with some common themes and thought-provoking ideas. These great choices make me realize how many great authors are out there, writing about how--although our stories may seem different on the surface--we are all connected in our human-ness and our need to give and receive love. <3
This summer I read Ready Player One. This book is about a kid named Wade Watts, who lives in a dystopian world where the real world is falling to bits, so people spend most of their time in a VR world called the OASIS. (Symbolism, because an oasis is a pleasant place in an otherwise barren dessert.) The OASIS is a virtual habitat were you can do pretty much do anything. The main plot of the book is about Wade looking for special eggs, and collecting all three will result in gaining complete control of OASIS, which is extremely lucrative and powerful.
This made me realize that sometimes you need to pay attention to something right in front of you, even if it can be hard.
In fallout by Todd Strasser It shows an important lesson in life the the main character Scott goes through which is leadership and perseverance. Scott and his family struggle to survive in a underpins tunnel to prevent the booms to come into effect with their family, the underground tunnel wis only for their family when they heard banging and had to let people in. Scott has a younger brother Sparky Who asks a lot of questions to figure out what’s happening, when the main leadership comes into had when Scott comforts his brother and protects him as his dads right had.Scott also learns how to preserve through things he may not want to do even if it’s for the good of the group or family. Throughout reading this book it helps me re-examen my understanding of the world because when I’m asked to do something I should just do it right away and do it with a smile on my face, also when it comes to a point where everyone in in survival mode and our family has a tunnel I would always help my dad and any injured people like Scott’s mom.
The boomerang effect is a funny and a suspenseful book that takes place at school with the schools biggest troublemaker Lawrence, In this book it talks about what not to do and what to do like when you almost get fully expelled. The boomerang effect helps readers understand when you get the opportunity to do something again to do it better. This can help me when I play a basketball game and we loose to a team and play them again to play even better and I can do whatever I did wrong the first time right or even better. Like when Lawrence almost get fully expelled but then realizes how this can affect his whole life.
This summer, I decided to read some new and some old books, and also reread previous books to know more about the book and what I might have missed.
The book 'Forge' is about Curzon and Isabelle escaping from the slave owners Mr. and Mrs. Bellingham. When they reach Valley Forge, Curzon and Isabelle try to find the farm that Ruth, Isabelle's little sister is sold to and safe all of them from slavery.
Some themes in this book are fighting for the right thing and that people are are equal no matter what color. Even though that slavery ended in the 1860's, there is still racism and discrimination of color. After reading this book, I realized that even though wars, big fights, and slavery was a long time ago, we still have racism and fights. I saw the world being poor even after all the really bad things happened in the past, I still see some things from the horrible past happen now.
A character that causes me to question about my own life is Isabelle because when she fights for no slavery, she gets beat and she takes the pain to keep fighting for what is good. In my life, I see people getting picked on and they fight back, but there are some people in life that I know who are scared to fight back and take the pain and try to deal with it. After reading the book, I wondered if anyone took encouragement from Isabelle fighting back and chose to fight back against those people who bug them in there life.
For the forth book I read during the summer I decided to read the book Popular by Maya Van Wagenen and it was really good!
In this book it made me think about confidence and especially how are people confident and does it really matter? The answer is yes and it really shows it in the book that you need to be confident or else it will bring you down and Maya really shows that is the book Popular.
The next question also connect to the first one because one of the themes in Popular is confidence and Maya made me question how my confidence is and how confident really am I?
This summer read The book Thief. This book made me realize that no matter what you do nothing will be all perfect. In my book Liesel's only escape was reading. So when things got so hard her only escape was to steal books so that she could read. This made me realize that not all things could be perfect was because she was going threw so much and so much pain but she could only escape the pain by stealing. Liesel made me think about what bad things I have done to make myself feel better and how that could have affected other people because in the book she steals books so that she could resolve her pain but other people get effected from her stealing books.
One book I read was The Life of Pie. In the book the main character made a friendship with a tiger and this showed me that even when all things say that there shouldn't be peace you should fight for it any way. This was shown because a person and a tiger should not get along however they formed a friendship anyway. Pi Patel makes me question how many things I have pushed away because I don't think it will work before I've tried.
A book I read over the summer was called: One Of Us Is Lying by: Karen M. McManus. This is book falls under the mystery genre because of the search for the killer of Simon. While reading this book, I came across the theme of sometimes in life appearances are deceiving. In the book, certain characters are suspected for the murder because of their stereotype, and because they were with him at the time. This book makes me re-examine my understanding of the real world because it has straight me not to jump to conclusions right away. Bronwyn makes me question how hard of a worker I really am? For example, in the book Bronwyn is a straight A student and needs to keep her grades up so that she can go to an Ivy League. However, in chemistry she had a D average in midterm and worked so hard to bring her grade up that she ended with an A by the end of the year.
Even though Bronwyn cheated her way to get the grade at the end of the year in chemistry, she worked as hard as she could for the other grades.
some of the books i read this summer were
"The hate you give"
"all american boys"
"Five feet apart"
"love hate and other filters"
The book that got me to really think how there should be a change in the world was the hate you give.Reading this book i thought about the themes of bravery and most importantly racism. The reason this book made me think differently is because when starr and her child good friend khalil get pulled over and khalil gets out of the car and the police officer claims that he made a mistake for a hair brush thinking it was a gun.and starr wanted to help but she couldn't because the cop wouldn't let her. When the cop does not get charged for the murder that's when i realized i thought strongly go the theme racism. Starrs parents like her to go to the safer school in but in her school its mostly whites and at school she's starr 1 who has to be perfect and not care about the racism but at home in garden heights she is starr 2 who can be who she wants except for starr 1. In garden heights it is mostly black people not as rich as whites and the blacks are the ones who get in trouble with the cops for no reason and the blacks are the ones who always get shot for no reason. starr cannot share version two of her to her friends and boyfriend at school and when one of starrs friends make a racist comment and how the cop shouldn't be charged starr is forced to show her other version to her friends. The causing of this death makes starr and everyone around her more alert. This made me understand the world more clearly and what needs to change.
this summer I wanted to read 6 books. I didn't have enough time and only read 5. the books I read were...
"I Know what You Did Last Summer", "Counting to Perfect", "Phoebe will Destroy You", "Listen to Your Heart", and "Better off Friends."
The themes of the books I read made me re-examine my understanding off the world because I chose books that had similarities to my life. Because of this I was able to make connections to my life and I was able to understand thinks through a different perspective. Such as the main characters.
Characters from my reading that made me question something about my own life was Ray Bronson from the book "I Know What You did Last Summer." I chose Ray because he wanted to go back to see if the boy was okay. He felt bad and wanted help even though he could get in trouble. But, instead Ray agrees to the pact and decides to move away. This made me think because if I were Ray would I go back to help or would I move on with my life. He knows what he did was a horrible thing but he's scared to get in trouble.
This summer I read the book Batman: Year One by Frank Miller. This book is really about Bruce Wayne becoming Batman. Most people have the idea that Bruce Wayne put on a costume started fighting crime and became a hero known as Batman, but it's much harder and more complicated than that. After the death of his parents he was depressed, but soon realized he wanted almost needed to make a difference and he so he decided he wanted to fight crime. First, he had to train. Bruce had to gain the strength, agility, and strategy. Then, he got a disguise being famous anyone would recognize him he needed to find himself and what would fit perfectly. After than all that was left was to fight crime, make allies, get his name out and reputation out. The hardest part. Through the whole book Bruce is discovering himself and who he really is. Before he was just the son who got his parents riches, he didn't have a real identity, he didn't have friends, he didn't even have enemies. All he had was himself and his butler. This portrays the theme of identity very clearly. This theme makes me think about our world by the thinking of people. Without people the world wouldn't be the same. Just like Bruce so may people in the world struggle with identity issues lots people don't know who they truly or who they want to be until they are adults. To know who you really are you have to be true to yourself and even though that seems easy it is quite difficult for many people. Finally, when Bruce let himself think about his parents death he realized who he wanted to be and what he wanted to do and at that point he knew nothing was going to stop him.
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.
And Then There Were None shows a theme of justice. Ten strangers are lured onto an island to meet this mysterious man named Owen but soon realize that Owen doesn’t exist. One by one they start to die. Unfortunately I have to give away the ending of the book. A man named Justice Wargrave knows that all of the people on the island have gotten away with murder accept for him of course. He found out he had cancer not too long before then and knew he was going to die anyway. He decides to get revenge on the murderers and kills each one of them in a different way based on a nursery rime. This makes me question the number of people that have gotten away with murder that are walking around on the streets fight now and when is too far for justice?
I read “I Am Legend” by Richard Matheson. The theme this book is shown toward the end, when Robert Neville (the main character) realizes that even though he is the only real and complete normal person, he is now the outsider of a a new and building society. The theme of this book is perspective of normalcy. It made me re-examine and realize that if the majority of people are one way, even if that way if humans with tails or completely covered with tattoos, that will become the new normal and people who are what we consider “normal” today will me outcasts. That is what happed to Neville In “I Am Legend.” A character who made me question something about my life is Ben Cortman. He is one of the infected to shows up to Neville’s house every day and taunts him. Neville claims to hate him, but when he sees him butchered by someone who is not himself, he is overcome with surprising grief. Robert has become so used and attached to him that when he was taken he knew that that was the end. It made me question what in my life I claim to hate that I would have the same reaction that Neville had to Cortman if lost.
This summer I read “Five Feet Apart” by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, and Tobias Ianconis. The theme of this book is perseverance and readers see this through on of the main characters Stella. Stella, suffering from CF, keeps trying to stay alive and does everything she can to do so. Eventually, she does not get an absolute cure, but does get new lungs that let her breathe easily for the first time in her life and add another 5+ years to her life. This made me examine the understanding of the world because it shows that hard work does pay off and also that even if there is not a total solution to a problem, you still have to be grateful for what you get. It makes me happier with what I have after taking a second glance at how the world truly is today and how much worse it could have been, it makes the little annoyances easy unnoticeable. The character Poe makes me question something about my own life because he suffered from CF and let it control a major part of his life. He is too scared to become very attached to people because he thinks he will end up being more of a burden than he’s worth. It makes me question what could of been if I had been more outgoing in certain times of my life.
I read “The Summer I Turned Pretty” by Jenny Han. This book is about a girl who goes to a beach house with her very very close every year, but this year she has changed. One theme in this book is maturity. Belly (the main character) learns how to handle the boys she stays with and continue with her life when she finds out her aunt has cancer once again. Readers watch her learn how to handle herself and help others around her and watch her actually mature throughout the book. It made me re examine the world because Belly goes through this process without even knowing it, and readers as well can very easily miss it. It made me wonder how often people mature or learn lessons they will never forget without even realizing it. You find yourself skilled at something without knowing or remembering how you learned it or doing something with tricks you never remember acquiring. The character Susanna made me question something about my life because she gets cancer for the second time, knows she will die soon, and makes the most of the time she has. It makes me question what I would do if I was in her position and how I would break the news to my friends and family, because Susanna waits to tell them until they have already figured it out, even if she didn’t want them to.
Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
Serafina and the Black Cloak shows a theme of curiosity. Serafina, the main character, on night sees a man wearing a black cloak, holding a green lantern in his gloved hands, and carrying a girl in a yellow dress draped over his shoulder and was stalking the Biltmore Mansion’s corridors. Even though her father told her not to, she and her friends set off into the forest to find the man in the black cloak and all the people he had taken. This makes me think about how far is too far when it comes to curiosity and disobeying your parents?
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Jane Eyre shows a theme of courage. The main character, Jane, was very rude as a child and was sent to a boarding school. She never had a family and was an orphan all her life. She made friends through school and eventually graduated and went to college. There she met her future husband and decided to stop going to college and explore the world with him. He was very rich and it took a lot of courage to give up her career and depend on him. Divorce was a lot less common back in 1847 where this story takes place than it is today. This makes me think about how often things like this happen in every day life and how many people are left with no money if they decide to divorce or how many people can’t divorce because they are relying on their husband/ wife.
Gullibers Travles by Jonathan Swift
Gullivers Travles shows a theme of perspective. Gulliver, the main character, Travles to different places each conquered by its own species. Even though they were different to him, he knew he had to try and see things from their perspective in order to survive and see that they might think that he is weird and different as well. This makes me think about how there are so many people around the world arguing about things that don’t matter and no one stops and thinks about how the other person might see the situation and if they did, there would be a lot less conflict. And if Gulliver hadn’t stopped to think about the other person, there would have probably been a lot of war and the book would have ended differently and on a different note.
I read the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The themes of this book make me re-examine my understanding of the world. It makes me realize how our modern world is expanding our freedoms, but also compressing them. The motif of censorship is also strongly placed in this book. Guy Montag question my own life. How controlled really am I by new aspects of this generation? How much is my perception really fogged on certain topics?
The first book I read this summer was "Dear Evan Hansen" by Val Emmich. This powerful story is about the life of high school senior Evan Hansen who has severe social anxiety. When a letter that was never meant to be seen by anyone gets placed into the wrong hands, Evan gets dragged into a family's grief over the loss of their son. All he has to do is pretend that Connor Murphy was his secret best friend, but a simple lie leads to complicated truths though out the story. One of the most important massages in this book consist of the theme of loneliness.Though out the book we see the main character Evan being swallowed by my social media and seeing that all he wants is to feel like hes not invisible. The character of Evan has made me question and realized how hard it is for people with mental illnesses and how isolating loneliness can be. Reading this book has made me re-examine my understanding of the world by showing the importance of reaching out to people that need to be found and sharing kindness. Even if it is just a small act of kindness, it can mean the word to someone who is going through tough times. This book is a must read, especially for anyone wanting to read a authentic first person narration.
In the book Other Words From Home written by Jasmine Warga the theme makes me re-examine the world. The theme is When one door closes another opens this may seem like a standard theme to you and thats what I thought at first. But, the simple phrase one door closes another door opens does not tell you how hard that door was to open or for instance was it locked. The main characters name is Jude she lived in Syria with her family up until there was chaos and fighting in her village. Jude her mother and her little sister all went to Cincinnati where her uncle and his family lived. Throughout the book Jude has a lot of struggles fitting in and adapting to the American lifestyle the theme makes sense because, as she left Syria one door closed her dad and her brother with their traditions and the ways of living. But, when she left another door opened witch was the safe new american "dream". This makes me re-examine the world because I can't imagine leaving everything behind and coming somewhere so strange and unfamiliar.
Jude makes me also question something from my own life. She makes me wonder what my first emotions and reaction would be if I had to drop everything and leave. This book is a must read it will make you really understand what is important in life.
The second book I read this summer was "See You At Harry's" by Jo Knowles.This powerful and gut wrenching story is about twelve-year-old girl Fern. Fern feels like shes invisible. With her dad always trying to boost business at the family restaurant. Her mom constantly leaving t o go meditate. Her sister finding ways to get out of work, and her brother focused on a new friend. And finally her three year old baby brother Charlie who is the center of everything. But when everything changes Fern feels more alone than ever and feels responsible for the devastating event. One of the most important themes in this book is to appreciate what you have before it's all gone. Fern never realized what she had before it was gone. She finally realizes what she had too late and she can't take it back no matter how much she wants to. She wishes she should have acted nicer and kinder. Her biggest regret was not appreciating what she had before she lost it all. This theme makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because it makes me grateful for what I have and the people I still have in my life.Fern cause me to question what I would do if what happened to her sibling happened to one of mine. In terms of how I would cope with such a disaster and how it would affect my whole family. Would recommend to anyone who would like to read an amazing book that will break your heart and put it back together again.
The third book I read this summer was "13 Reasons Why" by Jay Asher. Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying outside on his patio. Inside he finds thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, a former classmate of Clay's, explaining the thirteen reasons why Hannah took her life two weeks prior to that day. Clay never remembers doing anything wrong to Hannah, but his name is on the list, so he must listen. One of the major themes in this book is the theme of betrayal. In the book, Hannah talks extensively about how betrayal took a part in her choice to end her life. It all started with Justin Foley, Hannah's first kiss. Hannah put so much significance and importance into the kiss while Justin repaid her by spreading rumors about what happened that day. Thus starting the snowball effect of lies that bulldozed through Hannah’s life. This theme makes the reader re-examine their understanding of the world by teaching them the lesson that while some actions or events may be insignificant to you, it can significantly affect someone else. This theme can leave the reader to think more carefully about their actions in the real world.The character of Hannah made me question what I would do if I saw a fellow peer going through tough times. Hannah often talked about feeling alone and having no one to turn to. This makes me wonder what would happen if she just had one friend or person to talk to. Would that change the outcome of how things ended for her? Hannah's story has taught me the importance of reaching out and spreading kindness. Even if it is a small act of kindness it could really help someone like Hannah. Would recommend to anyone who wants to read a powerful and heart wrenching book about teen suicide.
This summer I read With the Fire on High about a teenage mom with big dreams of becoming a chef. The theme of the book is persistence is worth the wait. This theme makes me re-examine my understanding of the world by showcasing that persisting is key to accomplish big things. Emoni persists in working long hours in the school kitchen at her high school to preps-are a massive amount of food for the Winter Dinner, raising funds for her class trip to Spain to learn their food culture. Her persistence is key to her success in being accepted into the college she was hoping to get into.
The sun is also a star by Nicola Yoon Is a love story between a Jamaican American Natasha and the Korean American Daniel. In the course of 12 hours in New York City under threat of the portion they fall in love throughout the book Natasha and Daniel think big and outside the box in different parts of the world this house and a razor in my understanding of the world to think outside the box and hear what other people have to say because just hearing is a love story between a Jamaican American Natasha and the Korean American Daniel. In the course of 12 hours in New York City under threat of the portion they fall in love throughout the book Natasha and Daniel think big and outside the box in different parts of the world this house anyways even my understanding of the world to think outside the box and hear what other people have to say because just hearing you selfs ideas you won’t get far v.s. heading more you could get even farther.
One of the books i read this summer is One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. Its about 4 students that are accused of murdering their classmate during school detention. The dead classmate, Simon has an app for gossip at school on which he posts huge rumors about students at the high school. The book made me re-examine my understanding of the world because it made me realize how unpredictable things can be and that accusations aren’t always right. The characters in the book make me question that even if someone seems like they have the most perfect life, they still go through issues that every other human goes through in their life.
This summer I read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling. This was the last book in the series, where Harry has to go on a quest to destroy all of the horcruxes to kill Voldemort. The themes of this book made me re examine my understanding of the world because it shows how sometimes in life people sacrifice themselves so that other people don’t have to suffer. Harry (and Ron and Hermione) sacrificed his life so that other people didn’t have to suffer with Voldemort being almost completely in control of their world. Harry made me question how people go through tough situations that they shouldn’t have to go through.
This summer, I read Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. In the book, the theme of holding on in desperate times makes me realize to persevere even when I think I cant anymore. Brian makes me question that I don't try hard enough in my own life because he gave it his all to survive after his plane crashed. Also, it makes me question that I take things for granted in my life and that they just come to me automatically. For example, constant food, water, and shelter.
In the book Jurassic Park By Michael Crichton one of the main themes is not to let anyone make a decision if you are not okay with it. When the were creating the dinosaur models they did not calculate the sizes correctly. This is because they only took into account the genes and lifestyle of the dinosaurs. The models were not the correct sizes which impacted the island. There were many more dinosaurs on the island than needed. The incorrect measurements impacted the food available for the dinosaurs. For example, they did not have the right amount of for the carnivores but onivoros they could be replanted. In addition, since the measurements were not correct the space was limited. The carnivores were in containment and were not able to roam free as the should. The omnivours would be able to roam around in a contained field or forest since they were not a threat to each other. If people took the time to question the decisions that were being made regarding the dinosaurs than their habitat would be more balanced. The dinosaurs would not have as many limitations to their daily life since they would be able to roam the fields and have enough food to eat. Also there population would continue to increase instead of decrease. This is because dinosaurs and humans were being picked off 1 by 1 which impacted the population as a whole. Animals lives as well as humans were in danger because of the decisions regarding the model size. If someone spoke up about the correct dimensions than people and dinosaurs lives could have been saved.
Disclaimer! Spoilers! Do not read if you plan to read or not finished ThunderHead!
I recently finished the second book of the arc of a scythe novels, ThunderHead. This novel follows three stories; the story of Scythe Anastasia (Citra) and Curie, the story of Scythe Lucifer (Rowan), and the story of Greyson Trollier. Throughout these stories, the theme of how power can corrupt emerges. An example of this is when Scythe Goddard was revived, and tried to run for Head Scythe of MidMerica. Fortunately, Anastasia prevented that, arguing to the GrandSlayers (the Scythe’s judicial court) that he is not fit to lead. This however angered Goddard, who orders scientists to sink Endura, the island they were debating on, killing all the GrandSlayers, and many old order Scythes. This puts the Scythedom in chaos, as they just lost their government. Goddard’s quest for ultimate power corrupted him. This made me realize that every single government in this world could fall to the same fate. For the Scythedom, it took an angry, power hungry man and his new order followers to bring it down. What is stopping someone similar in a government from taking control, and destroy it?
The character that caused me to re-examine my life was Rowan (again). In this story, he is a vigilante scythe, gleaning all the scythes he saw as corrupt, like Goddard. However, his actions are not approved by the majority of Scythedom, including the Head Scythe, Xenocrates. This makes me wonder if I would do something like that. For example, if in school I saw someone get excluded by my friends, would I stick up for them, like Rowan, and get hated, or would I stand aside? I hope that if I do have the courage to do what I feel is right, my friends would understand. If not, hopefully I would be able to get new friends that except me and my choices.
A book that I read this summer was called “Since You’ve Been Gone” by Morgan Matson, a theme that was displayed throughout this book is sometimes you have to step outside your comfort zone. Emily and Sloane are best friends, they have known each other for 2 years and it has felt like they have known each other forever. Emily is very shy and does not like to do things that she does not feel comfortable doing, Sloane on the other hand, it a free spirit and does whatever comes to her mind. One day, Sloane randomly leaves town leaving Emily nothing but a list of 13 things to do. On the list are things that Emily would never do, but the only way to find out where her best friend has gone is to complete the list. During Emily’s quest to complete the list, she encounters 3 people...Dawn, Frank, and Matthew (everyone calls him by his last name, Collins). With the help of her 3 new friends, Emily steps outside of her comfort zone, and realizes things about herself that she never knew in order to find Sloane. Emily makes me realize that in my own life, I don’t really step outside of my comfort zone and that trying new things may not be as bad or nerve-wrecking as they seem to be.
This summer I read The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen. It's about a girl whose mom was an alcoholic and died when she was ten. Her dad just got remarried and when their plans got turned upside down, she goes to her mother's family who live at North Lake and run a motel there. She has only met them once before when she was four or five. She meets Roo, her childhood friend who helps her fill in the story time gap between when she last left and when she arrived now. As she spends more and more time there, the theme jumps out as coming of age. This theme makes me re-examine my understanding of the world by opening my eyes to now how close high school and then college are now, only 4+ years off. Emma Saylor shows how coming of age can change the way you see the world, even slightly prepare for it.
This summer I started off by reading the book "Flipped" by Wendelin Van Draanen. This book is told from two perspectives, a girl named Juli, and a boy named Bryce. The book starts off when Bryce moves across the street from Juli. Juli was super exited that Bryce moved in next to her because she had been wanting someone her age in her neighborhood for quite a while. Right as she saw the moving truck in his driveway she got super excited and ran over to his house. When she saw Bryce she instantly fell in love with him and his blue eyes. Well Bryce didn't feel the same way about her at all. He thought that Juli was a weird, quirky little girl and wanted nothing to do with her. That was in second grade, as the years went by nothing much changed. But in the eighth grade everything gets turned around. Just as Bryce is thinking that there is a lot more to Juli than he thought, Juli's thinking that Bryce isn't what she thought he was. Do not judge people ever, you may just find out that there is more to everyone that you know. That was the theme that I was able to identify in this book that I read. Bryce put a label on Juli right from the start and he decided that he hated her from the beginning. That stuck with him for a long time and he never got to know who she really was. The same thing with Juli, she liked him for so long and she never really get to know him and that all changed when she actually got to know him. This theme helped me to re-examine my understanding of the world because it made me wonder if people label other people in their day to day lives. The character Bryce from the book made me question something in my own life. This character made me question if I am labeling people before actuality getting to know them.
I read the Witch of black bird pond by Elizabeth George Speare. Kit (Katherine Tyler) travels by ship to the Connecticut Colony to find her Aunt Rachel, Kit's only remaining family after all of what’s happened she needs to find her. Kit Tyler like the rest of the people. She is soon thrown into the boiling water when her behavior starts to get the best of her. She holds grudges between people and then it becomes a riot. Just because she has different views of the world. Her behavior in Wethersfield gets looked upon and causes issues within the town, which continues with accusing her of witchcraft, which progresses to her arrest, and a trial. Passengers on the Dolphin start mumbling around that she is a true witch, when they find out she can swim. At that time no one swam because if you could float you were a witch or had magic. If you were thrown in the water and you sunk they would pray and let you know they are truly sorry for sacrificing you, but if you are witch they would leave you in the water or they would kill you in front of everybody. They would take any chances for anyone else to be killed. Kit was taught how to swim when she was younger. The world bears issues for people to do something about it or to inform people. Kit is someone who doesn’t back down or let anyone ruffle her feathers. The theme is that even if you go out on your own doesn’t mean your truly alone. Kit makes friends in the way. Meets new people who put her in her place and learns things, even if she thinks she isn’t.
This summer I read...
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Love,Simon by Becky Albertalli
13 reasons why by Jay Asher
and The Hunger games by Suzanne Collins
All of these books connect to our world. Like Jane Eyre could have been an actual person back then, and 13 reasons why talks about important problems our world faces today like bullying,suicide,etc. And The Hunger Games isn’t a real thing but it can happen in the future and it talks about poverty, war and real life problems like that. I chose these books because I really liked them and they seemed interesting. I really liked them and some of them I would even read again.
I read The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. The novel is about a girl named Natasha who is being deported with her family back to Jamaica because of her father’s DUI (which caused them to be found out) and a boy named Daniel who has a dream of becoming a poet while his parents want him to go to Yale and become a doctor. Natasha meets Daniel on her last day of living in America and the themes of the book show how fate and timing can cause so many unexpected things. The themes of the book make me re-examine my understanding of the world because they show that timing has a huge impact on your life and can change major life decisions. Daniel makes me question things in my own life because I would rather spend my life doing something that i life than having a job about something that i’m not passionate about.
This summer I read The First Lady by James Patterson. This book starts with an affair that the President has, just months before the election for his second term, getting exposed. Soon after, the First Lady goes missing. Secret Service agent Sally Grissom leads a secret search for the First Lady under the President's directions. This story follows a group of main characters as they find out what really happened to the First Lady. One of the themes of this book is how important family is. This made me think about how lucky I am to have a supportive and understanding family. President Harrison Tucker made me think about how damaging lies can be to a person's life.
Another book I read this summer was The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore. This book is a non-fiction book about the lives of two men that share the name Wes Moore. These two people had amazingly similar backgrounds, but one ended up sentenced to life in prison and the other worked in the White House. One of the themes of this book is how small choices can impact our entire lives. This has made me realize that I need to put more thought into every single choice I make. These two characters and the differences in where they eventually end up but the similarities in where they started has made me realize I control my own destiny
the first book i read this summer was the hate you give. and the theme in this book is don't judge others by there racists,speak up for whats right. the reason why i choose this theme was because in the hate you give starr the main character has a big life changing moment. her friend kalio has been busy not telling her whats up. and they were driving home from a party together when kalio was pulling a hair brush because he loves to brush his hair when a WHITE police officer shot khalio. i thought this was very wrong he dint even have a weapon. i get you are supposed to do as the police officer says be he can't just assume that he has a weapon because he's black. the moment has been awful and starr had to see it happen. a lot of people were saying that the police officer had a right to of that. WHITE kids from stars school. an example of this is they had a walk out at school,these white kids saw a chance just to skip school and dint understand what had just happened. and star didn't know what to do,speak up and say whats right and possibly being in danger or drop it. this was a lot on starr,she was trying to fit in at her new white girl school and her "friends" were talking trash about kalios situation. starr had enough were many other black people did too,they decided to have a riot,that was already dangerous enough being there were there is police officer with guns. she's fighting for black equity esperaclly for peace for kalo. star had me question about my life. are there any major problems happening that need to be solved. the theme in the hate you give make me examine the world by it shows that equity is a major problem in are world that causes war. and that just because your back or white that shouldn't define who you are and it really shoulnt mean anything. its just a color. and blacks should have freedom like whites and that know body should go through what happened to kilo. star asked her black uncle thats a police officer "if it was a white person would you say hands up or would you shoot?" (uncle) " hands up" " if it were a black person would you say "hands up or shoot?" (uncle) "shoot" this is whats so messed up in are socciety. and because of starr she had made a difference!!!
the second book i read was a dogs purpose. the story begins with a happy puppy entertaing the world,ready to play and exsplore, sadly for the puppy his life doesn't last long. after passing away the puppy is surprised to come back as a puppy again. this time a different body soon he becomes a family pet named bailey and specifically is a best friend to the son of the family,ethan. as time passes by the boy grows up and heads to collage. bailey passes away once again. but this time happy to have lived a long life with a human he loves. because bailey has came back again and again,bailey had came back as a different breed and purpose. finally after many lives he realizes his main purpose is to spend time with the people he loves and to help them in there life as much as he can. this ties in with the theme of reincarnation,loyalty and unconditional love. what character makes me question something about my life. bailey does,he askes me what my true purpose is to accomplish. and the theme of the dogs purpose helps me examine my life that i should really aprieate my loved ones and make sure they know that because you never know when you lift comes to a end because we don't reincarnate like dogs do. and it also showed me that dogs are good companions and family members
One more book I read this summer was Counting By 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan. The main theme in this book was moving forward even when life works against you. Willow Chance, the main character, is super smart but is also very awkward. Because of this, she never has many friends. At the beginning of the book, she goes home one day after school to see that her parents have died in a traffic accident. All of a sudden, she finds herself even more alone and has no idea where she is going to live. Through this tragedy, she ends up making friends at her counseling and finds some people who are willing to take care of her until she is given permanent parents. Throughout the book, Willow meets people and she ends up changing their lives. At the end of the book two of the people that she met throughout the book team up and agree to take care of her. The theme, moving forward even when life works against you is shown throughout the book when Willow has to overcome the death of her parents. Willow is forced to open up and let other people into her life. Because of this, she helps a lot of different people, who in the end, team up to help her when she needs a permanent home. This theme is similar to the book Rebound which I also read this summer. It teaches us to move forward even when something bad or hard gets in our way.
Willow is different than the other kids around her. She is basically a genius, and she is very scientific. She is too honest, which causes other kids to bully her, and she has no friends. The way others treated Willow in the book makes me think about how often we judge people based on the way they dress or act, but had the other kids gotten to know Willow, they would have learned how nice and caring she is. This relates to the real world because we often judge others based on superficial things, rather than getting to know them first.
The third book i read was "Soul Surfer by Morgan Taylor". A theme in the book was you can do whatever you want if you just set your heart to it, and just never give up, and just go out there and do it. This is shown in the book when Bethany Hamilton started surfing when she was 5. Her skills progressed very quickly. She entered into tons of contest and won for all of them. She never stopped striving to reach her goal. To ultimately become a world champion surfer. Then one day it all changed. It was a sunny halloween morning in 2003 when Bethany 13 year old went out surfing with her best friend, Alana Blanchard and Blanchard father. Hamilton and her best went far out on there boards in the water, even tho the waves were not a challenge to them. As Bethany lay on her surfboard waiting for a with her left arm hanging on the side, a tiger shark attacked her. It took a seventeen inch wide bite out of the surf board and her arm. The shark tor her entire arm off just below her shoulder. Hamilton quickly swam to shore only using her arm she had left and she was rushed to the hospital. At this point her dreams would be over she had lost almost 70% of her blood but she didn't give up to fight to live. Just ten weeks after the accident, hamilton went right back to the ocean to re learn how to surf with one arm.After a couple of practices she started to surf competitively again. That year she had placed fifth at the national surfing championship and joined the united states national surfing team. Hamiltion won the "2004 ESPY award for best comeback Athlete. This made me re examine my understanding of the world because it shows whatever you are inspired to do, just put your heart to it, and never give up.( As i stated above). That exactly what hamilton did "Her dream was never lost because she had the determination to pick herself up and ride the wave"
Bethany Hamilton causes to question myself if I was her, would I have gone back in the water after that terrible shark bite or would I have been done with surfing and not go back out?
the third book i read was a dogs journey. bailey feels that he has served his purpose by taking care of eathan. eaten his deceased master and hannah and his other family members who live on a farm. however when hanahs granddaughter a toddler named clarity comes to visit the farm with her mother gloria. buddy can't help but feels that eathan would want him to help clarity because her curiosity leads her to dangerous situations and gloria her mother doesn't pay attention to her. as a result buddy saves cj from drowning and being trampled by a horse. instead of amiting that she has been negligent and praising buddy for his actions. gloria blames him for each of cps predicaments and gets mad when cj shows buddy effecting. she later leaves the farm with cj after becoming angry when hannah suggests that she takes care of cj so that gloria so gloria can continue her singing career. after some time buddy dies thinking that he will not be reborn and that he hopes that there will be a dog for cj because she needs one. to clarify the theme in this book is that its ok to love more than one person strongly and self assurance and help others. this makes me examine my place in the world because i see many relationships day to day where people are so obsessed on helping or loving one person that they reelect other s without meaning too. cj the main character has caused me to reevaluate many things in my life it makes me want to work through my own problems and ask for help when i need it.
the fourth book i read was ugly. when robert was born he had a tumor the size of a tennis ball in the middle if his face and short and twisted legs. surgeons removed the tumor and made him a new nose from one of his toes, amazingly he survived with a face that would never be the same. strangers stared at him,kids called him names and adults could be cruel in there own way. everyone seemed to agree that robert was ugly. bur robert refused to let his face dictate his entire life. the theme is don't judge of what someone looks like. "ugly" also makes us who we are. and that really changes now how i look upon my self i am very lucky i am the who i am. and i never realized that. one person that in the book ugly that made me question about my life is robert,he asked me how do i raxmie the world and people.
the last book i read was bounce. seventh grader frannie hudson wonder what t would be like to trade in her family for a new one. her older brother ignores her. her sister can't stand her. and her parents don't care about her. they went on a vacation without franie at christmas time. time with her siblings in charge. feeling scared and alone. franie makes one despreate crazy wish to be somewhere anywhere else. then boom she magically bounces into a whole new life with a totally different family. and its amazing. theres only one catch. waking up as someone else keeps happening over and over again. plunged into lives and adventures she's only imagined from being a pop star to meeting a cute boy. franies new life spins out of control. grannie begins to worry if shell ever get back home. the theme is be thankful for your loved ones and just take time to work things out. franie makes me question about my life if i take my siblings for granted and don't appreciate them and she showed me that she loved the new situation but she dint even know if she could go back home .the theme makes me examine my life.it makes me appreciate everything i have and that life is tough but so are you.
The third book I read this summer was the series of unfortunate events The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket. This is book 2 out of 18. A big theme in this book was teamwork for example next on the list to take care of the Baudelaire children was there uncle Dr. Montgomery Montgomery "Uncle Monty" he was a herpetologist. The Baudelaire children finally thought they were safe with uncle Monty until Stephano showed up to be the new assistant for uncle Monty The children realize immediately that he is Count Olaf in disguise. They try to warn Uncle Monty but uncle Monty thinks that Stephano is a spy trying to steal information from his research on animals and doesn't think that Stephano is count Olaf. The Baudelaires wake up to uncle Monty's dead body. Stephano still tries to take the children. As they are leaving Stephano's car crashes into Mr. Poe's car. They go to the house where Mr.Poe and Stephano discuss what to do with the children. Mr. Poe refuses to believe the children when they say Stephano is Count Olaf in disguise. Dr. Lucafont "who works for Count Olaf" arrives and performs an autopsy, claiming Monty was killed by the dangoures viper that Uncle Mounty has discovered. The Baudelaire children are very suspicious and use teamwork to figure out what actually happened to uncle Monty. The Baudelaire children distract count Olaf as violet "one of the Baudelaire children" Picks the Lock to Count Olaf's suitcase to find needles with the venom from a snake proving Stephano had killed uncle monty and stephano was count Olaf. Count Olaf manages to escape. Mr. Poe has to take the Baudelaire children to a new home. The theme in my book makes me reexamine the world because it showed if the Baudelaire children didn't use to teamwork they would have never proved that Stephano was count Olaf and that he killed uncle Monty and the Baudelaire children would have been stuck with Count Olaf. Count olaf made me question something about my own life if iwas him would i go threw all this trouble just to steal the The third book I read this summer was the series of unfortunate events The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket. This is book 2 out of 18. A big theme in this book was teamwork for example next on the list to take care of the Baudelaire children was there uncle Dr. Montgomery Montgomery "Uncle Monty" he was a herpetologist. The Baudelaire children finally thought they were safe with uncle Monty until Stephano showed up to be the new assistant for uncle Monty The children realize immediately that he is Count Olaf in disguise. They try to warn Uncle Monty but uncle Monty thinks that Stephano is a spy trying to steal information from his research on animals and doesn't think that Stephano is count Olaf. The Baudelaires wake up to uncle Monty's dead body. Stephano still tries to take the children. As they are leaving Stephano's car crashes into Mr. Poe's car. They go to the house where Mr.Poe and Stephano discuss what to do with the children. Mr. Poe refuses to believe the children when they say Stephano is Count Olaf in disguise. Dr. Lucafont "who works for Count Olaf" arrives and performs an autopsy, claiming Monty was killed by the dangoures viper that Uncle Mounty has discovered. The Baudelaire children are very suspicious and use teamwork to figure out what actually happened to uncle Monty. The Baudelaire children distract count Olaf as violet "one of the Baudelaire children" Picks the Lock to Count Olaf's suitcase to find needles with the venom from a snake proving Stephano had killed uncle monty and stephano was count Olaf. Count Olaf manages to escape. Mr. Poe has to take the Baudelaire children to a new home. The theme in my book makes me reexamine the world because it showed if the Baudelaire children didn't use to teamwork they would have never proved that Stephano was count Olaf and that he killed uncle Monty and the Baudelaire children would have been stuck with Count Olaf. Count Olaf questioned something about my own life if i was him would I go thru all this trouble just to steel the Baudelaire children's fortune.
The fourth book I read was “Bounce by Megan Shull” A theme in the book was be thankful for your family and and just take time to figure your problems out. This is shown in the book because Seventh grade, Frannie Hudson wonder what it would be like to trade her family for a new family. Her older brother ignores her, her sister can’t stand her, and her parents don’t care about her. They even all went on a vacation without Frannie at Christmas time with her siblings in charge. Feeling scared, alone, and that her family doesn’t care about her Frannie makes one crazy wish which is to be somewhere, anywhere else not with her family. BOOM! She magically bounces into a whole new life with a totally different family. Frannie said “this is amazing!” But there only one catch. Wakeing up as someone else keeps happening over and over again. Plunged into lives and adventures. She’s only imagined from being a pop star to being a cute boy. Frannie new life spins out of control. Frannie starts to worrie if she will ever get back home. This made me re examine by understanding of the world because it makes me appreciate my family and don’t take them for granted. And that life is tough but you can find way to fix it. Frannie make me question about my life if I took everything for granted would my life be really tough?
The third book I read this summer was We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson. This is a book about an eighteen year old girl named Merricat, who lives in a castle isolated from the nearby village with her sister Constance and Uncle Julian. Six years before the events of the book, the other members of her family were murdered, and Constance has not left the house since then, taking care of Uncle Julian, who is now in a wheelchair. When the family was murdered, Constance was arrested but soon acquitted. However, the townspeople believe she got away with the murders. Merricat mentions and make sit clear that her family is hated by the people of the village, as she is their only contact with the outside world, going out for groceries twice a week. She is very superstitious, so when she says she feels something evil coming towards the family, she puts magical objects around the house to protect them. One of these objects is a book nailed to a tree. Later, when she sees that the book has fallen, she gets worried. But before she can warn Constance, their cousin Charles arrives to visit them. Merricat grows suspicious as Charles quickly befriends Constance but is rude to Merricat and Julian. Merricat knows Charles is a bad person and he's about to wreak havoc on her family. One of the themes of this book is treating those who are different poorly. The village hates Merricat's family and treats her badly when she come into town because they see them as different and think there is dark magic around them because of the murders. This has made me realize that even if a person is different, they should be treated normally. (spoiler coming up) Merricat made me realize that all is not what it seems because although she seems innocent and she cares a lot for her sister, she is revealed to be sociopathic through the revelation that she murdered her family to get her sister to herself and then let her sister take the blame. She shows no remorse or empathy, when at first, she just seems like a young child.
Pluto (A Wonder Story) by R. J. Palacio, in this "sequel" to Wonder we see in the eyes of one of August old friends Christopher Blake and how Auggie impacts (takes over) his life. A few years ago Chris and his parents moved, then his parents got divorced. So Chris was boncing between mom and dad a lot. One day Chris heard that Dasiy Auggie's dog passed away and Chris was so sad, then he had flashbacks about him Auggie and Daisy and after some crying Chris got up and went to school, then he forgot his Trombone, science paper, at his mom's house so he made her go get it. He was waiting for her all day and she never showed up with his stuff. So Chris assumed that Auggie got so sad that he then had a breathing problem or something and my mom had to go over there and help. So Chris feels like the three wheel in a way he has to share his mom with someone that isn't even her own child. For me how this connects with my life is I have two little brothers and my parents have to even out the one on one or the attention, and I makes sense because we our there kids. But with Chris his mom missed his birthday party because she was driving Via to someone else birthday because Auggie had to have emergency surgery. So Chris has to share his mom, with another family, which seems unfair right?! So this makes me think that everyone wants more attention from there parents and it all evens out, anyways your family. But with Chris he has to share his mom with another family, and doesn't get to she her as much now because his parents are divorced. So Comparing Chris life to mine (Family wise) I got a good thing going.
In the book As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds, the main character Genie shows the reader what life is like for a city boy in the country. Genie is a boy from Brooklyn who loves to Google new things. He keeps a note book on him at all times for new questions he wants to ask.
He and his older brother Ernie were sent to live with his grandparents for a month while there parents went on a trip to Jamaica to fix there relationship. Genie was creeped out by his grandfather who he found out was blind. Genie later finds his grandfather less creepy when he learns about his grandfathers secrets. Genie later has to find a solution to fix a dead bird, a broken toy, and his own brothers self esteem. One of the themes I found in this book is that the truth is always better then keeping secrets.
I read the book “Landscape with Invisable Hand” and I noticed that the book really shows what life is like when you live in a time of invasion. Kind of like the Nazi’s. In this book, Earth is invaded by aliens and they offer things like cures to sicknesses, but the people didnt realize the cost of this. The people ran out of money, and jobs and people were having trouble. This is something that would happen like during the great depression and other periods. I don’t think any of the characters in this book really reflect on my life, but defenetly could on others.
In the book So Be It by Sarah Weeks, the main character Heidi shows the reader what her life is like not knowing her birthday, father, and family history. Heidi is a twelve year old who goes on a journey to find answers about her mental disabled mother's history and hopefully find out why she always repeats the phrase "so be it." On Heidi's journey she finds old friends of her mother and finds out everything about her father and mother. One of the themes I found in this book is that the secrets will eventually come out.
The first book that I read this summer is "I am Malala" by Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick. This book is a biography about Malala Yousafzai's life and growing up around terrorism. She lives in Swat Village which is located in Pakistan. Her dad owns the school that Malala goes to. She is a school girl and loves to learn. Though a terrorist group named the Taliban believes strongly that girls should not be able to go to school. The Taliban start to bomb schools that allow for girls to learn there, and they kill teachers that do not support their beliefs. Sill Malala continues to go to school. As the her surroundings get worse she has to hide her school books and be careful as she goes to school. Even though it is dangerous Malala and her dad start to do talks about their life, and living in fear. She and her dad begin to get threats, though nothing is ever acted on. One day on her ride home from school a man gets on the bus and forces the bus driver to stop. He takes out a gun shoots Malala and three other girls. One of the main themes in this book is standing up for what is right. Malala stood up for her education and her rights as a woman. This makes me re-examine my life. I have the right to go to school, and to stand up for myself. I can't imagine living in fear, and being scared to get an education. After reading “I am Malala’ I see that not everyone has it as easy as me. Having the Taliban as such a large problem in “I am Malala” it makes me question what would happen if they were in my life. How would my community react to something like that. After reading this book I see how good of a place I get to live in.
The fourth book I read this summer was “Paper towns” by John Green. The theme of this book is consistently popping up throughout the book, the theme of “Paper Towns” is to follow your dreams. Never look back and regret what you left behind because the fact of the matter is you will find something better when you arrive to the destination you were looking to end up in, and the dreams you're looking to accomplish. Margo often talks about Florida calling it a "Paper Town" one of the quotes Margo says is, " You will go to the paper towns and you will never come back. " This sentence shows that the theme is about doing what you choose in life, and never look at what you left behind. The theme of “paper towns” makes me re-examine the understanding of the world because nowadays people are too afraid to move on because of their past. What John Green is trying to say is to move forward with out hesitating or thinking about the past rather focus on the present and future.
The second book I read was “Windfall” by Jennifer E. Smith. This book is a realistic fiction about three friends. One girl named Alice, her cousin Leo, and her love interest Teddy. Alice gets a lottery ticked for Teddy’s birthday. He ends up winning 140 million dollars, and flips his and Alices life’s up side down. Alice is in love with Teddy who is to into winning to see that. Teddy makes me think about how money does not buy everything. That is a good life lesson to see, and to understand.
The third book that I read this summer is “Matched” by Ally Condle. This is a dystopian book about a completely controlled world. Cassia has never doubted anything in the system. When it is time to find out who her future his husband will be the screen goes black. Eventually it changes to a picture of her best friend Xander. She is very happy. But when she gets the stick that has all information about Xander in it a different person shows, Ky. As the book continues she has to choose between doing what the system says, or go against it. One of the main themes in to much power in the government. In a world where I get to choose what I want to do, what I want to eat and who I get to be friends with I can not comprehend what I would do in this situation. One of the character that makes me think about my life is Xander. He does not know about the situation with Ky. This makes me think about what is is like to have something that seems so perfect, just to learn later that it was not as perfect as I thought. Over all though it was a great read, and I look forward to continuing to read the rest of the series.
In the book Ender’s Game the theme made me Re-examine my life because strategy was a big thing in Enders Game and it would help in the real world because it basically tells you the next step to do something successful. Also, the character that Caused me to question about in my own life is under and under is the main character and he stands out the most because he gets bullied a lot in the book at Earth school and the battle school. To add on he stays strong and pushes throughout.
The first book I read this summer was The Mist by acclaimed author Stephen King. I enjoyed the book and it’s theme, about how crisis can bring out parts of people not commonly seen. For example when the main character David confronted by the fact that the mist had been harboring deadly creatures from a secret government project he takes the position of the leader uncharacteristic of himself as he is normally a small time painter with a wife and a small boy yet when he finds out that his world as he knows is over he begins to try and gain footing with his fellow survivors.
Another example is when a religious woman by the name of Mrs.Carmondy begins a form of cult. By saying that the gods require a sacrifice to retreat the mist she begins to quickly gain followers. Yet she scares the people into joining her to escape the fear that has been harboring in their minds, yet another example of crisis changing people.
I enjoyed the book and would recommend to anyone who can take a scare.
I read the book Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. In Hoot, Roy Eberhardt is getting bullied on the bus when he sees a kid sprinting down the street. He finds out that its this girl Beatrice Leep's brother, Napoleon Leep or Mullet Fingers as a nickname. Mullet Fingers was found by Roy and explained he was trying to tell the city to shop making this new pancake house so that they can save these owls that lived underground on that land. They stopped the assemble for the grand opening and saved the owls. The themes of this book are that 'If you try hard, small things make a big impact.' That makes me re-examine the world and think that if you try hard, a small amount of people can make a large difference. Roy is a kid who got bullied but then fought back against him and help Mullet Fingers make a difference. In my life I wonder if it is possible for me to change something that is important for me.
I read Pretties, the second book in the Uglies series, by Scott Westerfeld. In this book, Tally lives in a future world where her city gives her a operation at 16 to turn her pretty. Tally finds out that when people get the operation, they also get lesions which are little things in the brain that make people follow everybody else. Friends from her ugly days come and give her a cure that will make the lesions hopefully go away. Tally, Zane (her boyfriend), and many other people escape from the city and tally is separated from the group. She makes her way through the wilderness and finally finds her friends. Soon after, Tally is forced by her old friend to become a Special, a group of inhuman like people who are the leaders of her city.
The theme of this book is that your looks on the outside don’t mean anything. This makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because it makes me realize that even if someone had good looks or bad looks, they could be a different person on the inside.
A character in my book that makes me question something about myself is Tally. Would I really be as brave as her to brake all the rules of the city and run away from my home?
In the book Pet Sematery, by Steaphen King,the books theme is about fear driving people to do desperate things.
I have to spare a lot of the morbid details of the book and unfortunately it did not have the same style ending as The Mist were the ending allowed for a lot more story telling to go on. Yet I still thought the book was fine.
If I were to recommend one Stephen King book it would be The Mist as Pet Sematery was to morbid for many audiences as the only theme was about death (especially murder) and I thought it was incredible disturbing. As the book was written a while back it’s current audience may find it suitable yet I still find it to dark. I liked the author but this book was to morbid.
I read the Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. This book is about the struggles of lives in new york as mixed races. This book makes me re-examine my life in multiple perspectives. One would be how living in such a small suburban area can take us apart from big cities like new york, and that I should take advantage of what i have because you never know how other people are living outside of what I just see. The theme in this book is that timing has a huge impact on our lives even if it may seem small. For example, in The Sun Is Also A Star, Natasha wasn’t minding her own business when Daniel looks around and sees her listening to music across the main road in new york. He decides to find out where she heads next, and this all leads to them falling in love and ending up togetherness in the end. In this book, they claim this to be called the butterfly affect. Natasha makes me question how things happen, and why because i used to believe that nothing really happened for a reason, but she made me re-examine how things on this earth work and how you should go with your gut when u second guess yourself. The Sun Is Also A Star has made me have more of an understanding about how life works, and how everything happens for a reason.
The first book that I read this summer was, The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicole Yoon.This book is about a girl Natasha who is about to get deported back to Jamaica due to her fathers DUI. This book is also about a boy named Daniel, who dreams of becoming a poet although his parents want him to go to Yale and be a doctor. After meeting one day in a cd store, on Natasha last day in America, Natasha and Daniel soon fall in love with eachother within 12 hours. The theme of this book is timing and how everything happens for a reason. If Natasha and Daniel didn’t meet eachother in that CD store at that same time, there lives would be so much different. This book makes me question stuff about my own life because if I was Daniel, I don't know if I would have been able to stand up to his parents and say “I don’t want to be a doctor, I want to be a poet” or would I have just went on to be a doctor.
This summer i read lots of new books. Firstly, I read the 4 book Rot and Ruin series, which is a dystopian series based on a kid killing zombies, but there are also some moral issues involved. Secondly, I read Patron Saints of Nothing, which is about a boy from the us, who goes to the Phillipines in order to find out why his cousin was killed in the ongoing drug war. I read a lot more books, but these were my favorites. Jay made me question what i could do to help, as he is sucked into a corrupt country and tries to see whats happening and fix things.
This summer is read Harry Potter 4 and 5, the lord of the flies, and persepolis. I hoped to read more but i was very busy.
How do the themes of your books make you re-examine your understanding of the world?
Harry Potter follows chronicles of a young boy, Harry Potter, and his friends, Ron, and Hermoine throughout the fight against adolescence and Lord Voldemort. Voldemort is known as the most notorious dark wizard in the world of wizarding. Voldemorts conceptions are to become immortal, overthrow the wizard's government and subjugate mudbloods and muggles (un "pure" beings.) The dark side considers muggles and mudbloods to be inferior beings because they are not pure magical blood. The Dark sides aspirations make me think about the similitudes of Voldemort's ideology and the American eugenics society. Todays reviving white nationalism/supremacy reflects off of old roots that a self-proclaimed group that perceives themselves as predominant compared to others with different races or disabilities. They believe they can improve a human population by selective genetics and actions taken against individuals deemed inferior. Voldemort's conceptions and Eugenics movement philosophy are very similar in which the muggles (different races) are subordinate compared to the "pure" blood wizards.
This theme made me re-examine how books can relate to historical events that teach us life lessons
Which characters from your reading cause you to question something about your own life?
Harry makes makes me question about my life when put up with life threatening task what I would do.
The first book I read this summer was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. One theme in this text that made me re-examine my understanding of the world was the theme of power. In the book, President Snow has power over every individual living in Panem, but he doesn't realize that people with enough bravery to break the system, such as Katniss and Peeta, have the ability to have power over him. This made me re-examine my understanding of the world due to the fact that in life, it seems as if certain people have amounts of power over others that are unbreakable, while in reality, there is always someone who can control you without even realizing it. Power is often something that is more mental than physical. For example, who and what has power over something else is often taught. If someone or something has the courage to overcome power, it is nearly always possible. On a different note, the character, Prim, makes me question something about my own life. Prim is around my age in the book, yet she has so much more at stake in her life, such as being selected for the Hunger Games, and having to worry about whether she will eat or not every single day. This makes me think about how lucky I am to have the life that I have. Prim also seems like the less mature, baby of the Everdeen family. In reality, if you compare her to others around her age in real life, it is easy to see how incredibly mature she is, and how much she has to deal with. Prim is a character that anyone can learn from, because of how much strength she shows in times of hardship.
In the book Purple Hearts & Wounded Spirits, Brian teaches me that not everything will go right. The theme of the book is stand up for what you believe in and I know not everyone does that.
In the book The Fifth Wave,Cassie teaches me that you shouldn't trust people right away you should know them first. The theme of this book teaches me to find humanity in the darkest of times.
I read the Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon, this book really made think hard about things in my life and one of my favorite books. One of the main characters, Natasha made question a lot in my life because of the choices she made and the way she made them. Natasha is supposed to be deported at 10 pm that night, and that day a series of events happen that cause for her to meet Daniel and the same series of event apply’s to Daniel. But what made me question is the way the author put the series of events into the characters minds and makes every small detail of that day particular and important. The author makes every detail stand out in the book which leave you thinking that everyday I have lived I never thought that detail about everything that happen that day that lead to a good or bad outcome. For example in the book Natasha was late to her appointment because of that security lady checking the belongings for a excessive amount of time, at first no one thought much it. But because of her being late she met another man which she was able to explain him, her situation about her being deported, and if she didn’t met this guy he would’ve not lead to the next series of events that create the whole book. An often mention thing in Natasha mind was everything happens for a reason and Natasha thought of this is her bad times. This led her to meeting Daniel her one day love, which also only meets her because of the peculiar series of events that happened to him that day and it also caused him to think about the events and how without at least one of events he would meet Natasha. But the characters thought of these in a more deeper manner, Natasha was thankful for the security lady in the beginning of the book but she did not know what was happening In the lady’s life. This part I love how the author tied everything in and when put a part for the lady named Irene which was struggling with depression and had a plan to commit suicide that night. What the author did made me heart melt how because of these series of events Natasha came back and called to thank you to that lady for saving her life emotionally on that horrible day she is being deported, but because Natasha said thank you she was able to save Irene’s life because it stopped her from committing suicide, because it made Irene see hope. Overall this book made me be thankful for each every event that happens that leads to a good day but if something have change it could of had a worse outcome, that I would have not like, because every happens for a reason.
This summer I read The Goodbye Summer by Sarah Van Name. The book is about a teenage girl named Caroline who is planning to runaway with her boyfriend at the end of summer. At her summer job at the aquarium she meets Georgia, a camp counsellor and Caroline feels less lonely since she doesn’t have many friends. She has to decide whether she wants to stay or runaway with her boyfriend and drop out of high school. The themes of this book made me re-examine my understanding of the world because it shows how you need to think about what’s the right decision for yourself and not what’s the right decision for other people you care about. Caroline makes me question things in my own life because she had to make her decision by herself since it would have a huge impact on her life.
this summer i read “5 Feet Apart” by Rachael Lippincott, the “To All The Boys I Loved Before” series by Jenny Han, and “The Summer I Turned Pretty” by Jenny Han. In 5 Feet Apart, Will and Stella are both 2 kids with Cystic Fibrosis. People who have that disease aren’t aloud to get within 6 feet of each other and have to be in the hospital all the time. This made me think about life more because it made me appreciate the things i am able to do that the people with cystic fibrosis aren’t. they are fighting to just be with each other but it is very dangerous to do so. in To all the Boys I Loved Before this girls letters get sent out to the boys she liked but she didn’t intend to send them out. she dates peter kavinsky and starts to recognize her true self in society.
Another book I read this summer was The President is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton. The book is about President Duncan, who is preparing for a hearing that could potentially lead to his impeachment after allegedly negotiating with terrorists. Soon, he discovers a plot to send a virus across all devices in the United States, crippling their economy, infrastructure, and defenses, leaving them vulnerable and weak. He has to race against time to stop this threat, and lure out a traitor in his own Cabinet. One of the themes of this book is how distrust and competitiveness can cause problems between people. This is shown by the president's relationships with other people in politics causing him to have a lot of problems when he's trying to stop the cyberattack. President Duncan made me think about the effect that a lot of responsibilities can have on a person.
The fifth book I read this summer was “Salt to the Sea” Ruta Sepetys. Salt to the Sea is about a group of four teenage refugees meet on the road in the countryside of East Prussia in winter 1945. The Nazi Reich is collapsing around them, and they, like hundreds of thousands, are escaping the Soviet territorial advancements.
Joana Vilkas is one of the four principal characters and narrators.
“Guilt is a hunter.
My conscience mocked me, picking fights like a petulant child. It’s all your fault, the voice whispered.”( pg. 1)
From the first chapter, the author makes it clear that Joana is primarily driven by guilt. Joana is a young Lithuanian woman when the Soviet forces overtake the country. She blames herself for the capture and imprisonment of her cousin, Lina, and so dedicates herself to helping others as a way of relieving the guilt she feels over allowing harm to come to someone she loved. Joana is always blaming herself for the loss of Lina but there was nothing she could have done about it, she has almost like some form of survivors guilt, she copes with it by making a promise to herself that she will never let any harm come to the ones she loves.
Joana is a powerful figure and a whole-hearted person, helping everyone at any chance she gets. Because of her nursing background, she uses her skills to help others whenever possible, treating any refugees she encounters on the road, this is also how she meets the two of the other three principal narrators and characters, which she is at first reluctant to trust them, but as the story progresses begins to take them under her wing and caring for them.
For the question, Which characters from your reading cause you to question something about your own life, Joana causes me to question that if I lost somebody that was very important to me, would I come out on the better side of things, meaning that I wouldn't let guilt overtake and interfere with my life. Even though Joana thinks that is her fault that Lin is gone, but regardless, she still comes out on the better side of things, Proving to be stronger than she may first appear.
One of the books that I read over the summer was Fahrenheit 451by Ray Bradbury . One theme that stood out was the conflict of freedom of thought and censorship. This made me re-examine the world by making me realize that it is a privilege to be able to be able to find out information from books and other resources and live in a place where we have lots of freedom to do what we want and freedom to take in the world around us. I realized this when I was reading this book because the people in the story don’t know anything about the world because they get in trouble when they read books or try to find out information.
This summer I read about eight books, which was around my goal. The first book that I read was Immoral Code by Lillian Clark. This was a very deep book, which does sound cliche, but the characters and their contrast was so moving. It is the type of book that you leave more with than you started, and it helps that the concept was very interesting. The emotional tie between very close friends, and how different all of their personalities and struggles are is sometimes confusing, but the author, Lillian Clark did a really good job of diving into each character's persona. The book is about five teenage friends, in their senior year of high school. Bellamy, the "victim" lives with her single mother, and her father had abandoned her when she was young, leaving her with many problems, such as not having enough money to go to MIT, but her father owns an international company, with lets him gain many benefits, including a ton of money. Her father avoided Bellamy's request to help her pay for her college tuition, which basically starts the whole story. Bellamy's four other main characters and friends start this mission, where they will sneak into Bellamy's father's workplace, and steal roughly half a million dollars. Of course this 'mission' has many rough patches, and each character has a thought provoking character development, which makes the book from multiple points of view, a coming of age story. The theme of this book, was growing up. I think that was a basic theme, revisited. All the characters had struggles, and things holding them back from accepting what was difficult in their life, and by the end of the book, fixing that problem. One of the characters names was Keagan, and his struggle, was letting go and learning that he doesn't have to have his whole figured out at his age. Keagan felt like the minority among his friends, as all of his friends had an exceptional quality, where Keagan felt 'not as loved, or special.' I related to Keagan, and his view on the world, because sometimes I don't have my life figured out, and his isolation when he was among friends was also a quality I think anyone can relate too.
The fourth book I read this summer was The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. This a a book about a fourteen year old boy living in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1965 named Ponyboy Curtis. Ponyboy lives with his brothers Sodapop and Darry because of the car reck that ended in the deaths of both of their parents. In their town their was the Socials (Socs) and the Greasers. The Socs are wealthy upperclassmen from the West side of town. The Greasers are poorer, wilder, and are known for their leather jackets and greased long hair. The Greasers have to stick together in their town because if not the Socs will jump them. This is why Ponyboy is close with his friends. Eventhough all of them are older than him they never leave him out and always have his back. When Ponyboy and one of his friends Johnny got jumped it ended up in them having to leave the city to escape from the police. Eventhough Ponyboy didn't do anything wrong and it was Johnny who did he still went with Johnny and stayed out in an abandoned church for days with him. Even when Johnny told him that he could go home he stayed. Then when the when a bunch of little kids got stuck in the church after it caught on fire Ponyboy went in to save them instead of driving away. He sacrificed himself and went out of his way to help others. The Character Ponyboy makes me Question what I would do in those situations would I go with my friend even if I didn't actually do anything wrong or would I go back home and leave them. Ponyboy also makes me question whether or not I would run into a burning building full of children who I don't know to save them and not only to that, but after doing it and getting hurt still not regret it and think it was the right decision.
The second book I read this summer was Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. A theme in this book that made me re-examine my understanding of the world was the theme of choice. Throughout the book, Bella is faced with many difficult choices that will have a large impact on her life either way. Even throughout all of this, she always manages to realize which decision is her true desire, which is something that is very difficult to do. This makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because it shows how in life, even when difficult decisions come around, that it is important for an individual to never loose sight of what they truly want in life. On the other hand, the character Charlie, made me question something about my own life. At the end of the book when Bella has to leave Forks in order to avoid the tracker, she has to say incredibly cruel things to Charlie to allow her to leave. This is because he isn't aware of the fact that a vampire wants to kill Bella. Even through this situation, Charlie never really gets mad at Bella. This makes me think about how in life, it is important to never get angry at someone without understanding of the full story.
I read Lord of the Flies by William Golding for the second time this summer (the first being in 6th grade). Lord of the Flies is a Dystopian fiction in which a group of young British schoolboys find themselves stranded on an uninhabited island. Their disastrous attempt at governing themselves proves that they cannot function properly without adult supervision. This seemingly wonderland-ish island void of parents and teachers soon becomes a cage where the boys must learn how to survive together-or aim to live on their own. The themes in this book make me re-examine how I looked at the world around myself. How much harder basic need for survival are in some parts of the world if not on a deserted island. Or how, sometimes you can be calling out for help as the boys were on the island, and still be always stuck in the same place.
I read Turtles All the Way Down by John Green for the (I want to say) third time. Turtles All the Way Down is about a 16 year old girl named Aza Holmes. Aza Holmes suffers from severe anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Aza's reconnects with a friend from when she was very young to find his missing father. They team up to find him, however, something changes in their relationship over the long periods of time they spend together. Aza and Davis, the son of the billionaire who went missing, become friends again, Aza is no longer helping Davis for the money. Then, they start to catch feelings for each other and share their first kiss. Aza, freaks out worrying about germs going so far as to drink hand sanitizer to clean out her insides. Aza gives the relationship another try, but eventually, our star crossed lovers, after the disappearance of Davis's father is solved, go their separate ways. The themes of this book make me question whether people really just have no more faith in other people these days. Davis decides that it would be better for himself if he didn't see Aza anymore, Aza realizes that Davis needs more closure on his father, and leaves Aza in their small town. He doesn't talk to her after that, just drops off of the face of the Earth. Perhaps it's because he truly thinks that this is for the better, but I think that it's because he and Aza didn't build enough trust and he doesn't want to share the biggest emotional low of his life with a girl he used to know.
I read the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The themes of this book make me re-examine my understanding of the world. It makes me realize how our modern world is expanding our freedoms, but also compressing them. The motif of censorship is also strongly placed in this book. Guy Montag question my own life. How controlled really am I by new aspects of this generation? How much is my perception really fogged on certain topics?
I read the book The Light we lost by Jill Santopolo. The themes of this book make me re-examine my understanding of the the world. It shows how in times of crisis people can either be spilt apart, or bring them closer together. The motif of forgiveness is also strongly placed in this book. Lucy question my own life. How can I forgive people who make my life better? How can I make my life mean something.
The second book that I read was Emergency Contact by Mary H.K Choi, was about two people, who met by a friend of a friend, and exchanged numbers over an awkward communication. Sam and Penny, (The two main characters) exchange numbers and stay in touch, via text. They grew closer, telling each other their struggles in life, and the dreams they want to commit to. This book was a light read, but it still dealt with some thought through character plots, and I thought it was a cute story. Penny dealt with a lot of social anxiety, but more with making friends. She was a very judgmental character, and wasn't very optimistic when meeting people for the first time. Sam helped her realize not to judge people as much, especially Penny's mother, who hasn't had the best relationship with Penny her whole life. This makes me re-examine my life, and my aspect in the world because of Penny and her characteristics. Her character growth was a little inspiring, because she had such a set view point on life, but she wasn't happy living that way. I suppose it was nice to see a character change in a way, where she learned to see the world as a whole.
The 4th book I read was Tumble and Blue written by Cassie Beasley it was about a boy named blue who's family had been cursed or gifted he was cursed. Though his father was gifted with winning he was cursed with losing. But, once every 100 years the night of the red moon there will be a new great fate. The fate would be found in murky branch which was a swamp right next to his grandmothers house who was cursed with her husbands passing. Blue is at the house because his dad dropped him off there at the begining of summer. Blue and his dad did not get along well. As time passed and some of his distant family he never meet before started showing up at his grandmothers house for the new fate. Around that time a girl and her family moved next door. Her name was tumble or well that was her hero name she would only follow after Maximal Star who wrote a fake hero book with all these incredible saves. After she got his book she only ever wanted to be a hero. But, tumble had always lived in an RV until they moved to turkey branch so she felt weird lying in a house. As she got to know her neighbor there was a boy who lived in the house Blue they got along really well through all there ups and downs he told her about being cursed and the new fate. They decided to be the ones to get the fate. the night of the red moon they were the only to awake so they left. They made it to the fate but they realized that they did not need the fate they just needed each other. The theme of the book Tumble and Blue it is good to remember whats important in life. This makes me re-examine the world because when you have been faced with a decision that looks the best over something you already have that in a deeper meaning is more important it is sometimes harder to choose. Blue makes me question how the thought of failure or losing would feel after a while never once having the joy of winning. In all Tumble and Blue was a great read and I would say it was one of my favorite fantasy books of all time.
The first book I read was Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. In this book, Simon, a 16 year old high school boy has to deal with the pressure of hiding the fact that he is gay. Simon has a normal life with normal friends but is constantly hiding the fact that he is gay. Simon soon finds out about a mystery boy under the name "Blue". Simon and Blue soon connect and become very close over email but then Martin, another student at Simons school, finds the emails, and uses them to blackmail Simon. Eventually, Simon gives in to the pressure and agrees to attempt to get Martin and Abby together. However, this did not go as planned and Martin ends up exposing Simon. Simon has to deal with the pressure of his family, friends, and schoolmates. Simon is bullied at school and has trouble dealing with this new stress. Eventually, Simon and Blue meet and it's everything he ever hoped for. Simon helps me understand more about my own life by learning that its ok to share your secrets and that you can talk to people that you trust. This book made me understand more about how people may not have as perfect of a life as they may seem, and that not everything is easy but you can overcome it if you try.
The fifth book I read this summer was “The Fault In Our Stars” by John Green. The theme of the book makes me re-examine the understanding of the world. In “The Fault In Our Stars” the characters have to persevere through life changing threats and conditions because of cancer and other illnesses. The main character Hazel Lancaster had to face the fact that she could leave this world at any given moment because of cancer, she had to learn how to persevere and not get held back because of cancer. In life you have to be able to over come obstacles that may seem impossible but in this book Hazel proves that even though this obstacle may seem tough and highly unlikely to overcome you still can. Hazel made me think about how I could of possibly acted if I was diagnosed with cancer, would I try and live my life to the fullest and not get held back because of my illness or would I have regrets because I was to afraid to let lose and have fun?
The second book I read was Leah on the Offbeat, the sequel to Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda. One of the main themes that showed up in this book was the theme of self acceptance which the author shows by creating many personal issues. In this book Leah has to deal with friendships, body image, sexuality, and self esteem. Leah feels like an outsider at times because she feels like she is different than others and like she can't tell people anything real about herself due to her bisexuality. She also doesn't believe in herself at times due to her appearance not being perfect. Leah often times questioned if people really liked her which made her feel separated from her own friends. This book made me understand that we should always accept ourselves and believe in ourselves. Leah made me question how I would react if I were in her situation and if I would act the same way or stay stronger and believe in myself.
The third book I read was The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey. The theme that this book showed was finding our humanity even when we think it couldn't get any worse. In The Fifth Wave, Cassie thinks that she is the only human left alive after aliens invade earth and wipe out over 7 billion people in 5 waves. During the first wave the aliens destroy all technologies on earth. The second wave causes total destruction along all of earths shorelines. For the third wave, the aliens release a modified Ebola virus that kills over 7 billion people. In the fourth wave we find out that some humans are hosts for the alien forms. And in the fifth wave the aliens have tricked the last remaining humans so much that no one is trusted and no one can trust. Humans will kill other humans on sight because we have lost all humanity and can't even trust our own family. Cassie thinks that she is the last human on earth but that all changes when she is rescued by someone who turns out to be completely different to what she thought. As Cassie continues her journey to find her brother, she loses all faith in humanity and has to fight through her worst fears to keep her humanity and find her brother. This book makes me wonder how when all reality is lost people would still be able to fight through unimaginable things to keep their humanity. It makes me realize how important our humanity is to our life and how without it we wouldn't be able to survive. Cassie makes me wonder how important it would be to keep our humanity in the darkest of times.
The first book I read this summer was different versions of Aladdin. In all of the different versions I read, the original movie script, the musical, the Jr. Musical, and the new movie script, Jasmine gives Aladdin a second chance to prove himself. This makes me wonder if in my own life I am giving people second chances. Jasmine teaches the reader that appearances may be deceiving and what matters is what is on the inside that counts. To quote Genie “it is not what is on the outside but what is inside that counts”. I try to remember this lesson.
The second book I read was “To All The Boys I loved Before” written by Jenny Han. In the book the main character Lara Jean is scared to try different things, because she gets so scared she never does things different. She always sticks to the basic daily activities. This makes me wonder if I restrict myself from doing things that are different than my normal tasks. If I do not ever “get out there” then I will never have truly amazing experiences. For example, Laura Jean pours her hear out in 5 love letters, never with the intention of sending them. However, the letters are sent out by her sister. While Laura Jean freaks out and tries to run away from the problem, in the end it turns out to be one of the best things that happens to her.
The third book I read was “Fred Korematsu Speaks Up” by Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi. In the book, Fred is being racially discriminated against because he is a Japanese-American. The book is set during the start of World War II. At this time in history, Japanese Americans are not considered to be actual US citizens. This was the case even for Japanese-Americans who were born in the United States. Fred thought that this was unfair because he knew that he was a United States citizen and he decided to fight for his rights. When Pearl Harbor was bombed all of the Japanese-Americans were sent off into camps. They were sent off because the Americans were afraid that they were spies for Japan. Fred decided to stand up for himself and he did not go to the camp because he knew that he was a US citizen not a Japanese citizen. In the long run Fred was sent to the camps. Eventually, after the war was over, the Japanese Americans were released from the camps. This story makes me wonder if I stand up for what is right in my own life.
The fourth book I read was “Insignificant Events In the Life of a Cactus” by Dusti Bowling. In the book the main character Aven was born with no arms, but she never let that control her life. She was adopted at a young age. Her new parents never were bothered that she did not have arms. Her parents never helped her very much, they wanted her to be able to do things on her own. Aven’s life is full of challenges like eating, writing, typing, going to the bathroom, and all of the looks she is given. However she always solves her problems. She learned to find her own path and find her own solutions. This book makes me realize that many of my problems are trivial and that I should focus of finding ways to solve my own problems.
The fifth book I read was “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins. In the book the main character Katniss’ sister Primrose was chosen to be one of the Tributes for the Hunger Games. When Katniss heard this she freaked. She did not want her sister in the Hunger Games, because Katniss believe her sister would die. Therefore, with no hesitation, Katniss volunteered to be the Tribute and take Primrose’s spot. This makes me wonder about my own life. It makes me think about my family connections. I realize that we would protect one another, and I know my family would protect me and I would protect them.
My first book I read this summer was "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand. It is a story of a survivor during WWII. Today there is still conflict and war, but there are also miracles. This story made me question if the past is always forgiven. In "Unbroken," it took Louie, the main character, multiple tries to let go of his abusive past. In life, every person has at least one thing in their past that affects them.
Louie’s struggle causes me to question my internal strength and bravery. Although I have not lived through war, he makes me question the fact of how I move on from something in the past by coping and how it affects me in the present. I think my internal strength has helped me move forward from challenging times, but some of those experiences have affected my bravery.
My second book I read this summer was “This One Summer” by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki. It is a graphic novel. This book is about a girl whose parents were struggling with their marriage and her friend who stayed by her side. This book has a lot of adult content and was left on a cliffhanger. This story connects with family struggles all over the world. It makes me re-examine how I perceive others by being more empathetic. We should always be mindful of emotions and experiences that can affect others and how they present themselves.
Rose’s struggle relates to me because I have had family struggles that have made me feel uneasy and her character made me feel less alone. Her inability to deal with her struggles caused me to be grateful for being proactive in how I cope with my family stress.
One of the books I read this summer was “The Fault In Our Stars,” by John Green. The two main characters in this book, Hazel and Augustus, are both victims of cancer who come together and help each other make the best of their shortened lives. One of the many themes that appeared in this novel was the theme of accepting reality. Hazel and Augustus both know that their circumstances are not the best, and they don't try to fight the fact that their lives could end any day, instead, they tried to make the best of what they were given. They don’t let the sad reality of their life have power over them. Augustus mentions many time in the book, “the world is not a wish granting factory” which helps me to see in my own life that even though we may hope for some things to be different, the world isn't always fair. Another way the author shows the theme of accepting reality is when Augusts was telling Hazel about how he used to fantasize about living in the clouds. Later, Augustus learned in his science class that the clouds had harsh temperatures, and that there wasn't enough oxygen to sustain human life. Augustus had to accept the reality that things aren't always what they seem, and that even things that seem perfect can be completely the opposite, this is how the author shows that we have to accept reality for what it is. Hazel and Augustus cause me to wonder if I am doing a good job at accepting realities in my own life, or if I am letting realities have power over me.
One of the books I read this summer was, "Running Dream," by Wendelin Van Draanen. In the novel Jessica, the main character, has a great passion for running. Jessica is then hit by a truck in an accident, and is forced to have one of her legs amputated. As Jessica lies in the hospital after surgery, she wonders if she'll ever be able to do the thing she values above most things again, which is running. Van Draanen shows the theme of perseverance in this book. Despite Jessica's circumstances, she is determined to run again because it is her passion, and she is willing to do anything to get to her goal. Through the help of her teammates and family, she eventually is able to run again, and through her situation she is able to see the world from a new perspective, when she meets a girl in a wheelchair named Rosa. Rosa has cerebal palsy, and will never be able to walk in her life. Jessica thought that she had the worst situation possible, but when she sees Rosa it is a reminder to her that she is lucky, even though she is missing one of her legs. The theme of perseverance in this novel helps me to see that in our world, everyone is pushing toward a goal, and that passion drives people towards their goals in life. Jessica helps me to see that no goal is too big to work toward, and if you you have a lot of passion, nothing can get in the way of achieving a goal.
The first book I read this summer was “Five Feet Apart” by Rachel Lippincott. In the book, Stella spends most of her time in the hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. She later meets a guy named Will who also suffers with CF. They then begin to develop a relationship and fall in love. The only problem is because of their illness CF patients have to stay at least six feet apart from each other so that they don’t contract each other’s bacterial infections and die. This was obviously very hard for them so they broke some of the rules and starting taking very big risks that could affect their health. The theme that I got out of this story was to not take anything/anyone for granted. This makes me realize that there are many people that have to live in the hospital just like Stella and Will. Stella made me question what would my life be like if I were to have cystic fibrosis but not just that but also having to maintain a relationship that could affect my heath.
Another Book I read this summer was Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly, we se how hard Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christina Darden. These four women grew up during the great depression, most of them didn't go to collage. They were very educated women for the timed they lived in because most of there families were poor and they are black so they were not acceded. Also in one of the chapters they talked about how they kids had to work very hard when their parents were at work and they still had to handle school, and household chores. For example, one of the moms said they have to have breakfast ready for her in the morning, and they must have her clothes ironed for the next day, and along with the dishes, food and other house hold work. This shows me how we and complain about putting a dish in the dishwasher or make our beds, while they had to to everything at the house which is hard to do. Also the main theme to this book is women and black people weren't treated as well and other people and they had to work very hard. For Example, Dorthy had to walk miles to go to the bathroom but evenly they put a bathroom, but this goes to show how hard they had to work.
This summer I read “The Story Of The U.S. Marines”. The book’s theme is that for every triumph there is tragedy. One of these examples is of the Vietnam war where the marines would attack soldiers to protect their freedom and the concept of freedom. Yet when the marines had to protect their freedom it meant taking away the Vietnamese’s freedom. This is one of the examples that is seen in the book. The soldiers briefly showed signs of remorse only visible through a closer read. Overall a great book and I would recommend it to anyone who likes true stories.
The first book I read this summer was ‘The Maze Runner’ by James Dashner. This book is about a teenage boy Thomas who is sent to a mysterious place called “The Glade” and the only thing he can remember about his previous life is his name. There are hundreds of other teenagers in this place just like Thomas. The Glade is protected by 4 big walls which open for a couple of hours each day for the “runners” to go into a huge maze which is filled with dangerous animals called “Grievers” where they have to try to find a way out. When Thomas goes into the maze everything changes.
I think the theme in The Maze Runner is to be brave. These teenagers have to live and survive and fight on their own which is not something every teenager can do. The theme of this book makes me re-examine my understanding of the world by showing me that people have to be more courageous. A lot of people are too scared to try something new or think outside of the box. Thomas makes me question something about my own life. When Thomas is in the maze and Alby is hurt, Mihno runs away because there is a Griever coming but Thomas stays and helps Alby before trying to save himself and this makes me think about what I would do in a situation like that.
My second book this summer was “Percy Jackson The Lightning Thief” by Rick Rordan. This book is about a twelve-year-old boy whose name is Percy Jackson. Percy has dyslexia and ADHD so he has a lot of trouble socially as well as learning in his life. Percy has always been different from others and soon he finds out ‘that he is the son of the Greek God of Water Poseidon but he is still human because his mother is human. Percy is taken to a camp called Camp Half Blood that has kids like him. Everything changes when Percy’s mom is taken away from him to the underworld and he is blamed for taking the most powerful weapon ever, Zeus’ Masterbolt. Percy and his two friends Grover and Anabelle have to go on a dangerous journey to save Percy’s mom and the real Lightning Thief.
The theme in The Lightning Thief is to find your own identity. In the beginning Percy thinks he is a normal person leading a normal life until he finds out that he is the only half-blood son of the God of Water. This theme makes me re-examine my understanding of the world by showing me that you don't have to be something that you’re not meant to be. A lot of people act like everyone else even though they know that they can be better. All the clues could be sitting right in front of you. All you have to do is piece it all together to find your true self. Percy makes me question something about my own life. Percy doesn't know he has these powers and special abilities and he just thinks he’s a “dumb student”. Maybe I could be really good at something too. All I have to do is find what it is !
My third book was “Fablehaven” by Brandon Mull. This book is about Seth and his older sister Kendra who are left with there grandfather when their parents are on a two-week cruise. They have never stayed with their grandfather before. He lives in a big house and owns a lot of land which calls a “farm”. Grandpa has prohibited them from going into the land past the woods. Grandpa also gives Kendra a scavenger hunt which takes a while to figure out but the message in the end tells her to drink the milk that all the animals drink. Right when they drink the milk everything changes. All the animals turn into creatures they have never seen before.
I think the theme of Fablehaven is that things are not always what they appear. In the book Kendra and Seth just thought that their grandpa runs a farm but their grandpa runs a preserve for magical creatures. This theme can make me think about the real world in many ways. Sometimes a country judges the ability of other countries by their size or their population but these countries can be stronger than we think. Kendra makes me question something about my own life. In the book Kendra has a younger brother and so do I. She goes through a lot of problems that I have to go through because of my brother like getting in trouble for something he did.
The fourth and fifth book I read were the first two Bone books by Jeff Smith which are graphic novels. The Bone books are about three cousins Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone who are on the run because of a big mistake made by Phoney. The three cousins reach a valley but get split up. All three of them not only run into their individual small problems, they also have a common problem which is that they are being hunted for a reason that they do not know.
I think the theme of these books is to always keep family close. This theme makes me re-examine my understanding of the world by showing me the importance of families being together. A major problem we have right now in the United States is that hundreds of children are being separated from their families at the US-Mexico border. Fone Bone makes me question something about my own life. The book never says who is the oldest of the three but Fone is the most responsible. He is the one who makes smart choices. When they are all separated Fone has a lot of different feelings. He is relieved that he doesn't have to worry about the other two but he is also worried about them. If I was separated from my family how would I feel ?
The third book I read this summer was Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Album. A theme that made me re-examine my understanding of the world in this book was the importance of being thankful. For example, Morrie, a man who had a very short time left to live and had to rely on other people to help him with even the simplest of tasks, was still able to look at the positives in life. This makes me think about how in the world, people often choose to look at the negatives, rather than the positives. People like to think about all of the things wrong with their life rather than thinking about all of the things that are right in their life. Even in the darkest of times, there is always something, though it may be small, to be thankful for. A character that made me question my own life was the character Mitch. In the book, he is a successful man who works very hard, but basically just goes through the motions in life. His character makes me realize how sometimes in my life, I need to stop and appreciate small moments. It also makes me realize no matter how successful a person is, ones life can never be totally fulfilled unless everyday is appreciated.
The fourth book I read this summer was Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. A theme in this book that made me re-examine my understanding of the world was the theme of teamwork. Throughout the book, Katniss is unknowingly helping several of the other tributes make progress in their goal to overthrow the capital. It is impossible to overthrow a powerful source unless people work together. This makes me see how in the world, the bad can only be overtaken by the good. It also makes me see how nothing can be truly changed unless multiple people make an effort to do so. The character Katniss made me question my own life. For example, throughout the entire book, she is basically being used to help with the revolution, without even knowing it. Towards the end of the book, she gets very mad when she finds out about this, even though the revolution is positive. This makes me realize how in my own life, I can't always get mad at people for not being honest with me, because sometimes being honest is a lot harder than it sounds.
The fifth book I read this summer was The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. One of the key themes in this book is the theme of love. This theme makes me re-examine my understanding of the world. In the book, Allie knows that marrying Lon would be best for her family, but she also knows that she would prefer to marry Noah, which is who she ends up marrying. This shows how in life, one must never loose sight of what the heart wants. In the world, people often do things based off of another's desires, rather than doing what would be best for themselves. A character in this text that made me question my own life was the character Lon. He thinks that Allie is in love with him and him only, and he doesn't realize that Allie is truly in love with Noah. Lon makes me think about the hurt people experience in life when being lied to about something large. It makes me think about how I would feel in a similar situation.
Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
Hope Was Here has a theme of longing. The main character, Hope, was born as a extremely small premie. Her mother left her to be raised by her aunt, Addie. Hope had only seen her mother three times in her life and on the fourth, she got invited to live in her mother’s hometown and waitress with her in the Stairways Diner for the summer. She had a great time while she was there and learned many waitressing tips. At the end of the summer she had to go back home to start school and longed to stay with her mother. This makes me think about how there are so many adopted children that are longing to meet their birth parents and probably can’t handle the curiosity. Some have already met their birth parents and are longing to visit more but know they can’t. It makes me sad to think that even some of my friends might be going through that.
One of the books I read this summer was “Five Feet Apart,” by Rachel Lippincott. In the novel, two cystic fibrosis patients, Stella and Will, meet in a hospital. Both of them are aware that going within six feet of each other is a serious threat to their health, due to their cystic fibrosis. This doesn't mean much to them in the beginning, but as the book moves along Stella and Will start to fall in love, so being six feet away from one another is an ongoing challenge for most of the book. Knowing that going within six feet of each other is a huge threat to their health, throughout the book Stella and Will realize that their is more to life than just their sickness, and that some things are worth being sacrificed for. Eventually, Stella and Will take risks for their health such as going within six feet of each other and doing things that they wouldn't normally do because of their sickness, but when they get together they realize that there is more to life than hospital beds and medicine, and that their relationship means a lot to them even if it means sacrificing some things. The clearest theme in this book was the theme of sacrifice. Will and Stella sacrificed elements of their health in order to be together, which helps me re-examine my understanding of the world, by seeing that some things in life are worth being sacrificed for. Stella caused me to wonder what there is in my life that is worth sacrificing for.
The fourth book I read was Divergent by Veronica Roth. One of the main themes in this book was the choice of your own identity. In this book Tris takes a test to find out which "factor" she belongs in. However, in the society that Tris lives in, your identity is very simple and you have to choose one quality in which you want to be. Each faction values a different trait, kindness, honesty, bravery, selflessness, and intelligence. Tris has to choose between the different factors because her society forces one trait on people rather than having multiple traits. By forcing just one trait on people, it makes them lose choice in their identity. Later on Tris becomes more aware of her identity and has more choice. This book makes me better understand how we should appreciate our own personal identity and how our own separate identities are very important in our life and that they shape who we are and the decisions we make. Tris makes me wonder how I would react if I was in her place. Tris also makes me think of all the people who struggle to find their true identity and have to go through a similar, but less dramatic, process to discover who they really are.
One of the books I read this summer was "The Last Wish Of Sasha Cade," by Cheyanne Young. This book is about two best friends, and one of them, Sasha, passes away due to cancer. Raquel, her best friend, discovers shortly after Sasha's death that in her final weeks, Sasha had not only discovered one of her biological siblings, but had also planned a huge scavenger hunt that takes Raquel and Elijah through Sasha's life again. The theme in this book that makes me re-examine my understanding of the world is the theme of loyalty. Through Sasha's death, Raquel remains loyal to Sasha above all things. Even after Sasha is dead, Raquel keeps her loyalty to Sasha, even when it is really hard for Raquel. Raquel is willing to keep a secret for Sasha even though it affects her life a lot, which shows that her loyalty to Sasha cannot be overthrown. Raquel causes me to wonder if I could be that loyal toward something that could affect my own life in such huge ways.
The last book I read this summer was, "Miracle Season," by Kathy Bresnahan. Miracle season is the story of a high school volleyball team, who won a state championship. Shortly after their victory, the team's captain, Caroline, dies in a car crash during pre-season. Caroline was a leader, a friend to everyone on the team, and was a so called "hero: in her small town in Iowa. Losing Caroline made the team, school, and whole community grieve; which forced the coach and the team to figure out how to push through the upcoming season without the leader and core of their team. The theme I saw in this book that made me re-examine my understanding of the world was grief. Grief brought the whole community together in honor of Caroline, which made everyone in the community closer, and gave the team a reason to fight for another state championship win. Caroline's team needs to persevere through the grief and what they are feeling to pull out a state championship win, which is difficult for them considering that even going to practice is a major challenge, but when they are reminded of what the town has gone through because of the loss of Caroline, it gives them a reason to keep playing. A character that makes me question my own life is Brez. Brez is the coach of the team, and after Caroline passes away her job is to pull the team back together and push them toward a winning season. This makes me question if I was grieving and upset, would I be able to take on such a big responsibility like Brez did?
Theodosia was only six years old when her kingdom was claimed by an unwanted kingdom (shortened) named the kaisers. In the blink of an eye her mother was murdered. Her mother the beloved Queen of Fire. Theo was nicknamed the Ash Princess, Theo has survived ten years filled with beatings. She doesn’t allow herself to dream of a better, happier life. Since the rebels want nothing more than to call Theo their rightful queen, the Kaiser orders her to kill the prisoner. She can’t think of killing other people but she doesn’t want make things worse on her or the people. She immediately realize that she can no longer commit to anything the kaiser says. She must rise up and fight for her people and her kingdom, she will utterly give up her life for her kingdom. Rebellion isn’t what you call “easy” for Theo to do. Theo begins to show the true colors of the Ash Princess and grow into the wise woman. Her ruthless is a part of her and a job she has to keep up. She is destined to become more than her mother.
Love triangles are usually the big plot of some love story. I realized Ms. Sebastian had put one in. The love triangle isn’t the central focus of the book. Theo wants more than anything is true love, but she also knows she’s got a kingdom to rule. She is perfectly able to stand on her own. She doesn’t need a man to save her. She no damsel in distress. More so she is a warrior who fight for what is going to benefit her and her people of the kingdom.
The second book I read this summer was "Marley And Me" by John Grogan. This book was about a family that adopted a dog, Marley who turns out to be a handful. Still, even while he's destroying furniture and failing dog obedience school, John and his family loved him very much and begin to grow a strong relationship with Marley.
The main ongoing theme that I noticed was loyalty. Readers will notice this theme being taught many times throughout the book. For example, durning Marleys old ages he could barley walk up the stairs yet he always followed John through the house. This shows Marleys respect for John and his loyalty that he has towards him.
John and his family helped me to understand that even if someone is a pain, he/she can still be the most important thing to you.
The third book I read was an autobiography "Courage to Soar' by Simone Biles. This book was about how Simone went from being an orphan to being the worlds best Olympic gymnast. Her father abandoned the family early on. She was then taken away from her mom who suffered from drug and alcohol addiction. When she was 3 she was taken to foster care. It was not until her grandfather and his wife stepped into care of Simone and her siblings. Soon enough she was able to start enjoying a better life in a stabilized home. She then began to develop a passion for gymnastics and thats where her story starts.
The ongoing theme that I noticed is that in life you got to keep going and not stop. Simone had to go through so much before she got tiled the worlds best gymnast but she never stopped because it got hard, she kept going. This helped her to become what she is today.
Simone helps me to understand that if you want something, you got to work for it even if its gunna take time and a lot work, it will be worth it in the end.
The first book I read this summer was To all the boys I’ve loved before by Jenny Han
To All the Boys I’ve Loved before tells the story of Lara Jean Covey and her family, as they adjust to life after her older sister Margot moves to Scotland to attend college. Lara Jean has to deal with the side effects from her private love letters being mailed to all of her crushes without her sister’s advice to guide her.
One of the themes in the book is exploring your identity, and finding out who you are as a person. Lara Jean was a very quiet girl who was almost invisible to most of the kids at her school.
Lara Jean wanted to be like her older sister Margot, who was able to take care of their family while at the same time still being able to do so much for her self. When Margot left for college in Scotland, Lara Jean became the new mother figure in the house.She tried to be just like Margot, being responsible for kitty her little sister and take care of herself and her schoolwork.
The book to all the boys I’ve loved before taught me that before you try and somebody else you have to be yourself. Lara Jean would have been just like Margot if it wasn’t for the letters being mailed out
One book I read was of fiction and about a boy who is honored by the privilege to go and chauffeur as well as fulfill the role as a card turner for his blind and quite wealthy uncle at his bridge club. The uncle ends up dying before the biggest championship in his life so the boy who learns by watching his grandfather play steps in to fill his roll, with his cousin who has schitzofrenzia and a rough past in the family. My understanding of the world is now changed as the theme of death as they were able to put aside their family distances and work together to play the game of bridge. Todd was the main character and throughout the book his emotions overpower his mind.
Another book I read was about a young boy (Rupert) who’s large family is so poor they can barely afford food clothing or even a true bed; the main character sleeps under the bed with his two other brothers. On christmas eve, the boy accompanies a rich family during their familial celebrations and wins every prize until the last challenge, and looses every prize. The family feels great remorse because they know that Ruperts family could have enjoyed the prizes. In order to make it up to him, they each take Rupert to accompany the person on their opportunity to fill their life goals. He experiences many adventures such as being kidnapped and time traveling and even runing into his parents before they get married. In the end, Rupert goes home to his family feeling in despair, to find some news that his father has been hired and will receive a salary greater then what the family had relied on before. The theme of this book is beating the odds because Rupert faces multiple difficult situations throughout his poverty ruled life however when his life is given a new opportunity many times and those situations are met with difficulty he continues to overcome the challenge. My biew of the world in some ways is not changed however is confirmed because the mom and dad struggled by having to many children and not enough financial support. Rupert causes me to recognize how grateful I should be that I have all the necessities to be fes and kept healthy on a daily basis.
Hour of the bees
This book was about a girl named Carol she is starting junior high but this book takes place in the summer before junior high. She, her family and her step sister Alta goes to spend their summer in their grandfathers house which is a rundown 2 room place on the property of their farm. There they must adapt to the conditions of the drought as well as packing up the house to sell in order to pay for the dementia hospital they will be sending their grandfather to at the end of the summer. With barely any help from her parents and Alta she must monitor her grandfather and watch her baby brother as well as performing many difficult chores. At first Carol is annoyed to be in such a terrible place but as the summer goes on she begins to grow closer to her grandfather. Embarrassed of such a name that is pronounced Caroleena she goes by the name carol and is scolded. Eventually the end of summer arrives and they submit their grandfather to mental care facility. Carol now misses her grandfather and sneaks off in the middle of the night to spring him out. Only for the plans to go sideways horrendesly the car gets sunk into a lake, then her grandfather gets bitten by a rattlesnake. Carol sits with her grandfather as he fights for life and later her family arrives to help them. They are taken to the hospital and they sit with their grandfather through his last words and finally begin to appreciate him because he is no longer angry or hurt. Prejudice is the theme that makes me recognize that she was embarrassed to be hispanic however when her gandfather pointed out that she was only going along with their biased ideas and spitring on her roots her ancestors. Grandfather and carolina haloed me recognize that you should be proud of your nationalities because that is who you are.
Counting by 7s
A girl is adopted at a young age and the family has a number of 7, a lucky number 7. The girl who is quite intelligent obsesses over the number 7 and likes gardening and the color red. When the girl starts middle school she is under the confusing impressions that she should stand out for her own unique personality. It does not go as planned so she continues and gets by being lonely. She scores 100% on the school standardized testing so assuming that she is cheating she is put into the counseling program. There she meets her first friend, a girl who is 2 years older than her. Unfortunately her adoptive parents die and so her best friend and her mom and brother adopt her. When the girl’s parents die, her love for education dissipates so she quits school. A day later she attends her parents funeral and uses a cab service. She finds trust in a specific driver and begins to continually ise him for any ride necessary. She is then in the foster system
All rise for the honorable Perry T Cook
This book was a top 10 throughout the course of my literature career. You might ask what made it so good. The happy ending. A lot of deep in young adult literature is quite gruesome and can never truly measure up to a happy ending. This book was about a boy whose mother is in jail for man slaughter but the boy is given special circumstances and is allowed stay in the jail in an additional room. The boy goes to the local public school and has one friend which is a girl named Zoe. Her stepdad Tom is the counties DA (District Attorney). One day when Zoe is at dinner not realizing Tom is listening she mistakenly mentions that Perry lives at the jail. Shocked and overwhelmed with disbelief Tom makes it his mission to get the boy away from the jail. First he fosters the boy into their home and trying to act as if Perry had been tormented his whole life when in reality Perry had had a great life where he had been. Now at school the children had a project to tell their families history as to how they got to their town of Blue River. The project is quite complicated and as his mother is serving time in jail, as his story of migration Perry decides to learn the stories of the other inmates. The only benefit of being fostered was the fact he lived at his best friends house. As Tom unhappily takes Perry to visitation every week with minimal timing, Perry joins the school club and gets to deliver books in the book mobile to the jail, so that he can have more time to visit everyone. One day after school he asks to see his mothers case file. It is learned that Tom has it and as Tom is “working” on it and Perry will not be allowed to view it. As Perry waits for Tom everyday after school in his office Pwrry finds his mother file tucked away obviously untouched. Perry puts Toms most coveted award in the file so that when Tom gets to his mothers file then he will retrieve his reward. For three weeks Tom can’t seem to find his award until Perry brings to his attention the whole situation. As his mothers trial date comes closer and closer Perry prepares a testimony for her trial. The day of his mothers trial comes and despite Toms persistent suggestion that she serve her whole sentence she is given early release and Perry and his mother are reunited. Individual vs. society is the theme I recognized in this book because he was bullied and uprooted because people didn’t understand. Perry throughout the book was respectful and kind even though people disrespected him so it shows that even if you can face a challenge optimism will make the challenge much easier.
For my last book I read “Twilight”. This book is about a girl named Bella who moves to a small town in Forks with her dad. She meets a boy named Edward and they fall in love but it turns out Edward’s a vampire and wants Bella’s blood. Edward is very over protective because he wants her but he never eats her because he only eats animal blood. One day a vampire who eats human blood is attracted to Bella and her blood so they have to fun away before the guy kills her but Edward saves her in time. One theme in this book is choice. Edward is in love with Bella but he is a vampire and is attracted to Bella but he makes the choice to keep her alive and save her because he is in love with her. This theme makes me re-examine my understanding of my life because I have to make choices everyday and I have to make sure I make good choices. Bella makes me question question my understanding of the world by embracing the things around me and not trying to change people. Bella just rolls with what’s going on in her life and I should do that too.
One of the books I read was “Taking Flight” by Michaela DePrince. In this book Michaela was born in Africa and lost both of her parents during the war, and gets a disease. Later on she gets abused by her uncle, and then Mia who is also an orphan helps her by getting a family to adopt her.
This made an impact in my world because it shows that other people can influence each other in a big way. Even though Michaela went through a series of unfortunate events she ends up finding her passion of being a ballerina. She fought through and even because nominated for a Nobel peice prize.
This changed my life because it shows that even if someone goes through a really hard time they cans find there light to shine. This also made me realize how fortunate I am
The fifth book I read this summer was "Thunderhead" by Neal Shusterman (second book in the Scythe series). There are multiple themes in this book but one big one throughout the series is that power can lead to corruption. Scythe Goddard was revived after Rowan burned him and was out for power. He is a famous and evil Scythe who sees gleaning as fun not duty. Just being a scythe has corrupted Goddard in which he takes whatever he wants from everyone and is okay that they only respect them out of fear. But being a Scythe isn't good enough for Goddard so when a higher position in the Scythe's government opens up Goddard goes for it. Citra is able to stop him but in doing so brings out all the corruption and malice Goddard has inside. He hires scientists to sink Endure (a giant city made of Scythes). This theme makes me take a second look at governments today and be able to see that they can break. All it takes is one person to let the power get to their head and that can ruin everything others have worked for. One character that I have learned a lot from is Citra, Citra has been named Scythe Anastasia. It is her duty to kill people but she has chosen to do it in a respectful way. She gives her victims the chance to get everything in line and lets them choose where, when, and how they will die. It angers some but most respect and thank her for it because they want mohave a chance to say a last goodbye to their loved ones. This shows me that in real life, even in tough situations you can do the right thing and make it easier for someone else. Overall there are many great characters and themes in this book that can relate back to the real world and all in all Thunderhead is a great book to read.
This summer I read the series of To All the Boys I’ve Loved before for the second time by Jenny Han. This book series is about a young teenage girl named Lara Jean who has a crush on her neighbor across the street, the only issue with that is he’s dating her older sister Margot. She writes love letters when ever she has a crush so unbearably intense that she has to tell someone, even if it’s just the paper. She deals each letter, and addresses them with no intention to send to anyone, just to keep. One day, the letters get sent somehow and all of the boys she’s ever loved now has their letter. The first book only focuses on Peter, the most popular boy at school who she kissed in 7th grade. And Josh Sanderson, her next door neighbor. Everything spirals out of control once the letters get sent. Lara Jean fake dates Peter to hide feelings for Josh, but could what Peter and she have turn into more than just comrades? As one another begin to catch feelings, if the truth isn’t told everyone will get hurt. How long can a lie last before the truth gets out? Lara Jean really made me think about my own life and how a lie can easily into the truth if cared for properly. Lara Jean also made me question the blind faith people have in other people. Sure Peter was doing it for his own benefit too, but Lara Jean still trusted that he wouldn’t just turn and make her seem like a fool in front of the whole school. Lara jean’s character also makes me question whether or not there are still people like her in the real world. People who are just trusting and caring, and that will do anything for their family, even if it means sacrificing their own self happiness.
This summer I read Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. Being Mortal is an account of what medical practices and how the elderly were being cared for in the 1900s, today, and what it could be like in the future. The themes in this book really made me think about how death was previewed and taken care of in the earlier stages of modern medicinal practices. There would be multiple generations living under the same roof so that the whole family could be together. Nowadays it’s frowned upon to be living in your parents house when your 30. In the future it makes me worry that all of the older generations in a family will be alone in their final moments whereas most family’s still live relatively close to their grandparents. Atul also makes me wonder if in the future, death won’t be as big of a worry to families and children will put their parents in senior homes as soon as they possibly can. The themes of this book made me realize that I don’t want to have my parents so far away from myself and not to be as distanced from the rest of my family. This book also went into how elders are treated in America versus Asia and I can understand that as I do have family in Korea and they all live witching a 2 minute walk of each other so the grandparents can see my cousins as much as they want. In America, we don’t see my cousins as much even though they live about 20 minutes away from us just because it’s never occurred to us that that was something we could do more often. This book really made me think about my family and how past your immediate family, a lot of people don’t see their cousins, or their grandparents as much.
My summer reading book was Bird Box,
This book was a dystopian world in which creatures have mysteriously appeared and are causing any and all people who look at them to harm others or themselves. The theme of this book was that we are so reliant on are senses. This makes me think about how much I take my eyesight for granted. The main character Malorie doesn't make me question my own life but she does make me wonder if their was a world where having something would be unsafe would it be a good idea to just strip someone of it when they were born so they never know the lose of it?
This summer I read One of us is Lying.
This book is about a mysterious high school murder where four student are all in the room when the murder occurred and all four student have secrets to hide.
The theme of One of us is Lying makes me think about the real world because, the theme of appearances are deceiving makes me think about how in the book all of the four characters are basic stereotypes and they turn out to be completely different from what the readers classify them as. One of the main characters, Nate makes me think about how people always classify others in sometimes unfair ways. Nate was classified as a bad kid, and drug dealer, and turned out to be just trying to help himself survive. This makes me think about how I have Probably classified others unfairly before unknowingly.
My summer reading book was The Long Walk.
The long walk is about a futuristic world in which people participate in a walk continuously without stopping if you go under the speed limit you are shot and killed, but if you are the last walker standing you receive unlimited wealth and items. The theme of this book is the Will to live, because every walker is desperate to survive and will go beyond morality to survive this doesn't relate to me. The main character Garrety, regrets his decision to go on the Long walk and this makes me think that it is a good idea to think before you act.
My summer reading book was Bernie and the Wizards.
This book is about a world in which gods live and create worlds to live on harvest food, etc. The main character Bernie is trying to become a builder and encounters trouble along the way. The theme of this book is Hard work never hurts, this makes me think about the world because most people don't put in extra effort and fail in life. The main character Bernie makes me think about my life because he worked hard to overcome his issues instead of giving up maybe I should to.
My summer reading book was Bernie and the Putty
This book is about a god names bernie who is trying to become a builder of worlds but is getting sabotaged by a co worked and must overcome the trouble. This books theme of hard work, makes me think about how overcoming your problems is possible.
The first book I read is called Game Changer by Tommy Greenwald. It is about a boy named Teddy Youngblood who during a football camp had an incident the lead him strait to the hospital. Football being one of the most popular or the most popular sport in America might actually one of the most dangerous sports. During his coma people come to see him, his friends, family, coaches. This book is presented through the conversations, texts, news papers of the people also with his inner thoughts. The theme of this book is there is more to a sport than rules there are the people who play, they can become a threat and try to hurt you or become a role model and try to help you. In this case they boy who gave Teddy the hit didn't do it as an accident he did it on purpose. This shows me that sports can be more dangerous than they seen and people can do hurtful things to you for no reason, but because it is football they assumed right away it was an accident but sometimes its really not. Teddy made me think about my own life because I also play a sport it makes me thing should I be more careful when playing and how can I help stop this.
Durring this summer I read Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire,
When Harry lost his wand at the wizard world cup and Barty Crouch Jr. took the wand and cast the dark mark. But he was underneath a invisibility cloak. So winky the house elf was blamed and not questioned do to being a house elf with no rights even thought it was not winky. It is illegal for house elfs to use most magic. This Makes me reexamine the world around me beacuse people are blamed unfairly.
I read The Unteachables by Gordon Korman(because I like the author). The book is about a bunch of kids with issues who are separated from the rest of the school, in the books the characters all have reasons for the way that they act, so that makes me think about how there are people I know and really don't like who probably have a reason for why they act, so now I can look at them differently.
I read the book dead girls don’t lie by Jennifer Shaw.
Jaycee didn’t answer her phone when her best friend, Rachel was murdered, and a blood curdling text she received from her terrifies her. Jaycee did not answer because she was hanging out with Skyler at a party. After Rachael is found dead in her bedroom by her poor mother. Jaycee truly believes it has something to do with the old house they out And when she was shut out by Rachel. Jaycee’s final text is the first clue she could work on: “We’re in trouble. Meet me at my house NOW. Don’t tell your Dad. Don’t call the police. Don’t tell anyone what you saw”. Her sorrow and anger boils over and brings her into a dangerous investigation. Rachel had not been Jaycee’s friend for about six months. This freaked her out. Rachel never invades other people or bother them. Especially after that long period of time being alone, possibly afraid. After a night that changed Rachel. She changed her look, head to toe. Started hanging out with different people. Before New Year’s, both girls shared a secret when they visited an abandoned house, and unfortunately Rachel didn’t leave perfectly clean. She left covered in blood. A young Mexican teen was found murdered a couple days after the girls arrival. In her text, Rachel warns Jaycee not to tell anyone about what happened that night. Jaycee needs to trust someone. The theme is that not only one side of the story. It appears where the mother is crying thinking that her daughter seemed alright then Jaycee had her side and skylar and all other Rachel’s friends had some connection between the murder.
The next book I read was The Terrible Two Get Worse by Matt Barnett and Jory John is about two kids named Miles and Niles who really like to prank people and even there principle. They have a new favorite target Principal Barkin and his son Josh, they prank them for the whole fall. Principle Barkin hangs a sign counting the days since the last prank. But the thing is that principle doesn't react to pranks so Miles and Niles need to come up with a prank that will make him react. Miles and Niles keep trying but after another of their complex, devious plots are ignored they have to find something that will get him even if that means that they get help from someone. School becomes unbearable until they seek help from a most unlikely source. The theme of this book even if something doesn't go to plan you never stop and think of a better way to do it and become for creative with it until what ever you want works. This makes me re-examine the understanding of the world because so many people give up when something doesn't go but you have to find the bright side of doing what ever it is, even if you don't get it the next time. Miles makes me think about my life because sometimes I quit, and when reading the book I found out to always try until it works out and also become creative and try something different.
The first book I read this summer was “To all the boys I’ve loved before”, this book has a very strong theme. The importance of family and the value of our actions. This book taught me about how one small action in our lives could affect so many other people and that things don’t seem the same as they actually are. This made me re examine my understanding of the world a lot but mostly made me re examine my actions in the world. Especially because I have a big family and that value in the book is very important. It made me re consider and realize the importance of small things in this world. In the book when Margot leaves for college the whole family falls apart, this shows that their family is strong and without eachother it is very hard. That mad me change my understandings when my siblings left for college. The character that made me question something about my own life was defiantly 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 my Margot is and maybe to strive to be like a Margot. Although Peter also reminded me of my own life because of the reputation he gets and how he changes since he met Laura Jean. I know many people like Peter and made me think about the future and why could happen. Overall this was a very good book and way more interesting than the movie I loved it and it taught me so much about the importance’s if people in my life and the resemblances to people in the book. All in all it taught me lessons which also made me question and think.
I am going to be honest, I only read 2 books this summer. I read "The Rithmatist" and "Steelheart." The theme in the Rithmatist was if you try hard enough you will succeed. And this theme is very common in my life with anything I do, if it is doing well in school or sports. The character Joel makes me think about my own life because he is trying really hard to reach his goal to be a Rithmatist, and I am trying really hard to get the job I want in the future. The character in Steelheart, David, really wants the kill Steelheart but also knows the consequences of doing so. Much like me, he is trying to figure out right from wrong.
I read the book Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell. This book is a true story about what author/narrator Marcus went through in Navy SEAL training to the battle that he and his team fought against Al Qaeda and the Taliban in the mountains of Afghanistan. Marcus and his fellow SEALs find themselves outnumbered by about 150 to 4 and he explains the bravery of his teammates and how they fought until their dying moments for their country and to save Marcus. The theme of this book was that no matter the circumstances, you have to stay determined. This theme was shown in the arduous SEAL training that Marcus went through and when he and his teammates kept fighting even when the results didn't look good. This makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because I wasn't aware of how tough you have to be physically and emotionally to make it through SEAL training. A character that made me question something about my own life was Marcus' teammate Danny. Danny had taken multiple bullets to the neck, but he continued to fight as he was bleeding out. I know that this takes lots of heart and it makes me wonder whether I'd be able to keep going even when I knew it was almost over.
I read the Insignia series by S.J. Kincaid. This series takes place in a futuristic world in the middle of World War Three. This war was more about technological advancements than actual warfare. The main setting is at a school where kids are learning how to serve in the war. Each kid has a piece of equipment in their head that makes them super smart. The story is based around a boy named Tom who's life before the academy was not a good one. the theme of this book is to always be yourself. This is because after receiving the technology in his brain Tom was changed into a new person. Tom loses touch with his old life and his dad. I'd recommend this book to any fan of Dystopia.
Over the summer I read the first 6 books in a series called Rangers Apprentice by John Flanagan. The theme I found for these first 6 books as they were all tied together because they consisted of the same main characters is that you can do anything if you tried hard enough. This made me re-examine my understanding of the world by looking back at how small groups were able to work big changes even when people said that they could not. One of the characters from my reading that caused me to question something in my own life, was is will, who, through Those six books is going through the process of being a ranger (a member of the special forces unit loyal only to the king) is taught that practice and training is the only way to Truly get good at something and it made me think about where I would be if I had not put all of that time and effort into my violin.
The first book I read this summer was unbroken. It was based on a true story and was written by Laura Hillenbrand. It was about a man, named Louis Zamperini, who was in a plane crash while serving in the military during WWII. He survived the plane crash and was lost at sea for 47 days. He was then captured by the Japanese and spent 2 years in Japanese camps. This made me re-examine my understanding of the world by how some countries back then didn't get along that well and took prisoners of war from their enemies. A character that made me think about my own life was Louis. He spent 47 days lost at sea and 2 years in japanese camps where they tortured him. It made me question that I might an easier life than he did when I'm his age and not have to be tortured every day.
The third book I read this summer was Bird Box. In this book, characters are in a dystopian atmosphere where there are these ghosts like monsters or creatures where if you look at them, they make your eyes bloodshot and watery, meaning you want to hurt yourself or others or just straight away kill yourself.
The theme of this book is that you must survive without one of your senses, which is eyesight. The theme of this book makes me re-examine the world by knowing that eyesight is very important and surviving without it with no warning is very difficult and makes me think what it would be like in a world where if you see the creature you die. A character that causes me to question my own life is how did she survive with 2 children on a river without any eyesight? She was smart with a bird box and 2 children that helped her and she helped them, find there way.
*The character that inspired me was Malorie
The second book I read this summer was Bird Box by Josh Malerman. The book was about creatures who are taking over the world and if you look at it you become suicidal and kill yourself so people wear blindfolds. This family with the names of Malorie, Boy, and Girl are trying to get to a camp where you can take off your blindfold. This makes me re-examine the world by I don't know what people will do without being able to see and how important it is. A character that makes me question my life is Malorie because I don't know how she survived not being able to see with 2 young kids and how she had to take care of them. I could not take care of 2 kids while being blindfolded. I would always freak out because I would think that they were gone.
The third book I read this summer was Batman Year 1. It was about how Batman was starting to become a hero in Gotham City and how Jim Gordon became to be a Lieutenant for the police department. It made me re-examine the world by how crime can "rule" a city like it does Gotham. A character that makes me question my life is Batman because he makes me think if crime is out of control could
I step up and help.
The fourth book I read this summer was I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan. The book was about the 4 teenagers named, Julie, Ray, Helen, and Barry, who hit a kid that was biking and the kid dies. While they are at college they get a note that says "I know what you did last summer." Family of the kid that dies tries to take revenge on the 4 teenagers. Then after 2 of them gets attacked, the other 2 decide that they should tell the police what happened. This made me re-examine the world by how people think they can just get away with a major crime. The character that makes me question something about my own life is Barry, who was the one that hit the kid, because I wouldn't hit a kid and then drive off. Not even ask the kid if he or she was ok and if they need me to call someone.
The third book I read was I Even Funnier a Middle School Story by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein. This book is about a kid named Jamie Grimm who during a young age was in a car accident which killed both his parents and also he is not able to walk. He now lives with the Smileys who you would think would smile but they don't. The Smileys is some of the only family Jaime has now, his aunt, uncle and two cousins who now act like their parents and siblings now. When in the hospital Jaime watched a lot of comedy and read funny books, that why now Jaime loves making jokes and strives to become the best comedian. Now Jaime's in middle school and has 3 best friends Gilda, Gaynor and Pierce, they do everything together and Jaime wouldn't know what to do without them. The theme of this book is when put in a tough situation always try to find a way out while trying to accomplish your dream. This made me think that their is so much negativity in our world and sometimes we need to look on the bright side. I would compare myself to Jaime because when playing soccer I come across challenges but I find ways to overcome them.
This summer i read the book Denton Little's Death date by: Lance Rubin. In the book the time period in set in the future where all people are told their death date. In the beginning a man approaches Denton and tells him his mom is still alive which he just ignores because he was told by his dad that she died during labor. Later in the story he lives past his death date only because a never seen disease which only him and his mother had. Finding out that his mother and denton both lived past their death date makes me reexamine the unknown man in the beginning and to not believe that most things can be proved wrong.
I read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I found the theme of being selfless. When Katniss volunteered to be in the hunger games it was a very selfless act. This makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because not many people would do that for other people.
Katniss makes me question my own life because she worked very hard and won the hunger games and I wonder what would happen if I did not put effort into sports and other things.
The second book I read over the summer was the book sisters. This book had an important theme of family as well. It reminded me of my family because through all of the fighting there’s always some sort of love shining through. Such as when Reina had a flashback of when she was very excited for Amanda to be born but her expectations didn’t really play out as she thought. This shows a strong theme because there is a bond that always comes through in this family. Some characters from the book actually reminded me of my family. How some people act one way but also deep down they just don’t show their strong feelings. This all relates to the real world very easily through people’s values and how they show it especially through family.
For my fourth book I read Of Mice and Men, I have read this book before but I was only 8. So i decided to re-read it because I did not understand it when I first read it. The themes of the book makes me re-think how "hard" of a life I think I have. I compared the struggles of my life to some of the characters lives in the book, and my struggles were no where near as bad as theirs. A character that made me think about my life is George Milton, I was thinking if I would have done the same thing that he did at the the end of the book. I was wondering if George had more reason than I thought when reading the book.
One book I read this summer was Bird Box by Josh Malerman. I thought the theme was that even if you are missing something and you are in a very hard situation, if you think positively you will make it in the end. Malorie had to be blind through a very difficult time and had to figure out everything as it was happening. Malorie had to use a lot of thought and survive when she was missing one of her senses but still managed to make it in the end with positive thinking. She continued to fight and to reassure herself that she would make it. This made me re-examine and think of my life because maybe during a hard time I feel blind through it and feel like I’m missing something but everything ends up alright in the end because of positive thinking. It also made me think about homework because sometimes homework is easy and I can do it fast but other times homework can be really hard and it takes a lot of time and thought but when I put my mind to it and think positively I can do it. Even thought the situation in bird box and most everyday challenges are very different the author still found ways that readers can relate to the characters in the book.
The books I read this summer where.
The King’s Speech
American Like Me
Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different
Space Case: Waste of Space
The character that causes me to question my own life is King George VI from the book the King’s Speech. In the book, King George has trouble with his speech and he is forced to speak in front of the entire country of England and is forced to make those speeches under a time of great crisis during the beginning of World War II. I question my own life with the character of King George because I have similar issues with my speech that I am working hard to overcome just like King George VI. One of the main themes of The King’s Speech is that you may not want to do something that is very difficult, but sometimes you have to push through and do it even though it may make you really nervous and it may be really hard for you to accomplish. King George worked with a famous speech pathologist named Lionel Logue who offered the King unique and different ways of helping him overcome his speech issues. This makes me reexamine my understanding of the world because it shows even the King of England may not be perfect and may have to work harder than some other people to present themselves and someone who may not have a lot of challenges.
I also read I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. The theme of this book made me re-examine life because I never really thought about how fortunate I truly was until I read this book. We are so blessed to have such a good education. Malala was willing to risk her life to get an education for herself and so many others. Malala had to fight for her education everyday. Malala fought so she and her classmates could have they educated they needed and deserved. Malala also teaches many different important lessons in her book. For example, not everyone wants to go to school, but not everyone can. Malala has made an impact on my life and is a great example to people of all ages. She thought me that even if events like this aren’t happening where I live, it doesn’t mean they are not happening. I believe that no one especially children should have to fight for their education. After reading this book I now really look up to Malala. Also after reading this book it made me question how many people like Malala also have to fight for there education. Also, it makes me question how different my life would be if I wasn’t given and education and had to fight for it. I believe that everyone deserves to have the same opportunities and education.
This summer I read the “The Fault In Our Stars” by: John Green this book was about how a 16 year old is battling cancer while trying to live a normal life! The main characters name is Hazel and along her Journey she meets a 17 year old boy who also has cancer his name is Augustus. Ever sense the two met they have loved everyone moment together. They boned over a book which brought them closer! This story really opened my eyes to the world and made me realized how you can find love is so many different ways and there love was so strong. But even though they were so sick they still found time and love for one another which is really something they opened my eyes.
This summer I read “Everything Everything” by: Nicola yoon this book was about a girl was couldn’t touch anything outside she couldn’t feel the warm sun she couldn’t breath fresh air... Madeline suffers a rare disease called SCID! She lives in a bubble she can only socialize with her mother and her nurse Carla. This book really made me re-exam the world because it made me think how lucky I am to be able to do average day stuff like go to the beach, ride my bike, go swimming, and hangout with friends but Madeline can’t do any of Those things because she is so sick which I can’t even imagine living my life without that... but this book has a really meaningful twist!
For my 4th read book I reread the book Fahrenheit 451. In this dystopian past version of our world, books and stories are considered horrible and scary because they can have endings or ideas that might happen to people in real life. They are told that they are lies and if found in a house, the house along with the books will be burned.
The theme of this book is to fight for your freedom of thoughts and what shouldn't be banned. Guy Montag thinks that books are interesting and should be legal, for the stories are not bad. That makes me think that without free thought with stories or ideas from books or even the Bible, we wouldn't teach or have good stories. A character that make me question my own life is Guy Montag who after Captain Beatty, a fireman who burns houses with books in it, burned his house, he knew books were the right chose and burned Beatty with a flamethrower and ran away with Faber and his friends who remembered the Bible and other books from the past before banning books, and there plan is to rewrite them. That makes me think that having a good plan and fighting for what is right, will lead to great success and how books in that world should be legal.
Another book that I read was “Soul Surfer” the theme of this book made me re-examine life because Bethany never gave up on her dream. In the book Bethany Hamilton is a professional surfer and it was her passion. While she was surfing, she got attacked by a shark and lost her arm. Bethany struggled with many things but worked though it and eventually started getting ready to surf again. Bethany pushed herself until she caught her first wave since the attack. Surfing was her dream and she stuck with it and didn’t let the shark attack get in the ways of that. Bethany persevered through every thing. This book makes me question what my life would be like if this had happened to me and I had to stop doing what I loved and then fighting for it again. It also makes me wonder what the process would be like to get back to doing something that you had to stop for awhile. I’ve read this book many times and every time I read it I’m still so impressed and moved by it. Bethany is so inspiring and she taught me that if you put your mind to something you can achieve it.
One of the books I read was Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand the theme of perseverance is used to show that perseverance Is key in being successful. This is shown in Seabiscuit because even though the characters have to go over multiple hurdles Seabiscuit in the end is a legend in the horse racing universe. The character in this book that made me question something in my life was Tom Smith who sticked by Seabiscuit from the he met him when Seabiscuit was lazy and did want to all the way to the point where Seabiscuit had become a star.
One of the six books i read over the summer was 47 Days by Annette Oppenlander. This book is about two boys named Gunter and Helmut. It takes place during WWII. One of the themes of this book is survival against all odds. It made me think about how lucky I am to have what I need to not struggle each day for things. It made me think about would I have the courage to do what Gunter and Helmut had to go through. The other theme I noticed was teamwork. Gunter and Helmut had to work together to survive. This makes me think about how i work with my classmates on projects and assignments in school.
I read To All the Boys i've Loved before By Jenny Han, In this book The main character Laura Jean wrote love letters when she is in love to the point where she has to express it in some way, even if no ones sees the letters she writes. One day, the letters get sent and all of the boys she wrote a letter about, now has their letter. Lara Jean really made me think about my own life and how a lie can spiral into a big mess and make a bigger commotion that the truth would have. She makes me question the world because she is very caring and true to herself and I wonder if there is still people like that in the world.
For my final book, I read The Hunger Games. In this future, America is now the country of Panem, a country with 12 districts who every year select a boy and a girl from the age 12 to 18 to battle it out in a death arena and only one survives and earns fame and fortune.
The theme of The hunger Games is to always keep good compassion, pride, and confidence as you try to survive the games. That makes me re-examine my world by knowing that even though there aren't real life hunger games, people still fight there own tough battles and have very hard times to get over them. But if your passion and confidence stays strong, you can easily get through it. A character who makes me wonder about my own life is Katniss Everdeen. When the announcement about two tributes able to win together came out, she went and found Peeta. She got a note from Haymitch saying that child love in the arena with Peeta, who crushed on Katniss, would make great audiences and they would get more care packages. That makes me wonder if lying about loving and caring would be acceptable to a boy who likes you in those types of circumstances or any other circumstances?
The fifth book I read this summer was The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. This book was told from the prospectives of two 17 year olds. One of which is Daniel Bae, a student about to go to an interview for Yale which will set him on the coarse for the rest of his life to become a doctor. The other is Natasha Kingsley another student who is determined to stop her family from getting deported to Jamaica. They both are on their separate paths when they meet. Whether it was fate, destiny, or just a plain out coincidence it happened too many times to ignore. They are almost complete opposites with Daniel believes in Love and destiny and with Natasha who believes solely on science. A predominant theme in The Sun Is Also A Star is love. Natasha thinks love isn't real it is fake and just chemicals in you brain while Daniel thinks love is more than that and it takes a lot of things for people to fall in love. The theme of love is the most visible when Daniel says that he can make Natasha fall in love with him. This theme made me think about what really makes someone fall in love. Is Daniel right that there are certain ingredients or is Natasha right about love not being real and only chemicals and science in your brain or is love really just and unpredictable mystery that people try to figure out, but can't.
I read The Fault in our Stars By John Green. In this book Hazel, a girl with cancer decides to go to a support group, with other patients. This is where she met Augustus who soon invited her to his house. Their friend isaac was there, who was getting his eye amputated, for the second time so they were there to support him. This is how Hazel and Augustus special friendship became. This made me think about my own life and how something horrible, like cancer can come upon someone so easily. Isaac makes me question the real world because he is very mad that he will soon become blind, and it made me question if life is worth living if you don't get to see the beautiful things in it.
Over this summer, I have read about all the Artemis fowl books (Artemis fowl, Artemis fowl: The arctic incident, Artemis fowl: The Eternity code, Artemis fowl: Opal Deception, Artemis fowl: The last colony) And the series has made me wonder what else’s could lie in the depths of the ocean or in the far out reaches of outer space.
Over this summer, I decided to reread the Harry potter series, read thunderhead by Neal Shusterman ( A great author), and the Absolutely true diary of a part time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. The absolutely true diary of a part time Indian shows some of the struggles of being a different race than everybody else. The main character junior struggles to keep up with some of his american friends who seem to have everything compared to him. He sometimes had to lie about his poverty to remain friends with some of the kids at his all american school. Another theme is isolation, shown multiple times such as him being the only Indian kid at is new high school. Isolation is also part of the larger picture, involving all of the Indian people who were rounded up into a reservation, or as junior call it, "the rez." This really made me think more about the diversity in our races and culture, and how it could affect people in ways that I never thought of. Next, Thunderhead, the sequel to scythe, was an amazing dystopian novel that I really enjoyed. The thunderhead is an very advanced A.I system that is the leader/law of the entire planet. The thunderhead was programmed to be benevolent toward humans, and not take over. In the book, the thunderheads soon discovers that mankind didn't program it with everything they knew, and began a plan later revealed in the book. Also within the book are many rebellions that test many of the characters loyalties. Many "scythes" have their loyalties switched, but some, like scythe anesthesia remain solid and rooted to their spot, causing me to wonder what I would have done in their situations. This book makes me think a lot about some questions, like will humanity ever pick this route as a possible future, or what happens when we are no longer mortal? I would really recommend this book to anybody interested in it. Finally, we have harry potter. In the series, there are so many adventures that Harry, Hermione, And Ron take us on, that its a wonder JK Rowling fits it all into seven books. Along with the journeys there are also many themes to be found in the series. First of all id the importance of friendship. There is no doubt that without the bonds the three main characters had, they would have failed their missions. They also had to deal with a lot of choice and rebellion. For example, in harry potter book five, Harry and his friends have to learn to rebel against professor umbridge and the ministry of magic. Choices had to be made in book seven when it came down to Horcruxes and friendship. Book one and two also dealt with friendship with examples like the sorcerers stone and how Ron and Hermione helped harry get to the mirror of Erised in the dungeons. The harry potter series is one of the greatest fantasy stories ever written, and if you have not read it, you definitely should.
The fourth book I read this summer was "The Sun Was Also a Star" by Nicola Yoon. Natasha Kingsley is a young Jamaican American lady who believes in science and facts. Not fate or destiny. She is especially not the type of girl to fall in love with a stranger twelve hours before being deported to Jamaica. Daniel Jae Ho Bae on the other hand is a young Korean American poet who believes fate and destiny have something extraordinary in store for him and Natasha.
One of the themes in this book that make me re-examine my understanding of the world is the theme of interconnectedness and destiny. One of the very first things the reader reads in this book is a quote from scientist Carl Sagan that says in order to m