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The themes in Salt to the Sea make me re-examine my understanding of the world. In the book, symbols of how their life is going to go leads their life in a certain direction. This makes me realize how some lives are fate, and some are destiny. Joana, one of the main characters, life is just fate, what ever happens happens. But Emilia, another one of the main characters, her life was shown by an event in her life. Emilia went to a flower wreath gathering with some of the older girls when she was younger. The wreath gathering is were you made a wreath of flowers and sent it down the river with a candle, and what ever boy at the end of the river got your wreath, that was who you were to marry. Emilia followed her wreath down the river, but it got caught in something under the current. The candle then tipped and started to but the wreath. Emilia was alone, watching her wreath burn. It was almost like Emilia's life was playing out in front of her. When Emilia got older and coincidentally met paths with others, she was able to get aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff. As the Russians send torpedoes toward the ship, every one got on life boats. When Emilia was alone on one of the last life boats, she watched as her destiny played out. She was alone, watching the sinking ship sink. Emilia makes me question whether my life will be fate or destiny, and when it will lay out.
What a great observation Grace! I love how you tied the wreath at the beginning, to the ending with the ship sinking.
the theme in The Death Cure made me re-examine the world. in the dystopian novel the theme is about making the right choice and wether it will affect anyone. this made me realize that some people have a hard time making decisions and they don't know if it will affect someone they know. Thomas, who is the main character leads a whole group of boys and never has a plan in mind. sometimes he has to make decisions that will affect his friends and everyone else. Teresa, who is another main character had made a decision by joining an organization named WICKED hoping to find a cure to a disease called the Flare. Thomas and the other characters were affected by this and think that teresa had betrayed them. a lot of sacrifices came in to play in this book because of the decision someone had made. Thomas makes me question that if I make an important decision in my life, it might affect the people around me.
the theme in the court of thorns and roses made me re-examine the world. The theme is that you have to pay a price if you do something that you shouldn't do. this made me realize that doing something that you didn't intend to do can make you pay a price. Feyre is a human girl who is poor and hunts for food. she one day found a wolf that was bigger than an average wolf. she had made the wrong decision of killing it and selling it. one day a wolf the same size came and attacked Feyre's family. she had to pay the price by going with the wolf and living with the wolf forever. the wolf turned out to be a person also known as a high fae. Feyre has to face some challenges as well as challenges that will cost her life. she has to pay a big price because of what she's done in the past. Feyre makes me question that if I make a bad mistake in my life, it might mean that I have to pay a price to fix that mistake.
the theme in the book a court of mist and fury made me re-examine the world. the theme is about betrayal to people whom Feyre loves and is friends with. this made me realize that there is a lot of betrayal that goes on in our world. Feyre has made a deal with a character named Rhysand. there deal was that feyre had to spend a week with rhysand once a month. in the book Feyre had made a decision to betray someone and stay with the one she loves. she has to make a hard decision between two people. Feyre makes me question that if I betray something that I was promised not to break, it would mean that it would affect the person I made the promise with, but it would also affect me.
HI Elena! I read all three of your posts and love how these books are helping you reflect on your own actions. They sound like great books.
The theme in Uglies by Scott Westerfeld makes me examine my understanding of the world. In the dystopian literature, the theme is about choosing others vs egoistic choices (choices regarding yourself). This choice made me rethink the value of friendship vs appearance, and how people would do anything for themselves vs helping the ones in need. I believe that this is wrong because some people should think more about the needs of others instead of their personal ones, this is what happened in the book. Tally, the main character, is the one making the choice between friendship and becoming pretty. Shay had run away because she didn't what to become pretty. When Tally eventually finds Shay and is about to bring him back to Uglyvile, she meets David; when David introduces Tally to his parent, his parents share a secret with Tally that will change her perspective of being pretty. The choices that Tally makes, make me think about how everything is not granted and how you have to make difficult and life changing choices throughout your life.
The theme in Treasure Hunters, by James Patterson, help me re-examine the day understanding of the real world. In the book, the four kids lose there family and travel around the world looking for clues to find them. The makes me realize that some family’s are perfect and have each other, while others have there kids looking for there parents
The two twins, Beck and Bick, get into many fights and what there parents call them,” Twin Tirades.” This makes me questions because how lucky I am to not a twin, even though I got into little fight with my little brother. Beck and Bick’s fights are major! But only lasts minutes.
Hi Aiden - This sounds like a good book. I am glad you were able to make some connections.
The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket is the first book I read this summer. This novel is about three siblings who are orphans, and their terribly unfortunate lives have led them to a fictional place called the Mortmain Mountains, where they are separated upon arrival. They try to rescue the youngest sibling, Sunny Baudelaire, from the clutches of the villain, Count Olaf, but in the process realize that maybe they are not as noble as they first thought, because of some of their plans and actions. In other words, nobody is just one type of person. Everyone is a chef's salad, the different ingredients being characteristics and choices. So, the theme makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because it shows me that even if someone seems noble (or wicked) at first glance, they most likely come with the opposite trait as well. The characters who cause me to question something about my own life are the three main characters: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire. Starting in this part of the series, the orphans begin to realize that it is near impossible to find out if someone is noble or wicked, just by glancing at them. So, they make me question whether there is more to people I dislike, than their seemingly defining characteristic.
The novel, The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket, is about Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, the three orphans. The main setting is under the water on a submarine called the Qeequeg, upon which they journey to an underwater cave that has deadly mushrooms and a crucial object. The theme is that family always comes first and can often influence many choices we make. This theme makes me re-examine my understanding of the world by realizing that a strange or rash choice someone makes may in fact be driven by their passion for a family member. It is important to keep this re-examination in our minds because it frees us from judgments. A character from this novel who causes me to question something about my own life, is Fernald Widdershins. At the beginning of the series, he works for the evil Count Olaf, but in this novel, he runs away to join his sister Fiona (who is the daughter of Captain Widdershins of the Qeequeg). Fiona is mostly against Count Olaf. Fernald makes me question what I would do if a family member turned against me: would they join me, or would I be forced to join them?
In Four, a Divergent book by Veronica Roth, the main character, Four, has to navigate his way through initiation. The majority of this book is set in the Dauntless compound and starts in the Abnegation quarters. This book focusses mostly on freewill and fighting for what you believe in. This is because Four was a transfer from one faction to another, which is looked down upon especially in Abnegation. Four did not feel comfortable in Abnegation and would not fit in with any other faction because of who he was and issues with his family. Four therefore picked a new faction and started a life without his horrid family. When Four is asked to state his opinion on the factions, he does not want to share his opinion because he looks down upon other factions, such as Erudite, and fights for what he believes in. This makes me look at my understand of the world because in many places around the world people hold riots and stand up for what they believe in. They also use these riots to protest and bring attention to what they believe in. It also makes people look at what they are fighting for. This makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because riots are usually put on the news and make the government think about the laws that they have put in place. Riots are ways to publicize what you believe in and make others look at that position as well.
Eric, one of the other initiates in Fours group, wants to be on top. Eric was undefeated in the battles and wanted to be number one on the board. Eric is not nice to Four because he knows that Four is doing just as good as he is in battles and fear landscapes. Eric makes me wonder about my life, and my future because I wonder if it will be this competitive getting into college. Not only that, but I wonder if other girls are this competitive when they are trying out for a sports team. I tried out for competitive cheer and there was a cut off for volleyball as well. There were a lot of girls that wanted to do better than others and that wanted to be number one just for the satisfaction. I wonder if these girls could possibly end up being friendly with me, just like Four and Eric eventually were during other transfers initiations.
In The Fever Code by James Dashner the main character, Thomas, is forced to abandon his own name. Taken away from his family and stripped of his name, Thomas is forced to join WICKED and work with them to put his only friends in an unsolvable maze. Thomas must create, engineer, and survive the maze bigger than the WICKED complex itself. The main idea is that not everyone is treated equal. This is because Thomas and his best friend, Teresa, help to build the maze that the subjects have to enter. Even though they make some of the most important features of the maze, Thomas and Teresa get none of the information that the others have. Thomas and Teresa are not treated the same as the workers and are often lied to by the other employees. This shows that even thought Thomas and his friend do a lot of the work, but they are not treated equal and are not given the information that they need and want.
Minho, one of the friends that Thomas makes while wandering the halls of WICKED, tries to escape the complex. He gets caught and has suffer a punishment that Thomas must watch. Minho tells his friends when he plans to escape, and while he tells them, he explains how he thinks that WICKED is like a prison. When Minho talks about how the WICKED complex is like prison, then ties to escape, it makes me think about how some criminals are escaping jail and how some are attacking schools. This makes me realize how many kids learning is affected by terrorist attacks. Thinking about this makes me wonder if I will ever have to experience one.
In the novel Thirteen by Lauren Myracle, the main character Winnie has just turned thirteen. she realizes that her mother has been acting weirdly as well as her boyfriend. she has to go through a lot of drama with her best friends. The main idea is that becoming 13 means that you have a bigger responsibility than when you were younger. Winnie has been left out in a lot of things and she feels like she can't help anyone if they don't tell her whats going on. this makes me think that people are hiding more secrets when they are older so that no one can hurt them. thinking about this makes me wonder if drama will pop up more often the older you get.
In the novel The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan, The main character Jason has forgotten who he was because his memories are gone. he makes friends with two other characters, Leo and Piper. later on during a field trip Jason realizes he has a power to defeat monsters. he found this out when he was attacked by one during the field trip. the leader had risked his life to save the three friends. They are later retrieved by people who are known as half bloods. camp half blood is a camp where kids who are born from a god or goddess are trained to fight and are protected by the monsters. The main idea is that the camp was created to protect the children of the gods and goddesses. they are split up from the rest of the world in order to keep the world safe and so that no humans are affected by these kids. this basically means that half bloods are treated differently than an average human. later in the story the three main characters find out which god or goddess the belonged to. jason's parent was a big shock to all the campers on the camp. this shows that whoever the parents are to the child shows how important they are in the camp and to the monsters. Annabeth who is percy's girlfriend tells the three teenagers that percy had went missing and that she wants to search for him. the three friends go on an adventure to find Percy Jackson. this makes me wonder if people who are different are always split up from other people.
In Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti, the main character Ethan (a.k.a. SCAM) lives in a normal neighborhood. But unlike other teenagers his age, he has powers. That don't always come in handy. Scam and a couple of the other Zeroes (kids with "powers") try to blend in. But when there is a robbery at the bank and Scam messes up, he and his friends have to find a way to help him and protect their powers. The main theme of this book is that everyone makes mistakes because even though Scam makes the most mistakes out of the group, they all do things that land them in trouble. This makes me wonder, because the bank robbers are part of a family, if there are really a lot of people out in the world that would do that. There are plenty of robberies and families that need the money to live, but would all of them rob a bank to get just what they wanted. It is understandable that there are families that need the money, but committing a crime and going to jail, is it worth it?
Kelsie, one of the Zeroes, makes me wonder how different some families are. Her Mother died and her Father is a criminal. She has special powers and can not always control them. Kelsie makes me wonder if families that have a divorce go through as much as Kelsie did. I have met a lot of people who's parents are divorced and even have a couple of friends that suffer a family divorce. Kelsie makes me feel empathy towards the people who have a complicated relationship with their families and don't have a way of fixing it.
Hi Emma - I have read all your entries and love the connections you have made to all of them. These books sound really good!
The novel, The Penultimate Peril, by Lemony Snicket, is about Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire and the chapter of their life which takes place in the Hotel Denouement, on a mission for a secret organization called V.F.D. As a part of their mission, they must be disguised as concierges and examine who is noble and who is wicked. Along the way, they meet many of their former guardians and are able to learn more about them in ways that lead to a powerful theme: Even though someone is noble they usually care about themselves just as much as a wicked person would. This theme helps me re-examine my understanding of the world because it reminds me that people will first think what's best for them, before they think what's best for a friend (or for anyone else, really). This is important to realize because it helps one remember that some choices that people make are often not to offend one (in other words: "It's nothing personal). Furthermore, a character who causes me to question something about my own life is Jerome Squalor, one of the Baudelaire's guardians. In the novel in which he played a significant role, he left the Baudelaires to be taken away to another guardian by Mr. Poe, the banker in charge of the Baudelaire fortune. In The Penultimate Peril, Jerome Squalor comes back as an injustice expert, and means to help the orphans because he felt so bad about letting the children be whisked away. All because he wanted to protect himself from all the villains. Jerome Squalor makes me question whether people in my own life are noble enough to do that. But he also makes me question whether technology and other factors have gone so far, that people really only do care about themselves, and so wouldn't be able to commit an action even remotely similar to what Jerome Squalor did.
The theme of the Crossover by Kwame Alexander is family. This is a huge theme in the book because when Chuck Bell (father of JB and Josh) passed away both boys JB and Josh felt like they needed each other. There relationship broke when Josh got jealous of JB and threw a basketball at JB’s nose. Josh instantly knew that there friendship was gonna be broken after that. At the end of the book both JB and Josh needed each other so they decided it was the right thing to get a new loving friendship with each other. This book really shows how relationships can affect people. When JB got a girlfriend Josh felt all alone and lonely because his dad couldn’t play basketball with him due to his sickness. Josh considerd his brother his bestfriend and when JB stopped playing as much basketball as Josh and spending more time with Alexis it made Josh frustrated. Josh also showed jealousy when he threw the ball really hard at JB’s face. There’s many things i learned about friendships and relationships and how it affects people. Josh reminded me of myself because I used to have a really good friend that we used to do everything toegether until he broke his leg and arm. He was out for awhile and we started to lose touch because he couldn’t do all the stuff we used to do. Overall the Crossover really shows a lot of life lessons and shows how much you need your family in certain times.
Mark, I really liked how you how you included this scenario. By doing this you were able to come up with an overall theme of these two's relationship. And how your actions affect those around you. And I agree that it shows lot of life lessons and how family is very important and you cannot take that for granted.
The theme of the book The Seventh Most Important Thing is loss of family. In this book the main character Arthur lost his dad when he was only 5 years old. With this hard loss, he had to take his dad's responsibility. Later on in the book, he was thinking about his father which caused Arthur to throw a brick and the Junk man. Arthur ended up going to jail and ending up in the court. He had to work 120 hours for the Junk Man. With all of this relating to their family death, this at the same time caused a lot of problems. Now that his father was dead, it was Arthur's responsibility to put up the Christmas tree and do all of his father's chores. After Arthur's 120 working hours were over, everything was calm until the next day. The next day, Arthur found himself rushing over the the Junk Man in his garage. Arthur saw him laying on the hard metal floor while it was hard for him to breathe. This shows that when you have a family member loss, it will be really hard to move on from it.
The final novel in A Series of Unfortunate Events is The End, by Lemony Snicket. In this chapter of the Baudelaire orphans' history, they end up shipwrecked on a coastal shelf, and are then welcomed into an island colony nearby. The island's facilitator, Ishmael, has worked hard to keep the colony safe from the treachery of the outside world, by keeping everything as simple as possible. However, in the process, Ishmael helps lead the reader to an important theme: EVERYONE has secrets, whether they be good or bad and most always, many secrets lead the way to a problem of any kind. This theme makes me re-examine my understanding of the world, because it sheds light onto the theory that maybe many of the worlds largest complications (corruption, murder, and even bullying) are the cause of people keeping dangerous secrets, that are eventually found out by others. This is similar to the many secrets that Ishmael and the Baudelaires kept, about forbidden items they were hiding, and these secrets almost led the people of the island to a schism. Ishmael is also the one who leads me to question something about my own life. He makes me question whether friends and family don't tell me things because they want to "...keep me from the treachery of the world..." (page 230) or simply because they don't trust or want to tell me.
In the novel, Gone by Michael Grant, the main character Sam Temple lives alone with his mother holding the big secret that no one except him knows. He has the power. One minute all the teachers, grow ups, parents, and anyone over 14 were there. The next they are gone- vanished without a trace. Now Sam and his best friend Quinn have to overcome the many troubles of only children, no adults, and destructive pretend leaders. Sides are being chosen and kids are dying. Sam must choose to help save everyone. But, he isn't the only one with the power. More kids have it too. The theme of the book is being good in all the bad, results into conflict with the good and bad characters. This makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because most good people are always shamed from the bad people. I have realized that almost all conflicts are started from assumptions. If people would just talk to one another instead of assuming things then maybe there wouldn't be so much conflict and corruption. If Sam and the pretend leaders had talked to each other and stopped assuming things then maybe some of the other children might not have dyed.
In Pretties Scott Westerfeld,Tally has to pick to forget what the danger of being pretty is, otherwise she is risking her life. The theme in this dystopian novel is about danger. remembering the danger of being pretty , and at the same time she is risking her life, because the authorities wont let anyone with that kind of information survive. This theme make me re-examine my understanding of the world because it shows how many people are risking their life's for what they believe is right to know. Tally who is the main character risks to save Zane. Zane is affected be the "diseases " that is transmitted to pretties. These risks that tally takes make me think of how people support each other through difficult times.
In the boy in the striped pajamas by John boyne, you learn about how life can be different between two different people in the 1930’s-1940’s. John boyne writes about the life’s between 2 boy, one being locked away in a prison camp and the other being free. Despite their living conditions the two boys became friends. This can relate to the real world, people today judge people based on their appearance. I feel like this relates to the boy in the striped pajamas because today society cares about how you look and how you dress, some people can’t afford nicer clothes which puts those kids in a lower social class, but kids that can afford more expensive clothes are put more in a higher social class. It’s crazy to think that one thing you can’t control defines who you are. In the dot in the striped pajamas, one of the boys where Jewish so he was put in a concentration camp, but the other boy wasn’t Jewish you he was free. Even though that’s something that they couldn’t control they still had to be treated differently.
In the book, Fray by Joss Whedon, the main character Melahka Fray has no more family and no real home. She spends her life stealing from people to sell things and get money. The problem is she doesn't know that she is a relative of the protectors of people. Fray then has to fight the demons to protect humanity and save everyone that she cares about. The main character Fray makes me question things such as when people seal from banks, I know its bad but what if they do it so they can feed their family. Fray stole to get money and pay for a little girl's medicine because the girl was dying and no one cared. She makes me think maybe people have to do bad things sometimes to fix some wrong things. Even if they are breaking the law.
Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling, is the last book of the seven books in this series. In this book, Harry is whisked away from his childhood house by people who are willing to take any chances in protecting him from the Dark Lord. As he stays with his friends and co family, he grows tiresome of waiting for his chance to look for horcruxs, fragments of Voldemort's soul which are the key to defeating him. Destroying them would mean that Voldemort would weaken and die. As Harry, Hermione, and Ron receive mysterious items from Dumbledore from his will, they leave everyone with no explanation as to where they are going. This part was important because they are now on their own. As they search for horcruxs, Harry learns bits about the Dumbledore he thought he knew and grows angry at himself for believing he knew everything about him. As Ron disbands the group, Harry and Hermione are left to deal with strands of clues and leads that can help them. As Ron rejoins the group, they move closer to finding the last horcruxs, the place where it all started for Voldemort, his home, Hogwarts. Harry and his friends join together to defeat Voldemort. They learned and they grew their knowledge of the wizarding world and the people in it. I think that the theme I found in the book is very important. The theme is that no matter how old you are or where you came from or what could be holding you back, you stick to what you believe in and you fight for what you believe in. This could be applied to every person in this story good and bad. I think that J.K. Rowling made a very good theme that could help a lot of people to be stronger, even if people say that they can't do anything to help and make a difference in the world because of where they come from or who they are. This helps me re-imagine the world and help me think that anyone can become anything no matter how old you are or who you are, it just matters what your going to do.
Sorry I forgot to add- I thought that a character that really made me think about my own life was Snape. His whole life he was too afraid to tell Harry's mother, Lily, about how he really felt about her. He always thought he was not good enough for her and by the time they were sorted into different houses, he lost her and his chance forever. He always wanted her to be happy but forgot to put his happiness first. this makes me think of how many times I have missed a chance of succeeding or something that would have made me happy. Snape was an extremely important character that carried a sad life of helping people but holding off his own happiness for the good of others. He saved the world from Voldemort all because of his moments between lily. J.K. Rowling made a character that added so much depth and meaning to the story and created a character that made me think long about my life and what I could put into perspective, just like Snape did.
The Fault in our Stars, written by John Green, is about two cancer fighters named Hazel Grace and August Waters who fall madly in love and spend their last days together learning all about the misfortunes that life has to offer. I was able to question a lot about my life from Hazel and Gus's traumatic and exuberant experiences. First, Hazel helped me realize that not everything in life is like a bubble, and certainly not like the bubble most of us live in. She showed that the universe can be cruel and kind, but that you should fight for it. You don't get many choices in life, but if you have something close to you that you love and can hold onto, the fight is worth it. Hazel was isolated her whole life, felt as if she had no worth in the world, and worst of all, she viewed herself as a grenade that could explode at any moment killing the hearts of the people closest to her. But when she met Augustus Waters, he revealed the cruel excitements in life that are amazing but could be lost in a second. He helped her live every day she had, and to make the most of it. From Gus, she was able to explore the infinities of life, and how one infinity, like the countless decimals between 1 and 100, may be bigger than other infinities like the decimals between 1 and 2. And while she wanted more numbers than she was going to get in her life, she thought that Gus gave her an infinity beyond infinites only in a number of days before he died. So what I am able to question in my own life is that no matter how much smaller your infinity with the world is than another by numbers, that doesn't mean your forever with someone should be smaller. You can always make your life great, which is better than what most people get. This relates to my own life because now instead of holding hesitation about how I live my days, I know that my infinity in life is as good as anyone else's as long as I am up for living it to the fullest.
In the story Hoot, by Carl Hiaasen, is about a boy named Roy who moves to California and gets bullied on the bus for multiple days and then he realized that even though the bully was older and larger than him, he punched them in the face. It ended up breaking their the bully's nose and they each got suspended for a few days. Then throughout the story Roy meets a boy who does not tell his name starts to vandalize and he keeps getting away from everything and he is very suspicious. The theme of the story makes me realize that some kids are bad and do criminal stuff and that is bad because they can get in a lot of trouble. None of these characters seem like me because I do not bully people or have anything to do with criminals.
Hi Alex - This is what I love about books - you don't have to have a personal connection to appreciate the lesson that is being learned.
The fantasy novel, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, written by
J. K. Rowling, helps the reader re-examine their understanding of the world. Two themes in Harry Potter are to always help one another out, and the idea of injustice. In today's world, life is filled with inequality. To this day people are underestimated, or judged by their race and/or gender, much like in this Harry Potter novel. Lord Voldemort, the antagonist who has been defeated by Harry Potter many times in the past, and once lost all power for eleven years, has come back from the “dead” and is more powerful than ever. However, he isn’t targeting to kill just any witch or wizard, but ‘mudbloods’ in particular. This means he targets wizards having little to no wizaring ancestry, because he believes that the ‘muggles’ stole magic blood to become a witch or wizard and Voldemort thinks they don’t deserve to have magical abilities. Wizarding world and today's world alike, share the the same idea of inequality. Leaving the reader seeing that even in a world of magic and fantasy, there is still injustice towards a group of people, causing all this trouble. The reader re-examines their world seeing that if our world would see one another as equals, then almost all problems would be solved. Just like in this novel, Harry and his professor, Dumbledore, work together and plan a way to take down the Dark Lord. Both Harry and Dumbledore believe that what the Dark Lord is doing is wrong. This provides more evidence towards the themes, because they are working together to end the injustice. This helps the reader re-examine their understanding of today's world.
Forgot to add my last sentence to the conclusion-
"This helps the reader re-examine their understanding of today's world, because they can see that working together can make a difference."
The fantasy novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, written by J. K. Rowling, has themes of friendship and that one can accomplish more if you work together. In this book, Harry and his friends, Ron and Hermione leave Hogwarts: School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, to carry out Dumbledore’s plan. The three friends are to destroy all of Lord Voldemort's horcruxes, which store pieces of his soul, making him immortal. This plan being very dangerous, leaves Harry’s friend, Ron, doubtful it is even possible, so he leaves, Harry and Hermione are not successful without Ron. But, in the end, he came back to help out, renewing the theme of friendship, and they discover that they are more successful when they worked together. But this ‘friendship’ theme isn’t just with Harry and his friends. The novel has an anti-Voldemort side and a pro-Voldemort side. The Anti-Voldemort side includes members of the Order of Phoenix and members of Dumbledore’s Army, a secret school Defense Against the Dark Arts Club. These organizations all help fight against Voldemort and his Death Eaters. Death Eaters are on Voldemort's side and also are anti-mudblood. Going along with the theme, without Harry’s friends, and the other who are anti-Voldemort, he would not have been able to carry out this mission, or defeat the Dark Lord and his Death Eaters. All of the character who fought against Voldemort and his Death Eaters risked their lives to end evil. Their bravery left me think about whether or not me and my friends would be brave enough to do the same.
Hi Emma - Don't you just love this series! There are so many valuable lessons to be learned.
The theme of a “Long Walk to Water” is that teamwork conquers your challenges. In the book, Salva and his parents are separated due to the army raiding their town. Salva and A group of boys and girls start to walk to a refugee camp in the neighboring country. This reminded me of how many children get separated during wars and controversial acts of the government. I learned a lot from this book about the South Sudan war. Salva made me question my self about how strong my mental state is. Salva saw and experienced many terrible things, such as Marial getting eaten by a lion. In the end, Salva and the group of boys persevered and conquered the challenge of reaching the refugee camp.
In the novel, The Maze Runner, by James Dashner,a teenage boy named Thomas wakes up and finds himself in a dark box with no memory of his past life, traveling to his doom. When the Box opens, he meets other boys about the same age as his with no memory either. He soon finds that he is in the middle of a deadly maze, the Glade, with terrifying creatures on the outside that watch, kill, and change people if Stung. With some new friends that won't give him any answers on how he got here and why any of them are here. The leader, Alby, who has been there for 2 years, tells him what he needs to know about the Maze and how things work. He finds nothing to answer his burning questions. As he learns little by little, he grows the urge to become a Runner, the people that go into the Maze to find a way out. But the number one rule is that no one besides the runners can go into the Maze. When Alby and his other friend, a Runner named Minoh, receives urgent news to go into the maze, they get stuck out there with the doors closing. Thomas, over come by the urge to save his friends, dashes out into the Maze. When he finds out that he has meet his demise, he figures out a way to trick the Grievers, the creatures, by tricking them to fall over the edge of a cliff. When he gets out, he is promoted to a runner but after that, things start to go haywire. A girl has come up from the Box for the first time and carrying an ominous message saying that she is The End. Then the supplies stop coming and the sky goes gray and the doors will not close. As they prepare for night fall the girl wakes up saying that she remembers Thomas from her past and says a way to get out of the Maze. As Alby goes through the Changing and decides he does not want to go back home so Newt, Thomas's friend leads them down their way out, they reach a lab that becomes invaded by people that bring them to a place to stay and explain what has happened while they were gone. This book was very good and helped me re-examine the world. It gave me a view of what it would be like to have your memory taken from you and placed somewhere where it seems like there would be no way out. It may not be very realistic but a close comparison of that would be getting kidnapped and brought to a whole other place and you have no clue where you are. I feel like this happens to quite a few people and this book taught me about what must be going through their mind and what would happen to me. The theme of this book is that no matter how lost you seem, you can always move forward to overcome the obstacle in your way. This is a great theme because it helps me persevere through many obstacles big and small. Like the kidnapping as a big one or just with the small things like homework and making it through school on a subject I am just learning about. It shows me that I can be lost at some points but I can find out my solution if I don't give up.
Sorry I forgot to add that I could relate to Thomas because he was struggling to overcome the fear that he felt because of what he didn't know. This causes me to reflect on myself and think if I were ever in a situation where i didn't know what to do like in school, I can just concentrate on what I do know to help me get the understanding that I need and that it is okay to worry about what will happen as long as you don't lose sight of your sanity. This also applies to may characters in The Maze Runner.
In the book Plague by Michael Grant, one of the main characters Caine Temple, had a plan to take over the FAYZ. The FAYZ meaning the phase in their time where there were no grownups and only adults. He had a plan to become king and take the leadership away from his brother Sam. But something troubling has happened. There are these nasty blue bugs that are making people sick and killing them. The illness is spreading. Caine, Diana, Sam, and Astrid have doubts that they will survive the FAYZ. Theme of the novel is never give up on who you love or what you believe in. I think this because Sam and Caine both hated each other but they soon learned they couldn't give up hope on each other. People were dying and Sam and Caine needed to help. The theme of the book makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because lots if people give up on what they love or believe in. But, if people learned to stop hating and start doing what made them believe or have love then that's what the world needs.
In the book The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) by Michael Scott, two teenagers are pulled into the world of alchemy and necromancy. Said to be the twins in The Book of Abraham the Mage (a book of alchemy and wizardry), they must have their powers awakened and learn to defend themselves and the whole world. The twins are pulled into Hekate's (the goddess with three faces) realm. But there are more setbacks to come. Dr. John Dee, a necromancer, is working with the Dark Elders to bring them back . To do so, he must steel the book Nicholas Flamel has been hiding for years and either take or kill one of the twins. The theme of this book is that power comes with a great cost. This is because when the twins are awakened of their magical powers, they not only have to learn to control it, but to use it for good. Alchemy is very strong magic in this book and can easily be used wrong. If practiced by the wrong people, the whole world could be destroyed. This theme makes me look at the social pyramid, or in the US, the government. The twins, Sophie and Josh, make me think about how sometimes being a twin is really hard, especially with power involved. It also makes me notice, when their powers are awakened, how distant they become. I wonder if they become more distant because of the prophecy or just because of the new ability to control the five elements (fire, water, earth, air, and time).
In the dystopian novel, The Compound by S.A. Bodeen, Eli and his family were led to believe by his father that there was going to be nuclear attack. He also told them that the only way to survive was to live in an elaborate underground compound built for them. While being transported to the compound, Eli and his father are separated from his twin brother and grandmother. When Eli is in the shelter, he learns that his brother and grandmother didn’t make it. Eli became angry at his father for not waiting longer for the rest of his family before closing the compound door. Eli’s father (Rex) believes he had no choice but to save himself, Eli, his sisters and mother. This part of the story made me question my life and the world because, would I do what Rex did and sacrifice members of my family in order to save others? While thinking about it, I would do all I could to save all of my family but who knows in extreme circumstances what one is forced to do and to make that difficult decision.
In addition, Eli later learns that the whole idea of a nuclear attack was just a social experiment and he had wasted six years of his life isolated from the real world. He also figures out that his father was creating clones of him and his sisters in order to use them as a food source. While reading this, I wondered what I would do in an extreme survival case like that. I can’t imagine I could ever eat another human being. Overall, Eli’s family was tested to the limits in the underground compound and had to make split second decisions in order to survive and carry out their dystopian lives.
Hi Will - This book definitely deals with some unusual circumstances. It is hard to know what one would do when faced with these extreme events.
In the book Booked by Kwame Alexander, the theme of this book is when life brings you down you have to get back up. I think this because when Nick was "drowning" he had many mentors helping swim and keep his head above water. Mr. Mac, Nick's school librarian was one of his mentors that helped him get his head above water. Mr. Mac visited Nick when he was in the ER for a broken ankle and surgery on his appendix. Mr. Mac was a good mentor to Nick because he gave Nick a lot of motivating talks. For example; "Nick, the river is always turning and bending, you never know where it is going to go and where you will wind up. Follow the bend."
In Swarm by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti, the Zeroes (a group of teenagers with special but not helpful super powers) have completed their mission. With Scam (A.K.A. Ethan) out of questioning from the police and with Kelsie to help the group out, they thought they had completed their mission. But when two more Zeroes come to Cambria, they warn the others of a dangerous guy hunting Zeroes down, manipulating them to work with him. The group must find a way to either get rid of the evil Zero, or flee him. Their main problem is that he hunts by groups of Zeroes and uses their fear as his power. They must split up or come up with a plan to get him out of Cambria and away from others like them. The theme of this book is that friendship is more important than anything. This is because the six Zeroes must stick together to defeat this new enemy. When Nate (Glorious Leader) realizes that he remembers Anon (Anonymous or Nothing), a guy with the powers to cut connections and become nearly invisible to others, they realize that they actually want to get to know each other and that they might be more alike than they think. Also, when something unfortunate happens to Davey (a fellow Zero fleeing from Swarm, the bad guy) and Craig (the security guard for their illegal nightclub A.K.A. their practice space), they all bond because they had to go through it together. Nate and Anon, Anonymous and Glorious Leader, in the beginning, think that they are opposites. With the power to disappear and the power to bring attention to you, they seam like unlikely friends, but at the end of the book, Nate and Anon realize that they are not so different anymore and that they might have the same power after all.
In the biography, Elon Musk & The Quest For A Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance, Elon Musk is shown as an inspiration to many entrepreneurs and has proven to be a real world Tony Stark. Through his many companies like Tesla, SpaceX, Solar City, PayPal and more, he has been able to revolutionize and break boundaries with his technological ideas and advancements. While achieving these successes, he has experienced many failures but his drive to pursue his dreams of a better world only made him more motivated to achieve what he had set out to do. Musk’s concern about the future of the planet due to global warming, pollution and other human factors has motivated him to look at alternative solutions. One of his main goals of life is to continue humankind for many generations to come and has even suggested the colonization of Mars. Some people feel that his ideas are unrealistic and unreachable and some think he is ‘crazy’. However, he has proven people wrong with the release of SpaceX’s first vertical landing rocket, the release of Tesla’s self driving feature on their cars, and the introduction of the Hyperloop that will revolutionize transportation. Musk wants to inspire young people to be creative and to find solutions to solve many of the world's problems. Before reading this biography, I was concerned what the future would hold for my generation and future generations to come. After reading about Musk’s ideas, inventions, successes and failures, I feel hopeful that there will be more people like Elon Musk who will continue his legacy of innovation and creativity. Musk has caused me to question how I can help benefit the world in a positive way. Not everyone can be a Elon musk but if we all contribute in some way, large or small, we can all make a difference in the world.
Hi Will - I love your thoughts on this book. I am glad it had such a positive impact on you.
The realistic fiction novel, Looking for Alaska, written by John Green, has themes of “great perhaps”, suffering, and friendship. Miles, or more commonly known as Pudge, transfers to a new school in Alabama called Culver Creek for his junior year. In this new school he seeks to find his ‘great perhaps’ and some friends. Miles instantly becomes friends with his roommate, Chip, or as his friends call him, The Colonel. The Colonel introduces Miles to Alaska, who he later falls in love with. That year, along with finishing all his tough school assignments, and keeping his distance from the school security, “The Eagle,” Miles navigates friendship, love and loss. As Miles grows closer to his new group of friends, everything changes when Alaska suddenly dies in a car accident. Miles and his friends then have to deal with the sadness while trying to solve the mystery of her sudden death. This book helps the reader re-examine the world by showing there are two types of people in this world: dreamers and risk takers. Dreamers who have big ideas of what they want their life to be, but never achieve it, and risk takers who go after their dreams. Miles was once a dreamer before he came to Culver Creek. He was unhappy in highschool because he had no friends and was looking for his “great perhaps”. Only after taking the chance of going to boarding school does he find his “great perhaps” through friendship. He learns that taking chances and being open to new people can lead to things greater than what he thought existed before he came to Culver Creek. Miles also learned through tragedy that he can survive almost anything.
The theme in The Secret Hum of a Daisy, by Tracy Holczer, made me re-imagine the world. The main character, Grace, lost her mom and is now living with her grandma that she has never met and doesn't like. This is only because when Grace was born, her grandma sent Grace and her mom on a train to Texas. From then on, Grace has always imagined her to be a scolding old woman who doesn't care about her mistakes. When Grace starts pulling pranks on her, and her grandmother doesn't get upset, she starts noticing signs of her mother. Almost like another one of her set up scavenger hunts, leading back to home, because they traveled a lot. When Grace starts to follow the signs, a consistent theme comes up. Grace starts to learn that somethings aren't as they seem. Later in the book this theme comes up again when she figures out it wasn't her mom sending signs, but it was her grandma! Grace is shocked that she is starting to like her grandma, and she feels like she will never let go of her mom, but every time she looks at her grandma, she sees her mom. This makes me re-imagine the world because everyone in Lake Forest it is clean and every one is pretty fortunate, but once you start to head to the city, it isn't as nice, and some people forget that. Grace makes me question if moving can impact relationships.
In the dystopian novel, The Death Cure, a sequel to the novel The Maze runner, written by James Dashner,WICKED is at it's highest of power and are finishing up the Trials to find a cure for the "flare" virus. However, Thomas has left all trust for this organization and will battle to take them down and save humankind with another solution. In this book, some obvious themes were that there are consequences to every action and that not all sacrifice is worth the greater good. However, some themes you can find in between the lines include trusting those nearest to you and instead of trying to reverse an irreversible crime, just trying to find a solution that wouldn't provide further damage. The first theme of consequence is very important to consider because people think that even if your actions are done trying to save something, even though it includes a toll, there is a price to pay. When WICKED thought that even though they were trying to save humans by making a cure and putting the immunes through trials, where the toll was death, they had a rude awakening that nothing can justify the abuse of another human. Their consequence happened to be a rebellion as well as an overrun planet of "Flare" infected humans. They never considered any other solution with a smaller consequence. In this, they learned that sacrificing the immunes, their only resource left on the planet to save the human race, did not prove worthy. In the end, WICKED learned that as the last resources, the immunes should have been taken to a safe haven in another planet to rebuild civilization, and that all the "flare" infected humans must be the sacrifice and die so that the immunes can start anew. Trusting those nearest to you was also a big them. The Gladers never second guessed that what WICKED was telling them in the trials was false, because it was, and after all of this, Thomas decided not to trust Teresa, his closest colleague, after she showed actions worshipping WICKED, only to save him. In the end, Teresa died for Thomas, and told him in her last moments that all her actions were only ever done to save him from WICKED, and that she would do that at any cost. And last, I re-examined how instead of trying to reverse an irreversible crime, just trying to find a solution that wouldn't provide further damage is the better way to go. WICKED tried to reverse the crime of unleashing the "flare" virus, which in the end, would infect the entire world population (except immunes) and diminish all resources left. By reversing the crime, they tried making a cure by creating extreme trials. By doing this, many immunes died along the way, and not until the end did WICKED realize that the immunes were the building blocks of the future and their last resource left to save humans, which meant that all of the people infected with the "flare" would have to die on Earth while the immunes were sent away to rebuild civilization. Sometimes, to work towards the greater good, the hopeless people must be the sacrifice instead of the hopeful ones. So in the end, these are all themes that helped me re-examine my understanding of the world.
The Last Grand Adventure, written by Rebecca Behrens, is set in 1967, and is based on a twelve-year-old girl called Bea. Her grandaunt is the long lost Amelia Earhart (Meelie). In the book, Bea goes on a grand adventure with her grandmother, Pidge, Meelie’s one and only sister. During this grand adventure, Bea realizes truths that she never knew about herself, her grandmother, and many more of her loved ones. Like Bea, Pidge also was able to, in a way, re-examine her conscience. With Bea’s help, Pidge was able to realize the real things in her life and not the imaginary ones. I was able to re-examine the real world using the friendship between Pidge and Meelie. Their friendship helped me realize that more friendship and kindness is needed in the world. Just as Pidge never gave up on Meelie because of their friendship, friendship and love would make more people not give up on each other. Also, Meelie makes me question not the world but my own life because she spent a great deal of her life away from home and in an adventure. Whilst, Meelie spent half of her life in an adventure, many people spend a lot of their life doing this or that, and focusing not mainly in what is important but the opposite. This relates to my own life because now instead of focusing on the little, non-important things, I will focus more on the big, important things. The things that actually matter.
Hi Josephine - what a great connection! This is really an important lesson
In the realistic fiction novel, An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green a child prodigy and recent high school graduate named Colin Singleton sets out on a road trip with his best friend, Hassan, to try to clear his head of his recent breakup with his girlfriend, Katherine XIX. Colin has so far dated 19 girls and it just so happens that all there names are Katherine. This recent breakup came along with an epiphany that left Colin questioning his self worth.
First, this story presents us with the differences between a prodigy and a genius and what it takes to be either. In the beginning of the novel, we are presented with Colin’s take on this very plainly. The text states, “Prodigies can very quickly learn what other people have already figured out; geniuses do. The vast majority of child prodigies don’t become adult geniuses. Colin was almost certain he was among that unfortunate majority.”(10) It is already graspable that Colin doesn’t have that much self confidence considering he does not seem to think that he has what it takes to become a genius. Colin, however, does not seem to have the ability to see that his constant learning is considered doing. He believes that the only way he can become a genius is to come up with his own idea. Contrasting with Colin’s hardworking persona, Hassan, Colin’s best and only friend, is extremely lazy. The story in the beginning of the novel states, “‘ Well, you need to go to college,’ Colin muttered. Hassan groaned. A year ahead of Colin in school, Hassan had ‘taken a year off’ even though he’d been admitted to Loyola University in Chicago. Since he hadn’t enrolled in classes for the coming fall, it seemed his one year off would soon turn into two.”(9) Judging from the sarcastic quotations surrounding ‘taken a year off’, this year off was not for responsible reasons. This idea is confirmed on a little later I. The story after we visit Hassan’s parents. His father does not seem to think too highly of his son’s behavior and habits. Hassan says,”’It’s one thing to accuse me of laziness. But malign the good name of America’s greatest television judge-that’s below the belt.’”(14) we see that Hassan appears to be comfortable with his laziness due to the fact that the thing that bothers him is insulting a television show. Hassan, it appears is not a doer. During the road trip, they land in a small, rural town called Gutshot, Tennessee. Here, Colin starts to work on what he believes will make or break his career and prevent him from any more terrible breakups. He calls it, the Theorem. It is essentially an equation that predicts the outcome of a relationship when placed of a graph. Colin, while still insecure about only ever being a prodigy, is determined to complete his Thereom and is there for doing something. Yet, he still fails to consider himself a genius. Meanwhile, Hassan, it appears, is still content on being lazy. In the middle of the story, the text states, “‘I’m calling in sick,’ Hassan said without opening his eyes...’ this working business is all right, but I need to sit in my boxers and watch Judge Judy...’ ‘You can’t call in sick. Your boss works here. In the house. She’ll know you’re not sick.’”(117) Hassan has still not improved his laziness status and appears to still be neither a genius nor a prodigy. At the end of this book, Hassan is finally able to take a look at him self and even tells Colin that he is a “‘not-doer’” and that to cover it up he makes fun of people that are doers but that are failing. For instance, in this part, Hassan even admits that he does this to Colin. Hassan decides to change this and finally enrolls into some college classes. It was this moment that we realize that Hassan has become a doer. But, does that make him a Genius since, according to the formentioned piece of text, a genius is someone who does. And does that make Colin a genius as well since he is, proclaimed by Hassan, a doer? This really got me thinking. Is anyone who could be considered a doer a genius? The word genius is usually associated with someone who is smart or knowledgeable, but, throughout history, the people who we consider geniuses are people who made an impact on the way we think of things. If that truly is what geniuses are, could I be remembered as a genius while not having been a child prodigy?
Second, a character that really made me question something from my own life was Lindsey Lee-Wells. In the beginning, Lindsey appears to be the perfect small town girl. We realize this when we start meeting the minor characters from the town. Her boyfriend for instance is the football team’s quarterback. It is especially apparent when we meet the adults from the town. She seems to be the town darling and they a
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In the realistic fiction novel, An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green a child prodigy and recent high school graduate named Colin Singleton sets out on a road trip with his best friend, Hassan, to try to clear his head of his recent breakup with his girlfriend, Katherine XIX. Colin has so far dated 19 girls and it just so happens that all there names are Katherine. This recent breakup came along with an epiphany that left Colin questioning his self worth.
First, this story presents us with the differences between a prodigy and a genius and what it takes to be either. In the beginning of the novel, we are presented with Colin’s take on this very plainly. The text states, “Prodigies can very quickly learn what other people have already figured out; geniuses do. The vast majority of child prodigies don’t become adult geniuses. Colin was almost certain he was among that unfortunate majority.”(10) It is already graspable that Colin doesn’t have that much self confidence considering he does not seem to think that he has what it takes to become a genius. Colin, however, does not seem to have the ability to see that his constant learning is considered doing. He believes that the only way he can become a genius is to come up with his own idea. Contrasting with Colin’s hardworking persona, Hassan, Colin’s best and only friend, is extremely lazy. The story in the beginning of the novel states, “‘ Well, you need to go to college,’ Colin muttered. Hassan groaned. A year ahead of Colin in school, Hassan had ‘taken a year off’ even though he’d been admitted to Loyola University in Chicago. Since he hadn’t enrolled in classes for the coming fall, it seemed his one year off would soon turn into two.”(9) Judging from the sarcastic quotations surrounding ‘taken a year off’, this year off was not for responsible reasons. This idea is confirmed on a little later I. The story after we visit Hassan’s parents. His father does not seem to think too highly of his son’s behavior and habits. Hassan says,”’It’s one thing to accuse me of laziness. But malign the good name of America’s greatest television judge-that’s below the belt.’”(14) we see that Hassan appears to be comfortable with his laziness due to the fact that the thing that bothers him is insulting a television show. Hassan, it appears is not a doer. During the road trip, they land in a small, rural town called Gutshot, Tennessee. Here, Colin starts to work on what he believes will make or break his career and prevent him from any more terrible breakups. He calls it, the Theorem. It is essentially an equation that predicts the outcome of a relationship when placed of a graph. Colin, while still insecure about only ever being a prodigy, is determined to complete his Thereom and is there for doing something. Yet, he still fails to consider himself a genius. Meanwhile, Hassan, it appears, is still content on being lazy. In the middle of the story, the text states, “‘I’m calling in sick,’ Hassan said without opening his eyes...’ this working business is all right, but I need to sit in my boxers and watch Judge Judy...’ ‘You can’t call in sick. Your boss works here. In the house. She’ll know you’re not sick.’”(117) Hassan has still not improved his laziness status and appears to still be neither a genius nor a prodigy. At the end of this book, Hassan is finally able to take a look at him self and even tells Colin that he is a “‘not-doer’” and that to cover it up he makes fun of people that are doers but that are failing. For instance, in this part, Hassan even admits that he does this to Colin. Hassan decides to change this and finally enrolls into some college classes. It was this moment that we realize that Hassan has become a doer. But, does that make him a Genius since, according to the formentioned piece of text, a genius is someone who does. And does that make Colin a genius as well since he is, proclaimed by Hassan, a doer? This really got me thinking. Is anyone who could be considered a doer a genius? The word genius is usually associated with someone who is smart or knowledgeable, but, throughout history, the people who we consider geniuses are people who made an impact on the way we think of things. If that truly is what geniuses are, could I be remembered as a genius while not having been a child prodigy? The message about what makes a person a genius really helped me take another look at my life and consider what it means to be a genius.
Second, a character that really made me question something from my own life was Lindsey Lee-Wells. Lindsey appears to be the perfect small town girl. This becomes apparent when we meet the minor characters that reside in the town. Her boyfriend is the quarterback of the football tea
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And the adult of the town adore her. It soon becomes noticeable that the way she acts around these different people is not the same. This is not addressed, however, until the end of the book when she is conversing with Colin. We read, “‘I’m full of shit. I’m never myself. I’ve got a Southern accent around the oldsters; I’m a nerd for graphs and deep thoughts around you; I’m Miss Bubbly Pretty Princess with Colin [Colin is her boyfriend]. I’m nothing. The thing about chameleoning your way through life is that it gets to where nothing is real. Your problem is-how did you say it-that your not significant?’ ‘Don’t matter. I don’t matter.’ ‘Right, matter. Well, but at least you can get to the part where you don’t matter. Things about you, and things about Colin, and things about Hassan and Katrina, are either true or they aren’t true. Katrina is bubbly. Hassan is hilarious. But I’m not like that. I’m what I need to be at any moment to stay above ground but below the radar. The only sentence that begins with ‘I’ that’s true of me is I’m full of shit.’”(150) in other words, Lindsey’s attitude changes depending on who she’s with. In fact, she does this so often and so jurastically that she doesn’t even know who she is anymore. After reading this I really started to wonder if I did this. While I have noticed that I act differently when I am tired, I do not know if my attitude changes depending on who I am with. I do not think I could ever get to the point where I wouldn’t know who I was anymore and think I’m ‘nothing’ but anyone could have an issue where they act differently around certain people so why couldn’t I? In conclusion, the character Lindsey Lee-Wells really helped me reconsider some aspects of my life and gave me something to watch out for in the future.
Hi Ella - I had the same questions about myself after reading this book. I think this would be a great discussion in class when we get back.
in specials by Scott Westerfeld the main character tally is programmed do you stop the rebels of the new Smokies . But she still has memories from the past that might change her life forever . Throughout the book tally makes difficult decisions ,For example when she Forced to leave Zane complete the mission even though she doesn’t want to meet . Theme in specials is about how people can change on page 332 we can see the theme being shown qu theme in specials is about how people can change on page 332 we can see who theme being shonw,” shay”Tally wiped the liquid from her eyes “ David “ “ didn’t I tell you to lie still? Or must you and everything? “ Tally blend tally blinked, unable do you believe her off. It was Dr. Cable. Do you makes me really examine my understanding of the world and how people can be fakes and change their mind Politically
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In the book Crossover by kwame Alexander the theme of the book is when life is hard you have to push through. I know this because when josh the main character goes though a hard time when he feels alone.His brother Jb gets carried away with a girl josh calls Mrs. sweet tea, Jb and her spends lots of time together and josh feels alone walking home from school, watching ESPN, and shooting free throws after dinner but he always had his dad. one basketball game josh was so fed up with it he threw a pass to Jb and he throws it so hard he gives Jb gets a bloody nose. That evening after the game josh get suspended from his basketball team and this is tragical point in the book because josh was a star player on his team. Another hard part of josh's life is that his dad him and Jb entered a 3v3 tournament and in the middle of the game the dad falls and has a heart attack he is rushed to the hospital, his mom and Jb are all there for there dad but a couple days later he dies of a heart attack but this doesn't stop josh from doing what he is supposed to to do and that is to play basketball.
In the realistic fiction novel, The Perfect Score, by Rob Buyea, the kids in Mrs. Woods’s class have very different personalities, goals, difficulties and traits. Randi, a top gymnast, who gets a lot of pressure from her mother, starts to wonder what her destiny truly holds. Football-crazy Gavin has always struggled with reading and feels as dumb as his high school-dropout father. Trevor acts tough and mean, but the conditions at home are much worse for him than the conditions at school. Scott is really intelligent and kind, especially to his grandfather, but his good intentions always backfire in spectacular ways. Natalie, know-it-all and aspiring lawyer, loves to follow the rules. They are all different but have a very big thing in common, they all hate the state wide assessment tests. In the book, their 6th grade journey together helps them make new friends, share with each other and understand and help each other tremendously. One of the main themes in this book was doing bad for a good reason. This helped me reconsider my understanding of the real world because I now can understand that just as all the people in Mrs. Woods’s class were doing bad for good, the same thing might happen in the real world. Many times it will be bad, just for bad. But sometimes, not always, it will be bad for good. In addition, to what this book makes me think about the real world, Randi makes me question my own life. Randi has spent a lot of her life doing gymnastics. After a while, she really just kept on doing it because of her mom and all of the pressure of being the best. Randi got fed up with the sport because she didn’t have enough courage to tell her mom this. This encourages me in the future, to have enough courage to do everything and say anything that I want to say or need to do. When Randi lacked courage, it led her to hate the sport she once loved. Could the consequences have been bigger?
In the book, The One And Only Ivan By K.A. Applegate The main character Ivan who is also a gorilla who has gone through some pretty stressful periods though out his life. Ivan got taken away from his family as well as getting stuck in a small cage in the mall. But Ivan never really gave up on himself he never doubted that the world would never get better or that he is the only one suffering from these issues. Ivan had friends in the mall it was a elephant by the name of stella she was very old but wise. This makes me think about the whole world so much differently because all of the people who live in Lake Forest don't have to go through child labor like a lot of the kids over seas or have to deal with parents being crackhead and drunk thats happening just 50 minutes away in our own city that people call home. This book really showed me that world doesn't revolve around me it revolves around everyone who is on this planet and you should really realize what there are people going through hard times not just if the Fortnite servers are down or the WIFi doesn't work or if you mom or dad even your own Grandma doesn't get you some food where some kids have to walk 4 hours for just water for one day.
In the warriors series it shows through the eyes of animals, how animals think about humans. In understanding their perspective I can see how humans impact nature and the world around them. The conditions imposed on animals and nature is harsh and sometimes cruel. These are the four warrior books I’ve read: Rising Storm, A Dangerous Path, The Darkest Hour, and Midnight all by Erin Hunter.
In the book Driven From Within by Micheal Jordan and Mark Vancil. This book is a autobiography about Micheal Jordan in this book it explains about how Micheal Jordan was very determined and confident on what he is doing. Micheal Jordan never gave up and one of the quotes that I took from this book was " I can accept failure but I can't accept not trying"-Micheal Jordan. This got me to thinking about all the times that I gave up like on a Math Test that I didn't get or Reading a certain amount of books that I was supposed to during the school year. When my dog my best friend Jebbie died and I thought to myself maybe if I got off 2K the video game and played with him or took him on a walk what the outcome might be. Or how many times I have gotten into fights with my brother that I could of walked away from. The information that I got from the quote is far beyond sports its becoming a better person as a whole and helping other people become people aswell
In the novel We Were Liars, written by E. Lockhart, there are four kids, Cadence, Mirren, Johnny, and Gat. Cadence, Mirren, and Johnny all come from a very wealthy family, the Sinclairs. Gat is the nephew of the boyfriend of one of the Sinclair daughters. These four kids have spent all 15 summers together on Beechwood Island, owned by their grandfather. Because they have spent the last 15 summers together, these four kids were really close, basically inseparable. During summer 15, Cadence and Gat fall in love. In the meantime, the aunts were fighting about the inheritance and who would get the different houses the grandfather owned. The aunts were making their kids do and say things to the grandfather to make them his favorite. The fighting had gotten so bad that there was the possibility the four kids would never get to see each other during the summer, because the aunts were threatening to take their kids and leave. And Cadence's mom told her she had to break up with Gat because the grandfather didn’t approve of him. Cadence, Mirren, Johnny, and Gat all came up with the idea of burning down Clairmont, the largest house, that was full of the possessions the aunts were fighting over. They thought that burning down the house would mean that the fighting would stop, and they would go back to being a happy family. On that night, a tragic accident occurs and their lives change forever. The different characters in We Were Liars, and their relationships with each other, cause the reader to question things in their own life. The aunts in the novel help the reader realize that money and greed can tear families apart. The aunts forced their kids to do things they didn’t agree with so that they could get a bigger inheritance than the others. They also fought about who would get the biggest house on Beechwood Island. This causes the reader to see how greed can affect relationships, which is also evident in the world around us. The four kids are the complete opposites of their moms and believe that family and relationships are more important than money and possessions. Instead of following what their moms told them, they decided to fight for what they believe in and burn down Clairmont. Their idea was a bad idea, but it reminds the reader that some things are worth fighting for.
In the book Divergent by Veronica Roth, one of the main themes is bravery. In the book bravery is shown when the charecters challenge themsves to do the unexpected and go against what other people belive in even if you can get in trouble. The main character, Tris, especsially shows this behavior. In the story the charecters are split up into five factions but when you turn a certain age, you can choose wich faction to go to. Before the choosing of the factions ceremony you take a test to see what faction you belong to. But, Tris found out she is a divergent meaning she can belong to any faction. People think that divergents are dangerous so she is not aloud to tell anybody who she truly is. When it comes time for the choosing ceremony Tris is faced with a big choice. Should she follow in her familys foot steps and choose to stay in Abnegation (her current faction) and help her family, or, go against her family and choose Dauntless? Abnegations give there life up for others and help people but Dauntless are bold, intimidating, and risk takers. Tris decided to follow her heart and choose Dauntless even though she is going up against her family and possibly loosing them forever. Another theme would be perservering. Perserivering can be shown by working for something even when others are rooting against you. This is applied to the real world because always someone wants you to fail. This is also shown in the text through Tris. Because Tris choose Dauntless she has to go trough something called initiation to make sure that she can stay. The Dauntless leaders don't think she is fit for Dauntless but she has to prove them wrong and she does.
Tris' charecter has caused me to think about bravey and choosing my own path and not just followig others. It has also tought me to persever even when the odds are against me in school or sports.
In the book Steve Jobs a biography by Walter Isaacson The author talks about Steve Jobs life the struggles that he had to go through and this book was also a request form Steve Jobs himself before he died. In this book it explained how he started his business in a garage not a giant complex that someones dad might of given them or small lone of a million dollars. The theme that I got from this book was stand up for what you believe in because Steve Jobs never gave upon apple even when he got fired from his own company. This affects me in real life because there were many times when someone thought that my idea was stupid or pointless maybe if I stuck with that idea it would be cool. There was one time that I stuck to my idea when I started my own charity s3 Kids Meals and I remember going to school and telling people about it and saying I'm to young.
In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, two siblings, Scout and Jem, grow up in the 1930’s during the Great Depression. Their father, Atticus, is a lawyer, and their mother is dead. Because she is raised by her father, Scout acts more like a tomboy than a girl. At the beginning of the book , their biggest concern was trying to get their mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley, to come out of his house. However, when their father has to defend a black man named Tom Robinson thier lives are changed forever.
The theme of the book is that not everything is what it seems, and Scout learns this two different times in the book. First, Scout learns that not everything is what it seems when her father has to defend Tom Robinson. Everyone in the town assumes he is guilty because he is a black man. Scout and Jem are made fun of by children and adults in the town because they don’t understand why their father would defend Tom. However, in court, Atticus does a good job of defending Tom, and it is clear that he is innocent. But, the jury still finds him guilty because of the color of his skin. Before the trial, Scout was unhappy about her father defending Tom because people were calling her father names. By the end of the trial, she realized that her father was doing the right thing and that it was an injustice to find Tom guilty just because of his skin color. The second time that Scout learns that not everything is what it seems is when she meets her mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley. Boo never leaves his house, and the town people have made up several scary stories about him. Only when he saves Scout and Jem at the end of the story does Scout realize he is actually a good man. Scout reminds the reader to not always make assumptions based on what you hear.
The theme of the book, not everything is what it seems, applies to the world today. When people assume something before they know the facts or the person, sometimes they are wrong. If people actually get to know someone before they make a decision, they would have a better chance of getting to know who they really are. This is true of information too. We can’t always assume what we hear is true. Without the facts, everybody would have assumed Tom was guilty based on what one person said. Even though he was found guilty, everyone in the court knew he was innocent.
In the book love Simon by Becky albertalli, you learn how one small thing cans change the way people view one another. In love simon, Simon (the main character) is gay. He’s scared to tell the world Because he doesn’t want to be viewed differently. Its difficult for him and it’s difficult for other people to. Love Simon connects to the real world today because People today arnt as excepting as they should be. People are so worried about others opinions. Being viewed in a different way as everyone else could be scary. People can be so mean about being apart of the LGBT+ community. Simon is not the only one going through this, and seeing how one little thing effected his life is disappointing.
In conclusion, love Simon is a really good book but it also is relatable to many people struggling with their sexuality.
In the book Flush, by Carl Hiaasen, A boy named Noah's father is in prison because he sunk a party boat because they were emptying their toilets into the ocean. Noah's family could not catch them with proof so they had to do everything they can to try and catch them so that they stop doing it. This relates to the real world because there is waste in the ocean and it is not easy to help stop that problem. This does not relate to my life because none of my family members have been to jail and I don't live in Florida or anywhere there are large party boats.
In the book crossover, It makes me re-examine of the world because it makes me realize how fast things can happen and turn for the worse. And how easy you can get into fights with disagreements with family members and loved ones. In the end of the book Josh bell (the main character) finds out his father died from a heart problem and this makes me understand that I cant have my family forever so I should never get into any disagreements with anyone that has always been by my side.
The themes in insurgent made me re-examine my understanding of the world because of how different things can happen when fear drives a group of people. In the book, fear of the outside drives them into making directions for the people. This made be re-examine my understanding because of how it shows me that something small or large could drastically change my future. Jeanine Matthews, the antagonist of this movie is able to use that fear from people to drive her political power and social power up. This makes people seem like they are powerless and can not do anything to help calm their fear. This does help me re-examine my life because it makes me question my knowledge if something like that can happen to me. Tris is a character that makes me question my power in my life. She does that because she is able to overcome the power that she is subjected to her and it makes me wonder if I would be able to do that.
In the realistic fiction novel, Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl was often judged for being her own person. She fell in love with a boy in her school whom was humiliated to love her as well. So to solve this problem, Stargirl changed herself completely. She exchanged her normal personality and appearance to conform what her boyfriend wanted. But did this make her happy in the end? This theme Spinelli created is easily relatable to middle school students because we are often misjudged for what we appear as, but not who we really are. At times I can find myself relating to Stargirl which just makes this book more appealing to young teens. Stargirl is her own person which I am as well, but I am also willing to follow the crowd. Although I can't see changing my appearance and personality for just one person. This theme makes me reexamine the world greatly, because I now know what people would do for love even if it's crazy. I now understand that any human needs to love themselves before putting their heart out to someone else. I would highly recommend this book for middle schoolers.
In the classic novel, Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens, Oliver is a young orphan who was born in the workhouse of a small town. About a decade later, he is put into the care of the town's undertaker, Mr. Sowerberry. After experiencing severe mistreatment from his fellow apprentices, he runs away to London where he goes through three different homes. The first one with a band of robbers (Oliver, being the young child he was, knew no better), the second one a kind, old gentleman, and the third a generous old woman, and her adopted daughter. Throughout all of this, Oliver experiences crime, misfortune, and treachery. One of the themes in the novel is that humans can never be truly happy because there is always a struggle or a darkness behind something that you rejoice about. The theme helps me re-examine my understanding of the world around me by showing me that it is important to respect someone's happiness and know that behind all that good, there is a struggle or a sadness. This makes it easier to understand someones gratitude or relief. The character that made me question something about my own life was Rose Maylie, the adopted daughter of the old woman who took care of Oliver, throughout a large portion of the novel. Rose was a kind, considerate, and generous young lady and what she makes me question about my own life is: Do I do enough good to people in need, or need I try harder?
The realistic novel, Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell tells the story of a girl named Cath who writes fan-fiction on her favorite book series, Simon Snow. This coming of age story deals with Cath's rough transition to college. The scholarship student's anti-social nature, twin sister's off the wall behavior, and her Dad's mental instability along with lots of boy drama make of the majority of the reasons this transition is difficult for her.
First, a theme that particularly stood out to me was that time management comes from knowing your priorities. In the story, Cath starts out being anti-social and, in turn, gets very good grades and is able to keep up with her fan-fiction writing. But, as the story progresses, more people and drama enter Cath's life. The eighth book of her favorite series is coming out in her near future and she feels like she must finish her fan-fiction piece that she is writing before that time. On top of this, Cath also needs to write an end of semester paper that her teacher gave her a second chance on. She must do well on this paper or her scholarship will be revoked. Also, she has a new boyfriend who takes up a lot of her time. Between all of these, Cath seems to think that writing her fan-fiction is the most important thing even though her scholarship depends entirely on that paper. That is, until her boyfriend, Levi, talks some sense into her and puts things into perspective. Cath then was able to finish both projects even though if she had had worked on her fan-fiction she would have expended more energy on that and would not have been able to finish her term paper. When Cath was able to determine what was more important, she was then able to make better use of her time and manage it. This really spoke to me on a deep level because I am currently at CTD summer camp at Northwestern. Here, I am taking a writing course and one of the books we had to read was Fangirl. In my writing course, we get some reading every night along with some writing. I have some books that I brought from home that I wish to read as well as do my homework. Knowing my priorities helps me balance all of this between sleeping and hanging out with my friends. Last night, I did not have my priorities balanced and I ended up staying up late finishing Fangirl when I have to wake up at 6:30. This made me extremely tired the next day and I made better use of my time and was able to go to sleep early. This was better time management because I knew my priorities like Cath did in the end.
Fangirl's theme of how to have good time management you must know your priorities was easily related to my own life and I was able to take this and learn my priorities to have better time management.
Second, a character that helped me learn something about my own life was Cath's mom. Cath's mother left when Cath and her sister Wren were eight. Cath and Wren were confused at first, then Wren was angry and rebellious and Cath was upset and scared. Their mom never contacted them or called. They both eventually got better but, once they became adults, She suddenly wanted to be back in their lives. Wren agreed to meet with her every so often but also took to the habit of drinking much to often. Cath completely ignored her mother and was mad that, after all these years, she wanted back into their lives. When Wren has to go the hospital, her mother shows up because they called her first, but once Cath gets there and sees Wren, she leaves. She is very undependable and, as Wren phrases it, "Doesn't like the heavy stuff". This character may seem evil, and she very much is but she also helped me realize that not everyone does what they are supposed to. Not everyone feels obliged to fulfill their duties. I, most of the time, feel this obligation and don't remember that others don't so this always comes as a surprise. This character served a a good reminder. In conclusion, Cath's mother helped remind me that not everyone feels that they have to fulfill their obligations.
In the Dystopian novel, City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau themes are created to help me re-examine my understandings on our current world. For example, when reading the City of Ember two characters Lina and Doon begin clueless on what situation that their lives are in. But, then they both began to feel something wasn't normal and that's when the trait of love comes in to play. As Lina and Doon don't understand what is going on they began to create a friendly relationship with love. Using love, Lina and Doon teamup as they begin to find clues that leads to the whole conflict. The main conflict in the City of Ember is the shortage on supplies including, oxygen, food and all other living essentials. With this information Lina and Doon then move on, they conclude that an escape is mandatory to continue living. After coming to the conclusion Lina and Doon begin the search for escape routes trying to keep the secrets. Finally, with the power of friendship and love both Lina and Doon find the way to escape. As they find a room full of boats with supplies Lina and Doon have saved the City of Ember.
With the outcome of the City of Ember the characters have caused me to question parts of my own life. For example, Lina and Doon have made me wonder if I have been bringing my best positivity to this world, this is because when I am positive other people around me get affected and carry positivity to others, this will mean then when I am with others we will be guaranteed a positive day. So, Lina and Doon have both helped me question myself for the better by making me more positive.
Overall this theme helps me re-examine my understanding on this world by showing that love and positivity is what brings energy and excitement to create more adventurous and memorable moments.
In the novel Ghost, by Jason Reynolds, the theme that has been portrayed through the text is “what worries/fears you in life should always be conquered.” In the text, there were many different examples which related to the theme. First, when Mr. Charles explained to Ghost that his family made fun of him for owning a store, he was worried that the store would not last. Instead of Mr. Charles listening to his family and letting his fears get to him, he kept working and he made great profit with the store. Before Mr. Charles speech, Ghost was not confident with running. He was scared that people didn’t like him on his team, and that he was not good enough. after Mr. Charles had explained all of that to him, Ghost realized that it was time to conquer his fears. The next day he went to practice, and gave it his all. He realized he should not listen to what other people are saying and that he should give it his all. In conclusion, the theme of this novel is: “What worries/fears you in life, you should always conquer
In the literary memoir "Night", by Elie Wiesel, the themes of persecution and divisiveness make me re-examine my understanding of today's world. In the book, teenager Elie Wiesel is a Jewish boy from nowadays Romania being thrown in and out of several concentration camps including Auschwitz/Birkenau during World War II and the Holocaust (1941-1945).The protagonist, Eliezer Wiesel, gives in-depth details about his experiences that include being seperated from most of his family and seeing a great amount of other Jews being tortured and eventually dying or being killed. The theme of persecution is present in this book through the fact that during WWII, around 2/3 of the Jewish Population of Europe were murdered by Nazi Germany and its collaborators of the Axis Powers. Persecution is easily seen in this by the fact that millions of people were killed because of what religion they believed in. Today, it isn't very hard to see how people are being persecuted based on their religion, race, skin color, and many others. Also, divisiveness is shown during the same time period by the way Adolf Hitler and is fellow colleagues practically made Germany and its surrounding countries be afraid of the Jewish people when he tried to create disagreement and hostility with them. This theme is showed in today's world in the way that there are several national-government leaders who try to make their country divided and who try to make hate between the people. Although I cannot relate much to Elie Wiesel and his life, I can relate to him in the fact that he was my age when he was taken away from most of his family and out in concentrations camp. This makes me wonder what he it would be like to be Jewish during WWII and how hard it would be to do normal things. In conclusion, the themes of persecution and divisiveness were present back in 1941-1945, and are still present in today's world.
In the autobiography novel: Born A Crime By Trevor Noah, Trevor Noah talks about his life as a light skinned African American in South Africa. Throughout the book, Trevor discusses how his family, friends, and everyone else in the village treats him differently because of him looking like a white person. He also talks about racism and how he feels that everyone shouldn't be treated differently due to their color of skin or religion. This book's theme is about how being different shouldn't affect your relationship around others. The book gave me a lot of knowledge about the world now. A lot of people fear what they don't understand or have ever seen of. Like when Trevor was born, people were worried he would treat them horribly. His mom was one person who knew Trevor was all the same. His mom treated him like any other child. But his family treated him differently, more like he was a higher level. He rarely got punished for his troubles because they thought they couldn't do that. This was a few decades ago but the world still has a misunderstanding about race and religion. In conclusion to my discussion post. The themes of this book gave me and many others a picture of how people felt when treated differently or unfairly.
In the book the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, a little girl named Primrose gets chosen for the games. Her older sister, Katniss, feels bad and jumps at the chance to take Prim’s place. She is joined with the boy tribute, Peeta. Peeta and Katniss go through an amazing journey to survive full of hardship and bravery, making many sacrifices along the way. No matter what, both characters don’t give up. One of the many themes in this novel is that you should never give up, no matter what is standing in your way. This is shown in many parts of the book. One example is that Petta and Katniss are rated extremely low in the games, and they are from district twelve. Their district has only won the games once, so the odds are against them. Petta and Katniss find ways to overcome this obstacle, like making a great impression in the interviews before the games. They also create great costumes with their designer, and train very hard. While they are training, they see their opponents using the heavy lifting stations and other weapon uses, but Katniss and Petta focus on the other stratigical stations like knowing what plants are good to eat, and setting traps. Even though they aren’t as strong as their opponents, they use the strategy that works in their favor and ends up taking down their enemies in the battlefield. The character that made me think about my life was Katniss. When her mom went into shock, and stopped caring for her family, Katniss started illegally hunting food with her friend Gale to provide for her sister and mom. She took the risk of going to hunt food in the wild, jumping over the fence to do it, even though it was against the law. She would then sell her findings in the market. She did this to make money for her family. And keep them alive. At points of their life, they were on the edge of living, because they were so hungry. If she was found doing this, she would be publicly beaten. Katniss took the sacrifice for her family, though, because she loved and cared about them. This makes me question my life. Am I sacrificing enough for the ones I love? Should I try harder?
In extras by Scott Westerfeld. AYa’s city is beginning to struggle to provide for all its people.But they didn’t want to go back and use the economy that the Rusties used.In this program, people who are most famous are egible to better houses, what you have is based on how popular your personal feed is. This team makes me re-examine My understanding of the world and help people get more or less based on popularity money and other. My understanding of the world and help people get more or less based on popularity money and other. When Aya finds tally, Tally is a pleat Lee different person that she is like a mentor to Aya next makes me think, if people can change and become better at what they already were
In Markus Zusak's The Book Thief, I believe a theme is that there is always a happy place or relief in times of fear. Throughout the novel, a series of bad things happened to the main character, Leisel Meminger. In the beginning of the story, she loses her brother, and her mother gives her to foster parents, yet on the way Liesel finds a book. When she is saddened at the memories of her family, she takes out the book, even though she can't read, as what I saw as a realization of the possibilities this situation brought. She was determined to read this book, in memory of the hardships that took place with her mother and brother. Later in the book, when Liesel struggles with school due to being illiterate, she sees this as an excuse, or more of an opportunity, to read more. This also helps her bond with her foster father, as he helps in teaching her to read. Another example is when Liesel joins a group of thieves with her best friend, Rudy Steiner. They have to steal apples from a farmer, and at first, Liesel feels wrong about doing so. However, once she realizes how she could get food and maybe a book with the money earned, she becomes more accustomed to the thievery. Also, when the community needs to hide in a series of bomb shelters, and Liesel, along with everyone else, is frightened, Liesel begins to read her current book aloud, and calms those around her. This theme, and these examples, make me look at the word differently because not everyone is really aware that once you find something that you love, and really enjoy, nothing can stop you from loving it and keeping with it, and whatever it may be, it itself cannot stop you from being able to be happy, and look at a brighter side to any events that might occur.
A character that makes me think about my life is also Liesel because she is always so outspoken, and she is not afraid to meet new people and new challenges face to face. This trait always kept me thinking because it made me realize how I should work towards more self confidence, and being more outspoken with topics and issues that I believe in. Liesel also sees the light in people (except the Nazi Party and Hitler) and in situations, as when she sees the journey to her foster parents as an opportunity to read when she finds the book, and as most people know about me, I have always tried to see the good in everyday events and things, and I strive to be able to do so as well at Liesel.
In the book Island of Silence by Lisa McMann, Alex Stowe has been put in charge of a world called Artime because his twin brother Aaron, has stolen power of a village called Quill, and has killed the former leader of Artime Mr. Today. Quill is a very dull village, no color is allowed, and at your thirteenth birthday you get separated into different categories, wanteds, necessaries, and unwanteds. Wanteds are sent to a special college, necassaries get assigned jobs, and unwanteds get sent away to their deaths. And when Alex's friends go to search other islands, they get captured and Alex and others have to go save them. The themes of this book make me re-examine my understanding of the world, because it made me think how much this world revolves around trust, we always have to trust that our leaders are doing the right thing, and we always have to trust that we are not just being told these things to make us believe our government are the good guys and we have to trust that our government will tell us the truth about certain things.
Alex makes me question things about my own life, like how he has so much responsibility at a young age, and how he seems to handle it much more easily than I could ever do, if I ever had that type of responsibility how would I actually react to it. In conclusion this book has had a great impact on my thoughts and keeps me wondering what would the world be like today, if the things in that book happened to us in real life.
The Greek mythology novel, The Odyssey by Homer, features the famed Odysseus lost at sea and at the hands of the angry sea god, Poseidon. It begins in medias res (in the middle of things). Ten years after the Trojan war, Odysseus is stuck on an island, far from his family and home, which he hasn't seen in 20 years, his journey home is fraught with mishap, after mishap. With trouble at home and gods deciding his fate, he recounts his tale to a king and his people which is a very interesting take on the story. After returning from vanquishing the Trojans in a surprise attack from the famous story of the war, the wooden horse attack. With his spoils of war, crew at command, and fleet of ships, he sets out to his beloved home and family, Ithaca. After landing at a what seems to be an abandoned island, he docks his ships and take some of the crew to go looking around. little do they know there is a cyclops in the cave they just entered. The cyclops traps them in the cave with an immovable bolder. Odysseus is very smart and cunning so he forms a plan to hide beneath the herds underbelly while the cyclops lets them out to graze. As the cyclops does so, Odysseus takes a wooden rod and pokes the eye out of the cyclops's socket. As Odysseus and the remaining crew grieve for the dead and travel on, Poseidon grows angry at him for hurting his son (because cyclopes are his children). As Odysseus escapes the Laestrygonains grasps but lose most of their ships, they land at the wind god's (Aeolus) island and receive a bag of the four winds. They journey to another beautiful island inhabited by a wicked sorceress, Circe. She turns Odysseus's men into pigs after feeding them a glorious feast. Odysseus is warned by Hermes, the god of travel to talk to Circe and try to persuade her to not curse him, and to use his cunning skills. After Odysseus talks her out of it, she guides him through the treachery of his journey home and how he can never return if he doesn't go to the Gates of Hades, to not eat Helios's cattle. As he enters, he is visited by spirits of his loved ones with news of what is going on at his home and how everyone thinks he is dead and suitors have lived at the palace growing fat of his food and wine so that they marry his wife Penelope. As he escapes the Gates, he journeys through the lair of Scylla and Charybdis, the famed Greek creatures of the sea who hunt wary travels from their boats. Odysseus stops at yet another island filled with plentiful and juicy cattle, taken care by Helios. Odysseus heads Circe's warning but the rest of his crew is met by an unavoidable fate, death. As Odysseus loses all of his men to the curse of the cattle, he washes up on calypso's island, another Greek myth about men washing up on a cursed daughter of Atlas, the imprisoned Titan's island,where she can never escape or have another man love her or stay, doomed by the gods. Calypso wants Odysseus to stay but is forced by Hermes to let him go. This is where he rolls up on the shore of the kingdom from the beginning and where his story comes to an end. The king grants Odysseus a fleet, crew, and treasures, to take back home. He departs the gracious host and sets of for Ithaca. Odysseus returns home to the shores of Ithaca and is visited by the goddess of wisdom, Athena. She puts a disguise on him and tells him not to tell anyone his true identity until his son returns home from his failed trip of looking for his dad. She says to tell him his identity and that Odysseus must claim back his throne or his son will be killed by the suitors. Odysseus stays at an old friends house until his son returns. After a couple of days, his son comes back and they converse with each other about the plan to take back his throne. How he does so is he challenges the suitors to a challenge only he can complete, laid out by Penelope, his wife. He succeeds and slaughters the suitors for the evilness they have caused in his kingdom and people around them. He even killed men who acted the same way as the suitors, evil and greedy. The story ends with Odysseus winning back the hearts of his kingdom and making amends with the gods. A character that made me think a little about my life was Odysseus because I wondered how far would I go to go home to my friends family, and a home that I have lived in forever. He went pretty far that most people would not find fair because of all the people that died along the way. But the whole ordeal was well worth the wait because he was able to avenge his family and name, save his son, return home to the land he loved, and spun an epic tale of a long lost king reclaiming his throne. The main theme for this novel would be great advice to anybody who believed in Gods. It would be that under no circumstances believe that you are above the gods and incur the wrath of the Gods. This is not a great theme for the real world now a days but maybe a different version of that would be to never make yourself out to be a narcissist or som
Sorry it cut part off- ebody who believes themselves to be better than everyone but never really tries to learn and do new things. This book taught extremely important themes that could very much be imputed into the real world today and the fact that we can read the Odyssey is pretty amazing!
The theme in Michael Vey, Fall Of Hades is that when in hard times you need to persevere even when there is little chance of success of what you are doing. This theme of the book helps me re-examine the world because in tough times in your life you need to persevere through it and success may not come right away but maybe later in life when you have faith. In Fall of Hades the main character, Michael Vey had lost his dad and never really gotten to speak with him and his own father may have changed his life for the better of for the worse. This questions my life because even though I still have a father my grandfather is dead and I wonder how would he have changed my life and would it be for the better or for the worse.
In Rebound by Kwame Alexander, Charlie "Chuck" Bell, faces a series of conflicts, most importantly the death of his father, which leads to trouble in his relationship with his mother. Chuck tries to avoid any reminders of his father which causes him a lot of pain when he does come up on the subject. Chuck is sent to Washington D.C one summer to be with his grandparents. He meets up with his cousin Roxie, who has a love for basketball. Chuck didn't love the sport but Roxie draws him into the game. Everyday they go to the Boys and Girls Club where his grandfather works and they shoot hoops. Chuck begins to love the game and has the perseverance to get better. As he spends time with his grandparents, he seems to feel closer and learn more about his father. These conflicts that Chuck faces lead me to believe that the theme is that people’s opinions of certain activities can change because of your experiences or people you encounter. This theme helps me re-examine my understanding of the world because this summer, when I was a counselor at a bible school, I know that I made an impact on how some of the little kids view their religion and how learning about their faith can be enjoyable. When Chuck learned and felt closer to his dad by being with his grandparents and other family it made me ask myself the question, “when meeting family that I have never met, does being with a family member I am close with make it easier to get along quicker”? When I went to see my family in Ohio this summer, I met my cousins that I have never met before. Since I was with my family that we both know it made it a lot easier to connect with them.
In the novel Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, I believe a theme is to not judge people by their differences. The book is about a future society in which people are judged based on the color of their blood. Those with Silver blood are very rich and privileged, while those with common red blood are poor, disregarded, and left with next to nothing. The narrator and main character, Mare Barrow, shares multiple times throughout the text how she very much dislikes the Silvers because they don't know anything without depending on the royal family to supply for them. She hates them deeply, and thinks their powers are not needed. However, once she meets them and gets to know them, she sees that while some do seem intense, and cruel, others are kind, and warm. This conflict really made me think about how some people now seem to disregard those that are different from them. There was the Civil Rights Movement, and the Women's Rights rally, and even after those events, there are movements now for equality for women and for different cultures that still need justifying.
A character that made me think about my life is Mare because she sees herself doing things and acting upon things that she never thought she would be able to do and be a part of. That helped me to realize how much not only myself, but others around me, can see themselves doing unimaginable things if the time is right, and they really put their mind to it and try. Mare also is really afflicted by her family, for she cares for them deeply and the thought of ever leaving them is terrifying for her. She is very involved with her siblings, in different ways depending on which sibling it is, and I see myself doing the same not only with my siblings, but my cousins as well. My cousin Kyla and I are really close, because we are each other's only girl cousin, and it makes me feel the need to become closer with some of my other cousins, as Mare was closest with her brother Shade, therefore pushing and wanting to do more with her sister.
In the story Booked, By Kwame Alexander, the main character Nick went through some issues in his own life that made me question something’s about my life. Nick, the protagonist, loves soccer. He plays many different tournmanents and thoroughly enjoys them. Then, one day before a major tournament his appendix burst and broke his ankle. When this happened in the book, it really reminded me of something that happened in my life. I had a big tennis tournament coming up, and I got injured the weekend before. This is very similar to what happened in the book. This made me question my own life when I made the poor decision of playing in the tournament despite the fact I was injured. Nick on the other hand took it slow and had the courage to stay in the hospital instead of trying to play in the soccer tournament. This made me realize that sometimes the best thing to worry about is your own personal health, rather than winning or doing what you really want to do. In conclusion, nicks decision not playing in the tournament made me realize that sometimes that is the absolute smartest thing to do!
In the book Michael Vey: Battle of the ampere the main character Michael and his other electric friends go on a mission to blow up a bomb on the elgen ship. The elgen are their enemy, and Michael and his friends are trying to do everything to stop them, saving themselves and the world in the progress. A theme in this book is that you will do whatever it takes to overcome obstacles for the people you love. An example of this theme is that the group of teens are known as “terrorists” as the elgen has convinced people that. Really, the elgen are trying to kidnap all of the electric children. So when the teens walk in town, they don’t know that they are seen as terrorists. The townspeople start attacking them. Michal and most of the group get away, but two of the group members are still trapped. Even though it would be like walking into a trap, Michael goes back and saves his friends. Everyone escapes. This scene made me re-examine the world because so many people now are only thinking about themselves and wouldn’t go back in if they thought that it would be bad for themselves, instead of helping others. A character that made me think about my life is Taylor, Michael’s girlfriend. Her mother doesn’t know that she is electric, and she has been away from them for a while. This makes her very very homesick. At times, Taylor breaks down. But she always keeps going because she thinks that if she stops now, she will for sure never see them again. In one scene, she is very upset. She is talking to Michael’s mother about how much she misses her family. Right then, Taylor’s mom walks in. This makes me think about how I am handeling situations. Am I talking the easy but regretfull way out of situations? Or am I taking the hard but good way out of situations? How would I handle pressure like this?
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In the book series the Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, the main character Mare expierneces many durastic changes over the span of about a year or so. It’s 200 years after the fourth world war. Our world is divided by blood, red and silver, man and god. Mare, a red blood, lives in a peasants town called the Stilts. After her friend loses his apprenticeship, he, Kilorn, is forced into the conscription of the war. Mare does everything in her power to get Kilorn out of this situation. Instead, she ends up in the palace, discovering she has the powers of a silver but is a red all the same. Through this journey for Mare, she learns and controls her powers, as well as the “monster” inside of her. Many times throughout the series, Mare needs to make sacrifices and choices that she doesn’t like our others may not agree with. After learning her betrothed, the silver blood prince, never even loved her and was manipulating her, she expierenced heart break and a antagonistic phase of her life. Her fiancé, Prince Maven, and his mother the queen brainwashed the heir to the throne, Prince Tiberias into killing the king. After Tiberias kills his father, Tiberias and Mare run away to the Scarlet Guard, the rebellion Mare had dreamt of happening since she was a little girl. With her being so well known, she was the face of the rebellion. Mare cut herself off from everyone she loved. Mare learned that by keeping everything to herself, she can loose her loved ones. For good. While breaking her own kind, the ones called newbloods, out of a government facilitated prison, her brother is killed in front off her; Mare’s brother was only trying to protect her. This ropes Mare deeper into her depression state. As well as King Maven sending Mare letters, begging her to come back to him. That he missed her. That he still loved her. Mare felt vubrable and she hid behind her pride, not telling anyone how truly afraid she was. This is all bottled up inside of Mare until she meets her betrothed, caged with her new lover Tiberias and the other newbloods. She hands herself over to King Maven in order to save them. She was taken back to the palace, “kept on a close leash” only to be used as a weapon for King Maven. And a way for Maven to know that he was still human. That he could love someone. Everyday, Mare screams and throws things like glass at her surrounding “prison”. Truly, Maven keeps her in a royal bedchamber, only to rub it in her nose “how much she gave up”. Mare is kept in shambles that silence her ability and slowly kill her. She is on the edge of a knife, not knowing wether or not she will fall. This all comes together into a few questions that come to mind when you apply this to the real world; what happens, in the end, when you bottle up your fears and emotions? How do you live? How can you go on without releasing all of it? How do you not shatter? As said in book two “If I am a sword, I am a glass sword, and I feel myself beginning to shatter” I know that a normal person goes through rough times that change them for who they are. Truly, this book makes me question how people at around my age are supposed to act. Truly, we bottle up our emotions and release them into our pillows at the quite of night when no one else can here. Or into a void that listens to our problems. If this is what happens to Mare in a book series, maybe keeping everything to yourself is the best way to let everything out. Why would anyone want to shatter?
In the book series, a post fourth world war dystopian novel, the Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, a continuous theme as that everyone yields a mask to the people around them. Two people from my book, Mare and Maven are the ones that show this theme. The world is split in two, red and silver blood, powerless and hungry for more power; having the power of the gods themselves. The silver rule over the reds, and the highest silver house rules over the of silver houses and reds. Mare, a red rat, a peasant, is taken to the palace by a mysterious man that claims to work at the castle of her country. Of course, Mare is only doing this to save her friend from going to war, trying to buy him out of it, trying to get payed. Maven is a silver blood, royalty, a god, and is the brother to the next in heir to the thrown. Mare and Maven meet the night Tiberias, the heir, is supposed to choose his Queen. When Mare is thrown into a situation where she is going to die, tripped off a high balcony, she uses her powers that she didn’t know that she had to save herself. In the end, the royal family conceals the fact that she has silver powers in a red born body, saying she is a lost silver, a kin to a dead silver general. Mare is engaged to Maven in order to observe her for her life, a way to keep her close. The two grow rather fond of each other and actually fall in love. They even secretly join the rebel force known as the Scarlet Guard, indifference to the rules of the king. One night, Tiberias, Maven, Mare, and the king and queen are in the throne room. The queen controls Tiberias, making him slice the king’s head clean off. Maven takes the crown, declaring himself king after putting on a little show for the cameras in room. He explains that the entire time he hid behind a mask off a little boy, living in the shadow of his brother’s greatness. Tiberias and Mare run away to the Scarlet Guard, discovering that Maven had used the information that the Scarlet Guard had given him to his advantage, trying to kill off the rebels. Over a series of months, Mare starts getting letters from Maven, pleading her to come back because he loved her. Mare was petrified. She hid behind a mask, using her knowledge of what a leader does and how they act to hide the vubrable, alone little girl inside. Mare develops a name and a face for herself and for the Scarlet Guard, becoming more of a stranger to the ones she loves everyday. Maven starts threatening the Scarlet Guard on live television. The Scarlet Guard threaten the crown on television right back. One day, Mare is captured and brought to Maven. Mare is given a verdict from the royal court, being accused of murder and terrorisom against the country. Only when Maven privately calls for Mare does she see through the cracks in his shield. She pokes at his weak spots, finding parts of the boy she once loved and who still loves her behind Maven’s mask. He shows vubrability and a need for comfort to Mare, only when she pushes to far does he retract into the boy king that shows no mercy. By learning and observing these two character’s actions and the reactions to the actions, have I learned a very important lesson; people pick and choose what they want to show them about you, and you do it too. But we all know that when we are truly alone do we put down or mask, and for the worst of us, do they let their demons show.
The theme of the book Playing For Keeps by David Halberstam makes me re-examine my world because in the book the author gives very detailed information about playing against Micheal Jordan. The theme (Hard work pays off) made me rethink about my whole world because I play a lot of video games but after I read this amazing book I learned that playing video games gets me nowhere and working out, playing sports, eating healthy gets me to the place where I want to be in the future. In conclusion the book playing for keeps made a huge change in my life that will stick forever.
The main character Michael Jordan in the book Playing For Keeps by David Halberstam made me reimagine my future because the main character Michael Jordan's dad had passed away and when Michael Jordan's dad died he was deeply depresed because he was not just Michael's dad but his best friend and business partner. He appeared with Michael Hanes underwear commercial. This caused Michael Jordan to nearly quit playing basketball and be deeply depressed for a few yeas. This makes me look into my future because before I read this book I never thought about what I would do if my dad died and now this book made me more prepared for later sad things and when my dad dies I hope I can overcome the sadness a lot faster than Michael because he had enough money to take that break but me I most likely won't be able to do that. In conclusion I will overcome the sad things in my life and let things go.
The historical fiction book, Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell, is a very heartwarming and touching story about the life of a horse called Black Beauty. Beginning with his carefree days as a colt on an English farm with his mother, to his difficult life pulling cabs in London, to his happy retirement in the country. Throughout, the book and all of Black Beauty’s experiences, one of the themes that really stands out is suffering when you did nothing wrong. This helps me re-examine my understanding of the real world because just as Black Beauty had to suffer the pains of his city life when he was doing nothing wrong, many people and animals today, also have to suffer when they did nothing wrong. This complements to showing me that the world is really unfair sometimes. Some people deserve to suffer, but some people who don’t deserve to, still suffer. During Black Beauty’s first years alive, he met a mare named Ginger. Across the story, Black Beauty and Ginger become really great friends who care the world about each other. Ginger makes me question my own life because she makes me think about how many times I and others have been mean just because of a previous experience, especially if it was not a very pleasant one. She makes me question this because when she was young, she had very horrible, and harsh experiences. This led her to snap and to kick at people after these experinces. Her bad experiences produced her bad attitude. How many people and animals have had bad experiences lead to their unpleasant life afterwards?
In the dystopian novel, People of Sparks, the second book of The City of Ember series by Jeanne DuPrau, two teenagers named Doon and Lina have to find a way out of the dying City of Ember where 400 people live. They put their lives in danger while trying to investigate the city for any possible clues to get out, such as what their mayor is really keeping from them as citizens run out of supplies. Doon and Lina end up bringing the People of Ember to a city called Sparks above ground. The People of Sparks welcome the citizens of Ember to live with them, but before anyone knows it, conflict starts to arise. There is not enough food, and the two different groups of people start rising against each other. This really reminded me of the world we live in today, with many political conflicts. The Sparks leaders wanted to evict the Ember People. Both cities started to plan a war, but Doon and Lina, who played roles as some of the leaders of Ember, did not want to fight. They wanted to calmly figure thing s out and come up with a solution. This brought out an important theme: When conflict emerges, stay calm and don't make the situation worse by attacking your rivals if you do not surely know what you are attacking them for. An example of this in the novel would be when the Emberites found bundles of poison oak scattered in front of their home, The Pioneer Hotel. Most of the 400 people got rashes along their arms, and blamed it on the People of Sparks. After more incidents like this, the Emberites completely turned on the People of Sparks, and it all resulted in a building burning down, and two boys almost burning down with it. Little did the People of Ember know that their own citizens did all of these bad things to them, like the poison oak, just to start a war. While the building was burning, Lina took a step forward and started to help the People of Sparks put out the fire. Soon enough, the whole City of Ember was helping too, and the groups united again. This demonstration of a theme helps me re-examine my world, and helps me see that only one small, calm, and nice gesture could help solve a big problem, which has been shown in today's world in many ways, such as recycling and reusing plastic, or protecting wildlife. You can fix big problems by recycling a water bottle, or picking up a piece of trash, which are just small gestures.
In among the Imposters, the main character Luke faces many challenges being a illegal child. He is always in hiding, and lives a very boring life. He also has had to deal with the passing of a friend and bullies at his school. This leads me thinking about how lucky I am to be able to live a life where I can step outside my house without having to worry about possibly being killed. I question if there are people in real life that live the kind of life that Luke lives. The things I have questioned about my own life lead me to create the theme, "Be grateful for the life you have, because others have it far worse." The kids that are in hiding have a lot more on their plate than most people do. Finally, whenever I think to myself, that my life could be better I think about the Luke and the children and the challenges they face while living their lives.
In the dystopian novel, Red Queen by Victoria Averyard a theme occurs. Trust is powerful and you should be careful who you trust in, and Mare Barrow the main character learns this lesson the hard way. In a world where the population is separated by red and silver blood. Silvers wield strange ability’s while reds are lower than dirt. They have nothing, they are but peasants living off of the scraps of silver gods. Mare Barrow is Red blooded and works at the palace as a servant, while working there she is thrown into a dangerous situation that reveals abilities of her own that she did not know existed. The silver royals don’t want anyone to find out about the red girl with silver Ability’s so they give her a new name and new backstory. She is actually Mareena Titanos Of House Titanos. With this new title she is also betrothed to the youngest prince, Prince Maven Calore. Mare puts her trust in Maven the seemingly kind boy in an ugly silver world. She confides in him about what she does in the Scarlet Gaurd after joining and Maven joins up soon after. The Scarlet Gaurd is a secret society of reds sworn to having equality for all. In the end Mare descovers that Maven has been telling all of her secrets and plans with the Gaurd to his mother the Queen. The Scarlet Gaurd is not stupid though, they used him just as much as he used them. Made was betrayed and used because she put her trust in the wrong person. “Anyone can betray anyone.”- Julian Jacos. Julian was Mare’s history tutor and Mentor while she was recognized as Mareena. He had told Mare that Maven would betray her but she didn’t believe him becuase she trusted him. Finally, The theme Trust is a powerful thing and you should be careful who you trust In, made me think more about who I trust , why I trust them and the importance of trust in the real world.
In the book Michael Vey, The Final Spark the theme is that you have to have hope in times of need. In the ending of the story all of the members of the Electrocclan are captured and Michael Vey is presumed dead. The Electroclan are about to die and all hope is lost, but Michael Vey comes back from the dead and saves them all. This shows that in times of need and when hope is lost something or someone will come to save you or help you. When the character Michael Vey is presumably dead he comes and saves everyone in the end which questions my life that when I am down or feeling sad later on I would have felt better in life. Or, when I have lost something later on I would eventually find it.
The theme of Harry Potter would’ve fired was how old hairy could be the underdog and beheaded. But he was the youngest person in the tournament and had to go through the hardest stuff and he still came out in won the tournament. Harry helped me Where examined my understanding of the world because he showed that just because he was the youngest didn’t mean he didn’t know everything and he could still persevere and and fight after he’s already fought for so long and had to endure so much at such a young age but after he thought he had one he still had to persevere and try to take down the biggest wizard in the world
In the book Pay It Forward, By Catherine Ryan Hyde, A boy named Trevor gets a school assignment to help change the world but this was an extra credit assignment so most people don't do this. Trevor's Idea was that he would help someone else's life get back on track and they would pay it forward to three people and they would each pay it forward to three more people and it would keep going and going until everyone was helped but he has struggles with his plan nd he needs help from people but he still makes a change. The theme would really help in our world because it would spread very quickly. they do not relate to me because I am not known by millions of people.
in posted by John David Anderson, Frost and his friends find a new way to communicate with each other, after the school bands Phones. When Rose, a new student sits at Frost's table. Frost realizes that his close circle of friends won't easily hold together. The theme is fitting in,
frost,rose and Frost's group all have a hard time to fit in . this makes me re-examine my understanding of the world and how it can be a challenge for people to fit in with their surrounding.Frost the main character,struggles to fit in. This relates to me because i have sometimes found it hard to fit in in a new or familiar environment.
The realistic fiction novel, Love and Gelato written by Jenna Evans Welch, has the theme to never be too quick to make a decision. The main character; Lina lost her mother due to pancreatic cancer, and her dying wish was that she would move to Tuscany, Italy, to get to know her father. But Lina wasn’t too thrilled to meet the father that hasn’t been around her whole life. When Lina first gets to Italy she doesn’t even try to get to know her father; Howard, and all she wants to do is go back home. By the first day, Lina and her friend from home are already planning a way to escape. When Lina finds her mom’s old journal from when she lived in Italy, she is immediately hooked when the first page read, “I made the wrong decision.” As she gets deeper in the journal, Lina begins to uncover a new world of secret romances that her mother had, art, hidden bakeries, and her new best friend Ren. Without this journal, Lina would’ve lost the chance at this new life because she would have moved back to Washington without giving Italy or Howard a chance, going along with the theme of being too quick to make a decision. Lina and Ren both read the journal together and relive her mom’s past life. As Lina continues to read the journal she has more questions about her mom, and she uncovers a secret that will change everything. This book causes me to question if I would be able to move halfway across the world to live with someone I never met before, and if I would be able to leave my whole life behind like Lina had to after her mother died.
In the dystopian novel, The Diamond of Darkhold, a sequel to Jeanne DuPrau's City of Ember, teenagers Doon and Lina go back to their lost city of Ember underground, to find extra resources that might be necessary in their new hometown, Sparks. When they go down to Ember, they realize that the city isn't completely abandoned after all, and that people have actually found ways to live in the complete darkness. These new settlers do not welcome the two visitors, and end up holding Doon captive as Lina manages to escape. The way this incident happened and how these two characters dealt with it caused me to realize and question something in my own life. There are always going to be unexpected turns in life, and nothing will ever go exactly as planned. In life, you have to know how to deal with these unexpected turns, and how to work your way around them as Doon and Lina did. An example out of the novel would be when Doon got captured by the intruders of the abandoned city. Lina found ways to communicate with him without talking or seeing him, by drawing pictures and writing letters that the capturers didn't understand. Eventually, Doon escaped, and as he and Lina were trying to find each other, another unplanned twist occurred. A pack of wolves started attacking Lina. As many would've known, Doon managed to find a way to work around the problem and save Lina using his quick thinking. In the end, all of the hardships they went through were for the better. As a result, most of the city went back to Ember with them, and helped them get the much needed resources for the new thriving City of Sparks. In conclusion, life doesn't always go as one would want it to, so I need to learn how to quickly work around these conflicts and not panic when something like this might happen, knowing that it will get better at the end.
In the novel, a dogs purpose, by W. Bruce Cameron is different than a lot of other books because most of the characters are dogs that talk and the story dosent end with the main character dying, but the character is actually alive and happy.
The themes in this book are all really strong such as Family, Love, Loyalty, the home, life, mortality, language and communication. All of these are important because you need all of these thing to be happy and even to survive. This book taught me to re-examine my understanding of the world because every happy and healthy person has Love, a house, and pretty much all of the themes that is said above. This book is about humans just as it is about dogs. W. Bruce Cameron really helped me reconsider some aspects of life and gave me something to watch out for in the future.
In the dystopian novel Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard the main character Mare Barrow demonstrates courage throughout the book and throughput the series. Mare Barrow lives centuries after the fourth world war in Norta a country by the Great Lakes, In the stilts. The stilts are an unwealthy red town like many others. In this world people are divided by the color of there blood, red and silver. Silver blooded people have strange abilities that in there eyes make them better than the red blooded people. The reds live in inferior to the silver lords and ladies. Mare is red blooded and a thief, a red rat in the eyes of silver gods. Mare is courageous everyday as she risks her neck stealing from fellow reds and silvers alike to help her family get by. The punishment for theft is having all the bones in your hand broken, and to Mare a big price to pay. After her friend Kilorn loses his job and faces conscript Mare takes a job at the palace of silver royals that she despises, to pay to get her friend away from conscription. In the middle of the novel while at the palace Mare discovers she has a silver ability after being thrown into a dangerous situation. The king and queen give her a new name and backstory and a betrothal to the youngest prince, Prince Maven because they don’t want the people to know that there is a red with silver abilities. The results could cause trouble. So Mare hides, a sheep in wolves clothing among the silvers of court. The most dangerous and deceitful of all silvers, where one misstep could cost her life. She is also courageous in the sense that she is brave when her life has totally changed. From a red thief in the stilts to a silver princess of high court. Mare is courageous through these endeavors even when she wants to give up and not be strong anymore, She pushes on. This courageous character Mare Barrow makes me question, when I have courage on a daily basis? When do other people have to be brave? There is no set definition of courage, because courage can show itself in many different ways.
In the dystopian novel The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, the main character Mare Barrow shows a true connection with the readers. Centuries after the fourth world war, Mare lives as a peasant in her country. Mare has four siblings, the three eldest already war bound by the law. The conscription age of 17. Mare tells the reader about how each of her brothers left and the holes that were left in her life with them gone. Personally, I am the youngest of three with both of my siblings away for college. Relating to Mare in this way makes me question things; how big of a hole do our siblings leave when they do leave? Why love someone when you know they’ll leave in the end?
In the dystopian novel The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, the theme and a constantly said statement in the book is ‘anyone can betray anyone’. 200 years after the fourth world war, our world is once again divided, but this time, by blood. The peasants blood is the color of red, and the royals, the gods, their blood is silver. With a war that’s been happening for over 100 years, Mare Barrow, the main character, wants to save her best friend Kilorn from the conscription age of seventeen. Mare meets a strange man one day and is presented to work at the castle and earn money. Money is the only way out of the conscription. On Mare’s first day on the job, she accidentally falls from a great height, only to discover that the emotion of fear triggers powers of a silver in a body the runs red blood. Mare is betrothed to the prince in order to observe Mare and her powers. Mare trains everyday with the heir to the throne, Cal, his betrothed, Evangeline, and herself and her fiancé Maven. As Mare gets to know Maven during meetings and parties at the castle, she begins to fall in love with Maven. They even join the rebellion the Scarlet Guard together in order to bring down Maven’s dad’s empire. One day, Mare, Maven, and Cal are all called into the throne room with the King and Queen. The Queen’s powers are to control the mind of her victim. Using Cal, the queen kills the king. Through the eye of the cameras in the room, it looks like Mare made Cal kill the king. Maven decides to crown himself, only to explain to Mare what was really happening the whole time. That he and his mother were conspiracing about how to get Maven on the thrown. That Mare was only a tool, made to care for and trick his brother Cal. Maven’s plan worked. Twice in the span of this book their is betrayal. Maven to Mare, and Mare to the royal family. Mare decides to run away to the Scarlet Guard with Cal in order to stay safe. The idea of ‘anyone can betray anyone’ is consistent in this book. Mare thought Maven loved her, but really she was a puppet. Mare pledged herself to the royal family, but ran around with the rebellion instead. Both situations are different, the difference is right and wrong. It was right of Mare to join the Scarlet Guard because she learned how to control her powers and right her own country from its broken ways of ruling. What Maven did to Mare is scaring to her. She doesn’t believe that anyone can truly love her, so she starts to push the people that do loved her away. In the real world, people use each other all the time. We betray each other. It’s human.
In the second book of the Red Queen series, Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard, the character Shade, the main character Mare's older brother, makes me question a few things in my own life. Shade is thought dead after Mare's family receives the notices of his own execution. After Mare and the heir to the thrown run away from the castle, they find themselves at the rebellion, the Scarlet Guard. Shade and Mare both meet up with their family to let them know they're both okay. Only that Mare's lying. After her fiancé, the prince of the country, betrays Mare an and the heir, Cal, Mare really doesn't know what to do, only to enclose herself in darkness and lets out all of her rage on missions assigned to her from the Scarlet Guard. Mare even pushes Shade away. In Shade's position, I wouldn't really know what to do. How do we comfort someone who feels like their how life has been a lie? How do you help them fix that?
In the second book of the Red Queen series, Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard, a resounding theme that makes the reader question the world around us is that when we ignore something, it really does come back to haunt us. After 200 years of the silver blood gods ruling over the red blooded human beings, Mare Barrow is found a combination of both. With the powers of a silver in the body of a red, she is betrothed to the prince and is kept close to the royal family in order to observe her powers and behaviors. After finding out that her fiancé Maven was using her to get to the thrown, Mare and the heir to the thrown, Cal, Mare and Cal both go to the Scarlet Guard and use their hospitality as a shelter. While her and Cal stay at the Scarlet Guard, Mare starts receiving letters from King Maven. Maven pleads Mare to come back, that he missed her, and he truly loved her. This plus the idea of Maven controlling and using her in the first place was already too much. After finding out that she must recruit and bring in more people like herself, silver powers in a red body, Maven follows behind her, and even sometimes, kills the ones they call 'new bloods'. Mare's only character interaction about any of this is too tell the others that she's fine; that she isn't worried about anything; that she believes everything will be okay in the end. This is the shovel that digs Mare deeper into the hole of depression an self questioning. She started to believe no one was on her side, that she was alone. She was right, except she was only doing that herself. This makes me question how humans themselves handle situations like Mare's. Well, the realistic version at least. To know the one you love is cheating on you, only to mess around with your brain after you leave them. Having people get in the way of your own goals. Mare's reaction to her situation makes me think; Is screaming out into the void about our life the only solution? Can we really lay our problems on the shoulders of the ones we love without both of us breaking from the pressure?
In the third book in the Red Queen series, the King's Cage, the character Cameron makes me question a few things in my own personal life. 200 years after the fourth world war, our world is once again divided by humans and their superiors, red blooded and silver blooded gods. After the main character Mare discovers that she has powers of a silver but in a red body, she is betrothed to one of the members to the royal family, the second prince. The two of them relate in the ways that they live in the siblings shadow of glory. Maven, the prince, and Mare even decided to join the rebellion force against the royal family together. Of course, Maven hid behind the mask of a young and fragile boy who wasn't recognized for anything his entire life. Until the day the Queen uses her mind controlling powers to control the heir to the thrown, Cal, to kill his father, does Maven take the crown and explained to Mare and Cal how he truly felt; like the thrown was really his and how he was only using both of their empathy and love towards him to get closer to the crown. Cal and Mare run away to the Scarlet Guard and their hospitality. After a few months of recruiting people like Mare, silver powered in a red body, and receiving letters from Maven, begging Mare to come back to him, that he still loved her, that the two betrothed meet again. Mare, Cal, and a few young Scarlet Guard soldiers plane crashed and then are imprisoned by the Silvers that are able to control metal. Mare decided to trade herself in order for Cal and the soldiers to receive mercy from Maven. Maven takes Mare away and decides to use her in his own cabinet. Cameron is one of the 'new bloods', silver powers in a red body. Cameron has the power to silence abilities and to kill people with a single thought. She despises her powers. She decides that she doesn't want to kill people, only to help reprimand them and help with interrogations on behalf of the Scarlet Guard. Readers greatly admire Cameron for her decisions. This makes me question how I do some things in my life; Am I using my advantages in life to help others? Am I doing all I can to help others?
In the third book in the dystopian series the Red Queen, the King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard, a consistent theme is the everyone hides behind their own mask; that we show people what we want them to see. About 200 years after the fourth world war, we are divided by silver and red blood, gods on Earth and humans. Mare is both. Because of this she is betrothed to the prince, Maven, after growing up in the red houses of peasents. Maven and Mare grow to love each other and even join the rebellion together. After Cal, the heir to the throne, was brainwashed into killing his father, Cal and Mare both run away together to the Scarlet Guard. Mare pledges her loyalty while Cal is torn between the red world and the silver world. Mare starts to recruit of people like herself to join the Scarlet Guard, people of silver powers in a red body. Mare starts to receive letters from Maven, now the king. He begs her to come back, claiming to still love her and miss her. Mare fights off her emotions towards Maven as well as Cal. After a few months, Mare is captured by Maven and brought back to the clutch of the royal family. Mare is forced to say things about the Scarlet Guard that isn't true. She is kept on a close leash. When she isn't needed for events, she is kept in a royal bed chamber, Maven's way of saying 'this could have been yours'. After being called by Maven to speak privately with him, Mare starts seeing through the cracks in Maven's mask. Maven says he consults within her and her alone because it makes him feel human. Like he does still love someone. Mare and Maven are both hiding behind a mask of their own creations. Maven needs to show that he isn't just a boy king but a great ruler that will change the future with a forceful hand. Truly, he's just a scared little boy that just wants to be loved and wants to know how to love. Mare hides behind a mask of confidence and a refusal to listen to anyone. Part of this is true. Really, Mare throws glass at her bedroom walls and screams into the comforting nothingness to relieve her pain. She knows she has to show Maven that she is strong. That she isn't breaking. That his plan isn't working. Mare and Maven both are trying to show strong characters, but truly are not. It makes me think about, in the real world, someone people who pretend to be strong, only to put on a show. Only to put on a show of power, to remind the people below them of what they can do, when really, they are watching with them, knowing that, in the end, we are all equals. That the sun rises and sets everyday.
In the book, Divergent, by Veronica Roth the themes are fear, family, friendship, power, guilt and blame, bravery and choices. But the MAIN theme is fear. Without fear we would have bravery. Courage may be for dauntless but in reality they are more focused of fear. Through out Veronicas book we see the characters questioning bravery and fear, for example, "Is true courage fighting someone or stepping up to protect someone?" and "Is fear something you can leave behind or something you have to overcome every time?" Tris realizes that bravery is standing up for what you believe in.
All in all this book taught me to re-examine the world because they have a lot of true points in this book that can lead up to survival, happiness and a lot of other thing to help me in the future.
In the post apocalyptic book series, Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, the third book In the Afterlight, the character Cole makes me question some things in my own life. About 20 years from now, a disease has been spread through young children and teenagers. The ones that survive this disease called Psi have powers. When they are young, they are sent to camps to work for the government. They are ranked on a color spectrum, red being the most dangerous to blue being the least dangerous. All of their rights have been taken away from them. A girl named Ruby lies to the scientist at her camp what ranking color her color is. She says she is a green, meaning incredibly smart, but truly, she is an orange, able to go in and control peoples minds. After escaping her camp thanks to a nice nurse, she finds out that the "nurse" Cate actually works for the Children's League, a organization that protects the kids who have escaped. After Ruby goes into the mind of a member of the organization, she's frightened by what she sees. As she makes her escape, she comes across a group of kids looking for a person named the Slip Kid, the first teenager to slip out of the governments grasps and now offers shelter to the ones that have also made it out of the camps. Ruby, Liam, Chubs, and Zu travel around Virginia in search of him. Ruby gets to know them all and even starts to fall hard for Liam, but knows she can't, after she erased her parent's memories of her. They find the Slip Kid, a kid named Clancy who's actually the son of the president. Clancy shows Ruby how to control her powers. Clancy uses Ruby to find out how she uses her powers. Clancy sexually assaults Ruby and uses this as a way to perhaps get her to trust him, trying to figure out if she has feelings for him, too. After making a quick get away, Ruby, Liam, and Chubs end up in the Childern's League. Not wanting any of that for the two of them, Ruby erases herself from Liam's mind and Liam's emotions towards her and lets Chubs go. After a few months in training with the Children's League, Cole, Liam's older brother, realizes that he left the hard drive to the cure for Psi in Liam's coat pocket, since he saw Liam only a few months ago. Once the three are reunited, Liam's memory starts to come back and now Ruby has to convince a angry and broken hearted Liam to come back with her to the Children's league to find a cure. Cole and Liam's relationship has been rocky from the start. After having an abusive father and leaving Liam to the dust, neither of them have spoken in a while. But in the end, the reader learns that Cole really brought Liam in because of the cure and because he still loved him. Some actions and reactions made by Cole make me question a few things. How do you come back from something like that? Is something like that to truly be forgiven? I know that in my life there are some wrongs that people did towards me that I don't want to right. Is the a way to forgive them?
In the third book of the new motion picture Darkest Minds, a dystopian novel, In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken, does a theme come through, that all wrongs can be righted, and we depend on the ones we love. Not that far into the future, a disease is spread through teenagers and young children called Psi. The ones that survive come out of it with powers, rated by a color spectrum. Red being the most dangerous to blue being harmful. Ruby, the main character, is a orange, able to control minds, but convinces the officers at her government run camp for kids with Psi that she is a green, meaning in-humanly a genius. After escaping from the camp and meeting Liam, Chubs, and Zu along the way. After meeting and running away from the Slip Kid, the first kid to escape the camps as well as the president's son, do they all part. Ruby going to the Children's League, a organization for kids like her. With Liam's memories and emotions towards Ruby erased and Chubs gone does Ruby truly feel alone. After a small mistake made by Liam's older brother Cole does Ruby go in search of them all again. Once she does find them, Liam's memory returns and then becomes indignant towards Ruby. After many hard times with bombs exploding their base does the Children's League become vunrable to the government. Going through storage warehouses and old bases becomes part of their regular routine. Ruby and Cole, now heads of the Children's League, decide to free the other camps and offer for the campers to join them. After a few camps are freed, Cole dies and Ruby has to save all of them. After a stand off with the government, all the Psi kids return to their families and the world goes back to normal. Finding out that the cause of Psi was a poison in the water source and the kids who survived it was because they're mother drank the water during their time of birth. With the disease curable, a wrong has been righted. As well as relationships. After an abusive father and a broken promise, Liam learns to forgive Cole. After being tossed out to the government by her parents does Ruby learn to love them again. These situations are examples of the situations that were fixed through the journey of Ruby, Liam, Chubs and Zu. Their story shows that humans are able to forgive. That it's not impossible.
In The Great Brain, by John Dennis Fitzgerald, Tom, A.K.A the "great brain" uses his advanced mind to solve problems around their town and to make money from the schemes he sets up with his younger brother. For example, Tom charges his peers to come to his house and see the first indoor plumbing in Utah. He also saves children that were lost in a cave by using a series of ropes to make sure they can find a way back to the entrance. Tom's brain helps him outsmart his friends, parents and even teachers. Tom makes me question many things about my own life. The main thing I question is did children back in the late 1800s have more sophisticated minds than children have today? Also, were they more aware to what was going on in the world around them because there were less distractions? A theme that I believe the Great Brain demonstrated was that If you can impact others with your positive skills, and they can continue to pass your skills on, the society will be more well rounded rather than people just knowing how to do one thing really well. This makes me re-examine the world around me by thinking how one person can impact many just by sharing some of their knowledge. For example I think about how Steve Jobs has changed everybody's life by making computers and electronic devices a reality. Also how Henry Ford made the assembly line to make the car building process more quick and more affordable.
In the series Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, in the first book City of Bones, the character Jace makes me question a few things about himself and myself. Clary, a normal girl lives in Brooklyn. One day, while she’s at a club with her best friend Simon, she sees to guys about her age walk in with two knives. She tries to point it out to Simon but he doesn’t see what she’s talking about. While he go gets the bouncer, Clary follows the two guys into a room. When she walks in, she sees the two guys and a girl in a white dress, all three of them surrounding a boy on the ground with blue hair and a red sweatshirt. One of the boys that Clary saw walk in is about to kill the boy when Clary screams. They all disappear. A few days later, Clary sees the one who killed the boy with blue hair. His name was Jace. As Clary goes further into Jace’s world and Clary learns to be her own world of Shadowhunting, Clary learns more about Jace and his past. Jace’s father was killed when he was ten and it has caused him so much damage and he manage to store that away and not let anyone see it, except Clary pokes go hard sometimes. She learns about how much Jace cared about his dad and even meets the two men who killed his father. This makes me question Jace’s true personality, his quick witty comments are really just a reflex and a way to disquise his hurt. The other shadow hunters describe him as contained. It makes me question how much people really reveal to each other and who we show all of it to. Will we get hurt when we show all of our scars?
In the fantasy series the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, the first book th City of Bones shows a theme of that no one shows all of their scars, no matter how close you are. Clary’s life was normal until she found out that she saw people killing strange monsters and felt weirded out. Even more so when she learned she was one of them. As she gets to know the people that call themselves (and now Clary) shadowhunters. Clary can only learn pieces about each of them, little by little, putting the pieces together like a puzzle. Hodge, the trainer of the shadow hunters in New York is basically the only one who reveals anything to Clary. Teaching her about her mother’s past and what Clary must do now. Learning and guessing the secrets of Alec, Isabelle, and Jace. In the real world, there are stages to understanding someone you’re in a relationship with. You tell them about everyday life like school and not so personal things. But as you grow closer, you reveal your scars. We’ve all been through this. It’s no different then Clary’s situation.
The dystopian novel, The Selection, by Kiera Cass, is about the chance to win Prince Maxon’s heart and the crown. Thirty-five girls are chosen to compete for the crown and only one will win. With girls from different castes and positions in the society some girls have more chance of winning than the others. But who knows, every girl has the chance to capture the eye of Prince Maxon and the people. A theme in the book, The Selection, that really stood out to me was the theme of society and class. This theme or general idea, helps me re-examine my understanding of the real world because just as, The Selection, has castes, our world has different classes or societies. Also, the castes in the Selection, create stereotypes and rules of which castes have to do what. The almost equivalent happens with stereotypes of society and class in the real world. This shows that some people, will it be here in the United States of America or halfway across the world in China, have more chance of doing, being and experiencing things than others. The characters in books are one of the most crucial parts of a story. One particular character shone out to me in this book and that character would be Aspen. In this book, Aspen was America’s boyfriend. Aspen makes me question my own life because, in this book, Aspen gave up almost everything to help his family after his father died. He was the only one in his family that could work and supply money and food for his siblings and mom. He makes me question how much I will give up just to help my family. Not only does he do these things but he does them with joy in thinking about how he is helping his family. Aspen makes me realize that in the future, I want to focus more on helping others and letting them be happy, more than focusing on myself.
The novel, Ruby Redfort, Look Into My Eyes, by Lauren Child, is about a 13-year-old girl that at first glance looks like a very ordinary looking girl, petite and small for her years but Ruby is not an ordinary 7th grader. Ruby Redfort is a perfect candidate for the spy world, so when a secret agency comes knocking, Ruby is ready for action. Solving puzzles and cracking codes are her idea of fun. Interestingly enough, at the same time, she's pretty much your average kid. She has friends, plays some sports, sometimes ignores her parents, and watches lots of crime shows on TV. One of the many themes in the book, Ruby Redfort, Look Into My Eyes, is don’t judge people by how they look on the outside. This helps me re-examine the real world because just as in this novel, Ruby Redfort looks like a normal 7th grader and acts like a normal 7th grade but isn’t. There are a lot of people in our world that are like that too, they look like something but are the complete different. This is important because many people don’t dress one way and act another for themselves but they do it for others and the important thing would be not to let anyone change you. Ruby is different from all this because she has to keep the secret agent topic a secret and she isn’t different in the inside than the outside for someone else, she does it for herself because she knows what the consequences would be if she was found out. There was one character that made me consider my own life and that was Mrs. Digby. Mrs. Digby had known Ruby since she was an hour old. She is also the Redfort’s housekeeper. In Look Into My Eyes, Mrs. Digby gets captured but amazingly stays calm all the time from when they captured her to until she got found and freed. She makes me question how I will stay calm in dangerous situations like Mrs. Digby was in. In the future, I will try to stay more calm and relaxed during bad, or dangerous situations.
In the novel Matched, by Ally Condie one theme of the novel is follow your heart. This book takes place in the futuristic Oria Province of a society that exists where the United States used to be. The society desides most everything for you. They decide what you eat, what your job is, when you die, who you love and much more. in the book there is a love triangle between Ky, Cassia, and Xander. Cassia the main character has to choose between the boy she is destined to be with, Xander and the boy she truly loves, Ky. At Cassie’s matching ceremony Ky’s face appeared for a few seconds on The matching screen before Xander’s. That leaves her suspicious of the society and makes her question there morals. Cassia has a very hard time choosing and when she does it hurts several people she loves. This love triangle plays on throughout the entire book and is a very important theme. She not only has to follow her heart on whom to love, but how to act towards the society. Her head is telling her that she should do nothing and live a normal life, but in her heart Cassia knows this isn’t what she wants even though it’s the safe option. She knows that the Society is taking advantage of people, and her heart is telling her to do something about it. So she follows her heart, and no matter where it takes her She’s glad that she tried. Finally, the theme of this book, Follow your heart makes me think of some of the decisions I’ve made with my heart instead of my head and vice versa. Overall after reading this book I think I will follow my heart. I would rather know I tried to do something I though was right than always wonder what would have happened.
The novel Gem and Dixie by Sara Zarr a theme that stands out to both the readers and the characters is the idea of family relationships and how they can shape an adolescents life. Gem and Dixie is a novel about two sisters and their relationship living with neglectful parents. Their mom is rarely home and has trouble keeping food on the table. Their dad lives elsewhere, hated by his wife and never invited to the home or to see the girls. Because of the lack of parenting, Gem and Dixie have to fend by themselves. Gem, the older sister, has had to take care of her Dixie throughout her life. But, once Dixie started driving, she slowly obtained more freedom. Spending most of her time out, Dixie rarely talks to her sister, unless it's really necessary. Having been affected by her home life, Gem has little too friends at school, and gets made fun of by Dixie's friends for asking for lunch money. Dixie, on the other hand, is one of the most popular in school and pretends Gem isn't alive. When their dad comes home unexpectedly Gem and Dixie find a experience of a lifetime, a chance to take a trip for three days all alone by themselves. The results of this trip really shape the characters, teaching them how to forgive, how to trust, and how each others presence changes them in different situations. To conclude, the theme of this novel, family realtionships and how they shape adolescents makes me think about my family and how our realtionship has helped shape me. I grew up with a loving family, unlike the characters in this book, as well as my sister and I's bond is very strong. Although I can't relate to the relationships to the parents in this book, I can somewhat relate to the sibling rivalry, because it happens to everyone. After reading this book, I learned to appreciate my family, and just how fortunate I am.
Robert Muchamore's series Cherub focuses on a young boy named James, and how his everyday life took an unexpected turn, when he was asked to become a spy for the British Intelligence Service. In the first novel, the Recruit, it is explained (page 70) why Cherub uses young children to catch criminals, as, "People are less suspicious of youngsters." Scared and confused, James must complete his first mission while still trying to understand parts of his old life. Throughout this novel, James makes me question how quickly things can change in life, and wonder if they are always for the worst. When James's mom, Mrs. Choke, dies in her sleep, James doesn't know what to do. His sister, Lauren is invited to live with their only relative: Mrs. Choke's husband, Ron, but James is taken to a children's home. At first, everything goes wrong--James can't visit Lauren, starting at his new school turns to disaster, and he makes the wrong choice in new friends. One of the themes that James starts to realize is that things aren't always as they seem, and this makes me re-examine what is often thought of the world and it's course. James's preliminary thoughts were that his mom's death stole hundreds of opportunities from his life and his sister's. However, in the end, I began to wonder how many he gained. The terrible event of his mother's death allowed James to be enrolled in the British Intelligence Service and see the world in a perspective that otherwise would have remained secret to him. Lauren later joined him, and they traveled and learned things they never would have known had the events been different. The event of Mrs. Choke's death was a tragedy, but it made me question if the events that we believe are bad happen for the worst or the best. In James's case one could argue either side. The Recruit has made me re-examine and re-define my understanding of the world and what is often perceived to be it’s course. Many people in the world are suffering because of one or multiple major events that have changed not only the route of their lives, but that of the world. The theme that ‘Things are not always as they seem,’ has brought me to consider that the course that the world takes may not be as obvious as it is expected. The changes in our lives are not always for the best, but they are definitely not always aimed towards the worst, so we need to take any change that comes across our path, and use it as an advantage for the future.
In the series of Crossover, the second novel Booked by Kwame Alexander shows a theme that actions must be acted upon while the chance is given. This is shown in Booked because the main character named Nick has a father that is his teacher in middle school. So, since Nick is in this position his father is more focused towards Nick's learning. But, nick does not appreciate this as he often gets caught up in daydreaming about his favorite activities and thoughts. This means that Nick often does not enjoy reading, or any type of academic work.
But then, this all suddenly changed as one day Nick woke up 100% normally, waking up late and listening to his parents argue. But, he heard the heart shattering words that his father and mother were together no more. Hearing these words had changed his perspective giving him respect to his Dad and his job, making him interested in an academic life given by his father. This helps me re-examine thoughts in todays world because whenever I want to say an idea I will never be held back to say it knowing that new opportunities can come, so there is nothing to lose.
The main character, Nick himself, makes me question what opportunities have I turned away that can make a positive change in my life. This is because people struggle to share complicated ideas but with exposing them to the public dreams will come true.
The Outcast, by Taran Matharu, is a prequel to The Summoner trilogy, and it is from the perspective of a young ‘commoner’ boy named Arcturus. Throughout the novel, Arcturus faces many obstacles due to him being the only adept commoner at Vocans-- a school designed to teach those with the ability how to summon a demon. The Summoners are needed to fight in the ongoing war against the orcs. Since Arcturus is the first known commoner with the gift of summoning, at Vocans he is judged and bullied by other students due to his class level. However, at the academy, Arcturus meets the full requirements to be taught, and, although multiple teachers disapprove of his enrollment, he persists, and eventually his knowledge equals that of the nobles. The main theme in this novel is to remember that you are entitled to be who you are -- regardless of your social status in the world. This theme makes me re-examine how what we do often classifies who we are. Arcturus is a commoner, and the moment he arrives at Vocans, he is pushed around by nobles who use their status as a tool to torment him. Immediately it is clear that some of the nobles make their class define who they are and how they act. However, there are nobles that do not act as if they are any different from Arcturus. Edmund, Alice, Elaine, Elizabeth (Lady) Cavendish, and Prince Harold all show kindness to Arcturus, and do not use their rank to their advantage. Despite all of Arcturus’s disadvantages, her fights for other common summoners in the land, and for the rights and respect that they deserve. The theme of ‘remembering who you are entitled to be’ is immensely important; it offers a chance to change the fact that we (people) often judge and are judged on our classification: poor, rich, lord, lady, minister or mayor (etc.). Also, remembering who you are entitled to be and who you are can change your understanding of the world, and help everyone re-examine their haste to judge, and reflect on how their class does not affect their everyday life.
The four books in the Tiffany Aching series by Terry Pratchett focus on a young girl who strives to become a witch, and overcome the common stereotypes that stories perpetuate. When her adventure begins, Tiffany in only about eight years old, yet she must face the treacherous Queen of fairies to prove to her village that witches are not all evil. She also demonstrates that witchcraft is not just words and wands: it takes talent nad carries a price. As Tiffany sets out in search of her brother; who was kidnapped by the Queen, she realizes that story books are only tales stating what people want to hear, -- not the truth. Throughout each novel, Tiffany has made me question my everyday life and how quickly people jump to judgements on appearance or profession. For example, many people think of witches as old, evil green-skinned-clad-in-black monsters that will turn you into a toad. However, Tiffany is the complete opposite of these assumptions. She is young, kind (not green-skinned), and she takes great care to only wear green or blue, (for, -as she says- when she is older she shall wear midnight). In the novels, the people in Tiffany’s village question her kindness and ability to do magic based on her appearance and classification of profession, (witch). The way people judge Tiffany so quickly for an untrustworthy girl is surprising, since they have known her from the day she was born.
These tales of Tiffany Aching are perfect examples of how vast amounts of people often define others by their career, or their appearance and believe in the stereotypes that classify people because of certain qualities. Overall, Tiffany has made me realize how quickly people are judged, and that if we suspend that judgement, we might just understand them, and come to welcome their differences wherever we go.
In the fiction novel The Outsiders by S.E Hinton The main character , Ponyboy , has struggles with society and feels as though he is an outsider . Ponyboy lost his parents in a car crash and now he lives with his two brothers Darrel and Sodapop . The three brothers live on the east side of town which is the poor part. The brothers have rivals called the socs , short for socials , who live on the west side of town that is the rich part. The socs threaten to kill Ponyboy and injures him really badly , Ponyboys friends come and scare off the socs . This mood effects the story by the two groups fighting. At some point in some people’s life they feel as though they have been an outsider and they feel that they can’t rely on anyone , in Ponyboys point of view he is the one struggling with being the outsider . The boys are at the drive in and they see the socs girlfriends and offer to walk them home , the socs walk up to them and start to beat them up for being with there girlfriends . All this shows that being and outsider is a rough time and a lot of people have gone through it. This has made me realize all the negativity in the world and how we should try to fix it.
In the fiction novel, This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp, one of the main characters Autumn, along with everyone in the school is faced with a massive problem. Tyler who's related to Autumn went to the assemble at school with a gun and started to fire. He killed and injured many people at this assemble. What I realized as I was reading this novel and from what has been on the news these past months is that school shootings have been becoming a world wide problem. Autumn along with the school really made me realize that maybe this could happen one day and they aren't as rare as I thought. Transitioning to the theme of the novel which is love and hate, Tyler wasn't as excepting to Autumn's relationship with Sylvia made me realized that people are sometimes not excepting to relationships and new ideas. All in all i've realized people have different opinions on certain things and we should accept new inputs. In addition i've come to the conclusion that maybe something like a school shooting that I thought could never happen to us could happen in the future and to always pay attention to my surroundings.
In the book Hatchet, written by Gary Paulsen, the author tries to show that even a kid that is brave, independent, and doesnt lack any skills, the kid can still survive alone starting with nothing but a river and a forest as long as he stays brave and keeps pushing forward to make the situation better. Brian (the main characater) in Hatchet makes me question about if I was in the same situation, could I survive or would I lack the survival skills that I would need to keep myself fed and healthy in the wild.
In the realistic fiction novel, The Swap by Megan Shull, there are two kids, one named Ellie, one named Jack. Ellie is having a hard time at school. She is losing her best friend and she is having a hard time getting over her parents divorce and is living with her mom who is trying her very best to make things better. Jack on the other hand is saying that girls have life so much easier than boys. At the same time he has to deal with his father, the worlds most intimidating person and hardest to please, while his mother is gone and him wishing she was with him. While both of them are facing some tough times, one day they are both in the nurses office with the worlds craziest nurse and BAM, the room gets dark and when the they wake up, the are in each others bodies. Throughout their weekends of living as each other, they have learned a very valuable lesson to just be yourself and that you can do anything you put your mind to. They both face challenges that they are having a lot of trouble trying to face and they just wish that they could get back to their normal lives. They both learned in different ways to become stronger and believe in themselves more like when Ellie had to go to hockey for Jack, she had no idea what she was doing. She then realized that she was in Jack's body and could do anything he could and more. She ended up beating everybody in a shoot off (which Jack has never done in his own body) and everybody was very proud of her, including herself. It really showed her that she just needed to believe in herself and she could accomplish anything. Jack had to go to a girl sleepover and was really nervous about it. As it got late, Sassy (Ellies former best friend) started making fun of people at the party. Jack really felt bad and wanted to help but didnt know what to do. He finally decided to stick up for the girl and it ended up working which made Jack more confident with himself. In the end, they both learned many more lessons and accomplised way more things then these two examples but they really learned how to believe more in themselves and to become better people and not worrying about what other people thing about them. These two characters made me re-examine my understanding of the world by showing me that a lot of people dont like who they are and dont believe in themselves very much and these people dont get encouraged or very much motivated to be who they are. It made me realize that we need to make sure that people are confident with who they are and how we can help them feel this way by just being kind to them and helping them out with little things that will make them happier and eventually, they will follow your actions and make them a better person who believes that they can do good in this world. Ellie and Jack make me question something about my life. They make me feel as if I can be more of a better person by just believing in myself more that I can accomplish more in my life and be happier and more confident with myself and life choices. Even though it may look like Im going a little too far with this lesson but it is very important. Without being yourself and believing in yourself it will affect your life decisions by how you feel about yourself or how you feel about something which could either make or break you so all you need to do is be yourself and not care what others think about you, be confident in yourself and you will inspire others to be as well.
John Green's realistic fiction novel, Looking for Alaska, tells the story of high schooler, Miles Halter, who has a fascination for famous last words. Leaving behind his boring and predictable life in Florida, he goes to a boarding school in Alabama (Culver Creek, it was called), attempting to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called "The Great Perhaps". Arriving at Culver Creek, he meets Chip Martin (a.k.a The Colonel), his first real friend. But he also meets Alaska Young, who will change his life for better or for worse. The theme of this novel is that to get out of this labyrinth of suffering, it does not do to sit idly by; we must take action and work our way out of it. This makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because it reminds me that people who are lonely are probably just ignoring the labyrinth, hiding away in the corner of it, just like Miles before he took action and left for Culver Creek. But it is easy to help those people, to give them something to realize and to think about, that will slowly ease them out of the labyrinth. That is exactly what Alaska Young did to Miles. In fact Alaska is the character who caused me to question something about my life. (She is just such an amazing person). She made me question my belief that it is impossible to forget someone or something, no matter how much you grieved after their loss. Eventually everything is forgotten because, as Dr. Hyde said, "Everything that comes together falls apart." (Page 196). Miles's memories and thoughts about Alaska at one point came together to form Alaska as Miles saw her, so those memories will fade away and fall apart until she is forgotten completely. And that is true and applies to every single person on Planet Earth.
In the Realistic Fiction novel, Hidden by Helen Frost, when Wren Abbott and Darra Monson are eight years old, Darra's father steals a minivan. He doesn't know that Wren is hiding in the back. The hours and days that follow change the lives of both girls. Darra is left with a question that only Wren can answer. Years later, in a chance encounter at camp, the girls face each other for the first time. They can finally learn the truth—that is, if they're willing to reveal to each other the stories that they've hidden for so long. Told from alternating viewpoints, this novel-in-poems reveals the complexities of memory and the strength of a friendship that can overcome pain. These two characters made me re-examine my understanding of the world by showing me that forgiveness is always the best solution because when they met each other at summer camp they forgave each other and all was well. Friendship is also very valuable, without Darras help Wren wouldn't have survived. Both Darra and Wren made me realize that friendship can get you through anything and when the girls worked together everything worked out in their favor. Another book I had to re-examine my understanding of the world was in the Realistic Fiction novel, Booked by Kwame Alexander, when Nick’s story begins on a day when everything seems to be relatively normal: he sleeps late, after playing on-line soccer into the night; his parents are arguing; and he is caught daydreaming in school. Narration reveals that Nick’s father is a writer, and has published a dictionary of unusual but meaningful words, a dictionary that he wants Nick to memorize. Narration also reveals that Nick’s mother loves horses, and has been invited to work with high-level racing horses in another state. Her decision to take the job triggers the first major change in Nick’s life: the realization that his family is no longer a unified one.
Meanwhile, Nick’s regular school routine continues, although in a more unfocused way than usual, given that the girl he has a crush on (April) seems to like him back. Complicating this situation is the presence of the bullying Eggleston twins, one of whom (Don) sees April as his girl, and bullies Nick out of spending more time with her.
Throughout all this, Nick develops an unlikely friendship with Mr. MacDonald, the school librarian and a former rap producer who encourages the reluctant Nick to read. Nick also continues to practice soccer, preparing to go with his team to an important tournament in Texas. He is joined in his love of the game by his buddy Coby, who plays for a rival team; who encourages Nick in his attempts to spend time with April; and who is also on the receiving end of bullying from the Egglestons. Coby, however, fights back, unlike Nick, who continues to feel victimized by the Egglestons, by his seemingly cold father, and by his parents’ divorce. Nicks struggles to cope with all of these changes in his life become even more complicated when he develops a perforated appendix, a situation that leads to emergency surgery that keeps him out of the tournament in Dallas. In the aftermath of the surgery, his mom comes back home to live with him and his dad again, and for a while Nick believes that his parents are going to get back together. But just when he is getting ready to go back to school and resume his routine, his parents announce that they are getting a divorce. Nick reacts with anger and frustration. Eventually, as Nick grows physically stronger (in the aftermath of his surgery) and mentally stronger (in response to Mr. MacDonald’s support, Coby’s encouragement, and April’s attention), Nick gets up the nerve to fight back when the Egglestons bully him yet again. He does not win the ensuing fistfight, but he does find a new feeling of courage and hope for the future, both of which are represented by the mysterious Dragonfly Box given to him by Mr. MacDonald. The main character Nick made me re-examine my understanding of the world by showing, that tons of people have to go through horrible thing. Which made me realize, that if you have hope and believe, anything is possible.
In the book: "Better Nate Than Never," Nate wants to audition for a musical called "E.T. The Musical." The audition is in New York when Nate lives in Pennsylvania. Nate steals his mom's debit card, and his brothers fake id and takes a bus to New York without his mom knowing.
After Nate does his audition, He finds out that he gets the part. His mom found out after he got his part in "E.T. The Musical." The theme in "Better Nate Than Never" is that if you take a risk, you might get what you want. Something I question about after reading "Better Nate Than Never" is that how can Nate be so brave to steal mom's debit card and go to New York alone? It's kind of crazy if you think about it because doing something like that can get you in serious trouble. I never like to take risks because I'm scared that taking a risk won't go the way I want it to go.
In the Fiction novel Life of Pi by Yann Martel, the book tells the fantastical story of Pi Patel, a sixteen-year-old South Indian boy who survives at sea with a tiger for 227 days. Pi, born Piscine Molitor Patel, grows up in the South Indian city of Pondicherry, where his father runs the zoo. A precocious and intelligent boy, by the age of fifteen Pi—Hindu from an early age—has also adopted Christianity and Islam, and considers himself a pious devotee to all three religions. Thanks to the government upheaval that has long been distressing Pi’s father, the Patels decide to close the Pondicherry Zoo and move to Canada when Pi is sixteen. Pi, his mother, father, and brother Ravi all board the Tsimtsum along with the zoo’s animal inhabitants (who are on their way to be sold around the world).
An unexplained event causes the Tsimtsum to sink, and Pi is the only human to make it onto the lifeboat and survive. Along with Pi, the lifeboat contains a hyena, a zebra, Orange Juice the orangutan, and Richard Parker the tiger. The hyena kills and devours both the zebra and Orange Juice, before Richard Parker kills the hyena. Pi is left alone on a lifeboat with an adult male tiger. There is no land in sight and the ocean is shark-infested, so Pi builds a raft which he attaches to the lifeboat, to keep himself at a safer distance from Richard Parker. Eventually, however, life on the raft proves too exhausting, and Pi realizes that if Richard Parker gets hungry enough, he will swim to it and kill Pi. So Pi decides that he must tame Richard Parker. Using a whistle, seasickness, and a turtle-shell shield, Pi manages to assert his authority over Richard Parker and delineate his own territory on the lifeboat, where he is comparatively safe from the tiger. While at sea, Pi and Richard Parker face many challenges, traumas, tragedies, and miraculous occurrences. They never have sufficient food and fresh water, and the constant exposure is highly painful. A severe storm, which they miraculously survive, destroys the raft. Pi manages to capture and kill a bird. They are almost crushed by an oil tanker, which then passes by without seeing them. During an especially severe period of starvation, Pi and Richard Parker both go blind. While blind, Pi hears a voice, and realizes that they have drawn near another lifeboat that contains a similarly starving and blind Frenchman. Pi and this man converse for a while, and bring their boats together. The Frenchman climbs onto Pi’s boat, and immediately attacks him, planning to kill and eat him. He doesn’t realize that there is a tiger on the boat, however, and accidentally steps into Richard Parker’s territory. The tiger immediately attacks and kills him. Pi, saved at the cost of his attacker’s life. Pi and Richard Parker come upon a weird island that is made of algae with trees protruding from it, covered with meerkats but no other life. Pi and Richard Parker stay on the island for weeks, eating the algae and the meerkats, growing stronger, and bathing in and drinking from the fresh water ponds. They never stay on the island at night, however, Pi because he feels safer from the tiger in his delineated territory, and Richard Parker for a reason unknown to Pi. Pi eventually starts to sleep on the island, and while doing so realizes that the island is carnivorous—it emits acid at night that dissolves anything on its surface. Greatly disturbed by this, Pi takes Richard Parker, and they leave the island. Pi and Richard Parker eventually land on the Mexican beach. Richard Parker immediately runs off into the jungle without acknowledging Pi, which Pi finds deeply hurtful. Pi is found, fed, bathed, and taken to a hospital. There, two Japanese men come to question Pi about what caused the Tsimtsum to sink. He tells his story, which they do not believe, so he offers them a more plausible version, with the animal characters replaced by other humans, which casts doubt on the original story. This made me re-examine my understanding of the world by showing that some peoples lives are controlled by fear, just like Pi, he definitely had a lot of things to be afraid of – bone-crunching waves, man-eating sharks, and conniving tigers, to name a few. This made me realize that the only thing to fear is fear itself.
In the young adult mystery comedy by Louis Sachar, the main character Stanley Yelnats, a boy who has bad luck due to a curse placed on his great- great-grandfather, is sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention camp, for a crime he did not commit. Stanley and the other boys at the camp are forced to dig large holes in the dirt every day. Stanley eventually realizes that they are digging these holes because the Warden is searching for something. As Stanley continues to dig holes and meet the other boys at the camp, the narrator intertwines three separate stories to reveal why Stanley's family has a curse and what the Warden is looking for. When he was a boy, Stanley's great-great-grandfather, Elya Yelnats, received a pig from Madame Zeroni, a gypsy, in exchange for a promise. Elya's promise was that after the pig grew strong he would carry Madame Zeroni, who only had one leg, up a mountain and sing her a song that she had taught him. After becoming disillusioned with the girl he thought he loved, however, Elya hops a boat to America, forgetting his promise to Madame Zeroni. Elya marries and has a child in America and always thinks about Madame Zeroni, who he believes has cursed him because of his failure to fulfill his promise. He knows that Madame Zeroni's son lives in America, but Elya never finds him. One hundred and ten years before Stanley arrives at Camp Green Lake, the town of Green Lake is a beautiful place where peach trees bloom throughout the spring. In this Texas town, the schoolteacher, Katherine Barlow, falls in love with Sam, the onion seller. Sam sells onions to eat and to use for medicinal purposes. While Katherine and Sam are alive, racism is institutionalized in the United States and it is against the law for a black man to kiss a white woman. Because Sam is black and Katherine is white, the people in the town become irate when they find that Katherine and Sam have kissed. Charles, or Trout, Walker, the richest man in town has always wanted to marry Katherine. He is already mad that Katherine does not wish to go out with him so when he finds out that she is in love with Sam he gathers the townspeople to burn the schoolhouse and attack Sam. Katherine seeks help from the local sheriff but instead finds that the sheriff, who makes lewd advances towards her, also wants to kill Sam. Katherine and Sam attempt to escape but their boat is destroyed while only half way across the lake and Sam is killed. Katherine is driven mad by her grief and becomes an outlaw known as Kissin' Kate Barlow. Her name refers to the fact that she kisses the men she kills, leaving a lipstick imprint of her lips on their faces. In her twenty years of robbing people in the west, she happens to rob Stanley's great- grandfather while he is on his way from New York to California. She buries Stanley's great-grandfather's money somewhere and even though Charles Walker and his wife Linda try to torture her into revealing its location, Kate dies before anyone can find out where the money is hidden. After the day that Sam is killed, rain stops falling on Green Lake and the lake dries up. Because Green Lake dries up, the citizens of the town all move away and by the time that the land is serving as Camp Green Lake, the only people there are juvenile delinquents. Stanley has a hard time digging holes there due to the incredible heat and the hard, dry land. At one point Stanley digs up half of a lipstick tube that has the initials KB on it. Stanley knows that the Warden, who happens to be a descendent of Charles and Linda Walker, is interested in this find and he speculates that perhaps Kate Barlow used to live in the area. The other boys at the camp are tough and all have nicknames. Stanley tries to stay in the good graces of X-Ray, the obvious leader of the group but this becomes harder as Stanley becomes better friends with a boy named Zero. Although Stanley and Zero, also known as Hector Zeroni, do not know it, Hector is the great- great-great-grandson of Madame Zeroni. Zero eventually runs away from camp and Stanley, in an effort to save him, follows after a few days. The two help each other to reach the top of a big mountain, which turns out to be Sam's old onion field. Because Zero is very weak, Stanley carries him up this mountain. They survive on onions for more than a week and then return to camp, planning to search for Kate Barlow's treasure in the hole where Stanley found the lipstick tube. Stanley and Zero find a suitcase that has the name Stanley Yelnats on it. Although the Warden attempts to take the suitcase from them, Stanley's lawyer, Ms. Morengo, arrives to say that Stanley has been proven innocent and Stanley and Hector are able to leave the camp with the suitcase. It turns out that the suitcase contains many valuable items and is in fact the same suitcase that Kate Barlow took from Stanley's great-grandfather, also named Stanley Yelnats, so many years ago. At the end of the book, it seems that the Yelnats fa
The young adult mystery comedy, Holes, written by Louis Sachar.
At the end of the book, it seems that the Yelnats family curse is lifted. Hector is reunited with his mother, from whom he was separated many years ago and Stanley's father finally succeeds in inventing something: a cure for foot odor. While at Camp Green Lake, Stanley has improved his physical strength and his self-confidence in addition to making a true friend. While fate has so often seemed against Stanley, in the end it serves to help him, his family, and Hector. This made me re-examine my understanding of the world by showing me that you don't always have to take the path already paved, in this case it was Stanley's destiny to be cursed and be unsuccessful but because Stanley always took the negative and made it positive he ended the curse and created his own path. Which made me realize i is good to be different and try new things because if Stanley wouldn't have followed Zero the curse would not have been broken.
In the science fiction book Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, Katniss and Peeta are sent back to battle in the arena. Katniss has been inspirational to all of the districts because of what happened in the last battle, and now her Mockingjay pin is a symbol everywhere. When Katniss hears this she is very afraid of what could happen, because the government doesnt like what’s happening and it could be dangerous. That’s whe sectors start to rebel against the government. District 8 is on the verge of rebellion, and it’s causing an uproar. In the next battle, Peeta and Katniss team up with Finnick, Wiress, and Beetee. This is an unexpected group but they all end up working together quite well, and figure out that the arena is like a clock with different traps, like poisonous gas, or a fog that will kill you on each. Katniss and Peeta end up escaping the arena in the end, with the help of their team members. This is important because a theme in Catching Fire is that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. This is displayed in multiple ways in the novel because the people in the group don’t seem like they would be good. Even though Beetee, Joanna and Wiress didn’t seem helpful, they actually were super helpful in figuring out the clock, helping them escape, and protecting the team. This helped me re-examine the world because many people now will judge a book by its cover, but those people can really be amazing. On a TV show America’s got Talent, a 70 year old women was an amazing dancer. Many people would have judged her, because they would think she’s just an old lady. But that wasn’t the case. Many other things like this happen in the world, and it’s really surprising what people can do. A character in the novel that made me think about my life was Katniss’s mom. When Katniss’s dad died, her mom went into shock. Katniss had to care for the family up until she went to the games. She had to rely on her mom to take care of her sister, Prim. Katniss’s mom turned over a new leaf at that point. She took very good care of Prim. Then, when Katniss’s best friend Gale got injured, her mom took care of him. He was on the verge of death, because he got caught illegally hunting and was punished publicly. So Katniss’s mom went from not taking care of anyone in her family to extending her care to others, and helping them out. This made me think about my life because I don’t know if I am doing all that I can to help other people. Also, if I’m not having a good day I should try to do my best and turn over a new leaf the next day.
The dystopian novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, takes place in a 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 eighteen year old 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. The game was created by James Halliday, 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 different keys and with them, unlock three different gates. Whoever is the first person to find the Easter egg would inherit Halliday's massive fortune and the entire corporation of OASIS. Wade lives with his aunt in a poverty-stricken district called the stacks. It was named this because of the trailer homes piled on top of one another. His life is almost entirely spent logged onto the OASIS, playing as his avatar, Parzival. He even attends school in the OASIS. Wade became obsessed with the hunt, learning and reading everything about James Halliday, and quickly became the leader in the hunt. He is an egg hunter, also known as a gunter. Art3mis, and Aech, Parzival's virtual friends, aren't far behind him either. However, a multinational corporation, Innovative Online Industries (IOI), also notice Wade. The company's main goal is to take complete control of OASIS and monetize everything. The head of the operations Sorrento threatens Wade, to tell him where the first key and gate are for five million dollars, but Wade refuses, and almost gets killed in the real world. In the end, through many difficult conflicts, Wade ends up finding the Easter Egg and winning the hunt. This information leads me to believe that the theme of this novel is that technological advancement does not necessarily mean societal advancement. With such advanced technology, there are still huge unfixed problems in the novel. The technology almost distracts these people from dealing with them. Additionally, people such as Wade become socially awkward, as they don't talk to anyone. This theme helps me re-examine my understanding of the world because this got me thinking about how so many kids are obsessed with playing video games, or watching T.V. and they won't do homework or do any physical activities. Additionally, it wade me wonder how we as a society can resolve global conflicts and issues. The character Art3mis caused me to question why some people are so shy. Wade constantly said that he loved her, but she didn't want to meet in real life because of a purple birthmark on her face. This really taught me that you just simply need to have confidence in yourself, and you will be happy and successful.
In the book Esio Trot, it consists of only two characters, Mr. Poppy and Ms. Silver. Mr. Poppy secretly wants to marry Ms. Silver and would do anything to have that happen. Although there is only one thing Ms. Silver likes more than Mr. Poppy, and it is her pet tortoise Alfie. In the book Mr. Poppy lies to Ms. Silver and says that Ms. Silver will be able to grow Alfie as much as she wanted by singing a short song to it. Mr. Poppy was lying to her by doing this, but Mr. Poppy was smart. So he went to the pet store and bought a massive amount of tortoises and every week dropped a heavier and bigger tortoise that looked similar to Alfie. Later on when Ms. Silver was happy with the size of her tortoise, (who was not Alfie) she invited Mr. Poppy down and Mr. Poppy married her. After that Mr. Poppy brought all the other tortoises and Alfie back to the pet shop. After that Ms. Silver never noticed Mr. poppy had lied about the growing tortoise and so the lived happily ever after. The theme was that love can make you do immeasurable things to make sure you gain the others respect which made me think, who would consistently lie to the one they love just to gain their attention? This made me think that even Mr. Poppy lied to Ms. Silver, and it was pretty obvious that he did, he only did it to gain Ms. Silver's love and attention. Which means that even you can get away with even the most obvious lies.
In the book a chance in the world by Steve Pemberton, an orphan boy named Steve was taken away from his mother and mysterious family he has no knowledge of to be put in care with the Andrade's. The Andredas's left Steve at only 5 years old on there back porch starving and stranding him there for hours to come back to see if he is still alive. After that he is put in care with the Robinson's at first when Steve and his social worker come to the Robinson's they give him a red tricycle. This tricycle symbols his young and innocence he started with and would grow from in his long devastating Journey he was about to start. after he received his tricycle Betty the mom and wille the Father instantly changed after the social worker left. They immediately gave him a list of rules including they could beat him at any time and if he told anyone they would hurt him even more. He also had a huge list of chores he would be doing for the Robinson's that a normal 5 year old would not usually wouldn't be completing. Steve worked hard to try to impress the Robinson's but nothing worked each time willow would beat him with a belt. One time Steve didn't make it home on time and Betty beat him on the head with a hair brush and ended up breaking his head . Betty told Steve to say he was playing in the backyard and slipped on one of his toys with he was not allowed to play with because he was not considered one of there children. He was taken to the Hospital were they examined his injury and they determined it couldn't be from. So they asked Steve what happened and he said that he fell while play in the backyard. So they let him go home with the Robinson's. After years of this abuse he decided to focus on education and go to Boston college but he knew that couldn't happen if he stayed in the Robonsins care so he started to talk to the Social workers at school about this and the Robonsins found out about this and started to beat him more and more. he ended up running away to his foster care social worker and he took Steve out of there care and into one of Steves old teachers and he finished through high school with him and he finally found a home and also got a full scholarship to Boston University. He lived off a career in political science he had three kinds and a wife. This makes me re-examine the world today because not everyone has a loving family or one at all and doesn't have the same opportunities as everyone else.
In the book if I stay by Gaylee Forman Mia who is seventeen years old and lives in Oregon her mom, dad, and brother. One day there school was cancelled because of the icy snowy day. her mom took the day off because she wanted to spend the day with her family. Mia who was a very talented cellist was not practicing her cello with surprised her mom. They planned to visit family friends that day so they all pile into the car and head off. Mia fell asleep to awake to there car totalled and her parents dead. And her own body unconscious and she realizes she is having an out of body experience. she is helecopered to the nearby hospital were she has many surgeries but is in a coma. she realizes that her emotions connect to her body and she can decide to stay or to go. She has to battle the pros and cons of staying. Like dealing with her family death as well as pursuing her future as a cellist and staying with the people she loves like her grandparent, her best friend, and her boyfriend. She goes through all her memories and hears her music on the cello which gives her the strength to squeeze Adam her boyfriends hand and decides to live.This makes me re-examine the world because we have to perish our memories and not everyone does.
The novel Farenhite 451 written by Ray Bradburry followes a normal man named Guy Montag. Montag takes pleasure in his profession as a fireman, burning illegally owned books and the homes of their owners. However, Montag soon begins to question the value of his profession and, soon, his life. Throughout the novel Montag struggles with his existence, eventually fleeing his dictatorial, censored society and joining an underground network of intellectuals and former litterary professors. With his newfound friends, Montag witnesses the atomic destruction if his former city and dedicates himself to rebuilding a literate and cultural society. Reading this novel makes me realize how there is a stereotype for each and every indevisual, and that it is okay to be different and break that stereotype. You are in controle of your life, and being different is what makes people thrive. The character who made me realize and emphasize this theme was Clarisse McClellan. Clarisse grew up with parrents and family who grew up in our modern day society. They taught her that being different is a wonderful thing. Not only did Clarisse be the one influencing Montag to break away from the rules, and bring back book laws, but she makes me thing about how I can embrace my personality, and be different.
Matched, by Ally Condie is book one in a trilogy. The Novels main protagonist and narrator, Cassia is seventeen years old, with green eyes and “coppery" brown hair. Cassie lives in the futuristic Oria Province where the society chooses most everything. Where you live, what you eat, what your job is, when you die, who you love. Cassia is a student at Second School, but also works as a data sorter. She is very physically active, often running on her tracker, and choosing hiking as a summer leisure activity. Cassia begins the story as a comfortable, happy pawn in the Society’s game. As she slowly becomes both self-aware and aware of the Society’s morals, she begins to question the societys motives. At Cassia’s matching ceremony in the beginning of the book she is matched with Xander her childhood friend, but for a few seconds before a picture of Ky showed up on the screen. This makes Cassia suspicious and intrigued. Over the course of the book, she stops believing the Society's lies. Ultimately she is willing to betray her Match with Xander for the chance at freedom and happiness with Ky. Cassia was willing to betray what was safe for a chance at freedom. In the end Cassia has made me realize how important freedom really is and what lengths people go to get it. The road to freedom may be hard but it’s worth the risk, because a world where your life is not your own Is no world I want to live in.
In the science fiction novel, "Ready Player One", by Ernest Cline, the OASIS is used for people to escape the real world. The OASIS is a device that is similar to Virtual Reality, however, as the main character (and protagonist) Wade Watts describes it is much more advanced and immerses the player inside the world more. Unfortunately, people use the OASIS to escape the real world and their problems, because you can do anything in the OASIS. This creates the theme of why people should not try to escape their problems and reality. The creator of the OASIS, James Halliday, creates a contest where avatars look for an egg, that will give the person who finds it all of the inventor's wealth. The avatar that finds it also has complete control over the OASIS. Nolan Sorrento is the CEO of IOI, a company that is also taking part of the contest for the egg. However, Sorrento is using his massive corporation to cheat in the contest by making it harder for other avatars to complete tasks. Sorrento even tried killing Wade Watts in real to stop him from winning. This makes me wonder about people that cheat and ruin other peoples' life because of this act.
In the realistic fiction novel, "Turtles all the Way Down", by John Green, the author portrays a theme about being in control of your mind. The main character, Aza, has anxiety and experiences "thought spirals". A "thought spiral" is when a random thought will come up in Aza's head, usually about cleanliness, and she can't make the idea go away until she does whatever the random thought is. For example, if Aza has a bandage on and a random thought comes up that says she has to change it, she will be in constant worry until she does. Aza tries to fight the thoughts and control them, but it is very difficult. Aza feels that the more she fights the thoughts, the less in control she is, and the more anxious she becomes. This creates more unrest and stress in Aza's mind. This creates the theme about being in control of your mind and staying calm. Aza makes me question how in control over my thoughts I am, and where random thoughts come from.
In the fantasy novel, "The Rig" by Joe Ducie, Will Drake goes to a juvenile prison called "The Rig" that is in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. Will Drake is sentenced to five years in the prison. The prison is owned by The Alliance, and Drake is in prison because of this company. Drake's mom was sick and The Alliance promised medicine, but didn't give any. Drake stole medicine for his mom, but The Alliance arrested him. The Alliance thought that Drake is robber, but if Drake didn't steal the medicine, his mom would have died. The Alliance assumed that Drake was robber and put him in jail. However, if The Alliance heard his whole story, they might have thought differently. This creates the theme of how people should not assume things, because it is not always correct. Will Drake makes me notice how the amount of information you have about something can completely change your view.
In the dystopian novel "Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins, Katniss (Main Character) Partakes in an event the government organizes every year called the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games sets 24 Teenagers in a dome that is controlled and they will all kill each other as its broadcasted on television. Katniss goes through a series of events and struggles to survive the Hunger Games such as the confrontations that happen between the teenagers in the dome. Peeta who has helped Katniss became partners with Katniss in the Hunger Games which allowed both of them to connect and try to last the Hunger Games. A theme that I have found in this book was Partnership, because if it was not for their partnership one of them might have died. For example a scene I have found in the book was when they were at the end of the Hunger Games and one of them had to die. Both of them thought about an idea that if they eat poisonous berries they would have both died and no one would be the winner. As they threatened that they were both announced winners and if it wasn't for the partnership Katniss would have died or Peeta would have died. Partnership reflects on real life massively, such as our parents. If your parents were not partners in marriage you would not even be on Earth. This made me notice about how partnership shapes this world in a big way.
In the book, The Walk On the main character, Alex, who is a great football player but the head coach of the team is the father of the starting quarterback and Alex rarely gets to play. But, later on in the story The starting quarterback is using steroids and his dad tries to cover it up. When Alex finds out the starting quarterback is kicked off the team and the head coach is replaced. The theme in the story is that you need to keep trying even when you don't get what you want like how Alex was not the starter even though he was better than the starting quarterback. This helps me re-examine the understanding of the world by when you don't get what you want right away but you will get it later like Alex did. In my life I question that if the first thing you want isn't the best for you or later on what you get is better for you. When Alex realized that he wasn't going to be starting he though about changing schools which was his first option. This was not the best option because later on in the story he got to be starter like he wanted which was better than changing schools.
In the book Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable, Coke and Pepsi who are two twins are walking home from school when there is this man who is following them home. They start to get nervous and start to speed up. They turn onto a dirt path to see if this person was headed for them or someone else. The man following them turns on the same dirt path they do. The dirt path leads them to a cliff. Now they are trapped. The only way out is to jump. They do exactly that. They jump off the cliff. Coke remembers a flying technique and uses it when he is falling. The technique is to fully extend your body like a star. So it is like they have a jumpsuit on. Both Coke and Pepsi land safely and go home to a worrying mother. The next day they start there travel through the country. But little do they know the person who was following them was still chasing them throughout the book. The theme of this book is courage and perseverance. Throughout the book they persevere through this bad guy and have the courage to keep going on the trip through the country. This helps me to understand that there are going to be ups and downs in your life and to never give up and to persevere through everything. These main characters cause me to question how I would be able to handle this experience. They handled it very well and I wonder if I would be able to do that.
In Raina Telgemeier's graphic novel, Drama, the main character, Callie, has the role of designing a set for the school play, Moon Over Mississippi. However, things quickly get out of hand with Callie's limited knowledge of carpentry, arguments among the actors and stage crew members, as well as low ticket sales. The drama gets even bigger when two cute brothers enter the picture. The theme that the author crafted in this novel is that it is impossible to hold a grudge forever. (For example, Callie and some of her friends got in a fight but then their grudge fell apart and they made up by the end of the novel. This also happened to me in real life: no matter how big of a fight I had with my friends when I was younger, no matter how mad we were, it was impossible to stay mad for ever). This theme makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because it reminds me that friendship is forever and eventually the grudge that came together will fall apart and be forgotten, even if only for the moment, however long that moment may be. "Everything that comes together falls apart." Dr. Hyde in John Green's novel Looking for Alaska.The character who causes me to question something about my own life is Callie because of the way she was able to block out the drama, the distraction in this case, and keep going with achieving her goal of an amazing set. Exactly what this makes me question about my own life is how much more successful I would be with everything if I could just, for a moment, put away my troubles and face what I am doing at the moment.
I just wanted to add something to my re-examination of the world:
This theme also reminds me that maybe people who make the wrong choices, do so because they are blinded by hate and anger. However, if they could remember that grudges eventually will fall apart (no matter how long it may take), then maybe the world wouldn't be fill with people making bad choices.
The dystopian novel, "The Giver" centers around Jonas, the 11-12 year old boy, who is also the main character and protagonist. The novel takes place way into the future, in a "perfect" community where Jonas lives with his family. He has a mom, a dad, and a little sister named Lily, who is 7-8. The community is composed of a tight collection of houses and communal buildings, surrounded by agricultural fields and then open land. There is also a river near the community, and at some distance away is a place called Elsewhere, where the world is similar to ours. The community is all completely flat. Jonas begins the novel feeling apprehensive about the upcoming Ceremony of Twelve, in December, where he will receive the Assignment that determines his vocation for the rest of his working life. However, his parents reassure him that the Committee of Elders has been watching him closely and will give him an appropriate Assignment. A bit later in the novel at the Ceremony, Jonas sits through all of the other ages (1-11). His Ceremony begins uneventfully, however, the Chief Elder skips Jonas, which mortifies him until they announce that he has been selected as the new Receiver of Memory for the community, an important position that requires intelligence, courage, and the Capacity to See Beyond, which Jonas has previously experienced with the apple. The old Receiver who calls himself The Giver, informs Jonas that he is now the new Receiver and will have to receive the memories of generations of the whole world, which The Giver transmits by touch and remembrance from his own brain. Jonas begins to see color and feel. Jonas soon learns that "releasing" means killing through a lethal injection. Jonas is forced to leave to save Gabriel, a new child who needed extra care, to save him from release. Finally, Jonas finds what he perceives as the hill from his first transmitted memory, and he hears music and sees Christmas lights, believing that has found an Elsewhere that has what the community lacked. One of the most important themes in The Giver is the significance of memory to human life, Lowry was inspired to write The Giver after a visit to her aging father, who had lost most of his long-term memory. She realized that without memory, there is no pain-if you cannot remember physical pain, you might as well not have experienced it, and you can not be plagued by regret or grief if you can not remember the events that hurt you. At some point in the past the community in The Giver decided to eliminate all pain from their lives. To do so, they had to give up the memories of their society's collective experiences. Not only did this allow them to forget all of the pain that had been suffered throughout human history, it also prevented members of society from wanting to engage in activities and relationships that could result in conflict and suffering, and eliminated any nostalgia for the things the community gave up in order to live in total peace and harmony. According to the novel, however, memory is essential. The Committee of Elders does recognize the practical applications of memory-if you do not remember your errors, you may repeat them-so it designates a Receiver to remember history for the community. But as Jonas undergoes his training, he learns that just as there is no pain without memory, there is also no true happiness. This theme makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because it makes me really understand that you must enjoy every moment you can in life, and make great memories. Life is so short and precious, so you must make every moment count. Jonas caused me to question how boring life would be without memories. For instance, this summer, my highlight was waterskiing with cousins on Diamond Lake, in Michigan, and having an amazing couples days with them. Without that, my summer would have been duller.
Rosemary Sutcliff's historical fiction novel, Sword Song, is about a Viking swordsman named Bjarni Sigurdson. He lived in the settlement called Rafnglas but was banished for five years for a murder he didn't intend to commit. He then travels from coast to coast, selling his sword service to various lords (similar to a boss in a modern workplace). In this novel, the author crafts an important theme: It is better to follow your heart than your head. (For example, Bjarni was banished because he accidentally drowned a man who had kicked his dog. He was at that moment following his head, because his heart wouldn't tell him to do that. If he would have paused and used his heart he would have perhaps just scolded the man and would not have been in any sort of trouble. Also, when his five years was up his head told him to wait a while before returning home but his heart told him to go right away. He ended up following his heart and got back to his family sooner.) This made me re-examine my understanding of the world because it makes me realize that maybe the reason that there are so many dangerous people in the world is because everyone just acts on instinct. In other words, they just do what their heads tell them to do. Nobody's heart tells them to commit murder, or do drugs, or drink, etc. So, if people just slowed dow and listened to their hearts, the world would be a safer place. Angharad, a girl who Bjarni meets just before returning to his settlement, is the character who makes me question something about my own life. Angharad lives alone on a farm because the villagers close by believe she is a witch because of a mark on her neck and her extensive knowledge of herbs and healing. However, when people come, reluctantly, seeking her help, she doesn't turn them down even though she is probably sore from what they believe. She makes me question whether I could make my life and other lives better by extending help to whoever is in need, no matter what my personal connection is with them.
In the novel "See You at Harry's" by Jo Knowles, Fern and her family suffer a tragic event. Fern is a main character who has just begun middle school. Every day she goes to school with her older brother Holden and then gets dropped off at their family owned restaurant to watch her younger brother Charlie. Then, something devastating happens. This event has taken a toll on the entire family and Fern doesn't know if she'll ever be able to recover from this event because how different her life will now be. In the end, after help and support from many friends and family members Fern has accepted that although things will never be the way they used to, she can still recover from the incident and live her life. The way Fern recovers from this obstacle has taught me a way to look at problems that may change the way I live my life. Although things may not be the same, you shouldn't stop yourself from living your life the best you can.
In Stephen King's horror novel, The Outsider, is about multiple detectives trying to find who committed the gruesome murder of a young boy. The detectives find a man "Terry Maitland" who has every piece of evidence fitted into the boys murder but says he didn't commit the murder. As the story goes more along the town become sickened of how the murder was done and why no one is punishing the suspect causing the brother of the dead boy "Ollie" to kill Terry because of his family falling apart because of their dead son. While Terry dies he still says he didn't commit the murder this causes the main detective "Ralph" to think an outsider committed the murder. As Ralph continues investigating the murder he later finds the outsider with the help of his partner Molly "who is also from other Stephen king franchises making her a big character" they find and kill the outsider who was later found as Claude. After their last encounter from the outsider they learned from it that it wasn't human but something supernatural. They learned it had telepathic powers which explains why the mother of the dead son went suicidal as well as the father and also turning people against each other like how it did with Jack Hoskins. They also learned it could change into the form of any person making the evidence clear to believe it was Terry because that's what it took the form of. It lastly had a power of poising being able to kill one of the detectives "Jack Hoskins." The theme of this book would be identity which shows me that our world is not as different in this book. There are lots of people who steal identity's and frame others from the murders that they had committed. I feel that the character Troy Ramage because he was a very tempered man when it came to a very serious situation. That caused me to think if I would react and work the same way he did and I thought I would do the same.
In Walter M. Miller, Jr's alternate historical novel, A Canticle For Leibowitz, is about the three stories of rebuilding of humanity from when it blew itself up. The first story is about a man named brother Francis who is sent by the pope from New Rome to collect the ancient blueprints that could help them rebuild the world. This story is set a few hundred years before mankind killed itself and most of the people living are very catholic. Brother Francis collects blueprints and old pieces of tech that could be used to help New Rome from exploring old fallout shelters. Fast forward after he gets that he tries to deliver it to the pope before being robbed by a couple of bandits who have no given name or have any sense of knowledge. The bandits take everything from Francis even the blue prints. Francis later makes it to New Rome and tells the pope about what happened and he forgives Francis. The second story begins about a few hundred years more from what last happened and mankind has advanced a lot even starting to expand around the world again. The second story deals with a war between New Rome and another city causing New Rome to win and become more powerful than ever. That ends and the third story begins with humans more technologically advanced than ever putting most of their advancement in space research. It begins with a space war causing the apocalypse to begin again but before everything is destroyed some nations were able to evacuate citizens in ships to colonize another planet. Its not a good book mostly because its too religious but it shows that humanity is very predicable and I think that would be the theme. This theme shows that our world can turn out to be like how it is in the book if we are not careful enough with the weapons we have today. I thought of the main character at the start of the book "Brother Francis" of how he dealt with the situation with the bandits. It made me realize that I don't think I would have just gave them everything but stand up for what I owned unlike Francis.
In the second novel in the Red Queen Glass Sword, by Victoria Aveyard. The story takes place post 4th world war In what was once America. The kingdom of Norta is divided between Red bloods, the looked down opon lower class, and Silvers, the power-hungry royalty with superhuman abilities. Mare Barrow the main character, and Cal the banished prince of Norta work to find the newbloods before king Maven can. The newbloods are red bloods with silver abilities like Mare. Mare can control and create anything with electricity, that includes lightning. The newbloods are dangerous because they could start an uprising among the reds for there mistreatment. A real rebellion could form with the right firepower,with the newbloods powers the red blooded people could overthrow their oppressors. The task of getting to the newbloods is easy, but getting there first is the hard part. Mare and Cal never give up even when they get there to late and the newblood has already been killed. Even when they have nothing left they continue. Overall the theme of this book is never give up and stay determined. That is something this book teaches, Even when the world is against you You should never give up on what you believe in. This can be applied in the real world every day
In my book "One Dark Throne" By Kendare Blake, there are many themes on which the plots divide, making it harder to find a consistent theme. But based on many actions by all characters I will have to say the theme of the novel is in its simplest terms, loyalty. This is shown through all the side characters staying loyal to their queens, shown in many parts throughout the book, but also is shown with the queens staying true to their goal of eliminating the other two queens, their goal quite literally, set in stone. There are many other observations, but not note-worthy. One particular character stands out to me that causes me to question something is Katharine's drive to prove she is something she is not, shown by she is the supposed "poisoner queen", but she is not, and even though that is the truth,she still drinks poison which makes me question "How far am I willing to go to prove something I am not?" This goes to many people changing who they are just so they don't get made fun of or picked on. Another thing about Katharine (last point) is that she changed from innocent to bloodthirsty in a matter of around 16 years. This makes me question how I have changed and how the people around me have changed as well, and was it for the better or worse, but also the question of why did we change
In the science fiction novel, "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle, the author portrays the theme of individuality and appreciating uniqueness. In the beginning of the novel, Meg feels out of place at her high school. Meg wishes that she could be the same as everybody else and be normal. Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which(three powerful creatures that can morph into anything) take her to a far away planet using a tesseract. A tesseract is an instrument that takes people (or creatures) between places that are light years away from each other in seconds. Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which take Meg to a planet called Camazotz, a planet where everybody is the same and controlled by IT, which is a brain commanding of the people. All the children playing ball bounce it in the same exact rhythm, all the houses are the same, and everybody looks the same. And later in the book, Meg learns that people's don't think as well, as if they are robots. When Meg learns this, she is horrified at the sameness, and learns to embrace individuality. By creating this setting, the author portrays the theme of appreciating uniqueness and individuality. Meg makes me question if people in today's world are forced to be similar by the government, or other people. If so, are we facing the consequences of it?
The book Glass Sword, by Victoria Aveyard is the second book in the Red Queen series. This book takes place in post 4th world war North America. Except it’s not North America anymore, it’s the kingdom of Norta. The kingdom is ruled by silver blooded royals. The world is divided by those with red blood and those with silver. The people with silver blood believe themselves similar to God’s with their spectacular abilities, and the reds with no abilities lower than dirt. The Red blooded people live in fear of the Silvers and their corrupt monarch. There is a group of reds that call themselves the scarlet guard. The scarlet guard has vast numbers of spies in all towns and cities of Norta and it’s surounding country’s. Also many soldiers and smugglers devoted to there cause. Shade Barrow is one of the devoted and loyal soldiers. Shade is Mare Barrow the main characters older brother. After Shade barely escaped execution for being a newblood he joined the scarlet guard. Newbloods are red blooded with abilities greater than silvers. Newbloods are dangerous to the silvers rule, because with enough newbloods on the red side they could start a war for power and win. Shade is incredibly loyal to those who earn it and stay by his side. His loyalty never wavers, and he stays true to his morals. Shade is loyal to his family, the scarlet quard and to the reds who live in fear of the silvers. Family is the most important thing to him, he even dies to save Mares life in the end. This shows true loyalty. True loyalty is a powerful thing and is hard to find in the real world. Shade made me question what it means to be truest loyal? It does not necessarily mean giving your life to save another’s or just keeping a friend secret. So what does it mean to be truest loyal?
In the realistic fiction novel, "Rebound" by Kwame Alexander, the author portrays the theme of how looks can be deceiving. The main character of the book, Charlie Bell, gets in trouble with his mom, and isn't allowed to leave the house. However, his friend Skinny forces Charlie into coming with him to get some candy from the store. What Charlie doesn't know is that Skinny wants to steal candy from 'Old Lady Wilson', who lives in an old and run down house. At Charlie's school, people say that she has a shotgun, and is waiting for somebody to commit a crime in her property to torture and then kill them. But, none of these people have actually met her, and are just going off of what they see from the run down house. Charlie doesn't want to steal any candy from her, but Skinny does, and gives Charlie some of the candy. His mom finds out the he stole candy from 'Old Lady Wilson' and takes him to her house to have him apologize. When he meets 'Old Lady Wilson', she is nothing like he thought she would be, and is very nice to Charlie. The author shows the reader how looks can be deceiving by showing how kind 'Old Lady Wilson' is in reality, and that just because the house seems scary, she is actually very kind. Charlie makes me question about the human mind. The human mind's natural instinct when shown something new is to assume if it is hostile or not. However, in many cases, the brain is wrong, as shown with 'Old Lady Wilson' and her house. This leads me to question how well our brain is at guessing what things are, and if they are to be a friend or foe.
In the fiction novel, Prep, by Curtis Sittenfeld, the author made me analyze the idea that what we see isn' always the truth. That pictures don't always show the full story. The novel follows a girl name Lee and her four years at Ault, a prestiges boarding school. She decides that Ault would be a ood fit for her based of the pictures online. When she arrives she realizes that things were different then the pictures. This made me think that when we look at real life, it might be different than what we perceive it to be.
The realistic fiction novel Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith is about a girl named Alice where she buys a lottery ticket for her friends 18th birthday and her friend actually wins. The themes in this novel made me re-examine my life because it made me realize that sometimes it seems like something is a good thing, like winning the lottery(which it can be.) but it can sometimes make things complicated and change things in a bad way. For example when Alice’s friend, Teddy, won the lottery he got caught up in the fame of being the youngest lottery winner ever and began to push his friends away. He also had people taking advantage of him and being friends with him just for the money. The main character Alice made me question something in my own life which is, if I am making decisions because it’s what I want or because it’s what other people want me to do. She made me question this because her mom wanted to go to stanford but died before she could so Alice thought she owed it to her mom to go to stanford since her mom never got a chance to. As the novel went on Alice needed to decide whether stanford was something she wanted or if that was just because her mom never got to go.
John Flanagan's fictional/ fantasy novel, "Halt's Peril" is the ninth book in the Ranger's Apprentice series. It is set in the kingdom of Araluen. This novel centers around the main character and protagonist of the story, Will, who is a 15-year-old orphan. He is now a full fledged ranger. They are a mysterious group of people feared by the castle-folk. Their job is to provide law, order, and intelligence to the king. They keep the kingdom safe from invaders, traitors, and other threats. In the novel, Will, accompanied by his mentor Halt, are hot on the trail of the Outsiders-a cult that's been making its way from kingdom to kingdom, conning the innocent out of their few valuables-but are ambushed by the cult's deadly assassins, the Genovesans. Rangers walk the line between life and death every day, but never before has that line appeared so thin or death felt so certain. Pierced by a poisoned arrow, Will's mentor is near death and in the dire need of one antidote that can save his life. Time is not on Will's side as he journeys day and night through harsh terrain to Grimsdell Wood in search of the one person with the power to cure Halt: Malkallam the Sorcerer. He travels without sleep, and with barely enough food or water to get help. He does the distance there and back of a trip that would normally take one week, in three days on horse. However, Malkallam does not know which variant of the poison is in Halt's body, and the wrong antidote could kill him. So Will ends up capturing the one Genovesan named Bacari that is still living. However, he doesn't willingly give up the antidote until Will puts some of the poison in his arm. They then save Halt, and once he recovered, they quickly continued their chase. Will and Halt stumble upon Tennyson, the leader, hidden in some caves, preaching about their God, Alseiass. Will and Halt expose their lies, and Tennyson and his guards try to escape. However, Will throws explosive mud balls that were from Malkallam that bring the whole cave down on itself, with just Will and Halt barely escaping, and surviving. This leads me to believe that the theme of this novel was that in critical moments, your true character shines through and is exposed. When Halt was on his death bed, Will's character manifestly showed. His determination and courage where the reason the Halt lived. This theme caused me to re-examine my understanding of the world because it caused me think about how important having really good character traits is to being successful in life. Will caused me to question what my true character is. I believe that I am very perseverant, determined, patient, and kind. That leads to lots of my success in sports and in school.
In the realistic fiction novel, Bounce by Megan Shull, there is a girl named Frannie who is having a lot of family issues. It is around Christmas time when she finds out her parents are going on vacation without her and her older siblings. This makes her really upset because her siblings treat her so poorly that she just wishes she could be part of another family. Shockingly, her wish comes true. For the next 5 days, she changes into a new person with a brand new family going from a little country girl, to a famous singer, to a girl who lives on a boat, to a girl who just lost her sister, and finally to a girl living on the streets. The weird thing is, every time she wakes up it is still Christmas! From this experience she has changed so much and has held many people close to her heart who made her feel so happy and changed her for the better. The theme in this book is that you may not be able to choose the life you land in, but you can choose how to live it. Frannie at the beginning of the book is a very sensitive person who cries all the time and is afraid of everything. Every day as she changed into a new person, she realized that you cant live your in fear and that you only live once. Throughout the book, she starts to do things that she has never done before with more confidence and pride in herself. She has ridden a horse for the first time, sang in front of 10 million people, jumped off a cliff side, dealt with heartbreak of a loved one, and lived in poor conditions. From this she has learned that you just have to live with the life you have but not make it a boring one by not taking risks that could actually benefit you. When she comes home, she comes back stronger then ever, doing things with more confidence without being afraid of the outcome. She has also learned that by being less afraid, she can help others become stronger and not be afraid to take risks. When she got back from the life changing situation, she actually talked to the poor girl that she lived as and had the courage to talk to her and become her friend. Soon enough they were best friends and life had changed for the both of them. This shows that even if the risk is a tiny one, it could still make your life change in a postive way. Frannie and the 5 people she life swapped made me question something about my life. They showed me that no matter who you are, you have some sort of problem. That problem may be as bad as a loss or as bad as you losing some toy around your house. This book should me that by taking risks, you can solve your problems like with Frannie, she was afraid of everything but now that she has taken the risk of doing things she has never done before, she solved her problem about her life with her family and social life. If we can do that same thing, we could be more proud of ourselves knowing we can do something we never thought we could, which will help you so much in the long run.
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J. R. R. Tolkien is a story about Bilbo, a middle aged hobbit that lives in the lovely town of Bag End. Being a hobbit, you are suspicious of adventures and the others who have taken part in them.This is because you do not know what the others will bring back, or how much they will have changed. So, when Bilbo decides to take up the wizard Gandalf’s offer and set out, the town is astonished of his strange dealings with dwarves and wizards. However, Bilbo’s decision was not as easy as one might think. After all, he is a hobbit, and so, he naturally despises adventure. Bilbo Baggins’s mother was the famous Belladonna Took, daughter of the Old Took, who was head of the hobbits. The Tooks were crazy in that they loved adventure, and once in a while, they would run off on some ‘absurd’ mission. When eventually the Tookish side of Bilbo wins, Gandalf, the 13 dwarves, and Mr. Baggins begin their journey. Bilbo’s choice at the start of the novel, his satisfaction and his regrets throughout the rest of his quest cause me to question if trying new things that you don’t want to try or are scared to try can benefit you unexpectedly. At first, Bilbo does not want to go on an adventure, and when Gandalf approaches the topic he says simply, “We don’t want any adventures here, thank you!” (page 7) and goes back inside. However, when Gandalf gathers the dwarves in Bilbo’s little hole, and they pressure him, he finally gives in to join their company. Throughout the dangers and scares of their travel, Bilbo often regrets his decision to go with the dwarves, but at the end of their travels, even though he is weary, Bilbo does not want to return home, and he soon sets off again. Bilbo did not really want to go on an adventure, but in the end, he wanted to continue their journey. If Bilbo had refused to travel, then he would not have met so many new people nor seen so much of the world outside the Shire. On his quest, he learned and experienced things that he never would have thought of in his safe little home in the beautiful place of Bag End.
The reason that Bilbo agreed in the beginning is that somewhere deep inside his Took instincts, he realized there was a longing to adventure, and that he really wanted to explore. Gandalf saw Bilbo’s conflict and he understood. This secret longing causes me to wonder if I ever really want to do something different or try something new, but I am held back by fear or iisecurity. Now I understand that conflict, and it can help me decide and think of the outcomes --good or bad-- of my choice.
The Big Over Easy, by Jasper Fforde is about an investigator named Jack Spratt. Mr. Spratt works in the NCD - Nursery Crime Division -- solving cases concerning nursery characters. The main theme in this novel that grasped my attention was standing up for your beliefs. This was displayed when Jack Spratt stood up to Friedland Chymes-- the second detective on the Amazing Crime Stories listing. Detective Spratt used to be Chymes’s partner, and after they went their own ways, Jack was constantly bullied by Chymes. So, when Chymes came to Spratt demanding Jack’s Humpty Dumpty murder investigation, Spratt refused. Instead of asking, Friedland decided to use force. He prosecuted DCI Spratt for a case mishap, and when things went haywire, he threatened Jack. “There was a pause as they stared at each other. Chymes was a powerful man, and a bully. Jack had been cowed by him many times, but he’d had enough.” (page 285) After being pushed by Friedland too many times, Spratt finally stood up to him. This argument lead me to re-examine my understanding of the world, using the theme of standing up for your beliefs. Jack Spratt is unlike Chymes in that he does not care about his reputation, or his status on the Amazing Crime Stories list. Spratt only does his job, and does not embellish cases for more public satisfaction and publishing rates. Jack knows that Chymes is not being honest with his cases, and so he stands up to him. Although everyone at the detective station bullies Jack Spratt, he still does his job and solves every one of his cases. When Jack Spratt dared to contradict Friedland Chymes, it made me think of my understanding of the world. Spratt risked everything for the truth, and he suffered, but he did what he believed was right. In our world, standing up for what you believe in matters. Jack Spratt has made me re-examine the way the world splits itself up by beliefs--when it could be reuniting with them. Many people have much in common, if they take the time to share it.
One of the books I read, Looking for Alaska, made me reexamine my understanding of the world, as it made me realize I should take no moments with the people I love for granted. The first have of the book is dedicated to the protagonist, Miles, falling in love with a girl at his boarding school in Florida named Alaksa. He never has the guts to tell her how he feels, and when she dies tragically while driving under the influence, he realizes his mistake. The whole second half of the book is dedicated to Miles dealing with his desicions, and how the effected his life in the long run. He comes to realize how he took Alaska for granted, and how he should have been a better friend to her. This story overall made me realize I should't take moments with friends and loved ones for granted.
Rick Riordan's fantasy novel, The Serpent's Shadow, made me realize that I should never give up, even if the odds are stacked heavily against me. The story follows a ragtag group of teens who can utilize the power of the Egyptian gods, and must fight countless enemies because of that. Their main enemy in the story is Aphosis, the embodiment of Izft (chaos) and the enemy of Ra, the god of order and justice. He constantly tries to persuade the teens into surrendering to him, as they have such a microscopic chance of beating him that they should help him and his cause, and be rewarded greatly. Although they are tempted many times throughout the story, the never give up their cause, and they keep being persistent and working against him. In the end, the teens end up beating Aphosis, and in them not giving up, save earth as they know it. This story made me realize that I should never give up, even if the odds are stacked up against me.
As I read The Candymakers By Wendy Mass, I learned to see that the theme of the book was perspective. Throughout the book, the point of view changes ever so often between the four main characters, Logan, Daisy, Philip, and Miles. All four characters have been selected to compete in a Candy Inventing Competition where everyone must try there best to come up with a recipe to win. Everyone sees each other differently, but you never know the character’s motives until you hear their side of the story. This made me re-examine my understanding of the world because I realized how sometimes people (even myself in some situations) really read into other people’s actions, and judge them without fully understanding how that person may truly think or why that person may act that way. The character Miles made question my sense of adventure in life. After seeing a girl disappear into the water while on a boating trip, Miles instantly became scared of all things related to the incident. He steers clear of boats, or even the color pink. He also carries around a lifejacket just in case he happens to need it. In life, I like being in my comfort zone, but I now realize that getting past the fear of it all can give me a bigger thrill. After Miles broke past his fear, and understood the misunderstanding that he had, he began to have a more enjoyable and carefree life.
In the novel turned film Darkest Minds, by Alexandra Bracken. A trait occurs in many characters, selflessness. This Novel takes place in future North America where a plague has struck, killing 98% of all kids. Ruby Daly our main character does’nt think she will live past her tenth birthday, but miraculously she is one of the 2% who survive. Those who survive develope strange abilities. That are only discribed by color greens (intelligent), blues (telekinesis) yellows (control electricity), oranges (mind control), reds (fire). Red and orange are the dangerous ones and are supposedly all killed of. Ruby is orange but tricked the doctor into thinking she was green all kids who survive are sent to internment camps. Ruby is sent to Thurmond, one of the worst camps. The Darkest Minds has a theme of self sacrifice. Ruby and Liam are willing to do whatever it takes to help others. Sam was always sticking up for Ruby despite the consequences. Ruby always put others before herself, she was always worried about their well being. The Darkest Minds has a theme of self sacrifice. Ruby and Liam are willing to do whatever it takes to help others. Sam was always sticking up for Ruby despite the consequences. Ruby always put others before herself, she was always worried about their well being.The Darkest Minds has a theme of self sacrifice. Ruby and Liam are willing to do whatever it takes to help others. Sam was always sticking up for Ruby despite the consequences. Ruby always put others before herself, she was always worried about their well being. She had a friend there named Sam, Sam always stood up for ruby when ruby didn’t. Sam was selfless and stood up for ruby even though the consequences would be terible. When Ruby escapes she meets Liam and his group, and Liam takes her in even though it could mean them all getting caught. This act takes a lot of selflessness because it could mean he just got his group back in the camps and probably stay there forever. Finally Ruby is selfless, she always puts others above herself and does whatever it takes to help someone. In the end Sam, Liam and Ruby all show selflessness in the book. This makes me question should I be selfless or selfish. I have come to a conclusion that you can be both selfish and selfless, we all are. No one is an entirely selfish person, just like no one is an entirely selfless person. We’re all somewhere in between. We may be selfish in some areas, yet almost completely selfless in others.
The fictional/ fantasy novel, "The Emperor of Nihon-Ja" by John Flanagan is the tenth book in the Ranger's Apprentice series. The novel begins with Horace, the best knight in the kingdom of Araluen, travels to the exotic land of Nihon-Ja. It isn't long before he finds himself pulled into a battle that is not his-but one he knows in his heart he must wage. He is gone for much longer than he was supposed to be. A kingdom teeters on the edge of chaos when the Nihon-Ja emperor, Shigeru, who is a defender of the common man, is forcibly overthrown; and only Horace, Will, and his Araluen companions can restore the emperor to the throne. The emperor is forced to flee, and Horace went with him. Will, Halt, Evanlyn, Alyss, Selethen, and Gundar go to save them. When they finally meet up, they are faced with a problem. An army of traitors to the king, led by Arisaka, is keeping them from leaving. Alyss and Evanlyn are forced to go find help. They leave, and Will comes up with an idea. They are going to use the turtle formation of their troops to defeat the army. However, victory lies in the hands of unexperienced fighters, mainly consisting of kikori, or timber workers, and a few Senshi, who were great fighters. They needed to be trained to beat armies of Senshi, who have trained their whole lives. They moved as one unit, and they had archers shooting from behind the 4 Gojus. While they are stuck waiting, Will and Horace both get nicknames. Cho-cho, and Kuro-kuma play a big part in defeating the enemy army. They are later compelled to confront the army, and at first, it seemed that they were winning. However, a second army showed up, and the battle took a turn for the worse. Alyss and Evanlyn show up right in the nick of time to save Will, Horace, and the Emperor. They bring thousand of Hansu warriors with them. Both sides prepare to fight until the end, but Shigeru stops the battle, and says that he will give up his position as emperor if it will save hundreds of his people from dying. Arisaka's army, awed by Shigeru's display, desert their lord and lay down their weapons. As Arisaka charges the Emperor, blinded with hate, Will hurls a saxe knife at his neck, killing the lord. With the battle won, Shigeru returned to his position as Emperor to re-stabilize Nihon-Ja, and Will, Halt, Horace, and the rest of their Araluen friends return home peacefully. With all of this information in mind, one of the major themes that is revealed throughout the coarse of the novel is that one can never give up even when the odds are stacked against them. This is because if Shigeru's small force gave up when they were heavily outnumbered, they would have never won the battle. This theme made me re-examine the world around me because it made me realize that if something isn't going my way, I must keep trying, and I will eventually succeed. Shigeru caused me to question if I help others enough. He is so selfless, and sacrificed his position for his people.
In the science fiction novel, Michael Vey- Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans, the main character’s name is Michael Vey. Michael is an electic tennager who has been hiding his powers for years. But when he shocks the bully Jack in school, another teen named Taylor sees it. Later, Michael finds out that Taylor is also electric! He, Ostin, and Taylor form a group called the Electroclan. With Ostin’s brains and Michael and Taylor’s powers, they can fight through challenging situations. But things take a turn for the worst when Michael’s mom and Taylor get kidnapped by a group called the Elgen. Michael and Ostin form a deal with Jack and the three of them set out on a journey. Michael gets into the Elgen’s hideout with discuses and sets out to rescue Taylor. Taylor is locked in a cell in the basement with three other electric children named Makenna, Abigail, and Ian. Michael gets to the cell and is just about to unlock it when Hatch and a teen named Zeus appear. Hatch leaves Zeus to electricute the other kids, but Michael convinces him to let them go and turn on hatch. Zeus and the others all escape in the end. A theme that made me re-examine the world today is that teamwork is better than working alone in a lot of situations, even if it’s with people you don’t necessarily like. When teaming up with a couple people, you can accomplish way more than you would just by yourself. When Michael teamed up with Jack in the book, it was unexpected but helped Michael so much in battle. Most people today will just partner up with their best friends in school, and that always works out good, but maybe sometimes we should try something new and partner with someone we don’t know that well. A character that made me think about my life was Jack. He was being mean to Michael, but then turned into a really nice person when he was teaming up with Michael and the others. If I have gotten in a fight with anyone. I think I should apologize right away and things will turn around, and if it was a friend, we will be friends again.
In the science fiction novel, Michael Vey- Rise of the Elegen, Michael Vey is the main character. The book picks up from the end of the last one, where Michael and his electric friends escape from the Elgen. Things take a turn for the worst when they burn Jack’s house down, and Taylor’s parents are put in danger. The group wonders how they are finding them. Then Michael gets a mysterious call from someone called “the voice”. The voice tells the group that the Elgen installed a tracking device in some of the group members. Luckily, Michael can zap them out of them. The voice tells them that he can get them to Peru, where Michael’s mom is held. Michael and his team are very nervous before the flight, but get there safely. When they arrive at the Elgen compound, they discuise themselves as Elgen workers by taking down an Elgen truck by the fence of the compound. They sneak in, and make their way through the halls of the compound by secretly shocking elegen gaurds, and using Taylor’s mind reading electric powers on them. They finally find Michael’s mom, and set her free. Everyone escapes through the pipes, except for Michael. Hatch lowers him slowly into a bowl of hungry electric rats. The electroclan didn’t think that they could help Michael, but they came up with a plan to shut off the power! When they did this, it took all of the Elegen by surprise. Michael’s electrically increases so much from the electric rats that he ends up being so electric that he breaks the tank that the rats are being held in! A theme in this novel is that you can still make a difference if you don’t think you can. When Michael was kid napped by the Elgen, his friends didn’t think that they could do anything at first. But after that, they realized that they could make a distraction by shutting off the power. It was hard, but they were able to accomplish it! This makes me re-examine the world because a lot of people will just except the thought that they can’t do anything, and give up. A character that made me think about my life is Ostin. When they had to shut off the power, he was the one who told everyone that they could do it, and then he made up the plan. This makes me think about my life because I need to take initiative and be more of a leader than a follower.
In the coming of age novel, The Body by Stephen King, four 12 year old boys set out on an adventure to find the body of a missing boy from a neighboring town so they can become heroes. While on their journey, the boys discover more about themselves, each other and as a result their friendship grows and becomes stronger. The theme of friendship made me question my understanding of the world because friendships today are lot different than what they were back when the story took place in the late 1950’s. Back then, before computers and phones, kids spent their summers outside playing and interacting with each other. This is similar to the story when the four main character, Chris, Gordy, Vern and Tyler spend the majority of their days hanging out, getting into mischief and playing poker in their tree house. Today, many kids spend much of their time alone playing videos games or using social media. Even if kids are communicating with each other, it is most likely through texting or through their video games. Due to today's technology, kids and adults alike have tended to isolate themselves from personal interactions. As a result, I think in general we have become a self absorbed society who value materials things and winning video games more than spending quality time with each other and appreciating the value of long lasting friendships. In the story, as night fell, the four friends were camping in the woods. It became dark and eerie and the sound of the howling wolves made them nervous and uneasy. They banded together as a group and decided to take turns comforting and watching over each other. This shows they have a strong bond and powerful friendship. Although today's technology has become an obsession and a distraction from what is truly important in life (me included), I do believe if put in a similar situation, my friends and I would look out for each other. Overall, the book made me realize the importance of friendships and life can be just as interesting living in a time free from the burden of technology.
In the stellar novel "Batman: Nightwalker", by Marie Lu, the theme that blazes through the book is the theme of trust being earned, but Bruce learns that the hard way. This makes me re-examine the world on count of who I can trust, and who doesn't deserve my trust. Trust is a powerful thing, because if you trust the wrong person it could make or break you. I wouldn't say one specific character make me ask questions, but two put together, Bruce and Madeleine. They make me ask questions about who is worthy of knowing who I am, because they could just as easily turn that information back on me, as Madeleine did with Bruce, but also with Bruce and Alfred, his most trusted guardian, known him for years. But even so, Bruce doesn't trust him not to tell Lucius, Bruce's other guardian, of what Bruce is doing.
In the book Camp Valor, the theme is that you can do things that you didn't know you were capable of. This makes me re-examine the world because sometimes when I think I'm not capable of doing something i just have to be confident. This also leads into bravery, the main character wyatt gets framed for a crime that he didn't do, but once he goes to Camp Valor he finds out that he could be brave in moments he didn't think he could do. This makes me ask one question to myself, could I have done something I was too scared of doing? This book answers that question very well, and the theme plays throughout the whole book. For example, Wyatt used to be a boy that stays inside and plays video games all day, but once he went outside and did things that he didn't know he could do, it made him feel brave.
In the dystopian novel Darkest Minds, by Alexandra Bracken. There are no kids anywhere, 98% of all kids died of a disease called I.I.A.N. The 2% left are left with strange abilities, dangerous abilities at least the government thought so. Those who survived were sent to internment camps, and they could not leave until they where “cured”. No one had ever been cured, the government was really just afraid of what would happen if they where I’m society. The main character Ruby Daly is one of the 2% who survived, she has the most rare and dangerous ability, mind control. The supernatural abilities are classified by color, green (intelligence), blue (telekinesis), yellow (control electricity), red (control fire), and orange (mind control). Ruby despises her ability thinking it’s made her into a monster. She has low self value and self esteem. When ruby breaks out of the camp she meets up with Liam, the charismatic leader of a small group. Throughout the book Ruby struggles with her inner demons until finally confronting them. Liam helped her realize that she was not a monster and she can be loved. She excepts who she is and uses her ability for a good cause. The theme of this novel is face your demons and don’t let them control you. This theme has made me re-examine my understanding of the world. In the real world If you don’t face your demons they may follow you forever. It’s best to confront your problems rather than let them sit and make there mark on your life.
The Hate U Give By Angie Thomas, was an absolutely groundbreaking read. The story follows 16 year-old Starr, just an inner city girl from Garden Heights, who attends a fancy prep school outside of her small part of the city. For a while she is just seen as Big Mav’s daughter who works in his grocery store, or one of the only African Americans in her private school. But after witnessing the police murder of her childhood best friend (Khalil), to the public, she becomes so much more than that. She becomes “the witness”. She must find a way to give the truth, to help Khalil and protect herself. She is the only one who really knows how everything happened that very important night. Starr, must learn to figure it all out, school, family, and most of all, finding her voice, in all the noise. Angie Thomas’s astounding new novel, taught the theme of opinion. It covered a topic, that definitely shows up in today’s public news ; deaths by police officers. Starr’s story showed the side of the issue, and details that in the current day situations no one really sees. So much is not brought to the public eye, sometimes you end up hearing the story slightly change or altered. The theme of opinion made me re-examine my understanding of the world, because I realized that if maybe the public saw the raw of the situation, we would have a different opinion. Instead of getting a one-sided story, we could understand the issue and what really went wrong, we could make our own decisions on the topic. Starr’s struggle in saying the right thing and protecting Khalil’s legacy, made me think about my confidence in saying how I truly feel. There is no point in faking your feelings, in Starr’s case , she was paranoid about the public’s reaction to the truth, but when she began to give her real opinion and the details from the night, she was able to tell how the public saw a changed story. From Starr’s story, I see that you shouldn’t give a fake personality to judge, let the people around you understand your feelings, instead of letting them go along with the foe.
In the book the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The book Hunger Games is a novel about the people that have things and the people that do not, that is the people who have money and the people who don't, like the Capitol and District 12. While the Capitol is wealthier than all of the districts, some districts are more privileged than others, so they can train their tributes to do good in the Hunger Games a competition of death and Survival. Their is not a good advantage for District 12, Katniss district, is an a coal mining region that never stands a chance in the Hunger Games. They see the Games as a punishment for District 12 and they see that they are taking their children away from them. The novel asks you, then, to think about how money can change things for you and change how you see the world. One example is Katniss and Peeta are looked at the poorest district in Panem ( District 12). People other than district 12 plus any lower districts, think of them as the ones who are gonna lose the games the ones who are going to die first. The people of the Capitol are moved by how far Peeta and Katniss are you doing in the Hunger Games since they are the lowest district and the owns with the less training. Throughout the games Katniss shows her outstanding ways of surviving throughout time. From the book Katniss causes me to question something in my life that we have some things in common we both help our families and we both have a big heart. It shows that even Rue is her competitor she will help anyone in need. For example “I make her out watching me silently from between the branches ,Rue” on page 181 this shows that other people than Katniss has a big heart and wants to help people. This shows to not judge a book by its cover. Meaning don't judge anybody about where they're from or who they are or if their competitor. Going back to the question how do the themes of your book make you re-examine your understanding the world? Is by how different places in the world, the richest place ever to the poorest place ever. It doesn't matter where you live but there is always somebody like Katniss to show people that it is not about where they live or how much money they have it's about what they can do as a person. There are places all around the world today like Congo Africa a place in Africa that doesn't have running water. Like District 12 and The US like the Capitol. But again it doesn't matter about where they live or how much money they have, it matters about who they are and what they can do to help the world.
In Carolyn Hennessy’s novel, Pandora Gets Jealous, everyone in the Young Maidens Academy knows Pandy’s dad’s story… After trying to bring fire back to mankind, and greatly angering Zeus… Prometheus, the titan, was chained to a big rock for years… Yada, yada, yada, long story short all Pandy has to show for her dad’s heroic deeds is his liver in a jar. So when a big project for class comes up asking to bring in something to represent one of the great deeds that one of Greece’s many heroes accomplished, the last thing she wants to do is bring in her dad’s liver, again. She soon discovers a box given to her dad by Zeus and beholds the seven evils of the world. For years, she was told never to touch it, but she brings it in anyway. A choice soon regretted, in a freak accident the evils quickly escape, sending everyone into a crazy mayhem. To fix her terrible deed, Zeus demands her to take only six months to retrieve all the seven evils, without any help from her family… Carolyn Hennessy’s novel was a great read, it combined my love for Greek Mythology and a typical teenage story, messing everything up. Throughout the novel, responsibility came across to me most as the theme. Pandora’s small slip up gave her a lot to handle, she had to fix everything she had ruined. This made me re-examine my understanding of the world because I realized how sometimes people’s opinion impact our actions greatly. Pandy was made fun of for the continued story of her father, the same thing over and over, and with that she did something that (accidentally) hurt everyone. It was still Pandy’s impulsive decision to do it though, so she was forced to take the responsibility. No matter why you do what you do, you have to understand that you will almost always be held at blame for your mistakes. The character Pandora made me think about my own decisions in life, while on her quest to fix what was wrong. In some situations, it is possible for your peers, to push you to a certain decision, or urge you to do something jurassic in order to impress. But in reality, if it doesn’t feel right to you, then it isn’t. No matter other’s opinions, it’s you action, so do not do anything that it goes wrong, you couldn’t take the blame for.
The historical fiction novel Salt to the Sea, by Ruta Sepetys is, "The forgotten tragedy that was six times deadlier than the Titanic."-Time The novel takes place in the January 1945, during the final days of WWII. The Allied forces are gaining ground both to the west and the east, and so German civilians are evacuating, fleeing violence, and running towards the Baltic Sea where the German navy will transport them to safety. The story is told from four unique points of view. The first main character is Joana, a Lithuanian refugee who was allowed to settle in Germany. Emilia is a teenager who escaped the genocide that wiped out many her fellow ethnic Poles, and is trying to remain off the radar of roving German soldiers. Florian is a former art restorer from Prussia who is smuggling a priceless statue, The Amber Swan, which is Hitler's prized jewel that he was stole from the Nazis as revenge after they killed his father. Finally, Alfred is a delusional Nazi soldier working of the Wilhelm Gustloff. The novel starts with Emilia meeting Florian in a potato cellar, where he saves her from a Soviet soldier's attempted assault. Emilia becomes attached to Florian whom she sees as her knight, and begins to follow him on his journey out of East Prussia. That evening, they spend the night in a barn, where they encounter Joana, a doctor, and other refugees. Joana removes a shrapnel from a wound on Florian's side, and stitches it up. In the morning, Florian slips out, with Emilia following him. The next day, they end up accidently running into Joana again, and they all decide to spend the night in an abandoned mansion. While Florian's wound is healing, Emilia is now clearly sick. Joana examines her and realizes that even though she is only fifteen years old, she is nine months pregnant. The two groups decide to travel together. As thousands desperately flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, to get passage on the Wilhelm Gustloff. In Gotenhafen, the group meets Alfred. Everyone but Eva manages to get a boarding pass for the same ship-Joana by trading her expertise as a nurse for safe passage of her, and her "patient" Emilia, Florian by forging his. Two days later the ship sets sail, but that same day, Allied torpedoes pierce the hull and cause the ship to sink. Thousands of people died, however some did survive including Joana, and Florian. This information makes me believe that one prevalent theme in this book is that you must work together to possibly reach your goals, furthermore, the importance of family and community over selfishness. The refugees at the center of the novel have either been separated from their families by distance or death. They form new bonds with each other, partially out of necessity, but also out of love. Florian who was a lone wolf, joined a pack. Their new family unit helps them to survive, and it also provides them with joy and comfort. However, people like Alfred, who choose to follow their own self-interest stand out in clear contrast to the other characters. In the long term, the novel reveals that selfishness can only lead to sadness and isolation. This made me re-examine my understanding of the world around me because it made me think that everyone needs to have good friends and family around them to make them happy. Additionally, it made me think that sometimes you can't just think of yourself, but you must think of others, or of the larger picture. Florian made me question if humans are naturally selfish, or selfless.
In the 57 bus by Dashka Slater, The main character Sasha who is an agender was sleeping on a bus. Sasha as wearing a skirt, Richard an african american boy. Was was in the same bus as Sasha and a group of his friends.He finds a lighter, and with it light Sasha's skirt on fire.the theme in this book is regret.In the book the author focuses on how Richard regrets setting Sasha's skirt on fire. And how he was really sorry and would be punished as deserved.Sasha tried not to think about the fire and who set it ,this shows how strong Sasha is and how people can make a bad situation a happy and non stressful one.
The theme in “We are all made of molecules” by Susan Nielsen makes me re-examine the world. The novel is about 2 main characters, Stewart who is 13 and Ashley who is 14. One year ago, Stewart and his dad were devastated when Stewart’s mom died of cancer. And Ashley’s dad moved out in there backyard after he found they found out he was gay. Later on, Stewart’s dad (Leonardo) and Ashley’s mom (Caroline) became really close and moved in with each other. Stewart, gifted in school, felt “ I am 89.9% happy with this news.” on page 11. But Ashley, popular at school, was 110% horrified. Stewart had always wanted a sister since he was born but Ashley thinks he is a nerd and will push her down the social ladder at school. They are both complete opposites besides the fact that they are both made of molecules. Susan Nielsen made the readers think of more than one theme but mostly about acceptance made me re-examine the world and how accepting someone can mean a lot to most people during different situations such as step parents. In this situation, Ashley had not accepted Stewart and his dad moving in with them and had not even tried to make an effort. In school, Stewart didn’t feel as accepted with the older kids during gym class since he is academically gifted and has different classes with kids in Ashley’s grade. This shows how the theme acceptance in “We are all made of molecules” by Susan Nielsen.
The first novel in the series, The Land of Stories, is The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer. This novel is about a pair of twins, Alex and Conner Bailey (or as they are known in The Land of Stories, Alex and Conner Wishington). For their eleventh birthday their grandmother gives them her book of fairy tales, called The Land of Stories. The book acts as a portal to that world of fairy tales. Soon, the twins find themselves battling the descendants of the Big Bad Wolf, befriending the characters they grew up hearing about, but most importantly, searching for a way to get home. The author conveys a powerful theme in this novel and it is that determination and courage will get you further than power or strength ever will. (For example, Alex isn't very strong, but she was determined climb up Rapunzel's tower and she made it to the top. Also, Alex and Conner didn't know The Land of Stories very well and there was a lot of evil against them, but they really wanted to get all the Wishing Spell items and go home. They ended up collecting all the items). This makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because it makes me realize that the reason people don't get anything done or don't reach their dreams is because they think power will get them there. But in reality all they need is determination and want and they will be successful. A character from my novel who makes me question something about my life is the Evil Queen (although her real name is Evyl), better known as Snow White's stepmother. She makes me realize that sometimes I choose to dislike or blame someone because it is easier to do that than to understand that person. Her exact words were, "The world will always choose convenience over reality. It's easier to hate, blame, and fear than it is to understand." (Page 380). Evyl shows me that I could be a better person if I chose the hard way and decide to understand instead of hate (also, the world could be a better place if people as a whole thought like that).
In the realistic fiction novel Beowulf with an anonymous author, the theme of identity made me question; Who do I want to be? Nearly all the characters in Beowulf are concerned about establishing their own identities in the year of 700-1000 AD. The character Unferth, mainly made me question who i want to be. Unferth is known for helping kill a beast called Grendel, but really he was too scared to go in the fight in the first place. He wanted to help all living things, not hurt them. Also, the theme of Identity also made me re-examine my understanding of the world because in the time of the story there are kings, queens, knights, etc. But this made me think if our government is not so different from their government, president being the king, first lady being the queen, military being the knights.
In the realistic fiction novel Beowulf with an anonymous author, the theme of identity made me question; Who do I want to be? Nearly all the characters in Beowulf are concerned about establishing their own identities in the year of 700-1000 AD. The character Unferth, mainly made me question who I want to be. Unferth is known for helping kill a beast called Grendel, but really he was too scared to go in the fight in the first place. He wanted to help all living things, not hurt them. Also, the theme of Identity also made me re-examine my understanding of the world because in the time of the story there are kings, queens, knights, etc. But this made me think if our government is not so different from their government, president being the king, first lady being the queen, military being the knights.
In the dystopian novel The Giver, by lois lowry, the theme of memory and how it effects choices made me think about how i can re-examinemy understanding of the world. In the novel, the main difference between the real world and the dystopian world in the giver is how nobody except the giver has memory of the past due to the fact that at one point, the world of The Giver decided to take away memories from the people in hopes of eliminating pain and grief from their lives. this is why they need the giver so that when they need knowledge they can use the giver for advice. This leads to the idea that in order for choices for the future you need knowledge from the past. This is why when they need to make choices for the future they seek the giver who is the only one knowlegable of the past. This makes me think about how my memories help me make choices. An example is maybe a bad memory that may cause me pain but can also help prevent that pain in the future. This can also make me happier from perhaps a good memory that will make me smile but because the people in the giver have no memory of that they cannot feel these ways.
Now that I've read the book sometimes i question if there is such a person in the real world that would be the equivalent of the giver, but i believe it can also be more than one person(maybe even all of us) because if we all get memories like the giver and we can all make choices for the future like the giver can, we all could be considered "givers" if we really think about how much memory really effects us, the real world, and the choices needed to be made in it.
In Dystopian collection of stories Four, by Veronica Roth, one finds that throughout the course of each story, that the main reoccurring theme of freedom versus confinement is truly the only way to understand and value importance of different events. Throughout each story I was able to make connections to my life. Two of the four stories take place before Divergent, but the remaining are bled into during Divergent. Four goes from "The Transfer," where he discovers his true feelings over the aptitude test and where he can go to start fresh, to "The Initiate," his story of leaving Abnegation for himself and to start a new beginning as he is going through his initiation process. Following, the next story "The Son," in which he faces the challenge of more internal struggle in regards to his family, more specifically his mother. Although perceived to be dead, Evelyn Eaton manages to send a letter to her son, warning him about the future, and he struggles to understand whether this really his is mother, and if it is why she would be so affectionate to send this letter. What could she be up to? The novel ends with story, "The Traitor," in which Four is now explaining his relationship with Tris. Confounded by his own feelings, Four goes through the struggle of realizing the true meaning of his relationship. During each story I was able to point out the same few actions made by Four. He would always have a first impression, such as a reason to go on and think or act. He would always wait to react, only reacting with the minimum to get whatever it is he must. And finally he would express his though and solve the problem internally. Despite what happens next, all three actions can be spotted. What I am able to take a way from this is the ability to really think hard over what is happening before I can make a true decision; not to the point where I will drive myself crazy over a simple thing, but rather practice understanding the whole of the subject before deciding why I must act. While Four inspired me to think this way, I feel like I only took from his reaction, and I almost learned more from those who caused those reactions, especially Tori. She really only comes up at the start and when tattooing Four, but I feel that just the simple scene of the aptitude test got Four thinking, and whether he had always been like this, I feel like she was the one who really began Fours internal journey. Tori helped me take a step out of the picture and take everything in, and then see it through to the end. Throughout each internal and external struggle, Four either felt super confined or free, and this novel helped me find out what each feeling really meant, and impacted me and how I go about each challenge.
I read the the auto biography of Gucci mane, hunger games and the red bandana. These book made me examine the understanding of the world by showing me 2 life stories, and one fictional but they all had 1 thing in common. Every story showed perseverance, compassion, and struggle.
The autobiography of Gucci mane made me examine my understanding of the world by showing me how Gucci mane the main character kept on pushing even when he went to jail multiple times, when he was falsely accused of murder he kept going. He kept working towards his goal of becoming a rapper until he finally did and it showed me how you always have to push yourself.
The red Bandana made me examine my understanding of the world by making me realize what type of stuff the main character went through and what type of stuff he had to do and just like Gucci mane he kept pushing through everything even 9/11 he went strait into the tragic event by just wanting to save people and just wanting to make people safe even if it met his own life. That is why the red bandana made me question my understanding of life.
The hunger games has made me question my understanding of the world by making the events big and making the events change the main character cattness. The events changed my understanding by making cattness have to push herself just like in the other stories she has perseverance and compassion and struggle from being in the hunger games because all she wanted to do was save her sister prime, and coming out on top with an extra life saved. these reason are why the hunger games made me question my understanding of the world.
These three books made me question a lot of things, from how the world works and how the world should work. I questioned these thing all because the three books I read were so good and so interesting that I was able to question these things. In all these three books were very good and made me question a lot of things.
In the novel The Prophet of Yonwood, the last book to the City of Ember series by Jeanne DuPrau, an eleven-year-old named Nicole lives in a world before the world war that brought a close end to the human race. She spent a while at her great grandfathers house with her aunt, as they were trying to sell it after he died. Here in the town of Yonwood, leaders of the city were always listening to a women who was known as The Prophet. She had visions of the world coming to an end, and the leaders always misunderstood her mumbled words for instructions as she slept for months without waking up. One boy was punished for having a pet snake, and the whole town had their pet dogs taken from them. Nicole wanted to help the world become a better place, but learned that what the people were doing was wrong because they listened to The Prophet and nobody else. This made me realize something about my own life. If I ever want to get a task done, I shouldn't allow other people do it for me and go on without hesitation, as the leaders did with The Prophet. I should always do what I think is right, as the character Nicole showed me in the novel. I can ask for advice from others, but not let them take over doing a task they don't even know about. The leaders should've done similarly, and actually spent time thinking through what the mumble "no dogs" meant instead of dumping all of the pets out into the woods.
In the fictional novel, "The Fault in Our Stars", by John Green, the theme of pain not only being physical in multiple peoples lives but can really be present emotionally. When I was reading this novel, I was really drawn to the fact that given how Hazel Grace and Gus had both suffered with the pain of cancer, they both struggled with the emotional pain of believing in themselves or having hope that they were going to make it through and defeat cancer. Not only that, but both Hazel and Gus had to take there love and find a way to hold each other up and keep living happy moments even as Gus became weaker. Another thing that had caught my attention was how Hazel's parents and Gus's parents had really suffered emotional pain as well knowing that they had to stay strong for their kids and staying strong in order to keep themselves happy even when not knowing what was around the corner. All in all, this theme has made me realize that emotional pain is actually a really, really powerful thing. When I look at all of the struggles that occur around the world and even in my own community I know that I can find another way to connect to others emotionally when I may not know what kind of pain they are dealing with physically. In another one of the fictional novels that I read, "Confessions of a High School Disaster Freshman Year", by Emma Chastain; Chastain had developed this theme of realizing all of the important things in your life; Including your family, friends, opportunity's, etc.. The main character, Chloe had created a list of things to do for her freshman year of High School. For example one of the things on her list was to have her first kiss, and become more popular. Some of the sacrifices she had to do was giving up some of her best and only friends. She always found herself getting into trouble and doing things she would never have even let cross her mind, before she entered high school. When everything turned against her and she was all alone she didn't know what to do. She had taken all of her friends for granted and wanted to find a way out of it. She wanted her old life back. As I look at my own life, I realize how important it is for me to acknowledge all of my friends and family members and all of the opportunities that are provided for me. For example going on family road trips, even though I may not like them all the time, or even just having my mom and dad to support me at all the times, no matter the situation. I am also so thankful for all my friends even though I may not be liked by everyone, I know and will always know that my friends like me for who I am and will always have my back.
In the Science Fiction novel, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. The novel is about a young, poor teenager living in a future world where chaos reigns and most people forget their miserable existence by spending most of their time inside the virtual world of OASIS. This teenager, Wade, is one of millions of gunters, people hunting for the hidden Easter egg within the OASIS that was left by its creator, James Halliday, upon his death. The successful gunter will inherit Halliday's entire estate as well as controlling power over his company, Gregarious Simulation Systems. The task seems daunting, especially to a poor kid like Wade who has to access the OASIS on a cheap console issued by the school. However, sometimes intelligence is a much more powerful weapon than expensive equipment. Ready Player One is a fun and exciting adventure novel that not only takes the reader into a future world where anything is possible in the virtual worlds inside the OASIS, but also on a nostalgic trip back to the era of big hair, heavy metal bands, and Atari. Wade Watts was just thirteen years old when the creator of OASIS, James Halliday, died. Upon his passing, Halliday released an invitation to everyone using his virtual universe program, OASIS, to search for his Easter Egg, a hidden program code within the OASIS. To find the egg, hunters must first find three keys and pass through the three gates these keys open. The invitation began a world wide obsession with finding the elusive keys, but after five years, no one has been successful. Wade has done extensive research on Halliday in his own search for the key, but like everyone else he has no clue as to where the first clue is pointing hunters. Wade lives with his aunt in an overcrowded trailer in an equally overcrowded trailer park dubbed the stacks because of the way in which the trailers are stacked to make more room. Within the stacks are piles of antique cars that were piled out of the way when the trailer park first began to grow. Wade has a hideout under one of these stacks of cars where he often hides from his thieving aunt and other bullies and criminals. It is here that Wade hides his school issued OASIS console, where he attends a virtual high school within OASIS's programing and continues his private hunt for Halliday's Easter egg. It is also here that Wade finally decodes the first clue and finds the first key. After clearing the first key and gate, Wade's avatar, Parzeval, in OASIS becomes world famous. Wade begins earning money with endorsement deals that use his avatar's appearance and name. Wade also gets all kinds of email, including emails from the global communications conglomerate, Innovative Online Industries, or IOI. IOI is also hunting for the Easter egg and they send Wade an email offering him a job. Wade decides to meet with the CEO of IOI just out of curiosity. The CEO, Sorrento, offers Wade a job with IOI helping to find the Easter Egg. When Wade refuses, Sorrento then offers him five million dollars to tell him where the first key and gate can be found. When Wade refuses that as well, Sorrento tells him that they know who Wade is in the real world and they will kill him if he refuses to help. Wade refuses still. A short time later, the trailer where Wade lives with his aunt is destroyed by a bomb, causing its stack and several others to fall to the ground. Wade takes the money that he has made with endorsement deals to move to another city and hide under an assumed identity. For six months Wade works trying to decipher the clue that is meant to lead to the second key and gate. However, Wade is distracted by an affection for a fellow gunter, Art3mis. When Art3mis breaks off the relationship and then finds the second key, Wade renews his efforts. Unfortunately, IOI finds the second key at the same time as Wade, then the third before anyone else. Wade has fallen behind on the scoreboard and it looks increasingly like IOI is going to win. This would be a disaster, however, because IOI will change OASIS, removing its free access to all users. Wade then doubles his efforts to find the key. With clues from IOI's actions and his extensive knowledge of Halliday's appreciation of 1980s pop culture, Wade finds the second gate and the third key. Wade also knows where the third gate is hidden, but IOI found it first and have blocked it off. For this reason, Wade allows himself to be made an indentured servant for IOI and he uses his access to their internal computer systems to hack into their records. Wade then escapes and uses this information to rally the other gunters against IOI and find a way to break through IOI's defenses. A huge battle takes place ending with IOI setting off a bomb that kills every avatar within the sector where the third gate is located. However, Wade has in his possession a coin that gives him a second life. Wade is alone at the gate and is able to access it before anyone else. Despite the fact that IOI is right behind him, Wade su
Wade successfully completes the third gate and finds Halliday's Easter egg. This made me re-examine my understanding of the world because when the Ceo, Sorrento asked for the location of the forest key and was willing to pay a big amount for it Wade refused and turned the offer down. But Sorrento wanted the first key so ba he threatened Wade and told him he knew where he lived in the real world and would blow up his home and kill many others. And sure enough he did. Which made me realize some people will do anything to get what they want, just like Sorrrento with the first key.
In the book War Storm the fourth and final book in a series, Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard. The country of Norta is a wreck, and the rebellion can not be stopped. In a world where people are separated by the color of their blood, red and silver. The Red blooded people or reds started this war for equality and freedom against the silver overlords. The silver blooded people or silvers think they are better than all of the reds because they have supernatural abilities and the reds don’t. The reds are workers and slaves who are treated like they are lower than dirt. Most silvers think themselves blessed by gods, but not all of them. A few silvers are different they believe In the reds cause. The banished silver prince Cal, believes that reds should have equality. At least until the option of retaking his silver throne comes along. Cal then abandons Mare Barrow the newblood girl he loves for the throne. Newbloods are red blooded with silver abilities and most of them fight in the rebellion including Mare. After Cal chooses to be king Mare is bitter and even more determined to take down the silver monarch. Cal regrets his decision but he feels his people would suffer if they tried to remake the government and society when facing war from neighboring countries. In the end Cal asks Mare if it’s to late, that he chooses her, and that he’s sorry. The theme of this book is it’s never to late to do the rights thing. This theme makes me re-examine how I view some choices I’ve made in the past. Maybe I’ve made some choices for the wrong reasons, maybe I was being harsh and I should do the right thing and not let a sillly thing like admitting I was wrong get in my way.
In the book HOOT written by Carl Hiaason the themes give me a different understanding of the world because over the course of the book we learn about mullet fingers who at the beginning we thought was just trying to cause trouble but then we found out that he was just trying to protect the burrowing owls. This gives me a different understanding because it shows not to judge a book by its cover because the whole town judged mullet fingers (even his parents judged him) because they did not know enough about the kid so the town falsely judged the kid.
In the book, "What to Say Next" by, Julie Buxbaum. One of the main characters, David had always been some sort of loner at his high school. He never really bothered to make a whole lot of friends, or even put himself out there. Until one day, a girl named Kit came over and sat with him. Kit was from the fairly popular crowd and no one would have ever imagined David and her to become friends. At first David never knew or understood why a girl like Kit had come over to sit with him... but in the end the truth is revealed and their friendship had taken a dark turn. This idea of wondering why my friends have stuck by my side or even why I decided to go and sit next to someone new has caused me to question the fact that there is always a reason wether it be big or small. For anything to happen. Including friendships.
I also read the book Brians winter which is the sequel of Hatchet written by Gary Paulson. This book takes place right where hatchet left off except Brian did not get found instead he has to survive the harsh conditions of the winter in the wilderness. Brian helped change my understanding of life because in both books you underestimate his will to survive but at the end of the day he is always able to keep himself alive and well. Also he gives me a different understanding of life because he is not even worried about getting found he is just worried about what he is going to eat which is kind of inspiring because it shows how ordinary people are able to survive something like that.
In the novel I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak, a theme is to be willing to do what is right even if it is difficult. Throughout the text, the main character and narrator, Ed Kennedy, receives mysterious envelopes in his mail, each with an ace from a different suit in a deck of cards. Each card contains different addresses or clues to addresses where people need help to live more positive lives. Ed enjoys his interactions with a lot of the unknowing victims, while others are harder to act upon. Ed realizes the good he is doing after completing the first card, the Ace of Diamonds, and decides to keep at it with the next and upcoming cards, instead of disregarding them entirely. This impacts my views on the world because it shows the reader how even though there is so much bad in the world, it can be turned around by good people. This also gives the impression that even though people seem fine, everyone could use a boost with whatever they are going through, whether it is stress, loneliness, or needing an audience.
A character that makes me think about my own life is probably Ed. He starts off as a normal guy, who gets his living by driving taxis. However, he is able to make and enforce a positive impact on so many people's lives, including his own. This makes me think about how much I can do to help people around me, even in the slightest ways, because this novel shows that even the smallest actions can make a great difference.
In the novel The Sisters Grimm, by Michael Buckley, a theme is to never give up on family, for the entirety of the text is about two girls working to save their grandmother. This book made me think about life because there are many aspects of people judging others because they are different, or that they helped them in ways that are hard to see. The fairytale creatures present in the text claim to be enemies to the Grimm family, just because they helped to keep their powers contained for the good of them and others. This seems to appear a lot today, with the common note to not judge a book by it's cover.
A character that makes me think about my own life is one of the girls, Daphne. She has a much better time throughout the novel than her sister, Sabrina, by being more trusting and looking at the positives, while Sabrina tended to look at the bad side of every situation. I would like to strive to be more like Daphne, looking at the brighter side to things, while also staying logical, like Sabrina.
The themes in the novel, The Martian made me re-examine my understanding of the world. Mark Watney, an botanist who is on a mission to Mars, is left behind by his crew on Mars on the assumption that he died in a severe dust storm that they were attempting to flee from. Mark must fend for himself, manage to stay alive as well as contact NASA for help, all on his own on an uninhabited planet. Mark uses his basic knowldedge of chemistry, biology, botany and math and engineering to survive. The theme here is that Mark, by being able to use his own logic and reasoning as well as playing to his strengths, he was able to survive and live to the day where he was rescued. This makes me realize that people shouldn’t always focus on what they can’t do, but instead focus on their strengths and what they can do and accomplish. By doing so, you can accomplish anything you want to, versus focusing on the negative and not accomplishing anything. Mark has made me realize that I should focus on what I can do and what I am good at, versus trying to always fix my weaknesses. He makes me wonder, what could I have accomplished if I didn’t always focus on the negative.
In the novel The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager, a theme is to be able to forget bad experiences and focus on good times. It tells the story of Emma Davis, and artist who finds that she is only able to paint three girls: Natalie, Allison, and Vivian. These girls were her cabin mates when she was thirteen, and they all disappeared into thin air. Emma cannot stop wondering what happened to them, and decides to return to Camp Nightingale as a paint instructor, in hopes of discovering what truly happened to her friends fifteen years ago, and being able to have the closure she needs to forget. This makes me think about today because with all of the hate going around about multiple topics, people seem to be drowning in the negativity, when there is so much better to be focusing on.
A character that makes me think of myself is actually three characters. Emma's next set of cabin mates, Krystal, Sasha, and Miranda. When Emma tells them about how the last three went missing, and gets emotional, they all get worried about her and decide to go out and look for clues as to what happened all those years ago. This makes me think about how I could help my friends look for something they care about in times of trouble, because it would be a right trait to have.
In the book Baseball great by Tim Green, The main character Josh is an amazing athlete. But his dad, a great baseball player is fired by his minor league team. His dad wants Josh to have a better baseball career then he did so he decides to take him away from his friends onto a new and better baseball team. But after Josh finds out that this new baseball team is using illegal drugs for performance, Josh realizes something. He realizes that his dad didn't want Josh to be taking steroids. His dad just wanted the best for him, and was just trying to help. Josh's dad saw the talent that he has and wanted Josh to evolve that into something bigger and better then his dad was, but not by taking steroids. But by being himself and using his own talent on the field not the talent that some drug gave him to be better.
The theme in The Sixth Man, is that you can't judge someone by the way they look, what they do or what they believe in. This theme in the story helps me re-understand the world by when you have a teammate or a classmate that you can't judge them on what they look like or what they do. A character in the story named Max, is a little different than everyone else because of what he believes in, which causes me to think that if I believed something and then other people told me I was "wrong" or "that's stupid," would I believe them or would I trust what I believe in.
In The Hate u Give, by Angie Thomas, the protagonist Starr Carter, attends a party in the "ghetto" where she reunites with her old friend, Khalil. After, the party, the two friends were leaving to go to Starr's house when a police officer stopped them and made Khail get out of the car for a driving with a broken taillight. Finally, when Khalil opens the door to see if Starr was okay, the officer opens fire, as Star watches her friend die right before her eyes. In grief, Starr has to come face to face with the aftermath of her friend's death, leaving her unwilling to come out as the witness. Just making matters worse Starr attends a suburban white school, Williamson Prep. Here, most classmates think that Khalil deserved to be killed, even her best friend said that Khalil should have been killed because he was a drug dealer to her face. Through time Starr doubts if Khalil will ever get his justice so she takes the matter into her own hands. Starr takes a leap of faith and announces her role as the witness on national television.
As the novel plays out race has a huge impact on Starr's life as she has to switch identity, ghetto girl, and Williamson prep princess every day. The color of Starr’s skin has a huge impact on her daily life. When she attends Williamson Prep she doesn’t want to appear “too black” when interacting with her classmates. When Starr is at home she doesn’t want to appear “too white”. Starr is always torn between her true identity and the person she wants to be, but, Khalil’s death helps her find her true nature. This paves a new path for her; better friends even a better life. This novel also defeats the stereotype that African-Americans a revealed to be extremely persuasive and harmful. Directly dealing with issues of police brutality and protest, this book enters the broader conversation about race relations in America.
The theme in Best Of The Best, is that you can't always get what you want. In the story Josh's parent's get a divorce and he loses the championship in baseball. He wanted Josh's dad to come back to the family instead of going out with another woman. Josh also wanted to win the championship but unfortunately both of those things never happened. This helps me re-understand the world because I know that you can't get everything you want in life. The character Josh causes me to think about what would happen if I realize I couldn't get everything in life would I leave as "I did by best" or would I try to still get it.
The dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, is set in the 24th century and tells the story of the main character Guy Montag. In this society books are illegal and are burnt by the fire department if they are found. Ironically, Guy Montag is a fireman for the city. At first he takes pleasure in his job as a fireman, but as the story moves on, he devolves a friendship with his 17 year old neighbor, Clarisse McClellan, who helps Guy examen his life as a fireman. This leads Guy to think why are books illegal. His curiosity leads him to take a book from a stash he comes upon while burning books. He reads through one book and finds out the happiness that comes from reading books. He also finds out that a attack is being planed on his city so he flees to the nearby woods. While exploring the woods, Guy finds a group of intellectuals who have been camping in the woods waiting for a traumatic event to occur in the town. He gains lots of knowledge from the men and begins to think of what will happen after the event. Finally the town is destroyed and Guy and the other men, rebuild it in their own way and with the laws the people who died would have liked. The theme, "with knowledge comes power", is reflected in the story because the government had all of the knowledge which led to them having all of the power. But if the citizens living in the town had books they would gain knowledge and have more power. This makes me wonder if the town from the story is similar to countries where the government keeps knowledge from the people. Also Guy makes me question if there are activist in these countries where information is kept from the people, that try to bring knowledge to the people and improve the life they live. After researching these countries I found out the answers to my questions. I found out that, yes there are people who bring knowledge to these people and that these governments are very similar to the government in the book. This is why Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel because it has a connection to the real world.
The theme of the novel told in letters "The Perks Of Being a Wallflower", is friendship. It's sappy, but it is branded in the book. Reading this (With a friend) I realized that friends always have their secrets, and it made me think about how much my friends haven't told me about themselves. It also made me re-examine how interesting people are in their different ways, such as in the book, an unexpected turn comes when he finds out one of his friends is gay, and it makes him think about people, and how he only can assume things about them, and never really know. This makes me think about how much people and I assume things about people, and how much of it is wrong. One character that makes me really question myself is Charlie, and how he acts about people and it makes me think "How different are the people around me?" This is a big question for me because of one simple reason, everyone is different no matter how much you try to forcefully change yourself, you always stay the same. This is important in the matter of change; so many people try to change everyday, and what Charlie does makes you love who you are, like he loves how he is.
The theme in the book survival is no game, is that u should not give up no matter how bad a situation you are standing in. In the story theres a plane crash, there where 500 people on board when they left off but only 7 people survived the plane crash. They all thought they were gone die in the jungle but this one kid named Yoshi got them together and made them believe that they were gonna survive. This makes me understand the world because there are so many people who just gives up when it get's hard. The character Yoshi makes me think if that happened to me would I just give up or would I try to stay alive until somebody found me.
In the Magyk series by Angie Sage, a main theme and central idea that the author portrays is perseverance. Septimus Heap, a boy who as an infant got stolen from his cradle to be raised as a young army expendeple, a soldier whose life means nothing to the generals. The generals put him through cruel and life threatening drills. His horrible life continues until one day Septimus finds himself face to face with the ExtraOrdinary Wizard, Marcia Overstrand. Marcia is the head of all Magyk operations at the Wizard tower, where for thousands of years, spells have been tested, and practiced. In a turn of events, Septimus finds himself apprenticed to Marcia and finds the family that he was taken from at birth. This shows that no matter what situation anybody is in, it is still always possible to overcome an obstacle. Later in the book while Septimus is still trying to soak into his new life, the Wizard Tower is overcome by DomDaniel, a previous ExtraOrdinary Wizard who turned Darke. He puts up many challenges for Septimus and Marcia but with the help of his companions, Septimus has to overcome this obstacle of DomDaniel and persevere till he overcomes his next obstacle. Septimus makes me question my own life and everyone in general because if he can succeed after so many impossible challenges like finding his parents that he was taken from at birth, become apprentice to the ExtraOrdinary Wizard and even defeat a Darke Sorcerer, why don't humans keep trying? People everywhere all the time give up and stop trying even when the odds aren't so high. Shouldn't everyone keep trying till they have put all their effort into their goal?
In the book Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry, the main character Kira shows the reader that you may not look good but you can still do so much. Kira was born with a dysfunctional leg, and her community thought that she was useless. Her mom insisted that she would not get kicked out of the community. Her mom thought that she was very good for other skills that don't involve her legs. She then became an experienced weaver. Although this is a small part of the book, it means a lot to everyone in life.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is about a teenage girl, Starr, who lives in Garden Heights which is run by gangs and is all around rough but goes to school at a privileged white school. On her way home with her friend Khalil, they get pulled over and he is shot and killed. The murder causes a huge uproar in Garden Heights and everybody uses their voices to speak up and start protests and try to show people the way black people are treated by police. Starr struggles to find her voice and use it to help get justice for her long time best friend Khalil amidst all the chaos in both neighborhoods. The Hate U Give puts the theme racism in the spotlight and from the first page you can see that racism is a huge problem, not only in this realistic fiction two town story, but all over the world in every country, city, and neighborhood. As a 16 yr old girl she was been through more than anyone should in a lifetime and she musters the courage to speak out to multiple audiences both televised and in person to share what she's been through and tell people her truth. This book may be fictional but like someone says in the book "It's the same story just different names over and over" which showcases the issue with police brutality and racism in just ten words. Luckily in both the book and real life, people have the courage that Starr had to speak up and tell people not only the problem and how we can fix it but also the way it's being kept alive by and the types of people who are keeping it alive. Khalil was shot by that white police officer because he was reaching for a hairbrush and making sure Starr was ok and the officer assumed he was reaching for a gun and telling Starr his murder plans, which is one of the issues. People just assume that because someone has more melanin in their skin they are more dangerous than someone with lighter skin and because someone is raised in a lesser income neighborhood that they are more likely to kill police officers. Starr is able to speak out to multiple audiences both televised and in person to share what she's been through and tell people her truth which is the first step to changing police brutality and racism and although not everyone is able to use their voice to speak for themselves, there are people who are willing to speak for two or three or as many people as they need to in order to ensure everyone’s safety in the future.
The Hate U Give has forced me to re-examine the times I've dealt with racism and even felt nervous or uncomfortable around police because of the stories I've heard or read about in the news and even from my parents and grandparents. Although I myself have dealt with racism 1st handed, it's not the same as the situations Angie Thomas writes Starr into. In the book, Starr has witnessed two murders, both of which the victims are her best friends. Thomas has written the emotions of Starr so strongly that the reader themselves feel like they have witnessed those murders too and feel for Starr as they would for a loved one. This has caused me to re-examine how I experience life. I go around and see the bad in almost every situation, when I should be seeing the good and how it will change me a day, month, or year in the future. It also makes me question what I think is important from drama to grades. After reading this I realized that drama won't affect me at all in a year, I'll even forget about it completely in a year but my grades will have some kind of affect in a year. If I let my grades drop because of drama then in a year I wouldn't be in the same spot I would be if I didn't let drama get to me. Throughout the book we also notice the constant of Starr struggling to find her own voice and find her own place in the world. As a 16 yr old girl she was been through more than anyone should in a lifetime and she musters the courage to speak out to multiple audiences both televised and in person to share what she's been through and tell people her truth. Truthfully, I don't think I could ever do what she does and speak to the country about an experience like that but I do think I should start to find the courage, for my own sake, to speak up incidents that have happened to me, even if its just to one person, instead of keeping it locked up and dealing with it by myself.
The theme in the book The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody helps me see and understand the world in a very different way. This is a story about a girl named Ryn who lost her bestfriend in a car accident. Ryn has one unread text message from her friend Lottie and has kept it for almost a year. Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver airport from a blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friends death. When she meets a new friend named Xander, he helps Ryn try and overcome Lottie’s death. Ryn never thought she could move on with her life but with the help of Xander, she try’s and that’s all that counts. As the novel plays out it is foucused on how Ryn grieves Lottie. This connects with the theme as being all people take grief differently. In life this makes me think that it’s okay to mourn over your losses but something tells me that Jessica Brody wants the outcome of reading this book to be that you should focuse on having a good time than mourning over your losses. In the novel, the author makes it clear that Lottie is very outgoing and daring while Ryn sits back and is very quiet. When Lottie passes away Ryn relizes that she would have wanted her to have the time of her life rather than to be sad and mourn about her death. When Ryn finally takes that into consideration she does what Lottie thinks is best for her and let’s go of the past little by little. As in life I feel this should happen a lot more often to people dealing with grief.
The book We Were Liars by E.Lockhart is about the main character Cadence, her cousins Mirren and Johnny, and there good friend Gat (who they treat like a cousin), they call each other "The Liars". They come from a very wealthy family, the Sinclairs, and every summer they go to their private island off the coast of massachusetts called Beachwood Island. During summer 15 Cadence falls in love with Gat but they know that the rest of the family does not want them to be together and Cadence doesn't even think that Gat loves her in return. Also during summer 15 Cadence learns that she sufferd a terrible accent, or at least this is what her mother leads her to believe, she went out swimming one night but hit her head on the rocks near the shore. She was rushed to the hospital and now she suffers from terrible migraines and memory loss, her "perfect" world has basically been turned upside down. Cadence now feels vey lost in her life. One theme that shows up a lot throughout the book is that you only live once so make the most of the opportunities that you get. Cadence dad left a during summer 15 but he decides to take her on a trip to Europe, she sends her cousins many emails about her vacation but gets no reply and she wonders why she never gets a reply from either cousin or even her supposed lover, Gat. Because of Cadence sickness her mother thinks it is not a good idea to back to Beachwood but she is finally allowed to go for part of the summer. When she is back Cadence sees her cousins and they apologies for not communicating with her after summer 15. She even falls in love with Gat again. The lairs are all being kind to her and sympathetic about her condition but something seems fishy. Cadence can't remember anything about summer fifteen and doesn't even really remember her accident happening. She asks her mother many times about summer 15 , as she thinks it is important to know what went on that summer before her accident, but her mother says cadence needs to remember on her own. Cadence mom also warns the rest of the relatives, including the liars, not to tell her. Cadence spends a lot of her time on the island that summer thinking about what her life would been like of the accident wouldn't have happened. She spends lots of her time in her bedroom when she gets migraines. Cadence's Grandad had favorited her since she had been little as she is the first born grandchild. The way the theme ou only live once so make the most of the opportunities that you get shows up in the book is when Johnny explains to Cadence that she is actually a very lucky person despite what she thinks is holding her back. He also tells her that Grandad is the one that paid for her trip to Europe because he wants the best for her considering all the opportunities and possibilities she has. Towards the end of the book Cadence realizes what Johnny said was true and she realizes how lucky she is to have all these great opportunities and she should make the most out of her life. She also remembers what happened in summer 15, The Liars had started a fire. Out of the four liars, Cadence was the only one to live. She has actually been hallucinating or imagining her interactions what Johnny, Mirren, and Gat. The fire was probably the reason for her terrible migraines and memory loss as she most likely inhaled to many fumes and probably hit her head on something or fell as she was trying to escape the flaming house. This makes her think how grateful she is to be alive even considering the condition she is now in. A character in my book that makes me question my own life is Cadence. Even though she got off her path she was able to get back own it even though it took some time and perseverence. I can use this to make changes in my own life.
After reading the book Eleanor and Park I noticed the theme of unconditional love. I noticed this theme because in the story Park loved Eleanor when no one else didn't, whether it was because of the way she looked or the way she acted. Park didn't let those things get to his feelings for her, even when she was disregarding him he still loved her. This makes me think about the way people have a tendency to judge people off of first hand without getting to know them and then treating them in unkind ways because of their judgements and how everyone should get to know people before making an unfair call to them. The character Eleanor changed the way I think about what I have and how grateful I, and most other people living here, should be about our situations because Eleanor's was definitely not ideal.
The novel The Hate U Give shows strong themes of racism and justice/injustice. These themes gave me a very different perspective on the world especially based off of where we live. In Lake Forest the population doesn't experience the oppression that others may because of how privileged our community is and because of the lack of diversity in our population. So, when I read The Hate You Give I realized that many differences give some "good fortune" and some "bad fortune" whether it may be race, religion, gender, political stance, etc. and it is horrible that these people are so used to getting the "bad fortune" that they don't even try to get justice because they know that they will either get ignored or worse, hurt. Starr made me realize that even if your scared you should always stick up for what think, more so what you know, is right. Even if you have to struggle a little bit too.
The theme of the book The Heir by Kiara Cass is that two different people can have different perspective on the same subject. The main character Eadlyn, the daughter of America and Maxon. America competed in a contest called the selection, which is a competion to see who will be the wife of Prince Maxon. Eadlyn's parents decide that it is time to hold a selection for Eadlyn to find a husband. Eadlyn's dad, was completely on board and excited to find love in this competion, but Eadlyn is completely upset with having a selection of her own. She does not want to find love because she feels like she will lose control over the country if someone is in power with her. This shows that two different people, even if they are very similar can have a completely different perspectives on the same situation.
In the realistic fiction novel The Countdown by Deborah Wiles made me realize that when the cold war was going on in 1947-1991 that a lot of people had to do through several drills to protect them from the threats and this makes me re-examine the real world because of that now the united states is more protected and prepared for anything. The main character Franny made me question how people act now because back then it was a lot different because their was nuclear threats so everyone didn't know when it will end.
In the book Everything Everything, the theme is fear shouldn't take over your life. Maddy is 18 and has spent most of her life stuck in her house because she has the illness where she's allergic to out doors. Anything can cause her an allergic reaction which can lead to death so she has to be careful. All she has is her mom and her nurse, Carla. Her neighbors moved and a new family moved in and she was interested in the boy, Olly, and he was in trouble so she went outside to help him and never got sick. She didn't want fear to stop her so she booked a flight to Hawaii with Olly to experience the outdoors. This leads to the idea that fear should take over the way you want to live your life. The theme makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because people are sick and sometimes they can't experience things that other people get to experience. Like Maddy she had a sickness where she could go outside, so she couldn't expiernce high school or anything fun, but her house where she was trapped and kids like Olly got to experience what it was like to go to high school and travel, and not everyone is the same, sometimes you get sick, and sometimes not, and sometimes it could be really harmful. One character that made me question something about my own life is Masddy. Her whole life she was always affaraid of the world and of her illness and the effects, but she didn't let her fears stop her from exploring the world and going past her boundaries. Sometimes I get afraid to do something or try something, and that fear stops me cause I'm afraid of what could happen, but Maddy wasn't afraid she was ready to experience something different and that makes me question about how my life is filled with fears, but that fear shouldn't stop me from doing something.
This summer I was able to read numerous outstanding novels, one of which being The Adoration of Jenna Fox, by Mary E. Pearson. While reading this dystopian novel (in which many of you have read), I came across valuable lessons and messages the author implied. This novel was about a young teenage girl, Jenna Fox, who had just woken from a year long coma. Yet, she did not just lose all her memories as a child, but she lost who she was as a person. Her personality. She lost everything that made her Jenna Fox. After waking up from her coma, she had to trust those around her, such her parents and relatives who knew her. She to rely on them to rebuild herself... to rebuild the "perfect" daughter she was before. Although, here's the problem. She didn't remember ANYTHING. So, trust is all she had.But that doesn't mean her parents told her everything. As the novel continues to progress, Jenna becomes more and more eager and impatient. Questions about who she was start flowing through her mind, as memories reappear. the reader realizes how the parents continued to lie and tell half-truths. What really caused the coma? Who were her friends and where were they for all that time? Questions were asked, but answers were unclear. Who can she trust to give her what she needs to know? Can she trust her parents?
So, throughout the book, an important message implied through the book is that trust is earned, not given. After discovering this, it really make me see the world in a completely different way. I mean, think about it. This truly helped me understand that the world depends on trust. Think about all the times we need to trust other people. For instance, have you ever gone rock climbing? Almost everybody has, but have you ever thought how much trust you must have? When climbing, you have to trust the belayers and trust that they will support you, even if there is any uncertainty. You have to trust the rope and that the instructor made sure that the rope was secure. As you can see, just one simple activity in which almost everybody has done various amount of times, requires a vast amount of trust.You have to prove that you are trust worthy to support your peers. It is hard to have initial trust with an extremely dangerous activity, so you must earn trust by proving that you will have your peers' back. After reading this book, I had definitely realized that I put so much trust in others' hands, I have to recognize the fact that before I lean for support, I make sure I have trust in them, and that I know they will stand with me through thick and thin.
As I continue to think about my own life, I can automatically think of Jenna's parents. While they did want to protect her, they kept telling propagandas and lies, which just resulted in more tension distress between them and their precious daughter. This makes me realize that I have to remember that so many people in my life every single day rely on me tremendously, so I have to prove that I will stand with them and support them, so they can trust me when they truly need it. In life, it is extremely easy to fake it and lie. To take the easy way out of things, but by doing so, you dig yourself into a deeper whole to dig out of, and many lose some of the most important people and things in your life.
To conclude, trust is not given to you. You must earn it, and prove you can be trustworthy. So, the next time someone leans on you for support, hold them up, don't drag them down.
The themes of the Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer made me re-examine my understanding of the world. Bella Swan, has moved to rainy Forks. Oregon from sunny Arizona. She meets Edward Cullens a mysterious boy at her new school, who is extremely rude to her on some days while friendly on others. She eventually learns that he is a vampire, but he is different, instead of drinking human blood, he, along with his family survives on animal blood.. The book series goes through the difficulties and problems that the young couple go through as their forbidden love grows, from running from blood-thirsty vampires and Bella becoming a vampire to a half-human half-vampire child and fighting against the Volturi.. A theme that is common across this saga is good vs. evil. This is because, what makes a vampire good in the Twilight Saga is their self-control and will. Vampires like James are bad because he took pleasure in torturing and killing his victims, while good vampires like Edward and his family exerted self control and drank the alternative of animal blood. This connects to the real-world as many people judge others based on who they are associated with, charecterizing them as such. For example, a person may have a friend who is known to do bad things and others may associate this person for being like that friend eve when in reality they are not. This is the same in Twilight as the wolves, like Jacob, all assumed that all vampires are bad because some drank human blood, and so the Cullens were associated with that stereotype even though they were different than that. It makes me realize that, that happens a lot today, where people stereotype others without knowing them. Jacob and the other wolves eventually realized that the Cullen’s were good vampires after getting to know them for a while, and that can be done in the real world today, so people aren’t stereotyped. Edward makes me realize how on a day-to-day basis people are stereotyped from skin color, religion, how people dress/act etc. He makes me wonder how many people are stereotyped and no one realizes it because it is second nature. Bella reminds me of the people who look past the stereotypes and get to know the actual person vs. just labeling them a certain stereotype. She makes me wonder how many people actually look past the stereotype and get to know the real person behind their label.
While reading the book The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne it made we rethink how I picture the world. The main character Bruno, who is the son of a German officer during World War II, had to move to a home closer to his fathers new job. Being the junvinile kid he was, his understanding of the war was only influenced by the views of his family and the people that entered his home. One day Bruno decided to explore outside the gates of his house, and soon found himself face to face with a young boy about his age, only seperated by a wire fence. As the two children got to know each other Bruno began to question the things he has been told and is curious on why the boy inside the fense can't leave. Weeks later the two come to an agreement, that bruno can sneek into the camp with the boy if he promises to help the child find his lost father. While in the camp the story helps readers understand how truly similar we all are and how ones beliefs does not change the way they look or if other people are more superior. A common theme I discovered while reading this text is bond over beliefs. Meaning because the children did not know of the different beliefs they were able to set it aside and build a strong friendship. From this book I was able to learn that in my life if someone has different thoughs on something, that dosen't mean it can stand in the way of friendship. In the end everyone is equal and differences should not define the way you treat others others.
In the novel, “Love & Gelato” by Jenna Evans Welsh, going off to Tuscany, Italy is the last thing that 16-year-old Lina wants to do. But when Lina realizes that was her mothers dying wish, she has no choice but to try her best to get to know her father that she has met. Soon she finds her mom’s journal that she had kept while living in Florence, and quickly uncovers the greatness of the city. Meeting great friends along the way, and falling in love with Florence, the journal brings Lina closer to her mother and uncovers a big secret along the way. While reading this book, the theme I found was open-mindedness. In the beginning of the story, Lina was really reluctant to moving and settling in to Italy, but after she did, she began to absolutely LOVE it. If her mom hadn't pushed her to move, and Lina hadn’t finally given in, a big part of herself would of gone completely undiscovered. She never would have found her mother’s journal, and therefore never have read about the side of her mom that she never got to meet in real life. This theme made me re-examine my understanding of the world because, sometimes I feel that some people in the world are reluctant have an open-mind, and they end up missing the greater things in life. When I was younger, I was always very stubborn to try new foods. But as I got older, I start trying new and different food that I wasn’t as comfortable with, and ended up really liking them and becoming a more adventurous eater! Lina and her settling into Italy, also made me ask more questions about myself. Early this summer, I visited Rome, Italy with my family. Above all it was an amazing experience, but when I first arrived I was completely thrown off by the different language, lifestyle, and absolute humidity of the mid-day. I remember the first night, just being so scared to even try to take anything in. But I soon opened up my mind, and took Italy in. Even though, in the beginning I was thinking like Lina and being reluctant for anything different, I was able to overcome that and have a greater experience in Italy.
In the book "The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green I came across many valuable messages as well as lessons. This novel is about a 16 year old girl named Hazel Grace Lancaster who was diagnosed with stage 4 Thyroid cancer. Not to far into the book Hazel falls in love with Augustus waters. Hazel wasn't into interacting with people due to her fear of people asking to many questions about her sickness. But, Hazel really felt as though Gus understood her in ways other people can't and she felt like Gus will always have her back no matter what was thrown his way. In other words Hazel felt confident in having a close relationship with Gus. Throughout the book Augustus and Hazel make the most of there life and set forth for adventure. I'd say the bright and obvious theme of the book "The Fault In Our Stars" is that no matter what life throws at you, you should always make the best out of it and not let it stop you from doing the things you love. This theme really sets out a good understanding because, there are many people in the world that suffer with sicknesses or just struggle to find there way through life, and I really think this book would show them that no matter how weak you think you are don't let anything get in your way of adventure.
I read the hunger games series over the summer. The themes of trusting yourself and pushing yourself to be the best reflect on my life in many ways. These themes have reflected onto my life when I am learning something new. I push myself until I reach my goal and don’t stop until I do. I often see myself relating to katniss Everdeen because of her modification and ablilties to reach her goals. She is a great role model for me and she has inspired me to be a better person every day.
In the book "The 57 bus" by Dashka Slater, this book showed e that some people go through this kind of stuff every day, The 57 Bus shows me to thing about the people around me and what they are going through. In this book, it is about Sasha, teen who attends a private school in the middle class of Foothills Sasha isn't sure whether they are a boy or a girl and for that people who don't know her or understand will judge her. Some might take it to far like Richard, Richard is a teen who lives in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public school. Everyday there paths would overlap on the 57 Bus. One afternoon with one single acted left Sasha severely burned and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. Overall the theme of the book "The 57 Bus" think before you act and think about the others around you what they are going through. This theme fits this book because everything that happens in this book really show those things, like Richard he should have really thought about that before he did it, he should have thought about the possible outcome, etc. Also with that thinking about the people around is a big thing, Richard wasn't thinking he didn't understand salsa didn't know what they were going through. that is why the themes, think before you act and think about the people around you and what they are going through, goes with the book "The 57 Bus".
I also read a book called deadzone which is the sequel of Survival is no game. The theme in the book deadzone, is teamwork. The story begins right where they left of in the jungle where a brave kid named Yoshi thought that he could kill cheetah with a sword in the middle of the night. Then what happened was that he almost ended up dying, the only reason why he didn't die was because of the other kids who came and saved him. This makes me understand the world because so many people think that they don't need any help and they can do everything on their own, but most of the people they can't. That makes me wonder if I would be to scared to go out in the middle of the night, trying to kill a cheetah or would I just be like Yoshi.
One of the numerous books I have read this summer was a phenomenal, free-verse narrative called Milk and Honey, by Rupi Kaur. While reading this book, I was captured into the author's real life experiences as her life progressed. As the book prolonged, I travelled through the different times of her life: a time full of hurt, love, breaking, and a time of healing. The author thoroughly explains her hardships that she faced, and being treated with injustice because she was a woman. In addition, she describes several times in her life in which she had lost people she loved. The author continues to illustrate who she learned to deal with the break-ups, sexism, and harsh reality she was living in al her life. But, more importantly, she learned that life is always going to be filled with ups and downs. Life is always going throw us obstacles, but it makes us appreciate and be grateful for the good times we have in life, with the people we love the most.
This undoubtedly struck me and made me re-examine the world around me. When going to school, for instance, we all hit obstacles, academically and socially. But it is how we deal with it. We could either drag ourselves and feel sorry, or we could use it as a tool to help us in the future. When getting a bad grade, one could either cry and try to forget about it, or study more and learn from one's mistakes.
The author, Rupi Kaur, also made me do some thinking on my own life. It really made me consider how I approach my life and obstacles I face. It is extremely important to remember that we have so much control on how we write our life and how we want to spend it. I can control how I approach obstacles I face. Life is always going to be filled with good and bad moments, filled with mountains to climb, but flowers to smell. There is always going to be moments we regret and feel downhearted, but in the end, it can help us become more happy and successful people.
Just in case you are interested in reading this book in the future, be mindful that there is quite a lot of adult material in the book, so just make sure you have the permission to read it.
In the Coming Of Age novel "The Trials Of Apollo: The Burning Maze", Apollo must learn what it means to be human. This makes the theme Coming Of Age because he must learn to know his limits and what he can or cannot do, like we do when we're growing up. This makes me question what makes us human, but also what makes us better than the rest in our separate ways, not only physically but mentally. Thus we learn what makes us a branch off the tree, sprouting our own way. One specific character that makes me question my life is Jason, whom cares for people nobody else cares about with a deep compassion, like with Kymopoleia, one of the forgotten Goddesses', and it makes me question how compassionate I am to others, and how that could affect them and me as a total. It also makes me wonder how many people are in Kymopoleia's position, thinking they are forgotten or not cared about, and what I can do to changed that for them.
In the book "Warcross" by Marie Lu, the theme is cheaters never prosper. This is the theme because Emika, the main character, is a hacker. She hacks Warcross, a VR game used world-wide, but it does not go as planned. This makes me think about my video game time and what they can do to your brain, because in this book, people live for it, they always watch no matter what, which makes me realize video games aren't all they are put up to be, and I should play less of them because of it. One character that makes me question myself is a player named Asher, the leader of a Warcross team. He makes me wonder "How much of a leader am I, and how much of a follower am I", and it goes for me and others. This makes me want to be less of a follower, and forge my own path.
In the realistic fiction novel The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin, Suzy Swanson, the protagonist, loses her best friend, Franny, due to a drowning incident and finds herself overcome with guilt about the events that took place before Franny drowned. The two friends had gotten into a fight about branching out and making new friends, but they were still fighting when Franny left for a vacation she didn't come back from. Suzy stops talking unless it is necessary and is too upset to try to make new friends. She is lonely and feels ignored by her class until she reads about a deadly jellyfish that may have lived in waters near where Franny had drowned. Suzy forms a theory that the jellyfish killed Franny, and believes it more and more as she thinks about it, planning to run away to Australia to meet a jellyfish expert who could prove that this theory was right. She starts stealing money from her parents and making plans for Australia, but things get complicated as the novel continues. Throughout the story, Suzy learns how she needs to move on and forget her past mistakes in order to learn new things. This can relate to me because when I moved, I lost all of my old friends, and I found it hard at first to make new ones, but I met a lot of new, fun people, and I still kept in touch with my old friends. This book helped me re-examine the world to realize how lucky I was to have such amazing, caring people in my life. In addition, this book taught me about empathy and how I should put myself into other people's shoes more often, like Suzy realizes she should have done with Franny. All in all, this book taught me much about friendship and kindness, and helped me connect with all of my friends, new and old.
After reading the dystopian book The Rose Society by Marie Lu, the theme of the book was that sometimes when you make a wrong choice, the best thing to do is to work your way around the problem. In this case, Adelina, the main character, had lost everything. Her parents, her friends, they all betrayed Adelina causing her to lose her trust in people. Adelina goes on a journey to find people she can trust once again. This theme of the story helped me understand that sometimes the best way to figure something out is to start from the beginning, and to build your way back up.
In the book The Midnight Star by Marie Lu, the main theme of the story is to do what is for the greater good, for not only yourself, but the surrounding people around you. Adelina sets this example more towards the middle and on through the book, because she realized that all the horrible actions she has done to her sister, and past friends, Adelina realizes that they all deserved more than they were given. Towards the end she risks everything she has for everyone else to live a better life than she had.
Adelina the character herself is more aggressive than the other characters in this story, but only because she is trying to protect her sister. Which when I compare that to my own life, it makes me realize that if my sister and I were put in this situation, I would risk everything her. This story has made me realize that there is such a stronger bond to siblings than they might think, and this book has made me become even closer to my sister.
A similar theme to The Midnight Star by Marie Lu, is Allegiant by Veronica Roth. Both of these books both have the theme of selflessness intertwined towards the end of the books. The main character, Tris, was grown up with a family that was taught to be selfless, and through the entire Divergent series Tris sets that example. She really had only three friends, and the rest of the characters were hated opon. Her brother almost killed her, but didn't have the urge to do it. The original plan was to sacrifice her brother, who was hated by everyone, but at the last moment Tris decides to take his place, which was very selfless of her to do.
Both characters Tris and Adelina risked it all for the greater good of their world.
In the book Four by Veronica Roth, the book is set in Tobias's perspective. He lives with his cruel father, and his mother is presumed dead. Tobias lives his life in fear of his father, scared of his every movement. Once he chooses to move to a new place to call home, he still fears his father, even though he won't see him for the rest of his life. Tobias' city is divided by groups. Abnegation; the selfless, Amity; the kind, Erudite; the intelligent, Candor; the honest, and Dauntless; the brave. Tobias started in Abnegation, then transferred to Dauntless. In Dauntless, they give you a serum to see what your fears are, so then they can 'help' you overcome them. Two years after he transferred, he met Tris. She helped him overcome his fears.
This moment of the story showed that it's okay to be afraid, but a friend can always help you overcome them.
In the book The maze Runner written by James Dashner, a big theme of the book is control and manipulation. In the book we follow the story of kids who get brought into a maze with no knowledge of their past life and given only one challenge, escape. This ends up being very challenging for these kids since the entire maze moves and there are creatures called Grievers which attempt to kill the children as the venture through the maze. This is all a result of the creators of the maze moving things around and testing them to see how they react. From abusing other children to moving the walls they are always trying to control and manipulate the children to get a response. This makes me think of how in the real world, what the governments and other people with higher status use to manipulate us. Maybe in little ways but maybe in big ways too.
When I read Jason Reynolds, “Ghost”, the first book in his “Track” series, the theme that came across to me the most was perseverance. Ghost is a twelve year old runner, but running hasn’t always been his thing. Even at only age 12, Ghost has had to preserver through a lot to feel that everything will be alright. He had been abused by his father, and bullied at school. Being on the track team to Ghost is very important, because he becomes one with the others around him. For his team Ghost must prove that he can dash like no other. Even if that means not fighting back when he's taunted. This makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because, everyday life can be very stressful. A lot of different commitments all at once, can become very overwhelming. For Ghost though, he trains tirelessly to catch up to the other runners. And he does everything he can to be his best for everyone. The character Ghost also makes me question how important teamwork has been in my life. For Ghost, his teammates become a second family to him, they support him, and grow with him. When you are on a team and have the same goals as your teammates, you tend to form a stronger bound with them. For example on my soccer team a few years ago, we can extremely close to winning a tournament by a game. By the end of the game, we were all pretty upset, and disappointed that we didn’t make it far enough. Even though we were said about our loss, we were all able to go back and recall moments in the game where we had down something crazy to get the extra point. We had enjoyed ourselves out there, and even though we didn't win, our teamwork was able to bring each other back up again.
In the book ready player one by Ernest Cline a teenage boy named wade is searching for the hidden egg in a virtual reality world called the OASIS and if he finds it he get complete controll over the OASIS. Wade really wants to find the egg because he is poor and if he finds it he can make lots of money off of it. this book made me look at certin situations diffrently because it showed my why people work so hard for things when they are desprite.
This summer one of my favorite books I read was a Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle. This book was about three children who teamed up, Meg, the outcast, Charles Wallace, the weird brother, and Calvin, the jock. Together, all three go on an adventure to save Meg and Charles Wallace's father. One theme that really stuck out to me was that even the most different of people can work together. As I said earlier, Calvin is the sporty jock of the school, and Meg is the outcast. The reason that this theme stood out to me was because almost no one wants to be with some one who they don't know. Sometimes, when you are different, you may even do better than if you were working with someone who had the same abilities. The saying, "opposites attract" is true in this book, but not true in the real world. If people could learn to work together, the world may be more constructive and productive.
The book One of Us is Lying makes me re-examine the world. Set at Bayview High, all five of the characters fit common stereotypes. There is Addy, the blonde beauty who's set to become the perfect Prom Queen, Bronwyn, the brain, who is Yale-bound and never breaks the rules. Cooper, the all-star baseball pitcher, the complete opposite of Nate, the 'bad boy', who's already on probation for dealing drugs. And finally, Simon, the misunderstood oddball, who's known for writing Bayview High's insane gossip app that constantly stirs the pot. When all five of them end up in after-school detention, Simon's cup of water is spiked with peanut oil and due to his peanut allergy, he's dead by the end of detention. When reporters start pointing fingers and police investigations begin for the case of Simon's murder, the 4 remaining teenagers slowly set aside every difference and band together to find out what really happened. While everyone is against them because it seems like one of them has to be the murderer, they become great friends and support one another even when a future article is leaked, spilling that Bronwyn cheated on finals, Cooper is taking steroids for baseball, Addy cheated on her long term boyfriend Jake, and Nate is selling drugs again. Overall, this book showed me that you can overcome your differences and become friends with anyone.
The theme in the book The Adventures Of Jack Lime, is helping others. In the story there's this kid his name is Jack Lime when he was about 10 years old his mom and dad died, so now he lives with his grandmother. When he started at Iona High he decided that he wanted to be a detective, now he solves problems for others who needs help just like his grandmother helped him when his mom and dad died. This makes me understand the world because many people don't help others people when they need it, they only think about themselves. Jack makes me wonder if I would try to help other people instead of thinking about myself if my mom and dad died.
In the realistic fiction novel, Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan, there is a very unique format and plot line. To start off, there are 3 different stories that all connect to each other by a harmonica, the harmonica being a special instrument to all 3 main charcters in the book. The origins of the harmonica go way back to a time before these 3 charcters excisted. Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, was a boy named Otto. He had a book that he bought from a Gypsy earlier that day and a harmonica that the gypsy offered him to take for free. While he was in the forest he found 3 sisters, that were actually the characters in his book that he as reading. Soon enough they helped him get out of the forest in exchange of breaking a spell casted on them by there mom so they could be set free and return to their family and thats when the harmonica first unleashed its power. The harmonica was making sounds as Otto went through the forest and the sound was different every time Otto moved, the better the sound the closer he was to exiting the forest and eventually he did. He eventually let the harmonica go because he realized he was the messanger and he was meant to save souls with the harmonica so he let the harmonica find its way to the next few people that would own it and use it to help save them. Thats when we go to the 3 main charcters in the book, Friedrich, Mike, and Ivy. Friedrich was the first one to own the harmonica. He was a guy who absolutely loved music, at random times he would even pretend to conduct an orchestra. He was living in Germany when World War II was going on. Hitler and the Nazis where a huge problem to him and his family. He worked at a harmonica factory ever since he was given a harmonica. He was very talented and played it very well for everyone he knew. He didnt go to school because he had a huge birthmark that was deformed on his face and always got bullied for it so he was taught at the factory while he worked. His sister was part of the Hitler Youth League and became a disgrace to his family. Eventually, his dad was taken away by the Nazis and he had to get him back with the help of his uncle. He kept the harmonica with him during all of this and even though things were going pretty bad for him, he believed that there was a possibility that something good could happen. Moving on to the next character to have the harmonica is Mike. Mike had a brother named Frankie. He and his brother lived in a orphans shelter since everyone in his family had died. The place was very bad and they were really hoping to get out of there and head to New york one day as his dream. Eventually they got adopted by a very rich person which they never thought would happen. The only thing is their new mom didnt want them at first and would never spend any time with them. This made Mike feel very upset. He had the harmonica given to him as a gift and he played it everytime he was upset. After a while Mike found out they were being given away and he talked to there mom and asked if they could at least keep Frankie and he was going to join a band that gave the orphans a home if they got in and he knew he was gonna get in but he actually didnt because he couldnt risk them sending Frankie back to the orphan home and sell him if he got in so they decided to run away one night, again hoping for a possibility that things will get better soon. Moving on to the 3 character, Ivy. Ivy is a girl who has moved many different times. She mostly moves around California. She has a brother fighting in the war and ever since he has left her life has been falling apart. She ends up moving from her favorite place that she has ever lived to and just like Mike, she plays her harmonica when she is upset and when she is also happy. They ended up moving and she loves the new place that she moves too. She starts school and realized she is going to a Mexican school and not the all english kids school she saw on her way to her new house and her parents are very mad about this. She ends up joining the orchestra at the english school and it really changes her life. She starts playing the flute and she is so talented with it as long as her harmonica. She makes a new friend named Susan and she teaches her how to play harmonica. Apparently her neighbors where taken away by officials for being japanese and people believed the family were spies and damaged all of there property. Her family was trying to fix the house because they might have lived there if theykept the house clean. Eventually they did and everything was all good until she thinks her brother has died in the war. She played the harmonica to get her mind off of it and again, she had a possiblity that things would get better. After all of their stories are told, they actually are all connected to each other in an orchestra, Friedrich the conductor, Mike the piano soloist, and Ivy the best flutist and youngest in the group. The all unveil the rest of their stories, showing that things did get bett
Sorry I didnt realize my work cut off! But I did realize I wrote sooo much more than this and Im so upset it didnt all save but I will sum it up. They all got there problems solved and the theme in the book is that anything is possible when you think positive and believe. The harmonica helped them all cope with their problems and I believe that maybe this can help us in the real world to help us calm and relax when we have a problem so we dont become all stressed. The 3 characters make me re-examine my life by wondering when I will find an item like the harmonica that will help me cope with my anxiety so I dont have to stress about everything and focus on the good stuff and tasks at hand and not the past and the bad things. Again, I did write sooo much more than this and Im really sorry that the majority of it all deleted, I really dont know what happened but I hope this helps with the main idea of everything I wrote!
I read the book touching spirit bear by Ben Mikaelsen which is about a boy who is very bad behaved due to his home life. His father beat him and his mother drank a lot. One day Cole beat up this other kid named peter and caused life long damage to his brain and body. He was being kept in a juvenile detention center where he was given the choice to live alone on an island for a year or spend 15 years in prison. He chose the island. Soon after he arrived to the island he was mauled by a grizzly bear and almost died. This gave him and I a new perspective in life because it humbles you. It shows that you won't always be the toughest or smartest.
In the book code talkers by Joseph Bruchac, the theme that I thought fit best was Be the change that you want to see in the world. In the book 16 year old Ned Begay convinces us of this theme. in the book Ned volunteers to be part of navajos in the marine corps, he is interested in the job because they are being heavily recruited and wants to help the cause. he later goes through boot camp and becomes a code talker. during the book Ned goes through the struggle of sending crucial messages back and forth to japan during world war 2. the theme made by Ned made me re examine my understanding of the world by showing me that people don't have to wait for the world to change they can do it themselves if they put there mind to it by getting involved in the cause that will make that specific change to our world
In the book Wonder written by R.J. Palacio we follow the life of a boy named ague coleman who is not like most kids due to his facial deformities. In the beginning of the book ague is getting ready for his first day of school. He has been homeschooled up until this point and his parents want him to try out going to a real school. He doesn't want to go to school because he thinks he will be bullied for how he looks. During the first day of school he finds a friend named jack and they become very close. Later in the book he finds out jack was talking about him behind his back with other kids and became very angry. Jack felt bad and told him it was an accident. The school year was almost over and during his field trip he made a lot more friends and he wants to return to school next year. This book showed me a new understanding of life because i saw how some of the kids treated ague and i felt bad and they should not of made fun of him because of how he looks.
My First book was Loot by Judy Blundell. The themes make me re-examine my understanding of the world because now I understand how thieves live.
the book was about two twins and there two friends and hey try to find stones hat will reverse the curse of there death and they get the stones, which someone is trying to buy, get the money wile having the stones reversing the curse. Also they steal stuff along the way.
In the book Wonder, written by R.J. Palacio, The main character August Pullman was born with a facial defect and was homeschooled kindergarten through fourth grade. He was going to start fifth grade at an actual school but was having second thoughts about it because he didn't want people to judge him based off of his face. August met a boy named Jack and they soon became best friends, he had also met a girl named Summer who had become one of his best friends as well. August went through the fifth grade with bullies bothering him and creating new friends. The theme of Wonder is not judge a book by its cover.It is obvious to society that judging a person by how they look is not right, but while reading the book and listening to how some of the characters reacted to the monster known as August, Its clear that sometimes people do assume characteristics and personality based off how things look. Still while reading the book Wonder I had realized that Not wanting to be friends with someone because of the way they look may be easier to keep your reputation higher, but still isn't the right thing to do. For example all the kids in Augusts school, Beecher Prep avoided him because of his facial defect. Except Summer, she had chosen to sit with him at lunch even when she was friends with the popular girls. This doesn't only happen in the book Wonder it happens in school too, you can see it when people don't talk to the new kid because they don't seem cool enough or they dress weird. Even when we don't think we're judging people by how they look, we always end up doing it. The book Wonder has helped me realize how much that our society judges things and people by the way they look. Which is why its important that we have books like Wonder to help us realize what we do on a daily basis. So even though sitting next to the new kid at school doesn't seem like such a big deal it could end up changing a lot, you could get to know them and end up liking them. Just like the characters did in Wonder.
my second book was called sting by Judy Blundell. This book is the second to the Loot series were the main characters "uncle" convinces them to steal some stones and says it will be easy when they almost die and they only get one stone. They stone is cursed and the loose all the money. After that happens they are forced to get two more stones they get one, then get betrayed again by the twins ant and then get the last one then get the money and get away. the twins caused me to question should i steal stuff if i am that young.
In the story When Did You See Her Last, By Lemony Snicket, the main character is trying to solve a case about a missing girl and what happened to her, but the thing is they are the richest people in the city. in this town there is a villain named Hangfire and he can imitate anyone's voice and can easily trick you so they need to find a missing girl and stay away from Hangfire. this story's theme relates to the real world because people do go missing and they do need lots of people to help. this story does not really relate to my life because I am not any kind of detective.
The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, by James Dashner, is the second book in the Maze Runner trilogy. It opens up to Thomas and his friends being just rescued by strangers and taken to a dorm room with his friends from the Glade. As they wake up they find the only girl in their group, Teresa, not in her dorm room. They only found a strange boy claiming he has no memory of the recent events and that he just woke up here. As they try to figure out what to do, a man appears out of the blue and tells them sad news. They have all received the Flare, a disease that has ravaged America and eats away the brain the more you use the brain. They call those people cranks. As he tells them that they must journey through the Scorch, a dessert filled with cranks, and find the antidote in 2 weeks. As they journey out the next morning, they go through a strange teleport-er and dark hallway only to arrive at a bare dessert with no shade and a run down city miles away. As they take their time, shifting from walking at night to resting at the daytime. As they approach the city, a freak lightning storm strikes them down with gallons of rain and lightning strikes hitting everywhere they walk. They escape to a building only to find a troop of Cranks not yet past the Gone. Two cranks named Jorge and Brenda help them escape only to have Thomas and Brenda be split up from the rest of the group. After Thomas's friends help them escape these cranks who captured them, Thomas gets shot by a rusty bullet and gets taken by WICKED. After the medicine wears off. Thomas gets dropped back into the Scorch. As they continue to trek through the Scorch, now with Brenda and Jorge, Thomas assumes the Teresa is in Group B, a girl group that Aris, the boy in Teresa's room, was a part of. Group A passes by a tool shed but Thomas stops and looks in. As he touches it, Teresa speaks to him through his mind and says that she misses him but doesn't have much time and that he will see her again. As Thomas consults his friends, they see people on the horizon. As Group A runs toward Group B, Teresa captures Thomas without any explanation as to why and takes him with Group B. All she keeps saying is that he knows what he has done to her and if they kill him in this certain place they will be rewarded the cure. Thomas sees what WICKED is trying to do and consults two girls who don't look like they are on board with this, Harriot and Sonya. He tells them his plan about how they will try to convince Teresa and the other girls that this is stupid and that they must follow Group A. The other girls are in agreement and Teresa reluctantly joins. As they ketch up with Group A, Teresa again kidnaps Thomas and puts him in this hidden lab. She starts beating him up when Aris steps in and joins Teresa. They are just about to kill Thomas when Teresa says that she was told to by WICKED to make Thomas feel like what was happening was real for the Variables, a system built by WICKED to understand how the Brain responds to situations for a cure for the Flare. As Thomas, Teresa and Aris join Group A and B, Thomas feels like he does not no Teresa anymore. When they get to the end, pods come down with these mutant like humans that they must kill to get the antidote. After they do that, the killer storm reappears along with airplanes that take them back to WICKED. That is where the story cuts off. This story was action packed and really made me think about my own life. It was all about betrayal and who to trust and it made me think about all the times I thought something was true but it was almost just a mirage, it was fake, and about all the times that will happen again because life is just like that, you never know what you will get. Thomas was a great link to that because of all the untruthfulness and lies. He new Teresa for so long but she made him out to be a fool and he doesn't know if he can trust her again.
The third book i read was The Hitchhickers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, which was about a guy named Arthur Dent and he has a normal life until the earth is about to explode and his friend ford saves him by hitchhicking onto a ship that dose not want him to be there, so they get kicked off and then they get very lucky and survive by going onto a different ship and meat some new friends Zaphod, trillian, and marvin the depressed android. then they go to a different plane that no one has ever seen. They get attacked by missals and Arthur saves them. There is life on he planet and some mice want Arthurs brain and the get away. Then they get attacked by the people hat didn't wan them hitchhicking so they ask Zaphods relative that is dead (it is confusing) to save them. He does and makes Zaphod go to a spot, he finds this guy and then Zaphod is hungry and is now with everyone else and he tells he ship to go the the closest place to eat.
The Fourth one i read is called the restraint at the end of the universe by Douglas Adams. The closest place to them is the restraint at the end of the universe. So they time traveled to the end of the universe and without moving. SO they eat and then they steel this car that is supposed to go into the sun. the time travel to when the car goes into the sun then they time travel again to pre-historical earth. They find a civilization criticize it and then leave. They some how split up and then Ford and Arthur meat and then they see the meaning of life which a computer said was 43, just kidding it was 42 anyway the book ends.
The Final book was life, the universe and everything by Douglas Adams, is about Arthur and his friend saving the universe at the end but they also do a lot of stuff that has no meaning.
In the book Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, the main character Wade is having issues with his life at home, but his escape is a virtual world called the Oasis. He uses it to talk to friends, play games, and for school. He finds a way to get through his life every day from virtual reality. He meets many new people from the virtual world, and those people become his best friends. Though he likes talking to them through the virtual world, he meets all of them in person, and realizes that meeting them in person is much better that talking to them through virtual reality. This relates to our world because electronics are taking over our human interactions, and we are relying to much on electronics for communication, people are starting to realize less that real life connections are better than online connection.
In the book The Hunger Games, Mockingjay written by Suzanne Collins, a main theme of the book series is courage and that with courage and perseverance, you can surpass any obstacle in your way. In the series we follow the story of Katniss Everdeen, a member of district 12 who volunteered as a tribute in the hunger games after her sister, Primrose, was elected by random. It took her a ton of courage in order for her to do that and we see her put forward many courages moments throughout the series. In part 3, Katniss and a band of rebels are now fighting for their lives after the country has fallen into chaos. Towards the beginning of the book, we follow her and the rebels who are helping save Peeta, who has been hijacked and wanting to kill Katniss. They are able to save him without getting injured. This and many other examples are multiple occasions where Katniss and people close to her need a lot of courage and perseverance. Katniss’s character make me think about how if you have enough courage and perseverance, you can do anything.
This Summer I read Insurgent, Divergent, and Shoe Dog. I can relate to all the main characters in these books, but the one I relate the too the most is Phil Knight, the created of Nike and the main character of Shoe Dog. In the book Phil spent most of his early to mid twenties craving excitement and looking for his place in the world. Finally, when he asked his Dad for a thousand dollars so that he could travel the world, he realized he loved shoes and that there was a huge opportunity to sell shoes in the U.S. After being unsure of what he wanted to do with his life for 5 years, he jumped at the idea and started Nike. When people ask me what I want to do when I grow up I always tell them I don’t know yet. This is what Phil Knight told his dad every night when he was asked what he wanted to do. It was not until his trip when he figured out he wanted to sell shoes for a living. I feel like Phil Knight and I are in the same shoes except he felt the same way I do when he was 25.
I also can relate to Beatrice in the book Divergent and Insurgent. In the book Divergent, Beatrice doesn’t know which faction she should join even after testing (which is supposed to tell her what faction to chose). I feel the same way because I don’t know what I want to do when I grow up. In the book Insurgent, she also doesn’t know her place in the world. Sometimes, she thinks she is meant to be a hero, but at other times she thinks she is supposed to stay back and let others fight her fights. It is not until she is about to die when she realizes she is meant to be a hero and help others. Beatrice doesn’t know her place in the world. I can relate to that because I don’t know my place in the world and what I should do yet. I do not know what I want to do with my life just like Beatrice in Divergent and Insurgent.
The Maze Runner: The Death Cure, by James Dashner, is the last book in the Trilogy. It opens up to Thomas all alone in a pure white room. As he sits and waits, he realizes that he has been sleeping for a couple of days. As the weeks go by, Thomas never is let out and has no human contact. After 2 weeks, he gets let out and is confronted by the man who spoke to him in the beginning of the Scorch Trials. He tells him why he was here and that the next Trial will be the hardest of them all. After Thomas freshness up, he sees all of his old friends. They all get lead to an Auditorium and is confronted by the weird man again. He announces that they will all be receiving their memories if they want them. Thomas and his two close friends Minho and Newt decide the won't get their memories back as a sign of hate towards WICKED. Then they receive horrid news. Some people are not immune out of the kids and the rest are. As the man reads off the names, Newt's name is said. Thomas immediately is horrified and feels like he should help WICKED if they could really find a cure but deep down he knows they can't. In the hustle and bustle of everyone figuring out who will get their memories back, Teresa confronts Thomas and tells him that she will be getting her memories back. After feeling awkward, Thomas sees and goes to Brenda. After talking to her, he finds out the she was planted in the Scorch by WICKED to help with the Variables. He also finds that she is a nurse and works for WICKED because she is immune. She agrees to their plans to escape and leaves to help people. After the man leads them to their room, Thomas, Newt, and Minho talk about what they should do. Before deciding, the strange man tells them that they must get their memory back. The three silently agree that they won't and now is their chance. They find Brenda and Jorge but no one else. They find a plane and are ready to take off to Denver, one of the safest places to go, when a shoot out starts between the guards and them. They take off and start flying, wondering where everyone is. After they land, they leave newt behind because he can't come in if he has the crank. As they hop out, Newt puts a note in Thomas's pocket and says not to open it until the time is right. Wanting to open it, they enter the city and Thomas is in awe by it. Sooner after he notices how bad it is and all of the dirt. They enter a mall when a man gives them a note without a word. They read it and it says to meet this man in an apartment. That man was Gally, a boy who was in the Glade with Thomas and killed his friend. After they go and see him, he tells them about how he escaped WICKED and joined the Right Arm, an organization against WICKED. After that they leave and stay at a hotel. the next morning they go to a cafe and see a strange man outside looking really relaxed. Brenda said that he might be using the remedy to slow down the brain if you have the Flare. If the brain is relaxed it makes you go crazy slower. that is why Newt was acting crazy. A medical person goes over to the man and then starts beating him up because he has the Flare. Thomas gets in trouble because he didn't say something earlier and the man takes him into his car, only to be shot in the head by the man from WICKED. The man says how he thinks Thomas should reconsider escaping and leaves. After Thomas meets up with his friends they agree and find it safer to be at WICKED. When they get back to the plane newt is gone and leaves a note that says he went to Crank place, a place for cranks. They set off for Crank Place and try to make him reconsider but he won't and he only gets made, especially at Thomas and he doesn't know why. As they are about to take off, they are stopped by people from the Right Arm who take them to their friends. Thomas and Brenda go with a man to see the leader of the Right Arm who tells him his plan to infiltrate WICKED using Thomas as bait. They will have someone hack the guns so that all of them shut down so it will be a standard fight. As Thomas leaves with the man who drove him there and the drive to the edge of the forest, they start to cross a bridge with a group of Cranks blocking their way. Thomas quickly sees Newt and reads the letter that says, if you were ever my friend, then kill me. Thomas is reluctant but shoots his best friend in the head and drives to the edge of the forest where he walks to the WICKED HQ.
After they think that he has come to his senses, they say that they will be cutting out his brain to find a cure. When they are just about to do the procedure, a bomb goes off causing everyone to panic. Thomas knows it is his friends but the crazed man from the beginning pushes them to do it anyway. After Thomas is knocked out, he wakes up to be alive after all with a note next to him from Chancellor Ava Paige saying that all of the immune people that they have rounded up are in the center of the maze and that they are still pushing to find a cure but with no more tests
In the book Ghost, by Jason Reynolds, the main character, Ghost shows how some of the small things in life, can become a great obstacle in life. Ghost, has been through so much throughout his life so far, but he doesnt let that ever stop him.
While I have read numerous awe-inspiring novels this summer, one of my favorites was a realistic fiction novel called "All We Have Left", by Wendy Mills. Reading this novel truly moved me with heartening and motivating themes and messages portrayed through the author's stunning story, based on the events of 9/11. This novel is written in two very different perspectives, one of which is of a young Muslim teenager, Alia, tying to make up for mistakes she made in the past, but soon ending up in the Twin Towers, and another in which is told in the perspective of Jesse, a 17 year-old girl who gets caught up in the wrong group of kids after witnessing her family fall apart because of her brother's tragic death in the Twin Towers. These two different people, living two contrasting lives, and living in a whole different time period than each other, are intertwined by the events off 9/11. While reading this novel, these two protagonists are forced to live through one of the most terrorizing days in history. Although, while being transported to this event and reading the story, I learned quite a lot after seeing what both characters had to go through and what they lost during the attacks. First off, this novel taught me to be enjoy and appreciate every moment you have with the people and places you love, because you never know when you could lose everything. In the book, Alia was eager to find her father, as he worked in the Twin Towers. Earlier that day, her parents had fought with her for getting in trouble at school, in which she needed to go see him so she could explain herself. So she could convince her father that she had changed as a person. Though, as she continues in an elevator to see her father, she is stuck as the planes strike. As she is eager to make it out alive she realizes the fact that she may never see her father again. This evidently shows that in life, we often take so many people, places, and things, for granted, but it is when we lose them, when we start to appreciate them. Something as simple as a hug can be extremely undervalued, but when a sense of longing and love breaks in, you start to realize that that one simple gesture can be all you really want. Alia's adventure made me realize to be even more mindful about the simplest of things around me, and learn to value them, for one day, I never when they could be gone.
In addition, another lesson that is well portrayed in this novel is to accept all religions, all ethnicities, and to not come to assumptions on people based on their beliefs. For instance, in Jesse's point of view, we enter a mind of dread, sadness, and great despair, as she witnesses her family crumble. In the novel, her father, dreadfully hurt by what had happened to his oldest son, is no only full of anger and outrage towards the Muslim community. All her life, she has been taught that the Muslim community was bad and was taught to stay away from them. As the book progresses, she finally gets into trouble, by preforming graffiti around town stating that Muslims should "go home". After finally getting into much more trouble than she can bear, she must perform community service, to regain forgiveness for her outrageous actions. Although, while performing community service at a Peace Center, embracing and celebrating the religion of Islam, she soon realizes that Muslims are not bad people at all. She learns that just because a tiny group of people decided to hijack planes, does not at all mean that Muslims are horrible people. She later falls in love with a Muslim, and realizes how wrong and messed up her life had been, realizing how racist and unfair she was treating every Muslim she encountered and how unacceptable her actions were.
I have seen many people have "The Hate U Give", by Angie Thomas. Just like that amazingly, well-written novel, this book introduces similar themes and central ideas such as those like racism, inequality, and acceptance in others. "All We Have Left" really does connect to our world today, in which we see so much discrimination of different ethnic and religious groups. It makes me realize that the world we live in as so much anger building up inside each one of us, but we blame so many in which should not be blamed. We hurt others in which don't deserve to be hurt. This makes me want to strive to fight against this in my life. I have the chance to either become a bystander and let millions of people become oppressed and suffer, or I could change this, right here, right now. We all can take this fantastic novel, and become even more responsive to the lives out there who are in need of our help. It is up to us, because if we don't stop the trauma, who will?
Sorry, I meant to say "....many people have read 'The Hate U Give'...".
Another fascinating novel I have been able to read this summer was "Inside Out and Back Again", by Thanhha Lai. This marvelously written story in free verse thoroughly captures the struggles and hardship faced when your home country and flee from war. When reading this book, the reader is immediately introduced to Kim Hà, a young 10-year-old girl, living in her home town, Saigon, located in South Vietnam. This novel is written during one of Vietnams most tragic events: The Vietnam War, in which thousands, even millions, had to flee with nothing, and start a new life from scratch. Kim Hà, her mother, and her three brothers were forced to leave their beloved home town behind them, move into refugee camps, and soon move to America to start a new life. If one is able to imagine, moving to another side of the world, having nothing but a few clothes, and not knowing the language, it is truly not an easy thing to overcome. Though, a true message of hope is portrayed through this book. As I read about the protagonists adventure and struggles, dealing with the her missing father, her country at war, a whole new environment she has to call home, it moved me in the sense that no matter what her and her family had to survive, they had hope. By never losing hope, they were able to successfully come to America and start over.
While reading this, I was easily able to connect Kim Hà's story to the world I live in today. In life, there are always going to be times where we want to give in. Where we want to stop trying to search for solutions or a way out of the hole. But, if we don't lose our sense of hope and faith, and continue to keep a sense of promise, we can over come almost any struggle in which stands in our path to success.
For me, it is so easy to give in. For me, there certainly were times where I felt like I could not rely on anyone or anything... I lost hope. Though, reading this book not only helped me recognize the brave children and families who never lost hope in finding a steady life, but indeed help me in my life fight against some struggles one may face, and to remember to not lose hope.
In conclusion, the author of the astonishing free-verse novel "Inside out and Back Again" portrays a meaningful and significant message in which is to never lose your sense of hope and faith when you're faced with struggles. It is easy to let struggles drown you, but just have hope... and you'll be sure to rise.
The book Here Lies Daniel Tate, written by Cristin Terrill, has two similar themes: some things are just too good to be true, and all good things must come to an end. In the story, a strategic con artist impersonates a kid who went missing years ago, Daniel Tate. At first it all seems great, since everyone seems to believe him. He bonds a lot with his now little “sister” Mia, and his older “siblings,” Lex and Patrick, but has more of a difficult time with Nicholas-his other “brother,” and Jessica, his “mother.” At a quite rapid pace, he becomes accustomed to his now luxurious way of life. He constantly enjoys fancy rides, popularity, and even love from his fake family. But, as he comes to adore the people he’s now surrounded with, suspicions arise within him. How come they had been so quick to trust it was really him, even with his lack of knowledge about the family? Why were they never surprised by his unfamiliarity in this place? This is where the lesson comes. How realistic is it to be able to impersonate someone forever? Did he really think he could get away with this huge scam? He almost did. It indeed was too good to be true. In reality, the whole family, except for the little daughter Mia knew that this man wasn’t really the long lost son they claimed to have been looking for. In reality, he had been killed by one person under that very roof to hide an even deeper secret, and when the fake Daniel Tate discovered this, he was the next to die.
This all displays how lies really can’t protect anyone forever, and it can’t be expected for something completely absurd to turn out alright. After all, although the readers come to love the impersonator, he still has to have a punishment for putting people’s hearts on the line for his own good.
This can relate to the real world and my world in the sense that, its always best not to get caught up in false information, and doing something obviously incorrect can get you caught in your own spider web.