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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.
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?
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
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.