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MS Metaphor

My first week in Middle School was really busy I rarely had time in between classes.Also, there are new teachers, new classes, new rules, new friends, and of course new activities. I think that a metaphor is when you compare a thing you don’t really have a clear picture of, with a thing you are sure you now about. The way I chose my metaphor is because since we are in Bangkok and the city was busy and there are a lot of cars, that made me come up with the idea of  choosing a city as my background and the base for my metaphor. The connection of middle school with my metaphor is since  I never came  to middle school, its as if I walk into a city I never visited (except for bridge day.) Another connection, is that middle school is busy and there are a lot of people talking so that compares to cars honking their horn nosily.

 

 

MS Metaphor

My first week in Middle School was really busy I rarely had time in between classes.Also, there are new teachers, new classes, new rules, new friends, and of course new activities. I think that a metaphor is when you compare a thing you don’t really have a clear picture of, with a thing you are sure you now about. The way I chose my metaphor is because since we are in Bangkok and the city was busy and there are a lot of cars, that made me come up with the idea of  choosing a city as my background and the base for my metaphor. The connection of middle school with my metaphor is since  I never came  to middle school, its as if I walk into a city I never visited (except for bridge day.) Another connection, is that middle school is busy and there are a lot of people talking so that compares to cars honking their horn nosily.

 

 

Vacation Reading Follow-Up

 

Grade 8 Humanities

Vacation Reading Follow-up

 

 

Name: Abhi

Class: 7/8

Date:   8/18/2011

 



 

 

Title of the Reading Selection: Middle School, The worst years of my life

Author: James Patterson

Genre or Subject of the Book: Juvenile Fiction

 

While reading this book . . .

 

I was thinking . . . why middle school was the worst years of Rafe katchadorian the narrator of this book’s life. It was very strange how he decided to cur middle school though. Instead of just going a long with being a regular middle school student and follow all the rules, he took a different approach and decided that if he was going to stay in middle school for 3 years he might as well make it worth while by changing it up a little. (You have to read the book to find out what he did.)

 

 

 

I was feeling . . . sad for Rafe’s family because his mom has to work 2 shifts just to keep the family going because here boyfriend just sits around and doesn’t work. In my opinion what he did to help himself was very selfish and it actually ruined everyone else’s life

 

 

 

 

 

I was wondering . . . why he would even think about doing something like this. I can understand that school is hard but doing something like this is going to the extreme. Everyone has a hard time in school at some point but the important thing is to just deal with it and not go completely crazy over it.

 

 

 

 

 

I was learning . . . about life and how some people deal with things in different ways. I wouldn’t even think about doing the things he did because I’m not that kind of person but now I know to never try what he did!

 

 

 

 

 

I was making a personal connection with this book because… (i.e., This book reflected something about who I am as a person.) This book and this character in the book is the exact opposite of me in my opinion. I like to follow the rules and I care about school and I realize that if something I’m doing isn’t good for my family then I should stop because my family is more important then following friends.

MS METAPHOR

I'm on the moon!

Hi.Sky ‘s here. On Friday in humanities class we made metaphors to describe MS.I described that middle school is a big accomplishment.I hope you give me 10 comments in less than 5 days! The 10th person to comment will be awarded a piece of candy!

 

My Goals for this year

Academic

–      To get better at my writing skills

–      To get better at math

  • Practice writing short stories
  • Practice different methods of math

Social

–      Join the Y-kids club

  • Talk to other students who have been in it

Personal

–      To stop saying “like, and, whatever, and um” in the wrong ways

  • To think before I say things

 

 

My Goals for 2011-2012

My academic goal is to get on high honor roll by getting  better grades in mandarin and in humanities.
My social goal is to go on the operation smile trip and I can ask a friend to come with me so we can both have fun together.
My personal goal is to become a better runner and I can do this by running twice a week.

Internet 1969

I think that this video shows that humans are unique because we have the imagination to think about what we can do with the resources that we have. We also have the imagination to think of things that can be useful to us and enhance it into something that is easier for us to use. When the video was made the computers and T.Vs were very big and you could not carry them around. Humans are also intelligent, I think this because we have the brains to to think of the technology behind all of this while making sure we have the resources to build it. I think that humans are the smartest animals around, I think this because we have made so much, constructed so much, and thought so much that we are the smartest animals on the planet.

About Me!

Hi, My name is Junior. I like to play rugby with my friends during lunch. I like to to play the drums during my free time because I like the metal sound it got. My friends describe me as funny, athletics and responsible. My favorite movie is Harry Potter and my favorite book is The Lost Hero. My favorite color is green. My role model is Forie Du Preez. He’s a rugby player from South Africa.This is the kind of drum I use.

About Me!

Hi, My name is Junior. I come from Thailand. I love to play rugby with my friends during lunch. I like to to play the drums during my free time because I like the metal sound it got. My friends describe me as funny, athletics and responsible. My favorite movie is Harry Potter and my favorite book is The Lost Hero. My favorite color is green. My role model is Forie Du Preez. He’s a rugby player from South Africa.This is the kind of drum I use.

Summer Reading Follow-up

SUMMER READING

Books I read:

  • Three Cups of tea by Greg Mortenson.
  • Worst Case by James Patterson.
  • Angel by James Patterson.

Three Cups of Tea:

Three cups of tea is a true story written by, and about Greg Mortenson.  In the story Greg, decides to climb K2 and whilst climbing he comes across a very underprivileged school. After having seen the conditions of the school he asked for money from wealthy individuals and eventually rebuilds the school.

Worst Case:

Worst case is a fictional action/thriller book by James Patterson. In the book Michael Bennet is a dedicated detective for the NYPD. There is a power hungry sociopath on the loose abducting teenagers, the man in questions kidnaps wealthy teens and questions them about their own lives; “what is your housekeeper’s name? If the person failed to answer his question he would murder them. At the end of the book he goes back to his old school and attempts to blow it up, but is foiled by Michael Bennet.

 

Angel:

Angel is the 6th and last book in the series of a group of teens, by James Patterson, who were “test-tube babies” altered to have wings. The leader, Max, has been given the task to save the world from the group called the One Light who want to kill off human kind and begin a new world.

 

What these books tell me about myself:

All in all, these books tell me that I prefer more action/thriller books yet enjoy the occasional biography or true story. Whilst I normally dwell on fiction stories, I always need some truth in my reading, with books like Three Cups of Tea (above). Although, I am the kind of person who would like for something extraordinary to occur, such as the stories in the Maximum ride series, I can’t bring myself to believe that they are even remotely possible. Even as I was young, my mother would read me fairytales but even though I would enjoy the story, I would still say that all of the fairy   stories would never happen as much as I would like them to. Normally, after flipping through one or two fantasy books, I like to give myself a refresher with a non-fiction book. I tend not to like to read too many fantasy or Sci-Fi books in a row after reading the Magic Kingdom for sale, sold series books by terry Brooks and almost not being able to distinguish between the books and real life! I know that to you my reading preferences may sound quite off the cuff, but in a nutshell I enjoy fiction stories along with some non-fiction books folded into my reading repertoire.

 

For more information on James Patterson go to http://www.jamespatterson.com/

James Patterson

 

 

Summer Reading Follow-up

SUMMER READING

Books I read:

  • Three Cups of tea by Greg Mortenson.
  • Worst Case by James Patterson.
  • Angel by James Patterson.

Three Cups of Tea:

Three cups of tea is a true story written by, and about Greg Mortenson.  In the story Greg, decides to climb K2 and whilst climbing he comes across a very underprivileged school. After having seen the conditions of the school he asked for money from wealthy individuals and eventually rebuilds the school.

Worst Case:

Worst case is a fictional action/thriller book by James Patterson. In the book Michael Bennet is a dedicated detective for the NYPD. There is a power hungry sociopath on the loose abducting teenagers, the man in questions kidnaps wealthy teens and questions them about their own lives; “what is your housekeeper’s name? If the person failed to answer his question he would murder them. At the end of the book he goes back to his old school and attempts to blow it up, but is foiled by Michael Bennet.

 

Angel:

Angel is the 6th and last book in the series of a group of teens, by James Patterson, who were “test-tube babies” altered to have wings. The leader, Max, has been given the task to save the world from the group called the One Light who want to kill off human kind and begin a new world.

 

What these books tell me about myself:

All in all, these books tell me that I prefer more action/thriller books yet enjoy the occasional biography or true story. Whilst I normally dwell on fiction stories, I always need some truth in my reading, with books like Three Cups of Tea (above). Although, I am the kind of person who would like for something extraordinary to occur, such as the stories in the Maximum ride series, I can’t bring myself to believe that they are even remotely possible. Even as I was young, my mother would read me fairytales but even though I would enjoy the story, I would still say that all of the fairy   stories would never happen as much as I would like them to. Normally, after flipping through one or two fantasy books, I like to give myself a refresher with a non-fiction book. I tend not to like to read too many fantasy or Sci-Fi books in a row after reading the Magic Kingdom for sale, sold series books by terry Brooks and almost not being able to distinguish between the books and real life! I know that to you my reading preferences may sound quite off the cuff, but in a nutshell I enjoy fiction stories along with some non-fiction books folded into my reading repertoire.

 

For more information on James Patterson go to http://www.jamespatterson.com/

James Patterson

 

 

Vacay Reading Follow Up

Title of the Reading SelectionImaginary Girls

Author:  Nova Ren Suma

Genre or Subject of the Book:  Fiction,

 

While reading this book . . .

 

I was thinking . . . It was odd how the main character Chloe, never stopped talking about how caring and how sweet her sister Ruby is deep down and all the while the way she thinks about her sister makes Ruby seem manipulative and selfish. And even when she makes it clear to herself that Ruby might not be a good person, she still worships her.

 

 

I was feeling . . . As if I couldn’t put this book down. The haunting feeling of suspense and the chapter ending hooks made me want to read and find out what happened next. I kept on felling that something bad will happen creating a huge twist in the story, and when that something happens, it was totally unexpected.

 

 

I was wondering . . . who this London was. How did she suddenly reappear in front of the town with nobody asking questions? Also, why was it only Chloe and Ruby who could since that something was terribly wrong?

 

 

I was learning . . . that sisterly love is so powerful, that it can make you seem insane. I also learned that if anything seems suspicious to you, you shouldn’t forget about it. Follow your instincts and ask questions. Tell somebody.

 

I was connecting with this book… It was hard to connect with this book because most of it was complete fantasy, but if I had to, I’d say I’d connect with the amount of love Ruby has with Chloe. Similar to Ruby, I love my parents so much that I would do anything for them, even if I had to get rid of something, or someone, in a way that was impossible. Just like Ruby.

Vacay Reading Follow Up

Title of the Reading SelectionImaginary Girls

Author:  Nova Ren Suma

Genre or Subject of the Book:  Fiction,

 

While reading this book . . .

 

I was thinking . . . While reading Imaginary girls by Nova Ren Suma,it was odd how the main character Chloe, never stopped talking about how caring and how sweet her sister Ruby is deep down and all the while the way she thinks about her sister makes Ruby seem manipulative and selfish. And even when she makes it clear to herself that Ruby might not be a good person, she still worships her.

 

 

I was feeling . . . As if I couldn’t put this book down. The haunting feeling of suspense and the chapter ending hooks made me want to read and find out what happened next. I kept on felling that something bad will happen creating a huge twist in the story, and when that something happens, it was totally unexpected.

 

 

I was wondering . . . who this London was. How did she suddenly reappear in front of the town with nobody asking questions? Also, why was it only Chloe and Ruby who could since that something was terribly wrong?

 

 

I was learning . . . that sisterly love is so powerful, that it can make you seem insane. I also learned that if anything seems suspicious to you, you shouldn’t forget about it. Follow your instincts and ask questions. Tell somebody.

 

I was connecting with this book… It was hard to connect with this book because most of it was complete fantasy, but if I had to, I’d say I’d connect with the amount of love Ruby has with Chloe. Similar to Ruby, I love my parents so much that I would do anything for them, even if I had to get rid of something, or someone, in a way that was impossible. Just like Ruby.

Vacay Reading Follow Up

Title of the Reading SelectionImaginary Girls

Author:  Nova Ren Suma

Genre or Subject of the Book:  Fiction,

 

While reading this book . . .

 

I was thinking . . . While reading Imaginary girls by Nova Ren Suma,it was odd how the main character Chloe, never stopped talking about how caring and how sweet her sister Ruby is deep down and all the while the way she thinks about her sister makes Ruby seem manipulative and selfish. And even when she makes it clear to herself that Ruby might not be a good person, she still worships her.

 

 

I was feeling . . . As if I couldn’t put this book down. The haunting feeling of suspense and the chapter ending hooks made me want to read and find out what happened next. I kept on felling that something bad will happen creating a huge twist in the story, and when that something happens, it was totally unexpected.

 

 

I was wondering . . . who this London was. How did she suddenly reappear in front of the town with nobody asking questions? Also, why was it only Chloe and Ruby who could since that something was terribly wrong?

 

 

I was learning . . . that sisterly love is so powerful, that it can make you seem insane. I also learned that if anything seems suspicious to you, you shouldn’t forget about it. Follow your instincts and ask questions. Tell somebody.

 

I was connecting with this book… It was hard to connect with this book because most of it was complete fantasy, but if I had to, I’d say I’d connect with the amount of love Ruby has with Chloe. Similar to Ruby, I love my parents so much that I would do anything for them, even if I had to get rid of something, or someone, in a way that was impossible. Just like Ruby.

Summer Reading

In the summer, I read three books by Stephenie Meyer (Romance, Sci-Fi). The first one I read was called Eclipse. In Eclipse, there is a newborn vampire army trying to kill Bella Swan. This is all because of Victoria who wants to kill Bella, but doesn’t want to get killed herself. The newborn vampires and Bella’s boyfriend Edward Cullen, with his family must fight them to protect Bella.

 

The second book I read was called The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. This book is a small Eclipse novella, which describes the life of the vampire army before they are sent to attack Bella and the Cullens. It mainly focuses on a young girl, describing her life as a vampire.

 

The third book I read was called Breaking Dawn. In this book, it tells us both Bella’s and Jacob’s side of the story. Bella and Edward get married and have a half-human, half-vampire baby. Bella is turned into a vampire, but they have to persuade the Volturi that it is not a real vampire baby, as that is a punishment of death.

 

Reading these two books says about me that I like to read series. You can also tell that I am not very interested in reading facts, as all books I choose are fiction books. This is very true, as I don’t like having the thought in my head that a horrible, gory story actually happened to someone like you and me. It also says that I am an optimistic person, as I would rather read something with a happy ending rather than a sad ending.

Reading Response #1

Wings , E.D Baker

 

Question:

  • Who was your favorite character? What did you appreciate about him/her?

 

When I started the book I looked thorougly through the book and looked at each character and saw what each characters personality is, And found that my favorite character is the main character Tamisin. What I appreciate about her is her adventure and not being picky, because in the story she realizes that she is someone special and has to live in that home but, she is willing not to leave back to her home and sight see of this unknown place that she is truly born in. This book is my favorite fantasy book so far about adventure and seeking about who you truly are.

Reading Response #1

Wings, By E.D Baker

 

 

 

 

 

 

Question:

  • Who was your favorite character? What did you appreciate about him/her?

 

When I started the book I looked thorougly through the book and looked at each character and saw what each characters personality is, And found that my favorite character is the main character Tamisin. What I appreciate about her is her adventure and not being picky, because in the story she realizes that she is someone special and has to live in that home but, she is willing not to leave back to her home and sight see of this unknown place that she is truly born in. This book is my favorite fantasy book so far about adventure and seeking about who you truly are.

Reading Response #1

Wings, By E.D Baker

Question:

  • Who was your favorite character? What did you appreciate about him/her?

 

When I started the book I looked thorougly through the book and looked at each character and saw what each characters personality is, And found that my favorite character is the main character Tamisin. What I appreciate about her is her adventure and not being picky, because in the story she realizes that she is someone special and has to live in that home but, she is willing not to leave back to her home and sight see of this unknown place that she is truly born in. This book is my favorite fantasy book so far about adventure and seeking about who you truly are.

Reading Response #1

Wings, By E.D Baker

Question:

  • Who was your favorite character? What did you appreciate about him/her?

 

When I started the book I looked thorougly through the book and looked at each character and saw what each characters personality is, And found that my favorite character is the main character Tamisin. What I appreciate about her is her adventure and not being picky, because in the story she realizes that she is someone special and has to live in that home but, she is willing not to leave back to her home and sight see of this unknown place that she is truly born in. This book is my favorite fantasy book so far about adventure and  about seeking who you truly are.

Reading Response #1:

 

Reading Response #1:

 

The Dead and Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer

 

  • What is stronger in the book: plot or character development? Why? Do you think this was intentional on the part of the author?

This book shows  the reader what life would be like in an apocalyptic setting in New york.  I think plot development is stronger in the book. I think this because, through out the story the plot line in the book is always changing, adapting to the decisions the characters make, and the decisions they can’t make. Though character development is strong in this book as personality’s  have to change to adapt to their new environment, I think the author intentionally mage the book more on the plot than the characters.

  • How effectively is the author’s message presented (i.e., theme)?

Because this is a apocalyptic book, themes are unclear at the time as most of the book is about people starving, dying and becoming so desperate you would do anything. That would make the authors message kind of morbid. But though this might be the case at first, if you keep reading you will find this book one of hopefulness and life. The will to survive. She writes a beautiful story about the world ending, even though people prove it does not end.

 

Summer Reading

This summer, I found my way to two books only because I am a slow reader and not a good reader. The first book I read was called The Outsider by S.E Hinton. It’s about a boy named Ponyboy who was in the gang called The Social. The Social was always having conflict The Greaser. This book tells me that I love reading old style book, it also tells me that I love reading book about how they speak in the old days and what they do in the old days. Why does olden days people speak in a different tone from us? They might love the tone they are speaking in or that might be how they love to speak like now people speak different languages but the main language is still English.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second book I read was Born to Run by Michael Morpurgo. Joy heartbreak after he lost a greyhound dog. While he was playing in a park his dog have been taken away from him. This book reveals me that if I have been taken away from my parents what can I do? Well, if I have a phone I would call my parents, but if my phone have been taken I call for help. I still need to find more experience in my life. Life must continue.

 

 

 

Reading Response #1

Dear John, by Nicolas Sparks

Question: What have you read that is similar to this book?

To be completely honest, I’ve started reading this book because this was my “lucky” book. When I took this book out from the shelf, a hundred baht fell out. Although I had enough books checked out from the library to last me during Summer, I felt guilty putting the book back on the shelf so I decided to give it a go. In addition, I’ve read another book by Nicolas Sparks called, The Notebook and in my opinion, it was quite good. So I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed reading this. I just started reading Dear John in class and feel that the plot and the character is very similar to The Notebook. Probably the reason is because it is another book by the author and he generally focuses his plot on romance. Although I haven’t gone deeply into the plot and the development yet, so far I enjoy reading this.

Question: What is stronger in the book: plot or character development? Why? Do you think this was intentional on the part of the author?

Character development is stronger in this novel because the author is trying to let the reader know about the characters. The author uses dialogues and thoughts to let out the characters’ personality and trait. Adding on, the author tries to make a contrast between the past and the present by showing how the characters have changed. However, the stronger part can be changed to the plot as the story goes on.

 

Reading Response #1

Dear John, by Nicolas Sparks

Question: What have you read that is similar to this book?

To be completely honest, I’ve started reading this book because this was my “lucky” book. When I took this book out from the shelf, a hundred baht fell out. Although I had enough books checked out from the library to last me during Summer, I felt guilty putting the book back on the shelf so I decided to give it a go. In addition, I’ve read another book by Nicolas Sparks called, The Notebook and in my opinion, it was quite good. So I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed reading this. I just started reading Dear John in class and feel that the plot and the character is very similar to The Notebook. In The Notebook, two main characters find their long lost first love, and although such a long time have passed since they met, they managed to still remember them from all these years and fall in love again. I interpret that Dear John will be quite similar to The Notebook, probably because it is another book by the author and he generally focuses his plot on romance. Although I have just started reading this and haven’t gone deeply into the plot and the development yet, so far I enjoy reading this.

Question: What is stronger in the book: plot or character development? Why? Do you think this was intentional on the part of the author?

Character development is stronger in this novel because the author is trying to let the reader know about the characters. The author uses dialogues and thoughts to let out the characters’ personality and trait. Adding on, the author tries to make a contrast between the past and the present by showing how the characters have changed. For an instance, John, the main character joined the army to change himself. Before, he did not care about he had merely any connection between his dad and as he tries to change that, he realizes he have more to learn. However, the stronger part can be changed to the plot as the story goes on.

 

My Goals in This Year

Academic Goals:

1. Get a better grade in Humanities and get out EAP Humanities this year-

Improve English,

Read more books,

Write more English and also speak.

2. Get ready for high school band class-

Practice everyday,

Ask teacher if I have questions,

get in AMIS.

 

Social Goal:

Join the ATW team –

Visit club.

 

Personal Goals:

Get better at dances-

Listen the music that connect with dances,

Dance if I have time

Get better at tuba more-

Practice everyday,

Get first chair every concert,

Always get more then 98% in playing test.

Summer Reading Follow Up

SUMMER READING

Books Read:

  • The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Rick Yancey
  • Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp

The main character in the novel The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp written by Rick Yancey is a sixteen- year old orphan named Alfred Kropp whose life has turned upside down.  In the beginning, Alfred is overwhelmed when his uncle is offered $1,000,000 to steal a sword. However, as the crime progressed Alfred’s uncle had died from a stab to the heart by a former knight of the round table named Mogart. Frustrated, Alfred confronts Mogart only to find that he has the strongest weapon in the world the sword “Excalibur.”

Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief written by Rick Riordan is a novel about a young boy named Percy Jackson who discovers his father is the god Poseidon and his mother is a mortal making him a demigod. Percy is eventually led to a camp where many others like him live for safe protection against demons. For many Camp Half Blood is the home too many demigods like Percy where anyone who is half human and half god is only allowed.  As Percy sets out on his first quest to find Zeus’ stolen lightning bolt, he does not know he stole it.

The Red Pyramid

In the novel The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan a fourteen-year old boy named Carter Kane and his sister Sadie Kane discover that they are the hosts for Horus and Isis the ancient Egyptian gods. Carter contains the “Eye of Horus” and Sadie has the “Knot of Isis.” By setting them free is the only way to break the curse that haunts Carter and Sadie. Later, there father, Julius Kane, sets Osiris free through the Rosetta Stone. The stone also released the evil Egyptian god “Set” where Carter and Sadie settle in Phoenix, Arizona to try to destroy him and his Red Pyramid.

What these books tell about me

Collectively, all of the books I read over the summer tell everyone about myself is that I am an adventure type of person and also enjoy interesting, creative books. Not only do I enjoy reading these types of books, but also to be more specific I like books that involve magic, sports, murder, and drama. These types of books are some what incorporated into my life because I play sports as a daily routine as well as I like to play games that have a story behind it such as crime scene you have to solve or murder.  Now about myself is that I like to take on different challenges and try my best to accomplish all of the tasks thrown at me for example: try new sports, eat new foods, and play games that involve “using your head”. Yet, I enjoy many other types of books such as comic books, fictional books, and on occasion picture books. Comic books for example are usually made into movies and on T.V. that many kids can view. Books can tell people about my personality and me as a whole person.

My Goals for 2011-2012

Academic Goals

1.Do homework assignments properly and hand them in by due date.

2.Read lots of books and learn 2 new words a day from the book.

3.Study hard on all subjects.

Social Goals

1.Talk with everybody, make lots of friends and make them happy.

2.Learn about Thailand and learn Thai (language).

Personal Goals

1.Get better at typing a lot.

2.Do training (sit-ups, push-ups, and more) before going to bed.

These are my goals for year 2011-2012

 

My Goals for 2011-2012

Academic Goals

1.Do homework assignments properly and hand them in by due date.

2.Read lots of books and learn 2 new words a day from the book.

3.Study hard on all subjects.

Social Goals

1.Talk with everybody, make lots of friends and make them happy.

2.Learn about Thailand and learn Thai (language).

Personal Goals

1.Get better at typing by typing a lot.

2.Do training (sit-ups, push-ups, and more) before going to bed.

These are my goals for year 2011-2012

 

My Goals

Academic Goals:

My first academic goal is to read more books than I did last year by asking for recommendation from friends and teachers.

My second academic goal is to get focused when I am working on my homework and try to finish them as soon as possible by not playing on a Mac.

Social Goal:

My social goal is to stay after school with friends when it is possible and have some more time together instead of chatting with them on the computer.

Personal Goal:

My personal goal is to get better at playing clarinet by practicing more with friends and get some help from the band teachers.

One of my academic goal is too improve on my grades since ISB has a different learning system.

My Social Goal is to have a more positive aditude since I get upset so easily.

One of my personal goal is too finish writing a book, because usually I would write then I would stop and write another new story.

 

 

Goal Cards

One of my academic goal is too improve on my grades since ISB has a different learning system.

My Social Goal is to have a more positive aditude since I get upset so easily.

One of my personal goal is too finish writing a book, because usually I would write then I would stop and write another new story.

 

 

My Goals

Academic Goals
1. Expand my vocabularies-
Use the thesaurus to learn new words and start to use thesaurus less and less.
2. Practice using Simplified Mandarin-
Review the traditional characters as well as simplified ones. Learn 5 characters each day.
3. Get ready for 9th grade-
Start getting into the habit of using my time efficiently and constantly producing my best work.

Social Goals
1. Be a time/score keeper for NBBL basketball-
Earn more money to add to my allowance!
2. Do a charity activity-
Join clubs like H4H or Operation Smiles to help people in need.

Personal Goals
1. Get more active-
Wake up in the morning straight away and do daily chores. During leisure times, practice an instrument or vocabularies.
2. Organize!
Organize, organize, organize! Organize my desk and take time to put away everything in right places. And organize!

Goals For The 2011-2012 School Year

My Academic Goals:

1. To achieve over an 3.8 GPA.

2. To make AMIS.

My Social Goal:

1. To go on a voluntary school trip.

My Personal Goal:

1. To become stronger and faster than I am now.

Goals for 2011-2012

Academic Goals

1. Get 5 A’s this Semester

2. Read at least 10 books this semester

 

Social Goal

1.Try out for the U15 Basketball Team

 

Personal Goal

1. No more than 4 hours of gaming a week

 

Goals:

School Goals:

-Stay organize

-Keep good grades

Personal goals:

-Read 50+ books this year

Social goals:

-Help others

Why are some area of the world richer than the other?

I think that some areas of the world is richer than the other is because,  the the place looks nicer than the other. Or it might be that place have the resources they want. Another reason to what I think about the area is because, some areas might not have water or clean water to drink from.  Computers too, because I like computer but in some area there might be no computers at all. I think the only reason why some place are richer than the other is because, the areas doesn’t have what people like.

 

Africa

Have you ever wondered who your ancestors are? I know I do! I only started wondering about it them when Mr. Jamgochian brought it up in class. It turns out, our ancestors come from the same place! How crazy is that! Our ancestors grew up in a place called Africa. Africa is a BIG continent. They speak over 3,000 languages there! That’s a lot! Now, if you don’t know what Africa is, think of the movie, The Lion King, that’s where the setting of the film is. Africa is filled with many different religions! From Christian to Muslim! I’m don’t know a lot about Africa but I think it’s not a very rich country. From photos and movies I see, they look like a very poor country. I also am pretty sure that they get a lot of their money from digging up diamonds.

So, knowing your ancestors are from Africa but not knowing so much about them from my knowledge, I would hope you find out more about them! They are family!

Vacation Reading Follow Up

Title of the Reading Selection:  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night

Author:  Mark Haddon

Genre or Subject of the Book:  Mystery/ Realistic Fiction

 

While reading this book . . .

 

I was thinking . . .

I was thinking about the feelings of Christopher, since he narrates the book. Christopher is the main character, a fifteen-year-old boy with autism. He narrates the book with his thoughts on the world is some chapters, and the main storyline in others. I was also thinking about what Christopher would do next, since he acts unpredictably. One page he will be fine, and on the next he will be angry, sad, or out of control. One other thought was on the way Mark Haddon wrote this book. Instead of being story in every chapter, he puts the way Christopher thinks in every other chapter. For example, he hates the colors brown and yellow, and counts red cars to see if it is a good (or bad) day.

 

I was feeling . . .

I felt a lot of emotion throughout the book, since there is so much going on. Sometimes I felt extremely bad for his father, who Christopher ignored for a long time. Other times, when his father lost his temper or got angry, I felt bad for Christopher. At one point in the book, Christopher finds out huge news about his mother, and then I felt bad for his mom. Also, I was confused in some parts. This is because the story changes everything you think halfway through the book. They make you think something is happening, when really other things are happening.

 

I was wondering . . .

Why does Christopher think like he does? How do the people around him react to him? Why does he have a certain group of rules that he always follows? My main question is why is he so intent on finding out who killed Wellington (Mrs. Shears dog)? His father has a problem with the Shears, but Christopher insists on finding out more, even after he is arrested. Also, he still persisted after Mrs. Shears got very mad at him.

 

I was learning . . .

Many facts were in the book, things about equations and formulas. These were Christopher’s thoughts in some chapters. I also learned that you could view a person from all different perspectives. Many people in the book thought Christopher was messed up, but left him alone. Others felt bad for him like Siobhan, who taught him. Some people freaked out and got mad at him, like the man in the subway who saved him from a train. These situations also showed how everybody thinks differently.

 

 

 

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I was making a personal connection with this book because… (i.e., This book reflected something about who I am as a person.)

This book made me relate to people who have trouble in their lives. There are many non-wealthy people living in Thailand, like some areas outside of Nichada. They probably have issues about various things such as family, money, etc. In the book, Christopher has lots of problems. He has family problems, such as when his dad tells him his mom is dead. His family is not the wealthiest, although they are not poor. The main problem in the book was that he was mentally challenged. The personal connection in this book is that everybody has problems, and everybody makes mistakes.

Vacation Reading Follow Up

Title of the Reading Selection:  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Author:  Mark Haddon

Genre or Subject of the Book:  Mystery/ Realistic Fiction

 

While reading this book . . .

 

I was thinking . . .

I was thinking about the feelings of Christopher, since he narrates the book. Christopher is the main character, a fifteen-year-old boy with autism. He narrates the book with his thoughts on the world is some chapters, and the main storyline in others. I was also thinking about what Christopher would do next, since he acts unpredictably. One page he will be fine, and on the next he will be angry, sad, or out of control. One other thought was on the way Mark Haddon wrote this book. Instead of being story in every chapter, he puts the way Christopher thinks in every other chapter. For example, he hates the colors brown and yellow, and counts red cars to see if it is a good (or bad) day.

 

I was feeling . . .

I felt a lot of emotion throughout the book, since there is so much going on. Sometimes I felt extremely bad for his father, who Christopher ignored for a long time. Other times, when his father lost his temper or got angry, I felt bad for Christopher. At one point in the book, Christopher finds out huge news about his mother, and then I felt bad for his mom. Also, I was confused in some parts. This is because the story changes everything you think halfway through the book. They make you think something is happening, when really other things are happening.

 

I was wondering . . .

Why does Christopher think like he does? How do the people around him react to him? Why does he have a certain group of rules that he always follows? My main question is why is he so intent on finding out who killed Wellington (Mrs. Shears dog)? His father has a problem with the Shears, but Christopher insists on finding out more, even after he is arrested. Also, he still persisted after Mrs. Shears got very mad at him.

 

I was learning . . .

Many facts were in the book, things about equations and formulas. These were Christopher’s thoughts in some chapters. I also learned that you could view a person from all different perspectives. Many people in the book thought Christopher was messed up, but left him alone. Others felt bad for him like Siobhan, who taught him. Some people freaked out and got mad at him, like the man in the subway who saved him from a train. These situations also showed how everybody thinks differently.

 

 

 

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I was making a personal connection with this book because… (i.e., This book reflected something about who I am as a person.)

This book made me relate to people who have trouble in their lives. There are many non-wealthy people living in Thailand, like some areas outside of Nichada. They probably have issues about various things such as family, money, etc. In the book, Christopher has lots of problems. He has family problems, such as when his dad tells him his mom is dead. His family is not the wealthiest, although they are not poor. The main problem in the book was that he was mentally challenged. The personal connection in this book is that everybody has problems, and everybody makes mistakes.

Vacation Reading Follow Up

Title of the Reading Selection:  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Author:  Mark Haddon

Genre or Subject of the Book:  Mystery/ Realistic Fiction

 

While reading this book . . .

 

I was thinking . . .

I was thinking about the feelings of Christopher, since he narrates the book. Christopher is the main character, a fifteen-year-old boy with autism. He narrates the book with his thoughts on the world in some chapters, and the main storyline in others. I was also thinking about what Christopher would do next, since he acts unpredictably. One page he will be fine, and on the next he will be angry, sad, or out of control. One other thought was on the way Mark Haddon wrote this book. Instead of being story in every chapter, he puts the way Christopher thinks in every other chapter. For example, he hates the colors brown and yellow, and counts red cars to see if it is a good (or bad) day.

 

I was feeling . . .

I felt a lot of emotion throughout the book, since there is so much going on. Sometimes I felt extremely bad for his father, who Christopher ignored for a long time. Other times, when his father lost his temper or got angry, I felt bad for Christopher. At one point in the book, Christopher finds out huge news about his mother, and then I felt bad for his mom. Also, I was confused in some parts. This is because the story changes everything you think halfway through the book. They make you think something is happening, when really other things are happening.

 

I was wondering . . .

Why does Christopher think like he does? How do the people around him react to him? Why does he have a certain group of rules that he always follows? My main question is why is he so intent on finding out who killed Wellington (Mrs. Shears dog)? His father has a problem with the Shears, but Christopher insists on finding out more, even after he is arrested. Also, he still persisted after Mrs. Shears got very mad at him.

 

I was learning . . .

Many facts were in the book, things about equations and formulas. These were Christopher’s thoughts in some chapters. I also learned that you could view a person from all different perspectives. Many people in the book thought Christopher was messed up, but left him alone. Others felt bad for him like Siobhan, who taught him. Some people freaked out and got mad at him, like the man in the subway who saved him from a train. These situations also showed how everybody thinks differently.

 

 

 

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I was making a personal connection with this book because… (i.e., This book reflected something about who I am as a person.)

This book made me relate to people who have trouble in their lives. There are many non-wealthy people living in Thailand, like some areas outside of Nichada. They probably have issues about various things such as family, money, etc. In the book, Christopher has lots of problems. He has family problems, such as when his dad tells him his mom is dead. His family is not the wealthiest, although they are not poor. The main problem in the book was that he was mentally challenged. The personal connection in this book is that everybody has problems, and everybody makes mistakes.

Summer Reading Follow Up

Title of the Reading Selection: The Secret Journal of Brett Colton

Author: Kay Lynn Mangum

Genre or Subject of the Book: Realistic Fiction

 

While reading this book . . .

 

I was thinking . . . about what would happen to me if I lost one of my older brothers to leukemia.  I’m close to all my siblings and even if I didn’t remember them because they died when I was young, looking at the pictures and listening to all the memories every one else in my family shared except me, would make me sad and a little bit mad at times.  I think that was one of the problems the main character had in the beginning of the book.  She would rarely be able to sit down and eat dinner with her whole family and not have to leave in the middle to clear her head.

 

 

 

I was feeling . . . very sad, the whole plot of the book is sad.  She is two years old when her brother dies so she doesn’t even know him but as she grows up she constantly hears his name over and over again and how great he is.  She feels she doesn’t get enough attention from her family because they’re always talking about her brother.  I think this is sad because she had an almost sour feeling towards him.

 

 

 

I was wondering . . . how weird but amazing at the same time it would feel to read a journal, your brother who you never knew had left just for you, for your sixteenth birthday.  I noticed how throughout the book she really started to become closer with her brother just by reading his old journal.  Her feelings of anger towards slowly went away and she could happily sit through a conversation only about him.

 

 

I was learning . . . about some inspiring things such as quotes or thoughts in the book.  It had many different religious thoughts and sometimes it really made me think.  I also learned more about how life would be if I lived in the States as I have lived overseas since 1st grade.  Even when I go back for summer I don’t get all the experiences just as they don’t get all the experiences I have living here.

 

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I was making a personal connection with this book because… (i.e., This book reflected something about who I am as a person.)

 

This book, nearer to the end really showed how her family became really close and I feel that my family is close too, so I could make a connection to her that way.  I could also make a connection to the brother’s old best friend and part of his character reflected a bit of my character.  He was timid and because they were in a fight he didn’t have the nerve to call him, his best friend died while they were fighting.  I know I am shy and I just hope that something like that will never happen to me.

Summer Reading Follow Up

Title of the Reading Selection: The Secret Journal of Brett Colton

Author: Kay Lynn Mangum

Genre or Subject of the Book: Realistic Fiction

 

While reading this book . . .

 

I was thinking . . . about what would happen to me if I lost one of my older brothers to leukemia.  I’m close to all my siblings and even if I didn’t remember them because they died when I was young, looking at the pictures and listening to all the memories every one else in my family shared except me, would make me sad and a little bit mad at times.  I think that was one of the problems the main character had in the beginning of the book.  She would rarely be able to sit down and eat dinner with her whole family and not have to leave in the middle to clear her head.

 

 

 

I was feeling . . . very sad, the whole plot of the book is sad.  She is two years old when her brother dies so she doesn’t even know him but as she grows up she constantly hears his name over and over again and how great he is.  She feels she doesn’t get enough attention from her family because they’re always talking about her brother.  I think this is sad because she had an almost sour feeling towards him, and they were really close when she was young, but she doesn’t even know this.

 

 

 

I was wondering . . . how weird but amazing at the same time it would feel to read a journal, your brother who you never knew had left just for you, for your sixteenth birthday.  I noticed how throughout the book she really started to become closer with her brother just by reading his old journal.  Her feelings of anger towards slowly went away and she could happily sit through a conversation only about him.

 

 

I was learning . . . about some inspiring things such as quotes or thoughts in the book.  It had many different religious thoughts and sometimes it really made me think.  I also learned more about how life would be if I lived in the States as I have lived overseas since 1st grade.  Even when I go back for summer I don’t get all the experiences  thy they have, just as they don’t get all the experiences I have living here.

 

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I was making a personal connection with this book because… (i.e., This book reflected something about who I am as a person.)

 

This book, nearer to the end really showed how her family became really close and I feel that my family is close too, so I could make a connection to her that way.  I could also make a connection to the brother’s old best friend and part of his character I think reflected a bit of my character.  He was timid and because they were in a fight he didn’t have the nerve to call him, his best friend died while they were fighting.  I know I am shy and I just hope that something like that will never happen to me.

Summer Reading Follow Up

Title of the Reading Selection: The Secret Journal of Brett Colton

Author: Kay Lynn Mangum

Genre or Subject of the Book: Realistic Fiction

 

While reading this book . . .

 

I was thinking . . . about what would happen to me if I lost one of my older brothers to leukemia, while reading The Secret Journal of Brett Colton by Kay Lynn Magum  I’m close to all my siblings and even if I didn’t remember them because they died when I was young, looking at the pictures and listening to all the memories every one else in my family shared except me, would make me sad and a little bit mad at times.  I think that was one of the problems the main character had in the beginning of the book.  She would rarely be able to sit down and eat dinner with her whole family and not have to leave in the middle to clear her head.

 

 

 

I was feeling . . . very sad, the whole plot of the book is sad.  She is two years old when her brother dies so she doesn’t even know him but as she grows up she constantly hears his name over and over again and how great he is.  She feels she doesn’t get enough attention from her family because they’re always talking about her brother.  I think this is sad because she had an almost sour feeling towards him, and they were really close when she was young, but she doesn’t even know this.

 

 

 

I was wondering . . . how weird but amazing at the same time it would feel to read a journal, your brother who you never knew had left just for you, for your sixteenth birthday.  I noticed how throughout the book she really started to become closer with her brother just by reading his old journal.  Her feelings of anger towards slowly went away and she could happily sit through a conversation only about him.

 

 

I was learning . . . about some inspiring things such as quotes or thoughts in the book.  It had many different religious thoughts and sometimes it really made me think.  I also learned more about how life would be if I lived in the States as I have lived overseas since 1st grade.  Even when I go back for summer I don’t get all the experiences  thy they have, just as they don’t get all the experiences I have living here.

 

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I was making a personal connection with this book because… (i.e., This book reflected something about who I am as a person.)

 

This book, nearer to the end really showed how her family became really close and I feel that my family is close too, so I could make a connection to her that way.  I could also make a connection to the brother’s old best friend and part of his character I think reflected a bit of my character.  He was timid and because they were in a fight he didn’t have the nerve to call him, his best friend died while they were fighting.  I know I am shy and I just hope that something like that will never happen to me.

Summer Reading Follow-up

Grade 8 Humanities

Vacation Reading Follow-up

                                                                         Name: Celina Eckert

                                                                                                     Class:  Humanities Mr. Kenney Pd. 7/8

                                                                                                     Date:   21 August 2011

 

Title of the Reading Selection:  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Author:  Suzanne Collins

Genre or Subject of the Book:  Science fiction & adventure

 

While reading this book:

 

I was thinking . . .

 

I thought that the first part of the book was really boring, since that the author just goes on and on about what is going on outside which made me feel really bored because the first book was really adventurous and exciting. Though, when I reached the second half of the book everything turned out to be really fun because two victors from the past Hunger Games in each district will be selected to come back and compete in the games once again.

 

I was feeling . . .

 

I felt very surprised when the president of all the districts (President Snow) decided for the upcoming Hunger Games, all of the victors from the past Hunger Games will have to come back and compete in the games once again. It was very surprising for me because I do know from the first book that President Snow was very disappointed when in the first book, the two main characters, Katniss and Peeta, won the 74th games when there is only supposed to be one winner, so he turned out to act really mean to the couple later in the series, but I never thought that he would actually change the theme of the games just to get rid of at least one of them.

 

I was wondering . . .

 

I was wondering what was the deal that Haymitch, one of the past victors of the Hunger Games and Katniss and Peeta’s mentors, had made with the other victors during the Hunger Games because they all seem to sacrifice their lives for Katniss and Peeta. They didn’t even care if they had to die.

 

I was learning . . .

 

I learned that before I make a final decision I have to go through all of the consequences that might happen if I actually conclude to say “yes” because since that the book was based on Katniss’s perspective, she was thinking over many times who she should save; Peeta or herself. She thought that if Peeta didn’t survive she would miss him so much she would be depresses for her whole life. On the other hand if she didn’t survive then her whole family, counting Peeta, would be depressed for their whole lives too.


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I was making a personal connection with this book because… 

 

My connection to this book is that like Katniss, she really loves and misses her family like how I love my mom. For example, for the past few years of going to summer camp, whenever I call my mom during the days that the teachers would allow us, I would sometimes cry. Though in Katniss’s situation, when she heard her sister screaming, she ran as fast as she could to the noise, not caring about the various cuts and scratches she received. When she arrived she found out that it wasn’t her sister, but it was a Jabberjay, birds that are created in the Capitol used to spy on enemies, and it is known for memorizing and repeating what people have said.

Vacation Reading Follow Up

Grade 8 Humanities

Vacation Reading Follow-up

Name: Myra Techakraisri

                                                            Class: Mr. Kenney

                                                            Date: Aug.18.2011 Thursday

Period: 7-8

Directions: Choose one book that you read during vacation and use the prompts below to start your ideas about this reading selection.  You can jot down your notes first in your learning log and then put your ideas into complete sentences in a Word document. After that, you can create a post at your blog.

Title of the Reading Selection: One Night That Changes Everything

Author: Lauren Barnholdt

Genre or Subject of the Book: Realistic Fiction

While reading this book . . .

 I was thinking . . . When I was reading this book I thought that Eliza the main character was a bit selfish because of her reacting. Eliza was selfish in my perceptive because I thought that everything had to be about her. Her self-center behavior made me dislike her at the beginning, but after 3 chapters I understood why she was like this. She was self-centered because when she broke up with her boyfriend, she was really mad at him so she posted something bad about him on the Internet. His friends saw it and they took revenge by taking her notebook and making her do everything in the notebook that she was afraid of doing.

I was feeling . . . I felt connected to Eliza in some ways. Why do I feel like her is because in fourth grade my best friend had similar issues as Eliza. She wrote something in her notebook that she couldn’t let anyone know about. One day she lost her notebook at school and then that night on the Internet her notebook was posted online. After that incident I am really afraid to have a notebook, because of what just happened to my friend.

I was wondering . . . While reading this book I was wondering what I was do if I was in Eliza’s shoes. I don’t think that I would have survived until the night was over because 1st I am not as brave as Eliza. 2nd I would never dare write mean things about other people online. This is because 1st you might not be accepted in a good high school because of our behavior. 2nd it is really rude to do this as well.

I was learning . . . What I learned while reading this book was you should think before you post something online. This is because you would be able to delete it off this page or contemporary, but you would not be able to delete it forever. The other thing that I learned from this book is that you should be responsible for your things, don’t lose it if it is important.

I was making a personal connection with this book because . . . (i.e., This book reflected something about who I am as a person.) A connection that I can make about this book that is related to me is that, I also used to have a secret diary too but from what I experienced about having a diary, I am very concerned. The reasons that I am concerned is that I am afraid that someone is going to read my diary so I just cut the problem by not having a diary.

Vacation Reading Follow Up

Grade 8 Humanities

Vacation Reading Follow-up

Name: Myra Techakraisri

                                                            Class: Mr. Kenney

                                                            Date: Aug.18.2011 Thursday

Period: 7-8

Directions: Choose one book that you read during vacation and use the prompts below to start your ideas about this reading selection.  You can jot down your notes first in your learning log and then put your ideas into complete sentences in a Word document. After that, you can create a post at your blog.

Title of the Reading Selection: One Night That Changes Everything

Author: Lauren Barnholdt

Genre or Subject of the Book: Realistic Fiction

While reading this book . . .

 I was thinking . . . When I was reading this book I thought that Eliza the main character was a bit selfish because of her reacting. Eliza was selfish in my perceptive because I thought that everything had to be about her. Her self-center behavior made me dislike her at the beginning, but after 3 chapters I understood why she was like this. She was self-centered because when she broke up with her boyfriend, she was really mad at him so she posted something bad about him on the Internet. His friends saw it and they took revenge by taking her notebook and making her do everything in the notebook that she was afraid of doing.

I was feeling . . . I felt connected to Eliza in some ways. Why do I feel like her is because in fourth grade my best friend had similar issues as Eliza. She wrote something in her notebook that she couldn’t let anyone know about. One day she lost her notebook at school and then that night on the Internet her notebook was posted online. After that incident I am really afraid to have a notebook, because of what just happened to my friend.

I was wondering . . . While reading this book I was wondering what I was do if I was in Eliza’s shoes. I don’t think that I would have survived until the night was over because 1st I am not as brave as Eliza. 2nd I would never dare write mean things about other people online. This is because 1st you might not be accepted in a good high school because of our behavior. 2nd it is really rude to do this as well.

I was learning . . . What I learned while reading this book was you should think before you post something online. This is because you would be able to delete it off this page or contemporary, but you would not be able to delete it forever. The other thing that I learned from this book is that you should be responsible for your things, don’t lose it if it is important.

I was making a personal connection with this book because . . . (i.e., This book reflected something about who I am as a person.) A connection that I can make about this book that is related to me is that, I also used to have a secret diary too but from what I experienced about having a diary, I am very concerned. The reasons that I am concerned is that I am afraid that someone is going to read my diary so I just cut the problem by not having a diary.

Vacation Reading Follow Up

Grade 8 Humanities

Vacation Reading Follow-up

Name: Myra Techakraisri

                                                            Class: Mr. Kenney

                                                            Date: Aug.18.2011 Thursday

Period: 7-8

Directions: Choose one book that you read during vacation and use the prompts below to start your ideas about this reading selection.  You can jot down your notes first in your learning log and then put your ideas into complete sentences in a Word document. After that, you can create a post at your blog.

Title of the Reading Selection: One Night That Changes Everything

Author: Lauren Barnholdt

Genre or Subject of the Book: Realistic Fiction

While reading this book . . .

 I was thinking . . . When I was reading this book I thought that Eliza the main character was a bit selfish because of her reacting. Eliza was selfish in my perceptive because I thought that everything had to be about her. Her self-center behavior made me dislike her at the beginning, but after 3 chapters I understood why she was like this. She was self-centered because when she broke up with her boyfriend, she was really mad at him so she posted something bad about him on the Internet. His friends saw it and they took revenge by taking her notebook and making her do everything in the notebook that she was afraid of doing.

I was feeling . . . I felt connected to Eliza in some ways. Why do I feel like her is because in fourth grade my best friend had similar issues as Eliza. She wrote something in her notebook that she couldn’t let anyone know about. One day she lost her notebook at school and then that night on the Internet her notebook was posted online. After that incident I am really afraid to have a notebook, because of what just happened to my friend.

I was wondering . . . While reading this book I was wondering what I was do if I was in Eliza’s shoes. I don’t think that I would have survived until the night was over because 1st I am not as brave as Eliza. 2nd I would never dare write mean things about other people online. This is because 1st you might not be accepted in a good high school because of our behavior. 2nd it is really rude to do this as well.

I was learning . . . What I learned while reading this book was you should think before you post something online. This is because you would be able to delete it off this page or contemporary, but you would not be able to delete it forever. The other thing that I learned from this book is that you should be responsible for your things, don’t lose it if it is important.

I was making a personal connection with this book because . . . (i.e., This book reflected something about who I am as a person.) A connection that I can make about this book that is related to me is that, I also used to have a secret diary too but from what I experienced about having a diary, I am very concerned. The reasons that I am concerned is that I am afraid that someone is going to read my diary so I just cut the problem by not having a diary.

Vacation Reading Follow Up

Grade 8 Humanities

Vacation Reading 

Name: Myra Techakraisri

                                                            Class: Mr. Kenney

                                                            Date: Aug.18.2011 Thursday

Period: 7-8

Directions: Choose one book that you read during vacation and use the prompts below to start your ideas about this reading selection.  You can jot down your notes first in your learning log and then put your ideas into complete sentences in a Word document. After that, you can create a post at your blog.

Title of the Reading Selection: One Night That Changes Everything

Author: Lauren Barnholdt

Genre or Subject of the Book: Realistic Fiction

While reading this book . . .

 I was thinking . . . When I was reading this book I thought that Eliza the main character was a bit selfish because of her reacting. Eliza was selfish in my perceptive because I thought that everything had to be about her. Her self-center behavior made me dislike her at the beginning, but after 3 chapters I understood why she was like this. She was self-centered because when she broke up with her boyfriend, she was really mad at him so she posted something bad about him on the Internet. His friends saw it and they took revenge by taking her notebook and making her do everything in the notebook that she was afraid of doing.

I was feeling . . . I felt connected to Eliza in some ways. Why do I feel like her is because in fourth grade my best friend had similar issues as Eliza. She wrote something in her notebook that she couldn’t let anyone know about. One day she lost her notebook at school and then that night on the Internet her notebook was posted online. After that incident I am really afraid to have a notebook, because of what just happened to my friend.

I was wondering . . . While reading this book I was wondering what I was do if I was in Eliza’s shoes. I don’t think that I would have survived until the night was over because 1st I am not as brave as Eliza. 2nd I would never dare write mean things about other people online. This is because 1st you might not be accepted in a good high school because of our behavior. 2nd it is really rude to do this as well.

I was learning . . . What I learned while reading this book was you should think before you post something online. This is because you would be able to delete it off this page or contemporary, but you would not be able to delete it forever. The other thing that I learned from this book is that you should be responsible for your things, don’t lose it if it is important.

I was making a personal connection with this book because . . . (i.e., This book reflected something about who I am as a person.) A connection that I can make about this book that is related to me is that, I also used to have a secret diary too but from what I experienced about having a diary, I am very concerned. The reasons that I am concerned is that I am afraid that someone is going to read my diary so I just cut the problem by not having a diary.

Vacation Reading Follow Up

Grade 8 Humanities

Vacation Reading 

Name: Myra Techakraisri

                                                            Class: Mr. Kenney

                                                            Date: Aug.18.2011 Thursday

Period: 7-8

Directions: Choose one book that you read during vacation and use the prompts below to start your ideas about this reading selection.  You can jot down your notes first in your learning log and then put your ideas into complete sentences in a Word document. After that, you can create a post at your blog.

Title of the Reading Selection: One Night That Changes Everything

Author: Lauren Barnholdt

Genre or Subject of the Book: Realistic Fiction

While reading this book . . .

 I was thinking . . . When I was reading this book I thought that Eliza the main character was a bit selfish because of her reacting. Eliza was selfish in my perceptive because I thought that everything had to be about her. Her self-center behavior made me dislike her at the beginning, but after 3 chapters I understood why she was like this. She was self-centered because when she broke up with her boyfriend, she was really mad at him so she posted something bad about him on the Internet. His friends saw it and they took revenge by taking her notebook and making her do everything in the notebook that she was afraid of doing.

I was feeling . . . I felt connected to Eliza in some ways. Why do I feel like her is because in fourth grade my best friend had similar issues as Eliza. She wrote something in her notebook that she couldn’t let anyone know about. One day she lost her notebook at school and then that night on the Internet her notebook was posted online. After that incident I am really afraid to have a notebook, because of what just happened to my friend.

I was wondering . . . While reading this book I was wondering what I was do if I was in Eliza’s shoes. I don’t think that I would have survived until the night was over because 1st I am not as brave as Eliza. 2nd I would never dare write mean things about other people online. This is because 1st you might not be accepted in a good high school because of our behavior. 2nd it is really rude to do this as well.

I was learning . . . What I learned while reading this book was you should think before you post something online. This is because you would be able to delete it off this page or contemporary, but you would not be able to delete it forever. The other thing that I learned from this book is that you should be responsible for your things, don’t lose it if it is important.

I was making a personal connection with this book because . . . (i.e., This book reflected something about who I am as a person.) A connection that I can make about this book that is related to me is that, I also used to have a secret diary too but from what I experienced about having a diary, I am very concerned. The reasons that I am concerned is that I am afraid that someone is going to read my diary so I just cut the problem by not having a diary.

Introduction about me

Hi, my name is Puinoon. This year, I am in 7th grade. This is my 7th year at ISB.  Some of my hobbies are reading, walking the dog and sleeping. I live with my mom, dad, and my grandma. I don’t have any siblings. My birthday is on June 28, 1999. I’m 12 years old. I can speak 3 languages, English, Thai, and Mandarin.

I wish that I will have a great year here in 7th grade!

Introduction about me

Hi, my name is Puinoon. This year, I am in 7th grade. This is my 7th year at ISB.  Some of my hobbies are reading, walking the dog and sleeping. I live with my mom, dad, and my grandma. I don’t have any siblings. My birthday is on June 28, 1999. I’m 12 years old. I can speak 3 languages, English, Thai, and Mandarin.

I wish that I will have a great year here in 7th grade!

Why are Some Areas of the World Richer Than Others

Some Countries are richer than others because of the tourism Value. Another reason is that some people are losing jobs and they owe a lot of taxes and the country gets poorer and poorer. Another reason is Advertisement (Popularity). For example, Egypt is more richer than Rwanda because it’s probably Egypt has more tourists in than Rwanda or there’s more advertisement in Egypt.

 

Vacation Reading Follow-up

Grade 8 Humanities

Vacation Reading Follow-up

 

 

Name:  Reem

Class:  7/8 Kenney

Date:  19/8/11

 

 

 

Directions: Choose one book that you read during vacation and use the prompts below to start your ideas about this reading selection.  You can jot down your notes first in your learning log and then put your ideas into complete sentences in a Word document. After that, you can create a post at your blog.

 

Title of the Reading Selection:  Pretties

Author:  Scott Westerfeld

Genre or Subject of the Book:  Sci-Fi/Realistic Fiction

 

While reading this book . . .

 

I was thinking “Wow, it must be really hard to be a Pretty.” and “I would never want to be a Pretty.”  I know that Pretty Town is prefect and they don’t have to do anything but go to parties and mess around, but they can’t even think for themselves.  They’re forced to do nothing, so they’re almost like slaves  (not quite, they just do what they say) to the Specials and the creator or “head” of Pretty Town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was feeling very worried about Tally and Zane. Ever since they took the pill that would make then think like a normal person, people were chasing after then and monitoring what they did. I was thinking that maybe the Specials had to kill them because they because they knew about the whole “Pretty” scheme. I was also feeling very anxious to see what was going to happen to Zane after the Nanos started eating at him brain and it started to disappear. Then I felt sad after Zane died, which lead me to feeling horrible for Tally, who lost a guy she really liked, especially after what happened between her and David.

 

 

 

 

 

I was wondering if the Specials had to get rid of Tally and Zane. I also wondered what Shay forced Tally to become a Special because. I wondered why Shay started the Cutters, because she seemed happy in the Crims. I was wondering if Shay felt left out because Zane and Tally spent so much time together and they did all sorts of interesting stuff without her.

 

 

 

 

I was learning that you shouldn’t be what other people tell you to be. This book is about being “Bubbly” or in other words, finding out who you are, not what other people think you should be. Now, when I hear about people who have had plastic surgery, I take it a whole different way now because maybe it’s not really that the person really chose to be what society calls “beautiful”, but because they kind of felt pressured into having surgery and becoming “beautiful”.

 

 

 

 

 

I was making a personal connection with this book because… (i.e., This book reflected something about who I am as a person.) Well, I’ve felt left out before like Shay, but to be honest, the book doesn’t really reflect me at all. I wanted to read the book because I thought it was about beauty and stuff like that, but it’s actually a Sci-Fi book, and I never read Sci-Fi, and I never planned to either. The fact that I thought the book was a regular Chick Lit about beauty reflected me more than the book did.

 

 

Summer Reading Reflection

Scarecrow by Matthew Reilly

Scarecrow is so far the final book in the Shane Schofield series. Shane Schofield is 30(or so) US Marine and is the captain of his squad. Special qualities that separate him from the average Marine captain are his caring for his team members, his abnormally quick reflexes and his unusually long experience. In this book his name along with 14 other targets from intelligence agencies and armed forces around the world. The list was issued by the Majestic-12, a group made up of the richest men in the world. No women were allowed. The reward was 18 million US dollars, each, unusually high.

During the book, he is guarded by the infamous bounty hunter The Black Knight, who seems to be trying to help him which was the opposite of what a bounty hunter was suppose to do. The Majestic-12 was planning to start a nuclear war by firing fake terrorist nuclear missiles at countries and framing the terrorists. The M-12 had to issue the bounty list because the people on it were the only people who knew how to disarm the missiles.

Throughout the story Schofield loses loved ones and nearly suicides himself at the end.

 

Future Physics by Michio Kaku

This book was written by the co-founder of string theory. It is separated into several chapters, each about a different part of science and what will happen to them in the following decades. These subjects include the computer, AI (artificial intelligence, energy resources, transportation, the space industry etc. The knowledge in it came from literally hundreds of scientists and professors around the world that the author interviewed one by one. At some points the writing can be very inspirational to the reader. Unlike other normal non-fiction books this is interesting at all points and does not include too much boring technical stuff.

 

Jack West Series by Matthew Reilly

         This book is about a former Australian SAS captain named Jack West. He is very much similar to Shane Schofield, as they are created by the same author. These series focus on him and an international team of soldiers saving the world from very deadly celestial events. Every 3000 years the Sun’s brightest sunspot aligns with the Earth, increasing temperatures on Earth to nearly 70 degrees Celsius. In the two sequels a more fatal event will happen. A “Dark Twin” will also come in alignment with Earth for the first time in 100,000 years, and will (something REALLY technical, don’t understand it) and with kill all life on Earth.           Again             because the same author as the Shane Schofield series writes the Jack West series, the style of writing is very similar. Both include intense gunfights, romance, specifically naming guns and boat/aircraft, a superior foe, lost of loved ones, extremely unorthodox ways of fighting and traveling, and unusually a great number of main characters, which do not interfere with the quality of the story at all. One of the differences about these series that make me like Jack West more is that these ones get more technical and include stuff about ancient empires such as the Greeks, Romans, Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great and of course the Egyptians.

My reading choices show that I’m the type of person who enjoys Matthew Reilly books. Also I enjoy any other books that have or involve suspense, mystery and sometimes some type of fighting or warfare. Although all my two fiction books are by Matthew Reilly, I also like Dan Brown’s books a lot too. Also these books show that I prefer realistic fiction books. I don’t really like books that involve fantasy although I can make an exception for some books such as the Percy Jackson series and the Harry Potter series. I also really like reading series, because if the book is really good I know there’ll be another book just as good after the one I reading right now. I also enjoy reading challenges, accumulating more advanced vocabulary.

 

Vacation Reading Follow-up

Title of the Reading Selection:  Peace Love and Baby Ducks

Author:  Lauren Mryacle

Genre or Subject of the Book: Realistic Fiction

 

 

While reading this book . . .

 

I was thinking . . . that the author did a really good job at not letting the book get boring, for example there was always a big problem or activity going on to keep the book interesting. Also I thought the author did a great job with the end because sometimes books have endings that doing answer all the questions you have and don’t really just fit with the book, but the author was able to answer all of the questions I had and it was a great ending.

I was feeling . . . angry and upset with Anna because the author was able to describe so well how Carly felt towards her sister. I was able to feel how Carly felt towards Anna for throwing a party when their parents were out of town and she was in charge, but afterwards I also was able to feel how sorry Anna felt because it wasn’t her to invited everyone over to a party. I really liked this part of the book because lots of the time in a book you’re only able to feel one person’s opinion but in this case I was able to feel both peoples opinion.

I was wondering . . . at the beginning if the book was going to be all on how you look, whom you know, what you have and if you’re popular or not in school because that’s all the beginning of the book seemed to be about. I decided though to keep going through the book to see if my thought on the book changed at all, and surprisingly enough it did. In the end I really enjoyed the book and it taught me a lot of things in life too.

I was learning . . . that money couldn’t buy people happiness. What I mean is that people can have loads of money and have everything they want but still might not be happy. For example Anna and Carly live in safe, expensive city and get anything they want, but their parents always make them feel like they aren’t good enough and need to change for them. Anna and Carly’s parents always insult and hurt them and every time they insult them it stays with Anna and Carly forever.

 A personal connection… was how alike I was to Carly because I have a older brother and even though we fight and disagree on a lot of things in the end you love him because he is your brother, just like Carly fights with her sister Anna all of the time but in the end she loves her because she is her sister and they have to stick up for each other.

Vacation Reading Follow-up

Grade 8 Humanities

Vacation Reading Follow-up

 

Name:  ______Diego Valer__________________

Class:  ___Humanties 7/8 __________

Date:   __Aug 19 2011_______________

 

Directions:  Choose one book that you read during vacation and use the prompts below to start your ideas about this reading selection.  You can jot down your notes first in your learning log and then put your ideas into complete sentences in a Word document. After that, you can create a post at your blog.

 

Title of the Reading Selection: Spy High

Author: A.J. Butcher

Genre or Subject of the Book: Sci-Fi

 

While reading this book . . .

 

I was thinking . . . how kids are capable of doing things that most adults could not. It was amazing seeing how a group of kids turned into a team. I thought about all the practice it took to be the best  that they could be, and how nothing comes to anyone easily.

I was feeling . . . connected with the characters after hearing their stories and how they grew up. It was interesting how people can prejudice against others just because of their background. I also felt afraid for the characters at times since the author did such a good job of connecting the reader with the characters.

 

I was wondering . . . if the team’s differences would ever be put aside for the better. The team could not come together at first, because of all the prejudice against each other backgrounds. I wondered if the team would make it out alive when half of the team was captured, and had to rely on the others to find and save them.

 

I was learning . . that no matter how old or young people can make a difference. I also learned that sometimes the only thing from stopping a team from being great is being selfish. I learned that being able to work with others is a skill that is hard to have, but is also very important.

 

I was connecting with this book. . . by knowing what it is like to be in a team with someone who you do not particularly like. I know what it is like to be prejudiced against, just like most of the characters in this book. I could also connect by knowing what it is like to be in the pressure of having everything on the line, as it was in the end of this book.

Vacation Reading Follow-up

The Hobbit

J.R.R Tolkien

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While reading this book . . .

I was thinking what will the hobbits do when they are stuck in the woods with no help from the wizard? They never did serious things or survive by themselves without the help from the wizard. They didn’t have lots of experiences because most of their lives they live in restricts. When they got stuck in the woods or attacked by goblins, they would have made it? They I really think why wouldn’t the wizard come help them. Did Gandulf (Wizard) have any plans of making this Bilbo (hobbit) change his attitude?

I was feeling quite nervous, probably more than the hobbits actually did. I was so scared that they wouldn’t survive and go back to their little underground houses. I was amazed when I first read the descriptions about their underground houses. They have totally different characteristics, so different from us.

I was wondering what the wizard was really thinking, those hobbits would have had survived. There were lots of problems to go through not only of the selfish attitude that the hobbit has towards the other hobbits. And anything that would have happened to Bilbo and the thirteen other hobbits, it would be Gandalf’s fault since he told Bilbo to join the treasure hunting.

I was learning that attitude can be changed in a matter of time. Bilbo became a new, less selfish hobbit. And that people or any other creatures can change their attitude as long as they want to. It’s so true that fourteen heads are better than one. Also that every problem has a solution, no matter how hard it is, and if we work together, I believe it will succeed.

I was making a personal connection with this book because it reflects the way people are responding to others in these days. When I work with other people in class, there will be at least one person who acts like Bilbo. Not helping but making things worse. Like I’ve said that every problem has a solution, it will be easily solved if we work hard and figure things out together as a team.

Vacation Reading Follow-up

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While reading The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

 

I was thinking what will the hobbits do when they are stuck in the woods with no help from the wizard? They never did serious things or survive by themselves without the help from the wizard. They didn’t have lots of experiences because most of their lives they live in restricts. When they got stuck in the woods or attacked by goblins, they would have made it? They I really think why wouldn’t the wizard come help them. Did Gandulf (Wizard) have any plans of making this Bilbo (hobbit) change his attitude?

I was feeling quite nervous, probably more than the hobbits actually did. I was so scared that they wouldn’t survive and go back to their little underground houses. I was amazed when I first read the descriptions about their underground houses. They have totally different characteristics, so different from us.

I was wondering what the wizard was really thinking, those hobbits would have had survived. There were lots of problems to go through not only of the selfish attitude that the hobbit has towards the other hobbits. And anything that would have happened to Bilbo and the thirteen other hobbits, it would be Gandalf’s fault since he told Bilbo to join the treasure hunting.

I was learning that attitude can be changed in a matter of time. Bilbo became a new, less selfish hobbit. And that people or any other creatures can change their attitude as long as they want to. It’s so true that fourteen heads are better than one. Also that every problem has a solution, no matter how hard it is, and if we work together, I believe it will succeed.

I was making a personal connection with this book because it reflects the way people are responding to others in these days. When I work with other people in class, there will be at least one person who acts like Bilbo. Not helping but making things worse. Like I’ve said that every problem has a solution, it will be easily solved if we work hard and figure things out together as a team.

Vacation Reading Follow-up

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While reading this book . . .

I was thinking . . .
What will the hobbits do when they are stuck in the woods with no help from the wizard? They never did serious things or survive by themselves without the help from the wizard. They didn’t have lots of experiences because most of their lives they live in restricts. When they got stuck in the woods or attacked by goblins, he and the other hobbits would have made it? They I really think why wouldn’t the wizard come help them. Did he have any plans of making this hobbit change his attitude?

I was feeling . . .
I was quite nervous, probably more than the hobbits actually did. I was so scared that they wouldn’t survive and go back to their little underground house. I was amazed when I first read the descriptions about their houses that are underground. They have totally different characteristics, so different from us.

I was wondering . . .
What the wizard was really thinking, those hobbits would have had survived. There were lots of problems to go through not only of the selfish attitude that the hobbit has towards the other hobbits. And anything that would have happened to Bilbo and the thirteen other hobbits, it would be Gandalf’s fault since he told Bilbo to join the treasure hunting.

I was learning . . .
That attitude can be change in a matter of time. Bilbo became a new less selfish hobbit. And that people or any other creatures can change their attitude as long as they want to. It’s so true that fourteen heads are better than one head. Also that every problem has a solution, no matter how hard to find the solution is, and is if we work together, I believe it will succeed.

I was making a personal connection with this book because it reflects the way people are responding to others in these days. When I try working with other people in class there will be at least one person who acts like Bilbo. Not helping and making things even worse. Like I’ve said that every problem has a solution, it will be easily solved if we work hard and figure things out together as a group.

Vacation Reading Follow-up

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While reading The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

 

I was thinking what will the hobbits do when they are stuck in the woods with no help from the wizard? They never did serious things or survive by themselves without the help from the wizard. They didn’t have lots of experiences because most of their lives they live in restricts. When they got stuck in the woods or attacked by goblins, they would have made it? They I really think why wouldn’t the wizard come help them. Did Gandulf (Wizard) have any plans of making this Bilbo (hobbit) change his attitude?

I was feeling quite nervous, probably more than the hobbits actually did. I was so scared that they wouldn’t survive and go back to their little underground houses. I was amazed when I first read the descriptions about their underground houses. They have totally different characteristics, so different from us.

I was wondering what the wizard was really thinking, those hobbits would have had survived. There were lots of problems to go through not only of the selfish attitude that the hobbit has towards the other hobbits. And anything that would have happened to Bilbo and the thirteen other hobbits, it would be Gandalf’s fault since he told Bilbo to join the treasure hunting.

I was learning that attitude can be changed in a matter of time. Bilbo became a new, less selfish hobbit. And that people or any other creatures can change their attitude as long as they want to. It’s so true that fourteen heads are better than one. Also that every problem has a solution, no matter how hard it is, and if we work together, I believe it will succeed.

I was making a personal connection with this book because it reflects the way people are responding to others in these days. When I work with other people in class, there will be at least one person who acts like Bilbo. Not helping but making things worse. Like I’ve said that every problem has a solution, it will be easily solved if we work hard and figure things out together as a team.

Vacation Reading Follow-up

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While reading this book . . .

I was thinking . . .
What will the hobbits do when they are stuck in the woods with no help from the wizard? They never did serious things or survive by themselves without the help from the wizard. They didn’t have lots of experiences because most of their lives they live in restricts. When they got stuck in the woods or attacked by goblins, he and the other hobbits would have made it? They I really think why wouldn’t the wizard come help them. Did he have any plans of making this hobbit change his attitude?

I was feeling . . .
I was quite nervous, probably more than the hobbits actually did. I was so scared that they wouldn’t survive and go back to their little underground house. I was amazed when I first read the descriptions about their houses that are underground. They have totally different characteristics, so different from us.

I was wondering . . .
What the wizard was really thinking, those hobbits would have had survived. There were lots of problems to go through not only of the selfish attitude that the hobbit has towards the other hobbits. And anything that would have happened to Bilbo and the thirteen other hobbits, it would be Gandalf’s fault since he told Bilbo to join the treasure hunting.

I was learning . . .
That attitude can be change in a matter of time. Bilbo became a new less selfish hobbit. And that people or any other creatures can change their attitude as long as they want to. It’s so true that fourteen heads are better than one head. Also that every problem has a solution, no matter how hard to find the solution is, and is if we work together, I believe it will succeed.

I was making a personal connection with this book because it reflects the way people are responding to others in these days. When I try working with other people in class there will be at least one person who acts like Bilbo. Not helping and making things even worse. Like I’ve said that every problem has a solution, it will be easily solved if we work hard and figure things out together as a group.

Vacation Reading Follow-up

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While reading this book . . .

I was thinking . . .
What will the hobbits do when they are stuck in the woods with no help from the wizard? They never did serious things or survive by themselves without the help from the wizard. They didn’t have lots of experiences because most of their lives they live in restricts. When they got stuck in the woods or attacked by goblins, they would have made it? They I really think why wouldn’t the wizard come help them. Did Gandulf (Wizard) have any plans of making this Bilbo (hobbit) change his attitude?

I was feeling . . .
I was quite nervous, probably more than the hobbits actually did. I was so scared that they wouldn’t survive and go back to their little underground houses. I was amazed when I first read the descriptions about their underground houses. They have totally different characteristics, so different from us.

I was wondering . . .
What the wizard was really thinking, those hobbits would have had survived. There were lots of problems to go through not only of the selfish attitude that the hobbit has towards the other hobbits. And anything that would have happened to Bilbo and the thirteen other hobbits, it would be Gandalf’s fault since he told Bilbo to join the treasure hunting.

I was learning . . .
That attitude can be changed in a matter of time. Bilbo became a new, less selfish hobbit. And that people or any other creatures can change their attitude as long as they want to. It’s so true that fourteen heads are better than one. Also that every problem has a solution, no matter how hard it is, and if we work together, I believe it will succeed.

I was making a personal connection with this book because it reflects the way people are responding to others in these days. When I work with other people in class, there will be at least one person who acts like Bilbo. Not helping but making things worse. Like I’ve said that every problem has a solution, it will be easily solved if we work hard and figure things out together as a team.

Why are some areas of the world richer than others?

I think some areas of the world are richer than others because some countries of developed faster than others. Like if the British were taking over a country in Africa, the British might be using guns while the country in africa may be using spears, the British are most likely to win. I also think some countries start with more ideas than others. Like some countries are all about inventing and have technology  and they have huge armies, or maybe some countries have a lot of farm and animals so they have a lot of food.

Summer Reading Follow Up

A book I read this summer was “Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins. “Hunger Games” is a science fiction book an annual game where 24 tributes fight till only one remains and is crowned the winner. While reading this book I was thinking about about how the characters’ feelings’ changed throughout the book when they had different experiences and learned new things.
While reading this book I was feeling like the characters were very realistic and like I was in the book with them.
I was wondering what was going to happen next, the book was surprising and some parts were very unexpected. The whole time I was making predictions about what would would happen, “Hunger Games” always keeps you guessing.
I was learning a lot of new vocabulary while reading this book. It had strong vocabulary that made the book better and more interesting.

Summer Reading Follow Up

Title of Reading Selection: Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Genre of Subject of the Book: Science Fiction

 

While Reading This Book

 

I was thinking . . . about about how the characters’ feelings’ changed throughout the book when they had different experiences and learned new things. I thought about how that related to my life, like when you feel a certain way about someone or something and when you experience new things your feelings can change about different things.

I was feeling . . . quite sad. The characters in the book are forced to enter a game where only one can survive. I thought about how it would feel if me, or one of my siblings was taken away from me and at risk of dying, and not being able to do anything about it. To make things worse, the Hunger Games are shown on live television for the entertainment of the wealthier people who did not have to have someone taken from them to participate in the games.
I was wondering . . . what it would be like if there were real hunger games, and people were forced to join and had to suffer just for entertainment. I wondered how people would cope with something like that.

I was learning . . . a lot of new vocabulary. The book had a lot of words that were new vocabulary for me. The vocabulary in the story made it better because the words used were strong and could really express how the characters felt.

 

Summer Reading Follow Up

Title of Reading Selection: Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Genre of Subject of the Book: Science Fiction

 

While Reading This Book

 

I was thinking . . . about about how the characters’ feelings’ changed throughout the book when they had different experiences and learned new things. I thought about how that related to my life, like when you feel a certain way about someone or something and when you experience new things your feelings can change about different things.

I was feeling . . . quite sad. The characters in the book are forced to enter a game where only one can survive. I thought about how it would feel if me, or one of my siblings was taken away from me and at risk of dying, and not being able to do anything about it. To make things worse, the Hunger Games are shown on live television for the entertainment of the wealthier people who did not have to have someone taken from them to participate in the games.
I was wondering . . . what it would be like if there were real hunger games, and people were forced to join and had to suffer just for entertainment. I wondered how people would cope with something like that.

I was learning . . . a lot of new vocabulary. The book had a lot of words that were new vocabulary for me. The vocabulary in the story made it better because the words used were strong and could really express how the characters felt.

 

Summer Reading Follow Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title of Reading Selection: Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Genre of Subject of the Book: Science Fiction

 

While Reading This Book

 

I was thinking . . . about how the characters’ feelings’ changed throughout the book when they had different experiences and learned new things. I thought about how that related to my life, like when you feel a certain way about someone or something and when you experience new things your feelings can change about different things.

I was feeling . . . quite sad. The characters in the book are forced to enter a game where only one can survive. I thought about how it would feel if me, or one of my siblings was taken away from me and at risk of dying, and not being able to do anything about it. To make things worse, the Hunger Games are shown on live television for the entertainment of the wealthier people who did not have to have someone taken from them to participate in the games.

I was wondering . . . what it would be like if there were real hunger games, and people were forced to join and had to suffer just for entertainment. I wondered how people would cope with something like that. I was wondering about how it must feel if your friend, or even a family member was chosen how hard it would be to watch them suffering in the games and not be able to help them.

I was learning . . . a lot of new vocabulary. The book had a lot of words that were new vocabulary for me. The vocabulary in the story made it better because the words used were strong and could really express how the characters felt. I also learned that the author of the book write from a persons point of view. “Hunger Games” was written from the main character, Katniss’s point pf view.

 

Vacation Reading Follow Up

vacation reading follow up

Summer vacation reading follow up: The Hobbit

Title of the Reading Selection: The Hobbit
Author: J.R.R Tolkien
Genre or Subject of the Book: Fantasy/Adventure

While reading this book . . .

I was thinking . . .
At first it was warm and even kind of boring but had a lot of impressing imagery and through out the book the imagery was getting better and better the story was a classic it was very enjoyable. But it really did get more exciting once they started their adventure to steal their reward from Smaug, the dragon who lives in the kingdom under the mountain right outside the forest of Mirkwood. You could really see what was happening through the adventure. The creatures were descriptive and also all the characters. I thought that the character development was very bold and noticeable. And at one part where Bilbo was fighting off the giant spiders I was thinking about how he scared he was a few weeks and how he feels so confident with himself. At that point in the book I started turning through pages more than most of the books that I read.

I was feeling . . .
I could feel everything the main character (Bilbo) was feeling. I could feel his courage suddenly rise from zero to hero. I could feel the might in his thoughts. But as well as his might and courage I could feel his fear. The imagery as I said was amazing and therefore I could almost feel the environment around the character. I could see the sunshine while the character was walking through the mountians.

I was wondering . . .
I was wondering why Gandalf had to leave them in the middle of the adventure through Mirkwood and all the history of Gollum’s past and what he used to be like before turning into a miserable creature. Why was Beorn so mysterious I couldn’t help wondering where he is from and what is his background.

How could Tolkien come up with that kind of genre, He invented what today is modern fantasy (i,e.) elves, quests, dungeons and dragons ,ect.

I was learning . . .
I was learning that stereotypes can horribly mistaken, for example, Bilbo was a Hobbit and hobbits don’t like adventures and they do not like different environments and that they are not brave. And this book completely showed that people are unique and that they are different from everyone else as Bilbo showed on his adventure.

I was making a personal connection with this book because…
I could connect to this book because I love adventures! And well in nichada you don’t really have any you have villa and that’s it. Bilbo became to love the idea of going on an adventure fairly fast in the book, in about 20 pages it was if he never hated adventures at all. I could connect to Bilbo because when he took his first step of courage he was afraid I could connect to that because sometimes you are forced to do things that scare you.

Vacation Reading Follow Up

 

While reading the Demonata: Book 6 Demon Apocalypse  . . .

 

I was thinking . . . it must be very upsetting for Grubbs to just sneak away and live with the guilt of murdering his own half brother. However, after reading for a while, I was thinking that Grubbs’ emotion must have changed from depressed to enraged when Beranabus taught Grubbs a spell to recall the events that happened when he was a werewolf and found out that Juni, his uncle’s girlfriend and the person who suggested him to escape was the actual murderer.

I was feeling . . . really frustrated and when I’ve learned that, Juni, a person who acted like a mother to Grubs is actually one of lord loss’ loyal follower.  I can’t believe that she is this submissive to a demon lord when she knows that she is betraying her own race. She and Lord Loss’ minions slaughtered everyone on the plane, leaving Grubbs alone in the hands of Lord Loss.  I was really relieved when the hippy that was stalking Grubs in the last book came to save Grubbs. He was actually Beranabus, a legendary magician highly respected by the disciples.

I was wondering . . . how could the author publish such an amazing book? Even this book is filled with deep violence, once I finish this book; I felt that I had to read the next as soon as possible. I wondered what the author did to control my opinions towards each character. At the start of the novel, I find Juni a really nice person but just after some pages, I hate her like I hate a real person. It probably might be because the author focuses on the good deeds from that specific character did and then starts revealing the true nature of the character, and by that time, I am as enraged as the protagonists in the novel itself.

 I was learning . . . that working in a group will help you accomplish more. When Grubbs, Kernel and Bec’s powers were combined, they were able to travel back in time when the demons had the upper hand. By doing so, they were able to close the portal to earth before the demons starts entering. I was also learning the importance and the value of family. It was fortunate that the protagonists traveled back in time so Grubbs got to see his brother alive again. But the story did not end there, Grubs’ brother, Bill E had to die to seal the portal so that all the demons won’t cross into earth. I was learning to love my family as much as I can. You will never know when they will be gone and a family member always means a lot to everyone.


I was connecting with this book… because this book reflected on how  I prefer to work with other people. Beranabus works with Kernel in the demon universe. Kernel opens portals to other dimensions while Beranabus does more of the combat against demons. They make a pretty good team. When I work with other people, I can distribute tasks to each person so that it saves time and helps each person to fully focus on their jobs instead of getting tired trying to perfect everything.

 

 

Vacation Reading Follow Up

 

While reading the Demonata: Book 6 Demon Apocalypse  . . .

 

I was thinking . . . it must be very upsetting for Grubbs to just sneak away and live with the guilt of murdering his own half brother. However, after reading for a while, I was thinking that Grubbs’ emotion must have changed from depressed to enraged when Beranabus taught Grubbs a spell to recall the events that happened when he was a werewolf and found out that Juni, his uncle’s girlfriend and the person who suggested him to escape was the actual murderer.

I was feeling . . . really frustrated and when I’ve learned that, Juni, a person who acted like a mother to Grubs is actually one of lord loss’ loyal follower.  I can’t believe that she is this submissive to a demon lord when she knows that she is betraying her own race. She and Lord Loss’ minions slaughtered everyone on the plane, leaving Grubbs alone in the hands of Lord Loss.  I was really relieved when the hippy that was stalking Grubs in the last book came to save Grubbs. He was actually Beranabus, a legendary magician highly respected by the disciples.

I was wondering . . . how could the author publish such an amazing book? Even this book is filled with deep violence, once I finish this book; I felt that I had to read the next as soon as possible. I wondered what the author did to control my opinions towards each character. At the start of the novel, I find Juni a really nice person but just after some pages, I hate her like I hate a real person. It probably might be because the author focuses on some actions from that specific character  that makes us think that they are good and then starts revealing the true nature of the character, and by that time, I am as enraged as the protagonists in the novel itself.

 I was learning . . . that working in a group will help you accomplish more. When Grubbs, Kernel and Bec’s powers were combined, they were able to travel back in time when the demons had the upper hand. By doing so, they were able to close the portal to earth before the demons starts entering. I was also learning the importance and the value of family. It was fortunate that the protagonists traveled back in time so Grubbs got to see his brother alive again. But the story did not end there, Grubs’ brother, Bill E had to die to seal the portal so that all the demons won’t cross into earth. I was learning to love my family as much as I can. You will never know when they will be gone and a family member always means a lot to everyone.


I was connecting with this book… because this book reflected on how  I prefer to work with other people. Beranabus works with Kernel in the demon universe. Kernel opens portals to other dimensions while Beranabus does more of the combat against demons. They make a pretty good team. When I work with other people, I usually distribute tasks to each person so that it saves time and helps each person to fully focus on their jobs instead of getting tired trying to perfect everything.

 

 

Vacation Reading Follow Up

 

While reading the Demonata: Book 6 Demon Apocalypse  . . .

 

I was thinking . . . it must be very upsetting for Grubbs to just sneak away and live with the guilt of murdering his own half brother. However, after reading for a while, I was thinking that Grubbs’ emotion must have changed from depressed to enraged when Beranabus taught Grubbs a spell to recall the events that happened when he was a werewolf and found out that Juni, his uncle’s girlfriend and the person who suggested him to escape was the actual murderer.

I was feeling . . . really frustrated and when I’ve learned that, Juni, a person who acted like a mother to Grubs is actually one of lord loss’ loyal follower.  I can’t believe that she is this submissive to a demon lord when she knows that she is betraying her own race. She and Lord Loss’ minions slaughtered everyone on the plane, leaving Grubbs alone in the hands of Lord Loss.  I was really relieved when the hippy that was stalking Grubs in the last book came to save Grubbs. He was actually Beranabus, a legendary magician highly respected by the disciples.

I was wondering . . . how could the author publish such an amazing book? Even this book is filled with deep violence, once I finish this book; I felt that I had to read the next as soon as possible. I wondered what the author did to control my opinions towards each character. At the start of the novel, I find Juni a really nice person but just after some pages, I hate her like I hate a real person. It probably might be because the author focuses on some actions from that specific character  that makes us think that they are good and then starts revealing the true nature of the character as well as actions that weren’t mentioned. This book started out pretty boring but this twist lightened up the novel.

 I was learning . . . that working in a group will help you accomplish more. When Grubbs, Kernel and Bec’s powers were combined, they were able to travel back in time when the demons had the upper hand. By doing so, they were able to close the portal to earth before the demons starts entering. I was also learning the importance and the value of family. It was fortunate that the protagonists traveled back in time so Grubbs got to see his brother alive again. But the story did not end there, Grubs’ brother, Bill E had to die to seal the portal so that all the demons won’t cross into earth. I was learning to love my family as much as I can. You will never know when they will be gone and a family member always means a lot to everyone.


I was connecting with this book… because this book reflected on how  I prefer to work with other people. Beranabus works with Kernel in the demon universe. Kernel opens portals to other dimensions while Beranabus does more of the combat against demons. They make a pretty good team. When I work with other people, I usually distribute tasks to each person so that it saves time and helps each person to fully focus on their jobs instead of getting tired trying to perfect everything.

 

 

Vacation Reading Follow Up

 

While reading the Demonata: Book 6 Demon Apocalypse  . . .

 

I was thinking . . . it must be very upsetting for Grubbs to just sneak away and live with the guilt of murdering his own half brother. However, after reading for a while, I was thinking that Grubbs’ emotion must have changed from depressed to enraged when Beranabus taught Grubbs a spell to recall the events that happened when he was a werewolf and found out that Juni, his uncle’s girlfriend and the person who suggested him to escape was the actual murderer.

I was feeling . . . really frustrated and when I’ve learned that, Juni, a person who acted like a mother to Grubs is actually one of lord loss’ loyal follower.  I can’t believe that she is this submissive to a demon lord when she knows that she is betraying her own race. She and Lord Loss’ minions slaughtered everyone on the plane, leaving Grubbs alone to be tortured by Lord Loss.  I was feeling really relieved when Beranabus suddenly appeared and saved Grubbs just in time.

I was wondering . . .  what would happen next, how would Grubbs go on with his life after murdering is brother and left with unanswered questions? I was wondering about the twist on Grubb’s destiny because this  novel started out with Grubbs sitting in a plane, on the way to start a new, normal and demon-free life. I was also wondering what the author did to control my opinions towards each character. At the start of the novel, I find Juni a really nice person but just after some pages, I really hate her.

 I was learning . . . that working in a group will help you accomplish more. When Grubbs, Kernel and Bec’s powers were combined, they were able to travel back in time when the demons had the upper hand. By doing so, they were able to close the portal to earth before the demons starts entering. I was also learning the importance and the value of family. It was fortunate that the protagonists traveled back in time so Grubbs got to see his brother alive again. But the story did not end there, Grubs’ brother, Bill E had to die to seal the portal so that all the demons won’t cross into earth. I was learning to love my family as much as I can. You will never know when they will be gone and a family member always means a lot to everyone.


I was connecting with this book… because this book reflected on how  I prefer to work with other people. Beranabus works with Kernel in the demon universe. Kernel opens portals to other dimensions while Beranabus does more of the combat against demons. They make a pretty good team. When I work with other people, I usually distribute tasks to each person so that it saves time and helps each person to fully focus on their jobs instead of getting tired trying to perfect everything.

 

 

Vacation Reading Follow Up

 

While reading the Demonata: Book 6 Demon Apocalypse  . . .

 

I was thinking . . . it must be very upsetting for Grubbs to just sneak away and live with the guilt of murdering his own half brother. However, after reading for a while, I was thinking that Grubbs’ emotion must have changed from depressed to enraged when Beranabus taught Grubbs a spell to recall the events that happened when he was a werewolf and found out that Juni, his uncle’s girlfriend and the person who suggested him to escape was the actual murderer.

I was feeling . . . really frustrated and when I’ve learned that, Juni, a person who acted like a mother to Grubs is actually one of lord loss’ loyal follower.  I can’t believe that she is this submissive to a demon lord when she knows that she is betraying her own race. She and Lord Loss’ minions slaughtered everyone on the plane, leaving Grubbs alone to be tortured by Lord Loss.  I was feeling really relieved when Beranabus suddenly appeared and saved Grubbs just in time.

I was wondering . . .  what would happen next, how would Grubbs go on with his life after murdering his brother and left with unanswered questions? I was wondering about the twist on Grubb’s destiny because this  novel started out with Grubbs sitting in a plane, on the way to start a new, normal and demon-free life. I was also wondering what the author did to control my opinions towards each character. At the start of the novel, I find Juni a really nice person but just after some pages, I really hate her.

 I was learning . . . that working in a group will help you accomplish more. When Grubbs, Kernel and Bec’s powers were combined, they were able to travel back in time when the demons had the upper hand. By doing so, they were able to close the portal to earth before the demons starts entering. I was also learning the importance and the value of family. It was fortunate that the protagonists traveled back in time so Grubbs got to see his brother alive again. But the story did not end there, Grubs’ brother, Bill E had to die to seal the portal so that all the demons won’t cross into earth. I was learning to love my family as much as I can. You will never know when they will be gone and a family member always means a lot to everyone.


I was connecting with this book… because this book reflected on how  I prefer to work with other people. Beranabus works with Kernel in the demon universe. Kernel opens portals to other dimensions while Beranabus does more of the combat against demons. They make a pretty good team. When I work with other people, I usually distribute tasks to each person so that it saves time and helps each person to fully focus on their jobs instead of getting tired trying to perfect everything.

 

 

What Makes Humans Unique?

The video “The Internet in 1969” shows how humans are unique, because we can think of things that do not exist. It shows that we as humans have imagination to invent things and predict things that might happen in the future, which shows that humans can think ahead to what might happen. Another thing that is unique about human beings is that we don’t usually get an invention out of thin air. It takes shape in our mind as an idea at first before we begin to invent it. Humans learn from their mistakes while in the process of making something, and they know not to do it again while they continue to make the object so they can succeed in inventing.

why are some parts of africa richer then others

because some parts have better governments and they can get more things from different country’s  and more cargo.but  because some have oil ,diamonds and gold but dome times they are very poor . it all depends on the government because some times if the place has lots of gold and diamonds  and oil the gov can steal it but if the gov steals it  but if some countries don’t have lots of gold diamonds etc… the gov helps them. well that is what i think.

Why Are Some Areas in the World Richer or Poorer

I think some places in the world are poorer than others because of the way they were raised. People that aren’t so rich are happy with what they have, even if that means living on the street. But people that are richer than others, they always want more and more and more than what they have. I think that different parts of Africa have different amount of curency. Some parts of Africa (like South Africa) is richer than some other parts, because there are a lot of imigrants living there. For ezample; if you come to Nichada, you would say it is a pretty rivch area of Thailand. The reason why is because it’s meant for imigrants. There is an international school here. And so many different religions and nationalities living in Nichada. But in a poorer area of Thailand it might be a little poorer because it doesn’t have any imigrants there to make changes for them.

This is why I think some areas are richer and poorer

Unique Humans From 1969

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I think that the humans, past and present have a unique sense of creativity and imagination that allows and helps us with the skill of prediction. In this video, the creators predicted what the tech will be like in the future, in this case, the internet. The first part, the predicted online shopping, which turns out to be AMAZON! The mail they write is another prediction: EMAIL!

This is the unique part about humans that other species don’t have is creativity. Well, monkeys have some creativity, but humans are the only species that have a HUGE expansion of creativity. Now our creativity has expanded as we learn new things. This is another factor that makes humans unique. We learn. I think this is why we turned out to be really advanced compared to 1969.

Unique Humans From 1969

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0pPfyYtiBc&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

I think that the humans, past and present have a unique sense of creativity and imagination that allows and helps us with the skill of prediction. In this video, the creators predicted what the tech will be like in the future, in this case, the internet. The first part, the predicted online shopping, which turns out to be AMAZON! The mail they write is another prediction: EMAIL!

This is the unique part about humans that other species don’t have is creativity. Well, monkeys have some creativity, but humans are the only species that have a HUGE expansion of creativity. Now our creativity has expanded as we learn new things. This is another factor that makes humans unique. We learn. I think this is why we turned out to be really advanced compared to 1969.

Unique Humans From 1969

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0pPfyYtiBc&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

I think that the humans, past and present have a unique sense of creativity and imagination that allows and helps us with the skill of prediction. In this video, the creators predicted what the tech will be like in the future, in this case, the internet. The first part, the predicted online shopping, which turns out to be AMAZON! The mail they write is another prediction: EMAIL!

This is the unique part about humans that other species don’t have is creativity. Well, monkeys have some creativity, but humans are the only species that have a HUGE expansion of creativity. Now our creativity has expanded as we learn new things. This is another factor that makes humans unique. We learn. I think this is why we turned out to be really advanced compared to 1969.

Unique Humans From 1969

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0pPfyYtiBc&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

I think that the humans, past and present have a unique sense of creativity and imagination that allows and helps us with the skill of prediction. In this video, the creators predicted what the tech will be like in the future, in this case, the internet. The first part, the predicted online shopping, which turns out to be AMAZON! The mail they write is another prediction: EMAIL!

This is the unique part about humans that other species don’t have is creativity. Well, monkeys have some creativity, but humans are the only species that have a HUGE expansion of creativity. Now our creativity has expanded as we learn new things. This is another factor that makes humans unique. We learn. I think this is why we turned out to be really advanced compared to 1969.

Unique Humans From 1969

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0pPfyYtiBc&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

I think that the humans, past and present have a unique sense of creativity and imagination that allows and helps us with the skill of prediction. In this video, the creators predicted what the tech will be like in the future, in this case, the internet. The first part, the predicted online shopping, which turns out to be AMAZON! The mail they write is another prediction: EMAIL!

This is the unique part about humans that other species don’t have is creativity. Well, monkeys have some creativity, but humans are the only species that have a HUGE expansion of creativity. Now our creativity has expanded as we learn new things. This is another factor that makes humans unique. We learn. I think this is why we turned out to be really advanced compared to 1969.

Grade 8 Humanities Vacation Reading Follow-up

 

 

Name:   Jon

Class: GD 8 Humanties

Date:  16/8/11

 

 

 

Directions: Choose one book that you read during vacation and use the prompts below to start your ideas about this reading selection.  You can jot down your notes first in your learning log and then put your ideas into complete sentences in a Word document. After that, you can create a post at your blog.

Title of the Reading Selection:  Among the Imposters

Author: Margret, Haddix

Genre or Subject of the Book:  Fiction

While reading this book . . .

I was thinking . . .

I was thinking about the adventure they are having and what was happening in the book. I thought about China and the time when they had a rule about the amount of kids they were allowed to have. It reminded me of that.

I was feeling . . . Anxious about what was happening in the book.  I was feeling like I wanted to read the rest of the series and know the ending.

I was wondering . . . What’s going to happen next? What will he do next? Is the boy he calls Jackal Boy, is he an imposter too?  I was always wondering about him and Jackal Boy and will they get caught?

I was learning . . . New Thing and new words.

 

 

 

 

I was making a personal connection with this book because… I related this story to something in China that happen along time ago. When people were not aloud to have mo

Vacation Reading Follow-up

 

Title of the Reading Selection:  Helen Keller, A Photographic Story Of A Life.

Author:  Leslie Garrett

Genre or Subject of the Book:  Non-fiction

 

I was thinking . . . Why Helen Keller had a good life since she couldn’t see or hear.  I was thinking how she could learn how to speak when she was not able to hear or see the words.  I think that pronouncing the word would have also been very hard for her since she never heard those words before. 

 

I was feeling . . . that it must have been super frustrating for Helen Keller because she couldn’t see or hear anyone.  I was feeling that she was probably scared and wanted to know what would happen to her next. 

 

I was wondering . . . if I was in Helen’s place, what I would have done.  Would I know how to speak?  Would I give up my whole life up because I know it is going to be hard to communicate with people?  Also I wonder how it is being blind and deaf at the same time, for your entire life.  It must have been complicated for Helen.

 

I was learning . . . that a lot of people are different from each other.  People that have similar problems like Helen should always try to live there life as it is, even if it’s hard.  They should live their lives like it is because something’s would turn out to be good.  Also you can see what will happen to you in the future.

 

I made a personal connection with this book because I know how Helen felt about being both blind and deaf.  When I was about 10 years old, I went to a place in Thailand that taught you about people who are both blind and deaf.  I was able to feel like I was blind and deaf, and it was very scary.  It was super dark and you couldn’t hear a single tweet.  But I only did that for about 1 to 2 minute’s, I could have not imagined having to do that for my whole life, not knowing where I was each second and what people were saying about me.

 

This book reflected something about who I am as a person, since I actually experienced things about being blind and deaf, like Helen Keller. 

Summer Reading

During the summer, I read 3 books. The books I read were all pretty quick read, because I don’t really enjoy reading thick and heavy books. I like to read books about teenagers and their lives.

The first book I read was called Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You. I chose this book because when I saw it on the library, I thought of how strange the title was. Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You? What?! People dance in red shoes all the time! This book is about a teenage girl called Kayla who is a very talented ballet student at junior at Florida Arts High School (Farts). Her school is having auditions for the school production, Cinderella. She’s one of the best dancers at Farts, but she doesn’t have the perfect body for a ballerina, so the directer of the school production refuses to give her a main part. What will Kayla decide to do? I really liked reading this book, because it made me realize that nothing’s perfect and if you love something, you should do whatever you can to keep doing it no matter what anyone tells you.

 

The second book I read was Thirteen. Thirteen is about a Girl called Winnie, and the problems she has to deal with at school. She’s going to eighth grade. Her friend Amanda who she’s known ever since they were kids, changes a lot from how she used to be. She’s not the same Amanda that was Winnie’s best friend. Winnie decides to move on with her life and make new friends. I’ve been in a position like that before. I enjoyed reading this book because I could connect to the main character, and I understood how she felt when I put myself in her perspective.

 

 

 

I started a book called L8r G8r after reading Thirteen, but I’m still currently reading it. Thirteen and L8r G8r are both written by the same author, Lauren Myracle. Choosing a book by its author is a great way to pick a good book because every author has their own way of writing, and if you like their style, you’d probably enjoy most of their books. L8r G8r is about 3 best friends (Maddie, Zoe, and Angela) that share their ups and downs about their senior year through instant messaging. Their worst enemy, Jana, has it for them again this year. Jana gets away with everything she does, and don’t mess with her, because if you do, she’d give you the worst revenge anyone could possibly imagine. Too bad Angela, Zoe, and Maddie don’t realize that. Read this book to see what happens! You know you can’t resist!

 

 

Altogether, what these books reveal about me is that I’m a person who won’t give up, and 1 will always do what I love even if other people don’t agree with me. For example, Kayla (from Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You) didn’t get the main part on her school production, but she didn’t let that get in her way of doing what she loves, which is Ballet. When all my friends have different opinions from me, I sometimes think that maybe what I think is wrong. That’s not true, and I believe that if you truly love something, you shouldn’t let what others think have a huge impact on you.

Reading Response #1

Title: It’s a Mall Word After All
Author: Janette Rallison
Question: How do you feel about the main character?

In my book It’s a Mall Word After All, the main characters name is Charlotte. To me she is a bit of a snob.  She was teased in middle school by all the boys in her grade, for being very tall and skinny. Then for the first two years of high school, she moves to a different country. When she comes back she is suddenly pretty. The boys don’t tease her anymore, but she still hold a grudge against them. I think she is a snob because she holds such a big grudge that she doesn’t ever go out with them and they are all kind of scared of her. I hope that towards the end of the book she starts to forgive them.

Question: Would you have done the same as the character in a particular situation in the story?

If I was put in the same situation as Charlotte I would forgive all the boys because you cant hold a grudge forever, you have to let it go sometime. So I think that she should just let go now, instead of later. If she let go of her grudge and started being nicer and friendlier to the boys then she wouldn’t be known as a snob and very picky and more. They aren’t teasing her or making fu of her anymore so she should forget what happened in the past.

Reading Response #1

Title: It’s a Mall Word After All
Author: Janette Rallison
Question: How do you feel about the main character?

In my book It’s a Mall Word After All, the main characters name is Charlotte. To me she is a bit of a snob.  All the boys in her, for being very tall and skinny, teased her in middle school. Then for the first two years of high school, she moves to a different country. When she comes back she is suddenly pretty. The boys don’t tease her anymore, but she still hold a grudge against them. I think she is a snob because she holds such a big grudge that she doesn’t ever go out with them and they are all kind of scared of her. I hope that towards the end of the book she starts to forgive them.

Question: Would you have done the same as the character in a particular situation in the story?

If I was put in the same situation as Charlotte I would forgive all the boys because you cant hold a grudge forever, you have to let it go sometime. So I think that she should just let go now, instead of later. If she let go of her grudge and started being nicer and friendlier to the boys then she wouldn’t be known as a snob and very picky and more. They aren’t teasing her or making fun of her anymore so she should forget what happened in the past.

Reading Response #1

Title: It’s a Mall Word After All
Author: Janette Rallison
Question: How do you feel about the main character?

In my book It’s a Mall Word After All, the main characters name is Charlotte. To me she is a bit of a snob.  All the boys in her, for being very tall and skinny, teased her in middle school. Then for the first two years of high school, she moves to a different country. When she comes back she is suddenly pretty. The boys don’t tease her anymore, but she still hold a grudge against them. I think she is a snob because she holds such a big grudge that she doesn’t ever go out with them and they are all kind of scared of her. I hope that towards the end of the book she starts to forgive them.

Question: Would you have done the same as the character in a particular situation in the story?

If I was put in the same situation as Charlotte I would forgive all the boys because you cant hold a grudge forever, you have to let it go sometime. So I think that she should just let go now, instead of later. If she let go of her grudge and started being nicer and friendlier to the boys then she wouldn’t be known as a snob and very picky and more. They aren’t teasing her or making fun of her anymore so she should forget what happened in the past.

Summer Reading

 

Summer Reading Follow-up

In the summer I was in Korea spending my time with my cousin, but I was reading. I read Robinson Crusoe, 39 Clues The Maze of Bones, and Diary of the Wimpy Kid Ugly Truth.

Robinson Crusoe Retold – Robinson Crusoe is a novel by Daniel Danfoe that was first published in 1719, but was retold by Pauline Francis. The story is about the main character, Robinson Crusoe, wanting to be an adventurous sailor. But a storm had other ideas. He wakes up to find he is stranded on an island where he survives for 27 years, and his adventures leads to challenges such as growing food, building shelter, raising animals, fighting cannibals, and befriended a native he named Friday.

39 Clues: The Maze of Bones–

39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, Book 1, is written by Rick Riordan, and published in 2008.  It is about Amy and Dan Cahill in a quest to find the treasure of the Cahill through a series of 39 clues.   They have challenges with each clue they get, but the quest gets harder. Book one ends before the treasure is found.

Diary of the Wimpy Kid Ugly Truth

The American author and cartoonist, Jeff Kinney, write the Ugly Truth, published in 2010, diary of the Wimpy Kid. The story is about the horrors of growing up. The main character, Greg, wants to be popular, so he does a number of things to become popular such as trying out for a TV commercial. But he fails each time he tries.

 

These three summers reading novels reveal about me that I admire people who do not give up no matter what. Robinson Crusoe never gave up for 27 years until he was rescued. Amy and Dan Cahill never gave up even though their clues were stolen. Greg never gave up trying to be popular at school. I realized that in my life I should never give up trying to achieve my goals. Will this happen? Is life easy enough to do what ever I want? Many questions about my future fill my head, but destiny will choose my fate for me.

Why are some areas of the world richer than others?

I think that some areas of the world are richer than others because they have more power and they take money from others. Or another possible answer is that the country has something that might be their tradition that is unique than other countries. Other countries might have won during these two world war and so they took the advantage. Like Japan I think that the country is rich because the there are great inventors there and they always continue making something new to make life easier.

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Why are some areas of the world richer than others.

I think that some places in the world are more richer than others because of tourists.  Most of the tourist go to the place that have nice viewing sites.  But Africa dosent show really that they have money.  Africa is the place that has the most gold and diamonds in the world.  So I guess that Africa is a really rich.

Why are some areas of the world richer than others?

I think that some countries are richer than other countries because some countries sell more things that are valuable in the world, like in Dubai that would be a rich country because they have oil and people all over the world needs oil so they would be making a lot of money in Dubai so their country is going to be rich. But a poor country would be like a country that people don’t really come to so they don’t have money which make them a poor country. So if you were to compare Dubai and any poor country, Dubai would be a richer country because they have what people need all over the world.

:)

Hiiii, im really looking forward to a great year in 7th grade.

:)


Hiiii, im really looking forward to a great year in 7th grade. 😀

7th Grade :)


Hiiii, im really looking forward to a great year in 7th grade. 😀

Wood Song Summer Reading Follow-Up

 

Wood Song Summer Reading follow up

Title of the Reading Selection:  Wood Song

Author:  Gary Paulsen

Genre or Subject of the Book:  Fiction

 

 

While reading this book . . .

 

I was thinking . . .  That it was strange how Gary the main character in this novel spent all his time in the woods with his uncles. Gary and his uncles would frequently go hunting and killing out in the woods. Not learning any thing staying oblivious the wilderness yet he still decides to go on an epic dog sledding race out into the wilderness.

 

I was feeling . . .  my book must had been impossible to put down when the dog sledding race had started. The reason was how Gary Paulsen Had described the bitter cold of Gary’s harsh environment and how hard it was for him to hold on to the sled. The author was very descriptive and deep when he described the pain Gary was enduring and the fear he was feeling thinking about the horrible things that would happen if the would let go of the sled and fell in to the snow.

 

I was wondering . . . If the author had been in a situation like the character in the book because of the large amount of knowledge about sledding and surviving in this weather in the book. I was also wondering how much Gary the main character knew about the wilderness now he had experienced it first hand. If he did he could put those skills in to action when he and his uncles go hunting again. I was also wondering how the athor intreaged you yo read the mext chapter

 

I was learning . . .  That even if you had never known much about a topic such as surviving in the wilderness. Going out and experiencing it would be one of the best was to learn how to survive. I also learned some small tips for how to be able to with stand in such cold climates, what to do in a worst-case situation.

 

I was making a personal connection with this book because… (i.e., This book reflected something about who I am as a person.)  The main character had to adapt to the environments he had experienced. I had thought of how I had live over seas for my whole live and had to move every three or four yeas I also had to adapt to many different places and different climates. I also connected to the fact that he was camping most of the time. I have been camping in my Boy Scout patrol and it reminded me of how hard it is to sleep eat and travel if you don’t come repaired with the correct equipment.

 

 

Wood Song Summer Reading Follow-Up

 

Wood Song Summer Reading follow up

Title of the Reading Selection:  Wood Song

Author:  Gary Paulsen

Genre or Subject of the Book:  Fiction

 

 

While reading this book . . .

 

I was thinking . . .  That it was strange how Gary the main character in this novel spent all his time in the woods with his uncles. Gary and his uncles would frequently go hunting and killing out in the woods. Not learning any thing staying oblivious the wilderness yet he still decides to go on an epic dog sledding race out into the wilderness.

 

I was feeling . . .  my book must had been impossible to put down when the dog sledding race had started. The reason was how Gary Paulsen Had described the bitter cold of Gary’s harsh environment and how hard it was for him to hold on to the sled. The author was very descriptive and deep when he described the pain Gary was enduring and the fear he was feeling thinking about the horrible things that would happen if the would let go of the sled and fell in to the snow.

 

I was wondering . . . If the author had been in a situation like the character in the book because of the large amount of knowledge about sledding and surviving in this weather in the book. I was also wondering how much Gary the main character knew about the wilderness now he had experienced it first hand. If he did he could put those skills in to action when he and his uncles go hunting again. I was also wondering how the athor intreaged you yo read the mext chapter

 

I was learning . . .  That even if you had never known much about a topic such as surviving in the wilderness. Going out and experiencing it would be one of the best was to learn how to survive. I also learned some small tips for how to be able to with stand in such cold climates, what to do in a worst-case situation.

 

I was making a personal connection with this book because… (i.e., This book reflected something about who I am as a person.)  The main character had to adapt to the environments he had experienced. I had thought of how I had live over seas for my whole live and had to move every three or four yeas I also had to adapt to many different places and different climates. I also connected to the fact that he was camping most of the time. I have been camping in my Boy Scout patrol and it reminded me of how hard it is to sleep eat and travel if you don’t come repaired with the correct equipment.

 

 

Wood Song Follow-Up

 

Title of the Reading Selection:  _______Wood Song____

Author:  _______Gary Paulsen__________

Genre or Subject of the Book:  _________Fiction______

 

While reading this book . . .  I was thinking . . .  That it was strange how ______ the main charictor in this novle spent all his time in the woods was what his uncles called it he wold frequently go hunting and killing out in the woods with his uncles not learning any thing and staying oblivious the wilderness yet he still desides to go on an epic dog sleding race out into the wilderness.

 

 

I was feeling . . .  The my book must had been imposible to put down when the dog sleding race had started. The reson was how Gary Paulsen Had disribed the bitter cold of  _________’s Inviernment and how hard it was for him to hold on to the sled the athor was ver dicriptive and deep when he also disciple the pain _______  was induring and the fear the the main charictor was feeling thing about the horrible things that would happen if the would let go of the sled.

 

 

I was wondering . . . I the athor had every been in a situation like the charitor in the book because of the large amount of knowlage that he knew about. I was also wondering how much ___________ knew about the wilderness now he had experienced it first hand. If he did he cold put those skills in to action when he and his unkles go hunting again.

 

 

I was learning . . .  that even if you had never known much about a topic such as surviving in the wilderness. Going out and experiencing it would be one of the best was to learn how to survive in the wilderness. I also learnd some small tips for how to be able to survive in such cold climets.

 

 

I was making a personal connection with this book because… (i.e., This book reflected something about who I am as a person.)  The main charictor had to adapt to the envierments he had experienced. I had thought of how I had live over seas for my whole live and had to move every three or four yeas I also had to adapt to many different places and different climits.

 

Wood Song Follow-Up

 

Title of the Reading Selection:  Wood Song

Author:  Gary Paulsen

Genre or Subject of the Book:  Fiction

 

 

While reading this book . . .

 

I was thinking . . .  That it was strange how Gary the main character in this novel spent all his time in the woods with his uncles. Gary and his uncles would frequently go hunting and killing out in the woods. Not learning any thing staying oblivious the wilderness yet he still decides to go on an epic dog sledding race out into the wilderness.

 

I was feeling . . .  my book must had been impossible to put down when the dog sledding race had started. The reason was how Gary Paulsen Had described the bitter cold of Gary’s harsh environment and how hard it was for him to hold on to the sled. The author was very descriptive and deep when he described the pain Gary was enduring and the fear he was feeling thinking about the horrible things that would happen if the would let go of the sled and fell in to the snow.

 

I was wondering . . . If the author had been in a situation like the character in the book because of the large amount of knowledge about sledding and surviving in this weather in the book. I was also wondering how much Gary the main character knew about the wilderness now he had experienced it first hand. If he did he could put those skills in to action when he and his uncles go hunting again.

 

I was learning . . .  That even if you had never known much about a topic such as surviving in the wilderness. Going out and experiencing it would be one of the best was to learn how to survive. I also learned some small tips for how to be able to with stand in such cold climates, what to do in a worst-case situation.

 

I was making a personal connection with this book because… (i.e., This book reflected something about who I am as a person.)  The main character had to adapt to the environments he had experienced. I had thought of how I had live over seas for my whole live and had to move every three or four yeas I also had to adapt to many different places and different climates. I also connected to the fact that he was camping most of the time. I have been camping in my Boy Scout patrol and it reminded me of how hard it is to sleep eat and travel if you don’t come repaired with the correct equipment.

 

 

summer reading follow-up

The first book read this summer is the red pyramid.

It is about a normal boy have a normal live, but his father studying about ancient Egypt and one day he disappear. He was force to go in an adventure to find his father. He found him later with a dog like monster carrying a sword.

Author : Rick Riordan

Second book I read is red card

This book is about a boy that loves to play soccer. And at the beginning of the book his soccer team was play in the quarter final of the tournament they tile 2-2. So they have to play again next, but after the game there coach was murder. He found out later that one of his teammate parent is a murderer.

Author : Richard Hoyt

The third book I read this summer is The lighting thief

Percy Jackson has a normal life but he one specialty that he could stay under water for a very long time. One day his life change that every thing that happen around him seems to not be possible. His best friend was half a goat and his mum were taken by a monster half man half ox, he move in to this camp call half blood camp and found out that he was the son of Poseidon.

Author : Rick Riordan

 

I think the three books I had read this summer; tell me that I like to read adventure books. Because all of the books I read this summer is adventure book. I like the kind of book that I fill excited after I read it. Clearly I only read the book that is fun for me to read. For example in the book Percy Jackson the lighting thief when Percy start his quest to bring back his mum and find the lighting bulb, then bring it back to Zeus in time. It best part book because he have limit amount of and he have a lot of thing to do, what will happen if he did not complete his quest. Still I was bore of reading the same type of books all summer. Because I enjoy checking out new books. So now I think the next type of book I might read is science fiction book, because I never read science fiction book before. And I wander what it’s like to read science fiction book because many of my friends said it’s fun.

 

 

summer reading follow-up

The first book read this summer is the red pyramid.

It is about a normal boy have a normal live, but his father studying about ancient Egypt and one day he disappear. He was force to go in an adventure to find his father. He found him later with a dog like monster holding a sword.

Author : Rick Riordan

Second book I read is red card

This book is about a boy that loves to play soccer. And at the beginning of the book his soccer team was play in the quarter final of the tournament they tile 2-2. So they have to play again next week, but after the game there coach was murder. He found out later that one of his teammate parent is a murderer.

Author : Richard Hoyt

The third book I read this summer is The lighting thief

Percy Jackson has a normal life but he one specialty that he could stay under water for a very long time. One day his life change that every thing that happen around him seems to not be possible. His best friend was half a goat and his mum were taken by a half man half ox monster, he move in to this camp call half blood camp and found out that he was the son of Poseidon.

Author : Rick Riordan

 

I think the three books I had read this summer; tell me that I like to read adventure books. Because all of the books I read this summer is adventure book. I like the kind of book that I fill excited after I read it. Clearly I only read the book that is fun for me to read. For example in the book Percy Jackson the lighting thief when Percy start his quest to bring back his mum and find the lighting bulb, then bring it back to Zeus in time. It best part book because he have limit amount of and he have a lot of thing to do, what will happen if he did not complete his quest. Still I was bore of reading the same type of books all summer. Because I enjoy checking out new books. So now I think the next type of book I might read is science fiction book, because I never read science fiction book before. And I wander what it’s like to read science fiction book because many of my friends said it’s fun.

 

 

Summer Reading Assignment

Elaine

Period 7/8

Summer Reading Assignment

Over the summer I read three books that I picked out from a bookstore. The first book was a particularly entertaining book called “First Step 2 Forever”. I pacifically chose this book when I was in the store because it’s 100% officially written by my idol, a famous worldwide teen sensation, Justin Bieber. First Step 2 Forever is a biography of Justin Bieber; and in this book, Mr. Bieber explains about all the big things that had been lurched into his life unexpectedly. For example, he explains how he deals with his sudden fame at such a young age, with his fans, his concerts, and even meeting artists that inspires him such as Usher.

 

The second book I read during the long summer was a book called Blue Bloods. The author Melissa De La Cruz wrote this outstanding book with astonishingly great detail and imaginative plot. This book is at an acceptable reading level and it’s a creative fantasy novel. The author helps us understand what each character is going through. For example, each chapter in the book has a different character’s point of view speaking to the reader. Blue Bloods is about a girl named Schuyler who goes to school and has a normal life. However when she turns 15, oddest things happens. Everything in her life started to change after she discovers that there are such things as ancient vampires who prey on human blood and are immortal. Later on Schuyler finds out that there’s something else out there that are even stronger than the vampires and are preying on the immortal group; worst part is she had something to do with it.

 

The third book I read and I’m still reading is called If I Stay. This is a lovely fiction novel by Gayle Forman. The author helps the reader comprehend a girl named Mia’s perfect life that gets ruined when she looses her love ones from a tragic accident. Almost everything in her life gets chomped away piece by piece. Mia gets stuck having to choose between 2 things, and this will be the most critical decision she’ll ever make, that will change her life forever. So…“What would you do if you had to choose?”- Gayle Forman.

 

What these books reveal about me is that I believe that nothing is impossible to achieve and anything may enter in your life whether you expected it or not. However no matter what comes in your way, you should always stay true to yourself, and respect the people who are important in your life. For example Justin Bieber never predicted that he would end up being to be a worldwide superstar who rides tour buses and goes on private airplanes. But look at where he is now. He’s a huge inspiration to millions of fans, and is a very successful young man. Even though he’s one of the most famous celebrities on this planet, he still tries to stay grounded and respect his family and friends. Let me tell you something, sometimes in your life, you may hear people say that you can’t do what you want to do because there’s a very little chance to reach it; but hey, anything’s possible.

😀

Summer Reading Assignment

Elaine

Period 7/8

Summer Reading Assignment

Over the summer I read three books that I picked out from a bookstore. The first book was a particularly entertaining book called “First Step 2 Forever”. I pacifically chose this book when I was in the store because it’s 100% officially written by my idol, a famous worldwide teen sensation, Justin Bieber. First Step 2 Forever is a biography of Justin Bieber; and in this book, Mr. Bieber explains about all the big things that had been lurched into his life unexpectedly. For example, he explains how he deals with his sudden fame at such a young age, with his fans, his concerts, and even meeting artists that inspires him such as Usher.

 

The second book I read during the long summer was a book called Blue Bloods. The author Melissa De La Cruz wrote this outstanding book with astonishingly great detail and imaginative plot. This book is at an acceptable reading level and it’s a creative fantasy novel. The author helps us understand what each character is going through. For example, each chapter in the book has a different character’s point of view speaking to the reader. Blue Bloods is about a girl named Schuyler who goes to school and has a normal life. However when she turns 15, oddest things happens. Everything in her life started to change after she discovers that there are such things as ancient vampires who prey on human blood and are immortal. Later on Schuyler finds out that there’s something else out there that are even stronger than the vampires and are preying on the immortal group; worst part is she had something to do with it.

 

The third book I read and I’m still reading is called If I Stay. This is a lovely fiction novel by Gayle Forman. The author helps the reader comprehend a girl named Mia’s perfect life that gets ruined when she looses her love ones from a tragic accident. Almost everything in her life gets chomped away piece by piece. Mia gets stuck having to choose between 2 things, and this will be the most critical decision she’ll ever make, that will change her life forever. So…“What would you do if you had to choose?”- Gayle Forman.

 

What these books reveals about me is that I believe that nothing is impossible to achieve and anything may enter in your life whether you expected it or not. However no matter what comes in your way, you should always stay true to yourself, and respect the people who are important in your life. For example Justin Bieber never predicted that he would end up being to be a worldwide superstar who rides tour buses and goes on private airplanes. But look at where he is now. He’s a huge inspiration to millions of fans, and is a very successful young man. Even though he’s one of the most famous celebrities on this planet, he still tries to stay grounded and respect his family and friends. Let me tell you something, sometimes in your life, you may hear people say that you can’t do what you want to do because there’s a very little chance to reach it; but hey, anything’s possible.

😀

Summer Reading Follow-Up

During the summer vacation I read The “Lightning Thief”, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and “Jack’s Black Book”

Jack’s Black Book is a realistic-fiction book about a teenager named  Jack Henry who flunked his I.Q exam and was accused of being a loser/idiot. The book is a journey and it shows his life experiences that reveal him growing and maturing as a person. It is a realistic-fiction book but I’m not very positive that it’s based on true life experiences, because some portions of the book are just too hard to believe. I chose to read this book after listen to Jack Gantos’s school visit because I thought his books would be a great read since in the speech he really captured my attention with his humor, and expected his books to be the same.

I also read the very famous Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (last in the series). It is a fantasy magical book with spells and creatures and castles. Its the type of genre that I like to read, like totally fantasy. It is a series of 7 and each of the books is a continuation to the previous one. It is one of my favorite series because it is very interesting, exciting and well written.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) is a very popular action fantasy book (recently made into a movie) by Rick Riordian. It is book one in a five book series called “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” I have also seen the movie at theaters, starring Logan Lerman, Kevin McKidd and Steve Coogan. It was an awesome movie but slightly inaccurate if being compared to the book. Otherwise, It is a pure fantasy with magic, dragons, reincarnation and much more. I enjoyed reading this book a lot and planning to read the other books in this series.

This blog post shows the books that I have read this summer. This also describes me as a person, because the fact that I read fantasy books represents that I like to escape reality, also that I have a wild imagination. I never really knew/understood all this about myself until I actually started to think about it. This assignment made me realize that I need to start experimenting with the genres I read since I grew up reading all fantasy books. It also describes the fact that I always do something once I get my mind to it and seldom get distracted. I really focus if the task is in my ‘priorities’ since all these books are about people working hard and overcoming fears/obstacles to reach their goal and eventually tasting victory. Nevertheless, I felt this assignment really got me to learn more about myself, about the things that I didn’t know, I knew (if that makes any sense).

 

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xko1Mx5w4tg[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NYt1qirBWg[/youtube]

Click here to visit Jack Gantos’s website (author of “Jack’s Black Book”)

Summer Reading Follow-Up

During the summer vacation I read The “Lightning Thief”, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and “Jack’s Black Book”

Jack’s Black Book is a realistic-fiction book about a teenager named  Jack Henry who flunked his I.Q exam and was accused of being a loser/idiot. The book is a journey and it shows his life experiences that reveal him growing and maturing as a person. It is a realistic-fiction book but I’m not very positive that it’s based on true life experiences, because some portions of the book are just too hard to believe. I chose to read this book after listen to Jack Gantos’s school visit because I thought his books would be a great read since in the speech he really captured my attention with his humor, and expected his books to be the same.

I also read the very famous Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (last in the series). It is a fantasy magical book with spells and creatures and castles. Its the type of genre that I like to read, like totally fantasy. It is a series of 7 and each of the books is a continuation to the previous one. It is one of my favorite series because it is very interesting, exciting and well written.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) is a very popular action fantasy book (recently made into a movie) by Rick Riordian. It is book one in a five book series called “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” I have also seen the movie at theaters, starring Logan Lerman, Kevin McKidd and Steve Coogan. It was an awesome movie but slightly inaccurate if being compared to the book. Otherwise, It is a pure fantasy with magic, dragons, reincarnation and much more. I enjoyed reading this book a lot and planning to read the other books in this series.

This blog post shows the books that I have read this summer. This also describes me as a person, because the fact that I read fantasy books represents that I like to escape reality, also that I have a wild imagination. I never really knew/understood all this about myself until I actually started to think about it. This assignment made me realize that I need to start experimenting with the genres I read since I grew up reading all fantasy books. It also describes the fact that I always do something once I get my mind to it and seldom get distracted. I really focus if the task is in my ‘priorities’ since all these books are about people working hard and overcoming fears/obstacles to reach their goal and eventually tasting victory. Nevertheless, I felt this assignment really got me to learn more about myself, about the things that I didn’t know, I knew (if that makes any sense).

 

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xko1Mx5w4tg[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NYt1qirBWg[/youtube]

Click here to visit Jack Gantos’s website (author of “Jack’s Black Book”)

Summer Reading Follow-Up

During the summer vacation I read The “Lightning Thief”, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and “Jack’s Black Book”

Jack’s Black Book is a realistic-fiction book about a teenager named  Jack Henry who flunked his I.Q exam and was accused of being a loser/idiot. The book is a journey and it shows his life experiences that reveal him growing and maturing as a person. It is a realistic-fiction book but I’m not very positive that it’s based on true life experiences, because some portions of the book are just too hard to believe. I chose to read this book after listen to Jack Gantos’s school visit because I thought his books would be a great read since in the speech he really captured my attention with his humor, and expected his books to be the same.

I also read the very famous Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (last in the series). It is a fantasy magical book with spells and creatures and castles. Its the type of genre that I like to read, like totally fantasy. It is a series of 7 and each of the books is a continuation to the previous one. It is one of my favorite series because it is very interesting, exciting and well written.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) is a very popular action fantasy book (recently made into a movie) by Rick Riordian. It is book one in a five book series called “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” I have also seen the movie at theaters, starring Logan Lerman, Kevin McKidd and Steve Coogan. It was an awesome movie but slightly inaccurate if being compared to the book. Otherwise, It is a pure fantasy with magic, dragons, reincarnation and much more. I enjoyed reading this book a lot and planning to read the other books in this series.

This blog post shows the books that I have read this summer. This also describes me as a person, because the fact that I read fantasy books represents that I like to escape reality, also that I have a wild imagination. I never really knew/understood all this about myself until I actually started to think about it. This assignment made me realize that I need to start experimenting with the genres I read since I grew up reading all fantasy books. It also describes the fact that I always do something once I get my mind to it and seldom get distracted. I really focus if the task is in my ‘priorities’ since all these books are about people working hard and overcoming fears/obstacles to reach their goal and eventually tasting victory. Nevertheless, I felt this assignment really got me to learn more about myself, about the things that I didn’t know, I knew (if that makes any sense).

 

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Click here to visit Jack Gantos’s website (author of “Jack’s Black Book”)

Summer Reading Follow-Up

During the summer vacation I read The “Lightning Thief”, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and “Jack’s Black Book”

Jack’s Black Book is a realistic-fiction book about a teenager named  Jack Henry who flunked his I.Q exam and was accused of being a loser/idiot. The book is a journey and it shows his life experiences that reveal him growing and maturing as a person. It is a realistic-fiction book but I’m not very positive that it’s based on true life experiences, because some portions of the book are just too hard to believe. I chose to read this book after listen to Jack Gantos’s school visit because I thought his books would be a great read since in the speech he really captured my attention with his humor, and expected his books to be the same.

I also read the very famous Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (last in the series). It is a fantasy magical book with spells and creatures and castles. Its the type of genre that I like to read, like totally fantasy. It is a series of 7 and each of the books is a continuation to the previous one. It is one of my favorite series because it is very interesting, exciting and well written.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) is a very popular action fantasy book (recently made into a movie) by Rick Riordian. It is book one in a five book series called “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” I have also seen the movie at theaters, starring Logan Lerman, Kevin McKidd and Steve Coogan. It was an awesome movie but slightly inaccurate if being compared to the book. Otherwise, It is a pure fantasy with magic, dragons, reincarnation and much more. I enjoyed reading this book a lot and planning to read the other books in this series.

This blog post shows the books that I have read this summer. This also describes me as a person, because the fact that I read fantasy books represents that I like to escape reality, also that I have a wild imagination. I never really knew/understood all this about myself until I actually started to think about it. This assignment made me realize that I need to start experimenting with the genres I read since I grew up reading all fantasy books. It also describes the fact that I always do something once I get my mind to it and seldom get distracted. I really focus if the task is in my ‘priorities’ since all these books are about people working hard and overcoming fears/obstacles to reach their goal and eventually tasting victory. Nevertheless, I felt this assignment really got me to learn more about myself, about the things that I didn’t know, I knew (if that makes any sense).

Summer Reading 2011

 

This summer I read mostly books by Jodi Picoult. The first book that I read is My Sister’s Keeper. My Sister’s Keeper is a realist fiction and the story was mostly base on two sisters. The older sister has cancer and her mother decides to have another daughter. The younger daughter got force by her mother to donate cell, born marrow and other things to her sister. She did what her mother wants her to do until her sister told her something. My Sister’s Keeper is a sad book, but I think everyone will love it.

 

The second book I read was also by Jodi Picoult and a realistic fiction. This book is called Change of Hearts. It was based on a mother who has a daughter with a serious heart issues. While she was pregnant her younger daughter she lost her older daughter and husband. A guy she knew killed both of them. This guy came to their house before to decorate the new baby’s room. The mother couldn’t believe how it happens, but she has to fight to live for her daughter. Then her daughter’s condition got worst. She have to get a change of heart, but who’s heart would it be?

 

The last book is called The Daughter Breaks the Rule. It’s a realistic fiction by Jonna Philbin based on a daughter’s life. Carina is the daughter of one of the most famous billionaires. Her dad never gives her time and her mother broke up with her father. Carina wanted more time from her father than all the money he is giving her. She wanted to stay the to her dad for a long time, but when she got the time to talk to her dad it was a very bad time. She told her dad what she wants during a fight between them. With all the anger they’re in, what will happen to Carina?

 

These books can tell that I am a person who reads mostly books about daughter or family. I don’t know why I read or chose these books, but I think it’s because I’m a daughter and I am very close to my family. Nearly all the time I will read books that have something related to my life. For me reading these kinds of books help me understands about my family or friends more. For example “My Sister’s Keeper” shows me how a mother loves her child that she can do anything. Also a close bonded relationship between the sisters and the brother. For “The Daughter Breaks the Rule” it can show that I have a close relationship to both my parents, especially my dad.

 

 

 

 


Summer Reading 2011

 

This summer I read mostly books by Jodi Picoult. The first book that I read is My Sister’s Keeper. My Sister’s Keeper is a realist fiction and the story was mostly base on two sisters. The older sister has cancer and her mother decides to have another daughter. The younger daughter got force by her mother to donate cell, born marrow and other things to her sister. She did what her mother wants her to do until her sister told her something. My Sister’s Keeper is a sad book, but I think everyone will love it.

 

The second book I read was also by Jodi Picoult and a realistic fiction. This book is called Change of Hearts. It was based on a mother who has a daughter with a serious heart issues. While she was pregnant her younger daughter she lost her older daughter and husband. A guy she knew killed both of them. This guy came to their house before to decorate the new baby’s room. The mother couldn’t believe how it happens, but she has to fight to live for her daughter. Then her daughter’s condition got worst. She have to get a change of heart, but who’s heart would it be?

 

The last book is called The Daughter Breaks the Rule. It’s a realistic fiction by Jonna Philbin based on a daughter’s life. Carina is the daughter of one of the most famous billionaires. Her dad never gives her time and her mother broke up with her father. Carina wanted more time from her father than all the money he is giving her. She wanted to stay the to her dad for a long time, but when she got the time to talk to her dad it was a very bad time. She told her dad what she wants during a fight between them. With all the anger they’re in, what will happen to Carina?

 

These books can tell that I am a person who reads mostly books about daughter or family. I don’t know why I read or chose these books, but I think it’s because I’m a daughter and I am very close to my family. Nearly all the time I will read books that have something related to my life. For me reading these kinds of books help me understands about my family or friends more. For example “My Sister’s Keeper” shows me how a mother loves her child that she can do anything. Also a close bonded relationship between the sisters and the brother. For “The Daughter Breaks the Rule” it can show that I have a close relationship to both my parents, especially my dad.

 

 

 

 


Reading durring the summer! By Caroline De Meyere

 

Meridian– Meridian is a fenestra. When someone or thing dies it need to pass through her to move on. Her aunt is also a fenestra but she is dying so meridian needs to learn how to open the gates to the afterlife fast.

 Bruises– Judith is a 12 year old girl who gets beaten by her mother a lot. When she meets Michael, thing change. She begins to like Meachael and he tries to get her to got to the polic and save her and her brother, but she wont listen.( Is accually a dutch book.)

 

 

 Murder girl’s–  Two girls Anouk and Laura, one day kill a boy who they really did not like because he was  big player. Then they feel so very guilty and do everything they can to cover up their crime.  .( Is accually a dutch book.)

 

 

 life work of a talentless girl– Nora is a invisible grey mouse who does not like to be noticed. The D-bitches like to make her life miserable together with the rest of the school’s life. Nora does something so now she is really popular. She finds out a big secret about one of the D-bitches, which ruins the girls life. .( Is accually a dutch book.)

 

 

 

Theese books show that I really like to read realistic fiction books. There always needs to be a little mystery in the book because otherwise it can get borring. It is also fun to try and figure out what is going to happen next. When a book has no mystery then it is all so predictable.

 

 

 

Summer Reading

I’ve read several books over the summer, mainly fantasy books, but with a few realistic and historical fiction books and a non-fiction book as well.

One of my fantasy books was The Accidental Hero by Matt Myklusch. In this book, Matt Myklusch’s main character is named “Jack Blank”, with his last name being unknown, because he was raised as an orphan. Jack is a boy who loves comic books about superheroes blowing up zombies, bad guys, aliens, and robots. But one day, a Robo-Zombie from one of his comic books appears in the basement of his Home (St. Barnaby’s Home for the Hopeless, Abandoned, Forgotten, and Lost), and Jack is forced to run for his life, finally destroying the Robo-Zombie by somehow blowing up the generator in the Home’s back yard. Then a mysterious person, Jazen Knight, appears, and brings Jack to the Imagine Nation, which is apparently…Jack’s actual home.

What this book reveals about me is that I’m the sort of person who doesn’t really “Live by the book”, meaning that I don’t always take notice or follow rules, because life doesn’t follow rules. Imagination is probably the main theme in this book, since most of the things that happen in the story is simply made up, such as shooting energy balls from your hands, but some of them are also existing theories, such as alien life on other planets. Even though there are many rules in life, from not swearing while you’re a little kid to not committing any acts of violence and/or murder, with consequences for all rules if they are broken. Rather like the Percy Jackson series, this book is written in the present time period, except with many made-up parts added on, which requires imagination to make up.

 

Another book I’ve read this summer is Ranger’s Apprentice #10: The Emperor of Nihon-Ja, a Historical-Fiction book written by John Flanagan. In this book, the main character, Will, is concerned for his friend Horace, who has been missing for months on a diplomatic trip to the court of Nihon-Ja. When Will travels there with several of his companions, he discovers that Horace has been embroiled in Nihon-Jan politics, by helping the rightful emperor escape from an usurper’s uprising. Will and his friends eventually meet up with Horace, but then they are faced with another problem: How to turn a group of farmers and field workers into a fighting force to defeat the usurper and his highly trained army.

What this book reveals about me is that I think anything is possible, such as turning a group of farmers into a fighting force strong enough to defeat an army of highly trained warriors. Likewise, life does have it’s limits, but it’s up to you to decide what those limits are. For example, in the situation of this book, some people may have given up at the very thought of defeating a highly trained army, but others would be willing to push on, and find out that they can succeed if they try hard enough. To put it simply, if you are determined enough, and you also have some knowledge, imagination, and creativity, you can overcome any problem that may stand in your way, even ones that may seem impossible at first glance.

 

Yet another book I’ve read over the summer is Half-Moon Investigations, a Realistic-Fiction book written by Eoin Colfer. This book is about a Primary School student called Fletcher Moon (although other students call him Half-Moon), who is actually a fully qualified private investigator, with a real detective’s badge to prove it. Soon after the beginning of the book, Fletcher is attacked by a mysterious stranger in his backyard during the night with a golf club, and he later finds out that the force of being hit by the club left three letters indented in his skin: R.E.D, or in other words, Red Sharkey, who seems to be the prime suspect. But then the leader of the Sharkeys (aka Red’s dad) hears about Flectcher reporting that Red attacked him, and orders Fletcher and Red to solve the case and prove them innocent. But along the way, the find out clues that other people have been stolen from, and they all have something in common, but even more disturbing is that the attacker apparently has a 50-centimeter long footprint.

What this book reveals about me is that I think that there is always a way to solve a case, no matter what the case may be, and that evidence can be found everywhere, even if being attacked with a club is your evidence, which is what happened to Fletcher in this book. It’s just a matter of how conclusive the evidence is. There will almost always be a time in your life when you are framed for something, even if it’s when you’re a kid: “He took my crayon!” And whenever that time comes by, you will need a way to prove that you’re not the criminal and that you’re innocent. Unless, of course, you are the criminal and whoever framed you was correct. In my opinion, the main theme in this book is either knowledge or creativity/improvisation; maybe a combination of both. I chose knowledge because you will need knowledge to solve a case and prove somebody innocent or guilty, and you will need creativity and improvisation to help solve the case when knowledge simply isn’t enough.

 

Summer Reading Follow-Up

I’ve read several books over the summer, mainly fantasy books, but with a few realistic and historical fiction books and a non-fiction book as well.

One of my fantasy books was The Accidental Hero by Matt Myklusch. In this book, Matt Myklusch’s main character is named “Jack Blank”, with his last name being unknown, because he was raised as an orphan. Jack is a boy who loves comic books about superheroes blowing up zombies, bad guys, aliens, and robots. But one day, a Robo-Zombie from one of his comic books appears in the basement of his Home (St. Barnaby’s Home for the Hopeless, Abandoned, Forgotten, and Lost), and Jack is forced to run for his life, finally destroying the Robo-Zombie by somehow blowing up the generator in the Home’s back yard. Then a mysterious person, Jazen Knight, appears, and brings Jack to the Imagine Nation, which is apparently…Jack’s actual home.

What this book reveals about me is that I’m the sort of person who doesn’t really “Live by the book”, meaning that I don’t always take notice or follow rules, because life doesn’t follow rules. Imagination is probably the main theme in this book, since most of the things that happen in the story is simply made up, such as shooting energy balls from your hands, but some of them are also existing theories, such as alien life on other planets. Even though there are many rules in life, from not swearing while you’re a little kid to not committing any acts of violence and/or murder, with consequences for all rules if they are broken. Rather like the Percy Jackson series, this book is written in the present time period, except with many made-up parts added on, which requires imagination to make up.

To visit the website for The Accidental Hero, click here.

 

Another book I’ve read this summer is Ranger’s Apprentice #10: The Emperor of Nihon-Ja, a Historical-Fiction book written by John Flanagan. In this book, the main character, Will, is concerned for his friend Horace, who has been missing for months on a diplomatic trip to the court of Nihon-Ja. When Will travels there with several of his companions, he discovers that Horace has been embroiled in Nihon-Jan politics, by helping the rightful emperor escape from an usurper’s uprising. Will and his friends eventually meet up with Horace, but then they are faced with another problem: How to turn a group of farmers and field workers into a fighting force to defeat the usurper and his highly trained army.

What this book reveals about me is that I think anything is possible, such as turning a group of farmers into a fighting force strong enough to defeat an army of highly trained warriors. Likewise, life does have it’s limits, but it’s up to you to decide what those limits are. For example, in the situation of this book, some people may have given up at the very thought of defeating a highly trained army, but others would be willing to push on, and find out that they can succeed if they try hard enough. To put it simply, if you are determined enough, and you also have some knowledge, imagination, and creativity, you can overcome any problem that may stand in your way, even ones that may seem impossible at first glance.

To visit the website for Ranger’s Apprentice, click here.

 

Yet another book I’ve read over the summer is Half-Moon Investigations, a Realistic-Fiction book written by Eoin Colfer. This book is about a Primary School student called Fletcher Moon (although other students call him Half-Moon), who is actually a fully qualified private investigator, with a real detective’s badge to prove it. Soon after the beginning of the book, Fletcher is attacked by a mysterious stranger in his backyard during the night with a golf club, and he later finds out that the force of being hit by the club left three letters indented in his skin: R.E.D, or in other words, Red Sharkey, who seems to be the prime suspect. But then the leader of the Sharkeys (aka Red’s dad) hears about Flectcher reporting that Red attacked him, and orders Fletcher and Red to solve the case and prove them innocent. But along the way, the find out clues that other people have been stolen from, and they all have something in common, but even more disturbing is that the attacker apparently has a 50-centimeter long footprint.

What this book reveals about me is that I think that there is always a way to solve a case, no matter what the case may be, and that evidence can be found everywhere, even if being attacked with a club is your evidence, which is what happened to Fletcher in this book. It’s just a matter of how conclusive the evidence is. There will almost always be a time in your life when you are framed for something, even if it’s when you’re a kid: “He took my crayon!” And whenever that time comes by, you will need a way to prove that you’re not the criminal and that you’re innocent. Unless, of course, you are the criminal and whoever framed you was correct. In my opinion, the main theme in this book is either knowledge or creativity/improvisation; maybe a combination of both. I chose knowledge because you will need knowledge to solve a case and prove somebody innocent or guilty, and you will need creativity and improvisation to help solve the case when knowledge simply isn’t enough.

To visit the website for Half-Moon Investigations, click here.

 

Summer Reading Follow-Up

I’ve read several books over the summer, mainly fantasy books, but with a few realistic and historical fiction books and a non-fiction book as well.

One of my fantasy books was The Accidental Hero by Matt Myklusch. In this book, Matt Myklusch’s main character is named “Jack Blank”, with his last name being unknown, because he was raised as an orphan. Jack is a boy who loves comic books about superheroes blowing up zombies, bad guys, aliens, and robots. But one day, a Robo-Zombie from one of his comic books appears in the basement of his Home (St. Barnaby’s Home for the Hopeless, Abandoned, Forgotten, and Lost), and Jack is forced to run for his life, finally destroying the Robo-Zombie by somehow blowing up the generator in the Home’s back yard. Then a mysterious person, Jazen Knight, appears, and brings Jack to the Imagine Nation, which is apparently…Jack’s actual home.

What this book reveals about me is that I’m the sort of person who doesn’t really “Live by the book”, meaning that I don’t always take notice or follow rules, because life doesn’t follow rules. Imagination is probably the main theme in this book, since most of the things that happen in the story is simply made up, such as shooting energy balls from your hands, but some of them are also existing theories, such as alien life on other planets. Even though there are many rules in life, from not swearing while you’re a little kid to not committing any acts of violence and/or murder, with consequences for all rules if they are broken. Rather like the Percy Jackson series, this book is written in the present time period, except with many made-up parts added on, which requires imagination to make up.

To visit the website for The Accidental Hero, click here.

 

Another book I’ve read this summer is Ranger’s Apprentice #10: The Emperor of Nihon-Ja, a Historical-Fiction book written by John Flanagan. In this book, the main character, Will, is concerned for his friend Horace, who has been missing for months on a diplomatic trip to the court of Nihon-Ja. When Will travels there with several of his companions, he discovers that Horace has been embroiled in Nihon-Jan politics, by helping the rightful emperor escape from an usurper’s uprising. Will and his friends eventually meet up with Horace, but then they are faced with another problem: How to turn a group of farmers and field workers into a fighting force to defeat the usurper and his highly trained army.

What this book reveals about me is that I think anything is possible, such as turning a group of farmers into a fighting force strong enough to defeat an army of highly trained warriors. Likewise, life does have it’s limits, but it’s up to you to decide what those limits are. For example, in the situation of this book, some people may have given up at the very thought of defeating a highly trained army, but others would be willing to push on, and find out that they can succeed if they try hard enough. To put it simply, if you are determined enough, and you also have some knowledge, imagination, and creativity, you can overcome any problem that may stand in your way, even ones that may seem impossible at first glance.

To visit the website for Ranger’s Apprentice, click here.

 

Yet another book I’ve read over the summer is Half-Moon Investigations, a Realistic-Fiction book written by Eoin Colfer. This book is about a Primary School student called Fletcher Moon (although other students call him Half-Moon), who is actually a fully qualified private investigator, with a real detective’s badge to prove it. Soon after the beginning of the book, Fletcher is attacked by a mysterious stranger in his backyard during the night with a golf club, and he later finds out that the force of being hit by the club left three letters indented in his skin: R.E.D, or in other words, Red Sharkey, who seems to be the prime suspect. But then the leader of the Sharkeys (aka Red’s dad) hears about Flectcher reporting that Red attacked him, and orders Fletcher and Red to solve the case and prove them innocent. But along the way, the find out clues that other people have been stolen from, and they all have something in common, but even more disturbing is that the attacker apparently has a 50-centimeter long footprint.

What this book reveals about me is that I think that there is always a way to solve a case, no matter what the case may be, and that evidence can be found everywhere, even if being attacked with a club is your evidence, which is what happened to Fletcher in this book. It’s just a matter of how conclusive the evidence is. There will almost always be a time in your life when you are framed for something, even if it’s when you’re a kid: “He took my crayon!” And whenever that time comes by, you will need a way to prove that you’re not the criminal and that you’re innocent. Unless, of course, you are the criminal and whoever framed you was correct. In my opinion, the main theme in this book is either knowledge or creativity/improvisation; maybe a combination of both. I chose knowledge because you will need knowledge to solve a case and prove somebody innocent or guilty, and you will need creativity and improvisation to help solve the case when knowledge simply isn’t enough.

To visit the website for Half-Moon Investigations, click here.

 

Mandala

This is my mandala idea for humanities.

Book-Reading

Owl-wisdom or learning

Diary-life

Lightbulb-great ideas

Lego-Creativity

Dumpling-Eating!

Scale-Choices…..

Then there is a center. The center is where all all of the ideas ties in together.

The sun.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/d10b/995585547

The reason I chose the sun to tie all of the ideas together is that Japan is called “The Land Of The Rising Sun”, and I think Japan is very important to me. The sun rises and sets.We also rise and set academically, and in our life. The sun is strong and brave. In the olden days, they said that the sun took a journey every night to rise up again(Ra-Egypt).I don’t give up as I fall like the sun never gives up.

 

 

 

 

Mandala

This is my mandala idea for humanities.

Book-Reading

Owl-wisdom or learning

Plane-travel

Diary-life

Lightbulb-great ideas

Lego-Creativity

Dumpling-Eating!

Scale-Choices…..

Then there is a center. The center is where all all of the ideas ties in together.

The sun.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/d10b/995585547

The reason I chose the sun to tie all of the ideas together is that Japan is called “The Land Of The Rising Sun”, and I think Japan is very important to me. The sun rises and sets.We also rise and set academically, and in our life. The sun is strong and brave. In the olden days, they said that the sun took a journey every night to rise up again(Ra-Egypt).I don’t give up as I fall like the sun never gives up.

 

 

 

 

Mandala

This is my mandala idea for humanities.

Book-Reading

Owl-wisdom or learning

Diary-life

Lightbulb-great ideas

Lego-Creativity

Dumpling-Eating!

Scale-Choices…..

Then there is a center. The center is where all all of the ideas ties in together.

The sun.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/d10b/995585547

I chose the sun to be my center because it ties every thing together with the phrase, Don’t give up. All of the ideas above has something to do with never giving up*. For example, eating gives you energy-which helps you to not give up.I don’t give up as I fall like the sun never gives up.

*The sun rises and sets.We also rise and set academically, and in our life. The sun is strong and brave. In the olden days, they said that the sun took a journey every night to rise up again(Ra-Egypt).

 

 

 

Mandala

This is my mandala idea for humanities.

Book-Reading

Owl-wisdom or learning

Diary-life

Lightbulb-great ideas

Lego-Creativity

Dumpling-Eating!

Scale-Choices…..

Then there is a center. The center is where all all of the ideas ties in together.

The sun.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/d10b/995585547

I chose the sun to be my center because it ties every thing together with the phrase, Don’t give up. All of the ideas above has something to do with never giving up*. For example, eating gives you energy-which helps you to not give up.I don’t give up as I fall like the sun never gives up.

*The sun rises and sets.We also rise and set academically, and in our life. The sun is strong and brave. In the olden days, they said that the sun took a journey every night to rise up again(Ra-Egypt).

 

 

 

Summer reading follow-up.

SUMMER READING

Books I read:

  • Three Cups of tea by Greg Mortenson.
  • Worst Case by James Patterson.
  • Angel by James Patterson.

 

Three Cups of Tea:

Three cups of tea is a true story written by, and about Greg Mortenson.  In the story Greg, decides to climb K2 and whilst climbing he comes across a very underprivileged school. After having seen the conditions of the school he asked for money from wealthy individuals and eventually rebuilds the school.

Worst Case:

Worst case is a fictional action/thriller book by James Patterson. In the book Michael Bennet is a dedicated detective for the NYPD. There is a power hungry sociopath on the loose abducting teenagers, the man in questions kidnaps wealthy teens and questions them about their own lives; “what is your housekeeper’s name?” If the person failed to answer his question he would murder them. At the end of the book he goes back to his old school and attempts to blow it up, but is foiled by Michael Bennet.

Angel:

Angel is the 6th and last book in the series of a group of teens, by James Patterson, who were “test-tube babies” altered to have wings. The leader, Max, has been given the task to save the world from the group called the One Light who want to kill off human kind and begin a new world.

What these books tell me about myself:

All in all, these books tell me that I prefer more action/thriller books yet enjoy the occasional biography or true story. Whilst I normally dwell on fiction stories, I always need some truth in my reading, with books like Three Cups of Tea (above). Although, I am the kind of person who would like for something extraordinary to occur, such as the stories in the Maximum ride series, I can’t bring myself to believe that they are even remotely possible. Even as I was young, my mother would read me fairytales but even though I would enjoy the story, I would still say that all of the fairy   stories would never happen as much as I would like them to. Normally, after flipping through one or two fantasy books, I like to give myself a refresher with a non-fiction book. I tend not to like to read too many fantasy or Sci-Fi books in a row after reading the Magic Kingdom for sale, sold series books by terry Brooks and almost not being able to distinguish between the books and real life! I know that to you my reading preferences may sound quite off the cuff, but in a nutshell I enjoy fiction stories along with some non-fiction books folded into my reading repertoire.

 

James Patterson’s official site: http://www.jamespatterson.com/

 

My Favorite Author, James Patterson.

My Summer Reading

This summer, I have read 3 books. The first book was kind of in the Sci-Fi book call Scorch Trials. It is about a kid name Thomas. He was one of the chosen to figure out a way to survive the world that got hit by a solar flare. He was sent through all sorts of tests from the Creators. The second book I have read was called The Throne of Fire. Two kids named Sadie and Carter Kane was in a world where an Egyptian monster is threatened to destroy the world. It is their job to wake up the old King and stop the monster. The third book I have read is called Scorpia Rising. A 15 year-old boy is forced to be a spy for MI6 after his uncle died. He was sent on a mission in Cairo, a mission that he has to face his archenemy that will stop at nothing to take away his life.

 

All these books that I have read are about adventures. What these books revealed about me is my adventurous personality. I like to hike and I don’t like to stay at home that much. I especially like books with a story line that goes on and on so I cannot put the book down after I started reading. Since these 3 books are all the books I have read over the summer, it revealed that I don’t read very fast and I don’t really like reading and would prefer to do something else.

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learn more at

Throne of fire: http://www.rickriordan.com/my-books/kane-chronicles/books/book-2.aspx

Scorpia rising: http://alexrider.wikia.com/wiki/Scorpia_Rising_(novel)

Scorch Trials: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7631105-the-scorch-trials

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Summer Reading

This summer, I have read 3 books. The first book was kind of in the Sci-Fi book call Scorch Trials. It is about a kid name Thomas. He was one of the chosen to figure out a way to survive the world that got hit by a solar flare. He was sent through all sorts of tests from the Creators. The second book I have read was called The Throne of Fire. Two kids named Sadie and Carter Kane was in a world where an Egyptian monster is threatened to destroy the world. It is their job to wake up the old King and stop the monster. The third book I have read is called Scorpia Rising. A 15 year-old boy is forced to be a spy for MI6 after his uncle died. He was sent on a mission in Cairo, a mission that he has to face his archenemy that will stop at nothing to take away his life.

 

All these books that I have read are about adventures. What these books revealed about me is my adventurous personality. I like to hike and I don’t like to stay at home that much. I especially like books with a story line that goes on and on so I cannot put the book down after I started reading. Since these 3 books are all the books I have read over the summer, it revealed that I don’t read very fast and I don’t really like reading and would prefer to do something else.

http://www.utrecsports.org/_images/activities-hiking.jpghttp://www.utrecsports.org/_images/activities-hiking.jpg

learn more at

Throne of fire: http://www.rickriordan.com/my-books/kane-chronicles/books/book-2.aspx

Scorpia rising: http://alexrider.wikia.com/wiki/Scorpia_Rising_(novel)

Scorch Trials: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7631105-the-scorch-trials

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Summer Reading

This summer, I have read three books. The first book was kind of in the Sci-Fi book call Scorch Trials. It is about a kid name Thomas. He was one of the chosen to figure out a way to survive the world that got hit by a solar flare. He was sent through all sorts of tests from the Creators. The second book I have read was called The Throne of Fire. Two kids named Sadie and Carter Kane was in a world where an Egyptian monster is threatened to destroy the world. It is their job to wake up the old King and stop the monster. The third book I have read is called Scorpia Rising. A fifteen year-old boy is forced to be a spy for MI6 after his uncle died. He was sent on a mission in Cairo, a mission that he has to face his archenemy that will stop at nothing to take away his life.

 

All these books that I have read are about adventures. What these books revealed about me is my adventurous personality. I like to hike and I don’t like to stay at home that much. I especially like books with a story line that goes on and on so I cannot put the book down after I started reading. Since these three books are all the books I have read over the summer, it revealed that I don’t read very fast and I don’t really like reading and would prefer to do something else.

http://www.utrecsports.org/_images/activities-hiking.jpghttp://www.utrecsports.org/_images/activities-hiking.jpg

learn more at

Throne of fire: http://www.rickriordan.com/my-books/kane-chronicles/books/book-2.aspx

Scorpia rising: http://alexrider.wikia.com/wiki/Scorpia_Rising_(novel)

Scorch Trials: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7631105-the-scorch-trials

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Summer Reading

This summer, I have read three books. The first book was kind of in the Sci-Fi book call Scorch Trials. It is about a kid name Thomas. He was one of the chosen to figure out a way to survive the world that got hit by a solar flare. He was sent through all sorts of tests from the Creators. The second book I have read was called The Throne of Fire. Two kids named Sadie and Carter Kane was in a world where an Egyptian monster is threatened to destroy the world. It is their job to wake up the old King and stop the monster. The third book I have read is called Scorpia Rising. A fifteen year-old boy is forced to be a spy for MI6 after his uncle died. He was sent on a mission in Cairo, a mission that he has to face his archenemy that will stop at nothing to take away his life.

 

All these books that I have read are about adventures. What these books revealed about me is my adventurous personality. I like to hike and I don’t like to stay at home that much. I especially like books with a story line that goes on and on so I cannot put the book down after I started reading. Since these three books are all the books I have read over the summer, it revealed that I don’t read very fast and I don’t really like reading and would prefer to do something else.

http://www.utrecsports.org/_images/activities-hiking.jpghttp://www.utrecsports.org/_images/activities-hiking.jpg

learn more at

Throne of fire: http://www.rickriordan.com/my-books/kane-chronicles/books/book-2.aspx

Scorpia rising: http://alexrider.wikia.com/wiki/Scorpia_Rising_(novel)

Scorch Trials: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7631105-the-scorch-trials

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Summer Reading

 

During this summer, I managed to read 11 books. First, I read Where She Went by Gale Foreman, which is a sequel to If I Stay. The Book is now about Adam, Mia’s now ex-boyfriend as he struggles to find his true self as his band, Shooting Star is now on every ipod and radio station. But unexpectedly, Adam and Mia cross paths again as they share one last day together. The second book I read was Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green. Will Grayson #1 is friendless with the exception of those in the school’s straight gay alliance. His best friend is Tiny Cooper, who can belt out tunes bigger than his waist. Will Grayson #2 is struggling with depression and is friends with a boy online while he tries to push away his “friend” Maura. One day out of nowhere, the Will Graysons finally meet and their lives entwine and change for the better and worse. Lastly, I read Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Clay was in love with Hannah Baker before she died. He never thought he would ever see her or hear her again until the day a box of tapes are delivered to him. He’s shocked to hear the voice on the tape is Hannah Baker herself, telling the thirteen people who are listening to the tape the reasons of why each of them had hurt her enough for her to decide to commit suicide.

Overall, these books seem to reveal about me that I highly value being true to your self and to be considerate of others. Specifically, to be able to stand up for what you believe in. Within each of these books, the characters strive to try to find their true selves from the crowd, to finally be heard after so many years above it all.  Altogether, the books reveal the triumph of overcoming their fears and finally being able to do or be what they had always wanted all along, or the consequence of following the herd, driving that one person over the edge. Whether it’s you or another. All things considered I believe that these are very important characteristics that everybody should have, even if they clash with others around them.

Summer Reading

Summer Reading

         This summer, I read nearly 15 books. These three books are the three books that I enjoyed reading the most. The Throne of fire was a book that I enjoy because of its continues books in the series, The time Machine is a classic that has also been transferred into a movie, and finally, Robinson Crusoe is the best book I read this summer. It is a retold classic that was first written in the 1700’s and is at least 10X larger than the retold.

 

 

  • The Throne of Fire

By: Rick Riordan

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Action

 

Carter and Sadie Kane have started recruiting new magicians from all around the world. Apophis the god of chaos has come back and wants to swallow the sun. Carter and Sadie now are on a quest to find Ra, the god of the sun and the first king of the gods and Egypt.

 

  • The Time Machine

Retold from H.G Wells

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Science-Fiction, Classic

 

When a time traveler creates a time machine that sends him off to a journey through time, his time machine crash-lands 800,000 years in the future at year 802,701 AC. He finds himself in a strange land with strange people, which he spends the night with. In the morning he finds the time machine gone. Trying to find who took the time machine, he finds the fate of man as he discovering that humans have been divided into two different tribes with different evolutions discovering that Darwin’s Theory is correct.

 

  • Robinson Crusoe

Retold From: Daniel Defoe

Genre: Classic, Survival, Realistic Fiction

 

Robinson Crusoe dreamed of becoming a sailor since he was a kid, so he sets off on his journey until it backfires and he gets stranded on an island. Trying to survive, he gathers food and water. He starts building a house and breed animals too. More than 20 years later he meets a native called Friday who he be-friend’s and they both work together to make a boat to get off the island.

Summer Reading

Summer Reading

 

 

Over the summer I munched down two books. But the two books I read were really good and strong. The first one I read was called Call Of the Wild by Jack London it was about a dog that was stolen from his house and put on a sled team. On the sled team he faced the challenge of survival against the wild, other dogs, and humans. In the end the sled team dogs work together to survive. Then they get the call of the wild. I believe that the book was truly trying to tell people that anyone could be an underdog.

 

The second book I read was called Make Lemonade Jolly, one of the characters already has two kids no job and no future. The other character La Vaughn from the same neighborhood needs a job. They both figure out the cant really live without each other so they work together. The Make lemonade title comes into play when a lemon seed was planted and in the end of the book they had the different choices of what to do with the lemons what I think means you can change your life around when you want to.

 

These books reveal that I like animals and animal stories. I think I like animal stories because I can connect with a lot of books with animals in it because I have been around animals my whole life.  Although I can read realistic fiction books really good and quick I realize that I don’t really like fantasy books and I like realistic fiction because I can really see the book clearly in my head. Because realistic fiction brings the old movie affect in my head and good movies have lessons I like books that teach you an important lesson for your life. By this I can tell the books that I like a good problem a life lesson and something that can happen in life. In the future I want to be a good enough reader that I can have an old time movie affect in my head with any type of book even fantasy.

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Summer Reading

Summer Reading

 

 

Over the summer I munched down two books. But the two books I read were really good and strong. The first one I read was called Call Of the Wild by Jack London it was about a dog that was stolen from his house and put on a sled team. On the sled team he faced the challenge of survival against the wild, other dogs, and humans. In the end the sled team dogs work together to survive. Then they get the call of the wild. I believe that the book was truly trying to tell people that anyone could be an underdog.

 

The second book I read was called Make Lemonade Jolly, one of the characters already has two kids no job and no future. The other character La Vaughn from the same neighborhood needs a job. They both figure out the cant really live without each other so they work together. The Make lemonade title comes into play when a lemon seed was planted and in the end of the book they had the different choices of what to do with the lemons what I think means you can change your life around when you want to.

 

These books reveal that I like animals and animal stories. I think I like animal stories because I can connect with a lot of books with animals in it because I have been around animals my whole life.  Although I can read realistic fiction books really good and quick I realize that I don’t really like fantasy books and I like realistic fiction because I can really see the book clearly in my head. Because realistic fiction brings the old movie affect in my head and good movies have lessons I like books that teach you an important lesson for your life. By this I can tell the books that I like a good problem a life lesson and something that can happen in life. In the future I want to be a good enough reader that I can have an old time movie affect in my head with any type of book even fantasy.

 

 

7th Grade

This post is just a beginning of 7 grade. So from now

all of the above post will be about 7th grade. Wish me luck

😀

7th Grade

This post is just a beginning of 7 grade. So from now

all of the above post will be about 7th grade. Wish me luck

😀

Summer Reading…

This summer, I was able to read quite slowly through two books.The first book was my most favorite one and my longest one, this book was called “The last Apprentice;Clash of the Demons” by Joseph Delaney as this fantasy book is the sixth novel in the series of the last apprentice, yet it is the most exciting one. In this book the spook and his apprentice Tom Ward set off to Greece along with Alice his best friend to fight the dark. This time they were up against an old dark god if it is not stopped, it will destroy the world. In exchange to find this god hiding among Greece, Tom had to sell his soul to one of the most evil being ever exist; the fiend. As they fought the god his mam had sacrificed her life in order to kill the dark god. The second book I read was one that I quickly read through, it is called “The Citadel of Chaos” another fantasy book By Steve Jackson. This book enables you to choose your path of the story to different paths of dungeon and castles. You can win by escaping from he citadel or until the book tells you to stop.This book is basically a game book where you read and choose.

These two books I read shows that as a person I would rather read fantasy than other genre. Books that I have read or about to be reading also reveal how I like adventures and rather thrilling things to do in my spare time, like in the summer I got to visit some theme parks and other places. I actually read different books through out my time at school from last year I only read normal fiction or horror novels, this year I ended up reading much more fantasy books this these two. I guess these books shows that my identity is a adventures and sporty person because all books that I read are very physical and shows a lot of problems having to be solved.

Summer reading

During this summer, I delved into a fantastic genre books… fantasy. All 6 books had an enticing story to it! Though I will only write just 3 book reports I read over the summer.

The first book was The castaways of the flying Dutchman by Brian Jacques was a suspenseful and enjoying read. I was really shocked by this book that he wrote- since his other book series that he wrote, like the Redwall trilogy was more of a drama-type book. When I say ‘drama-type book’ I mean that it has a lot of slang words, such as yer’ getim the ol’ type thing and a little less description and more action. If I look at it, it was pretty hard to make out what exactly the characters in the Redwall series were actually saying! But in this book it was a real great turn over, the book was very descriptive and less ‘slangy.’ But what I really loved about this book was the characters and Brian Jacques’s story telling style to create the magnificent story dealing with the legend of  The flying Dutchman.

The book starts with a nameless bullied boy, who is tormented and abused by his 2 older step brothers and his father. Though the problem about this boy is that, he’s mute. Everyone thinks he’s dumb since he can’t speak. Suddenly the boy is pushed into the harbor by his step siblings to drown. Though his death doesn’t come, in fact the boy is taken as miserable stowaway to The Flying Dutchman. Here he serves a fat, antagonistic cook from Greece to cook for and is named Neb, but that isn’t all the trouble- when he meets the captain of the crew his fate changes in a wonderful twist leading to immortality and guidance to ones smaller than himself.

The reason why I picked this book from the library shelf was because for some reason, I’m enthralled by stories dealing with legends and underdogs. I like being told stories, as well as seeing someone being bullied go to the tops. I myself was sort of an underdog, in every school I went there was always this one bully there. And since after, I dedicated myself to help others feel happy and welcomed, just like the main character Neb did.

 

The second book I read was The sea of trolls by Nancy Farmer, in fact it wasn’t like the Castaways of the flying Dutchman… but it did have interesting humor. This was an interesting book that dealt with amazing berserk northmen that were brutal yet kind in there own way, and a kind yet lowly appreciative boy called Jack. Jack, unlike that boys in his village was a farmers brat. He was cared for, but not appreciative.  His father a crippled man was never really thankful, of his son chasing and taking care of sheep, finding food, and doing a large amount of chores. But when he meets the bard or scald while giving him bread  he is chosen to be an apprentice of the famous Bard, Dragon Tongue. Though all is not easy handling magic for himself. He will have to learn self control, and will have to survive a treacherous trip with a wild hoard of Northmen threatening there lives on a boat, in the middle of the ocean.

What was funny about this book, is how the main character Jack, connects with me. Jack is a boy who is working all day, and is loved by his mother and father… but is still viewed as a farmers brat by others. He is bullied or annoyed by the blacksmith’s son. But also if I was chosen to learn magic  I would react the same way as him, shocked. Also I actually want to go on a rowboat in the middle of the ocean, it seems like an amazing adventure… though I’m sure I’d change my mind once I set off to the ocean.

The third book I read was Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke. I always read this book every year, since it’s just a classic to me. I love the story board to this book, how a homeless boy finds himself in the middle of an ancient adventure is just amazing and heart thrilling! I would love to ride on a dragons back, and yet going back to the underdog part- I like to see them grow strong… it makes me happy. 😀 The characters and story board just really bring the true meaning of home. And I don’t really know what home really is (global nomad) but this book brings a real essence of home, it a really sweet book to read.

Welcome Post- Grade 7

Hello all readers.  My name is Antonina.  Throughout this year I will be posting thing from 7th grade because that is the grade I am currently in.  Things like writing assessments and current events will now be appearing on my blog.  There might also be some projects.  I expect 7th grade to be a great year of learning and I will try to share as much of it as I can, on this blog.

 

Summer Reading!

This summer my approach was to read different genres of books. I read historical novels, biographies and fairytales, genres that I usually don’t consider reading. It was interesting to try different genres of books, discovering new styles of writing that I’ve never seen before.

The first book I read was Soldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen (Historical Non Fiction) was based on a true story about a boy named Charley Goddard that fought in the Civil War. He lied about his age registering to be a soldier, unaware of the war that he would soon face. During his long, bloodstained and painful journey Charley, a man with a soldier’s heart, experienced unforgettable memories that would scar him for life.

Secondly, I read a very touching book by Veronica Chambers, Mama’s Girl (Biography). Mama’s Girl is about herself dealing with her non-supportive and never satisfied mother, a father who beats her up and a brother turned out so messed up, there hasn’t been a Christmas he hasn’t spend in jail. Getting to know Veronica in the book will help you discover the passion and hatred Veronica hid deep inside avoiding facing her fears.

The last book I read was a different angle from the other two I read. The other two were based on true settings and characters but Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was about the secrets that were never revealed. On the most versions of Cinderella, she only reveals the point of view from herself rather than the point of view from her ugly stepsisters. This is a novel about the truth of Cinderella, told through the eyes of Ruth whom is one of the ugly stepsisters. This novel will expose the secrets so unbelievable and unforeseen nobody would have guessed for the truth to actually be this twisted.

Together, what these books reveal about me is my value for honesty. Knowing the truth is vital because whether you want it concealed forever or not, it will be revealed in the future.  Equally, discovering the secrets that were forgotten deep in the past or secrets that are hidden because they’re too dreadful to admit are important as well because secrets of the past may be the answers of the future. Being told the agonizing truth beforehand, may turn around many minds such as going off to war without knowing what will happen, the emotions we assume about one another by their fake cover or pointing fingers at the false antagonists only believing the narrator of the story. The truth is a scary word that could affect the world positively but also negativity depending on the truth itself. That draws up another question, what if the truth could actually be hidden forever and not telling the truth would do far less destruction to our world? Then, is it right to keep your mouth sealed and shut? Maybe so, but that might be the next book I could read about to look further into the question.

 

Soldier’s Heart By Gary Paulsen

 

Mama’s Girl By Veronica Chambers

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

 

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Summer Reading!

This summer my approach was to read different genres of books. I read historical novels, biographies and fairytales, genres that I usually don’t consider reading. It was interesting to try different genres of books, discovering new styles of writing that I’ve never seen before.

The first book I read was Soldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen (Historical Non Fiction) was based on a true story about a boy named Charley Goddard that fought in the Civil War. He lied about his age registering to be a soldier, unaware of the war that he would soon face. During his long, bloodstained and painful journey Charley, a man with a soldier’s heart, experienced unforgettable memories that would scar him for life.

Secondly, I read a very touching book by Veronica Chambers, Mama’s Girl (Biography). Mama’s Girl is about herself dealing with her non-supportive and never satisfied mother, a father who beats her up and a brother turned out so messed up, there hasn’t been a Christmas he hasn’t spend in jail. Getting to know Veronica in the book will help you discover the passion and hatred Veronica hid deep inside avoiding facing her fears.

The last book I read was a different angle from the other two I read. The other two were based on true settings and characters but Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was about the secrets that were never revealed. On the most versions of Cinderella, she only reveals the point of view from herself rather than the point of view from her ugly stepsisters. This is a novel about the truth of Cinderella, told through the eyes of Ruth whom is one of the ugly stepsisters. This novel will expose the secrets so unbelievable and unforeseen nobody would have guessed for the truth to actually be this twisted.

Together, what these books reveal about me is my value for honesty. Knowing the truth is vital because no truth can be hidden forever without causing even more curiosity and anxiety to figure out the truth, making the problem even bigger. Likewise discovering the secrets that were forgotten deep in the past or secrets that are hidden because they’re too dreadful to admit are important as well because secrets of the past may be the answers of the future. Being told the agonizing truth beforehand, may turn around many minds such as going off to war without knowing what will happen, the emotions we assume about one another by their fake cover or pointing fingers at the false antagonists by only believing the narrator of the story. The truth is a scary word that could affect the world positively but also negativity depending on the truth itself. That draws up another question, what if the truth could actually be hidden forever and not telling the truth would do far less destruction? Then, is it right to keep your mouth sealed and shut? Maybe so, but that might be the next book I could read next to look and understand the question even further.

 

Soldier’s Heart By Gary Paulsen

 

Mama’s Girl By Veronica Chambers

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

 

Pictures From:

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http://www.veronicachambers.com/images/mamas_girl.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/fe/Paulsen_-_Soldier%27s_Heart_Coverart.jpg

Summer Reading!

Title: Soldier’s Heart

Author: Gary Paulsen

Genre: Historical Realistic Fiction

 

Title: Mama’s Girl

Author: Veronica Chambers

Genre: Biography

 

Tile: Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

Author: Gregory Maguire

Genre: Fairytale

This summer my approach was to read different genres of books. I read historical novels, biographies and fairytales, genres that I usually don’t consider reading. I first started out with a quick short read by Gary Paulsen but gradually went up to finishing a thick and challenging book by Gregory Maguire.

Soldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen (Historical Realistic Fiction) was based on a true story about a boy named Charley Goddard that fought in the Civil War. He lied about his age registering to be a soldier, unaware of the war that he would soon face. During his long, bloodstained and painful journey Charley, a man who with a soldier’ heart, experienced unforgettable memories that would scar him for life.

Veronica Chambers wrote a very touching book, Mama’s Girl (Biography), about herself dealing with her non-supportive and never satisfied mother, a father who beats her up and never kept his promise of giving her good life and a brother who loves his devil of a father and turned out so messed up, there hasn’t been a Christmas he hasn’t spend in jail. Reading Mama’s Girl will help you discover the passion and hatred Veronica truly felt inside instead of the one she puts out to make everyone else believe that she’s okay.

Cinderella only reveals the point of view from herself rather than the point of view from her ugly stepsisters. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (Fairytale) by Gregory Maguire is a novel about the truth of Cinderella, told through the eyes of Ruth whom is one of the ugly stepsisters. This novel will tell you the truth so unexpected that no one would would have guessed that this was the truth.

Together, what these books reveal about me is that I like to know the point of views from many people. In Soldier’s Heart, I got to know the point of view of the war from the soldier who fought in it other than the point of view from the people who lived during the war period. Mama’s Girl, the novel revealed the two layers of Veronica (the layer of lies she uses to cover up the truth, and the layer of truths she dares not to reveal) so I could understand the point of view from many angles even though it was only from one person. Lastly, in Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister the novel told the story through the eyes of one of ugly stepsister instead of the common point of view which is Cinderella telling the story. I got to know the story that happened in another perspective to fully understand the situation. I’m the kind of person that likes to know the situation from many angels and perspectives before making up a mind of what’s the truth.

 

Soldier’s Heart By Gary Paulsen

 

Mama’s Girl By Veronica Chambers

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

 

Pictures From:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/3/39/ConfessionsUglyStepsisterTitle.jpg/200px-ConfessionsUglyStepsisterTitle.jpg

http://www.veronicachambers.com/images/mamas_girl.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/fe/Paulsen_-_Soldier%27s_Heart_Coverart.jpg

Summer Reading!

Title: Soldier’s Heart

Author: Gary Paulsen

Genre: Historical Realistic Fiction

 

Title: Mama’s Girl

Author: Veronica Chambers

Genre: Biography

 

Tile: Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

Author: Gregory Maguire

Genre: Fairytale

 

This summer my approach was to read different genres of books. I read historical novels, biographies and fairytales, genres that I usually don’t consider reading. I first started out with a quick short read by Gary Paulsen but gradually went up to finishing a thick and challenging book by Gregory Maguire.

Soldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen (Historical Realistic Fiction) was based on a true story about a boy named Charley Goddard that fought in the Civil War. He lied about his age registering to be a soldier, unaware of the war that he would soon face. During his long, bloodstained and painful journey Charley, a man who with a soldier’ heart, experienced unforgettable memories that would scar him for life.

Veronica Chambers wrote a very touching book, Mama’s Girl (Biography), about herself dealing with her non-supportive and never satisfied mother, a father who beats her up and never kept his promise of giving her good life and a brother who loves his devil of a father and turned out so messed up, there hasn’t been a Christmas he hasn’t spend in jail. Reading Mama’s Girl will help you discover the passion and hatred Veronica truly felt inside instead of the one she puts out to make everyone else believe that she’s okay.

Cinderella only reveals the point of view from herself rather than the point of view from her ugly stepsisters. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (Fairytale) by Gregory Maguire is a novel about the truth of Cinderella, told through the eyes of Ruth whom is one of the ugly stepsisters. This novel will tell you the truth so unexpected that no one would would have guessed that this was the truth.

Together, what these books reveal about me is that I like to know the point of views from many people. In Soldier’s Heart, I got to know the point of view of the war from the soldier who fought in it other than the point of view from the people who lived during the war period. Mama’s Girl, the novel revealed the two layers of Veronica (the layer of lies she uses to cover up the truth, and the layer of truths she dares not to reveal) so I could understand the point of view from many angles even though it was only from one person. Lastly, in Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister the novel told the story through the eyes of one of ugly stepsister instead of the common point of view which is Cinderella telling the story. I got to know the story that happened in another perspective to fully understand the situation. I’m the kind of person that likes to know the situation from many angels and perspectives before making up a mind of what’s the truth.

 

Soldier’s Heart By Gary Paulsen

 

Mama’s Girl By Veronica Chambers

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

 

Pictures From:

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http://www.veronicachambers.com/images/mamas_girl.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/fe/Paulsen_-_Soldier%27s_Heart_Coverart.jpg

Summer Reading!

This summer my approach was to read different genres of books. I read historical novels, biographies and fairytales, genres that I usually don’t consider reading. It was interesting to try different genres of books, discovering new styles of writing that I’ve never seen before.

The first book I read was Soldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen (Historical Non Fiction) was based on a true story about a boy named Charley Goddard that fought in the Civil War. He lied about his age registering to be a soldier, unaware of the war that he would soon face. During his long, bloodstained and painful journey Charley, a man with a soldier’s heart, experienced unforgettable memories that would scar him for life.

Secondly, I read a very touching book by Veronica Chambers, Mama’s Girl (Biography). Mama’s Girl is about herself dealing with her non-supportive and never satisfied mother, a father who beats her up and a brother turned out so messed up, there hasn’t been a Christmas he hasn’t spend in jail. Getting to know Veronica in the book will help you discover the passion and hatred Veronica hid deep inside avoiding facing her fears.

The last book I read was a different angle from the other two I read. The other two were based on true settings and characters but Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was about the secrets that were never revealed. On the most versions of Cinderella, she only reveals the point of view from herself rather than the point of view from her ugly stepsisters. This is a novel about the truth of Cinderella, told through the eyes of Ruth whom is one of the ugly stepsisters. This novel will expose the secrets so unbelievable and unforeseen nobody would have guessed for the truth to actually be this twisted.

Together, what these books reveal about me is my value for honesty. Knowing the truth is vital because no truth can be hidden forever without causing even more curiosity and anxiety to figure out the truth, making the problem even bigger. Likewise discovering the secrets that were forgotten deep in the past or secrets that were hidden because they’re too dreadful to admit are important as well because secrets of the past may be the answers of the future. Being told the agonizing truth beforehand, may turn around many minds such as thinking twice before going off to war, change of emotions we assume about one another by their fake cover or switching the sides we point fingers at the false antagonists by only believing the narrator of the story. The truth is a scary word that could affect the world positively but also negativity depending on the truth itself. That draws up another question, what if the truth could actually be hidden forever and not telling the truth would do far less destruction? Then, is it right to keep your mouth sealed and shut? Maybe so, but that might be the next book I could read next to look and understand the question even further.

 

Soldier’s Heart By Gary Paulsen

 

Mama’s Girl By Veronica Chambers

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

 

Pictures From:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/3/39/ConfessionsUglyStepsisterTitle.jpg/200px-ConfessionsUglyStepsisterTitle.jpg

http://www.veronicachambers.com/images/mamas_girl.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/fe/Paulsen_-_Soldier%27s_Heart_Coverart.jpg

Summer Reading!

This summer my approach was to read different genres of books. I read historical novels, biographies and fairytales, genres that I usually don’t consider reading. It was interesting to try different genres of books, discovering new styles of writing that I’ve never seen before.

The first book I read was Soldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen (Historical Non Fiction) was based on a true story about a boy named Charley Goddard that fought in the Civil War. He lied about his age registering to be a soldier, unaware of the war that he would soon face. During his long, bloodstained and painful journey Charley, a man with a soldier’s heart, experienced unforgettable memories that would scar him for life.

Secondly, I read a very touching book by Veronica Chambers, Mama’s Girl (Biography). Mama’s Girl is about herself dealing with her non-supportive and never satisfied mother, a father who beats her up and a brother turned out so messed up, there hasn’t been a Christmas he hasn’t spend in jail. Getting to know Veronica in the book will help you discover the passion and hatred Veronica hid deep inside avoiding facing her fears.

The last book I read was a different angle from the other two I read. The other two were based on true settings and characters but Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was about the secrets that were never revealed. On the most versions of Cinderella, she only reveals the point of view from herself rather than the point of view from her ugly stepsisters. This is a novel about the truth of Cinderella, told through the eyes of Ruth whom is one of the ugly stepsisters. This novel will expose the secrets so unbelievable and unforeseen nobody would have guessed for the truth to actually be this twisted.

Together, what these books reveal about me is my value for honesty. Knowing the truth is of vital importance to me, no matter how dreadful or pleasant it may be. The lies are going to catch up and the truth would soon be revealed at the end. Likewise understanding the consequences and rewards of lies and truths are definitely important to me as well.  Can the lies of the past also mean the success of the future? This is proved correct in my reading by the causes, problems and conclusions of my books. Being told the agonizing truth beforehand, may change many minds such as deciding not to go off to war, showing the passion and hatred they truly feel, and thinking twice before jumping to conclusions about the antagonists in the story. To believe the truth that is told to you, you must also trust the person that told you the truth. For this may be answered in loyalty, faith and belief in one another. That raises another question, can telling the truth to the one you have complete faith and loyalty in sometimes, be the hardest thing to do? Maybe so, but that might be the next book I could read next to look and understand the question even further.

 

Soldier’s Heart By Gary Paulsen

 

Mama’s Girl By Veronica Chambers

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

 

Pictures From:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/3/39/ConfessionsUglyStepsisterTitle.jpg/200px-ConfessionsUglyStepsisterTitle.jpg

http://www.veronicachambers.com/images/mamas_girl.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/fe/Paulsen_-_Soldier%27s_Heart_Coverart.jpg

Summer Reading!

This summer my approach was to read different genres of books. I read historical novels, biographies and fairytales, genres that I usually don’t consider reading. It was interesting to try different genres of books, discovering new styles of writing that I’ve experienced before.

The first book I read was Soldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen (Historical Non Fiction) was based on a true story about a boy named Charley Goddard that fought in the Civil War. He lied about his age registering to be a soldier, unaware of the war that he would soon face. During his long, bloodstained and painful journey Charley, a man with a soldier’s heart, experienced unforgettable memories that would scar him for life.

Secondly, I read a very touching book by Veronica Chambers, Mama’s Girl (Biography). Mama’s Girl is about herself dealing with her non-supportive and never satisfied mother, a father who beats her up and a brother turned out so messed up, there hasn’t been a Christmas he hasn’t spend in jail. Getting to know Veronica in the book will help you discover the passion and hatred Veronica hid deep inside avoiding facing her fears.

The last book I read was a different angle because while Soldier’s Heart and Mama’s Girl were both based on real characters and settings, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is about a fairytale, an event that never really happened. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was about the secrets that were never revealed on the most versions of Cinderella. Cinderella only reveals the point of view from herself rather than the point of view from her ugly stepsisters. This is a novel about the truth of Cinderella, told through the eyes of Ruth whom is one of the ugly stepsisters. This novel will expose the secrets so unbelievable and unforeseen nobody would have guessed for the truth to actually be this twisted.

Together, what these books reveal about me is my value for honesty. Knowing the truth is of vital importance to me, no matter how dreadful or pleasant it may be. The lies are going to catch up and the truth would soon be revealed at the end. Likewise understanding the consequences and rewards of lies and truths are definitely important to me as well.  Can the lies of the past also mean the success of the future? This is proved correct in my reading by the causes, problems and conclusions of my books. Being told the agonizing truth beforehand, may change many minds such as deciding not to go off to war, showing the passion and hatred they truly feel, and thinking twice before jumping to conclusions about the antagonists in the story. To believe the truth that is told to you, you must also trust the person that told you the truth. For this may be answered in loyalty, faith and belief in one another. That raises another question, can telling the truth to the one you have complete faith and loyalty in sometimes, be the hardest thing to do? Maybe so, but that might be the next book I could read next to look and understand the question even further.

 

Soldier’s Heart By Gary Paulsen

 

Mama’s Girl By Veronica Chambers

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

 

Pictures From:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/3/39/ConfessionsUglyStepsisterTitle.jpg/200px-ConfessionsUglyStepsisterTitle.jpg

http://www.veronicachambers.com/images/mamas_girl.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/fe/Paulsen_-_Soldier%27s_Heart_Coverart.jpg

Summer Reading!

This summer my approach was to read different genres of books. I read historical novels, biographies and fairytales, genres that I usually don’t consider reading. It was interesting to try different genres of books, discovering new styles of writing that I’ve experienced before.

The first book I read was Soldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen (Historical Non Fiction) was based on a true story about a boy named Charley Goddard that fought in the Civil War. He lied about his age registering to be a soldier, unaware of the war that he would soon face. During his long, bloodstained and painful journey Charley, a man with a soldier’s heart, experienced unforgettable memories that would scar him for life.

Secondly, I read a very touching book by Veronica Chambers, Mama’s Girl (Biography). Mama’s Girl is about herself dealing with her non-supportive and never satisfied mother, a father who beats her up and a brother turned out so messed up, there hasn’t been a Christmas he hasn’t spend in jail. Getting to know Veronica in the book will help you discover the passion and hatred Veronica hid deep inside avoiding facing her fears.

The last book I read was a different angle because while Soldier’s Heart and Mama’s Girl were both based on real characters and settings, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was about a fairytale, an event that never really happened. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was about the secrets that were never revealed on the most versions of Cinderella. Cinderella only reveals the point of view from herself rather than the point of view from her ugly stepsisters. This is a story about the truth of Cinderella, told through the eyes of Ruth whom is one of the ugly stepsisters. This novel will expose the secrets so unbelievable and unforeseen nobody would have guessed for the truth to actually be this twisted.

Together, what these books reveal about me is my value for honesty. Knowing the truth is of vital importance to me, no matter how dreadful or pleasant it may be. Knowing a truth so dreadful that would depress me for days is better than keeping me happy with foolish lie that will come out as false soon. Likewise understanding the consequences and rewards of lies and truths are definitely important to me as well.  Can the lies of the past also mean the success of the future? This is proved correct in my reading by the causes, problems and conclusions of my books. Being told the agonizing truth beforehand, may change many minds such as deciding not to go off to war, showing the passion and hatred they truly feel, and thinking twice before jumping to conclusions about the antagonists in the story. To believe the truth that is told to you, you must also trust the person that told you the truth. For this may be answered in loyalty, faith and belief in one another. That raises another question, can telling the truth to the one you have complete faith and loyalty in sometimes, be the hardest thing to do? Maybe so, but that might be the next book I could read next to look and understand the question even further.

 

Soldier’s Heart By Gary Paulsen

 

Mama’s Girl By Veronica Chambers

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

 

Pictures From:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/3/39/ConfessionsUglyStepsisterTitle.jpg/200px-ConfessionsUglyStepsisterTitle.jpg

http://www.veronicachambers.com/images/mamas_girl.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/fe/Paulsen_-_Soldier%27s_Heart_Coverart.jpg

Summer Reading!

This summer my approach was to read different genres of books. I read historical novels, biographies and fairy-tales, which are genres that I usually don’t consider reading. It was interesting to try different genres of books, discovering new styles of writing that I’ve never seen before.

The first book I read was Soldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen, (Historical Non Fiction) which was based on a true story about a boy named Charley Goddard that fought in the Civil War. He lied about his age registering to be a soldier, unaware of the war that would soon greet him. Everyone including Charley thought that the war would be another one of those ‘shooting wars’ and it would be over in a month or two. During his long, bloodstained and painful journey Charley, a man with a soldier’s heart, experienced unforgettable memories that would leave him scarred for life.

Secondly, I read a very touching book by Veronica Chambers, Mama’s Girl (Biography). Mama’s Girl was about Veronica Chambers herself, dealing with her non-supportive and never satisfied mother, an impulsive father who left his family for a younger women and a brother who spends every Christmas in jail.  When Veronica brought home A’s her mother hollered at her to keep them A’s and if she brought home B’s her mother would hollered at her once again to make them A’s. Nothing she did could ever satisfy her mother and even if she knew her mother loved her in her heart, she wished that her mother could show more love towards her. Getting to know Veronica in the book will help you discover the passion and hatred Veronica hid deep inside to avoid facing her fears.

The last book I read was a different angle because while Soldier’s Heart and Mama’s Girl were both based on real characters and settings, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was about a fairytale, an event that never really happened. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was about the secrets that were never revealed on  most versions of Cinderella. Cinderella only reveals the point of view from herself rather than the point of view from her ugly stepsisters. This is a story about the truth of Cinderella, told through the eyes of Ruth whom is one of the ugly stepsisters. This novel will expose the secrets so unbelievable and unforeseen nobody would have guessed for the truth to actually be this twisted.

Together, what these books reveal about me is my value for honesty. Knowing the truth is of vital importance to me, no matter how dreadful or pleasant it may be. Knowing a truth so dreadful that would depress me for days is better than keeping me happy with a foolish lie that would soon come out as false. Likewise understanding the consequences and rewards of lies and truths are definitely important to me as well.  Can the lies of the past also mean the success of the future? This is proved correct in my reading by the causes, problems and conclusions of my books. Being told the agonizing truth beforehand, may change many minds such as deciding not to go off to war, showing the passion and hatred they truly feel, and thinking twice before jumping to conclusions about the antagonists in the stories. To believe the truth that is told to you, you must also trust the person that told you the truth. For this may be answered in loyalty, faith and belief in one another. That raises another question, can telling the truth to the one you have complete faith and loyalty sometimes, be the hardest thing to do? Maybe so, but that might be the next book I could read to look and understand the question even further.

 

Soldier’s Heart By Gary Paulsen

 

Mama’s Girl By Veronica Chambers

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

 

Pictures From:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/3/39/ConfessionsUglyStepsisterTitle.jpg/200px-ConfessionsUglyStepsisterTitle.jpg

http://www.veronicachambers.com/images/mamas_girl.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/fe/Paulsen_-_Soldier%27s_Heart_Coverart.jpg

Summer Reading!

This summer my approach was to read different genres of books. I read historical novels, biographies and fairy-tales which are genres that I usually don’t consider reading. It was interesting to try different genres of books, discovering new styles of writing that I’ve never seen before.

The first book I read was Soldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen, (Historical Non Fiction) which was based on a true story about a boy named Charley Goddard that fought in the Civil War. He lied about his age registering to be a soldier, unaware of the war that would soon greet him. Everyone including Charley thought that the war would be another one of those ‘shooting wars’ and it would be over in a month or two. During his long, bloodstained and painful journey Charley, a man with a soldier’s heart, experienced unforgettable memories that would leave him scarred for life.

Secondly, I read a very touching book by Veronica Chambers, Mama’s Girl (Biography). Mama’s Girl was about Veronica Chambers herself, dealing with her non-supportive and never satisfied mother, an impulsive father who left his family for a younger women and a brother who spends every Christmas in jail.  When Veronica brought home A’s her mother hollered at her to keep them A’s and if she brought home B’s her mother would hollered at her once again to make them A’s. Nothing she did could ever satisfy her mother and even if she knew her mother loved her in her heart, she wished that her mother could show more love towards her. Getting to know Veronica in the book will help you discover the passion and hatred Veronica hid deep inside to avoid facing her fears.

The last book I read was a different angle because while Soldier’s Heart and Mama’s Girl were both based on real characters and settings, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was about a fairytale, an event that never really happened. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was about the secrets that were never revealed on  most versions of Cinderella. Cinderella only reveals the point of view from herself rather than the point of view from her ugly stepsisters. This is a story about the truth of Cinderella, told through the eyes of Ruth whom is one of the ugly stepsisters. This novel will expose the secrets so unbelievable and unforeseen nobody would have guessed for the truth to actually be this twisted.

Together, what these books reveal about me is my value for honesty. Knowing the truth is of vital importance to me, no matter how dreadful or pleasant it may be. Knowing a truth so dreadful that would depress me for days is better than keeping me happy with a foolish lie that would soon come out as false. Likewise understanding the consequences and rewards of lies and truths are definitely important to me as well.  Can the lies of the past also mean the success of the future? This is proved correct in my reading by the causes, problems and conclusions of my books. Being told the agonizing truth beforehand, may change many minds such as deciding not to go off to war, showing the passion and hatred they truly feel, and thinking twice before jumping to conclusions about the antagonists in the stories. To believe the truth that is told to you, you must also trust the person that told you the truth. For this may be answered in loyalty, faith and belief in one another. That raises another question, can telling the truth to the one you have complete faith and loyalty sometimes, be the hardest thing to do? Maybe so, but that might be the next book I could read  to look and understand even further into the question.

 

Soldier’s Heart By Gary Paulsen

 

Mama’s Girl By Veronica Chambers

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

 

Pictures From:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/3/39/ConfessionsUglyStepsisterTitle.jpg/200px-ConfessionsUglyStepsisterTitle.jpg

http://www.veronicachambers.com/images/mamas_girl.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/fe/Paulsen_-_Soldier%27s_Heart_Coverart.jpg

Summer Reading!

This summer my approach was to read different genres of books. I read historical novels, biographies and fairy-tales which are genres that I usually don’t consider reading. It was interesting to try different genres of books, discovering new styles of writing that I’ve never seen before.

The first book I read was Soldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen, (Historical Non Fiction) which was based on a true story about a boy named Charley Goddard that fought in the Civil War. He lied about his age registering to be a soldier, unaware of the war that would soon greet him. Everyone including Charley thought that the war would be another one of those ‘shooting wars’ and it would be over in a month or two. During his long, bloodstained and painful journey Charley, a man with a soldier’s heart, experienced unforgettable memories that would leave him scarred for life.

Secondly, I read a very touching book by Veronica Chambers, Mama’s Girl (Biography). Mama’s Girl was about Veronica Chambers herself, dealing with her non-supportive and never satisfied mother, an impulsive father who left his family for a younger women and a brother who spends every Christmas in jail.  When Veronica brought home A’s her mother hollered at her to keep them A’s and if she brought home B’s her mother would hollered at her once again to make them A’s. Nothing she did could ever satisfy her mother and even if she knew her mother loved her in her heart, she wished that her mother could show more love towards her. Getting to know Veronica in the book will help you discover the passion and hatred Veronica hid deep inside to avoid facing her fears.

The last book I read was a different angle because while Soldier’s Heart and Mama’s Girl were both based on real characters and settings, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was about a fairytale, an event that never really happened. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was about the secrets that were never revealed on  most versions of Cinderella. Cinderella only reveals the point of view from herself rather than the point of view from her ugly stepsisters. This is a story about the truth of Cinderella, told through the eyes of Ruth whom is one of the ugly stepsisters. This novel will expose the secrets so unbelievable and unforeseen nobody would have guessed for the truth to actually be this twisted.

Together, what these books reveal about me is my value for honesty. Knowing the truth is of vital importance to me, no matter how dreadful or pleasant it may be. Knowing a truth so dreadful that would depress me for days is better than keeping me happy with a foolish lie that would soon come out as false. Likewise understanding the consequences and rewards of lies and truths are definitely important to me as well.  Can the lies of the past also mean the success of the future? This is proved correct in my reading by the causes, problems and conclusions of my books. Being told the agonizing truth beforehand, may change many minds such as deciding not to go off to war, showing the passion and hatred they truly feel, and thinking twice before jumping to conclusions about the antagonists in the stories. To believe the truth that is told to you, you must also trust the person that told you the truth. For this may be answered in loyalty, faith and belief in one another. That raises another question, can telling the truth to the one you have complete faith and loyalty sometimes, be the hardest thing to do? Maybe so, but that might be the next book I could read to look and understand the question even further.

 

Soldier’s Heart By Gary Paulsen

 

Mama’s Girl By Veronica Chambers

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

 

Pictures From:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/3/39/ConfessionsUglyStepsisterTitle.jpg/200px-ConfessionsUglyStepsisterTitle.jpg

http://www.veronicachambers.com/images/mamas_girl.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/fe/Paulsen_-_Soldier%27s_Heart_Coverart.jpg

Summer Reading!

This summer my approach was to read different genres of books. I read historical novels, biographies and fairy-tales which are genres that I usually don’t consider reading. It was interesting to try different genres of books, discovering new styles of writing that I’ve never experienced before.

The first book I read was Soldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen (Historical Non Fiction) which was based on a true story about a boy named Charley Goddard that fought in the Civil War. He lied about his age registering to be a soldier, unaware of the war that he would soon face. During his long, bloodstained and painful journey Charley, a man with a soldier’s heart, experienced unforgettable memories that would scar him for life.

Secondly, I read a very touching book by Veronica Chambers, Mama’s Girl (Biography). Mama’s Girl is about herself dealing with her non-supportive and never satisfied mother, a father who beats her up and a brother turned out so messed up, there hasn’t been a Christmas he hasn’t spend in jail. Getting to know Veronica in the book will help you discover the passion and hatred Veronica hid deep inside to avoid facing her fears.

The last book I read was a different angle because while Soldier’s Heart and Mama’s Girl were both based on real characters and settings, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was about a fairytale, an event that never really happened. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was about the secrets that were never revealed on  most versions of Cinderella. Cinderella only reveals the point of view from herself rather than the point of view from her ugly stepsisters. This is a story about the truth of Cinderella, told through the eyes of Ruth whom is one of the ugly stepsisters. This novel will expose the secrets so unbelievable and unforeseen nobody would have guessed for the truth to actually be this twisted.

Together, what these books reveal about me is my value for honesty. Knowing the truth is of vital importance to me, no matter how dreadful or pleasant it may be. Knowing a truth so dreadful that would depress me for days is better than keeping me happy with foolish lie that would soon come out as false. Likewise understanding the consequences and rewards of lies and truths are definitely important to me as well.  Can the lies of the past also mean the success of the future? This is proved correct in my reading by the causes, problems and conclusions of my books. Being told the agonizing truth beforehand, may change many minds such as deciding not to go off to war, showing the passion and hatred they truly feel, and thinking twice before jumping to conclusions about the antagonists in the story. To believe the truth that is told to you, you must also trust the person that told you the truth. For this may be answered in loyalty, faith and belief in one another. That raises another question, can telling the truth to the one you have complete faith and loyalty sometimes, be the hardest thing to do? Maybe so, but that might be the next book I could read  to look and understand the question even further.

 

Soldier’s Heart By Gary Paulsen

 

Mama’s Girl By Veronica Chambers

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

 

Pictures From:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/3/39/ConfessionsUglyStepsisterTitle.jpg/200px-ConfessionsUglyStepsisterTitle.jpg

http://www.veronicachambers.com/images/mamas_girl.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/fe/Paulsen_-_Soldier%27s_Heart_Coverart.jpg

Summer Reading!

This summer my approach was to read different genres of books. I read historical novels, biographies and fairy-tales which are genres that I usually don’t consider reading. It was interesting to try different genres of books, discovering new styles of writing that I’ve never experienced before.

The first book I read was Soldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen (Historical Non Fiction) which was based on a true story about a boy named Charley Goddard that fought in the Civil War. He lied about his age registering to be a soldier, unaware of the war that he would soon face. During his long, bloodstained and painful journey Charley, a man with a soldier’s heart, experienced unforgettable memories that would scar him for life.

Secondly, I read a very touching book by Veronica Chambers, Mama’s Girl (Biography). Mama’s Girl is about herself dealing with her non-supportive and never satisfied mother, a father who beats her up and a brother turned out so messed up, there hasn’t been a Christmas he hasn’t spend in jail. Getting to know Veronica in the book will help you discover the passion and hatred Veronica hid deep inside to avoid facing her fears.

The last book I read was a different angle because while Soldier’s Heart and Mama’s Girl were both based on real characters and settings, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was about a fairytale, an event that never really happened. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was about the secrets that were never revealed on  most versions of Cinderella. Cinderella only reveals the point of view from herself rather than the point of view from her ugly stepsisters. This is a story about the truth of Cinderella, told through the eyes of Ruth whom is one of the ugly stepsisters. This novel will expose the secrets so unbelievable and unforeseen nobody would have guessed for the truth to actually be this twisted.

Together, what these books reveal about me is my value for honesty. Knowing the truth is of vital importance to me, no matter how dreadful or pleasant it may be. Knowing a truth so dreadful that would depress me for days is better than keeping me happy with foolish lie that would soon come out as false. Likewise understanding the consequences and rewards of lies and truths are definitely important to me as well.  Can the lies of the past also mean the success of the future? This is proved correct in my reading by the causes, problems and conclusions of my books. Being told the agonizing truth beforehand, may change many minds such as deciding not to go off to war, showing the passion and hatred they truly feel, and thinking twice before jumping to conclusions about the antagonists in the story. To believe the truth that is told to you, you must also trust the person that told you the truth. For this may be answered in loyalty, faith and belief in one another. That raises another question, can telling the truth to the one you have complete faith and loyalty sometimes, be the hardest thing to do? Maybe so, but that might be the next book I could read  to look and understand the question even further.

 

Soldier’s Heart By Gary Paulsen

 

Mama’s Girl By Veronica Chambers

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

 

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Summer Reading!

This summer my approach was to read different genres of books. I read historical novels, biographies and fairy-tales which are genres that I usually don’t consider reading. It was interesting to try different genres of books, discovering new styles of writing that I’ve never experienced before.

The first book I read was Soldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen (Historical Non Fiction) which was based on a true story about a boy named Charley Goddard that fought in the Civil War. He lied about his age registering to be a soldier to become a real man and bring home real paychecks. Everyone including Charley that that the war would be another one of those ‘shooting wars’ and it would be over in a month or two but the war that greeted them was the complete opposite. During his long, bloodstained and painful journey Charley, a man with a soldier’s heart, experienced unforgettable memories that would scar him for life.

Secondly, I read a very touching book by Veronica Chambers, Mama’s Girl (Biography). Mama’s Girl is about herself dealing with her non-supportive and never satisfied mother, a impulsive father who left her family for a younger women and a brother who spends every Christmas in jail. All Veronica ever wanted to do was impress her mom. When she brought home A’s she hollered at her to keep them A’s and if she brought home B’s she hollered at her to make them A’s, nothing she did could ever satisfy her. Getting to know Veronica in the book will help you discover the passion and hatred Veronica hid deep inside to avoid facing her fears.

The last book I read was a different angle because while Soldier’s Heart and Mama’s Girl were both based on real characters and settings, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was about a fairytale, an event that never really happened. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was about the secrets that were never revealed on  most versions of Cinderella. Cinderella only reveals the point of view from herself rather than the point of view from her ugly stepsisters. This is a story about the truth of Cinderella, told through the eyes of Ruth whom is one of the ugly stepsisters. This novel will expose the secrets so unbelievable and unforeseen nobody would have guessed for the truth to actually be this twisted.

Together, what these books reveal about me is my value for honesty. Knowing the truth is of vital importance to me, no matter how dreadful or pleasant it may be. Knowing a truth so dreadful that would depress me for days is better than keeping me happy with a foolish lie that would soon come out as false. Likewise understanding the consequences and rewards of lies and truths are definitely important to me as well.  Can the lies of the past also mean the success of the future? This is proved correct in my reading by the causes, problems and conclusions of my books. Being told the agonizing truth beforehand, may change many minds such as deciding not to go off to war, showing the passion and hatred they truly feel, and thinking twice before jumping to conclusions about the antagonists in the story. To believe the truth that is told to you, you must also trust the person that told you the truth. For this may be answered in loyalty, faith and belief in one another. That raises another question, can telling the truth to the one you have complete faith and loyalty sometimes, be the hardest thing to do? Maybe so, but that might be the next book I could read  to look and understand the question even further.

 

Soldier’s Heart By Gary Paulsen

 

Mama’s Girl By Veronica Chambers

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

 

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Summer Reading!

This summer my approach was to read different genres of books. I read historical novels, biographies and fairy-tales which are genres that I usually don’t consider reading. It was interesting to try different genres of books, discovering new styles of writing that I’ve never experienced before.

The first book I read was Soldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen (Historical Non Fiction) which was based on a true story about a boy named Charley Goddard that fought in the Civil War. He lied about his age registering to be a soldier, unaware of the war that would soon greet him. Everyone including Charley thought that the war would be another one of those ‘shooting wars’ and it would be over in a month or two. During his long, bloodstained and painful journey Charley, a man with a soldier’s heart, experienced unforgettable memories that would leave him scarred for life.

Secondly, I read a very touching book by Veronica Chambers, Mama’s Girl (Biography). Mama’s Girl is about Veronica Chambers herself, dealing with her non-supportive and never satisfied mother, an impulsive father who left his family for a younger women and a brother who spends every Christmas in jail.  When Veronica brought home A’s her mother hollered at her to keep them A’s and if she brought home B’s her mother would hollered at her once again to make them A’s. Nothing she did could ever satisfy her mother and even if she knew her mother loved her in her heart, she wished her mother could show more love towards her. Getting to know Veronica in the book will help you discover the passion and hatred Veronica hid deep inside to avoid facing her fears.

The last book I read was a different angle because while Soldier’s Heart and Mama’s Girl were both based on real characters and settings, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was about a fairytale, an event that never really happened. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was about the secrets that were never revealed on  most versions of Cinderella. Cinderella only reveals the point of view from herself rather than the point of view from her ugly stepsisters. This is a story about the truth of Cinderella, told through the eyes of Ruth whom is one of the ugly stepsisters. This novel will expose the secrets so unbelievable and unforeseen nobody would have guessed for the truth to actually be this twisted.

Together, what these books reveal about me is my value for honesty. Knowing the truth is of vital importance to me, no matter how dreadful or pleasant it may be. Knowing a truth so dreadful that would depress me for days is better than keeping me happy with a foolish lie that would soon come out as false. Likewise understanding the consequences and rewards of lies and truths are definitely important to me as well.  Can the lies of the past also mean the success of the future? This is proved correct in my reading by the causes, problems and conclusions of my books. Being told the agonizing truth beforehand, may change many minds such as deciding not to go off to war, showing the passion and hatred they truly feel, and thinking twice before jumping to conclusions about the antagonists in the stories. To believe the truth that is told to you, you must also trust the person that told you the truth. For this may be answered in loyalty, faith and belief in one another. That raises another question, can telling the truth to the one you have complete faith and loyalty sometimes, be the hardest thing to do? Maybe so, but that might be the next book I could read  to look and understand even further into the question.

 

Soldier’s Heart By Gary Paulsen

 

Mama’s Girl By Veronica Chambers

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

 

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Summer Reading Follow-up

This summer, I’ve read around 3~4 books, and the favorite one was a memoir named ‘A Long Way Gone : Memoirs of a Boy Soldier’. I enjoyed reading that book because I haven’t read a book of a boy soldier, being manipulated by the government or a rebel soldier. This book takes place in Sierra Leone, and is about a young boy who has lost his parents during the war between a throng of rebel soldiers and the government. He finally decides to settle in a small village, with the soldiers against the rebels, instead of running away. There, he becomes a boy soldier and fights against the rebels, and is forced to take drugs for more power and to forget about the reality, and becomes madder and madder everyday.

An another book I’ve enjoyed reading is a comedy fiction called ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’. In this book, the main character Becky is obsessed with shopping, and she can’t afford the enormous amount of money she spends. But ironically, her job is a writer/journalist of financial. Her problem gets twisted and harder to solve after a few lies to the credit card company.

My third favorite book is a non-fiction book called ‘How to train a Superdog’. I just had to read this book, because I’m about to consider my dog as a ‘Superdog’. She would never do what I tell her to do, no matter how many times I tell her. This book explains to me about how to make your dog listen to you, or some signals the dogs show when they want a certain thing. Sadly, it didn’t work for me, and my dog behaves the same as before.

Through the genre and the titles (obviously because they give the subject away) of the books I’ve read,  people probably could presume that I, as a reader, like to read some light and funny books, such as Confessions of a Shopaholic, or a person who is interested in dogs or pets in general, or even a person who likes to read some heavy-subject books and memoirs of something that’s happening around the world. But actually, I really like to read lots of fun books and enjoy myself while reading them. However, I also love to read some memoirs and non-fiction books to widen my knowledge, and have more connection to the world, just like ‘A Long Way Gone’ has helped me to do so. I hope this year would be filled with various reading, and I also hope that I would improve my reading!

Summer Reading Follow-up

This summer, I’ve read around 3~4 books, and the favorite one was a memoir named ‘A Long Way Gone : Memoirs of a Boy Soldier’. I enjoyed reading that book because I haven’t read a book of a boy soldier, being manipulated by the government or a rebel soldier. This book takes place in Sierra Leone, and is about a young boy who has lost his parents during the war between a throng of rebel soldiers and the government. He finally decides to settle in a small village, with the soldiers against the rebels, instead of running away. There, he becomes a boy soldier and fights against the rebels, and is forced to take drugs for more power and to forget about the reality, and becomes madder and madder everyday.

An another book I’ve enjoyed reading is a comedy fiction called ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’. In this book, the main character Becky is obsessed with shopping, and she can’t afford the enormous amount of money she spends. But ironically, her job is a writer/journalist of financial. Her problem gets twisted and harder to solve after a few lies to the credit card company.

My third favorite book is a non-fiction book called ‘How to train a Superdog’. I just had to read this book, because I consider my dog as a ‘Superdog’. She would never do what I tell her to do, no matter how many times I tell her. This book explains to me about how to make your dog listen to you, or some signals the dogs show when they want a certain thing. Sadly, it didn’t work for me, and my dog behaves the same as before.

Through the genre and the titles (obviously because they give the subject away) of the books I’ve read,  people probably could presume that I, as a reader, like to read some light and funny books, such as Confessions of a Shopaholic, or a person who is interested in dogs or pets in general, or even a person who likes to read some heavy-subject books and memoirs of something that’s happening around the world. But actually, I really like to read lots of fun books and enjoy myself while reading them. However, I also love to read some memoirs and non-fiction books to widen my knowledge, and have more connection to the world, just like ‘A Long Way Gone’ has helped me to do so. I hope this year would be filled with various reading, and I also hope that I would improve my reading!

Summer Reading Follow-up

This summer, I’ve read around 3~4 books, and the favorite one was a memoir named ‘A Long Way Gone : Memoirs of a Boy Soldier’. I enjoyed reading that book because I haven’t read a book of a boy soldier, being manipulated by the government or a rebel soldier. This book takes place in Sierra Leone, and is about a young boy who has lost his parents during the war between a throng of rebel soldiers and the government. He finally decides to settle in a small village, with the soldiers against the rebels, instead of running away. There, he becomes a boy soldier and fights against the rebels, and is forced to take drugs for more power and to forget about the reality, and becomes madder and madder everyday.

An another book I’ve enjoyed reading is a comedy fiction called ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’. In this book, the main character Becky is obsessed with shopping, and she can’t afford the enormous amount of money she spends. But ironically, her job is a writer/journalist of financial. Her problem gets twisted and harder to solve after a few lies to the credit card company.

My third favorite book is a non-fiction book called ‘How to train a Superdog’. I just had to read this book, because I consider my dog as a ‘Superdog’. She would never listen to me, no matter how many times I tell her. This book explains to me about how to make your dog listen to you, or some signals dogs show when they want a certain thing. Sadly, it didn’t work for me, and my dog behaves the same as before.

Through the genre and the titles (obviously because they give the subject away) of the books I’ve read,  people probably could presume that I, as a reader, like to read some light and funny books, such as Confessions of a Shopaholic, or a person who is interested in dogs or pets in general, or even a person who likes to read some heavy-subject books and memoirs of something that’s happening around the world. But actually, I really like to read lots of fun books and enjoy myself while reading them. However, I also love to read some memoirs and non-fiction books to widen my knowledge, and have more connection to the world, just like ‘A Long Way Gone’ has helped me to do so. I hope this year would be filled with various reading, and I also hope that I would improve my reading!

Summer Reading

This summer, I read my way through two fantastic books. The first one was a novel by S. E. Hinton The Outsiders. In this book, Ponyboy and his brothers are part of a poor teenage group called the Greasers.  They are always fighting with the Socs, the wealthy and empowered group.  One day Ponyboy, his friend Johnny, and the leader of the Socs, Bob, gets into a fight and Johnny stabs Bob to death.

 

The second book I read is a novel piece called Rice Without Rain by Minfong Ho. In this book, Jinda and her family live on the outskirts of Thailand in a small village. The plain fields outside the village are her family’s only source of income. But the crops can’t produce enough rice to feed the village and to pay the rent.

Summer Reading

This summer, I read my way through two fantastic books. The first one was a novel by S. E. Hinton The Outsiders. In this book, Ponyboy and his brothers are part of a poor teenage group called the Greasers.  They are always fighting with the Socs, the wealthy and empowered group.  One day Ponyboy, his friend Johnny, and the leader of the Socs, Bob, gets into a fight and Johnny stabs Bob to death.

 

The second book I read is a novel piece called Rice Without Rain by Minfong Ho. In this book, Jinda and her family live on the outskirts of Thailand in a small village. The plain fields outside the village are her family’s only source of income. But the crops can’t produce enough rice to feed the village and to pay the rent.

Summer Reading Follow-Up

This summer, I only got through one book, although, it was a great one!  It’s called My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok, it is the first book in the series, and I hope to finish the rest of the series since I really liked this book. I like this book because it’s not like any other normal fiction book that has a normal story and plot and at the end I just say oh, that was an ok book. Although, Chaim Potok’s book has a greater story about religion and a young boy with artistic talent. The main conflict in this story is that the father disapproves of Asher serving the world with art rather then serving god by working for the Rabbi just like his father, and the mother is halfway between sides, and it irritates Asher not always having his mother to support him. Asher soon starts to get more into his paintings and neglects his Jewish studies. Finally, the Rabbi allows Asher to study under one of the greatest living artists, Jacob Kahn. Asher then grows up to be an artist as an apprentice of Jacob Kahn. Eventually the gift calls upon Asher to make his masterpiece painting which uses the symbolism of the crucifixion .The Rabbi takes this very seriously and so does the whole Jewish community so Asher gets sent to Paris, France. In Chaim Potok’s next book, called The Gift Of Asher Lev I think it’s about Asher continuing to grow his talent with some other great artists. This type of book choice shows that I don’t like normal fiction books; and that I like books with meaning and that will teach me something when I am done with it. It also shows that I am a slow reader since I only read one book during summer. However, this year, I hope to and plan to improve my reading skills and read more books in general.

Summer Reading Follow-Up

This summer, I only got through one book, although, it was a great one!  It’s called My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok, it is the first book in the series, and I hope to finish the rest of the series since I really liked this book. I like this book because it’s not like any other normal fiction book that has a normal story and plot and at the end I just say oh, that was an ok book. Although, Chaim Potok’s book has a greater story about the clashes between religion and a young boy with artistic talent. The main conflict in this story is that the father disapproves of Asher serving the world with art rather then serving god by working for the Rabbi just like his father, and the mother is halfway between sides, and it irritates Asher not always having his mother to support him. Asher soon starts to get more into his paintings and neglects his Jewish studies. Finally, the Rabbi allows Asher to study under one of the greatest living artists, Jacob Kahn. Asher then grows up to be an artist as an apprentice of Jacob Kahn. Eventually the gift calls upon Asher to make his masterpiece painting which uses the symbolism of the crucifixion .The Rabbi takes this very seriously and so does the whole Jewish community so Asher gets sent to Paris, France. In Chaim Potok’s next book, called The Gift Of Asher Lev I think it’s about Asher continuing to grow his talent with some other great artists. This type of book choice shows that I don’t like normal fiction books; and that I like books with meaning and that will teach me something when I am done with it. It also shows that I am a slow reader since I only read one book during summer. However, this year, I hope to and plan to improve my reading skills and read more books in general.

Summer Reading Follow-Up

This summer, I only got through one book, although, it was a great one!  It’s called My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok, it is the first book in the series, and I hope to finish the rest of the series since I really liked this book. I like this book because it’s not like any other normal fiction book that has a normal story and plot and at the end I just say oh, that was an ok book. Although, Chaim Potok’s book has a greater story about the clashes between religion and a young boy with artistic talent. The main conflict in this story is that the father disapproves of Asher serving the world with art rather then serving god by working for the Rabbi just like his father, and the mother is halfway between sides, and it irritates Asher not always having his mother to support him. Asher soon starts to get more into his paintings and neglects his Jewish studies. Finally, the Rabbi allows Asher to study under one of the greatest living artists, Jacob Kahn. Asher then grows up to be an artist as an apprentice of Jacob Kahn. Eventually the gift calls upon Asher to make his masterpiece painting which uses the symbolism of the crucifixion .The Rabbi takes this very seriously and so does the whole Jewish community so Asher gets sent to Paris, France. In Chaim Potok’s next book, called The Gift Of Asher Lev I think it’s about Asher continuing to grow his talent with some other great artists. This type of book choice shows that I don’t like normal fiction books; and that I like books with meaning and that will teach me something when I am done with it. Before reading books, I read the accolade on the back and see what others have to say of it. For this book, most people talk about how moving and attention-holding this book is. It also shows that I am a slow reader since I only read one book during summer. However, this year, I hope to and plan to improve my reading skills and read more books in general.

Summer Reading Follow-Up

This summer, I only got through one book, although, it was a great one!  It’s called My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok, it is the first book in the series, and I hope to finish the rest of the series since I really liked this book. I like this book because it’s not like any other normal fiction book that has a normal story and plot and at the end I just say oh, that was an ok book. Although, Chaim Potok’s book has a greater story about the clashes between religion and a young boy with artistic talent. The main conflict in this story is that the father disapproves of Asher serving the world with art rather then serving god by working for the Rabbi just like his father, and the mother is halfway between sides, and it irritates Asher not always having his mother to support him. Asher soon starts to get more into his paintings and neglects his Jewish studies. Finally, the Rabbi allows Asher to study under one of the greatest living artists, Jacob Kahn. Asher then grows up to be an artist as an apprentice of Jacob Kahn. Eventually the gift calls upon Asher to make his masterpiece painting which uses the symbolism of the crucifixion .The Rabbi takes this very seriously and so does the whole Jewish community so Asher gets sent to Paris, France. In Chaim Potok’s next book, called The Gift Of Asher Lev I think it’s about Asher continuing to grow his talent with some other great artists. This type of book choice shows that I don’t like normal fiction books; and that I like books with meaning and that will teach me something when I am done with it. Before reading books, I read the accolade on the back and see what others have to say of it. For this book, most people talk about how moving and attention-holding this book is. It also shows that I am a slow reader since I only read one book during summer. However, this year, I hope to and plan to improve my reading skills and read more books in general.

Summer Reading Follow-Up

This summer, I only got through one book, although, it was a great one!  It’s called My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok, it is the first book in the series, and I hope to finish the rest of the series since I really liked this book. I like this book because it’s not like any other normal fiction book that has a normal story and plot and at the end I just say oh, that was an ok book. Although, Chaim Potok’s book has a greater story about the clashes between religion and a young boy with artistic talent. The main conflict in this story is that the father disapproves of Asher serving the world with art rather then serving god by working for the Rabbi just like his father, and the mother is halfway between sides, and it irritates Asher not always having his mother to support him. Asher soon starts to get more into his paintings and neglects his Jewish studies. Finally, the Rabbi allows Asher to study under one of the greatest living artists, Jacob Kahn. Asher then grows up to be an artist as an apprentice of Jacob Kahn. Eventually the gift calls upon Asher to make his masterpiece painting which uses the symbolism of the crucifixion .The Rabbi takes this very seriously and so does the whole Jewish community so Asher gets sent to Paris, France. In Chaim Potok’s next book, called The Gift Of Asher Lev I think it’s about Asher continuing to grow his talent with some other great artists. This type of book choice shows that I don’t like normal fiction books; and that I like books with meaning and that will teach me something when I am done with it. Before reading books, I read the accolade on the back and see what others have to say of it. For this book, most people talk about how moving and attention-holding this book is. It also shows that I am a slow reader since I only read one book during summer. However, this year, I hope to and plan to improve my reading skills and read more books in general.

Summer Reading Follow-Up

This summer, I only got through one book, although, it was a great one!  It’s called My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok, it is the first book in the series, and I hope to finish the rest of the series since I really liked this book. I like this book because it’s not like any other normal fiction book that has a normal story and plot and at the end I just say oh, that was an ok book. Although, Chaim Potok’s book has a greater story about the clashes between religion and a young boy with artistic talent. The main conflict in this story is that the father disapproves of Asher serving the world with art rather then serving god by working for the Rabbi just like his father, and the mother is halfway between sides, and it irritates Asher not always having his mother to support him. Asher soon starts to get more into his paintings and neglects his Jewish studies. Finally, the Rabbi allows Asher to study under one of the greatest living artists, Jacob Kahn. Asher then grows up to be an artist as an apprentice of Jacob Kahn. Eventually the gift calls upon Asher to make his masterpiece painting which uses the symbolism of the crucifixion .The Rabbi takes this very seriously and so does the whole Jewish community so Asher gets sent to Paris, France. In Chaim Potok’s next book, called The Gift Of Asher Lev I think it’s about Asher continuing to grow his talent with some other great artists. This type of book choice shows that I don’t like normal fiction books; and that I like books with meaning and that will teach me something when I am done with it. Before reading books, I read the accolade on the back and see what others have to say of it. For this book, most people talk about how moving and attention-holding this book is. It also shows that I am a slow reader since I only read one book during summer. However, this year, I hope to and plan to improve my reading skills and read more books in general.

This is a link to the authors website.

Summer Reading Follow-Up

This summer, I only got through one book, although, it was a great one!  It’s called My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok, it is the first book in the series, and I hope to finish the rest of the series since I really liked this book. I like this book because it’s not like any other normal fiction book that has a normal story and plot and at the end I just say oh, that was an ok book. Although, Chaim Potok’s book has a greater story about the clashes between religion and a young boy with artistic talent. The main conflict in this story is that the father disapproves of Asher serving the world with art rather then serving god by working for the Rabbi just like his father, and the mother is halfway between sides, and it irritates Asher not always having his mother to support him. Asher soon starts to get more into his paintings and neglects his Jewish studies. Finally, the Rabbi allows Asher to study under one of the greatest living artists, Jacob Kahn. Asher then grows up to be an artist as an apprentice of Jacob Kahn. Eventually the gift calls upon Asher to make his masterpiece painting which uses the symbolism of the crucifixion .The Rabbi takes this very seriously and so does the whole Jewish community so Asher gets sent to Paris, France. In Chaim Potok’s next book, called The Gift Of Asher Lev I think it’s about Asher continuing to grow his talent with some other great artists. This type of book choice shows that I don’t like normal fiction books; and that I like books with meaning and that will teach me something when I am done with it. Before reading books, I read the accolade on the back and see what others have to say of it. For this book, most people talk about how moving and attention-holding this book is. It also shows that I am a slow reader since I only read one book during summer. However, this year, I hope to and plan to improve my reading skills and read more books in general.

A link to the authors website.

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Summer Reading Follow-Up

This summer, I only got through one book, although, it was a great one!  It’s called My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok, it is the first book in the series, and I hope to finish the rest of the series since I really liked this book. I like this book because it’s not like any other normal fiction book that has a normal story and plot and at the end I just say oh, that was an ok book. Although, Chaim Potok’s book has a greater story about religion and a young boy with artistic talent. The main conflict in this story is that the father disapproves of Asher serving the world with art rather then serving god by working for the Rabbi just like his father, and the mother is halfway between sides, and it irritates Asher not always having his mother to support him. Asher soon starts to get more into his paintings and neglects his Jewish studies. Finally, the Rabbi allows Asher to study under one of the greatest living artists, Jacob Kahn. Asher then grows up to be an artist as an apprentice of Jacob Kahn. Eventually the gift calls upon Asher to make his masterpiece painting which uses the symbolism of the crucifixion .The Rabbi takes this very seriously and so does the whole Jewish community so Asher gets sent to Paris, France. In Chaim Potok’s next book, called The Gift Of Asher Lev I think it’s about Asher continuing to grow his talent with some other great artists. This type of book choice shows that I don’t like normal fiction books; and that I like books with meaning and that will teach me something when I am done with it. It also shows that I am a slow reader since I only read one book during summer.

Summer Reading

During this past summer, I read three books. The first book was a sequel to the Percy Jackson series. I really enjoyed that series so I really enjoyed this sequel. The first book I have read is The Lost Hero. It is a fantasy adventure book about Greek Gods. The story in the book is that the Greek Gods are actually still living, but Mount Olympus has shift and is now the empire state building. The Gods moved to where the civilization is stronger. The Gods have moved to North America and is now living in New York. This book is about one of the demigods (the children of Gods and Mortals) who went missing. The Demigod Camp is out looking for the missing Half-Blood. But monsters are making their journey difficult.  I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the sequel; The Son of Neptune.

Another book that I really enjoyed was in the Kane Chronicles series; it is called The Red Pyramid. This book is written by the same author as The Lost Hero. It is about Egyptian gods, not Greek. The Egyptian gods exist and the main characters body hosts the god’s spirit and has to stop one of the antagonists from destroying the world. Hosting gods and using their magic is very dangerous. It can make you go insane or spontaneously combust. But the protagonist comes from a very old Egyptian bloodline making them very powerful. They make many friends and enemies throughout their quest to save the world. The author has a style of writing that is unique from other authors because he really gets me hooked into the story that’s why I would like to read the next book in this series: The Throne of Fire.

I read the book The Five Greatest Warriors by Matthew Reilly over the summer. I really enjoy this book because it is filled with action and always keep me reading by varying the different styles of writing making me want to read more and not bored at all. The book is about a team of people who has to find some pillars and place it in the right coordinates in order to deflect the rays of the Dark Sun. The sun that is so powerful it will destroy the earth and life on the earth.

 

3 Books I Have Read This Summer

This summer I read three books. The first book was thin… very thin. It was a realistic fiction but I can’t remember what it was called or who wrote it. I remember it was about a boy who was investigating a murder of a dog. Yes, ladies and gents, a dog. But it was still quite entertaining.The second book I read was Tom Clancy’s Endwar: The Hunted, written under the pseudonym David Michaels. It is a technological war book (Fiction/Sci-Fi). I personally thought that this book was really interesting, and a lot of the characters had a deeper backstory with each of them explained throught the book. It’s about a fictional World War III set in the near future. The last book I read this summer was Assassin’s Creed: The Secret Crusade and it was not that great. Enjoyable, for someone who likes a slow paced read. I’m more into the fast paced kind of novels. But anyways, it’s about an Assassin back in the Crusades and how he assassinates people and such. I don’t really feel like going into the details because I don’t remember much of it because it was a slow book. Overall, reading over this summer wasn’t that great. Good but not great.

Summer Reading Follow-Up

The three books I read this summer are “The Hunger Games“, “Catching Fire” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows“.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” (Action/Fantasy)=

This book is about three people Harry, Ron, Hermoinie. Their mission in this book is to kill a very evil wizard. To do this they must destroy seven horcroxs. “The Diary. Marvolo Gaunt’s Ring. Salazar Slytherin’s Locket.Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup. Rowena Ravenclaw’s Diadem. Harry Potter (unknown to Voldemort until after he had destroyed it). Nagini the Snake.”. This book is about the journey to destroy the seven horcroxs.

 

“The Hunger Games” (Action/Strategy)=

This book is about a girl that is elected to be in a cruel competition. In the competition you are forced into a arena and out of 48 people who ever stays alive the longest wins and get a lot of cash and fame. The main character (Katniss) wins but there is a boy who also survived. The boy (Peeta) is in love with Katniss and is also in love with him. So they try to come up with a plan to both win the games without defying The Capitol.

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Catching Fire- Second Book of the Hunger Games Trio” (Action/Strategy/Love) =

This book is the second book of the “Hunger Games”. Katniss and her best friend Peeta have both won and the people who run the Games think that they are offending The Capitol (The leader of the games). The rest of the book is about the war that they have.

 

Clearly the books I read are very similar  genre. All of the books I have read this summer are action or fiction. This reveals that this says that as a person my character is very similar to other typical 13 year olds. Many of my friends like these types of genre. Now I am starting a book that is a different gerne which is survival. The book is called “Touching Spirit Bear“. So through out the year the books I read may change my character.

Summer Reading Follow-Up

The three books I read this summer are “The Hunger Games“, “Catching Fire” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows“.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” (Action/Fantasy)=

This book is about three people Harry, Ron, Hermoinie. Their mission in this book is to kill a very evil wizard. To do this they must destroy seven horcroxs. “The Diary. Marvolo Gaunt’s Ring. Salazar Slytherin’s Locket.Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup. Rowena Ravenclaw’s Diadem. Harry Potter (unknown to Voldemort until after he had destroyed it). Nagini the Snake.”. This book is about the journey to destroy the seven horcroxs.

 

“The Hunger Games” (Action/Strategy)=

This book is about a girl that is elected to be in a cruel competition. In the competition you are forced into a arena and out of 48 people who ever stays alive the longest wins and get a lot of cash and fame. The main character (Katniss) wins but there is a boy who also survived. The boy (Peeta) is in love with Katniss and is too. So they try to come up with a plan to both win.

 

Catching Fire- Second Book of the Hunger Games Trio” (Action/Strategy/Love) =

This book is the second book of the “Hunger Games”. Katniss and her best friend Peeta have both won and the people who run the Games think that they are offending The Capitol (The leader of the games). The rest of the book is about the war that they have.

 

Clearly the book I read are All of the books I have read this summer are action or fiction. This reveals that this says that as a person my character is very similar to other typical 13 year olds. Many of my friends like these types of genre. Now I am starting a book that is a different gerne witch is survival. The book is called “Touching Spirit Bear“. So through out the year the books I read my change my character.

Summer Reading Follow-Up

The three books I read this summer are “The Hunger Games“, “Catching Fire” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows“.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” (Action/Fantasy)=

This book is about three people Harry, Ron, Hermoinie. Their mission in this book is to kill a very evil wizard. To do this they must destroy seven horcroxs. “The Diary. Marvolo Gaunt’s Ring. Salazar Slytherin’s Locket.Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup. Rowena Ravenclaw’s Diadem. Harry Potter (unknown to Voldemort until after he had destroyed it). Nagini the Snake.”. This book is about the journey to destroy the seven horcroxs.

 

“The Hunger Games” (Action/Strategy)=

This book is about a girl that is elected to be in a cruel competition. In the competition you are forced into a arena and out of 48 people who ever stays alive the longest wins and get a lot of cash and fame. The main character (Katniss) wins but there is a boy who also survived. The boy (Peeta) is in love with Katniss and is too. So they try to come up with a plan to both win.

 

Catching Fire- Second Book of the Hunger Games Trio” (Action/Strategy/Love) =

This book is the second book of the “Hunger Games”. Katniss and her best friend Peeta have both won and the people who run the Games think that they are offending The Capitol (The leader of the games). The rest of the book is about the war that they have.

 

Clearly the book I read are All of the books I have read this summer are action or fiction. This reveals that this says that as a person my character is very similar to other typical 13 year olds. Many of my friends like these types of genre. Now I am starting a book that is a different gerne witch is survival. The book is called “Touching Spirit Bear“. So through out the year the books I read my change my character.

Summer Reading Follow-Up

The three books I read this summer are “The Hunger Games“, “Catching Fire” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows“.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” (Action/Fantasy)=

This book is about three people Harry, Ron, Hermoinie. Their mission in this book is to kill a very evil wizard. To do this they must destroy seven horcroxs. “The Diary. Marvolo Gaunt’s Ring. Salazar Slytherin’s Locket.Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup. Rowena Ravenclaw’s Diadem. Harry Potter (unknown to Voldemort until after he had destroyed it). Nagini the Snake.”. This book is about the journey to destroy the seven horcroxs.

 

“The Hunger Games” (Action/Strategy)=

This book is about a girl that is elected to be in a cruel competition. In the competition you are forced into a arena and out of 48 people who ever stays alive the longest wins and get a lot of cash and fame. The main character (Katniss) wins but there is a boy who also survived. The boy (Peeta) is in love with Katniss and is too. So they try to come up with a plan to both win.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1392170/