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Independent Reading Journal #7 9/19

Piper Lieberman
12:18 PM ET (US)
The book i am reading is Water for elephants by sara gruen , im currently on page 179.

C. How are YOU like any of the characters in the book you are currently reading?
in this book i would have to say im like the main charter in this book not because i lost family but because I'm changing how i want to live in life and I'm going to be moving away soon and starting a life on my own and not taking school or anything else information with me I'm I'm going to start and do everything on my own and make a living in a way that will probably be hard for me to do but I'm going to do it some how , one day i might make it big some how but other days who knows i might not.
Allison Martin
11:05 AM ET (US)
A. What is the author saying about life and living through this book? Explain.

I just finished reading Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and now I am reading The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen and I am on page 61. So far I think the author is saying that sometimes unexpected things happen in life and we need to learn to accept those challenges as they come. We can only learn from those challenges and become a better person by experiencing them. Things will come and go in life and if we don't learn how to deal with that we will never be truly happy as a person.
Oriana Baxter
11:06 PM ET (US)
what is the author trying to say with life and living
The book I am reading is Bud, Not Buddy, and I have just finished this book. I feel like this book is very moving. All through out the book Bud is trying to accomplish his goals. I feel like the author is trying to say that you can accomplish anything if you try hard enough, and/or you can't give up on your hopes and dreams. The will you sometimes have to have is amazing. Bud had walked many miles towards Grand Rapids just to be brought back to Flint, his home town, and he still didn't give up on trying to find his dad. I think it is important to not give up on what you want even if it gets tough. If you don't go for anything you want, then what is the point of people going for anything at all. Bud was determined to find his dad because he had never met him before. I think the author chose a good main point to write his book on.
Nathan Saygili
12:28 PM ET (US)
Search and Destroy by Dean Hughes page 44/213.

(questions for purple heart)

B. I think the most important word of the book is Death, because several of the characters die. The book shows other people's reaction of their deaths (especially Ali's).

I think the most important passage in purple heart is near the end, after Justin (the main character's best friend) admit that he shot Ali. Justin tells Matt, the main character, that Ali was a enemy sympathizer. At first, Matt doesn't believe him and thinks he is going into shock from the blood loss (He was shot), but then the images of Ali going down replays. Matt sees brand new soccer cleats of his feet. There was only one place he could have gotten those from: the insurgents, and there was one reason why he was there: to spot where Matt was.

The most important element is when Matt goes down an alley, alone, to attract fire so that Justin could take out the shooter and sees Ali get shot, then gets injured, himself.
Bailey Meadors
12:20 PM ET (US)
I am reading the book Soul Surfer, and I am on page 175. The most important word in the book would have to be faith. Because without faith Bethany wouldn't have survived the shark attack. The most important passage would have to be when Bethany says "I want to be the beast surf photographer in the world," I told my dad. That was my way of saying, "Listen I know my surfing days are over..." He just nodded, "I'm sure you will be," and tried to smile. He knew what it meant as well. But by Saturday I changed my mind and started thinking about going surfing again. I think that this is the most important passage because she would not be in the position she is in today. She would not be surfing she would be a normal teenager, just with out a limb. The most important element in to book would have to be when Bethany gets attacked by the shark. with out he attack she wouldn't have had the struggles she does and she wouldn't be on all of those interviews she was on.
Ali Schoenfelder
12:20 PM ET (US)
C. How are YOU like any of the characters in the book you are currently reading?
I am reading the Last Song; I stopped on page 179. In this book, I am most like the main character, Ronnie. She loves animals, children, and for the most part, is down to earth. Ronnie's real name is Veronica, so she goes by a shortened version. Instead of having people call me by my real name, Alison, I'm called Ali. I'm also like one of the supporting characters, Blaze, because of her long, red hair. These are the similarities that stood out the most to me. Some of the major differences would be that Ronnie is 18 and graduated high school, and her parents are divorced. Ronnie is the oldest in her family, with only one brother named Jonah. In my family, I'm the youngest, and I have a sister.
Melissa Voss
12:19 PM ET (US)
I am reading Tiger's Destiny by Colleen Houck, and I am on page 116. One of the characters in this book (series) right now is Kelsey Hayes. After finding out she has to break an ancient curse, she stands up to the challenge and keeps fighting. She is like me because she loves to read and she has been going through some tough times lately. She has lost one of her closest friends, Mr. Kadam, just like I have lost my older cousin about a year ago. We are overly shy, but have times of bravery even through we are scared of what may happen next. We both love to travel and meet new people, but also hate to see our plans go in the wrong direction. I think we are most alike because of our anger. I usually get angry when things don't go my way or if something has happened to my friends or family, when this happens I throw things into walls, I hurt myself, or I just give up on everything. But we both find ways to be in the happy mood and being not afraid to ask for help... Kelsey is one character in all my books I have read over the years that I can truly relate to. Thanks Colleen Houck!
Aurora Goetsch
12:19 PM ET (US)
I was reading the book That Summer by Sarah Dessen and today I finished the book. I believe in this book the author's message was just because something happens it's not the end of the world. In the book, Haven was always living in the past and over thinking the past way too much. She always went back to before everything happened with her dad and her sister. She went back to the summer where Sumner was in her and her family's lives. She couldn't move on from the fact that after Sumner left, everything went down hill. Haven believed that nothing good could ever happen However, finally at the end of the book Haven learns to stop living in the past and move on in life. She created new memories. New memories which told her that good things can still happen even after everything that happened after that summer. The author's message was basically just move on with life, not everything is going to be bad because one thing happened.
Riley Schraeder
12:19 PM ET (US)
I am reading the book Deep Zone by Tim Green and I stopped on page 184. I am sort of like the main character Ty in the book because he is a wide receiver and so am I. Also he has really good hands and as do I. But he is really really fast and am not so much as being really fast. Ty plays football and so do I. And his older brother is a mentor for football and I have my uncles and grandpa who help me. But he doesn't have parents because they died in a car crash and I still have mine. Those are the ways that Ty and I are similar and different.
Lisa Person
12:19 PM ET (US)
I'm reading Troy High and I'm on page 100. I'm mostly like the main character, Cassie, who is kind of in the middle of the battle between two schools. Recently a girl from the other school that is part of the battle had to move to Troy High, Cassie's school. Cassie became I guess "best friends" with her. Cassie's other friend is a Spartan and her friend's brother, Lucas, was dating the girl from the other school, but left her for Cassie's brother Perry. Cassie is trying to stop all the fighting and say's that it's pointless to be vandalizing both the schools because of this. Which is exactly what I would think. There is really no point in doing any of the stuff they are doing. She tried to tell her brother's that they should be the bigger person and stop the battle, but they don't want to look like the weak link.
Zach Dickerson
12:14 PM ET (US)
C. I am reading the book Travel Team, by Mike Lupica. Today I stopped on page 116. I am like the main character Danny for a lot of reasons. One reason is that Danny is one of the smallest kids in his class. I have always been short just like Danny. Another way is that Danny plays basketball, and is very good. I used to play basketball from first grade until I stopped playing in sixth grade. Those are just a few ways I am like a character from my book.
Kärin RennerPerson was signed in when posted
10:51 AM ET (US)
Start your entry with the name of the book and page # where you stopped today!

Choose ONE of the following topics and write 8-10 sentences.

A. What is the author saying about life and living through this book? Explain.
B. What do you think is the most important WORD in the book?
What (so far) is the most important PASSAGE in the book?
What (so far) is the most important element (an event, a character, a felling, a place, a decision)? Why?
C. How are YOU like any of the characters in the book you are currently reading?

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