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Independent Reading Journal #4 9/5

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Piper Lieberman
10-02-2012
02:17 PM ET (US)
Im just begging water for elephants . on page 40
3. If you have started a new book, what were your feelings after reading the opening chapter(s) of the book? Is anything making you laugh? smile? cheer? cringe? cry?

One thing that made me laugh was when Jacob was pissed about the guy lying about carrying water for the elephants and he flipped out on him and all the drama started and he got in trouble with the nurses and could of gotten hurt or hurt the other old man , i also felt like i was going to cry because he lost both of his parents and everything in a car accident and that hurts and sucks a lot so i felt bad for him , but i also felt like he had courage for standing up to the banker that told him he Couldn't take over the house and family vet shop. and that also was something that made me want to cry for him
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Melissa Voss
09-06-2012
01:09 PM ET (US)
I am reading Graceling, I am also on page 336. I think that the title of the book fits perfectly to the plot and characters in Graceling. In Graceling, on a rare occasion some children are born with two different eye colors to identify that they bestow a grace. A grace gives each person a special power such as combat skills, survival, killing, manipulating, or mind reading. This ends up having many people using and taking their graces for granted, which ends up using their grace in a wrong sort of way. The graced are usually the one who are shunned and shunned for their differences into human nature. The title related to the story well by telling the story of Katsa and Po and their two graces. I really love the way the author makes it sound like you are one of the graced, it makes me want to be special in my own way as well. I will continue this book till the end and I hope that the grace will be out of the shadows soon.
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Oriana Baxter
09-05-2012
01:25 PM ET (US)
I am reading A Great and Terrible Beauty, and I am on page 292. I have mixed feelings about the ending of this book. I don't like how Pippa decided to stay in the realms. If I were her and my parents were trying to set me up with a 40 year old man, I would probably stay in the realms too. It's still sad that she ate the berries and had to stay there forever, but I wouldn't want to be with a 40 year old man when I was 17. I would like to know if Gemma defeats Circle in the next book. I like how she stopped her friends from opening the portal to everyone. I also don't like the part when they have to have a sacrifice the animal. When they turn savage, the girls scare me. In this book I like and dislike the ending of this book.
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Nathan Saygili
09-05-2012
01:20 PM ET (US)
Did you like the ending of the book? Why or why not? What might happen next?
I liked some of the end of the book. Other parts, such as when Eli Glinn (My favorite character), who died trying to save the ship was killed. Captain Britton, The Rovlaag's female captain, and puppup, the last of his indian tribe also died. Puppup followed Eli on his command, and they tried to tighten the cage around the 25 thousand ton meteorite, although I don't think Puppup thought they would succeed. Brtitton tried to save Eli from the sinking ship. she could have saved herself, but she tries to save Eli because she claimed she loves him. Three lifeboats escaped from the ship, leaving thirty plus people on board. One of the lifeboats goes down in a wave, and the other two sink after they reach the "Ice Island" and 2 dozen people make it on the island. There they suffer from frostbite and Amira, the genius mathematician and main character's (McFarlane's) crush. I did like that one the last pages, McFarlane realized the meteorite was actually a seed from the cosmos, not just a regular metoer.
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Bailey Meadors
09-05-2012
12:24 PM ET (US)
I have started reading the book I want to live, and I am on page 67. My feelings after reading the opening chapters of my book want to make me cry and cringe. The main character Dawn is fourteen and is going through leukemia. She has survived the leukemia once but the find out that it might be back. She has to stat do chemo and is on a list for a bone marrow transplant. I think that she doesn't deserve to go though this be cause she has had a chance to live, she hasn't even had her first kiss. I want to laugh at how funny her brother is. He brother has came back from college and doesn't know what her condition is and just accepts the fact that she has had cancer and treats her the same way as before she got sick. I want to cry when Dawn and her family is is in a conference room with the doctors and they tell her that she might have leukemia again.
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Allison Martin
09-05-2012
12:24 PM ET (US)
2. Sometimes when you read a book, you find the very reference to the title somewhere in the text.
Do you think the title fit the book you read/are reading? Why or why not? How did the title relate to the book?

I am reading Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and I am on page 265. In the beginning of the book when Jacob is trying to be employed on the circus, someone says that he can carry water for the elephants. It turns out that the circus doesn't have a elephant which means they would redlight Jacob. I think the title of the book fit what the book is about very well. The title relates to the book because the book is about a circus and eventually the circus does get an elephant.
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Riley Schraeder
09-05-2012
12:24 PM ET (US)
I am reading Remember Why you Play by David Thomas and I stopped on page 142 today. When I read this last chapter the title played a very important role. As does it in every other chapter though. I think that the title fits really well with the book because it is a faith and football centered book. It is talking about how you don't play for yourself and how you really need to play for your coach's and your teammates. And how winning isn't everything and you need to play for God because he gave you your life and the athleticism that you play with. The title relates to the book on how you need to play for everybody else. And you need to remember why you play for who you play for.
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Aurora Goetsch
09-05-2012
12:23 PM ET (US)
2. Sometimes when you read a book, you find the very reference to the title somewhere in the text.
Do you think the title fit the book you read/are reading? Why or why not? How did the title relate to the book?
I am reading the book Just Listen by Sarah Dessen and today I stopped on page 339. I believe that the title definitely goes along with the book's storyline. Long story short, one of the main themes of the book is opening Annabel to music. When she first be-friended Owen she though the type of music he listened to was weird. She also found it very weird that where ever Owen went he was always listening to music. However, Owen tells Annabel to "Just Listen" and she later learns why he has such a love for music. Owen actually made Annabel her own CD called "Just Listen" where Annabel was introduced in to a whole world new world of music and silence. That is actually one way Annabel really changes throughout the entire book. She just gets to discover a new part of the world that she never knew existed.
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Lisa Person
09-05-2012
12:23 PM ET (US)
I'm reading Flawless by Sara Shepard and i'm on page 202. So far i haven't seen Sara use the title of the book in text. I think the title of the book does fit in to what it's about. Everyone thinks these girls are completely flawless and they have nothing bad happening to them. Nobody knows the truth about them but this mysterious "A". But what the school doesn't see they actually have a messed up life. For example Hanna is pretty much the "it girl" at school. Nobody knows that she binges every day about three times a day, and that her dad isn't dead that she was to scared to tell everyone her parents are divorced. She doesn't tell anyone because she feels like she was the reason because she wasn't perfect enough for them.
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Ali Schoenfelder
09-05-2012
12:22 PM ET (US)
2. Sometimes when you read a book, you find the very reference to the title somewhere in the text.
Do you think the title fit the book you read/are reading? Why or why not? How did the title relate to the book?

I am reading She Said Yes by Misty Bernall; I stopped on page 93. The title of this book was perfect. In the opening chapters, Bernall introduces her daughter and tells of her tragic death in the Columbine High School shooting. Bernall's daughter, Cassie, was just seventeen years old with a life ahead of her. When the two shooters entered the library and approached Cassie under the table, a student recalls her last words. One of the shooters asked her if she believed in God. Cassie said 'yes', and when they asked why, she was shot with no time to respond. This book is about Cassie's life, and the fact that she responded 'yes' may have been the deciding factor on life or death.
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Zach Dickerson
09-05-2012
12:21 PM ET (US)
2. I am still reading the book "The Son Of Neptune" today I stopped on page 438. I have seen the title in the book already a few times. I think the title sort of fits the book, because one of the main characters is the son of Neptune. But there is a lot more happening in the book and a few more main characters than just him. The title definitely has a connection to what the book's about. Like I said already, one of the main characters is the son of neptune, so that's how it relates. I'm almost done with the book and will probably finish it this week. So those are some ways the title of my book ties in to the story.
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Kärin RennerPerson was signed in when posted
09-05-2012
09:48 AM ET (US)
Based on your journals, almost all of you have finished at least one book by now! Good job! Be sure to update your reading log in your folder.

Choose one of the topics below. Please write 8 to 10 sentences. ***Remember that your first sentence needs to identify book and page #.***

1. Did you like the ending of the book? Why or why not? What might happen next?
OR
2. Sometimes when you read a book, you find the very reference to the title somewhere in the text.
Do you think the title fit the book you read/are reading? Why or why not? How did the title relate to the book?
OR
3. If you have started a new book, what were your feelings after reading the opening chapter(s) of the book? Is anything making you laugh? smile? cheer? cringe? cry?

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