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Independent Reading Journal #2 8/29

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Nathan Saygili
08-29-2012
12:24 PM ET (US)
1. If you could have a conversation with the author right now, what would you ask him/her?

 Mr. Preston and Child, I have a few questions about the book: The Ice Limit. When Eli smoked a Cigar as Part of his disguise, then played ill as the same disguise, did the Cigar cause him to do that? If so, why would he pass some out to people that helped dock his landing ship? Why'd the Chilean Comandente, drive his ship right at the Rolvaag, and then turn away. He went through all that trouble just to scare them? They already knew he disliked them, why "say" it twice? My last question is after the Chilean naval incident, how many days passed since that and the next chapter?
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Bailey Meadors
08-29-2012
12:24 PM ET (US)
I am reading the book Lie, and I am on page 82. If I could have a conversation with the author right now I would ask her why she named the book lie. The title has multiple meanings. The more get into the book the more meaning that would fit the title perfectly, yet the meanings just keep coming out at you. I would also ask her why she makes a big deal about the baseball game coming up on the weekend after Sean's bail. The principle is so worried that Sean won't get to play because Jimmy and him are the stars of the baseball and football team. The only way that Sean can play is if his parents, the principle and him go to the school board and the superentenient.
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Piper Lieberman
08-29-2012
12:24 PM ET (US)
I am reading the book to kill a mocking bird and I finished on page 37 today.

3. Finish this idea: "I love the way the author of this book..." Be complete and give examples to support your opinion.
I love the way the author of this book....Spells how the day and age and Nationality that were way back then , and how she describes everything in book it gives me a better picture in my mind of the charters , one thing about this chapter that i liked is how she described the way the "blacks/maids" talked and there wording , make you understand more about how the times were back then , one thing that caught my eye in this chapter was how she switched up some of the punnishment from the ones in the chapters before , and she changed up the friendships a little bit , but also another thing i liked is how she described how the people dressed and looked like and how there was a lot of stereo typical people that judge about money issues back then and how 25 cents was A lot of money , and that also ties into todays world because a lot of people in todays days and age are the same ways. but back there there was other ways people could pay other people , like foods and goods , and hard work that just shows another way the author describes the way of life back then, but once again i do see myself liking this book as i have so far so i do think i will be sticking with this one , so far so goos (:
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Oriana Baxter
08-29-2012
12:23 PM ET (US)
I am reading a Great and Terrible Beauty, and I am on page #146. In this book there are many settings. In the beginning the setting is India. When Gemma's mom dies she moves to Spence School in London. Spence school is where these 16-17 year old girls create the Order like in the past. Later in this book the girls will enter the spirit realm while they are in the caves at Spence. Why the Spence school, caves and areas on the grounds of Spence are important to the story it because this is where most of the story takes place. When they find out about the realm, the enter them, and figure out that circle is looking for them. Some bad stuff happens to the girls at Spence (I don't want to say), and they learn how to control the power there too. The main setting in A Great and Terrible Beauty is Spence school.
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Melissa Voss
08-29-2012
12:21 PM ET (US)
Today I read 'The Survival Kit', and I just finished it this class period. I just loved this novel and I made me think of the real life scenarios that can happen almost every day. They way I love the way the author of 'The Survival Kit' Donna Freitas is that she makes you feel like the characters in so many ways that I have not experienced before. Rose's reaction to her mother's death made me feel tight in the chest and made me feel like balling in the middle of class. Of course I didn't do that or else everyone would have herd me, but it still made me cry on the inside. She also did an excellent job on the plot and climax of the book as well, it was very well done and made me want to read so much more than just in the class time. But one of the best parts of the ook is how she put the survival kit that Rose got from her mother. She made each of the objects represent something for Rose to find out when her mother passed away. One of my favorite objects is mini paper kite because it represented that parents have to let their children go into the world, but they still have to hold on a little bit. I love this author because her writing skills are amazing and I am excited to read more of her novels.
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Lisa Person
08-29-2012
12:20 PM ET (US)
The book I am reading is Flawless by Sara Shepard, and I'm on page 97. "I love the way the author of this book switches from who you're reading about every chapter. On one chapter it could be talking about Aria then the next chapter it changes to Spencer, so you then you'd have cliff hanger that you'd want to keep reading to see what happens next. Also she adds lots of new characters which is kind of tricky since you'll have to remember what was happening with them, but I like the challenge. The main girls in the book are very different people. They all have completely different personality's i don't know how they could be best friends because they are nothing alike, at all. They're not like everyone else they would stand out if you saw them in person. Just by reading it you could tell that they would. Finally, she is very descriptive when she describes where they're at or what they're doing. So it gives you a better idea of what's happening.
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Zach Dickerson
08-29-2012
12:20 PM ET (US)
1. If I could have a conversation with the author of my book, I would ask him a lot of questions. My first question would probably be when he started to write books. I would like to know if he has always enjoyed writing books. My second question I would ask him which one of his books or books series that he wrote was his favorite. Then I would ask how he chose to write some of his books. He might have always just been interested in writing about it. Another question I would ask, is how much time he spends writing. So those are a few questions I would ask the author of my book.
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Riley Schraeder
08-29-2012
12:19 PM ET (US)
What are your FEELINGS or FIRST IMPRESSIONS after reading the opening chapter(s) of your book? Is it compelling you to keep reading yet? Are you confused about what's happening? What events or characters do you not understand? Does the use of language in the book confuse you? Do you plan to stick with it?

I am reading Remember Why You Play by David Thomas and I stopped on page 91 today. My feeling after reading the opening chapters are that this book is very inspirational and moving. The book is very compelling to read by the way that the author writes and the way the chapters are positioned. Also comparing South Dakota High School football to Texas football and how the same sport can be so different and yet be so similar. They play a lot more than we do by playing in May right before the school year end and having football retreats. Where there is nothing but football being done and played. Nothing is really confusing on what's happening. It is all pretty straight forward and the language is very easy to understand. I will stick with this book until the end.
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Aurora Goetsch
08-29-2012
12:19 PM ET (US)
I am reading the fiction book Just Listen and today I stopped on page 123. I love the way the author of this book always keeps you guessing. For example, at the beginning of the story, it is made clear that Annabel and Sophie are no longer friends. However, I am on page 123 and I still don't know why. Throughout the book you find out new things about the characters and what really happened between them. You also find out the past of each and every character. Now most people wouldn't like this style because it has a lot of flashbacks and can get a tad confusing, however I really enjoy this style. This way this book is written, it makes me want to keep reading and reading to figure out why they are no longer friends anymore and hate one another. I am excited to figure out what went down between Annabel and Sophie.
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Ali Schoenfelder
08-29-2012
12:19 PM ET (US)
2. What is the setting(s) of your book and how is it relevant to the story?

I am reading The Notebook; I stopped on page 167. The setting of this book is New Bern, North Carolina. In the beginning, you are taken through different places in New Bern. The movie theater, fair, and an old house set the story. As the book progresses, the main setting is Noah's home in New Bern. He spent years remodeling, since his house is actually the abandoned one from the beginning of the novel. This is relevant because it was a big part of him and Allie's relationship as teenagers. He told her he would buy it one day, and he did. The house represents them as one, versus two individuals.
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Allison Martin
08-29-2012
12:18 PM ET (US)
1. If you could have a conversation with the author right now, what would you ask him/her?
OR
2. What is the setting(s) of your book and how is it relevant to the story?
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3. Finish this idea: "I love the way the author of this book..." Be complete and give examples to support your opinion.

I am reading Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and I am on page 157. If I could have a conversation with the author right now, I would ask them about the inspiration behind the book. Not a lot of books are about circus's so I would want to know how she came up with the idea. I would ask how she came up with the characters and how they were developed. Also, I would ask her how she decided on the settings. What influenced her decisions in writing the book might be something else I would ask her. The last thing I would ask her would be if certain things in the book are somehow related to her life.
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Kärin RennerPerson was signed in when posted
08-29-2012
10:52 AM ET (US)
Readers become leaders! You did a nice job on your first journals! Please think about capitalization and punctuation in your posts. Please write the full 8-10 sentence responses.

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1. If you could have a conversation with the author right now, what would you ask him/her?
OR
2. What is the setting(s) of your book and how is it relevant to the story?
OR
3. Finish this idea: "I love the way the author of this book..." Be complete and give examples to support your opinion.
Edited 08-29-2012 11:07 AM

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