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Independent Reading 3rd Qrt Journal #4

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Quinten WoodardPerson was signed in when posted
02-01-2013
03:57 PM ET (US)
I just started reading a Hardy boy's book and from my experience from reading them, I'm expecting to laugh, to gasp, and sometimes let my jaw drop. Even though the Hardy boy's is more for 6th and middle school kids I still enjoy reading their books. I even read Nancy Drew books sometimes. what I like about the Hardy Boy's books is that the opening is the end of another one of their cases and are pretty funny. But my favorite part is at the end which is always funny. So I don't know what I'll expect from this book.
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Rachael Vinzant
02-01-2013
02:25 PM ET (US)
I'm currently reading the fiction novel, Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult and I stopped today on page 122.
2. The title to Paper Towns by John Green was mentioned very early in the novel. When Margo said that Orlando downtown is a town made of paper. The title pacifically means that the town is flimsy like paper that the buildings don't stay long. It also means towns that are not developed fully or abandoned. Quentin spent most of the book searching through these "Paper Towns" to find Margo. Yes, I think this title fit the book very well since the quote at the beginning of the book was Quentin's largest clue to finding Margo. He also learned her exacted located searching Paper Towns on this website that is like Wikipedia. I like a quote at the end of the book said by Quentin "the town may be paper, but the memories were not." It is basically say that the towns may be fake, but the relationship Quentin built with his friends were real. I loved the quote.
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Cody Watkins
02-01-2013
12:38 PM ET (US)
Behemoth - page 177

I could say that I have just started this book, and with an opening that was soo good. To me it was more of a shock and awe; in more of a seance of what-the then to OOOOO I get it. In the opening they were attacked by germans who were dressed like turks and Dyren got ride of them with spice bags that made your eyes cringe (even mine with the thought). The miss Boffin is so much fun because she is secretive and knows a whole lot. The thing that fills this book with mystery is what the creature is that hatched and thinks Alek is its mother. I love this book.
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Dalton Feekes
02-01-2013
12:29 PM ET (US)
Driver page 199 #2 the title of this book fits it right along with what i am reading the talk about the driver and all the things that could happen and all the rules on driving the truck. they did use it a lot when they were driving the truck with no brakes they had a lot of flash backs when the truck lot its brakes and the smoke was coming from the truck and the trailer. then they talk about how to drive and what to do.
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Emily S
02-01-2013
12:24 PM ET (US)
The book I am reading now is called The Rescue Artist and I am on page 83. After reading the opening chapter I was cringing at the security systems in museums that hold million dollar works. They lack a lot of what they need due to lack of funding and art crime is pretty easy. The security guards are undertrained, so it's just not a good situation all around. The thieves also were interesting and funny, leaving a note that said, "thanks for the horrible security." I am also interested in the main character, Charley Hill, and his work. He is a funny character, who is bold and honest and interesting to read about. This book is interesting and funny, yet tells a true story about art crime.


1. Did you like the ending of your last 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 just started a new book, what are/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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Jake Anderson
02-01-2013
12:24 PM ET (US)
This class period I finished reading A Child Called "It" by Dave Pelzer.

I did and didn't like the ending of this book. It was a relief to know that he made it to adulthood and has a son of his own which he treats correctly. The ending left me with so many unanswered questions that I feel like I need to know. I am very curious as to what happened to his mother, was she arrested for child abuse? Where did he finish his childhood? Did he finally get the life he deserved? The ending has made me want to read the next two books to see if they answer my questions.
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Abby Gacke
02-01-2013
12:24 PM ET (US)
I'm reading a non-fiction book called "First They Killed My Father" and I'm on page 116.

2. I think that the title of this book kinda has to do with the story. Her father is taken away but it doesn't say that he is dead. This title relates to this book really well because it is based on a family and what they lived through in Cambodia. Each family member dies from something just about every half a year. The camp that they are in now the soldiers have taken all the fathers out of it and they have never returned. No one knows what has happened to any of them, they have just heard rumors. The mothers are now the ones who have to do all the hard work in the fields in order to get food to feed their families.
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Tayt Boeckholt
02-01-2013
12:23 PM ET (US)
I am reading the book Four Days To Glory and I am on page 228. The last book I read was finished last week and It was the Hunger Games. I really enjoyed the ending of the book because it was something I did not expect. They both ended up making it out of the games together, and I figured one of them would win it for sure because in a movie they are not going to have the main character not succeed in what they are trying to accomplish. But when they both won it I was most definitely surprised. When the main guy who runs the hunger games had to kill himself because he allowed it, that caught me off guard also. I have not had the chance to read the next book in the series, but I think that they will maybe become the local legends and help train people to win the games. I also believe that they will somehow bring a stop to the Hunger Games and a stop to the whole idea of having districts.
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Josh Mettler
02-01-2013
12:23 PM ET (US)
I am currently reading A Long Way Gone and I'm on page 210. I am basically done with this book with only about 10 pages left. So far, the ending is not very good in my opinion. It seems as if the book is never going to end because all it talks about is the war. I think the book will end with Ishmael will make it to New York and live with the counselor. So far, this book is an okay book. I thought it would be much more interesting but it is not a bad book by all means. I just think that the story never has anything new happen and it seems to repeat itself a lot.
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Ben Gute
02-01-2013
12:23 PM ET (US)
Soldiers First Finished it today

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 did find the title in the book itself. As to whether or not it fit the book, I believe that it did fit the book. I believe that because the entire book was about how they were soldiers first, above everything else. The title related to the book mostly in the way that the book is about a football players at West Point. While they were football players at West Point, they were soldiers first, they're training and education always came first. They all had individual ranks, some of those football players were also captains and lieutenants in the army. They had to follow the rules of the army, they all dreamed about and worked for a future in the army. None of them were thinking about being drafted for the NFL or anything like that. They were soldiers first, football players second.
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Kärin RennerPerson was signed in when posted
01-27-2013
04:48 PM ET (US)
Based on your journals, almost all of you have finished at least two books 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 your last 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 just started a new book, what are/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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