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Independent Reading Journal #2: 9/8/15

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Jordan Heyder
03:46 PM ET (US)
I am reading the Alchemyst {The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel} and i stopped on page 72.

The setting of the book so far has taken place in the streets of San Francesco in California, and in a small housing apartment above a dojo. This setting is important because of the the main antagonist choose of "weapon". He uses golems to go after the twins josh and Sophie, along with Nicholas. Golem are mindless creatures forged with mud and giving a animation take put into there mouth. Sense San Francesco has high temperatures and dry climate normally, this causes the golems to harden. When they harden it is much easier to kill them. The dojo is important because it shows how a new character, Scatty, is more of a warrior type them a mage. Also do to being a major city, the antagonist was able to follow them by using rats to trail them in the big city.
Blaine WIttrock
10:40 AM ET (US)
 If you could have a conversation with the author right now, what would you ask him/her?

I am reading American Sniper I left off no page 69.

If I could have a conversation with the author I would ask him, did he regret not spending more time with his wife and kids? I would also ask him if he ever thought of all the people he killed? I always wondered what it would be like to be an American Sniper. I would've asked him what he felt after he killed the guy with his longest shot ever to be recorded? I would talk to about some of the decisions that he made in his book and if he regretted any of those decisions. Over all I would tell him how awesome his book is and how in depth is gets.
Juan wernke
09:09 AM ET (US)
2. What is the setting(s) of your book and how is it relevant to the story? Remember that setting refers to both place AND time.
I am reading Never Fall Down By patricia McCormick i stopped on page 143 And the book has taken place mostly on camps in cambodia, And i think that the setting well fits the time and place. of the book. it takes place in cambodia around the time of the veitnemese war with the rice fields, it talks about what happened in one of the slaves perspective. it talks about what they had to do like kill people, show no emotions, work in a rice field. Its just mainly what the title says never fall down. well it talks about this boy who works his way up to survive. in this horrible situation.
Nick Gabbert
04:29 PM ET (US)
2. What is the setting(s) of your book and how is it relevant to the story?

I am reading The Islands At The End Of The World by Austin Aslan. I stopped on page 222. So far most of the book has taken place on the island of Oahu. This place is very relevant to the book because, this place is where all the action and all the suspense takes place. The main character her name is Lelalani, she went with her dad to Oahu. They were planning a big hiking trip up the famous mountains up there, and going surfing around the bay. But all of a sudden tragedy strikes when the nuclear power explode around the world. Most of the people frantically run and raid grocery stores to find whatever things they need to survive, meanwhile Lelalani is trapped with her dad inside there burning hotel room. The only way out is through the window and down 5 stories to the ground. They try and escape to an island called The Big Island where there family is trapped, they are fighting to get back to them even if it means escaping from a refugee camp, stealing food and medication. They take a huge risk stealing someone else's boat to get to the big island. When they are stealing the boat they Lelalani's dad gets shot in the shoulder. And needs treatment right away before he dies, they finally reach an island that could give him the treatment but they are not on the island that they want to be. So they have to go across another island to get back to there family in Hilo where they live. And that is currently where I am stopped in my book.
Carter Haas
04:29 PM ET (US)
I am reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand I am now on page 76 of the book.

First, I would ask my author about how he liked or disliked the first bomb diving he ever went on which was at Wake Island. I would be curious about it because not a lot of people get to tell about how they got to bomb and Island with a plane that had lots of troubles when people flew them. Next, I would ask how it was like going to all those olympics and winning most of the NCAA races that he competed in and all the places that he got to go to when he was in them. It would be fun to hear about it because not a lot of people get to go around the world for the Olympics and across the US for NCAA track meets. Also, him how he liked traveling all of the US for flight training like Phoenix, Iowa and other cities like that also he got to go to Hawaii where he was stationed. It would be cool to ask him these things because on his travels he probably saw lots of things that no ordinary person would see except if they loved traveling. Lastly, I would ask him what was the most funnest thing he has done traveling to all of the countries and states that he had traveled to. I would like to learn bout this because it would just be cool in general to hear all the fun things and adventures he has had throughout his life.
Dani Cooper
04:28 PM ET (US)
I am now reading Pathfinder and I'm on page 113. I love the way the author created a entirely new species and is following their story in a world where they are considered slime. They are called pathfinders and have been given the name fish slime because they used to be able to breath underwater. They tell stories of how they used to live here on earth but then for a time, they traveled to other worlds finding none as beautiful as their own. When they returned to earth, they had been forgotten and were thought to be aliens. Although they think that one out of ten still can breath underwater, they can't be sure, because in order to find out, you have to drown. Right now Tom, the main character, and her friends are trying to find and rescue Ferdie. She vanished nearly a month ago but now, with the help of a new friend, they discovered her location, on the ship Tristan. Right now, they are in the ship searching for Ferdie, I'm excited to see what happens!
Ellie Stone
04:27 PM ET (US)
I’m reading The Girl in the Park by Mariah Fredericks and I stopped on page 100.
If I could talk with Mariah Fredericks at this moment, I would talk a lot about where the story is going. I’d ask why Wendy was murdered so soon in the book. I also want to know why she only gave vague details about the night she died. I’d probably tell Fredericks she’s doing an awesome job keeping me interesting in where the story is going. I usually like to know, in detail, what happened if there is a crisis. I can predict I will soon find out more as I read. I’d also like to ask why exactly she made the main character have a speech impairment? Another question would be if this speech impairment has any impact on the mystery of the murder?
Alexia Allen
04:27 PM ET (US)
I am reading three and I stopped on page 102. I love the way the author of this book keeps everything exciting. Its event after event and I can hardly bring myself to put it down. Like how someone from a characters own family shot at them. I also love how descriptive the author is. She's not to descriptive but just enough that I can fully understand and picture their surroundings and the people they come in contact with. Such as the time they were taken into a camp. You got to know exactly how the people looked and how everything was set up.
Melissa Tuttle
04:27 PM ET (US)
I am reading The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and I stopped on page 54. This novel is set in Afghanistan during the 1970's and follows a young boys journey in relation to his experiences with his best friend, Hassan. The setting makes this novel unique because it follows a different set of customs that I have not been exposed to. It changes the way certain behaviors are depicted and dealt with. The setting puts forth a culture upon which the entire story line is dependent upon. Also, historically, the novel covers the changing roles in government and daily life as it describes the Afghanistan history. In the chapter I just read, the monarchy became extinguished and the republic takes over. This alters the character and what he finds a "social norm". What the character hears on the radio is radically altered and the things he is exposed to is different than what it would have been in any other place or time; therefore, the setting plays a vital role in the development of the story.
Opah Bah
04:25 PM ET (US)
The book that I'm reading right now is called Outlaw Platoon by Sean Parnell the page that i stop at was 67
 at this part of the book its talking about a interpreter name Abdul and how many soldiers in war time see terps as second class civilian in war time and people don't trust them that much. how soldiers treat them as the enemy no matter how much the terps helps them.
The setting of the book was in Afghanistan where American troops are in war with the taliban in this time its hard to trust people and find people to trust because when you go to other people country and tear up the home land and expect to get respect its kinda hard.the time of place this terrorist group was savages was back in 9/11 when the twin towers were attack by osma bidladin group.when these type of situation come up and going the country that did this your country is kinda hard to respect them or even trust them that easy so both side of this war is hard to take side because if captain Waverly would've let some of his troops member go to the town were Abdul family were at non of these issues would of come up with his death or mistrust at.
Kailee Jorgensen
04:25 PM ET (US)
I am reading We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach. I am on page 74. I love the way the author of this book can bounce from different character’s perspectives. It gives me a better understanding of what is going on in the book and how I can relate some of these events to my own life. Because he is able to explain things in multiple ways but multiple different characters, I am able to see events from the story from totally different angles. You can see how different people interpret things completely different even though they are dealing with the same challenges. I like how he can tell the story of the popular girl, who seems like she gets everything she wants, but can also tell of the under the radar guy who seems like he has no structure to his life at all. It makes it more interesting because you can see then different sides to people and how their social status isn’t their definition. The way the author expresses the characters shows you how diverse a person can be and makes the book that much more enjoyable to read.
Zach Neal
04:24 PM ET (US)
I am reading the Trap. Today I ended on page 85. The setting of my book is somewhere way up north, within the Arctic Circle. It doesn't say specifically, but the characters are Native Americans that live in the harsh winters up there. The story is about a man who gets stuck in his own wolf trap and has to survive multiple days and nights chained to a tree. It takes place today, because they drive to their traps in snowmobiles, and keep axes, rifles and shovels with them. The book does a good job of explaining the setting. It describes how the wild is up North and goes in depth on how to deal with life or death situations.
Tanner Steineke
04:22 PM ET (US)
1. If you could have a conversation with the author right now, what would you ask him/her?

I am reading Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix and today I finished on page 92. If I were able to ask her questions about the book, this is what I would ask her.
1. Who wrote the letters and why do they say what they do?
2. Is Mr. Riodon a bad guy? He sure seams like it.
3. Are the janitors good guys? I don't know what to believe.

So far in the book I don't have a ton of questions. I have read the book before and I am just trying to refresh my memory before I read the newest book. I don't remember what happens though so it is really interesting.
Heather Totton
04:21 PM ET (US)
I am still reading It’s Kind of a Funny Story; I stopped on page 135 today. I love the way the author of this book used his life experiences to write a story about someone else with the same issues. In the story, Craig gets into an advanced high-school. The school teachers assign lots of homework and Craig develops stress. The stress leads to lots of different things like depression and eating disorders. I like the way that the author uses flashbacks. While Craig is in different therapy sessions he has flashbacks. He uses the flashbacks to figure out what caused his depression so he can figure out how to fix it. I also love the way that the author uses different metaphors.
Rachel Ely
04:20 PM ET (US)
I am reading Since You've Been Gone and stopped on page 140 today. I love the way the author wrote this book. Because there is always something going on. Whether it's introducing new people to the story line or coming up with interesting things for the current characters to do. It is very suspenseful. I like how she jumps back in time and will go over a past story. It just helps put in context the current story. And gives some background to some of the things that are happening. Which makes it a more entertaining book. But also an easier one because you have a very good idea of what is going on. Instead of having to go back and try piece together some of the context like some books I have read do. This author did a very good job so far with this book and I can't wait to read more by her.
Augie Johnson
04:18 PM ET (US)
2. What is the setting(s) of your book and how is it relevant to the story? Remember that setting refers to both place AND time.

I am reading Summer Ball by Mike Lupica. I stopped on page 140, which is the beginning of Chapter 15. So far, the majority of the book has taken place at a basketball camp called Right Way Camp in Maine. It's a basketball camp for players all around the country that have gotten the attention of college recruits and professional teams. Danny is beginning to realize that big leagues could be more of a challenge than he thinks. Because of this prerequisite, Danny's rival, Rasheed, also attends this camp with his travel team. There are two main teams, the Celtics and the Cavaliers, that scrimmage each other, which mostly consist of Dannys travel team, which is the Celtics, scrimmaging Rasheeds team, the Cavaliers. These teams have a lot of the players that met in the championship in North Carolina earlier in the story, where Danny and his team defeated Rasheed and his team. Because of this, the exchanges between the two teams can get heated in practice. Also, since it is a camp, there are no parents to influence the players. Danny occasionally talks to his parents over the phone, but the only person he has actually made constact with since attending the camp is Tess. She is a longtime friend of Danny, and she is near the camp because her uncle, Sam, has a house on the same lake that the camp is on. Otherwise, the only influence Danny has are his close friends, rival teammates, and Coach Ed Powers. Coach Powers has pushed Danny the most out of everyone, it seems, and has even recently suggested that he change sports due to his size.
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