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Independent Reading 2nd Qtr Journal #6: 12/2

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Juan wernke
03:16 PM ET (US)
I just finished Darth Maul A Star warz book its about an assassin that is took from his home land and has to train under extreme conditions to become the best to eliminate the Jedi race, but his down fall is over confidence, i relate to this not that I've been kidnapped and tooken from my family but the part where i train and i think I'm the best but thats every other kid out there. and i guess what i can relate to is that maul was to confident and got killed by obi wan and the time i can remember where that happened to me is when i was wrestling a kid that dint look like he could beat me and then bam 4 min in I'm losing and end up losing the match.
Kailee Jorgensen
12:36 PM ET (US)
I just finished the Fifty Shades trilogy. Its about a rich man with a dark past who falls for a girl in college. She is very smart and inexperienced in the area of his liking. The story is about their lives and how they change to stay with each other.

One object that represents this book is the tie Christian wears and uses. It is important because he has expensive taste and likes Ana to wear nice things too. He also uses the tie to bind her hands together. This represents him not liking to be touched. It also represents his business and how he has to dress nice to be taken seriously. The tie is grey in color just like his last name. It is symbolic to the book because a tie is seen as a nice, dressy thing. It can also be difficult if you don’t know how to tie it which can be compared to the difficulties Ana faces when deciding if she should be with Christian or not.
Zach Neal
08:50 PM ET (US)
I've been reading Darth Vader right now. Before that I read, The trap, arthur, falling kingdoms and the great gatsby.
This good relates to my life because I see similarities in myself and Anakin Skywalker. Anakin was born as a slave and only has a mother. He has to move around a lot because they are bought by other slavers. I only live with my mom, and sometimes we struggle to get by. Me and my mom have had to move around a lot to different apartments. Sometimes I feel kind of like Anakin. The way he has to move places but is still optimistic reminds me of myself.
Jordan Heyder
03:39 PM ET (US)
I am reading the necromancer and am on page 54.

I would show a stone blade with engravings in the hilt. In all of the book it mentions one of four blades that match that description. This blade are know as the four swords of power. The is the blade clairent sword of fire. There is excalibur sword of ice. Then there is Durendal, sword of earth. Finally Joyeuse the sword of air. They are important because they form the hook of aether witch pretty much makes the person god and death.
Nick Gabbert
12:31 PM ET (US)
I just finished Jurassic World. And now I am going to finish the Maze Runner.

I have read something that is similar to the Maze Runner. Its called Escape, and its about how these have to escape from the country. Because people from Mexico are coming to take over America, and they have to travel, and fight against them to get where they want to go. So this book is very much the same as the Maze Runner, but in the Maze Runner they are running from the Grievers which are creatures sent by other humans to kill other humans. But in the book escape, they are running from humans because they want want to kill them, and eliminate anyone who will get in there way of getting to the U.S. So in a way this book is similar to the Maze Runner and the other book in the series The Scorch Trials.
Melissa Tuttle
12:59 PM ET (US)
I recently finished The Vow and am currently reading The Sword of Adam. This book follows the life of Adam who moves away from home. I finished reading on page 31.
 In the book, Adam elopes his wife and they struggle for money. He does his best to support his new wife and daughter, but he still falls short. Desperate, he leaves his home Ardeen and migrates northward in hopes for work. This text relates to my life because he is having difficulties adjusting to his new environment. When I moved from California, it was a big adjustment. The struggles Adam goes through are very familiar to me and the thoughts he has are very relatable. I can also relate to Adam's sense of adventure. He is scared, but at the same time very curious. He also had to leave his family behind when he left, similar to what I had to do, and he deals with his struggles throughout the chapters.
Dani Cooper
04:28 PM ET (US)
Over the break instead of reading more of The Beyonders I read more of the manga Naruto. It follows the life of a boy who has a monster sealed inside of him, when he was little he didn't know that this was the reason why everyone hated him and treated him like scum. He determined to never let them get him down and that he would work incredibly hard to earn the respect most people got for granted.
This text relates to my life because lately I've been feeling more and more like Naruto. He has inspired me to not give up and to continue to be strong. Life may not be easy but mine isn't nearly as hard as his or many other people's lives in this world. Reading stories of people who always try their best and hardest inspires me to keep moving. Where I'm at in Naruto, his friend Garra has been kidnapped and killed because he also has a monster sealed inside him. Naruto is fighting with Kakashi to get Garra's body back. Meanwhile his friend, Sakura is fighting to learn more about their lost friend who has also been kidnapped, but for a different reason.
Ellie Stone
04:26 PM ET (US)
I have finished Crash Into Me and wouldn’t recommend it. However, I just started reading Christmas Bliss today! I read till page 20 and so far really enjoy it.

This text relates to my life because it is CHRISTMAS TIME!!! This is the season of joy and happiness and it’s truly my favorite time of year. This book is about a woman who is busy planning and preparing for her Christmas Eve wedding. It is kind of funny because the main character, Eloise, found something kind of shady that her fiance did recently. So she is shocked that he didn't tell her about this situation he has coming up, and I sort of relate because I find it funny when I catch my boyfriend not telling me something. So yes, this book is actually starting out fairly interesting. I am opening up to this new style of reading, and hope it keeps going well. This book mainly relates to me so far because its based before Christmas, same time as now!
Augie Johnson
04:25 PM ET (US)
I just picked up Then in the last minutes of class, and I finished "Once" by Morris Gleitzman before. "Once" is the previous book to "Then" which is what I'm reading now. The book is from a child's point of view, who is living as an orphan in 1942 Poland, which is under Nazi control.

A book that is similar to this is Night by Elie Wiesel(?). Both of these books really capture the image of how much confusion and denying there was in Europe on the image of the Nazis. In Night, they had a little segment where a man who escaped the death camps explained what the nazis were doing, and everyone denied the truth. The same thing occurred in Once, when a man told the village abput the death camps, and he ended up getting shot. The main character actually thanked 5 people throughout the book for all good things that happened to him. These people were God, Jesus, the Virgin Mary, the Pope, and Adolf Hitler. They were raised to believe that Adolf Hitler was the "King of Poland", so they thought he was simply helping Poland to be a better country. Eventually, him and a man that took him in to hiding went after some supplies, and they ended up finding a two year old boy that was shot by the Nazis. This shocked him so much that he was asking millions of questions, and the man interrupted him by telling him the truth that Adolf Hitler is ordering the death of all of these Jews, including himself and all of the kids he was with.
Alexia Allen
04:21 PM ET (US)
I’m currently reading Dead to You by Lisa McMann I stopped on page 51, and over break I finished Killer Instinct. Dead to You is just mainly about a boy who was kidnapped when he was seven and was finally retuned home at the age of 16. Now he has to adjust to everything and try to remember what he can’t.
I have read a few things similar to this before, the first book that comes to mind though is Stolen Children by Peg Kehret. I read that book a few years ago so I don't remember everything. What I do remember is that it also dealt with a kidnapping. In that one it was all about the kidnapping and not much of after they were found. Yet, it did have some events of what happened after they were retuned home. In both they had to deal with tough things because of kidnapping as well such as how to deal with what was happening. Stolen children talked a bit of how cold it was and in Dead to You he constantly mentions how cold the state is and how he was tired of being cold, I’m not sure why he keeps mentioning it though.
Opah Bah
04:20 PM ET (US)
My new book that I'm reading now is called The Demonologist on page 28
i just finished blood money about a lawyer who was on a case of a nightclub waitress who was accused of killing her 2 years old child and now protesters are against him and wanted to kill or hurts people that are close to him to get back at him for helping a child murderer to be free.
about a professor name Ullman who study demonic, biblical, and spiritual world of live. something that is similar to the book that i just read today is that both have something to do with paying other for a large amount of money to do something for them and finding out truths behind hiding secrets that have been kept for long time. this text does not relate to me because I've never been in this type of situations where a random woman comes to my house and ask me to do something for her to pay me a large amount of money for it
04:19 PM ET (US)
I have been reading the Book Thief. Today I started Revealed which is the 7th book in the missing series by Margaret Peterson Haddix. I read to page 74.

If I had to choose one object that represented this book I would choose a time travel machine. Although it is not necessarily real, there have been multiple books and movies about them. Katherine and Jonah are sent back in time a number of times using a time travel device called an elucidator. The elucidator changes objects for which ever century you are in so it doesn't look out of place. The elucidator is a smartphone in the 21st century. They have traveled to five different centuries with the elucidator being a toy solider, lamp, rock, one more that I can't remember and a cell phone. If a time travel machine did not work as an object, I would choose family. Jonah and Katherine, a 13 and 11 year old, have fought all of their life like normal siblings. After traveling through time together and facing multiple dangerous situations, they have come together and have really started to like each other. They care about each other a lot more and have each others backs.
Carter Haas
04:18 PM ET (US)
I have recently been reading the Harry Potter Series and I just finished one about little under a week ago and now I'm on a new Harry Potter Book. Also, today I got the third book of the Divergent Series which is Allegiant and today I've got all the way to page 46.


The one object that I picked to represent this book would definitely be Harry's Lightning Bolt mark on his head that he got when he was a baby. The Dursley's say that he got it from a car crash but he really got it from Voldemort. But no one knows how he survived and made Voldemort go into hiding and no one knowing where is is at or went. And they also don't know why he didn't kill him when he had the chance or if Harry did something to prevent this. Although Harries parents where killed by Voldemort when someone gave away their location of hiding. But he doesn't know how he got it because his Aunt and Uncle keep everything from him even if it is his own stuff like the letters he has been getting. And they are going through the toughest measures so no one can contact him. But the people who are which is more than likely a wizard from the school are still getting letters to him even if he is in the middle of nowhere.
Rachel Ely
04:17 PM ET (US)
I am still working on the book I was when we last did a journal, but I am almost finished. I am reading Frost and I stopped on page 302 today.

A. Describe something you have read that is similar to this book and tell how/why.
I once read a book series like this one called the Iron Fey Series. It was very similar because it was also fiction. Both books talked about how there were different 'realms' to their world. The normal world is like our earth but then there were certain people who were able to go into another realm and come back like no time had passed. The people that could go into these different realms all had some sort of special talent. In the Iron Fey Series they could go into the other realm if they were part fairy or had the "sight". In my current book series the girl is considered a "stork". There are a few other kinds of talents that some of the people have and they are introducing new people with them as well. They both had missions they had to go on to find missing people. Overall they are both very similar.
Blaine Wittrock
04:16 PM ET (US)
I have just finished reading the book the Only Thing To Fear.

It is about how what if Hitler had won World War 2 and if he got his superior race. It is placed through the eyes of a girl named Zara who has is an anomaly which means that she has special powers but she is an illegal anomaly so she can't let the Nazis know that she has these powers.

This book is similar to the book that I read called the Darkest Path. They are similar because people are fighting to keep America alive. They are also similar becasue they take place in the United States/Former United States.
Heather Totton
04:14 PM ET (US)
I have been reading Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Its a story about Greg and his friend Earl who like to make movies. Greg reconnects with Rachel when she finds out that she has leukemia. Today I stopped on page 200.

I think that this book is similar to The Fault in Out Stars by John Green. In both stories, Rachel and Hazel have cancer and start a relationship with a guy. Both books have been made into movies too. The main difference is that in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Greg does not have cancer but in The Fault in Our Stars, Gus does. In both stories, the guys try to make the sick girls feel better and take their minds off of their illnesses. Another similarity are Isaac in The Fault in Our Stars and Earl in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. These two characters are best friends with the main guy character. Both of them are kind of funny but they also deal with problems of their own. Both books are great stories that are funny at times and they end with someone dying.
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