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Independent Reading Journal #5: 9/16/15

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Augie Johnson
03:37 PM ET (US)
I'm reading Shooter by Walter Dean Myers and I'm on page 55.

What is the author saying about life and living through this book? Explain.

This book is a little on the darker side of my usual readings, but it is very interesting. The book is actually styled as a transcript of a private investigation interview and court case of a school shooting. It starts off with an interview with one of the shooters best friends, Cameron Porter. He's being interviewed by the PD's Senior County Psychologist, Richard Ewing. He has been asking Cameron a lot of questions about their actions him and Len, the eventual shooter, had done prior, and what life was like for Cameron. Cameron says a lot about the school being separated into groups, he's in the group with about 40 kids where they just don't fit in. Len is in the "gone dark" group, where they wear black and don't focus on school, and there are jocks that always pick on Len for going dark. Cameron gets picked on for being friends with Len, and because he doesn't care much for activities other than his school work, so he doesn't have much of a social life. Cameron and Len had just vandalized a church before the shooting, where they graffitied the words "JESUS WOULDN'T EVEN RENT THIS SPACE" below a line that had already said "GOD DOES NOT LIVE HERE", which is what Len wrote. Cameron also claims that his parents are not proud of him, especially his father. There is a passage that Cameron claims he has recently thought about suicide more frequently because he knows it wouldn't be a big deal. He said he knows that his school wouldn't be nearly as shaken as it would if anyone else had done it, and his parents would get over it in a few months. He said this way he wouldn't have to try to impress his father anymore.
Jordan Heyder
10:27 AM ET (US)
I am reading the Alchemyst and i stopped one page 190.

I am mostly like character John Dee. This person is a character who has a high use in making or controlling creatures to use to his advantage instead of using missile style spells or incantations. He also is a dark character who typical wears dark clothing. I tend to wear dark or cool color clothing like blue and black a lot making our style sense similar. Also I always had a liking to the ability to summon or conjure things, breaking the fabric of time to move something and place it under my control. Also he creates and animates thing like mud and fire to use, with has also been a interest of mine. The ability to creature ones own army and control them is my area. Also Dee is a very secretive character, I am not one who says much about my self or likes to explain things about me very well.
Tanner Steineke
11:36 AM ET (US)
I am reading Sent by Margaret Peterson Haddix and I stopped on page 92. I am like the main character Jonah because I to get scared easily. Jonah gets sent back in time to the 15h century and is super freaked out. I would be extremely scared. I mean, being from the 21st century, getting sent back would be scary. Especially if I got sent back to the same place Jonah and his friends did. They got sent back to England and King Edward was just about to be murdered. Jonah's friend Chip is actually King Edward. I would be scared if my friend was supposed to die and I was there. Jonah and Katherine saved him, but then there was no dead bodies. The guards came searching for them but they couldn't find them anywhere. I would be super scared.
Kailee Jorgensen
02:40 PM ET (US)
I am reading We All Looked Up and I stopped on page 232. The book I am reading focuses on life and the meaning to why we’re here. It talks about how, no matter who you are, your label does not define you. The major message I’m receiving is about how complex a human being is and how people in totally different situations can be going through similar problems. The four main characters in my book are slowly getting closer as a group to plan a party for the end of the world. They are learning that they share some common interests even though from first glance they are complete opposites. The book also makes you think about what you are doing and if it will make a positive impact or if you are just wasting your time. The characters are all opening their eyes to what they can do before the world ends in order to impact society. I think that you can learn a lot from this because it makes you ask yourself about whats important and what you can do to better yourself as a person.
Juan wernke
02:28 PM ET (US)
THEN, choose ONE of the following topics and write 8-10 sentences.

A. What is the author saying about life and living through this book? Explain.

I am reading sold and i stopped on page 72. The Author is really saying that life in india is really hard, if you don't have enough money to feed the amount of mouths in the house. and also the husband has one arm. so nobody takes him for manual labor. So he spends his days gambling what dowry or money they get. And it ends up that he loses all the time. Then he sells his daughter for 800 rupees or there currency. And know she is going to a house that she thinks is where she is gonna be a maid. but is really a brothel.
Opah Bah
02:27 PM ET (US)
     The Outlaw Platoon by Sean Parnell Page 165
 What is the author saying about life and living through this book
 its through a army ranger of how his life was when he was in the army and going to the military officer how he was giving an opportunity to serve his country and have the best team that any military platoon would want. One of the things that Sean the main character was explaining to his readers was never trust a person that has anger issues or deal with the problems in a destructive way because it will not end nicely. Sean said that one of his hardest accomplishment was going to the hardach on top of mountains to gain some sleep over night about 4 hours where when you sleep in Afghanistan you always gotta be alert because you don't know when the enemy would attack and that you life is on the line and your partner life is on the line at all time. so you should be careful with what move you take because you don't know when you last one would be. Things that Sean platoon do to keep them selves entertain are gathering around on the mission and talking as a family and cloning on each other and talk about the old days of there child hood.
Dani Cooper
02:27 PM ET (US)
I am now reading the sequel to Vampire Rising, it's called Voice of the Undead and I am on page 223. If I was to pick one word that I think is the most important, I would have to pick the word breathe. I think breathe is the most important because every time the main character, Alex, gets into a tight situation where most people panic he tells himself to breathe. Then he asks himself simple questions to help him get control of the situation like, "What's happening" and "What do I have?" The most important passage I think would be "Things like this just don't happen." Alex's father raised him with that motto to try and cover up the supernatural occurrences happening around him. It doesn't work for long once Alex realizes that these things do happen and are real, at least in the book. The most important element is courage, courage to fight a uphill battle, courage to go when there's no coming back and courage to keep going no matter what happens. Alex is filled with this kind of courage, if he wasn't this wouldn't be such a fantastic book to read. Following Alex as he tries to live and protect his friends has been such a thrilling experience for me, watching him mature and learn from his mistakes is the best part of my day. I'm just about to finish the second book and I can't wait to read the third, I hope the author has written many more books like this so I can continue to be thrilled by the experiance.
Ellie Stone
02:27 PM ET (US)
I am reading The Girl in the Dark and I stopped on page 180.
C) I really like how much Rain has grown throughout the entire book. She has not been as self contained as she once was. Rain has become more confident in speaking how she feels, and doing whats right. I really love how she has continued to try to find her friends killer, and never stopped giving up. No matter the obstacles, Rain has kept pushing through to find justice for Wendy. Right now it’s interesting to see the initiative she takes to get down to the bottom of who murdered Wendy. I have had my suspicions about one character, despite the release of who everyone else thinks is the murderer. I should be done and know by next class which is exciting!
Nick Gabbert
02:25 PM ET (US)
I am reading The Only Game by Mike Lupica. I am on page 25.

How are YOU like any of the characters in the book you are currently reading?

I am like the main character Jack in this book. Jack is very athletic, outgoing, and he has many friends. And I feel like I have all those qualities that Jack possess in this book. Jack is on the Walton Baseball Team, he is there star shortstop. Jack has a chance to go to the Little League World Series in Williamsport. But he has a second thought on baseball, he says to himself do I really love this sport as much as I say I do. Because after practice that day, Jack goes over to his coach Mr. Leonard and says I am quitting the team. I am some what like that with sports too. I really don't like football that much, so I decided not to go out this year because I don't feel comfortable playing a sport I don't like. So I could say me and Jack share many similarities. But also jack has a brother who just died a few weeks ago, so that could be the case he is quitting as well. Because his brother Brad played baseball with him in there backyard, and it probably brings back memories of him and his brother.
Zach Neal
02:23 PM ET (US)
I am reading Arthur: The Seeing Stone. Today I stopped on page 40. The main character, which is a young 13 year old King Arthur, doesn't know he's gonna be king. He lives in a village and questions what he will do in life and where he will go. He thinks more than he acts, and he is often worried about things that could go wrong. He reminds me of myself a lot because I have sort of the same mentality as him. One day he jumped into a bull ring to save one of his friends from getting attacked. He wasn't supposed to do this, because it wasn't his specific job, so he was punished for it. I think I would react the same way. It's a really good book so far, and Im learning a lot about medieval England. The book is a series, so if I enjoy this whole book, I will probably read the other ones as well.
Rachel Ely
02:22 PM ET (US)
I am reading Wanderlove and stopped on page 148.

A.What is the author saying about life and living through this book?

It is narrated by the author sometimes from her point of view and sometimes from the main characters point of view. The main characters name is Brie. So far in this book I think that the author is showing that you can try to outrun your past. Either by traveling a lot, or surrounding yourself with new friends and not thinking about it. But no matter how hard you try it will always be there. She also shows that living without trying anything new is boring. That you have to take chances. Even if part of the journey is unknown and you don't know how it'll turn out in the end. Because you will learn way more than you would have learned if you stayed in your comfort zone.
Melissa Tuttle
02:21 PM ET (US)
I am reading The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and I stopped on page 220.

A. At this point in the book, the main character, Amir, returned to the land of his childhood. He found out his childhood friend, Hassan, got shot and died. The tension between them never got resolved- besides a letter Hassan left Amir. It was terrible for Amir to experience the regret of never apologizing for the things he had done, or didn't do. He states that everyone he knew in his homeland was either dead or dying. The author encourages the reader to maintain good relationships with the people we are close with because we never know when our last day will be. Life and living are only meaningful if we understand that we must take every opportunity to live it to its fullest. The author uses the negative experiences Amir goes through to show the reader the pain that living a lie can bring.
Alexia Allen
02:21 PM ET (US)
Im reading Three and I ended today on page 239.

Throughout the book the author talks about a whole different way of life. They are living through a war or revolution throughout Three. So far life has seemed to be really hard through it. They have lost friends and family. Almost everyone has lost someone. People are injured, homeless, and fighting for their lives. Yet, the main characters still have the courage to try and fix there lives and everyone else to make things normal again. The author seems to be saying to stuck up for yourself and what you think is right. Don’t let other people control you just because they have more power or are better at something.
Carter Haas
02:20 PM ET (US)
I am reading UnBroken i am on page 170 now.

Out of all of the people in the book that I am reading I think that I am the most like Louie. Because I don't really give up on things very easily like him he doesn't give up and wants to live. And him wanting to live so much he actually survives and I am at the part where they are going to go on shore to the island that they drifted to. Also, he is very smart and I am also kinda like that but not to the part where I could catch a shark without a fishing pole. And he just caught a couple with his bare hands which also takes lots of skill and caught a bird with his bare hands as bait to catch pilot fish who tag along with sharks. Next, he is like me because if one of my friends where hurt I would do everything in my power to try to help him to get better. Like Louie did in the book he took his shirt off as a bandage for his friends head which was cut open during the plane crash. And he also gave his friend Mac some of his water even thought he knew he was eventually going to die from lack of food and water.
Heather Totton
02:19 PM ET (US)
What is the author saying about life and living through this book? Explain.

Today I finished It’s Kind of a Funny Story, it had 444 pages.

The author says a lot about life through this book. The main character struggles with depression and wants to commit suicide. One night he plans on jumping off a bridge but instead he calls a suicide hotline. Craig walks into a psychiatric hospital and talks with lots of doctors. The doctors assure Craig that life is valuable. The teach him to focus on the good parts of life. Craig realizes that somethings are too stressful, like his school. So he decides to choose one that focuses on art instead of academics. Craig chooses to keep living and to make life better for himself.
Blaine Wittrock
02:18 PM ET (US)
How are YOU like any of the characters in the book you are currently reading?

I am reading The American Sniper and I stopped on pg. 123.

I am like Chris Kyle because I like guns. I am also like him because I want to be the best man I can be. Another reason that I am like him is because we both like action. We also like Video Games.
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