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Independent Reading Journal #10: 10/23/15

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Juan wernke
12:52 PM ET (US)
The author of my book, Red Pyramid, Is Rick Riordion. Currently lives in New York he is also the new York best time seller author of the percy jackson series, rick taught english and history for 15 years at public and private middle schools. in the san Francis bay area and Texas. while teaching full time, riordion began writing mystery novels for adults. Then later moved to children books when he wrote the lightning thief for his son. Today over 40 million copies have been sold.
Zach Neal
05:32 PM ET (US)
The author of my book, Falling Kingdoms, is Morgan Rhodes. She currently lives in Ontario, Canada. When she was a kid, she wanted to be a princess that went on journeys and fought dragons, etc. That is the reason she decided to become a writer of fantasy novels. Besides being a writer, she also is into photography and travels often. Falling Kingdoms is her first fantasy novel, and it is a series. She also has a few paranormal and mystery books. For her other books, she uses a pen name.
Kendra Tucker
11:23 AM ET (US)
1. The author of the book is Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo. They have know how to right a book and would have to take english and maybe journalism classes.

2. I know the authors of the book are from the hit series Sex and the City.

3. Greg would have to know statistics about dating. Also they would have to reach out to certain people to get the replies and surveys from people. By doing that they'd be able to put more into the book. Also Greg and Liz might have experienced or been in specific situations they know more people would be able to relate to.

4. I would ask them why exactly they wrote the book together? I would also ask them what made them write it?
Ellie Stone
03:08 PM ET (US)
I finished Stolen by Patricia McCormick.
Ellie Stone
03:08 PM ET (US)
Patricia McCormick grew up in central Pennsylvania, went to Catholic grade school and high school, then Rosemont College. Patricia McCormick, a two-time National Book Award finalist. She has wrote the following books: Never Fall Down, Purple Heart, My Brother’s Keeper and Cut. She does a lot of travel and research to gain topics and information about her novels. The author had to of known the sex trafficking issues in the Nepal. She interviewed many of the girls caught in this issue. Patricia knew about what they went through and how they felt going through everything. I personally would like to ask her how she felt talking to the victims. How it felt to see their responses and their reactions to questions about their stories.
Carter Haas
03:49 PM ET (US)
I am reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

The other of the book that I am reading is J.K. Rowling or Joanne Rowling. She was born in the Yate, England in the UK on July 31, 1965. One thing you might not know about her is her second initial in her name came from her grandmother Kathleen. She graduated from Exeter University and in 1990 moved to spain to teach English there. She has written The Lord of the Rings Series including the hobbit and also The Harry Potter series which there are 7 in the series. In this book that I'm reading it is the third that she has written and has earned in three years over 300 million dollars. Another one of here books sold 9.6 million copies in its first 24 hours. In box office one of the movies made over 96 million in box office
Kailee Jorgensen
03:49 PM ET (US)
I am reading Stargirl and I stopped on page 100.

The author of my book is Jerry Spinelli. He graduated from Gettysburg College, is married to Eileen Spinelli, has six kids, and lives in Pennsylvania. This is the first book of a sequel. To write this book, Jerry would have to lock himself in his bedroom and put in ear plugs so he wouldn't get distracted by his children. He knew about the setting of Arizona. He also had to know about high school cliques. I would like to ask him where he came up with some of the events that take place in the book. I would also like to ask him how he wrote 21 books while taking care of a wife and six kids.
Opah Bah
03:49 PM ET (US)
Im reading Genocide of one by Kazuaki Takano
 The author of my book is Kabuki Takano born October 26, 1964 in Japan but didn't really say were in Japan that he was born in.His main language that he speaks is Japanese and his first book that he wrote as an author was genocide on one that was translated in english and was a international bestseller and award winning Japanese thriller.After dropping out of university in Japan to gain first-hand experience in film and television production, He went to college majored in film studies at Los Angeles city college and has worked for many years as a script writer in Japan. His debut as a writer came in 2001 with Jusan Kaidan (thirteen steps. Among his other works is the novel Gureibu digga (Grave Digger), a tale of indiscriminate mass murder. He is known for producing entertaining blockbusters that boast a grandness of scale.
Rachel Ely
03:47 PM ET (US)
I am reading Frost and stopped on page 43. The author's name is Wendy Delsol.

1. Wendy is the middle child. She has immigrant parents from England and was born in Canada. She went to college at Michigan State University and California State University. And studied abroad for a year in Paris and Nice.
2. This book is second in a her STORK series. She won a Westchester Fiction Award.
3. Because this is a fiction fantasy book she didn't have to know specific things to be able to write it. She just had to use her imagination and creativity.
4. I would like to ask the author how she thought up this specific area of fantasy to fiction to write about. And how she kept coming up with so many things to be able to write 3 books on it.
Nick Gabbert
03:47 PM ET (US)
I am reading Fantasy League by Mike Lupica and I am on page 65.

The author of the book I am reading is Mike Lupica he is a sports writer. He has written many books, including The Only Game, and Summer Ball. He is my favorite sports writer, because he can write many different types of books. Not just one particular sport. Mike Lupica is my favorite out of every author, because I can actually interpret what he is talking about. Is like that he makes characters up, and that actually fit that persons lifestyle. He probably needed a background to right this book, because you can just go and write a book and not have any background information. He knows a lot about every sport so he probably knows a lot about every single sport. I would really like to meet Mike Lupica, because I read his books all the time and he is really a good author when it come down to writing books like these.
Heather Totton
03:46 PM ET (US)
I am reading Paper Towns. I stopped on page 130.

John Green is the author of this book. He has a wife and two kids. He went to Kenyon College and majored in English and Religious Studies

Paper Towns is one of John’s five books. Paper Towns was on the New York Times Bestseller List and was awarded the Edgar award for best young adult novel.

To write this book, John had to have knowledge about its setting: Orlando, Florida. He references different neighborhood, buildings, and places. He also references New York a lot.

If I could meet the author I would ask him what he likes best about the movie that was made after the book. I would like to see how he views the movies compared to the books.
Jordan Heyder
03:45 PM ET (US)
I am reading the Magician by Michael Scott . i stopped on page 316

The author of my book is Michael Scott (pen name). He is a a Irish writer who was born September 28 of 1959. Over his years of writing, he has written more then a hundred book., He has written short stories and novels for adults, young adults and children, in many genres including, but not limited to: science fiction, fantasy, horror, folklore and romance. Some of his notable works are the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel sires, and he wrote the script for the episode; the nameless city; for Dr who. In order to write this book Michael had to know folklore and epic poems like legend of king Author, epic of Gilgamesh, Tale of Joan of the Arc. He also had to know the magic element like fire, water, etc. I would like to ask the author were his fascination of epics and legend came from. Also if he tough about having Arthur(Legend of camelot) be in the book himself.
Tanner Steineke
03:43 PM ET (US)
I am reading Torn by Margaret Peterson Haddix. i started on page 0 and ended on page 66.

Margaret Peterson Haddix was born in Ohio on a farm. Before she began writing books, she worked at a newspaper company. She studied journalism, creative writing, and history in college. She started writing books when she was 8 years old. She has two kids, who are 19 and 21 years old. "Torn" is the fourth book in her series called "The Missing". She did not mentioned if she traveled to research for this book but she has traveled to research other books that she has written. Haddix said she tries to have some non-fiction aspects in her writing but has recently started writing about time travel and cloning. She has to have a great imagination in order to write about time travel. I would like to tell the author that I love her books. i would also like to tell her that she should keep adding to the missing series and not stop at 7 books!
Melissa Tuttle
03:42 PM ET (US)
1. Joseph T. Thorin. He was born in Sioux Falls, SD and attended BYU-Provo in Utah. His mom is dominican-republic and his father, Caucasian. He has three children, 5, 3, and 1month old. He is a latter-day Saint and served a two-year mission in Taiwan. The author did not win any awards or travel for this book. Rather, he created a world from his own imagination and even developed a map and language for the setting of the book. In order to write this book, the author had to have a general knowledge of ancient cultures and civilizations. Also, to create the map and language, he had to have a knowledge of map-making and root words. I would like him to tell me what personal experiences inspired different parts of the novel. I would also like to ask him who inspired him to write.
Augie Johnson
03:35 PM ET (US)
I'm reading Band Of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose

The author of my book is Stephen E. Ambrose. He was born in Lovington, Illinois, and spent the majority of his childhood in Whitewater, Wisconsin. He would eventually graduate from Whitewater High School, and attend the University of Wisconsin in search of a history degree. He would be mentored by famous Civil War writer William B. Hazeltine, who greatly inspired his writing for World War II. He graduated with a B.A. in 1957, and went on to Louisiana State University where he would get a masters in history, and eventually return to University of Wisconsin to receive a PHD under Hazeltine. He would go on to write nonfiction history books and biographies focused on World war 2 along with teaching history lessons at 7 different universities.
Alexia Allen
03:33 PM ET (US)
I am reading The name of the star by Maureen Johnson.

Maureen Johnson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is an only child. She attended an all-girl Catholic high school and was a writing major at the University of Delaware. She had several jobs to help pay her way through school and now currently lives in New York City. She got the idea of the book while on a historic tour of London. Then She created a miniature version of the book as a proposal to the publishers. She did a lot of research about jack the ripper in order to write her story. If I were to meet the author I would ask her what exactly influenced her to make this kind of book seeing as she doesn't believe in ghosts. I would also tell her that I love the style of how she write and how well she made the characters personalities shine through.
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