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Independent Reading Journal #3: 9/10/15

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Jordan Heyder
04:28 PM ET (US)
I am reading the alchemyst, and stopped at page 252

If could create any character in my book it would probably be a character that doesn't do much, but tends to be around or say really meaningful things in the book. His name would be something like dues or along the lines of a name that is meant for someone with high power. He would appear during like major battles and met characters from time to time for a small conversation. In tense he would also end up being the strongest person in the series or a older version of one of the main characters. He would be as a final challenge for the main character as he is powerful and has looked for a worthy opponent. He would wear dark clothing set and probable a black robe. He would have long straight and messy pitch black hair with a silver line a little off the center. One eyes would be sky or baby blue, and the other would always be closed, until he talks to someone telepathically. The second eye would be pure white.
Augie Johnson
03:22 PM ET (US)
Describe the personality of a particular character. Include examples from the story that support your description.

I was reading Summer Ball by Mike Lupica at this time, but now I'm finished, although I'm still going to journal over it.

The main character in this book is named Danny Walters. He has a pretty down-to-earth style of personality, and always tries his best to play it cool. A lot of the times throughout the book, he'll have someone get angry at him, especially Coach Powers. While getting yelled at, he'll mostly just let them talk, only speaking when he knows it won't fuel the flame. On the court, he likes to stay isolated, thinking to himself, and making decisions without outside interference. There have been times where he has gotten in trouble for making these rash decisions, like the time he called a play based on Rasheed, rather than having coach's play being run, since it had Danny taking the game-winning shot. Even the end of the book has him doing this, because Rasheed is supposed to be guarding Lamar, but he tells Rasheed that he can cover him, even though Lamar is much larger than him. Danny ends up swiping the ball from him off-dribble and he wins the championship game for the Cavaliers. The only time Danny really loses his cool is when he is around Tess, who is very special to him. When Tess was waiting on her uncle's dock on the lake, Danny got so excited to see her near camp that he fell out of the canoe they were on and swam to the dock before the canoe got there. He is credited to always being jittery and jumpy when Tess is around, and she's really the only person Danny actually opens up and speaks freely to, other than his parents.
Melissa Tuttle
05:44 PM ET (US)
Describe the personality of a particular character. Include examples from the story that support your description.

I am reading the book The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and I stopped on page 133.

The main character in this book, Amir, has a self conscious, selfish personality. He is constantly evaluating how others view him, such as when he worries his father does not approve of him and is disappointed in him. He allows his own thoughts and fears to overtake his life, leaving him vulnerable to betraying and hurting those around him. When his childhood friend, Hassan, was getting raped he just stood there and did nothing. When he could no longer deal with the pain of doing nothing, he framed Hassan for stealing so Hassan would leave his town. Every act he has made throughout the book so far has been in an attempt for him for feel better instead of evaluating the situation from another's perspective. Amir's selfishness most likely came about because his father never made it a point to approve of him, so he felt envious of others and therefore always put his needs above anyone else's. He also developed an unhealthy habit of selfishness at an early age, taking advantage of Hassar's loyalty and endless sacrifice. Hopefully his character develops further throughout the book, but as of right now, every major conflict that has occurred has come to be because of his selfish attitude.
Juan wernke
04:31 PM ET (US)
I am reading the book Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick and i stopped on page 198. And Today i pick the main character Arn he's a kid from Cambodia And yes i think he's an important character. Reason is That like the title implies never fall down that what he does. And he shows a lot of kids to do the same. for example they get drafted to fight in the war and have to work in these rice fields. And if you don't do your work or complain you get sent to lay in a manure pile, and the second time you get shot or hit in the head with an ax. And he just disciplines himself to life and he also takes care of a-lot of kids. he figures out the guards routines then goes and sneaks the kids that are weak food, just risks his life when he doesn't have to. And all that fighting earned himself to go to america. And thats were i left off.
Kailee Jorgensen
04:30 PM ET (US)
List the characters in the story and describe qualities which you admire. Tell what and why you respect the individuals. Point out classmates who possess the traits you admire.

I am reading We All Looked Up and I stopped on page 131, today. There are four main characters in my book: Peter, Andy, Anita, and Eliza. Peter is the star basketball player who has the cute popular girlfriend and has a locked in scholarship to Stanford. The trait of his that I admire most is the fact that, even though he has everything “figured out” he is still questioning his life and the path he is taking. I think it is always important to look into the future. He kind of reminds me of my brother because he always seems to be questioning something and giving things in life more thought than the average college student. Andy is a not so interested high school student. I like the fact that he doesn’t care about what other people think of him. My friend, Molly, is like that. Anita is the honor student. She likes being smart but she feels overwhelmed by her parents constantly pushing her to be better. I like the fact that as the story goes on she is gaining more and more confidence. She is starting to find herself and I like this about her because it is very relatable for every teenager. The final character is Eliza. She is an artsy girl who tends to keep to herself. I like the fact that even though she was dealt a hard family life, she can keep a smile on her face. There are so many people that you pass by everyday that are facing an incredibly hard challenge.
Opah Bah
04:29 PM ET (US)
    I am reading the book Outlaw Platoon by Sean Parnell and I stopped at page 109

I choose Baldwin because he was one of the oldest platoon sergeant on the team and he was one of the bravest man that was always on dave side and always give him the best advise for every situation that they was in mostly when Dave and Baldwin had to go meet with one of the Afghanistan leaders that don't support taliban will they were there baldwins was right by Dave side to explain to him about how to deal with bargain with leaders from a different trip or terr thats how they called them.
from the beginning of the story Baldwin was just a married man with three kids and a father that is trying to get back to his family to support them. he been into a lot of deployment when he join the army and got married to his wife when they were high school sweet hearts till now they still is. from then Baldwin has not change he was still quite and helpful to his team whenever they needed a wise team member who had more experience in these type of situation.
Baldwin always put his life first before his teammate would thats the type of man I'm reading about right now.
Carter Haas
04:29 PM ET (US)
Would You Like to be Someone in the Story?

I am Reading Unbroken by: Laura Hillenbrand and i stopped on Pg.112

If I could be anyone in the story it would have to be the main character in the Story who's name is Louis Zamperini. I would chose this person because he is so Brave because it takes a lot of courage to go into a war and be an aircraft pilot. Also, with the fact that he knows that he could easily die but he still does it anyway. And also he is very good at running which is obvious because he went to the Olympics and I would like to be more better at running. Also, I would want to be him because he is so loyal to his friends like he flies into enemy territory and doesn't desert his friends when their plane is getting shot and everybody is hurt. And he is also very smart because he came up with the idea that if you put parachutes out the window the plane would be able to slow down because their breaks did not work. And he didn't even need it though but I still thought that is was a very good back up plan if they landed the plane and it couldn't slow down enough to stop. Lastly, I would want to be him because he has went to lots of places that I have not which would be fun to go and see like Hawaii or Islands in the Pacific Ocean.
Ellie Stone
04:27 PM ET (US)
I chose the journal prompt: Assess one of the characters strengths and weaknesses.

I’m reading the book The Girl in the Park by Mariah Fredericks I stopped on page 115.

The character I am assessing is Rain Donovan, she is the narrator of the story and is a key part of the plot. Rain has a very obvious weakness and that would be her speech impairment. She was born with no roof to her mouth, and with many surgeries later she now has a roof but it contains a hole in it. Her biggest weakness is that, and with that she has become very afraid to speak publicly or open up to people at all. When she does say something it comes out messed up sometimes which is why her peers bully her. Rain however can read people extremely well. She is very observant and is able to break down peoples emotions by watching them speak and understanding their body language. She also has a strong sense of what’s right and wrong. Rain especially at this point in my book has shown a lot more courage than before because she wants to stand up for her late friend.
Dani Cooper
04:26 PM ET (US)
I am still reading PathFinder and I am currently on page 289. If I could be any character in this book I would definitely choose Tod, the main character. She's a tomboy who is half wizard and half PathFinder. I think it would be really cool to be on an adventure far from home, discovering your origins and the world. Tod is learning about the magykal world, thats what they call it in the book, and all about her mothers past. I can't wait until she can learn to do some magic and see if she gained the ability to breath underwater from her fathers origins. I would be scary to be chased by Garmen, four legged, snake headed beasts, but fighting then with friends would make it alright. Right now Tod is at the wizards tower and if she stays she could become a wizards apprentice and learn magic. She's been missing her friends dearly but she doesn't know that they are in grave danger, I can't wait to see what happens next.
Rachel Ely
04:26 PM ET (US)
I chose number 3- How did the main character change from the beginning to the end of the story?

I am reading Since You've Been Gone and I stopped on page 373.

My book's main character's name is Emily. Emily has changed quite a bit from the beginning to where I currently am. At first she was very shy and timid. She didn't go out of her comfort zone and didn't want to be noticed by anyone. Being very self-conscience she didn't make new friends easily. As the booked progressed she gained a lot of confidence. She didn't worry about what people thought of her so she opened up more. Making new friends became easy for her. She began to be way more talkative to strangers and less awkward in social situations. Because she became so much more out going it gave her a more positive perspective on life. She always used to rely on her best friend to talk for her and be the out going and fun one. So without her best friend around she started to become her own person.
Alexia Allen
04:26 PM ET (US)
Q- Choose any character and explain why they are important to the story.

Im reading Three and I stopped on page 160.

The character I choose would be Chase and he's important for many reasons, both towards people and events. Without Chase the main character, Ember, may fall apart. She would have no one left if Chase were gone. He’s also important at holding the rest of the team together, he comes in to saves the day pretty often. He’s probably the strongest and wisest one of the group as well. He also has a lot to do with the plot. Seeing as he’s a suspect to someone for giving out there whereabouts and is on the run from the somewhat of a government.
Nick Gabbert
04:25 PM ET (US)
I am reading The Islands At The End Of The World by Austin Aslan and I stopped on page 281.

What are the strengths and weaknesses of the main character?

A few strengths that the main character has in my book, is she is very independent she can do many things without people helping her. Another thing is she is very athletic and good with her hands, which is a good strength to have in this book. She can surf on her own, she can climb out of a burning building down to the ground with her hiking materials. One more thing that I think is the biggest strength that she has is she takes what she thinks is right and she goes with it. Because in this book, people all over the place try and trick her into doing stuff that could potentially get herself killed. In the book, a guy actually temps her to go down this path where she knows leads to a military checkpoint. But the guy says they will give you food and water, but they will actually take your food and water from you and get it to themselves. A few weakness she has is she has seizures often, which would not help if you are running from a group of bandits with guns who are wanting to kill you. Another weakness she has is she very little which means she could get very dehydrated and weak very easily. Overall I think she has more strengths than she does weakness about her, which is a good thing.
Heather Totton
04:24 PM ET (US)
Write a letter to the author

I am reading It’s Kind of a Funny Story; I stopped on page 205.

Dear Author, thank you for writing this book. It has changed my opinion on people who suffer from different diseases such as depression. When I started the book I wasn't sure if I would continue reading. As I kept reading the story got more and more interesting. I felt like I could connect with some of the characters in many different ways. I like how you use your personal experiences to create a story about someone else. The story tells about Craig’s Journey and how his hospital stay and doctors visits changed him. This book would be great for doctors to read because they get to see exactly what the patient is feeling during the appointments. I really like the way that people are described in the book, very detailed and honest. The descriptions make it easy to picture what is happening in my mind.
Tanner Steineke
04:22 PM ET (US)
Imagine you are one of the characters in the story. Write a diary entry that reflects thoughts an feelings about a event in his/her life.

I am reading Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix and I stopped on page 193.

I choose Jonah because he is the main character of the story.
What just happened? Is what Angela said about the plane real? Why was the janitor trying to save me? Where did Angela disappear to? We need to find answers. Tomorrow Chip and I should call the other survivors. We need to tell them everything we know. Are we in danger? I hope we don't get any more of those scary letters. I wonder if any of the other survivors got any of the letters? I am really scared....I can't tell mom and dad anything.
Zach Neal
04:21 PM ET (US)
Choose any Character and explain why you think that this character is important to the story.
I am reading the book The Trap by John Smelcer, and today I stopped at page 125. I choose the character Albert. He is the main characters grandfather. I think he's important because he taught his grandson everything he knows about surviving in the winter. After Albert gets stranded on his own trap, Johnny, his grandson, tries to search for him. They are close, because Johnny does't have any parents. Alberts always been the father he never had. He is also important to the village, because he does a lot of the trapping and hunting.
Blaine WIttrock
04:14 PM ET (US)
Choose any Character and explain why you think that this character is important to the story.

I am reading the book the American Sniper by: Chris Kyle and I stopped at pg. 98

I choose Chris Kyle because without him there would be no American Sniper. I also choose him because he is a a great roll model by showing what it means to serve your country. Another reason that I choose him is because he doesn't gloat about having the highest amount of sniper kills ever recorded. He also doesn't gloat about having the father shot ever made by a sniper. I think that his devotion to his country country over his family wasn't a good on his part. But I think that it takes a real man to put his country before his family. I also admired how he always looked after his fellow serviceman during combat. Even after his time in the SEALs he still had proven himself by helping people back in the states with disabilities to teach them how to shoot.
Edited 09-10-2015 04:14 PM
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