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Independent Reading Journal #8: 10/2/15

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Zach Neal
05:28 PM ET (US)
Did you know that Fire Prevention Week is in October? Is there any reference to fire or smoke or burning in your current book?
In my book, Falling Kingdoms, there is a few references to fire. Since it takes place in a fictional version of the middle ages, they need fire to stay warm. They are always talking about how they build a fire to warm up. Or how they have fireplaces in the castles rooms, especially in the frozen northern kingdom. There is also a legend of elemental magic. People who can do this magic can use either fire, earth, water or air magic. One of the character, who's name it doesn't say, can summon fire in their hand to fight. I think they will reference fire more, because they reference many things about each element.
Ellie Stone
04:29 PM ET (US)
I am reading Sold by Patricia McCormick and I stopped on page 30.

2)The book so far is just getting started. There has been quite a bit of description involving the drought and then the crazy amount of rain in the main character’s village. One time they mentioned something burning down. Mainly if anything happens to the village it’s because of the weather conditions they're faced with in the mountains. It’s interesting to read about how badly the weather really does affect their huts. Once the rain finally came they prayed for it to leave because it flooded the town. The huts can’t handle large amounts of weather. So far nothing significant has taken place in the plot.
Jordan Heyder
04:14 PM ET (US)
I am reading clone codes. I stopped on page 172.

Well for world smile day, in my book The main character, clone #1010, had played a game. This sport is one she had enjoyed sense she was little. It was nice for her to play this game becuase of a orginatiation that had to pull her from school and run away. She is a false clone and was illegal to make. It was becuase the time she was made was when the origanal person was cloned was when she was a baby. But sense she got to play this game with this nice guy it helped her relaxe. She enjoyed playing the game so it was nice.
Dani Cooper
10:53 AM ET (US)
I am currently reading Flyte, the sequel to Magyk, and I'm on page 111 of 532. In Flyte, Septimus is trying to adjust to his new life as the ExtraOrdinary Wizards apprentice. He's finally been reunited with his family that he's been separated from since birth. In the tower, his mentor, Marcia, scolds him for sending flaming parrots around the wizard tower. Septimus replies that it could have happened to anyone and that he was trying to conjure up a fire ball. Septimus's magical ability has continued to grow tremendously since he has become Marcia's apprentice. He has learned how to transport himself from one place to another and how to transfix an animal. You stare an animal in the eye and overpower it with your magical will and make it impossible for it to move as long as you stay focused on that animal. Septum's sister Jenna has been kidnapped by her brother Simon and now Septimus is leaving to find her.
Tanner Steineke
09:58 AM ET (US)
I have just finished reading The 100 by Kass Morgan.
2. Did you know that Fire Prevention Week is in October? Is there any reference to fire or smoke or burning in your current book?

Although I did not know that it was Fire Prevention Week. I have a number of fire fighters in my family and many friends that it are fire fighters to this is interesting to me. There is one mention of fire in the book. As the 100 kids are trying to survive on Earth, their camp with all of their supplies is burned to the ground. One of the kids go missing, which is a very critical point in the book because it proves to be a clue as to other people on Earth. Bellamy, Wells, and Clarke lead the way on Earth. While trying to figure out who started the fire, they realize they aren't the only ones on earth.
Juan wernke
03:49 PM ET (US)
No, i did not know that October 2nd 2015, is world smile day? But in my book “Purple Heart” I stopped on page #67. And as i was reading i found out that the main character was diagnosed with trauma brain damage, And he is pretty young so he doesn't understand what this is, he then is put through these test. to help him become healthier to be back with his squad as soon as possible. And as he’s taking these test he gets asked to identify what’s on these playing cards have on them, and he cant think of one so he knocks them of the desk and says “you know I'm not dumb right?” And they lady observing him say's of course i know your not dumb. And explains why he cant recall what it is. And then tells him its a good sign to be furious. And he asks if thats why he was an mad. but he says it as “is that why i was an asshole?” And she smiles and says yes its normal to be an asshole when you have trauma brain damage. Then he smiles. And as he's walking out says that was a raincoat by the way, and she looks at him puzzled. And he says that card it was a raincoat. So yeah that part made me smile as well. So happy world smile day!!
Carter Haas
03:46 PM ET (US)
I am reading Insurgent and am on page 52 now
number 2

I am on book two of the Divergent series and it doesn't talk about any of these things except for in the first book of the Series called Divergent. So at the end of divergent they had a syrum that would control people and make them do the Erudites bidding. So when they fought there where lots of smoke because of some of the buildings getting burnt down because they attacked the Abnegations. The things that where burning consisted of the Abnegations Command Center and buildings around it. So the Erudite wanted info that the Abnegation had so they planned an invasion to kill all of their leaders and in the process burn everything they had. Like their books and records of things that were personal and only they could look at and see. So now everything is probably smoking because the fires have went out but are probably still smoldering. Which means that they have burnt up but not to the point where a fire could still burn on the wood or whatever else it was buying on.
Melissa Tuttle
03:46 PM ET (US)
Today I finished reading Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee which was 278 pages.

At the end of the book, the main character, Jean Louise finally learns to stand on her own two feet. From the time she came out of the womb, she practically worshiped her father. She agreed with everything he stood for and everything he was. The concept of her dad being an actual human being subject to mistake and opinion never occurred to her. However, after returning from New Year to her hometown, she sees things in a brighter, more independent light. She decides to let her opinion be known and stand firm by it. She does not let anything shake her-not even the opinion of the man of whom she worshiped for so long. This made me smile because it promoted independent thinking and personal courage. It encouraged me to find my own opinions and to not be afraid if what I conclude is not the popular opinion. Unity through individuality makes me smile, a theme that was present throughout this novel.
Augie Johnson
03:45 PM ET (US)
I finished Shooter by Walter Dean Myers, and I started a new book called Eight Men Out by Eliot Asinof; I'm on page 31.

In the book Shooter, domestic violence is mentioned A LOT. The two main characters, Cameron Porter and Len, both have an abusive life at home. For starters, Cameron Porter has parents that simply do not appreciate what he has done. There was a moment in the book where he had been caught vandalizing the church with Len and his father was so upset with him that he hit Cameron. His mother was not happy, but the book clarifies that his father is a major leader of his household. Also, Len's household life is, if not more abusive than Cameron's, but not directed at Len. Len's mother is divorced and is engaged to a new man, who isn't named because Len simply calls the man "HIM, HE, etc." There are multiple instances in the book where Len journals about seeing his mother get hit and beaten by this man, and Len gets furious, yet he can't do anything about it. In the end, when Len snaps, his mother leaves after they have breakfast, and Len beats and murders this man before going to school and doing the shooting.
Nick Gabbert
03:43 PM ET (US)
I am reading The Girl At The Center Of The World by Austin Aslan. And I stopped on page 77.

Did you know that Fire Prevention Week is in October? Is there any reference to fire or smoke or burning in your current book?

In my book there is a lot about fire and burning things. Because in this book, the world is coming to an end, and without the help of the Emerald Orchid then the world would be stuck with radiation the rest of its life. And it talks about how people are forming gangs. And they go around to small villages, kill all the people, and then they take all the goods and resources for themselves. When you talk about fire in this book, it is very common. Because these gangs go around burning building to the ground because they feel like it. So fire is a very common thing in this book. It probably happens everyday, because of all the madness that is happening because the world is going to end. There also is a huge volcano on the island that erupts and burns down a village as well. So there is many instances where fire comes into play.
Alexia Allen
03:43 PM ET (US)
My book is called Rumble and I left off on page 70.

I did not know that today was world smile day. In my book so far things have been pretty dreary with the main character. Thats only because he had lost his younger brother to suicide. Yet, there are a couple things that make me smile. Like how humorous and sarcastic he can still be even though he still misses his younger brother a lot. Also how much he loves the girl he’s currently in a relationship with. How he describes her and how he says she's what can always make him happy. So pretty much anything that makes other people happy makes me smile.
Heather Totton
03:41 PM ET (US)
World Smile Day!

I am reading Bossypants by Tina Fey; today I stopped on page 136.

So far in this book there have been quite a few passages that made me smile. Tina Fey tells funny stories about the things she did as a child. She also takes bad memories and makes them into funny jokes. She shares stories from different places that she worked at and different places that she has lived. Most of her stories about her job as an improv performer were pretty funny, especially when she traveled around the country with an improv team. Tina also shares how she became a writer for Saturday Night Live. She tells us what it was like to work there and write sketches that would make people smile. Tina tells funny stories about her relationships and life experiences, like when her cruise ship started on fire and she managed to turn it into a joke.
Kailee Jorgensen
03:40 PM ET (US)
I am reading Empty and I am on page 182.

In this book there is a lot of abuse. Adele, the main character, has recently went through a lot of changes in her life. Her father left her mother for another woman and left them to figure out life on their own. Adele abuses herself by overeating because it makes her feel whole when she is sad. Her mother abuses drugs because of the pain of losing the one man she loved. Adele was also sexually abused by Brandon, the pitcher of the high school baseball team. They were both drinking at a party when he pulled her into an empty room and raped her. About a week later, Brandon tells everyone that she raped him. This is where I stopped reading for today. She will now have to deal with the emotional and verbal abuse from him and all the students.
Rachel Ely
03:40 PM ET (US)
I was reading So Much Closer and I finished that today.

1. Did you know that Friday, October 2nd, 2015, is World Smile Day? World Smile Day is celebrated on the first Friday in the month of October every year. The slogan of the Smile Foundation is “improving this world, one smile at a time.” Write about one event or character or passage in your current book that made YOU smile on World Smile Day!

There's one specific passage in my book that I thought was pretty cute. The main character, Brooke, is tutoring kids at school. Her first day tutoring she gets paired with a boy who is not "slow" but just has trouble putting his thoughts onto paper. Throughout the whole book this kid is just so persevering and funny. He never let anything bring him down and he was always encouraging Brooke even though she didn't struggle with school. By the end of the book Brooke has helped him out so much that he is really improving with his school work. Also by the end he has unexpectedly helped her out so much she has realized what she wants to do with her life and encouraged her to not be afraid of the unknown. This kid is just a reminder to never give up even when you think something is to hard and to find humor in things.
Kendra Tucker
03:37 PM ET (US)
I am reading My Teenage Dream Ended, by Farrah Abraham; I am on page 67.

1. Did you know that Friday, October 2nd, 2015, is World Smile Day? World Smile Day is celebrated on the first Friday in the month of October every year. The slogan of the Smile Foundation is “improving this world, one smile at a time.” Write about one event or character or passage in your current book that made YOU smile on World Smile Day!

The main character of my book is Farrah Abraham. There are many things that her books does to make me smile. Just because her and her boyfriend were cute with the cute things she explained that they did together. Just because it makes me think of my relationship now! But the part that made me smile the most is when she went to prom with the perfect boy to go to the perfect prom as a sophomore. Because she went with a senior is already cute, but because they were dating was even cuter. But along with smiles, she had hard rough times too. There isn't a lot of things to explain that made me smile because it isn't me. But, just the fact that it's kinda cute you gotta smile!
03:34 PM ET (US)
My book is called "Really Professional Internet Person" left off on page 75.

1. Did you know that Friday, October 2nd, 2015, is World Smile Day? World Smile Day is celebrated on the first Friday in the month of October every year. The slogan of the Smile Foundation is “improving this world, one smile at a time.” Write about one event or character or passage in your current book that made YOU smile on World Smile Day!

WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN? The book is based off the internet sensation jennxpenn, other known as Jenn McAllister. Though out the book so far Jenn has talked about the struggles of High School. What made me smile about this book and passage that I read today was the facts and stories she told me on how to ignore the problems in High School. Some of her stories were hilarious and other's were sad to read, but in the end the stories and thoughts she has put into this book have yet made another impact in my life. Many of the satires she has experience -- I have experienced as well, it's almost heartwarming to know that I am not the only one going through this stuff either. Other than that, many parts of the book are hilarious, but for the most part, this book is serious so far. Although it's super--super good.
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