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Independent Reading 2nd Qtr Journal #7: 12/8/15

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Heather Totton
03:09 PM ET (US)
I am reading The Shack, I read to page 25.

After reading the opening chapter, I feel like this book is going to be very interesting. The first few chapters make you wonder what is going to happen. So far, Mack is home alone during a snow storm and he found a suspicious letter in the mailbox. He realizes that the letter is from someone who calls themselves Papa. As Mack is walking back to his house he falls on the ice and hurts his head and no one is there to help. I think that this story is going to be very entertaining. I want to find out why Mack had one of his best friends write the book instead of writing it himself. From reading the back of the book and the foreword, I think that Mack has a hard time telling his story.
Zach Neal
08:42 PM ET (US)
I am reading Darth Vader and read to page 40 today. After reading the opening chapters I really like it. Anakin is a boy, and him and his mother are slaves. They were in a cargo ship being sent somewhere they didn't know. They arrived on the desert planet of Tatooine and were sold to a mechanics dealer named Watto. This makes me sad because Anakin's mother has had to take care of him his whole life, while they have been slaves. Anakin is cheerful though, and good with mechanics. He does pod racing and I enjoy reading about how good he is at it.
Colter Quinn
08:33 AM ET (US)
The title of my book is Navy Seal Dogs, I am on page 74.

1. If you have recently started a new book, what are your feelings after reading the opening chapter(s) of the book? Is anything making you laugh? smile? cheer? cringe? cry?
A: My book is actually sad. It doesn't make me cry or cringe, but it does make me sad. I think a lot of this is sad because of what they do and how many lives have been lost while they are fighting. They talk about what they go through when a partner dies, either dog or human, but it's always rough for them. They talk about the draws they go through and all the trouble they have getting over it. So far it's talking about different teams of dogs and humans. But there are happy times in this book, what makes me happy is that at the end of the day when they are done doing work, they go back to base and play with the dogs and chill out. It's a bittersweet book in my opinion. It's great and I think anyway should read it.
Blaine Wittrock
10:44 AM ET (US)
I am currently read the Sword of Darrow and I left off on pg.223.

One important life lesson in my book is that no matter how small you are you can still do big things in life. I learned this lesson from one of the main characters named Darrow. I learned this because Darrow is small and has decided to create and army to take back Sonnencrest from the Goblins. I also learned this because even though one of his legs are shorter than the other he can still great things. Another life lesson that I learned is that sometimes words are more powerful than actions. I also learned this lesson from Darrow because he uses his inspiring words to get people to stand up with him against the evil Goblins.
Dani Cooper
04:31 PM ET (US)
I am now reading Trash by Andy Mulligan and I am on page 197.
If you have recently started a new book, what are your feelings after reading the opening chapter(s) of the book? Is anything making you laugh? smile? cheer? cringe? cry?
This book started kind of slow, just describing how life in the dumps was. It was in a non-chalont way, even though the conditions they were in were terrible that was like for them, they had accepted that. Every day they, Raphael and Gardo, would work in the dump, picking though the garbage and literal crap. Every one was looking for anything of value. Clean paper, white plastic, tires and cleanish clothes was what was considered valuable. But then Raphael finds a little black bag whose contents could change the course of all the lives in the entire country. With Rat, a street boy, they work to uncover the horrible truth about the country. I am loving this book, it's really fun to read, I guess it makes me happy and sad and mad all at different times.
Augie Johnson
04:25 PM ET (US)
I just finished Then by Morris Gleitzman, and I'm starting the sequel next class.

One of the major lessons that I got from the book is the idea that you need to put others before yourself. This lesson comes from the fact that at the end of my book, Felix decides to leave his Zelda and their caretakers because none of them are actually Jewish. The only Jewish member of the household is Felix, so he is really the only one who poses a real threat to the others. After the Nazi's return to their house, a boy comes along who discovered earlier in the book that Felix is uncircumcised, which is a prime sign that someone is Jewish. He calls him out on it with the Nazis at the house, and they leave him alone because the kid that shouts at him is just from the village, and the Nazi's don't care. Because of all of this chaos, the Nazis shoot their dog and take all of their chickens, which is the households only source of income. After this whole episode, Felix wants to leave because he discovers that, without him, the family will be much safer, and Zelda will not constantly try to pose as a Jew to stay with Felix. In the end, the book leaves at a massive cliffhanger, with Felix traveling to town to give Zelda her locket (which has a picture of her parents, who are Nazis, which ultimately keeps her safe from Nazi capture), only to discover that the kid that had previously been at the house exposed Zelda and the family, and they were all executed by hanging in the streets o the village. Felix then leaves the household, but not for the same reason. He finds a kid that he had witness killing a Nazi with a pistol, and they basically enter a Hitler Youth camp, and the other kid suicide bombs them with the grenades he found on the dead soldier. Felix then escapes, not detonating his own grenades (because he had met up with the Hitler Youth kid that saved him multiple times before) and he hides in the barn back at the family house.
Ellie Stone
04:25 PM ET (US)
I am reading Christmas Bliss and have stopped on page 65 today.
Since I just starting reading this book I will describe my feelings towards the opening chapters. In chapter one and two I felt a sense of excitement from the text, there seemed to be a lot of good things taking place. With Weezie getting married and Daniel having a good job, her friends supporting her and her best friend in love and impregnated! There was just a lot of excitement and I felt happy towards that. Then as I continued reading obstacles starting taking place. Weezie finds something shady about her husbands work place which kind of rattled me. Then we find out that her best friend actually isn't divorced. Now I am to the point where we are just getting to another woman’s house for Bebe’s baby shower and there seems to be some tension among the friends. I feel a lot of confusion and some curiosity towards the chapter I am reading right now.
Melissa Tuttle
04:24 PM ET (US)
I am reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and I left off on page 90.
In the book, the main character Leisel experiences extreme trauma. Her brother Werner dies, and her mother is most likely dead with an unknown location. Leisel undergoes emotional trials as she tries to cope with these situations. She is placed in a foster home. The father of the foster home is caring and protective, but the mother of the foster home is verbally and physically abusive. The father, Hans Hubberman teaches Leisel to read and together they overcome. Hitler's reign is on the rise and the holocaust is occurring right under their noses. Hans and Leisel do not let anything around them affect who they are. They are strong, and they perceiver. This book emphasizes the importance of perseverance and determination.
Rachel Ely
04:23 PM ET (US)
I am reading Flock and stopped on page 78.

1. My initial thought of the beginning of this book is that this girl can't seem to catch a break. It seems like bad things keep happening to her. Every time one thing gets resolved there's another thing ready for her to try to figure out. For the most part she seems to handle things really well. She has a great support system of friends and family for the different circumstances. There's always a good outcome. It also makes me happy that her boyfriend and her are still together and doing well after everything that's happened. Based off of what I have read so far I think this will be a very interesting book.
Juan wernke
04:22 PM ET (US)
Today i started the book The Wrath of Darth Maul by Ryder Windham. i left of on page 42. I am really enjoying this book just because ive seen most of the star warz movies, And it is really cool to be able to read it as well. But what made me laugh in this book? i would have to say when darth mauls training robot smackes him in the face with a staff. the story behind it is that mauls lord or leader how ever you want to say it, desinged this robot so maul wouldnt be able to predict his movements becuase he is not alive. And that is what makes maul so special he has the force. and its just basically a book of darth maul coming to be or his back ground story the history of darth maul.

Then choose ONE of these topics and write 8 to 10 sentences.

1. If you have recently started a new book, what are your feelings after reading the opening chapter(s) of the book? Is anything making you laugh? smile? cheer? cringe? cry?
Zach Neal
04:21 PM ET (US)
Im reading The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader, by Ryder Windham. Today I started on page 0 and read to page 27.
I'm learning a couple good lessons from mine so far. I learned mainly about hope. Anakin Skywalker and his mother are slaves and work everyday without pay. They also live in a small hut that their owner owns. Even though it seems like Anankin will always be a slave, he maintains hope that one day he will be free. He has learned from people about the Jedi's. They protect the galaxy and are skilled warriors with a lightsaber. Anakin dreams of one day becoming a Jedi. Even though no slave has ever became a Jedi, Anankin has hope in himself.
Nick Gabbert
04:21 PM ET (US)
I am reading The Maze Runner by James Dashner and I stopped on page 130.

The biggest pet peeve that the main character in my book has, is that he wants to be a Runner. And everyone is telling him that he can't be a runner because he just got here, and he has to be strong and smart. So everyone is saying that Thomas will never be a runner, but he is out to show everyone that he is meant to be a runner. So the main character Thomas does some very drastic things in the first few chapters to show that he is worthy to go out into the maze and be a runner. An example of a situation when he does something drastic was when Alby and Minho are late from returning to the maze, everyone is getting worried. So they all huddle by the West Door before the doors shut for the night. And Thomas sees Alby and Minho coming and Alby is hurt, so they won't make it in time to beat the gigantic doors, so Thomas runs into the maze right as they are shutting to help Minho and Alby survive in the maze. So that is the biggest part in the book so far, because that is a rule you can't go out into the maze unless you are a runner. So Thomas is going to try and show himself to Minho tat he deserves to be a runner with him. And that is where I am currently in the book.
Kailee Jorgensen
04:20 PM ET (US)
I am reading Fifty Shades of Grey and I stopped at page 238.

Christian Grey has a lot of pet peeves that are becoming more evident throughout the book. He does’t like it when people don’t finish their plate of food. This is because he went hungry as a young boy and doesn’t want people to take the food they are given for granted. He has started a company based on this pet peeve. He also has a pet peeve of being touched. They author has not given away his reasoning behind this pet peeve, but she has left hints for me to gather a deeper meaning behind this pet peeve. Another pet peeve of his is when people are stubborn. It is pretty obvious that he likes to be in control and it really bothers him when someone challenges his views or decisions.
Carter Haas
04:20 PM ET (US)
I am reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and stopped today on page 138.

2. What is the PET PEEVE of one of the main characters in your book? What bothers him/her the most?

One of the things that bothers my main character the most so far in the book is trying on the hat that will tell him what house he is in. He is nervous because he doesn't want to by in Slytherin and doesn't know if it will pick him to be in it. Also, he is embarrassed because every one stares at him because he is The Harry Potter. Also, he is really scared of the Potions teacher whos nickname is Snape. He has been bothered by him ever sense he has first looked at him and they made eye contact. And when they did the lightning bolt scar on his head all of the sudden hurt bad but it was gone in the same time that it had came. Also, in his class when he keeps asking Harry questions about things that he doesn't know. So he is basically making fun of him and having other people make fun of him too for not knowing anything.
04:19 PM ET (US)
I am reading The Book Thief and I stopped on page 215.
  A life lesson that I learned while reading the book thief is: in order to be safe, you may have to keep a secret. Liesel Memminger's foster parents have just started to hide a jew in their basement. The jew arrived at the house because of Hans Hubermann's time during WW1. At first, the jew sleeps in Liesel's room but then feels bad because he knows the risk that the Hubermann's are taking in order to hide him. He feels that he doesn't deserve to be apart of the family and that he should just stay in the basement and never be seen. Another life lesson, which would be hard for a jew to live by during WW2, is to be yourself, no matter what others think. Jews during WW2 are killed just because of who they are. This is not right. Because of this fact, this jew thinks that he doesn't deserve to be part of a family. He lowers himself just because Hitler and the Natzis don't like his kind of people.
Alexia Allen
04:19 PM ET (US)
I am reading Dead to You by Lisa McMann and I stopped on page 159.

Ethan seems to have quite a few pet peeves. The thing that seems to annoy him the most is how many rules he has to follow now. Such how he is always told to be carful everywhere he goes. When he was kidnapped his kidnaper didn't make any rules so he's just not used to them. Now that he has them they just annoy him and he does everything in his power to break them. Such as skipping school, almost punching his brother, and staying out far past curfew. Also being asked the same questions over and over seem to be a pet peeve of his as well. After he got back everyone all had the same question like where has he been, what did his kidnapper do and countless others.
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