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Rachel Kramer
02:49 PM ET (US)
I am reading Breathing Underwater and it has 279 pages and I stopped on page 255. If I could have a conversation with the author right now, I would ask her many things. One of the questions I would ask is how she came up with the book cover. I want to know what inspired her to put that as the cover. I would also ask her how she came up with the plot of the book. I would like to know if that happened to her or how she was inspired to make that the plot. I would ask how and when she decided to write the book. I think it would be very interesting to know those different things about the book.
Nathan Masloski
03:40 PM ET (US)
I am reading The Rose Society, it has 395 pages adn I am currently on page 51. The front cover as a picture of the sea which signifies the traveling that they do from town to town looking for other elite malfettos like themselves. The front cover also has a wolf with two different colored eyes, I know that the wolf signifies one of the main characters powers to make objects appear from nothing. The two differently colored eyes might signify an important character, but I am not far enough in my book to be positive. This cover could signify something that will have a major meaning in the story or they could mean nothing at all. The cover this book would attract the eyes of someone who likes to travel, someone who lies animals, or someone who likes both! There is a lot of mystery hidden in the cover due to the crashing waves it makes the sea look angry and it makes you wander if someone would get hurt while traveling. The cover of my book says a lot, but it does it without saying anything at all.
Kobe Moldrem
03:20 PM ET (US)
I am reading A Season to Remember, it has 189 pages and I am on page 96. If I had a conversation with the author, I would ask him 4 different questions. The first question would be, "How close were you to Ashley's (his girlfriend) parents?" The second question would be, ?How long did it take for your ankle injury you got from the tornado to heal back to 100 percent?" My third question to the author would be, "Did any other of your Alabama teammates get injured in the tornado?" My fourth and final question would be, "What were the emotions like for your final home game during your senior year against Auburn?"
Sarah Chmelar
05:47 PM ET (US)
I have just finished UnSouled by Neal Shusterman today, which has 404 pages.
B. The front and back cover are both dark and mysterious, the front even more because there are faces on it. The front cover is more appealing because it has more details and picture on it. The blank faces make you wonder and want to choose the book. The back and the front of the book could be appealing to someone who finds it mysterious and wants to find out why the cover was chosen. The back and front covers of the books do hint at what is is about. I think that the reason the book cover is what it is because the faces almost seem soulless.
Griffin Smith
04:27 PM ET (US)
A. Make a connection from your book to something that is CURRENLTY happening in the world. (Text to world connection). For example, I am reading In the Heart of the Sea, about the tragedy of the Whaleship Essex that in 1819 set sail from the east coast to hunt whales and then was rammed and sunk by an enraged whale. Earlier this week I read this story about a Japanese whaling ship in Antartica that just killed 333 whales, some illegally.

I am reading The Right Fight and I am currently on page 54 out of 189. In my book WWII is going on and this is very relatable to ISIS and our armies going out and fighting them. This is important because we could possibly be sent to war to fight them. This could be devastating because someone as young as 15 could be sent to war and that would be very scary. My character in the book is only 15 at the time and he is going to basics the next day. This is scary because I am 15 also, so in theory, that could be me.
Julia Branson
04:27 PM ET (US)
I am Stil reading Burned. There is 531pages and I am on page 219.
This book reminds me of an experience with my family. My cousin Ashgen lived in Florida with his mom. Steve his dad used to live there to but moved to Omaha with his wife Sara. Ashgen go in trouble in school so he had to move to Omaha. So Steve could watch him. When the summer came he could move back to Florida with his mom. Then come back when school was coming. It is the same in my book> Payton one of the characters in my book had to move to Navada to I've with her Aunt J. She had broken a window and broke a girls nose. so she had to move.
Nathan Hanisch
04:27 PM ET (US)
I am reading Alex Rider SnakeHead. It has 388 pages and I stopped on page 297.
If I could have a conversation with Anthony Horowitz I would ask him why he made this book the way he did. I would also ask him, what kind of inspiration he used to write this book. I would also ask him how many more books would he make of the series. I would also ask him why he gave it the title snakehead.
Sheylee Stowers
04:27 PM ET (US)
I'm reading the book called American Sniper. My book has 376 pages to it and today I stopped on page 115.

Option D

My book is about a guy named Chris Kyle who decided that he had so much love for our country that he wanted to enlist in the Navy as a Navy Seal. I can relate to this because about 2 years ago, my cousin Eric had enrolled in the Navy as well. This book tells the story about Chris's journey and all of the struggles that he had to overcome whether the problems were war related or family related. Eric, my cousin, isn't a Navy seal like Chris. Instead, Eric had decided to become a Navy Ranger instead. To be honest I don't really know the difference between the two, but I know that they do have connection between the situations in which they both have to overcome; mainly family problems.
Kamryn Lindskov
04:26 PM ET (US)
I am reading the book Punished by Vanessa Steel, it has 325 pages and I'm on page 22. I just finished the book Finding Me.

 If I were to have a conversation with the author of Finding Me, I would want to ask her many questions. I would keep many of my questions to myself as they would have to do with her experiences in her kidnapping. I would start off by asking her the steps she took to be at the place she is now. How did she become ok? Id also ask about her son if she ever got to see him again or if he still doesn't know about her existence after returning. I would also make sure to tell her how much I admire her for overcoming every bad thing that has happened to her. Theres not enough time I could spend with her for her to try and make e comprehend what her life was like.
Makayla Schilling
04:26 PM ET (US)
I am still reading The Kill Order by James Dashner, I ended on page 147 out of 327 pages. The front cover explains the type of book it is. It has a block of houses, and there is fire in the air and the road is all busted up. This shows how the sun flares took over the world. On the back of the book there are some bold letters that say "the worst is yet to come" and "There is no cure. no escape" and "The end is only the beginning" These all set the mood for the book. It is an action filled book and they are trying to escape the flare and also WICKED. The fiery look of the cover and the back also show that its not going to be like a romantic book. It is going to be a book that might have some fighting in it, and defiantly some action. On the back it also has the rest of the series The Kill Order is a prequel to the Maze Runner series.
Gabrielle Englund
04:25 PM ET (US)
My book is called Fallout, the book has 662 page, and I stopped on page 199. I just finishes the book Identical, which was by the same author, and I loved it.
If I could have a conversation with the author of this book I would ask her why she chose this theme. The theme of the book is set in three different peoples lives, all connected by one thing; Methamphetamines, the drug that creates monsters. I think these books are so intriguing because nobody really gets an invite about the real drug word. This author is so good at explaining what the meth might make you do, and how it impact those around your life. So far all of the characters have been taken out of their home because of the meth.
Taylor Otheim
04:25 PM ET (US)
I am still reading Left for Dead by Pete Nelson. I stopped on page 132 of 191 pages today.

B. The front cover is appealing. Not very colorful, it does not catch the eye very much, but the title "Left for Dead" is the part that caught my eye. The back cover really gives a great summary of the book, it does a good job of persuading you to the side of the "stepped on" in this story. The summary does a great job of making you mad as well. It kind of gives away the story though. The use of colors was not used as they could have done it. It probably would have been hard but they could have easily colored the cover a little more.
Silhouette Smith
04:25 PM ET (US)
I am currently finished with the book no safety in numbers. It has a total of 263 pages. I didn't have a chance to go get a new book so I will have to get one next class.
My book is about how one day a kid named Marco stumbles on his way to work a bomb parked in the garage of the mall. He goes in to report it and before he can find anyone to talk to, they shut down the entire mall with everyone inside. They all begin this huge hunt to find out the real truth behind the bomb and who put it there. I can tie that to a current event in the case of the brussels bombing. A terrorist placed a bomb in a very public place order to do as much harm as possible. Same is true in the book when they finally find out who is behind it and why they did it, it turns out it was for the very same reason to make a statement and strike fear in the unknown.
Corwin McBreen
04:24 PM ET (US)
I am reading Dog tags by C. Alexander London. There are 219 pages and i toped on 70.
C: If i could have a conversation with the main charter i would ask him what the army is like. I would ask him what is his favorite part about it.I would see if her is glad that he got his military dog. I would want to know how different is training the dog. I would want to know if he thinks he will bond with his new dog. I would ask him if he is ready to go into war. The last thing i would ask him is dose he miss his family.
Riley Hollander
04:24 PM ET (US)
I am currently reading Heroes and it has 135 pages. Today I stopped on page 48 and I have not started another book.
B. The front cover of my book is actually kind of interesting. It has a picture of a kid in the background and HEROES written across the kids face so you can only see the chin and hair. It is also kind of appealing because of the color it has to it with purple brown and black making it look mysterious. The back cover is quotes from inside the book and also gives it interest because they aren't boring quotes. I think it is quite persuading because the cover and definitely gives you hints on what it is about with the title and overall look of the book. It kind of looks as if it is a which craft kind of book but then you soon realize it is a war book.
Amber Muth
04:24 PM ET (US)
I am reading My Life Next Door. It has 394 pages and I stopped on page 196 today.

 If I could have a conversation with Huntley Fitzpatrick, I would ask him a few different questions. I would ask why Samantha has to keep Jase a secret from her mom? And why he talks about Samantha's dad, but never explains that topic thoroughly. Sam always talks about how her dad left, but not why. She doesn't know, but her mom does. Why didn't her mom tell her? Overall, the book is very good and interesting.
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