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Ind Rdg Journal 9/6/16

01:11 PM ET (US)
I'm reading Beyonders: A World Without Heroes, and I'm on page 200 of 425. The setting of this book is an alternate world that's separate from our own. This other world is called Lyrian, and the main characters Jason and Rachel have to save this world to be able to return to ours. It's probably mid-summer during the events of this story, both in Lyrian and in our world. Jason and Rachel aren't able to leave Lyrian until they defeat the guy who's in charge of the place. They're currently stuck in a kingdom ruled by some jerk wizard, who's really more of a tyrant than a king. The world of Lyrian is similar to how our world was in the middle ages. The people are ruled by a king, and the king governs various places within his kingdom.
Hannah Miller
04:24 PM ET (US)
The book i am reading is called The Cellar, it is 356 pages long and I am currently on page 62. I just finished Psychopath by Keith Ablow and it was an amazing read. For The Cellar the main setting is the cellar he keeps the girls in. I think that this setting is so important since it's described so well, light blue walls. Comfortable furniture. Everything in the room was carefully chosen so it couldn't be used as a weapon or a means of escape. It also shows the killers OCD with germs seeing how the cellar smells so strong of lemon disinfectant. The time of the kidnapping isn't all that important in all honesty. Although it is listed every new chapter and sometimes they do flashbacks of before the kidnapping. I suppose it's only important because it shows how long Summer has been down there without being saved. I'm interested to see when she will be saved, obviously she will be. The other girls don't really have a home to go back to and they are all at least 18 but Summer is young. She is only 16 and I doubt her family will just give up their search.
10:52 AM ET (US)
I am reading Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi it hass 406 pages and I am on page 138. I love the way the author of this book never does the more predictable outcomes. Everyone thinks so poorly of Warner but as soon as they have nothing left and Juilette offers them a chance to revenge their losses, but they must work with Warner, they don't even think twice about it. They may still hate Warner but they hate his father more. Warner has a plan on how to take down their current government and the supreme commander, his father. While reading I figured they wouldn't want to help Warner but they have nothing left so they choose to help him. I like how the author writes in a way you don't expect.
Abbey Nielsen
05:01 PM ET (US)
I started reading reading Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch after finishing the book Language of the stars. This book has 386 pages and I am on page 117. The setting of this book is in Italy present day. This setting goes with the story really well having it be placed in Italy makes it a lot more fun to read. All of the disruptions of the town and the way the people talk. The time of the story makes it easier to relate to the main character. It also talks about important events in history like the Renaissance and ww1. If it was a different time period these references would not make since.
Tristan H
04:30 PM ET (US)
I am reading Ghosts of War it has 321 pages in it, I am on page number 242. If I could have a conversation with the author tight now the first thing I would ask him is why? Why did he feel the need to sign up for the military. He had everything he needed back home a girlfriend, family, education I mean what more could you ask for in high school. The second question I would ask him is how he thinks he could change or help his country by joining the Armed Forces. It does give us another man over seas and make he could convince a few of his friends to join as well. I just can't figure out why he would basically throw away his perfectly good life in New York to go over seas. But some people are just that way, they think they can change our country.
Caden Gross
04:29 PM ET (US)
Search and Destroy by Dean Hughes. Page 33-70. The setting takes place in the 1960's during the Vietnam War. It is about a 18 year old kid named Rick Ward has no idea what he is going to do with his life. He wants to be a writer but his Girlfriend/Ex-Girlfriend Judy does not think he can be one. Rick has troubles with his dad and one day, when Rick quite his job, him and his dad got into a fight and Rick ended up getting kicked out of his house. Then Rick signed up for the army and now he was leaving. Most people think he is dumb and saying he was "going to die for no reason". Now he is in Vietnam and he is getting ready to fight for his life and his country.
Leah Krull
04:28 PM ET (US)
I am reading "Lock and Key" by Sarah Dessen. This book has 422 pages, and I am on page 42. I just finished "American Girls" by Alison Umminger,today and "The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo" by Amy Schumer yesterday. I love the way the author of "Lock and Key" does such a good job describing things. She also does a great job telling the story through Ruby's (the main character who is 17 years old) point of view. She is good at writing as a teenager. I like that she writes in a way that I almost feel like I can relate to the main character in the book. I have always been a fan of Dessen's books, and this one doesn't seem to be an exception. I also love that she is able to give each character a very distinct personality. They don't run together. When one of them is in the middle of "speaking", I can always tell which one it is.
04:28 PM ET (US)
Right now I'm reading Charlie, Presumed Dead it has 263 pages, I'm on page 29 right now, I finished House Arrest today in class. I love the way the author of this book made the setting in Paris, I want to visit there someday so it gives me a brief visual setting of what it looks like and the atmosphere there. I like the cover a lot the crushed up rose and black look really cool together and thats what brought my attention to it. So far I'm really liking the story itself, it has a good storyline and I really like mysteries. I like the setting and it's set in the 21st century so I'm not really confused about what some stuff says in the book. I like how each chapter goes back and forth between characters, thats unique and interesting. So far I'm really into the author writing it makes sense to me and its like she telling me the story right to me. Im really excited to read more and find out more things I like about the book.
Savannah Cooper
04:28 PM ET (US)
I am reading Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater and today I am on page 176 of 390.

3. I love the way the author describes things. Maggie does a wonderful job of describing the outdoors and making you feel as if you were there. She has a magical touch with words and the emotions that come behind them. The way that she describes smells and sounds is both elegant and interesting. You feel as if you were there with the characters, living though them. The book takes place in the late Fall and Maggie perfectly captures the delightful feeling of Autumn. She not only describes things well, but the dialogue is beautiful. She makes it seem as if the conversation is happening right then and there. The way she writes is stunning and a great example for future authors.
Jared Mettler
04:28 PM ET (US)
I am currently reading Fake ID by Walter Sorrells, it has 313 pages, I am currently on page 22. I just finished reading First Shot, also by Walter Sorrells. The setting of my book is in a small town in Alabama called High Hopes, the time is also present day. Some more setting that the book establishes is in their raggedy old car. Also, the other setting is in the their "crummy, old apartment". I can't really tell right now how the setting is relevant to the story, because I am just in the opening pages of this novel.
Evie Golden
04:28 PM ET (US)
I am reading Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, it has 570 pages and I am on page 112. If I could have a conversation with the author I would have many questions. I would like to ask her for the inspiration for the characters, especially Jem. I would also ask her how she gets ideas for these book. One thing that I have been wondering about would be why she chose the location and time period that she did. I think this story could be in many different places and time periods so I wonder what drew her to the 1800s in London. I think I would also ask her if she planned out how all of the connections between series happened. I think that would be interesting because the stories take place with the same family over centuries. The nextl question I would ask is what made her link Jem and Will in the many ways they are in the book. They are very different characters and their dynamic is very interesting so I have to wonder if it comes from a real relationship. I also am very curious on how she chose the titles for the series because it doesn't really match what happens in the book.
04:27 PM ET (US)
The book that I am currently reading is Ghosts in the fog by: Samantha Seiple. This book has 199 pages in it and I finished the book today. The settings in my book play a very big role on how people choose to act in the story. This book takes place in WWII and gives a great backstory on the people of Alaska. This book tells you how the Attu people live before, during and after the Japanese invade the Aluthen Islands. It follows them to Japan where they become prisoners of war. This book does a great job of talking about the lives of those that were captured during the war. But arguable the most important setting is on the island of Attu. This is where most of the story takes place and it really gives you an idea of the conditions the soldiers were put through.
Maddi Tulin
04:27 PM ET (US)
InkHeart by Cornelia Funke,183-210
I finished Tricks by Ellen Hopkins.
If I could have a conversation with Mrs. Funke, I would ask her how she came up with such a story. I love the character ( the good ones). I would also ask her how she Pictures the main villain. I would ask her so many questions and learn how she views the world of Ink heart her self. I would love to see if she ever planned on writing a book that was the actual book of the book InkHeart. The book is one of the biggest things in the book and I would love to learn and it what the world behind the biggest plot device was/ is like. But I don't know if she is still alive so I don't know if this conversation is possible. Though it would be a lovey conversation, she just has this way of writing.
04:26 PM ET (US)
I am reading A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer. I started it in this class and finished it too. There was 152 pages in the book. I also finished Heartless by Sara Shepard over the break. If I could have a conversation with the author I would ask him why he chose to write a book about child abuse. I would also ask him if he knew any kids that were abused. He was abused so I would want to know if all the stuff in the book actually happened to him. I would ask him what emotions were going through his mind when we was writing this. Another question I would ask is what happened after the story ended because it didn't really have an ending. And the last question I would ask is if he planned on writing any other books like this that weird his real story.
04:26 PM ET (US)
I finished the book Fragments by Binjamin Wilkomirski and it was 155 pages. I am now reading the book once by Morris Gleitzman. There is 163 pages and I stopped on page 58. I love the way the author has Felix always asking questions about things. He doesn't know what is going on at all so it always keeps us guessing on when he is going to find out. He is always wondering what if this happened or thinking why is this happening. Right now his thinking is way off on what is actually happening. He is thinking why are the Nazis burning Jewish books but they actually aren't. He doesn't know that yet but it builds suspense for us until he does find out.
Kärin RennerPerson was signed in when posted
08:40 PM ET (US)
Readers become leaders! You did a nice job on your first journals! Please think about capitalization and punctuation in your posts. Please write the full 8-10 sentence responses.

**The FIRST SENTENCE of EVERY one of your Journal entries MUST begin with the name of the book you are reading, the number of pages in the book, and the page # you are on right now. Also tell me if you just finished a book!

Respond in a MINIMUM of 8 to 10 sentences to just ONE of the following three journal prompts.

1. If you could have a conversation with the author right now, what would you ask him/her?
2. What is the setting(s) of your book and how is it relevant to the story? Remember that setting refers to both place AND time.
3. Finish this idea: "I love the way the author of this book..." Be complete and give examples to support your opinion.
Edited 09-06-2016 03:39 PM

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