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Emma Aasen
03-04-2016
03:59 PM ET (US)
I am reading Then. It has 196 pages and I am on page 170. This book takes place in Europe. Felix and Zelda are Jewish. Zelda parents are dead and Felix rescued her. They have been hiding for a long time. They met Genia a married woman who's husband is a Nazi. They have to keep their new identities to there self and forget about their old lives being a Jew.
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Makenna Maras
03-04-2016
10:48 AM ET (US)
I started reading Messenger there are 187 pages and I am on page 92. The author of the Messenger, Lois Lowery has to have knowledge of human emotions and character. For example, in this book people get their names based off of their character. Not only that but it is a story about the main character growing up. He grows in character and his emotions. He learns about love and being a better person. He used to steal and lie but when he moved to village he learned to treat others kindly. He grows as a person. So emotion is a big part of this book.
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Jaida Horrell
03-04-2016
09:45 AM ET (US)
I am still reading Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King, this book has 436 pages and today I stopped on page 359. King would have had to know a lot about law, and detective work, considering that this book revolves around it. He either has this knowledge already, either by friends, family, or going to law school. Perhaps he did a whole lot of in-depth research over law, and the details that go along with it. Stephen King is already a phenomenal author, and to go outside of his "horror" genre, and going more into the mystery, it shows that he is truly skilled in writing. I would like to believe that he asked some lawyers, detectives and policemen about the law, that would make it more interesting.
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Branzon Underwood
03-02-2016
04:30 PM ET (US)
I am currently reading Little League: Play Ball it is by Matt Christopher, there are 217 pages in it and I am on page 108. I think that the knowledge needed for the author to write this book is knowledge about the Little League World Series. With having knowledge of that it would've allowed him to make this story that much better. The reason that he might've written this book is because he could've experienced this himself in life. Grew up as a baseball player and then had to move away from some of his best friends. He also mightve wanted to let people know what the little league world series is all about. Because every kid who play baseballs' dream is to play I'm Williamsport in the Little League World Series. Finally how could he have gotten this information? Maybe was a baseball player growing up and maybe he played in the LLWS.
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Silas Hoffman
03-02-2016
04:29 PM ET (US)
I am currently reading If We Survive by Andrew Klavan, the book has 339 pages and I stopped on page 101 today. Because this book is fiction, I don't assume the author had to know that much to write this book. Obviously, the author needed to know how to write, but I do think he needed to know a couple other things. First, because this book focuses on a group of teens and a youth pastor on a mission trip. He needed to know how a mission trip works and what they do. Second, because this book shows a revolution unfolding while the group is there and Americans are being targeted. He would need to watch the news, movies, other books ect to understand how and why these things happen. I think the movie No Escape would be a very similar situation to this book. The movie takes place in a country where the government is crumbling and Americans are being targeted accept it takes place near Vietnam and there are no teenagers that are prominent in that movie. I think the author wrote this book for enjoyment. I am enjoying this book and may read some more like it in the future.
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Macallister Hoffman
03-02-2016
04:26 PM ET (US)
I finished my most recent book and moved on to another Star Trek novel. This one is simply called, "Grounded." I am on page 52 of 267. To write this book the author had to know a great deal about Star Trek in general. To write a novel about something that someone else created, your background knowledge on the topic must be good. Things the author must have known would also include the characters and how they act. The author would get knowledge on these topics by watching the television show, reading other Star Trek books by other authors, or using the internet. The main idea of any book, such as this, is usually the same. The storyline is always about encountering new planets and problems faced on those planets. I believe the author wrote the book I am reading because of a passion in space exploration and what Star Trek represents in comparison to our own Earth.
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Rachel Kapperman
03-02-2016
04:26 PM ET (US)
I am reading Gitchie Girl by Phil and Sandy Hamman. There are 152 pages in the book and I stopped on page 72. This book takes place in South Dakota and Iowa. To get all the facts of the book correct the other had to know locations. The story is about Sandy's terrifying experience when out camping with some friends one night. Sandy was able to get this information because she was there. She witnessed almost all of the story. The book is a true story about the mass murder that happened at a far off road not many traveled, called Gitchie. Most of the story comes from what Sandy remembers however she also needed help from the police department to obtain there point of views. To be able to write about this experience says something about the type of person Sandy is today.
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Brittany Vaughan
03-02-2016
04:26 PM ET (US)
I am reading The Summer I found You by Jolene Perry. There is 240 pages in the book and I am currently on page 81. This book mentions a lot about the military and national guard. I think the author already knew a lot about this stuff because she mentions it a lot. She would have to look up a lot of information if she didn't know about it. I also think she may know someone in the military because of the emotion she uses. She writes from a boy's perspective, who just got out of the military and she goes into his emotion very well. I think she knows someone who has been in the military because she writes about the problems he has when he returns home, which I have never seen mentioned in another book. She writes about his feelings and thoughts, and how he always has nightmares about what he had witnessed. I think she knows how the soldier felt because she has either experienced it herself or she has a family member/friend who was in the army. I think that is why she may have also wrote this novel, is to tell people about soldiers' lives. They aren't exactly what you think because they have been through really rough times and have seen things, no one should ever see. The soldier in my book loses his arm because of a bomb and hates the look of it; he hates how hard it has made his life.
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Tyler Renken Actual Post
03-02-2016
04:26 PM ET (US)
I have just finish the book The Colossus Rises by Peter Deranges. It has 348 pages in all. Well he definitely would need to read up on some Atlantis Myths. He would also have to know about some greek history. Also would have to know about the 7 Wonders of the world. They were placed all around the Mediterranean area. Definitely would have needed a big imagination for this stuff too. He hasn't really had any experience with anything close to the topic. He majored in Biochemistry at Harvord. He was also a author who wrote a couple of 39 Clues books. So nothing really compare with him to the book.
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Katelynn Urness
03-02-2016
04:25 PM ET (US)
I just finished my book The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare which had 507 pages.
I juts finished the Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare. The author had to remember what she wrote in her previous books. My book is an explanation of one of the characters that is mentioned in other books. She would have to know what she has already written about this character so she doesn't repeat anything. She would also have to remember what other characters and events that he was with, and was involved in. In this book she goes into details about certain events from his point of view that had happened in other books. I think that she wrote this book because we dont know much about his past, but he is very much involved in these other books. So she wrote this to explain his life and experiences more.
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Alexa From
03-02-2016
04:25 PM ET (US)
Last class period I finished Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. I just started Once by Morris Gleitzman and I am on page 99 of the 163 pages. This is the fifth book I have read so far. The other of this book had to know a lot about the Holocaust. The book is about a little boy at an orphanage who believes his parents are still alive. He is the only Jew boy that lives there and the Nuns in charge try and protect him, but he escapes to try and find his parents. On his way he learns many different things. He learns that the Nazis don't like the Jews at all and that they were trying to kill them this whole time. I think Morris Gleitzman had to know kind of about how the Jews tried to save and protect their children, and places where they were hid. I think he would get this information from the internet, books, or any information on the Holocaust. I believe Morris Gleitzman wrote this book because he was interested in the Holocaust and wanted to find a good way to teach people about the struggles the Jews went through.
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emily nelson
03-02-2016
04:25 PM ET (US)
I am reading Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray. I has 426 pages and I'm on page 115. The author had to know some basic physics because there is so much science in this book. She also had to know a little about art, since the main character is an artist. This series is a great idea, I have no clue how she came up with it. She does a good job of making the book realistic. It could've turned out horribly cheesy, but the touch of science makes it seem possible. It must've taken her forever to think of all the possible ways leaping dimensions could seem possible. I don't think she wrote this book to make it all seem possible though. I think she wrote it for the story, the plot. She shows real life in this fantasy.
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Sarah Dickerson
03-02-2016
04:24 PM ET (US)
I am reading The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong . It has 406 pages and today I ended on page 137. This book is about teenagers who get ancient mystical powers. She had to know about these different tribal powers. She also had to know about teenagers. She had to know how they think, how they act, and how they dealt with their emotions. I think that she read books about different tribes and their powers. She would have had to know about these different powers and their true meaning otherwise the book would not make sense. I think she learned about teenagers by being one herself. I think that the author wrote this book because she had an interest in supernatural beings when she was younger. I think she had such an interest in them that she decided to write a book all about them.
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Jordan Goldammer
03-02-2016
04:24 PM ET (US)
What did the author have to know/know about to be able to write this book? How would the author GET the knowledge or ideas it took to write this book? Why do you think the author wrote the book you are reading?

I am reading The Book their by Markus Zusak, it has 550 pages and I stopped on page 293 today. The author had to know about the common life of the German people during World War II, he would also have to know a bit of information about how some Jewish people survived, and what children were learning at this time period. The author could have found the information and knowledge for this book in a multitude of ways. There are hundreds if not thousands of books about this time period. Many authors write about this time period because its something that we struggle with comprehending. So many people died that its almost unreal. I believe the author wrote the book i am reading to help bring a different point of view to this time period. Almost every book i've read about World War II is from a Jewish point of view. Such as the Diary of Anne Frank, The Boy In The Stripped Pajamas, and almost any documentary ever on world war two. This book brings a fresh light because its from a German perspective and, its almost told from Death's point of view. Its something new to me and i can understand why it is one of the New York Times #1 best seller.
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Stephanie Rueter
03-02-2016
04:24 PM ET (US)
I just finished Loser/Queen by Jodi Lynn Anderson, it has 260 pages. I will be starting Call The Shots by Don Calame. I think the author would really have to know what it feels like to be a nobody. Because that's really what Cammy was in the beginning of the book. The author must've felt what it was like to be in high school and to only have one friend. They were basically nobody's. The author also must have to know some knowledge about what you can actually do in a school that could be harmful and relatable to school life. For example setting a school on fire isn't really realistic. The author would have to know some pranks that are realistic to life, but also dangerous. The author would get this knowledge by well obviously being in school and maybe being a loser? Or maybe he talked to someone about this? She would also get the knowledge by what it felt like to first love someone and what a girl felt like after she get's a makeover. Basically she can get all of this knowledge by just going to high school and getting some basic experience on everything that went on in this book. I think the author wrote this book just for fun. I don't really think there was a purpose to it. Most authors think of an idea for a book and write away.
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