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Ind Rdg Journal 9/20/16

Jared Mettler
04:21 PM ET (US)
I am reading Crusher by Niall Leonard and I am on page 191 out of 323.
I believe the most important word for this book is suspicious. the main character, Finn, is always suspicious. He is suspicious of lots of people that may have murdered his father. His girlfriend turned out to be crazy, like actually mentally insane, so she could have done it. Her husband, yes she wa having an affair, is also a suspect of Finn's suspicion. Finn is also a subject of suspicion to the police. Be cause they think that he killed his own father. Another count of suspicion is Finn's mother who magically shows up a couple of days after Finn's father is murdered.
Hannah Miller
11:14 AM ET (US)
The name of my book is The Cellar, I read from page 260 to finish since I had an hour and a half bus ride to my volleyball game. I believe I am most like Poppy in the book, The Cellar. If I was in there situation I know I would most likely say whatever Clover wanted to keep from being killed by him. I wouldn't fight a battle I know I would lose. I don't relate to Rose or Lily much because Rose gave up fighting completely, and Lily was far too annoying to be like me. She was not exactly a drama queen but close to it. Poppy is perfect for me because she helps clean, behaves well, and is very kind to the new girls that get thrown down into the cellar. She hasn't really stopped fighting but she's far more focused on survival over escaping. If it were me I would escape only when I had a fool proof plan to do so and all of the girls in on it. I would focus on pleasing Clover to keep him happy and lower his suspicions. The time when I would fight hardest with no plan would be at the end when he would try to kill everyone and then himself. I would fight when there was nothing to lose and most likely be one of the ones who lived like Poppy was.
Tristan H
11:11 AM ET (US)
I am reading Code Name: Johnny Walker and it has 283 pages in it and I'm on page 124. How am I like any of the characters in this book? Well the person that I can relate to the most would have to be John, we basically like the same things about our lives. We both love to spend time with our families and our friends. One of the biggest things we are similar about is weight lifting, although he probably does it more than me its still something we both love doing. We both have three older brothers in our families, and we also hate our older brothers. Both of us love our military and hope to fight for it one day. John also loves to go hunting and fishing when he gets home from over seas, which I love to hunt as well.
Abbey Nielsen
09:17 AM ET (US)
Today Started the book I was Here by Gayle Forman. Ian on page 115 of 270. I am about half way into the book and so far Here seems like a very important word. Cody has learned that here best friend committed suicid. Cody goes to that collage meg was at and all she can think is that that here is the last place meg lived. Here is the last band she went to. Cody goes into her email just to see what was her last sent message? But she finds so much more a secret boyfriend. A new pet and she realizes she didn't even know her best friend.
Evie Golden
08:33 PM ET (US)
I finished Clockwork Princess today and I started The Great Gatsby it has 189 pages and I am on page 106. I think I am like Nick because he just seems to be along for the ride. I think he has a go with the flow attitude most of the time. He plots with Gatsby on how to get him to see Daisy again. I can see myself doing something like that for one of my friends. I also think he also is a bit skeptical when it comes to what people say about Gatsby, which I would be too. I also think that we are alike because he seems to be more quiet. I also think I am like Daisy because she seems very emotional and I can be too. She also seems to be an individual and I would like to think I am very original.
04:39 PM ET (US)
I'm reading Beyonders: A World Without Heroes. I'm on page 199 of 425. The most important word in this book is a word that the main characters have to learn to defeat an evil king. The word apparently is completely disarming to the king, who is a wizard. The wizard king had to choose a word when he was still just an apprentice that would allow his master to destroy him, in case he became too powerful. Anyway, the word is very secret, obviously, and the two main characters are on a quest to find out what it is and how they can use the word to defeat the evil wizard king and save the world from his tyranny. They have to learn the word by syllable, and they can't say it out loud or write it down to memorize or share it, or else it loses it's power. They only know three of six syllables in the word so far, which is pretty good considering the king is trying to kill them.
04:30 PM ET (US)
I am currently reading the book The Blueprint by Christopher Price. This book has 278 pages and I am currently on page 169. If I had to pick one word out of this whole book I would have to pick Blueprint. Because this suits this book almost perfectly. This book basically tells you in detail the steps the Patriots took to become a great football team. This word not only tells the story it symbolizes what this book is all about. While reading this you really get a feel for why the title is The Blueprint. I would have to say the most important passage comes in chapter one when the word gets explained and how it relates to the team. And the most important event would have to be when you find out that "Bills Blueprint" is actually on display at the Giants stadium when he coached them.
04:29 PM ET (US)
I am still reading Charlie, Presumed Dead it has 263 pages and I stopped at page 200. The author explains life, like be yourself and don't let others judge you. Lena one of the main characters in this book doesn't necessarily believe in religion but the other main character has a religion but their both totally fine with it, it doesn't bather them. I guess the author is explaining live your life, get to know others and don't judge or be embarrassed about who you are. Lena and Aubury are traveling across the world to find someone thats living.
Caden Gross
04:29 PM ET (US)
I finished Search andDestroy by Dean Hughs last weekend.

The one character I think I find my self relatable to is Rick. He is the main character in the story. He is going through life and he does not what he is going to do in his life and i'm still trying to figure out I want to do. He wants to become a writer and I would like to right some stories of my own. Rick joins the army and I plan on doing that myself after high school. And Rick has troubles with girls and I don't even what to explain that with myself. But Rick is just another kid who just got caught in everything and life kind of crept up on him and I will not let that happen to me.
Maddi T
04:28 PM ET (US)
Today I finished InkHeart by Cornelia Funk, and now I am reading Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan. This book has no pages numbers since it is a graphic novel. How I relate to this books character is that i'm strange like them. I love things that normally creep and disgust others. For example gore and some horror things, Im highly fascinated on the subject of vampires and werewolf. Most do not share this interest, nor do they know anything apart from the what tv shows and movies want the to believe. I love supernatural things and things that go bump in the night.
Savannah Cooper
04:28 PM ET (US)
I am reading Linger, I am on page 292 of 360 pages.

A. The author is writing about finding yourself and finding purpose with other people. She's saying to live your life how you want to and to not let others own you. Others can make you believe that you own them something and that you have to do what they say just because they said it. But you have to find your own way and your own purpose for doing things. You can't just life your life to please other people. Its not bad to make other happy, but throwing your life away because someone told you to isn't right. You have to live life for yourself and enjoy and help other people when you can. Finding yourself is very difficult and sometimes the best way to find yourself is through others.
04:26 PM ET (US)
Today I started a new book, it is the sequel to A Child Called It. The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer has 298 pages in it and I am on page 137. This book is a biography so its about Dave, written by himself. He is telling about his life and about how he was abused when he was little. In this book it is clear that the author is stating that he doesn't want this to happen to any kids. He explains in good detail about his life and how much of an impact it has had on the rest of this life. He is putting the message of "live life to the fullest" in his book a lot I think. I personally think he is doing this because he didn't get to enjoy being a kid due to his mother taking that away from him. I can't imagine what it would be like going through this. I can visualize how hard his life must have been because he really is re-living all of these events when he wrote it.
04:25 PM ET (US)
I'm reading the book Now by Morris Gleitzman. I am on page 164 of 182 pages. I feel like I am like Zelda. Zelda is a very determined, kind,and brave girl. She stops at nothing to make sure her best friend is okay. She is willing to stay in danger with her best friend to make sure they're always together. She doesn't care about her safety just alone. She puts people before herself and will fight for them. She would die for them and that's what ended up happening in the book. She goes out of her way for people and doesn't think twice about it. She did everything for her best friend and loved that she did.
Leah Krull
03:42 PM ET (US)
Today I finished Paperweight, and now I am reading Alive. This book has 357 pages, and I am on page 23. Although I am not very far into this book, living is quite obviously a very important part of the story. The title is Alive, after all. The main character just underwent a heart transplant. She is going back to school for the first time since the surgery. In the past two years combined, she has missed 237 days of school. She seems to define living by how much she has experienced. She thinks that she hasn't really "lived" because she's never had a real boyfriend, she hasn't ever partied, etc. She defines "living" by doing things that other teenagers are doing/have done that she has not.
03:27 PM ET (US)
I am reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I am on page 263 of 308.
I believe that the most important word so far is blind. I believe Harry is blind on what Albus needs and Albus is blind of he's fathers love and Draco is blind on who Scorpius truly is. There aren't really any passages in this play mainly quotes but I think a very powerful one is, "Harry, there is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world. Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic... Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe." This is said by Dumbledores painting. I chose this quote because I think it made Harry realize he can't fix this issue and he will need to show he's pain for things to work out. I think the most important feeling in this book is acceptance. Albus is constantly looking for Harry to accept him and Harry looks for love from Albus. They constantly want to be accepted by one another but they don't know how to go about getting it.
Kärin RennerPerson was signed in when posted
11:18 AM ET (US)
Start your entry with the name of the book, # of pages and page # where you stopped today!

THEN, choose ONE of the following topics and write 8-10 sentences.

A. What is the author saying about life and living through this book? Explain.


B. What do you think is the most important WORD in the book?
What (so far) is the most important PASSAGE in the book?
What (so far) is the most important element (an event, a character, a feeling, a place, a decision)? Why?
Answer all three parts of this question.


C. How are YOU like any of the characters in the book you are currently reading?

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