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Ind Rdg Journal 11/4/16

Evie Golden
04:25 PM ET (US)
I finished the Fate of Ten on Saturday and I am now reading United as One by Pittacus Lore I am on page 221 of 467. Setrakus often visits the Loric in their dreams. Which causes stress to John who is most visited. John avoids sleep as much as he can which weakens him. They all struggle getting sleep because of the war going on. When they do sleep all of them seem to have nightmares consisting of the horrors that have been going on. Ella also visits the Loric while they sleep because she can use here telepathy to warn them. The visions Setrakus sends are alway horribly graphic and are sent to upset the Loric and to make them feel as if they cannot win. John is getting better at realizing when he is dreaming so they aren't affecting him as much as they once were. Their sleeping problems make them all more stressed and they tend to fight more when they have had visions.
Tristan H
09:29 AM ET (US)
I am reading The Nazi Hunters, it has 256 pages in it and I am on page 120. B: Time plays a huge roll in the book I am currently reading. Timing is key for the characters in my book, they have a set deadline that needs to be met. The goal of the characters is to capture and take back an ex military general named Adolf Eichmann that was in charge of exterminating jewish citizens. After world war two he fled to Argentina to hide and escape his pressures. To capture Eichmann the team has to travel to Argentina and wait for the right moment to try and take Eichmann. The team sets up a two houses to watch Adolf, one of which is only a few houses over from his for surveillance. The second is described more as a safe house and is a pac thy would be able to hold Eichmann captive. The plan has to go perfectly in order for everything to work as they want it to, and for this to happen the timing has to be right on everyone part.
04:06 PM ET (US)
I finished it's not summer without you by Jenny Han it was 275 pages.
Seasons play a role in the book because each summer they go the summer cabin in Cousins, South Carolina, and in they fall they go back to school. I guess it affects Belly because she always gets sad when they leave and she misses Jeremiah and Conrad. The season that the author writes about the most is summer at the beach and kind of fall when school is arriving. For memories Belly has spent all of her summers at the beach cabin and she has flashbacks little memories she has with the boys and her mom and moms friend. The main characters birthday is in the late summer also and she has big parties and then it's time to go back home.
Hannah Miller
03:51 PM ET (US)
I am reading Faceless, it has 341 pages and I am almost completely finished. I stopped reading at page 287.

A. The character in my book has insomnia. She wakes up screaming having nightmares of her donor's death. Her donor died in a car accident and the death is always different in her dreams. Some nights she's walking her dog, other nights she's driving the car. She even dreams of the girl out on a run like she, herself was when the whole thing happened. When she finally returns to school she has nightmares about people laughing at her, because her boyfriend wants to leave her. She stops morning after a while and can sleep through the night again. Her parents check on her to make sure she's sleeping also.
Edited 11-04-2016 03:51 PM
Maddi T
03:48 PM ET (US)
B. Does TIME play a role in your book? Does a character have too much TIME on his/her hands? Is a character running out of TIME? Does a character have an important DEADLINE? Does a watch or a clock play an important role in your book? Is TIME TRAVEL a topic in your book?
I just finished Cirque Du Freak volume 12 by Darren Shan. It is the last book of the series. Im also reading Zombie Blondes by Brian James but didn't read out of it today. (B.) In Cirque Du Freak time is a major and small part of the plot. Ever since Darren was born he was destined to do amazing things. He found out he had a terrible fate awaiting him, he was a victim of Desmond Tiny. A horrible person who manipulated time to make Darren the lord of shadows. But he defines Mr. Tiny more than ever. He made his own destiny. By doing so he outwitted Mr. Tiny. He also saved himself and his best friend Steve from being pawns in Mr. Tiny's hands ever again.
Jared Mettler
03:47 PM ET (US)
I am reading out of his league by Pat Flynn and am on page 97 out of 298.
Seasons have a role in my book, perhaps. It always hot in Texas. No matter what season it is. Well I guess you could say its hot in comparison to SD. But not only the physical seasons of the year have an impact. Football season is what this book is all about. The main character Ozzie is a foreign exchange student from Australia who is used to playing rugby, but he gets a starting spot on one of Texas' most storied programs for high school football.
03:46 PM ET (US)
I am reading Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard and I am on page 202 of 440.

Sleep is often talked about in my book. All the characters seem to have a need for sleep but seldom get the chance to sleep. Cal has said that he doesn't sleep ever since he was forced to kill is father. Even with himself not sleeping he still makes sure that Mare gets sleep. When they are flying for safety he takes his time and goes of course knowing that she won't sleep if they land but, that she will if they stay in flight. Other characters in my book don't seem to have as hard of time sleeping. They may have nightmares that haunt them, but they have learned to deal with them. The people that have lost their lives because of Mare are the things that occur in her nightmares, preventing her from truly sleeping.
Sunny Worlie
03:45 PM ET (US)
I read Resistance: Book 1, with 129 pages.

D - Darkness. In this book, WWII is just starting, and the Nazis are gaining power. The main characters in the book are kind of oblivious to what's happening, since they're children. Their parents wont tell them anything, and they can't get the news from much else. The kids know that the Germans don't like Jewish people, but they don't know why. The protagonist's friend's parents get arrested and sent away to France. The protagonist and his sister decide that they need to hide their friend, since his parents were taken, and he's Jewish. So, they hide him in their wine cellar, with only a little lamp and a blanket. He is kept down in the dark, away from the Germans, for a few days. The kids find out that the boy's parents are alive and well, and go to France to reunite the family. All the characters learn that the war is just starting, and though the family is safe, many others still aren't.
03:44 PM ET (US)
I finished The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas and Im reading Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen now. It has 281 pages in it and I am on page 101.

B. Time plays an important role in my book because one of the main characters has a deadline to do get things done by. And the other main character has a deadline to be back home before her parents realize that she snuck out. The first main character has to do many things for an important event coming up. If she doesn't get things done before its time to get them done she will be unprepared. The second main character sneaks out to be with this boy all the time. She always sneaks out at night and has to be home before her dad wakes up in the morning. The two top main characters have to deal with time in my book. So, time plays an important role on my book.
03:44 PM ET (US)
I am currently reading Zero Night by: Mark Felton. This book has 254 pages and I am currently on page 227.

A. Sleep is a very big topic in my book, its actually one of the deciding factors in survival in this book. The night before the prisoners escaped the prison almost all of the British officers were taken into a room and told that were going to be transferred within three days. This alarmed a lot of the inmates because they had to move the day of the escape up to the next night to ensure everyone got out. Because of this when it was time for the escape a lot of the officers were very tired and they performed poorly during the escape. Once they were in the German countryside they had to constantly stay moving to avoid detection by the police. It was because of this that the prisoners very rarely got to sleep for more than four hours. Not only that but they were used to sleeping at night, but now since they were on the move they could only move at night and sleep during the day. Just like it says in the book the body clock of the prisoners was set to sleep at night so it was very had to even get little sleep during the day. Because of the lack of sleep many prisoners were caught making dumb decisions out in the open.
03:43 PM ET (US)
I am reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and I'm on page 81 of 215.
D. There are a few people who are being dark in my book. Bruno's dad is being dark because he tells Bruno that his grandparents aren't as important since they moved. Bruno asked about these strange people he see's and his dad says that they're not even people. Gretel's boyfriend Lieutenant Kolter is a dark person. Bruno asks him for a favor and he starts to mess with him. Bruno wanted to make a swing and he knew where materials were and didn't give it to him for awhile. Finally he said and then he made Pavel carry to for Bruno. Gretel and Bruno were embarrassed because they never really talked to Pavel.
Abbey Nielsen
03:43 PM ET (US)
I am on page 104 of 355 in the book Two Summers. It is summer Summer the main charicter"s favorite time of the year. This year she is going to paris to spend time with her father. When she gets there her plans change. Her dad cant make it to Pairs for two weeks. She no have to find something to do with her summer. That night when Summer is sleeping she has dreams about the phone ringing. That phone call could have changed her life. The dream changes to what would have happened if she didn’t go to Paris.
Leah Krull
03:42 PM ET (US)
Today I finished While it Lasts by Abbi Glines, which has 264 pages.
C. The seasons in this book definitely affect my characters. Cage York goes to work on a farm for the summer because of a DUI that he got. He has to work Monday-Friday every week doing manual labor, and sleeps in a barn during the night. He meets the farmer's daughter, and he falls head over heels for her. However, the father has already said that she is off limits. Come to find out, just a year and a half earlier, his daughter lost her husband to the war in Baghdad. She has struggled with recovering, and was not very nice to Cage because of her fear of getting involved with men. They end up becoming involved with one another anyway, and she learns that he has a history of messing around with A LOT of girls, and never sticking around. She fears that their relationship will be only for the summer, and that's not what she wants. She doesn't want this to only last one season, and she is scared of the end.
Savannah Cooper
03:41 PM ET (US)
I am currently reading Meet me at the River and I am on page 343 of 376.
Darkness is a very big theme in the book I am reading. The main character Teressa is trying to find any reason to live and keep moving. She attempted suicide earlier and sees apparitions of the loved ones she's lost. Her family is broken, her mother can never seem to stay in one place. Teressa can hardly find the happiness that most people need to move on. She's stuck, the apparitions that she sees at night keep her going but stop her from healing at the same time. She drinks to block out painful memories and worries that her mother will run away again leaving her new baby boy Matthew. Teressa doesn't know what to do and how to move on. She's never met her father and her step-father hates her. She is going to have to decide what is more important to her, living a normal life or seeing the person she's lost.
Caden Gross
03:39 PM ET (US)
I am reading Unlikely Warrior by Georg Rauch. I'm on pg 67 of 317

Seasons are huge in my book. Georg is in Russia during winter of 1943-44. In Russia, winters are not great at all. Georg is freezing cold and is living in a trench. He says that there are dark clouds, the ground it frozen, food is rationed much more, and he says that they were just hit by a blizzard. He says he has put on so many clothes and yet he still is cold. And worst of all is that the Russian army is only a few hundred meters away. Due to the snow, No letters are getting out, food is going spoiled, people are getting lies and frostbite, and they can't hardly see with all of the snow coming down. So they don't know if the Russians are advancing or where a mortar might land on them without even knowing it. The season do play a huge part in this book.
Kärin RennerPerson was signed in when posted
02:58 PM ET (US)
Start with 1 sentence to name current book, total # of pages and page # where you stopped today.


On Sunday, November 6, it's time to wind back the clocks. Daylight Saving Time officially ends at 2:00 am this Sunday. In theory, “falling back” means an extra hour of sleep this weekend. It also means that by the time most of us finish with after school activities, it will already be dark outside :-(

Winston Churchill once described Daylight Saving Time like this: “An extra yawn one morning in the springtime, an extra snooze one night in the autumn… We borrow an hour one night in April; we pay it back with golden interest five months later.”

That’s an overly optimistic view. In reality, many people don’t, or can’t, take advantage of this weekend’s extra hour of sleep. And the resulting shift in the body’s daily sleep-wake cycle can disrupt sleep for several days.

Keeping with this theme of SLEEP and TIME and CLOCKS and SEASONS and DARKNESS, choose one of these topics and write 8-10 sentences about your current book. Please type the letter of the ONE topic you choose to address at the start of your first sentence (A,B,C or D).

A. Is SLEEP a topic in your book? Insomnia, recurring dreams that prevent sleep, sleep deprivation, days spent in bed, scary nightmares, falling asleep, sleeping over, sleeping outside.

B. Does TIME play a role in your book? Does a character have too much TIME on his/her hands? Is a character running out of TIME? Does a character have an important DEADLINE? Does a watch or a clock play an important role in your book? Is TIME TRAVEL a topic in your book?

C. Do the SEASONS play an important role in your book? Does a season(s) affect your characters? Does the author spend a great deal of time describing a particular season in your book? Are there memories of a particular season that a character experiences?

D. Does DARKNESS play a role in your book? Do important events happen in the DARK? Do any of your characters have a DARK side? Are any of your characters “in the dark” about what is really going on? Is any character afraid of the DARK?
Edited 11-04-2016 03:01 PM

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