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IR 4th Quarter Journal #3: 4/1 (White)

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Christian Hackett
12:38 PM ET (US)
I am currently reading the book Unthinkable by Shirley Duke. There is 103 pages total and I stopped reading on page 63. I just finished the book Eyes on Target.
If I could have a conversation with Shirley right now I would have many different questions to ask her. The first thing I would ask her would be what motivated her to write this book? Another thing I would ask is what caused her to write a fictional horror story. I believe that she has many more books like this but I do not think they are quite the same. Another thing I would ask her if she created all the stories within the book or if she had someone else write them. Overall I think that this book is very good.
Makenna Maras
03:02 PM ET (US)
I started reading The Chance You Won't Return by Annie Cardi. It has 344 pages and I am on page 39. The front cover of my book attracted me to it. I saw it out of the corner of my eye and it looked really cool. So, I decided to read the back of it. It is really colorful and looks realistic. Although, it doesn't really seem to have anything to do with the book yet it, besides there is a car on it. Alex Winchester is terrified of cars and refuses to drive one. There is also a plane and each chapter begins with an Amelia Earhart quote. I'm not quite sure what it has to do with the book but soon I will probably find out.
Stephanie Rueter
07:34 AM ET (US)
I am starting my new book She's So Dead To Us by Kieran Scott (and yes this is kind of like a sequal kind of to She's So Not Worth It). It has 275 page in it, I started on page 6 and ended on page 119. In the book right now, Ally moved back into her old town, but not her house she had before because her father really screwed up and know all of her friends hate her. She meets Jake and he invited her to this party. So Ally goes there and her old friends tell her to go because know one wants her there. That reminds me of something that happens sometimes in lunch. I sit at a table that I think only certain people can go to, so one person decides to sit there that's friends with 2 people at the table and one other person yells at them saying no one likes you here and you should go. It really makes a connection to this book. Ally's finally making some friends in her Norm world instead of her Crestie world that's she's no longer a part of. Hopefully that one person that get's rejected from the table starts to make friends so she doesn't have to get picked on anymore.
Tyler Renken Actual Post
04:08 PM ET (US)
I just finished the book Tomb of shadows. I have started the book First Team. It has 327 pages and I stopped on page 74. The front cover is really good. With how they match the colors and with their lettering. It is really attractive with the picture they have on the front page. The back cover isn't really at all appealing. It just has a part of a paragraph in the book. It isn't really appealing over all but Is front cover helps out the back cover.
Silas Hoffman
03:55 PM ET (US)
I am currently reading Taken by Edward Bloor. I have just finished the Darkest path and started reading this book today, I stopped on page 9. If I could have a conversation with the author of Taken, I would ask him what convinced him to write the book? Where did you get the Idea for this book? And finally, why did you write this book? I think this is an interesting book so far and it would be nice to know why he wrote this book. I think all writers are very talented people and it is nice to know what they are thinking.
Branzon Underwood
03:50 PM ET (US)
I am currently reading Code Name: Johnny Walker by Johnny Walker. It has 277 pages and today I ended on page 30. My book is similar to the Syrian civil war. It is about Saddam Hussein and how he is beginning to terrorize the newly colonized province of Kuwait. When Saddam first came into power he was acting as help to the country until Kuwait became a province taking away form their territory. This is similar to the Syrian civil war because it is about how the leader was once helping the country and being nice and then he started terrorizing them and it was bad. I think that the war they are about to get into it "Operation Desert Storm" which was one of the largest wars in the history of Iraq that lasts for many years. This is similar to the current Syrian Civil War
Shane Spencer
03:49 PM ET (US)
I am reading Eon by Allison Goodman. The book has 531 pages and I am on page 212.
The books front and back cover are very appealing. The bright read of the cover draws the eye spectacularly. The imagery on the cover would make a teen want to read it because it has a dragon and everyone loves or at least is interested by dragons. Another part of the cover that is very interesting would be the silhouette of the younger person holding swards. That shows a fighting element that would surely interest some. In the title Eon there is what appears to be Asian writing, along with the form of the dragon and use of swards with the character shown, that clues the reader into the setting or era of futile Asia. I think this book would definitely attract the teen eye.
Rachel Kapperman
03:47 PM ET (US)
I just started the book Delirium by Lauren Oliver. It has 441 pages and I stopped on page 51. On the cover of my book it's just a picture of half a girl's face with a plant next to it. To me these types of covers are appealing. I tend to read and enjoy more books with simpler covers on them. However, to some teenagers these types of books might look boring. You really need to read what the book is about to get into it. I don't believe this cover gives any clues to the book. The only thing I think the face on the front cover shows is the main character you will be reading about.
Sarah Dickerson
03:46 PM ET (US)
I am reading Throw Like a Girl by Jennie Finch. It has 211 pages and today I ended on page 53. I finished 11 Birthdays last class period. If I could have a conversation with the author I wouldn't stop asking her things. I would ask her how she got started playing softball. I was ask if it was stressful being in the spotlight. I would ask if she had a tough time getting to where she is now. I imagine that she did have a very difficult time getting to the position that she's in now. I would ask her if negativity ever made her reconsider her decisions. Lastly, I would ask her if her relationship with God helped her with her journey.
emily nelson
03:46 PM ET (US)
I am reading Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider. There are 324 pages and I ended on page 257. I am going to be analyzing the cover of my book. I think it is appealing personally. It has a space theme going on with green trees like a forest at the bottom. They did it in a cartoon type of way though. What really caught my attention about this book was that it talked about how this author had written a different book that I liked. One of the first things I go to on a book is to read reviews on the back. This one had good things said about it. I think if it hadn't been this author I might not have picked it up. If we're judging this book by the cover, I would like to see more color.
Brittany Vaughan
03:46 PM ET (US)
I am reading Panic by Sharon M. Draper. There 260 pages total, but I am currently on page 117. I have just finished my other book called Reality Boy and I started Panic today. I think the cover is really appealing to teenagers and would make them pick it up. The image on the cover is really simple and isn't to flashy which is a good thing. I think if the cover has too much pictures on it, it makes it easier to pass because we have read a ton of books with covers like that. The image is of a butterfly with pins in it, almost like it is being held down. This is a big hint to people of what is going to happen in the book, which makes people want to read it. The book cover is mostly dark grey except the butterfly is a bright blue. I also think the title has a big part in dealing with the cover. I think the word is a very interesting choice and draws people to the book because they want to know why the author calls the book Panic.
Katelynn Urness
03:45 PM ET (US)
I just finished Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I started The Fate Of Ten by Pittacus Lore yesterday and picked up today on page 110 of 399.

Prompt B: The front cover of my book isnt very appealing. It has a symbol on there but I dont know what it means. On the other hand, the back cover though is very appealing. It has words that make you want to read the book. It is like a forshadowing poem and it sounds really cool. The cover isn't really persuading to a teenager to read the book. I feel like if a teenager were to read the back though that it might persuade them to read the book. It gives some clues to the book but not too much that it spoils the book.
Cassidy Eidsness
03:45 PM ET (US)
I am reading the book Love Letters to the Dead. It has 313 pages and I am on page 210. If I could talk to the author, I would ask what happened to the sister May. Ava doesn't mention what exactly happened to the sister, she just says that she died. I would also ask why does Laurel always cry and drift off when she is with Sky. Does Sky remind her of her sister May or what happened to May. I have so many unanswered questions that are confusing to figure out in the book. I would ask the Ava, why does Laurel cut off all of her friends from her old school that know about May but she doesn't cut off Sky even though he knows too. I would ask the author, how did she come up with this story, and why she wrote it the way she did.
Jordan Goldammer
03:45 PM ET (US)

I am currently reading The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. The novel has 550 pages and today I stopped on page 500 (I'm so close). If I could have a conversation with the author right now I would ask him why he made Death the narrator. I think that is very interesting that Death is the narrator, but it seems like a weird point of view. After all this is a book about Liesel, not death. If i were writing this book I would have done it through Liesel's eyes, but there would be "rabbit holes" when Hans had to join the army and clean up after air raids. This is where I think Markus is a very smart man, someone dies every 8 seconds which means Death would have to be everywhere at the same time to collect souls. With death having this special ability, he would be able to give insight as to what someone is doing at that time. Even though I just answered my own question, I'd still ask him because there are many other narrators for a story like this such as, her dead brother, or her (possibly dead) mother. I believe it would be interesting to hear his point of view as to why Death is in fact the narrator.
Alexa From
03:44 PM ET (US)
Today I finished Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. It had 406 pages. The next book I will be reading is Pretties by Scott Westerfeld. The front cover of my book goes really well with the story. It is a picture of a face covered up by a white blanket, with someone holding a scalpel right next to it. In the book, you are an ugly until your turn 16. When you turn 16 you have an operations to give you the perfect face. At 16 you go from an ugly nobody to a pretty somebody. So the blanket covering the face and the scalpel represents an ugly going into surgery to become a pretty. Thats how it is in that world. The cover of the book is very appealing, which made me want to read it even more. I know you aren't suppose to judge a book by its cover, but I always do.
Jaida Horrell
03:44 PM ET (US)
I am currently reading the book The Fear by Charlie Higson. This is the third and final book in the trilogy, I finished the second book, The Dead, this class period as well. This book has 486 pages and I stopped on page 41. The front cover of the book is an image of two figures running away from what appears to be a building on fire. There is a green tint, which matches the title of the book. The back cover is an image of what appears to be a bridge burning. I felt that these pictures were very appealing, as this book sets a feeling of worry, and panic towards the characters. Seeing both covers helps with that feeling as well. Another thing, the images seem to be completely relevant to the story, considering that in the previous book, they were faced with a huge conflict that just so happened to be a fire, a fire that was burning London. Its effectiveness towards persuading a teen to read this book has to be pretty high. It does in fact give me a hint of what is going to happen in the book, like perhaps another fire is going to cross the character's paths.
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