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Tristan Hanisch
04:14 PM ET (US)
I just finished Son by Lois Lowry, it had 396 pages.
I just started my christmas book called Christmas with Tucker. Just by reading the first 20 pages I could tell It was going to be a good book. The main thing I like about this book is how the boy has such an attachment to the dog. I can relate to this situation myself, the last dog I had was by far my favorite of all the ones I had. It was just so friendly and playful that I would come home everyday after school and play with him for ours at a time. So I am looking forward to reading the rest of this book for christmas.
11:53 AM ET (US)
I am currently reading Way of the Reaper by: Nicholas Irving. This book has 284 pages and I am currently on page 177.
I feel that the most important word in this book is "Reality". Say this because Irv is always referring back to the reality of the situation he is in. He has to constantly remind himself of where he is and what it is he is doing. He remembers watching an enemy solider at about 300 yards hiding behind a tree and not giving Irv a clear shot at him. All Irv wanted to do at that moment he said was stand up to get a better shot at the man. But then he said that the reality set in and he realized that would be a very stupid thing to do considering all of the enemy snipers in that area. And this isn't the only time he has to bring himself back to reality. He has a whole chapter dedicated to returning back to the States and having to deal with a very different way of life.
Hannah Miller
04:20 PM ET (US)
I am reading Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Leviathan. I stopped at page 105 of 260. I recently finished the book Alive.

I really am enjoying this boo. At first I was skeptical because I have never thought about christmas books being very fun to read but I've been proven wrong. The main characters in this book are pretty interesting and sort of ironic. On one hand you have dash, he's incredibly sarcastic and very much a smart-alec. Lily on the other hand is his polar opposite, she is genuine and sincere, delicate you could say. The irony comes around with the fact that Dash absolutely despises Christmas and Lily absolutely adores it. The story is interesting and in some weird way relatable.
Edited 12-08-2016 04:24 PM
Jared Mettler
03:02 PM ET (US)
I finished reading the lightning thief by Rick Riordan and I'm starting to read my christmas novel called Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. "Hello, you've reached Percy Jackson son of the Sea-god Poseidon. I am currently unavailable to come to the phone right now. I am out slaying masters and beasts that are only told of in legend. If you want to leave your name and number thats cool. I'll get back to you as soon as soon as I'm done on my quest to the underworld. You know searching for Zeus' lighting bolt and all. Have a nice day and if I don't call back, I'll either be at half-blood hill or I'm dead. So have a nice day."
Evie Golden
11:13 AM ET (US)
I finished reading Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. I think the most important word in the book is beautiful. Neither Eleanor or Park are conventionally beautiful. Because they love each other the only word they can use to describe one another is beautiful. They know how important being true to yourself is. They don't necessarily mean attractive, they see past the others flaws and they see the beautiful underneath. They see the beauty in their individuality. Park sees the beauty in how Eleanor expresses herself in ways that others might see as weird. Eleanor sees the beauty in Park in his passion for music. They also are both their own people, but together they make something beautiful.
04:26 PM ET (US)
I am reading Forgive me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick it has 273 pages and I stopped in page 101. I think the word "Leonard" itself is the most important word because Leonard is the main character and just so happens to be the narrator. Leonard basically talks about his life and for him his life is really sad, his mom is gone a lot, his father left when he was a little boy and he's by himself and has a hard time making friends because he's "weird" and "strange". So all of these names and problems basically want him to put an end to himself and the school bully Asher Beal. Yes, he's planning on doing a school shooting and on the very day he is planning this he's giving away gifts and money to people that have accepted him even if he's not that close to them. So bottom line Leonard is the most important word because it's about Leonard himself, problems, people, actions, future, past...Another word that could go along with this is maybe the word pressure, he might feel pressured because he thinks he doesn't serve a purpose in life, and won't get far. I've never read a book like this and serious I don't know what to expect.
Savannah Cooper
04:21 PM ET (US)
I am currently reading Fear and am on page 258 of 509.

1. the most important word in this book to me is darkness. Children 15 and younger are trapped in this little bubble called the FAYZ. For the past four months things have been peaceful, the creature they call the Darkness is hiding and the psychopath Drake is no where to be seen. A new problem challenges the children of the FAYZ, complete and utter darkness. The bubble that keeps them trapped is turning black, suffocating all the light the sun may provide. Life can't go on in the darkness. Drake has returned to terrorize everyone and serve his master the Darkness. I have no clue how they are going to solve this.
Abbey Nielsen
04:21 PM ET (US)
I on page 109 of 352 in Let It Snow. So far this book is really good. The book is written by three authors. It is a 120 page story for each author. The first book is by Maureen Johnson. This story is a Christmas romance. Julie's train is stuck and so she is now staying with a family she just met. She just broke up with her boyfriend after realizing that he is going to break up with her. She then meets some one new that she falls in love with.
04:21 PM ET (US)
I am reading the book Between Shades of Gray and I am on page 319 of 336.

1. I feel the most important word in this book is self-control. Every single person who has been taken to the camps have to have self-control. Lina has to have self-control when her parents died, the guards being inappropriate and mean, and when she was taken away from Andrius. Jonas has to because his parents died and he has to become the man. HE was becoming the man when they were separated from their father. Elena the mother has to have total control before she got sick and died. First she was taken away from her husband, she givers her bread rations to her kids, she makes sure everyone has everything before worrying about herself, and when her husband died she controlled herself. Many more people have self-control but these are the people who matter the most.
Sunny Worlie
04:21 PM ET (US)
I'm reading The Awesome with 246 pages, and today I stopped on 105. I'm going to write an answering machine message for the main character of my book.

"Uh, hey. This is Maggie. If you're hearing this it's probably because I'm busy kicking monsters' butts. Or they're kicking mine, whichever. Anyway, leave a message and I'll get back to you when I get the chance. N-no Mom. Mom! Hey, give that back! BEEEEEP"
Maddi T
04:20 PM ET (US)
I just read and finished Princessless by Jeremy Whitley and M. Goodwin. It did not have page numbers. I also finished the boo about the aliens in doctor who.

The most important word in this book would be princess or helpless. Because that what most of the females in the book are described as. In this book its a medieval place and the female protagonist became her own hero. She's off to rescue her sisters from their towers. She kick butt and has a lot of sass to share. But she isn't helpless unlike others and she doesn't want to be like a normal princess either.
Caden Gross
04:19 PM ET (US)
I am reading Once by Morris Gleitzman. I am on pg 133 of 163.

PARENTS. I think that this word is the most important word in this book. The reason why I choose this word is because Felix (the main character) was left at an orphanage by his parents. After three years of waiting, Felix finally decides to leave the orphanage. his parents didn't tell him why they were leaving and Felix wants to know where they are. But the finally words his parents said to him before they left was "We will never forget you". So it's most likely that they are in a concentration camp and dead. While Felix is out side of the orphanage, he saves a little girl named Zelda. Felix found out the Zelda's parents are dead but he doesn't tell her that. Both of them would end up in the ghetto and with other children. Felix asks them one day "If you had one wish what would it be?" They all said, they would like to have their parents back or to be with their parents.
04:19 PM ET (US)
I am currently reading Grace by Richard Paul Evans and I am on page 78 of 307. I also recently finished City of Bones and City of Ashes both by Cassandra Clare.
I started reading a Christmas book and my first impression is that I like it. It starts in todays time, with an old man reading a book about a runaway to his grandchildren. He begins to cry and decides to tell the tale of his encounter with a runaway that changed his life. Eric is the main characters name and he works at a fast food restaurant in the 1960s, here is where he finds Grace. Grace is a 15 year old girl who recently ran away from her home, she was digging in the dumpster when Eric found her. Eric asked her if she would want to come home with him and stay in his clubhouse. She goes with him and he brings her food. You can sense that a bond is forming between them, that will eventually grow into a romance. Overall, I am enjoying this book even though it is different from what I usually read.
Leah Krull
04:19 PM ET (US)
I am reading Keep Me In Mind by Jamie Reed, and I am on page 135 of 329.
"Hello, you have reached Ellie Dawson. You might need to start out by telling me your full name and a detailed description of what you look like. The reasoning for this is because I lost my memory of the last two years in an accident. If you just say "Hey, this is y/n" I won't know who you are, and I probably won't call you back. I'm not in school anymore because I don't even remember the last two years of my education. So if you're calling to ask where I am, the answer is either at home or at my therapy center. You'll have to come see me, because I forgot how to drive and I don't know where anyone lives! So yeah, call you when I can.. If I remember."
Leah French
04:17 PM ET (US)
I finished The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks today. I started my Christmas book, Hannah's Hope by Karen Kingsbury. It has 161 pages in it and I am on page 29.
C. My first impression was that it was good. I can already tell that I am going to like it. I think its very interesting because the main characters parents live all the way around the world from where she is because of their jobs. She lives in this big house with her grandmother. Her parents don't make time for her at all except for a few weeks in the summer and a few weeks around Christmas. This Christmas they aren't gonna make it home and her mom has shocking news for her. The guy that she thinks is her dad really isn't. He of course treats her like she is his real daughter but, she really isn't.
Kärin RennerPerson was signed in when posted
03:50 PM ET (US)

Start with a sentence naming the book you are currently reading, total # of pages and the pg. # you stopped at today. Did you recently finish a book? If so, name that here also.

For today's journal, choose ONE of the following topics:
1. What do you feel is the MOST important WORD in the whole book? In 6-8 sentences explain WHY.
2. Write an answering machine message for a character in your book. Start with..."Hello, you have reached...." Write a 6-8 sentence message.
3. If you just started the new Christmas book you checked out today, write 6-8 sentences about first impressions.
Edited 12-06-2016 03:53 PM

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