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IR Journal #4: 1/24/19

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Fallon Jackman
09:55 AM ET (US)
characters Succeed without adult assistance

I am reading The Football Girl by Thatcher Heldering and I am on page 130 of 200. In this book the two main characters are still young and depend on their parents for support and help in daily things. even thought Tessa and Caleb, the two main characters, need help with things they are still independent and are able to make there own diction and actions. Tessa has to make the choice on if she would play football with her boyfriend and the other boys or is she will do cross country with her two best friends and get on the varsity team. Tessa so far has decided she is going to do football and has really succeeded with handling her problems and practicing to get on the team.
Abbie Cain
01:23 AM ET (US)
I am reading The Long Walk by Stephen King and I am on page 200 of 391. This novel thoroughly expresses inner strength within the characters. As the characters begin to show signs of hysteria Stephen King shows the ways they have to be self discipline in order to survive. The main character in particular is shown to have inner strength as he conserves his resources and battles with the thoughts going on in his mind. The thing I like about this novel so much is that physical strength is not necessarily the most important thing the characters have to be mentally strong to to survive.
Cooper Maras
11:29 PM ET (US)
Im about to finish rebound by Kwame Alexander I'm on page 348 of 414. Rebound is about Charlie Bell and is a sports story. Charlie is a teenage boy and his father has died recently, Charlie and his mother are dealing with the fact he has just died his mother doesn't show how much she is devastated and Charlie doesn't realize she is having as hard of a time as he is coping. Charlie feels as if he is haunted by his father at the beginning of the story and Charlie spends his time reading comics, playing video games, and hanging out with his friends Skinny and CJ. Charlie goes with Skinny and steals bottles for money for the store. His mother finds out about it and now he is stuck with his grandparents in Washington D.C.. At first he hates it, but he falls in love with the game of basketball and is learning to cope with the loss of his father through his grandparents lessons to him.
Braidon Downs
01:37 PM ET (US)
I finished reading the game of life (336). throughout the book Michal is trying to find a why to save the world from the trangents and Webber. he is just trying to survive the crazy world that he is some how connected to. but Kaine and Webber keep on manipulating him to join them but he does not listen to them and does what he thinks is right. in the end one of his friends die and he will not stop intelligent they are to gather again.
Felicia Lowe
11:09 AM ET (US)
I am still reading The Only Thing To Fear by Caroline Tung Richmond I stopped on page 55. This book is all about adventure and survival. Zara the main character has to be cautious at all times, because she is living in a world where the Nazi's took over the world. Zara has to be a quick thinker because if she doesnt the Nazi's will know something is going on and that will give away what Zara's doing. She also have inner strength because of what she can do. If the Nazi's found out she would be used as a weapon and that wouldn't be good for the group that she is joining.
Karlye Maras
11:07 AM ET (US)
I am reading In the Shadow of the Sun today I stopped on page 134 out of 303. In the Shadow of the Sun is an adventure story. Considering this some of the Frequently found elements include quick thinking, problem solving, and inner strength. These are all true of this story. An example of them and quick thinking would be how stye always find hiding spots when the soldiers get close to them. They have to move and think quickly in order to protect themselves. When Mia got pinned under a rock she had to come up with a way to lift it off of her which shows problem solving it also shows her inner strength because instead of giving up and waiting for help she helped herself. Or when her brother slit his leg open on a tree, they came up with an idea of how to saw it. He also chose to continue walking despite his injury.
Cadem Ideker
11:07 AM ET (US)
Characters Succeed without adult assistance

I'm about to finish The Darkest Path, I'm on pages 237 out of 320. Callum for the most part of this book is alone only with the company of a stray dog he named Bear. Callum's parents left him and his brother to join the Glorious Path when he was only six. When Cal is 13 he manages to escape, without the need of adult assistance. Through his entire adventure/survival story, Cal doesn't have help from any adults. It makes for an interesting book because he doesn't have the adult perspective and opinions. Many times he finds himself with an opportunity to escape that most adults would force him to take, but without adult assistance he doesn't make the right decisions.
Rachel Eickman
11:07 AM ET (US)
Yesterday I finished the survival story Hatchet by Gary Paulsen that was 195 pages long. Today I started reading The 100 by Kass Morgan. I ended today on page 28 of 323.
The 100 is an adventure but also survival story. One hundred kids that were in confinement in outer space go to Earth to try to find new life. They encounter many different characteristics that are frequently found in adventure stories. One is quick thinking, these one hundred kids have to think fast as to how they are going to survive on Earth. This book also has problem solving skills because they need to find food and supplies in order to live. Lastly, they have inner strength because they are the only ones on Earth and they are dying rapidly.
Ethan Kueter
11:06 AM ET (US)
Characters, often children, encounter situations that require quick thinking, problem solving and inner strength.

Today I read to page 118 of 195 in the book Hatchet. Brian was in a bush plane on his way to spend the summer with his father. His pilot had let him fly the plane for a bit. The pilot then had a heart attack and died. Brian had to think fast and control the plane before it crashed. He had to try and remember how to fly the plane. Once he got the plane under control he had to decide how he was going to land. He knew he couldn't land in the trees and he knew the plane would eventually run out of gas. He decided he would land the plane in a lake. The landing still almost killed him but if he would have landed it in the trees he would certainly be dead. Brian's quick thinking saved his life in this situation.
Austin Brookfield
11:05 AM ET (US)
I am reading the Adventure book "Navigating Early" I am on page 249 of 306. Almost all of my book has been adventurous, Jack and Early have encountered quick thinking, problem solving and inner strength. For example, Jack and Early team up to make a boat for a project at school, they work very hard and stress a lot about it, they are worried the day of the race because so many people are going to watch to see the fastest boats. The morning of they try to make minor changes to the boat that they think are going to help them. The race starts and they have a good start, they get to the little corner where they have to turn their boat and it starts sinking, they still manage to get the boat thru the finish line but now how they like it. They still are happy on how they did and they are not mad at all. This shows the category of their Inner strength and how to never give up.
Makara jackson
11:05 AM ET (US)
I finished Zero Day by Jan Gangsei, which was my jump into January book. There were 359 pages, and I have not started a new book yet. 1/24/19
One of the major words to describe my book would be survival. Adele Webster has to choose between her family, or her kidnappers who raised her. She was only sent back home to Destroy herself and her family. She has to survive the wrath of her "father" and survive being a teenage girl on top of it. She was also such a mentally strong character, way better than other books where girls are portrayed as weak minded beings who just smile all the time. I loved this book so much, and I believe, by the way it ended, that there will be a second one, which I will definitely read!!
Cole miles
11:05 AM ET (US)
I had just finished the book On The Line By: Fred Bowen, I started Hunting the Hunter yesterday and started on page 25 and ended on page 50. I really liked how On the Line went back and forth one the characters but in the book Hunting the Hunter they focus on 2 main characters. So far I've liked On the line better because it had so many things going on at once and it a little more entertaining and exciting. Hunting the Hunter is more of a mystery book e it talks about so many things but they never lead up to what they are trying to figure out.
Elliot Uehling
11:04 AM ET (US)
I just finished reading the book 'The Raft'. It was 231 pages. One of the big things throughout the book was the main character, Robbie's, inner strength. She was sure that she was going to die out at sea, but she didn't. She had Max. Max helped her survive, he kept her on her feet. Even when people arrived at the island she crashed ashore on, he was the only reason she was rescued. She was so weak and tired that she was sure she couldn't even move, but Max made her. he gave her the strength to crawl to them. He saved her life multiple times. So while, yes, Robbie was showing a lot of inner strength and problem-solving, it could also be debated that MAX was her inner strength, her reason to survive.
Eleanor Dick
11:04 AM ET (US)
I am reading Now is the Time for Running and am on page 180 of 228. Originally I thought this book was about soccer as that is kind of a little thing that keeps coming up in this story. But as I keep reading. I am starting to think it is about adventure. I think it is about adventure because it is about two brothers traveling through Africa to get to a safe area. It is very adventurous as they encounter some crazy things that require quiz-thinking. I didn't think I would necessarily like an adventure book but this is so different nothing like I've ever read before and is very intriguing to me.
Arriana Mausbach
11:02 AM ET (US)
I finished reading the adventure book Nerve. 294 pages.

The whole book is about the main character, Vee, participating in a game called Nerve. In the game, she must complete dares that get harder and more dangerous. In the finale dares, she is forced to point a real gun at some of her new friends. Which pointing a gun at them, she figures out a plan to escape. Throughout this book, Vee has had to survive being tortured with doing these dares. While playing the game, she discovers that her true friends have been betraying her this entire time. Vee was shaken and has truly changed in this story, and I can't wait to watch the movie.
Chelsea Shumaker 1/24/19
10:46 AM ET (US)
Plot and characterization often emphasize these such as team play and sportsmanship.

I finished Play Safe. There was 386 pages in the book. Most of the book was about team play and sportsmanship. Throughout the story we see Emmy, the main character grow up. She losses her best friend at the end of the book. But she is still strong and has sportsmanship when It comes to playing softball with her. Also, Emmy has an older brother Cal, and her other best friend, Chris. Cal and Chris go through a fight, which effects the whole baseball team. Because they are without a catcher and a pitcher. But in the end of the story the team gets back together to win the championship. In conclusion, I thought I would not like this book, because I usually don't read sports book, but would read another sports book in the future.
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