Monday, May 19, 2014

DRAMARAMA, by E. Lockhart

The book “Dramarama” by E. Lockhart gave me a different look and feel while reading this book. I felt as if I had a personal connection with the story. while reading the book, it was not obvious that I was reading a book, more like a movie playing. As soon as I opened the first page, a movie started to play in my head. With the first page being dialogue like a play when Demi says “Is it on?” (pg.1), an image and movie played in my head.


The story is a girl and a gay boy meeting at a small ordinary town. When the girl meets the boy she finds her soul mate, but since he is gay, her best friend who she loves. He brought out the real her, she finally has the chance to be herself and talk about theater and classical films and music. No one in her town liked that type of stuff. “Sarah’s dull, mild and boring. Are you dull mild and boring?” Asked Demi (the boy) (pg. 20). When they both auditioned for a school of the arts, they decided to change Sarah’s name to Sandra.


This audition was just what they both needed to get themselves out of the small boring town they were in. THEY WERE BOTH ACCEPTED. It was a great experience for them, but of course you put a whole bunch of theater kids together there definitely WILL be tension, drama, and conflicts. Everything you can think about, is in this book. Tears, Sweat, laughers, fights, love triangles, broken hearts. It’s a journey for these two “ordinary” kids.






T perform isn’t to show


To speak isn’t to tell


To act isn’t to pretend


To dance isn’t to move

Its more then to show , to perform is to express. To speak is to be heard, make a statement. To act is to change and adapt. To dance is to explain words and feelings with your body.

The Afterlife by Gary Soto




This Novel The Afterlife by Gary Soto is an interesting book and at the same time confusing,this Novel is about some adolescents that are in High School, but their lives change as time is passing by life’s circumstances.



They have a normal life as everyone,but when the time is passing they will have problems with each other,Rachel,Chuy and Eddy the Three friends all them are Mexicans.


One day Chuy was in the school's bathroom in a mystery guy with yellow shoes entered too and stabbed him on the back,Chuy started to Bleed without control while the mystery guy was gone.Chuy died.Then he became a ghost and returned,but like ghost,no one could see him,just feel his presence.


Before Chuy die he thought no body cares about him.After he dies, he sees that people actually do care about him. Chuy says to himself, "My parents, followed by Uncle Richard and my mom's comadre, Carmen, entered with their faces lowered.They had stopped crying but their eyes were red"(56).Chuy could walk through walls, and walk much faster than ordinary steps.When Chuy visited his parents,they were very sad.


Chuy's mom wants Chuy's best friend, Eddy, to kill Yellow Shoes so that they can avenge Chuy's death.They had a conversation."I want you to do it. Eddy looked away. Come on mi'jo you can do it. I can't. It's wrong"(59). Here Eddy is facing one of his problems by deciding not to kill Yellow Shoes because he knows that Chuy wouldn't want that to happen and it is wrong to take revenge.


Chuy feels lonely that he cannot communicate with anyone.Chuy is getting frustrated when he cannot say goodbye to his "girl", Rachel. Chuy says to himself, "I looked down at the mirror on the floor. I couldn't see myself, only a crack in the ceiling. I want Rachel to be my girl. My loneliness was as deep at that mirror"(46).


Then Chuy met a girl named Crystal and she died of an overdose of drugs. She killed herself because she was confused about what to do. Chuy and Crystal fell in love with each other and they both lived life as a ghost as they slowly vanished into thin air.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Summer Ball, Mike Lupica

 

The book “ Summer Ball” by Mike Lupica is by far one of the best books I have ever read! The thing about this author is he is really good with his writing and seems to take his time to make sure that the reader enjoys the book. He is really good at making the story get more interesting after every chapter. After every chapter you just want to read more and more. He is really good with describing every action that is going on. When you’re reading it you feel like you’re in the stories, because of how good he writes the story.


Danny, a young basketball player, has always been one of the best players on his team, and even every other team he’s played on. He is just like his dad when he was little. His dad was an NBA player for quite some time. So Danny gets all from his daddy. The fact that he is short sort of brings him down and his goals because he is afraid he will never grow.


Danny is going to this summer camp and he realizes that he is one of the smallest guys there. This kind of brings him down, but what brings him down the most is a really good player named Lamar. Lamar was also part of the camp and he is really good and tall. After hearing about Lamar, Danny, fakes an injury to try to get sent home from the camp. Danny ended up getting some encouragement from a friend and decides to stay at the camp. Danny and Lamar’s team go against each other and Danny’s team wins the championship.


This book is a great book and I think after you read this book review it’ll give you the need to read this book. So if you haven’t read this book go read it yourself and experience a good book for yourself. I never usually liked to read books but after reading Mike Lupica, I kind of enjoy reading now, like honestly!












Monday, April 14, 2014

My Losing Season, by Pat Conroy




 



Lebron Raymone James, that’s his name

Pat conroy does not play the same

Lebron is a hall of famer

Payton Conroy is a average college player

Bron is black and famous

Conroy is white and nameless

But they both work hard

Both have tuns of money

SO Much its not funny




                                                           My Losing Season

             The book My Losing Season was a great book for the first hundred pages that I read.  It is teaching me a lot, not only about basketball but life outside of high school. This autobiography is written by Pat Conroy who is also the main character.  The book jumps around in settings but it mostly takes place in Orlando, Florida.  My experience from this book was good because I can relate to it. For example, when his dad asks him, “you were afraid today weren’t you?” after the game was common to me because that is what I hear after a bad game. .  The word choice Conroy uses is very basic but he uses crude language to put an emphasis on key moments.  Another example is when his coach says “I could tell you were chichenshit scared to check into the game.” There were two other main characters, one of the best players on the team and Conroy’s best friend.  The main conflict is Conroy’s team trying to win games but they continue to lose.  The only knock of this book is that it’s hard to follow. Other than that, anyone who really likes basketball will find it interesting. He opens the book by saying, “I was born to be a basketball player, but not a good one.” As a basketball lover that instantly makes you think what he did to become a college player. So not only did I learn and get a grade but I also learned a lot about the game and life itself in just the first couple chapters.

World After by Susan Ee

Think of a world where there were less humans more apocalyptic angels and a whole mess of madness. World After by Susan Ee, the second book to the Penryn & the End of Days series, is a book that has a world like that. The second book continues on from the traumatic experience Penryn went through with the angels and the scorpion angels after finally finding her sister. When she finally wakes up everyone freaks out because they thought she was dead. Her family is now seen as the deranged family at the camp that some surviving humans live at. The angels forever changed Paige, Penryn has resurrected, and her mom is far away from sanity. Penryn has been separated from Raffe, an angel that had helped her find her sister, and the only thing she has left of him is his sword and the swords memories of Raffe. "One second, the sword is coming down on the squirrel. The next second, the sword is being held up to an azure sky. The fist that's holding it is Raffe. And the sky is not my sky." (62-63). When Penryn thinks that her family can be together again Paige runs off and Penryn goes to find her in the huge state of California.

World After is an amazing book that can catch the eye of any teenager who like the idea of an apocalypse, evil angels, and sci-fi. The book was very interesting and transition's smoothly from the first book without forgetting little details that some people would forget. For example like when Penrynst saw an angel from the first book and how he had a pair of girls with him like trophies. "Matching pairs of girls. Archangel. An image of Uriel the club with his matching terrified women comes to mind." (193). Ee also makes sure to include the emotions of a teenager like pain. "In my training, I've been hit, punched, kicked, shoved, slammed, and choked by all kinds of opponents. But nothing hurts as much as a slap from your mom."(98). Fear. " I curl into the corner, trying to get as far from her as i can. She'll twist anything I say to fit her crazy logic then throw it back at me." (97). And the feeling when your hopes or dreams are crushed. " ' The world going crazy doesn't mean your mother isn't still crazy, too.' I pull back from her. I wasn't thinking that. Not really. But did she have to steal that possibility away from me?" (111).

One thing I realized in this book is that even though the world goes to (shit) crap there is still hope and happiness with in things. The world may change but we are still the same person we were before. Everyone had hope for the life they had before and for the ones who lost hope they tried their best to be happy in the world they have. The ones who had hope they tried to get back their old lives. There’s always a light in the darkness, you just have to look for it.




Creative response: (Audio monologue)


The angel apocalypse is upon us and it sucks. I hate having to hide every day again. I finally got my sister back. But now my family is seen as the freak shows of the camp. I wake up after being stung by those creepy scorpion angels, my sister has been changed forever, and my mom is still the crazy women she was before. Now I need to keep what Paige hidden and my angel sword hidden. My mom thinks I'm the devils bride. And Paige ran away and I have to find her again. What if I see Raffe again? How will he react? Will he have his wings back? Will he even want to see me? Ugh! I'm suppose to be worrying over what dress I'll be wearing to prom not what will happen if the angels get my sister or if I'll see Raffe again after he thinks I'm dead!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel

Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel a vampire romance novel, not just any old vampire romance novel. The 600 year old British vampire queen Lenah Beaudonte decides she has had enough of being immortal. She wants to feel her heart beat, the sun on her skin, and to have her lungs fill with air. Lenah, who gets transformed back into human by the love of her life, her created named Rhode. But being human comes with a price tag, it would give her coven a shock and her love would be dead for good. In becoming a human she is going to have to attend a boarding school, learn new technology and fit in with a whole new society. While her coven is unaware that she will be human again her other “love” won’t be happy. Besides that fact that she is 600 years old she looks like the age she was when she was turned. Which is 16.

Maizel’s novel infinite days is a book you’ve never read before. She put a whole different meaning to a “vampire novel”. The story line is fantastic and has a plot twist you would never suspect to happen. Your probably thinking it doesn’t sound much like a romance, but believe me Lenah has a dead boyfriend, a lover from her coven, and a crush on the most popular guy in school, not mention a secret admirer. I’m not going to lie, you will be disappointed when the book ends, it’s so intense and you just don’t want it to ever end.

MLA citation: Maizel, Rebecca. Infinite Days: A Vampire Queen Novel. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2010. Print.

Creative Response: A poem from a website, the author is anonymous. 

Hind sight is such a funny thing
So true that you never know
What you go until its gone

The things that were so 
Annoying and irritating
Overwhelmed all that was good
And pure

Nothing left but sad memories of
What was, what is, what could
Have been what we will never be

Love has fed upon our souls

To me this poem connects to the main character Lenah and her former lover Rhode. In Infinite Days Rhode has made a lot of tough decisions in his life in order for Lenah to be happy. Not all memories she has of him are the best.


Swallowing Stones by Joyle McDonald




         Alexis Marina
In my opinion about the book Swallowing Stones, was a legitimate book, but it was not the type of book or genre I would like to read. The book was kind of dramatic in a way. I don’t like that from my personal opinion. I do give credit to the author, because he gave a great description and specific words about everything that was going on the book. The only part of the book that I liked the most was when one of the main characters of the book named Michael cheats on his girlfriend for another girl at a party. He feels ashamed of that. I don’t really like dramatic books, but in this occasion, that conflict was my favorite part of the book.
There was many interesting parts of the book but I felt like the characters were just mentioned every once in a while. Like, you read about them, then you don’t hear about them for a while. I really disliked that about the book. Overall the book was great but not my type of book I would read again. The book was not very bad. The introduction of the book was great, that’s one of the main reasons why i started reading the book. The introduction is what grabbed my attention to keep reading the book. The writing was extremely well written. The drama and genre is what I did not quite like too much.
i have had many experiences connecting with the book. i will use this book as a recourse as well, because it sucks to kiss a girl when you like someone else. i could definitely use this book to connect with situations i have had in my life with people. Not only that but with myself as well.
McDonald, Joyce. Swallowing Stones. New York: Delacorte, 1997. Print

Friday, March 28, 2014

Horton hears a Who by Dr. seuss


Horton hears a who one of my favorite stories of all time is, the book is a children’s book and was published in 1954 by Theodor Seuss Geisel under the name Dr. Seuss. The book was about an elephant name Horton who believes a small speck of dust talks to him, he thinks small people live called whose. The Whose live on a town named Whoville. The mayor of whoville tells Horton about the town and he could please protect whoville from Harm, Horton agrees.

His mission was to find a safe place to placed the speck
My experience on this book was fun, dr.suess believes that a person is person no matter how small he/ she is. I would recommend everyone to read this book, this book reminds me of child hood  

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Rose That Grew From Concrete


                                           The Rose That Grew Fom Concrete Book Review
This book is a collection of poems. The title of this book, the Rose that grew from Concrete by Tupac Shakur. I think the purpose and audience of the book is to put Tupac poems out, the audience is all people who love music. The Rose that grew from concrete is organized into three sections. The three sections are “the rose that grew from concrete”, “nothing can come between us”, and “just a breath of freedom”. As I read I came to the conclusion that the section was different parts of his life.

My experience of reading this book was grate. I had fun reading his poems for example in the poem GOD he said “when I was alone and had nothing I asked for a friend to help me bar the pain no one came except… GOD.”(59) Readers who like love poems would love this book because there are many love poem in the book. For example “I ran outside to feel the rain and I stayed out said awhile when the rain was done along came the sun as this was cupids smile.(78) 



I drew this based on diffrent poems from the book.

  1. Shakur, Tupac. The Rose That Grew from Concrete. New York: Pocket, 1999. Print.

Shooter by Walter Dean Myers

      

Amir Husen


  • While reading shooter i felt i was reading a genuine analysis of a shooting incident .the layout of the novel reads as a collection of various leading to school violence .clearly Myers did research and invested time into studying the type of questions different professionals would ask the teen and how the teen would respond. one of my favorite quotes in shooter occurs when a psychologist asks Cameron if he admired reonard for what he done Cameron   hesitates and says “ af first right after the incident i didn't and i don't think i admire him now. but him the i understand somebody that change your relationship with Them.cameron understood of his own experience with bullying Leonard’s action made sense. What frightening thought if everyone who was building reacted on their instincts to get revenge

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Old Blood and Guts by Alden Hatch

 
Old Blood and Guts
 

    The book Old Blood and Guts by Alden Hatchis a biography on General George Patton.it is an exceptional book. It’s informational and has great word choice.

    The book is very informational. It covers his background and his role in World War 2. General Patton was known for being one of the best tank commanders in history. He had the some of the best well trained troops that he trained himself. He was in a lot of battles in World War 2 and the book goes over them including his emotional and mental state threw out them.

     The books word choice is very good. He used terms that were very common in the military and then the author explains them. For example “Panzer Formation.”  The author explains how that was a formation the German tanks used. Aside from terms the book has high word choice but not to high that people will have a hard time understanding it.

    This book is a great book to read if you enjoy books on war. This book has proven to be a great read.

 

Amri Chukwuemeka
Ms Hinton Sienz 
    Lebron Raymone James, that’s his name
Hes a big peace to the game, but hes not lame
Winner, mvp, teammate and to this day the best player
And after he retires he wants to be a the major
James is great, they say his prime is late but to me its his fate
Lebronn Raymone James that’s his name

Divergent

     Divergent by Veronica Roth. A society split up into five factions. Each faction is based on personality. The five factions are Abnegation, Erudite, Dauntless, Amity, and Candor. Abnegation is the faction based on selflessness. Candor is based on honesty. Dauntless is based on bravery. Erudite is based on intelligence. Lastly, Amity is based on peacefulness.
     Beatrice Prior, a sixteen year old girl, must choose a faction of your choice. Your choice is based on a simulation test; a test that tells you what faction best suits your personality. Beatrice's test comes out inconclusive. Inconclusive, a test that came up with more than one faction she can go into based on her choice, otherwise known as divergent. Divergence is a dangerous, it means you can be aware during simulations. Beatrice chooses Dauntless, in the choosing ceremony, then goes through a dangerous Initiation. Initiation, a process of learning how to defend herself, fight, and it pushes her to her limits. She has to prove her worthiness and skill to pass the test, testing her mental and physical strengthens; or become faction-less and shunned from society.
     This book is a must read for young adults who enjoy a Utopian Word tossed into Chaos. Once you start reading its hard to put the book down, wanting to know what happens after every page. You'll lose yourself wanting to learn every event; upcoming in the next sequels.


Amiri Chukwuemeka
3/17/2014
Ms. Hinton Sienz

                                                           My Losing Season
             The book My Losing Season was a great book for the first hundred pages that I read.  It is teaching me a lot, not only about basketball but life outside of high school. This autobiography is written by Pat Conroy who is also the main character.  The book jumps around in settings but it mostly takes place in Orlando, Florida.  My experience from this book was good because I can relate to it. For example, when his dad asks him, “you were afraid today weren’t you?” (pg.67) after the game was common to me because that is what I hear after a bad game. .  The word choice Conroy uses is very basic but he uses crude language to put an emphasis on key moments. 

        Another example is when his coach says “I could tell you were chichenshit scared to check into the game.”(pg. 69) There were two other main characters, one of the best players on the team and Conroy’s best friend.  The main conflict is Conroy’s team trying to win games but they continue to lose.  The only knock of this book is that it’s hard to follow. Other than that, anyone who really likes basketball will find it interesting. He opens the book by saying, “I was born to be a point guard, but not a very good one.” (pg.4) That will grab anyone’s attention who loves the game.

The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin



The Tombs of Atuan, By Ursula K. Le Guin, is an outstanding book. It gets starts off slow, but it gets better after the first two pages. It doesn’t get terribly interesting until Ged shows up in the Tombs that only Arha, the high priestess, can enter. It has a moral that the reader can appreciate if something like that ever happened to him, or if the reader is paying close enough attention.


The first few pages of the book are slow. If you are a reader who doesn’t mind slow character development, then you shouldn’t have a problem with this book. If you do have a problem with slow character development, or it being slow in general, then this book may be difficult to just pick up and read. It gets better when Arha and her friend, Penthe, climb to the top of a wall that they are not allowed to. This is when Arha shows her true “high priestess” colors as her friend gets punished knowing full well that she, as high priestess, cannot.


The first chapter is confusing and takes lots of patience to read. It is not the best aspect of the book by any means. As for this part of the first chapter, “ ‘O let the Nameless Ones behold the girl given to them!’… Other voices reply, ‘She is Eaten! She is Eaten!’ “(7), the reader does not know what is going on. The reader does not even find out at the end of the book. Was it a sacrifice? It was a ritual of some kind, but what exactly happened?


The book’s main take-off is when Arha finds a man traveling the under tombs that only she can travel. He is then put into a dark room where he is to starve from food and water, but Arha is curious of him, so she keeps him alive to hear his stories. He showed up with her shocked. “She did not move. For a long time he crossed and recrossed the vast cave as if he sought something, but the priestess still stood motionless.”(84). Once she keeps him alive she realizes she is helping a prisoner, a thief, and she is the high priestess. Her viewpoint on the things she’s known change from then on.


The Tombs of Atuan is a good, slow, casual read. It is slow for the first few pages, but gets better when things start snowballing. The confusing first chapter might make a few readers put the book down and not pick it up again. It doesn’t really get interesting until Ged, a thief in Arha’s eyes, enters a place only Arha is allowed to enter. Overall, it is a wonderful book that should at least be given a shot.





 

           

QB1 by Mike Lupica


The book “QB1” by Mike Lupica is one of the most suspencial books that I have ever read. The author is very well in using images to describe the events throughout the book. He puts a lot of thought into his writing which I personally like because it shows me that the author was his best to make the reader love the book. In this book, Mike Lupica describes a young man name Jake Cullen, the well known family in Texas, was finding a hard time looking for talent to become the best Cullen there ever was. The author describes the main character more as self-confident player, yet hard-headed quarterback because of his lack of learning. For example, “I am tired of practicing, argues Jake. How about we just go home and rest for awhile” (67). Not only that, but the author uses a lot of slang words, for example, “You must be out of your snoopy mind” (188).

 

A 16 year-old teenager name Jake Cullen a freshman quarterback from Texas Longhorn High School was yet to become the best player in the team. Alongside with that, his brother Wyatt Cullen who took his to team to State last time winning the game with just the second of the ball-game, and also making a big game change throughout his high school year. Not to mention, the former NFL quarterback and local-legend, Troy Cullen, also made a big game change in his times. So basically the whole Cullen family side played football quarterback. This family tradition of being a quarterback all started from the best of the best, Troy Cullen. As the season still go on, Jake still struggles to find his game, but then overtime, he began to realize that he should practice more. As he goes out in the football field, he began to practice, and with practice gave him strength and motivation to become the best. In the end, he soon was named MVP for his football V team. Not only was he happy about it, but also the Cullen family.

 

            Mike Lupica is very much of a sports person based on the books he wrote which are sports. In my point of view he is very great with his writing. Although there were some inappropriate words throughout the story, I still enjoyed reading the book. He has great imaginations and uses good vocabulary. His words give readers heads up or some motivational quotes. Mike influenced to never give up no matter what because in the end, you’ll end up winning over anything that intends to weaken you. He is great author and I’m forward to more of his books.

 

This book has taught me very well to become very successful in life and to enjoy life as well. Sports is mainly all about having fun because you meet new people and get a shot to be the best at your main sport. In this book there is a lot of sentence that influence to become stay strong and never give up, for example, “To gain more yards, you have to work and play hard” (109). This book is by far my favorite book. It has taught me great lessons to keep moving forward and it’s just motivates me to join sport. Overall I give this book a hundred percent excellent book.
          
 "To gain more yards, you got to work hard and play hard" (109).









 

Saving Private Ryan by Max Allan Collins


The book "Saving Private Ryan" by Max Allan Collins is an amazing book. The book is about a man named Captain John H. Miller and he goes into battle in Germany during the invasion of Normandy "Make a hole for the tanks". Just to save one man’s life during World War II and bring him back to the U.S. so that he can be with his parents because he is the last of four servicemen.

My experience of reading the book is that it is amazing and is brilliant. The book did not relate to me because I have never been in a war with anybody or ever disliked nor ever wanted to fight or cause a problem with someone. "Stay low in case they return fire at us through those bushes".

The author’s type of writing is he expresses the feeling that most of the men have on what is going on during the war wondering if they would die or the person they know. Captain John H. Miller was telling all of his men that it was going to be okay. One of Millers men said “Captain could you make a promise that we would get out of here alive” then Miller responded saying that he doesn't keep promises.  

  The type of reader that would like this book or enjoy it would be a person who would like to read books that are about realistic events that happened and book that are filled with history.


Thirteen Reasons Why By Jay Asher



In the book, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher it is a must see book!! In the novel, Hannah Baker is a girl who is planning on committing suicide. She would record herself and put them in the tapes. So she could tell the people who she wanted to know thirteen reasons why she committed suicide because of the people like what they did to her or how they affected her life.
My experience of reading this book was exciting, sad, and most of all surprising. The one that was most surprising to me was “I knew what people said about me. All the rumors and lies that will always be a part of me” (211). This was surprising because why would people believe the rumors that everyone is talking about.
The author’s style of writing is how Asher likes to catch the reader’s attention by putting images in the readers head or wanting to know what’s going to happen next. By using imagery.Even how he writes in the book like his comment on the types and what Hannah is saying in the types. “You could have told me anything, Hannah” (219). Is an example what Clay is saying on what Hannah was saying in the tapes.
I had connected to the book because it says “I remember the last words we said to each other” (258). It connected to me because it reminds me of my grandpa because he had committed suicide a year ago and the last words I said were “Bye papa hope to see you soon”. And I never saw him ever since once I heard the news

The type of reader who would like this book is someone who likes to read mystery books or exciting parts and wanting to know why Hannah did what she did by ending her life. This is the type of reader who would like this book. I recommend it!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit, written by J.R.R. Tolkien, follows the adventures of a conservative hobbit named Bilbo Baggins, 13 hungry dwarves and a persistent wizard. The characters travel through wild forests and mountains containing goblins, a dragon and other creatures. Bilbo is faces with situations that force him to find strength within himself. Before he was pulled out of the comfort of his own home, he was an introvert who did not take risks and now he finds himself on a quest to discover stolen treasure after his destiny was predicted. He may not know it now, but prophecies do not predict the future, they only set the events in place.

My experience of reading this book was amazing. While reading, I could not pull myself away and only found myself wanting more. I connected with Bilbo and how he felt about the world. The type of reader who would like The Hobbit is someone who enjoys adventure. Tolkien does an incredible job portraying Bilbo's adventures.

Bilbo was chosen to be the burglar in an adventure. Although he was against the idea, he was upset when he realized he had made a mistake when choosing not to go. When Bilbo decided he was participating, he found that he actually liked a good adventure. After experiencing it, his heart was ready for more. “While there’s life there’s hope!” (246).

Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit destined to be a thief meets a wizard named Gandalf who begins his journey. He is then introduced to Thorin, the leader of 13 dwarves who recover treasure. With the help of his crew Bilbo attempts to recover stolen treasure and the dwarves’ home from a dragon by the name of Smaug. He is dragged across Middle Earth and realizes how capable he really is.

Creative Response:
In The Hobbit, Tolkien includes multiple major themes. The theme that stood out to me the most is wisdom and knowledge. Although Bilbo needed both fate and magic to become a victorious hero, wisdom and knowledge were also necessary. The ring tends to make its bearer unwise and foolish, and Bilbo overcomes those obstacles by using his intelligence. Many times in my own life, I use my knowledge to guide me to the right path.

Poems


My book is about all different kind of poems. It’s such a wonderful book to read when you want to read about books. Any kind of poem and it’s there. I think that poems is a great way to chill and read when you want to get things about your mind. For example, if you love to read about all that love stuff and romantics. Its got it in this book. This book is just wonderful with all that romantic stuff. Or what about someone you lost and you want something to remind you of that person.Yes ! its got in here to. So many of these aurthor’s have wrote about their life. So, I think you can relate to them.

All of them express their feelings and what the they have been through just like YOU. Its a very wonderful book and thats why I think you or anyone should read it. You’re not a poem person? its fine but just try this book. I know you will love it. I love how this book haves anything in it. When I’m sad, it just haves something funny to get that sadness away. If I’m in the mood of laying down, then ill get the book out to make be feel even more better. Its a great book, I loved it so much.

"Hunger Games" By Suzanne Collins


Do you agree with teenagers slaughtering kids? “Hunger Games” written by Suzanna Collins consists of a lot of action and suspense. In the story, ever year one male and female from each 12 district’s  gets sent out to the capitol. Once in the capitol, they enter to participate in the  Hunger Games, where each tribute will battle to the death against all other tributes until there is only one survivor. The Hunger Game’s event is to remind all the people from the great war that occurred in the past, and how peace should be kept and hoping that war doesn’t continue in the future. It’s kind of Ironic how the Hunger Game’s is supposed to keep peace between the districts though
            The main character in the story is katniss everdeen and peeta mellark. Katniss volunteer’s to play as a female tribute instead of her sister prim and peeta gets called as male tribute, they are both in the same district, district 12. Katniss goes on an adventure in the capitol, training and meeting new people and trying to get as much sponsors as possible then later finding out that Peeta has feelings for her.
             Afterwards Katniss then enters the hunger game and plans mainly to survive but not to kill from my perspective. Katniss has a negative/angry personality throughout the story like thinking and saying that she won’t survive the Hunger games that she is weak.  The characters all have a unique role in the story that you will begin to have some connections with them.
 I would recommend this book to anybody, it’s one of the books that won’t waste your time and will take you on a long reading adventure that you won’t be able to stop by how interesting the story begins to accumulate throughout the chapters. A little spoiler that I will give you i that there is some sadness throughout the story that it might shed off some tear from your eyes. Sometimes we just need to learn to trust, be sure that it will be me. You will love this book!

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold


In the book filled with disastrous, drama, and mystery brings us to a novel, ‘’ The Lovely Bones.’’ by Alice Sebold. ‘’ The Lovely Bones’’ is heartbreaking and audience will be flabbergasted of the story line and ending. Basically, it’s a story of a fourteen year old girl who has been raped and murdered. She is able to watch her family and friends from her own Heaven.  ‘’ The dead are never exactly seen by the living, but many people seem acutely aware of something changed around them. They speak of a chill in the air.’’ (36) As family and friends struggle to move on with their lives as they once knew when Susie Salmon was alive.

Life doesn’t remain the same for anybody that knew her. This includes her caring father. Who in fact is trying to find her killer and out an end to this catastrophe. Her parents are affected of her death. ‘’ In those first two months my mother and father moved in opposite directions from each other. One stayed in, the other went out.’’ (86) Susie felt abandon from her loves one and feels so lonely in Heaven. ‘’Heavens where like a girl like me didn’t fit in. Were they horrific, these other heavens? Worse than feeling so solitary among one’s living growing peers? Or were they the stuff I dreamed about?’’ (119)

The connections I made to this book were amazing because I felt exactly how Susie’s sister felt. Her sister, Lindsey had a hard time of overcoming her sister’s death.  That’s exactly how I felt when my uncle passed away a few years ago. In Susie’s perspective she discussed ‘’ The morning of my memorial Lindsey stayed in her room for as long as she could.’’ (105) It was hard to handle my uncle’s death and I know exactly how Lindsey feels. The book reaches to a full extent of dramatic and sadness it brings upon readers. Readers should recommend this book.

 

Creative Response: Alice Sebold was born on September 6, 1963 in Madison, Wisconsin. While being in college she was raped. Her incident lead to a memoir she wrote, Lucky. But, in the Lovely Bones it relates to Susie’s situation.’’ I knew he was going to kill me. I did not realize then that I was a animal dying. ‘’ (14)

Butter by Erin Jade Lange




Summer of Secrets by Paul Langan


When having a hard time in life you must let someone know what is going on. Darcy Wills found out that when going through a hard time. Darcy was the one to worry about everything and anyone because she does not want anything negative to happen to them.

In the the book Summer of Secrets by Paul Langan, Darcy always had a hard time sleeping because of problems going on at her house. Her parents would argue almost every night. She would always stay up at night by her parents door to listen to what they were saying, trying to figure out why they were arguing. “Darcy Wills hid in the dark hallway listening to the sound of her mother’s weary voice”(1). When Darcy was at work she would also have a hard time. She would have to deal with rude customers that she could not tolerate. When Duane walks into the ice cream shop he walks out with a smart remark to Darcy. “Keep the change. he said, leaving an extra quarter on the counter as if he was being generous”(22). But one day she sees her ex best friend Brisana walk into the door with her boyfriend Duane. Darcy could not recognize Brisana until she came up closer. Brisana looked way different to Darcy. She looked different, she wore different clothing, did different hairstyles, and even had a different attitude. Brisana walked into the ice cream shop surprised to see Darcy, but then she seems to not care to see darcy when she starts talking about Darcys clothes. “Brisana had no room to talk about clothes, not the way she was dressed”(19),  Which had worried Darcy a lot.

Darcy also had problems with having boyfriends. Darcys first real boyfriend had traumatize Darcy, giving her nightmares, being uncomfortable around boys and even being concerned about her little sister that had a boyfriend, which is the summer of secrets. When her new best friend Tarah tries to hook up Darcy with her cousin Troy Darcy does not know what to do. She gets nervous and starts getting flashbacks when Troy tries to talk to her and hold her hand. “Don’t do this. Not now, she thought. Please not now”(95). When she sees her sister with a boy she worries about if her sister knows what boys can actually do to girl without them even know its going to happen. “Yeah, well I just hope she knows what shes doing”(89). After everything Darcy finds out a even worst secret than hers. Brisana told Darcy a secret that made Darcy worry more than she worried about her own secret.

The theme of this book is stand  for yourself. I chose that theme because Darcy does not know what to do. But the only thing anyone can do is stand for themselves and do not let anything bring you down. But what does Darcy then do about all this commotion? Can she solve all  her problems and stand up for herself?

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. The book just had so many realistic life problems, which made an interesting life lesson for all teenagers and even adults. I would highly recommend this book to everyone. It tells you a truly great life lesson that can help many people in many different situations. No I can not related anyway in this book or I do not have any problems like her situations but if any come up I will be sure to know how to solve my problems or get them off my shoulder.