Book Show and Tell: The Alchemist

I read “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho for my Book Show and Tell. It follows the story of a young shepherd boy who has dreams of going and seeing the world, but he is too afraid to leave all that he has ever known. Until he meets a king who tells him to follow his personal legend, so he decides to take his advice and sets out on his journey. I won’t spoil too much of what happens, but he definitely has his moments of up’s and down’s along the way. I absolutely loved this book as there is a beautiful theme that runs throughout this whole book, and it givens a reason to think about what it is we want in our life. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a good adventure or some deep insightful learning. It is really a book everyone deserves to read.

Blog #2 Steelheart’s Backstory

The corner is dark and cold and I watch the warm glow of light dance across my hands. It brightens for a moment before leaving me in the shaded darkness. I can hear kids laughing as swing sets creak under the sound of metal. I slide even closer to the wall as I feel the smooth brick against my back. For a moment I am a normal kid, but my thoughts are soon interrupted as the air seems to shift and two dark figures stand towering over me. I hear their quiet exchange as one of them kicks my leg.

“Hey you, aren’t you the one with the weird glowing hands.” They both snicker as I try to melt into the wall. Nothing good ever came of my powers. The two boys seem to be at least two years older than I am, and I suddenly wish to be anywhere but here at this moment. The second one speaks to the other as he says, “Yeah, I heard that he can make his hands light up with his mind.” Their laughs fill my ears as I stand up and grab my small backpack. The older moves in front of me as he says, “Where do you think you are going.” I glance up at his face and see a crooked smile and cold eyes stare down at me. “Just leave me alone,” I quietly mutter under my breath. They both block my exit and I am trapped against the corners of the school. “Come on,” he says, “We just want to see these magical powers that you have.” He hits my shoulder and I crumble slightly by the blow.

I stand and try to move past him but he pushes me again and I am left shoved against the wall. “Come on, glowing hands show us what you’ve got.” I reluctantly stare down at my hands as I try to focus and bring the energy to my hands. Slowly a soft glow begins to envelope my hands, I begin to smile as I see their faces illuminated by the light but I soon feel the heat begin to burn and tingle my hands. It’s too much and I feel the tearing pain of the energy. A burst of energy slips away and I hear a loud crash as it hits metal. I open my eyes and see the swing set in the playground, as it’s been torn apart because of me. I see people running away from the collapsed metal as I feel myself get knocked to the ground as they begin to beat me up.

I feel the sharp pains as their fists dig into me, and I can hear the loud screams of other people as they see the mangled swing set. As glimpses of sunlight fall between the corner I try to push myself up, but only feel the weight of being forced down. Soon voices come around me and the boys’ fists stop hitting me. Someone gently helps me onto my feet as I open my eyes and see as the two dark figures are pulled away from me. The only thing remaining on their faces is pure hatred and enjoyment in beating me up. Everything else tunes out as I focus on the one thing that remains. The boiling feeling of anger as I see them walk away. I vow to never again be the one powerless to another, and feel something shift inside me as my hands begin to glow with a stronger energy than before.

Post #1: Introduction

Hello! My name is Ali, I absolutely love to read and have been reading for as long as I can remember. One of my favorite books was “The Giver,” by Lois Lowry as well as “Because of Winn-Dixie,” by Kate DiCamillo. I enjoy reading outside in the sunshine, or on any comfortable chair. My favorite genres right now consist of non-fiction, memoirs, historical non-fiction and fiction, and biographies. And I will confess that I tend to read multiple books at once, I just enjoy the diversity of stories that I can’t seem to only read one book at a time.

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