You’ve Got a Friend in Rudy

  1. Why do you think Rudy does these things?
    • Because he wants to. maybe he thinks it will earn him a kiss.
  2. How do you feel about this character?
    • Weirdo. which is cool. Most of the time.
  3. What do you like about him?
    • Almost everything. Almost.
  4. What do dislike about him?
    • nothing that comes to mind in the amount of time I have to write this. If I had more time to think and review the book, I might have a thing or two.
  5. What do you think the future holds for Rudy and Liesel?
    • maybe a kiss. maybe. probably not.
  6. How do you feel about this lemon-haired hellion?
    • Cool. But it could be better.

word nerd 2.3

Source: Eragon, Inheritance cycle book 1

Context: She looked up, murmured a condolence, and then returned to her work.

In their words: an expression of sympathy, especially on the occasion of a death.

In my words: Basically saying “I’m sorry for your loss.”

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A Little Light in the Darkness

  1. Where do you find your happiness when things get hard?
    1. Play video games.
    2. Read books.
    3. Watch movies.
    4. Write in my notebooks.
    5. Play with my brothers.
    6. Play solitaire.
    7. Sleep.
    8. Eat:
      1. Pizza.
      2. Cheeseburgers.
      3. School lunch
      4. Green beans
    9. Go to school
  2. What do you do to preserve your hope when things seem hopeless?
    1. Play video games.
    2. Read books.
    3. Watch movies.
    4. Write in my notebooks.
    5. Play with my brothers.
    6. Play solitaire.
    7. Sleep.
    8. Eat:
      1. Pizza.
      2. Cheeseburgers.
      3. School lunch
      4. Green beans
    9. Go to school
**all of this is accurate. it is true that I like to do these things. don’t get mad at me for repeating everything.**

word nerd 2.1 & 2.2

Source: Eragon, inheritance cycle, book one.

…He pushed at its weak places, undermined the stronger sections, and fought to make her listen, but to no avail.

In their words:

undermine

  1. erode the base or foundation of (a rock formation).
  2. lessen the effectiveness, power, or ability of, especially gradually or insidiously.

avail

help or benefit.

In my words:

undermine

get underneath and damage.

avail

success

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Secret Secrets Are No Fun; Secret Secrets Hurt Someone

  1. What is the effect of keeping all these secrets?
    • Liesel is having trouble keeping secrets to herself. She wonders what would happen if she just tells the mayor’s wife about max.
    • It seems Hans is not the same.
  2. Obviously some of these secrets are being kept for good reason, but does that make it all okay?
    • No. If word gets out, the Hubermanns are in big trouble.
  3. What about Liesel?
    • She might tell someone because she seems to have trouble keeping secrets. She has lasted a while though.
  4. How do you think keeping all of these secrets is going to affect this young girl?
    • She doesn’t like being around Rudy as much.

Max Abandoned His Family

  1. Did Max do the right thing?
    1. Depends.
      • Would Walter Kugler only save Max?
        1. If yes, then Max did the right thing.
        2. If no, then Max did not do the right thing.
  2. Was it right for him to save himself when he couldn’t save his family?
    • see previous answer.
  3. Should he have stayed with them?
    • Depends.
      • Would Walter Kugler only save Max?
        1. If yes, then Max did the right thing.
        2. If no, then Max did not do the right thing.
  4. Was he right to go?
    • Depends.
      • Would Walter Kugler only save Max?
        1. If yes, then Max did the right thing.
        2. If no, then Max did not do the right thing.
  5. What do you think?
    • see previous answer.

On stealing

Liesel stole a book out of the huge bonfire that hadn’t quite burned yet. on her way back to her dad, she notices someone watching her. she starts to worry. and the book starts to burn her.

Why is she doing it?
she must like reading a lot to keep it after it starts to burn her.

Is it justified?
well, no one wants it if they just throw it in a big pile and burn it. so I don’t count it as stealing. dumpster diving is not stealing.

What are some of the consequences of her stealing so far?
she learns to read, she gets sick.

What are some consequences that you think she might have to deal with in the future?
a lot of things could happen. she could get arrested. she could get sick again. she could read a new book.

Are books dangerous?

  1. Why do you think the Nazis were so worried about what books people read?
    1. They don’t want people to discover what Hitler is really doing. If they did, he wouldn’t have made it as far as he did.
  2. Are books dangerous?
    1. Depends.
  3. Why?
    1. Are you trying to hide something?
    2. Is there something they should not know about?
  4. To whom are they dangerous?
    1. Usually the person who doesn’t want you to read the book.
  5. Conversely, can books be liberating?
    1. Yes.
  6. How?
    1. They can be boredom relievers.
    2. You can learn stuff out of them.
    3. They help me fall asleep. I don’t know about other people.

What I look for in a good Character

Every good story needs a good protagonist, or main character. If the protagonist is well-written and well-developed, readers care more about what happens to him, her, or it. If the protagonist is poorly developed, readers are less likely to care what happens in the book and more likely to put it down and not pick it up again.

Which protagonists did you care about the most?
Michael Vey is the best. Then it is probably Harry Potter. Or Will Treaty, from ranger’s apprentice.

What did the author do that made you care about the protagonist?
interesting background and story line; the character was developed really well.

What do you look for in a good character?
Awesome powers; good background; sometimes, a minor disability.