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.

Deep thinkers 1.1

Source: The road to oz (oz series book 5) by L. Frank Baum, page 171

Quote: “Perhaps it is better to be a machine that does its duty than a flesh-and-blood person who will not, for a dead truth is better than a live falsehood.”

Context: Dorothy has had many adventures. After she and her new friends cross the desert on a “sand boat”, witch uses the wind to move across the desert, Dorothy and her new friends meet up with her older friends. one of them is a machine man. one of Dorothy’s new friends says this quote.

This Makes Me Think: This a really smart passage. we need more of these kinds of quotes. I think that’s part of why some factories have robots. I would like some robots that would give me more time. the robots could do the chores.

This is the machine man, with Billina, the yellow hen on his shoulder.


What do you make of this?

What does it mean to believe in something?
to think it is true without proof.

What does a person have to do to stay true to their beliefs?
don’t stop believing. try and find proof, so it will become a truth, instead of a belief.

What does any of this have to do with Conor, his Mum, his Dad, and his Grandma?

word nerd 1.2

Source: Ranger’s Apprentice book 1: the ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan        page 179

Context: “There’s no clear news so far. Only garbled reports. But it looks as if a force of Wargals broke out of Three Step Pass some days ago.

In their words: (of a message, sound, or transmission) confused and distorted; unclear.

In my words: when you only get bits of a message, sound, or transmission.


word nerd 1.1

Source: Ranger’s Apprentice book 1: the ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan        page 174

Context: “You get lankier every year,” he said finally. “When are you going to put some meat on those bones?”

In their words: ungracefully thin and tall

In my words: very very skinny

In a picture:


What are your opinions on this matter?
jerk dads in stories are like some dads in the real world. not all of them, only some of them.

Are dads unfairly portrayed?
depends on the dad. my dad is pretty good.  —–>

Why do you think they are often portrayed the way they are?
it makes the story better, most of the time. but not always.

What about Conor’s dad?
he seems OK. he might be a little annoying at times.

Is he a good guy?
yeah, kind of. not that much.

Is he a jerk?
well, he keeps giving excuses not to come visit, so yeah, kind of.

“There Is not Always a Good Guy” – The First Tale

We are used to stories with well-defined lessons, with good guys who do only good, and bad guys who do only bad. The Monster is telling Conor that the rules for stories don’t always apply.

If stories don’t have rules, defined roles, lessons and morals, why do we tell them?
Because some of them are good stories. If they are not good, then good Question.

Why do we bother reading them?
Because some of them are good stories. If they are not good, then I only read them once. maybe I wont even finish them.

What can we learn if there is no lesson?
we could learn to read, but only if we don’t know how to. I sure can’t think of anything else.

Why is the Monster telling Conor stories if there is no lesson to learn?
I think it is because the monster is bored after standing still for so long.

Why do you think the Monster keeps showing up?
because this is supposed to be a scary story.

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