On Stealing

One of the times that Liesel stole was when she was with her gang and they were stealing potatoes. They were getting potatoes when Arthur Berg shouted there was a farmer. They all hurried to a fence and Rudy’s leg got caught. They were really scared because the farmer had an ax. They got him out just in time. I think it isn’t good that Liesel is stealing, because what happens when Papa and Mama find out. Although I can see it being good in the way that it helps them get food. I think that later in the book they’ll get caught and they’ll get in big doo doo. 

Are Books Dangerous

I think the Nazi Party thought the books were bad because they were crazy. Could you imagine if Principal Dally came and said, ” K we’re going to take all the books that make our school look bad and burn them.” Thanks Mr. Green. I think maybe they also burned those books because maybe they thought people might get ideas and rebel against the Nazi Party. One thing that could be an example is that America had its revolution, and then France also thought it was a good idea, so maybe Germany was scared that they would get their own ideas like France got theirs. 

Word Nerd 2.1

Source: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling. Page# 85

Context: “And Harry saw the white hand raise its wand and felt Voldemort’s surge of vicious anger, saw the frail old man on the floor writhe in agony — ”

In Their Words: To make continual twisting, squirming movements or contortions of the body.

In My Words: When you hurt so bad that your body goes out of control. 

The Book Thief…so far

What I Like: What I like so far about the Book Thief is papa. I think he’s really nice. Except  when he slaps Liesel in the face. I like the friendship between Liesel and Rudy. I like how patient and understanding papa is even if he’s woken up at the middle of the night to read a book. I love how it is narrated by death and I think it puts a whole new prospective on things. I love what he says to.

What I Disliked: There is not much but I dislike mama. She is very rude to Liesel and papa, even though she’s not so great herself. I can’t say I like the swearing either. 

Book Review 2.1

What I ReadHarry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling. It is a fantasy and is 652. I would rate it 5/5 stars.

How it starts: It starts with Harry at his aunt and uncles house, and is awaken by his alarm because he and Dumbledore, the head master of the school is coming to take him somewhere. They talk with the Dursleys, Harry’s uncle, aunt, and cousin, and disapparate, magical ways for traveling, to a neighborhood thats deserted. They go to this one house in particular and it is a mess. Then all of a sudden, Dumbledore hits this huge coach with his wand and out comes a person. They then go on to talk about a teaching job. Harry Potter ends up going to the Weasley’s, his best friends house, and staying there for the rest of the summer.

How it gets complicated: The reason it gets complicated is that this is their toughest school year yet at Hogwarts with Voldemort back. Harry also believes that Draco Malfoy is up to something, so he tracks him down a lot. Dumbledore is also having lessons with Harry about different memory’s that trace back to Voldemort. Hermione is also very mad at Ron for having a girlfriend and always snogging for the almost the whole book.

What I Liked: I really loved the feeling the book made you feel. I also really like the character development in this book because it helps you understand their actions. Another thing I liked was the image it created

What I Disliked: The boring parts.

Recommendation: I would recommend this book to teenagers who can stick with a long book and who are reading the series anyway. 

What Would It Be Like?

Liesel is totally understandable for screaming and being terrified because she’s only a little girl and it is hard to be a little without your mom. If I had to be adopted and the only person that would stay with me is dead, and there is freaking war going on, I would probably kill myself. Liesel is just being normal for what is happening to her like screaming and having nightmares. She’s only 8 years old and her foster mom freaking calls her a pig and notty words and she cry’s herself to sleep. One person that reminds me of her story is Helen Keller, because she was scared too. 

Deep Thinker 2.1

Source: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling. Pg# 446

Quote: “No, nothing,: said Dumbledore, and a great sadness filled his face. “The time is long gone when I could frighten you with a burning wardrobe and force you to make repayment for your crimes. But I wish I could, Tom… I wish I could…”

Context: It is Harry Potter’s sixth year at Hogwarts, a school for witch craft and wizardry and he is taking lessons from Dumbledore. In these lessons, they’re trying to find out more about Voldemort through old memories of people that they can put in this thing called a Pensieve and watch. This memory is from Dumbledore.

This Makes Me Think: This quote stands out to me because of the way it makes me think. It makes me think about how little Hitler might of been, or Stalin, or even teachers. How when they grow up they become terrible people, and I wonder if their parents think the same thing, if only I could put you in timeout or something. 

What I Look For In A Good Character

What I look for in a good character. I really like character development when they are not a study Mary Sue, cough cough Rey from Star Wars, but when they have to go through diversity and fail but they can look back and try again. One movie that I think does a really good job is the Hobbit. I think the thing they do good is they don’t win every time. One movie that I think does a bad job, and I think the actress was horrible, was Captain Marvel. I just don’t like when they win, win, and win again. Also I look for background on characters. 

Book Review of A Monster Calls

The book is about Conor, “To young to be a man, to old to be a boy,” and how he deals with his mom having cancer. It starts with Conor’s nightmare, the protagonist in the story, where he is screaming, the monster comes to him that night at 12:07, and tells him he’s going to tell three stories, and that Conor will tell the 4th, his truth, after the 3rd. It then gets complicated by how he gets bullied at school by Harry and his Cronies, and the times the monster comes to visit, and his life dealing with his mom having cancer.

I think some of the big ideas or themes would be loss, grief, coping, healing, and the think I think most stands out is help. The one theme I came up with is, “Sometimes when life problems come up, we sometimes get help from somewhere we didn’t expect.”

What I liked about this book is definitely the picture and different techniques he used. I also liked how he made me, the reader, feel while reading, because he made me feel how desperate Conor was and how when you got through tough things, no one really gets you, like how he wanted to be punished but he never was. I disliked Lily but that’s about it. All in all I really liked this book.

I think this book matters because for me it kind of made me feel like if I lost a loved one I wouldn’t be alone you know. I’m not the only one who needs a monster to come and heal me. 

 

On Not Being Seen

I think that Conor is saying he wants to be seen, not by saying he wants to be recognized as someone with his mum having cancer, but being recognized as a normal person. It is true that he is pushing away every one he that “does see him”, but I don’t think people have been very nice to him either like how Lily told everyone his mom has cancer. It would make Conor feel like normal if he got punished like a normal person. I think this has to do with his mom and his monster because Conor wants to feel like a real person because then it would feel like his mom doesn’t have cancer.