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Book Show and Tell – always and forever by Jenny Han

Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han is the third book in the “To all the boys I’ve Loved Before” series. Lara Jean is a senior in high school, and approaching graduation. Since that is where I am in my life, I found this book very relatable. I love books that I can relate to. Lara Jean is still with her boyfriend Peter Kavinsky, and even though they face some challenges, they are able to work through them. Her older sister, Margot is still overseas at college, leaving only two Song girls- Kitty and Lara Jean. Their dad is a widower, and he starts dating their next-door neighbor in the book- Ms. Rothschild. Eventually, they get married. Kitty and Lara Jean are ecstatic because they love Trina, but Margot is upset at how fast it all happened.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance- and also to any high school girl. I loved this book! It’s one of my favorite books ever. The first book in the series has a movie coming out in August and I am so excited!

Blog Post #8

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The Mockingjay encourages people to be brave because it is a symbol of hope. I think it’s powerful because Katniss shows the districts that there is hope. Associated with Katniss is her mockingjay pin. Some images we have, such as a heart symbolizing love, inspire us to love. For example, if someone sends us a text with a heart it’s just a cute thing that we can be like “awww, love.”

Allowing people to be free continues to be a struggle, because sometimes if you give someone an inch, they take a mile. A little bit of freedom can lead to too much freedom. It’s scary, because some people abuse their freedom to do bad things.

A social movement has been the school walk-out on gun violence. I feel like my opinions on things like that are never passionate enough to take a stand for, but if something comes along that I’m very passionate about, then I probably would take a stand.

If I were Haymitch or Effie, I would try to tell Katniss that she needs to focus on staying alive, and to focus on herself more. I would be upfront with her.

 

All the Pretties… Blog Post #7

I’ve read all of these books except for one, and I loved all of them. Most of these I was drawn to because of the cover. I prefer the “artsy” covers. I don’t like the covers with people’s faces on it. For me, it can ruin a book, because I want to imagine in my own mind what the character looks like. I think book covers are very important, because they are the first thing you see when you decide you want to read something. I think old books, or books without covers are cool – because they are artsy.

I think it’s important to keep a book nice by removing the dust jacket before reading them, but it’s also fun just to keep them on.

I am definitely drawn in by artsy and creative covers and titles. I like simplistic covers too, like “When We Collided.” The genre I am into is typically young adult, and I rarely read fantasy. If I am browsing books at the library or book store, I will usually pick up covers that look similar to these ones.

The cover for my current lit circle book (This is What Happy Looks Like) barely played a role in why I wanted to read it. Honestly, it was the title that drew me in, because I thought that it sounded cute.

I love This is What Happy Look Like so far! I like discussing it with a smaller group.

Literature Circle Presentation for Girl in The Blue Coat

Critical Acclaim:

Overall, people really liked this book. One reviewer said that Hanneke is hardened by war, but when she decides to find a missing Jewish girl, we think that she is a hero. The reviewer thinks it is “troubling” that “there’s an automatic conferral of hero status on Hanneke the instant she decides to find Mirjam.” It seems like this person had trouble with the fact that Hanneke decides to perform this heroic act of finding a girl only because she is “good.”

Another reviewer found that the mystery was “convuluted” as it unfolded. People found it hard to connect with Hanneke, who seemed so hard and cold at times. I agree that it was difficult to relate to her character. Yet we still love that she was such a hero in the story.

Someone else left this review: “I don’t want to tell you anything about it except that it is about bravery and cowardice and friends and enemies and heroes and villains and how each of us can encompass all those things.”

The Amazon reviews have an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars. People loved it because they found the story captivating and beautifully written. The only 1 star review said “It was interesting enough for me to finish. However I found it lacking in quality with no redeeming substance. I do not recommend.”

My group really liked the book, and so did I! Although I didn’t like Hanneke at first, I grew to like her. I would give this book a solid 4/5

 

 

Blog #6

This is a picture of an army jacket. It relates to the story, because “Girl in The Blue Coat” is set during WW2. It reminds me of the German soldiers the people are stopped by. The German soldiers that Hanneke flirts with.

This is the exact color of blue that the coat is described as. The missing girl, Mirjam, is described as wearing a blue coat the color of the sky on a sunny day.

When Hanneke goes to the Jewish school, she is searching for pictures of Mirjam. She’s looking for any pictures that might help track her down. I imagine she looked at photo cases like this.

I feel like the conflict is coming together very well. I really like how fast the story is progressing. It helps that the plot isn’t super slow. There are a lot of twists and turns to the story that I usually don’t see coming. So far, I really like it. 🙂

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Blog Post #4 – an author’s presence

Brandon Sanderson’s website is blog-like, but it also has some cool aspects of it where you can click on certain links to find what you’re looking for. His presence on the internet is through his website, his twitter account, goodreads, amazon, etc. I think it’s important for his books to thave this presence because people go online to find things.

One of my favorite authors is Morgan Matson. They do have a webpage, and it doesn’t necessarily look proffessional. But it is a fun and decorative page that appeals to teenage readers.

She was born in New York City. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles. She received her M.F.A. in Writing for Children from The New School. She has written “Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour,” “Second Chance Summer,” “Since You’ve Been Gone,” and “The Unexpected Everything.” She currently lives in Los Angeles. She worked as an editor for YA literature. Her books are inspired by her love of music, friends, and roadtrips.

She writes YA novels, mostly geared towards teenage girls. They all include romance. I think other students would love her books. They are funny, relatable, and wonderful! These two books are my favorite! Her website is: morganmatson.com Other sites that connect to her are: http://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Morgan-Matson/63461446 and https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3351454.Morgan_Matson

FINALLY my epic name is Chauleur Soleil which basically means the heat of the sun in French. My strength is that I am a morning person – I attack in the morning when no one expects it. I use the heat and energy from the sun to attack people, and I can pretty much control the sun. On the other hand, my weakness is when the sun goes down, and it gets late at night.

Blog Post #3- Book Series Project

I chose the “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” series by Jenny Han. I’ve had these books recommended by several people before. I always read this kind of stuff, (Romance and nonfiction) so I thought this would be something I like.

I have not ready any of these yet but I am not too worried about not finishing them by the end of the semester, because my goal is to read 6 books a month, so I will probably read all of these by the end of March. 🙂

Blog #2 – Revenge

I was a boy of six years old when I first learned about Epics. In that day, they were all heroes. They did incredible things like stopping robbers from robbing banks, keeping break-ins from happening, curing diseases, and preventing war. They were extremely powerful, but they always used that power for good. Back then, Epics dedicated their lives to helping average citizens – the rest of us. (Of course, I had not developed my powers yet.) Oh, how desperately I wished to be one of them.

Flash-forward: I was ten years old. I was bullied and picked on in school. I was the chunky kid with huge-rimmed glasses and straight A’s – and in the fifth grade, that wasn’t cool. I remember one day being out in the schoolyard during recess. The other kids were always playing soccer, four-square, or chatting in small groups by the trees. I – as usual – was sitting on a bench reading my comic book, when a bigger kid walked right up to me. I looked up. He towered over me. “What are you reading Nerdface??” He taunted. I sat silently, trying to ingnore him. After all, this wasn’t the first time this had happened.

Infuriated that I had ignored him, Big Meanie Kid tore my book out of my hands and laughed.

“Hey! Give it back!” I exclaimed. The kid just laughed again. In my head, I wished for an Epic to come down and give the bully what he deserved.

Almost as if he had read my thoughts, an Epic – Lionheart – appeared almost out of thin air and zapped the bully away from me! The boy literally vanished. I was shocked, but relieved. Lionheart winked at me and disappeared again.

From that day on, no one ever bothered me for being a “nerd” ever again. I devoted the next two years to figuring out how I could thank Lionheart, and repay him for his kind deed. I became his biggest fan – hanging posters, buying t-shirts and backpacks, and collecting all of his action figures. I wanted to be just like him when I got older.

All of that changed very soon. I found the man I worshipped. When I did, I asked for an autograph. The man rolled his eyes and brushed me off, barely giving me two seconds of attention. Crushed, I cried out, “It’s not supposed to be this way!” The man – my hero – my idol – the main purpose of my life up until that point – simply shook his head, chuckling. “Sorry, son,” he replied apathatically. He didn’t sound very sorry.

The man who I had looked up to was now just another one of my bullies. “No,” I whispered. My mind was buzzing with confusion. That day crushed my being. It wasn’t until I discovered my powers that the sadness and confusion turned into burning rage and hate for epics. When I discovered that I could dominate all Epics was when I was rejuvenated. I could take over the world! The possibilities were endless. I would show them that I didn’t need their saving, or the dominance. I would be the one to dominate them. I would get revenge on Lionheart.

Wonder (book show and tell)

Wonder is a book about a little boy named Auggie. He is born with a facial deformity, making lots of things challenging. When he is in the fifth grade, he decides to go to public school for the first time. The story is about his journey of making new friends, dealing with bullies, and strengthening his relationships with his big sister and parents.

I loved this book. I read it in about two days because I couldn’t put it down. I loved how real everything seemed. It wasn’t sugarcoated or glossed over. The story was heartbreaking and will make you laugh and cry. (It did for me at least). I loved the family relationships emphasized throughout. It was a very wholesome read. If you liked this movie, I would recommend reading the book as well. The book and movie are very similar. Honestly, I think that everyone should read this book because it teaches you a lot about friendship and kindness.

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