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October 2017

End of term 1

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This term I read Biggie. It didn’t take me very long to finish the book because I would read it at home. I felt like I had enough time to read my book and complete my book report. For next quarter I will stay on top of things and not have any missing assignments.

The blog posts were nice because I never had to hand in a paper and worry about loosing it. Nothing about the writing was really hard. Wring the blog posts were really easy and I don’t really want anything to change.

It only took me a couple days to complete my book report. My book report was the movie poster and I did it in Photoshop which sped up the process a lot. I wish I could have gotten to print my poster in higher quality. If I had to change anything it would be a spelling error that I made.

If I could start the term over I would make sure that I wouldn’t have any assignments and that I could write down important dates.

Setting

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The time of year in Biggie is year round. Biggie is training to play for the high school’s baseball team and tryouts are in a year. Biggie takes one year to train, and loose weight. He manages to not only learn the sport but to go from 317 pounds to 240 pounds and makes the team.

Biggie is set in the small baseball loving town of Finch. The town isn’t very fond of Biggie because of one reason, he is not interested in any sport. He has never even held a baseball.

The mood varies between chapters. Some chapters are very calm and others you feel anxious when reading because of certain actions Biggie is taking.

The climate in Biggie Varies because the book is set year round. Some days it’s hot and others it’s cold. The beginning of the book is set during the summer and as you move towards the middle it gets colder, and at the end it starts to warm up but it’s still cold.

Symbolism

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In P.E. Biggie and his class played wiffle ball. Biggie has never played any sport, let alone thrown any kind of ball yet, coach puts Biggie as all time pitcher. Biggie, with a bit of trial and error, Biggie ends up throwing a perfect game. This event sets him in the right direction of loosing weight and trying out for the baseball team. The wiffle ball is the symbol in the story. The wiffle ball is a symbol of change or a new beginning for Biggie.

On the front cover of Biggie it says, “Some people call me Henry, mostly teachers and my mom but for the most part I’m Biggie.” With his name in bold letter. This suggests that he is tired of his nickname and wants to change. In the book he does look for change and ends up loosing weight and joining the high schools baseball team. Biggie is marketed towards young adults (Mostly male) because of some of the language and humor. There are also parts in the book where they are drinking or smoking. I wouldn’t change anything about the front cover because the text says who he is.

At the end of Biggie when he wins the championship game, he is accepted by his teammates, his school, and the small town that he lives in. The author in the book is telling you that even if you have doubts that whatever you’re chasing is worth it and to keep going when it gets tough.

Plot Structure

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The main plot in Biggie is an underdog story. Biggie is a 17 year old who stands at 6 foot 5 inches and is 300 pounds. Biggie has never been interested in sports. He is only interested in getting As in school. In P.E. Biggie and his class play wiffle ball and Biggie is placed on all time pitcher. Biggie has never held any sort of ball in his life. Biggie then throws a perfect game. Some of his classmates tell him that he should tryout for the schools baseball team. Biggie tried out but, found out that baseball was a lot more different that wiffle ball. Biggie first needs to loose weight so, he asks his stepdad ‘Laser’ to train him. After all Laser is a professional baseball player. After a year of training with Laser, Biggie went from 317 pounds to 250 pounds. Nobody in high school ever payed attention to Biggie. When every one heard that he was going to try out for the baseball team a second time no one believed in him. Biggie made it on to the team as end game pitcher which means that he would pitch during the last two innings of the game. Biggie played in the championship game and was accepted by his teammates and his school. The main conflict in this book is man vs himself. Biggie struggles to loose weight because he doesn’t want to give up his favorite foods and eventually hit a plateau while loosing weight where he could loose anymore. This discouraged him and it almost lead to him not trying out in the first place. My favorite part in the book is when he basically said that the more weight he put on the less people noticed him but when he started loosing weight people recognized him in a positive way and was eventually accepted by his school and the small town he lives in.

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