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I chose a book called “Aftermath” because, it’s a thriller and it just sounds really interesting. 

The book is marketed towards Teens so I’m pretty sure it’s on my reading level. I’m not sure how old the main character is but they are in high school so they must be a little bit older than me.

The author of my book is Kelley Armstrong. No awards are listed for any of her book. She is a Canadian author so I image she’s not very popular in Utah. There’s nothing really special about my book other than that it’s a thriller/mystery.

I don’t know much about the main character other than that three years ago the brother was a victim of a school shooting but,  he wasn’t a victim. He was the shooter. The main character and her friend try to remember what happened and really find out who caused the death of her brother.

Term 4 blog

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I’m still at an 11th grade reading level, I feel pretty good about my reading skills and the score I got. The book report this term was pretty easy because I read my book pretty fast, I enjoyed my book up until the ending because I thought is was kinda dull and less exciting than the rest of the book but was still a good happy ending. I don’t really know what I would have changed about my book report, next term I’m going to try to turn it in on the extra credit day but I still don’t know what book I’m going to read for term 4. I don’t really know what I’ll change for term 4 other than trying to get things done on time and not rush an assignment, to make sure it looks good. I’m also going to try to finish my book faster for my book report because my term 3 book report felt rushed.

My Call to Adventure

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My ordinary world is nothing special, it mainly consists of going to school, doing homework, and hanging out with my friends. School takes up most of my time, mainly practicing my cello takes a lot out of my day because I’m trying to get better. I don’t want to make music my profession though. Sometimes me and my friends play football in a field or in our yards just for fun. I usually play quarterback and my friends noticed that I have a pretty good arm so they’re encouraging me to pursue football. When I actually thought about it I realized, I know a lot about the sport, and I do have a talent for getting the ball  to my receiver’s at the right time. That’s my call to adventure.

I really do want to pursue football but some of my set backs include school. Me being so busy with orchestra, studying, and homework doesn’t give me very much time to get stronger, working on my foot work, or working on my throwing technique in order to play quarterback. I also don’t know if I want to make it my profession. If I played for the NFL I would play games every Sunday. I go to church every Sunday so I don’t know how football would affect church for me in the future. Maybe i’ll just play during high school and college, even then I don’t know what I would do after college.

I’m getting more confident in playing football because I’m starting to get training from former BYU offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Brandon Doman. He played quarterback for the cougars and was drafted to the San Francisco 49ers in 2002. Sense he is very experienced he’s going to help me understand how it really is playing quarterback for a team and different things to help me with my throwing technique so that I might be able to go to the NFL.

Term 3

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The highlight of my Christmas break was me and my family going to temple square to see the lights. Other than that I spent time with my family and I hung out with some friends.

The book I have chosen is Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz Here is a link to his website. I chose this book because it’s about a boy living in Nazi Germany and I like reading those kind of books. Here is more about my book. I don’t know

what grade level this is because it doesn’t say on amazon.

My resolution is to be better in school. I’m going to stay on top of my work and get better grades. Another goal of mine is to prepare for a football tryout. I’m going to start lifting weights, practicing my position, and study the sport.

Poetry Response

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I liked “Me” because it says that every person is unique. I don’t see how this poem has anything in common with me or my theme song paper, I just picked it because I liked the message. I chose this picture because I couldn’t think of anything else and the Blobfish is the best animal.

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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.


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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.


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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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Characters in Biggie

Two of the most important characters are Henry ‘Biggie’ and his brother Maddux. Maddux is the one who encourages Biggie to play baseball. Another important character is Laser, Biggie’s stepdad. Laser is Biggie’s personal trainer and helps Biggie get into shape to try out for the baseball team. The person who gave Biggie the idea of trying out for the team is Annabelle. Biggie was given the position of pitcher is P.E. Biggie never pitched before but he threw a perfect game. Annabelle told him to tryout for pitcher of the school’s baseball team. He did but didn’t make it but the with help of Maddux and Laser he could make it in the next year. Some of the minor characters include: Kyle Biggie’s teammate and friend who also encourages him to be a pitcher for the team. ‘Killer’, and ‘Jet’ are also on Biggie’s team but they don’t do much to push the story, they are mostly there for background.

One of the characters who stays loyal to Biggie is Kyle. When Biggie tried out for the team a second time he made it but was set to throw some of the last pitches of the game. Biggie then felt that there was no point in going to practices or games. The team made it to the championship game but Biggie didn’t wan’t to play. Kyle tells Biggie that he is important to the team and that if he showed up they could win. Biggie believed Kyle’s promise and play the championship game and they won. Another loyal character is Maddux who plays catch with Biggie and does everything he can to help him improve his pitching. Maddux was in the dugout when Biggie played the championship game and believed in Biggie the entire time. Biggie’s sidekick in the story is Maddux who is Biggie’s brother and friend. He stays loyal and helps Biggie when he doubts himself. Biggie relays on him because he has knowledge of baseball.

The protagonist in this story is Biggie. A protagonist is someone who wants change. At first Biggie is happy with himself the way he is. Biggie earned his nickname because he was a big kid. 17 years old 6 foot 5 inches and 300 pounds. Biggie didn’t want to change anything about his self he was happy being big, not exercising, and having no friends. Biggie only tried out for the team because he wanted to impress Annabelle, The person who told him to play pitcher. When Biggie when to the doctors office the doctor told him that he might have diabetes. This pushed Biggie in the direction of training with his stepdad and later making the baseball team. The antagonist in the book is also Biggie. The antagonist is standing in the was of change. Biggie has many doubts about himself playing baseball. On top of that he was never into sports as a child, he has a low self esteem and was never noticed by anybody, if he was they would just bully him. When Biggie starts getting good at baseball he has doubts and fears and sometimes debates on quitting the baseball path and going back to doing what he does best well, what everyone at his school say he does best, Being a nobody.

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