March 7, 2018

Secrets Secrets Are No Fun; Secrets Secrets Hurt Someone

Her keeping some of the secrets is good, others are bad to keep but should be secrets. If she told anyone, even her closest friend, about Max they could all be in big trouble. Liesals secret about stealing food and books is good to keep, even though it’s not a good thing to do at this time period. Knowing and having to keep all of these secrets will probably effect Liesal one way or another. It could end up putting a lot of stress on her, or she’s tempted to tell someone. She may even accidentally say something without realizing, and risk a lot of things for her, her friends, and her family.

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March 2, 2018

Deep thinker #1

Source: Hiddensee, Gregory Maguire, Page 5.

“The wolf bled to death under the moon. In the morning, the old woman broke off a portion of frozen blood. It was like a cracked brown plate. She brought it home to thicken the evening stew.”

Context: Earlier, well about a paragraph earlier, a rogue wolf was prowling around before the old man managed to trap and kill it with his axe. This was the day before in the book. It was also describing that the old man was too afraid to kill the barnyard animals for food, so this was a bit of an accomplishment for him.

This makes me think: Well, I had chose it because it seemed sorta nicely described, not too into it but not too little. It could be considered a bit sickening to others, but I personally thought it was pretty neat. It could be considered well-worded too?

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March 2, 2018

Book Reviews #1


Hiddensee: A tale of the once and future Nutcracker.

By Gregory Maguire

Genre: Fantasy

Pages/Rating: 283, 4 out of 5 stars.

It starts out with a kid left in the woods named Dirk, who is taken in by two elderly people and raised for the first few years of his life in a shack in the woods. They don’t seem to want too much, and Dirk doesn’t know too much about really anything.

How it gets complicated: It could be complicated in many parts actually, maybe a death of a character. dealing with something. At a point, he runs away because of something that he did.

What I liked: A lot of things, the dark setting at times, the descriptive things, the characters and the events that happens throughout all of the book. There’s three parts and a Coda in it.

What I disliked: Death of a character (especially one I liked)  sometimes it gets too confusing and you have to reread, or sometimes it will just randomly do a large time skip. Which is confusing at first but then you get to understand it a little later. I recommend it to maybe 9th graders and up, just because it has darker or more mature scenes in it. If you enjoy fantasy or dark writing, this book is probably for you. I would want to read more books by Gregory Maguire.

February 23, 2018

Max abandoned his family.

Max did do the right thing. It was a struggle to do at first, maybe considered selfish to leave, but it was for the best. The family wanted him to leave as well, for his safety. If he stayed he would be dead by now most likely, and they may have been separated anyways, it was best for him to go and save himself, even though he couldn’t save his family. He still felt tortured through it, but it would have been better than him staying with the family and possibly being separated and killed in the end. It wasn’t a wrong choice to do.

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February 21, 2018

Fate or Chance?

I believe that these could be a bit of both? Most things probably aren’t meant to really happen, I just think things happen by luck and decisions. Maybe a past choice will effect something that happens in the future, and that’s set. But you could always change how something may happen by doing something at the right time, even though some things can’t be changed. Our lives are basically controlled by ourselves, our choices and such. But things can happen, and to where there’s no point of turning back. Coincidences probably just happen based on choices you have made, or maybe even by accident who knows.

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February 21, 2018

Say what #3-Dryad


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(DnD Dryad)

Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire

Word: Dryad (Pg 154)

“A dryad,” supplied Felix.

Definition: (in folklore and Greek Mythology) a nymph inhabiting a forest or a tree, especially an oak tree.

My definition: A creature from Greek Mythology and tales that lives in a tree of some sort.

February 16, 2018

Say what #2-Declaimed


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Source: Hiddensee, by Gregory Maguire.

Context: “Brave travelers, prepare to advance to adventure!” he declaimed.

Their definition: to speak aloud in an oratorical manner; Make a formal speech.

My definition: To make an announcement in a personalized way.

February 12, 2018

Can books be dangerous?

Could books be dangerous? It depends more on the situation you’re in. Books can’t really be dangerous, unless you throw one at someones face. But sometimes, we may not be allowed to have books. Maybe it’s the place, it could just be a simple rule like ‘No books allowed’ if you’re at a pool or something of the sort, obviously. But, in situations such as Liesal was in, they may not be allowed to have books that support propaganda from places they do not approve of, or if it’s something about said places. Or about someone, if it was a book supporting the Jewish, or Communism, that would probably not be allowed and could get you in dangerous consequences.

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February 8, 2018

The Book Thief

Reading ‘The Book Thief’ so far has been pretty good, and I enjoy the book. What do I like about it? Probably the darker and more mature kinda setting/tone. I expect she will, obviously, steal more books and perhaps either want to stay with this family or runaway and find her mother again. I also think she may learn more about her father and her friends. I haven’t read the book before, and I can’t say if there’s anything new that I’ve read through.  But, overall, the book is very neat and I think the characters are pretty interesting along with the time period and setting.

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