Declare My term 1 book

This term I am reading The Secret Circle. The front cover of the copy I have looks like this.

here is the amazon link

I chose this book because I was looking through similar books to my favorite on amazon and this one stuck out to me because the cover seemed interesting and the back had a really cool story. My sister has also read this book and suggested it to me because she loved it and we both love the same genres.

The author of my book is L.J. Smith. 

The reading level of this book, according to amazon is adult.


The book im reading is shutter by Laurie Faria Stolarz. It takes place in Fairmount county, Philadelphia during mid October. The cold October weather helps the story to actually happen. If there was not a large rain storm a day or two after jullian Roman escaped from the detention center he would not have ended up hiding

in Day’s garage. Since Jullian had to hide in her garage, it carried the story on giving the reader information about the case. The month, being October had nothing to do with the story. It never talked about halloween decorations or any upcoming plans, it just made it make sense for it to be more chilly some days. The book itself was published on October 16th 2016, so im guessing that that’s what year it took place, it never really mentioned it in the book. Day always meets Jullian out in her garage near dinner time to ask him questions, most of the book is set in afternoon to very late at night.

Character casting

We have been given an assignment to cast our book characters. To play the main character


Image result for simon lewis shadowhunters Day Connor, I would have Margot Robbie play her. in the book it says the day “has the palest blue eyes i’ve ever seen.” she also has “pale skin” There is not much describing of what Day looks like, but I think Margot Robbie would be a good actress.

For casting the villian, I would cast Theo James to play Jullian. the book says ” tan skin, broad shoulders, and standing at least six feet tall.” it also says “behind dark waves of hair that have

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fallen in front of his eyes.” they both share physical attributes.

To play the character Max, i have chosen Dylan O’brien. they both have black hair and dark brown eyes.


For the other random character I will cast Anne Hathaway to play Day’s friend, Jeannie. “lopsided dark chocolate bob” it also says “tall and skinny eve

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n after eating practically the whole store.” and finally, “I pulled out my camera and zoomed in, noticing the small tear falling out of her brown eyes.” i think that Anne would be a great actress for Jeannie.




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term four blog post

The book I chose to read was Shutter by Laurie Faria Stolarz. I chose to read this book because i just got it for free from a library event, I finally chose to read it and ended up really liking it.

The reading level for my book is young adult. The overall genre and problem of the book talks about more mature subjects. It’s a romance, and mystery novel. The main character, Day Connor is sixteen years old.

Laurie Faria Stolarz, the author of shutter has been on several lists for awards such as quick pick for reluctant leaders, and top ten teen pick list. Shutter was published in October 2016 and isn’t super well known, a few of her other books have been turned into tv shows, but not shutter.

Books and tests

Today we took our SRI test (standarized reading index test) my score was 1292. I feel like this is a pretty good score and im very happy with it. For my grade level, that score is above average!

For my last book report, i did across the universe, I really liked the story line of the book, it was interesting to read and see how the characters reacted. For my book report I liked the objects I brought, since they tied into the story line very well. What I didn’t like about my book report was that I didn’t have much color on the cover or in general. If I had magic I would have made some magical characters from my book come alive and tell everyone about their lives.

For term four im going to read a book called shutter. I decided to read this book because it seemed like it was a science fiction type book. which is the same genre as across the universe, im already almost done with this book and so far i’ve loved it!

Hero’s journey

My ordinary, everyday life is quite boring. I go to school, do homework, hangout with friends and spend time with my family. I’ve gotten into ukulele, and finding new ways to decorate my room. Until i got a call to adventure.

My call to adventure started out when i saw a video of a youtuber doing special effects makeup. I thought that it looked hard, yet amazing! I knew that it was something i could get into, to change up my everyday life. I tried, by putting nail polish on my hand, then i put a ripped up makeup wipe on top of that. I finished it off by coloring the inside blue and green, until I thought it looked like a mermaid scale.

I refused the call, by telling myself that it was fun while it lasted, but I really sucked and special effects makeup. I was tempted many times to try again, but refused every time.

My mentors were my friends and parents. When I told my mom I was going to stop doing special effects makeup, she told me how she had trouble learning her hobbies, so i shouldn’t give up on mine. my friends helped by always encouraging me to keep trying.

I finally kept trying, and now i have a special effects makeup kit. And my friends and i are even making a movie, which im doing the makeup for!

quick write

A time that i felt like my talents inspired or helped other were ballroom and ukulele. One time after a ballroo

m concert i had multiple people come up to me and tell me that the dancing that we did

inspired them, or calmed them. Another ballroom experience was when we went to a burn victim camp and taught them to dance. It was an amazing experience to go and talk with them and help them through the challenges they have gone through. It was fun to teach them to ballroom dance and make them happy. An experience with inspiring others was when i was writing a ukulele song about the experience i had gone through with being cyber bullied, later my cousin told me the song had inspired her to write songs herself.

A time that someone made me do something i really didn’t want to do was joining drama. I have always been really shy and was terrified to join drama knowing that i’d be performing in front of people who could judge me. I finally had my best friend convince me to join drama even though she wouldn’t be doing it with me. I was terrified to start, but ended up making the best friends ever in that class.


Over christmas break I went target shooting with my family. We went to the west desert and set up targets such as shaken soda bottles, paint cans and clay pigeons. My brother decided that for his 17th birthday we’d go to the hill aerospace museum, then shooting. Over the break I also went to the mall with a group of friends, we played around and played tag outside until it was time to go, it was a lot of fun!

The book i have chosen to read for term three is called across the universe. I chose this book because my best friend read it and suggested it to me, the author of my book is Beth Revis. The reading level of my book is young adult or fourteen and older i found this here. this is the author

A goal that im setting for this upcoming year is to keep organized and clean and care more for my friends needs. My room is not always the most organized, so that’s what i’d like to change this year. Last year i didn’t always notice if my friends were sad because i was thinking about my problems so i’d like to forget more of my problems and always be there for my friends.

Poem connections :)

The poem that I liked the most out of the few I read, was “The Anthem of Awesome” by Sekou Andrews. I liked this poem because of how it was saying stuff like you’re perfect in your own way, beautiful in your own way, and every wrinkle, and hair was a different story about your life. I felt like this poem was like me because sometimes I don’t feel pretty, or good about myself, but its saying that you’re pretty in your own way, this poem is like my theme song, because the song I chose was talking about how your perfect, and that’s the same idea of the poem. The picture on the right is inspiring to me because, a pretty forest, and I love going into the forest and I love nature. I feel like it represents me because the photo is being taken on a road, and I know right now i’m on the journey through life, the picture is beautiful and the forest usually relieves my stress.


One of the symbols in my book is something called a stele. A stele is a dagger like object that traces runes on the skin to protect the characters from harm. I think that the stele symbolises stength, since it can give the characters strength. Another symbol i wouldn’t expect is the characters clothes. In the book the characters wear all black tight fit clothes that are worn whilst fighting demons. this symbolises protection because they cover and protect them while in battle.

The front cover of my book has the main character on it holding a stele. Its marketed to girls because on the cover the girl is laying there holding a stele with her red hair flying. She is all in her shadowhunter gear and her stele is glowing. After reading the book I would proably change the cover to instead of the main character laying down, I would have her standing up ready to fight.

The theme of the book is learning to face your fears and be brave. The reason this is the theme is because the main character was just an ordinary girl, until she found out she was a demon hunter. She soon learns how to be brave and fight the terrible demons, and the villian who is actually her dad. I think that the author is teaching that its ok to fail. Clary, who is the main character, had a hard time learning how to fight the demons properly and learn the ways of the shadowhunters.