On Stealing

In the Book Thief  Liesel is getting pretty good at stealing. One of the times that Liesel stole she was at a book burning. As we all know Liesel LOVES books. I think Liesel is stealing books to obviously read them. Her family doesn’t have tons of money so books weren’t priority but she can get books for free when she steals them. I don’t think that this is justified whatsoever, but how is she going to read if she doesn’t steal the books? Their have been a few consequences from her stealing like when she stole the second book and the mayors wife saw her. It was a really close call and Liesel was very lucky that she didn’t tell anyone because she could’ve been in a ton of trouble.

Are Books Dangerous

In The Book Thief, the Nazi party had a book burning to celebrate Hitler’s birthday. They bring all of their books that didn’t comply with the Nazi party or with Hitler’s actions. I think that they make all the people bring these books to the book burning because they don’t want them turning against them or to see what they are doing to these innocent people. I think that books in these types of cases can be dangerous for certain people, like Hitler at the time could probably lose power because his people were reading the truth about what he was doing.

Word Nerd 2.1- Relentless

Source: Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon- Page 11

Context:  “POKALIPS,” she insists, slowly dragging out the word. “Oh my gosh you’re, relentless

In their words:

relentless

adj never-ceasing

“the relentless beat of the drums”
Synonyms:
persistentunrelenting
continual

occurring without interruption; chiefly restricted to what recurs regularly or frequently in a prolonged and closely spaced series

adj not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty

relentless persecution”
Synonyms:
griminexorablesternunappeasableunforgivingunrelenting
implacable

incapable of being placated
In my words- Being stubborn or believing that you are right, not giving up.
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The Book Thief So Far

Quite honestly I really enjoy this book so far. It was a little hard to get through in the beginning but, I really enjoy all the descriptive words that captivate you and make you want to read more. Sometimes the words that are in German are really hard to pronounce and I honestly could take like 20 minutes trying to pronounce those words, but I really like how the author put those German words in to really take this book to the next level and I feel like it makes me understand the character more. I think that this book is really good so far and I can’t wait to read more

 

What Would It Be Like

If I had to be a foster child, I would be feeling so many emotions. Liesel was also supposed to have her brother so that transition would’ve been easier because she would’ve had someone there. Liesel has lost so much, and at such an early age is really sad, but she’s really lucky that she was put with such an amazing foster family. But this must’ve been a really traumatic experience for her, she saw her dead brother, buried him and then her mom left her with a strange family whom she had never met before. Liesel took the whole transition so well and started bonding with her new family. That change would’ve been hard for me, and I probably wouldn’t have taken it as well as Liesel.

What I Look For In A Good Character

I personally look for a lot of qualities in a character before I can determine if like them. When a character is well developed, I find that I can relate to them more. I sometimes get really emotionally attached to a character, and feel like i’m walking in there shoes and am apart of the story. When I don’t feel a connection to a character or the character is just boring I don’t see the point in finishing the book. I like books where I can really get into it and really relate to what they are saying, sometimes that’s not the case and the book isn’t really worth reading.

A Monster Calls Book Review

The book starts with Conor O’Malley a middle school aged boy whose mom has cancer. He’s basically taking care of himself and his mom at a very young age. His dad and mom are divorced and his dad lives with his new wife and kid in america all while Conor is going through all this. Then a monster comes and starts telling these story’s to Conor about how things don’t always happen the way that we expect them to. The monster comes every night at 12:07 to tell Conor a story. The monster tells Conor 3 stories and then the 4th story will be Conor’s truth. Since Conor has no dad living with him and no one to really take care of him, his grandma came over to stay with them for a couple of days (Conor doesn’t like his grandma too much). While his grandma is there, his moms heath has gone downhill and she has to be taken to the hospital and Conor has to stay with his grandma. I think one of the big ideas in the book is that it’s hard to someone go, but then the recovery process can begin.

Stories Don’t Always Have Happy Endings

This topic is really important. Most TV shows, books, and movies show that everything has a happy ending, but not every story has a happy ending. In the book we are reading, A Monster Calls, Conor’s mum isn’t doing well and her treatments aren’t working how they wanted them to. So Conor’s dad says “Son,” his father said, leaning forward. “Stories don’t always have happy endings.” I think that Conor’s dad is preparing him for the worst outcome, although there is a chance for Conor’s mum to survive, the chance is slim to none. And he needs to make sure he’s making every day with his mum last.

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Belief

Belief is very important. The dictionary says belief means an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists. trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something. We have believe every day and it can be a small thing like believing that you can get through a school day, but we are always believing something. To stay true to your beliefs, you have to have hope and courage to believe in yourself and in others. In the book, A Monster Calls, Conor believes that his mum is going to pull through, and beat her cancer, but I think that he knows deep down that she isn’t going to make it.

Deep Thinker 1.6

Source: Love? Maybe., Heather Hepler- Page 22

Context: The book has just started but we know that Piper works at a candy shop and she loves it. She works with all her friends and she it seems like the perfect job. Piper has a friend from her swim team named Charlie and he is actually so sweet. You find out a lot about Charlie in this chapter.

Quote: ” We sit there looking out at the lights of the city and the handful of stars you can see from in town. “How was your trip?” I ask finally. “Okay,” he says. “Okay? What about all those California girls you were talking about before you left?” “Well, that part was pretty good.” He says “Heartbreaker,” I say. Charlie puts up his hand. “No hearts were broken.” “How was it with your mom?” I ask. “Weird,” He says. Charlies dad and mom split up at the end of last summer and his mom moved out to California. This was his first trip to see her. “Weird how?” I ask. “Just weird seeing her without my dad, you know?”  I nod. I’m familiar with that kind of weirdness, having lived through my mom’s two divorces. “Tell me it gets easier,” he says. I can’t see his face in the darkness, but I can hear the sadness in his voice. “It gets easier,” I say, but can’t fully muster any conviction. It took me a long time to get used to seeing my mom with Beau and it’s never been easy seeing her without him.

This made me think: Although I personally have never had to expirence the splitting up of two parents, I have seen so many close family friends go through it. It’s not easy to go through and it takes time. And with Pipers expirence she had got close to two father figures in her life, and they left.

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