The Nazi’s were worried about books because they didn’t want people getting ideas of riots or overthrowing leaders. That’s why they were burning books because they knew the Jews would start trying stuff. Books aren’t dangerous, if they’re for your age group. Reading a super violent book for adults as a young kid, you’d lose your innocence and see the world differently. Books can also be liberating. Some books could tell you how you could escape prison, or in a religious sense, you can be free to read The Bible and practice religion.
I forgot the sentence word for word but i’ll just explain what happened.
Scat by Carl Hiaasen: Nicks dad was a National Guard and came home early because he was severely hurt. He was on his way to a town in Iraq, when a missile was shot at the jeep Nick’s dad was in, blowing off his arm and infecting him. Nick at the time, was investigating why his teacher wasn’t showing up for school. I chose this because I thought it was good for a deep thinker. This made think: Anything is inevitable. My dad could get in a car accident and lose both his arms or legs. Nick’s dad got lucky he got to come home and be with his family. It made realize how lucky I am to have a dad that isn’t across the world fighting. I’m grateful for him. Even though he hustles me about my grades a lot, I still love him.
When I read a book, I focus on the main character more than the story. If its: how the character is feeling, how they’re affected by a situation, and what they do to fix the problem/situation. I care about the characters that talk funny, are funny, make a bad decision that makes the book turn around completely, or the ones I have sympathy for, even the antagonists. The author can make a sensitive character and gain all your sympathy, or the author could make a character that you hate. The characters can change how you read a book. Having good characters contributes to a book’s reputation.
Yes, words have a lot of power. Words can accomplish so much. They give stories to read, poetry, they get your mom to get that game you really wanted that just came out. However, some words aren’t so cool. Affecting what you say and the outcomes of certain things. You can choose to use one word or you can use a smart synonym to accomplish more, or you can use fowl language to replace certain words and accomplish less. Words are powerful because, they can can inspire us, they can make us sad, or they can make laugh. Words have power.
The man’s lack of imagination is what caused his peril. If he had more imagination, he could have thought of some way to save himself from freezing to death, he could have been like: Hey these trees, they sure are worth a lot of money but I could make shelter from this storm and get warm. He would have thought before he decided to build a fire RIGHT next to the tree and maybe not waste all his matches, pack more matches. No he decided: I’m a man. The old man is a shell of a man but I’m a man. If he had imagination he could’ve been more aware of his surroundings and note that the ice would break and he’d get wet.
For my second book this term, I read Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. It is another young adult, mystery with 292 pages. I gave this book a 6/10.
It’s about a boy named Roy, who moves to some city in Florida. He’s on the bus looking out the window when he spots a kid running through people’s backyards to get to the forest. He makes a friend who is related with the boy Roy saw earlier. Beatrice, (the girl) takes Roy to the boy’s camp to find out what he was doing. Turns out, he was trying to save some burrowing owls who inherit part of the forest where there was going to be a new pancake house built killing the owls that live there.
I liked the rivalry of Roy and the boy, always making funny jokes about each other and how they became friends in the end. The author made different twists that made you think: is this book going to have a happy ending? I hate the movie they made; I watched it, it was terrible. I hated the boy too. He was always making sassy comments every time Roy had a good idea. I recommend this book to people like me – obsessed with this author, likes mysteries.
Flush: by Carl Hiaasen; I forgot the page number.
“There it was: Mom’s suitcase. This meant mom was really serious about leaving dad!”
After Noah’s dad was arrested, Noah’s mom was thinking about divorce or leaving and never coming back. I chose this sentence because, it was the only thing “deep thinker material” and it made me feel like divorce is not fun. It made me think: Gosh, that’s awful! I hope I’ll never be a parent that always get’s arrested for sinking boats and getting speeding tickets and getting detained. Because my wife might mention divorce and leave me and take the kids. I like it because, I can look back on this book when I’m an adult and treat my family with love and fairness. And to never break the law because it may affect my family just like in Flush.