📚Continuum Blog post – The Book Thief 📚

My prompt is: Your family can include people you are not related to, in the book The Book Thief Liesel’s parents are not her real parents but a family that adopted her when her parents were taken to a concentration camp. In real-world circumstances, there is the concept of adoption but there is also the idea that someone is such a good friend they are almost family. In my life, there are plenty of people that are in that category in my life: my mom’s college friends kids, my “Uncle” Ed my mom’s best friend, almost every friend I currently have. I fully agree with this statement because even the person you marry is usually not directly related to you.

Many teen novels illustrate this concept, a person making new friends that he/she has such a deep connection with that it heals whatever extreme problem the person is having. a great example is a book, “The perks of being a wallflower.” In which a teenager with severe depression entering High School and meeting a brother and sister who interduce him to new friends who are a huge part of his life

 

 

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🍦90 Days of Different🍦

 

  • 1. Why did you choose this book?

I chose this book because I was at the library looking for something to read and I found this, started reading it and got into it right away. I was really impressed by this book; it is a very interesting piece of literature.

  • 2. Explain the plot of the book, or if it is a non-fiction book, what topics are covered.

The plot of the book is about this very boring girl who always plays it safe and is basically responsible for everyone else in her house. She has a friend, Ella who tries to get her to do different things for a change. The “Differents” range from trying a new ice cream to doing Graffiti at 2:00am in the morning. There are 90 days until she goes to college and Ella organizes 90 different things for Sophie to do and Sophie has to agree to whatever Ella organizes. They record everyhthing. They purposely get fired from a fast food joint, they go tubing, Sophie kisses a random person at a mall, they crash weddings, go to bars, etc. The reason Ella did this was because Sophie got dumped on the last day of senior year and was feeling sad.

 

3. Describe one of the characters in the book. Would you want to meet this character? Why or why not?

I would really like to meet Ella as she seems really cool and quirky. Ella wants to make Sophie’s life more interesting and less structured. Ella organizes all Sophie’s “Differents” through social media—a subject which before that summer Sophie had mostly rejected. Ella sums up a great character with wonderful ideas.

4. What is your opinion of the book? Would you recommend it? Why or why not?

This is a book that is pretty good but not great. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes teen novels. It is skillfully worded but sometimes confusing because the author is Canadian and some of the words that he uses are slightly different from American English.

5. Explain how this book is similar to another book, film, story, or article that you have read or seen. What connections or comparisons can you make?

Most teen novels have a story kind of like this although some are more intense. I would say Looking for Alaska by John Green is kind of like this because they are all going to college. Also High School Musical is like this because everybody is stepping outside their comfort zones. 

6. What do you think the main idea or theme of this story is? What is the author trying to tell you about life or our world with this book?

The main idea of this story I think is “don’t be afraid to try new things. This is shown at the beginning of the story by Sophie’s breakup when her Boyfriend says that she is too mature and predictable so he breaks up with her and that is the reason Ella starts the “Differents.”  ​

🏈 Friday Night Lights 🍺

1. Why did you choose this book?

I chose this book because I had watched the movie which is based on the true story of the 1988 Permian Panthers with my parents, and I saw the book at the Synergy book fair. I really like books about sports teams that are non-fiction.

2. Explain the plot of the book, or if it is a non-fiction book, what topics are covered.

The plot of this book follows the aforementioned Texas State High School Championship run of the Permian Panthers from Odessa Texas. The book also focuses on the racial divide in a largely white town which for years had been divided by the train tracks, Blacks “below” the train tracks and whites “above”. The novel gives a perspective from every possible angle: Snotty and slightly racist popular girls who thought White Guys “were too white”, Black Guys “were too black” but “Hispanic guys were in the middle so they were fair game, dysfunctional families, racist old football fanatics who thought black people were only good for their sports skills, and the players themselves. Brian Chavez, the Tight End, and the only Hispanic player/Valedictorian, and the only player with plans after High School (he went to Harvard,  but doesn’t play football there.) The primary character “Boobie” Miles, the star Fullback, injured in a pre-season scrimmage. Chris Comer, Boobie’s replacement, and the new star Fullback, his father died of Arthritis that left him crippled after an oil rig accident. He is a very quiet and self-conscious person. He won’t even let his girlfriend into his Grandmother’s house where he lives because he thinks it is too messy.

3. Describe one of the characters in the book. Would you want to meet this character? Why or why not?

I would really like to meet “Boobie” Miles. He seems like a very interesting person to talk to and a very active person who is devoted to his game, that is why I would want to meet him. Although Miles gets hurt, and doesn’t play until late in the season, he expected to come back and play his regular level of game.  By then, Chris Comer had established himself as a really great Fullback. Boobie gets angry and jealous of his replacement, after a while he gets over it. Mr. Miles is still alive so it is possible for me to meet him if I ever were to go to Texas.

4. What is your opinion of the book? Would you recommend it? Why or why not?

This is an amazing work of art through the lens of literature. This book tells the story of a very racist town (that used to be the murder capital of the U.S. in the 1800’s.) Growing to love but not exactly respect its people of color through sports. It is skillfully worded and shows a great amount of detail in a relatively short book. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone over the age of 11.

5. Explain how this book is similar to another book, film, story, or article that you have read or seen. What connections or comparisons can you make?

Friday Night Lights was also made into a movie and TV show. Although I have only seen the movie, I hear that the TV show is excellent. The movie captures the storyline of the book and the real world story. In the movie the partying and the drinking was exaggerated to the point of the movie “Heathers” (another movie about high school drama, although that is a very exaggerated version of high school.) The story of one of the wide receivers is extended so you can see the extent of his abusive relationship with his father.

 

6. What do you think the main idea or theme of this story is? What is the author trying to tell 

The story doesn’t really have a moral. It conveys the facts of a racially insensitive town that is football crazy! If the story had to have a moral, in the case of Boobie Miles it would be: “don’t judge a book by its cover.” (more…)

3 chapter title Brog Post 📝

  1. In like a Lion: I think this name perfectly fits the chapter because Junior is going into life and, in this chapter, basketball like a lion—brave and strong. From a basketball perspective Junior never thought he was an amazing basketball player but Coach sees in him something no one ever did in terms of basketball—potential. Looking at the entire book, this chapter name represents what Junior does: he goes and bravely does something that has never been done before.
  2. Because Russian Guys Aren’t Always Geniuses: This is a great chapter name because it explains that the famous people that give advice are not always right; in this instance Junior is talking about Leo Tolstoy who Gordy quoted in order to give advice to Junior. Also I think that the title is related to the entire book because Junior starts out respecting the teachings of famous people and his elders but then by the end of the book Junior decides to forge his own path.
  3. My Final Freshman Report Card: This chapter is very interesting to me: it does not have any text and is just one page, it is a picture of a comedic version of Junior’s report card. Where it would have said “Reardan High School” Junior has written in Reardan High & Dumb School and “fresh mint year” instead of Freshman year. I think this page describes Junior perfectly, a boy with a sly sense of humor and a strong wit with which he is ready to make fun of his own situation. This is true with the entire book.

🌞Summer Reading 🌈 – Looking for Alaska 🚬 🍷

 

1. Why did you choose this book?

I chose this book because I really like almost any book by John Green and it was one of the ones I had not read. Before that I had read Will Grayson Will Grayson, which is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!. The only John Green book I don’t like is An Abundance of Katherines.

2. Explain the plot of the book, or if it is a non-fiction book, what topics are covered.

The book is about a boy who is sent to a boarding school in Alabama that his dad also went to and was the ultimate prankster. When he gets there he rooms with a guy everybody calls “The General” because he is the brains behind all of the school’s pranks. He gives the boy the sarcastic nickname “Pudge” because he is thin. The General is in a friend group with Alaska, a girl who Pudge is head over heels for,  “Yukami” because he is Japanese and Lara who is Romanian. They are all the school’s present day pranksters. The school’s principal, who everybody calls “The Eagle”, because he has a menacing stare and a bunch of rules for the students: No Smoking, No Sexual stuff 😱 etc.. The group breaks these almost every day. They plan all sorts of pranks that terrorize the Eagle’s attempt on keeping order in the school. Pudge and Lara start dating and have a good relationship but Pudge still has a crush on Alaska. One night Pudge, The General and Alaska are partying and Alaska dares Pudge to “Hook up” with her. They only Make out but it still a little explicit. Then she goes into a panic and runs out the door (she ends up committing kind of intentional suicide and the whole school goes into mourning). All her friends are really sad but decide to pull a commemorative prank for Alaska that she designed. First they hire Pudge’s Dad to pose on the phone as Pudge’s Nominee for “Career week” at the school. Dr. William Morse, Professor of Psychology at Florida State University specializing in Teenage Sexuality, who will really be Maxx a male stripper that would do a provocative dance in front of everybody in the school. But his real name is really Stan. I personally think this is the greatest prank ever to be thought of either real or fictional. For some reason everybody in the group smokes a lot of cigarettes I think it is partially because they want to and partially because it will annoy the Eagle.

3. Describe one of the characters in the book. Would you want to meet this character? Why or why not?

I would want to meet Tukami. He is really good at rapping and is very sneaky: he has a fox hat and calls himself “The Fox.” He is really funny and goofy and is the person that carries out the hard labor of the pranks if needed. He seems like a really fun person to hang out with and just my kind of person.

4. What is your opinion of the book? Would you recommend it? Why or why not?

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone over the age of 11 since there are some adult themes and swearing. It is a very funny book and very enjoyable to read.

5. Explain how this book is similar to another book, film, story, or article that you have read or seen. What connections or comparisons can you make?

This book is similar to basically every John Green book except for Will Grayson Will Grayson — I get a different feeling from that book. All his books portray teen life in different situations:  The Fault In Our Stars is about teen cancer and Will Grayson Will Grayson is about regular high school, gayness and musical theatre. Will Grayson Will Grayson is kind of a mash – up of the gay characters from Glee, the Movie High School Musical and the book Paper Towns, another amazing John Green creation. I really wish they would make a movie out of Looking For Alaska although it wouldn’t be very good.

6. What do you think the main idea or theme of this story is? What is the author trying to tell you about life or our world with this book? ​

The theme of this book is to live life to the fullest and always be with friends and do what makes you happy. This book very accurately portrays teenage life as far as I know although I am only a year into it; from what I have heard it’s pretty accurate.

 

🌞 Summer Reading 🌈 – 💥The Fualt in our Stars 💉

 

1. Why did you choose this book?

I chose The Fault In our stars because I had basically read every other John Green book and I wanted to read the last one. It is very good.

2. Explain the plot of the book, or if it is a non-fiction book, what topics are covered.

The plot of the book is about a girl with cancer named Hazel, She really likes the book An Imperial Affliction, It is about another girl with a rare blood cancer. At a Cancer support group led by a man who lost his balls to🍒 cancer, she meets Agustus Waters, A cancer survivor with about 1/4 of a leg who is completely in love with Hazel, He is funny and always has an unlit cigarette as a 🚬 silent protest. he is friends with Isaac, a guy from Hazel’s support group who lost his eye to Cancer (and eventually gets surgery to remove the other one.) Gus and Hazel start dating and after Gus finds out about Hazel’s love of “An imperial Affliction” they go on a trip to Amsterdam to meet the book’s author Peter Van Houten, who just turns out to be a very rich deranged Drunk. After they get back from Amsterdam Gus who was in Remission’s Cancer starts back up again and he dies. That is pretty much the conclusion of the book, personally I would have rather Hazel died at the end because Agustus is just such a funny and great character and I think it would have been more interesting for the main character to die.

3. Describe one of the characters in the book. Would you want to meet this character? Why or why not?

I would like to meet Gus Waters because he is very interesting and funny, he has a strange but a compelling personality. He is very Caring and it would be pretty fun I think to get into Gus’s head and see how he sees the world.

4. What is your opinion of the book? Would you recommend it? Why or why not?

This is an Amazing book and is probably in my very rivaled opinion the third best john Green book ever written. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone over the age of 10.

5. Explain how this book is similar to another book, film, story, or article that you have read or seen. What connections or comparisons can you make?

There is a Fault in our stars movie that is really good and was really Ansel Elgort’s breakout role into stardom. Otherwise there is nothing else like this it is an unrivaled piece of Literature and Film.

6. What do you think the main idea or theme of this story is? What is the author trying to tell you about life or our world with this book? 

As in many of John Green’s books the meaning is there but it is just out of reach of the reader, you can sense there is a moral or a meaning but it seems to be only known by the author and that is a really interesting concept.​

 

 

⚡️ Michael Vey ⚡️

 

1. I chose this book because I was bored by the ultra ultra tinyness of the tiny rural town in Massachusetts where our family vacation shack/cabin/house/art retreat is located and I needed something to read so I went to the Library and picked out this series.

2. This series is about Michael Vey, a somewhat ordinary teenager in the obscure Idaho town of Meridian that also happens to have Electrical Powers. The only people who know about his powers are his ultra genius best friend Ostin and his mother. Micheal has been recruited by the company that gave him his power, which he got when he was a baby through a machine that is supposed to make babies better but accidently gives them powers (it’s not very clear in the book what the machine does.) It also gave 16 other babies electrical powers, one of which also happens to be the most popular girl in his school, Taylor Ridley. He and Taylor meet (they eventually end up dating) and find out they are both being recruited by the Elgen. Micheal’s power is to absorb and discharge electricity from his body and Taylor’s power is to stimulate certain parts of your brain to make you forget what you are thinking about or as she calls it Rebooting you. They band together and create what they call the electroclan to fight the leader of Elgen Dr. Hatch and his other Electric Children, Zeus who throws lightning, the Sadistic Nichelle who drains and amplifies other children’s powers, she is doctor Hatch’s Torture device if the other Children disobey him and Taylor is Kidnapped by the Elgen and almost joins them but Micheal saves Her while also saving his mother who is being held, hostage. When the Electroclan wins that battle Zeus and a couple other electric children that were held captive, Ian, McKenna and Abigail also join them. Before then they had recruited two of Michael’s bullies from school to drive them to the plant. They later are very helpful in all of the electroclan’s missions, and the main one, Jack, becomes one of Michael’s best friends. The other former bully, Wade, is killed in Peru by a group of Elgen soldiers. The electroclan goes on many different missions around the world, but so far, as far as my reading, have not defeated the Elgen clan.

3. A character I would want to meet is Ostin because he is basically a vending machine of facts. You can mention any subject and he will spew every who, what, when, where and why on the planet. He is also a great friend and very valuable for different information. He is the orator for the electroclan while they are out doing missions. He seems like a very cool dude and would be fun to hang out with because I would learn many things from him.

4. I think this is a book for acquired tastes. Many people may love this book for its action, fantasty and intrigue, and many people may think it’s a poorly produced, corny piece of literature that isn’t very good. I do not agree with the latter but can see why certain people would have this point of view. I recommend it because I think it has great characters and an amazing story line…and potential for expansion into a franchise and movie!

5. This book is not similar to anything I’ve read or seen. It’s its own thing. It has clashing writing styles of 1st and 3rd person. I think that makes for a very interesting mode of literacty.

6. I think the author is trying to convey the message that you should never let the powerful and greedy limit you in little or big ways. They should not capture you, literally or figuratively, and you should be able to stand up for what you believe in.

 

 

🚬 The Outsiders 🔫

 

1. This Is one of my favorite books, I chose it because my Dad got it for me for Christmas and it took a while to Read it but I am glad I did. It is one of the single greatest works of literacy ever!

2. The plot of the book is that A boy named Ponyboy Curtis, his brothers, Sodapop and Darry, (full disclaimer these are their real names) and their gang consisting of characters such as Two-Bit, Johnny Cade who is fragile and beat by his father and Dallas “Dally” Winston who is a hard-nosed and violent New Yorker. They are allied with a few other groups namely Tim Shepard’s gang. After a night at the movies, Ponyboy and Johnny are walking home and are jumped by a group of Socs they proceed to drown Ponyboy in a nearby fountain saying they are giving him a “Bath.” Johnny, in self-defense and in the defense of Ponyboy stabs Bob, one of the Socs who had previously beat up Johnny to the brink of death a few months earlier Bob dies and Pony and Johnny decide to Run away, so they go to Dally for help. Dally gives them $200 a sweatshirt for Ponyboy because he is wet and a gun, he suggests they go to an abandoned church in a country town a few miles out. Once they get to the church they bleach Pony’s hair and also cut Johnny’s so they are unrecognizable. They spend their days eating Balonga and🍠 playing Poker. One day Dally comes to visit and they have lunch at Dairy Queen.🍦🍔 Dally stays the night and later a fire starts up at the church with some children trapped inside, while they are saving the children Dally and Johnny have their backs broken by a burning rafter that falls from the ceiling, Both Pony and Johnny suffer Major burns but Johnny is mortally hurt and is taken to the hospital. Dally and Pony visit Johnny and his Last words are, “stay gold Ponyboy… stay gold.” this quote is one of the most well-known quotes from young adult literature ever written. After Johnny’s death, the Greasers (Ponyboys gang) and the Socs have a rumble which is an organized fight and the Greasers win.

3.I would want to meet Johnny or Soda because they are both good people caught up in gang culture and they are both very funny. Johnny has an interesting personality and could provide a very interesting perspective on life.

4. I would definitely recommend this book it is a great piece of Literature and offers a perspective on life for children with less opportunity, It is amazing that the author that penned this masterpiece was only 17 at the time it was published.

5. There is an outsiders Movie which really has an All-Star cast with, Ralph Macchio from Karate Kid as Johnny, Emilio Estevez from Mighty Ducks as Two Bit, Rob Lowe as Sodapop, C. Thomas Howell as Ponyboy, Tom Cruise as Steve Randle, Patrick Swayze as Darry and Tom Waits as the Hank Williams Loving Buck Merrill also the author S.E. Hinton plays a nurse in the Hospital that Johnny is being cared for at. The Movie is a must see and a great representation of the book.

6. S.E. Hinton is trying to convey the message that no matter what stature in life or in social interaction you are entitled the same chance as the Rich or Powerful or popular to succeed in Pony’s case means that he becomes a better person, artist and a better life for himself and everyone around him.