The book that I chose to read for the first quarter is called “The Princess of Iowa”. This book was written by M. Molly Backes. I was really excited to read this book because it mentioned Iowa on the front cover. This book is about a teenage girl named Paige who is from Iowa. She is very popular and her life seems to be perfect. That all changes, when one day, she gets in a crash and her friends begin to treat her like an outsider. All of the sudden, her dreams of becoming homecoming queen change, and the crash changes Paige’s perspective on how she has been living her life.
Conflict can influence an individual’s decisions and actions. People have conflicts everyday. Conflicts can sometimes be as simple as which milk you are going to buy. Conflicts can also be as difficult as watching your parents going through a divorce. Some people can prevail because they learn how to live with the difficulties of adversity. In “The Impossible Knife of Memory,” Hayley has to deal with the adversity of living with her father whose PTSD is tearing him apart. Most people wouldn’t be able to handle the stress and pain it would bring. Some people can handle the stress of adversity with the help of others,support from loved ones and commitment to one’s self and family.
The Witch of the Blackbird Pond was about a girl named “Kit” or Katherine Tyler who ended up meeting a lady named Hannah Tuff, who people thought was a witch. Kit’s journey began when she moved to Wethersfield to live with her aunt named Rachael after her grandfather passed away. She traveled on a boat called the dolphin, and met Nat Eaten and flirted and hung out with him. She also met a polite, young man named John Holbrook. During the trip they stopped by America, and Kit got off the boat. While getting back on, a small child dropped her toy and pitched a fit, but no one moved so Kit dived in and grabbed it. Then Nat jumped in to save her because he did not think she was able to swim. When they arrived in Wethersfield, she told the captain that she didn’t tell her aunt she was coming, but when Rachael saw her she was happy and let her stay. It was pretty hard to adapt to the new place, and do labor that her old slaves used to do.
Once, American football player, coach and executive Vince Lombardi said “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. Hunger of Memory is the story of Richard Rodriguez, a Mexican American who begins his studies in California without knowing English and steps up finishing his studies at a university of prestige. His life is challenging and full of nostalgia and that is what makes the reader truly get the feeling.
What would you do if you had a year to live? When Ben Wolf was told that he had a rare blood disease, one that would kill him, he was somewhat relieved. Ben never thought he was meant to grow old. Rejecting treatment, he decides to live his last year of life to the fullest. He turns his life around joining the football team, diving into his education, and asking out the girl of his dreams.
Banned Books Week is an annual event starting on September 23 and ending on September 29 celebrating the freedom to read books freely no matter what topics are present throughout the book. The purpose of Banned Books Week is to bring the community together and express and seek ideas in books even if they are considered unorthodox. Throughout this celebratory week publishers, librarians, booksellers, journalists, teachers and more all celebrate the freedom to read and access information that they desire to explore. The outstanding novels by the names of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie are both banned books in many middle school and high
Seventeen year old Kendall Fletcher has lived on a farm in the tiny town of Cryer’s Cross since she was little. A town where everyone knows everyone. Kendall has a great life. Mainly due to her amazingly sweet and attractive boyfriend Nico and to the school 's football team, the only distraction she has to forget about her OCD. But things start changing when mysterious Jacian arrives in town with his sister Marlena. Nico starts acting unusual until one day he disappears completely. This was not the first missing person’s case in Cryer 's Cross. A year ago Tiffany Quinn, a sophomore from Kendall’s school went missing. The sheriff, along with the majority of the townsfolk, were never able to find her body.
I feel like people of middle school or high school age would appreciate this book, because it is at their reading level, roughly. I think that it’d be too difficult and gruesome for elementary kids, and too repetitive and childish for college aged adults and older. I feel people who are fond of dystopian future novels, such as The Hunger Games and Divergent would revel in this. These are my recommendations; it’s not a guarantee that every person in every category feels the way I imagine, but that is just my rough idea. I believe this novel was tolerable, giving it a rating of three and a half out of five stars, for me at least. I do think some improvements here and there could really make the book better. The writing is marvelous, much like Neal’s other books, but the plot seemed under-developed and disjointed. It’s as if he wrote an a thousand page book, then cut all the important, thought provoking pages out; leaving the book to be good, but choppy. Overall, I’m really glad I read this book, and I think others should as
A significant theme of Station Eleven is life and death. The text explores death on a personal but also on a universal level. On a personal level, the reader gains an insight into the life of actor Arthur Leander before he reached his death. It appears that Arthur is the character in the text that connects the remaining characters together once he has died. As a result, his death causes personal consequences and affects on the lives of those that are left behind, both in a positive and negative sense. For example, as Jeevan encounters Arthur in his different occupations throughout the text, it is in their final union that Jeevan realises his calling in life, which is to help others by becoming a paramedic. Therefore, Arthur’s death brought
The book The Killer Angels, written by Michael Shaara, is a gripping, story of the hardships, challenges and emotional journeys of the many different Commanding Officers in the Civil War. It also discusses the physical journey of all the men in the Civil War. The book takes place during a crucial point in one of the most well known wars in the history of America. After the war had already lasted two years, a very important battle tipped the seesaw a little more in The Norths favor. This battle is known as The Battle of Gettysburg, which took place in Pennsylvania on July 1, 1863 and lasted three days.
Vanessa Martino Ms. Oliverio ENG 3U1 17 December 2015 CPT Essay The Piano Man’s Daughter Timothy Irving Frederick Findley Asignificant author often leaves an impact on the reader or some sort of lesson to be learned by the end of the novel. Upon reading the novel The Piano Mans Daughter authored by Timothy Findley, I personally learned many lessons and found many events to be relatable to the struggles and lives of the modern teen. Timothy is a significant Canadian author as his personal struggle enables him to address human struggle in an authentic way. In the novel, Findley negates the idea of the nuclear family and showing real life family dynamics. Through out the novel, the struggles the characters endure help teens relate to struggles
This book had a strong message at the end of the book. I personally can not relate to this book but I really enjoyed reading it. Stargirl was home schooled and started real school in the 10th grade. Stargirl was a new student in school, and she was a very
The novel, Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepety has becomes one of the best book I have ever read. In know that can be a cliché statement to make but the novel is truly exquisite. The author put the reader on a page-turning journey through her juicy plot, her unique writing style, and the historical event added to the book. The novel Between Shades of Gray will soon be a classic all will get to know.