This summer along with all of the other freshman at Ball State was given a book titled “Funny in Farsi”. This funny book was wrote by a woman named Firoozeh Dumas. She originally wrote her book, which is broken up into several stories of her life, to give to her children. After discovering her talent and passion for writing she perused publishing her book and now years later, she has been invited to be our freshman reader. Being our freshman reader she was asked to come and give a speech over her life and how it plays into the stories she wrote about in her book.
The character of Jeannette in The Glass Castle shows the theme of adulthood, growing up, and coming of age in many ways. Jeanette deals with very adult issues at a very young age, and the chaos of her childhood forces her to mature fast, which shows the theme of growing up, and her success supports the thematic topic of “putting your past behind you”. What first shows the theme of maturity is the contrast between Jeanette's eventual success, and her parents way of life. When Jeanette meets her mother, Rose Mary Walls, in the streets of New York, we see how far Jeanette has come compared to her mother. She moved to New York at 17, became a successful journalist, and this moment at the start of the book represents a lot of emotion.
The first stage of grief is denial. Denial is when someone disagrees with the fact that something has happened and they do not like it. According to the Grief Packet when one is in the denial stage, “You tell yourself that it isn't happening” (Ross 18). This means that someone can think something is not true in some way. Most people go through this stage often in their life because of their relatives dying or just losing something that they were friends with.
Overall, A Night Divided was a fantastic book! I definitely suggest it to anyone above the age of nine years old. A Night Divided was written by Jennifer A. Nielsen, and the genre is historical fiction, I have read many books over the course of twelve years and this book was definitely one of my favorites! A Night Divided is about a girl named Gerta being seperated from her family overnight, and escaping to the other side of the Berlin Wall to them. Gerta and her older brother, Fritz, take it upon themselves to build a tunnel secretly under an abandoned building that is in between the Berlin Wall’s two sides, along the way there are many plot twists, close calls, surprising events, and alot of action on every page.
Gaby Rodriguez spent her senior year with a fake pregnant belly on her body. She was told her entire life that she was going to end up just like the rest of her family: pregnant as a teen in high school. Defying all stereotypes, and working hard to disprove them, she used her year-long senior project to change everyone’s minds. The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez is a realistic, eye-opening story that all teenagers should read. One of the things that makes it such a good book is the rawness you feel the whole time.
Sarah’s Key is a story told in the early 1940s from two different perspectives. One is from a ten year old girl who begins to live an unforgettable harsh life. The other is a middle aged mother who tries to learn more about that life and wants to understand what she was going through during that time. The title has a very touchable meaning and relates to the story in a miraculous way. Through the story, author Tatiana De Rosnay writes about how strength, love, and sympathy can help you overcome the most difficult times of your life.
An impenetrable way through perseverance and resistance in the book “Persepolis” has sent a powerful message to audiences everywhere. This graphic novel is a story of small Marji, who had to face formidable obstacles through her childhood. Living in Iran surrounded by war and thousands of deaths, inspired the little girl to fight for her rights. On page 102 of the book, we can see a powerful juxtaposition, where both of the panels have a profound effect on the reader. Looking at the elements of a graphic novel, Satrapi uses caption, movement and mood in both of the panels in order to enhance the significance on the narrative.
She also has another book of compiled stories called “For the love of a Child”. The novel “Not without my Daughter” is a book based on true event in the authors life. The novel gained recognition all over the world and in 1991 it was even made into a movie directed by Brian Gilbert. The novel speaks about the treatment Betty and her four year old daughter, Mahtob
Persepolis, published completely in October of 2007, is a graphic memoir which encompasses the childhood and adolescence of Marjane Satrapi in Iran during and following the 1979 Islamic Revolution and her teenage years spent in Austria. Satrapi uses her life experiences from living in these two contrasting societies, as portrayed in the graphic memoir, to break the many stereotypes that those reading from a Western perspective may or may not have by showing them women’s roles, Iranian culture, youth culture, and the everyday action of the average citizen of Iran. Throughout the entire book, we see Satrapi constantly rebelling against the rules put in place by the Islamic regime, starting out when she was only ten. We see Satrapi and many of the other girls are using the veil to jump rope with, use as a monster mask, and basically everything but its intended purpose (3 / 5). We see this motif of the fight against the veil further extrapolated upon later in the memoir, with Satrapi and her mother taking part in protests being held against the veil being portrayed (5/ 1) and (76 / 4-5), as well as the subtle ways that women fought against it, such as Satrapi’s wearing of a denim jacket and nikes(131/ 4) and the wearing the veil in more and more revealing ways, stating on (293 / 6) “Year by year women were winning and ⅛ of an inch of hair and losing an ⅛ of an inch of veil.” All of these combat the common Western assumption that absolutely everyone in the middle east can be
Have you ever read a graphic novel with a variety of worldwide problems? From: racial issues, economic issues, women’s rights, political repression, social issues etcetera. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi is the authors memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Marjane Satrapi tells her story through black and white comic strips of her life in Tehran from her childhood ages six to fourteen. Persepolis portrays a memorable portrait of daily life in Iran, as well the perplexing contradictions between home life and public life.
The two novels, “The Pregnancy Project” written by Gaby Rodriguez and the novel “Turning 15 and On The Road to Freedom” both share the same meaning. Both authors of the novels write about taking action. In the short novel, “Turning 15 and On The Road to Freedom”, Lynda Blackmon Lowery helps to the march for the right to vote. Many people took action and sacrificed a lot to help others approve Selma’s voting rights. In the novel of “The Pregnancy Project” Gaby Rodriguez illustrates her Senior Year Project which showed how stereotypical people can be.
The Anatomical Makeup of an Outcast In this Mean Girls meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower tale, Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes is a touching yet heart-breaking coming of age novel that teaches adolescents to except everyone and to follow their heart- no matter who it goes against. It’s a memorable story for those 15 and up, and will be a magnificent addition to your bookshelf or e-reader. This book is written in the main character’s point of view- a fifteen year-old female named Anika Dragomir, and follows her through her sophomore year. The love story between Anika and Logan is touching yet emotionally devastating with their realistic, high school, roller-coaster-like romance. Even though this is a sadder tale there are still
Mina Grace Professor Paison Assignment #3 July 03, 2015 Parable Of the Sower, Octavia E. Butler Octavia E. Butler, a very skilled and intelligent writer, wrote a futuristic dystopian novel about the future and what it holds for us. The book was written in the 1980’s till the 1990’s. Octavia E. Butler took actual negative acts that occurred in those years such as drug use, prostitution, and many others and predicted the severeness of what will occur in the future. In this novel, we are introduced to the main character named Lauren. Lauren is a fifteen-year-old girl that lives in Robledo, which is located in California.
The novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is a coming of age novel with a strong focus on adolescence and the problems commonly associate with it. Almost every reader can connect with the protagonist in the novel at some point, despite the unusual trauma she experiences at her age. She journeys through high school cliques, a loss of academic focus, the struggle with authority figures, sexuality, and humiliating teenage ritual. The story of Melinda Sordino is broadly applicable and her extraordinary circumstance highlight not just the social problems she experiences, but the internal conflict between her pre-pubescent self and her future adult self. Using themes from the novel I will explore the life of the protagonist, and how it relates to
He based his second novel off of the Civil War and titled it, Shadows in the Fire; a story about a twelve year-old slave girl, who is abandoned by her mentally-ill white owner, as Richmond burns during the Civil War. Basnight published this novel in April, 2015 and so far, has received amazing reviews. He has already been on Channel 8 Good Morning Richmond, has spoken and signed books at numerous Barnes and Noble’s. Gray Basnight has been a great role model for all students wishing to pursue journalism as a career. It was a great honor to have an experienced journalist come and speak to the journalism class here at Manchester.