Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Blog Post #8 - Literary Terms

Book: Shatter Me

Author: Tahereh Mafi


Narrator/Point of View: The narrator is Julliette. Julliete is a girl who was out in a psych ward; a place where people who were thought to be insane stayed. Julliete wasn't insane, she had a power. She could kill anyone she touched. She was soon taken by the government to be used as a weapon against the rebels. The point of view in this story is first person. While there are other characters, such as Adam and Warner, we don't see what they are going through. We only see what Julliete sees. Julliete is the main focus here.

Mood: The author wants us to feel shocked or surprised. There were many twists in the story such as Adam being able to touch her, Waner who was the bad guy was also able to, there is a whole society of people with powers, and so on. The story had many sudden turning points and that was just shocking. I also think the she would want us to feel empathetic. She goes into detail of how terrible Julliete felt when she touched someone on accident and nearly killed them. She expresses Julliete's pain when her parents left her because they thought she was a curse to them. She was trying to place us in her shoes.

Tone: The author has tone that sounds hopeful and terrified. She wrote with many gorey details such as "blood pooled beneath him, trickling down the pavement" but she wrote much more about the wounds and war that was going on. It sounded like she was scared of this dystopian place, as of she was there herself. At the same time she sounded hopeful, since she was writing down new solutions to fight the government back. The way she wrote the emotional stance of the character made me feel like she was trying to be hopeful herself so that she can insert that within the book. She also must have felt hopeful since this story included relatable things such as fear of society and fear of being yourself.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Blog Post #7

My book, "Bluefish", is about a boy named Travis who wasn't very skilled in reading and had a huge fear of it. Whenever Travis went into a room full of books or if he was assigned to read a paragraph, he would get very nervous and scared. There was this paragraph where he was entering his reading class and suddenly felt claustrophobic and fear washed over him when he saw the wall of books. It was mentioned that he hadn't had reading classes with a whole class since fifth grade. He ditched school many times to avoid going to reading class. I have had a similar reading experience. In second grade, I struggled with reading. That year I was suddenly switched to English classes. Before second grade, I was in first and kindergarten Spanish classes. I knew how to speak English, but I couldn't really read or write English. That year of second grade was when AR testing started and for us second graders, my teachers said we had to do the AR test for every book we read or it would go against our points and grade. It was a nightmare. I avoided big books at all costs, and I would only pick up picture books. At the time, my teacher had high expectations for me, and wanted me to read chapter books. I used excuses to get out of our reading time and lied about finishing books. My teacher found out later and asked why I was doing that. When I explained, she did understand my situation. After that, our librarian helped me with reading English and taking the AR tests. The fear of reading for me was gone once I realized that I found joy in reading.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Blog Post #6 - Vocabulary

Book: The Lost Years of Merlin

Plot: Emrys, a twelve year old boy, plans to find his home and past after he forget everything when he crashed into a pile of rocks on shore at the age of seven. He encounters the truth that he has the magic to save the world and the new island that he found that was in danger.

Assignment: Find five words you didn't know and define them

1. Word: Pinnacle  Page: 3

    Definition: a high pointed place of a rock or the highest point of something

2. Word: Careened  Page: 7

    Definition: to move swiftly but in an uncontrolled way, not going in a certain direction

3. Word: Dialects  Page: 15

    Definition: a form of speaking from a certain region or place; local language of a place

4.  Word: Cajole  Page: 19

     Definition: persuading to do something with flattery or coaxing

5.  Word: Crass. Page: 23

     Definition: lacking intelligence, sensitivity, or sophistication

Friday, March 10, 2017

Illustration 1 - Blog Post #5

The image that I drew is from the book, "The Alchemyst". This book is about magic and the art of mastering it. Two twins, Sophie and Josh Newman, discovered that they knew the greatest alchemyst in the world. Nicholas Flamel, who is the Alchemyst, had the Book of Abraham Mage stolen from him. The twins and Nick are joined by other powerful legends to find and retrieve the book.

The drawing is showing the first performance of magic that Sophie performs. She is the first of the twins to have their power Awakend or revealed. She has a powerful aura; a pure silver color. This aura is rare and extremely dangerous. She pulls out the whip of pure aura magic and proves to her enemies that she can do more. This weapon is revealed when she is fighting the Cat Goddess, Bastet. This shows that Sophie is powerful but at the same time, extremely dangerous.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Blog #4

What paragraph in your book interests you and why?

"Every human has a similar glow around their body. In the distant past, people could see it clearly and they named is aura. It comes from the Greek word for breath. As humans evolved most lost the ability to see the aura. Some can of course." - Nicholas Flamel  (The Alchemyst, Pg 40)

This book is about magic and the people who had these powers. Nicholas was one of them, and he and his wife have been keeping a sacred book safe, until Dr. John Dee stole it from them. Two twins named Sophie and Josh helped Flamel to keep the last two pages of the book, which were an important part of the book. Now they are on their way, gathering other legendary people to help them.

This particular paragraph interested me because of the auras. In the book, Nicholas says that everyone has a distinct color and smell to their aura magic. He has the smell of mint, Dee has the smell of rotten eggs, Josh has the smell of oranges, and so on. Auras with a single color are rare and auras with multiple colors are more common. Also, Nicholas explains that auras colors attract certain things. His wife has an aura of a pale shimmer white, attract ghosts and dead spirits. Even if this is magic, I find this fascinating. Overall this book does have many surprises, but to think that auras in this book can be so different from one another is incredible. Myths, legends, and magic excite me and are something interesting to read.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Blog #3 - Questions

Here are 5 questions that I thought of while reading my book, "Small as an Elephant" by Jennifer Richard Jacobson.

Short summary of the book, Jack Martel was left behind by his mother while on a camping trip. Jack is trying to find his mom, but since he is from Boston and their camping trip was in Maine, Jack doesn't know where to start. So he's just wandering around trying to find his mom.

1. What kind of mental disorder does his mom have?

2. How did Jack form his obsession with elephants?

3. Why did Jack run away from the authorities, even though he knew that everyone was looking for him to return him home?

4. How did seeing Lydia the elephant help Jack?

5. When Jack broke his pinky, why didn't he ask for medical assistance when he was still in the camping grounds?