About Awesome Authors Jack London

Jonathan Chow 8A2

About Awesome Authors


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Jack London

(1876 – 1916, England)

~ Jack London’s most famous works were The Call of the Wild and White

~ Jack London wrote many short stories as well, he most famous one is “To Build a Fire”

~ He worked at several different places like on an ice wagon, bowling alley, cannery

~ He was thrown in prison for 30 days to do hard labor at Niagara Falls

~ Attended the University of California Berkeley

~ Wrote 57 novels in his life time

~ Started writing at a very young age and stuck with it


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Google. “HOW JACK LONDON’S CABIN CAME TO CALIFORNIA.” Jack London’s Klondike Log Cabin Found! Google Images, 3 Mar. 2014. Web. 01 Sept. 2015.




About Awesome Authors Gene Leun Yang

Ms. Street Allan’s Class ~ Grade 8

Jonathan Chow A5

About Awesome Authors


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Gene Luen Yang

(Born August 9,1973)

~ He began making comics over 15 years ago. He started when he was in the fifth grade

~ In 2006, his book American Born Chinese was published. Later on the same book was nominated for the National Book Award

~ American Born Chinese is based on his real life, basing the stories on real life experiences

~ Famous for many other books like Boxers and Saints and The Shadow Hero

~ Helped Nickelodeon write Avatar the comic book

~ DC comics has just signed a contract with Gene Luen Yang to write a new series of Superman

~ A lot of his stories were about being bullied or being different from the white kids

~ He is careful for each comic making sure the story can be told through the pictures


Yang, Gene Leun. “Gene Leun Yang Bio.” Geneleungyang. GeneLeungYang, 02 Mar. 2006. Web. 03 Dec. 2015. <http://geneyang.com/>.


Mac.Millan. “Gene Leun Yang.” Macmillan. Macmillan, 05 Feb. 2012. Web. 03 Dec. 2015. <http://us.macmillan.com/author/geneluenyang>.




LA Reading Blog #10

 51U9KIWbxKL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Book Equivalent # 1 (total books so far: 13)                                       Words:  50,982                                                 Date: 11/8/15


Title: The Nazi Hunters                                    Author: Neal Bascomb

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type: Juvenile Non-Fiction         


  • Opening Sentence: In 1945, at the end of World War II, Adolf Eichmann, the head of operations for the Nazis’ Final Solution, walked into the mountains of Germany and vanished from view.  
  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

one that cemented the Holocaust in the public imagination.


  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

Cold War – A war between Germany and the US when Germany went stone cold about gun violence.

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

I enjoyed this book, not only did I learn about the Nazi’s but I learned about the cold war. This book also told me about the two sides. Since I know both perspectives I know which side i want to be on. Some parts of this book is quite chilling and sad, but its the truth behind history.







LA Reading Blog #9

 11870085Book Equivalent # 1                                       Words: 50,110

                                                 Date: Nov/3/15


Title: The Fault in Our Stars                                     Author: John Green

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type: Realistic Fiction        


Opening Sentence: 

  • Late in the winter of my seventh year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time thinking about death.

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence: 

“There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.” 

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

Veritable – Adjective – To be truly

Myriad – Noun – A great number of people or things

Proverbial – Adjective – Expressed in proverbs

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

I enjoyed this book, it has lots of drama and some scenes just touch you. It’s an amazing love story that will get to anyone. A sick girl in falling in love with a boy. The ending is sad but all the amazing quotes in this book make up for it. I can’t say I have been “in-love” yet but now I know how some people feel.







LA Reading Blog #8

 Gone_Michael_GrantBook Equivalent # 2                                        Words: 127,678 Date: Oct/29/15 Title: Gone                                    Author: Michael Grant

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type: Horror                                                                             

  • Opening Sentence: 

In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears.

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:
  • “We didn’t Make this World we’re just the Poor Fools who are living in it.” 
  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

Belligerent – Adjective – War Like

Pedantic – Adjective – Ostentatious

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

This book was thrilling to read, but for my taste I will not continue the series. In my opinion this book is a bit cheesy and not for my liking. But it is very well written. Its Sci-fi/Horror theme is quite hard to connect to.








LA Reading Blog #7


 The_Giver_first_edition_1993Book Equivalent #1                                       Words: 51,617 Date: Oct/26/15 Title: The Giver                                    Author: Lois Lowry

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type: Young Adult Fiction                                                                                    

  • Opening Sentence:
  • It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened. 
  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

“If you were to be lost in the river, Jonas, your memories would not be lost with you. Memories are forever.” 

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

Intrigue – Verb – To arouse the creativity

Distraught – Adjective – Distracted

Sift – Verb – To separate and retain

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

Throughout my years of reading, I have always disliked traditional literature. But this book changed my mind. I always found these books to be confusing and use very old and painful vocabulary. But now I know, not all books are like that.







LA Reading Blog #6

Steve_Jobs_by_Walter_IsaacsonBook Equivalent #4                                      Words: 212,578 Date: Oct/16/15

Title: Steve Jobs                                     Author: Walter Isaacson

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type: Non-Fiction, Biography         

  Opening Sentence: 

When Paul Jobs was mustered out of the Coast Guard after World War II, he made a wager with his crewmates. 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence: 

“There’s some notion that because I was abandoned, I worked very hard so I could do well and make parents wish they had me back, but that’s nonsense.”

This phrase really heart warms me and makes me feel bad for the guy. That one line saying “make parents wish they had me back.”

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

Mercurial – Adjective – Changeable

Quip – Noun – A clever remark

Commencement – Noun – An act of caring

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

For my reading level this book was challenging and hard to understand. For the parts I do understand it really thought me a life lesson. Just cause someone says you can’t, really means you can. Nothing is impossible if you have something to drive you.







LA Reading Blog #5

 2657Book Equivalent # 1                                        Words: 52,121 Date: Oct/5/15Title: To Kill A Mocking Bird                                     Author: Harper Lee

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type: Modern American Literature         

  • Opening Sentence: When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.
  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence: 
  • “People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.” 

I enjoy this sentence because it speaks the truth, people only want to listen and see what they want. They never want to see the truth or the bad.

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

Unsullied – Adjective – Not Soiled

Tyrannical – Adjective – The characteristic of a tyrant

Foray – Noun – A sudden/quick attack

Expound – Verb – To set forth

Amiable – Adjective – Friendly/Social

Inquisitive – Adjective – Given Inquiry

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

This book is a wonderful book, it has traditional literature and powerful meaning behind it. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys traditional literature. This book was hard for me to read and is even harder for me to connect to because it is complex.







LA Reading Blog #4



 Book Equivalent # 1                                      Words: 64,852Date: Sep/29/15

Title:  Looking for Alaska                                   Author: John Green

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type: Realistic Fiction                                                                               

  • Opening Sentence:
  •  the week beforeI left my family and Florida and the rest of my minor life to go to boarding school in Alabama, my mother insisted on throwing me a going-away party. 
  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence: 

“Thomas Edison’s last words were “It’s very beautiful over there“. I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.” 

This sentence is my favourite because it’s saying that everyone has a dream, and each persons dream is beautiful in its own way.

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

Incredulous – Adjective – Not credulous

Indulgence – Noun – Allowance or Tolerance

Fervent – Adjective – Having or showing warmth

Chagrin – Noun – A feeling of vexation

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

I absolutely recommend this book to any reader that loves romantic and tragedy. This book is heart warming yet sad, I hate how the story ends but all good things come to an end right? This book is hard to relate to because I have not lost someone I love. But now I know how to feel.






LA Reading Blog #3

 Recruit_cover_bigBook Equivalent # 1                                    Words: 56,250   Date: Sep/14/15 

Title: Cherub the Recruit                                     Author: Robert Muchamore

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type: Novel, Adventure, Realistic                                                                                

  • Opening Sentence:
  • James Choke hated Combined Science. 
  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence. 
  • This is tough but CHERUB’s are tougher

I like this sentence because it makes me wish I had motivation like that when it comes to sports. Motivation like this builds a person and makes them stronger.

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

Clambered – Verb – To climb

James clambered up the stairs.

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

This book is easy to relate to because of the characters. These characters are around the same age as us and share the same problems/emotions us teenagers too. It is also easy to relate because these are europeans and I am from England.