The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney – Reading Blog 16

Book # 16                               Words: 41909                                    Date: 18/Nov/2014

 

Title:   The Face On The Milk Carton                                          Author: Cooney, Caroline B.                              

 

Genre ~ Fiction Type: Mystery     

                                                                           

 

  • Opening Sentence:

Janie finished her essay.

 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

But did love conquer all? Could love conquer the theft of a child?

 

 

 

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

Cyanide – a salt or ester of hydrocyanic acid (noun)

 

 

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

When I began this book, I thought this book was like any normal realistic story and not mystery. I thought this was mystery because I have a unit that is called Mystery Mania. When I started to get to the middle of the book I started to feel empathy for my character Janie. I felt empathy for her because if I were her I would be scared about these two people that I called my parents. I would be scared because of all my life, they have been caring for me but why would they capture me? Near the end I was relieved as well because the truth was revealed. I thought my character Janie changed a lot throughout the book. At first, Janie used to be a carefree type of girl that didn’t really care about anything except her family and her studies. But now at the end when I look at her I see a type of girl that is aware about things like the truth about life and how hard it is. I also see a type of girl that is now observant about everything. She is also curious too. At the end of the book, it gave a little teaser about the next book in the series. It was about her going to visit her biological family. Instead of leaving that family alone, she decided to look for them and contact them to say that she was okay. In the teaser, although the main character was Janie, the story was not in Janie’s point of view. It was in her brother’s point of view instead. In this I then got to know a bit about Janie’s brother. At this point, I see Janie’s old family as a really caring big family. But I also see that Janie’s twin brother as a person who never cared about anything too. I learnt from this book that anything could change in a blink of an eye. For example, for Janie when she realized that her face was on the milk carton. This then changed her family because she got curious and searched for the family she actually came from. For many other people it could be that somebody dies or something happened to their home. So now I know to treasure what I have. My family, my dog, my grandma, my school and all of my personal items because it or they could just go away in a second. I recommend this book to anyone near the age of twelve because this book is an engaging and good for people in that age to know to treasure what they have.

The Year I Met You by Cecelia Ahern – Reading Blog 14 (15)

Book #  14 (15)                       Words: 149226                                              Date: 10/Nov/2014

 

Title:    The Year I Met You                                                               Author: Ahern, Cecelia                              

 

Genre ~ Fiction Type:  Realistic Fiction    

                                                                           

 

  • Opening Sentence:

I was five years old when I learned that I was going to die.

 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

He is still searching, though he seems less angry, the spiteful look is gone.

 

 

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

Corroborated – Confirm or give support to a finding, theory, or statement (verb)

 

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

When I first looked the title, I thought that this was a novel about romance and love. But I looked closer and found something different. This book has no aspects of love. This is an amazing story about two people going through life. Both of them have gone through loss. One has lost a job, while the others family has ran away from him. What does this have to do with us? Well, this teaches us to take little steps at a time. ‘Sometimes you have to stop still in order to move on.’ This is a quote from the blurb of the book. It is true. Jasmine, the perspective we are reading from has changed quite a bit since the beginning of this book. Jasmine used to be a person that takes her job like her life. She does many projects and many things just to get rid of one thing. Her life. Jasmine dislikes having to deal with family problems, dislikes thinking about life and especially just lazing around the house doing nothing. Once she got fired from her job, she was completely broken. Her life was shattered onto the ground like glass and she was the one that had to pick it up and piece it up again. This has changed Jasmine. Since she never cared about anything that is personal, she never had time to start a garden or just have a social life. This then changes when she meets her neighbor Matt. Like Jasmine, Matt is a man that is broken. His family has left him leaving him all alone. I have also seen lots of change in Matt. In the beginning of the book, Matt was a type of person that arrived home at three a.m., banged on the door till someone opened it and also drank. He sometimes would come home drunk and start taking glass and fling it onto his garden. Now, when I see Matt, he is a caring guy with a heart as big as the sun and would do anything for his family. Although his family never came back, he still helped his neighbors and friends and changed everything about his life. He stopped drinking, and also stopped randomly throwing things onto the grass on his garden. I saw this change happen when they both met. Now when I look back to the beginning of the book, I get this feeling that it was fate. Without helping each other, they would have never solved the problem they faced. This book is amazing. Anyone who is interested in realistic fiction should read it. With this you will learn countless lessons that can be used in your own future.

 

 

 

 

Divergent by Veronica Roth – Reading Blog 4(5)

Book #     4(5)                                    Words:           105143                                       Date:       Sept/13/2014

 

Title:       Divergent                                                                  Author:     Roth, Veronica                            

 

Genre ~ Fiction Type:      Science Fiction

                                                                           

 

  • Opening Sentence:

There is one mirror in my house.

 

 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

“Be brave, Tris,” he whispers. “The first time is always the hardest.”  His eyes are the last thing I see.

 

 

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

Tranquil – free from disturbance, calm

 

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

This book is intense. The way the author describes things so well that it makes the reader feel like they are in the book itself. In this book I felt many emotions rise. There was sadness, happiness and anger that rose throughout this book. In the beginning the author set me in a place that made me feel uncomfortable. I felt uncomfortable because the place Tris, the main character, was in was new territory and she didn’t know anything in there. Also, since she is ‘divergent’ she is in danger. So it is even more dangerous for her to be there, someone may be lurching around the place and suddenly attack her from behind. I only started to feel comfortable when Tris started to make friends. This then let my worries subside because I know that someone has got her back. At the end,  Tris had an extra person to take care of her and that person is Four. Knowing that Four is a really protective and aware person, I feel eased because now I know for sure that she is in safe hands. For me, the best part of the book was when Four or Tobais changed. Somewhere in the middle of the book the Erudites took over and put a chip into many peoples neck. One chip got into Four’s neck. When the chip was activated, the infected ones was under the control of the Erudites. Tris then had to stop this, so she went into the control room to turn the chips off. But instead of turning it off, she found Four. Four then was about to shoot her when he fought the chip off and went back to normal. This is my favorite part of the book because Four shows loyalty to Tris. This then completely allows my fear of her being killed lower a bit more. But knowing the risks Tris takes, I am still worrying about her. This leads me to my last point. Tris is not like me at all. Tris dares to take risks, while I am sitting at the side looking at the people taking risks. If I were in the book, I wouldn’t be the first one to jump off the building, I also wouldn’t go to Dauntless in the first place. But some of Tris is like me. Both of us are unsure of a lot of things. We have many good choices to chose from and we can’t make them. This book is an amazing book to read. I would recommend this book to anyone who like Sci Fi or action because Veronica Roth writes about them descriptively.

 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Reading Blog 1(2)

Book #    1 (2)                                           Words:  118,933                                   Date:  24/Aug/2014

 

Title:  The Book Thief                                                                        Author: Zusak, Markus                                

 

Genre ~ Fiction Type:  Historical Fiction      

                                                                           

 

  • Opening Sentence:

First the colors.

 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

 “Is this yours?” “Yes, Papa.” A tired smile. Metallic eyes, melting. “Well, we’d better read it, then.”

 

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

Infamy – an evil or wicked act

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

The Second World War had just started and death was approaching. Liesel Meminger’s life not only changed because of the war, it also changed because of this single object that was found hidden in the snow. The book ‘The Grave Digger’s Handbook’, left on the floor by accident was her first act of book thievery. From then on, Liesel’s love of books and words grew as her stepfather slowly taught her how to read. Soon, Liesel is stealing books from the Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library and wherever books are to be found. But these times are dangerous since Liesel’s foster family decided to hide a Jew in their basement. Liesel’s world is then turned upside down. She is then both free and confined. Liesel reminds me of my cousin. My cousin’s world is also opened up and closed down at different things. She’s allowed to socialize in certain ways but not in others. This is just like how Liesel is allowed to sit down and read but not allowed to get any books. Although they are in similar situations, they are also placed in different positions. My cousin is placed in a position that can be easily changed by her parents, but Liesel’s foster parents couldn’t change anything although they wanted to. So Liesel would have to do whatever the Nazi’s wanted her to do. First of all, one thing that pulled me to this book was that it was about the World War II. I personally enjoy reading about history because I want to see how it was like all those years before. Secondly, another thing that grabbed me to this book was that the author has a unique way of writing. Markus Zusak placed the book in the character ‘death’s’ point of view. This view is an interesting view to experience since no living person has actually ever been dead before. This view is very specific so it allowed me to see anything ‘death’ was seeing. This then leads me to my last point. ‘Death’ also has a surprising personality. ‘Death’ takes pity on Liesel. He took the life of her brother and sees Liesel suffering every single day. The pity on Liesel was surprising because since this character was ‘death’ I expected a type of character that was thirsty for dead people. This then allows the reader to crave more about the book. It already surprised the reader with a unique character and then it surprised them again with a unique character trait. This book is an amazing book that everyone should read. It shows how awful this time was by clearly showing every movement Liesel was making and showing everything that happened in the World War II. This story is touching, sad but happy at the same time. So no matter what genre you enjoy to read, Markus Zusak has created an amazing book for you to enjoy.