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Thursday, February 5

  1. page The Last Princess (11.04.14) edited The Last Princess Author: Galaxy Craze Number of pages: 295 A 6-8 sentence summary of the book:…
    The Last Princess
    Author: Galaxy Craze
    Number of pages: 295
    A 6-8 sentence summary of the book: This story is about 16 year old Eliza Windsor, who was able to escape after the army - called the New Guard - formed by Cornelius Hollister who wanted to get rid of the royal family to crown himself king. England suffered from natural disasters that lasted for 17 days and criminals are roaming the forest, eating anything and anyone they can catch. Princess Eliza was able to escape from Cornelius’s army while her sister Mary and brother Jamie were taken. She joined his army so she could get close enough to kill him since he killed both her mother and father but also because she did not know if her sister and brother were even still alive. While she was in his army, she went through hardship because of the Sergeant, Portia but she also met someone who she fell in love with and that is Sergeant Wesley, who also fell in love with her. But Wesley is the son of Cornelius Hollister and is the brother to Portia. She re-formed the resistance army and went to London to defeat Cornelius but was captured and was to be executed the next day with Mary and Jamie. They were saved, thanks to Wesley, and Cornelius was defeated and imprisoned in the steel tower. In summer, everyone celebrated the day of Mary’s coronation.
    Does the author make you care about the characters? How was this done? Yes, the author does make me care about characters. Mostly of Princess Eliza because she is the only member of the royal family left that is free and not in Cornelius Hollister’s captivity. Also because she is risking everything so she doesn’t become the last princess and England would be free of the dictator.
    Could you identify, relate, and/or empathize with the characters? Explain. No because unlike Eliza, I am not as brave as she is and also, nothing of a natural disaster or dictator happened to threaten anyone.
    Was the plot interesting? Explain why or why not and give examples.
    Yes. Even though this story was about a princess who is brave and falls in love with someone she shouldn’t, it was more realistic than other stories that have a similar theme. An example is when she had to get her family crown from two people she knew and hoped that they wouldn’t recognize her with the army that was trying to kill her and the rest of her family.
    Was the story believable? Explain why or why not and give examples.
    It was a believable story. The reason is because of how Galaxy Craze made the setting and the things Eliza experienced seem real. An example is when she was in an underwater tunnel, where the moat was on fire, and she was trying to escape the tunnel as fast as she could.
    Do you like the way the author wrote? Why?
    Yes because it was easy to comprehend what was going on and her choice of words to describe what was happening and the struggle around and for her was perfect.
    Quote or paraphrase a passage from the book that you thought was either interesting, funny, well written, etc. and explain your choice.
    “My eyes met his, and this time I didn’t look away. Instead I let myself study him in the dim firelight. Something had shifted. The hard mask of the soldier had vanished, revealing a sad and lonely boy. I looked at the soft curls of his hair, shining like dark gold, his glittering green eyes, his broad shoulders. I must look ugly to him, with my hair cropped close to my skull and the red welt on my cheek. I covered my face with my hands, “Just stop,” I said. “I don’t-“ “Eliza,” he interrupted. He took my hands in his, gently lowering them from my face, lifting my chin to gaze at me in the flickering light. “You are beautiful.” He moved closer to me. I felt his breath on my lips, warm and soft. Then our lips touched.” I love this passage from the book because you could feel the emotion that is going on even though they don’t speak and Wesley looking past the surface and loving her for who she is and not basing it off of her looks. It also felt as though he wanted to protect her from everything. It made me feel warm, bubbly, and happy and have butterflies when I read this part.
    Who might like this book and why?
    I would recommend this book to people (mainly young girls, like preteen maybe) who would like a good story of a princess saving her country and romance even though there wasn’t much of it. This book was very interesting and it made me feel all types of emotions while reading it.
    Based on a scale from 1 (the worst) to 10 (the best), how would you rank this book? I would rank this book 10 out 10.
    The Last Princess
    Author: Galaxy Craze
    Number of pages: 295
    A 6-8 sentence summary of the book: This story is about 16 year old Eliza Windsor, who was able to escape after the army - called the New Guard - formed by Cornelius Hollister who wanted to get rid of the royal family to crown himself king. England suffered from natural disasters that lasted for 17 days and criminals are roaming the forest, eating anything and anyone they can catch. Princess Eliza was able to escape from Cornelius’s army while her sister Mary and brother Jamie were taken. She joined his army so she could get close enough to kill him since he killed both her mother and father but also because she did not know if her sister and brother were even still alive. While she was in his army, she went through hardship because of the Sergeant, Portia but she also met someone who she fell in love with and that is Sergeant Wesley, who also fell in love with her. But Wesley is the son of Cornelius Hollister and is the brother to Portia. She re-formed the resistance army and went to London to defeat Cornelius but was captured and was to be executed the next day with Mary and Jamie. They were saved, thanks to Wesley, and Cornelius was defeated and imprisoned in the steel tower. In summer, everyone celebrated the day of Mary’s coronation.
    Does the author make you care about the characters? How was this done? Yes, the author does make me care about characters. Mostly of Princess Eliza because she is the only member of the royal family left that is free and not in Cornelius Hollister’s captivity. Also because she is risking everything so she doesn’t become the last princess and England would be free of the dictator.
    Could you identify, relate, and/or empathize with the characters? Explain. No because unlike Eliza, I am not as brave as she is and also, nothing of a natural disaster or dictator happened to threaten anyone.
    Was the plot interesting? Explain why or why not and give examples.
    Yes. Even though this story was about a princess who is brave and falls in love with someone she shouldn’t, it was more realistic than other stories that have a similar theme. An example is when she had to get her family crown from two people she knew and hoped that they wouldn’t recognize her with the army that was trying to kill her and the rest of her family.
    Was the story believable? Explain why or why not and give examples.
    It was a believable story. The reason is because of how Galaxy Craze made the setting and the things Eliza experienced seem real. An example is when she was in an underwater tunnel, where the moat was on fire, and she was trying to escape the tunnel as fast as she could.
    Do you like the way the author wrote? Why?
    Yes because it was easy to comprehend what was going on and her choice of words to describe what was happening and the struggle around and for her was perfect.
    Quote or paraphrase a passage from the book that you thought was either interesting, funny, well written, etc. and explain your choice.
    “My eyes met his, and this time I didn’t look away. Instead I let myself study him in the dim firelight. Something had shifted. The hard mask of the soldier had vanished, revealing a sad and lonely boy. I looked at the soft curls of his hair, shining like dark gold, his glittering green eyes, his broad shoulders. I must look ugly to him, with my hair cropped close to my skull and the red welt on my cheek. I covered my face with my hands, “Just stop,” I said. “I don’t-“ “Eliza,” he interrupted. He took my hands in his, gently lowering them from my face, lifting my chin to gaze at me in the flickering light. “You are beautiful.” He moved closer to me. I felt his breath on my lips, warm and soft. Then our lips touched.” I love this passage from the book because you could feel the emotion that is going on even though they don’t speak and Wesley looking past the surface and loving her for who she is and not basing it off of her looks. It also felt as though he wanted to protect her from everything. It made me feel warm, bubbly, and happy and have butterflies when I read this part.
    Who might like this book and why?
    I would recommend this book to people (mainly young girls, like preteen maybe) who would like a good story of a princess saving her country and romance even though there wasn’t much of it. This book was very interesting and it made me feel all types of emotions while reading it.
    Based on a scale from 1 (the worst) to 10 (the best), how would you rank this book? I would rank this book 10 out 10.

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Tuesday, January 27

  1. page Without You 11.4.14 edited ... I could identify with Anthony with his love for Rent, but I could not identify with his love l…
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    I could identify with Anthony with his love for Rent, but I could not identify with his love life or the loss of his mother. This is because I love Rent and know it very well, but fortunately, I have not experienced an event as traumatic as losing your mother.
    Was the plot interesting? Explain why or why not and give examples.
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    his life. However, the plot would lull a bit when Anthony would recall the same events multiple times.
    Was the story believable? Explain why or why not and give examples.
    The story was believable because it is non fiction. For example, a reader could look up and prove that the cast of Rent met the Clintons.
    Do you like the way the author wrote? Why?
    For the most part I do like the way the author wrote, because he used a ton of detail when describing his life events. However, his writing style was a little repetitive sometimes.
    Quote or paraphrase a passage from the book that you thought was either interesting, funny, well written, etc. and explain your choice.
    My favorite passage from the book was when Anthony explained the feeling that he and the cast felt when performing the opening of Rent. I felt this was interesting because of the way he describes the adrenaline the cast felt while performing, the reaction of the audience, etc. I also related to this description as a performer myself. I know there is nothing more exhilarating than opening night.
    Who might like this book and why?
    Actors, theatre enthusiasts, and people who are familiar with Anthony's work may like this book. This is because to others, the book may seem a bit uninteresting.
    Based on a scale from 1 (the worst) to 10 (the best), how would you rank this book?
    8
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Monday, January 26

  1. page The Boy Recession (11.04.14) edited ... 250 A 6-8-sentence summary of the book: The Boy Recession is a story that surrounds the liv…
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    A 6-8-sentence summary of the book:
    The Boy Recession is a story that surrounds the lives of Hunter, a boy with a carefree attitude and a laid back view of the world, and Kelly, a girl that has her life almost together, two high school juniors. The school that they go to is currently in a recession—a "boy recession". This means that the amount of boys that go to their school has severely dropped and the girl to boy ratio is completely off. As the plot continues and we get to know the characters, we get used to the ways of the school. The band has been canceled and the football team has lost its best players. Kelly and Hunter teach little kids how to play instrumants and this is where they get closer to one another and feelings start and bloom. Then Diva, a girl with a superiority complex, gets between Hunter and Kelly and thwarts their attempt at a relationship. This leads to a lot of drama and conflict. However by then end of the story, all is well and Hunter and Kelly rightfully end up together.
    Does the author make you care about the characters? How was this is done?
    Yes, Flynn Meaney makes me really care about the characters. Mainly Hunter and Kelly and their complicated relationship. She does this by allowing us as the reader to really get to know the characters and know what they like and don't like, what they feel, and what they signify.
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  2. page The Boy Recession (11.04.14) edited ... A 6-8-sentence summary of the book: Does the author make you care about the characters? How w…
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    A 6-8-sentence summary of the book:
    Does the author make you care about the characters? How was this is done?
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    Hunter and Kelly. TheirKelly and their complicated relationshiprelationship. She does this by allowing us as the reader to really get to know the characters and know what they like and don't like, what they feel, and what they signify.
    Could you identify, relate, and/or empathize with the characters? Explain.
    I really couldn't identify or relate to any of the characters because my life isn't as complex. If anything, I'll say that I mostly relate to Darcy because she is smart, morally stable, and well rounded. Also she stresses about school more than a normal student, and in this point of my high school life as a senior I feel the same way.
    Was the plot interesting? Explain why or why not and give examples.
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    same events. For example, the situation with Diva. Kelly addresses it right away, while Hunter refers to it about 3 chapters later.
    Was the story believable? Explain why or why not and give examples.
    If the word 'believable' means would it happen in real life, I would was yes. The drama that was presented in the story really seemed like it could play out the exact same way in real life. Well except for one part, the actual "boy recession" itself. It doesn’t seem very practical that a group of boys would all just leave together to the same new place at the same time. It starts off with one boy leaving, then some brothers, then more. This wouldn’t actually happen because people can't just find new homes just like that. It is just impractical and virtually unrealistic.
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Sunday, January 25

  1. page Lone Survivor 11.4.14 edited ... Yes. The author creates the characters to be appealing to us which creates an emotional connec…
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    Yes. The author creates the characters to be appealing to us which creates an emotional connection between us and the characters.
    Could you identify, relate, and/or empathize with the characters? Explain.
    No. This is because i have no idea what they went through, I have no one in my family who were in the armed forces and I never lost one of my best friends.
    Was the plot interesting? Explain why or why not and give examples.
    Yes the plot was very interesting. I am very antitaliban and get motivated when I read book on when they kill Taliban leaders. This book was unbelievable and the plot of the book is thrilling.
    Was the story believable? Explain why or why not and give examples.
    This Story was absolutely believable because it is a non-fiction book and I talked to a teacher in my school who actually knew the lone survivor and said everything in that book is true.
    Do you like the way the author wrote? Why?
    Yes. The author wrote this book perfectly. He made it suspicious and exhilarating as well as motivating. He made me want to enlist in the special forces an be just like him. I now look at him as a hero.
    Quote or paraphrase a passage from the book that you thought was either interesting, funny, well written, etc. and explain your choice.
    “I will never quit. My nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down i will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my enemies and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight.”- Marcus Luttrell
    I thought that this passage from the book lone survivor is ver well written. This is because it lets you into Marcuses mind. This allows you to really know who he is and how he works. You learn a lot about the main character just from this passage.
    Who might like this book and why?
    People who would like this book wood be action thrill seeking people who when they think of the military they get motivated.
    Based on a scale from 1 (the worst) to 10 (the best), how would you rank this book?
    Theres is not a doubt in my mind that i would rate this book a 10 out of 10

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  2. page The Maze Runner (11.4.14) edited ... The plot was very interesting. It created a completely original new world within our existing …
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    The plot was very interesting. It created a completely original new world within our existing one. It was so interesting and intriguing to keep reading to find out what Thomas was sent to the Glade for. The book was a continual discovery of what was going on in Thomas' world at the exact same times he was learning himself. The author had to create virtually a new language with specific slang terms that only could be learned through reading the whole book such as "shuck" and "grievers."
    Was the story believable? Explain why or why not and give examples.
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    disciplined system.
    Do you like the way the author wrote? Why?
    I enjoyed most of how the author wrote the book. Most writing in the book was good due to the fact of the slang and the emotions of Thomas. Some of the writing felt a bit childish and focused towards a younger audience than myself. Despite this I enjoyed the novel's plot and the way that Dashner built up the information given to the reader as the chapters progressed.
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    Who might like this book and why?
    I think most teenagers would like this book. Anyone who has read books like The Hunger Games or the Harry Potter series might like this book. It is very different than both of those book series but it does have a similar feel. It has plenty of action but at the same time it has a thematic and emotional feel. I highly recommend it to anyone if they enjoy the fictional or fantasy genres.
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    this book? 88.5
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  3. page The Maze Runner (11.4.14) edited ... Number of pages: 374 A 6-8 sentence summary of the book Thomas arrives in a place known as …
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    A 6-8 sentence summary of the book
    Thomas arrives in a place known as the Glade, left with no memories except his name. He meets other teenage boys called Gladers who have created a community. Each Glader is assigned to a task in different departments headed by a Keeper. Shortly after arrival, Thomas gets a tour by Alby, the oldest and the leader, and some other Gladers.
    A gigantic maze surrounds the Glade. Inside, mechanical creatures called Grievers roam it at night. The huge doors into the maze close at sunset and reopen in the morning. Every month supplies are sent, and a new boy arrives in an elevator called, "the Box," It is the same elevator Thomas arrived in. A gigantic maze surrounds the Glade. Inside, mechanical creatures called Grievers roam it at night. Eventually Thomas becomes a runner by proving his worth to Minho, the head runner. Will they find out why they were sent here and who the Creators really are?

    Does the author make you care about the characters? How was this is done?
    James Dashner makes the reader care a lot about Thomas and Talia. The reader wants Thomas to succeed and discover the meaning of the Glade and his connection with Talia. By starting out without knowledge of anything about the world of the Glade, the reader wants to continue reading to understand the story and Thomas' past. Since the author gives insight to Thomas' thoughts, the reader stands by Thomas the entire story.
    Could you identify, relate, and/or empathize with the characters? Explain.
    It's very easy to identify and relate to Thomas the main character. He is a 16 year old boy who has a similar mentality to a teenager in real life. During the novel Thomas has fears over his place in the world and his romanticism with Talia, something that all teenagers are faced with. It also made me want to continue to read the story because I felt that I had a connection with Thomas and I wanted to see him succeed.
    Was the plot interesting? Explain why or why not and give examples.
    The plot was very interesting. It created a completely original new world within our existing one. It was so interesting and intriguing to keep reading to find out what Thomas was sent to the Glade for. The book was a continual discovery of what was going on in Thomas' world at the exact same times he was learning himself. The author had to create virtually a new language with specific slang terms that only could be learned through reading the whole book such as "shuck" and "grievers."
    Was the story believable? Explain why or why not and give examples.
    The story was not very believable. Firstly much of the book has a telepathic connection between Thomas and Talia. This is impossible especially without any technology connected to it. Also, the moving walls and a changing maze created by "The Creators" is not very believable. Despite these impossible plot devices The Maze Runner is a good representation of a population of teenagers creating a disciplined system.
    Do you like the way the author wrote? Why?
    I enjoyed most of how the author wrote the book. Most writing in the book was good due to the fact of the slang and the emotions of Thomas. Some of the writing felt a bit childish and focused towards a younger audience than myself. Despite this I enjoyed the novel's plot and the way that Dashner built up the information given to the reader as the chapters progressed.
    Quote or paraphrase a passage from the book that you thought was either interesting, funny, well written, etc. and explain your choice.
    "Thomas was hit with a wave of confusion, blistered with panic. The voices were odd, tinged with echo; some of the words were completely foreign—others felt familiar. He willed his eyes to adjust as he squinted toward the light and those speaking. At first he could see only shifting shadows, but they soon turned into the shapes of bodies—people bending over the hole in the ceiling, looking down at him, pointing"
    I chose this quote because this is when Thomas first arrives at the Glade. This quote embodies the tone and style the whole book is in. Along with Thomas the reader is confused and has to continue to read to find out what is going on. I like this quote because it hooks the reader in and makes the story mysterious.

    Who might like this book and why?
    I think most teenagers would like this book. Anyone who has read books like The Hunger Games or the Harry Potter series might like this book. It is very different than both of those book series but it does have a similar feel. It has plenty of action but at the same time it has a thematic and emotional feel. I highly recommend it to anyone if they enjoy the fictional or fantasy genres.
    Based on a scale from 1 (the worst) to 10 (the best), how would you rank this book? 8
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  4. page The Pelican Brief edited Author: John Grisham Number of pages: 436 A 6-8 sentence summary of the book: The book is ab…
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    Number of pages:
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    A 6-8 sentence summary of the book:
    The book is about a law student from Tulane University, Darby Shaw. Darby wrote a brief about who potentially could have killed two of the Supreme Court justices for fun. She gives the brief to her lover which is one of her professors and he gives it to one of his friends in Washington D.C. Eventually while the brief is circulating around Washington D.C. it ends up in the wrong hands and the person who planned the assassinations of the Supreme Court Justices. This person then goes on a mission to kill Darby Shaw to get revenge on exposing her but at the same time a reporter from the Washington Post is pressuring Darby to tell her side of the story. However Darby wrote the brief on her own time and merley put the pieces together. She never wanted to cause harm to anyone.
    Does the author make you care about the characters? How was this is done?
    Yes, the author makes you feel for Darby Shaw. Throughout the book the author does a great job in explaining how innocent Darby is by exploiting how paranoid she is that her life is on the line. During every chapter you can feel how desperate she is to stay alive.
    Could you identify, relate, and/or empathize with the characters? Explain.
    I could relate with Darby as I have been through events where I was completely innocent and just curious but I've gotten in a lot more trouble than I intended to be in
    Was the plot interesting? Explain why or why not and give examples.
    Yes the plot was very interesting. Throughout the story Darby is going in and out and public, changing disguises just to escape her the killers. Throughout the story you get a rush as your reading and want to keep on turning the page. Also throughout the novel you get a vantage point from the killers as to how Darby is slick and eluding her death as an amateur.
    Was the story believable? Explain why or why not and give examples.
    I do not believe the story is believable for the sole reason that an amateur could not elude professional killers for as long as Darby did.
    Do you like the way the author wrote? Why?
    Yes, the way the author wrote the book you got lots of different point of views from the characters. Also every chapter ended with a cliff hanger that made you intrigued into what the next chapter was going to be about.
    Quote or paraphrase a passage from the book that you thought was either interesting, funny, well written, etc. and explain your choice.
    "Do you want to talk about the brief" Said Grantham,
    "No everyone I talked to about the brief is dead", Darby
    "I'll take my chances" Grantham
    This is interesting as it show that reporters will put everything on the line in order to fufil their job.
    Who might like this book and why?
    I think anyone who is a fan of Law and Order, or CSI, would love this book
    Based on a scale from 1 (the worst) to 10 (the best), how would you rank this book?
    10

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