test Paul Langan is one of ma favorite authors. He writes a lot of great books. One of my personal favorites is "The Bully". This book is about a tee...moretest Paul Langan is one of ma favorite authors. He writes a lot of great books. One of my personal favorites is "The Bully". This book is about a teenage boy named Darrell Mercer who lived an okay life in Philadelphia. He was a small boy, very skinny and not very strong. He had a lot of friends and his best friend always fought for him. Every time he got into fight or anytime Darrel needed somebody, he was there. One day Darrel's mom decided to move to California. Darrel was upset because he was not only leaving behind his friends, he was leaving behind his protection. he had to go to a new school and make new friends and was a little worried about it. When he got to Bluford high. he met Tyray... the school bully. As time passed on Tyray was pushing Darrel around everyday, taking his money, and embarrassed him and made him cry.Darrell got sick of it and had to do something about it. Darrell worked out everyday and ate lots. He even joined the wrestling team. As it ended, Darrel finally stood up to the bully. I love this book because i can relate to it. I know how he felt when he had to move to a whole new state. Growing up i frequently changed schools and always had to make new friends. I went Lidey Elementary for kindergarden and part of first grade. My mom moved the family to North Carolina so i went to J.R. Ingrum Elementary for the rest of first grade. I then moved back to Philadelphia with my dad and I went to Kerney Elementary for second grade. I moved back with my mom and i went to Frederick Douglass for 3rd, 4th, and fifth grades. I then moved so i went to Gillespie Middle school for 6th and the beginning of 7th grade. For the rest of 7th and 8th grade i went to Charles Drew Elementary and here i am today for 9th and 10th grads at Constitution. As you can see i always had to adjust and meet new people. Moving to North Carolina was the worst. It was a whole new life style to me coming from Philadelphia. In North Carolina there are a lot of roads and a lot of yard space. In Philadelphia there is usually a small yard and there are a lot of houses. In North Carolina there are no corner stores and everywhere you go you have to drive. In Philadelphia, everything is accessible. You can go to the corner store, the market, to school, and to the park and still be right around the corner from your house!! Where i lived, it was old plantations. I was living in a remodeled house where slaves used to live. There was a lot of land because it used to be a plantation. We didn't have any washer or dryer. We had to hand wash our clothes and hang them outside to dry. I really felt good when i moved back to Philly. I hate being the new girl!! I don't like making new friends. Its a process. First you have to fill everybody out. Then you have to see what people are most like you. Then you have to get to know them. Then you have to earn their trust and they have to earn yours. Its a lot! It is also stressful. Moving from place to place is not easy. I understand how Darrell felt when he left basically his whole life behind him. I felt like that when i left Philadelphia. But when i got back i was so happy and excited to see all my old friends. In conclusion i like the bully because i can relate to most of the emotions Darrel felt because as you can see i have been in similar situations. I hope this doesn't happen again! (less)
test "The Gun" is the continuation of "The Bully". In "The Bully" Tyray was the freshman bully in high school and he learned to get what he wanted th...moretest "The Gun" is the continuation of "The Bully". In "The Bully" Tyray was the freshman bully in high school and he learned to get what he wanted through bullying and intimidation. He often took money from other kids and nearly everyone in the school was afraid of him. Tyray liked the idea of being powerful. At the end of the book Darrel Mercer, the new kid Tyray was bullying, stood up to Tyray and beat him up which caused him to loose his repuation. Tyray began getting laughed at and made fun off. Tyray then gets the idea that the only way for everyone to respect him again is if he gets a gun. I like the gun because this can happen to anyone. This is reality. Kids in school are bullied all the time. Its just a matter of time before someone turns to a weapon. If you watch the news, this has happened a few times before. There was one incident where a student was always being picked on. Day after day. Then one day he came to school with a gun and killed several students. As police beagn to investigate, the found that ethe student has been planning the event for quite some time. He had diary of all his emotions and the things he wanted to do people. He even had a list of the people he wanted to kill...he killed them... Another reason i like this book is because it teaches a lesson. I think the phrase "what goes around, comes around" fits this book perfectly. I think this is so because in the begining, Tyray thought he had it all. He took peoples money, made them cry, and bullied people for no reason. In the end Darrel proved he is not undefeatable and Tyray felt as though his only option was a weapon. Finally this book grabbed my attention not only by the title, but by the topic. "The Gun" is very catchy and that is why i began to read this book, but the way Tyray got the gun is very realistic. He went to a local place in his neighborhood and then someone sold him the gun. It was not only wrong lawfully, it was wrong becasue he's selling a gun to a minor. Guns are accessible to minors in Philadelphia as well. That's a very common way people are killed...a gun. This is a very great book and i recommend that people should read it. I like it bcause it catches my attention, it teaches a real life lesson, and this can happen to anyone.
"Of Mice and Men" was not really a good book. I got tired f reading. I thought it was really boring, it was pointless, and the action was no where to...more "Of Mice and Men" was not really a good book. I got tired f reading. I thought it was really boring, it was pointless, and the action was no where to be found. I thought it was really, really boring. A book about two guys that need each other. People need each other everyday! When it started and it talked about Lennie being menatally challenged, I thought "this book might be ok", but when i was reading, i just wanted to put the book down. The title really was it for me anyway, but it was an assignment so i had to do it. I'm am not really a reader anyway, so when i read something it has to be really interesting. This book was meaningless! i found no point in this "art work". I say this because there wasn't really anything going on. Ok, htere were little things with Curly's wife. Soon as she came around things were so wrong and messed up. She caused so much trouble, wow. The storyline was corny! Last but not least, there was no action. There parts in the book where Lennie "hurt" people. The part where he crushed Curly's hand and when he snapped Curly's wife's neck, but that is nothing major. Just as soon as i though something interesting was going to happen, it didn't. That's just like getting on a kiddie rollercoster. You think you are going to go up and drop really fast and scream with excitement, but instead its just rides in a circle all the way around. Its a "oh ok" instead of a "yaaaaayyyyyyyy!!" In conclusion, i despise "Of Mice and Men". it was one of the worst books i ever read. The movie was alright, but as for the book...its corny, its boring, and it was no action! people want to ban books for fantasy, they need to ban this one for being boring. It is cruel and unjust punishment and should not be read ANYWHERE!! (less)
test Frederick Douglas, a slave born in Tuckahoe Maryland, was half white and half black. His mother was a black woman and his father a white man....moretest Frederick Douglas, a slave born in Tuckahoe Maryland, was half white and half black. His mother was a black woman and his father a white man. Though he never knew his father, there was word that it was his master. Douglas wrote this narrative and I felt that it was very compelling. It really showed me the trials and tribulations that a black man went through during times of slavery. In his early years, Douglas lived on a farm where he watched many slaves receive harsh beatings and whippings. For example, one of his masters whipped his Aunt Hester because she was not there when he desired her presence. At the time she was in the company of another man, which was something that Colonel Lloyd, her master, told her not to do. As Douglas witnessed the whipping, he saw Lloyd take his aunt into the kitchen of the house and strip her naked. He then told her to cross her hands and as he tied them together and hung her on a hook, leaving her body totally open. Lloyd then began whipping her with a cow skin until she began to bleed. “I was so terrified and horror-stricken at the sight, that I hid myself in a closet, and dare not venture out till long after the bloody transaction was over”. As a result of witnessing many beatings such as this, Douglas was able to put much feeling and heart into his works. I felt as though this book was very touching. Frederick Douglass is a very famous man and i find it very amusing that he wrote a book about his own life. The things he had to go through such as the beatings and the mistreatment was unbearable. I wouldnt have been able to do it.I think that generations today are lucky that the world is the way it is because back then things were really bad. Frederick Douglass made a big difference. H eturned out a good well, educated man. Today people carry Frederick's legacy of believing and you can accopmlpish anything. He has become a role model of many young and old African Americans. I believe his legacy will continue.