Katherine Bald Romaniuk/Moyer Reading/L.A. Book Review Number 7 6 January,2011
Bald Heads Are Not All That I See: I See Boys and Girls Like JefferBald 1
Katherine Bald Romaniuk/Moyer Reading/L.A. Book Review Number 7 6 January,2011
Bald Heads Are Not All That I See: I See Boys and Girls Like Jeffery Dose anyone look up to you? Well what if they had deadly diseases that could end there short life any day? In the realistic book, Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by, Jordan Sonnenblick, Steven finds himself in a troubling situation with his little brother Jeffery. In the modern day that Steven lives in, he has to deal with girls, homework, hobbies, and his younger brother from dying. When Steven receives the news confirming his brothers illness they spent most of there time driving to Pennsylvania from New York for Jeffery’s medical attention. Many times Steven feels like an outcast in his own family because no one is there to provide Steven with attention. Take the journey with Steven as he experiences pain, loss, and love throughout the book. There are three statements that pop into my head after reading this book: when you need someone they will be there for you, something good can blossom out of a bad situation, and one person striving to make a difference can really pay off. First off, in Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie one of the main themes of the book is that when you need someone they will come through for you. “Steven, I feel bad. And Matt Medic is at home again. Please come with me I’m scared…I had promised Samantha Bald 2 that I would be there for Jeffery. There would be other concerts” (216). In the quote above, Steven shows that he loves his brother and will always be there for him whether he wants him or not. This also shows that Steven and Jeffery have a strong bond that they will always share with one another. Secondly, I always felt that Steven had hope for his brother. Even though, Stevens’s family went through tough times, they all came out of Jeffery’s situation with a different out take in life. “Look, ummm, I want to thank you for coming down to support Jeffrey. Maybe I haven’t been saying it, but I’m really very proud of you. You’re turning into a young man”(236). As you can see, Steven’s father shows him that he benefited from his brothers illness without realizing it, however he became a better person because of it. After reading this book, you will realize all the tips and lessons that you learned throughout your short or long life. Finally, the book’s main theme is one person striving to make a difference can really pay off. “Stay with your brother, Steven. Stay with him. No matter what do you promise? What was I going to say I promised”(232). Steven made a promise to Sam, who is also a cancer patient and whose only family member is her sister, who is in college and visits her only once every two months. Sam was warning Steven to stay with Jeffery, because if he didn’t he would fade from him. I give this book five out of five stars because of the suspense and theme. As a personal connection, my aunt had Breast Cancer when I was in fifth grade and is still fighting it today. I will always worry about that cancer coming back. She used to say that I was her “good luck charm” in chemo, and that I helped numb the pain. I saw a man shave her hair off in a barber shop because she said it was too sad to watch it fall out. After Breast
Bald 3 Cancer my aunt, like Steven, made the best out of the satiation. My Aunt Jen got married and now lives in a house with her husband Jimmy, my step-cousins Taylor and Cody, their cats Duke and Lilly, and Jack, a big block headed lab who I love him! As I was reading this book, it reminded me of the troubles that millions of Americans have to go through each day. I worked really hard on this project and really thought about how my aunt’s illness affected me. What was really easy about this assignment was reading the book because I loved it! I read it in four hours without ever putting it down. If I had more time I would probably interview my aunt to see how her cancer affected her. Overall, I really enjoyed this project, even though it was hard to dig deep into my past. ...more
Katherine Bald Book Review #6 Romaniuk/Moyer November 30, 2010 Run, Run, As Fast As You Can: You Can’t Catch Me I’m Annie The book Heartbeat, by SharonKatherine Bald Book Review #6 Romaniuk/Moyer November 30, 2010 Run, Run, As Fast As You Can: You Can’t Catch Me I’m Annie The book Heartbeat, by Sharon Creech, is an amazing book about taking responsibility and believing in yourself. As the book is told through Annie’s eyes she discovers that she is in control of her options and that people can’t tell her what to do, however they can still persuade her. The book is set in present times and is expressed through poetry. Overall I give Heartbeat four out of five stars because of the way the author built a bond between Annie and the reader. Also the way the author made me think about myself in Annie’s situation. In the book Heartbeat there are so many reasons why I connected with Annie how ever these are the most important: sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will always hurt me, practice makes perfect, when you escape from the world it is through something that you love. One thing that Annie learned through the book was that she was hurt by words. “I felt as if I was weightless and free as I lunged for the bench reaching it one slim second before Max and then we hunched over huffing and he says That’s a little better pace this time Annie, I tried not to let it get to me, but it did”(115). As the quote shows above shows it is clear that Annie has trouble controlling her emotions. As I continued to read
the book I saw that she lashed out a lot. My point is that Annie was more sensitive to words then anything else.” I couldn’t hold it in, I slugged him hard” (115). This is how Annie delta with the problem, by punching Max. As we learn latter on she did it because she was mad that he criticized her after he complains about every little thing. She was sick of him being a hypocrite and shows it in a violent way, however it wasn’t intentional. Secondly, many people disagree when they say practice makes perfect, but not for Annie. “Drawing an apple a hundred times sounds boring said Kaylee, I disagree( in my head) to me it sounds fun”(108). In Annie’s art class their teacher made them pick an apple and keep it for a hundred days, each day they would draw the changes in the apple and there skills have changed. Throughout the book you see how dedicated Annie is to practicing and learn. In times of trouble, Annie escape the world by running. “I love running and the way it makes me feel”(147). Annie can’t go a day without running and the reason is because it is the way she can clear her mind when she is to distracted. To Annie running is her oasis, her comfort, her haven.” And when I go home I’ll fling off my shoes and flee for the pond and I will run”(113) In the book there are so many reasons why I connected with Annie how ever these are the most important: sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will always hurt me, practice makes perfect, when you escape from the world it is through something that you love. Many times I try to escape situations by singing or writing, almost how Annie
does with running. One day I got yelled at by a teacher for no reason, so I came home and wrote a letter that was never sent to that teacher. It got all my anger out without hurting anyone. On thing that I learned was that poetry can capture a moment and feeling in a particular way that you will always remember. Overall, I worked very hard on this book report I spent ALL of Sunday working on it I was determined and wanted to make sure that I didn’t have to do it during Thanksgiving break. I also made a book plan so I could finish the book on time which I reached. Reading this book was hard because it was all poetry, however it presented a challenge that I was more then willing to take. If I had more time I would have worked more on my topic sentences. I would have also made the time to figure out how to print double sided. I believe who ever is grading this paper will see that I worked hard on it and will give me an honest grade.
How would you feel if you had it all? The girls, the money, and most importantly the looks. How would you feel ifBeastly: It’s the Outside That Counts
How would you feel if you had it all? The girls, the money, and most importantly the looks. How would you feel if it was taken all away by a curse in disguise? The book Beastly, by Alex Flynn, is a riveting tale of absolute beauty. As the story is told through Adrian Kingsly’s eyes, we can see the pain that is being produced by the spell that was cast on him by a witch. This book combines fantasy and modern New York in an interesting prospective. As Adrian struggles through his life as a beast, he receives the biggest gift of all, respect. Overall, I give Beastly five out five stars because of its amazing point of view and a twist on a classic tale. The themes in Beastly are also the themes in life. Blessings sometimes come disguised, beauty counts most on the inside, and what goes around comes around.
When Adrian first found out he was a beast he was outraged. When he looks back at the situation, he realizes that being a beast was a blessing in disguise. Adrian had a perfect life. He took everything for granted because he had everything that he wanted. When Adrian became a beast, he was forced to learn lessons about what really matters most in life. Adrian that love and people are more important than looks, popularity, and money. “Lindy you loved me when I wasn’t even human….Believe me, there is no way I could do better. I think you’re perfect.” (294)
As Adrian continued his journey as a beast, he stopped looking at people through their images and outside appearance, and started to see them through their personalities. Lindy loved Adrian when no one else did because she saw the real person inside of him. Lindy’s love for Adrian, regardless of his appearance, teaches him that the beauty that is most important is the one on the inside. Another example of Adrian learning to look at people differently was when he got to know Will, his tutor. Will was someone Adrian never would have been friends with before because of his disability, being blind. Once Adrian spends time with Will, he realizes that Will is a really nice guy and a great teacher.
A final theme in the novel is what goes around comes around. In the beginning of the book Kyle invites Kendra to prom as a joke to be mean. When Kendra shows up to prom, she finds Kyle there with another date and everyone made fun of her. What Kyle didn’t know was that Kendra was a witch. Kendra turned Kyle into a beast, giving him what he deserved to teach him a lesson. Kendra wanted Kyle to feel the pain that he liked to cause people every day. “I have transformed you into your truer self. A beast.” (40)
The themes in Beastly are also the themes in life. Blessings sometimes come disguised, beauty counts most on the inside, and what goes around comes around. My personal connection to this story is that in my life there have been people who have judged me because of my learning disability. They did not take the opportunity to get to know me as a person. For example when I came to visit a school they didn’t even consider looking at my record because of my learning differences. When reading Beastly I really thought about how I treat other people. I want to be able to see everything about a person, not just one part like their appearance.
Overall, I spent Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning completing this assignment. One thing that was very difficult for me was coming up with theses. I would like to improve by making myself dig deeper with my connections to the story. However, I believe that the last book review helped me with my skills to be able to better complete this one. ...more
**spoiler alert** I read this book in seventh gread and i fell that it was very interesting and full of facts and very amazing detail in the writing a**spoiler alert** I read this book in seventh gread and i fell that it was very interesting and full of facts and very amazing detail in the writing and the time period. the way she would dress up as a boy and be a such a bold young women made me even more confidned in each word that i read. I very highly recomend this book to anyone that wants a great gread aboute history and corrage. ...more
Katherine Bald Romaniuk/Moyer Reading/L.A. Book Review Number 4 2 November 2010 Star Girl: Make Your Personality Shines Through How would you react if sKatherine Bald Romaniuk/Moyer Reading/L.A. Book Review Number 4 2 November 2010 Star Girl: Make Your Personality Shines Through How would you react if someone came into your school and broke every single clique only with her ukulele and rat named Cinnamon? The amazing book, Star Girl, by Jerry Spineli is a magical story filled with details of how to reveal your true self. As the book is told through Leo’s eyes I find that Mica Area High School is very simple place and is not open at all to change. When Stargirl entered MAHS I knew right away that she was not going to fit in. However, I felt that someone would accept her for she really is. Even though this book is realistic fiction I could relate to Leo, because sometimes I can get embarrassed by other people. I can also relate to Stargirl because of the sacrifices that she made just to make a friend. Overall I give Star Girl four out of five stars because of the way the author made me think of who I really am. There are so many themes in the book Stargirl but these are the top three: nonconformity and the importance of being yourself, peer pressure and the fear of becoming an outcast and the importance of being kind to others. One of themes in the book Stargirl is nonconformity and the importance of being yourself. Stargirl is different, but makes herself blend in by changing to be like everyone else. Stargirl shows people that it is ok to express yourself in various and unique ways. “At the same time, we held back. Because she was different...We had no one to compare her to, no one to measure against her. She was unknown territory. Unsafe." (pg.26). In that sentence Leo was describing his reaction to Stargirl's actions, and how uncomfortable Stargirl's personality made him feel. Another example of how Stargirl did not conform to the rest of the school was how she always knew when everyone’s birthday was. She would always bring her ukulele and sing away. Through Stargirl's actions, she demonstrated that being yourself, even if it means being different, is better than blending in. Another theme in the book was peer pressure and the fear of becoming an outcast. Leo made Stargirl change so he could be more comfortable about being her friend. However, the main reason he wanted her to change was so that his other friends would not criticize him for having a relationship with Stargirl. This made Stargirl realize that maybe not everyone liked her. Since Leo was so embarrassed by Stargirl, and felt pressured by his friends, he decided to choose between his friends and Stargirl. Leo was afraid that his with Stargirl would lead to him becoming an outcast in the school. “You don’t understand how important it is to be popular”(pg. 46). Leo said this to Stargirl as he was explaining that she wasn’t normal, and so she would realize that changing would be better.
Finally, I found that the theme of this book was the importance of being kind to others, no matter who they are. Stargirl made MAHS a real community, and a place that could make people safe. “Usually only four or five students entered the contest at MAHS, but this year there was thirteen including Stargirl”(pg.39). This quote showed how Stargirl made the students feel comfortable enough to be more outgoing. She made them look forward to something and appreciated them even if they were different. Another example of Stargirl's kindness was when she helped a student who was hurt in a basketball game even though he was on the other team. She also would cheer for the other team to make both teams feel special. Stargirl's classmates were upset because they felt she was a traitor.
There are so many themes in the book Star Girl but these are the top three: nonconformity and the importance of being yourself, peer pressure and the fear of becoming an outcast and the importance of being kind to others. Many things really surprised me about this assignment, and stood out to me personally. One of them was the connection with my learning disability. Many people don’t understand when I don’t get something. People single me out because I learn differently, even teachers. My disability makes me different from everyone else, just like Stargirl. I like to show people that they are wrong about me. I like to show people that I can work just as hard as they can, maybe even harder sometimes. One of the things that many people deal with at school is a clique. I also deal with this at my school and it is sometimes hard to break away from a group. Stargirl really changed a lot of people's lives by doing this. This assignment was very personal for me, and I found that my learning disability holds me back from a lot. However, I also fight through a lot of things and I know I will go on to something great one day. On this assailment I work very hard. I also spent four hours on my revisions! I redid this paper four times and I believe that this is the best by far! One thing that was difficult for me was opening up about my learning disability. I really need to work on my spelling and grammar; also I need to work on my themes. Overall I loved this assignment and I believe I deserve an A!