A Place in the Sun: 10th Literature/Composition

June 17, 2008

10A Peach Book Project Reading Journal 5

Filed under: 10A Materials, Peach Book Reading Journals — Tags: , , , — Buffy J. Hamilton @ 5:24 pm

In this space, you will compose your reading journal for your Peach Book.

Please remember these guidelines:




  1. Breathing Underwater.
    By:Alex Flinn

    reading response 1.

    If i were the character Nick i would definately feel depressed and sad. His dad abuses him mentally and physically.I dont think i could ever talk to my girlfriend like he talks to Caitlin. It really suprises me that he would hit caitlin. I guess it is in his genes, like father like son. If my friend from kindergarden wouldnt talk to me i would try alot harder then nick to apologize and try to make things work out. I would also feel uncomfortable at school and stuff with everyone knowing that i hit my girlfriend.The family counseling classes on family violence wouldnt reallly bother me like they bother her but i guess if i had a anger problem i wouldnt like to share them either.

    Comment by Taylor — June 18, 2008 @ 5:47 pm

  2. Breathing Underwater
    By: Alex Flinn

    reading response 2

    a quote i liked and i reacted strongly to was.

    She stodd crying no cars in sight. No one to see her or care. Caitlins hair hung in her face, making her look small. She clutched her arm where id held it but i could see a red mark spreading under her hand. I had done that. God, i was like my father just exactly like him.

    my reaction to this is that if he knows he is acting like his father then why doesnt he try to talk to her about it and at least warning her instead of scaring her. I think Nick id really mean to her sometimes and i dont think he does it on purpose i dont think he pays attention to how he acts or waht he says and how he says it to her. She never does anything to hurt him so why should she put up with him.

    Comment by Taylor — June 18, 2008 @ 6:00 pm

  3. Cecil’s 20 June, 2008 Daily Reading Journal: The Boyfriend List
    Author: E. Lockhart
    Pages: done with book
    The Boyfriend List

    So, I did find that there’s a most excellent sequel to this epic book! It’s called The Boy Book. I’ll post it’s synopsis:
    Here is how things stand at the beginning of newly-licensed driver Ruby Oliver’s junior year at Tate Prep:

    • Kim: Not speaking. But far away in Tokyo.
    • Cricket: Not speaking.
    • Nora: Speaking–sort of. Chatted a couple times this summer when they bumped into each other outside of school–once shopping in the U District, and once in the Elliot Bay Bookstore. But she hadn’t called Ruby, or anything.
    • Noel: Didn’t care what anyone thinks.
    • Meghan: Didn’t have any other friends.
    • Dr. Z: Speaking.
    • And Jackson. The big one. Not speaking.

    But, by Winter Break, a new job, an unlikely but satisfying friend combo, additional entries to The Boy Book and many difficult decisions help Ruby to see that there is, indeed, life outside the Tate Universe.

    You would have to read the first one to understand the synopsis of this one. Well, I guess I can post the firt book’s synopsis:
    Ruby Oliver is 15 and has a shrink. She knows it’s unusual, but give her a break—she’s had a rough 10 days. In the past 10 days she:
    lost her boyfriend (#13 on the list),

    lost her best friend (Kim),

    lost all her other friends (Nora, Cricket),

    did something suspicious with a boy (#10),

    did something advanced with a boy (#15),

    had an argument with a boy (#14),

    drank her first beer (someone handed it to her),

    got caught by her mom (ag!),

    had a panic attack (scary),

    lost a lacrosse game (she’s the goalie),

    failed a math test (she’ll make it up),

    hurt Meghan’s feelings (even though they aren’t really friends),

    became a social outcast (no one to sit with at lunch)

    and had graffiti written about her in the girls’ bathroom (who knows what was in the boys’!?!).

    But don’t worry—Ruby lives to tell the tale. And make more lists.

    There, does that help a little bit? I hope so. The Boyfriend List is really funny. Well, that’s really all I can think of to post up here. Just because I was wondering if there was a sequel, and if anyone else was reading my entries, they’d probably wonder if there’s a sequel. Well, enjoy!

    Be excellent to eachother.
    Party on dudes!
    ((The Most Excellent Adventure of Bill and Ted))
    No, no link to my story, but I love Bill and Ted. 😀

    Comment by Cecil — June 20, 2008 @ 7:39 pm

  4. Angie’s Daily Reading Journal: Peeps
    Author: Scott Westerfeld
    Pages: 256-304

    The end of this book was a huge surprise and it was really exciting. I think there should be a sequel though. They didn’t end it completely. Cal gave Lace some weird pill that Sarah had been taking to keep her normal. So him and Lace sort of live happily ever after in the end. It was awesome. Cal and Lace kissed and it was all happy and sweet, the normal sort of thing. Now the whole city is being turned into controlled peeps so that there can be a huge battle against these giant worms that are underground. Cal and Lace had to fight one. It was really gross. Night Watch had been keeping all of this from Cal and he got really mad, but Lace was madder when she found out the Cornelius gave her the parasite.

    Somewhere in the middle of the amazing story I learned about the real meaning of the snakes on a stick on the hospital symbol. I also learned that there was a point to all those meaningless chapters about parasites. They wrapped it all up in one of the last chapters talking about how parasites are both good and bad for you. We must live with them, because they are a part of the ecosystem.

    The epilogue was about Cal and Lace sitting on top of the apartment building roof looking for signs of the worms and watching the other town folk. They were sitting up there with Cornelius and being really lovey-dovey. It was really funny. Lace threatened to kick Cornelius off the roof to see if her could land on his feet.

    I loved this book!! It had science, action, adventure, and love. I enjoyed reading this very much and would like to buy it eventually. Cal and Lace were hilarious and I loved Cornelius. I hope there’s a sequel. If there’s not, I might just have to write one.

    Comment by Angie — June 22, 2008 @ 8:12 am

  5. Mitty is starting to work on his project once again and he is staring to show signs of smallpox. mitty is worried about treatment for smallpox and he is looking for help without asking for it. Mitty has gone to a basketball game with his girlfriend and he has once again gone to the library with her. Mitty has asked his teacher if their is any hope for treating smallpox but the only answer that he receivied is to look it up.

    Comment by brian — June 25, 2008 @ 6:54 pm

  6. Scene 5

    I was very impressed by the way the kids fought against their parents. You would of thought that because their parents had their powers for many years and know how to control them in a way the kids don’t, they would be able to defeat their kids. Although the kids had very great plans worked out and was able to deceive the great superhero parents. This impressed me very much and taught me that even though the parents had great powers and could take them by force, the kids used their heads and wisdom to go around and defeat their parents. Another way I was impressed was how they fought against their parents and didn’t let their emotions get a hold of them and get in their way. They fought side by side and conquer their parents until they were able to escape. This shoes the noble and trust that was within the group of kids.

    I would have never thought that the kids were able to come together and defeat their parents. In the exposition of the story they never liked each other and didn’t want anything to do with them. They all had different personalities and dislikes, but they soon came together as one and joined forces to defeat their loved ones. This shows that even though people have many different personalities, they can come together and accomplish many great tasks that they would have never thought they could.

    Comment by Junior A — June 26, 2008 @ 4:01 am

  7. Josue V. June 25, 2008: “No More Dead Dogs”
    Author: Gordon Korman
    Pg: 144-180

    Well Wallace was banned from the play but he was certain that he knew who was going to do the next prank to the play during it. So Wallace sneaked out of his house and got into the gym and to the play. As the play was going on Wallace noticed that everyone was in awe. Watching the guy on rollerblades chase the remote control dog (old shep). I wonder why Wallace let those two girls in the play rap there parts it just doesn’t fit in. It was pretty heroic of Wallace to jump out in front of the stuffed dog, because as soon as he did BOOM! Old shep exploded and as soon as he did Wallace stood up and said he’s o.k.
    The coolest part was when Julia Roberts finally answered to all of Rachel’s letters man she was happy but what Julia said was that Rachel is crazy over this guy (Wallace) Rachel didn’t think so but she admires Julia so she pretty much believed what she said. In the end of the story I believe everyone learned to appreciate the drama club a little more. And finally Wallace and Rachel will learn to be friends and hang out together without causing any trouble. What was cool was that Wallace never had to do his paper.

    Comment by Josue — June 26, 2008 @ 5:42 am

  8. Book:Code tslker
    Author: Joseph Bruchac

    Ned’s inner strength and courage help him survive his hardships without
    bitterness. Through all his trials, he derives strength from his awareness of
    his Navajo heritage. His memories of his family and his faith help to sustain
    him: “What helped me through those times of uncertainty were thoughts of
    my home and family. It comforted me to know that my family was praying
    for me during those times” (p. 140). He is also motivated by his desire to
    serve his country and be a credit to his Navajo people.
    i dont really connect with it becausei have never gone into war before an dhopefully never will.

    Comment by Karlie — June 26, 2008 @ 5:49 am

  9. June 25 2008
    The frist part last

    this book had and surprising sad ending that almost made me cry. Bobby talks about heaven and he wishes that he could go back to all the places his friend thought was whack and at the very end he wished to hold his baby in his arms again. his grandmother witch its his mom only smiles at Feather when Bobbys not looking.

    i loved this book so much it has been a wonderful book that enspired me in my life and if it hadn’t been for the peach book project i wouldnt have enjoyed the experince of getting into a book i liked. toward the end i was hoping it wouldn’t end. everytime i fliped a page i would get exictied because there would be more and more .THANKS MRS. HAMILTON! =)

    Comment by bryan d — June 26, 2008 @ 8:06 am

  10. The Book Thief
    pgs 440-550

    I finished the book as I told you in my last post. I’m not sure what to say.
    I think I’ve said everything I wanted to say. I guess. I’m not sure, but I do want to say how much I enjoyed this book. It was an easy read. It allowed me to imagine what it would be like if I was subject to that horrible time.

    I could see the dirt roads. I could watch the soccer game being played on Himmel Street.
    I could see the farmer coming after the kids that stole his crops. I enjoyed the thought that it was a raw as you could get without actually being there. Markus Zusak is a very good writer. All i know is that it was a sad and good book.He has a new book out called “The Messenger”I may go and get it this weekend. I think I’m finished. I guess. I don’t know.

    Comment by Jordan — June 26, 2008 @ 9:32 pm

  11. Katie’s June 26, 2008 Daily Reading Journal
    Nothing to Lose
    Pg: 218-272

    When we go back to the past we are in Mercy Hospital. When Michael sees his mom she’s clutching her stomach and Walker was standing right there; obviously to make sure she got her story straight. The reason was because she slipped in the bathroom and then she started coughing blood, so they wanted to bring her in to make sure everything was ok. The nurse was trying to get the story out of her but Lisa couldn’t talk; she was stuttering and looking to Walker, and he told them that. Michael flips and tells them that he hits her and all that stuff but the nurse is still looking at Lisa. When Lisa clarifies Walker’s story to be true the nurse walks away. Michael asks her why she doesn’t believe him and she says she does, and that she was trying to get Lisa to say it, but if she doesn’t then it doesn’t matter. So Michael just leaves. Michael ended up staying with Kristie at the fair for a couple of days. He got a job there, a fake ID that said he was eighteen and his was Robert Frost. I love the name. After two days he tells Kristie that he’s going to go back home just so that he can get some clothes and he has to tell his mom bye. Kristie tells him not to leave; that they’ll suck him back in if he does, but he goes anyways. When he gets there he packed and said bye to his mom, and she totally flipped. She ended up telling him that she was pregnant, and he stayed. Kristie was so sad. I was too; I wanted him to finally get out of the dang house and away from all the problems there. Anyways, a week after telling her he went back to the fair, and she was gone. That was the last he saw of her. He skipped days from school and just stayed in bed. He wouldn’t eat with his mom and Walker either. One night he woke to screaming and banging. It was from downstairs. When he went down Walker was holding his mom to the fireplace and was punching her stomach; over and over, and every time he did her head would hit the fireplace, and Michael came to the conclusion that he’d kill her if he doesn’t do something. So he does. He grabs the fireplace poker and stabs at Walker’s head. Over and over; just like he was doing to his mom. So his mom freaks, and Michael says that he was thinking of the baby too. This is where we find out there was no baby; she made it up so he wouldn’t leave; which is completely sick if you ask me, but anyways. His mom tells him that he needs to go, and that she will take the blame for this, and he just feels too tired to argue, so he does. He leaves and she goes to jail.

    So now were back in the present and Michael had just told Angela he was there the night he died. Funny thing is; is that she already knew. She said that being in the business so long has let her see past more than just the stated facts. So now he says that he wants to tell them. And Angela says she will call his mom’s attorney. So later that day Michael is talking to Karpe, and we find some stuff out about him. His mom’s boyfriend, he had some issues, and Karpe left to go live with dad. Karpe had to go through all kind of therapy and stuff. Then Karpe said that he kind of already knew about his situation at home the previous year. He said he could see the signs, and it finally clicked when he went home with Kristie the night at the hospital. After talking to Karpe Michael calls Kristie, and she’s at a drug rehab called Parker House. I was so happy when I read this part because she had went back home, and she was going to help Erica; I thought it was cool. Anyways, when Kristie had gone back home Erica (Kristie’s sister) was having issues, and her dad wasn’t helping any. So Kristie took Erica to Parker House and Kristie got a job answering the phones. After getting off the phone with Kristie Michael hears that his mom would only get fifteen years in prison; which is good considering she killed someone. Then Michael admits the thing he’d been running from. He’s the one that killed Walker. And Michael thinks that deep down Angela always knew. Then we find out that he had gone to Karpe’s after that night and that Karpe had known; well he knew what Michael told him; which was that his mother had done it. But Karpe kind of figured that Michael had done it. So, the next day Michael goes through talking to people about what happened and he goes to court; all that good stuff. Three hours after all that he’s sitting in front of the jail waiting for his mom to finish with the paperwork to get out. Angela asks Michael if he’ll be with the fair that’s leaving the next day; he says no. He says that he can’t keep running, it will always be apart of him. Then his mom comes out of the jail house, and he can’t help but run to her.
    In the epilogue we are in the new house, and they never went back to Walker’s house. Michael is making up for all the lost time the past year, and he tried out for the football team. And the best thing that could have happened did. He made it.
    I cannot tell you how good this book was. I loved every minute of it. I know I’ll have to read other books by Flinn because I know they will be just as good.

    Comment by Katie — June 27, 2008 @ 12:37 am

  12. Carissa’s June 27, 2008 Reading Journal: Catalyst
    Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
    Pages: 210-231 (Chapters 12 & 13)
    In the last two chapters, not too much happens. Katie tries to get things in her life back to normal. Her and her friends go out to eat. They end up at the diner, where Teri works. Things get bad. Mitch says something that makes Teri mad and she leaves. Katie ends up running out. She goes to the Litch house. She knows she’ll find Teri there. She finds her sitting in the middle of Mikey’s room. Teri is quiet fro a while and then she finally opens up to Katie. The work things out and Katie decides to take time off from school so she can help Teri rebuild the house.
    Overall, I thought this book was amazing. I would defiantly recommend it to everyone. I felt like I could relate to Katie in so many ways. The way she acts is similar to my own ways of acting. Reading this book made me think a lot about how I act when I’m in over my head. I don’t talk to anyone. I just think things through and walk around a lot. I’ve been acting this way a lot lately. Maybe that’s one reason I related so well. I don’t know. I just know this book was amazing. I loved it.

    Comment by Carissa — June 27, 2008 @ 7:23 pm

  13. When Nick returns to school after everything is said and done he went to court and Caitlin got a restraining order against Nick and she is not to speek or see him. nick is sentenced to this family violence class to help with his anger problems to talk to someone about his dad abusing him for quite a while now. Durng this time he is very depressed he feels like he messed up the one thing he had going for him and he loved Caitlin he wandered everyday what made him do that? could he of tried stopping his anger or did something else? Why did he have to hit her someone he really loved.Nick doesnt really have friends anymore, because everyone saw what he did to Caitlin and they were just so scared by it especially Tom because that was his best friend for a long time and he let him down he didnt understand where nicks behavior got this bad or how? Nick writes in this journal everynight and every once in a while he will still call Caitlin and try to tell her that he still loves her and misses her. Caitlin wants nothing to do with him and i dont blame her.Nick finally understands that she is done and doesnt want to talk to him or she will get him in trouble with the law even more. His friend leo dies he met leo at his anger management class and they became very good friends and they can relate becuase leo has been abused all his life. He also has a girlfriend that he has been with for a long time and he loves her but he beats her and yells at her constantly.

    Comment by Taylor — June 27, 2008 @ 7:34 pm

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