December 15, 2009 Reading Response

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry gave me an idea about World War 2. My connection to this book is that I also care for my friends just like Annemarie the main character who helped her friend Ellen to escape from the soldiers, but I didn't help my friend escape from soldiers of course. I know this is a just right book for me because I usually read from 20-35 pages in 30 minutes if it is a just right book. Also I fully understand the book.

Annemarie's parents changed, in the beginning they never lied to Annemarie but when Ellen's family was in dangered they lied that they had a great aunt-Birte. This was actually a plan so the soldiers not know that the family was planning a great escape. Peter was Lise's boy friend and Peter was a very nice person and came to Annemarie's house to meet Lise often. He would also play with Annemarie and her little sister, Kristen. Once Lise had died because of a car crash Peter has not been coming often to Annemarie's apartment. Later on Peter will be caught by soldiers and will be killed.

The problem of this book was that Ellen's religion became illegal so the soldiers came to kill all of the people with that religion. But since Sweeden was a place where soldiers would not come they shipped a lot of people to Sweeden on a boat. I felt really happy when this happened because if I had a friend about to get killed but was able to escape I will really be happy but also sad. I would change the part when Peter got caught and burried in under a rock into burried in a proper grave because it will be hard to remember which rock and which number on the rock. The authors message I think is that always care for your neighbors/friends from getting in trouble such as when the Johansen's (Annemarie's family) saved Ellen and her family.

Summary of The Sign of the Beaver December 1th

Matt and his father had just moved to a forest where only Indians live. His dad leaves to pick up the rest of the family for 2 months. After a few weeks a bear invaded his house and destroyed and took everything from his cabin. Matt was so hungry he climbed to get some honey. The bees reacted and the whole herd started to attack. The next morning he found that he was saved, saved by an Indian called SakNis. Matt in return made a deal with SakNis. Matt will teach Attean the grand child of SakNis how to read and Matt will get food. Attean taught Matt how to survive while Matt read him the book Robinson Crusoe. One day a bear attacked Matt and Attean, Matt threw the rabbit at the bear while Attean threw a arrow. After that Matt was invited to the Beaver colony. After the feast Matt slept over and left the next day. At noon he found Attean's dog trapped. He tried to help but he couldn't. He headed for the Beaver tribe. The grandmother some how approved the coming of Matt and helped him. They were able to rescue the dog and the next day Attean came with SakNis. Attean had to leave to find his spirit to be a hunter. Few days later Attean came to ask if he wanted to come with them to another place to live. Matt was going to be Attean's brother. Matt refused because he had to wait for his family. Matt had got gifts from the Indians and Attean's family had left. 6 months past and finally his family returned. Now Matt was with the family he belonged to, his family.

Whipping Boy Summary

One day Prince Brat took Jemmy his whipping boy to the forest. He was running away from the castle because he had nothing to do in the castle. During their run away they got kid-napped buy H.N.B. and Cutwater.They managed to escape thanks to Betsy and Petunia. They arrived at the carnival and started to buy supplies. Jemmy and Prince Brat headed to the sewers after supper. They met Cutwater and H.N.B. again, but luckily the rats attacked the criminals and they got aboard on a ship to prison. Jemmy was awarded to not take the lessons for Prince Brat anymore and now Prince Brat and Jemmy are great friends.

Reading Response

Southpaw- November 16, 2009

This is the book I am going to do a reading response on. Southpaw by Rich Wallace. I think Rich Wallace really did a great job not giving away the story on Southpaw. I felt that the book had enough details and made it easy to understand. When he went to tryout for the team I knew how he felt because I had tried-out for Tai Tam Tigers. It was very nervous. I think this is a just right book because I know what the book is trying to say and fulling understand all the words.

Jimmy was the main character and he just moved to Hudson City. He is not shy after he makes a friend called Ramiro. Jimmy is a left-handed pitcher for the Hudson City baseball team. He was always bullied by Spencer and his friends. But soon somethings change and Jimmy gains courage. He becomes friends with Spencer. Spencer was basically the team players boss. He always had people on his side. But after a game that Jimmy pitched great he made an error which cost the game. He felt bad and he tried to get the blame. After that incident Jimmy and Spencer were friends.

Well the story was resolved by Jimmy getting the win and Hudson City baseball team getting their first win. I felt really happy for Jimmy because I know how it feels when your team loses 4 straight games and when you are in a slump. I would change the part when the author wrote: That short guy because it kind of insults Willie who is a good player. I would say that little swift guy. I think the author's message is that don't think negative and always believe you can do it. Example: (Restated) Jimmy thought he might not make the team. After all there are plenty of good players. And then coach told Jimmy and Ramiro made the team.

Book Bytes October 2009

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Reading Response

Babe & Me-October 9, 2009

Dan Gutman really got me into this book called Babe & Me. Through the story I really wanted to find out if Babe Ruth actually called his shot in the World Series. I do know how it feels like to be the last out of the game and lose because I play baseball. This helped me to know how Joe Stoshack really felt like when he was the last out. It is quite stressful. I had a feeling that the more I read I would find out if Babe Ruth actually really called his shot, but of course no one really knows. This book felt just right because I remember what happened and I understand what happened very clearly.

Joe Stoshack changed from being bad at baseball to good. In the end of this book Joe Stoshack hits a homer run that goes out of the park at Dunn Field. No one has ever hit a home run at Dunn Field. His dad and he thinks that Babe Ruth actually taught him how to hit like that. His ad changed a lot because usually his dad is always angry at everything, but when he went to meet Babe Ruth he wasn't angry anymore because he tried to stop Hitler from organizing the camp and kill a lot of people. His dad actually changed from an angry person to a non angry person in about 2 days.

The solution of this book was that Babe Ruth actually called his shot, but in real life we don't know. I felt good that the mystery of Babe's called shot because it felt like know it's not a mystery anymore. I would change that Babe called his shotbecause we don't know if Babe really called his shot and it has to a mystery to make things very exciting. I think the authors message is that time traveling is cool, the mystery of Babe Ruth's shot, and don't be so selfish.