Sign of the Beaver - 12/1/2009

The characters in Sign of the Beaver are Attean and Matt. In the story, Matt's family is having a baby the cabin that Matt lives in is in the middle of a forest. And when the baby comes, it is to be born at the hospital very far away, Matt isn't allowed to go, and he has to stay at the cabin and try to survive. Then, an Indian tribe leader comes and makes an agreement that Matt will teach the leader's grandson, Attean, how to read. In return, the people of the tribe will supply Matt with enough food to live on. Matt's parents have been gone a long time ago, they were late, when the dog that Attean owns gets caught in a bear trap, Matt has to go back to the Indian village to get help. Things aren't going his way, Attean says that his tribe may be going to move forever, what will Matt do?

The setting in this book is in a cabin in a clearing of a forest, Matt's father found it when he was searching for a place to live in after Matt was born, ever since, they have been living in a middle of a forest with nobody or shops nearby, they had to live with what they had in the forest. That meant to find their own food. Apparently, it happens that Indians were living in this area. So Matt has to make do with them.

This story happened in the 1700s when the Europeans found out about America. This is also the time when the Indians and the coloners had troubles with them, there were often wars about land and hunting grounds. It really wasn't to good a place for Matt to live in.

This book was written to show people what life could be like back in the 1700s. She wanted to show people how it was when two cultures met together, normally, it caused a lot of conflict. It was also written to show how people can make friendships even if the people may not be alike. In the story, Attean considers Matt as a brother in the end.

The Whipping Boy - Summary

Prince Brat gets fed up with being served and the "boring" life in the castle, he wants adventure, so he takes along his whipping boy, who was called Jemmy, to run away and try out life on their own, Jemmy, who was originally born on the streets wanted to run away too, but not with this brat, but was dragged along anyway. After successfully fleeing to the forest, they are caught by cutthroats, Cutwater and Hold-Your Nose Billy.

After a long time of arguing about a ransom, they finally break free thanks to a little help from a girl and a bear, apparently named Petunia. When they finally reach the city, the boys see that when they were gone, trouble had already started up. Now, Jemmy has two problems, he's being pursued by cutthroats who think he is the real prince, and even a king who is willing to give out prize money for the capture of the royal whipping boy, now what is he going to do?

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Dog Days) - 11/17/2009

The book I have finished reading is called Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days by Jeff Kinney. The book made me feel signifigant since I feel that I am obviously not such a wimp as Greg, who is the main character. I can make a connection to Greg since I often too, realize that nothing really goes my way, I often feel like everything is going wrong just when good things just pop back. This is a just right book for me since the lenghth is about just the right amount of words and chapters.

There are 3 characters who have a big part in this story, Greg, Rowely and Rodrick. Greg,the main character is the one who is writing in the diary. In the series, Greg doesn't change much, he just is the same old self-centered middleschooler, although, he often regrets and changes his mind about things that he thought at first were fun. Rodrick, is Greg's older brother and is the kind of teenager who loves heavy metal music. He enjoys punching Greg and teasing him about how he is such a wimp. Rodrick often starts off very self-centered in the beginning and only cared about his band rehearsals, but later ends up stuck with Greg, so, to pass his time, he teases Greg. Rowley, who is Greg's friend is sort of like a wimp, he is also spoiled. his dad tries to make Rowley is a winner when he really isn't. So he starts off being a wimp, but later becomes more popular, thanks to Greg's help, but still, in Greg's eyes, Rowley is just a sissy.

The problems Greg encountered are just the problems that you may come accross in life. Greg may come to a shortage of money, or he has no more clean shirts to change into, but unlike most stories, Greg often just stays the wimp he is. If you ask me what Jeff Kinney was trying to say, it would be, try to not be a wimp in other people's eyes. If I had something to change in the story, I would take out the part when Greg ends up staying at Rowleys place and replace it with a funny event like bumping into a certain girl he likes on the street and how he makes himself like a fool. Just something to replace it would be fine.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - 11/2/2009

The book I have finished reading is called From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. It was written by E.L. Konigburg and is a just right book for me since it was one of the books my teacher said was just a little too difficult for me to read, now I am a more advanced reader it is Just Right now. After I had finished the book, I felt a feeling that made me feel that I wasn't on my own since I thought like Claudia, everyone at home seemed to have no Jonas Appreciation. It felt a little reassuring that I wasn't the only one.

There were two main characters in this story. One, was Jamie and the other one, was Claudia. Jamie is the kind of boy who really likes the idea of adventure. Hitchhiking, and other crazy ideas would be labeled with bold letters. Studying and other educational programs, he would probably label with BORING with underlined letters. He has another weird hobby, cheating. He can easily cheat a first grader into losing money against him when he plays cards. Claudia, on the other hand, is the opposite of Jamie and likes to study and tries to stay calm, and is pretty big on playing fair. Later in the story, Claudia changes and always thinks: Money is survival. So she isn't so big on being fair anymore. Jamie, in the end, ends up liking to study, only things that interest him though. And that just happens to be an angel sculpture sculpted by Michael Angelo.

The moment the kids lay their eyes on a certain angel statue, Claudia has a weird sensation about the angel. The angel is suspected to be made by Michael Angelo and are wondering if it is true. The Museum the kids have been hiding in got the statue from a woman called Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Most people just call her Mrs. Frankweiler. So when they found themselves in Mrs. Frankweiler's lab to figure out the truth, they get the good news, it was by Michael Angelo. But what was funny about the story, is that Claudia, wants to be a heroine, she wants to tell the world what was right, but she promises Mrs. Frankweiler to keep quiet and let it be a secret. But if I were to change something, I would change the part where they were in the library researching about it and replace it with something else, like dealing with their own survival problems, something like that. I get the feeling that the author was trying to tell me 2 things, nobody is not appreciated and should not run away from home, two, I think that the other message was that not all things must be all finished by you, and that not all things have to be announced to the world, sometimes secrets can be more promising.