March

  • As my non-fiction book this year, I read March- Book 1, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. I chose this book because it was non-fiction and about a topic that I’m interested in. March is an inspirational non-fiction graphic novel about John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. The book starts off showing the first attempted march from Selma to Montgomery, and it’s violent outcome. It then abruptly cuts to when he is older, and a congressman and he begins to tell his inspiring life journey to two young kids, about what he and many others had to go through to get justice. It was interesting to read about his childhood, including how he and his uncle had to travel north, to find a safer place for him to grow up. In the South, there were a lot of KKK rallies and white people who threatened the lives of African-Americans. I think this move changed his life. If he had stayed in Alabama his situation would have been a lot worse, and he never would have met Martin Luther King Jr, and then become an important activist.      

    One character in this book that I would love to meet would be John Lewis.  I would want to meet him because he was such an awesome activist and civil rights leader! I would talk to him about how we can change our current political situation. I would like to hear his perspective on the government choices that have been happening and talk about what it was like for him when he was younger. I think this book is really good. I like it because it gives you a good look at what it was like to be African-American in those times how hard it was. I would definitely recommend reading this book. This book is similar to the movie Selma, except it’s the story of John Lewis. The movie Selma is centered around Martin Luther King Jr.,  but they are both based on the civil rights movement. 

    I think John Lewis wanted to make this book to share his story in a form that younger people would want to read. He wanted to share what happened because he doesn’t want people to forget what got us here.It gives young readers a look at what it was like back then.

Sting

As my next wide reading book, I chose to read Sting by Jude Watson. I chose this book because I am actually quite a fan of heist books and books about criminal masterminds! Sting is a fictional heist novel about 4 teens who have taken up a life of crime. The main characters,

Sting is a fictional heist novel about 4 teens who have taken up a life of crime. The main characters, March and Jewels, are the kids of a world-renowned jewel thief. Their two friends, Darius and Izzy, help them. On one of their break-ins, they run into the TopCats; a European crime network/gang that focuses on stealing rare stones and artifacts. Both the kids and the TopCats are trying to find a trio of stones that, when together, are worth a lot of money. Who gets the stones? Do March and his friends survive? Read the book to find out.

My favorite character in the book was Darius. He is a nice smart black boy who pretty much makes sure the plan doesn’t go south. I would want to meet him because it would be super to learn about what it’s like in the business of a criminal.

I loved this book. All the action and story really made it a good read. I would definitely recommend reading this book. Especially to people who like books about criminals. A similar book to Sting is 39 Clues by Rick Riordan. It is another action packed book/series about two teens.

I think the main idea of this book is to always have faith that it will be fine in the end.

Book Thief˚Book Blog

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My next blog post is on The Book Thief. Nisrene chose this book because it has a very interesting and poetic writing. The Book Thief is a historical fiction novel about a girl named Liesel and her life living in Nazi Germany. Along the way, you meet many characters and get to love them. But when Liesel’s street starts going through air raids, it starts to turn out for the worse.

One of the wonderful characters in The Book Thief is Rudy. He is a skinny boy with scruffy blond hair. He has had a crush on Liesel for his whole life and has been trying to get her to kiss him. In the end, she does. Rudy is my favorite and I would love to meet him. This is because he is always so confident and he takes so much pride in himself. Also, he is willing to do what it takes to help his family.

In my opinion, The Book Thief is an awesome book with awesome writing! I would totally recommend this book to people who like something a little more interesting and not just a standard plot. This might not be the best answer, but, a similar book to the book thief is The Messanger. They are similar because they are written by the same people and have the same writing style.

I think the main idea of the story is despite all misfortune, stick with the things you love and don’t lose them.

Paint Me Like I Am

For my next book blog, I chose Paint Me Like I Am. I chose this because, for my poetry book, I wanted to find one that I could relate to. I really liked this book for two reasons. One is because I could relate to it, and two is because it wasn’t overly poetic like some poems can be. I would totally recommend reading this book to anyone. The poems are written from many different perspectives, such as boys, girls, other, older kids, younger kids, and kids in different family situations. Another book that is similar to this book is Tell the World. It is virtually the same book just with a different title and different poems. It has the same writing themes and is also written by teens.

In this book, there isn’t really a plot. It’s more like an idea around the writing. The whole book is written by teens who are given ideas to write about in each poem. They have to express it in their own words and all of them have a meaning behind them that have to do with their life as a teen. A lot of them are super sad, but some of them are inspirational.

My favorite poem was What I See Daydreaming. It is a short but nice poem about daydreaming and procrastinating. I like it because I can relate to it. I am a pretty good procrastinator and when I read the poem I couldn’t help smiling at how much it sounded like something I would think about.
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I think the main idea of this book is to paint people like they are. Don’t assume or judge someone if you don’t know anything about them. Also to accept people how they are.

I HAVE LOST FAITH IN HUMANITY!!! (you will cry)

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I think, most of the time, people are just cruel. A small percentage of the world is nice and helpful but I think a lot of that is based off of the state of others. A lot of the kindness in the world is based off of pity for the people who are less privileged than them. If everyone was at the same level in society, they would treat each other worse. Also, how we are raised, politics, and just ideas can start arguments which can divide us. An example of humans being brutal is the Holocaust. To counter that, an example of humans being beautiful is when some people in Germany helped  the Jews and hid them from the Nazis.
I think that the main motivation of humanity as a whole, not for just me, is to be right. To have the right ideas and to have the right motives. This is because we all have our separate ideas and we think that if everyone agrees with our ideas than we will be some how better than others.

“INSTANT KARMA” MUST BE STOPED!!!

In my opinion, absolutely no part of someone’s life is ruled by fate. I think life is based off of one’s actions. If you fail a test, it isn’t fate. Maybe you just didn’t study enough, or maybe you just aren’t good at taking tests, but it is not fate. I don’t think life has anything to do with chance either. If you get up in the morning and you miss the bus, that is you being late. I also don’t believe in karma. When you look back, it doesn’t seem  like karma exists. MLK was an amazing individual who did so many good things and he got killed! Also, Abraham Lincoln! He was also a revolutionary person and he got killed!

I think I’ve made my point.

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THE MOST UNFAIR EVER!!!! (gone violent)

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“No good deed goes unpunished.”

To me, this statement is saying that every good deed comes with a price. That all good acts, come with a not so good thing. Also, it might be talking about times when you think your heart is in the right place but you have a feeling it might not be true. I do not agree with this. In my opinion, this statement is only right in some circumstances. For instance, like in the Book Thief when Hans Huberman gives the Jewish boy food, he feels like his decisions might come with a price, and he might have put his family in danger. That is an extreme circumstance. Another example might be if you decide to take the side of a friend’s small argument, and it ends up backfiring on you. These are examples where the statement might be true, but generally I don’t think it is. Have you ever gone around town, giving homeless camps bags of food and supplies? Knowing that you did that good deed is great, and there isn’t a price to pay. If you try to be nice to someone you don’t know, and you end up making a friend, then there is no down side to that.

In the long run, I do not agree with this statement. It is always good to do a good deed for someone. I think even if it does come with a price, it is still a good deed.