September 11, 2017-Reading Log #1// Dork Diaries by Rachel Renée Russell Topic Choice 1- Characters In the book Dork Diaries the main characters are Nikki J. Maxwell, MacKenzie, Zoey, Chloe and Brandon. Nikki is the new girl at Westchester Country Day which is a private school and she is an important character because this book is based on her perspective and she stays the kind and adventures the whole entire day. Mackenzie is one of the "popular" kids at Weschester and she hates and makes fun of Nikki. On page 22 is states, "But, unfortunately, the closest I've ever gotten to "friends, fun, fashion, and flirting" is having a locker right next to MacKenzie Hollister. She's THE most popular girl in eighth grade. LUCKY ME :(" She is an important character because most of the problems Nikki is in is because of MacKenzie and she stays mean and rude to Nikki the whole entire story. Zoey and Chloe are the best friends of Nikki at this brand new school and they both stay loving and caring throughout the story. They are important in this story because they make Nikki not want to move schools and they make Westchester a lot of fun for her. Brandon is the boy Nikki is crushing on. On page 58 it shows, "Anyway, Brandon is SOOOO COOOOL!!!...Is it possible that I am falling in love for the first time." He is important because she embarrasses herself in front of him whenever they talk or pass by each other and he stays nice and honest to Nikki throughout the whole entire story.
September 24, 2017- Reading Log #2// Dear Dumb Diary, by Jim Benton Topic Choice 1-Characters
The main character of this book is Jamie Kelly and she is very important because everything that happens in the story is based off from her perspective. Jamie likes adding glitter onto everything she possibly can and she believes she is a great dancer. She attends Mackerel Middle School. Her best friend is named Isabella. Isabella is very intelligent, sneaky and she comes up with the best ideas and some how Jamie just liked her the day they met. On page 9, it states, "Isabella must have been thinking about this all night. After many years, I know that whenever Isabella thinks about something too long, there's going to be trouble." Another important character is Angeline. She is important because Jamie hates her so much even though she is really kind hearted and she's also beautiful. On page 25, it states, "After each boy asked, Angeline just smiled and politely said no thanks, and we watched the boys emotionally crackle and frizzle like little insects that had been drawn into a blond bug light." Angeline stays the same polite person she is throughout the whole book.
October 19,2017- Reading Log #3//Radiance Descending, by Paula Fox Topic Choice 3- Plot
This scene starts off with a little 5 year old named Paul who is barley going to see his new born brother. His grandpa is taking care of him while they are staying at Paul's house to wait for his parents to come. This scene is so important because Paul's grandpa tells him about how his new born brother has down syndrome and Paul's parents are going to be spending a little more time with his baby brother. Paul grows hatred towards Jacob (his baby brother) because he acts different then other kids do and he feels as if he is taking away Paul's parents. Paul is greedy and selfish in this scene. He treats his little brother as if he was nothing. Paul didn't like that he wasn't going to be the only child and he certainly did not like the idea of his parents not giving him all the attention. This scene starts off in Exposition because it gives the background and how everything happened to why Paul is so mean to Jacob. On page 7 it clearly states, "It has a name. Down Syndrome. Medical words are not beautiful. What you need to knew is that he won't learn patience.". It states how Jacob has a condition. A quote that described Paul as being curious is on page 9, stating, "He paused. Paul felt obliged to speak, although he hadn't understood most of his grandfather's words. 'Is he a monster?' he asked. 'Paul. You said the first thing that came into your head,' his grandfather said. 'Does he look like a baby?' Paul asked. 'He looks like and is a baby. His eyes are a bit different then yours. Because his lids fold up so'" Why won't Paul understand that his brother is different after his family has told him multiple times that he is worth loving even tho he has Down Syndrome?