Davis English 9

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Fall 2010 Summer Reading

Over the summer, Arapahoe High School asked you to read at least two novels of your choice.
1) Briefly tell me what you read, including the titles and authors.

2) I want to know what you liked about the books, what you learned and, more importantly, what matters to you about the book's content. Use specifics about characters, setting, conflicts, action details, etc. to make your response meaningful. If you have the book still, use quotes to showcase the writer's craft.
***Make sure to adhere to proper conventions and proofread your response. If, for some reason, you did not read two novels, tell me about two novels you have read and answer the above.

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  • At 1:16 PM , Blogger william said...

    I read the book Stormbreaker and Afterlife for my summer reading at AHS.The Stormbreaker book is very interesting about a kid be a special agent after his uncle died. The book Afterlife is a very sad book because the guy who was killed in the alley way and found out that people actually love him after he died. To me, these 2 books were some of the best books I've ever read. Sorry I don't remember the authors for these 2 books.

     
  • At 2:54 PM , Blogger avery said...

    I read the book The Mediator by Meg Cabot. This was about a girl Suze who is a mediator which is a person that can be with both the living and the dead. She has to help them with all the problems they face and also avoid the new ghost at school. I like this book because it was out of the ordinary and like nothing I've read before. I learned more about challenges that people sometimes not even real ones can face in life. Having the hot ghost in your bedroom is one thing but then moving to California and having a ghost at her new school thinking about revenge is another. I hope to read the next book in this series The Ninth Key soon!

     
  • At 2:58 PM , Blogger Ava said...

    For my reading summer list, I decided to read Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr and the Shining by Stephan King. These books grabbed my attention for Ink Exchange was a sequel to a sensational epic Wicked Lovely, as The Shining is known to be a classic in the horror genre. I really read anything that keeps me awake, which deals with action, suspense, and mystery, which both books completely had. I would suggest them to anyone, yet some guys find Ink Exchange a smidge of lovey-dovey (oh well, they'll just have to miss out). The Shining, most known for "Here's Johnny!" with a creepy kid(Danny)who sees awful premonitions, is actually more suspenseful than most people think. One of the most important things that the movie left out was how the hotel had a history with illegal ownership that comes back to haunt and madden the family stuck there... but it's more fun to read for yourself. In Ink Exchange, i saw more affections, passions, and forbidden secrets that I just couldn't put down. I really saw myself in Leslie's (main character) shoes, she just wanted to claim her own body from everyone else, but a tattoo only sunk her more into troubled, troubled, and hidden world of fearies, the angles from hell. Yet my descriptions do not nearly cover the importance of these books, I really enjoyed having to read them. They are definitely up there for my favorite list of novels ever.

     
  • At 3:13 PM , Blogger Anthony F 20 said...

    This summer i read INTO THIN AIR by Jon Krauker. This book is about an expedition to climb Everest. To be honest i havnt finished it quite yet but i am very eager to.

     
  • At 4:55 PM , Blogger Addie C. #22 said...

    The books I read this summer were The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares and Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. I loved Water for Elephants!!! I read the whole book in about 10 hours. Once I read the first two pages I was hooked and couldn’t put it down. It is set at a circus in the 1920’s and 1930’s during the Depression. It keeps switching between the main character being an old man to him remembering the time he worked for this circus. It was an amazing book and is one of my new favorites. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a book that will get you hooked.

     
  • At 5:08 PM , Blogger Jenni M #2 said...

    The two books I read over this summer were New Moon and Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer. New Moon was about a girl named, Bella, whose vampire boyfriend leaves her and she has to live her life without him. Later in the book she finds a friend whose name is Jacob. She spends every day after school with him, until something very dramatic happens to him. This secret comes in between their friendship and Bella decided to do something stupid which reunites Bella and her vampire boyfriend, Edward. The second book, Eclipse, was about two enemies having to work together in order to save Bella. This includes both action and romance. In this book both Edward and Jacob fall in love with Bella and Bella has to make one of the most decisions in her life. These two books were fabulous, and the movies do not even do them any justice. I am so grateful that we had to read to novels, because I got the chance to read to incredibly written books.

     
  • At 5:13 PM , Blogger rbanks23 said...

    This summer I read 2 novels the first one is Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton I enjoyed this book very much. I liked how it had a fairly simple story line but put so much into it making the whole story very intresting and complex. It made me feel scared when i would here how old the boys were and all of the events that occured within them, Such as gang fights and moving out of the house at age 14. In the end it was a nice story of the strong bond of 2 very alike but very different brothers.
    The 2nd novel I read is The kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Now this book was just outstanding! I could not put the book down when I would really get going. This story was much more complex and intricate as well as more mature than any other book ive ever read. Just as the New York times said in there review that it is powerful and haunting, i could'nt agree more. My emotions were very mixed while reading this, mad, sad, scared, and happy. When I read the part when Amir (the main charecter) heres that his best friend growing up has been killed by the Taliban infront of his wife and son I felt just as much pain as he did. To make it even worse later hearing that Hassan (best friend) was his half brother it was so demorilizing. The Kite Runner is by far my favorite book of all time.

     
  • At 7:54 PM , Blogger Michael M. 6 said...

    I read the books Prophet of Yonwood by Jeanne Duprau and The Last Lecture by Randy Paush. The prophet of yonwood was an intresting book with cliff hangers everywhere. I liked how this author used past,present,and future elements in the novel. The last lecture was also an outstanding book. This author wrote it because he had cancer and wanted to tell his last lecture. It has great word choice and is about a ride on the vomit comit. Both of these i enjoyed and highly recomend.

     
  • At 8:05 PM , Blogger brads13 said...

    I read to kill a mockingbird by harper lee. my favorite part about this book was the way of life back then and how our society natrually progresses with time. back then it was a crime against humainity to befriend A black man, today the general population doesn't act any diffrent towards a race diffrent from there own... they are simpily just another peer or person walking on the street. in to kill a mockingbird there is a black man aqquised of raping a lower class white girl, the main charecters father ( a lawyer) is choosen to defend him. despite all his neighbors, friends and family strongly disagreeing. he accepts. trying his hardest to defend the black man in a suposabley "fair trial" the all white jury finds the innocent man guitly ass charged.

     
  • At 8:20 PM , Blogger KameronnG29 said...

    The two books I chose were Eragon by Christopher Paolini and The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke. Eragon is about a young farmer boy who finds a dragon egg in the forest. He soon finds out that evil creatures are after the egg and located who had it. He had to leave his farm and train with an old dragon rider for battle with the evil Galbatroix. What I liked most about Eragon is all the mystical creatures like elves and dwarves. My second book is about the mysterious city of Venice, Italy. Prosper and Bo ran away from their mean aunt after their mom died. They ran to Venice because they heard so much about the city from their mom. There they met a group of kids who lived in a abandoned movie theater and would sell things that the thief lord would take from secret places. But in this book the thief lord has a secret of his own. You will have to find that out yourself by reading the book.I chose these books because i like mystical creatures like dragons and twists in stories.

     
  • At 8:26 PM , Blogger StevenG24 said...

    I read Cracker by Cynthia Kadohata. It is a book about a dog that gets sent to Vietnam for military use during the Vietnam war. I learned how important dogs were during this war due to there increased senses and how they could hear even a trip wire blowing in the wind. And since the Vietcong were specialized in making traps these dogs saved the lives of many soldiers during the war. The second book i read was the chocolate war. Which was about a school "gang" that gives random people around the school assignments that they have to do in order to cause trouble. There is this one kid that was assigned to decline to sell chocolates during the chocolate sale but no one has ever declined to sell them and this causes a lot of trouble for this kid.

     
  • At 8:52 PM , Blogger Jaylen said...

    The two books I read over the summer were to kill a mocking bird by Harper lee and the blind side.There are lots of good parts for both books but I am only going to talk about to kill a mocking bird. In to kill a mocking bird I liked how one person Atticus could bring so much hate or made the hole town think about this one man the black man. Tom the black man was charged with the raping of a white woman but there was no evidence to prove him gillty but because he is black he got discriminated and eventually gets shot to death.

     
  • At 11:24 AM , Blogger Davis said...

    Great job so far writing about your summer reading! Excellent work. I look forward to reading all the rest!
    --Mrs. Davis

     
  • At 12:32 PM , Blogger jake said...

    I read two books this summer called first shot and sea of monsters. First shot was the book i liked and the other book was really bad. First shot was a book about a kid named jack that went to a military school and no one liked him and he played no no sports. but he was in a club called to shot, it was where you went to a shooting range and would try to become first shot which was the best shooter in the school. sea of monsters was about this kid named ben which i thought this book was really bad but it was about this kid going on vacation and going in the sea and got attack by creatures that lived under water and took him down to their home and thought him how to live like them. i forgot the authors sorry.

     
  • At 12:33 PM , Blogger sarahd25 said...

    I read A Walk To Remember this summer. Its about two teenagers who fall in love. Landon (the teenage boy) is known as a rebel at school,He has to find a homecoming date and has no one to ask. So he asks Jamie ( the teenage girl, She is church girl) Jamie says yes and they go to the dance. They would hang out more and more every week. They both fall in love with one another after a while. Then Jamie tells Landon that she has cancer, and that she is going to die soon. So they have to face difficult situations in their relationship. When I read this book I found about about how to face the challenges in love. And how we shouldn't judge people without even knowing them, It was a great book.

     
  • At 12:36 PM , Blogger Davis said...

    Rachelle---The two books that I read this summer, are Go Ask Alice, by anonymous, and To Kill a Mocking bird by Harper Lee. Honestly I have no finished to kill a mocking bird, so i will tell you more about Go Ask Alice. Throughout this book i have learned a ton. Such as, how to make good choices. While reading this book I, I noticed that the main character made very poor choices and that is not something you should do.The reason be hind her choosing bad choices was that she was going through hard times. while i was reading this, i learned that once your going through hard times, talk to someone or stay under control. I enjoy reading books, such as this one because i find true stories very interesting.

     
  • At 12:40 PM , Blogger Russell O 12 said...

    For the summer I read two books;the book I am going to talk about right now is called Band of Brothers. The book is about a group of soldiers the went two world war 2 and went through all of the training.The book was very long around 450 pages. Every chapter it seemed like it dragged on way to long. The book was very confusing at the end;trying to remember all of the characters names, and where the characters were. In my opinion the author should of stayed with one or two soldiers. The book was also way to long. However the first four chapters were superb. The training was very interesting. This book was not the greatest but if you were reading it I would only read the first four chapters.

     
  • At 12:52 PM , Blogger alexs14 said...

    This summer I red two books the one i enjoyed the most was in titled Life, The Universe, and Everything. This book will be extremely hard to explain but ill give it my best shot! The story includes many characters but the three most important are Arthur dent is the main guy. He was stranded on pre-historic earth after the events of the last book...basically he and his partners ford and slartiblastfast need to save the universe from a crazed planet of Krikkit. Bound to destroy the universe after being exposed to it, previously they knew nothing outside there own planet. This book really put into perspective of how small we all really are. This all may sound pretty silly but to really understand and enjoy they lesson in this book you need to read it!:)

     
  • At 12:53 PM , Blogger Ineque R 10 said...

    For summer reading i read To Kill A Mocking Bird By Harper Lee and Dear John by Nicholas Sparks. In Dear John i liked the idea of the hard decision making and the way it changed everything that happened earlier in the book. I like how it started off slow but it got much more interesting when i kept reading. It was a good book.

     
  • At 12:55 PM , Blogger Russell O 12 said...

    The second book I read this summer was called Something Upstairs by Avi. It was a great Book. It was about a Boy who moved to Rhode Island. The house he moved into was haunted by a ghost. The ghost was a slave who got murdered in the attic. The boy lived in the attic and every night he would talk to the ghost. The ghost was a teenager, around 13, and his murdered was erased in anything involving murders.The boy agrees to try to solve his murder. He eventually does. This book was awesome I would diffidently read it again

     
  • At 1:01 PM , Blogger triggs7 said...

    This summer i read a book called Splinter Cell Endgame, it is about a group of special agents who are set out to capture a traitor. it turns out he is on their team and needs help doing a bigger mission.

     
  • At 4:53 PM , Blogger skittleluva37 said...

    I read "Lock and Key" by Sarah Dessen and "A Walk to Remember" by Nicholas Sparks.


    Both of these books are romantic and that's one feature in a book that i really enjoy. Lock and Key is about a girl (Ruby) who got into a deep hole because of her mothers carelessness (her mother goes on a "vacation" and leaves her (a minor) unattended.) When authorities figure out the predicament she is forced to live with her rich sister and her boyfriend. When she returns to high school she goes back to a school she realizes this is nothing like her poor school she went to for the past years. Eventually she meets a popular jock she falls in love with. Basically the moral of the story i learned from ruby is to accept help even when you think you don't need it, it can change you. "A walk to remember" is about a super cool student named landon meets a super strict, all out christian, do right girl (Jamie). When he is forced to go to a dance he is left with no choice but to take Jamie. Veryone was led to believe the two had a thing but that was the last thing he wanted to believe. After this dance he owes Jamie after events during the dance he is forced to preform in a play written by Jamies dad for his high school. Eventually the two fall in love..

     
  • At 8:03 PM , Blogger Cult Of The Dead said...

    This summer I read four novels in the series IN or OUT by, Claudia Gabel. All of the books were very engaging and related to high school life and relationships (friends and boys). The first book jumped right into the plot switching from Nola and Marnie’s hangouts to their new high school life. In the first novel Marnie and Nola, move apart from best friends for as long as they can remember to enemies. Nola is in the only group that will accept her while Marnie fits right in to the popular crowd attending one social event after another. Throughout each novel, they face challenges, sometimes they had friends and peers to lean on and at other times, they were left to deal with the battle of life on their own. The last novel was my favorite because it wrapped up expectedly yet well written so it felt worth the time to read all four novels in the series.

     
  • At 8:04 PM , Blogger mckennab16 said...

    Over the summer for English, i read two books by the author Nicholas Sparks. The first book of his i read this summer was called A Walk to Remember. This was such a touching story about two high school students who fell in love when yet... they were both very different. The boy was named Landon... he had the label "popular" written all over him. Lots of friends, football player, girlfriends ect. The girls name was Jamie... she had the nerd personality, very religious (her father was the priest at the local church) A student and not very social...But when they met, he started falling for her, and she told him not to fall in love with her....but in the end he did... and there was a reason she told him such a thing. She ended up having leukemia and was shortly going to die. When Landon found out, he completely changed. He didn't care what anyone thought of him and was by Jamie's side the whole time. It was such an original story, because the "popular boy" fell for the "nerd" and that normally never happens in books or movies. This made me think of how lucky we are to be living, even if we are or not "popular" or "perfect." Truly an amazing story! The second book was called The Notebook. That was also another love story, but what can i say!? again it was basically the same as A Walk to Remember, both books taught me that i need to take in every moment, and not rush through anything! That was also a truly great story!!!

     
  • At 5:42 PM , Blogger brandon said...

    Over the summer i read a couple of books in the, "Cirque Du Freak" series. These books are about a vampire named Darren Shan. I like these books because i thought they were interestining action packed thrillers that kept you reading for hours. I thought it was freat that they made it a first person perspective so you thought that everything was happening to the author himself. I learned never to steal spiders. And it has show amazingly gory action scenes that go into some unnesisary details. It takes place in various amount of places such as the city the wilderness ect. But i could go on for awhile about this. So ill just say now that I though it was a good two book to the series.

     
  • At 7:42 PM , Blogger mtombaugh said...

    The book that read was called the five people you meet in heaven. This book was about this older man who dies and he experiences heaven in a whole new way he saw five people that changed his life in good or bad ways. Three of these people were his one true love the met in a diner his army bud the met in a battlefield and a guy he always made fun of they met at the fair he worked at. I would read all over againit was that good

     

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