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3 Book That Made Ben Stay Up All Night Reading

When I said the words “Staying up all night”, I actually mean it. You might not believe me but there are books that interest me so much I can’t stop reading because it gets more and more exciting when I want to close my book. Below are the three books I enjoyed reading the most this year in grade eight.

 

1. Gone by Michael Grant

Do you want to live in a world without any adults? One with no one telling you when to wake up, when to eat, or when to sleep? In this book, all the people above the age of 15 happen to disappear at the exact same time. In the exposition of the book, we are introduced to a fourteen-year-old named Sam and two of his friends, Quinn, and Astrid. Since they are currently the oldest in town, all the children are depending on them, waiting for their lead. As the story progresses, we find out how some of the children have super powers and even why all the adults disappeared, which makes the story even more mysterious and exciting.

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2. (Un) Arranged Marriage by Bali Rai

Would you want to marry some one you don’t even know? In this book, the protagonist Manny is forced to marry his dad’s friend’s daughter he had never seen before. In Punjabi, Manny’s wife had to be chosen by his parents and the worst part is that Manny isn’t allowed to say no or else he would be considered as a disgrace to his family.

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3. Uglies By Scott Westefeld

Do all the people around you look pretty or handsome? In this book, everyone at the age of sixteen were forced to have plastic surgery. The protagonist Tally was around two months away from turning pretty, she couldn’t wait to meet up with her friends that were already pretty. However, a month before she has her transformation, she meets a girl named Shay who also has the exact same birthday as her, but she has a different objective: not becoming pretty, but escaping. I would definitely recommend this book to people who like adventurous or mysterious books.

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Here is where I found all my gifs.

Sacrifice Yourself or Betray Your Friend?

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Do all the people around you look pretty or handsome? In the book, Uglies, everyone at the age of sixteen are forced to have plastic surgery. Above is a cover page I made to show the conflict for the main character, Tally. The conflict of the book is person vs. self because she is forced to either sacrifice herself or betray her friend. Through out the exposition of the book, she meets a girl named Shay who later becomes her friend and she wanted to rebel against the system. Westerfeld writes, “…I don’t want to be ugly all my life. I want those perfect eyes and lips, and for everyone to look at me and gasp. And everyone who sees me think Who’s that? and want to get to know me, and listen to what I say” (90). Tally refused to follow Shay and run away to Smoke(unknown city) because Tally really wanted to become pretty like her friends who were older. Westerfeld writes, “Until you do help us, to the very best of your ability, you will never be pretty” (107). Dr. Cable knew Shay must have told Tally where she went, so she was forced to go help find her or else she will never be pretty. Tally has to either sacrifice herself by never becoming pretty or betraying Shay and Shay’s friends.

 

Here is where I found the background image for the cover page.

“Poof” And Your Gone

Would you like a world without adults, nobody telling you what to do? In the book, Gone, by Michael Grant, all the adults are gone in a blink of an eye. Here is a fake newspaper I created explaining the conflict of the book. In the exposition of the book, we are introduced to a fourteen year old named Sam and his two good friends, Astrid, and Quinn. Since they are currently one of the oldest on Earth, the children are depending on them. Grant writes, “Sam hesitated. If he showed them, crossed this line, he wouldn’t be able to make them forget it. They would keep at him till he told them everything” (44). However, no one knows, it’s different for Sam, he has and knows a little more than the others. In my opinion, the  conflict is person vs. society because Sam is deciding on whether he should tell the others what he knows and could do, in order for his friends to understand the problem.

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Here is where I created my fake newspaper.

Here is where I found my featured image.

 

Prezi Explains: The Significant Theme

Have you ever tried to suicide? In the book, Damage, by A.M.Jenkins, Austin Reid tried to suicide because of depression. Above is a Prezi I created to show how he overcomes depression because of a theme I thought of after reading the book, “There are many things that are just a tiny part of our lives”.

Here is where I created my Prezi.

Poetry Multimedia: Fire and Ice

This was a poem multi media animation I made featuring the poem Fire and Ice by Robert Frost. Enjoy!

Here is where I made my animation.

 

 

Collage Explains: The Wonderful Ending

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Would you forgive your Dad after he has done so many terrible things? In my point of view, the conflict of the book, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time is person vs. person because this book’s conflict is only resolved if Christopher forgives his Father for lying to him about what he has done. To explain how Christopher’s conflict was resolved, I decided to make a collage with key moments that shows how Christopher has forgave his Father and how his life got better.

Now I would be explaining why I chose the specific pictures in his happy collage. Haddon writes, “But it was OK because Sandy slept on my bed so he would bark if anyone came into the room during the night “(220). As you can see there are many pictures of a dog with a boy, the reason I put it in is because the dog was a big reason Christopher is less frightened of his Father. Sandy(dog) lived with his dad so he started to enjoy the times to go to find his Father because he could also play with Sandy. Haddon writes, “Christopher, I would never, ever do anything to hurt you” (219). There are many pictures of his Father hugging him because I found it very important because his Father wanted him to know he loved him very much. Haddon writes, “And I got the results of my maths A level and I got an A grade” (220). I included a few pictures of him with the math test because he always wanted to take it, and because of this test result, he felt very happy. Haddon writes, “We moved into a room in a big house that was made of red bricks” (216). There are a few photos of him with his Mother living together because of course knowing his Mother is still alive is like the greatest thing he will ever know. Haddon writes, “…Father made a vegetable patch in the garden and I helped him. And we planted carrots and peas and spinach and I’m going to pick them and eat them when they’re ready” (220). I put 2 photos of Father and son playing in the garden because this quote shows Christopher decided to forgive his Father and was no longer scared of him. Since this was a fabulous ending, I decided to put a happy face in the middle to express his feeling, happy.

I used Word to create my Collage.
I used Google Images to find the photos.

 

 

Gifs Explains: The Unbelievable Fact

[Spoiler Alert]

What would you do if your Father lied about your Mother’s death and was also a murderer? In the book, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In Night-Time by Mark Haddon, Christopher finds out the most unbelievable secrets he would ever know in his life. Because of this incident, Christopher decides to make the big decision. Below are a series of Gifs that would help explain what happens.

 

“I just thought…I just thought it was better if you didn’t know…that…that…I didn’t mean…I was going to show them to you when you were older” (Haddon114).

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The first Gif is showing Christopher was really shocked and confused when he found out his Father has hid the letters his Mother had wrote to him and told him, she died because of a heart attack when she was actually still alive.

 

“I killed Wellington, Christopher” (120).

The second Gif represents the fear Christopher has for his Father, he not only lied about his Mother’s death, he also killed Mrs. Shear’s Dog, Wellington, just because Mrs.Shears didn’t want to have a relationship with him. Christopher was  even wrote a book about finding the mysterious killer, he could not believe his Father was the killer of the case he was trying to solve. Christopher was afraid, he was scared his dad would also kill him.

 

“…I had to go to London to live with my Mother” (131).

The third Gif represents Christopher not feeling safe so decides to go to London to find his Mother. Christopher stole his Father’s credit card in order to pay for the train tickets to London. Swindon to London was far, he almost gave up in many situations, especially the fact there were many people in the train and he hated being touched. But to not see his Father, the only place he could go was his Mother’s place.

 

 

“Christopher, Christopher, Christopher” (191).

The fourth Gif happens when Christopher finally met his Mother, his Mother tried to hug him but he did not like being touched so they used the finger to finger way. Christopher explains why he never replied to any of the letters and why he came. Haddon writes, “I’m going to live with you because Father killed Wellington with a garden fork and I’m frightened of him” (192). Christopher decides to live with his Mother and Mr. Shears because he thinks of his Father as a murderer.

Here is where I found my Gifs

Found Poem: Violence Destroys The Society

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Would you want to live in a dangerous society? This is a found poem I made with my partner Mukul from page 34 in the book Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury. Our poem was about the theme, violence is self-destructive. The found poem we made shows the perspective from a normal citizen, Clarisse. She talks about how violence is out of control in her society.

 

 

Gifs Explain: Montag’s Encounter with the Girl in White

Before you meet Clarisse, (8)

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You always wink at yourself in the mirror, feeling good, (8)

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and you live your life in oblivion…(13)

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But when you talk to Clarisse… (14)

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You realize that you burn books and don’t even know why you do it… (53)

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…and that’s when you realize what she’s saying. (54-55)

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Have you ever discovered something huge? Something so mind blowing, mind bending, that it could change your life forever? Well, in the exposition of the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the main character Montag discovers a detail of this level of importance. Montag lives in a future America where no one can take even a second to think, nor own any books. Montag burns these books for a living, but after meeting a mysterious girl dressed in white named Clarisse, he begins to question his job, and this is where the conflict is revealed. One of the major conflicts has to do with his encounter with Clarisse, and is a person vs. society conflict. To explain how the conflict is revealed throughout the book, my partner Evan and I created a series of GIFs to show that we could also identify the conflict.

  1. For the first GIF, we used the part of page 8 where Bradbury writes, “He hung up his black beetle colored helmet and shined it; he hung his flame proof jacket neatly; and then, whistling, hands in pockets, walked across the across the upper floor of the fire station…” (Bradbury 8). This shows that Montag is a man confident and proud with his lifestyle and more specifically, his job… Before he meets the girl in white.
  2. For the second GIF, we picked out the quote, “He knew that when he returned to the firehouse, he might wink at himself, a minstrel man, burnt-cooked in the mirror.” (Bradbury 8). Again, we used this quote just to get the point across that Montag lives a happy, peaceful life in oblivion before he speaks to Clarisse. Could this be related to a possible theme? Hm…
  3. The third GIF we used had to do with the quote, “‘You think to many things,’ said Montag, uneasily.” (Bradbury 13), because it further demonstrates Montag’s state of mind before/right when he started his talking with Clarisse. Clarisse was talking about green and brown blurs that people in that world called trees and grass. But Montag just gave her an uneasy look and said that she thought to many things. This leads to internal conflict.
  4. For the fourth GIF, we used, “What a strange meeting on a strange night. He remembered nothing like it save one afternoon a year ago when he had met an old man in the park and they had talked…” (Bradbury 14). This quote gives a heads-up that the conflict is to be revealed soon, and also gives the heads-up that the plot progresses very rapidly in this book!
  5. For the fifth GIF, we used the quote, “…We burnt an old woman with her books.” (Bradbury 52), and the quote, “We burnt a thousand books. We burnt a woman.” (Bradbury 52). This says something about Montag’s change of heart on his job. For a woman to rather die than to loose her books; how important are they? The conflict has arisen not only because Montag stole a book at this point in the story, but also because he’s starting to question not only his job, but also the entire world he lives in.
  6. And lastly for the sixth GIF, we picked out the quote, “‘You weren’t there, you didn’t see,’ he said. ‘There must be something in these books, things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.'” (Bradbury 54-55). This is a very powerful quote because it doesn’t only exposes one of the major conflicts of the book, but because it shows the change of Montag, and the questioning of his job.

[We made this GIF story here.]

[I got my featured image from here]

SMS Explains: The Worst Nightmare of Manny

Do you wish your parents force you to marry some one you don’t even know?

Below is a set of SMS I made to show the introduction of the conflict from the book (Un) Arranged Marriage by Bali Rai. I think the conflict of the book is person vs society. In the exposition of the book (Un) Arranged Marriage, because of his culture, the main character Manny was forced to marry a girl he had never seen before.

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Older brother teasing Manny

Because Manny lived in England so long, he did not feel as connected to the Punjabis. The first message is a conversation between Manny and his annoying older brother. In Punjabi, people did not care much about academics, but Manny was different. Rai writes, “What you wanna read for, man? Bloody Dickens- what are you, gorah(white) or something? Read about bloody man’s stuff, innit” (17). Every time Manny tries to study for his school work, his brother always be teases him.

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Manny’s father forces him to marry his friend’s daughter.

Rai writes, “I have told her father that you will marry her after next summer, when you are both seventeen…” (66). The second message shows the worst part of being a Punjabi for Manny. Manny doesn’t get to choose who he is married to, his father arranges it. It didn’t matter which girl his father chose, Manny cannot say no to anything because it’s disrespectful to do that in Punjabi.

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Manny talks about the arranged marriage with his girl friend.

Rai writes, “So just keep on trying until you get through to them. Talk to them” (77). Lastly, in the third message, Manny talks about the arranged marriage with his girl friend. His girl friend, Lisa, knows Manny does not want to marry some one else, so she tries her best to give Manny some confidence.

 

 

Here is where I created my SMS