Hunger Games

Katniss is a girl from district twelve, one of the many districts. She has a sister named Primrose, ‘Prim’ for short. Katniss’s father died in a mine explosion, and her mother mourned for her father so much she couldn’t think or help the family. Katniss is in charge of taking care of the family at age eleven. She does so by hunting and selling the meat for money.

 

I connected this book to our hero’s journey. It fits almost all the events. The call to adventure was her joining the games, the assistance  came from Haymitch, a previous Hunger Games victor. The departure was going the Capitol. The Capitol was also the special or new world for Katniss, and so on.

 

In the beginning of the book, the author introduced us to the main character, Katniss, and her background. Then, Katniss’s sister, Prim, gets chosen for the games, but Katniss volunteers to protect her sister. Another tribute is chosen, a boy named Peeta. The two of them become friends on the ride to the Capitol and the training before the games. Before they know it, they are thrown into the arena and the games began. Peeta leaves Katniss, and teams up with the Careers. The Careers are the pack of tributes from districts 1,2 , and 4. These tributes have trained all their lives for the games, and are generally stronger and more well trained than the other tributes. Katniss decided to team up with a girl named Rue, until Rue gets killed by a spear. The Careers ditch Peeta, and try to kill him. He gets away, and meets up with Katniss. The two of them work together, and end up winning the Hunger Games.

The Children of Green Knowe

Q. Why could only Tolly and Mrs.OldKnowe see Toby, Linnet, and Alexander?

A. I think they could see the children because they were related to the children, whereas Bogus wasn’t. Also, Tolly and Mrs.OldKnowe believed there were children there. In the beginning, Tolly could only hear the children because he didn’t completely trust they were there. But, the children started appearing as he learned more about them.

The Tale of Despereaux

Summary:

In the beginning, Despereaux was caught talking to the king and Princess Pea. The mice council banished Despereaux to the dungeons. Luckily, Despereaux was saved by the jailor, Gregory in exchange for stories. Then, Despereaux escaped from the dungeons and eavesdropped on Roscuro and Mig’s plan to capture the princess. A few nights later, Princess Pea disappears and nobody knows where she went. The king sent all his men out to find his daughter, but there was no such luck. Despereaux tried convincing the king to follow him, but the king was too stubborn to do so. Despereaux decided it was up to him to save the princess. Despereaux finds the princess in the dungeon, guarded  by Mig and Roscuro. Roscuro smelt soup on Despereaux, and started crying. He wanted soup too, so he let the Princess go and they all ate a huge feast of soup.

 

 

Character:

Despereaux is a very small mouse. He was the only survivor in his litter. When he was born, his eyes were open. Everyone thought that Despereaux would die, but he survived. Despereaux’s ears are very large, but his body is almost half the size of a normal mouse’s. Despereaux loves the princess, but the knig doesn’t approve of mice. Also, Despereaux’s action’s aren’t like other mice’s. He doesn’t steal food or nibble on books, and he isn’t afraid of humans.

 

 

Connection:

I connected this story to the hero’s journey we did in class. Despereaux’s tale matched up to a hero’s journey perfectly. For example, the crisis was when Despereaux got banished to the dungeons.

 

Settlers of Catan

Connection: I learned about bargaining and trade. Also, the game taught me how to strategize and expand, and gain resources. This would be helpful in the future, if I ever become a founder of a company. A example of this would be trading stocks of your company to buyers, or expanding my company.

Challenges: I think this game should allow players to build one corner away from other players. Also, the game needs to have some more interesting events, such as armies and conquering other player’s land. The game board should be larger, which would allow players to build more houses and roads.

Concepts: The famine in the game made all the wheat very precious, which is like supply and demand in real life. Players that had wheat or fields that could get wheat, were able to trade wheat for a lot more than usual. The tsunami in the game caused some players to lose large amount of houses and resources. In real life, the tsunami would be like a person losing the money on stocks, and having to sell houses to keep from going bankrupt.

Changes: While playing this game, most people become more sly and greedy. They want the resources and buildings, so they can beat other players. Also, people think more about their opponents moves and the future. By future, I mean what might happen later on in the game. A example of this is building houses. All houses need to be connected to roads from other houses. Therefore, players will have to place the first two houses strategically, so their future houses will have plenty of resources.

Fantasy Writing

  1. The best part of the fantasy writing was definitely the writing part. It was very interesting and fun to use my creativity in adding the details to my story
  2. A fantasy story includes 12 main points. The most important one for me is the crisis. Crisis is where the hero or main character is in a bad situation.  This is when the hero might be on the edge of death or failure.
  3. My favorite fantasy story was Harry Potter. The book had a great plot, and included lots of foreshadowing. Also, the story was intricately written and thought through.

Wellness Learning

  1. I think it is important to learn about wellness because we can learn how to take care of body.
  2. I practice wellness by eating healthy foods and  exercising everyday. I could improve by eating more  fruits and veggies.
  3. I learned that smoking or tobacco products aren’t good for the nervous system. Also, you should keep a healthy diet.
  4. I learned that it is hard for me to keep a healthy diet plan and exercise plan.

We have lost the president

We have lost the president is set in 2044 Britain. The story stars Britt Pointer and Howie, or Howard Pond. Britain has become a republic, and the president has disappeared overnight. Howie, the official spokesperson for the president is alerted. He is ordered to become a secret agent, and find the president. Meanwhile, Britt, Howie’s journalist girlfriend gets a hint of the missing president. Howie needs to find the president, before his girlfriend gets on the case. A series of events happen, including interrogations, break ins, and others. Britt gets caught spying on a presidential conference, just as the president comes in. She doesn’t get arrested, because she holds lots of important information. But, she makes a deal and gets another story. Howie succeed, because he ‘found’ the president. In the end, the president announces that he doesn’t want to run for a third term. Therefore, a new president is elected and everyone lives happily ever after.

 

 

Terrible Typhoid Mary

Terrible Typhoid Mary tells of the typhoid fever outbreak in the 1930’s to 40’s. Typhoid Mary, also known as Mary Mallon, was a irishwomen that worked as a cook during the typhoid outbreak. She came to america as a immigrant from Ireland. In america, she moved from house to house, serving as a cook. One day, a sanitation engineer  named George Soper discovered Mary Mallon. He noticed that all the houses Mary worked at had gotten typhoid fever. He immediately set to work. For awhile, Soper kept on asking Mary for her urine, poop, and blood. This was so he could do tests, and determine is Mary had typhoid fever. Mary denied Soper’s requests, and carried on with her life. Soper on the other hand, wouldn’t give up. He called the health department, and got a band of policemen to collect her samples. They tested the samples, and discovered that Mary indeed had typhoid fever germs in her body. But, Mary didn’t have any symptoms of typhoid fever. Her body had fought off the germs, but some still resided in her body. This made Mary look perfectly healthy, but was still carrying the germs around with her body. As a cook she spread the germs around to the people she served. The germs passed onto the people eating the food, and they got sick too. The health department took her into quarantine for four years, until she got out. But, she worked as a cook again and was taken into quarantine for life. She suffered from a stroke later on in her life, and died from it in 1938.

 

 

Mary was a immigrant from Ireland. She came to America as a cook, and cooked for many wealthy and high status families. She was a healthy carrier, which means somebody that looks healthy, but is actually still carrying the germs around with them.

 

 

Seer of Shadows

The seer of shadows is about ghosts and spirits. One day, a woman named Mrs.Von Macht comes to Mr.Middleditch’s photography studio. She wants a portrait of herself to put on her daughter’s gravestone. Mr.Middleditch decides to cheat her, by creating a image of her and adding a spirit photograph into it. But, Horace, Mr.Middleditch’s apprentice, needs to take photos of the deceased daughter for the spirit photograph. But, Horace has a eerie talent. He accidentally brings the dead daughter, Eleanora, back to life. Eleanora turns out to not be Mrs.Von Macht’s true daughter. Mr. and Mrs. Von Macht had killed her for her fortune. Eleanora want’s revenge, by killing the Von Machts. Luckily, Horace and Pegg, the Von Macht’s servant, are able to destroy Eleanora’s ghost and save the Von Machts.

 

Horace is a brave boy, and is Mr.Middleditch’s apprentice. He has a family that consists of a mother, father, older brother, and older sister. Horace dreams of becoming a photographer himself one day, which is the reason Horace works as a apprentice for Mr.Middleditch.

 

I liked and disliked this book. The good parts were the plot and facts in the book. I learned a lot about photography in the 1800 and 1900’s. The parts I disliked were the ghosts and spirits. Avi, the author, was very good at writing, and the ghost of Eleanora was very well described and written, seemingly bringing her to life. This sort of gave me the creeps when reading this book.