Among the Hidden Good or Bad?

Imagine if you’re family weren’t aloud to have more then 2 children? Imagine if you had to hide all your life? Well for Luke he doesn’t have to imagine it, he lives it. Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson-Haddix, a book where you get to see the life of a child who has been in the shadows his whole life, never even met anyone outside his family. Until one day he sees another lonely face in a house he was sure both children and adults had left. That’s when he gets suspicious.

Luke a secluded child, misunderstood. His family doesn’t know much, he doesn’t either, because of that situation, and he sleeps alone in the attic, can’t eat dinner in the same room as his parents, and can’t ever leave. Then there’s Jen, a Baron. Someone who can pay people to do things, who have knowledge, who knows too much for her own good. She can do anything she wants. Margaret Peterson-Haddix is genius for making it so that we can see what two of the same people are living like. She shows us clearly what money can do, what knowledge can do, what an education can do. She shows us about poverty, about how much poverty can affect someone and their life. They both are living illegal lives but because Luke is under the poverty line, he lives a tougher, more confined life. I, for one think that she should’ve made Jen a more static character, you see her and she’s this person who tells you a lot about her life in a short period of time. I feel like if Peterson-Haddix added more suspicion and curiosity to Jen’s life, people would be on the edge of the seat whenever Jen is around.

What I saw the theme was poverty and government. This story based on a true dystopia, something more than just a utopia with some minor things they can work out. A dystopia that she wanted to inform us about. Her main theme was to tell us about the different things that Barons, or people who are above the poverty line, can do or know. This happens in the real world to but we are oblivious to it because what we don’t see isn’t a constant thought on our minds, but with her, she informs us even more, which I think is a great thing. She puts it in a way where we would have to read between the lines to really understand what she is doing. My opinion is that she has a real clever way of getting us to understand the purpose and the theme of the book. Another theme is to stand up in what you believe in, to act upon it. The author does great with showing it to us by the characters; we can really picture, and imagine the theme with ease.

Overall, I can say that this book is a great book; the theme is clear and shown. It’s intriguing, and each time you just want to keep reading. Peterson-Haddix obviously showed her skills as an author. She told us about an adventure that two kids where willing to risk everything for. I thought that I could really picture everything. It was like you were on the adventure with them, not just someone reading the story, understanding the whole story. You feel so wrapped up in it, which you just want to know what happens next and read on to the next book in the series, but the ending is suspected. So I can honestly say that I would definitely give this book a 4/5.


Aussie Rainstorms

In Australia, things aren’t always bright and sunny during the summer. The waves are increasing, the clouds storming above. A big rainstorm hit Brisbane yesterday morning, and still is continuing to flood all across the coasts from Queensland to the Gold Coast. Since the rainstorm started, ‘Storm Spotters’ have been scouting out for some new storm clouds that would impact the situation. These ‘Storm Spotters’ have been running all around Australia trying inform the residents before they get caught. As the storm is rolling in, people are running around preparing for the flood that will soon get worse.

With people reading the newspapers and going online and looking at everyday news, in my opinion it is very important to have reports, and updates on these events. I feel like this helps people around Australia, not only to prepare and have caution about the different environmental changes going around them, but also because because outsiders need to be informed so if they had a loved one, or family member, they would know a little about the setting around them. Also this is newsworthy because it affects an incredible amount of people, because when floods hit, electricity can run out, it’s harder to go out and get things, etc. Reflecting on this article, I really think that this is newsworthy.

What I think about this tragic issue is that we need to be more cautious about the environment around us, and the changes that are constantly happening. This isn’t only rainstorms and floods; it’s pollution levels skyrocketing, global warming, and all sorts of different environmental issues that are starting to catch like the yellow fever in the 1900’s. I think that we should all be more aware of the world around us, because we are lucky we were fortunate to have it.

[Brisbane, Fast, First]

Floods in Gympie
Flickr, Photo by: yewenyi

Rainforest’s In Puerto Rico

It was a beautiful, sunny day in San Juan. At first waking up at 7am did not appeal to me, as it was a day of break, a day of sleeping in and junk food. My parents had a different perspective obviously as we are hiking up a rainforest. I was flabbergasted at the sight, the greenery scattered throughout the land, shadowing over us, keeping us cool, away from sunburns and ridiculous tan lines. I had worn my swimsuit hearing that there was a waterfall at the end of the road. I was the first to arrive considering that I sprinted my way through downhill ramps.

As we were nearing the waterfall, the sound slowly started making its way towards my ears, soothing my mind. When I caught my first glimpse at the flowing water falling into the large pool of the remains. The water clear and calm, pulling in my attention. I immediately jump into the water from one of the tallest cliffs I could find. It probably wasn’t the smartest idea due to the rocks, but I managed to find a clearing. Not to mention the endless amount of people surrounded in the shallow end. I made sure to find somewhere people weren’t already hogging. Standing underneath the waterfall shower head, my adrenaline was so high, almost as if I were winning a gold medal in the Olympics. My siblings were all in with me and we were laughing about the stupidest things, not to mention the endless smoke bombs that we would throw around each other just to mess around.

Being the crazy adventurous person my brother is, he starts climbing up some rocks that look like they would start an avalanche any second, and being the wacky sidekick, I follow him up. We were what you would consider the troublesome duo. The one that you would be petrified to have in your class, scared that we would pull some prank on you. This time it was my parents being worried. Climbing up those slippery, slimy rocks was like trying to rock climb up a steep mountain, without any gear on. We were slipping and sliding on the pieces of moss that tangle into your toes as you walk over them. The day soon ended, and before we knew it, we were at the New Years pool party with various other teenagers that got sent here.It was a beautiful, sunny day in San Juan.

Photo by trishhartman, Flickr