March 21, 2010 – Weekend Post – Overcoming Challenges and Celebrating Successes

Here is the start of the NYC Marathon that takes place every November. Thousands of people take on this incredible challenge every year.

Hi KIPPsters!

I hope you all had a wonderful three-day weekend, and that you all took advantage of the beautiful weather! This weekend’s post is a bit late because I just got home from running in a long race. This morning, I participated in the New York City Half Marathon along with about 13,000 other people who dedicated a whole lot of time and hard work to training for 13.1 excruciating miles. The race was a lot of fun and took me about 2 hours to complete. I got to run through Times Square with no cars, it was so cool!

Anyway, running this morning made me think of you guys and your reading. As I was working away at a pretty tough challenge, I thought to myself, “What kinds of challenges do authors usually write about?” So… that is your task today. Tell me a little about the challenges your protagonist faces, how he/she handles them and whether or not he/she overcomes them. Have fun!

CRITERIA FOR SUCCESS

1. Username. Title. Author.

2. This weekend, I read ________ pages. (Fredrick, it’s THE WHOLE weekend, not just Sunday!)

3. Summarize what you read in 5 sentences. (Make this its own paragraph.)

4. Second paragraph: Describe the major challenges your protagonist faces/faced. What kinds of struggles? Physical? Emotional? Mental? Be as specific as possible.

5. Third paragraph: If you have finished the book, explain how these challenges were resolved or overcome (or if they were at all). If you have not finished, describe how your character is working to overcome these challenges. Again, be as specific as possible.

Happy reading and happy blogging!

Love,

Stabookski

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38 thoughts on “March 21, 2010 – Weekend Post – Overcoming Challenges and Celebrating Successes

  1. The book that I’m currently reading right now is the vampires Assistant. The author of my book is Darren Shan. Over this week so far my book is mostly telling me how people think there were such things as monsters. But only one person did not believe that, my protagonist Darren.

    He is a half vampire in my book and he seems to just believe in just vampires which I really think is weird because that is a monster. The weird thing also about Darren is that he loved school and he had lots of friends there.

    Something I learned about vampires from this book is that they have a lot of skills according to Mr.Crepsly. For example they can breathe out a special gas that can make people faint which is kind of cool. though I think that he is a vampire himself because for one how does he know so much about them and two he could do it to people that is so weird about this guy imp looking forward to seeing if he is a vampire.

  2. suni2015- The book im reading is Tangerine. The author of this book is Edward Bloom.Over the weekend i read an amount of 50 pages. In my reading i read about Paul and his neighborhood. Paul is noticing that because people cut the Tangerine tree they are putting themselves in problem. In the book some neighborhood are going through situation were their houses are being robbed or infected with insects. One day when Paul was at his house he had a flashback of a moment when he was blind and could’nt see anything. This flashback made him remember of the bad situation he was going through to see. Paul was frustraded that his bigger brother Erik would laugh at him even then in the old days when his blind accident occured.

    The major challenges that my protagonist faced was being able to handle the fact that he was blind. His struggles were physical because it was related with eyes vision, and the problem with the eye sight and what he is able to see. This challenge him alot , because of that he is called names for having too much eyes problem. This will probably lead him to feeling different and lonely.

    The character is working hard to overcome his problem by being able to think of himself as a normal boy with normal eyes problem issues.{ His eyes problem is rare}. Another way hes overcoming his problem is by not minding other people too much. In this case Paul is careless of what other people need to say about him.

  3. My name is ashley over this weeekend I have ready a big chunk of this book that I had brought. From barnes and nobels w| the title of a book of rules to live by girls version.
    I had read about most of the problems thatteens face when they are going through the stages of puberty. It also talks about how when you get in. School because of hormomes raging when you see boys you tend to off. It als talked about how girls change and start to mature and want to get into this thing called beauty.This talks about how girls start wanting the latest new thing, or dod whatever they can to fit in with everyone else in their surroundings.
    The main point/problem in my story is showing the change in maturtiy for the girls, and the way girls change phisically. Such as girls find it more important about their image and the way they look as too when they were younger and things were different where they walk outside whearing w.e. In this book it also says that many teens go on diets just to fit in a certain weoght range, because they thinl that is what is attractive to them

  4. DD2015: Over the weekend I finished the book called “The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King.”
    What I read this weekend was that a little girl named Trisha McFarland had went in the woods and had gotten lost with her radio. The only thing that had kept her calm during times was Tom Gordon. Tom Gordon was a baseball player who comes on the radio sometimes. She loved him and all her fears went away when she heard his voice. At least she has something to keep her company.
    Trisha has a problem of fear and safety. She has mental problems when she is afraid and thinks she has something is following her. I’m not going to lie I would be running around like a maniac.
    At the end of the book she made it out of the forest and was safe. Even though she went crazy and had a few problems she was OK. Her family was glad she was back.

  5. This weekend i read Finding Daddy, by Louise Plummer. I read around 90 pages this weekend. Mira has told her boyfriend Dylan to help her find her dad. She nothing about the guy, but that he has red hair. Mira finds pictures of her dad in her grandmother’s books. She is on her way to finding her dad with the help of Dylan and Sarah. Mira has found all her dads information and every time she calls she gets nervous and hangs up.
    Mira has emotions inside that are waiting to bust are, but she is trying to find a way to show them in a way that isn’t over the top. She hangs up on her dad and begins to cry because she doesn’t know anything about him and doesn’t want to mess up her first impression with her dad. She feels that she at least deserves a chance to get to know her dad, because of all the father days, days that you spend with your dad, going to play baseball; she didn’t have a chance to do.
    I think that Mira has overcome challenges that the author believes, for example
    1. Standing up for what you believe.
    2. Not being afraid for showing your emotion.
    3. Doing what is right.
    4. Keeping a promise.
    Sarah and Dylan have helped Mira throughout the whole book and have only brought them farther apart. I think that from the beginning to the end of the book has appeared to change, in a good and bad way.

  6. This week i read 15 pages in my book.Julian is facing issues realizing that jenni is his mother.His father believes that his son will grow out of that faze.Julian is stil havng trouble with his cicotic brain that writes what ever it wants when it thinks.Julians family members are aware that he is writing but since they read his stuff he doesnt wright about certain things.Julian doesnt want to believe that his brain is taking over.
    Julian is facing emotional depression because he crys that his mother will come back but she wont so his way to get over her is by just crying until he falls asleep.His father tells him stories about her that will make him have good memories of her.this week i did not finish the book but i just might finish it tomorrow morning.

  7. sammy2015: I finished reading Before I Die by Jenny Downham. I read 49 pages these days. Tessa has a neighbor named Adam. A nurse came to Tessa’s house and was talking to her. Tessa seems to be having more time with Adam now. There probably might end up together as a couple. Zoey and Scott, the guy she and Tessa met at the club before, are still keeping a close touch even though Tessa isn’t hanging out anymore after Zoey told people of her condition. Zoey seems to be jealous of Tessa and is also ruining the enjoyment she is having with Adam.

    The protagonist, Tessa, has leukemia. She is dealing with this illness. It will lead her to death and she has to take out the rough time she has to go through because of it and try to have fun. Tessa made a list before and tried to do most of the things, hopefully all, of the things on it before she dies. Though life is getting hard for her, she seems to be searching for the bright side or at least is trying to make herself feel happy. She had sex, number one on her list, and has been saying “yes” to everything. Zoey maybe the ruining it but she seems to be also encouraging Tessa to do many things.

    Like I have mentioned in the last two paragraphs, Tessa is trying to enjoy herself. Now that she has Adam, she has another friend to be at her side. Though at first she tried to deny the fact she liked him, she knew truly she really did. Zoey has been there for her too but though she has been partially a good friend, she has also been discouraging. She questions everything and judges Tessa. Though she tries to push her to do more things, she may also try to relax a bit. She is dealing with leukemia. She shouldn’t be so rough on Tessa.

  8. Ola.O2015- This weekend I switched books momentarily because I could not locate my original one. The title of the book I was reading this weekend is called “The Night Flyers”, by Elizabeth McDavid Jones. I finished the book over the three day weekend, reading a total 116 pages and starting a new book found in my house. In “The Night Flyer” Pam Lowder helps raise and care for homing pigeons, which can send messages and fly at night. She is at a time where World War 1 is happening; she fears that her loss of pigeons is because of a German spy. And she is determined to find out.
    She feels a loss because of the sudden disappearance of her beloved pigeons. She has to deal with her Papa being in the war and the strain of losing her pigeons. Pam knows that if her Papa gets back from war he will have less pigeons which is a financial burden on her family. She also struggles with the choice of disobeying her mother to go investigate the crisis. Pam tries to cope with giving up or trying to figure out the mystery.
    Pam Lowder ended up disobeying her mother to go save her pigeons, if she hadn’t they would be gone! She went and followed the spy learning that he was on the a mission to recruit homing pigeons so they can send messages to Americans in war. But he wasn’t the one who took hers. Later on she would find out that a boy named Mattie stole her pigeons just to help his Ma, who was ill. I don’t think she quite forgave him but at least she solved her mystery.

  9. krod2015.Girls-15-Charming but insane.Sue Limb. This week end i read about 31 pages per day. In my reading, i read that Jess gets goosebumps every time she near a boy. Then she thinks about, if she would feel the same way when she is around Ben, the boy she is crushing on. Then, Jess tells her mom that she has the flu, so she won’t have to go to school and see the boys. Since Jess’s mom belives every thing, she stay home from school. This makes Jess feel better, but she is still thinking about Ben. Jess, my main character, action has changed. Her acitons has has changed because in the beginning, she acted like a liltle girl, who wantted every thing she saw. Then in the middle, she started to think teenish. she started to think teenish because she started to like boys, and talk more about them. This is a physical change because her reactions to boys change. I have finished my book, and the conflit of my book was that Jess’s crush didn’t know that she had a crush on him, because they were close friends, and Ben thought that they were just friends. This conflit has been sloved, by Jess telling Ben that she had a crush on him. At the end, Ben and Jess really had a crush on each other, so it ended up beening a happy ending.

  10. Angeline2015: I’m reading Vampire Academy by:Richelle Mead. This weekend I read 95 pages. This weekend, I read that Lissa broke her ankle. She felt bad telling her partner, Victor, so she tried to move and but she ended up falling anyways. Lissa fainted so he carried her back to the cabin. The next day when she woke up he told her what happened and she couldn’t remember anything. As the days went on, Lissa was really mad because she had to miss every practice and fellt like she was treated like a abnormal person since everyone kept doing everything when she knew she could of done it herself. The only person that would cheer her up at this time would be Victor, or what she liked to call Prince Victor. He would bring her presents and cheer her up, instead like the others who didn’t help her feel better at all.
    Right now, the major conflict my character is facing is having to deal with a broken ankle. These struggles are mostly physical but also mental. She’s becoming irritated since everyone does everything for her just because she has a broken ankle. As she passes through this moment she notices who her real friends are and who just started doing things for her since she’s in bed.
    In order to overcome this obstacles she is trying to see who her real friends are as she is in bed. She also uses these obstacles to keep others from hunting the humans. Since they have to be helping her they don’t have time to kill humans. Even though she knows that if someone finds out about this she would get in a lot of trouble she still decides to risk her life for her human friends.

  11. AG2015.Lighting Thief.Rick Riordan.This weekend I read 34 pages. I read that Percy had to keep track. He had to figure out what he had to establish. He felt he was the only new kid, he needed to keep his rep. The major challenges my protagonist has is he has to find out how to help zues and that’s pretty hard. This is a physical issue or problem for percy. I think the character will overcome his obstacle by fighting the people so he can help and find out what and who he would need to find.Also a who whole bunch of their friends had spoken of the toilet exploding. Many people have Annabeth as a friend and their still halfbloods. I don’t know how they can defeat the bad but its kind of had for me to figure it out but they have powers. So it sort of leaves you in suspense so you can’t tell what might happen that’s why i can’t wait to finish the book then I’ll be able to see the movie and read the rest of the books too.

  12. janibell2015- The Clique: Claire by Lisi Harrison. This weekend i read 106 pages.

    During this weekend’s readings , i read about how claire and her florida friends separated right before the competition. Claire didnt want to participate in the competition because she knew that it would bring a conflict among her friends. When she got to the audition, things got harder for her because she accepted a spot as a celebrity judge. She is going to have to pick one of her friends as the loser or the winner. She feels relieved that she doesnt have to compete against her Bffs.

    The major conflicts that claire went through was that she didnt want to tell her friends that they have bad taste in clothes. This was a physical challenge because her friends from florida dress differently than those from westchester.

    Claire is working to overcome this by trying to give her florida friends tips about clothing. She doesnt want them to look ridiculous at the pageant and lose even though they hate her now. She loves both groups of her friends but they are truly different.

  13. Also a who whole bunch of their friends had spoken of the toilet exploding. Many people have Annabeth as a friend and their still halfbloods. I don’t know how they can defeat the bad but its kind of had for me to figure it out but they have powers. So it sort of leaves you in suspense so you can’t tell what might happen that’s why i can’t wait to finish the book then I’ll be able to see the movie and read the rest of the books too.

  14. lourdes2015- I am currently reading the Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. This weekend I read 45 pages. Susie’s family and friends are at her funeral. Her grandmother comes in town for it and tries to cheer up them up after her death. Her mother finally laughs, and Lindsey still doesn’t show any care about what happened. Even though her grandmother cheered them up, it is still depressing for them to go to the funeral-especially since she wasn’t even being buried right. (Her murderer threw her body in a sinkhole.)
    My protagonist is Susie Salmon. The author uses her in an interesting way because she also happens to be a the narrator (Susie’s dead). She is in her heaven watching everyone she loves on earth suffering because she is gone. So far Susie suffered from physical and now emotional issues. Her family has to deal with the pain of her death.    
    It is difficult for Susie to overcome these problems because there isn’t anything she could do to make it better. The problem mostly effects Susie’s family and friend. They deal with it by trying to forget, but it is impossible to forget about a loved one.     

  15. AG2015.Lighting Theif.This weekend I read 34 pages. I read that Percy had to keep track. He had to figure out what he had to establish. He felt he was the only new kid, he needed to keep his rep. The major challenges my protagonist has is he has to find out how to help zues and that’s pretty hard. This is a physical issue or problem for percy. I think the character will overcome his obstacle by fighting the people so he can help and find out what and who he would need to find.

  16. RV2015: The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. This weekend I read 65 pages. In these 65 pages Lina and Doon are trying to figure out the mysteries of the city. What they yet have to figure out is that this city was built underground, but its supposed to be a secret. Doon and Lina want to switch jobs but Lina is interested in being a pipe worker. Doon likes this job because he is an explorer and being a pipe worker is a great jobs for discovering the mysteries of the city. Lina, Doon and Poppy are now ready to discover the secret to the underground city.

    Lina is facing the problem of being too young. Due to her age, people don’t believe in the things she can do. Though Lina doesn’t care about peoples opinions she will show that she can do whatever she is capable of. After an adventure with Doon and Poppy she is ready to show what she can do.

    Once Lina goes underground with Doon and Poppy she is able to overcome her problems. She will be able to show what she can do. With Doon and Poppy on her side, she will be able to overcome the peoples opinions. Lina is a young girl with lots of strength and I think that she will discover the secrets.

  17. Hello Orlando G 2015. over the weekend I read bird by Rita Murphy.over the entire week end i read 54 pages. over the weekend I read about the characters one of them being Wysteria. She seems to be an important character all through out the book. The narrators name is Miranda.I found this kind of weird that the narrator name came after the secondary character name.I wonder why the author would do that i just would think it would be backward but it does make sense.
    I haven’t found a major problem in the book, because I’m so early in.I do think that one of the issues in the book so far would be fear because Wysteria wants Miranda to live with her near the lake i belief that Wysteria is afraid of something is just not revealed.
    I think that my characters are working on this issue because they are protecting each other and i think Wysteria is some how more over protective which is always a good thing sometimes.

  18. My user name is jasonb2015. I am currently reading “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding and over the weekend, I read a total of 48 pages. Over my weekend reading, Sam and Eric are sent to light up the fire and in the flickering light they see the figure of the beast, which they mistakenly confuse for a parachutist whose dead, hanging in the trees. They immediately report back the news to Ralph and they set up for a journey to look for the beast everyone has been claiming to have seen. After days of walking, darkness finally falls upon them and they decide to wait for tomorrow to keep walking, but Jack as determined as he can be, challenges Ralph to hike at night and continue to look for the beast. As they reach the top, they see the shadowy form with the shape of a giant ape, making horrible flapping sounds in the wind. The news of the seen beast spreads around and soon jealousy overpowers Jack and he wishes to become leader rather than Ralph, but the group members decided to keep Ralph as leader. Jack soon separates away from Ralph and creates his own group and invites the boys to join his group and many do, but Piggy remains loyal to Ralph and stays with him. Simon then decides to sneakily go the exact place where he sat staring at the beauty of nature and encounters the pig’s head on the stake, filled with flies and suddenly speaks, threatening that he is the reason why all the boys are stuck in the island and calls himself “Lord of the Flies.” Suddenly, Simon faints and lays in the forest.

    One of the major struggles that Ralph, the protagonist is facing, is his mental preoccupation that he is not going to get rescued and along with the appearance of the beast, he is scared to live one more day in the island. The vast, open seas of the island seem to make him think that there is no possible way for him and the boys to get out of the island. To worsen the situation, Ralph has the responsibility of taking care of all the boys and making sure that they are safe and sound and because of the beast, they’re not safe at all.

    For Ralph, overcoming these obstacles are hard to overcome, but he does control them by being tranquil and thinking positive about the situation that they are in. He always assures himself that they will be rescued and be back home safe. Furthermore, he is strict on the group of boys, which allow them to survive in this mischievous and creepy island. He doesn’t give up when times get tough, but continues to overcome them viciously.

  19. my user name is markos2015 and i am reading thwe chemo kid.so far i’ve read that before 3 friends use to go over and play a game. Jon and roger are 2 of them. As time goes by Jon got into sports and roger got into girls. now they only go on weekends.
    one problem that the main character is faceing is that since they havent been friends for a long time as jon and roger got popular the main character got more problems and more unpopular.

    the main character is trying to get noticed by going to dances and parties. now he met a girl that is very interested in the game that jon and roger used to play. as she keeps flurting with him he gets cancer and has to go to the hospital. she brings him flowers and he doesnt want to see her. i have alot to read.

  20. Arsh2015: Tonight I finish reading The Year of the Secert Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty. This weekend, I read a total of 192 pages. 8n this weekend’s reading, Cassie, Emily, and Lyida write letters to each other, and lydia keeps writing in her notebook. She writes a story about her and her father. Cassie keeps writing in her diary, and writes about how much she likes Charles, but doesn’t tell him.
    Cassie’s issue is that she is so shy, and only tells things to her friends. She tries to express herself, so that she can tell Charles how she feels, but never does. This doesn’t allow her to connect with anyone but the people she already knows. She mostly tries to act thought, but people don’t believe her.
    Cassie never solved her issue, but ended up with Charles because Lydia helped her out, and Lydia worte about the moment she talked to Charles in her notebook. This the frist time she has done sometging nice for someone, and Emily’s dad is sprised when emily writes about it in a letter.

  21. Hi its Elianny i read 60 pages this weekend from the book Forever. Micheal and Katherine have just gotten in a relationship. Every thing seems to be wonderful and nice until senor year comes. Micheal starts to not pay as much attention to Katherine. She starts to get exterimly jealous. Now who nows what will happen next.
    One major conflict in my book is trusting someone as close as your own boyfriend. Sometimes Katherine does over protect him but most of the times Micheal asks for it. He knows that Katherine will get mad but he does it any way. At the beginning every thing was nice but Micheal started acting really weird. Something got in his head that said “just do what ever you want and don’t listen to the people that care about you. Of course Katherine is going to stay like this she is going teach him a lesson.
    Katharine has tried talking to him but things just don’t work out. So at this point things aren’t working and she has to take action. This is were i stopped and you can imagine how i am feeling. Katherine doesn’t now whether to break up with him or to stay with him. If i were her i would just call it of. I don’t now what she will don next.

  22. IsraelP2015_The title of my book is Rock ‘n’ roll Soldier. During the weekend I read a total of 59 pages. My book takes place in 1996, during the Vietnam war, Dean Kohler when he was 19 years old when he went to Vietnam with a record deal in hand. While serving as an MP he was asked by his commanding officer to start a band. Only to help soldiers keep their attitudes up. The character of my book faced many struggle throughout the 59 pages that I read this week. One major issue that my character faced was the ability to keep up. Kohler has a hard time leaving, but having left for the war, his love for music makes it impossible for there not to be music. That was not an issue for only him; it was an issue for the majority because they did not have anything to keep them feeling good. The only thing that is supposed to keep the soldiers up and running was the band.

  23. Hi! I finished Before I Die on Friday and started reading the Last Book In The Universe on Saturday. I read 79 pages in total from saturday to today. The reader learns how books dont exist in this futuristic world and people probe the images (like movies) instead of reading. this is indirectly hinting to the readers that the advancement of technology is being used as a substitue for books. Technology is slowly dumbing societu down and physically isolates human beings. Through the narrator, the author shows how this slow process directly affects our future. Technology, if not used properly can be as deadly as a heart attack, the author subtly tells us.

    Ryter’s problem is more social. he is an old man who Must deal with ignorant children in gangs. he reallly doesnt have any friends besides the boy who tried to rob him, but took intrest in his story. Ryter is one of the few who still exist that were from before the Big Shake. He is one of the few who still have books. we in this world may not see it as such a big occurance, but in Ryter’s world he has beem shunned and called a liar and had been robbed and was almost murdered. this is because he is one of the few old “gummies”( people who lived before the big shake).

  24. Anthony P, Lord of the Clans. I started this book friday. So far the entire weekend i’ve read 80 pages. In the book Durotan, the Frostwolf Clan leader, is killed along with his wife. His wife was carrying his baby but they havn’t named him yet. When Humans begin to patroll the area they hear a wailing sound and they believe its an animal but they find a baby orc. The leader of this group of humans names the baby Thrall, meaning Slave.

    Thrall begins a life of luxury since he is a baby. But when Thrall is 6 years old (he already looks like a grown up person, he is taller than his master) he begins to get it rough. They begin to train him to a weapon. Soon Thrall can take down Blackmoore’s best fighters and he is learning the human tongue. But he is in contact with Blackmoore’s adopted daughter. She begins to be nice to him. Thrall still has his blanket with the Frostwolf insignia, blue and white with a white wolf in the middle.

    From the begining, Thrall can take these challenges because of his race. Since he is an orc he can hold most of the blows that are struck on him. His skin is tough and can be used as an armor. Thrall also has alot of muscle which makes him stronger than any of the humans and he almost killed his trainer with a training weapon that is made out of wood.

  25. Anthony P, Lord of the Clans. I started this book friday. So far the entire weekend i’ve read 80 pages. In the book Durotan, the Frostwolf Clan leader, is killed along with his wife. His wife was carrying his baby but they havn’t named him yet. When Humans begin to patroll the area they hear a wailing sound and they believe its an animal but they find a baby orc. The leader of this group of humans names the baby Thrall, meaning Slave.

    Thrall begins a life of luxury since he is a baby. But when Thrall is 6 years old (he already looks like a grown up person, he is taller than his master) he begins to get it rough. They begin to train him to a weapon. Soon Thrall can take down Blackmoore’s best fighters and he is learning the human tongue. But he is in contact with Blackmoore’s adopted daughter. She begins to be nice to him. Thrall still has his blanket with the Frostwolf insignia, blue and white with a white wolf in the middle.

    Thrall can take these challenges because of his race. Since he is an orc he can hold most of the blows that are struck on him. His skin is tough and can be used as an armor. Thrall also has alot of muscle which makes him stronger than any of the humans and he almost killed his trainer with a training weapon that is made out of wood.

  26. Over the weekend I read 57 pages.

    kdozier2015.Marley. John Grogan.

    In my book this family has got a new dog named Marley who gets into everything he likes to chew everything up. He is not allowed to chew on the couches but he does it any way and he’s bad.
    My protagonist john Grogan challenge is taking care Marley and he is also a reporter for a news company he has to be switch to a columnist and has to he also has kids and Marley makes it hard for the kid to sleep and his wife jenny is getting mad so Marley has to spend a few nights with johns friends.

  27. My user name is justin2015. The title of my book is The Dark is Rising and the author is Susan Cooper. This weekend i read 53 pages.
    I read that Will was going somewhere and it was cold so every time the gold coin touched his skin it burned with white heat. when he got to the house the door on the wall disappeared with the mist of the wind. He met a old lady that says he has a circle of dark power around him and they have to get it off of him. Also, later on in the story he remembered that the old lady said that “… when his circle is on your belt beside the first i shall come….” just before fire leaped out of the fallen elm tree branch that he had briefly lighted before and it formed a circle. Then, Merriman can to help him and the girl.
    The major conflict he faced was trying to free the girl from the fire because Merriman wouldn’t help him because he want Will to do something by his self because he can’t always be there. First, he told him to take the girl from this road. He stared at the fire as it got bigger frightened but he got her out.
    Marriman came to his side and said this word that Will didn’t grasped and Maggie wailed aloud.
    I think Will will try to over come this problem by trying to keep them away from the innocent people by probably putting a spell on them so the bad people won’t be able to get to them or cause them harm.

  28. jm2015:I am reading The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.This weekend i read 65 pages.Percy is still at camp Half Blood.As he continue with camp he starts to understand why he’s there.Someone summoned the camp and no one knows who did it.since no one knows, they are blaming it on Percy for all of it.Percy doesn’t know what happened and he’s being blamed for it.now even his friends blamed him also for it to.

    Percy has to face the reality of true friends. he needs to understand that Annabeth was suppose to be his best friend,but she was the first one to rat him out.If i was Percy i would ask Annabeth why she did that if she was really my friend. im sure Annabeth di but bad things ,he hasn’t told on her. If i was Percy i would really be disappointed a her.

  29. I am reading The Last Olympian by rick riordan. I read 58 pages over the weekend and now I love this book. I read that Percy is reunited with Tyson underwater but it’s not really the happiest reunion. Poseidon’s underwater palace is under attack and Percy is introduced to his immortal step-mom and and his half-brother who don’t really care for him. Poseidon dis-invites Percy from the ocean because Poseidon’s true form can kill any mortal, also because he was about to fight Oceanus, the titan of the sea. Percy gets back to camp half-blood and finds out the entire prophecy of himself. Percy is facing a problem that he can not fix easily. He wants to help his dad fight Oceanus, he wants defend Olympus from Typhon, he wants to keep the mortals from seeing what’s going on, and on top of all of that he wants bring every single titan down out of power. That’s not all either, the demigods who are for the gods need more help than ever because all of the titans are sending their own army of monsters each to destroy the gods. Right now he has decided not to go and help his father because he would die. He realizes that the mist is helping the humans not see the monsters. Now all he has to do is go to Mount Olympus and defend it.

  30. Over the whole weekend I read 60 pages of The Sea of Monsters, by Rick Riordan. Overall, I read that Percy went through a whole school year without getting expelled. He also went a whole school year without encountering monsters at his school. Until, it comes down to the last day of his school year at gym time. The students are playing dodge ball and Sloan and other new kids are trying to “kill” Percy. It turns out that the new kids are cannibals and are dying for some lunch. So they try to kill Percy until Percy’s friend, Trevor, saves him. As they battle the hungry cannibals, Annabeth comes and saves them both. All tree of them rush to Camp Half-Blood. They have no idea trouble awaits them. At C.H.B (Camp Half-Blood), Thaila the tree have been poisoned therefore monsters are coming in at C.H.B. When Percy gets there two fire breathing bulls are attacking Clarisse, bully at C.H.B. The three Percy, Annabeth, and Trevor help her fight off the bulls. Lastly, Chiron, ex-activitist leader, gets fired.
    The major challenges Percy Jackson is:
    1) Protecting C.H.B from all the monsters
    2) Helping Grover from the evil Cyclops
    3) Get used to his half-brother, Trevor
    The first two are physical struggles, and the third one is a mental struggle. Poseidon has claimed Trevor as his son as well. But it is strange because Trevor is a Cyclopes and Cyclopes are evil. But, Trevor is not evil he is nice. Therefore, he has to get used to him and get over the fact that people are making fun of both of them. Percy has been having strange dreams about Grover. He thinks he is in great danger. So he has to find him, and help him. Grover is in the Sea of Monsters.
    First of all Percy is trying to handle all these challenges one at a time as soon as possible. Right now he is fighting Evil pigeons. Haha. It may sound funny but they can pick the flesh right off of you. Some way some how, Percy Jackson has to save Grover and protect C.H.B. I think maybe he is going to find away how to get rid of that poison from the tree so it can protect the whole camp again. I have not finished reading the book.

  31. ClarissaC2015 – During the weekend, I read 34 pages. Now , we have left Waits and went into the mind of Bruno. He seems a lot Waits. I think he is a drug dealer as well, but the story doesn’t really tell. Then , we re-enter the thoughts of Reina- the conscience. She was erasing Cam’s text messages while Waits was sitting Smitty’s chair. All of this is kind of confusing because it just switches perspective before you can understand one person’s idea about something. I think the authors purpose for this is to make the reader connect the dots. Since there are too many characters that face issues i decided to look at just one of them. Jimmy, being the “killer”, faces one of the biggest struggles. He faces guilt and trouble with the law when he decides to drive without a license. When he accidentally totals Cam’s car, he ends up killing Cam as well. He decides quickly to put Cam in the drivers seat so it would look as if Cam was the one that crashed the car and got into the accident.
    I think that Jimmy is starting to get through all of these conflicts because of all the people he has helping him through things. He has Reina , Byron(even though he yells at Jimmy), MC , Waits and more. Will Jimmy get caught through all of this madness? I cant wait to find out

  32. This weekend I read the book Bird.What i read was how the main character was a girl witch seemed to the description that she was a slave because it mentionred how she worked in the fields.I also read how she took a hot shower in the oweners house. she got the nickname bird by her causin. her causin called her bird becauase she was usually found climbing trees.she saw the farmers daughter walking in the night walking around the fields and tried to warn her because of the traps her mother put because she was usually found outside aklso in the fields.

    some of the problems bird has went through was being poor and losing her father which left bird and her mother. she tries to forget the fact that she is poor by on sundays when the family is out to church she goes and wears the daughters robe. she takes a hot shower and tries to forget about everything. I was told taht later on in the book she goes out and tries to find her father.

  33. This weekend I read the book Bird.What i read was how the main character was a girl witch seemed to the description that she was a slave because it mentionred how she worked in the fields.I also read how she took a hot shower in the oweners house. she got the nickname bird by her causin. her causin called her bird becauase she was usually found climbing trees.she saw the farmers daughter walking in the night walking around the fields and tried to warn her because of the traps her mother put because she was usually found outside aklso in the fields.

  34. mm2015: During this weekend, I continued to read Dairy Queen, by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. This weekend I read a total of 59 pages. I read about how some people dont agree with the idea of DJ becoming a football player, while others are proud of DJ for making that decision. DJ also finds out that her best friend, Amber, is a lesbian. She figures out that this is why she was always jealous when DJ would talk about Brian. On the other hand, DJ notices that she seems to be turning into one of those girls who like to hang around football players just to flirt. She remembers that when she was in 4th grade and a guy called her stupid, as in one of “those girls”she gave him a black eye. Some struggles that DJ has bin going through are stereotypes. For example, some people are telling her that she should not become a football player just because she is a female. Another example of a struggle that DJ also seems to be going through is relationship issues. For example, her best friend turned out to be lesbian while also having a crush on her. While on the other hand, DJ has a crush on Brian. To overcome some of these challenges, DJ tries not to think about either Brian or Amber. This becomes very hard for her because both of them are really important people in her life. For example, when DJ goes to a high-school party, Amber appears and tells DJ all her feelings for her, but Dj doesn’t know hoe to respond because she is drunk.

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