September 9th, 2017 - Reading Log #1 // One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M.McManus Topic Choice 1 - Characters The book entitled One Of Us Is Lying is about 4 teenagers who are suspected of murdering their classmate, Simon, during detention. The main characters, who are also the suspects of Simon's death are Bronwyn, Addy, Nate, and Cooper. Bronwyn is a teenage girl who is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. She is very intelligent and is know around the school for that very reason. For example, "You're kidding me. You too? What's your crime?" illustrates Bronwyn as someone who doesn't break rules because they're surprised that Bronwyn is attending detention even if it wasn't her fault (Pg. 4). Addy is the beauty and the picture perfect homecoming princess. She has a boyfriend who she is always around and she cares so much about her appearance. She is quite known around the school for being a beauty. According to the text, it states " She must have been surgically removed from her boyfriend to show up alone" (Pg.6) This quote illustrates the amount of time Addy spends with her boyfriend. Nate is the criminal who is already on probation due to dealing. He is always getting into trouble and it's been going on for a while now. For example, "Nate's been in trouble since fifth grade" shows how long Nate has been dealing (Pg. 5). He is know as a criminal around the school. Cooper is the athlete and is the all-star baseball pitcher. He is beginning to receive scholarships because of his skill. According to the text, it states " I take a seat as Cooper Clay, who's palming a crumpled piece of paper like a baseball" (Pg. 5) This quote illustrates that Cooper plays baseball. As you begin to read more into the story, the characters begin to change, and their secrets come out. In other words, the main characters are dynamic.
September 21, 2017 - Reading Log #2 // One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M.McManus Topic Choice 2 - Conflict The book entitled One Of Us Is Lying has a main conflict, along with other small problems between the characters. The main conflict began when Simon died during detention after having an allergic reaction. Investigators found that there was peanut oil in the water that he obtained from the faucet. Simon is the creator of the school's gossip app where he posts many things about the students. Therefore, they suspect that one of the other students in the room would have a reason for killing Simon. There were four other students with Simon and these students are Bronwyn, Nate, Addy, and Cooper. As the story progresses, the person that killed Simon begins to post things on his blog explaining why they killed Simon. This is a conflict and not just an important event because it affects every main character and it is also a problem that grows immensely throughout the story. Each character reacts differently to the problem and each changes in ways. According to the text it, it states " AP and JP are the perfect couple...in love for three years straight. Except for that intimate detour A took over the summer with TF at his beach house"(Pg. 81) This quote shows part of a draft that was not yet posted on Simon's gossip app due to him being killed. Simon was going to post it after detention, but never got the chance to. This draft was shown to Addy when she was with the detective at the police station. Addy was shocked to find out that Simon knew about her secret and because of this she goes to Jake to tell him the truth before it is posted on the gossip app by the person who has taken over Simon's blog. The main conflict in the story would be external because it is a problem that hurts all 4 characters and a problem that many know about. For example, "I hear the rumors before I see the news vans...parked out front of the school with reporters and camera crews" shows that the main conflict is well known (Pg. 162). In other words, this evidence shows that the conflict is external. All of this drama in the story and the problems that each character encounters create controversy.
October 15, 2017 - Reading Log #3 // Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling Topic Choice 2 - Conflict The book entitled Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire contains a lot of scenes that lead up to the main conflict. It was announced that this year Hogwarts is hosting the Triwizard Tournament. There would be a student from each school, who will represent their school and complete 3 tasks that will determine the winner. The main conflict began when it was time for the goblet of fire to select a student from each school, Durmstrang, Beauxbatons, and Hogwarts. It was unexpected for there to be 4 champions. No one knows how the fourth champion's name was entered into the goblet of fire, since it was prohibited to enter unless you are seventeen or older. The 4 students selected from the goblet were Viktor Krum, Cedric Diggory, Fleur Delacour, and Harry Potter. This is a conflict and not just an important event because it affects every main character in some way and it is also a problem that grows immensely throughout the story. Each character has a different reaction to the conflict and their thoughts and feelings shift in some way because of this. According to the text, it states " You want to get to bed, Harry. I expect you'll need to be up early tomorrow for a photo-call or something"(Pg. 287). This quote shows a part of what Ron said to Harry during their conversation, just after the incident with the goblet of fire. Ron, who is Harry Potter's best friend, seems to be jealous during the conversation and is acting this way because of what happened. In other words, he changed because of what happened during the selection; his feelings shifted in a way. The main conflict in the story would be both internal and external because it is a problem that all 3 schools know about and a problem that the main character has to deal with alone. For example, "The Slytherins howled with laughter. Each of them pressed their badges too, until the message Potter Sinks was shining brightly all around Harry" shows that the main conflict is well known around the school (Pg. 298). In other words, this evidence shows that the conflict is external.