Assignment #3

Brigde of Terbithia
Theme:
Jess and Leslie’s friendship is the central theme is their friendship. The reason that Jess and Leslie’s friendship is so magical is because it allows them to rejoice together and escape into their own worlds. Both characters go through their own personal despair and growth. For example, Jess leads a life full of everyday hardship and dissatisfaction. We sense that before Leslie came along, he was in danger of sinking under the weight of these combined pressures and reluctantly accepting conformity. This friendship allows both Leslie and Jess, particularly Jess, to find their true selves. Their friendship allows them to learn for each other. For example, Jess’s artistic abilities are strengthened by Leslie’s imagination, which provides perfect for new and innovative artwork, and Leslie’s strength and courage are tested and developed when Jess encourages her to help Janice Avery. Jess discovers in himself ability for invention and creativity; Leslie uncovers a desire for spirituality when Jess brings her to church.
Plot:
The plot has multiple events that are true to life. For example Jess Aarons is an eleven-year-old boy living in a rural area of the South who loves to run. He dreams of being the fastest boy in the fifth grade when school starts up in the fall, feeling that this will for once give him a chance to stand in the spotlight among his five sisters, and might win him the attention of his preoccupied father. Most people have been in a situation when they are good at something and someone else comes along and is better at it. The book has many twists and turns from them discovering Terabithia to Leslie drowning. The ending has a meaningful ending when Jess would continue visit Terabithia in Leslie’s honor and keep her spirit alive.
Dear Mr. Henshaw
Style:
This book has a distinct way of being written. The language is written is letter form. The main character Leigh Botts writes to his favorite author Mr.Henshaw. The author shows the date on the left hand corner. In the middle he shows the message Leigh writes to Mr. Henshaw. The author adds a creative touch by having Leigh end his letters with saying goodbye by writing “your number 1 fan Leigh Botts” or “Your grateful friend Leigh Botts”. Leigh writes different closure depending on his mood. There is a dialogue between Leigh and many people in his life. The interesting part is that you never get to see the direct dialogue between Leigh and Mr. Henshaw. Leigh explains that Mr.Henshaw writes him back but it is not visable seen. This adds a element of mystery and using your imagination. The point of view is from the main character Leigh. The illustrations in the book give the reader a better interpretation of the mood.

Characters:
This book is written in The protagonist, Leigh Marcus Botts point of view. The main characters are Leigh and Mr. Henshaw. Leigh writes to Mr. Henshaw through the letters, and later, through the diary that he keeps. Leigh describes himself as “just a plain boy. . .the mediumest boy in the class.”Leigh seems to be Bright, sensitive, thoughtful, and a bit of a loner, Leigh classifies himself as “Just a boy nobody pays much attention to.” The author, Henshaw, is revealed only through Leigh’s responses to his letters. Henshaw, exasperated with questions from school children, gives silly answers to some of Leigh’s questions and includes his own set of questions. Upon receiving Leigh’s answers to his own questions, Henshaw shows a more adult concern for a troubled child, and he tries to help, even though he is busy with his own life. From the beginning to the end the reader witnesses the emotional growth Leigh goes through from living with his parents to his parents’ divorce. He is mad at his father many times and in the end of the book he forgives his father and does a generous thing by letting his dog stay with his dad. The book ends with stating his emotional state as being sad but grateful at the same time.
Rules
Style:
The book Rules is written in the first person point of view, from Catherine’s perspective. She gives her description of how she is feeling and what she is doing daily. She describes how other people talk and express themselves. For example, the author writes, “Kristi exhales loud and long in my ear. “Will you still help me make posters?” The dialogue is detailed and interesting. The interesting part is that there are words in bold that I am figuring is what Catherine is saying in her head. The dialogue makes the reader strongly connected with Catherine, and is able to empathize with her as she struggles to find her own identity and escape from the preteen pressures of fitting in.
Theme:
This book shows Catherine’s search for an independent identity. She is constantly trying to figure out her role between her family, friends, and romances. Catherine is kind, artistic, and intelligent, but she is not without her flaws. Like many children her age, she deals with peer pressure, and her dealings with David or Jason make her nervous, upset, or afraid, as she fears the “cool” kids, like Kristi, might think she is “uncool.” She has to develop rules for herself. One important rule is “No dancing unless I’m alone in my room or it’s pitch-black dark.” Conflicts do arise slowly from different events. For example, when Catherine cannot decide about whom to go to the dance with but, in the end figures it out.

Out of my mind
Style:
The style of this book is unique because of the dialogue and point of view. The point of view of this novel is unique not because it is the first-person point of view, but because it is in the voice of someone who cannot speak or communicate in a conventional manner. The narrating character is Melody Brooks, a young girl who has cerebral palsy and therefore cannot communicate in conventional ways. The narration is due to Melody’s inability to speak or communicate in a conventional manner. Melody tells her story through thoughts in her head, expressing herself quite naturally in a way that is unusual from the way in which she communicates in the real world. Since the dialogue is different with many conversations taking place inside her head rather in time. She types how what she is thinking and feeling. There are some words in bold in the dialogue to help highlight important thoughts. The bold words also help the reader identify the mood.
Characters:
The main character in this book is a unique individual. Melody is an eleven-year-old girl who has cerebral palsy, therefore she has little control over her body and cannot speak. Despite this, Melody is very intelligent and she desires to find a way to communicate with the people around her. The reader understands her perspective and witnesses her challenges and emotional growth she goes through. For example, due to her inability to communicate in a meaningful way, most people assume Melody is mentally retarded. Some of her other conflicts are when Melody attends regular school, but she is placed in the special needs class with other students who are mentally unable to participate in regular classes. Melody finds this class extremely boring and she learns more from the television. All Melody wants is to be a normal girl. Therefore, when she is placed in inclusion classes and receives a computer that helps her speak and participate in class, she feels that she is on her way. Unfortunately, not everyone is willing to give Melody the benefit of the doubt.
Timmy Failure:
Character:
The main character “Timmy Failure” has a unique point of view.His viewpoint is negativity when he calls his best friend an “idiot”. There are a number of situations where he insults teachers, his parents and fellow students; He tends to make himself and his so-called best friend look incompetent on a number of occasions. He struggles with emotional growth as he states on page three that he has to overcome obstacles such as his mother, school, best friend and his polar bear. He is somewhat delusional with the real world around him. I think young readers can relate to him with some obstacles he faces and having big dreams for them but, he is not a role model for children or someone children should want to be like.

Gender and Culture:
There is a stereotype in this book having to do with his name “Timmy Failure”. Even though Timmy believes he is the best detective in town. Timmy’s delusional outlook about himself, feeling entitled to everything and his home life. With his name you might think he fails in life often but, to Timmy he is a winner and is going to be a successful business owner. Timmy does fail in certain areas of his life such as, Timmy doesn’t respect other people’s property for example his mom’s closet or his stepdad’s car. He disregards school by refusing to study and makes his teacher have a nervous breakdown, and doesn’t care if he ruins other people’s futures by sabotaging group projects and ruining his friend Rollo’s perfect GPA. I think he should be awful Timmy instead of Timmy Failure.

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