Sunday, December 23, 2007

week 5 post b

Making connections to the book:
This book doesn’t relate to my life, because it seems like all of the issues in this book, like a girl getting raped, kids being trialed for hurting her, there’s who kills a dog, bobby finding out that his father isn’t dead and that he wants to be in his life again, and on top of all of that they have a band that they think is going to win this huge contest but probably wont. Although these things take place in the book and not in my life, they could be happening to other kids because it’s not impossible for all these things to happen. This book relates to the world, because I’m sure that there are people out there that can relate to certain parts of this book. This book relates to the media, because every so often you do hear about girls getting hurt very badly like Sophie did and then many people getting put on trial and being questioned for it.

A Short Summary:
Sophie gets a therapist to talk to and he tells her that she should go back to Montana for the summer to stay with her friend and figure things out. Crow and Sophie finally talk, but it doesn’t end well. Tom kills a dog, because he kind of ran it over with his car and since it wasn’t dead he decided to beat it to death and kill it. Ava (Helen’s sister) and Carl (Helen’s husband) decide to finally end their affair after all those years. Bobby goes to visit his dad for the first time ever.

week 5 post a


1. Hiatus (pg. 180)- noun, a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, action, etc.

2. Gait (pg. 189)- noun, a manner of walking, stepping, or running.

Figurative Language:

"'Let's eat gobs of cheese on these crackers like we used to do'" (pg. 175). This is an example of a similie because it uses the word 'like' to compare it to something else.

"Blood came out in spurts onto the bat, spattering Tom's shirt and face" (pg. 191). This is an example of imagery because when Tom is describing this scene where the dog is being killed, you can really see this happening and imagine it well.

A symbol in this section of my book is that after Tom kills the dog, he realizes he did it because he is the one that wants to die, he is sick of living his life and thinks, 'There are worse things than death', and the dog is just a symbol of that. I know this is an example of a symbol, because it is something that represents something else.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

week 4 post b

Analyzing the Protagonist

Sophie Chabot is a main character in this story. Sophie is a girl who is always herself, even when she moves to a new town and has to make all new friends. Sophie lives only with Rita her mom. Sophie has to overcome losing her dad (who died in a forest fire), going to a new school, and making new friends. This isn’t very hard for her though because all the boys she meets seem to like her. This causes tension among her guy friends. But Sophie knows that she wants Crow so she ends up with him. I think that Sophie made the right choice as to going out with Crow rather than the other boys, because Crow is the type of person to comfort her when she needs it and make sure she’s always ok. But the other guys just like Sophie just because of looks. Because Crow cares for her so much I think that Sophie should tell everyone that Crow didn’t have anything to do with the attacks on her. Crow however did end up not getting a jail sentence, but Sophie should have stepped up and told the truth to make the court meetings end sooner. Sophie also needs to learn how to talk to her mother more. She lets her mother decide everything that’s best for her, when she knows that she should tell someone that Crow is innocent. Rita tries to get Sophie to lie and say Crow did the attacks, because she didn’t like that Sophie was dating a boy two years older anyway.

week 4 post a


Jaunty (pg. 148): adjective- 1. easy and sprightly in manner or bearing 2. smartly trim, as

Jarred (pg. 153): verb- 1. to have a harshly unpleasant or perturbing effect on one's nerves,
feelings, or thoughts, etc. 2. to produce a harsh, grating sound


'"What are you doing, Bobby?" Crow yelled.'

This quote is significant because everyone seems to ask this question lately. At the band meeting Bobby just shows up with a gun in this backpack. He claims that he wants to have good aim to impress his dad whom he never knew and thought was dead. Bobby had gotten a letter from his dad saying how much he wanted to see him. Bobby's mother had lied to him his whole life about his father because he's really alive. Everyone has just noticed that Bobby has become distant from his friends and family lately.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

week 3 post b

Letter to the main character:

Dear Crow,

I know that your best friend Bobby is mad at you right now. I know that soon he will forgive you and be ready to talk to you. Just know that people might not want to talk to you because some people just aren’t sure of what really happened that night so all you can do is tell the judge and the court that you for sure didn’t hurt Sophie that night. As for Sophie, I think that soon she will also talk about that night, sometime it will hit her as to what really happened (because she forgot) and then she will want to face you and talk to you. Everyone that knows you well will know that you didn’t commit the crime and you do know someone on the jury, so I’m sure that you will win the case. And you are also telling the truth, so you shouldn’t lose. Even though all of Sophie’s friends don’t like you, you don’t really need to talk to them or be friends with them anymore if they aren’t going to trust you. Trust is a thing you need to keep with your dad. Ask your dad for his trust because that’s what you really need to have. If your dad trusts you, you are for sure going to win the case because you need his support. You also need to the Sophie’s trust and try to make her trust you so that she will tell the truth about what really happened so you don’t have to go to jail!


week 3 post a


1. Hoax (pg. 95)- something intended to deceive or defraud; hoodwink

2. Azimuth (pg. 96) noun- The horizontal angular distance from a reference direction, usually the northern point of the horizon, to the point where a vertical circle through a celestial body intersects the horizon, usually measured clockwise. Sometimes the southern point is used as the reference direction, and the measurement is made clockwise through 360°


Trust can be described in this book when Crow tells his dad that he didn't hurt Sophie.

Trust is needed in this situation, even though his dad doesn't trust him.