Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

by Kaylee R – 8th Grade

Have you ever read a book that inspired you? Just think about it for a second, any book at all, even if it doesn’t hit you at first and you have to think about it. The book I am reading now is titled “Green Jasper,” by K.M Grant. This crusader’s novel is the second book in The De Ganville Trilogy. The characters hit a lot of rough patches along their already twisted, dangerous destiny. But they always keep faith, hope, and trust in the end.

From the first chapter of this story the characters have had faith in the future. “I must have faith,’ the girl whispered as she felt the ovals warm against her skin. ‘Gavin’s right. That’s the key to everything.” This quote is said during a hard time for the speaker, but she keeps faith in her husband-to-be. I agree that faith is the key to everything because without it people would be as cruel as a tornado. The characters need faith for the hard decisions throughout the book. Their faith inspires me that the end is never near, only the beginning.

The characters also trust each other and in God. “Ellie had the fate of the de Ganvilles in her hands.” Ellie says this from her comfortable tower prison when she realizes that free choices are becoming slimmer and slimmer. Ellie either marries a bad man or the people she loves will suffer. She must trust them to help her and they must trust in her to make the right decision for everyone. I haven’t finished the book yet but I hope she makes the right choice. Trust is what makes the world go round, without it we woldn’t go anywhere with confidence.

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by Anna G. – 8th Grade

Why write fiction?  It’s funny how such a simple question can have such a complicated answer.  “All the time I wonder why I never wrote fantasy, authors like Stephanie Meyer and J.K. Rowling were very successful after writing the Harry Potter and Twilight books,”  explains visiting author Doug Wilhelm,  “…but I don’t write fantasy, because it doesn’t click with me.  I write stories that are realistic but still have a plot that keeps you reading, because that is the kind of story that I like to read myself.”  Wilhelm has written many books that are considered realistic fiction including Falling, The Revealers, and Raising the Shades.   Once these three books were mentioned, the curiosity of those who had read them was stirred, and many more questions surfaced. 

One student asked the question that many of us were wondering, “What is easier to write, fiction or non-fiction?”  Wilhelm explained that, “…with non-fiction, you have a story that you just need to add details to through research.”  And that, “With fiction, not only do you have to create your own characters, but you also have to create a plot for them to follow and obstacles for them to encounter along that plot.”    Other students asked Wilhelm about his personal writing style with questions like, “Do themes or characters re-occur in any of your books?”  To which he responded, “…none of my books have repetitive themes or characters except for the sequel to the Revealers that I’m writing, which is the first sequel I’ve ever written.”

After Wilhelm finished reminiscing about his personal experiences as a writer, he began to elaborate on the creative writing process.  One common question which led to others was, “How long does it take you to publish a book?”  Wilhelm explained to his audience that, “…one of my books was rejected many times, and was still never published,” and, “The publishers have much more power than the writer when it comes to publishing a book.”  Sometimes we don’t realize what kind of valuable insight we can get from authors that may not be as well-known.  Doug Wilhelm inspired me and hopefully many of those interested in writing here at Parker.

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by Rachel F. – 8th Grade

We are forced to do many things in life. For example doing chores, being nice to people we don’t patricularly like, and following rules. There are some things, however, that we choose to do. That’s the beautiful thing about free reading. You’re completely independent in choice and you’re not forced to read a book you don’t like. It’s very interesting to see what type of book people choose on their own. Also you’re not forced to read a certain amount of pages each night (just as long as you read a book and finish it in a certain amount of time). Makes you wan’t to pick up a book and start reading now, doesn’t it?


Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater was very thrilling to read and had an excellent ending. Take out the boy in a romance and replace him with a werewolf and that makes a more interesting plot. Sam and Grace’s relationship was unsteady, which kept me on edge and reading. _Rachel F.

small steps

Small Steps by Louis Sachar was extremely entertaining to read. I would recommend it to anyone. It was fast-passed, but still easy to follow. I was able to understand most of it the first time I read it. Out of all the books by Louis Sachar, I think this is the best, and any eighth grader would love._Bella G.


The Midnight Twins by Jacquelyn Mitchard was a pretty good book I suppose. It was somewhat confusing because the author kept bringing in new characters without really introducing them. I would recommend this book though to someone who’s trying to find a good read. It was interesting_Sara H.


Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher is not what I expected it to be. The beginning and middle parts were a bit boring, but it ended more riveting than I expected. It was a bit confusing at some parts. Towards the end it changes a lot, and you can’t put it down_Jackie M.


Beastly by Alex Flinn is dark; defying. The cover portrayed something deeper than it was, something that I thought would be filled with pain and despair. Boy, was I wrong. It was too cliché, too expected. It’s the same thing that always happens – boy is beautiful. Gets punished. Learns his lesson. Happy ending._Maddie D.

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