Reading log #3 10/14/17
Stanley Yelnats is the main character of the book, Holes, written by Louis Sachar. Stanley is an over sized young boy who is constantly being bullied by the way he looks. According to Stanley he is not a bad kid he just happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. He is now forced to go to Camp Green Lake to fix his "bad behavior" and pay for a crime that he simply did not commit. He is being accused for stealing shoes that were going to be used to raise money for the homeless children. He had been found guilty of this crime and was then sent to camp to turn his life around. "Stanley's hole would have to be as deep as his shovel, and he'd have to be able to lay the shovel flat across the bottom in any direction."(p.27). By laying these expectations the other young boys the camp director thought this would shape them up. Many wondered what the purpose of digging holes and the only answer given to the boys was "it builds character". " You're not looking for anything. You're digging to build character" (p.27).
reading log #2 9/24/17
David feels like he can't be treated nicely because his mother has told him so many times that was useless and a "bad kid". It had started since before Dave could remember and he spent most of his life to try and grasp to a moment in which he felt his mother's love. When he was given the chance of leaving his home or staying he felt so paralyzed and he decided to leave this affected his life forever because he was finally free of his mother's hands. When he runs away he goes to the one place where he remembers he was last happiest, The Russian River in Guerneville. The conflicts that Dave has are internal and external conflicts. He is fighting with himself to try and make himself fight back and tell his mother that he shouldn't be treated like that. And then there is the actual hitting and beating that he receives on the daily. "I knew I was doing wrong, but after all the years of being put down by others who felt they were superior, I had had it"(p.115). This shows how he lets out all of his anger with Larry Jr.(foster brother). "She knelt down and told me I was going to see a special doctor that was going to help me get better" (p.121). By seeing the doctor David might get help and make him realize that he isn't a bad kid and deserves to be happy as well.
Reading log #1 9/9/17
David is the main character of the book "The Lost Boy" written by Dave Pelzer. David is a child called "it" and is constantly being abused by his mother, he has torn clothes that expose his bony body and rib cage. "As long as I can remember I have always been in trouble, and have "deserved" to be punished" (p.4). Without the love of his mom he feels empty and alone. "I wake up from sleeping on an old army cot in the garage, perform the morning chores, and if I'm lucky, eat left over breakfast cereal from my brothers" (p.3). Through out the first chapter of the book David stays neglected by his mother and keeps feeling empty inside. He doesn't bother to gain his mother's love and affection because of how much he was constantly told he was belittled and told he was worthless. "No yelling, screaming or hitting" (p.12). Just the thought of his mother not abusing him makes him happy. "For a moment I can imagine Mother sobbing in Father's arms, wondering where I am, whether I'm alive" (p.31). His father telling him how worried his mother was about him made him want to believe that she really did love him.