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Summer Book Club G8-10

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

Catcher in the Rye is full of themes and symbols. Choose one theme or symbol from the novel and explain its relevance to the novel. Also write about a scene that displays the theme you chose.


A Separate Peace by John Knowles

What was the most surprising thing about this novel to you? It could be a character's actions, the plot or even an idea the novel communicates. Why did this surprise you and what connection can you make to the real world?


A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

The ending of this play is open ended. What do you think happens at the end? Do you think the family made the right choice? Why or why not? Thoroughly explain your thoughts and ideas.


Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

1) What was the most confusing part of this story, why?

2) Some readers consider the final scene in which both Romeo and Juliet die to be triumphant. In addition to the families being reconciled, how is the final scene triumphant?


The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama

How did the ending of the story make you feel? Was it the ending you wanted?


A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

1) What is the important about the title?

2) What are some symbols in this book?


Lord of the Flies by William Golding

How is Ralph changed by his experiences on the island?

You should write about

* what he is like when the boys are first stranded on the island

* what he tries to do and how he responds to events and other characters

* what you think the writer wants Ralph to represent.

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Henry W
Henry W
03 sept 2021

The Samurai's Garden


I didn't have an ending I wanted but I think he had a good enough reason to go back to his home when Japan treated him much better. Maybe something he learned from Matsu made him think he should go back. I know that Stephen have healed and grown a lot. His disease has gotten better and he learned a lot of important aspects of life while spending time with Matsu and Sachi. Maybe he will make use of the lessons he learned to better his relationship with other people back in his home. The ending of the story made me feel relaxed because I had finished something and that takes off something of my to-do list.

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Ryan Shim
Ryan Shim
21 ago 2021

A separate peace


The most suprising part of the story was that Finny's shattered leg ends him to be on a sports team. And, once in the infirmary and again at Finny's home, where he is recovering, Gene reveals that he caused the fall. But Finny's trust in Gene is absolute, and he refuses to believe the truth. It was quite shocking because most of people are getting into trouble with someone else, they are mostly in mind, “Why this happened to me?” As example, Finny was not beliving in Gene’s words and realize the truth. He wanted it to be untrue, because it was a nightmare to have a shattered leg, and he could not belive that his best…


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Pierce Madden
Pierce Madden
09 ago 2021

The title hints at the two cities, Paris and London, and the people in both cities. It shows the difference in economy and social aspects throughout the French Revolution. The cities represent different ways of life.


Symbols are immensely crucial throughout the story. Wine is a big symbol, it represents poverty versus the aristocratic. The Marquis represents the aristocratic way of life.


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Pierce Madden
Pierce Madden
09 ago 2021

Lord of the flies


Throughout the book Ralph slowly matures and grows into a leader. He accepts the fact that he must lead the other boys so they can have some sort of order. At the beginning Ralph is optimistic, he keeps saying that they will be rescued and he is naive; he doesn’t realize the dangers that no authority has to offer. He tries to keep everyone organized and calm throughout the novel. I think the author wants Ralph to represent the change in personality through chaos.


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Pierce Madden
Pierce Madden
09 ago 2021

A Separate Peace had surprises all throughout the book. Although the most surprising part was when Phineas died. That specific part was extremely surprising because Phineas fell down the stairs because Gene admitted to breaking Phineas’ leg and how Phineas died because a shard of his bone hit his heart.


Relatively early in the book Gene shook the branch Phineas was on. It caused Phineas to fall and break his leg. So later when Gene admitted to Phineas that he had broken Phineas’ leg, Phineas stormed away from Gene and fell down a flight of stairs. If Phineas hadn't been so mad he wouldn’t have broken his leg.


I thought Phineas’ operation would go all right. Phineas seemed like he…


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