The slaying of Susie devastated her whole town and brought them closer together. Losing such a young and bright student such as Susie in a horrible way such as murder and rape, the town would react in the same manner because murder never took place in their small Pennsylvania town. Death is portrayed as a sad and depressing entity. Although everyone will experience some sort of death in their lifetime, many do not know how to handle a sudden and brutal one. For the Salmon family, the death of their daughter Susie is a tremendous task to try and cope with because of how she died.
Review of The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgwick The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgwick is a thrilling book set in the times of World War One. As you can imagine, the book shows themes of death, pain, fear and love. The main character is a young girl named Alexandra who has disturbing and graphic premonitions of death, and as her brothers enter the war, she foresees their deaths. Her eldest brother's death came too soon for her to act on it, but when she sees her second brother Tom's death, she decides that it is her job to prevent this from happening, to intervene with fate. A strong point of the book is the descriptions of the dreams and premonitions that Alexandra has.
She published her autobiography Ghosts and Voices: Writing from Obsession in the spring of 1987 which detailed her life and all its confusion. Throughout her autobiography Cisneros creates a sense of disconnectedness with the world around her. She reveals feeling separated from society in her reading and writing. Her loneliness from being the only daughter in a family of sons and her helplessness to make friends separates her further from society. Cisneros said, “Instead of writing by inspiration, it seems we write by obsessions, of that which is most violently tugging at our psyche… there is the necessary phase of dealing with those ghosts and voices most urgently haunting us, day by day” ( 49).
Tyler Krause C.J. Gordon Writing 39B 15 February 2012 Brando Skyhorse: A Touch of Magic "Brando Skyhorse writes with great compassion and wit (and a touch of magic) about the lives of people who are often treated as if they are invisible. The stories that make up this novel weave together to create a complex and vivid portrait of a Los Angeles we seldom see in literature or film. The Madonnas of Echo Park is a memorable literary debut." Dan Chaon, author of Await Your Reply.
The book Queen Bees and Wannabes is not a novel but actually a guide to surviving cliques, gossip, boyfriends and other realities of adolescence. Upon discovering the book was not a story I was rather disappointed because Mean Girls, is one of my favourite movies and I would have very much liked to have read the story behind the movie. However once I started reading Rosalind Wiseman’s guide, I was surprised to be enjoying myself. I have never before read a self help or guide to surviving something type of book and so I thought it would be boring and uninteresting. I found I could relate to what the author was saying about being a teenager and many of the studies and information she gives were interesting and I found myself saying oh that’s true, teenagers do, do that.
After by Hazel Hutchins The book AFTER, by Hazel Hutchins is focused on the lives of two teens who go through a traumatic event. This book is set after a random shooting which takes the lives of two innocent people along with the perpetrator. The event greatly effects the families of the victims and killer. The book maybe named after because it takes place after the dramatic occurrence. When the public view the evening news they can notice that such incidents are always occurring in our society.
Mrs. Reed is another example of a character whose true colors are shown in the novel. When Jane is a child, she is shown hatred by Mrs. Reed. When Jane goes off to Lowood School from her home, Gateshead, she tells Mrs. Reed that she hates her and will never love her. After 8 years, and Mrs. Reed is close to death, she sends for Jane and tells her about an uncle that came looking for her. Mrs. Reed told him
How is Language used to describe the Fire in Ruby’s pet shop? The extract describing the fire in Ruby’s Pet shop is a passage taken from a book entitled ‘Behind the Scenes at the Museum’, written by Kate Atkinson. The piece is about a young girl struggling to come to terms with the recent death of her sister Gillian and the traumatic impact this has had on the rest of her family. Ruby’s mother is clearly not coping well and takes some sleeping tablets and goes to bed, forgetting she has left the iron on. There is a serious fire but fortunately everyone eventually gets out safely.
Turn of the Screw Essay. Turn of the Screw is a gothic novella about a young Governess who leaves her childhood life behind, and goes to work in a mysterious house to look after two young children, whose parents are dead. At the end of the novel, a strange and terrible tragedy occurs, which changes the reader’s perspective on the book completely. However despite reading the book, there are still many questions which remain unanswered. For example, why was Miles expelled from school?
She believes she “ran away” from her children, meaning it was something she did to cause their deaths. Shelley and Viktor both desperately want to create something beautiful and be able to keep it, but neither get the experience they had hoped for. Throughout the novel, the creature tries to find companionship, but is rejected. The first rejection comes from his creator, Viktor, who runs away after seeing what he brought into existence. Throughout the book, many have the same reaction.