Daily Archives: November 19, 2015

Margaret’s Letter Essay #3: Library of Souls

I just finished reading Hollow City by Ransom Riggs. This is the third book to Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children book series. This fantasy book is one of my absolute favorites, and I can’t wait to read more from this amazing author. This 458 page book keeps you flipping the pages all the way … Continue reading Margaret’s Letter Essay #3: Library of Souls

David’s Letter Essay #3 :”20,000 League Under The Sea”


I have recently finished reading 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. This literature masterpiece was written by Jules Verne, as a scientific fiction novel, of 371 pages. Although this book was written in 1870, making it, 145 years old, it is still read by millions around the world. Jules Verne was a French novelist from Nantes, France. Verne’s novels are extra extraordinaire due to their futuristic and technologically advanced creations. In his life Verne published 1 book a year for a 40 year span on multiple subjects. His writing has been adored by readers for over 150 years and will continued to amaze many generations to come. I chose to read this book because scientific fiction is a genre that I don’t commonly read, and needed books for the genre. Also, other classmates in the grade that have read the novel, would say it is a classic.


20,000 Leagues Under The Sea is about a Marine Biology professor, named Monsieur Aronnax, and his encounter with a monster from underneath the water. While the french professor was in New York City along with his fellow companion Conseil, the two are invited onto The Abraham Lincoln, a battleship that was leaving from the New York Harbor to the deep oceans in search of the giant killer narwhal that had punctured holes in ships, been seen as over 160 feet long, and was traveling around the world at excessive speed. Their decision to accept the offer soon turns fatal. While aboard The Abraham Lincoln Monsieur and Conseil meet a Canadian Harpooner who had the best fisherman’s eye in the world, Ned Land. After three month asea crew members began to lose hope in finding the beast, and after the ship’s hope of finding the monster was at its most narrow, The Abraham Lincoln set its destination to land. While on its route home however, in a one in a million shot Ned Land had spotted the phenomenon underwater. Due to the monsters great speed it was almost impossible for the ship to keep up. After an intense chase The Abraham Lincoln had collided into the beast knocking it with great force but also sending Mr. Aronnax over board. Monsieur finds COnseil and Ned Land had been also thrown off of the deck, but that was not the only peculiar thing. Ned Land was also standing on the “monster”, which had turned out to be a full metal underwater submarine, and when a man appears at the entrance to the ship with the shock of seeing three live men, they realize their future lied inside this very ship.


I noticed how the author tends to name of many underwater specimens, their appearances, and their scientifics names. Adding these passages  in the novel helps the reader understand the characters knowledge of underwater life, and also teaches the reader about it too. I liked the way the author hinted towards the future pages in the book. Verne for the most part described Captain Nemo as a welcoming, intelligent, but very confusing, and unexpecting man. These mixed characteristics make the reader question everything that Captain Nemo does throughout the book. If I were the author I would have shortened the middle of the book. The middle was fascinating for the most part, but was partially unimportant and was not crucial because it did not affect the ending part of the book.


A passage I was struck by was after the spotting of the beast when The Abraham Lincoln had come into reach of Ned Land’s harpoon, only to throw Monsieur, Ned Land, and Conseil into the sea.

“Scarcely twenty feet feet remained between him and the immobile animal.

Suddenly his arm snapped forward with a violent jerk, and the harpoon was thrown. I heard ringing noise as the weapon seemed to hit something hard.

The electric light suddenly went out, and two enormous streams of water broke over the deck of the frigate, rushing in a torrent from stem to stern, knocking over men and breaking the lashings of the spars.

Then there was a terrible crash. I did not even have time to reach for something to hold on to, but was hurled over the railing and into the sea. -Page 47”


What I like about this quoted passage is the description of the ship crash. This helped me to imagine in my head water coming over the railings and onto the boat. Also, the author writes that the harpoons collision made a sound that it had hit something hard. This piece of information formulates suspension to the reader, to see if this “beast” really is an animal.


This book was very fun, and interesting to read because of Verne’s ideas, and predictions of the future that have been true. I thought that this novel was much ahead of its time, and that only a mastermind with such a open, and imaginative mind could of thought of it. I would give this book a 9.5/10, and belive it definitely belongs a high spot in greatest literature.



     David Cusick

Tabitha’s Letter Essay #3

November 19, 2015   A couple days ago I finished reading a 321-page novel. This book is a definite page turner, which is by Sarah Darer Littman.  One thing that I thought was pretty cool and caught my eye as I was reading “About the Author,” was that she lives in Connecticut. That’s not something … Continue reading Tabitha’s Letter Essay #3

Ericks Letter Essay #3 “Attack of the Fiend”

Recently, I have finished reading The Last Apprentice Attack of the Fiend, it is a 532 paged fantasy book by a british author named Joseph Delaney, he mainly writes books about science and fiction and fantasy he went to a catholic college then worked as an apprentice engineer and fitter. He eventually became an English … Continue reading Ericks Letter Essay #3 “Attack of the Fiend”

Alex H’s Letter Essay #3: “Keeping the Moon”

I have recently read the book “Keeping the Moon”, a 240-page realistic fiction novel by Sarah Dessen, it was published on May 11, 2004. Through middle school, I have gotten my recommendations from my friends to read Sarah Dessen books. I finally decided to try it out and I’m happy I did. I decided on … Continue reading Alex H’s Letter Essay #3: “Keeping the Moon”

Erin’s Letter Essay #3: American Sniper

I just finished reading the book “American Sniper” by Chris Kyle. It was an amazing book. It was about 375 pages with some pictures of his family and about his time in the service. I chose this book because I love war books and learning about wars and war history. I love Chris and his … Continue reading Erin’s Letter Essay #3: American Sniper

Erin’s Letter Essay #3 Double Identity

The book I recently read was Double Identity. The author of this book is Margaret Peterson Haddix.The genre of this book is suspense and there are 217 pages in this book. Double Identity was originally published in August 2005.I read this book in seventh grade for a book club and didn’t really pay attention to … Continue reading Erin’s Letter Essay #3 Double Identity

Harrison’s Letter Essay #3: Don’t Turn Around

I recently finished reading Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon, a 313 page fictional novel. Don’t Turn Around, being the first book in the series it really has to impress me. It did. The book was published in 2012. I have never read a book by this author before so it was a new path … Continue reading Harrison’s Letter Essay #3: Don’t Turn Around

Carl’s Letter Essay #3 “Where The Sidewalk Ends”

I read the book Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. The book consists of 166 pages, and the genre is poetry. The book was published in 1974 and is still very popular. I read this book because, One of my alltime favorite early childhood books is the giving tree which is by Shel Silverstein. … Continue reading Carl’s Letter Essay #3 “Where The Sidewalk Ends”

James’s Letter Essay #3: Of Mice and Men



I have recently finished reading the 108 page classic, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. John Steinbeck is a world renowned author that has written nearly 30 books and Of Mice and Men is said to be one of his finest books. The story takes place during The Great Depression when there was a lack of steady jobs and the characters fight through the pain to live a better life. The novel was published in 1937 and people are still reading one of Steinbecks best books and enjoying it. I really enjoyed reading the book because I have never read a book by John Steinbeck and I really liked his style of writing.

I chose to read this book because I had heard about John Steinbeck from classmates and I decided to give it a try. I also chose to read it because I saw it in the Classics section of the library and I pulled it out and read the inside cover and found that it had to do with the Great Depression which I was interested in learning more about.

In the book of Mice and Men there are two main characters, Lennie and George who are an unlikely pair but always figure out their differnces. George is a short and small man who at sometimes says that life would be eaiser without Lennie. On the other hand, Lennie is a big and tall man who has the mind of a child and acts like one too. Being laborers in the fields of California’s is not an easy way of life for the pair, but they perservere through the challenges in their way and always stay together. Although, George and Lennie have a life plan: to own land a shack that is all theirs. When they land jobs on a ranch their dream feels like it’s an inch away but they don’t know what’s coming next. Even with the aguements the pair sticks together and always forgives eachother and never turns there backs on one another.

I’d say that the theme of this book is to perservere in order to achieve your dreams. I think this because George and Lennie have to work for hours out in the burning California sun during a time of great hardship. I noticed how Steinbeck made George’s frustration towards Lennie more and more as the story went on and he bursts, but the two made up after a dream costly accident. The resolution to the main characters problem was when they had recieved jobs on a ranch to pay for their dream life. That is the resolution to the problem because without jobs, Lennie and George wouldn’t fulfill their life long dream.

In the novel I was struck by this passage where George says that life would be so much easier without Lennie.

“Lennie giggled happily. “I didn’t forget that, you bet.”

George lay back on the sand and crossed his hands under his head, and Lennie imitated him, raising his head to see whether he was doing it right. “God, you’re a lot of trouble,” said George. “I could get along so easy and so nice if I didn’t have you on my tail.”

I included this passage because it shows how sometimes George is mean to Lennie just because he is a little slower. Also because it shows how George might say something bad about Lennie, but they always make u and pretend like nothing ever even happened.

I would rate this book a 9 out of 10 because it is one of the better books that I have read.


Grant’s Letter Essay #3: “The Power of Six”

I recently finished reading the first half of “The Power of Six”, a 406 page novel by the author Pittacus Lore, a name though of by authors James Frey, Jobie Hughes, and other ghost writers of the “Lorien Legacies” series. “The Power of Six” was published in 2011. I found out about this book from … Continue reading Grant’s Letter Essay #3: “The Power of Six”

Melissa’s Letter Essay #3: “Eat, Drink and Be Merry”

Recently I finished a book called Eat, Drink, and Be Merry. It was written by multiple authors and is a poetry book. It is a book filled with poems about food and drink. I have had it since I was little when I found it at a yard sale and thought it was cute because … Continue reading Melissa’s Letter Essay #3: “Eat, Drink and Be Merry”

Jake’s Letter essay #3: “Fantasy League”

I have just finished reading the 293 page novel, Fantasy league, written by Mike Lupica . This book is definitely a sports realistic fiction because there is not a NFL team in LA named the Bulldogs but is realistic. The author, Mike Lupica, has been called “the greatest sports writer for middle school readers”. Mike … Continue reading Jake’s Letter essay #3: “Fantasy League”

Julia’s Letter Essay #3: Deep and Dark and Dangerous

In the past week I have been reading the novel Deep and Dark and Dangerous. It is a 187 page fiction novel written by Mary Downing Hahn. Mary Downing Hahn has also written novels such as, The Old Willis Place, The Doll in the Garden, All the Lovely Bad Ones, Time for Andrew, and Wait … Continue reading Julia’s Letter Essay #3: Deep and Dark and Dangerous