The novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, is about a girl who was raped at a party that was hosted by one of her friends. Melinda Sordino called the police for help. The police had intruded on a wild teen party, finding illegal alcohol at the scene. None of her friends knew that Melinda was raped, but instead was to blame her for having the party busted. The consequences for Melinda's innocent actions lead to her becoming an outcast. In the novel we learn how Melinda grieves over the rape and how she is able to speak out about her trauma. In the beginning of the novel, we learn that Melinda is starting her first day of High School. Melinda fears the bus and questions if her friends would associate themselves with her. Her bus station is the first stop. She winds up sitting alone on the bus. Melinda arrives to school, observing her new surroundings. All ninth graders were headed to the auditorium. As she arrives to the auditorium she observes her fellow classmates. She classifies them into stereotypical cliques. ( ie. Jocks, cheerleaders, nerds, geeks). She had no one to sit with. While in the auditorium she doubts herself physically and mentally. Her friends that she had bonded with in middle school had split within the different types of high school cliques. Melinda has little respect for two teachers in her life. Their names are Hair woman and Mr.Neck. Hair woman was her English teacher. She would take twenty minutes to mark attendance, refusing to look at her students. She would stare at the board, positioning her back against the class discussing required journals and reading assignments. Mr.Neck dislikes Melinda and always kept a close eye on her. It is the first marking period. Melinda arrives to the cafeteria. She learns to never bring a bag lunch to school. You never know what is acceptable when it comes to eating lunch in a high school cafeteria. Melinda wasn't sure how to order food, so she let the lunch ladies put the meal of the day on her plate. The girls that use to be her friends, look away as she looks for a place to sit down. She sits behind the basketball team as they are goofing around. She gets mashed potatoes thrown in her face. The cafeteria noticed and bursted with laughter. Melinda runs out of the cafeteria. Dashing out of the door way, she is stopped by Mr.Neck. He refuses for her to leave the cafeteria. He has always believed Melinda was trouble the moment he had laid eyes on her. She earns a demerit. Melinda begins her art class. This class brought peace to her, after her situation in the art room. The art room was filled with paint and a radio that played her favorite station. Her teacher was named, Mr.Freeman. Melinda thought Mr.Freeman was ugly and had a grasshopper body. Mr.Freeman is upset with the school board for not supplying him with enough art supplies for the upcoming school year. He writes a key word on the board. The word he wrote on the board was "soul." He believed in finding that part of you, that you have never experienced before. He shows different examples of art. The example he used was a broken globe. He wanted the student's opinion on the given art piece. He was disappointed in the students answers, believing they did not understand how to use their imagination. The students draw a piece of paper from the globe. The piece of paper they draw was their main focus that they had to work on, the entire year. Melinda's year project focus was a tree. Melinda finally makes it through the first two weeks of school. She found a person to sit with at lunch. Her name is Heather. She is from Ohio. She would Ask Melinda with help in her English class. Her friends continue to ignore her, harassing her through the hallways. Later in the novel, we learn about Melinda's mother. Melinda's mother is a working mother. She is a manager of a clothing store called Efforts. There is little information about Melinda's father. Melinda later describes her bed room. Her wallpaper is pink with…
This book report is being written for my English 1 honors class.The book i am doing this report on is Beautiful Creatures by Garcia Stohl. This book has 563 pages and was published by Little Brown and Company. The year this book was published in 2009 as well as copy writed. The reasons I read this book would be I like this type of book, which is a kind of adventure/romance/and a fictional book. Also this book is now a major motion picture.
The main characters in this book are Ethan L. Wate, Lena…
The Burn Journals – Nonfiction Book Report
In The Burn Journals (2004), Brent Runyon expresses the innermost feelings of his life and details the progress of his struggle against depression. In his memoirs, Runyon details past experiences in order to show that no matter what difficulties and hardships life may send your way, you can always find support. His audience is directed towards mainly teenagers, but the lessons within his experiences can be easily relatable to anyone. Runyon creates…
The Story of a Somali Girl
as told to Virginia Lee Barnes and Janice Boddy
Introduction of the Book
"Aman: The Story of a Somali Girl" is the autobiography of a young Somali girl who endured many hardships during her early ages. The book was published in Canada in 1994 by Alfred A. Knopf Canada.
Introduction of the Author
The story was written by Virginia Lee Barnes, who died before it was published, so it then became a collaborative work with Janice…
In 1993, Cynthia Cooper became head of its internal
auditing department. She insisted that her internal auditing unit should report functionally
to the board of directors’ audit committee, which would give internal auditing, “some
independence from company management” since it approved their budget and “annual audit
plan.” Cooper and her auditors also had to report administratively to the CFO, soon to be
Scott Sullivan. LDDS had grown so fast and absorbed so many firms, that internal controls…
everything. But all are changing when a scorpion bites Coyotito in a shoulder.
And the story gets interesting but unfortunate developing, uncovers the main theme of this novel how human greed can destroy all important in our life.
Body of report
1. Parable is short and simple story illustrating a moral or religious lesson.
A parable is a story with metaphors that contribute to the understand a situation deeper, figure out moral meaning. Therefore, there are two main parts to a parable:…
ZAPP book report
ZAPP The Lightning of EMPOWERMENT, by William C. Byham Ph.D. and Jeff Cox presents a story of different problems that managers/supervisors face and how they deal with the problems. The book shows how an autocratic supervisor would deal with a problem compared to a participative supervisor would handle the problems. The story shows the contrast between a supervisor that ZAPPS (empowers) her employees and a supervisor that SAPPS his employees by his interactions and…
graduated from Lindenhurst high school and later went to school in Pennsylvania where he received an English degree. He spent most of his life and career writing for popular papers and that’s why I think he was the perfect author to this book.
The first chapter of this book titled “Matthew, Angelica, Lisa, and Charlie” immediately grabbed my attention. All four of these children were convicted of such minor crimes as if they were terrible people, without clean records. Matthew had been sent to the juvenile…
Book Report: Johnny Tremain
The main character in my book is Johnny Tremain. Johnny is a fourteen year old boy who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. When you first meet Johnny he is mean, self-centered, and also ambitious.
These characteristics changed throughout the story because Johnny becomes a leader and becomes nicer to the people he meets. Also, later in the story Johnny starts to care about more people than himself, like when he meets his friends, Cilla and Rab.
Johnny hurting his hand…
Hacker Book Report
EIN6325 – Business Plan Development
What is a billion dollar quality idea without the knowledge and discipline to execute? In Billion Dollar Company: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Business Models for High Growth Companies, Robert H. Hacker gives readers an outlook on how entrepreneurs can develop a business model for big companies. Before reading this book I did not grasp this perception of big or small companies. I thought if you had a successful…