I am reading “Ranger’s Apprentice” by John Flanagan. I started reading this book because my cousin recommended it. I didn’t understand the book at first, but after a while you start to understand the plot. It is about a young boy named Will and he is chosen to be the apprentice of a very mysterious ranger. A ranger is practically a spy. Will is specially trained to be sneaky and agile. He even gets a special ranger horse. Everything is going well until the ranger gathering. That is when all the rangers from different fiefs come and inform each other on what’s going on. One ranger says that Lord Morgarath and his army is back to invade. Will has to use everything he learns to keep everyone alive. I think it is a very good suspenseful book!
The Mistreated Mongoose
Mongoose had a very dull colored coat and was very quiet. Everyone taunted him and treated him badly. Snake was cunning and his scales were a glittering black. Everyone praised him while he showed off boastfully and made jokes about how lame Mongoose was. Mongoose however, would always be in the back miserable like always. Every night Mongoose would have to fight through the crowd to get home. Then he would cry himself to sleep. Every day it was the same routine.
One day, while Mongoose was catching mice, he came across Snake.
“Get out of the way furball!” Snake said.
“No! Worm face!” Replied Mongoose
“What did you call me?” Said Snake small hiss escaping his mouth.
“Worm face,” Mongoose answered this time, in a low growl.
A small crowd was gathering around them and gradually growing larger. There were people shifting uneasily and some very awkward silence. Then somebody in the crowd started chanting, “Fight! Fight! Fight!” He was slowly joined by others. A smile was forming on Snake’s lips as he slithered to the center of the commotion. Everyone was sure that Snake would win. He had the skills, the looks, the speed, and the strength. What they didn’t know was that Mongoose had some of the same qualities. Snake lunged at Mongoose who easily pranced out of the way. Snake didn’t give up but each time Mongoose would dart out of reach. Mongoose finally took his chance and pinned snake down. Nobody knows how hard Snake struggled to wriggle out of the position but he failed. Snake then pleaded Mongoose for mercy.
“Worm Face,” Mongoose said cooly when he actually was snickering to himself. With that Mongoose bit down hard on Snake’s neck and killed him. Mongoose had a fine dinner for himself that night and got more respect that he ever deserved.
Moral: Looks can be deceiving.
I did the “The Old Dog And Coyote” for my wisdom tale. I thought the process was a little hard to draw if you didn’t have a stylus. It was fun to adjust the colors and fonts. “The Old Dog And Coyote” is about an old dog who is sleeping while a wolf attacks the chickens in the chicken barn. The farmer scares the wolf away, calls the old dog useless, and refuses to feed the dog. The dog scavenges for food when he comes across a coyote who is practicing jumping. He tries to jump over a cactus and gets pricked. The dog pulls the thorns out. In return, the coyote goes to the barn at night and the dog pretends to scare it away. The farmer is proud so he feeds the dog.
The moral is: Treat others well and they will treat you well.
I am thankful for my pets because they give me something to play with when I’m bored. My snake and hedgehog can swim so I play with them in the pool. My cat always keeps me company when my parents are away. He sits on my lap and I play video games. My cat uses toilet to go to the bathroom, no litter box. I like them very much! What are you grateful for and why?
I walked through the forest all through the day. The crackling of leaves was an unpleasant sound to me, and being in a forest in the autumn was not the best place to go in order to avoid dry leaves. I was very lonely, but I would have to get used to feeling like that, as I was going to be alone for some time. A rustling in the bush stopped me in my tracks. I drew my dagger, and stepped carefully towards the bush. Suddenly, out stepped a fat pig. I speared it through the head and killed it.
I was thankful for the turn of events, because my rations had been running low. That night, I lit a fire with my fire kit, and I cooked the pig. I was growing more and more thankful for the gifts the men had given to me. The next day, singing awakened me from my slumber. I looked over at my fire and saw a beautiful woman. I immediately stood up and grabbed my spear.
“Who are you!” I shouted.
“I am Hwina.” she said.I fell to my knees, and bowed. Hwina was our people’s goddess of protection.
“What brings you here my queen?” I asked.
“Your quest is most intriguing. I couldn’t stay away. It is said that your quest could either save your people, or destroy them.” she answered calmly.
“What!!” I exclaimed
“I had no idea that my quest was this important! Do you know what is ahead of me?” Hwina smiled, and shook her head.”I cannot help you with that, but I can offer you protection.” She reached into one of the pockets in her dress, and took out a ring.
“I’m not one for jewelry!” I protested.
“Shut up and take it!” She said, sounding annoyed.
“Fine! I’ll take it!” I replied angrily. “What is it for, anyway?”
“When whispered ‘protect’ this ring transforms into a suit of unbreakable lightweight armor. This power should only be used in dire situations, since you can only use it five times,” explained Hwina. And with that Hwina spread her hidden wings, and flew up into the air.
I followed her with my eyes until she was gone. I slipped on the ring, packed up my camp, and kept walking. I was shaken by what Hwina had said. About my quest either saving my people, or destroying them. My people weren’t in any danger. At least not yet, according to Hwina.
I suddenly became very annoyed with the goddess. She probably knew what was going to happen to my village, but didn’t want to tell me. I took off my ring and angrily stuffed it into my tunic. I felt like I was being used to do the gods’ bidding. Like I was their mindless pawn, doing whatever they wanted. I decided that I was not going to use Hwina’s ring. Not without knowing where it would take me.With that thought in mind, I reached my first bandit. Or rather, he reached me.
The bandit was a fat one, probably weighing more than two horses. When he reached me he spun me around and pushed me to the ground. “Give me all your gold or you die!” he exclaimed. I pulled the spear off of my back and stood up. The bandit had a small knife, but that was it. I pointed the spear at his throat and told him to leave. If he lingered, he would be a dead bandit. With that, he raced away into the bush. I felt good after the encounter with the bandit. Scaring him off made me feel like I was in power again. I took the ring that Hwina gave me, and slipped it on my finger. I decided that I would only use it if I was about to die. I knew this wasn’t going to be the last bandit I encountered. It was starting to snow. By evening it was snowing so violently that I could barely see. I decided to make camp inside a dimly lit cave. The deeper I went the darker it got. Then I came across a giant rock, or at least I thought it was. It looked like it was snoring. I lit a small fire and to my horror, I saw a giant spider sprawled across the floor.
I woke up to the sound of the drum. I slipped on my fur cloak and belted on my deerskin tunic and I walked outside of my tent into the circle of men.
The elder greeted me, “Congratulations! Today you become a man!” All the men in the circle were holding something to give me.
The first man gave me a piece of flint and a stone. He said, “Take this. If you strike the flint with the stone, you can catch the sparks to make a fire.”
The next man gave me a small hand ax. He did not say anything, but he nodded and smiled.
The third man held out a spear with a blade of stone and a shaft of strong, lightweight wood. Along with the spear, he gave me a knife. “Take these,” he said. “They will protect you on your journey.”
The last man smiled and said, “I am not wealthy and have nothing of large importance to give to you. However, I can give you this.” He gave me a leather pack with a small bag of rations in it.
I thanked him, knowing that what he said was true. The tribe leader then ushered me towards the ceremonial fire. The eldest man and the eldest woman came out of a hut by the edge of the cliff.
The man said, “It is now time to receive your quest.” He closed his eyes, and started rocking back and forth. After what seemed like an eternity, the elder finally opened his eyes. He said, “Your quest is to travel across all the land, to a place called Diamond Cliffs. There you will receive the next part of your quest.”
That night, my sleep was filled with nightmares of my quest to come; terrifying monsters, undead armies, and a fiery demon. I awoke next morning in a cold sweat. I threw on my tunic and cloak, strapped the spear and the pack to my back, slid the knife into my belt, and set off to the Diamond Cliffs.
I chose run on sentences for my presentation in Language Arts class. I was very eager to present it because I just wanted to get it over with. I was nervous the whole LA class until the teacher called me up to present my Keynote presentation. Immediately, I felt eighteen pairs of eyes look at me. It actually went very smoothly. In the end I showed how to use the laser pointer by pressing on the iPad screen. I had a lot of fun. Did you know you can’t put a comma between two complete sentences? That is called a comma splice.
Photo by Senor Glass
For our first Community Service day, we first went to Bruegger’s for lunch. Then we came back to DA and decorated a pumpkin. After we finished decorating our pumpkins, we took them to the Duke Children’s Hospital. It felt really good to be able to give the kids at the hospital the Halloween that they couldn’t have because they’re sick.
The woman that met us said that instead of going trick-or-treating in the neighborhood, the children go in the hospital. If they see a ghost on a door, that means that they should trick-or-treat at that room. Since some of the kids can’t have candy, the hospital gives out small trinkets; pens, pencils, notepads, erasers, magnets, stickers, etc. The hospital also celebrates other holidays, like Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. The place is really cool, and it looks like a really nice place to be if you’re sick. That’s all for my community service project.