[Emilia B.] Character’s Homes
Written by Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows is a fantasy/young adult novel that takes place in a make-believe universe. The book starts off in Ketterdam, the capital of Island nation Kerch, in a world where people called Grisha (humans with unnatural abilities) exist. In the city of Ketterdam, a new drug called Jurda Parem is discovered to be able to enhance Grisha abilities and control them due to it’s intense addictive properties. Because the drug has not yet been introduced to the public, Jan Van Eck ( One of Ketterdam’s wealthy merchants) sees a prosperous opportunity in the monopolization of the drug. To accomplish ownership of Jurda Parem, however, Jan Van Eck first needs to retrieve Bo Yul-Bayur (the scientist who created Parem) for the formula. However, Bo Yul-Bayur has already been captured and contained in the ice court, a high security military stronghold in Fjerda that is said to be impossible to infiltrate. Because of the extremely low chance of successfully capturing the scientist and making it out alive, Van Eck has no choice but to to hire seventeen year old Kaz Brekker for the job, a seemingly amoral well known underground gang member who has gained the name Dirtyhands due to his dangerous reputation of doing anything for money.
[Marcus O.] Photography Study
[Dahlia B.] Where The Crawdads Sing
The book I chose for my IRP is Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens. The genres are mystery and coming-of-age. The story begins in 1952 at a marsh with an introduction to the main character, Kya, who is six years old. A second timeline in 1969 is introduced in the second chapter, and starts off with two boys finding the body of Chase Andrews. As the chapters switch between years throughout the book, the first timeline continues to progress as Kya grows to be 24, but the second timeline is constant throughout the book, while revealing more about the murder mystery. Kyas’ childhood was very difficult because her mom, siblings, abusive dad, and her first love and childhood friend, Tate Walker, all abandoned her. Kya had to learn how to earn money, find food and clothing, and educate herself from an extremely young age. She had developed trust issues thus, she mostly kept to herself. Correspondingly, most of the town developed prejudices towards her, deeming her as unseemly or dirty and nicknaming her “marsh girl.” Later, we discover the town accuses Kya of murdering Chase Andrews. The main theme of this book was knowing who to trust and love and recognizing the impact of prejudices.
[Maisy S.] Know My Name
For my Independent Reading Project, I chose the book Know My Name by Chanel Miller. This story is an autobiography about Chanel’s sexual assault story. It all starts when she goes to a party with her younger sister. They get drunk and just have fun together. Chanel goes outside to pee. Next thing she knows, she’s waking up in the hospital. She had blacked out when she went outside to go pee. A man named Brock Turner found her unconscious on the ground and proceeded to take advantage of her. She was found passed out and was taken to a safe place. The way they found out it was Turner was because he had also found her sister at the party and forcibly made out with her. Chanel’s family had to go through many court trials. She got some justice but not enough. Their reasoning for this was because she was drunk and that it was “her fault,” he raped her. He should serve a life sentence in jail. He hasn’t learned and it’s obvious because he had many other rape allegations and he lied in court. He is a rapist.
I chose to read this book because it is very real. In that sense, I mean that this is a nonfiction story about an asian american woman. It shows that this can happen to anyone. Reading this book has helped me feel more at ease with my own experiences and has taught me how to be stronger as a woman in a man’s world. Chanel sharing her story has helped so many other young women that have had similar experiences to her. If it hasn’t happened to the reader, it can help them be prepared and careful with their whereabouts. I would definitely recommend reading this book. Not just to women but to men too. We are taught to educate our daughters, to tell them to cover up, that it is their fault. That is wrong. It is never their fault. Educate your sons and teach them about consent. I recommend this book for everyone, no matter your gender identity.
For my project, I decided to build a model of a combination of the scenes from the book and movie that I found very important to the plot, or that I deemed beautiful. I chose this project after being inspired by one of my classmates’ models for the previous IRP. In my model I depicted how I pictured the Nitta Okiya burning, which was from a scene in the movie, that I believe better showed the development of the character Hatsumomo. In the movie, Hatsumomo burns the Okiya in a fit of many intense emotions, but in the book she falls into alcoholism, and it is implied that she dies that way, as she is rarely mentioned again. The second scene in the model shows the place where Sayuri met her beloved Chairman for the first time, as this left a major impact on her and would change her life forever. For the third scene, I made red cloth hang from a washing post, which I believe was used as symbolism in the movie to depict the blood shed by soldiers and civilians in World War II. In my model, these pieces of cloth are shown floating through a stream that connects the three scenes I chose for my project, as water is often mentioned in the book. I believe that water is meant to symbolize change, because it is mentioned every time a major change is presented in both the book and movie. This connects to what I believe is the theme of the story of Memoirs Of A Geisha. Water slowly washes one away. What led me to this conclusion was that the streams and lakes mentioned in the book and movie are like transition periods, which slowly chip away at our protagonist, Chiyo. She loses a little part of herself as the water runs, and when she finally reaches the ocean in the movie, she mentions her heart has died.