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Readings

This post was derived from discussion around the following chapter:

 

Chapter #1

 

Word Wizard

The following words and their definitions were selected by the Word Wizard and discussed by the group:

 

1 -Thrashing: a server corporal punishment. (Page 1, Paragraph 1)

2 -Queasy: having the feeling that one is about to vomit. (Page 6, Paragraph 6)

3 -Ravine: a deep narrow valley or gorge in the earth's surface worn by running water. (Page 8, Paragraph 4)

4 -Polio: an acute and sometimes devastating disease caused by a virus; abbreviation for poliomyelitis. (Page 12, Paragraph 3)

5 -Gorgeous: dazzlingly beautiful or magnificent. (Page 13, Paragraph 5)

 

Passage Picker

The following passage was selected by the Passage Picker and discussed by the group:

 

"Del's 49 Ford was four years old, but he looked after it so well that it always seemed new. For me, riding in any car was always a treat, but riding in his was exciting, too." - Page 10, Paragraph 2

 

Character Expert

As presented by the Character Expert and discussed by the group, the following are details related to an important character:

 

Del

 

In chapter one, Del is introduced as a Buddy's families' best friend. There are not a lot of information about Del. His outward appearance is clean and "a bit on the chubby side." Del has a lot of respect for Gramps, perhaps because Gramps is quite a bit older than himself. This is very evident in his quitting smoking when he learned that Gramps did not like smoke. Del is not an overly tall person; he is about forty years old and have been a family friend for many years. "He had been our family friend forever and a day." He lives with his mother a few blocks away.  The readers can sense that Del is a warm hearted person. He likes to help out when the kids need to go somewhere special.  He also does the odd chore here and there for the family, which is always appreciated. In conclusion, Del seems like a gentleman with a big heart, definitely someone who the family can lean on.

 

Stagecrafter

As presented by the Stagecrafter and discussed by the group, the following are details related to the setting in this section of the book:

 

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Discussion Summary

 

Jing Li

 

During the beginning of Chapter 1, the author uses flashback to tell a story of two brothers, Joey and Francis as they play in the lake. The lake has a drop in the middle, quite a dangerous feature for a place where kids would play. A small boy named Buddy watches with amusement as the two brothers play. He sees them walking toward the drop. That is the last that he sees them. That night, after he goes home to have dinner, he learns that the two brothers are missing. This startles  him greatly. Buddy immediately flashes back to the drop in the middle of the lake. However, he is afraid that if he tells the parents what he saw, they would blame him. They would accuse him of not stopping the boys before they went into the danger zone. The time ticks on with the two boys still missing. Two days later, the people finds the bodies of the brothers. They are dead. The story changes to the present day, exactly one year after the accident. Buddy is going to a family trip to the lake. Chapter one introduces the members of Buddy's family, the stories' setting, and the various interplay between the main characters. The chapter sets the ground work for a series of events that Buddy will experience as he return to the scene of one of his regrets. 

 


 

Readings

This post was derived from discussion around the following chapter:

 

Chapter #2

 

Word Wizard

The following words and their definitions were selected by the Word Wizard and discussed by the group:

 

1 -Breakewater

    a wall built out into sea to protect the SHORE or HARBOUR from the force of the waves.(page20 paragraph1)

2 -Cottage

    a small house, especially in the country.(page22 paragraph2)

3 -Sagebrush

    a plant with leaves that smell sweet that grows in dry regions in the western US.(page31 paragraph6)

4 -Splashing

    cause an amount of water to fly up into air with a loud noise bu hiting or disturbing the water.(page24 paragraph4)

5 -Hailstorm

    a storm during which hail falls from the sky.(page21 paragraph10)

 

Passage Picker

The following passage was selected by the Passage Picker and discussed by the group:

  Then it was nan's tern. "you'd better not think you can pull anymore stunts like this," she shouted. "i'll not be following you around like you're a lost puppy all summer. If you do that again, you'll sspend all your time in the cottage with me until your mom can come out and take you back to towm. Do you hear me?"

  Then pearl said the only thing i had heard her say since Gramp had first seen her out there. "Yes i do." she didn't sound very sorry, but she did wade back to shore.

Pearl showd something unusual, when a normal person got shouted by someone, the Instinctive reaction shoud be angry or sad, but Pearl was different, she had no such Intense reaction. She just like Lost Souls state, maybe she was attracted by something? she should know what happend here last summer, was something in the lake?    

 

 

Character Expert

As presented by the Character Expert and discussed by the group, the following are details related to an important character:

 

Nan

In Chapter 2,  Nan is a strict person but really cares about the children, like she mad about Pearl and the kids by Reprimanded (Pg25 paragraph3)  。

Nan likes to spent most of her time staying with them to make sure that they are safe, as a adult and a grandmom, make sure her grandkids is safe is her Duties and instinctive. (Pg27)

“she always keep an eye on us.” It also tell us that Nan loves to read a lot(Pg27 paragraph 3)

Through direct presentation , Nan uses old fashioned ways on Buddy and other girls and has great effects.  

Stagecrafter

As presented by the Stagecrafter and discussed by the group, the following are details related to the setting in this section of the book:

 

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Discussion Summary

 

Kevin

 

In this section, my group made a very big step. we talked about what happend in chapter 2, and discussed the unusual about Pearl, which i wrote in the passage picker.I told my group members about that, they quite surprise. I think under normal circumstances, a person has been loudly denounced, should showing angry or reluctant feelings and reactions. But Pearl was different,  she didn't sound very sorry, but she did wade back to shore. Think about this, in what situation people will show that reaction? 1) when people don't care what other people say. 2) been attract by another thing, and forget something unpleasant before. I think Pearl was the second case, i think she has been attract by something in the lake, just like lost soul. She should know what happend here last summer, two boys drowing there, if i were Pearl, i will stay as far as i can. And my group member was shocked by my Bizarre idea, well the name of the book is the adventure, it could and should has some strange and mystical element through the story.

 



Readings

This post was derived from discussion around the following chapter:

 

Chapter #3

 

Word Wizard

The following words and their definitions were selected by the Word Wizard and discussed by the group:

 

1 -goofy

ludicrous, foolish (Pg.33 paragraph 1)

2 -polka

A kind of dance/A Bohemian dance with 3 steps and a hop in last time.(Pg.33 paragraph 9)

3 -submerge

Cover completely/go under or as if under water (Pg.34 paragraph 2)

4 -squirm

to move in a twisting or contorted motion ( Pg.34 paragraph 3)    

5 -arrowheads

the pointed head or striking tip of an arrow 

Passage Picker

The following passage was selected by the Passage Picker and discussed by the group:

 

"He flicked his head slightly and I saw a line of teeth on both his upper and lower jaw that were just like—but sharper than—an alligator's. Then I noticed something else that wiggled and caught the light. A red and white spoon dangled from the side of his pointed, angry-looking jaw. My red and white spoon!"

 

Character Expert

As presented by the Character Expert and discussed by the group, the following are details related to an important character:

 

Buddy

 

   Buddy is a enrgetic boy which we can see from page 32 and 33 (paragraph 2 ), he couldn't stay at home, he likes to go outside,if it was ranning or too cold to play outside, he'll write dairy or pull out his mechano set and make a bridge or a goofy-looking building.

 

   Buddy is a boy that very Experienced, he know how to fishing and how to take care himself not to get hurt by the hook.

 

   He is quite bold as well , because he went outside alone very far away and not worried about himself. And in some movement, like the Water splashing sound,  it can scare away some timid person(but he didn't). however, when he met the gaint jackfish, he got scared, but he didn't showed  an action of Extreme fear.(If i were him, i will cry and go find help).

Details revealed about this character in this section of the book should be listed here, over top of this text.

 

Stagecrafter

As presented by the Stagecrafter and discussed by the group, the following are details related to the setting in this section of the book:

 

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Discussion Summary

 

Group Leader William 

 

  In our discussion, we found out many interesting things in this chapter, such as foreshadowing and literary devices. We also talked about the most important part of this chapter, however, Jing called out the most important part is on page 41, paragraph 2, Kevin thought the third paragraph on page 40 should be the most important part. After we voted ,  Weymi and I standed on Jing's side. We also discussed the relationship between Nan and Buddy, to Buddy, Nan is a teacher who gives him a lot of lessons and takes care of him, to Nan, Buddy is a smart and well-behaved boy.

  Later on, we all agreed that when Buddy met jackfish during fishing, he assumed the  jackfish is his nemesis by not telling the truth to the adults and did not stop the two teenage brothers go to the drop. Through direct presentation on page 41, " We stayed like that seemed forever, though it was probably only for a minute or two at most"(hyperbole) "I discovered I had been holding my breath. I let go of my hair with a rush and began panting."  it is pretty clear that he remembered jackfish bite dead bodies, he was scared. At the end of chapter 3, there was a voice from the chokecherry bush, we predicted it might be a voice from Indian people because Buddy was too close to the Reserved Land, he might be in trouble.

 



Readings

This post was derived from discussion around the following chapter:

 

Chapter #4

 

Word Wizard

The following words and their definitions were selected by the Word Wizard and discussed by the group:

 

1 - Backlash - a sudden, forceful backward movement Pg.47, Para.7

2 - Pals - a very close, intimate friend Pg.48, Para.1

3 - Chummy - friendly Pg.45, Para.2

4 - Torpedoarmament consisting of a long cylindrical self-propelled underwater projectile that detonates on contact with a target. Pg 47, Para14

5 - Blurt out - utter impulsively  Pg.50,Para.1

 

Passage Picker

The following passage was selected by the Passage Picker and discussed by the group:

 

"A beaver lodge," I said, and almost the instant I said it, there was a smack on the water. I could tell from the ripples on the pond that something had just thrashed around near the lodge.

"The pond has a spring where we are going. Beaver built a dam at the other end,' said my new friend."

"I've seen muskrats lots but never a beaver," I said. It was hard to keep my excitement from being too easy to see.

"Better to say quiet then if you want to."

"Sorry." I felt like I needed to apologize. It seemed that he had planned to show me the beaver, but that I had spoiled it by being too noisy. I wanted to learn about his secret world, but maybe I was just too clumsy - or too much of a white man - to be able to do things right. "I know how to be quiet when I catch my frogs," I added.

"Practice now."

I shut up.

We stopped at the end of the pond where a spring bubbled up. Flat stones had been placed around its edge. We kneeled and had a drink. I was really hot and sweaty now and the fresh, cold water tasted every bit as good as from the pump near the cottage. It felt and smelled cool in the shade next to the spring.

 

--Pg.49, Para.2-9

 

Character Expert

As presented by the Character Expert and discussed by the group, the following are details related to an important character:

 

Joe Starblanket

 

Characteristics of Joe: Joe StarBlanket is an Indian boy. The author uses a lot of imagery surrounding Joe. "The boy's hair was a black mane that surrounded his face. His skin was dark, and even though he was probably few years older than me, he was almost as big as Gramp." The "almost as big as Gramp" quote is telling about why Joe is a leader among the boys. In addition, his eyes are black and shinny. Through is dialect; we learn that Joe is not very well educated. His sentences tend to be colloquial with lots of "ya" and "ya'all"'s sprinkled in his diction. Joe's vocabulary is rather limited as well; however, he has a passion for nature. As a result of his Indian heritage, Joe respects Mother Earth. Joe is an interesting character indeed.

 

Stagecrafter

As presented by the Stagecrafter and discussed by the group, the following are details related to the setting in this section of the book:

 

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Discussion Summary

 

✭ Jing Li ✭

 

In Chapter 4 "A mysterious Friend?" Buddy met an Indian friend named Joe StarBlanket. During our group discussion, I brought up several questions. The first one was "What's the climax of the Chapter?" Our group member Weymi felt that the climax happened when Joe brought Buddy to his home. The rest of the group agreed with her idea. In my opinion, I feel that the climax of the chapter occurred when they saw a beaver lodge and Buddy scares the Beaver. This action shows Joe knew more about nature than Buddy. Our discussion quickly shifted over to "what is the characteristic of Buddy's new friend Joe." Even though Weymi had already shared her thoughts of Joe, I still wanted to hear what others had to say. Both William and Kevin thought that Joe is nice. However, the chapter also shows the conflict between the Indian people and the outsiders. Joe is also full of passion according to one of our group member. I feel that same way. After reading this chapter, I became curious about why Joe brought Buddy to his home? Luckily, Kevin replied that Joe took Buddy home because he never met people other than Indians, so Joe is very curious. William also reasoned that Joe is interested in Buddy, since he met the giant jackfish-Slackjaw. Weymi felt that Joe just wanted to be friends with Buddy. Other parts of our discussion included Kevin asking a very interesting question about what might happen if Nan found out that Buddy went to the Reserve land. We all think that Nan will be very angry at Buddy; Nan might also ask his mom to take him back as punishment. In conclusion, we think that this chapter could be foreshadowing future events. We all liked this chapter.

 



Readings

This post was derived from discussion around the following chapter:

 

Chapter #5

 

Word Wizard

The following words and their definitions were selected by the Word Wizard and discussed by the group:

 

1 -Legionnaire: (n) A member at a legion, especially the French foregion Legion. (Page 61)

2 -Khaki: (n) A strong greenish or yellow brown cloth, used especially for making military uniforms. (Page 63)

3 -Puncture: (n) A small hole in a type made by a sharp point. (Page 67)

4 - Infatuate: (v) Having a very strong feeling at love or attraction for somebody or something, so that you can not think clearly and in a sensible way (Page 69)

5 - Frantic: (adj) Highly excited with strong emotion or frustration.

 

Passage Picker

The following passage was selected by the Passage Picker and discussed by the group:

 

The time it took us to get switched around gave the wind, the current and the strom a head start. We were now hundreds of yards from shore, and the breeze had changed into a blustery blow causing white, frothy caps to skip along the water and lick at the side of the boat. The lake was now a rolling grey, as waves marched from far away and remmed into us.  The angry mushrooms had sneaked directly above, yet had somehow changed into tin-coloured jellyfish that were about to send stringy tentacles of rain down.  The muddy afternoon sunlight had disappeared, replaced by an early evening-like darkness.  The light matched the colour of what had become our life raft.  A fork of lightning zipped across the surface of the lake, and seconds later we could feel the crack of thunder.  I felt the rain slap on my face.

"Oh God, we're gonna get zapped by lightning!"

 

-Page 75, paragraph 4-5-

 

Character Expert

As presented by the Character Expert and discussed by the group, the following are details related to an important character:

 

Mokey

 

     Mokey is one of Buddy's best friend, and his personality has stronly reveal in this chapter.  Mokey's rel name is Mortimer, but because he always told her mom " No mokey, no mokey"(p.62, paragraph 12) therefore, he had this nick name since he was a child.  Mokey is a mommy boy that "his mother told him when to get to bed, when to get up, when to eat, what to eat, what to wear, and what to say"(p.63, first paragraph). Even though he is ten months older than Buddy, he seems more innocent boy than any of the boy in the team, he doesn't now many words that Buddy has to correct his very often.  Moreover, he is the fattest boy in the team that "he is dumb with his round, chubby face,"

 

 

Stagecrafter

As presented by the Stagecrafter and discussed by the group, the following are details related to the setting in this section of the book:

 

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Discussion Summary

 

Weymi Cho

 

     Chapter five is a very exciting part of the novel, and we know more about Buddy, Riel and Mokey's personality.  First, through the discussion of our group all four of us think Buddy is acting like a leader in the group. During the unexpected event on the boat, he control the emotion of others, that he trys not to let Mokey crys out, also he is the one who gives direct to other two people and he is pretty successful that "the scow felt pretty well balance,". Moreover, he is a boy that thinks about every single thing carefully and other people's mood carefully, too.  For example, Jin said even though he really wants Joe to join their team, he still thinks of Riel's feeling. Then we started to discuss of why not Buddy tell Riel about it.  William said, "because Riel's life style is totaly different with Joe, Riel is more like a Canadian." Jin said, "Because Riel might be jealous" and last, Kevin said, "because Riel and Joe have different culture."  I think Buddy has the same thought with us, that's why he doesn't tell at the end.

     Riel is harder to tell, but I feel surprise of Riel's bad mood on the boat, he asks Mokey to shut up, and even Buddy thinks they "didn't tipp, but he looked even angrier."  Riel has a totally different personality with the chapter before.

     Mokey has the most outstanding personality in this chapter, we know it through the "Character expert". All of our group member totaly agree that he is a mommy boy, that he cares about when to get home and afraid of if he gets back late he will got beat up, moreover, he almost crys on the boat, and he is the one that most innocent and cowardice.  Jin said if she is on the boat with him she will shout at him until he shut up; Kevin said he will just beat him up and let him faint; and Kevin said he might just push him down to the water.

     After reading this chapter, the only thing that came to my mind is one of the Chinese proverb, "不聽老人言 吃虧在眼前". It means if you don't listen to elder people, you will suffer in losses.  Buddy should listen to Nan, and Mokey should listen to his mother.  However, four of us think they have learn a lesson already. 


 
Readings

This post was derived from discussion around the following chapter:

 

Chapter #6

 

Word Wizard

The following words and their definitions were selected by the Word Wizard and discussed by the group:

 

1  plough- an agricultural implement used for cutting, lifting, turning over, and partly pulverizing soil. (pg79,para2)

2  hypnotize- to put in the sleeping state. (pg80,para3)

3  pestering- to bother persistently with petty annoyances; trouble: Don't pester me with your trivial problems. (pg82, para1)

4 washbasin- a large bowl or basin used for washing one's hands and face, small articles of clothing, etc. (pg83, para5)

5  relishing- liking or enjoyment of the taste of something. (pg84, para7)

 

Passage Picker

The following passage was selected by the Passage Picker and discussed by the group:

 

He told us that his "fee" for having saved us was two bucks each. of course, none of us had any money, and two dollars was like a king's ransom, so he decided to hang on to bernie's scow until we could pay him. When we eventually did fork over all of our earing to him, the guy didn't even thanks us.

It tooks us three days of scrounging for enpty pop or beer bottles and picking berries to sell to cavationers, and another entire day of pulling weeds and cleaning up behind pariseau's General store, to come up with the cash. I could tell Helga wondered why we were so keen money, but bless her,, she neber asked.

 

Character Expert

As presented by the Character Expert and discussed by the group, the following are details related to an important character:

                                                                                                                                                                   Helga

Helga is a war,-hearted, gorgeous, welcome person in chapeter 6, she remebered Buddy's birthday and gave him a pomegranate which not really seen in this area. If was sure a "expensive" and :wonderful" birthday gift. We also can see that she was welcome on page 87. and of crouse, she is really brautiful. page 86

 

 

Stagecrafter

As presented by the Stagecrafter and discussed by the group, the following are details related to the setting in this section of the book:

 

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Discussion Summary

 

Group Leader (Kevin)

 

This discussion was pretty interesting and quite funny. As usual, we started with the word wizard, which was JING. After her boring explanation, i introduce my five surprise five questions. The wired thing is we didn't talk too much, maybe this chapter was short, and nothing caught our eyes, and then Jing found a paragraph on page 78 (her job is passage picker as well), and we had a little bit argument about what kind of irony here. Because Bernie saved Buddy, and he asked for money, so it was opposite as we thought, and then MR M came, he helped us to analyzed, and we agree that was situation irony. Then MR M showed us another example which is dramatic irony, when Buddy wake up at morning, he feels uncomfortable, because he saw Helga yestarday, William was the first one who understand what happened, he said boys Physiological phenomenon, we all laugh.(William you dirty little boy).


 

Readings

This post was derived from discussion around the following chapter:

 

Chapter #7

 

Word Wizard

The following words and their definitions were selected by the Word Wizard and discussed by the group:

 

1 -patchwork(noun): a quilt made by sew patches of different mateials together P.91 Para3

2 -possession(noun): the act of having controlling property P.92 Para1

3 -chauffeur(noun): a man paid to drive a privately owned car P.95 para1

4 -manoeuvre(verb): perform a movement or action requiring dexterity and skill P.95 Para1

5 -anxious(adj): eagerly desirous. P.97 Para6

 

Passage Picker

The following passage was selected by the Passage Picker and discussed by the group:

 

   " I'm sure my face was white, because I could feel the blood draining from it, and my mouth felt like it was full of toilet paper. I was sure I heard myself croak when I said,"I guess. Are you going to jump too?"

     "No, I need a driver that knows what to do," he answered, suggesting that neither Aunt Tootsie nor me was good enough for the job.

     "How about Riel and Mokey?" I asked, looking for safety in numbers.

     "Nope," he said,"I don't have their parent's permission for them to try."

     To that I said," You don't exactly have Mom's either."

     Aunt Tootsie could see I was anxious, and she piped up."You don't have to do it, Buddy. Not if you don't want—"

     But Uncle  Dan cut in immediately."He can do it. He's not chicken."

     There, that was it. The gauntlet had bee thrown down. I looked at Mokey and saw terror written all over his face. On the other side of me, Riel just shrugged and raised his eyebrows.

     "Okay, I'll try," I said.

     No one cheered. "

      

 

Character Expert

As presented by the Character Expert and discussed by the group, the following are details related to an important character:

 

Uncle Dan

 

     In chapter eight, Uncle Dan is a selfish, mean and dishonest person, who also likes to show-off. In page 92, paragraph 4, “That was Gramp’s response when Uncle Dan had announced that his new Peterborough was not a fishing boat.” This quote shows the selfishness and dishonest personality traits of Uncle Dan. His boat definitely can go fishing, and he is just afraid that his boat might get dirty if they went fishing with it. From the dialogue in page 97, “He can do it. He is not chicken,” we can see that Uncle Dan is also very mean. Buddy shows unwilling to do the jump, but Uncle Dan uses bad language to force him to do it. From the evidences in the book, Uncle Dan is an unfriendly person in general.

Stagecrafter

As presented by the Stagecrafter and discussed by the group, the following are details related to the setting in this section of the book:

 

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Discussion Summary

 

Group Leader William 

    In our group discussion of Chapter7, we all agree that this chapter is similar to chapter 6 that there is no exact climax in Chapter7. But there are two dramatic arcs in this chapter. This is the answer for my first question.

    We also talked about Buddy’s birthday gifts and we considered this part as one of the dramatic arcs. He got a six-inch hunting knife from his mom as a birthday gift and we were surprised when he received the 410 Mossberg shotgun from his Grandpa. He just turned into 11, and became a real man, we predicted he will go hunting with adults in the upcoming chapters. Through his mom’s warnings on page 102 “If you ever cut yourself, or anyone else, or I hear you clowning around with it, I’ll take it back in a heartbeat. And you’ll never, and I mean never, get another one. Understand? You listen to your grandfather as he teaches you how to use it.” We knew everyone in the family respects Gramp, and Buddy’s mom wanted Buddy to learn more from her father. We also noticed some strange things happened between Uncle Dan and Gramp, they went for a walk after the another dramatic arcski jump, both of them were not smiling and their faces were flashed. We wondered what had Gramp talked to Uncle Dan, the relationship between them became delicate and sensitive.

    At the end of discussion , I asked everyone in our group to share a literary device used in this chapter with each other. Weymi was doing the "passage picker" job, so she is quite confident to do all the works, she said Buddy used hyperbole a lot in this chapter and he is only a 11 year-old boy, he liked to exaggerate when he said he would die from the ski jump. Jing also found out the use of allusion on page 93, paragraph 3, “just the way I’d seen Cheetah the Chimp do in movies when he was happy to see Tarzan.” Kevin brought us an interesting idea that Buddy and Joe Starblanket will meet soon because there is a foreshadowing on page 94 paragraph 2 , “There was still no sigh of Joe Starblanket when the boat took us near the big rock past the cliffs on my second pass.” In conclusion, our discussion was well-done and everyone in the group participated.

 



Readings

This post was derived from discussion around the following chapter:

 

Chapter #8

 

Word Wizard

The following words and their definitions were selected by the Word Wizard and discussed by the group:

 

1 - Vanished- (adj)Having passes out of existence. (P.108, Paragraph 1)

2 - Traipse- (v) Work or tramp about. (P109, Paragraph 7)

3 - Hustled- (v) Cause to move futively and hurriedly. (P.115, Paragraph 11)

4 - Submerge- (v) Sink below the surface; go under the water. (P.117, Paragraph 1)

5 - "Save face"- Means not to be shame infront of others. (P. 121, Paragraph 2)

 

Passage Picker

The following passage was selected by the Passage Picker and discussed by the group:

 

P. 112, paragraph 1~12 

 

     Whenever we fished off the breakwater, we could easily get to my place or Mokey's for

lunch. The rock was too far for that.

     "Makes sense, but as I see it, you still don't have permission to go fishing off the rock!"

     "Aw gee, Nan, you're really being mean this morning."

     Her eyes widened and her brows went up. "Ah, so maybe now you can understand

just a bit how you make Pearl feel when you are mean to her." She could be so sneaky

sometimes, setting up tiny traps that I always walked right into.

     "Yeah, I guess," was the best I could come up with. I had been beaten.

     Then I figured maybe it would help if I kind of started over.

     "Nan, can I please go fishing with the guys off the rock today? I'm sorry I didn't

ask sooner."

     "Yes, you can,"she replied, "with one condition..."

     I knew what was coming.

     "You've already promised me that you'll take the girls to the store for a cone when

you get back."

     "Yes, I promised, and I will."

     "Well, I will let you go fishing off the rock and I will make lunched for you and the

boys. But, if you don't take the girls for a cone when you get back, you will not see your

friends tomorrow- at all- because you will be spending the entire day entertaining your

sister and cousin. Do you understand?"

     "Yes, Nan. I got it." I was happy to be finally getting out of there.

 

 

 

Character Expert

As presented by the Character Expert and discussed by the group, the following are details related to an important character:

 

Buddy 

 

     Buddy is a teenager boy that has an independent personality and can not accept people who is younger than he, especially his sister Pearl. ( P109, paragraph 5) He doesn't

want Pearl to play with him, even though she had already ask him for many times, he still says "no", and his attitude towards Pearl is always firm and mean.  At the other side, his wise Nan uses trick to let Buddy knows the feeling of Pearl, he admit his fault in order to let Nan stop scolding at him.  Moreover, e promises Nan that he will come back to take care of her two sister earlier after fishing, in order to let himself go fishing.  This shows that he is a person that shows different personality be front of different person.

 

     However, Buddy shows that he is a good leader when Riel and Mokey are in danger.  He is calm and fellos Riel's instruction well due to save both of them. Through the accident, we realy see that he acts as a leader in three of them- the three Musketeers.

 

 

Stagecrafter

As presented by the Stagecrafter and discussed by the group, the following are details related to the setting in this section of the book:

 

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Discussion Summary

 

Weymi Cho 

 

     Chapter Eight is a really interesting chapter that our group came up with a lot of things, seems that every one was really enjoy reading this chapter. My first question of the discussion, certainly, was "What is the climax of the chapter?" We came up with two different answers; Jing and Kevin thought the climax of the chapter is when Buddy told Mokey and Riel about Joe Starblanket, because this is a big secret of Buddy through lots of chapter, and the reader had been guessing for a while of how will Buddy ends up with solving this problem. However, Riel did not get mad to Buddy when he tells. Therefore, we came up with the second question that was "Do you think Riel really doesn't care or feel bad?" All of them thought Riel is just pretending that he doesn't care. Emilia thought Riel wishes he is a white guy. He mentions himself "half-breed" it is a bad way of saying Métis, he thinks Buddy will answer him "yes", but, Buddy doesn't. Maybe that's why they end up so peacefully.
Moreover, Buddy brings two of them to the place that Joe brought him before, he really wishes Joe can appear. Our third discussion came up with "Why doesn't Joe show up?" Jin thought maybe he is shy; Emilia said "He doesn't like to make too many friends with whites, and he doesn't know Buddy also has a friend that is Métis.” William and Kevin thought because he doesn't come out so usual, so he cannot adapt. However, Kevin points out that Joe actually does appear in this chapter secretly, he helps them to clean the fish secretly.
The second climax that William and Emilia thought is the accident that they have at the cliff, Emilia immediately points out it was the foreshadowing in chapter six, that Nan told him not to go to the cliff for many times. Every one suddenly associates it. William thought Buddy really is not a mature child, he never listens to the olds. In the other side, Kevin- who is doing the character expert said “But he is acting like a good leader in the accident." Jing agreed, too, but she said fortunately, he is not a good leader, or else he might really learn a lesson through losing two of his good buddy."

 

Example: In this section of the book we meet Buddy Williams for the first time. Our group members all agree that he is an adventurous young boy.

 



Readings

This post was derived from discussion around the following chapter:

 

Chapter #9 and #10

 

Word Wizard

The following words and their definitions were selected by the Word Wizard and discussed by the group:

 

1 -Ammunition- a supply of bullets (page 139, para 3)

2 -Ricochet- to hit a surface and come off it fast at a different angle (page 139, para 11)

3 -Crack- to break without diving into separate parts (page 151, para 8)

4 -Dugout- Baseball Either of two usually sunken shelters at the side of a field where the players stay while not on the field. (page 153, para 9)

5 -Bleachers- row of seats at a sport ground (page 157, para 7)

 

Passage Picker

The following passage was selected by the Passage Picker and discussed by the group:

 

  "Without the slightest hesitation, Danielle picked up my BB gun off the ground, poked off the safety behind the trigger, snapped the gun up to her shoulder-just as I had taught her-and aimed it at Dennis' butt.

  She nailed him right in the middle of his right cheek. It was kind of a kid's version of Duel In The Sun, after all."

-- Page 144, Para 2

 

Character Expert

As presented by the Character Expert and discussed by the group, the following are details related to an important character:

 

Danielle 

Danielle is a gorgeous girl from Buddy’s description on page 131 “I thought she must be Dorothy Badgley’s twin. I was instantly in love with Danielle”, and she is also warm-heart, she loves to play with Buddy’s little sisters, she has good manners and always being polite to others. She is curious with the Pin cherry syrup and wants to have a taste. Moreover, Danielle also shows respect to other’s accomplishment.   Last but not least, when Buddy is hurt by Dennis, Danielle forces him to apologize to Buddy, and keep insist on giving a revenge to Dennis (page 143), this shows that Danielle is a brave and just girl.

 

Stagecrafter

As presented by the Stagecrafter and discussed by the group, the following are details related to the setting in this section of the book:

 

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Discussion Summary

 

☞ Jing Li ♔

 First of all, we appreciate that the author of the book "The Adventures of Buddy Williams" took the time to visit us and teach a wonderful lesson. It made our group discussion deeper and much more interesting. The Chapter 9 story happens on a farm; it is based on Buddy and two New Yorkers who are Uncle Dan's cousins: Dennis and Danielle. The most fantastic part of this chapter isn't where Dennis shot Buddy in the butt from not ten feet away, but where Danielle wants to help Buddy to take a revenge on his brother Dennis. The gorgeous Danielle took dead aim and shot Dennis in the butt. Also, all the group members agree this is the dramatic arc in the chapter, and we think that Buddy getting shot is the rising action. I expressed some of the confusion that I had while reading this chapter. As we all know Uncle Dan warned them not to go in the mud. I’m very curious why Uncle Dan didn’t get mad when he saw that Dennis “got mud all over the leg of his pants.” In our discussion, I figured that Uncle Dan is not responsible. The only reason he doesn’t want them go in the mud is because he doesn’t want to get his car dirty. On page 140, Buddy also mentioned his “scar from when I got shot with a BB last fall.” He told Nan that he fell on a sharp stick. I wonder what would happen if Nan finds out about the true reason caused his scar. William and Kevin both think that Nan will take it away from him because she wants to keep him safe. Chapter 10 is mainly about watching the baseball game in town. In the last part the ball hit Buddy’s left eye. In the beginning of the chapter, Buddy said, “no, it can’t rain today!” We briefly discussed about why he yelled and objected so loudly to the possibility of raining. I think it’s because if it rains, the game will probably be cancelled, and Buddy doesn’t want to miss a game. There is another question that I was very curious, it is why Nan and Gramp love baseball very much. We found the answer on Page 146, “because they worked almost all of the summer, they were always in town, which made it easier for them to be in the bleacher.” We found four Literary Devices in these two chapters. The first one is the simile on in the last paragraph of page 142, “I let out a squeal that I knew sounded exactly like a pig poked with a sharp stick.” The second one is an onomatopoeia on Page 135, “glub, glub, glub.” We found another simile on page 131, “Her hair was every bit as blonde as her brother’s, and her voice was as pretty as a meadowlark’s song”, which is used to describe how gorgeous Danielle is. The last one is the foreshadowing, which definitely indicated things that happened in the later chapter, “Right away I figured I was going to have trouble with this guy.” In general, chapter 9 and 10 are very descriptive and interesting, especially where Danielle acted the kid’s version of Duel In The Sun.

 



Readings

This post was derived from discussion around the following chapter:

 

Chapter #11

 

Word Wizard

The following words and their definitions were selected by the Word Wizard and discussed by the group:

 

1 -miserable:very unhappy or uncomfortable.

2 -skim:to move quiclky and lightly over a surface not touching it or only touching it occasionally.

3 -glimpse:a look at sb/sth for a very short time, when you do not see the person or thing completely.

4 -determination:the quelity that makes you continue trying to do sth even when whis is diffcult.

5 -stuttered:to have difficulty speaking because you cannot stop yourself from repeating the first sound of some words several times.

 

Passage Picker

The following passage was selected by the Passage Picker and discussed by the group:

 

  At that moment i realized what a huge gift joe was giving me. For him to come to a place where i doubted he seldom-if ever-came, he was forcing himself to do something that must be really hard for him. The sound in his voice gave him away. I couldn't help joe, so hemoved to the next cottage on the other side of the one i was heading for.

page 175 paragraph 8

 

 

Character Expert

As presented by the Character Expert and discussed by the group, the following are details related to an important character:

 

Joe Starblanket

 

Joe Starblanket appears by running "faster than the wind" that we know once again he is a good athlete. Second, Joe is a sensitive and nice person that after he knows Pearl was disappeared "there seemed to be sonthing in his eyes that was a mik of pity, sadness determination and anger".

 

He is a positive person that he immediately told buddy"This is the time to believe she is safe". And keep telling, comfort and encourage Buddy that they will find Pearl. Third, Joe really treat Buddy as a good brother that he actually goes to the rock (secretly sometimes) to see if Buddy learned to cast better.

 

When he heared that Pearl was disappeared, he went to find her with Buddy, even though they are going to the place that Joe hates to go. He acts like a good leader and gives the anxious boy(Buddy) clear direction of what to do.

 

Stagecrafter

As presented by the Stagecrafter and discussed by the group, the following are details related to the setting in this section of the book:

 

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Discussion Summary

 

Group Leader (Kevin)

  First at all, i heard some very good point from the expert role group that MR M prompt me when he saw my five questions, the relationship between Buddy and Joe has changed.

 

  I took the question to my group and expect some  bizarre ideal. William told us the important he found: why Pearl left without telling anyone? i think there was something attract her, like she in the chapter 2, when Buddy help Gram move stuff to the cottage, she satyed in the deep water, is that the same thing? I was expert my groupmate be suprise by my opinion again, but that not happend. Jing think Peal did that because her brother Buddy, he usually left without telling anyone, so she think is ok. Then, the next point from Weymi,"Why Buddy chose to find Joe, and not do the thing that Nan asked for?". We didn't have argument about that, because Buddy think Joe know this area very well, he may saw Peal. And the last point was put forward by me, "the relationship has changed after Peal's missing". Back to Buddy first met Joe, Joe thought Buddy didn't know how to stay and protect the environment, he teached Buddy how to join the nature, and supervise him secretly. When Buddy need help, Joe didn't complain or refuse, he even did the thing that he hated it, that friendship has changed to familyship, Joe treat Buddy as a brother in a family. This also told us the kindness and friendly of the native people.

 

 At last, we talked about the question that MR M gave us, to compare the chapter and the poem, we all focus on the last question, which is: "do you think the chapter 11 is the climax of book?". William and Weymi think no, but i and Jing think yes. William tried to persuade me with some evidence taht he found, he said there is too many climax in the book, like Buddy met Joe, Buddy save his friends, and Buddy's water skiing experience.... But i disagree, i think this chapter is the climax of the book, why? Let back to the thing we learned at the beginning of the class, a story should have setting, inciting incident, raising action, climax, and exposition. Chapter 1 and 2 is the setting, 3-6 is the inciting incident,7-10 is the rasing action, and chapter 11 should be the climax. Bucause we read so far, there is nothing really caught our eyes, we all focus on Buddy and his friends, we all didn't expect Peal will lost. Also the lost of Peal is to finish the foreshadowing from the chapter 2, when Buddy helped Gram to move stuff to the cottage, Gram shouted to Peal to make her away from the deep water, we all think she was been attract by something, in chapter 11 Peal get lost, this is the best evidence i found.

 

 However, if this chapter is not the climax of the book, why MR M put this question to test us? He want test us how to determine the structure of a article, and i'm happy that i did it. 

 

 we also found some literatery device in the chapter. On page 165 "right up until summer almost took its last breath" this is personification. On page 167 "Before i finished Batman and Robin" this is allusion. On page 172 "I accidentally knocked over part of the sandcastle" this is foreshadowing. On page 173 "white T-shirt puffed as he ran" this is simile. On page 182 "Almost like seeing into the future. It was a chance for me be better than i was. I knew I needed to be better" this is epiphany.



Readings

This post was derived from discussion around the following chapter:

 

Chapter #12

 

Word Wizard

The following words and their definitions were selected by the Word Wizard and discussed by the group:

 

1 -Cauliflower: (n)A plant having a large edible head of crowded white flower buds. (P.183, Paragraph 1)

2 -Underbellies: (n) The weakest part of something that is most easily affected. (P.183, Paragraph 2)

3 -Pulse: (v) Produce or modulate in the form of short burts or pulses or cause an apparatus to produce pulses. (Page.185, Paragraph 3)

4 -Prairie: (n) A treeless grassy plain. (Page.199, Paragraph.6) 

5 -Pelican: (n) A large long-winged warm-water seabird having a large bill with a distensible pouch for fish. (Page.200, Paragraph 3)

 

Passage Picker

The following passage was selected by the Passage Picker and discussed by the group:

 

     It was great to go back to our favourite fishing spot. Everything seemed perfect again. Each of us had our rod and reel and some extra lures. Gramp had also brought along a flour sack that had some cold meat sandwiches and a couple of beer and a pop for me in it. He never forgot to bring a bottle opener.

     Looking around, I thought back on my experiences with Joe Starblanket and Slackjaw. I wanted so badly to share those adventures with Gramp, but I had a feeling that telling him would more likely cause me grief than it would impress hm. I also felt guilty for not telling him about Pearl "getting lost," but Nan had insisted I keep tight-lipped about that, so that was one secret I had to keep.

 

(P. 189, paragraph 5-6) 

 

Character Expert

As presented by the Character Expert and discussed by the group, the following are details related to an important character:

 

     Gramp is a strict, precise person which can know from P.191, the dialog between Gramp and Buddy. Even though Buddy likes Gramp and is very close with him, he still has a lot of fear of telling him his secret and life during the summer, because he knows Gramp might be mad to him.

     After Buddy told Gramp about Joe Starblanket, he gets a little mad and reprimand Buddy.  From here, the readers can know that Gramp is a person who really cares about his family's safety and hates people who are dishonest. 

 

Stagecrafter

As presented by the Stagecrafter and discussed by the group, the following are details related to the setting in this section of the book:

 

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Discussion Summary

 

    Weymi Cho

     Finally, we had finished our novel "Summer Wild- The Adventures of Buddy Williams" written from Kenneth William Budd. Therefore, absolutely our fisrt discussion question is "Do you enjoy reading this book?" Everyone's answer was "Yes" but, maybe it means "Yes! We finally finished this novel!"  Jing had a feeling of "I finally see Buddy grow up!" Then, William said "Yes, he had learnt a lesson from Pearl's accident, and he knows to treat her equal."  After lots of climax and accident during the summer of Buddy, he finally grows up and become a mature teenager, a good brother, a good son and a good grandson.

     Gramp is a super important character in this chapter, our second discussion question were "How do you think of Gramp?" Kevin said "He is a strict person." Jing pointed out "When he knows Buddy lied, he is very mad." and William says" Gramp is the leader of the family and cares about every single member of the family, that's why Nan didn't wnt Buddy to tell Gramp about Pearl's missing, because he might gets really mad and worry." Acturlly, Buddy wants to tell him more about his adventure in the summer, but he didn't. Then, our third question came up- "What do you think about if Buddy tells Gramp of his other secrets and adventures?" Jing said"Gramp won't trust him anymore and might ignore him for a while." William said "Gramp might be really sad and takes away his BB gun."

     This chapter is the resolution of the story, our last question were "What is the tenet of the story?" Kevin thought the tenet of the story is to protect and respect the nature, we should remember and know how natue support human and how they give human happiness. Jing thought the tenet of the story is to cherish our family and home, families are the people who care us the most.  William thought the tenet of the story is to treat every different culture, people and tradition fair and respect all of them, because everyone is the same.  There are a lot of tenets in the story, and there are no absolutely right and wrong.  We just know that we learn a lot from this book and we really apriciate reading this book. We want to say THANK YOU to Mr. Budd of writing such a good novel to us, and we learn a lot in it. When we are reading the story, it alson reminds of our childhood and we started missing our family and cousins.  Anyway, thank you again Mr Budd!


Comments (3)

Ken Budd said

at 11:33 am on Mar 8, 2012

Firstly, while I realize that not everyone is an artist, I thoroughly enjoy viewing your artistic interpretations of aspects of the story. I will focus my comments this time on those artistic interpretations Like an essay or a position paper, even a drawing should accurately interpret what it intends. To this end:

1] Jing Li, you're black and white sketch of Del's car and the cottage is wonderfully executed, but I have two questions: a) Did you research the way a '49 Ford looks? and b) Where's the boathouse?

2] Kevin, I herald you for your interpretation of Pearl being admonished by Gramp for wading out too far, but how much time did you invest in the actual drawing?

3] William, your sketch of Buddy fishing is exceptional, right down to the lure hooked to his cap, but two comments: a) the rock was a massive thing, almost as big as the boathouse, so I apologize for not making that clear in the story, and b) I don't think I ever mentioned Buddy sitting down while fishing.

4] Jing Li, you definitely have a talent for drawing, but make sure you interpret accurately. You have mad a distinct error in suggesting within your art that Joe Starblanket looks like a stereotypical Indian of the Old West. What does the text within the story describe him like?

5] Weymi Cho, I do like your drawing, but where in the text of the story does it say that the boys had sails on Crazy Bernie's scow? And, if you could see images of lakes on the Canadian Prairies, you would see that while your vegetation along the shoreline is accurate, the actual lake shorelines are mostly sand or smaller, round boulders, and less like the massive rock formations that are along the ocean shoreline of the West Coast.

Thank you all for your art pieces. I hope to soon steal some time from the writing I am doing on Book III: WinterFree to make comments on your written work, as well.

All the best,
Ken Budd.

Ken Budd said

at 11:36 am on Mar 8, 2012

I note in checking what I recently sent your group about the art you produced that there are some key-stroking errors. My apologies for those! - Ken Budd.

Ken Budd said

at 9:57 am on Mar 16, 2012

Hello everyone!

[Pt #1] Writing can sometimes be a frustrating and isolating experience, but never lonely. Teaching was neither of those things for me. It was always enlivening, interesting, and, for the most part, fun. Even though I have been retired from it for several years now, I still miss the teaching and working with kids.

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