Growing and Inch by Stanley Gordon West is a novel about a 18 year old boy trying to keep his family together while at the same time live a senior life. Donny Cunningham is senior at central high school trying to live a normal life. His mother died when he was 14 years old and ever since then his dad has been hard into drinking. With social services after them and having high school to worry about Donny has a lot on his table. When his dad finally gets thrown in jail, Stewy, the youngest kid in the family is taken and sent to live with a foster family. Donny goes to great measures to locate Stewy and go illegally take him. He feels all his work has been done, but his dad is in some money trouble with gangsters out to kill. Even with one life
Book 1 of the Ranger's Apprentice, "The Ruins of Gorlan" by John Flanagan is about a boy who starts his journey into manhood in the fantasy world of the Kingdom of Araluen. Will is an orphan who learns about his past and his parents, while coming of age in a kingdom on the verge of war. He learns about himself and his friends as he finds his place within the kingdom.
DUKE David Agekyan P.5 By: Kirby Larson Historical Fiction
Tower of Babylon In Ted Chiang’s “Tower of Babylon”, the story serves as a pathway for the concept of the prominent fight between the existence of religion versus the intelligence of man in the genre of science fiction. The “Tower of Babylon” targets the self-righteousness and obliviousness of men when faced with any circumstances. Chiang shows the tower itself as a devotion to God in order to get closer to him in the story but in reality, is exemplifies man’s hubris which ultimately shows the man’s lack of humility towards God. The story starts off with introducing a group of miners from Elam hoping to achieve the goal of breaking the “vault of heaven”, which is the gateway to Yahweh’s paradise. Both miners from Elam and Egypt are gathered to decode this enigma, ultimately providing a utopia for mankind. As the men gear up for a long journey, they go over the basics of traveling up the tower in order. They have already figured out a way to go and break the vault, from growing a forest to supply wood for the tower to growing their own crops on the towers. The author now shows the main paradox the story is surrounded upon, they are confident and constantly uphold the superiority of their religion, but “rely on engineering rather than prayer”. The story is mainly focused on the adventure to the “vault” as “no deity makes an appearance in the story”. Specifically, man trying show their dominance in knowledge when facing God.
What? Where? When? Göbekli Tepe is a very interesting archaeological site that is located at the top of the mountain limestone ridge in Southeastern Turkey near the Syrian border (Banning 620). It is known as the earliest monumental building, or temple, that mankind has ever created and it was built even before the stage of agriculture, which dates back to some 11,600 years ago (Mann 1st page). Göbekli Tepe belongs to the PPN (Pre-Pottery Neolithic) in terms of its chronological context in world prehistory (Banning 620). In fact, the site can be divided into three different stratigraphic levels that are level 3, level 2A, and level 2B (Banning 620). Level 3 is the oldest level which appears to date back to the Pre-Pottery Neolithic A (PPNA) (Banning 621). Each of the buildings measured 15 m by 10 m and contained T-shaped monoliths surrounded by a wall made of stone and mortar (Banning 621). Two U-stone shaped entrances could by identified in two of the buildings (Banning 621). However, the most monumental aspect of the Göbekli Tepe can be attributed to the sophisticated carvings of wild animals, such as scorpions and boars, on the pillars which appears in the pillars of level 3 and level 2A (Banning 621). Moreover, Level 2A, which dates to Middle PPNB, has smaller and more rectangular buildings than Level 3 and it contains delicately implemented tiled floors and T pillars without any decorations (Banning 621). Level 2B dates to the time between level 3 and level 2A, however,
Bystander James Preller In the book “Bystander by James Preller the main character Eric is a thirteen year old 7th grade boy who faces difficulties that change him as a person and how he views things. Eric’s parents get divorced causing his little brother Rudy, his mom and himself to move to Long Island from Ohio. Eric’s mom then enrolls Eric into a new school in which he does not fit into and he when he eventually fits in he finds the wrong friends.
In the article "The Monuments Must Go”, Christian and Christian are writing to the Mayor of Richmond, Virginia, Levar Stoney, as well as the members from the Monument Avenue Commission and requesting them to remove the Confederate statue of Stonewall Jackson along with the rest of the Confederate monuments that
“ Golory” Robert and the remaining African American troops lay waiting anxiously for reinforcements to arrive in the darkness behind a large mound of sand. The air reeked of blood, and gunpowder. Only an occasional breeze from the ocean brought a douse of fresh air. Silhouettes of their fallen comrades in the night could be seen sometimes whenever a cannon was fired an lit the sky for a moment. The ominous fate of death was like a fog surrounding the battle at Fort Wagner.
The book I read was called “A Long Way Gone” by Ishmael Beah. It was a non-fiction book. “A Long Way Gone” is about Ishmael Beah, who is 12 years old when he's villages gets attacked and he has to go to village to village finally getting to one were he thinks is safe. But when news about the village needed soldiers Ishmael has to become one to get resources to survive. When he is excused from war he goes to rehabilitation in a city called freecity. Once he gets rehabilitated he goes to new york to speak about the experiences he had with the war. He then comes home and a couple of days later something bad happens, and he has to try to get out of the city. The conflict in the story was how Ishmael was running from the rebels that were raiding
Anne McClintock’s “Gonad the Barbarian and the Venus Flytrap”, focuses a lot of attention on how from the beginning of history, women have been denied some of the basic rights and freedoms that have been essential to the way that men live. Starting back from the times where they couldn’t
Freak the Mighty a novel by Rodman Philbrick is about two boys that have an unlikely friendship one of them is named Kevin/Freak he is small, but a smart boy with a birth disease called Morquio syndrome this disease affects Kevin by making him very short and not being able to walk. The other main character in this novel is Max he is a gigantic boy but often bullied, a disabled kid. Kevin and max named themselves freak the mighty after the knights and the round table after going on many quest/adventures together and sharing experiences they have learned what having a friend is all about
The similarities and differences between the design, construction and environmental performance of a typical Mesopotamian ‘courtyard’ and a Roman ‘peristyle’ house
In the midst of the Levant, or Fertile Crescent, lies the archaeological site Tell Abu Hureyra. Now concealed by Lake Assad as a result of the Tabqa Dam east of modern-day Aleppo, Syria, Tell Abu Hureyra once stood on a plateau overlooking the south bank of the Euphrates River (1). Discovered shortly before being drowned by the lake, the site was excavated during 1972-3 (1). It was found to have been occupied between 13 and 9.5 kya, during the transition period out of the last ice age and Younger Dyas (2). No longer was ancient Syria facing prolonged drought; rainfall now aided in providing fertile land for crops and allowed the Euphrates to swell. Artifacts found here show that the people living at this site during this time were primarily
Hatchet Book Report The book I read is Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. It is about a thirteen-year-old boy named Brian. This story takes place in the Canadian wilderness without a specified time. I think this book is both interesting and helpful because of its contents.
Chapter Ten of our textbook relates to the Medieval Civilization: The Rise of Western Europe. The first source I used for this discussion post is the “Medieval Technology & Science: The 1000 AD Pivot” from our Instructor Commentary. This source is relevant