American Born Chinese Six Word Character Memoirs

Be you and accept yourself fully. by Eden

My heritage does not define me. By Anna

A perm couldn’t solve it all. By Zoe

No one else matters but her- Alec

Mastered four major disciplines of body. By Francisco

Traditional clothes don’t equal good student. By Ade

I’m your average stereotypical Chinese person – By Annabelle

Isolated loner not defined by skin. By Shelby

It’s hard being yourself without support. -Josh

I’ve found humans to be petty. By Gerald

Little boys don’t grow up transformers. By Logan


Rules Autism Paragraph by Alec

Cynthia Lord uses many different character types in Rules. One part is having David and Jason, two autistic kids, be so different. For example, David starts to scream because he might not get to go to the music store. Jason, on the other hand, gets mad when he doesn’t have his wheelchair in a picture, and when Catherine won’t take him to the dance. Another point is Catherine wants to be friends with her new neighbor, Kristi, but she realizes that while she seems nice, looks can be deceiving. One example is when Catherine is on a walk with Jason, she passes by Kristi and ‘ties her shoe’ so she can hide herself; what she overhears, though, kind of sounds a little mean and cynical to Jason. Another example is once Kristi finally meets Jason, she seems quite shocked and its kind of like she doesn’t want to be friends with Catherine. Finally, Ryan is the main antagonist, when he wasn’t even a main or necessary character. First of all, when everyone else gets a stick of gum, he gives David an empty wrapper, even when Ryan knew David was autistic. Also, throughout the book, Catherine keeps referencing her hatred towards Ryan. Throughout the book, the author uses a wide variety of characters to prove different points.

Should you be allowed to ban books? By Shelby

Banning Books?

No, they shouldn’t be banned because books are an important part of life. They help you learn about the world around you. (Nonfiction) They also let your imagination go wild. (Fiction Books) People who are not creative as one of their strengths could find their inner creative self. Another example is people enjoy reading. You should not be able to take someone’s fun away because of some people’s opinion. I know some people may take offense, but that shouldn’t stop someone else’s enjoyment of it. In conclusion, some books can be offensive to some people, but that shouldn’t ruin the fun for everyone else.

Every Last Word Book Jacket by Tyler

EveryLastWord Overview: Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone 

Junior in high school, Samantha McAllister is struggling with figuring out who she is. She may be on the swim team, have perfectly brushed hair, and flawless makeup but on the inside, she is completely lost. Sam struggles with uncontrollable dark thoughts due to her Purely-Obsessional OCD. The only people she can talk to about her OCD with are her family and the therapist she sees weekly. Sam has never thought about telling her friends about her OCD because she doesn’t want them to thinks she’s weird and she definitely doesn’t want to lose her spot in the popular group.

When Sam meets a girl named Caroline in which she automatically connects with, she keeps their friendship a secret due to Caroline’s social status. Caroline show’s Sam to a hidden part of school that they call the Poets Corner in which students who don’t “fit” in can be come together and be themselves. Sam immediately feels more comfortable with them than she has ever felt with her popular friends. She begins to discover a part of herself she didn’t think she had. Everything is going well for Sam until there is a new reason for her to question her identity.

About the Author

            Tamara Ireland Stone’s first job after college was being a public relations firm. Tamara was once a school teacher as well. She has always had a strong passion for journalism no matter how old she was. Tamara would come home from school and just write for 5 hours straight. Although she never planned on becoming an author because of the fear of others reading her work, she has now successfully written over 25 books. Every Last Word became the New York Time’s Bestseller. She based this story based off of a family friend who became diagnosed with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). Tamara wanted to learn more about this disorder and strived to relate and truly understand her.  Tamara is now happily living in California with her 2 children, her husband, and her job as a full-time journalist.


Letter to Sherman Alexie by Matthew

Dear Sherman Alexie,

I recently read your book in my English class.  It was a real interesting book to read and changed my perspective on the Indian culture and how they live.  I, personally, don’t think that your book should be banned, because all teenagers should read this book to see how Indians actually live and so people don’t look at movies that make them look differently.  When books are band like this people don’t read them as much and don’t get to see what their culture is rally like and make assumptions.

When I first heard that I was reading A True Diary of a Part Time Indian I didn’t think that it would change how I think of Indians.  But I was pleasantly surprised.  My perspective has changed since I read this book. I used to think that on Indian reservations all Indians lived in the little tee pee houses.  I also thought that all Indians wore head dresses.  When reading this book I learned that you can’t make an assumption about something or someone before for you go and find out information.  As well as reading your book I also listened to it. I really liked how when you were reading the book you put lots of emotion into the book.

Your book had a big impact on me and how I look at the Indian community.  I now think of Indians as hard workers with big hearts. The hard workers comes from all the hard work they do to survive. The big hearts comes from when someone dies the whole community comes together to support each other. I have personally driven through a reservation in Arizona and I remember seeing a casino.  I had always wanted to figure out why there was a casino on an Indian reservation.  After reading your book I found out why casinos are so important to their culture to make money and survive.

I have a couple of question for you, was it harder to write your book considering you lived some of these things or was it easier.  What are the big noticeable differences that you noticed life on the rez and life off the rez. How was school different at beyond the rez beside the learning aspect?

My favorite part about reading your book is how you put great detail in the book. Most authors would have left out some of the deep detail you put into the book.  Having the extra detail helped me picture what it would be like if I were in your shoes.  Your book also helped me and probably others understand what it is like to grow up on a reservation and that there are several similar things between on a rez and off a rez.