Category Archives: Independent Reading

The Call Of The Wild: By Jack London

“And he heard the call- the call of the wild.” (pg 186, Chapter 20)

When I read this quote, I interpret it to mean “follow your dreams.” This quote is so uplifting as we get to see that Buck is finally getting to do something that makes him happy. But I find this quote makes me question what Buck’s life will look like in the near future.

During this quote, the author is explaining (narrating) Bucks happiness while he is with Thornton and how deep down he has this feeling that he needs to answer the call of the wild and go to his rightful place, free of the rule of mankind.

I recommend for you to read this book as it will make you want to pursue the dreams you have deep down in your heart.


Handle with Care

In Handle with Care by Helena Hunting, Lincoln Moorehead is named the CEO Moorehead Media thanks to his father’s death, he’s been trying to avoid his family for a long time, specially his brother who’ve always wanted to be the CEO Moorehead Media. Lincoln’s bad attitude will change completely thanks to Wren Sterling, the woman he met at a bar; he was totally drunk that he can’t remember a thing about the night he met her, but there was some sort of connection.

Things will change when Wren starts working at Moorehead Media, she remembers Lincoln perfectly, but Lincoln doesn’t, he just seems she is quite familiar from somewhere.

“That solving your problems?” I gave him a wry grin and tip my chin in the direction of his bottle of Johniee. (2)

“Nah, but it help quiet down all the noise up here.” He taps his temple and blurts, “My dad died.” (2)

“I’m drunk,” he mumbles. (2)

I take his hands between mine. (5)

“Your hands are small,” he observes as I line his thumb up with the sensor pad and press down. (5)

“Something about big hands, big heart” (5)

“What’s the plan if you’re not putting Armstrong in charge?” “I need you to stay in NY for a while and help manage things”. (27)

Quotes from page number 2 are showing the time they first met at a bar, where Lincoln told Wren about his problems thanks to the state of alcoholism he was. Wren’s and Lincoln’s connection started growing since they first crossed looks, words, and hands.


Behind Enemy Lines

Behind Enemy lines, by Carol Matas, Sam fredriksen was being held as a prisoner in Germany after having his plain shot down about a week before he was arrested. He is being transported from the prison he was being held in with thousands of other solders to what he predicts to be a pow camp. They are being transported in a boxcar on a long railway.

It was so packed that once we were in there was nowhere to move from my  spot near the door and I almost fell out of the door again. And then the huge door was shut and bolted tight and immediately felt like here was no air at all. So many unwashed bodies in such close quarters.

In this quot it really explains how rough and gross being a prisoner in Germany during world war two was in very great detail.



The Kite Runner

In The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, a boy named Amir and Hassan are high up in a tree, sitting on two separate branches. The two of them have been best friends since they were kids. Up in the tree, they are playing a game where they try to hit their neighbor’s German Shepard by using a slingshot which is loaded with Walnuts. Often being caught by Hassan’s father Ali, who would yell at his son for doing such mischevious things. Even though it was Amir’s idea, Hassan would never tell on Amir. This goes to show how strong their friendship was.

“And he laughs while he does it.” {4}

“The smoking room.” {4}

“Fattening the pipe.” {5}

“The Wall of Ailing Corn.” {6}

“This is grown-ups time.” {5}

This last quote tells us of the time when Amir asked his father Baba if he could sit with him and his friends while they stuffed their pipes, and discussed politics, business, and soccer. But his father just stood in front of the doorway and told him to: “go on, now.”


Sample IRJE: “You reason like a block of cheese.”

In The Viscount of Bragelonne, by Alexander Dumas, the old soldier, d’Artagnan, proposes a business opportunity to Planchet, who was his squire in their younger days but who now owns a prosperous candy shop in Paris. D’Artagnan’s idea is to raise a small army and restore Charles II, rightful King of England, to his throne. Planchet is reluctant to invest without understanding more about d’Artagnan’s plans.

“Since you are proposing a business deal, I have the right to discuss it,” says Planchet.

“Discuss, Planchet; from discussion comes light.”

“Well then, since I have your permission, I would like to point out that in England they have, first of all, a Parliament.”

“Yes. And then?”

“And then, an Army.”

“Good. Anything else?”

“And then, the people themselves.”

“Is that all?”

“The people of England, who consented to the overthrow and execution of the late King, father of Charles II, will never agree to put the son back on the throne.”

“Planchet, my friend” said d’Artagnan, “you reason like a block of cheese.” (p. 417)

In French, the line is more beautiful: “Planchet, mon ami, tu raisonnes comme un fromage.” It made me laugh out loud the first time I read it, and it reminded me of something my French friend Christian said to me years ago when he noticed that I was wearing a new shirt: “Tu es beau comme un camion.” “You are as handsome as a truck.”