Sophia de CastroReading-Roche Period 3 May 12,2012
oNatasha Friend was born to a English professor (her dad) and apoet/actress (her mom). In 1972, in a college town in upstate NewYork, Natasha was born. She had one sibling (her brother) whomshe dearly loved. Natasha had shown an interest in books bygoing to the library. Friend was interested in “The Mature ReadersOnly” section. At the age of 10, she received a type writer whichshe used to write stories. It was only when she was in her latetwenties that she could sit down and write a novel. Before shewrote, however, she had been a teacher for five years, but this wasnot an experience she had liked. Due to this, she decided to stopteaching and write. The year Natasha got engaged she wrotePerfect, and this book won the Milkweed Prize for Children’sLiterature. Natasha than had a child (Jack). She then wrote thebook Lush. Friend than had another child (Ben). Following this,Natasha wrote Bounce. Then she has her third child, Emma.Natasha likes to be a writer and a mom. Natasha Friend likes towake up in the morning and do what she loves to do which is write. http://www.natashafriend.com/ author_bio.html
oThe book Bounce is about a 13 year old girl, Evyn, whose life has just begunto be perfect… Until Birdie (her father) tells her he is getting married. Evyn hasalready experienced her mom passing away and does not want a step-mom,but she wants her dad to be happy. When she moves in with Eleni (her step-mom), she finds out that Eleni has six kids, who are Linus, Thalia, Clio,Cassandra (Cassie), Ajax, and Phoebe. Evyn then has to go to the MarchSchool for girls where she only makes friends because they want to know moreabout her brother, Ajax. Meanwhile her brother, Mackey, is getting a new startat school and even has a lead role in a play! In school, Evyn has a hard timetrying to find real friends (even her own best friend betrays her). Just as thingsare starting to get better, bad things start to happen. First, her dog that sheloves passes away. Then she is told at a family meeting that Eleni and herfather are having a baby. Evyn just can not handle this and runs away to thetrain station, hoping to be able to stay at her friend’s house in Maine. Rightbefore the train doors close, Evyn hops out and rests on a nearby bench. Thenshe hears a familiar voice, Linus, who tells the family he found her and thentakes Evyn to his dorm. It is about time for Mackey’s show to start, but will hebe able to sing? Does Evyn find true friends? Does her best friend becomeloyal to her again? Will Evyn truly adjust to her new family situation? What willhappen next? Read more to find out.
oMain Characters1. Evyn Linney: narrator of the novel, 13 years old, female, sister of Mackey, close to her friend Jules and her dad, attends March School for girls, and she has brown short hair.2. Birdie Linney: father of Evyn and Mackey, husband of Eleni, male, comforting and caring, has a beard, big glasses, and wears dirty overalls.3. Eleni Gartos: mother of six kids, wife of Birdie, good cook, female, short and has head full of black curls.4. Mackey Linney: brother of Evyn, male, teenager, addicted to computer and video games, his face is red and has a lot of pimples.o Supporting Characters1. Linus Gartos : oldest, twenty, caring, in college, male.2. Thalia Gartos : second oldest, kind of looks like mom, teenager, nice, female, likes to sew, in college, responsible sibling.3. Clio Gartos : third oldest, teenager, twin of Cassandra, popular, loves sister, female, loves fashion.4. Cassie Gartos : third oldest, teenager twin of Clio, female, popular, loves fashion, loves sister.5. Ajax Gartos : second youngest, teenager, plays soccer, athletic, popular, male.6. Phoebe Gartos : youngest, caring, loving, loves animals, typical eight year old.
oIntroduction• Meet Evyn Linney, Mackey Linney, and Birdie Linney, Eleni Gartos, LinusGartos, Thalia Gartos, Clio Gartos, Cassie Gartos, Ajax Gartos, and PhoebeGartos•Setting: Beginning: In a neighborhood in Maine, Middle and End: In aneighborhood in Boston and in March School for girls. oRising Action•Birdie tells Evyn and Mackey that they are moving to Boston•They pack and leave to go to Eleni’s house•They meet Eleni’s kids•Mackey and Evyn learn what school they go to•Birdie and Eleni get married•Mackey tries out for a play and gets the lead•Evyn meets the “it girls” who adopt her•Evyn finds out that she is only hanging out with the “it girls” because they areusing her to find out who her brother, Ajax, likes•The March School for girls and the Thorne Fall School for boys have a dance•At the dance Ajax asks a girl to dance that is not one of the “it girls”•The “it girls” get mad at Evyn for saying that Ajax likes Andrea ( the “it girls”leader)•Evyn find a group of girls to hang out with that are actually nice•Birdie and Eleni get home from their honeymoon
oClimax•Birdie and Eleni tell the family that they are having a baby•Clam, Evyn’s dog, passes away•Evyn runs away to the train station because it is to much bad newsat once Falling Action•Linus finds Evyn at the train station•Linus takes her to his dorm•Evyn and Jules(her friend) start talking and catching up•Evyn and Eleni go to a Mother-Daughter Tea•Evyn and Eleni go to eat hamburgers•They talk about personal things and form a bond oConclusion•Jules comes from Maine to see Mackey’s play•Mackey starts to perform
1. Cruller- n. a small sweet cake in the form of a twisted strip fried in deep fat “Put that back. Do you know how many fat grams are in a cruller?” p.1692. Dilemma- n. an argument presenting two or more equally conclusive alternatives against an opponent. “All around me, girls nod. They understand this dilemma.” p. 773. Gnarled- v. crabbed in disposition, aspect, or character “She smiles at me, kindly, like a queen might smile at her gnarled, hunch- backed lady-in-waiting.” p.774. Slob- n. a slovenly or boorish person “Get your hair out of your face. Right now. You look like a slob.” p. 1695. Bruiser- n. a big husky man “This baby is going to be a bruiser.” p. 185
oEvyn Linney played by: Chloe Mortez oBirdie Linney played by: Jon Hamm
oEleni Gartos played by: Angel Coulby oMackey Linney played by: Daniel Radcliffe
oLinus Gartos played by: Brody Jenner oThalia Gartos played by: Alexa Vega
oCassy Gartos played by: Mary-Kate Olsen oClio Gartos played by: Ashley Olsen
oAjax Gartos played by: Taylor Lautner oPhoebe Gartos played by: Joey King
oI choose this song because it has to do with how Evyn misses her mom, best friend, and home. “A Year Without Rain” by Selena Gomez Can you feel me when I think about you? With every breath I take Every minute, no matter what I do My world is an empty place Like Ive been wondering the desert For a thousand days Dont know if its a mirage But I always see your face, baby Im missing you so much Cant help it, Im in love A day without you is like a year without rain I need you by my side Dont know how Ill survive A day without you is like a year without rain The stars are burning I hear your voice in my mind Cant you hear me calling My heart is yearning Like the ocean thats running dry Catch me Im falling
I gave Bounce rating of… 4 out of 5 stars The book was very good in describing the settings and giving you a feel like you are the main character.Another good quality is that the people and places were very realistic. One negative thing is that the bookBounce was very depressing at the beginning, but at the end, all of the main characters problems were solved. Another issue is that the vocabulary terms were very basic so it was hard to find new terms. However, the book overall was very good.