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Thursday, January 20

  1. page home edited Born in Victoria, September '96, The '96 Blizzard looming around the corner, I was a bouncing baby…
    Born in Victoria, September '96, The '96 Blizzard looming around the corner, I was a bouncing baby boy, and have lived in victoria all my life without ever moving. I have been in 6 different schools, however, I have been to 6 different schools, never spending more than 3 years in a single school.
    I am especially interested in art and computers. I am taking Information Technology, but I'm not in Art because I prefer to freelance in that section, as a hobby.
    My motto is "company of myself." I get stuff done alone, and I'm not very social. I keep getting nagged
    Deleted for not doing anything by my parents.
    I'm Bruno, and that's a little about myself. I would go deeper, but I don't want to hurt your brain.
    You seem like an interesting guy. This was to be 1 paragraph; it looks to me like 3!
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Monday, January 17

  1. page Independent Novel Study edited ... The thing i found most unbelievable about the novel was, again, the merry-go-round. It just se…
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    The thing i found most unbelievable about the novel was, again, the merry-go-round. It just seemed so unnatural.
    I would definitely reccomend this novel to someone. It's a great book, with great characters, a great plot, and great twists. I will read more from this author, particularly the Inkworld series, which Funke is best-known for.

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Wednesday, January 12

  1. page Independent Novel Study edited ... The novel helped me understand what some people would do to be free from certain people, and w…
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    The novel helped me understand what some people would do to be free from certain people, and what extremes people would go to to get what they want.
    I learned to think things through before doing them from the novel. As I said before, the theme is to think things through, and that when you do, things go better than they normally would.
    The thing I found most interesting in the novel was that Scipio turned out to not be a homeless child. It was a completely unexpected twist that left me wondering, "What? How is that possible?"
    The thing I found most bizarre about the novel was that there was a merry-go-round that fiddled with your age. It just seemed so out of place. Why would a merry-go-round change your age?
    The thing i found most unbelievable about the novel was, again, the merry-go-round. It just seemed so unnatural.
    I would definitely reccomend this novel to someone. It's a great book, with great characters, a great plot, and great twists. I will read more from this author, particularly the Inkworld series, which Funke is best-known for.

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  2. page Independent Novel Study edited ... Focus Assignment My Reaction I think that the theme of the novel is to not do things withou…
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    Focus Assignment
    My Reaction
    I think that the theme of the novel is to not do things without thinking them through first. I think so because, in many instances, the character(s) did rash things that they regretted later. When they did think through something, however, the outcome was favorable to them. I think that the author was quite successful in getting the point across. She emphasized the instances where the children did things rashly, and emphasized the instances where the outcome was favorable.
    The novel was probably written for children in their early teens. If Cornelia Funke had someone specific in mind, she probably would've written it for her, to teach them to be adventurous or something similiar.
    The novel helped me understand what some people would do to be free from certain people, and what extremes people would go to to get what they want.
    I learned to think things through before doing them from the novel. As I said before, the theme is to think things through, and that when you do, things go better than they normally would.

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Tuesday, January 11

  1. page Independent Novel Study edited ... To try to get help, the children plus Victor go to Ida Spavento's house and tell her all that …
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    To try to get help, the children plus Victor go to Ida Spavento's house and tell her all that has happened. Victor has found out where Hornet is, at the Merciful Sisters orphanage, the same on that had had the merry-go-round.
    Hornet is lying in her bed at the orphanage and a sister comes in and tells her that her godmother is here. Hornet wonders if she even has a godmother, and then finds that she doesn't, but is being liberated by Ida Spavento and Victor.
    Riccio indsfinds Prosper in
    That evening, Ida throws a party. However, Prosper is till downtrodden that Bo is not with them. Victor promises him that they will get Bo back. As Prosper tries to fall asleep in Ida's house, he cannot, and goes out to where Ida's boat is moored. There, he notices a motorboat and waits for it to go by. It doesn't however, and instead stops right next to Ida's boat and bumps into it. Scipio pops his head out of the boat, and notices Prosper. Scipio tells him that he stole his father's boat and is going to the island that the Conte went to get the real money. Prosper decides to go with him and see the merry-go-round for himself.
    I stopped reading here.
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    Now Prosper was on his way with Scipio to the island, Isola Segrata. When they arrive, they are caught by a girl with two massive dogs, and spend the night in a stable there. Meanwhile, Victor receives a phone call from Esther, informing him that she had Bo, but he has run away from them and she no longer wants anything to do with him. Victor finds Bo at the Stella (the abandoned theater) and takes him back to Ida's, where they find Prosper missing.
    The next morning, Scipio and Prosper find that the Conte has got the merry-go-round to work, and is now young. Victor demands a ride on the merry-go-round. The Conte obliges, and Scipio hops on. When he gets off, he is older and looks much like his father. Just as he gets off the merry-go-round, Barbarossa arrives, and demands a ride on the merry-go-round. However, while Barbarossa becomes a five-year-old boy, he accidentally breaks the merry-go-round, infuriating the Conte. Scipio and Prosper leave after promising the Conte that they will not talk about the merry-go-round, and Barbarossa is forced to give the Conte all the money in his shop safe as repayment.
    The next day, when everyone at Ida's home finds Prosper, Scipio, and Barbarossa they do not recognize Scipio or Barbarossa and Prosper cannot explain, but Ida immediately understands what happened. Scipio sets up a meeting between Barbarossa and Esther, to which Barbarossa consents after learning that Esther is rich. After Barbarossa puts on an amazingly effective long-term act in which he pretends to be an angel child (figuratively, not literally), Esther decides that she likes Barbarossa and decides to adopt him.
    Prosper, Hornet and Bo decide to live with Ida after these events. Mosca and Riccio live in an abandoned warehouse, and Scipio starts to work for Victor. Eventually, Prosper and Scipio return to Isola Segreta, but find no one and nothing. The young Conte had disappeared.
    Esther, still believing Barbarossa to be the perfect child, eventually catches Barbarossa poaching her jewelry and other possessions and sends him off to boarding school, where he becomes a menacing bully; he forces other children to do things for him and encourages them to steal, and insists that everyone call him "The Thief Lord."
    I found this novel to be quite believable. Venice always has some street people, and there are many abandoned buildings there. However, the concept of children living together in a movie theater and a merry-go-round that makes you young or old was not very believable at all. However, it is a fictional story, and the events strung themselves together perfectly.
    I would recommend this novel to someone else purely because I enjoyed it. The characters were great, the plot was stirring, and I loved the setting, which was so beautifully described. I had an amazing sense of really being there.
    This novel met and exceeded my expectations. Everything about it was a fun and exciting ride through Venice as the children got into and out of various mishaps. This book grabbed me by the scruff and threw me into a chair, and then kept me entertained for hours. An amazing book.
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    My Reaction

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Monday, January 10

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Friday, January 7

  1. page Independent Novel Study edited ... Riccio inds Prosper in front of the hotel that his aunt and uncle are staying at. Riccio tells…
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    Riccio inds Prosper in front of the hotel that his aunt and uncle are staying at. Riccio tells Prosper that Hornet was liberated by Victor and Spavento, and Prosper heads home with Riccio.
    That evening, Ida throws a party. However, Prosper is till downtrodden that Bo is not with them. Victor promises him that they will get Bo back. As Prosper tries to fall asleep in Ida's house, he cannot, and goes out to where Ida's boat is moored. There, he notices a motorboat and waits for it to go by. It doesn't however, and instead stops right next to Ida's boat and bumps into it. Scipio pops his head out of the boat, and notices Prosper. Scipio tells him that he stole his father's boat and is going to the island that the Conte went to get the real money. Prosper decides to go with him and see the merry-go-round for himself.
    I stopped reading here.
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