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Crickets Book Talk Project

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Myranda Jones

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Myranda's Book Talk- Percy Jackson and The Titan's Curse
Rick Riordan
He was born:
June 5th 1964
San Antonio, TX
Why I think Riordan wrote this book:
He wanted his son to enjoy reading as much as he did, so he wrote about something he would enjoy.
Riordan's values, and life experiences:
He values his family. (This guy wrote a whole series so his son would enjoy reading it!)
Percy Jackson & The Olympians
The Titan's Curse
From the title I knew it was going to be about a
Titan's curse. Even though I didn't know what the curse
was going to be at the time. From the cover art, and the other books, I knew that Percy and his friends were going to go on another quest.
Now from reading the book I know what the Titan's curse is, and why Percy is riding Blackjack (a Pegasus) into the city. He actually only rode it because he needed a ride, there wasn't any serious symbolism behind it.
He lives with his wife, and two sons, Haley and Patrick
He was influenced to write the Percy Jackson & The Olympian series because his son Haley has dyslexia and ADHD, and he didn't enjoy reading, but he did like greek mythology. So he based Percy Jackson and the other demigod's off of him. (Demigods are born with both dyslexia and ADHD in the stories)
His life has probably changed. He has a lot of fans and has wrote many books.
Culture-In the book Gods were real, as well as monsters.
Setting- They had travel West from the East Coast.
This book is a fantasy. It's just like our world except we don't have multiple Gods controlling the universe. (we believe) And there aren't any monsters like the ones in the book .(so they say)
Changing the setting wouldn't change the story much. Except for the fact that the quest says that they will travel West, from the Eastern Coast to California. And they have to find Annabeth and Artemis before the Winter solstice or Annabeth will die, and Artemis won't make the meeting with the Gods.
Least Favorite Character: Dr. Thorn/ Manticore
There weren't many quotes that he said that were bad, or stuck out. I just don't like his character.
-He jumped off a cliff making everyone think Annabeth was dead. (Causing everything!)
-He did say, "The Titans shall honor me, and I shall feast on the flesh of half-bloods." So he wanted to eat the kids..

Body of a Lion and tail like a scorpion that shoots spikes.
Favorite Character: Apollo/ God of the Sun
"Long Island dead ahead. Let's slow down, dear. 'Dead' is only an expression." - Thalia was driving his sun car in the air, and she was afraid of heights.
"Let's go see if we boiled anyone important, shall we?" -When Thalia got to close to the Earth in the sun car.
"Green grass breaks through snow.
Artemis pleads for my help.
I am so cool."-He was going through a haiku phase.
Since 'I am so cool is only four syllables he later changed it to 'I am so awesome'.
I liked him the least because he wanted them killed, basically. It was very hard to choose, because I liked all the characters for different reasons.
I liked Apollo the most because I thought he was hilarious. He would get smart with everyone, and he argued with his sister even though they were both Gods.
Internal Conflict
There is a big prophecy that a kid of the big three (Poseidon, Zeus, and Hades) will be given enough power to ruin everything and the Gods when they turn 16. The day before Thalia's 16th birthday she had the choice to swear an oath and become a Hunter with Artemis. She had an internal conflict when choosing what she wanted to do. Be a demigod, and help fight the war between them and the monsters, or become a Hunter, be immortal unless killed in battle, stay the same age forever, and know the prophecy isn't about her.
She becomes a Hunter.
External Conflict
The Titan's curse was having to hold the weight of the world on your shoulders. You can't leave the spot unless someone else takes the weight from you, which Percy did for Annabeth.
Percy and the group he was with had to find their way to Annabeth and Artemis, then had to get there, facing a lot of little conflicts along the way.
He was mainly focused on finding Annabeth, everyone else thought she was dead, but he had
a dream about her, knew she was in trouble, and knew he had to find her.
Percy had to decide if he would hold the weight of the sky or be killed by Atlas.(Atlas was the Titan who was cursed with holding the weight of the sky.)
"'You want some, Seaweed Brain?'
Somehow, it was okay when Annabeth called me that — at least, I'd gotten used to it — but hearing it from Thalia was not cool."

"That's us," he said. "Those five nuts right there."
"Which one is me?" I asked.
"The little deformed one," Zoe suggested.
"Oh, shut up.”
“Thalia's shoulders relaxed. "I owe you one."
"One and a half," Thalia said.
She smiled, and for a second, I remembered that I actually liked her when she wasn't yelling at me.”
"Your fatal flaw is personal loyalty, Percy. You do not know when it is time to cut your loses. To save a friend, you would sacrifice the world. In a hero of the prophecy, that is very, very dangerous.”-Athena
"I have to go," I said. "I need to be on this quest."
"Why?" Zoe asked. "Because of thy friend Annabeth?"
I felt myself blushing. I hated that everyone was looking at me."No! I mean, partly. I just feel like
I'm supposed to go!"
A huge robot was after them, and they needed to get to a switch on the bottom of it's foot.
“No. I'll go.” “You can't. You're new at this! You'll die.” “It's my fault the monster came after us,”
Everyone got along well, but Zoe and Thalia, They had some bad history, but came together in the end.
The two of the many themes were Friendship and Loyalty
Both Percy and Bianca were very loyal. (Loyalty was Percy's fatal flaw!) They would sacrifice anything, even their lives, to make sure the ones they loved were safe.
Friendship is good. It's good to have people you can depend on. Same with loyalty, people should be able to trust, and know you'll be there for them when they need you. (But it's not good if you're a serial killer or evil villain, or in danger, because then people will know your weakness and be able to defeat you.)
Figurative Language
Simile- "Westover High looked like an evil knights castle." 1- Westover High is a military school.
Metaphor- "Every muscle in my body turned to fire."269
-Percy was holding up the weight of the sky, it was really heavy.
Simile- "... and shoes that looked like torture devices." 8
Percy was describing the girls outfits at the dance.
Simile- "With eyes like pools of spring water." 184- Percy was describing Aphrodite.
Simile- "On the other side, the dam dropped away like the world's most dangerous skateboard ramp..." 206- Percy explained how the dam dropped away.
The overall tone is redemption, and hope.
*The act of gaining possession of something.
“Stars," she whispered. "I can see the stars again, my lady."
A tear trickled down Artemis's cheek. "Yes, my brave one. They are beautiful tonight."
"Stars," Zoe repeated. Her eyes fixed on the night sky. And she did not move again."
Zoe has lived many years (because she's immortal unless she dies during battle) and she is ready to go, she hopes to be leaving Earth finally. She also lived in the city, and never got to see the stars.
All of the examples of figurative language explain and describe what is going on, they help the reader visualize everything.
The overall tone of the novel is hope and redemption.
Redemption because the characters are on a journey to find Annabeth and Artemis, they want to rescue and bring them back.
Hope because nothing is absolute, they have to hope to survive, to get to Annabeth, hope that she isn't killed, Zoe hopes that it's her time to
die in the end.
Making Connections
Red Jumpsuit Apparatus-Your Guardian Angel
"I will never let you fall
I'll stand up with you forever
I'll be there for you through it all
Even if saving you sends me to Heaven"
The Rembrandts - I'll Be There For You (Friends)
No one could ever know me, no one could ever see me
Since you're the only one who knows what it's like to
be me
Someone to face the day with, make it through all the rest with
I'll be there for you (When the rain starts to pour)
I'll be there for you (Like I've been there before)
I'll be there for you ('Cause you're there for me too)
The first is pretty much saying, they will be with them forever, and help them out as much as they can even if it kills them. Everyone of the characters would die to save the other.
The second is saying
"No one could ever know me, no one could ever see me
Since you're the only one who knows what it's like to be me" - Other people wouldn't know what it's like to be them, they have the blood of Gods in them, only they understand what they have to go through.
"Someone to face the day with, make it through all the rest with" - Again they will always be there for them no matter what, they'll make it through together.

Percy and Annabeth are forever.
""Was she giving you a hard time?" Annabeth asked.
"No," I said. "It's... fine."
She studied me with concern. She touched the new streak of gray in my hair that matched hers exactly- our painful souvenir from holding Atlas's burden. There was a lot I'd wanted to say to Annabeth, but Athena had taken the confidence out of me. I felt like I'd been punched in the gut...." 299
Percy had been talking to the God Athena (Annabeth's mom.) She said she didn't trust him, and didn't like him being with her daughter.
I chose that excerpt because it shows that Percy and Annabeth have a certain bond that no one can break, a kind of connection. The gray streak that they both have sort of represents that.
I really liked the book, and I want to read the next one. One of the reasons I liked it was because there wasn't a movie already made, so I got to look at all the cool fan art to choose pictures for my project.
This book
honestly wasn't what expected. I
hated the second book but decided
to try it anyway, and I'm glad I read it. Anyone who enjoyed 'The Lightning Thief', or 'The Sea of Monsters' should read it. In my opinion, this book was better than both of them.
*Which are the same as demigods.
Grover sat out acorns that would rearrange themselves
to show where they were at.
Main Conflict
In order to resolve it..
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