Again, Anti-Bullying

Do you guys remember my post about anti-bullying? Not the one where I ranted about my school years being awful, but the one where I said I might be able to talk to middle school kids about bullying and the impact it makes.

I got a response today.

I guess they had been late at responding to people. They do get an overwhelming amount of emails, so I don’t blame them.

They are conducting two training sessions to ensure the quality of the conference and well-being of students. I’ll be attending both of these sessions. So long as I can find the damn place, stupid map disappearing! I’m extremely thankful that they’re on days when I don’t have class!

The experience will help me later on even if I end up not being able to do everything, and being apart of something like this will be a great learning experience.

Sometimes I can be lazy, I admit it. You should see my room, it’s currently a disaster. Perfectionism trying not to make brain explode… But when I want something really badly, I work my butt off for it.

This is something I want to do and something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time.

I don’t really like public speaking, but I’m good at it. I have a powerful voice when I feel like using it, and I’m good at conveying information and emotions. I don’t know if it’s going to be a group of people talking at an assembly or a bunch of us going off and mentoring children one-on-one but either way, I think it’ll be a good way to help people.

I’m very keen on helping people, I dislike seeing people in pain, it puts me in their position. I know that sounds weird, but… I just like helping, it’s what I want to do with my life, it’s what I was born to do.

Let’s hope this works out and S gets to do something she is passionate about!

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Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Pages: 352

Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult, Paranormal

My Rating: 4/5

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“It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine’s children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow – impossible though it seems – they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.”

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A lot of people rated this book quite low, and my reasoning on why was the fact that this story wasn’t exactly scary. No, not in the slightest. But I don’t think that was the intention. Sure, the photographs were, at times, quite creepy, but most old photography (1800’s – early 1900’s) does look to be quite eerie.

Despite it not being horrifying (and thank goodness for that), I really enjoyed being taken on this journey. There were times I thought Jacob was a whiny character, but c’mon, he’s a 16 year old boy with no friends (kind of reminds me of me at that age). The way the pictures are paired with the story is absolute genius. It’s always fun to use your imagination and you always do while reading, but having a bit of an “imaginational push” was great! I’m a sucker for anything old though.

I thought the grandfather was great. As kids, what’s better than our grandparents telling us these lavish stories about their lives? Their accounts of things, their experiences, their history.

And even better than that, what’s better than a *spoiler alert… well, sort of* bunch of kids living in a time loop?

I think the thing that really captivated me about this story was the adventure. This boy, Jacob, goes on such an adventure. He doesn’t know if his grandpa’s stories are true or not – he doesn’t see how they could be and even questions his own sanity, despite all of this, he still goes on the adventure to find out the truth. And let me get started on these children. What is cooler (actually, it’s rather hot) than kids that have these… powers? Fire, invisibility, the ability to float – freaking awesome.

Overall, I gave this book a 4/5. I’m usually pretty stingy on giving stars, but I thoroughly enjoyed this read and I’d suggest to anyone to give it a read despite all of the 1-2 stars people seem to endlessly give it.

It won’t have you jumping out of your seat but there are some disturbing aspects and it really is a fun journey.

Enjoy, and happy reading!