Dear Mr. Daw,

I read the book Behind Rebel Lines this book made me feel impressed because a woman could slip into the Union force pretending to be a man. A connection I made was that Women are usually more discriminated than Men. This is a just right book for me because I didn't read it to fast or to slow.

Well in the beginning of the book Emma Edmonds was a bit scared deep inside but she didn't want to show that she was. Later after spying on the enemy, helping a Reb soldier almost dying. After all of her hard and harsh experiences she became very bold, brave and courage's.

Well there was no one problem but the main problem was that she was actually a women and not a man. The problem about her being a women was resolved when the war ended because she could come forward and say that she actually was a women and not a man. I felt surprised that she could become so open with that she was not a man. I would have changed to add more information about her spying missions.

The Rumpelstiltskin Problem

Dear Mr.Daw

I just finished reading the book called The Rumpelstiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde. This book made me feel confused because there where so many different story's in one book. I made a connection because when I was in first grade I did a play about Rumpelstiltskin it helped me understand the book because I could like keep on connecting back and forth. This is a just right book for me because I could understand it very easy and clearly.

Well two characters that changed during story were, Katya and King Gregory. I'll start with Katya well Katya in the beginning of the story was very greedy and always saying "duh" she didn't care about anything not even herself. Her dad had told the king that she could spin straw into gold so the king believed him for no particular reason. So she was crying so Rumpelstiltskin came and told her it's okay. Later Katya forced Rumpelstiltskin into taking her first new born baby because she didn't care. Later when her first newborn baby came she cared so much she didn't want it to happen Rumpelstiltskin said that she didn't have to take the baby but she didn't listen so Rumpelstiltskin ran away. The big change was that Katya started to care later on especially about others. King Gregory was like really too nice and cared too much about others in the beginning. But when King Gregory meets Carleen the super annoying girl he learns something. Carleen only wants to get married rich and live a luxurious life. In the end King Gregory sent the Carleen away to another King and he learned that you can't always be nice.

Otto Christina's dad who had always gotten her into trouble and never gotten her out of it finally helped her. He helped her by rowing a boat down to the place they had thrown down the straw. When Christina said she didn't want to marry the king she jumped into the water landing in the straw. Christina and her father rowed away in the boat to a new country and lived happily ever after. I would have put something to explain the book in the end and also moved the stories around. I think that the author's message is that stories change and that what culture you come from you may know the story differently.

Simon Fischer