The Iron Trial teaser

For his whole life Cal has been warned of the magisterium. He is  told that it is related to the death of his mother and if he ever goes there he will die. His only chance to avoid the magisterium is to fail in the entrance exam that determines if he has sufficient magic to attend. The only problem is that he fails at failing. Join Cal as he adventures deep into the magisterium and encounters betrayal, friends, foes, and a shocking truth.


Letter to Malala

Dear Malala,

I have just finished reading your book I am inspired by your bravery. You stood up against authority to fight for your rights even though you could have been killed. Even after receiving a death threat online you still continued to fight for girls rights to education. Reading your story has helped me see how fortunate I am and how having education is a true gift. I admire the fact that you stand up to what you think is right, like expressing outrage over the fact that U.S president Donald Trump is blocking immigrants fleeing war from certain country’s to here.

Sincerely, Eva

Exotic Animals Argumentative Speech



January 8, 2016

Period 1

” The baby’s dead! Our stupid snake got out in the middle of the night and strangled the baby!” While this may sound like a bad Hollywood comedy it is the harsh reality of those who own “so called” exotic pets. Some wild animals are just not meant to be tamed. I do not believe that people should be able to own exotic animals as pets. There is just too much of chance that they could snap and injure or even kill someone.

There are many other reasons why people should not own exotic pets. One of the reasons is compassion. Animals in general, even common animals, such as dogs, are meant to run and be free.  The ability to be free is even more necessary for an exotic animal that grew in the wild without constraints.  Can you imagine what it would be like for an exotic creature to be confined in a cage or a yard?  Another reason to not own exotic animals as pets, is for the sake of maintaining the existence of the animals as well as their habitats.  People believe that by breeding animals in captivity and then selling them will help the wild animal population by not capturing them to sell.   In reality they only increase the demand for that particular animal which results in more of the animals being stolen from their natural habitats to meet the consumer demand. There are states that have laws outlawing the trade or owning of exotic animals but these laws are lax and hardly enforced.

When people think of exotic pets they think of harmless little things like cute little lemurs or other super cute and fluffy animals. They certainly do not expect a lion or a tiger. Despite the fact that the lions or tigers may be “domesticated,” this does not mean they are perfectly safe and harmless. They may act as if they are trained but that does not mean that the animals cannot snap and revert back into their original form of a wild predator.  An example of this is the tragic accident of Roy Horn of the famous magic duo, Sigfried and Roy.  In 2003, one of their famed trained white tigers bit Horn in the neck.  Although Mr. Horn believes the animal’s act of biting him was to save him from a stroke Mr. Horn was suffering, the act of biting is still an instinctual act by the exotic animal.

The last and most important argument against exotic animals as pets is for public safety. Should a dangerous exotic pet ever escape it could be potentially tragic for the public and the animal or for both. The animal might injure someone and someone might mistakenly injure the animal. Some examples are, “in 2009, a 2-year old Florida girl was strangled by a 12-foot long Burmese python, a family pet that had gotten out of its aquarium.” and in Odessa, Texas a 4-year old was mauled by his aunt’s pet mountain lion who had reached through the wide gaps of its cage to reach the child.

Therefore, people should NOT be able to own exotic animals. They can be dangerous, unpredictable, and potentially fatal.

Works Cited

Constrictor snake incidents. Washington D.C.: The Humane Society, n.d. PDF.

Department, Odessa Police, Mark Sterkel, Odessa American, and Pet Mountain Lion Mauls Child ( PHOTO) BY JON VANDERLAAN Odessa American. “Pet mountain lion mauls child ( PHOTO).” Odessa American. N.p., 17 Oct. 2011. Web. 09 Jan. 2017.

Massarella, Linda. “New Siegfried and Roy doc will likely show horrific tiger attack.” NY Post. N.p., 22 Aug. 2016. Web.

Slater, Lauren. “Wild Obsession.” National Geographic Magazine Apr. 2014: n. pag. Print.

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle


A Song Summary: Sung to Adele’s “Hello”


A Hello In Time

Hello… it’s Meg,

I was wondering if after all these travels you’ve seeeeen…

Mr. Wallace… and everything…
They say that time’s supposed to heal, yeah
But I ain’t done much healing

Hello…can you hear me?
I’m in IT’s hypnotic state can someone let me out of here
Meg can you help me… be freeeee..
The secret to my escape is love and passion to me

There’s such a difference

Be-tweeeen us
And a million miles….

Hello from the other time
I must’ve traveled a thousand times..
To tell you I’m sorry for blaming it on you
But when I tell you-father, you say we are fallible

Hello from the outside
It’s a happy me-diuuuuuum
I see great, danger, in your fate

But it don’t matter, you clearly don’t see the answer anymore…

Hello… how are you?
My name’s Mrs. Whatsit and l like tess-er-rrrring
I hope..that you like it too
Did you ever make it out of that time where nothing ever happened?

It’s no secret
That the both of us…

are running out of time

So hello from the other time
I must’ve traveled to the wrong time
To tell you loves the answer, for everything you’ve won
But when I tell you never to be listening

Goodbye from the other time
At least I can say that I’ve tried
To tell you I’m sorry, for breaking your brain
But it don’t matter, IT will not come back anymore

Ooh, Oooooh, anymore (chorus: dis-in-tegrate..)
Oohooo, anymore (dis-in-tegrate…)
Oooooh, anymore (dis-in-tegrate…)