I'll be turning in everything for packet three later today. The critical essays are difficult for me to write, mainly because I have problems picking out the elements. I'll get stuck on one thing, whether it actually qualifies for what my essays need to be or not, and have a hard time looking for something else that would fit the assignment better. I think I did a fairly good job with this packet's critical essays and I'm hoping my next essays for packet four will be a little easier.
For packet four I'll be reading Holes by Louis Sachar and How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. I trust the people who recommended them to me and looking forward to reading them, though they probably aren't books I would have picked up on my own.
Have you read either of these books? What do you think? Is there something the authors did particularly well with the books? Or something in particular you want me or recommend I focus on as I read through it, like dialogue, description, characterization, time, etc.? I may write about it when I'm done reading.