Big mistake.

Journal entry #8

Pgs 181-200

A lot of weird events happened in this session, things that i didn’t really expect happening after what happened last session. If you guys didn’t already know Ty is on the school football team. His speed and athleticism is what makes him a very good player. There’s a guy named ‘Calvin west’ on Ty’s team and he loves to pick and bully Ty during practices even when there on the same team.

So after practice Calvin and his friends wanted to go beat up Ty for literately no reason. Ty tells them he doesn’t want to fight and doesn’t want to get in trouble. I don’t blame him not everyone wants to get suspended for a fight that shouldn’t have happened in the first place. So Charlotte (Ty’s cousin who he lives with) come in and protects Ty. Calvin pushes Charlotte and pushes her face. Charlotte is a 12 year old girl and Calvin isn’t. That literately made no sense to me how you could push a 12 year old girl like that. Charlotte hits Calvin in  the head with a metal lunch box and pushes him off the stairs.

He ended up breaking an arm and getting a concussion. Now his football year is ruined for something he could have avoided if he didn’t act like a fool. I guess he deserved it, and was asking for it by pushing Ty around and a 12 year old girl. The principle didn’t end up suspending neither of them because it was self defense and uncle Gus threatened to sue the school if they did.

Was a very entertaining read, now that I’m getting close to the end I’m wondering what exciting things happen next.

 

Deep trouble.

Journal entry #7

Pgs 160-181

Things are starting to get heated up. His brother thane could get into big trouble by the FBI. Ty has been meeting up with his brother for the past month every Friday asking about players for fantasy football. Uncle Gus and Lucy have been cashing out because of the information they have been getting. This will not end good in my opinion now that the FBI is getting involved in this. Thane could ultimately end up losing his contract with the NFL.

The FBI got involved because before this incident they knew about Lucy and how shady he was with money. Lucy is a bar owner who runs a mob and does shady things.FBI found out Lucy was using Ty to get information for fantasy players by tracking what he was doing.

Now the FBI getting involved can mean many things. Ty and Thane can ultimately work with the FBI to bust open Lucy’s shady business. I personally predict that will happen because it seems the most obvious to me. Also i don’t think the FBI will get mad at thane because he didn’t know he was being used by his brother. Also its hard for a 12 year old to not get black mailed by a mob and his own uncle.

I hope his uncle and Lucy get in big trouble and Ty gets to live with his brother at the end.

The guide to Ty.

Character sketch journal entry #6

For this blog post I’m going to be doing a character sketch for Ty. Who is the main character of my book ” Football Hero”. Ty is a 12 year old living with his uncles family. His parents died in a car accident which is the reason he lives with them. Ty has a brother Thane who doesn’t live with Ty because he has a football career in the NFL. His brother still meets up with him on special occasions.

Ty has a very skinny physique and describes and him self as a “nerd”. His uncle aren’t close to wealthy so Ty doesn’t have much of a wardrobe to pick from. Ty is currently on the football team because of his speed.

Ty doesn’t live a normal 12 year old life. He doesn’t get to hang out with his friends and go to the park and play on the swings. He has to WORK every single day after school for countless hours. His uncle makes him and his daughter clean bathrooms for bars and restaurants and you know how dirty they can get. His uncle doesn’t treat him close like hes his nephew. He isn’t even aloud to use the bathroom in the house he has to his business in the woods. Where he lives you get you’re work permit at the age of 16. His uncle got it to him at the age of 12 which i find is really stupid.

Ty is a very respectful and on going person. He never disagrees with what anyone tells him to do and always try’s  his best to complete it. Even when his uncle doesn’t treat him like a human being he never complains because he fully respects his uncle. When his brother always asks him ” are you doing fine” he always responds saying “everything is good i love it here.” When deep down he is dying to leave. I know if i was in his place i wouldn’t ever put up with the type of stuff he deals with.

Connecting With the Author.

Journal entry # 5

pgs 131-160

I want to talk about the way the author writes. He really expresses the characters feeling in his writing which i think is very unique to other authors. When Im reading some parts is really feels like im in the story living it.

Like the way Ty expresses his feeling towards his uncle and brother. He always follows what his uncle tells him to do no matter what he tells him. It shows he really loves his uncle. But his uncle doesn’t love him back and doesn’t want to take care of his brothers child. Every time Ty hangs out with his brother i feel like the author wants the reader to feel like its his last time seeing his brother thane.

This book so far has somewhat connected to me because i also have a brother that i hardly see because hes off to university. Some parts in this book really connect to me in the same way Ty feels because i hardly see my brother.

 

Nothing Was The Same

Journal entry #4

Pgs 110-131

My prediction from my other blog “So Far Gone” turned out to be right. I predicted that Uncle Gus and Thane would get into an argument over the bar business. Thane had a huge celebration dinner for his NFL signing and invited Ty and his uncles family. Uncle Gus looks ignorant at the table in my opinion because why would you go to a celebration dinner just to ask about a huge topic. Makes no sence to me if someone did that at my celebration dinner I would have kicked them out.

During the argument it got real bad and it made thane say ” Ty can live with me” to his uncle which is kind of a big deal. His agent didn’t let thane because of the responsibility factor. I honestly want Ty o live with his brother because the way he gets treated by his so called second “family” is not right for a 12 year old. For some reason Ty always stands up for his Uncle and Aunt telling Thane he’s doing good and living the life. Even Charlotte who is the daughter of his uncle hates her own parents. He can’t even use the bathroom in his own HOUSE. He has to go in the forest and do his buisness out there. That’s straight blasphemous.

At the end of the session a huge deal occurred at Lucy’s bar where Ty is forced to clean every day. Lucy who is a Mafia member basically is kind of blackmailing a 12 year old which is utterly crazy to me. The deal was he was allowed to hang out with his brother every friday night and skip cleaning in return for information about NFL players. The information is used for Fantasy players to know if a player is injured or really playing. As a huge fantasy player my self I know how valuable this information is and is probably way more valuable to people that have thousands on the line.

Uncle gus was not happy about this idea because he didn’t want to clean the bathrooms on Friday every night by himself. At the end of day hes making money out of this deal. Also Ty was allowed to play football for his school team. Uncle Gus also didn’t allow him to do that either. Pretty sad for a 12 year old. If Ty refused Lucy told him he would get people to do bad things to his brother. like I said before straight blasphemous.

I personally just want Ty to confront to his brother and tell him all the dirty things his own UNCLE is making him do.

So Far Gone

Journal entry #3

Pgs 76-110

This session was a very entertaining one. Ty finally got to hang out with his brother. It was very at one point when Ty entered the limo with his brother thane they started  crying about there parents. It was very sad when reading it because I don’t know what I would do if my parents passed away. Thanes dads dream was to see his sons play in the NFL and be successful in life. There parents were never wealthy and lived  in a really small house and could hardly put food on the table. They were going to be wealthy because of the NFL signing and wished there parents were still alive.

One thing I don’t understand is why Ty treats his Uncle with respect when his uncle treats him horribly. When his brother asked him if everything was going well. He said “yes there treating me fine” when in reality they aren’t. He isn’t allowed to play the sport that his dad wanted him to play even though he was really good. Right when he comes back from school he is forced to go different bars and locations to clean bathrooms. Really harsh for a 12 year old. It feels like Ty really cares about his uncle and respects him highly.

When the Ty was hanging out with his brother they went to a sports place called “Niketown” and bought him a sweatsuit and two pairs of shoes. He finally got a pair of cleats that are stable enough. When this was all happening Ty refused because he didn’t want him to be wasting is brothers money. This kind of surprised me because if I had a brother that was going to be become a multi millionaire I would have asked for a lot. It shows Ty really cares about his brother not wasting his money so he doesn’t go broke like most athletes.

Thane took Ty to the NFL draft where he was going to be drafted by a NFL team. This is one of the biggest events of the year In the NFL to get young players on there team. He ends getting drafted 3rd overall which means he gets 27 million dollars. Ty and his brother were surprised because there were hesitant that they were going to get picked that high in the draft.

 

I think in the next session im about to read Thane and his Uncle are going to get in a scuffle over the bar business. Now that Thane has the money his Uncle is going to take advantage of him. I think there going to have a huge argument and thane will not want to open the bar.

Getting into it

Journal entry #2

In the 30 pages read this session a lot happened. One thing I want to say is that I love this author because of the way he describes things. For example when he describes Ty catching the football he says “He felt the sharp ache of straining ligaments in his shoulders. His fingers touched the ball, saving it from the ground the way a desperate flipper keeps a pinball in play.” This made way easier to imagine when reading the part. It really felt like I was in the book watching it happen.

It feels like Ty is getting used by his Uncle Gus and by the owner of a bar he cleans at Lucy. After Uncle Gus lost a huge bet on a baseball game he went to the bar asking Lucy for money bbecause he just lost it all. Seems like Uncle Gus has a huge gambling problem. Ty was cleaning in the bathroom until his uncle came in frustrated because he lost the bet and told him to clean spots that weren’t dirty. Uncle Gus and Lucy got In a huge argument about the lost money from the bet. They decided to use Ty for his brother. Uncle Gus wasn’t going to let Ty go in the first place until Lucy made him to so he can get his brother to come to the bar.

I think he wanted Ty to bring his brother to the bar so he can use him for his gambling. I think Lucy is going to tell his brother to lose the game on purpose so he can win the money by threatening him. Uncle Gus did tell Ty Lucy was in the mafia also so I’m  sure something shady is about to happen. So far this book is really good and i highly recommend it so far. I hope my opinion doesn’t change later in the book.

Reflecting on the start

I’m starting to read a book called “Football Hero” written by Tim Green. I chose this book because I’m very interested in watching and playing sports so I thought this book would kind connect to me.

So far the main characters   are Ty who is the main character of the story being the brother of a famous football player. Both his parents died and he lives with his Uncle Gus and Aunt Virginia. I feel like he gets treated very bad by his uncle and aunt because they kind of take advantage of him. They make him do work that no 12 year old should ever do. They also talk to him in a really bad manner in a way an uncle and aunt shouldn’t.

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His big brother Ty is attending Syracuse a huge college school. In the book Ty always has flash backs when he used to live with his brother which are kind of life lessons, I found it very interesting because it always reflects to what’s happening in his life.His brother is famous and very good at football so it brings Ty’s expectations up by a lot. His coach asked Ty to try out for the spring Football team because he thought he had the same talents as his brother. 

Before the practice Ty had a flash back of his brother telling him to ” always tie his shoes before heading on the field” which Ty remembered to but didn’t have time because there was no time. He ended up tripping and losing the ball he caught and was a laughing stock. This is what i was talking about when i said he would always have flashbacks that was reflect in things happening in his life. I love the way the author put that it it makes the book way more interesting to read and look forward to.

The genre of this book is a normal fiction story and i picked this genre because its a really simple story and I personally don’t like reading books that are way to complex because i always get lost reading it. So far this book is interesting and i defiantly want to read more and see what happens next.

Behind the Logo

Remember the summer days as a kid waking up and you had to worry about is who you were going to play with outside. Sadly this isn’t the case for children all around the world working in Sweatshops.[1] In developing countries, an estimated 250 million children ages 5 to 14 are forced to work.  There are getting almost no pay and working in horrible conditions and only getting a piece of bread to eat. If you’re already getting hardly any money would you want to work in a horrible workplace where it can collapse any time. I feel horrible about this subject and no children should ever forced to work in such horrible conditions for the little pay they get.

 

In this photo you can see the horrible workplace conditions they are forced to work in.

 

 

Sadly these children have no choice to work because this is there only way of really getting money. In today’s world where we live in we get paid minimum wage which is around 11 dollars depending on the workplace.[2] These kids work 10 hours a day and make less than 5 dollars. Can you imagine working for 10 hours which is extremely long in a horrible condition workplace and only getting 5 dollars. What are you going to do with the 5 bucks maybe buy a chips bag from a convenience store.

 

 

[3] Major companies like Nike,Walmart,Sears and H&M all sadly has used sweatshops in the past. I find this sad because these companies are all multi-million if not billionaire companies. Why would they let children do the dirty work for them? Well its easy they get children because they can easily work the long hours and are basically forced to work long hours because they have no other way of making money to live off. Rather these companies be paying children normal minimum wage there paying them almost nothing to make huge profit.

 

In this video you can see the horrible work conditions that children had to work in. It explains how probably the biggest sports company in the world uses sweatshops and children to make major profit. I find this video very informative

and changed my view on Nike and these major companies.

 

There has been many protests and boycotts but in my opinion nothing will change, its easy to hide from the government even though there is enough proof nothing will change because sadly these companies have way to much power in the world we live in today.

 

[1] Dosomething.org,. ’11 Facts About Sweatshops | Dosomething.Org | America’s Largest Organization For Youth Volunteering Opportunities, With 2,700,000 Members And Counting’. N.p., 2015. Web. 18 Feb. 2015.

[2] cracked.com,. ‘Sweatshops’. N.p., 2014. Web. 18 Feb. 2015.

[3] MacIntyre, David. ’10 Major Clothing Brands Caught In Shocking Sweatshop Scandals’.TheRichest. N.p., 2014. Web. 18 Feb. 2015.