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Middle School Teacher in Rural Alaska

The Dark Frigate

on January 29, 2012

“Ok, if I read 10 pages then I can go run on the treadmill,” I said to myself.

Normally, it’s the other way around: reading is the thing I look forward to and running is the the thing I must force myself to do. But while reading the Dark Frigate, I looked for any escape from reading.

“What’s that honey, you want me to do the dishes? Sure! No problem!”

Reading The Dark Frigate was an incredibly frustrating experience for me. I found the dialect and dialogue hard to follow. I didn’t ever make a connection with the main character. I found the plot tedious and slow. To get through this book I had to break it into small chunks and reward myself at the end of each section.

It was an interesting process for me as a reader to be faced with this book that I dreaded reading. Usually reading is my escape from the worries of life and is something that makes me incredibly happy. In contrast, during the few days I was reading The Dark Frigate I found myself to be a bit cranky!

Luckily, a copy of Graceling arrived in my mailbox when I was about a third of the way through The Dark Frigate. I made a deal with myself, “Get through The Dark Frigate and then I can read Graceling and Fire before attempting the next Newbery book or any other required readings for my grad. school course.” That deal provided a good incentive to hurry up and finish the book. Happily, I finished The Dark Frigate and my mood was quickly lifted by reading Fire and Graceling.

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One response to “The Dark Frigate

  1. This challenge is definitely teaching me something about how hard some kids have to work to get through an assigned book. I haven’t had to concentrate this hard on a narrative text in a very long time!

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