I used to have a nightmare which was a scary dream with me. It happened a long time ago since I was a child. I was dreaming that my family was in the holidays and we stayed at a small house near the beach. It had with many beds and another room for eating and cooking. I spent all day outside and played with my younger brother in the water. My mother made a picnic dinner. While she was making dinner, I was playing barefoot in the yard with my toys. Even now I still remembered the perfume of the flowers and the moisture of the grass. While I was sitting on the grass and playing with a truck, I looked up at sky and my attention was distracted by the beauty of the clouds. Then I felt something cold and smooth slide over my feet. I stayed perfectly still, but I looked down at my feet. Then I saw a snake slowly slithering over my toes. The snake which had a black skin was really long and big. I felt terrible and afraid, so my heart beat very fast. After the snake moved away, I screamed to my parents for help, and they captured the snake and took it away. They tried to calm me down and we sat on the sand to eat. After that, we went to the forest and had one night camp there. That night, we stayed together around the fire but I wasn’t there with them. I felt boring so I went deeply in the forest with the hope that I could discover something. Unfortunately, I lost and the weather started raining. A rain is like pure acid. Acid that can kill mercilessly. A little girl of no more than five years of age is with me. She has platinum blond hair and strange glowing blue eyes. I do not know her name nor have I ever seen her before now, but I am trying to help her. She is so small and innocent. We are running endlessly over the decaying corpses. The little girl then trips and the force of the fall rip her hand away from mine. I want to stop to help her, but the acid rain, it’s so close! There is nothing to be done but hope her death is a quick one. Unfortunately, it is not! I turn and call to her to keep moving! “Run! Crawl if you have to! Get out of the rain!” Too late… I know I should run, but I can’t! I’m frozen! Her screaming is so harrowing and terrible! No one should ever have to suffer like that. I watch in horror as the bubbling acid eats relentlessly through her soft young flesh, blood pouring down her arms like a red waterfall. I watch until her bones crumple and are finally gone all together. The black cloud approaches and I turn to flee. “That fate will not befall me!” My body aches as I run… “How long have I been running? Where am I going? I don’t know, but I hope I get there fast!” because of tired, I fell into mud. The situation was hopeless; I cried and screamed for help. That’s about it. However, the nightmare ends differently every time I have it and it never finishes completely.


best wishes for Haiti people

Dear Haiti people,

I am student from AIS sai gon school in VietNam. I am watching all the news, the pictures about you and I am so sorry about that. People returned in Haiti after the earthquake, please don’t give up because you still have a lot of people on over the world are watching and caring about this empathy. Stand up, stop crying and go to find something for living or try to find your family. It will be fine, don’t worried ^^!

What moves you ^^!

Everyone always change their character to adapt the new environment like be in the new school, company or place. Therefore, they needs some advises from people close to them such as family, friends and older people. Advices help them can move on in their life. Personally, I have received counsel from many people around me and the counsel makes me to move on.

2-3 years ago, I used to be a naughty and stubborn girl. I felt really lazy and always wanted to go out with my friends. Therefore, I didn’t study as much as my best and the teacher asked my parent for seeing them about my learning. I had hard argument with them about that and they were disappointed about me. In my heart, I didn’t want to hurt them so I studied harder. However, it was just enough for putting me in the top 10 in class. In the class, I and my friends made naughty action to stop the lesson so my parent always had called from school to make a meeting about my behaviour. After that, I had arguments and they didn’t allow me to go out until I was obedient. Nothing could stop me to do what I liked so I said:” I wanted to go out with friends and I made sure my scores will be best. They said:” We didn’t care about what you had done; we wanted you past High school entrance exam and proved with us that we could believe in your promises”. However, I failed the exam so I felt ashamed and repent of one’s haste with them. I said sorry and hoped they will accept but they were really disappointed over 1-2 weeks. To correct the fault, I start studying harder to past in another school which my parent had chosen. At this time, I pasted and realized that I made my parent sad so now I will make them be proud of me. In the new school, I realized more things and it made me have to get the best score. Now, I am not naughty and stubborn girl anymore and I want to study to be achievement in life. It’s only to make my parent proud of me.

Looking for Alibrandi shows us that teen years are the time of change

“Looking for Alibrandi” shows us that teen years are the time of change. Throughout the growing process, Josie changes her opinions, relationships about herself and the others. Therefore, she also discovers multiple things other than herself so its helps Josie to be out off her shell and gains a lot of important lesson from people around her.

In “Looking for Alibrandi”, Josephine’s opinions changes through experiences such as where she says:” The rituals of having to see my grandmother every afternoon drives me absolutely insane”, “The next minute we’ll be screeching at each of her “, “I was loved by two of the strongest women I would ever meet in my lifetime”. This shows that Josie changes her perspective of her grandma and mother. At first, she doesn’t like them to interact with her life but after a lot of things happen, she realizes they sacrifice their lives for her life “I was responsible for them. I was wrong in what I did yesterday”. It shows that Josie changes her idea about responsibility for the children. Josie thinks it was wrong but not necessary in the first place. However, she changes her thought after seeing the result and Josie realizes her actions are wrong and regrets it “She called me a wog. It made me feel pathetic”; “I’m an Australian with Italian blood flowing rapidly through my vein. I’ll say that with pride” These statements clearly show that Josie changes her ideas about her cultures and nationality. She hates being called a wog and doesn’t accept it. Josie beats Ivy for calling her a wog but then she changes her perspectives. Josie is even proud to say her nationality out loud if anyone asks her. Josephine is the teenager year; she has to go through much different kind of relationships. “I don’t want you anywhere near us, especially my mother”;” we’re only been to get him for a short time, but I feel as if I’ve known him for years”. Josie’s relationships with her father changes entirely from the beginning to the end. From the start, she doesn’t want him to be near her family but at last she realizes she needs a father in her life. “I’m immature and vain about my brain but you can’t imagine how wonderful it is to beat poison Ivy”; “we bump into each other one day, let’s have a cappuccino and talk”. It shows that Josie’s relationship with Ivy has changed permanently through times. Firstly, Josie and Ivy were enemies because of their arguments and hatred of each other, their immature mind. As they grew up, Josie realizes their childish and immature so Josie and Ivy are friends after the death of John Barton that brings them together, “I do believe in my heart that one day I’ll be with Jacob Coote again”, Jacob’s the one who Josie hates when she was a child but through many unexpected things happens. They become closer and date each other. The quotation shows her relationships with Jacob have changed from the beginning to the end. It shows that she wants to be with him again even they broke up.


In my opinion, I agree with the idea “from the moment of birth the individual future is already mapped out”. Everyone was born in different family so they have different characters and appearances. When the person was born, it also means the earth received one new soul. People who was born in rich families, was lucky. Therefore, they will have enough good conditions to study so they will have a perfect life in the future. In the other side of life, there are unfortunates who were unwanted children or the handicapped. However, they were born in poor families but their destinations were different. These people just like Bill Gates, Mukkesj Ambani and Beethoven. That is the first reason which I can explain my opinion. We are in the 21st century, in the times of education and enlightenment where a large proportion of the planet’s population will control their life by different ways but they still consult their horoscope before deciding on what course of action to take. Especially with business person, they always ask cartomancer for advices. These advices are helping them with the business. Everyone was born under the sign of an animal in Chinese zodiac and it means they have their destinations. Each animal in the Chinese zodiac has different character and destination. By personal experience, my zodiac sign is dog so my character is kind, funny, faithful and successful people. Nowadays, the most teenagers and adult very believe in horoscope which was similar as the Chinese zodiac. They see the horoscope in per week to know what happen with them in the following week. The horoscope is useful because it helps people to know their future. Therefore, they can change something unlucky and get better life. Finally, more people believe in the idea “from the moment of birth the individual future is already mapped out”.

Chinese Cinderella

1. What clues did the author give you to help you predict what was going to happen?

  • The clue which the author gives me to help me predict what was going to happen was the first page of novel and the sentences “Aunt Baba and mama ….you are bad luck”

2. Would you like to acquire a personality trait of a particular character in this book? What is the trait and why would you like it?

  • I like to acquire a personality trait of Adeline in this book. I think Adeline was smartness and poor girl and she was abandonment from home to school. However, she had tried her best and proved with everyone that she wasn’t unwanted daughter.

3. Is the setting important to your book? Why or why not?

  • In my opinion, I think the setting is important to the book because through it I can define each character’s personality. In addition, I know more about their family, society and something else. The setting also give the readers information about the book background of where the story toke place and guess what is going next.

4. What do you know now that you didn’t know before you read this book?

  • Empathy, belief and grave were the thing that I know now and I didn’t know before I read this book.

5. How has your thinking changed after reading this book?

  • My thinking changed after reading this book that in somewhere there was unwanted children who wasn’t lucky as much as me. Therefore, I have respected everything I have now.

6. What questions about this book would you like answered?

  • The questions about this book would I like answered was “why did Niang want to separate her husband’s children?”

7. Would you like to read more books by this author? Why or why not?

  • I like to read more books by this author because her written way was impressed me and made feel think about a lot of theories.

8. What character do you like best in this book? Why?

  • The character I like best in this book was YeYe because he was the only person in the family who wasn’t abandonment his daughter and very kind with her.

9. What character do you like least in this book? Why?

  • The character I like least in this book was Big Sister because she was Adeline’s sister but she never care about her or be nice with her. She was in the same side with Niang.

10.How does the author create suspense? Why do you want to keep reading?

  • The author create suspense by writing opening ending and it make me want to keep reading to know after Adeline study in the university will her life be success.

11.If you could change the ending of this book, what would you change? Why?

  • If I could change or remove anything in this unit, it would be about Adeline’s mother. I will make her still alive but Adeline’s father still married Niang. I change the plot because I want Adeline to be motherless. Mother is the person who really mean full with young children. Therefore Adeline won’t be abandonment by everyone and blame for mother death.

12.Did the book end the way you thought it would? Why or why not?

  • The way the book end same as I thought it would because everyone has their destination and by the hard working Adeline changed her life.

13.Which character changed the most in this book? Explain.

  • The character changed the most in this book was Adeline. From unwanted daughter, she changed to grave and success women.

14.Did any characters make poor decisions? Who and what were they?

  • Adeline’s father made the poor decision by listening everything Niang said. When Adeline was sent to the boarding school, her father forget and abandonment her.

15.Who is the main character in this book? What is he/she like?

  • The man character in this book is Adeline and she like Mulan who is intelligent girl and brave. Since she was in primary school, she always got a prize or highest result. Therefore some people were jealously at her.

16.What character would you like to be in this book? Why?

  • The character I would like to be in this book was Aunt baba because she was the only person stay in the middle and can give advices to everyone.

17.What confused you in this book? Explain.

  • The thing that I confused in this book was the relationship between Adeline’s father and her. They were family but he treats her as a stranger.

18.If you could introduce a character from your book to your family, who would it be and why?

  • I think the character will be Adeline who was destination like Mulan and Cinderella. I am very glad to introduce her book with my family.

19.Describe the cover of your book. Why do you think the author or publisher chose this particular cover?

  • The author put her photograph in cover of the novel to insist that this novel is buildungroman. The cover has some words in Chinese to help readers know where it happens.

20.What is the main problem faced by characters in this book? How do they solve it?

  • The main problem the characters faced in this book was herself. She feels abandonment and lonely but she tried to adapt with her family. Finally, she was success.

21.What questions would you like to ask the author of your book? Why?

  • The question I would like to ask the author of this novel is after you success how about the relationship with your family. I wanted to know because her family used to said she was unwanted daughter and bad luck

22.Did you disagree with anyone’s actions/choices? Who and why?

  • I disagree with Niang’s action because she was cruel with her kid. They didn’t understand anything but she always blamed and punished them

23.Is there a theme or “big idea” in this book that is appealing to you? Describe it.

  • The theme is appealing me because I thought women is weak in Chinese because they was discrimination. However, I had changed my mind and they are brave, smart.

24.Can you think of any advice that you would like to give to one of the characters? What is that advice and why do they need it?

  • I want to give advice to Niang that “you need to think more about your behave with your children. They are just the kid and they didn’t do anything wrong so why you blamed and treat them harshly.

25.What is something that you hate about this novel? Why?

  • The thing that I hate about this novel is the written so small. It makes me dizzy when read it for a long times.

26.What is something you really love about this novel? Why?

  • The thing I love about this novel is the photograph of all character which the author including in book. It made me more interesting and knows the appearance of all characters.

27.What in this novel amused you or made you laugh? Why?

  • This novel made me laugh because all the treating of everyone to Adeline. They actions like the kid.

28.What in this novel made you cry? Why?

  • I didn’t cry when I read this novel. However, it made me think a lot about the relationship between people in the family and the courage of unwanted children.

29.What in this novel touched you deeply? Why?

  • In this novel the thing that touched me deeply is the character emotional system. All the emotions related and developed each other to make readers to think about characters emotions and the message they revealed to readers in each chapter.

30.Would you recommend this novel to a friend? Why? Why not?

  • I would recommend this novel to my friends because this is great novel. It help readers to know more the life.

31.What did you learn about the study of English during this novel study?

  • I learn about the relationship in the family and the courage of poor children who want to change their life.

Discovery and Chinese Cinderella



1. _ Discovery means to find out or ascertaining something previously unknown or unrecognized.

_ Discovery means to break out a secret or something.

_ Discovery can be something like UFO or strange things.

2. I discovered that I don’t care about my family very much because I have spent a lots time for studying on the IELTS test or hanging out with friends. About studying, I want to pass on the IELTS for going abroad but my English is bad so I need to practice more and more to improve it. I do it in many ways like: to try read book in English, to do a lot of IELTS test in the internet and to join a class which could help me in IELTS test. That is all my timetables from Monday to Friday and in the weekend, I always hang out with my old friends. This is the way I relax after a week for working hardly and I feel comfortable. But one days, when my mother took me to school, she said “you try for studying hardly that really well but I disagree with you spent too much time with friends”. I thought about it for 3 days and I have changed myself. Now, I don’t hang out with friends anymore and I spent my free times with family like hang out for dinner, to help mom with teaching my younger brother and to make breakfast for my family.

3. When I read books, I have learn important things in there. That makes me have to change my mind about my life and myself. The book likes lesson people could learn that lesson through the small story. The book was my fifteen birthday’s present from my mother. I have to thanks her about letting me know more and more things outside my life.

4. The interview for foreigners:

  • How long have you been in Vietnam?
  • What are the impressive things in your mind about my country?
  • Before you came to Vietnam, what did you think about the people and environment?
  • And now, what do you think about Vietnam?

5. Today, teenagers aren’t same in the past anymore. They can do everything alone without helping from parent like they can rent house and live there without family, they can earn money for helping their family’s economy and they can travel alone. They are confident and active and they always want to be the best person and middle of people attention. Besides, some teenagers like to be alone because they have some personal reason or to shy with everyone.

Chinese Cinderella

1. 3 things you would never say to your kids when and if you become their parent are:

  • Never bounce out before them because they will bounce out with their friends or their teachers. It is bad for their characters
  • Never say you are the most stupid or smart kid that I ever seen because it will make the children be shy or be self-important. That makes children be lazy and don’t want study anymore.
  • Never tell lies with them. The children will learn that very quickly and they become a bad person.

2. The best thing to be male is you can be middle of people attention if you handsome, talent and powerful. The worst thing to be male is you have to be the best person to get girl attention and you can’t be weak like can’t cry because people will think you are gay.

3. The best things to be female that you can be weak to have a help from man and be middle of people attention if you are pretty. The worst thing to be female is you have period and weak when you play sport or other hard games.

4. There is big difference between them because you hate someone; there is a possibility that you will love that person. Besides, when you love that person, there isn’t chance what you will hate your lover.

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