Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Matt Stock

     Hi everyone, my name is Matt Stock. A good way to remember me is I am in the Army. I am in the Army National Guard as a Field Artillery Data Specialist. I have been doing it for the last two years and really enjoy it. I also, love long distance running. I run in many half marathons every year.
     In the chapter we learned a ton about the setting and how life was for Ishmael and his friends. At first the chapter started out sounding like Ishmael and his brother Junior are normal kids that have dreams and a passion for music and dance. Slowly, we see that life isn't all that is cracked up to be for Ishmael. First, with his father choosing his step mother over him and his two brothers. Then, his mother not having the money to keep them in school. When the war broke out and the mass death occurred like it stated in the book you can't help but feel bad for the group of boys. What really stood out is when the boys we're at their grandmother's house and they see all the people running for their lives. The man that was trying to save his family and the rebels began shooting and killing them all in the car was horrible for them to see. I think the worst thing was when the baby was killed when the mother was running from the rebels. The mother's life was saved when the bullet stopped inside in the baby. I think that the theme is the war has changed the lives of the children and put them in survival mode.


  1. Thats cool that you run marathons, i have a friend that also runs in marathons every year. I'm not a big fan of running.

  2. whats the longest distance you have ran?

  3. 20 miles for fun any further gets challenging


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