Monday, October 7, 2019

What's your favorite adventure?


Pearley Monroe certainly did have many adventures in Marci Seither's book, The Adventures of Pearley Monroe. He even realized in the final chapter that his adventures were just beginning, so there are more ahead for Pearley and the Monroe family!

Now that we have completed the book, the question for you is, what is the adventure that Pearley had in the book that you liked the best? You will get to create your first blog post around that question. In this writing, briefly tell the adventure that you liked the best. Then, take it apart and explain why you liked it the best out of all the adventures in the book. Really think hard and use your own thinking to explain why that entire adventure is the one you enjoyed the most in the book. Maybe there was a part of the plot that you liked, maybe you enjoyed the way it was written, maybe you liked the history behind it, maybe you found it to be touching, maybe you liked the message in the adventure-there are so many reasons why you can enjoy a piece of literature. Put all your ideas together in this piece and really let the readers of the world know what adventure was your favorite in the book.

Be sure to use multiple paragraphs, spell well, and check for good grammar and conventions. Once you have posted your blog, you can comment on other people's blogs, and hopefully, you will get comments on yours, too. Have fun with this, and use strong wording to let others know just how much you enjoyed Pearley's adventure!

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  1. The best adventure in "The Adventures of Pearley Monroe," revolves around the “Explosion at Gold Bug Mine.” In the story, the Monroe family was traveling to Placerville to deliver produce but they stopped at Gold Bug Mine along the way. While the family was there, Gold Bug Mine had an explosion that hurt many people. The explosion sent debris high into the sky and rattled the ground, as if an earthquake had gone through the town of Coloma. One miner was pinned under a boulder. A different miner had a bloody gash on the side of his forehead and even fainted, falling face first onto the grass just as Pearley came to help him. Another miner had burns on his arms and chest. One had a missing leg from the explosion! The miners were covered in soot and blood when they came out of the mine. They were gasping for air.

    I chose this adventure because it has a lot of action happening in a short period of time. It is exciting to read about the explosion sending debris into the sky and shaking the ground. However, this scene brings up many other emotions such as sadness and anxiety. For instance, Mama gets hit by the wagon when Ol ́ Duke rears up when the explosion happens, because he is scared by the debris sent into the sky. Sadly, this causes baby Rose to be born too early. After only one night, unable to get enough air, she dies.

    This chapter, “Explosion at Gold Bug Mine,” is the most exciting and intense portion of "The Adventures of Pearley Monroe." None of the other parts of the book have such action, drama, and sadness all put together. The adventure is unique out of all the other adventures because of the many different emotions created in it.

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    1. You did a great job of summarizing the event, Lucas. Great details tell about the impact of the explosion. I like that you recognize the mix of action, drama, and sadness.

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    2. Great job Lucas! Like the effort and good detailing. Also, I agree with Mr. LaMarr with the the mix of action, drama, and sadness, I rly like it! Great job.

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    3. Wow, great job with the mood. You really set many of them.

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    4. I like how you described the description of the scene.

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  2. The adventure that I liked the best in The Adventures of Pearley Monroe is the ‘’raccoon scandal.’’It involves a lot of action and excitement which I like. In the raccoon scandal,Pearley teams up with Luella Barnsworth to try and capture the thief that stole her mom’s diamond bracelet. To capture the thief Luella set out her precious hair combs on her bedroom window with the window open,so the thief could take the hair combs easily. Turns out the thief was a raccoon and Pearley who was watching Luella’s window saw the raccoon and chased it up a tree. Pearley found the hole where the raccoon hid the bracelet and hair combs ,and tried to grab them but fell and luckily grabbed another branch and was able to swing to reach the hole. He grabbed the bracelet and combs and gave them back to Luella and Mrs.Barnsworth.


    ‍I liked the raccoon scandal a lot for multiple reasons. I liked how it had a lot of excitement,adventure, and action to it. I liked its action because there was a lot of things going on,and Pearley almost died from falling off a tree but was lucky enough to grab onto another branch. I liked the adventure because you didn’t know what was going to happen next like will the raccoon get caught or will Pearley grab the valuables.I really like Pearley’s plan to catch the thief because it was really smart and well constructed. I also enjoy how unexpected the thief was because Pearley and Luella probably thought the thief was a person , but it was just a raccoon. I enjoyed that Chen was released from jail because Mrs.Barnsworth just assumed Chen was guilty when she had no proof,and only said he was guilty because he’s Chinese which goes to show how different races were mistreated back in the 1880’s. I also appreciated Mrs.Barnsworth expression when she realized she was wrong and judged Chen by his race. I also appreciated how Luella was not racist,and even helped Pearley much to her mother’s chagrin. I enjoyed how realistic it was because a lot of people were racist back then even though if the person they were racist to wasn’t racist to them. I liked how eventually Mrs.Barnsworth apologized,and probably felt ashamed. I liked how the Barnsworth’s left because they did not like the farming life,and they probably thought Mrs.Barnsworth was going to cause more trouble. I enjoyed how Pearley and Luella thought the thief was a person so they expected the thief not to get the hair combs,but since it was a raccoon he/she took the hair combs easily.

    I loved this adventure a lot. The reasons I liked it was it taught a lesson to never be racist and there was a lot of adventure,action,and excitement as well as some kindness and rudeness.

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    1. I like the way you described the action in this adventure. The lesson you found in it was a good one.

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    2. Good summary of a lengthy adventure, Henry! I wonder why the Barnsworths did leave Coloma. Did they not like it there? Were they just passing through? Could you imagine if they had stayed to live in Coloma? That would have created some change!

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    3. Great job Henry! Nice questioning and detailing. Really good. Nice job!

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    4. Thanks for checking in, Alejandro! You never know just who is going to read our work, fourth graders!

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    5. I liked the lesson to never be racist too! Good job on writing so much, Henry! Not just for writing so much, but writing so much awesome writing. You could have written a lot of writing that wasn't that good, but you wrote so much writing that was spectacular! Not everyone can do that, but you can. Great work!

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    6. Oops. That was me.

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  3. I like the lesson described in your blog.

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  4. The best adventure in The Adventures of Pearley Monroe is the plot- twisting experience of the Barnsworths in Coloma. Mrs. Barnsworth right away doesn’t like Chen, a Chinese boy with whom Pearley is friends, because of his race. When her diamond bracelet is stolen, she blames Chen. Chen gets thrown in jail by the town Sheriff, who says it was one of the worst things he had to do as a lawman. Later, everyone finds out that it was actually a raccoon who stole the bracelet and Mrs. Barnsworth apologizes.

    This adventure has several ideas that people can learn from. Mrs. Barnsworth treats Luella like a model about to go onstage. She says, “Luella, mind the sun dear. You don’t want your face to freckle, lest you look like some of those leather-skinned miners we saw as we came through Folsom.” Henry, Mrs. Barnsworth’s husband, just calls Luella “our little pumpkin.” Then Mrs. Barnsworth says, “Henry, do not refer to our child as some sort of garden patch vegetable. Especially not in public.” Henry’s just trying to show affection for Luella. Parents should let their kids be, well, kids! Later, Mrs. Barnsworth also treats Chen badly because of his race. He can’t control where he’s born, so no one can blame him for it. There’s nothing wrong with being born in China anyway! Mrs. Barnsworth should learn more about Chinese people before she judges Chen according to his race.

    I loved this adventure so much. There are things that people can learn from this adventure so they won’t repeat past mistakes. People could do the same thing that someone did badly in the book unless they read it. For example, parents should not treat their children like adults. Mrs. Barnsworth is more concerned about appearances than loving her daughter. She probably does love Luella, but she doesn’t show it very well.

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    1. Great introduction, Ozzy. You have done well to take the entire adventure and summarize all the main parts into just a few lines. What do you think is the most important idea that can be learned from Mrs. Barnsworth?

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    2. You really pulled out the moral of this adventure.

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    3. Awesome intro Ozzy! I really like it!

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    4. I like how you used quotes from the text. great job Ozzy!

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  5. The best adventure in The Adventures of Pearley Monroe is the adventure with Mrs. Barnsworth and the raccoon. In Coloma, visitors from the city of Boston arrived, and an important event occurred as a result. The Barnsworths have come to Coloma from Boston, which led a raccoon to see, want, and steal some of their shiny belongings. Chen, a Chinese boy, was falsely accused of stealing the shiny belongings, but was proven innocent after the raccoon was caught in the act of stealing one of the belongings.

    This adventure is my favorite due to the fact that there is irony in it. There is irony when Chen was accused of supposedly stealing Mrs. Barnsworth’s belongings, though it was really a small, fuzzy, raccoon. The irony occurs when a small animal was just swift enough to go unnoticed stealing valuable belongings, and a person, Chen, was accused of stealing them. Chen was sent to jail for stealing, but the raccoon who stole something ran away unpunished. The kids, Pearley and Luella, actually figure out a solution to prove Chen innocent, while the adults could not. The adults seemingly didn’t even try, either. It’s ironic that the adults are older and have more experience, but seemingly didn’t even try to prove Chen innocent. There is just a little bit more humor found in the adventure when Luella asks where Pearley’s shoes are, and Pearley responds with, “It’s summer time. If it ain’t Sunday, why would you want to feel all scrunched up in a pair of shoes?” Luella began unbuttoning her boots, and Pearley had never seen so many buttons on a pair of boots before. It is funny that there are so many buttons on the boots. The humor makes me like this adventure since it makes me laugh and enjoy the story.

    This adventure is my favorite also due to the fact that Mrs. Barnsworth eventually apologized for falsely accusing Chen of stealing some of Mrs. Barnsworth’s valuable belongings. This made me feel bad for Chen. I wish Mrs. Barnsworth apologized more, since Chen probably felt bad being sent to jail after supposedly stealing Mrs. Barnsworth’s belongings, even though it was really a small, fuzzy, creature who stole her belongings. Though I wish she apologized more, at least Mrs. Barnsworth apologized. This is something I am glad about due to Chen being sent to jail for being falsely accused. This taught Mrs. Barnsworth not to jump to conclusions based on race and not to blame someone of a crime without evidence.

    Mrs. Barnsworth and the raccoon is the best adventure in The Adventures of Pearley Monroe by reason of the irony and Mrs. Barnsworth’s apology.

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    1. Well done Jeremiah! I love that you see the irony in the adventure and that you can explain it. I agree with the irony you cite when you say that Chen was in jail, while the fuzzy little raccoon, the real thief, ran away unpunished. Great insight!

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    2. This blog is so good I was sitting for 10 minutes and I was amazed at what you said!

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    3. I agree, it was an ironic scene. I liked it too.

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    4. I read this blog over and over until I couldn't read anymore. You made this blog uniqe, you made it to where I couldn't reconize if it was the greatest writer in the world who wrote it or you! I have three words to say I LOVE IT!

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  6. The bear chase is the greatest adventure in The Adventures of Pearley Monroe without a doubt. In this adventure Pearley and Cordelia are laughing because their faces are covered in purple from eating berries. Then they start to hear a crunching noise and they found a California black bear and its cubs. They get chased by the bear. Then Cordelia dropped the lunch pail and the bears stopped to eat the food in the lunch pail.Then pearley and Cordelia escaped to a cavern.

    This is the best adventure because there is humor, action and drama. The humor is found when Cordelia dropped the lunch pail.
    There’s humor in this because Cordelia dropped the lunch pail at the most inconvenient time. This is inconvenient because Pearley and Cordelia are getting chased by a bear so they can’t go back and get it. There’s action when Pearley and Cordelia have to stop because Cordelia fell into the thorn bushes. This has action in it because the bear could have caught up to them and badly injured them or killed them.There’s drama because you don’t know if Pearley and Cordelia are going to get caught by the bear or not.

    As you can see the bear chase is the best adventure in The Adventures of Pearley Monroe.

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    1. That scene certainly does have a lot of action, Zach. I agree that the moment that Cordelia dropped the lunch pail was truly inconvenient. That was a lost lunch!

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    2. I agree, that lost lunch pail was such a nuisance.

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    3. Nice part with the lunch pail!

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    4. Pearley must have gone starving!

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  7. The best adventure in The Adventures of Pearley Monroe is chapters 5-7, when the Pearley Monroe and his family went to Gold Bug Mine. at. They found themselves for a nasty surprise. The “surprise” was there was a big explosion at the mine which caused the baby in Mama’s stomach to come out too early. Also men were covered in soot and blood. One man got pinned under the boulder and lost his leg! Lastly, there was one man who had his head covered in blood and then... FAINTED!


    This was my favorite adventure because it involved danger. I thought there was danger because when the explosion happened people were very hurt and could’ve died. Also People were trapped in the cave and could have suffocated and died,but thankfully no one actually died. Another reason I like this adventure because there was emotion. The emotion was love. There was love when baby Rose was loved even though she was loved less than a day she was still loved. Baby Rose died after the explosion happen and Ol’ Duke reared up and, the wagon he was hitched to, hit Mama. Baby Rose died because she was born too early. My last reason why I like the adventure is because it alarmed me when Mama started to roll around on the ground and moaning when she got hit by the wagon. It gave me a scare because who knows what would have happened. Mama could have gotten hit by a rock at the same time or maybe she got too low on oxygen. In the end everyone was fine i mean the injuries were still there like the guy that lost his leg, but i mean no no died just severely injured

    This adventure at Gold Bug Mine was the best adventure in The Adventures Of Pearley Monroe. No other part have much of love, danger,and alarming activity. These chapters have a unique effect that makes me think this is the best adventure ever!

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    1. Dramatic summary Kaitlyn! Also the reason was thorough and made sense.

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    2. Excellent conclusion, Kaitlyn. You do well to sum up the main reasons as to why you like the scene. You do well to discuss the action, the danger and the love. Great contrasts!

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    3. Great job I love how you put details in just the right places

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    4. Your thoughts. You described them well.

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    5. I really like the way you worded the blog Kaitlyn!

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  8. The best adventure in The Adventures of Pearly Monroe is the “Explosion At Gold Bug Mine.” This adventure is very sad, it lead to injuries, mama having her baby, and the passing of a Monroe child. A miner got pinned under a boulder at the explosion, while many other miners came out with charred chest, and could probably not see straight. When the explosion started Ol’ Duke reared up while mama was on the wagon that was on Ol’Duke so when Ol’ Duke reared up the wagon on him hit mama in the back. Mama ended up having her baby that peacefully passed away the next day.



    I wonder what would have happened better for the miners and the Monroe’s if the explosion at the mine never happened or if the Monroe’s just stayed home while the explosion happened? The whole Monroe family wouldn’t of gone through so much grief if the explosion never happened. Baby Rose would of had a great life if it wasn’t for the explosion. Instead all those miners, and the Monroes would have never been any better though, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger after all. Since this accident did happen, what I like about it is that I get a lot of emotions from this adventure, it makes me feel as if I am one of the characters at the time. When it provides a lot of feelings I get more of an idea of what is going on, I can visualize what is happening while I am reading. My favorite thing Pearley said was
    “I hate those miners!”
    It shows how Pearley feels about losing a sister, and how he expresses his feelings. When,Pearley saw his sister in her casket he immediately felt anger more than sadness, he felt more mad at the miners for what he thinks, that they were being greedy and didn’t care about anybody else. That anger towards the miners took the sadness out of Pearley. This is the best adventure, because it provides a lot of feelings and lets me get an idea of what’s going on.


    This is the best adventure in the book The Adventures of Pearley Monroe, it provides a lot of emotions such as sadness, and anger. The way humans process their emotions are all different and odd to other people. How Pearley processed his emotion was he automattically blamed the accident that happened on the miners. It wasn’t really the miners fault, but that is the way Pearley processed it, in his own way.

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    1. I like how you wonder about the change in the Monroe and the miners' lives had the explosion not happened. You have ideas that make others stop and think. The conclusion is excellent, Carissa!

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    2. I like how you put your unanswered questions. I wish I thought of that!

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    3. I like how say what you think would would happen if the explosion did not happen.

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    4. I agree with Matthew!

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  9. In the book, The Adventures of Pearley Monroe, the absolute best adventure is the explosion at Gold Bug Mine. The Monroe family was taking a trip to Placerville to deliver produce. On the way there they stopped at Gold Bug Mine. While the Monroe family was talking to Pa’s friend, Benjamin, an explosion broke out. Many miners were bloody, hurt, or burned severely.






    To me,this is the absolute best adventure because it has tons of action in it. Some examples are, when a guy is stuck under a boulder and two men have to get him out, when the explosion itself happens, and when a man comes out of the mine burned on his arms, and chest. I also like it because it has suspense. An example of suspense is when Mama is moaning and groaning because her stomach hurt .The horse, Ol’Duke, got scared and reared up. Ol’Duke was attached to a wagon and the wagon hit Mama, but that is a whole different story. That is an example of suspense because the reader will want to know what will happen next.



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    In, The Adventures of Pearley Monroe, the explosion at Gold Bug Mine is my absolute favorite. I like it because it has lots of action and suspense. Suspense and action are good in books because they make the book a whole lot more exciting.





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    1. You have an excellent summary to open your blog, Malia. Well done! What do you think of all the injuries you mentioned above? Would you have wanted to work in a mine in that time period? It sounds dangerous to me!

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    2. Very Good Describing ALL of the Injuries, Very Detailed

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    3. I like that you described all of the injuries!!!

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    4. Yes, suspense and action make a book exciting.

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  10. My favorite adventure in The Adventures Of Pearley Monroe is where a bear attacks Pearley and Cordelia when they were picking blackberries. Their motive was to pick enough berries for Miss Nancy’s cobblers. A californian black bear came up from behind the bush. It charged because Pearley and Cordelia were between the mother bear and its cubs. Pearley and Cordelia ran and Cordelia slipped on a rock and fell into a bramble bush. It pierced her calf ripping out a piece of her dress. They ran past the bear cubs and hid behind some tall grass. The mother bear gave up.



    This adventure is the best. There is drama which excites me and I like pretending I am in that scene. Marci really put great wording in. The part where it said “She was a full head taller than Pa” helped me visualize the bear’s power. I liked the setting and conflict. I thought the forest was great because forests are usually calm, peaceful places filled with fresh air. The conflict was great because bears are powerful, strong and intelligent creatures. I love the abrupt change from “She started laughing because Pearley’s teeth were purple as well” to “Run Delia.” I like the change because it is unexpected. I also like how Marci Seither wove real facts about bears into the adventure because I like learning, especially about animals.


    The best adventure in The Adventures of Pearley Monroe is the bear encounter. It has drama, good wording, setting, conflict, real facts and abrupt change.

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    1. Good reasons in paragraph 2, Jaren. I like that you picked out some text that helped you visualize, not just the bear, but the bear's power. Nicely done! You contrast of the powerful bear and the peaceful forest is great, too. Good observation!

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  11. “Gold Bug Mine”


    My favorite adventure in the book The Adventures of Pearley Monroe is the Explosion of Gold Bug Mine , when the Gold Bug Mine explodes. The Explosion of Gold Bug Mine started when the Monroes loaded the wagon with produce to deliver to Placerville. They stopped at Gold Bug Mine to eat and heard an explosion. Then their horse reared up and hit Pearley’s mama, hurting her severely . Next Baby Rose was born and died soon after. Also many miners got hurt severely. Some lost a body part or got trapped under boulders



    The Explosion of Gold bug Mine is the best scene in The Adventures of Pearley Monroe. That is because there is a calm part before the explosion, like the calm before the storm. I like how it is calm first because they don't expect anything. I also like how the adventure is touching because first Mama gets hurt. Then the baby dies because it couldn't breath on its own yet. Readers can feel how the Monroes are feeling because the Explosion of Gold Bug Mine is written so well. Also readers can feel bad for the miners that got hurt and for Baby Rose who dies soon after. I also like how the explosion is well described. The miners lost body parts and got trapped under boulders



    The Explosion of Gold Bug Mine is the best adventure in The Adventures of Pearly Monroe. This is also because it is written so well and is very quick to get into action. Also the action lasts for a long time and is very exciting.

    “Thank you Marci Seither for such a great book.”

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    1. Good work, August. Your ideas flow smoothly, and you have good thoughts. I like the variety of ideas you used to explain why you liked this adventure the BEST! Nicely done!

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  12. The best adventure in the book, The Adventures of Pearley Monroe, is the action-packed explosion at Gold Bug Mine. The Monroe Family went to Placerville to deliver produce, and stopped at Gold Bug. BOOM. Black smoke billowed out of the tunnel while miners screamed and gasped for air. The explosion scared the Monroes’ horse, who hit Mama with their wagon, causing Mama’s baby to be born prematurely. One miner had his clothes burned off and fainted face-first into the grass outside the tunnel. Another was pinned underneath a boulder inside the mine, and couldn’t get out.

    I like the action in this adventure. Action is enthralling. It’s like the reader suddenly gets excited and wants to read on. I tried as hard as I could to not read on, because it was assigned to read only chapter five. I just felt an urge pushing me, tempting me, to take a tiny peek at chapter six. Okay, I’ll admit, I did look at the first sentence, but I’m getting way too ahead of myself. Action makes a book worth reading. A book without action is like a day without light, like ice cream with no flavor. I felt like I was there when I read it. I could feel the hot air blowing in my face, like the book was on fire.

    My favorite adventure in, The Adventures of Pearley Monroe, is in chapters 5-7, “The Explosion at Gold Bug Mine.” It is action-packed, and that is to my liking.

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    1. Outstanding paragraph 2, Tate! You have only your thoughts in there, which is what paragraph 2 is to be about. I really like the comparisons you have in there to emphasize how much you enjoy action in books. Well done!

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    2. This blog is really good!

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    3. I agree with Mr. La Marr, Your paragraph 2 is really good. It is not retelling the story.

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    4. That's right, Grant! Good observation!

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    5. This...is...the...best!

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  13. My favorite scene in The Adventures of Pearly Monroe is when a fire suddenly breaks out at a bakery and a young boy gets trapped inside. The fire started one evening at Piety Hill Bakery, on Main Street, near Nichol’s Hotel. Everyone in the nearby buildings ran outside when the alarm sounded. George Lundeen’s nephew was trapped above the bakery. George Lundeen tried to go into the bakery, but two people stopped him. Charles Stone went in to save the boy and almost died. Meanwhile, a bucket brigade worked fast to put out the fire. George Lundeen’s nephew finally came out with his hair singed, but Stone did not come out until the fire was out. Two men carried Stone’s limp body. The building did not burn down.

    This scene has action, heroism, and danger. Fires are interesting and fun to hear about. Fires are often in movies, so the book seems more like a movie. When Charles Stone went into the bakery to save someone, it showed that he is a hero and will risk his life for someone else. The action was cool, and so were the shouts like, ‘’Fresh air, get the lad to fresh air!’’ I think it was cool when the bell rang to alert everyone. It was such a surprise. This scene is realistic because a bakery is more likely to catch on fire than most other buildings, because of its ovens and stoves and other things that use heat. I like that two men tried to stop George Lundeen from going inside the bakery because it shows how dangerous it was. When a women saw George Lundeen’s nephew in the window of the bakery, she screamed and fainted. This shows she was alarmed. People gave accolades to others who helped put out the flames the day after the fire. This shows the efforts were appreciated. That day, people were still cleaning up the debris from the fire. That shows how bad the fire was. When Stone saved Lundeen’s nephew, most people thought Stone made it down some steps and then passed out due to the heat and smoke. This means no one knew how he actually made it out and people made their best guess. Before, many people thought Charles Stone was running from the law. Now, everyone knew all the rumors about him were not true. He did not have a bobcat guard his house. And he was not bitten by a rabid coyote. Now, people knew that Stone was a good guy. I don't like it when a good guy is looked at as a bad guy. I feel bad for Stone, he had no family members to help him recover. His wife and son died of influenza, also known as the flu.

    The scene was surprising, realistic, and revealing, which is why I like it the best.

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    1. Your wording is good Matthew and you have ALOT of detail of the adventure in your blog

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    2. Excellent set up in the first paragraph, Matthew. I like the amount of information in the second paragraph, and you have pointed out some great ideas in that adventure. There was danger, and heroism and a mess to clean up, just like you explained!

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  14. In the novel, The Adventures of Pearley Monroe , the best adventure was the explosion at Gold Bug Mine. The explosion at Gold Bug Mine started when a blasting cap went out of control. Smoke surged out of the mine, wounded miners rushed out of the mine, and people were yelling things. Soon, another explosion sounded and debris flew everywhere. The Monroe’s horse, Ol‘ Duke, became startled by the loud noise and reared up towards Mama and hit her. Mama started rolling around and moaning. Mama was pregnant so the hit caused her baby to be born prematurely and die. The next day, everyone was very sad during the morning of the funeral. Pearley was upbeat until he saw a small wooden casket that his father built, which reminded him about the previous day and he hoped the baby wasn’t dead. The family had a funeral for Baby Rose.

    The best adventure in the novel The Adventures of Pearley Monroe is the explosion at Gold Bug Mine. I like this adventure because the way Marci Seither describes the explosion is so detailed, and I feel like I am really experiencing the explosion at Gold Bug Mine. I can picture a mine with smoke billowing out and hear people screaming and trying to get out. I can also picture Ol’ Duke rearing up because he heard a loud noise and Mama rolling around and moaning. I picture Pearley’s worried face when Mama gets hit. I can picture everything very clearly and distinctly in my mind. I like the scene because of how clear the writing is. One example in her writing that I think was really clear was the scene where all the miners got hurt. She explains the injuries and how it impacts the person who had the injury and how it affects Pearley.

    I also like how powerful the emotion is in this adventure. Baby Rose’s death caused intense sorrow for the reader It shows how sad and more common early birth and early death was in the 1800s. Many people don’t realise how sad early birth and early death was to experience. I never knew that lots of babies died because of early birth. I think it is important to learn new things that I didn’t know before. I am thankful for being alive in the modern age where lots of gadgets can save people like Baby Rose.

    The explosion at Gold Bug Mine was my favorite adventure in the novel The Adventures of Pearley Monroe which run through chapters 5-7. There are many different things that I like about this adventure. No other adventure in this novel has such clear details, intense emotion and important learning.

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    1. Great job of educating a reader about this adventure, Lyla! You have shown the details, emotion and learning in this blog very well. Good thought and excellent details make this a strong piece of writing!

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    2. Thanks Mr. La Marr, I forgot to change my name from my google account name

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    3. I like your reasons to choose this adventure as your favorite!

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  15. My favorite adventure in The Adventures of Pearley Monroe was the explosion at Gold Bug Mine, It had action, drama an surprises. The Monroe family was heading back from Placerville to Gold Bug Mine when there was a huge explosion. Many people got hurt in this fiery explosion. A miner got pinned under a boulder, another miner was covered in gore and ash and mama who gave birth to Baby Rose to early.


    Explosion at Gold Bug Mine adventure was the best adventure out of all the adventures in Adventures of Pearly It had action, surprises and drama and I like those things. Action has a lot of things happening at the same exact time and I like things happening. I like surprises because they always give me a scare and it energizes me a bit. Finally, I like drama because it is very emotional. We can connect the drama to the Baby Rose event because Baby Rose died and everyone was very sad.


    In The Adventures of Pearley Monroe, my favorite adventure was the Explosion at Gold Bug Mine. This adventure had lots of action, drama and surprises and I like those things. Because it had these things in it I liked the Explosion at Gold Bug Mine adventure.

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    1. Good job in your second paragraph, Grant, as you have no retelling of the story. You have told only your thoughts on the adventure. Your introduction does well to set up the rest of the writing! Would you have liked to have been there to see the explosion when it happened? I like that you stated that a miner was covered in gore. It is very descriptive!

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  16. Short, but you explain everything, it is great!

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  17. Pearley Monroe, the main character of The Adventures of Pearley Monroe, has had a lot of interesting adventures. My favorite one is when Pearley and Cordelia get lost in a deep, dark tunnel. Before they fall in the abandoned mine tunnel, the siblings are chased by an angry mother black bear. Just after they are relieved because they escaped, they tumble into an abandoned mine tunnel. The siblings start wandering through the tunnel. It seems like hours as they are walking through. Pearley catches his foot between two rocks and gets injured. Cordelia had to support him and they keep on going. In the end, they finally escape with the help of a Maidu tribe.


    I like this adventure. The way it is written puts a lot of tension into the mood. The tension is exciting and I like it. Pearley and Cordelia help and encourage each other all the way through. They are grateful to have each other. When they are helping each other, they are doing it in love and kindness to each other. I like that they are this way. If they did not have each other, they would probably never be able to get out alive or dead.


    The tunnel escape adventure is a very well told adventure. It is an exciting and well written adventure.




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    2. Your second paragraph has some great thoughts, Aiden. I like that you see the way the two siblings help each other and rely on one another. That is how they got out of the mess they were in!

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  18. The best adventure in The Adventures of Pearley Monroe is when Pearley and Cordelia are being chased by a California Black Bear. At the beginning of the adventure, Pearley and Cordelia were sent to pick berries because Miss Nancy was going to make a berry cobbler. They picked a bunch of blackberries, and then they sat down to eat lunch. When they sat down to eat lunch they heard some noises. Pearley thought it was a squirrel or some bees, but then Pearley realized whatever made that noise was much bigger than a squirrel or a bunch of bees. It was a bear! Then Pearley and Cordelia were being chased by the bear. Soon Pearley and Cordelia realized the bear was chasing them because the bear was a mother, and they were to close to her cubs.




    My favorite adventure in The Adventures of Pearley Monroe is the
    bear chase. That is my favorite adventure because it has action and adventure. I like action because it’s entertaining to me, as long as there’s not too much blood. There’s not that much blood in the bear chase adventure in The Adventures of Pearley Monroe. I like adventure because it introduces new things to me. I also like the fact that Pearley and Cordelia ran from the bear because it created new adventure to the book.




    The bear chase is the best adventure in The Adventures of Pearley Monroe. This adventure has unique chapters that makes the book, The Adventures of Pearley Monroe an excellent book!

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    1. nice work! I like how you said the book was excellent good job at explaining the bear chase

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    2. I like the way you detailed the first paragraph. Its awesome how you basically knew what was going.

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    3. I like the conclusion Josh!

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    4. You have a great summary to set up the adventure, Josh. Good organization of ideas, and paragraph 2 is strong in that you don't retell the story. Those are all your thoughts!

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  19. In the book The Adventures of Pearley Monroe By Marci Siether my favorite adventure is the Explosion at Gold Bug Mine.
    This chapter has lots of action and suspense like the part when the man fainted, and when Cordelia yelled “Mama Mama!”. This chapter starts as a peaceful afternoon in placerville. The Monroes decided to have a picnic at the Gold Bug Mine after they delivered the produce to the mercantile. Suddenly, a blast of debris shot into the air from the mine and miners came rushing out of the mine. A miner had a large gash on his head which caused him to faint. The mine owner rung the bells to tell everyone near to get help. Soon Cordelia’s scream split the air. This chapter is fascinating because there was lots of action. Finally, the explosion scared O’l Duke, the family horse, and he reared up while he was still attached to the wagon. The wagon rolled backwards and hit Mama in the stomach which caused her to have her baby early.


    This is a major conflict because it’s the first big conflict of the book. Before the explosion, there wasn’t a lot of trouble in the book. The explosion finally made the book more interesting. This made the book more interesting because it was full of action and it made the book have a conflict. Also, when the explosion occurred, the Monroes didn’t expect any trouble to occur while Mama was pregnant. Sadly, Mama’s baby died because her lungs hadn’t fully formed so her lungs couldn’t keep her breathing.

    I like all the action Marcie Siether was able to put into her amazing book of Pearley Monroe. This book is amazing because it is informational and it is a great book. Thanks for reading!











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    1. I really like the sadness in the second paragraph. Nice job, Cassidy!

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    2. I agree with Autumn!

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    3. Excellent summary sets this piece of writing up very well Cassidy. The scene at Gold But Mine does truly take a big turn from a peaceful afternoon to sadness. Things can sure change fast!

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  20. “The Explosion at Gold Bug Mine” is the best adventure in The Adventures of Pearley Monroe. The analysis of the adventure is the Monroes were delivering produce when at their last stop an ear-splitting explosion that left many miners injured or dead and leaving ol’ duke to kick mama have hurt. Also, debris sent high into the smokey sky. With that, a second explosion from more blasting caps left more probably dead in the back of the mine.

    “The Explosion at Gold Bug Mine” is the best since it has action, lots of details, and an overall important part of the story. First for the action, the explosion is well detailed with it having black smoke and not just smoke. Second, the adventure has people under a boulder that are probably dead. For the details, it’s debris shot into the sky and not debris flew into the sky. For the third idea, it leads to the birth and death of a baby that came to early.

    For a summary, the Monroes delivered produce when an explosion happened at Gold Bug Mine. In the end, this is why “the Explosion at Gold Bug Mine” is the best chapter in the Adventures of Pearley Monroe.

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    1. I agree that this episode is one of the most action-packed ones in the book, Victor. Would you have wanted to be there at the time of the explosion? it would be dangerous, for sure.

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  21. the last one was me.

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  22. The best adventure in the book, The Adventures of Pearly Monroe, is when Pearley and Cordelia get attacked by a she-bear that thought that Pearley and/or Cordelia were trying to hurt or even kill her cubs. Pearley and Cordelia were picking berries when a huge, intimidating California black bear assailed the pair. In his fear, Pearley drops his and Cordelia’s lunch tin and their hard earned berry bucket. They run for their lives into the woods, hearing the sound of their lunch and bucket be mutilated as they run. A feeling of relief sweeps over them when they realize that the bear wasn’t chasing them anymore. They find a source of a cool breeze that induced them to enter when the ground beneath them gave way, leading to their next adventure.
    This is the absolute best adventure in the book because it is a tiny bit humorous and makes me anticipate what would be next. Why would bear cubs even be on the other side of a clearing away from its’ mother anyways? This makes me chuckle because of the bears’ weird and funny behaviour. It makes me anticipate what would happen next,since at the end the ground suddenly broke without warning. I asked myself, ‘‘What will happen next?’’In fact, the ground collapsing surprised me. I didn’t think that the dirt would not be strong enough to hold 2 people, as I have seen dirt that was very strong before. I thought the dirt would hold, but instead of Pearley and Cordelia backing away, there was a sudden collapse of dirt. Also, the she-bear made me fear for Pearley and Cordelia. I had feared that the bear would come charging towards Pearley and Cordelia as they thought that they were safe.

    This chapter is very intense, serious and slightly humorous. This chapter also is the only chapter to have Pearley and Cordelia run for their lives, or be chased by a bear barreling towards them. This adventure was the most distinctive chapter because of the terror and fear of the two main characters.

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    1. sorry that was me up above.

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    2. nice! I love the words used in this blog

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    3. Excellent use of wording, Ryan! Your word choice makes this piece even more interesting to read. You have touched on some good aspects that the chapter entails with the intensity, humor and seriousness. Well done!

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  23. Out of all the adventures in The Adventures of Pearley Monroe my favorite adventure was the Maidu adventure. It starts with Pearley and his sister Cordelia went berry picking and encountered a California black bear. The bear chased them for their lunch tin and stole it. Pearley and Cordelia run away from the bear and start crawling through tall grass and eventually they fall into an old abandoned mine shaft. The mine shaft was flooded when Pearley landed he hurt his leg badly. They start walking through the tunnel and find that there are crates full of onions at the end of the mine shaft. They come across a girl from the Maidu tribe and accidently startled her. She went to inform her tribe three of the Mideu men they rush into the cavern to rescue Pearley and Cordelia, the Maidu tribe gives them food and tend to Pearley’s leg, then the girl that they startled told that her name was Katahhanee. They don't know what direction to get home so she asks her father if they can take Pearley and Cordelia to the berry patch where they were berry picking and Katahhanee’s grandmother gave her a bag of herbs and gives it to Pearley’s Dad to help with the swelling. Then they head home and find out that there was a search party looking for them.

    This adventure keeps me guessing what is going to happen and that makes it my favorite adventure. It keeps me guessing because when Pearley and Cordelia fell in the hole it made me start guessing if they would die in the cavern. Another example is when they were being chased by the bear I wondered if they were going to get hurt badly. There are more examples and one of them is when they were crawling through the tall grass I thought that they were going to encounter a snake of some sort. Another example is when Pearley fell into the hole and hurt his leg I thought that he would break his leg and it turned out that he did. Another of the many examples is when Pearley and Cordelia were in the Maidu village and were eating I thought that they were going to not make it home and have to stay and live in the village. Lastly, this adventure made me guess if there would be a search party looking for them.

    Now you know why I chose this adventure, it is full of kindness and wonder. This is a great adventure and this is why I chose this scene.

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    1. I like the idea that the adventure kept you guessing. Good readers are always trying to figure out what's next; I'm glad this adventure allowed you to do that, Isabella.

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  24. The bear chase adventure in The Adventures of Pearley Monroe, is the best adventure in the whole book without a doubt. This takes place in a berry patch not to far from Pearley and Cordelia’s house.

    The bear roared ferociously, causing Pearley and Cordelia to follow their instincts and run. Cordelia tripped into a cluster of large vines, catching her calf on the needle-sharp thorns, drawing blood. Pearley tugged at the vine, tearing a couple pieces from Cordelia’s gingham dress in the process, leaving them behind. The bear made a grunt followed by two small replies -- Pearley realized they were in the middle of a mother bear and her two cubs. In the blink of an eye, the mother bear dropped on her four huge paws and barreled straight toward the two panicking children. Pearley and Cordelia scurried away about 50 yards until they collapsed in tall grass, realizing the bear had turned back, but knowing the bear was not far off. Not long after, they could hear the crunching sound of their lunch tin being decimated. When Pearley and Cordelia saw a cave opening, they went inside and fell into a cavern; but that is a whole other story.

    This is the best adventure because it has humor, irony and dramatic moments. It was funny when, after blackberry picking, Pearley and Cordelia found each other with purple teeth and lips. It was also humorous when Pearley and Cordelia could hear their lunch being ravaged. It was ironic when Cordelia dropped their lunch tin at the most inconvenient time. We find a dramatic moment when Cordelia tripped into a patch of large thorn covered vines and has to have Pearley help her out of the vines while a Californian black bear is chasing them! I also like how Pearley helps himself and Cordelia in a life-threatening situation.

    As you can see the bear chase is the best adventure in all of The Adventures of Pearley Monroe, book.

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    1. You have a good introduction with some strong vocabulary, Jake. You've done well to show the humor, irony and drama; why do you like that?

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  25. The best adventure in “The Adventures Of Pearley Monroe” is the bear chase in the berry patch. The scene starts when Cordelia wants to go berry picking but Pearley wants to go fishing with Rudy. Pearley and Cordelia end up going to pick berries together because Mama told them they must go. This scene reminds me of when I don’t want to play with my little brother when he wants to play Monopoly and my mom tells me I need to play with him.

    Excited about the sweet berries, Pearley and Cordelia ate some while they were picking. Suddenly they hear a “snap” that sounded like angry bees and squirrels. It turns out that a California black bear showed up! The kids panicked and sprinted 50 yards to hide in the grass and clumps of bushes, to wait for the bear to leave. They were terrified because they weren’t expecting a bear. I could imagine the the bear running towards Cordelia and Pearley, and running away fearfully. It probably made them sweat like crazy.This was a very exciting part of the story, packed with action, and I was nervous for Pearley and Cordelia.

    I like this adventure the most surprise and action in this adventure and that was outstanding. The bear chase was the most interesting barcause the bear chase had adventure, surprise, and action. I could imagine Pearley and Cordelia with their eyes big, their faces turning red, and panting like a dog. This also makes me think how scary and surprising it must be to go berry picking in that time. The way the bear jumped out made me excited to flip the page

    The bear chase in “The Adventures Of Pearley Monroe” has action and surprise like no other adventure in the book. This scene is the most thrilling because it was so much more realistic than most chapters.

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    2. Good summary of the adventure, Anson. I would like to hear your thoughts about why you think this is the most realistic adventure in the book. I'm glad that the book was written so that you wanted to keep flipping the pages.

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  26. “THE RACCOON BANDIT”

    The best adventure in The Adventures of Pearley Monroe is the Raccoon bandit. The Barnsworth Family came to Coloma in a stagecoach. Soon Mrs. Bransworth’s diamond bracelet has gone missing. Pearley and Luella team up to find it. They made a plan. Before she went to bed, Luella set out her sapphire combs next to the open window, as bait. Pearley was watching the window when a raccoon took the combs, and Pearley followed it up a tree. The raccoon ran down the trunk. Pearley reached into a knot in the tree and pulled out the jewelry. Then he gave the items back to Mrs. Bransworth and Luella.


    The jewel thief adventure is the most terrific adventure of the book for many reasons. I liked the humor, the mystery, the action, and the nature. There was humor when Pearley finds out the real thief is a raccoon. This was so funny to me. Pearley and Luella probably thought the real thief was a human, just like I did. My prediction was proven wrong! As the adventure continued, the mystery of who the thief was kept me turning the pages. After they figured out who the thief was, the raccoon scurried to the tree. Pearley goes up the tree after the critter and the next thing that we know the raccoon raced down the tree. The branch SNAPS and down it goes, but swift Pearley was quick to grab onto another branch. This part had a lot of action and I enjoy it. It was interesting to me that the author chose raccoon as an important character in the story. Having animals in the story and an adventure set outdoors, I was able to imagine I was there with them.


    This was my favorite adventure in the entire book. It had everything that makes a book worth reading, humor, mystery, action and nature.

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    2. Well organized writing, Lauren. You have summarized the adventure well, and your thoughts as to why you like it are a good mix of text and your thinking.

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  27. The best adventure in The Adventures of Pearly Monroe is the saddening and unexpected moment that the Gold bug mine exploded,and lots of people had injuries. The explosion at Gold Bug Mine was very loud, long, and left some men with severe injuries. Some even got trapped in the cave which was filling up with unhealthy smoke fast. Also debris was flying in the air, falling,and hitting the ground. Some men also had to get someone that was pinned under a boulder in the mine out of the mine. I think that the explosion was saddening for a particular reason. The particular reason was, since men and maybe other women/children got hurt (like getting gashes, scars, blood etc.) they might have died if the injury was serious.Also it was saddening because the survival rate wasn't good in the mid 1800’s so even if they had a gash on the side of their head they could of died(but nobody did luckily). This adventure was also unexpected. It was also unexpected because the Monroe family was just going to Placerville to restock the stores with their own goods but instead debris and smoke flew into the air, People got hurt badly, And Mama had baby Rose. It was also unexpected because they thought it would be an eight mile ride from Placerville back to the Monroe’s house but instead it was an adventure where they had a baby that was born and people that were getting hurt. In all the explosion at Gold Bug Mine was a sad and unexpected adventure. The explosion had an impact towards the Monroe family and the miners because the Newborn baby died the day after she was born and since the mine exploded the miners might have to find another place to mine.

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    1. Good ideas, Rachel. You've done a good job of setting up the calm day where no adventure was planned, but then a sudden, tragic event occurs. That contrast makes the adventure interesting to me!

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  28. The action packed explosion at Gold Bug Mine is the best adventure in the book, The Adventures of Pearley Monroe. I love all the action that Marci Seither put in the book, especially in this adventure. These paragraphs will tell the readers of this blog why the explosion at Gold Bug Mine is the best adventure in this book. The explosion caused Ol` Duke to hurt Mama, and because he hurt her, Baby Rose was born too soon. Also, many people got hurt because of the explosion.

    One of the reasons that the explosion at Gold Bug Mine is the best adventure in the book is because the explosion caused many people to get hurt, and when people get hurt, it makes the story more action packed. Action makes the story more interesting. Many of the miners were covered in soot and blood. They were gasping for air. One of the miners was dazed, and he was bleeding from a gash on the side of his head, because of the explosion. The explosion also burned a miner`s shirt. His burned shirt caused the miner`s blistered and charred skin to be showing on his chest and arms. He fainted face first onto the grass. The explosion pinned a miner named Roberts under a boulder. People were trapped inside the tunnel, screaming. Many men were covered in blisters and blood. One of the men had lost his leg!!!

    Another reason I chose this adventure is because the explosion scared Ol` Duke and he reared up. The wagon was tethered to him, so the wagon came up with him and hit Mama. She was lying on her side, holding her stomach. She was also moaning, and because the wagon hit her, it caused Baby Rose to be born too soon and die.That was all because of the explosion. Also, Ol` Duke got hurt from kicking the wagon, and he got a small cut on his hind leg.

    The explosion at Gold Bug Mine caused many people to get hurt and injured. The explosion also caused a lot of action that was very exciting. Also, the explosion had a lot of impact on the adventure and the story ahead. Some of the impact that the explosion had was really sad and a little scary. Out of all of the adventures in The Adventures of Pearley Monroe, the explosion at Gold Bug Mine was the best adventure.

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    2. Strong conclusion, Autumn, as you sum up the adventure very well. You state that the adventure is action-packed. Why do you like that? I agree with you; I am just curious as a reader about why you like the action.

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  29. My favorite adventure in “The Adventures of Pearley Monroe” is the Explosion at Gold Bug Mine, it lead to injuries, and even baby Rose being born too early. The explosion was caused by some blasting caps, we found this out from a guy who fainted in the grass, The explosion sent debris into the air. this shocked Ol’ Duke (the horse), who had a wagon attached to him, and he jumped which bumped the wagon up, and that injured mama.

    I liked this adventure the most because it was well written, very detailed, and descriptive. I also liked it more than the other adventures because it was more enjoyable and interesting than the other parts of the book, and showed how hard life was about a century ago. It also shows that not everything is solvable in every situation, and the explosion even had an impact later on, which was baby Rose being born too early.

    I really enjoyed the book from Marci Seither, especially the explosion at the Gold Bug Mine. It showed what things were like a long time ago, and how much harder it was for everyone to do things that are so much easier today.

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    1. Good ideas in your second paragraph, Ian, as you show your thinking! I like the ideas in your conclusion, too. I agree that there were some things that were harder to do in the 1880s. However, I think I might like the slower pace of the days back in that time.

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  30. The best adventure in The Adventures of Pearley Monroe is when the Monroe kids encountered a bear. Nothing brutal happened during that session, but there was blood. There were plenty of things happening, but at the end, everyone survived and that's all that counts.

    Cordelia wanted to go berry picking while Pearley wanted to go fishing with Rudy. Miss Nancy wanted to make a berry cobbler, so Cordelia got her wish. Pearley was annoyed, yet not discouraged. After berry picking, the two children ate their lunches. Everything seemed well, then out of the blue a female black bear with two cubs appeared. The black bear scared the Monroe children mentally by standing tall on her hind legs and intimidate them physically. She charged at the defenseless children without hesitation, which forced them to run toward the berry bushes. Part of Cordelia’s dress tore off on the berry bushes. Soon the black bear lost interest in the kids, and decided to feed on the lunch contained in the little tin boxes or lunch boxes. After a little while the Monroe kids were in another scenario. Later on, the parents got concerned because it had been a while since the kids were expected to be home. When the parents got to the scene, all that remained was a wrecked lunch container and a part of Cordelia’s dress. That led the parents to believe the children were killed by some reckless monster.
    Out of all the various adventures, I chose the bear attack. There are plenty of scenes in this album of adventures, but this one really grabbed me. The event was short, and it had all the action in one episode. It didn’t stretch out like the Barnsworth episode. In about half a chapter, it was finished. All the action inside this venture came out all at once. It makes it unique.

    What also speaks to me is what happened to me some six years ago. The story goes like this. Once I was four years old, my Ransom side of my family drove up to Yosemite to celebrate Thanksgiving. Also be. since we're on the topic, R.I.P. Great Grandpa Morey 1917-2014. Around 8:30 A.M. my family went to the breakfast place. My dad and I snuck out of the place. There was something cool. Now in my four-year-old mind I was like; “O.K. I don’t care. Going with my dad to a location I know absolutely nothing about is a great idea, especially since I was four. “My dad and I walked for some time and came across this pile of boulders. Dad starts going through a tight passageway, so I do the same thing. I asked the question. “Where we going Papa?” I said finally concerned. He looked at me. When my dad looks at me, he’s expected to speak. “To late for that. We already reached our final destination,” he said. We reached the top of the mound of boulders. In my world while being four.... It felt like we climbed a mountain. When we got up there all we saw was a thin layer of willow leaves. But behind all those leaves was what I thought to be my demise. There was a cougar. I remember not being as afraid as I am today, but I kept saying get me out of this place. With its sharp eyes it probably saw us through the willow leaves. I just sprinted away from that situation. I wasn’t harmed in the scenario, but it’s the closest thing I can relate to the bear attack in Pearley Monroe


    In the most honest conclusion, it all comes down to myself. The bear encounter, in some way, touches me. The event is so short, but it is detailed. It connects to my past. It's full of action, which I love. When I link it all together, this adventure has a meaning to me. I learn I’m not alone when it comes to adventure. It’s impossible to survive a bear attack in some points of view. Being near a dangerous animal isn’t rare. It was day to day life for some people. A bear is dangerous.I know what they did, they survived. I survived. This bear attack is inspiration. It tells me, ‘’Even in tough situations there’s a chance of survival.” This is the life of a salmon. There going against a strong current, but they have the grit and determination to keep going. Like Pearley. Like, me.



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    1. Interesting writing, Zariah. I like the connection with your own experience and the parallel with Pearley. You have some insightful thoughts here, and it is interesting to read.

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