Maddie: Well, the setting affects me as a reader because I
can relate to Clay. Since I live out in the desert, I know how
he feels when he describes the blistering heat, and when Mike
says that his fingers are bleeding because it is so dry. So to
me, this makes the book so much more enjoyable because I can say
to myself, "Haha! I know EXACTLY what he's going through."
Melissa: I agree with Maddie. I live in the desert and
it gets so hot! I like to be able to relate to something that
is going on in a book that I'm reading. It just seems more "life
like"! Clay does go through some hard times when he has to
deal with the weather and the temperature. That, of course will
affect the story in some way!
How does the narrator's tone (in this case Clay) affect the mood
when you read the story?
Melissa: The relationship between Mike and Clay plays
a huge part in this book. As said in the book, Mike and Clay aren't
as close as they once were...all because of a girl! (Amazing because
that's what happens at school and the relationship between friends!
Connection!) I think that this is a great book to relate to because
the characters are our age and the things that they do and things
that happen have happened to me!
Emi: Well, the reason for Clay and Mike's Big Wander is
two-fold. They are trying to find their uncle and Clay is also
trying to reconnect with Mike, since he feels that things just
aren't the same as they used to be. The mood is changed because
they, well Mike really, start getting discouraged about finding
the uncle. Also it is different then if they were purely sightseeing
because they don't want to stay in one place very often.