Have you ever read a book that has a powerful message? You know, when you finish the book, you feel as though you just learned something about yourself, other people, or life. Often books have multiple messages that the authors want you to take away. We call these messages, "themes". A theme is a central idea to story.
A book that I recently read that has powerful themes is "Hound Dog True" by Linda Urban. One theme is about having confidence in yourself. Another theme is about not judging people. In the story, the main character is an extremely shy and self-conscious girl named Mattie. Mattie meets the girl next door, Quincy, who is older and appears to be "popular and cool". Throughout the story, Mattie is worried that Quincy is judging her. She thinks Quincy is uninterested in being her friend because Mattie is babyish and awkward. However, Mattie learns that Quincy has a big heart. She discovers that Quincy has her own insecurities, just like Mattie. At the end of the story, Mattie realizes that Quincy is her friend and has been all along.
I thought the themes of confidence and not judging people were powerful. I could relate to Mattie's stress that Quincy was judging her. She had low confidence in herself. However, it turned out that Mattie was the one doing the judging. Mattie assumed that Quincy didn't care about being her friend because of the tone of Quincy's voice and how little she said. But Mattie was wrong. Quincy enjoyed Mattie's company and liked doing the same things Mattie did. Mattie learned a valuable lesson not to judge people and to have confidence in herself.
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