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FC: Jem's Scrapbook | By: Danielle Adair and Iman Aly

1: I'm a young white boy whose name is Jem, living in the South, specifically Maycomb, Alabama. I live with my father, Attiucs, and my kid sister, Jean Louise, but everyone calls her Scout. My life in the summer usually his hanging out with Dill and Scout playing games about the Radleys. | Calpurnia takes care of us most of the time. The kids like to go to Ms. Maudie's house for her cakes. When Scout and I walk home from school we go by the Radley's house. I like playing football, but | Atticus doesn't play though. There's this tree with a knot that Scout and I found some interesting things in.

2: As I grow older, Scout doesn't really understand why I'd rather stay inside and just read. She needs to grow up one day. Before I became so mature, we always had the best imagination. | I made this scrapbook to show all the things I want to remember when I am all grown up. So here are my many adventures that I've been through.

3: My sister, Scout, is a very important person to me. The 9 year old is full of life but can also be annoying. She doesn't like to dress up and usually plays outside with Dill and I in the summer. I love my sister to death, but as I get older and see the world in new light she just doesn't understand me at all. Out friendship has grown slightly apart because of me becoming more mature. Before, we'd always talk as we walked home from school about life and people. We even found a hold in a tree that is by the Radley's house, and there were little "treasures" inside of it, and the Mr. Radley filed it with cement. Since Scout is real smart, I sometimes have to make up good explanations to her questions that might not always be true, but because I'm the older brother she usually believes me that is until she asks Atticus the question, too. Without Scout, i would be a very boring person with no one to mess with or play with. When she grows up a little more, maybe we can be less distant. That would sure be nice.

4: I would have to say, Atticus would probably be the most important person in my life. He has guided me throughout my childhood and taught me some very valuable lessons. As I grew older and older he taught me how to make wiser decisions. Just by defending Tom in the trail, he has taught me tolerance and the affects of prejudice.

5: Today was the day that was haunting Scout and Ifor about two whole summers. Sometime around noon, Scout, Dill and I went to see Tom Robinson's trial, even though Atticus didn't want us to. As the judge entered, and the court house slowly grew silent my heart raced with excitement as Atticus started questioning the first witness. At first I had no idea where Atticus was trying to go with all his questions. However, once he asked Mr. Ewell to sign his name, it came clear to me that it must have been Mr. Ewell who raped Myella. As I watched Atticus make his final speech, it was positive that he had won. Though I was devastated when i heard the jury one by one announce "guilty". As I walked home after the trial, I felt like my head was going around in circles and I didn't know what to think or even say.

6: Another important thing that has happened to me is when there was a crazy, rabid dog outside, and it was coming towards our house. Scout and i kept trying to be outside 'cause it looked funny. Cal tried to keep us inside; she | called Atticus to come kill the dog. He and Mr. Heck cam. Heck wouldn't shoot the dog because he said he was a shot, and it would be better if Atticus shot it. Miss Maudie said he was the best shot in the county, so Atticus eventually took up the gun, aimed and killed the dog in one shot! I always though he was too old to do things like that, but this made me proud to be his son. THis is significant because I know now that I can really look up to Atticus.

7: There are few things in my life that i consider important to me. One of them would be the white camellia Ms. Dubose gave me when she died. I know that I was not kind to her, and she requited those feelings of mutual dislike. The flower is beautiful from her very well kept garden; I think it is a symbol saying that she actually though i was all right even after I destroyed all of her flowers and he to read to her for months--while hating every minute of it. Atticus told me she was dying and wanted something nice to happen to her every day before then. I wish I would've known that, so I could have made it more enjoyable for her. I think I'll preserve this flower in a book.

8: One of my favorite parts of walking home everyday was walking pass Boo Radley's house. Ienjoyed thinking about all the mysterious and strange things he did at his house all alone. But one of my favorite parts was finding things in the hole of a tree in his front yard. One day, Scout and I were walking home from school and something caught our eye in the tree. When we walked up, I saw two little wooden dolls. One of a boy and one of a girl. I convinced Scout that since we were the ones who found them, that they were ours to keep. I started to wonder who had put them there and why. was someone expecting us? I later learned it was Boo Radley's way to communicate with the outside world.

9: "...I think I'm beginning to understand something, I think I'm beginning to understand why Boo Radley's stayed shut up in his house all this time. It's because he wants to stay inside." ( Lee, 227) | This shows how Jem has grown throughout the book witha greater understanding of the world.

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