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BC: Bibliography | http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6512140-going-bovine http://prezi.com/pkck-3s8ceuf/going-bovine/ http://ingridsnotes.wordpress.com/2010/04/30/libba-brays-ten-insights-for-writing/ http://baja-greenawalts-cozybooknook.blogspot.com/2010/03/going-bovine.html http://www.indyposted.com/113654/top-10-scary-diseases/ http://www.mad-cow.org/

1: Going Bovine is a very touching novel in my opinion. It can be seen in many different ways but when it comes down to it, it was a tragedy because the main character dies in the end. The main character, Cameron, was not just an ordinary character. It seemed as though he was human because he had a true personality, true feelings, and a true sense of humor. At first, Cameron is a typical stoner who doesn't care about anything or anyone. After being infected with Mad Cow Disease, he realizes how precious life really is. He sets out on a mission to find a cure for his disease. It turns out that when on his mission, he is not in reality but in an imaginary world. Cameron ends up dying from Mad Cow Disease. He stays with his guardian angel, Dulcie, in his afterlife in Disney World's "It's A Small World Ride" where he said he spent the best day of his life as a child. | Plot Summary

2: Character Descriptions | Cameron Smith is a high school student suffering from spongiform encephalopathy who escapes from where he is hospitalized to fulfill his mission of finding a cure for his disease and saving the world. Gonzo- Cameron's traveling companion on his mission, a dwarf with an overprotective mother. Dulcie- a punk rock angel who is Cameron's guide. Balder- Cameron's other traveling companion, the Norse god who has been cursed into the shape of a lawn gnome Jenna Smith- Cameron's twin sister who is popular in school and is not close to her brother Staci Johnson- Cameron's initial love interest who ignored him at first but he then loses his virginity to her later on in the book.

3: This is a picture of what Balder would look like

4: I believe the major them of Going Bovine is life is short so live each day like it's your last. In the book, Cameron ( the main character ), took advantage of life. He didn't appreciate what he had and just wasted his life away playing video games, smoking, and listening to music. After realizing that Cameron had Mad Cow Disease, his relationship with others changed completely. He realized he might as well enjoy the little bit of life he has left. | Major Themes

5: A critical event in the novel is when Cameron is on his mission but he then begins to hear Glory's, his nurse's, voice. She's telling him to hold on and that he was going to be okay and then he felt something shock him on the chest. I can infer from this that Cameron was having a seizure. This is a very important part of the book because this is what showed me that when Cameron is on his mission, he is not in reality. When on his mission, he is in some sort of coma. | Critical Events

6: The author of Going Bovine is Libba Bray. She is also the author of the acclaimed A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, & The Sweet Far Thing She lives in Brooklyn, Newyork One of her famous quotes is, "I'm one of those people who has to write. If I don't write, I feel itchy and depressed and cranky". Her worst habits are overeating, self doubt, and frequent use of the "F" word. | Author Biography

7: Libba Bray

8: Analysis | I chose to analyze Cameron's disease. Mad Cow Disease is what the main character , Cameron, is diagnosed with. It is an infectious disease in the brain of the cattle. If humans eat diseased tissue from the cattle, they may develop the human form of mad cow disease known as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Abnormal proteins called prions are found in brain tissue .Prions eat away at the brain and create tiny spongelike holes in parts of the brain. These so-called spongy holes cause slow deterioration within the brain, and eventually symptoms affecting the whole body. Death follows.

9: The right is the brain when it has control, the before picture. The left brain is after being infected with Mad Cow Disease

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