Ryan Robinson


Chapter 1

Ryan Robinson Chapter One

“Just think about it,” said my grand mom, “imagine having to call his name across the entire neighborhood for dinner.”

“Yea, play it out in your head,” replied my Nana. “‘Tucker!! It’s time to come home for dinner!’ It just doesn’t sound right.”

“You guys are right,” proclaimed my mother, “that would be pretty bad.”

This was the conversation between my two grand mom’s and my mother at dinner one night at my house in Media, PA. The smell of tension in the air, could be smelled from a mile away. No one knew what to name the new baby boy. All three of them were being so loud that I could even hear it from inside of my mom! There were multiple names in mind, such as Tucker, Austin, and Ryan. My dad personally hated Austin, although my mom loved it as much as she loves Nora Jones. Tucker sounded good to everyone, until my grand mom’s intercepted the name and told my mom about the future situation. So there was only one name left. Ryan. They could all see it in their mind, like bright lights in NYC.

“I have always liked the name Ryan,” said my mom, “I feel it is a strong name, and it sounds good with Richard.” Now you may not know what name Richard is for, and dont be upset. It was my uncles name who passed away due to cancer. It was very upsetting when he died. He was only 30 years old when he passed. Now, Richard was eight years older than my dad. Currently my dad is 47, so this means my uncle would be 55. He died 25 years ago. I may have made it seem like he died recently, but really, he didnt. Even my cousin Nathan who is a Junior in College, has the same middle name. Uncle Rich was a great man. He was a strong and powerful leader, and that is in fact what Richard means. I believe I am just like him. A strong and powerful leader. I never met my uncle, but he will forever be in my heart.

Every now and then, people say to me, “Hey! Your initials are RRR! That’s so cool!” Then I get a follow up question asking if that was on purpose. I have to say no, and they the look confused.

“I only got those initials by chance. My parents didn’t even notice my initials were like that until a few weeks before i was born!” I would reply.

“Well, do you like your name?”

“Yea! Absolutely! I mean, it may be tricky to say 5 times fast, but it’s not everyday you meet someone with triple initials!” Why wouldn’t I like my name? I mean, it gives remembrance to my uncle for one, and it also has three R’s for my initials. Some people call me Triple R, or R cubed. I have gotten a lot of names from people, and more frequently than not, get a new one each month!

Honestly, I believe my name sounds as strong as a heavyweight lifting champion. Has anyone ever heard of Triple H? He works for the WWE, and gets his name from his characters name. His characters name is Hunter Hearst Helmsley, but in real life, his name is Paul Levesque. I never watched the WWE, but if someone asked who my favorite WWE wrestler was, I would say Triple H. Anyway, back to reality. Ryan means Little King, Richard means powerful and a strong leader, and Robinson is patronymic from the name Robin.

Chapter 2

My birthday is May 11th, 2000

As October 3rd, 2014, I am 5258 days old.

On my day of birth, this is what the moon looked like. (please insert date)


Weather on the day I was born:

Highest Temperature: 75 °F Rain/Precip: T"

Average Temperature:64.0 °F Snowfall: 0.0"

Lowest Temperature: 53 °F Snow on Ground: 0"

Famous people with my birthday:

Jeremy Maclin - Plays in the NFL

Cam Newton - Plays in the NFL

Miguel Velslo - Professional soccer player

Ace Hood - Rapper

Beau Ryan - Professional rugby player

Ten things that happened throughout time on my birthday in history .

2014 – 15 people are killed and 46 injured in Kinshasa in a stampede caused by tear gas being thrown into the stand by police officers attempting to defuse a hostile incident.

2013 – At least 46 people are killed in a bombing in Reyhanlı, Turkey.

2010 – David Cameron becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom following talks between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats to form the UK's first coalition government since World War II after elections produced a hung parliament.

2000 – Second Chechen War: Chechen separatists ambush Russian paramilitary forces in the Republic of Ingushetia.

1998 – India conducts three underground atomic tests in Pokhran to include a thermonuclear device.

1997 – Deep Blue, a chess-playing supercomputer, defeats Garry Kasparov in the last game of the rematch, becoming the first computer to beat a world-champion chess player in a classic match format.

1996 – The 1996 Mount Everest disaster: on a single day eight people die during summit attempts on Mount Everest.

1996 – After the aircraft's departure from Miami, Florida, a fire started by improperly handled chemical oxygen generators in the cargo hold of Atlanta-bound ValuJet Flight 592 causes the Douglas DC-9 to crash in the Florida Everglades killing all 110 on board.

1995 – More than 170 countries extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions.

1987 – In Baltimore, Maryland, the first heart–lung transplant takes place. The surgery is performed by Dr. Bruce Reitz of the Stanford University School of Medicine.

These things cost this much on my date of birth:

a postage stamp: $0.80

a luxury car: I don't know

an economy car: I don't know

a four bedroom house in Media: I don't know

a gallon of milk: $2.88

going to the movies: $5.39

Bill Clinton was President

The must have toy were Furbies which were invented in 1998, but became very popular.

Movies coming out in 2000:

Scary Movie

Remember the Titans


Biggest movie stars of 2000:

Russel Crowe

Denzel Washington

Patrick Stewart

Most popular TV shows of 2000:

Malcom In the Middle

Big Brother


Most popular music of 2000:

'N Sync - Bye Bye Bye

Madonna - Music

Pink - There You Go

Most popular sports of 2000:


Yacht Racing


Year 2000 fashion trends:

Spiked hair

Distressed Jeans

Denim Jackets


Chapter 3

The first item I have chose is a football signed by the 1990 Penwood High School Football team. My uncle Richard died in 1990 due to brain cancer. As he was sick, the football team he coached all signed a football for him. Today, it sits underneath the television in my family's’ basement. We have it today as a reminder to my dad and everyone else of the death of Richard Robinson in 1990 at the age of 30. We have saved it to hold the memories we have with him in our lives. We shall always remember the short life of Rich, as that football sits in it’s glass case underneath our TV for as long as we shall live. The second item I have chosen is technically two different things, but are very closely related. The two are both ashes of our past pets. In 2011, our lovely dog Brindy, named after the ex-flyer Rod Brind’Amour, needed to be put down. She was very old and she had a tough time getting around. Our other pet, Tater-Tot, passed away at the age of four. As her type of cat, she lived about 25% of her life expectancy. She unexpectedly became very sick, and by the time she was at the vet, it became much worse and she passed away there. Both of them were cremated at the Abbey Glen crematorium.We had them cremated so we could have fond memories of all the great times we had with them, and to also symbolize the love and respect we have toward them. We should remember that Brindy had a lot of health issues and wasn't expected to live that long, so the fact she lived to 12 years old, is incredible. Tater-Tot’s death was very sad due to her life being so short, only being four years. Their ashes are both kept in a wooden box with a plaque on them.

Pictures below

Chapter 4

A is for adventurous. I like to take risks, and I enjoy the outdoors, especially away from home.

B is for busy. I am always rushing to get things done for school, baseball, and even my everyday life.

C is for competitive. I enjoy sports and competitions very much, so its easy for me to try to be the best.

D is for dedicated. I always put school before fun, determined to be the best student I can be.

E is for exotic. There is no one person like another, and there is nobody like me.

F is for finicky. I tend to be very particular with things. I need things to be perfect, especially my food.

G is for gabby. I often talk a lot and for to long. My parents and family find it very annoying.

H is for helpful. I always like to give a helping hand, making that a priority.

I is for infamous. In no way, shape, or form am I famous. I am just an average student.

J is for jaded. I tend to become bored very easily, especially in school, so I sometimes need something to do.

K is for keen. I am always wanting to learn more in almost every subject.

L is for lazy. I alwasy wait until Sunday to clean my room and to do all of my chores.

M is for messy. I can be organized with my school work, but at home, well, you don't even wan't to know.

N is for nutty. I tend to be a little wild, so I geuss you could call me nutty.

O is for obedient. Now I know this sound like a word to describe a dog, but I hardly do anything I shouldn't, and I respect my friends and family.

P is for polite. I try to help people whenever I can, and I make sure I treat everyone with respect.

Q is for questionable. As a kid, I told many lies. Today, I still tell many lies, but only to my friends.

R is for rare. It is said that no one person is like another, so therefore, I am rare.

S is for selective. I have to make sure what I get is what I want.

T is for tame. Nobody is really scared of me, and I can't do much to harm people.

U is for upbeat. I like to be happy all the time, and I can put a smile on anyones face easily.

V is for voracious. I can eat at almost any time of the day, and when I do, I look like a dog eating their dinner.

W is for wide-eyed. I am a very curious person when it comes to sports, and even school sometimes.

X is for xenophobic. People from other countries like Canada are very annoying, and have no idea what they’re doing half the time.

Y is for youthful. I like acting like a kid, being outside and playing sports with my friends.

Z is for zesty. I am full of energy everyday when I wake up, and I am enthusiastic about several things, mainly baseball.

Chapter 6

In my life, music doesn't play a huge role, but I do enjoy it. I am able to relax with music and it helps me get things done like homework, or chores around the house. I like to listen to any music that is popular at the time, but no certain genre. When I do chores though, I tend to listen to music that is more upbeat so I can get things done faster. When I do homework, I will listen to music that isn’t so upbeat, but more relaxed. My favorite group of singers is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Some of my favorite songs are Tonight is the Night by Outasight and The Show Goes On by Lupe Fiasco. The song The Show Goes On is meaningful to me. It was the song I was listening to in the dugout when my baseball team won a championship. This song is also my personal theme song, so I put the lyrics below.

"The Show Goes On" by Lupe Fiasco

    • [Chorus x2:]
      Alright, already the show goes on
      all night, till the morning we dream so long
      anybody ever wonder, when they would see the sun up
      just remember when you come up
      the show goes on!

      [Verse 1:]
      Have you ever had the feeling that you was being had
      Don’t that s*** that make you mad
      They treat you like a slave, with chains all on your soul,
      and put whips up on your back,
      they be lying through they teeth
      hope you slip up off your path
      I don’t switch up I just laugh
      put my kicks up on they desk
      unaffected by they threats than get busy on they a**
      see that’s how that Chi-Town made me
      That’s how my daddy raised me
      that glittering may not be gold, don’t let no body play me
      if you are my homeboy, you never have to pay me
      Go on and put your hands up, when times are hard you stand up
      L-U-P the man, cause a brand that the fans trust
      so even if they ban us they’ll never slow my plans up!

      [Chorus x2]

      [Verse 2:]
      One in the air for the people that ain’t here
      Two in the air for the father that’s there
      Three in the air for the kids in the ghetto
      Four for the kids who don’t wanna be there
      None for the n***** trying to hold them back
      Five in the air for the teacher not scared to tell those kids thats living in the ghetto that the n***** holdin back that the World is theirs!
      Yeah yeah, the World is yours, I was once that little boy
      Terrified of the World
      Now I’m on a World tour
      I will give up everything, even start a world war
      for these ghettos girls and boys im rapping round’ the World for!
      Africa to New York, Haiti then I detour, Oakland out to Auckland
      Gaza Strip to Detroit, say hip-hop only destroy
      tell em’ look at me, boy!
      I hope your son don’t have a gun and never be a D-boy

      [Chorus x2]

      [Verse 3:]
      So no matter what you been through
      no matter what you into
      no matter what you see when you look outside your window
      brown grass or green grass
      picket fence or barbed wire
      Never ever put them down
      you just lift your arms higher
      raise em till’ your arms tired
      Let em’ know you’re there
      That you struggling and survivin’ that you gonna persevere
      Yeah, ain’t no body leavin, no body goin’ home
      even if they turn the lights out the show is goin’ on!

      [Chorus x2]

I like this song because it shows that everyone has a chance to do great things. I like the beat of it, but most importantly that it shows perseverance. This song represents me because I always try my hardest to do things the way that I can and not listening to other people, letting them tell me what to do. It reflects my perseverance, determination, and hope. The lyrics that are most meaningful are below:

One in the air for the people that ain’t here
Two in the air for the father that’s there
Three in the air for the kids in the ghetto
Four for the kids who don’t wanna be there
None for the n***** trying to hold them back
Five in the air for the teacher not scared to tell those kids thats living in the ghetto that the n***** holdin back that the World is theirs!

These lyrics are the most important to me because it shows how some people are treated, especially in poorer places. Now I'm not saying my life is like this, but I can relate to it sometimes. Just not at such high circumstances.

Chapter 7


  1. Baseball

  2. Philadelphia sports teams

  3. My iphone 6

  4. Chicken Parmesan

  5. Spending time with my family

  6. My dog Valley

  7. The people at my school

  8. Both sides of my family (mom and dad's sides)

  9. Visiting my grandparents

  10. Going out of the country for vacation

  11. Ocean City, New Jersey

  12. Picturing myself as a Bald Eagle

  13. American Eagle Outfitters

  14. T.V.

  15. Xbox with my friends


  1. Soccer

  2. Dallas Cowboys

  3. White chocolate

  4. Homework

  5. Extended gym periods

  6. My neighbor who never stops knocking on our door

  7. Writing by hand

  8. Dirty shoes

  9. Forgetting my locker combination

  10. Pro basketball

  11. The skill level of the Philadelphia 76ers

  12. The Michael Carter-Williams trade

  13. My neighbor's dog

  14. Most vegetables

  15. Long car rides

Chapter 8

Below are some personal metaphors I made up.

  1. If I were an animal, I would be a Siberian tiger.

  2. If I were a car, I would be a Dodge Charger.

  3. If I were an article of clothing, I would be a t-shirt.

  4. If I were a day of the week, I would be Saturday.

  5. If I were a food, I would be cinnamon pretzel.

  6. If I were a color, I would be blue.

  7. If I were a movie, I would be The Sandlot.

  8. If I were a fragrance, I would smell like a professional baseball stadium on a Saturday night.

  9. If I were a type of building, I would be a log-cabin.

  10. If I were a plant, I would be a lilypad.

  11. If I were a musical instrument, I would be a trumpet.

  12. If I were a geometric shape, I would be circle.

  13. If I were a piece of furniture, I would be a hammock.

  14. If I were a song, I would be Sandstorm.

  15. If I were a season of the year, I would be Spring.

  16. If I were a television character I would be Axl from The Middle.

  17. If I were a comic character, I would be Spider-Man.

  18. If I were an appliance, I would be a refrigerator.

  19. If I were a natural phenomenon, I would be the northern lights.

  20. If I were a word, I would be gobemouche.

Chapter 9

My Own List of Lists:

  1. People who have influenced me...

    1. My mom

    2. My dad

    3. My baseball coach

    4. Mike Trout

    5. My Uncle Mike

    6. My Nana

  2. Places that make me happy...

    1. My grandparent's house

    2. The beach

    3. Cancun, Mexico

    4. OCNJ

    5. The Phillies games

    6. Aston Middletown Little League

  3. Places I would like to go...

    1. Hawaii

    2. San Francisco

    3. Miami

    4. Africa

    5. Sydney

    6. London

  4. Things in people which I like

    1. Sense of humor

    2. Likes sports

    3. Like the music I like

    4. Nice to everyone they meet

    5. Accepting of quirky things

    6. Energetic

  5. Things in people which I dislike...

    1. Judgemental

    2. Tend to jump to conclusions

    3. Don't share things

    4. Lazy people

    5. Won't sacrifice little things that aren't too important

    6. Always wanting to be in control

  6. Things that worry me...

    1. Peer pressure

    2. My grades in school

    3. Thinking I didn't do all my homework

    4. Broken glass

    5. Losing money

    6. Not getting enough sleep

  7. Things I would like to know how to do...

    1. Climb trees

    2. Fly

    3. Play baseball better

    4. Skydive

    5. Build a treehouse

    6. Swim under water like fish

  8. Things that have moved me..

    1. My baseball coaches

    2. The Phillies winning the World Series in 2008

    3. My cousins wanting to join the service for the USA

    4. 9/11

    5. ISIS

    6. Ebola

  9. Ideas that intrigue me...

    1. Insides out Tastycakes

    2. A pill to keep you from sweating

    3. Hairless lions

    4. Baby rhinos

    5. The possibility of humans living on Mars

    6. Photography

  10. My personal favorites

    1. Baseball

    2. Stadium hot-dogs

    3. The Cheesecake Factory

    4. The Philadelphia Eagles

    5. Mike Trout

    6. Jakub Voráček

Chapter 10

These are the books I read while in the ninth grade.

The Format is: title, author, genre, rating, words of wisdom, summary

Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief

Rick Riordin


4 out of 10

Being a half-blood is dangerous. It's scary. Most of the time, it gets you killed in painful, nasty ways.

Percy Jackson is going to a new boarding school in NYC, and this isn't his first rodeo at one. But after a life of struggle with schools and trust, he's finally met his match. When he starts seeing demons and crazy creatures, he realizes he must be different.

The Final Four

Paul Volponi


5 out of 10

Just because the game clock has stopped, don't believe for a single second that the hearts of the ten basketball players on the court have quit pounding.

Four players on the Michigan State Spartans basketball team are want to win the biggest game of their career; the national title. All four of them struggle with problems of their own problems and characteristics that affect the way the team will play. When the situation matters, the outcome of the game will be determined by the players with the most skill, or the the most heart.

The Last Chance Texaco

Brett Hartinger


8 out of 10

The guy looked at me with a stare that would have frozen antifreeze. "You the new groupie, huh?" "Yeah," I said. "So?" "So no one wants you here. Why don't you go back where you came from?" I can't go back, I wanted to say.

Lucy is at the end of the road for her orphan life. She is now at the dreaded kindle house after a long life of struggling to fit in and staying out of trouble. Lucy tries to stay out of trouble while fitting in because the next time she gets kicked out could mean she could be an orphan forever.


Marjane Satrapi


2 out of 10

(Didn't do a log for this book)

This book is written in the perspective of Marjane Satrapi as she talks about what it was during the 1980's in Iran. This book helps us understand what the struggle for women was like and also how bad terrorism really is. Because of the small amounts of terrorism, we can learn that it wasn't and still isn't as bad today as we may think as American citizens.

Colors of the Mountain

Da Chen


1 out of 10

(Didn't do a log for this book)

Da Chen writes in this story about his experience as a young boy living in rural China in the 1960's-70's. He struggled with teachers and friends as he is bullied and treated differently than other students. We see the becoming of Da's rebellion against being a good child as he starts doing things he shouldn't.

Life and Limb: Skateboarders Write from the Deep End

Justin Hocking

Realistic Fiction

3 out of 10

"if you think about it," you say, "both cars and skateboards have four wheels and two axels. Both roll forward and backwards. They are both modes of transportation invented in America. Except that you're mode of transportation has a combustion engine that spews thousands of pounds of pollution into the air, which makes the whole planet hotter and dirtier."

This book is about how the perspective of skateboarding is different among many people. Skateboarders know around the world tell their stories about skateboarding and also how they were treated because of them being skateboarders. It's not always the best life being treated the way they were, and this book tells us more in depth about those situations.

I'm Exploding Now

Sid Hite


7 out of 10

"Hold on just a little longer, Max." (Page 185)

The main character, Max, has a pretty terrible life; he lives in NYC with no friends and his younger sister has more money and friends then him by a long shot. Max tries to meet new people and do things to get involved with stuff by joining different activities. He seems to be finding things that he enjoys and he's making new friends left and right.


Elie Wiesel


9 out of 10

I was fifteen years old.

Elie Wiesel tells the story of his life during the Holocaust. This book is a great lesson of survival, trust, and friendship. We learn these lessons from the harsh things Elie and his inmates were put through by the Nazis.

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee

Historical Fiction

10 out of 10

Atticus was right. One time he said you really never know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.

Scout and her friends all want to know who the mysterious Boo Radley is and they try very hard to encounter him. On the other hand, Socut's father deals with the case of Tom Robinson, a black man, and in the process is Treated awfully for defending Tom. Will the kids find out who Boo really is, and will Scout's dad keep Rom out of trouble?


Elie Wiesel


6 out of 10

"Me?" I said, unable to believe my own ears.

After the Holocaust, Elie Wiesel is captured by the British in Palestine and is forced to kill a man. After experiencing the extremely horrifying Holocaust, Elie gasps a thought time doing it and struggles to live the day it takes place on in peace. Elie talks about experiences with inmates and how he isn't ready for this horrible experience he will have to soon endure.

Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck


8 out of 10

"I want you to stay with me, Lennie. Jesus Christ, somebody'd shoot you for a coyote if you was by yourself." (13)

Two unlikely friends, Lennie and George, are traveling from place to place with their jobs, and they are about to start on a new ranch. Once they get there, Lennie is constantly made fun of and he wants to leave. Even after George talks with him to keep Lennie's head up, Lennie disappears so everyone tries to find him.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Cate DiCamillo


8 out of 10

"You are some child's toy, am I right? And you have been separated, somehow, from the child that loves you."

Edward is a rabbit doll that is made out of China and he takes a little trip. Unfortunately, Edward can not do or say anything, like a rag doll, but he can think and that is how he tells his story. He starts with his owner and after some mistakes he loses her and goes into the hands of different people, learning lessons from each of them.

Chapter 11

Lessons I Learned After It Was Too Late:

Lessons I learned after it was too late or regrets I have

  1. Deciding to play soccer when I was younger

  2. Faking sickness

  3. Eating tacos before going on a roller coaster

  4. Downloading a seven dollar game for my phone

  5. Buying too many clothes

I decided to expand upon one of my regrets:

When I played soccer, I was about 6 years old. I started baseball around the same time, which I still play today. But I didn't enjoy soccer as much as I did baseball. I was so bad that I tried to kick the ball while playing goalie and I kicked the goal post and it felt like I had broken my toe. When I would try to shoot the ball, I would either miss the goal or not reach the goal. I was just as bad as my team too. We were so bad that before one game started we were given 10 free points just to start. The final score? 12-10. We lost. We also didn't score once except for the given points in the beginning. Soccer was not fun and I wasn't good so I had a very bad experience with it and I regret ever playing it.

Chapter 12

Spirit Animal Poem:

A bear reaches up his arm with one intent;

Near to the basket in this terribly tiny tent,

Courageously with his cubs, a bear searches.

The cub’s stomachs behind him grumble;

The bear begins to fumble,

And out of the tent the bear stumbles.

He clasps the crag with crooked hands;

Standing ringed with the azure world

Close to the sun in lonely lands

He watches the wrinkled sea beneath him;

From his mountain walls he sees it crawl,

Like a thunderbolt he falls.

Chapter 13

Friendship chapter:

I could write a list of all of my friends, but that would take forever. My main friends consist of 8 people, and we all met through school. They includes Billy Angelina, Jonah Lourie, Alex Anderson, Nick Agostini, Nick Evangelista, Sophia Falcone, Jordan Schuller, and Maya Hartman. We all enjoy hanging out and spending time with each other whether it's at lunch during school, or outside of school at someone's house. Sometimes we will see a movie together, go out to dinner, or go to each others events like a music gig or sporting event. We all make each other feel happy and laugh, but at times we may fight or get mad with each other, but we all make up in the end. We are all friends because we can all relate to each other and we all enjoy the same sorts of things so it is easy to always have stuff to talk about.