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Lucy the Giant

Lucy the GiantBy: Sherri L. Smith

LucyI am above average in intelligence, have compassion and moral, insecure about my height, a bit naiveFan of Santa Barbara (my dog), University of Alaska, the orca that saved my lifeWho has been desperately neglected, relentlessly bullied, abused for no reasonWho feels grief for the death of my dog, sympathy for Tracer, peace in GenevaWho likes to sing while I work, cook for my crew, go crabbing on the Bering SeaWho needs internal security, a family that cares, a place to call home and feel safe inWho gives Harley hope, her dad patience, Sheila protectionWho fears discovery, loneliness, storms on the seaWho is good at crabbing on the Miranda Lee, pretending to be an adult, setting goals to keep me goingWho likes to wear only one dress in the world, Monroe’s survival suit, a true smileOstego

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Sitka was originally home to the Tlingit Indians, who named the area Shee Atika. In 1799, Russian settlers took the land by force. But the Tlingit Indians refused to be moved by strangers and took back their land in 1802 when Tlingit warriors attacked Redoubt Saint Michael, the Russian outpost a few miles from Shee Atika, killing almost all the Russians at the settlement.The Russians returned in 1804, two years later, and took back Shee Atika. They had more men and many guns, so the Tlingit tribe retreated to a fort they had built anticipating the arrival of the Russians. The Russians found the fort and tried to infiltrate it for six days with no success. On the seventh day, when they came back, they found the fort empty. The Tlingit tribe had escaped in the night. In 1821, the Russians invited the tribe back to Sitka because they themselves could not fully understand the land and the tribe had hunted and farmed here for as long as anyone could remember. The Tlingit tribe came back, but was careful around the Russians and the Russians were constantly watching the tribe in worry. In 1867, the Russians sold Shee Atika to the United States along with most of what we call Alaska today. During World War Ⅱ, Sitka grew as a busy seaport. Today it celebrates Alaska Day on October 18 to remember the day in 1867 it became part of the U.S. Sitka is now primarily a tourism town with a population over 9,000. The median age is about 36 and the landscape is mountainous.

Kodiak, Alaska

The first inhabitants of Kodiak were the Alutiiq people. Russian pioneers settled Kodiak in 1784, and, unlike in Sitka, they did so peacefully. The Russians introduced sugar, tobacco, flour, and other prime staples. The Alutiiq taught them about the land. The Russians became a permanent fixture in Kodiak. 83 years later, the Russians sold Alaska to the U.S. After that, then the devastation in the world decided to focus on Kodiak. A volcano near the island, Mt. Novarupta, erupted on June 6th, 1912. The explosion was so loud that people in Juneau (approximately 750 miles away) could hear the boom. In 1964, there was a major earthquake that scattered and capsized fishing and crabbing boats for miles. In 1918, there was a giant oil spill right near the island. How much bad luck can a city take? Today, the city is in good working condition and its major industry is seafood. It celebrates Alaska Day on October 18, the day the Russians sold Alaska to the U.S. It’s population was 6,423 in 2013 and Kodiak’s current mayor is Patricia Branson. The size of the island is about 3,595 square miles.

1. There are no shortcuts to growing up.2. Wherever you are coming from, you can always choose to be who you want to be.

In the fictional narrative Lucy the Giant by Sherri L. Smith, the author uses many similes related to water and the ocean to further portray that this book has a main element of crabbing on the Bering Sea. For instance, the book says, “‘Hey, Lucy,’ Tracer says, grinning like a shark” (Smith, p. 174). This piece that matches Tracer’s smile to the grin of a shark is a simile because it compares two things that are not exactly the same but share a similar quality. In this case, the similar quality would be how sinister and cunning the smile looks. Sharks are also known as predators, and this is when Lucy feels the most vulnerable and scared, because Tracer figured out who she really was. Tracer at this point knows she is Lucy the fifteen-year-old instead of Barbara the adult. The simile improves the text by setting the mood to a feeling of panic, disappointment, suspense, and doom. The simile also makes you think of Tracer as a predator and turns Lucy from a powerful, impressive, respected adult back into the frightened and mistreated girl she had managed to briefly escape being.

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Sitka, Alaska


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