Part One: The End Begins

Happy Summer Holidays!!!

I’m writing today so we have a place to write your comments about your first impressions of The Endling!

Do NOT worry if you haven’t read the first section, started reading the first section OR even picked up your copy of the book yet! No need to rush. You have until July 9 (or longer if you need it). I know that some kids had started reading right away, so I just wanted to have a comment page ready!

Once you’re done reading…comment away! You may want to check in on other people’s comments too. It’d be great to reply to someone if you have a connected or even opposing thought with!

Look forward to hearing from you!

Until next time,

Danielle

52 thoughts on “Part One: The End Begins

  1. Owen Block

    Hey guys! Owen here. My first comment didn’t go through( I sent it to the wrong blog) oopsies! I don’t want to spoil anything. I just wanted to say l am already hooked. Katherine Applegate uses lots of great vocabulary and I really appreciate that. Hope you guys are loving it too!!!

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  2. Angela

    We’re still waiting for our copy to arrive from Indigo…looking forward to reading it with both Liam and Noah as a “family read”. We’re all going to take turns, should be fun!

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    1. dshrumm Post author

      That makes me so happy to hear. A family read sounds like a wonderful way to spend time together!! Happy Reading!!

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  3. Julia Fernie

    Hello everyone, this is Julia! I finished this section a few days ago and I think the book is really interesting. I would never have thought to write about so many mismatched creatures coming together in one story. I love how Bix met up with Tobble, and they became friends and how they worked together. My favourite part was when Bix said he minded that there was a ‘big furry meal’ on his back (Tobble).

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    1. dshrumm Post author

      It’s like another “misfit” story. Do you think everyone will feel like they belong? Happy Reading!!

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  4. Marcos

    So far I think the book is good because there is plenty of action. Also I did not know you spell “sword” with a ‘w’. I am looking forward to the next part!

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  5. Logan

    Hey dudes just finished the book section. No offense but they spell byx weird . But other than that it’s a great book . On a different note tobble is so cute like a red panda -bunny mix . Hope you love it too ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ : ) :3
    ❤Logie perogie

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    1. dshrumm Post author

      I was right…I knew you’d like this book!! I’m so glad you’re joining us this summer! Happy Reading!!

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  6. Harrison

    Hey peeps I just finished Part One.I’m liking the book so far.It’s really really good.I am super exiteid for the next part.See ya! From Harrison

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    1. dshrumm Post author

      I’m so happy to hear that you really, really like the book! Thanks for joining the summer book club with your 123 friends!! Happy Reading!!

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  7. Graham

    Hey ppl it’s me Graham and I finished part 1 on like the 1st day. I think Tobble is cute like a mouse cat trope! I think this book is really adventurous…thanks to Danielle for picking this book!

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    1. dshrumm Post author

      All on the first day?! I’m glad you like the book…it’s a lot of pressure to choose a book that many readers will enjoy! Happy Reading!!

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  8. Ella

    Hello everyone! I really like the book so far. It has a lot of adventure and is very exciting! I like both Tobble and Byx. The author uses lots of descriptive words and that makes the book very interesting to read. Part one was definitely exhilarating and I can not wait to see what happens next! Ella

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    1. dshrumm Post author

      Hi! There is a ton of great language in the book…some are real words and some are made up! I hope you enjoy part two!! Happy Reading!!

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  9. Olivia McGee

    Hi pals! So far the book is AMAZING!!!!!!! I love that Byx and Tobble are starting off as great friends! Also
    I love that Katherine Applegates really uses her imagination in this SPECTACULAR book!!!! Thanks Danielle for a great book choice!!!

    ❤️Olivia

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    1. dshrumm Post author

      I’m so glad you are enjoying the book!! I also love the friendship between Byx & Tobble. Katherine Applegate really pushes her imagination in this book . Happy Reading!!

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  10. Tess Garinger

    I just finished part 1! And I’m so into it! I think Tobble is my favourite character. Thanks for choosing this book Danielle! It’s awesome! It’s cool that Byx is being friends with food! I can’t imagine what will happen in part 2!

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    1. dshrumm Post author

      When Byx chooses not to eat Tobble it reminds me of the dawn truce in The Wild Robot! Happy Reading!!

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  11. Kevin

    Hi, this is Kevin. I think the first part of the book is amazing because there’s lots of emotions. It was sad, exciting, and interesting. The characters are all cool in their own ways. My favorite character is Tobble because he is really kind. I think Byx is gonna find Tobble for help.

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    1. dshrumm Post author

      Yes! There are many emotions that have come up in the book so far. I wasn’t sure what to think at first…I just knew I wanted to read more! Happy Reading!!

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  12. Hudson Fricker

    What’s up peoples! Hudson here! Just finished part one of the Endling and my favourite part was the part where Tobble says confidently “let me just say this: You don’t want to see me mad. I am a terrible sight to behold.” LOL! It’s funny because he’s so tiny!

    -Hudson

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    1. dshrumm Post author

      That’s a great quote!! It’s very funny to think of such a small creature using that “threat”! Happy Reading!!

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  13. Tamara Fricker

    Hi Everyoe! This is Tamara, Hudson’s mom. Well, this book has my mind filled with so many questions. The author has introduced a ton of information in the first part of the book. I found it a little hard to keep track of the different species and their hierarchy in Byx’s world but the main thing I have gathered is that the Dairnes are a rare and special breed. It was unusual that they had survived as long as they did undetected.

    After Byx saved Wobble’s life, Wobble said that he was in debt to her three times and must remain with her even if it should cost him his life ( like her eating him for dinner). I am wondering if he wanted to stay with her because 1) he had never met or seen a Dairne before and was fascinated like he was meeting a movie star? 2) he made it up because he was in danger and thought that he was better off with her or 3) it is a true obligation, that he does have to save her life three times to honour the debt. I guess we will find out.

    Byx is very curious and this may have just led to saving her life. Interesting foreshadowing by the author. Will she be the endling or are there other Dairnes out there to still be discovered?

    I’m also interested to figure out the humans role in this story. It appears that they may not be the dominant species in the story which also lends to bending your imagination in a different direction.
    I can’t wait to read Part Two, I am sure that many of my questions will begin come together.
    Happy reading everyone!
    Tamara

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    1. dshrumm Post author

      Thanks for such a insightful comment Tamara! I’m so glad you’re reading The Endling with us. Are you guys reading it as a family read aloud? Enjoy Part 2!!

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  14. Grayson Fricker

    Hi, Grayson here! I would say the Endling is off to a great/sad start. the reason I am sad is how all the dairnes were killed by the Murdano soldiers! I don’t think its fair to start the book like that because we never got to know more about Byx family. But, the beginning isn’t completely terrible. I really like Tobble (the Wobbyk). I think Tobble is really cute and adorable and he isn’t as rude to Byx and yet Byx is rude to him after just saving Tobbles life! I just hope that all changes in part 2.Can’t wait for part 2!

    Sincerely, Grayson.

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    1. dshrumm Post author

      Yes-that’s a very true comment. It was awful what happens to the Dairnes in Byx’s family/community. I think Byx is very hurt and is grieving. She’s lucky to have Tobble around. Happy Reading!!

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  15. Tamara Fricker

    We started out reading as a family but some of the words were hard to pronounce so it distracted from the story a little bit. I think that it just takes some getting used to like in other fantasy books. Sometimes its easier to read them in your head so that you have your own picture and understanding of what it means. So we read the first three chapters together then decided to read the remaining on our own.
    (On that note, I just realized I was calling Tobble, Wobble, I must have been combining Tobble and Wobbyk lol!!!)
    Tamara

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    1. dshrumm Post author

      Totally agree. The fantasy language was something we talked about in class a bit…doing it as a read aloud would definitely have its challenges. When we all meet up in September I’m sure we’ll have a good laugh about how we are pronounce the words differently!

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      1. Tess Garinger

        I still don’t know how to pronounce “dairnes” yet! It will be funny when I try to pronounce it!

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  16. Liam Wolynec

    Hi guys I like the way that this book has started. byx is a great main character! all the violence is so gory but the humour kind of keeps me going. I wonder how the next section will be .

    -Liam

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    1. dshrumm Post author

      I could do without the violence, but humour definitely helps. It’s easier knowing it’s fantasy and the gory stuff is just made up. Enjoy Part 2…Happy Reading!!

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  17. Noah Wolynec

    Hey guys , I love how the first part was. Byx is a good main character but I think the wobbyk tobble is going to do something anything. I’m really excited for the next part .

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    1. dshrumm Post author

      They make a very interesting duo don’t they?! When I think of Tobble I think of an underdog and wish the best for him! Happy Reading!!

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  18. Brody Litke

    I LOVE it!!!!!!!!! [even though i haven’t read part 2 yet]. Byx is a dog that walks around on her hind legs and can talk!!! I like that because its cool.

    Me and my dad read every night. he makes me read the first chapter which is easy ….because they are shorter.

    Brody

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    1. dshrumm Post author

      It’s so great that you are reading with your dad. Read alouds are my favourite time of day at school…you’ll learn that in the fall!! Are some of the words hard to pronounce? They are for me!! Happy Reading!!

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  19. max

    Hi it’s Max. I find Byx an intriguing character. His family thinks he can not do stuff but he saved Tobble.

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    1. dshrumm Post author

      Yes. I think that’s a great life lesson…we can do more than we think we can. Happy Reading!!!

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  20. Angela

    Enjoying the Endling so far… a page turner for sure! Loving the vivid descriptions of all the new kinds of animals. Wonder if we will meet any more unusual and interesting creatures? -Angela

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  21. Angus Bell

    Hi everyone! This is Angus. I really liked the part when Byx jumped off the cliff and glided through the air. That was really cool! I can’t wait to start Part 2 with all you guys. Happy reading everyone!

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    1. dshrumm Post author

      That was a very cool part! I wasn’t sure if she was going to go through with it or not!! Enjoy Part 2!

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  22. Xavier

    Hi guys Xavier if I where Byxs is be having a hard time time but always looking positive and on the bright side. But having friends and family is good enough for me. So I’ll see you readers next time so bye

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  23. Xavier

    Hi guys Xavier here if I where Byx and have a hard time going right now without a family living alone but with friends it’s better and life’s better with a family. So hope you all liked reading this chapter and bye.

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  24. Quintin

    I think that the 2nd book will be when Byx and his friends will travel to a island that has never been discovered! And Byx and his friends will go to find what is beyond there journey.

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  25. Xavier

    This series can go for ever and book two will have more intense stuff too. This is Xavier see you all back at school in September so see you all and good bye.

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