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Book Analysis on

Undercover

By

Beth Kephart

In Partial Fulfilment

In English 102

Study and Thinking Skills

Submitted to:

Sir Mon Cholo A. Cabanig

Submitted by:

Hime Chu

I. Introduction

Undercover, a novel written by Beth Kephart. Like a modern-day Cyrano de Bergerac, Elisa ghost-writes love notes for the boys in her school. But when Elisa falls for Theo Moses, things change fast. Theo asks for verses to court the lovely Lila--a girl known for her beauty, her popularity, and a cutting ability to remind Elisa that she has none of these. At home, Elisa's father, the one person she feels understands her, has left on an extended business trip. As the days grow shorter, Elisa worries that the increasingly urgent letters she sends her father won't bring him home. Like the undercover agent she feels she has become, Elisa retreats to a pond in the woods, where her talent for ice-skating gives her the confidence to come out from under cover and take centre stage. But when Lila becomes jealous of Theo's friendship with Elisa, her revenge nearly destroys Elisa's ice-skating dreams and her plan to reunite her family.

A. Book

1. Author

Beth Kephart was nominated for the National Book Award for her book A SLANT OF SUN. In 2000, she received a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and she also won Pew Fellowships in Arts grant in 2005. At the age of nine, Beth Kephart began to skate on a pond in Boston, where she taught herself the every moves Elisa teaches herself in this story. Beth won her first competitive freestyle competition at a Wilmington, Delaware, rink. Today she ballroom dances and is an avid gardener. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family.

2. Title

The main character in the story fits the title under cover, the fact that the main character hides her skill of skiing to her friends and family.

B. Characters

Protagonist:
Elisa Cantor- she is a father’s daughter and doesn’t really relate well with her mother and sister.

Antagonist:
Lisa- Theo’s girlfriend; known for her beauty and popularity.

Supporting Characters:
Tina Cantor- Elisa and Jilly’s Mother.
Jilly- Elisa’s Sister, she is a very fashionable teenager like her mother.
Mr. Cantor- Elisa’s Father, he understands Elisa.
Theo- Elisa’s classmate in Honors English, a special friend and one of the boys who ask love notes from Elisa.
Margie- Elisa’s past best friend in eighth grade and classmate in Honors English.
Dr. Charmin- an Honors English teacher and believed and supports Elisa’s talent in writing.
Mr. Marcoroon- a strict Math teacher.
Mrs. Garland- a friend of Tina.
Stuart little- a client of Mr. Cantor in San Francisco.
Sarah- an Honour English student.
II. Plot

A. Exposition

1. Setting
The story takes place in a pond in the woods where she always find herself at ease and thinking she could be herself there alone while skating.

B. Complication
When her father has to go away for work it makes their life complicated. To make it even more complicated, Elisa starts to fall on a boy who she is providing with poetry to woo another girl.

C. Climax
Lila tore the dress of Elisa before the start of the skating competition.

D. Dénouement
Elisa never let herself be defeated by wearing the torn dress made by the antagonist, Lila, while skating gracefully.

E. Resolution
Yes it’s a happy ending because finally her family was once again reunited and everyone accepted the real her.

III. Analysis

1. Did you admire the author for writing this book? Why?
Yes. A teenager who reads this book would really understand the feelings and thinking’s of the main character of the story. Many teenagers can relate of how it feels to be a loner or to be bullied.

2. Tell something about the cover, did it spark your interest? Does it fit the story?
It did spark my interest because it makes me wonder what story...
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