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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

By Madeleine Johnson, Peninsula High School

November 24, 2015

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Books

Imagine you’re a young woman in the mountains. It’s late August and you’re standing over a wooded cliff plunging hundreds of feet. You don’t have shoes on your feet and you’ve been hiking the Pacific Crest Trail solo for six weeks. Would you feel alone? Free? Terrified? Strong? Wild? The...

Flynn searches for WWII veterans, plans to write book

Flynn searches for WWII veterans, plans to write book

By Alicia Konsez

May 15, 2015

Filed under Books, Features

After reading The Last of the Doughboys by Richard Rubin, a true story about the author's quest to interview the last surviving American World War I veterans, sophomore Andrew Flynn was inspired to do something similar. Flynn already had a great passion for World War II prior to reading the book....

Putting a ‘Face’ to a name: students use FaceTime to meet author

Putting a ‘Face’ to a name: students use FaceTime to meet author

By Sarah Payne

April 6, 2015

Filed under Books, School

Ernest Hemingway. John Knowles. Raymond Carver. What do these authors have in common? Unfortunately, they’re all dead. Most students don’t have the opportunity to interact with the authors of the books they’re reading. With this in mind, English teacher Jason Griffith introduced LA T...

Weir blends humor with thrills in Martian

Weir blends humor with thrills in <i>Martian</i>

By Joel Freecheck

March 27, 2015

Filed under Books, Opinions

The Martian by Andy Weir is sheer gold, reminiscent of H.G. Wells' masterpiece War of the Worlds, and a breathtaking novel on its own accord. A book that should've taken me a day or two to finish kept me up all night, and left me in awe when I read its final words. The Martian is a perfect example of moder...

Fifty shades of abuse

Fifty shades of abuse

By Katrina Hatami

March 23, 2015

Filed under Books, Movies, Opinions

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James has been a hotbed of controversy in the literary world since the novel’s release in 2011. The book, described as an “erotic novel,” traces the story of 21-year-old college student and journalist named Anastasia Steele, and the 27-year-old allusive business mogul Ch...

The characters we deserve

The characters we deserve

By Katherine Van Green

March 19, 2015

Filed under Books, Opinions, Showcase

The characters that authors write are important. They show us how our society views different types of people and set standards for readers. At one point, all of the characters had to be white males in order to be good, successful protagonists. While we now have strong female leads like Katniss or Tris,...

Harper Lee to publish Mockingbird sequel

Harper Lee to publish <i>Mockingbird</i> sequel

By Emily Berthiaume

February 25, 2015

Filed under Books, Showcase

Fifty-five years ago, Harper Lee published her hugely successful first novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, which went on to win a Pulitzer Prize, inspire an Oscar-award winning movie, sell 40 million copies, and become an American classic. Now, a follow-up book written by the now 88-year-old author entitled...

More than just a children’s book

More than just a children’s book

By Maddie Fricker, Homestead High School

January 23, 2015

Filed under Books, Features, Showcase

Ever since she was in elementary school, Liz Bryde, technology services manager for the Mequon-Thiensville School District, has known she wanted to become an author. She explains that, even in her day-to-day life, she concocts stories for inanimate objects. “I see something,” Bryde says, “and...