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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...

Looking at the literature canon through a feminist lens

Looking at the literature canon through a feminist lens

By Abbey Branco and Reid Santos, Dartmouth High School

January 12, 2015


Filed under Books, Opinions, Showcase

Novels like The Scarlet Letter, Moby Dick, and Of Mice and Men, despite differing genres and story plots, all bear one similarity: the gender of their authors. Dartmouth High's English curriculum does a good job of covering most periods of British and American history. However, the majority of l...

No more Mockingbird?

No more Mockingbird?

By Taylor Porter, Homewood Flossmoor High School

January 8, 2015


Filed under Books, School

For decades, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee has been one of America’s most popular novels. However, there is a possibility that the Homewood Flossmoor English Department may clip its wings. No official decision has been made, but English Department Chair Jake Vallicelli says it’s time to ...

NaNoWriMo: 50k words, 30 days, utter exhaustion

NaNoWriMo: 50k words, 30 days, utter exhaustion

By Kayley Rapp, North Cobb HS, Kennesaw, Ga.

December 10, 2014


Filed under Books, Showcase

Every November, millions of writers undertake an enormous yet rewarding task: National Novel Writing Month, affectionately called NaNoWriMo. The task? Writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. On a last-minute, impulsive decision, I decided to participate in the challenge this year. Writing 50,000 wor...

Read your way across America

Read your way across America

By Kellie Lawless, Cannon Falls HS, Cannon Falls, Minn.

October 28, 2014


Filed under Books

Check out this interactive graphic, and read a summary about the book from that state.

Texas student publishes first novel — written in just 35 days

Texas student publishes first novel — written in just 35 days

By Grace Schuetze, Mansfield HS, Mansfield, Texas

October 15, 2014


Filed under Books, Profiles

Senior Taylor Thompson is just like your average teenage girl; she acts in her free time for the school theatre, watches movies, stays up to date on her favorite celebrities (Leonardo DiCaprio and Chloe Grace Moretz) and somehow found the time to write her first full length novel. “I think I realized...

Fantasy novel ‘The Song of Achilles’ is a tune you don’t want to miss

Fantasy novel ‘The Song of Achilles’ is a tune you don’t want to miss

By Izzy Peterson, Linganore HS, Frederick, Md.

September 30, 2014


Filed under Books

Take a chance on the novel "The Song of Achilles." While there have been mixed views for Madeline Miller’s first novel, it has been fairly successful since it was published in August 2012.

Frequently banned novel is added to English curriculum

Frequently banned novel is added to English curriculum

By Parima Kadikar, Watchung Hills Regional HS, Warren, N.J.

May 5, 2014


Filed under Books

"The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie is a semi-autobiographical novel about a Native American teenager growing up on the Spokane Reservation. It won the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the 2008 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction and Poetry,...

These 5 books deserve movie adaptations

These 5 books deserve movie adaptations

By Sara Williams, A.C. Reynolds HS, Asheville, N.C.

April 28, 2014


Filed under Books

"Incarceron" by Catherine Fischer A thrilling science fiction-fantasy adventure that blends dystopia with the seventeenth century, it’s a wonder that "Incarceron" hasn’t scored a movie deal yet. The story intertwines the tales of Finn and Claudia, both a captive in their own way. Seventeen-year-old Finn is trapped inside the living prison Incarceron, a dangerous and...

‘Ostrich’ provides matter-of-fact hope

‘Ostrich’ provides matter-of-fact hope

By Sydney McCabe, Middletown HS South, Middletown, N.J.

April 25, 2014


Filed under Books

Matt Greene’s near constant play on words, coupled with a surprisingly hilarious and unique approach to the woes of life as a teenager in the 21st century, give his first novel, "Ostrich," all the makings of a classic. Through a stream of consciousness elaborated by parentheses, protagonist Alex examines...

‘An Abundance of Katherines’ worth the read

‘An Abundance of Katherines’ worth the read

By Grace Li, Dublin HS, Dublin, Calif.

April 22, 2014


Filed under Books

"An Abundance of Katherines" by John Green details the pitiful relationships of Colin Singleton, an anagram-obsessed child prodigy who has just been dumped by his nineteenth Katherine. The peculiar thing about Singleton is that he only dates girls named Katherine, hence the title. Heartbroken and tired...

More than just okay

More than just okay

By Hannah Beckman, Francis Howell Central High School, St. Charles, Mo.

March 26, 2014


Filed under Books, Movies

There are some stories that stick with you long after you’ve turned the last page. There are some stories that affect you in ways you never thought that printed words could. There are some stories that teach you how to love, how to live, and how to truly appreciate the world around you. And then there...

California freshman self-publishes murder mystery novel

California freshman self-publishes murder mystery novel

By Garrett Kaighn, Sacramento Country Day School, Sacramento, Calif.

January 10, 2014


Filed under Books

Writing a novel is tough: you have to deal with writer’s block, a frustrating editor and especially the work and drama of middle school. Well, maybe not the last part — unless you’re freshman Anny Schmidt, who wrote and published a 200-page murder mystery novel as part of her eighth-gra...