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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

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

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

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

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

"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

"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

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

"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

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...