• Trusting Minds: A Review of Graceling

    August 6, 2019 by

      “See you later!” I moved away from the group, re-playing our conversation in my head. Had it gone well? I wondered idly. Did they like talking to me, or were they only being polite? I hoped not. Maybe I was too strange, though. Or maybe I was just overthinking things. I shook my head,… Read more

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  • Harmless, Harmful: A Review of Othello

    July 9, 2019 by

    They had me cornered–two adults sitting on the ground, and my friend in between them. I gave them all a bewildered look and sat heavily on the ribbed metal bench. The man asked the dreaded question. “So, where are you from?” I wanted to run away screaming, certain I would be here for hours. “Well,”… Read more

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  • Helen

    July 2, 2019 by

    She burst into the courtyard. It was quiet; the cobbles glinted in the bright moonlight. Although her feet ached from running, she did not dare take her sandals off. The streets were sticky with the blood of the wounded, even this far into Ilium. A fountain depicting Poseidon stood in the middle of the courtyard,… Read more

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  • Top Three Books: June 2019

    June 24, 2019 by

    We’ve been all over this month, visiting New York, Paris, and more–including libraries and bookshops. Here are this month’s best finds: The House of Windjammer, by V. A. Richardson The heart of the house of Windjammer is in their ships. When their magnificent Star Fleet is lost on a long and fruitless journey to the Americas,… Read more

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  • #WisdomForFuture: A Review of A Civil Action

    June 4, 2019 by

    On Friday the fifteenth of March, Greta Thunberg proclaimed another #FridaysForFuture—a day when students skipped school to protest for responsible energy usage and a cleaner, greener planet. I watched videos of thousands of students out on the streets, holding up signs and shouting things like “You’re killing our lungs!” The same day, I accompanied a… Read more

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  • Top Three Books: May 2019

    May 21, 2019 by

    With summer just around the corner, my family and I have been planning all sorts of things to do in the next couple months—hiking, traveling, workshops, the like. But my bookshelf hasn’t been neglected, either. Here are three of May’s best: 

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  • Vines and Threads: A Review of Leviathan

    May 7, 2019 by

    We sped past the pine trees, leaving only exhaust in our wake. The wooded area by the highway was lush and green, but I recognized a plant that should not have been there. The kudzu vine is invasive in my area; you see it everywhere. How could we contain it? I frowned, gazing at a… Read more

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  • Late-Night Education: A Review of Little Soldiers

    April 9, 2019 by

    I sat in the back of the classroom, sketching the enormous vase of flowers in front of me. A girl walked in and looked over my shoulder. She was maybe eight years old, and Asian—probably Chinese, since they taught Mandarin as well as art here. After a few minutes of conversation, the girl announced, “I… Read more

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  • Top Three Books: March 2019

    March 19, 2019 by

    With the trees budding outside and the flowers in our yard beginning to bloom, this month has been a time of new beginnings—both for nature and for my bookshelf. Here are some of March’s most fascinating books: Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale Anidori-Kiladri Talianna Isilee, or, for the ease of anyone wishes to speak her… Read more

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