The Cure for Boredom: A Review of The Phantom Tollbooth

Do you know those long, lazy afternoons? When the sun shines warm and tantalizing through the window, teasing you with faint ideas of big projects and triumph; when you walk restlessly through the house, your gaze falling languidly on books, games, and homework; when the soft breathing of someone sleeping on the couch drifts through…

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The New Symbol of Friendship: A Review of Holes

When I bit into a raw onion, my taste buds were met by an explosion of different flavors. At first, the onion was sweet. All of a sudden an outburst of bitterness attacked my mouth. The back of my throat felt like a porcupine was ramming it. I coughed and spluttered, and my sister shot…

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An Adventure Founded on Pie: A Review of Pi in the Sky

Do you like pie? I do. Would you like to deliver pies? If you ask me, even though you probably never will, I’d say no. Too tempting. I’d eat them faster than anyone on earth… except that this story doesn’t take place on earth! Pi in the Sky, by Wendy Mass, is a story about…

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A Piece of Salted Caramel: A Review of The Mitchells

I was in the middle of reading Swallowdale (the sequel to Swallows and Amazons, written by Arthur Ransome) when we left for Croatia. My mother most (un)graciously told me that no, I couldn’t bring Swallowdale along because I would finish it in one night, so I picked The Mitchells off the shelf and stuffed it…

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