Little Hungry Pizzas: A Review of Ready Player One

I found myself staring at the words INSERT COIN. I clicked the button. I was playing Google’s Pac Man doodle, and as the game started, I maneuvered the little pizza around hesitantly. I lost. I played again. I lost. I played again. Seized by a mad determination to win the game, I played for over…

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Just Wear Sunglasses: A Review of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

One day, while mailing a postcard at a post office, I found a card that said, “Dear Optimists, if you look too much on the bright side, you’ll go blind. The Pessimists.” I think that card is outrageously funny. And yet, in some way, it is true: there must be a balance between optimism and…

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The Wonders of a Book: A Review of Speaker for the Dead

I stared at the words. My face crinkled, my eyes squinted—I started to cry. My whole soul seemed to cry out: “It’s not your fault! I’m so sorry!” I recovered soon enough, but I fixed the page number in my mind: 216. When I have gone back to that page and read the excerpt, the…

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Lost While Found: A Review of Ender’s Game

Countless times I have paced in front of my bookshelf looking for a new book to read. Often I grab a book and run away with it. Sometimes, however, I search fruitlessly for what seems like hours. On one of those miserable days, a certain name caught my eye: Orson Scott Card. Although I was…

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A Fight to Put It Down: A Review of The Alliance

Is it possible to have paradise on Earth, a place where there is no anger, war, or pain? Your immediate reply will probably be “no,” and I’m pretty sure you’re right. However, if you were a citizen of Shalev, you might think otherwise. What is Shalev? Only a fictional city, built after a world that…

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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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Turn Into a Fortune Teller!: A Review of When the Tripods Came

  SEQUEL ALERT! This is the fourth of four books. Free Earth. After three books about the Earth being captive to the Masters, you open this book and the Earth is free. You don’t groan in dismay, you don’t rejoice, but you go on. Which is a good idea, considering this book is nothing like…

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