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Looking at the literature canon through a feminist lens

Looking at the literature canon through a feminist lens

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?

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

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

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

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

Izzy Peterson, Linganore HS, Frederick, Md.

September 30, 2014


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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

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

May 5, 2014


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"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

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

April 28, 2014


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"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...