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How to ace your speeches!

Posted on April 28, 2013 at 2:13pm 0 Comments

Speeches. Most people hate them, and why wouldn’t they? It can be pretty nerve-wracking to stand in front of a group of people and talk with no response. It can feel like talking to a wall sometimes. In school it’s worse because you have a whole class of people watching you AND your teacher grading it. There is a lot of pressure involved in giving a speech, but if you remember a few simple things you can get through all of your speeches like a pro.

            The most obvious yet…

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 4:00pm 3 Comments

For my independent reading book this quarter, I decided to stick with the Harry Potter series. For those of you who have read the books, you will understand how addicting they can be. What I’ve found is that at the beginning of each book, I am bored out of my mind, but if you can make it to the halfway point, things get exciting. I originally decided to read the books because my friend loves them, and were going on Spring Break together to California this year. While were there, we…

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets!

Posted on March 7, 2013 at 11:00pm 0 Comments

Harry Potter is on to his second year at Hogwarts in this exciting second book of the series. He happily returns to Hogwarts after another dreadful summer with the Dursleys, but as usual, he finds it almost impossible to stay out of trouble, even when he is being blamed for something he didn’t do! When mysterious things start happening around Hogwarts, everyone is quick to point the blame towards Harry. In order to prove himself innocent and find out just who exactly is causing all the…

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Hereafter by Tara Hudson, Quarterly Blog

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

In Hereafter, by Tara Hudson, Amelia Ashley isn’t the typical eighteen-year-old girl. She’s the spirit of her former self stuck between the human world and the supernatural world. As a dead spirit, life gets pretty lonely. Amelia has no way of contacting the human world, no sense of smell or touch, and no humans can see her. She has no need for sleep and therefore has extra time to spend lost and confused about her current situation. She also has nightmares, in which she re-lives her…

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At 5:52pm on September 23, 2012, Kristen Cardoza said…

Good blog post Melanie. I have heard of water for Elephants but I have never been inclined to read, although I think I will now. The Percy Jackson series is really good but don't watch the movie because it kills the effect. Also, I happen to be the person that never really read Harry Potter until this year. I'm on book 2 and movie 3. I think you should keep going with them because I really like them

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