February 2013 Blog Posts (62)

Cujo

            Do you ever think that there might be a monster in your closet? Are you afraid of the dark? Do you ever get the feeling that you’re not alone while in bed trying to sleep? These feelings are all brought together in one of Stephen King’s best known novels. If these questions interest you, then you should read Cujo!…

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Added by John Komoll on February 28, 2013 at 11:49pm — 2 Comments

A Writers Week Recommendation

This past was Writers Week 19. So when I heard that S. J. Kincaid the author of Insignia was coming to Fremd i decided to read her book. Insignia takes place in a futuristic society and is about a boy, Tom Raines. Tom lives with his Dad and has an unstable lifestyle. Tom like many teenage boys plays video games, but unlike others Tom can beat anyone he plays and often wins money by…

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Added by Amulia Nambiar on February 28, 2013 at 11:34pm — 3 Comments

Falling for the Fallen Angel

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Added by Junilane L. on February 28, 2013 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

13 Reasons Why

Like many other Fremd students, having Jay Asher come to Writers Week gave me that final push to finally read 13 Reasons Why. It has been on my "I NEED to Read this Book" list for quite some time and I finally took the plunge. I had some reservations before I read it. I thought it was going to be incredibly depressing and would focus more on Hannah, the girl who committed suicide. Instead, the novel focused on Clay…

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Added by Reilly Siepka on February 28, 2013 at 11:13pm — 12 Comments

13 Reasons Why

Like many other Fremd students, having Jay Asher come to Writers Week gave me that final push to finally read 13 Reasons Why. It has been on my "I NEED to Read this Book" list for quite some time and I finally took the plunge. I had some reservations before I read it. I thought it was going to be incredibly depressing and would focus more on Hannah, the girl who committed suicide. Instead, the novel focused on Clay…

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Added by Reilly Siepka on February 28, 2013 at 11:13pm — 4 Comments

The World of Literature at my Fingertips

Scholastic Bowl tournaments hosted by Wheaton North are known for giving out books to top-scoring individuals. These recipients get to choose from a whole slew of books on scholastic-bowl-relevant topics. About a month ago, I was honored to be awarded my first ever book from a tournament. I spent a good while sifting through the haphazard pile of books on the table and eventually settled on one called Masterpieces of World Literature in Digest Form.…

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Added by Jennie Yang on February 28, 2013 at 11:10pm — 7 Comments

Diversity in Divergent

Divergent- Veronica Roth

 

     After an agonizing, seemingly forever wait, I finally got my hands on a copy of Veronica Roth's Divergent, and boy was it worth the wait!  I could not put the book down!  You know how in most books, there’s a “good place to stop?” Well, this book doesn’t have any of those.  The plot constantly moves at a speed that makes you NEED to…

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Added by Alexandria Pagones on February 28, 2013 at 11:00pm — 11 Comments

My Side of the Mountain is My Kind of Book!

I don't know about everyone else, but the school I went to in fifth grade (Sunset ridge in Northfield) made us read Hatchet. Most of the kids in my class straight up HATED it. I for one though, loved it. Ever since, I have been searching for books like it. Survival based kind of books. First I read all of the books in Brian's series, then I found a few other books that were similar but not quite the same, not good enough. So I began…

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Added by Koryn G. on February 28, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

And Let the Games Begin!- The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games is one of the best books I have ever read. The whole triology is good but I believe that the first book is the best of them all. This book made me go through so many emotions. When the main character, Katniss, takes the place of her sister in the drawing, it shows the love that Katniss has for her sister. I also felt the hatred when Katniss and Peeta, the…

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Added by Angela Choi on February 28, 2013 at 11:00pm — 4 Comments

THINGS FALL APART

Out of the limited times I willingly enter public libraries, my success with picking out books has been hit or miss. I have the tendency to grab a random paperback based on

a) If the cover’s color scheme grabs

my attention…

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Added by Jessica Peterson on February 28, 2013 at 11:00pm — 7 Comments

Empire

                Once again I chose another Orson Scott Card book to read for this month. I am currently somewhat obsessed with…

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Added by Robert Giagnorio on February 28, 2013 at 10:47pm — 6 Comments

The Best Show You're Not Watching

There's something so tragic about HBO's brilliant series, Enlightened.  First things first, it's pretty much been doomed from the start because of its plot.  It stars Laura Dern as a self-destructive anti-heroine by the name of Amy Jellicoe.  Now, I'm not saying that flawed female characters don't work on TV, I just don't think they work on HBO.  HBO is a network that I feel, with a few major exceptions (the very female oriented Sex and the City and maybe the campy True Blood) has always…

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Added by Michael Wu on February 28, 2013 at 10:44pm — No Comments

One Lucky Selection

This month my book selection was made by forgetfulness. I forgot to go to the library to get a new book and I knew I needed my crucial daily reading point. In desperation I reached into Mr. Anderson’s book box and pulled out Irises by Fransico X. Stork. I was planning on just reading it for the day but to my surprise my lucky selection lasted me the entire month. This book is a constant struggle between love and sacrificing that to pursue your dreams. Kate, 18 and Mary, 16…

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Added by Jenna Schneider on February 28, 2013 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

If you're anything like me you are always searching for another great book to read. If you think you would enjoy reading a novel that's eerie, suspenseful, and a bit peculiar I would recommend reading Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. In this book the main character is a lonely sixteen year old boy named Jacob. Still haunted by the gruesome death of his senile grandfather and his last words telling him to go to "the island" and to…

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Added by Nicole Degla on February 28, 2013 at 10:24pm — 2 Comments

On The Jellicoe Road

Have you ever been left alone or abandoned? For most of us, the answer is NO. That's not true for Taylor Lily Markham. For the month of February I read the book On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. When Taylor was 11 years old, her mother deserted Taylor at the 7/11 on the Jellicoe Road and Taylor's only recognition of  her father is a brief memory of standing on her father's shoulders. The only adult influence in her life is…

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Added by Rucha Patel on February 28, 2013 at 10:06pm — 2 Comments

Magical Pants

          The summer before their junior year, four best friends, Lena Kaligaris, Tibby Rollins, Bridget Vreeland, and Carmen Lowell, go shopping one day, and Carmen just happens to find a pair of jeans that fit all four of them properly despite their different body structures. From that moment, on these four teenage girls branded this pair of jeans as "magical."

Make your own…

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Added by Brinda Dollu on February 28, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

February Blog Post- Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Many say that a movie will never live up to the expectations built after reading the book. But is this necessarily true? Is it possible that a person can fall in love with both the book AND the movie? I know , I know. The bookworm inside you may be gasping at this point, but it is true. The impossible is, in fact, possible. At least for me it was after reading Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks.

This month I picked up yet another Nicholas Sparks novel. Total shocker right? As if I…

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Added by Bianca Reyes on February 28, 2013 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

The Baseball Codes

Almost everyone knows the rules to America’s greatest pastime, one, two, three strikes and you’re out. What people don’t see are what’s underneath these rules, or what is widely considered the unwritten rules of baseball. The Baseball Codes by Jason Turnbow and Michael Duca brings these unseen rules into the light of people who don’t actually play the game.  Usually these unwritten rules are only known by the players, and would pass by the head of any average…

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Added by Dan Pinderski on February 28, 2013 at 9:20pm — 1 Comment

The Opposite of Friendship

            If friendship has an opposite, it has to be war. This is the only way Morris is able to explain what the war means to him in the book, I Pledge Allegiance by Chris Lynch. Morris has three BEST friends that he does everything with. These friends never spend a day apart from each other. They are such good friends that whenever something looks like it has the possibility of compromising their friendship, they make a pact to avoid any conflict. One pact that was made stated…

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Added by Joey Uhrich on February 28, 2013 at 9:07pm — 3 Comments

Legend

This month, I read a dystopian novel, set in the future, which  follows the stories of two teens living in North America during a time of conflict between a powerful government and those who oppose it.

Sounds familiar...right? Let me guess, you're thinking that I'm talking about...…

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Added by Enia Kiusals on February 28, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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