April 2013 Blog Posts (135)

The Language of LOTR

The Lord of the Rings books have some of the most completely devoted fans for any series to date, especially for one so aged. My belief is of the sort that the linguistic styling Mr. Tolkien employs is to answer for such a following. His attention to even the most minuscule details make his world-building skill superb and his unusual grammatical choices complement this faux world. Some adjusting is what it takes to understand his story lines at first, howbeit. I will admit that I…

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Added by Dannika Andersen on April 30, 2013 at 11:53pm — 1 Comment

Flowers for Algernon

     Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes is a science-fiction story about Charlie Gordon, a mentally challenged 32-year old man who goes through a surgery that was also performed on Algernon, a mouse, in order to increase his intelligence.  Charlie is the first human to go through the surgery and he does it to "get smart."  The story is told through progress reports he writes on what happens to him.

     I found it interesting how you could see Charlie getting more…

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Added by Derek C. on April 30, 2013 at 11:30pm — 5 Comments

Throwing Like a Girl

Imagine having to move halfway across the country in the middle of sophomore year. Yes, it would be quite terrible. Unfortunately for sixteen year old Ella, this was her situation. She packed her bags, and moved halfway across the…

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Added by Brinda Dollu on April 30, 2013 at 11:30pm — No Comments

The Four Minutes that Changed Everything

                Imagine this: you are being driven to the airport by your mom, to catch a plane that will take you across the Atlantic Ocean to a wedding you don’t even want to go to. You and your mom are fighting all the way to the airport; a screaming match. You get to the airport, dragging around the  suitcases you’ve haphazardly packed at home because you were already running late, and just about when you think your day could not get any worse than that, you learn that you missed your…

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Added by Junilane L. on April 30, 2013 at 11:08pm — 4 Comments

I Am Number Four

I Am Number Four,…

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Added by Rachel Wilhelm on April 30, 2013 at 11:00pm — 6 Comments

The Demon King/ The Exiled Queen/ The Gray Wolf Throne (sneek peek)

A forest fire, fueled by wizard flames rushed towards them as three horsemen rode out of the flames. If this introduction sounds interesting then you should definitely read The Demon King. This book takes place in a fantasy world where the land is governed by queens and who are guarded by both wizards and warrior. The wizards need magic amulets to fuel their pieces which are made in camps in the mountains. This is where the story begins. We first meet Han…

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Added by Sresht Iyer on April 30, 2013 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

A Corner of White

So first, let me just say that A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty is without a  doubt the strangest book I have ever read. That's not a bad thing but it was definitely out of my comfort zone. I found the back cover synopsis of this book to be a bit deceiving. While it is all true to the storyline, it did not prepare me for the reading experience I was about to take on. The ingenuity and creativity was unmatched and indescribable.

The story is set in two different worlds…

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Added by Carly Roberts on April 30, 2013 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

Story of a Girl

Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr is a perfect example showing that life must go on after horrible mistakes. Deanna was a thirteen-year-old girl who slept with a senior in high school. They didn’t even love each other. She never forgave herself for that. To make things even worse, her dad never forgave her…

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Added by Anuhya Abbaraju on April 30, 2013 at 11:00pm — 4 Comments

Burned

Ellen Hopkins is a phenomenal writer, with the most unique writing style I have seen to date. The way she captures her stories through intense details and descriptions, as well as character development, prove that she is a superb author. A few months ago, I read her book Identical, which immediately made me a fan of her work, and it left me wanting more. For this month, I read her book Burned, which of course exceeded my expectations. Although all of her books are amazing,…

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Added by Ryan Klarner on April 30, 2013 at 11:00pm — 5 Comments

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari By Robin Sharma

During Spring Break I saw my dad reading The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and started to think about the title. To me it seemed as if the title was an oxymoron. “Why would a monk sell their Ferrari? Why would a monk have a Ferrari? Is this some sort of monk in disguise?” The solution to my questions was very simple. After my dad was done, I would have to read the book myself. In a way this book is a more specific version of the Joy Luck Club in the sense that both books teach…

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Added by Amulia Nambiar on April 30, 2013 at 10:37pm — 6 Comments

Legend

     Legend by Marie Lu is about a girl named June and a boy named Day. June is a fifteen-year-old military prodigy and lives in one of the richest districts in the Republic. Day is from the poorer districts, but he's Republic's most wanted criminal and he's only fifteen. How could a fifteen-year-old be the most wanted criminal and what's the Republic? Well, the United States has been split into two countries called the Republic and the Colonies and they are in a war against each…

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Added by Hyoin Sung on April 30, 2013 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY

Hey guys! Hope you guys are enjoying this warm weather. It’s finally beginning to look and feel like spring! Anyway, for the month of April, I read Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. As many of you know Jay Asher was here at Fremd for Writer’s Week this year. Unfortunately, I was not able to see him but I heard he was pretty amazing. I know what you're thinking, “ I've already read many blog posts about this book” or “so…

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Added by Rucha Patel on April 30, 2013 at 10:22pm — 5 Comments

The Vanishing Game

     Do you know something that no one around you believes is true? Are you searching for answers to your own mysteries? Do you like suspense? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you should read The Vanishing Game by Kate Kae Myers.

     The Vanishing Game is a thrilling mystery following Jocelyn,…

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Added by John Komoll on April 30, 2013 at 10:20pm — No Comments

The Fellowship of the Ring

I first took an interest in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings series when I watched one of the movies with my parents a few years ago. I was sucked into the enchanting world of Frodo Baggins and the journey that he took because of a strange and magical ring, but didn't realize that that world also existed in written form. A couple of months ago, while anticipating the movie of The Hobbit, I decided to read the book before the movie came out. The…

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Added by Enia Kiusals on April 30, 2013 at 10:19pm — 2 Comments

The Fault in Our Stars Review/Summary

I feel as if I am really behind the times here having not read or written about The Fault in Our Stars. So here goes!

At thirteen Hazel was your average kid. But when she is diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer and is on the brink of death at the age of fourteen, Hazel is anything but your average kid. Luckily she is chosen to test out a new drug that could shrink the tumors in her lungs. The drug works, but not completely. Hazel is left with smaller, but still ever-present…

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Added by Koryn G. on April 30, 2013 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Shiver

For many years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house.  A grey yellow-eyed wolf caught her eye ever since she was attacked by the wolves six years ago.  Ever since the grey yellow-eyed wolf saved Grace from the attack, a connection has been formed between her and the wolf, her wolf.

 In the meantime, Sam lives a double life: in the winter, he is a wolf…

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Added by Kayla H on April 30, 2013 at 9:39pm — 4 Comments

Stuck in a Dream World

In the novel Wake by Lisa McMann the main character, Janie Hannagan, has struggled to keep a huge part of her life a secret. As a senior in high school everything seems to be normal from the outside. For as long as Janie can remember she has had a unique gift, any time someone near her falls asleep she gets transported into their dreams. When I first learned about her ability I thought it was the most fascinating thing. I quickly realized her gift was…

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Added by Nicole Degla on April 30, 2013 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

Gulliver's Travels AKA the possible start of imaginative writing

Every piece of writing has different meaning and a certain potential to each one. For instance, the book, Divergent the message I gained from the book is that your destiny isn’t defined; you just take whatever is given to you and make the best of it. However, I usually read young adult fiction or FBI thrillers. So, this time I decided to go back to the past and read a classic, Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift.

            

             Our story begins with…

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Added by Ben Jeon on April 30, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Time Snatchers

                When choosing my book for this month, I had no idea what kind of book I was looking to read. I decided to choose one of the books that the librarians had put on display in the front of library because I was intrigued by the summary and the cover art. I absolutely loved the book Time Snatchers by Richard Ungar. It was a refreshing change from the typical sci-fi/fantasy book. Ungar introduced a new concept involving the idea of time traveling and how it is used in the…

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Added by Robert Giagnorio on April 30, 2013 at 9:23pm — 1 Comment

Prodigy

             You know those books that are really good but their sequels just don’t live up to the expectations that the original book set? Well the book Prodigy, by Marie Lu, is not one of those disappointing sequels. Prodigy is the sequel to the book Legend. Legend is about how the most wanted criminal, Day, and the most respected and valued citizen of the Republic, June, end up crossing paths and developing a relationship with each other.…

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Added by Joey Uhrich on April 30, 2013 at 8:53pm — 3 Comments

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