November 2012 Blog Posts (127)

What’s the Truth Behind the Secret?

  What if someone told you that the secret of life and obtaining anything and everything you’ve ever wanted was in the way you think? That’s exactly what a book that I’ve recently read claims. The title of this book is The Secret by Rhonda Byrne and it offers a truly radical and original perspective on life. It suggests that literally everything is obtainable through the almighty power of the universe. At the core of this belief is the “law of attraction”. The book…

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Added by Erik Zillner on November 30, 2012 at 11:59pm — No Comments

The Use of a Love Interest and Its Impact on a Book as a Whole

       Recently I have read The Host, while one may conjure ugly images in his or her head when they think of the negative hype created by the Twilight series, The Host is much different than Stephenie Meyer's other work. The main plot revolves around an alien, Wanderer, living within a human named Melanie's body as a parasite. Wanderer and Melanie find humans who do not…

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Added by Aaron Petykowski on November 30, 2012 at 11:42pm — 4 Comments

Dying Doesn't Mean Life Ends

In the world that we know, there is only one stage of life that matters: the period between birth and death. But what happens after death? In Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin, readers learn of the location everyone goes to after their death, a place known as Elsewhere. In this place, we follow the adventures of Liza Hall as she adjusts to her world there.

Dying at the age of fifteen, Liz has a hard time dealing with her new life in Elsewhere, especially the fact that she…

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Added by Nancy Chen on November 30, 2012 at 11:04pm — 2 Comments

A Five Star Book by an All-Star Coach

            I read the book Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy for one of my independent reading books. Tony Dungy was a professional football player and coach. This book, however, is so much more than a biography. That is why I would recommend this book to anyone.

            I decided to read this book because I am a huge football fan and I have always liked Tony Dungy. The book recounts his days as a player and coach. The author talks about specific seasons and games in great…

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Added by Brian Kozanda on November 30, 2012 at 11:01pm — No Comments

The Rings of Narnia

Prince Caspian Ending Song

 

Everyone has heard of the magical world of Narnia. Its a mythical place created by C.S Lewis that includes this great Lion, called Aslan as well as talking animals and other mythical beasts. The few books part of the Chronicles of Narnia such as the Lion, the Witch, and the…

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Added by Roshan Rajan on November 30, 2012 at 10:24pm — No Comments

Department 19: The Rising

What comes to mind when u think of vampires?  Bram Stokers tale of the original creature of the night, Lincoln's second unknown life, or the horrid love story that captivated teenage girls.  Either way I bet you have not heard of the great new book by Will Hill.…

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Added by Gavin McCarty on November 30, 2012 at 10:11pm — 2 Comments

3 Reasons Why I Liked Thirteen Reasons Why

This week, I finished Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. This book is about a girl named Hannah Baker who commits suicide and mails cassette tapes of her recorded voice to the people who played a part in her killing herself. I thought this book was very sad and a little bit morbid because Hannah Baker's voice in her tapes is very sarcastic. Throughout the entire book I found myself hooked by Hannah's story, and I felt so bad for her and wished I could have helped her through her…

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Added by Abby Peterson on November 30, 2012 at 9:49pm — No Comments

The Devouring

 The life of a high schooler can certainly be boring. When your only concerns are grades and what you're eating for dinner when you get home, a bit of fictional entertainment is always welcome. A great way to add excitement to one’s life is through books, whether it is a romantic fiction novel or a thrilling adventure story.  My particular favorite literary distraction is horror stories. It’s not a really good read unless there's some bone chilling, skin crawling, stomach-wrenchingly gory…

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Added by Tara Nenninger on November 30, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments

The Hunger Games: Book VS Movie

                The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is the first novel in what is now a very popular and well known trilogy. If you haven’t read the series, I suggest you start now! Her amazingly well written and complex story for young adults focuses on the dystopian society of Panem through the perspective of Katniss Everdeen. Katniss is from District…

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Added by Lindsay Obeso on November 30, 2012 at 8:54pm — 1 Comment

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

       I am currently reading The Lost City of Z by David Grann. It is a non-fiction book that details  exploration of the Amazon jungle throughout the 1900's. One expedition led by British explorer Percy Fawcett sets out into the Amazon in 1925 hoping to find what is called "The Lost City of Z." It was rumored to be a large city of wealth deep in the jungle. Dozens of other exploration teams set out to find the lost city and most of them were never seen again. Fawcett was a very experienced…

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Added by Nico Colletier on November 30, 2012 at 8:40pm — 1 Comment

What's Out There?

Space, the final frontier. What's out there? Sure, the moon, the other planets, and the sun. Galaxies, celestial bodies. But what life exists out there? You may let your imagination go wild, but can your imagination match the imagination of Ray Bradbury, famed science-fiction writer? The Martian Chronicles show you Bradbury's imagination transmuted into ink and printed on paper, then composed into a fantastic book.…

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Added by Ramish Zaidi on November 30, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Capital Punishment...Effective or Inhumane?

          For my independent reading book, I read the book The Confession by John Grisham. The book was about a man named Travis Boyette confessing his crimes to a pastor, Keith Schroeder. This crime however, involves an execution of an innocent man named Donté Drumm. Keith and Travis embark on a journey to see if they can save Donté from a wrongful death brought on by a corrupt police department. I think this story expressed one of the…

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Added by Melissa Kovathana on November 30, 2012 at 7:42pm — 1 Comment

Sherlock Holmes- The Hound of Baskervilles

Many people have probably heard the most famous of Sherlock Holmes cases which is The Hound of Baskervilles.  Although most people have heard of it they don’t know much about it. The book starts with Dr. Mortimer visiting Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson at their quarters in Baker Street. The doctor is uneasy for the new heir to the Baskerville estate as the last one had died in an unnerving manner. That is when the readers get acquainted with the legend of…

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Added by Palak Tripathi on November 30, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Brothers in Nam

In the years of the Vietnam war, a draft was being held across the country.  The draft took and changed the lives of many innocent boys.  In the book "The Things They Carried", Tim O'Brien shares the experiences he had before being drafted and during the war.  While reading Tim shares the story of his platoon and their experiences as well.  Reading this book gives you an insight to a soldiers mind when they are patrolling the jungles of Vietnam.  This book also gives you a first hand…

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Added by Luke Kosacz on November 30, 2012 at 6:43pm — 2 Comments

Surprised outcome by Ellen Hopkins

When I first heard people talking about how good the book Crank by Ellen Hopkins was, I didn't really believe that a book could be THAT good. To be honest, I wasn't the biggest fan of reading until I read some of Ellen Hopkins' books this year. For class, we need a book to read every day for the first part of the period. On my shelf at home I noticed Crank right away since the cover stands out and it’s a thick book. Without…

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Added by Anne Freund on November 30, 2012 at 5:20pm — No Comments

Break Your Face

“You hold the key to the GARDEN and to the MUSIC.  Break Your Face on the opening of The Secret Garden.”  That message was…

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Added by Nathan Cornwell on November 30, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Cambodia....Who is Cambodia?

Currently in our sophomore English class, we are starting to read the book First They Killed My Father. The book is about the genocide in Cambodia. When I first heard about the book, I thought where is Cambodia? The only things I knew about Cambodia was that it is a small country in some corner of Asia. So I headed to my trusted friend Google, more specifically Wikipedia, and found out it is more than just a circle in Asia.…

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Added by Prak Muppidi on November 30, 2012 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code is a great book about two people’s journey to solve one of the greatest mysteries of all time, the secret of the Holy Grail. Robert Langdon gets an unexpected visitor one night in Paris and from there, his whole world is turned upside down. It turns out he is a lead suspect in a murder investigation. The man he is suspected of killing turns out to be part of a secret society that has been responsible for the safe keeping of the secret of the Holy…

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Added by Jack Peterson on November 30, 2012 at 2:04pm — 1 Comment

The iPad in the Hands of a Student

Many jealous Fremd students know by now that a few lucky classes were able to participate in the one-to-one program, meaning each kid got their own iPad. While the iPad offers some very fun (and distracting) games, it also offers paperless classroom benefits.…

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Added by Sam Yim on November 30, 2012 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Infinity - A Vampire Book That Doesn't Suck

I read this book called Infinity. It's the first book in the Chonricles of Nick series. I only picked up the book because I thought the book had a pretty slick cover and aesthetics are everything to me. Even with the book looking pretty cool, I still had my doubts about it, though. The book was written by Sherrilyn Kenyon, some woman (or man) I've never heard of before. I didn't know what type of author she was and since I never really bothered looking at the summary, I didn't even…

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Added by Brandon Yoon on November 30, 2012 at 12:57pm — No Comments

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