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April 2016

The Waters and The Wild by Francesca Lia Block – Review by Emma, Teen Blogger

Posted on 30-Apr-16 13:27
The Waters and the Wild by Francesca Lia Block is about a girl named Bee who has always felt like an outcast. Many people experience this at some point or another, but Bee really is an outsider. She has no friends and has always had a deep longing for the earth, even fantasizing about eating it in handfuls. Bee’s story, told in poetry and prose, is both magical and starkly real. As an outcast, Bee rarely talks to anyone at school. But then she starts seeing an extra version of herself, a doppelganger as she comes to think of it. To unravel this mystery she ends up speaking to people she would never have conversed with usually. She speaks with her fellow outcasts: Haze, a boy who thinks he is an alien, and Sarah, a girl who has dreams about being a slave in the 1800s...
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Peter Pan by J.M. Barry – Review by Pranathi, Teen Blogger

Posted on 30-Apr-16 13:15
Our story begins on a nursery windowsill at a house in London, England. There, we meet a girl who adores her mother and cannot wait to grow up, and a boy who fears adulthood and responsibility so choses to forever be a child. Peter Pan is a magical tale which highlights the importance of youth and a mother’s love for her children by bringing the reader on an adventure within a fantasy world only present in our dreams. I found the story to be very playful and mischievous but after researching the reason as to why J. M. Barrie had written this magnificent tale, I found the classic novel to be touching, emotional and very heartwarming...
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Peeled by Joan Bauer - Article by Angela, Teen Blogger

Posted on 26-Apr-16 12:41
Teen Blogger, Angela decided to try something different with this blog post so she wrote it as a newspaper article about events in the book, Peeled by Joan Bauer. Check it out!
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My First Pizzeria Donair – Article by Ben, Teen Blogger

Posted on 25-Apr-16 08:31
Have you ever heard of a donair? Donair - photoIn this blog, I am going to talk about the donair and the history of it. I am going to tell you how to make a donair. I am also going to talk about when I ate my first pizzeria donair!
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My Favourite Poet: Rhiannon McGavin – Article by Kaela, Teen Blogger

Posted on 22-Apr-16 14:53
One of my favourite poets is Rhiannon McGavin, otherwise known as The Geeky Blonde on YouTube. She has been posting videos for several years now and is known for her 'Condensed Shakespeare' series, writing tips, and most prominently for her poetry videos. Rhiannon has written many successful poems having worked with organizations like Brave New Voices, Get Lit and Teens Over Violence. She is 18 years old and lives in Los Angeles, USA. I found her videos because we had been doing a poetry unit in my English class. Our mission was to find poetry we liked online and I happened to stumble across her videos. Her most popular type of poetry is Slam and she has a very distinct style in the way she presents her pieces. It’s evident in all her videos that she is very passionate about her topics; in my opinion, that’s what makes her so likable. Even though I couldn’t have possibly shared all her experiences, she still makes it very easy to relate to her through her poetry. She is great at making a connection between herself and the audience, even if sometimes the audience is through a computer screen...
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Asylum by Madeleine Roux – Review by Pranathi, Teen Blogger

Posted on 15-Apr-16 08:46
It is said that children pay for their parents’ actions and therefore no one is able to escape their past. Daniel Crawford and his newly made friends, Abby and Jordan, learn this the hard way as they are faced with their family’s darkest secrets at New Hampshire College Prep, a college which once used to be an asylum for the criminally and mentally insane. It is no coincidence how and where they meet. As terrifying secrets of their dark family past refuse to stay buried, the author creates a story which borders the fine line between genius and insanity...
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The Gunslinger by Stephen King – Review by Saul, Teen Blogger

Posted on 08-Apr-16 15:04
Although King is often known for his chilling horror stories, I believe some of his best work can be found in the fantasy genre. I am part way through this series now (the full series is called The Dark Tower), but thought I would take some time to recommend the first book. The Gunslinger is a novel like no other. It exists in a fantasy universe, but not a Tolkien cliché that many would expect from these types of tales. Instead, King has created a dead world that hints at a past glory and filled it with a wonderful cast of characters that attempt to scrape through life in a harsh landscape. I could best describe it as a fantasy-western. A world in which magic and guns exist as the tools of good and evil...
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