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May 2016

Throne of Glass Series - Review by Becca, Teen Blogger

Posted on 26-May-16 10:42
The Throne of Glass series, written by Sarah. J Maas, is a high fantasy adventure series, composed of five books to date: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows. They follow Celaena Sardothien, a rogue trainee of the infamous Arobynn Hamel, and now a slave in the salt mines of Endovier. That is, until she is given a choice: enter a deadly competition to become the personal assassin for the King of Adarlan, or never see the light of day again. The competition offered only to the most feared and ruthless of killers. Celaena agrees to compete, though she hates to serve the King who locked her away. Her training is overseen by Chaol Westphal, Captain of the Guard, and, from afar, by Dorian, the Crown Prince of Adarlan— both of whom are taken with her fierce spirit and witty charm. Dorian rescues her from the mines, he is her sponsor. The other competitors also have sponsors, though many with reputations far less respected than the Crown Prince’s. Celaena must stay sharp and distrustful at every turn: of her fellow competitors, of the court, and even of her own mind. Because, even in a land where a whisper of magic is punishable by death, the other would-be champions and their sponsors are willing to risk using the outlawed taboo to win...
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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children - Review by Pranathi, Teen Blogger

Posted on 13-May-16 15:19
Everyone has their peculiarities, some more than others. So what are yours? Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children should not even exist, so how is it that it does? How is it that anybody who ever stayed in the house permanently is still the same age as they were 50 years ago? How is it that these children, who are protected in the house of Miss Peregrine, have such strange peculiarities? Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, written by Ransom Riggs, brings the nightmares of children to life through the use of sinister vintage photographs and a suspense level which never ceases to surprise the reader. Four phrases launch the adventure of our hero. Four phrases spoken through the last breaths of his beloved and supposedly deranged grandfather. Four phrases which lead our hero to a home of the most peculiar children in the world, monsters who are after the children and a quest to protect the children from the monsters.
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Six of Crows - Review by Becca, Teen Blogger

Posted on 13-May-16 15:14
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, I think, is my favourite book I've read so far this year. It was simply incredible. It was action packed, suspenseful, and I'm well aware of the cliché of the phrase “keeps you on the edge of your seat,” but I'll say it anyway. Throughout this book, I was literally gasping aloud-something that admittedly can be problematic when you're trying to read in a public area. The plot was fast paced, the characters unique and well-developed, and the world setting intriguing—the recipe for a perfect adventure novel. In Six of Crows, we follow six main characters, Kaz Brekker, Inej Ghafa, Nina Zenick, Matthias Helvar, Jesper Fahey, and Wylan Van Eck. Though each known for different expertise, they' all bear the same name-criminal. And these six, they're the best of the best: the most brilliant lock picks, quietest spies, deadliest fighters. They're the cutthroats, blackhearts and convicts of the slums they live in, called the Barrel. So, when a job comes up offering them 30 million kruge, how could they resist? It's one impossible heist, into the most secure court ever built for the prize of a lifetime. All they need is a bit of luck and a ton of skill—and definitely a strong stomach...
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Stardust (Film) - Review by Pranathi, Teen Blogger

Posted on 13-May-16 13:20
I’m going to start off by saying romance is definitely one of my least favourite genres in books, movies and music. I have this unexplainable hate for all things romantic but Neil Gaiman, through his work Stardust, actually made me appreciate the romantic storyline and connections between characters. Stardust is an exciting romantic film based on Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel which takes the viewer on an unforgettable adventure between two worlds within the late Victorian era. It is a story of a young man who is unaware of his real identity and past, who sets out on a journey to prove his feelings to the girl of his dreams. On his journey he is faced with a surprising turn of events which cause his quest to be ten times more difficult than it should have been but also leads him to finding out who he really is, what his past was like, what his true feelings are and who they are for. Neil Gaiman writes a story of self-enlightenment and the journey one boy must make to turn into a man; whereas, director Matthew Vaughn brings the extravagant images to real life...
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V for Vendetta: Studying Graphical Novels as Literature - Article by Saul, Teen Blogger

Posted on 13-May-16 12:49
Any high school English course has a reading list: a group of books that all students must read so that they can complete the class. These are usually classics that are considered to be some of the best books ever written. 1984, Brave New World, any Shakespeare play, and many others fall into the category of so-called “high culture reading.” These books are typically old and have themes surrounding society and the human condition. It was surprising to me then, when I found, on my reading list, a graphic novel. It was the widely popular V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. Now, I don’t need to write a blog post explaining to people that this is a good book to read, as that has been said before in numerous forms, but I did want to talk about what makes a book, and specifically this graphic novel, something that is good to study. I also wanted to talk about how often society looks down on certain mediums as lesser in some way or another...
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Healing the Earth: Easy Solutions to Food Waste - Article by Hannah, Teen Blogger

Posted on 04-May-16 15:46
It's amazing how much we waste food everyday without even knowing about it. 33 million tons of food makes its way into landfills each year and about 20% of Canada's methane emissions come from landfills (see http://www.endfoodwastenow.org/index.php/resources/facts and http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/food-and-our-planet/help-end-food-waste/). According to the Value Chain Management Center, we waste approximately $27-billion worth of food every year (see: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/the-hot-button/how-much-in-food-do-canadians-waste-a-year-think-billions/article4580509/). Keep in mind that this is the value of perfectly edible food that is simply just thrown out rather than the fungus-infected disgusting food that deserves to be thrown out. Most of you probably read that line and did not care because after all it's just a number with no significant meaning to you. But that's probably enough money to feed almost all of the people who die of hunger (according to http://www.poverty.com/, one person dies of hunger every 4 seconds). As much as I want to rant about how evil society is for wasting all of this food, that's unfortunately not going to change much or be effective. So if you’re a person who cares about the well-being of this earth, below are so some super easy things you can do at home to prevent food waste:
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