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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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Vicki Grant - Interview by Kaela, Teen Blogger

Posted on 29-Mar-16 14:19
Vicki Grant has written many popular teen fiction books. In 2004, she published her first book called The Puppet Wrangler. Since then, her most favoured genre of writing has been mystery, including Dead-End Job, Not Suitable for Family Viewing, hew newest book Small Bones and many others. She has received many awards for her work as an author and a television scriptwriter. Vicki has been one of my favourite authors for many years now and I was fortunate enough to be able to conduct an interview with her.
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All the Bright Places – Review by Kaela, Teen Blogger

Posted on 16-Feb-16 13:24
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven begins with the two main characters, Finch and Violet, standing at the top of a bell tower. They both want to jump but after talking to each other, they decide not to. After, Violet and Finch become very good friends, offering different types of support that the other needs but is lacking from their own life. Finch brings Violet out of her shell again and Violet makes sure Finch stays grounded. These characters are so funny and vulnerable you can’t help but fall in love with them. The ending was very surprising and it made the book very memorable...
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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls – Review by Kaela, Teen Blogger

Posted on 22-Dec-15 15:02
The Glass Castle is a memoir by Jeannette Walls. It’s about her childhood and having to grow up in poverty for the majority of it. This book also explains how the relationships she formed as a child shaped her into a successful adult. The Glass Castle is about Walls’ father who is a very intelligent man and loves his children endlessly even though he has many faults, her mother who always taught her to have an open mind and a kind heart even though she rarely followed her own advice, and her and her three siblings growing up mostly happy in spite of her parents’ shortcomings...
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The Song of Achilles – Review by Kaela, Teen Blogger

Posted on 03-Nov-15 11:51
The thing that drew me to read The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller was the fact it is all about Greek mythology and the author was actually inspired by the original works of Homer. In my experience, a lot of books about Greek mythology are based on the more modern versions of the stories and are kind of like a remake of a remake. The nice thing about this one was that the author had studied these subjects and drew on the originals for inspiration. The book is all about the famous Greek hero named Achilles but is actually told from the point of view of one his greatest companions, Patroclus. Patroclus is neither a god nor a half-god like Achilles but an exiled prince. When the two were both boys, Achilles’ father used to foster boys with no homes and that’s how the two had met. The book details the transformation of Achilles from child to man through the eyes of Patroclus. The two grow up together and later support each other in the war against Troy...
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Betsy Wickwire’s Dirty Secret by Vicki Grant – Review by Kaela, Teen Blogger

Posted on 21-Oct-15 09:00
One of the funniest books I have ever read would definitely be Betsy Wickwire’s Dirty Secret by Vicki Grant. It’s about a popular girl named Betsy who has just finished high school but has also lost her boyfriend and most of her friends. Betsy thinks she’s going to have a terrible summer but then she meets Dolores, who is very quirky and not like her old friends. During the summer they begin a cleaning business and through a lot of funny events, Betsy grows as a person...
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith – Review by Kaela

Posted on 21-Aug-15 10:45
There were three people who recommended this book to me and all of them couldn’t explain why they liked it so much. Now after reading it, I love it just as much as them only I’ll try to explain why.
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