Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

July 22, 2015

Anya’s Ghost is a graphic novel about a Russian girl that goes by Anya Brozakovskaya. One day while wallowing in self pity, she falls down an abandoned well and falls upon a ghost named Sarah. Later, after getting out of the well, Anya is constantly being stalked by this ghost who is seemingly innocent, but looks can be deceiving.

I really enjoyed this book. I really liked the art work. The storyline was also really fun (but not scary, even though it’s a ghost story). It was interesting to watch Anya change during the book because of all the things Sarah does. Overall, I found this book really fun and a good summer read. I’d recommend Anya’s Ghost to a teen audience. It does have some mature things in it, but nothing too bad.



Eden West by Pete Hautman 

June 17, 2015

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Eden West follows the story of Jacob, a seventeen year old boy, living in the  isolated paradise of Nodd. Nodd is a world within a world, a secluded land that protects its members from the evils of the world. Jacob has grown up in Nodd his entire life, surrounded by green pastures and faith that the Angel, Zerachiel will come to save him and the people of Nodd. However in the year following Jacob’s seventeenth birthday, he is tempted by a beautiful girl, Lynna, from the outside world. As Jacob becomes further involved  with Lynna, things in Nodd begin to fall apart and so does Jacob’s faith and allegiance to his community.

HellHole by Gina Damico

June 10, 2015

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Max Kilgore’s name sounds like something out of the latest action blockbuster, but his personality is the total opposite. His passion for dinosaurs and crossword puzzles, along with a really bad haircut, put him at the bottom of the food chain, and with a squeaky clean record Max is the epitome of a “good kid”. So imagine his surprise when one day, after digging for fossils on his local hill, he opens up a hole straight into hell. Now he has to deal with Satan (who has a passion for Doritos and Call of Duty) while taking care of his terminally ill mother.

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Reading Corps is back in action!

June 8, 2015

Is it a bird?

A plane?

No, it’s Reading Corps!

reading corps summer 2015

reading corps summer 2015

We’re back with new reviews, so stay tuned for some awesome summer reading recommendations.

Anime Review: Toradora

August 28, 2012

This summer has been incredibly busy for me but nevertheless I had time to watch an anime that was highly recommended by a friend of mine. It took some doing, since I generally try to avoid romantic slice of life shows, but he eventually got me to watch it and I found that I really enjoyed Toradora, and you should see it too!

Toradora is a show about a high school boy who looks like a juvenile delinquent, Takasu Ryuuji. His scary looks completely overshadow his gentle personality. However, this year takes a turn for the better as he arrives at school and finds that he’s not only in the same class as his one and only friend, he’s also in the same class as the girl he’s completely smitten with. Unfortunately, it’s then that he runs into another girl in his class: Aisaka Taiga, nicknamed the “Palmtop Tiger” as a play on her name and a reference to her diminutive stature. She then proceeds to knock him flat with a punch. Read the rest of this entry »

Our Poetry Contest is Almost Over!

March 13, 2012

Only two days left to submit your poems!

Refill your coffee, break out your rough draft, and polish up those final versions: the end of the contest is almost here!

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New Year’s Resolutions

January 11, 2012

My New Year’s resolution? To be able to bench press 50 pounds by the end of January. I don’t think this is something that would happen by itself, but I don’t perceive it as to unfeasible to accomplish. For me, it’s a perfect goal.

The Top Ten “Teen” Resolutions:
1. Get Healthy
2. Get Happier
3. Be a Better Person
4. Find Love
5. Show More Love to Your Family
6. Be a Better Friend
7. Get Better in School
8. Learn Something New
9. Be a Role Model
10. Make Some Money

I asked several of my friends what their goals were and all of them fit somewhere in the top ten “teen” resolutions (listed above).  I think that all of these are fine New Year’s goals, but they are objectives that I strive to accomplish on a daily bases, not especially in a New Year.

Resolutions are generally hard to stick with, after all most people think that they should be life-changing goals. After only one week, just 64% are still on track, and after six months, less than half of the “resolvers” are keeping up with their plan. This goes to show that you should keep your plan SMART. Read the rest of this entry »

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