A Mango Shaped Space Review

Warning: This book contains really bad and uncomfortable romance and is generally boring. This review contains spoilers for this book. Do not read this book or this review if you are uncomfortable with any of these things. But thanks for stopping by anyways. Disclaimer: I am not making you read an article about a super cringy book. You chose to be here, and I am also not making you stay. If you wish to leave then do so now. But thanks for stopping by anyways. So… apparently you guys liked my Warcross article a little too much. So much so that now I’m writing another book review, specifically for you. I’ve gotta wonder if Coach B is purposefully giving me stuff she knows I won’t like so that you will read these articles. Either way, here we are, so enjoy A Mango Shaped Space as much as you possibly can….

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Warning: This book contains really bad and uncomfortable romance, overused plot lines, horrible attempts at re-creating  different languages with English characters, and explicit language. This review contains spoilers for this book. Do not read this book or this review if you are uncomfortable with any of these things. But thanks for stopping by anyways. Disclaimer: I am not making you read an article about a super cringy book, you chose to be here, and I am also not making you stay. If you wish to preserve your sanity, then leave this article right now. For those of you who choose to stay, you have been warned. Alright, you know what you’re getting yourself into. I had a rather optimistic mind when I started this book. A girl with rainbow hair living in New York, scraping a living together by hunting criminals, stuck in a hole of $3,450 in unpaid rent and $6,000 in credit…

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Animal Farm Song Project Wrap-Up

It’s been happening for 15+ years… Generations of students (okay, maybe not generations) have been enjoying it for a while… That’s right, it’s the ever-popular eighth grade Animal Farm song project! Here’s how it works: Eighth grade students are required to read the book Animal Farm over the summer. After a series of comprehension discussions, students break into groups, and write and rehearse parody-type songs that tell the Animal Farm story. Fast-forward 1.5 months when students perform their songs for their Language Arts class. During this first round of performances, peers vote for which group they think did the best job. Those with the most votes go to Round Two, the semi-finals. These students perform in Room 10 and their videos can be seen below. Peers then voted a second time for their favorite group. The Red Hot Piggy People are the winners and performed their song in the Meeting…

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Top 5 Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Novels

Okay, folks, I think you all know that I’m a big fan of choose-your-own-adventure novels. If any of you have read my choose-your-own-adventure article, you know how they work. If not, then this is the part for you. In choose-your-own-adventure novels, you play the main character and you make the decisions. One wrong move can lead to your dismay, or even your demise. Here are my top five choose-your-own-adventure novels. (P.S. I have only read five.) 5 The Keep of the Lich-Lord by Dave Morris and Jamie Thomson This book is available on the App Store for $5, and in book form for a lot more money (it’s a collectible). Play as either a Paladin or a Rogue. The app has been adapted into the world of Fabled Lands. For centuries, the kingdom of Golnir has suppressed the pirate armies. Uleath Island, the only defense against the Reavers (the pirates), has…

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Teen Comic-Con at the Free Library

Are you a student who loves anime, manga, and cosplay? Are you a Magic player? Well, then this event is for you! The Free Library of Philadelphia is hosting a Comic-Con (or comic convention) for teens ages 12-20. This event, “The Free Library of Comic-Con,” offers teens the opportunities to lead discussions, display their artwork, and participate in a cosplay tournament, where you can dress up as any of your favorite fictional characters. Warning! This event is NEXT WEEKEND! The Free Library of Comic-Con will take place on Saturday April 11, 2015 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia is located at 1901 Vine Street in Philadelphia. The Free Library of Comic-Con is FREE to attend. For more information, visit this site. Stay tuned for a review of the Comic-Con in a few weeks!

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Book Fair 2015: Ms. Schwoebel, Mrs. Guenther, and Mrs. Gordon Recommend…

If I Stay by Gayle Forman Recommended by: Ms. Schwoebel Ms. Schwoebel, reviewing If I Stay, said that it was a very well-written book. It is about a decision that a young adult girl faces that will impact her life’s path completely. Ms. Schwoebel stated that it was very sad and emotional, and “you had to be prepared, but it was totally worth it!” She told me that she couldn’t put it down until the end. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson Recommended by: Mrs. Guenther

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Book Fair 2015 Preview

Many students have been asking the newspaper crew about the “deets” for the upcoming Book Fair, so we connected with the Book Fair Committee! Their responses are below: Who is hosting and planning this event? Some middle school guardians, in the form of the Book Fair Committee, have been kind enough to put lots of hard work into this year’s Book Fair. What is the theme of the Fair this year? The theme is “The Book Fair Goes to the Movies.” This will focus the student body’s view of books that have been made into films, books that should be made into films, and books that create similar feelings in their readers to popular and beloved films. When is this fabulous event? The Book Fair will take place from February 9-11, 2015. During these days, you will be able to stop by from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (as long as…

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Book Fair 2015: Ms. Zuckman, Ms. Page, and B.C. Recommend…

Great news, everybody: the Book Fair is coming up! If you’ve been to a book fair before, you probably remember that there is an overwhelming number of exciting books to choose from! So, we have asked some of the faculty and staff around campus to give us the inside scoop about their all-time faves! So, if you want to get a good book this book fair, keep reading! All of the books mentioned below will be available for purchase at the 2015 Book Fair. Bridge To Terabithia by Katherine Paterson Recommended by: Ms. Michelle Zuckman In her middle school days, Ms. Zuckman said that she had the pleasure of reading the book Bridge To Terebithia. She really enjoyed the story because she was able to connect to the music aspect of the book as she is a musician and now a music teacher! She also loved how there was such a strong…

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“Will Grayson, Will Grayson,” “Daylight Saving,” and “Beautiful Creatures”

  “Catherine and Claudia’s Top Spring Reads” will be a recurring feature in the final months of the 2013-2014 school year. If you’re looking for your next independent reading book for Language Arts or are in need of a good read for summer, look no further! Summaries and ratings of three books will be published every two weeks. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan is about two boys named Will Grayson. Will Grayson 1 is trying to go through life unnoticed. Will Grayson 2 goes through life without anything to hold on to except an online relationship with a boy named Isaac. Both characters go on a trip and find out that neither of them are the only Will Grayson in their city.  Stars: 8/10 Rating: PG-13 Daylight Saving by Edward Hogan is about a boy named Daniel. Daniel’s dad takes him on a vacation to a sports complex, where Daniel meets Lexi,…

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YA Writer Alex London Visits FCS

Have you read Proxy yet? Proxy is a “futuristic thriller,” according to Miss Schwoebel’s book talk video. This young adult novel tells the story of Knox, a boy from a wealthy family, and Syd, a boy who has to pay Knox’s debt. Proxy takes place in a dystopia where there is debt that makes the poor become proxies and take punishments for the rich. This amazing book was written by Alex London. If you have ever read this book, you have probably wondered, “Why did it end that way?!” Well… Mr. London has released a sequel to Proxy, titled Guardian. On Tuesday, May 13, Mr. London came to our school to talk about Proxy and his new book, Guardian. Mr. London also offered a writing workshop to a few Language Arts classes! This class was not just any workshop; we wrote a dystopian fairy tale. We were honored that we were able to receive copies of Guardian before the world did, so I hope you did…

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