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Bloodsworth: Maryland’s One Book is a tragic, yet inspiring story

Bloodsworth: Maryland’s One Book is a tragic, yet inspiring story

by Spencer Derrenberger, Reporter

October 18, 2018


Filed under Book Reviews, Fall 2018, Showcase

“Heartbreaking, thought-provoking, and well-written.” These are the words forensics science teacher Ms. Jessica Baker, used to describe the events of Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA Evidence by Tim Junkin. Every year, the One Maryland One Book program chooses a book according to a theme and encourages communities all over Maryland to read the selected piece together...

Lilly Player’s top 10 book wish list of 2017

Lilly Player’s top 10 book wish list of 2017

by Lilly Player, Reporter

December 18, 2017


Filed under Book Reviews, Top 10 of 2017

The winter break is the perfect time to get cozy, put on slippers and read a great book. Here are 10 books on my wish list this year. 10) A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas   This book is the third in a brilliant fantasy series. Following Feyre’s return to the Spring Court, she learns more about Tamlin’s ...

Book Review: All American Boys takes a close look at racial profiling

Book Review: All American Boys takes a close look at racial profiling

by Elizabeth Anderson, Reporter

October 18, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Book Reviews, Fall 2016, Showcase

Eric Garner. Michael Brown Jr. Tamir Rice. Freddie Gray. Keith Lamar Scott. These are just a few of the many African American victims of police incidents reported and sensationalized in the news. And yet with all of the attention this subject is getting, I have never found a book about it until now. It's amazing to read a novel that looks at all sides, beyond the publicit...

Book Review: The Cursed Child is leaving Harry Potter fans turning (time) with delight

Book Review: The Cursed Child is leaving Harry Potter fans turning (time) with delight

by Elizabeth Anderson, Reporter

September 20, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Book Reviews, Fall 2016, Showcase

It’s been over nine years since J.K. Rowling’s (@jk_rowling) supposed finale to the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and more than five since the last movie came out, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two. Since then, avid fans have had to resort to re-reading the series, over and over and over again (not that Harry Potter could ever...

I’ll Give You the Sun gives readers much more

I’ll Give You the Sun gives readers much more

by Hannah Haught, Editor

February 22, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Book Reviews, Showcase

When we typically want to escape in books we go to fantasy or sci-fi, but when we really just want to sit down and read a book we can really relate to, realistic fiction is the clear choice. I'll Give You The Sun delivers situations readers can connect with, along with situations some of us could on...

“The Ghost Writer:” Norko publishes para-normal story

“The Ghost Writer:” Norko publishes para-normal story

by Emily Reed, Reporter

December 3, 2015


Filed under Book Reviews, Showcase

Are you surprised that your English teacher is also a published author?  Mr. Damon Norko published his latest novel with Black Rose Publishing on November 5, 2015. “The Ghost Writer” is an unconventional tale that refuses to be bound by the  stereotypes that bind all traditional ghost storie...

Holiday Gifts: City of Bones novel great for fantasy lovers

Holiday Gifts:  City of Bones novel great for fantasy lovers

by Sydney Rossman, Editor

November 23, 2015


Filed under Book Reviews, Showcase

It's just a few days before we're deep into the season of giving. Here is a perfect gift to give to a book-loving friend. The Mortal Instrument Series,  with a mix of mystical creatures, villains, heroes, tragedies, battles and romance are wonderful books that will makes you beg for more. Th...

REVIEW: With third book, “The Naturals” reaches potential for great series

REVIEW: With third book, “The Naturals” reaches potential for great series

by Emily Reed, Reporter

November 4, 2015


Filed under Book Reviews, Showcase

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is one of the Black-Eyed Susan nominees for 2015. This book is also the first in the series, with a highly anticipated third book entitled  All In, coming out November 3rd, 2015. What initially attracted me to this book was the intriguing cover displaying a black box wrapped...

REVIEW: “The Impossible Knife of Memory” sheds light on PTSD

REVIEW: “The Impossible Knife of Memory” sheds light on PTSD

by Emily Seth, Reporter

October 12, 2015


Filed under Book Reviews

The book The Impossible Knife of Memory by New York Times best-selling author Laurie Halse Anderson is one of the Black Eyed Susan nominees for 2015. With Veterans Day on November 11, and the story centered around a girl who’s father is a war veteran with a problem known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, I ha...

The Vampire Chronicles rise from the grave with latest novel “Prince Lestat”

The Vampire Chronicles rise from the grave with latest novel “Prince Lestat”

by Izzy Peterson, Editor

November 19, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Book Reviews, Opinion, Showcase

On October 18th, Anne Rice bounced back onto the publishing scene with her first novel of The Vampire Chronicles series in a decade: Prince Lestat. Reintroducing her vampiric mythology into the mainstream was a risky and bold move after renouncing anymore Vampire Chronicles novels in 2000. However, i...

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