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Let it Snow: You’re going to love it SNOW much

Let it Snow: You're going to love it SNOW much

by Gabby North, Reporter

December 18, 2019

John Green is one of my favorite authors, and I have read all of his bestsellers from The Fault In Our Stars to Looking for Alaska. All of his books are teen dramas, as he writes many coming-of-age novels. So when I heard that Netflix was making a movie based on the collaborative romance novel, Let it...

Guarantee a good read with a Black-Eyed Susan nominee

Guarantee a good read with a Black-Eyed Susan nominee

by Madeline Hull and Emily Watson

May 8, 2019

Every year since 1992, the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award has been given to authors of exceptionally good books chosen by Maryland students. The award is used to promote reading by encouraging students to read quality literature. The Black-Eyed Susan nominations for High School 2019−2020 are: After...

Markus Zusak’s “Bridge of Clay” approaches loss in a masterful blend of past and present

Bridge of Clay review

by Elizabeth Anderson, Watermark Editor

December 5, 2018

Five brothers. One Murderer. One mother. One lover. One girl. An odd assortment of animals, including but not limited to a mule residing in the kitchen. From the first chapter, Markus Zusak’s book Bridge of Clay is a rich tapestry of characters and history, backstories and modern day conflict. It is a ...

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

Kirk Bloodsworth and Bloodsworth by Tim Junkin

by Spencer Derrenberger, Reporter

October 18, 2018

“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...

Turtles All the Way Down is a literary journey you’ll want to experience

Turtles All the Way Down is a literary journey you'll want to experience

by Natalie Roth and Greyston Harding

January 22, 2018

*SPOILERS AHEAD* John Green. I’m sure you’ve heard his name at one point, whether it was written in the shining lights of a cinema, or merely in a passing conversation with a bibliophile friend. Green is most known for his co-owned YouTube channel VlogBrothers,  his speaking out on civil rights and...

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

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

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

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...

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

REVIEW: With third book,

by Emily Reed, Reporter

November 4, 2015

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


by Emily Seth, Reporter

October 12, 2015

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...

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