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

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

by Elizabeth Anderson, Watermark Editor

December 5, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fall 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

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...

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


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fall 2017, Showcase

*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


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...

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...

Boy Proof: Novel combines love story with Hollywood intrigue

Boy Proof: Novel combines love story with Hollywood intrigue

by Jessica Steves, Reporter

March 10, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Showcase

Most teens know John Green best as the narrator of Crash Course, a YouTube video channel that gives short, humorous explanations of various points and time periods in history. Green is also an author as well as a YouTube blogger, however, and his books (notably Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our ...

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