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English department uses Holocaust literature to teach tolerance

English department uses Holocaust literature to teach tolerance

Nadine Loureiro and Sydney Wolfe

November 15, 2018

Literature is the key to learning different aspects of life, including the past. Sophomores in regular English classes were tasked with reading one of the works of Markus Zusak, The Book Thief. The novel takes place in Germany during World War II, telling the story of a young girl named Liesel Meminger...

Wonder Book Review

Megan Linden, Staff Reporter

November 29, 2017

There are not many books out there that openly talk about serious conditions such as facial deformity. Wonder is a story about a 10-year-old boy named August Pullman who was born with a condition called facial deformity. The story begins with August Pullman starting fifth grade and he is attendi...

Laughing out loud

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Lauren Neilsen, Staff Reporter

February 2, 2016

How do I begin to describe “Hyperbole and a Half?” The obvious words come to mind; funny, heartwarming, clever. But in truth, I found Allie Brosh’s to be more than what those few descriptive adjectives infer. Brosh is a professional blogger who has captivated audiences with her interactions with the ...

“All the Bright Places” proves to be a warmhearted reality check for readers

Lauren Neilsen, Staff Reporter

September 21, 2015

Jennifer Niven’s book “All the Bright Places” has pulled me back and forth across the spectrum of emotions; from heartache to happiness, joy to sorrow. The heartwarming (and yet, heartbreaking) novel focused on two high school seniors and their search for life and death. One’s name is Vi...

“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” has readers dying of laughter

Lauren Neilsen, Staff Reporter

September 3, 2015

Who ever thought a story about a dying girl with cancer could be humorous? Well, despite many doubts, it has been achieved. Jesse Andrews, author of “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” has boldly (and successfully) written a story that combines filmmaking, death, and comedy all into one. Andrew...

“Go Set a Watchman” review

Lauren Neilsen, Staff Reporter

August 25, 2015

Nelle Harper Lee has sparked controversy once again in the literary world. Renowned for her widely-known novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which touches on the sensitive concepts of rape and racism, Lee has again surprised her readers. At age 89, after a lifetime of vowing to never publish again, Lee released h...

Story of the afterlife, “Elsewhere” leaves readers feeling empty

Amanda Lee, Staff Writer

April 22, 2013

I cannot classify Elsewhere as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Gabrielle Zevin’s writing has a touch of mediocrity and junior-high appeal. Of course, the plot is fascinating, raising time-old questions like “What happens after we die?” I won’t focus excessively on characters, and writing, and everythi...

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