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  • Girl on Fire: You only live once

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser December 31, 2015] Tonight marks the final of the past 365 days in 2015. At midnight tonight, we will ring in a shiny new year. And with 2016 comes all those things people try to achieve, but may not actually accomplish: resolutions. Resolution: /reze-looSH(e)n/: noun, a firm decision […]

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  • Book Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedinTitle: Glass Sword Author: Victoria Aveyard Series: Red Queen #2 Published: February 2016 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 444 From: Barnes and Noble Rating: 7/10 As a huge fan of fantasy, when I read young adult author Victoria Aveyard’s debut novel Red Queen, I had to know what happened next. In Aveyard’s novel Glass Sword, a […]

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  • Girl on Fire: It’s what we do

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser December 17, 2015] The staccato of Darwin West’s voice reverberated throughout the room as he pointed to members of the crowd holding up little white cards. The tension rose, a steady thing you could practically feel in your chest. Then, it was over. But the tension remained. This […]

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  • Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedinTitle: Catching Fire Author: Suzanne Collins Series: The Hunger Games #2 Published: September 2009 Publisher: Scholastic Press Pages: From: Shawna Freeman Rating: 9/10 Catching Fire is the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy written by American author Suzanne Collins. It’s a continuation of the first book, The Hunger Games, and to be perfectly […]

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  • Girl on Fire: How NYC and Princeton compare to Iowa

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, November 5, 2015] I walked out of the glass doors onto a large piece of triangle pavement and a sudden wave of the smell of garbage, grime and pollution slammed into me. The smell, however, was accompanied by a view of stories-tall buildings with lights flashing and painted […]

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  • Can anonymous really accomplish something?

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, November 19, 2015] The devastation of France has been written in blood all over the newspapers and cyberspace. The horrors that have occurred in that country, just one in a vast world of war, have brought out the true nature of humanity. The United States and the world […]

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  • Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedinTitle: The Hunger Games Author: Suzanne Collins Series: The Hunger Games #1 Published: September 2008 Publisher: Scholastic Press Pages: From: Shawna Freeman Rating: 9/10 The fourth and final Hunger Games film was released on the silver screen: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II. Since I don’t have cable or Internet, I’ve been slow in […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Dolores to the rescue

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, October 29, 2015] It was the screeching noise as I turned onto the highway that caught my attention. My car had been making funny noises for awhile, but nothing that made me wonder if I should take it in to get fixed. That is, until the moment I […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Mother nature can be so breathtaking

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser October 15, 2015] The sunlight was warm on my face as I trudged up a steep incline, little clouds of dust forming around my Nikes with each step. The dirt and grass were dappled with light until I reached an opening in the trees at the top of […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Back in the classroom

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, September 17, 2015] I walked into the hospital, unsure where the conference room was. There were two men leaning against the wall, and one asked if I was with the class. I said yes, and he led me down a long hallway and pointed at a door with […]

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