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  • Book Review: The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedinTitle: The Nanny Diaries Author: Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus Series: Nanny Published: 2002 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pages: 306 From: Drake Public Library book sale Rating: 6/10 First off, I found The Nanny Dairies by Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin at a library book sale for a dime, so obviously, I had to […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Just a few updates

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, March 19, 2015] Recently, the other reporters and I have been working on Progress, a special section in the Creston News Advertiser that will last five days next week. I have to say, everyone in the newsroom and other news departments have been working so hard for this […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Pack it up and travel

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, March 5, 2015] It’s been four years since I flew on a plane over the Atlantic Ocean, the deep blue water miles below me, and landed back in the Midwest after a six-month stint in England. Ever since then, I have had a feeling nagging at me to […]

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  • Book Review: The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedinTitle: The Sweet Far Thing Author: Libba Bray Series: Gemma Doyle Published: April 28, 2009 Publisher: Random House Pages: 819 From: Barnes and Noble Rating: 10/10 American author Libba Bray’s novel The Sweet Far Thing, the third installment to her Gemma Doyle trilogy, came to me at the perfect time. I had read the […]

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  • Book Review: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedinTitle: The Hobbit Author: J.R.R. Tolkien Series: None Published: September 21, 1937 Publisher: George Allen and Unwin Pages: From: Walmart Rating: 8/10 As many already know, J.R.R. Tolkien was a master of the written word. He was a master of prose, fantasy, poetry and creating a picture within the mind of the reader. This […]

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  • Girl on Fire: U.S. in comparison to international education

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, February 19, 2015] Recently, I’ve read stories about the nation’s education system, and the different pieces of legislation being considered to improve and expand graduation rates and work force. I want to commend several people I know who are continuing their education. My friend and former coworker Sarah […]

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  • Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedinTitle: Red Queen Author: Victoria Aveyard Series: Red Queen #1 Published: February 10, 2015 Publisher: Harper Collins Pages: 382 From: Barnes and Noble Rating: 9/10 I have a thing for getting on Goodreads and looking at what is super popular at the time, and what will be out soon, and what of the many […]

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  • Book Review: Rebel Angels by Libba Bray

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedinTitle: Rebel Angels Author: Libba Bray Published: 2005 Publisher: Random House Pages: 548 From: Barnes and Noble Rating: 9/10 The second installment of American author Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle trilogy, Rebel Angels takes on the next phase of lead character Gemma Doyle’s life in England after her mother dies in India and Gemma realizes […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Unboiled eggs leads to improved scientific process

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, February 5, 2015] Can you imagine boiling an egg while you whip up breakfast one morning, and then deciding you would rather have pancakes, so you unboil that egg? A study done by a group of scientists with University of California, Irvine, in California, University of Western Australia […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Disney adds interesting twists to modern movies

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailLinkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, January 29, 2015] On Saturday, I was invited to Des Moines with my friend Shawna Creveling because she needed to get some shopping done and didn’t want to go alone. I rode along, and we bounced from Jordan Creek Mall, where we stopped at Scheel’s and Lush, to […]

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