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Book Review: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

HatchetTitle: Hatchet
Author: Gary Paulsen
Series: Brian’s Saga #1
Published: November 1986
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 186
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 8/10

I first read Gary Paulsen’s survival novel Hatchet back in fifth grade, I think, when we were starting out our real chapter book reading and discovering who we were ourselves. In the short novel, Brian became relateable for us young readers, and Paulsen succeeded in keeping our attention.

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Book Review: Dark Eden by Chris Beckett

Dark EdenTitle: Dark Eden
Author: Chris Beckett
Series: Dark Eden
Published: 2012
Publisher: Corvus
Pages: 441
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 9/10

Imagine a world with no sun. The air is chilled, everything is dark. But, thanks to the darkness, creatures and plants have developed amazing ways to light the way. Then, imagine living on that planet. Your family consists of two adults and children. Yet, your family grows.

This is the world of Eden, built and woven into a story that lights up like the fauna and flora by British novelist Chris Beckett.

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Book Review: The Blessing Stone by Barbara Wood

Blessing StoneTitle: The Blessing Stone
Author: Barbara Wood
Published: 2004
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffith
Pages: 464
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 8/10

The first time I read Barbara Wood’s epic novel The Blessing Stone, I had kidnapped it from my aunt Kathy Vonnahme one holiday weekend, and finished it before we left Sunday. Needless to say, I loved that book.

So, because I had been in the mood to reread the brilliance that is Wood’s epic fantasy fiction, I had to buy it for myself.

After finishing The Blessing Stone, I remembered exactly why I loved it in the first place. It’s fiction, but takes on history through an almost fantastical lens, illuminating facets of time that people have forgotten, or want to know more about or just want to enjoy.

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Girl on Fire: New year, new resolutions

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, January 2, 2014]

As so many other people have done, I’ve set several resolutions for the new year. This year, I’m focusing on fitness, finances and writing.

It seems to be a constant battle for me to lose those few extra pounds. I love working out. Even though jogging in this winter cold isn’t appealing to me, and running on a treadmill or the indoor track at Southern Prairie YMCA can get boring, I’m going to keep on running so I can finish my half-marathon in April.

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Girl on Fire: How literature opens doors to opportunity

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, December 19, 2013]

For the past few weeks, I’ve been spending a lot of my time playing video games. But, recently, I decided to finish a few books I’d started more than a year ago. I’m glad I did, because I realized just how much I missed reading books just for the fun of it.

Since Monday, I finished three books: young adult novel “After” by Francine Prose, “The Kiss” by Iowa Writer’s Workshop graduate Kathryn Harrison and “The Fellowship of the Ring” by J.R.R. Tolkien.

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