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Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching FireTitle: 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 honest, a more intricate book that delves deeper into the human condition than even the first could have.

In the second post-apocalyptic revolution novel by Collins, Katniss Everdeen suffers the mental damage done to her in the first Hunger Games she participated in in Collins’ novel The Hunger Games, and is forced to relive everything all over again.

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Girl on Fire: Why celebrations are good for local communities

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

During the last weekend in September, Centerville hosts a local festival called Pancake Day. It’s similar to Creston’s Balloon Days in that there’s a parade and it focuses on one unique thing. In Centerville’s case, that unique thing is pancakes.

Pancake Day was started in 1949, and since then has grown into something truly spectacular.

Friday night the Centerville square plays host to a band. This year, and in previous years, the band was Standing Hampton, a talented cover band from Des Moines. The band played around a beer garden starting at 8:30 p.m., and the place was packed from the get-go.

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Girl on Fire: More races in my future

Dam to Dam Half 2014 1[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, May 29, 2014]

Saturday I will be up before 5 a.m. to hitch a ride on a bus from Valley West Mall to Saylorville Dam for the Dam to Dam half marathon. This is something I am both looking forward to and dreading.

My first half marathon in Olathe, Kan., the Garmin half marathon, was an amazing experience, despite my muscle pain and rainy weather. Dam to Dam’s half marathon, a race starting at Saylorville Dam and ending in downtown Des Moines, should feel less daunting than the Garmin because I’ve experienced a half already, and it’s a more familiar territory.

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Girl on Fire: Parties, running and more parties

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, August 29, 2013]

Last week was my birthday, and I don’t feel any older. However, it hasn’t stopped me from having epic weekends.

I went to Des Moines and stayed with my sister Breezy Thursday and Friday nights. Thursday we went to a restaurant called Tally’s, where I had my first-ever barbeque nachos and burger made of half steak, half bacon. Three of my cousins and some close friends of theirs joined us for a great night of dinner and drinks.

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Girl on Fire: I can’t wait for ‘Blackfish’

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, August 1, 2013]

It is hard to describe how excited I am to see the new documentary “Blackfish” in theaters.

“Blackfish” is a 2013 documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and focuses on how orcas, large black and white whales also known as killer whales, are treated in captivity. It also looks at Tilikum, the killer whale held captive at SeaWorld Orlando, Fla., that killed three people since 1991. The film received a 97 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a film review website.

I saw an advertisement for the documentary online a few months ago, and looked into it more. I’ve been a fan of SeaWorld since I was little, but I’ve also been interested in marine life and animal rights since I was little, so to see a combination of all three in one film piqued my interest.

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