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  • Book Review: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

    Title: Sky in the Deep Author: Adrienne Young Series: Sky in the Deep #1 Published: April 2018 Publisher: Wednesday Books Pages: 340 From: Barnes and Noble Rating: 9/10 Have you ever found a book that just truly called to you, spoke to you in such a way that you could not put it down or […]

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  • Book Review: Brian’s Winter by Gary Paulsen

    Title: Brian’s Winter Author: Gary Paulsen Series: Brian’s Saga #2) Published: January 1996 Publisher: Ember Pages: 133 From: Barnes and Noble Rating: 7/10 When Brian’s first adventure, the plane crash in Canada, ended, it was the end of his story. Brian was done. He managed to survive based on his very basic skill set until […]

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  • Book Review: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

    Title: 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 […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Benefit to be held for local firefighters

    [As seen in Creston News Advertiser, December 3, 2015] Every day is a trying time at Creston Fire Department, but recently, it’s been more challenging than usual. Two of my fellow firefighters are battling severe illness and injury, and we as a department have been doing all we can to help them and their families […]

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  • Girl on Fire: You only live once

    [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 to […]

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  • Book Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

    Title: 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 young […]

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  • Girl on Fire: It’s what we do

    [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 tension […]

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  • Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

    Title: 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, […]

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

    [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 words […]

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  • Can anonymous really accomplish something?

    [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 stand […]

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