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Stardust (Film) - Review by Pranathi, Teen Blogger

Posted on May 27, 2016 at 02:59 PM
I’m going to start off by saying romance is definitely one of my least favourite genres in books, movies and music. I have this unexplainable hate for all things romantic but Neil Gaiman, through his work Stardust, actually made me appreciate the romantic storyline and connections between characters. Stardust is an exciting romantic film based on Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel which takes the viewer on an unforgettable adventure between two worlds within the late Victorian era. It is a story of a young man who is unaware of his real identity and past, who sets out on a journey to prove his feelings to the girl of his dreams. On his journey he is faced with a surprising turn of events which cause his quest to be ten times more difficult than it should have been but also leads him to finding out who he really is, what his past was like, what his true feelings are and who they are for. Neil Gaiman writes a story of self-enlightenment and the journey one boy must make to turn into a man; whereas, director Matthew Vaughn brings the extravagant images to real life...
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V for Vendetta: Studying Graphical Novels as Literature - Article by Saul, Teen Blogger

Posted on May 24, 2016 at 02:14 PM
Any high school English course has a reading list: a group of books that all students must read so that they can complete the class. These are usually classics that are considered to be some of the best books ever written. 1984, Brave New World, any Shakespeare play, and many others fall into the category of so-called “high culture reading.” These books are typically old and have themes surrounding society and the human condition. It was surprising to me then, when I found, on my reading list, a graphic novel. It was the widely popular V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. Now, I don’t need to write a blog post explaining to people that this is a good book to read, as that has been said before in numerous forms, but I did want to talk about what makes a book, and specifically this graphic novel, something that is good to study. I also wanted to talk about how often society looks down on certain mediums as lesser in some way or another...
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Healing the Earth: Easy Solutions to Food Waste - Article by Hannah, Teen Blogger

Posted on May 20, 2016 at 12:12 PM
It's amazing how much we waste food everyday without even knowing about it. 33 million tons of food makes its way into landfills each year and about 20% of Canada's methane emissions come from landfills (see http://www.endfoodwastenow.org/index.php/resources/facts and http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/food-and-our-planet/help-end-food-waste/). According to the Value Chain Management Center, we waste approximately $27-billion worth of food every year (see: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/the-hot-button/how-much-in-food-do-canadians-waste-a-year-think-billions/article4580509/). Keep in mind that this is the value of perfectly edible food that is simply just thrown out rather than the fungus-infected disgusting food that deserves to be thrown out. Most of you probably read that line and did not care because after all it's just a number with no significant meaning to you. But that's probably enough money to feed almost all of the people who die of hunger (according to http://www.poverty.com/, one person dies of hunger every 4 seconds). As much as I want to rant about how evil society is for wasting all of this food, that's unfortunately not going to change much or be effective. So if you’re a person who cares about the well-being of this earth, below are so some super easy things you can do at home to prevent food waste:
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Peter Pan by J.M. Barry – Review by Pranathi, Teen Blogger

Posted on May 17, 2016 at 05:42 PM
Our story begins on a nursery windowsill at a house in London, England. There, we meet a girl who adores her mother and cannot wait to grow up, and a boy who fears adulthood and responsibility so choses to forever be a child. Peter Pan is a magical tale which highlights the importance of youth and a mother’s love for her children by bringing the reader on an adventure within a fantasy world only present in our dreams. I found the story to be very playful and mischievous but after researching the reason as to why J. M. Barrie had written this magnificent tale, I found the classic novel to be touching, emotional and very heartwarming...
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