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How To Write - Article by Becca, Teen Blogger

Posted on November 10, 2015 at 09:51 AM
Everyone who likes to write knows the feeling: you're sitting around, not doing too much of anything, when BAM! Inspiration. It hits you like a bolt of lightning. You run to your nearest writing device and jot down a couple quick notes. This is going to be great, you think to yourself. Day one, two, and three pass without a problem. Soon, you realize you've written the most you have the entire past month! You're on fire! Why don't you do this more often? But that's always when it happens. Day four. You start to lose steam. Your ideas are fading-your fantastic burst of motivation is slipping from your fingers like wet soap. Does any of this sound familiar? If so, continue reading! This blog post is a how-to, on this very problem.
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The Song of Achilles – Review by Kaela, Teen Blogger

Posted on November 6, 2015 at 12:04 PM
The thing that drew me to read The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller was the fact it is all about Greek mythology and the author was actually inspired by the original works of Homer. In my experience, a lot of books about Greek mythology are based on the more modern versions of the stories and are kind of like a remake of a remake. The nice thing about this one was that the author had studied these subjects and drew on the originals for inspiration. The book is all about the famous Greek hero named Achilles but is actually told from the point of view of one his greatest companions, Patroclus. Patroclus is neither a god nor a half-god like Achilles but an exiled prince. When the two were both boys, Achilles’ father used to foster boys with no homes and that’s how the two had met. The book details the transformation of Achilles from child to man through the eyes of Patroclus. The two grow up together and later support each other in the war against Troy...
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Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel - Review by Saul, Teen Blogger

Posted on November 3, 2015 at 11:18 AM
Language was at one point considered what separated us from other animals; this was until in the seventies when there were trials that indicated that chimps could in fact be taught sign language to some degree. The book Half Brother looks at a fictional version of one of these trials and all the implications it creates about ourselves and the lives of animals. We see the story revolve around Ben, a thirteen-year-old boy living with his parents, and Zan, a newborn chimp that attempts to learn American Sign Language...
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Battle of the Books – Article by Hannah, Teen Blogger

Posted on October 30, 2015 at 02:42 PM
“It is 4:00 PM. The game host has welcomed everyone and explained the rules. The four students from the two teams are clustered, on opposite sides of the room, hunched over, leaning in towards each other, knees touching, possibly stroking a team mascot. Anxious and proud teachers and parents are watching from chairs, placed around the walls... A hush falls over the room as the first question is read aloud... "In what book is there a spider who can spell?" The stop watch clicks on. A Battle of the Books game has begun.”...
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