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Pantomine – a tale of deceit, mystery & magic

PantomimeTitle: Pantomine

Author: Laura Lam

Summary: Micah Grey wants to get away from his life—and the circus seems to be just the right place to do that. He delves into the world of circus arts as a new trapeze artist, but soon learns that the circus may not be quite what it seems. As the story unfolds, more of just who Micah is gets revealed, and between Micah’s past, and Micah’s present, a tale of deceit, mystery, and magic is unveiled.

Quick review: Do you like magic, circuses, and stories where the main character isn’t who they say they are? Then you’ll probably like this book. Told in a flip-flopping style of one chapter in the past, and one in the present, Micah’s story quickly begins to unfold. As the reader, you get caught up immediately, because you can tell that there’s something about Micah that he’s not telling you yet.

I started reading because… I was told that it had good representation of characters who were learning more about their gender and their sexual identity, as well as having an engaging fantasy setting.

I would give this book8/10 stars. It’s engaging and exciting, although the language felt a bit simplistic at times. I found the flip-flopping story technique frustrating at times, when I just wanted to get back to the storyline I had been on, but ultimately it was, in my opinion, the best way to tell this story.

-Sofia, 16, Greenwood Teen Advisory Board


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Self-Set Limitations You May Not Be Aware Of​

Bright GirlsAfter reading an article, The Trouble with Bright Girls, some things began to click with me.  My goal with this article is to share my realizations due to their potential benefit to you or a friend.
The article began talking about women in general and the societal limitations imparted on them, “Successful women know only too well that in any male-dominated profession, we often find ourselves at a distinct disadvantage. We are routinely underestimated, underutilized and even underpaid. Studies show that women need to perform at extraordinarily high levels, just to appear moderately competent compared to our male coworkers.” 
After explaining the society women are a part of the article began to provide a supporting example.  In reference to a study conducted on 5th grade students, the article shares that girls and boys have different ways of viewing their intellectual abilities.  Bright girls view their abilities as innate and static.  Bright boys tend to view their abilities in more of an optimistic way; they believe that they can constantly improve.  Why is this, you ask?  It’s likewise explained that girls are brought up with praise from a young age, they are taught self-confidence yet in most households to be modest.  All the while, boys are taught to fight and show their strength through both physical and intellectual means; they are taught that bettering themselves is a process. Continue reading