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Hunger Games – Katniss goes on a legendary journey

hunger gamesTitle/Author: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Summary:  In a futuristic depiction of North America, the capital Panem keeps control of its 12 districts by making them pick a boy and girl Tribute between 12 and 18 to fight to the death in an arena on national television. The main character Katniss Everdeen is conflicted between the urge to survive and her unexpected love in this stimulating dystopian novel.

Six Word Review: Katniss goes on a legendary journey.

This book reminded me of the book Divergent because of the central dystopian theme and the emphasis on action and fighting.

I would give this book 8/10 stars because of how well the author set up and conceptualized the story and the fact that the book was very compelling and hard to put down.

What I loved about this book is how well-developed the characters were because it made it so that you feel like you know them by the middle of the novel.

If Katniss was stuck on a deserted island she would: build a boat and get away because she is an innovative person.

 I started reading this book because it was given to me by my middle school as a prize …and I kept reading: it because it was such a good story.

–Peter, grade 10, Lake City


Editorial: Darren Wilson should be in jail

ferguson statsAugust 9,2014. Ferguson, Missouri. 18-year-old unarmed African-American Michael Brown is shot by white police officer Darren Wilson 6 times, killing him. Peaceful protests took place before police in riot gear were sent out to contain the citizens of Ferguson with rubber bullets and tear gas. Others outside of the area turned to social media to get updated on the situation, because news crew were not allowed into Ferguson, and to express their angered thoughts as well.

On November 24, 2014, about 100 days after the shooting, Darren Wilson is: declared not guilty, paid $400k, and off on a honeymoon with his wife, leaving many (including myself) who wanted Darren Wilson in jail because his decision to shoot an unarmed teenager who did not even show any brutality towards the officer, but instead put his hands up and pleaded “Dont shoot,” stunned and angered. This past weekend, Darren Willson resigned from the Ferguson Police Department because he was told that keeping his job would put many others at risk, not just himself. While I am glad that he no longer has the power of authority anymore, the fact that he is still a free man while the cells of our country are filled with indiviuals with much pettier crimes than shooting an an unarmed teenager is quite disturbing. We are a nation looked up to by many developing countries and when they see that we let police officers kill unarmed people of color like Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and many more, they start to wonder whether or not they should model their nation after us.

Ferguson picMany current pictures of Ferguson are starting to look like the Civil Rights movement from the 50’s and 60’s, which makes me wonder: Are we going to repeat history?

The Difference Between Us

City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative: RSJI

–Therese, Teen Blogger, Magnolia


Book Shorts: The Knife of Never Letting Go

Chaos Walking

Title:  The Knife of Never Letting Go – Chaos Walking: Book One

Author:  Patrick Ness

Summary:  Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony’s true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World.

I started reading it because… A friend suggested it and the title was very catchy.

I kept reading because… The action is non-stop. The main character, Todd, is not even 13 yet, but he has to overcome insurmountable odds to survive . His talking dog, Manchee, almost steals the show. Like I said… the action is non-stop.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:  Survive.

Six Word Recap:  Watch your noise or you die.

This book reminded me of… nothing I’ve ever read really.  A bit like Ship Breaker in that it is set in a dystopic future and Todd is trying to escape a dark world and the violent men who are after him.

More info:  There are two sequels to this title.  You can also visit Patrick’s blog here.