Is the Schooling System Against Reading?

We need to stop giving pupils follow-up tasks and tests after reading, and just allow them to enjoy books for the sheer love of reading Continue reading Is the Schooling System Against Reading?

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13 Reasons Why: Did the show go too far?

13 Reasons Why, a popular Netflix TV series, discusses some of these issues and attempts to offer a well-intentioned message about being kinder to others and asking for help when you need it. However, some suicide prevention experts say the series could do more harm than good. What do you think? Continue reading 13 Reasons Why: Did the show go too far?

George Orwell’s 1984

Rationale For the past few weeks in class, we have been studying George Orwell’s 1984. I have chosen to write an internal monologue from O’Brien’s perspective, which takes place after O’Brien interrogates and tortures Winston. I specifically wrote from his viewpoint because he was an enigmatic character throughout the novel and I wanted to explore his feelings towards Winston’s rebellious attitude. I chose an internal … Continue reading George Orwell’s 1984

Markus Zusak’s I Am The Messenger

I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak is about a cab driver named Ed Kennedy. Ed is a hopeless 19-year-old who is in love with his best friend, Audrey and he is crazy about  his good-for-nothing dog, the Doorman.  Ed’s life is one boring routine which consists of playing cards with his friends: Marv, Ritchie and Audrey; sleeping and eating in between cab-driving shifts. This … Continue reading Markus Zusak’s I Am The Messenger

Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind Of A Funny Story

After having completed Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind Of A Funny Story, I am keen to read his other novels! Ned Vizzini is the writer of It’s Kind Of A Funny Story, which was nominated for several awards such as the American Library Association’s list of Best Books for Young Adults and the Abe Lincoln Award Master List. I want to read some other novels by … Continue reading Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind Of A Funny Story

R.J. Palacio’s Wonder

Wonder, by R.J. Palacio, is the moving and uplifting tale of August Pullman, a boy born with a facial deformity. (Martin Chilton, Digital Culture Editor) I think this book is a little more than that. Wonder is about, a twelve-year-old, who has Treacher Collins syndrome, a rare craniofacial abnormality. Due to this deformity, he undergoes 27 surgeries, and that is why he is homeschooled till … Continue reading R.J. Palacio’s Wonder

Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried

Rationale Last month, I read Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried. I was so intrigued by the novel’s poignant story that I decided to write a few diary entries from Mary Anne Bell’s perspective and explore her feelings with the Vietnam war, as she is the only girl in the novel that we know has experienced the war first hand. Writing diary entries would let me … Continue reading Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried