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Staff Picks & Recommendations - Books, Movies, Music & Online Courses

Teen Reviews - Movies
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Picked by K.E. grade 10 on Friday, September 30
Howl's Moving Castle is a love story between an 18-year-old young girl named Sophie. She ends up cursed by a witch into an old woman's body after meeting a magician named Howl. While she is under the curse, Sophie sets out to find her fortune, which takes her to Howl's odd-moving castle. Sophie is definitely one of my favorite protagonists ever. She is nice and kind while still having a good...
Teen Reviews - Movies
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Picked by K.E. grade 10 on Friday, September 30
After she is orphaned, thirteen-year-old Maria Merryweather leaves her rich home to live with her wild uncle at Moonacre Manor. Whilst living there, she discovers a mythical world occupied by quirky characters and magical beasts. This is a wonderful and enchanting movie for any little child who loves princesses. The movie set was put in a way where you end up feeling like you yourself are in the...
Teen Reviews - Movies
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Picked by K.E. grade 10 on Friday, September 30
When a daring 11-year-old girl finds another world that is a weirdly glamorized version of her newly-moved into home, She discovers that it has horrid secrets. When Coraline moves to an old house, she feels disinterested and mistreated by her parents. She finds a hidden door with a bricked-up passage one night while following circus mice and goes through it. I think Coraline is a really unique...
Teen Reviews - Books
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Picked by K.E. grade 10 on Friday, September 30
(Trigger/content warnings for cancer, death, drowning, and suicide)   We Are Okay by Nina Lacour - Marin is trying to make a new life for herself after running away and not speaking to anyone from her old life. She has a roommate in college and she's trying to get a job, which she does eventually at an amazing place, she's honestly just trying to live from day to day. When everyone leaves for...
Teen Reviews - Books
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Picked by K.E. grade 10 on Friday, September 30
(Trigger/content warnings for addiction, drug use/alcohol, sexual content (very slight), violence, and abuse.)   You'd Be Home Now by Kathleen Glasgow - The main character, Emory feels invisible and she always has. Between the spotlight of picture-perfect older sister Maddie and her brother Joey who has struggles of his own, which end up showing up after a party one night, where Joey's drug use...
Teen Reviews - Books
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Picked by K.E. grade 10 on Friday, September 30
(Trigger/content warnings for depression, suicide attempt, suicide thoughts, panic attacks, loss of a loved one, grief, loss, and sexual assault.)   How it Feels to Float by Helena Fox - The biggest topic in How it Feels to Float is mental health, but there is much more added to it. The main character, Elizabeth who also goes by Biz for short, struggles with love, lack of understanding, and a lot...
Teen Reviews - Books
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Picked by J. grade 8 on Friday, September 30
I would recommend the book Hunger Games to everyone! It is super captivating, and you never want to put it down. It was written by Suzanne Collins, and is a dystopian novel about a society that has an annual event called the hunger games. Every year they pick two kids (“tributes”) from each district, to fight in the arena. The main character, Katniss, eventually becomes the one picked, and she...
Teen Reviews - Books
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Picked by J. grade 8 on Friday, September 30
I read the book Fever and enjoyed it. It’s written by the author Laurie Halse Anderson. She usually writes historical fiction, which is the genre this book is. Fever takes place during the year 1793. The main character is named Mattie, and she lives with her family above the coffee shop they own. Throughout the book, Mattie grows as a person. The yellow fever breaks out, and she must figure out...
Teen Reviews - Books
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Picked by K.E. grade 10 on Tuesday, September 20
Salt to the Sea By Ruta Sepetys - Salt to the Sea takes place during WW2 and follows four different characters from all different backgrounds, mostly facing the same problems, as they are seeking freedom on the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety to all. The writing in this book was very remarkable and the way that Ruta laid out the story through her writing was so just perfect. I felt...
Teen Reviews - Books
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Picked by K.E. grade 10 on Tuesday, September 20
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon - Madeline Whittier has been ill ever since she’s been born. She has a very rare disease that’s called SICD and due to this illness, she is unable to leave her house. Just trying to get in contact with other people and anything that has to do with the outside world would be the death of her, so because of that this girl is eighteen and has never seen more than...
Teen Reviews - Books
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Picked by K.E. grade 10 on Tuesday, September 20
They Both Die At The End is an amazing unpredictable-YA about living vs. dying. It features a gay Puerto-Rican main character and a bisexual Cuban main character. I do have to say, this book really went beyond the pages for me. I wasn’t just concerned about the characters or the storyline, but it also forced me to address my own fears that have to do with death. I’ve been facing a lot of bad...
Teen Reviews - Books
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Picked by A.H. grade 12 on Tuesday, September 20
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway is a book that explores postwar World War One and the “Lost Generation” which was a group of people who were lost and disorientated after World War One. These characters and events in the book were based on real people and events in Hemingway’s life. The plot involves exploring the lives of Jake Barnes, an expatriate American who lives in Paris, and his...
Teen Reviews - Movies
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Picked by A.H. grade 12 on Tuesday, September 20
The movie Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom was a movie that spoke a lot to me and made me really think about how I want to live my life. The plot involves a man named Mitch Albom visiting his old college professor Morrie Schwartz who reveals on national television that he is sick and is dying. Mitch continues to visit Morrie as they have meaningful conversations that make you think about your...
Teen Reviews - Music
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Picked by N.B. grade 7 on Tuesday, September 20
GAYLE went viral on TikTok with the song “abc”. Hearing this song, I really liked it, and wanted to discover her other music, and I found her debut EP, “a study of the human experience (volume 1)”. I was pleasantly surprised with the 6 songs and liked them a lot more than I thought I would. The first track is titled “luv starved”, a beautiful pop-like but not quite pop song about love, and how...
Teen Reviews - Books
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Picked by A.M. grade 8 on Tuesday, September 20
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is a great book for people who love romance novels. People who read this book will love Anna's personality, and the school year that she spends in the city of love. Anna doesn't expect herself to have a good senior year in the School of America in Paris, but as she meets Étienne St Clair and gets in with his group, she finds herself falling for him....
Teen Reviews - Books
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Picked by A.M. grade 8 on Tuesday, September 20
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han is a great book for anyone looking for a fun summer romance. Readers will love the main character - Isabel "Belly" Conklin and her love for the Summers that she spends in Cousins beach. Belly has always loved summer but even more than that she loves the Cousins beach house, and the people inside of it. The Fishers have always been like family to Belly,...
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Picked by Mary Anne on Wednesday, September 07
Shirley Jackson was the prolific author of novels (The Haunting of Hill House, We Have Always Lived in the Castle) and hundreds of short stories. Jackson was known mainly for her writing in the horror and mystery genres.  Life Among the Savages is something else completely! It is a funny, laugh-out-loud story of family life in Vermont in the 1950’s.  Based on Jackson’s own children and family, it...
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Picked by Mary Anne on Tuesday, August 30
Jake Bonner is a writer who was promising when he was young, and published one successful novel, but has failed to come up with another. He is teaching writing at a low-level MFA program when he meets Evan Parker, an arrogant and annoying student. Parker brags about the great novel he will write, and the plot he has discovered that is guaranteed success. He is very protective of his plot, and won...
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Picked by Jane on Tuesday, August 23
This story uses a library setting and is a twisty story-within-a-story. Hannah Tigone is a writer that lives in Australia and is writing a story about woman from Australia living in Boston on a writer’s scholarship. Her name is Winifred Kincaid, known as Freddie to her friends. She is having writer’s block and goes to the Boston Public Library for inspiration. Once there she is completely...
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Picked by Jane on Monday, August 22
The story begins in 1980 with a young woman named Nicole. She is a researcher for Time Inc. and her husband is a lawyer. Over a candle light dinner, he tells her that he has been asked to work in Washington in the State Department by Cyrus Vance. He tells her that there will be a thorough background check of both of them and their families to be sure that there is nothing in their past that could...