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Picked by Mary Anne on Tuesday, June 07
Old secrets come to light when four friends gather on Nantucket for a life-changing reunion in this heartwarming novel of love and self-discovery by New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer. When four strangers rent bargain-basement rooms in an old hotel near the beach, they embark on the summer of their lives. First there's Ariel Spencer, who has big dreams of becoming a writer and is...
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Picked by by C.J. grade 12 on Friday, May 27
This book is 100% for the mystery/true crime lovers. With so many twists and turns Ellie Marney manages to write a book you never want to put down. When the FBI recruits 2 teens to help solve an active serial killer case, they are truly put to the test in order to stop the murders. The book encapsulates elements of bravery, intelligence, and the ability to solve intricate puzzles. Genuinely one...
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Picked by by L.F. grade 12 on Friday, May 27
When the main character is being played by Ryan Reynolds you know it’s going to be a funny movie. Not only is this movie funny but it’s also got amazing looking action scenes with a little comedy thrown into them as well. This film also has an interesting story to it, and by the end it’ll leave you wondering if this guy gets a happy ending in the end.
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Picked by by L.F. grade 12 on Friday, May 27
This anime film from Kyoto Animation deals with bullying and its consequences and it does a very good job at showing both sides the bully and the bullied. Unlike other movies that basically have the same topic this movie takes a different approach instead of showing the bullied person getting stronger and standing up for themselves it follows the life of the bully Shoya Ishida who is totally...
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Picked by by C.C. grade 12 on Friday, May 27
"The Dark Knight" was the third movie in the trilogy of Batman movies made by Christopher Nolan. The comic character, Batman has been portayed in films many times before. This version, played by Christian Bale, gives the character a real and dark grittiness. The film makes Batman seem scary, which is how his enemies see him. Also, this film includes the Joker played by Heath Ledger. Heath's...
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Picked by by C.C. grade 12 on Friday, May 27
A great film by director Wes Anderson, "Fantastic Mr. Fox" portrays the story originally written by famous children's book author, Roald Dahl. The movie is stop motion and follows a family of foxes who find themselves into some trouble because the father, Mr. Fox is into thievery. This movie is mostly lighthearted, quirky fun but can also be emotional and impactful. The pacing is quick, so to...
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Picked by by C.C. grade 12 on Friday, May 27
This movie was the first of the many movies in Marvel's Cinematic Universe. The MCU has since exploded into several different franchises following different characters, as well as the "Avengers" films. Before all of that, there was just the comic character of Iron Man, and a casting of Robert Downey Jr. to play him. RDJ portrays the character of Tony Stark perfectly, bringing him to life,...
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Picked by by E.D. grade 12 on Friday, May 27
A Beautiful Mind directed by Ron Howard is a movie about a man who suffers with schizophrenia. Taking place at Princeton, main character John Forbes Nash Jr. is a mathematical genius. He is able to crack codes that have never been broken before and is recruited to work with the CIA. However, he faces difficulties in pursuing his career when he receives his diagnosis with Schizophrenia. This movie...
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Picked by by E.D. grade 12 on Friday, May 27
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is my absolute favorite book. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a young adult novel. This book has the ability to shift your reality into someone else's shoes. You not only learn about the good experiences of the central character Cadence's life, but you learn about the bad ones as well. You go along with her while she solves a mystery that happened to her...
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Picked by by M.P. grade 7 on Friday, May 27
Front Desk is a book that is realistic fiction. The book is about this fictional girl and her family who have immigrated from China. She writes about her hardships in the book. They get a job in a motel but the owner is very unkind hearted. She tells us about how she made a family with the “weeklies.” She also faces hardships at school as her classmates are not very kind except for this girl who...
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Picked by by M.P. grade 7 on Friday, May 27
The movie Wonder is about a boy born with facial differences that, up until now, has had him homeschool, Auggie Pullman becomes a hero when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the community all try to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie's journey will unite them and prove you can't blend in when you were born to stand out. I love this movie because...
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Picked by Jane on Wednesday, May 25
Hannah Hall was a wood turner. She was raised by her grandfather who was also a wood turner. She had a thriving business and was living in New York City when she met Owen Michaels. He happened into her shop one day and something clicked between them. He was from Sausalito, California and was a single parent raising his teenage daughter Bailey. He told her that his wife had died in an auto...
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Picked by by M.P. grade 7 on Tuesday, May 24
I really enjoy this movie because it has a lot of comedy and it is also animated. Gru was a villain in the first 2 movies, however, in the 3rd he has decided to be nicer. Then, he finds out some exciting news! He has a twin brother! He lives in a weird land and them two go on an exciting adventure to take back a diamond from a stealer to get Gru’s job back. What will happen? Will they get the...
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Picked by by M.P. grade 7 on Tuesday, May 24
The Grinch is a festive holiday movie that spreads cheer and happiness while also telling a funny story. I like the latest animated version of this movie. It is about this person who is very grumpy due to being alone. However, during Christmas, he goes from being grumpy to being extremely grumpy. He wants to get rid of Christmas! However, the Who’s in town love Christmas. This is a comedy movie...
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Picked by by M.P. grade 7 on Tuesday, May 24
There is a family called the Madrigals. This family lives hidden in Colombia in a magical place called the Encanto. The magic of Encanto has given every child in the family a unique gift except for Mirabel. However, she soon may be the Madrigals last hope when she finds that the magic around Encanto is in danger. I think that this movie is also great for a younger audience. However, it can even...
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Picked by by M.P. grade 7 on Tuesday, May 24
In this book, a girl named Lucy is struck by lightning when she was younger. The effect was that she got brain damage. As an effect, she had a superability called being an acquired savant. Because of this, she could do crazy math in her head. She has been taking advanced math classes online, however, she now has to go to a middle school. What will she do? Middle school can be a lot harder than...
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Picked by by C.C. grade 12 on Tuesday, May 24
Baby Driver, a 2017 action film directed by Edgar Wright:  "Baby Driver" is more than just an action film. The soundtrack was put together before filming anything, meaning each shot is choreographed to a song. This movie feels more like a musical than an action film. The soundtrack is comprised of several different artists from different decades and genres, but not a single track feels out of...
Teen Reviews - Music
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Picked by by C.C. grade 12 on Tuesday, May 24
A review of "Ram", Paul and Linda McCartney's 1971 album: "Ram" is a collection of songs written during Paul's time as a member of the Beatles, that were never recorded. This album is considered the first "indie" album. The term "indie" was created to describe records released from an independent record label. Since the term was created, it has developed more of a meaning than just that. This...
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Picked by by G.C. grade 12 on Tuesday, May 24
"Raiders of the lost ark" is an action adventure film released on June 12th 1981, and written and directed by Steven Spielberg. This movie was the first released in the long running 4 film franchise of these movies, and this one is by far the best, everything from the action, the acting, the writing, the pacing and the absolutely flawless score from John Williams, makes this the perfect adventure...
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Picked by by G.C. grade 12 on Tuesday, May 24
"The Thing" is a sci-fi action horror film released on June 25th 1982, and written and directed by John Carpenter. If you are looking for a classic sci- fi film, or just a good horror film in general, The thing is a perfect choice, from start to end, it is amazing, this movie is extremely engaging, never dull or boring, and acting and writing is spot on. My main complaint in horror movies is when...
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