Happy Birthday to Shakespeare and his starlings

Western culture is undoubtedly indebted to William Shakespeare.  His neologisms expanded and defined the English language and the emotional detail of his characters gave them verisimilitude practically unseen previously in English literature and theater. It is no small wonder that his fans are often ardent, adapting his stories to their own era of time, or dedicating festivals to the performance of his works. Some forays … Continue reading Happy Birthday to Shakespeare and his starlings

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Jenny Han: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before a P.S. I Still Love You

Bibliography: Han, Jenny. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. 2014. Simon & Schuster. ISBN-13: 9781442426719 Bibliography: Han, Jenny. P.S. I Still Love You. 2015. Simon & Schuster. ISBN-13: 9781442426740 Plots: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: Lara Jean has been in love five times in her 16 years of life. Each time she is ready to move on from her love, she writes … Continue reading Jenny Han: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before a P.S. I Still Love You

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Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Bibliography Bardugo, Leigh. Wonder Woman: Warbringer. Random House. New York. ISBN-13: 9780399549731. Plot Diana wants to prove that she belongs with her Amazonian warrior sisters, but she jeopardizes the opportunity to do so when she rescues an outsider from a shipwreck. Not only does this break Amazonian law -risking exile- but it brings illness and natural disasters to her once peaceful island. Diana learns that … Continue reading Wonder Woman: Warbringer

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Dear Martin

Bibliography: Stone, Nic. Dear Martin. 2017. New York. Crown. ISBN-13: 9781101939499 Plot: Dear Martin is the debut novel by author Nic Stone. This novel follows senior Justyce McAllister as he navigates his place in his white-dominated world. Justyce is at the top of his class and on the track to attend an Ivy League school. However, his academic standing means nothing to the police officer … Continue reading Dear Martin

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American Born Chinese

Bibliography:  Yang, Gene Luen. American Born Chinese. 2008. Square Fish. ISBN-13: 978-0312384487 Plot:  American Born Chinese is a Young Adult graphic novel consisting of three distinct stories. Chinese literary and mythological character Sun Wukong, also known as the Monkey King. Alive for a thousand years, he works to master divine disciplines in hopes of becoming a god. When rejected by the gods, the Monkey King … Continue reading American Born Chinese

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Bibliography: Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. 2007. New York. Little, Brown. ISBN-13: 9780316013697 Plot: In Sherman Alexie’s debut Young Adult novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Junior is a fourteen-year-old boy living on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington. Born with hydrocephalus (spinal fluid in the brain), Junior experiences a range of health problems that doctors assured would lead … Continue reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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Book Review: The Vault of Dreamers

Bibliography: O’Brien, Caragh M. The Vault of Dreamers. 2014. New York. Roaring Book Press. ISBN: 978-1-250-06825-5 Plot: Rosie Sinclair is a student at the prestigious Forge School of the Arts, and her life at school, along with the rest of her peers, is broadcasted live via The Forge Show. Originally developed as a way to encourage students and faculty to perform better, the show is … Continue reading Book Review: The Vault of Dreamers

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