Lady Or The Tiger? by Lana K.

He glared at the doors, heart racing, sweat trickling down his forehead. Cogitating deeply, he thinks of what Princess Ava gestured, was it true that what was behind the door on the right would let him live? “Will she be at peace, knowing that I will leave happily? Or does she seek vengeance of what might become?” he thought. The doors angered him, knowing that what was behind them would determine his fate.

They were dark brown, the doors, to match the suave, brick amphitheater. The king delighted to see the youth in the arena was in a purple velvet robe and had a untamed look in his eyes. He looked over at his daughter. She was focused completely on the youth she was once courting with mourning in her eyes. The amphitheater smelled of leather and lime.

His saw agitation around the room and stepped an inch closer to the doors. About to grip the doorknob of the left door, he thought of how the Princess looked at him, nervous, but her face filled with love. He moved over and opened the right door.

Out came the celebration, along with one of the fairest maidens he had ever seen. Princess Ava was genuine. And so, the youth was married happily with a blessing from the Princess. As they left the amphitheater in joy, the crowd went wild in excitement.

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Talk to Your Teen by Lana K.

In the book Cosmic, the main character, Liam, is reading his dad’s book called Talk to Your Teen. I have a few suggestions I would add…

  • Limited screen time
  • Be firm, but not strict
  • Allow dessert, but not a glut of sweets
  • Have homework done by 6:00, so don’t procrastinate

These are a few examples of some rules I would add to Talk to Your Teen.

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If I Were A Grownup For A Day by Lana K.

If I were a grownup for a day, I would do everything I can’t do as a kid. I would drive myself to the mall, in my Jeep, go to Forever Twenty-One, Palm Avenue (Lilly Pulitzer), and all of my favorite shops and buy clothes with my credit card. I would then go to my house in Beverly Hills to see my husband, Justin Bieber, and our three children. Their names would be Robert, Will, and Kate. I would then donate money to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Next, we would go out to eat at a very fancy restaurant and we would discuss Justin’s career. Finally, my family and I would go back to our mansion, and go to sleep in each of our king sized beds. That is how my day as a grownup would go like!

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“Once Upon a Marigold” by Lana K.

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A few weeks ago, I read Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris. I think this book is very interesting and cheerful. It’s genre is fairy tale and the book does very well portraying that. I won’t give away the surprising end, but I will tell you a summary.

Ed the troll was walking around in King Swithbert’s woods one day and saw a small boy dressed in a blue velvet suit. Ed went up to the boy and asked why he was there and what his name was. The boy told Ed that his name was Christian and that he ran away from home because his parents did not care about him. Ed told Christian that he could stay with him for a night then he would return Christian to his family the next morning. Christian stayed the night in Ed’s crystal cave, but when morning came, Christian would not leave under any circumstances. So Ed raised Christian as his own.

Christian, who was far into his teens by now, was walking in the woods and saw the Princess from afar sitting on her terrace reading a book. He was instantly fascinated by her, so he grabbed a pigeon, attached a note to its wings, and flew him off to the Princess. She responded and they started to talk very frequently. He falls in love with Princess Marigold and tries ways to become closer to her. Will he get caught trying to get to the Princess and get thrown in the dungeon? or will they fall in love and stay together forever? Read more to find out.

I recommend this book to readers that enjoy fantasy or fairy tales!

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Wisdom Tales Test by Lana K.






This week in LA class, we had an open note test on Wisdom Tales. Wisdom Tales is a book of fables that our class has been taking notes on for the past couple of weeks. When taking an open note quiz or test, make sure not to be deceived by hearing “open note”. It is not any easier than taking a regular quiz or test unless your notes have all of the material you need to know. So always make sure to prepare before you take an open note test.

One way that I studied was by going through the checklist that Mrs. Donnelly made for us. Another way that I studied was by reviewing all of my wisdom tale notes and highlighting keywords. I suggest making a checklist of your own in case your teacher doesn’t make one for you.

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I Am Grateful For… By Franny C

I am thankful for my family and friends. My friends are always a way to count on a good day, even if something bad happens. They remind me that there is always tomorrow to be better. I am also grateful to have my sweet doggies to greet me at the door or fence. They always make me happy when I see them. I like being able to see both my parents all the time because I know that not all kids get to do that. I am happy that I am able to get a good education and a nice house to stay in. Unlike some kids, I can always expect some kind of meal even if it is not always too fancy.

I am also very grateful for books and writing utensils. Otherwise, if I was bored or had nothing to do, I would not be able to do anything. Education ties into this one too because if there was no school, I still wouldn’t be able to do anything because I would not know how to read or write. I would also not be able to get a job because most jobs need reading and writing skills. Luckily, we do have those things. Though I am worried that with all this technology, we will all forget the importance of spelling, reading, books, and paper. If you want, you can comment and say what you think about it!

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Blackout by Nathan

It all started with being sick. I had a stomach bug that had made me miserable for a week. It was Monday and I was in chorus practicing in Taylor Hall with the rest of our class for the upcoming consert. We were in the middle of the song “Away to America” when I started noticing it. It got extremely hot in the huge room and I could feel beads of sweat crawling down my face. Then I felt sick in my stomach which wasn’t uncommon for that week. What came next was the corners of my vision started to go dark. The darkness made its way closer and closer to the center of my sight. All I could see right before it all went black was the bright light iluminating the stage. You know when you hear that frequency that is really irritating in your ears? Well that was what it was like times three along with not hearing anymore the mellifluous sound of the piano playing. That’s when I realized what was happening and immediately sat down on the stage. Thank goodness I did because right then I was on the brink of passing out. I went home a little later that day feeling miserable.






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My Top Three Favorite Books By Dylan J

My all time favorite book was Inheritance in the Eragon series. I like this book because the plot was written well and it keeps you reading with exciting things on each page. Although, if you do not like reading books that are long, this might be a little long. It is 839 pages long.

My second favorite book is The Heroes of Olympus series. I like this series because I am into Greek mythology and I like how they have different characters tell their part of the stories at different times. These books are around 400-600 pages long, so a little long.

My third favorite book is Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks. It might be a little inappropriate because it is about a kid who is extremely smart that is manipulated into doing many evil things. Although I still liked this book because it hooks you in. It is 486 pages but the font is tiny and it should be about 650 pages.

I hope you enjoy these suggestions.

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Community Service by Will P

For community service I went gleaning at a small farm in Raleigh, NC. I did not think that it would be that fun but we made our own fun out of it by racing to see how many bags of potatoes we could fill.

Over the past four summers my family and I have traveled to different countries to do service. The service has ranged from teaching English at a school for middle/high school kids whose parents cannot afford to have them in China, to digging up the ground and putting in pipes at a very poor school in Costa Rica. My favorite part of these vacations is playing with the kids. Playing football (the American version) in Costa Rica, playing soccer in Honduras and Peru, and basketball in China. After gleaning I realized that there are people in need right in our own community.

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The Ronald McDonald House by Lana K.

This year for community service day my advisory went to the Ronald McDonald House. First, a woman that worked there gave us a tour of the house and gave us some information about the house. One of the things she told us is that McDonalds™ only donates less than 8% and 92% is donated by the local community. I found it amazing and wonderful that the our local community cares enough to donate that much each year. She also told us that when a sick child is at The Ronald McDonald House, volunteers and staff try to make their stay as fun and relaxing as possible. After the tour, she took us outside to a giant pile of sand. We were instructed to fill grocery bags with sand and tie them up to make a luminary kit. The reason we were making luminaries is because every year The Ronald McDonald House sells 7,000 dollars worth of luminary kits. My advisory made around 75 luminary kits and had a great time while doing it!