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“Before My Eyes” is a must-read for CHS students

“Before My Eyes” is a must-read for CHS students

By Miranda Chung, Assistant Opinions Editor

May 15, 2018


Filed under Arts, Books

  In Before My Eyes, author Caroline Bock perfectly captures the societal problems of today, by weaving her story very closely to reality. It is a new thought-provoking young adult novel featuring the lives of three teenagers whose lives were forever changed after being held at gunpoint. ...

Fifty Shades of Grey Contains Multiple Layers

Fifty Shades of Grey Contains Multiple Layers

By Balbina Yang, Arts Editor

February 23, 2017


Filed under Arts, Books, Movies and Television, Online Exclusives

It has been two years since the release of Fifty Shades of Grey, the first of E.L. James’ erotic drama trilogy. It has been about a week since Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel, came out in theaters and broke top box office records, coming in second behind The Lego Batman Movie. But, why is the franchis...

The Observer’s Must Read Book Recommendations

The Observer’s Must Read Book Recommendations

By Jenna Greenzaid and Sai Sreenivasan, Circulation Manager and Observations Editor

February 21, 2017


Filed under Arts, Books

When it comes to finding a good book to dedicate yourself to, there is an overwhelming number to choose from. We’ve narrowed down the list with suggestions, from staff and students alike, of books that you’ll be sure to enjoy. “Legend” by Marie Lu Although dystopian novels have become commonplace,...

‘Series of Unfortunate Events’ Delights Viewers

‘Series of Unfortunate Events’ Delights Viewers

By Nora Holland, Contest Manager

February 21, 2017


Filed under Arts, Books

If you are looking for a new way to relieve stress after a tedious day of school, look no further than “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” the newest binge-worthy show on Netflix. Jan. 13, “A Series of Unfortunate Events” arrived on Netflix. Based off of the well-known young adult book series...

CHS Students Cherish “Blind Date with a Book” Program

CHS Students Cherish “Blind Date with a Book” Program

By Sai Sreenivasan, Observations Editor

February 14, 2017


Filed under Arts, Books, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

With Valentine's Day coming up, the Media Center is honoring this holiday and their love for reading with the “Blind Date with a Book” tradition for the third year in a row. The event was started in Feb. 2015 and has been a success among students. For this tradition, the Media Center specialists...

Adult Coloring Books Gain Popularity as a Method of Stress Relief

Adult Coloring Books Gain Popularity as a Method of Stress Relief

By Laura Sneller, Public Relations Editor

April 29, 2016


Filed under Arts, Books

After a stressful week of tests and homework, students typically unwind by napping or watching Netflix. Now, there is a new relaxation method that increases artistic ability while relieving stress—all you have to do is color. Adult coloring books are spreading through the nation as more p...

J.K. Rowling announces eighth Harry Potter story

J.K. Rowling announces eighth Harry Potter story

By Becky Wolfson, Production Editor

February 19, 2016


Filed under Arts, Books

Last week, author J.K. Rowling announced that she will publish an eighth Harry Potter story, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II, on July 31 Potter’s 36th birthday. Originally a play, Rowling plans to digitally and physically publish the script the day after the show premieres at London’s...

Expand your summer reading list with these books

Expand your summer reading list with these books

By Alissa Li and Katie Clem

May 27, 2015


Filed under Arts, Books

As summer rapidly approaches, students not only buckle down for the final stretch of school but they also begin to make plans for the upcoming break. Whether you find yourself sightseeing in Europe or simply lounging around at home, a book is sure to be good company. The Observer has picked out a couple...

Must-read novel twists typical story of teen love

Must-read novel twists typical story of teen love

By Balbina Yang, Features Editor

April 28, 2015


Filed under Arts, Books

Many young adult (YA) novels rarely remain in the reader’s head after he or she turns the last page. However, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, with its perfect blend of teenage angst, friendship and romance, does the complete opposite and even manages to remain in readers’ hearts...

CHS Students Read Black-Eyed Susan Books

CHS Students Read Black-Eyed Susan Books

By Kim Rooney, Senior Writer

April 24, 2015


Filed under Arts, Books

Choosing a favorite book is always difficult, but the Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL) makes it easier by narrowing the choices to 10 books. CHS students who read at least three Black-Eyed Susan (BES) nominee books joined other Maryland students April 22 in voting for the best out...

50 Shades of Rape? Film, novels stir controversy

50 Shades of Rape? Film, novels stir controversy

By Jasmine Baten and Kim Rooney

February 24, 2015


Filed under Arts, Books, Movies and Television

E.L. James’ 50 Shades of Grey has raised controversy over its sexual content and portrayal of BDSM relationships since its publication in 2011 and theatrical release Feb. 13. BDSM relationships refer to bondage, discipline, domination, submission, sadism and masochism between consenting adults. The...

Want to be a novelist? Seven tips for certain success

Want to be a novelist? Seven tips for certain success

By Kim Rooney, Production Editor

October 24, 2014


Filed under Arts, Books

NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is an international challenge for people to write a novel of at least 50,000 words in the month of November. If successful, writers are rewarded with free copies of their books, as well as access to online writing resources. It may seem daunting, but never...

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