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J.K. Rowling announces eighth Harry Potter story

The early awaited story following an adult Harry Potter is set to come out July 31.

By Becky Wolfson, Production Editor

February 19, 2016

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

Students gather together to enjoy their favorite books, new and old.

By Alissa Li and Katie Clem

May 27, 2015

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

Simon must decide what to do when a kid from his school blackmails him after discovering Simon's secret relationship with his crush.

By Balbina Yang, Features Editor

April 28, 2015

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

Sophomore Tara Manzari holding up her favorite BES book and her certificate for having read at least three books.

By Kim Rooney, Senior Writer

April 24, 2015

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

The movie adaptation of the best-selling novel came out on Feb. 13, but since has stirred controversy over the abusive relationship between Ana and Christian.

By Jasmine Baten and Kim Rooney

February 24, 2015

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

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...

CHS celebrates Banned Books Week

CHS celebrates Banned Books Week

By Kim Rooney, Production Editor

September 25, 2014

Classics like The Great Gatsby and To Kill a Mockingbird might not seem as if they have much in common with popular young adult novels such as Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, but all of these books, and many more, have at some point been banned or challenged. Banned Books Week is being celebrated from...

Nerdfighters await more Green on the big screen

Nerdfighters await more Green on the big screen

By Kim Rooney, Production Editor

September 23, 2014

After The Fault in Our Stars grossed over $48 million in the box office its opening weekend, two more John Green novels, Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska, began their journeys from award-winning books to film adaptations. While Paper Towns’ film rights were optioned in 2010 and Looking for Al...

‘Maze Runner’ film adaptation ensnares avid fans

'Maze Runner' film adaptation ensnares avid fans

By Kim Rooney, Production Editor

September 23, 2014

Mazes are good for the mind and a fun way to pass the time unless you live in the world of James Dashner’s The Maze Runner where the Glade sits as the only safe haven in an enormous maze filled with lethal monsters. All the while, the amnesiac teenage boys who inhabit it are challenged to survi...

‘The Fault in our Stars’

'The Fault in our Stars'

By Fiona Asbury, Opinions Editor

June 4, 2014

As the countdown until summer vacation comes to an end, another countdown reaches its final days; the number of days left until The Fault in our Stars movie is released. The much-anticipated film adaptation of John Green’s best-selling novel is set to premiere June 6, causing much excitement among ...

Teen novel is worth a read

Teen novel is worth a read

By Danielle Kiefer, Arts Editor

May 28, 2014

Teenage romance is the backbone of countless young adult books. It is seemingly nothing new. However, Rainbow Rowell's novel about young love Eleanor & Park is anything but ordinary. Set in 1986, Eleanor & Park is a story about two high schoolers who fall in love despite overwhelming everyday obsta...

AP Lit teacher publishes first book of poetry

Preservation is a collection of the poetry Savett has 
been writing in his spare time for the past 15 years. The poem, “Fire Drill,” (below) is inspired by CHS students.

By Ilana Berger, Online News Editor

September 25, 2013

Jeffrey Savett, AP Literature and  Composition teacher, published July 29 his first poetry chapbook, a short collection of poems that revolve around a common theme. Titled Preservation, and published by CoreyJF Publishing, the book contains poetry from throughout Savett’s career. Q: Many students...

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