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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...

CHS celebrates Banned Books Week

CHS celebrates Banned Books Week

By Kim Rooney, Production Editor

September 25, 2014


Filed under Arts, Books

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


Filed under Arts, Books, Movies and Television

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


Filed under Arts, Books

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


Filed under Arts, Books, Online Exclusives

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


Filed under Arts, Books

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

AP Lit teacher publishes first book of poetry

By Ilana Berger, Online News Editor

September 25, 2013


Filed under Arts, Books

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...

‘Gray’ offers glimpse into Pete Wentz’s life

‘Gray’ offers glimpse into Pete Wentz’s life

By Lauren Price, Online Arts Editor

April 24, 2013


Filed under Arts, Books

Pete Wentz is perhaps the most well-known member of the rock band Fall Out Boy, and however cliché it is, fame comes with a price. In Wentz’s case, he dealt with mental instability as an adolescent and throughout his time in Fall Out Boy, and this was a major influence on his new novel. Wentz’s novel, Gr...

‘Observer’ sits down with local best-selling author

‘Observer’ sits down with local best-selling author

By Lara Fu, News Editor

April 23, 2013


Filed under Arts, Books

Many students dabble in writing throughout their years in school, whether it be through English class, writing for the literary magazine or the school newspaper. Sarah Pekkannen, an author living in Bethesda, has always loved writing. She made the transition from occasional student journalist to professio...

Novel writing competition challenges students, teachers

By Jessica Lee, Staff Writer

November 29, 2012


Filed under Arts, Books

 On Halloween, instead of trick-or-treating with my friends, I was finishing my NaNoWriMo story outline. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, an annual online challenge that attracts hundreds of thousands of participants. Aspiring writers, such as first-time participant sophomore Kim Rooney ...

‘Wallflower’ cast offers realistic portrayal of teen life

‘Wallflower’ cast offers realistic portrayal of teen life

By Catherine Goohs, Archive Manager

November 7, 2012


Filed under Arts, Books, Movies and Television

 When I went to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I expected the typical high school coming-of-age film. The movie did have many qualities relating to that genre—a quirky main character, disastrous relationships and awkward teenage encounters. But despite expectations, Wallflower proves to carry more me...

Rowling follows Potter legacy with new style

Rowling follows Potter legacy with new style

By Jessica Lee, Staff Writer

November 7, 2012


Filed under Arts, Books, Top Stories

J.K. Rowling has shelved the epic magic of Hogwarts in favor of a small English town whose biggest problem is whether to redraw the district line. Rowling’s newest novel, The Casual Vacancy, takes place in the fictional town of Pagford, where councilman Barry Fairbrother suddenly dies shortly befo...

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