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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...

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...

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...

Entrepeneur creates mini literature jewelry

Entrepeneur creates mini literature jewelry

By Jessica Lee, Staff Writer

October 2, 2012


Filed under Features

Two books dangle from senior Chani Wereley’s ears. The image of a heavyset girl stares from the front cover, every strand of hair visible and each letter in the title legible—impressive, considering the Hairspray playbill earrings are the size of a quarter. Book Beads is an online business based in Fl...

Some comics redefine the term ‘graphic novel’

Some comics redefine the term ‘graphic novel’

By By: Ariana Etessami, Staff Writer

February 23, 2012


Filed under Arts, Books

Parents could easily put together a long list of complaints regarding their kids’ undesired habits and behaviors these days. There’s the classic texting-under-the-table epidemic, and then the bringing-home-boyfriend-with-nose-piercings-and-tattoos outbreak. A more recent addition to this list is...

Politics and Prose draws in young readers

By By Emily Birnbaum

May 19, 2011


Filed under Arts, Books

Politics and Prose, the Washington D.C. bookstore that has been a haven of book-buying and author meet-and-greets for 25 years, was bought by former Washington Post editors Lissa Muscatine and Bradley Graham April 1. Despite popular belief that the bookstore would not be bought when it went up for...

E-Books devalue reading

By Dina Khatib Online Observations Editor

March 2, 2010


Filed under Opinions

Everyone remembers the first time he or she read through an entire book from start to finish. The book was probably five pages long and filled with more colorful doodles than actual words, but nonetheless, it was like an invitation to the big kid world, giving us something worthwhile to brag about to...

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