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Apr. 30, 2021

Artwork by Ellie Chakos, 14

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Ahsoka Tano and Grogu from Star Wars

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Apr. 21, 2021

Book Review by Elsa Rogers, 14


Ender's Game

Author: Scott Orson Card

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What’s the Book? This book is called Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. I came across it when I went downstairs to my dad one day in seventh grade and asked him if he had anything I could read. Are you seeing a pattern yet? Me, not knowing what to read and complaining to someone about it and that person giving me a FANTASTIC book? Yeah, it happens a lot. So my dad, being the wonderful individual he is, pulled out like five different books and walked me through each one. I ended up choosing Ender’s Game and did not regret it.

Set the Scene The book, being a sci-fi, takes place in the far future in North Carolina. Ender, our main character, doesn’t stay there long though. He ends up going to a place called Battle School, which is in space, and I would love to explain everything to you as far as why he ends up there, but that would be more than a few spoilers. What I can say is that Battle School is there to train children and older how to defeat this certain species of aliens called buggers.

My Thoughts I absolutely LOVED this book! It was one of the first sci-fi’s I had read and it got me hooked on the genre. I thought it was incredibly ingenious with a masterful storyline and plot along with perfectly built characters. It was definitely one of the smarter books I’ve read and I deeply enjoyed the entire experience.

Favorite Characters My favorite characters include Ender and Petra. I really love Ender’s character because he has both the qualities of being compassionate and completely ruthless. It made him an exceptional leader and character. Petra was one of the very few women at Battle School. She is an incredible character and was often isolated for being a girl but was quick to prove her male counterparts wrong by working hard in the Battle School arena to show them that she was every bit as capable as they were. In other words, she is a female icon.

Similar Books None of the other books I’ve read have really reached the same level of butt-kickery in sci-fi that Ender’s Game did. I was blown away. Completely and utterly shook to my core. The reason you ask? A masterstroke from Mr. Card. Orson Scott Card literally pulled something (I can’t say-spoilers!) in the last couple chapters of the book. Evil. I absolutely loved it though and ran my head through it over and over again for weeks afterward.

Other Thoughts Other than the fact that it’s a FANTASTIC novel, no.

Pass it On I would ABSOLUTELY recommend this book. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good sci-fi novel or to anyone who likes a really smart storyline. I, personally, would recommend it to my sisters… though I’m not sure one of them would be able to handle the “weird” names. I would recommend it to my own dear mother, though I’m not sure what her feelings are about sci-fi books or if she’s already read it. I would also recommend it to my best friend who I’m sure would enjoy it too.

Blogger Bio Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya… PSYCH! It’s Elsa. I really enjoy both chocolate and whipped cream and I am currently learning how to play the organ. With that, I would like to impart with you my one quote from tv and my one quote from a book. (Kudos to any of you who have gotten any of them from all of my blogger bio's) First, “well, the plot, unlike your hair, continues to thicken.”, and that “without stories, we wouldn't be human beings at all”.

Apr. 7, 2021

Artwork by Ellie Chakos, 14

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Gravity Falls fanart of Mable and Dipper

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Ruffian

Mar. 26, 2021

Book Review by Ellie Chakos, 14


Ruffian: The Greatest Thoroughbred Filly

Author: Precious McKenzie

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What’s the Book? Ruffian is a Historical Fiction novel written by Billings author, Precious Mckenzie. It is a lovely read.

Set the Scene Ruffian is set in the 1970s, and it follows the life of Meg Murphy, a girl who doesn’t follow the expectations set upon her as a girl. She just wants to be with horses.

My Thoughts This book was such a fun read. It is based on a true story, the story of Ruffian, the fastest filly of her time. (Fillies are female horses under 4 years old.) This book is also very emotional, it makes you cry and then it makes you happy. It also has an element of feminism in it, and the main character, Meg, is a great representation of any girl who has had unrealistic expectations about who she is supposed to be set upon her.

Favorite Characters Meg. Undoubtedly my favorite character is Meg, because she is just like me in so many ways. She doesn’t strive to fit in, she just strives to be herself. She believes that women are just as capable as men. She has no interest in boys. She just does what she wants. I also love Ruffian. She is such a sassy horse.

Similar Books Since this book is based on history, it is similar to other books about the legendary filly, Ruffian. But it also tells a story about Meg, and the struggles she faced, being a teenager with parents who don’t understand her. This book is similar to others, but it is an original masterpiece nonetheless.

Feelings After the Book  After reading this book I was so sad, the ending was heartbreaking, but I was also happy, because the epilogue is so sweet and a very nice ending. It is also very inspiring. Meg knew what she wanted, so she took that dream and made it come true.

Other Thoughts It makes me sad that this book isn’t very well known. It is new, but I think people should read it. I read this book in one night, because I just couldn't put it down.

Pass it On I absolutely think people need to read this book. It is so inspiring, and it touches on many important subjects while still being a very good read. And any girl who doesn’t fit in with the popular kids will identify with Meg.

Blogger Bio Hi I’m Ellie, and I love Baby Yoda and all things Harry Potter. Remember, “Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light.” - Albus Dumbledore

Mar. 22, 2021

Artwork by Ellie Chakos, 14

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A Pokemon inspired drawing

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Mar. 19, 2021

Book Review by Elsa Rogers, 14


Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

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What's the book? The book is called Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, and it's so good. My friend and I were walking through the library, looking for a book that she could read when I remembered that I had just finished a book series. So, I mentioned (more complained) that I also needed something new to dig into. Naturally, she gasped loudly then laughed maniacally and handed me a book from the shelf. I did look at her skeptically, I'll admit it, but then she said four beautiful, simple words: 'It's about a heist.'

Set the scene: I honestly have no idea what time this book takes place. Probably the future, if I had to guess, but the where I can answer. It's called Ketterdam, and the beginning takes place in the crime-ridden parts of town. The seedy part. The shady part. You get the idea. Then they move on to where the heist actually takes place, and that's a word I don't even know where to begin with the pronunciation.

Your thoughts: I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK. There are only two of them in the series which is SUPER sad, but I digress. The book is ingenious. One of the main characters, the one who's a big deal, is a criminal mastermind. Thief extraordinaire. Sass master supreme. You get the idea. He comes up with the plans on how to achieve the impossible heist and it's just so, so smart. The book moves at a very fast pace, and I found it impossible to put down once I read the first chapter. It's also super funny because of mostly all of the character's humor, and for a few of them, their wit. It's also serious and a little gruesome in a few parts but still very good. Every aspect of every chapter was perfect in every way, shape, and form. Highly, HIGHLY recommend.

There are six main characters that you get to read from their points of view. We have Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Wylan, Nina, and Matthias. The author did a fantastic job with each of them, because I love them all. If I had to choose a favorite from the favorites, I would say Kaz and Inej. There's a list of my most favorite characters that I have, and they both made it to the top along with Percy, Leo, and a few others. Kaz isn't just sassy. He IS sass. Pure, uncontrolled sass. He's also clever and cruel, yet still enjoyable and so simply divine and lovable. Inej is Kaz's spider, or his spy. She's definitely more calm and loving than he is and is more of the religious type. And, best of all, they both balance each other out and make the perfect combo. Out of them all, I'm most like Jesper. He's always smiling and light-hearted, and constantly moving, which is a lot like me. And he's just great in general.

I would describe it as a mix between Oceans 11 and Lucky Logan... because of the heist.

After I finished the first book, I wanted to scream, and I'm pretty sure I did. Just like a small, high-pitched sound that was slowly emitted from the back of my throat. I was a little mad, but most of it was the fact that I craved the next book. I had really wanted to start it that instant, and I was really lucky that I had finished it on a Sunday night and I could get the next one from the school library the next morning. But I just absolutely adored the book.

Pass it on: Um, yes. Read it. I already said this but I HIGHLY recommend it. Out of everyone in my family, I would plead with both of my older sisters to read it, and my dad who loves a good heist as much as the next person. Heck, I would even tell my mom to read it, even though I already ranted the entire plot to her. And I would seriously recommend it to people who love witty and smart books, and most importantly, heists.

Blogger Bio: My name is Elsa, my favorite soda is Dr. Pepper, I have run two miles every day this week so far because I'm bored and have nothing better to do with my life so now my body is rebelling against me, and because of that I just have to say it's just that George and Harold each had a "silly streak" a MILE long, and UNHAND ME, BRIGAND!!

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Mar. 18, 2021

Book Review by Ellie Chakos, 14


Going Wild

Author: Lisa McMann

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What's the Book? This book is a science fiction/middle school life book, written by Lisa McMann, the author of The Unwanteds.

Set the Scene: Going Wild is a book set in the present, about a girl named Charlie, whose parents have made her move across the country from Chicago to Arizona. While she is unpacking she finds a strange package in the garage, and inside is a sporty bracelet. But when Charlie puts it on, she finds that she has the powers of animals.

My Thoughts: This book was such a fun read. It is extremely imaginative, and the science fiction aspect of having the powers of several animals is very fun. It also portrays the middle school kid well, and shows the hardships of moving to a new school in a new town. It is also a fun read for any Spiderman fans, because it has that classic, “Use your power responsibly” message.

Favorite Characters: My favorite character is Charlie, although I am also a big fan of Mac and Maria, the secondary characters. The reason I like Charlie is because she is a strong and resourceful young woman, she isn’t afraid to stand up and fight the bad guys. She is also a great representation of how kids feel in middle school.

Similar Books: This book is a little similar to The Unwanteds, in the way that they both have kids and teenagers who fight for what is right. It is also, as mentioned before, similar to Spiderman comics.

Feelings After the Book: After reading this book, I knew that it would be something I would want to reread. It is just one of those books that you can read over and over again and never get tired of.

Other Thoughts: This book is super fun to read, and it is a series of three books, so the fun can continue. The later books get deeper into the villains of the story, and Lisa McMann develops some impressive bad guys.

Pass It On: This book is great for people who like action and adventure, but it is also a good read for someone who has moved and is struggling to fit in. It reminds us that good friends can be found anywhere.

Blogger Bio: Hi I’m Ellie, and I’m not an introvert or an extrovert, I’m a theater kid. And if anyone asked me what my favorite Marvel character was, it would be a tie between Baby Groot, Shuri, and Spiderman. 

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Feb. 26, 2021

Book Review by Ellie Chakos, 14


Jinxed

Author: Amy McCulloch (Amy Alward)

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What's the book? This book is called Jinxed. I got this book for Christmas, and I read it overnight. It was amazing.

Set the scene: Jinxed is a book set in the future, where everyone has robotic animal companions called Bakus that do everything a smartphone does, and more. The main character is a girl named Lacey Chu, and she dreams of becoming a companioneer, and designing new bakus.

 My thoughts: I adored reading this book. At first it starts out a little bit like Harry Potter, but it soon becomes a fast-paced adventure, and the book is impossible to put down. The sequel, Unleashed is equally good. They are both books I would reread, and I recommended them to my dad, who also enjoyed them very much. 

Favorite Characters: My favorite character in this book is the main protagonist, Lacey. She is super smart, and I feel that people can relate to the fact that she doesn’t have as much money or resources as other people, but doesn’t let that stop her from accomplishing her goals and dreams. Another favorite character of mine is Jinx, Lacey’s baku. He just has so much attitude and humor, it’s hard not to love him.

Similar books: Honestly, this book was unlike anything I have ever read. There are small similarities to some books, like the school aspect that is similar to Harry Potter, but the ideas in this book are very original. It is different from any other science fiction book I have ever read.

Feelings after the book: After reading this book, I immediately wanted more. The ending makes you want to immediately buy the second book, so that you can continue the story. I was also a little sad after finishing this book, because the first time you read an amazing book is very special. But once I got a hold of the second book, I basically swallowed it whole. It was even more suspenseful than the last book, and the main antagonist is an extremely well made character.

Other thoughts: I think people should read this book. It opens your eyes about how our cell phones control us, and how we should never give away our ambition.

 Pass it on: I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good read, who adores a good science fiction movie, and who loves imaginative books. It will please anyone.

Blogger Bio: I am currently in 8th grade, remote learning, and I am going to Senior next year as a freshman. My favorite hobby is doing community theater, and I love to sing and dance as well. I love to read, which is why I am doing this blog. I also love to draw, so I will be including a bunch of digital art in the blog. Also, corgis are amazing.

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Feb. 25, 2021

Movie Review by Elsa Rogers, 14


Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse

Director: Bob Persichetti

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"With great power comes great responsibility." We've all heard that, right? Please tell me we have so that I don't lose complete faith in humanity. Please. Well in the unlikely case that you haven't, that's what Uncle Ben tells Peter Parker when he becomes Spider-Man. And, since we are now on the subject of the Amazing Spider-Man, please tell me that you've seen the best Spider-Man movie created, Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.

Spiderverse is one of the best movies I have ever seen in my life, and I am not overexaggerating. It's the impossibly perfect mix of humor, sadness, adventure, and pure gold. Because I enjoy it so much, it's my favorite movie, and that's saying something. There is a long list of movies that I absolutely love, but Spiderverse easily trumps them all. I've seen it so many times that I've lost count, and I could definitely quote the entire thing top to bottom if you would like. Just hook me up.

The movie follows a 14-year-old boy named Miles Morales who, well you know, gets bitten by a radioactive spider. He meets five other Spider-Men who all came from different dimensions, and who all say the same thing when they meet each other. "You're like me." After introductions take place, a lot of things happen, but I'm not going to specify just in that rare case that the person reading hasn't actually seen it. The movie was written by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who also did Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, which is also a fantastic movie. You can expect a post about that one later.

I love every single one of the main characters except for Peni Parker. I just felt no connection, personally. But everyone else includes Miles, Peter B. Parker, Peter Parker Noir, Peter Porker, and the fantastic Gwen Stacy. Miles and Peter B. Parker have the best little friendship, which has a mix of a father-son relationship in it because Peter B. Parker doesn't have kids, and Miles doesn't connect with his own father as well as he did with his uncle, who, well, I can't say because that's a spoiler.

I really can't choose who, overall, is my favorite character, but I might just have to say Peter B. Parker with all the others tied in second. This certain Peter is sarcastic, a little sardonic, and loves to eat. There are so many more elements that color the background of his character, but if you haven't already seen the movie, you'll have to watch it yourself to get what I mean. One of my most favorite quotes from him that I will share with you is this: "I love this burger. So delicious. Mm. One of the best burgers I've ever had. In my universe, this place closed down six years ago. Mm. I don't know why. I really don't. Mm!"

So, now that you know the basics, you better go watch it. If you don't, that's okay, but know that you have missed out on something that is too wonderful for words.

Blogger Bio: My name is Elsa, I am super tired right now, I like escape rooms, and science is my favorite school subject. Since that's out of the way, I would just like to say that wherever I go, the wind follows, and the wind smells like rain, and, secondly, you shouldn't be worrying about you-know-who, you should be worrying about you-know-poo, the constipation sensation that gripping the nation!

Feb. 22, 2021

Artwork by Ellie Chakos, 14

Ellie Hazel

A fanfiction of one of my favorite characters from The Heroes Of Olympus

Ellie Ditto

Ditto, a cute Pokemon

Blogger Bio: I am currently in 8th grade, remote learning, and I am going to Senior next year as a freshman. My favorite hobby is doing community theater, and I love to sing and dance as well. I love to read, which is why I am doing this blog. I also love to draw, so I will be including a bunch of digital art in the blog. Also, corgis are amazing.

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Feb. 10, 2021

Book Series Review by Elsa Rogers, 14


Percy Jackson and the Olympians

and The Heroes of Olympus

Author: Rick Riordan

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What’s the book? The book series is Percy Jackson and the Olympians, along with the sequel series, The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan. I read this because I had family members tell me that it was pretty good, and that I would enjoy it, so I picked it up and wasn't able to put it down.

Set the scene: Describe the setting in which the book takes place (without spoilers!)  The book's timeframe is set in modern times, even though it was written a couple years back, but the first series takes place in New York at a special camp called Camp Half-Blood and the second series takes place all over the world.

Your thoughts: Did you like this book? Why or why not? Did anything stand out to you? I LOVE THESE BOOKS SO MUCH. They are still so enjoyable for me to read, and for those of you who like mythology, fantasy, something that makes you crack up, and a whole lot of sass, then this will be right up your alley. They are very well-written and I just love that they could make me laugh and cry at the exact same time.

Explain which character(s) were your favorite and why. Could you relate to any of the characters? I have a lot of favorite characters from both of the series. Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase, Leo Valdez, and Dakota (whose last name we never get to know) just to name a very few. They all have different characteristics that I deeply enjoy, such as Percy's constant sass, Annabeth's constant ability to stay level-headed, Leo's humor that matches mine completely, and Dakota's addiction to Kool-Aid which might be why I connected with him on such a deep level. There are also a lot of really strong female roles which I really appreciated. I can relate to a lot of characters, like the way that some of them deflect serious issues with humor, how others are quick to come up with a crazy plan that should not have worked so well, or just simply the type of people that the characters like to hang around.

Is this book similar to any others you’ve read? If so, how? In a way, yes it is, but Rick Riordan just does a really good job with making it unique and making it his own. I've read books like Fablehaven (which was also really good) that includes magical creatures much like Percy Jackson does, but Rick just really breathes a different kind of life and a different level of sass into it, that makes me love it even more every time I re-read them.

What did you think or feel immediately after reading the book? With some of the books he leaves us on cliffhangers so, at the end of those ones, I want to scream and throw the book against the wall and then curl myself up into a ball and cry. But with the other books, I usually giggle maniacally, let out a content sigh and then go and get the next one, ready to continue the journey.

Other thoughts? In all honesty, if you are struggling in class when you get to your mythology section, read these books. I know a LOT about mythology because of them, it has helped a lot. I would also like to say that the first series focuses on Greek mythology, the sequel series dives more into Roman mythology, and then Rick made other mini-series that are about Egyptian and Norse mythology, so if you don't particularly love Greek or Roman, you've got options.

Pass it on: Explain who you would recommend this book to. I would ABSOLUTELY recommend these books! I made one of my friends finish the series because she stopped halfway through and she has now been successfully taught in the ways of Rick Riordan, so I would really recommend it to anyone you see fit! And I just have to say, if you haven't read it, you must. You absolutely must. And if you already have, do it again. I personally prefer these over the Harry Potter series too, so if you weren't quite satisfied with those and haven't read Percy Jackson, I would suggest that you get on it, my friend.

Blogger Bio: My name is Elsa, I hate going to bed, but I like to sleep, I play the clarinet and the piano, and I can't, I won't, and I don't stop, so Mike D come and rock the sure shot. And with that, I urge you to treat yo' self and to remember that hey, all the cool kids are sleeping with stuffed animals these days.

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Feb. 3, 2021

TV Series Review by Elsa Rogers, 14


Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Author: George Lucas

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Are you a Star Wars fan and are really disappointed at how the prequels turned out? Or are you just a Star Wars fan in general? Then have I got the thing for you. Star Wars: The Clone Wars is a fantastic television series. It takes place in the middle of the second and third movies in the prequels (if that's what you're familiar with) but tells an excellent story about Luke and Leia's father, Anakin Skywalker, his padawan, Ahsoka Tano, Anakin's master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and so many others. Clone Wars was made by George Lucas (obviously) but also had a lot of help from Dave Filoni, who did The Mandalorian, and he did a fantastic job making so many of the characters likable and relatable.

The animation is weird, I admit, but I personally got used to it. When the show got more funding around the third season, the animation quality was improved, so if you're struggling with it, at least make it to that mark. You can find the show on Disney+ and I would highly, completely, 10/10 recommend. It's funny, heartbreaking, and ingenious all at the same time. I am mildly obsessed, but I don't apologize because, most importantly, it makes up for the fact that the prequels were very disappointing.

(And I know a lot of people like them, and they are fantastic because of the memes, so I very respectfully accept their opinion and I very respectfully disagree.)

Blogger Bio: My name is Elsa, and I am a huge TV binger and a ginormous bookworm. I enjoy fantasy and sci-fi, (no romance novels for me) writing my own books, drinking Kool-Aid, and astronomy. That being said, I urge you to remember that there is always money in the banana stand and to go crack open a Diet Coke in honor of Mr. D.

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Feb. 1, 2021

Book Review by Hank Jagodzinski, 15


The Initiation

Author: Chris Babu

ISBN: 9781682615935

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What’s the book? The book I read was The Initiation by Chris Babu. I choose to read it because it was recommended to me.

Set the scene: Describe the setting in which the book takes place (without spoilers!) The book takes place in New America, which is the island of Manhattan several decades after a series of disasters known as The Confluence (a supervirus, a global technology/communications outage, rampant inequality, and overpopulation) destroyed most of humanity. The government in New York City has walled off Manhattan and has created a self sustaining society. That society is meant to be completely equal. But it isn’t. Residents are segregated into different regions by their class/occupations, and if you are born in one region, you have to stay there. The only way to move up in life is by completing the Initiation, a mysterious series of life threatening challenges which tests its participants bravery and intellect.

Your thoughts: Did you like this book? Why or why not? Did anything stand out to you? I really enjoyed reading this book, mostly because it takes place in a setting so different than we experience today. At the same time, many of the events which caused the downfall of society appear to be present now. When I first read this book in 2019, the world of New America seemed like such a remote possibility. But the COVID-19 pandemic created a world far more similar to a dystopia. COVID-19 is similar to the virus in the book, and the pandemic caused societies to put up figurative “walls” to protect their populations. The book describes an exodus from major cities, and riots across the country, again, strikingly similar to the events of 2020.

Explain which character(s) were your favorite and why. Could you relate to any of the characters? Drayden is definitely my favorite character in the book. He’s the protagonist and a math whiz. However, no character in the book is really that similar to me, but I can definitely picture some of my friends as several of the characters in the story.

Is this book similar to any others you’ve read? If so, how? Yes, this book is similar in many ways to the Hunger Games. There’s an evil corrupt government, and the people who work for the government have lavish lifestyles far better than the common people. The book is also a dystopia, and teens have to compete in deadly challenges, again similar to the Hunger Games.

What did you think or feel immediately after reading the book? I felt mostly grateful not to live in New America! But I was also eager to read the next book, The Expedition. The Initiation ends on a total cliffhanger, so chances are if you like the book, you’ll want to read the second one in the series as well.

Pass it on: Explain who you would recommend this book to. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes futuristic and dystopian novels, especially if you like suspense filled plot lines.

Blogger Bio: I’m a 9th grade student at Billings Central Catholic High School. I love Billings Public Library and enjoy reading dystopian, realistic fiction, and fantasy novels. I’m a reporter and editor for the BC Chronicle, the school newspaper at Central, as well as a member of my school’s speech team. As a member of the library’s Teen Advisory Group, I’m looking forward to helping promote the library’s many services and opportunities to students in the Billings area.

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Feb. 1, 2021

Book Review by Ryan Dolan, 16


Cilka's Journey

Author: Heather Morris

ISBN: 9781250265708

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Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris is a sequel from the Tattooist of Auschwitz and it is a novel that shows so much strength and determination. This book is a graphic novel, but shows exactly what happened to the people of the Holocaust. Cilka’s Journey focuses on one main character, Cilka, who is a beautiful young woman who is taken from the guards and is used as their slave. For years, everyday, Cilka had to fight for her survival and endure hardships that many people today could not even fathom of having.  Cilka used her beauty to help other campmates escape, since she had an in with the Nazis. Not only is this book such a great read, but it is also based on true events. This actually happened to a girl in Auschwitz and it teaches us, as readers, to just appreciate all that we have. Reading this book puts a lot of things into perspective. When reading this novel it almost feels like you are there living in Auschwitz with Cilka as you dive into the book. Cilka’s Journey overall is a great read and if you love history this is the book for you!

Blogger Bio: Ryan Dolan is a junior at Billings West High. She enjoys basketball and helping make our community a better place to live. She volunteers at Reading Rocks, Special Olympics and the Montana Marathon to name a few. She wants to pursue a degree in Education or something medical because she enjoys working with people. She plans on going to the University of Montana in the fall of 2022.

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