In different generations, from different countries, with different stories, three young refugees embark on a life-risking journey with their family in the novel Refugee by Alan Gratz, fleeing their hometowns in search for a new life of freedom, peace, and happiness....

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It is extremely difficult to survive a zombie apocalypse. It is even harder to survive when you are all alone, surrounded by a raft of zombies. Somehow, Jack, a mindless but plucky boy, manages to survive. So far. In the series of The Last Kids on Earth, Max Brallier describes Jack’s adventure of staying alive and saving the world....

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The One and Only Ivan delivers a story of compelling events and captivating characters, taking readers on a journey through the lives of animals as they explore the outside world from inside their cage....

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Have you ever wondered what happened after the booming, legendary, world-famous Harry Potter series? Then the rehearsal script edition of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne, is the answer to your thoughts. ...

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In her memoir The Distance Between Us, Reyna Grande reflects on her rough childhood and teenage years. Her story recounts those heart-breaking moments and her growth through the dark time in her life....

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It is commonly known that the moon is a key force for controlling gravity and tide waves. What will happen to us if the moon is off track? We might not want to imagine the consequences since it could raise immense concerns, but Susan Betha Pfeffer’s science fiction novel “Life as We knew it” delineates an imaginary aftermath of such a disastrous moment for us. ...

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Bang! The gun shot. In the blink of an eye, a boy fell to the ground. In the book “Ghost Boys” by Jewell Parker Rhodes, black boy Jerome Rogers felt his spirit fading and rising up high in the clear, blue sky…...

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You’ve probably heard of a lot of superpowers, like flying, being invisible, or turning into steel. In the captivating novel “When” by Victoria Laurie, Maddie Fynn was born with the powers to see everyone’s death date. Maddie grew up without a father and lived with a alcoholic mother. She and her mom made a living by telling clients' death dates....

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We all make mistakes, but most mistakes would not lead to a terrible consequence. For example, you might break a cup, but it won’t be the end of the world. However, in “Aru Shah and the End of Time,” Roshani Chokshi, when Aru Shah lighted a lamp just to impress her friends, it turned to be a huge mistake. ...

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Have you ever borrowed your mom’s credit card and assured yourself it was going to a good use? Well, in “Slider” by Pete Hautman, this was exactly what David did to bet for a half-eaten hot dog from his role model’s eating contest. Originally, he wanted to bet $20. Now, you might think, what could go wrong? It’s only $20. But, an unwanted swipe on the keyboard costed him $2000 from his mom’s credit card....

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Travel Writing: Gaithersburg, MD
Travel Writing / January 10, 2019

Gaithersburg is a well-crafted story with layers of meaning and presence, imbued with contrasts and variations. Its historic landmarks are mingled with contemporary architecture, local traditions balanced with diversified outlook, old-world charm blended with dynamic modernization....

Travel Writing: Rockville, MD
Travel Writing / January 7, 2019

The city of Rockville is clustered with joyous neighborhoods and stores for one’s personal wants. This thriving city is featured with a hustling town center, scenic parks and trails, and a wide array of outdoor activities....

Book Review: Refugee by Alan Gratz
Book Reviews / January 4, 2019

In different generations, from different countries, with different stories, three young refugees embark on a life-risking journey with their family in the novel Refugee by Alan Gratz, fleeing their hometowns in search for a new life of freedom, peace, and happiness....

Book Review: The Last Kids on Earth
Book Reviews / December 23, 2018

It is extremely difficult to survive a zombie apocalypse. It is even harder to survive when you are all alone, surrounded by a raft of zombies. Somehow, Jack, a mindless but plucky boy, manages to survive. So far. In the series of The Last Kids on Earth, Max Brallier describes Jack’s adventure of staying alive and saving the world....

Because I’m a Safety Patrol
Other Work , Poem / December 20, 2018

The morning wind howled, sending a wave of swirling air, Shivers of cold running up and down my spine. As chattering students head inside the school, I huddle up tight on the sidewalk, fulfilling my morning duties, Because I’m a safety patrol....

Flash Fiction: Rivalry
Fiction , Other Work / December 19, 2018

Carrying a box loaded with vegetables, I inched toward the gate of Sunday School. A short skinny old lady was standing on the right side of the school gate....

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Book Reviews / December 2, 2018

Have you ever wondered what happened after the booming, legendary, world-famous Harry Potter series? Then the rehearsal script edition of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne, is the answer to your thoughts. ...