You Are What You Read

Fatima Shamsi, Online Manager

June 16, 2016

Reading has always been an integral part of my life. Thanks to my mother, the belief that reading will lead to a better future has been instilled in my mind for as long as I can remember. I do not recall a point in my life where I never picked up a book, but I vividly recall the first time I did. It...

The Holy Trinity

Mackenzie Watkins with friend Christa Angers

Mackenzie Watkins, Advertising Editor

June 12, 2016

  It all started with a boy named Hercules.   Growing up, Hercules had been the first movie I ever remember watching and it just so happened to be the first spark of my creative drive. Even though I was only three-years-old, I remember a sense of happiness and pure joy seeing the beautiful c...

The Looking Glass Wars

Seven-year-old Alyss Hart before her story starts

Natalia Huanosto, Staff Writer

June 7, 2016

   The Looking Glass Wars is a book by Frank Beddor inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. In the story, we learn that Alyss Heart was to be heir to Wonderland's queendom. However, when Alyss's parents are murdered by her vengeful aunt, Redd, and she barely escapes Redd's hateful clutche...

Incredible novels every human should read

STACKS ON STACKS ON STACKS: Reading makes your soul happy.

Fatima Shamsi, Online Manager

May 26, 2016

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk A Separate Peace by John Knowles A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini Me Before You by Jojo Moyes The Catcher in t...

Losing a Literary Legend

President George W. Bush awards Lee with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007

Celia Janes, Op/Ed Editor

February 28, 2016

Harper Lee, one of the most well-known American authors of the twentieth  century, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 19 at her home in Monroeville, Alabama.  She was eighty-nine years old. Her first book, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” is a literary masterpiece.  Published in 1960 when she...

The Benefits of Reading

Scarlet Edwards, Staff Writer

February 24, 2016

 As a high school student, most time is taken up by schoolwork, sports, or extracurriculars. This leaves very little free time to do as you please. Teens typically spend their free time multitasking between the Internet, texting, and sometimes homework. Hardly anyone thinks to pick up a book, whic...

Into the World of the Shadowhunters

The stars of the television show answer questions for curious fans

Celia Janes, Op/Ed Editor

January 13, 2016

Cassandra Clare is a young adult author who is well-known for her fantasy book series, “The Mortal Instruments,” as well as a prequel series titled “The Infernal Devices.”  Now, her books have been adapted into a television show for young viewers on Freeform (formerly known as ABC Family). The...

Who Did It?

Who Did It?

Alexandra Christensen, Staff Writer

December 16, 2015

   The year is coming to an end but that does not mean imagination is. Literature is where one can get lost and put themselves into an adventure within a dramatic plot of an alternate reality. Some literature is similar to one another though, expressing the most popular story line people like to visi...

From Current To Classic

From Current To Classic

Scarlet Edwards, Staff Writer

December 15, 2015

  With the literary world moving so fast, it’s hard to imagine any books sticking around long enough to become classics. Even so, it’s bound to happen with some book. What piece of literature could be this generation’s “Gone With the Wind”?   A classic is typically characterized t...

Books For Break

Books For Break

Scarlet Edwards, Staff Writer

December 2, 2015

Winter break means a multitude of things for students. Whether you plan on relaxing at home or travelling somewhere distant, they both entail an abundance of free time. What better way could there be to spend that time than reading a book series? The 'Mara Dyer' trilogy, by Michelle Hodkin, is a fantastic...

An Erudite Individual

Ms. Mull smiles brightly for Frontline

Sarah Davenport, Staff Writer

November 18, 2015

Ms. Mull has expanded the artistic development of El Modena in many significant ways. Her spirit, creativity, and intelligence provides students with an uplifting environment and Renaissance-like learning experience. Frontline has the privilege of interviewing this sagacious teacher in order to unco...

The Violence Our Society Longs For

Everett Earl, Photographer

September 15, 2015

In many novels, such as “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Stranger”, violence plays a key role into the development of the plot of the story. Without the presence of this cruelty or disrespectful, the ideas the book was trying to get across would be unclear and hard to define at times to the readers. Cruelty...

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