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Teen Reviews - Movies
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Picked by K.E. grade 10 on Tuesday, November 29
When Jane and Michael who are the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family, are faced with a new nanny, they are surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins. They go on a series of wonderful adventures with Mary and her Cockney performer friend named Bert, the siblings then try to pass on some of their nanny's happy attitude to their always-occupied parents. Another movie I used...
Teen Reviews - Movies
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Picked by K.E. grade 10 on Tuesday, November 29
Dog casino owner Charlie ends up getting killed by another dog gambler named Carface but Charlie returns to Earth from heaven thanks to the powers of a magical, rewindable watch. Charlie then sets out to take his revenge on Carface with an elaborate plan that includes an orphan girl, named Anne-Marie. As the plan progresses, Charlie discovers that Anne-Marie is being used by Carface. Charlie then...
Teen Reviews - Movies
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Picked by K.E. grade 10 on Tuesday, November 29
This movie is based on the legend of Grand Duchess Anastasia, the film follows an eighteen-year-old Anastasia "Anya" Romanov who is an amnesiac, she is hoping to find some trace of her dead family. She ends up siding with two con men who want to pass her off as the Grand Duchess to widow empress Maria Feodorovna. While the movie is not really historically accurate, I don't mind. The movie is...
Teen Reviews - Books
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Picked by K.E. grade 10 on Tuesday, November 29
Trigger/Content Warnings: Attempted Rape Nowhere Near You continues the story of Ollie and Moritz through their letters to each other. Ollie and Moritz’s connection continued in this book and got stronger at times with both of them continuing to talk about personal things and even going through tough topics with each other but all the time respecting each other. They both went through incredible...
Teen Reviews - Books
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Picked by K.E. grade 10 on Tuesday, November 29
Because You'll Never Meet Me starts off with a 14-year-old named Ollie. He lives with his mother in a cabin in the middle of the forest he is also allergic to electricity a cell phone or even a small battery causes him to have a seizure. Then we have Moritz. He is an extremely not social 16-year-old, lives with his adoptive father, and has a pacemaker. He was born without eyes but he isn't blind...
Teen Reviews - Books
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Picked by K.E. grade 10 on Tuesday, November 29
Trigger/Content Warnings: Death, Self-harm, Suicide, Underage drinking, Drug use, Abuse, Eating disorders. Grace (Tiger) Tolliver's mother just died and her whole life got turned upside down. From foster home to foster home, from strangers to family, and back again, she mourns her mother. And there isn't a guide on how to cope with her loss. How to Make Friends with the Dark will take you on a...
Teen Reviews - Books
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Picked by K.E. grade 10 on Tuesday, November 29
Trigger/Content Warnings: Blood, Child murder (early/mid-teens), Gore, Murder, Suicide, Domestic abuse. About 25 years ago, Paul Adams experienced the worst day of his life when one of his friends was murdered ritualistically by two of his other "friends". The police pick up one of them but the other, whose name is Charlie Crabtree, was never found; some say he's been living in the woods since...
Teen Reviews - Movies
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Picked by J.F. grade 6 on Tuesday, November 29
The movie I decided to recommend to you is called Jurassic Park. It was made in 1993, the genre is Sci-Fi/action and is rated PG-13. The movie is about a person named Alan Grant who loves dinosaurs and studies them. One day while he is digging dinosaurs, a helicopter comes to the digging site and a strange man exits the chopper. The man's name is John Hammond and he claims he owns a dinosaur park...
Teen Reviews - Music
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Picked by J.C. grade 12 on Tuesday, November 29
My review is about the album called Superache by Conan Gray. This is personally one of my favorite albums ever. This album is called superache do to all the different pains conan has felt in his life. I think this album is great to share with others so people can relate to him. Sometimes when you hear a song that is talking about something you are going through it makes you feel comforted and not...
Teen Reviews - Books
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Picked by K.E. grade 10 on Tuesday, November 29
The Giver is a fairly written and interesting story about a young boy, Jonas, who lives in a large community free of crime and sadness. When someone turns 12, they are assigned their jobs, which they will end up training for and doing for the rest of their lives. Literally, everything is chosen for you; from your parents to who your spouse will be. Starting this off, as a dystopian novel, this...
Teen Reviews - Books
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Picked by K.E. grade 10 on Tuesday, November 29
School Choice: A Legacy to Keep by Virginia Walden Ford - choice advocate Virginia Walden Ford remembers the lessons she learned as a child in the segregated south. She thought about those experiences as well as the legacies given to her by her parents and ancestors. Thirty years into the future, when she builds an army of parents to fight for school choice in Washington D.C.
Teen Reviews - Books
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Picked by J.F. grade 6 on Tuesday, November 29
The book I decided to recommend to you is a book in my favorite series. It is called Lion Down and is the fifth book of the Funjungle series. The story is told in first person. The genre of the book is a mystery. The novel is written by Stuart Gibbs in 2019. It is narrated by the main character named Teddy Fitzroy whose parents both work with animals at a zoo outside of San Antonio, Texas. The...
Teen Reviews - Books
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Picked by G. grade 8 on Tuesday, November 29
Divergent by Veronica Roth is a dystopian book where America has been split up into four factions, dauntless, who have no fear, abnegation, who are very selfless, candor, who never lie, amity, peaceful, and erudite, intelligent. Tris (the main character) is born and raised in abnegation. But she doesn’t feel like she belongs. She wants to be different. She feels dauntless. So when it comes time...
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Picked by Jane on Monday, November 21
The story begins at one of the many charity ball events in Palm Beach. For every disease, there seems to be another ball organized and attended by a group of wealthy widows. The organizers are a group of avid supporters of the president of the times. They call themselves the Potussies. When one of the women goes missing at a lavish gala, chaos breaks out. Katherine Pew Fitzsimmons better known as...
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Picked by Mary Anne on Thursday, November 10
Hannah Jones is thrilled to be accepted at Oxford, and as she settles in, feels privileged to be part of such a prestigious university. Hannah even becomes good friends with her roommate, April Clarke-Cliveden, a wealthy socialite who can be kind or cruel, and loves playing practical jokes that are a little over the top, making her more than a few enemies. Hannah arrives home one night and sees a...
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Picked by Jane on Monday, November 07
Travis Devine is a young man that takes the 6:20 commuter train to Manhattan every day. He gets up each morning, does a strenuous workout and then takes the long train ride to a job that he hates. Devine was a West Point graduate, a ranger in the elite Seventy-Fifth Ranger Regiment, he had twin Purples, a Silver Star and slew of other medals and ribbons. He had risen to the rank of Captain and...
Teen Reviews - Movies
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Picked by K.E. grade 10 on Wednesday, October 26
Merida, the rash but brave daughter of Scottish King Fergus and Queen Elinor, making her a princess; is an amazing archer who wants to go out on her own path in life. She decides not to pay attention to the age-old traditions and this angers the Highland lords as well as her mother and leads to chaos in the kingdom. Merida ends up seeking help from a witch, who then grants her a doomed wish....
Teen Reviews - Movies
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Picked by K.E. grade 10 on Wednesday, October 26
A 78-year-old balloon salesman named Carl Fredricksen, is about to fulfill one of his lifelong dreams. After tying thousands of balloons to his house, he flies away to the South American wilderness. But grumpy Carl's worst nightmare comes true when he finds a little boy named Russell stowed away in the balloon-powered house, When it comes to the characters, I loved them all, bad-tempered, widower...
Teen Reviews - Movies
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Picked by K.E. grade 10 on Wednesday, October 26
WALL-E, short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class, is the last robot left on Earth. He spends his days cleaning up the planet, one piece of garbage at a time. But during the 700 years he's been on Earth, WALL-E has developed a personality, and he's become very lonely. Then he spots EVE), a new and rounded probe sent back to Earth on a mission to scan it. Captivated WALL-E takes off on...
Teen Reviews - Movies
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Picked by K.E. grade 10 on Wednesday, October 26
A spoiled Cocker Spaniel named Lady whose life takes a rapid turn when a lively Tramp from the other side of town gets his way into her heart. He's a mutt who knows his way about the streets and the town, but once Lady catches his eye, this messy bachelor becomes a tamed Tramp. This is such a beautiful film, and I think it's one of Disney's finest. The animation is perfect, and so are the songs....