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Maggy Curry

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 curry_patrickharris.jpg I recently read Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography, an autobiography in the style of a choose-your-own-adventure....I like to say that if Neil wasn’t twice my age, married with children and completely gay, I would marry him. He’s a renaissance man, holding titles including magician, screen actor, Broadway performer, television host, father, and life partner.....
 

Tim Hoffman

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My book is Driven, written by the Packers' all-time recorded holder for yards received, Donald Driver. This book is about his life growing up in the hood and about sports. I picked this book because it sounded very uplifting and it’s about some whose life is destined to be horrible but he turns it around into something great....

 Kendall Meier:

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90 Minutes of Heaven is mainly about a man named Don who ended up going to heaven and coming back alive after a bad car accident. It is by Don Piper and Cecil Murphey. I picked this book, because I have always wondered what heaven is like and to know peoples stories of going to heaven and coming back. Don Piper was on his way home from a conference. A truck ran the medium and hit Dons car making it start on fire. Don was pronounced dead, and was dead for 90 minutes...

 Riley Mitchell

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Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she passed away from cancer: love hard and fight harder. In the novel Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire Travis changed his lifestyle when he met the love of his life Abby Abernathy. I loved this book because it was very relatable and I often found myself comparing my life to the lives of both Abby and Travis...

 Michael Leventhal 

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 Federalist Papers image.jpeg The Federalist Papers is a special edition that contains textual notes and a selected bibliography by Charles R. Kesler, a table of contents with a brief précis of each essay, copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation, as well as a few other luxuries....The articles were a closely guarded secret...

Abby Hellweg

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There’s no set definition of the word “crime”. While yes, you could go look it up in the dictionary, there is not an overarching generalization of what exactly crime is. This is simply because of differing views of morality and what it entails. In Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky uses the experiences of a handful of Russian citizens to explore what it means to commit a crime, and if anyone ever has the right to do so....

Jenna Iben

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Bossypants is a hilarious autobiography written by Tina Fey. She tells her audience what it was really like growing up as the awkward Tina, and how her background got her where she is today. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to have a lot of laughs while learning about Tina’s life before Liz Lemon, SNL, and much more...

Carly Milbrath

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I read Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. This book was ok because there’s a doctor in this book and I feel like he’s trying to kill the horse. Like Black Beauty is with so many different owners. Because they are trying to teach her to get use to people and letting people ride her...

Kristin Fisher

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Kyle Butler

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The title of my midterm book is Fear Nothing by Dean Koontz. The genre of this book falls under science fiction. The reason that I picked this book to read and talk about is because I thought it was a great read that held my attention throughout the book. Also, another reason is that overall Dean Koontz is a great author who always gives his books something to talk about. The book is centered around a guy named Christopher Snow. The thing about Chris is that he has a disease known as XP. Because of this disease, he cannot come into contact with the sun or any other forms of ultraviolet light....

Makenzie Horak

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When I picked up The Missing Girl (fiction with elements of mystery) by Norma Fox Mazer I assumed it would be centered on the kidnapping of a young girl.  Perhaps it would be one based on a true story.  I also assumed the writing style would be compelling and would hold my interest as it had gotten a good amount of positive of feedback.

Boy was I wrong.

The book’s plot focuses heavily on the daily activities of a poverty-stricken family...To be blunt, I have a plethora of problems with this book.

Nichole Schrum

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Have you ever thought what life might be like living with Schizophrenia? In the book Schizo by Nic Sheff, you get an idea of what that might be like. If you have any interests in the challenges of the disease and the affects, I would recommend this novel.

When Mile’s little brother Teddy goes missing one day, no one can seem to find him. A year later and no one even mentions Teddy. Even Miles parents have given up on ever seeing their son again. Miles on the other hand is not ready to give up so easily. Despite having Schizophrenia, Miles is determined to find out who kidnapped his brother. Even if it’s the last thing he does...

Peyton Wolrab

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cover goes here I read The Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks. It is a fiction book, targeted mainly for young adults and older. I would highly recommend this book, because it makes you feel as if you are part of the story and you feel an emotional connection between you and the characters. I chose this book, because I love books by Nicholas Sparks and it was recommended to me...

Gabby Wahe

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“The Darkest Minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces.” The young adult novel by Alexandra Bracken is a gripping tale of tragedy, loss, and hope. The dystopian story of ‘The Darkest Minds’ keeps you thrilled the whole way through. The story is set in current time where the Everhart’s Disease is sweeping the nation. Though the proper name for the disease that wiped out 98% of children in the US would be called Idiopathic Adolescent Acute Neurodegeneration, or IAAN for short. And the 2% of kids who never contracted the disease, started to develop one of five abilities. These children were sent to rehabilitation camps where they were abused by the workers. And categorized by which powers they possessed. Ruby, the main character, is categorized as an orange with extremely dangerous abilities she can’t control, until she tries to break out of the camp.

Brittini Rhonberg

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The book I’m reading right now is called Hate List by Jennifer Brown. The main idea of this book is a group of kids who make a list of people they hate. But on May 2nd, something goes terribly wrong. The people on the hate list have now become targets of a shooting spree. When the mob is done half a dozen of bodies have bullets in them. Valerie, one of the people who made the hate list is left to blame. Valerie’s boyfriend Nick, is now not in the picture, leaving her to pick up the pieces of what happened that morning at Garvin High. The book talks about her struggles as she’s back at school. Some believing she’s a hero, others thinking she’s a killer. As she’s forced to take the heat from the students she’s also dealing with an inner battle. This book can be a bit emotional and depressing at times with the events that has happened. Overall it’s a splendid story.

Madeline Dvorak

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Part one: In the beginning you meet this old man that loves dancing, swimming, and singing and all of a sudden he starts falling and having problems with walking. It shows his real life story and the journey he faces with his disease of ALS. I highly recommend this book Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Album...

Juleen Dison

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I chose  Homecoming because I love the story.  I read the back of the book and it was interesting...The childrens’ mom is mean.  She left Dicey, James and Maybeth in a car with no reason.  They were all alone.  So the older children, the sister(Dicey) and brother (James), they try to find some help from people.  The older children find a map for helping them to find food and water.  They were all alone for many days...

Taylor Canton

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The Help is an historical fiction novel written by Kathryn Stockett. I liked this book and would recommend it to anyone interested in race relations or social interactions in the 1960’s.  Skeeter Phelan is a college student working as a writer in Mississippi in the 1960’s. She convinces twelve black maids working for white families to tell their stories. Skeeter writes down the maids' stories and sends them to New York, where they are published and the book, Help, becomes widely popular...There is no publication that brings to light social issues like Help, and many people are outraged...