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Banned Books Week - Author Happenings!

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September 21st-27th, 2014 To acknowledge Banned Books Week 2014, here is a look at what some authors have been up to:
Pictured above (right to left), parody artist Weird-Al Yankovic, author Neil Gaiman, and author George R.R. Martin.

This year Banned Books week will be focusing on banned comic books and graphic novels. Pictured above, you can see Neil Gaiman, author of "(...)one of the top banned and challenged graphic novels" (according to the American Library Association), Absolute Sandman (pictured below).

Pictured with Neil Gaiman is renowned author George R.R. Martin, of the banned Game of Thrones series.

Banned Books Week!

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September 21st-27th, 2014 To acknowledge Banned Books Week 2014, here is a list of books that have been banned:
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
1984 by George Orwell
Animal Farm by George Orwell

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

Holes by Louis Sachar
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Halloween is Almost Here!

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Guys, it's almost October! And you know what that means! Candy, ghosts, and the Haunted Forest (spots are filling up!). To help get you in the spirit of the Halloween season, here are some of our favorite spooky books and movies.


Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender Alexis is thrown into a world of supernatural dangers as she fights to save her sister.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake Ghost-hunter Cas is spared by a ruthless ghost known as "Anna Dressed in Blood"
Mrs. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Childrenby Ransom Riggs A story that explores an abandoned orphanage and mysterious photographs.
Asylum by Madeline Roux A high school student stays in an abandoned mental institution, and chaos ensues.
Oculus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYJrxezWLUk Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites and Katee Sackhoffstar in a recent horror film about a possessed mirror that has destroyed a family.
Possession https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gBeG31fX40
Natasha Callis and Jeffrey Dean …

Advanced Placement English Books (Suggested Reading)

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Are you considering taking AP English at some point in the future? Have you chosen not to take it, but still love great literature? Luckily for you, you have the opportunity to read some of the greatest pieces of literary art in the world, without having to spend six+ hours a night close reading/ crying uncontrollably! The actual list is extremely long, and can be found here.We have taken it upon ourselves to provide you with some of the coursework that we enjoy, from Champlain Valley Union High School's AP English curriculum.

Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky):
A story following the moral dilemmas and mental instability of a poor student who chooses to commit murder in St. Petersburg. 

The Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka):

After waking up to discover he has turned into a bug, Gregor is alienated from his family.

In the Penal Colony (Franz Kafka):
A traveler is forced to witness the disturbing torture and execution of an innocent man, only to witness it go horribly wrong.

Paradise …