The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

Cover of the book The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

Review by fmarie0122

Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret.

Then, on his 83rd birthday, Eddie dies in a tragic accident, trying to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakens in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a lush Garden of Eden, but a place where your earthly life is explained to you by five people. These people may have been loved ones or distant strangers. Yet each of them changed your path forever.

One by one, Eddie’s five people illuminate the unseen connections of his earthly life. As the story builds to its stunning conclusion, Eddie desperately seeks redemption in the still-unknown last act of his life: Was it a heroic success or a devastating failure? The answer, which comes from the most unlikely of sources, is as inspirational as a glimpse of heaven itself.

My mom actually recommended this book to me and one day on a trip to the beach I decided to give it a shot. Through Eddie’s encounters in heaven his life is pieced together, and it allows the reader a deeper insight into the hardships that Eddie has experienced throughout his lifetime. All the people that he meets along the way played a part in his life and they had a story to tell, along with a lesion to be taught. With this Eddies is able to come to terms with what has happened in his life so that he can be truly at peace in heaven. This is a beautiful interpretation of heaven created by Mitch Albom and I would highly recommend that you give the book a chance.

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Thief’s Cunning (Book Review)

Cover of Thief's Cunning by Sarah Ahiers

Review by: apiazza4

A Clipper is a highly trained assassin that gets paid by their client to kill someone. They do these killings in the name of their god, Safraella. There are more than five Clipper Families in the kingdom of Lovero and most of them don’t get along. The Da Vias are the most isolated of the Families because they turned to a different god, so people stay away from them. The Saldanas live in Yvain. They moved there after the Da Vias attacked them in their home and most of them died. In Yvain, they still get jobs but they lay low so the other Families can’t find them.

Allegra has been a Saldana for eighteen years but she has always felt like she doesn’t belong and is caged in this family. She sees her chance to get out when her Family is invited to the palace in Lovero with the other Families to sign a treaty. Allegra’s aunt, Lea, the head of the family, doesn’t want her to go because she will find out the secrets Lea has been keeping from her. If she finds out, Lea knows that she will leave and never talk to them again but Allegra persuades her to let her go anyway.

Allegra has always known that her aunt is keeping secrets from her so when she is forbidden to go to a certain part of the city she figures answers will be there. She is right, of course. When she gets there two Da Vias find her and explain they are her family, that her mother is alive and they know where she is. Feeling more confused and lost than ever Allegra flees to clear her head.

She meets a traveler boy, Nev, and they become friends. She is fascinated by the animals his family has at their menagerie. Allegra and Nev become close but he pushes her away when he sees a necklace she wears. This necklace is special, it belongs to their gods. He knows his people will think she stole it and will do something crazy. Allegra doesn’t know about the necklace so when she gets kidnapped she doesn’t understand why. Allegra finds herself hiding from her crazy mother and protecting the travelers when Lea attacks. She starts to question who she is truly loyal to as all the secrets come out.

I liked Thief’s Cunning by Sarah Ahiers because it was captivating and full of surprises. This action-packed story was unlike anything I have ever read.

Dark Souls 3 Game Review

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Review by: 

Dark Souls 3 is the 3rd installment in the popular Dark Souls video game series. You start off in a desperate situation with the end of the world near and you are forced to save it. The flame that holds the world together is beginning to fade again. To save the flame someone of immense power needs to sacrifice themselves to the fire. The prince who was destined to kindle the flame was manipulated and refuses to save the flame. So, the people of the world revived the previous people who linked the flame, called the Lords of Cinder. They also refused because of how painful linking the flame was. Again, the people were in a desperate situation and this time revived the Unkindled, people who tried to link the flame but weren’t powerful enough to succeed. You play as one of the Unkindled and must link the flame yourself. You first must get to your firekeeper who will use the souls of enemies you defeated to increase your power. You go through the game defeating the previous Lords of Cinder to increase your strength. You finally get to the prince who should’ve linked the fire. He again refuses so you are the last chance for the world to survive, it’s up to you to complete your mission. I would recommend this game to anyone who wants a challenge. If you like lore driven stories or games, then Dark Souls 3 is for you.

 

Jack, 8th grade

Review – Rick and morty season 3 episode 3

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Review by: wrackon

Rick and Morty season 3 episode 3 “Pickle Rick” is one I have been anticipating for a while. The concept of Rick turning into a pickle and having to make his way back home struck me as a very intriguing concept. In this episode, Rick turns himself into a pickle in order to get out of having to go to family therapy. When Morty discovers a timer on a needle that appears to be the serum that turns Rick back into a human he tries to play it off as something unrelated. Beth then takes the needle, puts it in her purse and leaves to go to the family therapy with Summer and Morty. Right after they leave, a cat comes into the garage, knocking Rick into the driveway. After this, heavy rain starts pouring and carries Rick into the sewers. There he manages to kill a cockroach and uses its brain control its limbs. Using the cockroach he builds a trap that decapitates a rat and attaches its limbs to his body giving him arms and legs. From there he fights through all the sewer rats and manages to escape the sewer unscathed only to find out he escaped into an armed facility. When the guards don’t let him escape, he kills them one by one until the head of the facility decides to let a mercenary named “Jaguar” out of his cell to kill Rick. After a shootout between Jaguar and Rick takes place and it appears that Rick won, the head of the facility calls in a escape helicopter only to find that it is piloted by Jaguar with Rick in the back. Rick then takes a puff of a cigarette and flicks it onto the ground that is covered in kerosene with a fuse that leads back to explosives blowing up the building. Jaguar and Rick part ways as Rick flies the helicopter to the therapy session where his family is and barges in in the middle of their conversation about Rick. After the therapy session with a spot on analysis on the family’s problems Beth gives Rick the anti-pickle serum and the episode ends shortly after.

Overview:

This episode I think is one of the best yet. It has a very interesting concept and was a funny episode all throughout. It was cool getting to watch Rick go through the process of finding his way to attach limbs to his pickle body and to escape the sewers and the armed guards to make it back to Beth and to get the anti-pickle Serum. Overall this was a cool idea for an episode with many comedic moments and is easily my favorite of the season so far. This episode is one that I have long awaited and it did not disappoint.

Rating: 9.3/10

The Elementals- book 1 -How it all Started

Image of sphere broken into four elements.

By: sharkgirl25

Chapter Four – Her Bark is Worse than her Bite

“Oh. My. Gosh!” Marina yells in astonishment. “I cannot believe that we have powers!”

“Okay, okay! Calm down, Marina! It’s not like we just won the lottery or something!” Earth says.

“Actually, Earth, it’s just like winning the lottery! Just think of what we can do!” Inferno says.

Earth thinks of the possibilities. Well, she thinks, I can always grow a tree and tie Shatcene the drama queen to it, and then have poison grow out of her sock. And I can make lots of trees grow, so that way the loggers don’t have to cut down the rainforests, and I can turn dry, dead grass into fresh, new green grass! 

“Well… WHO THE POMEGRANATE AM I KIDDING?! THIS IS SO AWESOME!” Earth yells, startling her friends.

Eliza walks by, and purposefully knocks Earth to the ground, shoving Inferno and Marina as well. When Earth’s hands touch the ground, two flowers pop up. She realizes what she did and points her hand toward Eliza’s feet, and poison ivy slinks its way up her leg, tightening its grip. She goes to take another step, and falls, smearing mud all over her pink dress.

“Auuuuuugghhhhh!” she screams, realizing that poison ivy was holding her down, and that she got mud smeared along the front of her new dress.

Vines wrap around her, pinning her to the ground, which Earth had coated with a fresh layer of mud. Earth, still on the ground, laughs so much she turns into a hyena. Earth the hyena rolls on the ground, laughing, and then springs up and runs circles around Eliza, laughing. Inferno and Marina stare at Eliza, who is on the ground, struggling, and then at Earth the hyena, who is running circles around Eliza, still laughing. Marina can’t stand Earth’s laughing, and Eliza’s screams, so she yells,

“STOP! IT’S TOO ANNOYING!”

Earth changes back into a girl, but still has a hyena tail. The vines and poison disappear, and so does the mud on her dress. Earth’s hyena tail vanishes, and she stands up, saying,

“What. The pomegranate. Just. Happened?”

Eliza stands up and says,

“Ewww! What was I doing on the ground?! And why are you guys here? Get out of my way!” She walks away, clearly having no memory of the previous events. Earth, however, remembers it all.

“One thing’s for sure,” Marina says.

“What’s that?” Inferno asks.

“Earth’s bark is worse than her bite!”

Earth laughs. “Depends on what type of tree it is!”

 

Review of Dunkirk

Poster for the movie Dunkirk

Review by: jakobsherman

Dunkirk is a movie produced by Christopher Nolan, and soundtrack done by Hanz Zimmer. Dunkirk is a movie about the evacuation of over 400,000 men in WW2. This movie takes place on the beach of Dunkirk, the sea surrounding it, and the sky above it. As such, the movie revolves around three different plot lines. The movie starts off with the sound of ticking, like many other Hanz Zimmer films. The soundtrack uses something called the Sheppard’s tone, a musical illusion that is able to hold up everlasting suspense.

As for the acting, it is done perfectly. This movie stars Harry Styles, who I was fairly skeptical about, mostly because he has never acted before. However, this singer definitely has a future in the acting scene. This movie is not for the faint of heart. Many people die, however most characters live, and to be honest, it’s terrifying. It really just goes to show how it must’ve been like when real people were fighting on those beaches, because yes, this was a real event.

The plot of this movie is not for everyone. It’s more about the event rather than the people in it if that makes sense. There is very little dialogue and no character even has their name said to my knowledge. This movie grabs your hope, and just chucks it out the window, as boat after boat gets sunk by torpedoes. All three stories do connect in the end, but I don’t want to spoil what happens. This movie might be confusing, since everyone looks basically the same (which is accurate to the actual event). Plane fights are very realistic, but are still confusing. Just remember the planes with the yellow noses are Germans.

Overall, Dunkirk is amazing, and is definitely worth seeing in Imax theaters if at all possible since that’s how it was shot. I give this movie a 9.3/10.

Horror Story #2

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By: shreythemockingjay36

I’m 15 years old and am visiting my grandfather at the hospital. This is his deathbed because he just had a stroke and is 91 years old. I didn’t know him very well.

I walk into the room and my mother is holding his hand. “I need to talk to him alone, sweetie” he says to my mom. “How’s it going kiddo?” He asks. “Why do you need to talk to me alone” I ask in suspicion. ” I need to tell you something that I’m not very proud of but it’s very important” he says. At this point I thought he was on some sort of drug to help him live.

He continues “It was 1965 and I was living in New Orleans. I committed a terrible crime and got caught. I was in my prison cell, when I remembered some sort of spell I heard in the streets.” He says “This is totally-” I’m cut of by a sharp high pitched sound. “We don’t have much time!” My grandpa says. “I chanted Eruzlie Zink over and over. Then a large amount of smoke and a very tall and slim ugly thing comes out of it. His face was very disturbing and had dark red eyes, no nose and very sharp teeth. He grinned at me” he says. ” Next thing I knew I was out of my prison cell and in the parking lot right outside.

He was right next to me, grinning and said in a deep and disturbing voice ” Everything comesss with a priceee”. Then he disappeared, until the stroke, he was there and he said ” You’re grandson will pay the price of your freedom,” He finished. When I was about to ask him what he meant, his heart monitor went to a straight line. A long perpetual beeping noise filled the air. I ran to get my mom and the doctor said there’s nothing they can do.

As I walked into the room to see him for the last time, I realized my grandfather had red in his eyes!