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F.E.A.R. (review by Tyler Lombard)

Posted in Coming of Age, dystopia, Games, Zombie movies on February 2, 2017 by Mr. Winch

The F.E.A.R. video game series is a long, very horrific experience to stop a young girl named Alma Wade.  Alma Wade is the mother of the apocalypse.

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First, you take the perspective of a F.E.A.R. operative or First Encounter Assault Recon. The F.E.A.R. team is trying to hunt down Alma Wade  for good reason. She is a demon/spirit figure that kills everything and everyone in her path, and some of her victims go insane, maybe because she consumes their sanity.  Her actions are actually quite understandable because when she was still alive, scientists did tons of experiments on her and then locked her away.  When you first see her, she is ten, but by age fifteen, she has had two kids: Fettle and Point Man. The scientists took her babies away from her, which is another reason why she is severely pissed off.

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While the F.E.A.R. operatives follow through with their objectives, they have to stop other forces along the way: demons, cop-like-F.B.I. military guy, the Replica Soldiers–thousands of super soldiers.  These other forces find the F.E.A.R. operatives a threat. Along the way, you–the main F.E.A.R. operative–go on this hell of a spree, watching everything die by everything, witnessing all the people you worked with die by demons in the most suffering and brutal of ways. But Alma Wade, decides to kill all of the above.

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All the chaos, all the terror that you see is from Alma Wade.  The headaches, the hallucinations you experience, that is all from her. Even though it is understandable why Alma is this way, she still needs to be stopped in any way that is possible. If you are interested in first-person-shooter horror video games, then check out F.E.A.R.  


Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Posted in 14 Years Old, 15 Years Old, Book Reviews, Coming of Age, Fiction, Uncategorized, Young Adult books on July 6, 2016 by Mr. Winch

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Laurie Halse Anderson´s 1999 Speak is a fiction novel set in current Syracuse, New York. Protagonist Melinda Sordino is a round and dynamic character who learns that with time she can accept what happened to her. In August, before Melinda´s first year of high school, Melinda calls the police when she is at a party. When Melinda´s friends and peers discover she broke up the party and got people arrested, she gets deserted and bullied. Over the course of the school year, Melinda´s past unfolds. When Melinda reveals her rape to her ex-best friend Rachel, her attacker comes to rape her again. Andy, the rapist, is caught by the lacrosse team and the story of Melinda´s rape is spread throughout the school. The traumatic events that Melinda experienced caused her to change dramatically. Her change and the conflicts/traumas she experiences help develop the main theme illustrated in the novel, which…

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Posted in 12 Years Old, 13 Years Old, 14 Years Old, 15 Years Old, 1940s, Autobiography, Book Reviews, Coming of Age, Uncategorized on February 29, 2016 by Mr. Winch


Book Summary by Ashlin Shaw

Night by Elie Wiesel is an autobiography first published in 1960 and set in Europe in 1941-1945. The region is revealed on page 1: “that little town in Transylvania” and is clearly from 1941 because on page 1 it reads, “toward the end of 1941.” The protagonist is narrator and author Elie Wiesel, and he’s likely ages 12-15 because on page 1 (1941) it says, “I was twelve,” and the story ends in 1945.  An example of a flat and static character is Tzipora. Tzipora is a flat and static character because we don’t know much about her. All we know is on page 2 that she was “the baby of the family.”  She doesn’t change because this is as much as we find out about her in the novel. An example of a round and static character is Elie’s father. On page 2 it reads, ‘My father was a cultured, rather unsentimental man. There was never any display of emotion, even at home.  He was more concerned with others than with his own family.” We find out that Elie’s father doesn’t show any emotion for anyone including his family. His father was more concerned with others rather than his own family. His father changes and is concerned and protective of Elie when they both get sent off to multiple concentration camps. Elie’s father didn’t want Elie to share his food with him when he was sick because he wanted his son to survive. One major conflict in his story are surviving multiple concentration camps. By looking at this conflict and the way the dynamic character changes, a theme of this book is revealed: Don’t give up hope even when things seem like they’ll never get better. There are always brighter days ahead.



The Things They Carried

Posted in 1960s, Book Reviews, Coming of Age, War on February 17, 2016 by Mr. Winch

The Things They Carried

summary by

Marcos Romero-Serrano <>

“The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien is a fictional book first published in 1990.  The story takes place in both Vietnam and America, after the war, during the war, before the war. “ In June of 1968, a month after graduating from Macalester College, I was drafted” (44). “Forty-three years old, and the war occurred half a lifetime ago, and yet the remembering makes it now. And sometimes remembering will lead to a story, which makes it forever” (40).  Tim is a 23 year old soldier who really just wants to live through the war. Everywhere the story goes, he is either telling about it or he is in it. When he is drafted and his graduate-school deferment is denied, he feels he must fight because it is expected of him.  An entire chapter “On the Rainy River” is devoted to Tim’s struggle with the decision to go to Vietnam or flee to Canada.  When some of the characters question why they were there, a theme is revealed:An opened mind is important.  This can apply to anyone who is confused by what’s wrong and right. 

Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman (Summary by Tori Loveland)

Posted in 14 Years Old, Book Reviews, Coming of Age, Disabilities, Young Adult books on May 14, 2015 by Mr. Winch


Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman tells about the hidden life of a fourteen-year-old boy named Shawn McDaniel. Shawn has cerebral palsy and is unable to talk–or move, for that matter–on his own accord. We are introduced to your average character in a way that we rarely see. As you read, you hear Shawn’s thoughts as if he were right next to you, whispering in your ear. His family was told by doctors that he has a mental age of three or four and many people use baby-talk with him, though he is intelligent and claims to remember everything that he has ever heard. His father, Sydney McDaniel, is a writer who won a Pulitzer Prize for a poem that he wrote about Shawn. His father thinks that Shawn is in pain, and wants to relieve it. Shawn has reason to believe that his father is going to kill him.

Eight Keys (Summary by Ja’von A. Lewis)

Posted in Book Reviews, Coming of Age, Mystery Novels, Young Adult books on May 14, 2015 by Mr. Winch

Eight Keys is a mystery novel by Suzanne LaFleur set in the countryside in modern times.  A girl named Elise finds a key with her name on it which turns out to be for the eight doors in her grandparents’ barn.  In those doors, she finds stuff her dad left for her before he died. In the middle of the story, she gets in a huge argument with her best friend, and in a journal in one of the rooms she learns that her dad and his friend got in an argument and how he regretted not apologizing.  Elise learns from her father’s regret: she learns to keep friends close.  She finds the true meaning of friendship.  When she finds friendship and discovers her past, she also finds herself.  

The Catcher in the Rye (a review by Tori Loveland)

Posted in 1950s, Book Reviews, Coming of Age, Young Adult books on May 14, 2015 by Mr. Winch

     The Catcher in the Rye is a great book that everyone can learn from. It contains  situations that many people can relate to, and people that everyone is able to compare to their own friends. Holden Caulfield – the protagonist –  is experiencing a rough time in his life. He leaves school and goes on an adventure in New York, calling up old friends, getting drunk and taking a walk on memory lane. Cigarette in hand, he walks the streets moving from hotel to bar, wooing the ladies and picking fights with pimps. He has an overwhelming view of the world and a head full of opinions. He has a lot to say, but many people don’t appreciate his words. He often feels lonely and ends up calling old friends and significant others. He thinks mainly of his younger sister, Phoebe, his older brother, D.B. – who is a writer – and his deceased younger brother, Allie. What you’re left with is expected, but what you expect reveals itself in a very unexpected way.