By Talya Slezak
1. This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Thousands of students rush to exit the auditorium, only to find every single door locked. Suddenly, someone starts shooting. 13+
2. Looking For Alaska by John Green
3. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Lennie is in pieces after her sister’s death. Suddenly, she is torn between two boys that make her whole. But if they meet, her world will come crashing down. 12+
4. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
5. Where The Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
6. Althea and Oliver by Christina Moracho
7. Four Perfect Pebbles by Lila Perl & Marion Blumenthal Lazan
A true story filled with the horrors, memories, and hopes of a young girl living in Nazi Germany. 12+
8. Paper Towns by John Green
9. The Way I Used To Be by Amber Smith
10. Between Shades Of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
11. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
12. When We Collided by Emery Lord
13. The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
Natasha is serious, and refuses to believe in love. With her family’s constant troubles, she is now being deported. Then, she meets Daniel. He is determined to make her last moments in America amazing, and maybe help her stay. 12+
14. If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
15. The Lies About Truth by Courtney Stevens
16. Asking For It by Louise O’Neil
17. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
A true story about a woman named Sybil, this book is filled with twists and turns. Due to Sybil’s tragic life, she has split apart into numerous personalities, each with stories to tell. 13+
18. Poe’s Mastermind: 3 Detective Stories by Edgar Allan Poe
19. Just Call My Name by Holly Goldberg Sloan
20. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Article & Images By Lily Anderson
Choosing the perfect swimsuit is just half the battle when it comes to looking fresh this summer. Finding the cutest accessories to spice up your outfit is the way to make or break the look.
For a pool day with your friends where you just want to stand out without looking too extra, try a cute sarong that brings out the underlying colors in your suit. And you can easily remove it when you’re ready to hop into the pool! A day trip to the beach to snap a few Instagram photos provides the perfect opportunity for patterned beach pants on top of your suit, a hat to keep the sun out of your eyes and a pair of shades to finish the look! When shopping for a bathing suit, look for separates. Choose a classic black bikini or tankini top, and you can’t go wrong. No matter which cover up you wear, it will match. Wear patterned bottoms to give you an artsy feel, but a simpler top is definitely the way to go.
You cannot forget about the perfect beach bag. Look for a big, basic bag that doesn’t take away from the masterpiece you’ve created. When spending time in the sun, don’t forget to pack sunscreen & be sure to bring some SPF Chapstick , so your lips don’t burn. Put some baby powder in your bag too. When you’re done in the sand, put the powder on your sandy feet and legs and the sand comes off like magic. A ziplock bag is perfect to put your cell phone in. It will keep your phone dry and sand free and you can use the keypad through the plastic! Most important tip of all, have fun with your outfit and be bold!
Article and Images submitted by Jillian Cardinal
My name is Jillian Cardinal and I want to grow up to be an orthodontist.
My mom and I went to the orthodontist so that we could talk about the date and time when I would get my braces on. During our consultation, the dental assistant had a little model of teeth on her desk with all the materials that were needed to put braces on. I was so bored because I didn’t really care about what they were talking about and I started playing with the model of the teeth instead. By the time they were done talking, I had finished putting all the materials on the model where I thought they went. Then the dental assistant started to look at what I did, and she told my mom that I had placed everything on perfectly! I was so happy because I thought it was fun putting it on and I didn’t even know what I was doing. This was the point when I realized that I found something that was fun, different and, most importantly, something that came easily to me.
Before all of this happened, I decided that I wanted to go to Ohio State for college, which turned out to be a great idea because my Aunt Bridget went to school there to be a dental hygienist. Now she works at Ohio State teaching in the dental building, which is where I would learn to become an orthodontist. The great thing about it is, I can stay at her house when I am on break, and if I ever need any help with my studies, I can ask my aunt because she definitely knows what she’s talking about. So does NASA, did you know they developed the nickel titanium wire used in braces today? And I promise you braces will not set off metal detectors nor are they magnetic, and they don’t even make you more likely to be struck by lightning. So far, this seems to be a great idea and I am really looking forward to my future. I hope you can find something that suits you and will bring greatness to your future, just like I have.
By Jillian Cardinal
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