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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Benjamin Parzybok: IMG A Brief History of Video Games Played by Mayors, Presidents, and Emperors



Brandon Bartlett, the fictional mayor of Portland in my novel Sherwood Nation, is addicted to playing video games. In a city he's all but lost... Continue »
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    Sherwood Nation

    Benjamin Parzybok 9781618730862

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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Speak

1204tiny, November 14, 2007

The novel “Speak” was an inspiring and motivational book to read. It is about a freshman girl named Melinda Sordino who has no friends and everyone dislikes her for a summer incident that happened, no one understands what happened to her. She makes an acquaintance named Heather; Melinda treated her like a best friend until Heather decides that she doesn’t want to be counted as her friend. As things become worse in her life she starts to understand life. With the help of her art teacher, she learned how to put her feelings into her art work. She started to ditch school and hid in an old janitor’s closet which became her get away place to be alone and put herself together. Flashbacks of the party come to her at random times, scared to tell someone what IT did to her. Her ex-best friend is with IT, and she’s worried that he will hurt her, so she writes a letter to Rochelle to tell her what had happened at the party, but she completely ignored it. The more she remembers what happened the more her art work became powerful, creative, and filled with emotion. Keeping her emotions inside of her, builds up to finally speaking up and telling Rochelle one day in the library that she was raped at the party and that’s why she called the cops that night. Rochelle believed her at first until she told her who the rapist was. Finally Rochelle figures out that she was telling the truth. The last day of school Melinda stays after school to clean up the closet, it was hot and muggy, and the stench of Andy Evans filled the room. Knowing that she isn’t alone she fights her way out and finally breaks free from the nightmare he put her in. she understood what happened and so did everyone else at the school!
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