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If you like Rick Riordan, you will love this book! Cyrus and Antigone (Tigs), two siblings living with their older brother Dan in an old hotel, The Archer, take in an unusual guest. This guest changes everything. In less then 24 hours after this strange man arrives, Dan is missing, the Archer is burned to the ground, and Cyrus and Tigs find themselves in Ashtown, one of the headquarters of a secret explorer society. To top it all off, they both have to protect the most valuable weapon on earth, a set of keys that open any doors, and learn to fly a plane and learn Latin in a year. They meet many interesting characters, but they might not ever see their brother again. They form a group called the “Pentagoners” that may sometimes break the rules, but is always there for the good. This is an amazing book filled with historical character illusions, action, and much more!

 

Reviewed by Tigris ’16

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Why Sax Matters

 

Men are from Mars.  Women are from Venus.  Sounds archaic, right?  As it turns out, this old adage might be something more—SCIENCE!  Family physician and psychologist, Leonard Sax, discusses the “emerging science of sex differences” in his new book Girls on the Edge.  He identifies four main factors—sexual identity, the cyberbubble, obsessions, environmental toxins—that “drive the new crisis for girls.”  In his practice as a family psychologist, Sax noticed that a disproportionate amount of girls identified themselves as what they do, rather than who they are.  In his book, he emphasizes the importance of developing a strong sense of self for girls and young women.  Through a healthy mixture of science, case studies, and anecdotes, Girls on the Edge helps us better understand how to help girls become strong, confident women.  The girls of today—the women of the future—need this information.  Though largely intended for parents and educators, girls themselves would benefit from a better understanding of the inner workings of their complicated minds and bodies.

Reviewed by Ms. Permar

 

*Congratulations to Ms. Permar’s A Period English class, winner of this year’s Bookbloggin’ review contest! Hope you enjoyed your donuts this morning! 🙂 You make my life sweet, Julie Darling makes your life sweet. Thanks for playing girls!!

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