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Soul Suckers Incorporated

Though the movie and the book had more differences than similarities, there were positive points along with negatives in each. In the story plot as a whole, I liked the fact that Six was portrayed as a strong, courageous, independent woman who could thrive on her own and pack a punch. She wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty or risk her life to save her planet and ours. The story showed the value of making decisions carefully, especially if something very important is riding on what you choose to do. As a science fiction fan, I appreciate those concepts mixed in with interplanetary war.

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Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix

...if she had simply accepted what they told her, she would have never realized how wrong they were. Ella’s only true friends at the palace were a servant girl and the sick tutor’s son who replaced him. What’s more, Prince Charming wasn’t that charming after all—he had only wanted to marry her for her beauty! Now that Ella had found out what the Royals and palace life were really like, she knew she couldn’t go on the way she was.

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Keys to the Point of No Return

What kind of a future is pop culture entertainment and advertising media hacking out for us right now? Can there even be a future for a humanity that strives to be so shallow? (Sultana Usafali). The result of lies is more lies, and ultimately reality is the bowling ball that knocks deceptions over like pins. Those who were clinging to the pins and making them the center of their world go down too. Lies and liars are swept away. In my opinion, media effects on self-image today are the result of a long-tended, carefully perfected brainwashing ploy that in the end will doom the world.

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Hades by Alexandra Adornetto

Even though [Arakiel's] virtuous displays are few and far between, they occur enough to make Lucifer wonder whether his brother has gone soft. Lucifer only intended to start a war, not a silly romance between an angel and a demon. He orders Bethany to be burned at the stake in front of an audience of demons and lost souls, but not even hellfire can destroy the young angel.

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A Study in Grit

My dreams and Sonny’s dreams are a little unheard of and a little odd to the people around us, dreams you would have to experience to believe are worthwhile. Sometimes I don’t believe in myself and the benefits of my goal, and sometimes it is hard to see where I am going. Like the climber hugging the face of the rocky, deadly mountain, I am not in a position to see the top, my goal. I only have my imagination to feel the success, and to design my path to reach it. When things happen that I do not expect, the challenge of absorbing the problem and shaping my life around it stretches my imagination and the abilities of my mind. Whatever stands in our path helps to shape who we are and prepare us for whatever happens next.

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What Havoc We Wreak

An over-adherence and obsession with tradition will certainly stifle creativity and a sense of individuality. For those agreeing with Mr. Nolan, traditions are important to achieve orderly and stable foundations upon which success – and legacies – can be built. Traditions can effectively constrain the divergent wills of impressionable young minds.

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The Deadliest Thing About Cigarettes

Although it is illegal for youth and children to purchase cigarettes, the rules about whether or not they can use them are quite fuzzy. Even at my school, the principal’s only requirement is that students only smoke in designated areas. Everybody knows that kids are doing it and that it will have heavy impact on them in the future, yet what can someone do if they witness a youth smoking what they cannot legally obtain? If the items are contraband, what is being done to ensure that youth cannot use them?