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Ka Leo

Sacred Hearts Academy  |   Honolulu, Hawaii

Ka Leo

Kelcie Ching

Kelcie Ching, Reporter

Kelcie Ching is a senior and a third-year member of Ka Leo. In her free time she enjoys reading, watching Korean dramas, and dancing the hula. Kelcie is planning on pursuing a career in business.  

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‘You’re Beautiful’ provides audience with romance and music

May 9, 2016

“You’re Beautiful”  features Park Shin Hye as Go Mi Nyeo who is on the path to becoming a nun. Go has a twin brother, Go Mi Nam, who is part of...

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‘Marriage Contract’ portrays multiple struggles and dire futures

April 27, 2016

“Marriage Contract” stars UEE as Kang Hye Soo, a single mother whose husband  passed away, leaving her with a large number of debts and loan sharks...

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Second grader recognized for outstanding Japanese language skills

April 25, 2016

Second grader Nicole Barley was presented the Japanese Language Achievement Award on Apr. 16 by the United Japanese Society of Hawaii.   The award...

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Senior named National Merit Scholarship finalist

April 13, 2016

Senior Annie Oh has qualified as a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship Program. This year 50,000 students with the highest Preliminary SAT...

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‘Running Man’ hilarious test of endurance and survival

April 8, 2016

“Running Man” is an amusing Korean television show that has been airing since 2010. It has gained popularity all over Asia. In the show the cast...

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‘Queen In Hyun’s Man’ takes audience through time

March 23, 2016

“Queen In Hyun’s Man” follows Choi Jin Hee (Yoo In Na), an actress just beginning her career who scores the leading role in a drama, “New Jang...

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Academy sponsors Federal Reserve Day for high school

March 16, 2016

The Academy and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (FRBSF) are hosting all-day workshops with featured speakers Jody Hoff, Lorraine Thayer, Daniel...

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‘My Princess’ provides audience with dilemma

March 16, 2016

“My Princess” is a modern take on “Cinderella.” College student Lee Seol (Kim Tae Hee)  has a part time job posing as a Korean princess for a...

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The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) recognized seniors Aimee

Pak, Malia Libby, Weiyi Huang and Michaela Graves with the award for Aspirations in 

Computing.  Under the guidance of teacher Deborah Kula, also recognized for her mentorship of 

students in STEM, Pak was also a national runner-up.

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Computer students win regional recognition

March 3, 2016

Seniors Aimee Pak, Malia Libby, Weiyi (Chloe) Huang and Michaela Graves have been recognized as winners of the Award for Aspirations in Computing from...

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‘Twenty Again’ illustrates second chance at life

February 10, 2016

“Twenty Again” follows Ha No Ra, a 38-year-old woman who gave up her youth because of an unplanned pregnancy and the need to become a housewife. Ha...

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[Video] A Guide to FAFSA

February 4, 2016

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‘Shining Inheritance’ puts spin on ‘Cinderella’

‘Shining Inheritance’ puts spin on ‘Cinderella’

January 29, 2016

“Shining Inheritance” begins with Go Eun Sung (Han Hyo Joo) who returns to Korea to take her autistic brother, Eun Woo, back to America. At the...

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Competing in a cheerleading contest puts together dancers and academic students.

‘Cheer Up’ reveals pressures of high school

December 10, 2015

“Cheer Up” follows a dance group of sophomores as they go through life at a competitive high school. Kang Yeon Doo (Jung Eun Ji) is the leader...

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Robotics propels team to state competition

November 25, 2015

The Academy’s lower school robotics team competed in the Hawaii FIRST Lego League (FLL) Kalani District tournament against 21 other teams on Nov. 11....

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She Was Pretty, a television drama, reunites two old friends, but one does not recognize the other. Will the two be able to get together?

Limits of outward beauty revealed in ‘She Was Pretty’

November 23, 2015

“She Was Pretty,” a Korean drama, features the childhood romance of Kim Hye Jin (Hwang Jung Eum) and Ji Sung Joon (Park Seo Joon). When Hye Jin...

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‘Becoming Alpha’ provides romance and fantasy

November 10, 2015

“Becoming Alpha” by Aileen Erin features Tessa McCaide who since she has visions, is often called “freaky Tessa” by other students. When she...

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‘Scorpion’ combats threats with logic, skill and well-honed team

‘Scorpion’ combats threats with logic, skill and well-honed team

October 30, 2015

“Scorpion” is a television show based on the life of Walter O’Brien, a computer expert. The show features a group of geniuses who are recruited...

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‘Big Hero 6’ provides audience with positive message about friendship

October 30, 2015

“Big Hero 6” is an animated movie set in a futuristic world that is a mix of San Francisco and Tokyo. The movie focuses on Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter)...

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Read to Succeed Program challenges students to read

October 30, 2015

Students in junior kindergarten to sixth grade are taking on the challenge of the lower school library’s Read to Succeed Program which asks students...

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Korean romantic drama displays high school struggles

October 19, 2015

“Playful Kiss” is the Korean version of a Japanese manga, “Itazura na Kiss,” by Tada Kaoru. There are Japanese and Taiwanese versions of this drama....

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‘Yong Pal’ mixes medicine, revenge and romance

October 19, 2015

“Yong Pal” is about Kim Tae Hyun (Joo Won) in his third year of residency at a distinguished hospital. Kim became a doctor to pay for his sister’s...

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‘The Return of Superman’ provides hilarity as celebrity dads babysit solo

October 13, 2015

“The Return of Superman” is an amusing Korean television show where celebrity fathers take care of their children for 48 hours without their wives....

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Lower school students excel in summer reading challenge

September 17, 2015

During the summer, 51 students from grades junior kindergarten to sixth grade participated in the Summer Reading Bingo Challenge. Students participated...

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Academy teachers gain info from coding workshop

Academy teachers gain info from coding workshop

September 11, 2015

Three Academy teachers participated in an intensive eight-hour coding workshop to implement coding into classrooms. Librarian Kellie Fase, sixth grade...

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‘Legend’ mixes action with romance

September 9, 2015

“Legend” by Marie Lu is about a 15-year-old boy named Day who is a criminal on the run. Wanted for theft, assault, destruction of property and...

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Senior gains cultural awareness in People-to-People program

September 1, 2015

Senior Siobhan Neeson participated in the People-to-People program as a student ambassador from June 19 to July 7. Neeson traveled to England, Wales,...

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‘I Remember You’ mixes crime with romance

August 27, 2015

“I Remember You” is a Korean drama about Lee Hyun (Seo In Guk), a criminal profiler who returns to Korea after living in America for many years. He...

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College credits offered for first time on campus

August 19, 2015

Academy students will participate for the first time in the Early College Program which allows them to earn high school and college credits simultaneously....

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‘Erased’ provides audience with romance against science fiction background

May 8, 2015

“Erased,” the latest book in the “Altered” series, begins with Sam, Cas, Anna and Nick hiding from the government. While they are doing this, Anna’s...

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Academy’s weight room under renovation

May 1, 2015

The Sacred Hearts Academy Room Parent (SHARP) Board and the Pettus Foundation helped fund the renovation of the weight room. The physical condition...

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‘Isla and the Happily Ever After’ features drama and romance

April 29, 2015

“Isla and the Happily Ever After” by Stephanie Perkins is about Isla, a boarding school student in Paris. During a school break, Isla travels to...

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‘Birth of a Beauty’ provides revenge mixed with romance

April 23, 2015

“Birth of a Beauty” is about Sa Geum Ra (Ha Jae Sook) who is overweight and married to a rich man who works abroad. She lives with her husband’s...

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‘Master’s Sun’ provides audience with paranormal romance

April 17, 2015

“Master’s Sun” is about Tae Gong Shil (Gong Hyo JIn) who can see ghosts after being in a coma for three years. After she comes out of the coma,...

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‘Hi! School: Love On’ features romance and fantasy

April 14, 2015

“Hi! School: Love On” is about an angel, Lee Seul Bi (Sae Ron Kim), who transforms into a human after she saves Shin Woohyun (Woohyun Nam) from a fatal...

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Juniors win trips to Japan

April 2, 2015

Juniors Kayla Galima, Kellie Komatsu and Noelle Yamamoto won trips to Kyoto and Osaka as a part of a competition sponsored by the Rotary Club of East Honolulu. The...

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‘Pinocchio’ captures viewers with mystery

March 23, 2015

“Pinocchio” is a Korean drama about Ki Ha Myung (Jong Suk Lee) whose father, a firefighter, disappears while helping to fight a factory fire. During...

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Miss America 2014 speaks at Science Symposium

Miss America 2014 speaks at Science Symposium

March 16, 2015

Sacred Hearts Academy hosted the 21st annual Science Symposium for girls in grades 5 to 8 with 200 students and 235 parents in attendance on Feb. 28. Miss...

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‘Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo’ mixes comedy with romance

March 11, 2015

“Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo,” a Japanese drama, is based on the manga, “Itazura na Kiss” by Tada Kaoru. The manga has also been made into...

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‘Kill Me, Heal Me’ mixes romance with medicine

February 26, 2015

“Kill Me, Heal Me” is about Cha Do Hyun (Ji Sung) who has memory loss and dissociative identity disorder, known as DID, a disorder distinguished by...

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Juniors feature ‘Some Bunny’s Hungry’ for Easter

Juniors feature ‘Some Bunny’s Hungry’ for Easter

February 25, 2015

The Junior Class will host the second annual “Some Bunny’s Hungry” breakfast on Mar. 29 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. to support the Class of 2016’s Project...

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Juniors restore Papahana Kuaola

February 18, 2015

The Junior Class did its annual division service project, involving sustainability and the environment, at Papahana Kuaola in Kaneohe. Juniors worked...

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Mystery of ‘Rooftop Prince’ tempts viewers to solve riddles

February 6, 2015

The drama “Rooftop Prince” is a mystery surrounding the murder of the Crown Princess which happened during the Chosun dynasty era. Since the murder...

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Love and revenge provide motive for ‘Sly and Single Lady’

January 14, 2015

In “Sly and Single Lady,”  Na Ae Ra (Lee Min Jung) marries Cha Jeong Woo (Joo Sang Wook) who is studying to become a civil service worker. After...

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Ways to help keep bones healthy

Ways to help keep bones healthy

December 8, 2014

Healthy bones are important throughout one’s lifetime. Bones protect, support and help the body to move. As one ages, osteoporosis can occur. Osteoporosis...

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‘Emergency Couple’ brings back romance

December 8, 2014

“Emergency Couple” features Oh Jin Hee (Song Ji Hyo) who is studying to become a dietitian and Oh Chang Min (Choi Jin Hyuk) who is studying to become...

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When should food be thrown away?

When should food be thrown away?

November 25, 2014

Foods that have expiration dates actually don’t need to be thrown away by the expiration date. Some foods can be kept and consumed beyond the dates on...

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What do you like about Thanksgiving?

November 10, 2014

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Vaccinations vital for health protection

Vaccinations vital for health protection

October 28, 2014

Vaccinating children can save lives, not just for the children but for those around them. Vaccinations prevent or lessen the impact of diseases that can...

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Financial aid can help lower the cost of college

October 23, 2014

Going to college is expensive because of tuition, room and board, books and meals. To help reduce the costs, students should consider federal financial...

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Service learning program sees changes

Service learning program sees changes

October 20, 2014

The Academy service learning program is in place to help students gain new experiences while helping their communities. It is about serving those in need. Sr....

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Students march in Aloha Festivals Floral Parade

Students march in Aloha Festivals Floral Parade

October 9, 2014

The Sacred Hearts marching band advanced through Waikiki in the 68th Annual Aloha Festivals Floral Parade on Sept. 27, garnering two awards at the end. The...

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Juniors welcome Class of 2018 to high school

[Video] Juniors welcome Class of 2018 to high school

September 29, 2014

The Academy’s Freshman Class celebrated the traditional initiation into high school with the help of their big sisters, the Class of 2016. The theme...

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The One shows that women can be strong

‘The One’ shows that women can be strong

September 17, 2014

“The One” is the third and final installment of “The Selection” series by Kiera Cass. “The One” continues with the king gone on a trip and...

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‘The Giver’ features colorless, emotionless society

‘The Giver’ features colorless, emotionless society

September 10, 2014

“The Giver” by Lois Lowry is about a dystopian world that lacks color, music, love and individual choice. At the age of 12, children are assigned...

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The Elite continues The Selection series

‘The Elite’ continues ‘The Selection’ series

May 16, 2014

“The Elite” by Kiera Cass is the second book in “The Selection” series. “The Elite” continues the story of America Singer who is in the running...

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Heirs features Korean romance

‘Heirs’ features Korean romance

May 16, 2014

“Heirs” stars Kim Tan (Lee Min Ho) as an illegitimate child who is forced to live alone in California because his father has sent him there. In California,...

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Dead Beautiful supplies mystery

‘Dead Beautiful’ supplies mystery

April 23, 2014

“Dead Beautiful” by Yvonne Woon is about Renee Winters who finds her parents’ dead bodies with gauze in their mouths in a forest. Her parents seem...

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Divergent movie is based on book

‘Divergent’ movie is based on book

April 7, 2014

“Divergent” is based on the book “Divergent” by Veronica Roth. The movie stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet and Ashley Judd among...

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The Selection presents love and cooperation

‘The Selection’ presents love and cooperation

April 1, 2014

“The Selection” by Kiera Cass is about America Singer who is from the fifth of eight castes. America receives the opportunity to become the princess...

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Marked starts The House of Night series

‘Marked’ starts ‘The House of Night’ series

March 25, 2014

“Marked” is the first book in “The House of Night” series. It is written by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. “Marked” is about 16-year-old Zoey...

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Senior Mara Gillis and junior Celina Ma compete in the boat building portion of the Physics Olympics at the University of Hawaii.

Students compete in Physics Olympics

March 7, 2014

The Physics Olympics is an annual event held at the University of Hawaii. It is sponsored by the UH Department of Physics and Astronomy and the American...

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‘Tandem’ presents fantasy worlds and action

‘Tandem’ presents fantasy worlds and action

March 3, 2014

Sasha Lawson is an ordinary 16-year-old who lives with her grandfather, a physicist. Although her grandfather used to tell her stories about parallel...

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Allegiant concludes Divergent trilogy

‘Allegiant’ concludes ‘Divergent’ trilogy

March 3, 2014

“Allegiant” by Veronica Roth is set in a world of factions, among them Amity (the peaceful), Dauntless (the brave), Candor (the honest) and Abnegation...

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Salt has many uses, including removing stains and cleaning appliances.

Salt proves to be useful

February 14, 2014

Salt has many purposes. It can be used to relieve itching, as a stain remover, to keep fruits from browning, to save the bottom of the oven, to clean a...

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Insurgent features action and romance

‘Insurgent’ features action and romance

January 14, 2014

“Insurgent” is the second book in the “Divergent”  trilogy by Veronica Roth. “Insurgent” is set in a world that includes factions such...

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Wide Awake features romance and reality

‘Wide Awake’ features romance and reality

December 17, 2013

“Wide Awake” by Shelly Crane is about Emma Walker who has been in a coma for six months. When she wakes up, Emma finds herself in a hospice with...

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Herbs and spices dont just make food tastier. They can help improve health.

Herbs and spices prove to be beneficial

December 3, 2013

Herbs and spices are not just for cooking. They can help prevent illnesses and provide pain relief. Bharat Aggarwal, a professor of cancer medicine...

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The annual flu clinic saw more than 300 students and teachers, including Kimberlee Brown, vaccinated against the flu.

Flu shot clinic innoculates more than 300

November 14, 2013

The Academy had a flu clinic for students in grades kindergarten to eighth grade on Nov. 5. Dean of the Lower School, Melanie Ah Soon, said, “We have...

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Eight to twelves ounces of orange juice daily may provide health benefits.

Ordinary foods can help boost immunity

November 8, 2013

Boosting the immune system can help lessen the number of times a person gets sick. Some everyday foods that boost the immune system are yogurt, oatmeal,...

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Ha Ji Won and Lee Seung Gi are lovers separated by politics, one being from North Korean and the other from South Korea.

K-dramas prove popular

November 8, 2013

Korean dramas, or K-dramas, have become popular all around the world. The average series has 16-20 episodes. If it is a historical drama, it normally...

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Scouting promotes independence and life skills.

Girls Scouting teaches life skills

October 30, 2013

The goal of scouting is to help girls realize their potential in life. Girl Scouts learn how to be leaders and to use their skills to make the world...

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Altered supplies mystery and adventure

‘Altered’ supplies mystery and adventure

October 2, 2013

“Altered” is about Anna who lives in a farmhouse which is being used as a lab. Nick, Cas, Trev and Sam who have no recollection of their lives before...

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Members of Soroptimist club regularly clean Vineyard Boulevard as part of their volunteer service to the community.

Volunteering offers opportunities and assistance

September 27, 2013

Volunteering for local organizations helps the community as well as those who volunteer. “People who volunteer tend to have higher self-esteem, psychological...

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Backpacks can hurt kids backs if the load is too heavy or not evenly distributed.

Good backpack habits help protect backs

September 23, 2013

With students back in school, it is important to have a good backpack which helps distribute the weight of the books to the body’s strongest muscles. If...

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Fallen is filled with mystery and secrets

‘Fallen’ is filled with mystery and secrets

September 17, 2013

“Fallen” is about Lucinda Price, nicknamed Luce, who is sent to Sword and Cross, a reform school, because she supposedly killed a boy. When Luce...

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‘Beastly’ is take on ‘Beauty and the Beast’

‘Beastly’ is take on ‘Beauty and the Beast’

September 17, 2013

“Beastly” is about Kyle Kingsbury who comes from a rich family and whose dad, a news reporter, cares a great deal about his public image. When Kyle...

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Brody plays mysterious twist on amnesia

Brody plays mysterious twist on amnesia

September 15, 2013

“Unremembered” by Jessica Brody starts with a 16-year-old girl who is found alive after a plane crash, the sole survivor on Freedom Airlines flight...

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The Host captivates science fiction fans

‘The Host’ captivates science fiction fans

September 15, 2013

“The Host” is based on the novel of the same name by Stephenie Meyer. The movie stars Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Diane Kruger, Jake Abel, Chandler Canterbury,...

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The Blemished captivates dystopian readers

‘The Blemished’ captivates dystopian readers

September 12, 2013

“The Blemished” by Sarah Dalton is about a community which is genetically modified. If a person’s genes are perfect, then she is a GEM. If genes...

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Divergent captivates those who love adventure

‘Divergent’ captivates those who love adventure

September 10, 2013

“Divergent” by Veronica Roth is about a world where society has been divided into five factions: Abnegation (the selfless), Candor (the honest), Dauntless...

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