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The Treehouse Talks

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PBL Podcast *The Fortune Men Edition* (Feat. Caroline, Chris, Fiona, & Henry)

The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed is set in Cardiff, Wales during the 1950s. Mohamed waited for this book to be her third novel for it to be the best quality possible. Nadifa has done justice to the protagonist Mahmood’s … Continue reading

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Burnt Sugar Student Podcast

Suffield Academy’s English IV honors class did a deep dive into modern literature this winter! Selecting among the Booker Prize 2020 Short List of novels, our group chose Avni Doshi’s Booker Prize Listed Novel Burnt Sugar and explored themes of ailing memory, troubled relationships, communication, and the past’s connections … Continue reading

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Stargirl, Carry Me Away

John F. Kennedy once said, “Conformity is the jailor of freedom and the enemy of growth.” Jerry Spinelli’s Stargirl focuses on this idea and emphasizes the beauty of the world through a different perspective. With a strong, almost supernatural female presence, this … Continue reading

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An Entertaining Read the Giver

The Giver by Lois Lowry, written from the point of view of Jonas. Jonas, the protagonist, at age 11 lives with his father and his 7 year old sister. His father works at the department of justice. Living in a … Continue reading

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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah, by best-selling author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of the most recent novels where she speaks about love, race, home, hair, immigration, and self-invention. I personally love the book because it is an insight to modern Nigerian society, especially through … Continue reading

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The Morality Lesson from Catching the Wolf of Wallstreet

Catching the Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belford is a thrilling story full of action with a strong moral at its conclusion. The story is a biography about a young Wall Street jockey, Jordan R. Belford, who learns quickly … Continue reading

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Animal Farm

           I reread the novel Animal Farm. This novel is extremely well written for that it is a metaphor describing Russia and all the horrible things that took place during the time of the Russian Communist Movement. … Continue reading

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Master the Maze

In the book The Maze Runner, by James Dashner the theme of survival is very prevalent. Based on a group of boys and one girl, Dashner tells the story of their escape from the maze that they have been placed … Continue reading

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Thirteen Reasons Why

In the suspenseful drama, Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher describes a story about a teen suicide but has a thrilling plot explaining why. Asher takes the reader through a journey about a boy unraveling the story of why this one … Continue reading

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