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Patrick the Wombat Is 29, Not Fat but Big-Boned

By Janet ManleyAugust 29, 2014
Down in Ballarat, celebrations are underway for the 29th birthday of 40-kilo living legend Patrick the Wombat. On the menu: A scrumptious cake of grass and carrots. PATRICK, YOU DON'T LOOK A DAY OVER 12. Evidently Patrick's very robust physique, which received numerous comments from Koshy, is ... More  →
Patrick the Wombat Is 29, Not Fat but Big-Boned

Open Thread for August 29!

By Janet ManleyAugust 29, 2014
REMEMBER WHEN ERIK DREW ALL THESE PICTURES OF PENGUINS? WE WERE JUST THINKING ABOUT THAT.   ... More  →
Open Thread for August 29!
You Are Going to Ship Mia and Adam So Hard After You See <i>If I Stay</i>

You Are Going to Ship Mia and Adam So Hard After You See If I Stay

By Janet ManleyAugust 19, 2014
WE CAME, WE SAW, WE ALMOST DETACHED OUR TONSILS TRYING NOT TO CRY. You, Sparklers, are going to love If I Stay, which arrives barefoot in theaters this Thursday night. SEEING THIS MOVIE IS A CHOICE THAT IS GOING TO MAKE YOU. *chops onions for potluck dinner* For ... More  →
Lily Allen Is Our Fashion Inspiration: BUT HOW DO WE WEAR HER STYLE?

Lily Allen Is Our Fashion Inspiration: BUT HOW DO WE WEAR HER STYLE?

By Janet ManleyAugust 15, 2014
Whether or not you're aware of Lily Allen's music legacy (she's been doin' it for the wimmin' on the Brit electropop circuit since 'er teens), you are 100% QUALIFIED to be inspired by her wardrobe. Short of Jem coming to life, it would seem that Lily Allen, with her multicol More  →

What Rights Do Protestors Have?

By Janet ManleyAugust 15, 2014
The actions of police in Ferguson, Missouri, following the fatal shooting of teen Michael Brown have received lots of coverage. Exclamations of "The police have brought out their tanks!" were followed by "WAIT, WHY DO THE POLICE HAVE TANKS?" and reports of peaceful protestors being ... More  →
What Rights Do Protestors Have?

Iraq: Land of 10,000 Problems

By Janet ManleyAugust 13, 2014
Will there ever be any good news coming out of Iraq? So far it’s not looking likely anytime soon. We’ve gone over the group ISIS, what they’re doing and why they’re taking control (aka terrorizing) cities in Iraq. Their tactics are brutal, too brutal even for ... More  →
Iraq: Land of 10,000 Problems

Your Jamie Blackley Mix Tape!

By Janet ManleyAugust 13, 2014
WE WARNED YOU. We warned you that your hearts were not safe from If I Stay star Jamie Blackley's crush tentacles. It's not just that he has big eyes, skinny Harry Styles legs ("my mum's legs," he says), and an Isle of Man accent (he sounds like ... More  →
Your Jamie Blackley Mix Tape!
EXCLUSIVE: Chloë Grace Moretz Tells Us About <i>If I Stay</i>, Rocking Out With a Cello and Jamie Blackley's Secret Katy Perry Crush!

EXCLUSIVE: Chloë Grace Moretz Tells Us About If I Stay, Rocking Out With a Cello and Jamie Blackley's Secret Katy Perry Crush!

By Janet ManleyAugust 11, 2014
Mia, a girl with a wild flair for the cello, dreams of going to Julliard, but knows that moving across the country to New York would mean leaving behind her boyfriend, Adam, the lead singer of a rising Portland band... Chloë Grace Moretz's new film, If I ... More  →

Kid Finds Room of Requirement Behind Chest of Drawers

By Janet ManleyAugust 11, 2014
Today in WHY CAN'T THIS HAPPEN IN MY HOUSE, a boy turns four, and is led around the house on a scavenger hunt, with the last clue leading to the chest of drawers that has stood, immobile, in his room for two long years. The clues ... More  →
Kid Finds Room of Requirement Behind Chest of Drawers

Taylor Swift Doesn't Look T-Swizzy At All in Role of Rosemary in The Giver

By Janet ManleyAugust 11, 2014
Hot on the heels of Taylor Swift's crop-top domination at the Teen Choice Awards, we have a clip of our favorite songstress in FULL COLOR in The Giver, which comes out in theaters this Thursday night. The Giver is based on the Olympic gold-medal-winning* (*Newbury) YA book by Lois ... More  →
Taylor Swift Doesn't Look T-Swizzy At All in Role of Rosemary in <i>The Giver</i>
About the Author
Janet Manley

Janet's desk was moved into the hall for the duration of coursework on Roman numerals in grade four, and she cannot tell one Rocky from another to this day. Her spirit animal is a wombat, and she has not written a novel. Dauntless, Gryffindor, Mockingjay. She tweets @janetmanley

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