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Two-Strap vs. Messenger: The Backpack Showdown

By Katie_RolnickSeptember 11, 2009
The new school year necessitates a re-up of most school supplies: new notebooks, new binders, new homework calendars. But your backpack sticks with you for a long time. For this reason, your choice of baggage is not simply a practical decision, but rather a semi-permanent... More  →
Two-Strap vs. Messenger: The Backpack Showdown

The Friday Awards

By Emily WinterSeptember 11, 2009
If you're reading this, congratulations! You (probably, unless you go to one of those awesome late-start schools) survived your first week(s) of school! But comments like raj101's in this post... More  →
The Friday Awards

Band of the Week: The Futureheads

By Jonathan_FlaxSeptember 11, 2009
We picked The Futureheads for this installment of "Band of the Week" for three reasons. 1. They were suggested by Sparkler radically_rachel. We tend to trust Sparkler music suggestions in general—but when we saw that radically_rachel's listed Sondre Lerche as her favorite band... More  →
Band of the Week: The Futureheads

Myths About Swine Flu

By ContributorSeptember 11, 2009
Mehak did some research to make sure her fellow Sparklers have the facts about swine flu this year. Thanks, Mehak! —SparkNotes Editors For most of us, the start of the school year is a bittersweet time. You get to see your best friends, your... More  →
Myths About Swine Flu

Do You Care about High School Sports?

By Joe_LynchSeptember 11, 2009
Homecoming week, pep rallies, mascots, track meets…do these words make you explode into a school colors supernova, or do they make you want to hide in your room with a book? Or a little bit of both? Sports are an odd part of the whole high... More  →
Do You Care about High School Sports?

Blogging The Scarlet Letter: Part 5 (Chapters 9 and 10)

By RamseySeptember 11, 2009
To make you feel not so alone as you read The Scarlet Letter, Ramsey is reading along with you and blogging about his experiences. Missed past installments? They're all collected here. Chapter 9 – The Leech Based only on the title of the chapter, here’s... More  →
Blogging The Scarlet Letter: Part 5 (Chapters 9 and 10)

Blogging The Scarlet Letter: Index Page

By SparkLifeSeptember 11, 2009
SparkLife contributor Ramsey is reading The Scarlet Letter and blogging about it. Here is the index of all his posts. Looking for the SparkNote on The Scarlet Letter? Here it is! Oh, and FYI, we've gone and translated the entire novel into modern English. (I... More  →
Blogging The Scarlet Letter: Index Page

Blogging New Moon: Part 19

By Dan_BergsteinSeptember 10, 2009
Chapter Nineteen: Race Better Title: Are We There Yet? What the heck is on the cover of this book? I've been trying to figure it out for the past month, and was hoping one of the chapters would be about bloody, upside-down flowers. The cover of... More  →
Blogging New Moon: Part 19

50 Things That Should Not Exist

By Dan_BergsteinSeptember 10, 2009
Maybe it's the end of summer blues. Maybe it's this headache. Maybe it's this stupid chair. But whatever the reason, we're cranky. Instead of bottling up our emotions, we're going to take this opportunity to list our annoyances. Today, we'll list 50 things we wish... More  →
50 Things That Should Not Exist

Your School-Inspired Nightmares, Decoded

By Kathryn_WilliamsSeptember 10, 2009
At least once a month, it happens: we bolt upright in bed, drenched in a cold sweat. We've had The Nightmare again. You might have it, too: You get to school naked and realize you have an exam you haven't studied... More  →
Your School-Inspired Nightmares, Decoded