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Auntie SparkNotes: My Sister Treats Me Horribly

By kat_rosenfieldJune 21, 2017
Dear Auntie SparkNotes, My older sister treats me horribly. She’s two years older than me, and we had a really good relationship until about four or five years ago when I entered middle school. Now, our relationship is hanging by a thread, and it feels like... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: My Sister Treats Me Horribly

Blogging To Kill a Mockingbird: Part 1

By ElodieJune 21, 2017
Hey guys! It’s been a minute since last I blogged a novel, but now I’m blogging To Kill a Mockingbird because SparkNotes is withholding my weekly paycheck of life lessons and Reese’s Pieces M&Ms until I comply. They aren’t really doing that (I’m... More  →
Blogging <i>To Kill a Mockingbird</i>: Part 1

Can You Pick the Famous Poets Out of This List of Harry Potter Characters?

By ElodieJune 21, 2017
I can't remember any of the bones in the human body (I'm sure the sternum is something), but you can bet your life I remember that Libatius Borage wrote Advanced Potion-Making. My brain is chock full of bonkers wizard names. I've got obscure Harry Potter character names for days. But if... More  →
Can You Pick the Famous Poets Out of This List of Harry Potter Characters?

Suzanne Collins Knows What's What with Civil Rights; Look at What Mockingjay Can Teach Us About Racism Today

By Janet ManleyJune 21, 2017
This post was originally published in 2014, but its message will always be relevant.—Sparkitors You probably know the phrase, "Panem today, Panem tomorrow, Panem forever." Peeta's face: "... forever is going to su-hu-huck." BECAUSE YOU ARE SMART, you already know that Panem derives from the Latin panem et circenses—"bread... More  →
Suzanne Collins Knows What's What with Civil Rights; Look at What <i>Mockingjay</i> Can Teach Us About Racism Today

How Classic Authors Pitched Their Novels, Probably

By ElodieJune 20, 2017
An idea can be perfect in your head, but explaining it out loud? With words? Coherently? That’s a different beast entirely. This is true whether you’re pitching a novel or just getting feedback on your thesis statement for an essay about The Scarlet Letter. Either... More  →
How Classic Authors Pitched Their Novels, Probably

10 Things Everyone Forgets to Bring to College

By Emma GordonJune 20, 2017
The scene while you're packing the car to head off to college will probably look something like this: you're hauling a garbage bag full of pillows, plastic forks, dog-eared books, and more garbage bags; you're sweating more than any other person in history has ever sweat;... More  →
10 Things Everyone Forgets to Bring to College

What's Your Name in The Outsiders?

By Taylor NolesJune 20, 2017
Sixteen years on the street and you can learn a lot. A few hours on Wikipedia and you can learn even more. If you'd been part of Ponyboy's pack in S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders, what part would you have played, tough gal? ... More  →
What's Your Name in <em>The Outsiders</em>?

Auntie SparkNotes: I Want to Re-Dump My Writing Partner

By kat_rosenfieldJune 19, 2017
Dear Auntie, My writing partner, "Dolly," is ... not very good with writing. Inconsistent, not very willing to change bad ideas because "I thought of them" and I hate it. We met online, she had a pretty impressive following, and she had a few books up,... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: I Want to Re-Dump My Writing Partner