Dear Soldier

Winter Break, early January 2020: Ding-Dong! The faint sound of the doorbell reaches me in the basement, momentarily shattering the silence around me. For the past half-hour or so, I’ve been working on an upcycled picture frame for a school project. With Mom upstairs doing dishes, Sophie doing who knows what in her room, and …

It’s Freakin’ Snowing

I love the first snow of the season. The white flakes drifting silently to the ground, landing in your hair and soaking your shoes. It’s the calm majesty of winter that comes before the storms of December- onward. But apparently not everyone enjoys it as much as I do. “I can’t believe it’s freakin’ snowing!” …

Timbits

50 Timbits. 10 deserving girls. The rest of the class, hoping their friends will take pity on them and give them a free handout. This is the scene that plays out in my classroom on a dreary Thursday afternoon. As I sit here typing this on my cellphone, timbit-less, students are milling in the hallways …

The Only Plane In The Sky

Recently, on the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, my dad wrote a review of a book called The Only Plane In The Sky, written by Garret M. Graff. This book tells an oral history of the events leading up to, during, and after September 11th, 2001, and draws from hundreds of transcripts of …

Sophie’s Picks: A Tween Book List

When you’re a writer, a story or blog post doesn’t come easily. With such benefits as cramped hands, frustration, and procrastination, something you love doing can also become a real pain at times. That’s how I’ve been feeling this past month. I knew I wanted to write about something, but I didn’t have any ideas …

Comfort Books

Is there a book in your life that you’ve read too many times to count? One that you turn to in times of strife, or when you need a break from a heavier topic, to cheer you up, or calm you down? A book that might not necessarily have won any awards, but is still …

June 6th, 2020

Today is a day like any other. Summer temperatures are setting in, so people are taking full advantage of the beautiful weather to ride their bikes, have socially distant visits with friends, and go for walks. Everywhere you look, children are playing, and the sky above is a bright blue, dotted with puffy white clouds. …

The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes

Way back in June of last year, I was casually browsing the web when I discovered something that made my inner fangirl scream with joy. Suzanne Collins, author of the Hunger Games series, was going to release a prequel novel in May 2020!!! Understandably, as a huge Hunger Games fan, I was stoked. But, since …

The RMS Titanic And I

Today, April 15th, 2020, marks the 108th anniversary of the sinking of one of the greatest ships to ever sail the sea: the RMS Titanic. Her tragic story has captivated millions, so much so that the liner is still talked about in the news to this day. She may lie roughly 12, 500 feet below …

How To Turn That History Frown Upside-Down

You know the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”? Well, today I’m going to make some quality figurative lemonade. Before March Break, one of the projects I was working on at school was a presentation on a topic of my choice. But since it looks like I won’t be heading back to school …