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Harry Potter and the Cursed Add-On

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” takes place 19 years after the events of the original seven books, but still grips the reader with the same thrill and excitement. This two-part stage play was written by Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, with surprisingly minimal input from the original author of the franchise, J.K. Rowling. The

Dystopian Novels

Behind the Rise of Dystopias

I fell in love with “The Giver” in sixth grade. While the rest of my class hated it, I found myself intrigued by the concept it portrayed—everyone was treated the same and was colorblind, and everything was chosen for them by The Elders. The lack of freedom should’ve killed the libertarian side of me, but,

A Coming of Age for Jean Louise (and Us)

My copy of “To Kill a Mockingbird” is in danger of splitting in two. When I lay the spine of the book on my palm it flops open to page 168, roughly the middle of the novel, where the last layer of binding is slowly disintegrating. I am sure that my book is just one

Stopping “Slut” Once and For All

When Brooklyn teenager Winnifred Bonjean-Alpart told her father that she would be portraying Joey del Marco, the notoriously promiscuous rape victim in Katie Cappiello’s play, “SLUT,” he responded by asking, “Can’t you just, like, do ‘Annie’ or something?” His apprehension makes sense—as we’ve been raised to believe, girlhood is supposed to light and sugary-sweet, like

Sandwiches—and Poison—at Teatime

Hercule Poirot is less familiar to Americans, and young people in particular, than his predecessor, Sherlock Holmes, but his creator is certainly not. Agatha Christie is the second-best-selling fiction author of all time, behind only her countryman Shakespeare. Everyone is at least passing familiar with “And Then There Were None” and “Murder on the Orient

“The Southern Reach”: Frustratingly Fantastic

“The Southern Reach” trilogy is a series that rewards patience above all else. Written by Jeff VanderMeer, the trilogy, which is made up of the novels “Annihilation,” “Authority,” and “Acceptance,” is a masterpiece of tense build-up and slow, creeping realization. Set some time in the near future, the books center around the mysterious Area X,

The Intrigue of an Almost Angel

Well-written modern fairy tales for young adults are a rarity—almost as rare as Ava Lavender, a girl with bird wings, and the protagonist of Leslye Walton’s debut novel, “The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender.” Centered on the mysterious, myth-imbued Roux family, this novel attempts to explain the irrationalities and intricacies of love by