The Scariest Episodes of Modern Doctor Who — November 24, 2015
Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar — November 23, 2015

Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar

this caught my interest because I really like Holes. Fuzzy mud is an ecological thriller and a good read…though older kids might find the characters a bit too young and roll their eyes at the melodrama. Fifth grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi and seventh grader Marshall Walsh have been walking to and from Woodbridge Academy together since elementary school. But their routine is disrupted when bully Chad Wilson challenges Marshall to a fight. To avoid the conflict, Marshall takes a shortcut home through the off-limits woods. Tamaya reluctantly follows. They soon get lost, and they find trouble. Sachar definitely knows how to scare kids, and I really like his writing style. I give it 3 out of 5.

Five artists you should be listening to — November 22, 2015

Five artists you should be listening to

5: Train

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A fun and diverse-sounding music group. I like Ways to say Goodbye, Angel in Blue Jeans, and Hey Soul Sister.

4: Ed Sheeran

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His music is absolute poetry. He caught my attention years ago with his single “A-team”. My personal favorites are Bloodstream, Photograph, and Thinking Out Loud.

3: Lorde
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Lorde is queen and she has better hair than…anybody. But more importantly, she is an amazing and talented young artist (she was only sixteen when she wrote Pure Heroine including the hit single Royals) who has a lot to say. Her music has a great eerie dreamlike sound. I love Royals and Team, but she also did a pretty awesome cover of Everybody Wants to Rule the World (tears for fears)

2: Pentatonix

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A Capella, you ask? YES. My whole family loves this group, and we’re all super picky so that is seriously saying something. Arguably the best modern a capella group out there, they have a Grammy for their cover/mashup of Daft Punk songs, as well as a platinum selling christmas album. They one the sing off in 2013 and have been growing popular ever since. I really like Ref, Water, and Can’t Sleep Love, as well as the covers of Somebody that I used to Know, Problem, Radioactive, and La La La/Latch.

1: Imagine Dragons
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These guys are incredible! A great alternative rock band, that’s clean enough to play in the car with kids. They are so talented! I love Radioactive, Nothing Left to Say Now, Smoke and Mirrors, Dream, and Hear Me.

Best Free Apps for Iphone and Android — November 18, 2015

Best Free Apps for Iphone and Android

 

 

1 Triviacrack

A general trivia game with categories in Sports, Entertainment, Art, History, and Science.

2. Librivox

Free public domain audiobooks. This is a personal favorite. It has books like Alice in Wonderland, 1984, War and Peace, Peter Pan, and all the Sherlock Holmes books, among thousands of others. They are read well and they also have dramatic readings, and it’s all legal and free!

3. Can You Escape

A pretty complex (but user friendly) puzzle game that evolves breaking out of an eleven story building, having to search for objects and solve mini-puzzles as you go. Great for car rides or passing time because it is very mind occupying.

4.. Autodesk sketchbook

A really great drawing tool. This is not for kids it’s for artists, but if you know what you’re doing with digital art it’s easy to use. There is a great variety of brushes and colors.

5.  flow free

A simple labyrinth style maze. You can adjust the complexity of the maze and there is a time challenge option.

 

ten classic films every teen should see —

ten classic films every teen should see

10. 2001: A Space Oddysey

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This movie is pretty slow paced and might bore younger audiences, but anyone with a passion for art design or science fiction needs to see this movie. Kubrick is a master, and this is his masterpiece, and it’s #15 on AFI best films

9. It’s a Wonderful Life

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I never liked this movie growing up but in more recent years it’s grown on me. It’s funny and purposeful and it’s #20 on the AFI best films.

8. Please don’t eat the daisies

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This one is possibly the only one on here that isn’t an AFI top 100, but it makes me laugh every time I see it. It’s about a wife and her four crazy sons, who worried that her husband, the up-and-coming film critic, is growing too cynical and is going to ruin his career and his relationships.

7. West Side Story

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A gangster Romeo and Juliet musical. Honestly. #51 on the AFI top film

6. The original Invasion of the Body Snatchers

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Okay, most modern audiences would say that this movie is too dialogue heavy and slow paced, and there isn’t nearly as much gore as the remakes, but it’s a science fiction legend and it’s revered among filmmakers everywhere. #47 on AFI top Thrills

5. Jurassic Park

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Is Jurassic Park really a classic? I’m sorry, but yes, it is. And it’s good too! Funny, scary, and revolutionary in it’s special effects, this thriller adventure about dinosaurs is a must-see! #35 on AFI top Thrills

4. The birds

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One of Hitchcock’s only horror films and one of his most violent, rivaled only by Psycho, The Birds is a thriller that will keep your heart racing from the beginning till the end. A woman travels to a small town only to be caught in a series of unexplained bird attacks. Although it’s #7 on AFI top thrills, parents shouldn’t be worried; unless you have a very sensitive teen the dated effects aren’t too frightening.

3. Sunset Boulevard

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Sunset boulevard is funny, thrilling and completely enticing in every way. It’s about an aging and delusional silent film actress who is convinced a young scriptwriter is her next big break. The whole film has an eerie, dream-like quality to it and Gloria Swanson plays Norma so eccentric and creepily, you’ll be sitting on the edge of your seat the entire thing. #16 on the AFI top films “Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close up.”

2. Vertigo

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number 18 on AFI top Thrills, Vertigo is truly spectacular. A mystery, an affair, murder, and revolutionary effects, Hitchcock does it again. A retired San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend’s wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.

#1: Rebel without a cause

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The best angsty teen drama of all time. The first angsty teen drama of all time. It stars James Dean with Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo and it feels remarkably contemporary due to it’s being in color and CinemaScope. All three are remarkable actors, but I especially love to sing the praises of Mineo’s unnerving yet lovable performance and Plato.