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Lord of the Flies Meets National Treasure: 7th Grade Revolution Puts Kids in Charge

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On Halloween, the entire 7th grade of Washington Academy Middle School is brought together for an assembly and told there has been a successful revolution. The students will now make all the decisions for the 7th grade and the only requirements is that they must stay within state and federal law. However, outside of those parameters, everything else is fair game. Immediately, leaders emerge, groups are formed and the students try to determine how best to manage their newfound power. A revolution is not the only exciting event to take place this Halloween, the students also discover a hidden cavern beneath their school where the loyalties of our Founding Fathers are questioned and the history books might not be giving…

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‘Days of Night’: Jonathan Stone’s Vivid Tale of Loneliness and Isolation in Antarctica

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From the title to the tone, Jonathan Stone’s latest thriller, Days of Night, lures the reader into life at the McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Antarctica, itself a character in the novel, immediately becomes vivid and arresting, foreboding and unfortunate. As a continent it is known as the coldest, unleashing temperatures that dip as low as -128.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Throughout the novel, we consider how easily one can freeze to death, how precarious it is to exist in this climate. Beyond that is the author’s creation of the culture at McMurdo Station. He cleverly details the social isolation and odd behavior of the crew—we imagine a character’s perverse proclivity that comes during the ‘winter-over’, when those living there haven’t a glimmer of daylight…

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John Burley draws us inside a hospital for the criminally insane in The Forgetting Place

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If you’ve ever watched an episode Law & Order and wondered, “Hey, where does that guy end up now that he’s been found not guilty by reason of insanity?” one answer is Menaker State Hospital, the setting for John Burley’s creepy new thriller The Forgetting Place. In the novel, Dr. Lise Shields, a Menaker psychiatrist, is tasked with unraveling the story of Jason Edwards, a new patient who mysteriously arrives at the hospital with no paperwork or court history. Burley spoke to BookTrib about his own medical background, how he researches a book, and even what he’d pack for a trip to asylum. BOOKTRIB: How did your background as an emergency room physician contribute to the writing of this book? John Burley:…

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