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Symptoms Of Being Human: A Book Review

It should be no surprise I read a lot of LGBTQ+ lit.

And Riley is my new hero.

Read on.

I really recommend it.

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Book Review: Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a truly amazing book–one of my favorites (and I don’t say that a lot!). It is written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz and won the Stonewall award.

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Status Update: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child


I’m about halfway through Harry Potter and The Cursed Child after hearing nothing but good reviews about it. So far I am really enjoying it. It took me a while to get used to the play format,

(Albus: Hey…

Harry: Hello son!

ALBUS and HARRY embrace.)

but overall I am enjoying it. I really like imagining how different scenes would be played out in front of a live audience, with no film editing or animation. Maybe I will go see the play…

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Harry Potter And The Cursed Child

Many Harry Potter fans are delighted by the new Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I was excited too until I found out J.K. Rowling wasn’t writing it.

Then I found out it was a script book for a play, which has it’s premiere tonight in London. It follows 19 years after the book, where Harry is an overworked employee at the Ministry Of Magic, with his son Albus struggling with a family legacy he never wanted.

The book is released on the 31st, the day after the play’s premiere. I’m going to wait and see how people like it before I buy it.

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The Secret Series

I’m not the kind of person who likes mystery books.

They’re just not my type of book! The Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch (Raphael Simon), is not just mystery. They are mystery, humor and fantasy.

And I like them.

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A Civilization Lost: Writing Update

When I was writing A Civilization Lost, I recently introduced a new character named Carol, a mermaid that can become human.

I also plan for Cocoa to make a reappearance later in the book.

Here is the first chapter:

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R.L. Stine Possesses The Art Of Scaring Someone Silly

Most people think telling a scary story is easy, but it requires a specific talent. Even famous horror authors like R.L. Stine sometimes has a book that lacks the right scary elements.


But most of his books are a huge success. I mean, who wouldn’t be scared of a giant insect, a murderous clown or a clinically insane ventriloquist dummy?


R.L. Stine is a great example of a horror author who knows exactly how to scare you. Clowns, bugs and dummies are extremely common fears in the world. In fact, over 20% of women and 15% of men suffer from arachnophobia, the fear of arachnids.

In fact, Goosebumps was so popular, they made a movie about it!

Rumors of the sequel are floating around, but nothing has been confirmed.

Visit the author’s website!

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I’m Not THAT Weird

I am currently in the process of writing a collection of short stories called I’m Not That Weird. I am writing new stories, as well as using 2 older pieces; The Zookeeper And The Green Banana, and The Boy With The Pink Floatie.

All these pieces really capture how much my writing style has changed over just 2 years! Be on the lookout for sneak peeks on my Instagram page and my Twitter page.



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Josephine Lamanson: Learns Magic

Blog post by Kiran Mathew.

It’s here! Josephine Lamanson: Learns Magic has just been finished! #JosephineIsHere! Look for previews of the third book, A Civilization Lost coming soon!

Josephine Lamanson: Learns Magic

Book Two of the: Jack, The Fourteen-Year-Old-Wizard series.

Written By Kiran Mathew

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Mourning Stefan Salvatore


“Stefan, you’ve been a huge help in the hunt,” Jack said. Elena nudged Stefan with her foot, and they exchanged a private smile.

“I can’t thank you enough,” Stefan told Jack solemnly. “To know that all the threats we’ve been chasing for so long are gone at last. Elena and I are so happy.”

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Gleen Wood- the mistake

Sorry guys! We made a new person, Meena, and made several big changes. We will post the new chap. 1-2 when we finish. Some of you might not have read Gleen Wood Chapters 1 and 2, so this doesn’t apply to you, but if you have, the new ones will be posted as soon as we finish them. Once again sorry, and hope you like the changes!

-Grace Westpfahl

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Gleen Wood

INTRO: By Grace Westpfahl

Gleen Wood is a story about a group of kids who have magic powers. They use them to stop evil in the world, and learn a few things along the way. Read as they defeat evil such as The Voodoo Lord and his evil minions, the Shapeshifter, and thousands of others.

Read the first chapter!!

Gleen Wood

By:Grace Westpfahl, Saleha Ali, and Kiran Mathew

CHAPTER ONE: The letters

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Lucky (chapter 1)

Here is the first chapter of the sweet, heart-wrenching book, Lucky.


By Kiran Mathew and Grace Westpfahl

Chapter 1

The water is nice and cool. Small bubbles rise to the surface, and disappear from sight. I dive underwater, watching the rays of sun that cut through the water and illuminate the bottom of the pool. By ‘I’, I mean me. Lucky Hassler.

It is calm as I move through the pool, legs kicking and arms pushing, propelling me forwards. I can see the long legs of adults, three of them.

One -a girl- has a purple bikini on. There are two men, their swim trunks are green and blue, one with a stripe pattern, and the other man has half and half; green on one side, blue on the other.

There are four kids, Michael, Bell and Josh. Josh is fourteen, and Michael is ten. Bell is five. They are my (slightly insane) siblings. The fourth is me. I glance down at my pink bathing suit. Two girls, two boys.

Josh turns and smiles at me underwater, before swimming away after Michael, who has reached the other side of the pool.

I swim to a wall of the pool and grab onto the ledge of the wall above water, without even lifting my head from the pool. I have become an expert at holding my breath.

I move into a sideways crouching position against the wall, feet pressed against it. I wait until nobody -kid or adult- is in my way, then push off the wall, moving fast towards the pool. I let the momentum carry me, until the need for breath finally reaches me.

I swim up, until my head breaks the surface. The water falls from my face, and I just stand there and breathe. As the last of the water falls back into the pool, I am pulled into reality. A reality where I am dying.

♢ ♢ ♢

I rip off my pink bathing suit and step into the shower, turn the handle, and wait for the water to warm up. It doesn’t take long, And I step under the water. For a couple minutes I just stand there, letting the water run over me.

I take the bottle of shampoo and squirt it into my hand. I begin to think about life. About life with leukemia. Knowing that chemotherapy might not work, and I might die. When I look down, the whole contents of the bottle is in my hand.


It’s ironic my name is Lucky, I guess. I was born with my mom’s umbilical cord wrapped around my neck. I survived, (duh) and so my parents named me Lucky.

I put the shampoo in my hair and set the bottle on the ground. I’ll pick it up later.

Suddenly, my head begins to throb: another headache. I quickly wash out the shampoo, step out of the shower, towel off and throw my clothes on. I feel dizzy, and I sit down on the couch in our living room.

Josh walks over to me.

“What’s wrong?” I turn to look at him. He takes one look at me, and runs to the bathroom. Seconds later he’s back with a bucket, just in time. I throw up.

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Josephine Lamanson: Learns Magic

I’ve been promising a preview for my new book for a while, so here is the first chapter:

Aaron, The Nineteen-Year-Old Weather Master: Makes Things Right

Josephine Lamanson: Learns Magic

Book Two

Written By:Kiran Mathew

Chapter |: Cocoa In The Garden

Aaron, Jack, Jonathan, Josephine, Calypso and Pete strolled through the grand garden of Magic Village.  In the spring, the roses opened, the lilacs blossomed and the wolfsbane wilted under the sun’s rays (since wolfsbane is a deadly plant, the sun will kill it, duh).

Towards the center of the garden was a golden pot, larger than Aaron himself! Inside it, was a magical plant that had been stolen (the officials of Magic Village preferred the term ‘relocated’) from Medea and Circe’s palace.

Ivy from the plant grew from the pot and spread out in every direction on the ground. Several stems shot up, each with a different flower on top. One had a lush blue rose, another had a red dandelion, and yet another bestowed a cream-colored lily.

Aaron picked the lily and handed it to Josephine, who tucked it behind her ear. Calypso secretly scowled from the other side of the plant, and whispered in Jonathan’s ear.

“Huh? What? Oh… I get it. Kind of.” Jonathan said, with an interval of around 3 seconds between each phrase. Jonathan-copying Aaron-reached out his hand to pluck the dandelion.

A vine rose up from the pot and swatted his hand, and another slithered down the pot and wrapped itself around Calypso’s ankle, and pulled her downwards. Aaron, Josephine and Jonathan leapt forwards to help her, and Josephine got there first.

Josephine put her hand on Calypso’s arm to pull her up, but she glared at Josephine and pulled her arm away. Josephine-startled-backed up, while Calypso allowed Jonathan to help her up.

“Are you okay?” Jonathan asked, while Calypso brushed the dust and dirt off of her blue jeans. Calypso nodded.

“I don’t think she likes me.” Josephine whispered to Aaron, and he nodded. They 6 continued to walk, but stopped when they heard rustling from the shrubbery to their right.

“What was that?” Jack asked. Nobody knew. Pete picked up a stick and advanced towards the bushes.

“Ooh! Its a stick! I will fetch!” A brown dog bounded out of the bushes, headed straight towards Pete. It tackled him to the ground and wrestled the stick from him. The dog brought it over about 5 feet away from Pete, lay down, and started chewing on the stick.

The dog had a chocolate color, and looked like a labradoodle except with only 1 inch of hair.

“I’m Cocoa.” the dog said, still chewing the stick. There was a gasp from Jack, Aaron and Calypso. Pete struggled to get up, but finally stood up next to Jack.

The teenagers eventually got over the shock and introduced themselves.

“Okee. Hi.” Cocoa said, then trotted over to Pete and said, “Did you want this?” She dropped the slobber-covered stick on his feet, and then scampered into the bushes.

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