BOB Book Winner 2018 – School Pick

Making Bombs For Hitler by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

This story details an obscure piece of real history and shows us just how powerful hope and courage are in helping people to survive under difficult circumstances.

During World War II Lida and her sister watch in horror as their Jewish neighbors, forced to wear a yellow star for identification, are all taken away.  Where did they go and why?

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Movie Review: Dunkirk

I’ll admit I didn’t know much about the battle before I decided to see the movie. My friend, a history buff, gave me a crash course before the movie, making me wish I learned more about it in school or elsewhere. The Battle of Dunkirk may have been a military failure for the European Allied Powers, but it still boosted morale for them, and for the British in particular. It’s the turning point in the war before the US joined it. The story had my interest before viewing the movie, and coming out of the movie the interest was exponentially higher; Dunkirk is easily one of the best movies I’ve ever viewed, and much of the public—and critics online—agree.

To be clear, Dunkirk is not something to watch if you need an escape. Expect an intense, stressful movie experience if you do view it. I already love movies, but found myself more engaged during this one than most. My eyes were wide the entire two hours; I rarely looked away from the screen. I didn’t even check my watch, which is a habit for me even during the most entertaining movies. Every few minutes I had to pause, ensure I could still breath, and unclench my jaw or my fists.

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Strange Upcoming Holidays

There are many weird holidays year-round of which the general public is unaware. Some have been popularized over the years by businesses, like Flip Flop Day as promoted by Tropical Smoothie Café, or Talk Like a Pirate Day as promoted by Krispy Kreme. Here are a few upcoming holidays you may not have heard before. (Maybe one of them will become part of a future business promotion…)

August 8: Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day

  • I was weirded out by this one at first…why does a holiday exist for such a specific task?…but ultimately this one has an interesting backstory. It was a holiday founded in response to a zucchini surplus, to help people get rid of their extra zucchini. These days people who celebrate this holiday probably do it to promote a healthy lifestyle.


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Spider-Man: Homecoming & Beyond

I see a lot of movies in theaters. And when the movie in question is a Marvel movie, I’m probably going to see it on opening weekend. Spider-Man: Homecoming was no exception. Below is a mini review, my ranking of the mainstream Spider-Man movies (because everyone is doing a ranking), and some comic book suggestions for those who want something beyond the movies. Continue reading “Spider-Man: Homecoming & Beyond”

It’s the Week of Comic-Cons…

The annual San Diego Comic-Con is coming up, and as always I find myself wishing I had the money and purchasing speed needed to spend a few days getting the scoop—in person—on my favorite TV shows and movies while nerding out with other fans.

Last May I got the closest I will ever be to SDCC by attending one of Hampton Road’s local versions of the event. Tidewater Comicon and Hampton Comicon are annual events; this year I finally made my way to Tidewater Comicon. Continue reading “It’s the Week of Comic-Cons…”