Young authors David & Laura T. Lee (inspires others to write)

David T. Lee (14 year-old of 5 books, published a 4,500-word sci-fi at 7); Laura T. Lee (12 year-old of 2 novels, published a 62,000-word novel at 10)

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“Paddington 2” is a family-fun, hilarious-to-watch movie!

On Friday night I watched “Paddington 2,” which once again chronicles an adventure of the talking bear who warms our hearts. Some familiar faces here include Sally Hawkins from “The Shape of Water” and Hugh Grant as the antagonist, a financially challenged actor in desperate search of money. In this movie, Paddington (recognizable as ever […]

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“Roman J. Israel, Esq.” definitely has its flaws, but Denzel Washington’s acting is superb

Last week, I watched “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”, which is a drama about the legal system. Focusing on its titular quirky character, it shows how his uptight and secluded life as a partner in a legal firm is destroyed when the other partner, William Henry Jackson, has a heart attack. Roman eventually makes several unethical […]

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“The Last Jedi” delivers emotion and excitement in an epic story

Today, I watched “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”! As the 8th chapter in the Star Wars saga, it follows old characters like Luke Skywalker and new characters like Finn as they evade the First Order, led by Kylo Ren and Supreme Leader Snoke. While Rey (a new character introduced in the previous film, “Star Wars: […]

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“Gifted” provides heartwarming characters and a moving story

“Gifted” is a film about a custody battle over a highly intelligent girl named Mary (played by Mckenna Grace). Mary’s mother, Diane, committed suicide due to relationship problems with Mary’s father. Diane attempted to solve the Navier-Stokes problem, but it is assumed that she never finished. Mary’s uncle, Frank, has cared for her since she […]

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As “The Founder”, Michael Keaton delivers a magnificent performance

Some time ago, I saw the movie “The Founder”, a film about how McDonald’s became what it is today. Originally a small-scale restaurant chain run by the McDonald brothers, enterprising businessman Ray Kroc was hired to supervise the creation of more restaurants. Reluctant to expand the chain after a previous attempt failed, the McDonald brothers […]

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“Command and Control” is a comprehensive masterpiece on the USA’s nuclear system

Recently, I’ve finished “Command and Control” by Eric Schlosser. The book chronicled the Damascus disaster, where a nuclear missile exploded in containment. Through meticulous second-by-second details, the book explains the mechanical faults that combined to create such a catastrophe. In doing so, it also delves deeply into the history of the nuclear program after World […]

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“Arrival” is a minimalist but unique sci-fi film

Hello! Recently, I watched “Arrival”. The film, which explores a linguist attempting to communicate with extraterrestrial visitors, holds 8 Oscar nominations including Best Picture. From the start of the film, a melancholy feel was evident. The camerawork and lighting, especially in the scenes in the alien spaceship, are brilliant. The aliens themselves are not very […]

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“Doctor Strange” is outrageously wacky, smart and funny

Hello everybody! A few days ago, I saw “Doctor Strange”, the psychedelic superhero film that earned an Oscar nomination for “Best Visual Effects”. Firstly, I would like to note that Benedict Cumberbatch, the actor who plays the titular superhero, bears a striking resemblance to the comic-book Doctor Strange. “Doctor Strange” is easily one of the […]

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“The Jungle Book” turns a classic tale into a 3-D spectacle

Konnichiwa! Saturday, I watched Disney’s film “The Jungle Book” in an IMAX 3D Dome Theater! The movie was adapted from Rudyard Kipling’s novel “The Jungle Book” and Disney’s previous cartoon of the same name. Splendidly artistic CGI made the animals, ranging from small porcupines to enormous elephants, realistic and expressive. The environment, also created from […]

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“The Letters” successfully depicts the personal struggles of Mother Teresa

Hello! Today, I saw “The Letters”, a biographical film about Nobel Peace prize winner Mother Teresa. It talks about how she helped the poor in Calcutta, India and how she made a difference in the world. Lots of emphasis is put on Mother Teresa’s internal conflicts as she tries to break away from her comfortable […]

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“Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future” presents in-depth look at Elon Musk’s personal life

Good afternoon! Over the week, I read “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future”, written by Ashlee Vance. The spectacular amount of research, facts and statistics kept me hooked throughout the whole book. Through extensive interviews with Elon himself, the book also follows Elon’s personal life, tracing his aggressive behavior back […]

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“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School” shows flimsy storyline and lacks good humor

Howdy everyone! Recently, I read the newest installment in the acclaimed Wimpy Kid series (titled “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School)! In the cartoon-filled novel, Greg Heffley (the main character) has to go “old school” after his town starts a ban on all electronics. Although the cartoons are cute and hilarious, the jokes lack […]

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“Mad Genius: A Manifesto for Entrepreneurs” demonstrates how to achieve unconventional success

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today’s review is about New York Times bestseller author Randy Gage’s book “Mad Genius: A Manifesto for Entrepreneurs”! I found it entertaining, highly informative and witty. It is also easy to read and understand. The author’s rousing rants throughout also give an enjoyable “mad genius” feeling. Randy includes many motivational insights throughout […]

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The Martian proves to be an excellent drama and hilarious comedy

Hello again! Today’s movie review will be about sci-fi director Ridley Scott’s The Martian, which is nominated for Oscar Best Picture. Matt Damon is cast as astronaut/botanist Mark Watney, who is left behind by his team after being swept away by debris during a sandstorm on Mars. Matt’s commentary throughout much of the scenes gives […]

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Bridge of Spies’ dark, tense mood shines new angle on lesser-known historical event

Greetings! Last night, I watched the newest Spielberg movie, Bridge of Spies (which is nominated for 6 Academy Awards)! The film, which tells the true story of a suspenseful exchange between Russian spy Rudolf Abel, American pilot Gary Powers and American student Frederic Pryor (Abel was captured by the Americans, Powers captured by Russians and […]

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“Minions” has little depth behind cute characters

Bello (Hello in Minionese)! Last night I watched “Minions”, the movie about the yellow banana-like accomplices from “Despicable Me” and its sequel “Despicable Me 2”. “Minions” is extremely hilarious from the start, chock-full of jokes and pranks, and filled with action. The humor is naughtier than the “Despicable Me” movies. Although “Minions” is one of […]

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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is a fantastic sequel

Hey everybody! Yesterday I watched “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”! It was great to see the old cast from the original 1970s “Star Wars” interacting with the new cast of characters (including a scavenger strong with the Force and a rebel stormtrooper). Harrison Ford’s character Han Solo adds many humorous remarks throughout the movie. The […]

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Summer Reading Checkup for July 1st, 2015

Hey everybody! I kicked off summer reading with the Maze Runner! Maze Runner is about a boy with a wiped memory who ends up in a community of amnesic boys, which is surrounded by a deadly and ever-changing maze. The boys plan an escape when the artificial community starts to break down after the arrival […]

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Jurassic World reflects Spielberg well but not enough to become classic

Hello people of Earth! I watched Jurassic World this weekend, the highly anticipated and record-breaking summer blockbuster! The movie was better than I expected. In the film, scientists create their own dinosaur called the Indominus Rex, which starts going on a massive rampage which the main characters (including a macho raptor trainer, two boys and […]

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I am a fan of Rick Riordan!

I have read all the Percy Jackson series and the Kane Chronicles series from Rick Riordan! I have written reviews of these books below if you plan to buy them! Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief: “A great story for beginning readers of Riordan. It introduces Percy Jackson as a kid that shows great skill […]

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I love The Hunger Games

I love The Hunger Games written by Suzanne Collins. I have read all the books in The Hunger Games series and they are really good! The Hunger Games: “I think that this book is an amazing starter for the Hunger Games! Collins has great potential as a Newbery medalist! I love the colorful images painted […]

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My book report of “The Sea of Monsters” by Rick Riordan on a cereal box

Pictures of the cereal box: Main Characters: Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, the sea god. Grover Underwood, related to Pan, the wilderness god. Percy’s best friend and satyr. Annabeth Chase, daughter of Athena, Percy’s other friend, daughter to Dr. Chase. Luke, son of Hermes and tries to bring Kronos to life. Tyson, Brother Cyclops to […]

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What I think about ”The Adventures of Tintin (film)”?

I think that overall, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn is very adventurous with a taste of action in it. The combination of Spielberg and Jackson make me give this film an A+++++. I like the animation in this movie because it almost looks like reality. The faces portrayed in this movie […]

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Review for Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg

Queen of the Falls is a very good book to me. I just bought this book as a souvenir from the Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books and Authors. I have been reading it ever since. It is the first nonfiction book Chris Van Allsburg has written. It has wonderful illustrations and it talks about […]

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Review for Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

I think Robert Louis Stevenson, the author of Treasure Island is one of my favorite authors. This book has a lot of pirates (which I like reading about) and pirate language (etc. Davy Jone’s Locker, landlubber), which are one of my favorite things to read. This book is marvelous! Submit Photos to Shutterstock and make […]

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Review for Nine Stories by Nellie Putur

When I finished reading Nine Stories by Nellie Putur, I was amazed by how she wrote the book. It is packed with suspense and mystery that about any kid would choose this book to read. I like Nellie’s way of piecing all the facts and clues at the end of the story and how she […]

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