Book Review: “Shine” by Lauren Myracle

Settle For Nothing Less Than the Truth: A Review of Lauren Myracle’s “Shine”

By: Rachel Parsons

            As a young Appalachian woman, I find myself constantly in pursuit of good literature about my region. As I am also a
fan of Young Adult literature, it is a special treat when I come across a Young Adult novel set in Appalachia that’s about more than raising chickens and catching crawdads. One such novel is “Shine,” by Lauren Myracle.

Settle For Nothing Less Than the Truth: A Review of Lauren Myracle’s “Shine”

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Appalachian Girl Power

Appalachian Girl Power: A Review of Suzanne Collins’s “The Hunger Games”

Appalachian Girl Power: A Review of Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games
By Rachel Parsons

At the beginning of the summer of 2011, my mother showed me a book. She told me that this was one of the best books she’d ever read. To my surprise, the book she was offering me was a young adult novel. My mother enjoys Appalachian fiction and nonfiction, and to my knowledge, the only other young adult novel she’s ever thought so highly of was Madeleine L’engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, first published in 1962 and read by my mother in 1977. However, the book my mother was telling me about was not a well known, well beloved story from her childhood. This was a book I’d never heard of before called The Hunger Games.

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