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Books
John Steinbeck’s "Of Mice and Men" is an intimate portrait of two men who cling to one another during the Great Depression. Lennie, a mentally impaired man, clutches George, who is equally insecure. George longs for a few humble acres to call home, while Lennie simply wishes for his own pet rabbits. The pair find employment on a fertile ranch in California, which George believes will be their means to a home of their own. However, Lennie’s limited intellect and childlike desire for soft objects doom the pair.
Brimming with authentic dialogue and subtle symbolism that won it the Nobel Prize for Literature, this gripping novelette is hardly more than 100 pages. The chilling final pages will render you speechless.

JANELLE WILLIAMS, junior, Central Hardin High School 

Television
Fairytale remakes have been popping up everywhere in the media world. Many believe they are a fad and not worth spending time on. ABC disagrees. The sensational television show "Once Upon A Time" is, yes, a fairytale remake, but it is a remake unlike the rest. Set in the real world, fairytale characters under a curse live their lives as residents of Storybrooke, Maine, with no idea who they were in “fairytale land.” The show's exciting, mysterious plotline have kept many on their toes and its ratings have remained high. ABC has commissioned nine additional episodes to delight the public with the funny, endearing and heroic characters, so I would give it a watch.  

— ALEXIS PISCATELLO, senior, homeschool 

Music
Hailing from Akron, Ohio, The Black Keys have dominated the rock charts since their 2010 breakthrough album "Brothers." Since then they have not failed to disappoint with their stripped down bluesy rock. "El Camino" follows this trend and displays raw blues power at its best. It is layered and complex, while remaining simple and unrefined; a balance that is hard to find in most music. Overall "El Camino," although more refined than pervious works, is one of the duo’s best albums to date.

— MICHAEL NIEMEYER , junior, homeschool 

Movies
"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close "
Nine-year-old Oskar Schell (Thomas Horn) lost his father (Tom Hanks) in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. A few years after the attack, Oskar discovers a key in his father’s closet. Oskar then embarks on a quest to find the lock that the key opens, believing the search will keep him close to his father’s memory. This poignant film will cause viewers to think about family and the loss of a loved one. It also provides an interesting look at the emotions of those who were personally affected by the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

— APRIL WINEBARGER, senior, Elizabethtown High School 

App
TempleRun is the casual game sensation that’s sweeping the nation, or at least, the teenage population. This addictive game is free in the App Store, and will soon be adapted to Android devices. The objective of this addictive game is to collect coins and complete challenging objectives. Although there is no way to win the game, players play again and again in order to improve their personal best score and to compete with their friends. The simple gameplay and repetitive graphics allow the player to focus on honing their reflexes and decision-making skills.

— APRIL WINEBARGER, senior, Elizabethtown High School