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by Summer Lane


Lexi has a controlling mother who’s obsessed with beauty pageants, her sister is a brat, her dad is distant, and Lexi herself is in a rut. She doesn’t think much about herself, and she’s consigned herself to live apart from the “Beautiful Ones” at school, deliberately putting no effort into her appearance to defy the stereotype of the standards of teen beauty. But when she and her best friend Benny make a bet, she gets glammed up for one week at school. Things kind of go off the rails from that point onward.

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The Hobbit: Movie Review

IN THE December 31 ISSUE

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by Summer Lane



Bilbo Baggins, a respectable hobbit from Bag End in the Shire, doesn’t like adventures. They “make you late for dinner,” as he says. But when a nomadic wizard who we all know and love drops in with a company of dwarves on a quest to retrieve a lost treasure, Bilbo finds himself in the middle of a…well, an adventure.

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by Summer Lane


Love INC stands for Love In the Name of Christ and we serve Reedley, Orange Cove, and the mountain communities–the reach of Kings Canyon Unified School District. We were closed for about six months and reopened in June of this year. The Clearinghouse is the core of all we do–people with difficult life circumstances can call and our volunteers gather their stories and information. We then decide how we can best serve them and assist them in getting out of those circumstances with the use of local churches, agencies, our own services (GAP ministries), and/or volunteers.

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The Hobbit: Book Review

IN THE December 8 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andSummer Lane,
andTeens
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by Summer Lane


Thus begins an epic adventure that will unite a company of dwarves, one fantastical wizard and one hesitant yet stalwart hobbit as they travel across a magical place called Middle Earth. What are they searching for? Treasure, of course! But to reach the treasure, our friends will brave trolls, and maybe even a dragon.

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Skinny by Donna Cooner: YA Book Review

IN THE November 17 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
andEvery Other Book,
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by Summer Lane


Ever is 15 years old. She weighs 302 pounds. An insidious voice in her head constantly puts her down, isolates her from other people, and makes her believe that she is worthless. But after Ever decides to get gastric bypass surgery, she must learn who her true friends are…and who is just coming into her life because she’s losing weight.

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by Summer Lane


Bella is a vampire. She’s married to Edward, and thanks to a weird twist of vampirism that nobody seems to be able to explain, she’s now the mother of a half-vampire, half-human girl named Renesme. Unfortunately for Bella and Edward, the Voluturi – an evil vampire council that pretty much rules the world – wants Renesme dead, and the love struck couple is going to have to move heaven and earth to save her. Literally.

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Young Adult Summer Book Haul

IN THE September 22 ISSUE

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by Summer Lane


Over the summer I had a chance to read some of the hottest new titles on the literary market. From Cinder, by Marissa Meyer to Battle Royale, by Koushun Takami, I’ve read at least 80 different titles for my “Summer Haul” this year. Here are a few of my absolute favorite books.

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Removing The Palm Trees on Reed

IN THE August 18 ISSUE

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andHometown History,
andSummer Lane
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by Summer Lane


Are you familiar with the towering palm trees that line the road on Reed Avenue? They greet every out-of-town visitor and remind local residents that the two-lane boulevard they drive on every day is not just pretty, but historic. Unfortunately, the City of Reedley has big plans to take the palm trees out in order to widen the road.

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by Summer Lane


What is it about someone that attracts your attention? Is it the way they dress, the accent with which they speak, or the simple way they sit on a park bench and read a book? In I Am Everyone I Meet: Random Encounters on the Streets of Los Angeles, James White does not hesitate to strike up a conversation with the most unlikely people. From the homeless man to the drug addict, everybody has a story to tell, and recounted through White’s eyes, the novel is not only entertaining, but also moving.

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Ice Age: Continental Drift Movie Review

IN THE July 16 ISSUE

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by Summer Lane


It’s tough keeping your herd together. Just ask Manny, the 11-ton woolly mammoth who we all know and love. When the world starts breaking into pieces as the result of a continental drift, Manny gets separated from his family, Ellie and Peaches, and it’s up to him and his loyal friends, Diego and Sid, to get home safely. There’s just one problem: pirates.

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