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Netflix’s ‘Bird Box’ sends chilling message

Paige Speedling, Distribution Reporter

December 23, 2018

Netflix's newly released movie, "Bird Box" came out Dec 13. The movie starring Sandra Bullock set a record for Netflix at 45 million views in the first week, and the movie has only gained in popularity. The movie is based on a deadly force that infects people and makes them kill themselves. Nobody...

‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama, a memoir written by a woman America does not yet deserve

'Becoming' is the autobiographical memoir of former United States First Lady Michelle Obama published in Nov. Described by the author as a deeply personal experience, the book talks about her roots and how she found her voice, as well as her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother.

Emma Kostroski-Polucha, Print Editor-in-Chief

November 15, 2018

Some people look up to the President, some people look up to a different idol, but some people look up to the First Lady, one of the most important women’s roles in the United States. When that First Lady writes a book and people swarm to the bookshelves to buy it, the bestseller creates a unique com...

‘Everything you want me to be’ inspired by Minnesota locations

'Everything you want me to be' inspired by Minnesota locations

Mason Urban, Social Media Reporter

January 12, 2017

The new mystery novel Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia will be officially released Jan. 3. The book has received mostly positive reviews so far as it is averaging about 3.5-4 out of 5 stars. The author Mindy Mejia is a Minnesota-born author and most of her other books take place in Minnesota. The book Everything You ...

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ may actually be cursed

'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' may actually be cursed

Ellie Faeth, Copy Editor

September 16, 2016

Although the eighth book of the beloved series was long-awaited, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is sadly not what readers expected. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, released July 31, is a play and book written by J.K Rowling, the author of the original Harry Potter series, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne. It...

‘Insurgent’ dominates theaters

'Insurgent' dominates theaters

Sara Stickler, Online Editor

April 13, 2015

The movie theaters were hit with a bang of chaos on March 20. "Insurgent," "Divergent's" successor, premiered and the anticipation finally ended. Veronica Roth's use of words and detail inspired all readers of "Insurgent," but the movie did not live up to its expectations. Without comparing the movie ...

David Fabio makes books come to life

David Fabio makes books come to life

Matt Brown, Social Media Editor

April 10, 2015

Just like the stories themselves, authors have their own story to tell. Local author David Fabio has written several short stories, bi-weekly articles for the Stillwater Gazette, and has also published numerous novels. Fabio had been in recovery from neck surgery when he got motivation to start wri...

Famous author writes new book, ‘Glory O’Brien’s History of The Future’

Famous author writes new book, 'Glory O'Brien's History of The Future'

Kyah LaBancz, Online A&E Editor

December 4, 2014

The main character, Glory O'Brien, is able to see both the past and the future, caused by drinking the remains of a petrified bat she and her friend, Ellie, found on Ellie's property. "So we drank it - the two of us. Ellie drank it first and acted like it tasted good. I followed. And it wasn't half...

Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’ strays toward fan-fiction

Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit' strays toward fan-fiction

Kelly Roehrig

January 27, 2014

Well that was an unexpected journey, journey to the movies that is. But do not worry if you found Tolkien’s novels boring or simply too complicated, the second installment of the newest Tolkien-based film series, “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug”, is action-packed and nothing like the book. Al...

Book Club initiated by students


English teacher Lori Stippel teamed up with senior Carly Johnson to start a new book club for anyone interested. The club is starting out reading 'The Color Purple'.

Christy Prust

January 20, 2014

Stillwater Area High School is welcoming a new Book Club for students. The club will be open to all students as a way to be exposed to new literature and meet other students with similar interests. English 12 and AP Literature and Composition teacher, Lori Stippel is the advisor responsible for the club. Stippel has bee...

Futuristic world of ‘Divergent’ comes to life with some Hollywood magic

Best selling novel, Divergent by author Veronica Roth, about a futuristic world where people are divided into factions based upon their personalities. Tris Prior discovers she is a divergent and won’t fit into any one faction, so to save her life she must discover why being a divergent is so dangerous.

Lexie Sherrick

January 15, 2014

“One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you.” Divergent is a futuristic concept in the dystopian Chicago about about a girl named Beatrice who must choose out of the five fractions for what kind of society she belongs in, or is. The problem is when she got analyzed her results came up for...

Local author, Logan, hits the big screen


Tom Ortenburg the President of Millennium Films, author Chuck Logan, and actor James Franco all made an appearance at the world premiere of Homefront at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino Las Vegas on Nov. 20, 2013.

Katie Beedle

January 10, 2014

  Chuck Logan, a Vietnam war veteran, is now a well known Minnesotan author. He is best known for his book, Homefront, that was published May 30, 2006, and is now a big  screen film. The film was released to theaters Nov. 27, 2013. Logan has published nine novels including Homefront, alon...

‘The Fault in Our Stars’ goes to the big screen

In The Fault in Our Stars the two protagonists use

Cora Sutherland

November 8, 2013

andIt has recently been announced that John Greene’s popular novel The Fault in Our Stars is being made into a movie.  The novel is relatable, interesting and emotional, and readers have high expectations for the film to be the same way. Greene’s books are becoming increasingly popular across t...

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