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And Then There Were None

By Agatha Christie
Rated by Jackie S.
Apr 13, 2018

This was my first time reading an Agatha Christie novel, and I was not disappointed. This intensifying mystery follows 10 strangers who have been invited to stay on an island by an unknown host. What keeps the reader engaged is the intrigue of trying to figure out which of the guests is actually the murderous individual who devised the plan to lure the rest to this remote location. As I am often disappointed when I can foresee the conclusion of a book, I was delighted that Christie’s writing style kept me on my toes, and didn’t make any one suspect stand out consistently.

Teen Staff Review
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Saint Death

By Marcus Sedgwick
Rated by Chris K.
Apr 12, 2018

A powerful book about the tough and gritty existence on the edge of the border, where everyone dreams of better lives that are only available to a very few through even fewer routes.

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Miles Megaciph
Thursday, Apr 19, 2018

The foundation of Kansas city rapper and hip-hip artist Miles Megaciph' s music resides in the meaning of his name: Mental Energies Gather And Circulate In Positive Harmony. Drawing on his experiences as a Marine in Okinawa, Japan, his subsequent battles with PTSD, and his current involvement with Veterans For Peace, Megaciph's music is equally visceral, honest and hopeful. His recently released fourth album, Codeswitching, is a continuation of his hard-hitting and socially conscious perspectives on the world. We are fortunate to share an interview about his creative process, influences and other topics with the artist himself.

Jen Appell
Wednesday, Apr 11, 2018

How does one capture in words a creative force such as Kansas City's Jen Appell? A singer-songwriter, collaborator, performer, activist, poet and open mic host, Appell's music explores "the space where humor and tragedy skate a teetering, uncomfortable line." In recent years she was, along with Kristina Ning, half of the folk duo Not Sisters. Since then she has helped stage theater productions and art installations and contributed to a comic book focused on the history of redlining in Wyandotte County, Kansas. We're delighted to share an interview with the artist herself about all these topics and more.

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