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Book Reviews

The Girl in the Green Sweater

I obtained this book during a family trip to Washington D.C. in the summer of 2014 when we visited the United States Holocaust Museum. The Girl in the Green Sweater is about the author, Krystyna Chiger, recounting the story of her survival as a child as her family went from their wealthy home in Lvov and then into the sewers to live out the last fourteen months of the Holocaust. Since this book is nonfiction, it may not be appropriate for every one since it describes some horrific accounts typical in the Holocaust. Besides the fact that this book is brutally honest, it is a great read. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is intrigued with gaining a better view of the different atrocities families had to undergo during the Holocaust.

I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced

I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced was written by Nujood Ali with Delphine Minoui. It is the true story of a ten-year-old Yemeni girl named Nujood. The story takes place in a rustic village called Khardji, Yemen. Khardji is so small and remote that it does not make it onto most maps of the country. After Ali lost his job sweeping streets, he began spending his days with other men in the neighborhood, chewing khat and gossiping about their neighbors. One of the men in the group, a thirty-year-old named Faez asked Ali to agree to a marriage between him and one of Ali’s daughters. Two of his older daughters were already married and ten-year-old Nujood was next in line. Ali readily agreed to the marriage. It would be one less mouth to feed. Ali met with the men in his family and everyone gave their consent for the union. Yemen, the men decided everything. No one asked Nujood; her father just told her that she was getting married. Nujood was very naïve; she didn’t even know how babies were made. Although Faez had promised not to touch Nujood until after she matured, he violated her that first night and terrorized her every night for a month. Nujood was a spirited young girl and thought of nothing but escape. On a visit back to Sana’a, she ran away to the courthouse and told the judges that she wanted a divorce. When they saw the tiny, young girl the judges couldn’t believe that she was a married woman. Nujood found support in the court system and from her lawyer who was an advocate of women’s rights. Nujood went through a horrid ordeal but finally won her freedom and was able to return to being a child. She was hailed as a heroine and became an inspiration to other abused young girls in the Middle East. This book demonstrates the harsh reality of child marriage in not just the Middle East, but in developing countries. I highly recommend this book.


Although Lakshmi's family is desperately poor her life still contains simple pleasures; but, when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all the family’s crops, Lakshmi’s stepfather sends her away to take a job to support her family. When she arrives at “Happiness House”, full of hope, she learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution. This book is an amazing novel for teenagers and adults. Despite the fact that Sold is a fictional story, one simply cannot get over its realism when dealing with girls and prostitution in developing countries. This realistic and somber story will intrigue you from the very beginning and prevent you from putting the book down.

I am Malala

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot by the Taliban is an autobiography written by Malala Yousafzai, with the help of Christina Lamb, a five-time Foreign Correspondent of the Year. Malala begins her story as a young girl who lives in Pakistan in modern times. As a teenager, Malala becomes very outspoken about the rights of girls to have an education. Her willingness to stand up for this belief makes her a target for the Taliban, a religious group that has very different ideas about the roles of women in Pakistan society. One day, on the way home from school, Malala is shot in the head. The bullet doesn’t kill her but goes in near her eye. Because she leans at the moment the bullet enters her face, it travels down to her neck. This unbelievable true story is ultimately a great and inspiring read. I highly recommend this book for everyone

Media Reviews

Art Reviews

I was lucky enough to view all of these beautiful paintings in person when I visited The Louvre in Paris. The following paintings where my favorite out of all of the museum (besides the Mona Lisa of course).

Euro Travel Trip 2015

This summer, I traveled to London, Paris, and Barcelona with roughly 20 (not all pictured) of my fellow students and friends. There we traveled for a good nine days, and it was amazing. We spent three days in each city. During this trip, I was introduced to various cultures as we moved from city to city.

UW-Milwaukee Global Youth Summit

On February 20th of this year, myself and three other fellow GEAC students, along with our adviser Mrs. Brylski, traveled to UW-Milwaukee for its annual Global Youth Summit. There, we meet a multitude of students all across Wisconsin who were just as interested as learning about cultures around the globe as we were. We had a couple of ice breaker activities, a myth or fact presentation, learned two new languages, ate all sorts of cultural food, and met some amazing new friends. I am so grateful to have been selected to attend this summit, it was definitely worth the journey with all of the new experiences that were created that day.


  • Spanish Club for four years, 9th-12th
  • Leo Club for two years, 9th-10th
  • Euro Travel club for two years, 10th-11th
  • NHS for two years, 11th-12th

Community Service

11.5 Hours so far

  • notebooks for Africa
  • Syrian refugee windmills
  • Housing in Honduras
  • Paul's Pantry

Credits, total of 5

  • Spanish, grades 8-12
  • AP European History-1
  • AP Human Geography-1
  • AP Environmental Study-1
  • Independent Study: Latin American Cultures-.5
  • Global Issues in the Modern World-.5
  • English 11-.5
  • Tastes of Culture-.5