The Washburn Review

Novel ‘Room’ haunts, inspires hope in readers

Colleen Kelly

January 30, 2016

Emma Donoghue’s novel “Room” sticks with you. The story focuses on Jack, a 5-year-old who has never seen the outside world and is living in a 10-foot by 10-foot room with his mother, “Ma." Unbeknownst to him, M...

Hearts will ache over ‘Flowers for Algernon’ story

Anna Cuimmo

November 21, 2015

Written in 1959, the novel "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes is considered a classic for good reason. Although written decades ago, its themes are still relevant today. This science fiction novel follows Charlie Gordon...

“Station Eleven” excels in intricate storytelling

Anna Cuimmo

November 13, 2015

“Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel is a cutting-edge, poetic novel about the possible apocalyptic future of earth. The story begins with Jeevan, one of the main characters, living in our modern-day world and exp...

John Lewis’s “March” lives up to the hype

Anna Ciummo

October 23, 2015

The two books published so far in Congressman John Lewis’ "March" trilogy have been widely read across Washburn as a part of its ongoing iRead series. "March" is a graphic novel and the autobiography of John Lewis in his...

Book Review: “Through the Woods” will scare you silly

Colleen Kelly

October 7, 2015

“Through the Woods” freaked me out. Illustrated and written by Emily Carroll, a webcomic artist on the rise, this graphic novel is an anthology of five of Carroll’s comics. These five self-contained short stories te...

Book Review: “Nimona” will nab your heart

Colleen Kelly

September 19, 2015

“Nimona” is the graphic novel I didn’t know I needed. Set in a fantastical medieval kingdom of dragons, knights and science fairs, Noelle Stevenson’s story centers around Nimona, an impulsive shape shifter keen on being th...