Ethan Bondick recently discovered Marie Lu’s Legend Trilogy, which joins his list of favorites.
Three books by Marie Lu, titled Legend, Prodigy, and Champion, together comprise the young-adult, dystopian fantasy series known as the Legend Trilogy. The trilogy has become a New York Times bestseller and attracts a varied readership. It takes place on our world in the future, when a nation called simply the Republic takes the place of the western United States.
In Legend, the first book of the series, 15-year-old prodigy June sets out in pursuit of the infamous criminal who killed her older brother. However, this criminal, another 15-year-old named Day, knows many secrets that challenge June’s understanding of the Republic. At the same time, June finds herself falling in love with him. The rest of the series chronicles the result of their apparently random meeting and their efforts to protect themselves and their country.
Lego began in 1949 with a simple, interconnecting brick toy factory. Today, the company is involved in the gaming industry as well as a star-studded feature film project. Perhaps it is no surprise, then, that the company has produced a number of rare and elaborate sets.
The 4,295 piece Tower Bridge is a beautiful example of Lego’s talent for highly detailed historical recreations, while the Ewok Village – a 1,990 piece rarity – displays the company’s ability to put a distinctive Lego spin on well-known cultural artifacts. Lego has a longstanding relationship with the Star Wars franchise; the most sought-after Lego set of all time may be the Ultimate Collector’s Edition Millennium Falcon, an out-of-production model introduced in 2007.
An article in The Guardian has recently affirmed that Harry Potter remains the best-selling English language book series of all time. With some 450 million copies sold since the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in 1997, the Harry Potter books are bested only by the French detective series Maigret, a collection of more than 100 books and short stories published between 1931 and 1972. However, in terms of series written for young adults, Harry Potter’s throne is threatened only by R. L. Stein’s Goosebumps, which have sold upwards of 300 million copies since 1992. Nancy Drew, The Baby-sitters Club, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight round out the list of young adult series that have sold in excess of 100 million books each.
In his spare time, Ethan Bondick enjoys reading, particularly autobiographies of tennis stars like Rafael Nadal and Brad Gilbert and the Harry Potter Series.
Gaining Ground employs a unique model that depends on volunteers from the community to execute the majority of the work at the farm needed to produce nutritious food items. The farm then offers this food to a variety of organizations during the harvest season. The majority of the food is consumed within 24 hours of harvest due to the localized and direct mission of the organization.
The work at Gaining Ground makes a tremendous difference in the lives of countless families and individuals in need. Some of these individuals in need receive whole ingredients from food banks while others go to shelters and soup kitchens for meals prepared with the produce. Gaining Ground also impacts the volunteers, who learn more about where their food comes from and the work that goes into growing produce. Volunteers include children as young as eight years old up to people in their 80s who want to get a breath of fresh air, help the community, and learn about farming.
Ethan Bondick has had the opportunity to work at GG through his school.