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The student news site of Stockbridge High School


The student news site of Stockbridge High School


Stories that haunt

Maggie Jones

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

There’s a reason as to why the Harry Potter book series turned into a multibillion dollar movie franchise along with having its own large fandom base which has inspired other authors to create pieces of literature similar to this series. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone transports you into a world of magic and mystery in every page. J.K. Rowling’s ability to write such a complex and exciting world within her books will make you feel as if you actually live in Harry Potter’s world and are part of the story yourself. Not only do you feel like a character in the story, but you also get a sense of community and life-long friendship that assures you that you aren’t alone in the world. The plot of the story never gets boring, assuring there’s always excitement waiting to be revealed by the reader. Overall, the Sorcerer’s Stone is a must-read for those who love cliffhangers, story development and those needing a sweet escape from reality.


The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a masterful gothic tale featuring a town plagued by the age-old myth of The Headless Horseman. The novel is packed with brilliant imagery that illustrates the haunting-yet-beautiful town of Sleepy Hollow. The cold mist creeping in during the witching hour, the plentiful barrels of bright-red apples from the recent harvest and even the subtle clapping of hooves in the background as travelers make their way home create a chilling experience for the reader. The characters, specifically the endearing main character Ichabod Crane, are familiar and detailed, bringing this classic tale to life. The short story moves quickly and will leave you enthralled until the last page. Ending with a cliffhanger that is open to interpretation, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a timeless tale that will continue to enchant readers for many decades to come.


The Only One Left 

The Only One Left is a nail-biting novel full of twists and turns that keep the reader engrossed through both present-day action following the main character Kit, and flashbacks detailing the night of the original murder. The pacing is quick and the plot never dulls, making for an absolute thrill-ride of a novel that I read in one day. The gothic atmosphere of the ancient mansion sitting atop a crumbling cliff on the rocky Maine coast was described with haunting imagery that added to the eerie tone of the novel. Although the cast of characters is small- including only the staff at Hope’s End and Lenora herself – they are multifaceted and fleshed out expertly. The ending is full of twists that will completely blindside the reader, and it will have you flipping through the book to find all of the foreshadowing that was secretly clued throughout the novel. Although some of the plot twists were unbelievable and too convenient, the ending was still enjoyable, and it concludes an engrossing thriller novel that will leave the reader thinking for weeks.



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Maggie Jones
Maggie Jones, Reporter
This is Maggie’s first year joining the UNCAGED family. Maggie is the President of the National Honor Society and the co-captain of her volleyball team. After high school, Maggie plans on attending either Central Michigan University or Saginaw Valley University to pursue a Master’s degree in either Dietetics or Occupational Therapy. In her free time, Maggie enjoys reading, hiking, babysitting her two angels, working at the library, and spending time with her family.
Taiyler Stanfield
Taiyler Stanfield, Editor In Chief
Taiyler Stanfield joined Uncaged halfway through her junior year and is an Editor-in-Chief this year. When she’s not yelling at students to do their work or editing articles for hours at a time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family. After graduating, Taiyler plans to quit her full-time job Tokyo-drifting on the way to school to attend Eastern Michigan University, where she will pursue a degree in Young Adult Literature to become an editor for a publishing company. If all hope is lost, Taiyler will instead pursue screenwriting in hopes that one day she will make the big bucks and win an Oscar for the blood, sweat, and tears she shed. You will occasionally hear Taiyler desiring to have at least five cats, as she is dangerously obsessed with them. Because of this obsession, it is with 100% certainty that she will become the neighborhood's crazy cat lady.
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