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The student news site of Stockbridge High School

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A snowy read

The Christmas Guest
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Maggie Jones

The Christmas Guest follows two university students, Ashley Smith and Emma Chapman, as the duo spend the Christmas season at the residence of Emma’s family, the Starvewood Manor. Ashley is shocked as she enters the large estate and becomes uncomfortable at the rude comments made by Emma’s parents. As Ashley begins to grow close to Emma’s brother, Adam, rumors of his possible influence in the murder of a teenage girl start to make Ashley question who the Chapman family is. Amidst this terror, the girls also find themselves threatened by a masked man in the woods. Ashley realizes she has stepped into a real-life horror novel as she questions how safe she really is in the cold, looming halls of Starvewood Manor.

Swanson’s The Christmas Guest is a spine-chilling novella that leads the reader on a downward spiral full of more twists and turns than a rollercoaster. The first part of the novella occurs within the diary of Ashley Smith, an art student staying at classmate Emma Chapman’s family residence which sets the gothic scene of the story, whereas the second part of the novella is told from Emma’s point of view. This leaves the reader with a horrifying discovery and stunning conclusion, thus proving that not everything is as it seems. Although many aspects of the story add to the horror theme, romance is also present within the novella between Ashley and Emma’s twin brother, leaving you wondering whether or not this is a horror, murder mystery,  romance book – or all of the above. Although The Christmas Guest is a short read, each page has the unique ability to entice the reader leaving them to finish the novella in one sitting.

 

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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.
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.
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