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The DiRectory

The student news site of Rectory School.

The DiRectory

The student news site of Rectory School.

The DiRectory

My Brilliant Friend: A Book Review

My Brilliant Friend: A Book Review

Amber D., Reporter May 18, 2021

My Brilliant Friend is the first book in the Neapolitan Novels, and it was translated from Italian into English by Ann Goldstein. In this book, the author, Elena Ferrante, narrated the childhood and adolescence of two girls in Elena Greco's (Lenù)’s first-person view. The two girls are Raffaella Carullo...

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Join the Club! - The Book Recommendation Club

Join the Club! – The Book Recommendation Club

Celine D., Reporter May 3, 2021

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These are gold horse shoes or hooves, which archaeologists believe were made for the horses used to pull chariots. (Click photo to enlarge.)

A Visit to the Haihunhou Heritage Park Museum in China

Martin L., Reporter April 11, 2021

Haihunhou Heritage Park is a museum containing artifacts from the tomb of the Marquis of Haihun. It is located in Nanchang, which is in East China's Jiangxi Province, and it opened in September of 2020; excavation of the site had started back in 2011. This site holds the distinction of yielding the most...

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Flowers for Algernon Book Review

Flowers for Algernon Book Review

Amber D., Reporter March 3, 2021

Charlie was a 32-year-old man with an intellectual disability. His IQ was only 68— He wasn’t able to learn or memorize or do complex actions as non-disabled people could. He lived a happy life because he thought everyone was his friend, and he couldn’t remember anything bad. His dream was to become...

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Book Review: “A Farewell to Arms” by Ernest Hemingway

Julia Z., Reporter February 16, 2021

The novel A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway begins in Italy toward the end of World War I. Lieutenant Frederic Henry is an American serving in the Italian ambulance corps. During his time on the front, he meets Miss Catherine Barkley, a British nurse, and their hazy affection for each other starts...

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Destined to Wage a Frenzy

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Destined to Wage a Frenzy

Gina Z., Guest Writer January 25, 2021

On July 21, 2007, the ultimate piece of J.K.Rowling's enthralling seven-book epic was, at last, released amid fervid cravings and the acute anticipation of readers. After ten years of build-up and an accumulating readership, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was destined to wage a frenzy of reading...

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Little Women: Comparing Two Movie Versions of this Famous Novel

Little Women: Comparing Two Movie Versions of this Famous Novel

Amber D., Reporter January 25, 2021

Little Women, written by Louisa May Alcott, is a book about four sisters growing up together. The four girls all have their own characteristics. There have been many movies made about this book; the most classical one was the movie directed by Gillian Armstrong in 1994, and the newest one was directed...

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Interesting Observations in the Movie TENET

Interesting Observations in the Movie TENET

Amber D., Reporter December 4, 2020

Did you see the movie TENET? It's a science-fiction movie directed by Christopher Nolan that opened in theatres in mid-August of 2020. This movie is very fast-paced and jumps back and forth between the past, the present, and the future, so it's very confusing to follow. I noticed three interesting details...

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New Acrostic Book Reviews

New Acrostic Book Reviews

Mrs. Shattuck, Newspaper Editor November 15, 2020

To encourage students to read for pleasure, each term Rectory students must read a book of their own choice and write a book review about it. This fall, Rectory librarian, Mary Tiebout, introduced some new book review formats. The most popular of these was the Acrostic Book Review. Many students chose...

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The Great Gatsby: A Great Tragedy

The Great Gatsby: A Great Tragedy

Carson L., Guest Writer September 26, 2020

The Great Gatsby, what a finely written masterpiece! It is a romantic story on the surface, but there are fine details and hidden themes concerning America throughout the novel. Its characters symbolize various groups of people living in the 1920s. Daisy and Tom are among those considered the old aristocrats,...

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Mediterranean Shrimp with Feta and Kalamata Olives over Orzo

Twin Tastes: Mrs. Burke’s Cooking Blog

Mrs. Shattuck, Newspaper Advisor June 7, 2020

Did you know that Rectory’s Spanish teacher, Mrs. Kara Burke, has a blog about cooking? And did you know she has a twin sister named Marni? Well, we are excited to tell you about the cooking blog that Mrs. Burke and her twin sister have online; it’s called Twin Tastes, and you can check it out here:...

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Unusual But Delicious Chinese Foods: Do You Dare Try Them?

Unusual But Delicious Chinese Foods: Do You Dare Try Them?

Daniel Y. and Jerry D. June 7, 2020

China is famous for a variety of foods and unique ways of cooking them. We wanted to introduce you to a few unique, but delicious Chinese foods that we have eaten personally and that are considered to be delicacies in China. They are expensive and are usually eaten in authentic Chinese restaurants and/or...

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