Written by Kyle Banker, University of Miami I think that all teenagers should read “The Forces Within” as they will learn a great amount about the final development of characters in the MLH series and how it could correlate to their own lives. All of the key messages that were mentioned throughout the series are … Continue reading Kyle Banker on the 5th & Final Installment of the MLH Book Series
Written by Kyle Banker, University of Miami After “The Battle for Innocence,” every reader was left wondering about what Andy would say after they last saw him waking up in his hospital bed. After a long month in Montgomery, it is clear that things have changed since he was in a coma, as many relationships … Continue reading The Forces Within: Advice Between the Lines of a Y.A. Thriller
Written by Kyle Banker, University of Miami “The Battle for Innocence” by Stacy Padula is a very helpful resource for teens, as it proves if you stick to your morals, good things will happen. In relation to the main character, Chantal Kagelli, the reader saw her face many challenges in the novel, mostly through her … Continue reading Y.A. Novel Inspires Teens to Stick to Their Morals
Kyle graduated from Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill in 2019. His favorite subjects include Biology, English, and Entrepreneurship. Some of his hobbies are playing soccer and hockey, volunteering, and being with friends and family. Kyle is now studying Biological Sciences at the University of Miami. Written by Kyle Banker, University of Miami The … Continue reading The Battle for Innocence
We will be donating 50% of July’s proceeds from Gripped Part 2: Blindsided to a Boston-based rescue that saves dogs from high-kill shelters throughout the Unites States. The cause is near and dear to our hearts because Baxter is a rescue, after all! To date, Last Hope K9 Rescue has saved the lives of over 7,600 dogs!
High school consists of the four most transformative years of your life, both academically and socially. The introductions of parties, substances, peer pressure, and popularity can completely change one’s personality and mindset. In “The Right Person,” Stacy Padula tells the story of a group of freshmen at Montgomery Lake High as they encounter and face countless social scenarios that change their lifestyles for the long run.
Kyle Banker of Needham, Massachusetts is a senior at Beaver Country Day School. He will be attending the University of Miami in the fall as a biology major. This month, Kyle read "The Right Person" - a young adult novel by Stacy Padula - and shared some insightful feedback.
It is very important for students of these ages to read Gripped Part 2 because it shows the honest truth of the massive drug problem that has risen from this generation. While it may seem from a parent perspective that topics in the novel may be over-exaggerated, that is certainly not the case. In fact, there are many more details in relation to withdrawal and overdose that have yet to be mentioned all because this topic is so thorough and relevant. Overall, while drugs may not be one of the first things you want to teach your child before going to middle/high school, it should be a definite priority considering the significant increase of substance abuse in the 21st century, and Gripped Part 2 effectively puts the problem into perspective.
There are a few different storylines running through Gripped Part 1 because it is setting up the rest of the series. What storyline do you find the most interesting and why?I think that the storyline between Cathy and Jason is most compelling to me because of their dual perspective of how they see the drama … Continue reading Looking Ahead to Gripped Part 2 with Kyle Banker
The Gripped Book Series has an array of main characters, who range in age from twelve to twenty-three. Although they have vastly different struggles, values, and personalities, their lives are indisputably entwined. Kyle Banker, a Communications Intern for the Gripped book series, read "Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told" and shared his insight on the characters. His responses are below: