The Green Hill Manor Fanzine 2015

A magazine dedicated to my young adult fiction series "The Green Hill Manor Mystery". In this magazine, I'll be discussing what gave me the idea to write the story, who the main characters are, and some pop culture events that happened in 2010.

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4. Issue #1 November 2, 2015

Page 1 - Introduction

Hello, and welcome to the first issue of the Green Hill Manor Fanzine 2015. In this particular issue, I’ll be talking about the beginning of the story all the way to the end of the 3-part pilot episode in the story "The Summer of Our Discontent". I'll also be conducting a character interview with Trevor Shinnok in the featured article section of the magazine. So all you have to do now is just sit back, relax, and enjoy this premiere issue of this magazine!

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Page 2 - Characters uncensored

June 17, 2010

At 2:28 pm, Mara Llewellyn was seen walking around the Shining Waters Shopping Center with what appeared to be a game cartridge that she purchased from Radio-Active. Although no one knew what the item in question was, you can be sure that Mara has something to do with that object tonight.

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June 18, 2010

At 1:48 pm, Fiona Keith and Raina Morse were seen leaving the Blue Moon Movie Theater; they were apparently caught watching “The Silver Crystal Coven” without an adult present. There’s a reason why you're not allowed to see an R-rated movie without an adult present; that rule was made for a reason!

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June 19, 2010

At 12:47 pm, Jeremiah Fields was caught trying to place a call home to his mother while he was at the Harrison Creek Youth Center; Dwayne Foley, the leader of the Typewriter Club, confiscated Jeremiah’s phone and told the parent of Jeremiah to stop calling their child during the middle of a social activity.

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Page 3 - Essays/short stories

How I Survived Harrison Creek Middle School by Pearl Tanner

I can't believe that in just 10 days, I'm going to be promoted to the ninth grade. However, the funny thing about this is that I'm not even old enough to attend high school, since I am only 9 years old.

I know you're all asking me how can I survive life in middle school. First, remember that middle school isn't what you see on TV, so stop pretending that a new outfit or hairdo is going to make you popular or win you friends. We have to be more realistic than that

So, how did I survive life in Harrison Creek Middle School? Here are the ways:

1. Get along with all your teachers, especially the teachers that you don't like. It really helps a lot if you get along with the teacher. I had to learn that when I had Mr. Ewing for pre-algebra, and he worse the worse cologne out of all the colognes that I’ve seen.

2. Join a club. As many of you know, I was a member of the science club, geography club, and the library club. Don’t just go to school to "go to school"; you need to learn something new that isn't being taught in the classroom.

3. Go out for the team. Even though I couldn't join any of the teams here at HCMS, I know that many of my friends were part of the track and basketball teams. Even if you don't want to join a sports team, just do it anyway. You'll feel like part of a team and build the confidence that you need in order to face high school.

4. Don’t be afraid to make new friends. Remember that the friends you had when you went into HCMS aren’t the same friends that you’ll have at the end of your term at HCMS. Yet, I’m lucky to have Mara Llewellyn, Stuart Greer, Irene Haughton, Jackie Gilmore, and Marie Lewis as my friends.

5. Lastly, don’t cut classes, do all your homework, don’t give into peer pressure, and whatever you do, don’t smoke or do drugs. You’ll really mess up your future if you do.

Now you know. I’ll see you when I graduate from Harrison Creek High School.

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Page 4 - Gossip, Advice

Dear Lucy,

I am a 15-year-old girl who was told by several adults that I need to get out of the house. But I love to stay at home, and not because I enjoy it. I have a mental disorder that keeps me indoors most of the time. My parents are fine with me staying at home, but the other adults I know are not. Can you help me?

Stay-at-home kid

 

Dear stay-at-home kid,

I know you may find this hard to believe, but I think the other adults are right. You have stayed inside so much that you have forgotten what it is like to be outdoors. Do you have any friends that you like to hang out with? If you don't, then there's the Harrison Creek Youth Center. The place has programs that you can enjoy. Also, I think you and your parents need to have a talk with a therapist about your behavior as soon as possible, as staying at home can cause depression and other health problems down the road.

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Dear Lucy,

I am not looking forward to attending high school, as I know that I’ll have to go to Harrison Creek High School. From what I’ve heard, that school has a bad reputation, from stupid kids to insensitive teachers. I really don't want to go there, and I want to find a school that has good students and great teachers. My mom says that my worries and mistrust of those who attend Harrison Creek High are unfounded. How can I convince her that I don't want to go to Harrison Creek high?

Am willing to go to any school but Harrison Creek High School.

 

Dear willing to attend any school other than Harrison Creek High School,

I hate to break it to you, but your mother is correct in this case. You say that you've heard rumors about the bad things that are happening at Harrison Creek High School, but why not ask about the good things that are happening at the high school. I’m sure that there are great things that happen at the school. Remember, never focus on the negative aspects of going to high school, especially if the school is Harrison Creek High School.

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Page 5 - News Articles

Congratulations to the 2010 Harrison Creek Middle School graduates!

by Daniel McClure

June 30, 2010

Today marks the annual promotion day exercises at Harrison Creek Middle School. 300 eighth grade students participated in the exercises, where the majority of them are destined to attend Harrison Creek High School. Most of those students seem to have a dull future ahead of them, as they are attending a once-great high school that has a terrible reputation in recent years.

The highlights of the promotion day exercises were a speech given by Kaitlin Marcus that accurately described the children's journey through their middle school years, a dance performance given by the Harrison Creek Middle School dance team, an inspiring musical performance by Brigitte Alfaro, and Ashleigh Strickland, Alyssa Castro, Mia Turner, Jonah Nicholson, and Wesley Moore talking about their favorite memories of their time in middle school. We here at the Harrison Creek Reporter wish nothing for the best for these kids as they begin the next chapter of their lives.

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Featured Article - character biography/interviews, behind the story

Now, we have the character of the week: Trevor Shinnok!

Me: So, how are you today, Trevor?

Trevor Shinnok: Oh, I'm doing all right. So, this is an interview?

Me: Yes. Now, I have some questions for you. Do you mind if I ask them?

TS: Sure, go ahead.

Me: OK. First question: Where were you born?

TS: I was born in Salem, which isn't too far from Harrison Creek.

Me: Where did you attend school?

TS: Until I came here, I went to Waretown Elementary School.

Me: Well, that's interesting. Now, tell me about your family

TS: Well, for now, I'm living with my dad, three older brothers, and my younger sister Tallulah.

ME: And do you get along with them?

TS: Well, let's just say that the boys love to roughhouse a lot and I try to stay out of it. Tallulah, on the other hand, is trying to stuff me into a dress.

Me: That's hilarious! Next question: What are you looking forward to doing on your summer vacation?

TS: At this point, who knows? I just hope to stay out of trouble. I already have a 15-page rap sheet; there's no need for me to get into any more trouble.

Me: 15-page rap sheet? Care to elaborate on that?

TS: Well, most of the stuff I've been accused of doing is a result of the girls roping Me into their schemes.

Me: What schemes?

TS: They've been plotting to cause trouble for the Teen Rebels, and I've been trying to either stay out of it or talk them out of it.

Me: I take it that none of those tactics worked.

TS: Yeah. In fact, people around Harrison Creek are calling us the Bullying Trio, and I’ve never bullied another person in my life.

Me: Well, that's sad. Anyway, what do you want to do when you get into high school.

TS: Hopefully try out for the football team. But if that doesn't work, then I can perhaps join the engineering team.

Me: That sounds interesting. Now we're about to approach rapid fire, and when I say a word and you have to say whatever comes to your mind when you hear that word. Are you ready?

TS: Yes.

Me: Okay, here we go. Toys.

TS: Transformers

Me: Books

TS: The Lord of the Rings

Me: Shoes

TS: Vans

Me: Car

TS: Chevrolet

Me: TV show

TS: America’s Got Talent

Me: Cartoon

TS: Scooby Doo

Me: Okay, that is the end of rapid fire. Now, do you have anything that you want to add before we close the interview?

TS: I just want to say that I don't care what you people think about me or what lies that you want to tell about me, but you had better leave my family alone, which includes Shara, believe it or not. Even better, stop making up crap about me because that's not cool. The next time somebody refers to me as a bully, I will sue them for everything they have, and that includes college scholarships. So leave me alone, will you?

Me: Thank you very much for your interview Trevor.

TS: You're welcome.

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Page 6 - Inspirational and heartwarming stories

Returning to the place where I came from

By Janine Hall Shinnok

On June 8, 2010, I made a very difficult decision, which was to move back to Harrison Creek. I was very much against that decision, as my husband told me that he had no desire to move away. After all, our home was in San Francisco, California, our kids were in good schools, and we didn’t have anything to worry about.

That was, until The Proud Plum Grocer decided to close its doors. This was sad because the business had been in operation since the end of World War II. Plus, the city decided to tear down the place where we were staying because it tired of the poor people living in the place, cluttering it with junk.

So, with no job and no home, my husband was prepared to go house hunting in another part of San Francisco when I announced the decision to move. Naturally, we argued about this for several hours until we both agreed that it would be good if we moved the family to Harrison Creek. Shara, my oldest daughter, has begged me to let her visit her grandparents for the summer, and I overheard her telling her friends that she was tired of not being able to visit her cousins in their home, but they always come to her place.

So yes, I had to return home, not because I was homesick, but I didn't have any other choice.

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Page 7 - Pop culture

Top 10 Movies

1. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse 

2. The Last Airbender 

3. Toy Story 3

4. Grown Ups 

5. Knight and Day

6. The Karate Kid

7.  The A-Team

8. Get Him To The Greek

9. Shrek Forever After

10. Cyrus

 

Top 10 Songs

1. California Gurls – Katy Perry fea. Snoop Dogg

2. OMG – Usher fea. will.i.am

3. Love The Way You Lie – Eminem fea. Rihanna

4. Billionaire – Travie McCoy fea. Bruno Mars

5. Airplanes – B.o.B. fea. Hayley Williams

6. Find Your Love – Drake

7. Your Love Is My Drug – Ke$ha

8. Cooler Than Me – Mike Posner

9. Ridin’ Solo – Jason Derulo

10. Alejandro – Lady Gaga

 

Top 10 Games

1. Wii Sports (Wii)

2. Transformers: War for Cybertron (X360)

3. Red Dead Redemption (X360)

4. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)

5. Transformers: War for Cybertron (PS3)

6. Wii Sports Resort (Wii)

7. New Super Mario Bros. Wii

8. 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa (X360)

9. Wii Fit Plus

10. Just Dance (Wii)

 

Top 10 Books

1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson

2. The Girl Who Played with Fire, by Stieg Larsson

3. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, by Stieg Larsson

4. The Shack, by William P. Young

5. The Host, by Stephenie Meyer

6. The Magicians, by Lev Grossman

7. Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen

8. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

9. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

10. The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger

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Page 8 - Milestones

Births

Devin Donovan was born on June 26, 2010 to parents Timmy and Alana Donovan. Tim, who is an actor on the hit TV show "The Operation", announced the birth on his blog. "Fatherhood is a wonderful thing," he said when asked about his new son. This is the first child for Timmy and Alana, who married in 2008.

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Marriage

On June 28, 2010, actors Tom Logan and Marcy Watts were married at the Grace Lutheran Church in Portland, Maine. Family and friends of the couple attended the event. The couple, who met on the set of the sci-fi movie "Voyage to Alnitak", had been dating for 2 years. This is the second marriage for Tom, who was married to pop singer Claudia Mullen from 2003-2006.

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Deaths

On June 21, 2010, actress Tricia Frey died in a car accident as she and several friends were on their way home from a camping trip in the Rocky Mountains. An unexpected rockslide was the cause of the car accident, which killed not only the 29-year-old actress, but three of her closest friends. Tricia leaves behind her parents, husband, and three children.

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Page 9 - What's in the next issue

Ok, so now we’ve reached the end of this issue. But don't feel bad, because in the next issue, there will be the following:

1. The mystery behind Tanya's disappearance

2. What happened when Shara Shinnok arrived in Harrison Creek

3. Deleted scenes from the pilot and the first episode

Next week's issue is on its way. If you like it, then please subscribe.

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