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Apr 07, 2014 06:58PM

19451 This weekend I finished Ian Fleming's Casino Royale and I've got to say the Bond of the written page is much less likable but a more complex character than the Bond of the movie screen.

If anyone was looking for a novel to compare / contrast for high school this would work well. It is a quick read too.

Note: Sexual situations but not explicit. Suicide. Murder. Torture. Gambling.
19451 Heather wrote: "Hi Rory,

That's a good question! While I've certainly enjoyed being an indie author, there are times when I certainly wished that I had a cadre of editors and lawyers helping me out. I felt that w..."

Thanks for your response Heather! Even though I disliked you had to do the disclaimer in the first place I applaud you for your forethought.
19451 Kathleen wrote: "Yep! Go to or my webpage at"

Very nice! She looks like she's up to something! =)
19451 I graduated in 1991 from high school and never knew of Japanese internment until much later. The only way in which I "taught" this in my own middle school (6th - 8th grade) language arts class was by doing a WWII Independent Book Study. Students had to select a book (fiction or nonfiction) with WWII as the setting. I made sure there was representation from this incident in the selections each time (as well as portrayals of how German immigrants were treated in the US during this time). Since students had to do an oral presentation (often technology based) we experienced a large spectrum of what happened around the globe during this time. It was always eye opening.

Some that tell uncommon historical perspectives(please feel free to add to this):

Hattie Big Sky
Someone Named Eva

I love films so do watch Sweetland!
19451 BTW - I'm moving this under the "ask a peer" folder - more appropriate for it to be there. Thanks!
19451 I really loved the Young Adult National Book Award Finalist Dark Water. It was memorable and poignant. Laura was our guest for this book so you can check out the discussion thread for reactions.

You may find other options by checking out their winner / finalist lists as well.

I don't know where you live but I loved Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby. Very subtly it deals wit racism. Survival story set in the Everglades. Ginny was also a guest of our group. This one fits closer to your page limitation.

Another good source for quality literature is the Michael L. Printz Award. These are thought provoking book.
19451 Dawn wrote: "Once upon a time a girl dreamed big."

Love it! Welcome Dawn!
19451 WINNERS (including from the rsvp giveaway)

The publisher has been sent the winner list with mailing addresses. I will let you know when the books have been shipped.

Keep in mind we are on a deadline for this one. You must read the book and either write and post a book review on Goodreads or blog about the book BEFORE April 30th.

I ask that you post a link to the blog or book review on this discussion thread when you've completed it so we can all enjoy it!
Apr 03, 2014 09:45PM

19451 Kelly wrote: "Rory M. wrote: "I just finished A War of Gifts by Orson Scott Card. It was a quick read and dealt with sci-fi / fundamental religion. Interesting...but I probably would..."

I have NO idea where it went! I'll have to poke around and see if I can find it. I'm leaving town so if anyone has the time to do this and post a link to it here that would be great.

It took me forever to put that up (and it wasn't even done)!
19451 Laurie wrote: "I read this book a few years ago when it was first published so I don't remember a lot of details but a few things stuck with me. If I could only use one word to describe these women it would be te..."

Great points Laurie! I discovered this one on the end cap at the library and was like...WOW...what is this about!
19451 Kathleen: Is the cover changed at this point? I'd love to see the new cover art. Any chance of getting an online peek?
19451 Helene - You captured Hannah's anxiety and mental state so well in that first chapter. I really felt what she felt - poor girl!
19451 J.G.
As I was reading the book I, of course, made a connection with the writing and genre of J.R.R. Tolkien, the father of most things "fantasy".

Which authors DO you draw inspiration from?
19451 Tony: When I was reading the book I wondered at your interest in this topic? How did it develop?
19451 Hi Heather!

I'm looking over my copy of the book (an ebook) and I see you put in a disclaimer that Disney did not "authorize or endorse" the book.

These types of disclaimers always get me thinking. Can you share a little about being an "indie" author?
19451 Kathleen wrote: "I am SO EXCITED to discuss my book with everyone. Thanks for signing up to win a free copy. Remember, I am also offering a free copy of Darkness Descends as an eBook since there was a delay in gett..."

This offer is for those who were selected to receive a copy of the book during the giveaway.

This discussion is open to EVERYONE...and I encourage those of you who did not receive a book to secure one from your favorite bookstore or your public library.

Kathleen is a hard working public school educator so support her in her efforts where you can.
Apr 01, 2014 09:43PM

19451 I just finished A War of Gifts by Orson Scott Card. It was a quick read and dealt with sci-fi / fundamental religion. Interesting...but I probably wouldn't bring it into my classroom library personally. Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1) by Orson Scott Card is the go-to work for this author and young adults, I think.

I'm also almost done with Casino Royale by Ian Fleming which I'm loving!

A War of Gifts (The Ender Quintet, #1.5) by Orson Scott Card
Casino Royale (James Bond, #1) by Ian Fleming
19451 Dare to dream with me this month as we delve into the unknown as we read Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone, our YA Nonfiction selection this month.

Did anyone even know about these 13 women before hearing about this book?
19451 Another classic opportunity for you! Let's explore this wonderful, timeless book together.

Zoey Wyn will be our guide this month...take it away Zoey Wyn!
19451 Our Hot Off the Press (new release) selection this month is Dangerous! I'm personally so excited to be reading Shannon Hale again after many years of not exploring her work.

What other books have you read by Hale and how do you think DANGEROUS will be similar or different from what you know of her?
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