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Dec 14, 2008 02:47AM

8632 Great Ideas! I would get the set of Charlaine Harris' books - Sookie Stackhouse, the fairy books of .... can't think of her name - Merry and her fairy bodyguards, Frost and Galen and such... and the Study books - particularly as I haven't read the Fire Study yet.
Dec 11, 2008 02:52AM

8632 I took two years off of teaching to go to grad school full time - now I have two classes left which I have to take while teaching - so I know you work too (not yelling, smiling)! :) Was just kidding! But I did read more when I was in college and not working - ah the life...

Dec 09, 2008 02:22AM

8632 Yay - I'm looking to start and finish whatever we'd agree on reading over break, too. And unlike you lucky college students, I only have two weeks to jam in all the reading I can get my hands on. :)

Yelena's crime (26 new)
Dec 05, 2008 02:39AM

8632 True - I don't recall that there was any kind of rule discussed in the books about the Commander disallowing abuse and what punishment would be incurred.


:) Jen
Yelena's crime (26 new)
Dec 03, 2008 03:04AM

8632 Reyad beat her and brutalized her and took away her humanity - stole it from her as she'd just reclaimed it in the acrobatics "medal" she'd won. He reduced her to cowering - and the nail in the coffin was certainly mentioning Carra and May - those children grew up as siblings - learning and doing together - they were the only family she had in whom she could still trust and believe - since her "father" and "older brother" (and Magkok) had destroyed her visions of them, etc. She had every right to take his life and now, she would not be found accountable - and that's something that the State had to figure out - there are extenuating circumstances and I doubt the Commander wanted to sanction abuse and rape.
Nov 29, 2008 03:51AM

8632 Ok I've read Poison Study and Magic Study and am waiting with bated breath for Fire Study to come in. Dratted holidays with days off for the postal service!!! ;) Kidding! I think I might let one of my Gifted & Talented kids read the books - she's a huge fan of fantasy - and strong female characters - and I think she can handle the reality of Yelena's life. I'm going to run it by her and see if she's interested.

So so glad that I got involved in this group! :)

Nov 27, 2008 02:43AM

8632 I like the Trickster duo - it's how i found Tamora Pierce - and yes, you really should read about her - the Trickster duo talks all about a girl who's abducted! :)

I should read the others - don't know where to start, though. :)

Introductions (80 new)
Nov 27, 2008 02:40AM

8632 What is the third book in the series? I've only read the two!
8632 Maria - I just finished Poison Study and am on to Magic Study - I loved it - am loving it - I would definitely let my 8th graders read Poison - I'll have to see with the others - but there's nothing bad in the book - nothing too adult, as far as I could tell - so I'll definitely bring it in to school!!!

:) Jen
Nov 26, 2008 03:04AM

8632 I've just started Poison Study yesterday and am 1/2 way through it. I'm so glad that you all had given it good reviews, because at first I was so annoyed with this new "kingdom" that I wanted to put it down - but I've stuck with it and am SO glad that I did - it's great! I'm at the part where Yelena goes off to the woods to evade capture - it is great so far. Got to return to the book! Bye!
Nov 24, 2008 02:11AM

8632 I'm dying to dive into Poison Study - I've just cracked it open and read a couple of pages - but I was near the end of another and felt like I had to finish it. For sure I'll finish Poison Study over Thanksgiving break from school - we're actually getting Wed. off for a change!!! Amazing! :) And TWO WHOLE WEEKS in Dec. - Jan. for winter break. Ahhhhhhh. Not that I don't love my job and kids - I totally do - and I'm excited about joining the YA book group for ideas for my kids and my personal library in the classroom. It's all very exciting. I love that I'm actually getting to read during the school year - what an exceptional year this is turning out to be.
Introductions (80 new)
Nov 20, 2008 03:01AM

8632 Hi All! I'm Jen Sekella - my Mobile, AL friends called me Jennifleur but now that I'm older and more foolish, it seems to be just Jen. ;)

I am an 8th grade English teacher and am a writer and book lover. I have loved books as a way to imagine and escape since I was very little. I don't know if I was 3 Althea - my mom tells me she can't recall. ;) I've always loved books and writing - but I've become more of a writer this year while writing with my students and also taking a teaching writing course. I've come to like some of what I write. Maybe we can all share some short works with each other.

I love books - am on a witch kick with Kim Harrison but just got the Poison Study novel and will work on that this weekend. :) I've also volunteered to help with Battle of the Books for school and have to read two YA books before Christmas - better get moving on that.

I'm wishing 40 was farther away - I'm thinking of looking for an MFA in writing - I'd like to teach high school and college writing - I have three (yes 3!) black and gray standard poodles (the tall ones) named Princess (gray), Duchess and Marquesa (black). I have no other kids than my school kids and my nephew and that seems to suit me for now. Maybe I'll adopt later - though I don't think I could deal with 8 little guys in my house at once - I totally see why you read! :)

That is all for now. Cheers!

Introductions (80 new)
Nov 20, 2008 02:43AM

8632 Is A Great and Terrible Beauty a young adult novel that's about a girl with magical abilities who's at a boarding school?
Nov 17, 2008 02:38AM

8632 Thanks so much Althea - I signed up for the YABC. I have not heard of the Willoughby's (sp?) by Lois Lowry - is it new? I'll have to look that one up. Ok - thanks, too, for the advice on not using the books with my kids - I'm finishing a Kim Harrison book and then am on to Poison Study. Can't wait with all the good reviews on here. Thanks so much for keeping this group going!

8632 Oh I love Tamora Pierce. All I've read, though, are the Trickster books. Any suggestion on where I should start? I'd like to read about the female knight who is called the Lioness. But, I'll start anywhere if you have any suggestions!

Nov 16, 2008 04:41AM

8632 I'm in - but I'd love to know the other YA book club you're in. I'm always dying to find others who read YA books as I'm an 8th grade English teacher and always looking for things to entice my kids into reading!

8632 I did not know that this series could be attractive to YA audiences!!! What age range would you think? I'm just starting Poison Study - would it be too adult for my 8th graders?

Nov 12, 2008 03:00AM

8632 I love the strong female characters, too. Wonderwoman, Charlie's Angels, and Daphne and Velma are definitely among the chosen of my youth! :) And I tend to pick strong female characters now - and encourage my students to write with strong female characters. Unfortunately so many of them get caught up in writing love poems about loving someone from afar... Sigh. :)

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