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Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It
Well, this certainly confirmed my instincts about the Year of Reading I imposed on my junior classes. Instead of using the 26 minutes per cycle I have ...more
Apr 22, 2011
Mar 05, 2011
A great American drama. The writing is masterful, obviously, but what struck me most on this first reading is the complexity of responses that Wilson ...more
Jun 21, 2011
Jun 20, 2011
The Archer's Tale (The Grail Quest, #1)
5 stars. Great adventure, military history and deft characterization. This one is going on my display shelf in the classroom library. Bravo, Mr. Cornw ...more
Jul 21, 2013
Feb 24, 2013
Never Let Me Go
I know that some people categorize this novel as science fiction, but it did not occur to me. It certainly addresses science, but not in the way that ...more
Apr 04, 2011
Mar 06, 2011
The Passion
You can read this for style alone, but you will love it for the fluid relationships set upon the backdrop of Bonaparte's conquests. Told in 3 voices, ...more
Jun 28, 2015
Jan 20, 2015
The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)
Sharp characters, intense action. A new kind of alien story. Great style, a must read.
Sep 14, 2014
Sep 09, 2014
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1)
Complex world, characters, and plot. Love the world that Breq inhabits-it feels as if the author knows more about the world that she is telling, very ...more
Jul 29, 2014
Jul 14, 2014
Out Stealing Horses
This reads like the memoir of a man who straddled two worlds: living in the post war forests of Norway as a teen and then making a successful life in ...more
Dec 15, 2014
Dec 04, 2014
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
This book was a masterful piece of writing. Paddy Clarke, his little brother Sinbad, best friend Kevin, and an entire cast of wild boys grow up untend ...more
Jul 17, 2010
Jun 22, 2010
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Oscar is living a life of teenage hell that no one can imagine......he is a dominican jersey boy(?) with no physical assets and way too much time on h ...more
Aug 02, 2009
Dec 30, 2008
Ross Poldark (Poldark, #1)
This story has a slow start, just as Ross Poldark's new life does. Written in the saga-style of Delderfield or Rutherford, the story unfolds at an eve ...more
Jul 18, 2015
Jul 09, 2015
Let the Great World Spin
This novel of related stories works just like the earth's spin: as one travels around the center of the story, Philipe Pettit's amazing 1974 tightrope ...more
Jul 21, 2010
Jul 06, 2010
Kafka on the Shore
This was my first Murakami, and I can see how he becomes an obsession. This epic journey is full of wonder and evil and panoramic themes. The symmetry ...more
Oct 23, 2014
Jul 24, 2010
Black Swan Green
Jason Taylor is disturbed, eloquent, sweet, bawdy (in a 13 year old kind of way), unintuitive and unable to be anyone but himself. That last part is t ...more
Sep 11, 2013
Mar 10, 2013
I love Byatt, and this is her most famous book, but the studied prose and style just does not work for me--maybe if she was truly a Victorian? I liked ...more
Jan 2006
Jan 04, 2009
I read this as a break from the horror movie quality of some of the student essays I was grading. Talk about "into the firs." This book is scary, real ...more
Jan 11, 2009
Jan 08, 2009
Boy, Snow, Bird
Just finished Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi. Boy Novak is gifted with a snaky bracelet when she becomes engaged to Arturo Whitman. (yes, that is ri ...more
Jan 31, 2015
Jul 02, 2014
The Rise of the Dorkasaurus (Nerd Girls, #1)
REVIEW: NERD GIRLS by Alan Lawrence Sitomer ***

I loved 8th grade: there is your first sign I was a nerd. So I was prepared to like NERD GIRLS by Alan
Jun 20, 2011
Jun 18, 2011
Deep Blue (Waterfire Saga, #1)
DEEP BLUE offered some great female characters and action. There are only a few pages with boys. The girls are on a quest, and it is important and dan ...more
Jul 12, 2014
Jul 12, 2014
Tithe (The Modern Faerie Tales, #1)
Discovering that all those times you felt like you were different from everyone else in high school--who has not felt that? This book starts with a me ...more
May 02, 2014
Apr 26, 2014
A Man for All Seasons
I have seen this movie a couple of times, and loved it--if for nothing else than the actors involved. But what surprised me reading this was how diffe ...more
Aug 08, 2011
Aug 06, 2011
Rules of Civility
well, now I can finally start my day--because I was not going to be able to do anything else until I finished this book. This novel takes its title fr ...more
Jul 17, 2012
Jul 10, 2012
Maybe her best...except for the Winter Sea
May 29, 2015
May 15, 2015
The Water Knife: A Novel
Classic Bacigalupi........which means you are going to be undone by his vision of our future, just as you cannot let it go. Memorable characters who s ...more
Jul 20, 2015
Jun 16, 2015
The Sword Of The Templars (Templar, #1)
This book was cliched and really skimpy on research and style. The plot was unbelievable with little characterization. I only finished it so I could l ...more
Feb 27, 2010
Feb 16, 2010
The God of Small Things
The remarkable style of this writer dazzled me from page one. The pages I spent lost in the lush landscape and behavior of the characters was like rea ...more
Jan 13, 2011
Dec 28, 2010
Chilly Scenes of Winter
this book is the literary equivalent of A Hazy Shade of Winter" by Simon & Garfunkel. Why did I read it? I don't know. All of her books are depres ...more
Jan 1977
Jan 03, 2009
Incarnate (Newsoul, #1)
Great first novel. Good concept, some indirect characterization, and the settings are fascinating. Would like less narration and more dialogue, but ov ...more
Nov 24, 2011
Nov 24, 2011
The Other Boleyn Girl (The Tudor Court, #2)
Well, I was excited to read this, because I have always been a fan of the time period. When I was a girl, there were not too many heroines to read abo ...more
Jan 2008
Mar 02, 2009
The Lantern Bearers
Why read this? Sutcliff's prose is dazzling, reminding me of the lush full books I read as a teen-historical, romance, adventure, it did not matter. T ...more
Aug 23, 2013
Aug 15, 2013
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