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Outliers: The Story of Success
"Outliers" those wildly successful people, for whom 'normal rules don't apply.' Are they just lucky, talented? Maybe...but, outliers may not be outlie ...more
Mar 17, 2009
Jan 19, 2009
The Realm of Possibility
OMG! Levithan is a genius. This book, a novel in verse, has 20 narrators, all students at the same high school. Each tells his or her own story, and t ...more
Jan 2007
Apr 29, 2008
This one was worth the wait. I had to wait while the pre-publication copy flew around my classes. This one is her best. She writes flawlessly in the v ...more
Mar 15, 2009
Dec 01, 2008
How They Met, and Other Stories
Disclaimer -- I LOVE THIS MAN!! Every book I've read of Levithan has touched my heart. This collection of short stories began, he says, as a way to av ...more
Feb 19, 2008
Apr 09, 2008
Hemingway's Girl
Re read this IN Key West, after visiting Hemingway's home twice. It made the book even richer. I tried to find Mariella's neighborhood at the end of W ...more
Feb 02, 2014
Sep 15, 2012
A Thousand Splendid Suns
I didn't think Housseini could touch my heart any deeper than he did with Kiterunner. But he surpassed my expectations. The story of two women, separa ...more
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May 25, 2008
The Fallen Angel (Gabriel Allon, #12)
Gabriel Allon is one of my favorite characters...I love his professionalism (both professions, assassin and art restorer), I love Chairi, his wife. I ...more
Jul 21, 2012
Jul 19, 2012
To Kill a Mockingbird
Blogged my re-reading experience. Made richer by the community of readers who also love this book:


Only my fav
Mar 15, 2014
Apr 15, 2008
To Kill a Mockingbird
I cannot remember the first time I read it...I can't tell you how many times I've read it. It's like Scout and her reading...she can't tell her first ...more
Jun 13, 2015
Jun 09, 2015
Ender's Game, Volume 1: Battle School (Ender's Saga)
No bookshelf for graphic novels...should probably start one. I LOVE Ender's Game, even tho it took me years of foot-dragging to finally agree to try i ...more
Mar 27, 2012
Mar 27, 2012
Notice & Note: Strategies for Close Reading
Sometimes books find you when you need them the most. I feel that way about NOTICE AND NOTE. I saw Beers and Probst talk about this book a couple of y ...more
Dec 10, 2012
Dec 06, 2012
Teen Angst? Naaah...
I've read all three Vizzini books, and this, his first, is my favorite. I laughed out loud in class, and my students got more than a little annoyed. B ...more
May 2008
Apr 21, 2008
Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story
Tiny, the huge, gay, football player from WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON, is back. He has rewritten his life as a musical comedy. And it's a hit.

Tiny's v
Feb 20, 2015
Feb 20, 2015
From the first, you know this will be a different kind of book. You must break the seal that encloses it in its gift box. But wait! There's a library ...more
Dec 09, 2013
Dec 04, 2013
Stones Into Schools: Promoting Peace With Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Mortenson shows such a power and a confidence in his story in this book. I think one reason is because he keeps the spotlight OFF himself. He tells mo ...more
Dec 10, 2009
Dec 06, 2009
Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers' Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University
I read this for my work on National Writing Project's E-Team, a group who reads and responds to others' writing all summer long. We were to read, look ...more
Mar 05, 2009
Feb 22, 2009
Fish In A Tree
4.5 stars...strong, relatable book about a girl with a secret. Ally gets into trouble all the time at school because she won't do her reading and writ ...more
Jan 16, 2015
Jan 14, 2015
Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)
What an interesting idea: a book about books, and characters coming to life in the 'real' world. People 'reading' characters into and out of books. Wh ...more
Nov 12, 2008
Apr 10, 2008
Ready Player One
Disclaimer...I'm NOT the target audience. Too old, not a gamer. Was busy in the 80's as the mother of two kids and a teacher. All that aside, I still ...more
Apr 18, 2015
Apr 13, 2015
Ariel: The Restored Edition
I don't begin to pretend I understood all of these poems, or all of any one of them. But I love them...the sounds, the images. The fierceness often ta ...more
Jan 06, 2011
Jan 03, 2011
Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers
Sometimes books find you at an opportune time in your life. This book found me too late...only 46 days left in my career, I find a professional soul-m ...more
Mar 24, 2013
Mar 24, 2013
Change Me into Zeus's Daughter: A Memoir
What a powerful memoir of a truly harrowing childhood. Before GLASS CASTLE, there was this. Barbara Moss was one of eight children raised in abject po ...more
Sep 24, 2010
Sep 21, 2010
The Fault in Our Stars
Green said it best: "We made the story funny. You have a choice in this world, I believe, about how to tell sad stories, and we made the funny choice. ...more
Jan 15, 2012
Jan 13, 2012
Cullen followed this case from the first few hours to the 10-year anniversary. He has created a chilling, sad, ultimately enlightening, look at the Co ...more
Jul 28, 2009
Jun 28, 2009
The Age of Miracles
Another book I read and lost to a student before I could review my stickies (a TON) and quotes (also lots). Let's start with the writing -- beautiful, ...more
Apr 04, 2013
Apr 02, 2013
Brave New World / Brave New World Revisited
Yes, I read this a long time ago. No, I didn't remember anything.

I came to the book thinking it was a mirror image of 1984, with the political violen
Mar 24, 2015
Mar 20, 2015
I cringed, I gasped, and I chest hurt all day as I read about this amazing young woman. I kept comforting myself with the fact it is a nove ...more
Dec 02, 2009
Nov 08, 2009
Marcelo in the Real World
"Her belief is in her deeds." I'm paraphrasing, but one of the characters says this about Marcelo's mother when he worries about her possible loss of ...more
Feb 26, 2010
Dec 06, 2009
The Tracey Fragments
I borrowed this for an hour from a student; it's going to be a good one. She says it's the most important book she's read.

This is the most original vo
Dec 29, 2008
Dec 03, 2008
The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child
I am green with envy...this is the book I wanted to WRITE, but instead, I'm reading it. Miller gets it! She trusts kids to read, to choose their own b ...more
May 31, 2010
Mar 01, 2010
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