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Swallowing Stones by Joyce McDonald
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May 29, 12

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Read in May, 2003

I HATE the ending of this book!!! I seriously want back the hours that I wasted reading this book!!! The story had such great suspense, building up to what could have been such a supreme moment of plot, but then it falls flat - no, worse than that, it ceases to exist as a narrative. It's as if the author couldn't write the ending that was destined to exist!! When I am forced to teach this book, which I avoid doing if I can, I have the class stop reading right before the last few pages to have my students "Beat the Author." They work in pairs or triads to write the ending that they think should occur. Then I mix all of the possible endings together, including the actual ending from the novel (which I type out so it looks like all of the others), and we do a read around and try to guess which is the actual ending. My students' versions are ALWAYS better!!! The original ending ruins everything that came before it! What a waste!!!
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Emilia.andrade i did not like the ending ethier


Jackie I have to read it for school and no matter how hard I try I cant get past the prologue


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