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Joy Joy said: " Henry James said, "An enthusiasm for Poe is the mark of a decidedly primitive stage of reflection." I think it is the primitive nature of Poe's writing that captures readers. He reaches 'back to the basics' if you will. He realizes that the mind and ...more "

 

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Buried Onions by Gary Soto
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I really liked this book. I think it dealt with a lot of issues that we are often afraid to talk about in schools. I feel like if we discussed these issues more, we could come up with some solution to the problems students are facing. I found it easy ...more
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The Glory Field by Walter Dean Myers
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I would give this book 3 and 1/2 stars if I was able to. I thought the idea of tracing a family through time was a really great one. However, I was left wanting to know more as each generation passed. There were characters, such as Lem, that I wanted ...more
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Marilyn In Art by Roger G. Taylor
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I really liked how the author used quotes and pictures to chronicle her life and her impact on art. The read was pleasurable and quick. It was very interesting to see how Marilyn has been portrayed in art throughout time.
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Full Steam Ahead by Rhoda Blumberg
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First, I would like to say that I am baffled as to why this book would be considered for 9-12 graders. I think the book is more appropriate for 6-8 graders. I wouldn't want my high school students using this book as a source for a research paper. I w ...more
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Wicked by Gregory Maguire
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I think the idea behind this book is truly unique! We get to see a very different side of the wicked witch. At the end, I really felt sorry for her situation. You can see how life choices impacts the end result. You really feel how good intentions ca ...more
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Life of Pi by Yann Martel
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This book is the ultimate allegory and a wonderful read. It is my favorite book of all time. I have a first edition copy! As soon as you finish reading it for the first time, you have no choice but to go back through and read it again!
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Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
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This is an excellent book discussing Viktor's experiences in a concentration camp. What I find particularly intriguing is that the second half of the book discusses Viktor's theory of logotherapy. Basically, Viktor steps back and looks at his experie ...more
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Feed by M.T. Anderson
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This book is awesome and can be easily paired with Brave New World or 1984. The characters in this book have microchips in their heads that allow them to be constantly marketed to. This is a more modern take of the impact of technology on our lives. ...more
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