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It’s Picture Book Monday (in High School)

I’m 55 years old, and I like picture books. When I check out a stack of picture books from our terrific local library, my favorite circulation clerk shakes her head and says, “Gary. We really need to do something about … Continue reading

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Some Baseball Books for the Off-Season

F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “Baseball is a game played by idiots for morons.” Well, count me among the morons, Francis, because I love it. As I write this post on a cold January day with icy rain clicking against the … Continue reading

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Review: FORGOTTEN BOOKMARKS by Michael Popek

We’ve all done it without a thought. Before pausing in a book, we grab what is nearest and put it between the pages. Maybe it serves as a bookmark for our reading’s duration, or maybe we never pick up the … Continue reading

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Hello, Charles Dickens

Recently I’ve (sort of) wanted to do something about my lifelong avoidance of Charles Dickens. Dickens has always seemed to me one of those writers in the literature-as-torture category, surpassed maybe only by Jane Austen or one of those Bronte … Continue reading

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My Books for 2012

  I read more books this year than ever before:  142.   Thanks to my family, friends, students, and online and on-site colleagues for giving me so many ideas about what to read this year. Of course, my list would be shorter and … Continue reading

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Review: MAIL-ORDER MYSTERIES by Kirk Demarais

Mail-Order Mysteries: Real Stuff from Old Comic Book Ads! by Kirk Demarais My rating: 5 of 5 stars If you’ve spent any time at all in your life with comics, get ready for some nostalgia. Mail-Order Mysteries presents original comic … Continue reading

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Review: HALF A LIFE by Darin Strauss

Half a Life: A Memoir by Darin Strauss My rating: 5 of 5 stars I just finished (in one day) Half a Life by Darin Strauss, and I highly recommend this memoir. When he was 18, Strauss was driving a … Continue reading

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Countdown by Deborah Wiles

Countdown by Deborah Wiles My rating: 5 of 5 stars Countdown came to me as a recommendation from Paul Hankins and Donalyn Miller in one of their Choice Literacy articles. Although this is historical fiction, it’s also not too far … Continue reading

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